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Chicken Soup For The Soul – Reboot Your Life

Have you ever felt “stuck?” Like your life just isn’s going the way you had planned or thought it would? Do you wish you could just wipe the slate clean and start all over? For many, the idea of “starting over” can seem daunting and scary, so many stay stuck in their unhappiness. But starting over is a part of life. There have been countless times I have had to “start over” in my life – thinking I was on the correct path, only to find out that wasn’t what I really wanted. The good news however, is that every time I have learned a lesson, and gone on to “Reboot” my life bigger and better than before. That is the idea behind a new book – Chicken Soup for the Soul – Reboot Your Life.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Reboot Your Life has 101 stories about finding YOUR new path to happiness. Whether you want to start a new career, leave an unhappy relationship, or maybe just take up a new hobby – Reboot Your Life has real stories from real people for how to get back on the right path. Honestly, I wish I had this book several years ago with I was going through my toughest time. I lost my marriage, my job, and my best friend all within just a few weeks of one another. I was the very definition of needing a “reboot.” I am very fortunate that I was surrounded with love and support and managed to find my way, but this book probably would have been infinitely helpful to help me get on to that right path – without as many stumbles ;)

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Halloween Party Ideas – Van Gogh Candy Corn Shooter

Hosting a Halloween Party this year? These Van Gogh Candy Corn Shooters are the perfect addition to your spooky soirée. Made with premium Van Gogh Flavored Vodka, these sweet, smooth shooters will be a crowd pleaser for sure!

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Universal Orlando CityWalk

What do you get when you put some of the best restaurants next to the best night clubs connected to the best theme park? You get Universal Orlando’s CityWalk – THE place to go for amazing Nightlife at Universal Orlando.

Universal CityWalk

Every day that I was in Orlando for the FacingFearsTogether trip I spent some time at CityWalk – whether it was to grab a bite to eat, do some shopping for the girls, or have a couple several lot of cocktails. Though CityWalk is family friendly by day – sporting a cool putt putt golf arena and movie theater – at night it goes to the adults with live bands, killer night clubs and great restaurants. Our first night there Mickey and I dined at Margaritaville where you absolutely must try the friend cheese curds dipped in ranch dressing. Yes, I totally abandoned Whole30 for this little indulgence – and it was amazing. We then went to Pat O’Briens and watched the dueling pianos for a while. And you know – to sample the cocktails… just to make sure they were safe for everyone… we are thoughtful like that.

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Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure Theme Park

The whole time I was walking through the Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando I was wondering what the heck I had gotten myself in to. I am such a scaredy cat – I send The Teen to movies with Mike when I am worried they might be scary. Yes, she is 15 and less of a coward than her mother. Don’t judge. I think pretty much the only thing that helped me make it through (besides the death grip I had on Mickey’s right arm while I was nestled in between Summer’s shoulder blades) was the promise of a full day at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure Theme Park the next day.

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I haven’t been to Universal in years… like… since Back to the Future ride was still cool. (Didn’t I say no judging? Stopit.) And man have things changed. Now, I of course got to scope out a few things while I was walking through Halloween Horror Nights, but since you know that it was seldom that I actually had my eyes OPEN it felt like the first time. I was super excited to ride the Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt – their newest roller coaster that lets you jam out to your favorite tunes while zooming through the air at 65 miles an hour. I chose Evanescence “Bring Me To Life” for my song – HOLYWOW. The tune is timed *perfectly* with the coaster – it was absolutely amazing. I could have ridden that one over and over and over. It was as incredible as it sounds – times a thousand.

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Universal Orlando Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Now that things have finally settled down (read:  I can sleep again without visions from Halloween Horror Nights seeping in to my dreams) I am excited to tell you about all of the other amazing stuff I did when I joined the Two Traveling Moms and a handful of other friends for the #FacingFearsTogether event. The first – and maybe most awesome – was the resort where we stayed. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort is Universal Orlando’s newest hotel – and by far the coolest one I have ever stayed in.

From the moment you pull on the to Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s property, you are propelled back in to the 1950’s and 60’s – from the architecture to the music playing to the hotel staff uniform. Even the sign out front boasts “Cool Air” and ” Color TV”… how cool is that?! Inside the front doors you will find a huge open concept with a great seating area and cute little bar nestled in the corner. The center of the lobby boasts a huge atrium of palm trees. I was waiting for a Jetson’s robot to round the corner.

Check in was quick and easy and then we were off to our rooms. I had no idea what to expect when we opened the doors – but I loved it. Suddenly I felt like I had fallen on to the set of MadMen and I was determined to find Don Draper. I have some ummm… suggestions for his advertising.

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