Friday, September 4, 2015

WORC Fashion Show


Check out our list of models for the show:

Charlie Lydecker, Brown & Brown, Inc. Executive
Mike and Angie Skinner, Retired NASCAR driver and Council on Aging Executive
Carrie Register, Emmert Eyewear Owner and President
Nada Manley , Style Writer for the News-Journal and Owner of Beauty Mommy
Alexis Lenssen, Raymond James Investments
Priscilla Chanfrau, Council on Aging Executive
Caroline Rand, Brown & Brown, Inc.
Hari and Jennefer Pulapaka, Award-winning Cress Restaurant
John Mark Adkison, ERAU Assistant Director of Athletics
Kahlin Grant, Synergy Billing
Linda Bradley-Thacker, UCF Daytona Beach Vice President
Ryan Ridder, DSC Head Basketball Coach
Edith Shelley, Halifax Health Community and Governmental Relations
Janet Long, Associated Dermatologists
Pat Rice, Daytona Beach News-Journal Editor
Bob Coleman, retired FPL Executive
Bobbi Coleman, Community leader
Mike McKee, File-Tech LLC Owner and President
Daryl Tol, Florida Hospital CEO
Matthew Mitchell, Attorney with Rue & Zifra
David Sweat, Attorney with Rue & Zifra
Laura Gilvary, Intracoastal Bank Vice President
Jaye Patel, Realtor
Mark Watts, Attorney with Cobb Cole PA          

Don't wait, tickets and sponsorships are available now, get them while they last!
Contact Kelly Ferguson, (386) 274-6474, ext 17 or email kferguson@worcinc.org.

All proceeds benefit WORC in providing services to adults with disabilities!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Three Things I'm Obsessing Over This Fall

Pleasssse Fall come quickly, I know that it is a 48 hour window in Florida but I am sure looking forward to some cooler temperatures! It has been a long summer on so many levels, I am ready to break out the fall frame of mind. It is my favorite holiday!


I am loving my new backpack that I picked up yesterday while shopping. I was in Orlando, so when in Rome. One must go shop. Well, when anywhere but sometimes I need to make it sound better.


I don't know if you know this about me, but I lead a very stressful world. Mostly self imposed but still. This is such a fun concept that I am wrapping my entire being around, Adult coloring books are gaining popularity for true stress relief. Check out this article to let you know I am not the only one. 



I have a feeling this book is gonna give me a lot of inspiration to manage my time better. 

What are you looking forward this fall?


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's Easy To Be Inspired By Champagne

I am pretty big on women empowerment, especially when there is a lot of people out there that don't share your enthusiasm of trying to be great. You may have mean girl that says "Are you still doing that BLOG thing" Which you can freely say, yes bitch...you mean my successful social media ad agency that is in year five? Or that confused aunt that says "Now, what is it exactly that you do, however will you make a living? (see above minus the bitch tag). 

When you can't find enough of an army, jumping on social media is a great way to get support.

I have been following Cara Alwill Leyba for a couple of years now, after she liked a photo on my Instagram (tagged #champagne of course). Pretty much anyone who names their brand The Champagne Diet is destined to become my instant social media BFF. It is with good reason, because she is so much more than bubbles. She is a successful Life Coach, an author of best selling status and really understands what it is like to be a #GirlBoss and did I mention that she also resides in my most favorite city on the Planet?  

Cara released her fourth book Girl Code last Tuesday and for the first time in I don't know...ever, I ordered the physical book, the Kindle version will be along in a couple of weeks but I could not wait to be inspired.

Hopefully she will inspire you too, we need more girls like her in our area. Cheers!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Get your free Jet Membership here!

I'm very excited to do a fun giveaway today. A free year of the new shopping site Jet.

Use the code, LITTLEBLOG, is active and ready to share. It is good for exactly 25 redemptions and expires 8/18/2015. No matter when you redeem it, it is good for a free 1-year membership to Jet, worth $49.99.

Here is an article from Time magazine that explains the program, will this be the "next" Amazon?

Everything You Need To Know About Amazon’s New Rival Jet.com


Check out this fun video that describes it in detail! Get on the train before anyone else! 



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Monday, August 10, 2015

Are you there, Darlynn? It's Me, Judy Blume


Today my day started off with a bang with a tweet from my favorite author Judy Blume. God, I love Twitter. Her latest book In the Unlikely Event is very well written, is quite a page turner and is exactly what you would expect what your childhood hero would pen.




