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Sunflower Maze in the Sunshine State

Sunflowers make me smile, for obvious reasons, so when I heard about a sunflower maze about an hour away from Orlando, I knew I had to check it out.

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Down a narrow dirt path in Mims, Florida you will find yourself at Sledd’s U-Pick Strawberries.

The sprawling yellow fields can’t be missed as you drive up.

Corn Maze: Check
Sunflower Maze: Check
Where will I find myself lost next?

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It’s a fantastic afternoon activity for families, and of course quite Instagram worthy. We wandered upon many of photoshoots within the flowers. Even I got down and dirty for a few snaps.

For hours and information, be sure to check out Sledd’s U Pick Strawberries Facebook page.

I can’t wait to go back for strawberry picking!!!

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Is Celebration Florida Your Cup of Tea?

For many first time visitors to the Town of Celebration, they aren’t quite sure what to make of it. White picket fences, perfectly manicured lawns, families on evening bike rides, it sounds ideal, doesn’t it? If you like living on a movie set, or as many refer to it, The Stepford Wives. You have to remember though, the Town of Celebration was built by the Walt Disney World Company back in the 90’s, and what is Disney if not the picture of perfection?

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Walt Disney’s idea for Celebration was to make it indistinguishable from any other small town in the USA.

I find it quaint and picturesque and a place you should definitely see for yourself. Plus, it’s only about 10 minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World and has some incredible restaurants, so why not take a detour?

The most recent spot to open up is  Celebration Tea Room.

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They have an extensive menu of teas, sandwiches, soups and desserts, ideal for a quiet  afternoon.

The rich decor transports you to another time and place and forces you to sit back and relax, something hard to find in the tourism capital of the world.

For those of you who are fans of Alice in Wonderland, the private room will give you all the feels. It’s so quirky and whimsical. I was just waiting for Tweedledee and Tweedledum to pop out. Hey, it’s close enough to Disney, it could happen.

Enjoy a spot of tea and a scone or two at Celebration Tea Room 🙂

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Poking Around at Florida Cactus

I’ve put my nurturing skills to the test.

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Florida Cactus, a nursery devoted to cacti and succulents. I first learned about this place on Instagram, of course. However, Instagram did not prepare me for how expansive it was. Row after row of succulents, cacti and various other plants filled 20 large greenhouses. If you are a lover of succulents, you will love this place.

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We checked in at the office where we were handed a map and sent on our way, basket in hand.

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The first greenhouse was mostly succulents and baby cacti. I eagerly began picking up one by one and placing them in the basket. They were just so cute, but word of advice, pace yourself; there are still 19 greenhouses to go after this.

The only other time I’ve purchased a succulent was from East End Market, and let’s just say, that didn’t end very well. I must be the only person on this planet who has killed a succulent. Why does everyone say they are so easy to maintain?

Well, I’m giving myself another chance, eight more to be exact.

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I am open to any suggestions on keeping cacti and succulents alive.

Hours for Florida Cactus are Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

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