30A is my favorite place along the Emerald Coast. Between the shops, the food, the pretty southern homes, the plenty of parks, and the beach near by, it is undoubtedly the most perfect southern town in my mind. 30A is the type of place that makes me want to live here forever.
We spent the weekend in Seaside, which is a small coastal town along Florida’s highway 30A. It is one of the sweetest and most quaint little towns I have ever been to. There are numerous food trucks, pizzarias, coffee shops, gelato shops, and local restaurants. In Seaside, everyone has come to the realization that cars are for losers. Instead, nearly everyone there rides beach cruisers to get to their destination. I have never been so in love with a town in my life (well, I mean, Sandpoint Idaho is also a personal favorite).
Because I was traveling for Valentines day, Scott and I decided to delay our date to Seaside until the weekend. We woke up early, Scott made a large breakfast filled with bacon, sausage, eggs, and fruit, and we packed our bags to spend the day on 30A. We first went to one of the many green grass parks and sat by the water fountain while playing tag with Aspen. Afterwards we walked further into town and ate some gelato, and eventually made our way to the historical and locally famous church. We let Aspen let loose and play in the grass before we started our trek back home.
For me personally, dates do not have to be elaborate or expensive. I much more appreciate some quality time with family in a gorgeous area, taking in the views and good weather with my two favorite people in the world.
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Thank you so much Pink Blush Maternity for influencing this post.
We were so fortunate to spend the past few days at Disney World with Matco Tools and my family. My dad has been selling Matco Tools for a few years now, and each year they hold their expo at new destination. This year they held the expo in Orlando, Florida, and my dad took it as an opportunity to send the whole family.
For those who have gone to Disney Land or World, you know how difficult it is to: 1.) Have time to take pictures 2.) Take a decent picture in the crowds, and 3.) Look put together for said picture.
I managed to get a few photos of the castle on my camera, and the rest were on the iPhone. Apologies in advance.
As a first time Disney World traveller, with a toddler, I definitely have a few suggestions to make your trip easier.
- You can order a Taxi that comes with its own car seat if you’re staying outside of the park.
- Bring your own snacks and water.
- Don’t wear pants! We went in February, and we were sweating the entire time.
- Along with not wearing pants, also do not wear uncomfortable shoes. This is not a joke. You WILL regret it. I wore my sketchers the entire time, and my feet still fell like they were going to fall off afterwards. It’s not worth looking cute for, I promise.
- It will more than likely be very crowded, so remember to be patient with all of the other parents, kids, and yourself and your child.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Set up your fast-pass the moment you arrive to the park. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to purchase it, you just have to set it up), so go straight to the kiosk and select the rides you want to use them on.
- Don’t miss the fireworks. They are so worth the wait.
- If you want to eat at the Disney restaurants, make reservations in advance.
- Enjoy every second of it.
Thanks so much to Matco Tools and my parents for making this trip happen. Aspen had such a great time, which made every moment worth it.
There was a break in the weather, so we took off to the beach.
These are the good days. The days where you can put your swim suit on, put your toddler in her car seat, and take off to the beach. All that’s needed is a floppy sun hat, a cute suit, and a heart filled with wonder.
There was a time I hated living here. I have always been entranced by mountains, but had never cared much for the beach. Over time, God has opened my heart to this place, and honestly, the day He calls us elsewhere will be a very sad (but exciting) day for us. Watching Aspen grow here has really humbled me and has made me see the beauty in something I hadn’t really cared about before.
My hope for all of you is to find peace and happiness wherever you are at. Too much time is wasted complaining about circumstances that you can’t change, when it’s so easy to just change your perspective instead! Since I became pregnant with Aspen I have sworn to myself that I would figure out how to bloom where I have been planted. A little over two years later, and here I am. I have found joy in my life all because I have changed my perspective and opened my heart to something that it had been closed to before.
Today, choose joy. Today choose contentment. Today, choose to love your circumstance.
**Thank you so much to Pink Blush Maternity for this beautifully made swim suit.**
I find a classic black one piece is ESSENTIAL for the summer days ahead of us! Shop this one here
We are so fortunate to be living so close to the beach. One of my favorite things to do as a family is to take a stroll on a deserted beach and watch the waves crash onto our white sands. Aspen loves to pick up the sea shells and chase the gulls. Scott enjoys finding pieces of coral in the water, and I just love to watch them! So naturally, when Pink Blush sends me some goodies, I had to take them here to show them off.
Often I get asked by my non-momma friends my favorite thing about motherhood. This is it. Watching my little human, that I created, explore all of the gorgeous things God has created. I am forever grateful for being able to take part in God’s creation story and I find it my mission to show Aspen how to take care of our Earth and people living on it. And of course it helps to see her wheels spinning and her eyes light up when we get to play and explore with something new.
SHOP OUR LOOKS
SADIES OUFIT: Dress is from Pink Blush Maternity ( it is a maternity dress, but can easily be used post partum as well. They also have non maternity clothing), tench coat is old, similar here
ASPENS OUTFIT: Dress is Old Navy and coat is sold out, similar here
First of all, NO, I am not pregnant. But three of my best friends are. So in honor of them, and all the other soon to be mamas out there, I wanted to share gifts that Scott and I got while pregnant with Aspen that saved our lives during infancy.
First, The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n play sleeper was one of the most heaven sent creations in the world! We relied on this bad boy.
These little velcro swaddles were so convenient during the squirmy phase!
Okay, ya’ll. If you have a baby with acid reflux (like me!), you will be relying on these burp cloths. There are also no such thing as too many!
Lets face it, babies want to be held, and in my opinion, they should be! But unfortunately, there is much more about parenting than just loving on your little one. For those hectic days when the babe wants picked up but you just can’t find the time (because dishes and laundry don’t do themselves, sadly), the ergo is an incredible alternitive.
Lastly, Aspen seemed to really enjoy her baby seat when she got strong enough to start sitting on her own. I would put down texture toys for her on the tray while she would play and explore.
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:
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*
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.
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! **
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