Sarasota Sandy Asks ‘Should You Make New Year Resolutions?’


Have you tried to make resolutions in the past but just can’t seem to make them stick? I know I have. Coming into 2019, I am not going to make promises to myself I know I just cannot keep. I am not going to look at the entire year and try to make some broad commitment which always seems to include something about losing weight and going to the gym more often. I know I need to do these things, plus a little more. But if I start out big, I know I am going to fail. And failing always involves trying to get back on the wagon, which most of us punish ourselves way too much for falling off.

What Makes Similar Homes Different Prices in the Sarasota, FL Area?


If you are thinking about buying a home in the Sarasota area, chances are your search involves looking in neighborhoods that have similar floor plans available for sale. In most communities, especially newer homes, the builder offers only a handful of floor plans. So, at any one time, there could be several of the exact same models on the market at different prices.

Best Places to See Santa in Sarasota & Bradenton, FL


If you have little ones who cannot wait to visit with Santa in Sarasota or Bradenton, you are in luck. Whether you are looking for breakfast with Santa in the Sarasota area, or special events to do with Mr. Claus you can find that here too. 

Best Places for Thanksgiving Desserts & Pies in Sarasota, FL


I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is less than a month away. I hate to rush the holidays. For example, seeing Christmas displays in stores before Halloween is over, is truly a little early for me. However, if you are thinking about ordering pies or other desserts in the Sarasota area for Thanksgiving, you are right on time. Most places will start taking orders in less than a week. And they will have a turn away point, when their orders have reached a maximum number. So the early bird, in this instance, will get the pie or perhaps cheesecake.

Enjoying Sarasota & Bradenton on a Bargain


Recently I received an email from someone who asked me “What are some life hacks for living cheap in Sarasota”. I thought this question would make a great article. I changed the word from cheap to bargain because for me the word cheap means something, not of value. I wanted to find and share with you good deals for living in the Sarasota or Bradenton area. Deals for Dining in Sarasota or the Bradenton area are plenty. Did you know that there are a few Facebook pages that will advertise restaurant specials around our area?

October Festivals in Sarasota & Bradenton


October kicks off fall and there are plenty of things to do in Sarasota and Bradenton area. Now that the days are just a little cooler, and Octoberfest is upon us, here are a few October events around the Sarasota area to enjoy.

Stop Your Spam Calls in Florida - Now!!


I never want my articles to be about complaining. However, I think I am not alone when I say I am sick and tired of being called 5-9 times a day from someone trying to either sell me something or telling me I owe the IRS money and to send the so called outstanding debit via gift cards. I have registered all my phone numbers on the Do Not Call List. That doesn’t seem to make a difference with the amount of calls that I am getting. Did you know that in 2017 Florida ranked #2 in the U.S. for complaints to the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry? The #1 state was California, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. So, yes we Floridians are feeling the intrusion of these unwanted calls.

Things to do in Sarasota/Bradenton in September


Is it just me or does the time after Labor Day just seem to drag on with rain and more rain? It seems like things to do in the Sarasota and Bradenton area doesn’t start revving up until mid-October or early November. If you are looking for fun things to do in the Sarasota area for September, here are a few ideas to get you through the rest of the month.

Love the Shopping and Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, FL


Where is one of your favorite places around the Sarasota area? For me, it has been the area around Anna Maria Island as well as on the island. Places like Robinson Preserve to launch a kayak or maybe walk up the lookout tower for a beautiful view of what we call home is a perfect day to me. Stopping on the island for lunch by the water and a quick trip to a local shop with a friend to help her decorate her home is a fun way to spend an afternoon. The shop owners, restaurants, and their staff greet you with a welcoming smile that sets the pace for one happy island. When times are slow and made even worse by red tide, we should as a community come together to support the people that make it possible for us to share memories of family get-togethers, or maybe even a weekend getaway made special by the hotel staff.

Great Wine Finds in the Sarasota / Bradenton Area


I am not sure how the universe lined up this past week two wine tasting events that I was able to enjoy. One event was in my neighborhood and the other at a friend’s house. For the neighborhood event, the requirement was to bring a favorite bottle of your wine and share a little information about it on a place card that would sit next to your bottle. This past Wednesday night, 36 bottles of wine were opened and we all enjoyed a variety of wines from around the world. Most wines were less than $30 a bottle and honestly, there wasn’t a bad one in the group.