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  • Friday Favorites - Week 2/28

    Hi Friday!  It's time for this week's Friday Favorites.  The Florida Strawberry Festival is finally here!  I'm looking forward to heading there with the girls hopefully this weekend.  If not, we'll surely be there on Monday for Parade Day.  They are so excited to go and see some of their friends walk in the parade.  Here's my list of Friday Favorites:


    • Mizuno Hitogami

    Friday Favorites Mizuno Hitogami


    As you may know, I recently received a free pair of the Mizuno Hitogami running shoes from Mizuno and FitFluential.  I received the shoes while participating in a twitter chat.  I'm a big fan of Mizuno running shoes, in fact I only own Mizunos.  I normally run with the Wave Riders so I was really curious to see how the Hitogamis would perform.  I've tried them on the road and on the treadmill this week and they are definitively a keeper.  They are lighter than my Wave Riders and they feel sturdier like the Wave Riders 15.  I must say I also love the color combination of the shoe.  I wasn't sure about the shoe laces because they are like a rope, but they stayed tied just fine.  If you are interested in winning free stuff, or getting great discounts on athletic equipment, check out FitFluential.

    • Marshmallow Oaties

    Three Sisters Marshmallow Oaties

    My girls love Lucky Charms, but I'm not sure I like all of the ingredients.  I saw Three Sisters Marshmallow Oaties while shopping at Whole Foods Market a while back.  They were on sale buy one, get one free so I felt better about buying them in case my girls did not like them.  They are all natural sweetened whole grain toasted oat cereal with marshmallows with "no phony flavors or colors".   They were a big hit with my girls.  I've grabbed a couple of bowls myself and they taste really good.  We are on our second bag and I will be purchasing this product again next time I go to Whole Foods.

    • Michaels Stores Craft Classes

    Friday Favorites

    Learning how to knit has been on my to do list for quite some time now.  So, I was thrilled when my daughter asked me if I could take her to a crochet class at our local Michaels.  They've been going to Michaels on the weekend for Rainbow Loom classes, so I figured why not.  I get to try something I've wanted to do for a while and I get to bond with my daughter.  We had so much fun.  The teacher was super nice and very patient.  Apparently even though I'm right handed, I was crocheting like a left handed person.  Zoe had a great time and she was super proud of her knitting.  We've even knitted at home together a couple of times.

    I hope you all have a great weekend.  For more Friday Favorites, visit Heather at Housewife Glamour.


  • Top three things to do at the Florida Strawberry Festival

    I've been attending the Florida Strawberry Festival for about 15 years now.  Even when we lived in South Florida we still made it to the Festival every year.  It's amazing to see how the Festival has evolved.  Now with the girls it's even more fun.  Driving to the market becomes more interesting in the weeks leading up to the Strawberry Festival because the girls start noticing all of the trailers with the rides.  But for me, I start noticing all of the fair food trucks. So here's a list of my top three things to do/eat at the Florida Strawberry Festival!

    1. Amish Donuts

    Florida Strawberry Festival

    Do not miss this.  I mean it.  Do not miss this.  If you miss this, please don't say you love donuts.  These donuts were amazingly good.  They are freshly made right in front of you and taste like a little bit of heaven.  Let's just say that I went to the Florida Strawberry Festival a few times last year and each time I went I somehow managed to eat one of these.  They also have handmade pretzels, which are great too, but I prefer the donuts.  So, if the weather cooperates tonight, I'll be heading for one of this as soon as I get there.  I will be guilty of eating my dessert first.

    2. See a Concert

    Florida Strawberry Festival

    Last year we went to see Foreigner at the Florida Strawberry Festival.  This year we plan on going to see STYX, if the weather holds.  Plan on bringing a light jacket as it can get pretty chilly at the concerts.  Some even bring blankets.  Although there is an extra fee for the concerts, there are free seats available for all concerts on a first come, first seated basis.  Here's a list of this year's entertainment.

    3. Ride the rides

    Florida Strawberry FestivalOne of my favorite things about the Florida Strawberry Festival as a parent, is that they have two small children designated areas.  These children areas are located at both east and west end of the Festival grounds.  We usually do one or the other.  The girls enjoy all of the children rides and we enjoy not having to run around big stretches to find their favorite rides.  Normally we go to the east end children area because it feels bigger and that's where the Amish donuts sets up.

    And of course, my other favorite thing to do at the Strawberry Festival is visit our booth.  We take a picture of the girls there every year.

    Florida Strawberry Festival

    Florida Strawberry Festival March 4, 2010

    What's your favorite thing at the Florida Strawberry Festival?


  • Happy 2 year blog anniversary giveaway

    I might be a few days late in announcing the blog's anniversary, but oh well, such is life.  It has been a great time.  We are only two days away from the start of the Florida Strawberry Festival.  This is always a very exciting time around Plant City.  For example, last Thursday we headed over to Keel and Curley Winery for the 12th Anniversary Party/Reader's Choice Awards of Focus Magazine.  The Reader's Choice Awards selects local businesses and Plant City residents vote for the best cuban sandwich, best chinese food, and of course best strawberry shortcake and best strawberry milkshake.

    World Famous Strawberry Shortcake

    famous strawberry milkshake Parkesdale

    For a few years now, we've been the lucky recipients of both Best Strawberry Milkshake and Best Strawberry Shortcake in town. Thank you Plant City!

    To celebrate our blog's Second year Anniversary, we'll be hosting a giveaway for a Parkesdale goodie basket valued at $5o.00.  You have until midnight March 5th to enter.  Winners will be announce on March 6th.

    Don't forget to leave a comment on this post below.  You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.

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