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Sweet 16

by Valerie DiVecchio 8. March 2010 16:06
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So I'll ask for forgiveness upfront on the corny blog post today, but I couldn't let this milestone occasion go by without some acknowledgement!  I have posted on my four-legged sweeties before and yesterday Kenya turned 16!  Here she is posing for her driver's license picture... watch out Tampa, here comes Kenya!

2010... Off to a Flying Start!

by Valerie DiVecchio 17. February 2010 17:37
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I know I seem absent as of late, but 2010 has been hopping (and I'm NOT complaining!).  With 4 events in January, the month totally flew by!  And February and March are just as jammed packed!  I want to thank all of my past and current clients for helping me to have the best start of a year ever, and I promise that I will be posting pictures of recent events very soon so check back often!

New Year... Same Old Resolution

by Valerie DiVecchio 4. January 2010 18:35
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Happy New Year!  I'm excited for 2010 and all it has to offer.  I think it's going to be a fantastic year! 

About this time of year you hear the word "resolutions" a lot.  I used to attempt to make resolutions... actually I could make them just fine, it was keeping them I wasn't so good at!  I hadn't done it in a few years and then last year I decided that I'd give it a go again.  Realizing as we all do as we grow older, I wanted to try to live a healthier lifestyle so one of the resolutions I made was to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Well... does it still count if they are smothered in chocolate or french onion dip?  So, let's just say I didn't do too good with that one.  Another one was to do yoga or go walking 3 times a week.  Okay... maybe I should have been more realistic and said 3 times a month!  I did okay with that one (the 3 times a month that is... I must have been feeling super ambitious that day to say 3 times a week!) up until going to Ireland this summer.  Somehow when I returned that whole exercise thing was like a foreign concept! 

So, hence the reason that this year I am going back to not making new year resolutions again - with one exception.  It is my year round resolution to provide excellent service to each one of my clients.  That is one resolution that will never change!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010!

Pardon the Long Pause

by Valerie DiVecchio 21. October 2009 15:59
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So obviously I have been absent from my blogging... sorry about that!  The day after my last blog I left for a wonderful vacation in Ireland with my husband Joe.  Some long overdue R&R mixed with fun adventures.  We started our journey in Dublin - what a great city.  Of course since it was our first timeJameson Joe and Val in Ireland we did all of the touristy stuff: Trinity College (Book of Kells), Guinness Brewery (fun), Jameson Distillery (lots o'fun), Dublin Castle   (all of the English speaking tours where sold out so we hopped into a Spanish one... and no, we don't speak Spanish!  Luckily there was a couple from Corpus Christi who knew enough to give us the highlights!) and kilmainham gaol (famous jail where leaders of the uprising where publicly executed).  Very quickly we learned that the map we received at the hotel was not to scale.  On the map it looked like a stone's throw from Guinness to the jail.  After about 2 miles I finally stopped a lady on the street to ask for directions.  If you have never been to Ireland before the best thing (in my opinion) is the people.  They are SUPER friendly!  Always willing to talk, lend a hand and always smiling.  Big difference than most US major cities.  Anyway, instead of pointing us in the right direction, this lady actually turned back around, put her groceries back in her car, invited us in and drove us right to the front door!  My aching feet thank her still!Castle

Next we headed for Kilkenny and the real adventure began... we picked up the rental car!  I heard the stories about the roads and dangers of driving in Ireland - ha!  Those stories were nothing compared to real life!!  Did I say we went on vacation for some R&R?  Talk about some white knuckle driving... well actually riding... I refused to do the driving!  Kilkenny was a quiet little town.  We did stop at some really cool castles along the way and in the town itself.  It's amazing how much  history is just sitting on the side of a road.  There are ruins everywhere you look - in the middle of a cow pasture, next to the coast - everywhere!  We climbed to the top of this little round tower.  The stairs were straight up (great workout for the legs) and the turns were very tight.  One gentleman actually got stuck and had to work his way back down!  At the top there was a great view of the town, but it was so windy that the entire tower felt like it was swaying.  I think we made it down to the bottom in half the amount of time it took to climb to the top!  With the building being a few hundred years old, we weren't too sure about its maintenance  scheduling! Sheep

Then on the Kinsale and Kenmare.  Kinsale is a sleepy little town and wasn't our favorite.  Might have had something to do with the never ending rain!  Even though we had a car we decided to walk to Charles Fort because the B&B owners said it was only about 1/4 mile.  I don't think they walk much... it was at least 2 miles if not more and lots of hills to top it off.  We were drenched and I was getting cranky when I heard the voice of an angel, "Want a lift?".  I could not have jumped in this stranger's car any faster!  Once again, love those Irish!!  Kenmare was a little more happening.  We stayed above a restaurant in this B&B right on the main street.  There was this great pub where Mikey O'Connell played the "squeeze box".  He was fantastic!!  The place was packed and people were up on tables dancing and having a great time.  Joe had developed quite a fondness for Guinness by this time so most nights were could be found in the pubs, enjoying music, Irish food and of course a few pints.

