Disney on Ice Postponed 

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream has been postponed until May due to approaching Hurricane Irma.

Says the Amway Center website:

“In an effort to ensure the safety of our patrons, all performances of Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream previously scheduled for Friday, September 8 through
Sunday, September 10 at Amway Center have been postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

A return engagement is scheduled for MAY 11-13, 2018.

Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performances.
Ticketholders should continue to monitor Amway Center’s website and social media channels for further details and information.”

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Summer Camp Expo

summer-camp-guide-and-adventure-expo-save_the_dateMore than 40 companies representing unique classes, outdoor adventure programs, sports leagues, and family-friendly destinations and attractions throughout Central Florida will showcase unique summer camp and adventure program opportunities for your family.

This free expo will feature exhibitors from more than 40 companies representing unique classes, outdoor adventure programs, sports leagues, special needs providers and family-friendly destinations and attractions throughout Central Florida. During the expo, attendees will:

  • Receive exclusive camp discounts and travel deals
  • Learn about unique destinations and experiences for all ages
  • Interact one-on-one with camp counselors and destination representatives
  • Enjoy live entertainment and kids’ activities
  • Have fun while creating summer plans for your family

“We are excited to offer families the opportunity to explore unique destinations and experiences for children age three to 18, all under one roof,” says Sarah Bain, Orlando Sentinel Media Group events manager. “Expo guests will also find exclusive discounts, giveaways and travel deals while they enjoy live entertainment and kid-friendly activities. It’s truly the fastest and easiest way to choose the best summer options for your family.”

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SeaWorld Summer Camp 2016. That’s my smiling camper!

While looking over the list of camp options available, I saw some favorites (like SeaWorld that my son LOVED last year), and some that I didn’t know about. Who knew you could send your kid to the University of Doglando?! There he or she can learn about animal care and training, while handling adoptable dogs.

Doglando has friendly, furry friends.

Doglando has friendly, furry friends.

While we’re partial to experiences involving animals, there are sports activities, theater, science, music and so much more. Special Needs families will find camps that their kids will enjoy, too. There’s never been an easier way to compare summer camps in the Orlando area.

Come on out Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10am – 4pm at Seminole Towne Center Mall, 200 Towne Center Cir, Sanford, FL. It’s located right off of I-4 Exit 101C.

Insider tip: Get there early! The first 50 families* will receive two tickets
to Medieval Times! Read full details on the Orlando Sentinel website.

Check out the full list of camps and read more at http://www.orlandosentinel.com/summercampexpo.

*After 10 am ET on 3/4/17 at the Orlando Sentinel Information Booth at the Summer Camp & Adventure Expo at Seminole Towne Center Mall. Full details here.

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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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Taste of The Nation 2016 Takes A Bite Out of Childood Hunger

tasteChefs provide delicious, nourishing food to their guests, so it’s only fitting that chefs would join forces for an event that helps fight the nation’s childhood hunger epidemic.  August 27, 2016 they will be out in force at Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry.

Leading up to the event, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation introduces the Golden Ticket Giveaway, offering an exciting new way to win a pair of complimentary tickets to this year’s event. Guests who dine at select, participating establishments can golden ticket winnerask their server for a Golden Ticket to receive a concealed envelope that may contain a pair of tickets to this year’s event. Chances of winning are 1 in 10. Follow hashtags #OrlTaste and #GoldenTicket for a list of participating restaurants and updates on remaining Golden Tickets. The Golden Ticket Giveaway runs through Aug. 22.

At Taste of the Nation, forty-two of Central Florida’s most distinguished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails at the Orlando World Center Marriott to ensure children struggling with hunger in our city and across America are connected to the meals they need.

New to this year’s event are nine of the area’s most popular and exciting restaurants including:taste 2

Benihana, Canvas Lake Nona, Eleven and Forte at Reunion Resort, Hemisphere Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, Nova Scratch Kitchen, The Osprey Tavern, Restaurant ASH, and The Rusty Spoon.

Several popular brewers, wine purveyors and spirit vendors have also been tapped for this year’s event, including Brew Bus USA, Cigar City Brewing, Crooked Can Brewery, Orlando Brewery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Lakeridge Winery, Nestle Waters | S. Pell & Acqua Panna, Onli Beverage Co. taste 4

In its 27th year, Orlando’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is the region’s longest-running and most trend-forward food and beverage event raising funds and awareness for children’s nutrition programs provided by national beneficiary Share Our Strength, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

In addition to appetizing food, fine wines, craft beers and premium spirits, guests also enjoy a fully automated mobile silent auction featuring signed memorabilia, stays at upscale hotels, dining experiences, rounds of golf on area courses, and exotic adventures and getaways.

