Sun Harvest Citrus ~ A Must On Your Florida To Do List

Hello Lovelies,

Sun Harvest Citrus in Fort Myers, Florida is a magical place that our family loves to visit as often as possible.  Besides having the best oranges and grapefruits in town, they also have a spectacular gift shop, bakery, post office, various juices, ice cream, free juice samples and so much more.

Fair warning ~ Don’t be in a hurry when you visit because there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Let me show you around.

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First and foremost, Sun Harvest Citrus makes the most phenomenal milkshakes – period! Our family favorite is their orange milkshake that taste like a creamcicle.

If milkshakes are not your thing, they also have soft serve ice cream in several different flavors as well as a vast assortment of decadent pastries.

Let me just say, YUM!

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Second, Sun Harvest Citrus hands down makes the best orange juice.  But here’s where things get even better – they don’t only make plain orange juice (which is spectacular unto itself). Oh no…they step it up a notch by combining Strawberries with Oranges and Cranberries with Oranges taking OJ to the next level.  You must taste to believe, my friends.  These two juice variations are ah~mazing.

Here’s some more good news, you can purchase their juice on site.  If you’re not sure which one you prefer, no problem, they have that covered.  There is an entire tasting station devoted to sharing their juice with you at no charge.  Taste away and leave with your favorite juice in a half or full gallon.  Bring your coolers, because you’re not going to leave with just one, trust me.

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Fun Fact – Their juice is made on site.

There is a glass partition that separates the juice plant from the store. You can watch the employees packaging the juice which is pretty cool for both kids and adults.

It’s kind of like an aquarium, but instead of fish there are people and instead of water there is juice. So basically it’s nothing like an aquarium…it’s just a glass partition.

Still it’s fun to watch!

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They also have this fabulous gift shop where you can purchase all kinds of things you don’t necessarily need, but surely will want.

And then you can mail them to friends and family at the US Post Office that is housed inside the building.  These people really know how to make things easy.

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Last but surely not least ~ You can even send fruit to people you love.

Everyone knows nothing says “I love you” like a basket of fruit. Well…maybe jewelry – but for the sake of this post let’s just stick with fruit.

Their fruit boxes come in a wide variety of arrangements, making it easy to pick the perfect gift for pretty much anyone, especially for those “impossible to buy for” people.

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So there you have it.  If you are visiting Southwest Florida this should absolutely be on your list of things to do.  Let Sun Harvest Citrus provide a break from the heat and entertain you for a while ~ you’ll be glad you stopped by.

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Until next time…Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

For additional Information or directions you can click on this link (Sun Harvest Citrus) or contact them directly at 800-743-1480.

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Pizza in Paris – Pizza Marzano is Ooh, la, la!!

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Hello Lovelies,

I consider myself somewhat of a pizza aficionado.  My qualification are as follows – I’m an Italian from Jersey.  Clearly, my qualifications speak for themselves.  Even so, I’m not a pizza snob.  I will entertain any and all pizzas with various crusts and toppings – such as but not limited to, thin crust, thick crust, cheesy crust, just cheese, lots of veges and white pizza.  Are you hungry yet?

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I hope so because I am going to introduce you to a little gem we found on our first few hours in “as magical as everyone says it is” Paris, France.  Now I realize pizza may not be everyone’s first choice for dining in Paris, however, for my family it couldn’t have been a more welcome meal.  Pizza Marzano is located in Place Saint-Michel in the 5th arrondissement in Paris.  It is across from the The Fontaine Saint-Michel and walking distance from Notre Dame. It’s quite the hustle and bustle corner as the subway is also accessed at this location.

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Seeing as this was our first restaurant experience in France we were elated when our server spoke to us in English.  That of course, was after we unintentionally butchered their lovely language.  We are firm believers in speaking, or at the very least, making an effort to speak the language of the country we are visiting.  We believe this illustrates how much we respect their country.  In turn, we are always met with very gracious hosts, as was the case at Pizza Marzano.

For our order we stuck with an oldie but goodie…a plain cheese pie. It was good.  So good in fact, that we ate there a couple more times during our short stay. Their prices were reasonable and their restaurant was warm and cozy, which was fantastic because we were freezing!

Between the local bakery, the Sunday market and Pizza Marzano we ate like kings!  Our boys still talk about Pizza Marzano being one of their favorite restaurants.  Imagine that, not even teenagers and having one of their favorite restaurants located in Paris, France.  Ooh, la, la! These are exactly the fun memories we enjoy creating with our boys.  I’m very glad I was able to share this one with you.

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Until next time…If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener

Love, L.

Can you guess where this photo was taken?

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We have been very fortunate to travel to many beautiful places.  Look at this photo and see if you can guess where we were when we experienced this breathtaking view.

2 Reasons To See Costa Rica Through The Eyes Of A Child

Hello Lovelies,

Our boys were 6 and 7 years old when they first visited Costa Rica. Before our departure we made the decision to gift them their own cameras. We bought them each their own digital waterproof cameras. Waterproof for obvious reasons – they are boys and they were 6 and 7…did I mention they are boys? Right, I did. Good, moving on.

