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2014 Thanksgiving Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Adult Living | 0 comments

2014 Thanksgiving Giveaway

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Art With A Purpose – Featured Artist

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Adult Living, Artist Corner | 0 comments

Art With A Purpose – Featured Artist

When God places a passion in your heart for something better in life, it not always starts with you. Artist Kenny Ruiz mother Mary Maldonado felt this way, and wanted the best for her children. She feared the worst living in Chicago and was concerned that they would be led into the wrong path in life.   After finding out that Kenny joined a gang in Chicago  at age 12, she decided that it was at the best interest for her and her five children to move to Florida.  Kenny stated, “With my parents divorce when we were just becoming teens It was rough on us kids. So, that’s when we were spending time on the streets.”  Soon after, Kenny along with his siblings where shipped to Florida to live with their Aunt Mini until 3 months later their mother could join them.  A year later Kenny’s mother Mary purchased a house, and was happy to have a fresh start and opportunities for her children to flourish. After finishing High School Kenny moved back to Chicago, but later return to Florida after being shot at. At a young age, Kenny was drawn to art, but never pictured himself being an artist. It wasn’t until in the last couple of years that he put together his first portrait called, “First Impression”.   Soon friends where asking where did he buy that portrait?  His simply reply was, “I made that”.    Kenny’s friends were all amazed and started asking him if he could make one for them.  It wasn’t until five years  later when his Mother Mary, had passed from battling lung cancer for 6 months that he went back to making one of a kind portraits. Kenny said, “When my Mother passed I fell into a great depression, and I realized that I needed to do something. I have a wife and kids to support. That’s when I started creating my portraits, and soon realized it was a form of therapy.” Kenny knows in his heart that his mother made the right decision to move to Florida, and is grateful for having the opportunity to live 4 doors down from his mother’s house.  Kenny said, “I bought it there because I wanted to be close to her. She was my best friend. I would walk up the street for salt or something and be there for hours talking with her.” [cincopa A4MAC8rN4agG] Q & A Tell me a little about MagChop, and why it inspired you to start creating these unique masterpieces? I was working for an art company and was very intrigued by what people hang on the walls to define who they are and what they like. I wanted something personal to hang in my home, something that defined who I am and I created the piece named “First Impression.” I hung it up in my house, and I often thought of making another one but did not start until my mother passed away. I found it therapeutic to spend time in what everyone knows as “Da Bear’s Room” listening to oldies music such as Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Santana etc. I enjoyed this music with my mom. That along with the good and bad in my life went into each piece. Mostly, what you’re looking at...

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Can Your True Love Be Waiting Online?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Adult Living | 0 comments

Can Your True Love Be Waiting Online?

Online dating can be great if you know how to go about it the right way. It has allowed people in less populous areas to meet people that they never would have otherwise, and helped create lifelong couples. It’s also great for people who are just getting into the dating game again after awhile. It’s a very nonthreatening way to get to know someone, without the pressure of meeting face to face for a while. And the benefits are progressing every day. Time (http://time.com/2900033/online-dating-facial-recognition-match-three-day-rule/) just released word that Match.com is coming out with a program that will allow users to find a partner based on a photograph. So, if you use the photograph of a celebrity, your friend, and ex, whoever, the program will then recommend other users on the site who look like the person you submitted. While that may sound a little creepy, there are more serious concerns to address when you decide to try online dating. But with the proper precautions, you can avoid a negative experience. Some are more obvious, such as meeting for the first time in a public place or being honest in your profile description. But what’s just as important to be careful about is how you approach the topic of physical intimacy for the first time. When you meet someone online, chances are you’ve had more of a chance to talk and get to know them before meeting in person. It’s understandable that the increased communication could lead you to feel closer to them and trust them more. However, that doesn’t mean you should risk your health when you both decide that you’re ready to get intimate with one another. The best way to protect yourself is by making sure that you’re taking all precautions ahead of time, which starts with what kind of online dating system you decide to use. Studies have actually found that you run a higher risk if you use a dating app. Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2656326/Dating-using-smartphone-app-makes-likely-STD.html) even posted a study conducted by a sexual health clinic in Los Angeles that found a link between using dating apps and the increased likelihood of contracting an STD. The article cited that the increase was because “smartphone apps make it easier to meet potential partners more quickly than online or more traditional methods, thereby boosting the chances of anonymous and riskier encounters.” People who used a dating apps were reportedly 23% more likely to get gonorrhea and 35% more likely to get chlamydia. It’s important for people new to online dating to understand that some apps are designed with the specific purpose to connect people who want to meet specifically for sex—not relationships. By avoiding apps like this and being sexually safe, you can greatly decrease your chances of catching an STD. Adam and Eve(http://www.adameve.com/t-ae-safer-sex-guide.aspx) marks several things to consider for “safer sex” because, as they wrote, “by no means, is all lovemaking totally safe.” To significantly decrease the risks, they suggest discussing sexual history, defining boundaries, and contemplating dangers. Finally, always, always use protection. No matter how much you may trust your new partner, they can be unaware that they’re infected. Of course, you also both want to prevent any unwanted pregnancies. Discussing condoms and sexual health with your new partner might not seem romantic, you can avoid any...

