Baby’s First Road Trip, Solid Food and Skinny Dip

We just returned from Luna’s first summer vacation, also her first annual family trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It could not have been a better trip and I honestly do not even know where to begin when it comes to sharing some of our adventures. Since much of the trip seemed to center around our little nugget, I guess I’ll begin with her. Little Miss Luna had a ridiculous amount of “firsts” over the last week.

It all began with her first very long road trip. Our trip to Hilton Head typically takes 8 hours. We knew driving with an infant would definitely add some time to our trip so we decided to leave at 4am, hoping that she would sleep the majority of the trip. Most of the trip was through torrential rain, but even with the storms and the baby it only took us 10 hours. Luna was a trooper. The first pit-stop was at Chick-Fil-A where they were insanely busy. Husband was asleep in the car so I took Luna in to feed by myself. It was super clean and efficient (surprising for being so busy) and all the workers were so-so friendly. As I left (in the pouring rain) a young cashier ran out after me and walked me all the way to the car (parked in an overflow lot) with an umbrella over me and Luna. It was really nice and unexpected. Good job Chick-Fil-A staff.

Then, we stopped at McDonald’s….also clean and nice. Right as Luna finished eating, a little girl and her Mom came over to us and her Mom informed us that her 6-year-old has been learning to clean out her room and give some of her things away. She told us that she really wants to give her happy meal toy to our baby because she doesn’t need it, but our baby might. Of course, we happily accepted it and let her know that Luna would be thrilled to have it. What a sweet family! The whole ride down was pleasant (minus the rain).

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Playing with her new toy.

Our first day in Hilton Head, Luna tried solid food (cereal) for the first time! I don’t know if she liked it or even grasped how to eat it, but she really enjoyed chewing on her new bamboo spoon and playing with her hand-painted one-of-a-kind bowl.

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One of the cutest “firsts” was Luna’s first time to play in sand! She loved the sand! She dug, examined and tried her best to eat it, which we mostly kept her from doing.

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Riding our bikes to Rita’s Italian Ice in Coligny Plaza at least a few times a week is a Hilton Head tradition that has been around for what must be ever. Luna slept through her first Rita’s experience, but that didn’t keep me from taking a photo!

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The biggest most exciting moment was Luna’s very first dip in the ocean. The whole family came down and we all walked to the water together with cameras in hand. Unfortunately, Luna did not love the ocean water. The waves were a little scary for her. However, she did get to enjoy it later in the week when the water was much calmer.

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Luna got to spend A LOT of quality time with twenty something family members, but it was her very first time to meet two of her Great Grandparents who came from Pittsburgh to spend the week with her. They couldn’t get enough of our sweet baby!

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Because the ocean wasn’t a hit with Luna, we spent lots of time in the pool. Luna played in her floatie for the first time and got to spend some time on the boogie board. She loves the water and figured out how to sit in her floatie, kick her legs and move through the water.

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The scariest “first”, for me anyways, was Luna’s first bike ride. We rented a carriage to attach to the back of a bike. She’s actually too small to sit in it alone, but we could attach her car seat. I only trusted myself to pull her. It was an added workout, but worth the peace of mind. We rode ALL over. She lasted through an 11 mile bike ride one day and never even whined.

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She also got her very own private pool. Fancy.

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And what trip to the beach is complete with a naked dip in the ocean? Does it get any better?

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That’s a lot of adventure for a little baby, and there’s so much more!

Happy Monday everyone, we are glad to be back!

Cheers!

Ready for the beach? (Winner!)

Yay! Another giveaway has come and gone and now I finally get to randomly select one of you to win this super pretty and fun coverup from Lozasun!

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The winner is….

Anessa

I LOVE this piece! Gorgeous! I would wear it to the beach or to my sister in laws house when we bring the kids swimming over there! Perfect to throw on so your not just in your suit! Super cute!

Congrats Anessa! I hope you love it as much as I do! Just email me (positivelypanicked@gmail.com) your mailing address and I’ll have it shipped to you ASAP. BTW, I’m at the beach now and am definitely enjoying my own Lozasun coverup!

