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arch into Spring with a keen eye for some of the hottest home design and remodeling trends that can not only save you money and energy costs, but can transform your space into something fresh and vibrant with style and flair, whether you are planning to sell your home or remain a happy homeowner! One of the most common concerns among homeowners continues to be energy conservation and cost-efficiency. Automated controls are one of the newest, sought-after trends used to control power, lights, home electronics, HVAC and security systems. Life is hectic and people are going in numerous directions every day. With the adaptations to Smart Phones, I-Pods, and I-Pads, automation has become quite affordable and serves as a superior solution to managing your home remotely. In so doing, energy consumption is reduced thereby leading to significant energy savings. There are also new appliances being introduced to the marketplace that keep you connected while away. At the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, GE & LG demonstrated Wi-Fi enabled wall ovens that can be operated by your Smart Phone! Water conservation is also a valued priority which can be addressed using simple concepts such as low-water toilets, improved HVAC systems and quality insulation. Solar panels are now being concealed within roofs, and recycled water can be used in toilets and garden irrigation systems. Go Green! Many manufacturers and local merchants are jumping on the green bandwagon offering paints and adhesives, countertops and flooring products to limit certain toxins from being introduced into your home. Remember to inquire about the newest green technology when undertaking your home renovation projects. When it comes to paints, neutrals remain popular, yet there has been more of an emphasis placed on the blue-grays rather than the standard beiges or off-whites. The palates of

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colors that can make a room “pop” vary and accentuate any size space. With today’s contemporary styles, blues and purples against the blue-grays, or raspberry-pinks, yellows, and even orange & purple combos, continue to be the hottest, or coolest, in redecorating trends. If you are space-challenged, consider using multi-functional items to maximize your space and efficiency. Ottomans are now designed as storage units for anything from books and magazines to business files or children’s toys. New-fangled coffee tables are being constructed to be raised for use as a dining table. For years, couches have included hide-away beds for when the grandchildren spend the night or for accommodating overnight guests. Thanks to Food Network and Chefs like Bobby Flay, outdoor kitchens and living areas are all the rage! Homeowners are giving their backyards an extreme makeover, rejuvenating them into the ultimate entertainment venues! Complete with multi-functional grills, pizza ovens, stovetops, sinks, refrigeration units, beer taps, televisions and sound systems, the party rocks on without the hosts missing a moment of fun! Fire pits and fireplaces keep you warm and cozy on those cooler nights, so there’s no excuse not to entertain yearround! With outdoor kitchens come herb and vegetable gardens. Organic growing is healthy and can save money when you cultivate those items used regularly in your kitchen. Not to mention, there is a certain satisfaction having grown your own fresh herbs and veggies, which can also translate into an educational experience for your children and grandchildren. You could even go so far as to construct a backyard pond for your very own organically-raised fish! All of these home trends and more are available for you to makeover your home and stay on the cutting edge of residential style. So go ahead, March into Spring, and take advantage of the many ways you can save money while adding value and pizzazz to your home and your life!


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“POSH: FASHIONABLE, ELEGANT; TYPICAL OF OR INTENDED FOR THE UPPER CLASS.” These definitions describe the word in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. However, you don’t have to be of the upper class for Posh Pools & Outdoors to turn the backyard of your home-or castle-into a personal oasis and haven of refuge! Picture it: Sparkling water rippling with reflections of sunlight; hypnotic, soothing sounds of a babbling waterfall splashing against smooth stones and pebbles; appetizing aromas of delectables being grilled in the outdoor great room; tumbling ice cubes hitting a glass as a refreshing cocktail is expertly mixed in the tiki bar. Posh Pools of Florida can take your vision, create and develop practically any of your ideas into your own gorgeous reality! Owner, Cody Nichols, has maintained one simple motto since his business opened ten years ago: “We are in business to make a faithful friend, not a quick buck.”

of your home’s character and a reflection of your personal tastes.” Create old-world elegance or contemporary style through a variety of rich, vibrant colors to suit your preference and accent your space with pool refinishes in Quartz, Marcite or Pebble, which are highly durable, aesthetically stunning and designed to resist chemical stains and blemishes. Outdoor kitchens are all the rage and can create a whole new entertainment center, adding a new dimension to your quality of life through healthy grilling and outdoor living, as well as adding value to your home. “Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop pool and backyard renovation experience covering all aspects of the industry,” Cody explains. “We trust we can make your project a pleasant experience and be as straight-forward as possible.”

Faithful friends he has certainly made since residing in Trinity. His daughter Chloe, eight years old, attends Trinity Elementary School. His youngest daughter, Ava, 4, is a student of Longleaf Preschool. Cody takes pride in volunteering in the Trinity community and is an avid supporter of his daughters’ extracurricular activities, gymnastics and soccer. Trinity has proven to be a wonderful place to raise his family and build long-term business relationships!

