Letter From The Publisher
Even though we didn’t have much of a winter this year in our sunshine state I’m always looking forward to spring. I’ve planted all my outside flowerpots with gorgeous spring flowers. Finley Grace helps her GiGi keep them watered daily when she comes to work. Yes, sometimes the office turns into a daycare, as some of you know when you call. I’m blessed to be able to work from my home office with my daughter, Jessica and I love being able to share with all of you what the Heartland has to offer to our communities. Every time I run into someone while out shopping, at lunch or dinner at one of our local restaurants or at an event I love hearing your ideas of what you would like to see in the magazine and really appreciate your compliments. I thank you for all your support.
I’m excited to say I took the challenge from our last issue of planting my very first garden. My son Jake built me a couple garden boxes off the ground because living in the country means I have a few critters that will probably be a problem. I’m going to take the advice of the article and start small with my first one. Stay tuned until next issue and I’ll let you know if I have a green thumb.
It’s such an honor to be able to bring you a variety of topics that show the unique diversity of the Heartland. Hope you enjoy the feature stories our writers and photographers have captured from agriculture, music festivals, Top Buttons from Lakeland helping our young women create a brighter future and lastly our amazing wedding section helping all you bride and grooms plan your Perfect Florida Wedding.
We are always growing and proud to have Carson Griffin join our team as one of our feature writers. Carson did an amazing job working with Sarah Powers, CEO of Top Buttons and when you read the story you will see with her research why this story pulled at her heartstrings.
I hope you all enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. As always, we thank you, our readers for supporting Heartland LIVING. I encourage you to dine, shop and explore local to support small businesses and the economy in your community because when we support and love each other, it creates a better place for all of us.