Artegon Marketplace Kicks Off Gay Days on June 2nd

 

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Artegon Marketplace Kicks Off Gay Days Officially on June 2nd

Gay Days Kick-Off Party – Tuesday, June 2, 6:309:30 pm

Artegon Marketplace will radiate with energy and color when it hosts the official Gay Days® 2015 Kick-Off Party on Tuesday, June 2, from 6:309:30 p.m. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Gay Days®, the largest annual LGBT vacation destination event held anywhere in the world outside of pride celebrations, bringing over 150K visitors to the City of Orlando. Co-hosting the party are Jeweler to the Stars and 2014 National Showgirl at Large Nova Starr and Gay Days Creative Director of Entertainment SteveErics. With portions of proceeds benefitting Hope & Help Center of Central Florida & Orlando Gay Chorus, the party will feature drinks, bites by Uno Pizzeria & Grill, and entertainment inspired by Hope & Help Center of Central Florida’s annual Headdress Ball. City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is scheduled to make an official proclamation opening the week-long events at theme parks and venues around Central Florida. Tickets to the Kick-Off Party are $10 for general admission (cash bar) and $50 for VIP (includes bites and open bar, advance purchase required), and can be purchased at www.gaydays.com.

Artegon Marketplace Orlando

 

About Artegon Marketplace Orlando:

Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that has transformed Orlando shopping into a new kind of experience. Located on the north end of International Drive and catering to local residents and visitors, alike, Artegon Marketplace is the area’s destination for one-of-a-kind stores, shops and foods. Unique to the shopping attraction is The Village at Artegon Marketplace, housing 165 artisanal shops and stores where local craftspeople sell and demonstrate their products and services. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sheplers Western Wear and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, plus climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theaters, and much, much more.  For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando (ArtegonOrlando.com.) Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram #ArtegonMarketplace. The center is owned and operated by Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC, considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry.

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Artegon Marketplace Hosts Art & Wellness Expo

Artegon Marketplace Art & Wellness Expo 2015

Orlando’s First Art & Wellness Expo Coming to Artegon Marketplace on   May 16, 2015

Creating a Healthier You.

A one day celebration of Orlando’s cultural art and natural health communities.

Orlando’s Art & Wellness Expo hosted by Loft 55 Gallery is set for Saturday, May 16th at Artegon Marketplace. Orlando’s Art & Wellness Expo will provide a platform for guests beginning to transition into a healthier lifestyle and offer options/activities for those who already have. The goal of this event is to restore self power into our community through health based education accompanied by visual stimulation .

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Date/Time:

Saturday, May 16th (12:00pm – 7:00pm)

Location:

Artegon Marketplace 5250 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

Admission: Free (all ages)

Tickets:

Yoga class tickets are $10.00 available for purchase beginning May 1st Space limit: 25

http://mkt.com/loft55gallery/expo-yoga-tickets

Benefits

Partial proceeds from raffles, ticket sales and the community mural benefit

non-profit organization Get A Board Foundation. The program actively supplies at risk youth with skateboards, skating lessons and art activities. YogART inc. will also benefit from the event to help make yoga and art therapy workshops available to local communities.

What is included in the expo?

This family friendly event will feature over 100 local artisans, wellness vendors, all levels color therapy yoga, informative health speakers, an art therapy tent, demos, live body painting competition, a community mural, raffles/giveaways, and live performances.

Community

The expo will focus on emphasizing the healing capabilities of art and holistic practices for all ages.

The expo will aid local organizations empower the community through creative expression and nutrition based education.

The expo will generate exposure and support to Central Florida’s local artisans and natural health businesses.

Via our Lach Orthodontics Sponsor – On the day of the event all children under the age of 18 will receive a voucher for a free teeth cleaning. All athletes will receive a free custom fitted mouth guard.

Healing

According to the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), through the practice of art, “Clients – young, old and in-between – are able to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase

self-esteem.”

Art is an important component of life and is relevant to individuals of all ages. By educating our guests on proper nutrition and creative outlets of expression we restore strength in their overall state of well being.

