What SandCastle Lessons REALLY do for your family

Beach Sand Sculptures gives your family something more than just a SandCastle Lesson

When Rick and Capri Mungeam decided to teach SandCastle Lesson they were just looking for a fun way to play on the beach. Their intent was to teach people how to build taller sandcastles. With instruction in basic Granular Engineering and kitchen utensil usage their clients successfully gained “SandCastle Success”. Other beach-goers were amazed at the 3 ½ foot tall sandcastles constructed by novice sand architects. SandCastle Lessons became a hit and the Mungeam’s company Beach Sand Sculptures became an instrument of fun for everyone on the beach.

Little did they know something EXTRAORDINARY was happening during these SandCastle Lessons. The first clue came when Beach Sand Sculptures received one of their first travel reviews, the title of which is, “Best Family Activity Ever!” The couple was honored to have provided this family with an experience this particular parent believed to be the “Best Ever” for their family. Capri remembers the privilege of saying, “Wow, that’s huge, that’s a really big deal for this family”.

The SandCastle Effect

Beach Sand Sculptures give your family much more than a SandCastle Lesson

5 Star Review after 5 Star Review from families who expressed the identical sentiment about their SandCastle Lesson with Beach Sand Sculptures;  “The Best Vacation Activity we have ever done as a family”. Knowing families were being blessed from this unique quality time, Rick and Capri worked to add humor, education, fun and opportunities for family bonding to their SandCastle Lessons. Yet, the couple remained unsure of what to call the phenomena until recently.

Coined Phrase:

Steven Gaffney is a leading expert on honest interpersonal communication, influence, and leadership. In his 2009 article titled “The Sandcastle Principle” he retells a story of the thoughts he experienced as he watched some children building a sandcastle on a beach in Mexico.  “The children were clearly having great fun. I surmised the whole project had taken hours.” When he returned to the beach at sunset the children’s sandcastle was gone without a trace. The following day;

“Again I saw the same children playing in the sand. They were laughing and seemed to be having just as much fun as the day before. There was no mention that their great sandcastle was gone. No tears of sorrow that all their hard work was washed away. No complaining about how life could treat them this way. No moping around or bellyaching about how great yesterday was. Then it dawned on me how these children could teach us all something – a very important life principle. .  .”

Gaffney expands,

“As adults, we work so hard each day, investing our time, effort, and creativity in many projects and priorities – some of which remain and some of which get washed away. But the truth is that what lingers long after the priorities and goals are or are not achieved are the memories we have of our interactions with others. Hence the Sandcastle Principle.

Beach Sand Sculptures realized first- hand the reality of the Sandcastle Principle, but for them and especially the families they teach SandCastle Lessons to, the benefits are farther reaching than a principle, so it is now referred to as the SandCastle Effect.

Beach Sand Sculptures is a professional sand sculpting company based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. You can obtain the SandCastle Effect through their year round SandCastle Lessons. They also create elegant marriage proposal and wedding sand sculptures, corporate team building events, corporate marketing sand sculptures, birthday, anniversary, party, festival and event sand sculptures; on and off the beach, table-top size to 100s of tons  www.BeachSandSculptures.com

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Florida Snowman

Florida Winter Vacations are not just for Snowbirds

While on vacation in mid October, Rick and Capri Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures found this determined Snowman along a Colorado country road, after enjoying a delicious pizza at the Larkspur Pizzaria & Cafe. As he pleaded for a ride to Florida, this sand sculpting couple knew, with the help of  their nearly 3,000 Facebook fans, together they could virtually assist this frosty fellow to the warmer beaches of NW Florida. On Oct 16th the following post was made.

