Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

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Buying your first home can be nerve wracking. No matter what age you’re at, taking that large step can be daunting. If you’re ready to enter the world of home ownership, below are 5 tips for first-time home buyers to help ease your nerves and help the process go smoothly. If you’ve already done it, you understand, so send this to …

Bradenton’s Robinson Preserve

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In other parts of the country, it’s below 30, icy, and snowing. So thank goodness we’re in Florida. To celebrate, go outside and enjoy the sunshine and warmth. A great place to do just that is at Bradenton’s Robinson Preserve. The 487-acre salt marsh in Northwest Bradenton is a beautiful, almost alien landscape compared to the sandy beaches we’re used …

5 Best Places to Eat This Weekend

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So, you live in the Sarasota area and you’re looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Well, you’re in luck. The below list has 5 of my personal favorites. They range from perfect date night venues to excellent family-friendly establishments. Blue Dolphin Cafe — Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, not to mention the most important! That’s why this …

A Taste of St. Armands’ Food Tour

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St. Armands Circle is a dizzying array of restaurants and shops. It’s easy to spend an afternoon strolling the circle. You can find charming items in the boutiques, walk the beach with an ice cream cone, or choose one of the amazing restaurants for lunch. But wait…which one do you choose? Italian, seafood, somewhere romantic and cozy? With a long list that can, quite literally, …

Sarasota’s Pink Gem — The Ringling Museum

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The large, pink, sprawling, gem of a building on the waterfront of Sarasota always draws an eye. Those who haven’t been there may not understand the hype, and those are the people who need to visit the Ringling Museum. Right now. Take a date, take a sister, go alone. Just go. John Ringling was one of the five brothers who owned and …

5 Tips to Move Out of State

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So, the time has come, and you’re standing on the edge of a big adventure, looking across the line of your state border. Most of us will be there at some point in our lives, and a lot of us have already done it. If this is your first time, learn from our experiences. If you’ve done it before and are …

Kites, Sun, and Fun

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Need to spice up your beach trip because you’re tired of sunning and swimming? No? Okay, well no one really gets tired of that. But if you do want to change up your beach experience, Treasure Island is the place to be this weekend. Vibrant colors, wacky shapes, and whimsy all around — sounds like a kite festival. The St. …

Motorwerks Brewing

My Favorite Hang-out – Motorworks Craft Brewery in Bradenton

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Ok, I admit it….. I love beer! So you can only imagine my delight when I first discovered the Motorworks Brewing in downtown Bradenton, just a few blocks from historic McKechnie field – winter home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. One of the coolest places to hang out, Motorworks is Bradenton, Florida’s first craft brewery.   It’s home on 9th Street …

10 Home Staging Tips

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Selling your home sounds easy enough. Just hammer a “For Sale” sign into the front lawn and start bringing in the buyers, right? Not so fast. If you want to get the highest possible sale price, you need to woo potential buyers. That’s where professional home stagers come in: Like a Hollywood set, your home can be turned into a …

Make it A Home

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By Alysha Findley What’s the difference between a house and a home? A house is a structure you live in that provides for your basic needs and safety. A home is a place that provides you mental and emotional support, a place you look forward to being in to get away from the outside world. Do you feel that way …