Well, the alarm sure came early this morning…but the good news is it’s already Tuesday! How do we lobby to make every weekend three days?! I’d vote for any crazy candidate that made mandatory three-day weekends part of their platform! 😉
We stayed home for the holiday weekend, but I’m still on a vacation-high from our trip to Anna Maria Island last month. We visited the quiet little island last Summer for the first time, and fell in love with the slow pace, sugar-white sand, and clear waters.
Several years ago, we moved our family vacation to the end of Summer, and it was such a great opportunity to reconnect before the crazy days of school schedules began again, so it’s become our new tradition. I also love having it to look forward to all Summer long!
Warning: This post is obnoxiously photo-heavy…so if you don’t like beaches or pictures of cute kids, you might want to skip it! 😉 #youvebeenwarned
Travel Tip: There’s a free trolley that runs the length of the island, and many people rent bikes or golf carts to get around (the top speed limit is 30mph, so it’s safe!). We rented a car, but you could get by without one if you stay on-island.
No schedules or agendas, minimal bickering and nagging, and lots of laughing and relaxing…it’s our perfect retreat! I wish I could bottle that lifestyle…or at least the feeling of peace that comes with it…and keep it with us all year long. #sigh
Did your family get away this Summer? Have you figured out how to keep that slow pace and easy-going attitude during the school year?!
Obviously we packed light, and left hair tools and makeup behind! I’m fairly minimal when it comes to my hair and makeup routine at home, but it’s a whole other level of minimal while at the beach! You might want to check out my Tips for Staying Stylish at the Beach and my first Trip Report: Anna Maria Island, too.
*This post created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all clothes, ideas, and idyllic-island squatting is my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors.*