As promised, here are all the details of our 2021 family vacation. We decided to venture to Tybee Island, Georgia and it might be our favorite spot ever. We like to try new places but loved this area so much, it might just have to be our annual thing from here on out.

I’ll list all of the details below, links, etc. I’m also going to give a few tips and tricks to help make your trip run a bit more smoothly. I’m finally realizing these “hacks” make a vacation much more enjoyable for mom.

I’ve found when we book ahead of time, it’s not so overwhelming to plan and pay for a vacation. I booked this over a year ago and what I love about doing so is that I can put a deposit down and pay throughout the year. We have been trying to be more intentional with less stuff and more experiences, so this was a huge part of the girls birthdays and Christmases as well as our own. So worth it!

You can pretty much drive a golf cart around 90% of the island so we opted to not rent a vehicle because by the time you rent one and a golf cart, it was more than our airfare. We used it the entire time and it was worth booking. You also have a parking permit that comes with the cart so you don’t have to worry about paying when going to eat, shop, etc. Plus, it’s easier to get in and out of places where a vehicle is not there. When we landed in Savannah, we got an Uber to Tybee Golf Carts and picked ours up. Be sure to reserve yours in advance as they book out fast. We got the 6 seater electric. Once we picked it up we loaded it down with our luggage and drove to our beach house.

Also, here’s pro tip #1: I made a grocery order via Instacart the night before we flew out with food for us for the entire week. We ate breakfast and lunch everyday at our cottage as well as snacks and just went out to eat for supper. It cuts costs tremendously and makes going out each evening a treat. PLUS they had our groceries delivered right to our house and I didn’t have to waste time going shopping when we got there as well as hauling all of the groceries on the golf cart.

Pro tip #2: Always book a place that has a washer and a dryer. We did laundry throughout the week and one last load the night before so we were able to come home to a clean house and clothes. The vacation blues aren’t so bad when you don’t have an added mountain of laundry when you return. :)

The cottage was a dream and absolutely perfect for our girls. All things mermaid, our own outdoor area with a pool, bunkbeds, and we lived on this screened in porch with bed swings. Missy was super great with communicating and provided literally everything we needed. She even had a ton of pool/beach toys, ice chests, and a wagon that we used every time we went to the beach to cart all of our things.

We had friends and our other firefighter family come up from Florida for a night and stay with us. We don’t get to see them often and our kids are the same ages so we squeezed in as much visiting as we could. We loved our time with them and were so sad when they had to leave. We stayed up and got to talk and laugh, good for the soul conversations and I love our friendship, albeit distant.

Our idea of vacation is relaxation. We aren’t ones who have to be constantly entertained and we honestly just enjoy downtime. Having an itinerary and going nonstop isn’t vacation to me. So most of our days were spent on the beach playing or at the pool. We honestly didn’t do a lot which was the point and just enjoyed being together.

We had movie nights, got a lot of sun, read books, the girls improved so much with swimming, Scout got stung by a jellyfish, we had ice cream about everyday, and went to a boat ride to see the dolphins and lighthouse. Zack was a happy man with all he could eat seafood as was I with getting to read in the sunshine. The girls had a blast in the waves, building sandcastles, and finding seashells. It was so nice and quiet, just how we like it.

Our last day I threw the girls white prairie dresses on for some quick beach pictures. I loved how they turned out and hope to get us all together next year for some.

I could totally get used to beach life. There’s something about sun, salty hair, suntans, and a slow pace. Tybee has our heart and I’m so thankful for these memories we’ve made as a family.

You can book The Salty Mermaid Cottage here or here.

Some places to eat:

  • Bubba Gumbos
  • The Sugar Shack
  • Huckapoo’s
  • The Original Crab Shack
  • Fannies on the Beach
  • Sundae Cafe
  • Sting Ray’s
  • So many more great places.
Our Stay In Fayetteville

Our Stay In Fayetteville

I finally have a minute to sit down and share our mini staycation in Fayetteville we took earlier this month. This was actually my birthday present that we were supposed to have back in February but since we had the historic winter storm, we rescheduled.

However, this couldn’t have been scheduled for a better time. After months and months of getting Farm Girl moved and ready to re-open, we needed a little time away before our Grand Opening. Fayetteville is such a neat little college town and not too far from us.

I booked The Freckled Hen Cottage and it was a dream! The cutest little two bedroom rock cottage with a beautiful sunroom and claw foot tub.

We had a charcuterie platter waiting on us when we got there and it was so good! I love that they had add on features for guests.

And again…..this sunroom. Now I want one!

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Our first night we did a little shopping, ate grilled cheeses at Hammontrees, and had a movie night outside which was so much fun. We are thinking of adding a screen or white wall to the girls tree house we plan to build this spring so we can do this with them.

Our last full day we shopped at Freckled Hen Home, City Supply, I found some gold at the coolest Record Shop ( I grew up on Bob Wills ) and finally got to visit Euna Mae’s kitchen store. So neat!

Zack and I also had the best barbecue of our lives at the neatest little spot-Wright’s Barbecue. So GOOD!

It was a fun little trip and I’m so glad we got to go! I highly recommend booking the cottage if you plan to make a trip there. It was so cute, clean, and had everything we needed. They were super accommodating and checking in and out was super easy.

Until next time!

Anniversary Get-away

Anniversary Get-away


Most photos are from Southwind mixed in with a few that I took. :)

Wednesday night, Zack and I snuck off to celebrate our anniversary at Southwind Hills. I had a Pursuit Group there months back and completely fell in love with the place. They just opened up a little cottage not too long ago and when I saw the ad on Facebook I booked it on a whim. They usually have it on the weekends for couples who get married but they also book it during the week to the public. We were their first weekday couple. Christmas season is such a stressful + busy time at the store, not to mention Zack is almost finished with fire school and applying for a job. We don’t see much of each other lately and to say we needed some “us” time is an understatement. 12309728_988849331173980_7539486767514218340_oThe cottage is nestled off away from their wedding venue in a wooded area. Seriously so gorgeous. I won’t ramble on too long and let the photos speak for themselves. The vision I have for my home would seriously be decorated like this space. Wood planks, white walls, chandeliers, rustic meets glam. 12316207_988845104507736_3515822330194951546_n12341341_988846331174280_6065500426737171344_n12313601_988846094507637_1989216814981535482_nDSC_0100DSC_011012366482_988845801174333_283352343351989270_n12341391_988847631174150_8671026803223120270_n12321155_988847707840809_808630963308283579_n12362679_988845204507726_6717012872067866428_o12314660_988847934507453_6303298839661121654_o12310689_988845874507659_2133153689446430517_n12362770_988847911174122_3738803046175789889_o12359998_988847374507509_2428466565829386122_n12363095_988847237840856_4648415725237583336_oHello Pioneer Woman dishes. I ordered these last week and actually got to test them out here. Cannot wait to have them in our house.12313773_988847557840824_6370903104056318036_n12371227_988847271174186_420998995494526307_oIMG_2018 11204452_988847081174205_1998071475744754976_n12345604_988847204507526_5976349863112950699_nDSC_0089DSC_0118IMG_2029Before we left I took hubby up for a tour of the barn. We spent the rest of the day enjoying each other in Norman. Lunch was at a favorite spot we frequent, we finished up our Christmas shopping, and had kid free conversations. It was the perfect day with my man.
10295668_10153167806380685_3007927601744504280_nHere’s to many more. I love you, Zack. Happy Anniversary!