Muscle Beach Party At Central Park Maitland Thursday Night

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Muscle Beach Party


Popcorn Flicks in the Park

50th Anniversary Screening!

Sequel to Beach Party finds Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello romping in the sand again. Trouble invades teen nirvana when a new gym opens and the hardbodies try to muscle in on surfer turf. Good, clean, corny fun, also starring Don Rickles (his first appearance in the Beach Partyseries), Buddy Hackett, and Peter Lupus (TV’s Mission: Impossible). Watch for “Little” Stevie Wonder in his film debut and the great Peter Lorre in his last screen appearance.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Show up with a blanket and join us at the park!

251 Park Avenue South
Winter Park, FL 32789 

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The General At The Enzian



The General

Buster Keaton

Tue, 7-8 3:00 PM
Sun, 7-13 1:00 PM
Tue, 7-22 3:00 PM

Johnnie loves his train (“The General”) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie must rescue both his loves.

This film is part of the KidFest Summer Film Series which play for FREE on weekdays and $5 on weekends. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Enzian to support quality programming just like this, click here.

USA, 1926, In English, 78 min, Unrated, Directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton

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The War of the Worlds At The Enzian


Cult Classics

The War of the Worlds


Enzian Theater

H.G. Wells’s classic novel is brought to life is this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly. The movie itself is understood better when you consider that it was made at the height of the Cold War.

USA, 1953, In English, 93 min, Unrated, Directed by Byron Haskin

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Ballet on the Big Screen Sleeping Beauty At The Enzian Theater


Ballet on the Big Screen:


Described by Rudolf Nureyev as the “ballet of ballets,” “Sleeping Beauty” remains one of the jewels in the heritage of dance. In its splendid fantasy, dream and reality overlap, and the forces of Good and Evil battle for the fate of two innocents. Rudolf Nureyev restaged the work in 1989 for the Paris Opera Ballet, devising a choreography of dazzling academic virtuosity. Alternating between lavish ensembles and pas de deux “Sleeping Beauty” includes the famous Rose Adagio, one of the most challenging sequences in all of ballet. With sumptuous sets and costumes by Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino, this production of “Sleeping Beauty” is one of the most outstandingly accomplished masterpieces in the classical repertoire.

Click here to purchase a Season Pass for all 3 Ballet on the Big Screen series performances.

Complete Season Pass (All Six Performances)  $96
Opera Series Pass (All 3 Opera Performances)  $49.50
Ballet Series Pass (All 3 Ballet Performances)  $49.50
Enzian Member Single Performance – $17.50
General Admission Single Performance – $20

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Popcorn Flick in the Park: Toy Story


Popcorn Flick In the Park: Toy Story

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8pm

Toy Story was the first feature-length film animated entirely by computer. The star of the proceedings is Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy belonging to a wide-eyed youngster named Andy. Whenever Andy’s out of the room, Woody revels in his status as the boy’s number one toy. His supremacy is challenged by a high-tech, space-ranger action-figure named Buzz Lightyear, who, unlike Woody and his pals, believes that he is real and not merely a plaything. The rivalry between Woody and Buzz hilariously intensifies during the first half of the film, but when the well-being of Andy’s toys is threatened by a nasty next-door neighbor kid named Sid, Woody and Buzz join forces to save the day. Superb though the computer animation may be, what really heightens Toy Story are the voice-over performances by such celebrities as Tom Hanks (as Woody), Tim Allen (as Buzz), and Don Rickles (as an appropriately acerbic Mr. Potato Head). Director John Lasseter earned a special achievement Academy Award, while Randy Newman landed an Oscar nomination for his evocative musical score.

Popcorn Flick in the Park: Toy Story Details!!

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 8pm

Address: 251 Park Avenue South
Winter Park, FL 32789

Cost: FREE in Central Park!

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Move Live On Tour with Derek and Julianne Hough

Move Live On Tour
Move Live On Tour

This past weekend I had the opportunity to see the new show, Move Live On Tour, featuring Derek and Julianne Hough of Dancing With The Stars fame. If you are at all a fan of DWTS or Derek or Julianne, I highly recommend catching this show in the next five weeks as they finish up their tour.

I have been a fan of dance my whole life, taking ballet and ballroom lessons when I was younger, and even some basic tap and jazz while at a seven week summer camp. Having watched Dancing With The Stars ever since its sophomore season, I didn’t hesitate for a second when my mom invited me to join her and my grandma to go see Move Live On Tour in Sarasota.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, my favorite pro dancer on DWTS. Derek is a very close second favorite, and in my opinion, the best choreographer the show has seen and one of the best period. Julianne left the show a few seasons ago to pursue a singing and acting career, but has reappeared to perform a few times and she has also shown up as a guest judge recently.

