3 Ways to Prevent Holiday Accidents at Home in Sarasota

3 Ways to Prevent Holiday Accidents at Home in Sarasota

The holidays are here again, and that means twinkle lights, snowflake decorations, and candy canes galore. With so much going on during this festive season, it’s important to remember that accidents happen. Buying gifts and preparing for guests can be stressful, and when people are frazzled and overwhelmed, injuries and disasters can occur. In order to avoid accidents from occurring in your Sarasota home this year, follow these three safety tips.  1. Wrap carefully. Wrapping presents and hanging ornaments is a vital part of the holiday season. Be careful, though, when you’re handling scissors and paper. Lacerations can easily happen if you aren’t. In order to avoid potential cuts, take your time, supervise children carefully, don’t hang fragile ornaments on low tree branches where kids and pets can break them, and clean up any unexpected messes immediately.  2. Lift correctly. It’s common to travel during the holidays, which means heavy luggage and lots of lifting. And with guests coming to visit, it’s important to...
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5 Ways to Decorate Your Sarasota Home For The Holidays

5 Ways to Decorate Your Sarasota Home For The Holidays

Decorating for the holidays is a guaranteed way to get you in the spirit. Transforming your space into a festive wonderland is a blast, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when you feel the need to buy a bunch of new decor. However, there are ways to make it feel less like a chore and more like a fun activity. Here are five ways to decorate your Sarasota home for the holidays. Shop off season.The best time to buy holiday decor is the day after the holiday. It can also work in your favor to shop during sales and off-season, though. HomeGoods, Michaels, and thrift stores typically offer great finds throughout the year. Local vendors and craft fairs also usually offer unique items throughout the year. DIY with friends.Grab your friends and host a craft evening! Browse Pinterest for some ideas and work on a few projects together. This type of gathering will create memories for years to...
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8 Tips for Hosting Holiday Guests in Sarasota

8 Tips for Hosting Holiday Guests in Sarasota

Whether you’re hosting a few guests for the entire weekend in Sarasota or having the whole family over for dinner on the big day, there’s a lot of preparation to be done! From setting up the guest room to preparing a delicious feast, there are several ways you can make your job as “host with the most” easier. Here are eight holiday hosting hips to get you through the season. 1. Cook ahead of time. Food preparation is key during the holidays, especially when you have a house filled with guests. Desserts, snacks, and easy meals will be extremely convenient to have on hand.  2. Stock your pantry. Stock up on foods that guests can snack on, such as cereal, chips, crackers, granola, nuts, and bread. If you want to go the extra mile, set snacks out in the kitchen with bowls, silverware, and napkins. This way, your guests can easily help themselves without having to inquire where everything is. 3. Write...
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7 Easy Ways to Make Your Sarasota Space Smell Like the Holidays

7 Easy Ways to Make Your Sarasota Space Smell Like the Holidays

What scents come to mind during the holidays? Hot apple cider, pine trees, and pumpkin pie are just a few examples. Cinnamon, vanilla, and peppermint are also popular. These wonderful smells evoke holiday memories, sweet nostalgia, and cozy goodness. So, how do you fill your coastal Sarasota home with these delicious, festive scents? Here are seven tips.  1. Use fresh greenery.Arrangements filled with winter foliage are perfect as holiday decor. Real greenery sprinkled with sage, rosemary, or pine will pack a real punch in your dining room. This will also work great if you live on a boat. 2. Light a candle. The easiest way to set the mood in your home is to light a scented candle. However, be careful not to overdo it with several different candles and different scents. Choose a favorite scent, and keep it consistent throughout your home.  3. Simmer a pot of water.Boil a pot of water with orange and apple peels, cranberries, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon....
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Fun Things to Do in Sarasota & Bradenton: Nov 8-10

Fun Things to Do in Sarasota & Bradenton: Nov 8-10

Here’s a quick list of fun events happening in Sarasota and Bradenton this weekend!  Free Admission to The Bishop Veterans and Active Duty MilitaryVeterans and active duty military will receive free admission to The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature for the entire month of November. To receive free admission, mention your service when you arrive at the admissions desk and offer photo I.D. 941-746-4131; bishopscience.org Sarasota Boat ExpoHeld at Robarts Arena Friday through Sunday, this expo will host a dozen new boat dealers offering their latest models. Hands-on seminars led by expert anglers will also be available. 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $5; sarasotaboatexpo.com Suncoast Food & Wine FestThis charity fundraiser will bring thousands to Premier Sports Academy to sample over one hundred wines from around the world. Plenty of food will be offered, too! 1-4pm on Saturday. 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch; $85-$175; suncoastfoodandwinefest.com Flight to the North Pole Car & Motorcycle ShowIn an effort to raise money for a charity that serves terminally and chronically ill children,...
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Sarasota’s Top 6 Winter Adventures

