New Attractions Premiere this Summer in Orlando and Central Florida

Town Center at Disney Springs opened May 15

This summer is an exciting time to visit Orlando and Central Florida, as new attractions, shows, thrill rides, and more are set to open at the area’s theme parks.

Here’s a look at what you can expect this summer:

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Netflix June 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in June 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include the fourth season of Orange is the New Black, last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight, the first three Jurassic Park movies, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3.

For the kids, check out All Hail King Julien season 3, LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship season 2, Dragons: Race to the Edge season 3, and Voltron: Legendary Defender season 1.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in June 2016:

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ARRIVALS:

AVAILABLE JUNE 1

7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
72 Cutest Animals: Season 1
72 Dangerous Places: Season 1
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Big Stone Gap (2014)
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere (1990)
Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed: Season 1-2
Cold in July (2014)
Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon? (2001)
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution (2015)
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015)
El Libro de Piedra (1969)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Extraordinary Tales (2015)
The Fear of 13 (2015)
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez (2015)
Gentlemen and Gangsters: Season 1
The Good Witch: Season 1
The Great Alone (2015)
Hadwin’s Judgement (2015)
J. Edgar (2011)
Jaco (2015)
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Lion Heart (2013)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Meadowland (2015)
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Off Camera: Series 1
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)
Pokémon: XY: Kalos Quest: Season 2
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015)
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015)
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (2015)
Second Coming (2014)
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape) (1997)
Underdogs (2013)
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)
Wildlike (2014)

AVAILABLE JUNE 2

Beauty & the Beast: Season 3
Hibana: Spark – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pretty Little Liars: Season 6

AVAILABLE JUNE 3

Bo Burnham: Make Happy – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

AVAILABLE JUNE 6

Darkweb (2015)

AVAILABLE JUNE 7

Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
Jarhead 3: The Seige (2016)

AVAILABLE JUNE 10

LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

AVAILABLE JUNE 11

Me Him Her (2016)
Scandal: Season 5

AVAILABLE JUNE 12

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)

AVAILABLE JUNE 14

The League: Season 7

AVAILABLE JUNE 15

After The Spill (2015)
Boom Bust Boom (2016)
The Giver (2014)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
Naz & Maalik (2015)
Night Owls (2015)
Poverty, Inc. (2014)
Top Spin (2015)
TransFatty Lives (2015)

AVAILABLE JUNE 16

Being Mary Jane: Season 3
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3
The Unborn (2009)

AVAILABLE JUNE 17

All Hail King Julien: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Orange is the New Black: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

AVAILABLE JUNE 18

Cedar Cove: Season 3
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 12

AVAILABLE JUNE 19

Bunk’d: Season 1
I Am Thor (2015)

AVAILABLE JUNE 20

Life Story: Series 1
The Making of Life Story

AVAILABLE JUNE 21

Best Friends Whenever: Season 1

AVAILABLE JUNE 22

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
Spotlight (2015)

AVAILABLE JUNE 24

Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Justin Time GO! – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

AVAILABLE JUNE 27

Cronies (2015)

AVAILABLE JUNE 29

Life (2015)

AVAILABLE JUNE 30

A Very Secret Service: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Palio (2015)
(T)ERROR (2015)

 
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DEPARTURES:

LEAVING JUNE 1

A Wrinkle in Time (2003)
About a Boy (2002)
Bounce (2000)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Click (2006)
Darkman (1990)
Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows
Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Duplex (2003)
Elias: Rescue Team Adventures: Season 1
The Faculty (1998)
Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995)
Ghost (1990)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hamlet (2000)
Hercules (1997)
In the Bedroom (2001)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Kinky Boots (2005)
Lassie (2005)
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)
Marvin’s Room (1996)
Music of the Heart (1999)
My Boss’s Daughter (2003)
Nine Months (1995)
The Others (2001)
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Private Parts (1997)
Proof (2005)
Schoolhouse Rock!: Earth (2009)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
The Station Agent (2003)
The Stepford Wives (2004)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming (2007)
The Super Hero Squad Show: Seasons 1-2
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
View from the Top (2003)
Wayne’s World (1992)
The Yards (2000)

LEAVING JUNE 2

Eureka Seven: Seasons 1-2

LEAVING JUNE 14

HawthoRNe: Seasons 1-3

LEAVING JUNE 15

The Bank Job (2008)

LEAVING JUNE 18

A Late Quartet (2012)
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Season 1

LEAVING JUNE 21

Mixology: Season 1

LEAVING JUNE 24

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)
Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: Season 1
Mulan (1998)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

LEAVING JUNE 30

Sophie’s Choice (1982)

I’m Going to ShiftCon Social Media Conference 2016 in New Orleans!

ShiftCon Social Media Conference 2016 in New Orleans

I’m happy to announce that I am going to ShiftCon Social Media Conference 2016 in New Orleans in December! Shiftcon was created to support social media influencers who care about food, wellness, health and the environment.

This conference offers professional workshops, networking, parties, and a collaboration of changemakers from all over under one roof, with a solid focus on green content creation, food & environmental activism, organic and nonGMO food, and much more.

