Friday, June 28, 2013

Independence Day in NSB

Celebrate July 4th with a party in Riverside Park

The celebration will run from 9:00 am - 9:30 pm. There will be a free family fishing tournament at Brannon Center, check in is at 8:30 am. They will have free hot dogs and awards to the participants. Food Trucks will be there from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm. There will be free concerts in Riverside Park from 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Fireworks will start at 9:15 pm right after Edgewater's Fireworks conclude.

Riverside Park is at 105 S. Riverside Dr in NSB. For more information call NSB Recreation Department at 386-424-2175.

Get a full list of fireworks in Volusia County here.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Independence Day 5K

July 4th join the Edgewater Firefighters as they support the Wounded Warriors Project with their first 5K Run & Walk. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. at 104 N. Riverside Dr in Edgewater. That is City Hall in case you were curious. You can register the day of the event starting at 7:30 a.m. or in advance right HERE.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Southeast Volusia Golf Pass

Saturday June 29th thru July 7th get your golf on......the following courses are offering reduced rates to get some golf in. 

Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club
1850 Crane Lakes Blvd
Port Orange, FL 32128
(386) 304.6777 
Before 11:00 am: $29.00 plus tax
11:00 am - 3:00 pm:   $25.00 plus tax
Twilight rate (3:00):    $20.00* plus tax
*No other discounts may be used with the twilight rate.

Hidden Lakes Golf Club
35 Fairgreen Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(386) 427.4138
18-hole golf rates: 
7:00 am - 11:00 am:  $29.00 includes tax & cart
11:00 am - 2:00 pm:  $25.00 includes tax & cart
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:    $18.00 includes tax
After 4:00 pm - play until dusk $15.00 includes tax
Kids play free with a paying adult through December 31, 2013.
Friday Family Special - $28.99 for up to 2 adults and kids with a bucket of balls - good after 2pm on Fridays.

Venetian Bay Golf Club
63 North Airport Road
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
(386) 424.5775 
7:00 am - 1:00 pm    $35.00
1:00 pm - dusk         $30.00

Pre-book for a tee time with code "Beach Weeks"

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Free Sports Physicals

Time to get that Sports Physical if your child is planning on playing a Fall Sport in Volusia County. The Family First Health Center is offering FREE Sports Physicals this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. They will be at the Holly Hill Boys & Girls Club located at 1044 Daytona Ave. in Holly Hill. Call the office at 386-492-1064 to preregister. Parent or legal guardian must be present.

Facebook Security - Are You Up To Date

With over a billion users there is a good chance sooner or later you or someone you know is going to run across some not so honest Facebook user with evil intentions.  
Have you checked your security settings lately? Do you know how to check them and prevent the creepy sort from gaining access to your profile and personal information? If you have never changed the service's default security settings, your profile information is available for anyone to search and allows every other Facebook user to contact you.

Why is it dangerous?

I spent some time today shoring up a friend’s Facebook account as she has somehow gained an admirer from Texas who was trying to convince her she should share Instagram photos with him. That would be a no way, not happening request. The Facebook Help section will explain how to
report all types of abuse.

Facebook regularly tweaks its security settings, if you want to avoid predators, criminals or just overly annoying friends it is highly recommended that you spend a few minutes and update your own personal as well as your children’s security settings.

Here is how to do it:

First open Facebook's privacy options by clicking on the little wheel in the upper right corner.  And choose Privacy Settings. Here you can set up who can see your stuff; really that is what they call it. Make sure this is not set to Public. It should be limited to Friends at the very least or you can also customize it to limit what friends see what you post.

On this screen you can also adjust who can look you up on Facebook. This one is very important as by default Facebook will let anyone look you up. Stop random people from finding you by taking these simple steps.

Simply click edit next to the options and change it to friends. I also recommend that you turn off the search engine option. Have you ever Googled a name and it went straight to their Facebook profile. If you have this setting turned on that is what can happen.

Audience Selector

There is also an audience selector that appears directly below status and photo windows you're about to post. This also will determine which Facebook users you're sharing your stuff with.

