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WE’VE MOVED!  Just across WordPress that is . . . here is our new blog address:


We have had the pleasure of working with Lindsey at Pretty Darn Cute Design these past few weeks to create a “fun & fabulous” new blog layout. If you are a current subscriber, you will receive an e-mail so all you need to do is “confirm.” 

To celebrate our new blog, we’ve created free Easter printables – a note card/hang tag and a jelly bean cello topper. Hop on over, subscribe and download your printables!

Here’s a sneak peek!

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From Melinda—One of the best aspects of this amazing journey is meeting new people from all walks of life and learning about their touching stories. I recently had this opportunity at the Boomer Senior Expo on February 23 in Brevard County, FL. The Expo not only highlighted valuable senior living programs and organizations, but it also celebrated the launch of the 5th annual Boomer Senior Guide.

The idea to exhibit originally came from a wonderful lady, Jennifer East, who I recently met at a movie premeire party. After a little pre-planning and selecting which Personas to create for the display (always my favorite part!), the entire day was filled with wonderful feedback and conversations. The experience also gave me the opportunity to see, first hand, people’s reactions. It was so gratifying to see big smiles on the faces of the attendees, once again confirming that our product “puts smiles on faces.” Of course, one of the day’s favorites was Over-the-Hill Hillary, complete with her 39 AGAIN birthday hat!

I couldn’t help but take a few snapshots of my day (see below)…

From top: I learned about the expo from Jennifer East, Senior Life News…the Persona table display at the Expo…I met so many wonderful individuals like Marta Fiol from the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard…Linda Humphrey (Senior Life News) & Dave Francis (Dave Francis Entertainment) provided a welcoming smile to all Expo attendees…I loved listening to the Barber Shop quartet and seeing the ballroom dancing preformed in vintage clothing.

After the Expo, we stopped for a bite of food at a phenomenal Mexican eatery called Salsa’s Restaurant in the Downtown Historic District of Melbourne, FL. The owner/Chef Gustavo Sanchez Portia was so nice and his authentic Mexican cooking was spectacular!!!  Here is his website if you are ever in the Melbourne area! 

One final shout out to my wonderful hubby, Jude, for helping me at the expo and being the great guy that he is!

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Party planners, cookie & cupcake designers, product developers, bloggers, writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, moms and wives . . .

What started out as a simple tweet between Melissa from Truly Chic Inspirations and myself several months ago just blossomed and took on a life of its own. Before we knew it, 18 amazing women had joined the Sunshine State Dreamers group on Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers and planned to meet in front of Planet Hollywood this past Saturday. After a simple “meet & greet” and an exchange of business cards and other goodies (see below), it’s almost as if we had known each other for years. A true sense of camaraderie took over and we all connected due to our passion for creativity and an inner drive to make our dreams come true. We also had another common thread . . . this group of ladies knows what its like to JUGGLE . . . everything from toddlers to teenagers to husbands to businesses to full-time jobs. Thanks to Melissa Chambers and Jessica Kirkland for making the day so special!

You know the saying . . . a picture is worth 1000 words, so I wanted to share the photographs below.  I think you can actually see the creative energy we all felt on that beautiful sunny day in the middle of Downtown Disney . . .

Top photo: Melissa Chambers and I became “Tweet” friends and decided to have lunch together…what started out as social media became a wonderful social event!

– Can you believe we even received a swag bag from members of Martha Stewart Doers into Dreamers? Not only did we receive the latest issues of  Martha Stewart “Living” and “Everyday Food,” but fellow Dreamers from around the country created sweet gifts for us(special thanks to Jessica for gathering and explaining all the goodies ~ she even carted a huge tray of cupcakes all the way through Downtown Disney! 🙂

Cupcake Cookies Sandy’s Baking Memories

DIY Favor Box Kit Party Starters

Cake Pops Dreamin N Details

Candy Hugs & Kisses The Sweet Spot Candy Bar

Flip Flop Gift Tag The Purple Pug

CupcakesCupcake Delights

Origami Stars & Goodies –  Origami Delights

Chocolate – Schakalod

Kandy KonesCelebrate Today the Superchick Way


Here’s the group of fantastic Sunshine State Dreamers! top row-from left: Carmen (Pom Flair), Nikki (Great Gatherings), Lisa (The SweetTalkShop), Ashley (Truly Chic Inspirations), Michele (Intrigue Designs), Jennifer (Party Dreamz), Jessica (pen n’ paperflowers), “ME” Melinda (Persona Gift Pail)

bottom row-from left: Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Debra (Titi’s Tutu’s), Staci (Lizard & Ladybug), Renee (Bee’s Knees Creative), Melissa (Truly Chic Inspirations), LaVonne (LF Events), Theresa (Lauren McKinsey), Amy (True Love Found/Buggie and Jellybean), Andrea (Pocket Full of Parties). Not pictured: Paula (Frog Prince Paperie)

Photos from top left: With 18 names to remember, I decided to create colorful nametags at the last-minute . . . cardstock, 1″ bar pins and K & C Company’s Layered Accents Flower Designs from Target did the trick!

