Our Weekend in Jekyll Island

This past Memorial Day weekend my husband and I took the boys to Jekyll Island, Georgia. I had never heard of Jekyll Island until I moved to Georgia eight years ago. The island, which is is off the Georgia coast did not disappoint. Having never been there, I did not know what to expect, however I returned home very pleased with our trip.

Charming, relaxed and serene are words I would use to describe the island. I kept telling my husband that I did not “feel” like I was in Georgia. Jekyll Island is simple and the natural integrity of the island has been meticulously maintained.

Friday afternoon we checked in to our vacation rental we reserved through Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) and from there we were on the move.

On Friday, we visited Driftwood Beach. I have never seen anything so amazing. Driftwood Beach has formed due to erosion on the North end of the island. Toppled and twisted trees resemble a beautiful burial.

Tallen on Driftwood
Driftwood Beach

After we left Driftwood Beach, we walked the Jekyll Island Pier and watched the sunset.

Jekyll Island Pier

Saturday morning we picked up bicycles at Jekyll Island Bike Barn and biked around the island. There are so many bike trails on the island with majestic views.

Jekyll Island Bike Bar

Once we wrapped up bike riding, we took the boys to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. There we learned about habitat and wildlife preservation, while observing rescued sea turtles going through the rehabilitation process. Tallen loved it, but I think it’s because he has a thing for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sea Turtle
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Saturday evening we grabbed pizza and wings from Red Bug Motor’s Pizza and Pub. The T’s love pizza so there were not any complaints and they played nicely at the Jekyll Island Playground while our order was being prepared.

Jekyll Island Playground
Jekyll Island Playground

That night I also managed to do some shopping at Brittney’s Closet located on Main Street on the island. There you will find trendy beach inspired fashions. Think shades of turquoise, coral, pink and yellow.

Brittney’s Closet

When we were not biking and visiting different points of interest, we were building sandcastles and playing on the beach – which Tallen especially loved.

Beach View
Tallen Running

Tallen and Mommy

Trace Shovel

The tantrums were real! We did not want to come back home!

Trace Laying down

5 Fashionable Pieces for Beach Fun

In about a week, I’ll have my toes in sand and a drink in hand. Well, maybe not quite a drink, drink. One must remain “alert” when dealing with my two boys, ha-ha! My husband and I are taking the T’s to Jekyll Island, Georgia, for the long Memorial Day weekend. I’m really looking forward to exploring the Georgia coast and all that the Peach State has to offer. This past weekend I had the chance to shop (imagine that) for a few key items. I found quite a few pieces that will ensure a fashionable and fun beach trip.

All items can be found at TJ Maxx.

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What Mother’s Day Weekend Taught Me

I have been missing in action for the last few days. Sometimes life can be overwhelming and right now I have been in survival mode and taking things as they come. Friday my husband and I received some disappointing news. Rather than dwell on it, we made the choice to enjoy the plans we had for the weekend. Our Saturday was off to a great start, that is, until our son Trace had another accident that required an emergency room visit!  Fortunately, four stitches in his head didn’t put a damper on things. Sunday was relaxing. The boys cooked a wonderful breakfast and dinner for Mother’s Day. I got some pretty awesome gifts too. Fast forward to Tuesday, my husband and I celebrated his birthday with dinner and much needed drinks! As for tonight, I’m snuggled in bed with Tallen and Trace. Well I shouldn’t call it snuggling. They’re both sitting on my back as I lay here and type. I’m waiting to get knocked upside the head.

My point, sometimes things do not go as planned; life disappoints, accidents happen and schedules get disrupted. But as long as you have the ones that you love beside you and faith in the Lord, none of that other “stuff” matters.

7 Great Products for Eczema

Last week I had received a picture of Tallen’s arm from his teacher. It was his persistent, patchy eczema. We have literally been battling this skin rash since he was born! In recent years his eczema has improved, however it wasn’t always that way. I have looked back on pictures of him during his first year of life and sadly, some of them are not too pretty!

Eczema is a pretty common skin disease. When Tallen was first born, the rash was on his face, cheeks, trunk, arms and legs – basically his entire body. He looked like a Crunch bar. I know that’s mean, but I’m his Mom and he truly did! I would spend countless hours tending to his rash. Around the time he turned 3, the rash subsided significantly and was more concentrated in the folds of his arms, legs and ankles. Now at age 4, I can say with confidence we have his eczema under control. FINALLY!

Over the years, these are a few of the products that I have found to work.

Clockwise: Gold Bond Intensive Healing Anti-Itch Skin Protectant Cream (Prescription Only), Mometasone Furoate Cream, Coconut Oil, Crisco, Kirk’s Csatile Soap, Aveeno Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatment, Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief


Have you had any experience with eczema?

What has worked for you?