The Five BEST things about Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa

 

 Our family was invited to attend a special preview of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa. Busch Gardens is our favorite Florida theme park, so we jumped at the chance to go!

 

Here are OUR 5 BEST things about Christmas Town.

1. SNOW!!! Having 3 kids born and raised in Florida, they have never seen snow! We have been to Gaylord Palms for their annual ICE event, but that’s ice, not snow. We were waiting in line to make snowballs and the trio was so excited!! Suddenly it was their turn, they got their red buckets full of snow, walked over to the fence area, reached into the bucket and “Oh my gosh mama, this is FREEZING and WET.”  I started laughing out loud. Of course it’s freezing and wet! I’m not quite sure what they were expecting, but apparently it wasn’t snow! The girls quickly finished their buckets but Ronin, oh sweet Ronin. He went through his bucket and still wanted more. See that little hand sticking through the bottom of the fence. Yes, that is my son trying to get more snow.

2. LIGHTS!! The light displays were seriously fantastic.  They also gave out special glasses that made the lights twinkle like snowflakes! Ella was in awe of this and barely took the glasses off all night! I think my favorite light display was at the Crown Colony-Carol of the Bells where they had the display timed perfectly to music. It was beautiful! There was also a full moon on Friday night and above the Crown Colony the moon was shining so brightly. Ronin is in the picture just chuckling. Priceless. Fantastic night.

3. RIDES!! All of our favorite rides were open and there were NO LINES! We continually looped through the best roller coaster at the park-Cheetah Hunt. On, off, on ,off, on, off. It was awesome. Our kids are at the age that they are really into rides, so this was really the highlight for them.The look on Ella's face tells it all. "CHEETAH AGAIN!!!"

4.GIANT SNOWMEN! Snow World had a lot of giant walking snowmen. They were very festive looking and really helped to get us in the holiday spirit!!

5. CREEPY ANGEL STATUE!!Okay, why is this on a list of great things if it’s creepy? This was a family event, all 5 of us went, and my husband and kids LOVED this creepy angel statue. Me, eh not so much. In fact, I hightailed around the statue pretty quickly and then out of the corner of my eye, I saw it move? Say what?? That’s when I realized it was a LIVING statue. And the closer I got, the creepier it got. Ronin was really intrigued by her, and attempted to lift up her dress. He got a talking to by Statue Angel’s security detail; “you may not touch the statue, but the statue may touch you.” And then I hear my sweet son addressing CREEPY angel “hey are YOU REAL???”  I got us out of there pretty quickly because I was afraid I might have nightmares. It really creeped me out.

 A perk of Christmas Town is sibling love. It was so nice to have everyone getting along, Ella and Ronin holding hands, there was minimal fighting, and I got to have a nice cold beer. It was a good night.

 

It's a Sweet Tomatoes giveaway!

Losing 212 pounds was not easy, especially when you love to go out to eat!!  Sweet Tomatoes gave me all the control to still be able to go out  with the family AND stay on my healthy diet! Sure, they have plenty of unhealthy options, but if you PLAN and stick with your plan then you can totally have a great meal, feel in control, and leave feeling very satisfied. They have amazing pre-made salads (watch those b/c they are loaded with dressing) sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, and of course, the make your own salad bar!!

How you can win your very own Sweet Tomaotes meal passes!

You must do all three of these to be entered to win:

1. Like 'Metamorfit' on Facebook by clicking HERE (Remember: leave me a message sharing how you plan to stay fit and healthy this holiday season!)
2. Follow me on Twitter by clicking HERE (Remember: you can tweet about this giveaway using this message: Enter to win a@sweettomatoes Healthy Christmas Gift Giveaway!http://http://bit.ly/Vrd1ip via @jennymetamorfit )
3. Connect with Sweet Tomatoes on Facebook and Twitter (remember to say "hi" too, and tell them I sent you!!)

The winner will be chosen at random by my son from everyone that either posts on the blog, or on MY Facebook FAN page.


P.S. Don't forget we have 8...yes 8 other giveaways happening this week. Stay tuned, I will make sure you have all of the details.

Good luck and happy "liking" and tweeting! Happy Holidays!!

 

The circus is coming to town!!

I grew up in Venice, FL. A tiny little town on the Gulf Coast of Florida which is known for its shark teeth AND as the former winter home of the Ringling Bros Circus. The circus was (and still is to some extent) a BIG part of Venice. When the circus would arrive "home" for the winter, they would close down "the circus bridge" and walk the animals from the train depot to their winter quarters. It was an amazing sight to behold. When James and I had children, we knew immediately that the circus would be something that we'd take them to, and we have. Every year we have gone. Every year. We love it. The kids love it. It's become an annual tradition and it always falls right around Haley's birthday! This year our family has been invited to the Tweet-Suite on opening night January 2 at 7:30pm! The kids are going to flip when I tell them! I've also been given a family 4 pack of tickets, so the FIRST person who responds to this post with the day/time that you want to go gets the tickets.

If you don't win the tickets, don't worry!! Using the code FAMDEAL you can get a family 4 pack for just $88.00!! That includes 4 tickets, 4 small lemonades, 4 small popcorns, and 4 lollipops. You just can't use this deal on Saturday January 5th.

Good luck!!