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Aug 6th is Root-beer Float Day!

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August 6th is
National Root-Beer Float Day!

Why not indulge on this American classic while you’ve got the chance?

Looking for a deal?

All day Thursday, A&W Store Tampa will be serving up root-beer floats for FREE at their E Fowler Ave location!

Bonus: proceeds go to Wounded Warrior Project.

Can’t make it on Thursday but still craving your root-beer float fix? Stop in to

Red Robin For bottomless Root-beer Floats any day of the year!

Not feeling the long lines?

Just grab a tub of vanilla and a 6-pack of your favorite root-beer brand and surprise the family after work.

Extra points if you serve it in a mason jar.

For a little extra adults-only oomph , add a shot of vanilla vodka and some Kahlua in there!

You’re Invited!

Not long ago, Avalon Park West announced Beazer Homes’ closing on the purchase of 55 home sites in the community. We’ve come a long way in such a short time! As you can tell from the picture, the Beazer Homes model has officially been completed, and is currently in the middle of design stages. At the end of this month, Beazer will officially be opening their model center doors to the public- but this won’t be your average Grand Opening…

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This will be a Grand Opening Carnival! Complete with a food truck rally, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce house, rock wall, face painting, DJ, and a dance floor, Beazer Homes is doing it BIG in Avalon Park West. So forget your plans next weekend, and get yourselves (and the kiddos) over to Avalon Park West on May 30th for this awesome, one time only, FREE family Grand Opening Event!

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Address:
5200 Autumn Ridge Dr. Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
Date: May 30th
Time: 12 Noon- 4PM

Going? Tell your friends! facebook

Treat Mom This Mother’s Day at One of These Sweet Local Spots

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Quail Hollow

Bring Mom to Quail Hollow for a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

6225 Old Pasco Rd, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544

Sunday, May 10th from 10 am – 3 pm!

  • $24.95 per person
  • 1/2 priced for children under 12
  • With a flower for Moms!

Assorted Salads
Carving Station: Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce & Au Jus
Create your own Omelet & Egg Station
Crème Brulee French Toast
Applewood Smoked Bacon & Sausage Patties
Mini Quiche…
Biscuits & Gravy
Pancake Station with Toppings Bar
Croissants & Danishes
Mashed Potato and Macaroni & Cheese with Toppings Bar
Kids buffet featuring Mini Corndogs, Sliders, & Chicken Tenders
Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar
Coffee, Soda, & Tea
And more!

Call (813) 333-0033 for reservations.


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http://www.hoosiersgrille.com

Kick Back with a Bloody Mary at Mother’s Day Brunch

Reservations required
10630 Plantation Bay Dr, Tampa, FL 33647
10am-1pm

Deaths Door Bloody Mary bar $6, after 11am

12 & up $14
4-11 $6
3 & under FREE

Prime RIb
Omelet Station
Biscuits & Gravy
Pork Belly
Scrambled Eggs
French Toast
Assorted fruits
Assorted breads


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http://tampaballettheatre.org/events

Treat Mom to a Show at HCC

2204 N. 15th Street
Tampa, FL 33605

Sunday May 10th at 5:00pm

Ticket Prices are as follows:

      

     

Adults $25 Senior $20
Children $15 and Students $15

Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, choreographer Lindsay Clark’s rendition of Alice in Wonderland is a heart-racing adventure down the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland Garden and through the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. During the imaginative journey, you’ll see all your favorite Alice characters in Tampa Ballet Theatre’s performance from the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and the infamous Queen of Hearts.

30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably getting that itch again. Yes, folks, it’s Spring time, and with the Spring comes the incessant urge to peel ourselves out of hibernation mode, and gear up for that beautiful Florida summer that’s just around the corner. We’ve found the perfect 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge that will help you to deep-clean and de-clutter your home even with the busiest of schedules. Here we go!

For a similar free printable version to hang on your fridge, click here.

30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge:

Kitchen:
Day 1: Clean Microwave and Oven (even in-between the oven door glass

Day 2: Clean dishwasher and appliances

Day 3: Wipe down pantry

Day 4: Scrub fridge inside and out.

Day 5: Organize pantry and toss any expired items.

Day 6: Clean kitchen sink (including under the sink)

Day 7: Wipe down walls and give the garbage can a good scrub.

