This is a quick announcement about a cool event that kicks off today. ECO.lution is an annual event that takes place here in Tampa to encourage everyone to make green and sustainable choices.
This year marks the third annual ECO.lution event and it consists of three difference events:
The ECO.expo will feature displays from a wide variety of green product manufacturers, local businesses, design firms, local schools and government organizations. The main goal is sharing information about the products and programs to help the general public and design professionals be more sustainable. Read More →
For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking out the Saturday Morning Market here in St. Petersburg. The market has been going strong since 2002 and is an awesome place to go and shop for a variety of different items. It’s also nice to get out and support small businesses and farms from the area. Read More →
The main reason I decided to migrate down to Florida is because I am a sucker for tropical climates. I love palm trees, warm weather, and beaches more than anything. While Hawaii is the perfect place for this, I didn’t want to return to the high cost of living that Honolulu had to offer.
After doing a few cost of living checks, I learned the most of Florida is relatively affordable. However, it wasn’t until the other day when my girlfriend and I were grocery shopping that the cost of living difference between here and Hawaii really hit me. Read More →
Over the past few weeks, I have received a handful of emails on the topic of lifestyle design. Specifically, a few people asked me what lifestyle design actually means. Instead of coming up with a short definition, I decided to put together a post that answers that question in detail.
In a nutshell, lifestyle design is all about creating your own design and plan for life. You start by asking yourself some basic questions such as:
- What do you want to accomplish in your life?
- What is important to you?
- Where do you want to live?
- What do you want to spend your time doing?
Once you have a good understanding of what you want out of life, you then design a lifestyle to suit your needs. Last but not least, you create a plan to make it happen. Read More →
Since switching over to a natural diet, I have been spending a lot more time checking out various places to get fresh produce and organic products. This past weekend I went and checked out Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, which is an awesome little farm located in Tampa.
I enjoyed the farm and market so much that I wanted to do a quick review of it and help spread the word. Read More →
Of all the places I have visited in Florida, Honeymoon Island State Park is currently my favorite. Not only is the beach amazing, but you can also hike through the tropical landscape and see all sorts of different things.
The two-mile hike takes you on a loop throughout the island where you can see all different types of wildlife. Osprey (a huge bird) seem to be everywhere and there are also a few Bald Eagles in the park. And who would have thought the park is also home to a ton of armadillos.
Besides hiking, you can also spend time on the beach swimming, snorkeling, and shelling. Not a bad place to spend a day out in the sun. Read More →
While I was out hiking on Honeymoon Island, I stumbled across an armadillo along the trail. I was pretty surprised to see one here in Florida. For some reason, I never pictured armadillos hanging out under palm trees.
Weird thing is, I lived in Texas for six months without seeing one even though they are very common there. The first time out on a hike here in Florida I ran right into one. Weird.
As it turns out, the nine-banded armadillos are common here in Florida. They are not native to the state but were introduced here in the early 1900’s. They now live throughout the state and can be found wherever there is dense ground cover (read more facts here).
I’ve never seen an armadillo in person before and was pretty amazed by the creature. It sort of looks like the result we might see if the Easter bunny hooked up with a rhino. Read More →