The Magic of January 2018 | Life By The Sea

On January 1, some time after 6pm…I officially logged off of Instagram and Facebook for a period of time that wasn’t pre-determined. My first goal was a week, then it turned into TWO…then…THREE?! I mean…for a girl that hasn’t been off social media for more than a few days in seven years, this was quite…

Gifts for a Simple Life Girl | Life By The Sea

Christmas just came…and Mike struggled again with getting it out of me. “But what do you want?” No Mike, really…just more Papermate Flair pens…please! Make my office supply loving heart happy…get me PRACTICAL things, lol! This has been me for a long time. In another time in our lives…I would request diamonds or more expensive things…

My First Social Media Hiatus

You’re looking at a girl who has shown up for seven years and never taken a break from posting on social media. I have a lot of stuff archived so it may not seem so by the numbers…but for example, I took my Instagram recently from 6900 images to almost 1900. WOW. 6900 images, that’s…

Which Version of Ellie Are You? | Take the QUIZ!

I can’t even deal. I laughed so hard making this quiz (wait until you see where I wrote “get your slap hand ready” LOLOL) mostly because it’s true, Ellie has an array of personality traits that keep this family cracking up, charmed or scared most of the time hahaha! Ellie is such a gem to…

Easy Lemon + Garlic Crockpot Chicken | Mermaid Meals

Welcome to a post by a wedding and portrait photographer, shop owner and mom of three that has NO idea how to cook. AT ALL. And it’s never been a natural skill of mine and I’m finding out that there is a slight possibility I may not be terrible at it after making it one of…

Who I’m Jealous Of | Life By The Sea

Recently, I’ve aged another year officially and I am so happy and thankful to be 33. The joy of getting to live this long and raise my girls, continue building a business I love and creating a simple life for our home and family here on the Outer Banks with my best friend in the…

More Money & Less Weight | Mike’s Dad Series

Hello there, old friend. How are things? Doing well? I know, I know; it’s been too long since we last spoke. I’m sorry. Amanda’s a hog when it comes to her blog. In all seriousness, we’ve been talking about me coming back to write for sometime now, just never figuring out what I should write…

How Much I Used My Phone In Two Months | Salt Air Entrepreneur

I’m not sure you guys are going to believe this mess right now.  This Spring, I said “I think I’m going to do a little experiment that authentically monitors my phone & social media usage so that I know how much I am on my phone when I’m not trying to NOT be on my phone.”…

The Dave Ramsey Diet | Life By The Sea

Just barely three weeks ago, Mike and I started experiencing Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. What a game changer. Please take time to watch my video if you feel like you need to hear a little more about why we did it and why it could change your life, but I’m here to tell you…