Blog :: 09-2017

Unique, No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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Pumpkins that would make even Pinterest jealous

Take a look at our list of fun, unique, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas to make your home standout. The best part of it all? No mess!

Sassy painted pumpkins

Floral Moon Designs

Paint Pen Calligraphy

Fall Foliage Pumpkins

[Nail Polish] Marbled Pumpkins

Beautiful Hand Painted Fall Theme Designs

Push Pen Spooky Words

Chalkboard Paint Pumpkins


For more creative no-carve pumpkin ideas:



Cozy Fall Decorating Trends for an Inviting Home

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Friday, September 22 is the first official day of fall!

Fall brings cozy sweaters, warm delicious drinks and pumpkin spice everything... Your house isn’t exempt from all things fall. Here in Florida, where it’s summer 80% of the year, we know it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit. So we’ve put together some of our favorite easy DIY crafts and fall home décor looks in hopes that despite it being 90 degrees outside, we can help you bring the fall inside!

Front Door Inspiration

DIY Fall Accents


Keep it simple - use {real or fake} small pumpkins and candles to create accent pieces


Build your own front door wreath {#Pinterest}

Or buy a premade one & personalize it by adding your family initial

DYI fall banners - perfect for any room or mantle

{Link to 10 step-by-step DYI banners}


Fusilier Favorites: Central Florida Date Nights

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Here are some ideas to up your date night game.

Weekly Weekday Escapes

Tasty Takeover Tuesdays in the Milk District - Tuesdays from 6:30 PM - 10 PM

Taco Tuesday at Wall St. Plaza - Tuesdays from 2 PM to 2 AM

$3 Tacos, Margaritas, Coronas, Modelo, Dos XX and Tequila Shots

Unwined Wednesdays at Kasa - Wednesday's from 5 PM to 9PM

$15 Ladies $20 Gentleman - unlimited wine, select beer, champagne, house sangria and apps

Tapas Tuesdays at Ceviche Orlando

$4 hot and cold tapas $4 sangria

Wanderlust Wednesday at Ivanhoe Village - Third Wednesday of each month from 10 AM until 9 PM

$25 per person - stroll through Ivanhoe and sample drinks at different establishments

Monthly Weekend Events

Adults-Only Science Night Live 

October 7 from 8 PM - 11:30 PM 

Orlando Science Center ; 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

$15.95 per person - fun exhibits and programs + drinks

More info here

Get Your Jazz On

October 27 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Alfond Inn - 300 E New England Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789

$65 VIP Seating

$50 General Admission

Unlimited select wine, beer, crafted cocktails, roasted chicken, roasted pig, vegetarian selections, smoking lounge, halloween attire optional, prizes for best costume, complimentary valet parking

More info here


Artlando 2017 - September 30 11 AM - 11 PM

Orlando Loch Haven Park - 900 E Princeton St, Orlando FL 32803

Music, dance, visual arts, film and food.

Free admission 

More info here

2017 Brunch Festival

September 20 from 12 PM until 4 PM

Orlando Festival Park - 2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803

50+ Cocktails & Craft Beers, tons of delicious brunch dishes starting at $4, live music and games & prizes

General Admission (11+): $16.82

Drink Sampling Admission (21+): $37.92 

VIP Admission - Early 11 am Entry (21+): $64.29

More info here

Winter Park Wine & Dine Fall Edition

October 18 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM

Winter Park Farmers Market - 200 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

3 hours unlimited sampling, live music, vip early entry

Early Bird General Admission: $39.00

Early Bird VIP with Early Entry: $75.00

Ten General Admission (Group Rate): $350

More info here

International Food and Drink Festival

September 30 from 11 AM until 2 AM

I-Drive 360 - 8445 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

Free admission & free parking

More info here

Orlando Beer Festival

November 11 from 1 PM - 5 PM

Orlando Festival Park - 2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803

The 3rd Annual Orlando Beer Festival is one of the largest beer festivals in Orlando, pouring 200+ craft beers from local and regional breweries.

Advance General Admission (21+) 1 PM Entrance: $40.00

Advance VIP (21+) Noon Entrance: $60.00

More info here

Exciting Central Florida Eateries Opening this Fall

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There are some VERY exciting eateries coming to Central Florida this Fall

September 2017


Bem Bom on Corrine

3101 Corrine Drive, Orlando

Facebook: @bembomfood



165 South Orange Ave, Orlando

Facebook: @lephooriginal

Too Much Sauce

1430 North Mills Ave Suite 170, Orlando

Facebook: @sauceorlando


Austin’s Buffet & Bakery

2300 West State Road 434, Longwood


Market on Magnolia

150 South Magnolia Ave, Orlando

Facebook: @mrktonmagnolia

October 2017



1225-A East Colonial Drive, Orlando

Facebook: @pokehanamills50


Little Blue Donut Co.

