Be Still

St Augustine Beach Meme

When we spent the week at Crescent Beach, I went down 2 days early for a writer's retreat and some quiet time. I didn't realize how much I needed the rest until I was there, had deeply breathed the salty air... and slept. And slept. And slept. Sometimes I can be so busy doing, I forget to just be. Sunday morning, I strolled along the beach. I savoured the waves rushing in and swirling around my ankles {my favorite feeling in the world!} and basked in the beauty that surrounded me. I wasn't actively praying so much as I was resting in God's goodness. For the … [Read more...]

Coquina Condos at Crescent Beach

crescent beach fl

Even though we live 20 minutes from the ocean, we are not beach regulars. Getting there is the first problem... try packing a picnic lunch, floaties, hats & towels then sunscreening up six excited kids. It's no small task, I assure you! That's only the beginning of the effort, though. Bringing six sandy kids home can cause heart failure for the inexperienced! (car, bathing suits, house... SO.MUCH.SAND!!) Add on top of that the fact that I have six of the whitest children on the First Coast- one who burns just walking to the car and we have reasons to limit our trips to … [Read more...]

Summer Staycation Idea: Find the BEST Beach in St Augustine!

31 Days Best Beach in St Augustine

Simply St. Augustine hosted a writing & photography contest as part of our 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine series... it was so much fun seeing the work that local students sent in! All the photos in today's post were shot by student photographers- feel free to comment with your encouragement. I'm so proud of them! St. Johns County boasts over 40 miles of coastline and although they're all in one county, our beaches do have distinct personalities. So that begs the question... What is the best beach in St. Augustine? We have beaches so packed with shells you … [Read more...]

Creative Juices Natural Cafe

Creative Juices Cafe

If you enjoy fresh food, if you enjoy healthy food, if you enjoy veggie food or gluten-free food or whole food, if you have ever had a juice you love or have never had a juice you love... you need to go to Creative Juices Natural Cafe on Anastasia Boulevard. Creative Juices' menu boasts locally sourced veggies and something for everyone. When I went, I ordered the Tempeh Reuben on GF bread and savored every bite as only a GF newbie can do. Man I missed sandwiches... I hope I don't have to be GF forever. But if I do, I'm going to find out what kind of bread this was … [Read more...]

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...]

Fiesta Falls Oceanfront Putt Putt

Fiesta Falls Putt Putt St Augustine

I'm covering 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine... free & cheap ideas for local fun!  Click that link to look through the list! There's mini golf... then there's St. Augustine Beach Putt Putt.  Views of the ocean, soft-serve ice cream and statues of local attractions nestled into the landscaping set Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf apart from standard putt putt courses. I took three kiddos to play putt before a concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheater.  The girls beat me to the two pink golf balls, but there were so many golf ball colors to choose from I couldn't … [Read more...]

Music by the Sea 2015

31 Days of Summer in St Augustine

  We're celebrating 31 Days of Summer in St. Augustine!! And, frankly, summer in St. Augustine wouldn't be the same without live Music by the Sea!!  If you haven't been before, Music by the Sea is a weekly concert series at St. Augustine Beach Pier every Wednesday 7 pm - 9 pm through the end of September. Feel free to bring a cooler, but a local restaurant is on-site each week to provide you with a taste of St. Augustine Beach's best restaurants at an affordable price.  Bring a volleyball and old friends and plan to meet new friends, too!   … [Read more...]

Florida Girl

You can take the girl out of the sunshine state but you can't take the sunshine out of the girl!

I love being a Florida girl!!  It's almost time to unpack the tank tops and polish my toes... I think my first "summer" activity will be a picnic lunch on the beach with my kiddos.  Or maybe we'll hit Davenport Park & ride the merry-go-round {did you know it's only $1?!}!! What's first on your summertime to-do list? … [Read more...]