We’re big on books around here. There’s magic in the escape that a good book provides and transporting to the setting with our kids is one of my favorite things to do. We read to our kids as often as possible and the book shelves are often overflowing. Now that Penny is in kindergarten she is so proud to be bringing home new books each week from her school library and sharing new stories with us. But recently at bedtime she has been asking me to tell her my own stories, stori
October is finally here! I know I’m not alone when I say that I’m always relieved when my workload lightens up a little bit after a busy Summer. After working so much over our peak tourism months, I am really trying to be intentional with the extra time that the off-season provides me. Not to mention, keeping busy during these next few months makes the transition between our busy season and our off-season a bit easier for me and for my family. Ever since high school, I’ve bee
If you happened to catch our Community Contributor Post from THE Kellie Flock over a year ago, then you know that the beach is an amazing place for the growth and development of a child. At any age, the shore provides "auditory, vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile stimulation like no other,” as Kellie puts it! But, with all of that goodness there is tons of room for fear and anxiety and hopefully a little curiosity too! I know that my own children have had moments where
Distant thunderstorms late last night and the steady light-rain means that our family all slept great last night and we're up early and heading out to the 11th annual KidFest on Roanoke Island this morning. This is one of our favorite activities so if you're looking for something awesome to do this morning, make sure to head down to Festival Park and enjoy this FREE event with us, put on by the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County.
Yesterday I overheard a conversati
It's no secret that most of my favorite Outer Banks events involve food but with so many incredible local restaurants, that's easy to understand! We especially love Taste of the Beach because we get to enjoy our favorite restaurants and taste some things that aren't usually on their menus! Since we usually roll with 3 kiddos, we are always so excited when events are kid friendly! In the years past we have hired a babysitter so that we can attend some of the events but this ye
When we originally booked our trip to Disney World we thought we would need 3 days to see everything so we booked a long weekend. We really did have the BEST day ever in Disney's Magic Kingdom. You can read a little bit about that trip and our shoestring Disney budget a post back.
We just realized that after the park experience and after Disney Springs, we just had enough of the commercial world and we were really craving our tranquil life by the sea. On a whim, we decided t
We're one week (and change) into the New Year! A full week! 1/52nd of the way through 2018! If that doesn't shock you and show you just how fast time flies then I don't know what will.
I'm still over here trying to set my goals for 2018.
Business goals and weight and cardio training... yep sure! I'm there with all of you... I've set goals on how to deep clean my house top to bottom in 14 days... Goals on the exact number of times that I can get the entire family to chu
School is officially closed tomorrow and we haven't even seen a snow flurry yet! Oh my heavens do I looooove the south! I'm telling ya, this is the way to live! :)
Not only have I noticed many fellow Outer Banks mamas posting about our pending snow storm this week but I have talked to dozens of clients this week who have said to me, "Oh no! What do you do at the beach when it snows?"
So of course, I am thinking the exact same thing here! What in the world can we do with
When my husband and I first moved here we found the cutest little 3 bedroom house. It was an adorable blue single family on a one way street and of course, it was close to the right school. We loved the space, had plenty of storage and at 1200 square feet we felt like we had more than enough room for our family of three. Then we had Penelope. Somehow within the first year of her life we felt like that house was closing in on us. With the addition of one more child in the hous
I don’t know about you guys but I have been in the mood to break out my Christmas decor since we walked in the door from Trick or Treating on Halloween. I’m just ready! Usually I don’t even think about Christmas decorations until Thanksgiving passes but I am seeing so many more friends and family members decorating early this year so I know I'm not alone in this! I’m feeling like maybe it’s the current state of the universe that has made us all so ready for the joy that the h
Our kiddos are so incredibly lucky to have SIX amazing grandparents. We have always tried our best to teach our kids to be good gift givers. We don't want to just put their name on the gift that we pick out for our parents, we want them to be a big part of the gift if their name is on the tag. With six grandparents, that can get pricey! Early on in Joey's life we started our handmade gift collection and more often than not, it's the gift that gets the biggest reaction each ye
Mom Time... Mom Guilt... same thing, right? But why? This is something I truly struggle with and probably not for the reason that you would expect. I struggle with this concept of Mom Guilt because I just don't feel it. I also don't agree with it. Probably because I seriously have the greatest husband ever who has never once made me feel it... But, I've started talking to other moms about it and I hear so many of the same reasons for the Mom Guilt. "My husband worked all day,
Ever since our HGTV film crew pulled out of the driveway in June, Jason and I have been reminiscing and talking about how much fun we have had. The experience was so rewarding and so much fun to do together! But ever since we have been able to publicly talk about this experience, we have been flooded with well-meaning questions about our experience and they are all the same. So with just one day to go until our episode airs, we've decided to answer a few questions here! Our t