Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Holidays from the Emerald Coast

Happy Thanksgiving from Florida's Emerald Coast!
Remember, if you can't make it to the beach this holiday weekend, you are always welcome on the Cyber Coast where we offer flying surfboards (a.k.a. hydrofoils), awesome dive destinations, Wonder Women and #vanlife explorers. So, come get your dose of the Cyber Coast
See you there!
:) Tk

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Where to go today?

Where would you like to go today? On the Cyber Coast the choice is yours: Dive a hidden jewel in Budapest or go on a salty strike mission to find some emerald tubes.
So remember, if you can't get to the beach today, you can always visit (link in bio) and get some cyber sand between your toes!
See you there,
šŸ˜Š Tk

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cheesy Vegan Tacos

Want a taste of #vanlife? Try the Nomadic Movement's Cheesy Vegan Tacos.
Full recipe available at You can even watch Kaylee prepare them herself.
See you there!
:) Tk

Flamingo Friday!

It's Flamingo Friday. Let's get the flock outta' here!
If you can't flock to the beach today, you're welcome to visit us on the Cyber Coast at and get a little cyber sand between your toes. 
See you there :) Tk

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Missing Puerto Rico

I'm missing Puerto Rico this morning. It's chilly here in northwest Florida, but I know it's warm and sunny on the island.
I took this photo on the beach in San Juan during the festival of  San Sebastian 2017. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Facebook FtPrints

FtPrint Media is now on Facebook. You may either join FtPrint Media Group or follow FtPrint Media's page.
See you there! :) Tk

Tribal FtPrints

Tribal people “follow a certain way of life and are clearly different from the mainstream,” according to British Anthropologist Stephen Corry.
I couldn’t agree more. We coastal souls take pride in being different from the mainstream. We may work a traditional job, have a traditional family and even own a traditional home, but we are free thinkers who take an unconventional approach to life. It’s not about what we have, but who we are. We’re travelers not tourists; explorers not sightseers; creators not consumers.
So, we invite you to join FtPrint Media’s tribe and get some cyber sand between your toes. Remember, if you can’t get to the beach today, you are always welcome on the CyberCoast.
See you there! :) Tk

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Calling all Happy Campers

It's camping weather!  If you're a happy camper and want to be kind to the coast, visit and find out how you can have a great time with little impact. 
In other words, put your best ftprint forward.
See you there :) Tk

Mermaid Monday!

It's Mermaid Monday! Let's put on our crowns and get out there.
If you can't get to the beach today, you can always get your dose of the CyberCoast at
See you there! :) Tk
Photo: whi

Friday, November 10, 2017

Flamingo Friday!

It's Flamingo Friday, so let's flock to the coast!
If you can't make it to the beach today, you can always visit and get your dose of the Cyber Coast.
See you there!
:) Tk

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Favorite things!

Hot boiled peanuts, free samples, emerald water, white sand beaches, and behind me, cold beer. Life is good in Destin Beach Florida!
But, if you can't get to the actual beach today, you can always visit and get your dose of the Cyber Coast.
See you there :) Tk

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sweet and Salty

Here's to a sweet and salty weekend!
Come get your dose of the Cyber Coast at FtPrint Media ( where we have fresh content for November. Want to be a FtPrint contributor? We are accepting submissions for photography and stories to feature next month. Email for details.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

