Monthly Archives: November 2017

Holiday Shopping Made Easy at Charming Charlie

Winter is coming!

It’s so festive and bright, but if you are like me, you have yet to even start on that holiday shopping. Don’t stress; there are still a few weeks left to get everything done.

I know for me, holiday shopping can always seem a little overwhelming. I tend to bounce from store to store looking for the perfect gifts and end up exhausted by the time the actual holidays roll around.

Well, here is my gift to you (and myself) from Charming Charlie, an exclusive $20 off $50+ coupon with free shipping (valid thru 11/30). For online purchases, use coupon code: YAYHOLIDAY and click here for an in-store coupon.

I’ve already found some great accessories to refresh my winter wardrobe; now it’s your turn.

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You’re sure to find that perfect gift for every person on your list, even pets!!

For inspired gift ideas, check out the Charming Charming Very Merry Gift Guide.

 Happy Shopping!

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Is Celebration Florida Your Cup of Tea?

For many first time visitors to the Town of Celebration, they aren’t quite sure what to make of it. White picket fences, perfectly manicured lawns, families on evening bike rides, it sounds ideal, doesn’t it? If you like living on a movie set, or as many refer to it, The Stepford Wives. You have to remember though, the Town of Celebration was built by the Walt Disney World Company back in the 90’s, and what is Disney if not the picture of perfection?

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Walt Disney’s idea for Celebration was to make it indistinguishable from any other small town in the USA.

I find it quaint and picturesque and a place you should definitely see for yourself. Plus, it’s only about 10 minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World and has some incredible restaurants, so why not take a detour?

The most recent spot to open up is  Celebration Tea Room.

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They have an extensive menu of teas, sandwiches, soups and desserts, ideal for a quiet  afternoon.

The rich decor transports you to another time and place and forces you to sit back and relax, something hard to find in the tourism capital of the world.

For those of you who are fans of Alice in Wonderland, the private room will give you all the feels. It’s so quirky and whimsical. I was just waiting for Tweedledee and Tweedledum to pop out. Hey, it’s close enough to Disney, it could happen.

Enjoy a spot of tea and a scone or two at Celebration Tea Room 🙂

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Unique Florida: Solomon’s Castle

“A man’s house is his castle”

Florida, the land of retirees. Everyone dreams of retiring to the sunshine state and building their own castle made of aluminum in the middle of nowhere…oh wait, that was just Howard Solomon.

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While it may seem kitschy, it was built out of passion and love for art.

Using other people’s trash, he built a treasure for himself, and his art. The outer walls, made from the repurposed aluminum printing plate of the Wauchula news, shine in the sunlight. Printing plates were only used once and then discarded, but Howard Solomon saw a use for them when constructing his fortress. You can still read the Wauchula news on the backside.

Inside many of the art pieces were constructed out of old rusty gears, car and lawnmower parts and various other items you would most likely find in a junkyard, including beer cans which he crafted a chair out of, as well as various vehicles.

He was a master at recycling, that’s for sure. He couldn’t sit still and thus was always working on something to keep his hands busy, like the figurines below. He carved these while watching TV at night.

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My favorite part of the castle, the stained glass windows. You’ll find 80 throughout the castle.

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The picture window

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It was one of the most random places I’ve ever visited, but also fascinating and beautiful at the same time. The tour guides play up Howard Solomon’s “punny” humor throughout the tour and then encourage you to wander the grounds after. Like our guide mentioned, the area is a little behind the times, one thing that drew Howard Solomon to this part of Florida, also the fact that it was cheap. That being said, it’s peaceful, quaint and quite picturesque. There is also a restaurant adjacent the castle, The Boat in the Moat. Literally, it’s a boat in a moat, with its very own lighthouse.

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Tours are available October – June for $12.50 per person, but be sure to call ahead before making the trek. Dean will answer the call.

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Howard Solomon

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Solomon’s fencing behind me

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