Get excited, Monster truck fans! Monster Jam® is returning to Tampa for two shows: Saturday, January 12, 2019 and February 2, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium. The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15 each. Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.
Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. Fans also have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers by purchasing a Pit Party pass that allows them early access to the event for photo opportunities and autographs. The Tampa shows will feature Monster Jam’s most popular monster trucks including: Grave Digger, Brodozer, Max-D and El Toro Loco. Each show each will feature a different monster truck line up. For more details on Monster Jam’s full truck lineup, please visit www.monsterjam.com.
SHOW DETAILS: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Pit Party Early Access starting at 1:30pm
Pit Party from 2:30pm–5:30pm
Show begins at 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Pit Party Early Access starting at 1:30pm
Pit Party from 2:30pm–5:30pm
Show begins at 7:00pm
LOCATION: Raymond James Stadium 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33607
TICKETS: Tickets start at $15
Pit Party Early Access starts at $35 per person, General Pit Party Passes start at $20 each Tickets & Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Raymond James Stadium Box Office in advance. **ticket prices subject to change –venue/ticketing fees may apply. Same day event ticket and pit pass required for entry to pit party.
Clearwater Beach Uncorked, one of my favorite food and wine events, was another great success in 2018! My husband and I enjoyed a day full of sampling while in the picture-perfect setting of Clearwater Beach, and I already know we won't want to miss this event in 2019. We arranged for my dad to hang out with my little guys for the day so that we could enjoy a day date. I loved that everything is included in admission so we could enjoy ourselves without making decisions about which samples to purchase!! Thinking of checking it out next year? Here are some details of why I always look forward to Clearwater Beach Uncorked:
The VIP tickets are absolutely worth the extra money if you want to make the most of the day. We gained entry to the main tent an hour before the general admission guests, and it allowed us the chance to sample what we knew would be the most popular items before the lines were long. Our favorite stop during this time, and I hope they offer it again next year, was the beer and cheese pairing with Castello Cheese. They allowed 12 guests into their booth area and shared details about three different beers paired with three cheeses. It was a great way to slow down the hustle of going from booth to booth, and we loved learning more about the items we tasted.
VIP tickets also allow you access to the Spirits Lounge at the host hotel, the Wyndham Grand. After a short walk from the main tent near Pier 60, the Spirits Lounge is pool side with a variety of alcoholic beverages in a smaller setting. Heading over there during peak crowds in the main tent allowed us a brief break from the lines and further variety of samples.
Beer and Wine Sampling
One of my favorite things to do when we lived in Virginia was to visit wineries and sample their different wines. I love trying new brands, but it's not easy to choose when just visiting our local Publix. Uncorked provides the opportunity to sample beers and wines from all over, and all of the brand representatives were helpful in sharing where to find their brands locally. I probably never would have taken the plunge to try Fitvine's selection out of fear that their low-calorie wines might not taste good, but I was really impressed with their wine! I plan to grab a bottle the next time I'm at Whole Foods.
This year's Clearwater Beach Uncorked was a cheese-lover's dream! We sampled cheese from so many brands, and they were the perfect items to grab and snack on while wandering the tent. For more hearty options, we found Shephard's lobster empanadas were a good choice, along with many other seafood offerings. My easy favorite was Jeni's ice creams, and somehow I ended up with three different scoops!! Delicious!!
For more details and information, visit Clearwater Beach Uncorked's website: http://clearwaterbeachuncorked.com.
What a month in Tampa Bay! When taking a look at the calendar before October started, I had no idea all of the amazing things that were going to unfold in our area! Tampa and St. Pete have so much to offer, and this fall has been so packed full of fun, a blog recap is necessary! I'm using links to my recent Instagram posts. If you don't already follow me over there, make sure to connect: www.instagram.com/tampahousewives. You'll also see a couple posts below from friends of mine: Caitlyn at @livesweatsleep and Tracy at @forkingaroundtown. Follow these fabulous ladies for another local voice!
Getting in the Halloween spirit early, my family loved ZooTampa's Creatures of the Night! Haven't visited yet? Read all about our experience and make a plan to visit before it's gone!
Located in St. Pete's Innovation District, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi opened in October. Check it out for delicious quick-casual pan-Asian food!
My blogger friends and I were spoiled with an incredible selection of food at Paul's Chicago Pizza in St. Pete. I can't wait to have some of their dry-rubbed wings again. Many people asked - yes, they are still in Clearwater too!
