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


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


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



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

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!


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!


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!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Yeti Tumblers

FINALLY…a cup that will actually keep your drink cold for hours on a hot day! These are the Yeti Rambler 20oz & 30oz Tumblers. Equally as impressive as their coolers, these Yeti tumblers are well worth the $30-$40 price tag. They keep ice for hours so your drink doesn’t get watered down, and the “no sweat” design keeps your hands dry! I love the clear lids too!! Definitely an essential for your next day of fun in the sun!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sandy Toes

“You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it will never leave your soul.”
Author Unknown
OR…your feet, legs, and other various (ahem)”places” it finds its way into! There’s not much I love more than having my toes in the sand, but getting it off myself at the end of a beach day seems near impossible! Until, I ran across this pin on Pinterest.
Why have I never heard of this simple little trick?
 Simply rub some baby powder on your skin, and the sand will rub right off!
I’m speechless…
Happy Tuesday, Sea~Shell
Thursday, July 3, 2014

R E S E R V E D!


If you’ve ever been to an all-inclusive resort or on a cruise ship, you can relate to this! If not…here’s your “heads up”! In my experience, there is limited seating around the pool and on the beaches. Especially if you’re looking for seating that is shaded! Unless you wake up before the sun comes up, and head over to the beach or pool to stake your claim, you most likely will not get a lounge chair! But, there is a small problem! Everyone has the exact same towel. So…you are forced to leave a personal item, of some sort, in the chair along with your towel so that you know which “toweled” chair belongs to you! It’s not an ideal situation. I usually leave a sunscreen bottle or book. Most people will not bother your stuff, but I have had people move my property & steal my chair that I got up at the crack of dawn to reserve! N-O-T cool!! When I saw this beach towel on Pinterest, my first thought was “why didn’t I think of that?”, and my second thought was “I need this now!!”. I look forward to using this on our December cruise to the Mexican Riviera! It gets the point across for sure! Do you have a friend or family member that loves to cruise or travel to all-inclusives? This makes a great gift (you’re welcome)!! It is small enough to fit nicely into your luggage. Be sure save the packaging. It comes packaged in a zippered plastic bag, which is great if your towel is still wet and/or sandy when packing up your bag to go home! I found it on Amazon for around $35 (including tax & shipping). It ships really quickly. I received mine in less than a week with standard shipping. The link to purchase is below!