Tampa Bay Moms Blog Mom’s Night Out + Flash Ticket GIVEAWAY

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS to our ticket winner … Comment #4/Deirdre. There is still time to order tickets online so you can join in the fun! ***

Tampa Bay Moms Blog Mom's Night Out FlyerTime: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Location: A. Haley Boutique
Cost: $15/person (includes 1 raffle ticket & Swag Bag); Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for 10 for $10 (purchase online when you buy your ticket)
Info: Purchase your Mom’s Night Out tickets online

What’s Doing?
Tampa Bay Moms Blog will hold their first-ever Moms Night Out, hosted at A. Haley Boutique and presented by The Baby Sitter Swap. Mom … treat yourself to some shopping, wine, delicious desserts by Sweet Tooth Cakery, food, a chair massage by Hand & Stone Massage, mini makeup sessions by Beauty by NV, giveaways, swag bags and — most importantly — time to connect with local Tampa Bay Moms moms!

In addition to one FREE raffle ticket and a cool swag bag, your admission ticket will also entitle you to take 15% off discount of all purchases from A. Haley Boutique during the event and a FREE gift with $100 purchase.

NOTE: All attendees must be 21 years of age, and identification will be asked for at the door.

Address:
A. Haley Boutique
128B South Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609

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Tampa Bay Moms Blog is graciously offering to send one WDTB mom to their Mom’s Night Out event for FREE! Enjoy a wonderful, well-deserved night of treats and pampering with new friends. To make this even better, the winner will receive TWO TICKETS, so you can enjoy all this with a friend!

How to Enter:
— Leave a comment below telling us when the last time was that you took some time out for yourself.
— Visit the Tampa Bay Moms Blog Facebook Page and let them know WDTB sent you.
— TWEET: “I entered to win a FREE ticket to Tampa Bay Moms Blog Mom’s Night Out Dec 7 @WhatsDoingTampa @TBMomsBlog @babysitterswap #TBMBMOMSNIGHT”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments per entrant.)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have until 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your tweet!). The winner’s name will be left at the door the night of the event. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Stocking Stuffer GIVEAWAY

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! All winners have been contacted by e-mail and will be posted on this page as they are confirmed. Congratulations to our winners:
Winner 1: Comment #29/Laura
Winner 2: Comment #10/Heather F.
Winner 3: Comment #2/Debbie
Winner 4: Comment #16/Mike M.
Winner 5: Comment #3/Carrie

Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

Black Friday is stressful. My family headed to Walmart at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to take advantage of a too-good-to-be-missed Black Friday deal, and stressed does not even begin to describe how we all felt at the end. Needless to say, none of us is too anxious to face Black Friday 2014. The rest of our holiday shopping will be done on Cyber Monday, from the comfort of our couch!

Chick-fil-A Holiday Gift CardsEnter to Win a FREE Stocking Stuffer
To make your Black Friday a little less stressful, WDTB is giving away some stocking stuffers that you don’t need to brave the hoards to get. Now that’s a deal!

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I invite you to enter to win one of five (5) Chick-fil-A Mini Moos, each packaged with:
— One (1) FREE Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake Card
— One (1) FREE Chicken Tortilla Soup Card
Plus, you may even find an extra surprise inside!

Here’s How to Enter:
— Post a comment below answering the question: “What do you like to stuff your stockings with?”
— Visit the What’s Doing? Tampa Bay Facebook Page and leave a comment letting me know you stopped by.
— TWEET: “I entered the WDTB #BlackFriday/#CyberMonday Stocking Stuffer Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @ChickfilA”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments per entrant.) You can only win one prize.

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Five (5) winners will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winners will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winners, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your tweet!). WDTB is responsible for mailing the prize to the winners. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 1-2 weeks for prize delivery. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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RELATED LINKS:
1. Special Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendar and Elf Cow

Christmas socks mage courtesy of samarttiw / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Chick-fil-A Mini Moo Cow and gift cards courtesy of Chick-fil-A. Image © 2013 Nicole Doyle

REVIEW: Minted Offers Holiday Cards of Uncompromising Quality + Black Friday Deal

Disclosure: I received Minted credit in return for this post reviewing Minted.com and their Holiday Cards Collection, but please remember that all opinions are my own. I only review products I love, and that I believe you will love too.

