Ican’t go to sleep at night without checking to make sure my door is locked. Ever. I’m an overly paranoid, light sleeper who gets stirred by the slightest noise.
That changed last month. I traveled to Parrot Cay, a private island in the Turks & Caicos. For the first time ever, I felt safe and comfortable enough in my surroundings to go to sleep without locking the doors.
Good news for parents and children who hate needles and flu shots: Starting this year, health officials recommend that healthy kids ages 2 to 8 get the nasal spray flu vaccine instead of flu shots. Officials say that the nasal spray vaccine works better, and that using the spray instead of the needle may result in more kids getting the flu vaccine.
December represents more than holiday parties and New Year’s festivities; it signifies that we are knee-deep in peak season, preparing for the myriad of social occasions that the Palm Beaches are so well known for. The typical season has me running from client parties to charitable receptions and galas, fashion shows at The Gardens Mall, Downtown at the Gardens, Worth Avenue, theaters and art exhibits, Sunday Polo and local sporting events – in addition to being a full-time baseball mom. On any given day, I may change outfits three times and have about 10 minutes to complete each look.
Peruse Palm Beach’s shops, restaurants and hotels on the “Holiday Haute Ride,” a free and fashionable car service from Palm Beach Lately and The Free Ride. Visitors and locals can jump on the Palm Beach Lately loop on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of December. Stops include Hamilton Jewelers, Neiman Marcus, Nick & Johnnie’s, The Colony Hotel and more (palmbeachlately.com/freeride).
ABOUT THE DRINK
Brownie Brittle MarTito’s Cocktail
2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua
1 ounce espresso
Shaken on fresh ice, strained into crushed Brownie Brittle coated rim martini glass
WHO: CEO and creator of “Sheila G.’s Brownie Brittle” Sheila G. Mains
WHAT: The Brownie Brittle MarTito Cocktail, paired with watermelon and feta salad with basil, mint and jalapeño vinegar; Moroccan chicken wings with yogurt dip; warm chickpeas with hummus; and charred eggplant dip