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The ShellElf Judge in the 2014 Captiva Golf Cart Parade

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Beach Holiday, Christmas, Parades | 13 comments

Ginger bread golf cart in Captiva parade Bubble Room

It’s the most wonderful time of year again…We shellebrated the holidays the weekend at the Captiva Golf Cart Parade with fabulous floats!

Nut Cracker Captiva Golf Cart Parade

Since the parade began in 2009, I’ve been decorating our Junonia Jalopy to take part in this quirky Christmas ritual… but not this year. This year I was honored to be a judge. But I couldn’t be just any judge- I had to break out a shell or two and decorated myself as a ShellElf to help NBC2 news anchor Kellie Burns and writer Steve Winston of judge the cutest little parade on the planet.

Captiva Parade Judges Kellie Burns, Pam Rambo, Steve Winston

I wish you could have seen these carts in person because they looked so much more amazing than the pictures but The Snowflakes were creative, frosty, sparkly and bright.

snowflakes Captiva christmas golf cart

They won first prize for Non-Commercial decorated golf cart. They were so stinkin cute!

Non Commercial Winner Captiva parade 2014

The local Remax offices are currently under construction so this team of realtors got really creative to decorate their golf cart float as The Grinch with construction tape and hard hats in colorful Christmas colors. They even had a dog with one antler- lol. The Grinch would be proud!

decorated golf cart

The Grinch mobile deservingly won first prize in Commercial category.

Commercial winner Captiva Parade 2014

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Bubble Room’s Ginger Bread House roll down the street. Yes, there was really a golf cart under this candy house made mostly of colorful paper plates. Awesome!

Gingerbread house Captiva golf cart parade

They won Best In Show!  These are the adorable Bubble Room girls who made this amazing golf cart the overall winners of the parade.

Best In Show Winners  Captiva golf cart parade float

It was not easy being judge since there were so many other whimsical and creative golf carts…

Captiva Golf Cart Parade Believe

Captiva Country Christmas Golf Cart Parade Beggs Realty

American Realty Golf Cart Parade 2014

After watching theses crazy carts float around Captiva Island, then watching the wacky awards ceremony, we all enjoyed merry cheer as the sun went down and the streets lit up with Luminary Festivities .

Shell Elf Pam Rambo Junonia

Our friends Louis and Nancy from our home town of Virginia Beach came for their second year to spend an Island Christmas in paradise with us. Being a part of such silliness, they want to come back next year too.

Clark Pam Louis Nancy Captiva Christmas

Since The Grinch didn’t want to steal this Christmas this year, The ShellElf steals a smile.

Captiva parade judge Pam Rambo ShellElf with Grinch

Shellers loved the parade too! I saw local sheller Jim rejoicing in the fun… while we talked about shelling our local beaches. He’s been finding lots of good shells at Gulfside City Park too and the same as me… he has been seeing Blind Pass and the Lighthouse beach a “hit or miss” these days. As we both said… ‘You never know what your gonna find until you get there!”.
Pam Shell Elf with Tim

This sweet little parade would never have been possible if it weren’t for the sponsorship of Royal Shell Companies so you may have wondered why these nutty Nut Cracker Carts didn’t win anything…  we couldn’t vote on our sponsor. But YOU get to vote for any cart you want because there is one more category that needs to YOUR VOTE…

YOU get to choose the Peoples Choice Award! You can see all of the floats from the parade and vote for your favorite one. CLICK HERE to choose your fave! (or

captiva golf cart parade nut cracker floats

The island Shellebrations have begun!

Pam Clark Rambo seashell holiday ShellElf

Come join us for our Shelling Adventure on Sight Sea-R cruise on Wednesday December 10, 2014 to Big Hickory Island. We should find plenty of holiday gifts from the sea on the island from these north winds that have been blowing- weehoo! CLICK HERE for more info and future dates.

pam rambo shelling trips



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The Sanibel 5 Nights Stay Winner And More

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in 5 year Shellaversary with Island Inn, Beach Holiday, Christmas, Giveaway, Parades, Shelling birthday | 13 comments

paradise shells on a sanibel beach

Wouldn’t you like to wake up to see this shell filled beach view for 5 nights on Sanibel?

