Monday, April 14, 2014

Win a Luxurious Weekend Getaway Just For Being a Mom with Gusto!

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Being a mother of three, I try my best to not get caught up with just being an authoritative figure to my children but to be that cool and fun mom who shocks the kids from time to time. As a woman who grew up adventurous and spontaneous, I didnt let motherhood stop my "Gusto".
And if you're a mom like myself who lives life with Gusto,  you have a chance to win a luxurious Mothers Day weekend getaway!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

[South Florida Buzz] Taste of Pines


On Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm local Pembroke Pines, FL restaurants will offer dinner, desserts and wine featuring music by The Dee Dee Wild Band. This will take place at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd avenue in Pembroke Pines, FL. 

Tickets are on sale at all Pembroke Pines Charter Schools and The Pembroke Lakes Tennis Center. Advanced tickets are $25 for Food and Wine, $20 for Food Only, $5 for Kids 10 and under.

Restaurants that will be participating include Voo Doo BBQ and Grill, I Love Tacos, The Mack House, Misha's Cupcakes, RA Sushi, The Brass Tap, Pipalato and much much more

Proceeds to benefit the Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation. 

For more information call 954-435-6525 and visit www.ppines.com for a complete listing of participating restaurants.



Monday, March 17, 2014

{Photos and Videos} Travel Review: Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, FL


Every year I plan a vacation or a weekend getaway for my family and this year I decided to visit Orlando, FL. I chose Orlando not only because its a 3 1/2 hour drive from Miami which cuts transportation expenses, but its also a city full of attractions for big families on a budget. Since our three children, ages 10 and 5 (twins), are not fans of amusement park type rides we didnt want to waste money just walking around and eating (which is another HUGE expense). So I decided to do a weekend getaway at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort. 


CHECK-IN
As we arrived at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort the kids were so big eyed at just the outside of the hotel. Our first check-in was at the security gate before getting to the guest parking lot. The little things like "Hello Cherry Family, enjoy your stay with us" from the security guard made me very happy. As we checked in at the front desk we didnt have to wait long for a representative. Check in time is at 4pm but we arrived a little early and we were still able to get our room without having to wait till it actually turned 4 o'clock. It was my son's 10th birthday weekend so the front desk rep. gave him a birthday pin and announced his birthday over the intercom. He felt so special! 
She also upgraded our room to the top floor, poolside view. I was extremely happy for that because it allowed me to take great photos of the water park from the balcony. We then proceeded to guest services so they could give us information about the weekends activities for the children and to make reservations for the numerous character shows they offer. I was also offered $100 in Nickelodeon money if we agreed to attend a 90 minute presentation at a local nearby hotel. I'm not really interested in purchasing time share properties but $100 to spend in Nickelodeon Resort's restaurants and gift shop helped a lot with our weekend's budget. 



THE ROOM
As soon as I opened our room door the kids were like jumping beans! They were so excited to be in the Sponge Bob themed room. We were also greeted with a welcome package that included a jump drive with all the information I needed, a folder with all the activities for the weekend and a personalized welcome letter and special gifts for my children. The suite includes a flat screen television in the living room, kids room and adult room. The living room has a couch with a pull out bed which is extra sleeping space if you have more people. The 2 bedroom suites includes a kitchenette which includes a microwave, coffee maker and a mini refrigerator. Since we were on a budget I went to the nearest grocery store and purchased some snacks, juices and little microwaveable items to eat in between meals. The kids room included 2 twin beds and dresser drawers along with closet space for all their clothes and shoes. Our room had the most comfortable bed along with a desk space where I was able to set up my mobile office. Our suite was really nice and extra clean!



After settling down we took the kids downstairs to the Nick Mall to get a bite to eat at Antonios Pizza. In addition to pizza they also serve french fries, chicken, burgers and so much more. The prices were reasonable and the food was good. It was so convenient to walk downstairs instead of having to drive off the property to get something to eat. The mall also has another restaurant where the kids can enjoy breakfast with their favorite characters. Unfortunately, we didnt have a chance to experience that.


