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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 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...

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 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...

June 26, 2019

When we started the Outer Banks Mom Approved program, the goal was to simply create a little black book of local restaurants that make dining out with children a little bit easier. The places on our list are our go-to’s when we’re taking the family out for a meal so when it came to Two Roads Tavern in Kill Devil Hills, we knew we needed to include them on the list! 

We love Two Roads for so many reasons! First of all, the local owners are great people with kids of their own and you can clearly see that they paid close attention to the details that make it a great place for families. Two Roads probably has the most reasonably priced kids meals on the beach and they offer healthy options and side dishes that make all of our kids happy! One of the things that always stands out is that even our pickiest eater, who currently exists solely off of hot dogs, leaves happy! Our kids love that their side dishes are some of their favorite options like raw carrots or green beans. Tiny Lulu gets a li...

June 3, 2019

One of our family’s favorite breakfast spots is Barrier Island Bagels in the Southern Shores Marketplace. They were easily added to our Outer Banks Mom Approved list because of the way that they pay special attention to children, offer healthy and delicious options and because they are locally owned! Our kids always look forward to a special weekend trip to B.I.B!

I could go on and on about their amazing bagels and smoothies. I could tell you that our kids crave the açaí bowls and smoothies on a daily basis because they are so delicious and fresh. Barrier Island Bagels is locally famous for bagels like "The Hangover Cure" featuring double bacon, double egg and double cheddar and for their homemade chicken salad. But for a picky eater like me, they always get my customized order just right.

However, I recently found out that they offer an amazing Homeowners Program for folks who rent out their beach houses here on the Outer Banks and I am so impressed by this great idea. When I spoke to A...

April 24, 2019

As the calendar inches closer to Summer it has me so motivated to keep working out and eating healthy so that I can feel good about going into beach season here on the Outer Banks. I feel so lucky to live here because running around outside with the kids is a part of my daily routine. Between chasing kiddos, long beach walks and morning Mommy & Me workouts, staying active seems to be an easy thing for me. But one thing that I have always struggled with is feeding myself! 

That’s actually something that I’m pretty embarrassed to admit because as a mom, I work hard to make sure that my kids have healthy meals and snacks so the idea of eating when they are eating seems pretty simple. Yet daily, I am failing myself in the nutrition department. Typically by 8:30am I have 2 kids in school and my youngest and I are back at home and I’m prepping her breakfast. I start with fruit and then add an egg or turkey and almond milk. Eloise is ready to take on the day. I’m usually reheating my coffee fo...

April 8, 2019

Last week Penny brought home a special report. All year, she has been hoping to earn a special award from her teachers and the look on her face when she got to tell me that she finally received this special report was so sweet. Penny was thrilled that her teachers had recognized her for being a helpful friend and she was proud to hang her award in our craft corner. 

Of course, we were so proud of her too! We do our best to give our kids one on one time whenever possible. So I told her to pick a place to eat and we would go out on a special Mother-Daughter date to celebrate her award. One on one time is something that Penny especially loves and often requests so this was the perfect treat for our girl! She was quick to choose the Rundown Cafe in Kitty Hawk! Her big brother confirmed her pick, "good choice, it's fried chicken night!" Penny immediately asked Joey if he wanted to join us on our dinner date! I was equal parts surprised and thrilled that she asked Joey to join us....

March 26, 2019

One of my favorite things about Black Pelican Seafood in Kitty Hawk, second only to the amazing food, is the atmosphere. Black Pelican has so many awesome ghost stories entwined into the walls of the restaurant and the history in the photographs that adorn the walls is incredible. As a matter of fact, the building was originally the Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station. As if that wasn't enough history to make the building interesting, it's also thought to have been the scene of a murder in the late 1800's. 

I've mentioned before that Black Pelican has always been a place that we visit for special occasions. Jason and I have celebrated anniversaries, birthdays and even our children's Christenings here. We love that these walls don't just hold the history of the Outer Banks, but also the history of our family. 

Make no mistake, we don't put Black Pelican in a category of special occasions and forget about it the rest of the year. We keep this historical place in our regular rotation of favo...

March 15, 2019

Foodies unite, the 2019 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach weekend is almost here!

My family and I are pretty excited for this year’s Taste of the Beach lineup! Have you ever attended this epic week of food and fun on the Outer Banks? Every event on the schedule sounds amazing and we’re so excited to kick it all off on March 29 at 5 p.m. at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.

Live music from Jeremy Russell will start things off, followed by the movie, “Ratatouille,” under the stars. Be sure to bring a beach chair to relax on the lawn!

This family-friendly event is a great way to incorporate the kids into Taste of the Beach festivities. We’re planning to grab dinner from one of the local businesses that will be serving up some specialties before enjoying the outdoor movie with the kiddos.

Most of all, I love that this event is largely focused on providing for the Beach Food Pantry. Admission is FREE with the donation of a canned good. Some of our favorite restaurants will be there and w...

February 13, 2019

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 owner had checked in to a locally owned restaurant. He took it upon himself to leave a heartless and crude review of the business and said that he would not be going back. My heart flip-flopped. I was surprised that someone who has built his own livelihood by word of mouth and self promotion on Facebook would knowingly knock another business. The folks that own this restaurant are truly some of the kindest people. They are a young family and their restaurant has always served our family so well. We dine in, we grab tak...

January 6, 2019

We had the best birthday celebration for our sweet Lulu! Our tiny girl is officially 2! Seemingly overnight her hair doubled in length and she started putting words together. She loves to say things like, “Me too” and “I’m ready!” Her birthday is December 30th so it always seems near impossible to put a real party together because of the busyness of the holidays. Penny has been hyping up the whole “birthday” idea this year and she has been teaching Lulu how to blow out candles for weeks. Thus, she was pretty excited about her birthday this year so I wanted to make sure she knew it was her special day and that is was different from Christmas. 

There are two things that make our Lulu girl happy. She loves horses and pizza. So naturally, her birthday needed to include both! The Outer Banks is a special place. Within minutes of posting on my personal Facebook account that we were looking for some horses to meet we had the sweetest offer from another local mama to meet some of the rehabilita...

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