Mount Dora, Fla. (July 23, 2020) – Naples Soap Company, a retail destination best known for its skin and hair care made with natural and organic ingredients, has opened a new location in downtown Mount Dora, Fla. The 1,200 square foot store is located at 429 N. Donnelly Street, just a block away from Naples Soap Company’s previous location.
“We’re excited to return to the Mount Dora Community,” shared Deanna Wallin, Naples Soap Company’s founder and CEO. “Our lease had ended at our former location in April. Amid the uncertainty of the government-mandated COVID shutdowns, we made the difficult decision to close our original Mount Dora location. After receiving many emails and calls from customers in Central Florida, we decided to identify a new location and return to the area.”
The new Naples Soap store opened on July 1, 2020, and the Company welcomed back the former management team in addition to three new store associates. This retail destination features a chic coastal vibe, and store shelves are filled with the company’s signature skin and hair care products including natural soaps, bath bombs, body butters, sea salt scrubs, shampoo bars, face care and more.
Founded in 2009, Naples Soap Company has been helping people with sensitive skin by providing products that are made in the USA with natural and organic ingredients including coconut oil, shea butter, fruit extracts, and sea salts. Many of the products are handmade and feature low-waste packaging.
The Mount Dora store hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
About Naples Soap Company
Founded in 2009 by Deanna Wallin, Naples Soap Company operates an online store at naplessoap.com and 10 retail locations in Florida including Naples, Estero, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Punta Gorda, Lakewood Ranch, St Petersburg, Mount Dora and Destin. Additionally, Naples Soap Company products are sold at over 100 boutiques, spas and stores throughout the United States.
Carnival in Trinidad is beyond words. How does one convey the beauty of the people, the country, and of course, carnival? The myriad of colors all in one space adds to the breathtaking scenery. The fun and music along with it make for an experience like no other.
The history of Carnival dates back to the 18th century. At that time, only the white upper class was able to participate. The masqueraders played into the stereotypes of Black men and women being overly sexual and foolish.
Fast forward to the emancipation of the slaves, Africans were finally able to participate, and thus, Carnival became a celebration of freedom.
Today, many of the original traditions, fanfare, and stereotypes are on full display during Carnival. From the competitions, Soca, steel drum performers, parades and much more, Carnival brings together a multitude of people to celebrate the culture.
Celebrations include young and old. Even the children get in on the action by making their own costumes and participating in the Kiddies’ Carnival. The spotlight shines just as bright on the kids during this season.
Trinidad Carnival is so much more than just a 2-day party. It’s a month-long celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday. It’s a revolt! It is a smack in the face to rules, standards, class, authority, order, and protocol. In fact, it is the very opposite of good behavior. It is the freedom to behave badly, bringing chaos, disruption, unruliness, and liberation. Carnivale is bliss. A euphoria of sorts. It is independence, equality, and a blatant deliverance from social norms and European standards of appropriateness. Carnivale is like nothing you’ve ever seen, but everything you desire.
A friend of mine, Nikki of @Fashionikki expressed, “Being at Trinidad Carnival feels like I’m walking on water. There are so many elements that make you feel like you’re in paradise. I remember watching Carnival each year as a child, and now I’m living it. As a Trini, it brings me such joy seeing the island share its love with the world. It’s an overwhelming feeling of love expressed through Soca, dance, and unity.”
Carnival regulars like myself spend the year yearning to return to our place of paradise. Every year for weeks, and even months, we go through a phase called Tabanca. A legit depression of sort experienced right after Carnival.
We wait with anticipation for the bands to launch, usually sometime in August. This is when we choose the band we will march with as well as the costume we desire. What section will we choose? Frontline or Backline? What will we wear when we play Monday Mas? I should probably explain what all this means. It may sound like I’m speaking a foreign language so let me explain.
Playing Mas – these are the masqueraders that participate in Carnival activities Monday and Tuesday.
The Bands – masqueraders choose the band they will play (march) with during the parade. The band plays the music, provides the costumes, meals and drinks, and entertainment.
Frontline or Backline – Your costume will be part of the frontline or backline with the frontline having larger and more dramatic feathers and embellishments.
Sections – Costumes are divided up in sections with variations of the same costume in each section.
Monday Mas – The pre-run as I like to say. Following the parade route, Masqueraders march, dance, party, drink from sun up to sun down in an outfit of their choice, usually a swimsuit or something similar.
Soca – A music style that originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the 70’s. With its positive messages and rhythmic melody, your body cannot deny itself to move with the beats. Soca gives me life! Some popular Soca artists are Mighty Sparrow, Kes, Machel Montano, Bundy Garland, Destra, Patrice Roberts, Problem Child… I could go on and on. Again, SOCA GIVES ME LIFE!
J’ouvert – a party that begins at daybreak or dawn. Basically, as the sun is rising Revelers enjoy partying covered in paint, powder, foam, or mud. J’ouvert signals the start of Carnival Monday!
Fete – A party. But be mindful, there is no party like a fete. Trinidadians take the cake when it comes to partying. It’s in the blood.
If you’re considering making the trip to Trinidad Carnival here are a few tips.
Budget, budget and plan your budget! From lodging, travel, food, and shopping, it all adds up quickly.
Quick tip #1: Costumes can range from $500 USD up to $5,000 USD.