Simply click on the big blue button to the left of Post and choose who you want to see that post or picture. Remember, that setting will now become your default setting for all future posts. So if you customize to block your mother from seeing your Saturday night bar picture, remember to change it back when you want her to see the cute kid pictures.

Check Out Your Timeline

Click on your name and them the blue arrow next to Activity Log, this allows you to view your profile as the Public sees it. You can even go to the upper left corner once you pull this up and put in a specific friend to see what they see.

Timeline and Tagging Settings

Next hit that same blue arrow and hit Timeline Settings:

Here you can designate who can post on your timeline, or if you want to review that picture you are tagged in before it goes up on your timeline you can set that up here as well. (Refer back to Saturday night bar picture). You can also designate who can see things that you or others post on your Timeline.


Next we Block all those annoying people and apps and event invites that we no longer can stand to look at. Once you are in the Privacy Settings area you will see the Blocking option. Here you can Block Specific Users by adding their name or email address. Those you have blocked will appear under Block Users option. Keep in mind if you block them, they cannot see anything you do and you cannot see them either.

Have you had enough of Farmville? Perhaps someone is inviting you to their Pampered Chef Party every week? Block those invites and apps here:

This allows you to block invites from Aunt Laura for Farmville, or event invites from certain people who invite you to everything. The best part is you can block entire Apps. Those annoying quiz apps, block them! Yes it is possible to never get another request for lives in Candy Crush again!

The screenshots above came directly from my Facebook Profile Privacy Settings. Take a minute and check yours, make adjustments and check them often.  Every time Facebook makes a change your settings may go back to the Facebook default settings allowing anyone to see your “stuff.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Smyrna Surfari Seaside Paddle Battle


The always fun Surfari Surf contest is this weekend in New Smyrna Beach. It is held at the Flagler Ave Beach Approach unless there are no waves then it moves to the Inlet on North Beach. Beginners are welcome, there are free surf lessons, pro surfers hanging around and all kinds of activities for the whole family. Registration Information can be found here

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mom, Your Hair is Blue

Soooo, I took my daughter for her sports physical today, as we are standing at the desk checking out she says to me. "Mom, your hair is blue." My hair is not blue. So I told her. "Sammi, my hair is not blue." She gave me that you are so stupid 14 year old look....and said, "Mom, your hair is blue." Then she proceeded to hold a couple of strands of my hair up to my face. Since I cannot see anything that is not held at least 3 feet from my face I said, "I see no blue in that hair." Insert charming 14 year old, "Mom, you can't see anything and held it further away. Guess what, my hair is blue. I have sprinklings of blue throughout my hair.

Why you ask is my hair blue? I have no idea. The very nice lady checking us out at the doctor's office decides this is the point to chime in. "Maybe your Mom wants to look modern." Seriously. Maybe she wants to get slapped.

Back to brilliant 14 year old. "Mom, did you color your hair this morning?" Why, yes sweet child I did, I was trying to get rid of that calico cat look that I have been sporting for two weeks. Oh...and yes I want cheery medical check out chic to know that I colored my own hair this morning. (trying to look modern don'tcha know.) "You must have left it on too long and now your hair is blue."

That is all. Carry on. 

Reggae Music Festival

It is a busy week at the beach this week. The Reggae Music Festival is all along Flagler June 21st - June 22nd. Get the complete schedule here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Seaside Fiesta

The 25th Annual Seaside Fiesta is this Thursday on Flagler Avenue. This family friendly event is from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. It features live bands, food, crafts, art stands. Surfing displays, meet and greets with the surfers that are participating in Surfari and a kid's zone. There is something for everyone at this event, it is fun for all ages.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

This is the first chance I have had today to say Happy Father's Day! I hope all you Dads out there had a wonderful day with your children. A special Happy Father's Day to my Dad, who has had a rough couple of weeks.

Also a big thank you to all those that have been around in so many ways and been a positive influence for my kids. There are a bunch of you and you know who you are and know we appreciate it!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Around Town - Weekend Events

First, thank you for all the emails, and very nice comments about my Mom. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers more than you know! I will keep you posted as to her progress.....

