Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Obsession With Veggetti® #Giveaway

Yes, I am a blogger and yes I get a lot of fun and cool promotional opportunities to blog about. I'm pretty selective to what I say yes to, because I want it to match my readers and something that I am interested in. I could copy and paste all day long what the PR agency sends but how realistic is that?  

Please meet my newest obsession. I have already threatened to marry it, or at the every least host my own weekly infomercials for my own enjoyment. You get a Veggetti and You get a Veggetti! Squash is healthy but after making it 100 different ways, along comes the Veggetti to shake it all up. 

Everyone loves pasta, but pasta doesn’t always love everyone back.  Especially since I am on the Death Diet 30000 for Megan's wedding in September. I have found a healthy, low-carb alternative to spaghetti that’s is still delicious and satisfying!  Veggetti® is the perfect way to reinvent your favorite pasta dishes, with a twist!

Veggetti® is the quick & easy way to turn veggies into delicious pasta instantly! Simply choose your favorite veggies— zucchini, squash, carrots, cucumbers and potatoes work great—and twist them into thick or thin strands of pasta.  From Veggetti® Marinara to Veggetti® Bolognese, you’ll enjoy homemade, low-calorie dishes quickly and easily.  Veggetti® dishes are great for diabetics and gluten-free diets, too.

I have made a couple of different variations of Veggetti dishes that I think you will like. I was really surprised how simple it was to use. 

I decided to do Garlic Squash Veggetti, four ingredients: Squash, Garlic, Olive Oil and Red Pepper. As simple as it sounds, it is that easy to make. This is DELICIOUS and guilt free! 


Use the Veggetti to make the squash according to directions, this was two squashes

Mince three (or ten, I won't judge) cloves of garlic and add EVOO to frying pan


Saute for about three minutes and add red pepper to taste. 

That is it! Its really that easy and delicious! Check their website out for more ideas.

This is way too good for me to keep to myself. How about a giveaway? Win your own Veggetti® and a $25 Visa gift card by entering the giveaway below! Good Luck!



The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel 


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Five: Five Things to love about Summer

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

This week's theme is Five Things To Love About Summer!! Living in Florida where it is always Haiti Hot, the summer love comes in waves.

1. I love the recipes in summer that make sense. As much as I love good old fashioned comfort food, little stands up to a delicious summer salad or grilled anything.

2. Running for me in the summer isn't the most ideal, but it is when I do it the most at dawn.

3. A good day with pool and friends and cocktails can never be beat!

4. I tend to give myself a little more of a break during the summer as an employer. I don't technically take vacations because I always have to prep and prepare but sometimes in a middle of a Tuesday, I will say cussword it and throw on my suit for a swim...just because I can. This goes for day drinking. Way better in the summer.

5. Big Brother. of course you know I am obsessed but also know that once summer hits three months of BB is not too far behind!

So what do you love about summer?





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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Volusia County Fall Home and Garden Show Comes To Daytona Beach Ocean Center


Just in time for the weather to turn just a little bit cooler, which will inspire me to get my home DIY on, the Volusia County Fall Home & Garden Show is once again coming to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach Aug. 22-24, 2014.

For one weekend only, this popular event takes fills the entire Ocean Center exhibit hall and transforms it into a Home and Garden extravaganza. Local home & garden experts and related businesses exhibit everything from front entrance décor to backyard landscapes. 

The 2014 show features an “all-star” line-up including headliners Wayde King and Brett Raymer, stars of the Animal Planet hit show “Tanked”. No job is too big or too outlandish as Wayde and Brett travel far & wide to create the world’s most unique and spectacular aquariums. 

With an incomparable green thumb, Tom MacCubbin is best known to Floridians as host of the syndicated radio program “Better Lawns & Gardens.” A retired extension environmental horticulturist with the University of Florida, MacCubbin is a regular on TV and writes a Q&A gardening column for The Orlando Sentinel. Attendees may also recognize him as a co-host of Orange County Gardening on cable television and weekly horticulture reports on Central Florida News 13. 

Nathan Graboff, aka, “The Garden Guru” is featured on FOX Channel-35’s Good Day Sunday program. Nathan is a professional horticulturalist and master gardener with extensive experience in the floral industry. 

