Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Shop Local for Holiday Cocktails with Bungalow 23 Mixers

As much as I love my wine, when I have to start looking to setting down and stop carbing like a crazy person, I turn to my other sister from another mista-vodka! Yeah! But what to mix with vodka? So many options, but I recently was introduced by Megan and the Hyatt Regency Orlando something that is going on my shelf, ASAP. Bonus, its locally owned! 

Rick Ferrone and Chris Henderson, two entrepreneurs out of Orlando, recently launched a line of craft cocktail mixers called Bungalow 23, "The cocktail mixer hand crafted for premium spirits". These mixers make it simple to enjoy a hand crafted cocktail at home. What sets these mixers apart from all the others is the word fresh. No concentrates and nothing artificial found here. Bungalow 23 is made from fresh fruit purees, real fruit juices, and homemade extracts using fresh cut herbs.

Bungalow 23 currently has three flavors on the market; Prickly Pear Margarita, Blueberry Lemon Drop and the holy grail- Pear Ginger Martini.

Hyatt Regency Orlando now featured Bungalow 23 mixers and has a great craft cocktail menu to pear with them...get it? 


We tried two delicious concoctions with Ginger Pear Martini and Lemon Sapphire (we cheated and swapped out vodka...no one wants to see us on gin, trust us!)



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


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Piece of Heaven at The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando




I had a nice little birthday treat with Megan yesterday! Massages at The Spa at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel. Located on the Pool level of the Regency Tower, a visit to The Spa was just what this girl needed for some relaxing. 

I chose the 80 minute Relaxation Massage, because usually my massages are sadly medicinal...to fix this or that. I truly wanted a chance to relax! Well, relax to the best of my ability. The Spa is open seven days a week, 365 days a year....when I lamented how it must not be that great to work on the holidays, my massage therapist Kym thoughtfully explained that massage therapy is a gift and therapists think of it as such. Good Point! 

My Relaxation Massage, described as the classic of massage therapy – a variety of pressure, speed and stimulation encourages muscle relaxation and renews a sense of wellbeing....was heavenly. The rooms were spacious, the massage table was high tech (it reminded me of my zero gravity bed) and the experience was just divine. All of the massages that The Spa offers are listed on their website here.

Some massage tips I think are helpful:

1. Be on time, do whatever you can to not come rushing in at the last minute. You don't need the extra stress and this cuts into your time! 

2. Eat light before you come. It will make for a better experience. 

3. Drink water. Lots and lots of water. I mean, a TON of water...wanna feel like you have the flu? Disregard this tip. No, really...drink drink drink!


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"Weddings of Honor"-Florida community honors military couple with wedding they never had



Little Blog Dress Media is very proud to partner with this project to help promote its wonderful story.

In 1998, Sergeant First Class Garry White met the girl he was going to marry, Linda and they began navigating the complexities of Army life while the dream wedding they had planned turned into the "barely had time for a civil wedding ceremony" in 2000 before he had to report for duty overseas. Fifteen years and 5 tours of duty later, their "dream wedding" is coming true. They will enjoy the wedding of their dreams on Sunday, December 14.  In fact, they will enjoy an entire wedding day with all the memories and none of the costs – thanks to Port Orange businesses.

"We revere our veterans and public safety professionals and wanted to do something to recognize the fact that they dedicate their careers and risk their lives for us," said Craig Gittner, Owner of The Estate on the Halifax, an historic local wedding and event site, just a stone's throw from Daytona Beach. "We decided to provide our venue for a real wedding free of charge." Other local businesses were eager to join us in this Wedding of Honor so everything is being donated.

"We extended an invitation for couples and we reviewed their stories as the basis for selecting our honorees," said Gittner. "We found a wonderful military couple right here in our community. Garry is a Military Science Instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, whose military resume includes the 3 Bronze Stars and The Purple Heart," said Linda Cheatham of The Estate on the Halifax, which will be the site of the entire event. "His wife, Linda is a dedicated Army wife and mother of two who has supported her husband and shares her husband's love of the military.

"We have been married fifteen years, have two children and have had a wonderful life together," said SFC White. "We hoped someday we would renew our vows in a wedding celebration, but wondered if it would really happen." Linda agreed. "We are blessed to do so and we will be mindful of others who may have had to forego a ceremony wedding, and hope they someday will experience one."