We also let the kids have a little fun at the Nick Arcade room where the kids can win tickets and cash them in for prizes. Next to the arcade room there is a computer station with multiple computers for the children to enjoy kid friendly apps. 



One of the best features of the resort is their world famous SLIME at the Lagoon Pool. Staff members prepare everyone to get slimed by singing and dancing and then they do a countdown.
Its so much fun! Watch the video clip below where I captured the slime action at night.



The next day we made plans to chill at Lagoon Pool before attending the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet and Greet. My husband took the kids to the Dora The Explorer and Diego Meet and Greet the night before because I was fast asleep in our comfy bed. By 9 am the pool area was starting to fill up but it was ok because Lagoon Pool is HUGE. And it was about 50 degrees in Orlando that weekend but the pool was heated which was a huge bonus.

Lagoon Pool
Our view was Amazing

Slime Area

Later on we attended the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet and Greet and watched a movie. The turtles made an appearance and the theater went wild. They also took pictures with all the children and we were able to purchase the photos afterwards. The smiles on all the kids were priceless.
Watch the video below.




 The Nickelodeon Suites Resort has a lot of amenities not only for children but for adults too. In the Nick Mall there is a bar where you can have a little adult time while the kids play in the arcade.

Every floor has its very own laundry room with numerous washer and dryers that I found very convenient because I absolutely hate traveling back home with dirty clothes. They also provide a gym on the ground floor! Other amenities include a kids spa, nightly shows, the 4-D experience and so much more.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort was so much more than I expected. There wasn't one dull moment during our weekend and from morning till night my kids had smiles on their face. I invite you to experience the same fun that we had. On a scale from 1-10, I give them 11 stars because it is catered for families who wants to experience excitement but on a budget. We will definitely plan another trip to Nickelodeon Suites Resort this year. I want to thank the staff for making this an amazing trip for us from the initial planning to the moment we left.

Check out another video clip of Lagoon Pool as we were leaving (insert sad face)...



For more information and to book your next vacation visit www.nickhotel.com




Disclosure
Nickelodeon Suites Resort provided my family a character room at their media rate and did not provide any additional compensation. They did not require that I write this blog post, nor did they request it. I have written my honest opinion about how much I enjoyed their hotel and will be returning. All photos and video are the property of The Buzz Connect.





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lane Bryant Opens Its Doors at The Shops of Pembroke Gardens


Attention Lane Bryant shoppers! 

The nation's leading women's specialty apparel retailer, is excited to announce the Grand Opening of its new store at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, a premium lifestyle center located in Pembroke Pines, FL.

The store's Grand Opening celebration will continue all weekend long, with more giveaways! From March 7 – 9, those who visit The Shops at Pembroke Gardens' new Lane Bryant location will have the chance to win one of (50) $25 Lane Bryant Gift Cards each day. Plus – the more customers spend in store, the more Real Women Dollars they will earn! Customers will receive $25 Real Women Dollars that can be redeemed at a later date for every $50 purchase made through March 16.

Lane Bryant is located at 309 SW 145th terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027, right next to the Pines Blvd exit on I-75.




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Burger 21 Opens Its First Restaurant in South Florida


Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., has celebrated the opening of its first restaurant in Davie, Fla. located at 2451 South University Drive. This location is one of four units to be developed in Broward County over the next several years. Currently, Burger 21 has 12 restaurants open and 20 franchised locations in development across the U.S.



Highlights of Burger 21 Davie include:
  • 55 new team members hired in Davie
  • 2,913 square feet inside plus a 319-square-foot patio
  • Seating for 136 customers with 102 seats inside the restaurant and 34 on the patio
  • Hours of operation are: Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In addition to offering guests a variety of beef and non-beef burgers like the Tex-Mex Haystack, Spicy Thai Shrimp, Black Bean and Chicken Marsala, the Davie location will offer craft beer and wine by the glass.

