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Japanese Stone Garden: Introducing the Magic of Zen

Trickling water, the sound of bamboo clapping against each other, the wind whispering through the trees, ancient stones standing guard like samurai in a field of sand. These things bring a sense of peace in a Japanese stone garden. Traditionally, a Japanese stone garden is a type of a Zen garden, a place to promote […]

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Best Romantic Date Ideas: 50 Great Plans for Romance

According to a study done by the Pew Research Center, over 50% of adult Americans report that they are in a serious romantic relationship. If you are one of these people, 50 great plans for romance are waiting for you. What are some romantic date ideas? Traveling is always a great way to change perspective, […]

Great Romantic Getaways in Florida: Go Now

What are the best places in the world for a honeymoon? Recently I collaborated with travel writers to discover the best places for romantic getaways worldwide. However, when people ask me, ” What is your favorite vacation place?”, I say Florida. I know, I’m biased because I live here. But my husband and I keep […]

Flagler Beach Florida: how to rekindle romance now

Picnicking on the beach, feeding each other chocolate dipped strawberries, soaking in a two person Jacuzzi, do these things conjure up images of a romantic getaway? Maybe you prefer stargazing while floating in a heated salt water pool, then stepping into cozy robes to make your way back to your private suite. Perhaps your romantic […]

Oldest City in the USA: explore the amazing history now

I originally visited the oldest city in the USA, St. Augustine, back when I was a freshman in college. My family decided to get out of the cold on the south shore of Long Island, New York and visit relatives in Florida for New Year’s. We made a day trip to St. Augustine. I absolutely […]

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Sanibel Beach: How to Free Yourself From Worries

Waves crashing on shore, seagulls cawing, sea spray gently misting your face, and the scent of tropical coconut suntan oil – ahh, to be at the beach. Up north the leaves have fallen off the trees, there is a chill in the air, and people are excited about the holidays. However, in a few weeks, […]

Exciting Things to do in Orlando for Families Now

Orlando is known as the theme park capital with Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. Not to mention Legoland and Busch Gardens are about an hour away. We all love the nostalgia of a wooden rollercoaster, but what if you’ve done the theme park thing? There are plenty of things to do in Orlando […]

South Florida for Families: 20 Best Things to do Now

updated as of 4/25/2022 The sound of waves crashing on the sand, seagulls cooing as they munch on someone’s leftover sandwich, the warmth of the sun while everywhere else is buried in snow, this is south Florida. Maybe you are more of a nightlife person, interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous along […]

Discover Downtown Mount Dora: Live, Love, Explore

Do you like the feel of a small town, meandering through tree lined streets, finding hidden antique shops or a village market? If you answer “yes” then you will love downtown Mount Dora. This is the kind of place I picture an old fashioned 4th of July parade and picnic to take place. With Donnelly […]

Epcot Disneyworld: Discover Future World, Then and Now

Epcot Disneyworld is by far my favorite theme park. It may not be where people go when they want thrill rides like Busch Gardens. It may not be the magical place of fairytales like Magic Kingdom. However, since I first visited in 1984, this park has sparked my imagination more than any other. Back then, […]