About: Estate on the Halifax, a private ten-acre estate bordering the Halifax River in Port Orange. www.estateonthehalifax.com.  

For information: Linda Cheatham

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

HOme for the HOlidays Christmas Parade Ormond Beach

The HOme for the HOlidays Nighttime Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Division Avenue and U.S. 1. It will head north to Granada Boulevard, turn east on Granada Boulevard to Beach Street and turn south on Beach Street in front of City Hall.




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Monday, December 1, 2014

Kebabji Daytona Beach, An Asset to the Downtown

I am so passionate about our downtown in Daytona Beach. For years, we have had great restaurants and entertainment opportunities, like Cinematique and the News Journal Center and it is always exciting to see when new faire comes on Beach Street.

I had the pleasure to be invited to the new restaurant Kebabji on 200 South Beach, it was really nice of the management to invite me to come out and try a lunch on them. I took my girl Kaylee and we met on a sadly very rainy, nasty day. But really, what better to eat on a day then the great comfort of Mediterranean cuisine?

Borrowing, well stealing this from their website,  Kebabji's menu mixes authentic Middle Eastern dishes with modern Mediterranean influences to create a culinary journey for the palate and senses. As Kaylee exclaimed, it like the Greek Festival on crack...but really so much more. It's one of those places where you could go a bunch of times and never have the same thing.

The space that Kebabji resides in, is massive. It would be great for any occasion and they have plans to do some official private dining events. This is a great addition to the downtown and to Volusia County in general, and I can't wait to go back.

I am gonna be honest with you, I cant tell you what I liked more and I am already planning my next meal for the next time I go. Everything was top notch and you should go straight-away!! Check out their menu here.

Find them on Facebook and Google Plus




FALAFEL-A blend of chickpeas and fava beans, onions, 
parsley, garlic and spices, served on a bed of lettuce.


TABBOULEH:Parsley, tomato,onion, bulgur wheat. lemon and olive oil. 


Delicious Amazing Fish, beyond.....

 HUMMUS Chickpea and tahini dip. served with fresh pita bread. 

Gyro-A mix of lamb and beef marinated with spices, served with tomatoes, 
lettuce and tzatziki sauce on pita bread.

K'NAAFEH. I seriously could eat this every day of my life.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Junior League of Daytona Beach Collecting Toys for Holiday Sidewalk Sale


The Junior League of Daytona Beach, Inc., is currently collecting donations of new and gently used toys, which will be used during a sidewalk sale at the Junior League Thrift Shop on Saturday, December 6 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Benefiting the Junior League community initiatives, toy donations are being collected at the Thrift Shop until Friday, December 5 anytime between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M.

Along with the toy sale, the sidewalk sale will feature a bake sale and Santa Claus will be present to take photos with children. The Junior League Thrift Shop will also be open for holiday shopping that day. All proceeds from the toy drive and sidewalk sale will go back into the Daytona Beach area community.

WHO:  The Junior League of Daytona Beach


WHAT: Toy Drive and Thrift Shop Sidewalk Sale


WHEN:
Toy Drive: Toy donations may be dropped anytime between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. up until December 5 at the Thrift Shop
Sidewalk Sale: December 6 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

WHERE: Junior League of Daytona Beach Thrift Shop,
          122 South Palmetto Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114



CONTACT:
Junior League of Daytona Beach, 386-253-1756, jldboffice@gmail.com



The Junior League of Daytona Beach, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Daytona Beach reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Quit Together. Win Together. Great American Smokeout is this Week!

It may surprise you that I was quite the cigarette smoker in my day. I was a weird social, but worse really smoker. I didnt smoke all day every day, but basically if I was driving in my car, the first instinct was light up and get my smoke on. There was a 7/11 in both directions, one that was on the way to work, one that was closer in the opposite direction, if I started the morning without a cigarette stash, I would go in the opposite direction to get them. This wasn't my shining moment.

One day, I caught a cold, then bronchitis and then pneumonia...boom...boom...boom. Based on my fabulous history with cigarettes, I had NO breath capacity. So, the very next day I quit and never looked back. I will say that it wasn't the easiest to do, but I would think about how I felt with such a shortness of breath it made my journey a LOT easier! I think of sometimes what a terrible runner I would be if I continued that nasty habit! 


That is my short story, but now I see cigarette smoking in a totally new light. Let's be honest. It is insanely trashy. Not to be unkind, but no sophisticated business women stops her meeting to go smoke. And you smell. bad. It's gross. 