The Giving Tree raffle, sponsored by Edible Orlando, returns for the second year inviting guests to win a taste of Orlando’s most popular establishments. For a $50 donation, guests can select a Giving Tree envelope hanging from a towering tree containing a gift certificate ranging from $25 to $300 in value.

Taste of Nation 1The event’s ever-popular Instant Wine Cellar game offers participants a chance to win more than 150 bottles of wine valued at more than $2,500. There are only 250 chances to win this exquisite wine cellar. Each key is a $25 donation.

Guests can also win fine bottles of wine with the all-new Ring Toss for Wine fundraiser. Rings are available for purchase to toss onto wine bottles ─ $5 for two tosses or $10 for six tosses. When a ring lands around a bottle neck, the guest wins a bottle of wine to take home.

Orlando’s Taste of the Nation is presented nationally by Citi and Sysco and sponsored by OpenTable, San Pell/Acqua Panna and media sponsor Food Network. Special thanks to local sponsors Darden Restaurants, Regions Bank, Harris Rosen Foundation, Noble Marketing, Disney, FreshPoint, Hilton Grand Vacations, Bright House, Darden Federal Credit Union, Ernst & Young, Patriot National, Rosen Hotels & Resorts and Universal Orlando Resort.

Summer Fest Continues at Gaylord Palms Resort

Last month our family had the pleasure of being hosted for a night at Gaylord Palms Resort as part of the #GPSummerFest (we stayed another night as “regular” folk, as we wanted to make a weekend of it). We’re frequent visitors whether there’s a media event or not, so it’s no surprise we had a great time. The surprising part is that we got to play with pirates and princesses, and I got to be a mermaid! (No, really! Keep reading!)

skull crossbones braceletIf you’ve read my blog at all, you know how much I love a good theme, and Summer Fest has swashbuckling style from stem to stern! From Princess Priscilla’s Coronation Character Breakfast to Y’aaard Games, there’s something from sun up to sundown to enjoy.

Character Breakfast**

Princess Priscilla’s Coronation Character Breakfast is the ultimate matey’s morning meal. Held not-too-MOOR breakfastcoincidentally at MOOR, Gaylord Palms’ very own ship in a bottle (a restaurant that’s a ship in the atrium), this character breakfast is like “walking theater.” We met Captain Blackheart and his daughter, Princess Priscilla, who is to be the new ruler of the Pirate Kingdom. Along with their friend, Jonny Stranger their cabin boy, the pirates make their way to each table, granting guests their own pirate names, should they wish to join the crew. (I’m “Kill ‘Em All Kelly.” EEK!)

 

Some of my favorite items on the buffet include Steak and Eggs (NY strip, scrambled eggs, and salsa verde), and Shrimp and Grits that is made OH so good with andouille sausage and brown butter. (Yes. I ate more than one serving!) Also on deck are Treasure Chest Potatoes and Princess Toast (which is French toast with sprinkles).

Gluten Free Friends: There are items on the buffet that
can be made GF, no problem. Just ask your server.

There are assorted baked breads, fruits, cereal, oatmeal, granola, pastries, danishes (you MUST try the blueberry muffins!), and Creativity Stations where you can Build Your Own Waffle or decorate your dessert.

Be prepared to learn the Pirate Oath, or you may have to walk the plank. It’s much more fun, though, to walk to the next activity, or march.

Pirate Parade and Yaaard Games!

Pirate Parade and Yaaard Games!

Pirate Invasion Parade*

Thursday through Sunday at 5:00pm, march through the atrium in all your pirate finery. (What?! Don’t YOU have pirate attire?) Follow the flag and discover pieces from the Captain’s treasure hoard from Blackheart’s Treasure Hunt* along the route. Catch (by spying, that is) the gators along 15 juvenile alligators and 30 species of native turtles in a habitat reminiscent of Florida’s natural springs.***

Pirate Stories & Chanties Under the Stars**

Climb upon the Siren’s Song and listen to the tall tales of the seven seas. Join Princess Priscilla as she embarks upon the perils and smorespleasures of becoming the first female Pirate captain. This high energy show involves theatrics, chanties and s’mores under the stars. Times are Thursday through Saturday at 6:00pm, 6:45pm, 7:30pm. In case of inclement weather, the tales are taken indoors to the atrium fort. Shiver me timbers, it’s fun either way.

Did You Know: A chantey is a song sung by sailors,
usually while they did hard physical work.

AAArts and Crafts** are always fun, and kids can make their own sword or princess tiara Times: Thursday-Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Kids enjoy getting crafty, and they can bring their creations along for the next parade!

Merfolk Academy**

Here’s where things get “fishy.” If you’ve ever dreamed of swapping your feet for a fabulous mermaid shotfin and swimming beneath the sea, your dreams can (sort of) come true. At Merfolk Academy, guests of all ages can wear swimmable mermaid/merman tails and participate in an hour-long class and swimming experience. Shark fins are available, too.

