5 Reasons to Attend the Valspar Championship This Year

Last year was my first time going to the Valspar Championship here in Florida. As an athlete, I am always up for watching a sporting event, but then I learned that there is SO MUCH more going on than just the playing of golf itself. There truly is fun for the whole family, so I wanted to highlight five (of many!) reasons you will want to get tickets to the Valspar Championship this year!

1.) Food: This is more than your typical sporting event concession stand food. There will be a food truck rally with local food trucks. There will also be the Gape and Grain, which will house upscale beer, wine, and spirits, as well as Frenchy’s Pool Party which is great for families.

2.) Music: Valspar LIVE! Will take place on Saturday, March 10th, with not one, but TWO country music stars– Jake Owen and Dustin Lynch who will play at the conclusion of the tournament, and YES the concert is FREE with your tournament ticket! Last year, the combination of PGA TOUR golf and Valspar LIVE! produced the first single day sellout in tournament history and a repeat is possible in 2018. I was there (Toby Keith) and it was so much fun.

3.) Activities: Loving the tiny house trend? Then you will love the tiny homes block party behind the 18th green. Fans will be able to check out these homes painted in bright Valspar paint colors. This area will also have complimentary popsicles and autograph sessions on Thursday and Friday. Also be sure to check out chameleon cove, a beach and relaxation zone, featuring a 100-ton sand sculpture which is TWICE as big as last year, with colorful fan seating and concessions. There will also be a family fun zone featuring a 16-foot-tall rock climbing wall, monster putting green, Imagination Playground as well as arts, crafts, and games.

4.) Players/Tournament: Of course there is a golf tournament going on as well! Rory McIlroy, the four-time Major Championship winner will be among the new names joining the tournament. Adam Hadwin is the returning 2017 Valspar Champion and will be back to defend his title.

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5.) Charity/Veterans: Last year, Valspar Championship generated $2,412,196 for charity, – an increase of 13% from the previous year. The tournament has now generated just under $39 million for charity since 1977! So amazing! There will also be a Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost — one of the TOUR’s largest Patriots Outposts. The Outpost is a hospitality chalet with complimentary Chick-fil-A, Marco’s Pizza, Michelob ULTRA, and Coke products.

As you can see, there are tons of reasons to get your tickets to the Valspar Championship this year. Just click this link to be taken directly to the page with tons more information. Hope to see you there!


Tampa Tuesdays: Valspar Championship 2017

A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend the Valspar championship and a media event at Innisbrook here in Florida. Being new to the area, I had not yet had a chance to visit here, and was excited to go. A few bloggers were selected to attend a foodie event during the tournament, and I wanted to share my experience with you from that, as well as the Toby Keith concert we attended the next night on the driving range!

When the bloggers all arrived at the event, we were lead through the tournament towards the Grape and Grain. I had not been to a PGA tournament in many years, so it was fun to see everything as we walked through.



At Grape and Grain, celebrity chef Ming Tsai was doing a cooking demonstration. After the demonstration, he chatted with us bloggers, answered questions, and we got to taste some of his food. He was super personable and easy to talk with, and took photos with all the bloggers. What a special treat to have him at the tournament!


Afterwards, we got to walk around a little bit. Valspar had some really cool decorations scattered about. I especially loved the chandelier and flower centerpieces!



We were then treated to a special lunch outside. Did you know that you do NOT have to be a member at Innisbrook to eat at the restaurant? I HIGHLY recommend you check it out. All of the food was SO amazing. We even got to chat with the chef!



We had flatbread, lamb, chicken wings, shrimp, as well as many other things to sample.


Everything tasted so fresh. I can’t wait to bring my husband back here I know he will love it!


After lunch, we relaxed for a few minutes out on the gorgeous deck overlooking the course while sipping on watermelon drinks. So light and refreshing on a warm day!


The next afternoon, my husband and I headed back to Innisbrook to see the end of the day’s play of the tournament and attend the Toby Keith concert. We really enjoyed the concert but were bummed it started much alter than anticipated. We didn’t get to stay for the whole thing because we had to go back to pick up our toddler.




All in all a great weekend with great weather. They really know how to do a golf tournament! Everything was very well done from the food to the course to the entertainment and volunteers. I’m sure we will be back!

QOTD: Have you ever attended a PGA golf tournament?

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to the tournament as well as a day as media in exchange for my honest thoughts. However, all opinions are my own.

Valspar Championship 2017 – TICKET GIVEAWAY

Welcome to another edition of Tampa Tuesday! I love learning about new events, places, and things to see here in my new home state, and today I have an exciting giveaway** for the locals, two tickets to any day of play! The Valspar Championship, Tampa Bay’s PGA Tournament event, started yesterday and runs through March 12 at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, and will be televised nationally! This tournament has something for the entire family, not just the golf lover, so bring everyone with you (kids 15 and under get in FREE!) What do I mean by something for everyone? Check it out: fun outdoor activities, entertainment, food, music and world-renowned professional golf (more details and giveaway below).