Plan on reserving your lodging a year in advance. Places fill up quickly.
Learn the culture! Caribbean culture and American culture are very different. Know the culture and the rules of the land.
Quick tip #2: DO NOT wear clothing with camouflage. It is against the law. No green camouflage, pink camouflage, blue… JUST NO CAMOUFLAGE!
Take some time to appreciate the island and the people. Trinidad has some amazing sights to see. Take a bath in a volcano or explore a cave. You can also visit the nation’s capital, Port of Spain and take in the beauty of the historical architecture. Relax on one of the beaches or talk to the locals. You’ll find the people to be very warm and welcoming. Feel the love of this beautiful island!
Trinidad definitely has a special place in my heart. My heaven on earth and home in my heart. With the motto of the country being, Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve, this multicultural island is a paradise like no other.
Education Revolution is a company designed to help alternatively educated students, especially homeschool students, have exceptional educational experiences.
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Education Revolution provides consultation and services to help families start to homeschool legally and successfully. We also provide evaluation services, curriculum and learning material, and classes and curriculum planning. One of the curriculum lines produced by Education Revolution is the I’M SERIES. The first complete book release–I’m Resilient is a unique interactive journal designed to teach the important trait of resilience to the next generation of young adults. This full-color interactive journal isn’t just about writing. It is an immersive experience that was designed for today’s young people. It’s fast-paced, fun, and provides concrete help in building resilience. It uses online tie-ins, and tasks that require that the book is put down and the journalist interact with the world around them.
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KBI is a multifaceted staffing form specializing in permanent, long term, and temporary placement. KBI Staffing Solutions also specializes in the construction, hospitality and administrative fields. We offer wrap-around payroll solutions services. We understand that staffing needs come in all shapes and sizes which is why we customize a plan based on the client’s needs for permanent, long & short term temporary staff, direct hire, and temporary to perm work opportunities. In a time of crisis, KBI Staffing is able to provide jobs to our communities and aid in economic success.
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If you are into natural scenery, exploring history or the future of science & space, then Cocoa Beach, Florida is an exquisite place to visit? This magnificent gem of a city encompasses adventure and opportunities that are endless.
I had forgotten how unique Cocoa Beach, Florida was until my little explorer watched the amazing movie,Hidden Figures. Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell). This is notably one of America’s stunning achievements that restored the nation’s confidence all while, galvanizing the world. After that, it sparked my son’s little brain to want to know what other hidden figures could have been apart of space and how could he be a part of this adventure. His curiosity caused me to research the Kennedy Space Center Space Camp opportunities which brought us to Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Kennedy Space Camp is surrounded by one of the nation’s largest research parks. Its alumni include NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers. The program is open to second grade through high school students. The day camp offers immersive experiences in space, aviation, robotics and cyber technologies. Space Camp activities include rocket construction, simulated launches to the International Space Station and design and construction of a Mars colony
Would you like your child to be more interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Or do they already have their head in the stars and dream about one day visiting Mars? Or one day returning to the moon? Here are some unique camp experiences relating to space in Florida, Alabama, and Virginia that your kids can begin their adventure in learning more about the past and future of space and opportunities for future careers in STEM.
Space Camp Experiences If your kids are visionaries about the stars or simply display interest of wanting a more focused camping experience, one of these space camps may be a good fit. Camp Kennedy Space Center Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex State Road 405 Kennedy Space Center Florida 32899 (855) 433-4210 www.kennedyspacecenter.com Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Space Coast is across the river from Cape Canaveral, the site of many exciting rocket launches. The Kennedy Space Center weeklong day camps immerse campers in STEM-based activities as they problem-solve for mission planning. Kids may tour the interactive Kennedy Space Center, participate in astronaut training and spend a virtual day on Mars. Sessions open in early June and run through July. Programs are available for second through eleventh-grade students. Tuition includes lunch and snacks. The camp offers transportation from Orlando, Satellite Beach, West Melbourne and Viera, Florida.
Virginia Space Flight Academy 33531 Chincoteague Road Wallops Island, Virginia 23337 (757) 824-3800 www.vaspaceflightacademy.org Virginia Space Flight Academy is designed for middle school students aged 11 – 15. This residential camp holds weeklong sessions that end with graduation from the Space Flight Academy. Campers learn rocketry by building their own rocket using CAD design and 3D printers. In the Robotics program, kids are challenged to design robots using Lego Mindstorm kits. Camp activities include field trips to the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility, the NOAA weather facility and the Navy’s Surface Combat System Center. In the evening, a variety of activities ensures campers don’t miss out on traditional summertime fun such as miniature golf, go-cart racing and trips to the ice cream stand.
U.S. Rocket and Space Center One Tranquility Base Huntsville, Alabama 35805 (800) 637-7223 www.spacecamp.com The program is open to fourth grade through high school students. The residential camp offers immersive experiences in space, aviation, robotics and cyber technologies. Space Camp activities include rocket construction, simulated launches to the International Space Station and design and construction of a Mars colony. Special programs are offered for hearing, visually impaired and other special need campers.