We drove the Ring of Kerry which originates in Kenmare... I think I saw most of it but when a huge tour bus is coming towards you on a road that fits only one car, I felt like my hands were over my eyes for half the drive.  If it wasn't a tour bus, it was sheep or cows crossing the road.  All cars in Ireland have Cliffs 2massive scratches and dents all along the passenger side (and remember, the steering wheel is on the other side of the car and you drive on the wrong side of the road!).  That's because the passenger always ends up in the shrubs or ditch!  After the Ring of Kerry came the Dingle Peninsula drive which is right along the coast.  It really is breathtaking... when there are no oncoming cars or sheep or cows in the road!  We arrived in Dingle and our B&B was awesome.  We had a large room with a terrace that overlooked the harbor.  And the house dog, Rio, was too cute!  We adored her and would spend hours on the lawn playing fetch with her.  It was truly the town for that much needed R&R.  We did take a boat ride out into the harbor looking for "Funji", the wild Irish dolphin.  Yes, I know, we live in Florida and can see dolphins on a daily basis.  What can I say?!

Then we were off to Doolin - the place where musicians are made.  Well, Doolin consists of 3 pubs, a church and a souvenir shop.  The entire town is like a block and a half  long!  But the pubs were the place to be and the music was good.  We took rides out to Connemara and the Buren during the days and kicked back with a few pints and some fish and chips at night.  After all of the small Kylemoretowns we were ready for a bigger city so off to Galway we went.  Small city, but a city none the less.  We were in a pub (go figure) one night and they plopped a wooden board down on the middle of the floor... out came some River Dancers!  Too cool.  We also went out to the Aran Islands.  Unfortunately the weather was Irish that day, but the trip is one that will remain in our memory for a long time.  I love boats and have been around them all my life.  My husband on the other hand doesn't much care of them and can get a little green around the gills on boat rides.  Well, on the way back from the Aran Islands we took a boat for about an hour through the Atlantic Ocean.  The ocean was not happy that afternoon.  The swells were HUGE.  I have never seen a boat roll fromTorc Waterfall one side to the other like this.  I freaked out when I saw the crew freaking out.  Never a good sign.  Joe couldn't even look up - he had the right idea.  If we had been cats, that was probably worth about 2-3 of our nine lives right there.  Happy to be on land that day was a big understatement!

We wrapped up our time in Bunratty with the huge castle and village.  That castle was a little different than the others in that it was still largely furnished and you could actually get up close and personal.  They even let you have access to the dungeon.  Would have hated to tick off the King in those days!  Of course, last chance for the true Irish pubs and we made good use of the time.  Then the next day we headed back to the airport, returned the car and hoped they did not care about the additional scratches that we undoubtedly added to the car!

It was a great two and a half weeks, but we were ready to come home.  Unfortunately the fondness of Guinness caught up with Joe.  Apparently they do not pasteurize their beer or milk in Ireland like we do in the States.  Well, let's just say Joe met a bad batch of Guinness on our last night there and spent the next two weeks sicker than a dog.  So between playing nursemaid and trying to play catch up at the office, blogging fell to the back burner.  But now I'm ready to get back to it!  Look out for pictures from recent events and some more tips on planning the perfect event!  Cheers!

Dealing with Stress

by Valerie DiVecchio 13. May 2009 10:31
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Let's face it... planning a special event, particularly a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah, can be very stressful.  Lots of decisions to make, appointments to go on, and as each day passes sometimes it seems like the things to do list can get longer as the time gets closer.  So how do you deal with the stress so not to lose your mind?  Well, everyone has to find their own solution.  For some it may be putting their event planner on speed dial (me!) as one client told me yesterday, for others it may be going to the gym and taking it out on the treadmill or weights, and for me it's yoga.

