Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 Ormond Beach Mainstreet Taste of Ormond

This is one of my most favorite events of the year!

Party in the park with Ormond Beach MainStreet!

Join us at the 4th annual Taste of Ormond event. Enjoy samples from more than a dozen of Ormond Beach’s best restaurants along with craft beer and wine provided by S.R. Perrott, all under the cover of an enormous tent. Watch the sunset, listen to great music and spend the perfect afternoon with friends.

Tickets are only $55 per person and include unlimited food, wine and beer samples and more. Sponsor tables are available for $500. Please contact Julia at 386/492-2938 for additional information.

This event sells out every year! Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the best party of the year!




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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Our Winter Weekend Getaway at Orlando's Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took the baby for our first staycation! Wow, packing for a baby is an art all in its own! I will for sure offer some tips at a later date but bring the kitchen sink and everything else! It was a fun new experience being on the road for a couple of days. Not that I was in the wilderness, I was at the fabulous Orlando Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress during their Winter Weekend Getaway promotion.

The best part of our stay is that I really had no desire to leave the property (except to a quick jaunt over to Disney Springs for some lunch and shopping, of course). At the Hyatt Grand Cypress, they had everything we needed on site for some much needed time away.

Meet Merlot

I can not say enough about the staff. I doubt it was pity, but they were so extra special to us as new parents. Tim, who has been a bellman at the Hyatt for almost thirty years gave us some great details about the property and a quick tour. He is also Merlot's keeper!

When we arrived, our room was almost ready so I was offered a glass of champagne and we went for a walk in the gardens to get our bearings. The property is gorgeous. Beautiful statues, great places to relax and majestic views.

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress does a lot of conference business and more than once I found myself feeling sorry for anyone who was missing out on a chance to go outside on this gorgeous day with all these pretty things to look at.

Lovely welcome with Champagne










Sadly for us, the weather wasn't the greatest during the whole time we were there, but we made the best of it.

We were able to go take a peek at the caves, waterfalls and all the different amenities while we walked. How is this amazingness only a short drive for us!

Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.





Oh, the eating!! We ate three meals a day like kings and queens!

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress features a variety of dining options inspired by Florida’s rich history. Guests can savor island-inspired Cuban cuisine at Hemingway’s or enjoy healthy, locally-sourced, farm-to-table cuisine throughout the day at LakeHouse.  LakeHouse exquisitely blends contemporary dining with the comforts of home. Guests can also sip poolside cocktails at On the Rocks or enjoy small plates and specialty drinks at Trellises Lounge. Here are some of our favorites from the LakeHouse:









Winter in Florida is never a bad thing but if you are looking for an amazing stay close to all of Orlando attractions, you need to check them out!


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Are you ready for a weekend getaway this winter at Orlando’s favorite upscale resort?  Rates start at $169 for deluxe accommodations at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Guests enjoy #WinterWeekendGetaway rates on select dates throughout January and February by booking direct at www.grandcypress.regency.hyatt.com.

The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including the full-service Marilyn Monroe Spa, 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located at One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, 32836 with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit www.grandcypress.regency.hyatt.com; like Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on Facebook; follow on Instagram and Twitter at @HRGrandCypress.


The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort offers guests an upscale vacation experience also including:

Refresh and Relax

Guests seeking an hour or full day of pampering can enjoy the full-service Marilyn Monroe Spa. Featuring a vibrant, playful and relaxing retreat designed in the style of Marilyn’s California home, the Spa offers an indulgent menu with more than 100 treatment options including massage, body wraps, facials, and nail services, as well as hair and makeup styling.

Outdoor Activities

The resort’s signature lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated zones, two whirlpools, a rope bridge, walking paths and wrap-around sundecks that feature the Water Slide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone and Rock Climbing stations which complement resort classics including the nightly S’mores pit; beach volleyball; tether ball; marked jogging, walking, and biking trails and Hyatt StayFit™ fitness center.

Private Lake Windsong and Lagoon Pool  

Guests are also welcome to paddle Lake Windsong in a kayak, canoe, sailboat, hydro bike, aqua cycle or paddleboat. And kids can make a splash at the Mermaid Academy or create souvenir sand art while participating in exciting activities at Camp Hyatt.

Golf and Tennis

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also features 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club.






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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Shores Resort and Spa Monthly Wine Dinner January


Last week, before I headed out of town I was delighted to be a guest of the Shores with my sweet friend Kaylee and attend their monthly wine dinner. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this resort and am excited to work with someone locally that is so fun.

Each month, the Azure restaurant creates a delicious menu and pairs them with yummy wine and invites the community to come join them on an adventure. I understand that the creation and pairing process is quite fun and exciting and I believe I will be attending the wine dinner brainstorm session in the very near future!

