ABOUT JEN

Originally from Louisiana, I moved to Central Florida 23 years ago. I am now married to an Orlando-native and we have two young teens. I love everything Disney (especially their cupcakes), traveling around the state of Florida, cooking for my family, and trying craft beer.
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I love that I inherited my great grandmother’s cedar chest. I’ve had the piece for many years and I hope to pass it on to my daughter one day.  Knowing that I can seal and protect the piece from liquid stains and fingerprints with SimpleCoat is a huge relief.

If you follow me on social media, you know that I have a love for Barnie's coffee.  (Or you can read a previous post here.)  Today I was asked to share with you some exciting news about the coffee company's upcoming 40th anniversary. 



Born in Central Florida, one of the first gourmet coffee brands in the U.S. commemorates its anniversary with special offers, community partnership

One of the first gourmet coffee brands in the U.S. was born in 1980 when a traveling grad student from Winter Park, Florida developed a taste for Peruvian coffee and returned home to create his own crafted blend and eventually open a cafĂ©. Forty years later, Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co. has evolved into a worldwide leader of premium coffee and tea, continuing its mission to pioneer the world’s most dramatically delicious flavored and premium roasts and deliver them within the reach of everyone’s cup. 

Orleans Foods, an emerging Creole/Cajun food brand, owned and operated by two Louisiana natives, is launching their new authentic beignet mix, an easy and quick 3-step recipe mix that will bring deliciousness and happiness to you and your family in just under an hour.


This Halloween, TradeWinds Island Grand is scaring up tricks and treats for a special "Halloweekend” – three full days of delightful frights featuring holiday-themed crafts, Dive-In movies, ghoulish paddleboat rides, costume contests, and the return of the fan-favorite Captain RedBeard’s Pirate Show. Grownups can join in the fun, too, with liquid libations including Candy Corn Coladas and Frankenstein Margaritas. Nightly room rates start at just $195* at the TradeWinds Island Grand, which includes a long list of spooktacular activities. The rate also includes the nightly resort fee which includes unlimited rides on the High Tide Slide, beach cabana, self-parking, Wi-Fi and more.


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