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Things To Do Orlando: Brews Around the Zoo

April 9th, 2018 by tisner

Brews Around the Zoo in sanford FL

Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

We’re back for another year of this wildly popular annual craft beer event, benefitting the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Light fare from local restaurants, live music, special animal encounters and more will add to this adults-only night at the Zoo. Brews Around the Zoo is presented by Wayne Densch, Inc.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92
Sanford, FL

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The Origins of the Easter Bunny

March 30th, 2018 by tisner

While Easter is a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ, you will not find any references to an Easter Bunny in the bible.  So, where did the Easter Bunny tradition come from? Well, it’s hard to say. The theories of the origins of the Easter Bunny are mysterious and varied.  One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically, the festival of Eostre. Eostre was a goddess of fertility whose symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have often been symbols of fertility.

Another theory explains how the Easter Bunny came to America.  According to history.com, the floppy-eared bearer of candy came over with German immigrants. Some sources say that the Easter Bunny arrived in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. They brought with them the tradition of and egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”.  Children created nests in which “Osterhase” could lay his colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread throughout the country and the gifts from the Easter Bunny expanded to include candy and small gifts.  Decorated baskets replaced the nests. Children began to leave carrots out for the bunny, in case he got hungry from all that hopping.

So, the Easter Bunny may not directly represent the reason people celebrate Easter, but because rabbits symbolize fertility and new life, it makes sense that they would be the right animal to have around for the celebration of a spring holiday!

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Things To Do Orlando: Fashion Rewind Exhibit

March 26th, 2018 by tisner

Fashion Rewind Exhibit

Description: Discover women’s fashion and accessories through the ages, from the refined style of the Pioneer woman to the elegance of the wartime era.

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Fun Spring Crafts for Kids

March 19th, 2018 by tisner

Spring Crafts for Kids

Spring is almost here, and that means warmer weather and outdoor time, but sometimes rain and a few last tries by Old Man Winter keep us indoors just a little longer.  Since the kids will be out of school for a few days, sit them down for some craft time!   

Dye coffee filters and paper towels with bright-colored markers and fold them into layers.  Spray them with a misting bottle filled with water, allow the water to soak in, and watch the colors spread.  Unfold and let dry.  Now make something! 

  • Dye a coffee filter, and once dry, gather the filter in the middle, wrap a chenille stem around the middle, and fluff the filter around the end of the stem.  Display several in a vase or make a wreath with a paper plate base. 
  • Paper towel butterflies can be made using the same dying technique, then gathered in the middle, wrapped with a chenille stem (don’t forget to leave enough sticking up at the top for some antenna!), self-stick googly eyes added at the top, and you’ll soon have a room full of butterflies! Happy Hooligans offers some fun tips on crafting with paper towels. 

Fairies and gnomes are all the rage this Spring, and what can be more fun than making believe?   

  • Pick up some inexpensive plain headbands and a few artificial Spring flowers at the dollar store.  Remove the flowers from their stems–they should just pull off without scissors.  Using a low-heat glue gun (with an adult), add a dollop of glue to the headband, and stick the flower on by the stem end, and hold until the glue cools.  Place the flowers close together so the headband doesn’t show.   
  • If your little one would rather be a gnome, make a no-sew gnome hat with these easy directions from That’s Quite Nice! Gnomes must have a beard, and chenille stems covered with fluffed-out cotton balls attached with a glue gun (with adult supervision!), with enough room at the ends to wrap over little ears to hang their beard are easy and fun to make. 
  • If you want fairies or gnomes to visit your garden or yard, they need hiding places! Add twigs and grass clippings to crooks of trees or around the trunk on the ground to give them shelter from the rain.  String long lengths of yarn with a few beads, a tied ribbon or two, and a little jingle bell at the end. Wrap the unbeaded part around a stick, leaving beads and bell hanging from the end.  Place the stick in a tree crook or stand it in the ground out of the way of walking paths.  When you hear it ring, you ‘ll know a gnome or fairy is visiting your tiny shelter! 

It’s time for bugs and critters to be everywhere, so make some that the kids won’t be wary of and can even play with! 

  • Purchase a pack of colored cupcake liners.  Using construction paper or cardstock for the background, spread the liners out, brush them with a light layer of glue, and glue them to your paper.  Add new cupcake liners in a caterpillar body shape, and once the glue is dry, draw eyes, antenna, and feet! Find tons of cupcake liner craft ideas on Pinterest. 
  • Make bugs from rocks, craft paint, and googly eyes!  Wash the stones, carefully paint your bug design, allowing each color to dry before you paint the next, and once the paint job is complete, add some stick-on googly eyes, and place them in your garden or on a shelf! 
  • Turn a pasta sauce jar into a bug-collecting jar!  Adults, poke some holes in the lid with an ice pick, have the kids use craft paints to decorate their jars, and allow to dry.  Fill with grass, leaves and a few twigs, and go on an insect hunt.  Use a spoon to scoop your buggy finds into the specimen jar.  Once the little ones have studied their insects, take it back to where you found it and release.   

Crafting with kids can be so much fun but can get messy.  If you don’t have aprons or smocks, find a few old adult-sized button-up shirts, and put them on backwards!  They help protect clothes, and you can wash them and store them away for the next crafting or cooking session.  Remember to use non-toxic paints and adhesives and spread old newspapers over your crafting surface to keep clean-up a cinch. Most of all, have fun, and celebrate Spring! 

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Things To Do Orlando: St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Wall Street

March 12th, 2018 by tisner

St Patricks Day

Description: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Orlando at Wall Street Plaza. The two-day event will feature live music, green giveaways, green beer and a Leprechaun. Drink specials include $5 Guinness and Harp pints, $5 Irish Car Bombs and $5 Jameson Whiskey. The event is 21+ only.

