Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Favorites-Rosemary Beach Edition

WAHOO!!

It feels so good to be back with you today for Friday Favorites.  Andrea, Narci, and I are happy to be sharing some of our favorites.  {And I hope you share some of yours!}

In case you missed it, our family of six just got back from a week of FUN in Rosemary Beach, Florida.  You can read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

First up, we have a little vacation Q and A-

*Is Rosemary Beach warm in the winter?*
I googled to find some average temperatures in the winter months-in December the average high was 64 degrees, in January the average high was 62 degrees, and in February the average high was 65 degrees.  Hope that helps a bit if you're contemplating a winter trip to Rosemary.

*When you vacation with kids, do you always unpack and put things in drawers, etc. or keep things in suitcases?*
I think it depends on the room situation and set up, but on this trip-I'd placed several things like dresses and such on hangers inside my suitcase so I just pulled those right out and hung those in my closet.  That's as much "unpacking" as I did, but keep in mind the rest of my clothes were swimsuits, cover-ups, and pajamas.  I hung them in my closet and sprayed them all with the Tom and Sheri's Wrinkle Releaser-Shay shared a few weeks ago.  Then when it was time to wear something there were NO wrinkles!  I pulled Britt's dresses out and did the same thing.  Ebby Lee made the room hers by unpacking almost everything in her suitcase and putting clothes in drawers.  The boys lived out of their suitcase all week.  So we were kind of a big mix!  :)

*How did you hear about this area of Florida?*
We've been traveling to the beaches on the Gulf Coast...Gulf Shores, Destin, etc. since before we even had children.  Lately the "hype" around these towns on 30A has grown and we wanted to see what this area was all about.  After vacationing here, I think it'll be our spot when we travel to the Gulf Coast.

*Tell me about the chair rental service.*
I edited my post to explain a little more, but I rented my chairs about two months before our vacation from this service. And that was LATE!  I should have attempted about six months out and even then, probably called to follow up with where my chairs were.  With little kiddos, being on the front row of the chairs is pretty important.  We were on the second row, and to be honest, my hiney was very rarely in a chair.  I wanted to be able to see Britt at all times so I spent most of my time parked in the sand on the edge of the water, digging in the sand, or in the water with her.

*What do you recommend doing prior to your trip?*
I recommend renting your bicycles, renting your beach chairs, and ordering your groceries.  Those three things made our trip super easy!

*Favorite things to do?*
-Old Florida Fish House
-Cowgirl Kitchen (we enjoyed this for lunch.)
-George's at Alys Beach (we enjoyed lunch.)
-Sugar Shak for a treat
-Gigi's for souvenirs

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A few of my favorite things I packed...

*For Father's Day, we got Tab this Yeti Backpack Cooler partly because he's super practical and partly because I thought it'd be great for him to carry while he biked to the beach.  ha!  And I was RIGHT!  We'd load it up with drinks and he'd wear it on the bike ride over to the beach.  Tab isn't the biggest fan of gifts, but when he opened this on Father's Day, he was STOKED!  Baseball tournaments, park trips, and rides to the beach are SO much easier with a cooler backpack!

*Kopari products-A few weeks ago, I was with Sheaffer and Shay, who randomly started talking about Kopari, their products, and how amazing they are.  I had just bought the Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub because I'd seen it somewhere but just hadn't given it a try yet.  By the time I got out of the car, I was convinced I needed to try like seventeen products.  {I kid-it was more like three. :)}  I ordered the Kopari Coconut Melt, the coconut deodorant, and Kopari Save Face Oil pretty much after I exited the car.  I am a big fan of them all, but the coconut melt and face oil are my favorites.  I get super dry skin-especially while I'm in the sun all day and these two products were lifesavers.  My entire family used the coconut melt to hydrate our skin while on the trip.  I used the face oil every morning and night.  I made sure to keep my face shaded, but it still was on the dry side.  This product is good!  Well they're all good, but those two are my faves!

*Hats, hats, hats!  I cannot spend money on great skincare and then have my face in the sun all day.  Kind of like backtracking, right?  So, I wore different hats and a visor every day of my trip.


Straw Visor (it's back in stock!!)

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Things We Didn't Do {But lots of you recommended}-

*Eat at The Great Southern Cafe in Seaside.  I shared our attempt at this in Part 2 of my recaps, but next time we'll try again to make this happen.

*La Crema in Rosemary for dessert.  I heard such great things about this spot and we just never could make our schedule line up.

*The Red Bar and Elmo's Grill were also both highly recommended as well.

*Beach Bonfire-this sounds so fun!  I just couldn't justify the price with our family of six.  If I'd have thought about it, I'd have invited my brothers' family to our beach and booked it.  #nexttime

I think that's about it.  If you're an avid 30A traveler and have any big tips, please share in the comments!  Or any questions!  I hope you guys have the BEST weekend!

XO

13 comments:

Cassidy Adams said...

THese are great recommendations! We usually go to Panama City Beach, but if we are ever in the area, we will have to try some of these places:) Hope you had a happy fourth.
Cassidy

Mix and Match Mama said...

That wrinkle releaser is no joke, right?! I'm obsessed with it!! (And coconut oil! Ha!)

Mother of 3 said...

We just vacationed on the gulf coast for the first time last fall and had a wonderful time in Indian shores/ Reddington beach but we travel in Sept. when things aren't so crowded anymore. I really loved the whole ares up and down the coast and found so many nice beaches to explore.

Narci said...

Your post totally reminded me to order that wrinkle releaser!! And loved hearing about your faves from Rosemary! Can we go back to 30a next week? Haha!

Katie W. said...

We love love love 30A! The Hub in Watersound on 30A is a fun place for kids and families! Bud and Alley's is delicious - the tuna dip - OMG. And We also love Grayton Seafood Company for dinner. But the best is really the beach - you just can't beat that white sand and clear water. So glad you all had a great family vacation.

Jessi @ Jessi's Design said...

ohhh friend I am now totally CRAVING some beach time! Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend! xo

Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said...

Saving these tips for when I can convince my crew to change locations! ;) That Inspired Chick

Cheryl said...

Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for hosting, and happy Friday to you!
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Beth said...

You can skip Elmo’s Grill! There’s NO air conditioning and it’s mostly regular fried beach food. Nothing special. I’d save time for Great Southern and Louis Louis!!!

Marilyn Lesniak said...

Thank you for hosting! My offerings this week include a Summer Snack Mix, Chicken Jerk Salad, and a Tuna Salad in a Cantaloupe Bowl. Enjoy your week!

csuhpat1 said...

I have never been there but these are great tips in case (I hope I go someday). Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

Simple Purposeful Living said...

I have heard nothing but amazing things about 30A...it's on our list now :)

The A Team said...

Hi Erika...I guess I missed the link up :) Here is my link. https://thewainsateam.blogspot.com/2018/07/five-on-friday.html