The 2nd Annual 10 Days of Nonviolent Event

 

The 2nd Annual 10 Days of Nonviolent Event is starting this week.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an important movement.  If we could all, just for 10 days, or a week, or a day, or an hour, or even a moment, still the rage, quiet the beast within, and find peace, nonviolence, and calm….what would our world look like then?

Please share this with anyone you know that may find refuge in an hour of safe, peaceful comfort. No judgment.  No opinion.  Just chill.

Namaste!

 

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Yoga In Plymouth!

JOIN ME IN PLYMOUTH THIS FALL!

Offered through the City of Plymouth, Community Recreation Programs

 

Restorative Yoga Series

What’s so great about Restorative Yoga? The experience of facilitated conscious relaxation brings the nervous system to a parasympathetic state that helps to achieve a deeper sleep at night. Just 15-20 minutes of conscious relaxation is as beneficial as three hours of sleep. Other measurable results obtained during deep relaxation can include: lowering of blood pressure, increased “good cholesterol” levels, reductions in belly fat, digestion improvements, lowering blood sugar levels, reduction of muscle tension and general fatigue. Learn how to get into “rest and digest mode” deeply and completely in this gentle, nurturing series. Great for all experience levels. Bring a mat and your favorite blanket.

  • Mondays 7:00 – 8:15 pm
  • Starts September 23rd, runs through November 11th
  • Parkers Lake Park, 15205 County Road 6, Plymouth MN
  • Activity # 35441-01
  • Plymouth Residents: $96
  • Non-Residents:            $105

Yin Yoga Series

The practice of Yin Yoga is a slow and restorative style that involves relaxing the body right up to ones’ healthy edge, really feeling into each and every part of the body, especially any areas of pain. When we breathe in deeply while our bodies are outstretched, we are able to release tension. This process results in feeling more balanced and less restless, giving back more strength and energy than it takes away. Great for people who stand all day, are tense, inflexible, or experience anxiety. Bring a mat and your favorite blanket.

  • Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:15 pm
  • Starts September 24rd, runs through November 12th
  • Parkers Lake Park, 15205 County Road 6, Plymouth MN
  • Activity # 35440-01
  • Residents: $96
  • Non-Residents:            $105

 

Essentially Good Gift Making

The ultimate workshop to create handmade gifts that are useful, healthful and fun using doTerra essential oils! During this workshop participants can make lotions and sensuous bath goodies, jewelry and ornaments. Handmade gifts for your favorite people (and pets!). In addition, you’ll walk away with an increased understanding about the positive impact that essential oils can have on your wellbeing. Three gifts are included in the workshop. All materials are provided. Additional gifts can be made for $4 to $6 each.

  • Thursday November 14th
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Activity #35442-01
  • Residents $24
  • Non-Residents $28
  • Parkers Lake Park, 15205 County Road 6, Plymouth MN

Please register for all offerings directly through the City of Plymouth, either by calling 763-509-5200 or registering online: https://plyregister.plymouthmn.gov/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html

NOTE:

  • Resident Registration: Registration begins Wednesday, August 7 at 6 a.m. online and 10 a.m. via phone/in person for Plymouth residents.
  • Non-Resident Registration: Registration for non-residents begins Wednesday, August 14 at 6 a.m. online and 10 a.m. via phone/in person

Thank you for reading my post. Sign up and join me!  I share information about all kinds of products, places, services and experiences I’ve found to be exceptionally great, or exceptionally not great under my “Whats New” blog category—along with many of my own handy little DIY ideas. And I EVEN let you know about things I’m up to, like offering programs through the City of Plymouth!  If you like what you see and want to see more, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again, and Namaste!

 

 

PR’s Wellness Workshops, Minneapolis MN

Workshops designed to bring people to a deeper awareness about their health and wellness—and choices. I’m living proof that we can effect positive change in ourselves at any time in our lives. It’s never too late! Please join me for these fun, educational sessions.  Each month covers physical, mental and emotional aspects of the topic, along with games, challenges, laughter and good clean fun.