Pools and spas can be a great deal of work to maintain unless you engage the experts at Posh Pools to handle the pool and operating system maintenance from salt chlorination to quality heat pumps, pool pumps, gas heaters, filters, automatic controls and automated pool cleaners.

Cody’s philosophy has served him well not only in his personal life, but in his professional life as Posh Pools has experienced a tremendous growth rate by maintaining a loyal customer base as Tampa Bay’s premier outdoor living company!

Posh Pools of Florida, Inc. has two showrooms displaying all they have to offer. In Palm Harbor, they are located at 31515 US Hwy 19., and in Largo, visit 9445 Ulmerton Rd. For more information, peruse their website at www.poshpools.com, or call 727-547-1990.

Although they specialize in pool renovation and repair, Posh Pools employs every aspect of professional expertise for backyard reconstruction and rejuvenation. Licensed and insured, they do it all: Spa additions, custom waterfalls, tiki huts, outdoor kitchens, paving, as well as pool resurfacing, refinishing and remodeling. Cody asks, “Do you want your backyard to be comprised mostly of someone else’s idea of a perfect pool? We believe if you are going to make an investment in a pool, it should be the focal point of your backyard and a conversation piece, as well. It is an extension

It does not matter whether you want to construct a new pool, renovate an older pool, resurface a deck or completely rejuvenate your backyard. Posh Pools and Outdoors incorporates everything you need to take the plunge and live happily ever after!


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• 2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed • 2 raisins • 2 sliced almonds • 1 egg, lightly beaten • Dip of your choice

• Cut a fourth off of one loaf of dough; shape into a pear to form head. For body, flatten remaining portion into a 7-in. x 6-in. oval; place on a greased baking sheet. Place head above body. Make narrow cuts, about 3/4 in. deep, on each side of head for whiskers. • Cut second loaf into four equal portions. For ears, shape two portions into 16-in. ropes; fold ropes in half. Arrange ears with open ends touching head. Cut a third portion of dough in half; shape each into a 3-1/2-in. oval for back paws. Cut two 1-in. slits on top edge for toes. Position on each side of body. • Divide the fourth portion of dough into three pieces. Shape two pieces into 2-1/2-in. balls for front paws; shape the remaining piece into two 1-in. balls for cheeks and one 1/2-in. ball for nose. Place paws on each side of body; cut two 1-in. slits for toes. Place cheeks and nose on face. Add raisins for eyes and almonds for teeth. • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Brush dough with egg. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. • Place bread on a serving tray. Cut a 3-1/2-in. circle in center of body. Hollow out bread, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use). Place a 1-cup shallow bowl in the hole and fill with dip. Yield: 1 loaf. Easter Bunny Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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LETTER

Spring is Here! Spring represents growth, renewal, new life and new beginnings. It is a time to start fresh and embrace change. I just welcomed two newborn grandsons into my life giving me the opportunity to again experience the blessings and miracles that life has bestowed on me. As each grandchild arrives my faith renews and my heart continues to fill with Grammy love! This issue is filled with great ideas about sprucing up your home and your life. Spring activities and events are in full bloom. Check out the community events throughout and take some time to participate. Enjoy new beginnings this spring and create positive outcomes for the rest of the year. Join IT’s YOUR HOME Magazine on March 23rd as we “Mob” another local business. Cash Mob of West Pasco helps local businesses achieve financial success, create everlasting customers and unite our community. Visit www.facebook.com/ CashMobofWestPasco to find out more.

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Origin of The Easter Bunny The Easter Bunny is a symbol that originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the hare or rabbit. The date of Easter is determined by the moon whose symbolism is strongly tied to that of the hare. In fact, the hare is the symbol for the moon. Ever since the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., Easter has been celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moonafter March 21st. The Easter bunny was introduced to American folklore by the German settlers who arrived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. The arrival of the "Oschter Haws" was considered "childhood's greatest pleasure" next to a visit from Christ-Kindel on Christmas Eve. The children believed that if they were good the "Oschter Haws" would lay a nest of colored eggs. The children would build their nest in a secluded place in the home, the barn or the garden. Boys would use their caps and girls their bonnets to make the nests . The use of elaborate Easter baskets came later as the tradition of the Easter bunny spread throughout the country.

