Wine Delivered to Your Door from Winc Wine Club – #DrinkWinc

Winc Monthly Wine Club

Clink, Clink – Welcome to Winc!

Winc’s monthly wine club helps you discover new, high-quality wines that match your taste preferences.

Wine is one of the little simple pleasures in my life. Although I enjoy a glass every now and then, I don’t enjoy shopping for wine. Why? I’m not a wine expert. When I head to the store to buy a bottle, I stand there looking at hundreds of bottles of wine. Up and down the aisles. Not really sure what I’m looking at. Often times, I walk out with nothing or end up buying the same wine over and over again simply because I know what it tastes like. Winc believes that the experience of getting a great bottle of wine should be as simple as enjoying a glassful of good wine. Winc is not your traditional wine club.

Winc partners directly with vineyards and winemakers to bring you fantastic, small-batch wines from vineyards you may not have otherwise had the chance to explore. Each month they make recommendations for you that you can accept or change the selections.

Try Winc and you will get 3 fantastic bottles of wine delivered to your door each month for around $39 + $9 shipping. Order 4 or more bottles for free shipping. While it is a monthly wine club, you are in total control of shipments, so you can skip a shipment anytime and as often as you’d like. You can also send wine as a gift.

You can also see a short video on each bottle of wine you want that describes that wine’s tasting notes, where the grapes came from, and a little backstory about the wine maker. You can easily watch these videos on your smartphone by scanning the bar code on the bottle. Of course, there is no obligation to learn anything about the wine you’re drinking. You can just sit back, put your feet up and sip your wine!

The company has been perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via their Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes. It takes the hassle and guesswork out of picking a bottle from your local liquor store and delivers the perfect bottle directly to your doorstep.

The website is super easy to navigate. What I like best is the fact that you can choose to have a selection sent monthly but you aren’t locked it. You can cancel or skip a month or two at any time. Plus, if you really don’t like a selection that was made for you – no problem – you won’t have to pay for it.

I filled out my Palate Profile and let Winc make the selections for me based on my profile. I was very happy with 3 of the 4 choices. My 4th choice didn’t thrill me only because I’m really not a huge fan of red wine, but my family enjoyed it so it was a win for me.

Your shipment arrives well packaged with each bottle secured well. I particularly like the sturdy handle on the box that makes taking your Winc with you to a get-together super easy! After each delivery, be sure to rate the wines that Winc sent to help them make better selections for your next order/shipment.

The Palate Profile quiz takes just a few minutes (6 questions). Based on the answers in your quiz, Winc recommends wines from their collection. You can change any of the recommendations to something you choose yourself or go with the choices that were made for you.

Winc Wine Club Member Benefits

  • Palate Profile – Answer 6 questions to help Winc assess your unique tastes.
  • Recommendations – Winc sends you wines specifically chosen to match your palate.
  • Rate your  wines to get better recommendations in the future.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed – Never pay for a bottle you don’t like.
  • Flexible – You can skip a month any time, free of charge.
  • No Commitment – Simply call or live chat to cancel your account.
  • For every 10 wines you rate, you’ll receive $10 in credits.
  • Invite a friend to be a member and earn up to $26 in credits.
  • Order 4 bottles or more in a membership order to enjoy free shipping.
  •  Be aware – Someone must be at home to sign for the delivery – The box will not be left at your door or on your porch.

Special Offer From Winc

$22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine – Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each. What are you waiting for? Join WINC today – HERE

I was provided the product discounted or for free for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.




Music Lovers Rejoice! Sonos One is the Smartest Speaker Around!

Dance like nobody’s watching and sing like nobody’s listening – All through the house with Sonos One – the smartest speaker around!

Sonos One Speaker Best Buy

Today’s busy world has us all looking for the easiest and quickest way to do things. Add in an easy and quick way to find the music you love to listen to and manage other aspects of everyday life – and BINGO! You’ll never want to be without Sonos again!