My son cannot stop expressing how
much fun he had at this camp and learning about the amazing exploration
adventures that NASA has planned for their future on earth and beyond. We are
scheduled again for next year and look forward to the long-lasting memories we
shared while visiting Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The nice thing about Kennedy Space
Camp being in Cocoa Beach, Florida the Space camp experience can be an
opportunity for a great family getaway for the parents! There were so many
families who dropped off their children at Kennedy Space center where they
could relax knowing they were going to have an amazing time! That the parent’s
could have a relaxing time together exploring Cocoa Beach with all the amazing
tour trips that are available to schedule during the day and still make it back
to pick up your children from camp and do a family outing in the evenings to
make this the most relaxing and awesome vacation you will not want to miss if
you are looking for some adult time.
Cocoa Beach: Family Bonding Time
Adventures for You & Your Family
Cocoa Beach, FL is probably best
known for its beautiful beach, famous surf breaks, and proximity to the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex. It is the perfect destination for a family
vacation when their children are in space camp. Cocoa Beach has so much
activities you will not have time to do it all, but you can try! Some of the
must see and do places when visiting this unique historic city is going to the Cocoa
Beach Pier that stretches 800 feet over the Atlantic and features a variety of
gift shops, bars, restaurants, and live music.
If you are a family who loves the
water look no further Cocoa Beach has every kind of water adventure, from
kayaking Banana River’s Thousand Islands to deep-sea fishing with Fin and Fly
Fishing Charters to taking a few surf lessons from Ron Jon’s, is available
here. There are some more unique treasures like The Dinosaur Store and the
Cocoa Beach: Splish Splash In The Sun
Exploring Cocoa Beach Water Activities
Banana River Aquatic Preserve is nestled between Merritt Island on one side and a beach barrier island on the other. The 30,000-acre preserve has a number of parks and boat ramps that provide direct, easy access to visitors with their own or rented boats and kayaks. These include Banana River Park, Kiwanis Island Park, Cocoa Beach Recreational Complex, and Kelly Park, among others. The north end of Banana River is home to a large manatee population year-round, but visitors will also see a large pelican rookery and significant numbers of diamondback terrapin turtles and alligators. Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary in the preserve is a bird watcher’s paradise.
US Highway A1A, Merritt Island, FL,
Fin and Fly-Fishing Charters offer enthusiastic anglers both deep sea and inshore fishing charters. Founder and Captain Jamie Glasner and Captain Alex Hughey grew up fishing the waters of Cocoa Beach, including the Banana and Indian Rivers and the Space Coast. Both captains specialize in nearshore and inshore fishing, along with deep sea fishing. Anglers can also feel confident about their four charter boats. The 32-foot Blackfin Sportfishing boat is perfect for offshore fishing, while the 168 Phantom Ranger has superb shallow water performance. The 16-foot Action Craft is a fly fisherman’s dream boat, and the Skeeter 24-foot boat is the workhorse of the bunch going wherever the fish are. Fin and Fly-Fishing Charters offer deep sea, river, inshore, shark, and red snapper charters.
951 Bali Road, Cocoa Beach, FL,
The World-Famous Cocoa Beach Pier draws over a million annual visitors. The iconic Central Florida landmark stretches 800 feet out above the Atlantic Ocean and has numerous gift shops, restaurants, and bars for visitors to enjoy. This family-friendly attraction is also known for its great fishing opportunities. Anglers are likely to catch red fish, whiting, snapper, wahoo, and many other types of fish. There is a fishing fee for those who bring their own equipment, and there is also an option to rent equipment at the pier. Some of the most famous surfers in the world surf here, and visitors can watch the action at Mai Tiki Bar at the pier’s end.
401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, Phone: 321-783-7549
Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach I personally enjoyed using this company! My son and I did the bioluminescence tour which was simply an amazing experience. They are very accommodating with families with children as young as 4 years old! The staff of Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach are patient and will assist in any way to create an experience you and your family will remember!
Vacationers who want to see the natural side of Cocoa Beach can explore mangrove tunnels and islands on a kayak eco-tour of Thousand Islands. Daytime kayak tours are approximately two hours long. Kayakers should expect to see manatees, dolphins, white ibis, bald eagles, southern stingrays, and other wildlife on guided tours through a diverse eco-system. Leisurely tours leave both mornings and afternoons from various locations and are appropriate for all skill levels – even those who’ve never kayaked before. For an even more unique experience, kayakers can choose a nighttime bioluminescence kayak tour or comb jelly tour (also bioluminescent) where paddlers will see these living lights emit an ethereal blue-green glow in the water. 599 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, FL, Phone: 321-480-8632
Ron Jon Surf School Began as Cocoa Beach Surfing School in 1993 by one of surfing’s champions, Craig Carroll. The establishment draws on 45+ years of surfing and coaching, so guests can be assured they’ll be well taught whether they are beginners or serious competitors. Ron Jon offers private and semi-private surf lessons for beginner and advanced surfers. Surf Camp for kids seven to 17 who can swim is held between May and August. Camps run for five days, perfect for a weeklong vacation. Ron Jon also provides stand up paddle boarding instruction via private or semi-private lessons, along with stand-up paddle boarding eco-river tours and nighttime bioluminescent SUP tours. They have recently added kiteboarding instruction to their repertoire.
