Archives for June 2015

Products We Love – The Jungle Bee Jewelry

The Jungle Bee Jewelry – unique handcrafted toe anklets, bracelets and anklets that are perfect for beach vacations, pool time and summer wear!

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I absolutely love the unique, beachy designs from The Jungle Bee. Their toe anklets are unlike any I’ve seen before and paired with a matching anklet, they’re a perfect summer and tropical vacation look. Not only are they beautiful, they are so light and comfortable that I could barely tell they were on.

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A “Sarah Jenn” Toe Anklet and a complimentary anklet on one side

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Toe anklets can also be worn with flip flops and sandals

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Worn with a matching “Sarah Jenn” bracelet

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The “Just Peachy” Toe Anklet and Anklet

I was so thrilled to receive several pairs of The Jungle Bee designs to wear and sample, but I’m just as impressed with the mission of the company – which uses a portion of the proceeds to support children and others in need in her community. I asked Debbie and her daughter Sarah if they could give me some background information on themselves and The Jungle Bee, and this is what I learned.

Debbie Selva is a San Fernando Valley resident who has been crafting, making jewelry, and creating artwork as a career for more than 20 years. In the mid-1990s, she opened a business called Krafty Kids, where she taught children crafts, provided afterschool tutoring, and provided kids’ birthday parties. All the while, she custom-designed, made, and sold jewelry and other handcrafted items.

Several years down the road, Debbie became the owner of a private school, where she worked with children who faced all types of academic and personal needs and challenges. The school largely became a labor of love for Debbie, who always had a special place in her heart for children. While she had the school, Debbie came up with the idea of toe-anklets—or anklets that loop around the toe and extend around the back of the heel. She started selling her beach-inspired toe-anklets partially as an effort to raise money for her school and for students who could not afford tuition.

Eventually, Debbie launched The Jungle Bee, a jewelry and craft business with her toe-anklets featured as the main product. While the school is now only operating at a limited capacity, Debbie was able to make a major impact in the lives of numerous children and teens, many of whom are now off to college or pursuing their career goals.

Today, Debbie runs The Jungle Bee with her daughter, Sarah Selva. Debbie and Sarah, two beach fanatics and true So Cal girls, are constantly coming up with new designs for their product, which now has an adjustable chain that allows the toe-anklets to be perfectly sized to each customer’s foot. Each anklet has its own artistic flair and goes perfectly with bare feet, flip flops, flats, and even heels.

The goal of The Jungle Bee is to create beautiful and artistic foot jewelry, hand jewelry, and other accessories that allow customers to express their unique personalities.The business also strives to employ people who need extra income, such as stay-at-home parents, students who need jobs, and people who may not be able to work in traditional jobs. Whether you like natural earth tones, sparkling beads that catch the light, or bold, eye-catching designs, The Jungle Bee has just the right toe-anklet for you!

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The “Bahama Mama” Toe Anklet, Bracelet and Anklet

Visit their The Jungle Bee to see all of their beautiful pieces!

To see new designs as they are released, follow them on:

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Crescent Beach, Compass Cay

During our recent interview with Beach Bar Bums, we were asked to list a few of our all-time favorite beaches. Crescent Beach on Compass Cay in the Bahamas was one.

This gorgeous arc of brilliant white sand and clear turquoise water was actually a recent addition to our favorites “list” as we visited the Exuma Cays for the first time a few months ago. One of the stops on our first day of exploring was Compass Cay. Compass Cay has become known for it’s marina, where you can can interact with their friendly pet sharks, but, as we found on our second visit, there is more to see on Compass Cay than sharks – although that was really a great experience…

We rented a boat for a second day of exploring from Coral at Wheels -N- Waves Island Rentals on Staniel Cay and she mentioned that we should definitely spend a little more time on Compass Cay, and to make the short hike over from the marina to Crescent Beach. Boy are we glad she made that recommendation.

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Upon our arrival, we spent a little time swimming with the sharks again and visiting with Tucker, the proprietor of Compass Cay, who echoed Coral’s thoughts on Crescent Beach, then started on the path to the beach.

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The path was marked with colorful and whimsical signs.

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The sandy path wound its way through the foliage.

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As we rounded the last corner, we got our first glimpse of the gorgeous beach.

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The beach was a long stretch of sugar soft, white sand and there was no one else in sight.

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We spent several hours walking the beach and floating in the lovely warm, clear water.

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There are so many gorgeous beaches and sandbars in the Exumas, but we must say Crescent Beach stands out as our favorite Exuma beach from this trip just for its sheer beauty, although we’ve only visited a few of the 365 islands and cays that make up this magnificent chain so far…

Have you been to Crescent Beach on Compass Cay? Tell us about it!


Find Crescent Beach on our Bahamas Map

You might also enjoy:
Compass Cay and its One Full Time Resident

The Swimming Pigs of the Exuma Cays
Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Thunderball Grotto


To see more posts on the Bahamas and other islands, check out our Island Blog Directory

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Products We Love – Amora Island Scented Lip Butters

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Just lovin’ these lip butters from Amora – a company based in St. John, USVI. Each one is 100% natural with SPF 15 and they’re available in Painkiller, Bushwacker, Tropical Mango, Key Lime Pie and Bay scents.

Which one is our favorite? We’re having a hard time deciding, but…the Painkiller lip butter not only smells like the real deal, it comes with a sprinkle of nutmeg!

