Labor Day Picnic

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What are you doing this Labor Day Weekend? Me and the fam and some friends are going to Red Top Mountain for a picnic and a hike. We’re auditioning the location for a family camping trip sometime later this Fall. Have you taken your little ones camping? Let me rephrase…. would you ever take your little ones camping… again?

PS I am thinking about making these coconut macaroons

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

{Image via BHG}

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Soap Box

Typical London Photo

I’m not one to get all soap box-y, but after re-reading this New York Times article, I wondered if the Britons might add to the list of Things They Don’t Admire About Americans how Syria can be on the brink of a civil war, and yet the biggest scoop to hit US headlines this week is Miley Cyrus’ twerking episode on the VMA’s.

PS. Spell Check still flags the term “twerking”. Does this mean that I can get away with being a little sudsy today?

Have a great Thursday!

{Image via Harshit Verma Photography}

From Samba to Scraped Knees

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This morning, I took the kids to see the dollar viewing of Rio at Regal Cinema. It reminded me of the time I was in Brazil. Trust me when I say that when Brazilians aren’t protesting the rate of public transit in the streets of São Paulo, they are having one rip roaring good time in the night clubs. I never was much of a club- goer even when I was single and still looked decent in a tube top. But, apparently night clubs in Brazil are about as common as Waffle Houses in Georgia. And well, when in Rome, right?

I wish I had pictures of my Brazilian night club experience, but it is probably better for my witness that I don’t. Picture wall to wall bodies dancing until the wee hours to a live Funk band that would make G Love cry in his Special Sauce. Dancing all night will make a girl hungry. Not to worry. The clubs stay open until 10am and they serve breakfast!

Funny how watching two squawking animated birds can bring the memories flooding back.

Snap to reality: We interrupt this little stroll down memory lane to bring you a nasty fall and the last of the Shrek band-aids. My how we’ve come a long way from Samba to scraped knees.

{Image via Rookie of Life}

Hilton Head Island City Guide

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{Sorry for the last post today. My computer called in sick today.}

I am still reeling from our beach vacation last week. So, I put together a little city guide for those of you that are condering Hilton Head for your next vacation destination. If we weren’t enjoying our Hilton Head Beach Villa, we were exploring the best the island had to offer.

Let’s start with the food. Here’s what I recommend at Coligny Plaza–

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Frosty Frog: Live music on the patio and a local dressed as a giant frog in a snow cap– what more could a family ask for? The waitress said, and I quote, “There’s not a lot of healthy food on the menu.” When was the last time you saw someone balancing their checkbook at the craps table at Caesar’s Palace? Exactly. You’re on vacation. Count your calories at home.

And if you’re feeling a bit fancier than sandy flip flop feet:

Steamer Seafood is next door. Great menu. Great atmosphere. Outdoor seating next to a duck pond. But a 45 minute wait on a Friday night would likely send my two hungry kids bobbing for ducks. So we we headed to The Frog, and we weren’t disappointed.

Mia ice cream

Hilton Head Ice Cream : Speaking of your checkbook, you might break yours on three single scoops of Hilton Head Ice Cream. The good news is, I sampled a lot of ice cream last week, and Hilton Head Ice Cream Brownie Cheesecake was by far my fave. So budget accordingly.

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And in Harbour Town–

The Quarterdeck: At the base of the Harbour Town Lighthouse {don’t blink or you’ll miss it}, sit outside under the covered patio and enjoy the views. {The view wasn’t too shabby from where I was sitting.}

Clark at Quarterdeck

The menu features offers a wide variety, and the wait staff is so inspiring, your four-year-old might raid every open table of cloth napkin-bound silverware and scatter it all over the deck like mine did.

I like to think he is exploring his professional interests.

If your pants start fitting a bit more snugly after all that ice cream, rent a bike and hit the trails. They are clearly marked for directionally-challenged people like me who get turned around in a walk-in closet. But be sure to steer clear of the Island Mascot.

Hilton Head gator

I snapped this pic while I was on an early morning run. Once I detoured from the footbridge, I stumbled upon what I like to call Antique Consignment Row on Arrow Road. I am happy to report that all limbs are still in tact, and I was able to enjoy some early bird window shopping.

If ice cream and antiques and biking and gator-dodging are not your thing, you can always relax by the Atlantic and let the beach work its relaxing magic.

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Thanks, Hilton Head. We will see you next year!

Have a Great Weekend

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The Beasleys give this vaca two thumbs up!

Really? Really.

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I think I’m in love.

Now You See Her…

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Now you don’t…

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We’re Off

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“All right, Boys and Girls. That’s enough. No more fun.” –Salem Beasley

Well, we’re off to a great start to this vacation.

Hacked and Daydreaming

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When I’m not busy getting my email hacked, I am daydreaming about next week’s family vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Have you ever been there? I’ve started putting together a city guide based on an article in Southern Living Magazine and a few dining and recreation recommendations from some friends, but I have a feeling that we may just enjoy doing absolutely nothing productive for the first couple of days. Our vacation is more of a “deep breath” before The Great Beasley Family Upheaval of 2013. The good news is, I think we found a new house {fingers crossed}. It looks like we will be able to move in by the end of the month. Barring any real estate disasters, I should have more details in a few days. Now, if I can just stay focussed on getting the laundry done, maybe we can all make it to Hilton Head with clean underwear.

PS. Leave a comment below with your favorite things to see and do in Hilton Head.

Places I’ve Been: West Palm Beach, Florida

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It occurred to me two nights ago while I was lying awake at 4am, that I have not lived at one address for longer than 3 years. That can be either depressing or exciting depending on how you look at it. My Moving Career began far before I can even remember, but the only time it didn’t bother me was during my stay in West Palm Beach. I lived at half a dozen addresses during my four years at college there, but it didn’t matter. Everyone was passing through. Life was simpler– my greatest woe was making it to the cafeteria before they stopped serving breakfast on a Saturday. And now that I find myself searching for yet another address, I could use a dose of simplicity to see me through the days ahead.

I could also use a week at the beach! T-12 days and counting!

{Image via MississippiMrs Pinterest page}

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