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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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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Back in Florida

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Hey there friends, how has you summer been treating you? We are back in Florida and trying not to let the heat and humidity tear our spirits. As much as I love the first few weeks of summer, by august I’m a little worn out!

As of late, we have been: beaching it up (Aspen LOVES swimming now), working like dogs, building my photography business back up (@sadieannphoto), going to school, and renovating our bathrooms (I’ll make a post about that when we’re done).

Life has been alright for us, but we are anxiously waiting for the humidty to die down and for those cool autumn mornings to hit us soon.

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Since living in one of America’s prime vacation destinations (destin, florida), we have enjoyed taking our annual vacation further north, and away from the summer tourists. Fortunately, Scott has family with a lake house up in Northern Idaho. It is such a scerene place that truly embodies the luxury outdoor lifestyle. Here are some pictures from our time up in Sandpoint, Idaho:

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I think my favorite part about being up in Idaho is watching Aspen enjoy a completely different land scape. You can just see the wheels turning as she explores and takes in the scenery.

Farmers Market and Taco+Tequila Fest

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This morning was a doozy. I had stayed up way too late watching Molana (which was beyond adorable). So when Aspen woke me up at 7am, I was like, “for reals kid??”. And she was, in fact, for reals. So we got dressed and headed out to the farmers market. And there I scored some beautiful home grown fruits and vegetables. After talking to a few local farmers about starting a spring and summer crop, Aspen and I made our way to the local coffee roasters and got an iced mocha for Scott and a vanilla latte for me.

Afterwards, we rushed home to pick up Scott and head out to the taco and tequila fest. Although there were an estimated 2,000+ people there, it was a lovely time. Why? because I got a few gormet tacos that reminded me of down town Phoenix, and Scott let me be the designated drinker for the day (which I haven’t been since getting pregnant nearly two years ago!). So needless to say, I had a great time. Aspen enjoyed the tacos as much as I did, but eventually did get fussy towards the end. But up until that point, mama got to drink a total of four margaritas and a shot of grapefruit tequila without being paranoid of contaminated breast milk or drunk driving. Which was kind of amazing.

As for the Taco and Tequila event, I’m not sure if we would go again next year. It was a lot of fun, but there were so many people that it made the lines unbearable, and taking a stroller in that was difficult. But for those without kids and with patience, I would highly recomend it.