Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Country Music Singer/Songwriter Kip Moore to Perform Pre-Race Concert for the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400

Country music singer/songwriter Kip Moore will perform an hour-long pre-race concert prior to the 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raceon Sunday night, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.

MULTI PLATINUM selling singer songwriter Kip Moore’s debut album Up All Night spawned three No. One smash hits including "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck," "Beer Money" and "Hey Pretty Girl." Moore recently released “I’m To Blame,” which was the second most added song during its debut week on country radio, marking Moore's biggest first week for a new single, ahead of his upcoming sophomore album. Earning critical acclaim for his “high energy” (Rolling Stone) live show, this summer Moore will join Dierks Bentley’s 2015 Sounds of Summer Tour.

A limited quantity of VIP ticket packages are available for race fans to get special access to Moore’s 60-minute pre-race concert that will be staged at the exit of pit road. VIP Ticket Packages start at $150 and include:

- A reserved ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

- Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access

- Admission to the VIP viewing area in front of the stage for the pre-race concert

Fans that have already purchased a Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola race ticket can upgrade their experience with a VIP Ticket Package for $70.

“We’re excited to have Kip Moore perform in front of thousands of race fans at the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “As we celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend, race fans will enjoy an energetic performance from Kip followed by a thrilling nighttime race with the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a massive fireworks celebration.”

For more information on Kip Moore, visit www.kipmoore.net or go on Twitter @KipMooreMusic

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebookand Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visitingwww.daytonarising.com.
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Five-Five Favorite Summer Fruits/Veggies

Today I linked up with Eat, Pray, Run DC and You Signed Up for What, and Mar on the Run for this fun Friday Five.

The theme this week is Five Favorite Summer Fruits/Veggies!

Summer means awesome summer cooking!
My five faves? 

1. Avocado, I could eat this recipe every day.





2. Strawberries. Because Nutella.  

3. Plum Tomatoes, I HATE raw tomatoes on sandwich...but I love bloodys, ketchup, tomato soup and I was taught two Mother's Day ago by my aunt how to can plum tomatoes....you will never go back! Trust me! 


4. Watermelon, if you haven't combined feta, watermelon, basil and balsamic...you haven't lived and we can't be friends.  

5. Grilled Romaine. I could actually do this in February, December, May, June...you understand what I mean....but it's amazing and you need to do it ASAP! This was my first attempt a year ago, angels sang!





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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Newly Released Red Diamond Wine, Just In Time For Summer!

Just in time for warmer spring temperatures and outdoor picnics, I am pleased to present the latest news and newly released wines from Red Diamond.

Today, Red Diamond ─ known for its bold wines sourced from premier vineyard sites from around the world ─ announced new packaging for its entire portfolio of wines. The full press release can be viewed below. The eye-catching new label is designed to be modern and edgy, while delivering an updated twist to the brand’s signature red and black motif and iconic diamond logo. Designed to enhance shelf presence, the dark color palette creates a sleek and modern feel, while elements like an updated background pattern, a redesigned diamond logo and font, and experimenting with different colored foils allow the wines to standout on shelf.
While the look of the Red Diamond package has changed, the luscious and fruit-forward characteristics of Red Diamond wines that make them approachable, easy to drink, and the ultimate food companion will remain the same.

Below please find several new releases from Red Diamond featuring the new label design. Bold, bursting with flavor, and at just $10 SRP, these food-friendly wines offer an adventurous yet affordable wine experience every time.

If you hop on to Red Diamond's website, they have great recipe pairings here.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Presented by Gulfstream Mortgage
All Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society
Hosted by REALTORS Sold 4 the Cause 

For more information contact Dan Spearman 386-566-4194

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Friday, May 1, 2015

NEW Wine Launch from Columbia Crest: ‘H3’ Sauvignon Blanc

It has been a lazy weekend, full of laying around and doing a whole lot of nothing but cooking and drinking wine. I got quite the delivery last week of spring release wine from Columbia Crest! Holiday weekend indeed!

Columbia Crest Winery is excited to announce the addition of a new nationally-available wine to the H3 family – H3 Sauvignon Blanc. The 2014 vintage of this wine released on April 1st and 20,000 total cases were produced.

The Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills opens with citrus aromas followed by a layer of minerality and pear flavors that give way to a crisp, clean finish; it pairs nicely with briny cheeses like Goat’s milk cheese, mild flavored meats and seafood, and richer dishes so that the acidity of the wine shines through. I am on a huge goat cheese, fig , anything kick and have made this recipe a bunch!

