Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hammock Beach Resort‎ Women's Golf Day


One of my favorite stories I like to tell about my husband and I when we were dating is the time I heard him say..."Man, I would like to get into tennis again". So, like any newly dating idiot would do I ran down to my local tennis spot and took six weeks of lessons. Six Weeks. In January. Because for our first Valentine's Day, by golly I had the perfect gift...a new racket, some balls and me, Maria Sharapova, Jr.!

Racket was the operative word.

Our first tennis outing was over as quickly as it started. I am sure divorces happen on many a tennis court. It ended up with me crying and at some point I remember Steve saying HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR THESE LESSONS, GO GET YOUR MONEY BACK!

Now, it's a pretty funny story to tell, but onwards!

I am gonna go golfing on Women's Golf Day at Hammock Beach Resort! This should be so much fun with my girlfriends. Even though my golf experience ranges from putting together golf tournaments to sitting in the cart drinking bloodys while reading you articles out of Mademoiselle...this time I am gonna play and succeed and prosper!

Women's Golf Day is a one day international event that encourages women to engage in the sport of golf. Whether it's their first time or they are a pro, this event is meant to bring women together in a fun, non-intimidating environment. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Raises Hand!!!

Join Hammock Beach June 6th  for a four-hour Women’s Golf Day experience. Begin with a lesson with our pros and end with a complimentary cocktail reception at our Conservatory Clubhouse. Everyone is invited, from beginner golfer, to those playing for fun!

*4-6pm Meet at the Conservatory – Golf pros will lead attendees in a lesson.

*6-7pm Put your skills to the test with a 3-hole round on the course.

*7-8pm Cocktail reception on the Clubhouse Terrace with light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Price is $15 for Day guests and complimentary for Members & Overnight resort guests. Clubs will be provided, and attire is golf casual.

Reservations are required by Friday, June 2nd. Please call the Conservatory Clubhouse to make your reservation at 386.246.6710.

For more information visit:
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Good Morning!!
Happy Mother's Day!!


I want to go out today just so someone will say that to me!

I feel in some ways I have been waiting for this day my entire life! I am hoping that whatever stage your life is in, you have a wonderful Sunday. I read somewhere  that “You are very likely an important person in a young person’s life. We are all parents in one way or another.” That is very resonating, isn’t it?!

Not to bring out the tiny violin, or cello (because I am relishing Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Morairity this week), but Mother's Day for almost two decades has meant nothing to me but bitter aggravation, and then recently anguish. I have become so far removed from considering this a day of celebration that it wasn't until late this week where I realized that I had to start thinking about aunt and nana gifts from Steve's mom and my sister from Lillian!

But, today has such an utter sense of do-over, renewal,  first day of the rest of your life taste that I feel like a kid on the morning of Christmas!!! I know that the first Mother's Day is a little self serving but I look forward to the years that come where this day and Father's Day can be a time to celebrate our sheer family joy.

I am happy to report that my husband must of had every woman that even looked his way in the last couple of weeks express to him how divinely important a first Mother's Day is to not screw up.  I see roses and he has been to the jeweler. Two explicit things that the old Darlynn rolled her eyes at...but this misting tears of joy, grinning fool that lays in bed before you writing this? Bring it!!! Ring the bell, darling! Bring the champagne!!

Allegedly this is a day of relax and rest but what makes me happy is to entertain! We are hosting brunch for my sister and mother in law. I couldn't be happier!

Thank you for allowing me to use this blog, along with my travel and my love of wine ...an opportunity to let you know how really good my life is today. I am living proof of good things happen to those who wait.

Xx



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Saturday, May 6, 2017

It's Derby Day!

This may come as a surprise to you but I LOVE THE KENTUCKY DERBY! I love everything about it and I hope to see it in person one day! We usually go to the dog track to place our bets, although I am starting to enjoy the ease of Twin Spires! Last year, I finished out my last couple of weeks as President of the Junior League and we had an amazing Derby party! I was fortunate enough to buy a hat from Arturo Rios who has designed hats and costume for many famous people including Lady Gaga during her stint on American Horror Story. Look how my friends and I rocked the day!

As much as a fan as I am of the Derby, the outfits and the betting! I am so excited that the Kentucky Derby also means that 14 Hands releases exclusive wines for the Kentucky Derby!






