Thrifty and Frugal Living

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Yorkshire-Mayfair #1000ThreadCottonPillowcases


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There is nothing better than going to bed to clean, soft sheets and pillow cases. A weird fact about me is that I am slightly obsessed with my pillow cases. I wash them every few days. I also keep my pillow cases separate from my Husband's pillow cases. It is one of the things I am a bit OCD about. If I see the slightest mark (or...gasp...drool) on my pillow case, I change it. Needless to say, I am always happy to receive a new pair of pillow cases.

I was sent a pair of 1000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sateen Pillow Cases by Yorkshire-Mayfair in a pale baby blue color. This color is actually perfect because it matches our favorite pair of sheets.


These pillow cases are gorgeous, but you are going to have to take my word for it. Unfortunately, these pictures do not do it justice. Pale blue is not photogenic! 


The pillow cases have stripes that make them look upscale and fancy. They fit perfectly on my queen size pillows and they are very soft. I wasn't really sure what 1000 thread count pillow cases would feel like. The highest count I own is 750. I honestly don't notice a huge difference between the 750 and the 1000. However, that might be because my 750 thread count had been washed several (hundred) times. These pillow cases were soft straight out of the package. 

Overall, I am very happy with this set of pillow cases. I love the color, the look and the feel. They are unfortunately currently unavailable on Amazon. Hopefully the seller will restock them soon. Here is the listing:


*Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Win It Wednesday {5/27} #WIW

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday #15!

It's time for another awesome giveaway link-up to bring you the chance to win great prizes from bloggers around the globe! 
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#Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 2015



**As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was provided with free tickets for the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival. All opinions and embarrassing photos are my own.** 

This past Saturday was my second time attending the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival and it was just as much fun as the first year...maybe even more. We decided to attend the event in the evening since it was an 11 hour event and we wanted to beat the heat. This turned out to be a great decision because it stormed all the way into downtown Tampa. Luckily, the rain eased up as we checked into our hotel and stopped shortly thereafter. 
 
When we first arrived, we were handed a RFID wristband to use in place of cash for the event. I like the idea of this concept. However, the lines were still long since the real issue was the time it took for them to make the drinks or food, not the time it took to pay. It was still kind of neat. I loved not having to worry about loosing cash.
 
My Husband's RFID wristband
 
The first thing we did was walk around and scope out all of the vendors and scenery. There were a lot of good spots to view the stage (which had non-stop entertainment). There was also a DJ truck and some other music playing on the upper level if you wanted a different vibe from the band on stage. I immediately gravitated towards the gorgeous river view. We were able to come and go onto the Riverwalk with our Margaritas...which was awesome. 
 
 
 
After scoping out the area, we went to the VIP tent for our drinks. The Margaritas were all made with Grand Marnier in the VIP tent and they were very, very good. I started with the Grand Prickly Pear Margarita. I loved it so much that I stuck with it for the rest of the festival. My Husband's drink of choice was the Grand Margarita.
 
 

At the very first Margarita Festival we attended, we only had Grand Marnier too and we were not hungover the next morning. I think we wanted to unconsciously test out our theory that "Grand Marnier is so good that it doesn't give you an hangover", because this is what happened next: 

FOUR MARGARITAS:


THREE MARGARITAS:


TWO MARGARITAS:


ONE MARGARITA:


FLOOR!:


Okay, not quite Floor...but happily drunk. I was drunk after three Margaritas and I ended up having 7 total. We kept the party going. We also made a ton of new friends (including some Yankee fans which is tough for die-hard Rays fans):

These guys were fun
There was also a really beautiful sunset along the water. I really love living in Florida.


We stayed for Smash Mouth (which as a drunk person, was the best concert EVER) and the fireworks. I danced a lot and I wouldn't be surprised if someone put it on Youtube.



After Smash Mouth came the fireworks. 

Sadly, this was the best Fireworks picture of the night
When the Margarita Festival was over at 11pm, we continued the party in downtown Tampa. Ohh and back to the Grand Marnier "theory"...we did NOT have hangovers! Yay! Thanks to the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival again for the tickets and the fantastic time. I can not wait until next year!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brews with Attitude 2015 #BrewsWithAttitude



Last week I attended the Brews with Attitude Craft Beer Fest in partnership with Pepin Distributing Company as a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers. Brews with Attitude is hands down my favorite Tampa craft beer festival and I am going to tell you why.

First of all, TPepin is an absolutely gorgeous event center. From the large parking lot to the pretty waterfall sign and fountain to the spacious inside. It is the perfect place for a large group of people to have a great time. 



