We just got back from our trip to Jacksonville late Monday. We had so much fun visiting my family there. As my grandparents get older, it is more and more important for me to go often and I have tried to do a better job of that. It is a long road trip with our little ones, but it is more than worth it! I got to do a little Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shopping whole there, and I can’t wait to show you a couple of things I got in the store!
After asking what you guys wanted to see on the blog, several of you said you wanted to see some July 4th fashion (which I have put under my Shop tab for you to easily shop) and my beach bag essentials. I loved asking what you wanted to see because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to post with it being a holiday weekend. I know any of you are traveling and taking time off, so thank you for stopping by here in the meantime!
We just got back from the beach a couple of days ago, and since we’ve been back, all I can think about it our next beach trip in a couple of weeks! It’s a sickness, really, but I am drawn to the ocean. If we could live in Florida, we would be there in a heartbeat. It’s so peaceful and fun and relaxing and makes me so happy. I think it’s safe to say that it has rubbed off on Sophie, too. She wasn’t really sure about the sand at first but after about two seconds, she was running wild! I love her free spirit.
So, my beach bag essentials are simple, really. I don’t like to overcomplicate things and I honestly try to pack as light as possible for myself because I have to make room for sippy cups and diapers, these days. So, here are my essentials:
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my insta-stories from our vacation! We had such a fun time with Ryan’s family down in Panama City, Florida! We stayed in the cutest pink beach house that was one block from the ocean! It was perfection. After watching the tropical storm roll in throughout the week, we were a little nervous about how much sun we would actually see, but it turned out to be a gorgeous weekend!
Ahh Spring break…how quickly you came and left us. I must admit that it was a crazy start, but it ended so sweet. We went to Jacksonville after the kids recovered from the stomach virus and let me tell you, it was long overdo! I had not seen my grandfather since last May and he had not met Weston. We also got to meet my cousins baby who was born two months before Weston, so those were special moments.
Last week we took our family of four (and a half) to Destin, Florida with some of our best friends and their little girl! It was so bittersweet taking one last family beach trip as a family of four. With me being 28 (almost 29) weeks pregnant, I doubt we will be doing a lot more traveling this year. We had so much fun, but I will say, when beaching it with kids, it is definitely more of a trip than a vacation. Camp decided he didn’t like the sand and water this year, while Sophie wouldn’t quit eating the sand. So, you know. Early naps and lots of snacks got us through the days.
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Hampton is starting a Mother’s Morning Out program in 3 weeks, so we are about to be thrown into all of the back-to-school hoopla for the first time. We are excited and I am feeling all of the emotions. But, first, we are going on one last summer vacation to the beach with some good friends of ours! We are beyond excited. Sophie has only been to the beach a couple of times for little day trips at my grandmother’s house, so I am excited to let her explore a little bit more. I think this is the first time we are going on an actual beach trip as a family of four, so we are thrilled to make new memories. One thing I have already been planning and packing is our beach bag. With two little ones, you can never be too prepared. I like to have all my bases covered when it comes to our beach bag essentials and be ready for every possible scenario – sunburn, sickness, irritated eyes, etc.
This Memorial Day weekend was a special one! We spent the entire long weekend (and then some, because we are still here) with my grandparents and family in Florida. We have been here for 5 days and are going to be sad to go back home tomorrow. I could get used to going to the beach and pool every day! We were able to spend Memorial Day with our favorite Navy vet – my grandfather which was special. He told us old Navy stories and we ate tons of great food and laughed – a lot.
It’s no secret around here how much I love rompers and jumpsuits and how much I love wearing Lilly Pulitzer. My hubby was so sweet and surprised me with this jumpsuit as an early Mother’s Day gift so that I could bring it with us to the beach! It was perfect and is so comfortable! It was great to have at the beach for the cooler night and the cold restaurants. I definitely got my Summer Lovin’ on this past weekend with our little beach getaway and everything about it was perfect.
Hello! Did you know today is “Be Late For Something Day?” Finally a holiday I can get into! haha I am rarely on time for anything these days which is funny because being late used to be a huge pet peeve of mine. It’s funny how having a baby changes things.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! Our Labor Day Weekend was filled with food and family. We traveled to Jacksonville, Florida where my grandparents live and we stayed for almost a week. We enjoyed the beach a couple of days, caught a few of the labor day sales and ate tons of food. I seriously feel like I’ve gained 10 pounds. Not really, but we ate a lot.
|No pants and flip flops – a true beach bum! 😉|
We watched lots of football and I am excited to say that I am winning my fantasy league after the first week. And no, Ryan did not help me at all. I just have a gut feeling about these things. Or I choose based on team colors…either way. 😉
|In front of Me Me’s famous pink doors!|
I loved taking Hampton to the beach one last time this year. He loves the sand and he is warming up to the waves. It had so much fun and was in the best little mood. It made for a really great week.
What did you do over the holiday weekend?
Ryan and I are planning a family beach trip in the next couple of weeks. We are so excited to take Hampton to the beach for the first time! He already loves to be outside and play in all things dirty, so I have a feeling he will love the sand. When planning a beach trip, I always like to pack my beach bag full of everything I will need on the beach so that I don’t have to worry about doing that once I get there. Here is a look at what’s in my beach bag:
Kindle or Book…usually both
Baby Lips lip balm
White lace shorts: Choies here
Sunglasses: Target here
Blue Ruffle Bikini: Choies here
Tank: H&M here
Hat: Choies here
Small Bag or Make-up Bag for my cell and other small items
Flip Flops: Old Navy here
Water and a healthy snack
Make-up remover wipes
There you have it! What’s in your beach bag?