What to Pack For a Day at the Beach With a Toddler

July 27, 2017

Filed Under : Motherhood - Travel

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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!

 

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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! ;)

Good Vibrations

July 20, 2017

Filed Under : Style

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Top: Goodnight Macaroon (40% when using code ANNIVERSARY until 7/30!) | White Jeans: Articles of Society (the best fit!) | Purse: BP. (similar) | Sunglasses: Le Spec | Earrings: Tuckernuck (similar) | Lips: Stila Stay All Day inPatina

Today we are headed back from a little beach trip to celebrate my little sister (who just competed in her first body building competition and is 15 months sober, praise!). It has been so amazing having her back in my life, and seeing her true self again. Anyway, another story for another day…

The Nordstrom Sale has me drooling over fall, but there’s no denying there is still a solid 2 months of hot, boiling heat here in South Carolina (boo!!!). It’s been a bit of a rough summer for us…hotter than most. The AC in our house went out, so we lived with it for a few weeks while it was on edge before we finally bit the bullet and replaced it (another praise! so thankful for AC!). My car AC also has split personality disorder and will go out randomly….usually right around 12:30 pm on a hot sunny day when Piper is in the car and screaming because now she is not only tired and ready for her nap, but hot and sweaty. Cool. Actually, not cool. Very hot! I’ve vowed to leave the South to move to Alaska and never look back, more than once.

But…I am trying to make the best of it and enjoy the summer season. This outfit is certainly inspired by Summer, and I’m trying to look on the bright side, eh ;). And nothing says summer more than a little Beach Boy’s “Good Vibrations,” which is my song of choice when I’m trying to be all positive and crap.

Stay cool my friends!  Thanks for stopping by!

photography by jessi nichols photography

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10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

July 17, 2017

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Motherhood

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

With summer in full force, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite 10 outdoor summer activities for toddlers. If we stay inside too much, both Piper and I will go a little stir crazy. Just getting outside for an hour makes the biggest difference in our day. This has also made me realize how essential it is to have a yard space that feels groomed, managed, and safe to play in. Terminix offers so many services outside of termites, including ants, spiders, and mosquitos that you don’t want hanging around during your play time!

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1 | Baby pool. We love our little $10 baby pool purchase. On a hot summer day where’s it’s a little too miserable warm to play at the park, we’ll fill this thing with water and splash around for hours. We’ll practice putting our head under and blowing bubbles, and Piper is currently obsessed with bringing all the leaves in it too.

2 | Swimming pool. We don’t have access to a real swimming pool, but we’re highly considering a membership at the Y just for this reason. Outdoor splash park, anyone!? We have some friends with neighborhood pools, so we love when we get to meet up with them.

3 | Splash pads. When you aren’t up for a pool day, a splash pad is such a fun alternative. And they’re free!

4 | Bubbles. Piper loves when we blow bubbles outside. Given, she might not fully get the concept yet and I might have caught her trying to figure out how to drink it a time or two, but blowing bubbles always gets a good set of giggles!

5 | Play at the park. We are fortunate to have so many great parks near us, and we can switch it up often. The slide still makes me a little nervous, but Piper is so brave and always wants to climb up and go down herself.

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6 | Chalk. We found these adorable donut and ice cream shaped chalk sticks at Target, and Piper kept trying to lick the ice cream one, haha. She’ll scribble around on the pavement, in between her pool splashing.

7 | Picnic. When we’re tired of being cooped up inside, sometimes we’ll take our meal outside and turn it into a picnic! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a blanket and a solid spread of fruit and cheerios can do the trick ;)

8 | Play in the sprinkler. Do you see a pattern, and can you tell it feels like a million degrees in South Carolina this summer!? When we feel like we’ve exhausted the baby pool but are dying to go outside, we’ll run through the sprinkler together. Piper calls it “rain, rain” ;).

9 | Take a trip to the zoo. Since we’re learning all of the different animal noises right now, it’s fun to go to the zoo and let her put a live animal with the noises. This is also a great thing to meet up and do with other moms, and get a little adult conversation time in too ;)

10 | Kick the soccer ball. This simple activity is one of our favorites. Scofield grew up playing soccer, so of course he’s completely convinced she’s going to be the most stellar soccer player. I don’t doubt it. This is such an easy way to get her energy out, too. She’d chase that soccer ball around the back yard all day, I swear.

10 Outdoor Summer Activities for Toddlers

I’d love to know what your favorite outdoor toddler activities are!

Thank you to terminix services, inc. for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

July 13, 2017

Filed Under : Style

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! Today it opens to Card holders, and it will open to the rest of the public on July 21 and run through August 6.

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you might be asking?? Well, let me enlighten you. It’s Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year, where new styles that are coming out for Fall are on major discount. What’s so special about this sale is that it’s not discounted items at the end of a season, but it’s brand new items that are discounted before the season even starts.

It’s my favorite time to snag more pricey items, like boots, coats, and designer jeans for a steal! Or, if you are a super over achiever, it’s a great time to buy Christmas presents early and save some money. You’ll be happy you did when December rolls around! It also gets me so ready and excited for Fall. I know it’s blazing hot outside, but I can see fall on the horizon and cannot wait!

If you see an item you love, it’s important to snag it ASAP because everything goes so fast! I learned this the hard way last year and am still dreaming of the perfect taupe booties that were just outside of my reach.

Ready to shop the sale, but not a card holder? No worries, you can sign up here and start shopping! If you are like me and are not a fan of credit cards, you can get a debit card, which will pay for your items straight from your bank account. You know, just like that fabulous little Target Red Card. With the nordstrom debit or credit card you earn points, which is essentially free money, toward your next purchase every time you shop. If not for the nordstrom anniversary sale, it’s totally worth it in general of you ask me. Sign up now and you can shop the sale early!

Ok, enough blabbing. Below are my absolute favorite picks from the sale! There are so many items to weed through, so I’ve pulled my absolute favorite! Let me know what you get and love, and if you have any questions about the sale. Happy happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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