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Monday, January 2, 2017

Monster Jam #Tampa + #Giveaway

Did you know that Monster Jam has been around for 25 years? Grave Digger is in his 35th year (he started before Monster Jam)! Wow. That is older than me. I am ashamed to admit that I have never been to Monster Jam. This will be my first year attending and I am incredibly excited! I am a Kentucky girl, so I love big trucks and dirt. Here are some of the highlights of this year's Monster Jam:

Monster Jam will be at Raymond James Stadium for two big shows in Tampa: January 14 and February 4 at 7 p.m. For tickets and complete details, visit and follow #monsterjam online.

  • Dennis Anderson will be driving Grave Digger (Jan. 14 show only), and his son Ryan Anderson driving Son-uva Digger in our show. Two generations of Monster Jam drivers competing to be the Tampa champion.
  • Monster Jam competitors are trained at Monster Jam University to master the skills of driving Monster Jam trucks.
  • Only those Monster Jam athletes highly proficient in scaling their extraordinary driving skills will push the limits and optimize all types of racing and obstacle courses here in 2017 in Tampa.
  • Approximately 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. They are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed. Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
  • Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.
  • The Party in the Pits on is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and it’s where fans can get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. Tickets are $10 in addition to show tickets. They’re on sale now, and will be free at participating Southern Ford Dealers’ locations.
Who is excited? I know I am! Look at these trucks!

I will be writing about my experience, so make sure you keep an eye out for it. Have you been to Monster Jam? Who is your favorite truck? I need to know who to cheer for! 


I have three tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader! These tickets are for the Saturday, January 14th, 2017 Tampa show. Make sure you can attend if you enter. You must be 18 years old and have a valid ID to pick up tickets. 

To enter, leave a comment below telling me your real name, email and if you have ever been to Monster Jam before. For a bonus entry, share this post and leave a second comment with the url to your share. 

This giveaway will only be open a short time! It will close January 5th at 1am. Good Luck and I will see you all there!

CONGRATS TO Lindsey Schutze! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top Local Chef #TopLocalChef #Tampa #Gulfport

I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have always wondered what it would be like to have a local Top Chef competition. Well, guess what? We do!! Top Local Chef is this weekend (Sunday, April 24 from 5-7pm) in Gulfport, FL (a cozy little town on the water near St. Petersburg). The casino is on the water and the view will be beautiful. Come join me. Here are the details:

2016 Competing Chefs

General admission (VIP is sold out)

  • Sample from FOUR of the competing chefs
  • Voting token to help select People's Choice 
  • Does not include reserved seating
Buy Tickets:

I will see you there! 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Schwartz Bioresearch $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Enter to win a $50 Gift Card to Schwartz Bioresearch! Schwartz Bioresearch sells high quality supplements on Amazon.

I also have a special promo code to share with you! Use code 20DISCTM for 20% off on any of the above supplements! To enter the giveaway, use the below widget. Schwartz Bioresearch will be selecting a winner after the giveaway ends on 1/21/16. Good Luck!!

$50 Gift Card Giveaways - December - Week 4  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

New Years Eve Wine Dinner #ChefGaryMoran

Are you still looking for dinner plans on New Years Eve? Look no farther! I have the details on a special one time only wine dinner with one of my favorite Tampa Chefs. Chef Gary Moran has relocated to the Mermaid Tavern and the result has been short of amazing. 

This 5 course wine dinner starts at 7pm at the Mermaid Tavern. 

Pompano tartare with charred scallion, avocado puree and passionfruit-ponzo
Mar de FradesAlbarino

Cauliflower-oyster risotto with celery-truffle cream and curry emulsion
H & M Hofer Gruner Veltliner

Grilled wild goat kefta sausage with quinoa-tabbouleh, eggplant-pomegranate chutney and hummus
Juan Gil Monastrell

Red Wine-Cocoa braised beef cheeks with frilled king oyster mushrooms, balsamic cherries and watercress-potato puree
Mount Veeder Cabernet

White chocolate and wasabi semifreddo with ponzo-caramel and brown butter almonds
Doesn't that sound amazing? I can not wait! I will be sharing pictures live on Instagram and Twitter, so make sure that you follow me! Or, you could join me at the dinner! Buy tickets through the Mermaid Tavern website. This dinner will probably sell out, so buy your tickets soon. I will see you there.  

*Disclaimer: I am receiving free tickets in exchange for helping to promote this event. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Win It wednesday (11/18} #WIW

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Linky #40

Welcome back for another awesome giveaway link-up. Last week we had 153 AWESOME giveaways added to the linky featuring fantastic prizes!

If you are new here, we are happy to have you and hope you will join us again next Wednesday. If you are returning, we are excited to have you back!

Below you will find several awesome giveaways with more being added from now, until Thursday afternoon. Be sure to check back between now and then for more awesome giveaways!

SPONSORS: If you would like to sponsor a prize for Win It Wednesday for your blog, product or brand, please contact Stephanie at We would love to feature you on next month's Win It Wednesday! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tampa Bourbon and Brew Festival 2015 #BourbonAndBrew + Giveaway


Do you love bourbon, music and a great time? The 2015 Bourbon and Brew Festival is next Saturday, November 21st from 5-10pm at Water Works Park. Are you ready for the list of bourbon and bourbon drinks? It is quite extensive.

