Archive For March 30, 2016
Flip Flops and Florida – the Perfect Fit
Flip flops and Florida go together like bread and butter, like peanut butter and jelly, like salt and pepper, like… well, you get the idea. Some things in life you just can’t separate. They’re the perfect fit. They’re better together. Flip flops in Florida are like that. I have about a gazillion pair in my closet, and yet, I never have enough. I’m perpetually shopping for flip flops that are different, not those commonplace run-of-the-mill ones that everyone has. I like my shoes, whether flip flops or not, to be unusual — something that’s uniquely “me!”
Florida is called the Sunshine State for a reason. Sixteen years ago I traded my snow boots for flip flops and have never looked back. I know there’s a bit of a temperature and cultural gap between Pennsylvania and Florida, but for me, life is better when my toes are free to breath. Let’s face it, you just can’t wear flip flops in a freezerbox! And if my toes are happy, I’m happy. Here, I wear them from sun-up to sun-down… to the beach, to dinner, to church and everywhere in between. It’s hard not to wear flip flops when you live in a sensational, sunny climate like Florida. They’re the official Florida State Shoe. (Honestly, I don’t know if we have an “official” State Shoe, but if we did, I’m confident it would be the fabulous flip flop.)
Flip flops are a Southern Girl’s Glass Slipper!
Custom Flip Flops from Your Own Photography
Recently, while creating some custom-made products for my tropical Zazzle Store (I loooove Zazzle!), I noticed they added a new product. Flip flops! Then I discovered that I could customize them with my own Florida-themed photography. It was a match made in heaven. They’re simple, but stylish. And, they pass the “3C” test for me — cute, creative, and comfortable.
Check them out for yourself. It’s my travel fashion tip for today. I know you have tons of travel photos strategically placed within dozens of digital albums or sitting comfortably somewhere in the cloud. Pull out a few and experiment with them. It’s art you can wear. They’re the ultimate personalized wardrobe accessory. Don’t forget, you can also add a layer of text with your photo; add your name, vacation destination, resort name, etc. Take a peek at the ones I’ve created to get your creative juices flowing. Then, click the link to Zazzle, and let your imagination soar. Whether you’re headed to the beach, that long-awaited Caribbean cruise, or a backyard barbecue, no one will have flip flops like you!
Be sure to reply and let me know what you think of this popular travel trend in shoes. I can’t wait to see what you create. Send me a photo and I’ll feature it right here on Florida Fun And Fork!
Look what Erika created…
Here’s what Patty created…
Let the Blossoming Begin, Spring is Here!
It’s one of those dazzling Disney events that I look forward to every year. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is a great way to jump into Spring. Although everything about the Flower & Garden Festival is awesome, including the special food offerings, my favorite thing is the one-of-a-kind Disney Topiaries. They are amazing living sculptures of Disney Characters that are created by world-class horticulturists. In recent years, some of them have been illuminated for nighttime viewing — so even after dark the Epcot Flower and Garden displays radiate their beauty.
Flower & Garden Festival Theme: Fresh Epcot
This year, I counted 17 Disney topiaries listed in the Garden Passport that were strategically placed throughout the Epcot Theme Park. Of those, two of them were brand new. One is located at the main entrance and features this year’s theme: Fresh Epcot. The display is called ‘Fresh Food, Fun, & Flowers!’ It showcases the following Disney Characters: Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey and Louie. The other one can be found at Future World East, and is called ‘Ranger Mickey & Friends.’ It’s presented by the National Parks Foundation in honor of their centennial anniversary. (Our National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 25, 2016!)
Even though many of the Disney topiaries at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival have been on display in previous years, I never get tired of looking at them. Oftentimes, the repeated topiaries will be moved to a new location with a new backdrop or scenery, creating a whole new vignette. The visual stories they tell, without words, are nothing short of incredible. But then again, Disney is the Grand Pooh-bah of magical effects and mind-blowing creativity!
I present, for your viewing pleasure, a photo tour of many of the 2016 Disney topiaries from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Let me know what you think. Our readers would love to know which one is your favorite. Leave a reply in the “comment” box below.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Photo Tour
Vintage Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Photos:
Some of My Favorite Topiaries from Previous Years!
Did you choose a favorite Disney topiary? Let us know in the “Comment” box below, and see if our readers agree!
Mark Your Calendars…
Disney’s Annual Celebration of Spring
2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Dates: February 28 to May 28, 2018
TIP: Disney Florida Resident Deals On Theme Park Tickets
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for deals on Florida attractions. Unfortunately, with Disney, they’re hard to come by. But, if you’re a Florida resident like me, you’re in luck. I’ve been a Disney Annual Passholder for the past 18 years and was ecstatic when Disney first introduced the Weekday Select Annual Pass for Florida residents. If your time is flexible and you are able to visit the Disney theme parks during the week, Monday through Friday, then you have to take a look at the cost-saving benefits of this special type of Disney Pass. I must admit, I was shocked at the low price!
Hubby and I have had the Disney Weekday Select Annual Pass since its inception, and have not missed out on any of the Disney magic. In fact, the only thing we’re missing is the high price of the regular Disney Annual Pass. In my full-length article and review of the Disney Weekday Select Annual Pass you’ll be able to see all the benefits, exclusions, and pricing. If you are able, take advantage of the incredible value of the Weekday Select Pass — we never know when Disney may decide to discontinue it!
Another low-cost option for Disney tickets is the Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket. For a limited time, you can enjoy 3 days at a Walt Disney World theme park for $159 per person, plus tax. You have the option to add a 4th day for just $20 more per person, plus tax. Whether you choose the 3 or 4-day Discover Disney Ticket, it may be used any day of the week, until June 24, 2018.
That’s a great Disney deal! If you’re a Florida resident who has been wanting to visit the Disney theme parks without purchasing an annual pass, the Discover Disney Ticket allows 4 admissions for $45 (plus tax) each day. With regular priced Disney admissions being over $100/day, that’s a bargain! Like any other Disney special promotion, there are terms and conditions that apply. You can read all the details of the Discover Disney Ticket and even make your purchase online on the official Disney website.