A GUIDE TO ATLANTA, GA

Atlanta, GA is the economic and cultural center of the south of the United States. A city full of traditional charm spiced up with a modern flair. Atlanta is filled with attractions and activities, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), the Atlanta Olympic Park and the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta is also rich in history, with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Gone with the Wind” – Margaret Mitchell – commemorated with a museum of where she used to live.

FOOD

THE VARSITY

The Varsity is an iconic restaurant in the modern culture of Atlanta, Georgia.

The main items on the Varsity menu include standard fast food fare: hot dogs, burgers and fries. But there are variations setting The Varsity apart from other fast food restaurants. Hot dogs are often topped with both chili and mustard. Another option is to top hot dogs with store-made cole slaw and nothing else. Three types of grilled cheese sandwiches are served as well as a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Side items include the expected french fries and fried onion rings. But there are 16 types of ice cream and a frosted orange shake. In addition to a fried apple pie, The Varsity also serves a fried peach pie, which might be expected in “The Peach State.”

EAST POLE COFFEE

Y’all… I found East Pole Coffee by chance and I am SO glad I did. Chandler and I went Saturday morning and enjoyed a “slow” start to morning. We enjoyed our drip coffee and iced coffee while sitting on the porch //.

JENI’S ICE CREAM

Jeni’s is not your ordinary ice cream shop! Their ice creams have a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish (as they don’t use synthetic flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes). As I’m writing this, I am dreaming of the Brown Butter Almond Brittle + Skillet Cinnamon Rolls and drooling…


They also ship nationwide, so you have NO excuse to try it for yourself!

BREWERIES

SWEETWATER BREWING

Living by the motto “Don’t float the mainstream,” SweetWater Brewery has been blazing its own path in craft beer throughout the Southeast since its inception in 1997. With a brewer calling the shots, quality of beer—and life—are always most important in crafting a lineup of lip-smackin’ brews. Widely known for its flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale and recent Great American Beer Fest gold medal winner LowRYEder IPA, SweetWater also serves up an ever-evolving Catch & Release seasonal lineup of brews and an off-beat, one-off Dank Tank series. SweetWater invites folks to join them for tours and tastings of their Atlanta brewery every Wednesday through Sunday, so be mindful of that if you are planning to visit!

ARCHES BREWING

Arches Brewing is a craft brewery located just north of the Atlanta airport, in the arts district of Hapeville, GA. Through many hours of brewing and tasting, they have a strong emphasis on classic & seasonal lagers, but also make many American styles along with several strong Belgians. We believe doing things the old way makes for a cleaner, more complex and balanced, delicious end result.  

They have plenty of outdoor (and covid friendly) seating with lots of umbrellas and aderondak chairs to choose from. Enjoy the sunshine all while enjoying your beer.

old fourth DISTILLERY

Old Fourth Distillery was launched by five friends (two of whom are also brothers) in 2013 with the aid of a Kickstarter campaign. Atlanta’s first legal distillery since 1906, Old Fourth Distillery started distilling in November 2014. Initially releasing vodka and gin, bourbon and whiskey were always part of the plan. But the friends decided to give it time. In February 2019 they decided to go big with a Bottled in Bond bourbon comprised of 75 barrels originally laid down in January 2015. An additional 120 barrels were expected to be released in 2020.

MISCELLANEOUS

☆ ATLANTA BRAVES GAME

Catch an Atlanta Braves game at the Truist Park, home of this three-time World Championship Major League Baseball (MLB) team. Grab a pretzel, a beer and a hot dog to enjoy the game with friends, family and thousands of your closest friends! Chop on, Los Bravos!

Be aware that they are still operating on a very limited capacity (as understood…) throughout the 2021 season. They are taking every precautionary measure to keep fans and patrons safe. For all of you ladies, make sure to also bring a CLEAR bag no bigger than 5×9. The bag “checkers” and security can be pretty finicky about about what is allowed in, so rather be safe than sorry!

