We are always on the lookout for great places to find tropical treasures to add to our collection give our home the tropical vibe. Anything that will remind us of a vacation or favorite place, beach or memory is always welcome in our home. So we often find ourselves cruising beach shops, furniture store, island markets, and anywhere we think might have something we will love. On one particular excursion we found a whole new world of treasures just waiting to grab our attention. This is art festival season in South West Florida!
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The legend of the Hawiian shirt starts with it not even being called a Hawiian shirt ironically. Originally called the Aloha shirt and created in the 1930’s in Waikki the first versions were created out of leftover kimono cloth. The local newspaper caught onto the fad and coined the term Aloha shirt. Ellery Chun the creator of the shirts immediately trademarked the name and ran advertisements for them in 1935.
Every now and again I come across a product that I have to mention here and this is one of those times. A little history first though of how I came to buying this particular product. In the past I was not traditionally a fan of flip flops. With no arch support and an annoying little plastic thing cutting between your toes it was more than I could handle. So I wore shoes everywhere. In a quest to find lighter and cooler shoes, I was always trying different brands and types. I then found a brand offlip flops I loved through trial and error. Olukai’s were breakthrough for me. With arch support, a comfy foot bed and a ribbon of cloth between my toes I could finally wear flip flops comfortably. What could be better? But there are situations that are not conducive to wearing flip flops. Like chasing the kids and trying out their longboards. Getting off of or stopping swings on swing sets is difficult in flip flops too…..so it was back to wearing hot heavy sneakers on those occasions. Was there a product that was the best of both worlds?
With Summer here we love to go out and hit our favorite restaurants. They have some great summer tropical food to enjoy that never disappoints. Since summer is not complete without an escape to the islands to soak up some rays, get some sand between your toes and just relax, we decided we would help you with the recipes you may want to try at home to continue the adventure. Here are a few of our favorites….
It was time to hop in the car and get away from it all again. Mental health retreats I call them. I need them from time to time…..ok maybe weekly or sometimes two or three times a week depending on how bad it is. Fortunately I live in an area where within 45 minutes to 2 hours I can be at some of the best beaches in the world. Yes even Key West, if I take a super fast catamaran ride that only runs when the weather is good. This time I needed to go somewhere that many of my friends and even my own daughters had been to without me. It was time to Hit Boca Grande and see for myself why everyone seems to love this beach.
Just when I had dug my toes in the sand and gotten comfortable…..shots were fired in Paradise! Did you hear them? There is a battle going on in Paradise and your wardrobe closet and wallet are the battle grounds! You may think from reading that I have had a few too many Mai Tai’s but it is true and at least for now I am completely sober on this warm, Sunny and beautiful tropical Florida Friday.
If you are like us (and we are guessing you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t) tropical beach weddings seem like a dream wedding. For those of you who have had a tropical beach wedding this can be true with a little planning. There is nothing like saying “I do” with a little sand between your toes. Since there are an abundance of articles on the net about beach weddings we thought we would offer some helpful tips and things to think about when planning your tropical beach wedding to ensure that everything is “perfect”.
Look around your house or back patio / Lanai / yard. Do you have an empty space or just a space you would love to entertain in and do it in style? Have you even longed to have your own tiki bar? It may not be as expensive or as hard as you think. There are all kinds of places you can go to get a bar or supplies to build one yourself and then decorate it to get it ready for friends to come over and throw a tiki party grass skirts and all.
Summer break is coming up quick.If you are like most you have saved for months for that all important summer vacation. That break from work with the family or wife or alone where you do some all important bonding with the beach or take off on an adventure. If you are enjoying your long weekend life this means looking for great places to dig your toes into the sand, get some great pictures to add to memory books or hang on your walls, or collect thos important souvenirs that remind you of the tropics to put around your house. In part two of our summer break ideas series we head to the east coast of Florida. But first after heading across Alligator Alley we head south past Miami to the keys for a visit.
The florida keys are made up of five islands Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West. All offer a different adventure, beautiful beaches and great places to just relax.
The tropical lifestyle means many things to many people.Tell someone you love to live the tropical lifestyle and how they think you live may be nothing like the actual experience you have created for yourself. Each niche has its own vibe, feeling and “flavor” as well as some regional differences. Like differences in dialect of a language each one has it’s own uniqueness. We will outline just some of what we mean here. If you are looking to live the tropical lifestyle use this however you like to guide your adventure.