Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.

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The Everglades Wonder Gardens: Rediscovering A Historic Southwest Florida Roadside Attraction

Discovering the real natural Florida at the Everglades Wonder Gardens

Everglades Wonder Gardens is one of the few survivors of Florida’s  Golden Age of roadside attractions, these tourist stops where part of the folk character of Tamiami Trail and an important part of Southwest Florida History.  Now tucked away on the historic part of Bonita Springs on Old US 41, the Everglades Wonder Gardens was …

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Cirque Du Soleil Varekai Coming to Germain Arena in September

Cirque du Soleil Varekai

Ever since the first time I had the opportunity to attend a Cirque du Soleil show, about 6 years ago, I have been truly inspired by the beauty, magic and artistry of the Cirque productions.  Since then I have been to a couple of Cirque du Soleil shows and I am always am amazed by …

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Where to Stay in Saint Augustine

Hilton St Augustine Historic Bayfront

Filled with hundreds of years of history St Augustine is considered to be the first city in the USA.  My family and I visited recently and where truly blown away with it’s beauty and the countless places to visit and things to do there for everyone in the family.  The most important thing when choosing …

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: Finding The Best Hotel for Families in Orlando

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel Orlando

I travel to Orlando a lot to go to the parks with the family and to attend media events or conferences and even though we have stayed in a wide variety of hotels we had yet to find a hotel that had something for everyone, until now.  After much research and countless hours reading reviews …

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DeLand : Small Town Charm in Central Florida

DeLand Florida main street

Recently voted as one of the 10 Best Main Streets in America,  DeLand Florida is a picturesque tree-lined town with lots of history and old Florida charm.  The city was founded in 1876, and was named for its founder, Henry Addison DeLand. This quaint town boasts museums, antique shops and is home to Stetson University.  As …

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Get Away From It All and Discover the Real Florida in West Volusia

Blue Springs Park Florida tubing in natural lazy river

Just a few minutes away from Orlando and Daytona Beach West Volusia County is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle and discover what natural Florida has to offer.  There are lots of things to do for families from swimming in it’s natural freshwater springs and getting up close and personal …

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Cowabunga! Turtle Power With the TMNT at Nick Hotel’s Summer of Shell Celebration

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet and Greet at Nick Hotel

The Nick Hotel is one of our favorite places to stay at when we are in Orlando, my kids love the character shows, the awesome rooms and of course the amazing water park and slime so we where thrilled when we where recently invited for the VIP Summer of Shell media preview.  You see this summer the Nick Hotel …

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Knights, Princesses and Excitement at Medieval Times Dinner Show in Orlando

Medieval Times, Orlando.

I often wonder what it would have been like to live in another era, what if time travel where possible? Well you don’t have to wait for that time machine to be invented you can travel back in time and experience all the pageantry and exigent of the age of knights, castles and kings by …

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Out of This World Family Fun at Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios!

We had the opportunity to visit  Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ “Star Wars Weekends”.  This is the first time we have visited the park during this galactic celebration and we where truly amaze by it.  The Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios feature largest gathering of official “Star Wars” characters and probably Star Wars Fans as well. …

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Bonefish Grill’s New Sea-lebrities Menu – $25 Bonefish Grill Gift Card Giveaway!

Bonefish Grill

I have always loved going to Bonefish Grill with it’s wide array of delicious food offerings including lots of options for those of us who love seafood.  Now Bonefish Grill is going above and beyond with it’s new seafood menu additions. The “Sea-lebrities” are making an appearance near you! For a limited time only, seafood …

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