For the love of learning

I love to learn.
At first, I thought I knew everything, so instead of going to college after high school, I decided it would be a good idea to work in a sewing factory šŸ˜Š. Of course, I couldn’t sew a stitch, but I learned.
From there, I became a used car salesperson and learned about drivetrains, gear ratios, factory packages and aftermarket additions.
In the early 90’s I got a “good” bank job, but after a couple of years, I realized that wasn’t my jam.
After taking some time off to spend with my two daughters, I decided to go to college.
I chose journalism as a major the first day, and that decision never wavered. I loved school, and if I could have made a career of college, I would still be there. However, journalism is the closest thing I’ve ever found. It allows me to research subjects in depth, meet interesting people and constantly keep learning.
As a freelance writer, photographer and editor, I wasn’t tied to a desk or even an individual publication. I created a niche for myself as Gulf Coast Editor for several regional publications. During that same time, I took a position as an adjunct Professor at Northwest Florida State, which taught me how to share what I’d learned. That’s more difficult than it sounds.
If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know I also spent two years learning the construction trade, specifically tile and stone installation. Again, not my jam. I learned a lot but never really enjoyed the work.
I later took a job as communication specialist for an electric cooperative. While I loved the work and the people, the office environment was suffocating.
So, I decided to get back to my roots. I’m writing again. I have two websites: (link in bio), which is dedicated to my love of all things coastal and my mission to provide bluespace to others in need and, which is a home improvement site offering DIY content and how-to videos that James produces.
So, if you’re needing a dose of the coast but can’t get there today, come to the Cyber Coast and fill your Bluespace RX, and if you’re working on a construction project, check out for information and entertainment.
See you there šŸ˜Š Tk

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Whale's Tail

Is it just me, or does this piece of driftwood look like a whale's tail?
Need a little bluespace? Visit (link in bio) and get your daily dose of the Cyber Coast.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Make Monday Fun!

Monday is what you make it. These guys are keeping their heads down and their toes in the sand. Looks like a good plan to me!
If you can't get your toes in the actual sand, visit (link in bio) and get your dose of the cyber coast!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Fix

Here's to a weekend full of bluespace!
Visit the Smoke Signals page on (link on right) for more about the health benefits of bluespace and get your dose on the Cyber Coast.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


We woke up to 40-degree temperatures here in northwest Florida this morning. I know most folks, consider that balmy, but for native Floridians, it’s quite chilly!
According to the weather channel, we can expect sunshine with a high around 73 today, so it could certainly be worse.
Thankfully, we don’t have much cold weather. This time of year, we’ll have a cool snap, followed by a few ideal days, then another snap. Usually, January and February are consistently chilly and even have some nights with temperatures in the 20’s. But by March, we’re thawing out nicely and preparing for beach weather.
We’ve been on one cold-weather vacation. In 2001 we spent a week in a cabin near Cataloochee Ski Resort in North Carolina.
Don’t get me wrong, I love snow if I’m warm and dry. It’s beautiful, ethereal, romantic. But I’m a fifth-generation Floridian with a low tolerance for cold, so I stayed in the lodge and admired it through the window for most of the week.
I did enjoy the bunny slope and totally understand how enticing skiing and snowboarding can be. I just couldn’t get past that cold, biting wind. However, for those coastal souls who enjoy the cold, FtPrint Media features articles and videos related to cold water surfing and the gear, conditions and attitude that make it possible.
Watch as Josh Mulcoy surfs the land of fire and ice, learn how to enjoy winter waves and stay focused, and get 7 tips for cold water surfing all at (link in bio).

See you there! šŸ˜Š Tk

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What's around the next corner?

Susan Lucas Art
I’ve never been the artistic type. Until I went to work installing tile with James, I couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler. However, over time, I got better with straight lines and rulers but still had no artistic ability.

About two weeks ago, I was putting together some artwork for the website,, and spoke to an artist friend of mine, Susan Lucas, about featuring this piece on our Tribal Circle page.
After our conversation, I had the strangest feeling that my Aunt Louise, who died years ago, was here in the office with me. From what I remember, she painted and worked in mixed media as well.

After that day, I’ve suddenly taken up drawing and watercolors. It may not be great art, but compared to a month ago, it’s astounding. I’ve decided to work on sunsets, palm trees, all things coastal in hopes of one day selling hand-painted accent tiles since we have quite a large inventory of left-over tile.

Check out the photos in my story on Instagram (@follow_my_ftprints)  to see how it’s coming, and if you do, you’ll also see a Jack-o-lantern in the top left corner of the photo. My Aunt Louise made that for me, and it’s one of my prized possessions.

Isn’t it funny how life takes unexpected turns?  I never thought I would spend my spare time drawing, much less painting. It just goes to show that we don’t know what’s around the next corner.

