FREE VIDEO: Creating a RELATABLE brand using your own life!

Last week we released a video that was quite literally created on a whim during Friday of the nor’easter here on the Outer Banks due to a HUGE wave of inspiration. After getting through some work on Friday morning, I felt compelled to just share this content, out of nowhere, and as a creative that…

Life-Giving Books That Have Helped Our Family & Business

A few years ago, I realized I had gotten so caught up in motherhood and business that I had forgotten about reading. I mean like I was just so in autopilot trying to survive from day-to-day that I didn’t do anything outside of be a mom and run a business I love. I filled my…

Front Porch Cafe | Outer Banks Small Business

We have a problem, a really good one ­čÖé We’re fairly simple when it comes to what makes us happy in life. We love going to the beach (free), collecting sea glass (free) and swimming in the ocean (free)…which inevitably leads to lots of salty kisses (free depending on the mood, Ellie will make you…

Using Instagram Stories For Business | Guest Blog: Tommy Morgan

Well this is a first and I am just absolutely honored that I get to share this today! Last year, I headed to Northern Virginia for an engagement session and I left having made┬átwo friends who made my entire week. Hannah and Tommy are getting married this year and I am the lucky, lucky girl…

There’s Plenty of Sea Glass | Small Businesses

Last week, I was having an incredibly peaceful morning.┬áNo really…it was AMAZING! I had a morning to myself by the sea in a HUGE shell bed next to Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills here on the Outer Banks of NC. I love living here…getting up super early and hitting the salt air first thing,…

Do Only What You Can Do | Small Businesses

A simple, simple line from a book I recently read, Loving My Actual Life. One simple sentence, a simple concept, but when you consider the magnitude of it..it’s HUGE. You guys all know we are living in a hyper connected time. Technology is a beautiful thing and a difficult thing all in the same. Arianna…

Amanda Hedgepeth for Small Businesses | Outer Banks

The drive home took about three hours, give or take all of the stops we had to make for bathroom breaks, food breaks, vacationer technical problem breaks. My heart felt fulfilled and broken at the same time because our Richmond, Virginia family had gotten our annual stay on the perfect, salty aired, life changing Outer…

Goal Amnesia | Salt + Sunshine Series

Have you ever wanted SO badly to reach a goal, a number, a figure, an amount of money..that you just become fixated and stressed beyond recognition? You project this anxiousness by yelling at someone you love, being impatient, acting panicky. Everything┬áis a big deal all of sudden, even if it’s really not. It’s not some…

Coastyle Weddings + Events | Styled Shoot

Third c-section, three weeks later and I’m shooting…why? Honestly, I knew this would be lightweight physically and I could get out of the house for fresh air and I needed that! I walked slow, didn’t help poor Samantha or Taylor carry a darn thing but we had fun because they are WONDERFUL girls! I love…

Letting Go of Job Judgement | Life By The Sea

I remember the days, the good ol’ days of Max and Erma’s at MacArthur Mall in Norfolk back around the time I dropped out of ODU (couldn’t afford text books or even life supplies, hard times!). Riding the┬ásketchy HRT for four years before getting a car to my job that felt thankless and many days,…

I Hope You Take A Real Break | Small Businesses

It’s the HOLIDAY SEASON!!! YAYY!!! Seriously — we are the people that squeal annoyingly when we see those first Christmas decorations up in stores and run toward all the sparkly things and shining lights. We love it. We ABSOLUTELY love it and we cherish it so much…so you know we’re also the ones who decorate…

Boomerang for Gmail + 2-4 AM | Small Businesses

All I can think about right now are those tacos from Bad Bean. It’s 3:29 in the morning and I would give anything to bust up in that restaurant and get myself three of those chicken soft tacos with cheese and a side of sour cream, but that’s not going to happen because it’s quite…