Why You Should Visit Flamingo Gardens

When I was in elementary school I remember some field trips that the classes took around Southern Florida. There were two places that had an animal meet and greet presentation where snakes, baby gators, or some other Florida native would be introduced. One of the places was “The Native Village” that was located on 441 in Hollywood close to Sterling Road, it has in recent years closed. It was a neat little place…

Tampa, Florida Bucket List

I didn’t take many vacations when I was young or even when I was first married. I feel that it’s a little weird for me to enjoy planning vacations. But I do, and since being back in Florida after nearly two years in the United Arab Emirates I have a bit of drive to try and explore Florida and other states in the USA that I had not done in the…

Keeping Kids Busy While Relocating

Pretty recently I moved back to Florida after living in Dubai for nearly two years. We sold or gave away most of our belongings from our flat in Sharjah so all we brought back was two boxes and a couple of bags. Mostly clothing. We did not find a place to live before arriving in Florida, so we took advantage of my husbands repatriation “package” from his employment. For us it was about…

The Farmers Market You’ll Love (For Fall)

It’s Fall! I see so much about the season right now and how everyone is so excited to start cooking with pumpkin again (or just buying pumpkin junk at the store). Halloween is right around the corner and that means candy, jack-o-lanterns, lots of black, and Halloween activities. I have not had my children carve a pumpkin before now. The last two Halloweens we were in The United Arab Emirates so…

17 Things to do in Dubai

I miss Dubai Already after less than a month. I catch myself thinking that I will go somewhere with the kids and then . . . “No, I can’t, that’s in Dubai, not Florida”. Darn it. There are things that I wish I had had the time to do before I left and things I wish I had made the time for and saved up to do. You may be like me…

The Best Ice Cream Parlor – Part 1

If you grew up in Broward County, Florida then you very likely have been to Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor at some point in your youth. I have been there more often as an adult because it is a fun place to take visitors and the food is very good! Do you love large portions? Homemade soda? Homemade ice-cream? Quirky wall decorations? I love all of theses and Jaxsons has these and more…

Organized Moms Beach Bag

This post contains affiliate links, you can read more about it on my Disclosure Page. There are also non-affiliate links for your convenience. I remember when (before I was married or had any children) I would ride my bike the 7 miles to the beach early in the morning and lay out on a towel in the sun. All I needed was a book and something to eat and drink and I would chill…

Save Money When Moving International

This post contains affiliate links, you can read more about it on my disclosure page. There are also non-affiliate links for your convenience. I recently moved back to Florida after living in the United Arab Emirates for close to two years. We lived in Sharjah and were less than ten minutes from Dubai. We had relatively quick and easy access to the Burj Khalifa, the seven star hotel Burj Al Arab, and many more…

The Sharjah Museum You Need to Visit

So many people visit Dubai, then stay at their resort most of the time with only a few outside travels to see the Dubai Mall + Dubai Fountain and Souq Al Bahar which are right next to each other. There is so much more to see than these few things! It makes me happy when people go a little further and see parts of Old Dubai (Deira). What I think is even better, when visitors make…