This month we went to South America. If this sounds familiar, I told you about my anticipation of this night here. What was super interesting, was the education of both the food and the wine! I learned a lot from Kim Braddock, our Quintessential wine rep from and Chef Robert Morgan.

We started off with a Tincho Spritzer, which is a day in and day out traditional wine cocktail in Argentina. Lots of Ice, some sprigs of mint for good measure and the delicious and light New Age Wine. New Age White is a light yellow-green colored wine, with fruity and floral aromas of great intensity. Balanced acidity leads to soft, semi-sweet and slightly effervescent flavors and mouth feel. It is an extremely refreshing, vivacious and sensual wine and will be heavily in stock in my white rotation.








Grilled & Marinated

Red Octopus
Olives | Quinoa | Greens
San Antonio Valley, Chile




Chorizo Tuco Spaghettoni
Pink Shrimp | Herbs | Tomato
Mendoza, Argentina

Adena Springs Ranch Ribeye
Asado Style | Salsa Criolla | Chimmichurri | Asparagus
Matetic Corralillo Blend 2012
San Antonio Valley, Chile

























Cherimoya
Banana Mousse | Pineapple Cremeux
Toso Brut
Mendoza, Argentina

I promise to tell you when the next dinner is!! I am excited! 

    


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Ormond Memorial Art Museum‎ Starry Starry Night


Each January, Ormond Beach celebrates the cultural opportunities offered year round to residents and visitors alike with an evening gallery stroll called Starry Starry Night.

The January event marks the anniversary of celebrating the offerings of The Casements Cultural Center, The Ormond Memorial Art Museum and the Ormond Historical Society. Free shuttle service will be available between The Casements and The Museum.  The 2017 event will feature the original artwork of three artists in the exhibition “Right Lines & Angles”.  Alaska fiber artists Maria Shell will join mixed media artist Patrick Schmidt and metal artist Greg Johnson.  (Johnson’s work is familiar to those who have visited the museum & gardens.  He created the original sculpture in the garden that pays tribute to Vietnam War veterans).

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Daughter's Memory

Today, I will post on Facebook and Instagram a reminder of a day that is always a dark day for me. I do it for me, and not for anyone else. Because as much as I despise empathy, I don't want this day to go by with out some sort of electronic remembrance of how I am feeling today.

Will this year be different, will I spend my day in happiness of memories? Will I revel in all the goodness that late has bring? Will I ever get my count right? Is it 17 years? 18 years? Why am I so bad in math? He was always so good at it.

This year on January 11th, I am met with a little more dread and questions. I am met with an earnest yearn for wanting to speak to him more than ever before, to ask him how he is, how he thinks I am doing? Does he support the decisions I make? Why didn't he tell me what was ahead for me? Can he see his granddaughter? Is he really looking down and seeing it all and do I have his approval?

There is a reason January is always cloudy. Allrighty, rainbows and butterflies tomorrow I promise.



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Monday, January 9, 2017

January Shores Resort Passport Wine Series

January 18, 2017
Azure Restaurant
Shores Resort and Spa
2637 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118
Buy your tickets here!


It is Summer in South America!


I am super excited to attend this month's January Shores Resort Passport Wine Series.

Each month, the Shores Resort and Spa gives residents and visitors alike a chance to experience Chefs Monthly Tour with this Wine Dinner Passport Series featuring Wines from Argentina & Chile.

Join Chef Robert Morgan, Chef Patrick Ian Ransom and Executive Chef Michael Bartscher as they take you through a unique journey through Summer in South America!

Food Parings include Asado Style Ribeye, Grilled Octopus and Chroizo Tuco Spaghettoni, check out the menu below:

‘Tincho’ Spritzer
Lime | Shaved Ice | Mint
New Age Dulce Natural
Mendoza, Argentina

Grilled & Marinated
Red Octopus
Olives | Quinoa | Greens
EQ Sauvignon Blanc 2015
San Antonio Valley, Chile

Chorizo Tuco Spaghettoni
Pink Shrimp | Herbs | Tomato
Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2014
Mendoza, Argentina

Adena Springs Ranch Ribeye
Asado Style | Salsa Criolla | Chimmichurri | Asparagus
Matetic Corralillo Blend 2012
San Antonio Valley, Chile

Cherimoya
Banana Mousse | Pineapple Cremeux
Toso Brut
Mendoza, Argentina


January 18, 2017
Azure Restaurant
Shores Resort and Spa
2637 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118
Buy your tickets here!



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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 In Review

I am a little bummed because people are so anxious to move on to 2017...why because David Bowie died? Your candidate wasn't picked? Did you get to get up every morning, stretch and start a new day for a whole year? Yup!