Luckily the American Cancer Society has a kinder approach to assist you in stop smoking. Why not give it a shot on a day when you have some much communal support! November 20 marks the American Cancer Society’s 38th year of the Great American Smokeout (GASO), an initiative to encourage smokers to commit to quit or make a plan to quit on that day. By quitting, even for one day, smokers will take a critical step to a healthier life that can reduce the risk of cancer. 

This year's GASO theme is “Quit Together. Win Together.” It wants you to share what you can win (e.g., easier breathing, whiter teeth, money in pocket) when you quit smoking. On their website, they have so many great resources to encourage you towards this great goal of being a non smoker!  

Want more info? Visit the Great American Smokeout website, call the GASO 800-number (1-800-227-2345), and like the Quit for Life Facebook page.

This post represents a sponsored editorial partnership with the American Cancer Society. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Journey Begins Now

So, this is kind of exciting because I am gonna take advantage of there are still some of my local friends who don't know what a blog is, so I am not sure exaaaaccccccccctttttttttllly locally will read this, but guess what you all! We have started our adoption journey and baby its rolling along! All puns intended.

It's National Adoption Month and I am wrapping my head around it all and like always it most definitely will come out of my fingers onto this platform. How mad will my sister be that she doesnt get my blog on a regular basis! Cause we have only told three maybe four people of our progress! We meaning me of course!

I will update you on some promising news that we received this week but I am now trying to get in the gear of not sitting in the corner and rocking for eight months due to information overload. Because I bet there is adoption blogs I should be reading and following, huh. And boards maybe. And things to google...I am surprised my computer hasn't exploded for all the things that I have googled during my fertility treatment! I wanted to tell you first. Onwards to the long road, we are ready!




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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bloody Mary's with Powell and Mahoney's Mixers

I LOVE a good Bloody Mary! Which is really funny because I dislike raw tomatoes. My husband always teases me because I usually only drink one and then move on to the next portion of the program. Because of my disdain for tomato juice,  I am always on the search for a great Bloody mary mix. I hate to be picky but tomato juice straight up or V8 makes me shudder. I am shuddering now...ooof.

I found a new love in the Powell & Mahoney Bloody Mary Mixers! They have created a great blend! This tasty mixture of bold tomato flavor, barrel-aged Worcestershire sauce, and all natural spices will tantalize your taste buds and pair perfectly with every brunch!

What was really attractive is the ingredients were all things I could pronounce and a lot of these ingredients make my Bloody Mary's a success like : Organic Gluten-Free Vegan Worcestershire Sauce Organic Ginger Puree, horseradish and celery seed, all important go-to ingredients!

Powell & Mahoney have a TON of different mixers, check them out here. And if you get stuck for inspiration,  each bottle comes with three recipes, allowing you to fill your glass with either your favorite standard or something new. No matter what you choose, Powell & Mahoney's all-natural mixers let you concentrate on raising your glass, not cutting up ingredients! Find them on Facebook and Twitter. Trust me, this will take the guess work out of your drink mixing forever!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Five-Five Ways to Stay on Track and Healthy During the Holidays

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.

Today, its time to talk about five ways to stay on track / healthy during the holidays. Its so hard! For one thing, isn't so easy to just crawl into your sweats and eat all day every day? Or is it just me!

1. Get a buddy! Makes things so much easier when you are responsible for another person. When you make a commitment to get up and walk in the colder AM, guilt sets in when you want to bail and get back into that cozy warm bed.

2. Pay close attention to websites like Skinnytaste and La La Loosh, two of my favorite skinny recipe blogs. If you cook smartly, you will stay within your zone and maintaining will be easy.

3. Eat before you go to the parties, nothing is worse for your well being than not eating and then drinking a whole bunch and snacking inappropriately. Make a plan and keep yourself on a schedule so this doesn't happen. Because being drunk and hangry? It aint pretty.

4. Keep motivated by your winter wear. Like I said, and am incredibly guilty of-sweats are easy to get lazy in! Keep buying those leggings, and svelte holiday dresses. You will think more about the moment on the lips mentality, I promise you!


LOVE these boots! Credit:Pinterest
5. I know Eggnog SOUNDS good...but dear God the calories, why not drink champagne instead? Always a celebratory cheers!

Holiday Cocktail - Champagne, cranberry juice, raspberries, and mint!



