Alina Penjiyeva

Alina Penjiyeva is a proud Troy University alumna and holds a Bachelor's in Accounting and a Master's in Business Administration. Before moving to Clay County, Alina worked as an Admissions Counselor for seven years. She taught business classes at Troy while also pursuing a career as an entrepreneur. Her business experience includes e-commerce, travel content writing, website design, and social media management. Alina currently works full-time as a Realtor serving Clay County families. She is fluent in Russian and Turkmen, has visited 11 countries, and enjoys sampling a variety of cultural cuisines. Her favorite quote is, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."
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Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park: A Clay County Gem

Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is located in Keystone Heights, Florida, and provides 2,400 acres of rolling sandhills for visitors to enjoy. This beautiful state park was originally created in the 1930s...

12 Must-Read Tips Before Visiting LEGOLAND Florida

My daughter's birthday was coming up, and I debated between a birthday party or a trip. LEGOLAND® won by a popular vote, and I began planning, which is my favorite part of the trip...
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The Positive Side of Military Deployment

When I went through the first military deployment after my husband and I first started dating, I was lost. I spent numerous hours reading and learning about keeping the relationship strong during the long...
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Jacksonville Day Trip: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Tucked away off of A1A Highway, just south of Marineland and St. Augustine is Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in beautiful Flagler County. We are lucky to live an hour away from this gem, and...
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Top 4 Reasons to Attend the Clay County Agricultural Fair!

Families have enjoyed making memories at the Clay County Agricultural Fair since 1987. Located at 2493 State Road 16 West in Green Cove Springs, the fair will be celebrating 35 years of down-home country...

The Best Monthly & Annual Memberships for Jacksonville Families

My parents wanted to give our toddlers a yearly membership gift to visit their favorite places. It turns out, there are endless options in and around Jacksonville! From parks to play spaces, here are...

Local Moms Rally to Resurrect the Green Cove Springs Christmas Parade

Back in October, the city of Green Cove Springs announced the cancellation of the beloved Green Cove Springs Christmas Parade due to fundraising issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After much disappointment, some residents...
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Jacksonville Mom’s Guide to the Best Parks in Clay County

My family and I love living and playing in Clay County. Our toddlers are very busy, and if we don't leave the house in the morning, it can very much be upside down. I...
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Living With My Grandparents Was the Best Year of My Life

I moved to this beautiful country I call home in 2003, leaving behind my parents, grandparents, friends, and pets — bringing only two suitcases and many childhood memories. I went through the various busy...
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5 Common Breastfeeding Mistakes I Made As a New Mom

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I spent several months researching and reading books on pregnancy, natural birth, baby sleep, and nutrition. I thought the hardest part of having a newborn would...