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Minted 2013 Holiday Card Collection

Minted White Noel Holiday Ornament Cards

White Noel Holiday Ornament Cards

Minted recently launched their 2013 Holiday Card Collection, and they are eager to spread the word!

Minted offers an extensive variety of photo and non-photo cards for the holidays. Some of their cards feature real foil printing to add an elegant shine to your holiday greetings. Or you can send one of my personal favorites … a card that becomes a Christmas tree ornament with a ribbon included for hanging! (See more Minted Ornament Cards.)

Petite Holiday Cards are beauties that come in a smaller 4-1/4″ x 6″ size, New Baby Holiday Cards introduce your family’s newest arrival (it’s a birth announcement and holiday card in one), and there are even Minibook Cards that allow you space to tell the story of your family’s year with photos.

Minted Holiday Cheer Party Invite by Alethea and Ruth

Minted Handpainted Kraft Holiday Party Invitation by Alethea and Ruth

Give the Gift of Uncompromising Taste
At Minted, all that matters is good design. Every month, graphic designers from all over the world submit their designs to Minted’s ongoing design competitions. The result is a truly beautiful collection of cards and stationary products. As a graphic designer, I find browsing the Minted site to be a feast for the eyes. Even Better! Those beautiful designs are printed on a thick, rich papers that we designers love … even if you’re choosing their signature stock option.

Minted Paper Stock ComparisonThat said, they are not the least expensive stationary store on the web. Minted cards are among the pricer options, but you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for unique, high-quality cards, Minted delivers … along with easy-to-use customization tools, extensive personalization options, high-end graphic design, quality papers, and some complimentary features you may appreciate, like their “Buy Now, Upload Later” option, FREE recipient addressing, and proofing services.

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Deal Typography-smallIt’s Black Friday! Put Holiday Cards in Your Basket!
Minted has a Black Friday deal that can help make check-out a little easier: 20% off holiday card orders of $150+, 15% off $100+
Promo Code: BFHOL13, valid through 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, December 1, 2013.
See all Minted promo codes currently available.

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Minted Holiday Cheer Party Invite by Alethea and Ruth

Handpainted Kraft Holiday Party Invitation with Waved Frame.

Get Personalized
Minted allows you to change the shape (additional cost) and colors of your card, as well as to add matching liners to your envelopes (additional cost). For example, the “Holiday Cheer” Handpainted Kraft Holiday Party Invitation shown above can also be purchased with a wavy scalloped edge or cut like a holiday gift tag (additional cost), and the words “Holiday Cheer” can be printed in light green or white, rather than the red shown here.

Buy Now, Upload Later
Don’t worry if you’re not ready to create that perfect holiday card today because Minted provides a “Buy Now, Upload Later” option. (NOTE: Be sure to select “Full Service Proofing” to use the “Buy Now, Upload Later” option. If “Express Service” is selected, then the “Buy Now, Upload Later” option will NOT be available for your item. Also, please confirm that your item will be eligible for the “your item will be eligible for Buy Now, Upload Later” option before you proceed. Items that include a free digital proof are eligible while Journals, Art Prints, and any items that do not receive a free digital proof are not eligible.)

FREE Recipient Address Printing
Minted will even print recipient addresses on your envelopes at no additional charge for holiday card, save the date card, and birth announcement orders.

Happy Holidays!

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Ornaments image: Kittisak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
White Noel Holiday Ornament Cards courtesy of Minted
“Holiday Cheer” Handpainted Kraft Holiday Party Invite by Alethea and Ruth courtesy of Minted
Paper stock comparison provided by Minted

AirHeads: Jump with Santa Sundays + GIVEAWAY

*** The giveaway portion of this post is now CLOSED. The winner is Comment #3/Elizabeth Arnold. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

AirHeads Jump with Santa FlyerTime: Santa jumps from 12-5 p.m.
Date: Sundays, December 8, 15 & 22, 2013
Location: AirHeads Trampoline Arena
Cost: $16.95 for unlimited jumping and Santa Sunday
Info: Phone numbers are listed below with location addresses

What’s Doing?
Bring the kids to jump with Santa in the trampoline arena!

