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Jessica Garvin

Seaside Part 2

Our vacation recap is finally here & it is officially making me wish I was there! This was truly the first vacation where I felt like I was not at all ready to come home, maybe it was the freezing cold temps waiting for me back in KC, but I could have stayed another week or two. In fact, I definitely begged all of the responsible adults to extend the vacation, but alas, we came home. It was SO much fun & I’m excited to share a bunch of pictures and a list of all of our favorite places & things to do with you!

We caught the prettiest sunset on one of our last nights and my mom took some pictures of us on the beach with my good camera, my favorite souvenir!

There are really three things we (and probably most people) do on beach vacations, go to the beach, go to the pool & go out to eat. And 30a is no exception!

Most mornings, we would eat breakfast at home, venture out and get coffee, walk on the beach, get in the water and hang out for a few hours, get lunch somewhere and then head home to the pool. If you’re vacationing for more than a few days, it makes most sense to get lots of groceries so you can cook at home (especially with kids) so you don’t have to do dinner out every night. But then again, what’s the fun in that, right? 🙂

Ok on to all of our favorite things to do & places to go!

Seaside & Watercolor // This is where we spend the bulk of our time. Like I mentioned, this is where we stayed and is home to most of our favorite restaurants and beach access. We love going in to Seaside first thing in the morning, getting coffee, doing a little shopping and then walking down onto the beach. Five Daughters Bakery is new to Seaside, a little airstream with amazing coffee and the BEST donuts of your entire life (trust me) and was our favorite breakfast spot. The Seaside shops are in this same area (stocked up on all of our favorite sweatshirts for the year!) and some of the best local shopping, The Art of Simple has the cutest and most quirky home decor & Duckies for kids toys and entertainment. We needed this store since we had lots of cold weather, we got a bunch of art supplies & the kids ended up buying magic cards and it entertained us all the rest of the trip! Seaside is also home to all of the best food, the food trucks (Meltdown for the best grilled cheese ever!) and Bud and Alleys restaurants. We have officially decided that our favorite place to eat in all of 30a is the Pizza Bar, which I know sounds crazy because who wants pizza at the beach, BUT. It is the best wood fired pizza & and their gulf mahi is some of the best fresh fish I’ve ever eaten! The patio is the prettiest, it is so relaxing compared to lots of the other restaurants, and has the most amazing view. We went so many times and I would spend every afternoon there if I could!! They also have the best margaritas!! And you can get them to go!! The Great Southern is another restaurant we love, it has a super fun atmosphere and amazing food, it’s usually one of our very first stops when we get in town! We had an amazing sunset dinner at Fish Out Of Water and it is worth it just for the views, seriously stunning & such a fun experience. The Publix is also in this area which comes in handy if you’re staying more than a few days, and the new Perfect Pig restaurant opened just next door that has an amazing Happy Hour!

Alys Beach // This used to be home to our favorite coffee shop, Fonville Press, but it just closed the week before we visited, and is currently switching hands to become a new juicery & coffee shop. I’ve heard it’s going to be just as good once it reopens, hoping that is true!! It has the best patio for lounging in the morning & a fun playground for kids (so we brought our own coffee and still hung out there!) and I can’t wait go to back when it reopens! Out other favorite spot in Alys is George’s Donut Truck & the splash pad right in front of it. For dinner & drinks, we love George’s (another gorgeous patio!) and NEAT is a fun late night spot for margaritas. The beaches in Alys are private, but just walking around to see the architecture is one of our favorite things to do, it is so so beautiful there and definitely a must see while you’re in 30a.

Rosemary Beach // We actually spend the least amount of time in Rosemary, they have some amazing food, but it tends to be a little busier and harder to access the beaches. We love La Crema for coffee & brunch, The Sugar Shak for ice cream and Cowgirl Kitchen. They have a super cute farmers market and it is a fun place to rent bikes to ride around. If you are looking to rent a hotel instead of a house, The Pearl is beyond words stunning and an amazing location with heated pools.

