Monday, September 26, 2016

Ormond Memorial Museum presents 3rd Annual Dogapalooza Ormond Beach


It's official: There is nothing cuter in Volusia County.

Hosted by the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, this festive family-friendly celebration of the human-animal bond spreads throughout our gardens, parking lot and museum, giving our boho dogs and their lovers trees, shade and room to roll about in the grass.

All proceeds benefit Sophie's Pet Food Pantry & The ARNI Foundation. Admission is $2 per guest; dogs enter free of charge!

Ormond's annual dog-friendly festival will feature...
~ Music mixed by Mister DJ
~ Canine costume contest presented by Gaslamp Gift Gallery**

~ FREE Puppy photo experience by photographer Michael Eliassen
~ FREE paw-dicures (toenail clipping) by Amie's Mobile Pet Grooming
~ FREE Obedience demonstrations by the Obedience Club Of Daytona
~ FREE Dog Color Rinse aka "Dog Chalking" at the PetSmart Dog Salon

~ Delicious Food from Schmancy Pops, Victory Popcorn, and Southern State of Mind
~ Refreshing craft brews from Ormond Brewing Company

~ Art by Megan Maya Macgregor
~ Emerson's Kitchen, LLC.
~ The Cultured Hound
~ Reiki & Holistic Care for People and Pets


**CANINE COSTUME CONTEST CATEGORIES
Best in Show
Best Pop Culture Reference
Best Duo (1 Dog + 1 Human)
Best Ensemble (More than 1 Dog)

More details on the event to come!

For vendor and sponsorship opportunities please contact Melissa Frankel at mfrankel@ormondartmuseum.org.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Daytona Beach Blues Festival Craft Brews & Blues 2016



The Craft Brews & Blues Saturday will return October 8, 2016 from 2-6 pm during the 7th Daytona Blues Festival at Jackie Robinson Ballpark! Get your tickets here

Made possible through the generosity and vision of S. R. Perrott, Inc., we’ll have craft brews to sample, if you are 21 and have a valid ID.

A little lagniappe – 3 tastes (3 oz.) are included with your Saturday Daytona Blues Festival ticket, if you are 21 with valid ID. And you can purchase more TASTE TICKETS to try more brews! 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.



8 Florida craft breweries for 2016 are Saltwater Brewery (Delray Beach),Central 28 (DeBary), Miami Brewing Company (Miami), Two Henrys Brewing Co. (Plant City), Orange Blossom  Brewing Company (Orlando), Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company (DeLand), Tomoka Brewing Co.( Port Orange), and Odd Exilir Meads (DeLand).


Other participating breweries include Yuengling, Abita, Bell’s Brewery, Green Man Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Brooklyn Brewery, Chimay, Terrapin Beer Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Tenth and Blake, and Lagunitas Brewing Co.


Don't miss the fun, buy your ticket online till October 4th here!!
Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Daytona Blues Festival Sunday Lineup


The Daytona Blues Festival, Inc., was incorporated in 2009 with the purpose of developing an annual blues music weekend that would generate proceeds for health initiatives for women and children in Volusia County. The Daytona Blues Festival is a three day festival held the weekend before Columbus Day .The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach and features nationally known artists, emerging blues artists, and  draws blues lovers from all over the  US, Canada, and Europe.

The Daytona Blues Festival is run by volunteers; no salaries are drawn from any monies generated by the festival, and all proceeds fund women’s and children’s health services in Volusia and Flagler counties.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion at Halifax Health and Project WARM, Women Assisting Recovering Mothers, received all festival proceeds.  $35,000 was raised in 2013 and $55,000 was raised at the 2014 festival and presented to Halifax Health’s NICU expansion and to Project WARM. The 2015 festival raised $60,000 for the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM.

In 6 years, the Daytona Blues Festival has raised over $165,000 for charities benefiting women and children in Volusia  and Flagler counties.

For ticket information, click here!


The 2016 artists  for the Main Stage for Sunday are:


1:00 pm     BEN HUNTER  and JOE SEAMONS
2:30 pm     THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND
4:00 pm     TINSLEY ELLIS
5:45 pm     SUGARAY RAYFORD BAND
7:30 pm     VICTOR WAINWRIGHT & The WildRoots

Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Daytona Beach Blues Festival Saturday Performers


The Daytona Blues Festival, Inc., was incorporated in 2009 with the purpose of developing an annual blues music weekend that would generate proceeds for health initiatives for women and children in Volusia County. The Daytona Blues Festival is a three day festival held the weekend before Columbus Day .The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach and features nationally known artists, emerging blues artists, and  draws blues lovers from all over the  US, Canada, and Europe.

