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5 Steps to kick off Spring Cleaning

It’s Spring! Which means the weather is lovely, flowers are blooming, and it’s time for some Spring Cleaning! Attempting to dive into some deeper-cleaning than usual can be a bit overwhelming at first so we’ve mapped out 5 great places to start.

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Staff Spotlight: Jomarie Alicea

The greatest part about living and working in paradise isn’t the beauty of the beach, but the people who make up this community… and specifically, our staff at A Paradise! We decided to highlight some of our rockstars with you, so you can get to know the people behind the Paradise.

First up, our Employee of First Quarter 2018! Meet Rental Manager, Jomarie Alicea.

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5 Family Cultural Activities near Anna Maria Island

It’s important to offer exciting new activities and adventures that the whole family can enjoy… and when they provide some insight into culture, it’s wonderful. Introducing your kids to art, film, music, and history at a young age can help them garner an appreciation for those it for a lifetime. But no matter what age, there is always something new to be discovered.

Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, and Sarasota are known as “beach towns” but they also have plenty of options in terms of cultural activities. We’ve narrowed it down to 5 Cultural Activities for the Whole Family on, or a short drive, from Anna Maria Island.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate 50 years in Bradenton

Maybe you need a little break from the sun. Throw your sandy hair in a baseball cap, grab yourself a cold beer, and enjoy America’s pastime in the grandstands at LECOM Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially kicked off their 50th year as seasonal Bradenton residents at LECOM Park for Spring Training. The strong partnership and familial relationship between the Pirates organization and the city of Bradenton has become an important staple for both.

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Did you know that the color of a room affects mood?

It’s known as Color Psychology, and it explores how colors can influence mood and psychological reactions. The wrong colors can increase blood pressure and eyestrain. The right colors can actually contribute to relaxation and calming. Most times, this is happening subconsciously, but it is a tool that is worthwhile considering.

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Home How To: 5 Easy Steps to Make a Gallery Wall

There’s no better time than today to add some excitement to your home! The hottest new home decor trend is a gallery wall. You’ve seen them taking over HGTV and the latest interior design magazines, but they’re not just for professional designers or art gallery curators. It’s a simple way to add a lot of character to your living space.

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Simple Ways To Jazz Up Your Living Space

Feeling like your living space or rental’s decor is a little outdated? There is no better time than now to make some simple adjustments to the interior to turn it from drab to fab!

There are countless ways that take little time and little money to make a big difference in your home. Here are some home renovation tips that won’t break the bank, or your back, but will help make things feel fresh and new.

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Stress-Free New Year’s Resolutions

Whether you’re still recouping from the holidays or gearing up to kick off 2018 with a bang, we believe there is something exciting about ringing in a new year. Even if you’re not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, we’ve gathered a few easy and beneficial things to consider adding to your To-Do list. It’s simple to tweak your days a little bit to add a lot more magic.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas on Anna Maria Island

The holidays aren’t just right around the corner, they’re officially here. Hanukkah is underway and Christmas is coming. With all of the busyness of the holidays, its easy to let a couple of things slip through the cracks. Maybe you accidentally overlooked a certain family member on the gift-giving list, or you’re worn out from your day’s events and don’t want to brave the crazy hustle and bustle of going shopping during this busy week.

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Photo-Opp History Lesson: The Old City Jail

If you’ve spent some time on Anna Maria Island, specifically on bustling Pine Avenue, then you’ve surely seen The Old City Jail. Hopefully, you’ve even snapped a picture in it.

This landmark is conveniently located adjacent to The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum. The museum itself is an island treasure with plenty of items to take you back in time but arguably its most famous (and most photographed) feature is The Old City Jail. The concrete building with no windows, no roof, and no doors is a popular photo opportunity and a must-see stop for any island visitor.

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Spilling The Beans on Anna Maria Island’s Best Coffee

One of the best things about Anna Maria Island is that no matter how popular it may get in the season, it always seems to maintain that friendly small-town feel. We believe a large part has to do with the lack of name-brand chain restaurants and the city’s commitment to supporting small business.

For tourists that means a couple of things: venturing outside your national go-to’s and no Starbucks. This opens up a world of opportunity in trying some of our great small businesses! Throughout the coming weeks we’ll be highlighting a guide for some of the best local restaurants and hot spots.

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Bringing Fall when it Feels like Summer

Living in or vacationing to paradise is a dream. On Anna Maria Island, we get year-round beach weather and most days feel like Summer. With most of our residents or visitors having moved from colder weather or visiting to seek refuge from the snowy season, we relish in our eternal Summer. While the rest of the country greets the Autumnal Equinox by digging their sweaters out of the back of their closets, going apple picking, and welcoming a crispness in the air.

The only colors that change are our sunsets, the only shoveling we do is for a sandcastle, and the closest thing we have to leaves falling is an occasional fallen palm-frond from a large gust of wind.

So, how do we celebrate Fall when it always feels like Summer? Here are 10 simple ways to add some Autumnal flair to our island lifestyle.

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Hurricane Season Essentials

No better time than post-Hurricane- panic to sit back and reevaluate some things on how we can make this situation a little easier for next time. We live in paradise, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the news and weather alerts during hurricane season. Living on the Gulf Coast is certainly nothing to be afraid of and there are some easy things to do in advance should a storm decide to hit.

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