Tuesday
May312016

Nantucket Essentials for a Successful Family Trip

 

 

 

It's the Hamptons of New England.....chic, exclusive, and perfectly chic and FUN for your family. Here's what we pack, plan, and do in order to make sure we have the perfect trip year after year. From booking the ferry to booking a nanny service, we've done it. All tried (by us), true, and essential for a successful family trip.

First and foremost, become comfortable with a sitter. Or a sitter service that carefully vets their staff....much as Sensible Sitters does. It's available in select cities, the Hamptons and Nantucket. We have used it and loved it. They put as much care into their sitters as we do. So you can enjoy a meal out at Dune, Oran More or Cru.


Proper, beachy attire is required. I love to stock up at Roberta Roller Rabbit for everyone. Mom and mini matching tunics, quilts to spread in the sand, onesies for my son and sporty trunks for my husband. Done and done.


Keep your littles sheltered from the sun and the wind (which can get quite strong on some of the beaches) with this sporty number from Coleman. It's a cinch to pack, unpack, and is light enough to carry back and forth from the car to the sand with out a second thought.


Getting your car on the island can be notoriously hard to do with limited ferry service. So plan to get around via bike (rental options abound) or bring along your own wheels. We just invested in a family set of bikes, with the Electra Townie for me. I can't wait to test it out and properly accessorize with basket.


Don't forget the kids who are too small to ride a bike on their own. My husband will be towing this sweet ride (A Thule Bike Tow) with our toddler and babe tucked inside, along with toys, snacks, and everything else they could possibly ever need for the ride to Something Natural for lunch.


There is an essential truth in life and parenthood......the more children you have, the more beach gear you need. This extra large tote from Lands End should definitely get you to the sand with everything you need on foot. If you need more than this bag holds, the next step is a wagon!


Next up on my list of things to do on the island with the kids? Surf school. These starter boards from Greco are highly rated and start at a great price point.

 


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Thursday
May262016

Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita Recipe


 

This recipe creates a pitcher of blueberry deliciousness. But you can easily use the same ratios to make one or two at a time. 

This recipe also creates a pitcher of fun. Cause it's strong.

Why make it, though? Aren't margaritas from scratch a lot of work? Cause, I have yet to meet a host/hostess who objects to you bringing a pitcher of home made margs. It's our go-to "dish" to bring. 

I was inspired to whip this up when I received my first home delivery of tequila and champagne from Drizly. You read the correctly, a home delivery of booze and bubbles, at my door. Welcome Espolon tequila. I am happy to have you. 

And thank you for having me, Drizly. I am now a 'Top Shelf Blogger' at the site. Check them out!

 

Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita

Makes 1 Pitcher

 

Ingredients

1 bottle Espolon tequila (4 cups)

1.5 cups pomagranate blueberry juice

1 cup blueberry simple syrup (boil 1 cup blueberries with 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar until bursting; strain)

1.5 cups lime juice

1/2 cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients in pitcher and stir. Drink. Enjoy.

 

*Drizly provided product for this post.

 

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Drink it! Heat & Honey Margarita



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Monday
May232016

Basements That Don't Suck

Check out Basements that Don't Suck

by Noelani at Mode

 

They get a bad rap......but just because it's under ground doesn't mean it has to suck.

I've rounded up some basement decor that is unique with tips we learned from doing our own basement over.

Thinking hardwood? Built-ins? Accent walls? Storage?  Whether it's a play space, tv space, adult wine tasting room, or all of the above, we've got you covered.

 


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