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90 Days to Your Beach Body – Start NOW, or Regret Your Procrastination! I’m going to give it to you straight. There is no quick fix to looking good in that bathing suit this summer. You are not going to whip your body into shape quickly after freaking out in the dressing room because you cannot find a bathing suit you love… because you don’t love YOU. You’ve got to start showing love for yourself, and the VITALITY you deserve, NOW. The byproduct of that self care will be a healthier body, and a happier you in the dressing room… and on the beach! The hard truth is that there is no quick fix. There are faster and safe ways to lose unwanted fat – but they are not found in the ‘legalized speed’ section of the supplement store. Instead, most are found in your refrigerator. 80% of your weight loss is based on your diet. The unwanted pounds can fall off by adding excellent nutrition to your diet, and removing empty calories.

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Which Food Additives Should You Avoid? 1. Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is used as a preservative, coloring, and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, corned beef, smoked fish, and other processed meats. 2. Artificial Sweeteners Artificial sweeteners are commonly found in diet or sugar-free sodas, sugar-free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, breath mints, pudding, ice tea, chewable vitamins, and even toothpaste.

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By Barbara Marville-Kelly & by Dennis Kelly

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Healing Arts and Wellness IN THE SPOTLIGHT this spring is YOU, your life, your family, your community, and how it all fits together in peace, in joy, in fulfillment and in love all of the time, or at least most of the time! NEW BEGININGS! REBIRTHS! NEW LIVES! It is possible, just by making a few choices, to put yourself on the path to new beginnings by using your “emotional compass” for the direction. Since we are all energy beings, it is important to know how our thought process affects our “feeling process”, which in turn affects the end results. Our life source begins with our “heart coherence” and extends the life line and gateway to healthy aging, longevity, and the quality of happiness we are looking to achieve in this life experience as we know it. When we understand how living a heart-empowered life can change EVERYTHING, we learn that it is possible to develop and “MASTER” a way of life that gives purpose, passion, prosperity and persistence to improve our lives, and persuade others to do the same, if they are simply willing to give it a try. IMAGINE how YOU can not only change your life, but help change the lives of those who are willing, just by changing your thought and feeling process. Being aware of how you are feeling most of the time is one of the “MASTER KEY CODES!” Our emotions have everything to do with how our bodies react rather than respond, manifesting through disease, allergies, low self esteem, and the list goes on. By developing a healthy mind/body/spirit, using the mind as the map, the body as the vehicle, and the spirit as the fuel, one can reach a state of imperturbability: the essence of being aligned and balanced! Allowing yourself to use a metaphor, such as viewing your life as if you were the producer of a movie film, or author of a book, YOU have the power to write the script or the book, and make whatever changes necessary. Imagine seeing yourself through the lense of a camera, what do you see? How would you adjust the lens, the picture, the “story?” Everyone

has a story to tell, and sometimes when we are telling our story, we know in our hearts where we could have made changes. You know, how we wished things could have been different. But it is never too late to get started. While you may not ever be able to change others, you can always change the perception of life’s events in order to keep on keeping on. Learn the ART of FORGIVENESS and allow OTHERS to be who they choose to be, even though they may not allow you to be who you are, and stop letting other people’s short-comings become your aggravation! While we cannot undo the past, we can certainly adjust our sails for the future, and our “heart source” is the way to accomplish the process as a successful personal growth and development agreement with ourselves. Tips on How to Begin Living an Empowered Heart-Based Life 1. Learn how to relax the body FIRST and FOREMOST! A relaxed body will deliver a relaxed mind. Remember that STRESS is the number one cause of dis-ease, that can lead to premature death. (Did you know that one angry/negative thought, held for 5 minutes or more puts between 5 & 6 hours of the destructive chemical CORTISOL in the body?) Start moving, take up a dance class, join a gym, rebound, and learn Tai Chi/Chi Kung. This all helps put the good chemicals in the body for healing and joy. 2. Learn the “Master Shift” technique of heart coherence, by doing a simple exercise of deep breathing. Recognize your stress, go to a TIME OUT for YOU, and shift your thinking and feeling to your HEART, recall a positive fun feeling, a special event, a thought of a loved one, and ask your heart for a better response than the stressful feelings you are experiencing. You will be amazed that just by changing your thoughts and feelings, your body goes to work putting all the good hormones and chemical changes in place for a more positive outlook on the situation. ANY situation!!!! Now, go forth and KNOW you were born into greatness and have exactly what it takes to have, do, or be anything you want to be, to create, direct & produce your own LIFE movie, to take back YOUR ENERGY and to “TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE!”

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Quick Tips for Home Office Organization Is your home office sharing space with the family or living room? Professional organizer Vicki Norris gives tips to help you organize your home office no matter what room it's in.

1. Invest in adequate furniture.

Home offices need a clear work area, and that means providing adequate space for computer hardware and peripheral equipment, a spot for reference materials, file space and a location for frequently referenced supplies and paper. Make sure your office furniture provides ample space for work and storage.

