Winter beach days

I have been living on the emerald coast for nearly five years now. The first winter we were here it was FREEZING. Literally freezing. At one point, they blocked off all the bridges and let kids sled down them. Although there was no snow, there was plenty of ice. Since then, our winters have been very moderate, with only a handful of cold days. But a majority of the time the weather is nice enough to still enjoy our beautiful beaches. 12-IMG_035010-IMG_0343

 

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My favorite winter beach attire is a neutral and flowy maxi with a light cardi or jean jacket.  To shop these looks:

Sadie’s:

Favorite neutral maxi dresses can be found here, here, and here

Favorite denim jackets can be found here and here

Aspen’s: similar jumpsuit here// cardi // bow

 

*As always, a special thanks to those who help me photograph my blogging images. Most posts are a always taken on my camera. If the images are of me, they are taken by either Shelby Hood or my husband. Thanks for being troopers, guys*

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AXIS

I walked into Axis Wellness Center nearly four years ago, after a long beach run with one of my friends. My husband had gone there for lunch one day with his coworkers and recommended it to me. Since then, the owners, Chad and Lisa, have become like family to us.

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AXIS Wellness Center is located in Fort Walton Beach. They provide protein shakes, teas, and more. It also has the most relxing, friendly vibe, which makes it hard to walk away disatisfied. The owners, Chad and Lisa, treat everyone like friends, and they always welcome the kids.

Aspen and I love to meet up with Scott during our lunch breaks to catch up mid day, hang out with good company, and to drink a Nutter Butter (#14) shake. They also always make a complimentary mini shake with half the protein for Aspen, which as you can see, she loves!

I could not recommend this place more to those living in the Fort Walton area. It’s a perfect place to learn more about nutrition, get fitness assessments done, take zumba classes, and to sign up for fit camps.

With the Holidays approaching, and the New Year on the horizon, AXIS is a great way to help stay on track, or to gain the tools and motivation to get on track.

** Bonus: First shake is free! **

Follow AXIS on Facebook to learn more.

The Beach House

When my mom confirmed she was going to be visiting us, I made sure to reserve a night at our newest resturant for a girls night. Conveniently, one of my greatest Florida friends had texted me as we were leaving if we wanted to go out for dinner. I quickly invited her to join us, and for the next few hours we laughed, ate delicious food, and drank coctails while listening to the waves hitting the shore. 1-IMG_97084-IMG_97175-IMG_97216-IMG_97253-IMG_97162-IMG_9709

It is hard to get he same experience as tourists when you live in a travel destination town. I mean, although we go to the beach bi-weekly, we rarely get to truly experience the natural scerenity this place offers to the anual visitors. But when we have company in town, we try very hard to give them that experience.

I first heard about this new resort and resturant by a YMCA member (btw- I also work at the Y). After hearing about the menu, I immediately decided it would be on our itinerary while my mom was here on her visit. And let’s just say, it did not disapoint. Between the three of us, we spit a fried fish appetizer, a salad, pasta primavera, and a caremel cheesecake. My mom and I also ordered a mojito and a whisky based coctail that was to die for.

All in all, between the views, the breeze, the food, and the drinks, we had a wonderful time and I could not reccomend this place more.

For more details, visit here

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Holland Farms with our besties

 

Last year the Nichols girls and the Beck girls started an annual tradition of going to Holland Farm’s corn maze/pumpkin patch. This year the girls were old enough to appreciate it a bit more than they did last year. Here are some pictures of our day:

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And some cell phone pictures Morgan took:

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Sadie, Aspen, and Tatum all in their natural habitat!

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Holland Farm is the sweetest little fall retreat tucked away in Milton, Florida. If it wasn’t for that Florida heat and humidity, you would swear you were somewhere in the North East with the festive autumn activities. There is a pumpkin patch, corn maze, kids train ride, hay ride, corn kernel sensory box, play ground, animal petting area, picnic area, zipline, and more. It’s a great place to take the kids to celebrate the season and get you out of the house.


The Nichols girls (Morgan and Tatum) joined us for the second year in a row to the farm. Tatum is Aspen’s best little buddy, and Moragn is one of my closest friends. It’s always nice when we’re able to set aside work, appointments, and routines to take the girls out to do something fun while we catch up. The girls also have so much fun playing together. Tatum and Aspen are the only two girls that could put up with eachother. They are rough and tough little nuggets! We are so blessed to have these two in our lives!

 

 

 

 

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My favorite coffee shop and the drink I order

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Hey there friends, I’m back (again)!

Today I wanted to share my favorite coffee shop in the gulf breeze – Fort Walton Beach area and the drink I favor getting there.

Bishops coffee is located in Mary Esther, Florida. It is a small, minimalistic coffee shop that serves beverages that could compare to those in big cities like San Francisco or Seattle. At any other coffee shop I would stick to a regular latte or cappuccino, and occasionally a chai latte, but at Bishops I prefer to order a London Fog. London Fogs are an earl grey tea based latte, but I honestly wouldnt suggest getting one at Starbucks. Typically they’re a bit bland, but the baristas at Bishops have transformed these boring and bland (but “cool”) beverages into an incredibly sweet and florally latte.

I could not reccoment this little shop enough. Everything I have ever had from there is delightfully tasteful, and has a simple laid back atmosphere. The only downside to Bishops is there is no drive through for convenience. But beyond that, if you’re looking for a nice little place to sip on some coffee or tea and read a book, or catch up with a friend, Bishops is the place to be.

 

Pants: H&M // Blouse: Forever21 (sold out), similar Anthropoligie // Shoes: Charolette Russe // Bag: Steve Madden (sold out), similar DSW

 

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