A Florida Girl in Beantown!

Hi Guys,

I’ve missed you all so much! How’s your summer? It’s been an extremely warm summer here in Floria and I cannot lie…. I LOVE IT!  I got the awesome opportunity to go and visit loved ones and friends this summer in Boston and it was absolutely amazing! I had so much and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have an underground tour guide (lol) but seriously I had the best time and saw so many amazing sights! It’s only right because I feel like this is my extended family that I absolutely want to share!

Peep my adventures below!

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There was so much amazing wall/street art in Boston. I loved it! This was one of my favorites!
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B Good! Love the decor and the emphasis on the food being locally sourced!
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Adopted Luke Turkey Burger and fries
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I loved these flowers when we were walking around! Absolutely gorgeous natural beauty!
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Downtown Boston
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Downtown Boston, this was a cool shot to me!
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Luke’s Lobster! Amazing! And really, really fresh seafood!
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Decided to get the Luke’s Trio! Crab, shrimp, and lobster trio with clam chowder and blueberry lemonade. Absolutely scrumptious!
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Downtown Boston
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Burberry Store in Downtown Boston!
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Tiffany’s store in Boston!
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Boston Public Garden
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Me at the bridge at Boston Public Garden
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I loved these boats in the garden!
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Tiffany’s store front view in Boston
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Tiffany and CO and my shadow! I was such a tourist! Lol
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Valentino! Ya’ll know I’m a fashionista so I loved this as much as I loved Seattle!
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Downtown Boston
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My fave Marc Jacobs!
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Another fave! Kate Spade!
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Cool statues in front of Boston Public Market area
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Shout out to my amazing photographer for this awesome shot!
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Quincy Market
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South Market
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It’s Cheers ya’ll!
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Boston Public Market
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Cresent Ridge Icecream
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Boston Public Market: This map was so dope! Loved it!
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Another great piece of art!
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Banana ice cream with walnuts from Crescent Ridge
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I loved the look of this Starbucks!
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Caption explanatory but oxtails and rice. Yum!
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So good!
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This place had AH-MAZING wings and waffles after a night out on the town! SO SO GOOD!
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Chicken and Banana Waffles
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This was so cool on the back of the bus and sounded like a dope event!
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Of course I had to visit Harvard!
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It’s JFK Street!

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David’s Tea! I wish that we had one in Florida but the varieties of tea and preparation was so impressive! And it was so tasty the iced tea latte!
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Yet another cool Starbucks!

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It’s me in Harvard Square!

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Hazelnut crunch doughnuts! So good and so worth it!

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I literally had so many great and memorable experiences and so much amazing food while I was in Boston and I would definitely anticipate returning soon for even more! Have you all been to Boston? What are some of your favorite sights/places/food? What did you enjoy most? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

Adventures at Magic Kingdom with Quarterwear

Hey guys! It’s May can you believe it? This year is literally flying by! The magic continues literally lol I wanted to share with you some of my recent adventures to Magic Kingdom and this great brand of purpose focused apparel that I discovered and have the amazing opportunity to check out some of their pieces, Quarterwear.

Quarterwear is a casual and comfort clothing brand that raises awareness, support, and capital for the world’s greatest causes and those who address them. Added plus? EVERY SALE impacts 25 lives through a partnering nonprofit. How awesome and life changing is that?!

In my recent trip to Magic Kingdom I wore their Merci shirt which is super comfortable,  cute and can easily be paired with your favorite jeans (which I did in the below photos) or your favorite shorts, or other bottoms. Check them out at www.quarterwear.org  Their current Merci collection benefits Feeding Children Everywhere. Now to jump into the magic at the happiest place on Earth!

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Pluto , Mommy, and I in front of Main Street USA
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Let the fun begin!
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Walt and Mickey Statue
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Cinderella’s Castle!!!!
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Me adjacent to Cinderella’s Castle
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Back of Cinderella’s Castle
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This took several shots to get right! Lol
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Finally got the castle in! The photographer was doing a lot zoom shots lol
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Mommy and I in front of Cinderella’s Castle
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Quite possibly the most magical and happiest place on Earth!
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End of the day pics! We were beat!