Day 8: Deep clean the stove top, kitchen counters, and floor.


Bathroom:

Day 9: Clean out medicine cabinet. Toss expired and old medicines.

Day 10: Toss old towels and de-clutter under the sink.

Day 11: Deep clean shower, curtain/door, walls.

Day 12: Deep clean toilet, bathroom surface areas, mirror and floor. (Tired of stink? Try Poopourie)


Bedrooms: (Have the kids do these as their chores in their own bedrooms)

Day 13: Clean mirrors, windows, blinds, and curtains.

Day 14: De-Clutter, and organize closet and drawers, and give away what you haven’t used in the last 3 months.

Day 15: Deep-clean mattress, wash pillows, linen and comforter.

Day 16: Vacuum, or sweep and mop floor, making sure to clean under furniture.

Day 17:  walls, baseboards, and fixtures.


Living Room:

Day 18: Wash sofa seats, throw pillows, and blankets/covers.

Day 19: Clean throw pillows, rugs, chairs, and tables.

Day 20: Wipe down TV and all electronics.

Day 21: De-clutter, tossing all unwanted items

Day 22: Vacuum, or sweep and mop floor, making sure to clean under furniture.

Day 23: Clean walls, baseboards, and fixtures.

Day 24: Clean windows, blinds, and curtains.


Office:

Day 25: De-clutter drawers and bookshelves.

Day 26: Wipe down desk, chair, walls, baseboards, bookshelves, and fixtures.


Other:

Day 27: Clean washing machine and dryer.

Day 28: Clean patio and outdoor equipment

Day 29: Clean car

Day 30: Clean vacuum and cleaning supplies.


Looking for some de-cluttering inspiration? There is a beautiful designer’s blog that focuses on clearing out the clutter and really letting your style shine through in your home.

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Click here to explore TheInspiredRoom!


And When all else fails: How to Fake a clean home in under 20 minutes.

Spring Break in Wesley Chapel

photo-1421284621639-884f4129b61d-300x200Alright friends, Spring Break is right around the corner! -And we’ve done all the searching so you don’t have to. All you have to do is sit back, scroll through, and pick the activities that fit your family’s schedule. Jump to the bottom of the page for full-day camps during Pasco’s Spring Break week. (March 16-20)

Short Term Activities:
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Every Saturday, 10am at Micheal’s Craft Store at the Grove:

Cost: $2/kid

Plan: Get 30 minutes of shopping time while your kiddos enjoy some awesome arts and crafts lessons. See upcoming crafts sessions here


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Every Day during Spring Break at IKEA:

Cost: FREE

Plan: Get in on the fun at IKEA Tampa Kids Academy! The Academy is FREE for kids 12 and under.  To participate, show up any time between 11a.m. & 12p.m. or between 5:30p.m. & 6:30p.m. Find more info here


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Every Wednesday, 10am at the Shops at Wiregrass:

Cost: FREE

Plan: Sign up any child age 12 or under HERE  and bring them by the Shops at Wiregrass every Wednesday for an hour of free entertainment!


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Saturday, 10am on March 14th at Your  Nearest Lowe’s Location

Cost: FREE

Plan: One day only, your kids can learn to build a wooden project, get a free apron, goggles, patch, and more. Monster Jam is back at Lowe’s! Be sure to register your child to build this Monster Jam project featuring El Toro Loco® Just click HERE  and enter your zip code to register at the nearest Lowe’s location.


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Tuesday, 9-11am, March 10th at Whole Foods Market, Tampa

COST: FREE

Plan: Moms, this is the perfect opportunity to sneak in a pampering session. Tell the family you’re going to get groceries and head on over to Whole Foods Market, Tampa. You’ll enjoy a free massage, coffee (or tea) and a muffin from the Coffee Bar. All you have to do is check in at customer service to receive your free voucher. Just don’t forget to pick up your groceries before heading back home!

Find more great activities like the Kid’s Club Fruity Pizza Party HERE:


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March 16 – 18 ( Mon – Wed) and March 18-20 (Wed – Fri) 9am – 1pm at Wesley Chapel District Park

3-5 Day Spring Break Soccer Skills Camp

Cost: $85 (10% sibling discount) per 3 day session or $135 for all 5 days

Plan: Pre-Register children for either a 3 or 5 day program to learn basic soccer skills like passing, receiving and 1v1 attacking from 9am-1pm. Available the week of March 16-20th HERE


Full-Week Camps in Wesley Chapel

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Discovery Point at Seven Oaks 27830 Summergate Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Cost: TBD

Plan: Pre-Register (Drop-In spaces are first come first serve) children for the full week of Spring Break at the center. They’ve got enrichment programs included in registration fees, including dance, music, and karate classes so your kids can learn new skills without you having to run all over town.

