Some People Live In Paradise

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I grew up in paradise – and I didn’t appreciate it one bit until I left.  So I sure do love to come back!


Hi, Miami!


I’m in town for a series of Operation Beautiful events at FIU and University of Miami.  I flew out of Charlotte early yesterday morning (up at 4 AM, flight at 5:45, delayed on runaway for two hours – grrr!) and did two events at different branches of FIU.  The FIU events went really well – the students were really engaged.

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I was so exhausted from my day of travel that I found myself napping on the floor of my rental minivan before one of the events.  It was a solid sleep, considering that my face was mashed up against a seatbelt.


After the second event, I drove back to my old neighborhood (Kendall, for the locals) and arrived at my oldest-bestest friend Lisette’s house.  It was so nice to see Lisette and Danny again.  They recently went on vacation to Las Vegas, and we stayed up way too late looking at their vacation pictures.  I always like looking at their vacation pictures because they are huge foodies and take pictures of everything they eat.  The weirdest/coolest thing they ate was a chocolate stout cake with bacon crispies on top.  They said it was really good – I’ll have to take their word for it. 😉


After an absolutely epic sleep (ELEVEN HOURS), I woke up to a quiet, empty house.  Lisette and Danny both have to work today, but it works out because I have a ton of article-writing to catch up on.  I don’t mind in the slightest because their backyard looks like this:


The only problem was my computer cord wasn’t long enough to reach the table.  Easily solved by bringing out a few TV tables – there is NO WAY that I’m going to sit inside and work when their backyard looks like that.


Further proof they live in paradise – they have a Keurig.


And a fridge filled with delicious food!




You’ve got to check out this blog post and Facebook page.  Two parents, in an effort to instill creativity and wonder in their children, pose their girls’ toy dinosaurs in crazy situations each night – and wait for their daughters to discover the dinosaurs in the morning.  They’ve told the girls that the dinosaurs come to life every night throughout November.  And the results are hysterical.




Isn’t that great?  I totally want to do something like this with Henry when he’s older. He’d love it.  Kind of reminds me of the Elf on the Shelf tradition.


Off to work / take writing breaks to jump in the pool.  Stay tuned because there’s a really awesome giveaway going up this afternoon.


Happy Friday!



  • SuperCutePetContest November 15, 2013, 10:54 am

    Man, some parents are so creative! I would have never thought to do that. Enjoy your time in paradise!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 15, 2013, 10:56 am

    What an awesome place to work for the day! It makes our snow flurries seem even sadder & colder…brrrr…… 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  • Janelle November 15, 2013, 11:18 am

    Wow; I hope I’m that cool when I have kids!

  • Rebecca November 15, 2013, 11:36 am

    Everybody’s got a different paradise. My parents lived in Jacksonville for a few years and would never go back to FL. Unless it was just to visit, or for my dad to run a special marathon. Hah. I don’t think I could ever live somewhere that didn’t get at least a little bit of snow for a few months out of the year. And I’m not a heat&humidity/beach kind of person.
    I don’t use our Keurig much, but my parents do. My dad thought it was going to be a waste of money when my mom bought one, but it hasn’t been. My sister has a mini one that she uses a lot, especially now that it’s cold outside. But it only takes a certain size cup/mug. My mom’s office has one, with a giant stock of tea and coffee and stuff in the cabinet underneath. Crazy!

    • Megan November 17, 2013, 8:04 am

      My husband grew up in FL and is so happy to live in Missouri now! The main thing he misses is the ability to go to Gator games regularly.

  • Sara November 15, 2013, 12:15 pm

    My husband had to go to Miami for work about two years ago and I went with him. I miss it. The weather was AWESOME and the fruit was so FRESH. And I LOVE palm trees…

  • Katie November 15, 2013, 1:21 pm

    I was born and raised in Miami. Coconut Grove to be exact! I definitely did NOT appreciate it while I was there, but once I moved away for college and grad school (to South Bend, IN…I know), I realized how blessed I was to have such an awesome hometown! Growing up in Miami was difficult for me because I was surrounded by such wealthy and physically “flawless” people, especially during my insecure teen years. But I’ve learned to appreciate the culture and I miss Miami a lot! Enjoy your time there! Get some Cuban food ASAP!

    P.S. I see Operation Beautiful notes all around Notre Dame’s campus! Any chance you can schedule a trip here sometime soon?

    • Caitlin November 15, 2013, 1:23 pm

      I feel exactly the way you feel about Miami 🙂

      I’d love to come out – if you want to connect me with someone at Student Health or the Counseling Center, maybe I can make it work.

  • Melissa November 15, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Great house! I love their K-cup collection! Yum.

  • Marni November 15, 2013, 7:11 pm

    So happy you were able to return back to Miami 🙂 Love that idea with the play toys! how creative!

  • Steph November 15, 2013, 11:39 pm

    My favourite tradition is that we all had to meet in my parents bedroom on Christmas morning. We weren’t allowed to look at the tree or stockings or Santa would make them disappear.! unniest moment ever, the first year my brother in law came over for Christmas and my mom made him sit on the foot of the bed too. HIS FACE! Priceless. Then we all walk in order or age to see the tree. Too funny.

  • Megan November 17, 2013, 8:08 am

    The Elf on the Shelf really weirds me out so I’m not going to read that dinovember piece… I mean, really, is it not enough that we bribe our kids to be good bc Santa is coming but now we are telling our kids someone is in the house actually watchin them and then having “proof” that they are in the house? No thank you! (I have plenty of friends that do this but I just can’t get on board with it!)

  • Jolene ( November 18, 2013, 1:14 pm

    You really did grow up in paradise … I often wonder why my parents didn’t move out of my city after experiencing the winters here … I sort of wish they would have!

  • Kulasa November 30, 2013, 12:24 am

    Hi there!am glad I found my way here 🙂 your health recipes are inspiring and I love your sweet thoughts. Their backyard looks like paradise indeed 🙂

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