 

My favorite attraction of the day was Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, absolutely positively worth every minute! I enjoy every Disney park equally and it frees me and lets me get in touch with my inner child! What are your favorite attractions at Disney? Do you have a fashionable and conscious business that you love that has awesome items? What are your favorite places? (Obviously Disney makes my list of top seven) Leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys and  every time I come here I am extremely grateful for all my followers on this amazing journey!

Wanderlust Strikes Again: St Augustine Edition

St. Augustine is such a precious Florida gem and holds a great deal of history for Florida as a state. It’s also a very fun, beautiful and walkable place to do a short day trip and staycation and there is a little fun for everyone in St. Augustine. I am a huge wanderlust so I love going to places near and far, discovered and unchartered to awaken my senses, check out new sights, or make new memories at old ones. This particular trip is no different. I visited the St. Augustine African American History tour for the 2nd time (even better than the first, even though the first was pretty awesome) checked out the Lightner Museum, and got a great shot of Casa Monica, one of the first luxury hotels in the St. Augustine area. Check out some of the highlights of my trip below!

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Inside the Lightner Museum entryway
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Gorgeous fountain and bridge inside The Lightner museum and someone was preparing for a wedding this day
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Me inside the Lightner Museum. I love the arches and the architecture! SO PRETTY! It was also a rainy day that day!
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Back view of the Lightner Museum
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These chandeliers really caught my eye!
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As you can see the wedding prep had already begun! So exciting!
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Side view of The Historic Casa Monica
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Casa Monica
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This is a sit in counter that many civil rights pioneers participated in sit ins that took place in St. Augustine. One of many stops on the African American Heritage Tour
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St Augustine Foot Soldiers plaque dedicated to the important work of The Civil Rights Movement that took place in St. Augustine. The next time you find yourself in St. Augustine check it out!
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Dr. Martin Luther King was arrested here in connection with some events associated with the fight for civil rights in St. Augustine
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Steps that Dr. Martin Luther King was pushed down. Look up Monson Motel and this will give you a little more insight on the significance of this landmark. Definitely check out the African American Heritage tour and ask for Mrs. B! She’s amazing!
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Another stop on the African American Heritage Tour! Andrew Young Crossing! Andrew Young is also another pioneer not only for the fight for equal rights in Atlanta but also in St Augustine. Check out the walking tour for more great info into some vital historic pieces of St. Augustine history.

What are some of your favorite places/sights/foods/ restaurants in St. Augustine? Have you been to St. Augustine? What parts do you appreciate or treasure the most? Leave me questions or comments below? I’d love to hear from you! And thanks so much for joining me on this journey!

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2018

It’s been a few weeks but I’ve been a little busy little bee and have been out exploring my world and I have so many wonderful things to share with you so here we go! I visited Epcot for another splendid festival and magical time! This time around it was for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Let me just say if you love sensory details and being outside or are an outdoorsy type, this is a dream come true. I enjoyed every minute of it from beautiful flower and garden displays to Disney infusing a little magic into each area as only Disney can! And as with every Epcot festival plenty of yummy treats and drinks to spare! This festival puts you right in the mood for spring with all of the beautiful flowers and especially with all the recent cooler temperatures we’ve been experiencing this spring. Awesome start to the season!

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Entrance to the Festival!
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Tres Amigos are super cute!
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By far one of my favorite displays. Butterflies are such a symbolic symbol of spring and nature, with the transition of one season to another.
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Daisy Duck is ever the lady!
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Butterfly Garden. One of my favorite attractions for this festival. The butterflies were so beautiful and peaceful to watch.
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Cocoons up close and personal. So amazing!
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Chia Pet like pups! So adorable!

