Monday, July 15, 2019

Amazon Favorites for Prime Day 2019


It's one of the best shopping days of the year - PRIME DAY! If for some reason you aren't an Amazon shopper then today is the day to be a believer! Hop on board that free 30-day Prime Trial Membership promo train and join the shopping fun! 

We buy everything on Amazon. From diapers to home decor to fashion for the whole family to boating maintenance supplies to school supplies to our favorite beauty products to groceries...everything. Ninety percent of our Christmas gifts each year come from Amazon. 

We've been Prime members for years, and even though the membership has increased some the savings we receive each year still by far out weigh the costs. Not to mention the convenience. Not going to lie, having the ability to order something and it be on your door step anywhere from a few hours to two days for free is a huge plus. 

We love that Amazon incorporated Prime Day a few years ago. The savings are huge and we're able to go ahead and get gifts at a great discount. Not to mention fabulous deals on school needs and kids items. It's like Black Friday, only better! 

We've done many a post on our love for Amazon, but to keep it easy for all the Prime Day fun (and beyond), we've created a space where you can easily see all of our favorite Amazon finds in one simple spot. It's super organized, and all Prime Day prices will automatically update. 



Now if you need us the next few days, we'll be too busy simultaneously shopping and living that sports mom life. Message us about any questions you might have about any of our favorites. 

Happy Prime Day shopping friends! 


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Favorites: Our Favorite Statement Earrings Under $20

Happy Friday friends!!!  I used to think that I loved Friday's during the school year because it meant the weekend was finally here.  Well Friday's during the school year have NOTHING on Fridays during the summer.  It has been such a busy week and we have NOTHING planned for today so it meant I could sleep in, get caught up on things around the house and just have a bit of time to actually sit down (and not be driving all over town!).


Today for Friday Favorites I wanted to share some of our favorite statement earrings. We just love dressing up an outfit with a fun statement earring and it really can be something that pulls your entire look together!  These are some we are loving this summer (or really all year long) and have been wearing a ton!  The best part...they are all UNDER $20 and a lot of them are under $10!!!!

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tassel earrings 

I'm going to start with my very favorite and most worn pair.  I purchased these tassel earrings in the spring and wear them ALL the time. Every single time I wear them I have people comment on them and no one ever believes that they are from AMAZON!!!  The price fluctuates here and there, but most of the time they are under $10!!!!  They come in several different color combinations, too.




I just love these earrings.  Despite being big and making a statement, they are really light-weight! 

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Colorful 4-pack

The next ones I have been wearing a ton this summer are these colorful rattan/wicker ones.  They are also super light weight and the colors are so fun for summer.  Plus, these rattan earrings are so on-trend right now.  Would you believe this 4-pack is under $15?!?




I've been wearing the pink and blue the most, but really love all of them!  

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Natural 4-pack
If you love the natural rattan look there are several 4-packs at amazing prices on Amazon, too!


These are such a great summer look and will match EVERYTHING!!!

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Pom-Pom Earrings 
Sticking with the rattan style these with the yellow pom-poms just make me smile! :-) They are so fun and bright and remind me of a sunshine!  Such a cute pop of color.

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Blue hoops // Colorful hoops 
My go-to earrings are always hoops!  I love hoop earrings and these are a fun colorful twist. Regular price they are over $20, but I got them on sale and Macy's ALWAYS has different sale codes going on so they are often under $20. 


They are acrylic, so really light-weight, but sort of a multi-colored design, so it matches so many things!  The white ones are traditional circle hoops and the blue pair are a fun octagon shape. 

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Because we spend SO much time at the baseball fields during the summer I knew I needed this baseball pair of earrings!  They are under $10!!!  


I shared these once before and have had several of my fellow baseball moms order some because they are so cute! 

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Pink Oval // Pink Drop Earrings 
Y'all know we love pink!  These two pairs are by far our favs.  The Kendra Scott look-alikes actually come in a ton of colors!


