COOP’S FIRST BEACH TRIP – PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL

Ahh, vacation is over.  That was fast.

At the very last minute, (I’m talking booked a condo at 5pm, packed, got ready, left the house at 8pm) we (Mac, Cooper, and myself) decided to go to Florida.  Destination: Panama City Beach.

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We drove around 5 hours that night.  We stopped at around 5 exits before Birmingham, Alabama to find a hotel for the night, but no such luck!  We ended up driving 25 miles past Birmingham before we found a hotel.  There was some type of ball tournament in the area that had hotels BOOKED.  We finally laid our heads down around 2am in Alabaster, AL.

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Next morning, we hopped up outta bed and headed straight for the Waffle House.  We don’t travel without at least one stop at the Waffle House.  Walmart was our next stop and then back on I-65 towards Florida.

We arrived around 2:30pm! WOOHOO!  At our home away from home. Thanks to Joe at Panhandle Getaways for giving us a good deal!

Our 4 nights and 5 days at the beach were pretty awesome!  The morning we were to head home, it was storming, but other than that the weather was perfect.

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Cooper loved riding on the golf cart down the streets of PCB!

All of the food was amazing!  We ate at Harpoon Harry’s, Pineapple Willy’s, Another Broken Egg Café, Whataburger, Waffle House…. and lots of ham sandwiches!

Cooper squalled a lot of the way there and back, but nothing we couldn’t handle 😉  Our DVD player died 70 miles before we got to Panama, so that was one of the first purchases on our list.

FLMacCoopAshSee ya next year beach!!  Or maybe not!!

 

All I Want For Christmas – New Mom Edition

All I Want For Christmas New Mom Edition

1. A nap.  One without interruptions and for as many hours as I need it to be.

2. A pair of skinny jeans that fit and look good.  Let’s be honest, I’m still wearing my maternity skinny jeans, among other maternity clothes.

3. A good concealer for dark under eye circles.  Makeup is not my “thing”, but I do throw a little on every day.  Someone tell me a darn good concealer that I can rub on and go!

4. An energy drink that actually gives you more energy.  Mello Yello is my go-to, but it’s not cutting it anymore.

5. For my baby Cooper to have the best first Christmas ever!  He has no clue what’s going on this year and I haven’t bought him the first toy, but that’s okay, it’s still going to be a good one.

Is this asking too much?!

Related Post: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Waste Money On For Newborns

5 Things You Shouldn’t Waste Money On For Newborns

I’m still on that new mom high.
I became a new mom this summer – July, 2015.  I was the typical new mom, wanting to buy every sparkly thing that popped up on a television commercial for a newborn or thinking I had to have a fancy, high priced gadget a “famous” mom blogger was given using.  Now that I’m three months in to this whole newborn gig, I’ve learned a few things that I would advise new parents and gift buyers NOT to waste your money on.

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Check out the 5 things you shouldn’t waste money on for newborns, below.

5 Things Not To Waste Money On For A Newbornimage via // edited by me

  1. Plastic bathtub.
    Have you tried to store one of these things?  It doesn’t fold up.  It holds water, unless you spend 15 minutes wiping it down and soaking the water up with a towel.  It’s bulky and does not fit good in my sink.  My favorite choice for the bathtub is the mesh fold ‘n’ store tub.  The mesh dries quick and then I fold it up and put it in the closet.
  2. Newborn Outfits.
    This one can be kind of iffy.  You really have no idea how big your baby is going to be or how fast they are going to grow.  I had a lot of newborn outfits go to waste because my baby practically lived in gowns.  They are comfy for baby and they make changing a diaper so much easier/faster.  Easy and fast are two main concerns for me when you have a crying newborn on your hands.
  3. Baby shoes.
    Baby shoes are like newborn outfits.  You have no idea if they are going to fit.  Your baby won’t be walking anytime soon, so throw some socks on him!  A package of socks is way cheaper than a pair of shoes that won’t be worn.
  4. High priced, fancy gadgets.
    Like the Mamaroo.  No, I didn’t purchase one of these, but a few of my mom friends did and they regretted it.  Although, I’m sure it’s a miracle worker for some babies, it didn’t seem to soothe their baby at all.
  5. Crib/Bedding set.
    When I asked my best friend what she regretted buying for her newborn (she became a new mom in July also!), she said THE CRIB!  How many new parents do you know that come home from the hospital and their baby goes straight into the crib at night?  Probably not many.  Definitely not this mama!  Cribs are great for holding baby clothes you don’t have the time to hang up though.  Oh, and that bedding set you spent $100’s on… yep, probably not going to get any use out of it.  At two months old, my baby is starting to sleep in the pack n’ play right beside my bed.  I don’t see him going to the crib anytime soon.

What other items would you recommend new parents or gift buyers NOT to purchase for a newborn?
Tell me in the comments below!