Being a doTERRA Director/Wellness Advocate and Certified Yoga Instructor, I’m passionate about helping others become their best selves, and strongly believe we can achieve great things through focused, informed, self-care.

Each workshop explores the world of essential oils and their amazing healing properties, combined with experiencing the life changing power of meditation, and gentle movement through Yoga.

Please reserve your spot at least 7 days prior to the workshop date.

Summer Time Thursday Evenings 6:45pm – 8:45pm

        • August 15th – Feelin’ Groovy
        • September 12th – Skintastic

Fall Saturday Mornings 10:00am – 12:00 noon

        • October 12th — De-Stressing Holidays
        • November 9th — Essential Gift Making

Contact me directly for workshop costs, details, location and to secure your reservation.  I look forward to seeing you at the next one!

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YOGA AT THE TEMPLE!

Take a drive out to the Hindu Temple of Minnesota and join me for an hour of Yoga. All are welcome and invited! Enjoy the peace and serenity of their beautiful facility amidst lush farmland. It’s a wonderful place to get in touch with your true soul self, find a new sense of harmony and balance through Yin.  The class schedule changes from month to month on various Tuesday and Thursday evenings. My next Yummy Yin class is:

  • Thursday September 5th 7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm.
  • Thursday September 19th 7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm

We move around from inside to outside depending on the weather, so come a little early to give time to find us! Bring your own mat, blocks and blanket if you have them.  There are limited props available at the Temple.

This is a donation based class, a $10 offering is suggested, benefitting the Hindu Temple.Located on the outskirts of Maple Grove, not far off of 94 and County Road 30.

10530 Troy Lane

Maple Grove MN 55311

Thank you for reading my post. I share information about all kinds of products, places, services and experiences I’ve found to be exceptionally great under my “Whats New” blog category—along with many of my own handy little DIY ideas. And I EVEN let you know about things I’m up to, like teaching Yoga out at the Hindu Temple!  If you like what you see and want to see more, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

 

My Truth About Turmeric

Looking back at 2017, wow, most of it was a tough one. I had been living in a world of turmoil and hurt for what seemed like eternity. Truthfully, it had only been maybe eight months, but that was eight months too many for me.  Doctors were—um—well, we won’t get into that.  Physical Therapy was minimal. The dreadful constant inflammation and pain in my hip, back, neck and hands that was so severe, I couldn’t think straight, brought me down for the count.  I felt like I was in this horrible cloud that was sucking the life right out of me.  I was forgetting way too many things. I was depleted of energy.  I could hardly walk across my living-room floor let alone try to go anywhere else.  I seriously thought a life of mobility was soon going to be completely over.  I was sinking farther and farther down that dark hole of depression.

And then there was Turmeric.

After catching part of a talk show segment stating Turmeric/Curcumin was good for literally hundreds of ailments, I researched it, studied dozens and dozens of papers about it, and tried it.   It became an absolute miracle supplement for me.

Turmeric is a major anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and chronic disease fighter.   It neutralizes free radicals and stimulates the body to produce its own antioxidant enzymes.  Amazingly it can protect from and treat cancer and heart disease, arthritis, and has anti-aging properties.  It’s essential for brain health and memory retention, and is even said to reverse brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression.

Turmeric. The best kept secret in the world, right?  So I went “all in”.

After making Turmeric a regular part of my food program, I soon found myself not so far down the rabbit hole of pain. OF COURSE this wasn’t the only thing I was doing to try to heal myself, but it was a huge part of the routine.  It took about 30 days, then I noticed the cloud lifted and my memory improved…I mean dramatically.  Then as the days went on, the inflammation became more manageable, the pain decreased more and more.  I had more energy.  I started feeling motivated and capable of moving my body more.  My blood pressure holding steady at “perfect”.  It was practically a miracle.  Seriously.

