REVIEW: No Ordinary Dinner

Like many others, I was a bit hesitant about dining at Piquant.  Not just because of its location, price point, or reputation, but also because I was afraid of being able to keep up with level of the service. Yep, I was intimidated. 

Would I fit in? (I’m a simple girl). Could I afford it? (#budgetlife). Would I know how to order something off the menu? (The only French I know is French fries). How in the world do you say Piquant anyway…Pee-cant, pi-qwant, pi cant?  Thankfully, my friend who studied French was able to help me out, but it still made me a bit nervous. 

In retrospect, I should have walked in that place like I owned it. I’m a foodie by heart. I love trying new things. This experience should not have been any different. As our tasting event began, my thoughts definitely began to shift and I settled into the comfort zone I know best- surrounded by delicious food. 😉

Calamari, the fried kind, is generally quite good. This plate, however, was served with seasoned potatoes with Spanish oil seasoning, of which was both confusing but oh so satisfying. It is not often that I want to be surprised with seafood, but in this case, I welcomed every bite.


Follow that with pork belly, béarnaise, egg, and lemon scone, and I am already in heaven.  This was totally a brunch worthy meal!!


But I am yet to even begin on what my actual dinner was. Surprise, surprise here comes a tantalizing salad with beets (I know I know, but trust me).


Ok, about now, I can’t possibly conceive of how this could be any better. And BAM. How about another sampler from the chef? Oh yea, the chef dangled a sample of croissant bread in front of our table. I was about to devour in the most decadent slice of heaven that has ever hit Tampa!  Can we take a moment to talk about that fresh out of the oven smell? p4

Partake I did. Little did I know, I had only the best plated dinner waiting;. Napoleon Salmon. Little guy combined with fish. What could go wrong? Nothing! I am assuming the only reason they named my dinner after a small power hungry man was due to the fact that you can pack a lot of power in a little punch. Hence my fabulous plate. A simple fish plated over pate braise, ratatouille, hollandaise (holla), and dill… I never thought I would write any of those words in a post, let alone in the same sentence together, yet I can’t wait to shout it from the mountain tops.


It is nights like these that I love to be disproved, shocked, even rendered speechless. Don’t discount those places that you think may not be your style, or not your jam, or no ordinary you. Because let me assure you; when you dare to delve into a #noordinarydinner, you dare to be the only and true version of you. And honestly, that is the only version of you that really matters.


The last thing that would make this night over-the-top perfect, was to treat my taste buds with this amazing Valrhona Chocolate Cherry Croissant Bread Pudding. Everything about this dish was amazing and a great way to end the night with awesome blogger friends.

In the words of my lovely friends from the south,  Laissez les bons temps rouler; and the good times are rolling when it comes to filling my belly at Piquant.

To learn more about Piquant and their amazing dishes, be sure to follow Piquant  on Twitter Facebook, or Instagram!

Disclosure: This post is written on behalf of  Piquant.  I was able to taste their menu in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

REVIEW: No Ordinary Sandwich

What if I told you I know a place where you could get a sandwich that made Thanksgiving explode in your mouth with all the FALL flavors?  Would you believe me?  Trust me, I didn’t believe it at first, but the moment that beautiful sandwich found its way to me, I BELIEVED at taste of first bite. I’ve had many fun/festive sandwiches in my day, but had yet discovered a taste like that before.

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Last week, I was a special guest along with some of my Tampa Bay blog mates and amazing friends at Earl of Sandwich’s table located at International Mall in Tampa. I have to say it was an awesome way to end my day. We had the opportunity to sample some of Earl’s top sandwiches as well as soups, mac “n” cheese and dessert. General Manager, John Dozier took us on a walk through history to learn how Earl of Sandwich was born.   WOW, what an experience it was.  My goal that evening was to do my part in tasting all the things.


I’d like to rank the top sandwiches that had my taste buds watering from highest to lowest for your reading and viewing pleasure.  If at any point, you get the urge to google an Earl of Sandwich near you, you’re welcome.

