Maple Syrup…Yum!

Maple Syrup…Yum!

by Ruth Ward One of my pet peeves is going to a fabulous restaurant and ordering pancakes that are organic and look amazing, but then the server hands you a bottle of ……manufactured syrup!!!! More »

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

by Anya Mayr Winter: the time of snuggly warm hot cocoa drinks, twinkly lights, and the unabashed smell of cinnamon. While winter in Florida lacks the cotton-white snow and piles of amber-colored leaves, the weather dips, hearty holiday meals, More »

How Trendy are You?

How Trendy are You?

by Brooke Utter You have all heard of Louis Vuitton and Chanel but are you cool enough to have heard of BAPE and Supreme? After my recent trip to LA, San Francisco, and New York More »

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

 by Ruth Ward Sharon Breitinger’s breast cancer journey began on October 10, 2017, the day of diagnosis. Sharon describes her initial reaction as one of shock, fear and the feeling that this cannot be real. More »

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

by Trish Utter You all know I have a passion for cars. I find that they are like a piece of exquisite art work and I also thoroughly enjoy the excitement of speed. More »


Ranch Finders is Growing

1-1,000 Acres…We Can Find It!

RANCH FINDERS has found success being the premiere land sales company in North Florida. They employ the most knowledgeable land experts in the area who specialize in all things land related, whether buying or selling for commercial or residential purpose they are the experts and are passionate about accomplishing your goals. Realtors with land expertise are hard to find, Ranch Finders agents have the experience to handle rural land issues such as development planning, water and mineral rights, public land leases, hunting tags, livestock and farm production, conservation easements, wildlife habitat enhancement, tax credits and so much more. In addition, the agents have distinctive backgrounds and education in land sales as well as knowledge in law, finance, outfitting, marketing, development, public land transactions, and land conservation, the Ranch Finders group is uniquely qualified to market your ranch or help you acquire a new property.

While expertise in land sales is important, marketing is equally important Ranch Finders offers a wide range of ranch marketing services to effectively sell your property. Their knowledgeable team of agents and integrated marketing strategy will stand out and get noticed by qualified buyers. In today’s technology savvy world, the web is the first stage of discovery for the potential buyer. Ranch Finders uses the most recent technology to sell your property from drone videos to social media marketing they have the best marketing plan for rural property sales starting with their website, www.RanchFinders.com which attracts thousands of visitors per month.

Choosing the right Realtor is the most important component. Ranch Finders is dedicated to the highest quality of customer service, they will sit down with you and discuss the unique features of your property. You know why your property is special, they will use your expertise to figure out the most effective way to communicate this message to the buyer. These are the questions you should ask when interviewing a land specialist:

  • How many “land” properties have you listed/sold in the past year?
  • How many years have you been selling land properties?
  • What is your personal knowledge and expertise that will sell my property?

Ranch Finders uses these resources to sell your property:


  • Drone Videos
  • Photography
  • Listing Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Property Brochures

Social Media:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • Linked In


  • Cattleman’s Journal
  • Lands of Florida
  • HorseProperties.net
  • Land Watch
  • Lands of America

These are resources regularly use, each property will have a customized marketing plan targeting the right audience for your listing.

Ranch Finders founders, Bill & Marilyn Deas founded Ranch Finders out of necessity years ago when they had land to sell and could not find anyone qualified to sell it. Bill, is an attorney knowledgeable in land & cattle regulations and Marilyn, who was a Corporate Executive for Sprint has a degree in Advertising & Public Relations which is invaluable in the real estate business. Year after year Marilyn has sold millions of dollars in development, agricultural and luxury estates she is considered the very best in the industry! Marilyn & Bill live on their Cattle Ranch where Bill runs the operations. Their motto is – “Ranchers Helping Ranchers.”

Ranch Finders Broker Rhonda Sweat has been a land specialist for 30-years, as a 5th generation Floridian, Rhonda knows her product and is a highly regarded real estate professional experienced in every aspect of land sales from sprawling ranches to 1-acre home-sites. Having won numerous awards for annual multi-million dollars sales she takes a back seat to no one in her field. Rhonda lives on a hobby farm with her husband Chris and son Chase. As a family they enjoy their small cow to calf operation and spending time on the water. Rhonda’s motto is- “Providing Hometown Service & Worldwide Exposure.”