Useful Information

(CHICK-FIL-A) College football hall of fame

The College Football Hall of Fame is an interactive hall of fame attraction devoted to all things college football. The National Football Foundation founded the HOF in 1951 to immortalize the players and coaches of college football that were voted first team All-American by the media. There is also 95,000 square feet of inspiration and awesome interactive fun!

Chandler took me last time we visited ATL a few years back and I loved every second of it. Each person in your group can follow the interactive experience in accordance with their own football team.

Useful Information

  • Address: 50 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
  • Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 10a – 5p ET
  • Buy Tickets Here

WORLD OF COCA-COLA

Discover the history of this iconic beverage at this museum which displays Coca-Cola artifacts from more than 100 years ago. And as your visit here will probably make you quite thirsty, take advantage of the unique opportunity to try the more than 100 drinks made the Coke company.

My husband would go to the World of Coke every time we visited ATL if I would let him. He loves (and I mean loves) this place! I’ve been once or twice myself and it is really fun, even though I don’t drink soda. They also do have drinks (not all carbonated) from around the world, which is pretty neat!

Useful Information

  • Address: 121 Baker Street NW – Atlanta, GA
  • Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 10h – 17h, Fri – Sat 9h – 17h
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LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imaginations can run wild. Featuring a bunch of exciting attractions, from the Kingdom Quest ride to an amazing re-creation of the local area’s most iconic buildings, the center not only provides fun for the LEGO fans, but also fantastic educational benefits. Legoland is also a great place if your kids (or husbands) are into Legos.

Useful Information

  • Address: 3500 Peachtree Road NE G-1 – Atlanta, GA
  • Opening hours: Sun – Fri 10h – 19h, Sat 9h – 21h
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☆ PONCE CITY MARKET

Ponce City Market is a mixed-use development located in a former Sears catalogue facility, with national and local retail anchors, restaurants, a food hall, boutiques and offices, and residential units. The 2.1-million-square-foot building, one of the largest by volume in the Southeast United States, was used by Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 1926–1987 and later by the City of Atlanta as “City Hall East”.

Visiting the Ponce City Market for the first time was SO much fun! It was a well worth it and I would highly suggest carving out time if you’ve never gone before! There are local restaurants and shops scattered throughout the redone Sears building and I could’ve spent hours there!

Useful Information

  • Address:
  • Opening Hours: Hours of operation vary, please check their website for more information
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georgia aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its seven major galleries, all of which reside in more than 10 million US gallons of fresh and saltwater. It was the largest aquarium in the world from its opening in 2005 until 2012 when it became the third-largest aquarium in the world after the Marine Life Park in Singapore and the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China; the Georgia Aquarium remains the largest aquarium in the United States and in the Western Hemisphere.

Useful Information

  • Address: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
  • Open Hours:
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What are some of your favorite spots to visit while in Atlanta? For those of you who are from Atlanta or live there now, I would love to learn about some of your favorite local spots! Let’s chat in the comments below!

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MEXICAN STREET CORN RECIPE

Elote is a traditional street food in Mexico. In America, it is typically called Mexican street corn. It is corn on the cob charred on an open grill and smothered in cheese, a cream sauce, and chipotle seasoning. It is the perfect side for any barbecue or summer get-together! With Cinco de Mayo coming up, this is also a perfect option for any party!

Mexican Street Corn on the Cob Recipe

Corn on the cob is a summer staple for my family. I always look forward to seeing the first stand on the side of the road and pulling over to get a dozen ears. It hits the spot every time, especially with a meal that is fresh off the grill.

What is Mexican Street Corn on the Cob?

Elote is an authentic and tasty side for any summer meal. Roasted sweet corn layered with yummy Mexican crema, spicy chipotle, and fresh cotija cheese is so delicious. Your family will love this new way to eat their juicy ear of corn!

If you’ve ever seen elote listed on the menu at your favorite Mexican restaurant, and asked, “What is elote?” I’m here to answer that question for you. Elote is the authentic name for Mexican street corn.