The Daytona Blues Festival is run by volunteers; no salaries are drawn from any monies generated by the festival, and all proceeds fund women’s and children’s health services in Volusia and Flagler counties.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion at Halifax Health and Project WARM, Women Assisting Recovering Mothers, received all festival proceeds.  $35,000 was raised in 2013 and $55,000 was raised at the 2014 festival and presented to Halifax Health’s NICU expansion and to Project WARM. The 2015 festival raised $60,000 for the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM.

In 6 years, the Daytona Blues Festival has raised over $165,000 for charities benefiting women and children in Volusia  and Flagler counties.

For ticket information, click here!


The 2016 artists  for the Main Stage for Saturday are:


1:00 pm    WILLIE GREEN BAND
2:30 pm    THE DELGADO BROTHERS
4:00 pm    TAS CRU
7:15 pm     JOE LOUIS WALKER
9:00  pm    MARCIA BALL

Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

OVO and Cirque du Soleil This Weekend at Amway Center Orlando


My friend Kym and I had the great opportunity to go see Cirque du Soleil OVO last night at the Amway Center and it was amazing! It was funny, entertaining and fun for the whole family. The performers were so talented, it was awesome!

OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. OVO from Cirque du Soleil will be in Orlando September 21 to 25, 2016 at the Amway Center.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act where a group of scarabs soar high above – from each corner of the stage – and land together on a platform in the middle. This was insane to watch! I kept squealing there must be wires, there must be wires! (There were no wires)

Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 2009, OVO embarks on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their hometown. OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Intrigued and need plans for the weekend in Orlando? This is it!! 

Click here for more information about OVO and Cirque du Soleil.

Ticket prices: $150, $90, $68, $52 & $35 | All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  Enjoy the show with the whole family and save!
Get your family-pack now by clicking here!

Cirque Du Soleil, OVO: September 21 – 25, 2016


OVO website link





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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Daytona Blues Festival Schedule Friday Night


The Daytona Blues Festival, Inc., was incorporated in 2009 with the purpose of developing an annual blues music weekend that would generate proceeds for health initiatives for women and children in Volusia County. The Daytona Blues Festival is a three day festival held the weekend before Columbus Day .The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach and features nationally known artists, emerging blues artists, and  draws blues lovers from all over the  US, Canada, and Europe.

The Daytona Blues Festival is run by volunteers; no salaries are drawn from any monies generated by the festival, and all proceeds fund women’s and children’s health services in Volusia and Flagler counties.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion at Halifax Health and Project WARM, Women Assisting Recovering Mothers, received all festival proceeds.  $35,000 was raised in 2013 and $55,000 was raised at the 2014 festival and presented to Halifax Health’s NICU expansion and to Project WARM. The 2015 festival raised $60,000 for the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM.

In 6 years, the Daytona Blues Festival has raised over $165,000 for charities benefiting women and children in Volusia  and Flagler counties.

For ticket information, click here!

Friday's Line Up has a lot of Girl Power!

The 2016 artists  for the Main Stage for Friday are:


2:30 pm   VANESSA COLLIER
7:15 pm    CAROLYN WONDERLAND
9:00 pm   SHAKURA S’AIDA

Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Provision Packs Backpack Bash Costume Party


Provision Packs is an outreach that fills backpacks with well rounded meals, cooking instructions and hygiene items to the children of our local community.

October 15 will be an exciting day for Provision Packs as we will be hosting our first annual Provision Packs Fall Backpack Bash! This will be a fun costume fundraiser including a silent auction, donated food from local establishments, and a costume contest for our 150 guests. We are reaching out to local businesses to help us raise money to feed the hungry children right in our community. 100% of all the money raised goes directly to the purchase of food here in Ormond Beach.

Super proud of my dear friend Carrie! For more information go to http://www.provisionpacks.org/
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

OVO from Cirque du Soleil Orlando #Giveaway


Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 2009, OVO embarks on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their hometown. OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act where a group of scarabs soar high above – from each corner of the stage – and land together on a platform in the middle. Click here for more information about OVO and Cirque du Soleil.

Ticket prices: $150, $90, $68, $52 & $35 | All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. Buy your tickets here!

