Tuesday, March 31, 2015

‘Coffee with the Mayor’ Announced

This may be a small town utterance, but one of the best things about living in Ormond Beach Florida is our mayor, Ed Kelley. He is really one of the nicest people I know.

From the Ormond Beach Observer-Mayor Ed Kelley and Rick Fraser, executive director of the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, are no longer going on the road.

In the past year, they traveled once per month to various businesses to keep lines of communication open between the business community and the city. They have recently decided it would be more efficient to have a group meeting in the board room at the Chamber of Commerce, 165 W. Granada Blvd. Starting April 13, they will meet in a new format called “Coffee with the Mayor.”

“We found that we could visit just so many businesses in an afternoon, and it was hard to arrange with our schedules,” Fraser said.

They plan on meeting at 8 a.m. on the second Monday of each month for about an hour. Fraser said Einstein Bros. Bagels, 110 S. Nova Road, has offered to supply bagels and coffee, and snacks will be provided by Edible Arrangements, 128 N. Nova Road.

Kelley said talking to the business executives gives him a good barometer on the local business community, and group discussions may spur new ideas.

Fraser said that in the past meetings, he found positive attitudes about the economy. “They were generally upbeat,” he said. “They were very happy about the new landscaping.”

He said the meetings are beneficial in finding ways to help the business community.

Fraser said if business people are interested in attending, they should call him at 677-3454.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oh, Hey Blog...

So, if I look far back enough...it may be weeks and weeks where I actually blogged. Not bullshit blogged, or promotionally blogged, or love my charity blogged (which I do!). I truly have not utilized this blog, my passion for the one reason why I started this in the first place.

So, I went to my ladies at BlogHer and grabbed a writing prompt-because I just want to write SOMETHING!

How do you determine what is worth reporting from your life since not every moment of your day ends up on your blog?

Ooh this is a good one. My best friend just told me that she doesn't read blogs very often because "seriously how much can I read about someone rambling on and on about herself" Ha! It's a fine line, isn't it?

I mean, I have a ton of things I could tell you...partially because I don't want to forget this time in my life.

Like, do you what it feels like to countdown for something that is the biggest thing you have ever done? Eighty Nine days and my life will change. And, I can't really talk about it...so says my lawyer. And my anxiety... and my heart.

Or because of this, I have kidney stones. And some sort of gastro disease. And I haven't eaten in two days, without visiting vomit village. So, what if not everything does not end up on the blog? What, as a blogger is real, and what is only what I think you want to read. The struggle is real...ha ha! 

I think that there is a fine line between diary and blog. I think a play by play would be boring, but there is also a lot of self serving stuff that needs to be left off your prattle. I am not Oprah and I am not that interesting. 

Looking forward to a great weekend and I hope you all are too
xo



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Salvation Army's 2nd Annual Fashion Show Event


Fashion Show. Luncheon, and access to shopping area.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 am. 

Tickets are on sale: $10 in advanced or $15 at the door which includes the Fashion Show, Lunch, and access to our Vendor shopping area. 

You can get your tickets at: 
The Salvation Army, 1555 LPGA Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32117 on Monday - Friday from 8:30am-12/1pm-4:30pm 
or
The Salvation Army Family Store located at 1415 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill, FL 32117 open Monday - Saturday from 9:30am-5:30pm.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Support Food Brings Hope This Wednesday at Jersey Mike's!

Sponsors like Holland Financial invite you to visit Jersey Mike's on Wednesday March 25 as 100% of the day's sales will go to Food Brings Hope!



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The High Heel Coalition Launches First Event with Sold Out Attendance


I am a very happy girl this morning! One of my favorite bloggers and authors, Kimberly Wilson in 2006 hosted a Chari-TEA and when I was chosen as one of her guest editors for her latest book Anthology  I was reminded of her event and thought what a great idea it would be if I could pull it off.

I had an idea of The High Heel Coalition, but sadly at first just the name and the logo..not a clue what I wanted to do with it. It occurred to me that our town in Volusia County could use an extra boost in fun events like Chari-TEA and other unique non-profit events. Ah! An idea and a plan! New venture launched!

The first event was yesterday, a Chari-TEA to benefit Dining For Women. It was held at Mia Dona's market, which is an adorable luncheonette that I wrote about here, run by the most generous soul Dona Olsen who graciously opened on a Saturday for us.

The response was overwhelming, it sold out in a week and we raised some serious cash for the cause! This makes for a great Saturday. Off to write Thank yous! Have a great Sunday!




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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Conklin Center Gala & Silent Auction






Honoring Daryl Tol 
CEO/President Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center 


You can expect an evening of pure enjoyment,
punctuated by a wonderful meal,
great music and a silent auction,
all to benefit a life-changing cause.
Come be a part of our First Annual Gala!

Where?
THE OCEAN CENTER
Parking is available in the 701 Earl Street Garage. You will receive a ticket at dinner to provide upon your exit to avoid having to pay the parking fee.

