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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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Things To Do Orlando: Michael Andrew & The Gershwin Big Band Presents American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Song Book

February 12th, 2018 by tisner

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Plaza Live Orlando
425 N. Bumby Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

All ages welcome!

$20.00 – $40.00

Purchase Tickets Here

An evening of iconic American music by one of the most indelible composers of the twentieth century, George Gershwin.  Nearly a century after the songs were composed, Gershwin’s music remains as fresh and irresistible as it did during the Jazz Age. His poetic melodies and eclectic oeuvre of everything including Broadway, Hollywood, opera and classic American standards have left a legacy audiences love to hear again and again.

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High Tech Resolutions

February 7th, 2018 by tisner

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During the last week of December, many Americans started making resolutions for the new year ahead.  Quitting smoking and losing weight always top the list, and other promises people make to themselves are saving money, taking time to relax, or reading 100 books. Well, if you’ve gotten a little slack already, help is on the way, thanks to our smartphones!

  • If you’re tracking your general health, sleep, and how many steps you’re taking daily, use your Health iPhone app, or Google Fit on Android devices.
  • Healthier eating is a popular goal, and My Fitness Pal and Lose It! help you count calories, and users can even scan products on store shelves for nutritional information.
  • HelloTalk, Duolingo, and TripLingo are great apps for those who desire to learn a foreign language.
  • Drinking more water should be at the top of everyone’s list, and there are apps that offer push notifications to remind you to down a full glass at different times of the day, and even keep track of your water intake. There are plenty of choices available for iOs and Android.
  • Did you vow to become better organized in your business? Inc.com has several app suggestions to help you organize your schedules, notes, and reminders.
  • Staying motivated and encouraged can be tough, but there’s an app (several, actually) for that! Use your phone’s app store button to find the one that’s right for you, from daily inspirational quotes to encouraging you to meet your daily goals.
  • Smartphones can be amazing tools, but a distraction as well. If you planned to get better at time management, try Forest ($1.99).  Open the app, and a seed is planted.  Leave it open throughout the day and watch a tree grow and thrive while you stay on track.  Open a social media app or game, and the tree dies.  A bit drastic, but a fun way to help you finish a task.
  • You’ve been skipping your book club meetings because, lately, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to read. Bookling offers an app that will motivate you to read every day, and will encourage the kids, as well!
  • Breaking any habit, whether it be smoking, nail-biting, or overspending, can be hard, to say the least. Strides Goals and Habit Tracker is a wonderful app that lets you set up to ten goals free, set milestones and end dates for the hardest habits to break, as well as holding you accountable with notifications throughout the day.

If you’re not sure where to look, go to appcrawlr.com, search for the general app subject, choose your operating device, and it will use its search engine to find an app that will work best for you.  Whatever your resolution, there is probably a device application that can help you be a better you.

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Things To Do Orlando: Orlando Home and Garden Show

February 5th, 2018 by tisner

February 9, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819

Friday – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Come out to the biggest home and garden event of the season and the place to get your home projects solved. This year the Orlando Home & Garden Show returns with builders, gardeners and DIY’ers that will showcase the latest exhibits and seminars. This is a family-friendly event that provides fun activities for kids as you meet with experts on everything home and garden.

Event Website

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Things To Do Orlando: Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday: Unhinged!

January 29th, 2018 by tisner

February 1, 2018 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 North Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

Admission: $15

Phone: 407-896-4231

Windows are the visual bridge between the inside and outside. Doors are symbolic of new opportunities. This show will allow artists to create what is meaningful to them, whether it’s repurposing a piece or incorporating the theme into their works. Media such as painting, photography, and sculpture are accepted, and need to incorporate window and/or door symbolism.

Event Website

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Indoor Activities for the Kids!

January 24th, 2018 by tisner

The recent cold snap across the country kept many schools and daycare centers closed for several days, and it was too cold for the kids to enjoy more than a little while outside in the elements.  Here are some fun activities to keep them busy while staying inside at home or away from home so they can’t cry “I’m bored!” 

  • Empty water bottles and a soft ball or a ball of yarn make for a fun game of bowling! Set the water bottles up and start rolling! 
  • The cardboard tubes from paper towels and toilet paper can be used for several projects, including a marble runbird feeders, and even STEM activities! 
  • Different sized plastic storage bowls and a rubber ball can provide lots of fun by creating a bouncy maze.  Set up a path with the bowls, and make a game of bouncing the balls to land in each bowl. 
  • Have a family competition using straws and pom-poms or cotton balls.  Using a smooth surface, place the pom-poms side by side and blow on them with the straws.  See who can get them to the finish line first! 
  • Empty food boxes are great oversized blocks for building towers and forts. 
  • A simple thin ice game can be played by placing a tissue over a large mug and securing it with a large rubber band, leaving the tissue as tight as possible without tearing.  Place a quarter on the top, and roll a die.  The roller must poke as many holes in the tissue with a sharpened pencil, trying not to send the quarter “through the ice.” 
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel has tons of videos to choose from with different themes.  This is a fun activity to get the kids to chill and have fun at the same time. 
  • The older kids don’t have to be left out.  Check out these great ideas for tweens ranging from art to math to STEM activities from whatwedoallday.com. 
  • Many museums offer hands-on exhibits for children, and even free admission if the kids are under a certain age.   
  • Go roller skating or take advantage of the cold temps and hit up an ice skating rink.  Grab a hot chocolate afterwards at a local coffee shop. 
  • Find a family-friendly Escape Room studio in your area and spend the afternoon working together to get out! 
  • Many local artists are offering inexpensive paint-and-take sessions for kids and families.  Search on Facebook or your local arts councils for this memory-making venture. 

Don’t let cabin fever rule in your home.  Whether you choose to stay inside and play some DIY games, or get outside and enjoy some local indoor activities, Wintertime doesn’t have to be boring.  

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