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Staycation vs Shortcation: Florida Getaways You Can Afford

“Staycation” vs. “Shortcation”: Four Great (Short) Florida Getaways

When talk at the soccer game or baseball practice turns to summer plans, chances are you’ll hear something like this: “Oh, we can’t take a vacation this year. We’re going to do a staycation instead.” Ah, the “staycation,” that 21st-century buzzword that means “stay home and pretend you’re on vacation.” It’s a budget-friendly alternative to […]

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A Pastor’s Wife’s Christmas

December is my favorite month! The weather has cooled, but isn’t cold (not even Florida-cold). Christmas trees, lights, and decorations are up. Special events like the Florida Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Lights in the Gardens and parades on land and at sea seem to happen every weekend. And church live nativities, pageants, potlucks, and services are […]

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Things To Do As A Family In Bradenton/Sarasota (Without Going to the Beach!)

Although there is plenty to do as a family without leaving the Tampa Bay area – there is always something going on in our active, vibrant city, after all – sometimes it’s fun to venture out a bit. As our neighboring cities to the south, Bradenton and Sarasota have much to offer for families looking for new adventures […]

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15 Things to Do at Walt Disney World - Without Going to a Park

15 Things to Do at Walt Disney World:: Without Going to a Park

It’s a fact of life for us budget-conscious Walt Disney World fans that our Florida Resident Seasonal (now Silver) Passes come with one big drawback: blockout dates. We’re lucky to live here in Disney’s extended backyard. For much of the year, our weekends are chock-full of FastPass+ selections, dining reservations, character photos and repeating “Por […]

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