Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011 and Unresolved Resolutions

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Today we say goodbye to 2011. We all get to start fresh in 2012 with new resolutions, new hope, plans for the future, etc... Personally, I am leaving 2011 with dirty dishes in the sink, dirty clothes in the hamper, unsorted mail, unfolded clean towels in a basket, Christmas gifts that still have not been put away and what some would say is the worst part of all many failed resolutions from 2011.

I used to get really angry with myself for failing at resolutions each year. Some of them for 2011 included things like have a clean and organized apartment 24/7 (I don't have the kind of time needed to clean this much-but I will work harder to clean more often), get 100% out of debt (we didn't make enough money in 2011 for this to be possible-hopefully 2012 will bring new opportunities for income), fly to Europe (debt plus lack of income equals no ticket to Europe-and no we won't get another credit card just to go. we only spend the money we have now), cook at home more often (how can I cook if I am not home-well, this was a bad excuse so I'll work more at this), work out every single day (let's move on) and then list goes on and on. I'm thankful that it finally donned on me that resolutions should be things we hope to aspire to, not things that we should feel like failures for not completing.


My problem has always been that I set resolutions, standards and expectations so extreme that no one could actually pull them off without some degree of difficulty. Then, I get so mad at myself for not completing them that I sink into a stupid depression over nothing. In other words, I set myself up for failure every single year.


So, this year I'm setting goals and creating a list of resolutions I think I can actually manage. Here they are, my 2012 for all of you to enjoy and possibly take on yourself:


1. Be more positive about everything.
2. Do my best to achieve long term goals with careful planning and execution rather than unrealistic expectations and tight deadlines no sane person can meet.
3. Try to forget the past, look to a better future and be willing to change/ apologize when I'm wrong.

That's it. That's all. I have covered exactly what I feel I should for a new beginning and hopefully a better life.

Resolution just sounds like a negative word to me with all the bad connotations it conjures up...so ...What are your hopes for 2012?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Resolution #1 for 2012: Get organized!!!!


One of my massive problems has always been disorganization at home. The funny thing is when I am working in a business or at a friend's house I keep everything as neat and orderly as possible. However, at my own home I tend to just throw things wherever they will land and then out of sheer laziness I leave them there.

I was watching a show on  the DIY network a few nights ago and there was a statistic that the average person spends a year of their lives looking for misplaced things in their homes. Not a day, not a month, but an entire YEAR!!! This was a wake up call that hit me like a ton of bricks because I realized how much time I waste looking for stuff.

I began researching ways to organize my tiny space and remembered my pal Kim Sonefeld of Hummingbird Invitation Studio had an awesome idea to organize toiletries. She put them in a shoe organizer. BRILLIANT!!!

With this in mind I went to Wal-Mart and found three shoe organizers on sale for $5.50 each and bought em all! I have one on my bathroom door, one on my closet door and one in my pantry. The one in my panty is actually working out quite nicely and is making finding my sauce bottles and what nots easier to find. Best part is it freed up an entire shelf in my pantry and I'm now using what was wasted space. See:


Now that I have reclaimed three spaces that were simply not being used, I am looking for other ideas to continue organizing stuff. I can't wait to have a place for everything and everything in its place.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Portfolio Spotlight: Irish 31

As my days at Metromix come to a close I'm learning how to load all of my articles to a digital portfolio so that folks can still see them even though they are not always going to be live on Tampa Bay's Metromix. Here's the bar review I wrote about Irish 31

Monday, December 12, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 12

These 12 days have flown by! Figured I would end on something simple and fun-Custom Gift Card Holders

Items you will need:
1. Red, green & white felt
2. Glue
3. Christmas stickers, beads, glitter and/or sequence
4. Posterboard
5. Scissors
6. Glue
7. Black marker

How to:
1. Draw some shapes onto posterboard a little bigger than a gift card. Shape idea include: stockings & mittens (like shown in the pic), Christmas Trees, gingerbread men, etc... Just keep in mind you will be creating a pocket to hold a gift card
2. Cut out the shapes & trace them onto felt with black marker. You need two matching pieces of felt for each card holder
3. Using a line of glue around the edges, glue the two pieces together to create the pocket.
4. Using stickers, beads & accessories decorate the gift card holder however you would like.