I discovered yoga about eight months ago.  My sister has been an advocate for yoga for a very long time, and she finally convinced me to give it a try.  It's not easy and sometimes I wonder what I must look like to an observer, but the great thing about yoga is that you learn to listen to your own body and you leave self-judgment at the door.  I know, I know... easier said than done!  But if you stick with it, it really does get easier.  It's one hour a week, or if you're lucky twice a week, that you get to concentrate on you and attempt to leave all of the worries, stresses and distractions behind.  I say "attempt" because for me that's the hardest part of doing yoga.  Although I found that it does get easier to do that because if you are standing on one foot, with the other in the air and nothing to hang onto... you will topple over if you lose your focus.   Been there, done that!

I strongly recommend to anyone embarking on a life changing adventure that he/she find a way to help alleviate the stress - whatever it may be.  And if yoga might be your thing, I have a great instructor located in South Tampa who offers a complimentary first-time class to see if it may or may not be a fit for you.  Send me an e-mail and I'm more than happy to provide you with her contact information!

It's Been A While...

by Valerie DiVecchio 5. March 2009 14:18
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Why does that title feel like deja vu?  I can't believe how time just flies by... between the holidays, then the Super Bowl and then Gasparilla, I'm just now coming up for air!!  It has been a couple of crazy past few months, but now things are calming down.  The tourists and Hollywood celebrities have left Tampa (you have to admit it was kind of exciting!) and all of us locals are getting back to normal.  And for me that means blogging! 

I don't normally make New Year resolutions because they are usually broken by January 2nd.  I believe that if you're going to try to commit to doing something why wait until the beginning of a new year?  Your new year can begin whenever you want!  So my new year (albeit in March!) resolution is going to be getting back to blogging and try to do it more often.  I really do enjoy it so it shouldn't be that much of a challenge.  Here's hoping that this "new year's" resolution will stick!  I guess only time will tell...

It's Been A While...

by Valerie DiVecchio 17. August 2008 18:36
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So I bet some of you thought my blogging was short lived... not the case!  My husband, Joe, and I took some much deserved R & R and slipped away on a 3 week vacation.  Summer is typically a slower time of year for tIMG_0635he event industry, but each year is different so you better make plans in advance or you won't be able to get away... which was my mistake last year!  But I have to say we made up for it in 2008.

We ventured up to Seattle for a few days and then on to Vancouver for a few more.  And then we boarded a seven day Holland America cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.  And then the fun really began... another whole week in the Alaskan wilderness.  Okay, truth be told, we didn't rough it like in the movie "Into the Wild", but those of you who saw the movie and knows what happened in the end, well we opted for B & Bs and hotels instead!  On the cruise we stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau (my favorite port by far) and Skagway, as well as cruised the Glacier Bay.  The scenery is amazing and the wildlife is incredible.  We took a float plane ride of death... I say that because it was raining and windy and I did a lot of serious praying...  We hiked Mendenhall Glacier which was breathtaking.  We also took a jet boat tour in Haines where our driver got us stuck in a sandbar, but the two bald eagles right above us (and probably laughing at us) IMG_1210and the black bear sighting made it well worth it.

Once we got off the ship in Seward the true adventure began.  We stayed in Seward for a couple of days where we got to feed the puffins at the Alaska SeaLife Center.  That was so cool (and really smelly).  We walked alongIMG_1013 the water's edge to watch the sea otters playing and eating.  But probably the best part of the trip in my opinion was the catamaran ride to Kenai Fjords.  Talk about jaw dropping memories.  We saw killer whales playing with porpoises, a breaching humpback whale, seals, sea lions, mountain goats, lavender and orange starfish, and our boat got about 150 feet from a caving glacier.  Some moments I would just stand there with my jaw hanging open and totally forgot that I should be taking pictures!  It was wildlife at its fineness. 

Then we rented a car and took off for Denali National Park and Preserve.  The tour in the old, rickety school bus through Denali rivaled the boat to Kenai Fjords.  We were nearing the end of our vacation and I had yet to see a grizzly bear.  Every time we heard about a sighting we were off and running towards it.  I know, most pIMG_1635eople would do the opposite, but it was number one on my list of things to see.  We always seemed to be just a little too late.  Well, this time, SCORE!  Not one, not two, but six grizzlies... including two cubs!  And we saw a grizzly chasing a wolf pup (I know, I was cringing too!), then all of a sudden the grizzly stopped dead in its tracks and started running the other way... Mama wolf came to save the day!!  She was hot on that grizzly's tail!  It was truly a National Geographic moment.  We also saw moose (and baby calves), dall sheep, caribou, and lots of other critters that I can't remember their official names.  Totally worth sitting in a school bus for 8 hours!

So now, back to reality and real life.  It's always fun to get away, but it's also nice to come back home.  Now I am totally energized and rested and ready to tackle the work at hand... planning perfect events!! 

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