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Shopbop Workout Gear

This month I wanted to highlight my favorite work out gear that I have in 3 different shades!  You can find all shades currently in stock at shopbop here, so make sure to grab them while you can.  I love wearing these outfits when traveling anywhere because it is so light weight and easy to throw pieces on or take them off if traveling to warmer weather 🙂

 

 

My workout shoes are APL, also from shopbop here!


Shop all three colors of workout gear here!

Happy sweat babes <3
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August Shopbop Finds

This month I wanted to share with you my top brands that are also the “most hearted” on Shopbop right now here. These are styles we have taken on trips around the world and still function great after several washes.

1.  PJ Salvage:

I love this style of pajamas, its a mix between sleep and lounge wear!
Shop all the PJ Salvage items here.

2.  Beach Riot:  I finally found my favorite yoga set and they have them in so many color options!
Shop this set in black here on Shopbop.

3. Rails:  This is one designer I am newly obsessed with for the beach life!  I love this skirt I am wearing here, shop all their looks here!

4. Seea:  This is a new brand I discovered and love this suit I have on at the top!  Shop my favorites here.

Until next time <3 Becca

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Wrightsville Beach Travel Guide

This Wrightsville Beach guide is a long time coming!  When I say a long time, I mean this was the first beach I ever went to with my family when I was a baby  and continued to vacation for 30 years :).  Being born and raised in North Carolina you come to love Wrightsville beach and Wilmington NC area because it is the closest beach right off highway 40 when you head to the coast.  Not only is it super convenient, it also has always been the most developed North Carolina Beach town with some of the best restaurants and shops to me. This post is also going to be hard for me to write because there are SO MANY good places to go, visit, and eat.  For that simple reason, I am going to do two blog posts.  This first one I am going to highlight options to stay and things to do with the kids.  The next one will showcase where to eat around town, so stay tuned for that too!!  So without further ado, below is some info on WB!

How to get there:

You can fly into ILM airport and easily be at the beach in 20 minutes depending if summer/traffic etc.  If you are driving, you head straight down 40 East till you arrive in Wilmington.  North Carolina is not complicated to figure out 🙂  The best weather in NC typically runs from April-October.  The hottest time of the year is typically July-August, with highs touching the 90s.


(pictured here is the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach)

Where to stay:

  • We always book all our rentals through this Wilmington and Beaches site! From hotels, B&B’s to vacation rentals, they have several options!
  • If you want to stay on the beach, any area over the bridges is an easy walk to the ocean.
  • If you want to stay near restaurants/bars, choose the streets right off of Lumina, or anywhere behind the beach bars (located by Jerry Allens, or Tower 7)
  • The Southend of Wrightsville is more quiet and secluded in my opinion.
  • The North end (shell island) has more larger house rentals/full time residents and two hotels on that end.
  • If you have a boat, look at renting docks by the north end/”lollipop area”
  • We recently stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach.  I loved this hotel because they have so many amenities on site for kids:  Playground, indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, onsite kids camp/playroom, and an arcade room open 24/7.  The rooms also have a balcony over looking the pool & ocean!
  • We have also stayed at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, which is on the south-end of the island.  They recently renovated the hotel & the entire outside area is gorgeous.

What to do:

  • Rent a Boat/Car from Bluewater Transport Charters:  One of my favorite things to do in the summer is go out on a boat to some of the neighborhood islands.  The closest one is Mason’s inlet, which has small tide pools for kids to play in.  On the islands you can bring your own coolers, dogs, and tents year round & spend an entire day out there!  You can rent a boat for the day, do a sunrise tour, and even arrange luxury car transfers if a special occasion.
  • Visit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History:  Located at 303 W. Salisbury, find this museum in the middle of the Historic Square of houses all built in the early 1900s.  The homes that make up the Historic Square are some of the last survivors of the Great Fire, which roared through
    the island in 1934 including the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.  The Wrightsville Beach Park is right behind the Museum, so take the kids right after the blow off some energy! Wrightsville Beach Park has a new all-inclusive playground geared towards children with disabilities as well as two outdoor basketball courts, four tennis courts, three sand volleyball pits, one softball field and anopen area for soccer/flag football.
  • Explore the Shops on Wrightsville beach: My favorite local beach shops are Sweetwater Surf Shop & Hallelu!
  • Explore Airlie Gardens: “Encompasses 67 acres of beautiful Gilded Age gardens and lakes. Admire the azaleas,gaze at the camellias, stand in the shade of the 450-year-old Airlie Oak, experience nature’s most delicate and ephemeral creatures – butterflies – in the region’s first
    permanent butterfly house.”  Airlie Gardens has special events year round, including the famous “Garden Party” which is hosted Azalea festival weekend on that Friday.  They also do “Enchanted Airlie” during the holidays where you can pay for a car full to drive and see all the lights!
  • Book a Cave room with Native Salt Caves & Wellness: This was a really cool experience to take the kids to detoxify your body!  From the site, since they can explain their process better:  “Providing Himalayan salt caves for halotherapy, Native Salt Cave and Wellness offers the choice of two caves: one for a massage treatment room or children’s cave, and the other for adults to sit and relax enjoying the benefits of breathing the salt-infused air surrounded by Himalayan Salt. The salt used in the halogenerators, found in both caves, is pharmaceutical-grade 99.99% sodium chloride, the same that is used in medical saline solutions. The main Salt Cave holds tweleve. Inhaling dry salt air for a period of time has been a traditional wellness practice. Signature events: Classes, or group sessions, held in the main cave combining massage, light and sound techniques to enhance the salt cave experience.”
  • Visit the Famous Wrightsville Beach Mailbox:  Before you leave, head to the North end on the beach, known as on shell island, Beach Access 1, and walk to the beach to put a note in the mailbox!