  • Midnight Moon Moonshine
    • Original
    • 100 Proof
    • Apple Pie
    • Cherry
    • Stawberry
    • Blueberry
    • Cranberry
    • Blackberry
  • Lexington Bourbon
  • Calumet Bourbon
  • Bird Dog
    • Bird Dog Bourbon Whiskey
    • Bird Dog Blackberry Whiskey
    • Bird Dog Peach Flavored Whiskey
    • Bird Dog Hot Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
    • Bird Dog Maple Flavored Whiskey
    • Bird Dog Peppermint Moonshine
  • Lexington Finest Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
  • Calumet Farm Bourbon Whiskey
  • John B. Stetson Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Highland Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
  • Tap Whisky – Canadian
    • Tap Canadian Rye Whisky
    • Tap Canadian Maple Rye Whisky
  • Westland American Single Malt
    • Westland Peated Malt
  • Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
    • Nikka 12 year Pure Malt
  • GlenDronach 12 year Old
  • Asheville Distilling Co.:
    • Troy & Sons Platinum Small Batch Moonshine
    • Blonde American Whiskey
  • Yellow Rose Distilling:
    • Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey
    • Yellow Rose Rye Whiskey
  • Jesse James Bourbon Whiskey
  • Full Throttle Moonshine
  • Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Firefly Moonshine:
    • White Lightning
    • Apple Pie
    • Caramel
    • Cherry
    • Peach
    • Strawberry
    • Blackberry
  • Chila Orchata Cinnamon Cream Rum (mixed with Fireball and Hot Chocolate)
  • Angel’s Envy
  • Bulleit
    • Bulleit Bourbon
    • Bullet Rye
  • Elijah Craig 12 Yr
  • Evan Williams
  • George Dickel
    • George Dickel 10 yr
    • George Dickel 12 yr
  • Orphan Barrel
    • Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon 20 yr
    • Rhetoric Kentucky Bourbon 20yr
  • Bear Galley
    • Bear Galley Corn Whiskey
    • Bear Galley Reserve Bourbon
  • Maker’s Mark
    • Maker’s Mark Original
    • Maker’s 46
  • Jim Beam
    • Original
    • Maple
    • Devil’s Cut
    • Jacob’s Ghost
    • Signature Craft Variety
  • Red Stag
    • Original
    • Black Cherry
    • Hardcore Cider
  • Knob Creek  
    • Single Barrel 9 Years
    • Small Batch 100 Proof
    • Smoke Maple
    • Rye Whiskey
  • Baker’s
  • Basil Hayden’s

    Wow! That is quite the list. There will also be live entertainment all night long from Greg Billings Band, Easy Possi, The Logan Grant Band and DJ Barry Carew. I will be attending and doing live social media (Twitter and Instagram ...make sure you follow me!). I will also have a review here after the event.

    There are two types of tickets: General Admission and VIP. Here are what you get with each: 


    General Admission to the Bourbon and Brew: The Grand Tasting  will get you entry to the event to taste a grand selection of bourbon/whiskey. From mass produced to ultra premium to rare ones, make sure you get there early before the rare ones run out! 

    Enjoy UNLIMITED samples of any and all of the bourbon available. 

    Also enjoy all the entertainment and amenities the event offers.  Includes 1souvenir Bourbon and Brew Rocks Glass made of high quality glassware for you to use as you ship your bourbon at home! 


    The VIP Grand Tasting Experience ticket include access to the Grand Bourbon Tasting area where you can enjoy unlimited samples of over 40 different brands of bourbon/whiskey.  Speak to the brand reps, sip it, mix it, from mass to small batches to rare ones.  Also comes with a collectible Bourbon and Brew Fest Rocks Glass.

    You'll also get 1 hour early entrance to the event to enjoy line-free boutbon tasting and early access to all the ultra-premium and rare products.  Doors open at 5:00 pm for VIP.

    Further, The VIP Grand Tasting  Experience gives you access to the Exclusive VIP Area where you can get UNLIMITED bourbon drinks, seating area, and more! 

    Finally, BBQ dinner by 4 Rivers Smokehouse  included! 

    To recap, VIP includes: 
    - 1 Hour Early Access to Event
    - VIP Tent/Seating Areas 
    - UNLIMITED Bourbon Tasting 
    - UNLIMITED Bourbon Drinks (Open Bar) 
    - Souvenir Rocks Glass 
    - Dinner by 4 Rivers Smokehouse 

    Extremely limited # of tickets available.  Buy yours now, the VIP Experience WILL SELL OUT
    Visit the Bourbon and Brew website for more information or to buy tickets. Do you want to win some?

    I have one pair of General Admission tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner! Giveaway ends 11/19/15 at 11:59pm. You can earn extra entries if you share this blog post publicly on social media! Enter here by leaving me your information and telling me which drink you really want to try (use the tab button or scroll down to fill out the entire form):
    **CLOSED! Congrats to Lauren C. for winning!** 

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*This giveaway is sponsored by Big City Events and I received this opportunity as a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers.