- 6:59 am Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Ann Kelly
I won’t say it’s the hardest part, but it’s just one of those things I deal with. When the lupus decides to flare up that presents a special set of problems with working out. The last couple of months have definitely presented a challenge for me which culminated with a set of injections into my hips to calm a lovely case of bursitis down. I won’t lie, it hurt! Oh, not the shots but not being able to get up from a sitting position without being in pain, and more than a few nights spent tossing and turning. So I [More]
- 4:37 am Friday, February 17th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Just steps away from Busch Gardens and the rest of the world off North 46th St I took a step back in time to the 16th century and a meeting with Queen Catherine Parr at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. The Festival opens this weekend – February 18th – and will be open weekends through April 2nd. Those weekends have fun themes like Chocolate Fantasy in Piper’s Valley, the Barbarian Brewfest, and since it’s Tampa you have to include our favorite scalawags – Pirates! Their weekend is themed for Pirates and Pets.
- 12:57 pm Monday, February 13th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
It’s really a very good reason to enjoy funnel cakes any number of ways, anything deep-fried and on a stick and then get on any one of 115 rides on the largest midway in the US – that’s this year’s Florida State Fair! I spent an afternoon at the fair getting to know some of the good folks who spend a lot of time on the road to make sure we get those treats, and they all have a great story for why they do what they do. There’s Mama Jane who made the award-winning Cheesy Fried Enchilada Funnel Cake; [More]
- 4:55 am Monday, February 13th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Not that we need a reason to enjoy a fine craft brew, but when a mayoral proclamation is involved it’s a necessity. This Wednesday is Florida’s second annual official Craft Beer Day and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn made it official with a proclamation issued at the beginning of the month. Mayor Buckhorn is a fan of the industry himself, and I had the chance to speak with him when Ulele created a lager just for his honor.
The Brewmasters Club is a Tampa based tech startup and developer of the Brewmasters Club mobile app which customizes craft beer pairings with everyday [More]
- 12:00 pm Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Valentine’s Day is next week, but this week is known as “Dump Your Significant Jerk” week. Why? Well it seems a lot of people purposely break up the week before Valentine’s Day to avoid buying presents. Really? Yes, really. But you’d never do that, right? Just in case you want to ‘fess up, take the new Dove Poll and tell us! It’s totally anonymous and you may be among friends.
But if you’d like to improve your odds at love this month, here’s your chance to enter and win a fun one from the Ann Kelly’s Kitchen Collection. “Making Love [More]
- 9:11 am Sunday, February 5th, 2017 by Ann Kelly
Despite the challenge of dealing with a chronic illness like lupus, the past few months have been some of the best in my life. No, it’s not the cooler weather although that helps. It’s the changes I’ve made thanks to Charlotte Mapes, RD, LDN, the Wellness Dietitian for BayCare Fitness Center- Carillon, and Jim Healy, a very inspirational personal trainer at BayCare that I’ll share more about later. It’s the fact that this one-time stress eater does not turn to food like I used to. That was such an easy excuse. Taking back control and turning toward a clean eating [More]