At times (such as with this recipe) served as corn on the cob, other times served as a corn salad, Mexican street corn is a dish made with cooked sweet corn that has been coated in mayo and Mexican crema and topped off with chili powder and sprinkled Cotija cheese.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ears of corn, husked and all silk removed
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • ¼-⅓ cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Juice of 2 limes

INGREDIENTS FOR MEXICAN CREMA

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt

ingredient substitutions

Mexican crema or sour cream: A common question that arises when making this recipe, is Mexican crema the same as sour cream? Can sour cream be used as a substitute? While they are similar, Mexican crema is different from sour cream and I would recommend sticking with the recipe listed above.

Mexican crema is runnier and lighter than sour cream. It has a tangy sweetness to it that sour cream is lacking. The outcome of your elote will be enhanced greatly by using the crema recipe over sour cream.

Sweet corn: This recipe can be made using corn on the cob or kernels corn off the cob.

HOW TO MAKE MEXICAN STREET CORN ON THE GRILL

  1. Place each ear of corn on a piece of foil. Brush olive oil on each ear of corn and lightly sprinkle all sides of corn with sea salt. Wrap foil tightly around corn.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium heat and place all 6 ears of corn on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the corn on the cob can easily be pierced with a fork. Turn often while the corn is cooking to prevent burning the corn cob.
  3. When the corn is done cooking carefully remove the foil.
  4. Lightly brush each ear of corn with Mexican Cream Sauce and sprinkle additional chipotle chili powder, cotija cheese, fresh parsley, and fresh lime juice over each ear of corn.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

HOW TO STORE

If you have leftovers, store them in a tightly wrapped plastic wrap and place them into an airtight container. The Crema recipe will make a little bit extra, to account for the corn being a bit dry the next day! Be sure to save any extra crema as well.

Then, when you are ready to eat the leftovers, add additional leftover Mexican Crema to each cob to enhance the creaminess. After adding extra crema you can also add more chipotle powder, cotija cheese, parsley, and lime juice.

The Mexican creme sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

This recipe for Mexican Corn on the Cob, also known as Mexican street corn, is an authentic way to eat your favorite summer food. Roast your sweet corn, slather it in a Mexican style sour cream, and top it off with spicy seasoning and cotija cheese. Mexican style corn is an easy and delicious side.

SIDE NOTE

If you are looking for a great margarita recipe to pair with your Mexican street corn, check out one of my other blog posts for that recipe here!

What are some of your favorite takes on Mexican Street Corn? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOY

April 27 is a very important day in the year as it means it’s my husband’s birthday!

Chandler walked into my life five years ago and truly changed my life for the better. He was everything I didn’t know I needed and SO much more. His love of his sports teams, his family and his go get ‘em attitude are truly some of the best things about him.

Chandler is the collected to my crazy and the spontaneous to my type-A. He is the best in always meeting my needs and being my safe space in allowing me to vent

If you have known Chandler for any period of time, you know how pure his heart is. He loves deeply, laughs mightily and truly lives to make the most of everyday. He sets out to do give of himself 110% in every situation and never ceases to stop learning and seeking improvement in every aspect of life. Chandler inspires me to a better person everyday and is the best part of me.

Chandler,

Thank you for being everything I could ever need in a husband: lover, provider and friend. You are my everything and I hope your birthday is just as phenomenal as you are. You have given me so much love and comfort over the years and for that, I am eternally grateful. I’m so glad I get to spend the rest of my days (trying, but failing in) returning the favor.

Thanks for always dealing with my crazy and still managing to love me unconditionally. It must be hard to be my husband, but you make it look so effortless. Life is an incredible journey, and there is no one I’d rather have by my side during it than you. Every moment, good or bad, we’ve had together is as irreplaceable as you are. You are the reason my life is so full of laughter and joy.

Remember that you are so loved and so cherished, even though I might not do the best in showing you. You are the ultimate provider and the steadiest shoulder to cry on. I am so glad to walk this life with you and to be a witness in your greatness.

The words truly escape me when I try to sum up how much I adore this man. Our love and life together has grown deeper and stronger over the past year. Because of you, I also love me, too. Here is to starting a new decade and to seeing where the new year will take you personally and us as a couple.

Belmont also loves you lots for his daily snuggles and nibbles!

Happy 30th Birthday. I love you long time, boy.

