Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Book Loft the Bookstore on Amelia Island Florida {#TuesdaysTravels}

You guys know that I love to find a good book and I love to share a good book when I find it. Well today I am not sharing a book but the coziest little book store here in Florida.  I literally just stumbled into The Book Loft this summer when exploring on Amelia Island.   The Book Loft offers two stories of both fiction and non fiction .  This is such a fun little store to hang out in and browse.



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The front window grabbed my Little's attention right away as it was filled with his favorite "pirate books."  I rarely see him grab a book and sit to read but here in this fabulous store he did just that grabbed a book and took a seat.   I loved the variety of books , the atmosphere and also that they had quite a few books that were Florida books.  Like the Florida Alphabet Book.  They even had a train table set up in the children's section.  I definitely felt this store was family friendly but quite.  Adults wanting to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere definitely were able to do so. The customer service was also very friendly when we were in the store (which in my opinion is a ++).  

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The Book Loft is located on Center Street in Amelia Island Florida.  You can connect with The Book Loft on Facebook .  If ever in Amelia Island we definitely recommend you drop in for a visit and stroll down Center Street. There are all kinds of cozy shops and local finds here.



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rollors Outdoor Game Giveaway

Keep Your Summer Rolling!
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We love playing outside and just being outdoors as much as possible. Right now it is so hot here in Florida for the end of summer. Cooler days are coming though and that is the perfect time to get outside and play .  Today we are sharing a new outdoor game that is sure to bring the family fun.  My family loves anything competitive.  Rollors ® is a fun new outdoor game that offers a creatively unique alternative to traditional lawn sports. The game combines elements of two old games, Horseshoes and Bocce, to make one easy and mobile game. It includes over-sized wooden disks (aka Rollors) that players roll towards a color-coded, wooden goal 25 feet away. Points are awarded to the player/team that positions their disks closest to the goal. It is a great game for all ages and can be played in teams or individual competition. Great for barbecues, family reunions, graduations, vacations, out in the backyard or on the beach.


The game was designed by an Air force Airmen flying 35,000 feet over Afghanistan, while he was thinking about being back home with family relaxing in the yard playing games. Rollors combines the fun of horseshoes, bocce ball and bowling. Combining both skill and luck, players are always still "in the game". The large wooden pieces are durable, well made and feel great in your hands. This game has all of the elements to be an instant classic. You will spend hours having fun with family and friends playing Rollors. 

Great for barbecues, family reunions, graduations, vacations, out in the backyard or on the beach.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Creating a Photo Book Just Got Easier! @CollageDotCom Deal


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Photos I'm a mom and friends I have taken a LOT of photos over the years.  My family is begging a whole new journey with my oldest beginning a family of her own (she just got engaged) and my youngest beginning school. I imagine I will be taking many more.  Instead of printing dozens upon dozens of photos and not knowing where to place them I love putting them in photo books.  Today I'm sharing a deal with you from Collage.com.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Life Of Crime Out Today! Fandango Card Giveaway! #LifeofCrime

"Life of Crime provided all materials for this post and giveaway."

Jennifer Aniston is one of my favorite actresses.  She is now in a new comedy called LIFE of Crime. Life of Crime will be in theaters , on demand and iTunes August 29th (today)!!



About Life Of Crime

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.
Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

Watch the Life of Crime trailor below and leave us a comment with your favorite scene!





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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pre-order Your Copy Now! Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset @PromoBookTours

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Return to Annie Crow Knoll. . . a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives.

Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents' divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie's opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child. Nate swears that he will never return to Annie Crow Knoll, his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.

When near-tragedy strikes their lives, though, Nate is forced to return to the one place he hopes may save his wife: Anne Crow Knoll. There, surrounded by the love and support of his mother, their friend Packard and Beth Ann, Nate and June face their doubts and fears about themselves, their marriage and their future. In the beauty of this Chesapeake community, they find hope and healing.  

Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset will be released on September 14th. . .

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Chronicles of Steele Raven by Pauline Creeden Free August 27th


Need a new book for the kindle?  Today on Amazon you can get Episode 1 Chronicles of Steele Raven by Pauline Creeden.  Check it out friends.

Chronicles1bannerHuman life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pirate Playground Fernandina Beach , Florida { #TuesdaysTravels}

What do you look for in a playground?  One of my favorite parts of Tuesdays Travels is finding and sharing new playgrounds we have spent some time exploring.  This week I'm talking about Pirate Playground in Fernandina Beach , Florida.   I honestly loved this playground so much it is hard to know where to begin.  Pirate Playground just opened May 2014 and it not your run of the mill playground. This playground was designed with special needs and sensory disorders in mind.  Everything is accessible for children with physical disabilities.


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Accessible to children with physical disabilities, lots of sensory play structures "Pirate Playground"

Location: The park is located between the Atlantic Recreation Center and the Egan's Park Greenway.  (2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island Florida)


Sharing some of the area's special history and ambiance the park is a nautical theme hence the name Pirate Playground.  The park is completely fenced in and small enough you can sit anywhere through out and observe your children playing without any problem.  It is also nicely shaded (thank you park designers.)  There are also easily accessible bathrooms.  These are just the necessities. There are so  many fun things at this park. A merry go round that even Mom can get on, comfy swings with backs on them , a cool climbing web, a musical instruments section, a pretend section with little buildings/shops and even a pirate ship.  Our favorite the sand water sensory area. 
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Sand and Water Area of Pirate Playground is our favorite 

The sand area has colanders hanging up on a bar for sifting.  I thought this was a great addition the kids all seemed to really like them and how easy would that be to add to your own sand area at home.

Just a jog across the parking lot and you will find a huge pool and also a kids splash pool area. Admission into this part of the park is $5. There is also an ice cream concession area where you will find cool treats ranging in price from around .50 to $2. each.   Right outside of this area to the right is also another large playground area (also fenced but separate from the Project Pirate area)  .



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Swimming area /$5 Admission

In July 2014 Texas Road House made a large donation of over $22,000 to Pirate Playground. Enabling them to soon add the Sway fun accessible glider.

Thank you Texas Road House that is super super AWESOME!! 



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