Blogging update & summertime wedding planning

Happy summertime! The weather here in sunny Florida is hot and humid, so I've been noshing on sweet fresh watermelon, sugar kiss melon and fresh Georgia peaches pretty much every day. Fruit, glorious fruit! Oh how I love thee! For some reason fruit is so much better during the summer, don't you think? You're probably wondering why I chose the day after my engagement to take a hiatus from blogging. Truth be told, there are so many reasons it could fill a book, but I'll tell you a … [Read more...]

Weekend in Ocala

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This past weekend my sweeti and I decided to take a road trip up to Ocala to visit my mama. It's not too bad of a drive for us, and only takes about 1 1/2 hr. from Tampa. We knew that tropical storm Isaac was on its way, but we guessed that as long as we made it back by Sunday evening we would be okay, since the storm was predicted to pass the Sarasota and then Tampa area on Monday morning. (And the joke of the matter is that as I sit typing this on Monday afternoon there is nothing more than a … [Read more...]

Minnesota Vacation Part 2

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Enjoying being out on the lake with my sweetie and dad's dog Ziggy Going for a boat ride with the cousins!  My sweeti learning how to wakeboard ;) And he's up! A bit shaky, but still up! Cruising around I was probably the only vegetarian at this midwest beef feed! It's a huge fundraiser for the local volunteer fire department and my entire family goes every year, so I tagged along to be social. I had a plate full of delicious corn on the cob!!  Cruising the lake at … [Read more...]

Minnesota Vacation

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Just a few pics of our Minnesota vacation so far... My dad's house, view from the boat on the lake The lake front, docks and fire pit My sweeti getting ready to head out for a boat ride Small fishing boat in Pleasant Lake We took the fishing boat out for a romantic boat ride at dusk Dad's backyard at dusk My dad and his lil lake dog Ziggy Back of the house I got this cute lil sign for my dad and step-mom for their first year anniversary last year A true … [Read more...]

Love the Life You Live

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Is it just me or is summer really flying by? I can't believe July has nearly passed us already! It's more than halfway over and I wish it would never end. The only thing I'm happy to see out of my sight is summer school! We've had some very humid and hot weather here in Florida, but we've also had a lot of rain which helps to cool things down. My sweeti and I spent all of last weekend enjoying the beach and having our own little "staycation". We headed down to Longboat Key, for an ocean swim and … [Read more...]

A relaxing fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, and relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones! All of my family is up North this time of year, so I'll be having my own quiet holiday (darn summer school kept me from getting up to Minnesota until August. bah!) But I am actually savoring a little relaxing solitude today. I just finished a huge accounting exam, so I can actually breathe for a few days until the new material starts. I finally found my nemesis in the accounting … [Read more...]

Stormin’ Debby

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To say that I haven't had anything to blog about would be the understatement of the century. Obviously the time to blog has been the issue, but we all know my sad summer school story by now. humph. Anywhoo... in case you live in a cave and have no access to social media, the news, the weather channel, etc., there was a hissy fit of a tropical storm lurking around all week! Probably the worst weather I've seen in awhile. Lots of flooding, water damage, storm damage, and overall scary … [Read more...]

Visit from dad, hydroponic farm trip

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This past week I had 4 exams in 5 days. That's... insanity right? Perhaps the professors all whispered behind my back to see how they could possibly make my life a bit more stressful than it already is!?  Ugh! So I've definitely let my blogging slack recently, but as you can see I've had good reason! But my exams are finally over,  so I have a bit of breathing room now! This weekend I got a surprise visit from my dad, who lives up in Minnesota with my step-mom and brothers. I was really … [Read more...]

Mom’s birthday at Columbia Restaurant

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Last weekend was my amazing mama dearest's birthday! We all rallied and headed up to St. Petersburg pier for a relaxing and quiet evening at The Columbia Restaurant, a family favorite. One of Florida's oldest restaurants, dating back to a small pub in 1905, the Columbia is still family-run (5th generation!) It has blossomed into an extravagant and decadent dining establishment, serving top-quality Spanish and Cuban cuisine, with 5 Florida locations. They offer a delicious assortment of … [Read more...]

Shedding that holiday weight gain

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There are three little words that I loathe. Three little words that will make most people retaliate with rock-solid New Years resolutions, promises to do better, do more, and push harder. Three little words that are practically unavoidable--at least for me. Holiday Weight Gain. Blah. As someone who follows a wholesome plant-based diet, and makes taking care of her body a top priority (I even got the oh-so-sweet compliment from my man earlier this week "You are probably the healthiest … [Read more...]