National Tooth Fairy Day

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My 6-year-old-niece had recently lost a tooth. This milestone led to an interesting conversation about the Tooth Fairy between my nieces and I during our ride to the park the other day.

Here’s what I learned:

There is more than one Tooth Fairy. There are many in fact.

They do not talk “people talk” but they do, however, sing.

Tooth Fairies live way up in the clouds. They have nests. We cannot visit their nests, even with the help of giant ladders that reach up to the sky.

Power Rangers cannot visit or talk to Tooth Fairies.

Tooth Fairies each collect LOTS of teeth and they give them to new babies. That’s how babies get teeth.

That’s a fact jack! ; ) Important info to know for February 28, National Tooth Fairy Day!

Where I Ride

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I am a Florida leisure cyclist. I love my blue Sun Beach Cruiser and long lazy rides through Tradition, Fl. When I reach this lake on my regular route, I can feel my soul settle down and unwind a bit.


Out here I ride with the cranes.

I ride with the cows.I ride with a helmet and a smile.

Where do you ride? 

Visit a Florida Citrus Grove

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There are citrus groves scattered all throughout Florida. During orange season, the orange blossoms perfume the air with a scent similar to honey. Why not visit a Florida citrus grove and take home some fruit fresh off the vine? Click here for some great info on touring a Florida citrus grove: Visit a Florida Citrus Grove| VisitFlorida.com.

 

A Visit to Downtown Stuart, FL

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The Stuart Heritage Museum is an iconic structure in downtown Stuart.  Along with the museum, Stuart offers lots of downtown shops and dining. Stuart is also the sailfish capital of the world! We love our watery world down here in south Florida.
To learn more about Downtown Stuart, Visit Florida has an article here.

What Do Villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge Look Like?

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Have you ever wondered what a villa looks like at the Animal Kingdom Lodge?

We recently spent a weekend at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Giraffes, Zebras and a multitude of other african animals roamed free right outside our balcony. Who else but Disney could offer such a magical place? We drifted off to dreamland each night with the splendor of these majestic creatures right outside our window. What a beautiful adventure.

Of course a Disney lodge would have a perfectly paired Disney moment as a focal feature in the suite.

This 5th floor villa was nicely equipped. I could stay for a while that’s for sure!

All the kids (young and old) played with the drums and other african musical instruments in the Zawadi Marketplace (that’s fancy talk for gift shop).

There were endless sights to be seen. Around every corner your eyes had a new wonder to behold.

Do animals come to your window at the Animal Kingdom Lodge?

Yes! My favorite was the animals outside our window. In the morning, the fog rolled in and I had my morning coffee on the balcony with these fellas.

There are many options for meals at the resort. We opted for a buffet breakfast, Mickey themed of course.

They also had a great game room by the pool. No one is bored at this resort, that’s for sure.

We nicknamed these guys Hans and Frans.

Bunkbeds!

Can’t wait to make a return trip : )

How to Ditch Cable TV

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It has been almost a year now since we ditched cable and started watching TV a new and much less expensive way. We haven’t looked back a day since.

Our family decided it was worth the try to explore other ways to watch TV and it seems we are not alone. Our local garbage man says he sees more and more cable dishes at the side of the road every week.

Here’s what we did.

Before we cancelled our cable, we invested in an Apple TV box and a Roku box and thought we’d try this thing out before officially making the switch. 

They each cost under $100 and we purchased them from Amazon. (We have Amazon Prime, so we get free two day shipping too.)

When they arrived, I was expecting some complicated set up that I would need my husband, the computer guy, to handle. Wrong! I set them both up by myself in a snap.

They only require connecting one cord from the box to the TV. That’s my kind of set up! We set up the Apple TV in the living room and the Roku in our bedroom. Each TV will need a box, just like cable, but you only pay for them once, there is no monthly fee. You own them outright and no contracts are involved.

Next step was to find the input button on your TV remote and click through to find the auxiliary setting for your Apple TV or Roku. It took about 10 seconds. Voila!

Then we had to register our Apple TV with our iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu accounts and our Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon accounts on the Roku box. (Apple TV doesn’t have Amazon access.)

Each box directed us to enter our log in information for each account with the click of a button. Easy!

Whats the difference between Apple TV and Roku?

The difference between Apple TV and Roku is that Roku features Amazon, which allows us to watch thousands of shows and movies from our Amazon Prime account. We like that.

Our Apple TV allows us to “airplay” anything we are viewing on our iPads and MacBooks, and we think that’s pretty cool. We can airplay our vacation photos, or play tv shows from anywhere on the internet.

Duck Dynasty for example has full episodes on A&E’s website, so we would sometimes stream them from there. But, since it’s one of my favorite shows, I went ahead and bought the season on Amazon Prime, so I get all the new shows the next day.

How can you get local news without cable?

To get local news, we bought a digital TV antenna for under $20 at Target and just plugged it into the back of our TV. We get crystal clear local news. I can watch the morning local weather report or 5pm or 11pm local update with no problem.

We officially cancelled our cable within the first month of using our new system. The cost benefits clearly won the contest. The cost for the equipment has already paid for itself and I have not regretted changing the way we watch TV for even one minute. It was a great decision for our family.

Total cost for equipment was $200 (equal to 2 months cable bill, and NO contract by the way). We spend $23 per month on Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime combined.We have purchased a few seasons of our favorite shows that aren’t available for free until next season.

Big Bang Theory, for example, cost us $20 for the year. Still much less than cable. We don’t have access to the shows until the next day some times, but, If it costs $80 more per month to watch a show on the night it airs instead of the next night, then, we can wait the extra day.

If you’re interested in getting rid of cable tv costs and trying out this new way to watch TV, I hope you’ll give this strategy a try.

Oxbow Eco Center

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What’s it like inside the Oxbow Eco Center?

There’s so much to explore and get your hands on and your eyes around at a nature center. We are blessed to locally have “The Oxbow.” I love to watch the wonder in a child’s eye when they experience something for the first time, like standing eye to eye with an otter.

Ever lay your hand across the back of a bobcat? Curious about a crane’s beak?

Then head to the Oxbow. Your experience can be different every time. On our last visit, the staff had just received a nest of baby birds that had fallen out of a neighboring tree – we were mesmerized as their little beaks chirped up at us.

Peek through the glass at the snakes and turtles, run your fingers through the sand at the sensory table, take a hike on the trails…all part of a day well spent.