And here I am today. Pain?  What pain?  I just completed Yoga Teacher Training.  I feel amazing.

Needless to say, Turmeric is now a part of my life forever. I grow it and harvest it whole, I buy both the powder and root at the store, and I often buy Turmeric Ginger tea at Whole Foods as a base for other “magical potions”.

What can a person put Turmeric in?

Well I think just about anything you want to! It’s pretty darn hard to “overdo it” with Turmeric.  You can use the powder spice or the root, and add to tea, roasted veggies, potatoes, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, soups, or anything you don’t mind turning “yellow”.  By molecular design, most of it passes through your system, especially in pill or tablet form.  I’m just not into taking pills. For me, I found the best way to help it absorb into my system is by including it in my food.  A lot of my food.  Does it taste weird?  Um, I’m not sure, I think I’m beyond noticing anything weird.  The benefits outweigh anything taste wise.  But when cooking with Turmeric, my dinner guests experience it too, and I’ve not gotten any complaints yet.

Here are some of the ways I use Turmeric that have made a phenomenal difference for me:

With ground Turmeric powder, I do this without fail:

  • One teaspoon added when I make my pot of morning coffee*
  • Sprinkled across my scrambled eggs and hash browns (once they’re done)
  • A Tablespoon mixed into my batch of brown rice or Quinoa
  • A Tablespoon mixed into my “bulk breakfast burrito” batter
  • A Tablespoon sprinkled onto my pizza (on the bottom mixed with the sauce when possible)
  • A couple Tablespoons mixed into a container of hummus
  • A couple Tablespoons mixed into a container of salsa
  • A couple Tablespoons in Spaghetti
  • A couple Tablespoons in Mac n Cheese dishes
  • A couple Tablespoons in Chili
  • A couple Tablespoons in Beef Stew

*I LOVE to also add Cardamom, Cinnamon, or Cayenne Pepper to my coffee for a change of pace and even more health benefits and taste!

You get the idea here—if it’s a red, orange or dark sauce based meal, Turmeric is added—usually towards the end so it is not cooked too long.

With whole Turmeric root I do something a little different. I make a lot of chicken or Miso based soups and typically always do this:

  • Grate a Tablespoon or two of fresh Turmeric AND Gingerroot into the soup
  • Grate one teaspoon of fresh Turmeric AND Gingerroot into a cup of tea or warm coconut milk
  • Grate one teaspoon of fresh Turmeric into Asian marinade recipes prior to stir-frying

Basically, whatever you feel comfortable about adding it to, you can. If you don’t like your food turning yellow-orange, then maybe hold off a bit—don’t throw some on your creamy white coleslaw.  But frankly, I’ve put it on that too, as well as steamed veggies, and salad.  And make sure you have plenty of Crest White Strips on hand!  The key is to listen to your body.  I love being pain free.  If I feel like I could use a little turmeric, I go for it.

But wait, there’s more!  The most awesome thing EVER has just happened through doTerra! 

I’ve spent the last few weeks trying out their newly launched CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) Turmeric Oil! This is absolutely the most exciting development yet from the wonderful people of doTerra.  They now provide the most pure, potent Turmeric oil available, and without the YELLOW!  My routine is making a change!

There are three very important reasons why this is so exiting and “better” than my regular routine.

  1. The molecular structure of Turmeric oil is super super tiny compared to that of the actual plant root powder or pills, so it is MUCH better able to be absorbed into the system and is super concentrated. Using less provides so much more!
  2. One little 15ml bottle of Turmeric oil holds approximately 260 drops, and it can go with me everywhere! There’s nothing worse than having a little container of Turmeric or Cayenne Pepper powder (or both, in my case) accidently open up in your purse when you are out in public.  Yes, it really sucked, and the poor people around me thought so too.
  3. IT’S NOT GOING TO STAIN EVERYTHING YELLOW!