To help shellebrate our iLoveShelling 5 year Shellaversary last week, Island Inn Sanibel was gracious enough to give away 5 nights stay for two people at their beautiful beachfront resort to drink in this view and experience this amazing place. By computer random pick, the shellucky winner has been chosen!

Drum Roll please….

The winner is ….  Cynthia S. From Nahunta, Georgia! Congratshellations Cynthia, You will have a blast!

blue fireworks

Seriously, Thank you Island Inn for your continued support to our fab shelling community.

Island Inn ad

Ooooo ya, and that’s not all… I have other fun news too. On Saturday December 6, I get to pick a different kind of winner because I have been selected to be a judge for the 2014 Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade. It’s the cutest little holiday parade you’ve ever seen- I’m so excited! For the last several years Clark and I have participated in our own golf cart, the Junonia Jalopy.

Golf cart christmas parade captiva florida

So Yes, I get to be a judge this year… but hold on… You get to be a judge too! This year the committee has invited YOU to judge this year’s parade with awarding one cart with a People’s Choice Award. A photo of each cart will be taken at check-in and posted to so you can choose your fave decorated golf cart through Friday, Dec. 12 then a winner will be chosen from your votes. Fun, huh?

captiva cruises lady chadwick christmas

Come join us for a really fun day for the parade, awards and then that same evening we celebrate Captiva Luminary. The whole island of Captiva is lit up with the holiday spirit with restaurants, retailers and all business open their doors serving holiday cheer and sounds of carolers on every corner.

drum circle at YOLO watersports captiva

Want more holiday cheer? The holiday festivities actually start on Friday night with Sanibel’s luminary with Periwinkle Way lined with glowing candles. If you’ve never seen Sanibel and Captiva during December, it warms the heart.

Captiva Holiday Village luminary

Wanna stay for a few days? Come on, join the festivities! Here are my hotel recommendations along with some condos and cottages as well… CLICK HERE

pam's sanibel captiva hotel recommedations

One more thing… if  you didn’t win the Island Inn‘s 5 night GiveAway, I have another GiveAway in the works to shellebrate iLoveShelling’s 5 year Shellaversary. Just in time for the Shelladays! Keep your eyes peeled for my next GiveAway coming soon.




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Captiva Christmas Parade Gets Xtreme

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Captiva, Christmas, Parades | 13 comments

Golf cart christmas parade captiva florida

Would you call us dressing up our golf cart with a 5 foot JUNONIA along with nine 3 foot shells to make it a Junonia Jalopy … a little Xtreme for Christmas? I’d say it was Xtremely fun! How about that South Seas Resort dressed up like elves to drive their Elf Mobile around in Captiva Village? I’d say they are Xtremely adorable!

south seas resort elf mobile parade captiva

Do you think a convoy of YOLO Watersports scoot coupes in Santa hats running the streets of Captiva would be Xtremely cool?

yolo scoot coupes captiva christmas parade

This is the sweetest replica of the Chapel By The Sea sitting on top of a golf cart… soooo un-Xtreme. On second thought- it’s kinda an Xtremely perfect little mini Chapel By The Sea.

chapel by the sea captiva golf cart

There’s nothing wrong whatsoever that Doc Fords’ golf cart has Christmas trees growing out of its top.

Doc Fords Golf cart christmas parade

Errrrr…. Well, riding “Rudolphin” down Captiva Drive might just be a tiny bit Xtreme but Kingfisher Vacations lets that crazy red nosed DOLPHIN join in any sincere games.

captiva florida golf cart parade Rudolphin

 Oh Okay. Maybe Captiva is Xtremely nuts. We had six Mixed Nuts nut crackers running around all afternoon! heehee

captiva mixed nut crackers golf cart

Now I know why the Travel Channel filmed this crazy little Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade and called it “Xtreme Xmas“! That’s right. The Travel Channel filmed our wacky golf cart parade last year and will include our “Xtreme” Captiva Golf Cart Parade when it airs next Sunday December 15, 2013 at 7:00pm. Yahooo! So exciting!

