Push Away the Screen at Tradewinds Resort

 The kids and I had the opportunity to spend an amazing fun filled day at Tradewinds Resort on beautiful St. Pete Beach. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, attended college only a few miles from this resort, yet I had never been!!

Driving in to the resort was beautiful and I knew we were in for a special treat!! We checked in with their PR Dept and were given a special tote bag with a Tradewinds towel, and a stuffed BEAKER, the Tradewinds pelican mascot. We were each given a wristband that gave us access to all the amenities the resort had to offer; 7 Pools (including 2 adult ONLY), 3 Whirlpools, Splash Island Water Park, High Tide Water Slide, Beach Cabanas, Poolside Invasion (where I was the female swim winner during the adult race!!), Paddleboats, Mini Golf, Bungee Trampoline, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and MORE! I also learned at check-in that Tradewinds is a certified Autism friendly resort. I honestly had no idea that there were even certified Autism friendly resorts let alone one nearly in my backyard!  Had I known in advance, I would have gone over the "Social Book" with Ronin and prepared him for what we were going to experience. We'll be heading back, hopefully in September, so we can do it then!

We were at the resort with some fellow bloggers from the Tampa Bay Bloggers, and Ronin immediately gravitated to Mindy and her son, Bryce. He loves hanging out with them when we go to events, and Mindy said she was happy to have Ronin tag along. This gave me the opportunity to spend some time with my girls. During the time Ronin was with Mindy he got to go on the Paddle boats, Splash Island and took multiple trips down the High Tide Water Slide. The girls played in the Gulf, went down the slide, and swam in the pool. And relished the time that they were "Ronin free."

GoGoSqueez provided us with a hospitality suite which gave us a private bathroom, all the GoGoSqueez you could eat, ice cold water, and a place to escape from the sun! It was so nice!

Tradewinds also provided us with a lovely sit down lunch. They had hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh fruit salad, icy cold drinks, grilled chicken and more! This was my lunch!



After lunch, I took my three kids for some "mama led adventures." They went on the Bungee Trampoline.

 We explored Pirate Island

Ronin went down the slide some more, exclaiming as he came off "this is the best day EVER!!"


And he was right! This was the BEST day!! As I hinted above, I participated in a swim race. Here are Mindy and I showing our CrossFit muscles before the race began. Thanks Tara for taking the photo!

We spent over 10 hours at the resort and never even came close to seeing all that it had to offer. My girls didn't get the opportunity to go on Splash Island. We didn't do mini-golf, I didn't go down the slide (or Splash Island) but what we did do was FANTASTIC! We had so much fun with our friends and I really want (and need!!) to go back and explore the resort and it's Autism friendly offerings!!  We need at least 3 full days and next time we'll also bring our Autism service dog, as the resort is dog friendly (though Matthew can come anywhere with us.) It was an absolutely perfect place to unplug and push away the screen.

Honestly, I think we would have stayed all night, but typical Florida thunderstorms rained on our parade and closed the pools down. Denise from RunDMT and her 3 kids, plus me and my 3 kids, and Marisa from Adventures of Tampa Mama and her 4 kids were the last 3 bloggers there, and once the outdoor activities closed down, we decided to cut our losses and head for home!

They do offer Florida Resident specials, and you can find more information on the Tradewinds Resort website.  They are also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


Have you been to Tradewinds Resort? What was your favorite activity? Have you ever heard of an Autism Friendly Resort?


Disclaimer: Our family was invited to enjoy a free day of play at the TradeWinds Resort in exchange for a review, however all statements made are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Keeping Your Skin Healthy! Giveaway!

We are a super active outdoor family. Having lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for most of my life (I moved here in 1985) I have spent countless hours slathered in baby oil, tanning my skin at the pool, and the beach. I enjoy all the activities that help me to achieve a sun-kissed look, and now that I'm nearly 42, I have learned my lesson and I do wear a dark tanning oil sunscreen SPF15. Tongue Out  My kids inherited not only my skin tone, but also my love for all things active in the water!!


Our idea of a perfect day is chilling out on the water; beach, or pool, we're really not picky, with some ice cold beverages! Michelob Ultra for me, and some nice juice boxes for them. Don't worry, Haley didn't drink the beer in the above photo...she was just holding it so I could take our photo!

Keeping our skin healthy PRE & POST sun is super important!

Recently our family was sent a Healthy Outdoor Skin Kit from Puritans Pride. Our kit included:

         Puritan’s Pride Aloe Vera Natural Moisturizing Cream


         Puritan’s Pride Aloe Vera 85 percent Natural Moisturizing Lotion


         Tea Tree Oil Cream for Insect Bites


         Little Twig Sun Screen


         Oat Protein Complex Sunscreen


         Vitamin E Cream


         Essential Oil Blend for Relaxation after the sun


         Puritan’s Pride Coconut Oil

We were just about to head out to the pool when the kit arrived, so it was the perfect opportunity for us to try out some of the products!! Ronin slathered himself in the Little Twig Sun Screen and this stuff was thick! He looked like a little vampire at the pool, but he didn't get sunburnt at all! We didn't even need to re-apply any throughout our many hours at the pool!

Later that night we applied the Tea Tree oil to a chlorine rash that Ella developed, and we also rubbed the aloe vera lotion on our sun-kissed skin. It was easy to rub in, smelled good, and didn't leave any sort of greasy residue on our skin!

Puritan's Pride wants to give 2 of my readers the opportunity to win their very own Healthy Outdoor Skin Kits! It's easy to win! Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Good luck!

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Push Away the Screen: Airheads Trampoline Arena- Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to offer to my readers the opportunity to win an Airheads Trampoline Bouncing Party for 5 bouncers!!

This is a great place for you to push away the screen, and get active with your kids. The trio and I have been a few times, and we always have such a good time!!  For those of you who don't want to bounce with your gang, they also offer an area to sit and free wi-fi (but that's defeating the whole point of pushing away the screen isn't it??!!)

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This giveaway is good for 5 all-day general admission passes at either the Largo/Clearwater OR Tampa locations. Thanks for Airheads for sponsoring the giveaway!