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Top 5 Reasons It’s Great To Be A Mom

Here are some wonderful reflections from one of our own favorite Central Florida moms, Kelly Green! Have some of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!

Dolphin Calf and Mom, Photo from Discovery Cove

Dolphin Calf and Mom. Photo Credit: Discovery Cove

Having been told I had a less than 30 percent chance of ever even having a child, I have to say that I feel wonderfully blessed to have my son who is 8. I get to make and share memories with a little miracle, and BOY (pun intended) is it fun!

Here are my Top 5 Reasons why I think it’s great to be a mom:

1)   The “little” things add up.
There’s a saying that you should “enjoy the little things in life, for some day you will look back and see that they were the BIG things.” Taking a walk, doing chores together, giggling at some passage we just read in a book… Those are the moments that, at the end of the day, are the ones we look back on with joy.

My favorite one from this week: Taking a “working lunch” with my son. We homeschool, so when we can, we take our lessons on the road. Sack lunch, and a Boxcar Children book in hand, we set out for our own lunch-and-learn.  Small thing. Big payoff.

2) The “hard” things can be survived.
In our daily affirmations we say “Obstacles are just opportunities in hiding.” I wish I could say I’m always a great example of what moms “should” do in hard times, but I’m not. Sometimes (most times?) I face the struggle head-on. Once in a while, though, I cry and pout and do all those things I encourage my child NOT to do. Guess what, though?! Even in my failures, I can express what I did do right, and what went oh so wrong. Misery may not love company, but she does like to know that others aren’t perfect either. Being able to march through the fires together are treasured moments where that heat and pressure hopefully make diamonds.

3) The teachable moments help us grow together.
There’s a reason they use a light bulb to convey an idea lighting up a mind. Watching a child light up inside because of a lesson learned has got to be one of the biggest thrills ever. Whether it’s an educational milestone, or when they understand some social cue they had previously not grasped, it’s beautiful to watch unfold.

My little guy is still a work in progress (as are we all), but because we take advantage of those teachable moments he’s growing daily. No, he does not have a handle on sarcasm (and wields in inappropriately at times). Yes, he apologizes when he makes mistakes. Maybe—it’s the best thing ever to guide them as they grow, so moments become habits, and habits become life-long patterns.

4) Memories stay.
Last week was my friend Shannon’s son’s birthday. And when she began to explain to me how you used to look for fun things to do with your friends, the same way your son will soon to start developing those habits, it completely freaked me out. As much as I don’t like to think of how quickly my little guy will become an adult and go out in the world, he will before I can even imagine. Our early morning snuggles, moments prepping dinner together, and birthday party candle blow-outs will be distant memories soon…too soon. Before I know it he’ll be driving a car not only in the mall parking lot to practice parking, but off to his own house, to his own family.

No matter how closely I feel I hold on to the moments we share, they slip by like water through our hands. I have our memories, though, and I guard them (and if you know me at all, I PHOTOGRAPH them). Lord willing I’ll always have those times filed away in my heart, to recall when he’s not by my side.

5) The funny things keep us humble.
I have a recording on my phone of my son laughing. The situation that birthed those laughs involved my husband, my son, and loud body sounds if memory serves. I play that laugh track sometimes when I need a quick “pick-me-up.” What’s really funny have been the time those blush-inducing things happen when we are out in public. How many shades of red does my face get? Not sure. But… learning to laugh with others and at yourself keeps you healthy, kid and mom.

One of my mottos is “Laugh first, and laugh loudest.” Good plan, don’t you think? And with kids… how can you not?!

Happy Mother’s Day to moms…

… by birth

…by choice

…and by association. You’re all very special!

Mother’s Day is in bloom!

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Need a few ideas of where to take Mom on her special day? (We at Central Florida Top 5 think Mother’s Day should be celebrated EVERY DAY!) Here are some options…

Mad Cow Theatre‘s Mother’s Day Cabaret Brunch at Ceviche on Church Street and a jazz performance “You Taught My Heart to Sing” by Michelle Mailhot and friends. Brunch will start at 12:30pm, Concert at 2pm. Tickets start at $40 with brunch, $25 without and are available for purchase by calling 407-297-8788 or by visiting orlandocabaret.com

Enzian Theater‘s Mother’s Day Brunch begins at 11am and features live music by guitar virtuosos The Cook Trio, a delicious brunch buffet with carving station, a complimentary mimosa and will conclude with a special screening of Bye Bye Birdie staring Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret at noon. Individual film + brunch tickets are $35, children 6-14 are $20. VIP tables are also available: table for two is $110 and a table for four is $220.

Infusion Tea is celebrating by hosting a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea date with spots filling quickly! Seating times are 12pm and a later option at 3pm. The cost is $29 per person and includes bottomless mimosas, scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches (herbed cream cheese, egg salad, classic cucumber and a sun-dried special), petits fours, freshly baked cookies, gelato for two and a pot of tea. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 407-999-5255.

