Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dear Lillian

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

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

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

Please meet Lillian Kenna! 


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

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

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

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

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

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

And so, my life begins.





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Friday, July 8, 2016

Junior League of Daytona Beach Holds Social for Prospective New Members


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

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

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

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

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


Please help us to spread the word.

For more information, please contact: 

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

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Friday, June 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Leap Year Heartbreak

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

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

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

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


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Friday, June 3, 2016

2016 Daytona Half Marathon Announced



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

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

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

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

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

For information, go online to daytonabeachhalf.com.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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Three Things to Obsess over for June 2016

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

Starkist Tuna 

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

Hungry Girl's Sweet 'n Sassy Egg Bites


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

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



Chanel Boy

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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









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Monday, May 30, 2016

Five Things Not To Miss In New Orleans


Yes, you can go to Bourbon Street and spend all your time there, but I have a feeling because you read this blog-you are much more well rounded than that. I will tell you that it is very hard to pick what you absolutely have to do, even if you are there for almost a week like we were.

We hit a lot but still missed a bunch! But, if I had to give you a couple of things you must do or we can't be friends anymore...it would go a little something like this:

1. Drinks at 21st Amendment. This is where Megan had her night before wedding playtime and it is so cute. There are mixologists and the drinks are reasonable. What I love about this place is the entertainment they hire. When we were there, they had the most darling three piece that I may or may not got a little misty. Oh and when you are aggravated at the line at Acme, you can jump across the street here. Click on the Instagram below to kick it off the video. 725 Iberville Street, New Orleans



2. Bloody Mary's at Erin Rose. This is the only time that I will go onto Bourbon Streets willingly and sober. It is small, dark, and has a great jukebox, VERY friendly bartenders and the best bloody marys that will start any day off right. LOVE. 811 Conti Street, New Orleans



3. Any Meal at Willa Jean's. This is a new kid on the NOLA block. It was our first official meal and it was amazing. First, it was so cute inside! Everything we had was delicious, I highly suggest artichoke and its cheese business. It was yummy! But please save room for desert, recently named the best, you need to get the Cookies and Milk. Yes, that is cookie batter and vanilla flavored milk. 611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans.



4. Burgers at Port of Call. I bet if I googled "Burgers at Port of Call and Bucket List" -there would be plenty! The burgers here are great, they cure whatever ales ya and how many times do you get to stop and get a baked potato with your burger. Shockingly once again, the Bloody's are amazing. I guess in a city that hurts you in the evening, they need to to fix you in the AM. 838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans



5. Drinks at LafittesAllegedly the very first night I spent in New Orleans-we went here. I would like to say I discovered it on my very own when we stayed at an AirBNB down the street a couple of days later. Yes, it is the oldest bar, it is dark but it also so fun and the jukebox is a rocking. We stayed here all afternoon one day, that is hard to do in New Orleans! 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans



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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Country 500 Hosts a Weekend of Music to 25,000

Wow Wow Wow Wow. Daytona International Speedway, one of the most iconic motorsports venues, hosted the inaugural Country 500 music festival over this Memorial Day Weekend. I had the pleasure of going on day 2, and it certainly was HOT but the music was so great! Some of the highlights for sure were The Cadillac Three (above) were amazing! My friend was their record rep so I had the chance to bring a couple of friends up front and then back to meet these guys! 


One of the people I was most excited to see was Chris Stapleton, I love him...but I must say his stage presence was most not magnanimous! But he still slayed on my favorite song, I pulled it off my Instagram (you may have to click on it, to kick it off):



I realized in a state of hot claustrophobia, there is a reason why I don't go to festivals as a civilian and how very lucky I have been over the years to be in the radio business. When it was time for Willie Nelson, we stayed in the far back, it was awesome. At 83, he still has it!

Don't tell his dad but I did not stay for Florida Georgia Line, I was beat! However, I woke up to a state of utter glee: glorious unpaid PR for my client Ed Kelley who is running for Volusia County Chair. Oh baby! I was squealing!!! Way to promote to 25,000 of our closest friends!!


Can't be happier for Daytona International Speedway for this turnout and execution! Short of the $85 beers and putting on Kid Rock and Willie at the same time, everyone had a blast and we pushed a lot of goodness into our economy!

Speaking of Daytona International Speedway I've been selected to participate in the Daytona Instameet next weekend, an initiative for Visit FL, super excited about that!