Hard Rock Tampa invited us to come check out their newly remodeled Center Bar with creative new cocktails.
I never miss a reason to visit Armature Works, and I loved the Metropolitan Ministries Tampa Bay Food Fight event. I may have made a few extra trips around the room to get the goat cheese baklava from the people's choice winner, Sacred Pepper!
Popular South Tampa restaurant Boca has also experienced some updates recently! Their farm fresh dishes are always impressive, and I especially enjoyed their Empire State of Mind flatbread. Let me know if you try it!
Clearwater is welcoming the Fenway Hotel back! This gorgeous hotel has been under construction and is ready to welcome guests soon!
The much-anticipated new restaurant from Datz Restaurant Group, Dr. BBQ, has opened in St. Pete this month! I can't wait to check it out!
Tampa Housewives in the City's next Girls Night Out event is our first in Hyde Park! We will be at the fabulous bartaco and hope you will join us for a fun night!
Next weekend, Clearwater Beach Uncorked returns to Pier 60, and my husband and I cannot wait! This food and wine event is unlike any other and brings delicious food and drinks to our beautiful beach!
Cirque du Soleil returns to the Tampa area this December with Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. This unique arena production showcases synchronized and freestyle ice skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, hand balancing on chairs and hand to hand. CRYSTAL will perform at the Amalie Arena from Wednesday, December 19 through 23 for seven shows.
Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with fluidity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats.
Show Schedule – Wednesday, December 19 through Sunday, December 23, 2018
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 21 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 22 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 23 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Directed by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, Crystal, our misfit heroine, takes you on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated, and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.
CRYSTAL is suitable for all ages. Ticket information can be found here.
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After our amazing experience last year, I am thrilled to announce the return of Clearwater Beach Uncorked for 2018! Clearwater Beach Uncorked's seventh anniversary event will be located directly on Clearwater Beach just south of Pier 60, adjacent to the host hotel, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Beach Uncorked is returning to feature the Bay area’s most renowned chefs, restaurants, and breweries in a culinary showcase served with 180-degree Gulf of Mexico views. Regarded one of the best food, wine and beer festivals on Florida’s East coast, the event is the west coast sister of April's Cocoa Beach Uncorked. The two-day event will feature interactive experiences, tastings, cooking demonstrations and competitions between some of the area’s most notable and award-winning chefs and restaurants.
Tickets and Accommodations
To make the most of the full weekend experience, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is offering a very limited special room rate of just $189 for an Uncorked Getaway during the weekend of November 3-4.
Event tickets are $75 per person, per day for general admission and $100 per person, per day for VIP access. All guests will receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag and enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will also enjoy one-hour early admission to the Grand Tasting Village and exclusive access to the Spirits Pool Lounge at the Wyndham Grand pool deck from 1 to 5 p.m. to sample exciting and intriguing crafted libations.
For more information on Clearwater Beach Uncorked and to purchase tickets, visit
ClearwaterBeachUncorked.com. Follow Clearwater Beach Uncorked on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #Uncorkedweekend and #CLBU2018.
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween event in Tampa? ZooTampa at Lowry Park is serving up fun at its annual Creatures of the Night event throughout October, and we got a sneak preview. I’m excited to share our experience with you!
This was our first visit to Creatures of the Night, so I cannot compare it to past years, but my family of five really enjoyed it! ZooTampa told us that they added the Stone Cold Ocean attraction with Medusa and the Fairy Frightful Forest, so even if you’ve attended previously, there will be new attractions to explore.
The best part of any zoo is always the animals. My boys and I loved the extra animal mingles to see the animals up close, and I especially loved the extra instruction from the zoo employees and from the special show, Pigpimples School of Mystery and Mayhem. We had an owl fly right over the audience! I loved seeing the porcupine waddle around on stage too.
We took our chances to explore the new thrills. The Stone Cold Ocean was very dark (inside the manatee exhibit), and was a bit too spooky for my little guys. They made it through, but they told me they did not want to go back. There was a Medusa that surprised them as they walked by, but it was behind a glass so they knew they were safe. Their favorite part of the cave were the snakes that the animal experts were holding and teaching about.