Other show highlights include:

• Latest Kitchen & Bath Trends
• Pools, Spas & Outdoor Living 
• Build-A-Bouquet by A Flower Cottage
• Plant Sales & Composting Demonstrations
• Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Feature
• Birds of Prey by Wild About Birds
• Kids Zone with Mad Science Shows & Projects
• Pet Zone courtesy of Halifax Humane Society Mobile Pet Adoptions
• Art, Gift and Gourmet Area

In addition, valuable learning opportunities are offered at the Volusia County Fall Home & Garden Show, including “Do It Yourself” (DIY) seminars and demonstrations throughout the weekend. 

Conveniently located at the beautiful Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, the Volusia County Fall Home & Garden Show hours are as follows:

Friday, Aug. 22, 2 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Volusia County Fall Home & Garden Show is fun for the whole family and an affordable way to spend the weekend. Price of show tickets – sold on-site with cash or check only – are:

Adults 17+ – $7.00
Children 13-16 - $3.00
12 & Under - Free
Active Duty Military with ID – FREE!
Senior 65+ – $5.00
E-Ticket - $6.00

$1.00 off coupon available at Home Depot, 

Note: Additional discounts do not apply to senior admission.

For more information visit www.volusiacountyhomeandgardenshow.com and connect 
with them on the Volusia County Home and Garden Show Facebook page.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Socially Acceptable-Kat Cole, COO Cinnabon

It's been a while that I stopped what I was doing on a Sunday morning and got really excited at all the inspiration in my ears. This weekend Kat Cole, COO Cinnabon was on CNBC On The Money, discussing her rise to President of Cinnabon. Its hard to not be inspired by a 36 year old woman that runs the company of one of my favorite treats! She had one resounding theme, failure can be a good thing. Hope you will grab a couple of takeaways like I did. The recap article is here.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Make your Own Yummification 5-Hour Energy Recipe and Win #giveaway

For someone who sleeps very little, staying up past 9 or 10 at night is nearly impossible for me. I don't drink a lot of coffee, because sometimes it makes me jittery. I have been using 5-hour ENERGY® shots to prevent me from falling asleep in my soup when we go out to dinner with friends.

Do you need a little boost to get through the day? 5-hour ENERGY® shots are the perfect way to get that energized feeling!  5-hour ENERGY® shots are dietary supplements that provide hours of energy and alertness without those nasty jitters. It contains a blend of B-vitamins, amino acids, and essential nutrients, and helps people feel alert and energized for hours. Even better, it has zero sugar, zero carbs, zero herbal stimulants and 4 calories!

With the summer months upon us, it’s also important to have a refreshing drink to cool down with, so why not have both?

The makers of 5-hour ENERGY® know the flavors can be strong, so the folks at are 5-hour ENERGY® encouraging people to mix a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with an everyday beverage to create a yummy, enjoyable drink.

This was an exciting challenge for me to create a recipe using one of the many 5-hour ENERGY® flavors. I am sharing this contest with you so that you  can have a chance to win too! Those who create combinations can win a share of $100,000 by entering the 5-hour ENERGY® “Yummification” video contest!

This is my Yummification concoction: I chose to use the Citrus 5-hour ENERGY® with orange flavored sparkling water and then added some lime for pizzazz! It is awesome!



Here is how you can enter this contest! :

1. Mix (1) 5-hour ENERGY® shot with 1 or 2 (MAX) of the following approved beverages:

  • Decaffeinated soda or cola
  • Fruit juice
  • Vegetable Juice
  • Smoothie
  • Lemonade
  • Decaffeinated tea (hot or iced) 
  • Any form of water


2. Give your “Yummification” a name

3. To enter the contest, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form; “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!); however, it is not a requirement for your blog post.

Remember, 5-hour ENERGY® is not an energy drink or intended to be mixed with alcohol. It is not intended for children, women who are pregnant or nursing, or people with medical conditions. It does not increase physical performance, dexterity, or endurance and does not treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Do not drink more than two per day, do not drink more than one at a time.


