Renovating a Mid Century Modern House: Before & After

If you're a fan of those HGTV home reno shows with the major before and after reveals, this post is for you. Buying an old house to renovate Back in 2021, my husband John and I started casually looking for property somewhere along the Gulf of Mexico to purchase for a short-term rental. Ideally something …

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Things to Do in Gulf Shores, Alabama & the Florida Panhandle

Our 2021 Christmas Beach Vacation For the second year in a row, John and I took a Christmas trip to a beachy destination that I'd never been before. In 2020, it was coastal Georgia—St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island to be exact. It's a beautiful area with stunning beaches; however, being on the Atlantic Ocean, …

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Don’t Let Your Bucket List Keep You From Doing the Things You Love Over Again

Friends, I have a confession. I almost didn’t go skydiving a second time. Okay, that’s dramatic. But, I did put it off way, way, wayyyyyyy longer than I should have. And not because I was afraid. Or didn't have the money. Or because I had a mediocre experience the first time. I actually loved it …

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When I Just Don’t Feel Like Adventuring

Sometimes, I just don’t feel like adventuring. Whaaaaaaa??? Did I really just say that? Yeah. I really did. Sometimes… some days… I’d maybe rather take a nap or just veg out than go for a nature walk or catch a sunset at the beach. And, ya know, sometimes that’s okay. I’m all about listening to …

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Hurricane Irma Story: My First Hurricane Experience

Three years, seven months, and twenty-two days. That’s how long I lived in Florida before experiencing a hurricane. On September 10th, we were set to be hit with a Cat 3, maybe 4 hurricane along the Gulf coast of Florida, with storm surge ranging from 6 – 15 feet between Tampa and the Keys! And …

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Things to Do in St. Augustine Florida on a Rainy Day

Ya know how I’m always saying there’s sooooo much of Florida I’ve yet to explore? Here’s another case in point. I just visited Jacksonville and St. Augustine for the first time this past weekend – after three years and nine months of living in the Sunshine State! My friend Kelly recently moved to Jacksonville and …

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Visiting The Ringling and Ca d’Zan in Sarasota for Museum Day Live

Where did you spend Museum Day Live? Me? I paid a visit to The Ringling in Sarasota, FL. Because, HELLO. Free admission! That’s right. The Smithsonian Mag’s 13th annual Museum Day Live was Saturday, September 23, and a BUNCH of museums around the country were FREE. Who doesn't love free?! I hadn’t visited The Ringling grounds …

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Best Beach in America: Siesta Key Beach

Once again, Sarasota's Siesta Beach claims top billing as the #1 beach in America – so say Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor users via the Travelers' Choice Awards. Having lived just 14 miles from Siesta, I feel justified in giving my honest and humble opinion of this ranking. Is Siesta my favorite beach? Truthfully, no—but not because I don’t …

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