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Orlando, you are #TRULYLoved

It’s been a heavy month for the world, and in Orlando specifically. Our local City and County government, as well as our LGBTQ and Latinx communities have been working through their grief non-stop since the tragedy at Pulse. People here are slowly healing but still, we can’t forget. But we can make it better, all of us.

#LocalLoveOrlando Map (Pulse Edition) by Macbeth Studio

#LocalLoveOrlando Map (Pulse Edition) by Macbeth Studio

As a citizen and resident, I knew I wanted to do something. More than just saying ‘thank you,’ more than just a friendly tweet of encouragement. Smiles were the first thing that came to mind. They’re free, and anyone can inspire one, anywhere and at any time.

Many individuals and Orlando agencies have had to work through their grief, non-stop, over the past month including; City of Orlando and Mayor Buddy Dyer‘s office and communications teams, City of Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Orange County and Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ office and communications teams, Orlando Police Department and Chief John Mina, Orlando Fire Department and Chief Williams, The Center, Orlando’s LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando.

So… what’s the plan?

First things first – the smiles. I don’t know about you, but when I see one of Truly Nolen’s Volkswagen Bugs driving down the road, I immediately smile. From the ears on the roof to the tail on the back, I could be sitting in the worst traffic ever, see that mouse car, and smile. Did you know that Truly Nolen also has a Mouse Limo? It’s true! If seeing a huge, yellow Mouse Limo roll down the road doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what else will.

Truly Nolen Limo Side

Another thing that makes me smile? CUPCAKES. Win! Little cups of cake and icing, and enough joy to fit in the palm of your hand. Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? Even when they’re bad, they’re good. (Note: I have never had a bad cupcake, even ones I’ve baked myself. And I don’t cook.) 

So… I decided to combine the two, and thanks to Truly Nolen and Sprinkles Disney Springs, tomorrow’s JOYride will be a little sweeter!

How did I come to cupcakes and Mouse Limos?

At last month’s Mascot Games at the Amway Center, Jack Martin, who drives Truly Nolen’s Southeast U.S. Mouse Limo all over the country, offered to take me for a ride in the limo – and of course I said yes! After the attack on Pulse happened on June 12th, I knew I wanted to do more than just take a joyride around town in an unusual, but really cool limo.

Wait. JOY… ride. JOYride!! Makes PERFECT sense. 

Luckily Truly Nolen is as active in their communities (all over the United States) as Central Florida Top 5 and I are here in Orlando. In fact, we’ve teamed up a few times before. We received a not-as-scary-as-it-sounds bug education at Truly Nolen University and they also introduced us to a young quilting expert named Faith-Christina Duncan and her friends at the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

After brainstorming with Truly Nolen’s Community Events, Social Media, and PR Manager, Toby Srebnik, we came up with a plan. Why not share smiles with everyone in Orlando (including those on the road) on our Mouse Limo JOYride through Orlando?

Next, I needed to locate cupcakes… dozens of delicious, colorful cupcakes. The first company that came to mind, who was equally as community-minded, was Sprinkles Bakery.  Sure, they have an amazing new Cupcake ATM at Disney Springs, but could they fill a very tall order of 5 dozen cupcakes? A quick call to Sprinkles Los Angeles and Sprinkles Disney Springs sealed the deal! The answer was an immediate YES!

The answer is always YES to cupcakes. Especially Sprinkles cupcakes!

The answer is always YES to cupcakes. Especially Sprinkles cupcakes!

[To learn more about them, read our 5 Things You Never Knew About Sprinkles Bakery post!]

So, tomorrow, I will be hand delivering smiles and Sprinkles cupcakes, via Truly Nolen’s Mouse Limo (the Official JOYride Vehicle!) to – just a few – of the people who have tirelessly kept our Orlando community safe and loved; City of Orlando, Orange County, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The LGBT Center of Central Florida!

Does all of this sound goofy or sweet? I’m okay with either. As long as smiles are smiled tomorrow, it’s a good day. We’ll have to play it by… ear. (Ha! Mouse… Ear.)