captiva christmas puppy

This little parade is so much fun, even the crowd puts on a show with their own judging stand. Hmmmm… We only got a 7.5 from the Russian judge. He’s tough.

sideline golf cart parade judges

After the parade this year, Clark and I parked the Junonia Jalopy at YOLO (where Clark gets his shelling scoops) to join their holiday drum circle for the Captiva Luminary events. There were more than 8 drums, rattles, tom toms, a cow bell and Clark and I brought our own instruments…. saws. LOL

drum circle at YOLO watersports captiva

We learned how to “play” a saw with a screwdriver when we went on our shelling vacation to Cat Island in the Bahamas so we thought we’d tune up our own saws and give it a whirl. So much fun! I think the saw is the perfect addition to any island drum circle, don’t you? LOL

pam clark playing the saw captiva drum circle

 Just one more photo to get you back to your shelling mood. I’ve been hearing that just about every beach in Southwest Florida still has some great shells rolling in so I made a quick stop to Tarpon Beach today at low tide and found these gems. The WHELKS, MUREXES and some of the CONCHS were at the water’s edge half buried in the sand. I found all of the others in the lowest tide wrack line on the beach still wet by the wash. The OLIVES were incredibly colorful and so shiny. I could have picked up gashellions of CERITHS but I never seem to give them the proper respect they deserve. I’m going to dedicate a day soon to CERITHS to make up for that.

christmas hibiscus and seashells

Dont forget to watch the Travel Channel on Sunday December 15, 2013 at 7pm to see all of this Xtreme fun!

UPDATE: The show aired TWO times… check out the photos…

shelling adventures trips by pam


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Making Seashell Costumes For The Sanibel Parade 2012

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in 4th Of July, Alphabet Cone, Beach Holiday, Junonia, Parades, Sand Dollar | 16 comments 2012 parade sanibel

Happy 4th Of July! It was a beautiful day for the Junonia Jalopy to make an appearance in the Sanibel parade. And even more exciting was that our friends Susan (soul sister), Berringer, Jacob and Daron wanted to walk along side Clark and me in the Junonia Jalopy to show off their love for shelling too!

seashell costumes sanibel parade

So Susan and I had a blast making seashell costumes…

seashell costumes

We started by painting seashell designs on foam core board then cutting them out…

paint a junonia seashell costume

We made these to fit as a sandwich board type costume so we needed to make signs for the back side attached with ribbon (we found aqua ribbon with white stitching!) … so we made iLoveShelling signs and embellished them with a few shells of course…

shelling signs

We even found  aqua buckets to hold our shells that we handed out to the crowd. How cute are they!!

iloveshelling sanibel parade

 Since the theme was “Sanibel #1 Vacation Destination” from the Frommer’s rating in this year, we decided to remind everybody that Sanibel is #1 Shelling Destination too!

sanibel number 1 shelling destination

 Here are some other fantastic floats in the Sanibel parade like the Captiva Island Yacht Club float…

ciyc parade float

 Cip’s restaurant…

cips sanibel parade

 I loooove this float by Tammie’s Total Care!

tammie's total care sanibel

 Take a look at this huge castle on Congress Jewelers float…

congress jewelers sanibel parade

 Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum had their float sporting their Great Cowrie Roundup…

shell museum sanibel parade

Here’s Doc Ford’s float…

Doc Fords Sanibel parade

I wish I could have seen all of the floats because I heard there were so many creative ideas and lots of fun. Thank you Sharon from Cottages to Castles for sending me this photo of Susan walking the parade in her SAND DOLLAR costume… So cute!

susan sand dollar costume

We think we handed out around 700 shells this year. Now you know what we do with all of those shells we collect! Okay, did you notice something about the ALPHABET CONE Daron had on? Do you see letters?

seashell parade costume

 Thanks  Captain Brian for sending this last photo! Happy 4th!