Information about the “Yummification” Contest:
The makers of 5-hour ENERGY® announced the launch of the “Yummification” video contest, where entrants can win a share of $100,000 for creating a video of their favorite way to mix a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with an everyday beverage.  The contest will be judged on the creativity of the video and the taste of the creation:

·         Drink creations must follow the approved/non-approved ingredients guidelines (i.e. no caffeinated beverages or alcohol)

·         To enter the contest, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form; “Like” 5-hour ENERGY® on Facebook, then create and submit a video that is no longer than 60 seconds showing an original combination being made, tasted, and named (creativity counts!)

·         One grand prize winner will receive $50,000, and the following prizes will also be awarded:

Second Prize (1): Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000)

Third Prize (1): Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000)

Fourth Prizes (10): One Thousand Dollars ($1,000)

Hurry! Entries must be received by August 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to be eligible.  No purchase necessary.  US residents only. 18 years and up. To enter, visit www.5houryummification.com and follow the instructions to complete the entry form or “Like” the 5-hour ENERGY® page on Facebook and follow the instructions to click the contest tab

For official rules, visit 5houryummification.com and don't forget to check out 5-hour ENERGY® Twitter

How about your chance to win a gift pack from 5-hour ENERGY® Enter here below!





The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®, but all opinions are mine.

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Altuzarra For Target Hits Stores September 14

Mark your calendar for September 14th when Target partners with yet another fabulous designer to present about 50 pieces ranging in prices from $18-90. If you need me, that day I will be online not breathing. Thanks to my geographic of awesome this collection prob won't make it to Daytona Beach Target. 

This collection is Joseph Altuzarra and I am in LOVE. I haven't been this excited since the Missoni or Phillip Lim launch. Thanks to my friend Beauty Mommy Nada, who sent me the LookBook, here is what i am pinning and pining over. Thank God for the Red Card, free shipping and no stress!! 










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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Celebrate Shark Week with some #SharkTankSwag #Giveaway

Unless you have been living under a rock, did you know it is Shark Week?? !! 

To celebrate Shark Week, I have joined forced with CNBCPrimeTV to do another giveaway for Shark Tank.

Shark Tank is an American reality competition series produced by Mark Burnett.The show features a panel of potential investors, called "sharks", who consider offers from aspiring entrepreneurs seeking investments for their business or product. The entrepreneur can make a deal on the show if a panel member is interested. However, if all of the panel members opt out, the entrepreneur leaves empty-handed.The show is said to portray "the drama of pitch meetings and the interaction between the entrepreneurs and tycoons.



The CNBC network and that Shark Tank is now being syndicated on CNBC on Tuesdays from 8-10pm.

Your chance to win a box filled with Shark Tank goodies of businesses that survived the Shark Tank and managed to nab investments!



Check out what was sent in my gift box!


Season 2 - Episode 207
@OrigAudio


Season 04 Episode 26
@GOBIEH2O


Season 04 Episode 05
@marzsprays


Season 1 Episode 6 
@porkbarrelbbq 


Season 04 Episode 20
@NutsNMoreUSA

 Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway Below and don't forget to watch Shark Week and episodes of Shark Tank on CNBC on Tuesdays! 



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Monday, August 11, 2014

NASCAR Foundation Starter Kit Helps You Host Your Own Fundraiser


Through our programs at-track or in the classroom, The NASCAR Foundation is helping kids learn to succeed, no matter their obstacles! During the 2012-2013 school year, one survey found the national average spent by teachers on their classrooms was $485.  That accounts for $1.6 billion during one school year.*

Gearing up with supplies during the back-to-school rush doesn't mean teachers and students stop needing resources once the first school bell rings. Help us provide supplies and innovative technology throughout the year to classrooms across the country just by using our recently launched The Champions Starter Kit Informational Guide!  You host the event, and we help! This kit was created to assist you in event planning and promotional efforts.

What does this mean? You could host an event that fuels NASCAR Chase enthusiasm and marks the first-ever 16 driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, all while raising funds to benefit our kids. Win, win!

