Monday - December 16, 2019
 

Jessica Cook (Photographer)

September 8th, 2019

I sat in the middle of a bar with a couple of friends as we watched a coworker of ours start his set on the stage in front of us, he spat a couple of decent bars. I felt like it was worth the drive over.  It was a small bar, dark with the occasional stream of colored lights that flowed around the room, it seemed like a decent place to grab a drink or two and simply chill with some friends. It didn’t take long for a small crowd started to form in front of the stage. Some were sober enough to appreciate the sound if you were able to see the occasional nod and hear them cheer over the base, others... Read More

Three Simple Ways You Can Help The Environment

May 2nd, 2019

This week we celebrated Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement. Our impact on the environment is complex and often interrelated.  For example, bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Ninety percent of the world’s food crops are pollinated by bees, and humans are responsible for two major reasons that bees are dying: pesticides and habitat destruction. If bees die out, the world will face a serious food crisis. Our oceans are clogged with plastic, which is harmful to marine... Read More

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

Eric Hornsby

February 3rd, 2018

What my friends and I like to do on our down time is have mock photo shoots at random locations throughout Tampa Bay . It gives us, young adults a sense of adventure without breaking the bank. So on a random Thursday afternoon, I dragged my friends out into Downtown Tampa with my camera in hand, ready for any weird model poses with pretty backgrounds. We began walking through The Straz Center to check out some of the new art pieces that were promoting upcoming musicals, which were at the time Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock. It wasn’t until after our mini photo shoot in front of these... 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

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December 11th, 2017

About David Dvorak CPA. How much money will I need to save for my child’s education? When should I refinance my mortgage? How do I plan for retirement? Should I invest in a retirement plan? How will my Social Security work? What’s this strange tax form I’ve received? As Temple Terrace accounting professionals, these are some of the common concerns that are posed to us on a daily basis. At David Dvorak CPA, we know that planning for your financial future can be confusing and overwhelming. Our mission is to provide you with the information you need to help you make informed decisions about... 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

Nightlife: Theater & Performing Arts

December 5th, 2017

Tampa’s performing arts scene may not compare to those of New York or Chicago or Los Angeles, but for a city with less high-rise buildings than fingers on your hands, we’re surprisingly spoiled. The bay area is scattered with plenty of beautiful theaters that often don’t garner the attention they deserve- Tampa’s Straz Center, Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall, and St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater, to name a few. Tampa is also home to two great comedy clubs hosting not only local acts but touring comedy icons, The Improv in Ybor and Side Splitters on N. Dale Mabry Hwy. This is something I’m... 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

Hankassi

November 27th, 2017

Hankassi is originally from the Ivory Coast. She moved to Florida a few years ago as a career logistic professional; working for multiple locations in supply management. Her job allowed her to travel around the world, where she discovered many different cultures and was able to share her culture and history with others. Hankassi’s African Accessories was created from her desire to share some of the things she loves most about African culture and fashion. It all began with friends and later grew into a business due to the response she received everywhere she went in her African attire. Today... Read More