Address:
AirHeads Trampoline Arena
5072 West Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33624
(813) AIR-HEAD

AirHeads Trampoline Arena
12401 Belcher Road
Largo, Florida 33773
(727) 569-JUMP

Watch a preview from last year’s event:

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AirhHads Trampoline Arena logoThanks to AirHeads Trampoline Arena, one (1) WDTB reader will win a family 4-pack of unlimited one-day passes for the Jump with Santa event. The winner will be able to chose the date (either Sunday, December 8, 15 or 22, 2013).

How to Enter:
ENTRY 1 — Leave a comment below letting us know whether you and your family have ever been to AirHeads.
ENTRY 2 — Visit the AirHeads Trampoline Arena and leave a comment
ENTRY 3 — Tweet: “I just entered the AirHeads Jump with Santa Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @AIRHEADSUSA ”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments/entries per person)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two winners will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winners will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winners, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your tweet!). The winner will be responsible for picking up the passes up at their AirHeads location. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Airheads button image courtesy of AirHeads Trampoline Arena
Jump with Santa flyer image courtesy of AirHeads Trampoline Arena
AirHeads Trampoline Arena logo image courtesy of AirHeads Trampoline Arena

Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendar & Elf Cow

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! And the winners are …
— Comment #39/Sabrina
— Comment #28/Morgan
Thank you to everyone who participated. You can still pick up a 2014 Cow Calendar at your favorite Chick-fil-A restaurant for just $6! ***

Greetings from The Cows
The Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendars are available for purchase in restaurants now. What are the Cows up to this year? Angus, his wife Sandra, and the kids Curlee Sue and Cal have compiled a 12-month scrapbook of their drive across the country, seeing the sights, and spreading the word about chicken.

Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendar January ImageIn January, catch the Cow family as begin their trip in “Kristel Rivur, Floriduh.” Their travels will take them to the “Stachu of Liburty,” “Vennis Beech,” “Dino Wunderland” and even the “State Fare.” See all the 2014 Cow Calendar images.

This year’s calendar will once again includes a promotional card that, once activated, will entitle the bearer to a FREE featured offer of the month each month in 2014.

Stick a Calendar in Some Stockings This Year
Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendars cost a mere $6 each and roll up to fit nicely in a stocking so your tween or teen can treat themselves the next time your family stops into Chick-fil-A. Or bring one as a fun and quirky hostess gift to your next holiday party. They also make a super and affordable gift for your Mom friends, so they can treat themselves when they get together for play dates all year long!

Simply stop by your favorite Chick-fil-A location to purchase 2014 Cow Calendars for gifting this season.

Visit the 2013 Holiday Gifts Guide for more local holiday gift ideas and giveaways!

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Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendar & Elf Cow GiveawayChick-fil-A is generously offering to give two lucky WDTB readers a 2014 Cow Calendar and Elf Cow Combo.

How to Enter:
MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit the Chick-fil-A website to see all of the Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendar monthly FREE offers. Then come back to this page and leave a comment below letting us know which month’s offer you are most looking forward to.
BONUS ENTRY:
— Tweet: “I just entered the Chick-fil-A 2014 Cow Calendar & Elf Cow Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @ChickfilA”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 2 comments per entrant)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 2 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two winners will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winners will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winners, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your tweet!). WDTB is responsible for mailing the prize to the winners. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 1-2 weeks for prize delivery. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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RELATED LINKS:
1. Black Friday/Cyber Monday Stocking Stuffer GIVEAWAY

2014 Cow Calendar and Card image courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.
2014 Cow Calendar January image courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.
2014 Cow Calendar and Elf Cow giveaway image courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.

Tampa Bay Bloggers Ring in the Holidays at the Oxford Exchange + GIVEAWAY

*** The giveaway portion of this post is CLOSED. Congratulations to our winner — Comment #8/Jenny! And THANK YOU to everyone who participated! ***

Disclosure: I was invited to join in the festivities at the Oxford Exchange’s special holiday bloggers event Nov. 14, where I received the products I am giving away.

