Christmas Garland


Christmas Garland


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I’m so excited it is that time of year again!

CHRISTMAS!

Having kids makes this time even more special. There are so many new traditions to start and seeing their eyes light up with excitement makes it even more magical!

This year we are making all the ornaments on our tree and I thought I would share a few we have done already.



 Christmas Garland



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Grab some oranges and slice those beauties up! Obviously the little ones cannot help here, but they will be jumping in soon!

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Colton stayed occupied playing with the cranberries while mama finished slicing the oranges!

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Yes I got a bit carried away with the orange and cranberry photo’s…I tried to save some dignity and not post the other 15…ahem.

Moving on…

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Next you’ll pop the oranges in the oven at 200 degrees for two hours on each side.

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While the oranges are busy drying and making your house smell out of this world incredible get your helper (this is for the older kids) to string cranberries. I used a child friendly needle for this! Bella called this ‘sewing cranberries’.

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How pretty is that?!?

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Simply drape all over your house!

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Now we will begin on the ornament dough! This is so incredibly easy it blew my mind! All you need is applesauce and cinnamon.

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Pour that in together.

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Give that a quick mix until the dough forms.

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Let the little ones jump in here! I put the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper and let the kids roll this out.

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It should look like this!

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Gabe found this rolling pin off amazon for me and I’m IN LOVE!

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Let those kids dig into the cookie cutters and have at it! This is the fun part!

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You can make “ornament” holes simply by using a straw to create them.

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Feel free to stand back an admire, they cannot turn out anything but cute!

Be sure to let them dry 24 hours. I like to flip them a few times to make sure each side is completely dry.

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If your oranges have dried by now you can quickly string that up. Its so elegant by itself

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Or you can add the cranberries and your cinnamon ornaments to you as well.

I love how it all turned out!

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I hope you guys have fun with this. Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@angelroseturner) and I’ll feature them in my stories!




Merry Christmas!

Remember this is the time of year to have fun with family and friends. Give them all an extra squeeze or two.

xx,

Angel




Cinnamon Ornament Dough

NEED;

3/4 cup applesauce

2 bottles cinnamon (2.37 oz. each)

cookie cutters

drinking straw

string or ribbon


Mix your cinnamon and applesauce until dough forms.

Roll out onto parchment paper.

Use your cookie cutters to create the shapes you want.

Take your straw and put holes into each ornament.

Let your ornaments dry atleast 24 hours before using. Be sure to flip them a few times to ensure they dry evenly.



Enjoy!



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Morning Sickness Remedies

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Hi guys!

Here we are in the first trimester of my third pregnancy and morning (more like all day) sickness has come on strong. I plan to fully enjoy this one since it will be my last, so I reached out to other woman on Instagram! I asked what they have used to combat nausea. I’ve never had such an amazing response to anything on Instagram before! So many sweet women that have dealt with this or chronic nausea sent in countless of ideas and remedies!

Since this is obviously something extremely common I wanted to go ahead and put all of their answers here so any of you who might be dealing with this can take a peak! I hope it helps!



Nausea Remedies



Papaya enzymes 
Gatorade
dramamine
kid liquid Nauzene 
ginger capsules
peppermint gum
acupuncture (consult your doctor first)
diclegis
ginger tea with lemon and honey
 
small protein snacks
Ginger biscuits
plain broth from chicken soup
raw lemon or limes
vitamin b6
Martha Stewart Ginger Lemon Soda
pedialyte popsicles 
peppermint oil on your belly
ginger candies
peppermint candies
small amounts of almonds
probiotics
essential oils
sea bands
unisom
ginger tea
peppermint tea
lemon tea
plain oats
bananas 
drink plenty of water
chili peppers
crackers
cinnamon
eat and drink extremely slow
gin gins
Sal deudas picot effervescent antacid

As always make sure to consult with your doctor or midwife first.


Ramblings of Spring time in Tennessee

Hi guys!

Wow it’s been a minute since I have been on here! I’ve really poured all my time and effort into @angelroseturner for the first few months of this year and I’m happy to say I am back on the blog. I became so overwhelmed running both and the break was much needed! It’s always a good idea to step back and take a breather when you need to refocus your goals. I really want to take this year to journal things on the blog, and not stress it!

So far our spring has been pretty unreliable! One day we have beautiful sunny skies and the next morning there is a blanket of snow covering the ground. Not my idea of springtime, but we have definitely enjoyed some beautiful fun days!

