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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Roasted Beets for Easter

    We hope you had a great Easter weekend with your family and friends.  We gathered at Grandma Parke's house today to celebrate with the family.  One thing I always look forward to is Grandma Parke's decorations.  Her decorations are always great.  Every table had a centerpiece with some "Easter grass" in different colors with lambs, birds or eggs.  Too cute.



    Easter decorations Easter Centerpieces

    On Easter, everyone brings a dish to share.  This year, I brought roasted beets with yellow peppers and strawberry onions.  It's super easy and I love the color combination.  To make this dish,  just cut up the beets, yellow peppers and onions in cubes, then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.  Season with salt to taste, and broil in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.  I turn them half way through.  If you try the beets, and they taste like dirt, then they are not done.  Cook them for a bit longer until they taste sweet.  That's how you know they are done.  ;)


    My plate consisted of ham, smoked pork (made by Matt), broccoli salad, squash casserole, broccoli casserole, and my roasted beet dish.  Can you tell I love veggies?


    While everyone was eating, Piper decided the pool needed some cleaning.


    And Hayden was ready to help!

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    Jordan brought a delicious strawberry pizza made with a shortbread cookie crust.  It was delicious.  After dessert, it was time for some Egg Hunting!033113_7 033113_8 033113_9 033113_10



    Happy Easter from our family to yours!

  • Flower Garden in Florida

    It's the perfect time of the year to visit our greenhouse! This is the month when we get the prettiest flowers for your garden.  Walking into the greenhouse and seeing all of the beautiful hues of pink, lavender, red, orange, yellow and blue put a smile on my face everyday.  In order to have a successful flower garden, you must know your garden's sun pattern.  Does the flower garden area get the morning sun or the afternoon shade?  Let's start with the sun-loving plants for your flower garden.

    Sun Loving Flower Garden

    If you love yellow flowers, then you can't go wrong with these Bush Daisies in your flower garden.  Make sure to give them enough space when planting because they'll definitively spread into a beautiful bush.  Very easy to take care off, they just need to be regularly watered when first planting.  Once they are established, they'll be fine with weekly waterings.  They do love sun, so make sure they get plenty of it.

    Flower Garden Bush Daisies

    Another showy flower is the "Cleome" or Spider Flower.  Cleome is available in white, pink and beautiful fuscia bringing amazing color to your flower garden.  This flowering plant is an annual and it will bloom from now until fall.  They are native to South America, which makes them great drought tolerant plants for Florida weather.

    Flower Garden Cleome or Spider Flower


    Once you decide where to put your flower garden, make sure to figure out how much sun that area gets daily.  The amount of sun your garden gets will define what type of flowers will survive.  Make sure to water your newly planted flowers daily until they are fully established.  Depending on flower type and the soil conditions of your garden, after two to three weeks, you may need to change your watering schedule.  Here are some resources for gardening in Florida:


    Bed Preparation is the key to successful flowers and vegetables


    Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook

  • Looking for a Social Media Conference?

    2012 was the year I became a "marketer" for the Market.  I had already created Facebook and Twitter accounts for the market, but neither of my college degrees prepared me for Social Media.  As a result, I attended three social media conferences in 2012, one of which inspired me to start this blog.  Two conferences had the feel of a social training event.  The vibe and atmosphere of the events encouraged networking and sharing of ideas between participants.  The other conference was geared more towards retailers and the social media training was nonexistent.  Ironic to me  because "social" was part of their tittle.

    And now for the FTC disclosure: you should know, I have been invited to attend Social Fresh in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Having had such good and not so good experiences at these social media conferences I had to find out more about Social Fresh 2013.  Social Fresh is a social media conference coming to Tampa on April 18-19, 2013.  This social media event will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 4500 W Cypress Street, Tampa.  Hotel rates for the event are $139/night with special promotion code SOC.

    What makes Social Fresh 2013 the Social Media Conference to attend?

    With over 49k followers on Twitter and 23k fans on Facebook, my interest was peaked.  What do these people know about social media training?  First, let's look at the history of Social Fresh.  Social Fresh was founded by Jason Keath in 2009 as a social media training company.  Their website offers free and paid materials all related to social media training.   The Social Media Blog was just listed as the #1 Social Media Blog by the Social Media Examiner.  Their flagship event is the Social Fresh one day social media conference.  Social Media Today listed Social Fresh 2013 as one of the best 12 social media conference to attend in 2013.  As a hopeful "soon to be" small business owner, I was glad to see that 14% of their past attendees were business owners/partners and 11% were small business owners.  So far so good.

    Secondly, we all like choices.  Choices are nice when you are trying to decide what to eat a restaurant.  However, when you are attending a conference, making choices between speakers is a completely different thing.  I always get that feeling in my gut that no matter what I've chosen, I've picked the wrong one.  Luckily for people like me, Social Fresh is a one-track social media conference.  No more worrying whether you picked the wrong speaker or not.  Win win.

    Lastly, the caliber of speakers and the presentation topics surely have great promise.  I'm looking forward to hopefully meeting Ted Rubin from Collective Bias (previously with e.l.f. cosmetics and OpenSky).  Ted Rubin is the most followed Chief Marketing Officer on Twitter.  Clearly, he is doing something right.  Other great speakers I'm looking forward to are Adam Kmiec (Campbells), Morgan Johnston (JetBlue) and Kevin Vine (DunkinDonuts).

    In addition to having world known speakers, what makes a great conference is the networking opportunities.  Social Fresh has scheduled networking receptions both nights of the conference.

    For more information check out Social Media:

    Website: www.socialfreshconference.com

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/socialfresh 

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/socialfresh




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