DUBLIN, OHIO - OCTOBER 04: Fans cheer as U.S. Team captain Fred Couples walks by during the Day Two Four-Ball Matches of The Presidents Cup at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 4, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)


The Grape & Grain — an upscale wine, beer and spirits emporium is available, as well as the Valspar Food Truck Rally, several new concession areas and a celebrity chef cooking demonstration by Ming Tsai (Friday and Saturday) who is the host and executive producer of the cooking show SIMPLY MING,


Valspar LIVE! — a free concert by Toby Keith, (heck YES!) superstar singer-songwriter, for ticketed attendees on Saturday (concert will begin after the tournament concludes Saturday, approximately 6:30)  I’m a huge fan of his music, especially “Made in America” and of course, “Red Solo Cup”.



NEW! Valspar Chameleon Cove is a beach and relaxation zone, featuring a 50-ton, 20-foot tall Chameleon sand sculpture, colorful fan seating, concessions and a Maui Wowie Smoothie Stand. <—-yes please!

Valspar COLOR EXPERIENCE 18th green Expo featuring 2017 Colors of the Year, DIY projects, Ask Val (which is a new digital tool to assist guests in choosing colors), putting and fan photo booth.

McDonald’s Family Fun Zone: Featuring a 16-foot-tall rock climbing wall, monster putting green, free popsicles, Imagination Playground and plenty of arts and crafts and games — this area is located by the 8th green. Fun for even the little ones!


If you don’t win my giveaway, you can still purchase tickets HERE. I hope to see some of you out there! I will for sure be there Friday, and hopefully Saturday as well. Please check out the Rafflecoptor giveaway below and good luck!

**Parking passes must be pre-purchased for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Patrons may purchase Tuesday& Wednesday parking when arrive on-site.

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Flashback to June 2013

How is it already almost June? I’m not sure if things are flying by because of the pregnancy, or if this is just how life is going to be now, but slloowww down! It always makes me laugh when I talk about something that I swear happened “just a couple months ago” and no no, it was LAST YEAR. Hhhmmm… So I thought it would be fun to do another flashback (I love these, sorry guys!) and see what I was doing this time last year. Well, what I was doing in June, since it’s almost June now.

Last June, Bobby participated in his first Duathalon. It was actually a “summer series” where they had three sets of races, and it was about five minutes from our house with only a $10 entry fee. Score! He did great and improved his time each race.


Bobby and I went on a road trip with my parents to Atlanta to visit some old friends. (Fun fact, I lived outside of ATL from the ages of 2-7). We had a blast with no real “schedule”, it was nice to get away for a few days.


We found out that the golf course right by our house had $20 “twilight golf” where you could play anytime after 4:00, cart included, for $20. He hit the links a handful of times and I got to be his driver.


June 6 is Bobby’s birthday, so there was of course, cake.

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He may have had cake twice. After all, it was his 30th!


QOTD: What were you doing this time last year?

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Disney Golf: Fun for All Ages

While on one of my recent trips to Walt Disney World, I had the privilege of visiting Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course and speak with Michael Schlager, Arnold Palmer Golf Management’s PGA Director of Instruction, as well as some other wonderful folks passionate about Disney and golf.

Before touring the course, I spoke with Michael about something he was really excited about: youth camps. Did you know you can come to Disney on summer vacation and send your future Tiger Woods to camp? Camps are a week long (ages 8-13) and campers not only learn the techniques of the game, but are also taught about teamwork and having good sportsmanship. There are contests during the week, and prizes like medals, trading pins, and the like can be won.  To end the week, there is even a fun tournament.


Since it is Disney, fun surprises like watching a Disney movie during lunch are also common at camp. (Lunch, drinks, and clubs are included in the price of the camp). At the end of the five days, each child is given a training program, and a way to get in touch with Michael if they have questions or just need a little encouragement. I absolutely love that fact that just because the camp ends, it doesn’t mean the support goes away. Michael was so genuine and excited to talk about his camps, and seemed proud of the fact that there were a lot of repeat campers.

One day camps are also offered year round for kids ages 8-17 that are visiting Disney at other times of the year. As I closed my time with Michael, he mentioned wanting to start a competitive camp for the summer of 2014.


After our chat, I hopped on a golf cart with Kristina Cullison (Director of Sales and Events) to take a tour of the beautiful course. I learned that the Disney courses are management by Arnold Palmer Golf management, and that the Palm course recently received an Arnold Palmer redesign.

