Top 5 Travel Essentials

Hey guys! We have been a little busy with work and school and haven’t had much time for blogging! We are super excited to start blogging again now that school is almost over! With that being said, that means summer is finally almost here!! The beach and pool are calling our names! We teamed up with HomeAway to share our top 5 must have travel essentials! We’ve heard that Pensacola Beach and San Diego are some of the most popular getaway locations right now. Whether you are going on a one day trip, a weekend getaway, or a weeks long vacation, these are the things we think everyone absolutely needs!

  1. A good read– Sitting and tanning can get boring sometimes, so bring one of your favorite books to read while relaxing!
  2. Sunnies– Squinting is no fun, who likes wrinkles? Bring a pair of sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes!
  3. Snacks– We LOVE food, and leaving the beach to go buy lunch is just a hassle! Bring some of your favorite snacks and have a little picnic with your family and friends!
  4. Paddle ball– When sitting in a beach chair or playing in the ocean gets a little boring, bring some fun games for everyone to play! Our family loves Paddle Ball, we always try to see how long we can hit it back and forth to each other!
  5. Refreshing face and body mists– These are essential for cooling down, especially if you get sun burnt! Our favorite DIY face mist is the Cucumber and Aloe one from Design Love Fest! This site even comes with cute, free printable labels for the face mists!

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What are some of your favorite essentials you can’t live without at the beach? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to visit our friends at HomeAway to help create an amazing vacation you will never forget! 🙂

A&L

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A Nanny’s Guide to Summer Fun

This summer, I have been a nanny for the two cutest boys! Coming up with ideas to entertain two boys all day is pretty hard. Kids have so much energy, so you have to constantly have something for them to do! A lot of fun activities can get expensive, so I found a few fun things that we have done for under five dollars, or free! Here are the things that we have done so far! 🙂

A Nanny's Guide to Summer Fun!

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FHE: Lip Sync Edition

Every Monday, my family gets together to have what we call Family Home Evening (FHE). This is a time where we can come together as a family one day each week to have a spiritual lesson and fun activities to go along! Yesterday we decided to have a short lesson and hold our own version of the Lip Sync Battles that Jimmy Fallon has on his late night shows! Read more…

Our Vacation

This year, we spent a week in the Outer Banks with family and friends! Ashleigh was unable to go so I took one of my best friends, Kaci. We had a lot of relaxed beach days and fun family activities! Fortunately, there were no shark sitings, but the dolphins were popping up like crazy! Here are a few pictures from our trip! 🙂

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Sundays

Come what may

When I was younger, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sundays because I wasn’t allowed to hangout with my friends or do anything “fun”. After church my family would come home and we would just hang out around the house and spend time with each other. I didn’t like this as a teenager because if everyone in my house was napping after church, why couldn’t I go hangout with a friend?!

BUT, now being a couple years older and wiser.. I have grown to look forward to Sundays each week. Getting up, getting dressed, and going to church have a whole new meaning. Church in itself has a much deeper meaning to me now. We all need that time that we can devote to something we love and for me that is church on Sundays!

I have planned out my week so that I have no school work or any other form of work to do on Sundays unless I absolutely have to! It has been such a blessing to just devote the day to church, scripture study, and whatever calm, leisurely activity I can do around the house.

To me, Sunday is the most relaxing, pressure-free day of the week. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this day to recharge and get myself mentally and spiritually prepared for the week ahead!

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I hope everyone has had a relaxing weekend! How do you spend your Sundays?! Let us know!

P.S– I just got this book yesterday! I’ve heard great things about it. Has anyone else read it? 🙂

xoxo,

Ash

Beach Essentials :)

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Our family goes down to Nags Head for a week every summer vacation. It’s a week to enjoy the beach and time with our family. We leave in a few days, and of course, are just now starting to think about packing! Every girl needs to have the perfect beach essentials when traveling for a week or even just a day. First things first, you need the perfect bathing suit and your favorite sunnies! We thought we would add in our other favorite beach essentials that we use and love! 🙂

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