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The Draft

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Adult Living, VA Memoirs | 0 comments

The Draft

Remember it? For some it was a dreaded notice that came in the mail and notified you to report to the local draft board or other location for induction into the military. For more then 50 years the nations Selective Service served as a backup program to insure that we had adequate  manpower in the event of an emergency situation and the country went to war. While it started way back in 1917 it really gained momentum in 1940 when President Franklin Roosevelt  signed the Selective Training and Service Act  and it created a system where you were lawfully required to register and await your call. Many who read this will remember those times. If you appeared for your medical examination and did not pass you were classified ‘4F’. Selection was simple. 366 blue plastic containers  which contained birth dates were placed in a container and drawn out by hand to assign order of  call to those young men ages 18-26. I recall the reported choices they had in those times. Get drafted for two years and get assigned to whatever duty the military elected for you, sign up three years and hopefully get the job you wanted. And there were those with an ‘RFA’ designation who were released after a short time however had to serve in the reserves for a number of years. In today’s society should you mention the word ‘draft’ it brings out the fear in most everyone.  Mothers do not want their sons being placed on deployment to some hostile country, wives would like their husbands to be a home for dinner and sisters would rather have their brothers around to actually argue with. Going off to war in this day and age perhaps does not have the drive it did in years past. Perhaps we are tired of war. But the draft did have it’s good points. First you took a young man and placed them in a very structured environment. Very structured.   You were taught discipline, you were taught to think on your feet, be respectful,excel and be motivated. At the end of your service you returned home with training to begin your  civilian life with and a lot of memories. Some good and some bad. The draft was necessary. It provided us with the manpower required to meet the threat at the time. During my years in the Army I served with many who were drafted and can say each one did their part for the country and more. Now I say this while many will only remember the long hours in the mess hall on ‘KP’, guard duty, little time off and the only contact with your family  was at ‘Mail Call’ if you were lucky enough to get mail. The draft was suspended in 1975  but resumed again in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter in response to  the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  It has also changed a bit. We all recall certain people who were exempt from military draft  for various reasons mostly educational It used to be you could get a deferment if you were in college working successfully towards your degree. That has changed. Now it is only till the end of the  semester. High school seniors only have till the end of the school year....

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Our Attitude Toward Life Determines Life’s Attitude Towards Us!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Adult Living | 0 comments

Our Attitude Toward Life Determines Life’s Attitude Towards Us!