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Enjoy a Miracle on 34th Street-style Holiday Shopping Experience in Downtown Tampa
Appetizers at the Oxford ExchangeLast night Tampa Bay Bloggers joined the Oxford Exchange, TeBella, Buddy Brew Coffee and Seventh Avenue Apothecary for an evening of holiday cheer. We sampled easy-to-prepare and deliciously snackable Dried Figs, Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts appetizers by Executive Chef Erin Guggino, as well as warm Butternut Squash Soup Shooters. We learned that TeBella Peppermint Tea pairs perfectly with Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate with Crown Maple chocolate squares, and that Dandelion Chocolate 70% Ambanja, Madagascar chocolate squares give a perfect finish to a sip of Buddy Brew Coffee. (A Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate with Crown Maple bar is included in the Oxford Exchange Holiday Gift Box GIVEAWAY, which you can enter below!) With holiday music playing in the background, and gifts beautifully arranged around flocked trees, it now — officially — feels like the holidays to me.

Oxford Exchange Book ShopOxford Exchange Book Shop
Bookshelves line the walls of the book shop, and richly upolstered sofas and chairs offer the perfect place to relax with friends. In addition to a variety of books to interest the adults on your holiday gift list, the shop also offers favorite children’s classics, like Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight, and Corduroy by Don Freeman.

Holiday Gifts for Children at the Oxford Exchange, TampaThe Gift Shop
Wander through the gift shop, which features unique, high-quality gifts beautifully displayed. There is a table devoted specifically to gifts for children, as well as Christmas ornaments hanging from branches, and so many candles to sniff (my favorite was the Little Red Riding Hood candle scent).

Seventh Avenue Apothecary Candles at the Oxford Exchange, TampaThe Oxford Exchange also sells candles made by Tampa’s own Seventh Avenue Apothecary, a family owned and operated company. These 100% natural soy candles are made in small batches using wax and soy harvested by farmers in the USA, are free of dyes, and contain natural coated cotton wicks. The candles feature unique scents like the limited edition Bergamot + Black Tea, the signature Kumquat + Clove, and the family’s ode to Ybor City — tobacco scents (Tobacco + Mint, Tobacco + Vanilla Bourbon). There are also special Holiday 2013 scents like Peppermint + Toasted Marshmallow and Frasier Fir + Thyme. The 11 oz. candles have a 55 minute burn time, and once the candle has been completely burned, the container becomes a beautiful drinking glass you can re-use in your home. The Oxford Exchange also sells a 5.8 oz. candle in a tin in their online store; perfect for a hostess gift, this candle has a 35 minute burn time. A Seventh Avenue Apothecary candle tin is included in the Oxford Exchange Holiday Gift Box GIVEAWAY, which you can enter below!

TeBella Tea at the Oxford ExchangeTake Time to Enjoy the Holidays in Style
While the kids are in school, spend some time enjoying a TeBella tea or Buddy Brew Coffee with friends while you browse the book shop and gift shop. The restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches, flatbreads and burgers for lunch (see Oxford Exchange Restaurant information and menus), and Friday through Sunday you can bring the family along, too, for Afternoon Tea ($18-22; 3-5 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 3-4:30 p.m. Sun.). Make a reservation on Open Table.

A Conference Room at the Oxford Exchange, TampaA Bit of Tampa History
I have heard a lot about the Oxford Exchange, but I had never been. I’ve been told it is beautiful, and I can honestly say … it is! The building, built in 1891, originally served as a stable for the Plant Hotel, now the University of Tampa. In the 1920s, it was transformed into an arcade of shops, and more recently it housed various businesses before becoming what it is today. The building today honors that memory, and houses a book shop, coffee bar, tea bar, gift shop, restaurant and members-only Commerce Club (meeting space), and is an ideal location for special events such as baby showers and holiday parties.

