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November 16, 2019

I've put the skeletons back into the closet where they belong and the rest of our Halloween decorations have been put back into their storage bins, too. As I closed the door behind me I jokingly said, “its time to decorate for Christmas now!” My husband turned and gave me the same look the he has given me at this suggestion for the last 16 years. Truth is, I love Christmas and the beautiful season and if I prepare far ahead of the holiday rush, I find that I have more time to soak in and enjoy the true meaning of the season. 

When it comes to holiday gift giving, I struggle to buy the traditional filler items that are found on most bloggers trending lists. To be honest, consumerism during this time of year shatters my soul a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving gifts. I also like receiving gifts. However, buying gifts that are meaningless or offer a short-lived enjoyment just to have more things to unwrap just doesn’t fall in line with my holiday giving. I really try...

October 30, 2019

Happy Halloween y'all! I'm not big on pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin pie but if there's one thing I love, it's crafting and creating with our kids. We try to get a craft in each day because I've found that Penny (age 6) is actually happier and can control her emotions better when she has had a creative outlet. She's practically an exact copy of me so discovering this tidbit about her was easy for me to understand but the artsy kids are often misunderstood! 

Our little Eloise (age 2) is following right along in her sisters foot steps and wants to do everything "all by myself." This week, that included carving pumpkins! Instead of breaking out paint for her, I turned to temporary tattoos. We've recently found these super cute hand drawn tattoos and we've been using them for various crafts. Our favorite brand is INKED by Dani and you can snag your own here!

This craft is a must-try if you have a toddler in your life! It was truly so easy and kept Eloise entertained for a full hour and the...

October 28, 2019

There’s something about the Black Pelican Seafood Co. in Kitty Hawk that calls us through the heavy old door for our special occasions and as a meeting place for our family dinners. We’re quick to invite out of town family and friends to Black Pelican when we have Summertime visitors because it feels like a part of our family. 

But during the Summer we are so incredibly busy with work that even something as enjoyable as going out to dinner can feel stressful. During the Summer we’re always trying to squeeze in every last minute of work so when it comes down to the off-season we tend to make up for lost time and enjoy our local restaurants as often as possible. The Black Pelican makes it so easy with tons of off-season specials! 

You all have to see these specials to believe them! It just doesn’t get any better than the Black Pelican Locals Specials!

Monday- all the pizzas on the menu are only $8.99 - dine in only and no changes or substitutions. 

Friday nights- 12oz. prime rib with...

October 23, 2019

It’s been a while since I shared a Spanish Immersion update. Some of you may know that our (almost 7 year old) daughter, Penny attends school in Spanish. Every time I blog about her school I get the same questions, so I’m going to clarify a few things here. Her school day is the same as a traditional 1st graders. She arrives to school and learns all of the traditional subjects, but her teachers are speaking Spanish. She started Kindergarten in this way and she absolutely loves her teachers and her learning experience. This year her teachers are from Costa Rica and Colombia and while I don’t speak Spanish fluently, I have been able to help her with her Spanish so far with the knowledge that I have from high school and college classes. I know that those days are numbered though so I am focusing on sharing other pieces of Spanish culture with her. 

Since we had last Friday off, I planned to make a traditional Colombian recipe with her with our extra time. I checked in with her teacher...

October 19, 2019

If you’ve been following along since this time last year then you know that I am not much for New Years Resolutions. I resolve to make life changes in the Fall when I really feel like new routines are born. With the start of a fresh school year, new activities for our kids and getting back into the swing of routines after the Summer, I find it easier to create new goals and routines for myself. I still make New Years intentions but the true resolutions for me happen in the Fall.

This year we’re just a few months away from having a new baby in the mix so many of my resolutions involve baby preparation for our home by making small changes. Other resolutions involve time management and improving my sleeping habits. 

For our home, I’m trying to stick to a daily cleaning schedule so that when it’s time for sweet baby #4 to make his or her debut, my house doesn’t feel like it’s in total shambles as I leave for the hospital. Typically, Jason and I spend about 30-40 minutes each Friday evening c...

October 16, 2019

When it comes to giving back to our local community there are a few local restaurants that really lead the pack to help with fundraisers and community engagement. On the top of that list is the Outer Banks Brewing Station. When you take a look at their events calendar, you’re sure to see special events that benefit any number of community projects mixed in with their epic concert scene.  

This weekend you won't want to miss the Backyard Benefit at the Brewing Station. This brand new event is sure to benefit the tiniest Outer Banks residents and visitors as well as their parents! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been seriously missing the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum that closed last year. We loved visiting the museum and spending time there year round with our children, but for various reasons, it closed last year. Some amazing folks have put together a board for the upcoming Outer Banks Child Museum and they are working with the Dare Children and Youth Partnership to rais...

