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Mini Vacay + New Swimwear

You’ve got friends that you can go to dinner and drinks with, and then you have friends that you can travel with. There’s a HUGE difference. Spending four days straight with people that aren’t family can be tough, but once you find those friends, KEEP THEM FOREVER. Chelsea and Travis are those friends for us.

In Januaray we decided that a beach trip was in order. At the time, May seemed like forever away and then it just showed up like “Hey Anna, you need to pack we are leaving in like five hours.”



We headed out Thursday morning for Perdido Key and came back Sunday afternoon and man, it was just what we needed. The beach is just therapeutic, isn’t it? I don’t know if it’s the sun, the sand, the sea or the combo of all three (that rhymed) but it just WORKS.

Besties for the resties.

Our sweet husbands drove about 30 minutes to get us Starbucks, can you say #goals?


About a week before we left, I found this swimsuit at H&M for $10. I was SO skeptical because I typically live by “you get what you pay for” when shopping. But. This. Suit. Y’all. It fits so well! It held up perfectly fine in the water and on the beach all day and I still just couldn’t believe that it was $10 for the top and bottom!


I found this cover up at Old Navy for $8! They ALWAYS have swim on sale and the quality is great. I also love this one, too!


I also found these sandals that were great for the beach, because I never want to take nice sandals onto the beach and get them ruined. They are the perfect dupe for this pair I saw at Nordstrom, but couldn’t quite justify spending that much on a pair of sandals.

I loved this beachy combo and can’t wait to put it to good use the rest of the summer!

XOXO,

AP

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Mother’s Day

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Celebrating my mom is EASY. She is the most incredible woman I have ever known. Not only did she devote over 20 years of her life to raising 8 children, but she also stayed patient, kind and humble the whole way through. My dad was in ministry for a long time, and Mom was telling us today that Mother’s Days used to look very different than it does now. Apart from coffee in bed, she pretty much got the kids out the door and to church by herself. ANY ounce of celebration she gets these days is very well-deserved.

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This Mother’s Day looked a little different than most, because now most of my sister’s are mothers as well…and they deserve celebrating! We skipped church (#grace) and instead of doing a BIG lunch with everybody, we opted to do brunch at Seed in Marietta with those who live close. After enjoying all of the joys that brunch has to offer, we were ready to chill for the rest of the afternoon. We went back to my Mom and Dad’s house and put together an array of snacks to graze on, got a dessert in the fridge and hung around for a few hours. Once my oldest sisters got there with their families we naturally tried to recreate an Easter picture from 15 years ago (these are the things you do when all 8 kids are together at one time). The rest of the afternoon was a breeze: opening gifts, telling little ones to be quiet because babies were asleep…the normal things that happen when 25+ people are together.

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I love my family…and I am so incredibly proud to be related to them. They are the smartest, kindest, most loyal humans I know, and together I think we could conquer the world. But the best part is thinking that we wouldn’t be where we are without the sweet, soft-spoken, warrior that raised us.

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XOXO,

AP