Face Coverings in Volusia County Schools: What Do Kids Think?

On September 1, 2021 the Volusia County school board voted (3-2) passing a face covering policy that went into effect on September 7. The mandate requires kindergarten through 12th grade students to wear a face covering until October 15, 2021. As of September 14, 2021, parents have the unrestricted option to “opt out” their children or submit a medical exemption. According to the Center for … Continue reading Face Coverings in Volusia County Schools: What Do Kids Think?

Life is like a Camera

Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, take another shot. I laugh all the time when my friends get caught in the rabbit hole of my social media pages. They always say, “Shy, why do you have so many pictures on your Facebook page?” I have so many in … Continue reading Life is like a Camera

Volusia Real Estate: Peak of the Sellers’ Market

Volusia county real estate remains HOT. In many instances across Volusia communities, a hot sellers’ market does indeed mean a faster sale and at or above asking price. The market remains hot as new listings continue to not keep up with the surge in demand. One of the suspected reasons affecting the low housing inventory is the group of homeowners who would move but are … Continue reading Volusia Real Estate: Peak of the Sellers’ Market

Ripe for the Picking: Spring Garden Vineyard

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Considering Florida’s reputation as a tourist trap, you don’t often think of the state’s agricultural business when you cite the state’s popular attractions and money-makers. Sure, we obviously have our citrus industry as a cash cow, and you-pick blueberry season is increasingly popular in the spring.  I bet you don’t conjure up sprawling vineyards when you imagine Floridian agriculture, … Continue reading Ripe for the Picking: Spring Garden Vineyard

Wild Florida: A New Ride on the Wild Side

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  You may recall earlier this year, our family visited Wild Florida, just south of Orlando. We had an amazing time there and were thrilled when we were invited back to try out the wildlife park’s newest experience, the VIP Safari Tour.  Wild Florida offers the chance to not only see native Florida wildlife, but exotic creatures as well, in … Continue reading Wild Florida: A New Ride on the Wild Side

Thinking About Starting a Local Business?

By Gloria Martinez Featured Photo by Tim Douglas from Pexels The backbone of any community lies in its local businesses. Not only do small businesses help regional economies thrive and provide job opportunities for residents, but they also help build the character of their local areas, bring people in the community together, and much more. If you’re considering starting a local business, there are fundamental steps you’ll need … Continue reading Thinking About Starting a Local Business?

Silky Smooth: Adding Silk Scarves to your Wardrobe

Summer’s hottest closet staple and favorite vacation piece this season is the silk scarf. Silk Scarves are HOT this Summer! It’s safe to say the silk scarf has been trending for centuries and it’s fashionably making its way around the runways, celebrities and influencers all over the internet. The silk scarf is being used in more ways than one. Besides the three styles shown in … Continue reading Silky Smooth: Adding Silk Scarves to your Wardrobe

Dolphin Days: Marineland

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters, photos of the Dolphin Encounter provided by Marineland Recently, Scott decided to surprise Avery and I with a fun day out. All he told us was to grab our towels and get in the car. Before we knew it, we were at Marineland, a classic beachside attraction in St. Augustine right on the border with Palm Coast.  I didn’t … Continue reading Dolphin Days: Marineland

Weird Florida and Unusual Local Attractions – Volusia County

Text and Featured Photo by Sherry Taylor, Discover Maps of Daytona and NSB As the third most populous state in the country and second most touristed behind California, Florida gets a surprisingly kooky rap. Contrary to the sunshine state’s moniker and popular belief, mass heat stroke is not to blame. Weird stuff happens wherever people happen. Florida’s population has skyrocketed 11 times over 1940 census … Continue reading Weird Florida and Unusual Local Attractions – Volusia County

I Can’t Adult Today

While we are in the process of simplifying our lives, it has taken lots of work – both mental and physical, and I have never felt so worn out from all the “simplifying.”  We sold our house and moved into a friend’s house until our new house is built. My husband, David, changed his salon location to Venetian Bay, and took a part in the … Continue reading I Can’t Adult Today