Get your family-pack now or Enter my drawing below to win (4) tickets to see OVO from Cirque du Soleil!  

OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. OVO from Cirque du Soleil will be in Orlando September 21 to 25, 2016 at the Amway Center. Enjoy the show with the whole family and Good Luck!

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Coffee, Cat Food and Other Newborn Survival Methods

I had dreams.
I had big dreams.
Over the past two months, I have said a thousand times-that would make a good blog.....that would make a good blog, that would make a good...than you wake up and it is Labor Day!

So here is my overdue prattle of smatter.

-It is Lillian's first holiday! YAY! This has been the best summer of my life. We are really loving everything you could imagine about this part of our journey. It has been exciting to figure it out. I am extraordinarily lucky as she is a good baby, it is rare that she is fussy unless she is on the changing table or hungry. She is also sleeping close to the whole night...11p-4:30a or 5:00a? I will take it!

-I have quickly adjusted to what I thought and what I know.

-I have only tried to kill my husband no less than three or four times in the beginning but now I have some ridiculous bird singing love for him when I watch him with our girl. He shows patience I didn't know existed in any human being and he has taken the later shift with good grace, ironically that is when she is most active.

-She open mouth grinned this week and we almost threw her, it shocked us so.

-We have giggled over her, texted each other pictures of her diaper's content for the doctor and both taken a million pictures of her staring at us. Hashtag Marriage.

-My Girlfriends and family come out of the woodwork to do absolutely anything for you....and I have gotten a little better accepting help gracefully. This is not easy.

-I have only pulled the newborn card once or twice to get me out of shit I don't want to do.

-I would give my every being to know what Lilly laughs at when she sleeps, it puts everything in perspective.

-I had my first "Holy shit how coothless moment" when someone saw me and screamed on the top of her lungs "Did you get her here locally?" Like she is a piece of salmon....wtf is wrong with people? I am happy to answer that question but in the middle of a public setting? I am not inclined.

-Can you explain to me why she has out grown Pampers NB, but Huggies fit fine and Honest are too big...is that a bargaining tool in the marketing board room?

-Annoying the world is the way it is today that I am stuck with about $100 worth of formula, because the system has been abused and certain idiots bring back formula for money from their WIC card.

-My cat has gained ten lbs since Lilly was born, every time she looks at me and goes to open her mouth to utter a meow, I shove cat food near her to keep her quiet. See! I have been very diligent to not ignore her!

Enjoy your holiday!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Don't Let Go of Summer Yet with Motto Wines Cocktails!

In Florida, even though Labor day is almost here-it doesn't end the summer’s rising temperatures. The good news is that red wine season for some (for me, it's every day) is on it's way. But what if you can't wait? There’s nothing quite as thirst-quenching as a refreshing homemade cocktail. While white wine may be the typical choice for wine-based cocktails, consider a new twist to the classic (and no, this isn’t another Sangria recipe!!

Motto wines present a new, bold spin on traditional red wines from California. To allow the full character of each wine to evolve, we keep our wine lots separate throughout fermentation and aging, and determine final blends right before bottling. The resulting wines are dark and bold, yet fruit-forward.

Backbone is Motto's Cabernet that exudes both backbone and elegance, with a soft and delicate nose of ripe red fruit.

 

Unabashed is Motto's distinct Zinfandel, which balances a hint of spice with fruity sweetness.




Gung Ho is our rich, yet delicate, Red Blend that bursts with unique fruit flavors.

Red Wine Summer Cocktails

Berry Wine Spritzer

1 cup Motto Unabashed Zinfandel wine

½ cup raspberries

½ cup blackberries

1 cup sparkling water

Ice tray

Water



In ice tray, fill each slot with one blackberry, one raspberry, and water. Freeze. In a bowl, mash up remaining berries with a fork and pour mixture into glass. Fill glass with berry ice cubes, wine, and sparkling water.



Ginger & Fruit Wine Slushy

1 cup Motto Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon wine

1 cup frozen mixed fruit

¼ cup ginger ale

½ cup water

2 tablespoons sugar



Over low heat, melt the water and sugar in a saucepan until fully dissolved. Once syrup has cooled, blend wine, mixed fruit, ginger ale, and simple syrup until smooth. Pour into shallow container and freeze for 1 hour (or longer, depending on desired frozenness). Using a fork, break up the mixture and serve slushy in a glass.

