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Escape to the Islands… Without Leaving Florida

Among Florida’s most cherished destinations lies a handful of hush-hush hideaways that savvy travelers hope the crowds will never discover. So consider this article confidential! Untouched and unfussy, these sunshine-kissed island locales offer a quiet, laidback escape for people who are looking to step away from hectic family life and into vacation paradise. Cayo Costa With its miles of nature trails and untouched beaches, the Gulf-side barrier island known as Cayo Costa is an outdoor lover’s utopia. Expect to spend your days discovering a whole host of wildlife including manatees, dolphins,... 

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Independence Day Celebrations

Country star Martina McBride, known for “Independence Day” and many other powerful tunes, is ready to dish! Log onto and enter to WIN Around the Table by Martina McBride, a cookbook filled with recipes & inspiration for gatherings throughout the year. All-American Backyard Burger Ingredients | Serves 10 to 12 5 lbs. ground chuck (80% lean) 3 cups finely chopped spinach 1 cup chopped sweet onion 3 tbsps. Worcestershire sauce Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Vegetable oil 12 cheese slices (American, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack) 12 hamburger buns Toppings:... 

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Smart Ways to Keep Kids Off the “Summer Slide”

Sure, both educators and students love the downtime that comes along with summer break. Yet annually, at the start of the new school year, most teachers are shocked when they see the first round of disappointing test scores. The initial reaction is generally, “What in the world did they do last year?” In reality, the issue is less about what they did during the previous school year, but rather about what they didn’t do during the summer break ─ i.e. limited exercise of their brains. It’s a well-known phenomenon commonly referred to as “the summer slide.” Studies confirm it: According... 

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