Shopping and enjoying local: Parkesdale Farm Market and Ocean Blu Spa

November 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the days seem like they are going by in a blur. So much to do! Luckily it’s like we get an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I did a little online Black Friday shopping, but not too much. I ran out to our storage unit on Friday to get the rest of the Christmas decorations while the boys all went to see Wreck it Ralph. I thought that I took a few photos there, but apparently there was no memory card in my camera.

We didn’t discover this until Saturday, when we headed to Plant City for a tasting event at Parkesdale Farm Market.

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This was the boys’ first time visiting Parkesdale and they were blown away by the strawberriness of it all.

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I thought I had all these great photos of the food that they had on display at the tasting, but then I realized that even though it seemed like my camera was taking pictures, it actually wasn’t. So then I ran around and snapped a few photos with my phone.

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Parkesdale has a great selection of pickled vegetables. I loved getting to try so many different ones and would have liked to have bought a jar of each!

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My favorites were the Brussels sprouts and the beets.

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They also had all kinds of jams to sample.

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The kids loved the T.O.E. jam, which is sort of like a marmalade made with tangerines, oranges, and elderberry. My favorite was the Red Raspberry Jalapeno, and Chad loved the blackberry preserves.

They had so much more to sample, such as snack mixes, cheese curds, and a large variety of salsas. I wish I had pictures of it all…I thought I had pictures of it all. Everything was so good. Of course they also had the famous Parkesdale strawberry cookies.

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After sampling all the yummy products (including strawberry milkshakes for the boys and a pumpkin milkshake for me…I thought I took pictures, but no) we shopped for produce and picked up all our favorites from the samples.

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I also put together two gift baskets that I am sending to some special people for Christmas.

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It was great to see my friend Xiomara and my other blogger friends Steph and Kat.

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I would definitely recommend checking out Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City. The boys and I plan to make a trip back this winter for strawberry shortcake (available mid-December through mid-April). In the meantime, we’ll be enjoying the goodies we picked up on Saturday…

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I was glad that I got to support a friend’s local business on Small Business Saturday. Thanks for inviting us Zee!

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We spent the rest of the weekend working on the house.

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Mack decorated about 80% of the Christmas tree all by himself.

Cal put together our little Christmas train.

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I was in charge of the Star Trek ornaments, which takes up the remaining 20% of the tree. We have quite a few.

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My favorite is this model of Deep Space 9, with six Federation mini-ships docked.

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On Sunday I took the boys back to the movies to see Rise of the Guardians.

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Mack loved it.

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Cal and I just thought it was okay. I thought it was way too long.

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The rest of the weekend was just spent being lazy, Christmas decorating, trying to come to terms with the fact that Thanksgiving is over. Today it was back to the routine. The boys went back to school. I got to ease back into the weekly routine by visiting my friend Taryn’s business, Ocean Blu Spa.

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Taryn and I met at a BizMoms meeting and she invited me to come check out her spa and experience a treatment myself.

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Ocean Blu is very charming inside.

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Taryn has this lovely waiting room, but also has another “lounge” room where she can accommodate several people if you wanted to go with a girlfriend or small group. The treatment room was instantly relaxing.

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I had the Ocean Blu signature facial. I have only ever had one other facial, so I’m not very experienced at spa treatments, but Taryn was great. She is a mom of two so we instantly had lots to talk about. The service included a paraffin treatment on my hands (which were so dry and really appreciative) and a foot massage. Awesome.

Here is Taryn looking lovely and I am looking half asleep (very relaxed from my facial):

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Thank you so much Taryn! I really enjoyed my facial and getting to check out the spa.

Ocean Blu has an introductory special of 50% off your first service, then 40% off your second, and so on until 10% off your fifth service. Taryn is extending this special to include gift certificates! If you are buying a gift certificate for a new client, then the cost is just 50% of what it would normally be. I took advantage of that and bought a gift certificate for one of my friends for Christmas. I felt pretty happy to buy a $90 treatment for my friend for only $45! My friend can then continue on with the introductory special pricing if she wishes, so her next service would be 40% off.

If you could use a little TLC during this hectic season, give Ocean Blu a visit. It definitely got my week off to a good start!

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(Disclosure: Ocean Blu provided me with a complimentary facial. All opinions are my own.)

The rest of the day was spent running errands, doing laundry, running boys around after school. Does anybody else feel like our lives have just been put on fast forward?

Cya.