Do you want to start and control your music with your voice? Get ready for Sonos One! Sonos One is the smartest speaker there is – with Amazon Alexa built right in, you can play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker. Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more. Use your voice to play songs while you cook. Tell Alexa to turn the volume up while you’re in the shower. You can even request a lullaby, out loud, when you’re tucking in the kids.

Put your speaker wherever you want. Plug it in. Tap the app – it connects to your WiFi and you’re ready to rock. Just like that. No wires. No programming. No kidding. Sonos can play everything and anything! Perfect with the most popular streaming services, on-demand Internet radio, podcasts and audiobooks – anything you love to listen to. The Sonos app helps you quickly search through all your services, send it to different rooms, and even adjust the volume from a different room.

Since the built-in Alexa responds to any voice, anyone can take charge of what music plays. Guests can request their favorite songs in real-time. No matter who says it, Sonos plays it. With Sonos, the songs stream from your WiFi network (not your phone), so there’s never any of the dropouts, delays or interruptions associated with Bluetooth.

  • Combine voice with the Sonos app to manage all your music in one place: Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, internet radio and hundreds of other streaming services.
  • Connect wirelessly with other Sonos Home Sound System speakers to play music in any or every room
  • Enjoy surprisingly rich, room-filling sound from a smart speaker
  • Start and control your music with your voice. Amazon Alexa built right in.
  • Play songs, check news and traffic, manage smart devices and enjoy all those other helpful Amazon Alexa skills using a single Sonos speaker.
  • Seamless all-black or all-white color with smooth matte finish for an appearance that fits in any home.

This is definitely one of the most fun and easy to use gadgets we have gotten in our home. It’s so much more than just music and dancing and singing! Turn on lights, adjust the temperature, and more. Sonos One also lets you control your smart home devices with your voice – Since Sonos and Amazon Alexa are continually updating with new features, services and skills, your music and voice options will both keep getting better over time.

With Christmas right around the corner – why not give the gift of music from Best Buy and Sonos One! ($199.00).

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




3 Hours with Disney Master Artist Kevin-John

Disney Master Artist Kevin John

Three hours seemed like just a few minutes. I wish I could have sat and listened much longer. I wish I could have spent the entire day with him. It was a small group of 10 bloggers on a retreat to relax, refresh and share successes and failures of our blogging adventures (#glampingbloggers2017). It felt like we were sitting around chatting with friends. He came to our camp site to chat about branding. I came away from listening to him feeling like I made a new friend – a friend for life – a friend who will keep inspiring me to be the best I can be, dream a dream and reach for the stars.

Kevin-John Jobczynski is a Disney Master Artist. He is a Celebrity Artist. He is also an incredible artist of other things and one of the best motivational speakers I have sat and listened to. He is the kind of motivational person who doesn’t stand up and tell you what you should do to be inspired and motivated. He simply tells you his story and you become so emerged in his story that you are in awe of what someone can do. I have sat through countless inspirational speakers at conferences. I am always inspired at the moment. It rarely lasts. The inspiration I took away from Kevin-John will not likely fade anytime soon.

Kevin-John has had a long and interesting journey to get where he is today. His journey started as a teenager who wanted to draw pictures but also wanted to sell his pen and ink sketches to make other people smile. At 17 he had an incredible business plan without even knowing he had a business plan. At 17 he knew that he would someday have to support himself and he knew he wanted to do that with his art. He didn’t want to be a starving artist selling his work at local festivals under a tent.

Now, 30 years later, his art is loved by every Disney fan who has purchased a print in the parks, he co-owns and runs his company, Legend Cove Trading Company, (based on pirates!), he is one of the most in-demand artists in the country and he still finds the time to sit and talk to strangers and motivate them to be the best they can be. Legend Cove Trading Company is as diverse as the man himself offering apparel, coffee, and art. 

He is an incredible talent. He has little to no formal art training. He is just one of those special people born with a gift. When you watch him draw, you feel as if this gift simply flows from his heart, down his arm, into the pen (yes a pen!) onto the canvas. And . . . he is color blind. A celebrated, master artist who is color blind.