2. Establish Activity Centers.

The efficient office should be zoned into activity areas:

• The Work Center, which includes a clear workspace, the computer and frequently-used office products.

• The Reference Center, which includes binders, manuals, dictionary and professional books and materials.

• The Supply Center, which contains office and paper supplies.

3. Properly place the hardware and peripherals.

Position your equipment by frequency of use. If the printer is used daily, it should be within easy reach. If the CPU is only accessed for troubleshooting, it can be placed under or next to the desk. If a scanner is rarely used, it can be placed outside the work area. When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays and cords. Don't block access to drawers or take up leg room with tangled cords.

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Professional organizer Tom Nevermann, the Moving Doctor, shares seven tips for containing unruly wires and caring for media and computer equipment.

Fold mailing labels back on themselves around each cord and label the wire. Don't forget to label the cords that connect different components to each other, as well as the cord to the electric supply.

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Bundle like wires together to cut down on cord clutter. For example, keep computer speaker wires with stereo speaker wires. Use a surge protector for all delicate electronic equipment. Check the back to make sure it's UL listed and is a transient voltage surge protector. High-end protectors are built with replaceable fuses and will last longer than less-expensive models that might not work after a large surge. Used fabric softener sheets are the perfect lint and static-free rags for cleaning CDs and DVDs. Handle CDs by the rim to cut down on fingerprints. The backside of the CD carries the information and is the side that needs cleaning. Use the dryer sheet and stroke out to the edge from the center of the CD, instead of a circular motion. Stacking equipment makes the most efficient use of space in a media center or office space. Be careful not to stack any equipment with venting on the top (such as amps or satellite receivers) because they might get too warm. Use chair-leg protectors (small plastic cups) as spacers between these pieces of equipment when stacking. To clean a TV screen, use a lint-free cloth such as an old T-shirt. Spray the cloth with water (instead of spritzing the set itself) and wipe clean. Never use an abrasive substance on the screen. Never use window cleaner to clean a computer screen; stick to a lint-free cloth and consult with your monitor's manual for the proper way to clean it.

5. Establish a paper processing area.

Create an area within your Work Center for papers that need immediate action. Store paper associated with clients or ongoing projects in an area that is easily accessible and within your view. Establish a permanent filing system for papers you will reference, but not on a regular basis.

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A Special Tribute to Gil McWilliams, Sr. He Will Stand Tall in Many Hearts Forever

H

ard-working. Giving. Teacher. These three words describe Gil McWilliams, Sr., among the myriad of descriptive terms that could be used about a man that dedicated his life to serving his family, friends, neighbors and customers throughout his life. Gilbert L. McWilliams Sr., was born August 9, 1945 in Baltimore, Md. One of eleven children, he grew up learning from his father who was a master plumber, while his mom managed the home and children. The experience gained from his father, prepared Gil to own and operate his own thriving A/C business in Maryland, and later, Florida. Son, Gil McWilliams, Jr., recalled, “Dad was first introduced to the A/C business while working in the service industry field. He did many things from plumbing, construction, fencing, and painting among other things. He became interested mostly in A/C, because it included several of the trades he was familiar with such as electrical, piping, welding, plumbing and metal fabrication.” In spite of his success in Maryland, Gil, Sr., longed to be near his parents who had retired to Florida in the late 1970’s. So he, too, moved to the Sunshine State in 1981, with young Gil, Jr., in tow, and opened McWilliams A/C and Heating. He began building the business through word-of-mouth and referrals from satisfied customers. He worked tirelessly seven days a week, and always took care of customers regardless of their financial status. Day or night, Gil, Sr., would address issues his customers encountered with a kind heart and generous spirit. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone, and never judged. His success in business stemmed greatly from his ability to build and sustain lasting relationships. Although this often meant sacrificing family time to take care of his customers, he was always able to make ends meet, while raising Gil, Jr., on his own. Family time consisted of Gil, Sr., teaching his namesake how to be a “survivor,” giving his son the skills needed to succeed. Although, times were tough, the McWilliams boys never did without. Gil, Sr., eventually met his true love Carol, with whom he spent the last 30 years of his life. Together they raised Gil, Jr., and her three children.

