2017 Downtown Food & Wine Fest is this weekend, 2/25 & 2/26 in Downtown Orlando #DTFoodWineFest


The 2017 Downtown Food & Wine Fest is this weekend, Saturday, February 25 (noon to 9 pm) and Sunday, February 26, 2017 (noon to 7 pm) in Downtown Orlando at Lake Eola along Robinson Street.  More than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers will experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe.  Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic and international wines and live entertainment.

Headline entertainers include Gavin DeGraw and KC and The Sunshine Band. Additional live music artists to be announced on Downtownfoodandwinefest.com

Fest Admission:

  • One-Day General Admission – Admission is $20 per person, per day with advance online purchase. Admission at the door is $25 per person, per day.
  • Two-Day General Admission – For all-weekend Fest fans, a two-day ticket is available for $35 per person with advance online purchase.
  • Wine Tasters Club – A limited number of Wine Tasters Club passes will be available for purchase for $20 per person at the Fest. Club members will enjoy up to five 2 oz. pours of their choice throughout the Fest  and a souvenir lanyard.
  • Ultimate Fest Experience – A limited number of Ultimate Fest Experience packages are available for $115 per person, per day and includes a VIP parking pass, general admission, Wine Tasters Club, $20 value in food and beverage tickets, access to the private stage-side VIP tent, private wine/beer bar with premium wines (food and beverage tickets required) and access to private bathrooms reserved for VIP guests.
Food & Beverage Tickets: Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.
Top restaurants are scheduled to present culinary tastings to complete in the Golden Fork Awards as honored by a panel of Orlando elected officials, food writers and reporters and celebrity chefs.

For more information on the Downtown Food & Wine Fest:

  • Visit DowntownFoodAndWineFest.com
  • Like Downtown Food & Wine Fest on Facebook
  • Follow @DTFoodWineFest
  • Use #DTFoodWineFest on Twitter and Instagram
  • Call the events hotline at 407-919-1010
  • eMail DTFoodWineFest@cbsradio.com
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Giveaway – The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Filets Dog Treats #TryTHK


The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Filets Beef Dog Treats deliver 100% human-grade, minimally-processes deliciousness to your dog’s snack time. Made with a very limited number of ingredients, they’re perfect for pets with food sensitivities. They are created using a gentle dehydration process that removes only the moisture and retains most of the naturally occurring nutrients and flavors. Made with real, whole-food ingredients — and no fillers, by-products, glycerin, sugars or mixed tocopherols — they’re the feel-good reward your dog deserves.

Key Benefits

  • Made with all-natural, ranch-raised beef
  • A tasty bite-sized scrumptious bits of jerky that are great for small dogs
  • Made with 100% human-grade ingredients for your peace of mind
  • Deliciously chewy treats your dog will love
  • Thinly sliced, then air dried to savory perfection


My dog Milo absolutely LOVED these !  And would not leave me alone when I was in the kitchen after he knew I had these in the treat jar.  Your pup will DEFINITELY love these and you can be happy knowing they are 100% human-grade and made with a very limited number of ingredients.




Now onto the reader giveaway…

One reader is going to win one (1) bag of either chicken or beef Joyful Jerky Filets.

To enter, leave a comment stating which of these 2 flavors you would like if you won.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 3/1 at 5 pm EST

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Winners of the Giveaways that Ended on Feb 15


If you are one of the winners listed below, you have 72 hours to email me at pooh5497@yahoo.com with your name and address for shipping info.

Moto Racer 4 Xbox One Game Codes:

Author: Nicole V (cbv426@…)
Comment: My husband and son would love this game

Author: Mandy Freeman (desrtrat@…)
Comment: My son and hubby would love to play this

Author: Paula Rowell (prowelL@…)
Comment: My grandson sawyer would love this!

Halo Prize Pack:

Author: Shelley P (diamond5v@…)
Comment: I follow on Twitter.

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Care Bears & Cousins: BFFs – Vol 2 Arrives on DVD and Digital HD March 7


The lovable Care BearsTM and their kindhearted cousins return for more adventures in Care Bears & Cousins: BFFs – Volume 2, arriving on DVD and Digital HD March 7 from Lionsgate. Consisting of six episodes from the all-new series, this installment follows the Care Bears as they teach children important lessons through their exciting journeys in the magical land of Care-a-Lot. With hours of adorable entertainment, the Care Bears & Cousins: BFFs – Volume 2 DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

 Join the Care Bears in Care-a-Lot where friendship is in full bloom! The Care Bears and their Cousins discover that best friends are forever in these sweet and smile-raising adventures. Whether they’re trying to help Brave Heart have the awesomest day ever, caring for an injured Grumpy or learning valuable lessons about jealousy and the importance of keeping promises, the Care Bears and their Cousins fill every moment with caring, sharing and fun!