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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Announces 110,000-SF Expansion

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Announces 110,000-SF Expansion

 

The owners of Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores announced plans to expand their existing outlet center by 110,000 square feet of leasable space by 2016. Sutton Properties, Inc. has received approval by Orange County’s Board of County Commissioners to build on an adjacent tract to the existing 238,000-square-foot center on State Road 535.

The center’s ownership, development and management team anticipates breaking ground in the third quarter of 2015 and grand opening the enlarged and refreshed center in the summer of 2016. At that time, the outlet center will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Ownership estimates the expansion will create 225 new jobs.

Opened in August 1996 as one of Central Florida’s first outlet centers and a 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award winner, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores offers 50 stores selling factory-direct, premium quality merchandise from nationally-known brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Nike, Gap, Ann Taylor and Guess. The center is home to several retailers that can’t be found elsewhere in Central Florida, including the area’s only Old Navy Outlet, Big Dogs, Rawlings Factory Store and Eddie Bauer Outlet. All existing stores will remain fully operational throughout the expansion.

“Our factory stores experienced significant sales growth in recent years as increasingly-savvy visitors and local shoppers, alike, demand their favorite brands in broad selections at tremendous savings,” said Sutton Properties President Sam Sutton. “With this growth has come more inquiries from potential new tenants, but with low store turnover, we needed more space to maximize these opportunities. Expanding our center by nearly 50 percent will enable us to do so.”

Sutton anticipates the expansion will house both nationally-popular brands as well as new to the market international stores and restaurants, “making this a winning proposition for both visitors and our loyal local resident customer base,” he added.

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores’ existing amenities include convenient store front parking, free daily scheduled shuttles servicing 66 Orlando and Kissimmee area resorts and hotels comprising 34,338 rooms (the area’s only shopping center with such a service), a food court, World of Coffee Internet Café, and Frankie Farrell’s Irish Pub & Grille.

The ownership and management team for the center developed the TripAdvisor®, Expedia and Virgin Holiday award-winning adjacent sister property, Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, with its 496 unit condominium hotel, signature health spa, interactive pool, tiki bar, and numerous resort amenities.

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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 State Road 535 (S. Apopka Vineland Road), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. For current hours and more information, including a downloadable coupon to be exchanged on site for a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings, visit www.LBVFS.com, or call 407-238-9301. For current store news, deals and discounts, connect with the center on Facebook,  Twitter (@LBVFS) and Pinterest.

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Tips For Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine’s Day Shopping

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Shopping for the perfect Disney Inspired Valentine’s Day gift far from Walt Disney World can be difficult and sometimes cause even the coolest cucumber to get a little antsy as the big day draws closer.

However, with so many big box retailers carrying more Disney Merchandise the daunting task of finding the perfect gift for your favorite Disney Fan has become easier.

So what I thought I would do is take you along to one of my go-to stores, Walgreens, to share some of my favorite last minute tips for putting together a great Valentine’s Day gift!

Before we go any further, this post is not sponsored by Walgreens or anything along those lines. I just genuinely like shopping there!

Tips For Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine’s Day Shopping

1. While you want your Valentine’s Day gift to be super adorable for this holiday, make sure that it matches the style of the recipient.

I like to decorate a shelf in our den with holiday Disney items, and while I love a good romance I am not so big on ‘mushy’ gifts.

For someone who is like me, these fun Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse decorative items would be a great option! (I hope you heard that Dave!!!)

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Home Decor

2. We all have favorite characters, but when you are tight on time keep it to the classic characters!

If your significant other loves an obscure character, you may drive yourself bananas trying to find something specific for them if you’re like me and have waited to the last moment.

I especially love these mugs, water bottles, and cups that show Mickey and Minnie as a perfectly matched pair!

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Couples Gifts

3. Don’t be afraid of buying plush for Valentine’s Day!

You make think that plush is for the little ones, but it definitely is not.

Walgreens has a pretty sizable selection of plush for a broad spectrum of taste.

While you can never go wrong with a Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse plush, this heart shaped pillow with the both of them is absolutely adorable!

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Plush

4. Let them eat chocolate on Valentine’s Day!

While this is number four on my list, it is number one in my heart!