1.  earlturkey (photo courtesy of Earl of Sandwich) Holiday Turkey  :::faints:::

2. earlroast (photo courtesy of Earl of Sandwich) The Original 1762

3. earlchipotle (photo courtesy of Earl of Sandwich) Chipotle Chicken Avocado

4. earlclub  (photo courtesy of Earl of Sandwich) The Earl’s Club

earl2  Thank you Ghirardelli for getting me “dessert wasted” with all your sweetness!

November 3rd was National Sandwich Day and yes, I’m a day late in celebrating this delicate holiday, BUT, you never need a reason to celebrate a no ordinary sandwich. Make sure you pencil in a lunch date to see “EARL” real soon!

To learn more about THE WORLD’S GREATEST HOT SANDWICH and their loyalty program, be sure to follow Earl of Sandwich on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

Comment below if you’ve dined at Earl of Sandwich and which sandwich was your favorite!

Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of  Earl of Sandwich.  I was able to taste their menu in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

Review: No Ordinary Sushi

IF you know me, you would know that I have a couple of favorite things I enjoy about life.  Spontaneous road trips, inspiring others, blogging and of course SUSHI! If I could have the same meal three times a day, I would choose SUSHI! I’m always on the hunt to find the latest and greatest sushi around town, and when I do discover a place, I think I had found THE jackpot!  The one. Well folks, I hate to say it, but I really think I found the ONE!

Steph, from the blog Orangespoken  and I had an awesome opportunity to partake in discovering Yo! Sushi, a new SUSHI gem, tucked away in the heart of International Plaza and Bay Street. We both agreed that this place was a hit!   Together, we sat down and brainstormed some awesome reasons why!


Here’s the top reasons why this place has No Ordinary SUSHI.

– It’s in a great location. Grab a bite to eat as you’re walking around the mall or Baystreet. Sure there are lots of places to choose from at International Mall, but this place stands out far about the rest and worth the walk away from the food court and down to the first floor to scope it out. It’s hands down the only place at the mall where you’ll be able to enjoy dinner AND a show! (Keep reading to find out how!). 

– The food comes out on a conveyor belt. No matter where you choose to sit at YO! Sushi, you will have a conveyor belt of goodness passing by you. If you’re an adventurous foodie (like me), you can feel free to grab anything that rolls (heh) by that piques your interest. OR, you can play it safe and use the menu to help guide your choices. OR you can order directly off of the menu and bypass the conveyor belt altogether. YO! Sushi has you covered with options that fill whatever your taste buds desire. They also make it easy for you to know what you’re eating (and how much your meal will cost) with a color coded menu and price guide. Now that’s how your ROLL!!

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– The food is delicious; fo real. We tried sooooooo many amazing dishes off of the YO! Sushi menu including garlic ramen, shrimp tempura ramen, chicken katsu curry (amazing), spicy seafood udon noodle bowls (my favorite), chicken, tuna and tofu poke bowls (only $4.50 for a nice sized, filling bowl!), sushi rolls, steamed buns, octopus fritters (another favorite- trust me, you MUST), desserts like mochi ice cream and Japanese cakes, Japanese sodas, matcha tea (unlimited free refills!) and so much more. Everytime I chose a favorite, something else would come out to take its place. The food is SO fresh and everything is made right there in front of you by passionate, skilled chefs. If you sit at the bar, you’re able to get a front row seat to all of the culinary action. 




– The staff truly cares about their customers. Not only are the chefs passionate about what they do, but the staff, from the wait staff to the managers, are constantly performing quality checks, interacting with customers to ensure their satisfaction and making sure that each and every person is talking about the next time they are coming back as they walk out. The staff at YO! Sushi also make coming back EASY. Not only will you be back for the food, atmosphere and customer service, but there are fun specials that will lure you back for more without hesitation! On Mondays YO! Sushi hosts an event called Blue Mondays. On Blue Mondays at participating YO! Sushi locations, you can find up to 40 dishes on special for $3.50!  You can check out current Blue Mondays special here. It’s a fun and easy way to take friends and family to try YO! Sushi for a steal! They also featured a new Happy Hour. Happy Hour runs Tuesday-Friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm. You can enjoy $1 off all plates, $2 sake shots, $3 domestic beers, and $4 house wines during happy hour! 