Seacrest Beach // This is where The Hub is located, as well as Prominence where we stayed last year. I love this area!! We go here strictly for the fun entertainment, if you have young kids and are planning to vacation here, I would highly recommend staying at Prominence. The Hub is so kid friendly, family movie nights outside a few nights a week, lots of live music and entertainment. So much fun! They have lots of different food options and also amazing margaritas!!

Inlet Beach // The Donut Hole is an amazing breakfast spot with pastries & diner food! There is a fun little area with some shopping that I love to visit, The Outpost and Mingle, and a brand new coffee shop in the area with lots of fun games and entertainment for kids. There’s not a lot over here, but it’s only a few minute drive from everything else and worth a change of scenery for some good food and shopping! 🙂

And now, for a photo dump! They’re probably all out of order but we will remember them all as before Harper lost her front tooth and after Harper lost her front tooth. Having the tooth fairy visit the beach house was extra memorable!

Until next year!!

If you made it this far in the post, you are surely craving a margarita & warm weather by now. Lucky for all of us, Spring is just around the corner!! XO


Seaside Part 1: Our House

We are in vacation hangover mode right now & getting back into the swing of things at home very slowly. I am missing afternoon swimming & endless margaritas something fierce right now.

I have tons of pictures to sort through but thought it would be fun to share a little tour of the house we stayed in! We have stayed in this neighborhood before & can’t wait to come stay here again.

A few things if you are planning a vacation in Seaside. Make sure that where you are staying has public beach access as well as heated pools, this neighborhood does have both. It’s also super close to the grocery store which comes in handy! If you can get a place that includes a golf cart, it is so so worth it!! And bring lots of games and things to do indoors in case you get bad weather, it’s Florida so it happens (a lot), and there aren’t a ton of local things to do indoors. We played games, spent a lot of time on the screened in porch & cooked a bunch of big meals while it stormed a few of the afternoons.

The neighborhood we stayed in is technically considered WaterColor, it is super close to Seaside beach access and all of the fun restaurants and shopping, plus the houses are super cozy and full of character! You can find our house here if you want to rent it. We have also stayed in Prominence through airbnb which is close to the Hub, it also has an amazing pool, it is less expensive and very centrally located to both Rosemary, Alys & all of Seaside.

I wrote in an instagram post early in the week that one of my favorite things to do when we travel is take in all the design inspiration, I was reminded of how much I looove neutrals and pretty patios after staying here! I can’t wait to show you the place we have picked out in Seattle in a few weeks!!

I will share a bunch more of our trip soon, stay tuned! Hope you all are surviving daylight savings! XO


Valentine’s Day Cookies

This weekend, the midwest was basically a sheet of ice, so we decided to stay in and get some baking done! We go extra big on Valentine’s Day since it is Harper’s birthday eve (if you’ve been here a while, you know how we roll) so we baked up a giant batch of my grandma’s sugar cookies.

Watching the girls decorate cookies is probably my favorite thing ever. They concentrate so hard piling the frosting on two inches high and loading them with an impossible amount of sprinkles. The best part is loading up plates of them to deliver to our friends & neighbors, always double your recipe when it comes to sweets!

The recipe is super simple. I loved making them with my grandma when I was little and have her recipe card to keep forever, even though we know it by heart now.

Cream together: 1 Cup Sugar, 2 Sticks Softened Butter. Add: 2 Eggs, 4 Tablespoons Cream (Half & Half), a smidgeon of Vanilla. Mix Together. Then Add: 3 Cups Flour, 2 Tsp Baking Powder, 1 Tsp Baking Soda. Mix well (I used my hands here). Refrigerate dough at least two hours. Roll, cut & bake at 350 degrees for about 6-7 min.

We do a simple buttercream frosting using 1 cup softened butter, 3-4 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla & 2 tbsp. milk.

If you make these, be sure to let us know how you liked them!! Happy Valentine’s week friends!! XO