We also braved the Fairy Frightful Forest, and ZooTampa did a great job of setting this up for all audiences. Beautiful fairies welcomed us to the forest. I can’t think of another place you can go to see fairies, so for anyone with fans of fairies, this can’t be missed! After the portion of the forest with the fairies and brightly colored flowers, a ZooTampa employee told everyone on the path that they could exit the forest or continue through to the “dastardly & diabolical” part of the path. My boys surprised me and insisted we continue on the path! I was pleased to see that they scariest part was actors jumping out, and there was no gore.
One tip at this point – make a plan! At this point, we were running out of time, so we hurried to the Pumpkin Palooza in Wallaroo Station. We were excited to see the fruit bats in action at nightfall, and the Bat Chat did not disappoint.
ZooTampa’s Creatures of the Night has many special shows and animal mingles throughout the night including a Pirate Storytelling, Mummy Boogie, and Painted Dog chats. If you want to plan your night to include something really amazing, on October 13th, there will be a Komodo Dragon feeding scheduled!
Plan Your Visit
Find all the event details from ZooTampa on their website.
Ticket prices vary from $24.95 to $27.95 for After 4 pm tickets on the Creatures of the Night event days.
Pay for a Day, Get the Rest of 2018 Free ticketholders receive free entry on Fridays and before 4:00p.m. on 10/13, 10/20 and 10/27. Pay for a Day, Get the Rest of the 2018 Free ticketholders can enjoy the event after 4pm on 10/13, 10/20 and 10/27 for only $10 - available for purchase at any ticket window!
Creatures of the Night admission is included in all Zoo Memberships with no blockout dates!
Sesame Street Live! is coming to the Tampa area in three different locations this October! Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. Building on a successful tour with Feld Entertainment’s inaugural Sesame Street Live! show last season in partnership with the non-profit educational organization, Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic visits Tampa from October 12th –14th for four performances at Sun Dome and visits Lakeland from October 19th –20th for three performances at RP Funding Center and visits St. Petersburg on October 21st for two performances at Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater. Tickets went on sale June 12th, 2018.
Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem... Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it’s okay to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself and the power of what’s yet to be. Cookie Monster and Gonger uncover the science and fun of baking while Abby Cadabby experiences the transformative abilities of caterpillars. Big Bird learns about the magnifying magic of shadow puppetry while Rosita orchestrates a rhythmic beat using everyday objects around her. And artist Grover mixes up the pigment power of the three primary colors. With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy.
Tickets for Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic start at $15.00. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available for Tampa at the Sun Domebox office, and for St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theater box office or by calling (800) 745-3000. For Lakeland at the RP Funding Center box office, by phone (863) 834–8111. Tickets available on line www.sesamestreetlive.com. For group rates and information, contact Feld Group Sales 866-248-8740.
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Twitter: @SesameStLive # SesameStreetLive
I'm lucky to be part of an amazing group of writers here in the Tampa area called the Tampa Bay Bloggers. Our blogs focus on various topics like fitness, family, travel, food, and local interests. It is always fun when we get together, and we recently had a great opportunity to spend a night socializing and crafting at Aerie Lane.
Aerie Lane in Safety Harbor is a Do It Yourself (DIY) studio in an adorable cottage with all kinds of projects including pillows, wreaths, and wooden home decor. You can browse their projects online and select a workshop. I could've spent the entire night just exploring the cottage with their completed sample projects and boutique sale items. It was a perfect setting for a night out!
Luckily, our projects were already prepped and ready for us to get to work. We listened to Aerie Lane's story from co-founder Shelya, and I was most impressed to hear that in addition to their wood DIY projects, they have networking events, jewelry, wreaths, and even tablescaping! I loved how simple the projects were and how functional everything is. Many of the bloggers chose a display box that could contain plants, flowers, holiday decor, or even books. Another choice was a serving tray with either handles or feet, and I chose the popular monogram welcome sign.
We all were able to personalize our projects with our own names, paints, and stains. I chose my colors based on the outside colors of my home because I knew I would be hanging my welcome sign on my front porch. It was helpful to have a place in mind since there were endless options!
We all had a blast using the power tools (don't worry, the staff was on hand to help!), and it was a great activity to complete while enjoying lite bites and drinks with the girls! We loved the sense of accomplishment when finished and had to show off our projects.
I would love to return for more projects at Aerie Lane. Initially I wondered how many DIY wooden signs I could have at home, but Aerie Lane does a wonderful job of offering a variety of projects such as pillows, wreaths, and the endless holiday options. Take a look through my pictures to see how my project came together, and visit aerielane.com for locations and available projects.