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I know the weekend is a few days away, BUT I would start making plans right now to get a group of your best pals together for a SUSHI-venture you’ll never forget!

To learn more about this FUN place or to stay up-to-date with the latest happy hour deals, be sure to follow Yo! Sushi on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of a blogger collaboration with Orangespoken and Yo! Sushi!  I was able to taste their menu in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

No Ordinary Thrill (GIVEAWAY)

A word that is constantly hiding around in everyone’s back pockets.  FEAR of heights, FEAR of public speaking, FEAR of spiders, and FEAR of the dark.  It comes in many forms and learns to camouflage itself in a way that you don’t know how to identify it until it’s too late to brace yourself for what is about to happen!

Has it been awhile since you’ve had those hair-raising moments long enough to slice anyone who stumbles in your way?  Are you ready to determine if you should tackle the “Fight or Flight” approach? Do you have that sensation AKA adrenaline that rushes through your entire body that makes you feel like you’re every superhero in the Marvel club?  

Well, you’re in luck! There is a new park that is lingering the Bay area. It’s guaranteed to make you flash that FEAR card the moment you step on the premises. 


SCREAM-A-GEDDON is the newest Halloween park that brings you three terrifying attractions: Bedlam 3D, newly re-designed Cursed Hayride, Deadwoods and two haunted interactive attractions: Infected and Blackpool Prison that is spread over 60 acres. If you need a break from all the thrill, The “Monster Midway” will feature carnival games and a variety of food and beverages, including beer so you can refuel and continue to tackle those FEARS.

WARNING: Please continue to read further if you DARE!

These new attractions are not for the faint-hearted. It is the ONE and ONLY choice for victims who want a grisly, disturbing and thrilling sinister experience.

scream4 Bedlam could be thought of as pandemonium and anarchy, but you could also say that it’s immersion in the chaos of the unknown. The clowns and fiends that fill Bedlam 3D will terrorize you, chase you and try to consume your flesh. Experience the 3D clown house known as Bedlam 3D!  With the current clown epidemic strolling the streets throughout the country, this attraction will certainly put your mind at ease!

Cursed Hayride  is residents of a town cursed with immortality have wanted to die for years, but their attempts to reach the afterlife have been in vain. In order to escape their never-ending torture they must replace their soul with yours. Ride the wagon through Cursed Hayride and witness the horrifying sights and sounds of the doomed souls. But remember – they want your life, and your soul…

Infected  Shortly after the landing of a large meteorite in a farmer’s cornfield, an unexplained phenomenon began to make the locals act… peculiar.  Reports of their aggressive and irrational behavior caught the attention of authorities and a special government containment team was deployed to study, analyze and quarantine. Not long after deployment, communications were lost and the team’s fate is unknown. Try to control your terror as you weave your way through fields, military tents and the farmhouse to confront the creatures within. Will you be the next one infected?

SCREAM-A-GEDDON: 27839 Saint Joe Road,  Dade City, FL 33525

Doors are open and patiently awaiting for your unnerving arrival now through November 5th. Tickets start at $19.95.

Are you ready to chase your FEARS?

For more information, be sure to follow SCREAM-A-GEDDON on social media!
On Facebook.
On Twitter.

This is no TRICK, but it is a TREAT!  Want a chance to win tickets to experience this No Ordinary Thrill?
Leave me a comment below telling me WHY you’d love to have this awesome opportunity to exercise your FEAR skills, and I’ll choose TWO random comments on October 15th (using and announce the winners here on the blog and on social media! Stay tuned.

Want to increase your chances of winning?

