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lifestyle Wellbeing

How & why to give up your car in 2021

Cars are expensive and needy. Between insurance, maintenance, gas, and other upkeep they take a huge portion of our monthly budgets and time. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the average American spends 52.2 minutes on a back and forth commuting daily. So many drivers are stuck and unhappy sitting behind the wheel rushing from point A to point B day in and day out. We have seen a regular uptick in traffic and crowded roadways every single year with nearly 3,000 deaths annually due to distracted driving (CDC).

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lifestyle

15 things to do when creating next year’s budget

Starting a new budget can be a difficult undertaking, so why wait? Budgets are necessary for any income level and any lifestyle because you should always know where your money is going, you are in charge.

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lifestyle Wellbeing

20 Things I’ve done in 2020 that I’ve never done before

Throughout this year I’ve jokingly said “well it’s 2020 so who knows” to any odd, inconvenienced, or bad thing that has come up. It has become one of “those years” for most of us. While new experiences are a good thing there are many things that most of us have done in 2020 that we never expected, never wanted, or never needed. Either way what happened has happened and I found it a fun exercise to reflect on all the new experiences I’ve had this year and the ways I’ve needed to change and adapt.

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Uncategorized

Update w/ links to follow

Our blog is getting a separation and we want you to spend equal time at both mom & dad’s! Sorry for the bad joke but we don’t want to lose our readers.

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lifestyle Wellbeing

How to burn the most calories while riding your biking

Biking is a great form of exercise; our go-to recreation and workout for many reasons. Not only biking something almost any age can enjoy and participate in but there are so many ways to maximize your workout and get the most burn for your effort while having fun, and fitness should always be fun. Here are a few of our tried and true methods to help you stay fit while enjoying the ride.

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Florida

Largo Central Park Nature Preserve- The Wildlife Watchers Paradise

Many conjure visions of dazzling lights and bold displays for Christmas and other seasonal festivals when thinking of Largo Central. What they may not know is that with a quick drive, walk, or bike ride you can be transported outside of what seems to be a concrete world and into an untouched land of wildlife happily doing its thing.

This beautifully positioned and little known preserve opens up the world of nature untouched by man and places it in the hands of those who may otherwise not see it or maybe not care but can’t help to once inside.

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Florida

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa

Gigantic floor to ceiling aquariums, wildlife settings with birds and aquatic life inches away, and a chance to see and learn more about some of the most exotic creatures we all secretly love just around the corner. The Florida Aquarium is a great way to take in all of that magic and escape the every day.

There’s something so serene here as you wander down the corridors, light changing and bouncing through the glass surrounds. Gigantic fish almost fly past you and seem surreal until there it is, the shark you have been hoping for. In all his glory only separated by glass there the predator of the sea swims by as if you weren’t even there, allowing ample time to observe before moving on to the next great thing.

In all of our visits to the Florida Aquarium we have always loved the sharks tank, Moonbay, and Wetland Trail. This is a must see when visiting the Tampa Bay area.

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lifestyle Wellbeing

A Time For Tea

Tea time has been known for centuries as a social time, a time for tradition, for health, self-care, and a time for comfort. Tea time is my time. It’s been a long week but I know stealing a moment to regain my Zen is always within reach.

Baby, it’s cold outside. No, not really, I live in Florida but we can pretend.
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Florida

3 Days in the Everglades for under $300

Recently, like so many of us, we decided to get away; and so we did. The Florida Everglades have been on our bucket list for way too long and what better timing than during a pandemic where being distanced and outdoors is essential. Most of our trips are preplanned because frankly that’s my personality but this one was thought out 2 days before and on a VERY tight budget though didn’t feel like it for one second (and that’s time & money spent well).

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homeschool

Raising Informed Not Fearful Kids

Some parents have found themselves in a conundrum over what they should and shouldn’t disclose to their kids during the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a difficult time, full of unknowns, and while we as adults struggle to get a grip on what is and isn’t how do we instruct our kids?

Simple, we learn together.