Good Day Sunshine

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My sister stayed the night at a Marriott on a local beach this weekend, and was kind enough to invite us over to enjoy the pool. The weather here in west-central Florida is perfect right now, and it was so nice to swim, and warm ourselves in the sun. My mom went with us (that’s her with the girls in the waterfall photos), and she treated us to a Rita’s italian ice on the way home. Yum. I am looking forward to many more trips to the beach this spring and summer. We really do live in paradise.

A Warm January Day

It is BEAUTIFUL today in Florida. The weather is sunny and warm with a high of 78 degrees. I knew when I woke up this morning, that today was not a day to be wasted. We decided to take the girls to visit the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. This animal sanctuary rescues animals, mainly primates, from laboratories, retired acting chimps, and failed attempts at keeping these animals as pets. For a small fee, you can tour the facility, and feed the many different species of primates. After our monkey viewing experience, we went to a favorite old roadside ice cream stand for a cold treat.

I know many of you are experiencing freezing temps right now, so I am sending you sunny greetings from Florida, with the hopes of warmer days ahead for you, too.

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 
Happy New Year to all of you!
I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog. High-res

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 

Happy New Year to all of you!

I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog.

Small Adventures {Weaver Park}

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This morning, we got up early and had breakfast at one of our favorite spots. After our bellies were full of pancakes and the like, we headed out to Weaver Park, so we could check out a brand new playground I had just found out about. What a fun park! The entire playground was nature themed, with animal carvings in the “wood”, a giant anthill to climb, a tree fort with slides, an egg shaped chair, and more! The girls were excited to find a little library where you can take and leave books. Maggie took a book about dinosaurs, and I will be going through their books here at home so we can leave a donation next time we visit. The park had a nice restroom facility, two shelters, and a large fishing pier across the street that goes out over the intracoastal waterway. It was the perfect little Sunday adventure, and I hope to visit again once our weather is a bit cooler. Happy Fall!

Sandpearl Resort, A Love Letter

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I’ve just returned home from three days at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach. We take a beach staycation every year around this time to celebrate the warmer weather, and my birthday. Yesterday, I turned thirty-six. I have spent the last few days eating gelato, drinking Blue Hawaiians, dining on seafood, swimming in the warm Gulf of Mexico, and not having a care in the world.

I have been very fortunate to have traveled quite a bit in my life, and I can easily put the Sandpearl Resort at the top of my favorite hotels ever list. This resort just takes care of you, and no detail goes unnoticed. The hotel itself is beautifully appointed, with large hotel rooms, super comfortable beds, the deepest bathtubs I’ve ever seen in a hotel, an awesome zero entry pool, and wonderful restaurants. You receive complimentary champagne upon check in, and the girls received buckets and shovels for the beach. At sunset, the resort comes alive with music, a fire pit to sit around, and they ring a bell when the sun goes down, which was one of Amelia’s favorite things. The hotel staff is very helpful and friendly, and you receive turn down service at night, complete with chocolates and bottled water left by your bedside. The Sandpearl has set the tone for you to feel pampered and relaxed. I arrived at the resort wound tight, and left feeling like a wet noodle. I am very lucky to live just 10 minutes from Clearwater Beach, but I have never experienced it like this. We will definitely be back, and may stop in just for a meal, or drinks and a sunset viewing in the very near future.

I love you, Sandpearl Resort.

If you go: We had two meals at the resort. The first was breakfast at Caretta on the Gulf. We had the breakfast buffet, and it was spectacular. We requested a table outside, and it was the perfect way to start our day. The buffet price is $21 per adult, including your beverages, and children 9 and under are free. This meal was well worth the price. The second meal we had at our resort was at Tate Island Grill. We sat outside and enjoyed the view of the beach from our table. I had the pulled pork nachos, and they were yummy.

Next door to the hotel is Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and the Palm Pavilion. Both restaurants are favorite spots for locals, and have amazing food. Buffalo shrimp & she crab soup are two of my favorite dishes at Frenchy’s.

Now, let’s talk gelato. I had the best homemade gelato of my life at Gelato Bello, which is also located next door to the resort. Try the pistachio, it is heavenly. In the same plaza as the gelato is a small restaurant called Clear Sky Beachside Cafe. This is a great casual spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

*This is not a paid post. The opinions are 100 percent mine.

Preschool Style {Winter}

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Florida winters really aren’t that bad, so my girls can get away with an outfit like this, even on a cold Florida day. When we woke up today, it was 58 degrees. We over slept this morning, so I decided to take some photos of the girls since we missed Amelia’s preschool start time, and were having a slower than usual morning. 

Amelia’s shirt is from H & M, her stockings and skirt are from Target.

Maggie’s sweater is from Old Navy, her skirt and stockings are from Old Navy.