Letter From The Publisher
Even though we had some lingering cooler weather this year spring is finally here. This means time to open up the windows and soak up the sunshine, which is my favorite pastime. I already have beach plans in the works for a much needed little get away. Hope you have some springtime plans as well.
I love April because of the longer days and now it looks like we get to keep them year round. I also love all the beautiful blooming flowers I’ve been seeing in gardens and porches. Inside this issue we’ve added a little help to get you started planting your garden whether you have room for a landscaped one or in pots on your porches. How nice to take a break and sit outside and enjoy the beautiful blaze of colors you choose for your flower garden.
Spring is also the beginning of the busy season, with a ton of exciting events to look forward to. When we went through all the upcoming events in the Heartland we thought we were going to have to add a page. Take a look and plan something with the warmer weather to enjoy with family and/or friends. A cool event coming to Sebring in April is the inaugural Sebring Soda Festival in Downtown Sebring. This event is held only in one other city in the USA. The Sebring Chamber of Commerce is presenting this event and CEO Liz Barber shared this with me “I’m really excited for the first ever Sebring Soda Festival, and it will be a very cute, family-friendly nostalgic-style 1950’s themed event, and I think it will complement the downtown area very nicely”.
We are honored to have Candice Franqui, not only grace our cover, but share her dreams. Since she was 15 years old, Candice wanted to become a model. As Candice works hard to follow her dream, she is also an honor roll student at Sebring High School, keeping her academics up. Candice feels a dream is in reach if you try, work hard, stay smart and remember who you are.
I’m so happy when I reached out to friends Scott and Terri Crutchfield and that they said yes to share their gorgeous home and where La La Land was created. Terri’s passion came from one little piglet, named Precious, she bought Scott as a birthday present and the rest is history. That passion has turned into TLC Therapy Hooves. When I was at their home for the photo shoot with photographer Caroline Maxcy Fox, I witnessed pure joy coming from their hearts as they watched delighted nursing home residents, who had come to visit and interact with the exotic animals at La La Land. I know you are going to enjoy their story because it comes from their heart.
I hope you all enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. As always we want to thank our advertisers for all your support and our readers for picking up Heartland LIVING and sharing your thoughts and complements. I encourage you to dine, shop and support local small businesses. When you do, you help the economy in our Heartland Communities.