I have migrated away from my routine coffee use of powder to doTerra Turmeric oil in the last few weeks and I still feel fabulous! It takes just one or two drops a day to rock my world.  And think of the money saved being able to back off on the Crest White Strips to brighten my Turmeric treated smile.   Now I just have to deal with the coffee. Hmmmm…. And probably red wine!

I am so extremely grateful for the changes I’ve experienced by incorporating Turmeric into my life! If you give it a try, I sincerely hope you find the same results are true for you too!  Please, if you have any potential medical conditions that could be negatively affected by Turmeric, approach usage with caution.  Informed self-care is important!  Always check with your Doctor first if you are unsure.  If you want to try Turmeric oil, please visit my website my.doterra.com/prbrady and order it there.  It will help us both!  Or reach out to me directly and I’ll be happy to assist you.

Thank you for reading my post. Have you had a similar experience?  I’d love to hear about it!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  I share information about all kinds of products, places, services and experiences I’ve found to be exceptionally great, or exceptionally not great under my “What’s New” blog category—along with many of my own handy little DIY ideas. If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

Florida Wine Frenzy

When in Rome…….or Florida….do as the natives do! I love Florida’s unique take on wine. One of the cool things about the Sunshine State is their array of winemakers in the business of creating extra yummy and very unique fruit wines.  They seem to be the masters of “not grape” fruit wines. I’m saying literally, wines made without grapes; instead, using any other type of a fruit, like strawberry, or mango, or banana, and even dragon fruit!

I’m not talking about the age old “Boones Farm” tasting wine, either. No, Florida fruit wines are amazingly delicious, interesting blends FF Orange2and infusions that hook you at the first sip.  Some present a delicate touch to the pallet, others boast a bold flavor, and others sneak up on you with a burst of sweetness, even a chocolate-coffee tingle on the tongue, one of my personal favorites.

A few Florida wineries also delve into some not so typical wines, like carrot, lemon, and tomato wine. They are not bashful about experimenting with new fruits, and it’s a good thing! Of course, the staple grape down south is the muscadine, since other varieties are so impossible to grow in the tropical climate.

One great place to experience unusual, authentic fruit wines is Bunker Hills WineryBunkerIt’s a drive to what you may think is the “middle of nowhere” (Parrish FL) but I promise it’s worth the effort.  Bunker Hills is an ERW (Environmentally Responsible Winery), which means a very long list of commitments that you can learn about on their amazing tours.  Their winemaking process is completely green, organic, and “old fashioned” to the degree of making their own distilled water, and racking small batch glass carboy bottles for months in a temperature controlled environment, then bottling in recycle bottles.  Their wines are extremely seasonal and produced in small batches as the fruit becomes ready to work, and they sell out in a blink of the eye!  I have so many favorites.  Their Peach Sparkling wine is at the top of my list.

FF DakotahIf you want to go for a relaxing, scenic drive just outside of the Ocala area, Dakotah Winery in Chieftain is a great destination day trip to enjoy beautifully produced “traditional” wines that rely more on the muscadine grape.  Lush green pastures, soft rolling hills, this is horse country, and home to super friendly winemakers with great tasting wines!  A couple of my favorites are Dakotah’s  Port—a rich warm hug that makes you smile, perfect on a cool evening, and their Blackberry dessert wine—–oh so robust and delicious! After wine tasting you can shop their retail area, or take a peek at the wood ducks that hang out in their koi pond.

On the back roads skirting the edge of Bradenton, you’ll find the peaceful Rosa Fiorelli FF Rosa1Vineyards.  While this winemaker doesn’t delve into fruit wines, I have to say, she produces some truly spectacular muscadine wines.  I think her secret is using Old World Sicilian recipes from her homeland.  She can almost always be found behind the counter serving up wine tastings, with her gregarious friendliness and charm. Fiorelli’s offers Italian Buffet Dinner Tours and Wine and Dine evening  events throughout the year.  Her reds with lasagna?  Oh so yummy!  She has perfected an amazing muscadine dessert wine that feels warm yet crisp on the tongue with just the right amount of sweetness.  Perfect to share on special occasions, paired with something utterly chocolate.  Ah, decadence!

