Hello February!

Wow! 31 days later and January is already gone. Hello February! All I can think of is red, red, red. And you would know why if you lived in Plant City, the winter Strawberry Capital of the World! Yes, February is a great month for strawberries in Plant City, Florida. Lots of fun stuff coming up this month, without further ado I give you February!

#FlexandFlow February

Get ready to #stopdropandyoga! Thanks to FitApproach and the wonderful people over at prAna, I was selected for the #poseofthedaychallenge starting today through Friday! So, come see what I’m up to on instagram!

I want these! February #FlexandFlow Challenge
I want these!

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Influenster #JingleVoxBox Review

Disclaimer: Late in December I received the #JingleVoxBox from Influenster for review free of charge.

Who doesn’t enjoy getting mail? Aside from the monthly bills, it’s always fun to get a little surprise in the mail. If you haven’t looked into the Influenster program, take a couple of minutes to visit their website and sign up. It’s easy and more importantly fun!


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The Poor Porker opens in Lakeland

Last night was a memorable evening. Not just because I got to go out with my handsome husband, but also because we were invited to a grand opening in Lakeland. Hard work pays off. It really is as simple as that. Having a vision, setting a goal and working through obstacles to see a final product. That’s how I would describe Robyn and Jarrid from the poor porker: visionary hard workers.

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Summer Camps: Are you ready?

summer camps

It’s almost that time again. School is almost out. I don’t know about you, but my kids are ready for summer.  Lately it seems like the girls’ regular bedtime has been slightly extended. First it was because of American Idol. Now, it’s mostly a product of having sunlight pass 7 pm.

If you are looking for summer camps in the Polk or Hillsborough County area, here’s a list I made just for you!

Bricks for Kidz

Last summer the girls attended this camp. I must say they really enjoyed it. They spent the day working with legos and making Minecraft arts and crafts! They even went to Legoland for a week. Totally worth it!

Bartow Bash

If your kids like to swim, this is the camp for them! Not only do the kids have free swim time, they also have instruction swim time. Last year, they had a field trip to Wet n’ Wild for the kids. Time is spent doing arts and crafts, playing board games and playing outside.


This is another great option if your kids like swimming. Time is spent trying out new sports, doing arts and crafts, playing board games and being outside. Each week has a new theme with a new adventure!

Polk County Museum of Art

This camp is for your creative child. Camp programs are split in two week intervals with focus on three areas. I’ve heard great things about the program from other friends who have sent their kids here. By signing up your child to their program, you get a free museum membership which gets you free entrance to other museums like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Bok Tower Gardens and others.

R & R Ranch

Do you have a little cowgirl or cowboy at home? You might want to check R&R Ranch. Days are spent riding horses and taking care of them. Campers enjoy movies and popcorn, arts and craft, and lots of games.

HCC Summer Camps

So, this one is a new one for us. I randomly found it this year. The camp is located at different locations throughout Hillsborough County. Each week is a different theme, whether your child is into photography, fashion design or chess, there’s something here for everyone.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way, shape or form for this blog post. The information presented here is solely based on my experiences and what my children or friends have told me about these camps. I have physically visited all of the facilities except R&R Ranch.

Storytelling Festival: This Weekend’s Adventure

Sometime last month, the girls prepared for the Storytelling event at their elementary school. I was unable to see them tell their stories at school, but my husband had the opportunity to see Piper perform her story: The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Zoe on the other hand, had been sick on and off, so we thought she had missed the opportunity to present her story, Zoe’s Room. Unbeknown to us, she was back to school and able to perform her story.


Storytelling Festival
Scholastic Book Fair at the John F. Germany Public Library in Downtown Tampa.

The girls received a “report card” of sorts from the event which indicated they had done a great job. I didn’t pay too much attention to it. Attached to the “report card” was an invitation to attend the Storytelling Festival in Downtown Tampa at the John F. Germany public library. It turns out, this was the first time the event was held at the Library. If you have children, and you’ve never been to the John F. Germany, I suggest you make a day trip this summer. The children library is beautiful. And not only that, but if you park at the William F. Poe garage (next to the library) there’s a skyway to get you from your car directly to the library without crossing through traffic.


Storytelling Festival
Is this thing on?

Through their school, we received some additional information later about the Storytelling Festival. The girls had done such a great job, they had been selected as Ambassadors! To our surprise, they had a photoshoot and a video recording section. Apparently their videos will be submitted to other Storytelling Contests.


Storytelling Festival
Sprinkles are for winners!

After the Storytelling Festival, we walked around Downtown Tampa and found Ashworth Chocolates. It’s a neat little handmade chocolate store with ice cream. After a much deserved ice cream break, it was time to head home. 🙂 Oh yeah, and if you ever go to Downtown Tampa, don’t forget the Curtis Hixon Park also has a great playground for kids. And the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art are both on the other side of the library. The Tampa Museum of Art has special free activities for children on selected days.