– One of the many beautiful gifts exchanged at the event from Cupcake Delights.

 Dreamers enjoying lunch and each other’s company at Rainforest Cafe.

– Phenomenal personalized notebooks created by Intrigue Designs for all 18 of us!

– More Dreaming!

One of the day’s highlights for me was a “gift swap” with Bees Knees Creative. I created a Persona Pail for Renee and the group named her Glamorous Gloria. I was just floored when Renee then gave me these custom Persona” cookies. They are so special; I just can’t bare to eat them!  

I am just so honored to be a part of this fabulous group of women. Can’t wait for our next gathering!  —Melinda

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Spring break is right around the corner…are you planning an escape to the Sunshine State? Then you absolutely need to check out this month’s issue of Orlando Magazine. The “Get out of Town” feature is full of great Florida destinations that you may have not even heard about like Amelia Island, the Hammock Beach Resort and a little town called Steinhatchee with its quaint Southern-style cottages. Here’s a link to this great travel information.

AND, you might also want to check out pg.33 and Denise Bates Enos’ article, “Gifts from the Heart.” Since Melinda’s idea for Persona Pails was “born” in Orlando, Denise was drawn to our story and included us in her feature! (see what she wrote below)

Beyond the Pail
Instead of using ribbons and wrapping paper, why not package gifts in a cute gift pail that’s a gift in itself? Persona Gift Pails come with stickers that allow you to create different character faces, including “Love Struck Lucy.” Each gift pail includes a “hair piece,” reusable stickers to create seven different “personas,” colorful shredded paper filler and a notecard. They’re $14.95 each and available at Girlie Girl Things in east Orlando (407-380-0012) and at personagiftpail.com.


On a side note, Melinda will be gathering in Downtown Disney tomorrow with a group called the Sunshine State Party Girls. What once started as a Twitter conversation and a lunch date between Melinda and Melissa from Truly Chic Inspirations has now grown to a list of 18 talented women and business owners who share a common vision of making their dreams come true. They have even formed a group on Martha Stewart’s Doers Into Dreamers on-line community! I can just imagine the buzz with that many creative ladies in one place – look out Mickey! We’ll be sure to share pics and more info next week! Have a great weekend!

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Day 3 of our “Valentine’s Day 2 for 1 LUV” for our fans & followers! For this week only, when you buy ONE Persona Pail, get a second pail FREE. We’ve posted the discount code on our Facebook and Twitter pages (connect with us by clicking the links below). Just type in the code at check-out and $14.95 (price of one pail) will be deducted from your order! (special ends Friday, February 4th).

And now on to this crazy cute collection of Valentine’s cards, crafts and printables for your kids!

1) This “I Dig You” candy gift by in place of her crown blog is perfect to hand out to friends and classmates. All you need is a plastic shovel, candy, cello bag, message tag and a ribbon to finish it off!

2) Great alternative to the same ol’ grocery store valentines, just download, print and sign! Any class moms out there? You MUST also check out the Valentine’s Class Party by One Charming Party for some phenomenal ideas!

3) These are indeed “beary” special Valentine’s Cards by Skip to My Lou!

4) Kim from The Celebration Shoppe has done it again! These adorable cello toppers (owls for girls and dinosaurs for boys) are available to download. See Kim’s post here.

5) Originally from Family Fun, this lip & mustache lollipop by Blonde Designs is sure to be a hit with classmates!  

6) To celebrate their 1st birthday in business, Anders Ruff Custom Designs has created 4 free printable Valentine’s Day cards, perfect for your little ones!

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we thought it would be the perfect time to show how much we LOVE our followers and fans! Sooo, for this week only, when you buy ONE Persona Pail, get a second pail FREE. We’re calling it “Valentine’s Day 2 for 1 LUV!”

Only one string attached 🙂

We’d love for you to make one of the pails for a friend or family member who needs a little extra love right now… is someone under the weather? going through a tough time? know of a senior that needs a little “pick me up” to brighten their day? Just create a fun Persona character, accessorize with an old hat or scarf, fill with Hershey’s KISSES or homemade goodies and share the LOVE!

Here’s all you need to do:

We will be posting the discount code on our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week (connect with us by clicking the links below). When you receive the code, select your 2 pail choices and at check-out, just type in the code and $14.95 (price of one pail) will be deducted from your order! (special ends Friday, February 4th) 



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