Today was 75 degrees. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Although it is perfectly acceptable to wear shorts and tanks, I opted for some laid back cool weather flannel and denim.
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.
My favorite winter beach attire is a neutral and flowy maxi with a light cardi or jean jacket. To shop these looks:
*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*
I’ve always been a procrastinator. It’s actually something that I have been working on the past few months. I’ve been reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching youtube videos on how to put an end to procrastination and how to reorganize your life. Although it has been incredibly helpful, and I have been practicing quite a few of these methods, I feel like I am not the only one who has mastered the art of waiting until the last minute to do something. So, the next few days, I will be posting last minute Thanksgiving outfit ideas that you already have in your closet, or something you could find similarily at any local store. The first one consists of a basic Tshirt dress, a cardigan, and flats (or in my case, oxfords)
Because these are all pieces I had on hand in my closet, the links might not all take you to the exact item in the images. Rather, they will be linked to affordable and similar items in convenient and typically near by stores.
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.
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!
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.
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
So, my mom is in town.
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.
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!
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.
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.