Celebrate all that you love about NASCAR by hosting a NASCAR Day in your community or neighborhood. Plan it in conjunction with Richmond International Raceway's race weekend!
Host a NASCAR race watch party and incorporate a barbeque for friends, family and coworkers.
Please help us enhance our fundraising efforts by signing up to host a fun event to raise funds for The NASCAR Foundation, all while engaging in the sport we love - NASCAR!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Venus Makes Shaving on the Go A Snap

One of the coolest thing I have been using this summer is the new Venus Snap by Gillette. It is genius in design, small but sturdy and fits in even the  tiniest of handbags. This is great to throw in your gym bag, at yoga class or when you are traveling. I like that the case that it comes with is enclosed because I have this irrational fear of slicing my finger, shudder. Seriously, I took this on my cruise and it was really convenient and portable.



Shaving season is in full-swing and Gillette Venus has you covered when it comes to a skipped shave or if you just missed a few hairs. The Venus Snap with Embrace Razor is perfect for a close long-lasting shave for spontaneous, on-the-go moments like an impromptu date night or last minute gym class.



In the spirit of summer fun and adventure, Gillette Venus invites you to embrace all the on-the-go, leg-bearing moments. Venus is partnering with YouTube star Tessa Violet to help celebrate these ”wish I’d shaved” moments. All summer, women shared these funny, sometimes even embarrassing moments via the #InASnap hashtag on Twitter. Tessa has used her favorites as inspiration to create a series of music videos celebrating spontaneity. To see what #InASnap moments are brought to life, follow the #InASnap hashtag and @Gillette Venus on Twitter and visit the Gillette Venus YouTube page -  to check out the music video series.  

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ormond Mainstreet presents Granada Grand Festival of the Arts

I am so lucky to be a part of Ormond Beach Mainstreet. It is great to be able to make a difference and help throw great events in the town who made me me. This should be a blast if you are an artist, a band or just someone like me who enjoys some great unique artsy but not fartsy entertainment. (You can see why I am not in charge of writing the copy for this one!) 


Mark your calendars to attend the 1st Annual Granada Grand Festival of the Arts! Ormond Beach MainStreet Inc., will host this free arts festival Friday, September 26th, 2014 from 5 PM-8PM along West Granada Boulevard in the downtown Ormond Beach Arts District. 

The Granada Grand Festival of the Arts will highlight our area’s rich accomplishments by showcasing visual artists, musical acts and spoken word performers.

Stroll Granada Boulevard as the street comes alive with paintings, public art displays, music, food and even live cake decorating. Find the perfect piece of art while you shop in our vendor area with over 20 accomplished area artists. Be inspired by the verses of spoken word poets or admire a beautiful work of chalk art!

On the main stage, local bands will square off for supremacy during our Battle of the Bands contest. Fans are invited to be a part of the action and vote for a favorite act. 

Musical performances and dance groups will entertain attendees at the second stage. 

Downtown restaurants will be offering food and drink specials along with musical entertainment. 

Our kid’s zone will be art-centered, with craft projects and a bounce house. 

Admission and parking are free for this event—so come join us for all of the fun!

The Granada Grand Festival of the Arts is a new event sponsored by Ormond Beach MainStreet and the Ormond Arts District as part of their mission to enliven downtown Ormond Beach. 

For more information on this event, please contact Jamie 
Bartholomew, Events Coordinator, at jamie@ormondmainstreet.com or by phone at 
(386) 492-2938.

All vendor and battle of the bands apps can be accessed here

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pamela Barsky Words of Wisdom

God, How I love this woman and her designs!




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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pro Compression #KeepItTight


As one who used to not really care to run when it is too cold out, wearing compression socks and sleeves really help in the winter. Marathon runners have been sporting compression socks for several years. But even for my two mile treks around the neighborhood have a benefit. A lot of people compare compression methods to ice baths...which scare me. So this is an easy fix.

When I had a chance to try out Pro Compression with a #sweatpink campaign, I was game. Even though, obviously its summer, these sleeves from Pro Compression are completely breathable. My legs feel great during and after my runs and it really helps with my recovery. If you are like me and not jumping in a tub of ice any time soon, these are for you.

If Calf Sleeves aren't your thing, maybe you would like a pair of compression socks? I really liked the pink argyle ones. I mean, its really all about HOW you look while you run!

