Sunday - February 24, 2019
 

It’s Natural to Crave Sugar! – 4 Tips for Managing Sugar Intake

January 28th, 2019

Sugar is both a delightful treat and the bane of our existence because, while it is delicious, it also seems to be addictive. Scientific evidence is mounting to suggest that too much added sugar in our diets could lead to true addiction. Sugar is linked to addiction because when we eat it, dopamine and opioids are released into the bloodstream. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that creates a reward associated with addictive behavior. Once dopamine is released into the system, it gives us a pleasurable “high.” Why do we crave sugar? The main natural source of sugar is fruit. Thousands of years... Read More

Access to Green Space is a Predictor of Well-being

January 28th, 2019

People often struggle to find ways to preserve health and happiness when they live in stress-inducing urban environments. Recent research suggests parks have a unique capacity to enhance physical health and foster a sense of community for city dwellers. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, used information from the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a variety of other sources and combined this analysis with city-level data on park quantity, quality and accessibility... Read More

Make It Stop

January 28th, 2019

I kind of hate January. There, I said it. Yes, it’s the first month of a new year, and it represents a new start and new possibilities and blah blah blah. After the warmth of the holiday season, January is cold, bleak, bereft of life. The main reason I hate January, though? It’s the month where movies go to die. For the most part, certain times of the year correspond with certain movies. Summer is for big blockbusters. Late fall is when then Academy Award hopefuls are rolled out. January is the dumping ground of the studios. People are going back to work or back to school, and there generally... Read More

Five Tips for Eating Healthy without Breaking the Bank

January 28th, 2019

Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2019?  Eating healthy is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, right up there with “spend less money” and “exercise more.” Healthy eating can be expensive if you’re on a tight budget, but it can be done with a little thought and creativity.  Here are some easy tips for eating healthy on a budget: Plan your meals. If you plan your meals, build a shopping list, and only buy what’s on the list, you’ll spend less on stuff you don’t need.  You can save even more if you take a look at what’s on sale at your grocery store... Read More

A Million Shattered Pieces

January 28th, 2019

Movies aren’t for everyone, though people think they are. A bunch of years ago, my wife and I caught the very good film Adaptation in the theaters. If it’s been a minute since you’ve seen or thought about it, Adaptation is about a lonely screenwriter struggling to adapt a book about an orchid thief. It’s got strong performances by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep, and a great deal to say about the creative process. Joining us in our cinematic excursion was an Unnamed Member Of Our Extended Family. He’s a great guy, but the film tastes of the aforementioned UMOOEF, as he will be known going... Read More

The Glass Between Their Love

January 28th, 2019

On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile died tragically and pointlessly. Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled Castile over during a traffic stop. Later, Yanez claimed Castile was pulled over because he looked like the suspect in a robbery. In the car with Castile was his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. Her four-year-old daughter was in the back seat. As Yanez asked Castile to produce his license and insurance, Castile informed the police officer that he had a licensed firearm in his possession. At this point, Officer Yanez panicked. He raised his voice, unholstered his firearm, and fired at Philando Castile seven... Read More

February Brownie festival 2018

February 17th, 2018

February, the month of the love and endless kisses and hugs for those lucky ones to have that special person to share with, as romantic we always try to come up with original ideas to celebrate this special day, either with your boyfriend, husband, or even with friends, you name it, diversity is all that matters. Don’t take that special one to the boring common date to the movies, or that romantic dinner with candles and roses, which may not be totally boring but it has already been seen almost everywhere. Take advantage of the amazing activities the fellows from Tampa are lucky to have every... Read More

Weddings at the bay

February 2nd, 2018

Events, fun activities, and the beach are something you can find in Florida, and with Florida, I mean the Tampa Bay area, but, what could be better than having your own party in a warm-weather city with amazing views and landscapes. I am sure everyone in the family will be jealous. As we celebrate birthdays in Florida (the most common celebrations everywhere) we also are known for having great destination weddings down here in the Tampa Bay area, the reason is again the incredible weather, the warmth of the people and the great deals you can get to host that special day. When it comes to planning... Read More

Gasparilla Pirate Festival 2018

January 26th, 2018

It is the time of the year when all the Tampa Bay gets reunited to celebrate the annual Gasparilla pirate festival, one of the most important festival of the city and one of the biggest too. Pirates are a very important statement of the city as it was in the past when the Pirate Jose Gaspar AKA Gasparilla operated in Southwest Florida in the early 1800s. A tradition that hits this January 101 years of unmatched celebration in Florida. The festival is now sponsored by several brands that make it possible to create incredible parades as well as concerts, bar parties and kid-friendly events like the... Read More

Outdoor activities in Tampa

January 19th, 2018

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Tampa bay Grilled cheese festival

January 11th, 2018

Hey, Happy late new year everyone! It has been so long since I’m not writing for you, but everyone deserve a break, isn’t? Now that we are back on track for all our new year resolutions we might be into fitness, diets and juice detox, but as we decide to get fit we all deserve that cheat day that will calm all our cravings, wondering if by any chance a cheat day can become a festival with cheese and beer? Well, say no more, because the Tampa Bay Grilled cheese fest is back! This year local vendors are coming from all over the Tampa Bay to get reunited in one place to serve to you the most... Read More

