Monday, May 30, 2016

Five Things Not To Miss In New Orleans


Yes, you can go to Bourbon Street and spend all your time there, but I have a feeling because you read this blog-you are much more well rounded than that. I will tell you that it is very hard to pick what you absolutely have to do, even if you are there for almost a week like we were.

We hit a lot but still missed a bunch! But, if I had to give you a couple of things you must do or we can't be friends anymore...it would go a little something like this:

1. Drinks at 21st Amendment. This is where Megan had her night before wedding playtime and it is so cute. There are mixologists and the drinks are reasonable. What I love about this place is the entertainment they hire. When we were there, they had the most darling three piece that I may or may not got a little misty. Oh and when you are aggravated at the line at Acme, you can jump across the street here. Click on the Instagram below to kick it off the video. 725 Iberville Street, New Orleans



2. Bloody Mary's at Erin Rose. This is the only time that I will go onto Bourbon Streets willingly and sober. It is small, dark, and has a great jukebox, VERY friendly bartenders and the best bloody marys that will start any day off right. LOVE. 811 Conti Street, New Orleans



3. Any Meal at Willa Jean's. This is a new kid on the NOLA block. It was our first official meal and it was amazing. First, it was so cute inside! Everything we had was delicious, I highly suggest artichoke and its cheese business. It was yummy! But please save room for desert, recently named the best, you need to get the Cookies and Milk. Yes, that is cookie batter and vanilla flavored milk. 611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans.



4. Burgers at Port of Call. I bet if I googled "Burgers at Port of Call and Bucket List" -there would be plenty! The burgers here are great, they cure whatever ales ya and how many times do you get to stop and get a baked potato with your burger. Shockingly once again, the Bloody's are amazing. I guess in a city that hurts you in the evening, they need to to fix you in the AM. 838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans



5. Drinks at LafittesAllegedly the very first night I spent in New Orleans-we went here. I would like to say I discovered it on my very own when we stayed at an AirBNB down the street a couple of days old. Yes, it is the oldest bar, it is dark but it also so fun and the jukebox is a rocking. We stayed here all afternoon one day, that is hard to do in New Orleans! 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans



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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Country 500 Hosts a Weekend of Music to 25,000

Wow Wow Wow Wow. Daytona International Speedway, one of the most iconic motorsports venues, hosted the inaugural Country 500 music festival over this Memorial Day Weekend. I had the pleasure of going on day 2, and it certainly was HOT but the music was so great! Some of the highlights for sure were The Cadillac Three (above) were amazing! My friend was their record rep so I had the chance to bring a couple of friends up front and then back to meet these guys! 


One of the people I was most excited to see was Chris Stapleton, I love him...but I must say his stage presence was most not magnanimous! But he still slayed on my favorite song, I pulled it off my Instagram (you may have to click on it, to kick it off):



I realized in a state of hot claustrophobia, there is a reason why I don't go to festivals as a civilian and how very lucky I have been over the years to be in the radio business. When it was time for Willie Nelson, we stayed in the far back, it was awesome. At 83, he still has it!

Don't tell his dad but I did not stay for Florida Georgia Line, I was beat! However, I woke up to a state of utter glee: glorious unpaid PR for my client Ed Kelley who is running for Volusia County Chair. Oh baby! I was squealing!!! Way to promote to 25,000 of our closest friends!!


Can't be happier for Daytona International Speedway for this turnout and execution! Short of the $85 beers and putting on Kid Rock and Willie at the same time, everyone had a blast and we pushed a lot of goodness into our economy!

Speaking of Daytona International Speedway I've been selected to participate in the Daytona Instameet next weekend, an initiative for Visit FL, super excited about that!


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas


The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an amazing aquarium in New Orleans. I realized I never been to an aquarium in a very long time, if ever! This was such an important must do for your trip and it gives you a chance to cool down and see some fishies!

