The Next Phase of NHIE

We are so excited about the next phase of NHIE Tampa Bay. We have recently partnered with our friends at Black and Denim to create our signature, “Everything Local” tee shirt. They are made here in Tampa, which is something that was super important to us and are sold at Black and Denim in Ybor City. We are excited to sell these amazing tee shirts and suggest you pick one up for yourself before they sell out here: NHIE Everything Local Tee

Black and Denim Everything Local Tee Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

Black and Denim Everything Local Tee Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay


Another exciting project we are working on right now is a new collaboration with our friends at Seventh Avenue Apothecary. When thinking about local candles and the ones we have seen sold around town, it was a no-brainer that we would choose our girls Erin and Jess at Seventh Ave. to team up for an exclusive NHIE scented candle. 100% manufactured in the USA and proudly poured in historic Ybor City, these 5th generation Tampa natives choose only the finest of ingredients. After meeting the girls and learning about the process of candle making, we have learned that there are lots of benefits to using soy candles when choosing your candle of choice.

Besides the local aspect of the manufacturing, the candles are also a renewable resource. The Seventh Ave. candles are made from the soy bean and support the US Agriculture unlike paraffin which is a by product of petroleum and comes from the bottom of the barrel. They are also clean burning and long lasting. Soy wax is a cooler and cleaner burning wax, so it does not get as hot as other waxes, therefore the burn time is 40% longer.

Seventh Ave Apothecary Candle Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

Next, we met with the girls to discuss sizing and style. Once we agreed that we loved the look of their glass container, we knew we wanted to cross promote by having both of our logos printed on the glass. Next, we had to determine the scent of the candle. As an “Everything Local” brand, wewanted the candle to be something reminiscent of Tampa Bay. That was easy! Erin and Jess explained to us that their fragrances are inspired by Tampa Bay’s cultural and culinary legacies creating unique and unparalleled combinations. We narrowed down the scents we liked and eventually settled on our final choice.
Seventh Ave Apothecary Candle Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay
Seventh Ave Apothecary Candle Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay


We are in the final process of manufacturing the candles, which are being poured locally in Ybor City. Stay tuned to both our page and Seventh Ave. Apothecary’s page for more details on the release date of the NHIE Signature Candle. We are so excited about this next step in our brand!



Scream Queens | Scream-A-Geddon | Dade City

Let’s talk about this crazy thing we call Halloween. It’s the time of year when people dress up in costumes, galavant around town in search of treats and it’s an excuse for adults to act a fool! Well, for us, Halloween only means one thing….Haunted Houses! As you know, we recently experienced The Vault’s, Vault of Souls, and had an awesome time. After that experience, we were excited about finding more fun and horror around Tampa Bay. Cue…Scream-A-Geddon!

Screamageddon Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

Scream-A-Geddon, located in Dade City, is a terror attraction made for those people who love to get the pants scared off of them! It has 6 main spots to visit and they are:

  1. Monster Midway: “It’s the perfect place to get the night started or to take a break and bask in the afterglow of adrenaline-fueled terror.”
  2. Cursed Hayride: “Ride the wagon through Cursed Hayride and witness the horrifying sights and sounds of the doomed souls. But remember, they want your life… and your soul!”
  3. Dead Woods: “To find your way out of DEAD woods you’ll have to navigate through the wooded trail, discovering different members of the Tate family in their cabins, workshops and outhouses.”
  4. Pandemic: “Omni-Labs Clinical Research is one of the nation’s foremost genetic testing facilities. A recent undisclosed accident, however, has resulted in an uncontrolled contagion. Omni-Labs has lost control of a mutated strain of VG-231 and efforts to stop it have been futile. Closing your eyes won’t keep you safe….”
  5. Bedlam 3D: “Bedlam could be thought of as pandemonium and anarchy, but you could also say that it’s immersion in the chaos of the unknown.”
  6. Infected: “Try to control your terror as you weave your way through fields, military tents and the farmhouse to confront the creatures within. Will you be the next one infected?”

