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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