LBVFS Anniversary Celebration

20thIt’s time to celebrate! Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is hosting a free admission, family-oriented celebration to mark its 20th anniversary as one of Central Florida’s first outlet centers and a favorite destination for the area’s best outlet deals. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores’ Deals for Two Decades 20th Anniversary Celebration is on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with fun activities for every age. Join the celebration featuring more than $8,000 in prize and gift card giveaways at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm (must be present to win), bounce house, DJ entertainer, strolling magician, face painters, balloon sculptor, stilt walker juggler, 20 cent hot dogs, drinks and more. Many stores are pulling out the stops with $20 gift card giveaways, 20% off deals and special store activities. Have your picture taken with Sunnie, the Sunshine Foundation’s mascot. All proceeds go toward the Sunshine Foundation, the original wish-granting organization, a charity founded in 1976 bringing unimaginable joy to children living with chronic life-long conditions.

Rafflecopter logo linkJust over a week later, the center will host a frightfully fun and safe “trick or treating” event on Halloween, Monday, October 31, from 1-9 p.m. Participating stores will pass out treats to the children while families can shop. Prices are so low, it’s scary! Everyone is invited to join in the fun and children are welcome to dress in costume.

Shopping is hassle-free at the outlet center, where you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking, so getting in and out quickly is a breeze!

Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise at most of their outlet shops and get great deals at Express Factory Outlet, U.S. Polo Assn., Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger Stores, plus other well-known outlets including G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Fossil, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Don’t forget to stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, too!

Click the Rafflecopter icon above and follow the prompts to enter. (One entry is to comment on the post here. Tell me what YOUR favorite shops are!)

Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting http://www.lbvfs.com. Many stores offer last-minute deals so it’s a great idea to follow the center and check online frequently! Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 State Road 535 (Vineland) Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Hours are 10am-9pm on Monday-Saturday, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Happy fall shopping!

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Follow Your Heart

16205_event_image_545x325-c407183f29Once upon a time, Disney created a magical spectacle on ice with talented dancers, beautiful costumes, stirring music that instantly transforms kids of all ages to happy moments shared with beloved characters. The first weekend in September, Disney On Ice brings all that to life and more to Orlando in Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. My family and I are excited to attend—especially ME! As a Feld Entertainment Ambassador, I received complimentary tickets to attend the show with my family in exchange for writing about the show.

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center.  Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart start from $18 and have “Market pricing” which applies to all tickets. Rates fluctuate based on supply and demand. Lock in your price and seat location today!

Show Times:  Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com  or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

What is Follow Your Heart all about and which Disney favorites will be featured? The show will have guests:follow heart dory

  • swim with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they “just keep swimming” on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family.
  • cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up.elsa and olaf
  • venture to the wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance.
  • celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang.
  • make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all of our Disney friends!

Want to buy tickets at a discount OR win 4 tickets to attend?

You can save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20.

*Not valid on premium VIP seating.
*Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 1, 2016.

You can win 4 tickets easily by clicking this Rafflecopter link and following the prompts. Contest ends at midnight August 19, 2016.

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Follow along on social media:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #FollowYourHeart
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Whether you’re a raffle winner or not, we’re all winners who get to see Disney on Ice Presents: Follow Your Heart. I can’t wait to be at the Amway Center enjoying one of the best family shows around. Feld Entertainment knows how to bring magic to audiences everywhere through not only Disney on Ice, but much, much more.

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

Giveaway for Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

If you know me at all, you know I am not a huge shopper. At the mall you have to park on THIS end while what you end up buying is at THAT end. I’m more of what you’d call a “hunter/gatherer.” I know I want a spring dress, size (redacted), “this” cost, “such and such” brand if possible, and OH I’d like to enjoy my shopping experience.

LBVFS ShoppersBecause I’m so picky (even when I’m shopping for either my son or husband), I enjoy the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores when the hunt is on!

They have factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking, so getting in and out quickly is really easy!

April 10th-12th they’re having a big sidewalk sale. I went last year, and it was fun, not only to see all the great deals, but because they have special vendors all around, and activities for the kids, too.

The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores were kind enough to give my readers a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall.

Rafflecopter logo linkHere’s how to enter: Click the Rafflecopter image and follow the directions. Make sure you visit the Rafflecopter page and the “People can enter by…” section.

 Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.”  Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

At the Lake Buena Vista Outlet Stores you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, plus other well-known outlets including U.S. Polo Assn., Lindt Chocolate, Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger Stores, G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Rack Room Shoes, and many more.

Join me on the hunt. Mama needs a new pair of shoes!

Titanic Historic Fashion in Orlando

International Academy of Design & Technology student Aixa Ayala designed this Edwardian gown

International Academy of Design & Technology student Aixa Ayala designed this Edwardian gown

Titanic sank over 101 years ago. Her story resonates to this day as people continue to honor the legacy of those lost and marvel at the tales of survival. White Star Line’s Titanic sailed in an age of pomp and circumstance, marked by intricate and detailed design, including shipbuilding, architecture, and of course… fashion.

Deborah L. Scott won the Oscar for her interpretation of Edwardian fashion with the costumes in the movie Titanic. It was her dream “to bring the spirit of Titanic and her passengers to life.” Students from the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) will bring their Edwardian-wear to the runway on the Grand Staircase for a Project Runway-style fashion show Wednesday, November 6 at Titanic: The Experience edutainment museum on I-Drive from 3 p.m. to 5 p.mPurchase general admission tickets to view the event.Titanic_designer_2 (Click here to follow Titanic: The Exhibition on Twitter.)

