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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


I’m Going to #IPW2015 Here in Orlando Next Week

As my long-time readers know, I used to be a full-time travel writer. Then I got sick and have spent the last three years focusing on CItySurfing Orlando. It’s still travel writing, but I don’t travel much outside the city limits.

IPW 2015

Now that I’ve come through my cancer battle, and my heart is the strongest it has been in three years (doc says!), I’m focusing on getting back into the travel part of travel writing.

That’s why I’m super excited that I will be attending IPW 2015 here in Orlando at the end of the month.


Pitch Perfect 2 – The Pitch is Back But Does It Hit All the Right Notes? #PitchPerfect2

NOTE: This review is in partnership with The Disney Blog, where I also write.

When Pitch Perfect became a smash, of course a sequel was greenlit. But the problem with comedy sequels is that they tend to be rehashes of the same formula, and as a result not as funny.

Pitch Perfect 2 group sing

I’m happy to report that Pitch Perfect 2 does not suffer from sequel-itis, for the most part.

The story picks up three years after the first movie, and the Bellas are on top of the world. They are three-time defending champs, and are picked to entertain the President for his birthday. Unfortunately an accident occurs that causes Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) to flash the President, and results in the Barden Bellas being banned. They lose their shot at a future title, and they lose a national tour, which gets given to the German champions Das Sound Machine.


The Ting Tings New Album Is Full of Vintage Sounding Club Grooves

The UK duo known as The Ting Tings have made a name with the indie post-punk pop of their last two albums, but their newest, Super Critical, ventures into vintage club tune territory.

The Ting TIngs live at The Social in Orlando

Prior to writing their third album, members Katie White and Jules De Martino decided to shake things up, and sequestered themselves on Ibiza. Influenced by the club sounds prevalent on the island, their songwriting ventured in that direction.


Caress® Forever Collection Body Wash Review #DiscoverNewFavorites

Through Influenster, I received a bottle of Caress® Forever Collection Body Wash to review in their Walgreens #DiscoverNewFavorites VoxBox.

Caress Forever Collection Body Wash

It was a full-sized bottle in the Love Forever scent, and touted the new Fragrance Touch Technology, which releases scent for up to 12 hours just by touch.