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Bella is trying to take up golf and I can’t handle how adorable she looks out there! As you can see she takes it pretty seriously! I’ve got to hand it to her, she plays better than mama already haha! Gabe’s so excited she wants to learn, he absolutely loves golf! Me and Colt are just happy to ride around on the carts and eat hot dogs. We’re the real winners!

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The sunsets around here have definitely done nothing but impress thats for sure! Bella and I got most of our sunflower garden planted and now the count down is on. Every day she runs out looking for a 14 foot sunflower to be standing there waiting on her….hmmm I probably should had explained that a bit better!

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Let me take a minute over this one…I melt every time.

//Bella is wearing the beautiful Crystal crown from Brides and hairpins here!

Gabe is wearing The black Tux

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Every time I see these bright yellow bushes my heart leaps a bit! It’s almost Tennessee’s way of letting you know winters over!

// My dress is Shop Raga

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Always being the fashionable one!

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And we finallllllllly did another self timer family photo!

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This day was so fun, but a bit to cold for this kind of stuff haha! Gabe and I have not had a night away from the kids in two years, so we took a day to go up the mountain and hike together. It was much needed and so fun to act like kids rather than tend to ours!!


I’m hoping Colton will start sleeping a bit better and I will be able to jump on here more at night to write up a quick post! We’ve been blessed with the worlds worst sleeper. He’ll be two in May and I still have yet to have ONE full nights sleep in 705 days….thats actually kind of depressing to read haha! Hopefully we’ll work through weaning him soon and there will be more free time to blog. I’m not complaining, just letting you guys know I’ve had a legit reason for falling behind haha!

I hope you all have a beautiful week!

xo,

Angel

Air Fort for the win!

Hi guys!

Shew is it spring yet? Winter seems to last forever when you have kids that have to stay inside. I’m always on the hunt for new ways to keep them occupied and as active as possible, especially during the cold months while we’re inside more. This has been one of the greatest life savers! Meet the Air Fort, it is absolutely incredible! My personal favorite thing about it is it takes up no space. The Fort will collapse and fold up like a normal blanket and stored anywhere. When you want to use it you can attach a box fan to the opening and within 30 seconds it looks like this!

Bella and Colton absolutely love it, as you can see! They disappear inside the Air Fort with piles of books and toys which makes me super happy! What mama doesn’t love to see their kids using their imaginations!

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Build your Social Media


My Journey


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Rewind back 365 days to a girl that is energetic and likes to always keep busy. That same girl found herself in a chair nursing her baby ALL the time and it was extremely hard. There are only but so many Pinterest boards you can make. I seen where one of my friends was blogging recipes and thought this would be a fun way to pass the time for myself. So in desperation I reached out to her. I asked her how hard it was to make a blog. She was extremely helpful and encouraging! By the way she kinda has the best style and cutest babies evvvvaa (@littlesartanfamily).

So after that I made a blog on a whim and turned my personal gram into an my instablog. I remember waking up the next morning feeling so rediculous like I was a fish out of water , I did not know the first thing about blogging. All I could think about was how much I had put myself out there for personal ridicule if I failed. I started researching as much as possible. I came across my friend Sophia’s(whom I did not know at the time) Instagram and found all of her Blog post about this subject SO helpful!

It was a slow process for me to grasp everything involved.  But you know what? I did fail. Over and over and over and over and ovvvver. And every time I would fail, I would take on another challenge again, I did this until I started seeing the results I wanted. This was the biggest learning project I have ever taken on. It has worn me down so bad at certain times I would just have to walk away and quit thinking about it for a bit. It is like someone putting you in charge of a moving conveyor belt with eggs on it and they say, “Now don’t let these break”. But you have no idea how to work it so they’re smashing all around you! THAT is exactly how this journey has felt to me! But in one year’s time I have taught myself social media marketing, photography, Lightroom + photoshop, connection skills, videography, prop styling, etc. And I am really proud of that. There is room for SO much improvement in all of these areas, but I now have a base understanding to do nothing but make progress in.

Now, I say all of these to not make you want to run from instagraming or blogging, but rather to hear my story and realize how anyone with an ounce of creativity in their mind can achieve ANYTHING if you really apply yourself. It is a lot of work, and you’re not just going to start making money and growing followers at once. Your going to have to work very hard and see little to no return for quite awhile. But once you grow and make progress you will see that your Instagram and blog will too.

