Sunday, April 29, 2012

Article Spotlight- My First Astrology Reading

The Famous Ashley Grant gets an astrology reading for the first time
What's your Zodiac sign? It's a common first-date question or something to ask while hanging out at a party. It makes for fun conversation for some folks. Others are just annoyed by the question and want nothing to do with astrology.

As for me, I'm a Leo. According to Astrology.com and other sites I've visited, being a Leo means I'm loyal, confident, crave attention, generous, stubborn and I prefer not to be alone. Continue Reading...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Article Spotlight: First Time in a Helicopter

The Famous Ashley Grant rides in a helicopter for the first time 

The view from the top is a sight to be seen, and seeing it from a helicopter is completely different from an airplane or tall building.

I thought it would be neat to get a new perspective of downtown Tampa. I wanted to take a helicopter tour to get some aerial images and feel what it's like to fly VIP-style.

My budget was definitely a factor. After visiting the St. Pete Visitor's Bureau, I learned that Old City Helicopters was offering a 5- to 10-minute tour of downtown Tampa for $35. Continue Reading...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Daily Affirmation: I am Debt Free

Enough money is traveling at a rapid pace to me to enable me to say that I am Debt Free!!!
Enough money is traveling at a rapid pace to me to enable me to say that I am able to afford to go to Europe!!
I will always have enough money!

Article Spotlight- Getting Lasik Eye Surgery

The Famous Ashley Grant getting Lasik Surgery 
I have wanted lasik surgery for a long time. Two years ago, I went for a consultation and was denied because wearing contacts as long as I did would have made the procedure dangerous. The doctor recommended I wear glasses for 30 days and then come back. Unfortunately, my finances went sour.

Recently, I was finally in a position where I could afford it. Since I had been wearing glasses the entire time I prayed I would finally be a good candidate. I called Updegraff Vision, which friends and colleagues recommended. But after learning my vision insurance provider would offer a significant discount to go to a preferred physician, I knew it was time to schedule consultation No. 2 at LasikPlus. Continue Reading...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Article Spotlight- Parasailing in Clearwater

The Famous Ashley Grant Parasailing 

Before I say anything about my first time parasailing, it should be noted that I'm terrified of heights. Why, then, would I opt to do something that puts me 800 feet in the air? Well, I guess lately I've been trying to confront my fears head-on to get over them.

I found Sky Screamer Parasail online and decided to use it simply because it has a website. Something about companies with no website has always made me fear they might either be new to the business they are in, or that they can't afford a website.

Both factors make me nervous. Continue Reading...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Article Spotlight- Getting Hypnotized for the First Time

the Famous Ashley Grant getting hypnotized 

When I've thought of hypnosis, I've always pictured entertainers who would bring 40 people onto a stage and, after a few rounds of figuring out who they could put in a trance, would end up making a half-dozen cluck like chickens, suck their thumbs and cry for their moms.

It was only recently that I started thinking of hypnotism as a type of therapy.

At a Working Women of Tampa Bay event, I met hypnotherapist Debbie Lane and received her Quiet Moment CD, then promptly threw it into my junk drawer when I got home. I just didn't think it was for me. Then one day when I was in a bad mood, I listened to it and liked how calm it made me feel. I wondered if Lane could put me in a trance and help me kick some of my bad feelings and take away my stress. Continue Reading...

TODAY: My Comedic Debut 4/25/12

Famous Ashley Grant at Improv 
 I, The Famous Ashley Grant, will be making my comedic debut at the Tampa Improv TODAY Wednesday, April, 25, 2012 during the open mic night scheduled to take place there this evening!!!


Here is the facebook event link to add yourself to the list of attendees! The event is FREE to attend!!!

As part of the "My First Time" series I have been writing for the tbt* my editor has challenged me to take the plunge and attempt to make a room full of people laugh at me or with me for the sake of a good story!

I checked out the scene and the crowd I'm facing is usually a tough crowd according to the regulars so I'm asking all my friends, family and even people who just like me enough to come out and support me to join me for a FREE night of what will hopefully be fun.

21 and up only! NO EXCEPTIONS!!! They WILL be checking IDs at the door!!