Admission: I would have showed you the amazing sauvignon blanc bottle, but my best friend and I polished it off in one sitting (and she ONLY drinks Pinot Grigio)

It is also a great sipper for the spring and summer months.

In addition, we have also recently released several new vintages from the rest of our H3 family of wines. They include:

New Spring Release Wines:


· 2012 H3 Merlot


· 2013 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon


· 2013 H3 Chardonnay


· 2012 H3 Les Chevaux Red Blend

The Columbia Crest 2014 H3 Sauvignon Blanc wine is available and quite affordable  for a suggested retail price of $15 per bottle.








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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Big Ritz

Hate to be the bearer of bad news! But bigger is ALWAYS better! Are you ready for the biggest RITZ cracker that has ever existed! Go get some Big RITZ and pile on the toppings because they're only available for a limited time.

Big RITZ, big snacking!



THIS delicious recipe from Pix is exactly what I am going to do with these new RITZ crackers. Salami and Cream Cheese RollUps, could that sound any better?!

Photo Courtesy of Pix Fiz



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Monday, April 27, 2015

Bingo Night 4 Breast Cancer 2015

Help us kick off year and help us achieve our yearly goal of $75,000 at the annual Bingo Night 4 Breast Cancer!  Enjoy a Fun Night with Bingo, a Bar, and Bountiful Prizes to benefit REALTORS® Sold 4 the Cause and its efforts to find a cure for cancer.
Happy Hour and Appetizers  - 5-6 pm
Bingo - 6-8 pm
Tickets $20 in advance via Eventbrite, $25 at the door (if available)
Location: Oceanside Inn, 1909 S. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
Parking across the street.
Have questions about Bingo Night 4 Breast Cancer 2015? Contact REALTORS® Sold 4 the Cause



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Skip Hop Diaper Bag #Giveaway

Remember the girl who used to blog all day every day...yes, me too. I am back from a slight hiatus but it has been for a very good reason! I can't tell you why yet, but it has kept us a little tied up! My prize for taking a break? A fun giveaway with Skip Hop!  


Skip Hop has introduced 3 amazing new bags! I am so excited to do a giveaway with Skip Hop! I love everything about this line and I can't wait to dive on in!



Duet 2-in-1 Diaper Tote

The Duet is actually TWO bags in ONE: a sleek, faux-leather Tote and a removable organizer that can be worn on its own as a Crossbody bag. Combine both bags for ultimate organization, or leave baby’s items in one bag and use the other bag for yourself. From playdate to errands to date night and beyond, the tote-ally versatile Duet is the only bag you’ll ever need!



Grab & Go Stroller Saddlebag  
The perfect stroller carryall!
This  saddlebag is the perfect carryall to streamline your stroller with extra storage. This handy carrier conveniently stows every thing from groceries to on-the- go essentials. The insulated interior keeps food cold after super market trips. The inside pockets are ideal for toting bottles and snacks. Built for busy parents, our saddlebag makes running errands hassle-free.

Forma Backpack Diaper Bag

The Ultimate Hands-free Diaper Bag!
Introducing the newest member of our Forma collection–the Forma Backpack. With the same lightweight fabric and stylish quilted detailing, this backpack offers the convenience of hands-free parenting on the go.

The spacious interior has room to tote everything from snacks to spare outfits and the extra wide opening makes it easy to find essentials in a pinch. The front compartment includes 2 multi-purpose packing cubes and allows for extra storage. Everything stays in reach with elasticized interior pockets and insulated side bottle pockets.

The changing pad pocket performs double-duty, acting as a laptop holder when traveling. With the Forma backpack, function meets fashion to take you from birth to toddlerhood and beyond in style.

This is the one I picked to giveaway, it is great for girls on the go, but it is one your significant other won't mind carrying!



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Join #WipeForWater this Earth Month


Do you know that every day you clean your face without using water, you save up to 5 gallons of water from going down the drain? This Earth Month, Neutrogena® Naturals is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to save water. Get involved and join #WipeForWater. Pledge to clean your face without using water, and instead exclusively clean with Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes. For each pledge, Neutrogena® Naturals will contribute $1 to The Nature Conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,000.