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas


The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an amazing aquarium in New Orleans. I realized I never been to an aquarium in a very long time, if ever! This was such an important must do for your trip and it gives you a chance to cool down and see some fishies!

It is run by the Audubon Institute, which also supervises the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Park (in a different part of the city). It is located along the banks of the Mississippi River by the edge of the historic French Quarter off Canal Street, at the upper end of Woldenberg Park. (thank you Wikipedia) 

This was so gorgeous! I noticed how much fun children were having, so safe to say this is an good thing to do for a date day or fun for the whole family. 

I took 100 pictures at least, here is were some of my favorites. (Click to enlarge)






When you are visiting New Orleans, this is a must see, you can get your tickets here.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

See NOLA by Water via the New Orleans Creole Queen


While we were in New Orleans, we were pretty comfy with the lay of the land after a day or so. When we were gambling at Harrah's (another story for another bottle of wine...by the way-if you order Tito's, not quite sure what they put actually in there, shudder!), the dealer said that if we wanted to see NOLA on the water the New Orleans Creole Queen was the way to go. Luckily, I had some information from the New Orleans CVB, and it was on my list. 


It was a gorgeous day, and we had a wonderful time visiting the French Quarter, the Port of New Orleans, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. We also had a wonderful curator who was a New Orleans native and she gave us a detailed narration of New Orleans landmarks, history, vessel information, and river lore.


This was used as a reminder and to build morale after the hurricanes


For more information, and to book your cruise when you are in New Orleans, click here....I promise you will love it! 



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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Drago's Seafood Restautrant vs Acme Oyster House Charbroiled Oysters New Orleans

Dear God, I am in love with charbroiled oysters!!!!! If you haven't had the pleasure I would need you to stop reading this, run to your local seafood market (we love Hull's Seafood Market of course) and figure out which recipe you will try out of the two infamous New Orleans charbroiled oysters: Drago's Seafood Restaurant (recipe) or Acme Oyster House (recipe).

Although it would be impolite to tell you which I prefer (Drago's), to be fair they were both amazing. I was threatened and told bad things would happen to me by Megan if I did not go to Acme Oyster House. So, let's visit there first shall we?

Acme Oyster House
Acme Oyster House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
First off the line is ridiculous, allthough it goes very quick. The staff couldn't be friendlier and I love the checkered tablecloths. The bloody mary was amazing, although I ordered a oyster shooter and it never came out (boo!).

The oysters were extremely large in size, perfectly cooked and very yummy. The stuffing was a little on the heavy side and as you can tell from the picture, sadly wasn't cooked all the way through and there was no charbroiled taste, it was sort of bland. I ended up taking off the stuffing and enjoying them almost as a steamed style of eating but that was annoying because the point was to wait in a line for charbroiled awesomeness. I was a tad disappointed.

The size of the oysters, tho, look at them! They were perfect.

PS Steve's Po Boy was delicious.

But I don't go to a steakhouse for the chicken, and nor should any of you.




Drago's Seafood Restaurant 
Drago's Seafood Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sigh. Even writing those three words makes me sad and my mouth water a little. Drago's is in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside which I was thinking that maybe we had made a mistake. I didn't want to go to a hotel bar for some oysters. Oh, quite the contrary! The restaurant had the same kind of feel like the casino restaurants in Vegas, it was Ginormous! I would be surprised if they were ever on a wait! It was rocking and rolling on a Wednesday night but yet we were seated instantly. Since I was still feeling a little Irish fluish, I didn't drink but one glass of wine. I was there for the oysters, let's go!

SO! I ate almost two dozen and could have kept going. They were cooked to perfection, had this amazing charbroiled finish and the garlic butter and stuffing...oh my gosh, I never wanted it to end. They were a little smaller than at Acme, but other than that...there is a reason Drago Cvitanovich has been the oyster king of New Orleans for four decades–and that’s saying something.

I promise you will be happy either way, but I am interested in your experience!!




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Monday, May 23, 2016

New Orleans and Its Architecture

I am very excited to visit New Orleans again. This time, it wasn't the rush of Megan's wedding (which was so fun)-it was just a boy and a girl who wanted to get away and used the grand excuse of their third Anniversary to do so.

I had the privilege of connecting with the New Orleans CVB and they issued me a very cool VIP Media Pass. It was awesome and I am thankful. Before I get started on all the great things we did, ate and drank, can we speak about the gorgeous made for Instagram with no filter memories, also known as every building in NOLA? Old is the name of the game and that is way okay with me. Although I threatened many times I was quitting my job to become a street photographer, I think I have a way to go.



