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…

Free SIMPLE Grocery Budget Printable! | Dave Ramsey

I have been a photographer for eight years, we’ve shot over 130 weddings and we are almost fully booked for weddings this year and almost for sessions this summer, too. This is our biggest “thing”, what I think we will be most asked about – but it’s not, LOL! It’s not! It’s more likely I’ll…

Gifts for a Simple Life Girl | Life By The Sea

Christmas just came…and Mike struggled again with getting it out of me. “But what do you want?” No Mike, really…just more Papermate Flair pens…please! Make my office supply loving heart happy…get me PRACTICAL things, lol! This has been me for a long time. In another time in our lives…I would request diamonds or more expensive things…

Thankful for Poor | Simple Life + Dave Ramsey

A couple of days ago, I added it up and hit checkout. Here’s what it said: Subtotal $190.20 Shipping Cost $16.95 Shipping Discount – $16.95 Sales Tax $0.00 Order Total $190.20 I really wanted this. I wanted it because it’s fun. It’s SO us. It makes us happy. We wanted to do it and talked about it…

The Number One Way We Made Life Easier | New Mom Series

Life is absolutely like swimming in the ocean. It’s still sometimes. So still that you can think so clearly, you can dream, you’re level-headed and you’re really able to keep up with the tides. Then it gets a little choppier, but you kind of hang on and adjust because you know it’ll be still again…

One Year Shopping Free | Life By The Sea

So, yesterday…I turned 32! And I can hardly believe I’m in my 30’s still. I truly feel like I’m 25 but I don’t feel how I felt at 25…if that makes sense. There is a wave of maturity that I kind of love along with maintaining a playful mentality that keeps me feeling for lack…

Teal Heels & Gold Sweater Project | 2 Months | Autumn Jean

She’s perfect. I don’t know what else to say…this incredible little soul is as SWEET as they come!!! Have you seen our Instagram? Oh please, click on the hashtag #autumnseastar or #autumnisalwayshappy …she really is! She cries for a second normally when she needs something but she’s so laid back! When she’s crying more than…

Paychecks + Valentines | Salt & Sunshine Series

I used to think that a successful holiday meant BIG presents, flashy, WOW-I-can’t-believe-you-bought-me-a-car/diamonds/etc … in order to be a good holiday. I thought if I could nail the holidays and do things that looked like perfection on the outside, the inside of me would feel better..but it’s NOT how it goes. I know this now…

Three Ways Simplifying is Emotionally Wise | Life By The Sea

Oh to drop everything and change your ENTIRE lifestyle because you need to breathe! THAT, for us, was what simplifying was about. Being physically cleared of so many “things” and “stuff” — and emotionally feeling like we needed to keep up with everyone around us but never feeling truly and deeply content after making the…

Vacation for a Simple Life | Life By The Sea

When we went to Disney World last year..that for us was truly a FANCY experience…and we’re not saying we’re cave people and we were shocked by all of the attractions, crowds and elaborate experiences, haha..but that was a big huge deal for us! And can I tell you? We stayed in the cheapest resort there…but…

It Costs NOTHING | Salt & Sunshine Series

I am the girl that used to walk into places like Target where they strategically keep the women’s/juniors clothes and accessories by the front door and it pulled me in. I started justifying and self-discussing why I need that new coverup. Or leggings. Or scarf. I just work so hard, I need it! I used to…