Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Five: Florida Style

TGIF! Reporting in from Salem, MA. My BFF Kim gets married tomorrow and today is full of things like mani/pedis, lunch, strolling town, MFD's arrival, rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and all that jazz! Heather from My Little HEA is filling in for me and bringing you Friday Favorites - Florida-style. Like me, Heather loves reading, the flip flop, Disney, and the beach. When you're finished reading Heather's favorite things about living in Florida and entering the $50 Amazon giftcard giveaway below, I hope you head over to Heather's blog and check her out!
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1. Beach time - no matter where you live you can generally get to the beach within a couple hours. For me, it’s about 15-20 minutes! I’m not a big swimmer of the ocean, but I love laying out and putting my feet/legs in to cool off. I love that if I’ve had a bad day I can head to the beach for a drink and some reading. I always have a chair in my trunk just in case something like this is needed!
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2. Food and shopping options on every corner. Yes, every corner has something unless you live in the boonies and while I hate the reason they need all of these places (18.8 million people) I love that no matter what I want I can pretty much find it.
3. Tijuana Flats, Zim Zaris and Frenchys - most people have places they take family and friends whenever they visit and these are three of my FAVORITES to make sure people try. Tijuana Flats because it’s throughout the South now and Frenchy’s is only in the Clearwater / Dunedin area. They have FOUR locations on Clearwater beach alone.
Zim Zaris always has plenty of specials throughout the week and their fresh salsa with a hint of lime is delish!
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4. Flip Flops year round - I never used to wear open toe shoes without socks and it’s a good thing I grew out of that before I moved down here! Now, my body has adjusted to the temperatures in Florida so I don’t wear them year round, but I could. *wink*
5. Disney! Yes, even as an adult without any kids I love going to the theme parks at least once a year with friends and/or family. There’s plenty of day drinking to be indulging in and people watching is top notch. They’re also bringing new rides for Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast that we didn’t get as kids and still get to experience for the first time!
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20 comments:

  1. We love Disney, too! My daughter cannot wait to go back and see all the new rides and attractions.

    Flip flops are the best! I would wear them year round if I could (and I do for as long as possible).

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    1. I had no idea they were putting in the new rides, so it was a nice surprise last time we went! My sister lives in Nebraska and wears them as long as she can, lol!

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  2. pretty jealous of the warm weather that florida has year round and disney of course!

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    1. I only really get jealous of the seasons changing...we tend to go from one extreme to another!

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  3. I just love the beach!! It is 4 and a half hours away from me.

    I have never been to Disney and I really REALLY want to go!!!!!!

    Hope you have a great time this weekend Steph!

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    1. Nadine, you totally have to go! I love that the beach is so close, but even at 4.5 hours I would still be happy since it's less than a day drive!

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  4. Disney is so much fun!

    And I enjoy reading on the beach. So peaceful.

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    1. Yes, it's one of my favorite places to read! Unless bugs get too close, haha!

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  5. Im all about flip flops year round and I totally do it until I cant stand it anymore haha.

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    1. Me too, I do it until I can't stand it or if it's supposed to rain all day!

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  6. Steph, have the best time this weekend!

    Heather, great post. I lived in South Florida for a year and NEVER made it to Disney, so sad! I can't believe they're putting in a Beauty and the Beast ride. My absolute favorite and reason enough for me to take a visit back to FL. Hopping over to your blog now.

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    1. That is soooo sad! I was thankful my brother did a couple of choral performances at Epcot so we "had" to go for those, haha! It's an interactive one, so it's pretty cool!

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  7. I think I would have plenty of fun living in florida... i need a beach in my life. have fun at the wedding Steph!

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    1. It's pretty much non-stop fun unless I don't want to go looking for it. Always something to do!

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  8. I love living so close to the beach, it really is a must though Heather has better weather year round. i may be a little jealous!

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  9. I lived in Mexico Beach, Lynn Haven, and Panama City many years ago. Beautiful beaches, but SO HOT! Good memories though.

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  10. You are so lucky to live so close to the beach! And I would definitely keep a beach chair in my car too haha!

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  11. I mean you cant beat the beach and Disney now can you!

    (Have a great weekend Steph .. enjoy the wedding!)

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  12. I cannot hack the heat that is Florida but having the beach 15-20 minutes away and the restaurants you mentioned would make it a bit easier. Disney once a year is awesome.

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  13. I have yet to hit up Disney, I'm waiting for my son to turn at least 8 so we can take a family trip there. :D That was the best part of living in FL, if you're in Miami area you're an average of 20 minutes from the beach! Love it :) Have a great weekend ladies and enjoy the wedding Steph! -Iva

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