We loved working with Wilmington and Beaches to showcase an area that means so much to us!  Stay tuned for my next guide on “Where to eat in Wrightsville Beach” coming soon!

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Shopbop Spring Sale- Swim

The Shopbop Spring sale just went live for the public and lasts until this Saturday!  Since bathing suit season is right around the corner and you know that is all my family basically lives in when we travel, I wanted to share my top pics and styles you have seen me wear constantly!  Shop all the swimwear on sale here and see below for favorite brands!

Here is the breakdown on the sale:
Starts: Monday 3/2 7:18AM Eastern Time (New York) Zone.
Ends: Saturday 3/9 4:00AM Eastern Time (New York) Zone.

Up to 25% off full-price styles with code SPRING
15% off orders of $200+
20% off orders of $500+
25% off orders of $800+

Happy shopping <3


Brand Spotlight: Shop all the PQ SwimSuits!  Pictured here is the Zoe One Piece.
Brand Spotlight:  Tiara Hawaii Cover up Pictured.


Brand Spotlight: L*Space swim & Coverups! (several colors): Shop all the L*Space looks here!


Sale item: Shop All the L*space suits here! Similar style L*space Gemma Bikini topL*Space Gemma Bikini bottom


Brand Spotlight: All the Vitamin A swimwear in various colors here!


Sale Item: All the L*Space styles here in various colors!


Brand Spotlight:  Shop all the L*Space styles.  Rebel Bikini top & Portia Stripe Bottoms pictured here!


Brand Spotlight: Shop All the Montce Styles here!


Brand Spotlight: Shop all the Melissa Odabash styles here!


Brand Spotlight: Shop all the Tori Praver Swim here!


Brand Spotlight:  Faithful the Brand: Shop all my favorite swim & dresses from them here!
Beach Bag Accessories: Shop them here!

Hope this helps you ease into your summer planning 🙂

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Guest Suite Makeover with Home Depot


(this was the before! Scroll for all the pictures after the makeover!)

We styled our downstairs Suite room at the beach house over the last couple months with The Home Depot & I am so excited to share the before and after results!  Everything you see in this room was shipped directly from The Home Depot & styled by one of our favorite designers Upstaged Wilmington.  I wanted something cozy & bright with a more updated feel.  See below for all the updates with links to the specific products to easily shop!

I used the Hook Strap Black Rolling Barn Door Hardware Kit in 5 inch wheel from The Home Depot and had a local contractor create a chevron barn door to give the room a southern beach feel.  I have always wanted to have a barn door in my house and I was so excited The Home Depot’s hardware was so easy to install with my vision.


The entire bed is so cozy.  We have had several guests come stay at the beach house and mention that this is the most comfortable bed they have ever slept in!  I layered the bed with StyleWell Down Feather Blend White Comforter and the Home Decorators Collections Quilted Gel Memory Foam Matress Topper from Home Depot. The pillows are Stylewell every position allergy relief king pillows! The bed frame is Home Decorators Collection Hillcott Charcoal Gray upholstered king bed from The Home Depot, I love the dark grey tones it brings to the room.


I fell in love with these South Shore Lionel 2-Drawer Seaside Pine Nightstands on their site.  It’s the perfect balance of white and grey distressed for that new trend.  It compliments the bed frame so well.  You can also shop this Safavieh Passion Turquoise/Ivory rug pictured here, we chose the 8ft x 11ft area rug.


This BrandtWorks Weathered Gray Full Length Floor Mirror is perfect for getting ready at any time of day.  The grey tone blended so well with my theme.  Also you can shop the South Shore Lionel 6-Drawer Seaside Pine Chest that matches the nightstands.