Photo Credit: Kuleen Lashley/My Small World

All of his works start with a special color of purple – a color formulated by him. He has never shared the formula with anyone. It is known as Kevin-John Purple. His work starts with that color because it is the easiest color for him to identify and build upon. He works only in water colors. A difficult technique because of it’s fast drying nature – there is no room for error.

What is a Disney Master Artist?

Well, to start with, it’s an incredible honor and a testament to an artist’s talent. There are only 20 Disney Master Artists in the world. A Disney Master Artist is under contract with Disney to create Theme Park exclusive art for Walt Disney World Art Galleries to be sold (as prints) in the parks. 

Kevin-John, a Disney Master Artist, is commissioned by Disney to produce works of art for Disney Parks in Florida and California.

More About Kevin-John

Before taking on his Disney work, Kevin-John was already a celebrated artist in the sports world. His drawings of famous sports figures were popular and kept him incredibly busy with work for ESPN, the NFL, the PGA and a long list of top athletes and their teams.

Photo Credit: www.Kevin-John.com

Sports card company Topps commissioned Kevin-John to produce art for their 2015 Topps Museum Collection Baseball card series. Over 100 professional athletes of major league baseball were drawn on the standard trading card size and format of 2.5″ by 3.5.

Photo Credit: www.Kevin-John.com

Sitting with Kevin-John was without a doubt the highlight of my retreat.

“It’s like a dream come true,” he says about working with Disney. “Open my high-school yearbook, and where it says what you want to do, it says, ‘I want to be a Disney artist.” None of it ever would have happened if it weren’t for a little luck, a tremendous amount of talent, and the will to stick to his dreams. “You can’t be afraid to fail,” Kevin-John says. “I’ve failed thousands of times. So you fail – you learn from it – and keep going.”

Kevin-John also has a deep dedication to countless charitable organizations and his art has helped raise well over a half million dollars for deserving causes.

You can follow his adventures on Twitter – @KJ_CelebArtist – Facebook – @Kevinjohn.Jobczynski




Change How You Charge with Help from Best Buy and Samsung

Samsung Rapid Chargers Best Buy

As someone who is always on the road, packing a bag or heading to a conference, one of the most difficult aspects of being ready all the time is keeping my phone charged and ready to take pictures and post to social media. Mid-day always seems to be an issue for me and I need chargers that are reliable and work with my Samsung phone without over-heating and without taking a super long time to get the job done. 

  • You don’t have to just use the cable and charger that came in the box with your phone, there are so many new ways to charge your phone
  • Samsung fast chargers allow you to charge your phone much quicker than a traditional charger, even while you’re using the phone
  • Samsung portable batteries allow you the freedom to charge anywhere you are – without being tethered to an outlet
  • Large assortment of charging accessories for every phone

Samsung fast chargers rapidly charge your devices up to 1.4x faster for select models*. The wireless charging system eliminates the cables and charges your compatible Galaxy device by simply placing it on the pad. (Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ and later models – fast-speed charging; Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Qi-enabled devices – standard-speed charging.)

Samsung portable battery pack lets you recharge your device quickly, so you can talk, text and surf longer when you’re out and about.

You can save up to 20% on these Samsung charging devices at Best Buy now through November 4th. What are you waiting for? Get one today! Change the way you charge today – you will be glad you did! No one likes to run out of juice right in the middle of a perfect picture day!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




3 Ways to Get Your Dole Whip Fix at Home!

dole whip recipes

The world is full of Dole Whip loving Disney fans! We see all over social media people coming home from a Disney vacation and wishing they had another taste of a Dole Whip.

Here are 3 different, easy recipes that will let you get your Dole Whip fix at home – all the time!

#1 – Dole Whip Smoothie with (or without)Rum

The easiest, most delicious, fabulous, I’m ready to have one right now, recipe for all you Dole Whip lovers! Three ingredients!

