Girl’s Day At The Ringling Museum

The Ringling Museum has been on my list of places to visit all summer. This 66-acre estate is more than a one-note museum of circus history, and It takes you on a journey of what life was like as a member of the Ringling Circus. Visitors are also given a glimpse of the private lives […]

The Best Places to Roller Skate In Tampa Bay

Roller Skating saved my sanity in 2020. The world was on the brink of shutting down and I found myself in the United Skates Pro Shop trying on roller skates for the first time in my adult life. I rolled out the door in a pair of pink glitter roller skates with contrasting blue laces. […]

Monthly Round-Up: Rose & Thorns – August 2021

August Rose & Thorns – A monthly recap of the highs and lows experienced throughout each month. Rose: Running Faster Than Ever The Florida temperatures are ungodly hot in August, making running less than ideal. But here I am, running around the neighborhood like I’m training for a marathon. For the record, I have no […]

20 Questions With Karissa

Do You Have Any Upcoming Trips Planned? I do! In October, Aaron and I are planning to camp in the Yellowstone National Park. This will be our first time camping together and the most time we’ve spent exploring one National Park. I’m nervous and excited.  Current Favorite TV Show? My current favorite show is Ted […]

Flying to Chattanooga for Breakfast

For most people traveling by airplane is a production. Driving to the airport, hauling luggage through the terminal, and then being patted down by a stranger who tells you can’t bring a full-size toothpaste in your carry-on. All of this, before I’ve had my first cup of coffee, is not the exciting and glamorous side […]

3 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

Homemade popsicles are a thing of nostalgia for me. As a kid, I would spend weeks at my grandparent’s house during the summer. One of our morning tasks would be to mix a pitcher of Kool-Aid to pour into the popsicle molds to enjoy in the afternoon heat.  This blog post isn’t to convince you […]

Gasparilla Island State Park – The Place To Unplug

This has been the summer of exploring Florida beaches. Typically, my best friend Genesah and I want nothing to do with the sticky saltwater, blazing heat, and sand. But this year the tides have changed. Recently we found ourselves desperately trying to outrun the red tide plaguing the beaches in Clearwater and the surrounding Tampa […]


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