Disney Springs Must Do: The PANDORA Store

Disney fashionistas are very familiar with PANDORA jewelry that landed in parks and resorts several years ago. When Downtown Disney began transforming into Disney Springs, PANDORA went from several jewelry cases at the World of Disney Store to a store all of its own.  [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Need to Entertain Teens at the Beach? Take ’em Fishing!

caribe-the-resort-orange-beach-alabamaOctober 2016

We are not a family of fishermen. I’ve grown up on lower Alabama lakes and rivers, Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and I can count on one hand the number of times I have held a fishing pole in my hands. Fisherwoman I am not; vacation gal, I certainly am. Our family has stayed at Caribe the Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama, numerous times, and never once did I think about fishing.

But my sons and my husband took some poles on a short October Caribe trip in 2016, and this turned out to be fantastic entertainment for the teens. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Enjoying Caribe with a Rental from Luxury Coastal Vacations

luxury-costal-vacationsOctober 2016

We have been staying at Caribe the Resort in Orange Beach Alabama for years, but we usually stick to our usual rental sources who advertise through VRBO.com. My husband found a deal from Luxury Coastal Vacations for a mid-October 2016 stay, and we were really happy with the service and accommodations. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Spectacular Dining in Fairhope, Alabama, at Sunset Pointe


October 2016

Sunset Pointe is a restaurant located at the Fly Creek Marina in Fairhope, Alabama. Known for incredible sunsets, this dining establishment offers a family friendly outdoor dining area with a fire pit and views over the Fairhope Yacht Club and Mobile Bay. Inside, you’ll find additional seating, complete with a bar, locally crafted decor, and a very friendly staff. Each night at sunset, join in a toast to good food, friends, and the sunset view. [Read more…]

Doing Disney World for Less: Souvenir Picture Frames

Updated for 2018!

Souvenirs are expensive at Walt Disney World. It’s not like walking into Wal-mart of T.J. Maxx where items go on sale. There’s almost nothing on sale at WDW, and paying full retail price hurts.

I like to recommend that vacationers purchase souvenir items they can use every day at home, or at least something you can see every day, so you feel like you got the best use of your money. [Read more…]

Christmas at Walt Disney World: Decorations at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa


Christmas decorations start arriving at Walt Disney World on November 1st. While it may take more time than a few days, you can easily see holiday decorations well before we reach Christmas Day. [Read more…]

2018 Beach Princess: Visiting Owa? Visit Sweet Southern Scratch

OWA opened almost a year ago, and while the park continues to grow and expansions are made to the shopping district, shops are popping up nearby. Sweet Southern Scratch is my new local favorite for snacks and homemade baked goods.  [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: Condo Rental at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama

The Wharf AlabamaJanuary 2016
The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, is a shopping, dining, resort and golf complex developed where the Foley Beach Express bridge crosses the Intracoastal Waterway into Orange Beach. This provides the Wharf with a prime location for ease of access, both to the Gulf Coast’s beautiful white sugar sand beaches to the South and via the Beach Express North to the Interstate system.

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One of the Best Disney World Snacks Under $10? Try a Cupcake!

best Disney World snacks under $10

Updated for 2018!

If you’ve been to Disney World before, there are several really yummy snacks that cost under $10 that would easily qualify for the “Best” snack you can buy on vacation.

I’m going to make my pitch for cupcakes as one of the best items, because they are colorfully appealing and large enough to share, which can help in cutting your snack costs. [Read more…]

The Beach Princess: Mardi Gras Weekend at Turquoise Place

Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, Alabama, may be the most luxurious resort complex on the Alabama coastline. [Read more…]

2016 Beach Princess: San Carlos Condos in Gulf Shores

Beach Princess San Carlos Alabama

March 2016!

So it’s not exactly my Spring Break, but there are plenty of college kids at the beach on Spring Break down along the Alabama coast by mid-March. One of the hot spots for Spring Breaks this year?

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2016 Beach Princess: Enjoying the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama

Updated for 2018!
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama, has reached their 15th year of flying. The event typically features over 30 balloons from across the country. While parking on site costs $5, the event itself is free. Man, do I love free stuff to do!

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