I have always admitted that I’m not a fan of the Dole Whip but I do love the Dole Whip with Rum available in Epcot. This recipe is so easy to make and while I sit on my porch sipping this I daydream about strolling through World Showcase!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 16 oz frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 6 oz of your favorite rum (with a little splash extra for good measure!)
  • Cherries for garnish
  • Blender

DIRECTIONS:

Place frozen pineapple and coconut milk in the blender and blend till pureed. Add in Rum and blend for a few more seconds. Pour into glass and garnish with cherry.

#2 – Dole Whip Cupcakes – Yummy!

These have definitely become one of my favorite cupcakes to make. They are easy to make and delicious!

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 Cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBSP pineapple  extract

Cupcake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
  • Beat butter on high for 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar, vanilla and pineapple extract to the butter until well combined.
  • Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing after each.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.
  • Add  flour mixture to the wet mixture; alternating with the buttermilk on low speed until it is thoroughly blended.
  • Scoop the batter into the lined cupcake holders till 2/3 filled.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Remove to a wire rack until fully cooled.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Butter (room temp)
  • 4 + Cup Powdered sugar
  • 4 TBSP Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp pineapple extract
  • Several small pineapple wedges

Frosting Directions:

  • Beat butter until creamed.
  • Add powdered sugar, 1/2 Cup at a time.
  • Cream both until light and creamy.
  • If not creaming slowly add a little whipping cream.
  • Mix the pineapple extract with the butter and powdered sugar.
  • Test to see if the frosting can make and hold a stiff peak.
  • Test by pulling out a spoonful of frosting holding it upside down. If it doesn’t drop then your frosting is done.
    If not add 1/2 Cup powdered sugar. Test again to make sure the frosting can make and hold a stiff peak.
  • Spoon frosting into a pastry bag with a frosting tip.
  • Twist open end to push frosting to the tip.
  • Frost cupcakes.
  • Place a small pineapple wedge on top of the frosted cupcake.

#3 – The Dole Whip Cake

This is a really really moist cake with a great pineapple flavor. Does it taste like Dole Whip? Well, sort of. Honestly, I like this cake more then I like a Dole Whip.

INGREDIENTS:

1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple
1 box (2-layer) white cake mix
1 cup plus 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1-3/4 cup sugar divided
3/4 plus pinch teaspoon salt, divided
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1-1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, divided
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1 can (6 oz) DOLE Pineapple Juice (I used store brand)
1 cup whole milk (I used 2% milk)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed
1/2 cup boiling water
1 box (4 servings) pineapple flavored gelatin (I had a difficult time finding this. Finally found at Bi-Lo
1/2 cup cold water
1-1/4 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Spray two (9-inch) round baking pans with cooking spray and line with parchment or wax paper.
Press crushed pineapple through a sieve to drain well, reserving the juice.  Juice should measure about 1-1/3 cups.  Set aside.  Add pineapple to food processor and process until pureed.  Set aside.

Combine cake mix, 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.  Whisk to combine.  Add egg whites, oil, 1 cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, reserved juice, and half of the reserved pineapple puree.  Mix with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.

Divide batter between prepared baking pans.  Bake for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Meanwhile, heat pineapple juice to boil and add gelatin.  Stir until completely dissolved.  Add cold water and stir to combine.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Fold in remaining 1/2 cup yogurt and whipped topping until well blended.  Cover and chill until set, about 1 hour.

Combine remaining 5 tablespoons flour, 1 cup sugar, and milk in a small sauce pan.  Whisk until smooth.  Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a simmer.  Continue to cook and whisk for 3 minutes, until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt, and butter one cube at a time, ensuring frosting is smooth.  Fold in remaining pineapple puree. 

Spread filling over bottom layer of cake.  Top with second layer.  Spread frosting over cake.  Chill cake for at least an hour before serving.

Bon Appetit!

Do you have a favorite Dole Whip recipe that you make at home?