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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Billy Joel Spends New Year's Eve In Orlando Florida


This is amazing news. I am really excited that one of my all time favorite performers is coming to Orlando!!

Live Nation announced today that Billy Joel will perform a special New Year’s Eve concert in Orlando at the Amway Center on December 31, 2014. This performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance in Orlando since 2007. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14 at 10 a.m.

"It’s a very exciting time to be in Downtown Orlando as its vibrant art scene continues to thrive and our world-class venue for entertainment welcomes a long-revered artist,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "I'm excited to announce another major event and invite our community to celebrate the New Year with Billy Joel at the Amway Center. This is yet another example of the Amway Center continuing to deliver on its promise of bringing the very best in live entertainment to our Central Florida community. It will be a Truly Legendary New Year’s Eve celebration!"

"It's an honor and a thrill to welcome Billy Joel back to Orlando after seven years to perform at the Amway Center and ring in the New Year," said Orlando Venues Executive Director Allen Johnson. "A celebratory evening with this inimitable artist will surely be remembered as one of Amway Center's Truly Legendary concerts.

Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having sold over 150 million albums globally, his music has remained among the most popular in the world. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.

Recently, Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan, the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the collection.  He played to more than 110,000 fans when he performed the final concerts at Shea Stadium, featured in the 2010 documentary film "The Last Play At Shea.”  This week, Joel will receive The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States' top cultural awards.

Joel has received six Grammy® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Movin’ Out.”

American Express® Card Members may  purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, November 10 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, November 13 at 10 a.m.

TICKETS: $49.50 - $149.50. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue.

ABOUT AMWAY CENTER
The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. The 875,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, including 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Amway Center was recently honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Farm to Table Dinner For A Great Cause!


My friends at Mia Dona Market and Hull's Seafood are getting together and hosting a Farm to Table dinner at Tomazin Farms to help a young lady with her battle against Lyme Disease.

Amanda's family and friends are uniting to raise funds to help with her battle against Lyme Disease.

Please support this precious family!

Amanda Tomazin was diagnosed with Lyme Disease over two years ago. It has been a battle from the beginning for her and her family since so little is truly known about this disease. Although Amanda looks so healthy and happy, she is actually literally wasting away from the inside out. Lyme Disease is known as a silent epidemic right now. Those who suffer from it seem "normal" but that is not the case. Lyme disease affects every aspect of your life. It also is very easy to misdiagnose.

That being said, multiple doctors visits, including those across country, have done little to help slow the progress or help to stop it. Her parents have been working hard to try and provide the support and find the resources to provide a cure. At this time, they are looking to seek assistance at a facility in Idaho that specializes in natural therapy treatments. It seemed to work when they took Amanda there over a year and a half ago but it is costly. And this is where you can help.

Please consider supporting the Tomazin family during this time of great need. Travel expenses, including but not limited to plane fare, car rental and hotel stays need to be covered. Due to the nature of the treatment, Amanda has special dietary needs and a hotel with a kitchen is necessary for food preparation. In addition, due to her being so weak from the disease, she needs to travel in a wheel chair, which is another consideration when making arrangements for a place to stay. She is light and sound sensitive, which is also an additional challenge. Please pass along to anyone you think might be able to provide assistance. But above everything, please pray that The Lord would be gracious and release Amanda from this silent, horrible disease.

Support Amanda here and buy your tickets to this great charitable experience here.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Florida Hospital Becomes Official Healthcare Provider of Daytona International Speedway



Two iconic Central Florida organizations, Daytona International Speedway and Florida Hospital, announced today a multi-year partnership that will make Florida Hospital the second Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway, as part of its historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. Providing high-quality medical services and new fan experiences at the “World Center of Racing,” Florida Hospital will inspire the community to race toward better health.

“Florida Hospital’s mission, vision and reach make them an ideal partner,” said International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “We look forward to connecting them with visitors and race fans year round.”

Beginning in January 2015, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler will be the exclusive healthcare provider of Daytona International Speedway, which includes providing medical equipment and personnel for all events, managing the care center operations and providing ambulances to handle emergency situations.

Arriving in a Toyota Camry pace car, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III and Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler CEO Daryl Tol shared the unprecedented announcement on the West end of Daytona International Speedway’s frontstretch.

