February 2016



In this month's Key Insights, we have a wonderful Raffle Item that will help you feel more relaxed!  A SPA MASSAGE!

We will also announce the lucky winners of last month's one hour and three hour consultations with one of the best Interior Designers on Key Biscayne,  Carol Craiglow of Interiors by Studio South!!!              

This February Edition of Key Insights is chock full of many activities offered around our community and beyond. We have searched to find detailed Information of value for the residents and frequent visitors of our Island  Paradise,  Key Biscayne and beyond. Plus we have three very lovely contributors adding their Insights as well!

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I want to sincerely THANK all of you for the wonderful feedback and interest in participating in my newsletter.

To enter February's raffle click the ticket :



Drawing on February 29th at 11:59!


A bright space filled with windows. The fresh, clean interior. Sophisticated and calm tone. And smiles. There is such a hair salon here in Key Biscayne. The chairs you can sit in comfortably for hours and the flat-bed shampoo benches have been imported from Japan and are popular among our clients, who say that these imports are relaxing and comfortable. The shampoo benches in particular are designed to alleviate the stress placed on the neck, achieving a carefree experience in relaxation. These benches are also ideal for shampooing small children.
Treat yourself to a relaxed deserve it! Our casual yet professional salon will make your stress fade away into a distant memory. Our friendly, professional stylists will pamper you while restoring your hair and renewing your look.
Indulge yourself with a unique Ceci Spa cut, style, or color. Experience a specialized combination of styling options that will perfectly transform your look and spirit. Our first-class service includes today's most advanced coloring and hair management techniques. Our stylists are highly trained and your privacy is assured. Ceci Spa is dedicated to providing you with the utmost attention, courtesy, and level of service. Don't leave your hair to just any salon;
 you deserve the best.


(305) 361-7842

Inside Key Colony
235 Crandon Boulevard Suite 1  Key Biscayne, Florida 33149


Friday, February 5th 
7 - 11pm
Key Biscayne Beach Club
For more Information, contact Ines Lozano (305) 301-0024 OR Email her at: 

Delicious Brazilian barbecue, caipirinhas, music and dance! All proceeds will go towards building more classes at Ecole du Village, a community school in Haiti with 135 students. Sponsored by Flying High for Haiti and Rotary Club of Key Biscayne. 


Saturday, February 6th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Visit Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park for a pre-Valentine's Day celebration  and a romantic view of the Cape Florida Lighthouse and surrounding area. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be served while enjoyed great views and live music.

Bill Baggs State Park
1200 South Crandon Blvd

RSVP by Thursday, Feb 4 to Art Yerian Tel: (305) 970-5150 OR

Free event.
 Donations and membership to join and support the Friends of Cape Florida are Welcome!

Thursday, February 11th
6 -8pm

Back by popular demand!!!!  Free Happy Hour celebrating  LOVE & Women's Health at Dolores but You Can Call me Lolita, compliments of Mercy Hospital.
On February 11th  it's time to leave your worries and busy schedules behind, grab a couple of  friends and treat yourself to a  great time!!!!  Free wine, appetizers, chocolate fountain and much more.  
RSVP required, space is limited.   For more information contact Alicia Oritz at 786.449.6183.


ABOUT GRASSROOTS GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is a mission-based (501-c3) organization that hosts four music/dance festivals and two sustainability fairs a year in three different states across the east coast. GrassRoots brings multi-cultural communities together through the magic of music, art, dance, education, wellness and sustainability. The original Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival began in 1990 as a benefit concert to support a local AIDS organization in Ithaca, NY. The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival has become an internationally recognized event with a focus on traditional and contemporary roots music and dance from all over the world. Twelve years later, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival was launched on a 75-acre farm in rural North Carolina near the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The festival is down south for the winter once again, having found an amazing site, the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami, FL. It's the ideal spot for the fifth annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival. GrassRoots works to nurture local artists and talent while reaching around the globe to bring world music and culture to new audiences, creating environments that inspire creativity and foster community building. The impact of GrassRoots expands far beyond that which occurs during these four-day festivals. For over 25 years, GrassRoots has served to both engage and give back to the local and regional communities in which we exist by providing financial and organizational support to impact positive change. For more information, navigate to call 786.810.7112



Saturday, February 20, 2016
10am - 3pm

Have you ever driven past a house on the Key and wondered what it looks like from the inside?
Well now's your chance.......

The Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce is giving you the opportunity to visit  fabulous homes on the Island. The Tour will take place on Saturday February 20th from 10am to 3pm. 

New this year: The Home Tour Expo - Chamber businesses related to home improvement will showcase their businesses during the reception at the Beach Park.

Parking will be available at the Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church, and comfortable vans will shuttle visitors from home to home. At the last ocean front stop (Beach Park), refreshments and lite bites provided by our loc
al restaurants will be served.
Tickets are $35 per person in advance. The day before the event and at the door, the tickets will be $45.    CLICK HERE for advance tickets or call (305) 361-5207 for further information.

How to Make Your Home a Soothing Sanctuary

Give your home some love this Valentine's Day (and beyond), and it will
 love you back.

Your home may never be a castle, but it can definitely be a haven - your own private refuge (at least after the kids are asleep) from the mayhem outside.
Creating a stress-free and soothing home environment can mean  hiring a contractor to install serious soundproofing or a spa-worthy  steam shower - pricey upgrades that are likely to add property value. But just as often, it's about simple things you can do without laying out a cent. 

Start by remembering to take advantage of features your home already has, suggests  Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home.

"Take time to light a fire in the fireplace, have coffee on the patio, take a bath," says Rubin. 

Ready to boost your home's relaxation quotient? Here are some easy ways to do it: 

Clear the Decks

One of Rubin's "secrets of adulthood" is that outer order contributes to inner calm. She advises clearing open surfaces of extraneous stuff, cleaning out closets, and generally straightening up. "These may seem trivial," says Rubin, "but this kind of orderliness really helps people feel more energetic and cheerful." 

Go on a TV Diet

Here's a radical notion: Take the TV out of the main living space. There's nothing tranquility-inducing about blaring commercials or the evening news. Consider eliminating all but one TV for the household. Put it out of the way, where flicking it on won't be an automatic gesture, and feel your home's peace vibe rise. 

Listen to Music

Music soothes you. Of course, it depends on the music. Find a commercial-free radio station you like and keep it at low volume. You'll be surprised at how the strains of cool jazz and classical music in the background soothe jangled nerves. A whole-house sound system costs as little as $400 for a wireless unit. 
Muffle Irritating Noises

If you're serious about  blocking out noise - such as traffic noise - you can  soundproof walls and  ceilings by doubling up on drywall and caulking gaps where sound enters. 

Carpets, drapes, and other soft materials help absorb sound. For walls, a quick, cheap, sound-muffling solution is  Homasote, a recycled cardboard material that costs about $25 for a 4-by-8-ft. sheet. It doubles as a pinboard, making it especially suited for children's rooms and home offices, and takes paint like a dream.

Soak Out the Stress

A prefab steam shower can run you $5,000 or more, but there are less pricey ways to take your  bathroom in a spa-like direction. Hot baths have been used for frayed nerves and sore muscles since Cleopatra's day. If your existing tub isn't deep enough, a 30-inch-deep soaking tub starts at around $500 (plus installation, of course). Don't forget the bath salts. 

Color Yourself Calm

Blue is considered a restful  paint color, which is why decorators often choose it for bedrooms. Followers of the Chinese art of feng shui believe pink calms a room, while green - because it symbolizes nature - is serene and refreshing. 

Light it Right

Overhead  lighting can be glary and unflattering, whereas light at lower levels creates warmth and intimacy. Balance an overhead fixture with  wall sconces and table lamps - and be sure to put that ceiling fixture on a dimmer, especially over a dining table. 

Flickering Flames

Sitting by a crackling fire has nurtured souls from time immemorial. If you're lucky enough to have a  fireplace, use it to create relaxing ambience. 