Things to do in Tampa this weekend

December 15th, 2017

We are almost at the end of the year. Just two more weeks until we say good bay to our 2017 to welcome with excitement the happy new year of 2018, but before we start with the Christmas fever and the new year resolutions, lest take a look of the events that are meant to happen this weekend, so we can start with the right foot having fun as much as possible. The Amelie arena in the Tampa Bay area is one of the important places of the city hosting lots of different and iconic artist all year around, like this Friday, December 15th Katy Perry is coming to wish you a nice happy Christmas you Witnesses... Read More

The best places for beer in Tampa Bay

December 8th, 2017

We all know beer is one of the most popular drinks in the states either for special occasions, at a fancy restaurant or just to have a fun weekend with friends, so this time I wanted to share with you the best places to get beer in the Tampa Bay area. 1. World of beer The name says it all, World of beer offers you a great selection of beers with great atmosphere and on top of that a great sitting area inside and outside for those nice sunny days we always get here in the bay. 2. The independent bar café Place located in the south Tampa area with amazing selection of beers with innovating brewing... Read More

Things to do for Christmas in the Tampa Bay area

November 30th, 2017

It is true when people say that time flies when you are having fun, and so we are since just 26 days are the countdown for Christmas. If you are like me and like to take Christmas to the next level Tampa Bay has lots of activities (as always) for Christmas this year, starting this Saturday December 2nd at downtown for the 36th annual Christmas parade from 11 am to 4 pm at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront with a Santa festival starting at 4pm offering activities like free photos with Santa for the little ones and why not the whole family too. Make and take arts and crafts right there at the festival... Read More

Annual cupcake festival at Ybor city

November 23rd, 2017

It’s November and not everything has to be about Thanksgiving and pumpkin everything when you can add sweetness to your life, once again the 7th annual cupcake festival at Ybor city came back with lots of local cupcake bakers and lots of sweet creations. I don’t think there is a better way to start my holidays than with cupcakes right? Every year local bakers come together to compete at this fun event where a panel of judges goes all around the stands to determine the best tasting cupcake to finally name the winner of the “Best cupcake in Tampa 2017”. Well deserve for those amazing bakers... Read More

Beth Reynolds and One Day Tampa Bay

November 17th, 2017

Beth Reynolds has a long history in the Tampa Bay Area and is known as a photographer with supreme talent.  I initially met her through the Morean Art Center where she worked managing the gallery shop in the late 1990s.  Over the years, she has evolved into the Director of Photography for the center, which is currently celebrating its 100th year.  It is a perfect fit for her since she describes a lifelong passion for photography. “I found the camera to be a tour guide through life when I very shy. Most of my life I have worked as a documentary photographer – I have balanced a career... Read More

Lightning in the Tampa Bay area

November 16th, 2017

When we talk about Lighting in Tampa is not just about the Hockey team, Tampa has several places to go and delight your eyes with the illuminated and enormous Christmas trees, so you have lots of options to keep you entertain from parks to popular shops that make free events for everyone. This year is not the exception as some of those events had been already announced and for to you mark it on your busy calendar to plan ahead of time to attend. One of my favorites from last year was at “Wiregrass shops” a mall with an open concept that had events every weekend since the day they install the... Read More

May the Force Be With You: Star Wars and the Power of Costume

November 11th, 2017

Today was an interesting day.  It started with this fellow in a robe coming up to me. He had the most intense gaze and this magical, calming voice. I remember that we spoke — he said something, but I can’t quite recall what it was.  The next thing I knew, he was gone and I found myself with an overwhelming compulsion to go and visit the Star Wars and the Power of the Costume Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Anyone who has seen any of the Star Wars franchise knows about the remarkable costumes within:  Darth Vadar’s black ensemble emblazoned him as one... Read More

Great food in Tampa

November 9th, 2017

Do you ever feel that there aren’t new places to go either to eat, have a drink or even have fun? Yeah, I used to have the same feeling. Sometimes it looks like we don’t have more option than going to the drive-thru of one of those popular fast food chains and get a burger and fries, boring isn’t? At least when you have it for dinner more than you can even think about it. Having different alternatives to eat is always a plus when it comes to choosing the right place to live. Tampa is another reason to choose it as a place to live offering an amazing food wise options for everyone, believe... Read More

Until next year Halloween…

November 2nd, 2017

October is for most of the people I know one of the best seasons of the year, as it is for me as well because October brings Halloween every year with lots of candies and activities for everyone, and of course, who doesn’t love candies? Tampa is a very versatile city where you can find amazing Halloween experiences for adults and kids. One of the Florida’s best interactive haunted houses called Scream-a-Geddon, a local horror park in Tampa based on the north area of the city, just in the middle of bushes to give you a more credible horror experience has to offer up to 5 haunted houses with... Read More