Just in case...these are what I suspect will be FAQs

1. Is it free to attend? YES
2. Where is the Tampa Improv? In Ybor City. Street address? 1600 E 8th Ave # C112  Tampa, FL 33605
3. Where can I park? There are two parking garages in Ybor as well as parallel street parking. The parking on the street is free for 2 hours on Wednesdays. I would recommend the parking garages though! $1 for the first 3 hours.
4. What time will The Famous Ashley Grant be going on stage? That all depends on who is hosting the open mic night on Wednesday, April, 25, 2012. Some of the emcees call up the comedians on a first come first act basis and others use a lottery system. We will both find out at the same time when I'll be going on. It will definitely be between 10 p.m. and midnight though.
5. How is seating? The room is small and quickly becomes standing room only during open mic night.
6. Will there be drink specials? ALWAYS! during open mic night there are always drink specials.
7. Do I have to drink/order? NOPE! but its encouraged ;)
8. What about food? No food will be provided and the kitchen will be closed. I suggest eating before or hit the 24 hours MacDonald's after the show (or whatever makes your belly smile)
9. What if I don't think The Famous Ashley Grant's jokes are funny? Well, then don't laugh at them. Just don't be too mean...It is my first time after all. haha!
10. When will The Famous Ashley Grant arrive? I plan on being there at 9 p.m. while the paid show is still going on to get my name on the list quickly! If it is first come first act then I want to get it over with and then stick around for some fun!
11. Can I sign up to do an act as well? ABSOLUTELY!! That would be awesome if you sign up! We can both pop our comedic cherries together!!!
12. What is the camera policy? They post signs saying not to film or take pictures. My husband will take a few images of me doing my act though for my article ( I will be clearing this with the Improv)
13. Dress code? Um- I guess just make sure you are wearing clothes and shoes. I've seen everything from club gear to church clothes to jeans and t-shirts with flip flops.

Goodness, I hope I answered everything you were thinking about asking!

Now- you better come out and support me!!! No pressure!! Seriously though you better come!
LoL

Thanks to everyone who does come in advance! I heart you all!!! xoxo

Here is the facebook event link to add yourself to the list of attendees!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Article Spotlight- Chocolate Pedicure in the tbt*

getting a chocolate pedicure 

I have gotten pedicures before, but after hearing about a process known as a chocolate pedicure, I had to skip my traditional one and try it.

There are benefits to using chocolate for pampering, including the fact that it moisturizes and acts as an antioxidant to skin. I opted to go to Spa Moritz in New Tampa and was ecstatic to learn that with my pedicure I would receive a complimentary chocolate martini. Continue Reading...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Wednesday Come See Me @ Improv! 4/25/12

No turning back now! Wednesday, April, 25, 2012 is rapidly approaching. The jokes are written and I am trying to prepare the delivery of them for your amusement. I hope to see a crap load of people there to support me and keep the crowd from heckling me off the stage for my five minute act.

I am still trying to get approval to film my show. If for some reason we do not receive permission I will possibly film the act once the article goes live. Will keep everyone posted.

Showtime is 10p.m.-12a.m. I won't know what time I go on until the night of. Again, it is FREE to get into the show for open mic night and there will be drink specials throughout the event.

Looking forward to seeing all of you Wednesday night!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Grab This Weekend's tbt* 4/20/12

my Serengeti safari tour

In this weekend's edition of the tbt* is my story about my first time on a Serengeti Safari tour at Busch Gardens. Huge thanks to Kelly Heckinger and Jill Revelle for permission to take the images for the paper and help make this story happen!
Don't want to get the paper? No problem! Check it out now online HERE
Got an idea for something I should try for a first time article? Let me know in the comments below!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Comedic Debut 4/25/12

Famous Ashley Grant at Improv 
 I, The Famous Ashley Grant, will be making my comedic debut at the Tampa Improv on Wednesday, April, 25, 2012 during the open mic night scheduled to take place there that evening!!!


Here is the facebook event link to add yourself to the list of attendees!

As part of the "My First Time" series I have been writing for the tbt* my editor has challenged me to take the plunge and attempt to make a room full of people laugh at me or with me for the sake of a good story!

I checked out the scene and the crowd I'm facing is usually a tough crowd according to the regulars so I'm asking all my friends, family and even people who just like me enough to come out and support me to join me for a FREE night of what will hopefully be fun.

21 and up only! NO EXCEPTIONS!!! They WILL be checking IDs at the door!!

