Longboat Key Club Kicks Off The Start Of Summer

Steve and I have recently come back from a great staycation! It was just a short jaunt to the other coast and it was exactly what we needed to relax! 

Over the next few blogs I am going to tell you a little bit about my time in Longboat Key and Sarasota, but I wanted to start with my fabulous accommodations at the Longboat Key Club. 

This was an amazing resort, and I have some great things to tell you about our experience but I will first let them speak for themselves, they have some great specials!!! 



The Toes in the Sand gets you on the beach in style with beach umbrella included and $75 per day beach Food & Beverages credit.



The Florida Resident rate is a great discount for Florida residents and is available year-round – we love our Florida visitors!  Get away to the beach – just a short drive away!  Best beach vacation ever!


Also, check out the The Tranquility Tea amenity, which guests can purchase for their arrival – it sets the tone for a great weekend wellness retreat or just a nice touch to a spa getaway. ($60).












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National Donut Day with Krispy Kreme Donuts



Krispy Kreme Doughnuts CelebrateS
National Doughnut Day with free doughnut on june 2

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts celebrates National Doughnut Day the best way – your way. On Friday, June 2, customers may select one free doughnut from the entire menu – any doughnut, all day long at the following shop locations throughout Central Florida:

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

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

Guests select from dozens of Krispy Kreme varieties such as the classic, mouthwatering Original Glazed® doughnut or specialty flavors like the Chocolate Iced Kreme™ Filled Doughnut or Strawberry Iced Doughnut. Visit Krispy Kreme’s Facebook and Twitter pages for interactive fun to choose your favorite doughnut on #NationalDoughnutDay.

The History of National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day is much more than a sweet promotion, the celebration honors a rich history of community partnership. Held annually on the first Friday of June, Doughnut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Doughnut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.



The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help raise funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “Doughnut Lassies.” The doughnut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves doughnuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

“National Doughnut Day has become a true American tradition, but many don’t realize the historical significance of the day. The partnership with The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme brings greater visibility to the importance of the day and the idea of helping those who may have fallen on hard times,” said Major Ted Morris, Orlando Area Commander. “With Krispy Kreme’s generous offer of a free doughnut, we hope everyone will extend that generosity by giving back to support their local community.”

Below are a few additional facts about the history of National Doughnut Day and the Salvation Army:

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.


With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.


Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s 3,500 officers, 63,000 employees and 3.3 million volunteers.


Share your favorite moments from National Doughnut Day using #KrispyKreme and #DoingTheMostGood.

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.



The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.


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The Future Arrives One Day At A Time


This is one of my favorite sayings and it is always a good reminder!

Today is June! Remember how we hated June last year? Remember how the darkest and dreariest, could barely get out of bed days of my life was two Junes ago! But this June!!!!! It is full of every dreams are made of! Sunshine! Unicorns! The start of summer! The way things were meant to be!

June 1st also symbolizes a big day in the philanthropic piece of my life. Today, I am no longer THE Past President of the Junior League of Daytona Beach, I humbly join a bunch of amazing women and become A Past President of the Junior League of Daytona Beach.

Today, on June 1st also symbolizes the first day where I hang up my pearls and white gloves (as If!) and become a sustainer (it is our term for alumni, if you will) in my League. As my husband put it, sooo no more meetings? Ha! Yes, something like that!

Being a Junior League member is an amazing (and a little surprising) life changing experience. In these past nine years, I have learned so much about disrupting convention (our theme this year) and how it really does start with a woman. (our theme two years ago). I have learned that it means so much to make a difference. I have also been mindful that not having a charitable component in your life, makes a very sad life indeed!

That is the personal part. The professional aspects have been equally as rewarding! I used to be able to speak to 1000 Spring Breakers back when we were kind of a big deal (#OK) but put me in a room of 20 people, I would rather die. Now! Sad for you! I can talk to anyone about anything in any capacity!

I have also had the opportunity to become a true leader in my community. To make decisions that are best for a non profit organization is so ridiculously rewarding I can't even begin to explain. Being a Junior League member has given me the courage to speak up, to lead, to be an entrepreneur. It goes on and on.

And the friendships? From the girl who would purse her lips and say, I don't need any new friends I grew up here...the ladies I have met within the Junior League have changed my life.

Okay! This is starting to get sappy. The best part of it all is I am the super lucky chicken that also handles ALL the social media for the ENTIRE organization (The Association of Junior Leagues International). For me, it is bittersweet to take a pause on my local platform but I am as blessed as can be to see what happens on a daily basis with this amazing international organization.

Please make a difference somewhere. If not the Junior League, just spend it somewhere using your skills to help others. It will change your life. It does mine.



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