Sarasota’s Top 6 Winter Adventures

Are you planning your winter getaway to Sarasota? The Gulf Coast is full of year-round fun for all! Keep reading for Sarasota’s top 5 winter adventures.  Poinsettia Parade  Dec. 7  Take in the holiday festivities at North Port, where they hold their annual Poinsettia Parade. Featuring vendors, live performances, a tree-lighting ceremony and much more, you don’t want to miss this annual event! This year marks North Port’s 60th Anniversary, so there will be special events all evening long.  Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts Dec. 7-8  If you’re looking for the ideal artistic hideout, then head over to Lido Beach! Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts is full of local artists’ handiwork, taking place in a gorgeous setting. Find your perfect souvenir while browsing Florida’s stunning art culture at this unique festival! Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k Dec. 7 Are you looking for a way to keep your energy up throughout the holidays? Enjoy a festive, fun run with the entire family this year! Including a holiday-themed course,...
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5 Ways to Explore Sarasota This Winter

5 Ways to Explore Sarasota This Winter

Are you planning your winter getaway to Sarasota? The Gulf Coast is full of year-round fun for all! Keep reading for Sarasota’s top 5 winter adventures.  Englewood Pioneer Days Festival Oct. 12 – Nov 3 This historic festival will be one for the books! Englewood Pioneer Days takes place in Florida’s secret slice of paradise, Englewood. This festival is a celebration of Englewood’s history and has endless events full of fun for the whole family. Featuring car shows, historic tours, boat races, food trucks, and much more! Sarasota Country Music Festival Nov. 1-3 Are you a lover of country and southern comfort? Sarasota Country Music Festival is the place for you! Featuring a variety of genres, including Bluegrass, Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues, this festival is truly a unique experience. Peruse the various creative booths available while enjoying some delicious BBQ at this authentic Southern event! Sarasota Medieval Fair Nov. 9-Dec. 1  Sarasota Medieval Fair promises a day full of entertainment for all. View the armored knights wielding their lances...
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Explore Sarasota’s Eat Local Week

Explore Sarasota’s Eat Local Week

October 17th - November 2nd Eat Local Week is a special event featuring the best of Sarasota’s farm fresh food, complete with tastings, tours, and much more!  The History Behind Eat Local Week Transition Sarasota’s goal is to “create food and economic security by supporting local, sustainable sources.” - which they achieve through many ways, including Eat Local Week. This year marks the 9th annual event, themed “Exploring Food Waste”. They aim to provide a different perspective on eating consciously, and do so in a fresh and delicious way!  Don’t miss these exciting attractions: Ortygia Restaurant  Ortygia Restaurant, famed for ‘Zero Waste’ dinner, makes their return with more delectable treats in store. Make sure to register early for this one-of-a-kind experience! Newtown Farmer’s Market  Newtown Farmer’s Market is a highlight of Eat Local Week, hosting the popular Big Mama’s Collard Greens Fest. Featuring a variety of seasoned professional and local chefs, you don’t want to miss this unique extravaganza! Green Path Veteran’s Farm Green Path Veteran’s Farm returns with their yearly...
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Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 2

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 2

There’s no end of amazing discoveries to be made in Sunny Sarasota! Are you looking for some of the best shelling spots in Sarasota? Keep reading to find your unique vacation souvenir!  Shelling Advice Tidal Deposits It’s no secret that Sarasota’s barrier islands have the best shells! A tip from shell experts: follow the tides. The best time to search for shells is an hour before and after low tide. Separating each island, you will find waterways that hold the best shell hauls! Each incoming tide brings fresh treasures to find.  Beat the crowds The further away from the crowds you get, the better your shelling prospects! It’s much easier to find a prime shell selection away from the busy areas of the beach. Sandbars Are you on the search for the famed sand dollar? Find a sandbar! Sandbars are known for having fresh shell deposits, full of sand dollars. Sand Dollar Island, found between Siesta and Lido Keys, promises fresh, breathtaking treasures every evening! Don’t forget! The...
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Kid-Friendly Things To Do Near Palmetto, Florida: Part 2

Kid-Friendly Things To Do Near Palmetto, Florida: Part 2

Kid-friendly things to do near Palmetto, Florida: Part 2Have you been looking for the perfect family vacation? Look no further than Bradenton, Florida! No matter what your family likes to do for fun, this is the place to be. The overwhelming variety of family fun here can make it hard to narrow down exactly what you want to do on your vacation - keep reading to see some of the hot spots you definitely want to check out! No matter how big your family and how different their interests may be, there is a fun time to be had by all!Tree UmphHave you been searching an adventure that will give your kids an unforgettable experience? With over 30 football fields of challenges and hundreds of aerial adventure games, Tree Umph is packed full of entertaining places to explore and endless fun. You wanted an adventure to rock their socks and you found it! By the time you’re done zipping through...
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