The drop earrings are under $20 when on sale and such a cute design. They look a little more dressy to us so fun for a date night or girls night out!

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We're all about summer and tropical everything. It makes us feel like we are at the beach, even if we are stuck in Atlanta.  When I first saw these earrings it was love at first night.  I wanted to love them when they arrived, but they were just too heavy for me.  If that doesn't bother you, then they are adorable.  You can also mix and match the charms on them...you could wear just the colored ones, just the gold, or all of them together.

~9~
tassel earrings 
These tassel earrings also come in a bunch of different colors and are a fun shape!  We love navy year-round!


These are great for summer with nautical looks and work great to transition into Fall, too!

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Gold Hoops 
 Probably the most worn pair of earrings I own are these gold hoops. They are under $10 and as light as a feather.


I've had them since winter and they have held up great!  The wire is very thin so really dainty!

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These beaded earrings are SO pretty!!!  They are so chic and come in several colors, but we loved this pretty aqua. They look like something you would find at a boutique, but they are under $15 from Target! 



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We shared these red, white, and blue earrings from Findlay Rowe a few weeks ago! Jen and I both got the little bow pair.  They are just precious!


If you are local, I would definitely recommend checking out all of their earrings!  Here's just a peak at some of the fun, colorful pairs they have in stock!!!



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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Best Books of Summer 2019

Whether lounging on the beach or sitting poolside, there's no better company on vacation than a good book. We share what's in our reading each month during Book Club, but these are the books we are most looking forward to packing in our beach bags this Summer.

Summer Break is well under way, but there is still lots more summer in everyone's future. We've received a ton of messages asking what our recommendations are so we thought we would put them in one nice and tidy post. 

From psychological thrillers to contemporary romances these are the beach worthy reads you'll want to download on your Kindle and pack in your suitcase this summer.

The Best Books of Summer 2019



THE BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER 2019

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
When We Left Cuba is the spicy follow up to last year's Next Year in Havanna (an instant bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick). This story follows Beatriz, who is forced to flee Cuba after Castro takes power. Along the way she finds herself tied up in an extramarital affair and a government plot to take Cuba back. 

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Waiting for Tom Hanks is a the feel-good romance of the season. If you love romantic comedies, you'll love following Annie Cassidy on her search for the perfect romance. And by that she means in the form of Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley
What better way to revive a relationship than packing your bags for a tropical vacation? The Last Resort  is jam packed with tropical storms of both the Mother Nature and the juicy secrets kind. 

The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey
A little romance. A little family drama. A little home decor. A whole lot of southern charm. Grab the third installment in the Peachtree Bluff Series, The Southern Side of Paradise , for a final feel good dose of The Murphy Family. (see our full review here.)

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews is an Atlanta native and her novels never disappoint. As one of the queens of beach reads she give us Sunset Beach to pack in our beach bags this year. Drue Campbell is adrift after losing her passion and her mother within months of one another. Her estranged father comes back in her life and offers her a job as well as the keys to her grandparents beach home. Throw in a murder mystery, a missing person, and an office romance to make up the ultimate beach bag worthy read.

#IMOMSOHARD by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley
That mom/best friend duo you see across Facebook lay down their self deprecating humor in a hysterical hard copy. Get ready for messy homes, real life mom moments and side splitting laughs.

Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
Last Time I Saw You looks to be the addictive, can't put down at night book of the summer. As an heiress to a large fortune, wife to the perfect husband, mom to an adorable daughter, a great career, and a beautiful home, Dr. Kate English seems to have it all. Until the brutal murder of her own mother and an ominous text letting her know someone is out to get her. If Constantine's The Last Mrs. Parrish is any indicator, we'll be losing lots of sleep over this one.

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand
The queen of beach reads takes us back to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard for Summer of '69. Doing something a little different for her style, Hilderbrand gives us a little historical fiction for our summer beachside reading. Follow the Levin family as they face the challenges provided both with in their family and the ever changing times.