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Oxford Exchange Holiday Gift Box GiveawayThanks to the generosity of The Oxford Exchange, I have a special holiday gift box to give away to one lucky WDTB reader. The gift box contains:
— One (1) Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar (Dark Chocolate with Crown Maple; $9.95 value)
— One (1) Seventh Avenue Apothecary 100% Natural Soy Candle (Pumpkin & Clove; $15 value)

How to Enter:
MANDATORY ENTRY: Leave a comment below sharing the best gift you ever received.
BONUS ENTRY:
— Tweet: “I just entered the The Oxford Exchange Holiday Gift Box Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @OxfordExchange @TBbloggers @BuddyBrewCoffee @TeBellaTeaCo”
— Visit the Oxford Exchange Facebook Page and leave a comment letting them know WDTB sent you.

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments per entrant)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your tweet!). WDTB is responsible for mailing the prize to the winner. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 2 weeks for prize delivery. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Christmas ornaments image courtesy of Kittisak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Images © 2013 Nicole Doyle

Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a CherryBerry Caramel Apple

Disclosure: I have the opportunity to give away one (1) CherryBerry Caramel Apple every week through December 20, 2013. My family received two caramel apples to taste, and any opinions expressed herein are my own honest opinions based on our personal experience.

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And the winner is …

Friday, November 15: Comment #14/Colleen McDonald
Friday, November 22: Comment #3/Deirdre Thomas
Friday, November 29: Comment #1/Nicole Baldwin
Friday, December 6: Comment #27/Claudia Cooperman
Friday, December 13: Comment #2/Kim Peña
Friday, December 20: Comment #18/Dawn George

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Making Hand-dipped Caramel Apples at CherryBerry New TampaWhen you enter CherryBerry New Tampa and head to the counter to pick up your sample cups, there are always these huge, amazing caramel apples sitting right there. They taunt me. They always look so delicious, and there are always different and exciting looking topping combinations to pick from.

Holiday Gift Idea: Artisan Caramel Apples
This isn’t just any treat; it’s a special treat for special occasions … at least that’s how I see them. To me, they make a perfect addition to the WDTB 2013 Holiday Gifts Guide because they are exactly the type of extravagant and decadent treat I would love to both give and receive.

My daughter and I got to pick two of the apples, dipped by hand in the store, to try. My 6-year-old chose the Peppermint Caramel Apple, which sported a sweet frosting covered in crushed peppermint over creamy, smooth caramel enveloping a big, crisp Granny Smith apple. The tartness of the apple balanced the sweetness of the toppings. It was fresh, delicious and decadent, with a subtle peppermint flavor that made me think of the holidays.

My daughter’s opinion: “This is the best thing ever! I didn’t know it would be this good, but I did expect it to be good.”

My husband’s opinion: “Wow!” He also appreciated that although the toppings were generous, the caramel wasn’t so thick that you wonder if you’re ever going to get to the apple. There was a nice balance of fruitiness and sweetness, so that instead of saying, “wow, was that ever sweet,” you finished thinking, “now that was a delicious!”

CherryBerry Heath Bar Caramel Apple

Heath Bar Caramel Apple

My opinion is that I can’t wait to have the other one! The other one happens to be covered with big chunks of buttery Heath Bar toffee over caramel wrapped around the Granny Smith apple that is used as the base for all CherryBerry Caramel Apples. I’ve been pulling off bits of toffee every time I walk by it. I can hardly wait until dessert time tonight!

UPDATE: We had the second apple, and (in my daughter’s words), “This is the best thing in the universe!” Okay, I haven’t actually tasted everything in the universe, but I can honestly say the Heath Bar Caramel Apple was amazingly delicious! The toffee was so buttery and chocolatey, the caramel so smooth and creamy, and combined with the tart apple, every bite was a pleasure. We really enjoyed the peppermint apple, but we all agreed that the Heath Bar Caramel Apple was by far our favorite!

How to Cut a Caramel Apple
Before I left the shop, I got a quick tutorial in how to cut a caramel apple into nice wedges. Slice down through the apple just to the right of the stick, then turn the apple and slice down again to the right of the stick, continuing around the stick. The apple will fall away from the stick in crisp wedges that are easy to pull apart and serve. This was easier with the smoother Peppermint topped apple than it will be with cutting through the chunky Heath Bar toppings, which will tend to fall off, but it did prove to be an easy way to portion out a very large apple so everybody had the same size wedges.

