Beach Week Highlights

That's exactly how I'm feeling on this Monday. Why? Not because it's any Monday, but because it's the first day of the new school year Monday. Which means meetings, unpacking and setting up my office, getting situated at a second school (once they tell me where that actually is), getting familiar with new staff...
It's never easy coming off of summer break. I'm hopeful that today goes well, tho--and it'll be nice to see all of my teacher friends together, too.

In the meantime, I thought I'd recap my last week of summer vacay at the beach! (Warning: lots of photos ahead!)

My last week beach vacay highlights included:

~Arriving earlier than we'd planned on Friday and getting in some beach time
~stayed in the cutest little beach rental
~spending time with cute (and funny) nieces
(our 11 year old niece, who is super obsessed with make up did my make up this night--looked really good!)

~coffee outside with the ocean breeze every morning, and dinners cooked at home and eaten on the deck (and getting creative when the coffee cups in the house weren't big enough)
~donuts for breakfast 
not every morning ;)
~my SIL's fabulous meatballs for dinner (she makes them every summer special for me)

~the most beautiful beach weather the entire week, and not one sunburn!
~playing games at night with the fam (including cards against humanity which was hilarious to play with my in-laws)
~cooking my mediterranean pasta bake for the family to enjoy (it was a hit!)

~daily walks along the beach with my love

~Anniversary dinner for MG's parents with all of us while the kids were babysat by our oldest niece--enjoyed the outdoor setting, some yummy fish/shrimp tacos (and crab mac and cheese), mason jar drinks, and watching the sunset

we shared our drinks that night :)
~gambling in AC...started off with $20 and left with $20.06 haha (MG won more)--love digital roulette!

~shopping and finding a super cute new necklace, bracelet, white flowy long sleeve shirt and some new flip flops from my favorite company, Cobian (half the price of Reef's and as comfortable if not more)
~night walks on the boardwalk for treats like ice cream and fudge

~MG and my BIL making the funniest video based off of a vine video the kids showed us (if you follow me on Instagram, that's what that was all about!)

~playing boardwalk games like skee-ball and table hockey, and watching the kids ride the rides
~Manco&Manco pizza (twice)
~dinner on the bay and watching the sunset

~leftover hamburger/hotdog bun war fight on the last night

~Lots of photo ops with my handsome husband (in the best spot on the top deck)

~somehow losing a pound after vacation and all of the beach vacation goodies I indulged in (I shall call it "the beach diet" haha)--thank goodness for all of those morning, afternoon and evening walks!

There were so many other photos and videos that we took, but I didn't want to overload the post (and my SIL's have a lot of them still too). Overall, it was the absolute best week away at the beach. I loved getting to spend the extra time with the family--the beach and awesome weather were just an added bonus!

At least we went out with a bang on our last summer vacay!

And last but not least I want to sent out a big shout out of thanks to the ladies who guest posted for me!! You all are the best! :)

And now I'm off to start the 2015-2016 school year--wish me luck!!


  1. What an amazing family vacation!! So many memories made and shared on that trip it seems and it sounds like it was just perfect!! How amazing that you lost a pound - sounds like I need this beach vacation diet lol!!! Good luck on your first day girl!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Looks like it was a wonderful family vacation! Losing a pound on vacation is so great! I usually gain weight from vacation. Happy first day of school! Hope the day goes well.

  3. Gotta love a good family vacation, makes so many great memories! Loved your beach style, I always look like a hot mess! Good luck on getting back into work this week!

    Linds @ Not A Mom

  4. Looks like an amazing vacation! I love uninterrupted family time, there's nothing better! Good luck at your first week back at school, you will be great! Xoxox

  5. What a fun trip! Wishing I had that donut for my breakfast this morning!

  6. So so jealous of your beach week! Looks like an amazing way to end your summer vacation! Hope the first day back today isn't too rough!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. Okay, who goes on vacation and LOSES a pound? Teach me your ways, lol!:) Loved keeping up with you on your vacation via IG. Looked like so much fun - the perfect way to end the summer. Hope getting back to work and a routine isn't too tough this week!

  8. Good luck on the new school year!!!! And I want to lose a pound eating all that delish food. And your nieces are too cute and I cannot believe how big they have gotten in just a year and a half since I saw them at your wedding. Miss you!

  9. What a great trip! Looks like you guys had so much fun! Hope today goes well for you xo

  10. This looks PERFECT! Have a great week at work! XO

  11. What a perfect time, so jealous of the beach! It has been far too long since I have been to one.

  12. Loved seeing all your snaps! So happy you had such a great time! So that pizza place is my brother in laws favorite spot and for one of his first dates with my sister he drove her down there to get pizza. Totally just brought back that memory seeing that picture. Glad you vacation was fab but booooo back to reality right?

  13. Looks like a fabulous family vacay, and your niece did an amazing job with your hair and makeup! And now I'm totally craving a sprinkles donut :-D

    Cheers to a fabulous first week back!

  14. Looks like such an amazing weekend! I can't believe your niece did your makeup!

  15. I loved seeing some of the pics on IG all week b/c the beach is my happy place so i was living through you. GLad you had such a great time! Good luck with the year! it'll be great!

  16. LOVE the jersey shore! heading to avalon on thursday night and I couldn't be more excited :) Great pictures!

  17. Looks like so much fun! I really identify with the large coffee mugs. Good luck back at school today! You'll be awesome!

    xo, Carly - soak and simmer

  18. Omg! Looks like such a fun time! I love all the pictures. What a lovely family you have!
    Trish - tales from trish

  19. Sounds like the best last week of summer, ever!! Love all the pictures, and go you on that "beach diet"!!!! ;) Good luck with your new school year! :)

  20. Welcome back to the school year! I'm an SLP in MCPS and we're back in action today too...

  21. What a great way to end the summer! It looks like you had fantastic weather and a great time overall. Good luck at your first day back today!

  22. What a fabulous vacay with family and a cute beach rental!! What beach did you got to?

  23. Oh girl I'm praying today goes fabulous for you! Your beach pics make me want to pack up immediately and go and have I told you lately that your hair is on point??! Love ya!!

  24. I hope the first day went well - it's crazy that it's already time for back to school! Your week looked fabulous and you had the best weather week too. I love all the great family time you got and all the delicious meals and drinks you enjoyed - so sweet your SIL always makes your favorite meal for you!

  25. This is definitely the way to end a summer! Bravo to you for making the most of it! Hope you had a great day today!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  26. SO fun!! I loved following along on Instagram with your vacation. So glad you had a such a relaxing week before going back to work. I'm spending the Labor Day at the beach and CAN NOT WAIT!! :) Hope your first day back was great!

  27. This looked like such a fun weekend...what a perfect way to say goodbye to summer. Your nieces are adorable! Also, you have such cute clothes! Is the white striped romper you're wearing in the very last picture from Banana Republic by any chance haha? If not, I have something similar! I hope you had a great first day back!

  28. I don't think you could have asked for a better family vacation - the beach, the weather, the company all sound perfect! Xo, Stephanie


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