223 West Fairbanks, Winter Park

Facebook: @littlebluedonuttruck


Four Rebels American Taco Kitchen & Bar

1618 North Mills Ave, Orlando

Facebook: @4rebelstacos


Lion’s Den

642 West Church Street, Orlando


Unknown Opening Dates


1809 East Winter Park Road, Orlando

Facebook: @kadenceorlando


The Glass Knife

276 South Orlando Ave, Winter Park

Facebook: @theglasskifewp


Peppino’s Organic Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria

2420 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando

Facebook: @peppinoswoodfiredkitchen


Terralina Crafted Italian (Disney Springs)

1486 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando

Facebook: @TerralinaItalia


The Edison (Disney Springs)

1570 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando


Garp & Fuss

348 North Park Ave, Winter Park

Facebook: Garp&Fuss


Tutto Caffe

4833 New Broad Street, Orlando

Facebook: @baldwinperk


Maria & Enzo’s (Disney Springs)

1486 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando


Nikki’s Place (reopening)

742 Carter Street, Orlando

Facebook: @nikkisplace


New Locations (of some local favorites) Coming Soon:


Gringos Locos at UCF (September 2017)

4258 West Plaza Drive, Orlando


Gringos Locos Downtown South

517 East Michigan Street, Orlando


Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

Fern Creek Road and Kaley (November 2017)


Hurricane Tips to Keep You Prepared and Informed

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Comcast Opens WiFi hotspots to non-customers during Hurricane Irma

View hotspot locations (137,000 WiFi spots across Florida) >>


U-Haul offering to store Floridians belongings during Hurricane Irma for FREE

U-Haul Moving & Storage Locations (96 Stores in 54 Cities) >>


City of Orlando offers FREE garage parking in Downtown Orlando during Hurricane Irma to keep your car safe and covered

This will begin at 8:00 AM on Saturday, September 9 until 8:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12

Garage Addresses (5 locations) >>


Airbnb Inc. has encouraged hosts to offer free housing to Florida and Georgia residents evacuating from Hurricane Irma & has waived all service fees to book select properties as part of their Disaster Relief Program

For more information on dates, locations and participating housing >>


JetBlue won’t charge more than $99 for a direct flight out of Florida & other Airline information

Flight details >>



 Hotline to report price gouging: 866-9-NO-SCAM

Hacks to Keep Your Smartphone Charged During Any Power Outages

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1. Charge up every laptop in your home. If you lose power, turn a laptop on (but don't unlock the screen) and use your iPhone or Android cable to charge your phone via the USB ports. Most newer laptops can charge a smartphone multiple times.

2. Keep your phone on "Low Power Mode." This setting will use far less juice. On an iPhone, go to "Settings," scroll down to "Battery" and turn on "Low Power Mode." On an Android, swipe down from the top menu and find the "Power Saving" icon.

3. Use your car to charge your phone. Most newer cars have a USB port – or two. Even if your car is out of fuel, you can turn it on and charge it using the car battery. It's a last resort, but if you have a newer car battery, it will charge a phone multiple times easily.

4. Buy an external charger if you don't have one; most drug stores have them. Portable smartphone battery chargers are getting better and less expensive. Most drug store chains have them near the counter, but you will pay more for the convenience. But if you need one right now, that is a good place to look.

Companies such as Anker and Aukey sell high-quality, high capacity chargers on Amazon. Consider buying one before the next storm. Some of the new one have capacities approaching 30,000 mAh, which is enough to charge an phone over five times.

5. Still have power but want to charge a phone quickly without using a wall socket? Plug it into the USB port on your TV. Most newer TVs have one.

2 Popular Restaurants Come to Lake Nona

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Keke's Breakfast Cafe

The Orlando-based restaurant opened it doors in Lake Nona this week and it safe to say the community is elated. The 5,100 square-foot, 150-seat cafe is located in the Eagle Creek shopping center and is expected to draw crowds from Lake Nona's medical city which boasts more than 5,000 workers. According to Orlando [...]