May 22, 2015

#brewswithATTITUDE:::a Recap

Go LIGHTNING!!
I was event asked this last night...
No, I'm not a bandwagon fan, I'm a Tampa native. And whenever one of our teams is kicking a$$, I'm just going to cheer a little louder! 
Last week I had the opportunity to enjoy the 5th Annual Brews with Attitude Craft Beer & Cider Festival. It was quite the hit -- over 100 different types of brews & ciders, multiple food trucks, live music -- you missed out if you were not there! 


Of course I hit the ciders first -- found these...
so good!!
They even make their own version of a cider Pina Colada. 
I might have visited this booth a few times.


This one was also a favorite:
*this mixed with some iced coffee would have been ahhmazing. 

That evening, I had quite a few favorites, but the winner was Mad Beach Brewing. Of course I loved their Sangria, Sevora, and Another Day in Paradise, a wheat ale that tasted like Key Lime Pie.

Pepin Distribution was a great location for this event; plenty of room inside for the fun, and all of the food trucks and additional craft brew tents outside. The Tampa Bay Lightning were also playing that night, a little rain did not stop us from enjoying the game on the big screen! You can find more fun pics from the event HERE


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

May 17, 2015

Big City Events Tampa:::Margarita Festival {{giveaway!}}

     
Big City Events knows how to throw a party. 

Back in March, Big City Events joined forces with the Gasparilla Film Festival. 140 films donned the screens of Tampa Bay, over 200 directors in attendance --- leading to their largest Film Festival to date. 


The Gasparilla Film Festival closing party was so much fun.
::drinks::dancing::friends::dj's::movie stars::
it was the place to be that night.

About the same time, Big City Events also put on the Spring Beer Fling! I do not know how they made all of this happen! Both events were top notch -- well run, top notch, and fun!!

  

...the perfect view for a concert @ Curtis Hixon Park! 


Why am I showing & telling you all of this??
Because the best is coming up in just a week!! 
Expect a full day of good drinks, sweet tunes, and an amazing time...
and SMASH MOUTH! 
Yes, I am so excited to say that the 90s are coming back! 
I think you wanna be there :)
Hurry, tickets are going quick! Purchase HERE
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Enter below! You only have a couple days! 



*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I have received the opportunity to attend the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own. 

May 11, 2015

recommitting ----> to health & fitness. {and a giveaway!}

Putting this into writing for accountability:
As of yesterday, I am recommitting to health & fitness.
Whaaaat??

I know, that title has thrown me for a loop too.

But I'm recommitting. Luckily, as a fitness instructor, I have not [completely] fallen off the train, but I do need to completely [REFOCUS] and dive in head first.

{bikini} season is coming...
And Summit!


for FITNESS:
I must start running again. As I mentioned, I have a half marathon in August...gotta get to it!
weight lifting. I have weights in my room. Why aren't I using them?? That's right...no excuses here...

for FOOD:
still doing my shakeology daily. But need to do it earlier in the morning...
I need to UP my calorie intake, throughout the day.
[overall, I know I am eating plenty of calories, but need to space them out better and do more for breakfast, lunch, and incorporate better for you snacks!]
{Kozy Shack® is helping me with this! With only 90 calories, these gluten free snack is perfect to add with my breakfast, and as a post sweat-sesh treat.
more clean, green food. that's a gimme...
and more water!


Yesterday was day one...started off with a good start! 

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a Caitlyn update.

Long over due...
Just to write.
not share. nothing Tampa (although I love me some Tampa festivities).

JUST ME.

I have been up to so so much. I feel so lucky to be plugged into my local blogger community -- I have hit up some awesome events recently!

being selfish. back to me.

I was recently given the opportunity of a lifetime. Sound like I'm exaggerating?! I'm not...
I knew that lululemon ambassadors existed, one of my friends was one. But I had NO idea how it came to be. Fast forward to a unexpected message from the future store manager of lululemon International Mall. Fast forward a few weeks and I was standing outside a local restaurant with three amazing, fitness inspired woman and we were handed envelopes asking us to be the new ambassadors for the upcoming store @ International Plaza.