Snowmen desiring Florida Winter Vacation

Snowmen desiring Florida Winter Vacation

Betty was the first generous Beach Sand Sculptures Fan to give this still frozen gentleman a lift from Colorado all the way to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains where he left a bit of moisture on the floor-boards of the mini-coach of Rocky Top Tours in Tennessee.  The Following day he was sighted near Amsterdam, NY., teasing the animals at Adirondack Animal Land. Heading south the traveling Snowman was spotted in Fredricksburg, Virginia where he took some exercise walking in the gardens of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont.  Oct 18th was so much fun, the Snowman nearly lost his focus on his Florida winter vacation, when he stopped over at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center to meet up with the UPIKE Girls of The University of Virginia’s College.  Drawn by pictures of white sand beaches on facebook pages such as 30A and DestinShines the Snowman strengthened his fortitude to carry on. Photos of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson standing near a large puddle of water at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Alabama.  circulated on the internet. We strongly suspect the Snowman got just a little close to the spotlights . . .  and well. . . you can just imagine. From Tuscaloosa, Destin is a virtual hop, skip and a jump away and all down hill, so the watery remain of the snowman were reported by Cathy, “He’s here now . . melting of course :)” Oct. 21st, near Destin, Florida.  In just 7 days, 223 people virtually translated (via facebook sharing) this traveling Snowman to his desired location on The Emerald Coast of NW Florida.

Mid November Beach Sand Sculptures discovered the Snowman taking a dip in the beautiful Emerald waters near the Pier on Okaloosa Island, just west of Destin. Using the Snowman’s melted snow (aka water) Rick Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures reformed the snowman into a Florida Gulf Coast beach body with quick work during a SandCastle Lesson. The now Sandman will continue to be available for photo ops throughout the winter months along the snow white beaches of Destin and 30A. To schedule your photo op (aka SandCastle Lesson) email info@BeachSandSculptures.com

Snowman takes Florida Winter Vacation

Snowman takes Florida Winter Vacation





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Cyber Monday: SandCastle Lessons for Christmas

Give Memories in the Sand for Christmas

SandCastle Lessons create Family Memories

SandCastle Lessons create Family Memories

Do you or someone you know vacation on the beautiful white sand beaches of The Emerald coast of Florida? Areas such as Destin, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Sandestin, the South Walton Beaches, the coastal communities along Scenic Hwy 30a, and Panama City Beach?

If so, consider giving the priceless gift of family memories for Christmas this year. Beach Sand Sculptures now offers gift certificates perfect for Christmas gift giving. SandCastle Lessons have become a 5 Star activity and the #2 Tripadvisor Activity in Destin, Florida. The reviews state, “The best family activity ever”, “Do NOT miss the chance to take a sandcastle lesson!”, and “the best activity we have ever done in the area”.

For more information click on SandCastle Lessons.

To purchase your Memories in the Sand gift certificate for SandCastle Lesson with                                 Beach Sand Sculptures email Rick@BeachSandSculptures.com

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Christmas Card Photo Ops

SandCastle Lessons: A Christmas Card Photo Opportunity

Create a new Holiday Family Tradition with www.BeachSandSculptures

Create a new Holiday Family Tradition with www.BeachSandSculptures

Begin a new Holiday Tradition. Create a unique family memory and a perfect opportunity to capture your family for your Christmas Cards with a SandCastle Lesson from Beach Sand Sculptures during the holiday. During an educational and entertaining 2 hour SandCastle Lesson your family will learn the basics of granular engineering. The end result will be a SandCastle standing approx. 3 1/2 feet tall! Snowmen, faux snowcovered Christmas SandCastles, Nutcrackers, Christmas Trees, and Presents are just a few ideas to get you started. This Five Star Activity is sure to leave your family and those receiving your Christmas Cards amazed at your new skills. The beaches of Destin and the beach communities along Scenic Hwy 30A add the unique distinction with their snow-white sand, adding to your Christmas Card pictures the festive holiday look of snow – without the cold!

