Florida Girl Beauty Tips: Summer Sun Skincare

School may be back in, but the sun is at summer strength for another couple of months here in St. Augustine... and most Floridians' lifestyles keep us outdoors 365 days a year. Unlike friends up North, we need to follow summer sun skincare tips year round! Summer Sun Skincare After finding a spot on my temple several months ago, I finally worked up the courage to ask a dermatologist about it. Lots of my fair skinned, red-headed family members have had skin cancer removed; with the appearance of this spot, I was no longer able to cling to youthful ignorance. Thank God I'm … [Read more...]

Summer Beauty Tip: Protect Hair from Sun

Angie has kept my hair looking good through the hormones of 2 pregnancies and nursing sweet little ones, tamed the tangles on humid days and generally kept me looking decent through a lot of hot Florida summers. She's guest posting today and will keep beauty tips for #FloridaGirls rolling in each month! This post contains affiliate links. Living in the sunshine state means the sun is a big part of our lives. While beach days in full sun are amazing, they're not great for our hair and skin. Most of us are aware of the damaging effects of the sun on our skin, but we … [Read more...]

St Augustine Sailing Adventure

Full disclosure: This post, sponsored by Atlas Yacht Sales, makes me want to throw some sunscreen and a swimsuit in a bag and sail off into the sunset! You'll never think about a weekend slipaway the same way again after you read this post. You can experience something new, learn a skill and enjoy an adventure on your next vacation... yes, you can have it all! Not to be overly dramatic... ok, yes. I'm being overly dramatic... but seriously, I just found the coolest vacation-on- the-water escape right here in St. Augustine! Atlas Yacht Sales immerses you in sailing … [Read more...]

St Augustine Restaurants with Docks

This list is for boaters only! If you're looking for a list of restaurants with water views that you can drive to, check out my list of waterfront restaurants in St. Augustine. WE GOT OUR BOAT FIXED!!! Woot!!! This is a constant mantra for boat owners... it seems something on the boat is always needin' fixin'. Hubby is most relaxed when he's on the water so I'm happy for him to be back in the salt water. He wants us to have some dinner dates via boat this summer... thus this post. If you're in the same boat {har har har} here are some waterfront restaurants in St. … [Read more...]

A New Look at Stand Up Paddleboarding with First Coast Outdoor Fit

I've said it before when sharing about the Schooner Freedom and waterfront restaurants in St. Augustine... you haven't experienced St. Augustine until you've seen it from the water. Well, water-lovers rejoice! First Coast Outdoor Fit combines fitness with sun-and-sand fun. Whether you're hoping for paddle board yoga, surfing, a group on-the-water tour, kids fitness or kids' summer camps, First Coast Outdoor Fit has it on their menu. More on those in a sec... first, I have to share some pictures. We joined Melissa and David on an introductory paddle experience out of … [Read more...]

Small Indulgences Day Spa

In the heart of historic St. Augustine, Small Indulgences Day Spa welcomes footsore travelers and harried locals to days of massages, body treatments, mani & pedicures and other salon services. Perhaps the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine isn't a myth after all... ;) When we pulled up, I immediately fell in love with the historic cottage. I can't help but imagine our daughter's bridal party rocking on the front porch and reclining against pillars between treatments as they get ready for the big day... but we're not there yet. I'm still changing diapers and needing … [Read more...]

Sea Serpent Airboat Tours

There are three very different sides of St. Johns County: historic district beaches natural, Old Florida -best experienced by heading west Drive as far west as you can and you'll end up at Outback Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek, which boasts the longest dock on the river. We went last week and saw gators, flocks of birds and five manatee feeding inches from us- you can read about them in the Outback Crab Shack post. Our adventure was aboard Sea Serpent Tours' airboat where we quietly slipped through a canopied creek, admiring old growth cypress and looking … [Read more...]

Get Feet Summer Ready with a Sugar Scrub!

You can read more about local Spas in my St. Augustine Spas section. This post contains an organic foot scrub recipe so read on and refresh your tired feet! Short version: You need an easy, sugar based foot scrub to perk up your tired feet before you hit the beach. You can use the recipe below and do it at home OR you can go to Nadia for relaxing, reflexology foot scrub. Details below. Longer, but much more entertaining, version: {please read the following in a cheesy, TV Salesman voice} Are your feet feeling neglected? Have they been hidden away all winter long … [Read more...]