The massive DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway’s nearly one-mile long frontstretch, will be complete by January 2016. The project will transform the Speedway into the world’s first motorsports stadium with premium amenities and attractions unmatched in the industry.

The Florida Hospital brand will be represented on one of five special entrances called fan injectors, including more than 20,000 square feet of engagement space. Within this injector, Florida Hospital will have a presence in one of the “neighborhoods” which will encompass retail and dining areas, as well as dozens of video screens to provide fans with non-stop views of on-track action.

“This is more than a sign on the building; this is a true partnership. Florida Hospital will be integrated into the fan experience at the Speedway,” Tol said. “Through our partnership with the Daytona International Speedway, we’ll provide another key access point for health care in the Daytona Beach community where guests will experience Florida Hospital’s commitment to whole person health and wellness.” 

In addition to serving as a Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, Florida Hospital will be an inaugural partner in ONE DAYTONA – a premier 190-acre mixed-use retail, dining and entertainment development across from Daytona International Speedway.

“Our partnership with Florida Hospital reinforces the immense appeal of the nation’s first true motorsports stadium to attract brands outside of the core sports arena,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “We’re pleased to welcome Florida Hospital to Daytona International Speedway.”


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.




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Friday, October 31, 2014

Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water Donates $50,000 to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Awesome job Zephyrhills! Previous stories here and here

The Zephyrhills brand  hosts family friendly event for Tampa Bay community  to celebrate 50th anniversary milestone with visits to WaterVentures Florida’s Learning Lab and fun activities for all

 On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, a Nestlé Waters North America brand, donated $50,000 in honor of its 50th anniversary and its commitment to preserving Florida’s natural water resources  to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Tampa Bay Watch at the Zephyrhills  Community Open House.  The funding donated by the Zephyrhills brand will be shared by these organizations to help support clean up and education events at parks along the Hillsborough River, and help to preserve Tampa Bay.

“One of our missions at Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities for the community,” said Debra Evenson, Executive Director, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. “With the money contributed by the Zephyrhills brand, and the support of loyal Floridians, we will be able to expand our involvement in clean up events, meeting at area parks and disseminating throughout communities along the Hillsborough River, to help to preserve the delicate ecosystem of the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay.”

“Thanks to the generous donation from the Zephyrhills brand, we will be able to continue to protect and restore the delicate ecosystem of Tampa Bay,” said Captain Peter Clark, Founder and President, Tampa Bay Watch. “Over the next year, we’ll be continuing habitat restoration and protection activities and are grateful to the brand for their support.”

The donation to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Tampa Bay Watch was supported by Florida consumers, called on by the Zephyrhills brand to share their favorite things about Florida using #FLfavorites. Every post or share of the #FLfavorites hashtag, along with “Florida Favorite Sun Badges” collected at various local events triggered a dollar toward the $50,000 donation. In total, Tampa Bay residents shared 23,748 things they loved above Florida. The brand is making a donation in this amount, plus an incremental donation to reach a grand total of $50,000.

Zephyrhills Community Open House: A Celebration of 50 Years

At the Zephyrhills Community Open House, being held at the Zephyrhills Plant from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tampa Bay local residents and businesses, government officials and Zephyrhills brand employees will experience a free day of family fun including a tour of the state-of-the-art bottling facility, a barbeque lunch, face painting, games and a visit to the kid-friendly, educational WaterVentures Learning Lab. 

Florida’s WaterVentures Learning Lab, which traveled to more than 250 schools this past year and is supported by the Zephyrhills brand, is a traveling science center that teaches families and youth about environmental stewardship. At the Open House, kids and their families will be invited to visit the WaterVentures lab, which features watershed tables, recycling exhibits, a relief map of Florida’s water features and a display of a Florida aquifer, and will be able to learn hands-on about protecting Florida’s natural resources.

“We are thrilled to open our doors today to the local community and present Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Tampa Bay Watch with this donation in celebration of our 50th anniversary initiative,” said Donald Bowen, Nestlé Waters Plant Manager for the Zephyrhills brand. “We are honored to celebrate what’s most natural in Florida and continue to help preserve Florida’s waterways and natural resources in the future.” 

The Zephyrhills Community Open House marks the culmination of the brand’s 50th anniversary. Since 1964, Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has been sourced from natural, sustainable springs in Florida. These include the nearby Crystal Springs Preserve, which is visited by more than 50,000 students each year.  The Zephyrhills plant employs 250 people local to the area, with 900 more employees working on the brand. Today Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water is enjoyed throughout the state of Florida.

