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Summer Solstice & Debby Downer

I planned on going home to Tampa Bay, Florida for Summer Solstice to completely relax, bask in the sunshine, go out on the boat and catch up with my friends and family. Great vacation plan, right? Unfortunately, I only got a few hours of sunny pool time at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa before the relentless rain began to pour. Tropical Storm Debby Downer, as I called her, was on her way to visit through Florida the same time I was. Tampa Bay received about a foot of rain with areas flooding, streets blocked off and schools closing. Seriously crazy weather for the first official week of summer. The boat was completely out, so I spent the whole week hanging with friends and visiting with family.

Vacation Highlights

  • I did squeeze in a 6am workout with Miss Teresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp Workout. We did an hour routine at the Spa, with part of it on the bar. I left feeling amazing.
  • Went to a friend's concert at State Theater in downtown St. Pete, my old stomping ground, and partied late night like old times.
  • Had a lunch with the T-Tapp staff on Friday. Tried the Taco Bus and Datz Deli for the first time. Both were yummy!
  • Even though the rain never seemed to stop, read The Hunger Games and had fun doing a whole lotta nada.
  • I got a first class upgrade on my flight home! Guess it pays to know people at the ticket counter.
Here's an Instagram recap of my trip...

Going home for Halloween week and hoping for some real sunshine that time around!


Benefits of Face Brushing

You've heard me talk about Body Brushing and all the wonderful health and beauty benefits that come along with it, but what about Face Brushing? You can brush your face and neck and get the same type of benefits as body brushing delivers! Facial brushing removes dead skin and stimulates circulation , which firms and improves skin tone . Your skin will become softer and smoother ! It's like a mini facial massage every time you brush, a fabulous way to spoil yourself during your daily facial cleaning routine. In order to do the face brushing sequence you need a small natural-fiber bristle brush . The important thing to look for when selecting the appropriate face brush are natural plant fiber bristles. Do not use the type with plastic bristles because it will not have the same effect. I'm excited to announce that T-Tapp now sells  face brushes ! In addition to the Body Brushing Sequence,  Teresa Tapp created a special Face Brushing Sequence that has been proven

Benefits of Body Brushing

Body brushing is incredible for the skin and healing of the body. Europeans have been body brushing for centuries...maybe that's why they look so fantastic! This blog post will go into some education about What is Body Brushing? Body Brushing is also known as skin brushing and dry brushing . It's done using a natural bristle brush, like the T-Tapp Body Brush pictured above ($11.00, ). Teresa Tapp, creator of the T-Tapp Workout and author of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes , has developed a specific body brushing pattern that's proven to be effective for all ages and a variety of health and beauty concerns. Teresa's pattern involves brushing the entire body from the feet all the way up to the neckline. Once finished go back and brush the areas that need a little extra attention, such as the butt, thighs and abdomen.  It's best to body brush first thing in the morning , when the increased blood flow will help wake you up and the body is in a natur

Amazing Eats at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Last night I had the most fabulous meal with my sista at Pappadeaux in Atlanta. She's been keeping this place a secret from me! We get there around 8pm and find out that she knows the hostess from way back. (Our buzzer literally went off after about 5 minutes when there was over a 40 minute wait for a table. VIP!) The first thing that we ordered was the most delicious dip I have EVER put in my mouth, hands down! Lump Crab & Spinach Dip with crispy garlic cheese bread ...OMG. I could eat that by itself and call it a night. I saw a woman with this drink and had to order one for myself. It's called a Swamp Thing made from a mix of raspberry and melon liqueurs blended with frozen Hurricane & Margarita . Fantastic! Brain freeze though. I hate to admit that even though I'm a Florida girl, I've never had oysters before . She was shocked and insisted that we order some. Her favorites were the Oysters Baton Rouge - oysters on the half shell baked with a Parm