Call for details: 813-994-2700 or visit their website HERE, but note that you’ll have to go to the center to register.


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Backyard Bears Day School 27300 Dayflower Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL

Cost: TBD

Plan: Pre-Register children for the full week of Spring Break, and they’ll have an amazing week full of outdoor activities on over an acre of school playground area. Click HERE for more information.

Call for details: 813 991 5499 


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PROtential Sports 2910 Sports Core Circle Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Cost: TBD

Plan: Call today to sign up the kiddos for a full week of sports training. They get to pick from swimming, basketball, tennis, flag football, soccer, and much more.

Call for details: 813 843 9460 or click HERE to check out their website

 

If you’re looking for more full time camps, Tampa Bay Parenting has a great list of day camps HERE

Not to get too ahead here, but they’ve got a working list of SUMMER CAMPS too!

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Avalon Park West Loves Pets!

We’re still breaking in the New Year here at Avalon Park West -let’s give the pets a great new start too!

At Avalon Park West, we understand that your pets are part of your family!  We have a great dog park located in the heart of Cypress Village, which we invite you to use!  Also, take note of some of these great tips for your furry loved ones!

Give your furry friends a comfortable spot to sleep, off the floor (and still not on your bed!) with this easy tutorial:

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FOR BIG DOGS: http://www.hometalk.com/4719920/pvc-dog-cot-tutorial

FOR LITTLE DOGS OR CATS: http://www.thediygirl.com/pvc-dog-cot-tutorial-2/

On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

You can find the pools at Walmart, Toys R Us, or Target for around $15.00 and use them all Summer
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Remove a cabinet door panel and add a curtain with a tension rod to hide a litter box.
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If you’re one who enjoys taking your furbabies around town, running errands- check out this link below that lists all the restaurants who have “Secret Menu” items for pets!
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http://barkpost.com/ultimate-dog-friendly-companies/
We know you love your pets as much as we do and hope you can use these helpful hints to spoil them!

November in Avalon Park West

Happy fall, ya’ll! We’ve got a sweet little line up for you this week from a freaky-fun Family Date Night, to THE Thanksgiving recipe you absolutely need to make this year, weather you are a host or guest! You know what to do!

Family Date night idea: Scary Movie (family friendly!) Night with themed crafts and snacks. Here are our top five picks:

“Hocus Pocus” This one comes on often throughout October and is available on Netflix DVD, but not streaming. For a craft, we will make witch hats. For snack, we will have “Witches Brew” which is green colored Hi-C fruit punch with dry ice to make the smoke effect. You can get dry ice by the pound at most grocery stores. Remember to handle it with gloves!

“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” This one is available for streaming on Netflix if you are a subscriber. For a craft, painting the movie cover or cutting it out of construction paper is fun. For snacks -a family favorite- white chocolate dipped caramel apples!

“Casper” Check your local listings for this movie. For a craft, mix some cheap-o shaving cream with a little Elmer’s glue. Let the kids form a ghost on a piece of construction paper. When it dries they can draw or glue eyes to it. For a super easy and healthy snack, the popular ghost banana with mini chocolate chips for eyes.

“Addams Family” This movie is also available on Netflix streaming if you have an account. With this one, the craft is just to trace your hands and cut them out. For snack, a popcorn stuffed kitchen glove with candy for the finger nails!

“Corpse Bride”– Available with Netflix DVD but not streaming. It is a part of the line up on the ABC 19 days of Halloween list. For a craft, use cotton swabs to form skeletons, by gluing them to a piece of black construction paper. For snack, stack up a few white chocolate covered mini pretzel twists and put a large marshmallow on top. You can use frosting or a cake writer to make a face on the marshmallow.

If you haven’t found one to suit your fancy yet, there are more options here!: http://beforever31.com/halloween-movies-activities-and-snacks/

BONUS: Make your own smartphone projector with this $3 hack; find a movie to watch on Netflix, and presto!