Learn more about the Zephyrhills brand by visiting www.zephyrhillswater.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Zephyrhillswater or following on Twitter and Instagram at @ZephyrhillsWtr.

About Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water
Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water joined Nestlé Waters North America in 1982, but the brand’s heritage goes back to 1964. Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water is sourced only from carefully selected springs, and the soils and limestone of the Floridan Aquifer uniquely filter the water to create perfectly balanced minerals for great taste. Zephyrhills is more than a brand name; it’s a celebration of what’s most natural about Florida.

To learn more about Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water, please visit the brand website www.zephyrhillswater.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zephyrhillswater.

About Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Inc. (KTBB), a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship. Since 1989, KTBB has formed partnerships with local governments, corporations, schools, and neighborhood organizations to engage individuals and provide opportunities to enhance the community through volunteer participation. To get involved with KTBB, call (813) 221-8733 or visit KeepTampaBayBeautiful.org.

About Tampa Bay Watch
Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the charitable and scientific purpose of protecting and restoring the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary encompassing over 400 square miles of open water and 2,300 square miles of highly- developed watershed. Tampa Bay Watch involves more than 10,000 youth and adult volunteers each year in hands on habitat restoration projects.  

About Nestlé Waters North America
As the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S., Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of water as healthy hydration.   Among them are natural spring water brands such as Poland Spring ®, Deer Park®, Zephyrhills® and Arrowhead®.  Its national purified water brand is Nestlé® Pure Life®.  International brands include Perrier® and S.Pellegrino®.  The company’s line of ready-to-drink teas now includes Nestea®, Sweet Leaf® and Tradewinds®. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with 7,500 employees nationwide, Nestlé Waters strives to reduce its environmental footprint, improve recycling rates in North America, and create shared value in those communities where it has operations.  

The company’s 10 full-time Natural Resource Managers, trained hydrologists, geologists and engineers monitor our spring sources and manage them for long-term sustainability. To reach success, the company follows its credo: Respect for each other, respect for the environment, and respect for the community. For more information, please visit www.nestlewatersfl.com.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

COA Santa For Seniors Gift Drive


Be a special part of the 2014 Santa for Seniors Gift Collection Drive and help create warm memories for our seniors in Volusia County. All collected gifts will then be distributed to COA clients just before Christmas.

It’s easy! Drop off unwrapped gifts your local Walgreens Store anywhere in Volusia County!

Santa for Seniors Gift Drive for the Council on Aging/Meals on Wheels that will take place on Thursday, November 20th to Thursday, December 4th. All Drop off locations will be at all the 26 Volusia County Walgreen’s Stores. Please drop off any unwrapped gifts and they will be distributed to COA Clients just before Christmas.  

Unwrapped Gift Ideas: Slippers, Socks, Sweaters, Gift Cards, Postage Stamps, Toiletries, Bath Bench, Adult Diapers, and ALL cash Donations are matched five times, $1 buck turns into $5 dollars. Imagine what we can do together!

Remember all of your donations are tax deductible.

Council On Aging thanks you in advance for your support. For More information please call 386-253-4700 ext. 215 or pchanfrau@coaiaa.org visit COAVolusia.org.

Remember please drop off your loose change, to change a Senior’s life!




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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Governor Scott and Governor Christie Visits Ormond Beach

Oh, HEY Mitt!
So, a little fact about me....I follow politics rather closely. I have VERY strong opinions on many things political and one day I may self combust by not sharing it with the rest of the world. There is a time and place for this kind of thing, and most of the time it is neither the time not the place. I will tell you that I had a wonderful father who urged me to register as an Independant until I was certain which, if any stance I wanted to take. So, my thoughts of being politically correct is mine alone, not just because someone told me I had to do this or that. Ok, off my drivel soapbox. 

My friend Heather of The Heather Post Company and I have our political beliefs aligned like the stars and the moon. Who else would go hang out with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Lakeland at 7a, prompting a 3am wake up call? So when I saw that our Governor Rick Scott and New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie, I knew just who to call. Bonus: it was in Ormond Beach! 

We got there SUPER early per the norm, and were practically helping his camp set up. The reason for the visit is obvious. The election is in one week and it is time to get out and get voting early. Why wait? I actually like to go on Election Day (may or not wear Jackie O sunglasses to get in the mood) but the idea to vote early is attractive. 