150 East Columbia Lane, Cocoa Beach,
FL, Phone: 321-868-1980
321 Kiteboarding and Watersports is a retail kiteboard and surf shop. They’re also the largest kiteboarding school in Cocoa Beach. Students learn to set up the gear and use it safely, then head out to the water to learn how to harness the wind for kiteboarding. The only requirement is the bit of endurance it requires for beginners to spend one to two hours on the water learning skills, along with some core and leg strength. Kiteboarding is an exciting sport for everyone, from kids to seniors. The best time for kiteboarding in Cocoa Beach is October to May. The store offers gear for purchase or rent and lessons in kiteboarding, SUP, and surfing.
235 West Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa
Beach, FL, Phone: 321-302-5663
Fin Expeditionsoffer personalized, small group kayak eco-tours in the Banana River Lagoon. Local expert guides lead groups of ten or fewer kayakers through the labyrinth of the Thousand Islands mangrove forest. Groups are typically six kayakers to one guide who takes them off the beaten path and expertly leads them through the sometimes-confusing watery trails with ease.
Cocoa Beach: Learning The History
Exploring Cocoa Beach Museums
Exploration Tower is a must-do activity at Port Canaveral Jetty Park. The architecturally gorgeous seven-story tower is a recreational offering by the Canaveral Port Authority. Visitors enter the tower via a promenade that skims across a lake. The first floor houses the information desk, gift shop, and a café. The tower’s second floor is a 2,750-square-foot discovery center with interactive exhibits about local history. On the third floor, there is a 72 seat state-of-the-art theater to watch a one-of-a-kind historical movie. The Tower’s fourth floor hosts meetings and events. Floor five offers a simulated harbor boat pilot navigation experience, and floors six and seven are indoor and outdoor observation decks for Cape Canaveral launches.
670 Dave Nisbet Drive, Cape Canaveral,
FL, Phone: 321-394-3408
Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory on the Eastern Florida State College campus has been serving both the college and the community since 1975. It is widely recognized as one of the best planetariums in the United States, and the rooftop observatory has one of the largest public telescopes in Florida. Planetarium staff and volunteers help visitors explore the night sky every weekend. The planetarium also has two theaters. Star Theater has the world’s first combined Digital & Optical Mechanical projection system for realistic views of the Brevard County night sky and presents live tours of the night sky. It also hosts laser/music shows. Discovery Movie Theater shows IMAX, National Geographic, and other science documentaries. The facility is currently closed and will be going under reconstruction since sustaining damage from Hurricane Irma 2018 stay posted by visiting website to stay connected to updates of re-opening of this fantastic facility.
Florida Surf Museum is dedicated to preserving the unique history of East Coast surfing. Visitors can expect to see exhibitions about the history and culture of Florida surfing, the evolution of surfing, great local surfers, five iconic local surf spots, and a fascinating array of boards. Besides the permanent collection of photos, videos, boards, and stories about surf legends and big Kahunas, there are always new temporary exhibits. Past exhibits have included Shortboard Evolution Revolution, Sidewalk Surfing, Locals Only, Florida Women of the Waves, Paipo: Prone to Ride, and Gary Propper – Surf/Art/Entertainment. Visitors can also purchase T-shirts and other souvenirs from the museum.
4275 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa
Beach, FL, Phone: 321-720-8033
Sands Space and History Center is an extension of the Air Force Space & Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Since it is outside the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, there is no need for an access pass, and admission is free. The history center preserves and displays historic information for the Launch Complexes at Cape Canaveral. There is also a gift shop inside and a picnic area outside the building. Visitors can tour the history center every day except Monday. This is not the Air Force Space & Missile Museum itself, which is at Launch Complex 26 inside Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and can only be accessed via a bus tour called, Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour.
The Dinosaur Store is not a kitschy roadside stand with plastic dinosaur souvenirs – it’s the real deal. The world’s largest collection of fossils and minerals will inspire paleontology fans. Shoppers can pick up a 65 million-year-old authentic Pachycephalosaurus toe for $2400 or a 75 million-year-old real Tyrannosaurid tooth for $900, and there are many more one-of-a-kind pre-historic items. Families will love The Dinosaur Store’s Adventure Zone where kids can explore science center activities, play arcade games, watch dinosaur movies in the Movie Cave, pan for fossils in a working sluice, and visit live gators and reptiles in the Reptiles Run. The Dinosaur Store also presents a Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures.
250 West Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa
Beach, FL, Phone: 321-783-7300
Cocoa Beach: The Great Outdoors
Exploring Cocoa Beach Nature Connection
The Helen & Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary is part of Florida’s Environmentally Endangered Lands program, which was established to acquire land that is environmentally sensitive and bring it back to life for environmental education and passive recreation. Once a turpentine mine and farm, this 140-acre sanctuary is an example of conservation in action. The pine flatwoods habitat is now home to raptors that circle above the pines or perch majestically at their tops. The restored land also includes oak trees and sand pine scrub, along with freshwater marshes. Visitors here can walk the mile-long nature trail that loops the sanctuary and observe native wildlife.
Shepard Park gets its name from astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Besides being an oceanfront park, it’s also the perfect spot to watch future Cape Canaveral launches. This five-acre park has a beautiful beach, picnic shelters, a children’s playground, 10 large picnic pavilions, barbecue grills, vending machines, and a bathhouse with showers, changing areas, and restroom facilities. There is also an option to rent beach chairs and umbrellas for a relaxing day. The paid parking lot with 300 spaces is close to the beach. This is the perfect set-up for a fun day at the beach.