It is run by the Audubon Institute, which also supervises the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Park (in a different part of the city). It is located along the banks of the Mississippi River by the edge of the historic French Quarter off Canal Street, at the upper end of Woldenberg Park. (thank you Wikipedia) 

This was so gorgeous! I noticed how much fun children were having, so safe to say this is an good thing to do for a date day or fun for the whole family. 

I took 100 pictures at least, here is were some of my favorites. (Click to enlarge)






When you are visiting New Orleans, this is a must see, you can get your tickets here.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

See NOLA by Water via the New Orleans Creole Queen


While we were in New Orleans, we were pretty comfy with the lay of the land after a day or so. When we were gambling at Harrah's (another story for another bottle of wine...by the way-if you order Tito's, not quite sure what they put actually in there, shudder!), the dealer said that if we wanted to see NOLA on the water the New Orleans Creole Queen was the way to go. Luckily, I had some information from the New Orleans CVB, and it was on my list. 


It was a gorgeous day, and we had a wonderful time visiting the French Quarter, the Port of New Orleans, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. We also had a wonderful curator who was a New Orleans native and she gave us a detailed narration of New Orleans landmarks, history, vessel information, and river lore.


This was used as a reminder and to build morale after the hurricanes


For more information, and to book your cruise when you are in New Orleans, click here....I promise you will love it! 



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Drago's Seafood Restautrant vs Acme Oyster House Charbroiled Oysters New Orleans

Dear God, I am in love with charbroiled oysters!!!!! If you haven't had the pleasure I would need you to stop reading this, run to your local seafood market (we love Hull's Seafood Market of course) and figure out which recipe you will try out of the two infamous New Orleans charbroiled oysters: Drago's Seafood Restaurant (recipe) or Acme Oyster House (recipe).

Although it would be impolite to tell you which I prefer (Drago's), to be fair they were both amazing. I was threatened and told bad things would happen to me by Megan if I did not go to Acme Oyster House. So, let's visit there first shall we?

Acme Oyster House
Acme Oyster House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
First off the line is ridiculous, allthough it goes very quick. The staff couldn't be friendlier and I love the checkered tablecloths. The bloody mary was amazing, although I ordered a oyster shooter and it never came out (boo!).

The oysters were extremely large in size, perfectly cooked and very yummy. The stuffing was a little on the heavy side and as you can tell from the picture, sadly wasn't cooked all the way through and there was no charbroiled taste, it was sort of bland. I ended up taking off the stuffing and enjoying them almost as a steamed style of eating but that was annoying because the point was to wait in a line for charbroiled awesomeness. I was a tad disappointed.

The size of the oysters, tho, look at them! They were perfect.

PS Steve's Po Boy was delicious.

But I don't go to a steakhouse for the chicken, and nor should any of you.




Drago's Seafood Restaurant 
Drago's Seafood Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sigh. Even writing those three words makes me sad and my mouth water a little. Drago's is in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside which I was thinking that maybe we had made a mistake. I didn't want to go to a hotel bar for some oysters. Oh, quite the contrary! The restaurant had the same kind of feel like the casino restaurants in Vegas, it was Ginormous! I would be surprised if they were ever on a wait! It was rocking and rolling on a Wednesday night but yet we were seating instantly. Since I was still feeling a little Irish fluish, I didn't drink but one glass of wine. I was there for the oysters, let's go!

SO! I ate almost two dozen and could have kept going. They were cooked to perfection, had this amazing charbroiled finish and the garlic butter and stuffing...oh my gosh, I never wanted it to end. They were a little smaller than at Acme, but other than that...there is a reason Drago Cvitanovich has been the oyster king of New Orleans for four decades–and that’s saying something.

I promise you will be happy either way, but I am interested in your experience!!




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Monday, May 23, 2016

New Orleans and Its Architecture

I am very excited to visit New Orleans again. This time, it wasn't the rush of Megan's wedding (which was so fun)-it was just a boy and a girl who wanted to get away and used the grand excuse of their third Anniversary to do so.