Move Live On Tour was everything I wanted it to be, but I went in without any specific expectations. It was only as I was sitting there in the moment that I would think to myself that I’d love to see a Paso Doble or a Jive or a Quickstep. Again, having been a fan of dance and the Dancing With The Stars show, I quickly recognized the Ballroom and Latin dance elements as they were being performed. Move Live On Tour though was so much more than just a dance exhibition.

The show program describes the tour as follows: “Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough star in their own all-new dance production, MOVE LIVE ON TOUR, a complete stage production with sets, costumes and a cast of talented dancers, with the Houghs headlining in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in between.”

During the show, we were treated to singing from both Derek and Julianne including classics like Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally and Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun. The dance numbers were ranging in numerous styles, using mostly popular music like John Legend’s All Of Me and Happy by Pharrell, and even brought in audience participation and including the performers coming into the aisles during the show.

As much as I love Dancing With The Stars for what it is, it is incredible to see almost two hours chock full of performances just from the professional dancers. In addition to Derek and Julianne, there were about ten other dancers who performed with them in a variety of numbers. The brother and sister duo worked the mic quite a bit to pump up and interact with the audience.

Move Live On Tour was a very humorous show and made me love these very talented dancers even more than I already did. I was even lucky enough to catch Derek mid-show while he was cruising the audience to get a selfie. 🙂 If you enjoy Broadway style music and dance numbers, contemporary dance or more traditional Ballroom or Latin styles, this show is for you.

It was honestly one of the best performances of any kind I’ve ever been to as far as being entertained from start to finish. Check out the video below to get a taste of the type of show you’d be in for if you are lucky enough to catch one of the remaining performances.

Have you seen Move Live On Tour? Are you a fan of Dancing With The Stars or Derek or Julianne individually? Let me know your thoughts below and check out some of my pictures from the show this week.



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LEGOLAND Florida: Duplo Valley Closer Look

 Duplo Valley LEGOLAND Florida

DUPLO Valley at LEGOLAND Florida brings the LEGO DUPLO line of preschool building toys to life with new attractions, an indoor air-conditioned play area, and an interactive water play area all geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5.


DUPLO Valley may be for toddlers, but it was designed as the ideal because this area of LEGOLAND Florida was created with special areas in mind to make this the ideal place for families to play and relax together.

In DUPLO Valley, you will find more benches, covered play and queue areas, and themed play geared toward multiple age and skill levels.

DUPLO Valley Themed Play Area DUPLO Train
Themed play are in the DUPLO Train Queue

There are three new attractions in DUPLO Valley that all feature themed play areas in the queue and interactive elements for family members who may not be riding on the attractions.

Duplo Valley

Once aboard the DUPLO Train, toddlers explore a countryside themed route of farms, campgrounds, and fishing holes. There are a ton of really great fun details on the DUPLO Train! My favorite are the Railroad crossings complete with arms that raise and lower. When designing the DUPLO Train, they made sure to leave the tunnel as open as possible so if younger guests were riding alone they could still see their family at the station.

DUPLO Valley DUPLO Train Detail

For the DUPLO Train, guests under 34″ must ride with a responsible person 48″ or taller, guests 34″ and above may ride unaccompanied.

DUPLO Valley Tractor Area

You can jump aboard the DUPLO Tractor that is made just for them to help the farmers plow the corn fields while searching to find missing farm animals. I love that each tractor has a separate area for the child to ‘drive’ while the parents ride along. Other guests also make the DUPLO Tractor ride even more fun by activating the sounds of the animals inside the farm.

DUPLO Valley Tractor

Guests 36″ – 48″ can ride with a responsible person 48″ or taller, guests 48″ and above can ride unaccompanied.

Duplo Valley

The DUPLO Splash & Play ares is a refreshing play area with intermittent water spouts and interactive water elements set among larger than life farm animals with a soft deck for safety.

DUPLO Valley Splash and Play Info

The DUPLO Tot Spot is the first of its kind at LEGOLAND Florida and is designed specially for children under the age of two and features a small slide and colorful playhouse.

DUPLO Valley Tot SpotThis a covered outdoor area with fans that provides a fun play area that is safe and secure for our youngest DUPLO guests.