From zesty spritzers to frosty slushies, Motto red wines are the perfect foundational ingredient for fun summer cocktails. Motto Wine has kept me sane this summer, each blend is delicious. To shop your favorite, click here

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fall in Love with Seasonal Flavors at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts



Krispy Kreme Doughnuts classic fall flavors including the Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut, the Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut and Pumpkin Spice Latte are available at all Central Florida Krispy Kreme shops through November 24.

My favorite Krispy Kreme is the Daytona Beach location which is Open 24 Hours!

“Loyal and new fans crave these seasonally inspired treats to celebrate the season with classic flavors of fall, plus the fun of Talk Like a Pirate Day,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

The Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut is an old-fashioned doughnut with pumpkin spice and Krispy Kreme’s classic glaze.


The Salted Caramel Latte Doughnut is an espresso Kreme™ filled doughnut and topped with a salted caramel icing and salted sugar blend. An espresso icing drizzle tops off this perfect fall treat.


The Pumpkin Spice Latte features a pumpkin spice blend and is topped with whipped cream and pumpkin topping. This beverage can be enjoyed hot, iced or frozen.

Fans in search of their Talk like a Pirate Day bounty early will get their chance as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts offers the Pirate Doughnut and the Skull and Crossbones Doughnut now through September 19.

The Pirate Doughnut is a Kreme™ filled doughnut dipped in white icing before being finished with a classic Pirate face. The Skull and Crossbones Doughnut is filled with chocolate Kreme dipped in chocolate icing and topped with a candy skull and crossbones made of white icing.

Share these treats with your family and friends using #KrispyKreme all season long.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,000 retail shops in 27 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

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, August 10, 2016

Granada Grand Festival of the Arts Ormond Mainstreet


The 3rd Annual Granada Grand Festival of the Arts heads back to Downtown Ormond Beach with more artists, more activities and more music than ever before. Ormond Beach MainStreet and the Ormond Beach Arts District will host this free arts festival Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 10 AM – 5 PM behind the City Hall complex on South Beach Street. This is the festival’s third year in Ormond Beach’s River District neighborhood. The Granada Grand Festival of the Arts offers a generous helping of all things art, from visual artists and art demonstrations to musical performances and hands-on activities for the whole family.

More than 3000 visitors joined us last year. As you wander around the festival, you’ll surely get lost in a flurry of sights, sounds and smells. Interact with select artists as they conduct live demonstrations of their technique, then snag the perfect gift from one of more than 60 accomplished area artists selling unique, handcrafted pieces of work. Admire the work of our chalk artists. Grab a mouth-watering bite from a string of local food trucks, stroll with a glass of wine or beer in-hand or visit our Calypso lemonade stand.

On the main stage, local bands provide the sound track for the day, while student performances and dance groups take over a second stage. Even the smallest art-lover will stay entertained in our kid’s zone, hosting fun art projects for all ages, face painting and a bouncy house.

This year, more than ever, festivalgoers will have a chance to “be part of the art” – with an interactive community project for all ages. Ormond Beach glass artists Tommy and LC Tobey will be inviting the community to help create a glass mosaic art piece.  The design will be reflective of our historic downtown with a touch of nostalgia!  The public will be able to work on the glass mosaic, adding a piece or more to create the final vision.  Tommy and LC want to evoke a sense of community and fun while bringing out the artist within during this unique interactive display of art.  The finished artwork will be donated to Ormond MainStreet for public display.

Frame of Mind Art will be bringing creative energy to the kid zone with craft projects and a pedal-powered spin art station, while Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center will sponsor a free video booth where kids (and adults) can ham and glam it up for their video feeds. For those who want to know more about how to DIY, four artists will be offering demonstrations throughout the Festival. Linda Davis of Wyoming Prairie Alpacas will demonstrate fiber art, Becka Mezera will show pottery techniques, Luis Martinez will teach contemporary painting and Sandi Johnson of SandiKat will show off Gyotaku, the ancient Japanese art of fish rubbing. An updated schedule of Festival events and a parking map are available on the Ormond Beach MainStreet website at www.ormondbeachmainstreet.com/granada-grand-festival-of-the-arts.

The Granada Grand Festival of the Arts is sponsored by Ormond Beach MainStreet and the Ormond Arts District as part of their mission to make downtown Ormond Beach a premier destination for residents and visitors to live, work and play.