Screamageddon Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

We chose to go take the trip up to Dade City on a Sunday since we figured the lines may be a bit shorter….and we were RIGHT! We drove the 30 minutes or so to the middle of the woods, waited a short 15 minutes for parking and made our way anxiously to the entrance. After a few short minutes, we were inside and already being greeted by some freaky folks. The fun had in our group was the fact that some of our friends were super scared by the friends we found in the woods while there. The Monster Midway is the central area that acts as the carnival portion of the attraction where you can buy carnival food, beer and lemonade, souvenirs and play carnival games.

After seeing some of the Monster Midway, we sized up our different options for scare zones and went for the one with the longest line first…The Haunted Hayride. This was something else! They pile guests into tractors lined with hay and you sit as the cart is pulled out into the middle of the dark woods. With lots of things happening around you, it is quite the frightening experience. They even have people out in the woods who climb on the cart, follow alongside and scare the daylights out of riders. A must see!

Screamageddon Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

Next, we jumped over the our most exciting attraction, Pandemic. The website provides quite the warning for this VERY interactive experience:


Pandemic is an interactive attraction.

Visitors entering Pandemic will be faced with an important decision:

  • Should you explore the facility and simply watch the action?
  • Or should you “mark” yourself to truly interact with the creatures within?

Those who opt-in for a truly interactive experience may be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden cells, removed from their group, or even forced to remain…

Choose wisely.

(Customers must be 18 years old to “mark” themselves)”

When we walked up to the entrance we were given the option to put on a glow necklace, which would allow the actors to grab, separate you from your group and leave you behind during the tour. After some coercing by the more psychotic of the bunch, we all agreed to put all the necklaces. Immediately upon entering, our group was dismantled and some fared better off than others. It was my personal favorite part of the night! It was scary, confusing, and exhilarating and we escaped with our hearts beating out of our chests!

After that, we needed a mini break before continuing on. We grabbed a beer and a snack and continued to wait in line for the next attraction, Dead Woods! This outdoor experience had us separate into smaller groups (of no more than 6) and before entering, we were given ONE glow stick to light the way for our WHOLE GROUP! As you can imagine, the dim light did not mend well for our crew as we were quickly spotted by the creepy characters left out there to scare us. We were snuck up on, jumped out at, and taunted by our dead wood neighbors, but it made the experience that much more fun!

With only about an hour left before closing, we had to think strategically. We jumped over to the Bedlam 3D, where the line was short and moved quickly. We grabbed 3d glasses and headed inside. The fun of this attraction was that the 3d nature of the house made it super difficult to know what was going to come next. We eventually made it out of the clown filled terror chamber and made our way to the final attraction, Infected!

Screamageddon Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

Infected is based on the Walking Dead type model. Everyone inside is infected with some disease and want to infect you too! We meandered through this indoor/outdoor attraction quickly and eventually made it to the end after sneaking through an abandoned school bus and creepy old house. The characters in this stop were really sneaky and came out of nowhere!

Screamageddon Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

We spent about 3 1/2 hours at Scream-A-Geddon and had an awesome time. Even as adults, we all got a bit scared at points (some more than others). It was a ton of fun and a great time was had by all of our group. We highly recommend you checking it out. If not this year, since it closes this weekend, definitely be sure to stop in next year. Here’s to a successful Halloween season of Tricking and Treating!


Disclosure: I received complimentary admission through a Scream-A-Geddon partnership in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Lose Your Spirit at the Vault of Souls | The Vault | Downtown Tampa

Among the widespread development of today’s Downtown Tampa, sits a 1920s original Exchange National Bank. Once frequented by the rich and powerful of Tampa, now is a revamped venue that hosts weddings and events.