You can check out the work of our featured artists, Susan Lucas and John Murphy, at, (link in bio) and stay tuned for a great deal on hand-painted accent tiles, coasters and trivets lovingly produced by yours truly.

See you there šŸ˜Š Tk

Monday, October 23, 2017

Save our Seas!

Save our seas!
I’ve avoided typical plastics such as polystyrene containers, plastic cups and plastic water bottles for more than a decade, but after researching the subject for FtPrint Media’s #KindToTheCoast page, I realize, that’s not enough. Drinking straws in restaurants, plastic silverware, even high-grade paper plates, which are coated with plastic, are choking our environment, especially our oceans.
I want no part of that. So, I intend to give them up forever, starting today.
Did you know that in the Pacific Ocean gyre, which is the largest ecosystem on Earth, researchers found more plastic than plankton?
That is shameful.
I refuse to take part in the annihilation of our seas. We as a community have a voice and a responsibility to use it.
With that in mind, I invite you to visit (link in bio) and find out what you can do to be #kindtothecoast and save our seas! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Working on Saturday!

Going to grout a bathroom in one of our rentals. Nothing quite as elaborate as this street scene in #SanJuanPuertoRico.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Kahuna Uli's WakeUp Water

Kahuna Uli’s Wakeup Water
Morning rituals have always been an important part of my life. As a true creature of habit, I enjoy certain things at certain times during the day. For instance, the first thing I do after getting out of bed is to drink a large glass of water, which I began infusing with rosemary and mint after reading an Italian study of residents in the coastal town of Acciaroli near Salerno.
The town’s population is roughly 2,000, but at least 300 of them are already 100 or more with remarkably low rates of disease. The one thing they all have in common? Diets high in rosemary.
That’s enough for me. I love the taste of rosemary and cook with it often. But after reading about my coastal cohorts, I began trying to consume a little bit every day and decided to infuse my morning water. I add a little mint as well, since it also has awesome health benefits and the two taste really good together.  
You can read the entire article and get the recipe at Kahuna Uli’s page on (link in bio).

See you there šŸ˜Š Tk

Salty Souls

Salty Souls:
Surfing is not a simple sport. It requires physical strength, balance and most of all courage. When James and I prepared for our first lesson in Puerto Rico, I remember telling him, “Let’s not be late. It’s costing us $75 apiece for two hours, and I want every minute of my lesson.” About 45 minutes into that lesson, I was singing a different tune.
We were exhausted from paddling out time after time. Staying on the moving board used every muscle and every ounce of balance that I had gained during 10+ years of yoga. And at my age (49 at the time) facing a hard fall on the sharp, coral bottom while tethered to a surfboard required quite a bit of courage.
But by the time the lesson was over, we were both hooked. Simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated, thanks in large part to our awesome instructor, Norbert, who works with Rd2Happiness Surf Shop (Photo: James, Norbert, me).
As a journalist for the last 20 years, I came home and did some research on the professional end and realized that women are making their mark on the sport. Even young girls in Bangladesh are defying age-old traditions, grabbing their boards and winning tournaments.
There are rumors that the popularity of surfing is fading, but I believe it is undergoing a transition, a rebirth, and we women are the leading edge of that renaissance proudly marching on with salty souls.
Find out more about the Wonder Women in Bangladesh at (link in bio).

See you there! šŸ˜Š Tk

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Water Eyes

“My first vision of earth was water veiled. I am of the race of men and women who see all things through this curtain of sea, and my eyes are the color of water.”
…Anais Nin

My eyes are blue too, the color of the sky and the sea. To be specific, my eyes are the color of Gulf water. Sometimes clear blue, sometimes emerald green (usually when I’m angry) and occasionally a murky mix of the two.

Some of us are born peering through that “curtain of sea,” longing for the mystery in its depths.

Fortunately, I was born and raised on Florida’s Emerald Coast, but not all coastal souls are so fortunate.

