Monthly Archives: August 2011

SnapSac tote bag for beach

Smart, Stylish & Sustainable Tote Bags for Beach & Shopping!

It is becoming more and more common place for plastic bags to be banned…thank goodness!  Once you use a functional and stylish reusable bag, you NEVER go back to plastic!  We’d like to introduce you to SnapSac which is the cute, fashionable reusable bag YOU would be proud to carry anywhere.  SnapSac is for the environmentally conscious person who wants to use a reusable bag, but wants to be trendy at the same time.

SnapSac prides itself on being, “Smart, Stylish, Sustainable bag”!

 

 Studies show that 50% of Americans want to use their own bags, but only about 25% remember to do it.  Here are 10 Ways to Remember Your Bags.

 

We were recently contacted by SnapSac creator, Lisa Vitale, who was enthusiastic to send us one of her creations to review.  The SnapSac was received with a very nice header tag and shaped like a large envelope.  The fabric is stylish, washable and sturdy.  We’ve used the bag for the past month and it has worked splendidly on trips to the beach, grocery store and on a recent road trip to Seattle where we filled with it treats, camera and magazines.  It easily folds back up to fit into cubbies and storage places.

 

The SnapSac we received is their “Social” petite tote which was perfectly sized for everyday use (12″ x 18″ x 7.5″).  We found it to be the perfect size for holding magazines, water and suntan lotion for our trips to the beach as well as perfect for the grocery store. The fashionable design works perfectly for using as an everyday tote and/or purse. We were especially impressed with the wide straps which comfortably sit on the shoulder.  It is evident that Lisa has put a lot of thought into her designs.

 

SnapSacs come in a variety of styles and shapes to fulfill anyone’s needs including a new Cooler Tote for the beach!  The bags are made responsibly by 1 Bag at a Time, Inc.

 

These bags are not your average reusable supermarket bags, they are actually CUTE and Versatile.   SnapSac reusable bags! Trendy affordable bags for the everyday person! These bags come in a variety of styles and shapes to fulfill anyone’s needs. SnapSac can be a purse, beach bag, grocery bag and more!   SnapSac prides itself on being, “smart.stylish.shopping bag”!

 

 

Get the most out of life. Get the most out of your bag. Accessorize without compromise.

SnapSac: smart. stylish. shopping. Reusable Bags!   Shop Now

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Inspired by Nature Seashell Palettes for Beach Cottage Decor

{Inspired by Nature} Seashell Hues

Inspired by Nature; isn’t that what coastal living should be about?  We think so!  Our newest series of articles provide color palettes from nature to inspire you when decorating your beach house or cottage.

When many think ” Beach Cottage” the colors blue, white, aqua and green often come to mind; however there are so many color palettes provided by nature that are forgotten about.   We selected Seashell Hues to feature first as they can range from ivory to pink, taupe, lavender, coral and blue…the variations are almost endless.

 

Use Seashell Palettes for Beach Cottage Decor

Inspired by Nature Seashell Palettes

Inspired by Nature Seashell Palettes for Beach Cottage Decor

Inspired by Nature Seashell Palettes for Beach Cottage Decorating

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Bedding for your Beach Cottage Home

Bedding to Make You Feel like You’re in Paradise

Even if you don’t live anywhere near the beach you can still feel like you do!  Shop Ocean Styles to make even the most landlocked cottage home feel like oceanfront property.  Choose from a large selection of ocean-inspired bedding sets including waves, tropical, seashells, coral, nautical and beach bedding designs.  Every bedding collection includes coordinating pillows, shams, bed skirts, throw blankets and rugs – You’ll feel like you’re sleeping in paradise…

Decorate your master suite, guest room or beach house with this coastal themed quilt ensemble.  The Ocean Wave collection has all the blue and green tonal shades of the sea!  Ocean Wave brings the tropics inside and creates a serene and relaxing ambiance. >Ocean Wave Bedding

 

Bedding for your Beach Cottage Home

 

The St. Lucia Tropical Bedding design features soothing shades of aqua, coral pink, beige, sand and white in a fantastic patchwork design with seashell accents such as coral, scallop and nautilus shells. This a beautiful and sophisticated collection perfect for any coastal home.  >St. Lucia Tropical Bedding

 

Beach Cottage Bedding Sets from Ocean Styles

 

Is Nautical more your style?  The all new Newport Pier Bedding Collection will surely be a sailor’s delight. Bold colors of red, white, and blue with classic nautical images of a sailboat, sailor’s knot, bouys and more are featured on this fantastic quilt and accessories.  >Newport Pier Bedding

 

Nautical Bedding for coastal home decor

 

Seaside tones of ocean blue and warm sandy tan make this beautiful Natural Shells quilt is the perfect choice for your light and breezy lifestyle. All of the great accessories also work perfectly with our Coastal Living quilt. The coordinating decorative pillow collection features embroidery, beading, and needlepoint details. Partner the pillows with our coordinating throw to bring coastal style to any room in your home. The quilt has scalloped edges and reverses to a fun coordinating stripe. >Natural Shells Bedding

 

Bedding for beach home decorating

The Aqua Reef Bedding Collection features a delicate coral pattern in brilliant turquoise set against crisp white. Striped bedskirt, euroshams and accents add an eye-catching contrast.  >Aqua Reef Bedding

 

Bedding for beach cottage home decor

 

Transform your bedroom into a warm, sunny garden with the Nags Head Bedding Collection. This collection features a vibrant botanical pattern in yellow, green, and blue on a white ground, accented by solid maize and crosshatch patterns.  >Nags Head Bedding

 

Tropical bedding for coasta home decorating

Summer is coming to an end so keep it going with FREE SHIPPING on all Tropical Bedding and Throw Pillow orders over $150!
Use coupon code SUMMER11 at checkout. US residents only.  Also check out Ocean Styles HUGE Bathroom Accessories Clearance Sale!

