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 has moved into her second […]

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 day,” you think to yourself. […]

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 while you wait out these […]

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 work and spending it exactly […]

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 a billion hand-rolled cigars yearly. […]

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 mom” scribble across the freezer […]

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 went. I’m so grateful for […]


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