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MOSCOW MULE SLUSHIE

I feel it my responsibility as a citizen of the world, and a lover of humankind to alleviate all of your hot weather woes, one frozen cocktail at a time. Why should kids get all the good summertime treats? This refreshing Moscow Mule Slush turns your favorite original Moscow Mule Recipe into an icy cocktail perfect for hot summer days and nights.

Making slushies out of your favorite cocktails is the perfect way to cool down during these sweltering summer months. We adults need our snow cones, slushies and frozen pops too and we may as well add a little alcohol to them, right?

MOSCOW MULE SLUSH INGREDIENTS

There are so many Moscow Mule variations! You can dress them up a million different ways. For this classic mule slush, however, there is only three little ingredients you’ll need:

  • 3 11.2 oz Ginger Beer (about three bottles)
  • 2 cups good quality Vodka (I like to use Tito’s)
  • A can of frozen limeade concentrate (about 12 oz)

See? Easy peasy! This will make about eight servings, but trust me, you’ll want to double (or triple… who’s counting?) this batch over and over this summer.

HOW TO MAKE A MOSCOW MULE SLUSH

  • In a large, freezable container combine the ginger beer, vodka and limeade concentrate and mix well.
  • Cover tight and freeze overnight.
  • About 30 minutes before you want to serve, set it out and let lit thaw just enough so its easy to scoop.
  • Serve in your favorite copper Moscow Mule mugs.
  • CHEERS to keeping cool and enjoying adult frozen treats all summer long.

What are some of your favorite summer-time drinks, both alcoholic and not? Let’s chat in comments below!

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VINES AND VINEYARDS

While you’re cleaning out closets and sweeping under the furniture, think about this: spring cleaning, while worth the effort, will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have an enduring influence. So don’t just dust behind those bookshelves. Instead, dust off that Bible and get ready for a spiritual spring cleaning.

The goal of the Christian life isn’t comfort or ease, but FRUIT. When our lives bear much fruit, we GLORIFY God and show the world we are His disciples.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

JOhn 15

In John 15, it paints a picture of obedience to love. Those who truly love and “abide in” Him will naturally adhere to His teachings. Those who don’t follow His teachings show, through disobedience, that His words are not abiding in them. This analogy also involves the depth to which born-again believers can access God’s power, in order to accomplish His will (John 15:7–11).

TRUST THE PROCESS.

There is a process to wine making.
There is a process to planting.
There is a process to harvesting.
There is a process to aging.

It takes time over a series of seasons.
In good ones, hard ones, uneventful ones, exciting ones, new ones & familiar ones…

Season by season, it takes a process. Trust the same for your life. Trust the process and trust the gardener.


Remember that our role in the fruit making process is not to try harder, but to simply abide. As we stay connected to him, live in him and make our home in him, he will be faithful to produce the the joyful, peace-making love of Christ that is:
*patient with the annoying, kind with the rude, good to the hurtful, gentle with the harsh, and faithfully self-controlled when tempted to be otherwise.

The world is becoming only more increasingly chaotic and messy, but our call to stay connected to the Vine remains the same. We can leave the fruitfulness in His hands.

Remember that seasons change, people change and life changes, but God never changes and hallelujah for that. Remain in Him and you will bear much fruit. While in the vineyards among the thorns, be a vine willing to be constantly pruned for the Lord.

XO,

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TOP MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS

When it comes to our moms, we want to give them our best because we know they always gave their best to us. Unfortunately, time and life can get in the way of getting the best Mother’s Day gift. With that being said, I took the time to pick out the best (and easiest) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. All of these Mother’s Day gift ideas are sure to warm her heart.

1. START WITH A CUTE BASKET

For the basket, you can’t go wrong with a traditional wicker or straw one. Alternatively, you can use a cute storage basket that she can reuse year-round!

1 // Woven Storage Basket 2 // Seagrass Basket 3 // Woven Rattan Basket with Lid

2. ADD HER FAVORITE FOOD ITEMS AND SNACKS

We all have our favorite food items and surprising her with some of hers would make her day! Does she have a hard-to-find favorite? Make sure to go the extra mile and throw it in her basket. Does she have a favorite drink? If she likes chocolate (who doesn’t?!), make sure to go for the good stuff like a Godiva sampler box.