To celebrate my Instagram and blogs one year anniversary I wanted to open up to you all and share what I have personally learned! I am not at expert and hardly qualified. I’m just a stay at home mama who needed an outlet for my own personal creative heart. It has opened up so many opportunities and allowed me to make friendships with so many downright amazing women who inspire me to the fullest! If you would have told me a year ago that I would be here, doing something I love so much, I know I would had laughed. All I can say is thank the LORD! He is my strength and this has taken a lot of that not to lose my marbles haha!

So here we go!


Here are some answers from the top questions we get asked daily in our Instagram dm’s!


1. Do I need to make friends with other bloggers and instagrammers?

  One of the BIGGEST mistakes I made in the beginning was thinking that I did not need to build a relationship with fellow instagrammer’s and blogger’s. This is crucial! I cannot tell you how much information my friends have passed onto me that has been some of the strongest building blocks for my social media. You can pull together to help one another so much!


2. What equipment do you use?

Don’t feel like you have to have top notch equipment, but DO strive for top quality. That is one of the biggest factors to set you apart from others. If you want to pursue this as a living, companies will not work with low quality. I have friends way up in the game using their phones and their instagrams are GORGEOUS. They’ve learned how to create beautiful quality photo’s. Unforturantly, I could never figure out phone photo’s, so I ended up getting a Nikon D3300 to start out. Gabe and I learned the basics of photography. We started to get small collaborations. EVERY time I seen our photography and creativity advance to the next level I would see bigger brands reaching out. We now shoot with a Cannon 5D mark-iii with the 85 mm lense. I’m really into bokeh and a soft background so this lense is definitely  my style. I still use my Nikon to shoot the videos.


3. Do you use any type of lights for the pictures?

No, we are natural light photographers all the way. Winter has forced us to learn how to shoot indoors and that is definitely NOT one of my favorite things. But the upside is it has once again forced us to go out of our comfort zones and learn new things, like incorporating fairy lights to create beautiful bokeh!


4. How do you edit your pictures? 

We edit all of our photos in Lightroom and photoshop (not the app). In my opinion they are the best! It was a challenge for me to learn how to use this software, but once you do your photography will improve tremendously!


5. If you could give one tip to help the flow of your Instagram what would that be?

Use gradient maps in photoshop! It is a great way to keep your feed cohesive. They are basically filters you create yourself. You choose a color for the shadows and a color for the highlights in your photo’s. I use a custom teal and gold that is extremely subtle, but it helps so much since I like a color variety.


6. How did you learn photography?

Gabe and I actually graduated from The University of Youtube 17′. I feel like we should get a diploma for how much research and studying we did. But in all seriousness this has been some real work, and will continue to be. I don’t ever want to stop learning! We are JUST now getting the hang of this photography thing and still have miles and miles to go!


7. How do I grow my Instagram?

This is NOT something that happens over night. Unless of course you go viral.

Ask fellow bloggers to do mutual shoutouts in stories! This has been the biggest help to get my name out there!

Tag accounts that feature similar photos to your niche. If you get a repost that will send a lot of followers your way.

Host giveaways!

Strive to bring quality. At the end of the day this will make the biggest impression.

Always interact and be genuine with your followers!

Collaborate with businesses if you feel you’re ready. They will often repost or allow you to host giveaways.

Be easy on yourself. This takes a lot of time and patience. I remember thinking I would never ever break 1000!


8. How do you collaborate? Do you reach out to them or do they contact you? Do they pay?

Yes, this is several questions, but it can all be covered with the same answers! In the beginning I would contact businesses . I would send a short email with a link to my Instagram and blog. Don’t be discouraged when they turn you down. It will happen and to be honest I was turned down more times than I can count. But once again as your quality improves you will roll in the brands. I now have a media kit, and when they reach out to me I reply with that. In the beginning I traded items from companies in return For posting a photo they wanted on my instagram or blog. I now have set prices for a post on my Instagram, instastory, blog post and videos. I recommend getting a platform.


9. What are platforms?

They are the craigslist for instagrams and blogs. They will team you up with the correct brands that are wanting to pay you to post ads for them. This is where things get tricky. I HIGHLY suggest ALWAYS staying with brands you truly believe in! I know this is our job and we have to make money to maintain doing this, but you don’t ever want to push things that you wouldn’t actually use or buy. People will see that and it will hurt your integrity.

