Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ormond Beach Mainstreet Annual Celebration

Save the date to celebrate 20 years of Ormond Mainstreet!




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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Non-Profit Diaper Bank Receives Donation of 380,000 Diapers

I cant tell you how happy I am to lead this organization!! This is awesome news!


Diaper Need Awareness Week, celebrated each year during the last week of September, is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.3 million babies in the U.S. aged three and younger who live in poor or low-income families.

The Junior League of Daytona Beach, which is beginning its second year running the only Diaper Bank in Volusia and Flagler Counties has recently received the largest donation since its inception. Domtar of Fort Mill, SC, a pulp, paper and personal care manufacturer whose clients include Captial Office Products of Daytona Beach has donated 380,000 diapers of various sizes to the Junior League of Daytona Beach Diaper Bank. The donation was coordinated locally by Junior League member Amie Story, who works at Capital Office Products.

Tom and Heather Patton, owners of Capital Office Products, donated warehouse staff time and storage space for the diapers. "Capital appreciates the partnership we have with Domtar / Enterprise group.  Their generosity with a truck load of diapers will truly help support a variety of local charity needs." says owner Heather Patton.

"Thanks to the generosity and donation of diapers and space from Domtar and Capital Office Products, the Junior League of Daytona Beach will be able to help so many more women and children in Volusia County than ever thought possible. This donation truly gives our Diaper Bank an opportunity to work on other areas to make this project an even bigger charitable success." commented Darlynn Tacinelli, President of the Junior League of Daytona Beach.

The Junior League of Daytona Beach Diaper Bank is beginning its second year serving low income parents in the Daytona Beach area. One in three families struggle to purchase diapers which can cost up to $100 per child per month. This cost can be more than double when diapers are purchased from convenience stores, a common scenario for those lacking transportation to discount retailers.

In its first year of operation, the Junior League of Daytona Beach Diaper Bank collected 32,102 diapers. League members work with local community agencies to reach low income parents for monthly diaper distributions.


Photos from the donation may be viewed on Dropbox

For more information about the Junior League of Daytona Beach Diaper Bank, please contact 386-253-1756 or juniorleaguedbnews@gmail.com


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Celebrate National Coffee Day with the new Ninja Coffee Bar™



How else would you celebrate National Coffee Day with the celebration of the Ninja Coffee Bar™?!

The great thing of the Ninja Coffee Bar™ is that it gives you plenty of options. Want a cup of coffee? Done, A travel mug? OK! Half Carafe or Full Carafe all easily achieved.

In addition, you get to pick what kind of coffee strength you want especially helpful when you are looking for iced coffee. It also comes with a cute milk frother that makes top of the line, coffee house quality latte and cappuccino. I feel like my own personal barista!

This came in the mail, and my husband, a non coffee drinker said "oh, maybe I will drink coffee now." DROP MIC. Seriously, the world is ending.

Not to mention, the stunning Emmy-nominated actress, Sofia Vergara have partnered with this venture!

The Ninja Coffee Bar™ features revolutionary Thermal Flavor Extraction™ technology, which delivers a variety of sizes and coffee styles, from hot to iced to specialty, while achieving the perfect brew richness level every time.
Created with passionate coffee-lovers like Sofia in mind, the Ninja Coffee Bar™ completely reinvents the traditional drip coffee maker by unlocking coffee grounds’ full flavor potential and providing smooth, rich and well-balanced coffee.

Ninja Coffee Bar™

·         Thermal Flavor Extraction™ technology, which delivers a variety of sizes and styles while achieving the perfect brew richness level every time.
·         Auto-iQ™ One Touch Intelligence Technology delivers customizable options for smooth, rich coffee in a cup, travel mug or carafe.
·         Makes refreshing iced coffee by allowing users to dial up the richness of their coffee to offset the dilution caused by melting ice.
·         Offers a variety of brewing options including Classic Brew, Rich Brew, Over Ice Brew and Specialty Brew.

Available at major retailers nationwide now, starting at $139.99 MSRP




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Friday, September 25, 2015

Ormond Chamber King of the Grill Saturday!