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I’m April’s Blogger of the Month at Gotta Get Blogging!

April 2016's Featured Blogger by Gotta Get Blogging

A couple of weeks ago I found out I was chosen as “April’s Featured Blogger” by Gotta Get Blogging. I’m completely thrilled and honored by this recognition.

The thing about blogging is you don’t always know what kind of impact you’re making. Sure people comment occasionally, or send emails, or tell you in person when they meet you. But for every person that makes contact in some way or another, there are probably 10 or 20 that don’t – at least judging by my blog numbers.

So to be singled out in this way let’s me know I’m on the right track and putting out something that means something to others, not just myself.

Plus, Gotta Get Blogging is run by some fine people who do a lot to help out bloggers, including putting on the annual Florida Blog Con (which I will be attending this year). So to receive this honor from them is an added bonus.

Anyways, if you want to read more about me, including a short Q&A, you can visit the Gotta Get Blogging newsletter archives.

And if you have bloggers that you enjoy reading, please de-lurk every now and then to provide feedback. Make a comment on a post or send them an email. Bloggers can’t survive without the support of their readers. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to support me and my blogs!

Captain America: Civil War is What a Superhero Movie Should Be

Captain America: Civil War - movie review

The carefully crafted world of Marvel superheroes has been building to its newest release, Captain America: Civil War, which hit theaters in the U.S. on May 6.

The spoiler-free review is this is the best superhero movie to date. It deftly weaves in humor and a thought-provoking plot with lots of action and amazing special effects.

Every character gets a chance to shine, but nothing feels like it was wedged in. Every scene serves a purpose. Captain America: Civil War is all killer and no filler, and I would splurge on a 3D ticket or IMAX to get the most out of the movie.

For those that don’t mind light spoilers, read on….

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The Difference Between Mexican and Tex-Mex Tacos

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Anyone who knows me, knows tacos are my favorite food. I could eat them for every meal and be happy.

That said, there is a difference between Tex-mex tacos (pictured above), which is what most Americans consider to be regular tacos, and the original Mexican version.

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Netflix May 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in May 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include the debut of Chelsea Handler’s new talk show, “Chelsea,” as well as season two of “Grace and Frankie,” starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, as well as season two of “Bloodline,” starring Kyle Chandler. For foodies, there’s season two of “Chef’s Table,” and for the kids, season four of “Mako Mermaids.”

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in April 2016:

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Book Review: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once, the latest by author Harlan Coben, is an interesting murder mystery featuring a female protagonist, with lots of twists in its multiple plot lines.

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Five New Reasons to Visit LEGOLAND Florida

Legoland Florida 5 new additions 2016-2017

LEGOLAND Florida has announced five new additions to the park that will be opening in the next year.

These include a new resort, a new theme park land with a cutting-edge interactive attraction, a new action-packed 4D attraction, a first-ever expansion of the water park, and a new summertime nightly event.

So here are the five new reasons you’ll want to book a vacation to LEGOLAND FLORIDA:

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Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger, by author Lisa Lutz, is an intense and intriguing tale of a woman on the run told both in present time and in flashback emails.
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Saltwood at Loews Atlanta a Must for Foodies

Saltwood at the Loews Atlanta

Often times, hotel restaurants are nothing worth getting excited about, but Saltwood at the Loews Atlanta will make any foodie very happy to dine there.

During a recent trip to Atlanta, I had the opportunity to try two of the restaurant’s menus with a friend, and none of the dishes disappointed.

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Netflix April 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in April 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include a slew of reality shows like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S5 and Giada at Home S7, as well as the return of great films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Chaplin, and The Princess Bride. New films that might be worth adding to your queue include Minions, Walt Before Mickey and Codegirl.

And let’s not forget season 2 of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and a new Patton Oswalt comedy special.

The bad news is all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H are leaving April 1. One of the best dramedies ever, in my opinion.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in April 2016:

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Book Review: Sage’s Eyes by V.C. Andrews

Sage's Eyes by V.C. Andrews

Sage’s Eyes, by V.C. Andrews, is the first book in what may be a continuing story of Sage, a teenager with possibly supernatural powers. I found it engaging, but predictable and a little TV movie-of-the-week in substance and character development.
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Loews Atlanta Offers Luxury Accomodations in a Great Location For Exploring Atlanta

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It’s midnight on a Friday and I’m staring out the floor-to-ceiling window in my Loews Atlanta suite at downtown Atlanta. The lights of the city are enticing, yet oddly peaceful.

I’ve only been at the hotel for twelve hours, and yet, I feel like this is perfect place from which to explore the city. Its Midtown location is close to all the action downtown, yet, just enough removed that it doesn’t feel as hectic.

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Netflix March 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in March 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy additions include Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil (March 18), Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday (yes-new Pee-Wee, with a side of Joe Manganiello), and Season 4 of House of Cards (March 4).

The bad news is if you’re a fan of TED Talks, a whole bunch of them are leaving Netflix on March 15.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in March 2016:

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