Food Safety During Storms

  • 4:21 am Friday, June 8th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I made it just in time for the sale tax holiday for hurricane prep supplies. It’s over now but that shouldn’t stop you from making sure you have enough supplies to get you through another hurricane season. If Irma taught us anything it pays to have the most important items ready to go like a generator, food and water, and anything that uses batteries like weather radios, fans and lights. I was without power for eight days and let me tell you, opening that fridge and freezer? Nasty!

But on the plus site that fridge has never been cleaner. I [More]

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Kicks Off Friday

  • 4:03 am Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Hurricane season 2018 didn’t wait until the official start date of June 1st; Alberto dumped plenty of rain on the bay area leading to some flooding and minor power outages. But if you were caught without backup of some sort you may not have learned a lesson from last year when Hurricane Irma devastated so much of Florida. It’s time to stock up and tax advantage of the sales tax holiday which runs from June 1st-June 7th and covers a wide range of items. We can show you the complete list here along with items that are not [More]

Thank You

  • 9:17 am Sunday, May 27th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

It’s hard to acknowledge you’re not Wonder Woman, not even close. But we’re about to wrap up Lupus Awareness Month and it’s a good time to touch base with you on how things are going. The monthly Benlysta infusions are actually going quite well. But it’s those darn side effects. Benlysta is not kind to the immune system, so my two go-rounds with upper respiratory infections are part of the deal so far. But I know I’m not alone, it’s been a rough flu and cold season for everyone. But for anyone who has an auto-immune disease like Lupus [More]

Plunging Into Gelatin For The Children’s Cancer Center

  • 4:28 am Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

I’ve done it myself. It’s a rather unforgettable experience! Sliding into a massive pool filled with cold gelatin. Now why would someone do that? One very good reason – in support of the Children’s Cancer Center. Heading down that slippery slide this year representing Cox Media Group Tampa is Mika Rotunda with a serious fund raising goal of $5,000. So why should you dip into the checking account? One reason. One day, it may be your family needing the loving support of the Children’s Cancer Center.

The Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa was founded by Mac and Cecile Burnett, [More]

New Pets Of The Week From The Suncoast Animal League

  • 6:24 am Friday, April 27th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Welcome to a look at the new pets of the week from the Suncoast Animal League! Our first little guy is extra special. Here’s his story direct from Suncoast;

Andy is a very special pup to us. After surviving Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, our friends from Mi Pequeño Albergue sent him to Suncoast Animal League to begin a new life. Now it’s time to find him a forever home. He is a 3.5-year-old mixed breed with shorty legs who weighs 20 lbs. The quickest way to describe his personality is to say that he is very low maintenance. He’s a quiet dog, [More]

A New Perspective On Surviving Cancer

  • 5:39 am Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Talk with any cancer survivor and you’ll hear a different perspective on surviving cancer from each one. But when you talk with a doctor that’s the cancer survivor it’s a different sort of perspective.  Dr. John Poothullil, FRCP and author of Surviving Cancer: A New Perspective on Why Cancer Happens & Your Key Strategies for a Health Life was diagnosed some six years ago. There’s no easy answer to why someone is diagnosed or what may have been the cause,. For instance, you may have seen a story recently on the possible connection between coffee and cancer or another on fast [More]

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]