Dreamplex Reaches for the Stars

The special needs rec center announced its plans to expand at its recent gala. | Story by Sascha Mills | Photos by Sascha Mills & Kathryn Deen | Central Florida Dreamplex is so much more than a recreation and fitness center. It’s a beautiful mission field that brings wellness, community and athletics to those with special needs. Or, as they describe it, “Ordinary sports for … Continue reading Dreamplex Reaches for the Stars

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

Es’scent’ial Oils: More than Just a Scent

I expect that essential oils may some day prove a vital weapon in the fight against strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. –Andrew Weil | By Amelia Stolarz | I’ve been having fun with my es”scent”ial oils lately. Yes they are trending — but they’ve been around for a long time. Biblically, they appear in the Old and New testaments. In Exodus 30:34-38, the Lord gave Moses … Continue reading Es’scent’ial Oils: More than Just a Scent

Ever Heard of a Jack Chi?

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a Jack Russell Terrier and Chiuahua mix, AKA a Jack Chi or a Jackuahua. Meet Toby, a 1-year-old cutie and the dog son of Krystal Santi. Krystal, a Clermont resident and a psychology student at Lake-Sumter College, adopted Toby from South Lake Animal League in Groveland. Krystal loves bringing her little guy to romp around Downtown Clermont by the … Continue reading Ever Heard of a Jack Chi?

The Storm’s Over, But I’m Not Over It

| By Kathryn Deen | How are you doing post-Irma? I’m still processing it. After 10 consecutive nights of hosting power-deprived guests, I hadn’t made time to reflect on the magnitude of it. And while I was blessed enough to keep my home and my power with no physical damage, I still consider Irma one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. Initially, I … Continue reading The Storm’s Over, But I’m Not Over It