MONSTER JAM® roars into Raymond James Stadium on January 17th and February 7th

Disclosure: My family will receive 5 passes to attend this event in exchange for our honest review.


My family LOVES Monster Jam. We took the #TampaTrio on a whim back in 2012. We weren't sure how they would do with it, (mainly Ronin) because of the loudness. Ronin has Autism, and often loud noises really bother him. Like the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball games. He can't take that. It's funny how my LOUDEST CHILD, the one who makes the MOST NOISE, often can't stand loud noises himself.

But we decided to go for it.

And I'm so glad we did. They LOVED it!! We actually ended up with a "personal joke" between the family.

See, there was this one truck. This big beautiful PINK Monster Truck. Painted along the side of it, it said MADUSA. I said to Haley, my oldest daughter (who was 8 at the time) "look Haley, that truck is called MAD USA, isn't that funny?"

She looked at me, rolled her eyes and said "Mama, that is not MAD USA, it's Madusa (like Medusa, from Greek Mythology.)

I said "NO WAY, it's got Stars all over it, it's got to be USA." She was adamant that is was pronounced like MEDUSA, so I told her we'd just have to wait until the announcer got to the part where he was announcing the names of all the trucks and their drivers.

Well, wouldn't you know it, it was in fact pronounced like MEDUSA. And to this day, I have not lived that moment down.

Grave Digger won that day, and this event began a HUGE fascination with monster trucks for Ronin. He's super excited to be heading back to Raymond James on January 17th. He loved watching the Monster Trucks drive over all the motor homes! That was his favorite part!

And you can take your family, too!!

Tampa will heat up this January and February when 1,500 horsepower, 10,000-pound monster trucks compete in side-by-side racing and the fan-favorite freestyle competition where each monster truck gets up to 120 seconds to “wow” the crowd with huge jumps, wheelies, truck-spinning donuts, flips, and the destruction of cars, vans, buses, motor homes and more.



Each show will be completely different – all 16 Monster Jam race teams will be different at each show! Highlighting the show on January 17th will be never before seen stunts, and Monster Jam superstar competitors including the tour’s only eleven-time World Champion, Tom Meents driving MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION; plus GRAVE DIGGER, ZOMBIEEL TORO LOCOAVENGERMONSTER ENERGY,LUCAS OIL CRUSADER, the original MONSTER MUTT, the female-driven and hometown favorite MADUSA Wink, and many more.
The completely different February 7th event will feature a different GRAVE DIGGER team driven by the sport’s icon Dennis Anderson, SON UVA DIGGER driven by Ryan Anderson, HOT WHEELS, ROTTWEILER, CAPTAIN’S CURSE, NEA, GUNSLINGER, ICE CREAM MAN, the female-driven MONSTER MUTT DALMATION, and more yet-to-be announced motorsports competitors.
Both shows have the same time; Gates Open at 5 p.m. Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.
Racing begins at 7 p.m. The event will be held at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy,
Tampa, FL 33607
Advance purchase SuperValue Tickets are ONLY $15If you are really into Monster Jam, there are $100
Total Access VIP Meet &Greet. You also have the other options, such as $40 Center Club, $35 Club Sideline
/ $25 Corners $20 and Zones. Fans can purchase a Two-Show Pass. 
Tickets are on sale now at, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at a Ticketmaster retail
location. Tickets will also be available at the Raymond Stadium Box Office starting December 29th.  All
seats reserved.
For more information on Monster Jam, please visit  You can follow Monster Jam on
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Have you been to a Monster Jam show before? What was your favorite part?

Atkins 40 Wrap-Up

Back in the late 1990's, early 2000's, my husband and I both tried the Atkins Diet. We didn't really know what we were doing. We didn't do any sort of online research (resources were minimal back in the day) and we checked out a book from the library. That was it.

All we really understood from the book was that we were supposed to put our bodies into Ketosis, and eat mostly animal. Bacon, eggs, steak.

And that's what we did.

3 days into the diet I got sick. My stomach did not agree with all the meat, and revolted.

The NEW Atkins plan is NOTHING like what I remembered from 15 years ago.

I spent the last 2 months researching, learning, and implementing a low carb lifestyle following the NEW Atkins plan.

You'll notice that the the pyramid emphasizes a wide range of protein sources and nutrient-dense carbohydrates, such as (most) vegetables, certain fruits, nuts, dairy products and whole grains, that have a low impact on blood sugar. One of the benefits of this approach is that the average American can follow a controlled-carbohydrate lifestyle, eat until satisfied and achieve a healthy balance of fats and other nutrients -- all without having to count portions or calories.

After the 6 weeks I really felt like I understood how to eat a low carb diet.

I even went out to eat with co-workers and ordered this amazing salad!

It came with a crunchy Cuban bread, but I asked the server to please leave it off. When the salad arrived, the bread was sitting there along the side, but I took it off and sent it away ASAP so I wasn't tempted.

The past 6 weeks have certainly been eye-opening. I haven't weighed myself, but I've felt that my energy level has been through the roof. I'm up at 4:30am every morning and head right off to the gym. And then I work all day, am home by about 6:45pm and I have not once had that 3pm slump. I attribute that to the low carb diet and exercise routine.

The Atkins Plan really opened my eyes to foods that I had NOT been eating because I thought were not "healthy."

I'm finding myself full for longer, and full of energy! I love the low carb lifestyle.

You can learn more about the Atkins Plan online and you too can become an #AtkinsInsider

Happy 2015!



This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.