Saturday, February 20, 2016

islandTunes Playlist

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islandTunes Playlist…my personal playlist for a day at the beach (or just when I’m really missing the beach)! I update this list regularly, so keep checking back!

Kenny Chesney~When the Sun Goes Down/Summertime/Come Over/Pirate Flag/Til It’s Gone/American Kids/Flora-Bama/When I See This Bar/Must Be Something I Missed/Spread the Love/Somewhere With You/Everybody Wants to go to Heaven/Island Boy/Somewhere in the Sun/Beer in Mexico/No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem/Out Last Night/Shiftwork/Young/Anything But Mine/Reality/Don’t Happen Twice/Ain’t Back Yet

Bob Marley~Buffalo Soldier/Could You Be Loved/Is This Love/Jamming/No Woman, No Cry/Redemption Song/One Love/Stir it Up/Three Little Birds

Jimmy Buffett~Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes/Margaritaville/Southern Cross (Live)/Cheeseburger in Paradise/Boat Drinks/Come Monday/Why Don’t We Get Drunk

Zac Brown Band~Toes/Castaway/Island Song/Jump Right In/Knee Deep/Where the Boat Leaves From

Jake Owen~Beachin’/Alone With You/Anywhere With You/Barefoot Blue Jean Night/Yee Haw/The One That Got Away

Blake Shelton~Some Beach/Sangria/Drink On It/Gonna/Honey Bee/The More I Drink/Sure Be Coll If You Did

Rihanna~Umbrella/Cheers (Drink to That)/Onlt Girl (In the World)/What’s My Name

Pitbull~Time of Our Lives/Don’t Stop the Party/Fireball/Fun

Garth Brooks~Two Pina Coladas/Friends in Low Places/That Summer

Eric Church~Drink in My Hand/Smoke a Little Smoke/Mr. Misunderstood/Springsteen/Like a Wrecking Ball/Talladega

George Strait~Run/The Seashores of Old Mexico/Texas

Elton John~Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting/Bennie and the Jets/Island Girl

Toby Keith~Get My Drink On/I Love This Bar/Red Solo Cup

Florida Georgia Line~Get Your Shine On/Sippin’ On Fire

Chris Stapleton~Tennessee Whiskey/Traveller/Might As Well Get Stoned/Nobody to Blame

Katy Perry~California Gurls/Last Friday Night TGIF/Birthday/This Is How We Do

Sam Hunt~Break Up in a Small Town/Take Your Time/House Party/Leave the Night On/Make You Miss Me/

Old Dominion~Snapback/Break up With Him

Luke Bryan~Suntan City/Strip It Down/Play it Again/Home Alone Tonight/Drunk On You/Crash My Party/I Don’t Want This Night to End/Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye/That’s My Kind of Night?You and the Beach

Thomas Rhett~Crash and Burn/T-Shirt

Brett Eldridge~Lose My Mind/Drunk on Your Love

It’s Five O’clock Somewhere~Alan Jackson

Red, Red Wine~UB40

Baby, I Love Your Way~Peter Frampton

One Tequila~Darius Rucker

Kokomo~The Beach Boys

Tomorrow People~Ziggy Marley

The Way You Do the Things You Do~UB40

Sunny and 75~Joe Nichols

Island in the Sun~Weezer

Amber~311

Underneath it All~No Doubt

Down on Padre~Eli Young Band

Sunshine & Whiskey~Frankie Ballard

Here Comes the Sun~The Beatles

Summer~Calvin Harris

Billionaire~Travie McCoy

Down in Mexico~Jerrod Niemann

Mexico~James Taylor

Mexico~Tin McGraw

Sky Full of Stars~Coldplay

Leggo Beast~Steel Pulse

Rum~Brothers Osborne

You’re My Jamaica~Charlie Pride

Good Vibrations~Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

Buy Me a Boat~Chris Janson

Somewhere Between Texas and Mexico~Pat Green

Somewhere on a Beach~Dierks Bentley

Sorry~Justin Bieber

Suavemente~Elvis Crespo

SummerThing!~Afrojack

This Summer’s Gonna Hurt~Maroon 5

A Thousand Miles From Nowhere~Dwight Yoakam

We Went~Randy Houser

Neon Moon~Brooks & Dunn

Where Are U Now~Skrillex & Diplo

Beach to the Sand~Randy Houser

Summer Breeze~Seals & Crofts

She’s a Beauty~The Tubes

California Girls~David Lee Roth

Feel Like Makin’ Love~Bad Company

Drink You Away~David Fanning

Call Me Maybe~Carly Rae Jepsen

Fancy~Iggy Azalea

Escape (The Pina Colada Song)~Rupert Holmes

In the Summertime~Mungo Jerry

All Summer Long~Kid Rock

Southern State of Mind~Darius Rucker

Adventure of a Lifetime~Coldplay

Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You~Brooks & Dunn

Somewhere in My Car~Keith Urban

Shot Reverse Shot~Jack Johnson

Listen to the Music~The Doobie Brothers

Chillin’ It~Cole Swindell

Sugar~Robin Schulz

The Sound of Sunshine~Michael Franti & Spearhead

Alcohol~Brad Paisley

Maggie May~Rod Stewart

Family Tradition~Hank Williams Jr.