14 Hands Winery continued their partnership with the “Run for the Roses,”™ for the fifth year running. Along with their 3rd vintage of the Limited Release Kentucky Derby® Red Blend (which is delicious), they also released a brand new wine, the 14 Hands 2016 Rosé, which I will be drinking while watching the race this weekend.

14 Hands Winery selections are offered nationwide.

14 Hands 2016 Rose

The 2016 Rosé freshens up the already impressive varietal line-up from 14 Hands Winery. This beautifully, light pink Syrah-based Rosé opens with delicate aromas of rose petals and rhubarb. Refreshing flavors of melon and strawberries are followed closely by a kick of citrus in the finish.

FLAVOR PROFILE
“This Syrah-based Rosé opens with delicate aromas of rose petals and rhubarb. Refreshing flavors of melon and strawberries are followed closely by a kick of citrus in the finish.” Keith Kenison, Winemaker

RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS
Perfect by the glass or with light salads like a classic Niçoise, grilled tuna, paella and salty cheeses.





Kentucky Derby Red Blend

This Limited Release Red Blend was crafted to commemorate 14 Hands Winery proud sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby®, the legendary Thoroughbred race that dates back to 1875. Serve this wine at your Kentucky Derby viewing party paired with party favorites like pulled pork sliders and beef tenderloin skewers.

FLAVOR PROFILE
“This opulent red blend showcases juicy Washington fruit character with aromas of blackberries and plums with subtle hints of chocolate and pepper. Flavors of dark berries and cocoa, supported by plush tannins, give way to a long-lasting, persistent finish.” Keith Kenison, Winemaker

RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Cherries, Deviled Eggs with Bacon, Italian Cured Meats and Cheese, Country Ham and Biscuits




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Friday, April 21, 2017

Go Green this Earth Day with Eco-Friendly Wines


Earth Day is THIS Saturday! While we always do our best effort recycling and being kind to the Earth, more importantly-Did you know you could be environmentally conscious while enjoying a glass of wine?

As the largest certified organic vineyard in Washington State, takes every effort to help their fans reduce their carbon footprint by offering wine that’s environmentally-friendly, yet delicious.

Whether it’s in their vineyard, the winery, or in their packaging, Snoqualmie wines are made using sustainable and organic practices and are designed to showcase the best winemaking techniques and vineyard selections.

·        Vineyard – In their vineyards they use weather stations and soil moisture-measuring probes to monitor water use and eliminate wasted water.

·        Winery – They have a recycling program that includes paper, glass, cork, and aluminum waste that reduces our solid waste by more than 8%. Additionally, by using eco-friendly energy options in the winery, they have reduced our electricity usage by 30% in the last five years.

·        Packaging – They are the total package now!  They use ECO glass bottles that are among the lightest in the industry, their printed materials are on 100% post-consumer waste material stock, and our corks and labels are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Lastly, they use more eco-friendly capsules.

The Latest From Snoqualmie – Bright, balanced, and bursting with lush varietal flavors, these wines pair well with a variety of food and offer high-quality, high-value accompaniment to casual spring and summer picnics, barbecues, and other celebratory gatherings.


Whites:
Snoqualmie 2015 ECO Chardonnay Columbia Valley (organic)
Snoqualmie 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley
Snoqualmie 2015 Winemaker's Select Riesling Columbia Valley

Reds:
Snoqualmie 2015 ECO Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (organic)
Snoqualmie 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Country Music Star Tyler Farr To Perform Pre-Race Concert For 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

VIP Ticket Packages Available!!

Country music star Tyler Farr will entertain race fans with a pre-race concert prior to the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, July 1.

The concert will mark Farr’s second performance at the world’s only motorsports stadium – the first coming in last year’s inaugural Country 500, a three-day music festival over Memorial Day weekend.

“Tyler Farr is a great addition to our race-day festivities,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “We’re excited to have him perform prior to Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 and celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with our fans as we continue our proud tradition of honoring this great country and our military.”

Farr’s first album, Redneck Crazy, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Album chart and in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. The album included two No. 1 hits – the title track and “Whiskey In My Water.” The classically-trained singer is also known for his singles, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” off his sophomore album Suffer In Peace, and “Our Town,” which was released last fall. This summer, Farr will open for Brantley Gilbert during The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour.