Time is limited, schedule your SandCastle Lesson today; Info@BeachSandSculptures.com


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“The Elf on the Shelf” to visit Destin area businesses

Follow this Destin Elfin Adventure

“The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition,” written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, answers the age-old question, “How does Santa really know who’s been naughty or nice?” The story explains how Santa sends a scout elf to watch over children’s behavior. Each night, the elf flies to the North Pole where it reports to Santa who has been nice or naughty that day. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. Each day the elf returns from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game.

This year, some fun and exciting businesses in Destin, Florida have adopted their very own Elf. Skipper, The Destin Elf on the Shelf, will experience fun filled adventures that you can follow on Facebook.  Children and adults alike will be sure to be on good behavior during the month of December as the Destin Elf on the Shelf watches by day and nightly reports back to Santa. Beginning Dec 1, please join this elfin adventure by following along and perhaps sharing Skipper’s escapades with your friends and family. Where in Destin will he show up next and will you be caught being naughty or nice?

For more information about Skippers adventures in Destin, Florida contact Heather Thomas, Destin Vacation Boat Rentals @ (850) 650-2628.  For a list of retail locations or to purchase your very own Elf online, visit http://www.elfontheshelf.com/

Skipper (The Destin Elf on the Shelf) watches Rick Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures

Skipper (The Destin Elf on the Shelf) watches Rick Mungeam of Beach Sand Sculptures

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Round 2 Intuit Small Business Big Game

#TeamSmallBiz Intuit Small Business Big Game

#TeamSmallBiz Intuit Small Business Big Game

Beach Sand Sculptures advances to Round 2

in Intuit’s Small Business Big Game

Intuit / QuickBooks is giving small businesses an opportunity to gain national attention. Small business compete through fan votes to advance into Round 2. Business profiles are required to complete tasks to continue into Round 3 (video and information) where Inuit employees will vote for 20 business to move up. 4 finalist businesses will compete with the World voting. The small business with the most votes will win a professionally created TV Commercial that will air during the Big Game.Beach Sand Sculptures has made it into Round 2. We’ve published our first video and have completed the task of answering questions. Now we need your votes – you can vote every day! Learn more about Beach Sand Sculptures and vote for us to win. Thanks – this could be a lot of fun! But we can’t do it without your vote!!!

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Family Vacation Tradition

SandCastle Lessons have become a Family Vacation Tradition

Creating a family vacations tradition offers benefits to last the whole year long. Studies show long after vacation ends, the special time created while on vacation can provide a sense of unity and balance when difficult family times present themselves. Traditions provide help individual family member understand themselves and other within the family, they also create continuity, closeness and appreciation for one another [source: Hill].

SandCastle Lessons a Family Vacation Tradition

What is a vacation tradition and how can a family create one? A family vacation tradition is an activity that the entire family participates in “together” while on vacation. Combinations of family units are seemingly endless but the goal is the same for each family – find an activity that everyone in the family will have fun doing all at the same time! The idea is simple, but frequently more difficult to obtain than one might think. The question might better be presented as, “Where can a family find a vacation tradition?”  Families can most certainly create their own family vacation traditions on their own, but in Destin, Florida and on the beaches of Scenic Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle an unexpected family vacation tradition has developed; SandCastle Lessons!

“When we started reading reviews describing SandCastle Lessons as ‘the best activity our family has ever done together’, we knew we were onto something VERY special,” said Capri Mungeam, Social Media and Marketing, for Beach Sand Sculptures. Families have had such a great experience their first or second year they have begun to incorporate SandCastle Lessons with Beach Sand Sculptures into their family vacation plans, thus creating a Family Vacation Tradition.

Your family is priceless – whether your family is small or large, begin today by planning a new Family Vacation Tradition on the beautiful white sugar sand beaches of Destin, Florida and Scenic Hwy 30A!

For more information on SandCastle Lessons

Read what others are saying about Beach Sand Sculptures on Tripadvisor in Destin and on 30A




Hill, Melinda. Ohio State University Fact Sheet; Family Traditions. http://ohioline.osu.edu/flm00/fs12.html

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The Work of Playing in Sand

Can playing in sand really be considered work?

