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Anna Maria Island vacation

We may have turned the dining room into a closet and the guest bedroom into our bedroom this weekend.  Which proved very confusing for one cute black dog.  Much more to come on all of that this week.  Details include newspapers from 1963 and an Engelbert Humperdinck record from 1976.  I’m just sayin’.

And now for the real fun, I took a little girls’ trip recently to a place I had never heard of before, Anna Maria Island, which is just off the coast of Tampa, FL in the Gulf of Mexico and it was awesome.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

Not only is it a quaint little waterfront community with charm and personality galore, I mean check out this awesome mailbox.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

But we were lucky enough to stay in the beautiful Sirenia Cove vacation rental … and the owner is offering a 4 NIGHT VACATION RENTAL GIVEAWAY FOR ONE OF YOU!!

If you love coastal decor, and you must if you’re hanging around here, then you are going to feel right at home in this 4 bedroom, 3 bath waterfront home. Maybe you’ll end up staying in this gorgeous turquoise room.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

I can attest first hand that this colorful room with that DIY painted and framed coral is a vacation nights’ sleep dream room.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

That’s right, I said DIY.  The homeowner is one of us!  So many fun DIY coastal decor ideas have been implemented throughout.  Like these sand dollars and star fish.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

Grab some spray paint and shadow box frames from IKEA and you could create your own colorful coastal decor.

And to do a little bragging on Nancy (the homeowner), she is also an accomplished artist.  I am in love with this boat painting that she created herself.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

So it wasn’t any surprise when I found out that Nancy’s daughter actually painted the house name sign that greets you right when you enter the home.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

Here is a shot of Sydney, the DIYer herself, in action.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

One of my absolute favorite features that I would implement into our own house today if we had stairs are the perfectly nautical oar shaped railings.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

And if you’re not sitting up in that second floor reading nook you may find yourselves gathered on this screened in back porch overlooking the pool and canal … we may have ended each evening there just gathered around reminiscing about the day and plotting a strategy to return.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway

And the littles accompanying your vacation are going to love this 3rd floor loft that is built to look like they’re captaining a ship, complete with water views out the window.

4 night/ 5 day stay at Sirenia Cove Giveaway

And every time I thought “I need to get some pictures of this great pool area” I was actually in the pool, but I did skip down and snap this picture right before departure.  Such a cozy place to hang out during those lazy vacation afternoon.

4 night/ 5 day stay at Sirenia Cove Giveaway

And there are also a handful of beautiful beaches that are only a short bike ride or golf cart ride away if you want to get out and about.

anna maria island vacation rental giveaway


And Nancy has arranged to have bike AND a golf cart rental included with this awesome vacation getaway giveaway.


Prize Package includes:

  • 4 Night stay at Sirenia Cove on Anna Maria Island
  • 1 ~ $60.00 Gift Certificate to Eat Here Restaurant Group
  • 1 ~ Free Golf Cart Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
  • Free Beach Bike Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
  • 2 ~ Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
  • Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
  • 1 – Portrait by the Sea value of $100.00 from Photography by Billi
  • Photos to be purchased based on selection from proofs
  • 2 Free Shadepops

A great big thank you to not only Nancy for the use of her beautiful home, and coordinating this giveaway but we can’t leave without a shout out to Fun And More Rentals for the use of the bikes, golf cart and hosting a guided kayak tour that was awesome!


And to Ford who provided two cars for us to get from the Tampa Airport to Anna Maria Island and back, it’s an easy hour ride each way and these comfortable riding Ford Fusions made it that much better!


Plenty of trunk space for the car load of travel essentials we were all toting around.


And if I could offer up just one last little tip, if you’re ever in the Anna Maria Island area you have to eat at Eat Here, even if you aren’t the winner of this prize.  Great food, friendly service and a super eclectic environment that is perfect for a night out on vacation.  I had the pizza special of the day.  Delish!


All in all it was the perfect getaway with a few girlfriends and I’m super excited to see which one of you will win one!!  And check out the posts from my the others since we all are sharing our own individual photos from the trip!

Roeshel from DIY Showoff
Kelly from Eclectically Vintage
Diane from In My Own Style
Beth from Unskinny Boppy
Carrie from Making Lemonade
Denise from The Painted Home

Good luck!!

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patio cleaning tips and suggested products

Patio cleaning tips and products.

patio cleaning with p&g cleaning productsOur backyard actually became our unofficial sanctuary when we first moved in.  It was so great to escape out of the jungle of our full house renovation projects.

But even that area got out of control, and the once-was-a-sanctuary quickly became the sit-out-here-at-your-own-risk back patio.

patio cleaning with p&g cleaning productsNobody puts patio furniture in a corner!

Apparently we do.  :/

And after about a week of solid rain those beautiful patio chair cushions were looking less than inviting.

patio cleaning with p&g cleaning productsP&G cleaning products to the rescue for sure!  Don’t forget this summer when you’re heading to your local Lowe’s to pick up flowers and citronella candles, you can also grab all of your favorite P&G products, too.

If you’ve been here before you know I’ll try the easy way to do anything.  So when I read the instructions on the Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro cleaning spray, and saw that even they suggest the lazy way spraying and letting it set, this product and I would soon be besties.

So I just sprayed all of the surfaces and let it set while I raked up all of those omnipresent leaves.  Thank you neighbor’s beautiful tree.

And when it came time for wiping … well … just see for yourself.
p&g cleaning products to complete our patio cleaning

The Magic Eraser sponges worked wonders around the edges … you know that little lip that holds the glass up and also serves as a dirt-and-random-grossness-collector.
p&g cleaning products to complete our patio cleaning p&g cleaning products to complete our patio cleaning

And I breezed through some chair cleaning.  A spritz with the Outdoor Pro, wait a few, a quick wipe with the Bounty and a little scrub with the Magic Eraser for those tougher spots.

p&g cleaning products to complete our patio cleaningIn my cleaning-is-super-easy delusion I actually thought I could just hose down the seat cushions and be good to go … but once they started to dry (I just laid those suckers out in the hot Key West summer sun), I realized my strategy was flawed.
p&g cleaning products to complete our patio cleaningYou may know that I’m a homemade laundry detergent girl, but in a pinch, these little Tide Pods are definitely going to come in handy.
p&g cleaning products to complete our patio cleaningWhen I first said to Joel that I was going to do a post about our back patio he said “Are you going to ask one of the neighbors if we can use theirs?”  hahaha

And he was dead serious.

But thanks to P&G and Lowe’s, in one short afternoon we have a patio fit for some summer fun!  Look at that sparkly clean table top.
after the patio cleaning

We managed to go from scary yard to secret garden.
after the patio cleaningYou can find some great cleaning tips for using your P&G products at http://finditatlowes.com.

after the patio cleaningI’m happy we found the perfect spot for our very first pallet project on the ivy covered fence.
after the patio cleaning

And check out the tutorial to make your very own pallet art here.  And that cute little stenciled tray was made with $1 stencils I found at Wal-Mart, the tutorial for that super simple project is here.

This post was sponsored by P&G.