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Thank you so very much to Cindy from Lozasun for offering this giveaway. Everyone be sure to check out her Etsy shop.

Cheers!

Vacation Mode

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Well, I meant to get a whole week of blogs in order before going on vacation, but I didn’t. Woops. We are officially on vacation for a week and I will try to update you on our latest adventures and positively panicked life, but I won’t be back to a regular schedule until next week. If you miss me, you can always check Facebook and Instagram for some adorable beach baby pictures!

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So far, Luna has gotten to see her Grandparents (my parents) whom she has not seen in 4 months, her great grandparents whom she has never met and a million other people who love and adore her. There are 20 something people here this week so Luna is getting A LOT of attention. It’s wonderful, Husband and I basically have to do nothing. Talk about a vacation.

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In one day Luna has been in the ocean, gone on a bike ride, tried solid food, played in her new pool floatie and floated on a boogie board. I can’t even imagine what the rest of the week has in store.

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She insisted on "feeding" herself. Chewing on the spoon was definitely the best part.
She insisted on “feeding” herself. Chewing on the spoon was definitely the best part.

Stay tuned for tips on beach travel with a baby, adventures in road tripping, new reviews and giveaways, postpartum updates and heck of a lot of adorable beach baby photos!

Napping on PawPaw on the balcony with a view of the beach, can life get any better?
Napping on PawPaw on the balcony with a view of the beach, can life get any better?

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Cheers!

Ready for the beach? (Giveaway!)

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In just ten days we will be headed to the beach for our annual family summer vacation! This is the best vacation every year and I am so so so excited to take Luna for the first time! I am one of those people who love making lists, it’s silly how much joy it brings me, but I made mine and Luna’s packing lists (yes, two separate lists) days ago. While I am a girl who loves adventure, I love to plan most adventures and I really like to be prepared. One item that is always on my beach list is a cute cover-up. Ladies, you get this, right?

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At the beach I am in my swimsuit 97% of the time, but much of that time I use a cover-up because a) I’m cold b) I’m riding a bike somewhere or c) I need to enter a store. Sure, I could throw on the trusty t-shirt and but why would I do that when adorable cover-ups like the ones from Lozasun exist???

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I have the Camille v-neck gold trim cover-up because I am sucker for all things white and gold. I’ve worn this cover-up to the city pool, a friend’s pool and a relative’s pool and I LOVE it. It is so chic, lightweight, sexy and easy. I found this handmade beautiful piece of work on where else, but Etsy. I lovely girl named Cindy out in LA makes these in many cool fabrics, but she also makes dresses, skirts and accessories!

love this gold trim!
love this gold trim!

AND, because she is not just talented, but also generous, she is hosting a giveaway here at Positively Panicked! One of you can very easily win her Valentina turquoise coral print cover-up (valued at $48) by simply following these steps:

1. Follow me on my blog or my Facebook.

2. Follow Lozasun on Facebook or her Etsy shop.

3. And comment below! Where are you planning to wear the cover-up? The beach? Your backyard? A tropical island getaway?

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*It’s a “one-size-fits-all” piece.

The winner will be chosen on Wednesday July 23rd! Best of luck!

Cheers!

The Beach

Guess who hasn’t been writing and has more excuses?! I’m afraid I can’t use pregnancy as an excuse this time…whatever, yes I can. I’m pregnant.

Actually, a good friend of mine has been staying with us all week so we have been super busy forcing her to do everything Nashville has to offer. While I have a moment tonight, before I pass out, I want to share some of the gorgeous photos from Hilton Head’s beach.

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Several storms rolled in during our week in HHI which made for some awesome photos on the shore.

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The last morning  I got up at 5am to be sure to catch the sunrise, but my beautiful beach sunrise was rudely interrupted by another incoming storm.

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Besides photos of the sky and sand we spent way too much time being ridiculous and immature. After our big annual family photo the young ones decided to hang around and take “vadering” and “Hadoukening” photos. I know, I know…this is like so 2 weeks ago. Who cares, it was fun!

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Don’t you want to hangout with us?

Cheers!