I will also make a small delivery of wheelchair afghans and cuddly stuffed frogs for an out-of-state friend to Give Kids the World at some point on Wednesday! Please, I-4, be kind to us!

You can follow my Orlando JOYride on Google Maps! I will also post a link tomorrow beginning at 1pm from the app Glympse, so you can follow our JOYride in REAL TIME, and maybe catch a glimpse of Truly Nolen’s Mouse Limo. (More puns! Okay, I’ll stop.)

Want to join in on the fun? When you’re out tomorrow, if you see us on the road or at one of our ‘sweet’ stops, snap a picture of Truly Nolen’s Mouse Limo and hashtag it #TRULYLoved!

Not in Central Florida? No problem! Snap a picture of you and your friends smiling or forming a heart (with your hands, arms, pencils, a drawing – anything you like) and share it on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or Facebook using #TRULYLoved! We’ll be sure to share them all!

Also, be sure to follow @TrulyNolen, @CentralFLTop5, and me, @jenvargas on Twitter for live, on the road and inside the Mouse Limo updates!


About Truly Nolen
Founded in 1938, Tucson, Arizona-based Truly Nolen of America is the largest family-owned pest control company in the United States. Our East Coast Operations Office is proudly headquartered in Orlando and is visible off Interstate 4. Truly Nolen has over 80 branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company also has independently owned and operated franchises in an ever-growing number of territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, Puerto Rico and over 60 countries. To learn more about Truly Nolen, visit www.trulynolen.com or follow us on Facebook(www.facebook.com/TrulyNolenand Twitter (www.twitter.com/TrulyNolen).

About Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles Cupcakes opened “the world’s first cupcake bakery” in Beverly Hills, as reported by the Food Network, and is credited by the Los Angeles Times as “the progenitor of the haute cupcake craze.”  Founded by Candace Nelson, judge on Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars,” and husband Charles, Sprinkles has inspired long lines of devoted Hollywood stars and serious epicureans alike.  From Tom Cruise to Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively to Ryan Seacrest, celebrities are abuzz about Sprinkles!  Baked fresh in small batches throughout the day, Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients and contain no preservatives, trans fats or artificial flavors.  Sprinkles has 20 locations nationwide, a traveling Sprinklesmobile – the world’s first cupcake truck, and sells its cupcake mixes at over 250 Williams-Sonoma stores throughout the US and Canada.  In 2012, Sprinkles debuted the world’s first Cupcake ATM and continued its foray into classic American desserts with the launch of Sprinkles Ice Cream. For additional information and a list of future locations, please visit www.sprinkles.com.

5 things you never knew about Sprinkles Bakery

Locals may be quick to confuse Sprinkles at Disney Springs, with Sprinkles Custom Cakes in Winter Park. Cake, er, make no mistake – they are quite different. One has been around the Central Florida area for 27 years and makes custom cakes, while the other opened as “the world’s first cupcake bakery” and sports a pink Cupcake ATM outside.

Yes, you read that right. CUPCAKE ATM. And it’s dangerous(ly delicious). Let’s discuss…

Photo Credit: Sprinkles Bakery

You have been warned, Central Florida. [Photo Credit: Sprinkles Bakery]

Eleven years ago Candace Nelson (seen by many as a judge on all 10 Cupcake Wars seasons) opened the first Sprinkles in Beverly Hills (that is), California. Celebrities love Sprinkles. Angelenos and their dogs love (gluten-free and sugar-free) Sprinkles. They’re “a thing” all over the United States and Canada thanks to their 20 locations, mobile Sprinklesmobile (the world’s first cupcake truck), and Williams-Sonoma where you can find their cupcake mixes for sale for worswhipping-at-home or late, late night cravings.

In 2012, something magical happened… the birth of the world’s FIRST Cupcake ATM. Some people think of the Cupcake ATM as its own entity – and it IS – but Sprinkles made it happen, and made it happen first! Candace explains how the Cupcake ATM works here.