A few of my favorite platforms are;

revfluence

Popular Pays

Muse Finds


10. Do I have to have a blog and an Instagram? 

Absolutely not, you can do whatever you want. I personally find they work well hand in hand, but I am WAY more active on my Instagram. If you can build up any type of social media presence you can make a living at that.


I hope this post has helped you in some small way! Be sure and let me know if you would like more information like this in the future! As always remain true to yourself and work hard. It will pay off, but it does take a lot of time and patience. I read the other day where a fellow blogger said if you get into this just to make money your in the wrong business. You must love what your doing and work for little to no return for a very long time. You can do it! If this mama can, ANYONE can! And as always don’t forget to head over to my Instagram and follow!

xo,

Angel

The most wonderful time of the year!

Hi guys!

I hope you’re all ready for the holiday fun that is right around the corner! We have been busy wrapping gifts, making gingerbread houses and taking Bella to her first ice skating trip! It is so much fun this time of year for sure!

The other day I took the kids visiting family and friends and we enjoyed that so much! It is so easy to get wrapped up (literally) in all the hustle and bustle that this time of year brings. But there really is nothing like spending time with the ones we love. We even squeezed a trip to daddy’s barber shop in to say hello!

Any time I plan a long day out that needs to be more formal, I always keep comfort the priority for the kids. Of course I want them to look their best as well so JANIE and JACK is my go to! You can click here to shop Bella’s complete look and here for Colton’s outfit aswell!

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And speaking of comfort, Colton enjoyed his two hour nap dressed to impress haha!

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And this ends our fun day out! I hope you enjoyed going to all the different places with us as much as we did! Don’t forget to check out JANIE and JACK for not only the best of styles, but comfort as well!

I hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

xo,

Angel

Gingerbread Christmas Cookie Recipe

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Hi guys!

I hope everyone is as excited about the holidays as I am! We have tried to cram as much Christmas fun for the kids as possible. Children really do make the holidays more magical! I can’t tell you how many times we have watched Home Alone and made sugar cookies already.

For some reason I wanted to go all natural with our tree this year. We always get a real one, but I wanted to make all the ornament’s as well. Probably not the best idea since I have a little man that loves to snack, and edible ornament’s were just pure temptation that he couldn’t resist! Haha!

Here is a quick recipe of the gingerbread ornaments we made for our tree, though in all honesty the ENTIRE BOTTOM tree has no cookies left aside from a few half eaten ones!

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Gingerbread Christmas Tree Ornaments


  • 5 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 molasses
  • 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment or foil

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In a large bowl, combine the flour, spices, salt and baking soda. Stir well to mix.

In a standing mixer add butte, brown sugar and beat on medium speed until well mixed, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl and add eggs. Beat one minute.

Lower speed and beat in about half the flour mixture. Beat in all the molasses then scrape bowl and beater. Add the remaing flour mixture about 1 cup at a time, and beat after each addition until it has all been absorbed.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and give the dough a final mixing with a large rubber spatula. Scrape half the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap and press it to about a 1/2 inch thickness. Wrap the dough securely and repeat with the remains dough. Chill the dough for atlas 2 hours or for up to 3 days.

When you are ready to bake the cookies set oven to 350 degrees.

Unwrap one of the pieces of dough and cut in half. Rewrap one of the halves and return to refrigerator.

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On a floured surface, roll the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Use floured cookie cutters to cut the cookies. Wow try saying that five times fast!

Add to your covered cookie sheet.

Bake the cookies until they become dull and dry looking and feel slightly firm when pressed with a fingertip, about 15 minutes. Slide papers from pans and let them cool.

I hope you and your family enjoy these beautiful EDIBLE ornaments! The cookies don’t last long on the tree, but the memories of making them together will last FOREVER!!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Thankful Days and Picnic’s

Hey guys!

Now that the cold has set in, we are inside so much more. Colton is one of those children that goes outside for 30 minutes and comes back in with a cold, so you can imagine how much I try to avoid it! However, today we bundled up and went for it! Since it was still chilly we took blanket and used it as a table cloth! Which was perfect for this weather since it is so warm. I’m telling you this blanket is SO soft and comfortable. I’ve given up on using it myself since the kids drag it around with them everywhere haha! It is from https://babylaundryandmore.com/

The leaves have all but turned by now, which is so bittersweet. I’m a summer girl myself, so I’m dreading the long days that winter brings. But I do love the holidays and the magic that follows Christmas! We definitely need some snow now! Today wasn’t to awful cold though, so it was just perfect enough to sneak a few hours outside in the warm sunshine!