Just in case...these are what I suspect will be FAQs

1. Is it free to attend? YES
2. Where is the Tampa Improv? In Ybor City. Street address? 1600 E 8th Ave # C112  Tampa, FL 33605
3. Where can I park? There are two parking garages in Ybor as well as parallel street parking. The parking on the street is free for 2 hours on Wednesdays. I would recommend the parking garages though! $1 for the first 3 hours.
4. What time will The Famous Ashley Grant be going on stage? That all depends on who is hosting the open mic night on Wednesday, April, 25, 2012. Some of the emcees call up the comedians on a first come first act basis and others use a lottery system. We will both find out at the same time when I'll be going on. It will definitely be between 10 p.m. and midnight though.
5. How is seating? The room is small and quickly becomes standing room only during open mic night.
6. Will there be drink specials? ALWAYS! during open mic night there are always drink specials.
7. Do I have to drink/order? NOPE! but its encouraged ;)
8. What about food? No food will be provided and the kitchen will be closed. I suggest eating before or hit the 24 hours MacDonald's after the show (or whatever makes your belly smile)
9. What if I don't think The Famous Ashley Grant's jokes are funny? Well, then don't laugh at them. Just don't be too mean...It is my first time after all. haha!
10. When will The Famous Ashley Grant arrive? I plan on being there at 9 p.m. while the paid show is still going on to get my name on the list quickly! If it is first come first act then I want to get it over with and then stick around for some fun!
11. Can I sign up to do an act as well? ABSOLUTELY!! That would be awesome if you sign up! We can both pop our comedic cherries together!!!
12. What is the camera policy? They post signs saying not to film or take pictures. My husband will take a few images of me doing my act though for my article ( I will be clearing this with the Improv)
13. Dress code? Um- I guess just make sure you are wearing clothes and shoes. I've seen everything from club gear to church clothes to jeans and t-shirts with flip flops.

Goodness, I hope I answered everything you were thinking about asking!

Now- you better come out and support me!!! No pressure!! Seriously though you better come!
LoL

Thanks to everyone who does come in advance! I heart you all!!! xoxo

Here is the facebook event link to add yourself to the list of attendees!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Things Pinterest Taught Me: Things to Do With Cadbury Eggs

Cabury Eggs 

Anyone who knows me knows lately I've been OBSESSED with Pinterest!!! Oh my goodness! Some might say I've even been PINSPIRED!!! Since joining the site I've made organizers, thrown out clutter, made homemade laundry detergent (future post coming about it!), made a knockoff of febreze, windex and hand soap and so much more!! I frikkin' love the site. Lately on the site I've been learning a ton about Cadbury Eggs. In the spirit of Easter weekend I decided to share with you the things I've learned you can do with a Cadbury Egg!

1. Cadbury Cupcakes! Pinned here. Blogged about here. The shear genius of this is hard to deny. Add one Cadbury Eggs to the center of 24 chocolate cupcakes before baking and then add another after you ice them for a double dose of awesome with each cup of sugary heaven!
2. Cadbury Brownies! Pinned here. Blogged about here. Okay, so these brownies don't ACTUALLY have any Cadbury Eggs in them, but they are inspired by them and the filling made for them is supposed to be very similar to what you would find inside an egg...
3. Make a turducken! Pinned here. Blogged about here. This highly caloric concoction may push you into a diabetic coma and frighteningly enough requires the use of power tools but effectively calls for shoving a mini Cadbury Egg into the body of a peep and then shoving those two into a hollowed out chocolate bunny.
4. Drink your egg! Pinned here. Blogged about here. The Caramel Cadbury Egg martini recipe calls for 1-1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream with Caramel, 1/2 ounce crème de cacao, 1 ounce caramel syrup, 1 ounce cream and 1/2 tablespoon Hershey’s chocolate syrup (plus extra Hershey’s chocolate syrup for rim). A few shakes and the garnishing of a Cadbury Egg on the side and there you have it!
5. Go gourmet with Cadbury Egg Brulee! Pinned here. Blogged about here. Four ounces of mini Cadbury Eggs, some heavy cream, eggs, sugar, elbow grease and some time in an oven will leave you with a ramekin filled with chocolatey goodness ready to devour!

If these ideas don't tickle your fancy you could always just settle for eating them right out of their package.
Happy Easter! May your Cadburg Eggs be a plenty and may all their calories not stick to you!










Grab the tbt* Today 4/6/12


tbt logo 

Check out my article on my first time having a paraffin treatment in today's weekend edition of the tbt*!
I'm on page 65!!
Don't want to go out and get the paper? No problem! Check it out online http://www.tampabay.com/tbt
Got an idea for something I should try for a first time article? Let me know in the comments below!!
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