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Week Long Sunshine State of Mind

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday, Cayo Costa, Day Trips From Sanibel Island Florida & More, Seashell Beach Video, Video | 6 comments

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There’s nothing better to me than a happy face and Mary always makes me smile. Especially when we’re out on the water.

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I was lucky to be on this party boat cruise to Cayo Costa to beat the heat of July 4th week. A perfect reason to pop out and splash around with picturesque parasols. So cute!

mary bondurant florida boat party cruise-1

What better way to celebrate Fred’s birthday… Happy Birthday Fred! So good to see John could come celebrate with you too.

fred john cayo birthday party-1

Talk about happy faces… Shell Love Bug made an appearance at the Sanibel 4th Of July parade. We were smiling every inch of Periwinkle Way and saw soooo many happy faces as we made our way from Bailey’s to Jerry’s. (Thanks for the photo Sandy!)

Shell love bug july 4 parde 2016

Omigosh! We passed the most fabshellous sign I’ve ever seen! haha I only got to meet Linda in the brief encounter as we passed by but you make me so happy every year, Miss Yaya. You have a beautiful mission and keep me smiling.

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I woke up last week to see this clipping in one of our local newspapers… Congratshellations Amy S! She made a wish upon Shell Love Bug on National Seashell Day and look what happened. Thanks for the shout out!

wish upon the shell love bug newspaper-1

Ok… and for something a little different, I always feel like summer is the time to try new things to beat the heat. Soooooo since You Only Live Once…. I tried the Flyboard at YOLO Captiva. I was flying! OMG This was such an amazing time.

Yolo flyboard captiva florida-1

My Flyboard instructor Colin found a teeny tiny BANDED TULIP but couldnt identify it. He asked … “Is this a JUNONIA?” haha Not this time Colin but we might make a sheller out of you yet.

Colin with Tulip Yolo flyboard Captiva-1

Thanks y’all for your great smiles and positive energy.


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Shellebrate Freedom

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday | 2 comments

Shellebrate freedom seashell flag

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Have a Beachy July 4th!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday | 5 comments

Starfish and Beach Stripes Beachy american flag 4th of July


Even if you can’t make it to the beach today for Independence Day shellebrations, hang out on this beach for a few minutes. Peace.

Beachy dreaming. Red bucket on a shell filled beach

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Shellebrate Independence

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in 4th Of July, Beach Holiday | 14 comments

July 4th junonia

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Happy Independence Day, Shell Baby!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in 4th Of July, Lightning Whelk, Whelk, Worm Shell | 19 comments

seashell independence day baby sanibel july 4 2013

Happy  Independence Day! Hope you are enjoying your 4th of July as much as little stars and striped cutie pie Jaylen visiting Sanibel from Missouri.

american flag sanibel beach

I know lots of other people who are happy after finding seashell treasures like these under the bridge at Blind Pass on Sanibel.

sanibel seashells pink shell bag

Like Barbara from Merrit Island, Florida…

barbara seashells sanibel

Who wouldnt be happy finding a FLORIDA CONE, WORMIES, MUREXES and LIGHTNING WHELKS?

finding seashells in sanibel island florida

That’s why Brenda and Missi from Ohio were so tickled…

brenda missi visit sanibel shells from ohio

This awesome bag of shells were found by newbie shellers Julius and Liana…

seashells in plastic bag sanibel island  florida

This Dad and daughter shelling “team” were visiting from Ohio as well…

julius liana ohio visit sanibel shells

Oh and another cutie petutie shell baby! This is Sarah… from Ohio too! I should have gotten all of these Ohio peeps together!

sanibel beach shell bucket baby

Look at this Patriogator! Nancy and Mark from Ohio (I know, right? Ohio!) and Frank and Linda from Cape Coral made this exshellent beach art using PEN SHELLS…

beach art alligator sanibel american flag

Have a wonderful 4th and be safe!

PS- We are still cleaning up our shells from Guantanamo Bay but when we are done I cant wait to show you more photos from our tremendous trip and more Caribbean seashells and BLING we found.

shells collect on Sanibel island florida bp

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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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