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From Sea to Shining Sea: The Most Patriotic Things to See and Do on Your Summer Vacation


(BPT) – Summer isn’t just the season of no school and summer vacations. It’s also the most patriotic season in America, encompassing three iconic American holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. This summer, why not put a patriotic shine on your family’s summer vacation plans?

If you’re like most Americans, you probably consider yourself to be patriotic. But how much of America have you actually seen? Summer vacation is a great opportunity to visit the country’s many historic, cultural and natural sites, and share your sense of patriotism with your loved ones. Here are some tips, ideas and inspirations to help Read more »

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The House of Harry Winston Opens a New Design District Salon

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The House of Harry Winston, the legendary “King of Diamonds,” and international luxury brand announces the opening of a new retail salon in the Miami Design District.  Located at 166 NE 39th Street, the impressive 7,168 square foot salon will house Harry Winston’s exquisite jewelry and timepiece collections, including the finest diamonds and rarest gemstones available today.

“Miami Design District presents the perfect setting for Harry Winston’s newest salon location,” said Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, Inc. “Harry Winston has long celebrated the Read more »

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Casa Velas Debuts Gourmet Tasting Menus

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Last year, I had my first Velas Resorts experience–I visited Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  What an impressive property!  There are actually 4 resorts under the Velas umbrella, all of them in Mexico.  They all work together to ensure that visitors have regal memories of their stays.  Check out how Casa Velas, in Puerto Vallarta, is partnering with its sister properties to wow the mouths of guests.

The luxury adults-only boutique hotel has launched 6 new 5 course gourmet tasting menus created and overseen by head chefs from Read more »

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vineyard vines is Coming to Miami!

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Good news, Ladies!  No longer will you have to trek up to Palm Beach to shop at the very preppy vineyard vines store–it’s coming to Merrick Park!  Yep.  That’s right–The Village of Merrick Park will open its own 3500 square-ft vineyard vines shop later this year.

“We are thrilled to be opening a store at the Village of Merrick Park,” said Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO and co-founder. “Coral Gables is a Read more »

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Broward Ice Cream Contest!

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Here’s the scoop! It’s Broward County’s 100th birthday and to celebrate this milestone, Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant AND Broward 100 are inviting residents to enter a Facebook contest to create a new Broward 100 ice cream flavor. What does Broward 100 ice cream taste like to you?

Jaxson’s ice cream flavor creation contest entries must be received online by Read more »

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Tracy Mourning Presents the 13th Annual Honey Shine “Hats Off” Luncheon


The annual Hats Off Luncheon, benefiting Honey Shine Inc., is one of the most anticipated events on the Miami social scene.  Hundreds of women (and a few men) joined founder, Tracy Wilson Mourning, at the Hilton Miami Downtown last week for an afternoon of entertainment, charity, culinary delights, and of course..Hats!  I’ve attended this soiree for the last few years, but I don’t even need to tell you why I couldn’t make it this year.  Chemo.  As usual.  Moving along…

As one of Miami’s premiere events since 2003, Honey Shine’s “Hats Off Luncheon” allows Read more »

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Macy’s Helps Me Celebrate My American Icon

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To me, there’s absolutely nothing more admirable than military service.  Some of my favorite photos of my Dad are ones where he is in uniform.  Imagine my surprise a few years back when my own daughter called me to announce that she had enlisted in America’s Navy.  Whoa!  I didn’t even know that she had designs on military service.

Fast forward to today, she’s finishing up service on a small base on the West Coast and heading to a HUGE base on East Coast.   While I initially was concerned that she wasn’t prepared, I could not have been more wrong.  She absolutely LOVES being a Sailor, and everything that military life entails–from the camaraderie to the fitness challenges.

I often think of her when folks tell me how “brave” I am in fighting cancer.  I tend to think Read more »

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