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When the young McWilliams graduated high school, his father handed him the reins of the A/C business he had built, and it became McWilliams and Son, Inc. They worked side by side building the business into the success it is today. “Growing up in the business with my father, it was only natural for me to work in the industry too,” Gil, Jr., confessed. From the time he could walk, grandson, Devin, would accompany his father and grandfather in the field fetching tools or just riding along in the truck. He, too, had a natural procession to follow in his patriarchal footsteps and to stay in the industry to keep the business alive, instigating new technologies and advancements in the field. “Old school certainly met new school in the last few years, and although we certainly butted heads, it has been a true pleasure to learn from both sides,” Gil, Jr., conceded. Several years ago, Gil, Sr., lost his legs due to diabetes and walked around via the use of prosthetics. He never complained, and most people were unaware of the drastic physical changes the man endured. Amazingly, he did not seek or expect sympathy. He encompassed a strength and determination clearly unmatched by others who have suffered similarly. He continued to work hard every day never slowing, regardless of his physical condition. When Gil, Sr., did slow his pace, he cherished time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He loved being around the kids and teaching them the value of doing things themselves. He enjoyed taking on home renovation projects and building things on his own, rather than hiring someone else to do it for him. Gil, Jr., reflected, “My dad was a once- in-a-lifetime bigger than life dad. I will miss the advice from one of the leaders in the A/C industry. We may not have always agreed on a solution to a problem, but together we would tackle it and get it taken care of. I will miss working side by side with my dad in and day out. We worked well together and his shoes will never be filled. He was not a materialistic man but left this world rich in love and admiration from all whose lives he touched. I can only hope to make him proud with the direction my son and I will be taking the company in to the future. He was my hero and I will strive to make him proud and uphold the legacy he has left behind.” McWilliams & Son, Inc. | Heating & Air Conditoning |727-862-7002 | www.mcwilliamsandsoninc.com


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Administration Reports Improvements from Housing Market, Servicers By: Esther Cho

The housing market showed signs of progress across the board, but the overall recovery is still fragile, hence the need for efforts to prevent avoidable foreclosures, according to the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard for February. Jointly released by HUD and Treasury, the scorecard offers a comprehensive view of the housing market based on public and private sector data. “House prices are steadily rising above the mid-crisis lows in markets throughout the country, while inventories of new and existing homes are further tightening, and even estimates of the ‘shadow inventory’ are down,” said HUD deputy assistant secretary for economic affairs Kurt Usowski. “That said, we still remain considerably below long-term normal levels of home sales and production.” So far, the administration’s efforts through the Making Home Affordable (MHA) Program have led to more than 1.5 million homeowner assistance actions, including 1.1 million mods through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). In addition, data through December showed HOPE Now lenders have offered 3.4 million proprietary mortgage modifications. On average, borrowers who received HAMP mods saved about $546 on their monthly mortgage payments. The scorecard also reported 69 percent of homeowners with eligible nonGSE mortgages received a principal reduction with their HAMP mods. Homeowners also avoided foreclosure through the Home Affordable

Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA), which has helped 114,000 homeowners exit their homes through a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. The Making Home Affordable Program Performance Report, which assesses servicer performance, was also released in conjunction with the scorecard. The servicers assessed in the report were Bank of America, CitiMortgage, GMAC, Homeward Residential, JPMorgan Chase, Ocwen, OneWest, Select Portfolio Servicing, and Wells Fargo. Servicers were found to show continued overall improvement, with two servicers determined to need only minor improvement on the areas reviewed, while seven servicers were found to need moderate improvement. The report revealed the nine major servicers are getting better at evaluating homeowners for MHA program eligibility. According to the report, the “second look disagree” category, which is the rate Treasury’s program reviews disagree with a servicer’s decision to find a homeowner ineligible for assistance, was below 2 percent in the fourth quarter. Mortgage servicers continued to show accuracy when calculating homeowner income when determining homeowner program eligibility. In the fourth quarter, the average income calculation error rate for the top servicers was below 2 percent, and three servicers had a zero percent income calculation error rate. Treasury’s benchmark is for the error rate to be under 5 percent. Only Homeward Residential had a rate higher than the benchmark. “The Administration continues to improve outcomes for homeowners seeking mortgage relief by setting new standards for customer service and holding mortgage companies publicly accountable,” said Treasury assistant secretary for financial stability Tim Massad. “As a result, struggling families today have stronger consumer protections and more sustainable options to avoid foreclosure.” Source: dsnews.com

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Daffodils, the flowers symbolizing friendship, are some of the most popular flowers exclusively due to their unmatched beauty. The Daffodil or 'Narcissus' is the Latin name for a group of hardy, mostly spring-flowering bulbs - native to the Mediterranean region. The name Narcissus is derived from that of the narcissistic youth of Greek mythology called Narkissos.. The name Daffodil is derived from an earlier "affodell", a variant of asphodel. The reason for the introduction of the initial "d" is not known, though from at least the sixteenth century "Daffadown Dilly" or "daffadowndilly" has appeared as a playful synonym of the name. The Daffodil flower stood for chivalry in Victorian England, because it stood in the snow, waiting for the rest of the flowers of spring.

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Home. It’s one of the most beautiful four-letter words in the English language. Se habla Espanol, “Casa”. Bello, precioso.

Eastern Kentucky University. Indulge me as I share a few of my personal favorites.