This October the vault has transformed into a unique horror experience threaded with the roots of its 1920s structure. Expect to be there for a few hours because unlike other horror experiences there are no long lines or waiting, from the moment you arrive the entertainment begins. The event is broken into three sections, The Arrival, The Ritual and the Gin Joint! After you make it through the experience, you can unwind in The Reader’s Clearing.

Vault of Souls Downtown Tampa

Our friend having her aura cleansed at The Arrival.

Vault of Souls Downtown Tampa

Our friend having her aura cleansed at The Arrival.

Without giving too much information away, I have to say this was a one-of-a-kind event put on by some creative minds. After spending some time in The Arrival, your name is called and it’s time to head to The Ritual. As a way to keep the spirits from recognizing you, a white mask (similar to the Jabbawockeez Dance Crew) must be worn the entire time. There is no talking among friends or others during this time, however screaming is allowed! An interesting story unfolds as you work your way through The Ritual and find your way to the Gin Joint. There are hidden gems along the way be keen at every turn.Vault of Souls Downtown Tampa

When we finally made it through The Ritual, we actually skipped the Gin Joint and headed right for The Readers’ Clearing. We indulged in some gelato and cappuccino before sitting down with the three tarot card readers that are available. We spent about as much time here as we did in the ritual. It was a great spot to recount everything we couldn’t talk about during the experience while waiting for our next tarot reading.

Vault of Souls Downtown Tampa

The event is running through the end of October and you can make a reservation at The Vaults of Souls website. At $100 a ticket, its is more expensive than your traditional horror experience but in my opinion, definitely worth it! You may even want to search around for a good local deal on one of the flash deal sites.

May your soul stay safe,




Disclosure: I received complimentary admission through a Vault of Souls partnership in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Pink Palace Staycation | Loews Don Cesar | St Petersburg

A few weekends back, Loews Don Cesar Hotel on St. Pete beach invited Ryan and I out for a “Staycation”. We were super excited when we got the invite and what made it even better was the fact that the hotel is dog friendly and Dex could join us!  We already had birthday plans for a close friend on Friday night, so we made our way over on Saturday afternoon. Our plan was to lay out in the beautiful weather, enjoy some sun, and take in all of the #DonFun!

We were greeted upon our arrival with open arms and happy smiles from all of the employees and were escorted out to the pool while our room was being prepared. After grabbing a cocktail and soaking up some sun, our wonderful concierge led us to our suite. We walked into our room which was ready to go with samplings of a few bites to eat and a delicious chocolate presentation of macaroons. Two Ybor City Gold beers were chilling on ice and Dex’s dog bowl and treats were ready to go! We were super impressed just walking into the room and knew that the weekend would be a relaxing one!

We dropped our bags off, fed Dex a treat (which he scarfed right down), and headed back to the pool for more cocktails and sun. The atmosphere was perfect for a staycation. It was relaxing, the weather couldn’t have been better and the service was on point! The drinks were flowing, the food was fresh and it was easy to get service. The Don had so many staff members walking around that we never felt left out.

After a few hours of sun, we headed back to our room to get refreshed for our night. On the way, we ran into our concierge and she helped us nail down dinner reservations at Maritana Grille. It was perfect; we were able to kill two birds with one stone. We made 8pm reservations that night and also set up our couples massage appointment at Spa Oceana for Sunday morning. We were super excited as we got ready for dinner.

Maritana Grille had a really nice atmosphere. It was definitely an upscale place as it was super quiet and serene when we walked in. We were greeted with an amuse bouche from the chef to begin. We ordered a bottle of wine and began scouring the menu for a dish that piqued our interest. We had heard from our favorite wino, Megan at I Run For Wine, that Maritana was running a Savor September special tasting menu.

Although we didn’t end up opting for that option because we had snacked in the room before dinner, the assortment sounded amazing. While chowing down on some delicious bread and butter, I ordered a Faithful Farm Hearts of Romaine Salad, the Maritana’s version of a Cesar and Ryan opted for a Roasted Zucchini Soup complete with Poached Egg, Hazelnuts, and Forest Mushrooms. They both were delicious!

