Fourteen-Year-Old Activist Jahkil Johnson Inspires Youth and Supplies Blessing Bags to Homeless
Activist and actor Jahkil Johnson believes youth are more than capable of making this world a better place. Jahkil at age 10 meeting Obama.Photo Submitted by Adrianna Solomon. When Jahkil Johnson (14) was five years old, he didn't know homeless people existed. "I thought everyone had houses," Jahkil honestly told me on a Saturday afternoon via Zoom. But after accompanying his aunt to pass out chili to Chicago’s homeless, Jahkil discovered the cold truth that not everyone had a home, and this harsh reality stuck.Read full story
Beauty Spa Owner and Esthetician, Stephanie Gombrelli, Offering Eyebrow Art (Free to Chemotherapy Patients)
Florida Detox Beauty Spa continues to aid the community and expand beauty/wellness services. A before and after pic of one of Stephanie's microblading clients.Photo submitted by Stephanie Gombrelli.Read full story
I'm a Busy Parent (Who Stops and Watches Birds)
How I try to be less busy and spend more time together as a family. (Sometimes you just have to watch the birds instead of fixing their cage.) Two kids look out the window.Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash.Read full story
Naomi Shanti, Owner of Ocala’s Alchemy Tattoo and Fine Art, Checks in about Healing and Transformation
Ocala resident, Naomi Shanti has created art for over 13 years and tattooed for almost four. Read on to learn her inspiring entrepreneurial story involving art, ink, and community endeavors.Read full story
Marine Corps Veteran, Rose Barnes Provides Food-Inspired Candles and Light with Her Ocala Biz: Ruthless Wax
Marine Corps Veteran, Rose Barnes of Ocala, FL, worked as an armorer for Homeland Security Solutions before starting her Ocala biz: Ruthless Wax, which sells food-inspired candles.Read full story
5 Kid-Friendly Ocala Spaces to Get Parents Through the School Week
Seeking fun Ocala places to get you and your kiddos through the school week? From drive-thru eats to local pet stores, these 5 Ocala spaces give parents and kids a well-needed boost!Read full story
5 Reasons Why Getting a Crown at Ocala Dental Care Was a Relaxing Experience
Ocala Dental Care provided a truly relaxing experience for this Ocala mom of two. Read on to find out why. A snapshot of the outside of Ocala Dental CarePhoto by the author. Let's be honest, getting a crown isn't an experience you'd commonly associate with "relaxing." But after going through this process at Ocala Dental Care, I left not only with a spankin' new tooth but a feeling of rejuvenation.Read full story
The S. Stanley Malever Nature Park Offers Serene Ocala Views and a Peaceful Playground All in One
If you're looking for a serene nature-filled place to unplug in Ocala, the S. Stanley Malever Park is it!. The playground at the Stanley Malever Park in Ocala, FL.Photo by the author.Read full story
Stephanie Cudnik, Ocala Mom of 4 and Owner of Steph's Sweets Boutique, Beautifully Customizes Cookies and More
Stephanie Cudnik, the owner of Steph's Sweets Boutique, has the products to cure any sweet tooth. Read on to learn this Ocala resident's story. Stephanie Cudnik, Owner of Steph's Sweet Boutique in Ocala, FL,Photo submitted by Stephanie Cudnik.Read full story
Carver Park in Ocala, FL: A low-key playground that will entertain your kiddo (for at least an hour).
Carver Park in Ocala, FL, is a low-key community park where kids enjoy the playground, field, and walking park nearby. The playground at Carver Park in Ocala, FL.Photo by the author.Read full story
Get Your Wiggles Out at the Active Jervey Gantt Park in Ocala, FL!
The 63-acre Jervey Gantt Parkin Ocala, FL, is a fabulous space, offering two play structures, swings, shady trees, walking paths, adult exercise equipment, a nearby dog park, and more. Read on to learn how you can get your wiggles out at Jervey Gantt!Read full story
Ocala Mompreneur Rocks Ice and Powder Tie-Dyeing Biz: TMP Custom Creations
Find out how dyeing cloth for cross-stitching projects led to a powder and tie-dyeing biz for Trish Perez, Ocala mom of 3. Trish and her daughter, InaraBelle. (Trish is wearing an ice-dyed shirt.)Haylee Andrus.Read full story
Apple Island Resort in South Hero, VT: A family-friendly camping resort with exquisite lake Champlain views.
Apple Island Resort in South Hero, VT, is a top-notch camping experience for families with beautiful Lake Champlain views. The view of Apple Island Resort on Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT.Photo by the author.Read full story
The Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT: Teaching Kids Anthrolopogy, Biology, Physics, and More!
How do you teach a toddler anthropology, biology, and physics? The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT, has you covered. Two boys playing on a light shadow table at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT.Photo by the author.Read full story
Maxine Hunter, Urban Horticulture Extension Agent, Gets Real About the University of Florida's/IFAS Community Offerings
After taking my preschoolers to a gardening class at Sholom Park in Ocala, Florida, I checked in with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extention Manager, Maxine Hunter, who educates Ocala's youth and Seniors about sustainability.Read full story
5 Places to Celebrate July's National Chicken Wing Day with Style in Ocala, FL
We've got the scoop on where to find chicken wings in Ocala, Florida. I'm psyched that National Chicken Wing Day on Thursday, July 29th is right around the corner. What? you've never heard of this "holiday"? I swear, it's for real. Buffalo, NY Mayor Stan Makowski established Chicken Wing Day in 1977 to celebrate Buffalonians' abilities to eat "thousands of pounds" of restaurant chicken wings each week.Read full story
We RVed from Ocala, FL to Bondville, VT with Kids: Here's our ultimate traveling guide with tips, tricks, and lodging.
RVing from Ocala, FL, to Bondville, VT, with two kids under 6, was an unforgettable adventure. But due to prepping, taking our time, and stopping at KOAs along the way, a good time!Read full story
The Flood Brook School Playground in Londonderry, VT: This Unique Small-Town Playground Offers a BIG Bang!
"My girls call it the "bumpy bumpy" slide. It's a mandatory stop every time we're in the area." - Charlotte Foss, mom of playground attendees. The massive slide at the Flood Brook School Playground in Londonderry, VT.Photo by the author.Read full story
My Family Stopped at Billy T’s Northside Dairy Bar in Bennington, VT, and it was a Nostalgic, Refreshing Experience!
I have been visiting Billy T's for years and am so glad I was able to share the experience with my two hungry sons. A Cowboy Burger at Billy T's in Bennington, VT.Photo by the author.Read full story
Ocala-based Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses Brings Comfort, Hope, and Education Through Reading and Therapy
Debbie Garcia-Bengocheam, Co-founder of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses in Ocala, FL, checks in with Newsbreak. A young reader reads with Circus, one of Gentle Carousel's Miniature Horses.Submitted by Debbie Garcia-Bengochea.Read full story