No fireplace? Make the most of candlelight for a mid-winter mood boost. Plain, long-burning candles from the supermarket are so inexpensive ($7 for a box of 72), you'll feel free to use them in abundance.

Flower Power

Freshly cut flowers provide measurable uplift, a new  behavioral research study shows. 

"People who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depressed feeings," says Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., a psychologist who conducted the study. 

Chrysanthemums last longest; they can go up to three weeks in a vase, with alstroemeria, roses, and lilies a close second.


With Valentine's Day approaching, love is in the air....or is it?  So, what do you do when your relationship is in trouble? As a psychologist who works in both 
couple's counseling  and collaborative divorce, the recommendation would be to try couple's counseling first.  It will open up communication that may have been shut down allowing the two of you to share thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment with a trained professional.  You may even find your way back to one another  by having the forum to openly and honestly express yourselves.  And, if you decide that divorce is the best option,  keeping a dialogue open through counseling will help your interaction with one another be positive. Divorce, even if necessary,  is difficult,  so if the two of  you are able to communicate, the process will be much smoother.  Finally, if there are children involved, communication is key to preserving your "family."  So, when you are deciding what the future of your relationship will be,  try couple's counseling as the first step.

By Ronda Fuchs, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Alignment is so beautiful, delicate and effective all at the same time. We often desire something we are not aligned with or ready to receive. Instead, line up yourself with the energy of your desire to produce what is called a vibrational match. You see, you cannot receive what you are not aligned with or a match to. For example, if your desire is to have more prosperity then it is going to be difficult to receive it if you're constantly complaining about how little money you have or how you never have enough. Instead, make a habit of recanting how abundant you are and citing all the amazing things you already have no matter the circumstances. Start basic if you must, like being grateful for the roof over your head, the food you are able to eat each day, the great country we live in and so on. It's all about the feeling. This is where the old adage "fake it till you make it" comes into play. Feel successful, healthy, thinner, happier or whatever you desire before any manifestation. Become a magnet of what you want in the areas of your life that you are looking to improve. This applies not only to finances but to all areas of your life including health, romance, career and so forth. Good habits take time to master but the payoff is effective and a wise long-term investment. Are you ready to fit the bill?
This is from the amazing work of Esther and Jerry Hicks.

By Ana Angel Tootle, MPA
Inner Universe
Raising the vibration of the planet one inspiration at a time



In a world of 24/7 connectivity, ongoing comments on threads and documentation of hourly living, the present moment has escaped society. As we grasp onto the struggles of feeling disconnected, discontent and lonely, the answers can be found in the detachment of WIFI and apps.

The breakdown of an engaged community in many ways is being led by the continuous need to be connected to the superficial world of faux friends. Constant updates, picture posts and thread commenting, often occurs while conversing with real live humans. "Wait...let me finish this text..."

The importance of being present is a common theme. Many walk while texting, email while out with friends and yes, even utilizing facilities while chatting on the phone. It needs to stop. What happens to our brain when we really disconnect from our mobile gadgets, and start to see the world as a real time experience?

I encourage you to instill a weekly block of time to participate in a digital detox. Whether it's on Sundays or a block of time in the evening after dinner, designate a block in your schedule that will not include your eyeballs scanning your phone, tablet or computer. Here is what you might find while you cleanse your soul of digital conversation.

Humans are where it's at: It's incredibly enjoyable to be an active member of a real life conversation. Eyeballs connect, laughter occurs, and memories are created. Human interaction and the feeling of connectivity is exponentially better and more authentic face to face. Spend time with the humans around you.

Happiness level: Your happiness level will increase as a constant barrage of idolized imperfections has been documented to instill feelings of sadness and loneliness. These highly photo shopped images of lives presented in a glorified way, condition you to feel insignificant. If you are feeling bummed, this might be the reason. Their highlights are the only things being broadcasted. It's rare to see images of vomit, blistered feet and chipped nails.