DUPLO Valley also has a fun DUPLO Snack Bar where toddlers and parents alike can enjoy hot and fresh popcorn or caramel popcorn, as well as cool, refreshing drinks.

DUPLO Valley Snack Bar

There is also a really fun ‘Farmer’s Market’ themed play area and covered seating with fans at the DUPLO Snack Bar.

DUPLO VALLEY Snack Bar Play Area

Modeled after the DUPLO Set, the DUPLO Farm is an air-conditioned play area for children to slide, climb, and crawl around a whole host of friendly farm animals.

Duplo Valley

DUPLO Valley DUPLO Farm Inside

Inside the DUPLO Farm, there is a special Toddler Play Room for kids to get a break from all the stimulation of the area as well as a Baby Care Center,presented by Winter Haven Hospital, provides a nursing and changing area, bottle warming, and more.

DUPLO Valley DUPLO Farm Baby Care Center

The whole DUPLO Valley area of LEGOLAND Florida is extremely well designed and executed to keep the youngest visitors to the park happy and engaged while keeping the rest of the family comfortable.

It is a vast improvement, and even Zoe is looking forward to checking out the area soon!

Duplo Valley

LEGOLAND Florida guests can also purchase the new ‘Preschool Pass’, including weekday (Monday-Friday) admission to LEGOLAND Florida and standard parking for both one child under five and one adult for a full year at $90, plus tax.

Assigned to the child, the pass allows an adult parent or guardian to attend the park with the toddler. The pass is transferrable to multiple adults in the family, allowing, for example, a mother to visit one day, and a grandparent the next, making it ideal for families to bring their little ones to LEGOLAND Florida during the week.

Also, don’t forget to enter our LEGO DUPLO Giveaway to celebrate the opening of DUPLO Valley!!!

Duplo Valley

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Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp Florida


Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp FLORIDA is July 4-6, 2014!

Designed as the ultimate driving experience for racing enthusiasts, The Richard Petty Fantasy Racing Camp FLORIDA gives YOU the chance to experience the thrill of driving two different types of cars and on 3 different tracks, with feedback and coaching provided by industry experts … and legends. In addition to our NASCAR stock cars you will climb behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest supercars from Exotic Driving Experience.

  • ‘The World Center of Racing’ Daytona International Speedway – 2.5 mile tri-oval
  • Walt Disney World® Speedway – 1 mile tri-oval
  • The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World Speedway – 1 mile road course design especially for Exotic Driving Experience supercars
  • Dale Inman, winningest crew chief in NASCAR history
  • Randy LaJoie, two-time Nationwide series champion
  • David Green, Nationwide series champion
  • Our accomplished team of Petty instructors
  • … and, of course, rubbing elbows with “The King” himself, Richard Petty!
  • Watch the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway as well as visit with Richard and Dale before the race
  • Dinner events including an awards dinner on Sunday night
  • Luxurious accommodations: Thursday and Friday nights at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando. Saturday and Sunday nights at The Daytona Hilton Ocean Walk in Daytona Beach
  • Great gifts that will include custom apparel, videos and commemorative photos

The registration fee is $10,500 (plus tax). Experience Rewards members receive a $500 discount. Contact us at 704.454.6224 or to secure your place with us! 

*Scheduled to appear. Subject to change. Rules and Regulations apply.Visit for complete details.

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Easter Activities at Bass Pro Shops!

Bass Pro Shops is hosting fun Easter activities this weekend and next weekend! They include Easter egg hunts, crafts, and pictures with the Easter Bunny!



Each activity has different times and days so make sure you’re paying attention if you want to hit them all. We ended up just missing the Easter egg hunt, which is held during the Easter Bunny’s carrot break, so we missed him too.


The Easter egg hunt is on Sunday the 13th, Saturday the 19th, and Sunday the 20th. Registration starts at 1:30, and the hunt starts promptly at 2pm. It’s for ages 2-10, and after you collect 5 eggs, you return to registration to exchange them for candy. The Easter Bunny was on carrot break from 2-3pm while we were there on Saturday the 12th.



The Easter Bunny is at Bass Pro Shops all week! Sunday the 13th, Saturday the 19th, Sunday the 20th, he’s there 11am-4pm. Then Monday April 14th through Thursday the 17th, he’s there 6pm-8pm. Friday the 18th, he’s there 2pm-7pm. Bass Pro Shops also have some great photo packages, and you get a free 4×6 photo just for visiting!


They have crafts as well at Bass Pro Shops, different ones depending on which weekend you are there. Sunday the 13th from 1pm-4pm is coloring a plaster Easter egg magnet, and then Friday the 18th from 4pm-7pm, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th from 1-4pm is making a bunny frame or a scratch art bunny.