1 // Variety Snack Box 2 // Godiva Chocolate 3 // Gourmet Cheese Basket (Pair with Wine)

3. ADD SPA & SELF CARE ITEMS

Luxurious spa and/or self-care items are a great way to show mom that she deserves to be cared for and pampered! Now is the time to get her that luxury spa or sampler set that she wouldn’t normally get herself. Safe bets are Jo Malon’s heavenly scented candles, rose scented soap petals, or luxury skincare sample sets from Nordstrom or Sephora. If your mom is like mine, she would also really enjoy a mani and pedi, so do something that they would like.

1 // Young Living Diffuser 2 // Essie Nail Polish 3 // Bath Bomb Set

4. ADD “BEST MOM” ITEMS

Hving a “Best Mom” or “I Love Mom” or anything with the word “Mom” on it is almost mandatory for gift baskets! Here are a few ones!

1 // Peas in a Pod Bracelet 2 // Alex and Ani Mom Bracelet

5. DON’T FORGET THE FLOWERS!

Fresh cut flowers from the garden would be ideal, but find a bouquet at a local florist or put together a faux bouquet. You could also make a wreath for her to hang on her door, so be creative!

BONUS POINTS: JEWELRY

Every mom appreciates jewelry as a token of appreciation, so get to shopping!

When putting together gifts for your mom, think out side of the box. It doesn’t have to be something necessarily extravagant.

What are you planning to gift your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother’s Day? Are you planning to buy something or make your gift? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Hi y’all! It’s me again! I never thought I’d do something of this nature, but

I CREATED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

With that being said, I would love, love, love for you to subscribe! It would mean the world to me! I will do my best to let you all know as soon as I post my first video!

YouTube Profile

I would also love to hear some tips, tricks and advice from any of you seasoned YouTubers out there!

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EARTH DAY 2021

What is Earth Day 2021, you might ask? 51 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not exist, which meant there was no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act, and no legal regulatory mechanism to protect our environment. That all changed in April 1970 when Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities – and it worked. In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of the EPA, a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues. Now, each year on April 22, people all around the world come together on Earth Day to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. 

EARTHDAY.ORG’s theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.

You might be wondering how you can personally help in the matter, as did I. The planet is a big place, as you might know already, but it starts with our efforts. Every preventive measure adds up, even if you don’t realise it!

HOW CAN I HELP?

♡ ECONOMICAL DECISIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE

  • Shop Eco-Friendly Household Products
    When it comes to your household products, shopping eco-friendly goes a long way. Instead of single-use, disposable items, look for “green” products that are reusable, sustainably sourced, or made of recycled materials.
  • Use a Cloth Towel Instead of a Paper Towel
    It’s certainly cheaper to hold onto a cloth towel than to buy a new roll of paper towels every week.
  • Stop Drinking out of Plastic Water Bottles
    This one’s a simple fix. Replace your regular single use plastic bottles with some of plastic, glass, and stainless steel reusable water bottles that are all the rage right now.
  • Turn off Your Lights When You Leave the Room
    Turning off your lights when you’re not home, or even not in that room, can significantly cut down how much energy you’re using. What do you need them on for anyway?
  • Bring a Reusable Cup to Your Coffee Shop
    You can still fulfill your caramel frappuccino cravings every once and while — without throwing a way a plastic cup afterwards. Bring your reusable coffee mug to your regular coffee shop and ask them to put the coffee in there — chains like Starbucks and Dunkin will even give you a discount.
  • Collect Rainwater
    Invest in a rainwater collection system. There’s so much you can use this non-drinking water for — like cleaning or watering plants.
  • Ditch the Plastic Straws
    Americans use nearly 500 million plastic straws every day. Replace your plastic straws with a set of reusable ones made from stainless steel, silicone, or bamboo — the sea turtles will thank you.
  • Go Paperless
    Everything is online these days. Think about how much paper you can save just by getting bank statements and bills sent electronically and paid the same way. It’s the same deal with event or travel tickets. Most places don’t require physical copies anymore.
  • Plant a Tree