I also bought these additional Amerock Carrione Marble White Drawer Pulls I plan to switch out in the future on the dressers  & Nightstands for a pop of white!  The Home Depot has so many options for hardware choices to be creative!


I’ve always loved beds that had a bench at the end of it for taking off your shoes easily, and the Home Decorators Collection Ivory Bench is so well put together.  I love the cream shade!


For organization I put this Liberty Graywash and Satin Nickel Hook Rack on the right side wall for guests to easily hang their bags, towels after being on the beach!   I also have been using this Natural Jute Decorative Storage basket by LR Resources to store things in the closet.

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A Santa Barbara Wedding with Jenny Yoo

My sister (Frances) and new brother-in-law (Brandon) had the perfect set up for their California wedding at the Rincon Beach Club in Carpinteria a month ago! ! From my own kids walking down the aisle as ring bearer & flower girl to the groom being the DJ at the reception, everything was so magical!  We partnered with Jenny Yoo for my maid of honor dress & to feature my daughter’s flower girl dress.  Scroll below to see all the images & also the details of the wedding!  You can also see videos on my Instagram stories here.
Huge shout out to their photographer I Heart My Groom for capturing all these images!




(Shop Lainey’s flower girl dress here)

 

Favorite Moment: The highlight of our reception was when the groom started his DJ set and got the party started!  The excitement and celebration in the room created an incredible energy on the dance floor, and you could tell how much fun everyone was having.  Towards the end of his set, he played the bride’s favorite song then joined her on the dance floor.

Getting ready:

(Matching Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar)


(Bridal gifts from Shop At Bash)

(Matching PJS from Piyama!)

All the Details:

Wedding Dress – Amy Kuschel https://amykuschel.com/ from Glamour Closet http://glamourcloset.com/closet/index.asp
Bridesmaid Dresses – Jenny Yoo https://www.jennyyoo.com/ and BHLDN https://www.bhldn.com/
Groom’s Suit – Top Man https://us.topman.com/
Groomsmen Suits – Jos. A. Banks https://www.josbank.com/

Make Up and Hair – LunaBella  http://lunabellamakeupart.com/
Hair Accessories – Ancora Boutique https://www.etsy.com/shop/ancoraboutique
Florist – Grass Roots http://grassrootssb.com/
Wedding Venue – Rincon Beach Club http://eventsbyrincon.com/rincon-beach-club-santa-barbara
Wedding Planner – Carol Borowitz at Events by Rincon

Transportation – Santa Barbara Trolley https://www.sbtrolley.com/
Photographer and Videographer – I Heart My Groom https://www.iheartmygroom.com/
Ceremony Music – Laurie Rasmussen https://www.laurierasmussen.com/
Hotel Accommodations – Inn on Summer Hill https://www.innonsummerhill.com/
All photos Copyright by I Heart My Groom.
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Sun Protection Awareness with Cabana Life

If I could go back to my 16 year old self, I would tell her to stop going to tanning beds & lather up on the SPF girlfriend!  We travel so much with the kids, I want them to know how to keep their skin protected daily.  Today unofficially kicks off Skin Cancer awareness month & I have partnered with one of our favorite SPF swim Brands Cabana Life to share the important message!  We love their entire family line & how the swimwear is 50+ UV Protection.
See below for what we are doing & how you can help!


(Cabana Life Uni Suit featured here and above two different patterns)


(Matching kid patterns available here)

What We Are Doing:
1. Cabana Life will be offering $20 off every purchase of $75+ with code PROTECT from May 6-12.
2. Simultaneously, Cabana Life and the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund are teaming up to bring awareness to the importance of sun protection & UPF clothing during Skin Cancer Awareness Month. For every share of the “Dear 16 Year Old Me” video on Facebook or Instagram from May 6-12 that @cabanalife is tagged in, Cabana Life will donate $5 to the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund.
Helpful Facts & Statistics: 
  • 1/5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma.
  • More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.
  • Clothing is your first defense against the sun. UPF 50+ is the highest rating available for fabric!
  • Anywhere your skin is covered with UPF 50+ fabric, you don’t have to apply sunscreen as the fabric blocks 98% of UVA & UVB rays


Thank you Cabana Life for being such an awesome brand to partner with & spread the message of skin cancer awareness!

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North Carolina Travel Stay-Cations

I was born & raised in North Carolina.  I went to school in North Carolina (except for a semester in Hawaii), and I now live in North Carolina with my family!  When it comes to traveling around the state, I find myself doing the same things I am so use to and grew up to know.  I wanted to break out of the ordinary and start traveling my own state like I do other cities.  These next couple months I am so excited to do several “Stay-Cations” in North Carolina and see some sides of these towns I haven’t before!  We have some upcoming trips to the mountains (Blowing Rock & Asheville) over these winter months so keep an eye out for those travel guides.

