Consumer’s Guide to Using Ekim’s Place

Consumer’s Guide to Using Ekim’s Place

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Do you love shopping local? Do you love taking an extra minute to support a neighbor instead of taking the easy route and going to the big box store? BUT - Do you hate getting lost in the web trying to *find* local businesses? We created Ekim’s Place just for you!

Consumer’s Guide to Using Ekim’s Place

Consumer’s Guide to Using Ekim’s Place

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Do you love shopping local? Do you love taking an extra minute to support a neighbor instead of taking the easy route and going to the big box store? BUT - Do you hate getting lost in the web trying to *find* local businesses? We created Ekim’s Place just for you!

Love your neighbor

Love your neighbor

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

I love quotes. They validate my feelings in ways I never think to speak. They hit me hard because I spend a lot of time thinking of clear and interesting ways to convey my stories. When I hear a good quote, I’m like yessssssssssssssssssss! That’s a great way to say that!

support Lakeland local businesses in 2 easy steps

Why Buy Lakeland Goods and Services?

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

“Shop Local” is a trend everyone has heard of. Instead of buying your hairbows at Wal-Mart, the “Shop Local” trend says to buy them at Sawdust & Rust. Instead of eating at Outback Steakhouse, eat at Chef T’s Garden Grill. Instead of sending your resume to Rita’s Staffing, send it to 1st Priority Staffing. You get the idea.

Leaving Lakeland for a Summer Vacation - Packing List and Tips

Leaving Lakeland for a Summer Vacation - Packing List and Tips

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Summer Vacation! Is there anything better? Florida was made for summer vacations! I was a lucky kid whose mom was a teacher which meant she was just as ready as us to have some adventures! Lakeland’s central location made it easy for us to visit lots of places – Crystal Springs, Adventure Island, the beach. When we stayed close, we loved going to Kelly Recreation’s Gandy Pool or Imperial Lakes to swim.

What gifts do Lakeland Dads want for Father’s Day?

What gifts do Lakeland Dads want for Father’s Day?

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

When I was 16, a group of families got together and took all the Dads to dinner for Father’s Day. As we were driving, one of my friend’s dad saw a man mowing his grass and he said, “Lucky bast*rd.” I looked at him and asked, “Why?” He said, “Because he is mowing his grass in peace and no one is making him go to dinner.”

Summer Wardrobe Staples for Lakeland Living

Summer Wardrobe Staples for Lakeland Living

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Summer is in full swing and vacay vibes are rocking! I am not a woman who has a closet busting open with clothes, but 95% of my clothes are for hot weather. (When winter comes, I am the person with a big sweatshirt, fuzzy socks and knit hat – none of which match – just trying to get through the cold, patiently waiting for the Florida sun to warm my shivering bones.)

Summertime Dinner Recipes using June’s Freshest Produce

Summertime Dinner Recipes using June’s Freshest Produce

HealthKaryn Johnson

June is here! School is out, the weather is hot, and time seems to slow just a bit.

One of my favorite things about June is the longer days give us an opportunity to take have an outdoor dinner using seasonal ingredients! June’s freshest produce in Florida is plentiful!

Making Long-Term Care Decisions During the Covid-19 Crisis

Making Long-Term Care Decisions During the Covid-19 Crisis

Guest WritersJune Duncan

Being a caregiver for a senior family member is a full-time commitment. Providing that care in the middle of a global public health crisis comes with even more responsibility, especially when your loved one is most at risk for COVID-19 complications. 

A Collection of Graduation Quotes

A Collection of Quotes for the Class of 2021!

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Graduation season is here! It’s a time for celebrations, reflections and congratulations! Graduation is one of those times we are so proud of ourselves! We finally finished! But…. now that means we have to start something new… This fear of the unknown is why we give our graduates stirring and inspiring speeches to propel them into their future.

Skip the wait eat local - Frescos

SKIP THE WAIT. EAT LOCAL.

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Last month, my two older daughters and I went on a date. They are both particular about food so choosing a place everyone liked took a hot minute. I wanted a local spot, my middle child wanted pizza, and my oldest wanted hibachi. Long story short, we ended choosing Harry’s. It’s not local but my girls agreed so I agreed. I was hungry.

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EKIM’S PLACE GUIDE TO MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Mother’s Day is a day we celebrate our Mamas! Mamas come in all forms – biological mamas, step mamas, grandmamas, our friend’s mama, our neighbor who treats us like they are our mama, mentors in school and work who guide us like mamas, and that random stranger who offers a hand when you are having a *moment* - just like a mama would.