Little Man coloring his egg


His Easter egg magnet


For an additional fee, Bass Pro Shops also had a face painter who had some really cute designs! All in all, a super event and we’ll be back next weekend for more Easter fun!

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Adventure Island in Tampa 2014 Season

Adventure Island

Adventure Island Kicks Off New Season With A Special Offer

Splash into spring when Adventure Island® begins the 2014 season of fun in the sun on Saturday, March 8. It’s time again to splash in the wave pool, amble down the Rambling Bayou, race down speed slides, including Everglides® and Riptide, or just kick back on the beach amidst a tropical Key West setting. 

Adventure Island

Now, for a limited time, the best value to visit all season long is the Adventure Island Fun Card:

  • Pay for a day and enjoy unlimited access to Adventure Island all season long with no blackout dates.
  • Valid March 8 through Oct. 12, 2014.
  • Purchase at, at the Adventure Island or Busch Gardens® front gates or by calling 1-888-800-5447.
  • The Adventure Island Fun Card is $47 for adults and $43 children.
  • Add Busch Gardens for a combined Fun Card for $129 (adults) and $120 (children) at

 Adventure Island

CABANAS – make the most of your Adventure Island visit and rent a cabana for a shaded, exclusive spot for your family and friends to gather throughout the day. Each cabana includes four chaise lounges, a locker, a mini-fridge with bottled waters and four souvenir towels. Daily rental prices range from $99.99 to $189.99, based on the time of year.

Adventure Island


From the moment guests enter Adventure Island®, they are immersed in a Key West-themed paradise. The 40-acre water park features thrilling slides and tube rides, including Riptide, Wahoo Run®, Key West Rapids, Runaway Rapids, Everglides®, Calypso Coaster, Aruba Tuba, Caribbean Corkscrew®, Water Moccasin and Gulf Scream. Guests can also kick back on the beach or in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool, play on professional sand volleyball courts, breeze through the tropical gift shop or let the current sweep them through a half-mile of lush landscapes and tropical waterfalls on the Rambling Bayou.

Visit for daily operating hours. Single-day admission tickets for Adventure Island are $47 for adults and $43 for children. Children ages 2 and younger are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All prices are per person, plus tax. Park hours are subject to change. Visit for more information.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience Valentine’s Specials



Get their heart racing with our high-speed ride-along experience! Our 3-lap Ride-Along lets them ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor around the track at speeds up to 165mph. Click here and get our limited time $79 Ride-Alongs (retail $99-$135).


Click here to get 25% off a reserved driving experience of your choice. Driving Experiences start at $449- your price only $336.75! This special driving experience offer is also available by calling 1.800.237.3889 with promotion code VD25RPDE.
Your discount will be displayed at time of checkout.

For Valentine’s Offers Click Here

Rules and regulations apply, sales tax applies where applicable. To receive your 25% off a reserved driving experience or $79 Ride-Along please click on the links above or here to continue to our site. Your discount will be displayed at time of checkout. Discounts are not valid on Driver Release fee, gift cards, merchandise, group events or previous purchases. Reservations may also be made by calling 1.800.237.3889 with promo code VD25RPDE. Offers expire 2/14/14. Other rules and regulations may apply.
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Enzian Theater Valentines Brunch & Film


This Valentine’s celebrate love and romance with an elegant Saturday brunch with your sweetheart at Enzian. Be serenaded by a live band while you enjoy a delectable buffet spread complete with carving station and fresh-squeezed juices. Fall in love with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, & Whoopi Goldberg in the classic ‘90s romance GHOST.

Limited VIP tables are available and offer the convenience of arriving at your leisure, knowing your preferred table is reserved just for you. This event is expected to sell out, so purchase your tickets early!


$100 per couple
$150 per VIP couple


The Cook Trio before the film
Brunch buffet with a carving station
Coffee, Tea, Juices, and Unlimited Mimosas!

Reserved Table
A commemorative gift bag
A bottle of Champagne

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Girl’s Day – Mount Dora Garden Gate Tea Room!

When I want to go and experience a quaint, relaxing and comfortable girls day lunch, a tea room always seems to be top choice. We are lucky to live in an area where we have many to chose from, specializing in many different foods and or themes. One of my most favorite places to go for this experience is the Garden Gate Tea Room in Mount Dora.



