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Finding My Footing Following Hurricane Irma

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Finding My Footing Following Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida last week which meant I spent the week prior and week after the storm, preparing and surviving. Now, I’m ready to being living again while finding my footing in finding normalcy. More posts to follow and wanted to drop a line to say I’m still here! 

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Recipe: Blackened Mangrove Snapper Tacos with Mango Pico De Gallo

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Recipe: Blackened Mangrove Snapper Tacos with Mango Pico De Gallo

Are you lucky enough to have fresh-caught mangrove snapper and looking for a recipe to prepare it? I LOVE fish tacos and I could not wait to cook up a batch with my fresh mangrove snapper caught during my July fishing charter with Capt. Rachael Reynolds of R&R Charters in Daytona Beach. 

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That Time I Took My Dog Fishing in Daytona Beach

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That Time I Took My Dog Fishing in Daytona Beach

Radcliff waddled along Adventure Yacht Harbor’s boat dock at and looked like a walking hotdog. Strapped around him was an oversized, bulky orange life jacket probably too big for him. In fairness, this is the first time I’ve found and purchased a life jacket for a dog. The hunter-orange nautical gear was snug yet provided him with mobility to walk and jump aboard Capt. Rachael Reynolds’ boat for a dog-friendly fishing trip in Daytona Beach. Well, specifically in Wilbur by the Sea but really is Port Orange.

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Brownie the Town Dog Inspires Dog-Friendly Daytona Beach

Posted by on 12:14 am in Featured, Florida Fun, Travels with Dog | 2 comments

Brownie the Town Dog Inspires Dog-Friendly Daytona Beach

At the canine-chic shop called Brownie’s Dog Boutique, I learned about its namesake, Brownie the Town Dog, and met a couple looking to keep Brownie’s legacy alive while enhancing dog-friendly Daytona Beach.

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Will the Great American Eclipse Be the Biggest Travel Day in U.S. History?

Posted by on 11:20 pm in Cool Stuff Others are Doing, Featured, Nature Travel | 2 comments

Will the Great American Eclipse Be the Biggest Travel Day in U.S. History?

Where will you be on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017? It’s the day of the Great American Eclipse and it may be the biggest travel day in United States history. The 60 to 70-mile path of totality will sweep down from Oregon to South Carolina, meaning most people wanting to be in complete darkness for the two minutes when the moon moves between the sun and Earth will need to travel to view it.

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MTV’s Siesta Key Will Put Sarasota on the Map. And Modern Map Art Has the Map.

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MTV’s Siesta Key Will Put Sarasota on the Map. And Modern Map Art Has the Map.

Can you find Siesta Key on a map? How about Sarasota? What does it mean to put a place on a map? It seems when something out of the norm can bring attention to a destination, the locals believe it will put them on the map. And, Modern Map Art has the map. “It will put Sarasota on the map,” I heard many say prior to the July 31, 2017 debut of MTV’s “Siesta Key,” a quasi-reality show filmed in and around Sarasota, Florida. I’m not sure if this show about young, 20-somethings partying in a community popular for active retirees will put Sarasota on the map. Why? Because Sarasota already has noteworthy milestones, world-class attractions and well-known residents that have put this Florida city on the map. To start and to be brief, it’s home to Siesta Key and its world-known, powder soft, white-sand beaches. It’s also where John Ringling wintered his family’s famous circus in the early 1900s which is why Sarasota is home to the art and circus museums at The Ringling Museum. And then there’s daredevil Nik Wallenda who trained for his walk across the Grand Canyon in Sarasota bringing with it national and international media attention that was to put the destination on the map. This is not the first time reality television crews have filmed in this Gulf Coast community, although it may be the first series. My fave reality show to have shot some episodes is “Breaking Amish.” “Sarasota is the Amish Las Vegas,” one of the “Breaking Amish cast members said during an episode. Watching the “Siesta Key”is, uh, a little weird. Not because I’m a whole lot older than the target audience (by about 30 years) and I have no clue why the young women on the show are interested in Alex (other than his father bankrolled the series) but it’s not the Siesta Key and Sarasota I grew up with. I love its powder-soft sand and easy-going vibe. I love the wide beach and Sunday evening drum circles. Modern Map Art Has a Fantastic Artwork of Your Fave City and More  But, it’s putting Siesta Key and have a Sarasota on the map, right? And that Sarasota map you’re looking for is probably waiting for you at Modern Map Art. In fact, they have over 500 destination maps representing cities and countries across the globe. They are available in the forms of vibrant art prints, black and white map posters (although, some are available in another paper color than white, such as a color representing that city’s sports team), colorful ski run maps, nifty map iPhone cases, snazzy t-shirts and fun map throw pillows. Art Posters and Beyond Modern Map Art prints, posters, pillows and other items are fantastic for letting you be in your favorite destination when you can’t be there. I was given a Sarasota street map poster and every time I look at it, it evokes emotions and feelings of all the happy times spent with family and friends while visiting and later living there. The street map poster is a black and white print on heavy paper and has the city’s name in a bold, block print on the bottom. It’s a clean, uncluttered style done in an edgy, Art Deco way. They come in sizes ranging from 8”...

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How I Found and Gave My Parents the Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift

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How I Found and Gave My Parents the Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift

Finding the perfect 50th anniversary gift for my parents was difficult, but once I found it, it was so easy to execute and Casey Kasem would agree it was a hit. The gift encapsulated my gratitude and appreciation for all they’ve done for my siblings and me and to this day, they continue to give. Before I share what this chart-topping gift is, let me briefly give you a glimpse into my childhood.

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World’s Largest Fishing Trade Show Through ICAST-Virgin Eyes

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World’s Largest Fishing Trade Show Through ICAST-Virgin Eyes

When I asked for tips first-time ICAST attendees should know, these were some of the nuggets of advice friends well-versed in the world of the world’s largest sport fishing trade show gave me. If you don’t know what ICAST is, then you probably won’t care about the rest of this post and can mosey along.

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Oyster Farming: Alabama’s Newest Seafood Revolution

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Oyster Farming: Alabama’s Newest Seafood Revolution

I attended the 2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit in Orange Beach, Ala., and learned about Alabama seafood and specifically, oyster farming in a world post-BP oil spill world. I also toured a working oyster farm!

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How I Became a Certified Food Judge

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How I Became a Certified Food Judge

Have you heard how I became a card-carrying, certified E.A.T. food judge? Yes, it’s a real and delicious thing and this is how I became a certified food judge…

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