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From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

After my trip to California I became even more aware of healthy living and food. All the restaurants offered fresh, organic, and vegetarian/vegan items. It is clear to see that this life style they have works, as you will never find anyone living in Cali to be overweight. After sampling tons of vegan food while on the trip I think I would still rather eat real, organic cheese but on the whole I have found that since I have started to eat…clean, I feel better. So what is clean eating? Food that is in its natural state, nothing processed and rarely cooked, and never fried. For lunch I might have grilled salmon with grilled vegetables. As I have been eating like this for a while I find that I no longer crave fried food, in fact the thought of it actually makes me feel sick. I now look for restaurants that offer healthy alternatives. While my daughter, Brooke has been vegetarian for quite some time, she has turned me into a black bean burger fanatic. I was a diehard hamburger fan and thought I would rather die than eat a vegetarian burger but trust me when I tell you these taste better than hamburgers with a wide win! Some of our favorite vegetarian burgers here in Gainesville are at Relish or The Top. We also noticed that in California we were never offered or given a straw with our drinks. This led me to investigate and do a story in this issue. I hope you enjoy reading about our trip to California and the interesting facts about using straws.

The Last Straw!

by Trish Utter

One of my favorite places to window shop is Tiffany’s. I love looking at all the glittery diamonds, their famous sterling silver collections, and now I love their home collection of wallets, dog leashes, china, and…straws????????? Yes, this luxury retailer, Tiffany & Co, now offers straws in sterling silver, rose gold or vermeil. These crazy straws cost $350 and the least expensive is a sterling silver crazy straw for …just $250! A monkey, ladybug or dragonfly sterling silver straw will set you back mere $425!

So why would the top luxury jeweler in the world be offering these beautifully crafted straws?

Survivors’ Sock Hop

On June 3, The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Medical Center and Florida Cancer Specialists hosted National Cancer Survivors’ Day. Each year on the first Sunday in June, communities across the country gather to celebrate. First introduced by Merril Hastings at the 2nd annual National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1987, Survivors’ Day recognizes individuals who have received and battled a cancer diagnosis. The day demonstrates that “life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality”.

Margot DeConna – Director of Development at the Humane Society

What made you interested in working for the Humane Society?

I have always had a passion for advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. I spent six and a half years working with abused and neglected children at the Child Advocacy Center. So, when I was looking for my next challenge, I relished the opportunity to do the same for local pets.

Do you have pets?

I have two fur-babies. My orange tabby, Tiberius, an eight-year-old domestic short hair who I adopted from Gainesville Pet Rescue in 2010 and Captain Jack, my feisty one-eyed brown tabby who I rescued on my third day of work at the Alachua County Humane Society!

What is the best thing that has happened at the shelter since you have been there?

The best thing that has happened since I joined the Alachua County Humane Society three years ago was when our community finally achieved no-kill status last year. The animal rescue partners had been working towards that goal for almost two decades so I am very happy to be a part of the team who got us there.

Can people volunteer and what type of commitment is it, can people just stop by to play with the animals?

Yes! People of all ages can volunteer with the Alachua County Humane Society or one of our rescue partners. Simply sign up online and attend a brief training course and you’ll be snuggling kitties and petting pups before you know it.

Caramel Apples

Before you heat, whisk together all the above ingredients in a large pan. You need a deep pan as the liquid will bubble up.

Bring it to a boil slowly over medium heat and keep stirring at 245ºF.

Attention to Detail = Happy Home Owner

by Ruth Ward

When you are thinking of buying a new home you want a builder that you can trust. One with experience and one that cares about the product they produce. You can depend on Hartley Brothers to build you a home that you will be proud of for years to come.

Starting in 1980, Hartley Brothers have built more than 1500 homes in the North Central Florida area. With in-house design, CAD and decorating services, Hartley Brothers have the staff to design and build the home of your dreams at the price you can afford. The brothers and their families are involved in all aspects of the business and have extensive knowledge and years of experience in construction, design, real estate and financing. Hartley Brothers sets themselves apart by offering inhouse design services. Their clients can customize all aspects of their home. You can use your floor plan, modify one of theirs or even design a custom floor plan based on your ideas, needs and budget. Their team of sales people, designers, and decorators will combine your ideas with years of experience to design and build the perfect home for your family on your homesite.