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  • October Instagram Challenge #Octogram

    This October will be launching our first ever Instagram Challenge with the Tampa Bay Bloggers.  To join in on the October fun, follow this list of daily pictures and post on your Instagram account with the #Parkesdale and #Octogram hashtags. Make sure to follow @Parkesdale on Instagram too!

    October instagram challenge

     

    Parkedale Farm Market - @parkesdale
    Tampa Bay Bloggers - @TBbloggers
    Denise of Run DMT - @Run_DMT
    Scotty of Dads Who Change Diapers - @diaperdad
    Life as Dad - @lifeasdad
    Haley of Running with Diapers - @runningwithdiapers
    Caroline of My Fascinating Life - @carolinecalcote
    Tara of Everyday Ramblings of My Life - @tfunair
    Jenny of Metamorfit - @metamorfit
    Nanci of This Crazy Life of Mine - @auntnanci
    Jina of Behold the Turtle - @behold_turtle
    Stacey at Artsnark’s Artifacts - @Artsnark
    Crystal of Thrifty and Frugal Living - @Latsyrc728
    Beth of Making, Baking and Creating - @anasilan
    Lydia of Running Wild(er) - @Wildlyd
    Raffi of Running Betty - @rafdarrow
    Mindy of Mindy’s Fitness Journey - @mindyartze
    Carlee of Frugal and Fun Mom@frugalandfunmom
    Bonnie of Not So Modern Housewife - @notsomodern
    April of Pixiedust Savings - @pixiedustsavings

    At the end of the month, we'll pick 12 lucky winners (USA and Canada only) to receive a gift fruit basket valued at $65.90.  Winners will be picked on November 1st.  Add your Instagram ID to the linky collection below. Each day in October, snap a photo using the suggested photo prompt for that day and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #Octogram #Parkesdale.  Make sure to add your Instagram handle to the linky link below!

     

  • New Fall Dessert Menu

    We've been having some fun in the Shortcake area this week.  Now that the stores already have Halloween candy on the shelves and even Starbucks has their "PSL" (Pumpkin Spice Latte) available, we figured it was time to release our new Fall Dessert Menu!

    Fall Dessert Menu

    New Fall Menu...

    Yes!  Our Pumpkin Pie Milkshake has returned.  But it brought some friends along too.  We brought back the Apple Pie Milkshake, now with some graham cracker crumbs.  My new favorite milkshake would be the "Birthday Cake" with colorful sprinkles.  Yes, I also happened to celebrate my birthday earlier this week. ;)  Dad has been asking for a caramel milkshake for a while, so we came up with two: White Chocolate Caramel and Heath.  Yep, my work here is done.

     

    Fall Dessert Menu

    But, we didn't stop there.  Next up, our new Dessert Cups!  Everyone loves a chocolate turtle, right?  You know those tasty little clusters of nuts, chocolate and caramel.  Yep.  That's what we did.  Take our vanilla ice cream, top it with hot fudge, caramel and whip cream.  Yum.

    fall dessert menu

    But what about the cheesecake lovers? We came up with two choices: our Pumpkin Cheesecake Cup or a Strawberry Cheesecake Cup.  And yet, I still wanted more.  So, thinking about all great things that go with fall, I couldn't stop there.  Next up, is our Smore's in a cup.  People, I ate the whole thing.  I. Could. Not. Stop. It was that good!  Without giving away any secrets ;) there's real marshmallows in it!  How could one resist?

    So, there you have it.  I hope you'll stop by and try one of our new creations.  Let us know how you like them by visiting our Facebook page.  Or better yet, share it with your friends!

    Are you ready for Fall?

    What are your favorite "Fall Eats"?

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  • How technology keeps us connected

    As some of you may know, we recently took a trip to San Francisco.  Flying across from coast to coast is no easy endeavor when you have two little ones in tow. Luckily for us, this wasn't the girls' first time flying.  But, it was still the longest "travel day" of their life.  When booking our flights, I decided it would be easier to fly out of Tampa even if it meant we'd have a layover sometime in between.  Again, since we were traveling with the girls, I figured the layover would give us enough time to "explore" a new airport, get something to eat and be on our way.

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    With all of the iphone upgrades, we've been lucky to keep two old iphones.  We decided to let the girls use them as an iTouch.  At home, they normally play cut the water or angry birds as well as more "age appropriate games" like Hair Salon and TeamUmi.  They also have access to our Netflix account which allows them to watch their favorite cartoons.  I think Scooby Doo is winning by a long shot.  While we were on our layover on our way to San Francisco, Zoe decided she was missing her babysitter.  I suggested she send a text.  Her eyes lit up at the thought that even though she was hundreds of miles away, she could still reach her.  They texted back and forth for a bit while we waited for our next airplane.  Happy kid = Happy mom.

     

    Last week, my cousin, who is almost a sister to me moved to South Korea to teach Spanish in an all English private school.  While the thought of visiting her in South Korea is very tempting, I'm pretty sure it is out of our budget.  Thanks to our iphones, we've been able to text almost daily to keep up.  We've also made plans to Skype.

    girls and grandma

    As much as people argue over the changes in Facebook, I'm glad it is still available.  I'm glad it allows me to connect with my family in Puerto Rico.  When I post pictures of the girls, I know my grandparents can see them.  It cracks me up every time I call her to tell her what we've been up to and her response is always, yeah, I saw it on Facebook.  This is my grandma, who was born in the 30s has a handheld smart phone that allows her to keep her family close even if we are separated by the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Thanks to social sites such as Twitter, we are able to connect with people we would otherwise never meet.  Before our trip to San Francisco, I tweeted about going to the city.  A few people in the area reached out with recommendations and clothing advice (Thanks @hey_im_kate).  I was also contacted by another FitFluential Ambassador (@pavementrunner).  It was so awesome to meet up and run through the city with a new "friend" who without this technology would never have happened!

    How do you keep connected?

    Do you love Apple or Android products?

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