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Couwalla App Launch Lunch at Brio Tuscan Grille

Disclosure:  I was recently invited to a FAB lunch to launch a new coupon app launch, called Couwalla.  As usual, my chemo schedule wouldn’t allow it.  Lucky for me, Cristy Clavijo-Kish was able to fill in.  She was provided a complimentary lunch, and a gift card to try the app.  Here’s her account..


Do you consider yourself a coupon expert? Do you even use coupons? Do you have the time? I certainly am not a coupon expert. I like to save money so I certainly shop sales and use many of the coupons that I receive at home for my favorite brands and products. I have to be honest and say that if it’s not easy for me to get to a coupon and use it, I usually don’t. When Jewel invited me to attend the Couwalla App Launch on her behalf I was curious about the new service for this very reason- savings made easy.  After being delighted to enjoy a delicious lunch at Brio Tuscan Grille with their unique dishes, I had the pleasure of meeting former Miami Dolphins player and actual coupon expert Keith Sims (@KSims69 on Twitter). Yes, a man who coupons and isn’t embarrassed to Read more »

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The Temps Are Dropping–Lather Up!


Yes, Miami–the COLD is coming. Yesterday’s highs were in the 80s, but tonight’s lows will dip into the 40s. BRRRRRRR! When these cold waves hit, most of us know how to care for our pets, plants, and homes, we sometimes neglect our own bodies, skin in particular. Cold weather causes our skin to become dry, chapped and irritated. You can combat all of this with NEW Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serums.

Last week (right after the last blast of cold air), I got a box of the Serums, along with some tasty baked treats. How cool is Read more »

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Last Minute SOBEWFF Tips and Tricks


This is it, guys!  The Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Food & Wine Fest is finally here!  This is my absolute FAVORITE Miami event of the year.  Last year event drew more than 60,000 attendees.  This year, there are about 75 events over the 4 days.  I’m saying!  Something for EVERYONE!  Everything from a YAPPIE Hour, hosted by Rachael Ray for guests and their pets, to a Backyard BBQ at Sea happening on the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship to a Harlem Shake Dinner hosted by Marcus Samuelsson.  Fancy, huh?  The best part?  I should feel relatively good enough to EAT a lot of the good stuff!

So, as a long time festival goer and industry insider,I feel obligated to share some Read more »

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Meet the Digital Detox Concierge at Velas Resorts


I spent a GLORIOUS time at Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya last year with one of my FOREVER friends, Nadia Jones. However, between enjoying all the luxurious amenities that the Resort offered, we were both on deadline for other projects, making it impossible to truly RELAX and smell the ocean–we were literally tethered to our gadgets. Well, the folks at Velas Resorts must have noticed, because they are now offering a Digital Detox program to provide a different kind of vacation experience––one that invites guests to power down, disconnect from the world and focus on enjoying quality time with one another.

While I feel like every resort now offers some similar package, here’s what separates Velas:  There is an actual Digital Concierge.  When guests(families and couples) arrive at the resort, the concierge is tasked with the all-important duty of “cleansing” their suite by removing the flat screen television from the room, replacing it with classic board games and then whisking away their Read more »

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Take the Family to SOBEWFF!


The Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival.  It’s one of my absolute FAVORITE events of the year.  If you’ve never been, you have no idea.  I know what you’re saying.  I know.  “It’s high budget.  It’s fancy schmancy.  It’s quite “booshi.”  I know.  There are some high falutin’ events, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Take the Fun & Fit as a Family event.  This affair brings together celebrity chefs, culinary personalities, health and fitness professionals, and more for a fun weekend in an off-the-beaten path, jungle-like setting–Jungle Island!  The family gets up close and personal while an impressive group of chefs and culinary talent presents demos in the Goya Kidz Kitchen.  This year, the roster includes demos by Todd English,  Ingrid Hoffman, Robert Irvin, Rev Run and Justine Simmons, and Andrew Zimmermn.  And it’s $20/per person (in advance)!!
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Valentine’s Closeup on Dunkin’ Donuts *Giveaway*

Disclosure:  I was invited to a complimentary tasting of these Dunkin’ Donuts items.  All opinions are my own.


Valentine’s Day is this weekend.  Unless you’ve been under a rock, you should have known that.  However, knowing it and doing something about it are often far apart.  So, I’ll come straight out and ask—DO YOU HAVE YOUR V DAY STUFF TOGETHER?

Yes?  Good for you!  No, then you best get it in gear.  The first lesson of Valentine’s Day is that it’s not only for your sweetheart.  It’s for everyone that you love–your children, your parents, your siblings, your friends, your hairdresser–if you love them, this is the time to show it.  The second lesson of V Day is that it doesn’t need to be a huge showing of affection.  A token gift will do for most.  Sweets for the sweet are almost always welcomed.  Check out this FAB holiday fare that Dunkin’ Donuts is Read more »

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Learn the Art of the Selfie at South Seas Resort


One of my very favorite places in Florida is South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.  It is one of most relaxing places that I’ve ever been.  I was way excited when they recently announced an expansion of its creative offerings with new weekly painting and photography classes throughout the iconic 330-acre wildlife preserve. Twice weekly painting classes are offered through the resort’s new Artist in Residence program, and photography classes are held with Read more »

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