I had the privilege of connecting with the New Orleans CVB and they issued me a very cool VIP Media Pass. It was awesome and I am thankful. Before I get started on all the great things we did, ate and drank, can we speak about the gorgeous made for Instagram with no filter memories, also known as every building in NOLA? Old is the name of the game and that is way okay with me. Although I threatened many times I was quitting my job to become a street photographer, I think I have a way to go.



There are a lot of great places that offer walking tours of New Orleans, check them out here.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Then Comes Marriage...


Today is Steve and my third Anniversary. I wish I could plan my wedding every day, I enjoyed every single minute of it. Some days I feel like maybe I should help other brides achieve their dreams but then remember that all brides to be are bat shit, so I don't know.

Marriage is hard, it really is literally a piece of paper but even if you have spent almost a decade with a person before you run down that aisle there are some shifts that take place. I remember getting insanely cold feet after the fact, they don't tell you about that!

But, I am the lucky one, I married my best friend, I don't look for girls night out to get away (I actually hate them, truth be told) and when things go really bad...and things have gone really cussword bad...someone is there is to pick you up, and maybe you have to return the favor, but it's a reminder that if you strike out you have someone by your side to go to bat at it again.

It's been a trying year for us, but it made us a little more united and more focussed on what it is important. Cheers to another year! (PS 3rd Anniversary is Leather so I bought myself a little prize, ha ha)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Join Einstein Bros. Bagels for Summer Fun!

Between now and July 31, bagel lovers everywhere have permission to play (with their food) to show off their best Twist ‘N Dip moves. Fans are invited to post a photo or video that captures how they Twist N’ Dip on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TwistNDip.

Einstein Bros. will select weekly winners to receive cool prizes such as Six Flags prize packs, summer swag and even FREE bagels for a year.

Beginning May 5, the all new Twist N’ Dip bagel gives fans a reason to look forward to morning office meetings, an afternoon escape or even the simple joy of a shmear mustache on their kid’s face. The Twist N’ Dip bagel doesn’t just offer a new way to enjoy a bagel, it offers a FUN new way to play with your food!

Revolutionary perforated plain bagel easy to twist and tear into bite size pieces for dipping into two of Einstein’s 16 flavors of signature schmear.

For every Twist N’ Dip sold Einstein Bros. Bagels will donate a bagel to someone in need.




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Monday, May 2, 2016

Junior League of Daytona Beach-The Year That Was!

Tonight is our last General Membership Meeting for the Junior League of Daytona Beach. I was super happy to lead such an amazing organization. It has been a great year, and I look forward to June 1st to putting up the gavel and continue to do the good work that the JL does!



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Thoughts


I have to find balance.

It's such a struggle, but I find myself not doing one thing creatively that I want to do....how frustrating!

Hope you find what you want, all you want, with all your heart this weekend!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Celebrates Super Hero Day with Free Doughnuts on April 28



My friends and I had the great opportunity to tour the Krispy Kreme facility in Daytona and preview all the amazing new seasonal doughnuts. It was so cool! I got to see how these delicious doughnuts were made! (PS I the am incredibly pale one and thought everyone grabbed their sunglasses, what a dork.)

My friend Emily was sweet enough to cover this sweet event (see what I did there) way better than I could ever in her article in the Ormond Beach Observer here.



Fresh Out of the Oven

Oreo Chillers


A Super Sweet Deal: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Celebrates Super Hero Day with Free Doughnuts on April 28

Doughnuts save the day! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts offers a sweet way to celebrate everyday super heroes in your life. Customers who buy any dozen doughnuts at regular menu price will get a second Original Glazed®dozen doughnuts free on April 28. Costumes are not required, just super encouraged at these shops throughout Central Florida.  

Share your super hero moment with your sidekicks using #KrispyKreme.

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 Hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 Hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 Hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“Share a delicious sweet treat to show your appreciation for those who impact you in big and small ways,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “There are super heroes all around us and this is the perfect way to spread joy and celebrate everyday heroes.”