If you haven’t visited Mount Dora before, firstly you need to, and secondly its a wonderful little lake front historic town! Its famous for its festivals, arts, dining and especially its antique stores. They often have art fairs and festivals, there’s always something to do when visiting.

IMG_6266 Garden Gate Tea Room

There are so many restaurants I love here, but the Garden Gate Tea Room is always my most favorite!

Nestled in the heart of historic Mount Dora, The Garden Gate Tea Room is such a wonderful establishment, I end up spending the majority of my birthdays and celebrations here. They have a wide range of different teas, and despite my British heritage I actually find myself favoring their iced tea! My favorite is their Southern Belle peach iced tea, which comes served with the sugar around the rim of the glass, its so refreshing! I love their menu, as being a vegetarian I love that they have a delicious vegetarian option, the asparagus sandwich melt, and sometimes the quiche of the day. I feel neither are rushed just to simply accommodate vegetarians last minute, they are wonderful options.



One of their most popular dishes is their “famous Herb-crusted Rosemary Baked Chicken Pie”, everyone I go with who orders this cannot believe how it just melts in your mouth. It’s so popular they do end up selling out some days, but don’t fret as, really, any of their options are just wonderful.

They also offer “Afternoon Tea”, which does require at least a 24hr reservation in advance, and costs $17.95 per person. I can tell you it was worth every penny!  I let them know in advance one of us was vegetarian so they ensured that I had a starter in place of the salmon souffle salad normally served first.


After this you are presented with a three-tiered tray of chef’s assorted sandwiches (again vegetarian ones are made by request).


Next are the desserts, my favorite! This featured a selection of chocolate covered strawberries, lemon curd cookies, fruit and their home made Cream Puff Swans filled with Chantilly Cream, so good!!!


No afternoon tea is complete without  fresh home made scones! Theirs are served with clotted cream and jam. There is much debate on the appropriate way to layer ones scone, from what I have been told it is proper to spread the jam first, then apply the cream going around the scone in a circle. But hey, who are we to judge how to eat your scone, as long as it tastes delicious thats all that matters!

My favorite feature of this tea room is the simply stunning, shabby chic inspired decor. From the light blue paint, to the antique artifacts placed around the cafe, you feel so cosy and comfortable there. You wont be able to stop looking around at all the antique mirrors, lamps and twinkling lights.


For those with a sense of style, one may also select a hat from their collection to wear during tea! I like to try them on after my lunch and take silly selfies in the mirror, but thats just me!


Silly Selfies
Silly Selfies

The ladies who work there encourage you to take your time and take as many pictures as you’d like, and will happily take any groups pictures for you. Make sure you go down the stairs and look into their larger seating area too, its simply stunning. You can also get a glimpse into their garden from there, which is available for private functions.


If you have not been already I strongly suggest you take the time to visit this wonderful cafe, it does close at 2/3pm, so ensure you come early or book in advance.


After lunch, you can walk off your food and browse the many stores they have here, or drive a mile or so down the road to the lake and miniature lighthouse for a peaceful relaxing afternoon.


Mount Dora Lightouse
Mount Dora Lighthouse

You can visit for more information or how to book your visit ahead of time, and also take the time to look at for ideas on how to make the most of your visit.




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Florida Day Trips – St Augustine

Living in Central Florida there is always something to do, or somewhere to go, it’s one of the many reason I love living here! Having said that, I do like to venture out a little bit, and the wonderful thing about Florida is that you don’t have to go very far to feel like you’re in another world. Whether its Miami, Naples, or Clearwater, or if you’re looking for scenery, culture, or shops there is so much to see and each place is unique in it’s own way.

St Augustine
St Augustine


There are some great Florida Day Trips, and my favorite place to visit to is St Augustine. The city is the oldest continuously occupied European established settlement and port in the Continental US, with a founding date of 1565. If you have a passion for history and or architecture, then this city is for you! Aside from that, it also has some wonderful stores, carriage rides, restaurants, and we can’t forget the famous ghost tours!

St Augustine  Clock

Speaking of Ghost Tours a few years ago i did one of the guided ghost tours, and one of the points of interest were the city gates. Legend has it that a ghost of a little girl (Elizabeth) who died due to yellow fever can be seen waving to passerbys. Others just capture orbs within their photos of the gates at night. While on the tour I was the only one who caught orbs by the gates, many of them in fact, so everyone wanted to look at my photo.


gate orb St Augustine
gate orb

I recently went back to St Augustine on a day trip and took another photo of the gates, this time in the day light. I didn’t notice at first, but on closer inspection I noticed that I captured an orb this time too by the gates. It was during the day light, yet its as bright as it were night, right by the gate. Whatever your beliefs are, it is a strange coincidence to get orbs in the same place, this time with my iPhone, and in day time.