200 East Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa
Beach, FL, Phone: 321-868-3252
Cocoa Beach: Embracing The Community
Shopping Experience in Cocoa Beach
Historic Cocoa Village is a must-do on any vacation to Cocoa Beach. Cocoa Village is the in-demand entertainment and shopping district of Cocoa, Florida. Visitors meander tree-lined streets perusing a plethora of unique shops and casual dining establishments in a village atmosphere. Depending on the time of year, travelers to Cocoa Village may catch one of four annual art fairs, two car shows, or four annual Sip and Strolls. The Village, founded in 1860, has numerous historic attractions to see, like Porcher House and Cocoa Village Playhouse, both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cocoa Beach has long been considered
the gateway to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and the Space Center Visitor
Complex is 40 minutes outside Cocoa Beach. Visitors to the center will see
historic spacecraft and memorabilia, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, astronaut
training simulators, a space shuttle launch experience, a close-up view of the
space shuttle Atlantis, Space Mirror Memorial honoring fallen astronauts, and
so much more. There are a number of add-on attractions at the Visitor Complex
for an additional price. Some of these include photo opportunities with icons
of NASA spaceflight operations, a guided tour with an astronaut, live action
gaming featuring real NASA missions, and lunch with an astronaut.
405 Kennedy Space Center, FL, Phone:
South of Cocoa Beach Pier, visitors will find picturesque, regional beachside Lori Wilson Park. To get to the semi-secluded beach, travelers take one of the short trails past the boardwalk, through the woods, and over the dunes to the beach. Park facilities include picnic tables, two pavilions, restrooms and changing areas with vending machines, a lifeguard stand, and an elevated boardwalk nature trail through an adjacent tropical maritime hammock (forest). Other park amenities for public use are a volleyball court, playground, barbecue grills, and a dog park. The park opens at dawn and closes at dusk. There is no park fee for any of the facilities or the beach.
1500 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa
Beach, FL, Phone: 321-455-1380
The family-friendly Cocoa Beach and Thousand Islands Helicopter Tour provides an exhilarating birds-eye view of Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, and Thousand Islands in Banana River. The 30-mile, 15-minute flight leaves from a private helipad in Port Canaveral. Guests can expect to see miles of Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Beach Pier with tons of surfers and beach goers along the way. The inter-coastal Banana River has a labyrinth of natural and manmade islands, some freshwater manatees, and even a few river dolphins. Tours regularly accommodate two guests, who will each have headsets allowing them to clearly hear the guide’s live commentary.
673 Dave Nisbet Drive, Port
Canaveral, FL, Phone: 321-392-4125
Cocoa Beach: Fine Dining
The Best Local Restaurants in Cocoa Beach
Fat Kahuna’s featuring signature seafood selections, fine steak, chicken, and vegetarian options. In a fine dining, yet casual atmosphere, we welcome all to come join us and taste the aloha!
The Fat Snook is a casual beachside restaurant that has been serving upscale dishes to the Cocoa Beach community since 2007. They specialize in showcasing local purveyors of fresh seafood and use seasonal ingredients in their amazing entrées like Poblano Pesto Shrimp with Canaveral shrimp, pumpkin cheddar grits, and chorizo cream sauce. Other menu standouts like their Florida Stone Crab starter, Grilled D’Anjou Pear & Baby Gem salad, and U-10 Seared Scallops entrée are local favorites. The casual-chic ambience features a cool color palette of blues and greens with wood flooring, beachy accents, and modern bistro tables and chairs.
2464 South Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, Phone: 321-784-1190.
Cocoa Beach Brewing Company Cocoa Beach Brewing Company is tucked away in a historic building that was once 1930s Navy housing. Today, the repurposed former Banana River Naval Air Station provides retail space for a number of restaurants, bars, and local businesses. This family-owned-and-operated nano-brewery and pub, founded in 2008, was the Space Coast’s first brewery. Cocoa Beach Brewing Company specializes in traditional craft brews, plus unique seasonal beers. Their award-winning beers are handcrafted in small-batch brews. Three beers to try are the Cocoa Beach Pale Ale, Not Just Some Oatmeal Stout, and 888 India Pale Ale, all award winners.
150 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa
Beach, FL, Phone: 321-613-2941
Cocoa Beach:Where to Stay
Cocoa Beach Family Style Resorts
We recommend these great-value hotels near the soft sands of Cocoa Beach:
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort: high-end pricing, recent renovation include complete upgrades to the 120 two-bedroom villas, hotel lobby, courtyard and heated outdoor pool….and the family will enjoy the all-new Wakulla Falls Water Park, featuring best-in-class aquatic attractions.
Holiday Inn Club Vacation: high-end pricing, ranging from one to four bedrooms, the spacious villas you’ll find at Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts can make your stay extra-special. Many feature fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, patios or balconies and more. With plenty of room to spread out or come together, these villas are perfect for the whole family.
Cape Crossing Resort & Marina: mid-end pricing, the resort features 47 island-style townhomes that are fully furnished and professionally decorated. Each has 2 stories, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and garage. The resort centerpiece is a six-story condominium tower with 35 water-view units that are also fully furnished, professionally decorated, and feature 3 or 4 bedrooms (Note: furthest away from Cocoa Beach but awesome for sailors)
Radisson Resort at the Port: mid-pricing range, situated in the heart of Cape Canaveral, Radisson Resort at the Port makes it easy to stroll down Cocoa Beach at sunset or discover the world of space travel at Kennedy Space Center. Cruise passengers can book our Park and Cruise packages, which include round-trip shuttle service to Port Canaveral and free parking at the hotel.
