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    Simple Staging: Easy Elegance to Sell Your Home Fast

    The Golden Girls
    The easiest and fastest way to sell your home is to give potential buyers a canvas as blank — or as neutral — as possible.  Potential buyers need to be able to instantly envision where their stuff is going to go in your home.
    • De-Clutter. No, Really. Pack the Knick Knacks.

      Potential home buyers want to see the space. Not your collection of Princess Diana plates. Take this opportunity to start packing, sorting and purging your belongings. Give home buyers a clear view of wall, floor and shelving spaces. Make your home unforgettable — for all the right reasons.

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    Florida, Orlando, TRAVEL

    WEEKEND IN: Walt Disney World, Orlando


    WEEKEND EXCURSION


     Walt Disney World, Orlando

    Amy B. Perrault, Naples-based editor of DREAMPORT
    and owner of Naples Bay Blinds & Shutters shares her off-duty local favorites

     

     

    WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WEEKENDS
    AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

    Escapism at its best. Escaping daily worries and grind is easy after driving through any one of the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom’s welcoming arches. A seemingly leisurely stroll down Main Street USA can quickly lead to flying through the air on different space missions, on the backs of elephants or carpets, and end thundering through mountains. It’s, as they say, simply magical.

    FAVE FOOD

    Our favorites are endless when you add up in-park restaurants and snack areas, resort restaurants and cafes, and the endless Downtown Disney food stops, however, this time of year, EPCOT’s International Wine and Food Festival is our family’s ultimate favorite MUST DO.

    My parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece and my love, have our World Showcase tasting routine down pat. We circle multiple times sampling cuisine and beverages such as Parisian dessert trio — Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake roll and chocolate espresso opera cake, Greek vegetarian moussaka, Ireland’s Kerrygold Cheese Selection, South Korea’s Bohae Black Raspberry Wine, my love’s favorite, Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll from Germany. The menu from over 20 countries, seems endless!

    SHOPPING

    My all-time favorite store in all of Walt Disney World is the Cirque du Soleil Boutique housed inside their La Nouba Theater at the West Side of Disney Springs {the new name of Downtown Disney}. Beyond the draw of my heritage {Canadian French}, the boutique is full of hand-made jewelry and artwork, CDs and DVDs from all Cirque shows around the country, unique clothing and extraordinary home decor.

    BEAUTY BASICS

    Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock {Burt’s Bees Sunblock}. I am hooked on Nerium for face and body, mascara and lipgloss frame my face for daytimes Saturdays and Sundays. Other weekend rituals include some sort of Disney graphic tee, my TOMS espilladres, my Mickey Mouse two-tone watch and my Gucci waist bag {that’s right, waist bag, NOT fanny pack}.

    WEEKEND READING

    Weekend reading at Walt Disney World begins with your hotel literature — what events are happening around the grounds, transportation information, etc. — continues with endless park maps, show and performance schedules and doesn’t end as each stop around the parks has different brochures, rack cards, trivia and all the information you could think of to make your stay with the Mouse, most magical.



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    Florida, Naples, TRAVEL

    WEEKEND IN: Naples, Florida

    DREAMPORT Naples Florida

    WEEKEND EXCURSION


     Naples, Florida

    Amy shares her off-duty local favorites

    Seaside Excursion :: My Weekend :: Naples, Florida

     

     

     

    • WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WEEKENDS IN NAPLES

      Sleeping late (late means 8:00AM to us), drinking coffee in bed with my love watching the morning news, and cocktails on the lanai watching the sunset. We also do a lot of napping, reading, working out at the North Collier Regional Park Rec-Plex and rounds of golf at our home, High Point Country Club. We also love to walk to one of our favorite spots, the 12st Pier, at least once a weekend.

    • FAVE FOOD

      With tacos in Joe’s blood {no, really, his dad founded and created Taco Joe’s, a chain of Mexican restaurants in the Northeast}, we love to cook homemade tacos and burritos for lunch on the weekends – complete with the family secret spice recipe.
      We eat out at one of our favorite local spots, which are put on rotation. We absolutely crave Campiello’s on Third Street, Rosedale Pizza on Pine Ridge Road, Harold’s Burgers on 41 and cocktails at Dusk in the Ritz-Carlton on Vanderbilt Beach Road.

    • SHOPPING

      Little known fact about shopping in Naples beyond the luxurious hot spots of Waterside Shops, The Village on Venetian Bay and the Coastline Mall are its’ fabulous and many times close to divine consignment, second-hand and thrift stores. Some of my favorites include Home and Salvage Consignment on Taylor Street, Salvation Army Family Store on Davis Boulevard, Avow Hospice Treasures & Books on 41, and Options Thrift Shoppe on 2nd Avenue. What’s better than a great deal on designer treasures – helping phenomenal charities at the same time.

    • BEAUTY BASICS

      Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock {Burt’s Bees Sunblock}. I am hooked on Nerium for face and body, mascara and lipgloss frame my face for daytimes Saturdays and Sundays. Other weekend rituals include some sort of graphic tee, my Tory Burch flip flops and an assortment of beach shopper totes.

    • WEEKEND READING

      Begins Thursday with Naples Florida Weekly hot off the presses; if something is going on in Naples during the weekend, it will be in this paper. Gulfshore Life magazine and endless interior design books on my Nook.



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