Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sea and fall.

When the sea turns a deep color of blue, you know that fall is here.

There is a slight chill to the breeze coming off of the water.

The sea spray does not smell like summer anymore.  It isn't mixed with the smell of sunscreens and fruity drinks.  It smells... like the sea.  Just the plain sea.

This past weekend was a special weekend for us.

The 28th NC Seafood Festival.

This weekend consists of food, germs, beer, germs, rides, germs, food, germs, and food.

It is chaos.

It is a panic attack waiting to happen.

It is a hold-on-to-your-child's-hand-like-your-life-depended-on-it... because it does.  It really does.  There are tons of people.  All with germs.

But the food... the food...

It is amazing.

"Hey, Beau!  Look!  Red Fish has a tent up!"

We made a bee line to it.  This year, Red Fish Grill (a new eat in town) was serving yummies at the festival.  Much to our stomach's delight, they were serving grilled mahi, tuna and shrimp tacos.  Hello!  OUR FAVORITE!

However, they had to beat Ruddy Duck.

Y'all.  Our expectations are very high with any sort of seafood taco.  To even come close to Ruddy Duck is a hell of a feat.

Red Fish did it.  Yes.  They have mastered the seafood taco.  I got shrimp.  It was perfect.  There were two types of sauces and a mixture of greens, MAN... WHY DIDN'T I FIND OUT THE EXACT INGREDIENTS.

I stood beside my Beau in a parking lot, eating tacos and drinking beers like they were going to be our last.  Beau decided on the tuna taco.  At the time they were out of mahi so we only had two choices.  We each tried the other taco.  We are a team like that.

We inhaled our tacos (and beers).  Beau finished with a, "Damn.  I could eat three more of those."

Me too, Beau.  Me too.

We ate and drank so fast that we didn't get a picture.  They are forever etched in my mind though.

The girls got pizza and nachos.  Blasphemy!  Pizza and nachos at the Seafood Festival?  BLASPHEMY!!

Obviously their taste buds can't handle anything fancy.

After the festival, they took a dip in the our canel.  Probably their last dip of the 2014 year.

We were also graced with a very high tide.  The highest Beau has ever seen in the 8 years we've been married.

It was a fabulous weekend.

It was a beautiful, cool, fall beach weekend.

This is always our favorite time of year on the coast.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

And then these came into my life...

I get hundreds of emails a day.

The normal Pizza Hut coupons, Redbox codes, school information, a lot of junk, etc.

In early August a received an email from "The Kidecals Team".

I was all "who is this and why are they emailing me?  Bless.  Have I ordered something and didn't even know it?"

Actually, they wanted me to try their product.  I was sold on Kidecals IMMEDIATELY when I read this...

"Kidecals are personalized labels that are dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer safe! Plus they stick to any surface! You can use these stickers on clothing, backpacks, tupperware, name it."

Say what?  Dishwasher, washing machine and dryer safe sticker labels!!??  That is every mother's dream.  We all know what happens to sticker labels in the dryer.  (Hint: Disaster.)

I took them up on their offer to send me a pack of stickers (for free I might add).  I was excited to use Kidecals.

I started browsing through their hundreds of options.  Kidecals has shoe labels, keyboard stickers, chalkboard labels and even wall decals.

I called Big and Bug to the computer to help me choose.

Big wanted her name or monogram.

Bug wanted her name or monogram.

Honestly, I wanted my name or monogram.

I decided on just our last name.

I chose these beautiful Pretty Leaves labels.  I just put our last name on them and did not put any text or writing in the boxes below our last name.   I kept those blank so that I could write whatever I needed to in those spaces.

I ordered them on September 11th and they were here super fast.

The packaging was adorable!

The inside of the opening was even cute!
TA DA!!  Thanks for your order!!

How cute is the mini sample under the opening flap?

Here are our awesome labels!!

Here is our first label.
Emma wanted to put one on her water bottle that she takes to school everyday.
I added her name and her teacher's name.

Caroline wanted to do the same with her water bottle.

They are amazing labels!  They are holding up through tons of handwashing and dishwashing.

We absolutely LOVE them.  What did I ever do without them?

I highly recommend Kidecals.

Head over there now and pick your very own Kidecals out!  You can personalize them any way that you like.  All of the designs are very cute!

If you scroll to the bottom on the home page, you will see where you can receive 15% off your next order by simply signing up to get the Kidecals newsletter!

Happy shopping!!

PS- Let me know what you order :-)  I can't wait for you to see and try them!