Beach Vacation & a Little Inspiration

We’re at the beach this week, vacationing with Logan’s family. It’s been three years since I was last at the beach (Valentine was so teensy!) and I have been looking forward to this for months and months. I’m taking the week off from blogging, but here is some beach inspiration in the meantime ::

I love these breezy linen pants and kind of wish I could have a pair to throw on over my bathing suit for the walk down to the beach. All my other swimsuit covers are dresses, but then when you sit down you get sand on your bum! But these pants are rad and I’d wear them every day.

Who doesn’t love collecting pretty shells and driftwood at the beach? I’ve been wanting something to hang over our bed, so I’m going to use this pretty wall hanging as inspiration to display the things we find at the beach.

This year I’m exciting to try yoga on a stand up paddle board…bahahaha! Seriously? Yoga on a paddle board? I’m just trying to imagine what kind of sea-nymph-water-goddess would even try to attempt such a thing. There’s a chance I’ll try to stand up on a paddle board this year…and if I do I’ll be darn proud of myself.

In all of Target, this was the only sunscreen I found with a “low hazard” rating from the EWG. The only one! Every other sunscreen—even the ones labeled “natural” and “chemical free”—had a moderate to high hazard rating. I kind of hate slimy sunscreen anyway, so our family will mostly be wearing our rash guards the whole week, but I figured we needed some kind of sunscreen for our faces and legs.

Last week, I made this kale and apple salad for a pool party and it was so yummy!!! We all kept going back for seconds—it was so cool and crisp, with the perfect blend of textures and flavors. And, it tasted even better the next day! I’m going to make a big bowl of this at the beach, so we can just dip into it for quick lunches before heading back to the water (or to our bedrooms for an afternoon nap :).

There’s a copy of this book in the entryway of the condo where we’ll stay. Last time we were there, I took it down to the beach in the afternoons while Valentine slept, and read through the short classic. The calm wisdom found in it is like cool water on hot skin, a relief and a balm against the everyday worries of life. Even though I’m bringing other books, I plan on rereading this gem and I know it will do me good.

What about you? Do you like the beach? What do you like to do there? What would be on your beach reading list?

(Top photo from The Little Market)

Posted by Aanna on Monday, September 19th, 2016

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