The first thing I noticed was the amazing cart we were riding in. It had a color GPS screen in the front giving you information about each hole.


There are even signs at the beginning of each one with a “memorable moment” for that hole. I loved reading all the history!


The highlight of the course was seeing the Mickey bunker! I loved how there were subtle Disney touches everywhere on property, including the golf course.


The course was in great shape, had gorgeous views, and a peaceful atmosphere.


We also drove our cart by Disney’s Oak Trail, which is a 9-hole walking course. So many options for Disney golf!


We headed back to the Pro Shop, where I learned even more about the course, and was given great information for folks wanting to come play the course. A great tip is that you don’t have to worry about bringing your clubs and gear with you on vacation. Save that precious suitcase space for souvenirs! TaylorMade Rocketballz clubs and Adidas shoes are on hand for you to rent at all Disney golf courses. Their golf membership website has many perks too, you should take a look, if this is your cup of tea.



You also don’t have to worry about renting a car, as there is complimentary transportation to and from your Disney resort, just ask about it when you call to set up your tee time. (Note: These courses are also open to the public).

I have yet to play on a Disney course, and the whole time I was touring I kept thinking “I have got to get my husband and dad out here!” I know they would have a blast, it is Disney after all.

To learn more, visit Disney’s Golf website, or call (407) WDW-Golf (939-4653).

Related: Sign Up for my FREE My Disney Experience and Magic Bands E-Course!

QOTD: Have you ever golfed at Disney? Do you like to golf?

June Photo Dump

Good morning! I didn’t get home until 10:00 last night, so the great post I was working on isn’t going up until tomorrow because I needed more time on it. So today you get a “wordless Wednesday” of sorts (just ignore that I’m using words RIGHT NOW….ok so I will caption them…) and see some of the photos I am dumping into my computer from my phone. Some have appeared on Instagram, some haven’t.

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Sweet girl

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Give me caffeine

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Pink kind of day

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Father’s Day delivery

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Sunset off the balcony

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Post run cool down, it was 92 degrees and 88% humidity.

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Golf outing

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QOTD: Which pic is your favorite? Is your photo album CONSTANTLY full like mine because you have too many pictures on your phone?

Golf Outing

On Thursday, Bobby and I hit a local golf course because Bobby had a couple for 9 free holes of golf the course sent him on his birthday. It was a hot afternoon, but we figured it was as good a time as any.


I of course was the official driver and locator of golf balls in the trees. Smile Poor Bobby doesn’t get to practice as much as he would like. He hasn’t played in a year!


It was an older course that wasn’t in great shape…but really for free I wasn’t going to complain, but wow it was bad. At some parts, the path just disappeared and you went off into the grass until it reappeared again. There were tree roots going all through the course, and the sand traps had more grass in them than sand. Oy.

However, I did have fun zipping around in the cart and keeping score for Bobby. I also got to putt a few times. I’m not too shabby, but let’s also say I have no future in golf.


I also got to try out my snazzy new Under Armour shoes. Love them, way cool.

It was a fun way for the two of us to spend a couple of hours together just goofing off and having fun. We are hoping to go back and do the same thing next week. Maybe we will wait until about 6:00 instead of 2:30. I was ready for some air conditioning!

QOTD: Do you play golf, or ride in the cart? Hate golf all together?

Viking Classic Golf Tournament


     Good evening! Today has been quite the busy one! This morning, Bobby and I went to the Viking Classic golf tournament, which is part of the PGA tour. Someone gave us free tickets, so we said “why not?” Sadly, I was told one of a bloggers most dreaded words..”no cameras allowed.” Bummer! So I took some pictures leading up to where we parked just to have something haha! (Also, no cell phones were allowed!)


On the way to the tournament at Annandale Golf club, which is about 5 minutes from our house.



These were taken through the windshield (which is very dirty) I even got a shot of some golfer haha!







I found this quite amusing, and those that love Disney will appreciate it. When we were leaving, a lady stopped and took our picture, then handed us a card and said we could go online and view/buy. I felt like it was Disney’s photopass service, too funny! Here is our picture.


We got back in the car, and had a voicemail from someone wanting to see our house. YIKES! We were starving and planning to stop for lunch, but our house was a MESS. So we ate Mexican really quickly, got home in time for Saints kickoff, and cleaned at commercials and in between plays! They came and went, then we left again because we got a call for someone wanting to look at Bobby’s dad’s house, so we went over there, showed the house, and did about an hours worth of more cleaning, and now we are home and tired, whew! All I can say is at least our house is really clean again!


I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I am not really sore from our run which is good. We took a walk last night and walked a lot at the tournament this morning so I think that has helped. Tomorrow will be an easy recovery run, then 5 miles Wednesday then the half marathon Saturday!