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

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

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

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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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. […]


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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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Post image for Kid Friendly Sea Turtle Inc. Rescue Center on South Padre Island

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 […]


Post image for Planning an Affordable Family Friendly Vacation to South Padre Island

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 […]



June 18, 2012

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Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 5 Timestamp: 2012-06-18 13:41:45 UTC Congratulations Jessica #5! Jessica June 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm I would take it everywhere. It seems like I’m never home and never have what I need. Contact us at our email: winner at waddleeahchaa dot com (Prize must be claimed by […]


Post image for The Best Beach Bag Ever: IKEA Beach Bag GIVEAWAY

Feast your eyes upon a miracle. This flat, little, 13″ x 9″ rectangle unfolds into the Biggest, Best Beach Bag ever!  What? You doubt me? I must remind you that others have deemed me a beach professional. So on the count of 3 we’ll unfold it together . . . 1 . . .2 . […]


Post image for Planning a Budget Friendly Family Beach Vacation: Okaloosa Island, Florida

So have you started dreaming of a relaxing Family Beach Vacation? I know I have! But then again I’m always dreaming of the beach. Let me help you plan the details and you can pack up the kids and head to Okaloosa Island. For more photos on Okaloosa Island check out: Budget Friendly Family Beach […]


Post image for Budget Friendly Family Beach Vacation: Okaloosa Island, Florida

Welcome to Okaloosa Island, Florida! Okaloosa Island is located about 6 miles west of Destin, Florida. Same gorgeous, crystal-clear, blue-green water and fluffy white sand. None of the crowds and over-stimulation. If you are one that wants to go and see and do . . . Destin is just a short drive. But what a […]


Post image for Budget Friendly Gulf Shores Family Vacation

I am busy, busy, busy planning my summer travels! First it’s off to South Africa. Wow, it’s hard to believe I’m actually doing this! When Alyssa and I return from South Africa it will be time to take a deep breath, switch gears and pack-up the family for a road trip to the beaches of […]


Post image for Sneak Peek at Family Friendly Okaloosa Island

Since we’re Giving Away a Weather Book Pack in our at school section, I decided to give you a little sneak peek at the absolutely gorgeous Okaloosa Island . . . I looooove storms over the ocean. During our family vacation to Okaloosa Island a beautifully breath-taking storm rolled-in. I’m not a professional photographer so […]


Post image for Dolphin Tale: A Family Friendly Movie Review

The movie Dolphin Tale came out on the big screen September 2011, just as we were making our annual family pilgrimage to the beaches of Florida. One of the things we treasure most about our time at the beach, is watching the dolphins play in the water. We watch them from our balcony early in […]

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The Help: Book Review

October 5, 2011

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When planning our annual fall pilgrimage to the gulf coast beaches, I began thinking that this might be the year to pack a novel for the beach. Both of the children are a little older this year and slightly more self-sufficient, so I couldn’t help but dream of some lazy afternoons under a beach umbrella […]


California Dreamin'

All the leaves are brown and the sun is scorching I’ve been for a walk on a HOT summer’s day I’d be safe and cool if I was in San Diego California Dreamin’ on such a HOT Texas day . . . Before we continue with our San Diego Adventures . . . I must […]