Stomp at the Straz Center

Disclaimer: I received tickets to the opening performance of Stomp at the Straz Center through the Tampa Bay Bloggers group. I was not compensated monetarily for this review. All opinions are my own as always. 


The first time I saw Stomp was probably 10 years ago.  We went to one of their shows at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale. We have been waiting for years to take the girls to see Stomp. We just knew they’d be so interested in the music, dance and comedy of the show. 


First let me say that the facilities at the Straz are top notch. Since moving to Plant City we’ve gone there almost once a year for different shows: Dora the Explorer, Backyardigans, Wicked, NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Louie CK, The Book of Mormon and now Stomp. As you can see we’ve gone there with and without the girls and we’ve always had a great time. The Straz is located just off I-4 and parking is a breeze. You don’t have to walk very far at all to get to the show. 

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There are plenty of places to eat around the Straz, but if you are in a rush, you can grab a quick bite at Maestro’s.  My family had their hot dogs for dinner while I tried their curried chicken wrap. After eating we had some time before the show began so we decoded to “explore”. Currently on display was a sculpture exhibition titled “Performance in Sculpture”. Thirteen pieces are available for viewing through 2015 before performances at both Louise Lykes Ferguson Hall and Carol Morsani Hall. The girls picked out their favorites and it was time for the show. 



If you’ve never seen Stomp before, get ready to be amazed by not only their music talent but their physical abilities. During the whole show I kept wondering how do they have the energy to perform this late at night? I mean, they are jumping, smacking drums, throwing stuff all while keeping the beat and keeping you on the edge of your seat. Simply amazing. It just goes to show that “fitness” comes in different forms. 


At the beginning they started the show with some brooms. One of the brooms actually broke and before you could even say anything about it there was a replacement broom flying into the stage. Simply amazing. The coordination and backstage support that was shown during last night’s performance left me at a loss for words. 


Stomp will be performing at the Straz Center May 1- May 3, 2014. If you are looking for something fun for the whole family, you might want to check them out. I know my girls will be “stomping” around the house for a while. 

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Friday Favorites

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted Friday Favorites. Here are some of my favorites I’ve been meaning to share with you. We are almost at the end of strawberry season. This Sunday will be the last day for strawberry shortcake and Parkesdale strawberries. So maybe you should stop by this weekend. But while you are here, please make sure to check out our current giveaways here and here.


Bolthouse Farms



A while back one of my favorite bloggers, Kath, held a twitter chat with Bolthouse Farms. The purpose of the twitter chat was to promote healthy foods as part of Bolthouse Farms #FoodPornIndex campaign.  Bolthouse Farms created the Food Porn Index to collect food porn hashtags and track what kinds of foods we’re all sharing. Their marketing campaign has gotten some attention even NPR was talking about it. Inside the package I received there was a new to me product. Did you know Bolthouse Farms made salad dressings? I didn’t.  The salad dressing was very good. I’m usually making my own dressing so it was a nice surprise to try an already made dressing that tasted this great. 

My favorite part about their juices is that they actually taste like what their name or picture indicates. I have yet to try one of their juices I didn’t enjoy. I also got to try their coffee drinks as well as their protein shakes. Both were delicious and neither was overly sweet or chalky tasting. I was happy to see both Publix and Winn Dixie had them as buy one, get one free specials these last two weeks. 


Marshalls is coming to Plant City!



Recently Ross came to Plant City and while I am happy about them being there I secretly hoped and wondered if Marshalls would ever come near me. Low and behold, Construction has started right next to Ross for our very own Marshalls. I am so so so very excited about this. I have been shopping at Marshalls for years that was until I moved to Plant City. Getting in and out of the Brandon one was such a mess that I barely stopped there. So you can see why I’m so excited to have one so close to my house. I could almost bike there! So thank you Marshalls for bringing quality clothing at great prices to Plant City!


Color Me Rad


This year I will finally run the Color Me Rad 5k in Tampa. I’m hoping The girls will be able to join me. From everything I’ve heard this is definitively a family event type race where kids can safely run without being a safety issue. A couple of our cashiers participated last year and we purchased “Parkesdale Girls” shirts for the, to wear at the event. Stay tuned for a chance to win 2 entries to run with us on May 24 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. 


Keel and Curley Blueberry Festival


This weekend Keel and Curley is hosting their annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival right here in Plant City. This will be our third year participated at this event. If you haven’t made it there yet, I encourage you to go check it out this weekend. There’s free admission, free entertainment and even a free kids area. You’ll be able to pick blueberries and check out over 100 food and craft vendors. The event is now three days starting on Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27th. I hope to see you there!

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Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate Giveaway

Are you ready to see Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate! Here’s your chance to win tickets to Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate show at the Tampa Bay Forum this coming May 15-18. But first, a little bit about the show.

It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits your hometown!

This giveaway is for 4 tickets to the May 15,or May 16 at 7:00 pm at the Tampa Bay Forum in Downtown Tampa. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. If no respond is received, a second winner will be chosen. The winner will pickup their tickets at the Will Call window at the Tampa Bay Forum.

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