PRO Compression products are specifically designed to give you an edge and help you perform at the highest level possible.

They can be worn before, during and after a workout as the benefits of compression speed up muscle recovery through enhanced vascular flow in your lower extremities.

True Graduated Compression
PRO Compression socks deliver maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood.  The moment you put these socks on your feet, you will feel the difference.

This design requires more effort to put on than standard socks. But it’s that extra effort and much-needed compression that make all the difference. Be patient and your feet will thank you.

True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.

Find Pro Compression on the webFacebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have a discount code for you!
"PINK" for 40% OFF an entire purchase at the PRO Compression online store. If you have been on the fence about purchasing compression socks the discount is a great way to try one of the top brands with little risk!

#KeepItTight on my run! 






Tweet: I #KeepItTight w/ @PROCompression! Use the code PINK for 40% OFF your entire purchase! http://ctt.ec/W2UDL+ @fitapproach #sweatpink





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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Words To Live By

This is definitely the anthem for anyone who is plowing their way through entrepreneurship or self employment.  Four years later, I am still not sure how the heck I am able to pull it off. I know you think I am crazy, but I pray every day the rug isn't pulled out from underneath me. Pardon the curse words. 


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Monday, July 28, 2014

#FuelYourBetter with Vega Sport


As I begin month four on adding three days of training sessions, I have hit an odd plateau...not that it wasn't challenging before, but now the weights are getting heavier and I am losing any kind of kinship with these machines. It is quickly becoming a love/hate relationship. The results will certain be worth it, but I am having a hard time staying motivated and energized, because its getting almost too hard. I am also starting to have a little self doubt when I can't do as good as I want to because I am getting tired in the middle of my workout. 

I was happy to have the opportunity to review the Vega Sport line of products, there is a lot of different options and formulations to get started with, based on your need. As I looked through the products, I thought the Vega Sport Endurance gel was sure to be by best bet. Gels are easily digestible and anything that has the words electrolyte-enhanced energy shot is singing my name. 

Another cool thing about this product is that it is dairy and gluten as well as soy free. The Endurance gel provided energy, was an excellent source of vitamin C and gave me back my electrolytes that was making me lose my steam at the gym.  

Plus, Vega Sport Endurance Gel is the only gel on the market to feature coconut oil, a medium-chain triglyceride metabolized in the liver to provide instant, non-carbohydrate energy. Fancy words that explains so much! 

Vega Sport asks How do you #FuelYourBetter? We are all at different levels of our workout program, how do you deal?? Take a look at their website and see what resonates with you and give their products a whirl to find out what is holding you back from your better?! 

I received this product to review but opinions are my own. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Five-Goals


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

This week's theme is Goals!!

This comes at a really good time because I am at a weird crossroad.

Work
I have been working hard to practice what I preach, my client load for the first time in a long time is completely low maintenance. Everyone is in a groove, noone is being unreasonable or needy and all information is completely under control. I could prob use one more day of organizing it all but I am almost there. I just dream and dream to run my business seamlessly, with fun and ease. It is possible and I am pulling it off. I think that is why I am constantly tweaking my system. I get really excited when new things work my way. Hootsuite has stepped up their game this month and made some huge upgrades on their app to make some of the things that I do work more seamlessly with everything else. For that I am grateful.

Working on my Fitness. 
I have got to get back on my running horse. Now allegedly there are bears in my neighborhood. WTF! Gators and Bears oh my. That's all I need, anxiety while I run.

Crossroad.
Trying to make a difference, someway somehow. I feel like something is missing creatively to make me feel whole  but can't put my finger on it.

Stop eating like a Silly Person! 
Funny, I go to the gym three times a week but I have not been eating as good as I should. As soon as I get back from this cruise, I am back on the healthy horse.

Do More Yoga
I have a free yoga membership. This is sad, and I maybe my enlightenment can be found here.

