08 February 2016

#TheJungleBook Official Trailer and Movie Posters





See it on -- April 15, 2016





This is really cool!!!!

Disney and Twitter are delivering the trailer directly to any user who Tweets using #JungleBookTrailer. Users who ReTweet the trailer post from @TheJungleBook will get a special thank you from director #JonFavreau

03 February 2016

Orlando's #LakeHouse Restaurant ~ Delicious Dining With A Private Lake Retreat Feel



Welcome!  Living here in Orlando, I love going to new and exciting places to dine and this was at the top of my list to try. I was luckily enough to be invited to dine at Central Florida's Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort's newest restaurant, LakeHouse. It's a beautiful, relaxing restaurant and the resort itself is gorgeous too. Located downstairs, I found myself in awe of the decor both bright and bold, it welcomed me like an dear friend. I really loved the cascading staircase down to the dining room and bar. Located alongside Lake Windsong, the grounds and beauty of the LakeHouse are breathtaking. Be sure and go outside and walk around the beautiful grounds. I found the cuisine amazing and I will be telling you about some of it, right here. But before that I wanted to mention the wonderful and very attentive service from the staff - they were nice to talk to and shared the details of all the foods we tried.

For instance, House made pizza made this night a special treat, who doesn't love fresh and delicious pizza? They are available Margherita style, Turkey and Brie and a Sage with Butternut Squash. Also available a Vegan flatbread with yummy heirloom tomatoes, herbs, beets and mushrooms.

Whether you are here for business or pleasure the contemporary setting is comfortable and will make you feel right at home, here at the LakeHouse. Their selection is locally based foods with a lot of regional inspiration.  It's a great place for a romantic getaway for 2 or a nice night out with the whole family.

LakeHouse is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as delicious appetizers and cocktails, throughout the day. They also serve bottle and draft beer, a large selection of wines plus the wood-fired pizza/flatbreads, yum!


Their menu has something for everyone. For me, the two drinks I had were some of the best both the White Sangria and Blood Orange Mojito tasted simply amazing. Both added an amazing zing to my dinner. Let me tell you about some of the apps we had. To start we tried some sinful - Almond filled Dates wrapped in Bacon, can you say delish? The sweet date with the savory, salty bacon - Heaven!! And the Sea Salt Pretzel Bites w/ Horseradish mustard and beer cheese fondue, Ah-mazing. The mustard was tangy and slightly spicy but, oh so delicious. I highly recommend both.


Pictured above is the Filet Mignon with port wine sauce, tender asparagus and a very scrumptious herb bread pudding. Cooked perfectly the filet melted in your mouth, 100% recommended this dish. Now for my next fave - Grilled Shrimp Cocktail ~ is one of the most amazing tastes, loved the spicy Bloody Mary cocktail sauce and the grilled taste of the shrimp together. I also love fish and this next dish, Sea Bass with Citrus Butter Sauce and Lemon Grass Orzo was delicious. It was so tender and flaky, and the spiced kale were delicious together, I would order this anytime.  Shrimp and Grits were a true southern favorite dish: creamy, cheesy and with a zesty passion fruit bbq sauce.

And last but not least - the wonderful, amazing, melt in your mouth Sushi. All of the sushi was expertly prepared and extremely fresh. Sure to be a hit with any sushi lover. There are many types available and some of my faves were Volcano, Caterpillar, Rainbow and California rolls are just some available here.
The sushi menu is extensive and many of your favorites are available, along with house specialities.

Sweet Desserts:
Starting with my favorite - the Hot Roasted Apple Tart - it has the most delectable taste. Imagine fire roasted apples inside a flaky crust, topped vanilla bourbon ice cream.YUM!  All their desserts were amazing and I wish I had more room, lol. Now check out the rest - Key Lime Cheesecake, Double Fudge Cake, Peanut Butter Brownie Sundae w/enough for 2 and the scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake shots pictured below.

Inside:Outside
The decor focuses on Florida's natural beauty with a blend of blue, yellow, orange, grey and white colors. The 6,350 sq. ft. restaurant seats 206 guests and they can soak up views of beautiful Lake Windsong.  A visit to the herb garden outside definitely gave me the feeling of fresh ingredients being used here. 


With so much more to enjoy on the menu, stop by for a relaxing and very enjoyable meal. For more details and the location visit their website listed below.
I want to thank the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress for having me. This post was written with out influence from anyone and or anything, thanks for stopping by!!


More details about the  Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The award-winning, 1,500 acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is located one mile from Walt Disney World® and close to Universal Orlando® and SeaWorld® Orlando with a host of amenities and activities including the 5,200 square-foot, full-service Marilyn Monroe Spa, 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf and the award-winning Tennis and Racquet Club. Located along the 1,000 feet of white sandy beach of private Lake Windsong, the free-flowing lagoon pool boasts 12 waterfalls, heated and non-heated pools, two whirlpools, new Water Slide Tower Pavilion, new children’s Rock Climbing Stations, new interactive Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge, walking paths, and expansive, wrap-around sundecks.  New features complement the resort’s favorite activities including; S’mores pit, beach volleyball, tether ball, hammocks, watersports and marked jogging, walking, and biking trails.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is centrally located with convenient access to Orlando International Airport and Interstate 4 off Exit 68 in Lake Buena Vista. The resort’s address is One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Florida, USA 32836. For more information; call 407.239.1234; visit GrandCypress.Hyatt.com.





