My Beach Essentials

Since I’m at Topsail Island, NC with my family this week I figured that I should go ahead and share my beach essentials. I don’t pack a whole lot for the beach, but what I do pack I can’t live without!

Beach Tote: My family has always used a Lands End tote bag to cart all our stuff out to the beach. The monogram helps us know it’s ours! Right now Lands End is having a promotion on these – You can get yours for $25!

Sun Bum Sunscreen: I’m allergic to most sunblocks (don’t ask me why, my skin just sort of did this to me after I started using prescription medication to treat my acne…it’s weird!) but this one seems to work well. I love using the stick for my face and any part of my swimsuit that rubs (hello any suit that ties around my neck). The best part – they’re free of chemicals that bleach coral reefs!

Beach Towel: I’ve collected an interesting menagerie of towels over the years. As long as I can easily spot it from the ocean I don’t care where it’s from or what brand it is. Sometimes the beach grocery stores have the best ones!

Books: I never go to the beach without a good book. This week I’ve packed more than I can handle (what can I say, I have high hopes). The Nightingale, Emergency Contact, Fates and Furies, Prozac Nation, Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea

Water Bottle: I carry a metal insulated water bottle with me almost everywhere now. While I love my Nalgene, Hydro Flasks and their assorted knockoffs are perfect for summer because they keep everything super cold. There’s nothing worse than being thirty on a hot beach and only having lukewarm water!

That’s all from me. What essentials do you pack for a beach trip?

Recently

I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life since 2018 started, and it feels good to stay so busy!

I went to the Rose Bowl!

IMG_2261

And then I went to Disneyland…

IMG_2292

Google Art has a super cool app out that lets you see which paintings you look most like. I’m not sure if I agree with this one

IMG_2324

Valentine’s Day was spent with close friends and Will, and it was so good. Will got me a Valentine’s azalea! How pretty is it?!

IMG_2505

 

 

Will and I went to Canada for President’s Day weekend.

IMG_2440

IMG_2415

I’ve had a blast meeting all the graduate students touring UGA looking to work in Student Affairs – we’re looking for a new Homecoming GA!

IMG_2397

We’ve also been doing “socials” to get to know one another better. Here’s a pic from a recent trip to the Museum of High Art in Athens.

IMG_2389

I got accepted into Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society. I love getting to do community service projects with my new friends!

IMG_2386

I’ve started re-watching Pretty Little Liars. It’s been a good mental break for the middle of the day.

0ccae42d-c603-4af2-83fa-09fe0c0eea4c1

Here are links to all the recipes I’ve tried recently:

Zucchini fritters

Sheet pan recipes

Make at home egg McMuffin (except I make mine without any meat)

Garlic kale quiche

If you want to keep up with what I’m reading you can always follow my Goodreads account by clicking here.

What have you all been up to this year?

xo Bailey

 

 

A Day at the Lake

Last weekend my family, my friend Emma, and I spent the day at Lake Tahoma in North Carolina. My Dad’s band played at the lake’s main venue last Saturday night, so we thought it’d be nice to spend the day lakeside while the weather was still warm. It was an absolutely gorgeous day!

img_0669

img_0676img_0679

Life Update: Summer Break

Hey everyone! I hope summer’s been treating you as well as it’s been treating me.

I’ve been away from my blog for a little while. Between prepping for finals, taking my finals, moving myself out of ┬ámy dorm, and a beach vacation, my life has been up and happening!

Here are the highlights from my beach vacation:

IMG_0665

The weather wasn’t perfect (thanks, wind, for messing up Paige’s hair and making my dress the most awkward outfit situation ever) but at least it wasn’t as hot as a Georgia summer!

IMG_0647

My crew and I stayed at Topsail Island, North Carolina. We all highly recommend spending some time in Fort Fisher (especially the Civil War museum) if you’re ever on that side of NC.

13267915_1106505292746007_7810105644971887545_n

My favorite restaurant on the east coast of my home state? Poe’s Tavern! Not only do they have great food, the entire place is decked out in Edgar Allan Poe things like a giant mosaic golden bug and collected works wallpaper!

IMG_0668

Thanks for reading! Keep checking in for more interesting things going on in my crazy, adventurous life!

xo, Bailey