Evie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
What happens when a young women who has lost her husband and a major league pitcher who has lost his game meet? Find out in Evie Drake Starts Over - the witty romance novel that will have everyone cheering in the end.

The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedman
Ready for some good old fashion family vacation drama? In The Floating Feldmans all Annette Feldman wants for her seventieth birthday is her family to spend at least 24 hours under the same roof. Her birthday cruise isn't quite what she imagined amongst the decades old family drama that just can't seem to quit. Read along to see if the Feldman family sinks or swims.

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton & Liz Steinke
In The Two Lila Bennetts we see what happens when one decision has the ability to send you down two different paths. In one life Lila Bennett she's kidnapped by a mysterious stranger. In another life she walks free. (Now we're intrigued...)

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
A Hundred Summers tops both of our all-time reading lists, and many of Williams' novels go down as some of our favorites. We can't wait to have our toes in the sand, a drink in hand, and dig into her latest novel, The Golden Hour. This one takes us back to 1941 and the high society of the Bahamas. Lulu is sent by her magazine to investigate the Governor and finds herself smack dab in a murder mystery.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
If you are looking for a light, fun, laugh out loud beach read, then The Unhoneymooners is just what you need. Olive braces for the wedding she's been dreading. Her twin's wedding. The one that officially ties her to her arch enemy and future brother-in-law. After the entire wedding comes down with an illness she finds herself on her twin's dream honeymoon with "the enemy". With one hilarious snafu after another this beach read will make you feel less guilty about about skipping your ab workout on vacation. (see our full review here.)

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner always give us all the feels in her novels, and her latest - Mrs. Everything - is no exception. Following two sisters growing up in Detroit during the 1950's, you are taken on a tale of how siblings growing up in the same household can have two different dreams, perspectives, and paths in life.


These books are great suggestions, but we want to know what's your favorite beach read of all time? 



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Monday, July 8, 2019

Visiting Daufuskie Island

Each Summer we spend one week with my family on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This is where I grew up going to the beach as a child, and while the island has changed a ton over the years, its been fun to keep up the tradition with my own children.


Because we have been visiting the island for so many years, we know pretty much the ins and the outs of it. Where to eat, what to see, what activities to participate in.

This year we were looking to throw a little something new into the mix, and decided to make a day trip to Daufuskie Island.


Daufuskie is a small island across the Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island. It has a ton of history, and has a small population (like really small), but even with all that untouched beauty so close by the island still maintains a rural feel. One of the nicest resorts in the area was located on the island and years ago due to poor management, illegal financial happenings, and ongoing lawsuits it now resembles something out of a horror movie set (do a quick Google search for all the sad details).


I haven't been on Daufuskie since I was a teenager. Most of the people in our group have never visited. I thought this was funny since where we stay each year literally looks right at the island.

So we booked our ferry ride, reserved our golf carts, and got ready for a day of exploring.

plan a visit to Daufuskie Island


VISITING DAUFUSKIE ISLAND

TRANSPORTATION
The only way to get to Daufuskie is by boat. There are several ferry services that will take you to and from the island. The cost is around $40-50 per person and takes about 20 minutes from Hilton Head. The island has its own ferry system as well. I think it is a lot cheaper, but takes around an hour from island to island.


Because of the island's set up there are very few cars on the island. That means you get to ride around on bikes or golf carts as modes of transportation. We opted for golf carts for this trip. Some people in our group were very excited about this. (I'm looking at you Mr. Magnolia and Grandpa Magnolia).



WHERE TO EAT
We arrived on the island just before lunch. So we rode around for a bit on our golf carts enjoying the scenery and then decided to get an early lunch at one of the local restaurants. There are a few on the island - The Melrose Beach Club, Daufuskie Crab Co., the general store to name a few - but we made our way to Lucy Bell's Cafe.


