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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

March 26, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Dining, Things to do Near MacDill AFB

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The weather will be a little cooler over the weekend and little bit of rain is expected on Friday, but there still plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area.  Enjoy the cooler weather while you can!

  • You can center your Friday night in downtown Tampa along the river. At 5 p.m., there is a ribbon cutting ceremony of the opening of the Kennedy Plaza section of the Riverwalk with activities for children and food trucks and fun for everyone! At 8 p.m., Dolphin Tales will be shown on the outside screen in Curtis Hixon Park.
  • At 6 p.m. on Friday, it’s Gasp: The Gasparilla Fringe Festival at the Tampa Museum of Art. It runs until 10 p.m. with music, dance, theater, improv, video, and more, presented live by both emerging and accomplished artists.
  • On Friday in Clearwater it’s “Blast Friday” with John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band performing followed by a showing of “Eddie and the Cruisers.”
  • The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be roaring through the streets of St. Pete all weekend long.
  • Take a short drive to the Dunedin Highland Games this weekend.
  • It’s the “World Largest Food Truck Festival Ever” at the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend.
  • On Saturday at 10 a.m., MacDill AFB is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt!

Hope you enjoy the weekend!  And if you have any events or ideas to share, please let us know.

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Moving Tips You May Not Have Thought About

March 24, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, PCS Move, Pets

Moving Tips

Moving Tips

The PCS moving season is almost upon us. For many of you in the MacDill AFB area this means getting prepared for the big move. Many of you probably already have a PCS To-Do List and use this as a guide to get you organized. It is easy to get caught up in the packing and organizing and forget about the little things. Here is a list of moving tips you may not have thought of:

  • Fill out a change of address. If you do not have a new address, then secure a mailbox at the post office or send to a relative or friend. You will want to turn this in a few weeks before the move.
  • Notify your utility services a few weeks prior to your move and secure those services at your new home.
  • Pre-order new checks with your new address.
  • Make a plan to get rid of flammable items. My family seems to always forget this step and then we are trying to hunt down a disposal site at the last minute.
  • Transfer your kids’ school records. This is so much easier if you do it while school is still in session and you can do it face to face.
  • Transfer or get copies of medical records and do not forget about your pet’s veterinary records. ( You should have these items in your luggage while traveling)
  • Make a plan of what you are going to have with you traveling. You should have all important papers, birth certificates, pass ports etc.. with you. Know how you are going to transport them and make sure you save room in the car or luggage for these items.

These are just a few tips that you may not have thought of during  your preparation. You do not want to be getting ready to drive out of town and realize you forgot Fluffy’s records! Do you have a tip to add? Please share it with us in the comment section below.

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VA Loan Scam: Do Not Become A Victim

March 24, 2015 By: Laura Category: Finances, Military Life, Military Spouse, News, Self Improvement

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Is it a VA loan scam or a deal? You cannot turn the TV on these days without hearing about some new scam. Here in the MacDill AFB area, we have the card skimmers at the gas station and on ATM’s. We also have heard the stories about the door-to-door security sales men who take your money and never install your system. The saddest scam stories are those involving our senior citizens and veterans.

Being educated and aware is the best way to keep your self safe from these thieves. For example, the IRS or your bank should never call you with a problem and then need all of your personal information; they should have that on file. If you receive a call that does not seem right, ask the caller to give you a call back number–if they are hesitant, that would be an indicator something is up. If you feel the need to call back use the 800 number you would normally use, not the number from the caller. But how do you know if that refinancing deal is a VA loan scam? Karina Gafford of MilitaryByOwner.com shares with us how to snoop out a scam.

Read More Here…….

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

March 19, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Dining, Events, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB

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The weekend is right around the corner!  And there are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area!  The weather should be great this weekend-not too hot and not too humid.  Make sure take advantage of the weather before it gets too hot or before the summer rains start.

  • It’s Shakespeare in the Park on Friday at 6pm at Water Works Park. MacBeth is on tap this evening for this free event.
  • If you want more Shakespeare, then check out the St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival at the USF St. Petecampus. It starts at 8pm and you pay what you can.
  • At 7:30pm at Amalie Arena, the Lightning take on the Detroit Red Wings.
  • On Saturday at 11am, it’s Bark in the Park at Cotanchobee/Fort Brooke Park in the Channelside District.This is the Humane Society’s annual fundraising event featuring live entertainment, food trucks and a lot more!
  • Also on Saturday at noon at Curtis Hixon Park, it’s the Spring Beer Fling! Tryout tasty beer cocktails, seasonalbeers, live music and more! Admission is $12.
  • On Saturday, the GreenFest Indian Rocks starts at 10am. Enjoy the beach and learn about everything Earth friendly with local vendors, and free music. Admission is free.
  • On Sunday at 10:30am, the Cuban Sandwich Festival takes place in Centennial Park in Ybor City. Admission isfree, but the food is extra. There will be entries from restaurants, delis and food trucks. Enjoy the livemusic, vendors and of course the food.
  • On Sunday at 1:05pm, the Rays take on the Blue Jays in a spring training game in Dunedin.
  • After watching the Rays in Dunedin, check out the Spring Seafood Festival at Edgewater Park. There will be local seafood, music and craft beer.

I hope you enjoy your weekend! Let us know if you have any ideas for weekend events to share.

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8 Repairs to Prepare Your Home for Sale

March 17, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, PCS Move, Self Improvement

8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Home Maintenance Tips

If selling your home is in your future you should make these 8 repairs to prepare your home for sale. As part of your home sale a home inspection will most likely be performed and these repairs will  help that go smoother. Instead of having to quickly find a repairman and not having the time to research a good price have these repairs done when you prepare your home for sale.

  1. Radon Testing. This especially important in Florida and testing and making repairs to correct any Radon issues will save you money and time at your final sale inspection.
  2. Roof repairs. Make sure your roof is in good repair. Replace shingles etc.. Good time to check gutters and repair those.
  3. Check your lanai and patio areas. Repair cracks. Check screens on windows , doors and patio enclosures.
  4. Widows. Check seals. Repair window sills and look for mold etc..
  5. Leaky Plumbing. Check all showers and faucets. Repair all damaged caulking.
  6.   HVAC. Make sure all is in working order and change filters. Having this in good repair before an inspection will save money in the long run.
  7. Light Bulbs. Replace all burnt out light bulbs. This should be done before you even begin to show the house. You want the home to bright and cheery during showings.
  8. Water damage to exterior of home. Along with repairs to the exterior this would be a good time to power wash.

When selling a home we get caught up in making the home look pretty on the exterior and forget about things like the roof. Having these things in order to prepare your home to sell will allow you the time to get the best price for the repair work. What surprises have you encountered during a home inspection? Share your thoughts here on the blog in the comments section.

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