St Augustine


The only other place I captured one that day was by the Old School house, which is the oldest wooden school house in the US. It was just as bright as the one I captured by the city gates!


school house St Augustine
school house
St Augustine  Old School House
Old School House


If you get the chance you should pay a visit to the St Augustine Lighthouse and museum out on Anastasia Island. Built in 1874 and standing at 165ft , the 360 degree views from the top are amazing! Some come back at nighttime for the haunted tour, but I have yet to be brave enough to do this!

Lighthouse St Augustine
Views St Augustine


The shops here vary quite a bit from gift stores, unique jewelry stores, health shops, and clothing. We especially loved our visit to the Arcade of Professional Artisans and Craftsman!


Arcade St Augustine

One of my favorite places to go for lunch is the Spanish Bakery right there on St George Street. Not only do they bake the best fresh bread, but they sell Empanadas, sausage rolls, soup, cookies, and a lot of carry out options. I like to buy 3 loaves of bread, one to eat when i get home and 2 to freeze. Although, the bread is so tasty they normally don’t even make it to the freezer!

St Augustine

If you haven’t been over Christmas time to St Augustine i highly recommend it, they have light shows, trolley rides, and the decor is just stunning all over!



We normally end up visiting the beach on the way home, as its pretty quiet and very pretty. Its also not far from the center of town.

I feel like there is something for everyone in St Augustine, and I haven’t even mentioned Castillo De San Marcos, Ripley’s Believe it or not, or the premium outlets! With so much to do in St Augustine, you could come back each week and still find things you haven’t done or seen before!

the mill St Augustine
the mill


Im already planning my next visit back, maybe it will involve another ghost tour this time since I haven’t done that in a while.

Have you had the chance to visit St Augustine?  If so, what were some of your favorite things to do or see when there?

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No App For That Family Event

No App For That

No App for That Event Will Encourage Parents to Set a New Year’s

Resolution of Less Screen Time and More Nature for their Kids


Screen time”- the time children spend in front of some sort of electronic device- has taken over an alarming portion of U.S. children’s lives. The No App for That Event in Orlando on Feb.1, 2014 will take a step to try and change that.

The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates children spend an average of 7 hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices.

Studies have shown too much screen time has been linked to obesity, irregular sleep, behavior problems, impaired academic problems, violence, and results in less time for play.

No App for That is a three-hour interactive seminar for parents to help them evaluate the impact this is having on their families, and offer an alternative: exposing kids to the many benefits of more time with nature.

The event is the brainchild of Lake Mary’s Chad Crawford, creator and host of the Emmy Award-winning syndicated TV series “How to Do Florida.” Crawford- a father of four young children- read the best-selling book “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv and felt immediately called into action.

That book smacked me in the head,” said Crawford. “This is information every parent needs. What they decide to do with it is up to them.”

Crawford contacted author Richard Louv and invited him to be the keynote speaker for the seminar. Louv, who has also authored the best-selling “The Nature Principle,” has sparked an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. He has influenced national policy and helped inspire campaigns in over eighty cities, states, and provinces throughout North America.

Louv coined the phrase “nature deficit disorder”- the loss of connection children increasingly feel with the natural world. He argues, nature-deficit disorder affects “health, spiritual well-being, and many other areas, including people’s ability to feel ultimately alive.”

“The future will belong to the nature-smart,” Louv says. “Those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”

Other speakers will also highlight the seminar which runs from 9:00 a.m to noon:

– Dr. Angela Fals, Medical Director of Healthy 100 Kids at Florida Hospital for Children, who will speak on how to obtain a healthy balance for screened devices in the home.

-Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed. He serves as a spiritual advisor to President Obama and works with respected members of the religious and scientific communities to call attention to human-caused threats to the environment. He will speak on experiencing God in nature.

-Chad Crawford, Creator and Host of “How to Do Florida” TV series. Crawford, the ultimate Florida adventurer,” will have an interactive presentation with video on the top ten outdoor things to do for families in Central Florida.

Parents will walk away from this event with concrete ways to connect their kids to nature, set healthy boundaries for screen time, and how to create a culture of the outdoors for their families,” said Crawford.

No App for That” is being presented by Florida Hospital for Children and is being held at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road Longwood, FL 32750. Seating is limited and tickets are $10 and available at Free childcare is being provided for infants through 5th grade.


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