A couple of months ago I visited Charleston for a girl’s trip with my mom, P, and two sisters. We stopped by Sugar Bake Shop one morning for coffee and pastries, and were completely struck by it’s charm. Of course, every little nook in Charleston is so cute, and I’m obviously dying to go visit again. Click through to see more photos from our morning!
Last weekend we packed up our stuff and headed to my old stomping grounds, Clemson, SC, to stay at The Abernathy for a night away. A night to refresh was just what I needed, and I felt like a new person when we got home.
If you’re a Clemson Tiger fan, or plan on going to any football games this fall, then I would highly recommend staying at The Abernathy. It is a Clemson fan’s dream hotel. Number one, it’s a few steps away from the stadium. Number two, there are so many beautiful Clemson elements weaved into the hotel. The walls are a very subtle, calming lavender gray color and there are accents of purple and orange throughout the hotel. For instance, the ceiling when you first walk in is a soft peach! So pretty. I can’t get over how elegant the hotel felt, and the subtle Clemson theme was the perfect touch.
There’s also a bar and little cafe downstairs, which is perfect for a drink before going out to dinner. Seriously, it’s so cute.
I also had the brilliant idea of instead of driving into Clemson for the day (if you’re local), stay at The Abernathy and you’ll get to bypass all the insane parking, after the game when you’re exhausted you can go straight to bed and crash and don’t have to sit in traffic for hours trying to get home, AND you can tailgate in the room (where there’s a big screen TV), instead of standing in the hot hot heat. Refrigerators, bathroom, AC…sounds like dream tailgating to me ;).
The Abernathy Hotel at Clemson
157 Old Greenville Hwy
Clemson, SC 29631
It’s not summer to me until we’ve been to the beach. Being by the water has always been so restful and healing for my soul. The older I get, the more of a beach gal I seem to become. I’m happy to report that Piper shares my love of the water and has loved the beach since our first trip with her last summer. It’s definitely a game changer being at the beach with kids, though, so I thought I would share with you guys what to pack for a day at the beach with a toddler, to make the day go smoother, and what all has worked for us.
As much work as it can be to manage a day at the beach with toddlers, it’s so worth it to see the joy on their face and watch all the fun they have. We made so many fun memories this year, and I’m already thinking about next year!
Sunscreen // We always make sure to have 50 SPF on hand, and we are a big fan of babyganics.
Beach Tent // Having a large tent, versus just an umbrella, gives a lot of shaded space that little ones can play and sit, without having to be exposed to the sun all day. We’ll put our tent up in the morning, and leave it up all day until dinner.
Sand Toys // A set of beach toys are $5, so super cheap and a must have. I’d also recommend getting a set with a bucket, as filling buckets up with water and emptying it out again always seems to be a hit, ha.
Soccer Ball // When the tide is low, we love to run around and kick the soccer ball. There’s so much space, and I think soccer is an underrated beach sport!
Yeti Cooler // Make sure to stock up on water and snacks for the day. We’ll also pack lunch sometimes so we don’t have to go back up to the house. We had a yeti cooler on our last trip and was so impressed with how cold it kept everything.
Toddler Beach Chair // We didn’t think to bring a beach chair for Piper last trip, but we definitely will next time. She always tried to sneak and steal our chairs, which was so cute. I think she’d love to have her own!
Water Shoes // If you’re at a beach that is particularly ‘shelly’, it’s a really good idea to have water shoes for them to prevent cuts and achy feet. If the sand is really hot, having water shoes can also help keep their feet cool.
Some other things I’d recommend, is renting an ocean front house when possible. Being on the ocean makes the biggest difference, especially if you’re juggling nap times. It also makes it much easier to tote everything back and forth to the beach.
If you aren’t oceanfront, I’d definitely recommend renting a golf cart or bringing a wagon to wheel everything down to the beach.
And the most important of all, bring grandma! ;)
We are back from a week at the beach with family. My absolute favorite time on the beach is 4:30 or so until sunset. The sun’s going down, the beach traffic has slowed down, tide is low, and the temperatures are just perfect. Since Piper goes to bed at 7, we’d push the envelope every night and stay out there as late as we all possibly could. Piper was so content running and chasing birds, sprinting into the ocean (with mom and dad right behind), and playing in the sand. I loved seeing my girl with a heart for the water, just like her mama. It was such a fun, laid back beach trip. We were in our suits until after we put Piper down for bed, and would have a late dinner by candlelight and chat for hours before going to bed ourselves.
I absolutely love this coverup and wanted to share it with you guys. It’s so flowy and elegant, and makes you feel put together on the beach even when you’re sweaty and sandy, and your hair is a mess. I’m also obsessed with this color lately, so when I saw it in olive I had to get it!
I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, and have a great 4th of July!!