Thinking of moving to Anna Maria Island?

When considering buying real estate and potentially making the move somewhere new there is a lot to think about. Of course there’s all of the logistics that go into what kind of home itself: neighborhood, space needed, possible renovation budget. But before any of that, you should first ask yourself if your new hometown takes care of these 3 important pieces: Community, Accessibility, Quality. We’ll answer these questions for you about Anna Maria Island (AMI) and show you why our slice of paradise is the best place to put down your roots.

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Farmer’s Market Guide to Picking Produce

Just in time for the Holidays, we’ve compiled a list of tips on how to pick the best produce. With the Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market every Saturday and the City of Anna Maria Farmers Market every Tuesday- there are 2 great options to get local products and some of the freshest fruits and veggies for great prices! We can probably all cover the bases of how to pick apples and bananas but what about those trickier ones like avocado or sweet potatoes? We’ll make it easy for you!

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Go Green with House Plants

It’s not just a tried and true staple to your home, it is actually this year’s hottest home decor accessory: house plants. Yep, what started with the trend of tiny succulents has actually grown into full live greenery being the year’s hottest interior design tip. With good reason, adding house plants makes a space appear much more open and airy, adds depth, and adds a pop of fresh and lush color to any room. But did you know that it actually offers other legitimate health benefits?

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We Like Long Walks on the Beach

“A beach walk is for stretching your legs and your mind, for looking at life with newfound eyes.” – Sandy Gingras

In today’s world it seems there is always a new fad exercise or self-care regimen, some apparent cure-all to mental and physical health. With endless outside noise telling you what’s best, it can be hard to keep up! What is truly best for you is that you find something that feeds both your body and your soul. Getting up and being active is just as important as actively seeking things that are good for your spirit.

Living on the gulf coast, we are blessed to live near some of the world’s best beaches. Our powdery sand, calm waters, and unparalleled sunsets are a recipe for the perfect physical activity that will get you going and your positivity juices flowing. It’s as simple as taking a walk on the beach.

7 Health Benefits to Walking on the Beach:

  1. Walking in sand requires greater effort than walking on a hard surface. In fact, walking in sand requires almost 3x more energy than on hard surfaces. Even if the sand causes you to walk at a slower pace, it still works your muscles and tendons harder.
  2. FitReserve says you can burn anywhere up to 350 calories for an hour walk on the beach.
  3. Walking on a beach is so relaxing and the best kind of distracting that studies show people walk further distances than they normally would on treadmills, tracks, or city streets.
  4. Instead of pounding your joints and feet on hard pavement, sand acts as a natural cushion.
  5. You can get your daily dose of Vitamin D in just 10 minutes at the beach! Of course, be sure to wear sunscreen, but allowing your skin to soak in a bit of natural Vitamin D has endless health benefits.
  6. Health advocates say that walking barefoot grounds us. The calming sounds and sights of the beach combined with the low-pressure activity of strolling on the beach is actually found to increase serotonin. Not only is sand the best natural exfoliant but it reconnects you to the earth and nature’s beauty, which helps reduce stress.
  7. Helps you sleep more soundly. Exercising on the beach helps relieve 3 key factors that inhibit sleep: high stress and anxiety, lack of physical fatigue, and hormonal imbalances. The sun and lowered stress levels immediately help regulate a person’s hormones – making it far easier later that night to get a peaceful and deep sleep.

Taking even 30-minutes to walk on the beach weekly (or daily!) has been found to be an excellent exercise in health and well-being. Our team is taking a pledge for more walks on the beach, and we hope to run into you on a sunny-side stroll in paradise soon!

Back-To-School Organization Tips

The kids are back-to-school but just because they are out of the house, doesn’t mean the whirlwind ends. Usually it means it’s just beginning! Now there’s homework and after-school activities and and play dates and projects. Did you know that the environment you’re in can greatly add to or help stress levels in your home? We’ve rounded up some quick tips for back-to-school organization that are small, but may be a big help in the day-to-day.

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5 Tips For Hurricane Season Prep

While Hurricane Season technically begins in May, the threat of a hurricane really gears up once the Summer temperatures rise. After last year’s alarming Hurricane Season, it’s a great idea to make preparations soon just in case a Hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast over the next few months. Here are five things you can do now to alleviate the last-minute panic should the weatherman bring some potentially scary news.

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South Florida Museum

Looking for something new to do with the family? The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast is right here in our area – The South Florida Museum. Both educational and fun, The South Florida Museum in Downtown Bradenton offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features changing temporary exhibitions with something new to discover every visit.

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Cheers to Bradenton Breweries

A great way to cool down after a long day at the beach or relax after a long day of work is with an ice, cold beer. And one that’s brewed right here in the Bradenton area? Doesn’t get better than that. Bradenton has recently become a hot spot for craft beer and breweries – with many brew master’s coming to the gulf coast area to open taprooms for our enjoyment. We’ve recently visited four of the top local breweries and taprooms to share about it and highlight our favorites. Spoiler alert: We loved them all.

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Holmes Beach Office

On Anna Maria Island
5201 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
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945 25th Drive East, Suite 10
Ellenton, Florida 34222

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