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What is Wrong With The World Today-The Pope Edition

Disclaimer: This is very ranty! 

I will first say that I embrace religious freedom. I understand that you are free to worship any spirit, God, etc. But I wonder if you agree, that no matter what religion you are, having Pope Francis visit the United States is kind of a big deal, Pope Francis’ visit will be the tenth time a pope has made an apostolic journey to the United States and it has been 7 years since we have had such visit. 

Although, admittedly I haven't set foot in a physical mass in quite some time, this visit has really renewed the faith in a lot of us. My friend Joe put it like this: "Perfect view of 5th and 56th yesterday for the arrival of his holiness. Energy and vibe in the city ( for the most part ) was unlike anything I have felt there in a really long time . Absolutely a VERY special day for the best city in the world !"



Even the New York Post is on board.




I am really bummed at our millennials that just don't get it. There was a lot of negative chatter and political rhetoric on social media that was disrespectful, and would have my Italian grandmother come out of the grave and choke you with her rosary. I am sad that people aren't taking the time to tell their children the importance of these people and the respect that must be given. Not so much the Pope, but the Dali Lama and other personal heroes. It is completely lost on today's society. Even the President of the United States....no, he shares none of my beliefs but he is the leader of my free world and I should respect that. People wonder why there is no respect for authority or law enforcement. It starts somewhere, and it is at home. Enjoy Scandal, you little twit.











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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Multi-Platinum Country Duo Florida Georgia Line to Perform DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show


Ok, I can't even fathom that we are speaking about the Daytona 500 but how great it is to have Ormond Beach's own Brian Kelley and that little band he is in perform the pre-race show. I hope they make it big! Ha!
Really excited for these guy's amazing success, although seriously one of the greatest things about the Florida Georgia line is that Brian's dad is our mayor Ormond Beach's Ed Kelley-he is awesome. Very cool announcement.

~ Special Ticket Package with VIP Concert Access Available Sept. 28 ~

Award-winning country music duo Florida Georgia Line, comprised of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, will perform the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show prior to the start of the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21 (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio), the first ever “Great American Race” to be held at Daytona International Speedway following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising frontstretch redevelopment project.

“We are thrilled to secure Florida Georgia Line as the performers for the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Florida Georgia Line is country music’s premier duo and will provide race fans with an energetic performance prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500.”

All race fans who purchase Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access for the DAYTONA 500 will be able to view Florida Georgia Line’s DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show, as well as driver introductions, from the grass tri-oval area. A limited number of DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Concert ticket packages, available starting at $235, have been designed around Florida Georgia Line and include a DAYTONA 500 ticket, Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access and VIP area access to the performance. Race fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access and VIP area access for $110. All VIP ticket packages will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Sept. 28.

For Kelley, performing at the “World Center of Racing” will be a homecoming having grown up in the neighboring city of Ormond Beach. Kelley attended Seabreeze High School and Daytona State College and his father, Ed Kelley, has been the mayor of Ormond Beach since 2010.

"It's a dream come true to play in the city where I was born, went to high school in and now have the honor of being a part of one of my family’s favorite sporting events, the DAYTONA 500,“ Kelley said. “Performing at the 500 feels full circle to me as I grew up working the 500 as a fundraiser for our baseball team and was in awe then and still am.”

“We're extremely thankful for the opportunity to be part of such a huge day for NASCAR and our fans.   We can’t wait to bring the biggest party the DAYTONA 500 has ever seen,” Hubbard said

Florida Georgia Line fueled with three scorching consecutive #1 hits – GOLD-certified “Sippin’ On Fire” and “Sun Daze” and 2X PLATINUM-certified “Dirt” – and the recently-released title track, Florida Georgia Line radiates with the GOLD-certified sophomore album ANYTHING GOES (Republic Nashville). Their latest album soared to a #1 debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts with music critics and fans alike embracing the superstar duo’s fresh sound. FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and selling over 21 million tracks worldwide of their 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES and ANYTHING GOES.

