Best Places to Host Kids’ Birthday Parties

| By Sascha Mills & Kathryn Deen | Did you know that the month of September takes the cake for the most birthdays of the year? Pretty impressive! In fact, Sept. 9 is the most common birth date in our country. (You can check how common your birthday is here.) That means a whole lot of birthday parties are happening this month! We polled our … Continue reading Best Places to Host Kids’ Birthday Parties

Demystifying Abstract Art

| By Lois Perdue | As an abstract expressionist, I am frequently asked the same two questions about my paintings. “How do you start one of those paintings?” And, the next one is usually: “How do you know when it is finished?” Maybe for those reasons alone, buying abstract art is a challenge! But with a better understanding of this exciting genre and its potential … Continue reading Demystifying Abstract Art

‘Grape’ Review of Lakeridge Winery

Don’t miss the Harvest Grape Stomp Aug. 10-12 | Story by Domonique Jenkins | Photos by @justshoot84 | What’s to love about Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards? Everything! Lakeridge, the largest winery in Florida, is located in beautiful Clermont. It offers winery tours, complimentary wine tastings, events and wine festivals throughout the year. I can’t wait to come for the 24th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp Aug. 10-12. It’s … Continue reading ‘Grape’ Review of Lakeridge Winery

5 Things I Learned in High School

| By Hannah Blume | High school is a time for self-discovery. It’s where teenagers spend seven-hour days, five days a week, 10 months out of the year, for four years straight and pop out on the other end as older and wiser versions of themselves. It’s where songs about the Quadratic Formula are played, friendships are born and the words “pop quiz” act as … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned in High School

Must-Haves for a Healthy Lunchbox

| By Jamie Rametta | When I think of August, I think of back to school. Even if we’re not currently students, we feel the energy change with the start of each academic year. Advertisements flood our email inboxes and mailboxes with sales on colored pencils and 3-pronged folders, traffic patterns change and we see children waiting at bus stops in our neighborhoods. As a … Continue reading Must-Haves for a Healthy Lunchbox

The Last Straw on Plastics

“I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.” –Pete Townshend | By Amelia Stolarz | Our plastic consumption certainly has become a hot-button topic. Recently, some major corporations have gotten the memo about the trending feelings on plastic. Straws may be becoming taboo. Starbucks, Aramark and American Airlines announced that they will stop offering straws. McDonald’s said it will reduce its straw distribution. Hashtags … Continue reading The Last Straw on Plastics