I can't believe how quickly summer went!! August meant we were Florida bound! Generally, I'm a 70 degree and lower for vaca spots BUT I can deal with the heat if I'm ocean side! This year we decided to make it a full on family trip! I totally recommend the New Smyrna Beach area if you're looking for a chill, family oriented area of Florida. 


My Bonus mom's family {Jackie} has a condo there. It's right on the beach, sleeps plenty and has a pool for after ocean time! We love it there. So relaxing to wake up to the sound of waves crashing! 


Of course morning walks on the beach were a must. We went almost every morning, just strolled till we were ready to turn around. We built sand castles and hung at the pool then ran back down to the beach if we wanted {Bry got bit by a crab the 2nd day there, it was just a small one but it hung on to her toe pretty good. We all got a laugh after she calmed down}. Her bravery for the ocean would wear off quick ;) We normally ate breakfast at the condo {great thing about being in a condo is you make a grocery store run on the first day and stock up on snacks & such, saves you some money through out the trip}! For lunch we ventured out some days, other days we had lunch at the pool. Just a very relaxing- no schedule type trip! My favorite kind! 


JB's fish camp is our go-to place for sea food and frozen rum runners. We ate there SEVERAL times. A must eat place if you're in the area. Affordable, cool environment right off the river with boardwalk and delish food/drinks. They even had live music most nights!


One of our favorite things we got to do this trip was Discovery Cove. It's a branch of Sea Life in Orlando. We spend nearly 6 hours there just taking in the white sand beaches, hang with fresh water fish you could swim with {sting rays were NOT shy lol!}, chilling in the longest lazy river, ever & swimming with dolphins! Food and drink are included in your package, so don't worry about the added cost of that! Our package even included alcoholic beverages if you so desired. The girls got an absolute kick out of the dolphins. Bry said "I can check that off my bucket list now". We've been talking about goals/ambitions- she's all over it. haha!


My hair was basically up the entire time (Florida humidity mixed with salty air = puffiness). I used Ouai Wave spray on my hair and ran out the door. Simplicity.  I kept my wardrobe as simple as possible this trip, nothing layered and nothing overly fancy. I lived in my swimsuit most of the trip anyway! We did do family pictures on the beach. My dress was an altard state clearance find that I pulled from the back of my closet; it had gone unworn last summer. It worked right in with all the blues! 


Even though I could have stayed another 5 days, I was thankful for the week of fun we had! Looking forward to next year's adventure!