The Latest From Karissa

Touring Tampa – J.C. Newman Cigar Factory

The rich history of cigars and the City of Tampa reach back to the 1860s. Named after the founder who brought cigar manufacturing to the area, Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City still bears the name of the cigar tycoon. Ybor City was once the world’s cigar capital, producing over half […]

DIY: How to Paint a Refrigerator

How to Paint a Refrigerator Refrigerators are a focal point in most kitchens. They keep your food fresh and act as an art display for vacation magnets, favorite recipes, and holiday cards. I cluttered the doors of my refrigerator with these things to cover the sharpy heart and “I love […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – May 2022

May Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month. Rose: Summer Soirée I maxed out my social calendar this month. Beach day. Yes. Social Networking Events, double yes. Attend a concert after a twelve-hour day. I’ll be there.  If I was invited, I […]

Six Things You Should Do On Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A

Florida’s Highway 30A was a recent discovery. Planning a trip to this area started with a simple search of Florida State Parks and snowballed into a full-blown weekend beach vacation. Located in the panhandle of Florida, the charm of this 24-mile highway will leave you feeling transported into another world. […]

10 Beach Essentials you shouldn’t hit the sand without

Memorial Day is the kick-off to summer break. Many people will flock to the warm beaches to relax and celebrate the beginning of the summer season. To make this beach trip and all future trips enjoyable, there are some basic beach essentials you must bring for your day under the […]

Day Trip Travel Guide – Caladesi Island State Park

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be dropped off on a private island where all of your needs would be tended to? On my recent trip to the island, I was impressed by the number of facilities available. Caladesi Island State Park comes pretty close to […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – April 2022

April Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month. Rose: 5k Races  April was a significant milestone in my running journey.  I ran not one, but two 5Ks this month. For the first race, my goal was simply toy run my fastest 5K. […]

Fall In Love With Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island is one of Florida’s most popular State Parks. The white sand beaches softly blending into turquoise water are just like the advertisements for Visit Florida. The shore is sprinkled with sun-bleached shells ripe for the picking to take home as a souvenir. It’s easy to see why many […]

Florida Farm Spotlight: Hunsader Farm

Hunsader Farms is like an amusement park loaded with farm activities. The humble beginnings of the Hunsader Farm started with an eighty-acre crop of tomatoes.  Over the decades, the farm has grown to add additional buildings to the property, including a barn to house produce for the farmer’s market, an […]

What To Expect From Your First Pottery Class

I recently took myself to my first pottery class. Like those painting with twist classes, this is one of those artsy activities where I can try my hand at creating art, and in the end, the only person who sees value in the finished product is me. I was inspired […]


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