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COA presents The Vineyard at The Shores


The Council on Aging in Volusia County has a fun NEW Wine Auction that will take place on Friday, August 14th at the Shores from 6-9pm. It will be a gourmet food & wine event paired with an auction of unique wines benefiting the COA. You don’t want to miss out and it’s only for 60 couples so it’s very limited.

If you wish to purchase your tickets right now, click here.



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Friday, July 31, 2015

Asparagus, Goat Cheese, Shrimp Risotto + 14 Hands Wine

Although it is Africa hot, it has been very very rainy and everyone is craving comfort food. This is my favorite risotto recipe, not my absolute favorite but that one takes so long to make this one is great for a quick delicious meal. Thanks to the website LaaLoosh, it is Weight Watchers friendly coming in with just 6 points. This is hard to believe, the goat cheese makes it tastes so decadent, you won't believe it!

Find the recipe here. I cooked the shrimp separately and threw it in at the end. Enjoy!






I chose to pair this with 14 Hands Chardonnay. I think goat cheese and shrimp with a white wine is the way to go. This Chardonnay offers bright aromas of apples and pears with a touch of caramel and spice. Elegant fruit flavors give way to hints of butter and vanilla, ending with a juicy finish.




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Monday, July 27, 2015

Daytona International Speedway Sign Demolition

This actually hurts my heart, but am excited for what is to come! 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona International Speedway identification sign, which stands 57 feet tall and 48 feet wide along International Speedway Boulevard, was demolished on Thursday morning as part of the DAYTONA Rising project, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment scheduled for completion in January 2016.

The demolition process took only a few hours for the sign, which was originally unveiled in January 1994.

DAYTONA Rising is scheduled for completion in January 2016 in time for the 54th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 58th annual DAYTONA 500.

About DAYTONA Rising
DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,500 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.

Toyota, Florida Hospital and Chevrolet are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 60,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for three of the injectors/entrances and three of the new neighborhoods.

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl.

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site.

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.








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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Night Out with Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse

We had the most AMAZING dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando a couple of weeks ago. This is our third or fourth time dining at their different options but this one takes the cake. The Steak was as big as my head! I loved every second of our meal, our apps and oh the wine! This is perfect for date night or a night out with friends. Our service was perfect and have I spoke about the food!? Divine!


Some details from their website:
Their modern steakhouse experience combines the charm of an authentic Italian restaurant with a refined selection of steaks, chops and seafood. Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse’s private dining room welcomes celebrations, meetings and events with 50-100 guests and the main dining room accommodates 200.

An open kitchen and pizza oven set the stage for the on-site preparation of new and traditional Italian favorites, fish, and premium U.S. steaks and chops. Enjoy an intimate dining experience on your Orlando date night or settle in at The Bar, where you can enjoy our 60" HDTV along with a full drink and restaurant menu.

In addition to spectating the skillful preparation of delicious grilled prime steaks, seafood entrees, creative pizza and pasta dishes, guests may gather at the Milan-inspired lounge and select wines from our extensive, award-winning wine cellar.  Indulge in our award-winning brunch on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

For more information and reservations, please call 407.345.4570.






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Monday, July 13, 2015

Summertime and the Cocktails are Easy

We are in official summer mode and it's time to get your cocktails for the season. Like I told you earlier this year, I am obsessed with Bungalow 23 mixers! Not only are the owners Florida based but each ingredient is hand selected for optimal taste using real fruit instead of flavorings!

Bungalow 23: FABI award-winning Bungalow 23 premium cocktail mixers are full of fresh fruit purees, real fruit juices and homemade extracts made from fresh cut herbs. Bungalow 23 concentrates creating a naturally balanced yet complex cocktail.  Bungalow 23’s creative, all-natural flavors have a unique, but approachable taste profile.  Their three flavors are Blueberry Lemon Drop, Pear Ginger Martini and Prickly Pear Margarita.

Bungalow 23 is full of fresh fruit purees, real fruit juices and homemade extracts made from fresh cut herbs; each ingredient is hand-selected for optimal taste. These craft cocktail mixers contain premium ingredients such as blueberries grown in the fertile soil of Oregon's Willamette Valley, pears picked from Washington's Wenatchee Valley, prickly pears harvested from California's Salinas Valley, agave from Mexico and lavender from France. Each of Bungalow 23’s creative, all-natural flavors has a unique, but approachable taste profile:

Blueberry Lemon Drop: Visually stunning with a deep indigo-purple hue, the Blueberry Lemon Drop possesses unprecedented complexity and balance. A velvety texture emphasizes the dark, ripe fruit. Fresh, juicy lemons balance the cocktail and deliver a refreshingly crisp finish. Lavender and lemongrass combine to add complexity and provide rich, earthy undertones.

