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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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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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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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 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 Planning an Affordable Family Beach Vacation: Part 2

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 waddleeahchaa.com

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 […]


Post image for Day Dreaming this Mother’s Day

I day dream a lot! Since Mother’s Day is approaching, I started day dreaming about my children and how we have spent our past Mother’s Days. Here are my little beach bums Mother’s Day 2007. I just want to scoop up these two and smother them with kisses. If they grow up to be professional […]

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