Hotel California~The Eagles

I’ll Take You There~Sean Kingston

Pocket Full of Sunshine~Natasha Bedingfield

Platinum~Miranda Lambert

Summer Love~Justin Timberlake

Your Man~Josh Turner

Staring at the Sun~Jason Aldean

Fix~Chris Lane

S.O.B.~Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats

My Church~Maren Morris

Girl Crush~Little Big Town

You Look Like I Need a Drink/Justin Moore

Good Directions~Billy Currington

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tropical Cyclone Winston

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#prayforfiji

Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston is the strongest storm to ever hit Fiji. Please say a little prayer for them! You can read more about it on the Weather Channel’s link below:

Tropical Cyclone Winston

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Trip Advisor Top 25 Beaches-United States

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photo credit: TripAdvisor user floridagal82

TripAdvisor just released their top 25 beaches in the United States list! Proof that you don’t have to travel half way across the world, or spend a huge chunk of change to have an amazing beach experience! Click the link below to see which US beaches made the cut! Which ones have you visited and/or which ones will you be adding to your wish list? There are a few I will definitely be adding to my list!

TripAdvisor top 25 Beaches-United States

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Chocolate Rum Cake

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This Chocolate Rum cake is a new twist on my Aunt Sandy’s Cayman Rum cake! On a recent cruise, I was able to sample a chocolate Tortuga Rum cake, which got my wheels turnin’! “Hmmm, I bet I could do this with Aunt Sandy’s recipe!” This cake is rich, and oh so fudge-y. A rum lover’s delight!

Chocolate Rum Cake

Cake

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix

1 3.4oz box Jello instant chocolate fudge pudding mix

1/2 cup Cruzan dark aged rum

4 eggs

1/2 cup cold water

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp pure vanilla

Glaze

1 stick unsalted butter

1/8 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup Cruzan dark aged rum

1/2 tsp pure vanilla

Preheat oven to 325. Generously grease a 10″ bundt pan. With a stand mixer (or hand mixer), mix the cake mix, pudding mix, rum, eggs, water, oil, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Pour the batter into the bundt pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes (depending on your oven…mine takes exactly 55 minutes). While the cake is cooling, melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the water and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the rum. Let stand a few minutes to cool slightly. Poke some holes in the cooled cake, and pour the glaze into the bundt pan. Let sit about 10-15 minutes (longer if you wish) so the cake can absorb the glaze. Carefully turn the cake onto a large plate or cake stand. You can dust with some powdered sugar for presentation…but, I just dive right in!

~Enjoy~

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day 2016

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

~XO, SeaShellie~

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Debt Free Vacations

Debt free vacations…yes, it is possible! How my family of 6 has been traveling the Caribbean, Debt Free, for the last 4 years!

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Family vacations are meant to be fun, relaxing, memory making moments that you and your family talk about for years after the fun has ended. However, the lingering credit card debt that can supersede those vacations, are not the kind of fond memories I’m referring to. A vacation is not a “vacation” if you come home to the stress of having to payoff a mountain of credit card debt from taking said vacation.

Here are 5 simple ways my family has managed to take amazing family vacations, completely debt free!

  • make it a priority-figure your vacation into your monthly budget! Open a savings account specifically for your vacation expenses. Treat this vacation account just like you would any other re-occurring monthly bill that you have. Determine an amount that you are comfortable with, that won’t put you in a financial bind, and fund this account monthly! The amount doesn’t matter. Just do what works best for your budget and you’ll be surprised how quickly it can add up! Making your vacation a priority will keep you accountable and focused towards reaching your goal!
  • loose change jars-we keep jelly jars in our each of our vehicles. Think of how many times you run through a drive-thru in any given month. (Ahem, Starbucks)! Each time that you pay with cash, throw the loose change into the jelly jar! We also keep a large jar in our master closet for pocket change and we empty the car jelly jars into this large jar once they are full. Once again, it all adds up! In a years time, who knows? It might just be enough to cover the cost of an airline ticket or your fuel costs if you’re driving to your destination!
  • plan ahead-we plan our vacations a year in advance. With a family of 6, cruises are the cheapest way for us to travel. Booking out a year in advance allows us to secure our state rooms for a small deposit, and then the balance is paid out over a 9 month period…without opening a credit card! All of your on-board expenses can be paid in full, in-advance, if you plan accordingly. That’s all gratuities, beverage packages, spa treatments (if you so please), shore excursions, etc…You will, however, need to save up some cash for taxi cabs, food, souvenirs, etc…that are not part of any pre-planned shore excursions. We prefer to jump in a cab and hang at the beach all day, try out the local food, and shop for t-shirts, etc…so we plan ahead for those expenses.
  • unexpected income-do you earn commissions or have the opportunity to earn bonuses? What about an income tax refund? If you are fortunate enough to acquire some unexpected cash, deposit a portion, if not all of it, into that vacation savings account! Don’t get distracted by all the “shiny things” tempting you from the Instagram boutique posts. Stay focused on the goal…VACATION!!
  • sell your unwanted “stuff”-you’ve heard this saying before…one person’s “trash” is another person’s “treasure”. Let’s face it, we all have stuff around the house that we don’t want anymore. Spend a rainy day scouring the house for unwanted stuff, or designate a large box/basket to accumulate things as you find them. I have a large box in my garage that I will occasionally toss the kids stuff in as they outgrow them, or I come across something in my closet that I’m sick of. Once you’re done, have a garage sale, sell it on a site like Craig’s List, Ebay, etc…or Thrift shops are especially popular these days!