Pear Ginger Martini: Fresh and elegant, this fruit forward cocktail finishes with a kick of spice offered up by the fresh ginger root. Lemons and lemongrass brighten and enhance the taste of pear and ginger while adding depth to this well balanced cocktail. Just enough sugar is added to balance the lemons and to allow the natural flavors to shine through.

Prickly Pear Margarita: Vivid persimmon in color, this refreshing cocktail exhibits aromas of lime peel and fresh herbs. On the palate, bright citrus of fresh limes and oranges balances the prickly pear’s flavors of watermelon and berries. Blue agave nectar softens the tang, while adding richness and depth. A hint of cilantro provides an unexpected earthiness on the finish.


You can find Bungalow 23: Online | Facebook | Instagram | In stores


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Thursday, July 9, 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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Friday, July 3, 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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Monday, June 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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Thursday, June 25, 2015

No Rainbows. No Butterflies. The Reality of a Failed Adoption.

We were very busy in the month of May and June preparing for a little bundle of joy. A baby girl that we spent six months waiting for. A successful quick placement with a birthmother who picked us to be parents of her unborn child. A girl. I wanted a girl so badly, our whole family has boys. This was meant to be.

Since December we have accompanied her to many doctors appointments, ran around town because she was out of money so many times I can't count. We paid her "phone bill" almost weekly, because did you know that Sprint bills are paid weekly? We got fired from one practice for noncompliance as we begged her please just go get your blood work. We gave her cash instead of taking her grocery shopping because she had to do this or that. Glaring red flags with one promise.

We were told over and over again by her, it will be tough but there is no way I can financially or physically support two children. Even thirty minutes before she went into labor. All a lie. Yes, there was indeed a way, we certainly helped and its soaked with emotional and financial extortion.

The birthfather gave her chlamydia and she was madder at that then the fact that he dumped her and threatened to kill her and shamed her on Facebook. I guess all is forgiven as she brought him their daughter this Sunday, his sixth child for the world to see. On Facebook. SO Sweet.

The circumstances made it a journey of all to be told:

The mother and the best friend, who paraded back and forth during labor and delivery on their fifty smoke breaks and giggled knowing all along they had convinced their daughter and their friend the unthinkable. But how funny are "those rich people" looking up each time, waiting for twelve hours... waiting for what was meant to be, what they contractually spent thousands and thousands of dollars for . What they wished for with every bone in their being to come to fruition because after a year of failed unexplained infertility at least with an adoption, you end up with a baby, right?

The letter I wrote to ensure her we would love this baby more than life itself, because apparently this was above said trash's point of contention.

The charge nurse who came out at 10p and said there was nothing she could do. Please. Leave.

The days after. The horrifying realization that you told everyone for the support and the prayers and now you had to untell people. Asking to not be bothered then wondering why certain people didn't ignore this advice and reach out to you anyways and getting mad all over again.

The door. That remains shut. Because behind it, although not full boat holds so many pieces of what was gonna make your family a reality. A cradle, oodles of clothes, a car seat...the start of a nursery.

Making appointments with the state atty instead of the infant photographer who spent days making the perfect poof.

The amazing friends who call and check in every day even knowing I don't want to be seen or spoke to. Even the girl who I have known for a week that was there for me because she also shared something horrible. The friend who made me two days of dinner and two bottles of wine. A girl I know not as well but adore dropping off even more wine with a note that was written from her soul.

My best friend who in a sick mirror of circumstances stood by my side the entire time, flooding back to what I am sure what was painful reminders of her losses, but reminding me that even miracles take a little time. Her gorgeous son was worth the wait. And, he is.

A former client who is going into my mothers house of hoards and helping me get the stuff of value out. Refuses any assistance or payment for going up and beyond. Because life does have to go on.

A Leadership mentor reading me this quote from To Kill A Mockingbird, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
It made me cry, and not really understand why anyone could count me brave instead of just stupid.

My loving husband. we have laughed, he has watched me moan and cry and we drank and we remained quiet to process and repeated. Driving around just to do something but having nowhere to go. We thankfully are bonding instead of pulling away.

He went back to work today. I feel terrible for him because I begged him to tell his work..and normally such a private person he finally did, only to now deal with (I am sure) "the look" and the questions and the "how is she doing?"

How is she doing? Processing, truly going through the stages of all grief but adding fury, disbelief and a little loss in faith and humanity. Praying instead to Karma this time that it will take care of this unbelievable nightmare we are living. Not feeling very brave at all.



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Thursday, June 18, 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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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 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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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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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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