Marco Island Owls

Marco Island Owls

It’s one of our favorite things to do in Marco Island, “Owl Spotting.” Marco Island is home to the Athene cunicularia floridana, or Florida burrowing owl. The owls dig burrows and is the only owl species that nests underground. You can spot them all over vacant lots around the island.  They stand on little man-made…

Brendan catches a shark.

Welcome to Middle School

I now have a middle schooler.  And a midlife crisis. I honestly have no idea where the time has gone.  How did I get so old? How is my baby going into 6th grade? It’s been a great school year.  For the first time in a long time, I feel like I haven’t had to…

Brendan catches a shark.

Marco Island Trip Report: Day 2 & 3

Marco Island is a beautiful place with so much to see and do.  But we always have a problem leaving the house. We are just so comfortable, and there’s so much to do here, actually getting dressed seems like such a chore. We’ve been doing a lot of fishing, dodging rain storms and lounging near…

uberX hits Orlando.

Uber service hits Orlando

Have you ubered? It’s the newest thing to hit Orlando, and I couldn’t be happier. Uber is something that has been around for quite awhile in the “big cities”.  It’s basically a taxi service app.  When you need a ride, you can check to see the drivers in your area.  You can read reviews of…

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Marco Island Vacation: Day 1

Our annual Marco Island vacation is under way! We are in a new house this year and it’s pretty amazing. It was a pretty successful day of swimming, fishing, day-drinking, naps and constant snacking. We’ve decided since we can now fish from the backyard, we will have a fishing competition. I’m proud to report that…

Aloft Orlando

Checking out the new Aloft Orlando Downtown

I still can’t believe they turned the old OUC office building into a hotel.  And a pretty cool hotel at that! Thanks to YELP, I was invited for a happy hour at the WXYZ lounge inside the Aloft Orlando Downtown. The bar area was pretty great.  It was sophisticated without being snobby and will be…

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A view from the beach…

Yes…I’m one of THOSE people. I’m sitting on a beautiful beach, the waves the only sound for miles, under a cabana, with my laptop out and updating my blog. Sorry folks, that’s how I roll these days. Life has been busy.  Good busy.  Lots of change, lots of big life decisions. I never thought I…

GiveKidsTheWorld

#GivingTuesday – Help Give Kids the World!

Give Kids the World is one of my favorite non-profit organizations in Central Florida. They are located close to the theme parks and give children with life-threatening illnesses and their families dream vacations. Today, Tuesday, they are doing something great.  And you can help without even opening your wallet (although I encourage you to also…

Fighting at a Little League game

I had an experience today that I found so disturbing and upsetting, I really am unsure of what to do next.  So I’m blogging about it.  Advice please. So my 8-year-old son is in an Little League.  I haven’t been in love with the league this entire season.  It’s unorganized from the top down.  There’s…