For more information about the Festival please contact Ormond Beach Mainstreet, julia@ormondmainstreet.com, 386-492-2938

2016 Granada Grand Festival of the Arts Quick Facts:

Festival Hours:     Saturday, Sept 17, 10 am – 5 pm;

Address:             Ormond Beach City Hall, 22 S. Beach St. Ormond Beach, FL

Free admission, free parking

Planned activities:

All day events

60+ professional visual artists and crafters

Food truck rally and beer garden

Interactive glass mosaic project

Kids art activities

Calypso Main Stage

10:30 – 1:15 – Rob’s Jazz Express

1:30 – 3:30 – The Jam

3:45 – 5:00 – Bob Higgins & House Arrest

Robbins Camper Stage

10:30 – Ormond Beach Middle School Chorus

11:15 – Hinson/OBMS Middle School Orchestra

noon – Ormond Beach Elementary Chorus

12:45 – Rick de Yampert, sitar

2 pm – Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop

3:15 pm – Daytona Playhouse Radio Theatre presents the classic radio comedy – “Jane Finds a Mate for her Mother!

Artist Demonstrations  – Every hour on the ½ hour

Granada Grand Festival of the Arts is sponsored in part by: Adams, Cameron & Co, Realtors, Bright House Networks, Calypso Lemonade, City of Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Bicycle Center, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, Frame of Mind, Highlander Corporation, Hometown News, Mitchell Noel Insurance, Ormond Beach Observer, Ritchey Buick-Cadillac, Robbins Camper Sales, S.R. Perrott, Inc., Suzanne Shawver, Southern Stone Event Group

A few artist spots are still available.  For more information on becoming a sponsor or vendor at this event, please contact Becky Parker at Becky@ormondmainstreet.com or by phone at (386) 492-2938.




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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dear Lillian

Oh, I am a terrible blogger. I have some great news from Carrabba's to share and an amazing shipment of wine to chat about.

But First! (See what I did there? Please tell me you are watching Big Brother)

Two weeks ago. Just fourteen days. My life has changed forever. I am a mommy! I really am! As I am laying here for the last time by myself this morning with tears streaming down my face, I get to introduce to you this miracle of life. 

Please meet Lillian Kenna! 


Yes! It's all happening! We get to bring her home from the Halifax Hospital Spa (also known as the NICU) today. It has been an amazing couple of weeks and I have been soaking in every minute. 

I opened my eyes today and promised  Freja (my beloved cat) that she would always be my first baby. I have cried like four times thinking about that scene in Lady in the Tramp when they ignore Lady when the baby comes. Interesting, I didn't cry during the Showtime documentary also known as my daughter's first couple of days if life... but throw the Disney movie in there and I can literally barely compose myself.

I have taken over 400 pictures but as a writer, I have failed. I wrote some words of wisdom the day the adoption was finalized then poof. Hopefully, much to your dismay this blog will further serve that selfish purpose. 

Things I know for sure:
* Would like to punch my former self with a "my child is not taking a binky" mentality. That lasted an entire two minutes of her life. 
* may or may not have said thank you when someone said how good I looked for having a ten day old. 
*it's amazing how much everyone knows about everything. 
* the truest of life form can not but help itself but show its true colors in any big time life event. Sad.
*I will unabashedly and courageously make this all about me and my husband and my child.
* I truly don't think I will ever sleep again because I have to look at her every minute. 
*Bodily functions mean nothing when they are your own (Daddy is working on this)

This is a sneak peak of what I wrote when that dreaded forty eight hours wait period was over and all papers were signed. 

Dear Lillian,
Today is your third day of your life and the first day of mine. I can't tell you how it feels right now. I want to scream, I want to jump up and down and I want to hysterically start crying. Pretty much at the same time. I can also say that I don't actually believe that you are mine. I think this is what they call shock. Today your daddy and I got to hold you for the first time. You looked with your eyes open for a little longer today. I have nervously asked the nurses if you were by chance a puppy. You don't know this but they don't open their eyes for a couple of days, nor did you!   
A family of three. #tableforthree
How on Earth will I sleep tonight?

And so, my life begins.





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Friday, July 8, 2016

Junior League of Daytona Beach Holds Social for Prospective New Members


The Junior League of Daytona Beach is holding a social for prospective members to come, meet current members, and learn more about the Junior League of Daytona Beach. 

Date: Monday, July 18 
Location: Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Time: 5:30 pm  Mingling & Getting to Know Each Other 
          6:00 pm - 7: 00 pm Meeting

The Junior League of Daytona Beach reaches out to women (over the age of 18) of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism. Our vision is to significantly improve the quality of life of women and children in our community by focusing our resources on local needs and services.   