Taking their undeniable songwriting skills to the next level and discovering new talent, FGL recently formed publishing company Tree Vibez Music, whose moniker was aptly inspired by Kelley’s custom treetop recording studio built by Pete Nelson for the hit show Treehouse Masters. In addition to collaborating across genres with sensations like Nelly and Jason Derulo, FGL has racked up a plethora industry awards, closing out an epic 2014 topping four of Billboard’s year-end charts and leading Forbes “30 Under 30” list. The accolades continue to pour in: FGL brought home two ACM Awards – their second consecutive Vocal Duo of the Year title and Vocal Event of the Year (“This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan) – a CMT Music Award for Duo Video of the Year (“Dirt”) and tallied four Billboard Music Awards nominations. They are currently on tour through October 17.

Those wishing to attend the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will need to act quickly as there will be a limited number of tickets available due to the reduced seating capacity in the new stadium. Fans should also note:
·         Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.DAYTONA500.com.
·         Hospitality and premium seat packages, including the Trioval Club, the Rolex 24 Lounge and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race wristbands are also available.
·         For all other Speedweeks events, children 12 and under are $10 in reserved grandstands and free in general admission areas and in the Sprint FANZONE.
·         Fans can also visit PrimeSport.com, the new official ticket exchange and travel package provider of Daytona International Speedway. Offering multiple options for tickets, lodging and hospitality, https://www.primesport.com/d/daytona-500-tickets is ideal for fans looking for the ultimate racing experience.

About Daytona International Speedway
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube for the latest news throughout the season. Fans also can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Farewell Summer, You Were Terrible


I can't really decide if these posts are therapeutic, narcissistic or just completely self serving. So many things have happened the last couple of months, I am a little terrified, that the Lifetime movie that is my life will lose some of its emotion and I will forget the intimate details and how I truly felt at this time.  On the upside, when we do finally become parents yes, these feelings will go far far away. Though, a little part of me wants to keep this empty feeling as close to me as possible so I will never forget and it will keep me strong (and maybe a little bit of a better writer). 

So here we are three months later, and today a new season began. If you have no idea why I would like the summer of 2015 to sod off, please see here. With each new season brings new beginnings and maybe the fact that Fall is my favorite will bring us some luck. We are still on our journey, with some hopefuls, followed by astonishing shitshow chain of events with each one more crazy than the other. Have I mentioned the system is completely flawed? But undaunted we push on and dodge the bombs that have been thrown our way over these last three months. 

This week has been interesting. Not that I think that everything is all about me, but there are people out there that suck at math way more than I could ever could. I said we were due in June. It is the end of September. Anyone see a baby? So why are you asking me how said child is? Three different  times this week. I know I am being a little mean, but seriously, its a lot to smile brightly and tell the three sentence story. My favorite one was my mail lady, full of good intention saw me cleaning the garage and asked how my nesting was coming along? Not much longer now, she said, huh! I guess she saw the Enfamil samples in the mailbox and forgot the golden rule of assumption. Its full of innocence but it certainly doesn't hurt any less. I also think that is illegal for her to remember what it is in my mail, ha ha! 

Thanks to Bealls, Target and Macys for letting me take back newborn girl clothes (twice), then toddler and infant clothes and then newborn boy clothes back with no questions. That back room that still remains shut, now resembles one hell of a pop up store. Sadly, I am in no mood to be philanthropic and donate what I have because instead of being gifted, I picked every thing out myself, love it all very much and hold on to hope that when this happens, I will be so so ready! 

Thanks to my gorgeous loving friends. God I love them so much. They have been such a great source of strength for me.  

Bring it Fall! We are ready! 



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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Introducing Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival


Introducing the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, the premiere new camping festival to take place on a magical site near Florida's Lake Okeechobee.


It's a three day gathering to feature over 80 artists, bands and DJs performing across five unique stages.


Highlights to include dusk to dawn electronic music stage and once in a lifetime artist collaborations. 

There will be a wide range of attractions including a lakeside swimming beach bar, Florida's finest food and craft beer purveyors and much more!




