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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Orkin Fact or Fake #Win an Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK Giveaway ends August 31st #spon

Disclosure: Partnershub is sponsoring this giveaway
You’ve heard the myths about bugs before, now it’s time to find out of they are Fact or Fake !


Winter has Hope ! A visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and sneak peek at A Dolphin Tale 2 ! @dolphintalemovie #DolphinTale2 @CMAquarium #DT2TampaCrew #spon

Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary admission to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and a movie preview as compensation.
All opinions are my own.
This weekend was super exciting for my family and I. We toured the Clearwater Marine Aquarium [CMA] with other Tampa Bay Bloggers, as Ambassadors for the new movie Dolphin Tale 2.
We all gathered together and listened to David Yates, the CEO and Director of the CMA tell us about what the Aquarium does, how it helps the animals, as well as helping children and Veterans.
If you don't know the Story about Winter the Dolphin, let me catch you up...
Winter was rescued on the East Coast of Florida. A fishing line had wrapped around her tail flukes and unfortunately, Winter's tail could not be saved.
Winter has a prosthetic tail with a complete fluke, actually, she's had a couple as they have grown with her and changed over time.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Freaky Preview returns this year with Howl-O-Scream 2014’s opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27.  The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19.  Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for all event nights

Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2014. ENDING TODAY, any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream 2014 is $47. There’s safety in numbers, so you and three friends can also save on a pack of four or more tickets to Howl-O-Scream 2014 on Thursdays, starting at $35 per person. Busch Gardens Tampa Pass Members can take advantage of their limited time exclusive discount on any single-night admission to Howl-O-Scream 2014 for only $42. 
Howl-O-Scream 2014 is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit or call 1-888-800-5447.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lesson Learned - Emergency Room turns into a Hospital Stay

I've learned a difficult lesson this week and learned too listen to my BFF when she says to go to the Dr. She is a nurse, but I'm a horrible patient.

My "I think I have the flu" turned into an Abdominal Sono, Emergency MRI and appointment with a local GI. I never made it to that appointment
It turns out my Gall Bladder was mad at me and released stones that obstructed my bile duct causing my liver enzymes to elevate.

I couldn't keep anything but clear liquids down and a tell tale sign of bad things to come was the itching. The bottom of my feet and my palms would itch all day and at night, my whole body would itch. I quickly learned that the itching would not be curbed by anything at all !
Post-op Surgery Day 1

Sunday sent me to the emergency room with back pain so severe that all I could do was cry. Within 3-4 hours of my arrival, I had surgery #1. Stones were removed and the surgery was relatively easy. I had no outside wounds that would show I had any surgery.
That would soon change.
Pre-op Surgery day 2 - Delayed :(

Monday I had my Gall Bladder and all the lovely little stones it had created, removed. The surgery is called Cholecystectomy. It's the removal of the gall bladder performed with laparoscopy.
4 lovely incisions, my battle scars.
So now I rest and wait to heal. No lifting, no running, and while I had already begun this before getting ill, a low-fat diet.
This is not something to mess with. People often live with Gall Bladder issues and treat it with diet. But when you mess around and stones obstruct important passageways, your body gets MAD !!!
Take care of your body and if something isn't right, listen to your body and head to your Dr. It took ne a couple extra days to get there, but I am grateful and glad I went when I did.

Swim on over and check out the Dolphin Tale 2 Featurette with Gavin DeGraw [ iTunes Song Giveaway ] #spon

Just recently I received word that I was one of several bloggers chosen to be a part of the 2014 Dolphin Tale 2 Blogger Crew!  Winter the Dolphin is an inspiration to quite a number of people and the first movie "A Dolphin Tale" was a great success.
My family and I have visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on several occasions. We love learning about how our area helps the Marine Life that they come in contact with.
Anthony is especially excited when we head to the CMA because he loves any and all creatures.. He says the dolphins swim with such majesty. Yes, I was impressed that my 8 year old described the dolphins that way !
We've been watching the preview trailer we received and my boys are excited because we are going to see a SNEAK PEEK of A Dolphin Tale 2 this weekend !!
We're blessed to be able to share the new Featurette with Gavin DeGraw from the Dolphin Tale 2 movie featuring Winter and Hope !
Don't you just love this song?! It's so inspiring !!!
Want to win an iTunes download of Gavin DeGraw's "You Got Me"?
Leave a comment letting me know if you've seen A Dolphin's Tale, Excited for the September 12th Release of a Dolphin's Tale 2, or any other tidbit about dolphins you'd like to share.
I will choose a winner on Saturday evening (8/16/14)..


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