Now back to our regular programming. This weekend there is plenty to do. Farmer's Markets will be going on Saturday morning at Norwood's and Sams Avenue in NSB.

The Sand and Art Festival is going on at Flagler Avenue Beach approach, it starts at 8:00 am. Registration form can be found here.

Also tomorrow is the Sea Turtle Odyssey Event. Full information can be found here.

Father's Day is Sunday! The Annual Car Show will be held at Crossroads Christian Church, this is a great family event. Details here.

There is all kinds of bands and entertainment all along Flagler Avenue this weekend.

Flag Day will be celebrated at the Edgewater American Legion on Saturday, they will have a free lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs from 1-4 p.m. If you have an old flag that needs proper disposal bring it and they will take care of it for you. They are located at 4407 S. US 1 in Edgewater.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Big Trouble

I love my blog, I love my readers...I love normal! Since June 3rd I have posted as normal as I can. I have attempted to do what I do and post events and happy happy joy joy from around NSB.

Monday, June 3rd(my son's birthday) my mother had elective hip replacement went great...Monday night I left her at about 8:30 pm she was looking for her glasses and a crossword puzzle.

Tuesday morning my 80 year old father was calling....."we have trouble...big trouble...can you come...she has had a stroke." Of course I was there in the 3 minutes it took me to get over the bridge to Bert Fish. My brother met me there..why? This happens sometimes I was told...I missed that part of the presentation.

So my totally with it 73 year old mother who took care of my dad, me, everyone around her is now not responsive. Really? How did this happen? I quickly learned how it happened is really not relevant... what we do now is. I will give you all advice on that later.

I stressed out the first few days that I was "missing work" how can I pay the bills, take care of my kids...etc. I sat at the hospital for hours, days, I could not leave my mother. I was almost sick with of her doctors, said to not look at is at the glass half empty...sit with your to her. figure it out. Easy to say when the electric bill is paid.

I did not understand what he meant. Today I did. I helped her eat her lunch, I sat with her on her bed...I talked to her about getting better, her words are slurred but her mind is sharp. We talked about my Aunt Gayle, my son Curtis, and my daughter Sammi (who she wants to make sure we get a birthday cake). She told me were to find her checkbook, she misses her dog, she wants to go home.

God willing and some good rehab, she will get home. I am not not ready to lose my Mother...electricity or not...I will be there...

Crabby Chris

I stopped by Crabby Chris's Crab Shack this afternoon for a quick lunch. One word....delicious!! I was in a big hurry so I just ordered the Lobster Tacos to go. Seriously I wanted to lick the to go box they were so good. Loved them. I cannot wait to go back and try some more items on their menu. They are located at 44 North Dixie Freeway in NSB. It is the building that the old Clancy's Hot Dog's was in and is all decorated like a crab shack (appropriate I think). You can kind of see their menu here. They do take credit cards or cash and they have a Facebook page.

Worth the stop for sure!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Begin Again Children's Grief Center

The Florida Chapter of the Tears Foundation holds a support group in Daytona Beach for anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby. This is a place where both mothers and fathers can come together and feel comfortable sharing their feelings about their loss.

The next meeting is Thursday, June 20th at 6:00 p.m. The BeginAgain Children's Grief Center is located at 655 N. Clyde Morris Blvd in Daytona Beach.

Here is a link to the group event page on Facebook for more information.

 Here is some more information about the TEARS Foundation.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Watch Baseball Support Volleyball

On June 20th, come out to Jackie Robinson Park in Daytona Beach and cheer on the Cubs! Tickets are $7.00 and $3.00 of that will go back to Lady Cudas Volleyball!

It is Thirsty Thursday, beer and soda are $1.00 all night long. Tickets can be picked up at Epic Aviation at 600 Skyline Dr at NSB Airport or call Trish Catalano at 386-689-5853 or Kevin Newport 386-847-1454.

A good time and a great way to support NSB Athletics!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

ACA Summer Art Camp

Summer vacation is upon us and if you are a week into it and ready to send your kids out the door here is a great way to do it!