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Things To Do Orlando: 20th Annual Pig on the Pond

March 5th, 2018 by tisner

Annual Pig on the Pond Orlando Florida

March 9, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Clermont Waterfront Park
103rd Street
Clermont, FL 34711

Admission
$5 for adults
$3 for children

Pig on the Pond is an annual waterfront festival with barbecue, live entertainment, carnival rides and fireworks.  The festival is hosted by Project Scholars, a non-profit organization which provided educational scholarships and supports local students.

Event Website

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Ten Easy Ways To Save Money

February 26th, 2018 by tisner

tips to save money

Saving money can be simple.  Here are a few ideas to help you build up your savings account, save for a family vacation, a college fund, or add to your home emergency fund: 

  1. Sign up with your employer to have your pay direct deposited, then have a set amount set to automatically deposit into your savings. You won’t see it, so you won’t miss it.

  2. Have a change or dollar jar.  When you come home each day, add your coins to a large canning jar. Save dollar bills instead of spending them and add them to the jar as well.  When it gets full, take your coins to your bank’s coin counter, deposit the money, and start over again when you get home.

  3. Cut the satellite or cable tv cord, and go with streaming media, which can cost you around $20 per month, depending on your preferences.  Take the difference you would normally pay to watch television, and deposit it into your savings. Who needs 150 channels, anyway?

  4. Instead of stopping for to-go coffee every day, choose one day per week to splurge, and deposit the usual cost of the four coffees you don’t buy into your savings.  

  5. Get a library card and check out DVD’s and books instead of renting or buying.  Ask the librarian about the OverDrive smartphone app that allows you to check out e-books, magazines and videos.  

  6. Have a garage sale after a serious “stuff” purge, or sell your items online, and stash that money away.  Facebook Marketplace and selling apps make it easy to make money while cleaning out.

  7. Sign up with a rebate shopping website like Ebates or Ibotta, and have the rebates sent to your PayPal account, and think of it as a no-interest savings account.

  8. Stash about twenty dollars a month using online banking.  You’ve balanced your checking account, and you have a $327.58. Transfer $17.58 to your savings.

  9. Once a loan or credit card balance is paid off, add the payment amount you would normally make to your savings.

  10. If you use coupons or a loyalty card while grocery shopping, look for “You saved $X today!” on your receipt, and squirrel away that total in your savings. 

A few dollars here or a handful of change there doesn’t sound like a lot of savings, but it truly adds up.  Once you develop a routine, saving becomes second nature.  Checking in on the balance monthly will encourage you to continue adding to your savings hoard. Once you meet your savings goal, increase it and keep saving! 

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Things To Do Orlando: 10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Festival

February 19th, 2018 by tisner

Downtown Food & Wine Festival Orlando

February 24, 2018 – February 25, 2018

Location: Downtown Orlando – Lake Eola
512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801

Saturday: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The annual Downtown Food & Wine Festival is back for its 10th appearance at Lake Eola Park.  Enjoy more than 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants paired with wines from around the world, while rocking out to live music.  For more information, click here.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2018 by tisner

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Celebrating Love!

February 13th, 2018 by tisner

Celebrate Love - Valentines Day

Just hearing or seeing the date, February 14th, conjures images of hearts and flowers in our minds. Valentine’s Day.  A “holiday” named for St. Valentine.  A day set aside each year to celebrate love.  But how did Valentine’s Day begin?  And who is St. Valentine?

Have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day got its name?  While it is believed that the name came from a saint, the origins of how it became attached to a day to celebrate love are a bit of a mystery. One legend claims that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  When the Emperor during that time decided that single men made superior soldiers than those with wives and children, he outlawed marriage for young men.  Valentine felt this was unjust, so he defied the Emperor and continued to secretly perform marriages for young lovers.  Another story contends that Valentine may have sent the first “valentine” letter while imprisoned in a Roman prison.  He allegedly fell in love with a young girl, possibly the jailer’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement.  It is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, an expression that is still used today.  While we may never know the true story about St. Valentine, the common theme throughout these stories is that he was sympathetic, heroic, and most significant…a romantic figure.

The origins of Valentine’s Day began with a pagan festival during the month of February. By the end of the 5th century, February 14th was declared Valentine’s Day by Pope Gelasius. It wasn’t until much later that the day became associated with love.  During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in England and France that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the date should be celebrated as a day of romance. While Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.  The oldest known Valentine known of was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.  It is also believed that King Henry V hired a writer to compose a Valentine note to a woman he admired.

It is believed that people began exchanging hand-made Valentine’s in America in the early 1700s.  By 1840, a woman named Esther Howland was selling the first mass- produced Valentines in America. Known as “the Mother of the Valentine”, she created elaborate cards using real lace, ribbons and colorful paper. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, and estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making it the second largest card sending holiday behind Christmas.

While exchanging, cards is the most common way to observe Valentine’s Day, there are numerous other ways that people celebrate love on February 14th.  Check out this list of unique gifts/activities that go beyond cards, candy and flowers!

  • Get a couple’s massage. What could be better than escaping the stress of every-day life together and spending time together in a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere?
  • Take your sweetheart on a scavenger hunt. Ask him/her to answer riddles to find the clues to items that you placed somewhere around town. The last item should give instructions that lead to your Valentine’s Day activities.
  • Make a meal with symbols of love. For example, write “I love you” with string beans, make a pizza in the shape of a heart or go on a picnic and use a cookie cutter to make heart shapes sandwiches.
  • On individual notecards write all the reasons you love your partner and place them in a small photo album. You can put photos of times spent together in the album as well.

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