There are Few Things In Life As Wonderful. . . . . . . ❤️

There are Few Things In Life As Wonderful. . . . . . . ❤️

There are few things in life as wonderful as a family wedding. My friends have heard me say this many times because I believe it with my whole heart and soul. What can possibly compare to committing to share love and life, attended by all your family and friends? Really, just having all the people you love in one room is pretty incredible in itself! These are memories that last a lifetime. Sometimes the memories are ones you expect. The bride…

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10 Little White Lies I Tell Myself

10 Little White Lies I Tell Myself

I like who I am. I mean I like myself most of the time. I don’t like everything about myself, but I’ve come to terms with my good traits and my not-so-good traits. I have a few gifts that I’m appreciative of, some things I’m working on, and some bad habits that are just here to stay. I am able to live with myself because I blatantly tell myself lies. Yup, flat-out lies. And sometimes I believe them. What lies?…

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We Dodged Irma and Learned Something. . . . .

We Dodged Irma and Learned Something. . . . .

Everyone tells you what to do to prepare for a hurricane. Buy water. Buy food. Put up your shutters. Be prepared! No one tells you what really happens inside your house and within your community.  Yes, it is stressful. You are afraid. Sometimes really afraid. You maybe have people around you who normally aren’t in your house. You don’t always have your loved ones close to you. It’s hard when all your chicks aren’t all in the nest but are…

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Think You Might Be Ready to Retire? Take this Quiz.

Think You Might Be Ready to Retire? Take this Quiz.

Do you want to know if you’re ready to retire?  Of course you do.  Do you want to spend the time figuring it out?   Probably not.  It’s hard, right?   I might think “there’s your sign. . . . ” but instead I’m going to say THIS IS YOUR QUIZ!!  Seriously, where else can you answer a few questions and figure out what you need to do for the rest of your life?  (Oh, if only life were so…

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Read This Before You Move Your Son To College

Read This Before You Move Your Son To College

We have had at least one son in college for the past ten years.  All three of our sons went to the same university. It’s been fun – living college life vicariously – and it’s been worrisome and even frightening sometimes.  We survived and thankfully they did too.  Our job is to raise our sons and prepare them for a life on their own. College has always been part of that plan.  We aren’t done. (Like you’re ever really done…

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Ten Things You Need To Tell Your Adult Children

Ten Things You Need To Tell Your Adult Children

My sons are adults.  They are wonderful, smart, successful adults and I adore them. They have their own lives and thankfully still include us in their lives.   I do wonder sometimes, however,  how much we should still be trying to influence their lives.   Do they want our advice?  Do my “suggestions” sound like a nagging mom?  Should we share our experiences or let them make their own mistakes? Hopefully we are doing a little of each – it’s…

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Sleep Late! And Still Serve The Best Breakfast Ever!

Sleep Late! And Still Serve The Best Breakfast Ever!

I’m not a morning person.  I recognize that I’m missing out on beautiful sunrises and jump-starting my day.  I appreciate both, but  I guess I’m willing to give that up for a little more shut-eye.  I only see the sun rise if I’m awake to drive someone to the airport or to help the guys get ready to go fishing.  I’m more of a sunset girl. Knowing that about myself, I’m all over any breakfast or brunch foods prepared ahead of time…

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The Original – Birthday – Key Lime Pie

The Original – Birthday – Key Lime Pie

My husband and middle son recently informed me that they liked the “old key lime pie” better than the one I’ve made recently  (and that I included on a blog – http://www.tropicallifefoodandfun.com/key-lime-pie-a-sliver-or-a-slice/.  Since we always have a key lime pie for my husband’s birthday celebration, I made one today.  It’s the same basic recipe that every key lime juice bottle lists, with one addition. Oh – and it’s better with fresh-squeezes key lime juice! Here’s the recipe: 9″ baked pie crust,…

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My Retirement Scorecard

My Retirement Scorecard

We spend our lives trying accomplish something.  We study in school to get good grades so we can accomplish academic goals.  We work hard at our jobs so we can accomplish career success.  We make plans, save money and invest so we can accomplish financial security.  We encourage our children to carry out their goals and dreams.  Our lives center on accomplishments. Goals and plans make up the blueprint of our lives and we are proud of those results.  We have…

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