Almost every morning, Rick Mungeam knows he is going to the beach – to play in the sand. That’s what he does; his work is playing in the sand!

Group Sandcastle Lessons in Destin

Small Group Sandcastle Lessons in Destin

As a professional sand sculptor Rick spends most of his days along the Emerald Coast teaching sandcastle lessons and creating larger multi-ton sand sculptures. Together with his wife, Capri, Rick operates Beach Sand Sculptures – A Professional Sand Sculpting Company. Fun and memory making is what this sandy duo are all about! When they provide a Corporate Team Build workshop, executives easily relax and sometime forget they are learning valuable team building skills. This couples’ dedication to delivering personalized service has earned a 5 star review ranking placing Beach Sand Sculptures’ SandCastle Lessons as one of the “Top 3 Activities” in Destin, Florida on Tripadvisor.

When you see Rick piling up a multi-ton sand sculpture it could be for a wide range of purposes. The marriage proposal and wedding sand sculptures he creates bring an element of romance to these special and personal events.  At the work of playing in sand, Rick always draws a crowd! This crowd drawing, performance art aspect of sand sculpting is often the desire of companies who have Rick “bring the beach” to their promotional events or festivals. And a finished sand sculpture has huge potential for marketing purposes. The average person today has a camera phone and people love to take pictures of sand sculptures. Through pictures shared on the internets’ social media communities the visibility of one company logo on an elegantly finished sand sculpture could truly be phenomenal! Sand sculptures intrigue the mind and captivate the soul. One photo, of Rick’s work playing in the sand, posted on Facebook has a reach of 179,000 people. Simply put – people love sand sculptures!

So don’t be surprised, that on any given day on the beautiful beaches of The Emerald Coast, you might run into Rick and Capri Mungeam, creating “wow” and “awe” inspiring Beach Sand Sculptures at work; playing in the sand! If you need some “WOW” created in your life or business contact Rick@BeachSandSculptures.com

We Remember

“We Remember”


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Group Activity in Destin and 30A

SandCastle Lessons are the answer for a large group activity

Large families and groups, including family reunions, sometimes struggle with finding a group activity everyone can participate in and enjoy. Additionally, larger groups, just as smaller groups, want an activity that is fun and memorable.

Beach Sand Sculptures has the answer for the large group activity dilemma for vacationers in Destin, Fl and along the South Walton beaches of 30A; SandCastle Lessons

Here’s what large groups have said about Beach Sand Sculptures’ SandCastle Lessons:

“They did a great job of teaching us the basics and we can now make sand castles for life. We had a mixture of little kids (6-12 years old), teenagers (14-18) and lots of adults. Everyone had a great time. It’s a great activity for a family reunion. “ AtlantaExplorer

“It’s a must do for all ages, especially adults! You’ll learn techniques you’ll use the rest of your life. Be the envy of the beach! We heard probably 10-15 grown-ups walking by saying we had the best sandcastle they’d ever seen!”  TexasJester

“We had 8 in our group ranging in age from 7 to 49. Even the teenagers will enjoy this awesome vacation memory!  . . .  this goes down as one of the best memories and fun experiences we have had on the beach here. We all said we would absolutely do it again next year . . .” Indiana Family

Tripadvisor reviewers have placed this unique group activity as the number 4 “thing to do” in Destin and along 30A. SandCastle Lessons are the ONLY private activity of the top 5 activities in Destin that can accommodate more than 6 people at a time.

When your family or large group takes a vacation to Destin, Florida schedule a SandCastle Lesson with Beach Sand Sculptures for a great activity that will be education, fun and very memorable! Oh and did I mention, when your group is finished they will have created a series of 3 ½ foot tall SandCastles that will be the envy of every beach-goer up and down the beach.  Photos of your masterpiece will be a treasured vacation momentoe for years!

For more information email us at Rick@BeachSandSculptures.com

Destin's Best Group Activity

Wedding Party Group Activity SandCastle Lesson

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