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We’ve been nominated for a Bright House Networks Sunshine Blog Award!

We have some exciting news! Central Florida Top 5 has been nominated for our 2nd Bright House Networks Sunshine Blog Award! We are honored to have been nominated alongside so many other great local blogs – and with so many blogs owned and/or curated by females! (High fives to my Central Florida Lady Bloggers!)

The Sunshine Blog Awards are given out during FLBlogCon’s FORUM presented by Bright House Networks, a smaller version of their much larger held in September. Of course blogging and social media topics are covered here too but this year will feature a great lineup of speakers including our own Guest Contributor and chef about town, Chef Dennis Littley! You can learn more about the program and speakers here.

Blogcurious or interested in attending? We hear tickets are still available, and if you use the discount code ‘LASTCHANCE,’ you’ll get $10 off! This year’s FORUM takes place at the Maitland Civic Center, a historic local landmark all its own! (Map)

Speaker schedule:

  • 4:00pm – Live streaming demo from Chef Dennis
  • 4:45pm – Pinterest Power by Kim Vij
  • 5:30pm – Passion into Profit by Pam Hoelze (who will pinch hit for staple Justice Mitchell)
  • 6:15pm – Blogger Breakout (by niche)
  • 6:15pm – Sunshine Blog Awards presentation
  • 7:00pm – End

In the last couple of years, Central Florida Top 5 has gone through a lot of growth and changes, but our heart has always remained within our community and our eyes peeled on our home turf. In approaching our seventh year serving the Central Florida community, we were beyond thrilled to learn of our nomination in the “Best Community/Neighborhood Blog,” and thank our readers and fellow bloggers for nominating for us!  We especially thank Bright House Networks without whom none of this would be possible.

We need your help. Would you consider voting for us, FTW (for the win)?

Sunshine Blog Awards Vote 2016

Anyone, anywhere can vote once, even if you live outside the counties we currently cover; Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, or Polk. This means our out-of-state and out-of-country readers CAN participate!

Are you ready to vote? Voting ends TODAY, so please act quickly! Here’s what you do:

You may remember Top 5 was voted “Best Blog on Non-Profit/Cause,” in 2014 and we were super proud! Brian’s face here really says it all… (We LOVE YOU, Brian!)

Sunshine Awards 2014 Brian

Top 5 Owner, Brian, poses with an awards swag bag full of Sunshine!


Sunshine Awards 2014 CFLT5

Thank you for voting in 2014! Can we do it again in 2016?

On behalf of the Top 5 Team, we thank you for your continued support as we keep growing! And, should you decide to vote for us as your Best Neighborhood/Community Blog, we thank you for that too!

FLBlogCon 2014 Details and Ticket Give-Away!

Florida Blogger & Social Media Conference!

FLBlogCon is a conference in Florida for bloggers & social media professionals. It is held at Full Sail University.(Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:00 AM)

See the  2014 Conference Guide and buy your ticket today as it will sell out!


Below are out Top5 reasons to go and tips for FLBlogcon 2014!

If you want to try your luck-  we have a giveaway going on Now:

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Network: Meet other bloggers in real life! Share what you know and Listen! Often we can connect each other to some of the best opportunities around.

Meet Brands: Some great sponsors are lined up and last year there were amazing prizes given away as well as an opportunity to talk directly sometimes to talk to brand representatives!

Explore and Learn: Attend a session or two outside of your comfort zone- by doing this you will learn something new!

Ask:  Yes, go and ask. Do some research on some of the amazing presenters and they love questions. Also, maybe other bloggers and attendees are often open to answer or share!

Dream: Amateurs or professionals whether you write about your family, food, travel, cats, community, social media, technology, or even blogging-this is your day to make your #gottagetblogging time really happen!

Full details and updates @ FLBlogCon.com

The Great American Milk Drive Helps Nourish Florida Families

On average only one gallon of milk is donated to local food banks A YEAR. 3.79 liters. 16 cups. 128 ounces. A YEAR. 364/5 days. 52 weeks. 12 months…

Imagine feeding an infant 3 ounces of milk every 3 hours… a gallon of milk would only last you about 5 days before you’d have to go get another gallon. Adults should be drinking 3 glasses of milk daily according to the Food Pyramid. A nationwide movement called The Great American Milk Drive strives to change all this by providing milk to families in need.

Milk not only contains high quality protein for your diet but also a handful of essential nutrients like Vitamins A and B-12, magnesium, potassium and, of course, Vitamin D. Such nutrients are important for all adults but particularly for children whose bodies are still developing. Dr. Robert Heaney, a researcher at Creighton University says, “With modern diets, eliminating dairy from the diet – for any reason whatsoever – will result in poor nutrition with long-term consequences for health.” He adds,”People need a steady supply of calcium, Vitamin D and other bone-building nutrients in milk early in life to lay a sturdy foundation. Depriving the body of these nutrients has the potential to impact bone health throughout the lifecycle. Additionally, low fat and fat free milk is the top food source of vitamin D, which has been linked to a growing range of health benefits.” This prodiets is a California based dietary provider, which was founded in the year 1983 by Sydney Craig and Jenny Craig in Melbourne, Australia. Later on, in the year 1985 the provider moved from there to the US. The company is associated with the famous Nestle Nutrition.

At the launch of this year’s Great American Milk Drive, TV Host and Registered Dietician Ellie Krieger said, “There’s not just a hunger gap in America, there’s a nutrition gap too. There’s a need for more nutritious food in our nation’s feeding programs. One of the most requested items is milk, but it’s rarely donated. The basically means it’s not getting to the twelve and a half million families who need food assistance in this country.” Kate taught us last summer that 732,000 Central Floridians regularly struggle with hunger. To struggle with this too seems a bit absurd to us.

(For our Lactose Intolerant (or LI) friends, there are quite a few alternatives out there that offer the same nutritional benefits like Lactaid (real cow milk without lactose), active culture yogurt and natural cheeses [e.g. mozzerella, cheddar and colby].)

To know more how you can help women and children welfare click on wic office.

Don’t believe us? Here’s Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson to tell you more…