Ybor City Espresso Shake

I must say that the service is exceptional and the Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich is awesome. The restaurant also offers house made sauces and my favorite so far is the toasted marshmallow. Sounds weird but it really goes well with the burgers. I also had an Ybor City Espresso Shake (insert happy face). Im very familiar with Ybor City which is located in Tampa, Fl so I asked the waitress why the shake was named after that particular city and she told me its because Burger 21 is originally from Tampa. 
Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich with added avocados  

Burger 21 was named one of Fast Casual's Top 100 "Movers and Shakers" of 2013. The concept ranked No. 22 based on its variety of innovative recipes and recent expansion. In addition, the franchise's gluten-free menu received the No. 1 ranking in the "Top 10 Menu Innovations" category.


Monday, February 17, 2014

#SouthFloridaBuzz SOULFRITO The Urban Latin Music Festival


The Soulfrito Music Festival, the first and only celebration of its kind in the world which provides a platform of expression for Urban Latin music and culture, is proud to announce its return and partnership with Sun Life Stadium. The first and largest event to directly cater to the multi-cultural Latino community in the United States, will take place Saturday, February 22, 2014 outside of Gate G in the Grand Plaza and parking lot at Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.

In 2002, the first Soulfrito Music Festival took place at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre and was hosted by New York radio personality Angie Martinez and Lala Anthony. The festival has been a premier launch pad for today’s leading Urban Latin talent including artists such as Pitbull, Aventura, Wisin Y Yandel and Kat Deluna.

Hosted by Adrienne Bailon, Julissa Bermudez, Felisha Monet and Butta P. Performing Live is Nas, Don Omar, Busta Rhymes, El Torito, Sensato, Juicy J, Plan B, Victor Manuelle, Calma Carmona and more

Doors open at 1pm. 

For general and ticket information visit www.soulfrito.com 








Monday, February 10, 2014

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach Opens Its Doors on Valentines Day with a Sumptuous Treat



Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, the inaugural hotel property in the U.S by COMO Hotels and Resorts – the award-winning luxury hotel group based in Singapore, opens its doors on February 14th, 2014, offering a dreamy dual-destination getaway, couples romance package and alluring Valentine’s Day dinner program that provides the perfect ingredients for an ideal romantic winter escape in the tropics. 

Guests are invited to be among the first to visit South Florida’s latest gem in the historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach before continuing on to the crown jewel of island retreats and luxury resorts in the Caribbean. The ‘Miami Beach and Caribbean Chic’ dual-destination package is a five, seven or ten night itinerary that begins with a stay at the newly opened, 74-room Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach hotel, offering four nights on the 10-night itinerary or two nights on the five and seven-night itinerary. Guests will enjoy luxurious accommodation in a Metropolitan Room, Lakeview Suite or Ocean View Suite with a leisurely daily breakfast included. Pampering pleasures include a signature 60-minute COMO Shambhala massage within the exclusive COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, before taking advantage of the spa’s rooftop hydrotherapy pool and juice bar or poolside cabanas and beach amenities reserved for hotel guests. The experience continues with the exotic flavors of Florida at The Traymore Restaurant, with a memorable dinner tasting from the restaurant’s seafood menu, courtesy of Executive Chef Jonathan Lane, before finishing the evening with an extensive choice of signature cocktails from the restaurant’s comforting gin bar.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SOUTH FLORIDA BUZZ: 7th Annual "I Care I Cure I Run"



When my 10 year old son was diagnosed at 3 months old with stage 5b Retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer) I wanted to find out as much information as I could on how this cancer is developed and what steps we needed to take on getting him cured. We were blessed to have world renowned ophthalmologist, Timothy Murray, right here in Miami. He immediately started radiation and chemotherapy sessions on my son which resulted in him removing his left eye but has been cancer free for 9 years. Back in 2004 Retinoblastoma was a RARE EYE CANCER but now in 2014 Dr.Murray's caseload is in the hundreds which doesnt make it so rare in my opinion. Thats why I'm making it my duty to raise awareness for Retinoblastoma and to support all foundations raising awareness for children with cancer.

I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation will be hosting the 7th Annual I Care I Cure...I Run 5K and Family Fun Day Mile Color Run on Sunday, February 9, 2014 7:30 am at the BB&T Center located in Sunrise, FL (west of the Sawgrass Outlet Mall). The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds for cutting-edge research for better cures for childhood cancer. 

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