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
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
My kids are probably going to look back someday and know that they were raised by a true worry-wart. I am always offering up unsolicited safety advice to my kiddos, but being at the beach requires a little extra information. I always remind them what color their beach umbrella is and make sure that I have a unique and bright beach blanket for them to run back to. But hopefully, aside from being a worrier, they will also look back someday and remember that I was always willing
Last week I was sitting at Waverider's Coffee and Deli in Nags Head. I was waiting to meet a friend for lunch and I took a seat in one of the many sun-drenched seats by the window and scrolled through my Facebook feed. I mindlessly clicked on the “thumbs up” icon while friends shared photos of the waves in Hatteras or snapshots of their children’s handmade Valentine’s Day boxes. I love Facebook for these simple joys. I kept scrolling and I noticed a local man and business own
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
I’ve said it a thousand times, Saturdays are my favorite days here on the Outer Banks! I love to watch as the cars line up on the highway waiting to check-in to their "happy place” accommodations for the week. I adore seeing kids getting out of their cars at the Kitty Hawk Starbucks, still in their PJ’s because their parents carried them into the car in the middle of the night so that they could get to the beach extra early. I can remember those exact days when I vacationed
I've had a lot of questions around here lately after the launch of Outer Banks Mom on our local media outlet, the Outer Banks Voice. Lots of people have been asking me why I am writing over there now when I've been writing right here on my own site for years. Great question!
My hope with this partnership is simple. You see, when I was a first time mom, I was still living at home with my parents and working all of the odd jobs that I could find while I finished school. I wa
When we first started our list for the Outer Banks Mom Approved program, we knew that The Rundown Cafe would be at the top! This invitation only partnership requires that a restaurant be locally owned and lovingly cater to families! I can honestly remember when we first moved here and I received my first paycheck. I had asked my then co-worker, Ryan, if he could recommend a great place to eat in Kitty Hawk for my husband and our son. He quickly suggested The Rundown Cafe and
Outer Banks Mom Approved. I've been thinking about this for a while now but I've been a little bit selfish. See, I have eaten at just about every single restaurant on the Outer Banks. I've shopped at every single store and I've even bought goldfish at ALL of the fish distributors on this sandbar. Sidenote: I have goldfish that are going on a year old... so, I'm telling you... I have a lot of knowledge in the consumerism department when it comes to the Outer Banks! But I knew
When I first moved to the Outer Banks, I knew that I had arrived in paradise. I knew that it was a beautiful place geographically but I didn’t have any idea of the incredible beauty that was within the community. As the years have gone by, I have made incredible friends that have taught me lessons of love and the value of a community. The Outer Banks is home to some incredible people and I am blown away by the beautiful beach-mamas that I am fortunate to do life with here on
In honor of National Puppy Day, we are celebrating our sweet and wild puppy, Jetty! Our Labradoodle, Jetty is the king of catching surf and talking long walks but I was seriously struggling to get out and about with him when I was with our girls. It's so hard to push the jogging stroller and hold a leash and pick up the Sippy cup that Eloise throws every eleven seconds! Enter SportLeash! This leash was a game changer for me! With the hands-free design I am able to clip the le
If there is one awesome way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the little ones, it’s with Kindness Rocks! We are absolutely loving the Outer Banks Rocks idea and we have been painting rocks left and right. Penny decided that she wanted to use some St. Patty’s Day colors and paint rocks to hide around town. The idea of kindness rocks is spreading like wildfire! By painting rocks and hiding them within plain sight, people are reminded to be kind to one another when they see th
I might sound a bit like a broken record but when it comes to giving gifts, the Outer Banks is THE BEST place to shop! So with Valentine's Day on the horizon, I'm rounding up the best local gifts for the girl in your life. The best part is that you can shop right here on the beach!
1. Lovie's for your LOVIE!
I'm telling you, these ladies have changed my salon experience. They are ALL incredibly kind, talented and uplifting. On top of ALL of that, they're offering a kille
Here on the Outer Banks our kiddos are gifted with a full two weeks off of school for their Winter holiday break. Don't get me wrong, I really do love having the kids home for a long break and I really love getting to stay in cozy sweatpants a little bit longer each morning but with limited indoor activities here on the beach going stir-crazy is a given. Insert crafting. My little Penny is super creative and she honestly is happier and better behaved when she has a creative o
With limited shopping options on the beach we are rounding up the best local stores for Back to School shopping! Knowing that our weather really won't change enough for a full wardrobe swap for another two months, I don't always see a huge need for a major Back to School clothing haul like I did when we were still Northern people! But, between the growth spurts that these kids have had lately and the Summer filled with memories, their current clothes are looking pretty ragged