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Valspar Championship Golf Tournament Giveaway

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Spring is just around the corner so you know what that means! It’s time for the Valspar Championship 2017, part of the PGA Tour known as “Most Colorful PGA TOUR Tournament in the World.” Golf lovers will descend upon Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida decked in the brightest and most eye catching colors they can find.

For the 3rd year in a row I’m pleased to announce that Outdoorsy Diva will be in attendance thanks to Valspar Championship and my readers can win a pair of tickets to attend too!!

Now I’m no golf fan by any stretch, but I have found the Valspar Championship to be a great way to spend time with the family enjoying the outdoors.   Check out my post about why you should attend a golf tournament even if you aren’t a golf fan!

Another great draw to make the Valspar Championship such a nice outing for families is the abundance of activities for kids. They dedicate a whole area as a kid zone that your littles will love!

Of course there is world championship golf happening and I have to say that final round can get really exciting!! I ended up just feet from the ball during one of the crucial final rounds last year.

Here is a list of the fun non-golf activities to look forward to at the Valspar Championship:

Photo Credit: PGA Tour

Mc Donald’s Family Fun Zone

Featuring a 16-foot-tall rock climbing wall, monster putting green, free popsicle, Imagination Playground and plenty of arts and crafts and games.

**This area located by the 8th green

Valspar Live

Free concert March 11th by Toby Keith on Saturday after tournament play has ended.

Frenchy’s Pool Party
Relax and enjoy the concessions on the covered pool deck located behind the 18th green.  Don’t miss their infamous crab fries!! Trust me!

*NEW* Foodies Activites 

  • Valspar Food Truck Rally
  • Celebrity chef cooking demonstration by Ming Tsai (Friday and Saturday)
  • Several new concession areas

The Grape & Grain

An upscale wine, beer and spirits emporium.  This new venue is open to all patrons located between the 9th and 10th holes of the Copperhead Course. Featuring both a delightful outdoor deck and air-conditioned interior seating, Grape & Grain features for purchase the offerings of William Hill Wines, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker, Bulleit Bourbon, Gordon’s Gin, Pelligroso Tequila and other fine spirits.

Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole
Fan Expo Area  (behind 18th green)
Tampa General Hospital Interactive Health Screenings
Pinch A Penny Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost 

Valspar Chameleon Cove(3rd Green) – NEW includes a beach and relaxation zone with a 20-foot colossal chameleon structure made from sand

Make sure you check out the spectators rules on the Valspar website.  You can also find information on purchasing tickets and the cost for parking. Kids 15 and under get in FREE!

**Parking passes must be pre-purchased for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Patrons may purchase Tuesday & Wednesday parking when arrive on-site.

The giveaway is underway from now through Friday!  

The giveway is for tickets only and does not include the cost of parking. 

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Family Fun,Foodie Adventures,Kid Friendly,Lifestyle,Tampa Eats,Tampa Life

Top 10 Florida State Fair Food Favorites To Die For

For as long as I’ve lived in Tampa,Florida, the start of February has signaled the arrival of the Florida State Fair. I looked forward to the annual Fair Day out of school to go and ride ridiculously crazy rides until I puked and play the midway games.   I also loved stuffing my face with deep fried goodness and other fair food favorites.

And then I got old and my love affair ended. Even as a mom I only recall taking my own son a few times to the fair over the years. He always had a friend he could go with so I was off the hook.

But this year I was hosted by the Florida State Fair and my long lost love affair with the brightly colored midway, meat on a stick, and deep fried everything was rekindled. It was like meeting up with an old long lost friend. Read More »

Lifestyle,Tampa Life,Travel

Some People Travel By Plane, I Took a Blimp Ride

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I’ve been fascinated with blimps since I was a little girl. I used to get so excited when I spotted the Goodyear or the Metlife blimp fly over. By a fortunate stroke of favor from the universe I was granted the opportunity to take a blimp ride with members of the media, checking off a bucket list adventure I never dreamed I would actually get the chance to do. It’s not like you can just book a blimp ride as you would a plane flight so this is indeed an elite mile high club that not many will never get a chance to say they are apart of. Read More »


Adventure and Travel Goals for 2017 and a Look Back at the Best Adventures of 2016

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I know many people are so looking forward to saying goodbye to 2016. There were certainly some dark moments collectively as a nation and for many people close to me in their individual lives. However, I’m happy to share with you my adventure and travel goals for 2017 and take a look back at all that I’ve been blessed to see and do and experience and smile with gratitude.

