The 5k Color Run Giveaway and Discount #Tampa

The 5k Color Run Giveaway #Tampa

It's that time of year again! The time when the weather turns lovely, and the kids and I start hitting the race circuit together!!

Our first event together for 2015 will be the 5K Color Run in LUTZ!! We are super excited for this event because it's so close to home! Yippie!!

Calling all runners and walkers, and families who just want to get colorful! Have you been to The 5k Color Run before? It is actually a fun run for the whole family! Get some exercise in, get colored, #PushAwayTheScreen, and have FUN!


When is The 5k Color Run in Tampa?

  • March 21st 2015 – Gates open and check-in begins at 7:30 am. Packet pick up is at check-in on the day of the event. The run will start at 9:00 am with waves released every few minutes. There are also opportunities to packet pickup at locations throughout Tampa in the days leading up to the event.

Where is The 5k Color Run in Tampa?

  • Lake Park 17302 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz, FL 33548 (SW Corner of Dale Mabry & Van Dyke)

What else do I need to know?

  • Wear WHITE for the maximum rainbow effect!
  • Sunglasses and bandana are recommended
  • Color powder is non toxic FDA approved colored corn starch
  • Spectators are Free
  • Free, supervised gear check
  • Coolers for refreshments will be allowed (no glass containers, please)

What is the color?

  • It is non-toxic FDA-approved colored corn starch.

Is there Swag?

  • You bet! You will get a medal and other goodies, plus entry to the Post-Race Party. Did I mention a MEDAL??? Running for bling is one of the only things I'll run for these days. And you'll also get PHOTOS!!!!

How much?

  • Right now prices are as low as $45, but they go up every few days and the race is ALMOST totally sold out!! But use the code 5META to save $5 on your registration!!

Where do I sign up?

And don't forget to use the code 5META to save $5 off your registration!!

But there's MORE!! I have a chance for ONE of you to win TWO registrations to the 5K Color Run. Simply leave me a comment telling me who you'd bring with you!!

Audiobook Review: The Golem and the Jinni

 It's official. I am addicted to audio books. With a 30 mile commute each way, which can sometimes take me up to 2 hours, audio books have been my saving grace. 

The Golem and the Jinni was a book that left me pondering for days and days.

Prior to listening to this book, the only time I had ever heard the term Golem before was in the Lord of the Rings. Though that is a GOLLUM, not a GOLEM. Two totally different characters.

In Jewish folklore, a Golem is an animated anthropomorphic being magically created from inanimate matter. In the case of this golem, she was made from clay. And she was made to look as human as possible, with real hair, and even fingernails. She was made to be a man's wife, and the man who made her, Yehudan Schaalman is a failed rabbinical student turned powerful folk-magician.

And on the other hand, we have the Jinni. Yes, a GENIE. A jinni In Middle Eastern and Muslim mythology, is a spirit made of smokeless flame. A jinni (or, to use the plural, jinn) is usually invisible to humans, but can be seen when it wants to be.

Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th Century, this story takes the reader through the areas of Little Syria, and the Lower East Side.

As the Golem and the Jinni live among the people of their culture, they are noticed as being a bit different, but no one knows the wiser save the two men who "rescued" each of them. Living in separate parts of the city, neither is aware that another mystical being is around until their paths happen to cross one evening.

Living now in 2015, how is reading a book set in 1899 able to allow readers to relate to the characters and the setting? From the author herself.

"Over and over, my research told me that the concerns and dilemmas of 1900s-era New Yorkers would be very familiar to the modern reader. They worried about multiculturalism and globalism, the tensions between science and religion, between tradition and assimilation. It became clear to me that we have always been finding and losing our faiths; we have always struggled to defend or flaunt propriety, to follow or ignore the dictates of our hearts. And apparently folklore and fantasy can still capture the modern reader—at least, if the continuing proliferation of vampires, werewolves, and the like is any indication. They’re our own all-too human urges and struggles, embodied and made explicit."

Read aloud by George Guidall, the Golem and the Jinni is certainly an audiobook that goes on my list as the TOP audiobook that I have listened to thus far. His voice, insight, inflection is AMAZING and really brought all the characters to life. Click HERE to take a listen.

Are you a fan of audiobooks? Which is the best one you've read?


Valspar Championship Family Friendly Events at Innisbrook 2015-Giveaway

This post is sponsored by the 2015 Valspar Championship

Years ago my husband worked in Palm Harbor. Whenever I would drive up to meet him for lunch, I would drive past the entrance to the Innisbrook Resort. I had often heard wonderful things about this resort, but I thought it was just for golfers and well, since getting hit in the head by a golf club when I was 9 years old (and receiving 8 stitches) with the exception of putt-putt, my golfing days are over. 

But I often wondered what was behind those stone walls that faced US19, and after doing a little bit of research I was blown away to learn that Innisbrook is so much more than just a golf resort. 

When Valspar invited my family to come out to experience Innisbrook I had to decline because Ronin has a broken leg and there is just no way I can bring him to an event like that while he's wheelchair bound. Valspar and Innisbrook were kind enough to allow me to host the giveaway and offered to have the kids and I out to visit the resort once Ronin has his cast off, so expect another post from me about all the amenities available to #PushAwaytheScreen.

But just because we can't go doesn't mean you can't go and it sounds like a SUPER time!

Valspar and the sponsors have planned activities that are fun for the whole family.

For starters, kids 15 and under get in free with each adult ticket. Military and Veterans can also get in free thanks to a sponsorship with Pinch-a-Penny.  One day tickets are on sale now for only $30 (tickets go up on March 8th) and they even have a Family Pack that includes food and drinks.  I would recommend the event for any family; but especially if you have kids over the age of 5.

Behind the 18th green you’ll find the 2015 Valspar Color Experience with lawn games, photo opportunities, and fun indoor activities too.  There’s a Brighthouse Sports Pavillion, a Family Fun Zone, a Tires Plus Driving Range, and don’t forget to stop by Frenchy’s Pool Party, which would likely be the favorite spot for the #TampaTrio.

Dress colorfully and win prizes!! This year Valspar has Color Scouts who will be searching for the most colorful guests and will award them with prizes.

I have 4 one-day passes (you choose the day) to the Valspar Championship that I’m giving away to one lucky reader.  Winner must be local and be available to attend one day between March 9-15th. Travel expenses are not included.

Just leave me a comment telling me which aspect of the event sounds like the most fun for you and your family! I'll pick a winner on Friday March 6!