How to Party While on Vacation with Family: Florida Nights


This post has been on Vacation since we’ve returned from our vacation back in June of 2015. How you may ask? That answer will be in a whole other post later this week. LOL!

For now, I can share that there are so many things that I could talk about in our family’s recent trip to Florida this past May/June, but I’ll start with this…

May 31, 2015 after a 15 hour drive from Pennsylvania to Florida with my beautiful family, we arrive at our destination. A pretty nice neighborhood on some pretty swanky land, kind of made me feel like we could have kept driving right through to the Keys of Florida. *Bats eyelashes* It really was a lovely place. We did our usual settling in routine, then went to a few stores, lastly grabbed a quick bite to eat, before jumping into the shower/tub, and heading over to Deland, FL.

For why? What was in that section of Florida that we couldn’t just stay in our condo, walk on the beach, or lounge by the pool with my mom & our children? No way, none of that tonight! You see my husband and I had to sacrifice those things, sleeping in a bed, and winding down to enjoy the view of the beach because at the then, current dressed to impress time of 9:45-10pm a 90’s style house party with his childhood friend Carl* of 20+ years is happening. We need to be there, huntie!


Hubby and I pull up to a house that is just rocking. Reminded me of the movie House Party (number 1 of course)! I’m kind of like jet lagged, but we drove, so it’s weird. Snapped out of that really quickly though! We haven’t seen this particular friend in about 6/7 years, so we’re pretty excited to walk into his home. Adrenaline is a powerful substance inside of the body, let me tell you. As soon as we walked through the front doors, it was like I had just finished working out. The music just jumped into my body, sleep was gone, and it was time to party!

It’s hilarious because since it had been even longer than 6/7 years since we’ve seen the rest of the family, they didn’t even recognized us walking up to the house. Between the DJ who had the house on 100 decuples of volume, the strobe/led party lights, the plethora of individuals, and the fact that we may have told them that we might not be coming because we were REALLY tired from the drive, (but it was really because we wanted to surprise them)!! Once we were inside the living room and our friendly family finally recognized my husband, that’s when the room erupted! It was really heartwarming. We handed the lady of the house (Cindy*) some flowers, the man (Carl*) his favorite bottle, and then proceeded to enjoy the rest of the night/morning.








Needless to say, we had a really great time. And it was really worth the drive, as well as no sleep!

So, that’s “How to Party While on Vacation with Family”. You must have an awesome sauce mom/dad that will watch their grandchildren for the night. Know super cool people close to or in the city/town that you’re staying in, for sure. And last but not least, be willing to lose sleep to have a really good time with people who know how to party, as well as care for your well being!! VERY possible, all should try it at least once.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and please feel free to comment. I appreciate them dearly. *Names have been changed to keep identities private! They’re cool as ever though.

As always, I humbly thank you.




How I feel every single time I get back from purchasing new fabrics!

Never a dull moment with Kelis, I imagine. And I GET IT! This song is how I FEEL when I sit down and begin to go through the motions immediately after I purchase fabric. There are so many different takes on any type of art. And as an artist you notice that everyone has an opinion on what should be done with Your Gift. Lol! 🙂 I say depending on who you are I may go with it, I may not.

For example, if I build homes I’ll most likely have a blueprint for the layout, I’ll know all about how to frame the home out, fix (or contact someone for) any plumbing or electrical issues etc.  I would surely know how to install floors, installation, and so forth. Now when the home is complete, I may feel it’s necessary for me to invest my time and/or money on an Interior Designer. Not that I’m in any way incapable of doing it myself, I’m just wise enough to know that if I’m going to sell/rent this house quickly, I should have someone come in who studied & knows that field to help assist me. That’s just a no brainer to me, but the overall craftsmanship of the home is still MINE. I’ve completed and also assigned to whomever what I felt represented me, or the future homeowners in this particular house. The quality of work will be beyond standard, and it should also make the buyer feel elated! Like they’ve gotten their money’s worth. As they should.

That’s how I see art/fashion/film/construction etc. etc. We are not all the same. We’re not all shaped the exact way. We don’t all have the same taste. We don’t all look alike. We are all unique in one way or another. You don’t move like I do, and that is AWESOME! So why would I put you, myself, or anyone else for that matter in a one size/style/image fits all category? The thought of that just boggles my mind.

My humble advice is try to be free, be smart, be cautious, be loving, be different, be brave, be open, be you, be loud, be quiet, and just live a little already. Everything we see on a daily basis, isn’t really as it appears.

As always, I hope that you enjoyed. Please feel free to comment, I enjoy reading/replying to them all!  🙂



The Arden

This weekend was bittersweet was for our family. It was the end of the Winter semester for our older children’s musical/acting session, but it’ll begin again for the Spring semester in a couple of weeks. 😉

The Arden is a pretty neat place, and we think you’ll agree! Read all about it right HERE.