Ivanhoe Village Getting Two New Signs

WorksScapes has put in a request for a Major Certificate of Appearance Approval for 2 new High-Rise Signs Totaling 134 sq ft on their building at 1173 N. Orange Ave (MAP) in Ivanhoe Village.

All aspects of the new signs meet current sign codes. 

The change decreases the size of their company name and tops it with a 2-tone “W.”

Join me on a Big Sky adventure in Helena, Montana

Montana is known as ‘big sky country’ and is nicknamed the treasure state, and starting next weekend you can join me on a journey to discover some of those treasures.

Although I usually cover the Central Florida attractions, I love to venture beyond the Sunshine State and share my travels to places from Canada to the Caribbean. This time around, I’m visiting Helena, Montana, where I’ll explore the cultural side of the city. Montana is a place of beauty, and I’ll most certainly be soaking that in, but I’ll also be immersing myself in the city’s history, art, and music.

Sampler of Helena, Montana, adventures

My trip reports will start next weekend, but here’s a sneak peek at some of the experiences I’ll be sharing:

Symphony Under the Stars: Each year, the Helena Symphony Orchestra plays on outdoor concert that draws a crowd of 15,000+ who stake out spots a day in advance to hear the music and marvel at the fireworks finale. Next weekend I’ll witness the show firsthand. It’s got a Broadway theme for 2016, with music from shows like “Wicked” and “Les Miserables.”

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts: Brickmaker Archie Bray created this foundation back in 1951, and its on the National Register of Historic Places. Nestled in the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain foothills, it’s a gathering place for artists who work in the ceramic medium. You can learn more about it in the video below:

The Montana Historical Museum: Although I’ve traveled out west quite a bit, Montana is a new state for me. I’m looking forward to learning more about its rich history at the museum.

The Holter Museum of Art: In addition to its modern art exhibition, this museum provides a place for the community to learn about art, including hands on programs.

4Cathedral of St. Helena: This magnificent cathedral dates back to the early 1900s. It was completed in 1918 and restored in the 1930s after a devastating earthquake. One of its notable features is its stained glass windows, which were imported from Bavaria, one of which its pictured at right. The cathedral underwent a large scale renovation in 2002 and is currently open for tours in addition to still functioning as a house of worship.

Tizer Botanic Gardens: Nature plays a big role in Montana’s beauty, and Tizer Botanic Gardens is a spot to soak it in. Tizer features rose, herb, vegetable, begonia and wildflower gardens, along with a gazebo and a secret garden on the banks of Prickley Pear Creek.

Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour: While much of my visit will center around art and culture, no trip to Montana is complete without marveling at the mountains and a chance to spot the region’s diverse wildlife. I’ll get that opportunity on the Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour.

That’s just a small sampling of the adventures that lie ahead in Helena, Montana, visit my blog starting next weekend for photos, videos, and full reports of my adventures discovering the treasures of the American west.


SRP: All Aboard!

When: Friday, June 10, 2016 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: West Oaks Branch at West Oaks – Meeting Room 1

Chugga-chugga choo-choo, all aboard! Become a conductor and join us for trainloads of stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. #preschool #srpkids

Panera Vegetable Soup

Panera Vegetable Soup from thelittlekitchen.net

Can we just all agree that soup heals the body and the soul? I feel like soup when I’m sick or even when I’m having a bad day. Soup heals all, right? I eat soup all year long…it doesn’t matter how hot it is. I think the craving for soup when I’m sick comes from my childhood, probably yours too right? My mom would make us a good chicken and rice soup when we were sick.

I have been dealing with some crazy health issues for the last few months. I wrote a little bit about it when I shared these chicken wings. I ended up not having an upper endoscopy but a bronchoscopy because a CT scan showed a lot of pneumonia going on in my lungs. And then 6 weeks ago, I ended up in the hospital.

I have a huge appreciation for nurses, nurses who go above and beyond every day. And I have a greater appreciation for what it’s like to be a patient in a hospital. This was my first time in the hospital and my first time in an ER. You don’t know how it is until you experience it, it’s one of those things and until you understand how to navigate pushing the button to get the nurses’ attention, asking for medications including pain medications.

When I was in the hospital, they told me it would take a full two months before I would get a definitive answer on what I have…on what was causing my persistent cough and trouble breathing. And now, we’re almost six weeks in and the medications they gave me are working. Thank goodness for that. Sorry for being cagey about what I have…I will probably share once I get word they are 100% sure.

When Curtis took me home from the hospital after my bronchoscopy procedure, he went to Panera to pick up soup and sourdough rolls for me. He came home with a cup of of their Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto. Besides their broccoli cheddar soup, their garden vegetable soup is one of my favorites!

It has so much flavor and and it’s so soothing! I have been wanting to make a homemade or copycat version at home for some time now!

Click to continue reading and for the recipe!

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Dating a man in debt

dating man in debt

Dear Michelle Valentine,

I am a professional working career girl, with a great apartment and a nice car. I have a little bit of money in my savings account, and I don’t spend money foolishly.

The problem is, I’m dating a guy who is in debt. He has so many great qualities, but his money problems really scare me! Should I continue seeing him?

Andrea, Orlando

Dear Andrea,

The issue isn’t the dollar amount he has in the bank, but his attitude toward money.

Questions to ask yourself… then ask him as a casual conversation:

Is he in debt because he recently graduated from law school…

or because he just took a one-month “vacation” to the Bahamas?

Is it because he just isn’t making much money at this point in life…

or does he spend every dollar from his paycheck on partying?

Is he aspiring to have a fantastic earning…

or does he simply not have the desire to advance himself?

Delving into the money issue is not shallow; it is smart.

As the saying goes, “Money can’t buy you love, but love doesn’t pay the bills.”


What are your opinions on this subject?

What are your thoughts on dating someone in debt, when you are not?

Have you experienced this situation with a mate? If so, how did you deal with it?

I’d love to hear your responses!

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember, do your best to share as much detail as you can because thousands of fabulous individuals come here each week for insight and inspiration.

What you have to say may just be what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough in their life!

Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments box below.

Thank you so very much for reading, watching, commenting, and especially… sharing your personal thoughts. Your kindness and generosity are like vitamins for the heart!

With so much love and appreciation,


Michelle Valentine

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