There’s a well-known quote that goes “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us”.  Attitudes do make a difference. Salesmen using the ideal attitude beat their sales quotas; students using the proper attitudes make A’s. Suitable attitudes pave the way to a truly happy married life. Correct attitudes make you powerful in coping with other people to ensure that it is possible to be effective as a leader. Among the very first qualities men and women notice when they meet you is what you attitude is towards whatever you’re responsible for. If your attitudes are negative, then you might want to undergo an “attitude tune-up”. 1. Fully grasp the importance of attitude. Your attitude impacts every little thing you do, feel and say. If you wish to turn your attitude about and get into action towards your destiny, you might want to have the ability to resist negative or pessimistic thoughts that creep into your consciousness. Surround your self with positive men and women, and maintain in mind your ultimate objective of achieving the, respect, good results and wealth which you deserve. 2.  Opt to remain positive. Power to choose is God given. You are going to encounter some hurdles and encounter some failures in life; but is really crucial that you simply manage how you respond to whatever takes place, and maintain your positive attitude, whilst working towards your objectives. The bible says “I have set before of you blessings and curses, life and death. So choose life” What will likely be your choice? Program” your attitude by training your self to remain upbeat. Identify negative attitudes that continually set you back. 3. Assess your present day attitude and identify aspects of which could be stopping you from becoming prosperous.  What are the underlying causes of one’s negative attitudes? Remind your self that you simply are far better than you believe. Take a walk if you are frustrated. Just look at life as you walk until the disappointment is out of your system. 4. Determine to live your life with purpose and passion. Reassess exactly where you wish your life to go and all which you would like to accomplish. Get a clear vision, to ensure that you’ve got some thing to reach for. When you have got your objectives firmly established, then you’ll be able to turn your new positive attitudes into action. 5. Create a method for sustaining the proper attitude.  Prepare your self to deal with any difficult scenarios that may well threaten your attitudes and throw you off course. You ought to create some self-motivation tactics like affirmations, visualization, positive talk, enthusiasm and heightened expectations Read books and articles on these subjects and build understanding and abilities to boost your attitude. Follow the five steps outlined above, and create attitudes which will transform your life and assure that you get the success you deserve. By David H Evans  ...

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Who is OCR 4 Bifida?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Adult Living | 0 comments

Who is OCR 4 Bifida?

OCR 4 Bifida is a charity to support Spina Bifida families to offset the constant costs of having the Spina Bifida disability. There are constant struggles of having no insurance, low income or not having the opportunities to have a normal life. I have seen and been part of this struggle. My niece and cousin have the Spina Bifida disability. First hand I have witnessed what my family has went through getting the right medical care, equipment, housing modifications and pre-existing conditions talk the insurance companies impose on claims. Spina Bifida individuals didn’t ask for this but it is now their way of life. This is a birth to death disability that is a constant challenge for these families. For these reasons I want to raise awareness of spina bifida and help the engineering of new technology to aid individuals in their everyday tasks, provide home modifications, get rid of pre-existing medical condition talk and create a whole new way of giving. Obstacle Course Racing is a way for us all to show support for those who can’t run, jump, climb and enjoy the sights you see during the grueling time on the course. My goal is to create a non-profit group that shows where every dollar for donations is distributed and what that donation did to help others. OCR 4 Bifida, “Do it for those who can’t”. OCR 4 Bifida stands for, Obstacle Course Racing 4 Spina Bifida. I want to promote 5k-10k races throughout cities in America. These obstacles built of natural wilderness terrain, will be setup in the streets of Americas biggest cities. Create an environment of fun, fitness and gathering of people for a cause, that will never go away or be cured, but help those who have Spina Bifida to be able to live a little better life without the hassle of more physical and financial burden. Contact: Tim Shanteau OCR 4 Bifida Founder (513)833-0151...

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Dressing for Winter Florida Style

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Adult Living | 0 comments

Dressing for Winter Florida Style

Winter  is upon us, even in sunny Florida.  Although our fashion trends don’t follow the rest of the country, which is already feeling dipping temperatures,  we  have style of our own. Whether the style is super glam in Miami or surfer vibe in St. Augustine, you can be sure that the weather will dictate one’s fashion selection.  Florida tends to stay warm most of the year and temperatures can be unpredictable.  The best way to transition into Winter in Florida is to play up color, texture and layers.  So, I can hear you asking, “where do I start”?  For almost any occasion in Florida, a stylish tank top and jeans is a great start to any outfit.  For daytime, throw on a lightweight scarf in a fun color and a pair of cute sandals.  To transition to the evening, wear a colored cardigan, sparkling accessories and strappy heels.  And if it just happens to be a cool evening, break out the boots and leather jackets.  We have to take advantage of the few times we can actually show them off. In the rest of the fashion world, the big colors for Winter 2013 are emerald, teal, deep red, charcoal gray and of course, black.  Let’s face it though, in Florida we are still going to the beach in October and sometimes wearing shorts in December.  We Floridians still like to wear soft, beachy maxi dresses and that’s perfectly acceptable too.  For me personally, I can’t live without my cropped jean jacket.  It’s my Fall/Winter staple that I wear over my colorful maxi dresses. When it comes down to it though, the most important element of fashion is to show off your own personal sense of style, whether it’s boho chic, classic, glam or trendy.  Mix it up and wear what shows who you are.  Boots with shorts?  Sassy, but I’ll leave that for the younger set. Aimee is a Florida native and has lived in Sarasota for 7 years. She is owner of an on-line boutique named Moxie Girl Boutique which focuses on contemporary Florida style for women. Outside of her business life, she is a Mom and is active within her community. Volunteering is where her heart is and she desires to get more involved in opportunities to empower, encourage and inspire young women. A portion of her boutique profits are donated to a local non-profit that benefits girls at risk. She is also the branch President of the Socialites Sarasota, which is a business and social women’s networking group. They focus on establishing relationships among women so that they can support each other in life and have fun while doing it! Contact: Aimee Stratford Owner of Moxie Girl Boutique www.moxiegirlboutique.com    aimee@moxiegirlboutique.com facebook.com/MoxieGirlBoutique       ...

