Ashley + Ryan | Carova Outer Banks Engagements

I’ve lived here almost four years and I had not yet been to Carova…UNTIL NOW 🙂 We met and I jumped in the jeep so excited about being able to finally get out on the beach over here where everyone just loves it, and I see what the hype is about. Carova is beautiful. The…

Kelli + Fam | Nags Head Outer Banks Family Session

Before I even finished editing these, I emailed Kelli in tears. I felt like this family session came to me on a day when I needed it most and their joy and kindness was SO incredibly contagious! Five beautiful children and a couple that has absolutely no problem holding hands and squeezing each other and…

Therese + Matt | Nags Head Maternity Session

What a joy to be with these three on a slightly chilly but beautiful Nags Head day documenting this part of their story, baby on the way and getting so close to meeting them being due in just a few short weeks! Therese and Matt told me that they hadn’t done this before (a session),…

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…

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…

Daycare Improvisations | New Mom Series

For seven years, I’ve run a business that has grown so beautifully and served some of the most incredible couples and families and small businesses. I have also grown three little girls and raised them to be joyful, wild and completely hilarious and maintained a deep and loving relationship with my BFF Mike Hedgepeth. We’ve…

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…

Learning to Trust | Saltwater + Grace

One of the biggest hurdles I ever leapt over was when I decided to trust a group of women with a different part of my heart. Not just the “we’re in the same industry, yay!” part of my life…but a part I didn’t even know much about yet. The part where I started a walk…

Moms That Break Rules | New Mom Series

We really should have them lay in their beds at night and get better at falling asleep in their own space. Yeah, we REALLY should. It’s what you’re supposed to do. Sometimes we do, most of the time lately though…we don’t. I wonder if I’m making the “right” decision. If having your child not fall…

Polkadot Sweater & Red Heels Project | Elle Marie 4 Years!

Hilariously…you’ll read in the LAST Ellie sweater & heels post that I was so sad about losing her 3 year sweater pictures. After all, I had been late before…but never LOST or missed the pictures in these series before! So you’ll read about me feeling bad about that and then guess what actually happened? I…

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…