When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade?

When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade?

A blog by: Nina

We have all heard the expression when life gives you lemons saying a time or two but can we all agree that allowing that saying to sink in while implementing a positive action can be so daunting at times?!

This year has been such a whirlwind of year in general because of Covid, major civil rights movements, rioting, the occasional alien sighting, ending of the world predictions & the presidential election, ALL HAPPENING AT ONCE. Are you like me and feel so worn, so broken, so uncertain about where life is going because of all the unknowns?

Well, since I feel like everyone needs a little encouragement these days, I am going to share 5 of my latest favorite quotes that always seem to lift me up just as soon as I’ve started to feel down.

Starting with:

• Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

• You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis

• You do not find the happy life. You make it. – Camilla Eyring Kimball

• The most wasted of days is one without laughter.- E.E. Cummings

• We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.- Joseph Cambell

This blog is going to be short & sweet this week so that you can feel uplifted, let go of the negativity & exude positivity. I encourage you to draw inspiration from whatever brings you joy, peace & hope.

I would love to read some of your very favorite quotes too! Drop them in the comments below!

Until next time.

Xo, Nina.

Nina’s Top 3 Hidden Gems of Florida

Nina’s Top 3 Hidden Gems of Florida

Blog by: Nina

Edited by: Nina

Things happen, and we can’t always get to the blog, but we didn’t want to leave you hanging with Part 2 of our MUST SEE hidden gems of Florida.
There has been this sudden urge to go and do all of these things lately so I am most excited to be sharing my faves, in hopes that you will want to enjoy them too!

First up to bat is the lovely……

Kelly Park/Rock Springs
Not only can you spend your days floating down the 68 degrees (all year round) clear blue natural springs, but you can also walk the trails, bike ride & check out the stars in the sky at your very own campground from either your tent or RV. We loved coming here as kids! We can still smell the fresh pancakes being made by our grandpa at 7 am! Unfortunately, the waterways are closed at this time, but you can enjoy a nice walk on the trails & camp with your family! There is almost no wait to get in & no crowds, which means any social media you might do will be sans people!

Lake Eola
Lake Eola is one of those MUST SEE landmarks if you are ever in town. It’s basically like the heartbeat of Orlando, Florida. There is almost always something going on & anyone is welcome! Some activities at Lake Eola include but are not limited to: renting a swan-shaped paddle boat, running or walking the .9 loop until you have reached your step goals, yoga on the grass, catching the parade of the beautiful swans crossing the sidewalks, getting a bite to eat at one of the fabulous local restaurants that surround the space, & checking out all the latest farmer market items on Sundays. Crossing fingers the markets open back up to the public soon because we miss the vendors who sell that refreshing freshly made lemonade! Of course, this place is a breeding ground for some amazing shots you will be able to add to the social! This place isn’t so much hidden but more so, under-appreciated & needs to be shared!

Downtown Mt. Dora
There is so much that could be said about Downtown Mt. Dora. From the quaint shopping boutiques to the very diverse dining options, you are always ensured a very memorable experience when visiting! A dining experience we recommend is the Frog & Monkey Restaurant & Pub. With over 30 different kinds of bottled beers from around the world & another 10 on tap, plus a wide array of wine and cocktails, the Frog and Monkey is the perfect place to stop for a little lunch before heading on to your next adventure in Mt. Dora. This place is so homey & relaxing it will make you feel like you never left the comforts of your own home, except, you don’t have to do the dishes when you are done dining! We recommend giving the Blue Max Burger a try! This delicious burger is topped with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing- YUM! However, if you aren’t into burgers, beer, or meat, just remember that downtown Mt. Dora hosts a wide variety of excellent restaurants that cater to all different pallets. So pick a night & go hang with your partner or your friends. You won’t be disappointed!

We hope you enjoyed our 6 favorite Florida must-see places (Part 1 is in the previous blog)! Have you been to any or all?! Drop your comments below!

Lily’s Top 3 Must See Hidden Gems of Florida!

Lily’s Top 3 Must See Hidden Gems of Florida!

A Blog by: Lily

Edited by: Nina

Has 2020 left you feeling down & uninspired?

As Florida natives, we feel it is our duty to uplift & inspire our fellow readers by sharing our hidden Florida gems that YOU must visit! These places hold such special memories in our hearts & we hope that once we get this pandemic under control, we can start doing adventures like this once again! This week we are starting with Lily’s top 3 must-see hidden gems of Florida!

Devils Den

Do you know that Florida has its very own prehistoric landmark? With fossil beds dating back to 33 million years ago, what an adventure you’d have swimming around in literal history. Devils Den got its name because in the early cold winter mornings you can see steam thick as smoke rise from the cave’s hole. Will a cool temperature of 72 degrees year-round, you are bound to have a splash at this place! What makes this place so special is that it is underground! Yes, you read that right, to get to the spring you have to take a staircase all the way down to where you can dive & swim. Our family decided to pack up and go one day during the peak of summer, and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had! There is snorkel/scuba equipment you can rent, year-round. There are also campgrounds and cabins there, just in case you want to get the full experience! S pack up your swimmers because you definitely won’t regret the drive!

The Space Coast 

If you are true Floridian than I can guarantee you have seen a shuttle launch! It is an experience you’ll never forget. To watch an object successfully launch right into the stars is something that’s is still a sight to see. Did you know that the reason Florida is the best destination to launch is mainly because of the equator? With the earth rotating most quickly at the equator the orbital velocity gives it that extra push into space. If you go to https://www.nasa.gov their website has up to date information on any of their next launches! I took my husband to his first launch earlier this year and he was so in awe of the live countdown & actual launch. See when the next one is and take a trip to the Space Coast! 

St. Augustine

“Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, it is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement”- oldcity.com. This area holds a lot of history and has so many activities to do. My favorite is the Colonial Quarter! You can sashay down this 2-acre attraction and catch a glimpse of history learning about the 16th,17th, and 18th centuries! The one historical building I always visit is the “Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse”. Built around 1716, it is still standing tall and welcomes visitors from all around the world. For my social media ladies looking for that cute picture for the gram, there’s an old fashion outhouse just for that picture-perfect setting- HA. Also, if you are up to it, take a ghost tour while you are there! With all that history, there’s bound to be spirits waiting to haunt the living. The tour would be a great fall activity, because, spooky!

I hope you enjoyed my 3 favorites hidden Florida Gems! Have you been to all of them? None of them? Are you planning a trip of your own somewhere soon? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Tune into next week when Nina shares her 3 favorite Florida places!