The way that Brews with Attitude works is that you are handed a lanyard with a plastic beer glass when you walk in. You then get to fill it up as many times you want at the vendors of your choice. Here is a late night selfie of me and my glass. I may be a little *happy* and slightly covered in rain in this picture. 
 The cup also has one of my favorite Benjamin Franklin quotes: 


The beer and cider were freely flowing from the moment we walked in. We actually made a beer list in a Word document and edited it for the beers that we really wanted to try because we are cool like that. Our final "must try" list was four pages! I am both a beer and a cider fan and my favorite cider company is Rocky Mountain Cider. They were conveniently located right by the entrance. 


After downing my sample of Rocky Mountain Pina Colada Cider, we continued to the next booth for some beer. I lost count of how many beers and ciders that we tried that night, but trust me when I say it was a lot. Ciders, Stouts, a Saison or two, Amber Ale, Belgian Trippel's and so much more.



About half way through the event it started pouring rain. Luckily, Brews with Attitude had all of the local beers set up inside. The entire festival temporarily shifted inside and the party continued. 



TPepin also had Televisions spread throughout the event for the Tampa Bay Lightning game. They even brought in a big screen TV truck! It was so much fun watching the Lightning win at a packed beer festival while it was actually lightning outside. 


This picture was taken at 6pm when the event first started before the crown packed in
The rain finally lightened up after an hour or so and we headed back outside to hit up the food trucks. We had some BBQ tacos from Just Smokin' BBQ, but it was too wet out to get pictures of them. They were delicious. We also split a burger from Around the World Burgers later on.


We also ran into a lot of friends at this event. We failed to get pictures with most of them, but my Husband did take this rainy picture towards the end of the night. 

Our friends Bob and Elizabeth with their baby Ayra and myself
We also won an awesome gift bucket from using the #BrewsWithAttitude hashtag on Social Media. The bucket contained several beers, two t-shirts, a hat, stickers, koozies and a beer glass. 


Brews with Attitude deserves a huge high five for offering up free water bottles at the event. This was greatly appreciated and probably helped many people stay hydrated and somewhat sober / responsible. I think every festival should do this. As a matter of fact, every step of this festival was handled flawlessly. It only took us a few seconds to get into the "gate". No lines or issues here. Well done TPepin.

Brews with Attitude is definitely the one annual beer festival that you do not want to miss. Make sure that you look out for the next event in 2016 (I will remind you!). We will be there. I am going to end this with a list of my top ten favorite beers from the festival (in no particular order):
-Coppertail Brewing Unholy Trippel 
-Spencer Trappist Ale
-Mad Beach Pirate Booty
-Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale
-Darwin Brewing Charapa Spiced Porter 
-Rapp Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
-Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout
-Widmer Hefe Shandy (lemon drop shandy!!)
-Green Flash Le Freak
-Mad Beach Sevora Red Sangria


Thanks again to Pepin Distributing for hosting the Tampa Bay Bloggers at this wonderful event!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Win It Wednesday (5/20)

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday #14!

Here we are, ready for another fabulous giveaway linky! 
We continue to grow each week and are so excited to have you back. If this is your first time joining us for WIW, be sure to check back often as new giveaways are added to the linky until Thursday afternoon!  And, if you love giveaways, be sure to sign up for the WIW Reminder Below so that you will receive and email each week when it goes live! 




Monday, May 18, 2015

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival + Giveaway



I am very excited to announce that I will be attending the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival next Saturday. I had a blast at the Inaugural Tampa Bay Margarita Festival in 2013 and I am thrilled to be returning this year. This festival is getting better every single year and this year is going to be incredible. I will be attending for free as a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers and I have tickets to giveaway so that you can attend too! Here are the details of the festival:

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
12pm-11pm 
Curtis Hixon Park - Downtown Tampa


 Featured Margaritas include:

-Cabo-Rita
-Prickly Pear-aRita
-Mango Rita
-Midori-Melon
-Frozen Mango Rita
-Frozen Strawberry Rita
-Kiwi Strawberry 901
-Blood Orange 901 Margarita
-Raspberry Camarena Margarita
-Watermelon Camarena Margarita
-Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita
-Apple Cinnamon Margarita
-Blue Moon Margarita
-Double Hibiscus Margarita
-Dirty Napoleon
-Sour Patch Margarita
-Bacon-a-Rita
-Strawberry Sriracha Margarita
-Corona-Rita
and many, many more.

There will even be some beer and wine. In addition to the vast Margarita line-up, there will also be some incredible entertainment. Smash Mouth is headlining this year!!



So Exciting!! Make sure that you view the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival page for all of the details. Would you like to win a pair of tickets? I am giving away a few pairs to my readers! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 5/21 at 11:59pm.

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