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Friday Florida Favorites ~ From Lauderdale by the Sea!

Hello there!  I'm delighted to share some highlights from my vacation in the sunshine state of Florida!  My preference is to stay in beautiful Delray Beach, however my husband wanted to stay in a new and exciting place so we chose Lauderdale by the Sea after I read an article extolling its virtues in the Boston Globe!

Sunrises are beautiful!

Our hotel was right across from the beach where I headed every morning with the hopes of catching the sunrise.  One morning I saw a real stunning one:

The Hotel ~ Blue Seas Courtyard

We found this most charming and colorful hotel that was perfectly located.  In addition to having the beach right across the street, we could walk to the small downtown area for meals and people watching!

The Blue Seas Courtyard has 12 unique rooms that are decorated in true Mexican style.  In addition, they're a pool that we enjoyed swimming in every day:


Head here or on the pictures to read more about this cozy and colorful hotel!

The Water Taxi in Ft. Lauderdale

One day we went on the water taxi which has 10 stops as well as a connecting stop to Hollywood Beach.  You can spend the entire day getting on and off the water taxi, and Ft. Lauderdale has so much to offer from a beautiful beach to shopping to restaurants.  In addition, the water taxi driver and a tour guide offer amusing anecdotes as you cruise around the Intercoastal:

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo!

http://www.conversationsfromtheclassroom.com/2019/04/mexico-traveling-world-one-book-at-time.htmlAlso, check out my new blog post about books that tell about Mexico and Cinco de mayo:

In closing....

http://www.momfessionals.com/2019/04/friday-favorites_19.htmlToday I'm delighted to link up with with ErikaNarci and Andrea for:

as well as Anna Nuttall's New Bloggers Links-Up:


Make sure to head over to their link-ups to read many more fun and interesting blog posts!  

Happy Easter and/or Passover!

Happy Spring ~ If You're Lucky!

Happy Spring!  Today I'm linking up with

ErikaNarci and Andrea for Friday Favorites

and Anna Nuttall's New Bloggers Link-Up for:


Today is O.K. Day! (March 23rd)

I do love the Checkiday site as a way to discover little known holidays ~ like O.K. Day!  According to Allan Metcalf, the author who started this celebration, O.K. is such an important word in the American language that he's written an entire book about it.  

Click on cover to discover more at Amazon.
Change Is Simple Visits ~ What are gyres?

Change Is Simple is a non-profit group that visits our school four times a year to teach us about keeping our world cleaner and healthier.  During the last visit, we learned about the ocean and its different layers:

In our oceans, there are areas of large whirlpools called gyres.  Some of these areas become filled with trash and debris.  The biggest one is in the Pacific Ocean.  I never knew any of this was happening.  In addition, a lot of the debris includes plastic by-products, and that's why it's so important to use reusable bags and as little plastic as possible.

In closing...

Yesterday report cards went home.  Preparing report cards ~ even though it's all computerized ~ is still quite time-consuming.  I spend a large amount of time making sure that I give each student the grades they have earned.  Plus, we need to write comments which is probably the most important part!

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I hope it's really spring wherever you live!

Happy Magnificent March!

Happy March!  I'm excited to link up with Anne in Residence for her Currently Link-Up!



On March 10th, it's my 35th wedding anniversary.  I'm trying to think of a special outing for me and my husband.  I better hurry up it's tomorrow!

Here we are at our older son's wedding last June:


I'm really enjoying the descriptive language in this beautifully written book:



I just love browsing around in TJ Maxx or Marshall's.  I never come out empty-handed!  I'm always buying something.  Now I've discovered how to shop online at TJ Maxx where there are many more options than in the store.


Making is not my strong point ~ unless it's dinner, and it's easy!  This is one of my favorite Hello Fresh recipes that I've been able to make on my own.  It's delicious and makes plenty for leftover which means less cooking for me!



It's the every day, small accomplishments that get me through the day.  I wake up every day before 4:30 a.m. (today is was 4:20, but tomorrow is daylight saving time so I'll be waking up later!) due to my 11+ year old dog.  She doesn't need to go outside, she just needs comfort and companionship until it's time to go for our morning walk at 5:30.  This week the temperatures have been in the low teens with wind, but I make sure we walk to get our exercise.  


Hope your March is off to a great start!  Thanks for visiting the blog today!

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