Summer by the Beach


SEMIPROPERJack and I keep talking about packing up and moving somewhere else for a few years, you know, for funsies. Let’s live in Arizona or Cape Town or the Philippines or something. Where English isn’t the main language, but there’s plenty of wifi. Let’s go let’s go let’s goooo.

Maybe that’s in the cards for us someday, but in the meantime, I want to be grateful for where we are now, too. Literally – as in, this exact location, and figuratively – this stage in our lives. Someday it’s likely that we won’t live in a small house by the beach, and I don’t want to look back on these days and regret that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could.

I posted similar sentiments on Instagram, and I love this comment: A house by the beach and three beautiful littles is the stuff dreams are made of. I’m ready to have someone with talent put that on a sign and hang it up in my living room. :)

We’re spending as much time at the beach as possible. There’s a great trail for running, a boardwalk for long walks, a field where bands play, a playground for kids, and miles of sand and water.I pick them up from day camp and head right to the beach.

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Apple Park is a lovely brand for little ones. Their products are eco-friendly and organic, and the entire aesthetic is pleasing. The girls each have their own Apple Park backpack and I always get a kick out of finding what they have inside – water canteens, rocks, shells, plastic spades, and collectively, a bucket’s worth of sand.

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER   Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

I’ll pack a picnic dinner and I spread out a blanket and secure the umbrella in the ground (pro tip: the kind that leans to the side is much easier to manage than the kind you twist into the ground) and watch my kids… be kids. If it’s a night that Jack works late, I pack a picnic dinner, and we eat on the beach. We get home just in time to shake off the sand, hit the showers, put on our pajamas, read a story, and head to bed. It’s the perfect summer evening.

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Apple Park’s entire line is beautiful and timeless. The girls are big fans of the bath towels, the pajamas (organic pjs are best for my girls with eczema), and the backpacks + matching lunch bags (made from 100% recycled bottles). They’re my go-to for baby shower gifts and little kid birthday gifts. I’m pleased to be sharing a discount code from Apple Park, as well! Use the code ROO20 for 20% off until July 31st. Plus, free shipping on any order over $75.

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Summer by the Beach || SEMIPROPER

Simple and sweet, just like a summer by the beach.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Apple Park. All opinions are my own.

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  • Reply Kate July 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    We often talk of picking up and moving somewhere completely different, too. I love summer beach days too- we spent all last Saturday on the beach. Those backpacks are adorable!

    • Reply Roo July 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Yea! I keep telling Jack we should live somewhere where the native language isn’t English. :)

      • Reply Leah July 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Ditto – Hubby and I have been discussing this too. Been stuck in the fly-overs for 5 years and I am homesick for ocean and trees. Trulia has become an addiction lately – “ooo, ooo, OOOO!!!! What about Portland? Or Boise? Or Denver? Or Maryland? Or, or, or….”

  • Reply Heather Clarke July 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    That teddy backpack is the cutestttttttt! And those bunny jammies? OMG!

    (Also: it looks beautiful to live by the beach! Although we’re in Nova Scotia, we’re in a farm-y part, not a beach-y part.)

    • Reply Roo July 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I like farmy!

  • Reply Adrienne July 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Ummmm… I’d gladly put that great quote on a painting for you! I create what I call ‘mini gallery wall’ paintings. Feel free to visit my site if the title makes no sense, ha.

    My husband and I grew up by the beach, totally took it for granted, and miss it terribly. BUT we need to find adventure where we live now. Great post!

    • Reply Roo July 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Oooh you are super sweet. And yes to finding adventure where you are now. :) Love that, Adrienne.

  • Reply Joanna July 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I’m in landlocked Colorado, pretty mountains and I love them but I itch for the beach on the daily basis (to the point I almost had our whole family moving to TX)… needless to say these pictures and your evening ritual makes me pretty jealous.
    I’m going to have to get that bear for my girl, she’d love it.

