Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.

27. May 2015 08:14
by jennifer

The Illusionists at the Straz Center Tampa May 26-31

27. May 2015 08:14 by jennifer | 1 Comments


On Wednesday May 27th, the #TampaTrio and I were invited to the Straz Center to experience The Illusionists. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

The Wednesday performance was Broadway Family Night and  we arrived early for fun activities and then we had every intention to stay after for a talk-back with company members, but a late show start, and some technical difficulties after intermission prevented us from staying late.

You can see with your own eyes how AMAZING this show was. 

Ronin LOVES magic and illusions. I mean LOVES it. Look at how intently he is staring at the illusionist from the Downtown Tampa Carnival in early May. He really tries so hard to figure out the tricks. 


Each of the kids had their own idea of who they liked the best simply based on this sign. Ella liked The Trickster, Haley like the The Warrior and Ronin liked The Futurist

I don't want to give too much away, but post show Ella had a new favorite....The Anti-Conjuror.

The #TampaTrio loved sitting up in the Starz Tweet Seats, which is where we moved post-intermission. Ronin needed a bit more space for dancing and after drinking a lot of Shirley Temples at dinner, bathroom breaks were frequent and I didn't want to keep walking in front of other theater guests. 

Overall, we had a great time! There were a lot of surprises, and some super funny one-liners. And while those one-liners are not really appropriate for the younger crowd, they will go right over their heads, so no worries.

The show did a GREAT job in interacting with the crowd, though my gang was disappointed that they weren't chosen to get on stage, but we sat in the back, and they only picked from the first 2-3 rows. Oh well. Better luck next time! you like magic/illusion shows? Have you ever seen one live??

Disclaimer: As part of my association with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, my family was provided with tickets to experience The Illusionists. I had planned to only take Ronin but the girls demanded that they be taken as well. I don't regret that decision at all. 

20. May 2015 15:11
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Summer Road Trips: Audio Books for Kids

20. May 2015 15:11 by jennifer | 0 Comments

I do not have a DVD player in my car, and I can honestly say that I NEVER WILL. My kids enjoy reading, and they L.O.V.E. audio books when we spend any sort of significant time in the car. We've listened to so many audio books in the car. The ones that really stick out are Harry Potter (difficult with the strong English accents), Magic Tree House, and to date, their favorite audio book was Tuck Everlasting. We'll be traveling this summer, spending a few days of 10+ hours in the car, and I've got... [More]

12. May 2015 11:47
by jennifer

Polar A300 Fitness and Activity Monitor Review and Giveaway

12. May 2015 11:47 by jennifer | 41 Comments

Polar, the World's leading heart rate and fitness tracking company has just released their newest activity tracker: The A300.  It is a beautiful fitness tracker that takes all the best features of the Polar Loop, and the Polar FT60 and combines them into this sleek, attractive wrist computer. Not only can you change your band (multiple colors), but you can log your daily activity, have your device alert you if you are inactive too long, measure your heart rate, track your sleep, count your... [More]