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Cutest Golf Cart Parade Ever

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Captiva, Christmas, Parades | 18 comments

iLoveShelling com golf cart parade

This is yet another reason why I love living in paradise. We dress up for the holidays in shorts and flip flops and decorate golf carts as our floats for the Christmas parade. It’s cute, quirky and very Captiva.

John (AKA Elvis) and Denice Beggs of Royal Shell Real Estate celebrated with a “Blue Christmas”…

Beggs Realtors blue Christmas CHV

These gals were the fan favorites in their Naughty and Nice Pink Flamingo golf cart…

Naughty Nice Pink Flamingos CHV

Can you believe there is a golf cart inside Kingfisher Vacations‘ Mighty Reindeer?

Kingfisher vacations CHV golf cart

Look how adorable!

Bubble Room CHV parade

VIP Real Estate turned their whole golf cart into Santa himself…

VIP Realty CHV Christmas golf cart

Did you know that Rudolph The Red Nose Flamingo lives in Captiva?

Captiva resident golf cart CHV

…or did you know that snow flakes could get this big on Captiva?

Captiva residents CHV

I’m sure its no surprise there are mermaids on Captiva…

Swimtastics Captiva

And Elves!

South Seas Golf cart parade elf

Captiva Kayak Company was one of the big winners of the best float. Cute!

Captiva Kayak company golf cart parade

For me, one of  the best parts of the parade was before it even started. As we pulled the Junonia Jalopy into the lineup, we met iLoveShelling buddies Diane and Steve from Connecticut. It was so nice to meet yall! Hope you find lots of treasure this week.

Diane Steve love shelling CHV cart

The oh-so-cute Raccoon Captiva Critter Christmas float was on the move…

American Realty Captiva parade CHV

Les Pendleton of American Realty Of Captiva (they made the Raccoon float above!) filmed the whole parade. So you get to see it too! Happy Holidays from the Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade, thanks to Les!

While we were having all this fun at the parade, Donnie Benton was busy shelling Blind Pass and this is what he found.

donnie benton alphabet

Nice, huh? But look at this SCOTCH BONNET!

Donnie Benton scotch bonnet

And he found this freakish FIGHTING CONCH. Very cool.

Donnie Benton freak conch

Over on West Gulf Drive, Gail and Alicia found a MacDaddy 12 inch HORSE CONCH. And it was Gail’s birthday…that’s a great birthday gift from the sea! What a weekend.

Gail 12 inch horse conch sanibel

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Happy 4th Of July, Sanibel Island Style

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in 4th Of July, Parades, Sanibel Shell Fair and Show | 25 comments

iLoveShelling Float 2011

Happy Independence Day, y’all!  This year’s theme for the Sanibel 4th Of July Parade was “Shellabration” …. so we couldn’t miss out on a shelling theme, now could we?

i Love Shelling cart Sanibel parade 2011

We plopped that big honkin JUNONIA right on top of our cart, added some shell garland, mixed in our patriotic colors then revved up the “Junonia Jalopy” and headed to Periwinkle Way to shellebrate our country.

Seashell mobile top junonia

Oh yeah, AND we threw out over 500 shells (CONCHS, WHELKS, OLIVES, MUREXES, COCKLES, etc) to the crowds along the streets. Everybody loved getting real shells!

Sanibel parade float

There were 55 other “floats” that were having just as much fun as we were…

Shell Museum Sanibel parade 2011

Shell Museum

Sanibel Sea School Parade 2011

Sanibel Sea School

Cips Sanibel parade 2011

Cips Sanibel parade 2011

Sand Castle Sanibel parade 2011

parade bike 2011

The “Shellabration” theme was to kick off the 75th Sanibel Shell Fair and Show that will be held March 1-3, 2012. Yep! That’s SEVENTY FIVE  years the Shell Fair has been on Sanibel so this next one will be a doozy. This is the fabulous poster designed by local artist Pam Brodersen.

Shellabration shell fair poster

Speaking of Pam Brodersen, she sent me pictures she took of our cart in the parade today. Thanks Pam!

ils sanibel parade shell cart

The Junonia Jalopy is taking a short rest to take us on to the next stop…. Fireworks!

blue fireworks

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