More information on this cool cause here!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Hyatt Regency Orlando Kicks Off Summer with Memorial Day Weekend Concert Event


The hotel will welcome country music acts Josh Thompson and JT Hodges Sunday, May 24

(Orlando, FL) April 2, 2015 – Hyatt Regency Orlando unveils Summer Sensation, a live outdoor concert featuring country star Josh Thompson with special guest JT Hodges on Sunday, May 24. The hotel’s Garden Terrace will act as the backdrop for the event with cocktails and bites available for purchase during the performance.

“We wanted to kick off summer with a big celebration,” said Tom Smith, Area Vice President. “While guests are here for the show, they can also take advantage of the complete resort experience we offer, including our pools with private cabanas, spa treatments, innovative seafood dishes at our new restaurant, Urban Tide, and some of the destination’s iconic attractions that are just a short distance away. This is a great way for us to kick off the summer, and we’re looking forward to introducing additional entertainment and programming throughout the summer.”

Summer Sensation ticket packages are currently on sale for $199 and include an overnight stay at Hyatt Regency Orlando, two general admission tickets to the concert, and complimentary parking. Visit http:// orlando.regency.hyatt.com and use offer code MUSIC to book the package. Individual tickets will be available for sale in the upcoming weeks. 

Conveniently located on Orlando’s I-Drive, Hyatt Regency Orlando offers easy access to the destination’s top attractions including Downtown Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, Walt Disney World and more.

Follow #SummerSensation for artist announcements, ticket offers, and additional information. 

For further information, or to book a stay at Hyatt Regency Orlando, please visit www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency Orlando
Located in the heart of Orlando's International Drive resort area and directly connected to the Orange County Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Orlando offers unparalleled leisure, meetings and convention facilities. Featuring 1,639 recently renovated guestrooms and 315,000 square feet of meeting space - and with over two million square feet of space in the Orange County Convention Center to which the hotel is attached - Hyatt Regency Orlando is the largest convention hotel for the brand in the United States.  Other hotel amenities include: The Spa, the hotel's 22,000 square-foot, full service spa and hair salon; and the Fitness Center, an 8,000 square-foot facility that includes group exercise classes, spinning and over 50 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment. Dining options include both full service and self-serve outlets that range from Urban Tide, featuring Florida seafood and chic coastal cuisine in a stylish setting, to Rocks, the see-and-be-seen hot spot for locals and guests alike; plus Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse, with a selection of steaks, chops, seafood and pasta specialties. Hyatt Regency Orlando offers business and leisure guests authentic hospitality and energizing experiences while working or visiting Orlando, which was named one of the “52 Places to Visit in 2015” by The New York Times and one of the “Best Wine Travel Destinations” by Wine Enthusiast. For more information and reservations call 407.284.1234 or visit www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency 
Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying vacations together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.
  
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spruce Creek High School Football Boosters Golf Tournament



Interested golfers can sign up at www.cypressheadgolf.com/Football.  
Only $55 to play or $200 for a 4-some.
It's a bargain and we have lots of great prizes!

As you are probably already award, Volusia County School Board's policy has been NOT to fund school athletics for our students.  Our football program helps fund all sports at SCHS High School.  

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

‘Coffee with the Mayor’ Announced

This may be a small town utterance, but one of the best things about living in Ormond Beach Florida is our mayor, Ed Kelley. He is really one of the nicest people I know.

From the Ormond Beach Observer-Mayor Ed Kelley and Rick Fraser, executive director of the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, are no longer going on the road.

In the past year, they traveled once per month to various businesses to keep lines of communication open between the business community and the city. They have recently decided it would be more efficient to have a group meeting in the board room at the Chamber of Commerce, 165 W. Granada Blvd. Starting April 13, they will meet in a new format called “Coffee with the Mayor.”

“We found that we could visit just so many businesses in an afternoon, and it was hard to arrange with our schedules,” Fraser said.

They plan on meeting at 8 a.m. on the second Monday of each month for about an hour. Fraser said Einstein Bros. Bagels, 110 S. Nova Road, has offered to supply bagels and coffee, and snacks will be provided by Edible Arrangements, 128 N. Nova Road.

Kelley said talking to the business executives gives him a good barometer on the local business community, and group discussions may spur new ideas.

Fraser said that in the past meetings, he found positive attitudes about the economy. “They were generally upbeat,” he said. “They were very happy about the new landscaping.”

He said the meetings are beneficial in finding ways to help the business community.

