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Collecting Some Sanibel Beach Therapy

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Beach Therapy Video, Island Inn, Sanibel Hotels, Video | 22 comments

It takes a shell village

It’s so awesome to be included in such a fun event with the Island Inn like our shelltastic giveaway last week. I love to see how happy it makes so many folks for the chance to stay on our island for a few days. So while I was there at Island Inn dropping off my iLoveShelling shelling adventure gift certificate to be mailed to our winner Kristen S. (congrats again!), I stepped out on their beach and omigish…. I got lost for a few hours just soaking in some well needed beach therapy.

Sanibel seashells and wave water

I not only found their beach filled with shells and gorgeous calm water, I found myself wanting to include YOU in my beach walk too. I’m so sorry I haven’t made a video in so long! Just so you know Ive been thinking about y’all, here’s a few treasures I wanted to share along with this glorious day…

Oh and PS-

I got so stinkin tickled at you Dave Cunningham for putting this caption in our local paper! Congratshellations for your TWO junonias. Yes… Yes, Dave… you are the super sheller now. haha Shallzam!

Dave Cunningham to Pam Rambo newspaper clipping message

 

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Make A Wish… For 2 Night Stay Island Inn Sanibel Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Giveaway, iLoveShelling Pambeach walk giveaway, Island Inn, Island Inn 2 night stay giveaway 2016, Sanibel Hotels | 15 comments

iLoveShelling ISLAND-INN-GIVEAWAY

It’s time for another Shelltastic beach vacation GiveAway at my fave place….  Island Inn!

Island Inn Sanibel Street Sign

You have a chance to win a 2-night hotel stay on the beautiful shell-filled beach at the Island Inn!

Island Inn Sanibel cottage paradise

But wait… along with this 2 night stay at Island Inn, I will get a chance to have a 2-hour shelling tour with you too! We will have our own little private shelling trip together.

Sanibel pam rambo with seashell shelling

 You can win a chance to stay on this gorgeous stretch of beach filled with beautiful seashell treasures from the gulf just waiting to be found. You can shell all day into the evening then catch brilliant sunsets right at your front door. It’s a sheller’s dream!

Island Inn Beach

 Its so easy… to sign up to have a chance at winning this two night hotel stay redeemable for up to four people from dates 8/8/16 through 8/8/17 at Island Inn and a fabshellous private shelling adventure with me (Pam Rambo)-  CLICK HERE

sanibel shell collecting

Good Luck y’all! All details will be answered on their sign up page so sign up today or through August 8, 2016 at 12 PM EST.

UPDATE: This giveaway is over and we have a winner…. Congratulations Kristen S!

Island Inn Sanibel Office

Make sure you follow Island Inn on all their other pages too so you don’t miss any other specials they may be announcing…

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AND…. Be sure to follow me at my other iLoveShelling pages as well. Each one is a different!

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So make a wish today!

Sanibel 2 night giveaway winner

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Shellebrating Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Island Inn, Lettered Olive, Olive, Sanibel Hotels, Sanibel Seashells Surf Video, Video | 19 comments

Beach combing on shell filled Sanibel shore line

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to breathe the salty air with a walk along the shell filled beach at the Island Inn this morning.

Seashell beach on Sanibel Island

I didn’t collect many shells today because I just wanted to hear the ocean sounds, smell the beach, feel the sea breeze and to see the amazing view. Sanibel beach with lots of shells

… And give a little thanks to Mother Earth for this paradise I call home on Earth Day.

shells on the beach with cloudy skies

I asked Lynn from Charleston, SC if she had found any treasures and she replied with “Every single shell on this beach is a treasure”.

Lynn visit Sanibel from SC to find shells

I feel the same Lynn!

purple scallops and cone shell in netted bag

John from Rhode Island plopped right now in the water and waves where he was finding all sorts of treasures. He found an amazing live purple FIGHTING CONCH that he gently put back in the water to live a healthy life after we all admired it.

John visits Sanibel from RI finds conch shell

After this little SEA STAR said “Hello” then waved “Good Bye”, the surf washed in and took her right back out to sea. Hmmm… Or maybe she was saying “Raise your hand if you Love Shelling!”

Raise you hand if you Love Shelling along with Sunny Sea Star

This OLIVE shell was playing “Hide ‘N Seek” with me.

