Monday, June 13, 2022

Our Weekend of Shopping and Relaxing

Saturday of Markets and Antique Shopping in Pensacola

T&W Flea Market

    Our first stop on Saturday was T&W Flea Market in Pensacola. Lots of ground to cover and lots of space available for anyone looking for a booth. Honestly, I am not usually a fan of flea markets, but this one has a good variety of products. 
    There are shops inside selling new and interesting items for gifts, everyday use, household, and more. There is also yard sale, antiques, and makers' booths. We didn't eat there, but they also offer several options for lunch while you're shopping. I can't help but wonder if there is even more available on the first weekend of the month.
    Definitely worth checking out if you like picking.

Pensacola Community Market 

    Calling all Makers and Shoppers!!! The Pensacola Community Market is a pop-up market that happens on various days and at various locations throughout Pensacola. It was a small market on Saturday but had some great vendors! The jewelry pictured is by TTE Designs, made from vintage tins. There were several jewelry booths, kids' clothing, gardening supplies, and homemade items. Check out the Pensacola Community Market website for information on becoming a vendor because the market also happened at a fantastic location - which brings me to our next stop...

Trader Bo's

    The Pensacola Community Market was in front of Trader Bo's so we made two awesome finds in one. Trader Bo's is full of amazing vendor booths and finds. Each booth is organized, neat, and easy to shop. Too much great stuff to try to name here, you're just going to have to check them out!

Franklin Antiques

    Our final stop in Pensacola on Saturday was Franklin Antiques. This is another goldmine for "junk shopping" ( as we call it). Not really any junk here, just rows and rows and rows of booths. We were concerned we might get lost in the maze! :) We purchased numerous great items here, including a sterling silver salt spoon that my daughter turned into a pinky ring.

Sunday Relaxation at Pirate's Cove

After a full weekend of shopping, we spent Sunday relaxing on the beach. We also had some laughs watching kids and dogs playing in the sand and water. Unfortunately, our day was cut short by a storm rolling in but we held on as long as possible. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Garth in Birmingham and More


Garth Brooks in Birmingham

    Pictures and videos do not do justice to the fun and excitement of this concert. The crowd singing was magical, and Garth put on quite a show. The group I was with was all at least 10 years younger than Brooks, and none of us could run around the stage like he did, much less sing. 
    We were also treated to the privilege of being recorded for his next album for Amazon Music. I am really looking forward to when the music from this tour is released.

Fairfield Inn, Birmingham, AL

    For our trip to Birmingham, we stayed at the Fairfield Inn with Marriott on 1st Street. The hotel is clean and comfortable, staff was very friendly and helpful. It's convenient to the stadium but not close enough to walk in heels. We took an Uber to the concert. 
    Two things to be aware of when staying at this hotel. First, valet parking is limited. If you arrive too late in the evening or leave and try to return late in the evening, you will have to park on the street. 
    Second, apparently, 1st Street is the strip for drag racing in Birmingham. Starting at about midnight on Saturday night, cars were flying down the street. This was not great for loading and unloading late at night, having to park on the street when valet was not available, or for sleeping. We don't remember hearing the racing cars on Friday night. Also, this was one night; maybe it doesn't happen every weekend. 

Moon Shine Rooftop Bar

    We enjoyed a lovely evening of drinks, snacks, and watching the sunset at the Moon Shine Rooftop Bar atop the Elyton Hotel on Friday night. The atmosphere was terrific, the staff friendly and helpful, and we also enjoyed conversations with several patrons. The bar is also conveniently located next door to the Fairfield Hotel where we were staying. 

To see more of our adventures in Birmingham, visit us on Instagram and Facebook.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Top Gun the Movie & the Museum


Before going to see the movie, I had not heard any bad reviews, except one. Still, I kept my expectations low, especially after the huge disappointment of Dr. Strange & the Multiverse. 

Fortunately, I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I think Top Gun Maverick is even better than the original. BUT, you definitely need to watch the first to understand the second. I highly recommend watching Top Gun again before going to see Top Gun Maverick. It really helps to have the specifics of the original on your mind as you watch.

Without giving away too much, I'll say that I thought they did a really good job of maintaining Maverick's... well, maverick personality while also making him more mature. Suffice to say, he didn't come off like an arrogant middle-aged man trying to hold on to his youth. Overall, the nostalgia was heart-warming, the storyline was interesting, and the action was intense. There was also more humor throughout the picture with the entire audience laughing out loud numerous times.

I don't know what others are saying about Top Gun Maverick, but I loved it. I want to see it again in the theater and I will own it when it's released for purchase.


The following information is from the National Naval Aviation Museum's Instagram account @navalaviationmuseum:

For one day only the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) will open to the public to present the Festival of Flight, honoring the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., June 4.

The day-long family festival at NNAM will include performances by the Blue Anchor Belles, kid crafts, story time, scavenger hunts, Battle of Midway flight stations, $5 movies, a “Flight Adventure Deck” experience, food truck vendors, National Flight Academy tours, prize drawings, gift shop giveaways and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Public access to NAS Pensacola on June 4 will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., only, through the West Gate at 1878 South Blue Angel Parkway. All guests 18 and older must have a valid picture ID such as a driver's license or passport.

While on base, the public will be able to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum and Pensacola Lighthouse, only. Temporary traffic control points will be located on base to prevent public access to other areas of the installation. Access onto the base will be dependent on available parking at the museum and lighthouse. Once parking is full, public access will be halted until more parking becomes available.

If you've never been to the museum, it is an amazing experience. They have a video on their Instagram account of the F-14 jet from Top Gun - WATCH HERE.  

On June 4, 2022, you can see the Top Gun jet and more up close and in person!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Have You Been? The Worlds Longest Yard Sale

Do you love junk shopping?

yard sales?



road trips?

meeting lots of friendly people?

If you've said yes to any or all of the questions above, you MUST go to The 127 Yard Sale! 

AKA - The World's Longest Yard Sale 

The Sale now covers 690 miles from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan, or to/from in reverse if you live up North. :) Every year The Sale takes place over the first weekend of August and boasts thousands of vendors including retailers, wholesalers, and literal yard sales in front of people's houses all along the route.  

This year TWLYS.... hm... it's not a great acronym, but anyway it is scheduled for

August 4-7, 2022 

For more information on The Sale visit the following link or click the map.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Mississippi Emerald Coast Medieval Fantasy Festival and Faery Ball


We are happy to bring you the Emerald Coast Medieval Fantasy Festival in conjunction with the Faery Ball hosted by Elemental Design, LLC.

Our event will be hosted at the beautiful home of Jefferson Davis known as "Beauvoir". The event will be from 9am to 5pm on September 12th and 13th. Not only will we be having the faire but we are also be partnering with Elemental Design, LLC whose hosting the Faery Court Masquerade Ball. This will be on Saturday night 8pm to 12am with VIP starting at 7pm. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at

Tickets for the faire are $10 13 and up, $5 4 to 12, and 3 and under free. We encourage you to wear a mask and you will receive $2 off the general admission price however a mask MUST be worn in the museum during faire hours. To ensure everyone's safety we also are asking for everyone to maintain 6ft apart. 

We will have wash stations and hand sanitizer throughout the faire. Tents will also be space accordingly. Please know we will do everything to keep everyone safe. We just wanted to bring everyone an event that everyone could enjoy and have fun at. General Admission to the fare includes jousting, magic, sword fights, gypsy dancers, food, vendors, and much more. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a ball ticket at the faire.

As always we are a family based atmosphere and will have plenty of entertainment throughout the day. Hope to see you there!