Fraser said if business people are interested in attending, they should call him at 677-3454.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oh, Hey Blog...

So, if I look far back enough...it may be weeks and weeks where I actually blogged. Not bullshit blogged, or promotionally blogged, or love my charity blogged (which I do!). I truly have not utilized this blog, my passion for the one reason why I started this in the first place.

So, I went to my ladies at BlogHer and grabbed a writing prompt-because I just want to write SOMETHING!

How do you determine what is worth reporting from your life since not every moment of your day ends up on your blog?

Ooh this is a good one. My best friend just told me that she doesn't read blogs very often because "seriously how much can I read about someone rambling on and on about herself" Ha! It's a fine line, isn't it?

I mean, I have a ton of things I could tell you...partially because I don't want to forget this time in my life.

Like, do you what it feels like to countdown for something that is the biggest thing you have ever done? Eighty Nine days and my life will change. And, I can't really talk about it...so says my lawyer. And my anxiety... and my heart.

Or because of this, I have kidney stones. And some sort of gastro disease. And I haven't eaten in two days, without visiting vomit village. So, what if not everything does not end up on the blog? What, as a blogger is real, and what is only what I think you want to read. The struggle is real...ha ha! 

I think that there is a fine line between diary and blog. I think a play by play would be boring, but there is also a lot of self serving stuff that needs to be left off your prattle. I am not Oprah and I am not that interesting. 

Looking forward to a great weekend and I hope you all are too
xo



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Salvation Army's 2nd Annual Fashion Show Event


Fashion Show. Luncheon, and access to shopping area.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 am. 

Tickets are on sale: $10 in advanced or $15 at the door which includes the Fashion Show, Lunch, and access to our Vendor shopping area. 

You can get your tickets at: 
The Salvation Army, 1555 LPGA Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32117 on Monday - Friday from 8:30am-12/1pm-4:30pm 
or
The Salvation Army Family Store located at 1415 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill, FL 32117 open Monday - Saturday from 9:30am-5:30pm.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Support Food Brings Hope This Wednesday at Jersey Mike's!

Sponsors like Holland Financial invite you to visit Jersey Mike's on Wednesday March 25 as 100% of the day's sales will go to Food Brings Hope!



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The High Heel Coalition Launches First Event with Sold Out Attendance


I am a very happy girl this morning! One of my favorite bloggers and authors, Kimberly Wilson in 2006 hosted a Chari-TEA and when I was chosen as one of her guest editors for her latest book Anthology  I was reminded of her event and thought what a great idea it would be if I could pull it off.

I had an idea of The High Heel Coalition, but sadly at first just the name and the logo..not a clue what I wanted to do with it. It occurred to me that our town in Volusia County could use an extra boost in fun events like Chari-TEA and other unique non-profit events. Ah! An idea and a plan! New venture launched!

The first event was yesterday, a Chari-TEA to benefit Dining For Women. It was held at Mia Dona's market, which is an adorable luncheonette that I wrote about here, run by the most generous soul Dona Olsen who graciously opened on a Saturday for us.

The response was overwhelming, it sold out in a week and we raised some serious cash for the cause! This makes for a great Saturday. Off to write Thank yous! Have a great Sunday!




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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Conklin Center Gala & Silent Auction






Honoring Daryl Tol 
CEO/President Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center 


You can expect an evening of pure enjoyment,
punctuated by a wonderful meal,
great music and a silent auction,
all to benefit a life-changing cause.
Come be a part of our First Annual Gala!

Where?
THE OCEAN CENTER
Parking is available in the 701 Earl Street Garage. You will receive a ticket at dinner to provide upon your exit to avoid having to pay the parking fee.

When?
Thursday, March 26th 2015

6PM - 7PM
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
WITH HORS D'OEUVERS
& SILENT AUCTION*
7PM - 10PM
DINNER & PROGRAMMING


*START YOUR BIDDING NOW!!!!
Visit www.biddingforgood.com/nightforsightgala
Start bidding online now through March 24th! But don't let it get away, bidding will continue live at the event so bid appropriately or be present to make sure no one steals your auction!


RSVP
Tickets are $75 per person. Please contact us to reserve your seat before March 20th so that you do not miss out on this premier event!
RSVP


What Do We Do?

Our Mission
To help blind children and adults with additional disabilities be independent and contributing citizens.