It is obvious why I am so Holly GoLightly on this subject, but a year ago around this time on New Year's Eve day I cried to my husband and begged to go without me to a friend's party. Just a year before we were doing cheers at friend's same party to the adoption that never happened got extorted failed six months later

For two weeks I laid in bed whenever I didn't have to 'real life' and sobbed because I could not believe the world could be so cruel to two good people. Safe to say, I was very much ready to see 2015 in my back mirror.

And then 2016 came. And it was a great year, Yes, we know the best thing about 2016 and my life ever....that's a given...but I also have learned a lot. About life. Family. Friends. And Miracles. I wouldn't change it for the world.

I am a little busier this year to do a full recap like Megan and I do each year (she has hers up already, damn her!) but here is a quick recap of what also made my life complete:

In January, I had the great opportunity to go to NYC on Jet Blue for the first time, it was a blast and I will never forget that trip and the memories made! AND we got our first Today Show appearance!

I was fortunate enough to travel to NYC a couple more times, and go to Austin and Chicago with my AJLI people, and help start the process of working out the deets for social media strategy for this wonderful company! It is such a gift to work with them.

I also got to travel to DC with one of my favorite people and go on a week long vacation to New Orleans with my best half. Even with a pumpkin, I can not wait to find what neat places 2017 will take me and us!

My business continued with much success, I have enjoyed consulting and stepping in to help when needed (and being paid for it). It sure is nice to take the next step in your business and make it bigger and better. Plus I have some new ideas stashed ready to go this New Year!

One of my great friends sung the National Anthem at the Daytona 500....this is not exactly true, but it is one of 1000 belly laughs this year with a bunch of wonderful friends, new and old.

I was also brave enough to say this year, that doesn't work for me....it is very powerful-at work, in life with friends and with family. Putting you and your family first should never be something to be ashamed of.

I lost this year. My dear sweet kitty Felicity. Prince, who was a musical hero. Family that can't get out of their own way. I also lost the will to feel guilty about a lot of things. I choose Joy.

I am thankful for my sister and my niece which makes us the smallest family ever. Big Hair, don't care...we make it work! Who needs a big family!  It is super amazing to see them share our joy with Lilly, they are so important to me.

Steve and I and my best friend Suzie went to our 25th High School Reunion! Isn't that what old people do?! What a fun event!

Speaking of my BFF, who may or may not read this ever...I am very grateful to her and her husband and little boy for consistently giving us strength and courage to keep going down this journey. Allegedly, I did this for her but I really don't remember. Even miracles take a little time is our mantra, well that was our mantra...We did it!! seems to have replaced that one. My gosh, we did it.

And of course, our amazing daughter...my goodness what to say? Even though we are both down with the sickness for our first New Year, I can not wait to show this baby girl what the world is all about!

Let's go 2017, I can not wait to see what you will bring. Ok, fine let's see those nine punkin pictures!!



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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Very Basic and Honest List of Needs for New Moms

I have been holding on forever writing this, really for no reason except for time or lack thereof. I had dreams, you know, to be this great blogger that would instill all wisdom on the daily of what was very much needed as a new mom! It would be so fun to be a consistent mommy blogger!

Sadly, what is really on my mind is to write an entire blog post on my google search. I really want you to see is the most ridiculous things I have googled since my LO (yup that is a forum term and it stands for little one! I have arrived!) was born.

Today, for instance I googled...how close can you put the dehumidifier...because really...should the smoke consume her entire face so she def gets it or am I looking to achieve overall room comfiness?

I am really smarter about all this nonsense. My main goal in this journey is  I really don't want to pile my house and new life with a bunch of stuff. Says the girl who has no nursery set up...(I will get to it I promise....)

Here are five things I think you will need in order for life to move forward.

A set up and a sleeping plan.

This is pretty basic, but you will need a dedicated area to change the baby and a place where she will sleep. It may be an elaborate nursery...all set up and ready to go or you could set up the changing table and leave everything else that needs to go in the nursery in the garage like some people.

Hopefully, you have someone to share this journey with, please note on day 3 or 4 without a plan and a set up you might want to kill them. Yes, watching the baby together holding hands cooing 24/7 is very sweet, but eventually you will come to your senses and realize ain't no one is gonna get any sleep or sanity this way.

What worked for me and my DH (another forum term, to bring you up to speed....I thought it stood for designated husband for quite some time instead of dear) is that because I am used to getting up the earliest and need the least amount of sleep, it made the best sense for him to have the last feeding and for me to go to bed around 8p or 9p. This sounds early but some nights I find myself praying the clock says this time instead of what time it actually is (6p).

A Rock N Play
My best friend suggested this and it saved our life. It is elevated so it eliminated a lot of gas issues and she really loves it. I may never take her out of it.

