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Growing your own tomatoes is often a challenge in the Florida heat. With some of these tools, you can easily grow them in a pot on your lanai, since a standard lanai cage cuts out roughly 30 percent of the scorching sun. Every one of these tools can be found locally at Lowes or on

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Paulette LeBlanc is an editor and freelance writer who has lived in Cape Coral for 25 years. She currently has a romance mystery available on Amazon and Kindle with a sequel in tow. She won best pitch at the Atlanta Writers Conference in 2016 for her series of children’s literature.

Trainer Confessions

1. One of the biggest things I have learned in this business is that someone cannot sign a loved one up for training. Anytime someone has called me to train his or her child or spouse, it has never worked out well. It really has to be someone’s own idea. I see this the most with parents that have scheduled…

Holiday Cheers

Serve at a holiday party or ring in the New Year with this cranberry martini. 

Queen of Cakes

Locals have known for a while. Repeat customers would say, “Told you so.” Validated by the industry that now recognizes the artistry, customer service and attention to detail that only a family-owned business can give its patrons is icing on the cake! LadyCakes Bakery was among only two percent of wedding professionals selected for the notable award of The 2017…

Congratulations, Bella Rosa!

The results from our pet contest are in! The overall category was CUTE, but we have a few honorable mentions that we couldn’t resist putting in our pages. Paws down Bella Rosa, seven-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and certified therapy dog, is Cape Coral Lifestyle 
Magazine's Cutest Pet.

Ralph’s Place

Walking into Ralph’s Place is like catching a fly ball. It feels really good and you see your friends in the crowd cheering you on. New York and Boston memorabilia fill the walls like photos of family. Bob and Nicole Burns have been the proud owners of this bar and restaurant for nearly four years. Bob attended culinary school at…

Need Exercise? Try Biking!

Quality of life for Southwest Floridians ranks high when it comes to outdoor activities, weather and sunshine. For many, these are as essential to living as oxygen itself. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the great outdoors year round, from kayaking, walking, running and of course, biking.

Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Forget the cookies and milk! Everyone knows what Santa wants when he's in SW Florida...RUM DRINKS! Here are some of the best rum recipes to spice up your holiday party or enjoy solo while wrapping gifts. For an award winning flavor, use only the best - Cape Coral's Wicked Dolphin Rums. Using 100% Florida Sugar and local ingredients, Wicked Dolphin…