Ommm…Beeeeer…Ommm: Central Florida Beer Yoga

I wish that I could constantly sit on a plane en route to countries filled with sidewalk cafes.  I dream of getting lost down small alleyways and finding historic treasures.  Sometimes, though, I find a little local piece of heaven with these 4 words: Central Florida beer yoga. Yoga, Hops, & All The Feels: Central Florida Beer Yoga I have been a yogi since college.  P.S. Guys, I’m old so that means I’ve been doing yoga for 17 years.  Every Saturday is sheer yoga bliss. Seeking inner peace and a solid workout, I attend one of the most atmospheric breweries—dim white lights with a gorgeous twisting tree logo–for morning yoga. As I unroll my Manduka on the concrete floor, a gorgeous industrial-beamed ceiling greets me. Like a Lightroom filter, silver and muted tones of blues and oranges ensconce my mat and soothe my yoga soul.  My love of beer may…

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Best Children’s Picture Books That You Can’t Live Without

From carrots that are terrified of being devoured by fluffy bunnies to a famished owl looking for a treat, there are just some children’s picture books that you can’t live without. These are the types of stories that parents, teachers, and librarians can ham up for kids while trying oh so hard to wear a game face.  The best children’s picture books that I continue to love, perfect for the spooky fall, Halloween, or any season:   How did I find these titles? A few years back, when I working on my MLIS, I facilitated school-age story time for k-5th graders at a public library. Because of the diverse age of the children served, I always looked for engaging books meant for everyone. In my system, we usually transformed children’s books into full-blown theatrical skits, puppets and all. After five recent years in the libraries, these are my top three…

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Five of Historic Saint Augustine, Florida’s Best Kept Secrets

In Saint Augustine, Florida antiquity allures visitors while the modern establishments entertain and nourish. We headed to St. Aug. with no set itinerary, but found ourselves seduced by its historic spell.  To newbies, the city may be overwhelming.  If you are just visiting for a short stay, below are my recommendations for the perfect St. Augustine, Florida weekend trip.   A Quick Introduction to St. Aug., Florida In a trance-like gait we wandered neighborhoods, lusting over old Victorians.  We stopped to admire parks with artistically and poignantly dedicated monuments and reached over to stroke local furry celebrities parading down the cobblestoned roads. St. Augustine, Florida boasts of the Fountain of Youth—home to some possessive peacocks—the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States, and B&Bs bursting with guests who have never left. An old fort greets you on one side adjacent to a cheesy yet swashbuckling fun pirate museum. I even…

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Teen Supernatural Books: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Are you looking for new teen supernatural books?  The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw incorporates witches, soul possession, mystery, and romance that leaves readers spooked late into the night.  This book is perfect for Salem, MA lovers.

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Fiction Books Set In Paris: A Book Review Of One Paris Summer

I love reading books set in places that I am about to visit.  That is why before heading to France, I had to peruse One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank.  One of the many great YA fiction books set in Paris, Swank pulled me into teen drama and heartbreak while giving me a personal tour of Paris. A Book Review Of One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank Sophie and her brother, Eric, are forced to spend the summer in Paris with their father and his soon-to-be new bride. Off to a rough start filled with lies, deceits, and hurt feelings, why not add in an evil stepsister with a revenge seeking agenda? Camille is hell-bent on torturing Sophie; she and her friends are straight out of Mean Girls. Even worse, Eric’s friend and Sophie’s crush is coming to stay for the summer, and Camille goes straight for him. Wanting only to play…

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