We met Ron DeSantis, who is the United States Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district since 2013, running for re-election, Travis Hutson, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 24th District, and Fred Costello, who is running for his old seat for as a State Rep for District 25, you see I didn't have to Google his official title on that one, he was one of my first clients in 2010-which we won thank you very much!   

A fun day, a little starstruck by Gov Christie, because I just like that he speaks his mind. I don't care who you vote for, wishy washy is no bueno. I am so glad he came even with the ebola storm! I am searching and searching for photos of me and Heather who STOOD behind the Govs....but I will be damned if the news would pick that awesomeness up! But in the meantime:




Rep. DeSantis



Jersey Shore yo!
Update: Sadly, I was in a photographer's view where I was hidden by every shot I could find. Exhibit A:


Finally! I found one to prove I was there-



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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ormond Beach Chamber Vants To Suck Your Blood!



Date :
10/29/2014 from 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Location :
Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce
Bloodmobile
165 West Granada Boulevard
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Make an Appointment :
Click Here

Why Give Blood?
There is no substitute for human blood.  When you donate blood with OneBlood, you are making an immediate contribution to the health and welfare of your community.

Blood is needed by patients facing planned and unplanned medical procedures, trauma victims, cancer patients and premature babies.  Your donation will help an ill or injured patient within a few days.  The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

What do I have to do?

Making an appointment is easy.

Click on the link located below.  You will see the blood drive appointment schedule.  Select a time that you wish to donate.  Once you choose a time you will be directed to our website to log in.  Enter your username and password.  If you have forgotten either your username or password click on the links located below the submit button.  If you have any questions please call 1-888-936-6283.

Click Here now to make your appointment! You are going to save a life!

Questions and Comments?

If you have any questions about donating blood, please visit www.OneBlood.org. If you have any questions about the blood drive, contact Rick Fraser at rick@ormondchamber.com.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

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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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What I Learned in Year Four of Being A Business Owner

Where does the time go? I am starting my FIFTH year being in business!! Holy! Am I swinging that percentage of not failing yet?! As I like to do, like I did First and Second (I don't know why I forgot the Third!) I wanted to check in with myself and you on what I learned in the last year.

After reading the two blogs above, I am a little surprised that not much has changed, I still deeply believe in all those life lessons owning a business has gifted me.

Like, I still can't believe I am pulling this off...when does this waiting for the other shoe to drop feeling STOP? Seriously, when? I have oodles of self confidence, but why am I still waiting for something not to work. As I am knocking every piece of wood in the house.

This year, I can't say I got any bigger, but I think I have made peace with myself that this is what makes me happy...steady, not dear God I am buried work. Yes, the potential is there to double (or more) my income, but what kind of life does that leave me? I am just not interested. Trust me, I make a very blessed income....but money doesn't motivate me as much as having my sanity on a consistent basis. I worked for ten years selling advertising STRESSING over the bottom dollar every second of ever day and even thinking of it still makes me queasy. And isn't it fun to go walk the bridge on a beautiful day just because you can?

I feel VERY SORRY for people that are only motivated my money....the people that would stab their own to get ahead. Don't worry darling, your visit to the Karma Cafe is coming soon-where there are no menus and you are served what you deserve.

That was my most important lesson this year...I became a little more comfortable with people who are just nasty people. People who don't pay you, who have bad work ethics, people who don't pay you, ha ha ....etc. Some of the stuff rolls right off of me, but some still aggravates me to no end. This year with some experience behind me has given me a little courage to go get that money...or to remind some of my clients who get sold a line of bull and goes somewhere else, that I don't take clients back on attrition. You go, you are gone. Pretty sure my 2010 self is looking at me in amazement!  

One thing I will continue to work on is the Work smarter, not harder mentality...I will constantly tweak my systems to make my business better. I just read a great article about spring (or fall) cleaning your freelance business without spending a penny, consistent little hacks to make you more efficient...I am all for that!

Lastly, a goal in year five is to hold my dears close and set free those don't benefit me...I am speaking of clients, peers, etc. What is stopping me from working with only people that appreciate me?

What is your go to business advice or learning lessons? Do you check in with yourself on a yearly basis? Im curious!