What are your goals? Are they as white girl problematic as mine? 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tell Zephyrhills Whats Your Florida Favorite To Clean Up Hillsborough River #FLFAVORITES

I am one of those odd birds that has lived her whole life in Daytona Beach...ahem Ormond Beach. My family is ALL from Long Island but they moved down here right before I was born. There is a lot of great things about living here but the gorgeous weather is my favorite part. Yes, it is hot, but I am an early bird so you just get up earlier to get your stuff done or get your run on !! And my basil kicks major booty in this Florida sunshine. 


So what is Florida known for besides great Spring Breaks, Disney World and large yummy oranges? Did you know that Zephyrhills Water is sourced from Crystal Springs, located near Crystal Springs and Zephyrhills, Florida, as well as other Florida springs? PS, Zephyrhills used to hold the greatest concert festival I ever went to, anyways....I digress. 

Zephyrhills is encouraging Tampa Bay residents to tell them what your “Florida Favorite” is by using #FLfavorites on social media – every time the hashtag is used, Zephyrhills will donate $1 to the Hillsborough River cleanup project along with Tampa Bay Watch and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

You can find Zephyrhills Social accounts here: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Use the hashtag #FLfavorites as many times as you like through September 15th and help them reach their goal of $50,000 for the Hillsborough River Cleanup Project. This donation will complete a series of “We Love Florida’s Water” land and water-based projects including river clean-up, watershed education, and recycling activities..

Use the hashtag and help keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.


I was compensated by Zephyrhills for the time spent on this post, however opinions are my own.



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Friday, July 18, 2014

How To Organize Your Handbags for $2

My friend Heather from The Etiquette Seed was sweet enough to quote the one saying I will go to my grave screaming-

#HandbagEtiquette A wise woman once made an interesting observation: A HANDBAG is something you carry as an accessory. A PURSE is something you do with your lips. #LittleBlogDress

To say that I have a penchant for handbags is like saying Kate plus 8 likes to birth babies, as I wont spend much on shoes, I blink very little at handbag prices. I have been salivating on the Louis Fill All and really am thinking of how I can pull this off, as it is a mortgage payment. Anyway. purse storage is impossible unless you have a Mariah Carey size closet. BUT!!!! I have the found the perfect solution, I am so giddy from this awesomeness, I may go buy another handbag because I clearly now have so much freaking room! 

Like Carrie Bradshaw said, and I just squealed at my husband-


And now I can, and you can too! I went to the dollar store bought shower rings for a dollar apiece and BOOM!


Come on robbers, come and get me!


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Friday Five: Friday Favorites


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

This week's theme is Friday Favorites!! 

First off, I can not believe it is Friday! This week flew by! But it has been a good one! 

Begin Again
If you have not seen this movie, I implore you run, not walk into your theater and catch it. I went with my two girlfriends, one who is not a Keira fan. But bless her, she came anyway and I think she liked it! I LOVED it!
  
1. Set in NY, any movie that makes me want to leave the theater and go straight to the airport is my favorite.

2. It was based on the life of an A/R record rep....and it was spot on. 

3. Adam Levine did a really good job, for his first big film! I was impressed.

4. Great soundtrack and great great story. 



Bahamas. 
Yes, I will be taking a quint jaunt to the only tropical island that will afford me on Thursday for Megan's bachelorette party. We will be leaving on Thursday and back on Sunday. It has been a couple of years since I have been so yeah! How the hell will I be able to deal with no email?

Cheers to My Health!
This week marks SIX years of my brain thingy (also known as a shunt placement due to hydrocephalus). When I think how much I have learned since this crossroad was shoved in front of me...it makes me really happy and a little emotional.

Praying for a Pinterest No Fail
I have been looking to do this project for a couple of weeks now. When I attended my first oil painting class, yes it is of Picasso quality-but in the wrong color scheme. So I am gonna do this, with my favorite saying (yet to be decided), what do you think?? My sister is having a heart attack that I am ruining my painting but I think it will be cool!


No Agenda Weekend
This is my favorite kind, I literally have one thing I HAVE to do this weekend!! The rest is all me. It actually started today when I got up. I zipped through work and found I was done by 7a, went to the gym, worked on a couple of to dos....watched two hours of Big Brother, TOOK A NAP...holy cow, and now I write to you. I plan on lots of organizing writing and catching up on life, how about you?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Grown Up Ramen with al fresco #Giveaway


Columbia Crest is partnering with al fresco all natural, America’s #1 chicken sausage brand, to help you wine and dine better by pairing al fresco’s favorite seasonal dishes with the perfect Columbia Crest wine.  