The only thing that beats the projector-hack is the HUGE blow up screen monthly movie night at the pool, which brings us to:

And you definitely don’t want to miss this one- we’ll be showing Maleficent on an even BIGGER screen than we usually do! Free popcorn and hot chocolate like we normally do! Just bring your blankets and chairs, whatever you need to make yourself comfortable. See you at dark!

Its football season again! As a Tampa Bay resident, there are tons of opportunities to catch a game- so if you’re tailgating this season, or even just hitting your kids’ practice- here’s an awesome on the go meal to keep the ball rolling, and your budget in tact:

What You Will Need:

  • Snack size bags of Doritos or Fritos
  • Seasoned taco meat
  • Shredded cheese
  • Lettuce (shredded)
  • Tomatoes (diced)
  • Onions (diced)
  • Sour cream
  • Plastic fork

What You Will Need To Do:

  1. Crush up the chips to desired size.
  2. Cut the bag of chips open length wise to make almost a bowl type shape.
  3. Add taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and sour cream as desired.
  4. Grab a fork and you are ready to watch the big game!

Shopping around for another side dish recipe? Whether you’re hosting you’re the guest this year, this corn casserole dish is one for the books. You are going to love adding this to your Thanksgiving menu for two reasons; One: its super easy to make, and Two: This is a total crowd pleaser.

You can thank us later. Directions below:

Ingredients

  • 1 can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
  • 1 can Cream Style Corn
  • 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 stick Margarine
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together adding sour cream last. Pour into greased 9 X 9 or 2 quart dish and bake uncovered for 1 hour until set and browned. – See more at: http://www.arlingtonmommy.com/corn-casserole/?pp=0#sthash.Lk5xK3D1.dpuf

Tis the Season…for Shopping! We know it can be kind of stressful keeping everything in order while Christmas shopping-it’s no secret- we’ve been there. But before you hit the stores this season, check out this great printable we found to help keep it all organized:

You can find more awesome stuff like this here:

http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2013/11/23/printable-holiday-shopping-planner-pages.html

Check back with us on the next newsletter for some awesome Thanksgiving décor ideas, and Black Friday Pro tips!

Fall in Love with Avalon Park West

Happy October Avalon Parkers!

We’ve noticed quite a few of our residents breaking out that fall décor already! With all these events coming up this month we saw this as the perfect opportunity to help show off our amazing community to all the visitors by holding a PORCH DECORATING COMPETITION! If you live in Avalon Park West and are interested in competing, please see the flyer below for more information. And if you would like to participate, please e-mail Kristin@AvalonParkWest.com for the registration form:

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Happy October Avalon Parkers!

We’ve noticed quite a few of our residents breaking out that fall décor already! With all these events coming up this month we saw this as the perfect opportunity to help show off our amazing community to all the visitors by holding a PORCH DECORATING COMPETITION! If you live in Avalon Park West and are interested in competing, please see the flyer below for more information. And if you would like to participate, please e-mail Kristin@AvalonParkWest.com for the registration form:
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Oktoberfest is coming up on October 18th! Grab some delicious German food and beer, and find a spot in the beer garden to hang out and listen to The Europa Band on stage with authentic German music- if you haven’t had a chance to look them up yet you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/TheEuropaBand?fref=ts

We’ve got a bunch of fun stuff for the kids too, including carnival games, root beer garden, bounce houses, a HAY RIDE, and more! This is going to be another great opportunity to have some fun with the whole family, so make sure to check out the flyer and mark your calendars for this next big event!

We do also have vendor spaces and sponsorship opportunities available, so if you or anyone you know of might be interested please contact Kristin at 813.482.5361 or email her at Kristin@AvalonParkWest.com
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Special thank you to these fine sponsors that have already signed up:

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September’s Movie under the stars was great! Thank you to everyone who joined us! Our set up has changed a little bit, as we will now be showing the movies in the pool area. This allows for the movie to still go on even if it’s raining- and there will be plenty of covered, dry space to hang out and watch from! You can find pictures from the September movie below along with the flyer for the October movie coming up!
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Looking for something to do for Halloween? New River Elementary holds an annual Trunk or Treat event for the whole family! You can check out last year’s event HERE:

http://www.ourtownfla.com/index.php?news&action=view_news&news_id=985

We look forward to making memories with your family this Fall!

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