Mar 25, 2015

Gasparilla International Film Festival 2015.

And it's back!

I was lucky enough to particiapte last year in GIFF2014, 
and I'm excited to catch some new films this year! 

Tonight, Wednesday, March 25th is opening night!
You can get the full schedule of the shows here...

The shows run from Wednesday, March 25th----->Sunday, March 29th. 
Two locations -- double check your schedule! 
Channelside Cinemas
Tampa Theatre

This year, Sunday will be Family Fun Day
bring the family for Toy Story at 11AM! [Can I be a kid and come too?]

Due to timing...
check out the shows on Saturday & Sunday,
see one you want to check out on me?


*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to attend the Gasparilla International Film Festival in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own.

Mar 23, 2015

Sarasota Half Marathon 2015.

Cool breeze.
Siiiick medal.
Running with friends.
[[ my perfect race ]]
thanks to the #tbbloggers -- i was able to run! 

...if you follow me on my other social media, you may have seen my ahh-mazing news. I was recently asked to be a brand ambassador for the incredible lululemon at their future International Mall store. I'm crazy excited, to say the least; still in disbelief that my face will be on the wall of their new store! Photo shoot in a few weeks! 

Thank goodness I realized early on -- I forgot my running capris. This only fueled my desire to visit Sarasota's lulu store, and I actually needed an item!
Walked out with new running capris and a new top -- which I loved, and returned the next day to get the other color!

Up early for the race start.
Took a few pics with my amazing blogger running friends.
Chatted about goals for the race...
Meghan was set for a PR -- and is currently working towards a BQ!
Bloggers: ChrissyJessica, Nanci, CaitlynDenise, and Haley

I started the race with Haley, Jessica & Nanci.
...had fun with it, of course! 
One turn and ... the John Ringling Bridge. 
Up and over ----> St. Armand's Circle

Jessica [might] have a similar pic here...

Back over the BIG bridge...
Flash back to a year ago, this was almost the exact moment that Nanci and I became reeeeally good friends! 
We were friends prior to this half last year -- but it was this climb that Nanci stuck with me, made sure I was ok (weird, stomach issues last year), and ran the rest of the race with me. From that point on, Starbucks dates, selfies, & girl talk are a weekly thing. 

Once over the the bridge, Jessica, the running boss of the weekend, took off. The day before, she ran the Gate River Run in Jacksonville. Cool fact, the Gate River Run is the Nation's largest 15K, check out her review here, she had fun running it with her momma. 
[I love that she & Ms Betsy run together!]

Nanci and I continued on our merry way and kept having fun.

I found strawberries. And asked for two handfuls...

Another pretty sight of this race is passing by the Ringling Museum of Art.
-- I still need to pay it a visit! --

Yay! We're loved too! 
Ironically, we were mid-walk break when we came across this awesome sign. 

Being the week of St. Patrick's Day -- we had to don our Irish tats.

After running with some cars [Not going to fib, my least favorite part of the course. The exhaust from the cars reeeally gets to me, and there is no escaping it for this stretch of the race.]

*best pic of the day*
Really, how could we not stop and take a picture?

After that stretch, we take a windy & curvy route through neighborhoods along the water. These last few miles have some of the prettiest views -- and the shade is glorious at this point of the day! 

This fishy was asking for a photo, I couldn't say no! 

Nanci & I stuck together from start to finish -- it was definitely one of the most fun races to date! 

We found our speedy friends. Meghan had set a new, shiny PR; Jessica had a good race too; and a yummy buffet of post-race food was awaiting! 

And maybe a couple adult beverages too ;)

Thanks to Jessica, we had a hotel close to the race start/finish and were able to freshen up before heading to St. Armand's Circle for lunch. Although Jessica has been in Florida for a while, she (and Meghan too), had never visited there, so a quick tour & lunch was a must! 

Meghan and I made a pit stop to the beach -- and got sunburned in less than 20 minutes! 

It was a beautiful race weekend. 
Gorgeous views.
Fun friends.
Glittery dolphin medal.

The Sarasota Half Marathon is always a well run race, very organized, supportive, and a fun time! I would highly suggest it. 

Registration has already opened if you want to run Sarasota in 2016! 
Visit here so that you can get yourself that pretty medal! 


Lastly...thank you to Nanci for taking all these silly pics, and letting me share.
You already know...but you rock!

*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to run the Sarasota Half Marathon in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own. 

Mar 16, 2015

Spring Beer Fling: Tampa -- and a GIVEAWAY!

Need something fun to do this Saturday??

Big City Events is back and bringing Tampa Bay some fun events for 2015! 

Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Beer. Bands. Retro fun. Games. 

along with other beverages.
Live bands will be performing all day, full list is HERE.
Photo credit to
For more information, you can find them HERE and on Facebook.
Photo credit to
Wanna join me?
...we should try these dance moves!

Spring Beer Fling

*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to this event in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own. 

Mar 12, 2015

The 5k Color Run. A Giveaway!

And it's time for another one! 
Only 10 days away!!

A couple weeks ago -- I was able to work with The 5K Zombie Run. 
Since they're so awesome -- they've put together a second run that is a bit more
rainbows, butterflies, and color FUN!