Olive among sea shells and waves

A beautiful treasure may be right in front of you but if you don’t appreciate it when you can, it may disappear in a moment. Always keep your eye on the ball… well, in this case… the SHELL. ;)

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Shellabaloo Shell Adventure Is Shellsational

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Island Inn, Leal's Wentletrap, Sanibel Hotels, Shellabaloo, Shellabaloo 6, Wentletrap | 20 comments

cathy's shellabaloo shells first hours

Shellzam! Shellabaloo 6 at the Island Inn Sanibel Beachfront Resort has been awesome…

Travis shells in purple bucket

Everybody found some abshellutely beautiful shells…

seashells found at Shellabaloo 6 Jan 2015

We have had sooooooo much fun together!

Shellabaloo shellers having fun on the beach

We’ve been stooping for shells in the water…

sanibel stoop for shells

Stooping for shells on the beach…

Elaine stooping for shells at Shellabaloo

Scooping for shells with nets and shelling backhoes…

Scooping for shells on Sanibel

Sifting for shells…

Sifting for shells on Sanibel

We’ve seen live shells…

live fighting conch mollusks on sand bar

We’ve seen live starfish and other bling…

two starfish on a shell

But there are the special moments each and every time I gather Shellabaloo groups together… This time it was when Katherine (from Virginia) found a shellicious honey hole and wanted to share it with the rest of our group.

katherine found lots of shells

I peeked inside her shell bag (after I saw her working one little spot for a while) to see GAUDY NATICAS, KINGS CROWNS, BANDED TULIPS, LIGHTNING WHELKS, FIGHTING CONCHS, WORM ROCK and CHESTNUT TURBANS. She said “Can you go tell the other Shellabalooers?” Shell yaya!

Sanibel shells in a ziplock bag

This is the moment everybody saw how she was scooping in the soft sand that had just been covered by the tide. It was an awesome bonding experience as we sifted, sorted and scooped as a group then oohed and aaahed when somebody found a treasure. Shellabaloo Shellove.

bonding by seashell collecting

Then a shellebration!

happy shellers at sanibel shellabaloo

Shelling Sisters Christy (from Texas) and Janet (from Washington) had their cutie shellootie iLS gear on and showing some of their exshellent shell loot.

Christy and Janet sporting iLoveShelling gear and seashells

Cathy traveled from Nova Scotia to join us and have sweet success finding shell pickins…. but she was espeshelly happy to be in Sanibel since Canada is practically frozen over right now!

Cathy with shells and her brother travis hunting for seashells

Cathy’s brother Travis (Ottawa) found a bucket load of shells. Errrrr…..  is this the same guy that told me at the beginning of Shellabaloo that he “wasn’t that in to shelling” but was just here for his sister? Yup.  And… he also told me he wasn’t going to get in the water because he didnt like to get wet. Ahem…. would you look back at Cathy’s photo above? Uh huh! Yessiree. Just over Cathy’s shoulder on the left? That is Travis working another honey hole filled with shells … he’s practically UNDER water. LOL Look at his smile!

Shellabaloo Travis with a bucket of shells

Speaking of smiles, check out the happy faces of Karen and her daughter Katy who traveled from Maryland to be with us in the beautiful sunshine.

Katy and Karen on Sanibel beach

Elaine who shared the love of the mini shells with me, traveled from Washington state to be with us as well.

Elaine with seashells in Sanibel Florida

We all climbed aboard Sight Sea-R Cruises to take a shelling adventure to Big Hickory and had a blast.

Shellabaloo on Sight Sea-R shelling cruise

Yep, we found more shells…

conch and cockle shells from Sanibel

Kristen (from New Jersey) was celebrating after finding a LEAL’S WENTLETRAP as we all had lunch together.

Kristen at  lunch with Shellabaloo

She was able to show it to this WENTLETRAP’S name sake… Dr Jose Leal at the shell museum to have it verified. Cool!

Epitonium Leali Leal wentletrap Sanibel

Happy birthday Robin! We got to celebrate Robin from Maryland’s birthday with her mom Bobbie (Pennsylvania) during Shellabaloo too. We feel honored to have been able to help you shellebrate, Robin!

Shellabaloo Robin and Connie  lunch at Parrot Key

Every single moment we had at our iLoveShelling Shellabaloo at the Island Inn Resort was spectacsheller.