FF Orange1You are in for a real treat with Florida Orange Groves Winery in Pasadena.  This is home to the original fruit winery of Florida, and is the only winery allowed to use the official Florida Sunshine Tree symbol on their packaging. They have perfected the art of fruit wine production and offer over 40 different flavors of tropical fruit wines to choose from.  I have three absolute favorites:   Cocoa Beach (orange chocolate wine) Midnight Sun (orange coffee wine) and Banana wine.  In addition to presenting an FF Smoothieamazing selection of wines, they sell wine in a pouch, and wine smoothie mixes that take wine drinking to a whole new level.  On top of all that, they have a gift shop that can put a person into long term debt!  They offer so many cool, fun, wine accessories, glassware and other gifty items–it’s downright dangerous.

 

The Florida Winery is definitely where the action is.  Located in Madeira Beach, iFF MadBeach1n the heart of touristy John’s Pass.  This is a high energy, high traffic wine stop for anyone looking for VOLUME deals on wine.  They provide mix and match volume discounts that bring their tasty fruit wines to about $11 a bottle, and smoothie mixes, too.  They produce over a dozen flavors of wine including a marvelous Pirates Mead (orange honey wine).  I’m also particularly fond of their Razi (Raspberry) and Powi (Pomegranate) wines.  You’ll find plenty of gifts and souvenirs to choose from, too.   Besides the wine tasting experience, you can purchase a glass of wine or a wine slushy “to go” and stroll the 10 block strip of retail shops with it.  Hmmmm, another dangerous idea if you ask me….and oh did I mention that directly above them upstairs is where Mad Beach Craft Brewery is located?  Get a burger and get your craft beer taste buds going!

Lake Placid is a great town to visit for several reasons, and if you decide to go, Hen Scratch Farms is a “must do” stop to include in your day.  Where else can you walk among a couple hundred free ranging chickens, pick your own strawberries, muscadines and scuppernogs, and sample amazing wines?  All this plus a country store that sells cute crafty stuff, jellies, jams and EGGS, and a treat stand that serves up amazing strawberry shortcake, and fresh picked chocolate covered….yup… STRAWBERRIES!  They offer an array of award winning grape based wines, indeed.   I sure gravitate to their Blueberry Port, but also delight in their Southern Magnolia and Red Rooster wines.

FF KeelGee, could it be more than a coincidence that Keel and Curley Winery regularly win awards for their Strawberry Fusion wine, and are located in Plant City—the strawberry capital of the world?  And how convenient that they are also home to Two Henry’s Brewery, the makers of “Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Stout”?  Yes, friends, this destination is the best of both worlds, wine and beer.  I’m sold on these two divine liquids, as well as their Sangria.  But there are many, many other taste sensations to experience.  It doesn’t hurt that you can order yourself a glass or bottle of your fave, grab some great food from their restaurant; Railcar 91, and sit down to live music on the weekend.  Yup, this is great day trip any day of the week that could last into the evening.

I could go on and on about Florida vineyards, as I’ve just scratched the surface with these seven. Perhaps it’s time to look at a Glamping experience with PR Brady AdVentures –we’ll create your own custom Florida wine tasting tour?  Trust me, it’s easy to get caught up in the Florida Fruit Wine Frenzy and I’m dialed in to the best destinations!

 

Thank you for reading my post. Have you had a similar experience?  I’d love to hear about it!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  I share information about all kinds of products, places and services I’ve found to be exceptionally great, or exceptionally not great under my “Whats New” blog category—along with many of my own handy little DIY ideas. If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

Cooped Up

It sure would be awesome to have unlimited disposable income! Sadly, I don’t fall into that category.  Lately I scrimp and scrounge to make ends meet.  Being the DIY freak that I am, I tend to save things for future possible re-use whenever I can, rather than go out and buy new. Coop2You never know when a piece of PVC, or 50 pieces of it, may come in handy.  I have bricks and sticks and lumber and glass and boxes and wire and steel and tape and…and… and….you get the picture.Coop1

It happens that I’ve had this giant chain link fence dog kennel for well over 15 years.  It was given to me by former neighbors; they salvaged 3 of 4 sides during a yard renovation, and handed it over.  I slid it butt up to my shed and secured it tight to the shed.  It has served me well for dog containment when I mow the back yard.

