Are you ready for war?:Hard Knocks Pointe Orlando

Our newest adventure brought out the Tomb Raider in me. I was jumping, rolling and hiding under tables; this time I wasn’t hiding from the children but ready to pounce and attack the rival team. I felt like I was special forces on a mission or maybe even a cop. None the less I was into the laser tag and could see myself mission after mission all day!

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We entered Hard Knocks laser tag with smiling faces greeting us with a welcoming atmosphere. As you take a look around the building there were two separate areas to sit with a beverage-snack stand to reenergize us.

Little did I know the televisions I believed were for decoration would come to haunt me with the taunting of my fallen comrade and rival team. When introduced to our mission we were given a locker for our valuables (VERY PLEASED! I even had my own code and yes I almost locked the code in the locker haha.) As well as we signed wavers on the computer before watching televisions located near the lockers. We were given a break down of what to expect and what kind of weapons we would be able to use.

It was time to gear up!

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Though we arrived at opening this gave an advantage. The three of us (myself, Geraldo and our friend Manny) were alone, no rivals currently giving us the time to learn the surroundings. And also chase one another throughout the map… I admit I was out of breath giving me the mindset that I need some more laser tag to get me in shape. A few rough patches throughout our first mission from my failed sliding across the floor to Manny almost getting hit in the head with a “gun”. The many times I hid or turned a corner and scared myself with the monitoring worker right there which triggered my giggling then giving away my position. Fail.

After a short break for food downstairs of Pointe Orlando we were back at Hard Knocks, this time opening the doors to a full house! Excitement ran through me, I was ready to go. Packing the locker full of our items we set out to listen to the rules and be split into teams. This time we were together as a group… Well that would help to a certain extent. Because I knew the three out of seven members on the team which will later get me “killed”. After a few rounds with a large family, that had us cracking up and finally had me feeling as if I wasn’t the only confused solider!

Our last round I may have had a focus.. As I hid behind filing cabinets and under desks, popping up and crouching in the darkness the rival team had no idea what was coming. I was going crazy, firing away at the rival team reloading and attacking! I watched as my team member “Manny” was taken out as well as Geraldo (Rival team). I didn’t know who was left on his side but I had to win! As 7 Vs 7 came down to 4 vs 2…. And then there was one which we may have chased down and cornered. As I exited the barracks leaving behind my vest and weapon Geraldo and Manny began to laugh and act as if they were playing still. I didn’t understand why.. Until after all their laughter was finished I got the story. I was on the televisions as they watched the Laura Croft in me come out! I so wish they had a tape of that (yes I am very proud of my solider like skills haha).

As we watched Hard Knocks fill up all I could imagine was coming with a group of friends. I couldn’t explain a better indoor activity great for rainy or sunny days for pre-teen to adults to enjoy whether as a family, friend or date. Yes I said date there’s more than movies, dinners and coffee! So lets set out to find these new date nights, new activities to laugh and keep moving to.

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Taking our adventure to new heights: TreeUmph

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I’ve been on the search for something new and exciting. Activities that could be done with older children but also great date ideas! You live once and I don’t want regrets.  I want to do new and thrilling things that could be done for tourists coming to Florida as well as for the locals in their very own backyard.  TreeUmph, Southwest Florida’s first treetop obstacle course!

Our plans are a day of climbing, zipping, swinging and soaring through the tree tops well enjoying challenges well high above to ground; testing our balance and finding a new passion for action and adventure combined in one. Enjoying an exhilarating, safe and healthy outdoor adventure perfect for kids, families, groups and even team-building business retreats!

Fast Facts:

* Expansive park over 10 football fields in size!
* Hanging nets, wobbly bridges, Tarzan ropes & more
* Triumphant 650-foot-long ZIP line
* 100 treetop obstacles from beginner to extreme
* Built to the highest safety standards in the industry
* Spend your day with at TreeUmph! – Courses take 3 to 4 hours!

$5 OFF Each Ticket on Weekday Bookings! – Adventure awaits you on each thrilling obstacle and ZIP line! Visit TreeUmph.com and book now with promo code USFG2 to get $5 OFF each ticket! Offer valid on all regularly priced tickets booked online for visits Monday through Friday. Located at S.R. 70 E, Bradenton, FL – 10 mins. East of I-75. @usfg @TreeUmph! Adventure Course

The perfect blanket: Collage People

It would be the perfect gift, something that would be cherished for a long time to come… So I opened up my computer, grabbed Isabella and asked her opinion, wanting to put a bit more love into this gift. I’ve always treasured the hand crafted gifts, from picture frames and floral arrangements to drawings the girls create.

Well living thousands of miles from Nana we’ve sent special items from Collage People; including pillows with wonderful photos of the girls to Christmas ornaments wrapped in a special Christmas wrapping paper. I believe a photo speaks a thousand words, something we hold close to our hearts and adore for years to come.

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It was so simple, the directions and layout of Collage.com made it so very easy. Thanks to Collage People I was offered to do a review on their Sherpa 50 by 60 blanket. As we searched through the photos that we could get from Facebook, Instagram and upload from the computer we found a few that either had both Nana and the girls or some good one of the girls together. Slowly able to fill the blanket with some of our favorite photos we were able to choose the background next..

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Taking us but a few tries we spoke about what background would better match the room. Deciding finally that we need to write something sweet on the blanket that led us to picking a hand print background. “A Nana holds her grandchildren’s hands for a while but their hearts forever” was perfect.

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Soon after a text message was received that allowed me to track where our blanket was and when it arrive. Though being here in Central Florida we had Hurricane Matthew coming so it was delayed a bit, thankfully not too long due to the fact we were blessed not to get hit like originally planned.

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Our breath was taken away when we opened the package, how soft the Sherpa blanket was and how large. I had never expected it would be as perfect as it was. The look on my mother’s face, I knew it was perfect once I saw her eyes. Something she could hold on to for a long time to come, that had special moments with her grandchildren. I can’t wait to create another master piece! So comfortable and great for those cooler nights, snuggled up and watching television. Also laid out for company to see, to see the love in the family and the happiness that something made with love can give. A gift not only for the person that it was given to but also for all those that are able to cast their eyes upon.