Weekend Reading 1.18.20

By Kate Riley January 18, 2020

What a week you guys. I’ve had my head down focused and working. The truth is I’m trying to launch a new business/website by the end of the month and that deadline is looming. But I made a promise to myself that I have to keep, so look for that exciting reveal at the end of the month. Forgive me if it feels a little bit like radio silence around here, that’s where my head is and where I’m spending my energy right now.

I booked a second trip today! In March I’m headed to the Florida Keys. I’ve can’t believe I’ve lived this long and never even touched foot in Florida. I’ve been all over the west coast but I still have a lot I haven’t seen several cities on the east coast so why not start at the bottom, right? :) The Florida Keys have always intrigued me, so I booked a trip to explore Key West and Key Largo. The flight was so cheap I couldn’t resist! Fill me in on any hot spots or not-to-miss sights for those of you that have visited or lived there!

Favorite links from the week:

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These cactus installations are the prettiest.

Very chic and so easy to make: these simple knot DIY macramé planters.

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Aw so sweet! This 6 year old’s effort to help save koalas.

Now this I have to try! Brownies made with cauliflower.

Slow cooker recipes made with 5 or less ingredients.

The best paying jobs of 2020.


  1. Florida girl here! We spend a month in the keys every year fishing and you can honestly get away with skipping key largo entirely. I’m fact, I’d recommend that. Key west is fun for drinking and checking out the historical sites. I would also recommend taking the boat to the dry tortugas! If you like to fish, get a charter one day because the fishing is unreal. Final thought: keep your expectations lowish. Everything is old and pretty seedy… the salt air and all that LOL. Enjoy your trip!

    • wow amazing, thank you! I was going to drive all the way to Key Largo and check out some of the other Keys along the way but now I’ll reconsider!

  2. Hi Kate,
    I live 20 minutes from the gateway to the Keys! I’ve been to Key Largo and Key West all my life! Some things are a bit old, but that gives them so much charm! The top restaurants I love in Key Largo are The Fish House, Senior Frioles, and the Conch restaurant. If you go further down to Islandmorada, they have the Islandmorada Fish company restaurant sooo good and right on the water. Also you have to go to Robbie’s Fish Company and feed the Tarpon!! You go out on the dock and feed huge fish! It’s so awesome! Their restaurant is delicious also. Key West is just beautiful! Walk along Duval Street and go in all the shops, visit Ernest Hemingway’s house and see the six toe cats, rent a bike or moped so fun!!! You cannot miss Mallory Square! All kinds of performers doing tricks! It’s a little crazy, but so fun!! You must also go to the Southernmost point and get a picture taken. Here you will be at the southernmost point of the United States!! It is a beautiful drive from Key Largo to Key West! Don’t miss it. So many great restaurants in Key West! We love the Half Shell. If I think of other ones I’ll comment again. We love the Keys! My sister has a house in Islandmorada and my brother works for the Key West airport so we’re seasoned Keys people! There’s just something about the Keys!!

    • Thank you so much Babette, I’ll try to squeeze in some of those restaurants and I can’t wait to explore Key West!

  3. We love the Keys – there is something for everyone. You should definitely do the drive from Key Largo to Key West – it’s a beautiful drive. Several parks to check out along the way – including Sombrero Beach in Marathon. Islamorada is gorgeous – specifically Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar for an evening sunset on the bay. I also recommend a sunset cruise from Key West. Spend some time exploring Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach – it is a bit rocky but it gets my vote as the best beach in Key West (and learn some history). Enjoy and don’t forget to try the Key Lime Pie!

    • Wow thank you so much Sherry! I think I’ll make a one day road trip out of it, do the loop up and back and leave extra early so I can see as much as possible!

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