Ann-Ventures 

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The Things You Learn…

  • 1:11 pm Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Every day is an Ann-Venture when the guest bathroom is being remodeled by S & W Kitchens. Today I learned there are right and left hand bathtubs. Don’t ask, just go with  it. But I love each little nugget of knowledge I’m absorbing as the process continues.

So. Demo day. Most of that went on while I was at work with you, but I have to say I was pretty impressed to see my designer Larissa front and center on the cleanup! I think of demo as therapy. Ticked off? Take off some tile! Tired? Take it out on the old [More]

Let’s Start At The Very Beginning…

  • 6:10 pm Saturday, March 24th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

….Because it’s a very nice place to start, right? Ah, the legendary guacamole green bathtub and sink, linoleum floor and fluorescent lighting that made it clear the 70’s were still very much alive in my guest bathroom. But that’s all changing and it’s just one of the coolest things to watch happen with the incredible talents of my designer Larissa Hicks and her team from S & W Kitchens.

So where did I start? With a visit to the showroom (you’ll find two – one in Palm Harbor and in South Tampa) and a meeting with Larissa. I knew what [More]

Home Sweet Maison

  • 5:21 am Monday, March 19th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Do you have a defined decorating style – or would like to have one? I’m drawn to any style that is comfy, joyful and makes me glad to come home. For Danielle Postel-Vinay it is “Home Sweet Maison – The French Art of Making a Home.” Danielle explained how she was drawn to the French style in an interview last week. But for this Wisconsin native who now lives in New York it was the love of the French style she embraced for most of her life that led her to write this new book. Happily enough Danielle is [More]

The Dogs Will Be Out Tomorrow!

  • 4:00 am Friday, March 9th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Our sweet little adoptees are vaccinated, microcipped, groomed to the max and have been practicing their tail wagging and puppy-dog eyes skill all week. And tomorrow is THE big day..It’s Mutt Madness time with the Suncoast Animal League this Saturday in Highlander Park, Dunedin. It’s a full day with so much to see and do you really do need to sit and stay! Every day this week I’ll be introducing you to some of the pets up for adoption this weekend. The adoption tent is incredibly busy from the moment the day starts so it’s best to get [More]

Out Of The “Doghouse” And Into New Homes At Mutt Madness

  • 3:50 am Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

 

Puppies. Lots and lots of sweet puppy breath, senior dogs who need a loving home, and more wonderful four-legged furry people who love to cuddle, take long walks and be your best friend. It’s Mutt Madness time with the Suncoast Animal League this Saturday in Highlander Park, Dunedin. It’s a full day with so much to see and do you really do need to sit and stay! Every day this week I’ll be introducing you to some of the pets up for adoption this weekend. The adoption tent is incredibly busy from the moment the day starts so [More]

A Doggone Good Time At Mutt Madness This Saturday

  • 3:32 am Monday, March 5th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Puppies. Lots and lots of sweet puppy breath, senior dogs who need a loving home, and more wonderful four-legged furry people who love to cuddle, take long walks and be your best friend. It’s Mutt Madness time with the Suncoast Animal League this Saturday in Highlander Park, Dunedin. It’s a full day with so much to see and do you really do need to sit and stay! Every day this week I’ll be introducing you to some of the pets up for adoption this weekend. The adoption tent is incredibly busy from the moment the day starts so it’s [More]

A Final Roar At Big Cat Rescue

  • 8:57 am Sunday, March 4th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I cried this morning when I read this post from Jamie Veronica at Big Cat Rescue with the news that their beloved Joseph had died. This visit was one of my favorite Ann-Ventures and to Carole Baskin and everyone at Big Cat I know how deeply you feel the loss of each and every friend you’ve taken care of for many years. The good news is that all our beloved friends will be waiting for us at the end of that Rainbow Bridge someday. I’d love to share my visit with you from last year and how [More]

Are You Aware?

  • 5:23 am Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

“But you don’t look sick.”

Someone that deals with a rare illness can hear that a lot. That someone is me. I’ve talked about my journey with Systemic Lupus with you before but today I want to share a little more with you. Today is Rare Disease Day. What makes a disease “rare?” In the US it is something that will affect 1 in ten people and the sad fact is half of those are children. Lupus has some many symptoms and syndromes and there are times when even I lose track. But it was something I didn’t even know I [More]

Help For Parkland

  • 7:24 am Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

In the aftermath of the deadly school shootings in Parkland there is something we can do. Donate blood. OneBlood especially needs type O negative, the universal donor type. They ask you make an appointment here, and we’ll also show you a location close to you. Thank you for your help and your prayers. #Parkland

Florida’s Own Nadine Sierra Joins Andrea Bocelli For Valentine’s Day Concert

  • 7:56 am Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we have a wonderful way for you to spend the evening of February 14th – with world reknown tenor Andrea Bocelli, guest performers Emmy and Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth and Florida’s own Nadine Sierra at Amalie Arena. Listen all week for your  chance to win tickets in Dove Morning Trivia!

I had a great chat with Nadine recently to talk about her career which began with her professional debut while she was still in her teens with the Palm Beach Opera. But Nadine knew from a very young age that music [More]

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