Someone Does | Life by the Sea

Nothing big or long today, just thoughts from this little five foot tall mama of three here in Kitty Hawk NC on a sunny day. I sit down to blog, the girls watching the new Spongebob that just hit Hulu and there’s Cammy walking around the living room mimicking Spongebob’s new walk with his long…

Holding My Hand | Life By The Sea

On 11-11-11, you held my hand while I waited to see if labor progressed. It never did, but the pains and contractions were there. You held my hand when I squeezed and caused yours pain, and when I was resting and begging you for crushed ice and snow cones. You held my hand and took…

Your New Life | New Mom Series

In a sea of “get sleep while you cans” and “goodbye to your freedoms!” — I’m gonna be your sunshine today, new mamas 🙂 Almost without a doubt, on every pregnancy announcement, pregnant status, etc on social media..there’s “that guy” — the one who has to write something other than congrats, they have to write…

Adjusting To Our New Dynamic | Life By The Sea

I am SO out of my element right now but I’m getting there. Wait– I can’t have a free open week to schedule my business the way I need to, and just get a babysitter to watch the girls at the house if I need to go out and shoot or work? Nope. This whole “preschool”…

What Makes You Successful? | Salt + Sunshine Series

It’s been a hot minute since I visited this blog series! With the welcoming of wedding season and the welcoming of this new pregnancy…add on some sessions and mentoring and appointments in between, I’ve felt so EXCITED but slightly overwhelmed! May is by far our craziest month but we are at the tail end about…

Putting The HUMAN Back In Small Business | Small Businesses

This is something I’ve subconsciously thought about blogging for a while but I never knew how. It’s a subject that isn’t easy to approach and I knew I would always go at it with caution, but when my bride emailed me back last night– she opened it up for me BEAUTIFULLY. And for that?! Mike…

Best Yes Baby Steps | Salt & Sunshine Series

You most likely have heard of this book…and if you haven’t, I’m about to introduce something VERY incredible and helpful to those of you who feel over-booked, over-committed, overly-tired and even emotionally weighed down from the burden of your own self inflicted work load because you feel powerless to say no but dread saying yes. Wow, did that…

CammyEllieSeastars to AmandaHedgepethOBX | Instagram Change

I am laughing to myself right now…I definitely sat in a room of women at the Creative at Heart Conference and said “if my Instagram name changes, it means we have another baby on the way and I can’t fit three names in my handle!” HAHA! Well, right now we’re not pregnant so that’s not…

Lessons From Beach Road | Outer Banks

You know, last week I was doing something I didn’t like at all and I’m glad I caught it when I did. A part of me said, is this getting on people’s nerves? Talking about the Outer Banks ALL the time? Are people going to get sick of it? Are locals who have lived here…

Freedom from Minimizing | Personal

If there is anything BIG we have learned and felt since moving to the beautiful Outer Banks…it’s material things really don’t matter. Objects, things, materials, decorations, all of it. They are fun and for some people that brings joy to them because it’s their thing, but I gotta tell you..as someone who has moved 10+ times…

Home | Mikes New Dad Series

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! After a long hiatus of moving and working (the truth…Amanda: “Mike, will you write a new blog for me?…Mike?”, Me:”Zzzzzzz”…at 9pm…), I’m here to grace your computer screens again! Yes, thank y–thank you very much–oh, you guys–plea–please, hold the applause for after the blog… So, this blog is going to be kind of…

Why Year Four Tops All | Personal

Here it is..our 4th wedding anniversary! I just sat in bed next to my two year old who’s bawling her eyes out because she looked at our wedding images and she is DEVASTATED that she wasn’t a part of it. “ahhhhh I wanna go to that wedding! AHHHH!!” I just asked her to officially be…