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Destin Summer Bucket List

May 30, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Whether you’re visiting Destin this summer or are lucky enough to call this place home, you’ve got to check out this Summer Bucket List. I asked my local friends their favorite things to do in Destin in the summer months and came up with 20 fun ideas. It’s c …

A Happy Little Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2014 duchessoffork 3

We had such a wonderful and (mostly) relaxing Memorial Day Weekend. Some of our dearest friends came in town from Alabama and stayed with us for the weekend. We’re always happy to have them visit and the fact that they love playing with our kids is just icing on the cak …

Destin Commons- Fun for Moms and Kids

May 21, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Destin Commons is a wonderful outdoor shopping and lifestyle center in, you guessed it, Destin! The mall features stores like White House, Black Market, Williams Sonoma, Sephora, Bath & Body Works and more. There are also some great restaurants such as Zoe’s Kitchen …

Toddler Breakfast Ideas

May 13, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Is breakfast a battle at your house? I have one good eater and one average eater (care to guess who’s who?), and breakfast has become more of a challenge in the last few months. Julia’s usual response when I ask her what she wants for breakfast is “No, thank …

Stop and Smell the Roses

May 9, 2014 duchessoffork 6

The days are long but the years are short. There is so much truth in these fews words. While I’m busy getting angry over Julia’s attitude that would rival a teenager, she’s growing into a little girl. While I’m busy being annoyed by Mac’s clingy …

Surviving the Beach with Young Kids

May 5, 2014 duchessoffork 6

Ahhh….there is nothing quite like a day at the beach. The sun is brightly shining, the crystal clear waters are glistening, and the sugar white sand is softly squeaking beneath your toes. Once you have kids, your lazy and relaxing days at the beach are over as you know …

Saying Yes

April 28, 2014 duchessoffork 15

It’s 8:15 in the evening. My lower back is on fire. My eyes are getting heavy. I’m fed up with this day after hours and hours of dealing with a whiny girl and clingy boy. I’m more than ready to park it on the couch and zone out for a while. Then I hear a &he …

Body After Baby: One Year after My Second Baby

April 17, 2014 duchessoffork 8

Mac is officially thirteen months old and is quite the little dude! He’s changed so much in his first year, but that full and luscious head of hair has remained true. My post-partum body has changed just as much over the last year as Big Mac’s has. I’m proud …

Big Mac’s First Birthday Party

April 13, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Goodness gracious, where has the time gone? We celebrated Mac’s first birthday a month ago and I’m just getting around to sharing the details. The Big Mac theme turned out even better than I expected. The guests all had a blast and I’m pretty sure the birthd …

Anniversary Weekend in Key West

April 9, 2014 duchessoffork 4

We had an absolute blast in Key West! It was sunny every day with highs in the low 80s and lows in the 70s. Talk about perfect weather! Our hotel was unbelievable. We stayed at the Casa Marina and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a Waldorf Astoria brand hotel, so …