Through my relationship with Aerie Lane and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given the opportunity to complete a project free of charge. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
In this busy life, my husband and I have to make a plan to enjoy quality time together. We've found it particularly difficult over the summer when the kids are out of school, and we are so busy finding fun things to do as a family. Even if we have the time, sometimes our budget doesn't allow for arranging a babysitter and planning a meal and fun outside the house.
I am thrilled to have come across Night In Boxes! I saw the Date Night In Box and knew immediately that it would be exactly what my husband and I needed to organize a fun night at home at a reasonable cost. When the box arrived, I saw it was even more fun that I expected! We had a blast working our way through the box's contents. Planning your own date night? Read on for five reasons why it should be at home!
1. a Cute Theme
Each month, the Date Night In Box follows a theme for everything inside. This month, it was a Hawaiian Aloha theme! There was a very helpful flyer inside the box that explained everything included, along with suggestions for dinner and other accompaniments to make the night a success.
2. Suggested Recipes for Dinner and Snacks
I went all in with the suggested recipes. Funny story - my husband has been on the lookout for a jackfruit over the past couple of months. He read about how it can be a meat substitute due to its texture, so I knew when I saw it listed as a possible substitute for pork in the Date Night In flyer, I knew I needed to find some! Just as luck would have it, Publix had BBQ jackfruit on BOGO! (The verdict... we didn't actually like it much. But, we didn't like it together, so it was a bonding moment!)
I made the accompanying slaw for the sandwiches, and of course my favorite part was the macadamia nut cookies. My sons pitched in to help with the cookies, which was a fun way to spend the afternoon together before my husband and I had our "date."
3. Planned Activities
This is where Date Night In Boxes really shine. Many times, if my husband and I do get a date night, we make a plan for a nice dinner out and maybe a movie. We don't usually seek out an activity. Our Night In Box contained three different games and activities for us to enjoy! We learned a Hawaiian game, completed questions about each other, and even played Bingo! While of course the games were fun, I really enjoyed spending the time with my husband to read the directions and figure them out.
4. You can dress however you'd like
Despite not leaving the house, I was eager to make it feel like a special night, so I chose to wear a casual dress. My husband complimented my outfit, and then asked if he needed to change from his shorts and t-shirt. I was happy to tell him to be comfortable and that it didn't matter what we wore!
5. The Perfect Ambiance
Every night, my husband and I have some time to spend together after our kids go to bed. The difference on our Date Night was obvious. We had activities and conversation starters. We weren't talking about the kids, we didn't feel like we should be cleaning or doing work around the house, and we didn't resort to turning on the TV for entertainment. It was a great change of pace, and we even had special drink mixes to add to the fun!
Want your Own Date Night In Box?
Would you like to try your own Date Night In Box? A different theme is available every month, and you can order your own by visiting this website (affiliate link). They have different subscription packages including a single month ($34.99) up to 12 months.
This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary box for my review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
What an exciting month! Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday with us for our first ever Tampa Housewives Brunch & Mimosas! I loved watching so many of you make new friends and enjoy each other's company for the duration of the event. Also - what a wonderful coincidence that we were able to take advantage of American Social's new bottomless mimosas deal. A huge thank you goes to their staff for accommodating our group!
Please take a moment to support our featured Tampa businesses from this event. We had a great variety, and these women would love for you to keep them in mind if you are in need of their services.
As always, thank you for supporting and being a part of our Tampa Housewives in the City community! I hope to see you at an upcoming event. Check out the list on our Facebook page!
Danyell Jones with Raymond James Financial
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Lunchbox Wax South Tampa
At LunchboxWax, they believe that beauty is much more than just your external appearance – it’s how you feel about yourself. They wax women and men, bottoms and brows, cheeks and chests – a little (like ear fuzz) or a lot (from tip to toes). Their expertly trained waxologists are devoted to making every guest's skin smooth in a chic, modern environment that was specially designed for your comfort and care. Visit our blog post to learn more about this fabulous studio!
Wendy Carlston with CruisePlanners
For your next vacation, instead of spending time researching and trying to find all the best spots, contact Wendy to help you plan it all! She has a wealth of resources and knowledge to make sure you have the vacation you deserve, and specializes in luxury travel. She is a full-service travel agent in Tampa and wants to make sure you have the opportunity to make wonderful memories traveling the world!
Chase Cristia Photography
Chase Cristia is launching her photography business and can do it all - weddings, events, portraits, maternity, engagement, fur babies, cars, real estate!!
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!