OKEECHOBEE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL SET FOR MARCH 4-6, 2016 AT FLORIDA’S SUNSHINE GROVE

                                                                                                                                         
Early details of a major new festival experience that will take place just outside Florida’s magnificent Lake Okeechobee have been announced. Slated for March 4th – 6th, 2016, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will be Florida’s biggest ever camping festival, with an extraordinary multi-genre bill boasting more than 80 artists, bands, and DJs from around the globe performing across five diverse stages. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, an independently produced event, will be highlighted by a dusk-til-dawn stage showcasing the world’s top electronic artists as well as a series of once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations produced by the creative force behind the world famous Bonnaroo SuperJam. An initial artist line-up will be announced soon – for updates, please see www.okeechobeefest.com. 

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is presented by Soundslinger, LLC, a team of all-star concert promoters and producers with credits spanning Manchester, TN’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and San Francisco, CA’s Outside Lands to Shanghai, China’s STORM Electronic Music Festival and countless other shows around the globe. 

Centrally located at Florida’s Sunshine Grove (12517 NE 91st Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972) on over 800 acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will present creative souls from around the world with a matchless designed topography in which to celebrate. Festival attractions will include a white-sand lakeside-swimming beach and bar, wooded VIP camping areas, and an assortment of spectacular immersive art installations. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will also feature a wide array of locally sourced treats from some of Florida’s most popular food trucks, craft beer makers, and artisanal purveyors. Environmental and other socially conscious campaigns will be presented, as well as yoga, meditation, and holistic workshops instructed by world-renowned body workers.

“We believe that the festival culture in the US is at a crossroads,” says Soundslinger COO/Chief Creative Officer Paul Peck, who helped launch and develop Bonnaroo. “People are looking for meaningful festival experiences and events where they can connect with a true sense of inspiration and community. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will offer something truly special.  Sunshine Grove is the most naturally beautiful festival site in the country and we‘re transforming it into a magical new world of music, food, art, and creativity. I can't wait to share with fans what we're cooking up.”

Fans are invited to sign up for e-mail updates at www.okeechobeefest.com.

ABOUT SOUNDSLINGER, LLC
Soundslinger LLC was established for the primary purpose of producing the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee County, Florida.  Company principals include Steve Sybesma (CEO), Clifford Rosen (Co-CEO), Paul Peck (COO) and Jim Tobin (Project Manager).  Steve Sybesma, a 42-year concert industry veteran, is the Former co-owner of Sunshine Promotions, co-owner/founder of Deer Creek Music Center, Polaris Amphitheater, the Murat Theater, The Louisville Palace, and TourDesign, CEO of China West Entertainment, and co-owner/creator of A2LiVE and Storm Electronic Music Festival, Shanghai.  Clifford Rosen is a successful real estate developer and was the primary developer of the Sunshine Grove property.  Paul Peck helped launch the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester TN, was the creative force behind the Bonnaroo “Superjams” and has been a key member of its booking and programming team for the past 13 years. Jim Tobin, a leading festival planner and operations expert who has helped to produce more than 68 major festivals worldwide, will oversee and manage site planning and operations.


info@okeechobeefest.com  


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Sunday, September 13, 2015

That's What Makes Me So Nice



I think if I do nothing well, I have to learn to be a nice person in business. I assure you that I am but I want to make a huge conscious effort to be kind to other women in business that face the same battle that I do when they work for themselves. This effort is genuine, I just want to work on continuing to create the habit so that others may think and pay it forward. It is the right thing to do to tell another woman that they are killing it in their craft. They need to hear it, they need to be empowered, and more people need to recognize their efforts.

Luckily, FINALLY there are a bunch of women that are striking gold in our little Daytona beach area. It was getting lonely just Nada and I (ha ha she reads my blog now). I spent the weekend taking stock of the local Nice Girls and will continue to focus energy there, instead of the mean girls who look for nothing better than to drag down, instead of lift up.

The list of the area's Most Influential Women is coming out soon but I am creating my own list of ladies that will take this area by storm. That list, although is nice to be on...doesn't really have a pulse on the entrepreneurial spirit that I am talking about.

"That's What Make Me So Nice" is my favorite quote in the play Wicked. It is nice to be nice. Won't you join me?