A Boppy Lounger
The Boppy pillow is pretty great, but the Lounger! The Lounger is like the penthouse suite of pillows, we feed her on it and she takes her naps on it. It is great because it also distinguishes between the rock and play which is only used for the final night sleep.

An Amazing Diaper Bag I am actually very passionate about this. Most diaper bags are very ugly. Very. Ugly. I bought a Kate Spade diaper bag which should have been sufficient but it really is a better pack and go to Nana's bag. It wasn't very user friendly...sad to say. After searching passionately for a gorgeous bag, I started looking at what the stars were carrying...I hope you are not judging me, if they say they are good then they are good. I came across the brand Timi and Leslie and can not tell you how impressed I am with the quality and I love that it comes in a variety of colors...yes it is a little pricy, but Poshmark has a ton of them.



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Food

The first couple of days we were home, Steve said "I don't really think you need to have your friends do the meal train...my mom and our family will cook for us!" After a couple days of...well, we forgot to call his Mom or any family and pizza delivery was on the menu.

It is not a bad idea to ask for a little help and get a friend to help organize a meal train for you. Just so you know, it is also not in bad taste to ask them to leave it out in the cooler on the front porch...it seems like that is not kosher but I am told it is completely acceptable. Although once Steve went back to work I welcomed the company!

Another amazing idea is the fun deal that Carrabba’s has for you!!


Family Bundles saved our lives more than once during the first couple of weeks. Great for new moms and busy families and anyone who is looking for family meal solutions that are quick and convenient but don’t sacrifice taste and freshness to feed their family in the evening.

Carrabba’s solves dinner (or lunch) today with a menu of Family Bundles perfectly portioned for 4 people

Family Bundles Menu has 6 options starting at $34.99

  • Spaghetti with meat sauce, meatballs or sausage
  • Cavatappi Alfredo
  • Lasagne (requires a 4 hour call ahead notice) 
  • Cavatappi Carrabba
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Chicken Parmesan

·         All Family Bundles are made fresh when you order
·         Entrees bundles with choice of soup or salad
·         Comes with a side dish (except Pastas)
·         Bread, herb mix and olive oil included
·         Customers can order and pay on line or over the phone
·         Delivered to your car when you pull up at the restaurant

This was a lifesaver and delicious, we had so much amazing food!!! It was also convenient to order! Find out more information here.

What other tips are a MUST for a new mom? Leave them in the comments!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

All I Want For Christmas Is You


True story, every Christmas song has made me misty since God was a boy. I feel when I finally launch my movie star career and I need to have an emotional scene with Ryan Reynolds as he begs me not to leave him, all the studio does is play Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and here will come the water works.

Hell, even as I hear the Mariah version of All I want for Christmas, I take a peak in my backseat at my little angel and burst into tears. Probably something to speak to my therapist about this month, but I am fully exercising in the practice of happy tears. It is almost a little embarrassing how many times I have gotten choked up happily over very little.

Except for This is Us.

Dear God! It is one of those shows that Steve makes a face before we watch (it is slight, but I still see it) but then rewinds something that is said because he missed it. Aha! But dear God, those are some heartstrings shit, huh? And it really isn't the whole adoption thing, to be honest...but it well written, reminds me of Parenthood (same writers) and every one needs a good ugly cry once a week. Cleansing or whatever.

Speaking of cleansing, having a baby acquires a LOT of extra stuff!! I find myself straightening all day long and she just sits there and looks cute! When she starts getting on the go, I am in a lot of trouble. I am kind of excited that this year, we just get to enjoy the spirit of Christmas without worrying about getting a bunch of stuff....as I write this I see my UPS, Fed Ex and Mail Persons hysterically laughing. Well, we are trying to keep it to a bare minimum.

Maybe we will work on her room finally...does this horrify you? It should!! I have an almost five month old and even though the perfect nursery is in my head, I have yet to pull the trigger. I know that she doesn't need the space yet, but we have got to start making decisions! We delusionally bought a new dining room table this week, as a mad swipe at deference, so I guess worse case scenario she can always sleep on that! It extends like a big girl table!

A little prattle, A little babble but I wanted to say hello!

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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Social Media Revolution

This is my favorite facts video on the way of the world of social media! I use it for all my presentations, which I am actually jaunting off to this morning! For someone who wanted to teach her whole life, the fact that I get to do it today is super exciting! Enjoy! Erik Qualman puts this out every year, he is a genius! Socialnomics 2017. This is the 7th version of this Social Media Revolution Series by Erik Qualman based on his #1 Bestseller Socialnomics.

Socialnomics on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dTX06p






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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day of The Red Party with Red Diamond Wines

Oh, the joys and pressures and craziness of having a newborn for Halloween! We have been planning for Monday! But, since we love Halloween so much, I am having a couple of friends over to celebrate a little early! Thankfully, I am able to introduce them to the delicious Red Diamond Mysterious Red Blend for Day of the Red.

