The 5K Zombie Run and the 5K Color Blast are coming to Sarasota and Tampa-Giveaway and Discount

So many runs, so little time!!

The amazing people that have brought you The 5K Zombie Run, and the 5K Color Blast are at it again!! 

But this year, this year is going to be EPIC!!

They will be in Sarasota for a 5k Zombie NIGHT run on Saturday Oct. 24, and the 5k Color Blast on Sunday Oct. 25th, and returning to Tampa on Saturday November 14th for the 5k Zombie Run in the morning, followed by the 5k Color Blast in the afternoon!

AND – since they doing the events back-to-back, they are offering a special, additional “fun run challenge” medal to everyone who participates in both! Yahoo!! I love to run for extra bling!!

The Sarasota Events will be held at Nathan Benderson Park  5851 Nathan Benderson Circle in Sarasota, and the Tampa Events will take place at Lake Park 17302 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Lutz.

The Girls and I went to the 5K Color Blast last year and had a GREAT time. 

ALL participants receive t-shirts & finisher medals PLUS the additional 3rd medal for those doing both events.  And they are also introducing several new, fun “swag” items this year!  You can find out more information about each of the events at the links below:

To register for the events, please follow these links:


Tampa Zombie
But wait...I have discount codes!! Use the code META5 to save $5 of each registration!!


But wait...there is STILL MORE!

I have one FREE registration for EACH race!!! How can you win? Simply leave me a comment telling me which race you'd like to participate in. Would you like to participate in more than one? Tell me that too!! All winners will receive a voucher that I will email and you MUST register online no later than October 1st. The winners will be chosen on Friday August 28th. 

Good luck and I hope to see you in Lutz in November!! 

Neon Vibe 5K in Sarasota Promo Code Discount

I grew up just south of Sarasota, in a little town called Venice. I love Venice/Sarasota and try to get down there to visit family as often as possible, which honestly isn't enough.

When I heard about the Neon Vibe 5K in Sarasota from a high school friend, I knew I had to try to make it! And I will!!

Join me and the #TampaTrio as we run through the neon colors of Lakewood Ranch on Saturday August 23rd!

From Neon Vibe:
The Neon Vibe after dark fun-run will have you and your friends glowing crazy with color and dancing all night! Did we mention we had color that glows under black lights – and lots of it! Think of it like this – there’s 5K’s, and then there’s running a 5K in black lights with loads of color! This is the most fun you will ever have at a run!

YOU are our color canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5k run you’ll be a vivid glowing masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the best night-time 5K run. This is one amazing run you will not want to miss! Register for the craziness today before we are sold out in your city.

You can register for the Sarasota event HERE and don't forget to use the code GLOWBLOG to save $5 off your registration!!

I hope to see you out there!!

Obamacare in Southwest and Gulf Central Florida!!

This is part of a compensated campaign with The Navigator Project of SW and GC Florida. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Having 3 kids, one with special needs, an accident prone husband, and well of course me being me, having health insurance is a MUST for our family.

However, there was a time when we didn't have any health insurance. It was back in 2005-2006. We were a single income family, and despite giving birth TWICE in that time period, it was more economically feasible for us to pay for our medical bills then it was for us to pay monthly insurance premiums. We made too much money to qualify for any state assistance, yet we were still living paycheck to paycheck. The life of a working middle class family.

Beginning October 1st, Obamacare will come in to play. Obamacare sounds confusing and hard to understand. Basically, the main idea of the project is to have everyone in the United Stated covered by health insurance by March, 2014. If you don't you'll have to pay a fine. Undecided I am learning more and more about Obamacare and what it means for all of us.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is a website where everyone can go and apply if they don't have an insurance plan, or if they feel that they are currently paying to much.

But there is a LOCAL resource for those of us that live in the Southwest and Central Gulf regions of Florida called the “Navigator Project for Southwest and Gulf Central Florida”


The Navigator project is funded through the University of South Florida Consortia to assist in the education and enrollment process in the 10 county regions. The ten counties in the region include Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, and Hardee.  Within these counties we are partnering with local community and social service agencies to train Navigators. We chose to work with agencies that are already assisting individuals in their community with connecting with social and health care services as they know best who needs the help, how to reach them and the local support services are available.  Many of the organizations trained an existing staff member to perform the Navigator function as it complements their current role within their agency.  In this ten county region there will be a total of 18 Navigators, 15 of these Navigators will be half time and three will be full time roaming Navigators.

How can individuals enroll in the Marketplace on October 1st?   Everyone with internet access should be encouraged to go on-line to and explore the website, the assistance for which they may be eligible, and the insurance products that will be available.  An individual then has many options when it comes to applying - 

1)    apply on-line with no assistance as it will be a user friendly website with toll free support at the national level.

2)    Contact their local insurance agent or broker for in person assistance

3)    Contact our local toll free number for in person assistance 

At the regional level we have been developing a network of in-person assisters to include both Navigators and Certified Application Counselors.  We will have a toll free line and referral network where people can call to be referred by zip code to an individual or organization to them in education about the marketplace products and help with the enrollment process.  This referral network will include the Navigator partners in addition to federally qualified health center assisters such as Family Healthcare Network Southwest Florida, Family Health Centers of SWFL and the Community Health Center of North Port.  Additional the Lee and Collier County library systems are assisting with meeting rooms for Navigators and displaying enrollment posters and flyers.  

Starting on October 1st from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, our local toll free number for Southwest and Gulf Central Florida is 1-866-547-2793 (only for Southwest and Gulf Central Florida). The nationwide toll free number is 1-800-318-2596 and you can call them to find providers in your area!

Counties included in Southwest and Gulf Central Florida include:

Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands, and Hardee

You can also follow our local updates online via Facebook or Twitter.

On Monday September 30, I will be joining 9 other influential bloggers on Twitter for a chat about this program. You can join us beginning at 6pm by following the hashtag #healthcareSWGCFL

Has there ever been a time in your life when you were without health insurance?