Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! Today I wanted to share our top 5 things we must have for a beach trip with kids!
First up is a shade tent! This is our number one priority when we head to the beach. On the beach there is 0 shade! Sun exposure can be tough on kids – heck it’s hard on me! So with our tent the kids have a place they can cool off and get away from the sun!
This is the one we have! It’s compact and super easy to put up! It also has screens on the sides to let more air in.
2. Next up a wagon! We already had this one, and it works great for the beach. It also folds up so it doesn’t take up much space in our trunk. It makes lugging everything to the beach a lot easier! There is plenty of room on the inside and pockets on the outside for extra things!
3. A cooler! This one is probably a no brainer for most parents, but just in case I added it on here. Kids love to eat – especially after playing. Snacks and drinks close to the beaches are usually overpriced, and you have to walk out to get them. If you bring your own cooler you save money and time. Two wins in my book! Another trick I’ve learned is the night before I’ll throw a couple of water bottles in the freezer instead of using ice. By the time we need water they’re melted down and drinkable.
4. Baby powder! This may come as a shock to some, but baby powder is always in our beach bag! After you leave the beach and you’re covered in sand baby powder will get the sand off of you! You just shake some into your hand and rub it on your leg or arm to get the sand off! Works like magic, and you all smell good! We buy the travel size!
5. Portable phone charger. I know for some this may sound a little high maintenance, but I love taking pictures and videos of the kids. We also like to play music while at the beach. Having your phone die stinks! So we take our portable charger so we don’t have this issue! We bought one with multiple ports so we have them if needed.
And last, but not least Tory Burch Miller sandals! I recently made the splurge, and I’m so glad I did. They are so well made, and go with everything! I have them in color makeup, and make sure to size up on these!
I know it has been a LONG time since my last blog post, and I do apologize for being M.I.A. I wanted to take some time today and give y’all a little life update on where I’ve been. So we packed up our entire house and moved our stuff to a storage unit in South Carolina. We’re currently on a waiting list for a house on base.
While we are waiting for a house the kids and I are staying with family in Virginia. Parker was able to enroll in the elementary school he was in before we left for Colorado so it’s been really good for him to see all of his old friends! While Sophia is really enjoying being around family and friends she is having a more difficult time. She’s not wanting to go to bed at night, and she’s not wanting to take her nap during the day. It breaks my heart because she’s too young to understand what is going on. She keeps asking to go back home to her bed. It’s getting easier on her, I think it’s just gonna take some more time.
So while we are here my husband is staying with his aunt in South Carolina who lives close to the base. So we really lucked out there! He’s getting used to the new area, and finding new places for us to go once we’re all together again.
It’s definitely a challenge living without my husband, but I think this was the best solution for our family. We did look into renting before we came to this conclusion, but the rental prices were just to high!
Today I’m going to share my curtains! I’ve had a few questions about them so I thought I would share what I used & how I hung them here!
First of all they’re super inexpensive! Each “panel” is around $10 and then the clips were $3-$5 a pack. The curtain rods were probably the most expensive.
So the drop cloth is located in the painting section at Walmart. They also have them at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I start by washing the drop cloth and then drying it. It gets rid of all the lines. After it came out of the dryer I hung them up so I didn’t need to steam them. From here it’s pretty simple. The hardest part was getting the panels to match up in size. You just fold the drop cloth over for your desired length/ look and then clip the drop cloth to the rings. & viola! You have easy and cheap curtains that look amazing!
Today I’m sharing another book review. This one is called Indefensible The Missing Truth about Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making A Murderer. So if you’re like me, and probably half of the world you’ve seen Making A Murderer on Netflix. The first season came out in 2015 and the 2nd season was released in 2018. I’ve seen both seasons. I thought for sure that Steven Avery was innocent. UNTIL I finished this book! After reading this book I’m 99% sure he did kill Teresa Halbach. If you read the book yourself you’ll see the documentary creators used editing to their advantage and left out stuff that pretty much proves he did it. The author also goes into Steven’s life prior to this conviction. Taking that into consideration, and how the documentary displayed “their evidence” it’s pretty obvious they have the right man behind bars. This makes me truly sad for Teresa Halbach’s family. They went through the trials years ago, and thought it was over to have everything brought back up and explode in the media. My heart truly breaks for them. If you’ve watched the “documentary” I suggest you read this! Definitely an eye opener. It makes you realize just how someone can spin the truth with editing videos. If you have read the book let me know what you think in the comments!
In the spirit of Christmas I’ve been thinking back on my past Christmases. The one that sticks out to me is the one where I was in middle school and our dad had officially left us.
Those of you who know me know I have 2 sisters. So my mom was left to raise 3 girls by herself. I’ll also add with no real child support. (That’s another story for another day) I was at the age where I had a decent understanding of money. I knew it would be a rough Christmas. It had already been a rough year.
One Sunday in December we get home after church and there were 3 packages by the door. No note. No from labels. No idea who had left them. We tore into the packages and inside was an Aeropostale hoodie for each of us. When you’re normally in second hand clothes something brand new with a tag still attached is exciting. But what really got us was a $50 bill for each of us!
I’ll never forget the joy and excitement I felt that day. I know presents and money can’t solve all issues and what not, but in that moment it was just a great feeling. Knowing we could all go to the store and get something we wanted. Lifting part of that burden off of my mom.
We still don’t know who left the packages. If you’re by some chance reading this I just want to say thank you! You made 3 little girls Christmas! At a time where we were feeling abandoned and let down this person or persons gave us hope and happiness!
I like to think back on that day to remember how someone went out of their way to bring us some Christmas cheer. They did something they didn’t have to do, and I’ll be forever grateful. I can’t wait for the day that a situation comes to me and I can do the same for someone else.