We labeled each camera with their name and encouraged them to take photos of everything and anything they pleased. Unbeknownst to us, we were about to return home with some of the most wonderful memorabilia of our vacation.

Join me as I reminisce.

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These types of photos have become some of my favorites.

Their ability to see past the obstructions made it possible for them to truly capture the essence of the city.

These photos enabled us to recall the sites just as if we were driving down the streets once again, we were able to remember the stores we passed, the types of vehicles that were driven and how uninhibited the drivers were. Which is a polite way to say, they interpret their traffic laws more as suggestions rather than defined rules and they pretty much lack any semblance of order on the roadways. But HEY, that’s what makes it thrilling to drive around Costa Rica, in a weird take your life into your own hands kind of way.

All of these intricacies are what comprise some of our most fond and funny memories. These details are what make each country unique. Details that are not always photographed by those of us who are older, but our little boys with their uninhibited spirits captured them expertly.

Don’t just take my word for it – Give your kids a camera and see for yourself.

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People taking pictures of people taking pictures ~ or in this case brother taking picture of brother taking picture.

I just adore this photo. It will always remind me how small their little hands were on this trip.

They’re growing up so fast – excuse my while I go sniff their baby blankets and cry…

Park-Sign

This reminds me of a sign we saw on our way into the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, most probably because it is the sign we saw on our way into the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Coincidence, I think not. Wait…What?

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Our first morning in Costa Rica we were greeted with this view.

At this point I remember wanting to cancel our flight back home, sell everything we owned and move immediately.

FYI – We didn’t cancel our flight home, we still have everything and a whole lot more and we’ve never moved. But we do have this photo. So, obviously it’s a win, win.

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When I look at his photo I think I should have brushed my hair and that my husband is a very safe driver.

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It’s funny how you can travel to another country, yet years later when you are enjoying the photos you are most captivated by your children and how fast they’ve grown up.

Their little ears, their tiny features – good grief I’m off to sob in the corner again.

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The Costa Rican countryside whisked by right in front of their beautiful little boy eyes. What a gift these memories will be for them.

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If your goal is to take photos of animals, give a child a camera. They can find animals anywhere!!

I literally could be standing with a snake under my feet and a monkey on my head and I’d miss them both.

But hey, that’s what I have my boys for ~ they’re mini ninja animal locators.

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Daddy…handsome, amazing, brilliant, mmmmm…what were we talking about ~ I’ve lost my train of thought!

Pardon me ~ That often happens when I’m wooing over my sweetheart.

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Upon inspection, you will notice neither one of the boys took this photo.

Upon further inspection and by process of elimination…you probably concluded it was me..if so you’re right!

I wanted to show you the fanny packs our boys use when we travel. Upon a variety of other things this is where they store their camera for easy access.

In truth, I just wanted another opportunity to look at my handsome hubby and cute kids…what can I say, I am clever like that.

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Here’s a photo that represents what great parents we are…

Sure kids, go climb on the jagged rocks in a foreign country with no medical care close by. Have fun!

Crab

Before you lay judgement, please note this was clearly solid parenting and well worth the safety risk as we were able to bring home this glorious photo of a dead crab.

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Until Next Time…Give your kids a camera and see the world through their eyes. You won’t regret it!

~Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. Francis Bacon

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you.

Love, L

It’s Time For the WORLD CUP, Baby!!

Hello Lovelies,

32 Teams.

1 Month.

1 Winner.

Oh Yah Baby, It’s Time For The WORLD CUP!!!

Mobile Users Click HERE To Watch Video

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~ Remember, always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn then always be a unicorn!!

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

For team info, game times and lots of great fun facts visit the official page of the world cup – Fifa- Click Here

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Why Costa Rica is Great For Adults and Kids! Kiri Tapanti Trout Fishing!

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Hello Lovelies,

I thought I’d share a wonderful little place our entire family enjoyed when we were in Costa Rica.

If you haven’t been to Costa Rica before then you are in for a real treat.

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At the risk of stating the obvious…this how we travel to Costa Rica.

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Fun Fact…In Costa Rica the laws of physics do not apply – two object can actually occupy the same space at the same time…who knew?

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Ah, I just adore the hustle and bustle of the busy San Jose streets.

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica.

May I also draw your attention to the complete disregard for any assemblance of traffic etiquette.

Ironically, this is one of the aspects that makes Costa Rica even more entertaining.

Driving in this small country becomes a wonder unto itself.

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We are going to turn left.

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We love Pops!! They are located throughout Costa Rica and they have the best ice cream!!

Important Travel Tip – While traveling always know where to get the best ice cream!! Always!

You will thank me for this later.

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This is my “kids are getting too close to the water” face!!

I have many faces, in time you’ll understand why.
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My youngest with his cousin throwing rocks.