When I was recently released from Medical Center of Trinity following an emergency appendectomy, I could not wait to go home. The first thing I posted on Facebook when I arrived was “There’s no place like home,” a famous line delivered by “Dorothy”, played by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” and also from the famous quote by John Howard Payne. I immediately began receiving “Likes” to my simple, yet heartfelt post.

Mi casa es su casa. (My home is your home.) For a man’s (home) is his castle... Sir Edward Coke, 1644

In issues past, I have referenced “My Old Kentucky Home,” as I grew up just two blocks from the actual estate where Stephen Foster wrote his classic folk tune, in my hometown of Bardstown. I remember needlepoint works and embroideries that my elders lovingly created, adorning the walls of foyers: “Home Sweet Home” and “Home is Where the Heart Is”. Modern day craftsman still stencil or paint these phrases on decorative panels of various shapes and sizes to suit one’s décor. There are numerous lines, quotes and titles that reflect the beauty of the word “Home” and its intrinsic meaning. Some have been quick to recall, others I have sought from Bartlett’s Book of Familiar Quotations, one of my favorite reference books since my days at

’Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. John Howard Payne, 1823 Home is where one starts from. T.S. Eliot 1940 Keep the home fires burning, while your hearts are yearning; though your lads are far away they dream of home. Lena Guilbert Ford 1915 It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home… Edgar Albert Guest 1881-1959 How does it feel to be on your own with no direction home like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone. Bob Dylan 1965 This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis 1954 From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam, God Bless America, my home sweet home. Irving Berlin 1938

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to handling all financial needs with professionalism and expertise. It is all about relationshipbuilding to this team and this company. Eileen commented, “I am fortunate to meet so many wonderful people, each with their unique banking needs. Being able to help each one on an individual basis is very rewarding, always challenging, and never boring!” David represents Hancock Bank as a proud member of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, West Pasco Business Association and has proposed membership to Trinity Rotary, and Trinity Business Association. He has been married to Jodie for 27 years, and they have two children, Steven (22) and Jennifer (13). You are cordially invited to visit your local Hancock Bank located at 2914 Little Road in New Port Richey. Feel free to call David, Gabrielle or Eileen at 727-287-3142, with questions or for additional information about how they can assist you in reaching your financial goals and dreams!

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HOW CAN MY CHILD GET A BETTER FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE? By: Todd Unbehagen, MAFM, EA, ATA, ATP President of Unbehagen Advisors If your child is accepted at a college, he or she will get a financial aid award letter that contains: (1) the college’s cost of attendance (COA) (this figure is different for every college); (2) your expected family contribution (EFC), which is calculated from the federal government’s aid application (this figure is constant); and (3) the specific types and amount of aid being offered. The difference between the college’s COA and your EFC equals your child’s financial need. The college’s financial aid administrator will attempt to meet this need by offering aid that includes a mix of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study.

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likely depend on whether your child will help the college meet its enrollment goals, and the amount of discretionary aid the college has available. Lastly, you should review the Florida based student scholarship and grant programs that are available to Florida students for college. I advise starting this review process when your child is attending middle school! One example is the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. It is available to all Florida students that meet certain requirements in their high school career. For more information on Florida specific financial aid opportunities go to www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org Thank you, Todd Unbehagen, MAFM, EA, ATA, ATP President, Unbehagen Advisors PS. Don’t forget, our tax team is here to prepare your tax returns this year! Call for an appointment soon!

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The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is located in the Artists’ Faire Fine Arts & Gifts Gallery in Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs. Chamber President, Sue Thomas, invites business owners and managers to attend the “Coffee with Class” networking breakfasts the first and third Wednesdays, from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM, at Rusty Bellies Restaurant located at the West end of the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. The Chamber office and Art Gallery is open seven days a week for visitor information, and they look forward to your visit!

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West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Events Mar 20 11:30am–12:30pm WPCC Combined Ribbon Cutting Statewide Blinds, Digital Traffic Squad (DTS) &Indoff, Inc. Verizon Event Center 8718 Trouble Creek Road, NPR www.westpasco.com/full-size-calendar.php Mar 21 5:30-7:30pm WPCC After Five:00 Mixer & Ribbon Cutting/Trinity Positive Business Network Sassy O'Sheas 5015 U.S. Highway 19, NPR (727) 842-7651 www.westpasco.com/full-size-calendar.php Mar 25 11:30am–12:00pm WPCC Ribbon Cutting/Congressman Gus Bilirakis West Pasco Chamber of Commerce 5443 Main Street, NPR Mar 27 11:30am–1:00pm WPCC Trinity Business Card & Brochure Exchange Fox Hollow Golf Club, Trinity Sponsored by ABCO Graphics & Printing $11.00 per person. RSVP (727) 842-7651 Mar 29 7:30–8:30am WPCC Breakfast Golden Corral 8929 U.S. Highway 19, PR Sponsored by Pontlitz Asset Advisors $10.00 per person (727) 842-7651 www.westpasco.com/full-size-calendar.php