Adventure and Travel Goals Recap of 2016

  1. Get scuba certified – Fail
  2. Visit Discovery Cove – Fail
  3. Stay in a houseboat – Fail
  4. Visit 3 national parks I’ve never visited before – Pass. This was ambitious and I knew that.  I did visit 2 new national parks and 1 that was sorta kinda new.  My son and I went to Cache National Forest in Utah/Idaho. We visited Fort Pulaski National Monument in Georgia, a first for my son but a repeat visit for me.  We also went to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
  5. Travel to Key West by boat – Fail
  6. Stay in a treehouse – Fail but not for lack of trying.
  7. Plan another solo international trip – Pass….I planned one. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take that trip and had to cancel it. I was all booked to fly to Paris and Germany to visit the Christmas Markets. Real tears over that one.
  8. Visit the UK – Pass. I went to London and Wales and added Ireland to that itinerary. It was an epic trip and I still have so much content to share with you from that trip.
  9. Stay in a castle – Pass. I stayed in the Chateau Rhianfa in northern Wales. Definitely a highlight of the year!
  10. Swim with manatees – Pass. My son and I were able to do this in January and I’m hoping we will be able to squeeze in another one in 2017.
  11. Visit Devil’s Den Prehistoric Underwater Spring – Pass. I checked off this one on New Years Day!
  12. Go Luxury Glamping – Pass. Not once but 3 times! I did luxury glamping at a dude ranch, in Utah at Conestoga Ranch, and in Texas hill country.
  13. Visit at least one other European country on the UK trip – Pass. I went to Ireland
  14. See Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Pass. It glorious and a must do for any true Harry Potter fan
  15. Zip Line at a new location – Pass. My son and I zip lined in Texas hill country over springbreak.
  16. Explore at least 6 new local parks – Fail.
  17. Visit more Florida beaches I haven’t visited before – Pass. I went to Anna Maria Island
  18. Tent Camping trip – Pass. We camped in Cumberland Island Georgia with Outdoor Afro
  19. Visit California again – Fail.
  20. Travel internationally with my son – Fail. But….it will definitely happen in 2017.

I also had quite a few adventures I didn’t plan.

  • paddle boarding for the first time
  • eating ostrich for the first time
  • playing with baby kangaroos and baby lemurs
  • doing an overnight backpacking trip
  • watching a sea turtle necropsy
  • clay shooting
  • watching a rodeo
  • riding a horse through a field of rodeo bulls
  • visiting a nudist resort
  • seeing the bog bodies of Ireland
  • seeing the Rosetta Stone
  • visiting a Texas vineyard and winery
  • Doing a rib ride in Wales
  • Rode a jet ski for the first time
  • Won best local blogger in Tampa
  • Went to Mall of America
  • Visited a 2  new waterfalls
  • Did my first Dapper Day at Disney

Not bad, not bad. 60% of the adventures I set out to have I was actually able to accomplish. I work 40+ hours a week and I’m a mom to a high school football player that keeps me pretty busy so being able to get that many adventure and travel goals completed is doing pretty darn good. I get emails and messages all the time from people who are baffled that I’m able to do this. Many say they want to but they just don’t have the time.

My advice is that you have to be intentional. I made a very intentional list of things I wanted to see and do for the year and I planned to do them. There are only 2 things on my list that I planned but wasn’t able to execute due to circumstances I couldn’t control.  As opportunities were presented, I also looked at how they fit in with my goals. Is it something I really want to do? Is it worth my time and energy because doing this may take time and money away from my ability to do something else that was on my list.

Choose your where you place your money and energy wisely. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of spending energy doing things that honestly don’t add any value to our lives. If you don’t plan you can guarantee that you won’t do any of the things you say you have the desire to do. So, if your goal is to have a family trip next year start planning now!  Whatever your goals for next year, your first step is a plan of action.

Adventure and Travel Goals for 2017

  1. Get scuba certified
  2. Visit Discovery Cove
  3. Visit Dry Tortugas National Park
  4. Visit 3 national parks I’ve never visited before
  5. Take a cruise
  6. Stay in a treehouse or a houseboat
  7. Plan another solo international trip
  8. Visit Maine
  9. Swim in a cenote
  10. Visit a new Florida spring
  11. Visit 3 new Florida State Parks
  12. Glamping Trip
  13. Take a cooking class in Paris
  14. Ride the London Eye with my son
  15. Zip Line at a new location
  16. Explore at least 3 new local parks
  17. At least one tent camping trip
  18. Go on college visits with my son
  19. Travel internationally with my son

Ain’t nothing to it but to do it!! I’m entering 2017 with an open heart and an open mind. I’m ready for the adventures and travels that lie ahead for me this year.  It’s going to be bitter-sweet because this year will also bring about the beginning of my son’s senior year of high school so in a way it’s the beginning of the end of his childhood. I’m not sure how prepared I am for that, but I’m determined to make the most of the time we have left together.

I wish you and your families a prosperous and adventure filled new year! Now go and be great.

Happy Adventure Year!

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