Packing snacks for a road trip is a must for my family of four -- saving us both time and money on the road.  Although I am the only one who follows a gluten free diet, I typically pack these three GF snacks because everyone loves them! is now live with menus, Magical Nights hotel offers.  

Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining returns Aug. 26 – Oct. 2 with 102 restaurants offering three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus for $40. Celebrating its 17th year, the popular annual dining program supports area restaurants and donates one dollar from every meal served to a local nonprofit organization. This year’s roster brings 16 restaurants new to Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining, as well as six restaurants recently recognized by the MICHELIN Guide. Menus are now live at, along with the opportunity to book reservations and explore hotel offers as part of Visit Orlando’s Magical Nights. Additional menus and hotel deals will be added in the coming weeks.   

If you follow me on social media, you know that in the past year I "cleaned up" my life -- removing chemicals and toxins from my home as much as possible.  So I was super excited recently when I was sent two samples from AspenClean to try out at home: the AspenClean Lavender Laundry Detergent Pods and AspenClean Eco-friendly Dishwasher Pods

Let me back up and tell you a little about the brand first. AspenClean was born out of a parent’s journey to find a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based cleaning product. The laundry detergent pods, dishwasher pods, and oxygen bleach powder and stain remover, all with plastic-free packaging, ship anywhere in the United States.  AspenClean products are made with only natural and organic ingredients and have won cleaning product awards from Parents and Good Housekeeping magazines.

SeaWorld celebrates Shark Awareness Day today with the ultimate shark experience for guests of all ages offering shark interactions, education, conservation, and inspired thrills that can be enjoyed all year round. SeaWorld provides world-class care to more than 500 sharks. Its parks offer a range of different choices for guests to get up close by viewing, feeding, and interacting with more than a dozen species. Guests can learn more about efforts to protect threatened and endangered sharks in our parks, including being among the first to see the newest zebra shark pups in Orlando. Thrill seekers can buckle up for a thrilling ride on award winning shark-inspired coasters Great White in San Antonio and Mako, the tallest roller coaster in Orlando. When it is time to refuel, guests can enjoy dining with sharks at Sharks Underwater Grill and Bar in Orlando, and sip refreshing shark inspired cocktails like the Shark-Tail in every park.
Photo courtesy: SeaWorld

Approximately 100 million sharks are killed by people every year in the wild, mainly for their fins, making conservation essential to preserve the species. SeaWorld is committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of shark conservationists through its park experiences.  It is also committed to shark conservation outside its parks through partnerships and the SeaWorld Conservation Fund that has donated more than $300,000 to shark research conservation projects.

What a privilege to be interviewed recently by Mayo Clinic Neurologist Dr. Joe Sirven regarding my battle with #RamsayHuntSyndrome on his “What's Health Got to Do with It" radio show on WJCT! 

Here is the direct link to the July 2, 2002 show: