11 Days: A Florida Snowman

 Simply St.Augustine is counting down the 12 days 'til Christmas!  You can read 12 ways I'm celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine starting with this 12 Days 'til Christmas post! Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. Baby, it's cold outside!  Okay, Florida cold- as in we need scarves with our tank tops. We may not have snow on the ground- but our family still made a magical Florida Snowman!! I first came up with this idea after reading Thriving Family Magazine.  A Mom wrote in that they were stuck in the house during a blizzard and the kids were going … [Read more...]

12 Days: Christmas Cards {with a side of fun}

Simply St. Augustine is doing a Christmas countdown with kids!  I'll share 12 ways I'm celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine starting today! Also, Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. You'd better believe we're counting down!  The advent calendar is filling up and the advent candles are burning down.  We're celebrating Christ's birth all month long but the extra fun day {read: presents} is in 12 days!! Want to count down with me? Go to my Nights of Lights page to see a Christmas Countdown with a different Nights of Lights photo each day! In this … [Read more...]

Bonez Smokehouse

** Update: Some things are too good to be true... Bonez Smokehouse is now closed. :( ** Like all good Southerners, we like BBQ. We've tried our fair share and it's pretty close to impossible to choose one favorite. Smokin' D's is the cutest BBQ joint around, Mojo's is downtown which means great walks around town after dinner and they have great brisket. THE most important thing in a BBQ restaurant to me is... well, I'll get to that. But Bonez aces it and that's why Bonez Smokehouse is my current fave BBQ in St. Augustine!! Here are 5 reasons for YOU to fall in love with … [Read more...]

St Augustine Amphitheatre FREE Summer Movies!

31 Days of Summer in St Augustine

Hi, Simply St. Augustine friends! This post is part of my 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series. I've done all the research so you can kick back & have fun this summer! Read through all the ideas here.   I just learned of more fun, free summer movies in St. Augustine!  You may already know about Ripley's Wednesday Family Movie, now you have options at the Amphitheatre as well!! The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is hosting a summer movie series again this year!!  Gates open at 7:00, movies start at 8:00.  Parking is FREE!  The concession stands will be … [Read more...]

Staycation Link Up


I'm excited to be doing a Staycation Link Up with other bloggers around the country!  I'll share some St. Augustine staycation ideas here for visitors. Locals can start with this list of freebies for locals. Wherever you plan to make summer memories, look at the list of states at the end of this post for city-by-city suggestions for a fun, frugal summer! How to do St. Augustine... Most visitors jump on the tour trolley ($25), get off at a few attractions (Pirate Museum $13, Spanish Military Hospital $9, Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour $8) and eat at the first place … [Read more...]

Dole Whip Isn’t Just For Disney Anymore!!

Rejoice, Disney fans, rejoice!! We have Dole Whip in St Augustine! You no longer have to pine for Dole Whip Soft Serve the 362 days you aren't at Disney every year. St. Augustine has an ice cream stand that serves this sought-after, refreshing, pineapple ice cream treat year round! Close your eyes and you'll think you're at Adventureland's Aloha Isle Refreshments at Disney! Well, that's what most locals are saying. A few holdouts insist that Disney's is one-of-a-kind but a facebook poll says this is legit! {If you're new to the Dole Whip phenomena, read this post … [Read more...]

Doing Dishes Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

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When Andrew's co-op class read Stone Soup, each student painted a special soup bowl. He was so proud of it and ate dinner from it the first night and the second... and then he dropped it. So when I had the opportunity to visit Doing Dishes on CR210 to experience painting pottery, I knew just who to bring with me! Andrew had no problem choosing what to paint. There were plates & platters, bowls, decorative containers... tons of options to personalize! But he wanted the exact stone soup bowl and even worked carefully with the friendly "painting expert" on staff to … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Road Trip with Dad

road trip dads way

Hubby & I love Road Trips… but we love them differently. I love to explore {thus the travel writer occupation & Simply St. Augustine blog}. Road trips are the perfect opportunity to discover something new!!! When we #RoadTrip my way, I research roadside attractions, parks and local restaurants along our route and we make the journey part of our vacation. It may take twice as long, but life is a journey, not a destination. Right? Hubby just wants to get there. He will tackle a 7 hour road trip with 1 potty stop. My thoughts? … [Read more...]