Seagrove Beach Vacation 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hello friends!

Yes, I am still alive. :)

May was a crazy month for us between multiple work trips, our 6th anniversary and vacation.  We're finally getting back into the groove so here I am!

We decided a few months ago that we wanted to take a family vacation to the beach.  We knew we wanted to invite my parents to show our appreciation for everything they do for us (my mom watches Graham while I'm working).  We couldn't leave my sis out so she came too!  

Josh and I first stayed in Seagrove Beach 5 years ago to celebrate our first anniversary.  We enjoyed it so much that we returned for our babymoon in 2012.  We knew it was the perfect place to share our first vacation as a family of three.  In case you're unfamiliar with Seagrove Beach, it's located in the panhandle of Florida between Panama City and Destin along State Road 30A.  The sand is as white as sugar and the water is much more clear than the Atlantic.  Seagrove is perfectly located between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach to the east and Seaside and Watercolor to the west.  There are so many quaint beach towns nearby that there's always somewhere to go and something to see.

I highly recommend this area of Florida for your next beach vacation.  You will not be disappointed!

Here are some shots from our trip, we had a blast!  As always, thanks for reading.  Have a great week!

He's the only baby I know who will keep his sunglasses on for hours!  We're so thankful!

Fab Finds Friday: Mothers' Day Gift Guide

Friday, May 2, 2014

Hello Friends!

Today is my birthday!  I apologize for the laziness lack of posts lately, I've been giving myself a slight "break" for my birthday week.  Thanks for understanding!  

How convenient that my birthday is on "Fab Finds Friday"!  I thought it would be perfect to post some things I love that would make great birthday or Mother's Day gifts.  With spring underway and summer just around the corner, these Ray-bans and this floppy hat will be perfect for beach days or TPC next week!  You also can't go wrong by spoiling her with a new watch or David Yurman bracelet.  Crossbody bags like this one from Tory Burch are perfect for moms because they keep her hands free to chase and grab runaway children, haha.  And what woman doesn't love bath and body goodies like these Philosophy & Clarisonic gift sets?  If you want to give her a gift that will really warm her heart, get her a journal and have your child(ren) write messages to Mommy in it each Mothers' Day (swoon!).  I'm certain she would also love this necklace (or necklaces depending on how many children you have) with her child's name on it.  I have one and love it!

I hope this guide helps you find the perfect gift for your wife or mother!  Have a great weekend!

Monday Mix Up: Fun in the Sun

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hello friends!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  The weather has been hot gorgeous here in Florida lately and we spent most of it outside.  Our theme for the Monday Mix Up this week is "Fun in the Sun", which is perfect for our weekend roundup! 

Saturday we woke up bright and early and headed to the Jacksonville Zoo!  My cousin and her family and my aunt and uncle drove from Tallahassee and met us.  We had a great time with all the kids (they're so well-behaved) and made sure we covered every area of the zoo.  If you haven't been or haven't been in a while you need to check it out.  We really have an award-winning zoo and they keep making improvements.  Our favorites were the giraffes (and getting to feed them) along with the new tiger exhibit.    

Poor Graham, he enjoyed the carousel when it was stationary.  Once the animals started moving up and down, he hated it!

After our trip to the zoo we enjoyed burgers and my grandmother's pound cake (made with love by my mom, great job Mom!) at my parents' house.  We also had more fun outside playing in the sand box and playing corn hole.  We're so glad our family was able to come visit!

On Sunday our church hosted an old-fashioned Friend Day!  We had lunch on the grounds and enjoyed each other's company.  There were multiple bounce houses and toys for the kids.  It was a great time!

I hope you were able to enjoy some fun in the sun this weekend too.  As always, thanks for reading! Have a great week!

Bloggers, link up with us!  Share your Fun in Sun pics with us or anything, we're not picky.  We just ask that you follow The Heathered Life & The Hollinsworth House on GFC or Bloglovin' and link back to our sites on your post.  Our theme next week is BLUE!  Make sure to stop by and check out some new blogs and make friends!

Linking up with Erin & Laura for the Trend Spin Linkup!
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Fab Finds Friday: Let's Get Nautical!

Friday, April 25, 2014

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Happy Friday friends!

I don't know about you but I'm loving the color navy these days.  It's definitely my current color crush.  I especially love all of the nautical pieces I'm seeing everywhere.  They're perfect for spring and summer, especially here in Florida.  This romper from Boohoo is so adorable and I like how it is still conservative in length.  Playful yet classy!  I also love this swimsuit coverup from Nordstrom.  It looks so comfortable!  

