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Soirée

Soirée – one of many words to describe a festive party. The dictionary’s definition of soirée is, “an evening party or social gathering, especially one held for a particular purpose.”


Soiree, pronounced “swah-RAY,” is a French word. Soir means “evening” in French, and soiree is literally an “evening party.” But this is no Super Bowl party with potato chips and people slouching in easy chairs — a soiree is an elegant affair. Though often held in someone’s house, people dress up. There may be music provided by a classical pianist or a jazz combo and fancy food.


Here are examples of what a soirée looks like, different kinds of parties and balls all celebrated during the holiday seasons. 







I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. It’s 2017, let’s celebrate, the whole year through. 

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Shoe Cakes

Shoe Cakes


Shoe Cakes are trending everywhere. Every style, and every designer has been replicated. I found a collection of great inspirational cakes for next time you need to get a cake for your girlfriend, or wife, or coworker. I like the red and black, show above, cake most. The fishnets and corset used on the cake makes it so flashy and glamorous. Enjoy the collection of shoe cakes. 

*Take a look at this company:


Source: shoebakery.com

“A one of a kind brand that blurs the lines of art and commerce.”

“Since 2013, Shoe Bakery has created a new platform for food inspired art and products. Shoe Bakery makes everything mostly made to order and in small batches from their workshop in Orlando. To create realistic detailed pieces, our products take from three weeks to 2 months.”

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50 Reasons to Exercise

50 Reasons to Exercise


*Want to be sharper at work? Feel less tired at home? Spend some quality time with your spouse? How about enjoying a cookie without guilt?
*If you answered “yes” to all of these questions (and who wouldn’t?), exercise is the answer.
*Being physically active offers benefits far beyond the obvious. (Of course, an improved physique and a clean bill of health aren’t too shabby, either.)


Exercise controls weight

“Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.”

Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

“Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.”



Exercise improves mood

“Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.”

Exercise boosts energy

“Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.”


Exercise promotes better sleep

“Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.”


Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

“Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.”

Exercise can be fun

“Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.”


The bottom line on exercise

“Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.”

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How to Stay in Shape on a Vegas Vacation

How to Stay in Shape on a Vegas Vacation 


I rarely take trips that are extravagant, but my husband and I have saved up for a Vegas vacation of a lifetime! I have been preparing my trip for over a year now, and I have put in lots of months of hard work to look and feel my best on vacation. But how will I stay fit while still having fun? Well, there are plenty of tips that I will give you to stay right with your diet, your workout, and what are some of my must-have items to bring. 


So how do you stay in shape while on a Vegas vacation? Your first thought should be about food. What kind of food to eat, to prepare for the vacation, as well as, what to eat once you get there? Whether you have plenty of time to shed a few pounds,or if your vacation is only days away, these tips will help you stay hydrated, full and not eating junk food.


FOOD: Start by making sure you are  hydrated and stay that way your whole vacation. Especially if you plan on getting some sun, which most people do. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and make sure you drink ice-cold water. It fills you up when you drink a glass of cold ice-water before a meal and helps you to eat less portions. A lot of times when people think they’re hungry, they’re actually thirsty. This will cut down on intaking empty calories. 

Next, get to know what zero calorie foods are actually zero calories, and incorporate them into your diet today. 



Now that you have seen some very good food suggestions, take a look at one of my cheat-sheet guides for meal awareness. When it comes to eating your square meals of the day, these are the guidelines I use for myself. 

Even the best of us get hungry between meals, and the way I snack is what always  keeps me on track or not. So these 5 clean and healthy snack ideas are a great idea to have with you during the day, and they won’t hurt your diet. 

Taking a Vegas Vacation means eating a 5-Star dining, and catering at your fingertips. There will probably be lots of good items to choose from, but most of them will not be good for you. Here are some amazing tips on how you can substitute certain items for better, low calorie choices. This will keep the pounds off for sure. 



EXERCISE: How do you work out during a Vegas vacation? Staying fit while on vacation is a hard feat, but it can be done. When I am in a hurry, and only have a few minutes to get a workout in, here’s the workout I do:


Are you staying in hotel with a good gym? This is a workout for you to do in the hotel. This is a workout that I truly enjoy because it’s not too much cardio, and I am not a cardio fan, even though I should be. 

And when you get a chance, you should explore all the different exercise classes offered around Vegas. Here are some examples of cool classes to get fit and stay fit! From yoga, to pole dancing, it seems like Vegas has it all to have fun and still get your workout in. What a great city!



*Vegas is the place where anything is possible. It really has it all! From casinos and royal treatment, to shows, restaurants, Vegas has pretty much anything you can dream of! Make sure you check out all there is to do at Vegas.com. You can get special deals on hotel rooms, concerts, you name it, Vegas probably has it!






Products: My final tips have to do with products that I use and will bring with me to stay looking fabulous! I would say using products has to be one of the biggest ways you can make yourself look better quickly. 

  • Sunless Tanner- find a good self-tanner and give yourself a nice glow before you step out in your bikini at the pool. Using a good brand can make or break your experience with this sunless tanner. Example, cheaper ones will be more streaky with an orange tint

  • Vitamin-E Oil – Staying in shape also means keeping your skin looking great too. I use Vitamin-E Oil all over my bottom and back of thighs, as well as most of my body. If you start using this oil before your trip, and massage it in a little, your skin will appear to have less cellulite and more toned, without any work

If you use all my tips and tricks, you will be healthy and most definitely in shape for any vacation, but most importantly, a Vegas Vacation! 

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Knockerball

I want to share a very special toy, that is for athletics, and a lot of fun! Its called Knocker all and it’s a new sport where you are inside a bubble-sort of toy, with handle bars for stabilization. 

Knockerball is about cutting loose and doing something you never dreamt of! 

The great thing about the design is that your head will be outside the bubble suit, so you don’t feel claustrophobic. Great idea! 

Each suit costs $83 online, click HERE to read more about the company and watch a video that demonstrates how it works and how you can play with many people, as seen above, or just two and you and your buddy can take out some aggression with good old smacking each other around…. But SAFE this time! 


If you like this idea, spread it to your friends, I’d love to get two teams together in Jacksonville, FL for some team playing!!! Let me know if that sounds cool. 
SPREAD THE WORD: KNOCKERBALL

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Bacardi: Featured Drink

Cuba Libre
http://www.bacardi.com/us/cocktails/featured/?cocktail=cuba-libre
“To celebrate the end of the Cuban War of Independence, US soldier Captain Russell ordered a BACARDÍ Gold rum and Coke® with lime. Curious onlookers asked its name. The Captain proposed a toast, ‘Por Cuba Libre’, “For A Free Cuba”, and the original Cuba Libre was born.”

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