2020 Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

I was recently invited to Busch Garden’s 6th Annual Food and Wine Festival preview event on February 29th. Last year when we went to Busch Gardens I saw the “cabins” and advertising around the parks so I was excited to go check it out.

Busch Garden’s Food and Wine Festival Quick Info

Food and Wine Festival runs from February 29 to April 26, 2020.

Admission to the Food and Wine Festival is included with your park admission.

Children are allowed in the festival area.

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7 Fun Christmas things to do this weekend

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we are definitively ready for Christmas. Now that we can look at all the Christmas stuff at the stores without feeling guilty, it’s time to enjoy all the festivities Christmas has to offer. Every year, every town has their own Christmas event. Doesn’t matter how small a town is, there seems to be an event to celebrate this special occasion. The list I’m providing below has some events we’ve been to in the past and some brand new to us. So, I hope this helps you plan for the weekend!

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#CinderellaTour at the Straz Center


Last night I had the opportunity to see Cinderella at the Straz Center in Tampa. I received 3 tickets for the show through the Tampa Bay Bloggers. It was a long night, especially for a 6 and a 7 year old, but what they experienced will last forever.  There’s just something special about opening night. And this being Cinderella I couldn’t pass it up.

Cinderella at the Straz

The night started with a trip to Walmart for a “Cinderella-esque” dress for one of my daughters. Now that we had the “proper” attire for the ball, I mean the show, it was time to hit the road!

Cinderella is playing at the Straz Center through October 26.  Performances are Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Regularly priced tickets are $56-$95 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at the Straz Center. Handling fees will apply.


The show was wonderful. But how can it not be, we all remember reading Cinderella growing up. I know I did. And those magical glass slippers, how can I girl forget. For me, it was always about that carriage. Being carried away to a ball in a magnificent carriage. This past May we attended my sister’s wedding. The one thing, she wouldn’t budge about was having a horse and carriage at her wedding. I think most of us want that magic in our lives, even if its just one day.

If you are wondering if you should take your kids, I would say yes! My two girls thoroughly enjoyed the show. They even laughed at the right spots. Towards the end of the show, when the prince kissed Cinderella’s hand, my youngest daughter loudly said Ewww! during last night’s performance. I’ll never forget that moment. Thankfully, the whole audience bursted out in laughter. And I couldn’t stop laughing. The play went on and there were no more outbursts from my kids. However, that single moment will live forever in my mind.  The moment my daughter became part of the Cinderella production.

The Straz Center, Belle of the Ball Project and the company of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella are pleased to announce that through Sunday, Oct. 26, donations of formal gowns, shoes and accessories will be accepted at the Straz Center during the performances of the Tony-award winning production. The partnership benefits Belle of the Ball Project, a nonprofit organization that provides homecoming and prom dresses to young women in need.