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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 […]

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 […]


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