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ormond Restaurant Week


Very excited to support Ormond Restaurant Week. Great restaurants like Frappes Italian Grill, La's Bistro, Grind Gastropub, 31 Supper Club and more will be giving Ormond Beach residents (and more) the chance to have a night out without breaking the bank. Brilliant! Of course the very cool S.R. Perrott and Ormond Mainstreet are on board as sponsors. This should be a great week!  

The first annual Ormond Restaurant Week will be a week-long celebration of local cuisine. Participating restaurants will offer a select prix fixe menu offering a two-course lunch for $15 & a three-course dinner for $30 in addition to their regular menu. No tickets or passes are required. It’s simple, dine out at as many participating restaurants as you’d like during the week of September 21st – 27th!


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Monday, September 7, 2015

Fall Bucket List

I was reading yesterday on my Lazy Labor Day, on Pop Sugar their Fall Bucket List. Sometimes if you put it on paper (or on a screen) it will come to fruition.


1. Stay Inspired. Sometimes its hard when you lose your way. You get busy and you wake up and its September.

2. Buy a pair of great pair of boots. My husband likes when I wear boots, yet I have only one or so pairs. I am coveting these Tory Burch ones!



3. Speaking of fashion, I am gonna make a serious effort to get back to being fashionable instead of comfortable and frumpy. Its so hard to do when you work for yourself and at home and its chilly out.

4. Very excited to do some more big city big minded stuff with The High Heel Coalition. My very sweet friend Rina and I are going to do this project to kick off the new year.  I think that people are gonna be really into it and its for a great cause!  Tickets are now on sale!



5. Remember that this to shall pass. With each new season brings new hope blah blah blah. Oh and believing the prophetic crap that you write. That would be on the top of my bucket list every season.


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Friday, September 4, 2015

WORC Fashion Show


Check out our list of models for the show:

Charlie Lydecker, Brown & Brown, Inc. Executive
Mike and Angie Skinner, Retired NASCAR driver and Council on Aging Executive
Carrie Register, Emmert Eyewear Owner and President
Nada Manley , Style Writer for the News-Journal and Owner of Beauty Mommy
Alexis Lenssen, Raymond James Investments
Priscilla Chanfrau, Council on Aging Executive
Caroline Rand, Brown & Brown, Inc.
Hari and Jennefer Pulapaka, Award-winning Cress Restaurant
John Mark Adkison, ERAU Assistant Director of Athletics
Kahlin Grant, Synergy Billing
Linda Bradley-Thacker, UCF Daytona Beach Vice President
Ryan Ridder, DSC Head Basketball Coach
Edith Shelley, Halifax Health Community and Governmental Relations
Janet Long, Associated Dermatologists
Pat Rice, Daytona Beach News-Journal Editor
Bob Coleman, retired FPL Executive
Bobbi Coleman, Community leader
Mike McKee, File-Tech LLC Owner and President
Daryl Tol, Florida Hospital CEO
Matthew Mitchell, Attorney with Rue & Ziffra
David Sweat, Attorney with Rue & Zifra
Laura Gilvary, Intracoastal Bank Vice President
Jaye Patel, Realtor
Mark Watts, Attorney with Cobb Cole PA        

Don't wait, tickets and sponsorships are available now, get them while they last!
Contact Kelly Ferguson, (386) 274-6474, ext 17 or email kferguson@worcinc.org.

All proceeds benefit WORC in providing services to adults with disabilities!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Three Things I'm Obsessing Over This Fall

Pleasssse Fall come quickly, I know that it is a 48 hour window in Florida but I am sure looking forward to some cooler temperatures! It has been a long summer on so many levels, I am ready to break out the fall frame of mind. It is my favorite holiday!


I am loving my new backpack that I picked up yesterday while shopping. I was in Orlando, so when in Rome. One must go shop. Well, when anywhere but sometimes I need to make it sound better.


I don't know if you know this about me, but I lead a very stressful world. Mostly self imposed but still. This is such a fun concept that I am wrapping my entire being around, Adult coloring books are gaining popularity for true stress relief. Check out this article to let you know I am not the only one. 



I have a feeling this book is gonna give me a lot of inspiration to manage my time better. 

What are you looking forward this fall?


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