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Chuck E Cheese “Rip It, Win It” 40th Birthday Promotion


It seems like only yesterday Chuck E. Cheese was opening their first location and now, millions of birthday parties later, they’re getting ready to throw a party of their very own: their 40th birthday. But even though it is their birthday, you get the presents! 

During their Rip It, Win It promotion they will make sure every kid receives a gift with every large cup purchase through February 26.

Rip Into 40 years of fun! Each participating cup will contain a rip off tab that can be torn open for the chance to win tickets, tokens, and large prizes.  Prizes include a VIP trip for 4 to the studio that created the Skylanders video game. 

You can also win gift cards from Michaels® or Fandango®, a pizza party for 40, or 40 tickets or tokens!

Every cup wins!


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Oddball is Out on DVD + Reader Giveaway


An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.  Buy Oddball from Amazon HERE

Check out the trailer below…

Now onto the reader giveaway…

One reader is going to win a copy of the Oddball DVD.

To enter, leave a comment stating who in your family would like this movie.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 3/1 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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AIR BOUND Arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on Feb 21


AIR BOUND arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand February 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  You can preorder the DVD HERE.  It even comes with the Amazon Pre-order Price Guarantee. Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

Join a big-city mouse on a big mission to save his friends from evil weasels when Air Bound arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand February 21 from Lionsgate. A producer of Spider-Man and Iron Man shares this charming tale that celebrates friendship, perseverance, and teamwork. Awarded the Dove Foundation’s seal of approval, the film stars YouTube sensations Nash Grier (4.8MM subscribers), Jimmy Tatro (2.6MM subscribers), and Justine “iJustine” Ezarik (3.2MM subscribers), along with comedian Jon Lovitz. Including four bonus episodes from TV’s “Minuscule” and featuring a “Bringing Characters to Life” featurette, the Air Bound DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS Dreaming of adventure, city mouse Gavin and his buddy Matthew join a crew of Ship Mice ready to set sail — just as young Chester bursts in, pleading for help. Stowing away on a boat, the gang heads for Dream Island to defend Chester’s family of mice against Winston the White Weasel (Jon Lovitz) and his wicked weasel clan. But is their courage enough?


  • “Bringing the Characters to Life: At the Recording Studio with John Lovitz, Justine “iJustine” Ezarik, Nash Grier, and Jimmy Tatro” Featurette
  • TV’s “Minuscule” Bonus Episodes
  • “Ladybugs”
  • “No Luck”
  • “Caterpillars in Paris”
  • “Shellproof Nut”


  • Nash Grier – YouTube’s “Nash Grier,” The Outfield
  • Jimmy Tatro – YouTube’s “LifeAccordingToJimmy,” Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • Justine “iJustine” Ezarik – YouTube’s “iJustine,” The Wedding Ringer
  • Jon Lovitz  – Hotel Transylvania 2, Grown Ups 2
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Disney Elena and the Secret of Avalor: The Magic Within DVD


Disney’s newest princess comes to DVD with the release of Elena and the Secret of Avalor to tell the story of how Elena’s adventures in Avalor began!  Frozen in time and trapped inside the Amulet of Avalor for over forty years, Elena has finally found the one, brave princess who can set her free: Sofia of Enchancia!  With help from magical flying Jaquins, spirit animal Zuzo, and young wizard-in-training Mateo, Princess Elena must unite her people and battle the evil sorceress Shuriki (voiced by the legendary Jane Fonda) to reclaim her throne.

This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart, Elena and the Secret of Avalor is a must-own for the entire family! Includes the TV Movie, Plus Four Additional Episodes, a music video, and a FREE exclusive Flying Jaquin Mobile!

Episodes Include:  

  • Elena and the Secret of Avalor (TV movie)
  • Spellbound
  • Finders Leapers

Bonus Episodes:

  • Prince Too Charming
  • Royal Retreat
  • “My Time” Music Video

Voice Cast:    

  • Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) as Princess Elena
  • Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”) as Sofia
  • Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”) as Shuriki
  • Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”) as Princess Isabel
  • Chris Parnell (“Sofia the First”) as Migs
  • Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) as Luna
  • Carlos Alazraqui (Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out”) as Skylar
  • Emiliano Díez ( “George Lopez”) as Francisco
  • Julia Vera (ABC’s “General Hospital”) as Luisa
  • Christian Lanz (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Chancellor Esteban
  • Jillian Rose Reed ( “Awkward”) as Naomi
  • Joseph Haro (“Awkward”) as Mateo
  • Jorge Diaz (“The 33”) as Gabe
  • Keith Ferguson (Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out”) as Zuzo
  • Joe Nunez (“Jake and the Neverland Pirates”) as Armando
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A Whole New Room Is A Whole New World