Boys will be boys!

Which leads us right back to why I have so many “faces”.

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This little gem is the Kiri Tapanti Mountain Lodge. It is located about an hour by car out of San Jose, in the Orosi Valley of the Province of Cartago.

Once you leave the city, the magic of Costa Rica really starts to unfold.

Lush greenery, waterfalls, mountains and some of the nicest people you will ever meet!!

We went to Kiri Tapanti for an afternoon of trout fishing.

I would certainly recommend coming here if you are looking for a unique experience.

As the following photos will show the grounds are kept pristine and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, aside from the occasional squeal when I caught a fish!

The staff was so friendly, as you will generally experience in Costa Rica.

After you have finished catching your fish the staff will clean and prepare them for transport if you so choose to take them with you. The other option is to have the chef prepare your “catch” to dine on at their restaurant.

In this case, my husband’s cousin decided to take the fish home with her – we were told they made quite the meal!!

There is also a mountain lodge on the property. Hopefully, next time we will have the opportunity to stay on their grounds and experience their beautiful lodge first hand.

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Look at these beautiful grounds. Tell me you couldn’t spend an afternoon here!

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That’s me – actually spending an afternoon there.

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The ponds are fed from a mountaintop spring which makes it’s way down into each pond, as opposed to the opposite which is impossible.

The elevations of the Tapantí region range from 1,200 meters (4,000 ft.) above sea level to 2,560 meters (8,400 ft.) above sea level with an area of 58,500 hectares (145,000 acres).

Animal enthusiast alert!!! There are over 45 species of mammals (some endangered), 260 species of birds and 28 species of amphibians, not to mention the hundreds of unique insects, to include the rhinoceros beetle. Which as the name suggests looks like an itty, bitty rhino!!

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If it is jumpable then it must be jumped!!

Obviously, this is an amazing place for kids.

Our boys ran up and down the mountains more times than I could count!! (Actually, I can count that high…I just chose not too)

Thank you Kiri Tapanti – my kids slept soooo good that night!!

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We are deep in thought devising a plan…we are coming for you fishies!

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This is my “OH gosh, I caught a fish – now what do I do?” face.

That is my “son without a face” face.

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These are the faces of defeat. Dun..Dun…Dun..

And that’s a shoe.

Until next time…Raisin cookies that look like chocolate chip cookies are the main reason I have trust issues.

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.

P.S. The reason my son is without a face is because my darling does not want photos of our kids on the internet – so this is our compromise. Since I am so madly in love with him, I happily oblige. 🙂

Naked Man at Silver River State Park, Ocala, Florida

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Sooo…We were biking through the park one day,

In the merry, merry month of May,

And what to our surprise,

A strange man would catch our eye.

For no clothes did he bare,

Thankfully, the law was quickly there.

He made a quick escape,

With some pants he made a drape.

To cover his (ahems..)

So we did not see his gems.

Quite an experience I must say,

For I will never forget that day!

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What am I talking about and why are you showing me a blurry photo? Fair question.

Picture this…Hot weather, my son (10) and I alone biking the Silver River State Park forest trails. Suddenly, we have to stop and walk our bikes through very thick sugar sand when I look up to see –

A buck naked, no clothes wearing man. To give him some credit, he was wearing a hat.

He proceeds to walk past us as he covered his royal gems with his pants.

True Story.

My son was concentrating so much on getting his bike through the sand he never realized the man was naked.

I turned around just to be sure and yep, his bum was as bright as the moon. Oh, my.

I took a photo of his rear view, but as you can see my camera fogged up – of all the times to fog up, really, why now?

I called papi (that’s what I call my hubby) who immediately called the park rangers. Who immediately swarmed the area looking for the naked bandit.

Unfortunately, he was gone in a flash. (Get it) – I crack myself up.

But yes, he was gone and no they never caught him.

I must say it caused quite an uproar amongst the rangers.

They said NEVER had anything like this happened.

I chuckled because stuff like this follows me around. Stick with me and you’ll understand.

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Anywho, the park is fantastic, you probably won’t see my naked man, but if you do please take a picture so I can replace my foggy photo.

I am just kidding – that would be weird. Besides, I have a very permanent, unwanted photo burned into my mind.

So, to keep moving with this review…

The camp sites are wonderful and the restrooms are spotless.

Since we go camping specifically to mountain bike we fell in love with the Ocala “Santos” MTB Trail System. (Shown Above)

One of the neatest perks was that you could park your car and enter the trailhead at Santos Bike Shop.

They even let you use their restrooms, which is good because I always have to use the restroom before biking.

The staff is super knowledgable and friendly. Can’t say enough about them. Actually, I could and I am.

To sum it all up – The state park is fantastic, the santos trail system is the best we have been to, the Santos Bike Shop is top-notch and the views – well… you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Until next time…don’t hike naked – it scares the wildlife.

Be blessed, stay blessed and remember if you don’t laugh at yourself someone will do it for you!

Love, L.