A limited quantity of VIP ticket packages are available for race fans to receive special access to the pre-race concert that will be staged along pit road. VIP Pit packages start at $130 and include:

ν A reserved ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola
ν Pre-Race/UNOH Fanzone access
ν Admission to the VIP viewing area in front of the stage for the pre-race concert

Fans that have already purchased a Coke Zero 400 race ticket can upgrade their experience to the VIP Pit package for $75.

Tickets for the June 29-July 1 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news.

CONTACT:                                                                                                          
Andrew Booth, DIS Public Relations
386.681.6714
abooth@daytonainternationalspeedway.com  


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Thursday, April 6, 2017

OMGhirardelli! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Introduces Two New Doughnuts Made with Ghirardelli Chocolate



Krispy Kreme’s ‘Mint Chocolate’ and ‘Sea Salt Caramel’ featuring Ghirardelli available for a limited time

Two of the world’s most decadent treat creators – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Ghirardelli – are combining the indulgence of premium Ghirardelli chocolate with the deliciously satisfying taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The result is the ultimate OMG moment – “OMGhirardelli,” that is.

Krispy Kreme’s new Mint Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel doughnuts inspired by Ghirardelli’s popular chocolate squares are available for a limited time only at all Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida:

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

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

“Uniting premium chocolate enthusiasts and our beloved doughnut fans, these doughnuts offer an OMG-worthy reward any time of day. Whether you’re celebrating life’s everyday moments or in search of a delightful afternoon indulgence,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. Designed to deliver a treat experience unlike any other, these limited-time doughnuts mean Krispy Kreme guests no longer have to choose between sweet or salty, chocolate or pastry.



For the savory-sweet eater, Krispy Kreme’s new Sea Salt Caramel Doughnut Made with Ghirardelli offers a crave-worthy flavor experience inspired by Ghirardelli Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Squares. The doughnut is filled with salted caramel filling, dipped in decadent chocolate icing, drizzled with both the chocolate and caramel icings and topped with a blend of amber sugar, salt sprinkle, and Ghirardelli mini chocolate chips. Both the caramel filling and chocolate icing are made with premium Ghirardelli ingredients.

A cooler combination, Krispy Kreme’s Mint Chocolate Doughnut Made with Ghirardelli features a doughnut filled with White Mint Kreme™ filling inspired by Ghirardelli Chocolate Mint Squares, dipped in chocolate icing, decorated with green colored icing and topped with Ghirardelli mini chocolate chips dusted in powdered sugar. Again, the chocolate icing is made with premium Ghirardelli ingredients.

Go to www.krispykreme.com/ghirardelli to find a participating Krispy Kreme shop near you. Share your OMGhirardelli moments using #OhSoFancy and #KrispyKreme.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

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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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Perception of Time

I belong to this wonderful service called Morning Pics. It is probably one of the favorite parts of my day. Lately, it has made me think of what is important right now and what will matter when this day comes back around in pictures.

May 2015


July 2015
March 2017
The first two pictures came up recently and it gave me pause because in the first one 659 days ago was taken on our anniversary, right before I took a call from my adoption lawyer to deliver the biggest red flag news of our adoption we had been involved with for the past six months. Ruined my night. The adoption that never happened or the extortion heard round the world...whichever spin you would like to choose came exactly one month later.

A couple days later, I received my next memory, from 581 ago. Adoption failure in full effect, working on a pair of sisters that were homeless (which were pulled out from under us at the very last moment, of course) I was at my very lowest. I was terrified of the public, terrified of that "face" people would give me and taking my introvertness to a new level. I was in a very dark dark place. But, when a member of your tribe calls, you go and you help. It was appropriately pouring rain, I did what any brave girl would do: drank six beers, did what she needed me to do and had mini panic attacks that I would run into one of my NASCAR friends who were waiting to hear my good news and see pictures of well, nothing. I hauled booty the moment I could and was certain I would never feel better again.

There is a happy ending,

I took the last picture on Saturday of my sweet girl. It just gives me (and I hope you) the reminder that things do work out for a reason, none of those things were meant to be and the journey was worth it. The journey is always worth it. No matter if you are adopting a baby, struggling with your current job, hating your boyfriend or are in a happy go lucky place...the process to get there is in your hands and time is the key of perception. If you ask yourself, what is this gonna matter in ten days, ten months, ten years...the answer will set you free. See I just went all Oprah on you and you didn't even notice.

Till next time xo


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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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