Beach Birthday Sunrise

Beach Birthday Wish

My MacBook Air is full.  It's less than a year old and it's full.  Kind of ironic- it's memory is full of memories.  See, I take a LOT of pictures.  Aaaand {until now} I haven't utilized external storage for said pictures.  Now, since my hard drive is full, I'm sorting & organizing and {gasp} deleting. But some memories I can't delete.  And even if I deleted off my hard drive... their imprint in my mind is indelible.  I'll share one I came across tonight with you: Hubby swore we'd watched the sun rise before.  I wasn't so sure about that.  So for my 33rd Birthday, … [Read more...]

Mon Petit Chou Spa Night Giveaway!

Mon Petit Chou 4 Ms Night

I told you about my serene afternoon at Mon Petit Chou Spa & Salon last week... if you didn't read that you can go do that now & then come back.  read about Spa day in St. Augustine here {playing relaxing elevator music or maybe some Michael Bublé while we wait for you to read that... go ahead, we're a patient lot here in St. Augustine. Oh, good.  You're back just in time!} My visit to Mon Petit Chou was amazing, but it's not in the budget for me to visit a spa monthly.  Amanda, owner and amazing makeup artist, is in the business to help women feel beautiful and … [Read more...]

Mon Petit Chou St Augustine Spa

Massage, manicure, facial... I'm both relaxed and anxious... anxiously looking forward to my next visit to Mon Petit Chou!  Oh, the irony! But I digress. Let's start at the beginning of this Mon Petit Chou Spa experience. Hubby & I celebrated our 15th anniversary in Boston last week.  Let me just say that it is a heck of a lot of work getting 6 children packed and shipped off to friends & family's houses so we can slip away.  A lot of work.  LOT. Enter Mon Petit Chou.  I left the craziness of packing, writing medical releases x6 and chauffeuring kids to … [Read more...]

DOW Museum of Historic Homes

St Augustine History dow

** update: The Dow Museum has, unfortunately, closed. ** I thought I'd just run in to the Dow Museum of Historic Homes to gather info for a piece I was writing for Compass Magazine.  Instead, I was drawn into a magical collection of old homes and an afternoon of fun discovery with my children! The Dow Museum is a collection of 9 historic homes dating from 1790 to 1910.  Kenneth Dow purchased and donated these homes- thus the name of the museum.  I'm not sure what I expected {besides boring}, but via my camera lens, I enjoyed this time-worn history collage through my … [Read more...]

Colonial Crew Revue Ticket GIVEAWAY

Colonial Crew Review Live St Augustine

We chatted about Colonial Crew Revue today on Channel 4 news.  <- If you missed it, follow the link to watch! Colonial Crew Revue... the time when Colonial Quarter let's their collective hair down.  By day, you meet interpreters who live & dress true to the period.  But every Friday & Saturday night, we meet comical, musical and down-right silly characters {loosely} interpreting life in Spanish Colonial St. Augustine. You can purchase tickets ahead of time {always recommended} or in their main gift shop.  We arrived early to snag good seats and took some time … [Read more...]

Thanks for the fun, Channel4

Channel 4 welcomed me on their Morning Show this morning to share about daycations in St. Augustine. Hands-on history? {check} Massive music fests? {check} Gourmet chocolate? {check} Zipline thrills? {check} St. Augustine has all your weekend fun covered! video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player School is back in session and summer is coming to a close, but a getaway from the busyness of daily school & work life is as close as St. Augustine!  I chatted about several St. Augustine highlights- click through the links below for more information on … [Read more...]

Beaches at Vilano

Vilano Beach Restaurants

Some places you go for the food, some for the atmosphere, some for the people… take a look at this photo and you'll know why we go there: We popped by Beaches after a long morning in town at official functions where my six sweeties {err… 4 sweeties and 2 naughties?!} had to be relatively still & quiet for 4 hours.  They did great.  But we were all d.u.n. done.  On a whim, we headed over the Vilano Bridge and pulled into Beaches. I hoped for outdoor seating where we wouldn't disturb any other diners on this late weekday afternoon… I had no idea we would be eating … [Read more...]

Mix and Match Candy Shop

St Augustine Candy

My kids love candy.  But then, what kids don't?  Any time they get to choose what to do in St. Augustine, my children include a trip to Mix & Match candy shop! Getting here is easy.  From the parking garage, walk along St. George Street.  Cross over Hypolita (the only road cars can drive on in the historic district).  Then look for the Rendezvous Row shops sign on your right. Yes, it has to be *this* candy shop.  I must tell you that all St. Augustine candy shops are not created equally.  I've tried to take the kids to other shops, but their dollar doesn't go as … [Read more...]