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Good Luck! March Winner: Congratulations Olivia Maynard – Age 11

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Olivia Maynard – Age 11 Winner of KIDS, Do You Like to Write? Do you think that school should be all year round or do you think it is important to continue summer break? The tick tock of the clock repeated over and over in Olivia’s mind. She couldn’t wait until the beginning of summer break when the principal made an announcement. ‘’All students and teachers will be continuing the school year throughout the summer.’’ It was like a sea of gray almost as if all of the students had never seen the sun shine on their faces. The students went back to their 5th grade classrooms and continued with their math lesson. It seemed to be dragging on forever. Olivia didn’t understand why she had to continue school for almost another whole 3 months. She was a straight A student and she completely understood the math lesson. It wasn’t fair that people like her had to stay at school for their whole summer vacation but an idea flashed into Olivia’s brain. What Olivia was going to do something out of the ordinary. Olivia was going to break the rules if she wanted to carry out her plan. What she did first was hack into her principal’s computer and send a message to the district school board about an emergency meeting. When the office staff was on their lunch break Olivia asked her teacher to go to the bathroom. When she did she snuck down the stairs like a shadow. Fortunately, the door was unlocked so she snuck on the principal’s computer and sent an email to the school board for a meeting. Now that the hard part of her plan was done she had to begin to write a speech about why kids shouldn’t have to stay in school the whole summer break. First she thought up of a few reasons of why kids should have their summer break. She thought about how kids wouldn’t be fit if they were in school all summer. They wouldn’t be as active. Pouring over books all day may just fill the kids brains with to much information. The students would soon be bored of sitting still all day and they wouldn’t pay attention to what their teachers are talking about. Their brains would zone out and drift away like a cloud in the sky. Olivia thought her speech was pretty impressive and she couldn’t wait to share it with the district school board of Pasco County. The meeting was going to be held in one week and she couldn’t wait until then.

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‘’Waaaaaaaaaake up!’’ the sound of Olivia’s alarm clock said with a cheer. Olivia glanced at her calendar and today was the day of the meeting. Olivia’s eyes glowed with confidence. Today she would change history. All of the headlines would read… ‘’No more school over the summer.’’ Olivia could just picture the day when everyone at school would praise her and she would be the talk that shifts ear to ear. She tiptoed into her mother’s closet and ‘’borrowed’’ a suit jacket that she would wear when she spoke in front of the board. She was so exited. Olivia had been so secretive about her idea. She hadn’t told her closest friends Brooke, Amelia, Rachel, or even Paige. After school Olivia decided that she was going to tell her mom that she had an extra practice for drama club. Olivia was on her way to the meeting walking through the halls with a little spring in her step. Olivia walked through the doors and the staff’s mouths were gaping open. Now that Olivia had everybody’s attention she began her speech. She told about how students wouldn’t have any time to play with their friends. She explained how students would soon begin to loose their social skills because of the lack of time. Olivia also pointed out the fact that there wouldn’t be any time for family vacations. Not to mention the fact that their wouldn’t really be a transition time to transfer from one grade to another. Olivia concluded her speech with a smile so much bigger and brighter than the sun. The staff murmured when Olivia’s principal raised a hand to gather everyone’s attention. The rules were changed! Olivia ran home to her parents to share her accomplishments. At first they weren’t too happy with Olivia’s behavior but they were too proud of their daughter to punish her. Everything Olivia could have ever wished for was right here in this moment. As you can see I don’t think that schools should continue the school year throughout the summer. I enjoy school but it is important every now and then to have a break.


Pet Friendly Restaurants

Spring is in the air, what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to bring your pooches out to one of our local pet friendly restaurants. These local favorites have an outdoor space and allow you to dine with your dogs.

Here are some common rules to follow when bringing your dog to a pet friendly restaurant. 1. Dogs should be non-aggressive and leashed at all times 2. Always have some waste pick up bags handy 3. It’s a good idea to bring a travel water bowl

Brick Oven Pizza 9945 Trinity Blvd Trinity, FL 34655 727-372-1302 www.trinitybrickoven.com

Caposey’s Whole Works Restaurant 5250 Green Key Rd New Port Richey, FL 34652 727-842-4307 www.caposeys.com

Tijuana Flats 10900 State Road 54 New Port Richey, FL 34655 727-376-3500 www.tijuanaflats.com

Lagerheadz Bar & Grill 606 Pinellas Ave Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 727-937-6665 www.lagerheadz.com

Mezzaluna Pizzeria 5749 Main St New Port Richey, FL 34652 727-264-8980 www.mezzalunahalfmoon.com

Harold Seltzer’s Steakhouse Gulf View Square Mall 9409 U.S. Hwy 19 Port Richey, FL 34668 727-807-7777 www.seltzerssteakhouse.com

Boulevard Beef & Ale 6236 Grand Blvd New Port Richey, FL 34652 727-846-8366 www.boulevardbeef.com

Animal Care Center

of Pasco

Celebrating 20 Years

“Your pet is an important part of your family, and when he or she is ill, you want the best medical care available.”

