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
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
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
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
That would be an epic children's book series, right? Ballerina Penny Saves the Sea Turtles.
While she was merely a "helper" today at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Penny sure felt like a super hero as she dropped off donations to the AMAZING staff at the aquarium. They are working day and night to help rehabilitate the 360+ sea turtles that have washed ashore on the Outer Banks. These beauties are cold stunned and are washing up on the beaches and over 80 of
Goodness, this has been on my list of dreams since we moved to this beautiful little sandbar, five years ago! That's truly when my love for being a beach mom began. Much like many Outer Banks visitors, this was my dream location to raise a family. On the Outer Banks, I feel closer to God. My soul can be silent and I can find rest while I run along the sandy beaches. After visiting the Outer Banks over 40 times in 20 years, I was hooked and couldn't think of any other place th