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The best thing a homeowner can do for their home is to keep it updated! I am not talking so much about the decorative items and furniture of the home, though that is important. I am talking about the built in things that stay behind when the owner sells the property. Let’s take a peek into a two bedroom courtyard villa that has been updated through the years.

Florida Love

“Would you like a fleece blanket?” the first mate asked as she pulled a fluffy blanket from the stack that she was carrying around the ship. “Yes! Thank You! I said with excitement because I was shivering! We were sailing around the island for a sunset cruise on The Jolly Rover; a sailing ship with amazing sails. The wind was cold and the temperature had dipped into the bone chilling low sixties in Key West. I wrapped myself in the…

Sparkling New Year

“Will you be getting glitter on your toes?” I asked my niece as we sat down in the pedicure chairs. “Uh no, that is too much glitter” she said with a tone that implied that I should have known that. Continuing she said, “I am just getting snowflakes with gems on my big toes and one finger on each hand will have a touch of glitter. I want to sparkle but not too much.” She finished her statement and with…

Peaceful Retreat

As I entered the front door of Prana Spa, my favorite retreat in Key West; the world falls away and relaxation wraps me in a gentle and welcoming embrace. The walls are made of Dade county pine providing an earthy warm visual, that when combined with the aromas of essential oils prepare your mind for ninety minutes of complete bliss. I lay on the table already feeling like jelly and looked into the billowing fabric hanging from ceiling creating soft…

Restful White

I spread out my arms and fell back into the billowy white bedding. It felt wonderful! Having just finished a fabulous massage it was time to reap the benefits with a pre-dinner nap. I love amazing hotel bedding because it is always white, fresh and simple. There are no distractions in a hotel room, nothing to be cleaned, no animals to feed, and no laundry to fold; instead I heard just the sounds of the ocean and wind moving through…

Christmas 365

“Do you remember your Christmas play last year Regan?” I asked “Yes! It was about living Christmas 365 days a year.” She replied and the look on her face showed that she was wondering where I was going with this. “Well, you have made some big requests this year, and I was wondering if you felt like you had lived the Christmas principles all 365 days of this year?” She waited a beat looking upward toward the ceiling as if…

Florida Country

Irma will not stop a pre-Christmas visit to Key West! So, in Eight days I will be where the blue of the sky meets the green of the sea! I love to go this time of year because the sunsets move to the south end of the island. We stay at Southernmost Beach Resort and we are able to watch each night as the sun begins its decent and graces the island with beautiful color in the sky. The island…

Fresh Face

I learned several seasons ago that it took time for mashed potatoes and turkey to become the staples of the Thanksgiving Day feast. My niece, Regan had a big idea that we would have a traditional Thanksgiving like the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians shared but I could not dream of being without mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. This once a year Thanksgiving Day feast is one of the most calorie laden decadent meals of the year and I can’t wait!…

Rays of Light

The sky filled with white diamonds that trickled down in wonderful blooms sparkling as they descended toward earth. The Boom! Boom! Sounds were a loud and an unexpected surprise to see from our room at the Yacht Club just outside of Epcot. We were staying for the Food and Wine Festival and chose this property because it can be accessed by walking from Epcot. We did not know that we would get to see the most amazing fireworks display from…

Indoor - Outdoor Fun

This time of year all Floridians look forward to the fall temperatures and they have arrived! Not because the leaves change and everything will be awash in amber tones but because the air is crisp and humidity free. Daytime golf is tolerable and glow in dark golf is ramping up soon. Gentle cool breezes rolling over hills on golf courses make everything pleasant. If you are lucky those breezes will move through the open birdcage or screened in lanai as…

Coral Fresh

I love driving home since the Belleview Beltway has opened for business. Usually, on the cusp of twilight I have been treated to some of the most fabulous sunsets along that new and winding road. The trees beyond the fields of cows create a line of soft foliage backlit and appearing in grayscale against a coral bloom in the autumnal sky. The sun has set and left behind a bright line of hot orange just above the tree tops.
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