Shellabaloo 6 Sanibel guided shelling tour shells

Oh, but we had more fun that I have to show you with more shell pictures… so until our Shellabaloo exshellaganza has completely unwound from all of the excitement…

Shellabaloo 6 Sanibel guided shelling tour 2015

Thank you Island Inn for hosting this Shellabaloo shellowship again!

island inn sponsor logo

Dont forget, you can join us on another iLoveShelling Shell Adventure… CLICK HERE

pam rambo shelling trips

 

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Love Bucket Of Shells

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Alphabet Cone, Cone, Island Inn, Rocksnail | 20 comments

seashell awesomeness

It was an especially good day on the Sanibel today. On the beach at Island Inn, the weather was perfect (high 70s), the water was calm, there were piles of good shells… and I had Clark with me. That’s why I love this next photo… it’s everything I love all in one shot. Clark, the beach, the water and a ton of shells to pick through to collect in an aqua shell bucket.

i Love Shelling seashell bucket

My day was made.

happy super sheller clark

I wasn’t the only one loving the day either, if there’s a good shell pile it seems I always find Connie K. right smack in the middle of it. Ha! She can sniff ’em out!

combing the beach for shells

I also met another happy gal… Faith from Ohio. She is a ball of fun!

Beach combing Faith

These are just a few of the beautiful shells she found. She found a LIONS PAW too but I didn’t get a chance to see it since she had already packed it up in her room. Happy.

Beach combing shells on Sanibel November

Sitting on the big pile of shells (after walking to the right from Island Inn), I saw OLIVES, CONCHS, WHELKS, SCALLOPS and TULIPS but I had to snap a picture of this adorably tiny horsie candy (juvie HORSE CONCH). Omigosh- so stinkin cute.

Sanibel shell candy

Clark’s fave find of the day was of course that awesome ALPHABET CONE (first pic) but mine was this teeny tiny ROCK SNAIL SHELL.

juvie rock snail shell

I haven’t found a ROCK SHELL in a while and I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen one this small before. I love it!

aperture view juvie rock snail shell

Wishing on this shell tree that everybody gets to experience a day like this on the beach to feel this calm and happy about simple pleasures.

shell tree wishes

 

PS- Thank you Heather for the heads up about the shell pile!

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5 Year Shellaversary GiveAway – 5 Nights at Island Inn Sanibel

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in 5 year Shellaversary with Island Inn, Giveaway, Island Inn | 51 comments

iLoveShelling 5 YR SHELLAVERSARY

 

We are Shellebrating 5 years of iLoveShelling.com!

Can you believe I’ve been blogging about seashells and beach bling on Sanibel, Captiva, Southwest Florida and around the world for 5 years? I can’t believe it! It seems like yesterday when I started this blog to write a few thoughts down about my shelling adventures. Before I knew it, some of you started to comment of your joy of beach combing as well…  and from that day forward I was hooked.

To thank you for a fabshellous 5 year journey of sharing this amazing world of shelling ….

We are having a Shellaversary Party GiveAway!

iLoveShelling 5 shellaversary iis

 

Yes, you read that right. You could win a 5 nights stay at Island Inn!

Island Inn Sanibel has been a huge supporter of the shelling community since 1895 so they wanted to be part of our iLoveShelling Shellaversary Party. They are giving one shellucky winner a FIVE nights stay for two at their beautiful beachfront resort.

iloveshelling 5th anniversary

How do you register to win this incredishell FIVE nights stay for two at Island Inn for our FIVE year shellaversary? It’s so easy…

UPDATE: November 7, 2014- This GiveAway is now over and the winner has been chosen by computer random drawing.

Congratshellations go to Cynthia S. from Nahunta, GA!

  • Enter A Chance To Win a 5 night stay for 2 people at Island Inn
  • Properly fill out entry form at the link stated in the directions above
  • Enter between October 30, 2014 through November 5, 2014
  • One entry per person
  • Winner will be announced November 6, 2014

Thank you so much for 5 years of such fun times on the beach together, as well as learning and sharing our shelling adventures with each other.

So go ahead… get on over to the Island Inn website to register for your chance to win 5 nights in paradise. Then get out your conch horn and get your shellacommunications skills fired up by telling your friends and family to register too.   Good Luck to each of you!

Many thanks to Island Inn for being so gracious and supportive to our shelling community with this GiveAway with iLoveShelling. We are grateful and very excited about having this chance to GiveAway this FIVE nights stay at this historic resort…

Island Inn Sanibel Office

Old style Sanibel Island Inn

PS- While you are waiting to hear if you won this exshellent 5 year Shellaversary Party GiveAway, check out another awesome party the Island Inn is throwing. Shellabaloo! Join us for this awesome shellathon…

shellabaloo January 2015

 

 

 

 

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