♡ DONATE:

  • The Conservation FundThe Conservation Fund practices conservation to achieve environmental and economic outcomes. Every Fund program places conservation at its center, and our entrepreneurial staff create and implement innovative, practical ways to benefit the natural world and the well-being of Americans from every walk of life. Since 1985, The Conservation Fund has protected over 8 million acres of America’s most important, at-risk lands and waters. Last year, the Fund worked on more than 150 projects in 35 states conserving nearly 207,000 acres valued at more than $323 million—35 more projects than the previous year! None of this is possible without you—our partners and supporters. Click here to learn more about the Fund’s impact on the following focus areas: Land, Water, Wildlife, Finance, Food, Community Development, Cities, Partnerships, Climate, and Restoration.
  • Feeding America: Many people think of ending hunger when they think of Feeding America – and they would be right. However, Feeding America is also an important ally in the work to end food waste. Every year, 197 million pounds of food goes into landfills every single day. That’s 72 billion pounds of food, or $218 billion, thrown away every year, while 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. Feeding America and its partner network rescues food every day — rescuing 4 billion pounds of food in 2020. Learn how you can fight food waste in your own kitchen and learn about one Feeding America’s newest innovations, MealConnect, which makes safe and quick food donations possible by matching food businesses directly to the Feeding America network. Local grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and more can use MealConnect to alert nearby food banks, food pantries or meal programs when they have food ready for immediate pick up, making more good food available and revolutionizing local food rescue.
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: The mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.  For 30 years, RTC has been the leader in the national rail-trail movement and is the voice of more than 160,000 members and supporters. RTC has helped develop more than 1,600 pathways, transforming more than 30,000 miles of former rail corridors into beautiful paths for walking, biking, riding, and other outdoor activities. Rail-trails encourage healthier, more mobile lifestyles by providing safe places to walk, bike and be active. They stimulate healthier economies by promoting tourism and local businesses, and increasing property values. They support a healthier environment by making active transportation a viable transportation alternative. They contribute to healthier, more vibrant communities, connecting people of all ages and abilities to the places where they live, work and play. 
  • Engage with others on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn and let them know you are celebrating Earth Day. Be sure to include the hashtag #EarthDay in your posts to join the global conversation online. 

ways to get kids involved

How are you planning to help with the conservation of our precious Earth? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

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BEACH DAY ESSENTIALS

Packing the perfect beach bag is a skill. When you spend the day at the beach, packing is a balance between not packing enough and packing too much. With a bit of practice and prioritization, you’ll have the perfect system to back for the beach! Consider these beach bag essentials first and then pack more if you have the space!

There are always obvious things that you should carry in your beach bag. You’ll need the basics, like sunscreen and a towel, but the things you haven’t thought about might actually surprise you in their usefulness. Check out the this list of 15+ beach bag essentials that will change your life! A single night getaway or a week long vacation in paradise, you’ll want to make sure you have these items on hand.

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:

My favorite beach bags for beach outings when I travel are Scout bags because they fold up flat on the bottom of a suitcase. They are also waterproof and clean very easily. You can take a Clorox wipe (because Covid…) and wipe that sucker down! I almost always make sure to pack a wet dry bag when I travel. We tend to have wet bathing suits when packing to go home and we can just throw them in here and into the suitcase.

Generally speaking, we tend to relax more than swim, so I am not afraid to bring my compact camera and other more valuable items with me.

ACCESSORIES

BEACH BAG

Beach bags are pretty essential for your day at the beach, am I right?

SUNSCREEN

This one might seem obvious but here’s the thing…you can’t be too careful with these packing lists! Make sure if you are going to over pack your beach bag you take along some extra sunscreen. Take a few options. I like to have one for my face, lip balm with SPF, and an easy spray option for reapplying even when I’m sandy.