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Chocolate

5. Little ones need some Valentine’s Day love, too!

Zoe always comes home with a metric ton of candy from her school pals on Valentine’s Day, so I like to find fun small toys and activities for her goodies.

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Kids Ideas

What I also like to do is instead of buying one Valentine’s Day card, I like to get her Valentine’s Day cards like the ones she gets in school. She always gets a kick out of opening all the little cards!

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Kids Valentines

6. Don’t forget the card and wrapping!

Walgreens carries a variety of Hallmark cards and products, and this year the cards are even more adorable than ever.

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Hallmark Cards

This year, I found some great Valentine’s Day gift bags and matching tissue paper that will make you look like a Pro!

Last Minute Disney Inspired Valentine's Day Shopping Gift Wrapping

Don’t skimp on the wrapping!!! When the delivery method of the gift matches the spirit of what’s inside you have just taken yourself to the next level of gift giving!

I hope that these tips for last minute Disney inspired shopping were helpful, and if you happen to see this Walgreens…call me! 😉

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Artegon Marketplace Offers Valentine’s Kids’ Program

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There is Always Something Happening at Artegon Marketplace

FREE Valentine’s Arts & Crafts Kids’ Program on February 7th

 

In addition to experiencing Orlando’s most unique shopping, visitors to Artegon Marketplace Orlando are also treated to a busy schedule of special events and activities. From the permanent Sky Trail ropes course to weekend entertainment and seasonal events, there’s always something happening at Artegon Marketplace.

Here’s a look at the full line-up of special and weekend events up ahead at   Artegon Marketplace:

  • FREE Valentine’s Arts & Crafts kids’ program on Saturday, February 7th:

Artegon Marketplace Valentine Craft

      Children can make cards for loved ones and enjoy activities such as face painting, an obstacle             bounce house, arts and crafts and live music. The fun takes place 12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 14 — 12 Noon – 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 15 — 12:00 Noon – 5:30 p.m.

The Midnight Clogging Express and the Giant Puppets will be entertaining guests all weekend.

  • Saturday, February 21 — 12 Noon – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 22 — 12:00 Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Artegon’s resident juggler Cool Hands Luke performs both days, as well as Street Breakz and              Street Beatz will be performing throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

  • Saturday, February 28 — 12:00 Noon – 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 1 —1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Acoustic Duo, Fred and Danielle perform in the Great Hall of Artegon Marketplace.

 

Check here for the most up-to-date list of upcoming events:

http://www.artegonmarketplace.com/things-to-do-in-orlando/

 

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Artegon Marketplace Orlando Opening Date Set

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Artegon Marketplace Orlando on Pace for November 20 Opening

 
Artegon Marketplace Orlando is progressing on schedule toward its November 20 opening in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district on International Drive. Construction is complete on the major components of the 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace with paint, electrical and other finishing touches now underway. 
Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a new shopping concept for the region inspired by such famous marketplaces as Seattle’s Pike Place, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Chelsea Market and the London Flower Market. It is being developed in the former Festival Bay Mall by Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC. Considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry, Paragon is credited with redeveloping the former Belz Factory Outlet into the highly-successful Prime Outlets Orlando that eventually sold to Simon Properties. “It’s fantastic to see our vision coming to life,” said Steven Sless, executive vice president for Paragon Outlet Partners.
 
Unique to the center will be Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace. The Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando houses 165 artisanal shops and stores where local purveyors will sell and demonstrate their products and services. They include Florida Soap Company, Poca’s Hottest, Vagabond Traveler, David Ramirez Chocolates and Kathryn McHenry of SOS Art Studio, along with a host of other one-of-a-kind artisans offering eco-friendly handbags and accessories, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, custom clothing and locally-sourced foods. 
 
Sless expects the artisan marketplace to be fully leased by opening day. “We have experienced a marked increase in inquiries over the past month as interest and excitement builds among Central Florida’s top artisans and craftspeople,” Sless said. “With each passing day, we are seeing new and interesting concepts and handcrafted works arrive to our leasing office as entrepreneurs explore our exceptional business opportunity.”
Complementing The Village at Artegon Marketplace Orlando are some of the biggest brands in dining and retail. These anchor tenants include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cinemark Theaters, Sheplers Western Stores, Radbourne Center, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and Berghoff’s Octoberfest. The latter two venues are scheduled to open between fall 2014 and spring 2015.
 