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It’s a new fantastic place to see! In all seriousness, if you style a room the right way from scratch it can feel like a brand new world in your home. It’s an exciting experience walking into it for the first time after it has been completed. You get to see how it looks as well as how it feels. You’ll be able to think about how much you’re going to enjoy this new place in your home and think about what guests are going to think of it. So how do you get started creating a new room design in your home? Well, first we need to think about the area of the house that you’re renovating. Let’s begin by looking at the bedroom and work our way through the house from there.

Designing An Awesome, Exciting Bedroom

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Back To Basics

Before, you start thinking about working on the design, consider what you want in your bedroom. These should be the bare essentials like a bed, curtains, a wardrobe, perhaps a dressing table? What else? The most likely answer is not very much at all. These features should be enough as a starting point. You can think about adding more at a later time. But, if you get your bedroom down to the bare essentials you’ll be starting off at the right place.

Now, we can think about the room environment. Do you want it to be light or dark? Don’t forget, this is going to change how your room looks and the colors that you choose to decorate with. If you want a light bedroom, you need to use light colors. It should be filled with bright creams and sunny yellows. For a darker room, you’ll be looking at deep purples and maroon reds.

Once you have chosen some colors, you can think about the flooring. Remember, stylish isn’t always practical. For instance, wooden floors may look stunning in your bedroom, but they will be loud to anyone downstairs. It’s also going to make the room a lot colder through the winter months. If you do have hardwood floors, you might at least want to add a few rugs to cushion the sound and provide some insulation.

As for the ceiling, it’s all about the light fixtures. The lights give the room an environment and a tone or feel. For instance, you can use dimmer lights to make your room sensual as well as relaxing. Spotlights are great if you want to accentuate the key features of the room.

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Styled To Stun

Now we have the basic environment, let’s think about filling it with stunning furniture and accessories. The bed is obviously the most important feature, so you want it to be as comfortable as possible. Choose a fantastic mattress that gives your back great support. You can get a memory foam mattress but don’t forget, firmer mattresses are better if you have a bad back. Of course, what really makes a bed is the pillows and the duvet. Do you want soft, medium or firm? It’s entirely your choice, and it’s all about matching your own level of comfort and style.

The curtains are important too because as well as being another stylish feature of your room, they need to be practical. You need to make sure they are keeping enough light out and enough warmth in. Otherwise, your bedroom isn’t going to be a particularly pleasant place to be.

Now, we can start to think about additional features such as a slim, thin TV on the opposite wall of the bed. Or, perhaps a wall fire. You may also want to add a little luxury to your bedroom with floor heaters and perhaps some fantastic furniture. Mix and match different accessories until you have the perfect new room for you.

How about now we head downstairs and look at another room change?

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Cool Kitchen

Perhaps the room you’re intent on changing is the kitchen? Maybe, you’re thinking about adding some awesome features and giving it a completely new look. It’s not a bad idea as a kitchen renovation is one of the best ways to add a lot of value to your home. Again, it’s all about thinking about what you need. Obviously, the answer here is a place to cook food, some great appliances and perhaps a place to eat if you don’t have a dining room.


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For your kitchen, it might be worth making tech your top priority. There are plenty of new pieces of tech on the market that can make your kitchen feel like a home haven. If you want to do this, you should start by looking at cooking tech like the oven and the hob. New ovens are self-cleaning and have slide away doors. The modern designs are perfect for space saving and reducing maintenance jobs in the kitchen. You can also think about adding other smart tech to your kitchen like a new fridge. These fridges are connected to the wifi in your home. So, they can send info to your phone and make sure you get everything you need in on the weekly shop.

If you’re looking to create a great place to eat morning meals as a family, a breakfast bar is your best option. While these can be expensive to build they look incredibly as the centerpiece of your kitchen. You can even add some lights overhead to make it truly shine and stand out. With a few stools around the bar, your kitchen can be chic and stylish.

As you can see then, it’s easy to create a new look for a room in your home. It doesn’t take long at all and the results and be truly amazing. You can see exactly what I mean in the picture below. It really can be like entering a whole new world. If you redecorate every area of your home, you won’t even recognize it by the end. It will feel larger, more modern and the perfect place for your family.

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