...there was no hesitation from any of us. Ryan (our fearless leader, store manager) floored us again as we walked into Pelagia Trattoria and saw these three...

I do not think that three chatty ladies (myself, Lucia, & LeShan) could have been more speechless! Ryan had reached out to those dear to us and asked them to celebrate with us!

{top photo} L--->R, Me, Ryan, LeShan, Lucia
{bottom photo} the entire crew, lulu love, ambassadors & our loved ones!

Since then, the amazingness has not stopped. Two more ambassadors have joined our family; Lucia, LeShan and I each had our photo shoots for the pictures that will grace the walls of the new store, and in a couple weekends, more fun!


{Above picture} I had pictures taken blogging, running, and doing some PiYo/Insanity moves at the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Lucia, in the middle, our cucpcake lover, teaches Bar Method just across the street from International Plaza. Lehan, our yogi, momma to the most adorable little dude, teaches yoga at Lifetime Fitness, which is conveniently right at the mall!

I cannot wait to meet the rest of the fam :) And for the store to open this summer!

Next up... the TRIFECTA.
You can head back HERE if you need a refresher.
I have already committed the Beast in October.
I think Atlanta will be my location for Super...
[race registration giveaway coming soon]




This lovely lady, my college lifeline.
I will be running the Goofy Challenge with her in January 2016.
What is that, you ask?
One of Disney's amazing races. We will be running the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday. This past January, I ran with Bethany as she ran her first half -- and I wanted to experience her first marathon with her too! 




The two of us this past weekend at the Straz Center for Beauty and the Beast

Lastly, my blog is getting an update. Here is a small sneak peek. 



I am crazy, stupid excited... I am making the change from Blogger to WordPress.
Woohoo!!!
Jenna, over at BookEmoji is helping me out with the transfer and redesign. Her vision is on point! Above is a teeny-tiny sneak peek. 


cornholeONwater

*this post is sponsored by the aweomseness of CornholeonWater, thanks to my relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. All opinions are my own.

Have you heard of CornholeONwater
We all know the Cornhole, but this version takes it up a notch, where you can play on the water! 
... beach, lake, pool ...


With Memorial Day right around the corner...this will be the perfect addition whether you hit up the beach or pool. However, I might have had some trouble figure it out at first... 


I'm close, right? 


No joke, I almost got it stuck getting it over my shoulders. 
This is obviously not how you're supposed to use it.
I gave it one more try...


Negative, ghost writer, on all of my attempts.
But don't worry, I finally got it!


I was given the opportunity to play at the beach, and the pool -- both super easy to set up and of course, FUN! If you know you'll always play at the pool, there's a kit for you. And the same with the beach/lake -- or you can get the combo kit! 

{the cornholeonwater kits are very high quality and easy to assemble. each kit come with a way to anchor the tubes in place, four floatable balls -- in a carry all bag!}

And since your Memorial Day pool or beach party is still missing that one thing...
You can use the code tbblogger to save $10 off a $40+ order! 
Hurry quick -- this is only good until the end of May! 



One more use for the tubes...it was tough work showing you how CornholeONwater works! 
{Thanks to my awesome friend, Lora, for her help!}


Where would you use Cornholeonwater?

May 9, 2015

#brewswithATTITUDE


Do you have plans this Tuesday night?

Do you love a good brew?

Act fast ... Brews with Attitude is almost sold out!! 
Tuesday, May 12th
6PM-10PM @ TPepin's Hospitality Centre
4121 N 50th St, Tampa

Over 100 craft beers & ciders
Food Trucks
Live Entertainment
...and more! 