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Bella’s adorable dress is from https://slaydonandrose.com/collections/wear-now-and-wear-later/products/little-girls-dazey-floral-dress. She is in love with it!

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You see those beautiful lace hankies? Those were my great great grandmothers! She made them and how gorgeous are they?? She gave them to my great grandma (we call her mama King) when she married my papa. They are one of my most treasured possessions for sure! I love taking them out just to have them present at special times.

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Until next time guys!

Xoxo,

Angel

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Guuuuys it is fall and fall means delicious warm sweets! These cinnamon rolls are THE best I have ever had! And being a professional cinnamon roll eater I can say that without a doubt to make them easier I adapted them to my bread machine which I don’t know is a good or bad thing. Easy and amazingly delicious cinnamon rolls? It is scraping the lines of being illegal…they are that good! So lets get to it!

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls


Filling:

3/4 Cup warm milk (105-115 f*)

2 pkg active dry yeast

1 tsp and 3/4 cup sugar, divided

4 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup all purpose flour, divided

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Filling:

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

3/4 cup butter at room temperature

2 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 egg white

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Glaze:

1/3 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 to 4 tbsp hot milk

Making the Rolls;

In your bread machine; add warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Let stand until foamy, approximately 5 minutes. Once done add your eggs, vanilla, 4 1/2 cup flour, salt, and butter. Turn your bread machine onto the dough setting.

For filling, in bowl with mixer at high speed beat brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in egg whites and vanilla. Coat 9×13 inches baking pan with cooking spray. Turn dough out onto floured surface; Roll out into 21 x 17″ rectangle. Spread filling over dough. Roll up dough jellyroll style.

Cut your dough crosswise into 12 slices and place in your pan. Coat sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and loosely cover buns with wrap. Let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in bulk, 2 hours.

Preheat over to 350. Bake 20 minutes OR until rolls are baked through and golden. While the rolls bake, make glaze. Combine all ingredients in a pan on medium until melted and uniform. Once you take the rolls out pour over immediately. Annnnnd ENJOY!

Beach days

Hey guys!!!

I am finally getting our beach pictures up! My blog has become more of my diary and since I am busy with the kids during the day and housework at night my blog posts slack quiiiiite a bit! But in all honestly I’ve been lazy, the kids are in these stages right now that Gabe and I CANNOT get enough of! Bella has become our little helper and Colton is constantly trying to give me books to read to him. I can’t imagine it getting any better. So needless to say we are soaking it all in to the fullest.

We just got back from our Destin trip and these pictures are killing me! We had so much fun and made so many good memories with the kids, I was honestly ready to move there. The kids enjoyed each other so much. Gabe and I sat back with our hearts swelling! They were cuddling and playing hide and seek on the constant. I loved it!

Most people would probably say, “What on earth, you go to Destin and stick to a simple day to day routine?” But seriously guys we had sooooo much FUN just being with each other!!! We made a huge pancake breakfast every morning, then would pack up our beach wagon and walk about a block to the beach. I didn’t mind not being beach front because we stayed at a house and the neighborhood was so cute with the sweetest neighbors! Poor Colton could NOT stay awake at the beach. He sleeps with a noise maker at night that sounds like the sea, so the waves put him down every time we went there. Bella took to the water like a fish and loved boogie boarding. The water was like a giant bathtub! I have never seen anything like it in my life. Little yellow and white fish following you around everywhere, swimming between your legs. It felt like a dream, we seen sand dollars, bright colored shells, sting rays, tons of fish and to top it off dolphins would jump around the people paddle boarding everyday. It was a dream! Gabe and I kept looking at each other saying how unreal it felt to us.

We made a point to go back down to the beach every sunset, and they had a playground right on the beach area so the kids would play until they about fell asleep. Our entire family would then load up and go barefoot to the local ice cream shop where I formed a love relationship with butter pecan ice-cream with cookie dough chunks. AAAAmazing!!! I loved that the kids were so tired we never had to struggle to put them down, they were ready for bed by the end of the day. We will for sure be going back asap as I am missing it so much. I hope you enjoy these few snaps we put together!

xo,

Angel


 

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