The Atlantic Center for the Arts is holding a Summer Art Camp. The camp is held at Harris House in Yurick Studios. The final session will take place at ACA’s main campus, in the beautiful Leeper Studios. The camp is open to children ages 6 to 12 years old.

Each weekly session in the eight-week program features three classes designed to give participants an opportunity to explore ideas of art and culture through a variety of art forms.

Participants will meet new friends and take home artwork every week. There is downtime for snacks, stretching, games and lunch.

The Young Masters exhibition in ACA’s Harris House Gallery will feature artwork made in camp. An opening reception will be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 featuring artwork by camp participants.

The Camp is held each week Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. It is $100.00 for ACA Members and $125.00 for non-members. They do offer scholarships for each session.

Get a complete schedule, information and registration form here.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is awesome! It is also available in Southeast Volusia County through the Friends of the Library. This great program gives you the opportunity to get your child reading with you at a young age.

Here is how it works, if you live in Zip Code 32168 or 32169,  register your child online at Imagination Library or pick up a registration form at the NSB Public Library. Each month a new book will be mailed to your home in your child's name. This program is FREE and a new book will come each month until your child reaches 5 years of age. What a great way to read to your child from the time they are born!

If you have questions about the program, call the the NSB Library or stop by.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

NSB Observer Celebrates 100 Years

The NSB Observer logo

The NSB Observer is back in business, with a new owner and completely new management! They are celebrating their centennial edition with a return to print. Come out this Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Flagler Tavern and join the celebration. Be the first to get the print edition and enjoy free appetizers, drink specials, entertainment by Krista King. There will be delicious desserts provided by KD Desserts and of course the chance to network and meet local business people, potential customers and new friends!!

Check out the event invite here on Facebook for more information.

Beach Boot Camp

The Florida National Guard will be on the beach teaching you to do it like they do! Get fit that is. Participants will engage in a bunch of individual challenges and an obstacle course. You can do it for fun or compete in your age group. It all happens Saturday, June 8th starting at 10:00 am.

The course includes a shuttle run, pull ups, low crawl, tires, push ups, and sit ups. There'll be t-shirts for all competitors and prizes for top finishers! And Florida National Guardsmen will be standing by to yell at you when you slack off! There'll also be armored vehicle displays, and a Health and Wellness check with free blood pressure screenings! 

This event is free and you can register the day of. Here is the Registration Form for your convenience. 

The event is taking place just south of Flager Ave Beach Ramp - on the beach! 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday Stumble - Sites I Like

Disclaimer: Picture totally unrelated to anything written below. I just like it. 

I am fighting a crappy head cold, or allergies or something the past two days, so today I sat around and caught up on all my favorite websites. I thought I would share a few here, since I had nothing of any value to offer tonight.

Infarrantly Creative - there is something for everyone to LOVE on this site. She has giveaways, how to's for all sorts of things including what to do with things she picks out of the trash (furniture etc.) I am a renowned trash picker so this is pure heaven for me.

Organized Home - in my imaginary perfect world I would do everything on this blog. However in my not so perfect real world, it ain't happening. I still love to read it and once in awhile I will actually do some of it. It does work!

Skinny Taste - Yum, great recipes. I have made many of her recipes. Wonderful! Love!

Dr. Oz - What is not to love about Dr. Oz. So much good information.

While we are talking about Doctors, here is another one I follow and like Dr. Andrew Weil.

I Breathe, I'm Hungry - great recipes, most low carb and/or gluten free. Good Stuff.

Goodreads - great site for keeping track of books you want to read. I use it frequently when I want to keep track of the books in a series. Make sure I read them in order. Nice site.

The Cheap Gourmet - shameless plug for my friend Kathy - she does have great recipes and resources, easy to navigate and she lives in NSB. Can't beat that!

Frugally Sustainable - she has all sorts of stuff you can make yourself. Good for the environment stuff. It is pretty easy too. Has to be, I have done some of them.

The Vintage Wren - This is just a pretty blog, pretty pictures, lots of gorgeous photography.

That is enough for today, I hope you find one you like! Enjoy the week!