Good Houseguests Gone Bad

When you live in a vacation state like Florida, you have to be prepared for houseguests. My husband and I have hosted hundreds of friends and family for their vacations. Our most recent houseguest just left a few days ago.  It all begins when they arrive. Hugs are exchanged and then you say, “Just make yourself at home.” You may come to regret that statement … Continue reading Good Houseguests Gone Bad

Resiliency is Key to Florida’s Water Crisis

Featured photo by Max Bressan Florida’s coastal communities are experiencing an ecological water crisis. Locals who live along the coastlines know paradise is in trouble. Among the threats: toxic blue algae and red tide, aging septic systems threaten vulnerable inland waterways; polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee, offshore drilling and unchecked development and repeated lack of government funding. Florida stands at a historic environmental crossroads.  Impacts … Continue reading Resiliency is Key to Florida’s Water Crisis

kiddie pool filled with ice and drinks

Hunker Down

Nature is a force to be reckoned with. I am good on reckoning with nature personally. Hurricane season is looming – commence some weather forecaster making us feel like it’s the apocalypse. I mean, yeah, it’s not good… but come on. If the forecast calls for NOT the apocalypse, then a hunker down may be in order. If the hunkering is the case, then you … Continue reading Hunker Down

NSB Shark Bite Capital of the World

NSB in a Tizzy over “Feeding Frenzy”

August hasn’t exactly been a stellar month for PR in New Smyrna Beach. Shark Bite Capital of the World The “Shark Bite Capital of the World” has been making national news, seemingly on a weekly basis, with reports of “brutal attacks”… but is this just sensationalized media or are we seeing a real uptick in bites? 2019 Shark Attacks in New Smyrna Beach To date, … Continue reading NSB in a Tizzy over “Feeding Frenzy”

Honey Beauty Experts – The Egyptians

Ancient Egypt was one of the vainest civilizations and one of the first nations that created perfumes, oils and other beauty treatments. In researching their daily beauty routine, I discovered that one particular item was used quite a bit – honey. The ancient Egyptians realized that honey could be used to enhance their appearance. Egyptians took their beauty routines very seriously. Most tombs were found … Continue reading Honey Beauty Experts – The Egyptians

woman in white bee suit smokes honey bee hive

Native Bees Are All The Rage

We are always hearing about the bees, and how they are dying, and how we’re going to die too if we don’t do something about it. I don’t know if that’s entirely true. It may be a bit of an exaggeration. But it is definitely true that growing most of our food would become difficult or impossible without the help of pollinators.  Florida’s Bee Population … Continue reading Native Bees Are All The Rage

INSIDE LOOK: Ormond Bee Company

INTERVIEW WITH ERIN TAYLOR & GREG ADKINS Photos by Kelsey Walters Q: What exactly does Ormond Bee Company do?  A: This really falls into three categories: rescue, rehabilitation and relocation. Initially, we’ll rescue the unwanted hive. Afterward, we’ll maintain that hive to ensure the colony is gentle enough to handle yet strong enough to survive on its own. Once we reach that milestone, we then … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: Ormond Bee Company

August Fishing Guide

Text & Photos by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt // @TheRealTupat  Powered by Tupat’s Hawaiian Poke Sauce and Seasonings & Off the Hook Fishing is more than just catching fish…For some, it’s an escape or a weekend hobby or a job. As for some though, it’s a road to recovery where everything slows down and the mind is able to relax and find solace amongst Mother Nature. I’ve … Continue reading August Fishing Guide