October 8, 2019

With over 20 direct messages on social media a week pertaining to seaglass, I figured it was time to work smarter and not harder! I try so hard to get to all of the direct messages with a real response and not just a generic reply but I get so excited about sharing my seaglass finding tips that I end up spending so much time replying to messages. 

Why? There is something so therapeutic to me about searching and finding seaglass. Sometimes it's a spiritual place for me. I stroll down the beach and talk to God. I do deep soul work and try to silence any worries or stress. I think this is when I am the most successful in finding seaglass because I let go of everything else. 

Other times, looking for seaglass is a connection for my kids and I. With three kids so spread apart in age, it's rare to find an activity that keeps them all interested. My girls absolutely love to search for seaglass and shells together and even as a teenager, Joey still lights up when he finds a piece that he can g...

September 6, 2019

You don’t need to be searching for signs of togetherness and community around here this week. It’s clear that the Outer Banks is tightly knit and neighbors are often more like family than anything else. For starters, I’ve seen amazing folks in Hatteras pitching in on relief efforts, running themselves ragged just to help a friend. I’ve witnessed dozens of folks helping one another with meal prep, pre-Hurricane shopping and even rides out of town. In Kitty Hawk, neighbors were trimming trees and taking in outdoor furniture with the help of family and cars are being temporarily parked on dry land owned by out of town-ers. The SPCA is empty and all of those sweet animals have cozy foster homes, at least through the storms. It’s been a beautiful thing to witness. But, we’re not the only ones who are witnessing this village mentality. Our kids are watching too and I loved watching the smallest of the Outer Bankers share in the work before the storm because of the amazing examples that they...

August 12, 2019

When you think of a brewery, you might not automatically think of a child friendly atmosphere. While brewery tours and innovative brewing may not interest your little ones, the wind turbine that powers the Outer Banks Brewing Station is going to fascinate them. We’re huge fans of the Outer Banks Brewing Station and time after time, we have had incredible dining experiences at the Brewing Station with our entire family.

 
The Outer Banks Brewing Station is the first wind-powered brewery in the United States and it sits right here in Kill Devil Hills. With a maximum designed windspeed of 135mph, the wind turbine that stands in the backyard powers the brewery and it’s such a sight to see. The backyard of the Brewing Station also boasts a pirate ship playhouse complete with slides and kids corn hole boards.

With room to run around, our kids are entertained and my husband and I can actually have an adult conversation while we wait for our food and enjoy one of the outstanding local brews. It...

August 6, 2019

It’s been kind of quiet around the Outer Banks Mom blog lately. The quietness is partially because it’s “busy season” around here. As a business owner, I hit the ground running on Memorial Day and I haven’t taken a break since. Add in 3 kids who are all off of school for the summer and you’re basically looking at two full time jobs. 

One thing that my husband and I always promise each other at the beginning of each summer is that no matter how hectic the workload gets, we will always make time for date night. One of our best date nights to date was heading out on the brand new sailboat, Surfer Girl, out of Duck. We headed over to NorBanks Sailing & Watersports for the 2 hour sunset cruise for a group date with great friends.

When we arrived we met the owner of the boat, Hardy, and Captain Billy who greeted us and gave us all of the safety details that we needed for a great experience. We were permitted to bring our own snacks and libations so with a packed cooler, we hopped on a small B...

August 2, 2019

When you live on the Outer Banks, your home often looks like a small hotel during the summer months. Our door is constantly opening to visitors, overnight guests and week long family members who come to enjoy some time at the beach. While we love having company, it can sometimes feel a little bit daunting to cook and feed extra people during our busiest season.

Earlier this month we had our sweet nephews and my sister and brother in law in town to celebrate the multiple Summer birthdays in our family. We had the best long weekend with them and on their final night we decided to head out for a boat ride. Just minutes before we were set to leave the house our boat reservation was canceled due to a pending storm, so we were back to square one for an evening activity.

We decided that since we were celebrating birthdays, we would enjoy a nice dinner out. Of course, with more children than adults in a group, finding a restaurant for a celebration can be tough. It was a Saturday night on t...

July 15, 2019

THE JULY REPORT

Check out our insider scoop on what's going on 

here on The Outer Banks in July!

You won't want to miss any of these hot

NEW events, businesses and experiences! 

Go ahead and add them all to your OBX Bucket List!

HEALTH

Yoga on the Green

The Town of Duck offers free yoga classes on Tuesday mornings on the Duck town green. Sponsored by Village Realty, you’ll love the all-levels yoga class offered by Village Yoga. Great for beginners or the most experienced yogi, this class is held outdoors and the vibe is awesome! I suggest arriving early because these classes are always a huge hit! Bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and a water. Yoga begins at 7:15am! 

EVENT

Currituck Cornhole Tournament

Do you like free vacations? Do you have mad cornhole skills? Well look no further! Currituck County offers a weekly cornhole tournament on Wednesdays at the Whalehead Club. Limited to 16 teams per week, the tournament offers awesome prizes each week with all weekly winners being added to an end o...

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