Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wish you were here Wednesday: Tampa, Florida

More adventures in Florida! Off to Tampa.

We headed to the manatee zone, no manatees the water was way too warm, but I did make friends with this cute little statue. Manatee Fun Fact: the largest population of West Indian manatees is found in the Florida - (See more at: http://www.savethemanatee.org)






While they didn't have manatees there was an education zone and hurricane simulator.

After an unsuccessful manatee hunt, we were off to the Hard rock for some gambling and drinks.               I was exhausted and in bed by 7, our flight was early and we had to be up at 4am! 

While my adventures in Florida are over this time, I can't wait to visit this amazing travel destination again!



XOXO,
Annie

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wish You Were Here Wednesday: Fort Myers, Florida

My adventures in Florida




On our first adventure we headed to a giant and FREE swap meet and I love anything FREE! I could have spent all day there, the buildings just kept coming.  There were treasures everywhere and the produce was amazing.



Then my Grandpa's housing area was having a veterans car show, we saw some amazing old cars and old people :) 





Day two we went to another outdoor swap meet, I am a sucker for antiques and cheap stuff! Then we headed across the parking lot into the worlds largest shell factory. It was so neat, there were shells galore. Any kind of shell item you can think of they had. There was also a shell museum, petting zoo and holiday shop. I went a little crazy in this store and had to reign myself in and pull stuff out of my cart, yup I had a cart! Wonderful treasures for myself and some great food items for my hubby and friend Nicole. I hope they both use them to make some amazing food!






Molly and I were on a mission to the beef jerky store for some alligator jerky for our husbands. We got a variety of different and crazy jerky. It was in a small shopping center that had a total Miami vice vibe (and by Miami Vice I don't mean the cheesy parody of a movie with Colin Ferrell I mean the original Don Johnson)



Next stop was You Look Absolutely Marvelous! A cheap and wonderful jewelry store. I also went a little crazy here, unfortunately everything in my tray (nope no cart here!) went home with me. I know I have expensive taste and even in a cheap store I gravitated to the most expensive necklace in the place, luckily that was only $28. I also got some cute bows, a few for myself and a few for princess Abigail's (my cousins daughter) Easter basket and two great pairs of earrings.


Then we were off to Bealls, a department store that reminds me of kohl's, they have some great deals and most everything in the store was 40% off. I know that crocs are fashion suicide and only friendless losers wear them and I would never be caught dead in them, but... Then they came out with the cutest tennies. I am such a sucker for anything with Anchors on them and shoes are no exception.


Back to Grandpa's for a yummy roast beef and twice bakes a potato dinner. We also got to look at some great old pictures of my Grandpas from his days in the Army.








XOXO,

Annie

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wish You Were Here Wednesday: Corey Billie's Airboat Rides

Something that must not be missed on any trip to Florida by far is an everglades airboat ride. We headed about an hour away very early in the morning and ended up at Corey Billie's. It was amazing, we saw alligators a ton of birds and other swamp inhabitants and did a few 360's in our airboat. 






Our captain Robert was knowledgable and really cool.
















I even got to hold a baby alligator. Most alligators when you pick them up open their mouths, but this little guy born in captivity doesn't. The alligator lady demonstrated this by picky up his feisty friend who immediately opened his mouth. Fun fact- alligators throats do not open when their mouth is open, it is closed so that they'd an breath underwater for long periods of time without coming up for air.




Then we hit a cheap jewelry store, The Best of Everything. This store was so packed with little old ladies I thought they bused them in. They had a ton of stuff, a little over half the store was jewelry and the other half had purses, bags, scarves, flip flops, and knock knacks for the house. I bought a cute swim coverup that reminded me of Lilly Pulitzer only a lot cheaper! I also got a great necklace and bracelet set, one of the more expensive sets, but still only $28. I don't know how in a place filled with $7 jewelry I still spent $50, on three items, but I absolutely love them! Home for a nap, pizza and an alligator journey with my cousin. We didn't find an alligator on our walk, but we did see a bald eagle. Not a super clear picture, but it was an amazing sight in person. 




XOXO,
Annie


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Guess who's back....

It has been a long while since I have been on here or even felt like writing, in fact it has been so long it took me an hour to access my blog! You could call it a case of writers block or just life getting in the way, but whatever it was hopefully it has passed...


I have been very busy since the last time I was here. Here is my last year, in pictures. 

We bought a house! (yes I am screaming that!!!) We finally after three times in escrow and almost a year, have a place to call HOME. Well for as long as the Navy let's us stay here anyways,  after all home is wherever the navy sends us.


This is my favorite part of our house, the mantel. 
If you know me or have read almost anything I've written, you know I love to craft and decorate. 

We did some major projects around the house.

The back yard got a face lift...




and so did the appliances.



I hung out with some old friends.... (that whole sentenced aged me!) 


I started volunteering and met some great new friends...

and I finally found a job!
 and then a year later (I can't believe it's been that long) I got a promotion.

We have been on some great trips and have further explored America's finest city. Not sure anyone is actually reading this, but I will post more on our adventures next Wednesday. Wish you were here Wednesday may not have been a thing around here for awhile, but I going to make sure its a thing. 
XOXO,
Annie

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fresh Produce

If case you haven't heard of Fresh Produce, it is a great company co-founded and still run by a mom entrepreneur, Mary Ellen Veron and is primarily made in the USA.  You can find their clothing sold in Fresh Produce stores’ and more than 500 specialty retailers throughout the US and Caribbean. 


I was lucky enough to have them contact me to see if I wanted to try out of of their new spring styles. {Spring Dresses}Umm, yes of course I do! The funny part is that a day earlier I had been eyeing some of there clothing in a store in Sanibel, Florida {see my trip to Sanibel here}. Which is also the name of one of their colors. Everything is named after a tropical locale, from the clothing to the colors. It makes it so fun to pick stuff out. 

I swear I went  back and forth between the Maxi dress in Catalina  and the Impromptu dress in Fiji like a hundred times! {I mean how could I ever decide there were so many options basic dresseshttp://freshproduceclothes.com/fp/basic-dresses

The names of all their clothing is so perfect for the locals. I can see my self with a tropical drink with a pineapple in it on some fabulous beach in Fiji in the Fiji dress! Unfortunately a trip like that is not in the budget, so I went with the choice that better fit my life. Catalina is after all just off the coast of California. I think this means we will just have to take a little trip off the coast to Catalina soon!


I just love my Catalina Maxi Dress in oyster. I paired it with my J Crew Cardigan and flip flops and my favorite Stella and Dot necklace.

 Can I say another thing, I love being a medium! I hate the trend that seems to be plaguing the lower end stores where I can barely fit into an XL. I mean I'm not that big ;) There size chart was right on and the dress fits me perfect. {size chart} Another great thing is that they also have plus sizes that actually look like they would be flattering. I will have to get my mom into one of their stores next time she visits. {FYI They sell it at the exchange! There is also a fresh produce store in La Jolla and they sell it at many retailers throughout the county, see here}

In case your not lucky enough to be near a store like I am, don't despair.  Fresh Produce now ships to over 200 countries, so women outside the US can enjoy the colorful styles, too. 

If your taking a fabulous vacation this summer you should check out there clothes, they would be perfect for any summer getaway! {awesome beach & summer favorites}

Seriously though I love this dress it fits great and is super flattering {I'm not just saying it because they sent it to me!} My next purchase is one of their great scarves or this awesome cardigan- and it's on sale! 

Do you love Fresh Produce too?
How would you pair the Fresh Produce spring styles? 


XOXO,

Annie