Please note there are only two opportunities to join each year. There is a limit of 20 new members and those who do not apply for membership at this time will have to wait until January to join.

For more information, go to: www.jldb.org


Please help us to spread the word.

For more information, please contact: 

Heather Post
Communications VP, Board Director
The Junior League of Daytona Beach
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Florida Hospital NICU Grand Opening







































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Friday, June 24, 2016

Don't Only Old People Go To Their 25th Reunion?

This morning I have the great pleasure of waking up on my best friend's motorcoach. Allegedly it's on the beach, but all the windows are down and I don't want to disturb anyone this early. 

This weekend we celebrate the fact that 25, not a typo...years ago, we walked across a stage and received the key to life: a high school diploma. How the hell did this happen? Why am I not old? I remember when my parents went up north to their twenty, and I was like God-I'll never see that in my lifetime. But here we are. 

We are looking forward to this weekend....it takes a lot more planning than you could imagine. Unlike other events when you know all parties involved, for this one, absolutely no one has a problem telling you exactly how stupid they are. If I had a dollar for every ridiculous question I have answered this past week-well, I would be a very rich girl indeed. I have politely explained that yes, since you are "allergic" to alcohol there will be alternatives...and sure pay at the door! I'm a millionaire funding this myself and wish to have no name tag for you! Send my OCD in orbit, go right the hell ahead! 
PS: just because Jesus told you that you were allergic alcohol shouldn't be a concern of mine. bring your own milk! (True story). 
Of course, I am a little excited. This is the first reunion that I am Mahhhhhreeed to my classmate. Funny how stuff works out. I am sure there is additional pressure on some of you that are bringing your significant other to this ring of fire! Not me! I'm not even paying much mind to his attire! That's on you! Speaking of which, look what I found:
I did good. Of course, I have been doing all the starving thing because God forbid you don't miss a chance to have some loss of self worth during your event! Ha! 

But, at any rate the highlight of the process was  last night was when my best friend says "I have been thinking about your two outfits....you need to wear the coral Friday and the jumpsuit on Saturday. Because our pictures will look better based on my attire." Strangely, this warms my cold heart. Guess what else? The name of my jumpsuit is Lillian by Gianni Bini. You're welcome! 

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Leap Year Heartbreak

You ever have a hangnail and it's all you can think about and then you stub your toe and it hurts so cussword bad, your hangnail is nothing anymore? That's the best analogy I can describe of how today feels for my family of two.

We have always hated Fathers Day, we have both lost our fathers. It was manageable because we were in it together. It got a little sticky because there has been a couple of years lately where we should be celebrating with our new family. Ah, the joys of infertility and adoption!

This year, in a way, it is so ironic it's funny. It really caps off our terrible year. Thanks to the amazement of Leap Year, the same day we should have been celebrating our daughters first birthday, we are reminded of yet another holiday this childless, parentless couple hasn't the good fortune to celebrate anything at all.

It's like the Lifetime movie that never ends, but I know-like all stories, there is a happy ending waiting just for us. 
Thanks for listening, next post I'll be back to happy go lucky. 


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Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Daytona Half Marathon Announced



Excited to be helping with the social with this event! Date Announced! Feb. 5, 2017

Volusia County Government and Daytona International Speedway have announced the 2017 Daytona Beach Half Marathon will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, three weeks prior to the 59th annual DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race. Registration will open July 1.

The 2016 Daytona Beach Half Marathon attracted 2,748 runners, more than double the number of runners in 2014. “We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Jim Dinneen, Volusia County Manager. “The feedback was excellent. I am confident we’ll see an increase in registrations for next year’s event. We continue to make adjustments based on runner comments. I think moving the start time to 7:30 is a big change that will be well received.”

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon features a breathtaking course that takes runners from the historic asphalt (flat surface) of Daytona International Speedway to International Speedway Boulevard leading to a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean atop the International Speedway Boulevard highrise bridge to the sparkling, white, hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach and then back to the start/finish line inside the iconic motorsports facility.

Early bird registration from July 1 - Oct. 31 is $80 for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, $70 for the half marathon relay and $30 for the 3.1-mile Lap the Track.

For information, go online to daytonabeachhalf.com.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June.

I used to love June, it was my half birthday...the start of summer....the beginning of Big Brother! 