My rule with the nautical theme is keep it simple.  For example, I would wear these anchor flats with these colorful red stripe shorts and a white tee.  I wouldn't wear a sailboat, anchor, stripes, etc. all together in one outfit.  It's overkill!  Keep it simple!

Now let's talk about some sales going on now.  I am a firm believer in never paying full price for something.  Always look for coupon codes and sign up for email lists.  Almost every retailer will give you a discount just for signing up.  If you don't want all of the emails in your inbox then set up a separate account just for shopping.  Here are some deals you can't miss along with items I've been eyeing!  Have a great weekend!

Friends & Family Weekend!
25% off with code "FRIENDLY"

20-25% off Designer Favorites

30% off select styles with code "GOSHOP"

Quick & Easy Chicken Bruschetta Bake

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Let me know what I can do to help."  

That's what most people say when something happens to someone they care about.  You want to help but you're not sure how and when.  When it comes to situations like this my motto is "just do it".  Bake them a cake, take them a meal, buy them a mani/pedi.  Don't hesitate just do it!  Chances are they'll never ask for anything because they don't want to be an inconvenience (at least that's how I am).  Next time you find yourself wondering what you can do, try cooking my favorite recipe!

I love making this simple and quick Chicken Bruschetta Bake for my family & friends.  It travels easily and you can either bake it beforehand or have them refrigerate it and bake it when they're ready.  You can find the recipe below and also on the back of the Stove Top Low Sodium Chicken box.  (Tip: Use a disposable aluminum pan and tape the recipe on the top of the cover so they can save it and make it another time!)

Chicken Bruschetta Bake

What You'll Need:

1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 oz), undrained
1 package Stove Top stuffing mix for chicken
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1.5 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

What You'll Do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

MIX tomatoes, stuffing mix, water and garlic just until stuffing mix is moistened. 

PLACE chicken in 3-qt casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with basil & cheese.

TOP with stuffing.

BAKE for 30 minutes or until chicken is done.

(Not the best pic but you can see how yummy and cheesy it is!)

Voila!  That's it!  
The cheese is so yummy melted on top of the chicken.  
I hope you and your family and friends enjoy it!

Here is the recipe in an image if you'd like to print it. :)

Monday Mix Up: Easter!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hello friends!

It's so refreshing to start another week after Resurrection Sunday. What a great day we had celebrating our risen Savior!  

Our Easter weekend celebrations actually began Saturday night when we had my cousins and their daughter over to color Easter eggs.  Let me tell you, coloring eggs with two toddlers is not for the faint of heart!  Our strategy was to have Graham and Sawyer sit on top of the island while we helped them dunk the eggs into the cups.  I'd say it was successful for the most part.  Only a couple of cracked eggs and nothing spilled!

(Don't mind my extremely tan face, I just got a spray tan that afternoon.)

Sunday morning we woke up to discover that the Easter Bunny left some eggs behind for Graham!  He enjoyed throwing and cracking the real eggs so we snatched those up quickly.  He got the hang of putting the eggs in his basket in no time.

There's nothing quite like Easter Sunday at church.  We had a packed house at East Pointe and it was a wonderful time of worship!  We are so blessed to serve a risen Savior!  

After the service there was an Easter egg hunt in the soccer fields.  It was a joy to see how excited all of the kids were.  At first Graham was confused about what was going on but after coaxing him onto the fields, he loved it.  He was so cute picking up the eggs and putting them into his basket.  There was an Easter Bunny too and Graham was chasing him around.  That really surprised me since those strange bunny costumes always freaked me out.  

My Easter dress is now available online here!

This picture cracks me up!

After church we went to my parents' house for a delicious meal.  My mom sure knows how to cook!  Of course we had to take some family pics while we were there.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Dusty managed to sneak into that one!

The guys. Graham looks less than thrilled, haha.

Graham also tried peeps at Mimi's and apparently he likes them!

I hope you all enjoyed your Easter, we sure did!  
Have a great week!

Bloggers, link up with us!  Share your Easter Sunday with us or anything, we're not picky.  We just ask that you follow The Heathered Life & The Hollinsworth House on GFC or Bloglovin' and link back to our sites on your post.  Our theme next week is FUN IN THE SUN!  Make sure to stop by and check out some new blogs and make friends!

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