Country Living...Island Dreaming

August 31, 2014

Labor Day Weekend...So Far...

I think spending time at the beach 
is the best way to wrap up a wonderful summer!
 And these past few days have been beautiful at the Jersey Shore!

 Although the first day or two, the waves were rough 
from an offshore hurricane...

The ocean calmed down more each day
and ended up being perfect for body surfing!

But my husband and boys needed even more thrills
so I held my breath while they rented a wave runner.

I think I grew a couple more gray hairs this weekend!

A craft fair was in town
so we did a little browsing.
At least that was a calm activity for me!

Overall, it's been a perfect weekend so far.
Unfortunately, I don't think the weather is supposed to be this beautiful
 for Labor Day!

Goodbye Summer 2014!
It's been a good one!

How has your Labor Day Weekend been so far?

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Craftberry Bush - Inspiration Gallery


August 26, 2014

Happy National Dog Day!

Today is National Dog Day and Rosie is here to say hello
and fill you in on her summer...

She has spent a lot of time rolling in the grass...

Ahhh...nothing like a shady spot to lay!

She spent most mornings under my desk.
I love looking down to see those cute feet!

And I love coming into my office to see my sweet girl waiting for me!

With her sweet little face!

She loved sunning herself on the deck cushions.

As well as the deck floor.

But she was not happy to be left behind 
while we spent the day on the beach.

Sorry, Rosie!  No dogs allowed on the beach!

But I think she was content to stay home and nap!
Ahhh...the dog days of summer!

Stop by the National Dog Day website
to learn how you can celebrate National Dog Day!

If you want to see more of Rosie
and a whole year of her adventures,
click HERE for the "Weekend Pupdates"!

Any dog adventures for you this summer?


August 23, 2014

Jersey Shore Towns

After I posted about my new wall art, I thought it would be fun to do a recap of some of the Jersey Shore Towns I have posted about over the years.

Just click the title below each picture to bring you to that post...

Jersey Shore Towns - Bayhead

Jersey Shore - Long Beach Island

Spring Lake - Jersey Shore Nostalgia

Jersey Shore Towns - Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights - Before and After Hurricane Sandy

Jersey Shore Towns - Seaside Heights and Seaside Park

Seaside Park

Seaside Park NJ

Seaside Park - Sand Sculpture Museum

Jersey Shore Towns - Seaside Park after Sandy
Seaside Park Shore Events and the Governor

How sad that summer is almost over.
So many beaches, so little time...

What is your favorite beach town?
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August 21, 2014

A New Sign to Motivate Me

Today while the kids were at a play-date, I stopped by Bed Bath and Beyond and found the perfect wall art for the kids' basement playroom...

C'mon down...

And why is this sign perfect, you ask?

Because the places listed on the sign are all the Jersey Shore beach towns we go to or have visited at one time or another!

How perfect is that!  And since I kind of have a travel/beach theme going on down there anyway, it fits right in... (Don't ask me why the walls look so discolored in this picture!  Maybe because I have NO natural light down there and I used my cheapo camera!)

Although, there are a few things that need to be cleaned up and removed before I show you the rest of the room....
I think I will try to sell this train table on Craigslist or something.  It has just become the dumping ground for all their junk!  I am planning on buying a square game table with chairs to put in its place and I still have to find a new TV stand for the larger TV....since I've been talking about that for several months!

But at least the new wall art has got me motivated to work on this room again!

What are you working on today?


August 18, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered my very first giveaway!

The winner of the 16 x 20 canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints is:
Alison T!


Alison, please check your email for the code to order your print.

Thanks again for entering!


August 16, 2014

Last Chance!

Time is running out...

For a chance to WIN a free canvas print!

One lucky reader can win a free 16 x 20 customized canvas
print from Easy Canvas Prints!

To enter, just click the red link below:

U.S readers can enter now through August 17th at 11:59 p.m.  
The winner will be announced on August 18th.

Good luck!


August 13, 2014

Long Beach Island Attractions

Back in June, my sister rented a house in LBI for a week.  LBI (Long Beach Island) is a very popular vacation destination along the New Jersey Shore.  When we were kids, our family would rent a house there for a week every July.  So many fond memories from my childhood!  This year, my sister invited the boys and I to stay at their rental house in the town of Beach Haven for a couple days.  My husband stayed home and caught up with some of the golf he missed while coaching baseball all spring!

In the short time we were there, we hit many of the must-do-kid attractions:

Long Beach Island, New Jersey or LBI

Like the awesome water-slide!

As you can see, it wasn't even crowded that day.
As I said, it was still June
and some schools hadn't let out for summer yet.

We practically had the place to ourselves!

Even the "Crazy-Lazy River" was pretty empty!

And miniature golf was fun as always!

The beaches were as beautiful as I remember.

And the boys did some serious boogie boarding while there!

We spent an evening at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park and arcade.
Even that was pretty empty...and clean...very clean.

I forgot how neat the island is kept.  We have become so used to the not-as-clean Seaside area of the Jersey Shore.  Seaside could learn a few lessons from this sweet family resort town!

We made sure we had breakfast at the famous
Chicken or the Egg!  And yes it lives up to its fabulous reputation!

Here is the view from our table at The Ketch Restaurant for dinner one night.
So nice having an outside table when you are dining with kids!

And speaking of kids...
We made sure we stopped at the Skipper Dipper for ice cream,
just like when my sister and I were kids!
I was glad to see it was still there!

I wish I took more pictures that weekend, 
but I guess we were having too much fun!

Here are some links to the places mentioned above:
Thundering Surf Waterpark
Thundering Surf -Adventure Golf
Fantasy Island Amusement Park
The Chicken or the Egg
The Ketch Restaurant
Skipper Dipper Ice Cream

So much to see...and we didn't even make it to the other end of the island to visit the iconic Barnegat Lighthouse ...I guess there's always next time...

Have you been to any great beach towns this summer?

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