NEW from Carter’s: Sizes for KIDS!

This was probably one of the things that totally made our summer. Our friends at Carters let us in on a little secret…they were officially going to bump up sizing to 14 so that we could CONTINUE to grow with them!!!! 🙂 If you know me, you know I have been happily putting my girls…

Lifestyle Changes (with LINKS!) | Life By The Sea

Oh HI THERE GUYS!!! I know, it’s been a minute! I have to say that it’s kind of nice to be back to blogging and content creation and sharing after enjoying a little time off in the middle of the busy season. I’m actually STILL on a social media hiatus while creating this post and…

8 Years Married | Life By The Sea

I love you Mike Hedgepeth. There is no one like you. I confidently tell anyone that they will love you when they meet you because your kindness and your words of affirmation distributing heart makes SURE to make others feel welcome, loved, not embarrassed and in good company. Watching you grow as a photographer alongside…

Forgiving the Girl Who Cyber Harassed Us

If you have been tuned in the past month via Instagram, you may have seen this post where we FINALLY shared what has been going on since December. That evening we posted an Instagram live video but since they disappear and we know everyone didn’t see it – we wanted to keep this story where people…

60+ Pounds Down | Life By The Sea

If you get a message in your DM’s or email more than once…MAKE IT A BLOG POST 🙂 So we’ve checked in before when Mike guest blogged about more money and less weight…but we’ve lost MORE since! And we are just feeling so so good and proud and honestly…MOSTLY…surprised. We laugh so much when we…

Vacation Marriage | Life By The Sea

We hear it all the time (and I’m sure you have, too) … “marriage is work”. And, I get what most people mean by this. It’s tough to combine your things and your life and your time with another person and it’s not going to be seamless. It’ll require some (lots of) compromise, communication, etc….

Celebrating That We LIVED | Accident Anniversary

**WARNING, some images are slightly graphic and may be upsetting** One year later (tomorrow) was the scariest night of our lives. Traveling down a small two lane country road in the rain in Rolesville, NC…a red car was FLYING from the left. I only had a second to tell Mike that it wasn’t stopping before…

The Gifts of Imperfection | Brene Brown

I had heard her name over and over. I knew she was an inspiring author and I knew that so many people I know loved her work. It wasn’t until my therapist that I met after our car accident said to me…you need to go home and watch Brene Brown’s Ted Talk on Shame that…

Zenni Glasses | Life By The Sea

One of our most asked questions via Instagram is “where are your glasses from?” followed by “and what style are they?” So here’s a quick reference blog post to help out including the actual model number right from the website! Website: ZENNI OPTICAL Note: I have a few different pairs because some are for the…

More Than He Bargained For | Life By The Sea

Mike Hedgepeth wasn’t ever a ladies man. Like really. He didn’t have many girlfriends and when we started dating, that became his first serious relationship, EVER! I however had a lot more experience in the long term relationship department and I thought to myself for the first couple of months – is this guy real?…

Health Changes + Miracle Abs | Mermaid Mama Gets Fit

You may have read this blog post from a few months back about how Mike and I have lost a crazy amount of weight since starting Dave Ramsey. We started last July and by fall had lost over FIFTY POUNDS with no new weight-loss program or routine…just LITERALLY budgeting! How crazy is that?! Even crazier…

The Beat I Skipped | Life By The Sea

Voxering with my friend Elizabeth Henson last week I kept mentioning to her I was feeling frustrated. I was just having this off day and I couldn’t pin point the freaking problem. Then, the more frustrated I became, the more I started to feel ungrateful. Ick, I don’t like that feeling because ungratefulness snowballs into…