You can enter to win an ALL-EXPENSE PAID trip to the Columbia Crest Winery in Washington State. All they have to do is ‘Like’ al fresco on Facebook and submit the required form as directed! 

I was asked to create a recipe and pairing for this contest and I think you are gonna really like what I came up with. There is something very satisfying about being able to pull off grownup Ramen Noodle soup using al fresco dinner fully cooked chicken sausage.  

This is my variation of the recipe originally from Cooking with Beer. 

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 whole Large Onion, Diced
3 whole Medium-sized Carrots, Diced
2 stalks Celery, Diced

1 teaspoon Salt + More As Needed
1 teaspoon Pepper + More As Needed
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
¼ cups Fresh Parsley, Chopped + More For Garnish

4 cups Beef Broth
1 cup Water
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons Sriracha
Two packets of ramen noodles
One package of al fresco dinner fully cooked chicken sausage.

2 whole Hard Boiled Eggs For Garnish
¼ cups Green Onions, Chopped For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

In a 5-quart Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and the parsley and cook for another 2 minutes or until you begin to smell the garlic. Now, add the beef broth, water and soy sauce. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
Add the Sriracha, noodles, and sausage and continue to simmer until the noodles are al dente, about 6-7 minutes (or according to package instructions for al dente).

Adjust the seasoning by adding more salt, pepper and/or Sriracha. Serve hot and garnish with hard-boiled eggs, green onions and parsley.




I chose to pair this with a delicious red wine-Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, look at all the cute things they sent me to make my summer dining complete!  



  Now, don't be jealous I have some prizes for you too!!  

Grand Prize
 al fresco coupons for (2) free products 
 al fresco trivet, spatula 
 grilling brush 
 Columbia Crest wine opener and bottle stopper 

Runner Up Prizes 
 (5) coupons for free al fresco products 




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Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Cocktails


Nothing says summer like getting a group of your closest friends together for some fun in the sun…and there’s no better time than the 4th of July. This year, mix it up, throw in some unexpected twists and give your friends and family a party to remember!


Every 4th of July party needs something sweet with a nod to the red, white and blue. Put a twist on a traditional ice cream sandwich with Häagen-Dazs’s new gelato flavor, Pomegranate Swirl, for the perfect blend of sweet and tart sensations that will have your guests wondering if you’ve been taking cooking classes on the sly:

1 scoop of Häagen-Dazs Pomegranate Swirl
2 homemade white chocolate chip cookies


Make an unexpected summery drink like a White Mojito for guests to enjoy poolside.

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan White® Rum

.5 oz. fresh lime juice

.5 oz. simple syrup

fresh mint, muddled

fresh limes, cut into small pieces

1 oz. club soda

1 mint sprig

Directions: Put all ingredients except club soda and mint sprig into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Add club soda, shake once, and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a mint sprig



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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lazy Day Breakfast

If you havent heard, in Florida its been yucky and rainy for days. Perfect day to whip up some yummy breakfast! I had made some mashed potatoes for my sisters birthday party this weekend and thought this would be a good compliment if I could pull off potato pancakes. I would like to announce that I nailed it! Thank you Kelly from Just a Taste for making it look so easy! 


Now that breakfast was off to a great start, how to bring it home?? I am loving Thomas' Limited Edition Cinnamon Vanilla English Muffins. All their flavors are yummy but these are awesome! 

Playing off of the dessert for breakfast trend, Thomas’ is introducing Cinnamon Vanilla English Muffins and Maple French Toast Bagels. Cinnamon Vanilla English Muffins are the only brand new flavor that Thomas’ will be introducing in 2014 and were inspired by cinnamon buns, offering the same sweet scent and flavor but with a crunchy texture in each bite. 

