Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Favorites on 30A

I mentioned on my last post that I wanted to share with you some of our favorite new spots on 30A which is a strip of highway lined with adorable neighborhoods in Florida along the gulf coast. We have been visiting this area (specifically Seaside) since it was built (an old photo of us there here).

When we first got in we went to Water Sound's new watering hole: The Hub. You can watch movies here at night, the kids can run around and you can get a killer margarita ;) (half off at happy hour!). The BBQ was super good, not a lot of GF options but we ordered half a chicken, the potato salad and the beans. :)

I know all moms feel this way, but I just love these beautiful girls so much.

The food trucks in Seaside are always a good idea! The snow cones were the perfect dairy-free alternative to ice cream and we honestly preferred them. Get the strawberry margarita (sadly only virgin ones available haha).

A short-ish walk from Rosemary Beach is a shopping area called 30 Avenue (we also loved the Chipotle-esque Barbacoa for burrito bowls) where my new obsession Shop Outpost lives. This beautifully curated shop boasts beautiful housewares and clothing and accessories, they also have a small coffee shop and happy hour (hello Rose in a can!).

Speaking of happy hours... the gorgeous Pearl hotel has a rooftop bar with a gorgeous view and amazing apps. We loved the nachos and flatbread pizza. Nom. So fun getting to go with Mama and Rach. :)

We always love going to Pickles. They have an amazing grass-fed burger and yummy fries! The girls were obsessed with the giant pickles. Super kid friendly, not diet or food allergy friendly.

The Pop Stop in Seagrove is a tiny little shop with homemade popsicles. We got the Milk + Cookies, Raspberry Cheesecake, Creamy Latte and Strawberry Lemonade to name a few. ALL good.

Walking around Seaside is my favorite. Above is a peek at their neighborhood school. Swoon.

We tried Bud and Alley's Pizza bar and it was delicious. Fun date night! We got two pizzas and shared them.

One of my favorite memories from our trip was our date night in Alys Beach. We ate at George's for dinner, I had the short ribs with cauliflower fries (nom!!!) and Sam had the grouper plate. So good and the dessert was unreal. After that we walked to Caliza, their exclusive pool opens to the public at 7 for dinner and drinks. It was gorgeous and we had the best time at the bar.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Beach Trip 2016

I've been trying to take more photos with my camera and of course a family beach trip is the perfect excuse. Sweetest time with my family at this adorable cottage last week. Going to share some trip favorites this week. So thankful to have this time away with my family of four and for my mom who helped make the trip extra special. We even had a visitor! My sister Rachel came up for a few nights. Pure heaven on earth. The girls passed so many little milestones while we were there too and we saw so much amazing wildlife: star fish, sting rays, huge fish, sand dollars and more! <3

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Scottsdale Farms

We spent the weekend working on Phase 2 of our garden (see Phase 1 here), the Potager! You can see a few photos here. I love the idea of growing everything that you would need for the dinner table: herbs, flowers, vegetables. Heaven! Sam ended up making a beautiful cedar 4x4 bed and we will add three more to the plot. The pea gravel makes my heart sing. We are also going to invest (Sam and I can't seem to agree on that haha) on a shallow galvanized tub for the cut flowers. Can't wait to share finished photos with you guys! Anyways, my Dad came by to help Sam get the pea gravel and told us about Scottsdale Farms in Milton, GA. AHHHH! A gardener's dream come true and just a short day trip for us.

The farm sits on 55 acres. I didn't count the green houses but there were more than we could even walk through. Need to come back soon!

In addition to the green houses there were rows and rows of sun annuals and perennials as well as vegetables and herbs. Behind the tomatoes there is an amazing place for kids to play with a play ground, picnic tables, bean bag toss, corn hold, tic tac toe and more! Behind all of this sits the goats. Eek! Cutest baby goats I might add.
I really loved this white bird bath. So pretty.

Our cart. ;) Love that Guara!!!
The girls loved playing and seeing all of the animals (chickens, too!) and this truck bed full of flowers is just too much.

Goat house. :)

Definitely dog friendly place, saw tons of them! The garden center has tons of gifts, seeds, pet supplies as well as a cafe where they serve a lot of the produce that they grow on-site. So dreamy.

Working on a summer bucket list that includes slowing down, cooking more and taking more photos (on my camera!). I am also teaming up with one of my favorite bloggers and Home Depot for a special project. Can't wait to share all of this as well as photos of our finished garden area!

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