MacDill Happenings

Things to do in and around MacDill AFB

Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

March 05, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Concerts, Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB

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There are so many things to do in the Tampa Bay area you might have a difficult time making a choice!  The weather should be pleasant this weekend with a little bit of cloud cover.  The summer humidity hasn’t arrived yet, but make sure you have sunscreen available if you are outdoors!

  • The Strawberry Festival continues this weekend in Plant City with John Legend in concert on Saturday. Remember to visit your local Publix store for a $2 discount on admission tickets.
  • On Friday from 5pm to 7pm, admission is free to the historic Plant Museum. The museum is located at the University of Tampa on the Hillsborough River. On Sunday from 10:30am to 3:30pm, head back to the Museum for Picnic in the Park. Enjoy music and live theater and don’t forget to pack a picnic!  Try Victorian era games! You can also purchase hot dogs and drinks.  The event is free.
  • For spring training games on Friday afternoon, the Rays take on the Minnesota Twins in Port Charlotte and the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Baltimore Orioles in Dunedin.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, the Gasparilla Music Festival takes over Curtis Hixon Park on the waterfront in downtown Tampa.
  • The Largo Central Railroad will offer free train rides for children this weekend at Central Park in Largo.
  • The Tampa Shakespeare Festival will be in Waterworks Park in downtown Tampa will offering a free outdoor live presentation of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday starting at 6pm.
  • On Sunday, the Tampa Museum of Art will have Military Appreciation Day and offer free admission to active duty and retired military personnel and their families with military ID cards. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is one of the current exhibits.

Enjoy the weekend and let us know if you have great idea for a weekend outing!

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Ideas for Spring Break Near MacDill AFB

March 04, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Military Life, Military Spouse, Things to do Near MacDill AFB


Spring break will begin this Monday March 9th for Hillsborough County schools. This means the kids will be home from school and parents will be looking for ideas for Spring break activities. Luckily the MacDill AFB area has lots of activities to enjoy. You can enjoy the great amusement parks in our area or here are few more ideas you may not have thought of.

Ideas for Spring Break Near MacDill AFB:

  • The MacDill AFB Youth Center. The Youth Center will be open from 8am until 6pm and will be offering special Spring break programs. Call 828-7956 for more information and to register.
  • Go to the beach. Living in the Tampa Bay area you have to visit a beach during Spring break! Visit a new beach you have not been to  such as Cypress Beach Park, Fort De Soto or Holmes Beach all are child friendly.
  • Dinosaur World. If your not in the mood to stand in line for the usual amusement park rides then check out Dinosaur World in Plant City.
  • Tarpon Springs. Take a field trip to the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs. You will have the opportunity to visit the museum and purchase some great sponge souvenirs.
  • The Florida Railroad Museum. The museum is located in Parish and will be open Wed through Sunday next week. The biggest event next week will take place on Saturday and Sunday when Thomas the Tank Engine will visit.
  • The Florida Aquarium. Visit Madagascar, a coral reef , walk a wet land trail and bring your suit to splash in the outdoor water adventure zone.
  • Pier 60. Visit Clearwater Beach on Friday or Saturday evening and catch a movie on the beach.
  • Museum. Make one day of Spring break an educational day. Visit one of the many museums such as MOSI, Glazer Children’s Museum and the Henry B Plant Museum.
  • MacDill AFB IT&T Office. Your first stop for discount tickets to the many amusement parks or museums in the area.
  • MacDill AFB Outdoor Recreation. Check out all the great gear you can check out and enjoy during Spring break. Take a paddle boat or a water bike out on the bay. The outdoor recreation office can help you most of your outdoor needs including camping equipment and bouncy houses.

With these great Spring break ideas no one should complain they are bored! If you have a great Spring break idea that is not listed please share with us in the comment section of the blog. If shopping for a new home is part of your Spring break plans let be your first stop.

How to Refresh Your Home With Paint

March 03, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, PCS Move, Self Improvement

Refresh With Paint

Refresh With Paint

Learn how to refresh your home with paint and turn drab to fab! You may just want to change things up during your Spring cleaning or you may need refresh your home to get it ready to sell or rent. Well paint may just be the answer to both of these problems.

