Theresa Duncan

Theresa is a recovering fake adult and is now proudly a child who refuses to grow up. She spent a decade developing and facilitating enrichment programs for at-risk youth. Through this work, she saw firsthand the power of play in the growth of emotionally, physically and mentally healthy children. The pressure of pretending to be an adult finally became too much, so in 2014 she and her father Todd (also NOT a grown-up) opened Villa Villekulla Neighborhood Toy Store on Amelia Island. Her two children, Adrian and Francine, often exhibit more maturity than she does and are, therefore, the ones in charge both at home and at Villa Villekulla. When she isn’t playing with toys, learning about toys, or talking about toys, she enjoys dance parties and listening to live music with her husband.
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Going Screen-Free Isn’t As Bad As It Sounds

People usually look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest they do it. But for those brave enough to try it, Screen-Free Week is a fun way to reframe your relationship with screens...
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Life Lessons: Trust Me, Take Your Kids To Work

As a kid, when I wasn’t letting myself into our house after school, I was either at my mom’s or dad’s work. At my dad’s office (an Army helicopter hangar), I learned dirty jokes...
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Easter Egg Decorating With Things You Already Have At Home

Whether you are like me and simply don't remember to grab Easter egg dye, or you want to do something a little different with your eggs this holiday, here are a few cute ways...
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Giving the Gift of Baked Goods During COVID-19

It’s a long-standing tradition in my house that the last week before Christmas is spent making somewhere around a million shortbread cookies. My dad expects at least half a million for his Christmas present...

Healthy Is the New Cool

I grew up watching Claire Danes on My So-Called Life hiding in the school bathroom smoking cigarettes and gossiping with her friends. And she dated Jared Leto, so you can see where my 13-year-old...
Birthday Party Jacksonville

The Best Birthday Gifts for Kids of Every Age

They may happen every single year, but birthdays are still so exciting — especially for kids! Of course, birthday celebrations aren’t just about the gifts, but getting really awesome presents can make a great...
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Get Your Online Shopping Fix with These Local Retailers

I may be partial (full disclosure, I own a small local shop) but shopping in a real, locally owned store is so much fun! I love visiting a place that a real person has...

It’s Okay to Just Let Them Play

Over the past few months, I’ve seen so many moms doing adorable educational projects with their children, and I love them for it.  But that just isn’t me, even in the best of times....
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‘You Know We Bad’: The Legacy of Florida’s African-American Beach

On any given summer Sunday, my friends and I bring our families to our favorite beach on Amelia Island, American Beach. Here, the beach is wide, the sand is soft, and the outgoing tide...

Taking the Future into My Own Hands as a Mentor

Ten years ago, I agreed to do something I had no business doing. And because of that decision, I may have completely altered the trajectory of the life of a young woman. Oops.  A friend...

Life Lessons From My Vegan Kid

Just like most of the more formative moments from my parenting career, it all started as a joke. My awesomely quirky son, inspired by a conversation at his Catholic school about making sacrifices for...
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Live Like A Local: Fernandina Beach & Amelia Island

Located northeast of Jacksonville, Amelia Island is the northernmost barrier island in Florida. This is a special place filled with stories and adventures. From maritime forests with ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss to...