Contestants will be judged on garment construction, interpretation of theme and design innovation.

Guest judges will include Allison Walker, entertainment reporter for Central Florida News 13 and Sven Bode, Publisher for Orlando Style Magazine.

You can win two tickets to see “A Titanic Runway: Edwardian Style Revisited”! Make a comment below naming one real Titanic person (sorry, Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater are make believe from James Cameron’s imagination, lol) here or on my post about this fashion show on Pinterest or Instagram. (I’m a HUGE Titanic fan, as you can read here and here.)

Titanic_Anna_SchmidtContest details:Make comment on either blog post, Instagram or Pinterest by 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 5. From all eligible entries, names will be entered into RandomResult.com. Winner will be announced as a comment on each of these social media outlets by 5 p.m. EST Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Win a Pair of SeaWorld Tickets with My Coke Rewards

Win SeaWorld tickets through My Coke RewardsOur family drinks Coke products and this time last year we were thrilled (nee ecstatic) that SeaWorld had switched to Coke at their parks. Because of this partnership, My Coke Rewards has a couple of SeaWorld prizes!

First: Now through the end of January, 2013, My Coke Rewards is holding an Instant Win game to win a Pair of SeaWorld Tickets for 3 points, or once a day using their free entry option.*

The instant win game will enter you “for a chance to win a pair of tickets for a full day of adventure at the SeaWorld park of your choice in Orlando, San Antonio, or San Diego.”

No. of My Coke Rewards Points to Enter: 3
Eligibility: You must be at least 18 years of age or older to enter.
Start Date: January 1, 2013
End Date: January 30, 2013
Game Instructions: There will be 150 random, computer-generated winning times, 1 for each of the prizes listed below, during the Promotion Period. Follow the links and instructions to navigate to the Instant Win Game, and play the Game and see if you are a winner. 150 Grand Prizes: 2 tickets to the SeaWorld location of winner’s choice (Orlando, San Antonio, or San Diego), terms and conditions apply. Tickets expire on 3/25/2014. Failure to use tickets prior to the expiration date will result in prize forfeiture. Travel not included. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $170. Limit: 1 prize per person. Total ARV of all prizes: $25,500.

To play: Log in to your account or create a new one. Go to the Rewards Catalog —> View by Type —> Instant Win.

Click on SeaWorld Instant Ticket Giveaway

Enter Coke Rewards codes found on Coke products, or use the free method of entry.

*Free entry option is found by clicking on the “Rules” option. Scroll down to section 5 (c) and find the “Free Method of Entry” area and click on the “click here” words. The free entry method is available once per day.

mycokerewardsSecond: Now through the end of January, 2013, they are holding a Sweepstakes for a VIP Trip for 4 for 3 points.  (Free entry option for the Sweepstakes is by mail, with NO instant win click-through option available.)

A 2-day VIP trip for 4 to the SeaWorld park of winner’s choice (Orlando, San Diego or San Antonio) including: round trip, coach-class air transportation for 4 from a major airport near winner’s home (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion); 2 nights’ accommodations at Sponsor’s choice of hotel (single room, quad occupancy); four 2-day admission tickets and preferred parking; a private VIP tour for 4 including front of the line access to rides of winner’s choice; reserved seating at SeaWorld shows; behind-the-scenes access, as appropriate; all-day dining; and $250 allowance that may be used for rental car. All travelers must travel on same itinerary. Winner must complete the trip within 1 year from the drawing date or prize will be forfeited. Winner must book trip at least 21 days prior to departure. Travel subject to availability and blackout dates. Travel must be round trip. Sponsor will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and those set forth by the Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract. If trip destination is less than 250 miles from the winner’s residence, winner will be provided $200 in spending money for driving expenses in lieu of air transportation. Sponsor is not responsible if any scheduled event is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason and winner will not be reimbursed for tickets. Tickets may be subject to issuer’s standard rain-check policies and procedures. All expenses, travel, and other costs not expressly stated in the package description above are the sole responsibility of winner. If winner is a minor (as determined by his/her state of residence), one of winner’s guest must be winner’s parent/legal guardian. If any of winner’s guest is a minor (as determined by his/her state of residence), winner must be the minor’s parent/legal guardian and must complete required paperwork on behalf of minor, as applicable. Travel companions must execute liability/publicity releases prior to issuance of prize documents. Restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. Lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, vouchers or certificates will not be replaced. By accepting ticket prize, winner agrees to abide by any terms, conditions and restrictions provided by the ticket. Sponsor is not responsible if winner does not use ticket on day of event. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $6,400. The ARV of travel may vary based on airfare fluctuations and distance between departure and destination. Winner will not receive difference between actual and approximate retail value. Limit: 1 prize per person.

To play: Log in to your account or create a new one. Go to the Rewards Catalog —> View by Type —> Sweepstakes

Click on VIP Trip to SeaWorld

(Or go to the search window, and enter “SeaWorld” for this and other SeaWorld promotions.)

Through My Coke Rewards you can also purchase (using My Coke Rewards points) SeaWorld “Quick Que Unlimited” for 530 points. You can also click on the link for the new SeaWorld® Presents TurtleTrek™ game. (There is an  in-app purchase for $2.99 to upgrade to the “full” version, which my son most ardently recommends.)

Good luck!