We found the cutest little smoothie stand in New Smyrna Beach. We picked the Beach Bum smoothie. One of my favorite parts of exploring with my kids is not the huge attractions, but discovering new spots and spending quality time with them. We couldn’t resist the bright colors and beachy music coming from this smoothie stand, and had a blast hanging out there!
Had so much fun adventuring with these two today! Scouting out destinations for family travel articles is such a fun job, but it’s also exhausting and sometimes stressful. I really pushed them to the limit today to fit everything in, and they went with it and had such a fun and go-with-the-flow attitude. Getting home and doing dinner and bed after they fell asleep in the car was a different story though...
Being a SAHM to boys...they’re never not racing, roughhousing, or vrooming their cars. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. As long as they leave me alone when I’m having coffee.
Not everyone has the funds to travel. Not everyone can get the time off of work. Not everyone can escape their responsibilities for even a week. But everyone can find a few hours to walk around their own town or city, or drive a few minutes to a nearby city, and explore through the eyes of tourists. I wrote a blog post about WHY I think everyone should be doing this, and how to have fun doing it! Link in bio!
This is one of my all-time favorite photos taken at one of my all-time favorite donut shops at one of my all-time favorite beaches. There are SO many cool spots in Flagler Beach, and I’m always surprised that not many people know about our little beach town. Sharing a family travel guide to Flager Beach on the blog (link in bio). The best hidden gem in Florida!
Me in this photo: living that beach life! Salty hair don’t care! Me as I’m posting this photo: hair in a ratty low ponytail looking like a founding father, hiding from my kids with my coffee and my phone so I can think clearly for 2 minutes. 😬
There was some serious sand castle building going on tonight. Naturally it got destroyed by our mighty warrior 1-year-old (see my IG stories), but at least we enjoyed the process. (P.S. 🎶 Sand castles in the sand... 🎶)
The best part about the days following your birthday are the extra bites of cake you sneak when the kids aren’t looking. Also, this is the best we could do for a post-church family photos. I had to bribe them with the afore-mentioned cake. 🎂
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 31st birthday than ditching the kids for drinks on the beach, then having everyone home and in bed by 8 p.m. Including the adults.
I’m closing in on my last hours of being a 30-year-old and I’m humbled by the blessings that God has showered me with this past year. Age isn’t something to be fearful of. Each year means more life lived, more experiences, more time with loved ones, more stories, more wisdom. 30 was a wild year- can’t wait to see what 31 has in store!
*Sigh.* We’ve reached that phase of toddlerhood where he just wants to roam free and thinks it’s a game to run away from me. He screams long and loud if I try to contain him. I think it’s best if we stay away from the library for awhile. Thank goodness for the great outdoors! And thank goodness he doesn’t run for the water at the beach! Fellow toddler moms...picture me giving you the hunger games salute.
On the lookout for whales! There have been some sightings in our area, so we thought we’d go check it out. No whales today, but we did enjoy the much-needed outside time!
Finally typed up a travel guide to Iguazu Falls, Brazil (ONLY 5 MONTHS LATER). So many incredible moments to share from this jaw-dropping destination. I think the one most important lesson I learned on this trip was to make up my mind to like an activity before I did it. It’s something I’m trying to apply to my everyday life, too. Anyway, link in bio. Grab a coffee and have a read!
I somehow got my husband to agree to watching the Harry Potter movies with me (you gotta start somewhere) Anyway, now I just wish I were in Diagon Alley sipping a butterbeer...
One last evening walk as our weeks of sweet family time come to an end. It’s back to school tomorrow for 2 of our 5, and back to routine for me and the boys. I’ll miss these two weeks of fun, lazy, and cozy Christmas break! (But not mad about a bit of structure either!)
My 5-year-old took this photo so if anyone needs like engagement shots or a wedding photographer she’s available.
Travel more in 2019! Did anyone else set this intention for the year? As a SAHM with a teacher husband, we actually have plenty of opportunity to travel, but saving money to do it is usually the biggest obstacle. Here are my best tips to budget and save for your dream vacation: Have a budget. For you Type B personalities out there like me, the Daily Budget app as worked much better than anything else I’ve tried. Create separate savings accounts for each of your travel goals. We use Capital One 360 because it’s free and it connects to our regular bank account. We set up automatic monthly transfers. Keep your goal forefront in your mind with post-it notes around the house, a family piggy bank for saving pennies for travel, and creating a Pinterest board specific to your trip. Make temporary sacrifices to put money toward that travel savings account. Give up cable. Cut your clothing budget in half for a few months. Take the money you were going to spend on date night and put it to your travel fund. Earn extra money. Sell old clothes, books, DVDs, and electronics. Babysit, house sit, or dog sit. Get a side hustle. Write a few freelance articles. Use a travel rewards credit card. I’m in the process of researching one for our family to use in 2019. (Just don’t spend more than you have. Use it as a debit card and pay it off each week or month). Make it a priority. If you’re not excited about and thinking about it and prioritizing it, then you won’t make the sacrifices and choices necessary to make travel happen. Check out the full blog post on this topic that I wrote - link in bio! Any ideas I’m missing? Share them below!
More of these moments in 2019, please! It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to live by the beach, and I don’t want to take it for granted. It can feel so difficult to get ourselves there and make sure the toddler doesn’t eat too much sand, but we all leave happier, tired, and at peace every time.