There are a lot of great places that offer walking tours of New Orleans, check them out here.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Then Comes Marriage...


Today is Steve and my third Anniversary. I wish I could plan my wedding every day, I enjoyed every single minute of it. Some days I feel like maybe I should help other brides achieve their dreams but then remember that all brides to be are bat shit, so I don't know.

Marriage is hard, it really is literally a piece of paper but even if you have spent almost a decade with a person before you run down that aisle there are some shifts that take place. I remember getting insanely cold feet after the fact, they don't tell you about that!

But, I am the lucky one, I married my best friend, I don't look for girls night out to get away (I actually hate them, truth be told) and when things go really bad...and things have gone really cussword bad...someone is there is to pick you up, and maybe you have to return the favor, but it's a reminder that if you strike out you have someone by your side to go to bat at it again.

It's been a trying year for us, but it made us a little more united and more focussed on what it is important. Cheers to another year! (PS 3rd Anniversary is Leather so I bought myself a little prize, ha ha)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Join Einstein Bros. Bagels for Summer Fun!

Between now and July 31, bagel lovers everywhere have permission to play (with their food) to show off their best Twist ‘N Dip moves. Fans are invited to post a photo or video that captures how they Twist N’ Dip on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TwistNDip.

Einstein Bros. will select weekly winners to receive cool prizes such as Six Flags prize packs, summer swag and even FREE bagels for a year.

Beginning May 5, the all new Twist N’ Dip bagel gives fans a reason to look forward to morning office meetings, an afternoon escape or even the simple joy of a shmear mustache on their kid’s face. The Twist N’ Dip bagel doesn’t just offer a new way to enjoy a bagel, it offers a FUN new way to play with your food!

Revolutionary perforated plain bagel easy to twist and tear into bite size pieces for dipping into two of Einstein’s 16 flavors of signature schmear.

For every Twist N’ Dip sold Einstein Bros. Bagels will donate a bagel to someone in need.




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Monday, May 2, 2016

Junior League of Daytona Beach-The Year That Was!

Tonight is our last General Membership Meeting for the Junior League of Daytona Beach. I was super happy to lead such an amazing organization. It has been a great year, and I look forward to June 1st to putting up the gavel and continue to do the good work that the JL does!



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Thoughts


I have to find balance.

It's such a struggle, but I find myself not doing one thing creatively that I want to do....how frustrating!

Hope you find what you want, all you want, with all your heart this weekend!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Celebrates Super Hero Day with Free Doughnuts on April 28



My friends and I had the great opportunity to tour the Krispy Kreme facility in Daytona and preview all the amazing new seasonal doughnuts. It was so cool! I got to see how these delicious doughnuts were made! (PS I the am incredibly pale one and thought everyone grabbed their sunglasses, what a dork.)

My friend Emily was sweet enough to cover this sweet event (see what I did there) way better than I could ever in her article in the Ormond Beach Observer here.



Fresh Out of the Oven

Oreo Chillers


A Super Sweet Deal: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Celebrates Super Hero Day with Free Doughnuts on April 28

Doughnuts save the day! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts offers a sweet way to celebrate everyday super heroes in your life. Customers who buy any dozen doughnuts at regular menu price will get a second Original Glazed®dozen doughnuts free on April 28. Costumes are not required, just super encouraged at these shops throughout Central Florida.  

Share your super hero moment with your sidekicks using #KrispyKreme.

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 Hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 Hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 Hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“Share a delicious sweet treat to show your appreciation for those who impact you in big and small ways,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “There are super heroes all around us and this is the perfect way to spread joy and celebrate everyday heroes.”


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Friday, April 22, 2016

RIP Prince


It is getting to the point that on a pretty regular basis people we have admired in film, in our ears, and on our screens will pass. There seems to be a big wash of them lately...but we are losing a lot of greats.  It was sad when Haggard, Bowie etc. died earlier this year, but I can't say I was that affected. A loss to the industry of music for sure, but I can't say I listened on a regular basis. I saved that for the great ones, my go-tos, and one of them was Prince. 

This was a 30+ year relationship that Prince and I had. It is one of my great childhood memories, watching Purple Rain with my best friend, and calling her mother in at the dirty part so she could make sure we were covering our eyes. We celebrated Prince and he celebrated us, the album 1999 was the only thing that would wake me up on long road trips in my 20's. There was something about hearing the opening chords of Delirious that a 5 Hour Energy will never touch. 

