Monday, June 27, 2016

Beach Vacation

Two weeks ago we were back in Brigantine Beach for our family vacation. We got every year since my husband's aunt and uncle have a house there. We rent it for a week. It's a quieter shore town and really nice to relax and recharge for the week. The beaches are big and always empty, which is so nice. The walk down is only a couple blocks down and since they own the house there are wagons and beach toys and chairs (all of which we don't need to pack). 

 My everyday breakfast of avocado toast (sometimes with tomato, too). Summer made me playdoh "cookies," too.

 This was me everyday- getting in a short nap and trying to even out my tan. 

We went out to eat at a local restaurant with amazing food. One night I brought my camera and we took some pictures at the beach. 

 I love feeling Summer's arms wrapped around my neck and glad my husband captured these moments. 
 Summer has started copying Ellie with posing for the camera 

Of course, we had to go out for ice cream a few times during the week at Aunt B's

My Mom gave the girls these adorable butterfly wings. Summer wouldn't take hers off.

Another week of memories!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Time Wish List

I've been wanting a hammock for years now. I would need a stand because we don't have two good trees, but I'm loving the tassels on this one. 

I absolutely love this swing!! The price is great, too.
Wood Tree Swing

 If I had a pool I'd have this in there. Such a great idea and I love the flamingo. 

This would make a great Father's Day gift. I love that you can personalize it, too.

Now that it's summer we are using our grill more often. I'm also using it more to cook veggies and fish. I need to buy a few cooking accessories. 

I've heard great things about cooking fish on cedar planks and you can soak them in any liquid for added flavor. 

I love experimenting with different recipes to make popsicles in the summertime. One of my favorite childhood memories! My Mom used to make us vanilla yogurt popsicles and orange juice popsicles. I thought they were such a treat and they were so easy to make. With Pinterest around you could find a different recipe each time.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summertime Essentials + Recent Buys

I need a new pool bag and I love one that is waterproof. I've seen these often at the pool and am deciding which print to go with. I love the large one for the pool/beach to hold our towels and all of our essentials and the smaller one for a cooler. I've been looking for a cooler that can hold all of our stuff without being too big. This one looks perfect. Plus, the pockets can hold our sunscreen cool.

I took the girls to Nordstrom last week. I had already ordered Summer a pair of Natives, but Ellie needed to try them on. She chose the purple (same as last year). She also picked out a new pair of Havaianas flip flops. The girls know the flip flops can only be worn for the pool or beach. Not even in our backyard. Too much risk for injury. The Natives are their everyday shoe. 

Recent Buys

I just bought these shorts

I just bought this tank and love the fabric. I wore it to a pop-up beer garden last Thursday night. I may have to get another color I love it so much.

Photo credit, Summer

 I also ordered this top over the weekend in red and yellow that I blogged about a while back.

It's been in the 80s here recently and going through my summer clothes from the past couple summers I realized I needed new tanks. J.Crew has always been my go-to for summer tank tops.

My favorite purchase lately is this dress. I ran into the mall one day with the girls and saw this dress. It caught my eye and I loved it. I sent my husband a picture and the girls commented how pretty and flowy it was. Later that day I came out of the shower and it was laying on my bed. I was so shocked! I wore it Sunday night to dinner in the city with flats to dress it down. I wish we could have gotten a good picture, but the lighting wasn't great.

It is another beautiful day today and the girls and I are going strawberry picking!

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