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Visit the Amora website to order the island scented lip butters and to find out more about the company and its owners who have called St. John their home for 13 years. The scents are all native to the Caribbean and represent the essence of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Amora can help you “Take Your Vacation Home With You™”!

Order your island scented lip butters here: Amora – The Essence of St. John
To stay up to date on new products, follow Amora on Facebook!

Amora’s products are also available at the following locations on St. John:
Nest & Co.
Pink Papaya
Caneel Bay Resort


This is a sponsored post. We were compensated by the company who sponsored it to write it. Regardless, the views are solely our own and we only recommend products or services we believe our readers will enjoy.

Nippers Beach Bar & Grill, Great Guana Cay

We’d seen pics before. Many colorful, enticing pics that made us put Nippers on the “list” of beach bars we’d like to visit and were so excited to hear we were going to make a stop at Great Guana Cay during a recent sail through the Abacos. Believe us when we say, Nippers was as colorful and fun as the pics we’d seen and certainly didn’t disappoint. The weather, however, was a different story…

Great Guana Cay was one of the first stops on our itinerary. After all, with two great beach bars (Nippers & Grabbers) and some beautiful beaches, it had Rum Therapy written all over it. Unfortunately, we’d been hit by a bit of an unusual cold snap and although we were still excited to spend time on island, the temp was definitely less than the common tropical temps.

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Regardless, as soon as we caught a mooring ball in Guana Harbour, we dinghied to shore and followed the sign down a dirt road to Nippers.

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As colorful, if not more so, than the pictures we’d seen, the pool area was…well, pretty quiet due to the cool temps.

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Unfazed by the lack of patrons, we made our way in to the main section of the bar.

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There, huddled around the bar, was a lively group of die-hard Nippers fans, enjoying, among other things, the infamous frozen Nipper.


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We ordered a couple of drinks and checked out the large outdoor bar area.

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Then climbed to the top deck for a 360 degree view of the beach 55 ft below.

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Nippers has been serving great food and strong drinks with a great view and friendly service for more than 15 years.  Apparently, not to be missed is their popular Pig Roast served from 12:30 – 4 every Sunday.

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Although it was a little nippy at Nippers that day, we had a good time and can just imagine how much fun it would be to laze in the pool, listen to some live music and enjoy a frozen Nippers…on a much warmer day!

Have you been to Nippers? Tell us about it!

Want to find out more about Nippers? Check out their website and Facebook page.

Find Nippers on our The Bahamas Map


To see more posts on the Bahamas and other islands, check out our Island Blog Directory


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Sunday Serenity: Some Sun and Sand on St. Thomas

We spend a relatively small amount of time actually staying on St. Thomas. It always seems to be the gateway to another island getaway, but when we have the chance to explore and enjoy what St. Thomas has to offer, we usually find ourselves here.  I’d have to say it’s our favorite place to enjoy some sun and sand in St. Thomas.

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It’s a relatively quiet stretch of beautiful sand on the east side of the island. It can get busy on weekends with lots of locals picnicking and enjoying some family time, but if you time it right, you’ll be treated to this…

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And this..

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Do you know which beach we’re talking about? What’s your favorite place for a little sun and sand on St. Thomas?

Read more Sunday Serenity Posts here:
Tropical Tips and More

See if you can find this beach on our St. Thomas Map

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Staniel Cay Yacht Club

On Jimmy Buffett’s list of “10 great places for a Waterside Drink”, the Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a great place for just that, and a whole lot more…

The Staniel Cay Yacht Club & Marina (SCYC) is located on a small cay named Staniel Cay in the middle of the chain of stunning islands known as the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. SCYC offers a full service marina, cottage and suite accommodations, a shop, and a bar/restaurant.

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It’s one of the few places to gas up a boat in the area, so there are always boats, large and small, in the marina and boaters in the bar. The SCYC bar sits in the middle of the marina and is a colorful, eclectic, laid-back, nautically themed place to enjoy a few drinks and some laughs with visitors from around the world. 

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It’s well known by those who navigate the crystal clear Exuma waters, and frequented by a number of celebrities, such as Johnny Depp, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Tyler Perry and David Copperfield who have purchased islands (not just homes – islands in the Exuma Cays!) Jimmy Buffet,we were told, used to fly in on his seaplane.

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The walls and ceilings contain a multitude of frayed sailing flags and memorabilia and pictures of the crew from the James Bond movie Thunderball hang close to the bar, as some scenes from the film were shot in the nearby Thunderball Grotto.

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Although the entire resort emits a decidedly relaxed vibe, the SCYC bar is the place to be for nightlife on Staniel Cay.

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As the evening gets later, the bar fills up and the chatter and laughter gets more and more lively.

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From inside the bar, you can glimpse the huge boats harbored in the slips – a great view while savoring a blackened mahi sandwich from the lunch menu.

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And there are plenty of drink options available from the local beers to specialty rum drinks, such as this frozen rum punch.

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Additional seating is available outside, where you can enjoy the sunshine and crystal blue water.

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Or take your drink to a rocking chair on the front porch and enjoy the sights and sounds of the busy marina.

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Whatever you do, relax and enjoy every moment. It’s one of those places that you’ll take a mental escape to when life gets hectic back home. As a sign on the bar says,
“What’s your hurry? …you’re here”
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Have you enjoyed a “waterside drink” at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club bar? Tell us about it!


Thank you to the wonderful folks at Embrace Resort who sponsored our stay on Staniel Cay. The Embrace Resort is within walking distance of SCYC and an even shorter golf cart ride!


Find Staniel Cay Yacht Club on our Bahamas Map

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