Serenity: you hear that? Those are birds! When was the last time you sat outside and just listened to the beauty around you? These moments of serenity calm your soul, and allow you to hear your inner voice. This is where you may have your most creative ideas, find solutions to challenges and overall refocus on your path in life. This rarely happens while composing a message with 140 characters.

Opportunity: While you are at the party, and attached to your mobile device, the best opportunity passed you. Do you recall the photo that went viral of a man on a phone that had a whale jump behind him? He didn't even see it because he was on his phone messaging someone. He wasn't present and missed opportunity. Whether it's a business opportunity or a grand message from Mother Earth, these moments are missed while engaged in computer talk.

Start out taking hour breaks and once the side effects and the shakes succumb, add more digital detox to your day and week. The world is a beautiful place. You only need to look up for more than 10 seconds to see it again.

Violette de Ayala
Violette is the Founder of Femfessionals [a global online and local community for women entrepreneurs], a small business expert, writer and mother of three. A serial entrepreneur with 20-plus years of experience, Violette is p assionate about s upporting women entrepreneurs through business growth, big vision strategies and positivity. For all her best  notes, advice and business trends visit .

Help Reduce TRAFFIC with this FREE local transportation service!

TEXT : 786 361 8657

Please try the new FREE KeyRide program, a joint effort between the Village of Key Biscayne and the Key Biscayne Community Foundation. Text your location to 786-361-8657 and they will pick you up and take you to your destination in KB (without you having to use your own car, park, etc.).
Please help make this a success and reduce traffic in our beloved island!

If you don't text, call the number and schedule the ride directly. This service is completely free, but TIPS to the drivers are always appreciated.

February 2016!

Activities for people of all ages!

Including Adult trips to:
  • Trip to Mercy Hospital - includes lunch!
  • John Pennekamp Glass Bottom Boat Tour & Lunch
  • Day at Palm Beach Outlets 
  • Flamenco Festival's Farruquito at the Adrienne Arsht Center
And for the kids...  (call for dates and times)
  • Girls Softball Clinics 
  • Co-Ed Volleyball Clinics 
  • Free clinic: Co-Ed Recreational Baseball & Girls Recreational Softball 

Thursday KBCC Movie Matinees
1:30pm and 4:00pm showings

And bring out the family for 
Feb. 19, 7:00pm

February 21, 2016 5:30pm

There are Theater Performances, Science Lectures, Seminars, Support groups, Camps, Counseling, Fairs
and so much more...
CLICK HERE or the image above for the complete schedule of time and events.


North of Heather
Feb 16
South of Heather & North of McIntyre
Feb 19

South of McIntyre & North of West Masta
Feb 15

South of West Masta

Feb 18

Special Thanks for SHARED INSIGHTS!!!!

Thanks for Sharing!!!
Big Thanks to
Ronda Fuchs, Psy.D.
Ana Angel Tootle, MPA and 
Violette de Ayala
for sharing their KEY INSIGHTS!




We want to thank
Carol Craiglow of Interiors by Studio South for the amazing prize of two  consultations. 

She is one of the best Interior Designers on Key Biscayne and beyond!

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren't just agents. They're professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:
  1. An expert guide. Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there's a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  2. Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs®can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need.
  3. Property marketing power. Property doesn't sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner's contacts with previous clients, friends, and family. When a property is marketed by a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
  4. Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows you the flexibility you need to take that next step.
  5. Up-to-date experience. Most people sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each sale. Even if you've done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS®handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
  6. Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they'll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.
  7. Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®'s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. 
If you are looking for a very experienced REALTOR, Contact Paola Padovan today to get your free Comparative Market Analysis and or a list of what is available for rent or sale. Paola has been serving her community for over 25 years and she is more than eager to serve you as well. 

Padovan Realty is a  family owned, full-service Residential Real Estate firm was established in 1991 making them the most experienced boutique Real Estate Firm on Key Biscayne. 

Contact Paola at: 305 915-4044 or visit  
or click Padovan Realty Corp.
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