Pub Life Inn over Ann O’Malley’s

Pub Life Vacation Rental St Augustine

It was my hubby's BIRTHDAY and, well, you only turn 33 once!  ;) I surprised Chris with a Birthday Beer Weekend and it all started at Ann O'Malley's Pub Life.  This great little Inn is perched above Ann O'Malley's Irish Pub and offers a perfect base for a Historic St. Augustine beer getaway. At check-in, Chris received a Park Now Card for free parking in the garage, tokens for beer and tokens for 2 sandwiches downstairs at Ann O'Malley's!  We hadn't even stepped into our room yet and the hospitality was flowin'!! Check out our spacious suite- Say "buh-bye" to … [Read more...]

Savory Faire St. Augustine Food Tour

The Floridian St Augustine

There is no better way to have lunch in St. Augustine than a foodie walking tour!  City Walks was St. Augustine's first foodie walking tour and they continue to offer delish and fun tours of St. Augustine daily.  We joined CityWalks {aka Tour St. Augustine} for the Savory Faire Tour last weekend as a grande finale to my hubby's Birthday Getaway.  You may want to get a snack before reading this... you'll be hungry by the end!! Since City Walks was purchased by Tour St. Augustine, most tours leave from this office {next door to the Lightner Museum and Flagler College}.  … [Read more...]

Peace Love Boot Camp’s Belly Blast

If you still look cute at the end of your workout you didn't train hard enough

The results are in.  Working out really does help you have more energy and lose weight.  This is life changing info from groundbreaking research!  People need to be told about this!  ;) Seriously, though, I wanted to update you on the Belly Blast I did with Peace Love Boot Camp.  I was skeptical about how much Boot Camp workouts & the Belly Blast could help the extra fluff around my middle.  I mean, this belly has carried six kids- the largest was 9# 12 oz.  This body has done a lot of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g {and not the workout kind if ya know what I mean}. In … [Read more...]

Bon Ami Confections CLOSED

French Macaroons St Augustine

I'm sad to tell you Bon Ami has closed.  On the bright side, Cousteau's Waffle & Milkshake Bar has replaced it and it's a pretty cool spot. I'll get straight to the point: Bon Ami Confections is the most creative bakery in St. Augustine!  Whether you need gluten-free desserts, something you've never tried before {like an Earl Grey French Macaron} or a sweet treat to wow friends, Bon Ami is your St. Augustine bakery!! Dear Reader, meet Bon Ami's French Macarons.  {Those ^ are macarons.  Yes, they're worth the trip.}  Not to be confused with coconut macaroons, these … [Read more...]

Fall Fun in St. Augustine

Petting Zoo St. Augustine

Fall in Florida is glorious- evenings are cool enough for s'mores but days can heat up enough to still wear my favorite flip-flops. It's the perfect time of year to picnic, to visit a farm and to GET LOST!! Yes, get lost in a corn maze!! They're popping up all over St. Augustine- here are some favorite spots for local "agritainment": Tommy's Pumpkin Patch on CR210 Who'd have thought to bring farm animals, a hay ride and a "corn maze" to suburbia?! Tommy did! His nursery & Superior Landscape business is open year round (just past Winn Dixie on the R of CR210) … [Read more...]

Thought you’d want to know…

spice and tea exchange

Who doesn't love a giveaway!?!  As I mentioned before, I'm collaborating with the Spice & Tea Exchange of St. Augustine on a Christmas Basket giveaway... it's gonna be great!  But it can be sooo hard to wait for Christmas!!! To hold you over 'til we do the Simply St. Augustine giveaway in November, I thought I'd share a Thanksgiving giveaway: Chef Donna wants to update your favorite Thanksgiving recipes.  Have you wished your mom's green bean casserole had a little more pizzaz?  Scoot over to the Spice and Tea's website and enter to win! Then sign up for my Simply … [Read more...]

Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House

Waterfront Restaurant St. Augustine

** Update: New chef + management = whole new experience! Here's an updated review of Meehan's Irish Restaurant** I go to Meehan's Irish Pub & Seafood House for the view.  Period. What?  You want more?!  Well- you may be disappointed in what I have to say... but here goes nothing.  We went to Meehan's for a late lunch after doing the Alligator Farm zip line course.  I was grateful for the large, cool glass of water and the gorgeous breeze coming in off the bay. I quickly decided on a Reuben ($9).  After working out at 8:00 that morning and doing the gator farm's … [Read more...]

Crocodile Crossing Zipline in St. Augustine

Obstacle Course at St. Augustine Alligator Farm

I've wanted to zipline since my buddy Emmy went in Costa Rica right after high school.  It sounded sooo cool, but Costa Rica was too far away for this Mamma!!  Fast forward a decade... when Crocodile Crossing opened at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, I couldn't wait to zip over {pun totally intended} to try this attraction!  ;) Last Saturday, I finally had a chance to zip the zoo with Ben (13) and my hubby- who is... err... uncomfortable at high altitudes.  Here's a glimpse into our morning and protips for your St. Augustine Alligator Farm zip line experience: We were … [Read more...]