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Beachfront Bargain DIY Makeover from room to room from Island Princess 215, Okaloosa Island, Florida

Okay, this week’s HGTV Beach Flip room project was interesting. The room challenge was to create a Bonus Room / Den / Office / Extra Sleeping Space. Wow, that is a tall order to fill. Especially, in a small beach house sized room. As usual, some of the rooms were really lovely; however, they all […]

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Beachfront Bargain DIY renovation from Island Princess 215

We’ve been on our own Beachfront Bargain Hunt for about 10 years now. While vacationing along the Alabama – Florida Gulf Coast for 20 years, we began dreaming of our own Beachfront Bargain. At first it was really just a dream and slowly, within the last few years, our dream became a bit more serious. Our […]


Beach Cottage Renovation on a Budget from Island Princess 215

This week on HGTV Beach Flip, the couples moved into their living rooms for some big redesigns. At the moment, it looks like team Martha & Alex with their relaxed white on white beach style are the ones to beat. I especially like their white shiplap walls and the addition of wood beams. However, as […]


Beach Bargain DIY Budget Kitchen Refresh from Island Princess 215

Are you watching the HGTV Beach Flip Series? This week, I’m continuing to play along with our own beach bargain renovation. Last Sunday, the Beach Flip couples ripped out their kitchens and did complete remodels. There were little bits and pieces I loved from each kitchen update (Especially the boat cleats as cabinet knobs. Working […]


Real Life Beach Flip on a Budget from the Island Princess 215

 Welcome to our Beach Cottage Reno Sunday night, we watched the first episode of Beach Flip the HGTV series. (When I say we, I mean everyone in my family was forced to watch the first episode because I was in control of the TV viewing Sunday night.) I’ve been waiting for this series with great anticipation because I’m totally […]


12 Easy Tips to Build a Sand Castle Like a Professional from waddleeahchaa.com

Every year, we make our annual pilgrimage to the beach where we become true beach bums.  Rather than running from tourist activity to tourist activity, we linger on our balcony in our pajamas each morning watching the dolphins play in the surf. After a lazy breakfast, we wonder down to the beach where we plant […]

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Going on a Leaf Hunt: FREE printable book and song adaptation from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Ruth Heller’s Designs for Coloring Leaves Going on a Leaf Hunt Song Adaptation Going on a Leaf Hunt FREE printable book Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Designs for Coloring Leaves by Ruth Heller Why we love this book: My children are not much interested in coloring books. […]


Seaside, Florida - Take A Nostalgic Day Trip from Destin at waddleeahchaa.com

Last fall, during our vacation on Okaloosa Island, just a few minutes west of Destin, we were treated to a  stormy day of rain. Oddly enough, thunderstorms are one of my favorite things at the beach! Look at those blue-green, grayish hues! (Ummm . . .  funny, just realized these colors look similar to the […]


Destin Fishing and History Museum, Florida Family Friendly Travel from waddleeahchaa.com

Each year we make our annual pilgrimage to the beaches of Florida. Our beach vacations are not about going, doing and running ourselves ragged. In contrast, we generally skip all of the tourist traps and amusement parks. We spend the majority of our time bonding as a family and connecting to nature. A good day […]

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San Antonio and the Institute of Texan Cultures, kid friendly travel from waddleeahchaa.com

Institute of Texan Cultures With Spring Break in the air, last week I shared a tips for visiting The Alamo in San Antonio. If you are visiting The Alamo and the San Antonio River Walk, you should also make some time for the Institute of Texan Cultures located in the downtown area. The Institute is […]


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March 6th was the anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. I know many families will be visiting San Antonio and The Alamo during spring break and on summer vacation. We’ve visited the Alamo a number of times and can share a few highlights, logistics and educational links. The Alamo for Kids Let’s face it […]


What is grauple snow? from waddleeahchaa.com

Yes! This counts as a Snow Storm in South Texas! DON’T laugh! What is Graupel Snow? (Also known as Dippin Dots Snowballs) This was the weirdest snow ever. You know that Dippin Dots Ice Cream? Well that’s what our snow looked like. Tiny little balls of snow. Usually we get sleet that freezes into little […]


Alligator Alley Farm: Kid Friendly Travel from waddleeahchaa.com

Yes, Your Kids Can Hold an Alligator! For several years now, Alligator Alley has been on my To Visit List with the kiddos. I think, I first read about Alligator Alley in Southern Living Magazine. Two facts from the article stuck with me. All of the alligators are rescued because they are considered “nuisance animals” […]


Kid Friendly Fun at Navarre Beach Sand Sculpting Festival!

Several years ago, during our annual fall beach retreat, we stumbled upon the Navarre Beach Sand Sculpting Festival. All I have to say is Wow, Wow, Wow! Amazing! Inspiring! Totally Cool! Wow, Wow, Wow! The annual  Sand Sculpting Festival held at Navarre Beach, Florida is just over the horizon – September 27 – 29, 2013. […]


Lego Sculpture Garden Inspiration from waddleeahchaa.com

Coming to a Botanical Garden Near YOU!!! Some of you may be wondering what happened to Joyce, the other waddlee-ah-chaa sister. Well, Joyce kind-of, sort-of retired, again. She has been busy traveling a bit with her husband visiting friends and family. And she has been spending loads of time with her grandsons. A few weeks […]


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All the credit for this post goes to my son, MacGyver! He is my science inspiration and teacher. Many of you have viewed MacGyver’s backyard science center where he cares for and observes all of his creepy critters. A key component to MacGyver’s science center are his pocket field guide books. MacGyver doesn’t just collect […]


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In my previous post 7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Take Your Kids to Las Vegas, I admitted that we made a mistake in taking our children on a family vacation to Las Vegas. Take a peek and learn from our mistake. Having said that, I do have some positive activities to highlight . . […]


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If you’re a full grown adult this post is not for you. However, if you are considering taking your young children to Las Vegas you can learn from our mistake. Last summer our Man of Steel announced he had to attend a conference in Vegas and invited us to tag along. I thought it was […]


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I wish I had known more about the South Padre Island Dolphin Research and Sealife Nature Center before our Family Friendly Trip to South Padre Island. We definitely would have made arrangements to join one of their educational Dolphin Research Tours. $25.00 a person and only 6 guests on a tour. Rave reviews about these […]

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Sea Turtle, Inc. Nonprofit Rescue and Education Center The facility only ask for a $3.00 donation! Are you kidding me? The good work that this rescue hospital does is worth more than the $3.00 donation. Children have the opportunity to get up close to the turtles and make a compassionate connection. So much better than […]


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Warm, more accurately HOT, weather has hit South Central Texas. That means one thing to my family . . . it’s time to hit the water! We will spend much of our time this summer at Aunt Joyce’s River and then it will be time for our annual family beach vacation. Hallelujah! How does a […]