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12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 11

Sorry for the delay in posting this. Day 11 was a little nuts for me!

so...here we are at Day 11-stockings

Items you will need:
1. About a yard of fabric
2. Sewing machine
3. Poster board
4. Batting for quilts
5. Pencil
6. Scissors
7. Thread for sewing machine
8. sewing pins
9. Ribbon
10. Fabric pencil

How to:
1. Draw an outline of a stocking on the posterboard as big as you want it then cut it out
2. Using the fabric pencil trace the stocking template onto the fabric. You will need 4 pieces.
3. Cut out the fabric
4. Cut out 2 pieces of batting about 1/4 inch smaller then the 4 fabric pieces.
5. using sewing pins to keep everything in place stack 1piece of fabric on top of a piece of batting and then another piece of fabric creating a sandwich. Sew together removing pins as you go.
6. Repeat step 5 with the remaining pieces
7. Sew the two "sandwiches" together
8. Turn the stocking inside out to hide frays
9. sew a loop of ribbon on to hang

Saturday, December 10, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 10

Christmas tree earrings downloaded from http://www.orientaltrading.com/

Today's craft is Christmas Tree Earrings
I would recommend buying the kit and following the instructions in it. The kit is on sale for just $5.99 right now and you can buy it HERE 

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 9 Wooden ornaments
Day 8 Beer Glasses
Day 7 SnowGIRL ornament
Day 6 Red Ball Snowman Ornament
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 9

Today's craft is wooden ornaments. Jo-ann's is selling wooden pieces in the shapes of footballs, hearts, footballs, apples, etc... The painted ones are $0.59 each and the unpainted ones are $0.29 each.

For the football pictured here I purchased one that was already painted & added a USF sticker to make it perfect for a Bulls fan! The apple I painted and added words. Then, I added string to the Bulls ornament & ribbon to the apple & had 2 quick & simple ornaments in less than 15 minutes :)

Items needed include:
1. Wooden pieces
2. Acrylic paint
3. Ribbon & string
4. Stickers & glue
5. Any other adornments you want on your ornaments
Forgive the low quality image. I will add a nicer one as soon as I get access to my computer!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Finally Something Good Today!

Got my All Access pass for Jingle Ball! Cannot wait to photograph this concert! Its gonna be a blast & just picking up the pass alone has made my day!!

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12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 8


12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 8- Beer Glasses!
Okay okay, so this isn't my best work, but it gives you the idea of what you can do as a gift for a guy! The Dollar Tree has these awesome beer glasses and they have some beer mugs as well that when painted make a great gift ;) Give it to him with a 6 pack of his favorite beer and he won't even notice if the art on it isn't perfect. Bonus tip: If you want to give him an assortment of beer visit a tap house that sells by the bottle and get 6 different bottles to give with the glass!


Items you will need:
* White Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Black Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Q-tips
* A Beer Glass
* Assorted brushes
* A cookie sheet
* An oven
* Styrofoam Plate
* Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions:
1. Clean the exterior of the Beer Glass with rubbing alcohol.
2. Pour a little paint onto the Styrofoam Plate and paint any image you want onto the glass.  Don't paint the bottom. Let it sit to air dry 30 minutes.
3. Pour another color of paint onto the Styrofoam Plate. After letting the first layer dry paint additional colors on top of it. For example-in the above photo I painted the white layer for the cards first and let it dry before adding the details in black. Let is sit to air dry an hour
4. Place a cookie sheet into a COOL oven and place the air dried painted candle holder onto the cookie sheet.
5. Close the oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Then set a timer for 40 minutes.
6. When the timer goes off turn off the oven immediately and leave the item in the oven until it is completely cooled down.
7. Once the oven is cooled down voila! you have a hand painted Beer Glass! Add beer and you're all set!

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 7 SnowGIRL ornament
Day 6 Red Ball Snowman Ornament
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 6


Day 6- Snowman Ornament. Okay okay...if you have not figured it out by now...I really like snowmen. Maybe it's because of my frustration over the fact that in Florida we can't build them?