Then four years ago someone in Nairobi Africa skimmed by bank account for 8k 

Then two years ago new management let go of my services after being a part of that organization for almost two decades (that's about to have a happy ending tho!!) 

And last year...well, you know about last year. 

All I can say to myself every day is please let something good happen this June. Especially this year, on THAT day, when it will actually also be Father's Day, the ultimate double whammy. 

And I plead to whoever thinks I have the strength to get up every day, say a little extra prayer please! Because sometimes I can barely do it. There goes the portrayed image that I have coveted that I have my shit together. 

It's all around me to boot, yesterday I overheard a cashier casually telling the bag boy that she'll probably have another baby next year, because for some it's that easy. 

One of my favorite girlfriends was innocently telling us about the so many whoopsee pregnancies she knows of....it's hard to not be sensitive to this. It is not her fault, this is what people in the real world do.

The girl that laughs conspiratorially at me at a child's birthday party and chortles "Free Birth Control, huh?!"

And then I read this and my heart breaks all over again, never have I seen the process depicted so accurately. 

We also have a family friend starting a Go fund me for their adoption...I can't even. On so many levels. I just don't understand. 

I am trying to be cool about this in front of my husband because really how is he to stop the month of June, really.

But I know he would if he could and that is one of the few things that is keeping me afloat.



This means the future comes one day at a time, in Italian...words to live by. My best friend said Bring on June!!! Then it will be July! That is also a great way to look at it.

Sorry for the poo poo poopy dooo, but sometimes I have to let myself take a stab at my keyboard and see what comes out. Today is one of those days! 

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Three Things to Obsess over for June 2016

Good God June where did you come from?! Wasn't I just putting up Christmas decorations yesterday? But, I am embracing it, that June is underway and that means fun things to obsess over.

Starkist Tuna 

My (ahem) 25th reunion is in three weeks, it is time to stop all eating and drinking until then. In all seriousness, I am having an easier time with my new diet, thanks to Starkist Tuna's new Tuna Creations. There are many flavors to choose from, they are single-serve pouches and they are seasoned and ready to eat. A few have over 100 calories, but they all clock in at 1 - 2 SmartPoints®. Check out this yummy recipe from Hungry Girl:

Hungry Girl's Sweet 'n Sassy Egg Bites


Ingredients:
2 (2.6 oz.) Pouch - Tuna Creations® Sweet & Spicy
1⁄4 cup reduced-fat/light mayonnaise
1⁄4 cup diced red bell pepper
1⁄4 cup diced sweet onion
10 hard-boiled eggs, chilled

Directions:
In a bowl, thoroughly mix tuna with mayo. Stir in pepper and onion.
Halve eggs lengthwise; remove and discard yolks. Evenly distribute tuna mixture among egg white halves. Enjoy!



Chanel Boy

Chanel will launch Boy Chanel in the US THIS month. It is the latest addition to the Les Exclusifs collection. The unisex fragrance was developed by house perfumer Olivier Polge, and was inspired by Arthur "Boy" Capel. Captain Arthur Edward "Boy" Capel was an English polo player, and possibly best-remembered for being a lover and muse of fashion designer Coco Chanel.

“My way of working on this fragrance was really not to try to make a unisex fragrance but really more to dive into men’s fragrance…and to show how well it could be worn by a woman,” said Polge, drawing a parallel to a woman putting on her boyfriend’s shirt, thereby rendering it feminine. “So it was not to try to create an in-between fragrance, but a very masculine fragrance. And — like many other things in life — gender is given by the person wearing it.”

Polge described the fragrance as having a duality, with a fresh, aromatic masculine barbershop aspect and its more enveloping element.

Boy Chanel features a masculine fougère accord. Notes include lavender, rose geranium, lemon, grapefruit, rose, orange blossom, sandalwood, heliotropin, vanilla and musk. (via wwd)

Chanel Boy Chanel debuted in May in Paris, and go into wider distribution in June. It will be available in 75 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette. OH!

They had one bottle to cry over when I was at the Saks Chanel counter in New Orleans, it is now my new favorite, I can not wait to snag some.


First Comes Love by Emily Giffin. Can I tell you a secret? Don't meet your favorite authors-it is sometimes a big disappointment. Nada and I met her at Blogging Workshop a couple of years ago and she was not very kind.

However, shamelessly I will still pick this book up, coming out June 28th, because her writing is that good. A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.









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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 later. 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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