Add additional comments below each time you do the following:

Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of SCREAM-A-GEDDON!  All pictures and descriptions were provided by SCREAM-A-GEDDON.  I was able to chase my fears by attending the attractions in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

Congratulations to Kristy, @Momhatescooking &  Adriana @MrsALOMartin for winning the free class to Wine & Design!  I hope you enjoy the class!  

No Ordinary Design (GIVEAWAY)

It’s that time of year where we raise a glass to send off an awesome Summer filled with lots of sunshine, sand and seashells to welcoming Fall with flip-flops, pumpkin spice lattes and 70 degree temps!  It doesn’t get any better than that!  OR does it?

I’m happy to share the good news! On Saturday, September 24th, a new establishment will be opening their doors to you and your family, bringing a wide variety of fun and excitement!  If you’re looking for something new and invigorating that involves VINO, Wine & Design has all the ingredients to make you experience all the feels! You’ll get the opportunity to meet new people, explore your artistic side and share special moments with the ones you love!

In addition to the kick-off event on Saturday, a portion of the proceeds collected that day ONLY, will go towards the non-profit organization, Blue Turtle Society (BTS). Not only are you taking care of yourself, but you’re helping take care of our environment and all the adorable species along the way.

So have you ever seen a grand opening party last more than 24 hours?  Nope, me neither. I’m happy to share that this party will continue through Wednesday, September 28th!  Check out the detailed schedule of events to follow Saturday’s extravaganza!  Come on out and party with us!


If you think the fun stops after the 28th, I’ve got awesome news for you!  Check out the different opportunities that you get to delve into anytime you want!  It’s certainly a win/win!!




Wine & Design is located at 14219 Walsingham Road | Largo, FL 33774

PLEASE NOTE: A free future class ($35.00 value) will be offered to the first 20 people who sign up right now!  Be sure to claim your spot ASAP!!

Doors will open on Saturday, September 24th at 6:00pm with lots of laughter, a blank canvas and new paint brushes ready for your imagination!

For more information, be sure to follow Wine & Design on social media!
On Facebook.
On Twitter.

Would you like to WIN a FREE class to Wine & Design?
Leave me a comment below telling me WHY you’d love to have this awesome opportunity to exercise your art skills, and I’ll choose TWO random comments on September 25th (using and announce the winners here on the blog and on social media! Stay tuned.

Want to increase your chances of winning?

Add additional comments below each time you do the following:

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday with VINO in hand…

No Ordinary Parents

Internships are stepping-stones.  They provide real world experiences for students transitioning from academic to professional careers. I know all about transitions.  As a child, I transitioned from Spain to America and then one placement to another, never knowing a sense of stability or a sense of belonging. Then, at the age of 18, I transitioned from ward of the court to emancipated adult.  The transition from dependent child to independent adult could have done me in, as I have seen it do others like me, but I vowed to overcome it, to thrive, no matter what.

As a child who grew up in multiple foster homes, I can honestly say to this day that I still have a void in my heart for parents of any form and I’m 36 years old!  No matter the person, we all want that feeling of being loved.   I know that bringing a unique child into your home can be uneasy, but all they want is YOU!  I would like to share with you a few tips on what it takes to open your home and becoming a foster parent through a former foster child’s perspective.

Here’s 5 tips on why foster parents ARE No Ordinary Parents

1. Routines and how that is important to predictability – We all need that sense of security in our lives.  When a child has been removed from his/her home, they are leaving behind what they have known and with that goes security.  For new parents, it’s important to build that foundation right off the get go and help the child develop self-discipline.  Once you do this, you’ll start to see a change and for the better!

2. Building trust and relationships – Don’t get discouraged if you have a child in your home and feel they are distant.  These children are coming from all walks of life and are put into uncomfortable circumstances.  My advice, for the first few weeks, you should take the time to get to know them on a personal and deeper level and mean it.  Be in their moment and let them know you are there for them. Listen to their wants/needs. Smile often and share hugs.  Trust and relationships don’t happen overnight.  It may take months or perhaps years before you gain their trust. Work on building the relationship and trust will soon follow.