My son and I took part in the experience: He wore the shark fin, while I got to be a mermaid! I thought Merfolk Academy was just for kids, but was happy to learn that I, too, could check off my bucket list item of playing Madison (the mermaid from Splash). Darryl Hannah, I’m not. But it was lots of fun pretending!

If you find yourself singing Under The Sea and would like to do this yourself or would like to give your kid(s) an underwater experience they’ll remember, call 844-308-5056 for reservations. Don’t forget your underwater camera.

  • Times: Select times on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
  • Price: $30.00 for one-hour mermaid class | $20.00 for one-hour shark class
  • Location: Cypress Springs Family Waterpark

Gaylord Palms is a resort that’s great for a summer vacation, staycation, or corporate event (they have ample convention space!). Check out the Orlando resort, or their other locations. Summer Fest is happening through August 21, 2016. You can read more about the events here. Make reservations by calling 407-586-0000 or clicking this link.

If we have some free time this next month, I know I can yell “All hands on deck” and my crew will follow me back to the land of pirates, princesses… and mermaids.

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Events with a * are free while ** items are an added cost.

***Thanks Gatorland. They’re awesome!

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SWEET Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet Giveaway

Win a $50 gift card to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Reebok shoppersHere in Central Florida we didn’t “really” get much of a winter, so it may seem strange to start talking about spring, but it IS about that time, which means Valentine’s Day is on the horizon AND… we need to all start planning our wardrobes, shoes, and accessories accordingly!

Just in time for a wardrobe update (or for new luggage, or something for the house, or a gift for Valentine’s Day!), I’m happy to be partnering with Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores for a $50 giveaway!

Whenever I’m in the area I stop by because it’s hassle-free and I 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!
The parking thing is a BIG issue for me. I appreciate the way I can get “in and out” quickly.

Maybe you’re not wanting a new outfit or two, but have gift giving in mind. There’s lots of options for moms, dads and grads in May, too. I find @LBVFS to be an ideal place to shop for all my springtime needs, from leather handbags and strappy sandals to workout gear, swimwear and that perfect, all-occasion dress. I also have great luck finding “unmentionables,” lol. VF Factory Outlet carries loads of beautiful (and practical) bras and panties… just sayin’!

LBVFS Logo.jpeg (1)Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise from designer and name-brand outlet stores, including Express and eSunWear Swimwear Outlet, the newly-expanded Ann Tailor LOFT (yay, I’m so glad they’ve finished the project), plus other well-known outlets including U.S. Polo Assn., Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger Stores, G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Several stores sell approved uniform merchandise. (NOTE: Gap and Old Navy outlets do not accept gift certificates). If all that shopping makes you hungry, stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, while you’re there!

Rafflecopter logo linkEnter NOW

Click on the Rafflecopter icon and follow the prompts. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! This is a short-run contest that ends at midnight, February 6. Good luck!

 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 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 S Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535) Orlando, FL 32821-6316, two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Open daily. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card in exchange for this post and my
honest input. I’m not disclosing how much I’ve spent there when I didn’t
have a gift card. ‘Cause it’s more than I’d care to… disclose.

Ringling Brothers LEGENDS! Coming To Orlando

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS℠ plays the Amway Center January 14–18, 2016.

JLI RinglingThe Greatest Show On Earth, one of our favorite events of the year, is coming to town. Children of all ages will marvel at the pageantry, glorious costumes, magnificent animals acts, plus death-defying feats that thrill and chill and I couldn’t be happier about being invited to be a blog ambassador.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, LEGENDS! showcases acts from over 20 countries around the world and unites iconic circus stars with living mythological creatures. Pegasus

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover real, living legends. Audiences will believe the unbelievable when Paulo meets both Pegasus and a unicorn!

I’m most excited to see…

—big cat presenter Alexander Lacey, whose family has raised more than eleven generations of lions and nine generations of tigers.

—the Riders of the Wind Cossack horseback riders (I find myself squirming and moving in my seat to “help” the riders in their tricks)hourseback riders

—motorcycle daredevils, the Torres Family

—magnificent Asian elephants

—the acrobat troupe perched atop only a pair of bicycles

What I haven’t seen is the new double-wide, high-flying trapeze act! I’m nervous just thinking about it!

Also on my “can’t wait list” is the pre-show event. Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-Show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

ringling elephantTicketholders can also purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts. Log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.
Click here for tickets. As fans and followers, you can save $4 off tickets using promo code performer4MOM. This offer is valid on all shows EXCEPT Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (opening night), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.( Not valid on Front Row and Premium Seating, nor day of show. Offer valid through January 14.)
Families will find themselves mesmerized by the unprecedented talent showcased in LEGENDS! Says Producer Alana Feld, “My sister [Nicole Feld] and I were speechless when we saw these acts the first time. We searched the world for the best of the best and put them together in an unforgettable show.”
In my behind-the-scenes tour of Feld Entertainment I got to play Ringmaster! I don't look as good as Johnathan Lee Iverson, but...

