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Snacking Away the Day

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We put a full shift in at the beach and it was AWESOME! Both kids are official beach bums. We camped out from 9 a.m. to after 4 p.m. and had to practically drag them out of the water to leave.

I’m not sure why I’m surprised. I think I was the same way at their age. That was before I got so body conscious as a teen and stopped wearing bathing suits all together.

Sad to think about but happy I’ve grown to realize what’s truly important to me and it’s this…


All those kids want to do is play. They don’t care what you look like. They don’t notice cellulite or flabby arms. They don’t even care if you’re wearing a one-piece or a bikini.

Today we frolicked, swam, dove, jumped, paddle balled and dug, of course…



Burying each other is a family tradition. Tomorrow we’re already planning our traditional hole digging day. I’m not sure why but sand digging is very therapeutic for me.

I had a lot of fun keeping my journal. It’s was a “snacky” day. Our plan was to just pack a bunch of snacks for the beach instead of going to lunch. I loved it. The Husband still needed his daily slice so I went with him for the walk but stayed clear of the pizza.


I didn’t even want it. Plus I knew we would be eating out later.

Here’s the whole day…

  • 6:15 a.m. walk on the beach with Ryan. He was up when I got up so we strolled through the surf for about a half hour. It was gorgeous!
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  • 7:45 a.m. 2 eggs scrambled with a slice of bacon and spinach. I stocked up on the basics for some healthy breakfasts.
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  • 11 a.m. Beef jerky and Sun Chips (Aldi knock-off really) on the beach. Ryan’s finally hopped on the beef jerky bandwagon with me so we split a bag.
  • 12:15 p.m. Black grapes — SO good on the beach!
  • 3 p.m. Peanut Boutter and Whole Grain Ritz “sandwiches” — this is a beach tradition for us. I make a batch in the morning for all of us to share.
  • 5:00 p.m. an ear of corn and some Pop Chips – stomach was growling and everyone was showering. We bought corn on the way in at a farm stand. It’s fantastic!
  • 8 p.m. Dinner out with the whole family. I ordered a coconut shrimp salad and shared a few bites of the table’s nachos.
    Dinner took FOREVER and so did getting a table so I volunteered to take the kids for a walk while we waited.
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  • 9:30 p.m. Finished Evan’s kid-sized chocolate ice cream again. This time we got rainbow sprinkles.
  • 10:30 p.m. Kids are in bed. The Husband and I are watching Alien and having a couple of Coronas again. Yes, there’s a pattern emerging here. :)


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    July 13, 2015

    <3 <3 <3


    July 13, 2015

    This is what we do when we head out on our sailboat for the day-fill a cooler with drinks and then bring a bunch of snacks instead of lunch, and then we also usually eat out on the way home :) Looks like you had an awesome time!

    Jessica F

    July 13, 2015

    Can you remind me where it is you are? Every year I look at this trip of yours and say “I wanna do that!!!”


      July 13, 2015

      Seaside Heights, NJ! Love it here. :)


    July 13, 2015

    Looks like a fun vacation for you & the family. Where are you vacationing at, beach & state?


      July 13, 2015

      Every July we visit the Jersey Shore. Seaside Heights.

    Cindy B.

    July 13, 2015

    Hi Roni! Reading about your vacation and oh so jealous once again :) I’m from NJ and we spent many many years down there. Love it there!! We always stayed in a bungalow in Ocean Beach. It’s just a short way north of you. Great family place, but you will have to drive down to the boardwalk by you if you want the action. lol Any way I see your husband is a real pizza lover so i thought I’d send you the link to this restaurant. My daughter just told me about it yesterday. If you have a rainy day this week you might want to check it out. Not sure you want to go the distance, but i think it’s about a 45 min. ride north of there. Free t-shirt if you can manage to eat a whole pie by yourself!! Omg can you imagine doing that?? LOL Anyway have a great vacation with the family. :)


      July 13, 2015

      Sad thing is I probably could do that. lmao. Thanks for the tip!


    July 17, 2015

    Yum. I like snacky days and beach time with family. <333 Keep making memories!