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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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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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Coffee Breaks Make Great Dates

Lately, I’ve been on the go a lot. Between weddings, anniversaries, family visits, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a quiet weekend at home. It was nice to not have any sort of plans or schedule this weekend and just play it by ear, exploring our own back yard.

First up, Greenwood Urban Wetland Park.

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This beautiful oasis is plop in the middle of Downtown Orlando, but surprisingly quiet and peaceful.

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No water under this bridge

Thanks to the recent drought, water levels were surprisingly low, but it was still beautiful and quite scenic. I can’t wait to go back after a nice long rainstorm.

We continued relaxing over some cold brews from Foxtail Coffee Co. I’d consider this another first for me since my first visit to Foxtail wasn’t as pleasant. I was suffering from appendicitis and didn’t know it. This time was far more enjoyable.

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We sat in the grass, beneath the palm trees, people watching for the next few hours. It was absolutely perfect.

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And to round out the day of firsts, we had dinner at Reyes Mezcaleria, a brand new Mexican restaurant in Downtown Orlando.

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