Items Needed:
1. Red Ball Ornament (You could also use green or blue. Silver and Gold don't work as well with the paint)
2. Sponge brush
3. Assorted paintbrushes (Could just use Q-tips for a simple snowman)
4. White acrylic paint
5. Black acrylic paint
6. Orange acrylic paint
7. assorted acrylic paint colors for the hat
8. Red fabric ribbon (again could use a different color ribbon depending on your preference.)
9. Styrofoam plate

Instructions:
1. Pour a little white acrylic paint onto the Styrofoam plate. With the sponge brush sponge a circle onto the front surface of the red ball ornament. Let it dry for a few hours.
2. Pour a very small amount of black paint and orange paint onto the Styrofoam plate.
3. Then with either a q-tip or a brush paint on the nose with the orange paint and then eyes and mouth with black paint. If you don't want to "draw" or don't think you can create the details just use dots for the black eyes and mouth. Let it dry again for a few hours.
4. If you are happy with just eyes, nose and mouth and having a simple snowman, then feed the red fabric ribbon through the hook on the top of the ornament ball. Tie it into a bow so that you can hang it on the tree and you're done.
5. To add extra detail use additional colors to paint a hat onto the snowman, then dry again, add the ribbon and then hang it on the tree ;)


Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Peppermint Hot Chocolate at Felicitous!


I frikkin' love Felicitous Coffee House! I wish I had the ability to move closer to USF so that I could visit this place more often.

Trying to get in the holiday spirit? Stop by and order a Peppermint Hot Chocolate with whipped cream. Yum! The large cup with the peppermint syrup and whipped cream was $4.55 with tax and worth every penny. So tasty.

As for the cup it came in...zebra stripes and chocolate syrup in zebra pattern on top of the whipped cream...hmmm...coincidence? I think not!

More on Felicitous:
I did a business shout out on them in Creative Loafing when they first opened, a Cheap Eats write up a few months later on Tampa Bay's Metromix and have mentioned them as often as possible on facebook, on my blog and on About.com.

They have free wi-fi, great pastries and desserts and some of the best frozen frappes I've ever tried!

Felicitous is located at:
11706 North 51st Street
Tampa, FL 33617
(813) 988-2828

Monday, December 5, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 5

wreath. Day 5 of 12 Crafts of Christmas

Now before you all freak out on me and run away with your tail between your legs, you should know that making a wreath for Christmas is much easier than it looks. All you really need is to figure out the colors you want in it and that is the hardest part.

Items needed:
1. Green Wreath- Joann's sells these as cheap as $1.99 during its sales for the season!
2. A bow. You can either make it by hand or they sell lots of premade ones
3. Ornaments. There are lots of little trinkets that are perfect for wreaths in the floral section at Joann's that you can get as cheap as $1 each or less depending on the sales. The floral picks that have flowers and other adornments attached to a long piece of green wire have always worked best for me. The above wreath has about 12 floral picks in it along with one big bow
4. Green floral wire
5. Wire cutters or heavy duty scissors that can clip wire

Instructions:
1. Place everything on top of the wreath to see how it will look. Arrange it and rearrange it until you think it looks perfect. I often will take a picture once its perfect so that I remember how it looked as I'm securing everything to the wreath.
2. Insert the floral picks into the wreath one by one and twist the wire around the back to secure it.
3. Add the bow to the top, middle or side. Whereever you like it and secure to the back of the wreath with floral wire.
4. For added security I often go back with floral wire and wrap it around my picks and my bow just to make sure that while its hanging nothing falls off. Some folks I know will secure it with a hot glue gun. I personally don't because I prefer to change out the picks annually so that my wreaths are different each year.

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Real Reason People Have Kids

Sometimes I wonder if the real reason people have kids is so they won't feel strange buying kids toys that they actually want to play with.

I'm walking through the kids toys at Target and seeing all kinds of fun stuff I want to play with. The problem is I don't have children and it would be awkward walking to the register and having the cashier say something like "Is this for your little boy for Christmas?" Then I would have to give the odd response of "No, I just want to play with legos! Leave me alone!!!"