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Friday, April 22, 2016

RIP Prince


It is getting to the point that on a pretty regular basis people we have admired in film, in our ears, and on our screens will pass. There seems to be a big wash of them lately...but we are losing a lot of greats.  It was sad when Haggard, Bowie etc. died earlier this year, but I can't say I was that affected. A loss to the industry of music for sure, but I can't say I listened on a regular basis. I saved that for the great ones, my go-tos, and one of them was Prince. 

This was a 30+ year relationship that Prince and I had. It is one of my great childhood memories, watching Purple Rain with my best friend, and calling her mother in at the dirty part so she could make sure we were covering our eyes. We celebrated Prince and he celebrated us, the album 1999 was the only thing that would wake me up on long road trips in my 20's. There was something about hearing the opening chords of Delirious that a 5 Hour Energy will never touch. 

I was a crazyfan of the movie and soundtrack Under the Cherry Moon. Do U Lie? Christopher Tracy's Parade and Sometimes it Snows in April are anthems for me. In fact, I must have played Sometimes it Snows ten times earlier this month as I visited NYC in snowy weather, giggling at the irony. 

In 2007, my husband and I joined two friends as we drove down to West Palm to see Prince in an intimate setting before the Super Bowl. I think the tickets were as much as our mortgage but to see him live, to have that memory-is something I will never forget.

Prince has been a part of my own culture for so long, but it is a life lesson with a point of contention-we are now in a totally new generation. I am okay with that but it really makes me sad. 

I am sure many Baby Boomers feel the same way the Day the Music Died, but its still a hard pill to swallow.  

Even though, fairly they weren't even alive during this time, its hard for me to understand that there is a world out there that doesn't understand instantly what "Go purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka" means, may think "When Prince was on Apollonia" is just some drivel from a Kayne song, and don't know that Purple Rain was not only a song but a movie (although that was one of the best conversations I have ever had). Shouldn't they teach these things in school?

In all seriousness, this was all literally a generation ago and that is what the journey of life is all about. And now this portion of the journey has ended.

I was driving yesterday and received a text message. At the risk of being dramatic, I was drinking my drink and started choking when I was read my friend's message. She was joking that I had to beat my husband to the punch with this news (we race to tell the other on notable deaths) but this was no fucking joke.,...I pulled over and started looking, certain this was a hoax. I then got sickly nostalgic for my days in radio for the times where, for once, there was an opportunity to do what radio was made for, to be the force to break this kind of news first. 

Prince was such a part of what made my life cultured and I will miss that.

'thank you for the funky time'. 





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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Skimm in the Palm of your Hand

It's no secret that I love to start my morning off with a good dose of Skimm. I have told you about here and here. I have enjoyed these two girls kick some booty and grow grow grow!

Now, they have released an app for Iphone!  Today they launched Skimm Ahead, the first subscription service on the all new theSkimm for iPhone. Skimm Ahead puts the future into the palm of your hand. Literally.

Sweetly yet, when I sent a note of congrats, they were sweet enough to remember that I was first to blog about them. Isn't that the secret of success with a dose of girl power? Always be kind enough to remember your beginnings. Yay! You can download their app here!





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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Krispy Kreme Debuts Cookie Jar Doughnuts




I need you to stop what you are doing and listen to this glorious announcement that has just came to our favorite Donut shop in Daytona Beach. Krispy Kreme has delivered us delicious news and for a limited time has released three new delicious donuts! Let's have a date.

Get caught with your hand in the cookie jar at your favorite, local Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop. Three indulgent, cookie-themed doughnuts, including the new Snickerdoodle Doughnut and returning favorites, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Doughnut and the Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut, are available throughout Central Florida through May 15:

The one closest to us in Volusia County is the Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Other Central Florida Locations Include: 
Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 Hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 Hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 Hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
 2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“These delicious new selections provide fans the perfect combination of cookie and doughnut,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “Blending your favorite cookie flavors with our classic Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we’ve created the perfect sweet treats.”