WATER BOTTLE

When you are deciding what to pack for the beach, you might be tempted to omit drinks from your beach bag but don’t! You need to stay hydrated. Even on days when you think it’s not overly hot or // short trips, the sun will still be leeching precious moisture from your skin. Staying hydrated is essential. Even lukewarm water is going to taste pretty good when you are baking in the sun all day. If you don’t pack a cooler along with your beach bag, be sure to take some water or hydrating beverages in your regular bag. A water bottle, like a Yeti or a Hyrdroflask, will also keep your beverage super cold throughout the day! IMO, they are definitely worth the mulah!

INSTAX CAMERA

You’ll be making memories, there’s no doubt about that. Instead of being tied to your phone or taking the risk of getting it full of water and sand, just grab a camera! You can go with an instant version for some throwback charm or take a regular point and shoot camera to capture some unforgettable moments. Either way you’ll want something cute and travel worthy to go along with your list for what to pack for the beach.

FLIP FLOPS

Those beautiful sandals that you are loving this season? They’re probably not your best bet for the beach bag. Sure, they’re cute and all but they aren’t going to do you much good against the scorching sand and salty water along the shore. Grab a pair of flip flops or water shoes to keep your feet protected and happy while you are soaking up the rays.

BEACH TOWEL

Beach towels have been a staple in every beach bag EVER. The good news is that when you are deciding what to pack for the beach you have some stylish and light options now! The future is here. there are classy beach towel options that don’t look like they came straight from your 90’s nightmares.

BEACH BAG

You can’t exactly pack a beach bag without the ideal beach tote. It needs to be cute, of course, but also needs to have plenty of room for all of your beach bag essentials. Before you can decide what to pack for the beach, you’ll need to have the ideal beach bag to put it all in!

BEACH HAT

This item doesn’t necessarily need to be packed in your beach bag. Instead, you should wear a great buy to keep the sun off your face and shoulders while enjoying the beach. There are some adorable and effective options and it can really help with the squinting face too! A floppy hat that provides lots of coverage or a baseball cap are both great options!

SWIMSUIT COVER-UP

If you plan to stray from the sandy shore at any point during your beach visit, you might want to pack a swimsuit cover-up. With a cute cover-up, you’ll be able to head into restaurants, stores, and more without feeling self conscious or breaking any rules about shirts, shoes, etc. Check them out and find a totally packable, comfortable cover-up for all of your travel needs!

SUNGLASSES

Ideally, you will want some sunglasses that are dark enough to protect your eyes from the harsh reflections off the water. The sun near the shore is always just a little more aggressive so make sure you protect your eyes, you only get one set after all!

SWIMWEAR / BATHING SUITS

Even if you don’t plan to get in the water, no list of what to pack for the beach would be complete without swimwear. You should be prepared with something adorable just in case you want to do some swimming! If you don’t plan to swim, the options are even more plentiful because you focus strictly on style and ignore the usefulness aspect!

HAIR BANDS

Some hair bands can double as an adorable bracelet! You will need something to manage those unruly hair moments when the wind kicks up or you want to read without your hair bothering you. The best part is that you won’t have to worry because adding these to your list of what to pack for the beach doesn’t add any bulk or weight to your beach bag.

1 // Scout Beach Bag 2 // Rainbow Flip Flops 3 // Turkish Beach Towel 4 // Instax Mini Camera & Film 5 // Beach Coverup 6 // Sun Bum Sunscreen 7 // Straw Hat 8 // Canvas Beach Bag 9 // Silicone Rings 10 // Speaker 11 // Yeti Cooler & Cup 12 // Hydroflask 13 // Sunglasses & Croakies 14 // Hair Ties 15 // Beach Cart 16 // Swimwear 17 // Koozie

CLOTHES

We all need a few new clothes, am I right? Below, I have listed a few of my go-to outfits and accessories for the beach or lake days for when you are planning a night out on the town.

1 // Casual Tunic Dress 2 // Chacos Wayfarer Sandals 3 // Essie Nail Polish 4 // Ratan Earrings 5 // Blue Jean Shorts 6 // Off-Shoulder Shirt 7 // Straw Handbag 8 // Wedges

What are some of your favorite beach (or lake) day essentials, both for hours at the beach and nights out on the town? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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