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Oak IslandPaul and I spent a week in North Carolina on Oak Island recently. We had never been there before but had heard positive things about both Oak Island and the community of Southport so we decided to take a little trip and check it out. You see, we’re still wondering where we might want to call home one day.

We rented a small apartment that was built over the garage of the owners, Sandy and Scott. They fondly refer to it as Pelican’s Perch.  It was small, but cute and had everything we needed. We found the apartment on Airbnb and you can find it here.

If we walked to the end of their short driveway we could see the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  Read more….

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Car Seats

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I have no memories of ever seeing a car seat when I was a child.  When my children were born, we had car seats but there wasn’t very much emphasis put on them, at least until my last child was born.  I know we used them but probably very incorrectly.

Things are very different now and with good reason.  Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.  That’s why it is so incredibly important for us to choose the right car seat and install it correctly. Read more….

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Last Saturday my husband, Paul, and I decided to take a drive.  It was a beautiful day and we had no destination in mind, we just drove.  We drove through Maryland and into Pennsylvania.  I often comment when we are out on our drives about what a beautiful land we live in.  The hills, the green, the farms!

I started snapping pictures with my phone as we drove along taking in the countryside.  With November and Thanksgiving on the horizon, I decided to share my country photos as a way of acknowledging the bountiful beauty in our little corner of the world. Read more….

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My husband and I made a trip stretching from Pawleys Island, SC and up through the Outer Banks of North Carolina earlier this summer.  The third and final portion of that trip… the Northern Beaches of the Outer Banks is here!

Our last day on Hatteras Island dawned with cloudy skies and a light rain. Today we’re leaving this island to make the short trip to the Northern Beaches of the Outer Banks which consists of the communities of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Southern Shores, Duck and Corolla. Read more…

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Hatteras Island

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Paul and I took a trip this spring to the northern coast of South Carolina and to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks is a fantastic place and one of our favorite destinations. This story is the second part of that journey and it begins in North Carolina, so read on my friend! Read more….

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South Carolina coast

If you read my recent post about planning for retirement, you know that we had a trip to the coast of northern South Carolina and the outer Banks of North Carolina planned.  That trip officially began!

Our first day was spent on the road traveling through the beautiful state of Virginia and down through North Carolina to the South Carolina coast. Read more….

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I’m still a little shocked by this, but I recently won a one week stay in a beach house in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!  When I say beach house, I mean approximately 25 yards from the beach.  So, of course we invited family, meaning adult children and their families.  Our daughter and her family living in California couldn’t make the trip, but our two sons and their families that live close by were very excited to go along.  Which meant all staying together in one beach house would be 6 adults and 4 children, ages 9 months, 2, 4 and 6 years. Read more….

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Skyline Drive

One of the things I think many of us enjoy most about fall is the color of the changing leaves and there isn’t anywhere better to see those colors than on Skyline Drive.

Skyline Drive winds it’s way along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for approximately 105 miles in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway is its neighbor to the south.   It begins in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina and ends where it greets Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park near Rockfish Gap, Virginia. Read more….

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Poplar Forest
In the very heart of Virginia lies some distinctive homes belonging to some very special people; homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.  Of these three homes, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s uniquely styled masterpiece is probably the most famous and rightly so.

But did you know that Thomas Jefferson had a second home only 93 miles from Monticello?  This home is called Poplar Forest.  The acreage it sits upon and the original home were inherited from his father-in-law, but the home that sits upon it now is one of Jefferson’s own unique designs.

Poplar Forest was designed by Jefferson to be a retreat home for those times that he wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of Monticello. To spend quiet Read more….

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mayberry daysAndy, Barney, Goober, Aunt Bee, Opie – all names easily recognizable to any of us that are a “certain age”.  All are names that spark memories of a TV show depicting a simpler time in everybody’s favorite small town, Mayberry.  Shown on black and white TV screens that required your getting up from your comfy place on the couch to turn the knob and change the channel or turn the sound up or down.  That job was often delegated to the kids!

Last year Paul and I were visiting a friend in the hospital when one of his other visitors mentioned going to Mayberry Days.  My ears perked up and I started asking questions about this thing called Mayberry Days.  What is it exactly, where is it and so on.  It was then that I decided I wanted to make a visit to Mayberry Days too.

So, one year later another thing was crossed off my bucket list.  We went to Mt. Airy, North Carolina and joined in the Mayberry Days Celebration that’s held each year in September! Read more…

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