Friday, November 14, 2014

WinterFest Beer Garden in Orlando

I love beer, it's no secret!  I'm super excited about the WinterFest Beer Garden coming up December 6th in Orlando at Rosen Plaza.  Tickets are $25 in advance, or $35 at the gate/day off.

Beer vendors include:
  • New Belgium
  • Anchor
  • Harpoon Brewery
  • Dogfish Head
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company 
  • Samuel Adams
  • Oskar Blues
  • Terrapin
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada

Don't forget to treat Fido this Holiday season!

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to turn editorial toward the holidays! If you have a dog, you know that pets are a part of the family and are often the recipients of special treats over the holidays. This holiday season, consider including Only Natural Pet Holiday Dog Biscuits in any holiday gift guides that feature pet products!
Available in two amazing, grain-free flavors, Only Natural Pet Holiday Dog Biscuits are aromatic, highly palatable treats made from the healthiest flavors of the holiday season. Made safely in the USA, these crunchy treats can easily be broken for training, or given as a whole piece.
Only Natural Pet Holiday Dog Biscuits are oven baked in small batches to retain flavor and are made with the highest-quality ingredients.

Pumpkin Pie BiscuitsONP_PumpkinBiscuits 3 

Perfect for Thanksgiving! A dog friendly take on a classic holiday treat, Pumpkin Pie Biscuits are made with stomach soothing pumpkin, and feature a hint of delicious, aromatic pecans and cinnamon. These delicious ingredients are gently oven baked together to create a treat that's so tantalizing, you might want to eat one yourself!

Holiday Duck BiscuitsHoliday Duck Biscuits 

An Only Natural Pet holiday favorite, Holiday Duck Biscuits combine rich, savory duck meat together with delicious, antioxidant rich cranberries and a hint of aromatic mint. These high quality ingredients combine in a wholesome, oven baked treat that gives your dog a satisfying crunch and a rewarding treat!

Thanksgiving Fun in the Kitchen: A "Turkey" Muffin

Here's a fun "recipe" for your kids to try this Thanksgiving, from 

Turkey Muffin: Another great dessert to get kids creative with this fun treat for Thanksgiving. First, bake your favorite pumpkin muffin recipe and prep the decorating ingredients. Create the turkey feathers with sliced red and green apples, cut a small beak from a thin slice of carrot and finish off with squeezable icing for eyes. This simple recipe will turn this dessert into an art project.

Flu, Strep and Pinkeye...really!? I need some Culturelle!

In the past two weeks, my kids have had strep, pinkeye and an ear infection.  Son has had one 10-day course of antibiotics and daughter has had two 10-day courses!  I started thinking to myself, "my kids need more vitamins this week...and more probiotics!"  I am a strong believer in probiotics!  Always have been. 

Did you know that 70% of the immune system is actually located in the digestive tract?  A daily probiotic can be a valuable addition to keep kids’ digestive systems balanced, thereby helping to maintain immunity and overall health.

I give my kids a chewable each day (although I admit, I had fallen behind and they had not been given a tablet in MONTHS!, dang it!).  They love the flavor of the Culturelle brand chewables.   (Plus they are sugar, dairy and gluten-free!)

I also regularly give my hubby a pack of Cultrelle to take to work.  He keeps them in his desk and takes one each day at lunch.  I feel like a good wife when I know I am helping him to stay healthy. 

Try it this cold and flu season: Get a coupon HERE  

Caramel Spiked Cider (Holiday Cocktail)

Caramel Spiked Cider

Serves 8
  • 1.5 cups. Smirnoff® Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka
  • 4 cups of Apple Cider
  • 4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz. Grenadine

Preparation: Mix ingredients in punch bowl over ice. Serve as a punch or in a glass over ice.

A great cocktail for this time of year...Applie Pie Punch (from Smirnoff)

Apple Pie Punch

Serves 8

·         1.5 cups  SMIRNOFF® Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka
·          2 cups  Apple Cider
·         1.5 cups  Cranberry Juice

Preparation: Mix ingredients in punch bowl over ice. Serve as a punch or in a glass over ice.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Disney Christmas pajamas, T-shirts and more (2014)

While at Hollywood studios tonight for the kick off of the Osborne family spectacle of lights, I went to one of the gift stores and grab pictures of some of these great Christmas T-shirts and pajamas.

Christmas 2014 Merchandise at Disney

I know how much you guys love Mickey Christmas decorations, and here are a few pictures I took tonight at Hollywood Studios.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Buying your Daughter's First BRA! Yikes

4 Things to Look for When Buying Her 1st Bra
Expert Shares Tips for Parents and their Tweens

A girl’s first bra is a rite of passage for both her and her parents – and one that’s occurring at younger and younger ages. For some girls, it’s a turning point fraught with anxiety; for others, it’s a celebration. Either way, parents have a hard time ensuring their daughters to have good memories of shopping for and wearing their first bra.

“Trying on your first bra in a big discount retail store can be unnerving for an 8- or 9-year-old who may already feel shy about the experience,” says Kelly O’Brien, a lingerie specialist whose experience with young customers led her to launch LingerTween (, the first ecommerce site dedicated to undergarments for tweens.
“And those stores have limited selections, both in sizes and styles.” 

