Staycation-Hyatt Regency Orlando

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I don’t know about you, but for me, summer school break is flying by! We are at about the half way mark, and a few weeks ago, I decided we needed a little weekend getaway before school started. I knew I wanted a fabulous resort with a fun pool, and the Hyatt Regency in Orlando did not disappoint! The Hyatt (formerly the Peabody) is located on International Drive, really close to SeaWorld, and in between the Disney and Universal parks. The property is well maintained, the beds were comfortable, the towels were soft and fluffy, and the girls were very excited about the t.v. in the bathroom! The resort is located right next door to Pointe Orlando, a large shopping/movie/restaurant complex, so we were able to walk there and have dinner at Johnny Rockets. The resort has many restaurants on-site , so if you don’t want to leave the property, you wouldn’t have to. Most of the pictures I have posted are of the girls at the pool, because that is where we spent most of our time. The pool area is PERFECT for children, with it’s zero entry, basketball hoop, and shallow water. There is also a grotto pool with waterfalls (the kids loved jumping through them), and a small wading pool/beach for the really little ones. I enjoyed a couple of yummy frozen cocktails, and felt very relaxed poolside with my happy children. Sometimes it’s just nice to just get away for a weekend, and I know we will definitely be back to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort.

*this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own. I booked our room through Priceline, and I think we got a great deal on a beautiful resort!

Happy Birthday, America!

We celebrated the Fourth of July with my family in our backyard yesterday. It is a tradition I look forward to every summer. In the morning, we went to a parade in downtown Safety Harbor, and in the afternoon we swam, made homemade ice cream, cooked out on the grill, swam in the pool, and did some small fireworks in our yard. We did have some rain to contend with, but it cooled down the air, and we didn’t let it spoil the festivities. 

Summer Essentials for kids

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Here are a few things we can’t live without during these hot Florida summer months.

My kids love popsicles, and want to eat them every day when the weather is hot. Having a Zoku allows us to make healthy popsicles like lemonade and sliced strawberries. Yum. 

The girls live in their Crocs this time of year. They wear them to the beach, swim practice, the park, and every other place we go.

I have found that the Burt’s Bees insect repellant works great. We leave it in the back yard and spritz some on in the evening when the bugs come out. Bonus, it smells great!

I don’t know about your kids, but mine HATE sunscreen. Thank goodness for waterproof spray on sunscreen, so I can get the job done quickly and effectively. 

I always keep some spray in conditioner in our beach bag and near the pool. It is a must for keeping the girls hair manageable this time of year.

Sunglasses to protect the kids eyes when they are outside is very important. I am partial to the retro oversized sunglasses, like this pair.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite (and have a picnic, too!)

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If you have grown tired of my beach photos, I do apologize. It’s what we’ve been doing lately! I picked up some kites from the dollar store, and the girls had a blast flying them at the beach today. We had a picnic with my husband’s family, and we all had the best time! (a highlight was feeding our leftover lunch to the seagulls)

We will be taking a little staycation in Orlando in a few weeks, at a super fun resort, so check back, soon!

Summer, We Love You.

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We kicked the official start of summer of right with a family bbq, and a trip to the beach. We have spent endless hours in our pool and at the beach, which is the only way to beat the heat here in sunny Florida. Now that Amelia and Maggie are a bit older, (4 & 7),  and they are both strong swimmers, I find these activities to be much more enjoyable.

I hope there is a sandy beach, or a crystal clear pool in your near future. Happy summer!

Modern Mommy House Tour: Our Backyard

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We live in our back yard this time of year. We are lucky enough to have a quarter acre of land here in the city, and we use every inch of it. My father built our amazing deck and bar, and we love cooking out and having friends and family over for some outdoor fun. We have recently upgraded our outdoor cushions, and had our deck pressure washed. Next, well seal the wood, and paint our picnic table, too. There are still some projects to finish in our yard, but it is feeling more and more complete these days.

Hooray Summer!

We have been living in our backyard these last few weeks. We’ve had friends & family over for bbqs and homemade sangria. We’ve been swimming in the pool, the kids have been catching lizards, and we are really enjoying this slower pace of life. I hope your summer is off to a great start, too!

A Beachy Craft

Yesterday was the girls first official day of summer break. We decided to kick it off right with a trip Honeymoon Island for some fun in the sun. We found some beautiful shells like the ones above, but we also decided to search for some less than perfect shells, with holes in them, so we could do a fun craft when we returned home.

You can use any string or yarn you might have around the house, we used twine, and let your kids put their favorite shells on by themselves. The result is a fun and funky shell necklace that your kiddos will love.

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Hello, all. I am so looking forward to the long weekend. I have got an exciting DIY planned, as I will be painting these gorgeous vintage Jenny Lind beds for my girls. I have been looking for these beds for many months now, and was elated to find not one, but TWO of them on Craig’s List for a song. I plan to paint them to look like this one, and this one from Land of Nod.

one-a silly Amelia.

two-our sweet Italian Greyhound, Allybird.

three- enjoying all the summer produce, especially cherries.

four-vintage Jenny Lind twins ready to be painted.

Linking with The Beetleshack & lowercase letters

Sun Fun

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Amelia and her half sister, Baylee, start back to school a week from tomorrow. We are enjoying these last few days of no schedules, homework, or alarm clocks. The weather this morning was perfect, and we had a good section of the beach to ourselves. We built sandcastles, combed the beach for seashells, and floated in the big, blue ocean. I feel relaxed and ready for the new school year, and I think the kids feel the same way.