Implementing these 5 simple vacation planning strategies will be well worth the effort! I know from experience, it takes some serious will power sometimes. But, if you want that vacation bad enough, you can power through! If you have some unique money saving tips, I’d love to hear from you!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Beach Tote #obsessed

I have a thing for tote bags! Finding a cute, yet functional, beach tote is the real struggle!
I’m completely obsessed with this adorable tote I found on Etsy. It’s a beautiful turquoise metallic linen with gold undertones. It has leather handles, and 4 interior pockets (1 zippered). This tote is reminiscent of the sun glistening off of the Caribbean Sea at sunset! It’s absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to take it to the ~BEACH~ soon! There are many other awesome totes to choose from at this Etsy shop. Go check them out! I will definitely be purchasing another in the future! I’ve included the links to the shop below!
(I am not, in any way, compensating from this post. I just like sharing awesome products!)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Zika Virus “Buzz”

The Zika Virus “buzz” is causing quite a stir in the news recently. If you are a worried traveler, or just curious, this article from Caribbean Journal is very informative!

http://caribjournal.com/2016/02/01/zika-what-you-need-to-know/#

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Lime~in~de~Coconut Cocktail

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My toes in the sand, an ice cold Lime-in-de-Coconut cocktail in my hand!
From Painkillers in White Bay JVD, Cayman Sunsets in Grand Cayman, to Miami Vices in Cancun, or Scooby-Doos in Cozumel…Strawberry Shortcakes in Aruba, and Bob Marleys in Jamaica~there’s a captivating cocktail to accompany the memories from each of our Island adventures. But of all the fruity concoctions I’ve had the pleasure of sipping on in paradise, this one tops the list as the most memorable. I discovered the lime-in-de-coconut cocktail on a recent trip to St. John to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.
The best way to describe it? A cross between a pina~colada (minus the pina) and a margarita (minus the tequila)! It’s a mix of both light & dark coconuts rums, whole lime wedges (yes, the entire wedge), Coco Lopez, fresh lime juice, and lemon-lime soda. It’s very light and refreshing, not too “alcohol-y”, and creamy! But what makes this cocktail so unique, are the small bits of ground up lime peel throughout! Ooohhhh, so good!!
I have searched all over the net & Pinterest for a recipe that comes close to the real deal. The best one I’ve found is from  http://rumtherapy.com . But, I’ve tweaked it a bit to my liking!
Lime-in-de-Coconut Cocktail
1oz dark rum
4oz coconut rum
2 lime wedges (the entire wedge, peel and all)
2oz Coco Lopez
4oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 can lemon-lime soda (Sprite or 7-Up)
Ice
In a blender, add the rums and lime wedges. **important** be sure to blend the rums & lime wedges together in the blender before adding in the other ingredients, so that the lime wedges are good and ground up before the ice goes in! Blend until the lime wedges are ground up into tiny little specks. Next, add in the Coco Lopez, fresh lime juice, soda, & ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish your glass with a sugar rim, lime slice, and don’t forget the paper umbrella!
~Enjoy~
Below is the link to RumTherapy’s version of the Lime-in-de-Coconut Cocktail

http://www.rumtherapy.com/2013/03/lime-in-de-coconut/

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Soggy Dollar Radio

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If you’ve read my previous post, you already know that my favorite place on earth, to date, is White Bay, Jost Van Dyke BVI! Everyday, I dream of the day that I will once again be under it’s spell. But, until we meet again…I have the Soggy Dollar Radio channel, broadcast live from White Bay, Jost Van Dyke BVI, to tide me over! It’s a laid back mix of today’s hits, Island tunes, and a few blasts from the past. It’s the next best thing to actually being there. Any beach~aholic will love it! Available on the TuneIn App or at the link below!
Enjoy~

http://soggydollarradio.com