Best extreme Christmas lights in Fernandina Beach, Hilliard and beyond

Christmas lights at the Rothwell Home at the intersection of Diane Drive and S 14th Street in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Driving around to check out Christmas lights is a tradition for many families, and there are some incredible light shows in our region. We’ve rounded a few of the best places to see the lights in our area, which are to the best of our knowledge on display this year. If you know of others […]

Yulee’s Dreamie Nails: Just the Place for a Mother-Daughter Date

Dreamie Nails has a special chair for kids while they get their pedicures.

I grew up in a small country town where manis and pedis just didn’t happen. Even as a high schooler, I thought pedicures were something that only rich people did in the movies. Then I moved to Florida and a friend suggested we stop to get our nails done. I was shocked that, for such […]

Swim Amelia Swim Offers Affordable Private Swimming Lessons in Fernandina Beach

Swim Amelia Swim offers lessons in this pool on Amelia Island.

Looking for private swimming lessons at an affordable price on Amelia Island? Swim Amelia Swim may be a perfect fit. We talked to the owner, Patricia Sheppard, about the business that offers lessons for all ages, from infants to the elderly, including those with special needs. With decades of experience, Sheppard told us, “This is […]

Meet Fernandina Beach’s Mermaid Jenna!

Mermaid Jenna offers photo sessions, providing tails for kids to wear, too! / Photo courtesy of Mermaid Jenna and Boston Photography

What better place than our beautiful island to have a mermaid  business? Mermaid Jenna LLC is a fun Fernandina Beach-based company that has costumed mermaids available to swim on into special events at birthday parties and special events; mermaid photo shoots in conjunction with local photographers; and even mermaid tail rentals. Owner Jenna McCarthy chatted with […]

A Brunswick Travel Agent’s Expert Tips on Visiting Disney World as a “Local”

Knowing some Disney travel tips can make your experience in the parks a lot more rewarding.

Ginger Joiner is the lady to talk to when you have questions about planning a Disney World Vacation. A mother of a young child, herself, (soon to be two children!) she has enjoyed the magic of traveling to Disney earlier in life, and now as a parent. She loves it so much, in fact, she is […]

Yulee chiropractor explains how his field can boost a child’s overall health

Dr. Keith Tyre

Dr. Keith Tyre, owner of Coastal Community Chiropractic, isn’t just in the business to help grown-ups. He’s seen the incredible effects of chiropractic care on children and even babies. He answered our questions to explain just how fantastic chiropractic care can be for our kids.   Why do children need a chiropractor? A main concern […]

Jr. Jazzercise Classes Offered in Fernandina Beach

Jr. superheroes show off how tough they are at a recent Jazzercise kids' camp.

There’s just something about fun, peppy music and choreographed “dance” moves that can make just about anyone have so much fun, they forget they’re exercising. That’s the reason Jazzercise, a fitness program featuring choreographed routines set to popular music, is such a hit. It’s been offered to adults for years and has been a hit […]

Baby News!! Angolan Colobus Monkey born at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens


Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating a brand new baby in its population: an Angolan colobus monkey. The little sweetie was born on Friday, May 27, the first child to proud mama Moshi and the first-ever Angolan colobus monkey to be born at the zoo. These monkeys hail from the Congo rainforest, known for their […]

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Amelia Island offers yummy chocolatier classes

Bunny Rice Krispie treat complete! And, yes, that's chocolate on her cheek.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier on Amelia Island is truly a special place that offers exceptional chocolate treats, and we’re so fortunate that our kids can experience the life of a chocolatier firsthand in their classes, camps and birthday parties. I signed my children up to get in on the fun of their Easter Eggstravaganza class recently, joining […]

ISR teaches critical water survival skills to infants and up in Fernandina

In ISR, the instructor teaches a child life-saving skills in the water. / All photos courtesy of Kristi Garber

No one wants to talk about it, but it’s a scary reality: in a community so close to the beach, where splashing in the surf and swimming pools is a major part of our lives, accidents can happen. Without the ability to swim, a child could die. But there is an answer here in Fernandina Beach: […]