Rounding out the guest experience are more than 20 in-line retailers. Highlights include GODS & MONSTERS, the first high-end innovative comics and collectibles store of its kind in the country, and the nation’s first International Hot Glass, a glass gallery showcasing artists from around the world and a studio where guests can work with a professional glass blower to create their own piece of art.
 
“We’ve designed Artegon Marketplace Orlando to be a highly immersive and interactive experience unlike any other in Central Florida,” Sless explained.
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Beyond the artisan marketplace, anchor tenants and in-line retailers, other defining features of Artegon Marketplace Orlando include:
    • The Great Hall with an expansive “Climb Adventure” ropes course (paid admission) and a variety of food offerings, from coffee and Danish to pizza, sandwiches and salads.
    • Daily food trucks.
    • Free Wi-Fi both indoors and in the outdoor plaza areas.
    • Caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, canvas airbrush artists and other edgy performers.
    • Streetmosphere performers, from jugglers to singers to stilt walkers, strolling throughout the shopping attraction on weekends.
    • An industrial-chic environment punctuated by heavy wooden support beams, exposed brick and weathered steel.
“Artegon Marketplace Orlando is poised to become a must-see attraction for residents, visitors and conventioneers alike, providing them with a new place to experience the sights, sounds and flavors unique to Central Florida,” Thearon Scurlock, director of marketing added. “Guests can discover authentic local culture and take home a hand-made treasure and lasting memento of their trip to Orlando.”
For group outings, Artegon Marketplace Orlando is an interactive and entertaining addition to the region’s diverse options for compelling community events, off-site convention outings, corporate parties and bus tours. Mears Transportation Group is the official transportation partner for convenient taxi service, and trolley service is available along I-RIDE Trolleys’ Red Line at stop #3.
 
The center provides ample, free surface parking with 5,800 spaces. Operating hours are 10am -9pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm on Sunday. Artisan studios will be open Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm and noon-6pm on Sunday. Artegon Marketplace Orlando is located at 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Local residents will especially appreciate easy access to the center via W. Oak Ridge Road, Sand Lake Road, and other alternatives to I-4.
 
To learn more about Artegon Marketplace Orlando, visit ArtegonOrlando.comLike on Facebook and Follow on Twitter andInstagram #ArtegonMarketplace
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Sketchbook Ornaments From The Disney Store

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The Disney Store has a new set of Sketchbook Ornaments this year that I am absolutely obsessed with, and my ‘wish list’ of ornaments is crazy!

The Sketchbook Ornaments are so wonderful, because each ornament really captures an iconic character moment using quality finishes at a really reasonable price!

Sketchbook Ornaments Artist Information Disney Christmas

The price point of the ornaments in the line are between $12.95 and $16.95, and the price reflects if an ornament has light and sound features and if it can be personalized.

Sketchbook Ornaments closer details Disney Christmas

These resin ornaments are really beautiful, and no detail has been skipped and the colors used are the same as they are in the movies or shorts. Also, all of the Sketchbook Ornaments feature a 2014 Disney Store Logo Charm.

They even have an exclusive set of on-line Disney Sketchbook Ornaments that are released monthly, and capture ‘Moments that made Disney’. You can see them here. October’s release will celebrate the 1932 release of Flowers and Trees in the Silly Symphonies Series.

So enough talking, lets look at some of my favorites!

2014 Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Anna

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Chip and Dale

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Dalmations

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Donald and Daisy

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Elsa

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Goofy Fishing

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Hula Timon

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Jessica and Roger

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Lady and the Tramp

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Lilo and Stitch

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Mary Poppins

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Mickey and Minnie Kissing

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Mike and Sulley

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Minnie and Figaro

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Olaf on the beach

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Oswald

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Pascal

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Pocahontas and Meeko

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Pooh and Piglet fishing

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Singing Elsa

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Sofia

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Tinker Bell Lantern

The Disney Store’s site is always offering great deals, and you can get free shipping everyday for orders over $75 when you use the code SHIPMAGIC at checkout. Make sure that you sign up for their email list for even more offers!