But now, we’re dialing things up a few notches!

Since acquiring Cleopatra and Aphrodite (my two beautiful hens) they’ve been living inside of my cheap little camping screen Coop0tent and roosting in Jacks dog crate at night. I carry that crate into the sunporch every night for the girls safety, and then back to the tent in the morning. Guaranteed to be quite tiring after 7 days of it.

OOOh I feel a DIY idea coming on…..

After about a minute of inspection, that chain link kennel appears to have a whole new and exciting purpose—to become the girls chicken coop. I could see it in my minds eye—and with the help of my tool-maker friend, we got to work building their new home.

What’s a girl to do with a pile of PVC pipe and fittings?

Well make a chicken coop roof of course!

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Step 1, cut fittings to clip onto the top of the fence frame.Coop4Coop5

Step 2, cut roof beams to size.

Step 3, assemble and clip onto fence.

 

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Coop7Coop8Step 4, wrap chicken wire around entire kennel and roof to prevent any potential predator threat.  I used clear tie-wraps and the wire that the chicken wire fence was bound with to tie everything down.

Step 5, raise their “temporary” nesting box off the ground until I can afford to build them a nice little house.

Step 6, position the crate so they have an indoor place to retreat to.Coop9

I just happened to have a big, heavy duty, high table that was starting to decompose a little after 20 years of use at the hot tub. It is well built out of pressure treated decking wood and still very useable.  It’s perfect for the crate to sit on top of, and the heavy duty shelf underneath is just the right size to hold 2 nesting boxes.

Step 7, create and install perches for their entertainment and enjoyment.

Step 8, lay a fine floor of hay.Coop10

Step 9, strategically position ample food and water sources.

Step 10, attach waterproof tarp over a portion of the roof and sides to create a buffer from wind and rain.

And wha-la!  Time to bring the girls in for the big reveal!

I hope they like their new home!

Because I already had most of the materials to complete the job –this entire project ended up costing only $40.00 for chicken wire.

Now for some egg action!

 

Thank you for reading my post. Have you had a similar experience?  I’d love to hear about it!  All comments are greatly appreciated.  I share information about all kinds of products, places and services I’ve found to be exceptionally great, or exceptionally not great under my “Whats New” blog category—along with many of my own handy little DIY ideas like this one. If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’.  As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures!  Thanks again!

 

 

Monks Steamer Bar

Oh how I miss Monks Steamer Bar!

I’ve been having dreams. Cravings. Unstoppable thoughts about giant garlic buttered shrimp; big, firm crab legs; plates of glorious, well prepared seafood at prices I can actually afford…..

monk1It all started in March 2015 when I went out to Happy Hour with a friend and we ended up at this quiet, “working mans” bar in Gulf Gate Florida. Nothing fancy, just cheap drinks, attentive wait-staff, and their claim to fame—great steamed seafood.

The menu is up on chalkboard. We had to do a double take looking at the prices. I ordered their two pounds of luscious steamed mussels for $9. We watched as they were prepared right there behind the bar by a dedicated bartender/steamer. They were fresh, perfectly seasoned, and downright amazing.

That plate was so impressive, I had to go back and try their other items. Several times.Monk2

How about these beauties—one dozen amazing butter/garlic peel and eat shrimp only $6.95/dozen.

YUM!

YUM!

Look at these beautiful top shelf Raw Oysters—And Monks is famous for their Oyster Monkafellas—steamed with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese— oooh la la!