In my behind-the-scenes tour of Feld Entertainment I got to play Ringmaster! I don’t look as good as Johnathan Lee Iverson, but…

Feld Entertainment, whose philosophy invests passion, innovation and meticulous attention to detail, have produced what is, and has always been called, The Greatest Show On Earth… and for great reason.

The circus is coming to town and we can’t wait!

 

Disclaimer: As a blog ambassador, I received 4 tickets to attend the circus in exchange for this post announcing the show’s arrival. All other promotion I’ve done is because I’m really excited to see the Greatest Show on Earth. Expect your feeds to be full during the show!

Get Down To MacDown!

Give Kids The World Village is hosting O-Town MacDown, Saturday September 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Osceola Heritage Park. At this fun family event you’ll find 1) Unlimited Mac-n-Cheese and 2) Loads of vendors, kids activities, character meet and greets, cooking demos an MORE. (That could have been 2 thru…)!

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Click on this link to see an awesome video produced by iZon Orlando about the GKTW Blogger Bash and O-Town MacDown!

baloon dragon medieval timesThis delicious “food fight” cooking competition featuring professional chefs and restaurants! It’s a great event for the whole family.

One of the great vendors again this year is Medieval Times. Will we have a fire (smoke!)-breathing dragon? I can’t wait to find out!

I’m looking forward to a special food demo this year by Chef Manny Washington, one of the latest winners on Cutthroat Kitchen!

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Mayor Clayton and Miss Merry, and Rugby and Reme with a great little volunteer, Daniel.

There is a limited amount of tickets for this event, so make sure you purchase your tickets early before this delicious event sells out!

$10 for Adults (or $15 at the door)
$5 for Kids (or $10 at the door)
Get Your Advanced Tickets Now at otownmacdown.org

Attendance and participation benefit Give Kids The World Village.

Thanks to the amazing sponsors including some of my favorites:
Applebee’s
Boston Market
Cabot Creamery / Florida Dairy Farmers
Catering For Good
Chef Lauren Cooke
Chef Emmanuel Estrella and Chef Juan Navarro
Chef Jennifer Delinger
Walt Disney World Port Orleans
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Fox and Hounds
Graffiti Junktion
Hard Rock Café Orlando
Hurricane Bar & Grill
Jillycakes
Le Cordon Bleu
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Chef Joel Padilla
Pammie’s Sammies
Paramount Fine Foods
Ponderosa
Rainforest Café
Red Lobster
Chef Andrew Roch
Shubee’s Coastal Bar & Grille
Smokey Bones
The Outpost
Tin Roof
Tom and Chee
Chef Richard West
World Food Championships

Give Kids The World Village is a 74-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort, located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, where childrHard Rock characters smen with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. For more information, please visit givekidstheworld.org

Lake Buena Vista Shopping Giveaway

LBV20121102-186Back to school means back to school shopping. Want to do all that shopping with a $50 gift card?

Win a $50 gift card to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

As a mom, I want to get the best deals possible. (Even though we homeschool, we still have a growing boy who wants to look good, too at co-ops and other events.)

Cash registers will be ringing during back-to-school shopping very, VERY soon. (Now WHERE did the summer go?!) Good news, though: The Florida Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01am, Friday, August 7 and ends at 11:59pm, Sunday, August 16, so plan now to take advantage of that. I’ll be looking for deals throughout the month.

I’ll be shopping at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where shopping is hassle-free and 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!

Stop by VF Outlet (one of my favorites) while you’re at the mall. I always find a deal there on dresses and ladies underwear. They have school uniforms too if, you know, back to school shopping isn’t just for the mom! (We need a few things now and again, too! And during the sales tax holiday, it’s a great time!)

 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 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, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Several stores sell approved uniform merchandise. Don’t forget to stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, too! Sorry, Gap and Old Navy outlets do not accept gift certificates.

Rafflecopter logo linkEnter through Rafflecopter at left. This is a quick contest that starts today and ends August 4 at midnight.

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 www.lbvfs.com. Many stores offer last-minute deals so it’s a great idea to follow the center and check back 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. Summer Hours are in place Monday-Saturday, 10am-9:30pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Happy shopping!

Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card in exchange for this post and my honest input. I’m not disclosing how much I’ve spent there when I didn’t have a gift card JUST this past month. 😉

Taste of Orlando Helps Ensure No Kid Hungry

Social Graphics4Forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails August 8, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America.

Proceeds from this event support children’s nutrition programs provided by local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and national beneficiary Share Our Strength. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Tickets can be purchased HERE. As an adult who was a hungry child in Orlando, I hope you’ll come out to support this event that helps so many.