If you have kids, have you ever bought something for your child so you could play with it? Or if you don't have kids but wanted a toy to play with would you buy it anyway?!?

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 4

Snowman ornament. Day 4 of 12 Crafts of Christmas
Wooden Snowman Banner:
Why make it difficult by finding all the supplies when you can just buy the Wooden Snowman Banner Craft Kit from Oriental Trading Company? Buy this awesome kit HERE and you can make 12 Wooden Snowman Banners. They can either be used as hanging decorations on the wall or ornaments on a bigger tree. Final products end up being about 6" in length. They are so cute and come with instructions for the best way to put them together.

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 3

candy cane ornament Day 3 of 12 Crafts of Christmas

Day 3. Sorry I'm posting this a little late, but hey- it's still December 3 in California for a little while longer. Therefore-here is Day 3's Craft!

Candy Cane Ornament:

Items Needed:
*Pipe Cleaners
*Red Beads- the three pronged beads are preffered
*White Beads- again the three pronged beads are preffered

Instructions:
1. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and at one end place a red or white bead and wrap the pipe cleaner around it once to secure it.
2. String the beads onto the pipe cleaner. Red, then white, then red, then white until you get to the end of the pipe cleaner.
3. Secure the last bead on the pipe cleaner by wrapping it with the end of the pipe cleaner.
4. To form a "cane" simply bend the pipe cleaner into a J shape.

Friday, December 2, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 2


Today's Christmas Craft is green and red polka dot candle holders.  See day 1 HERE

Polka Dot Candle Holders

Items you will need:
* Red Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Green Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Q-tips
* A Glass Votive Candle Holder
* A cookie sheet
* An oven
* Styrofoam Plate
* Rubbing Alcohol

Costs to expect: Enamels paint is about $2 each. You can get votive holders for $1 or less at Wal-Mart and the Dollar Tree.


How to:
Super simple!!!
1. Clean the exterior of the Glass Votive Candle Holder with rubbing alcohol.
2. Pour a little green paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. With a Q-tip paint dots onto the glass in whatever pattern you would like.
3. Pour a little red paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. Now take the Q-tip and make red dots on the exterior to foll in the spots where there is no green paint. Let is sit to air dry an hour.
4. Place a cookie sheet into a COOL oven and place the air dried painted candle holder onto the cookie sheet.
5. Close the oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Then set a timer for 40 minutes.
6. When the timer goes off turn off the oven immediately and leave the item in the oven until it is completely cooled down.
7. Once the oven is cooled down voila! you have a hand painted Polka Dot Candle Holder! Add a tealight and you're all set! (Giving it as a gift? Place it in a little party bag and twist tie it shut-you can get 20 at Wal-Mart with twist ties for just $0.97- then either wrap it in a gift bag or give as is.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 1

snowman candle. Day 1 of 12 Crafts of Christmas

In an effort to prove that you don't have to be Martha Stewart to make gifts by hands for folks I took a page from the Dealicious Finds site to show the readers of The Famous Ashley Grant and Tampa Bay Freebies my 12 Crafts of Christmas!

So, without further adieu...today is Day #1!!! The Snowman Candle you see at the top of this post is easier than you can imagine to make!

Items you will need:
* White Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Black Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Q-tips
* A Glass Votive Candle Holder
* A Sponge brush
* A cookie sheet
* An oven
* Styrofoam Plate
* Rubbing Alcohol

Costs to expect: Enamels paint is about $2 each. You can get votive holders for $1 or less at Wal-Mart and the Dollar Tree.