Our Vision
Eliminate all barriers separating people who are blind from full community participation.
YOU can help us make our VISION come true...

How Can You Help?
Looking for a fun night out? Invite your friends and co-workers and attend our Gala on March 26th at the Ocean Center!

Can't make it? Our silent auctions are also available online! Between March 13-24th you can bid on your favorite items at www.biddingforgood.com/nightforsightgala! Please keep in mind these items may be outbid at the event, so bid appropriately to stay on top!

Are you a business owner or have an item others desire? We are still building our inventory for our silent auctions! Please contact ASAP if you would like to help by donating a gift basket, gift certificate or other item.

None of the above? Any donation you can make helps move us closer to our goal. Please use the link below to aid us in any way that you can. Your financial gifts are always put to good use and much appreciated by our staff, students and community members we touch.
Are there others you think would be interested? Forward our information to your friends! We are happy to answer any questions they may have about our Gala or our organization.



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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2015 Festival of the Arts


RIVERFRONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Saturday, March 21
10 am - 7 pm
Riverfront Park
Beautiful Downtown Daytona Beach

ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Come on out for a fun day filled with fine arts, craft vendors, live music entertainment, dance performances and food trucks!

Enjoy live music provided by the bands Beartoe, Are Friends Electric, The Transfers, Andrew Williams Band and Johnny Odis.  Additional entertainment will feature performances by local dance groups and organizations, including Quanita's Latin Dance & Ballroom, South Beach Dance Academy, and the St. Demetrios Greek Church Dancers, to name a few.

The Riverfront Festival of the Arts is part of the Downtown Daytona Signature Events series and is presented by Daytona Auto Mall and sponsored by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach, City of Daytona Beach and the Daytona Beach Downtown Development Authority.


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Ormond Brewing Company Presents Diaper Bank Shamrock Social

Join us as we help new parents in need. We will be collecting diapers and monetary donations to help support and fund the Junior League Daytona Beach Diaper Bank. Present the flyer to OBC staff and they will donate $1 per pint purchased during the event. Mia Dona will supply the food!



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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Snappers, My New Addiction


You know I am smart enough to not give up chocolate for Lent, right? I don't crave it too much., anyway so that doesn't seem to be a big enough sacrifice. How thankful am I that I had the opportunity to try a couple bags of Snappers? I nearly ate a full bag in one sitting. Truly sad admission that this will get me near any bikini any time soon!  Snappers are the perfect blend of creamy caramel, rich chocolate, and the salty crunch of pretzels. Pick them up at your Target store and kill me later!


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Five Reasons to Run (at all)


Today I linked up with Eat, Pray, Run DC and You Signed Up for What, and Mar on the Run for this fun Friday Five

Happy Friday! This morning, there is absolutely no heat in the air. I think we are finally getting some fall like mornings. This makes for the PERFECT running weather. I've told you before that I am not a big fan of running in very hot or very cold temps so this is right up my alley. It will be nice to get back in the swing of things. This Friday Five is easy for me, because there are so many reasons to run. 

1. Amazing Attitude Adjuster-If you had a bad day, or you feel off-grab those running shoes and take a jaunt. I promise you will feel better. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Bad stuff out, good stuff in.  You will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood.

2. Time to figure the world out-I think a lot when I run, I hold conversations with myself and try to solve the world's problems one at a time. It keeps my mind off when I am ready to stop going another 1/2 mile. 



3. Drink that Pumpkin Latte, eat that cake. Not in excess, of course, but you burn a great amount of calories when you take your jaunt! So, the moment on the lips lifetime on your bum mentality can be relaxed just a wee bit if you get that heart rate up.

4. Achieve Internal Goals. I am insanely competitive with myself when I run, I am sure this is annoying but I post my graph on Instagram and Twitter when I run to keep myself accountable. I know if I am going slow, I am not going out like a fool-I need to pick it up. I am surprised how hard I am on myself. 

