Family and the Beach: My 2 Favorite Subjects

beach and the family

Family and the beach, they're my two favorite subjects, as they should be. A family day at the beach is the greatest and I'm just happy to live in a place where that's the norm and shiny, happy people are everywhere. For me, living on Galveston Island is a true blessing. There's nothing better than my family and the beach...period. There's just something so peaceful and invigorating about a day at the beach. Watching them play, feeling the breeze, taking in the salt air...you really can't beat that. A boy and his dad.  A handsome little smarty pants. A hot dog eating contest winner and beauty queen in the making. And relaxing in the sun (OK, shade...I hide under a tent...because skin damage). And goofy, rare moments where I don't hide behind the camera...because I'm always there! These are the (beach) days of our lives. I love my life, I love my island, and most importantly, I love my family. Life (and our beaches) ain't always beautiful, but it's a beautiful … [Continue]

If a Heroin Addict was next to you, would you know?

Meet Heroin Addict, Sarah Lazarus

There's an epidemic in our nation and it might surprise you. Did you know that there's a heroin addict on every corner? Not street corners, not in the ghettos. These are well-educated, employed {young} adults. You need to know if there's one in your corner, and you need to help! Meet Sarah, a friend of mine's daughter from high school. Beautiful, right? Only 24 with her whole life ahead of her. Except, there's no more future for her. No more life. It all ended with a heroin addiction. Yes, heroin took this beautiful, seemingly successful 24-year-old with her whole future ahead of her...it took her life. In an instant, she was gone. Her family grieves, her friends are trying to wrap their heads around this, and everyone that knew her (or people like me that just knew the family and her story) is trying to get the word out about this epidemic, this affliction, that's being swept under rugs and ignored in our country. EPIDEMIC: Noun - a widespread occurrence of an infectious … [Continue]

Hate Begets Hate: Let’s Stop the Cycle Now

hatred begets hate

Hate begets hate, violence begets violence, toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the powers of love. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. I'm about to step out of my comfort zone. I don't "do" politics. I don't discuss ugly things. It's about time I discuss both of those things, and so I shall. I have opinions that I keep to myself, because I should. While I watch the world around me shatter, I keep my mouth shut. Because I should. But I have six children, and I really should not keep my mouth shut anymore because their future depends on me. On my opinions. On my actions. And so tonight, I step out of my comfort zone, and I speak my mind. Anger is the route of all evil. Not guns. Not bombs. Not the angry acts of terrorists. Anger. External and internal anger will destroy this world. It has destroyed our parent's past, and it will destroy our children's future. Unless we put an end to it today! TODAY!!! Anger begets anger. Violence begets violence. By … [Continue]

A Family Beach Day, A Day in Photos

family beach day

A family beach day is so cleansing to the soul. Sometimes, words aren't necessary when the photos tell their own story. This is one of those occasions, and I'll enjoy this photo journal for years to come! Random thoughts from a mom after a day at the beach. Sometimes, just letting them enjoy each other's space is enough. And most of the time, just letting them be them...well, it's enjoyable for both of you. I dig his style! Bubbles! What's a beach day without bubbles? What's any good day without bubbles, actually? A day without bubbles is like a day without a beach ninja. I mean, it's not even really a day, is it? The only sad part of the day is when you look through the lens and realize they might be growing up too fast. It all goes by too fast. Until... You realize that one of them is looking back at you, from inside of a sand hole, enjoying life like only a small child can, and you realize that there are still many years of joy, and frustration, to come. Be still … [Continue]

DIY Diet Coke Bottle Patio Tiki Torches Tutorial

DIY Coke Patio Tiki Torch Tutorial

This post was inspired by Collective Bias, Inc. (my employer) and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UniquelyMine #CollectiveBias DIY Diet Coke Bottle Patio Tiki Torches Tutorial Demonic mosquitoes an issue in your neck of the woods this year too? Take matters into your own hands when you make these trendy and unique DIY Diet Coke Bottle Patio Tiki Torches. Colorful, economical, and a great upcycle project, this simple DIY will help you keep those mosquitoes away, and they'll serve as a great conversation starter at your next outdoor gathering. It doesn't really take much time, or a whole lot of supplies, to make these DIY Diet Coke Bottle Patio Tiki Torches, and in the end, they cost way less than store bought, plus they're so much more fun. I love a good (simple) DIY project, and when it's a great conversation piece, that makes it even better! All you need to fight the demons this year (seriously, y'all, we live in Texas, the mosquitoes are the devil's spawn here) … [Continue]

The Storm Will Pass. The Spring Will Come.

Spring is a new beginning

Spring is a time of new beginnings for all of us. Never make rash decisions based on the winter storm's events. The storm will pass. The spring will come. Embrace the warmer weather. Embrace the blooming flowers. Embrace what you love the most and be the change. Every spring, I seem to re-evaluate my life. I guess we all do.The storm will pass. What changes can I make in this world, to my life, to make it a better place? I'm often tempted to throw in the towel and just give up after braving the winter storms. I think we all are. Being cooped up, both literally and figuratively, makes us all feel that way at some level, I guess. That overwhelming feeling of, is this really all working out for me, is it all worth it, kind of gets to you, you know? I know you know. So, what do you do? Do you throw in the proverbial towel and just decide that the struggles aren't worth it anymore and start anew with a whole new life? I mean, we're all getting old (as we read my dribble), so is it all … [Continue]