Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Support Our Veterans - Fairhope, AL





Monday, October 10, 2016

Magnolia Corn Maze - Summerdale, Alabama

REVIEW

We had a great time at the Magnolia Corn Maze! Kids in our group were from ages 6 all the way to 43 years old and everyone enjoyed the experience. A few tips for your trip:
  • Check the Magnolia Corn Maze website for scheduling. Closer to Halloween the corn maze is "haunted" at night. Little ones and grown ups (like me) who don't enjoy being scared, would probably prefer going a times it's not scary.
  • Also, check the website for the various activities and options for admission. If you are interested in participating in all the activities, it's more economical to purchase the higher admission ticket. Also note that paintball is a separate activity.
  • When going in the evening, don't forget the bug spray.
  • Riding the hayride at night was fun but quite dusty. Visitors with asthma and/or allergies should be careful with this ride.
Here is the video from our trip. We were not able to take video of the Knockerball game because I didn't want to bust my lip open again while taking video. :) The game is great fun and not having video of it is quite unfortunate, especially the part when Chuck turned me upside down inside the Knockerball. LOL

Friday, September 16, 2016

American Cancer Society Vintage Affair - Mobile, AL

Join in the Fight Against Cancer

American Cancer Society plans Vintage Affair Gala

Guests can experience one of Mobile’s premier philanthropic events as we join together to save lives and party for a cause. The American Cancer Society (ACS) will host the Vintage Affair Gala, presented by Lexus of Mobile, on Thursday, September 29 at the Alabama Cruise Terminal from 6-9pm.

Enjoy an evening filled with exquisite cuisine by Clifton Morrissette, fine wines from Red or White and the exciting sounds of the Crowned Jewelz Band. Sure to thrill are the live and silent auctions which include fabulous trips, estate jewelry and original local art featuring artist Ashley Terrell.

http://gala.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=76045&pg=entry#.V9w6qbWmFSY
“Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year. The Vintage Affair committee thinks that’s a great reason to support this wonderful event, stated Blair Gewin, ACS Development Manager of Distinguished Events. Cancer is something that touches just about every person in our community, and the event is a great opportunity for all of us to get together to support the fight against this disease.”

Through fundraising events like the Vintage Affair Gala, the ACS continues to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people to get well and stay well, find cures, and fight back against a disease that has taken too many lives. For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Through their efforts the ACS has contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. That means they’ve helped avoid about 650,000 cancer deaths and created the potential for more birthday celebrations.

Tickets for the event are $125 and can be purchased online at www.vintageaffairmobile.org or by calling 251.344.9858.

About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society has been fighting cancer and saving lives since 1913. The organization’s efforts in the South Alabama market allow the Society to continue saving lives and creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people to get well and stay well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, visit cancer.org.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Labor Day Weekend Estate Sale - Mobile, AL


Here is the link for more information...

We went to this estate sale last month. Had a great time, saw lots of interesting pieces, and bought some cool stuff. 

Sorry this is so short, just passing along information. :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Factory Trampoline Park - Gulf Shores, AL




We had quite the adventure at The Factory Trampoline Park in Gulf Shores, AL.

    
                                                


                      


Shout out to South Baldwin Urgent Care and  

Plastic Surgeon Dr Fred Fedok 

for taking such great care of me! 

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Big Kahuna's Destin, FL - GREAT DEAL on a 2017 Season Pass

You don't want to miss this deal!

Get a season pass for the 2017 season when you purchase a one day ticket to 

Big Kahuna's now!

Here are the details from their website:

2017 Season Pass $44.99 per person plus tax
This is your lucky day. You have the opportunity right now to enjoy unlimited visits to Big Kahuna’s for the rest of this summer and all of next summer for just $44.99. How? Just buy a single day admission, and you’ll get free unlimited admission through the end of the 2017 season.

•  FREE admission the remainder of 2016 season and the entire 2017 season
•  Unlimited use of the Water Park on any regularly scheduled operating day.
•  Don’t forget to purchase your Parking Pass for only $20!

CLICK HERE TO BUY

Even if you can't go for the rest of the 2016 season, this is a great deal for next summer. Get yours today!

New Orleans for Street Performing & Local Fun

I am from New Orleans and try to take my kids there as often as possible. I used to own a restaurant called A Taste of New Orleans in Fairhope, AL where I served local New Orleans fare. It was through that experience that I realized there are lots of things about New Orleans that most tourist miss - namely Roast Beef Po-boys and Sno-balls.

On this adventure to the Big Easy, I took my son, Dawson, to the French Quarter so he could be a street performer for the day. He is a hip hop dancer and LOVES to perform. I purchased a Sonic Suitcase from Dr Music to use in my basketball practices during drills and Dawson's dream to go dance in the French Quarter began - it was the first thing he asked when he saw the Sonic Suitcase.

So here is a video of clips from Dawson's performance. There is no music due to copyright rules on YouTube but it's clear he is having a blast and the kid's got moves!


After all that dancing and watching him dance in the August heat - it was sno-ball time! There are sno-ball stands in every neighborhood throughout New Orleans - it never occurred to me that wasn't the case across the country. Every summer growing up in New Orleans we knew when sno-ball season started for our local neighborhood stand.

Two of the more famous places are Hansen's Sno-balls, Mr Hansen invented the sno-ball machine. And Plum Street Sno-balls where you can get your treat inside a Chinese takeout container instead of a cup. That is where the picture below was taken. My usual order is chocolate with condensed milk, which is what my daughter Briana bought. However, when I'm super hot and thirsty, my go to is a large spearmint sno-ball. They are SOOOO delicious! You have to try one when you're in NOLA.

We ended our adventures for the day with an impromptu trip to the Lakefront. The kids asked a million times where we were going, I just kept telling them it was a surprise. I have told me kids stories of how we used to go out to the Lakefront when I was a kid with cardboard boxes and used them as sleds to slide down the levee. This was the day they were going to experience it. A quick stop at Lakeview Groceries on Harrison Avenue for boxes and we headed to the levees. As soon as the levees came into view my kids knew what was going on. I wish I had video going to capture their reaction - it was priceless.

Of course, no trip to New Orleans is complete without some beignets and Cafe au Lait from Cafe Du Monde. So enjoy this short video of these adventures and I'll be sure to post more soon.