Laundromat Dates & Walmart Brands | Life By The Sea

This sounds ridiculous…but sometimes I miss the pain of the laundromat and the cheap, mostly not dependable brand items from Walmart we used to have all over our home. Those days were so hard. When I began attending ODU, it became clear my parents weren’t going to be helping me out much as they were…

A Year With Three Girls Four and Under | The Biggest Challenges

Please believe me when I say I love my girls before you dive into this post…because I, truly from the bottom of my heart, love and appreciate the heck out of them, but talking about my personal struggles as a parent with three of them so close in age and having a rough year may sound…

There’s Plenty of Sea Glass | Small Businesses

Last week, I was having an incredibly peaceful morning. No 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,…

Advice For Fighting With Your Mommy | Cammy Video Series

Okay so this is mostly ME talking because she wanted to sit in my lap and make faces at the camera — HAHA, but I love what she says at the end about Ellie! I love that these videos you can’t edit and can’t prep her to say anything because kids will be kids and…

Being PRESENT in 2017 | Happy New Year!

Happy happy New Year from this salty aired little beach box in Kill Devil Hills, NC! We are so excited to begin a new year and new adventure together, we ARE believers in fresh starts and new perspectives…although we know the real magic is not in it just happening, it’s in believing in it! Don’t…

I’m Sorry I Yelled | New Mom Series

I’m so sorry I yelled earlier. I didn’t mean to yell again, I’m so sorry honey. Mike…I am so sick of yelling. LOUD, angry, snappy yelling. Mean comments. Cuts, burns, digs. At my own little kids. How does it come to this sometimes? For about a month I’ve been doing great…however, if you saw me earlier…

Regrets | Salt & Sunshine Series

This is a tough one for me. But in my heart, I know it is so relatable for everyone. Regret is a powerful emotion. It’s consuming, it’s obsessive, it’s cruel, it’s justified. Regret is hard, but if you flip it on it’s back, you will truly see that regret is a lesson. I’ve tried to figure out…

Kellie + Matt | Kill Devil Hills Maternity

It was such an honor to shoot their engagements and wedding day…but now I am getting another HUGE honor documenting this baby bump with little boy Grayson on the way and I can NOT be happier for these two loving human beings!! Kellie is a doll, she’s funny, she’s got a really good sense of…

My Selfish Problem | Motherhood

I’ve been debating for so long on whether or not to share this but then when I finally got an indication that this is truly a helpful and relatable topic with other moms, I felt like the green light was right in my face..telling me GO, it’s time to share this and don’t wait another minute. This…

White Sweater & Glittery Heels Project | 5 Years | Cammy Mae

Every time I shoot this– I’m blown away by how big she is but also by how hilariously CONFIDENT she is, haha! Cammy..you have no problem in front of the camera. I gotta say, I kind of LOVE that…being a photographer and all, but I hope that this confidence translates into other areas of life…

New Every Morning | Saltwater + Grace

This season. I am currently existing as 90% shell of human and 10% living human. Ever since the hurricane weekend, things have been such a whirlwind and we’ve been having the most incredible sessions and weddings and loving our business but it’s the laundry, the dishes, the upkeep of life that is currently bogging us…

Sticky Note Jerk | New Mom Series

I have this daughter that is virtually a clone of me…and that’s not always such a cute thing. Camryn Mae Hedgepeth was born extremely Type A, high achieving, free spirited and creative and with a work ethic that tops anything I’ve ever seen before. She has tasks to do, things to make and she’s very…