Beach with the Kids

What do you need to pack for a beach trip with the kids? I try to keep it minimal whenever possible but there’s some long beach days or “hot” days that require some extra gear. My family has a shore house that I keep equipped with the “must-have” kid items to avoid unnecessary packing every summer weekend. I think our goal is the same… Keep the kids happy + let the parents enjoy some sun (and maybe some quiet). Since we are back in the infant world, I included some gear to keep our little babies happy + safe from the sun! Check out my recommendations below + leave a comment with any of your favorite beach products!

 

A few other must haves I love to pack is a baby carrier, insulated lunch box with snacks, lots of water, swim diaper, swaddle blanket, beach towel, beach toys + bucket, sunscreen, hats + sunglasses, SPF protective swimwear.

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Happy Summer! And, if you’re not already following me on Instagram….click HERE! I’ll be sharing more of my favorite products over there. XO, S

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Mermaid Makeover at Bowfish Studios

What was your dream when you were a little girl?  I wanted to be a mermaid. Didn’t you, too? I will admit I use to pretend I was a mermaid in our swimming pool growing up. Well, Bowfish Studios is a place where your imagination becomes reality. Bowfish offers mermaid and unicorn makeovers…..and yes, they are magical for all ages!

Bowfish surprised my daughter with a birthday makeover over the weekend! To double the fun, we even got to invite one of her friends. I was so excited for everyone. My daughter’s imagination already runs wild so I can’t even imagine all the nerves and pure excitement she must of felt during her own transformation.

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The appointment started off with the girls deciding if they wanted to transform into mermaids or unicorns. Easy choice. Mermaids! The second choice was what mermaid they wanted to be….(aka pink, purple or blue tail).

After both deciding they wanted to become “Brighton” the purple mermaid, the girls were taken back to the sequin dressing rooms to change into their new tee (which they got to take home) and their mermaid tails!

Hair braids, eye shadow, lip stick, face paint, glitter and sparkle tattoos…the girls were in awe of all the fun! At one point, my daughter said “i really love the lipstick”….and this was her FIRST TIME wearing any kind of makeup. I am in trouble!

After the final dust of glitter was placed on their arms, the girls were officially mermaids.  Professional looking may I add.  The girls had a blast posing for the camera in their mermaid tails with their new hairdo + mermaid makeup! Okay, mommy had a blast requesting for them to pose for the camera. Seriously, if you vacation at the Jersey shore or live close by….you must go! Its seriously such a fun experience, and I loved our mommy + me time during this fun adventure! Ps. Bowfish Kids sells the cutest infant and toddler clothing + gifts too….it will be hard NOT to leave without buying something adorable. I am guilty every time.

XO, Stephanie

 

Happy Fourth!

We had the best week at the shore celebrating the Fourth of July + my Brother’s 30th birthday! Since my Brother lives in NC it’s not often all the cousins get a chance to play together. From a boardwalk surrey ride, fireworks on the beach, endless beach days, playground visits + kite flying….the kids endlessly played all week long! 

What are your traditions for the 4th? BBQ? Party? Relax? 

Our family did a little of everything this year! The 4th is always the official start of Summer at the Shore! Its one of my favorite weekends. It’s the first weekend everyone is at the shore with their family + friends. Since having a kid (and now pregnant), I spend most of our time here relaxing! It’s my happy place.

Ps. We also hosted our GENDER REVEAL over the weekend. More details on my next post! 

Hope everyone had a happy 4th! xo

Goodbye Summer

I can’t believe Labor Day Weekend has come & gone. This summer has seriously flown by, leaving me reminiscing of all the priceless memories we shared as a family together in Ocean City, NJ {my H A P P Y place}! One of my favorite beach weekends was shared with my Sister & her Daughter. Our father had purchased the girls matching seersucker blue dresses at our local children’s boutique, Bowfish Kids, and I’ve been dying to take photos of our girls in their matching outfits! Kennedy also just finished a mini-photoshoot with BowFish Kids which I’ll post about later on!

Here’s a few shots of the girls I took on the beach one early morning. I’m obsessed with these two beauties. Kennedy loves her baby cousin Charlie so much! Its the sweetest thing to watch them play with one another.

What do you think? My passion is Photography and I can’t wait to share more photos with you.

XO, Stephanie

Kickoff to Summer 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day weekend is my favorite holiday (Seriously)! I love spending my weekends in Ocean City,NJ!! You will never not find me not at the shore on Memorial Day Weekend. I’m so happy I was able to sit on the beach & relax this weekend. There’s nothing I love more than laying out on the beach (getting a tan) with a good magazine or book. The only thing missing was the rest of family who was unable to make it!

Although there were no trips to the Princeton or AC to visit the new casino-Revel, we had a great low key weekend……lots of BBQ-ing & bike riding.

Hope everyone had a safe & amazing Memorial Day weekend with their friends & family. Please pause & remember those men & women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country! XO

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