DID YOU KNOW? CherryBerry’s Caramel Apples make an ideal holiday gift. Give one to your child’s teacher, stick one in a Christmas stocking, bring one as a hostess gift, and leave one as a sweet surprise for a co-worker. They can also be personalized with your own favorite topping combination. But did you also know that they can be ordered as party favors for birthdays, weddings and baby showers?

Address
CherryBerry New Tampa
18091 Highwoods Preserve Parkway
Tampa, FL 33647

Enter to Win A CherryBerry Caramel Apple of Your Choice!
Take a moment to enter to win this special Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY … it’s easy!

CherryBerry Caramel Apples

There’s one just for you!

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CherryBerry New Tampa is generously offering to give away one Hand-dipped Caramel Apple (a $7 value) EVERY WEEK (through 12/20/13) to a lucky WDTB reader! Winners can visit the store to pick the apple of their choice.

By the way, I’m told that CherryBerry staff can decorate the apples with almost any topping found on the toppings bar, so if you win and have a special topping request, please call the store (813-374-0131) at least one day before you plan to visit so they have time to prepare your special combination. If, however, you do not like any of the flavors available the day you go, you can choose to accept the equivalent value in chocolates instead (approximately 6-7 chocolates).

*** To claim this prize, the winner must visit CherryBerry New Tampa in person. Please be sure that you are within driving distance of CherryBerry New Tampa before entering this giveaway. NO prizes will be mailed. You can only win once. Non-winning entries will roll over to the next drawing. Drawings take place at 5 p.m. on Friday (11/15/13-12/20/13). ***

HOW TO ENTER:
MANDATORY ENTRY: What is your favorite froyo and toppings combination?
BONUS ENTRIES:
— Visit CherryBerry New Tampa on Facebook and let Kathy know you entered this giveaway (I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if you gave her a “Like” while you’re there, but that is NOT required to enter this giveaway)
— Tweet: “I just entered the Weekly CherryBerry New Tampa Caramel Apple Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @kdbrownwriter”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments per entrant)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends every Friday beginning Friday, December 15, 2013 through Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org each week and notified by e-mail; the winners will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. Winners, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your comment and/or tweet!). You can only win one time; if you have won, your name will not be included in subsequent weekly drawings. Winners must visit the store in person to claim their prize; Just use your phone to show the CherryBerry staff the Facebook post that says you’re the winner. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Caramel apples image courtesy of CherryBerry New Tampa
Caramel Apple dipping image courtesy of CherryBerry New Tampa
Heath Bar Caramel Apple © 2013 Nicole Doyle
Caramel Apples with various topping combinations courtesy of CherryBerry New Tampa

Pep Boys Grand Re-Opening Weekend Event + (2) $25 Pep Boys Gift Card Giveaway

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who participated. Our first winner has been confirmed:
— Winner #1: Comment #1/Jessica D.
— Winner #2: Comment #5/Wendy R.
CONGRATULATIONS! ***

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to give away two $25 Pep Boys Gift Cards in return for letting you all know about their newly re-imagined Tampa stores and Grand Re-opening Weekend. I am receiving a $25 gift card for my own family in return for hosting this giveaway.

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Okay, first off, I just want you all to know that this event and giveaway is for Mom and Dad, not the kids. But hey, for us to keep taking our kids to all these cool kid-friendly, family events, we need our car in excellent working condition, right?! So, this one is for all you parents who sometimes feel more like your kid’s chauffeur. Happy holidays!

Pep Boys Tampa Grand Re-opening Event 2013
Pep Boys Grand Re-opening Weekend Nov. 15-17
Pep Boys are now launching an additional 10 redesigned stores across the Tampa region this weekend — Friday, November 15, 2013 through Sunday, November 17, 2013 — during their Pep Boys Grand Re-opening Weekend, and they would like to invite you to join them. Check out the re-designed stores, and take advantage of $19.99 oil changes and other special offers taking place over the weekend. the re-imagined Pep Boys Tampa locations feature.