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02 February 2016

Disney Store Announces Phenomenal Release of Star Wars #TsumTsum - Stackable Plush to Hit Shelves on February 16


I just love these little guys. A plush for me and for you to stack, is definitely meant to be!! What could be better? I love Star Wars and I love Tsum Tsum's -- Read More below about which characters, sizes and where else you can purchase besides Disney Stores!!



The Disney Store today unveiled characters from a galaxy far, far away as a part of the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection, the newest addition to the popular stackable plush line that has taken the world by storm since it was first introduced at Disney Store in Japan in 2013.

The Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection will feature characters from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jediand will come in three sizes – mini, medium and large. Characters represented in the collection include: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Han Solo, R2-D2, Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3P0, Ewok and Stormtrooper. The collection will be launched exclusively at Disney Store locations – both in-store and online – in the U.S., Japan and Europe on February 16.


Similar to the classic Disney and Marvel Tsum Tsum characters currently available, this first collection will serve as the evergreen Star Wars assortment that will live on as future assortments are introduced.

To capitalize on a growing fan base and the product’s collectible nature, Disney Store launched #TsumTsumTuesdays where a new collection of the adorable plush is unveiled the first Tuesday of every month. 

With the February 16 release of the Star Wars collection, Disney Store will also kick off a new #TsumTsumTuesday release cadence with a new Disney, Marvel or Star Wars Tsum Tsum collection launching on both the first and third Tuesday of every month.

In addition to its success at Disney Store, Disney Tsum Tsum has also seen great momentum moving into mass retail. Beginning with an exclusive launch at Target in 2015, where it has been well received by guests, Disney Tsum Tsum offerings now include collectible toy figures and figural, stackable lip balms. And, new this year, Disney Tsum Tsum can now also be found at a number of other retailers, including Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney.

 Since its debut in 2013, Disney Tsum Tsum has quickly become one of the most successful plush lines in Disney Store history, prompting category expansion into softlines, accessories, home d├ęcor and more. Featuring classic and new Disney, Marvel and now Star Wars characters, Disney Tsum Tsum’s whimsical design reinterprets everyone’s favorite characters with a unique Japanese aesthetic.

“With a unique mix of charming design and collectability, Disney Tsum Tsum has solidified its place as one the latest Japanese pop culture crazes to go global, and we’re thrilled to introduce Star Wars characters to this ever-popular line,” said Paul Gainer, executive vice president of Disney Retail. “Disney Tsum Tsum has proven to be a true fan favorite and we look forward to delivering more exciting offerings in the future.”  

 The free puzzle app – LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum – which was first released in Japan in 2014 and quickly became the #1 free app on both iOS and Android, now boasts more than 50 million downloads worldwide.



Thanks for stopping by!! Happy February





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29 January 2016

# KungFuPanda Arrives at Madame Tussauds Orlando


Skadoosh! 


Fun facts about the new figure:
·      Po’s figure weighs 160 pounds
·      More than 75 square feet of synthetic black fur and 45 square feet of synthetic white fur were used to create Po’s figure
·      Po’s eyes are 4.5 inches in diameter
·      His fist is almost a foot long
·      Po’s shorts were made from three different types of silk and a jacquard fabric, which were specially dyed to create 10 different color patches in the style of his animated outfit in the films
Show your best Kung Fu poses next to Po the giant panda!!

Madame Tussauds Orlando welcomes this newest celebrity - Kung Fu Panda. The celebrity wax attraction has rolled out the welcome mat for Po the lovable Panda turned Dragon Warrior from the successful animated movie trilogy Kung Fu Panda. Po’s figure will be on display starting today, the opening day of the theatrical release of Kung Fu Panda 3.


Check out the new #Florida resident rates, below...

28 January 2016

#TheFinestHours Movie Review - In This "Against All Odds" Thriller



This Movie Blogger Gives it 2 Thumbs up, Way Up!! 

Saying this movie was incredible is an understatement. I loved it from beginning to end.  Talk about action, romance, the suspense seriously - I was completely memorized by the action of the rescue that takes place. I was on pins and needles not knowing if they would be successful getting these guys rescued. Honestly, I'm not sure I could even imagine what they were going through, it was February in Massachusetts and talk about cold, just watching them I was shivering in the movie theater. Imagine being on the Atlantic Ocean during an intense  nor'easter and trying pull off a rescue in rough seas that produced waves over 60 feet. Not to mention snow, rain, blinding hurricane winds and everything else going against you. Plus people telling you not go, you'll never make it.
Against all odds the 4 men set out on the unforgiving sea and make a stand together to do their job. To Save, Live or Die trying.

Now that's Drama!

This story is one of Disney's favorite things to do base a movie on a true story that is an under dog story. I was so happy with the outcome. I also love that it took place in a place I love Cape Cod, I have visited that particular beach, town and lighthouse where the Coast Guard station is located in Chatham.

Watch this clip about what courage means with a little glimmer of hope! Never give up!!



Please go see this movie - it's a great movie for everyone. It has a lot of great heroic moments and that reminded me that there is good people in this world who would risk their lives for others. AKA our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. My only wish is that the hero of this movie got to see the movie made about him - U.S.C.G - Captain Bernie Webber died in 2009.

Here's a Inside look about how they did it! 


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