5. Music Music Ooh Ooh-NOTHING matches great jams than a good run. My running playlist makes me sad if I listen to it when I am not running. It is a nice mix of old school rap and new pop jams. And yes, sometimes I sing. Loudly. Actually, I always feel bad when I am running past those cute walking senior citizens and there is 

For once some of the facts mentioned isn't drivel from my head, I found them here.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The High Heel Coalition and Little Blog Dress Presents Chari-TEA


Get your tickets here



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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The NASCAR Foundation's Annual High Speed Hold'em Charity Poker Tournament

The NASCAR Foundation's Annual High Speed Hold'em Charity Poker Tournament Henderson Center

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 600 Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL, 32114 

Monday Feb 16, 2015 
6:30 pm Welcome Reception; 
7:00 PM Poker Play Begins Fundraiser 

The NASCAR Foundation_ www.NASCARFoundation.org 


Suggested Donation $250- Player Seat for The NASCAR Foundation



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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Actor Vince Vaughn Named Grand Marshal for 57th Annual DAYTONA 500

Star of 20th Century Fox’s Upcoming ‘Unfinished Business’ to Deliver Starting Command for the DAYTONA 500

Vince Vaughn, the star of 20th Century Fox’s and New Regency’s upcoming comedy “Unfinished Business,” in theaters everywhere March 6, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX from Daytona International Speedway. “The Great American Race” will also broadcast live on FOX Deportes, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

As Grand Marshal, Vaughn will announce the famous four words in motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines.”  Along with the starting command, Vaughn will participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race.

“We are thrilled to welcome Vince Vaughn as Grand Marshal for the DAYTONA 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.  “We look forward to hearing Vince Vaughn’s command as we kick off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in front of hundreds of thousands of fans and millions more watching on FOX.”

“Last year was an exciting one for NASCAR and I can’t wait to help kick off the 2015 season as the DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshal,” Vaughn said. “The DAYTONA 500 is one of the biggest events in all of sports and I feel honored to be able to be a part of it in it in such a major way.”
In “Unfinished Business,” a hard-working small business owner (portrayed by Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives.  But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.  The film is directed by Ken Scott, written by Steven Conrad, and produced by Arnon Milchan, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, and Anthony Katagas.  

For more information on “Unfinished Business,” visit www.UnfinishedBusinesstheMovie.com or check out the movie through its social media channels on Facebook, Twitter #UnfinishedBusiness, YouTube and Vine.

Vaughn has starred in several hit comedies including “The Wedding Crashers,” “The Break-Up” and “Couples Retreat.”

Vaughn joins a long list of Hollywood actors who have previously served as DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including James Franco, Chris Evans, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, and Matthew McConaughey.

Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 and all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million front-stretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Let the full stalk begin!! YAY! We are good at the getting in the right place at the right time. See below for a sampling! 


West Coast Customs

Wild Bill
Holy Grail..oh, hey Maverick


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Urban Tide, Hyatt Orlando's Newest Restaurant

After attending a long day of inspiring Leadership action at the Junior League Fall Leadership in Orlando, we had the privilege of dining at Hyatt Orlando's newest venture Urban Tide. When we visited, in December we were told that they would soon be premiering their new restaurant and we would have to come back to check it out. Check it out we did! 

Our waiter Humberto was amazing, we explained to him that we had spaghetti brain and please bring forward the red wine in copious amounts. It was one of those evenings! I was really happy that I was at Urban Tide, because wine is something they do QUITE well. They had many selections by the glass, as well as an insane selection of bottle choices for us to choose from.

If you are conferencing in Orlando, its a short walk from the Orlando Convention Center and trust me, this is the way to end your day. I know that we are lucky, as we are conference nerds....especially when it comes to the Junior League...but conferences can be yawn fests. Having terrible conference food, we were HANGRY. Hungry, and a little angry at being hungry...but the food came out quick and each entree was better than the last. We are still talking about the au gratin potatoes!

My friend Amy and I dined on some of the new dishes that Urban Tide, happy to report that the staff and Chef Jared is still there, just shook it up a little from the old concept. Check out what we feasted on!





Asparagus and Sweet Corn Risotto | Mascarpone Cheese | Baby Tomatoes


Ceviche | Citrus Marinated Florida Sea Bass | Serrano Spiked Rock Shrimp 


Loch Duart Salmon | Sustainable Scotland Loch Caught


New England Sea Scallops | Juicy and Creamy Texture |


Flash-Fried Brussels Sprouts | Aged Balsamic 


Four Year Aged Cheddar Au Gratin Potatoes 

A little info about the new restaurant: From Florida’s bountiful coast, chic coastal cuisine and the freshest seafood is served at Urban Tide.

Seasonal favorites are celebrated, and elevated with bold flavors served in a stylish setting. With its dark wood furnishings and modern d├ęcor, Urban Tide offers diners a quiet, understated elegance highlighted by picturesque views of the Grotto Pool.