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Honey peach cobbler freeze! You could taste the honey in it! And even better everything was made from a local honey bee farm! Yay!
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Everyone’s favorite friendly bear from The Hundred Acre Wood!
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Piglet and Eeyore!
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My absolute favorite dwarf Dopey! So cute!
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!
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Lady and The Tramp! So cute! Such great artistry!
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Not a flower garden but still impressive! Amazing street trapeze artist!
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Tigger! My spirit animal!

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Timon and Pumba!
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Our favorite Arendelle royalty, Elsa and Anna!
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Not in Epcot but thought this was a beautiful spring arrangement in front of Hollywood Studios paying tribute to Fantasia!
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And of course concluding with some beautiful flowers!

 

Such a fun way to kick off the spring season and so much amazing artistry showcased! What is your favorite way to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival? Favorite exhibits or areas? Special memories? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Know Your Worth and add Luxury Tax

The phrase know your worth and add tax has become such a common phrase in culture and social media. We see it everywhere, we make mantras to forge our lives and live it but what does it really mean in actuality?

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Society causes us to place worth and value in a lot of things: careers, money, status, desirability, followers, love, success, the list goes on. But if any of those things change, the very foundation of how worthy you feel as a person could come crumbling down right along with it. Yes, these are great accomplishments, and you should always be striving to become a better version of yourself than you were yesterday but you’re not a title, or what you do, or who does or doesn’t love you, or how many followers you have. YOU ARE YOU. And that level of value extends far beyond the tangible things that you can see, touch or feel. It goes deep down to the core of who you are as a person, your spirit, the things you’ve experienced and how it has shaped you, how you treat others, what energy you put out into the world and mostly HOW YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD.

Before we get into how you can know your worth and add luxury tax let’s look at what a luxury tax is. A luxury tax is a tax rate placed slightly above the standard tax rate and which tends to be a little more costly. So, why would you want to add a luxury tax to your own worth?  To ensure that you’re always slightly beyond reach or require a little bit more for yourself than the baseline level of what is required. Essentially, what this ends up looking like is you don’t grant  access to people, places,  and opportunities, the energy that you have for anything that does not serve your greatest good, and align with your truest, most valuable self. This will save you time and energy from expending the best parts of yourself to things that are just not worthy.

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Is this to say your life will always be this linear path where you never make a mistake or misstep? Heck no! Will you never NOT SETTLE EVER? You’re human so don’t give yourself that weighty responsibility of living this life of perfectionism. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. We accepted a job that we knew didn’t align with what our true purpose or calling is, we didn’t push for that extra set of coins at the negotiation table and now we beat ourselves up regularly (free yourself from that burden too), we allowed someone in a romantic situation to cloud our judgment as to whether or not they were the best partner for us and ignored our own needs, wants, and values in an effort to be accepted, validated, and affirmed.  We often say we want one thing,  but our actions say something completely different as it relates to living our best life etc,. The important thing is to acknowledge what didn’t align in your life, pray, forgive yourself and seek divine guidance and forgiveness as well.

So how do you get back on track with knowing your worth and adding luxury tax to live out the most fabulous version of your best life possible?

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  1. You establish what you’re worth from within and from God.

If you wait on this world to tell you what you’re worth and affirm you, you’re going to always be on a whirlwind roller coaster of emotions based off of others affirmations and beliefs for you. If you affirm yourself, then any other opinions are just icing on the cake,  and the not the cake itself. This isn’t about puffing yourself up with false confidence, but really being able to do the work, show up the way you truly desire, and living the life that God purposed for you. Get yourself some affirmations you truly believe in and do the work until you see the results you desire.

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2. Forgive yourself

You messed up. You settled, You tolerated. Something you did, didn’t represent the best you know you have to offer the world. Accept that. Forgive yourself. Start your healing process, and give yourself the grace and kindness to move forward. Don’t keep reliving and replaying the scenarios and hurt over and over in your head. Lift that burden off your shoulders, learn the lessons you need to learn from it, and be committed to carrying the lessons on with you into the next chapter of your life.

