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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There is nothing like bringing home the taste of the islands to help remind you of that special vacation where you had your toes in the sand or heard the sound of the ocean just outside the door of your hotel suite. You could relax on the patio nd sip your coffee under a palm tree and listen to the crashing waves and feel the breeze rustling through the palms tress…….ahhhhh. But now you are back home and the leaves need raked or the driveway needs the snow cleared and you wish you could just get that moment back.
Many people have been going on cruises lately and the most traveled cruise destination is out of the Port of Miami to the Caribbean. With three to seven day cruises leaving from Miami almost daily from nearly every cruise line it is a busy port and water way.The islands call and people answer looking for a relaxing way to get away from it all. But there is an area in the middle of all the excitement that holds a very murky past and a lot of truth and legend to it.
You often see it everywhere that people are on the beach relaxing. Someone will walk by and give you a hand gesture that makes you smile. With the thumb and pinkie finger extended the “Shaka” hand gesture is also known as “hang loose”, “or more simply “relax”. Used mainly by Hawaiians it is used to convey the “aloha spirit” or understanding and friendship between the people. In years gone by it was used by the many tribes as a gesture much like the peace sign or as a hello that was understood by all. But now mostly it is still used by surfers and vacationers to welcome each other or say hello.
If you are getting ready to head south for the winter and take a vacation at your favorite beach in Florida or the tropics you might want to ask around first. With the rash of tropical storms and hurricanes some of the beaches in some areas may not be as pristine as you would like.
It is finally time. You live the tropical life and have been dreaming about that upcoming vacation where you can finally dig your toes into the sand and relax while sipping on your favorite drink. Then it happens……you check the weather and there is a Hurricane or Tropical storm headed directly for your little piece of paradise. So now what do you do?
We love the beach! We Love the Ocean! We love the tropics! Unfortunately that is where the trouble begins. You see when you mix those three ingredients they are the perfect mix for what could be trouble. I have been watching “Shark Week!” on TV this week and an ominous number popped up on my screen saying that one of our favorite areas (Florida) is number one in the world for Shark attacks! Apparently not only humans like white sandy beaches and warm waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Here at Longweekendlife.com we try our hardest to inspire you to abandon the “norm” or everyday home decorating and turn your home and life into a never ending Tropical vacation and lifestyle. If you are one of the many who are drawn to this lifestyle it is easy to surround yourself with things that carry you away to your favorite islands and places, so that you feel like you are on vacation every day.
We are off on a hunt from time to time. Usually not to find anything in particular, but just to find that “one thing” for all of us or for each of us that will remind us of the vacation we just had, or place we just visited. It may be in a beach shop, it might be something we found on the beach itself. The trick is to keep an open mind and get creative. depending on the trip or area one word, symbol, landmark, or item can sum up a whole vacation.
With summer here and four kids at home it is always a good time to find something to keep them occupied and have some fun as a family while living our long weekend life. If we want to be able to relax and enjoy our time together activity is imperative for the kids so they are not “bored”.