How To Refresh Your Home With Paint:

  • Make a plan. Yes, get organized before you jump in and start painting every room in the house. Asses which room needs the most help and start there.
  • Get rid of the clutter. Clearing the room to paint is a great way to get rid of things you no longer need or furniture that has seen  better days. Donate items you no longer want.
  • Refresh furniture. Use your painting skills to also refresh your furniture. Chalk painting of wood furniture is all the rage at this time and is a very simple process. You could even add some  paint to your pillows, floor coverings or slip covers.
  • Picking a paint color. This can be as challenging as the actual painting! If you are painting to get your home ready to sell or rent then you will want to go neutral. Stay with white, beige or grey depending on the colors of your cabinetry and flooring. If you are doing a refresh then I say go crazy with some of the new bright colors available. Use Sherwin Williams great color selection tools. Did you know they have an app for that? Download and let the app do the picking for you.
  • Do your prep work. After the furniture is moved are covered go ahead and repair any blemishes on the walls. Remove electrical sockets, lighting fixtures and sconces. Use painters tape around windows, ceiling and any other areas you do not want painted. Proper brushes are a must. Visit your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and ask a professional on what tools you need to do a professional looking job. Take advantage of the military discounts they offer to buy not only your supplies but your paint.
  • Pat yourself on the back. When your project is done stand back and applaud yourself. I have friends who scrapbook every home project they do to not only share with friends but to keep a record of paint colors.

Now you have the tools to refresh your home with paint. Share in the comments section which rooms or furniture you painted. With your “freshened up” rooms you can now enjoy your new look or get your home sold or rented.

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Why You Need Online Advertising to Sell Your Home

March 02, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, PCS Move, Self Improvement

 Listing Your Home with is Simple

Why should you use online advertising to sell your home? A question many homeowners have asked them selves. Online advertising is also a good bet when trying to rent your home. A better question to ask is why wouldn’t you advertise online. First of all you do not want to be the sad little home in Karina Gafford’s article “What’s Preventing Your Home Sale?” and secondly it is actually quite easy to advertise your home on line.
As Karina states in her article a great place to get started is the site. The site makes it very easy for you to list your home for sale or rent. The MacDill AFB listing page averages over 26,000 pages views per month. also focuses its advertising on military families all over the world. The site offers three different advertising packages that allow you to customize the ad that to suite your needs.
Advertising online gives you home advertisement a more professional look. Most Realtors now have either their own websites to show their listings. Did you know your Realtor can also advertise your home on which doubles your exposure to potential buyers or renters? Online advertising sites let potential buyers or renters know you are serious about selling or renting your home. By setting up your ad to allow email you are able to communicate information without making numerous phone calls and rule out those buyers or renters who are not seriously interested.
Advertising on line also allows you to share a larger amount of information about the home than just what is posted on a sign in your front yard. With an online advertisement you can share photos, floor plans and the best features of your home. For example the Home Tour Plus gives you the ability to share 40 pictures and a 500 word description. This also includes a yard sign. Make sure when using photos in your ad with a Realtor or an online site like your photos are professional looking. You want your photos and description to make a potential family fall in love with your home.
Lastly why wouldn’t you want to put your advertisement online? It is what all the cool kids are doing these days. Most sites now have the ability to down load IPhone and IPad apps along with Android apps. Even if you are not tech savvy more than likely your potential home buyers are. If the thought of listing online is still overwhelming make sure you choose a site like that has great customer service that will walk you through the process. Also, when choosing a Realtor make sure they are also using the most up to date technology to get your advertisement seen on the internet.
Now you know why to advertise on the internet and please don’t let your house be the poor little house in Karina’s article! If you have tips or a great testimonial on why advertising your home for sale or rent on line works please share in the comments section.

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MacDill Happenings Rainy Day Recap

February 28, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, PCS Move, Pets, Travel

Rainy Day Recap

Rainy Day Recap

On this rainy Saturday I thought I would do a MacDill Happenings recap of some articles that have to do with PCS moving. I have noticed on social media a lot of people have started to get their orders and are making plans to head out to their new military installations. Enjoy these articles and get a head start on planning your PCS move. Here is your rainy Saturday MacDill Happenings recap:

Getting organized for your  move is usually the first step so take a look at these great articles on getting organized:

Once you get organized you may need to start looking at ways to sell or rent out your present home or purchase or rent a new home here are some great article to get started in that direction:

And finally some articles to help you reduce stress during your PCS move:

Besides these above article the resource page of MilitaryByOwner is full of great advice on these subject. Did you know if you go to the bottom of the home page of MilitaryByOwner and click on the state and base you will be transferring you can find information about the base and housing in that area.

Hopefully these articles will make this PCS season a little less stressful. I would love to hear where everyone is headed to on their next adventure so please leave a comment below. Also, please share what information you would find helpful when making a PCS move?

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