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3. Figure out why you settled

Take some time out and really assess why you settled or didn’t really position yourself to be able to do the things you desired or were best for yourself. Be honest with yourself. Whether that means going to counseling/therapy, writing it out in a journal, having quiet time, etc. Whatever it takes get in tune with yourself, and figure out how you can be committed to knowing your worth and living a life that speaks that.

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4. Walk in it

It’s probably the most simplistic of all the steps, but perhaps the most difficult to achieve. We often get stuck in either figuring out why we settled, or in the inability to forgive ourselves. Once you’ve done the assessment and the work, its time to move forward and just live what you learned. That’s what knowing your worth is truly all about, knowing what you’re worthy of in this life, and showing up in the world ready and willing to manifest it.

Pray that this blessed you! What are some ways you might have not known your worth? How did you come back from that? What are some tips you would give others? Let me know in the comments, I so love hearing from you all!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2018

Hi Guys!

Can you believe that the month of February is almost over? We were just in January and now we are more than halfway through February on the cusp of March. How crazy is that? Time flies when you’re having fun!

These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind but I am so excited to share my time at the Epcot International Arts Festival with you. I recently visited the Epcot International Arts Festival which ran from January 12th to February 19th.  It was so cool to watch Spaceship Earth turn into a living palette of color, awesome food, performers/ artists, and visual displays. Truly a magically artistic time that at some point every one should partake in and that I am excited and grateful that I had the chance to enjoy.

 

Here are some highlights from my trip!

 

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At the entrance to Spaceship Earth!

 

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International Arts Festival time! 
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Amazing chalk art!
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Acrobatic artists!
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Frose! So yummy!

 

Some awesome posters from the Expo Hall where you could take arts classes, try out arts inspired hors d’oeurves, and enjoy some custom Disney inspired art

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Art Inspired Treats!
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Gallery Bites! So good!

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In true Epcot fashion, a passport to unlock the fun!
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Metal Statue 1
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Figment’s White Chocolate Puzzle! So cute! Love it!

 

This was such an amazing festival! Epcot has an amazing way of organizing some awesome festivals that are fun for the entire family! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy Epcot festivals? What is your favorite Epcot festival? What is your favorite Spaceship Earth moment or memory? Let me know! I would love to hear from you! Leave me a note in the comments!

 

 

Wanderlust: North Florida Edition

So I have a bit of a wandering spirit and love to see the beauty of God’s creation pretty much wherever I can find it. I had a chance about a month or so ago to have a bit of a staycation because sometimes you just have to get away to get away.

Here are a few highlights from my trip to the Palm Coast/ Mantasas Shores, and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.

Washington Oaks Gardens is full of beautiful gardens, hiking trails, an amazing gazebo and just a chance to be in nature and relax if you just love nature like I do or just need to get away.  Truly a beautiful place for a date, wedding/engagement and maternity photo shoots (saw several people doing such during my trip) and just in general a serene beautiful environment that is available to you for the low cost of under $10. Any other frugal Farrahs out there who look for inexpensive ways to entertain yourself or your family?

On the opposite side of the national park is a beautiful beach that is not super crowded and  boasts some of the most beautiful coquina rock you will ever bear witness to. I mean it literally looks like something dropped straight from a picture. This was a perfect day of self care, spiritual renewal, fun, relaxation, exploration, and just in general a great way to get away from it all. It was too good to not share!

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Gazebo at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park 
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One of the fountains throughout the garden section of the park 
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Beautiful trees near the entrance of the park, not sure what type 
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Entryway leading to more gardens and a beautiful photo opp 
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Beach side of Washington Oaks Garden State Park/ Mantasas Shores/ Palm Coast 
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My first time seeing coquina rock 
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More coquina rock! SO AMAZING!