International Palms Resort Cocoa Beach: mid-pricing range, Set on 13 pristine oceanfront acres in beautiful Cocoa Beach. Once the playground of astronauts, this 502-room beach resort overlooking the Atlantic delights with a pirate-themed pool, rescue gators in the lobby, live entertainment, and fire pits that beckon families to gather for s’more-making memories.
Maddy Garcia- Exercise with MaddyFit, Master Fitness Trainer
Maddy Garcia is a mom and certified master fitness trainer. As result of her excellence in the field of exercise and physical fitness, she is New Hue’s first spotlight feature. She is here to help you and your family implement exercise into your lifestyle. Maddy Fit Blog
For many mothers, exercise and physical fitness is an aspirational goal and sometimes feels unattainable. Consequently, we usually do not put ourselves first because ….well….life is happening. Children, work, school, lunches, dinner, after school activities…you know how the story goes. You live it. Well meet Maddy Garcia, certified Master Fitness trainer and mother of three.
Maddy’s Motivation to Exercise
Maddy is a lifelong athlete however, similar to most of us, she has experienced some difficulties with getting back into shape after having her children. Therefore, Maddy chose to make exercise and fitness a lifestyle. As she states, “Fitness must be a priority”. Her goal is to create a synergy of the physical and mental well-being thus creating overall wellness. She fought to attain this goal by implementing Barre exercise, which involves the use of the ballet barre and movements derived from ballet. Maddy later became a certified Barre/Pilates instructor. She had prior training in Les Mills exercise and is also a certified and is also a certified instructor.
As you can see, she looks amazing! Therefore, obviously, people want to know what she did to get back into shape….and she wants to help! She created MaddyFit, which entails use of customized programs that are specific to your goals. Exercise with MaddyFit includes use of many styles of exercise training including strength training, cardio, HIIT, core focus training and also body sculpting to name a few.
Food and Nutrition
Any good trainer understands that a good training program is also as a result of a good nutrition plan. However, not all trainers create a meal plan for you. In contrast, Maddy does! I know this first hand! She was able to create a vegan friendly meal plan for me that was also high in protein for muscle building. That is a remarkable feat! In contrast, I’ve had other trainers that were not able to achieve this and always resorted to telling me to eat eggs or seafood. Not only does she understand the importance of good nutrition, she also understands that it must be customized to the individual and she knows how to implement it. That is difficult to find in a trainer.
Maddy’s passion for fitness organically led her to implementing this lifestyle with her family. As a result of this, her children are star athletes. This led many parents to questioning what the method is to achieving both her and her children’s physical success, and want to exercise with MaddyFit. Check out Maddyfit kids below!
Exercise with MaddyFit Kids
Many parents witness the power and endurance that her athletic children have when involved in their competitive sports activities. Consequently, these curious parents would ask advice on nutrition and training. As a result of this, she came up with the great idea to formulate Maddyfit kids. She believes that you must introduce a healthy lifestyle at an early age so that fitness will be ever present on the lifespan continuum.
Another advice that she offers is to meal prep for your family. Not only does this help with organizing the week for busy moms, it also ensures deliberate calculations of appropriate calories and nutrients for your physically active and maybe not so active child(ren). Maddy believes that exercise should be fun for children. For instance, Maddy says, “Your child may not be disciplined enough to run laps around the track but he or she would have a blast doing a relay race with their friends”. The key is making exercise a part of your child’s daily activities. To learn more about Maddy and her amazing fitness services, visit www.maddyfit.com
As we journey through this life of parenting, it has become evident that all things are not created equally. As parents, we attempt to achieve balance but there are aspects of our lives that draw a disproportionate amount of our time and energy. #Parenting
At this moment, stop and think about all of the things that have your attention: your children, their school, your job, spouse, relationship with friends and family, your spirituality, being an awesome parent, oh and house-keeping. At NO point can all of those responsibilities receive the same amount of attention and that is OK!
#Winning or Surviving
I was comforted one evening when I heard Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo CEO) speak about simply being a decent parent. Undoubtedly, as parents our goal is not to be decent, but to be great at this parenting game. However, we can’t be phenomenal at everything and there are times we may compare ourselves unfavorably to others. We wish and hope that we could have our lives together like someone else. From our perspective it looks as though others are winning and we are simply surviving or barely making it, but we don’t see the sacrifices they had to make to get there. We don’t see the hard work and effort it took for them to win or create the facade of winning. Think about this fact: Nobody wakes up the winner of a marathon; instead it takes ACTION, TIME, SKILL and DETERMINATION to make that dream become a reality. Even Shonda Rhimes vividly describes in her book, the Year of Yes, how she sometimes felt as though she was winning in one area but inevitably failing in another.
So today, stop and think about the life that you would like to create. What is the ONE thing that could help you feel like you are winning in your day, outside of your morning cup of Joe?