In NC, fall/Winter blend together for the most part. I wanted to show you my basic travel packing list for the kids when going on short one night stays in the area!
Here’s whats in their suitcase:

  •  Jackets: These Merrimane Jackets have been a life saver, not too hot, not too cold, perfect over the clothes jacket that’s so soft.  It also has a chic look too it, so we rock these jackets to church too :). * Fun Giveaway happening on my Instagram page, head over there for a chance to win a Merrimane Jacket!
  • Basic Tees/Leggings: My go to is H&M/ Carters for basic black/white tees for layering
  • Pajamas: Babybreez– I always try to put the kids in jammies when traveling for comfort.
  • Toboggans: Loving Love your Melon kid line right now!
  • Shoes: Uggs- so easy & Warm, I think im going to get black for both of them for christmas.
  • Essentials: Babybum products, from lotion to shampoo!
  • Packing Cubes: These making packing so much easier, got them on amazon here!

Below are some stays we recently did and Holiday events going on around the Triangle this month (Raleigh/Durham).  You can see my first Christmas post on events around NC here.

Winston Salem, NC
Where we stayed: The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

  •  Proximity: We chose this hotel due to its convenience to downtown and tons of restaurants within walking distance.
  • Kid Friendly:  If you saw my stories on my Instagram, they didn’t do it justice.  This hotel comes with a complete underground basement with a basketball court, Bowling Alley, Slide, ping pong tables, and so on.  Anyone from kids to adults could spend hours in this area having a blast.
  • Pet Friendly:  This hotel allows dogs.  Its rare that I am at a nice hotel that also allows pets, so bring your fur babies!
  • Rooms:  We stayed in a large king room, the showers were amazing with kids- double sided no fights!
  • Buffet Breakfast: Starts at 8am, I would have preferred earlier because my kids are early birds but nonetheless it was delicious and easy!

    Raleigh, NC
    Where we Stayed: Hilton North Hills

  • Amenities: Their Indoor Pool & Whirlpool was the hit of our stay with the kids.  I love when a hotel has a pool indoors because you can keep the kids entertained no matter what time of year it is!  The place was huge and stocked with towels.
  • Restaurant on site:  Their new restaurant 88 Oaks was an easy choice for dinner & Breakfast.
  • Service:  Everything was perfect from check in to check out, to getting us anything we needed quickly.
  • Rooms: We had a king bed room and the bed was very comfortable, I usually toss and turn not sleeping in my own bed and didn’t wake up at all here.  The bed felt like a cloud.
  • Proximity: This location is within a mile from North Hills shopping, and we happened to stay the night of the Tree Lighting at North Hills!  A lot of fun action happening around this area for kids to be entertained.

We went to the Christmas parade in downtown Raleigh yesterday and then scooted over to the North Hills Hilton! There seemed to be a ton of events going on.  A tree lighting at North Hills Shopping center with a ton of vendors/events going on, and at the same time they had one in Lafayette Village we didn’t get a chance to check out.

The Kids are wearing their Merrimane Jackets in these pictures I mentioned above- giveaway happening on my instagram page!

Upcoming Events I am excited to check out and share with you, check them out if you’re in the area!

  •    Santa at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC
  •    Tweetsie Christmas- Blowing Rock, NC
  •    Umstead Tea with Santa
  •    Pullen Park Holiday Express
  •    12 days of Shristmas at Carolina Inn
  •    Polar Express
  •     Museum of Natural Science, Durham NC
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All About Bunk Beds with Beddys Beds

Ever since Lainey turned two she started coming into our room at night.  She constantly told us when she turned “4” she no longer would need us and would sleep in “Bunk Beds” if we got them (bittersweet) :).  So ofcourse I couldn’t wait for her “4th” birthday to come around and surprise her with bunk beds + more sleep for mama!  I had been eyeing these stress free bed sheets from Beddys Beds and I immediately started researching all about them!  They Zip Up, hassle free, and it comes with a comforter and the softest bed sheets inside for your little one to feel like they are snug & secure in their own little sleeping bag!  It’s genius, and I cant believe I just learned about them.   I don’t know of any other bed sheets that zip up on the side like this.  You can read more about them here too.

I then reached out to local furniture company in NC to get the ball rolling with the bunk beds- Furniture Land South!  Sara Lee, their own interior designer, helped me chose these bunk beds.

Below are some images of the beddy’s sheets on the bed:  We chose the color: “Oh So Boho” because I loved the linen and the neutral look went with our house.

(Cozy Mink Interior)


(Easy Pull Zipper Tabs)


(Comfort Panels- Extending out to cover Zipper and offer extended coverage)


(Quilted: 100% Cotton Material; all around so looks like a quilt nicely tucked in)

*Order Beddys sheets here
*Get Bunk Beds here
*Get the Floor Mirror here