Happy Wednesday, friends!
It’s another edition of LET’S LOOK!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). We have been doing this little linky party for years now, and it’s always one of my favorite posts each month because most of the topics are YOUR suggestions!
So far in 2023, here’s what we’ve “looked at”…
And today, we’re LOOKING AT MY FAVORITE SUMMER FINDS.
You guys, this post is about to get BEACHY!
Here’s the deal about blogging your life for 16 years…you start to eat a lot of your words.
I’ve eaten so many words that I’m full. I’m stuffed. It’s basically Thanksgiving evening over here.
Here are a few things I’ve said on my blog/social media/podcasts/etc and then later, had to eat…
1: We will never go on a Disney Cruise. (We’ve been on four.)
2: We will never build a house. (We built a home in 2014.)
3: I will never get on social media. (I mean, how stupid was that one?)
4: We will never have more than one dog. (Um…)
5: We are done with two kids.(Sigh.)
6: We are done with three kids. (Can I introduce you to Madeley?)
(For the record, this is me saying “We are done with four kids.” Heaven help me if that’s not true.)
7: We would never have a second home. (What do you mean, Shay? Like the one you’re currently sitting in as you type this blog post?)
8: We are not beach people.
You guys…WE ARE REALLY FREAKING BEACH PEOPLE.
We are now those people who have apps on their phone (APPS!) that tell us the surf, estimated wave height, the wind, the weather, the tide.
We are now those people who drive around ALL DAY LONG with a surf board strapped to the car. Going to a fancy dinner? “No worries, valet! Please excuse the sandy surfboard.”!
We live with sand in our car. SAND IN OUR CAR! I hate sand! My home in McKinney is within walking distance to a beach club that is included in our HOA dues that I have not set foot in since 2010 (2010!) because I hate sand so much. And now, I just dust it off myself every time I get out of the car like it’s no big deal.
Who am I? What is happening?
Needless to say, my favorite summer Amazon find for this post is basically everything we need to get from sitting at my computer to the beach in about 5 minutes.
Hi, my name is Shay and I am a beach person 🙂 .
Just now, I walked outside to show you guys some of my faves…
Welcome. This is our beach vehicle on wheels 🙂 . Please note a few things…first, the surfboard and boogie boards on top. Second, please note that black thing flung over the railing. That’s Smith’s wetsuit. See? Beach people 🙂 .
Now, here’s a peek in the back of the car so that you can see some of our favorite things from Amazon this summer…
The best BEACH BAG in the world, friends! Seriously, how many times have I blogged about? Maybe a million? The pockets, the size, the durability (we are hard on this thing), all the fun color options, and the price! It’s the BEST!
Three years in a row, and this is still my #1 beach bag 🙂 .
Speaking of bags…
We also really love our PICNIC BACKPACK! This thing is super light and holds everything you need for eating on the beach including little plastic plates, a little cutting board, reusable plasticware…it’s the best!
We keep our BOSE SPEAKER with our beach gear so that we can easily listen to music while we’re there. I’ve also blogged about this a million times too. It’s fabulous for both inside and out!
Need to keep your can cold? No worries, just use these YETI RAMBLER and your cans stay nice and cold even in the hot sun. We keep them in our beach bag and take them with us every time.
Speaking of Yeti…
…depending on how much food we’re taking out, we either pack snacks in our YETI BACKPACK or…
…if we’re going to be there all day/have a larger meal, we use our YETI TUNDRA COOLER. Please note how the cooler is sitting on the rack that easily goes on to the back of our car. This way, we free up all of the seats and the third row with all of our beach gear in that instead of inside the vehicle.
Now, here are a few more fun Amazon finds for the beach that we use every time we go out…
We officially have eight of these BEACH BACKPACK CHAIRS. They’re light enough that even Mades can wear one easily. I love the big pocket in the back (that’s where we put our beach towels), plus, there is a drink pocket and another pocket for your cellphone/keys/glasses/etc on the side. These babies are super sturdy too and can recline.
Our favorite BEACH TOWELS 🙂 . We bought and brought with us about 20 of these towels. I cannot rave about them enough. The size is great, they’re soft, they don’t shed…I love them!
We have had this exact BEACH BLANKET now for three years. It’s been to Nantucket every single trip (and lives here now), Hawaii, Mexico…it’s so super amazing. When the Slaughters were here, we pulled it out every time we went to the beach. It rolls up into the smallest little pouch that’s light and easy to throw in your bag…AND IT TRULY KEEPS SAND AWAY! It’s so simple and easy to use.
Now, if you’re at the beach, you most certainly need…
Now, coming up soon, I’m going to do an entire post specifically about the different beaches here on Nantucket, but for now, get your gear and head out to the sunshine.
Don’t forget, coming up this year on LET’S LOOK…
Oh goodie, I get to discuss my worst habits next month. Agh!
Okay, if you also blogged Let’s Look, make sure you link up below.
One last thing, don’t forget that TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER…
Have a wonderful Wednesday! I’ll see you back here tomorrow! xx