This 2014 Washington State Limited Edition Red Blend has sultry aromas of cherry and dark stone fruit, the palate delivers captivating flavors of dark red berries and a hint of spice. Medium-bodied tannins give way to a riveting, long finish.



For a fun wine pairing, Red Diamond Mysterious Red Blend is fantastic with chocolate peanut butter cups or milk chocolate with English toffee. Of course, it also goes perfect with juicy steaks, spooky stews and stinky cheese.

You can find Red Diamond Mysterious Red Blend nationwide for $10. The blend consists of 56% Syrah, 40% Merlot, 3% Viognier and 1% other red varieties.

I have a few guests that prefer white and thankfully the Red Diamond 2014 Chardonnay is sure to please! It is one of my favorites!


Why wait till Halloween when you can celebrate early! Nothing is scary about that! 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Because I Love Her

Our day in the sun has arrived! We are a forever family! Over the moon excited for our future. The world is ours and we can not wait!

Some highlights:

I hope I never forget that I had the good fortune to try on Lilly's outfit before we went, as it was 7 sizes too big and I had to scoop her up and run like a banshee to Dillard's at the last minute.

During our finalization, there was not a dry eye in the house, even the Judge cried!

I was right. And we were too happy to take the full glory that this entails. I TOLD my husband I didn't think we should bring the car seat and stroller in the courthouse. To which he politely brushed off! Guess who, much to the dismay of some early morning courthouse visitors were delayed a good five minutes taking the baby out of the carseat? Then the cover off, then the stroller back in and back through. What a mess! And damnit, I couldn't take the utter glee for being right just for once.

Our lawyer asked during the proceedings (which were less than 2 minutes) why we wanted to adopt Lillian? I started strong, yes I did...and said because we love her! Good, right?! Then, I guess that wasn't good enough for my frail emotional two year long journey state because I started babbling and hysterically crying that when she wakes up in the morning, SOB, she looks at me with love with these big blue eyes SOB and I cherish every second of that...someone get this fool off the stand. But, we have video, so there is that!

This week, my mother in law was playing with her and leaned down and whispered and now you are a Tacinelli. Nearly broke my cynical state of mind. So, miracles do come true and it feels so good to be happy and now I shall join all the other mother's in complaining about shit we should be thankful for.

Introducing the official Party of Three!




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Friday, October 14, 2016

FriYay Thoughts

Ahhhh Friday! We have quite a week!

1. After ten years of complement,  we got hit by the Hurricane Matthew! We lost 'only' ONLY a 50 ft tree in our front yard that gently brushed with no damage our neighbor's house. Not to be unkind, but it was the wrong tree, the tree in the back was the one to go! Ha! Seriously, luckily although it looks like a war zone, we fared okay in our little town.

2. Super tired of the first world hags on my Facebook. I realize that is not very kind but there is a lot of complaining going on! Yes, we had some power issues and boil water yucks but I choose grace and thankfulness that I don't live in, I don't know Haiti...where there were mass casualties.

3. I am voting for Donald Trump. I literally don't care what he said to Billy Bush fifteen years ago. I am all for the locker room mentality, I have been friends with boys for years. I was friends with a band that had a boob book, god forbid these men today with stable wives and families and Grammy and Emmy winning careers run for office!  Frankly, if you knew what I said or did or thought 24/7 fifteen, twenty years ago, we may not be friends either. Just ask my ex-boyfriend.

Trump apologized, let's move on. Truly sad about the media and their inability to report anything properly, and for you to buy right into it. It is very concerning that this is what we have spent an entire week on, instead of talking about how truly fucked our county is currently. I am sure willing to have a 15 years ago p-grabbing conversation rule over the fact that after seven weeks and 25 phone calls to my insurance company, my daughter and I are finally insured (like paying customers) only to receive a notice that it is going up another $200 at the front of the year, for a super shitty policy. Or that I am self employed and Steve and I get so screwed on our taxes, we just paid off last years payment last month. That doesn't work for me. I am willing to let anyone give it a better stab. Before you go to the polls, please turn off the TV and go read Bias, by Bernard Goldberg, a former CBS head honcho-it is a life changer.  This article is everything. PS don't get me started on 70 year old women "coming forward", this is nonsense!

4. Whew that was quite a rant. Wait, you are wondering why I haven't mentioned our Lillian? EEE! She is three months old today! I find myself typing this AM waiting patiently for her to awake! She has become quite a little person this week. What a joy! And Tuesday is our day, please pray for our family as this journey comes to a close and we scream GOTCHA on the top of our lungs. I can not actually wait to exhale fully instead of these shallows I have been doing since we started. It is gonna be the best day of our life, our li ay ay ay ay ay feeeeee.

