Ican’t go to sleep at night without checking to make sure my door is locked. Ever. I’m an overly paranoid, light sleeper who gets stirred by the slightest noise.
That changed last month. I traveled to Parrot Cay, a private island in the Turks & Caicos. For the first time ever, I felt safe and comfortable enough in my surroundings to go to sleep without locking the doors.
Good news for parents and children who hate needles and flu shots: Starting this year, health officials recommend that healthy kids ages 2 to 8 get the nasal spray flu vaccine instead of flu shots. Officials say that the nasal spray vaccine works better, and that using the spray instead of the needle may result in more kids getting the flu vaccine.
Some are calling it the new Costa Rica.
I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but from what I’ve seen and heard, Panama definitely rivals it – in beauty, history and adventure.
Visitors and residents can sense that the country is on the cusp of something great. And after four days of exploring Panama, so could I.
The country celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the famed Panama Canal in August and is in the middle of a massive project to expand the locks to accommodate heavier, larger ships.
It was the fall of 1970. We needed a house in Fort Lauderdale (Boca Raton had not yet been invented) and we needed it fast. We were moving into a new state, and a new town where we knew almost no one. We were taking over a magazine that we did not understand, and there was little time to screw around finding a place to live.
Before visitors can even take a bite, they’re enveloped by a rich, chocolatey smell that ushers them through the door. This is the sixth Hoffman’s location for the famed-Palm Beach chocolatier, and its first in Broward (with more to come). But Jarett Levan, president of BBX Capital, parent company of Hoffman’s Chocolates, says the smell gets people every time. “We’re known for our quality,” he says, adding that his favorite chocolates include the twice-dipped, dark- chocolate-covered pretzels and the salted caramels.
1. Reduces stress more effectively than traditional yoga
The connection to nature helps to relax participants in a way that is typically not reached in a yoga studio, ultimately helping participants to reach a more meditative state of mind, Pytleski says. “It’s a little bit more fun, and people tend to take paddleboard yoga a little less seriously, so they’re more relaxed and they get a few good laughs in,” she says. “Laughter is always the best medicine for any ailment.”
2. Clears your mind