The average Caucasian girl now enters puberty, which is marked by breast development, at 9.7 years old – about 4 months younger than just 17 years ago, according to an ongoing study as part of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. For black girls, the age is 8.8 years and the number of girls developing breasts in first grade has tripled since 1997

 “Another choice is shops like Victoria’s Secret, a place most parents don’t feel comfortable taking their young daughters to shop,” O’Brien notes.

But there are options.  Once you’ve found a comfortable place to shop with a good selection of choices, O’Brien offers these tips for ensuring your daughter is comfortable and happy in her first bra.
•  One size does not fit all. If your tween is average sized, bras labeled “one size fits all” may work. If you’re looking at bras with cup and band sizes, you’ll need to measure. For the band size, wrap the measuring tape around your daughter just under the breasts, where the band sits. Add 5 to that number, and that’s the size. (Tape says 23 inches, band will be 28 inches.) For cup size, measure around the fullest part of the chest and subtract that number from the band size. The difference is the cup size – 0 to 1 inch is an A; 2 inches is a B.
•  Check the strap length. Straps are very important to consider for fit -- especially if your tween is petite. If the strap is a traditional adjustable strap, such as those on most women’s bras, be sure it can be shortened sufficiently. Elastic or stretchy straps are usually a safe bet.
•  Consider a lined bra – it’s not about making her look more developed than she is! Generally speaking, tween padding is not meant to increase cup size. If a tween bra appears to have some padding, it’s typically a thin layer of foam used to smooth over the nipple area so nothing is visible under the shirt. It’s a modesty measure that also helps some girls feel less self-conscious. 
•  Camisoles and sports bras are popular options for shy girls who worry a bra will call attention to them. A short or full-length camisole provides a bit of coverage and isn't as noticeable under a blouse. For the same reason, some girls like to start with bras cut in a sporty style that don't feel like a traditional bra.
“In my shop, girls will come in with their mother and often their grandmother – buying that first bra is a big deal!” O’Brien says. “This is a rite of passage for everyone involved, and we can make it an experience that’s fondly remembered decades later.”

About Kelly O’Brien
Kelly O’Brien is the owner of Linger, an upscale lingerie shop, and blogs about lingerie at A former teacher, digital marketing executive, adjunct college professor, and part of the team that launched, the first website for teen girls, O’Brien founded LingerTween, (, to address a glaring marketplace absence.

Patricia Nash to #CarryMeThrough Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Leading accessory and handbag brand, Patricia Nash LAUNCHED their #CarryMeThrough Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. The #CarryMeThrough campaign is inspired by the bond among grandmothers, mothers, and daughters, and Patricia Nash, who also shares that special bond with her mother and daughter, wants to show the world how powerful it can be.

Designer Patricia Nash will ask mothers and daughters to submit their inspirational breast cancer story of how their bond helped support and overcome that challenging time in their life. Each submission entered has a chance to win a weeklong trip for two to Italy!

“When I visit stores I often notice two or even three generations of women shopping together. I love seeing how my creations appeal to women of all ages. It reminds me of when I found my mother’s prized handbag in her closet five years ago, which actually inspired me to launch this brand. It is a truly special feeling that I want to celebrate during this month,” says Patricia.

The #CarryMeThrough campaign will begin Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and run until the end of the month. All submissions will be made on a special landing page on the Patricia Nash website, where participants will be asked to submit a photo with a caption and storyline for a chance to win. There will also be an opportunity to nominate a mother/daughter team who has been inspirational to watch during their fight with breast cancer. The campaign will be posted on the Patricia Nash website where readers will be able to view all submissions. Winner will be chosen by Patricia and Jennifer, and will be announced on The Patricia Nash website November 1st.



January 9th – 15th, 2015

Participating Shows Announced!

(New York, NY) October 21, 2014 – The Broadway League announced today that the dates for 2015 KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY® will be from Friday, January 9, 2015 to Thursday, January 15, 2015 in New York City. Tickets to participating shows will be available to the public on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 11:00am E.S.T.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more.

“Now in its 19th year, Kids’ Night on Broadway continues to enrich and develop the theatre experience for children, pre-teens and teens,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Kids’ Night on Broadway educates and inspires creativity that truly benefits the future of Broadway.”

Participating shows to date include:*
Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Chicago, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Honeymoon in Vegas, If/Then, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, On the Town, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Side Show, and Wicked.
(*subject to change, and some shows not available for all performances)

Many Times Square area eateries will offer specials for KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket-holders.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year.

Check for specific dates and locations.

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About The Broadway League 
The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit, or follow The Broadway League on Twitter@TheBwayLeague or on Facebook at is the League’s new official on-line headquarters for Broadway in NYC and on tour. Download the free mobile app for iOS or Android, and the free IBDB mobile app for iOS orAndroid.
The Broadway League annually presents the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards,® one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, with The American Theatre Wing.
Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience. Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. It's always the perfect time to see a show. Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.