3. Having fun – They say that laughter is good for the soul.  I believe it.  After the trauma that these children face, laughter could possibly be the best medicine for them.  Carve out time in their routine to have some fun as a family. Communication is key in asking what the child wants.  Depending on the ages, entertainment can vary.   When a child is having fun, they are more accepting, active and enjoying life with YOU!

4. No labeling –  I’ve never been a big fan of the word “foster” before child/parent. But it’s there. One of the biggest ways to make a child feel like they don’t belong in/out of the foster care system is putting a label to their name.  Be careful how you introduce your child. NEVER put the disorder before the child.  You should always address the child first such as ” Liz, my foster child vs my foster child, Liz.” Make him/her feel like an individual and that they are worth a million bucks.  Please don’t label them. Labels belong on cans.

5. Acceptance into the family – We all want that one thing, to be accepted. When a child has just had their world turned upside down, the most important action to take is to make that child feel like they belong.  Help them see their value and what they can contribute to your life as a parent.  Never exclude the child from family activities and make every effort to introduce them to your whole family. Help them find a place they can call home.

 I truly believe that your life is already planned out for you before you are born.  Each of us are unique in our own way and we all have our own reasons as to why we are placed in each other’s lives strategically.  I’ve come to believe that people travel in and out of your lives for a certain reasons.
Foster parents are extraordinary individuals who are on this earth to give children a second chance at life!
Will YOU be that change in a child’s life?
 Disclaimer: This post is written from the heart!  Some of these sentences are exerts from my story found in the powerful book by Waln Brown, titled Growing Up In The Care Of Strangers;  All opinions are my own.

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Review: No Ordinary Ride

It’s that time of year again, Monday night football, pumpkin spice lattes and young adults chasing their future.  A few days ago,  I had the opportunity to review a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 as part of a blogger outreach program through DriveShopUSA.  After my fun week of driving this firecracker, I realized that this car would be a perfect for those who are experiencing college for the first time.


Steph from the blog Orangespoken  and I had the same car to review back to back and we both agree that this car would be perfect for students who are trying to be budget conscious.  Together, we sat down and brainstormed some awesome reasons why!

For the first time ever, the Mitsubishi Mirage comes in a compact sedan version, in additional to the familiar hatchback we all know and love! But don’t worry- the features you love about this vehicle are still there amazing gas mileage at 35 city/ 42 highway, 10 years/100,000 power train warranty, tons of safety features and upgrade options, and the perfect price starting at$13,995! 


Here’s the top reasons why this car is No Ordinary Ride.

– First up, it’s spacious. Between the roomy and secure trunk space (12.3 cubic feet of space!) for all of those dorm furnishings and supplies, the amazing gas mileage for those weekend trips home, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 the bill!


– In addition to the roominess of the Mirage compact sedan, worried parents can put their minds at ease with all of the safety Mitsubishi has integrated into the Mirage. The G4 comes equipped with safety features like:

  • 7 standard airbags
  • wide-angle rear view backup camera with assist
  • tire pressure monitoring system
  • anti-locking brakes with brake assist
  • active stability control sensors that monitor the grip of each tire
  • three-point seat belts
  • reinforced impact safety evolution (RISE) body utilizing crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions
  • hill start assist
  • great visibility with less blindspots


– Lastly, the available display audio with smartphone link offers a smarter and safer way to use your smartphone in the car. This awesome feature supports Apple CarPlay and lets you access music, maps, make phone calls, and send messages through the touchscreen, or with voice command using Siri. The system also supports Android Auto! 

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is compact in size but has been rated best-in-class in turning radius, making it the ultimate car for navigating narrow and busy city streets.

To learn more about this FUN car or to stay up-to-date with the latest on new arrivals, be sure to follow Mitsubishi USA on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! #DriveMitsubishi

Disclaimer: This post is written on behalf of DriveShop!  I was able to drive this AMAZING car in exchange for blog and social media posts.   All opinions are my own.