The Customer Lounge:
— High-speed Wi-Fi access
— Comfortable seating
— Expanded lounge with extra legroom

Fully-loaded Interior:
— Thousands of products including the new organization and lifestyle sections with every accessory from car organizers to cellphone cases
— Speed Shop with all the muscle, performance and off-road gear to rev up any vehicle
— One-stop shopping with parts and service, whether it’s under the hood, interior or exterior

Customer Service:
— FREE expert advice, because we know your time is as valuable as your car
— ASE-certified technicians to give your technically advanced vehicle technically advanced service

Before you go, check out the Newly Remodeled Pep Boys Test Drive ad:

Take Them for a Test Drive This Weekend
Pep Boys is offering their Conventional Oil Change Service for only $19.99 with coupon, and includes:
— Up to 5 quarts Conventional Motor Oil and Oil Filter*
— Multi-point Inspection
— FREE Tire Rotation
— FREE Tire Pressure Check

Print a coupon for a Pep Boys $19.99 Conventional Oil Change (expires 11/30/13)

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Pep Boys is generously offering to give two (2) lucky WDTB readers $25 Pep Boys Gift Cards to experience the new store designs for yourselves!

NOTE: These gift cards will arrive after the event itself, so you are welcome to come and see the new stores at any time, and are not limited to the re-opening weekend.

How to Enter:
MANDATORY ENTRY: Leave a comment below sharing your best family drive experience.
BONUS ENTRY:
— Tweet: “I just entered the Pep Boys Grand Re-opening $25 Gift Card Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @pepboysauto”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 2 comments per entrant)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 2 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Two winners will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winners will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winners, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your tweet!). WDTB is responsible for mailing the prize to the winners. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 3-4 weeks for prize delivery. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Pep Boys Tampa Grand Re-opening Event banner courtesy of Pep Boys
Pep Boys logo image courtesy of Pep Boys

Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win Two Children’s Books By Tampa Author K.D. Brown

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is Comment #15/Daniel. CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you to everyone who participated. ***

Disclosure: I have the opportunity to let you know about local author and mom K.d. Brown, and to give away two personally signed copies of Brown’s new books, “Four Lucky Leaves” and “Hi, God.” I am not receiving any compensation in return for hosting this giveaway. Any opinions expressed are my own honest opinions based on reading the book “Four Lucky Leaves” with my daughter and listening to K.D. Brown read to children during the WDTB 3rd Anniversary Family Fun Day on October 13, 2013.

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Mom and local author K.D. Brown has two new books out this month that would make great stocking stuffers for your little one! If you attended the What’s Doing? Tampa Bay 3rd Anniversary Family Fun Day in October, K.D. Brown was kind enough to join us and read her story Four Lucky Leaves to the children. I particularly love this book because there is a time in every child’s life, mine child included, that they feel a little different and left out, and this book helps them to come to terms with their feelings and find true friends in a way that’s easy to understand. For us, reading this book together provided an opportunity for my daughter and I to talk about fitting in at school and making friends.

Four Lucky Leaves by Author K.D. BrownFour Lucky Leaves (Release date: 11/19/13)
“A four-leaf clover in a world of threes sometimes felt lonely, left out in the breeze.”

When a four-leaf clover is bullied for being different, he tries to change his appearance in order to blend in. Convinced his extra leaf has doomed him to remain an outcast, a new friend makes him realize that sometimes the only way to fit in is to stand out.

Brown also has a second book coming out this month, titled Hi, God, that helps children understand that talking to God is something they can do in their own, special way.

Hi, God by Author K.D. BrownHi, God (Release date: 11/12/13)
When Louie decides he wants to talk with God, he finds himself stumbling over how to pray. He focuses so much on copying the different ways he has seen others pray with God that he forgets what he had wanted to say. What will Louie do? Find out in Hi, God.

To learn more about author K.D. Brown, and to contact her about purchasing these books for your child this holiday season, please visit the K.D. Brown website or on Facebook. You can also find her on Twitter @kdbrownwriter.

Enter to Win These Two Books for Your Child This Christmas!
Take a moment to enter to win this special Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY … it’s easy!

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Author K.D. Brown is generously offering to give a signed copy of both of her books — Four Lucky Leaves and Hi, God to one lucky WDTB reader! In fact, she will happily sign the books to your special someone.