So what do you think of the new Sketchbook Ornaments from the Disney Store? Will you be picking one up for the holidays?

Disney Store Sketchbook Ornaments Card

Also, I just wanted to add a note that this post is not sponsored. I really love these ornaments and wanted to share them with you!

 

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Shopping With Character: Minnie Mouse

Shopping at Walt Disney World is always a lot of fun, and a great way to show your #DisneySide is by shopping with character!

I enjoy adding a bit of my favorite character to my everyday outfit or even my beauty routine.

While staying ‘budget friendly’ with gifts and souvenirs can be a challenge, I found some great ideas for under $25!

Since my favorite character is Minnie Mouse, I thought I would start with her!

Shopping With Character: Minnie Mouse

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Anytime I can find a kiss-lock coin purse I am over the moon! This embossed silicone coin purse is perfect at $9.95! I like to use them for keeping my earbuds, cord, and a brick organized in my backpack or purse.

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When I picked up this embroidered vinyl cosmetic case, and saw that it was only $9.95 I was thrilled. It would be great for keeping items like pencils organized, small necessities in a purse together that end up in a mess in the bottom (I hope that is not just me…), and even as a way to keep things like boarding passes and passports organized for longer trips. This pouch is a great bargain for any use!

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Want to add a touch of bling to an outfit? These rhinestone classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette bobby pins are awesome. They are super sparkly and useful, and at $19.95 a really playful touch for a fancier outfit.

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I adore wearing a bow in my hair, and for $9.95 this fabric bow is fun and durable! I am also a sucker for polka dots, so it is the best of both worlds for me!

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If you don’t like to wear bobby pins, these rhinestone and pearl classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette head bands are for you. At $16.95 you really can’t go wrong!

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You can also find these rhinestone classic three circle Mickey Mouse silhouette hair bands that are $14.95 for two. These are great if you like to wear a band around your wrist.

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Beautifully Disney has some amazing brushes, and this Minnie Mouse inspired Kabuki brush is no exception. For $21.95, this high quality brush is a great value.

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If you are looking for a utility pouch that is on the larger side, this pie-eyed Minnie Mouse vinyl case would be a good choice at $19.95.

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Beautifully Disney has this red and black polka dotted vinyl large cosmetic case with bow and mirror for $24.95. I like these vinyl cosmetic cases, because if a powder or eyeshadow breaks the clean up is easy.

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And rounding out my list is the zip ID Mickey and Minnie Mouse Bouncing Bouquet case from Vera Bradley. The Disney Vera Bradley Collection is wildly popular, and even on a small piece like this you can still get a glimpse of a character. This one takes some patience, because if you are set on finding the perfect one for you it could take some time.

I hope that you enjoyed a look at how you can add a touch of your favorite character to your wardrobe on a budget.

What is your favorite character to add as you are shopping with character?

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Shopping At Walt Disney World: Fun Shirts For Men

Shopping for t-shirts for my husband at Walt Disney World can be challenging, because he loves showing his #DisneySide but he also looks for shirts with personality.

When I was strolling through MouseGear at Epcot, I was really excited to see some newer shirts that I thought that he would love!

So, let’s go shopping at Walt Disney World for some fun shirts for men!

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I love the ‘Old Postcard’ feel of this shirt!!! Plus orange is a great color to wear in the parks!

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The older ‘look’ to Mickey and Pluto rolling around the park in their roadster is really fun! Plus this khaki color is one that my husband likes a lot!

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While this Oswald shirt isn’t new, I wanted to share it because it shows how character shirts don’t have to be too childish!

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I just think that this shirt is super cool and spacey! Love it!

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I wish I had a Mickey emoji option in my texts!!! I think I would probably use the WINK WINK the most!

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You won’t miss your guy with this neon lettering!

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

Now the following t-shirts are full of sass!!! Again, this is a great way to show who your favorite character is in a fun and funky way!

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

Are you sure about that Gaston???

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

I would!

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

I am pretty sure that this is my favorite one in this collection of shirts. I would totally wear this shirt in the park!

