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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Thanksgiving outfit Part 3

As promised, park three to our Thanksgiving outfit ideas is here. The purpose of this series was to prove that you don’t have to necessarily go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe for the holidays. You can recreate very similar looks with items you already have in your closet. And if you do not have anything in your closet that can be worked into these basic outfit ideas, I have linked very afforable and convenient shops to shop from. Two of my most reliable last minute clothing stores is always Old Navy, Target, and Charolette Ruse because of how afforable and near by they are. Have fun shopping my Thanksgiving Feast looks!

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O U T F I T   D E T A I L S

Sadie’s first outfit: Sweater // skirt sold out, similar here // heels, similar here // pearls // glasses

Sadie’s Second outfit: Sweater // Denim // boots // pearls // glasses

Aspen’s Outfit: dress sold out, similar here // mocs // bow


 

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reorganizing + nick-nacks

Lately I have found myself intrigued with the idea of simplistic living, and because of it I have began a week long process of de-cluttering and re-organizing my home and life. The first on my list? My desk.

Why? Because this is where the most cluttered parts of my life stem from. My desk drawer was an absolute nightmare. It was filled with random papers, recipts, old checks, to-do lists from over a year ago, chords to electronics that I have apparently lost, and a clutter of batteries. It’s honestly emberassing how disasterous it was. But after an hour or two of going through each and every item in that drawer, it now has a whole new (and neat) look. Next on my list is to get actual drawer organizers so I can put everything in a specific and purposeful place. I can’t wait to show you all pictures of it when I am done.

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But, because I am a thrifty shop-aholic (I get it from my mom), I can’t just walk out ot TJ Maxx without a few goodies. While trying to stay consistent with my more organized lifetsyle, I decided to pick up more intentional pieces, such as: a journal to write out my thoughts, a list to write out my daily to-do’s where I can see them in plain sight, a cute little “mom boss” name plate to keep me motivated, and some delicious coconut cookies (Aspen approved).

Next on my organizational list is all of our closets, and then my coffee bar. And hopefully soon I will have a pretty, white toy organizer for Aspen’s books and toys. Decluttering is something I try to do at least once a year, but I have a difficult time maintaining it. If you have any tips and tricks with keeping an organized home while raising a toddler, please comment and let me know!

Nana visits part 1. + Halloween recap

 

So, my mom is in town.

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My mom arrived from Arizona last Saturday evening. It’s been far too long since her last visit. Actually, I believe I was still pregnant during her last trip here. So, it’s been a while. My mom and I are also best friends, so going more than a few months without seeing her nearly kills me. Our last girls trip together was over six months ago, which is far too long for me. Anyway, she’s here, and I couldn’t be happier. And neither could Aspen! So far, we have gone to Boo at the Zoo, pumpkin patch, out to local eateries, parks, and of course, the beach. It’s kind of ironic how I am obsessed with mountain landscapes, but live in Florida, and how my mom is obsessed with the coastal lines, but lives in Arizona.

We still have plans to go out for champagne at one of the waterfront resorts, and to walk some nature trails befrore she heads home in a few more days.


 

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Halloween was a blast with this little one. We spent the day running errands, and got home right in time to cook up a delicious stuffed “jack-o-lantern” for dinner (link here). Afterwards I tried to get a few cute shots of her in her halloween dress, but as you can see, that did not go as well as I had hoped. This kid wanted nothing to do with taking pictures. And by the time I finally got her to hold still, she decided it was the perfect time to poop!

After these pictures were taken, we dressed Aspen up in her Mickey Mouse costume and put pillows and blankets in her wagon, as well as her candy bucket. The rest of the night, she lounged comfortably in her wagon, saying “trick or treat!” or “more nana?” while my mom hand fed her m&ms. It was a hilarious sight and perfectly describes my daughter.

I can’t wait to see how we celebrate next year!

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Sundays at the park

Sunday is my favorite day of the week. Aspen and I start our day with an early morning at the church nursery, playing with all the littles while their mamas and dadas learn more about the gospel. Afterwards, we always go and get dunkin donuts to go, and take a good long afternoon nap. While A naps, Scott and I either catch up on laundry and yard work, or lay down on the couch while watching TV. Afterwards, we try to spend some time outside until dinner time. 5-IMG_95246-IMG_95267-IMG_95322-IMG_952110-IMG_95464-IMG_95233-IMG_95228-IMG_95359-IMG_9543

Locations: Navarre Park in Navarre, Florida.

“Florida’s Best Kept Secret”

 

While Aspen was taking her afternoon nap, I got ahold of our good friend, Shelby. We decided to meet up at Navarre Park so we could hang out while Apsen played. Aspen is at that age where she’s determined to be independent (which I try to encourage), but girlfriend occassionally tries to lunge herself off of the playground like she’s Super Woman or something, so major supervision is still required. Fortunately, although Shelby does not has an earthside child (yet), she is incredibly patient and understanding when it comes to my role as a mother and a friend.

After we played, ran, screamed, laughed, swang, and took candid pictures,  we drove over to County Line Pizza to have a bite to eat. Although the service was awful, the pizza and fries were INCREDIBLE! Afterwards we all went back to the Beck residence (our home) to socialize and have a glass of vino – but not Shelby, because she’s currently creating life like the BA she is.

All in all, our Sunday was just as blissful as it always is. My life is not perfect, not in the slightest, but I seriously am in love with it.

 

Sadie’s Outfit:

dress:  Here // Shoes: similar here

Aspen’s Outfit:

Shirt:  here // Jeans: here // Shoes: similar here

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when you give your husband the camera…

Notice how the focus is a bit off?

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I guess I’ll give him credit for the effort, but looks like I’m going to have to give him a DSLR basics lesson.

But anyway, today is Friday the 13th, and I had plans on dressing Aspen and I in all black, but then I realized the only black I had was formal wear. So I opted out for another transitional outfit. Now both my skirt and sweater is from Banana Republic, but they’re both about three years old, so I’ll try to find some similar ones and link them below.

 

Outfit Details

Sadie

Sweater: similar,  similar // Skirt: similar, similar // Shoes: Target

Aspen

Dress: Old Navy // Shoes: similar

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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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