Brews & Ciders from these amazing breweries: 
* Florida Avenue Brewing Company * Tampa Bay Brewing Company * 
* Big Storm Brewing Company * Coppertail Brewing Company * 
* Pair O'Dice Brewing Company * Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company *
* 3Daughters Brewing * Rapp Brewing Company * Bold City Brewery * 
* Big Top Brewing Company * Darwin Brewing Company * 
* Motorworks Brewing * Aviator Brewing Company
* Rochester Mills Beer Company * Omission * 
* Blue Point Brewing Company * Widmer Brothers Brewing * 
* Green Flash Brewing Company * Redhook Brewery * 
* Kona Brewing Company * Rocky Mountain Wild Cider * 
* Sweetwater Brewing Company * Southern Tier Brewing Company * 
* Vermont Hard Cider * Magic Hat Brewing Company * 
* Shipyard Brewing Company * St. Arnold Brewing Company * 
* Victory Brewing Company * Cider Mixology * Goose Island Beer Company * 
* Bayshore Brewing Beer Company *


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

May 7, 2015

Beauty and the Beast ::: a Review



Every lady deserves one evening where they feel like a princess.
...whether it be in a pretty ball gown,
a fancy feast,
or receiving a library full of books.
In true Belle-fashion, I was the princess for the evening,
and have none other to thank than my friends.

The evening started at Ocean Prime. I had previously commented that I had never had dinner there before, [I left out the fact that two ex-boyfriends promised dinner there...and they didn't follow through] so dinner here meant more to me than I think these gentlemen knew...


We all thoroughly enjoyed everything brought to the table.
Filet, Blackened Snapper, Lobster Mashed Potatoes, 10-layer Carrot Cake...
...to name a few.

Ray, Ritchie & Ryan treated me to the nines.
I am grateful to have such amazing friends in my life. :)
As you may know, I have been visiting the Straz for years; I started attending on field trips and now you'll find me there for my love of music & the theater. And I definitely did not mind being escorted by these three! 


All four of us are big Disney fans, so I knew each of us would enjoy...and sing along. We all know the story, beautiful Belle is the odd one out, her father the inventor, the Beast keeping her captive, the households items that come to life, love prevails and everyone lives happily ever after. However, I am happy to say that there were differences in Beauty and the Beast on Tour; they're refreshing, light hearted and humorous additions to the storyline I grew up watching.


Before I go any further, the cast is phenomenal. Belle is gorgeous and portrays the book-loving princess very well. Le Fou and Gaston almost steal the show. Lumiere is hilarious. Cogsworth is just like he is portrayed in the original; talking very timely and replicating a metronome. The feisty feather duster is the still the flare in Lumiere's eye, and makes her presence known as she flirts across the stage.


The best attribute?
...it's a show for everyone.
All of the characters are lovable for the kids.
Quite a bit of humor for the adults
[ including some adult humor, thanks Disney ;) ]
And the sights! The costumes are impeccable, and let's just say that "Be Our Guest" was right out of the Disney movie.

The differences...
Some of the songs are different; they kept the classics, in which all of us sang along quietly.
Le Fou's role is HUGE -- and I loved it! I always enjoyed his silly, yet naive personality in the film, and was happy to see him have a bigger role in this show.
the. best. part. of. the. show::: the bar scene. Everyone joins in with Gaston & Le Fou with clinking of beer mugs and dancing. Imagine synchronized swimming, but with clinking of the mugs and jolly bar folk. It was awesome.
Another awesome part...Belle has sass! Not joking here...she calls out the Beast when he is being a bully, stands up for herself, and shows true wit in the sticky situation of being held captive in the castle.
Lastly, the Beast's humor got an upgrade! He is quite comical, and let's it show when he has to push his ego aside.

As you tell by now, I loved it. Funny how a movie I was watching 24 years ago still struck so many heart strings, I still could sing every word, and the library scene still gave me goosebumps. They did a phenomenal job keeping the original in tact, but added just enough to keep you entertained & loving every second.



{ Thanks again to these three handsome guys for making my evening a special one }

Beauty and the Beast is currently running from now, until Sunday May 10th. Take your Momma for Mother's Day! You can visit HERE for more ticket and schedule information.


*As a member of the Tampa BayBloggers, I did receive the opportunity to attend Beauty and the Beast at the Straz Center. in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own.