Our Anna Maria Island Getaway 2016

We are back from paradise too soon but are reliving our time there through this post. Enjoy…

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We love staying at the Conch Shell (the pink house, as our kids call it) everytime we visit Anna Maria.

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The backyard is super gorgeous and has a fun pool and tiki bar.

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Typically the first thing we do (after unloading our suitcases) is rent a few bicycles from “Beach Bums”.

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We take bicycle rides to the beach, to dinner, to shop, pretty much for everything! That’s the beauty of small island life.

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The water is so calm and we had no fear of waves, undertow or unknown creatures in dark water… It’s clear as can be!

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Kreed pushed his truck up and down the beach constantly, stopping for an occasional ride in the back. That was probably the cutest sight EVER!

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We ride our bikes around the corner to our favorite little shop called the “Shiny Fish Emporium” . Everything about the shop is just magical… I could live there, it’s so gorgeous.

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Our favorite thing to do at the Shiny Fish is paint sandollars! They complete them with sparkle paint & hand dyed silk ribbons. Talk about the most gorgeous keepsakes!

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Do you see Karys eyeing that sweet peachy ball? Those are called ice cream bubbles & they are sooooooo yummy! Can’t leave the Shiny fish without an icecream bubble or 2 or 4.

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Cute antique spots

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One afternoon we went to Poppo’s… It’s all locally grown ingredients and they make the tortillas right in front of you! Think Chipotle, times 100🙌 They also have fountain craft sodas that were heavenly !

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We rode our bikes over to the pier one evening for a sunset dinner…

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Karys and Nana spotted stingrays and dolphins..

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Kreed and I got a few sunset snuggles in our Sakura Bloom sling… This thing was such a life saver.

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Family sand castle building !

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Ice cream at “Two Scoops”

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My sister in law Karissa and I enjoyed dinner on the beach at “The Beachhouse” . They serve the most delicious pineapple coconut bread before the meal. It’s heavenly!

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Hope you enjoyed a peek at our adventures… I’ll be sharing our professional shoot on the beach with the sweetest island photographer SOON! Until then, here’s a sneak peek…

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Morning cuddles with Evy’s Tree

Dancing in the kitchen

Good morning! We have been flooded with sunshine the last few days and needless to say, we haven’t been enjoying it one bit…(blushing face) Mornings home with all three of my babies are good for the soul…

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There’s lots of “exploring” happening in our home since Kreed became so mobile in the last couple months..

Kid adventures

He’s always figuring out new ways to climb on top of “Un climbable” objects or completely “Un do” the straightening or cleaning I’ve been attempting all morning…

Mommy moments

… But he sure is my little sweetheart and is the comfiest, coziest little cuddler.

Speaking of comfy and cozy, you’ll find me most Summer mornings (or anytime for that matter) wearing one of my luxury hoodies from Evy’s Tree. They just released this emerald teal ruffle vest called the Reece vest and it’s ALLLLLL kinds of wonderful! Their pieces make me feel put together even if I’m hanging around the house or out and about. Loungewear chic? Sign me up!

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Here’s a peek at their site! Sooooo many comfy & gorgeous pieces to make you feel feminine & cozy☺️

Hope your morning is wonderful and filled with sunshine!

 

*Today’s post is sponsored by Evy’s Tree. All opinions are my own as I only endorse products that I TRULY love in real life. 

6 essentials to make your Summer sweeter !

It’s officially summer in our house! School is out, the pool is open & we are SO ready for late nights and sleeping in! Today I’m sharing my list of essentials for summer that will make it that much sweeter. I know everyone’s list may look a little different but wanted to share mine.

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  1. Fresh fruit

Fresh fruit

Any and all kinds of fruit! We usually have a variety in our fridge all summer long but nothing says summer like a big slice of watermelon. It’s delicious, it’s juicy! The best part is, when you’re outside it doesn’t matter if you have sticky hands and juice running down your arms! Just run through the sprinkler or jump in the pool!

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2. Cute swimsuits

Swim suits

We love our matching swimmers from Kortni Jean! They are made for every body type in any pattern and style AND their modest while still super stylish!

3. Fresh flowersHydrangeas

No doubt, you’ve been working in your flower beds trying to spruce up the outside of your home. We tackled our landscaping this weekend and it felt SO good to see some color in front of our house. Flowers make it look like a HOME! These hydrangeas are my absolute fav!!!

4. Summertime statement necklace

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It’s  always great to have an easy statement necklace to throw on over your swim coverup or summertime outfit. I think this one by Katie Dill designs is PERFECT for all my Summer outfits!

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They even have mini me tassels !! How cute!!

5. A pretty Bible Cover

Bible cover

When you are bible journaling this Summer it’s always more fun when your Buble is “dressed up” I found this one on Etsy at “Choose Joy in Jesus. ” It even has pockets on the inside for pens and prayer requests.

6. A tan

Self tan

It usually takes me MOST of the Summer to get a golden color  so this year I tried something new. We had a pool party to kick off the official start to Summer and I had ZERO color. I’ve been hearing lots of girls raving about this instant self tanner by Quiktan (body drench in medium/dark) I was not disappointed and loooooved the results. More golden than orange!

Hope you have an amazing Summer making memories with your families & feeling fabulous while doing it!