· The NEW Snickerdoodle Doughnut is a cake doughnut rolled in cinnamon sugar, drizzled with white icing and topped with snickerdoodle cookie pieces.

· An indulgent take on a classic, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Doughnut features an Original Glazed® doughnut topped with milk chocolate drizzle and a cookie dough flavored Kreme™ dollop.

· The Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut is filled with a decadent Oreo Cookies and Kreme filling before being dipped in dark chocolate icing. The doughnut is topped off with Oreo cookie pieces and white icing.

· Plus, the Oreo Chiller, blended with Oreo cookie pieces and topped with whipped cream, Oreo cookie pieces and a chocolate drizzle, is available at all Krispy Kreme shops in Central Florida.

Share your sweet treat using #KrispyKremeCookieJar.

About Florida Family Foods LLC – Krispy Kreme Central Florida

With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida to include Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, Millenia and Kissimmee. Florida Family Foods earned national recognition for the brand’s “most innovative local relationship marketing program” in 2014 and continues to partner with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based programs annually. Stay social with your local Krispy Kreme shop on these channels: 


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Oh, Hello Mid April

I even have on my Remember the Milk daily to Blog...every day. It's been a while.
What's  new... How is the world treating you?

As for Me:

-I do not have to travel till next month, I'm such a tired loser that I went to bed every night in NYC by 9p. Whoo party!

-My year as Madam President is coming to a close...bittersweet, will miss the uber involvement but it's time to let the other ladies kick some bootie.

- Next project is my high school reunion, I should say our high school reunion! What a relief and joy to not drag my husband around and say, honey this is so and so. I will say and that I just thought of this, hope everyone keeps their childless inquisition to a bare minimum....that is gonna stink.

- We started on the AdvoCare cleanse together this week. I actually started a week early then fell off a tad (hello, NY bagels and spaghetti and red wine) so I decided to start over and be diligent. Until I won't be. I just have to keep thinking about good eating and how I want to be confident at the reunion.

-Getting very weary of the preconceived notions of what my industry is. It's getting to the point that everyone is an expert. It's very frustrating. The only thing I can compare is that when my car is broken I don't come to their shop with my own wrench, right? It's the same thing. Anyway...

- Spending a lot of time working on stuff and figuring it all out. I am getting close to the solution, then I'll let you know. I realize I sound dumb and elusive and should write hmmmmmm and shit like people do when they are seeking attention. It's not that, I just haven't put all my thoughts to paper on what I'm cooking up. Sadly, because I try to write everything down-when I do you will be the first to know.

-Please go read Swans of Fifth Avenue. Melanie Benjamin is a genius and these socialites in the 50's clamoring for Truman Capote's attention is brilliant and dazzling and everything you could ever want in fashionable late 1950's Manhattan.

That's all for now!





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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spruce Creek High School Football Boosters Golf Tournament


Event Date:
May 14, 2016

Tournament/League Format:
Spruce Creek High School
Football Boosters Golf Tournament
benefiting the Football Teams
Saturday, may 14, 2016
8:30 Shotgun Start

$60 per person  
Entry includes:  Golf, Cart fee & Greens fee,  Range Balls,
Awards Banquet, Prizes AND FUN !
All entries must be received before April 15, 2015

For more information contact: Creekboosters@gmail.com or Erin Bryant   (910) 986-8316

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ormond Beach Celtic Festival

Join us April 16th and 17th, 2016 for the annual Ormond Beach Celtic Festival at the Casements, Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park!

Enjoy a unique and colorful weekend of music, dancing food and good old Celtic Festival fun right by the river.


The gates open at 10 am on April 16th for two days of music, food and fun at Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park. On the south side of the Granada bridge festival goers will find 3 stages of continuous music, a jam tent, Celtic food, crafts and jewelry and, of course, plenty of Guinness!!! More than 20 bands as well two Celtic dance troupes from the United States, Canada and the British Isles will appear throughout the weekend. Admission is $5 each day for adults. Children under 12 are free and there’s plenty of free parking.