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Painting with a Twist Daytona


Nothing makes me happier than a good night out with my girlfriends. This is the second time that we have taken it to the canvas and did some painting. I am seriously considering getting supplies for Christmas and becoming my own Picasso. And as I showed you here, if it doesn't look good I can always do something creative with the remnants.

Last night, my girlfriends and I visited the new Painting with a Twist in Daytona. We had a BLAST! Like, I am scared I am gonna spend all my money visiting this place. We did a Painting with a Purpose (their first one!) for our Junior League of Daytona Beach, with a portion of the proceeds that night going back to our League. How cool, right?

We were able to purchase the class online, and they served wine and beer for purchase (Bonus!). This is a great place to have fun with your friends, or meet new friends; relax or just let your hair down and be you; or simply discover your inner artist. Our talented team of instructors Shelby, Pete and Bobbie were patient and awesome and they guided you step by step through the session's featured painting.

Painting with the Twist provides all painting supplies and artist instructions. No art experience is needed, seriously do you know me?

They do open classes, which are fun for you and a friend or small group and private party for adults or kids are great for groups of ten (10) or more. Trust me, many a person will be getting a gift certificate from me for Christmas. How fun would that be as a prize?

Follow them on the web and Facebook to hear about studio events, get sneak previews of new art and our monthly calendar, participate in promotions exclusive to Facebook fans, and more!

Ok, on to my piece of art-no judgement, I was drinking red wine. I also realize that my jewelry holder looks like he is auditioning for a Gumby commercial.







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Monday, October 20, 2014

Congrats Skimm! Oprah Bound!!


Very excited for the girls on the popular daily news service The Skimm! According to a Variety article this week, the girls are going BIG time and doing a great tie-in with Oprah herself on the OWN network.. 
Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, former NBC News producers, founded TheSkimm in 2012 and now have more than 500,000 newsletter subscribers. I was on this early train singing their praises and couldn't be happier to see these girls do well! 

Very sweet that they remember me too, yay for you girls. 





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Friday, October 17, 2014

November Potential Construction Start Date For One Daytona


Some exciting news from One Daytona....really can't wait for this great addition to Daytona Beach. 

ONE DAYTONA, the proposed mixed use and entertainment destination across from Daytona International Speedway (DIS), is entertaining bids October 15 for an initial construction phase that represents infrastructure improvements on the 190-acre property. Designed by Zev Cohen & Associates, Inc. of Ormond Beach, the early site work plans were issued in September to a short-list of Central Florida firms, many located within Volusia County. 

Pending approval by the joint venture and International Speedway Corporation’s (ISC) Board of 
Directors, the contractor may begin the first phase of work as early as November. Construction
will include filling existing ponds, excavating new ponds and installing storm water drainage 
piping to control site-wide drainage, along with rerouting fiber optic lines. In 2015, work will 
commence on underground utility installation in preparation for vertical construction. 

“The early site work will vastly improve the value of our land and maximize use of the property 
as needed for DAYTONA Rising,” said Derek Muldowney, Executive Vice President, Design & 
Development, ISC. “We plan to employ approximately 50 to 100 workers striving for as much
local representation as possible. We will treat this just as we did DAYTONA Rising.”

The early site work runs parallel to a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) pedestrian 
safety project currently underway along International Speedway Boulevard (ISB). A new 12-foot 
sidewalk is being installed on the north and south sides of ISB from Williamson Boulevard to 
Midway Avenue, along with a beautification project to include new roadway lighting, landscaping 
and permanent fencing. The project also features a new pedestrian bridge just west of Ruby 
Tuesday.

About ONE DAYTONA 
The first phase of ONE DAYTONA, a premier mixed-use retail, dining and entertainment 
destination directly across from the “World Center of Racing” in east Central Florida, is planned 
to open in 2016. Featuring 1.1 million square feet of retail, dining and accommodations, Phase 
One will also include 125,000 square feet of Class A office space and 310 luxury loft 
apartments. Bass Pro Shops® 70,000 square foot Outpost store and Cobb Theatres’ all 
reserved seating ‘Daytona Theatre’ will anchor the development. Shaner Hotels and Prime 
Hospitality Group (PHG) are planning a 145-room full-service boutique hotel located in the heart 
of Victory Circle, ONE DAYTONA’s high-energy entertainment district nearest Daytona 
International Speedway. 

For more information and the latest project updates, visit OneDaytona.com, follow us on Twitter
(@ONEDAYTONA) or Facebook (OneDaytona). 

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