The Little Zoo That Could

While we were in Alabama, we found out there was a little zoo nearby with animal encounters. It's called the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and their claim to fame is that they were featured on Animal Planet. In 2006, The Little Zoo That Could aired. It focused on how the zoo maintained itself following several hurricanes that destroyed much of the gulf coast.

If you visit, know that it's a small zoo. That doesn't mean it wasn't great though. There's lots of animals to see and a few exciting encounters. Seasonally, there are chances to hold baby alligators ad kangaroos. There's a lemur encounter, where you can cuddle and play with lemurs. There's even a chance to play with baby tigers!

We decided to take advantage of a chance to hang out with lemurs. It was only ten dollars for our session. The lemurs were very friendly, and one of them was really interested in my camera. We found out they were all named after characters from The Land Before Time. Below, is Ducky:

Let me know by leaving a comment if you liked this blog post, or if you've visited the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. If you are interested, you can find out more from their website.

Lilly for Target

The Lilly for Target lookbook launched on Target's website today, and it's amazing. It's everything I hoped it would be, and there's so many pieces. I'm so impressed with the prices too, every dress is under $40. There's even fourteen cute prints to choose from. 

Boom Boom // Fan Dance // Happy Place // Boardwalk Cafe 
Pineapple Punch // Giraffeeey // Giraffing Me Crazy // Nosie Posey
Belladonna // See Ya Later // My Fans // Wavepool
Sea Urchin for You // Upstream

My favorite prints are Boom Boom, Pineapple Punch, Nosie Posey, Wavepool ad Sea Urchin for You. I can't wait to shop this collection on April 19th! The home collection includes candle holders, plates, blankets, glasses, and other various items. There's also makeup bags and travel bags in the same prints as the clothing. I included some of my favorites below.

While you wait to shop in store, you can "experience the party" on your computer or mobile device and see styled looks from the collection. I can't wait until these amazing pieces are available.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite pieces are!

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Life's a Beach

After exploring Disney World, we drove seven hours to Orange Beach, Alabama. It was a little bit cooler than Orlando, but still warm. The ocean water was so cold, but we still went swimming. We even saw dolphins off the shore. Each morning, we got up early to collect seashells and look for sand dollars. This group of photos below is from our first morning, around seven-thirty.

I definitely recommend Orange Beach as a vacation destination. If you are already thinking about Spring Break next year, or planning for summer, consider the Gulf Shores, AL area. Orange Beach is nothing like Panama City Beach, but if you do want to party you can drive about five minutes down the road to Gulf Shores, where there were more college students. 

The following photos were taken around six-thirty one morning. It was about 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the mornings, but it warmed up quickly throughout the day. That's 15 degrees in Celsius for non-American readers. 

It was so nice to relax by the beach for a couple of days, especially following two crazy days at Disney. While at Orange Beach, we ate at Cotton's Restaurant and Rotolo's Pizzeria. Both restaurants were really good, and not cheap. So if you are looking for a nicer dinner out, definitely check them out.

We also shopped at some souvenir-y shops (ala spirit jerseys) and Shades for some brand-name clothing. They feature a variety of southern clothing brands, such as Vineyard Vines and The Southern Shirt Company. We actually chatted with the owner for a while, and met the dog that is on this shirt and this shirt.

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Aruba, Jamaica, Ooh I Wanna Take Ya

During our visit at Disney World, we stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. The resort is located close to Epcot, but you can take their shuttle to each of the Disney parks. It follows a Caribbean theme, where each area is a different island. We stayed in Jamaica. Each 'island' also has its own pool and shuttle bus stop. It was really nice, and the lake had a fake beach with really comfy hammocks.

The main building, Old Port Royale is located next to the main pool, which has a pirate theme. There were even Disney movies under the stars each night. This pretty pineapple fountain had a little quote that read
"Here my waters watch the sky,
Reflecting friends as they pass by.
Legends say these isles are enchanted
Toss a coin, your wish may be granted!"

Each of the 'islands' had different colored buildings and they were all so bright and fun. I've never actually been to the Caribbean but Disney did a great job creating a tropical paradise in Orlando. Like the parks, it was really clean. The staff were always picking up trash and keeping it looking beautiful.

In total, we stayed at the resort for three days and four nights. We spend two days at the Magic Kingdom and at Animal Kingdom, then I had one day to relax and enjoy the hammocks and pool. The resort was so pretty at all times of the day, but the sunset over the lake was especially pretty with all the palm trees.

Overall, I really liked this resort. It's the only Disney resort I've stayed at, but I would definitely recommend it if you are considering Disney resorts. In general, staying at the Disney resorts makes your trip really convenient. Your Disney Magic Band serves as each persons room key, park ticket, and FastPass+. They have a shuttle to all the parks that runs every twenty minutes or so, meaning you don't have to pay for parking at the theme parks. It also makes the whole experience feel a little more like Disney, when there are Disney songs and little Mickey Mouse references all over.

If you've stayed at Disney's Caribbean Resort, let me know what island, and how you enjoyed it!