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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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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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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Swagbucks Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge


Here’s another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!

If you’ve never tried Swagbucks before because you didn’t know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes!

They have one themed around Valentine’s day – the Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge begins Monday, February 13th.

Here’s how you can join the challenge and the site:

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting February 13th at 8am PT, in addition to earning SB you’ll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you’ve contribute so far.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card!

Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before March 1st, you’ll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you’ve signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 25 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, February 17th and will expire on Tuesday, February 28th 11:59pm PT

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Valentine’s Day Shop Deals with Swagbucks


Still looking for the perfect gift to get that special person in your life? Do you Valentine’s Day shopping through Swagbucks and get cash back for all your purchases!

The best part? Through Valentine’s Day, select retailers are offering double cash back or more! Just click here to sign up for Swagbucks and learn more.

If you don’t know about Swagbucks, it’s a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, searching the web, and taking surveys! You redeem your SB for gift cards or PayPal cash.

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me and spend at least $25 in shop, you’ll get a 200 SB bonus!

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Swagbucks Valentine’s Day Collector’s Bills – Find Them All


One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have “Collector’s Bills” worth bonus SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you’ve collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more!

Here’s all the information for this week’s Valentine’s Day Collector’s Bills:
Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, February 6th through Friday, February 10th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

5 SB
7 SB
9 SB
14 SB
21 SB

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Keep searching til you find them all!

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Earn Swagbucks in your Neighborhood with SB Local


You’ve probably heard me talk about Swagbucks before. It’s the site where you get points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, discovering deals, watching videos, taking surveys, and searching the web. Then you turn those points in free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and PayPal cash.

Swagbucks is at its best when they’re paying you to do something you’d already do online, and now they’re taking that concept into thousands of restaurants around the country with the SB Local app for iOS and Android. Starting on 2/2 and running through Sunday, 2/5, they have a killer deal running – here’s how you can take advantage of it:

1. Click here to download the Swagbucks Local app. You can create your Swagbucks account if you’re new to it.
2. Sign in with your Swagbucks account information.
3. Link your first debit/credit cards to your Swagbucks Local app and get an instant 100 SB!
4. Use your linked card to pay at thousands of participating locations! If you spend $20 or more before Monday, February 6th, you’ll get a 300 SB bonus! That bonus will be paid out by 5pm PST on February 10th.

If you’re also signing up for Swagbucks for the first time and use my link, that means you’ll get another
300 SB bonus. We’re talking about $7 plus for going out to eat!

Some more info about SB Local:

Soon after paying with your linked card, you will see the transaction show up in your Swagbucks Local Activity ledger. Your SB earned will be calculated on the transaction amount before taxes and tip. Swagbucks Local is currently supported in the following metropolitan areas: San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Ventura County, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, Phoenix, Houston, Denver, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago. New cities added on a regular basis, and you’ll get the 100 SB bonus for linking your first card even if you don’t live in one of the cities listed above!

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Swagbucks Nike Bonus Days are Back


If you love Nike stuff or know someone who does, you can get 15% cash back on all Nike Gift Cards during Nike Bonus Days on MyGiftCardsPlus! MyGiftCardsPlus is a great site where you get cash back for buying gift cards – the cash back is paid out in the form of points from Swagbucks, which is a great website where you redeem those points (called SB) for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal… and Nike!

So to recap, you can get 15% cash back (in the form of SB) on Nike gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, which you can then use on Swagbucks to get more Nike gift cards!

Click here to take advantage of this great deal!

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Toilettree Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser Review


The Toilet tree Essential Oil Diffuser is one of the latest products from Toilettree.   This color changing bamboo and glass diffuser uses ultrasonic vibrations to turn water and essential oils into an ultrafine scented mist that will refresh any room in your home.

toilettree-diffuserI love that the LED light illuminates the water with soothing red, green, and blue colors.  Adding lavender oil into the water makes me so relaxed at bedtime.   One of my favorite features was that it has an auto shut off that activates at a low water level so I don’t have to worry about it drying out while running.

You can buy your diffuser HERE

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