How to:
Super simple!!!
1. Clean the exterior of the Glass Votive Candle Holder with rubbing alcohol.
2. Pour a little white paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. Sponge it onto the exterior of the Glass Votive Candle Holder. Don't paint the bottom. (For best results dab the sponge to coat the surface, don't stroke in lines.) Let it sit to air dry 30 minutes.
3. Pour a little black paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. Take the Q-tip and make black dots on the exterior to create a face. Let is sit to air dry an hour
4. Place a cookie sheet into a COOL oven and place the air dried painted candle holder onto the cookie sheet.
5. Close the oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Then set a timer for 40 minutes.
6. When the timer goes off turn off the oven immediately and leave the item in the oven until it is completely cooled down.
7. Once the oven is cooled down voila! you have a hand painted Snowman Candle Holder! Add a tealight and you're all set!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I Don't Like Hershey's Drops

CVS had this awesome deal for black Friday to buy Hershey's Drops & get extra care bucks that essentially made them free. Thank goodness they were free because I honestly want to throw them out after trying them. On the plus side they taste like a Hershey's Kiss & that is great, but the downside is the way the folks at Hershey accomplished having no mess & no candy shell. These little pieces of chocolate taste, look & feel like they are coated in wax. It just felt like I was chewing a preservative. Never has chocolate (especially Hershey's) made me want to spit it out so badly. I will stick to Hershey's classic bars & kisses from now on.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! May your food be good and your hearts be happy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Name is a BAD Password! LoL

 
Forbes has revealed the top 25 worst passwords! My name is #16. If any of these are your password-change it. Is your name on the list? hahaha!!! I feel special that my name is popular enough to be on the bad password list. See the original story HERE
1. password
2. 123456
3.12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Christmas Wish List: XL Wine Glass


Have ya'll heard about this?!? This awesome new wine glass from Catching Fireflies holds an entire bottle of wine! That is awesome! It comes in at under $14 making it budget friendly, user friendly and The Famous Ashley Grant approved!

Product Description directly from the site:

Ever wish you had a glass big enough to hold the entire bottle? You do now!

Holding an 750ml of wine, this giant wine glass means business.  How often do you pour yourself a glass only to turn around and find it empty before you've even finished making dinner?  This XL glass will eliminate the need for refills during cooking and carry you throughout the night. 

Why enjoy a little vino when you can enjoy a lot?  Fill 'er up and enjoy yourself.  An original gift for any wine lover or as a humorous gift to a friend who is a wine enthusiast.

Size: 9.5" tall.


Buy it HERE
If you want to send it to me for Christmas, I promise I'll think of you when I use it!
Proof I have no shame- if you buy it you can send it toP.O. Box 340237, Tampa, FL 33694-0237


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Work Perk: Twilight Tickets

While shooting B.o.B. last night I got to meet one of the marketing guys for 101.5 who was kind enough to give me two ticket to Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 1 @ midnight @ Channelside! That doesn't suck! Can't wait to see the movie! The acting has been getting better each film so I am hoping the actors will finally be able to do well on screen! We'll see ;)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Follow Your Dreams

Remember in grade school when teachers had motivational posters that were so encouraging? They said things like "You can achieve anything!" or "Reach for the stars!" or "Follow your dreams!"

Then, one day the posters fell to the back burner. It was time to study harder, read more, ace the test and get into a good college.

Somewhere along the way we quit dreaming. A piece of us dies with every dream we give up on. The good news is we can revive it! So...wherever you are today dream a little. Think back to when you were 5 & wanted to be a ballerina or a fireman or an astronaut or a teacher or a rock star. Whatever it was dream about what it would be like to live it out. Remember that its never too late to follow your dreams.

The best part about remembering your old dreams is that you may find a way for them to come true. Just that thought alone could be the motivation you need for big & amazing things to come into your life.

Reach for the stars! You CAN achieve anything!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

WTF Friday?!? 11-11-11



Just when you thought you had heard it all...there is now this! Ladies are getting drunk via tampons soaked in vodka. There are new ways to get drunk all the time it seems...The first new way I heard was a alcohol enema where you literally put alcohol in your bum to get a buzz. The second new way I heard was to soak your gummy bears in vodka to hide that you are drinking. The latest way is to insert vodka soaked tampons vaginally and anally. wow! what do you think?!?

For more ways to ingest vodka check out the 7 Most Efficient Ways to Ingest Vodka in fact...please don't!

Drink responsibly people!!! The Famous Ashley Grant does not recommend drinking in excess or using ANY of the ways mentioned in this post to get drunk or even to get a buzz!

