The Beach With Two Toddlers

Well, another beach trip is in the books and it was so much fun! You might remember this post about Landon’s first ever beach trip last summer. This year, we went back to Morehead City again with our friends, Kayla and Jeremy, and their little boy, Berkley. Berkley is almost two years old, and Landon turned 13 months while we were there. Looking back at the pictures from last year’s trip makes me want to cry because our boys were so little! Babies don’t keep, ya’ll.

This year, Kayla and I went down on Monday and Gray and Jeremy came down later in the week. We stayed at her aunt’s house, cooked almost every meal, packed picnic lunches, and had so much fun watching our boys play together. I was surprised at how restful the week was, even with two toddlers!

I was afraid that Landon would hate the sand but he had the time of his life! He played with sand toys and had a great time at the pool. He took naps and ate peanut butter sandwiches on the beach. We took a little blow up pool for the boys to play in, and that helped too. Every stage is so sweet, so even though it hurts my Mama heart for him to be getting so big, I love watching his little personality!


We are so thankful for our friends and a great week at the beach!

Chip Chop Cookies

Ok, you guys. I know I’ve said it before butttt this time, it’s for real. I have found the BEST chocolate chip recipe EVER (thanks, Pinterest). I mean it, I’m never making another chocolate chip cookie recipe ever again. This is BY FAR the best recipe I’ve found (and, just ask my husband, I’ve tried literally hundreds in the last 4 or 5 years).

I am so excited to share it with ya’ll, I can hardly stand it. You need to run to your kitchen and whip these up TONIGHT. They’re that good.

What makes these cookies the “best,” you wonder? Well, they aren’t “cakey,” they are full of chocolate chips, just chewy enough, and they are so buttery!



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray..
  • In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together.
  • In mixer bowl, beat together the butter and sugars for 2 minutes.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low speed until mixed in well.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and mix in until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  • Add chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon, just until incorporated.
  • Scoop small balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool on a wire rack (they will become slightly crispy on bottom and chewy in the inside as they cool).


I found this recipe on Pinterest and you can see the original here, a great place for baking inspiration, tips, and ideas!