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Crawfish, Little Neck Clams, Snow Crab Legs and Smoked Sausage, it’s all fantastic! Of course their prices have to flex a little with the market, but there’s no doubt they strive to offer great food at a very reasonable price.

One of Gulf Gate Sarasota’s best kept secrets, Monks Steamer Bar boasts some of the yummiest fresh steamed seafood you’ll find on Florida’s west coast. They’re easy to get to, casual, friendly, and reasonably priced, with indoor and outdoor seating, live music on the weekends, and a great Happy Hour from 4 – 6 every single day!

Like fresh seafood?

—then Get Shuckin’ over to Monks Steamer Bar!

Worth a try for any seafood enthusiast. I love this place and you will too!

Thank you for reading my post. Have you had a similar experience? I’d love to hear about it! All comments are greatly appreciated. I share information about all kinds of products, places and services I’ve found to be exceptionally great, or exceptionally not great under my “What’s New” blog category—along with many of my own handy little DIY ideas. If you like what you see, please let me know by “liking” my website. You can even join my tribe to automatically receive new postings ‘hot off the press’. As always, please feel free to share my information with others who may find interest and value in PR Brady AdVentures! Thanks again!

Let’s Hit The Beach!

Truth number 1:

If you don’t get there by 9:30 a.m., you may not get a parking spot for hours

Truth number 2:

Count on Truth number 1 ‘times 10’ during spring break

Truth number 3:

Getting to the actual beach can upwards of a ¼ mile hike

Truth number 4:

Count on Truth number 3 ‘times 10’ during spring break

The simple plain truth is, it can be a heck of a challenge to hit the Florida beaches on a sunny day.  And isn’t every day pretty much a sunny day in the official “Sunshine State”?

But goodness knows, nothing will stop me from getting to and claiming my little piece of sand with a beach towel and some sunscreen.  And umbrella.  And Chair.  And music.  And a good book.  And extra towels.  And fins.  And snorkel.  And bucket for shells.  And some games.  And a cooler full of food and drinks for the day.  And other munchies….and…..and…..

Well it sure can be hard to haul all of that gear out to the beach when you’re facing the “Truth” of it all. That is, unless you’ve got one of these glorious carts!

This last year, while belaboring the ‘over the shoulder toting’ of gear for a day at St. Pete Beach, I couldn’t help but notice a few beach carts being navigated across the sand.  I watched with envy as sun worshippers rolled their belongings along the grainy ground with ease, and knew I had to have one.  I started my search, checking into the marts and the wholesale clubs.  Wow, there were quite a few styles to choose from.  I quickly discovered something huge.  The key is to find a cart with big wheels—wheels large enough to easily run through all sorts of sand, even the amazing “sugar sand” of the #1 beach in the country, Siesta Key Beach.

And this one is that, and more.BeachCart1

Introducing the Member’s Mark Multi-Purpose Utility Cart from Sams Club.

Amazing features of my beach cart include:

  • 4- super huge all-terrain wheels
  • A built in, removable insulated cooler with a cushioned shoulder strap
  • A place to hold 2 water (or whatever) bottles
  • Easy transport rail for up to 4 chairs
  • A built in umbrella or fishing rod holder
  • Heavy duty netting to throw wet, sandy gear in—by the time you reach your vehicle the sand has pretty much shaken off of everything which helps keep the mess to a minimumBeachCart2
  • Sturdy powder coated steel construction and super durable fabric bottom able to hold another cooler, fishing tackle, minnow bucket, or anything else you’ve just got to have with you —up to 125 pounds of carrying capacity!
  • Ability to close the cart flat with one touch of the EZ-Fold foot bar for convenient storage

 

The big test came when a friend and I headed to Honeymoon Island Beach with the dogs. Now THAT was a day requiring lots of gear. Just getting to the dog friendly beach area was about a half mile walk on a deep sand trail. We’d have spent half the morning dragging our stuff out there if not for my handy dandy cart. It powered through that sand like a dune buggy.