5 Tips To Living A No Ordinary Authentic LIFE

What IF:

I was to ask you to take a look in the mirror right now, what would you see in your reflection?  Answer honestly.  Do you like what you see?  Do you wish you were someone different?  Are you immediately pointing out all those flaws?  We all have been there, trust me.  I used to catch myself scoping out any object that would bounce off my reflection and sometimes, I couldn’t look at myself without doing just that…

BUT, a while back, I was introduced to a friend who helped pave the way so that I could live the life I’m LOVING right about now.  AUTHENTIC.  (Yep, you’re reading this right.)

Authentic is a magical word!  A word that we don’t hear a lot about, but need it in our everyday lives. We tend to see it more in tangible things, but what about the intangible…YOU?

Here are 5 suggested tips on how you can live a NO ORDINARY authentic life.

1.  Fall in LOVE with yourself, flaws and all – If you’re wondering why things in your life are not filling that void that you may be having, or relationships are not working out as they should, I think I know why… You need to be in love with who you are.  (I know this sounds crazy. Love yourself?) That means accepted who you are as an individual, flaws and all.  Learn what your flaws are and accept that no one is PERFECT.  If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone to love you the way you want them to.  Your flaws make you unique just like fingerprints.  When you do this, you will be brushed with so much confidence that you will be able to accept all the joys that life sends your way.

2. Release the past, BE present and live for the future – Sometimes we all get stuck on something that occurred in our past that prevents us from living the life that we want.  Come join us in the moment.  Learn to accept the cards that were dealt to you and look for ways that you could make the greatest impact. Today.  Use your past as a stepping stone for the present and discover what your purpose is and set out to achieving it! Moments are what life is all about.  Don’t spend too much time there.

3. Choose happiness – In life, we have an abundant amount of choices and views on how you see yourself and the world.  When we start to think about those things, we may change our mindset to think in a negative way.  If you choose to do this, you may see a pattern in your life that forms in a negative manner. My solution to all of this: choose happiness over all. No one can give you happiness. It has to come from within, just like the quote, “Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle” once you switch that on, your outlook on life will be so much brighter. Leave a trail wherever you go!

4. Develop yourself – This is one area where we tend to brush away as life takes us full speed.  In order to achieve the most authentic life, you need to take the time to find out what drives you and chase it!  If it requires further development, go get the tools to achieve it.  Know that it’s OK to express yourself, trust yourself, teach yourself and above all else, surround yourself with the things that make you happy! I strongly encourage you to do one thing each day that scares you and stretches you outside your comfort zone.  You may be surprised at the things you discover!

5. Form new relationships – They say the key to a successful life is to surround yourself with good people.  Maya Angelou says it best, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Life is about connecting your personal and professional dots. Find people who are like-minded as yourself both personally and professionally. They will be instrumental in your self-development and vice versa. Building and maintaining relationships is so crucial in discovering who you really are as a person.  Go find your people!

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**All opinions in this post are my own.** 

5 Ways To Boost Your Morale While Seeking Your Dream Job

Job searching can be grim! We all have been there at one point in our lives.  The amount of time, energy and research that we put into a single job application, only to receive the dreadful news that you were not selected for the position.  Hearing that news can make you feel like your whole world is crashing down around you and rightfully so.  After all, it’s your career that we’re talking about.  So how do we bounce back from that tidbit of news?

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Here are five suggested morale boosters to help guide you through your job search.

1. Self Confidence – As humans, we tend to forget ourselves in this process.  Any form of rejection makes us want to curl up in the corner.  At the end of the day, you can’t forget who you are as an individual, what skill sets that set you apart from another and what you’re able to bring to the table. Just because it didn’t work out for that particular company, doesn’t mean it won’t for another.  Trust in yourself to be able to walk away from a “no” and determined to get that “yes.”

2. Time – The key to a successful job search is doing your part.  Try to dedicate a set amount of time each day to it.  Create yourself a job searching calendar and make sure you adhere to it.  Do your research and apply to as many opportunities as you deem fit.  Step outside the box.  The feeling of being involved or engaged in the process will help boost your self worth.