At FtPrint Media we make it our mission to bring the Cyber Coast to you, a place of escape into blue skies and deep ocean depths. This month find out how surfboards fly (no kidding) and what makes hydrofoils work. Dive deep into the blue with 5 awesome scuba destinations. And find ways to be #KindToTheCoast so you can put your best ftprint forward when you arrive.
See you there! šŸ˜Š Tk

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


My great-grandmother had a wanderlust. According to my mother, she never stayed in one place for long and would stop by for visits on her way to some far-flung destination.
 My grandmother and later my mother, both chose a more conventional lifestyle, settling into a home and putting down roots in the community.
I, on the other hand, am torn between wanting a home, community, possessions and needing to explore the world. I think I inherited my great-grandmother’s wanderlust, but because I was raised to value a traditional lifestyle, I’ve resisted the urge to roam.
Instead, James and I travel. We’ve seen a large part of the United States, some of Central and South America and a good part of the Caribbean.
However, now that our nest is empty, we are planning to join the #vanlife crowd and take up residence, for months at a time in our conversion van, something I’ve wanted to do for more than 20 years, but have had work, children, family, household, etc.  responsibilities calling me home.
We bought a van, Rosie, this summer. She may not be THE van, but she’s a good place to start. And we plan to travel from the Atlantic Coast of Florida to the Pacific Coast of Mexico over the course of a couple of months, maybe longer, beginning in January.
We have family in New Orleans, Houston and Mexico City, so we are excited to see some familiar faces, but we’re also excited to meet new people, see new places and sample foods and cultures different from our own.
So, join us here and at FtPrint Media (link in bio) and be part of our journey.  Leave us messages about things to see, places to go and even people to meet. We would love to hear from you!

šŸ˜Š Tk 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scary Scuba

Scary scuba:
Drawing that first breath underwater was one of the strangest and scariest moments of my life. It seemed absolutely unnatural.
James and I earned our scuba certification at Vortex Spring in northwest Florida, and while we didn’t actually enter the cavern that makes it a well-known dive destination, we learned the essential skills and made our first couple of dives under the watchful eye of a fantastic instructor. However, nothing could have made that first breath any easier.
In the years since, we’ve also been skydiving and that first step into thin air was much the same unnatural experience.
Oprah Winfrey once said, “the true test of courage is when you are so scared your knees are knocking, and you go anyway.”
I’m not a big Oprah fan, but that quote has a way of springing to mind in such situations. Different people find fear in different things. Even irrational fears test our strength every day. Personally, that first breath through the regulator required some serious self-control, but the payoff was incredible!
That was 2003. Today instead of being anxious, I’m excited when a dive begins. That first breath is exhilarating because I know I’m about to see things that most only see second-hand. Conquered fear has grown into excitement and pride in my abilities.
We’ve not been diving in the last couple of years because we’ve had to prioritize family first (see earlier post), but things have settled down enough for us to see some scuba on the horizon and we can’t wait.
So, stay tuned both here and at (link in bio) for details of our next great adventure.
šŸ˜Š Tk

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Sunday Funday!

Here's to a great day!
Visit for your H20 Mojito recipe.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Soul Surfing by

It's never too late to learn

I’m not exactly an accomplished surfer. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida with what we call “ankle slappers,” so I learned to body surf early, and as I got older and learned to skateboard, I experimented with a body board.
It wasn’t’ until we visited Rincon, Puerto Rico, in January that I took a surfing lesson and discovered a love of the sport. Not just the excitement of riding a wave, but the connection to the sea and its energy is intoxicating.
Paddling out, it’s just me, the sea and the surfboard. Waiting for the right set of waves and feeling that connection when it swells under the board, there’s just nothing like it. Even for someone who has spent countless hours on the coast, that first swell on a surfboard is life-changing.
I was a college professor for 11 years and taught a life skills class that dealt, in part, with habits and addictions. Habits are, in some ways, like an allergy to chocolate. If you’ve never had chocolate, you don’t know what you’re missing. But when you taste it one time and like it, you will never forget it. From then on, you’ll wish you could have it and may even be tempted to binge.
Thank goodness I’m not allergic to surfing! Now that I know I like it, I want more and more. Here at home, I’ve bought a board that doubles as a paddleboard, so I can get out on the Gulf one way or the other. Since it’s a small surf-style paddleboard, it handles like a skateboard, which is awesome! I love to skate, so to be able to experience that on the water is pure joy.
James and I were planning to spend a couple of months next spring in Puerto Rico honing our surfing skills, but with the recent hurricanes, we now plan to spend most of our time helping with the restoration effort and surfing whenever possible. That’s fine with us. Puerto Rico gave us something we will cherish forever, so we will be proud to give back to our favorite island.