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As for dinner, Ryan went for the Johnston Farms Filet Mignon and I chose the Joyce Farm Chicken dish. The food was cooked to perfection with sides and sauces that complemented the dishes perfectly! We enjoyed a really relaxing dinner free from distracting noise and loud music (something we don’t do often enough).

After dinner, we were pretty full, but knew we had to find room for a little something to complete the meal. Ryan was pretty stuffed, but when our server mentioned the bread pudding with ice cream, he was easily swayed. We enjoyed the dessert in just a few bites and then called in a night. Our check came with some espresso chocolate made in house (melts in your mouth), grabbed a glass of wine for the road and headed to the room for an early night in.

The next morning, we woke up for our spa appointment and couldn’t wait for the relaxing time ahead. We opted for the couples swedish massage and foot refresher. The staff greeted us as soon as we walked in, showed us the way and the rest was bliss. Everything was perfect, all the way down to the room we were in. After our massages, we grabbed a mimosa and brunch at Sea Porch Cafe. The food was AMAZING! Ryan went for the Bacon, Egg and Cheeseburger and I chose the Steak and Eggs. Both came out fast and tasted amazing ! We ended up swapping our dishes around midmeal just so we could both try a taste! For a little dessert, we opted for the Cinnamon Monkey Bread. Holy cow was it good?! It was warm and gooey, dripping with tons of cinnamon and sugar!

Afterwards brunch, we headed over to the pool for a few more hours of sun! Unfortunately, with my work/school schedule, we had planned to sty Sunday night, but my workload was so crazy that weekend, that I had to head back to Tampa to get work done. The hotel had too many amenities that I couldn’t pass up, so I was relatively unmotivated to do any of my work. I mean, that’s the point of a “STAYCATION”, right?

Loews Don Cesar Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay

All in all, the time we spent was perfect. It was everything the two of us needed to reenergize us for the busy lives we live and we couldn’t have asked for a better stay with our friends from The Don Cesar! We definitely enjoyed the weekend and hope to spend some more of our time relaxing with all the #donfun as we #travelforreal again soon!

Loews Don Cesar Never Have I Ever Tampa Bay




Disclosure: I received complimentary portions of our stay through a Don Cesar partnership in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Brunch at The Hyde Out | Tampa | SoHo

It’s no secret that brunch is one of our favorite things to do, even if it makes us “basic.” The Hyde Out’s brunch is the perfect way to kick off your Sunday Funday. Its funky atmosphere and up beat music, this place will get you going any Sunday morning or keep you moving from the night before.

Brunch at Hyde Out Tampa Brunch at Hyde Out Tampa

With a slogan like, “Make Drinks, Not War,” this venue delivers a strong menu with an energetic environment and drinks to please. Our latest brunch adventure to The Hyde Out was after a fun night out in Ybor, so we called our boys and headed over around noon. The atmosphere is one of our favorites in Tampa, we arrived to a taped session from the DJ set the night prior. This sets the tone for the entire experience.

Check out some of the Hyde Out mixes on SoundCloud now!

The limited menu is stacked with some everyday classics like, “Wakey, Wakey, Eggs and Bakey,” and “Steak and Eggs,” but also deliver with their “Signature French Toast,” which is more like bread pudding, in our opinion. We stuck to the egg dishes for our meals but had to order some french toast for the table. We even asked them to cut it up so we could share as an appetizer.

Brunch at Hyde Out Tampa

They also offer a some speciality brunch cocktails that looked awesome, but we opted for a few bottles of Champagne. You can never go wrong with a classic mimosa!! We also order some pineapple juice because it pairs great with the Champagne and tastes great.

Before we knew it we had a few mimosa, tasted half the menu and were well on our way to a fun afternoon.

Have a great Sunday Funday,




Disclosure: I received complimentary food/drink through a Hyde Out partnership in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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