3. Network – We tend to shy away from being around others during this time in our lives.  It’s really the opposite.  Going through this process, you should have as many people in your corner to help share experiences, resources and any guidance.  This will give you the best boost in your search.  I would suggest you join as many networking groups that you can.  Heavily rely on Linkedin for support.  I promise you will find many like-minded individuals who are just like you.  Building new networks will help you gain a new perspective on what the workforce is looking for.

4. Be YOU –  One of my favorite quotes that I’m always an advocate for is one by William E. Hickson, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” William is certainly right.  We normally are our own worst critics and tend to give up on ourselves very easily. We start putting self doubt into our minds and that makes us lose focus.  Don’t dwell on your limitations, but more on what you’re passionate about.  Let that be your driving force.  If I were to share any advice, it would be to not compare yourself to others.  Don’t be someone you’re not just to try and land that job.  Be your authentic self and the right position will find you.

5. Resilience – Life can certainly try and knock you down, but it’s all about how you bounce back from it that matters.  If you see that you’ve applied to several opportunities and keep getting that “no” response, try to take a step back and review what you’re doing.  Being rejected doesn’t necessarily mean that your professional qualifications and personal characteristics aren’t good enough.  It just means, it wasn’t a great fit with that particular position.  At times, it may seem hard, but  don’t forget to keep a positive attitude.  It’s a big contributor to your success and it will show through your work.

Remember, you are your best salesperson.  No one knows you better than yourself.  Go sell yourself and don’t settle for anything but excellence!

**All opinions in this post are my own.** 

No Ordinary Winghouse

I’ve got a secret.

Last week, my Tampa Bay blog mates and I were invited by our friends over at Ker’s Winghouse Bar and Grill to sample their new sensation menu for the summer! Can I just tell you how EXCITED I was to have the opportunity to mingle with my blog mates and give my taste buds a treat all in the same setting?  It.was.phenomenal. I’ve always had the impression that bar food was just that. Little to my surprise, Winghouse was about to change my perception on that.

Here’s my TOP 8 reasons why WINGHOUSE is less than unORDINARY!

  1. Wing2 Warm and chewy ( I mean chewy) soft pretzel bites that will have your taste buds screaming for seconds.  The best part is dunking these into warm Wisconsin cheese sauce or honey mustard. It’s a win/win.
  2. Wing3 This pile of goodness is slow roasted pork nachos!  Drop the forks and dive right in!  This dish allows for messy fingers. 
  3. Wing5If I could have chicken like this in my life every day, I’d be a happy camper.  This chicken pasta salad was unbelievably good!  :::faints:::
  4. Wing1Don’t like wings?  No problem!  Winghouse has certainly got you covered with all these different types of dishes.  Check out this taco salad for instance.  The flavors that can happen in one little bowl, is aaahhhmazzing! The fried jalapenos and cilantro lime cream sauce is certainly the staple for most of these dishes. 
  5. Wing8Winghouse takes “Taco Tuesday” to a whole new level with these beauts!  Tacos stuffed with tender shrimp, chicken or slow roasted pork topped with fresh ingredients and cheese = NAIL’D IT!
  6. Wing9Pulled pork sliders.  Need I say more?  For a second, I forgot that this was Winghouse. Coleslaw, crispy onion straws and Dallas sauce = perfection!
  7. Wing10 Then there was this…If you like cheesecake and guava, then you’ll LOVE the guava cheesecake!  OMG
  8. Wing7AND… if I could nominate a cocktail of the year, it would have to be this lemon smash drink!  All the flavors were spot on and made me feel like I was on a beach somewhere…



Well I’ve gotcha covered.  As of today, June 13th and for a limited time, you can now have the same experience as I in diving into some of these amazing dishes!

Father’s Day is right around the corner…Wing4


**I was invited on behalf of the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Ker’s Winghouse to review their new summer sensational menu and in exchange was given a swag bag.  All reviews and opinions in this post are my own.**