šŸ˜Š Tk 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Coastal Souls Unite

 As both a coastal soul and nature lover, it breaks my heart to visit a beach littered with plastic, Styrofoam and assorted beach supplies that visitors have seen fit to leave behind.
When my daughter was young, she and I made it our mission to clean up litter wherever we found it. I’ll never forget the day we were visiting a salvage yard to get a part for James’ work truck, and she said to me, “Somebody littered and I can’t pick it all up.”  The distress on her face said it all. Today she studies environmental science at Northwest Florida State College.
While pollution is a problem everywhere, on the coast it is one of many hazards our oceans and coastlines face: There is the ambient light that causes disorientation for sea turtle hatchlings; dune degradation caused by simply walking on them; seagull sickness from being fed human food. The list goes on and on.

If you are planning a trip to the coast, we invite you to visit our #KindToTheCoast page at (link in bio) and spend a few minutes brushing up your coastal etiquette, and put your best ftprint forward! 
:) Tk

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Kahuna Uli, a.k.a. The Blue Kahuna

For some reason, I’m often the one that friends and family come to when they need health and wellness advice. I have studied natural healing, yoga, healthy eating, sustainable lifestyle, etc.  for as long as any of us can remember, so I’m the go-to guru in our little group for the sick, injured and depressed.  Just last week, YouTube and I splinted a dog’s broken leg.

After my children grew up and flew the coop, they would still call home for health advice and occasionally even call with questions about friends’ and coworkers’ health issues. I was surprised by how sure they were that I could diagnose and advise them over the phone, but for the most part, it worked.

So was born, the Kahuna Uli or The Blue Kahuna (from what I can tell, Uli means blue in Polynesian). Since bluespace is vital to mental, spiritual and physical health (see earlier post regarding bluespace), the name seems appropriate. 

On Kahuna Uli’s page at, I share tonics and remedies that support both physical and mental health, since shamans, kahunas and healers do not distinguish between the mind, spirit and physical body. They are one in the same.
This week Kahuna Uli features the H20 Mojito, a simple yet refreshing beverage designed to brighten your day and energize your body, mind and spirit. So, come visit us on the Cyber Coast ( and fill your Kahuna Uli RX.

šŸ˜Š Tk

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Home base

We are James and Tammy Kearce and although we love to #surf, #dive, and #explore, home base is a farm in Florida, just 28 miles from the Emerald Coast.
The name, KearceCrafted Farms, is a bit of a misnomer, since nothing on the farm is cultivated nor domesticated. Check out @kearcecrafted for #farmlife, #diy and #home improvement content and for more visit
 Most of the property is planted in pine trees, so it is (sort of) a tree farm, and we have a large population of animals who choose to live here with us.
There are lots of deer, at least two turkeys (named Crispy and Thursday), quail, alligators, at least two hawks (named Comanche and Geronimo), three dogs and a host of other residents too numerous to count.
We call it a farm because we live in what was meant to be a barn, but view from the loft got our attention. So, we downsized from a 2,000-sq. ft. house to the 640-sq. ft. TreeTop Loft.  
Since the structure was intended to be a barn, the TreeTop Loft has more than 2,500 sq. ft. of recreational space downstairs, complete with a cobblestone floor, summer kitchen, enclosed restroom and large patio.
When the weather is warm, which in northwest Florida is from March-November, we spend most of our time at home downstairs enjoying the patio and sunshine. There is even a fully functional clawfoot bathtub on the patio, so most nights I enjoy a bath under the stars, which I truly miss when we travel. I have yet to figure out how to get a bathtub in the #van, but I haven’t given up yet. Any ideas????

