Friday, January 6, 2017

New Year Giveaway

Happy New Year! 

A GIVEAWAY is a great way to begin the new year.

I am excited to host a giveaway for my readers from Novica.  The winner will receive a $35.00 gift code to use toward anything on their site.

  For those of you not familiar with Novica.... Artisans from around the world (many living in rural communities) don't have the means to sell their work on the international market. This company gives them a free platform to do this, and reach customers on a global scale.  In a world where there are so many mass produced products, with no record of who made them, and under what conditions, This gives you the choice to say no to sweat shops and child labor. 

I own several pieces of sterling jewelry, scarves, glassware and serving pieces from Novica and I can say with confidence every item is beautifully handcrafted and the quality is amazing.

I recently chose these wonderful sterling and turquoise earrings to review and they are even prettier in person. The earrings are beautifully handcrafted and have a substantial amount of sterling.

Here are just a few of the thousands of items you can choose from....

The things below all cost less than $30.00.


Visit Novica and leave a comment here letting me know of one item you might choose should you be the winner.

The giveaway ends 1/11/17 and the winner will be notified by email.  You do not have to be a blogger to enter though you must be at least 18 years old.

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to enter.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Tour Part II

Everyone ready for Christmas?

   Our home is decorated but I am still gift shopping , wrapping and planning the menu.   Tomorrow you'll find me fighting the shopping crowds with other procrastinators. 

I hope you enjoy Part II of our Christmas Tour. 

If you missed Part I you can see it HERE

I appreciate you dropping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Steve and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New  Year. 


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Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Tour... Better Late Than Never

I must be the very last blogger to decorate for Christmas and post about it!   

We have been super busy so holiday decorating was put on the back burner until a few days ago.  It is finished now but I still have lots of shopping and wrapping to do. 

I hope you enjoy Part 1 of the tour.....


Dining Room


I'll be back in the next couple of days with Part 2 of the tour.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Holidays


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

November in the Islands

Hi everyone.

Steve and I just got back from a five day cruise to the Bahamas.  Living in Florida it is easy to take advantage of these last minute cruises and the prices are normally wonderful.  We booked the cruise on Friday and set sail on Monday.  It also helps that we live just over an hour from the port.

The beautiful private island owned by Royal Caribbean is one of our favorite stops on any RC cruise.  We were excited to visit CoCo Cay again.....perfect weather, beautiful water and a great cookout on the beach provided by RC.

I am just glad this little guy wasn't under our picnic table

It was a wonderful and relaxing trip!  I think a November cruise will be a tradition for us now.

Happy Thanksgiving



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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Preparing For Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is suppose to hit Florida in a few hours.  The shutters are up,  the courtyard furniture has been stored and the pool furniture was tossed in the pool. 

You may have seen the post last week about adding a Mediterranean look to the courtyard.  Well,  it is not so pretty right now. 

This isn't our first rodeo!

In 2004 we were living in our dream beach house when we had a direct hit from Hurricane Ivan.  All infrastructure was washed away, including the roads.  We had built this home four years earlier with all the upgraded hurricane codes and it still had substantial damage.  It took nine months of renovation,  then approximately six weeks after we returned home Hurricane Dennis hit us again. 

After the 2nd renovation we decided enough is enough and sold our home. 

I bet some of you are wondering why in the world would we eventually move back to Florida. Believe me when I say weeks like this one I wonder myself!  At least this time we are away from the coast living in Central Florida.

Please send positive thoughts our way.


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