Chef Jared Gross brings Florida’s local seafood flavors to life with his modern twist on coastal favorites. Pair lunch or dinner with a classic or our current take on favorite handcrafted cocktails, or select from a distinctive collection of craft beers and fine wines.

Check out their menu here


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fashion and Knowledge for the Super Bowl for the Modern Girl

Assumedly, I am a girl. But, when it comes to sports I know why my uncle is so happy to have me around at all times when watching sports. I don't know everything but I sure know enough to be welcomed to any sports event with boys. In fact, during college season I am normally the only lady present.  I learned from listening and being a fan, but what if you need a crash course? 

Forget the chocolate-covered strawberry footballs – the best thing you can bring to a Super Bowl party is your arsenal of football knowledge. And since women represent over 45 percent of the NFL’s viewing audience, a new book from Vanessa-Franchesca "VF" Castro The Modern Girls’ Guide to the Gridiron needs to be in your arsenal. Her goal is to make it easier for women and girls to understand and relate to the sport they love. 

This book is great for:
  • Decoding Sports Talk: Includes a glossary of football terms every fan should know
  • Any football fan wanting to learn about the world’s “manliest” sport and its histories, traditions and scandals through the eyes of a female reporter
  • Connecting with a sports-minded partner: Learning more about the sport that your significant other loves (TMGGTTG has been called “the best marriage book ever”)
  • The perfect guide for mothers trying to learn more about the sport as they support their sons and fathers trying to relate their love of the sport to their daughters

The 49th Super Bowl will take place on February 1. To celebrate, VF is kicking off a giveaway and blog tour for The Modern Girls’ Guide to the Gridiron, a comprehensive guide to the game from a woman’s point of view, written by sports journalist Vanessa-Franchesca “VF” Castro. Formerly a makeup artist, Vanessa also puts together Game Day Looks – both beauty and fashion – on her blog.

Vanessa took some time our of her busy schedule to give you some ideas on what to wear for the big game!


Seattle Seahawks: For the first look, I styled a pair of skinny jeans (which are a closet staple), and a neon green embellished blouse by 3:1 Phillip Lim, followed by a pair of navy blue espadrilles from Michael Kors. The second look is a little more fashion forward, but it's still a classic style. I paired a gorgeous blue ribbed knit sweater by Yves Saint Laurent Vintage with a playful bright green skater skirt by Go Jane. And for accessories, I paired a sparkly bib necklace by BaubleBar, with grey booties from Steve Madden, and then a matching grey Debutante clutch by my favorite, Henri Bendel.  


New England Patriots: For the first look, I paired basic skinny jeans with a white tank top, and a red sweater by KAOS, with leopard booties by Ella Moss (similar), and a necklace by BaubleBar. For the second look, I styled the same skinny jeans with this white dolman sleeve sweater by Helmut Lang, with white booties (similar), and accessorized with a red Ralph Lauren scarf, and this "timeless" nautical-style watch by Daniel Wellington -- a perfect nod to New England style.  If you go with the basic colors of each franchise, your rooting interests will be easily differentiated, but the goal is to have fun -- both with your fashion choices, and during the game itself.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

World Traveler Themed Bridal Shower

If you are just coming to the party (see what I did there) I am an event planner by simply trade. I LOVE throwing bashes!! I wish I could recreate my wedding every day! I laugh when people call me crafty, I am just a professional on Etsy and Pinterest and go from there. It is so much fun to plan something and have it come out of your head onto a party. When it was time to plan our favorite Megan's bridal shower, I was giddy. 

She suggested a World Traveler theme, to go along with her honeymoon in England, France and Italy. So for a couple of weeks, her bridesmaids and her mom and I went to work. Here are some of the things we came up with! Hope you like them! The most fun was going thrifting for different pieces of china to fancy it up a little!! 

That tea set? $7!!! 

chalboard stickers and white chalk pen are my new BFF





This is my soon to famous vodka recipe!
 






London
London is Always A Good Idea Sign
London and Paris cupcake/finger sandwich toppers
London confetti-I used a 2"punch

Italian
Recipe Cards-she was wonderful, I sent her my recipe and she formatted it!

This was my only non home run-and in my defense it was midnight (and I was on bottle three) but I printed out this map and wrapped it around the C and threw a coat of Mod Podge on it. Let the record reflect T's are so much easier!


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