To see more bizarre things you can do with a tampon you gotta see this weird site: Tampon Crafts! WTF?!?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Napkin Testimonials!

I thought it would be fun to have people write testimonies about me. When I had this brilliant idea I was hanging out with Caroline "The Photo Ninja" Smith of Caroline and Evan Photography. It began with Caroline telling me that I was a hoot and me asking her if I could get it in writing. Well, needless to say the only thing I had for anyone to write on was napkins. So began the writing of napkin testimonials for the rest of the night at the Working Women of Tampa Bay event Ladies Night Off at Push Ultra Lounge on Tuesday, November, 8 in St. Pete.

Without further adieu, here are the 6 awesome napkin testimonials I received about me, The Famous Ashley Grant. LOL






Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Am I Too Ignorant?

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The other night while out to dinner I told a friend that I'm purposefully ignorant of many things. Rather than set myself up for arguments and drama I intentionally do not learn things that are going on in the world because most of it seems to be bad news and I always try to suck the negativity out like venom in a bite and spit it away to be released from my life...but lately I've been wondering...am I too ignorant?

Sadly, I'm starting to think the answer to this question may be yes.

When I was in school I fear I didn't really learn enough of anything. I got into a very severe habit of memorizing information, regurgitating it on the day of the test and then immediately forgetting it to prepare for the next exam. The result of 12 years of public school and 6 years of college is that there are many things I don't know, can't recall and/or never bothered to really pay attention to.

In fact, the funny thing is I've learned more since graduating high school and college than I ever did while in school. However, I think it's time to focus on learning more, reading more and paying more attention. The question now is-what do I want to know?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Changes to the Famous Ashley Grant Website


You may have noticed that there are some changes to this site! Well, I'm excited to report that there is a nifty navigational toolbar at the top of the page to make things easier to find and  that on the right of the page you can find my twitter info, the latest post from my Tampa.About.com page and that at the bottom you can find me on facebook and see some of my favorite blogs. So, I encourage you to poke around and see if you find anything you like. As always, I thank you for visiting my page and if you need anyone "shot" (photos people! come on) or written about I hope you will think of me- The Famous Ashley Grant, freelance writer and photographer!

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Ashley Grant is a blogger, author and photographer currently based in Tampa, Fla. Her current active blogs are The FamousAshley Grant  and Tampa Bay Freebies. Ashley is also a contributing blogging expert for the Godaddy Garage. Her writing has been featured in The Tampa Bay Times, tbt, Tampa Bay Weddings, Tampa Bay Metro, The Examiner, Young Money Magazine, Style Magazine, The Tampa Tribune and more.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Awesomeness of Felicitous Coffeehouse 10.3.11

Felicitous Coffee House is my favorite coffee spot in Tampa Bay! I have talked about them lots in the past! I did a business shout out on them in Creative Loafing when they first opened, a Cheap Eats write up a few months later on Tampa Bay's Metromix and have mentioned them as often as possible on facebook, on my blog and on About.com. Now, I have to mention them once more because of the awesome designs they can create in their lattes! Check out the above pic with the Halloween themed spider web "drawn" in the foam. How cool is that?!?

Stop by Felicitous and grab your hot latte for a cool $3 (for a large $3.74)!!! They also have free wi-fi, great pastries and desserts and some of the best frozen frappes I've ever tried!

Felicitous is located at:
11706 North 51st Street
Tampa, FL 33617
(813) 988-2828

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Please "Like" My About.com Fan Page on Facebook

The folks at About.com have created a Facebook Fan Page for my Tampa guide site and I'd like you to "Like" Me!!! Not only will it make me look good, it will give you a preview to all blog posts that go up on my site!


Like The Tampa.About.com Facebook Fan Page HERE!! Thanks!!!

While you are there feel free to Like Tampa Bay Freebies and The Famous Ashley Grant ;)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years

I was going to wait until I turned 30 to post something like this, but everyone who knows me knows I’m impatient and that when I set my mind to something I just want to do it and not wait! So, here are 27 things I’ve learned in 27 years:

1. There is good and bad in the world. Being with like minded individuals can either lead to progress or destruction. Make sure you are in the productive group.

