Push Away the Screen: Staycation on Clearwater Beach

Living in the Sunshine State, surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear water means that my family is very lucky. Why? Because, we don't have to travel far to play on Nature's Playground!

My family is excited to Push Away the Screen and head to Clearwater Beach to celebrate my husband's 43rd birthday! I have a fun weekend of activities planned for us.

We'll be staying at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites. As I've mentioned before, traveling with a family of 5 often means that we are over-run with kid clutter. At the Holiday Inn we'll be staying in a King Kids Suites.  The bedroom area has a king bed and then a partial wall and behind the wall where there are twin bunk beds for the children.  Ronin will likely sleep on the floor. He likes to sleep on the floor. We will also have a complete separate living room area. We'll have a fridge which I totally love because that means I can bring some of the healthy foods that we like to snack on.

The hotel is located right on the beach AND has a beautiful pool area!

We'll also be just a few minutes walk from Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach! I've never been down here before at Sunset, so I'm really excited to see some of the festivities!!

Besides the pool, the beach, and Pier 60, we'll also be going DEEP SEA FISHING with Hubbard's Marina! This will be the FIRST time my trio have been on a fishing charter! We've been fishing dozens of times as a family, but only from the shore or dock. Ronin went out once with my Uncle Bobby on his boat and had a blast, but all 3 on a boat fishing...this is going to be a FIRST!! And Hubbard's provides everything; rods, bait, deck hands, and I can bring my own cooler, so again the food choices are all in my control.

We're all really excited!! And Matthew will be heading to the Dogs ~R~ Us Hotel, for puppy camp!! He just loves it at Dogs R Us!

I can't wait to come back and share our cool pictures with you all!


Have you ever been deep sea fishing?What's the biggest fish you have ever caught??

Get Rid Of Fleas & Ticks with PetArmor #TickFreeFall

As part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network I am being compensated by PetArmor, for my participating in this blog tour. All opinions expressed are my own, and all cute Matthew pictures are courtesy of me. You’re welcome!

Living in Florida we ALWAYS are outside. It's just too nice to not be enjoying our beautiful weather. Our dog, Matthew spends a lot of time outdoors too. Matthew loves to dig in the yard, climb our orange tree (yes, CLIMBS) and roll around in anything that smells dogalicious.

Here is a quick video of Matthew jumping in the neighbor's orange tree, where he thinks balls grows on trees. Tongue Out

I am a dog person. I always grew up with a dog, and up until I went away to college I had a Yellow Labrador Retriever.  Matthew reminds me an awful lot of that lab, Tigger who lived out the rest of her days very happy with my cousin, aunt and uncle.

Being a responsible pet owner means that I need to take Matthew to the Vet for regular check-ups, vaccinations, and of course, flea, and tick control.

We treat our lawn area for bugs, but we frequent the wooded trails quite often for hikes. I KNOW they have ticks there because I  have picked them off of MYSELF before. Undecided

Fleas and Ticks are dangerous to both pets and humans. Ticks carry deadly diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lucky for both me and my dog, PetArmor is an effective solution for flea and tick protection.

I like that PetArmor costs significantly less than many other brands, but still contains the same No. 1 vet-recommended active ingredient Fipronil found in Frontline brand products. PetArmor needs to applied once per month and it keeps your dog protected for a full 30 days!

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What type of flea/tick prevention do you use for your pet??

Will Run for Cookies and Iron

What do cookies and iron have in common?

Not really a whole heck of a lot unless you happen to live in my world during the last weekend of September. Wink

On Saturday September 28th, my daughters and I have been invited to participate in the Thin Mint Sprint 5K and Tag-A-Long Trot 1 mile, sponsored by The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

We've decided to tackle the Thin Mint Sprint. We can walk/run, and just have a good time with all the other girl scouts that will be out there!

My girls joined Girl Scouts and started as Daisy Scouts, then bridged to Brownies where they were the last two years. After 3 years of Girl Scouts, this year they would have been Junior's but we're currently looking for a troop closer to home, so they are troopless at the moment. Undecided We have a lot of girls that want to be scouts in our area, but not enough volunteers. I wish I could volunteer, but I can't do it with Ronin. I've got my fingers crossed that we'll get the call of a closer troop very soon!! My daughters have learned a lot of great values being in the Girl Scout program, and last summer they even had the opportunity to spend a week away at a Girl Scout sleep-away camp.

ALL race finishers will receive a MEDAL and the top 50 male and female finishers will receive a box of Girl Scout Cookies!! YUM! 

You can sign up and view the race options HERE.


Now we've covered cookies. Up next is IRON. The day after the Thin Mint Sprint, I'll be heading up to Clermont, Florida to participate in the Iron Girl Triathlon. I've signed up for the  Sprint Distance which includes a 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run. I haven't really been training. Like at all. Surprised Well maybe that's not totally true. I work out every single day. I go swimming (for fun, not laps) a few time per week, and I cycle often. And then I CrossFit, usually 5-6 days per week where I always walk 2 miles after each workout. And recently I've added a 'sled pull' to my post-WOD workout and I think that will have a great impact on my overall performance in Clermont.  So I have been MOVING, I just haven't been practicing like I should be. Especially when it comes to hills. Clermont is hilly. Looking at elevation maps has me intimidated. But I'll finish. And I'll have fun doing it. Some of my best girls will be there to cheer me across the finish line; blogger friends, running friends, and CrossFit friends. And when I cross the finish line, I'll have this beauty to put around my neck.


2 days, 2 medals. All benefiting girls and women. Sweet.

Have you ever participated in a "women's only" race event??