Does your mom love meat and fresh made-from-scratch sides with a twist? American Q, located inside the fabulous B Resort and Spa at Lake Buena Vista is an excellent choice! Their vintage Flatbed Buffet is tough to beat partnered with the friendly, knowledgable Cowboy Carvers who deliver table side meats so tender, they will fall right off the knife. The baked potato bar is our favorite alongside Q specialities such as; an omelet station, seafood pot station, take home mason jars, hot and cold sides and more. You can also enter to win prizes including: a B Resort Hotel Staycation, an afternoon at the B Resort Spa and Dinner for 4 at American Q! Prices start at $44.95 for adults, $24.95 for moms and $10 for children 7 chickens high and under!

Pollo Tropical has a “Mommy & Me” meal offering. Two can dine for $9.99, dine-in or take out. This includes: two entree choices of a small Create Your Own TropiChop or Quarter Chicken meal with rice and beans, choice of regular sized yuca sticks, sweet plantains and two regular fountain drinks. Text MOM2015 to 52198 for offer.

FITTPALOOZA5K™ is offering a special Mother’s Day discount on their family run/walk fitness challenge (benefiting the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation) on September 13th. When registering use the code MD5OFF for $5.00 off this weekend only.

Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra is hosting a Season Finale Concert to celebrate their 2014-2015 season at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center at 4pm. A silent auction filled with some great Mother’s Day getaways may make great presents! Auction items include: a Mountain Retreat (6 night stay at a modern cabin in the mountains of western Virginia where you can hike, backpack, camp, fly fish and more), a Disney Adventure (a gift basket with Disney merchandise and four 1-day Park Hopper passes allowing guests to experience all four Disney parks), Four Orlando City Soccer Club indoor/outdoor premium Suite Seats for one game (Package #1: Orlando City v. Columbus Crew, Orlando City v. FC Dallas or Orlando City v. NY Red Bulls OR Package #2 Orlando City v. Columbus Crew, Orlando City v. Philadelphia Union or Orlando City v. Chicago Fire) Single tickets range from $8-$16, series subscription from $28-$57 and can be purchased though fsyo.org or by calling 407-999-7800.

For those in need of more (we’re talking MANY more) options across Central Florida, OpenTable.com wants to help you take Mom out for a special brunch, lunch or dinner. Heck, you can make reservations for all three! Your mom deserves it!

From all of us here at Central Florida Top 5, we wish you and yours a Happy Mother’s Day!

 

5 Must-See Orlando Cabaret Festival Performances

In its 13th year, the Orlando Cabaret Festival brings together artists and acts from Central Florida and beyond for two weeks of crooning, swaying and swooning. More than 30 performances of jazz, pop, Broadway and comedy take place during the festival in downtown Orlando, at Mad Cow Theatre‘s two-theater complex on Church Street. The festival kicks off this Friday, April 24 and doesn’t wrap up until May 10, so it should be easy to fit into your calendar. In addition to a jam-packed schedule of evening and weekend performances, make note there are special 45-minute lunchtime performances for the busy downtown workers who need some entertainment to get through the day, and there’s also a special (popular) Mother’s Day Cabaret brunch event as well.

With so much variety that you’re bound to find something to enjoy — whether you’re more into jazz jams or jazz hands, there’s something for your taste.

 

Here are 5 must-see suggestions for this year’s Orlando Cabaret Festival.

 

1. The Broadway Boys

Friday, April 24 at 8:30pm | Saturday, April 25 at 8:30pm | Sunday, April 26 at 3:30pm

(Sunday, April 26 at 6pm – a special appearance at the inaugural Black & White Bash)

Some of Broadway’s finest male singers join together to add elements of pop/funk/gospel/jazz to traditional show tunes to redefine the musical theater genre. The Broadway Boys represent such shows as THE BOOK OF MORMON, WICKED, KINKY BOOTS, MOTOWN, RENT, JERSEY BOYS, MAMMA MIA, MARY POPPINS, HAIR, ALTAR BOYZ, ROCK OF AGES, HAIRSPRAY, ONCE and many more. They have toured the country, playing venues large and small, and have been seen on “Americas Got Talent” and “The TODAY Show.” The Broadway Boys’ album, “Lullaby of Broadway,” debuted at #6 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and their second album “Hark!” was released November 2014.

 

2. Will & Anthony Nunziata

Friday, May 1 at 8:30pm | Saturday, May 2 at 8:30pm

Singers, actors, funny men and arts education advocates Will & Anthony Nunziata sing fresh takes on timeless songs, from pop standards and Broadway to Italian music to Billy Joel, Motown and beyond. Will & Anthony have performed around the world, from Singapore to San Francisco, and have been featured recently on NPR, “The Entertainment Weekly Sirius Radio Show,” “The Rachael Ray Show,” NBC’s The Columbus Day Parade and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” You can count on some good laughs sprinkled in since Will & Anthony trained in improv comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City (like, where Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen honed their craft). Their musical mission is to keep “America’s classical music” feeling fresh and new.