2. Not everyone is out to get you even when it feels like the world is against you.

3. Everyone is dealing with problems and your issue may not be as bad as theirs. The nicest home can be filled with the most troubles.

4. You can’t trust everyone you meet, but keep close the people that you can.

5. You can forgive everyone that hurts you, but you should never forget. With that said, it should be noted that revenge is not always sweet. Sometimes it’s actually really bitter.

6. What’s right is not always popular; what’s popular is not always right. (all sources I found said this quote is by Albert Einstein)

7. Being the cool kid may not be all its cracked up to be. Recently I went to dinner with two amazing women who opened my eyes to the world of being the cool kid. The amount of upkeep to always be trendy, have the perfect clothes, perfect hair and coolest gadgets just sounds exhausting. I’d rather get that extra hour of sleep than have every hair in place thank you!

8. A smile burns more calories than a frown and it looks better too. A bonus: smiling while unhappy somehow makes it hurt less.

9. Some people are innately evil and should be avoided like the plague. There really are some people who will beg, borrow and steal their way to the top and don’t care who they have to step on to get their. As soon as you realize who they are, pluck them out of your life!

10. Always look out for number 1, but don’t step in number 2 either. (movie line from Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield)

11. When you stop looking for mister right you find him. I didn’t see my husband Jeremy coming but am so glad his path crossed mine.  

12. Speaking before thinking has massive consequences but when the heart kicks in, the head shuts down.

13. I didn’t need to take as many math classes as I did. My calculator really can solve all my math problems. P.S. love the tip calculator on my phone!

14. Someone will always be bigger, better, stronger, smarter than me. All I should really focus on is being the best I can be and following my dreams.

15. I didn’t gain weight overnight and can’t expect to lose it overnight.

16. Living a healthy lifestyle is imperative and eating crap makes me feel like crap. Note to self-must find ways to get cheaper healthier food J

17. The best job in the world is one that you love, can make money at and are actually qualified to do. When it stops being fun its time to change it.

18. Money is not the only key to happiness but it sure feels better to cry in a car with air conditioning than one without…especially in the Florida heat. Nonetheless, I’d rather be broke and happy than rich and miserable.

19. Dogs are better than cats for some people and I prefer dogs. No hate mail please-its my preference and what I learned about me!

20. Sharing is caring except when it comes to my toothbrush. Mom also always said never share my drinks, my makeup or my hairbrush.

21. Karma is a bitch sometimes but she can be sweet too. Do unto others as you want done to you.

22. One red sock can ruin an entire load of white clothes but pink is one of my favorite colors.

23. If at first you don’t succeed destroy all evidence you tried. Never give up, never surrender.

24. Being an adult is fun but responsibility blows sometimes!

25. I should have stopped wishing I was older and enjoyed every minute of the present. Too often I look forward to stuff in the future and neglect the wonderful moments of now.

26. Wine is fine but liquor is quicker; either way hangovers suck!

27. Everything happens for a reason and we may never know what that reason is. Some things in life have to be accepted and this is one of them.



Celebrites I Share My Birthday With!!

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I was wondering what celebrities I share my birthday with so I looked it up! Who2 is a day of birth index that tells you what celebrities were born on your special day. The one I'm most excited about that I share my birthday with has become my favorite actress lately! Mila Kunis!

Happy Birthday to all you awesome Leos!!!



John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851)
David Crosby (1941)
Steve Martin (1945)
Danielle Steel (1947)
Stanley McChrystal (1954)
Magic Johnson (1959)
Halle Berry (1966)
Mila Kunis (1983)
 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Feel Good Friday-Fun Video to Enjoy

Remember Mario and Luigi? Well, this is what they would look like if they stopped playing games and started swing dancing!

Come See Me at Martinis & Bikinis @ Hula Bay 8/11


I'm shooting the Martinis & Bikinis & Hula Bay Hunks Swimsuit Contest & Style Show for Tampa Bay's Metromix on Thursday August 11. You should come out!! There's gonna be lots of eye candy, awesome drink specials and the cover charge is for charity!! Facebook event page HERE

More info:

Martinis & Bikinis & Hula Bay Hunks Swimsuit Contest for Men and Women & Style Show featuring Bunny Couture Bikinis!Over $2,000 in Cash &a Prizes including a $500 cash prize for 1st place lady!

