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:: Super Bowl Serving Pieces ::

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tuvalu home super bowl serving piecesGet ready for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7th! Whether you’re hosting or bringing a plate to the party, make sure you have the serving dish you need! We grabbed 5 serving dishes that will work perfect for a Super Bowl Sunday party! If you see one you like we’ve got links to each below.

1. sea life fish serving bowl

2. mud pie coral embossed chip n dip

3. palladio 2 tier cake stand

4. polka dot whale shaped plate

5. jade milk glass pedestal

Check out the rest of our serving dishes on the Tuvalu Home online store here!

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:: 7 Secrets To Owning Your Own Private Island ::

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7 secrets to owning a private island

In Coastal Living‘s February issue they feature a quick guide called the “7 Secrets To Owning Your Own Private Island” and it gives you a basic run through of what you need to know about private island purchases. With California’s Power Ball jackpot sitting at $1.4 Billion, and rising, this really could be a great guide to help you with your new found wealth. Even if you aren’t a lotto winner, the dream of owning a private island actually isn’t that unrealistic. We’ve listed their 7 Secrets to Owning Your Own Private Island below so that you can find out how to make it happen!

1. They’re not all as pricey as you may think.

Sure, a large and sandy tropical island will seriously set you back (the undeveloped Caribbean isle pictured here is listed at $5.5 million), but some small, rocky islands—like the 1-acre Wohoa Bay in Maine, 30 miles east of Acadia National Park—can go for as little as $40,000.

2. But be prepared to pay up front.

Banks generally won’t grant loans for the purchase of private islands, because without comparable properties on the market nearby, it’s almost impossible to establish a clear-cut monetary value, explains Chris Krolow, CEO of Private Islands Inc., the largest marketplace for international private island listings and sales.

3. Existing dwellings rarely affect the price.

A house that might go for $1.5 million elsewhere does not add the same amount to an island’s listing price. If anything, particularly quirky houses can sometimes pull down the final purchase price, says Krolow, because new owners might have different needs for the property.

4. The hottest spot to buy an island right now is…

the Bahamas or Belize. Both countries are relatively easy to get to from the United States and have the tropical feel that many potential island owners are after. There’s a lot of interest in purchasing Greek islands, but logistical difficulties and bureaucracy usually slow down the process and make people look elsewhere.

5. Island owners still have to deal with nature.

Owning an island means being responsible for the area’s ecosystem. Anything an owner does—say, getting rid of snakes—could have unintended consequences, such as creating a rodent problem. Krolow advises looking to local regulations on the nearest mainland for guidance.

6. Tech advances have made island life more accessible than ever.

Krolow notes that new yachting technology is opening up possibilities for private islands. For example, small water desalination units made for yachts are easy to transport and capable of cleaning enough water for single-occupancy residential islands.

7. The trick to easy maintenance year-round is…

Rent out your island. Even some of the wealthiest owners rent  their islands to guests, employing full-time staffs. Doing so ensures that the island is ever-ready for  visitors, and that owners won’t be greeted by surprises when it’s their own off-the-grid time.

:: Backyard Fun Essentials ::

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Feature Friday

Summer is slowly winding down and it’s time for you to take advantage of it if you haven’t already. Getting outside and enjoying the days and nights are just some of the perks of summer time. The best part about being outside is you don’t have to travel far to do it. You can enjoy a great summer day or night in the comfort of your backyard. Today we’ve got a little backyard fun essential guide to help you enjoy the weather and relax a little at home. We’ve got you covered if you want to have a good ol’ fashioned summer BBQ or if you want to go out at night to make s’mores. So get out there and enjoy the remaining days summer has to offer. It’ll be over sooner than you realize! Happy Friday!