THE JUNE REPORT Check out our insider scoop on what's going on here on The Outer Banks in JUNE! 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 Sea Core is the best new workout on the beach. Angelique was the first to bring the Pilates Reformer to the beach and her expertise is unmatched. She is also offering multiple barre classes that will leave your legs and hiney feeling beach ready!
Saturday’s on the Outer Banks are my favorite. Not because they are typically filled with family and friends or because I have a little more time “off” than the other days of the week, though those reasons are great in their own right! But because OBX Saturday’s are CHECK IN DAY!
That means that 120,000+ people are coming to our beaches for a week of hard earned relaxation and priceless memories. I love people watching on the beach as families park their cars because they’re
When you live where people vacation, it’s hard to break away and actually take a vacation for yourself. We are so blessed to have beautiful beaches, warm waves and an abundance of sunshine to enjoy each and every day. But like any place, your day to day life seems to take over and the stress builds up and taking a vacation from vacationland is so needed. Here on the Outer Banks we have beaches to the North that are absolutely breathtaking and beaches to the South that make yo
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
We’re celebrating the incredible Mom’s here on the Outer Banks and day two of our Outer Banks Mom Spotlight series is shining on the beautiful and incredibly intelligent Cori Riddle! The Outer Banks community was fortunate enough to have Cori make Southern Shores her home in 1998 and over the past 20 years she has truly blessed this community with her big heart and willingness to help others! When her youngest was still just a toddler she served on the board for the Dare Coun
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
Happy Weekend, Mamas! And a fun weekend it is ahead with Cinco de Mayo and sunshine in the forecast! This is the perfect low-cal treat from Dasani Sparkling Water!
If you're like me and love a good margarita but hate the sugar that they are filled with, this margarita is for you and it's sure to be a hit at your Cinco de Mayo celebration! First things first, if you like salt on your margs then start with pouring salt on a flat surface and wetting the rim of your glass with
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
If you're anything like me you are grateful for this February sunshine that we have had here on the Outer Banks. It has felt so amazing to feel the sun warm my skin after a few months of frigid temps! But these warm days are also the reason why I am reaching for the sunscreen and with tiny humans I'm pretty selective on which brand we slather them down with! Being a beach mom, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is about sun safety and with new sunscreens hitting
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
True to form, the National Hurricane Center starts naming storms and I start cleaning my house. So naturally when Hurricane Irma started looming weeks ago I cleaned the toilets and scrubbed the showers. I went through the pantry and the coat closet. I’ve even put two large baskets aside for our local Hotline thrift store. Considering I live most of my days in a house that is in complete disarray with messes made by the tiny gang of humans that I made myself, I don’t know what
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
Heavens, I learned a lot during our home renovation. A lot. One of the life lessons that I learned during this process was a little surprising for a home reno, but I'll take it! Throughout our process we had tons of open space (removing walls does that) and since we didn't have any furniture yet, there was tons of space for dance parties! Penny was on the brink of her first big dance recital so we blasted "Whats New at the Zoo" and danced to our hearts content, not caring if
We've had a heck of a time keeping this a secret in a small town but now that we are officially and legally allowed to talk about it, we couldn't be more excited! We're going to be on HGTV! Since February (yep, 4 solid months!) we have been filming with the most amazing crew of videographers, audio techs, directors, production assistants and producers that you could ever dream of. It's been a total blast! I truly can't say enough about the incredible folks who we were lucky e
It's been a week. So incredibly hard to believe but, it's been a week. Our sweet golden-doodle was only 6 years old but heaven called him home. Buddha Love went from the worlds happiest and funniest dog, running big circles around our yard to being lethargic and refusing to eat overnight. Two days later, he began to stand like a bulldog with his chest high and his front legs pulling to the side. A visit to the vet on Monday morning revealed fluid around his lungs and heart an
I've had an epic week. No, we have had an epic week. Jason and I have recently embarked on the crazy, wild and wonderful experience of renovating our home. We have always wanted a fixer upper and talked about how we would do things. Then, just as we were about to begin our renovations, something happened that has forced us to really evaluate every second of this reno! So while I had planned to give a play by play here on the blog of our renovation experiences as they happen,
We hit 65 degrees here yesterday and it was pure bliss. I had an incredible beach walk to clear my head and an amazing morning with my sweet family for brunch and celebrated a sweet little friend's birthday.
It was the perfect Outer Banks day, the kind of day that makes most annual Outer Banks visitors ready to start their vacation plans! This little sandbar isn't just an annual vacation destination. It's a second home to so many people and I truly believe that there is ma