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 […]


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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 […]


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Before we had children, we traveled to Europe and often headed south to Mexico and Belize. Just before MacGyver turned two, we packed him up, jumped on an airplane and took him to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The trip was fabulous; however, we were not so gently ushered into the reality of vacationing with children. It’s much different traveling […]


Planning an Affordable Family Beach Vacation from

I’m not an expert on much, but I have been deemed a “beach professional” by some. Every year we pack up the kiddos and head to the beach for some much needed R&R and family downtime. Through the years, I have helped many friends and family members plan affordable beach vacations (in and out of […]


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It’s May:  warm weather, fun in the sun and maybe a trip to the beach.  Last May, Jeannine and I did something that would make most people scratch their head and ask,  “Do you two honestly love kids that much?”  We packed up one uncle, five kids ages 2, 5, 7, 8, and 11, and […]


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Family Friendly Beach Vacation to Fort Morgan, Alabama One of the most wonderful things about homeschooling is truly using the world as our classroom. When I was teaching, I tried to bring the world into the classroom, often with much success. But nothing can replace getting out into the world and hands-on learning. Last year […]


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Have we mentioned that we have a really close extended family? No, I mean really close. When my niece Alyssa (Joyce’s youngest) graduated with her masters, she wanted to celebrate by taking a trip with her Mother Joyce and her Aunt Jeannine to Playa del Carmen, Mexico (One of Jeannine’s favorite places on earth!). That […]