Florida Life

Why thisfloridalife exists

It all began in the '80s.  I was born and grew up in the land of dreams, sunshine, castles, beaches, space shuttles, and orange groves.  It seems that Native Floridians, especially Native Orlando-ians, have to choose a side either to love it or to leave it.  In addition, one must choose Team Tourism or Team… Continue reading Why thisfloridalife exists

Central Florida Suburbs

How to Have a Downtown Sanford Date at Home

One of the activities I miss the most, during this time of quarantine, is strolling through historic downtown Sanford. There are so many cafes, breweries, shops, and restaurants here. Each one has its own charm and character, and it's always been delightful to hop from one to the other during an afternoon or evening outing. Since… Continue reading How to Have a Downtown Sanford Date at Home

Florida Life

Listen to Me As A Fruitcake on the Radio on Radio Margaritaville

What an opportunity for a parrothead - a chance to appear on Radio Margaritaville as a guest DJ! You can catch me this week as the Fruitcake on the Radio on SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville through January 1st! I got to record my show while inside the Parrot Perch studio with JD Spradlin at Sunset Walk… Continue reading Listen to Me As A Fruitcake on the Radio on Radio Margaritaville

Florida Life

What It Is Like On a Go-Kart Racetrack at Sea

It seems like a weird idea, racing go-karts on a racetrack at sea. When Norwegian Cruise Line first developed the concept it didn't appeal to me all that much. But, I was mistaken. View from the top most deck of Norwegian Encore at the Encore Speedway entrance Norwegian Encore My husband and I just got… Continue reading What It Is Like On a Go-Kart Racetrack at Sea

Central Florida Suburbs

Central Florida’s Best Kept Halloween Secret: Dining Edition

The best time of year has begun. October through December always feels like a whirlwind because there are so many fun things to do. Well, I'm adding one more thing to your Halloween to do list: get thee to Colorado Fondue Company in Casselberry! A little history on Colorado Fondue CompanyThis little gem of a… Continue reading Central Florida’s Best Kept Halloween Secret: Dining Edition

Orlando

How Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is Different Than The Rest of Walt Disney World

There's been much ado about Star Wars Galaxy's Edge (or Star Wars Land, for short). Rightfully so, an immersive theme park land dedicated to one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time is something many of us have dreamed of for decades, way before Harry Potter, in fact. The wand boy and his… Continue reading How Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is Different Than The Rest of Walt Disney World

Central Florida Suburbs

A Not So Fond Farewell to Red Cypress Brewery

I sat in my car, leaving a meeting in Winter Springs. I looked down at my phone while still parked and opened Facebook Messenger. A friend sent a screenshot, from Red Cypress Brewery's Facebook page, my jaw dropped. A small sprinkle of tears filled the corners of my eyes. They're closing. I called my husband,… Continue reading A Not So Fond Farewell to Red Cypress Brewery

Florida Life, Orlando

My New Mission: Central Florida’s Best Parks

I love Central Florida. When I sat down to write about Central Florida's best parks and springs, I knew I'd enjoy researching it. But once this list published on Orlando Date Night Guide I quickly realized I had a new mission. This list has now become my personal mission. I want to visit each of… Continue reading My New Mission: Central Florida’s Best Parks

Orlando

One Reason to Visit Epcot ASAP

After this summer Epcot will never be the same. Epcot will soon be full of attractions based on Disney and Marvel characters. The days of Epcot teeming with scientific and cultural experiences are fading. One remnant of Epcot's former glory is its current nighttime finale: IllumiNations - Reflections of Earth. After this summer this fireworks… Continue reading One Reason to Visit Epcot ASAP

Florida Life

Why We Built a Tiki Bar in Our Home

Thank God the tiki bar is open - Jimmy Buffett. Our family room now has a tiki bar in it and there's one good reason why: we have a baby. Treasured Tiki Mugs You see, one morning my husband and I sat at our kitchen table gazing at our collection of tiki mugs. Our baby… Continue reading Why We Built a Tiki Bar in Our Home

Florida Life

What we love about Norwegian Cruise Line

We're back from our four night cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Sun. We departed my home port of Port Canaveral and headed down to Key West and Cuba. It was our second time aboard Norwegian Cruise Line and we'd gladly book again once our budget and schedule allow. Here's a few quick reasons why we… Continue reading What we love about Norwegian Cruise Line