Thursday, August 11th, 6-11 p.m.

Poolside or at Dukes if raining!

$10 donation at the door benefiting Fearless Women Tampa Bay.

$3 Martinis, Margaritas & Mojitos

$5 appetizers including sushi and sliders

Sponsorships available starting at $100. Vendor tables $150 and Cabanas $150 includes entry for 6 people (only 3 available). Raffle donations and contestant prize donations appreciated. 


Contact Linda@GetConnectedTampaBay​.com or 512-228-6710 or on FB.


Contestants can sign up in advance or the night of the event. Sign-up fee is $10 plus entry into the event for $10. Winners based on combination of judges scores and crowd noise so come and bring your friends for a good cause! Must wear appropriate swimsuits including regular swim trunks for men and appropriate swimwear for women (no G-Strings please). Must be 21 or older to attend.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Halloween is Fast Approaching and I Need Your Help!

The Famous Ashley Grant and her husband Jeremy at a pumpkin carving party in October 2009

Hey guys! I need help for Halloween!! I've got two stories I'm working on for the holiday. The first is for tbt* I'm going to be making my Halloween costume by myself for the first time and I'm looking for suggestions of what I should be and therefore what costume I should make.

The second story I'm working on is for Tampa's About.com. I'm creating a list of things to do for Halloween in Tampa. Do you know of any events?

Please use the form in this blog post to answer these questions. Thanks bunches in advance!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Work Day > Than Yours!

What were you doing at 2 p.m. today? Were you in a boring meeting? Watching the clock tick slowly by wishing it was Friday? Well...while you were doing that.... I was trying the best Rum Runner I've ever had in my life at the bar conveniently named Rum Runners for a bar review I'm working on for Tampa Bay's Metromix!

The review won't go live until August, but I'm trying to get a head start on all of my work in case summer plans pop up! For a switch I'm trying to not be the procrastinator I've been in the past!



I tried a Rum Runner at the bar Rum Runners located at 2701 US Alt.19 in Palm Harbor, FL. I was doing a bar review for http://tampabay.metromix.com and had a blast!


info on Rum Runners:
2701 US Alt.19
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
727-787-5566
http://www.rumrunnersfun.com

Tomorrow 6/29: Come Meet Me or Just Hang!

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When:

Event Phone Number:
813.265.2625
 
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Neighborhood: Lake Magdalene
13020 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618 813.265.2625

As far as social media goes, Twitter is a polarizer—either you can’t get enough of hearing about what your friend had for lunch/reading what Ashton Kutcher is up to/telling the world about your promotion or the only definition for the word “tweet” you know is the sound a bird makes—and you’re totally fine with that.

We happen to love Twitter because it lets us get to know you, but we want to take our relationship to the next level. That’s why we’re hosting #WellDoneMix - the first Metromix Tampa Bay and Anthony's Coal Fired Tweetup from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.

 
Come out and meet Metromix Managing Producer Jacqui Anderson (@captnjac), Marketing Coordinator Brandon Thompson (@Brandonpromo), Community Blogger Wrangler Summer Lott (@summerlott) and Photographer Ashley Grant (@TheAshleyGrant), as well as your fellow Anthony Coal Fired Pizza tweeters, have your photo taken and, most importantly, have some pizza. 

Make sure to follow us at @Metromix_Tampa and @AnthonysCFPizza to get details on the Tweetup. And if you're planning on coming out, let us know in the comments section below or just tweet us.

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza will provide pizza, wings, and meatballs for 100 people as well as t-shirts, and three $20 gift cards. Not to mention there will be tons of Metromix.com giveaways, free movie screening passes, and a raffle for DVD prizes.The first 7 people will get a Metromix swag bag at the door!

Tweeting in public is not only encouraged, it’s a must. If you’re part of the Twitterverse, mix and mingle with your fellow tweeps.
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