Steps to Winning the Parenting Game
Remind yourself daily that you are more than good enough and your kids love you no matter what. #WinningTheParentingGame
Create a plan to be successful! Small steps everyday will lead you to your end result. #WinningTheParentingGame
Give yourself time to create the life that you would like to have. #Winning
Live YOUR best life that makes you happy #WinningTheParentingGame
Live YOUR best life that makes you happy #WinningTheParentingGame
Deemed one of the safest places in Orlando, Lake Nona enters the spotlight shining bright with great schools, diversity, a family-friendly environment, and top medical research facilities.
This planned community has over 16,000 residents and continues to grow daily. With health and well-being at the center of focus in Lake Nona, each community was designed with the intention to encourage an active lifestyle of exercise, a positive mindset, and community involvement and interaction. Over 40 miles of walking trails are connected to residential developments to boost walkability.
Fun and entertainment were also part of the vision in the development of Lake Nona. At its start, Lake Nona began to burst at the seams once the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club were constructed. From there, retail and entertainment venues continued to pop up on the scene. Lake Nona’s Town Center hosts 4 million square feet of upscale shopping and dining, with numerous entertainment events on the calendar.
Influenced by art with a neo-urban feel, the Lake Nona Town Center is home to “The Beacon” and “The Code Wall,” designed by artist, JEFRE. These iconic 6 story landmarks deliver captivating music and sensational videos as the night encroaches.
With advancements in technology and innovation at the helm, Lake Nona hails as Florida’s first gigabit community giving residents and businesses access to high-speed internet connectivity. Adding to forward moving technology and research, Verizon Business brings an innovation hub to explore 5G solutions.
As Lake Nona was designed with the intention to encourage a healthy lifestyle with community interaction, with a focus on technology, it is no wonder that it is also known as Medical City. Housing numerous top health, research, and hospital facilities, this community is a magnet for attracting the best scientists and healthcare workers in the field.
“First-gigabit community in Florida ∙ Introduced the region’s first autonomous solution to Orlando ∙ First community to co-locate a public elementary school with the YMCA ∙ Flagship location of Drive Shack ∙ One of nine Cisco Smart + Connected Cities in the world ∙ First stand-alone children’s hospital in Orlando ∙ First accredited university-based College of Medicine in Orlando (UCF College of Medicine) ∙ First shipping container park in Central Florida – Boxi Park – open-air park built using repurposed shipping containers that house different restaurant concepts ∙ Home to the U.S. Tennis Association National Campus.”
It’s clear to see why many deem Lake Nona as one of Florida’s most innovative utopian communities. Bridging family with innovation, Lake Nona gives a clear and present view of lifestyle communities of the future.
We’ve gone from the bartering system to coins and paper money, checkbooks, credit and debit cards, and now Bitcoin! Spending has become so effortless that you can simply press “add to cart” or “place order” and your request will arrive in a matter of minutes or days.
In a country that makes being a consumer so convenient, how do we encourage our children to be fiscally knowledgeable and responsible?
A conversation between a Gen X financial consultant and a Millennial IT professional gives us insight into some of the issues, concerns, and benefits of talking to your children about finance.
Njeri Gichia-Broussard (Gen X), Entrepreneur and Financial Services Professional with New York Life.
Jasmine Savwoir (Millennial), IT professional with Titan IT Enterprises.
Gen X: What do you wish you had known when you were in Kindergarten and all through high school?
Millennial: School doesn’t really teach you how to buy or order things. School doesn’t teach you about money conversion and different currencies, bills, buying a car, applying for loans. I wish I’d known this before starting college. They don’t teach you how to sign up for a credit card. A lot of college students get into a lot of credit card debt.
Gen X: What about a credit score?
Millennial: I knew vaguely about a credit score but didn’t really know how it worked. Interest rates and credit cards would have been good to know.
Gen X: What was critical that you’re glad you knew and what do you wish you would have known?
Millennial: I had a debit card so I was glad I knew how to have a bank account and look it up; knowing how to set up alerts and get notifications for a low balances and things like that and being able to set it up and add to a savings account. How to do taxes is something that would be good to teach to young people how to do it before they get a job.
Gen X: What do you wish you had done financially while you were in college and what do you wish you hadn’t done?
Millennial: I wish I had known more about budgeting and budgeting techniques as well as investing. I wish I had known more about that in college.
Gen X: What do you wish you hadn’t done while you were in college?
Millennial: I could have made a few smarter money choices like saving money. I wish I was able to save more while I was in college. I wish hadn’t spent so much money on so many things, like clothes.
Gen X: Yeah, I know what that’s like. You get a little bit of money and a little bit of freedom and go a little bit crazy. I spent so much money on clothes and CDs and tapes back in my day. So much money!
Millennial: For kids in elementary and high school I recommend they look up certificate programs for the jobs they’re interested in. Especially for technical jobs in IT. A lot of people are out of school like me and the companies want those certifications that I didn’t even know about. They can save so much money and get a good job sooner.
While COVID-19 has kept us cooped up, burned out, and yearning for a getaway over the past year, good news is on the horizon. As many people are getting vaccinated, the world is starting to open back up just in time for summer!
Though we’re not completely out of the woods just yet, travel and vacations are safer than they were last summer. Unfortunately, the question still remains, “how and where can we travel safely with kids during COVID?”