Sorry iPhone, But You Lose

I recently got a new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Normally, I could care less what kind of phone anyone has and I certainly wouldn’t blog about my cell phone, but OMG this new phone is freakin’ AWESOME!

When my 2 year contract was up at Verizon, I was pretty excited to update my old iPhone 4. It’s been slowing down and doesn’t even get reception at our new house. I went in fully expecting to continue being a yuppy and collecting apple products. On a whim, I decided to look around a bit and began playing with the new Samsung Galaxys. I was immediately impressed with camera quality. I was also surprised that I could easily use the phone. (After using Apple products for so long, it’s often difficult to us PC’s or Androids.)

I began feeling guilty for flirting with another brand so I decided to talk to a rep about why I should NOT switch phones. I even googled all the reasons why moving from an iPhone to an Android would be terrible. The worst response I got was that I might miss the simplicity and ease of the iPhone.

After about an hour of debating, googling and testing phones I thought “what the hell, be a rebel” and purchased the Samsung. (Not without making sure I could return it if I decided I hated it.)

This new phone does all kinds of really cool tricks (hovering your finger to read text, waving your hand to answer calls, open multiple windows, blah blah blah), but the best feature is the camera!

You can do the craziest tricks with the different photo modes…like take multiple pics of a group of people, then select the best faces for each person! We had a really good time playing with the different modes during our recent vacation to Hilton Head.

We learned to take a photo using the both the lens on the front and back of the camera at the same time…

Sorry, the quality is poor. We were sitting in a restaurant.
Sorry, the quality is poor. We were sitting in a restaurant.

We used the “drama” mode to catch moving objects…

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Panorama…

View from our balcony
View from our balcony

There are lots of other modes and tricks, but our favorite to play with was by far the “animated photo”. You can actually select parts of the photo you want to move and parts that you want to freeze. It’s basically a super easy way to create your own gif, and be really silly.

Here are my favorites from the week…

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Baby jellyfish in a wine glass

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I LOVE this one
I LOVE this one

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I still feel slightly guilty for abandoning the iPhone, but it just doesn’t satisfy me like it used to.

Cheers!

P.S. If the videos don’t work, try clicking on them. They’re worth watching!

A Bicycle Built For 12

One of the best activities to do while vacationing in Hilton Head is bike riding. Hilton Head Island is covered with bike paths. You can easily ride from one end of the island to the other without leaving a path (except to cross a few streets). Our family rents over a dozen bikes every year and we spend at least a portion of every day biking.

Every morning there is a handful of us who hop on our bikes at 7am, ride to Starbucks, get our fix and ride home with at least 3 copies of the New York Times. (We need multiple copies to keep the family from fighting.)

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The path to Starbucks involves crossing a few bridges that go over swamps, often full of turtles and the occasional alligator.

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Our long bike rides usually start on the beach. We swerve between kids digging holes and families lounging under umbrellas. We splash through the shallow water and get hot enough that we are beyond ecstatic to get off the beach and onto the bike trail.

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The paths are all shaded by thick willowy trees covered in moss. They are so shaded that it acts as a shield from the sunshine and the rain.

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Every year we take the same bike rides…some are short and sweet and others are long and miserable. It’s tradition to spend at least one day riding ten miles that go through mosquito-infested preserves and unshaded paths. We ride to the historical tabby house at the Baynard ruins, the mysterious shell ring at the Sea Pines Forest Reserve, Harbor town and South Beach.

While walking around the tabby house we saw a lizard scampering along the shells and Husband insisted that I catch it… While dating and getting to know each other Husband and I spent lots of time sharing stories from our childhoods…his in the hills of middle Tennessee, mine in the marshy flatlands of southeast Texas. I told him how I used to catch lizards, put them on my ears like earrings and then freak out my sister. He couldn’t believe this, so the first chance I got, I proved it to him. Now, anytime he sees a lizard he thinks it’s hysterical for me hang the poor little creature from my ear lobes.

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The best part of our long bike rides is the end. We always finish our ride at Coligny Plaza where we get Italian ice and custard from Rita’s.

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Taking bike rides every day is one of my favorite Hilton Head traditions. It also makes me feel a little less guilty about the junk we eat on vacation.

Cheers!