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

I think that our own guy, Todd Perlmutter, would like this one!!!

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

Love the neon color of this shirt! Also a great way to find your guy in the park.

shopping at Walt Disney World

 

Goofy…you might want to check your spelling buddy! LOL!

shopping at Walt Disney WorldAnd this might be the shirt that Dave ends up with!

 

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Artegon Marketplace Opening Date Announced

Artegon Marketplace

Artegon Marketplace Orlando

Opens November 20

International Drive’s Newest Shopping Attraction Features
Florida’s Largest Daily Indoor Artisan Marketplace and World-Class Anchors
 
Redevelopment of Former I-Drive Landmark to Create 675 New Jobs
 
Artegon Marketplace Orlando, a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace, is scheduled to open on November 20 in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district on International Drive. Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC has redeveloped the former Festival Bay Mall into a new shopping concept for the region inspired by such famous marketplaces as Seattle’s Pike Place, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Chelsea Market and the London Flower Market.
 
“We are making a significant investment to reinvigorate one of the most valuable parcels on I-Drive, delivering an asset to the community that will create jobs, support local artisans, craftspeople and entrepreneurs, and contribute to the local tax base,” said Steven Sless, executive vice president for Paragon Outlet Partners. Sless forecasts Artegon Marketplace will create more than 675 new jobs. At the peak of construction, more than 150 workers were employed.
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Artegon Marketplace will house Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace with more than 160 studio spaces featuring unique art, one-of-a-kind boutiques, handcrafted items and diverse food offerings from some of Central Florida’s finest craftspeople. “We have curated a collection of many of the area’s top artisans, carefully selected for the quality and uniqueness of their works. Food and drink purveyors offer fresh, farm-direct fare of the highest quality,” said Sless.
 
Complementing the artisan marketplace, Artegon Marketplace is anchored by some of the biggest brands in dining and retail, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cinemark Theaters, Sheplers Western Stores, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, and Berghoff’s Octoberfest. The latter two venues are scheduled to open between fall 2014 and spring 2015.
 
Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC is considered one of the most influential and forward-thinking development firms in the nation’s retail real estate industry. Locally, it is also credited with re-energizing the former Belz Factory Outlet into the highly-successful Prime Outlets Orlando that eventually sold to Simon Properties.
 
“Artegon Marketplace is poised to become a must-see attraction for residents, visitors and conventioneers alike, providing them with a new place to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors unique to Central Florida,” Sless continues. “Guests can discover authentic local culture and take home a hand-made treasure and lasting memento of their trip to Orlando.”
Artegon Marketplace’s industrial-chic environment, punctuated by heavy wooden support beams, exposed brick and weathered steel accents, is designed to transport shoppers into an immersive experience unlike any other in Central Florida.  More than 160 local purveyors of handcrafted items and specialty retailers will be selling and demonstrating a kaleidoscope of products and services including eco-friendly handbags and accessories, soaps, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, custom clothing and much, much more. Hand-crafted foods – ranging from 70 different types of popcorn to hot sauces, nuts and local honey – offer a smorgasbord for eating and gift-giving. 
 
The Artegon Marketplace experience is also highly interactive with caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, canvas airbrush artists, and other edgy performers.  Visitors can watch glassblowing in a studio. Artegon’s center court will feature an expansive rope climbing attraction. Streetmosphere performers, from jugglers to singers to stilt walkers, will stroll throughout. More than 20 in-line retailers, including Subway, will round out the guest experience. 
 
For group outings, Artegon Marketplace is an interactive and entertaining addition to the region’s inventory of options for compelling community events, off-site convention outings, corporate parties and bus tours.
 
The center provides ample, free surface parking with 5,800 spaces. Operating hours are 10am-9pm MondaySaturday and 11am-7pm on Sunday. Artisan studios will be open MondaySaturday 11am-8pm and noon-6pm on Sunday. Artegon Marketplace Orlando is located at 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 
 
To learn more about Artegon Marketplace Orlando, visit ArtegonOrlando.comLike on Facebook and Follow on Twitter and Instagram#EatShopArtegon.
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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Back To School Giveaway

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It’s almost August, and you know what that means: school bells will be ringing soon, and so will cash registers during back to school shopping. The Florida Sales Tax Holiday is August 1-3, so plan now to take advantage of that. I’ll be looking for deals throughout the month.

