Disney On Ice Princesses and Heroes in Savannah

Disclaimer: I did receive tickets to attend the production in exchange for sharing my experience.  However, I’m not a window washer, chicken plucker or positive opinion only blogger.  The opinions I share are my own.

Growing up dirt poor on a farm in Kansas you can pretty much guess I didn’t see much theatre as a child especially any on ice.  Once a cousin of mine was in a touring production of Batman or something.  I remember loving it.  Even with my lack of viewing opportunities, my whole life I just knew I was meant to be an actress and perform.  I want my daughter to have every opportunity to see everything I didn’t get to see as a kid.

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Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire- breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes where believing is just the beginning!

After reading the above promo piece, I set my phone calender to remind me to buy tickets when they went on sale.  I couldn’t wait to take my girl.  She loves going to the theatre and has already gone to the ballet and the Disney Princess Sofia and Pirates show.  We made it a girls night out and invited my friend and her daughter.  After dinner downtown, we danced to a singer in City Market before finally heading to the theatre.  Our girls were all decked out in their princess finest with all their bling.  Thank goodness bling for 2 and 3 year olds is shiny plastic.

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During dinner Baby guarded the jewels so the girls could eat.

We got great seats in the middle of the top tier.  I’m not a fan of the seating at Civic Center in the MLK Jr. Arena.  They are very close to together which is difficult with toddlers.  The seats in the Johnny Mercer theatre are better.  I do like the larger amount of restrooms available in the arena though.  The ticket staff could be friendlier and helpful.  We had some issues with my tickets and the tickets of my giveaway winners.  I had to leave the theatre and go back down to the will call window to help out because they were being very unkind to my winner.  Luckily we got it all worked out and made it back into the theatre just as the show was starting.

Martin Luther King Jr. Arena SeatingMy friend, her daughter and Baby Bug in our seats.

Say what you will about Disney (and believe me I have) they know how to put on a show for young kids.  It is a perfect balance of music, movement, variety and awe.  It started with Tinkerbell which thrilled my friend’s daughter.  She loves Tinkerbell and spent the whole time screaming, “Tinkerbell!  Hello! Tinkerbell!” and waving frantically.  It was hilarious.  Next, Mickey and Minnie arrived.  This made my daughter very happy.

Beauty and the Beast

 The adults loved the costumes.  My friend and I decided the cutlery was one of our favorites.

I really liked how Mickey and Minnie narrated what was happening because some of the stories meld together for me.  Plus, I’m not always up on my Disney characters.  I thought Belle was Cinderella until the Candle came out.   Tell me I’m not the only person in the world who didn’t know Sleeping Beauty’s name is Aurora?  I will admit to being struck by all the romance of Disney.  There is lots of hooking up which makes sense for Princesses and Heroes.  I guess we could over analysis the unrealistic nature of Disney relationships but why?  It is silly fun and ultimately produces hope and a sense of possiblity.  I kind of would prefer my daughter hold out for Prince Charming then settle for a loser.  :-)

Sleeping Beauty Dragon

I loved the fire breathing dragon! My friend’s daughter was slightly scared by it but my daughter giggled and waved.  I’m not sure which is the worse reaction.

There are some amazing tricks, fantastic skating, lively songs and laughs.  My daughter was perfectly enchanted by the whole production!  She sat on my lap enthralled by everything.  After the first act, she started fading fast.  I was having such a good time I didn’t want to leave but after my daughter put her baby up to watch while she rested her own eyes I figured we should head out.

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All toddlers have an understudy, right?

My friend texted me to say I missed Rapunzel, some more action with Tinkerbell and fireworks.  Fireworks!?!   We missed fireworks!!!  I would be sad but the show was so great even with missing the last 20 minutes I felt like it was a perfect evening.

Warning: Tons and tons of opportunity to drop coin on promotional stuff.  My friend’s jaw dropped right before she numbly handed over $15 for a snow cone in this Tinkerbell cup. Worth the joy in her daughter’s eyes?  Probably.

Tinkerbell

If you get a chance, go check out Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes.  It is in Savannah until Sunday, November 3rd.  For all my other readers, check for shows in your area.  I know it is just starting to tour the whole country.  I saw CA, NE, NC, MO, UT and more on the list.  Rush over to their site and check the dates.  You won’t regret seeing this show.  I have been converted to a Disney on Ice fan.

Perfect Birthday Party at Hunter Cattle Company

I thought long and hard before I decided on a location for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  I wanted to be able to invite all of our friends, even the ones whose kids were not my daughter’s age.  I wanted it to be family-oriented.  My husband’s co-worker group is made entirely of non-Americans and they all tend to do everything as a family.  It had to be something my daughter would enjoy.  She loves animals!  I researched the Savannah area and picked what I thought would be the perfect location – Hunter Cattle Company.  It was a place for all ages of kids, plenty for the whole family to do and full of animals.

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Activities included a petting area, egg gathering, games and a wagon ride into a pasture to feed pigs.

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I made my daughter a scrap and ribbon skirt to go with her cowboy boots and John Deere t-shirt “Peace, Love and Tractors.”  A highlight of the wagon ride was getting to pet baby pigs.  The little guy I was holding was not a fan of my daughter and the feeling was mutual.  She carried a kitten around for 1/2 an hour as I was setting up, walked the chicken coop saying “Hi!” to every single chicken, walked a goat around on a leash and even kissed a goat as you can see above but she wanted nothing to do with holding a baby piglet.  I, on the other hand, could have held that baby all day long.

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 The only glitches in the day had to do with the cake.  I got this amazing cake from Just Freshly Baked in Pooler, GA.  I picked it up and brought it home.  My husband went to transfer it from my car to his because I feared the cake and my toddler were not a good match in the same seat.  He tripped and dropped the cake.  Yes, my beautiful and awesome cake was a hot mess!  In an effort to save the cake and our marriage, he picked it up and ran right back to the bakery.  Not only did they fix it, but I think it looked even better.  I loved her cake.  I can not recommend Just Freshly Baked enough.  They won my heart and business in one day.

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Then we forgot a lighter for the candles.  Never fear!  You can always find a light on a farm.  Best way to light candles ever.

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I was lucky one of my friends is a talented Savannah area photographer, Minibird Photography.  She captured these shots and many more.  I like to follow her work via her webpage with its great blog posts of various sessions and on Facebook, Minibird Photography.

Everyone at the party had a blast including my lucky and happy 2 year old.  I would highly recommend Hunter Cattle Company for your next party.  They also  have a store selling fresh, organic, hormone free meat and other great local products, or you can find them at most local Farmer’s Markets.  Consider Just Freshly Baked in Pooler for your cake needs.  Just Freshly Baked has amazing cookies, cupcakes and donuts.  For energy while I was setting up my party, I had grabbed a bacon and maple donut when I picked up the cake.  It was awesome!  If you live in the greater Savannah area or if you plan to visit Savannah, consider booking a photography session with Minibird Photography.  She does amazing work.  We are already signed up with her to do our Christmas session on the beach next month.

I love parties!  This farm themed party was a blast!  What has been your favorite theme for a party?  Do you have a horror story of something going wrong at your party?

Full Disclosure:  I was not paid or asked to share my opinion about this event.  In fact, most people were paid by me for their services.  I felt the whole experience needed to be shouted from the rooftop for its awesomeness.  You are welcome.

Only 99c To Help Support The Indie Author & An Amazing Charity

A guest post by Jessica Bell

The day I realized I’d been obsessing over my sales figures way too much was the day I closed my eyes and tried to think about the real reason I am an indie author.

Is my primary goal to make money? No. So why do I keep obsessing over my sales stats? I realized it’s because more sales means more people reading my work. What I really really want is to be read. I want to share the one thing in this world I would cut my fingers off for. I know. If I didn’t have any fingers, I wouldn’t be able to physically write, but you know what I mean.

My passion for writing comes with a perpetual replacement button, attached to my side seam, just in case it becomes unraveled, and falls off, after a day gallivanting through the publishing jungle. It can be tough in there, but in the end, being an indie author is OH SO WORTH IT.

This made me wonder …  what’s everybody else’s story?

Then Indiestructible was born.

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

 This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to BUILDON.org, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Pretty amazing, huh?

What are you waiting for?

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eBook: $0.99 USD

Publisher: Vine Leaves Press

ISBN 10: 0987593102

ISBN 13: 9780987593108

Language: English

Edited & Compiled: by Jessica Bell

Contributing authors:

Alex J. Cavanaugh <> Angela Brown <> Anne R. Allen <> Briane Pagel <> C.S. Lakin <> Ciara Knight <> Cindy M. Hogan <> D. Robert Pease <> Dawn Ius <> Emily White <> Greg Metcalf <> Jadie Jones <> Jessica Bell <> Karen Bass <> Karen Walker <> Kristie Cook <> Laura Diamond <> Laura Pauling <> Laurel Garver <> Leigh Talbert Moore <> Lori Robinson <> Melissa Foster <> Michael Offutt <> Michelle Davidson Argyle <> Rick Daley <> Roz Morris <> S.R. Johannes <> Stephen Tremp <> Susan Kaye Quinn

About Jessica Bell:

The Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet, and singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jessica Bell, also makes a living as an editor and writer for global ELT publishers (English Language Teaching), such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Macmillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

She is the co-publishing editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca.

Connect with Jessica online:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

My FitU Review and Giveaway

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I can’t give it too much of a review yet because I just started but I can tell you about some of the bits and bobbles I am liking so far.  My FitU is an online (or mobile app) which allows a person to receive a custom plan for them by Daniel Meng.  Daniel Meng, is fitness trainer to the country stars, including Kenny Chesney(Did a nice job there!), Jake Owen, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, up-and-comers Krystal Keith and Patrik Wayne.  MyFitU.com is used by his celebrity clients when they are on the road to keep them in shape. The program acts as a personal trainer, healthy eating mentor and weight loss coach all in one. And all inquiries are handled by Daniel Meng directly. MyFitU.com is designed for the everyday woman or man (affordable, simple and convenient), and is just like having Daniel as your own personal trainer right by your side 24/7.

I always said Oprah didn’t lose her weight until she could afford a personal trainer and private chef.   Perhaps this is a chance for me to have my own personal trainer and food advisor.  I thought why not give it a go.  I signed up today and started to poke around.  There are hundreds of exercise videos which is awesome because I bore easily with the same routine.  Loads of healthy recipes to compliment your goals with personalized meal plans and shopping lists.  <-loving the idea!

I put in my goals and all my personal information.  Now, I will receive a weekly plan to help me reach the goals I have set.  There is an educational section and a safety section to ensure you are doing everything properly.

You can hop over to MyFitU.com and give it a 14-day free trial.  You don’t even’t have to put your credit card information in for the free trial!  I love that!  It always bothers me when I have to put my credit card information in for a free trial so I always walk away at that point but not with My FitU.  Yea!  I’m, also, giving away 1 Year Free Subscription to My FitU.  Isn’t that awesome?  A whole year free!!!

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Disclosure:  I was provided this opportunity to test the My FitU program through the BookieBoo Influencer Network and Mamavation, a disease prevention campaign for moms.  

Fabric by Jessica Bell

FabricToday I’m celebrating the release of Jessica Bell’s new poetry collection, Fabric Wait! Please don’t close the tab at the the mention of poetry! Trust me, just read a little note from the author herself before deciding to disappear …

 

 

Jessica says:

My poetry will not baffle you with phrasing that scholars award for academic genius and that can only be understood by those who wrote it. My poetry is for the everyday reader. In fact, it is even for those who don’t like to read poetry at all. Because it is real, stark and simple.

The poems in Fabric are no different. They explore specific moments in different people’s lives that are significant to whom they have become, the choices they’ve made. It’s about how they perceive the world around them, and how each and every one of their thoughts and actions contributes to the fabric of society. Perhaps you will even learn something new about yourself.

So, even if you do not usually read poetry, I urge you to give this one a go. Not because I want sales (though, they are fun!), but because I want more people to understand that not all poetry is scary and complex. Not all poetry is going to take you back to high school English, and not all poetry is going make you feel “stupid”.

You can still say to people that you don’t read poetry … I really don’t mind. Because if you read Fabric, you’re not reading poetry, you’re reading about people. And that’s what reading is about, yes? Living the lives of others?

Are you still here? I hope so!

Please support the life of poetry today by spreading the news about Fabric. Hey, perhaps you might even like to purchase a copy for yourself? The e-book is only $1.99 and the paperback $5.50.

Here are the links:

Let’s keep poetry alive! Because not all poetry is “dead” boring …

About Jessica Bell:

If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. And not because she currently lives in Greece, either. The Australian-native author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist has her roots firmly planted in music, and admits inspiration often stems from lyrics she’s written.

 

She is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and co-hosts the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek Isle of Ithaca, with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.

For more information about Jessica Bell, please visit:

Website:

Shopping the Savannah Festival Outlet Center

In celebration of several of the sponsors for The Great Cloth Diaper Change happening on April 21st, I’m going to be doing a few reviews this week.   If you are in the Greater Savannah area, please consider thanking these sponsors in person with your business.

I love a good deal!  Since moving to Savannah, I have discovered my favorite place to shop is the Savannah Festival Outlet Center.  They are located conveniently right off I-95 and Hwy 204.   Another a major bonus is I always get a great parking spot close to the stores I am shopping.

I’ve spent tons of time at Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh buying up all the cute baby clothes for Baby Bug.  My feet have pounded the pavement looking for deals in Famous Footwear, Factory Brand Shoes, Rack Room Shoes and Reebok.  When an occasion came up for a night on the town with the ladies I headed straight for the Dress Barn.  I still need to explore Leggs, Hanes, Bali, Playtex, Bass Company Store, Book Warehouse, Bealls and Maurices.  I did manage to spend some money in the Kitchen Collection.  For those in need of a uniform, there is The Uniform Outlet. Sadly the only uniform I’m sporting these days is workout gear.

I’m not much of a shopper but I love good deals and convenience which is why I’m always heading to Savannah Festival Outlet Center.  They even offer coupons on their website.  Sweet!    

I’m going to be heading to the Savannah Festival Outlet Center on Saturday, April 21st for The Great Cloth Diaper Change.  The Savannah Festival Outlet Center has graciously donated a space for The Great Cloth Diaper Change.   On the behalf of the Low Country Real Diaper Circle, I would like to thank the Savannah Festival Outlet Center for their generous donation.  Without their gift of a wonderful space our event would not be as successful.  Thank you!

Who else likes to shop outlets?  Have you ever been to the Savannah Festival Outlet Center?

String Bridge Review

I had been following Jessica Bell’s blog, The Alliterative Allomorph, for awhile when she announced her book String Bridge.  I practically jumped through the computer with excitement when she asked for reviewers.  I may or may not have danced a jig when my copy arrived in the mail.  Then I prayed it would be good so I could write a great review.  I would hate for things to get awkward.  Lucky for me Jessica did not disappointment.

When I read I crave two things: to go on a travel adventure and to feel an attachment to a character which reveals aspects of myself I like or hate.  In String Bridge, I had both my cravings satisfied.

String Bridge is set in Greece.  I’ve never been to Greece but Jessica was able to bring me there.  Her carefully crafted descriptions had me sitting in the traffic, smelling the sea, feeling the heat and wishing I would book a ticket on the next plane to Greece.  An aspect of any person and consequently any character is their surroundings.  It is why people watching is so fun.  Watching people interact or move within their environment reveals pieces of them.  I can never discuss the core of who I am without mentioning Kansas.  It is a part of my soul.  The main character of String Bridge is Melody, a woman mostly raised in Australia.  This works wonderfully with the presentation of Athens.  Since I’m not Greek, I can relate with Melody’s movement within Athens as it is not completely her home base.  Her husband Alex is Greek, therefore, I was not as comfortable with his character.  It is my opinion, it is difficult to fully understand someone if I do not have full knowledge of their culture.  A piece of them will always be a mystery for me.  The String Bridge story line works perfectly with my ability to relate more with Melody than Alex.  I refuse to discuss the characters more in fear of giving away any delightful morsels.

The viewpoint of Melody is one in which I was able to fully connect.  She is a wife, mother, career woman and frustrated musician.  I’m an actress but I find it doesn’t matter what area your art is in the aspects of all artists is similar.  The internal burning desire to create tends to clash with the necessity of paying bills and maintaining relationships.  Melody wants to be on stage playing.  Her inner fire is feeling smothered.  But why?  Is it her husband? Her job? Or her own fear?  I’ve struggled with those very same questions.

Jessica Bell creates an interesting bit of magic with String Bridge.  The way she is able to imbue music into the story is enchanting.  The lexicon of music used throughout and the inclusion of lyrics adds to the atmosphere.  Bell formulated this additional depth to Melody giving her a full character which can be hard to do when attempting to craft an artistic character.  I found the structure impressive.   In addition to the book, Bell has created a soundtrack.  The attention to detail is inspiring.

Overall, I highly recommend String Bridge especially if you are an artist.  Jessica Bell was able to take me on an adventure and to touch the artist within me.  By the end, I felt as if I had discovered new truths about myself.  It is a slice of life.  Life is not about all the big events.  Life is about all the day to day bits and bobbles and how we are able to weather them.

Full disclosure:  I was given a copy of String Bridge but the review is my own thoughts and feelings uninfluenced by gifts or bribes.

 

Purchase links:
eBook
Paperback:
Amazon UK: (Coming soon)
Soundtrack:

More links:

String Bridge Website: http://www.stringbridge.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11502954-string-bridge

String Bridge Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv-hRMA0kqQ
String Bridge Merchandise: http://www.cafepress.com/janicephelps/8155170
website: http://www.jessicacbell.com/
blog: http://thealliterativeallomorph.blogspot.com/
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/author.jessica.bell
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MsBessieBell
retreat & workshop site: http://hwrw.blogspot.com/


Bio:

Jessica Bell is a literary women’s fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter who grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the ’80s and early ’90s.

She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer/editor for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide, such as HarperCollins, Pearson Education and Macmillan Education.

In addition to String Bridge, Jessica has published a book of poetry called Twisted Velvet Chains. A full list of poems and short stories published in various anthologies and literary magazines can be found under Published Works & Awards, on her website.

From September 2012 Jessica will be hosting the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus.

 

On one final note:  If anyone would like to sponsor my attending Jessica’s Homeric Writers’ Retreat next year, feel free to drop me a line.  My desire to go is larger than my wallet.

String Bridge

Today is THE day to help Jessica Bell’s debut, STRING BRIDGE, hit the bestseller list on Amazon, and receive the all-original soundtrackMelody Hill: On the Other Sidewritten and performed by the author herself, for free!

All you have to do is

purchase the booktoday (paperback, or eBook), November 11th, and

then email the receipt to:


jessica.carmen.bell(at)gmail(dot)com


She will

then email you a link to download the album at no extra cost!

To purchase the paperback:

To purchase the eBook:

To listen to samples of the soundtrack, visit iTunes.


Rave Reviews for String Bridge:

Jessica Bell’s STRING BRIDGE strummed the fret of my

veins, thrummed my blood into a mad rush, played me taut until the final page,

yet with echoes still reverberating. A rhythmic debut with metrical tones of

heavied dark, fleeting prisms of light, and finally, a burst of joy—just as

with any good song, my hopeful heartbeat kept tempo with Bell’s narrative.~ Kathryn Magendie, author of Sweetie and Publishing Editor of Rose & Thorn Journal

“Poet and

musician Jessica Bell’s debut novel String Bridgeis a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the

difficult balancing act of the modern woman. The writing is lyrical throughout,

seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that

allows the reader to identify with Melody’s growing insecurity as her world

begins to unravel …String Bridge is

a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a

hint of magic.” ~ Magdalena Ball, author of Repulsion

Thrustand Sleep Before Evening

Jessica Bell is a brilliant writer

of great skill and depth.She doesn’t pull back from the difficult

scenes, from conflict, pain, intensity. She puts it all out there, no holds

barred, no holding back. She knows how to craft a scene, how to develop

character, how to create suspense. This is an absolutely brilliant debut novel.

I look forward to reading her

next novel, and next and next.” ~ Karen Jones

Gowen, author of Farm Girl, Uncut Diamonds and House of Diamonds

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Sluicing Adventure in North Carolina

I found a new love this vacation!  Sluicing.  Slicing people who juice?  No, sillies!  Finding gems?  You betcha!  While sitting in my North Carolina hotel last week I perused the NC vacation guide.

Me:  “OMG!  Honey, we can go searching for emeralds!”

Hubby:  “Yeah.”  (very half-hearted if you ask me)

Me:  “We are so going first thing tomorrow morning.  It is sort of right on the way to Virginia.”

Hubby:  (I think he yawned.)

In the tiny town of Hiddenite, NC is Emerald Hollow Mine.  The only emerald mine in the US open to the public for prospecting.  It was really about 45 minutes out of our way but worth it!  Hubby was pretty much with me until we turned off onto a very bumpy little mountain road.

Hubby:  “Crap!  We are going to be the only people here and we are going to die.”

Seriously?  I can’t take him anywhere.

Me:  “No, there will be people here.  This is going to be awesome.”

I crossed my fingers I would be right.  I didn’t want this to be Jamaica all over again.  Luckily I was correct and there were two elderly couples already sluicing away.   For a mere $5 you get a spot at the sluicing table and one small bucket of dirt.  I know this doesn’t sound like much but it was the beginning of what I feel will be a life long love affair.

All you do is scoop a pile of dirt in the sifting box.  Brush the dirt while the water runs over it.  Find the hidden treasure!

Look at my treasure!

We had so much fun we bought two more buckets when we were done with our first buckets.  We got the $15 big “super bucket” and the $5 ruby bucket.  I didn’t find any rubies but I did get a few nice garnets.  For a total of $30, we had an uber fun time and two hours later we were wet, dirty, giggly and rolling in the gems.

In addition to sluicing, they provide opportunities for creeking and digging.  I would like to try one of those but they have a higher chance of me finding a snake.  I’ll stick with the already dug buckets.  Lapidary services are offered on site.  We chose to take our raw gems with us because we were already running late for checking into our resort in VA.  There is a nice selection of jewelry and other gem products set up for sale by the sluicing tables in case you aren’t lucky on your hunt.  I highly recommend Hiddenite Gems, Inc. the next time you are in North Carolina.  You might find me there sluicing away.

FYI:

Me:  “What was your favorite part of our vacation?”

Hubby:  “Probably the sluicing.”

My work here is done.