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Jewelry Giveaway Contest

{Contest Closed} Beach Glass Necklace

…and the winner is comment #9, Mindy Henry!!! Congrats!!

**A new giveaway sponsored by Sea Shells by Sea Shore/ Loving Coastal Living begins on Thursday, so keep an eye out for details!!!

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It’s sad but true….Labor Day weekend is almost here and summer will soon be ending.  We love to keep that summer “beachy-feel” year round so we are huge fans of beach glass jewelry from Beach Glass Shop.   One of our lucky readers will WIN a custom made pendant necklace from jewelry artist, Beth Lampe-Martin this Labor Day!

 

Beth creates jewelry made from authentic pieces of beach glass that has been tumbled by the sand, waves and rocks of Lake Erie.  These pieces are personally selected by her as she walks the southern shores of Lake Erie in search of beach glass, porcelain and shoreline findings.

Our winner will receive a sea turtle pendant necklace with RARE cobalt blue beach glass from Lake Erie. The piece is embellished with an ab swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl.  The pendant dangles from an 18″ sterling silver necklace. Retail value $35.00

 

Win a Beach Sea Glass Necklace

Jewelry Giveaway Contest

4 ways to enter the Beach Glass Necklace Giveaway:

 

  1. Visit Beach Glass Shop’s store and come back to leave a comment as to your favorite jewelry piece offered.
  2. Become a follower of Beach Glass Shop on Facebook
  3. Become a follower of Beach Glass Shop’s blog
  4. Just leave a comment (and make sure to leave an email address so we can contact you!)

 

Details: Open to U.S. citizens over 18 years old. Giveaway ends September 5, 2011 at Noon PST.  Winner has 48 hours to respond to our email announcement of winning or another winner will be selected. Winner will be selected by random.org

 

Stuff and Nonsense

Fresh Florida Lobster Tail Recipe

{Taste of the Coast} Florida Keys Lobster & Pink Shrimp Recipe

It’s finally Spiny Lobster season in Key West!!  Thankfully,  Two Starfish Seafood, has several recipes for preparing these tasty tails including today’s  Key West Pink Shrimp and Florida Spiny Lobster Tails Sautéed with Hot Key Lime Butter Sauce recipe.

Doesn’t that sound perfect for summer and early fall entertaining?

 

 

Key West Pink Shrimp and Florida Spiny Lobster Tails Sautéed with Hot Key Lime Butter Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite Hot Sauce
  •  1 ½ tablespoons Key Lime Juice
  •  ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  •  2 pounds medium Key West Pink Shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined
  •  1 ½ pounds of Spiny Lobster Tails (about 4 small tails) removed from the shells and coarsely chopped.
  •  1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  •  ¼ cup of white wine
  •  6 cups of pasta or rice

Directions:

SAUCE: Prepare the Sauce early in the day.  Place 8 tablespoons butter in a small bowl and allow it to soften at room temperature. Add hot sauce and lime juice; stir to mix well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate this until needed.

SEAFOOD: Melt 2 tablespoons plain butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add Key West Pink Shrimp and Florida Lobsters and sauté, stirring frequently, until shrimp just turns pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook. Reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms, scallions, and wine. Sauté, stirring frequently, until tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add key lime hot sauce butter and stir until the butter melts and is well blended with seafood. Serve with hot pasta or rice.

Visit Two Starfish for lots of wonderful seafood recipes and fresh seafood delivered to your door!

 

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Connecticut Beach House Exterior

{Beach House Tour} Classic Connecticut Home

This week’s Beach House Tour is a  Classic Connecticut Home located in the influential town of  Rowayton, Connecticut.  The home  offers spectacular water vistas due to its location across the street from private Pine Point Beach.   The wonderful open floor plan offers sunny gracious living space with large beachside terrace for entertaining and a boat mooring is even available.

 

 

Details: 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on about a quarter of an acre in a village about an hour from Manhattan. The house is directly across from a private beach and has a large beachside terrace. The master suite’s deck also overlooks the water.   A boat mooring near the house is included in the sale.  The Rowayton Yacht Club and the Norwalk Yacht Club are nearby.  Price: $3,799,000

 

 

Our favorite part of the room features large gridded windows and views of the water…

 

More home information:  Joanne Shakley, Halstead Property, jshakley@halstead.com, 203-858-6352.   We found a great Coastal Living Magazine article about the town of Rowayton, Connecticut too!

 

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