Rocking Out to Bryan Adams at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on June 28

Last Sunday I had the chance to check out Bryan Adams in concert up in St. Augustine with my friend Joan, and we both thought it was one of the best shows we’d seen in quite a while.

Bryan Adams Reckless 30 Tour

Adams is currently touring in support of the 30th anniversary of his pivotal album, Reckless, and the majority of the show was comprised of him playing the tracks from it.

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Book Review: Scott Sigler Crafts Great YA Sci-Fi Tale in ‘Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy’

In his new novel, author Scott SIgler weaves a gripping sci-fi tale titled Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy.

 Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy by Scott Sigler

Aimed at the Young Adult market, Alive tells the adventures of a group of teenagers who wake up in coffins, with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped.

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I Should Have Bought A Lottery Ticket

Yesterday was just one of those days that luck was so going my way that I should have bought a lottery ticket.

be positive

First I was notified that I had won a ticket to IZEAFest in October from GottaGetBlogging.com. I had entered their twitter contest asking what my blogging superhero name would be. I said “zengrrlenator” – a play on my blog name.

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The Art of Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

This Thursday I will be participating on a panel with four other fellow Orlando bloggers, talking to a room of PR professionals.

the other side of fear

While the main reason I agreed to do it was to give myself and my blogs greater exposure, a close secondary reason was to push myself out of my comfort zone.

See, the truth of the matter is I hate speaking to large groups of people. Just the thought of it fills me with anxiety.

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General Mills Pledges to Remove Artificial Flavors and Colors From Cereals by 2016

General Mills announced this week it is committed to removing artificial colors and flavors from its cereals by the end of 2016.

General Mills Cereals

The company says more than 60 percent of of General Mills Cereals like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Original Cheerios are already without artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources and have been that way for a long time.

But it now plans to have more than 90 percent of the portfolio of cereals free of artificial colors and flavors. Cereal favorites such as Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first of the remaining brands to change.

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AMC Theatres Hosts AMC Cares Summer Throwbacks Movie Fest for Charity

AMC Theatres is hosting a summer movie promotion all summer long bringing back recent films with proceeds going to charity.

AMC Cares Summer Throwbacks Movie Promotion

AMC Cares Summer Throwbacks Movie Fest offers one movie a week, priced at $4.99 a ticket, and 100% of tickets sales will go to the charities AMC Cares and the Will Rogers Institute.

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Bryan Adams Hits Road For 30th Anniversary of Reckless Tour in U.S.

Hard to believe, but it was 30 years ago that Bryan Adams had broke big with the release of his album, Reckless, and he is currently touring to celebrate that anniversary with a slew of dates in the U.S.

Bryan Adams

I’m a child of the 80s, and I remember seeing the video for Bryan Adams’ “Cuts Like a Knife” on MTV and telling all my friends about this new artist I’d discovered. But it was the following year that Canadian-born Adams broke big in the U.S. with his fourth album, Reckless.

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Jurassic World Film Review – Do the Dinosaurs Still Have Bite 20 Years Later?

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Note: While most of the writing on this blog is by me (Michelle), my friend John Frost got to see a preview of Jurassic World, and since I often write for his site, The Disney Blog, he is guesting on mine with this review. Enjoy!

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Jurassic World logo

It’s been more than 20 years since the events of Jurassic Park and the world has moved on, apparently failing to internalize the lessons learned along the way. For they finally did it, they built a theme park with living dinosaurs.

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A Pizza and Game Party to Review Wonder Forge Games

A few months ago I spent a wonderful evening with family and friends playing board games provided by Wonder Forge. Well, Wonder Forge asked if I would test out some more of their family-friendly board games, so with the help of friends and family, we had another game party.

The kids photobombing the game pieces from Wonder Forge's Peanuts Surprise Slides
The kids are 10 and 7, and when the games called for them, adults also played.

We also decided to add in a pizza party, so we set up in a corner booth at our local CiCi’s pizza where it was all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, and pasta for $5.99.

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Starbucks Unveils Six New Frappuccino #FanFlavors for Limited Time

Love Frappuccinos? Well, starting June 8, Starbucks is giving you six more reasons to love the drink…in the form of six new flavors.

Starbucks Frappuccino Fan Flavors

Starbucks Frappuccino Fan Flavors are here for a limited time only, and feature fans’ most requested flavors: Red Velvet Cake, Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Lemon Bar, Cinnamon Roll, and Caramel Cocoa Cluster.

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My Current Top 10 Most Wanted Travel Destinations

As I gear back up to go full time with my travel and writing, I started thinking about where I would most like to go.

My Current Top 10 Most Wanted Travel Destinations

The world has so many fascinating places to discover it’s almost hard to choose. I have traveled a lot of the U.S., but there are still places I haven’t gone. I’ve also traveled a bit outside of the U.S., but I’d definitely love to do more.

So here is my Top 10 List of places in the World I most want to visit (in no particular order)…WARNING! Lots of travel porn coming up:

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Vivid Sydney Lights Up Sydney Australia Through June 8

The city of Sydney, Australia, comes alive in the evening with the start of Vivid Sydney this weekend.

Vivid Sydney - Sydney Opera House

The event, which runs from May 22 to June 8 this year, is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. During these 18 nights, Sydney’s iconic landmarks, its harbor and urban spaces were transformed by 3D projections and over 60 light installations including the sails of the World Heritage Sydney Opera House.

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Actress Rebel Wilson Teams with TORRID for Fashion Collaboration #RebelForTorrid

TORRID, a plus-size fashion chain, has announced that they are teaming with actress Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 1 & 2) on a capsule collection of clothing called REBEL FOR TORRID.

REBEL FOR TORRID

The REBEL FOR TORRID collection features approximately 25 pieces that range in price from $28.50–$125, including tops, bottoms, jackets, dresses and accessories. These pieces feature Wilson’s personal touch like a koala-print tee that reflects her Australian background, and microphone-shaped hardware and charms that reflect her life as an entertainer.

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Disneyland Launches Diamond Celebration with Three New Nighttime Spectaculars

Disneyland kicked off their 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration by premiering three new shows for guests to enjoy.

Disneyland Forever at Disneyland

Disneyland Forever” is a dazzling new fireworks spectacular. Guests will be surrounded by the worlds of timeless Disney tales, from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects.

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This Week It Will Have Been Three Years Since I Woke Up In The I.C.U.

It was three years ago today that I woke up in the I.C.U., unaware of my surroundings or what happened.

As I slowly came to, the TV next to me was turned to the news, and the weatherperson kept talking about the Memorial Day weekend. It then dawned on me that it was Memorial Weekend…May 26 to be exact.

Then I started freaking out because the last thing I remember was being in the emergency room on May 14, getting treated for chest pains. I remember the nurse giving me an I.V. to bring down my blood pressure, and then she placed a nitro tab in my mouth…and that was all I remember.

It was twelve days later and I had no idea what had happened.

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