The 5K Color Run is next weekend:
Saturday, March 21, 2015 
[Parking is $5 cash per car, or FREE for 4+ or more in a vehicle]
This is where to go for registration.
It is filling fast -- so don't miss out! 
Use: 5LSSR to save some $$

Besides the amazing run through five color zones, 
you also get a medal and free photos too!  

Feeling lucky?
Enter below to win an entry! 

Extra...packet pick up is next week at the following locations:
3/17/15 Tuesday 4-7pm at FitNiche Tampa/Hyde Park
3/18/15 Wednesday 6-8pm at Whole Foods Carrollwood
3/19/15 Thursday 4-7pm at FitNiche Wiregrass

*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to participate in this race in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own. 

Mar 10, 2015

Give And Grub:::Giving Back to Tampa Bay

Photo credit to Denise :)

Give & Grub is new in town -- and is here to stay! [for good reason ;)]

Everyday, thousands go hungry in the Tampa Bay area. 
My amazing blogger group, the Tampa Bay Bloggers, got a chance to try them out and learn more about the organization last night. 
Although I was running on less than an hour of sleep in two days, my heart said go -- and I'm so glad I did! 
It's the simpliest of concepts -- with the biggest impact. 
Give & Grub is a local food truck that you will be able to find at Amalie Arena during Lightning Hockey Games on select Thursdays and Saturdays, along with spying them at local businesses during lunch time to enable employees to do two things ---- get gourmet food and give back at the same time! 
It is very easy to give...
Buy a meal.
Request the Give And Grub truck. 
Use #GiveAndGrub on social media. 
[ just found out...during the event, 
with the help of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, 
our social shares contacted 2,800 meals!! ]

Now isn't that easy?
By doing one of those three things, the Laser Spine Institute donates one meal. 
They give back every Friday at two schools, going between Hillsborough & Pinellas county. 
Also, once a month they join together with the Boys & Girls Club; here they donate five meals to each child -- and they get one that day -- so six meals total! 

Quick details about the gourmet meals to enjoy...
Each meal has a special name and is tied to The Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bishop Bowl
Callahan's Mac Slam {ahhh-mazing!}
Cooper's Candied Burger
Hat Trick Chicken Sliders
Hedman's Steak Tacos
Chicken Parmkos Sandwich
Slap Shot Chicken Salad
Steak Sandwich w/ Sweet Potato Fried (still to be named!)

Visit HERE to find out when and where you can 
catch Give And Grub next! 
And use #GiveAndGrub too!

*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to attend a tasting with Give And Grub in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own. 

Feb 25, 2015

BattleFrog: a Giveaway!

I'm hooked.
...and knew this would happen!
I completed my first OCR and cannot wait for my next one! 

I first heard about BattleFrog from an OCR-Crazy friend when he competed in the Miami race. He had a blast; at that time I was still a #SpartanRaceVirgin and was jealous! Like most OCR courses, BattleFrog is similar but has a twist, the courses and obstacles are created by Navy SEALS, I'm excited to try out this race series! 

For all my local peeps, in just a few weeks, the Central Florida BattleFrog OCR happening March 14th & 15th!
There are five different courses happening that weekend: 
= BattleFrog 15K, with 25+ obstacles =
= BattleFrog 5K with 15+ obstacles =
= BullFrog 5K with 15 obstacles =
= BullFrog Mile and the TadPole Dash for the little peeps! =

If you want to push your limits, you can register solo or even race as a team. 
But act quick! Registration fees do increase on 2/28/15! And you can use the discount code LiveSweatSleep to save 15% on your registration! (this code is only good for the Orlando event and general waves). 

Feeling lucky? Enter to win an entry below:

BattleFrog OCR Entry^

And there's even more chances for you to win an entry: 
This Crazy Life of Mine 
Tampa Mom Runs
You can visit for more info on their races and upcoming events!

Feb 12, 2015

5K Zombie Run:::Giveaway!!

After running oodles of miles for training, half marathons, & marathons.... learn to love the fun runs. 
[ just my opinion ]

On a whim, I ran the inaugural race of the 5K Zombie Run in 2012.
And that's Ray! 
[side note]
Ray and I went to college together at UT and had quite a few of the same classes -- we even did a big project together. Fast forward a couple years later, I start my running adventures, randomly see on Facebook that Ray has done the same thing! We link back up and are now both ambassadors for Fit2Run

I really enjoyed this race and was surprised to find out post-race that it was their first year! Just enough obstacles, perfect weather, fun medal, and scary zombies! Pretty much a perfect combo for a Zombie Run! forward to this past weekend! I need a time machine! 
As an ambassador for Best Damn Race (did you race it this past weekend in Safety Harbor??), I was at the expo last Friday being Ms. BDR and met one of the minds behind the 5K Zombie Run! We  chatted and he let me in on some awesome things coming for 2015!!

Since I had such a fun time, you should get in on it too!!
You can register HERE.
And use code: 5LSSR to save! 

date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
time: starts at 9AM (multiple waves)
who: runner, zombie, anyone! (must be at least 11 yo) 

Register below for a chance to win an entry! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to attend this race in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own.