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Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – September 2022

September Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month. Rose: Olive You This summer was rough. Many outside stresses were happening throughout July and August that left me not feeling like myself. However, September has felt like I’ve turned a corner for the […]

10 Historical Attractions in Ybor City, Tampa

Ybor City is a historical city built on the ambition and dreams of migrant workers who moved to Tampa seeking a better life. Ybor City’s residents created an environment to raise their children, establish businesses, and follow their dreams. Today the ironwork balconies, brick-paved streets, and towering marble and granite […]

Florida Farm Spotlight: Dakin Dairy Farm

Over the course of visiting farms around Florida, a common thread between all types of farming is the reliance on family. Passed through generations, the pride of caring for the land and the product created is undeniable. On a gloomy day, I visited the Dakin Dairy Farm. The sky may […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – August 2022

August Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month. Rose/Thorn: Take the Good with the Bad It would be easy for me to write August off as a terrible month, but I’m combining the negative stories with the silver linings this month. Coming […]

DIY: Modern Wood Slat Door

In this DIY, I’ll show you how to go from a builder’s grade (boring) closet door to a modern wood slat door. To get started, you’ll need a few supplies from the hardware store, a bucket of patience, and a weekend to complete. Building this door wasn’t a necessity. However, […]

Dos & Don’ts of Kayaking the Weeki Wachee River

Kayaking the cold refreshing spring waters of Weeki Wachee is the perfect escape from the crowded Florida beaches during the scorching months of summer. The crystal clear water made it easy to spot schools of fish and the occasional manatee as we paddled along the miles of winding river. Before […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – July 2022

July Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month. Rose: Ooh, baby, baby, ba-baby, baby! After reading the title, I hope you have the Salt-N-Pepa song stuck in your head. Big news this month; I’m going to be an aunt! My littlest sister […]

Touring Tampa – The Tampa Bay Hotel

It’s 1913, a week before the New Year; the deep chill of the winter season has swept through the streets of New York City. Although the snow is beautiful when it’s untouched, heavy footprints and carriages will grind it into brown slush before the day is over. “Only one more […]

Best Things To Do on Rainy Days in Tampa Bay

If you spend any time in Tampa Bay during the summer, chances are you will get caught in an afternoon thunderstorm. On average, the Tampa Bay area has about 100 rainy days throughout the year. Storms typically last no longer than an hour, but the question of what to do […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – June 2022

June Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced each month. Rose: Vacations All I Ever Wanted It’s my birthday month! I’m a big believer in not working on your birthday. It should be celebrated the same way holidays are observed; a day off from […]


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