In June we told you one of the two old Yum Yum Cupcake trucks were parked in the same Waterford Lakes shopping center parking lot along with Sweet by Holly. We didn’t know what was up.
In August it was revealed Sweet by Holly had purchased the entirety of the Yum Yum Company, including their two iconic trucks.
And now in November, we can provide your first look at the first newly wrapped Sweet by Holly Cupcake Truck. There is one more n the way, as seen here in these photos.


To celebrate Shark Week the Sensarie team has put together an interactive map of recorded Florida shark attacks from the early 1900’s to early 2016.
The shark attack data was sourced from the Global Shark Attack File (GSAF), compiled by the Shark Research Institute. Attacks date from early 1900’s to early 2016. The location of each attack is approximate and accuracy may vary.

Click on the shark to learn about each shark attack.

View the map here:


Florida summers. Yes, they are warm, no doubt, but like most places, Florida summers are laid-back, slower paced and relaxed. People are more inclined to take it easy while kids laugh, play and eat watermelon.

Have you ever noticed that summer has a certain scent? It’s clean, and hot – almost steamy, grassy and earthy. It has to do with the humidity and freshly cut grass and leaves, a kind of Florida “jungle smell”. And let’s not forget the sweet floral smells of jasmine and magnolia flowers. Or, my personal favorite, the salty smell of low tide.

There’s also a certain color to summer. I see pastel-colored Hibiscus, Crape Myrtles and Oleanders. I see vibrant Bougainvilleas, majestic red, yellow and orange Poincianas, Frangipanis in tropical tones and delicate, bright purple Jacarandas. At sunset I see many of the same colors in the clouds and sky before it fades to lavender then gray then blue and black. And when I venture out after dark I see Night Blooming Cereus (see picture) dangling from spindly cactus crawling up Florida’s Sabal Palms.

What I love the most about summer is the daily rainstorm that quenches the flora’s thirst and cools the earth with heavy downpours. Watching a summer rain roll in from a screened-in porch is one of the greatest joys of Florida living.

Even smelling rain on its way, or feeling an incoming cool summer breeze as the rains begin is a classic authentic Florida moment.  As the dark menacing clouds approach, the booming sound of thunder and fantastic displays of lightning entertain us more than any motion picture – and it’s live and free.

No matter how you spend your summer, or where, it’s your time to find yourself where the living is easy. Tell me what you love most about your summer.  I’d love to hear from you.


Growing up, our home was on an island just across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. (Yep, I know, lucky me.)

During my adolescence, we lived in a run-down pink cypress rental cottage. Every evening we watched the sunset, ate dinner and listened to the waves gently wash onto the beach.

As an island kid I was always playing outside. And as kids often do, I would get a scrape or a cut or a bruise, maybe poison ivy, or a bee sting. Even when I came down with a cold, my mother always said:

“Go jump in the Gulf and it will be fine.”

Simple as that.

And I knew that at a young age, if I had any ailment, I needed to go for a swim. Immerse myself in salt water, and everything would go away. And it did.

Saltwater, or saline, has been a home remedy for many things, and is widely used in health care. I’m no doctor, but I’ve seen the results. Sore throats, sinus infections, head colds, tooth aches are just a few of the common ailments that can be soothed with saltwater.

But does this saltwater therapy really work? I’ve heard that salt draws moisture from bacteria and any swollen tissues – thus relieving inflammation. It not only destroys bacteria, it prevents it from growing.

And saltwater is also nourishment for the soul. A simple morning swim is not only great exercise, but it revitalizes and energizes our core being. Or even the simple practice of floating in the water can deepen relaxation. Head partially immersed, arms out stretched makes me let “it all go”, one moment at a time, without a care to the world.

Just being near the water can be therapeutic. Like many Floridians, I find that going to the beach is like meditation. Gazing at the water while sitting in my beach chair, walking by the water’s edge, or just doing “nothing” centers me. I call it Florida’s “chicken soup for the soul”.

There’s no doubt in my mind, that since the Florida peninsula is surrounded by saltwater, we have a lot of healing potential. No matter where in this state you live, you are within a couple of hours of salt water.

Florida really does seem to have it all. So just jump right in! You’ll feel so much better.

At least that’s what mom says.

(Photo: Robin’s mom, Beth Arthur)