5 Summery Florida Events to Mark on Your Calendar

July – the peak of summer! In Florida, that means Key Lime Festivals, Sea Turtle Walks and even a Steampunk Convention. Find our favorite Florida events below – there’s something for everyone!

Key Lime Festival – Key West, Florida
June 30th – July 4th

Is there anything more quintessentially Floridian than Key Lime Pie? Early this July, you can experience all the Key Lime Pie you’ve ever wanted at the Key Lime Festival in Florida. It has all the typical festival activities, plus some creative extras, like the Key Lime Pie drop. Ever wanted to see people try to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of a lighthouse… without damaging the pie? Then you won’t want to miss this!

Aethertopia – Tampa, Florida
July 7th & 8th

You’ve probably never seen anything like it – one of the country’s biggest steampunk shows. Experience a whirlwind of performers, artists, makers and more at this science-fiction festival. With event locations like the H.G. Wells Lecture hall and the Nikola Tesla Laboratory, and events ranging from Millinery & Hat Making: A History to dance lessons, this convention has something for every steampunk lover.

Ride the Tide – St. Augustine, Florida
July 8th

If you enjoy activities that are a little more on the active side, you won’t want to miss Ride the Tide. It’s a 3 hour, stand-up paddle board ride following the tide. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Summertime Moonlight Sea Turtle Walks – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 12th – July 28th, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

It’s not always easy to find evening weekday date nights – but these Moonlight Sea Turtle Walks are perfect! Enjoy an evening walk along the beach, while learning all about the magic of sea turtles.

Sarasota Mystic Faire – Sarasota, Florida
July 28th-29th

You’ll find everything here – psychics, tarot card readers, mediums and more. Plus, vendors for crystals, jewelry, clothing, books and more. Whether you believe in the mystic or not, this is a fun festival to explore!

None of these strike your fancy? Our concierges can help!

Book Club: When Two Become Three, Chapter 1

“Being a parent will rock your world so much that is it naive to think that it won’t affect your relationship with your spouse.”

Over the next few weeks, we will be reading the book When Two Become Three: Nurturing Your Marriage After Baby Arrives by Mark E. Crawford, PhD. It covers a topic that many parenting books leave out – how to make sure you’re taking care of your relationship while going through a ton of stressful life changes.

“92% of parents described more conflict and disagreement after they had a baby.”

Not convinced that it’s worth focusing on? Chapter One, The Journey Begins, provides a ton of compelling arguments as to why it’s more important than you might think. There’s the obvious – don’t you want your children to grow up in a harmonious home? – as well as the long-term – raising children is only one part of a marriage. Once the kids are grown and out of the house, you’ll want a relationship to come back to.  It’s even mentioned that those who are in unhappy marriages suffer worse emotional and physical health!

“New parents spend all of their time parenting and not enough time ‘spousing.'”

Convinced? Concerned? Never fear! Keep an eye on this spot, and we’ll tackle this book together – pick it up on Amazon here. By the time we’re done, you’ll be armed with a ton of tools and tips on how to keep your marriage strong!

Ready for Chapter 2? Find it here!

Relationship Foundations: Love Languages

Does it ever feel like you and your partner aren’t on the same page? It could be due to a difference in Love Languages – the way in which you express and prefer to receive affection. We generally express love in the way we’d prefer to receive it. Unfortunately, sometimes that can cause feelings of neglect if our partner doesn’t perceive these actions as acts of love.

There are five main love languages – do you recognize you or your partner in any of these descriptions?

Words of Affirmation
People who prefer words of affirmation generally enjoy compliments, gratitude, or general acknowledgement.

Acts of Service
People who prefer acts of service generally enjoy when their partner takes care of things around the house or runs errands.

Receiving Gifts
People who prefer receiving gifts love getting bouquets or chocolates – even remembering to pick up their favorite snack on a grocery run can make them feel loved.

Quality Time
People who prefer quality time enjoy actively spending time with their significant other – but things like spending time in silence watching TV may not be enough for them.

Physical Touch
People who prefer physical touch enjoy the little moments like holding hands and cuddling.

Keep in mind that most people have a combination of love languages – only satisfying one of these preferences may not be enough. It’s important to have honest conversations with your partner about the way you express and receive affection. There are many resources online for discovering your love language, but the best may be to go directly to the source – you can find an online assessment here.