LITTLE HATTERAS BEACH BOX TOUR | Life By The Sea

YAY YOU’RE HERE!!!!! THE LITTLE HOME TOUR finally made it to the blog!!! We are so happy to virtually welcome you into our happy little Hatteras cottage down the road from the sea. Whew, what a journey it took to get here. Amanda 15 years ago in Virginia Beach would have envisioned happiness and success…

Why We Went SMALL, Instead Of BIGGER | Life By The Sea

Before we show our new home in an upcoming blog post, we wanted to share WHY we seem to be going backwards compared to the masses. It would seem, for most, you have more kids.. you get a bigger house. More rooms, more bathrooms. More SPACE. Some people are completely adamant on their kids having…

$68,193.31 | Dave Ramsey + Budgeting

We have been waiting 3 1/2 years to say this… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE DEBT FREE  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shortly after our car accident in 2017, I kept asking myself.. “what do we NEED to do with our life? what is IMPORTANT?” We were in a season of really deep reflection after what we experienced and we just…

We’re Moving to HATTERAS! | Life By The Sea

Last week on Instagram, we announced something we had been holding on to for weeks, but we had been hoping for far longer. We let our community know we were moving an hour plus south to live on Hatteras Island, which is truly a dream for our family! We have been head over heels in love with…

YOUTUBE VIDEO: How we find sea glass!

One of the MOST ASKED QUESTIONS of all time on our Facebook and Instagram pages! How do you find sea glass? What does it look like? How can you tell? While filming a tiny little video about Avalon Pier a few months ago, I got to double up on video content & ALSO film a…

Lightroom Edit from BLUE to GOLD | Outer Banks Photographer

One of the BIGGEST CHALLENGES shooting here on the beach is when we have this perfectly great sunny day that should make golden hour shooting a piece of cake… and then… low-lying clouds are sitting right on the horizon. This is tricky if you don’t know to look for it because you may think you…

Emotional Holdups | Personal Branding

Let’s just start with being COMPLETELY HONEST and FORWARD: Because of the audacity I had to create a personal brand… Our family lives on the Outer Banks I have consistently doubled OR tripled my husband’s income yearly  I get to call the shots on when and where I shoot and be a little picky I…

PERSONAL BRANDING: Is your holdup EMOTIONAL or TECHNICAL?

I opened up a conversation I was SO READY FOR weeks ago on Instagram… but it’s a heavy one and I think all of us involved in this conversation literally held hands and jumped into the deep end of the pool together, not knowing where the bottom was. I can’t believe I’m about to say…

How I Use My Simplified Planner(s) | Salt Air Entrepreneur

YES QUEEN! Here we go! I love my planner(s). I have to pluralize that because I have a weekly academic year planner (August 2019-July 2020) for the girls and their life priorities and my big mama daily calendar year planner for all 654 of my jobs, LOL! It was SUPER freeing to me to be…

Cozy + Coastal Office In A Salt Box By The Water | Life By The Sea

UPDATE: Shortly after this post, we invested in a Lindsay Letters Quarterly Calendar and replaced the futon with the most comfortable coastal loveseat in the world! Scroll to the bottom to view the NEW office set up and new items! Also, I’ve linked Lindsay’s calendar below as well! It is SUCH A BEAUTY! When we first bought…

Gladiators Sharing Joy | Life By The Sea

This world is a very broken place right now. I’m sure it always has been, but the news and social media bring the broken right to our attention front and center daily and it’s hard to see what kind of acts of violence or tragedy have happened since the last one 10 minutes prior and…