Book Review – Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp

The Star Wars novel Lords of the Sith by author Paul S. Kemp is one of the better novels from the new Star Wars universe that I’ve read in a while.

Star Wars novel Lords of the Sith by author Paul S. Kemp

Set in the Star Wars timeline between the movie Revenge of the Sith and the novel Tarkin, the Lords of the Sith story is set on and in the space around the plane Ryloth, home of the Twi’leks.


On the One Year Anniversary of My Cancer Surgery

I don’t often talk about myself on this blog, but I will today because it’s the one-year anniversary of my cancer surgery.

I am a survivor. I intend to stay that way.

On July 22, 2014, around 1pm, I arrived at Florida Hospital to prep for my surgery. I remember feeling extremely nervous, but I had confidence in my surgeon, Dr, Brudie. As I mentioned before she’s a rockstar when it comes to this kind of robotic surgery, so I knew I was in good hands.


Book Review: Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht Offers Mentorship in Book Form

In less than 300 pages, Aliza Licht, a global fashion PR executive and twitter phenom, offers a great primer for starting or honing your career in her book, “Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

Thankfully her tips and advice are more concise than her wordy title, and they are interwoven with personal anecdotes about her career path in the fashion industry. She even got designer Donna Karan to pen the foreword of the book.


Dining Review: A1A Ale Works in St. Augustine, Florida

This past Sunday, my friend Joan and I made a day trip up to St. Augustine. Our primary goal was to see one of our favorites, Bryan Adams, in concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, but we figured we’d go early and try out one of their restaurants.

A1A Ale Works in St Augustine

My connection at the St. Augustine CVB recommended A1A Ale Works as a restaurant to try, citing their craft brews and water-side dining. The restaurant is actually upstairs in a converted building on the corner next to the historic Bridge of Lions, with a bar area downstairs.


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.


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.


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 I had entered their twitter contest asking what my blogging superhero name would be. I said “zengrrlenator” – a play on my blog name.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: