i went on a trip to the continent of AFRICA recently!
more specifically, i went to the countries of
my husband was actually born and raised in zimbabwe,
and this was the first time i got to see his hometown...
the whole experience was amazing,
and i thought you kids might appreciate
seeing all the animals i met!
that's a picture of me in the safari vehicle
that we drove in when we went to
i was afraid to get out of the vehicle
because it was rumored that a lion might be near!
before going to hwange,
we stayed at victoria falls, zimbabwe...
these are warthogs that we saw from our hotel balcony!
some people we saw
that actually paid to get in a pool with a crocodile!
these are the baboons that i encountered
when i was out for my morning jog!!
this rhino is not real...
this is victoria falls national park!
(not really an animal)
these are impala (they were a little camera shy)
we went for a sunset cruise on the zambezi river
and saw these elephants from our boat!
and these hungry hippos!
then we went to hwange national park for the safari...
this is where we drove around in that cute little jeep
with nothing but a few bars between us and the animals!
right off the bat we saw these beautiful giraffes!
and more impala
lots of zebras!
so many exotic birds including this lilac breasted roller!
this chart shows what you can expect
animals to be doing at different times of the day...
look at all the elephants...
i was surprised that they are so quiet!
we saw these ostriches racing...
darn, i can't remember what this guy was called,
but isn't he cute!?
elephant pool party!
our driver stays clear of the elephant on the road!
these signs are posted to remind you to watch out!
baboons climbing on the electricity lines
to hide from the leopards below...
this guy was nicknamed the flying banana
but he's really called a yellow-billed hornbill...
this kudu looked surprised to see us!
this is a dwarf mongoose... he was so tiny!
i spotted this water buck from my tent!
upon leaving hwange,
this is the gate that let's cars in and out of the park.
by the way, there are no fences at the park.
the animals are free to come and go as they please!
this adorable and not so scary pup greeted us
when we arrived to the mountain village
of juliasdale, zimbabwe!
and then we flew to capetown, south africa
where they have a HUGE penguin population!
we went to a beach where there were penguins
every where you looked!
and a super cute turtle? tortoise? terrapin?
penguin with eggs!
i have to admit i was a little surprised by the penguins...
i always think of penguins in cold and snow,
but here they were living super comfortably
at a sunny beach in south africa.
i hope you enjoyed seeing all the animals
i encountered in africa!
it's been a super fun filled
and eventful year on The Glob...
here's a look back at 2014
at both "Gigi's Fabulous Kids' Fashions & Toys"
in rosemary beach, fl
and our new "gigi's STELLAR tweens"
in seacrest, fl!
hope to see even more of you in 2015...
from all of us at Gigi's,
Happy New Year Everybody!
we look a little soggy don't we?
this is right after we completed the ice bucket challenge
for FOOD FOR THOUGHT
which is a wonderful non-profit
that provides food and meals to local children in need.
they each poured a bucket of ice water on their heads
and videotaped it for all to see,
while challenging three more people to do the same,
AND of course to send in a donation!
one of them challenged
local photographer JACKIE WARD
who then challenged our own MISS COCOA
who then challenged ME....
it's interesting to see how far down the line it goes,
and it spreads exponentially!
Cocoa and I decided to take our cold water plunge
in front of Gigi's...
you know, in the middle of a day at work.
and as you can see from the following videos,
we inspired a few more adventurous and giving
people who asked if they could take the challenge too!
see more local #icebucketchallenge videos
on the FOOD FOR THOUGHT facebook page!
and if this looks like your idea of fun,
consider yourself challenged!
proceed to dump a bucket of ice water on your head
and send them a check, pronto! :)
(you can even donate online HERE!)
it was a BEEEAUTIFUL day sunday,
the day of the 12th annual vera bradley presents
and cocoa L. photography was there
to capture it all for the glob!
see if you can spot yourself
or someone you love!
looking down because i'm always afraid i'm going to trip
in front of the crowds at the very end!
our friends from THI BOD fitness studio!
this is my poppy...
he won FIRST PLACE in his age division in the 5k
for the second year in a row!
he hopes to eventually have
a big collection of these goblets!
i got my vera bradley bag, my medal, a banana,
AND a cheering husband!
such a beautiful day, a fun event, a great cause...
you should consider signing up for next year!
save the date: march 1st 2015
make sure to "like" the seaside race facebook page
for updates on when registration opens...
they sell out FAST!
while you are on fb,
check out miss cocoa's page too...
then book her for your family photo shoot!
these pics are from a while back
but just now getting around to posting them...
this is one of our favorite "what's up" projects:
making WISHLETS out of random stuff...
this time we used a rubbery jellyish cord,
tiny jingle bells, and assorted beads.
kids love designing their own one-of-a-kind wishlet.
we call them wishlets because
kids can make a wish
as they tie one on to their wrist,
and when the knot breaks eventually
their wish comes true!
(this usually takes the sting out of breaking
a favorite piece of jewelry)
hope they all wished for something great!
these photos were taken by cocoa L. photography!
2013 was a great year at Gigi's!
this year we celebrated ten whole years of fun,
and we look forward to many more...
thanks to all of our fabulous friends,
who keep coming back to hang with us,
plus all of our brand new friends...
thank you all for letting us be a small part
of your childhood memories!
here are some of those memories now:
thanks, friends, you totally rock!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT GIGI'S!
MISS COCOA recently did a photo shoot
in my own back yard...
we wanted to photograph our little friends
MAGGIE LEE and LENNON by the pool
and my pool seemed most convenient.
it also meant that my sweet MERLE
found her chance to get in on the fun...
here are some of her photobombing outtakes!
"i'm ready for my closeup!"
i think MERLE makes a great model, don't you!?
by the way, we adopted MERLE and her sister GOLDIE
from ALAQUA ANIMAL REFUGE...
if you are thinking about adopting a new pet,
you should go there too!
all photos by cocoa L photography!
our friends sophie and ellie came by to show us
these tote bags they created themselves...
they made them during a sewing lesson
by repurposing two of their favorite dresses
that they got from gigi's year ago
and had grown out of!
these girls are so smart and creative...
what a great idea they had
to prolong the life of their favorite dresses!
photos by cocoa L. photography