Fortunato Park, on the north side of the bridge, is home to the Highland Games and Sunday sheep herding demonstrations as well as a party tent sponsored by Southern Stone featuring more bands and a beer garden. The Games are sanctioned by the North American Scottish Games Athletics organization and attract more than 50 male and female athletes from around the region to throw the caber, the hammer or the stone put.

This year’s headliner is Patrick Ball.



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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Krispy Kreme Pop Up Shop at Easter Beach Run at Daytona Beach on Saturday

Literally very few things I like more than Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. It's my downfall in life, but what a way to go! 

Little Blog Dress Media is proud to sponsor the 49th Annual Easter Beach Run, it has been a joy to work on this event promoting it. It is historic and awesome and I feel honored to be a part of it! And NOW a first ever popup! 

Join Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for the Debut Special Appearance of the New, Giant Inflatable Pop Up Shop during the 49th annual Easter Beach Run Daytona Beach on Saturday, March 26.

Fans have enjoyed the iconic Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach location at the intersection of Nova Road and International Speedway Boulevard for more than 50 years.   For special occasions, the Pop Up Shop brings the joy of Krispy Kreme to various community events with its inaugural appearance on the sandy shores of Daytona Beach.

Participants and guests are invited to visit the new Krispy Kreme Pop Up Shop at the Daytona Beach Bandshell during the Easter Beach Run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a complimentary Original Glazed® doughnut, photo opportunities and other sweet surprises (while supplies last).  #KrispyKremeDaytona



About The 49th annual Easter Beach Run Daytona Beach
The course begins right on Daytona Beach and will start at 7:30am. The festive themed run was first held on Easter Sunday as an activity for visiting college students, and today, it has become the longest consecutive race in Florida. Participants can look forward to a scenic run on one of the most famous beaches in the world and can either enjoy the 4-mile race or 2-mile fun run/walk. Kids are welcome to take part in the ¼ mile race as well as the 100 and 50-yard dashes. After the race, participants will receive finisher medals, shrimp and grits from title sponsor Bubba Gump Shrimp co. and there will also be an awards ceremony.

About Florida Family Foods LLC – Krispy Kreme Central Florida
With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida to include Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, Millenia and Kissimmee. Florida Family Foods earned national recognition for the brand’s “most innovative local relationship marketing program” in 2014 and continues to partner with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based programs annually. Stay social with your local Krispy Kreme shop on these channels www.facebook.com/KrispyKremeDaytonaBeach and www.Twitter.com/KKOrlando.




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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Idea Dinners, A New Way To Shake Up Networking




There is nothing more important to me than bringing big city mentality to our small parts of this little ole town. This week, I had the distinct honor of being selected to attend an Idea Dinner.

Idea Dinners is where eight strangers gather over cocktails and craft cuisine to engage in meaningful conversations, form long-lasting relationships and share ideas. I received an invitation because they thought I would be a great fit for the Idea Dinner with Chef Ryan Truong of Nichiyobi Bambu.

Recently named one of the New's Journal's "40 Under 40" Ryan has quietly been leading a small food revolution at his twice monthly pop-up restaurant at Bamboo Garden in Ormond Beach. Nichiyobi at Bambu features an innovative Pan Asian Fusion menu and Ryan and his team are creating an entirely new and innovative menu just for Idea Dinners. He aspires to open his own restaurant in Ormond in the near future.

The guest list includes Ormond restaurant and business owners as well as creative business and restaurant marketers who have a reputation for developing brands that think outside the box. I was so pleased to see my friend Jess and Carlos who owns La's Bistro, Taki who owns Greektown Taverna,  and Jenna and Robyn-two fabulous ladies who are opening Virgola, AKA as my new home: a oyster and Italian Wine Bar (the original based in NYC) that will be opening in May on Ormond Mainstreet. The conversation was led by Alex Bittner a Adams, Cameron & Co. realtor.