Lucy Bell's was amazing! The seating is mostly outdoors under grand Spanish moss covered oaks. The southern style fare is all made to order and is beyond delicious.


The portions are on the generous side so you definitely won't leave hungry. For those brave enough to tour the island by bike I commend you because after I "shared" the heavenly piece of homemade Carrot Cake all I wanted was a nap.



Next time I'm in Hilton Head, it will definitely be worth a visit to Daufuskie just for a little more Lucy Bell's in my life.


WHAT TO DO
Daufuskie was first inhibited in 1728. There's a ton of great history on the island, and a few structures have survived the elements over the last few centuries. Most native residents are descendants of slaves and have a deep rooted history to the island. There are several tabby structures, historical churches, and homes that you can visit.


There are guided tour services on the island that will take you around via golf cart, but we chose to give it a go on our own.

Bloody Point Light House & Silver Dew Winery
First stop on our tour was the Bloody Point Light House. The original lighthouse fell victim to mother nature years ago, but the homesite contains a ton of local artifacts and information.







Bonus for this wine lover, it was also the site of the Silver Dew Winery.



While the winery isn't currently active it sounds like there are plans in the works to make it so in the future. You are able to enjoy a taste test or two though.





Melrose Community
Next up we toured the Melrose end of the island. This is where the famous Melrose Resort and golf community was located. The area now resembles a ghost town that the movie industry is missing out on making it's go-to for apocalypse films.


It's a gorgeous area with tons of potential and I hope someone comes in and revitalizes the property. There are a few developers renovating the beach homes, and they are super cute with beautiful beach front access. I would scoop one up in a nano-second.


(Scary abandoned hotel and golf course not pictured because I think we were so shocked. It had been gorgeous in its hey day.)

Daufuskie Island Rum Company
After our pass through of the Melrose area of the island we must have gotten a little thirsty again because we found ourselves on the doorstep of the Daufuskie Island Rum Company.


The Daufuskie Island Rum Company was founded in 2013 and is an active distillery of rum, vodka, and bourbon. Tours are given daily, including taste testing and craft cocktails to enjoy.


A few of us decided to take the guided tour, and were given the option to each try a different rum product that they produce as well as their signature vodka, Hair of the Dog. 




We each had our favorites but I think the top choices were the Vanilla, Kona, and Blueberry Vodka.



Taby Ruins
There are several tabby ruin structures throughout the island. We attempted to visit one of them. The one we chose we had to walk to by foot. We started out as a group of ten and by the end only three of us were willing to battle the mosquito army protecting the seemingly majestic ruin.


In the end, we could only find this small 3x4 foot wall remnant.


Not sure if it was user error in regards to map reading or this was it. But there are some larger structures on the island.



I wish we had planned for more time spent on the island. We missed several things and could probably spend a whole other day touring around the sites. We missed the Haig Point community, several of the historic sites, Bloody Point Beach, and Daufuskie Wine & Woodworks just to name a few major notables.


My husband and I fell in love with the island and its laid back feel. We loved the pristine untouched beaches, beautiful golf course, and the quaint restaurants. We would love to visit and stay for a long weekend with our little crew. The rest of my family, however, felt like the "mainland" was more their style.

And then we saw tons of dolphins five feet from us on the beach and maybe it swayed them a little.



TIPS & TRICKS FOR VISITING
Here's a few tips and tricks to help navigate your trip to Daufuskie.

  • Bring bug spray. Lots of it. 
  • Book your transportation ahead of time. It saves a lot of time to be able to pay and fill out the release forms ahead of time. 
  • Grab a free map at the church right off the arrival dock. It has both great directions (something that is a necessity considering street names are few and far between), as well as a quick over view with pictures of each tour stop.
  • You can stay on the island. There are tons of rentals available. A full 24-48 hours would be a great way to see everything. 
  • Pack lots of water. While there are restaurants and a general store on the island. Hours vary and they are few and far between. 

Have you visited Daufauskie Island? What are some of your favorite local spots? 



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