Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens is located on approximately 117 acres and sits at the mouth of the Trout River. The zoo is active in animal conservation, participating in more than 50 national and international conservation initiatives and more than 95 Species Survival Plans. It is home to over 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants.
One of our favorite past times and going and enjoying the zoo here in Jacksonville! It's one of the oldest zoos in Florida, this year they will be celebrating 103 years! They've come a very long way since they opened their doors! You can go and spend a whole day exploring the 12 different animal exhibits and 7 garden exhibits. They also have a really nice play ground for the kiddos to shed more of that extra energy.
The Catty Shack
In 1994 the Catty Shack began as "The Florida Panther project". In 2000, the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary was granted its nonprofit 501©3 status and then in 2004 they became licensed and opened to the public. They give guided tours that last approximately 40-45 minutes. These tours include information about their facilities, facts about the species they house – both in the wild and in captivity, personal stories about some of the residents, explanation of habitats, enrichment activities, food, and much more.
Jacksonville's Museum of Science & History is a private, non-profit museum located on the Southbank Riverwalk. M.O.S.H strives to increase the knowledge and understanding of the natural environment and history of Jacksonville as well as Northeast Florida. M.O.S.H focuses on awareness and appreciation of science and history. They offer exhibits and events that stimulate learning in visitors of any age.
Kingsley Plantation is the site of a former estate that was named for an early owner, Zephaniah Kingsley, who spent 25 years there. You can explore the grounds which include the slave quarters, barn, waterfront, plantation house, kitchen house, and interpretive garden. The visitor contact station/bookstore is located in a 1920s building adjacent to the plantation buildings. It's full of interesting history!
Pumpkin Hill Preserve
Pumpkin Hill Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park, located 12 miles north of Jacksonville, west of Big and Little Talbot Islands. If you're looking for a great area to hike, fish, go for a picnic or just get away from the hustle of the city life, Pumpkin Hill is a perfect place to go! This state park protects one of the largest contiguous areas of coastal uplands remaining in Duval County. The uplands protect the water quality of the Nassau and St. Johns rivers, ensuring the survival of aquatic plants and animals, and providing an important refuge for birds.
Two years ago my only real experience with asthma had been few friends and my sweet little Chihuahua, Dink. Then the month after my son, GG, turned a year old (May of 2015) our personal journey with this breath taker began. What started as a cough and some raspy breathing turning into wheezing and my little guy gasping to get air. It was his first emergency visit. We were terrified and didn't know exactly what the culprit was, but the one thing I knew was that in a matter of hours my baby went from breathing normally to breathing fast, hard and struggling. At the hospital it was confirmed possible, but due to his age it wasn't official. At our follow up appointment we were told to keep him inside, given a plan of action and another follow up appointment three weeks later. Three weeks came and he could have breathing treatments spaced out more and was allowed outside for short periods for another month.
Over that first year it was off and on. He got hit with it hard again a month before his second birthday. Then for almost eight months it seemed to go dormant. During the past year it's been ear infections that we seem to be battling more or so I thought until we rounded a corner in life and ran smack back into the little air sucker - asthma. Two week ago GG broke out in a rash and had a terrible time breathing. We ended up back in the ER. Unlike the first time, at this point, he'd already been officially diagnosed and we knew in part what we were dealing with. A respiratory therapist took time to come in and really schooled us on asthma. We learned things that the primary care doctors had never told us.
I wanted to share all of this information with any and everyone. See, for me, I knew that asthma was dangerous, I knew that it could be deadly, but the gravity of how bad it is even when they're having an attack and you don't know it, is something I never thought about. For instance, a child can be wheezing even if you don't hear it. Did you know that? I didn't!
If you or someone you know has a child with asthma, wrap your head around this - asthma kills over 3,000 Americans every year. Sometimes asthma is set off by viral infections, pollen, exposure to animals, or exercise. More Americans than ever before have asthma — about 24 million people in the U.S. have asthma. It is one of the most common and costly diseases.
I knew that wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath were from asthma, it's the most common talked about symptoms, BUT did you know that the following are symptoms as well:
Did you also know that you can go weeks, months or years with no symptoms. It doesn't mean that you no longer have asthma. It just means that you haven't been triggered. Asthma DOES NOT go away, there is NO cure.
Do you know what happens when someone is having an asthma attack?
During the asthma attack, the muscles tighten around your airways and, the lining of the airways become swollen or inflamed and thicker mucus -- more than normal -- is produced.
There should ALWAYS be a plan of action that anyone who may keep your child has on hand. Notice I said on hand. Instructions should be written down step-by-step and you should always go over it step-by-step with them as well. Make a copy for grandparent's homes, school, your house, the babysitter -- everyone!
Seek medical help immediately for:
I don't have to tell you how important your child is. See that little guy? He's my heart and I would never forgive myself if something happened to him from my lack of information. He will be three next month and it's still a struggle. I'm over protective and I'm okay with that. Knowing how deadly asthma can be I'd rather be safe then have anything happen to him that could be avoided.
Please share this with anyone you feel may need to know. It may save a life. I pray that the information I've included gets to those who could need it.
I love food, ALL types of food, but I'm especially fond of Mediterranean dishes! Years ago, 2011 to be exact, I found an amazing turkey and veggie burger recipe. It became my go to and only turkey burger recipe. Today I will be sharing it with all of you!!
GREEK TURKEY BURGERS
PREP TIME 20 mins
COOK TIME 10 mins
TOTAL TIME 30 mins
Author: Beth M of Budget Bytes
Total Cost: $11.47
Cost Per Serving: $1.91
Hello! I'm Diona. I am a wife and mother. You may notice I post a lot about motherhood, it's a huge part of who I am!
I love essential oils, Starbucks, hot tea, going to the zoo, being at the beach, traveling (any and everywhere), and having lengthy discussions - I'm a big time talker once you get me going.
I can see the beauty in a mud puddle. I love anything creative and artsy - crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing, graphic design and web design, you name it, I probably do it!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am also a full time photographer with a few other small jobs on the side.