Sprinkles NY

Words of warning from Sprinkles in New York City

Those already familiar with them already know that Sprinkles uses the finest ingredients with no preservatives, artificial flavors or trans fats. They’re also baked fresh daily, handcrafted to order and, come with a nifty care guide and labeled flavor rows (on the inside top of the box).

Among the offerings; cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, espresso, ice cream cookie sandwiches, the Sprinkles Sundae (imagine a full-on or mini cookie or brownie sundae in the middle of your cupcake!), milkshakes…

ProTip: Follow Sprinkles on Facebook and/or Twitter for secret menu hints! Oh, and do not refrigerate your cupcakes.

5 things to know about Sprinkles

1) GIRL POWER: Sprinkles was founded by a female entrepreneur, and is operated by 90% female managers. These ladies know their flavors. Ask ’em anything!

Sprinkles Assorted Tower

2) DIETARY FLEXIBILITY: Normally, when most venture to a bakery, the last thought on their minds is the word “diet.” Some of us do not have a choice when it comes to food allergies and sensitivities. After all – dogs are finicky eaters, and if you’ve ever answered the question “can I give my dog oranges” with a small test and a bunch of vomit on the carpet, you know it’s true. Sprinkles is aware of this and takes extraordinary care in making sure they bake up offerings to accommodate every palate, even slobbery ones. Here’s a head’s up for those who need to know:

*Gluten Free:  Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies
*Vegan:  Mango Sorbet, Red Velvet Cupcakes
*Sugar Free:  Red Velvet Cupcakes (for the dogs!)

Note: Dog friendly cupcakes are also available via the Cupcake ATM!

ProTip:  Sprinkles offers frosting shots. This is not a mirage… FROSTING. SHOTS. Buttercream, fudge, salted caramel… the world is your sweet, sweet oyster. Lick it up!

3) CHARITABLE HEART: Since opening in 2005, Sprinkles has donated over $7 million in cash and cupcakes to charitable organizations in local communities and around the world. Causes dear to their frosting filled hearts; fighting hunger, helping children and shining a light on women’s causes with a sweet emphasis on women’s cancer. They’ve partnered with the Girl Scouts, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Hunger Busters and other local community organizations and food banks around the country. Once they’re in the neighborhood, Sprinkles wants to get to know you and your neighbors, so drop by and introduce yourself!

Sprinkles also donates all leftovers each night to a local organization in need. Here in Central Florida, Sprinkles at Disney Springs have already committed to donating to A Grateful Mind, an Orlando 501c3 charitable organization which provides emergency crisis assistance and educational resources to homeless and impoverished men, women and children in Central Florida. A cupcake may not singlehandedly save the world, but it might bring a smile to the face of those are trying their best.

Sprinkles LV

Sprinkles high rollin’ at The Linq in Las Vegas

4) SPRINKLES PERKS & APP: [Android/iOS] Who carries cash these days – or cards? Pre-register at home for your own, free Sprinkles Perks account. Download the app and take your perks anywhere! Sign up for Sprinkles Perks free by clicking HERE! Speaking of high techie stuff, you can also email your favorite cupcake addict a Cupcake Card!

5) SPRINKLES IS UP FOR ANYTHING: Need custom messages, designs or decorations for your wedding, corporate event or other special occasion? Want to propose to your gal or guy via the Cupcake ATM? Want to reveal the gender of your baby to the family in the sweetest way possible? Interested in fundraising for your favorite local cause? Feeling like a red velvet waffle cone to go with your Red Velvet ice cream? Have an urge to sync your personal calendar up to Sprinkles’ flavor calendar? Bring it! Sprinkles welcomes the challenge.


Sprinkles Tower

The Lowdown on Sprinkles at Disney Springs (near Raglan Road):

Address: Disney Springs Town Center, 1676 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

Phone Number: (407) 560-9192

Store Hours: 10am – 12am (daily)

Cupcake ATM: 8am – 2am (stocked daily, 400 cupcakes max)

Delivery availability? YES. Online and phone! (within 100 mile radius)

Welcome to Central Florida, Sprinkles!!