Monday, June 27, 2016

Wellie Wishers - new American Girl Doll series

American Girl Doll released a new series, Wellie Wishers last week. They are smaller than the regular dolls and are made for girls ages 5+. I had not heard of these until we arrived at the Orlando store today. They retail at $60 (versus $100+ for the original dolls.)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Neon-themed Sleepover for Preteens

My daughter is having a sleepover with three school girls.  Two days before the sleepover, I decided to go to the store to buy a few items. 

I actually did not have a theme in mind… But that changed once I walked into Target. I found these cute plastic neon colored popcorn containers at Target in the dollar bins and thus the "party planner" inside of me kicked in.  (So my four colors are yellow, pink, purple, and lime.)

I then moved into the Girls Dept and found black T-shirts, and black/white/neon colored socks.

Of course glow-in-the-dark/neon accessories are needed. (Also in the dollars bins!)

Neon drinking straws! (I think I found these at Wal-Mart--I actually already had them in the pantry. Amazon has them too.)

And at the very last minute, my daughter begged me to go to Party City to pick up coordinating neon gloves for the girls.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Longboat Key: Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

This past weekend we went over to the Longboat Key area. Since it was Mother's Day, I wanted a nice(r) dinner, but I also wanted it comfortable for the kids. I read great reviews about Dry Dock Waterfront Grill on Trip Advisor, and I'm really glad that we pick this restaurant!

We went on a Saturday night, and many of the reviews said to get there early.  We arrived at 4:30 PM, and by 5 PM there were no tables left. (And by 6 PM the bar area was full of guests waiting for tables.)

We had a choice of seating upstairs/inside or below/outdoors. I'm very happy that we sat outside.  The weather was beautiful. 

Here are my kids relaxing well hubby and I enjoyed a cocktail. 

I chose the scallop pasta in a wine and garlic sauce. It was outstanding! The scallops were fresh and the pasta was cooked perfectly.

My husband chose the grouper sandwich, and decided to try a blackened. He said it was excellent and I'm sad I did not get a picture. He also enjoyed this local craft beer, Circa 1926. 

Favorite New Store: Naples Soap Company

While shipping in Sarasota this weekend, I came across this store and it's my new favorite! 

I love bath bombs! And my daughter bought some shampoo and conditioner bars. 

There are several locations around Florida, including Naples, Key West, Sarasota, Sanabell and more!  You can read more on their website:

A return visit to Fanta Sea

I was excited to return to Fanta Sea in Sarasota today! It's my favorite store for coastal decor! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Scoops on 5th, Downtown Mt. Dora

Today, my family took a little road trip to Mount Dora. The quaint town is about a 30 to 45 minute drive north of Orlando. It is known for tea rooms and antique shopping. However, we chose to indulge in desserts! 

What I Want for Mother's Day: Lucy Buffett's Cookbook

Ya'll know I love to cook!  And since I grew up on the Gulf Coast (Louisiana and now Florida), I especially love seafood.  So I was excited to hear about Lulu's updated cookbook!  Let me tell you more...

Updated with a new introduction and amazing photography, the bestselling, self-published cookbook by Lucy Buffett (chef sister of Jimmy Buffett) includes amazing recipes from her destination restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Packed with more than 120 signature recipes from Lucy's famous Gulf Coast restaurant, LuLu's, WITH LOVE FROM LULU'S KITCHEN is the next best thing to being there. Tucked inside are humorous stories, and plenty of wit and wisdom from Lucy's own kitchen. The book features party menus, Buffett Family favorites, and lots of telling it like it is. Renowned novelist Tom McGuane contributes engaging essays that blend smoothly with the spicy dishes and distinctive drinks.

Recipes include soul-satisfying Southern delights like West Indies Salad, Perfect Fried Shrimp, Blackened Grouper Sandwich, Garlic Cheese Grits, Silver Queen Succotash, and Heavenly Fried Crab Claws. And there's a whole chapter on 25 specialty drinks, including "Bama Breeze" and "LuLu's Painkiller."

Author Bio: Lucy Buffett is a restaurateur of the award winning, fun-loving LuLu’s which serves more than one million guests a year at two locations, one in Gulf Shores, Alabama and the other in Destin, Florida. Lucy has also been recognized for her tireless work on behalf of sustainability and the environment. However, the greatest passion of this self-proclaimed gypsy rebel and reluctant entrepreneur is cooking good food for the people she loves. LuLu's Kitchen: A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life (formerly Crazy Sista Cooking) is her first cookbook and is full of recipes and stories that made her restaurant the famous destination it is today. You can find more information on Lucy at

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Epsom Salt? For Mother's Day? YES, plese!

Okay, you can’t just give your mom Epsom salt for Mother’s Day, but you can put together one of these great gift baskets tailored to her interests:

  • For moms who Namaste: Fill a basket with a pretty pair of yoga leggings and tank top, a yoga mat, reusable water bottle, Lärabars, and a carton of Epsom salt to ease sore muscles after a tough class.
    • Include these directions on the card: 1. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath in a standard-sized bathtub. 2. Soak for at least 12 minutes. 3. Feel your muscles relax and unwind.

  • For moms with a green thumb: Buy a pair of gardening gloves, a weed puller, shovel, kneeling mat, seeds, and a carton of Epsom salt to help plants grow greener and deliver lush blooms.
    • Include these directions on the card: 1. Enrich soil by sprinkling 1 cup of Epsom salt per every 100 square feet of dirt. 2. Mix well into soil before planting. 3. Enjoy a beautiful, rich garden.

  • For moms who need a little “me-time”: For busy moms, give them a night off with a stack of their favorite magazines, a bottle of wine (or a box of their favorite tea), chocolates, essential oils, and a carton of Epsom salt to help soak the day away.
    • Include these directions on the card: 1. Add two cups of Epsom salt to your bathwater in a standard-sized tub. 2. Soak for at least 12 minutes. 3. Feel relaxed and sleep like a baby.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Epcot garden and flower festival 2016 merchandise

We walked around Epcot flower and Garden Festival today. Below are pictures of this year's festival merchandise:

Walt Disney World: Easter Egg Hunt 2016 at Epcot

So apparently this is been around for two or three years, but I just heard about it this year! It is a "Easter egg hunt" at Epcot. You walk to EACH country to find a hidden egg and once you find it, you put a sticker on your map. At the end of the hunt, you receive ONE special Disney plastic egg! The cost is $5.95.  (Today, April 3 was the LAST day for this season, but hopefully you can check it out next Spring!)

Here is the map we received:

Their or six eggs to choose from at Epcot in 2016:

Here are a few of the eggs we spotted around Epcot. (The eggs are about 2 feet tall, and most are higher up on buildings, but I won't  to give away all the secrets.)