How to Enter:
MANDATORY ENTRY: Leave a comment below sharing what books mean to you and your child.
BONUS ENTRIES:
— Visit K.D. Brown on Facebook and let her know you entered this giveaway (I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if you gave her a “Like” while you’re there, but that is NOT required to enter this giveaway)
— Tweet: “I just entered the K.D. Brown Children’s Book Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @kdbrownwriter”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments per entrant)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your comment and/or tweet!). K.D. Brown is responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 2 weeks for prize delivery. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Sun image courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
“Hi, God” and “Four Lucky Leaves” book cover images © 2013 K.D. Brown/Tate Publishing

Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a “Molly & The Hoola Monsters” DVD & Monster Hoop™

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The giveaway winner is … Comment #6/Jennette Cronk. Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

Disclosure: I have the opportunity to give away a Molly and the Hoola Monsters DVD and Monster Hoop™, and to let you all know about local Hoola Monsters LLC and their Mini Monsters classes for children age 5 and up. I am not receiving any compensation in return for hosting this giveaway. Any opinions expressed are my own honest opinions based on my own personal experience meeting Abby and the Hoola Monsters at the “Molly and the Hoola Monsters” DVD Première Party, and in watching my daughter practicing her hooping while watching the DVD at home.

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Last month my family attended the Molly and the Hoola Monsters DVD Permière Party at Sunken Gardens, and our 6-year-old had a blast! She loves — and I mean LOVES — to hoola hoop (who knew?), and she’s definitely showing some improvement, especially since she’s been practicing with the tutorials provided on the Molly and the Hoola Monsters DVD.

A Short Hoola Monsters History
As we all have to start somewhere, Hoola Monsters started as back yard hoop jams and hoop-making parties with friends — just a group of friends who shared a passion for the art of hoop dance. Over the last five years Hoola Monsters has grown to include new classes, new performers, and new products. In March of 2012, Hoola Monsters founder Abby Albaum launched Hoola-Fit, an ACE-Approved hoop dance curriculum and teacher training program, and she now trains hoop dance instructors across the country.

asterikDID YOU KNOW? Hoola Monsters holds Mini Monsters classes for kids (age 5+) in the Sunken Gardens Oak Pavillion every Tuesday from 4-4:45 p.m. It’s only $10 to join in on a class, or $35 monthly. These classes are fun for kids and would make a super holiday gift for your little one! Find this and other fun local gift ideas in the WDTB 2013 Holiday Gifts guide.

Hoola Monsters also offer high-quality Monster Hoops™ that you can customize with different fiction tape colors and designs, special sizes, and even personalize with a name! Learn more about Monster Hoops™, and contact Hoola Monsters about customizing a hoop as a gift for someone special this holiday season.

Enter to Win a DVD & Hoop Combo Pack!
I am so excited about this giveaway because I know how much my daughter loves hers! Take a moment to enter to win this special Holiday Gifts GIVEAWAY below:

Hoola Monster DVD and Hoop Giveaway

NOTE: Actual hoop may differ in color and design from the one shown here.

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Hoola Monsters is generously offering to give a Monster Hoop™ and Molly and the Hoola Monsters DVD combo to one lucky WDTB reader this holiday season! Here’s what the winner will receive:
— One (1) travel hoop that folds and coils down so you can take it on the go (NOTE: The hoop color and design will be randomly chosen by Hoola Monsters)
— One (1) Molly and the Hoola Monsters DVD

How to Enter:
MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit the Hoola Monsters Kids website, then return to this page and leave a comment below letting me know about something you found interesting about either the Molly and the Hoola Monsters DVD or the Monster Hoops™.
BONUS ENTRIES:
— Visit the Hoola Monsters LLC Facebook Page and let them know you entered this giveaway (I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if you gave them a “Like” while you’re there, but that is NOT required to enter this giveaway)
— Tweet: “I just entered the Hoola Monsters DVD & Hoop Giveaway @WhatsDoingTampa @HoolaMonster”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments per entrant)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. Hoola Monsters is responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. No P.O. Boxes, please. If winner resides in the St. Petersburg area, pick-up of the prize by the winner will be arranged. If shipping is required, please allow 3-4 weeks for prize delivery. Hoop color and design will be randomly chosen by Hoola Monsters. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Giveaway image © 2013 Nicole Doyle

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