I was a crazyfan of the movie and soundtrack Under the Cherry Moon. Do U Lie? Christopher Tracy's Parade and Sometimes it Snows in April are anthems for me. In fact, I must have played Sometimes it Snows ten times earlier this month as I visited NYC in snowy weather, giggling at the irony. 

In 2007, my husband and I joined two friends as we drove down to West Palm to see Prince in an intimate setting before the Super Bowl. I think the tickets were as much as our mortgage but to see him live, to have that memory-is something I will never forget.

Prince has been a part of my own culture for so long, but it is a life lesson with a point of contention-we are now in a totally new generation. I am okay with that but it really makes me sad. 

I am sure many Baby Boomers feel the same way the Day the Music Died, but its still a hard pill to swallow.  

Even though, fairly they weren't even alive during this time, its hard for me to understand that there is a world out there that doesn't understand instantly what "Go purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka" means, may think "When Prince was on Apollonia" is just some drivel from a Kayne song, and don't know that Purple Rain was not only a song but a movie (although that was one of the best conversations I have ever had). Shouldn't they teach these things in school?

In all seriousness, this was all literally a generation ago and that is what the journey of life is all about. And now this portion of the journey has ended.

I was driving yesterday and received a text message. At the risk of being dramatic, I was drinking my drink and started choking when I was read my friend's message. She was joking that I had to beat my husband to the punch with this news (we race to tell the other on notable deaths) but this was no fucking joke.,...I pulled over and started looking, certain this was a hoax. I then got sickly nostalgic for my days in radio for the times where, for once, there was an opportunity to do what radio was made for, to be the force to break this kind of news first. 

Prince was such a part of what made my life cultured and I will miss that.

'thank you for the funky time'. 





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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Skimm in the Palm of your Hand

It's no secret that I love to start my morning off with a good dose of Skimm. I have told you about here and here. I have enjoyed these two girls kick some booty and grow grow grow!

Now, they have released an app for Iphone!  Today they launched Skimm Ahead, the first subscription service on the all new theSkimm for iPhone. Skimm Ahead puts the future into the palm of your hand. Literally.

Sweetly yet, when I sent a note of congrats, they were sweet enough to remember that I was first to blog about them. Isn't that the secret of success with a dose of girl power? Always be kind enough to remember your beginnings. Yay! You can download their app here!





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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Krispy Kreme Debuts Cookie Jar Doughnuts




I need you to stop what you are doing and listen to this glorious announcement that has just came to our favorite Donut shop in Daytona Beach. Krispy Kreme has delivered us delicious news and for a limited time has released three new delicious donuts! Let's have a date.

Get caught with your hand in the cookie jar at your favorite, local Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop. Three indulgent, cookie-themed doughnuts, including the new Snickerdoodle Doughnut and returning favorites, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Doughnut and the Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut, are available throughout Central Florida through May 15:

The one closest to us in Volusia County is the Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Other Central Florida Locations Include: 
Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 Hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 Hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 Hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
 2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“These delicious new selections provide fans the perfect combination of cookie and doughnut,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “Blending your favorite cookie flavors with our classic Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we’ve created the perfect sweet treats.”



· The NEW Snickerdoodle Doughnut is a cake doughnut rolled in cinnamon sugar, drizzled with white icing and topped with snickerdoodle cookie pieces.

· An indulgent take on a classic, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Doughnut features an Original Glazed® doughnut topped with milk chocolate drizzle and a cookie dough flavored Kreme™ dollop.

· The Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut is filled with a decadent Oreo Cookies and Kreme filling before being dipped in dark chocolate icing. The doughnut is topped off with Oreo cookie pieces and white icing.

· Plus, the Oreo Chiller, blended with Oreo cookie pieces and topped with whipped cream, Oreo cookie pieces and a chocolate drizzle, is available at all Krispy Kreme shops in Central Florida.

Share your sweet treat using #KrispyKremeCookieJar.

About Florida Family Foods LLC – Krispy Kreme Central Florida

With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida to include Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, Millenia and Kissimmee. Florida Family Foods earned national recognition for the brand’s “most innovative local relationship marketing program” in 2014 and continues to partner with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based programs annually. Stay social with your local Krispy Kreme shop on these channels: 


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