Wellness Wednesday: The Best Low-Calorie Cocktails

By Maureen Mariano Nothing says, “Happy Holidays!” like a bottle of booze. Family gatherings, parties with friends and intimate dinners — it’s going to be hard escaping alcoholic temptations this season. Instead of feeling guilty for downing high-calorie drinks, sip in moderation and try out these tasty cocktails, each under 200 calories. Cheers!  1. Champagne According to LiveStrong.com, a glass of champagne is one of … Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: The Best Low-Calorie Cocktails

Fashion Friday: One Shoe, Four Ways: The Classic Black Bootie

By Maureen Mariano The days of wearing open-toe shoes have long been over. As the weather continues to drop, now is the perfect time to invest in a pair of weather-appropriate shoes that you can wear to any casual outing or holiday event. Our choice: the classic black bootie. These bad boys are comfortable, stylish and go with almost every outfit. Although there are so … Continue reading Fashion Friday: One Shoe, Four Ways: The Classic Black Bootie

Music Monday: Must-See Concert Fails

By Maureen Mariano Although this four-day homecoming weekend has been nothing short of amazing, it doesn’t change the fact that today is still our least favorite day of the week. To cure the Monday Blues, we’ve compiled five of the most epic concert fails to remind you that music artists aren’t always as badass as they seem, and, in that moment of failure, our mediocre … Continue reading Music Monday: Must-See Concert Fails

Swamp Talk: Best Fall Date Ideas

By Maureen Mariano Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the heat can’t continue in the fall! Whether you want to impress your newfound crush or try something new with your longtime beau, we’ve rounded up six of this season’s most romantic and fun date ideas to heat things up as the weather finally cools down in North Central Florida. 1. Attend a Fall Festival … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Best Fall Date Ideas

Swamp Talk: Cozy Up Your Room for Fall on a Budget

By Maureen Mariano In addition to baking my favorite fall foods and hunting for last-minute Halloween costumes, one of my favorite activities in October is redecorating my bright summer-themed room — furnished with plastic pink dahlias and white daisies resting in mason jars — to a warm and cozy one that’s perfect for fall. Despite what many people may think, it doesn’t take a lot of … Continue reading Swamp Talk: Cozy Up Your Room for Fall on a Budget

Fashion Friday: One Piece, Four Ways: Your Favorite Flannel Shirt

By Maureen Mariano I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I once thought flannel shirts were ugly (I blame Paul Bunyan). But, boy, was I wrong! More than a century after Hamilton Carhartt invented the first flannel shirt, many women have fallen in love with the patterned long-sleeve and anxiously await its comeback each year. Guilty. I’ve even dubbed my flannel shirt — designed with … Continue reading Fashion Friday: One Piece, Four Ways: Your Favorite Flannel Shirt