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tabula rasa

Ahhh, the blank page. I know many writers find a blank page intimidating, but for me, it indicates a fresh start, a blank slate. So here we are Ms. Blank Page and I starting our morning with coffee and communication, two of my most favorite things. FtPrint Media was born from a season of grief, pain and familial responsibility. My husband and I spent almost a year taking care of our mothers who were both terminally ill. For months, we couldn’t see the light of day, much less sunshine, blue sky and recreation. So, when the season passed, we were faced with another kind of blank page… our lives. We had both given up careers to take care of family, so after a full year of emergency rooms, hospice visits, and everyday crisis, we were suddenly at loose ends. We packed our bags and headed for Rincon, Puerto Rico. It was like we had never seen blue sky, clear water, smiling faces enjoying life. We had come to a home that we had never seen before. Mind you, we live 28 miles from Florida’s Emerald Coast, so we both grew up on the “world’s most beautiful beaches,” but that first glimpse of Maria’s Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico was like water to a hostage. On the plane back to Florida, we decided that we wanted work that would allow us to explore the coast, not any one coast but as many as possible. Hence, was born, a website “for the coastal soul,” because not everyone with a coastal soul lives near the coast. In the year since, I have created a Cyber Coast chocked full of surfing, diving and exploration content to give me and my tribe a vital dose of the coast. So, as we soft launch the website this week, I invite you, my social media tribe, to visit me at (link in bio) and get your dose of the cyber coast. I update content weekly if not daily and feature articles and videos related to surfing/diving/exploring the coast. Since we do most of our exploring in a 2003 conversion van, we also feature van life content. See you there! šŸ˜Š Tkvia Instagram

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Swamp

Somebody call Rick and Marty Lagina. There's a triangular shaped swamp on Panama City Beach :) #oakisland #treasure #pcb #beach #coast #ftprintmediašŸ‘£via Instagram

Sunset at KearceCrafted Farms

Sunset at KearceCrafted Farms. A beautiful end to a beautiful day!via Instagram

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Everglades City

Check out this awesome shot taken near Everglades City by my @crazykittyfish friend. #ftprintmediašŸ‘£#passionpassport #lovefloridavia Instagram

Good thing this surf/paddle board does double duty. I'll be needing the paddle today! #ftprintmediašŸ‘£ #coast, #coastline #surf #surfgirl #beachlife #summer #paddleboarder #wallpaper #wallpapers

Good thing this surf/paddle board does double duty. I'll be needing the paddle today! #ftprintmediašŸ‘£ #coast, #coastline #surf #surfgirl #beachlife #summer #paddleboarder #wallpaper #wallpapersvia Instagram

The Emerald Coast is living up to it's name! #ftprintmediašŸ‘£

The Emerald Coast is living up to it's name! #ftprintmediašŸ‘£via Instagram

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Don't fall for it; stand for it! While I was confronting a litterbug here in the U.S., my friends in Puerto Rico were preparing for the second +5 Category Hurricane. And my sister in Mexico City was falling down stairs because of the second major Earthquake there. Little things do matter. Love Mother Earth and don't be a litterbug. There are things we all can and should do. Like the song says, "You've got to stand for something or you will fall for anything."

Don't fall for it; stand for it! While I was confronting a litterbug here in the U.S., my friends in Puerto Rico were preparing for the second +5 Category Hurricane. And my sister in Mexico City was falling down stairs because of the second major Earthquake there. Little things do matter. Love Mother Earth and don't be a litterbug. There are things we all can and should do. Like the song says, "You've got to stand for something or you will fall for anything."via Instagram

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Friday! #kearcecrafted #ftprintmedia #coast #Beach hashtag water hashtag stye hashtag nature #light hashtag Sun hashtag clouds hashtag pet #landscape #summer #adventure, #surf #dive #explore # thesunshinelife, #theseaandme #Iamtheocean #loveouroceans #

Happy Friday! #kearcecrafted #ftprintmedia #coast #Beach hashtag water hashtag stye hashtag nature #light hashtag Sun hashtag clouds hashtag pet #landscape #summer #adventure, #surf #dive #explore # thesunshinelife, #theseaandme #Iamtheocean #loveouroceans #via Instagram

Wednesday, July 12, 2017