 

3. The Edge Effect

Friday, May 8 at 8:30pm | Saturday, May 9 at 8:30pm

This group was crowned winners of MTV’s “Top Pop Group” and Boyz II Men’s “Next Great A Cappella Group,” and America’s Got Talent finalists. Regardless of your feelings about reality television competitions, believe these guys are the real deal. The Edge Effect combines pop, R & B, jazz, rock and funk with their signature sound that blurs the genre lines and weaves a tapestry of beats, harmonies and vocal acrobatics in a totally unique show. Their vast repertoire knows no boundaries to style or genre, and the band’s stunning reinterpretations of musical favorites, as well as inventive, contemporary original songs make for an exciting entertainment experience.

 

4. It Was A Very Good Year

club moo pic

Grab a chair as you sip a cool drink in the hottest bar in downtown Club Moo and enjoy It Was A Very Good Year, a celebration of one year in the life of America focusing on the news, the lifestyles, the gossip, and most important of them all — the music. You have two years TO CHOOSE FROM, or don’t choose and enjoy both!

1968

Friday, April 24 at 7pm | Monday, April 27 at Noon | Thursday, April 30 at 7pm | Sunday, May 3 at 2pm | Thursday, May 7 at Noon | Saturday, May 9 at 7pm

Join Mad Cow Theatre, Maestro Philip King and four talented singers for a psychedelic journey back to the sixties. It’s an evening of great songs and nostalgia, looking at the fads, foibles and events of 1968 set against a backdrop of the popular music of the day. Enjoy hits of The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Rascals, and Jerry Lee Lewis along with the year’s best from Hollywood and Broadway. You’ll hear Promises, Promises, People Got to be Free, Love Child, Honey, Love is Blue, The Unicorn Song and many more. Anyone with a love of timeless music and a good party is sure to enjoy this unique cabaret… 1968: It Was a Very Good Year!

1978

Sunday, April 26 at 2pm | Thursday, April 30 at Noon | Saturday, May 2 at 7pm | Monday, May 4 at Noon | Thursday, May 7 at 7pm

As the ’70s come to a close, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John rule the silver screen, funky fashion statements rule the streets and a slew of musical talents top the charts. Be there when the melodies of Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand are celebrated side-by-side with hits from ABBA and The Bee Gees. You’ll hear all your favorites from 1978 – Take a Chance on Me, Stayin’ Alive, The Gambler, Baby Come Back, You’re the One That I Want, and many more! Join us for this, the newest edition of Mad Cow Theatre’s most popular cabaret series, 1978: It Was a Very Good Year!

5. Mother’s Day Cabaret Brunch

If mom is more the jazz jams kind of lady, treat her to an afternoon of delicious food and spectacular music. The Mother’s Day Cabaret Brunch is in its third year and is very popular. Enjoy brunch at Ceviche at 12:30pm, then walk across the street for a jazz performance at Mad Cow at 2pm featuring Michelle Mailhot & Friends featuring Barry Smith on drums, Chris Rotmayer on piano and Chuck Archard on bass.

 

Artists and schedules are subject to change.

Ticket prices begin at an affordable $20 for evening shows and $12 for lunchtime events.

Tickets are on sale by phone at 407.297.8788 or online: Full schedule and tickets.

Krispy Kreme’s Flower Doughnuts Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Say Happy Mother’s Day with Bouquet of Springtime from Krispy Kreme!

Brian shared with a few of his blogger friends some of these sweet delights!KrispyKremeMothersDay

Springtime Flower Doughnut – An eye-catching and tasty flower-shaped doughnut with a sweet yellow icing and a chocolate outline. Tell her you ‘love her’ with a dozen today.

Available May 5 through May 11 only at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations.

Locally : Winter Park

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Titanic Mother’s Day

Guest Post by SeaWorld Mommy

Sure you could take Dear Old Mom out for brunch for Mother’s Day… and she’d love it. The most important part of the day is spending it with her family, right? But what if you could do something really unusual? What about getting her a “big” surprise? Better yet — a “Titanic” one?!

Titanic The Experience on International Drive is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch Sunday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Mom will be the guest of honor, as will Captain E.J. Smith, Margaret “Molly” Brown, and others notables. Your family will enjoy a buffet-style meal with eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and other sumptuous options, although (thankfully) the menu will not be identical to that served on Titanic for breakfast, April 11, 1912. No, there will be no grilled mutton kidneys, lamb collops (whatever those are) or stewed prunes. It will be a first-class affair, however, with a decidedly Edwardian flair.

Will Mom get a meal at the “usual” spot for this special day? Or one with live entertainment from famous passengers and crew, singing, dancing, fun and interaction that will be a memory your family will hold dear for years to come?

Tickets may be purchased at the Exhibition Box Office, by calling 407-248-1166, or online at titanictheexperience.com. The cost is $45 for adults and $35 for children.

Titanic The Experience is located between Sea World and Universal Studios at 7324 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819