    • Reply Roo July 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Oooh are you a skier? :) A lot of people I work with are in Colorado, and I think it’s the law that everyone there loves skiing. :)

      • Reply Joanna July 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

        There was an incident when I was 14 years old and lets just say it’s best I stay off the slopes for the safety of myself and others. :)

        • Reply Roo July 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

          “Let me strap sticks on to my feet and fall down a mountain on purpose.”

          • Leah July 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm

            Yeah, this is me too. I’ll just stay in the lodge…where the clumsy people go to keep their clumsiness to themselves.

  • Reply Alayna July 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The penguin backpack is SO sweet! And I am majorly jealous that you guys live that close to the beach.

    • Reply Roo July 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      The house next door to mine is for sale, Alayna. ;) ;) ;)

  • Reply Lindsay @ fueled by diet coke July 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    That profile picture of Remmy in the water (just below the picture of Sophie in the sand) looks just like you Roo! I thought it WAS you at first! So wonderful! :)

    We live in a condo about 10 minutes from the water down here in Naples and unfortunately my little guy isn’t a big fan of it. Working on it though!

    • Reply Roo July 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Really? Ha, that girl loves the water.

      Minnie needs some coaxing to stick her feet in the sand. I’m sure she’ll get over that soon. :)

  • Reply Tiffany July 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    This makes me want to have little girls, and live in a little house by the beach! Wishing Apple Park was around when my guy was little…so cute!

    • Reply Roo July 17, 2014 at 6:40 am

      We’ll have to trade some time so I can get my dose of Nerf dart throwing or whatever. :) (The girls are still a little wary of it, haha.)

  • Reply Jennifer July 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    1. Cape Town is beautiful and South Africa is awesome. Big fan here and grateful for the time I had there.
    2. What do you pack for snacks/picnics on the beach with three littles? I have an 18 month old and a newborn and am struggling to find quick prep/no prep snack/picnic ideas. Last summer when it was just one, not-yet-mobile kiddo I could pack fancy grill parties for is like marinated steaks to grill, corn to grill, and homemade brownies. Now I have a lot less time or energy but still an adventurous spirit for last minute beach, lake, splash pad trips.

    • Reply Roo July 17, 2014 at 6:30 am

      1. Would love to go!
      2. I usually just wash a bunch of fruit (grapes/strawberries/blueberries) and stick that in a container, then pack some sort of protein (like rolled turkey slices), and then crackers/rice cakes, sometimes even corn on the cob that I cook at home. The girls eat it plain – no butter/salt – so it’s super portable and I don’t have to bring anything extra for it.

      Marinated steaks sound great, though. ;)

      • Reply Natasha July 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

        Side note: FIL was born and raised in South Africa via London, and whenever I see pics and he talks about it I want to go sooooo bad!
        We do the same for snack ideas-we hit up music in the park, have to have the kids out the door by 9, so I packed cheese sticks, grapes, blueberries, and some Kind bars for breakfast in the park :)

  • Reply Wendy July 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Can I tell you how often we go to the beach in our PJs? It’s often too cold here for traditional beach clothes, so fleece PJs are perfect!

    Thanks to the hub spending two years in South Africa, we’re raising our girls in an Afrikaans house with Spanish (my first language love). Today the only song that would calm the 19-month old was ‘ N Tikkie Vryheid by Tina Hugo.

    • Reply Roo July 17, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Looked it up, thanks for the rec, Wendy. :)

  • Reply Wendy July 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Auto correct oops. The song is by Rina Hugo. It’s on You Tube and absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply Trude July 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    One of the reasons my parents chose SoCal when we moved from Norway is for all the beaches. :) (heh, don’t read that sentence aloud.) I have so many awesome memories of spending whole days at the beach with a cooler and lots of sunscreen. So great you’re doing that with your family! Those backpacks are seriously the cutest. My friends need to hurry the hell up and have kids already.

    • Reply Roo July 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Sup, beaches.

      (I’m a 12 year old.)

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