A well spent 50 some bucks, indeedBeachCart_nI can’t imagine life without my awesome beach cart! Just pop it open, load everything up, get rolling, and let’s hit the beach!  

 

 

 

 

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Shower Me

I’m not gonna lie.  I’m the girl that can go well over a week without a real, modern, fully functioning bathroom.  Yep.  I can go without a shower.  I can go without a toilet.  I can do what I have to do when I’m in remote areas, “ruffin’ it”.  When it’s just me and the great outdoors?  No problem.

But I am also the girl that absolutely needs to have access to a shower when I’m not in the backwoods.  If I am going to be mingling with my fellow humans, I don’t want to stink.

Shower0When I arrived to Florida December 1st, I’d been on the road for 5 days without a shower.  And then it was another 2 weeks before I finally broke down and took a shower.  Yes, two weeks.  In this beautiful paradise farmstead, there is only one rustic option for a bath—an outdoor, cold water out of the well, shower.  Yup.  Cold water piped right out of the ground through some PVC, and out a shower head.  Turn the sprocket and there ya go.  So I bit the bullet and got in there when I finally couldn’t stand my own self any more.

OHHHHHH baby, that was one helluva refreshing experience!

Once.

Then, I tried combining a “Sun Shower” full of hot water with my cold-out-of-the-well water-shower.  What a pain THAT was.  Shower2Scalding hot and freezing cold water sources that just plain refuse to work together.  The idea that this would be an ongoing situation broke my heart.

I wanted so badly to have a real shower.  There had to be a way to get a hot shower here on the farm.

Well, I came to learn about a way to have a hot shower without using electricity.  Without trying to hoist a huge bag of hot water over your head and then have to hold a dinky little nozzle of super-hot water into the blast of cold water while trying to suds up and rinse off.   I found out about propane driven hot water heaters.

The water heater itself runs about $100.  Then you need a 20 gallon propane tank, some miscellaneous PVC for in and outbound water flow out of the water source, a couple shut off valves, and a pressure gauge and hose to control the propane entering the heater.

A very astute and kind man who shall remain nameless actually had a brand new hot water heater (still in the box) that he wasn’t currently using, and he let us have it.  We were able to gather up all the additional parts over the course of a few weeks.  Then the amazing Jeff came and installed everything.

Lo and behold, we now have the ability to have a hot shower at the farm.  I am not exaggerating in the least, how cherished an experience it is to be able to have a nice hot shower after 70 degree days on a working farm.  Truly priceless!  And I’m sure the public we deal with, and other people I meet with all appreciate it just as much!

Shower4So here is how it works:

Step one–open the shut off valve to allow the water to run.  It will be cold water.

Step two–turn on the propane.

Step three–this step basically takes care of itself.  The igniter switch operates on two AA batteries, and doesn’t even have to be flipped each time you use it; turning on the propane ignites it automatically. Within just a minute or so, the water begins to heat up to the perfect temperature.

Shower3There is also a temperature gauge in place to control how hot you want the water.  One 20# propane tank will provide many showers for us.

But wait, there’s more!  After several months of enjoying hot showers, we have tweaked the “system” to be more accommodating.  Jeff made improvements to allow us to simply turn on one shut off valve located IN the shower to start the hot water, without having to go back and forth through those steps.  What more could a girl ask for?

My favorite time to shower has become late night.  Taking into consideration the open air design, mosquitos are gone by 9ish, and the stars are totally out and shining bright.  When there is a big moon, it’s simply an enchanting experience to suds up to the call of the owls.Shower5 Nothing compares.  What a grand treat!

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to have a hot shower but there is no electricity, you may want to check out the idea of a propane powered hot water heater!

 

You can read about all kinds of products, places and services I’ve found to be exceptionally great, or exceptionally not great under my “Whats New” blog category—along with many of my own handy little DIY ideas. I look forward to your comments!  And please feel free to share this post with others that would find value in learning about this information, and PR Brady AdVentures.