That’s why I plan to head to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where shopping is hassle-free and you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking.

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, newcomer U.S. Polo Assn., newly renovated Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh and Tommy Hilfiger Stores, plus other well-known outlets including VF Outlet for uniforms, G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Izod, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Don’t forget to stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, too!

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

We are giving away one (1) $50 gift certificate to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. this offer is only valid for one winner, one time, through 2014. No duplicate entries at multiple blogger websites, please.This contest is open to US residents 18 and older. You will be contacted by email about winning, and have 48 hours to respond. pick up your gift certificate in the mall office any week day between 10am-5pm. Please be prepared to show a photo ID.Also, please note that gift certificates MUST be picked up between July 30 and August 30, 2014.  Sorry, we are unable to mail gift certificates. Good luck!

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Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.”  Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are openMonday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

 Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Let the school bells ring!

DISCLOSURE: Through a partnership with Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores , I was provided with a gift certificate to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and one to giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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IKEA Orlando: Feeding The Future In July

IKEA Orlando

IKEA Orlando is joining forces with Feeding America to help stop the grumbling of little tummies in the local area with a special promotion this July.

IKEA Orlando

During July, for every Healthy Kid’s Meal purchased, IKEA will donate a $1 towards Feeding America and the fight to end childhood hunger.

IKEA Orlando

IKEA will be donating up to a maximum for $50,000, and helping them reach that goal is easy on the wallet!

During our visit to IKEA Orlando we were able to try the two Healthy Kid’s Meals, that for the month of July are also reduced to $1.99 and both are equally yummy!

The Kid’s Grilled Chicken (210 calories) comes with carrot sticks, strawberries, string cheese (that is separately packaged for a later snack), and lingonberry drink.

IKEA Orlando

The Kid’s Organic Pasta (324 calories) is moose shaped pasta with a tomato sauce that is served with yogurt and lingonberry drink.

IKEA Orlando

On Kids Eat Free Tuesdays at IKEA Orlando, if you choose either of these two meals a dollar will still be donated to the Feeding the Future campaign!

If you don’t have any little tummies in your family to feed, it is super easy to support the campaign! You will have the option to add a dollar to your purchase in their Restaurant, Swedish Food Market, and Bistro!

And while you are shopping at IKEA Orlando, don’t forget to take advantage of their other family amenities!!!

IKEA Orlando

DISCLOSURE: Through a partnership with IKEA Orlando, I was provided with promotional items in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Spring Festival And $50 Giveaway

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Disclosure: I received a promotional item from Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores in exchange for this post and giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Spring is here! I’m ready to freshen up my/my family’s wardrobe for seasonal holidays, beach outings and other warmer weather activities. And, I’m always looking for great deals to stretch my budget. That’s why I plan to head to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where shopping is hassle-free and you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking.

Join in on the fun at the mall’s upcoming 17th Annual Spring Festival on Saturday, April 12th. It’s a FREE festival for the entire family, including character appearances by Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry, rabbits from Give Kids the World Village; and superheroes from Heroes Alliance. You’ll also enjoy a farmers market, crafts, face painting, balloon sculpting, games and an awesome sidewalk sale.

Plus, the center is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win more than $6,000 in great prizes including attraction tickets, hotels stays, store gifts and gift cards. One hundred percent of raffle ticket sales benefit Give Kids the World.

Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, newcomers U.S. Polo Assn. and Lindt Chocolate, newly renovated Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh and Tommy Hilfiger Stores, plus other well-known outlets including G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Izod, Rack Room Shoes, and many more.

We are giving away one (1) $50 gift certificate to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. This offer is only valid for one winner, one time, through 2014. No duplicate entries at multiple blogger websites, please.This contest is open to US residents 18 and older. You will be contacted by email about winning, and will have 48 hours to respond. pick up your gift certificate in the mall office any week day between 10am-5pm. Please be prepared to show a photo ID.Also, please note that gift certificates MUST be picked up between April 15 and May 15, 2014. Sorry, we are unable to mail gift certificates.

