Kicking Off Summer in Plant City

This past Friday, Plant City celebrated the first Summer Kick Off party in the new Midtown area.  Have you driven by that area lately?  It’s just pass downtown, across from the old Sweetbay store.  I was very impressed with the “new look” of that area.  The road has been widen, there are those cute street lamps and I’m definitively looking forward to the Midtown construction.

But, back to the summer kick off event, the girls were super excited about it because in addition to face painting, they were going to be showing the movie Frozen on the lawn! Can’t say I wasn’t excited too. 🙂

Plant City

The Lions Club clowns were there making ballon animals.  I lost count as to how many balloons the girls got.  They thought it was funny that one of the clowns was the sad one.

Summer kickoff

No outside party would be complete without bouncy houses!

plant city summer kick off party

Arts and crafts tables were set around the lawn.

Plant city summer kick off party

Plant City summer kickoff party

We grabbed some hot dogs from First Choice BBQ.  Best $3 hot dog I’ve had in a while.

plant city summer kick off party

As the sun started to come down, we made our way to the “lawn”.  As you can see, it wasn’t completely ready, but we didn’t mind.  It was a great night to be outside enjoying a movie with family and friends.  Thank you to the City of Plant City for putting together such a great event.  Aside from the activities provided for the kids, I felt very safe.  The whole area was blocked off so the kids could run around safely.  There were people riding their bikes too.

I hope to see more of these type of events in Plant City.  The City has started a Food Truck Round up event on Facebook for June 20th.  Keeping my fingers crossed that we can make it there!  Keep up the good work Plant City!


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#Fuelyourbetter with Vega Sport

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I first learned of Vega Sport products through an amazing lady named RunEmz.  She is a great inspiration with a heart of gold.  I may not know her personally, but I follow her on social media and she’s “good people”.  If you ever need any encouragement to work on your fitness, go check her out.  Anyway, I had the opportunity to try the Vega Sport pre-workout energizer dietary supplement through my partnership with FitApproach.  I received a box of Acai berry flavor to try in return for this blog post review.

I’ve always been skeptical of pre-workout energizers because I can sometimes get too “wind up” after having real strong coffee.  I’ve used this Vega Sport pre-workout energizer for a week now and while I do feel some extra energy to get through my Nike Training Club routine and Dance with Jessica videos, I haven’t felt jittery.  Vega Sport pre-workout energizer is a plant based drink mix with 13 unique ingredients: sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup, organic palm nectar, natural blackberry, strawberry :), raspberry, acai and pomegranate flavors, citric acid, malic acid, and red beet powder.  The sprouted whole grain brown rice syrup has a high glycemic index while the organic palm nectar has a low glycemic index for a combination of steady energy that will not spike or crash.  The pre-workout energizer comes in two flavors: lemon lime and acai.  They also have a sugar-free version of the pre-workout energizer here.


Vega Sport’s new campaign #fuelyourbetter  is full of great links to help you train harder and recover faster.  What’s holding you back?  Are you too tired?  Is it stamina? Muscle burn?  Refueling? Overtraining? Whatever it is, that’s holding you back, Vega Sport can help you create your own personal fueling plan.  Sounds easy, right?  Give them a try!  Vega Sport products are part of the Informed Choice program.  All Vega Sport products have been tested for banned substances.

While supplies last, I will mail you a sample to the first 5 people to contact me with continental USA addresses.  Either leave me a comment here or send me a DM on twitter to @xiomeeks.


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Biking in your city

Do you own a bike?  Have you ever thought about biking through your city, not just your neighborhood?  Well, I only recently started using my bike again to take the girls to the playground in our neighborhood.  However, after watching Mia Birk’s Ted Talk, I decided I would “join the challenge” to replace one automobile trip with a bike trip.

So, I’ve been driving around Plant City running my normal errands looking for sidewalks and bike lanes.  Luckily, I live in Walden Lake, so I knew I could use the bike/walk path within the development.  The question then, was what do I do once I’m outside of Walden Lake.  How long would it take?  Would I be ok?  There was only one way to find out.  So today, I decided to try it out.


I had to go by Lowe’s and I forgot to buy spring salad mix while I was out shopping.  Two quick stops about 3 miles away from my house each way.  For sure I could do it, I mean I’ve ran a half marathon before, right?  Funny thing was that after five minutes in the bike, I started double guessing myself.  Could I make it there and back? I have a working automobile, why am I riding a bike?

Honestly, after 15 minutes went by, and I was outside of Walden Lake, I stopped double guessing myself.  I chose to ride on the sidewalk just to be on the safe side.  I made it to Lowe’s in about 30 minutes.  Yes, it took longer than if I would have driven.  It would have taken about 10 minutes to get there if I drove.  But this way, I was getting in my “workout”.  How many times have you thought about working out, just to find out you “don’t” have time to get to the gym.  Well, I’m here to tell you, you do have time.  Just run an errand or two by bike.  Your whole perception will change.  I promise.


I saw these pretty flowers while biking.  I enjoyed the sun and wind on my skin.  It was totally worth it.  So, here’s my trip comparison.  It did take 30 minutes longer to go by bike, but I ended up biking for 55 minutes!  Let’s say, after finishing the errands by car I stopped by the gym.  To keep the same time, my workout would have been 30 minutes instead of 55!

biking in plant city

Next weekend, I’m going to try to ride my bike to the market.  Wish me luck!Next weekend, I’m going to try to ride my bike to the market.  Wish me luck!  Let’s keep the conversation going.  I’d love to know your thoughts!

Do you own a bike?

Would you run errands in your bike if you could?

What keeps you from riding your bike?


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