How about a trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park? Known for its scenery, beaches, activities; you can even go camping! During our trip to the national park, our first stop is in Miami. Then, we’ll drive down to the Florida Keys and take a boat/ferry ride to the Dry Tortugas National Park. No passport is needed. The entrance fee for ages 16 and up is $15. Ages 15 and under get in free.
Want to vacation in a mansion? Check out the Formosa Grande Mansion in Kissimmee, Florida. This lush mansion comes with a fully stocked kitchen, dining room set for ten, a wine cellar, 20-foot ceilings, a lakefront pool, 9 bedrooms, and 10 bathrooms. Everyone can enjoy their own space and be only less than 10 minutes away from Disney attractions.
How about a vacation that is all about art? Let’s head over to the Design District in Miami, Florida. Everywhere you look, your eyes will capture magnificent pieces of art and architecture. There are beautiful exhibitions that surround you. Even the kids will get a kick out of the artsy swings! Adding even more to the visual senses, you can revel in some upscale retail therapy and indulge in the many cafes and restaurants within the district.
If your family likes to camp or glamp, let’s make our way to The Muvaland in Maryland. This black-owned beachfront campsite allows up to 12 guests per campsite, a picnic table, generators, and pets. You can even roast s’mores over a campfire! Activities include swimming, boating, biking, and fishing. Feel free to camp out in your tent, RV, pop-up campers, or trailers. However, you choose to delight in your experience, make it fabulous!
Splashing down in the Caribbean sounds good to me! Barbados is open and ready to welcome families. Relax and rejuvenate on the sparkling pink sandy beaches. Take a historical tour through one of the Garrison Tunnels. Check out St. Mary’s Anglican Church which was built over 195 years ago. Enjoy mouthwatering Caribbean cuisine that will make you think you’ve died and gone straight into the ancestors’ kitchen!
If you’re up for some serious fun, have your friends and family make an adventure book. One person will choose where you and your family will vacation. Family and friends will then add adventures and destinations they want you to experience. Every page will have detailed directions of what you must do during your mission. You must take pictures and add them to your adventure book in order to go to the next page. It’s unpredictable fun for the family!
As we continue to navigate through this new normal, safety is of the utmost importance. However, the memories we create with our families are priceless. So stay safe, relax, and have an amazing summer!
Blue LightBlocking Eye Glasses Are Here to Save the Day!
Our family at New Hue Media have been quite concern with protecting our children from the increase expose of the bluelight and the impact it would have on our children’s eyesight so we began to reseach companies who were striving to educate and provide a resourseful tool to helping in protecting our children’s vision. we discovered the BlueLightKIds Company and they have been a fantastic company in providing products that are comfortable, trendy, and most improtantly safe for our kids to wear during the increase use of online learning and media time being spent during these times
Why is everyone concerned about too much exposure to Blue Light?
Sunlight is the main source of blue light, and being outdoors during daylight is where we get most of our exposure to it. But there are also many man-made, indoor sources of blue light, including fluorescent and LED lighting and flat-screen televisions.
Most notably, the display screens of computers, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices emit significant amounts of blue light.
The amount of High Energy Ultra Violet light these devices emit is only a fraction of that emitted by the sun. But the amount of time people spend using these devices and the proximity of these screens to the user’s face have many parents and health care professionals concerned about possible long-term effects of blue light from computers and phones on eye health.
Blue light exposure may increase the risk of Macular Degeneration.
The fact that blue light penetrates all the way to the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye) is important, because laboratory studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. This causes changes that resemble those of macular degeneration, which can lead to permanent vision loss. Although more research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is “too much blue light” for the retina, many eye care providers are concerned that the added blue light exposure from computer screens, smartphones and other digital devices might increase a person’s risk of macular degeneration later in life.
Are you Children Experiencing Digital Eye Strain? BlueLight Kids May Be The Solution!
Why are your family complaining more of blurried vision could be the results of digital eye stain. Because blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easily focused. When you’re looking at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual “noise” reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye stain .
Research has shown that lenses that block blue light with wavelengths less than 450 nm (blue-violet light) increase contrast significantly. Therefore, Blue Light Kids computer glasses with yellow-tinted lenses may increase comfort when you’re viewing digital devices for extended periods of time.
What are Blue Light Blocking Eyeglasses?
Blue light blocking glasses provided by Blue Light Kids are specifically designed to filter out the harmful blue-violet light rays that is commonly emitted from digital screens. The benefits of Blue Light Kids Blocker eyeglasses is that they have a filtering technology used to enhance your focus and reduce eye strain, resulting in making your eyes feel less tired, improving productivity and most importantly protecting our family memebers eyes.
Blue Light Kids want to help our families to protect ourselves from the increase exposure of the blue light emmission due to the increase use of digital computer use, phone use, gaming resulting in a decline with visual health. Parents including our New Hue Media kids are noticing a huge difference once using the blue light eye glasses in mood, a difference in sleep, a difference in attitude, and a difference in energy in this virtual learning environment.-Blue Light Kids
Starting today you can use the BOGO code upon purchase “NewHueBOGO” to Buy 1 and get 1 FREE when purchasing our eyeglasses. You must have at least 2 pairs in your cart, check out and put “NewHueBOGO ” in the discount code and one pair will be FREE! Enjoy we all do at New Hue Media and so do our New Hue Kids!
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