Wishing you a fab weekend of rainbows, unicorns and Justin on Netflix.
xx










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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Daytona Beach News-Journal’s 6th Annual Food, Wine & Brew Festival


The Daytona Beach News-Journal will be holding the 6th Annual Food, Wine & Brew Festival on Friday, November 4th 6-10pm at the News-Journal Center at Daytona State College, 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach.The Food, Wine & Brew Festival will feature food and wine samples from the area’s finest restaurants and over 100 different beers in the Beer Garden sponsored by Stella Artois. This event will also feature live entertainment, sports bar, cigar lounge and the Stella Artois Mobile Airstream. 

General Admission tickets are $60 and include a Stella tasting glass and samples from all featured restaurants, beers and wines. VIP Admission tickets are $80 which includes early entry to event 5pm – 6pm, live entertainment and a free gift and goodie bag, tickets are limited. Proceeds from this event benefit United Way of Volusia/Flagler.  Over the past five years we have donated more than $25,000 back to the United Way to support local causes.

Raffles, new this year Jerry Spangler, featured artist for the 54th Annual Halifax Art Festival on November 5th and 6th, will provide a 12” x 16” Stella Artois Painting that will be on display and raffled off at the event.  All proceeds will be donated back to United Way of Volusia Flagler.  We will also raffle a basket of wine and gift cards valued at over $1,000 at the event.  The gift cards will be from all the participating vendors at this year’s event. Raffle tickets can be purchase at the door or in advance online.


The Food, Wine & Brew Festival tickets can be purchased online or by calling 386-681-2365. More information regarding the Food, Wine & Brew Festival can be found on online at news-journalevents.com.  To purchase tickets today, please visit news-journalevents.com/foodwinebrew/

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Country 500 Music Festival Announces 2017 Lineup



Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Thomas Rhett,
Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson and Many More
Coming to Daytona International Speedway Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2017

3-Day Weekend Passes, VIP Packages, Camping and Travel Packages on Sale Now!

Early-Bird Ticket Price Available Through Friday, October 28

Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Thomas Rhett, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson, Chris Janson, Chase Rice, Travis Tritt, Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses, Colt Ford, Easton Corbin  Eric Paslay, Kristian Bush, Pat Green, Margo Price, The Swon Brothers, Maggie Rose, Aubrie Sellers, Mark Chesnutt, William Michael Morgan, Mo Pitney, LANco, Asleep at the Wheel, Simba Jordan and more are all set for the 2nd annual Country 500 – The Great American Music Fest at Daytona, to be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, 27, & 28, 2017, organizers announced today.

Daytona International Speedway, the “World Center of Racing,” will again become the World Center of Entertainment over the Memorial Day holiday.  The inaugural Country 500 in 2016 drew an amazing 75,000 country music craving fans from across the country to Daytona and was met with rave reviews after the event.

“Country 500 is all revved up and ready to rock!” said Festival Producer Quint Davis.  “Year two of this only-in-Daytona super fest will once again feature something for everyone, from the hottest superstars Blake, Kid Rock, Miranda, Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett, to the most classic of country legends Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride and the legendary country duo, Brooks & Dunn, who will give a rare performance.   A total of more than 30 incredible artists will help create an unforgettable holiday weekend for fans in the magical world that is Daytona International Speedway.”

“After a successful inaugural event, the lineup of artists for the 2017 Country 500 music festival is going to be another who’s who of entertainers,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “The Country 500 has quickly become one of the most anticipated festivals of the year and we encourage guests to start making their plans to spend the Memorial Day Weekend enjoying all the sights and sounds at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”

Three-day weekend passes, VIP packages, camping and travel packages are on sale now through Country500.com.  Fans should plan to take advantage of the special early-bird pricing ($185) for 3-day weekend general admission passes  available now through Friday, October 28.

Country 500 festivities are spread over three days and nights of the holiday weekend, with music programmed on two performance stages, the massive Country 500 Stage as well as the more intimate Bluebird Theatre Tent.  One of the biggest hits of the inaugural Country 500 was the ability to actually camp out in the infield, literally inside the festival for the entire weekend.  In 2017, fans will once again be offered a full-range of camping opportunities for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations.  Country 500 also offers on-site lodging and travel packages for a hassle-free way to enjoy the festival. Travel packages include hotel accommodations, roundtrip transportation to the festival grounds and official t-shirts plus festival admission. Visit Country500.com for information on the on-site lodging opportunities and travel packages.