From the website: Whether you are launching a business, starting a project or pioneering change in the community, Idea Dinners is where you can gain insight through meaningful conversation and make long-lasting connections with like-minded Central Florida residents. Dinners vary by theme and often include a prominent dinner guest who frames the conversation based around his or her area of expertise. Idea Dinners take place in creative settings throughout Central Florida and include a gourmet dinner and cocktails created by local chefs.

Idea Dinners is a project of Lacey McLaughlin, a Daytona-Beach based writer, and Whitney Taylor-Barnard, owner of the Scribble Studio in Ormond Beach. As two foodies with endless creative pursuits, we want to move the community forward by giving great ideas a place to grow.

I have known Lacey for quite some time, she is a writer , a real writer!!! I have been stalking Whitney and her Scribble Studio products for quite some time and finally had a chance to meet her in person! Check out this faire! Amazing! 



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Easter Beach Run

Little Blog Dress is so excited to sponsor the 49th Easter Beach Run! This has been a great fun project to work on! This festive, Easter-themed beach run was established in 1967 by Daytona Beach Leisure Services. The race was first held on Easter Sunday to provide an activity for visiting college students and is now the longest standing footrace in the state of Florida.

Participants enjoy a scenic run on the World’s Most Famous Beach while traveling out and back for the 4-mile race, 2-mile fun run or health walk. Kids are also welcome to participate in the 1/4-mile race, 100 and 50-yard dash.

The fun doesn’t start with the run. Runners and supporters meet outside of title sponsor, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Co. for the bunny hop, the best-dressed Easter contest and loads of activities for children. The Easter Bunny, "Shrimp Possibles" and the one and only Forrest Gump kick off the race from the Historic Bandshell.

The Easter Beach Run is professionally chip-timed by the 5K Race Director.

Held at the Historic Daytona Beach Bandshell

12:00 pm: 4 mile Race (all ages, teams welcome)

1:15 pm: 2 mile Race & Fun Health Walk (all ages)

2:00 pm:
Kids Races
50 yards (3-5 years)
100 yards (6-7 years)
1/4 mile (8-9 years)




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Friday, March 11, 2016

Would You Work For Free?

Morning! Greetings from DC! It is FridYAY! I am happy to be traveling in the most gorgeous of cities and the weather is stellar! We are here on a quick Girl's getaway, posts to come!

I was sent this a couple of weeks ago and again today by two colleagues that also work for themselves. It really is so frustrating, this lovely industry of ours! Our brain is not free!

Lately, I have been missing opportunities because the client "has a friend who is gonna help and handle his Facebook" or "his daughter is going to do it for him on the side". You have to cussword be kidding me, and this has been going on for a while. Remember when I was complaining about it here? Two years ago and now it is more crazy then ever.

Listen to me when I stand on my soapbox and yell-just because you have a Facebook, a social media maven makes you not. Do I come in to your law office and litigate your cases? Do I come to your salon with my scissors in hand ready to get my hair did? Nope! Please, for the love of God just be good at what you are good at and pay for the services that you are not to better your business.

Pay is the operative word. It is not for free and if it was it would look a little something like this. Enjoy!





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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Molto Bella To Support The Junior League of Daytona Beach

The most generous person on the planet has given us another great opportunity to work with her again.

Very pleased to announce we have a month long fundraising partnership with MOLTO BELLA for the entire month of March. Makes a perfect Easter, birthday, or anniversary gift!


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Downtown Ormond Block Party


The party will begin at the Green Bank and Maria Bonita, then work east toward Hulls, across the street to the businesses on the south side and finally end at Dunns Attic. We'll have a great Irish band, green beer, raffle prizes and more. Please come and help us support our downtown businesses. Though we pass by their storefronts almost every day, we often don't have time to stop in, meet the merchants and find out what they have to offer. Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased on arrival. Proceeds for the event will go to the Central Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.




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