The veterinarians and staff at our clinic are ready to provide your pet with cutting edge veterinary medical care. From wellness exams and vaccines to advanced diagnostics and complex surgical procedures, your pet will receive high quality care at our hospital. Acupuncture Canine Rehabilitation Exotics Bathing Behavioral Medicine Birds (Avian Medicine) Blood Transfusions Boarding Chemotherapy Dental Care

Digital Dental Radiology Emergency and Critical Care Endoscopy Fully Stocked Pharmacy Grooming Hospice & Euthanasia Services Laser Therapy Microchipping Nutritional Counseling Pain Management

Parasite Prevention and Control Puppy and Kitten Care Rabbits and Small Mammals Digital Radiology (X-Rays) Senior Care Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery Ultrasound Vaccinations Wellness Exams

BEST CARE ANIMAL HOSPITAL COUNTRY OAKS ANIMAL HOSPITAL ANIMAL CARE CENTER 6041 Trouble Creek Road 4041 Little Rd. 12030 Moon Lake Road New Port Richey, FL 34653 New Port Richey, FL 34655 New Port Richey, FL. 34654 (727) 846-8899 727-376-7600 (727)857-9977 www.bestcareah.com www.accpasco.com www.countryoaksah.com www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com

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Pet calendar

Mar 17 10am Poochie Paddle

New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center 6630 Van Buren St., NPR www.cityofnewportrichey.org/calendar

Mar 23 9am-2pm SPCA Suncoast Annual PetWalk Sim's Park & Orange Lake Park 727-849-1048 www.spcasuncoast.org

Mar 24 12-3pm Yappy Hour at the Market Off Main 6241 Lincoln Street, NPR 727-845-1200 trina@doggiecakes.com

Mar 30 10am-2pm Labrador Rescue of Florida Meet & Greet

Trinity PetSmart Mitchell Ranch Plaza, NPR

Apr 5 Anesthesia-Free Teeth Cleaning Clinic Paw Wash Plus 2319 Seven Springs Blvd, NPR 727-375-7070 Call to reserve space

Apr 7 12-4pm Florida Doggie Paws Rescue

Paw

Trinity’s Complete Pet Spa Visit us online www.pawwashplus.com

When Your Pets Deserve the Very Best! Professional Mobile & In-Store Grooming Available Call Today for Prices & Appointment Times

2319 Seven Springs Blvd.

Orange Lake, NPR Boat Parade is at 1pm

Apr 13 10am-2pm Labrador Rescue of Florida Meet & Greet Trinity PetSmart Mitchell Ranch Plaza, NPR

April 19 6-10pm 3rd Friday Celebration

Safety Harbor Main Street Downtown Pet Friendly Event

Apr 27 10am-2pm Labrador Rescue of Florida Meet & Greet Trinity PetSmart Mitchell Ranch Plaza, NPR

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New Port Richey, FL 34655

Pet Sitting

727-375-7070

Services Available

The Original Self Service Pet Wash

Grooming 7 Days A Week

We Groom CATS TOO!!

“We Supply Everything But The Dirty Dog”

PET CONTEST SPAW MAKEOVER Courtesy of Paw Wash Plus of Trinity & IT’s YOUR HOME

Yappi Hour Adoption Event Mezzaluna's Pizzeria 5749 Main St, NPR 813-283-1695

Apr 10 10am-3pm Chasco Fiesta™ Pet Adoption Fair

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DOES YOUR FURRY FRIEND NEED A MAKEOVER?

WINNER

Send us a photo with a short story and tell us why your pet needs a little pampering. If selected, your pet will win a free SPAW Package which includes: • SPAW Lavish Your Pet Shampoo & Conditioner Treatment • SPAW Lavish Your Pet Blueberry Facial & Pawdicure Haircut & Style Complete with Bow or Bandana • Yummy Bakery Treat to Take Home • Star in the next issue of IT's YOUR HOME in print and online & Featured on Paw Wash Plus Facebook Page & Monthly Newsletter

Enter to win: Contests@ItsYourHomeMagazine.com One winner per issue


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