The two special VIP package levels, “Crew Chief VIP Experience” and “VIP Pit Pass” have been updated for 2017 creating new opportunities (see attached) for once-in-a-lifetime environments for people on various budgets, along with a layaway option if needed.  Both packages allow for an exclusive upfront, golden-circle viewing area at the main Country 500 Stage where fans are literally close enough to touch the stage.  VIP Crew Chief and Pit Pass passholders will be able to take advantage of the exclusive main stage “VIP Oasis” featuring VIP-only bars with premium food and beverages for purchase, comfortable seating and shade, air-conditioned restrooms, phone charging stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, a private merchandise stand and misting stations.  Passholders will also be allowed seamless entry from the VIP Oasis into the VIP viewing areas at the Country 500 Stage.  For VIP benefits, camping information, festival details and flexible payment plan options, call 1-844-500-FEST or visit Country500.com

Fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets located throughout pit road and the garages. The 2016 meet and greet area proved to be a highlight for many patrons as the intimacy of meeting the artists creates lasting memories.  Numerous other features—a select festival menu sold from food booths and food trucks; carnival rides; arcade games; cooling water elements; country-and-western merchandise; and more—will all be a part of the festival, as Country 500 once again transforms racing’s greatest venue into country music heaven.

Visit Country500.com or call 1-844-500-FEST for tickets, camping, parking, and other festival information.  Make sure to sign up on the Country 500 mailing list and get all the festival info as it becomes available.  Customizable travel packages, on-site lodging opportunities and hotel information are also available at Country500.com.

Stay connected with Country 500 on Facebook, Country500.com on the web and #Country500 on Twitter.



3-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PASS – ($185 early-bird all-in pricing through October 28)
General Admission to the Festival for each day; passes are non-transferable
New in 2017 – all 3-day ticket holders will have re-entry privileges
Early admission to Country 500 each day
Access to performances by more than 30 bands over the three days on the Country 500 Stage (note new location for 2017 to comfortably accommodate a larger audience) and in the Bluebird Theater, plus a select menu of food and beverage offerings from food booths and food trucks, carnival rides, arcade games, country and western merchandise, a myriad of shade and water elements, artist meet and greets, and much more
Access to the Infield Campgrounds ONLY with separate campground wristband

VIP PIT PASS - ($699 all-in pricing)
VIP admission to the Festival for each day; passes are non-transferable
Access to the Pit, a VIP standing viewing area at the Country 500 Stage with easy access to the adjacent VIP Oasis
Access to the NEW VIP Oasis adjacent to the viewing area at the Country 500 Stage featuring:
Easy access to the Pit at the Country 500 Stage
Food and beverage for purchase from exclusive VIP vendors
Comfortable furniture
Private festival merchandise stand
Cell phone charging stations
Misting stations and shade
Wi-Fi access
Access to private air-conditioned flushable restrooms
Exclusive festival merchandise gift
Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend
Early admission to Country 500 each day
Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking pass, granting access to park near the festival entrance - steps away from the VIP areas at the Country 500 Stage
On-site experience concierge

Country 500 VIP Oasis (New for 2017)
Exclusive area for VIP Crew Chief and Pit Pass passholders featuring VIP-only bars with premium food and beverages for purchase, comfortable seating and shade, air-conditioned restrooms, phone charging stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, a private merchandise stand and misting stations.
Easy entry to the VIP Oasis from the VIP parking area or from within the festival
Seamless entry from the VIP Oasis to the VIP viewing areas at the Country 500 Stage

Please Note: In 2017, only Crew Chief VIPs will have access to the VIP seating area in the Bluebird Theater. Also, the 2017 VIP Pit Pass standing area at the Country 500 Stage will be located behind the Crew Chief VIP standing area.

CREW CHIEF VIP EXPERIENCE – ($999 all-in pricing)
All benefits of VIP Pit Pass; PLUS
Access to an exclusive Crew Chief only standing viewing area in the Pit at the Country 500 stage - the areas closest to the stage will be reserved for Crew Chiefs  - with easy access to the adjacent VIP Oasis
Exclusive access to the Crew Chief VIP Deck at the Country 500 Stage featuring a covered viewing platform with premium seated viewing of the main stage.
Access to the VIP Viewing area at the Bluebird Theater – exclusively for the Crew Chief VIP passholders -  with dedicated bar, stage-front seating and standing viewing areas and air-conditioned flushable restrooms
Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking pass, granting access to park near the festival entrance - steps away from the VIP areas at the Country 500 Stage (parking spaces closest to infield entrance will be reserved for Crew Chief VIPs)
Country 500 Crew Chief VIP Laminate with commemorative lanyard

Country 500 VIP Oasis (New for 2017)
Exclusive area for VIP Crew Chief and Pit Pass passholders featuring VIP-only bars with premium food and beverages for purchase, comfortable seating and shade, air-conditioned restrooms, phone charging stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, a private merchandise stand and misting stations.
Easy entry to the VIP Oasis from the VIP parking area or from within the festival
Seamless entry from the VIP Oasis to the VIP viewing areas at the Country 500 Stage

Please Note: In 2017, only Crew Chief VIPs will have access to the VIP seating area in the Bluebird Theater. Also, the 2017 VIP Pit Pass standing area at the Country 500 Stage will be located behind the Crew Chief VIP standing area.