They are delicious as a sweet morning treat when topped with butter, and strawberries and cream like I did here or as a savory-sweet combo when topped with eggs and bacon. Hurry! These are only available for a limited time!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Rudeness of People-Infertility Edition

I guess I should say, I don't know if I am actually infertile....as I have unexplained infertility...this is actually a medical term, if you can believe. We have decided after over a year of unsuccessfully trying that adoption will be our method of raising a family and to be honest, I am really excited. 

I am not even going to try to blue sky this, I am really looking forward to this new process and stopping this terrible merry go round that has put strain on our bank account and our marriage this last year. 

I literally woke up one morning a couple of months ago and said I am not doing this anymore. 

  • I am not putting these hormones in my body any longer
  • I am not gonna gain weight in my belly like i swallowed something
  • I am not gonna try to deal with the anxiety and the stress every cussword month and analyze every single difference in my body which leads to illusion of grandeur. 


I could go on and on. Lets be honest here, I am 40 and have never been pregnant. Just because I became pregnant doesnt guarantee I was to stay pregnant. Or deliver a baby with needs bigger than my own, which at 40 may or not been something we were equipped to deal with mentally. 

So, with my husband on board we have made a fair and balanced decision that works for us. Like my best friend says, we will be parents-this is no doubt. So I look forward to sharing some of my adoption journey with you. 

What doesn't stop is the utter rudeness of people when it comes to this matter. I promise bodily harm for the next person who shrugs when you tell them your new path and smiles real big like they are the first person to think of this and say well THAT is when you will get pregnant, and then continue to tell me the wives tale of someone who knew someone that this happened to them. 

I also am shying away from birthday parties and baby showers for a while. Last month, we were getting ready to go to my nephews birthday party which is normally a fun family day. For some reason, I told my husband that I didnt really feel like going. No sooner than walking in, a family friend who hasnt seen me since my wedding ran over, GRABBED my belly and said Do you have a baby yet? And when I blinked a whole bunch and said No, she digged back in and said WELL WHY NOT?? 

So there is that. And my friend (who I am happy for) who had sex on her honeymoon a bunch and boom got pregnant...or the checkout girl at Publix this week who was asked if she was going to have any more children shrugged and said, I don't know, maybe....like it is that easy. So I know that this feeling of anguish won't necessarily go away anytime soon but it will be nice to have a new focus and a new journey..and it will be nice to share it with you. 


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

S.R. Perrott Distributing Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting


Another exciting night in Ormond Beach tonight! I was so excited to be invited to S.R. Perrott's grand opening! The Connors family embodies what is great about Ormond and I am so happy to know them. They have helped a jillion special events or causes for me and my organizations over the years. They always go over and above and I just adore! Funny, that this was the sentiment all night, there inane generosity to the community.

Wasn't it so nice of them to build their new warehouse across the street from my development? Coincidence? I think not!

Tonight, S.R. Perrott, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening and operation of the company’s new 90,000 square foot beverage distribution warehouse. The new location will relocate and will employ 155 and service more than 1300 retail accounts. More than 500 guests were expected to attend the event, along with dignitaries from the City of Ormond and Volusia County.


Working with the city of Ormond Beach, S.R. Perrott relocated its warehousing facility within the city limits. Through their partnership the City of Ormond Beach has set up an incentive program and S.R. Perrott, Inc. will receive $100,000 in tax reimbursements over a five year period.  S.R. Perrott, Inc. is heavily involved in the community and charitable events and donates to numerous charitable organizations.    

Mayor Ed Kelley, Gary and Michelle Connors

S.R. Perrott, Inc. is a total beverage distributor serving Volusia, Flagler and parts of Putnam and Lake Counties in Florida. S.R. Perrott, Inc. represents over 59 suppliers, including MillerCoors, Heineken, Constellation Brands, Yuengling, Boston Beer Co., Pabst Brewing Co., Guinness-Diageo, and many more. S.R. Perrott, Inc. is family owned and has serviced the area since 1962.

The highlight of the night for me was a generous donation by S.R. Perrott to Ormond Mainstreet, which is the downtown organization that I am a proud to be a board member.


President Rich Cooper accepting Ormond Mainstreet Donation
My friend Kaylee and I



 My favorite part of the night? Seeing this upon entering! I am such a nerd but don't you love it?! (hashtag-they get it)




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