Destin Snorkel & Snuba


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Destin Snorkel and Snuba was AWESOME. They took us out to the jettys where we could snorkel and check out the marine wildlife or if we wanted to – to Snuba dive. I can’t recommend this enough. If you have ever wanted to dive but were not sure about getting all the certifications and possibly going too far under water, then Snuba is for you. If you are just visiting the area and don’t have time to get dive certified, then Snuba is for you.

Basically you wear a weight belt to achieve zero buoyancy, a mask and a regulator that is hooked to a tank floating on a raft that you share with up to 3 other intrepid explorers. There is also a videographer that is shooting throughout your trip and offers a dvd for purchase after. I made sure to get the dvd as it had some great clips throughout our excursion. They also have a book on board showing the different types of marine life in the area to familiarize you with what you can see throughout your trip.

This was easily one of my favorite parts of Brandcation and I can’t wait to bring my family back to try it!

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Buccaneer Pirate Cruise


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Friday night our group sailed aboard the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. It was the Scurvy Dogs 21+ cruise and oriented towards adults with great mixed drinks, bawdy humor and entertainment galore.

I sailed once before on the Buccaneer with my family on the Treasure hunt cruise.

The first time out was the Treasure hunt and very child oriented. The kids were kept VERY busy with water gun fights, swabbing the deck and the very important TREASURE HUNT. The kids had a blast and have been asking to go back since we last went.

The Scurvy Dogs cruise was excellent entertainment for the adults with dancing, games and much canon fire. The music was great and the staff really knows how to entertain and keep everyone’s attention!

If you are looking for something to entertain the family and enjoy the local views without actually going into the water – this is it. (Yes, there are times when you can be too sunburnt to go back out!) Tell Capt. Cannonball hello from Stephanie!

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**Most expenses were taken care of due to our awesome sponsors and other expenses that weren’t covered, I covered myself. All thoughts, opinions, and thanks are my own**

Brandcation DESTINation – Thank you!


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Last weekend I attended Brandcation DESTINation held at the Emerald Grande. It was wonderful! I met an amazing group of women who also happen to be professional bloggers. Being around them was fun, educational, and uplifting. Thank you ladies.

In addition to this wonderful group I connected with, I also was able to develop relationships with a few brands and sponsors and I want to thank all of them. Without them, Brandcation would not be possible!

First and foremost is Emerald Grande. We stayed onsite at the resort and it was utterly delightful. More on this experience soon!

Next was Destin Snorkel which was an amazing experience. Again, more soon!

We went on the Scurvy Dogs cruise on the Buccaneer Pirate Ship.

Places we ate included the Grand Vista Grill onsite at Emerald Grande, Jim N Nicks BBQ , Crab Island Cantina, La Famigila, Harry T’s, and Starbucks.

We also had a good number of swag items and sponsors!

Swag and Sponsors info

Flashing Blinky Lights

LifeLock

Band-Aid, Neosporin, Johsons Baby 

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CoTZ Face Mineral Sunscreen   

Tervis  

Reflect Who I Am (shirts and bags)

Brush Buddies

Belkin

O-Venture (keyrings)

Rock-A-Pockets

All Things Equal/Family and Party Games   

Linquet   

     

MiniDrops (eye drops)  

Fan Bands   

Mommy Tonic

Clean and Clear/Neutrogena

**Most expenses were taken care of due to our awesome sponsors and other expenses that weren’t covered, I covered myself. All thoughts, opinions, and thanks are my own**

Musings


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Living in Destin is a bit unique. We live on a barrier island and the only way to access it is via bridges. I know a few friends and even relatives that have a phobia about driving on bridges. They will go out of their way to avoid them at all costs. I’ve lived in Destin since 1999 and crossing bridges to me has come to symbolize coming home. Whether I’m crossing the Destin bridge and viewing the harbor, Gulf and pass with the fishing fleet or crossing the Midbay bridge and viewing the Bay, I always feeling like I am coming home. The photo above is a quick shot crossing the Midbay looking toward Destin. Home.