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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.”  Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook and Twitter, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Good Luck and Happy shopping!

 

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Merchandise Spotlight – Walt Disney World January 7, 2014

This week’s Merchandise Spotlight takes us to Walt Disney World to look at some fun shirts for the guys!

I thought that I would start with my personal favorite…the sweater t-shirt! I love how absolutely these fun t-shirts, and they’re ideal for Florida where it has been way too warm for sweaters lately!

Merchandise Spotlight
Hey Mickey! It’s not often that you find a good navy t-shirt.
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I like how this one has a knit/pixelated feel.
Merchandise Spotlight
This one is just too sweet!
Merchandise Spotlight
Skiing anyone?

Looking to show your inner John Lasseter? Here are two Hawaiian Shirts for you!

Merchandise Spotlight
I like how you have to look really closely at this pattern to find the Disney Characters.
Merchandise Spotlight
Surfing Mickey? Hula dancing Donald? You can’t go wrong!

When I was peeking around, I found a shirt that I have to get for myself! I found this really fun soccer jersey that has some great details on the front and back. It’s a little pricey, but I think I will have to splurge for this one!

Merchandise Spotlight
This jersey is too cool for school!

I am also really digging on this vintage athletic line of Walt Disney World Merchandise! I did notice that this line sports more of a athletic cut, more room in the shoulders and slimmer cut through the body, so you’ll definitely want to keep that in mind when you are shopping for your special guy.

Merchandise Spotlight
I like how collegiate this sweatshirt feels.
Merchandise Spotlight
This lightweight pullover would be ideal for the slightly chilly nights we get in Florida.
Merchandise Spotlight
This green is absolutely perfect!

And finally, there are two Walt Disney World t-shirts that I thought were worth mentioning.

Merchandise Spotlight
If you liked this shirt at Disneyland, you are going to love it at Walt Disney World!
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These glow in the dark shirts seem like they would be a lot of fun!!!

I hope that you enjoyed window shopping with me!

And if you missed last week’s Merchandise Spotlight, never fear you can find it here!

 

 

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On the Go Gift Guide – Oakley Reducer Tank

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If you are anything like me you have two things on your mind as Christmas is less than a week away, how am I going to find the best gift for everyone left on my shopping list and how am I going to work off all these cookies!

Today for our On the Go Gift Guide we look at a product that helps answer both of those questions, the Oakley Reducer Tank.

I know that I feel awkward going to the gym or out on a run when I don’t feel comfortable and confident in what I am wearing, and the Oakley Reducer Tank is designed with a little extra room to help you focus on your workout.

Oakley Reducer Tank

The O-form fabric is comfortable to wear, because it stretches four ways for complete mobility. The tank maintains its shape and is supportive for every step, bend, and jump without riding up or shifting. It was so great to have a tank that I wasn’t constantly tugging at!

The Oakley Reducer Tank also has a generous built in bra and crossback design that is flattering to any shape.

All of these great details combined with super reflective logo details, UV protection built into the tank’s fabric, a mesh overlay for ventilation, anti-bacterial action fabric, and more make the Oakley Reducer Tank my new go-to workout favorite!

If you are looking for a great last minute gift, you can order the Oakley Reducer Tank online or you can head to their store to pick one up!

If you are headed to the Florida Mall Oakley Store, which is my favorite, you are in luck because they have some great deals for last minute gifts for your list or for yourself to help kick off your New Year’s resolutions!

Oakley Reducer Tank
Oakley Reducer Tank in Georgia Peach
  • O–Form fabric maintains your shape and stretches four ways for superb mobility
  • Built–in bra with molded cups supports and controls bounce
  • Mesh overlay in back provides excellent ventilation
  • O Hydrolix fabric reduces the effects of sweat
  • Anti–bacterial action reduces odor–causing microbes
  • Reflective features stand out during early morning and night regimens
  • 86% Nylon, 14% Lycra

Oakley Reducer Tank

Disclosure: I received a Oakley Reducer Tank courtesy of the Oakley Store at the Florida Mall. All opinions, thoughts, and enthusiasm are my own. 

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