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Monday, September 26, 2016

Ormond Memorial Museum presents 3rd Annual Dogapalooza Ormond Beach


It's official: There is nothing cuter in Volusia County.

Hosted by the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, this festive family-friendly celebration of the human-animal bond spreads throughout our gardens, parking lot and museum, giving our boho dogs and their lovers trees, shade and room to roll about in the grass.

All proceeds benefit Sophie's Pet Food Pantry & The ARNI Foundation. Admission is $2 per guest; dogs enter free of charge!

Ormond's annual dog-friendly festival will feature...
~ Music mixed by Mister DJ
~ Canine costume contest presented by Gaslamp Gift Gallery**

~ FREE Puppy photo experience by photographer Michael Eliassen
~ FREE paw-dicures (toenail clipping) by Amie's Mobile Pet Grooming
~ FREE Obedience demonstrations by the Obedience Club Of Daytona
~ FREE Dog Color Rinse aka "Dog Chalking" at the PetSmart Dog Salon

~ Delicious Food from Schmancy Pops, Victory Popcorn, and Southern State of Mind
~ Refreshing craft brews from Ormond Brewing Company

~ Art by Megan Maya Macgregor
~ Emerson's Kitchen, LLC.
~ The Cultured Hound
~ Reiki & Holistic Care for People and Pets


**CANINE COSTUME CONTEST CATEGORIES
Best in Show
Best Pop Culture Reference
Best Duo (1 Dog + 1 Human)
Best Ensemble (More than 1 Dog)

More details on the event to come!

For vendor and sponsorship opportunities please contact Melissa Frankel at mfrankel@ormondartmuseum.org.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Daytona Beach Blues Festival Craft Brews & Blues 2016



The Craft Brews & Blues Saturday will return October 8, 2016 from 2-6 pm during the 7th Daytona Blues Festival at Jackie Robinson Ballpark! Get your tickets here

Made possible through the generosity and vision of S. R. Perrott, Inc., we’ll have craft brews to sample, if you are 21 and have a valid ID.

A little lagniappe – 3 tastes (3 oz.) are included with your Saturday Daytona Blues Festival ticket, if you are 21 with valid ID. And you can purchase more TASTE TICKETS to try more brews! 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.



8 Florida craft breweries for 2016 are Saltwater Brewery (Delray Beach),Central 28 (DeBary), Miami Brewing Company (Miami), Two Henrys Brewing Co. (Plant City), Orange Blossom  Brewing Company (Orlando), Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company (DeLand), Tomoka Brewing Co.( Port Orange), and Odd Exilir Meads (DeLand).


Other participating breweries include Yuengling, Abita, Bell’s Brewery, Green Man Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Brooklyn Brewery, Chimay, Terrapin Beer Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Tenth and Blake, and Lagunitas Brewing Co.


Don't miss the fun, buy your ticket online till October 4th here!!
Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Daytona Blues Festival Sunday Lineup


The Daytona Blues Festival, Inc., was incorporated in 2009 with the purpose of developing an annual blues music weekend that would generate proceeds for health initiatives for women and children in Volusia County. The Daytona Blues Festival is a three day festival held the weekend before Columbus Day .The festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach and features nationally known artists, emerging blues artists, and  draws blues lovers from all over the  US, Canada, and Europe.

The Daytona Blues Festival is run by volunteers; no salaries are drawn from any monies generated by the festival, and all proceeds fund women’s and children’s health services in Volusia and Flagler counties.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion at Halifax Health and Project WARM, Women Assisting Recovering Mothers, received all festival proceeds.  $35,000 was raised in 2013 and $55,000 was raised at the 2014 festival and presented to Halifax Health’s NICU expansion and to Project WARM. The 2015 festival raised $60,000 for the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM.

In 6 years, the Daytona Blues Festival has raised over $165,000 for charities benefiting women and children in Volusia  and Flagler counties.

For ticket information, click here!


The 2016 artists  for the Main Stage for Sunday are:


1:00 pm     BEN HUNTER  and JOE SEAMONS
2:30 pm     THE PAUL DESLAURIERS BAND
4:00 pm     TINSLEY ELLIS
5:45 pm     SUGARAY RAYFORD BAND
7:30 pm     VICTOR WAINWRIGHT & The WildRoots

Daytona Blues Foundation is a 501(C)3 Not-For-Profit Corporation


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