When?
Thursday, March 26th 2015

6PM - 7PM
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
WITH HORS D'OEUVERS
& SILENT AUCTION*
7PM - 10PM
DINNER & PROGRAMMING


*START YOUR BIDDING NOW!!!!
Visit www.biddingforgood.com/nightforsightgala
Start bidding online now through March 24th! But don't let it get away, bidding will continue live at the event so bid appropriately or be present to make sure no one steals your auction!


RSVP
Tickets are $75 per person. Please contact us to reserve your seat before March 20th so that you do not miss out on this premier event!
RSVP


What Do We Do?

Our Mission
To help blind children and adults with additional disabilities be independent and contributing citizens.

Our Vision
Eliminate all barriers separating people who are blind from full community participation.
YOU can help us make our VISION come true...

How Can You Help?
Looking for a fun night out? Invite your friends and co-workers and attend our Gala on March 26th at the Ocean Center!

Can't make it? Our silent auctions are also available online! Between March 13-24th you can bid on your favorite items at www.biddingforgood.com/nightforsightgala! Please keep in mind these items may be outbid at the event, so bid appropriately to stay on top!

Are you a business owner or have an item others desire? We are still building our inventory for our silent auctions! Please contact ASAP if you would like to help by donating a gift basket, gift certificate or other item.

None of the above? Any donation you can make helps move us closer to our goal. Please use the link below to aid us in any way that you can. Your financial gifts are always put to good use and much appreciated by our staff, students and community members we touch.
Are there others you think would be interested? Forward our information to your friends! We are happy to answer any questions they may have about our Gala or our organization.



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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2015 Festival of the Arts


RIVERFRONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Saturday, March 21
10 am - 7 pm
Riverfront Park
Beautiful Downtown Daytona Beach

ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Come on out for a fun day filled with fine arts, craft vendors, live music entertainment, dance performances and food trucks!

Enjoy live music provided by the bands Beartoe, Are Friends Electric, The Transfers, Andrew Williams Band and Johnny Odis.  Additional entertainment will feature performances by local dance groups and organizations, including Quanita's Latin Dance & Ballroom, South Beach Dance Academy, and the St. Demetrios Greek Church Dancers, to name a few.

The Riverfront Festival of the Arts is part of the Downtown Daytona Signature Events series and is presented by Daytona Auto Mall and sponsored by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach, City of Daytona Beach and the Daytona Beach Downtown Development Authority.


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Ormond Brewing Company Presents Diaper Bank Shamrock Social

Join us as we help new parents in need. We will be collecting diapers and monetary donations to help support and fund the Junior League Daytona Beach Diaper Bank. Present the flyer to OBC staff and they will donate $1 per pint purchased during the event. Mia Dona will supply the food!



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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Snappers, My New Addiction


You know I am smart enough to not give up chocolate for Lent, right? I don't crave it too much., anyway so that doesn't seem to be a big enough sacrifice. How thankful am I that I had the opportunity to try a couple bags of Snappers? I nearly ate a full bag in one sitting. Truly sad admission that this will get me near any bikini any time soon!  Snappers are the perfect blend of creamy caramel, rich chocolate, and the salty crunch of pretzels. Pick them up at your Target store and kill me later!


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Five Reasons to Run (at all)


Today I linked up with Eat, Pray, Run DC and You Signed Up for What, and Mar on the Run for this fun Friday Five

Happy Friday! This morning, there is absolutely no heat in the air. I think we are finally getting some fall like mornings. This makes for the PERFECT running weather. I've told you before that I am not a big fan of running in very hot or very cold temps so this is right up my alley. It will be nice to get back in the swing of things. This Friday Five is easy for me, because there are so many reasons to run. 

1. Amazing Attitude Adjuster-If you had a bad day, or you feel off-grab those running shoes and take a jaunt. I promise you will feel better. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Bad stuff out, good stuff in.  You will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood.

2. Time to figure the world out-I think a lot when I run, I hold conversations with myself and try to solve the world's problems one at a time. It keeps my mind off when I am ready to stop going another 1/2 mile. 



3. Drink that Pumpkin Latte, eat that cake. Not in excess, of course, but you burn a great amount of calories when you take your jaunt! So, the moment on the lips lifetime on your bum mentality can be relaxed just a wee bit if you get that heart rate up.

4. Achieve Internal Goals. I am insanely competitive with myself when I run, I am sure this is annoying but I post my graph on Instagram and Twitter when I run to keep myself accountable. I know if I am going slow, I am not going out like a fool-I need to pick it up. I am surprised how hard I am on myself. 

5. Music Music Ooh Ooh-NOTHING matches great jams than a good run. My running playlist makes me sad if I listen to it when I am not running. It is a nice mix of old school rap and new pop jams. And yes, sometimes I sing. Loudly. Actually, I always feel bad when I am running past those cute walking senior citizens and there is 

For once some of the facts mentioned isn't drivel from my head, I found them here.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The High Heel Coalition and Little Blog Dress Presents Chari-TEA


Get your tickets here



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