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“Helping seniors and their pets.” – Cindy’s Pets

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

“Helping seniors and their pets.”  – Cindy’s Pets

It has been noted that many seniors, while participating in the “Meals on Wheels” program in Pasco County, often give a portion of their delivered meals to their beloved pets. These companion pets are frequently a homebound senior’s only “family” member, and the pet’s well-being is naturally very important to them. Our goal is to provide good nutritional food for the animals, thereby enabling the elderly to enjoy their own meals with the knowledge that their pet is also being taken care of. Genesis School and interested parents and friends came together in 2010 to create a program which provides needed pet food for the animals of Senior citizens in our area. Called Cindy’s Pets, our organization works in conjunction with Pasco County’s Elderly Nutrition “Meals on Wheels” program. Currently, Cindy’s Pets volunteers deliver over 2,000 pounds of pet food each month to the homes of 93 homebound seniors in West and East Pasco County to feed 315 cherished dogs, cats, birds, and the occasional bunny. Can you help, Cindy’s pets? Missy Nurrenbrock, West Pasco Email: cindys.pets@aol.com Sharon Smith, East Pasco Email: cindys.pets@aol.com Website: cindyspets.org facebook.com/pages/Cindys-Pets/163262303706516 (727)...

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Top Italian Restaurant in Tampa Bay Area

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Adult Living | 0 comments

Top Italian Restaurant in Tampa Bay Area

Pia’s a neighborhood find located in picturesque Gulfport Florida. Pia’s captures the intimate scale and no-fuss charms of so many Italian Trattorias. Offering Daily specials and homemade desserts baked in house, every day. Trattoria is an Italian word, and means “eating house”, which is exactly what Pia’s Trattoria embodies! Pia has one goal – she wants to spoil you with fresh natural foods, prepared with lots of love, in a romantic, cozy Old Italy atmosphere. No “High Cuisine”, just simple, fresh and original food.  Stay with us as long as you wish.  Live the Italian lifestyle – this means you having not to hurry, enjoy your espresso after a good meal, and taste our carefully chosen Italian wines & German beer. Try our cakes and desserts, made from scratch with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. Just come and don’t be embarrassed when our staff probably greets you with a “Ciao Bella” or “Come va mi amore”! We cook to order, which probably adds a few more minutes, to your waiting time and gives you a chance to settle down and relax from the world outside. Special Events Wedding Receptions, Wedding Rehearsals, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Holiday Parties, Corporate Events, Private Wine Tastings, Anniversaries.  Special Events can be held inside our Tuscan Style Restaurant with (2) Private Dining Rooms, our inside Bar, and Charming Courtyard to hold your party. We can also assist you with coordinating your whole event! From simple table set up to stunning room decorations and menu options customized for your needs and budget. Pia’s Trattoria 3054 Beach Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL 33707 (727)327-2190 Hours of Operation Sunday Brunch – 9am to 2pm (Incudes choice of a FREE Mimosa or Bloody Mary) Lunch – Monday through Saturday 11am to 4pm Sunday 2pm to 4pm Dinner – Monday through Thursday 4pm to 9pm Friday through Saturday 4pm to 10pm Sunday 4pm to 9pm...

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Employment Opportunities

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Adult Living | 0 comments

Employment Opportunities

Please fill out the application below with the required information. If you have any questions, please email jobs@floridacreativeliving.com with a heading of Employment Opportunities in the subject line. Fill out my online form. Fill out my Wufoo...

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