Go Local Wednesday – Madcap

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The second annual Mills50 Madcap returns on Saturday, April 1! Madcap is sort of like a scavenger hunt – sort of like a pub crawl – but mostly like a party! Individual participants and teams will gather at The Brass Tap – Mills Park at noon to receive instructions and clues. At Brass Tap, participants can purchase a 22oz “boot of beer” for $6 and receive a raffle ticket.  The participant with the winning ticket will receive a $25 gift card to The Brass Tap. Participants will then go to various locations around the Mills50 District and solve puzzles and complete tasks before moving on to the next location. There will also be drinks specials at participating bars.

After finishing, everyone will gather at Ten 10 Brewing Company for a party, where prizes will be awarded for Best Team Costume and Best Team! Every participant will receive a free goody bag filled with items from Mills 50 businesses!

Registration: $20 per person

 

Here is the link to register:

http://orlandoweeklytickets.com/events/42985449/mills-50-madcap

Hope to see you out there!

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando? – Lake Eola Swan Boats

eolaslide1Lake Eola is one of those iconic places in Orlando.  The shining water always calms me down.  I love being able to see all the ducks and swans swimming around, or the geese chasing people.  One of things that’s been on my list of to do’s is to rent one of the Swan Boats for a romantic afternoon with my hubby.  For just $15/half hour you and 4 of your friends or kids can take a leisurely ride around the lake.  You don’t have to make reservations and they are available for rent Sun-Tue 10A-7P and Wed-Sat 10A-10P, making it accessible for everyone.

It reminds me of my childhood.  We lived in Texas but would go to Norman, OK every year for our family reunion.  We stayed near Lake Thunderbird and every year my sister and I would look forward to a boat ride with our dad around the lake!  It was the highlight of my summer for many years.

Clearly I have some real nostalgia about it so I’ve definitely got to do this soon, before it gets too hot.  Maybe we’ll see you there!

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Go Local Wednesday – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

FlowerGarden-36We all know Central Florida is so much more than just Mickey’s home, but there are times during the year that the parks can really draw us into their magic!  For me, it’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.  With more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, wildlife habitats and walkways this festival will have you in the spirit of Spring from the moment you walk in!

Whether you love the floral designs, the butterfly walkthrough tours, or even their special farm to table food stations, there is something for everyone at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.  The festival runs through May 29th.  Get out and enjoy this gorgeous weather and find your Disney Magic!

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando? – Mills50 St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl

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“There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.”  If you’re ready to celebrate the “Luck of the Irish,” join the Mills 50 Main Street District tonight, Friday, March 17th from 7PM until ?? for the St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl.  For just $5 you can enjoy drink specials at some of our favorite Mills 50 venues including ASH restaurant, The Guesthouse, Wally’s and more.  They will also have O-Cartz to keep you from stumbling through your crawl!

You can pick up your $5 wristband at Wally’s and The Thirsty Topher.

We hope to see you there!

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Go Local Wednesday – Gymboree

GymboreeAs a new mom, working mom at that, I find it difficult sometimes to balance spending time with my sweet girl and keeping everything else together.  That is until my daughter’s aunt found Gymboree.  We had been talking for awhile about getting Sam involved in Mommy and Me classes.  If you’re not familiar, these are classes that incorporate teaching moments with fun playtime and provide another opportunity for you to bond with your sweet bundle of joy!  Our class is great!  We attend Gymboree in Waterford Lakes.  Our teacher Michelle is so great with the kids.  All the kids in Sam’s class are about her age, but it’s so neat to see how they are all individual people.  While these classes are great for the kids, I really found a nice camaraderie with the other mom’s.  Each mom has her own story, her own struggles and amazing children.  It’s nice to know you’re not alone, especially as a new mom.  If you’ve been looking for a new way to spend time with your baby, I’d highly recommend Gymboree.  For the class schedules check here.

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Wekiva Island

WekivaIsland1Every so often I get a hankering for some water time, but don’t want to drive all the way to the beach.  This past weekend, a friend suggested we meet at Wekiva Island.  Located just north of Orlando, in Longwood, FL, Wekiva Island is a fantastic facility located right along the Wekiva River.  This River is fed by natural springs and stays at a comfortable (for most) 72 degrees.  Wekiva Island offers everything you could need to enjoy this Florida treasure!  They have cabana rentals, food on site (the bangin’ shrimp tacos are fantastic!) and even a bar with wine and beers on tap.  Live music is offered on the weekends on their patio and you can rent a kayak and head up the river to see all the amazing things the natural setting provides.

WekivaIsland2We got there early and were able to get a prime spot at a table right along the river’s edge.  The water was clear enough you can actually see all the way to the bottom.  There is sand that the kids can play in, a volleyball court so you can challenge your friends, adirondack chairs all along the edge, so there’s really no bad seat anywhere!  My little one thoroughly enjoyed the sights and sounds of all the kids playing in the water.  She’ll be big enough to get in soon!  We laid a blanket out on the deck for her and she laughed and played happily, watching the big kids  splash each other and push each other in.  It was a really fun day for all of us!  We will definitely be back.

This popular Central Florida watering hole can get pretty busy and is sometimes sold out for private events, so make sure to check their calendar regularly by clicking here.  Hopefully, we’ll see you out there sometime!

 

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Go Local Wednesday – Lazy Moon

Pizza!  I might have a slight addiction to great pizza.  A few weeks ago a team in our office was snacking on the BIGGEST pizza I’d ever seen.  I sincerely wondered how they got it in their car.  It smelled so good, I had to ask where they had gotten it.  They directed me to Lazy Moon, which opened directly across the street from our office.  The next day, I marched myself over to try it for myself.  I wasn’t disappointed!  I had the “Good Life,” which is a pair of your choice of salad, soup or a slice.  I chose the Greek Salad and a slice of pepperoni pizza.  It was so good!  The salad was fresh and had all the flavors I wanted.  The pizza, was amazing!  The crust was perfect; nice and thin and crispy.  The sauce was exactly what a pizza sauce should be.  To say I was thoroughly impressed is an understatement.  I honestly can’t wait to go back.  I just need to find a diet that will let me eat Lazy Moon Pizza every day!  I hope you’ll try it soon.  I know you’ll love it as much as I did!

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