Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sunrise This Morning (October 31, 2015)

Here are some pics from the sunrise this morning at Fernandina Beach, FL (just steps from my apartment).

Friday, October 30, 2015

#POTM15 - Pile On The Miles 2015

So I'm pretty unmotivated when it comes to working out.  I only do it when I feel like it which is basically hardly ever.  LOL  But I have this big ol' beach (see below) right outside my doorstep now, so I thought why not partake in a virtual exercise challenge such as the one by Miss Monica (LOVE her blog - check it out HERE). 

Basically the challenge is to set a exercise type goal for November and be accountable every week by posting a comment on her blog telling her how you did (and entering to win a giveaway at the same time!  Yessss.).   So here I go!

My goal is to walk the beach at least twice a week and possibly work up to running either on the beach or around the island. 

My walking path: 

Yes, I am VERY blessed. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

#DelSol Color Changing Giveaway! (Ends Nov 19th)

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

PJs Giveaway! (Ends Nov 18th)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sunrise This Morning

So I've moved into my place and I took a walk on the beach this morning (and also laid out later for some rays).  Here are some pics from this morning.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Mega #Coffee Lovers Giveaway! (Ends Nov 16th)

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Today Is The Day! #BeachLiving

Well, the day is finally here!  The day I sign my lease for my beach place (click HERE and HERE for more details).  I go to sign the lease at 1pm today and then this will be my view:

Can't wait and am incredibly nervous because this is such a big change (moving).  I'm nervous about the uncertainty of how the tenants will be, will I really like the actual apartment, and will I be able to handle the longer commute.  I'm also nervous about the move (tomorrow morning) and whether that will go to plan.  Things are already not going as planned as I am pretty ill today with I think maybe a head cold.  I'm pretty miserable and can barely function.  But on the bright side, I am now a billion percent more grateful that I did end up hiring movers because there is no way I could have moved myself in this state.  So anyways, wish me luck on the move tomorrow and the signing of the lease. 

Here are some pics I've taken over the last year of certain times while I was at the beach.  I get to see these views all the time and I'm super excited! 


Same sunrise but a little later:

During the day but with a little rainbow effect:

Stormy day:

Ocean view at dusk:

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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4 Days To Go! #BeachLiving

So in 4 days I move to my new place by the beach.  See THIS post for more details.  The moving process has not been easy and I haven't even gotten to the really hard part yet - moving my stuff to the new place.  While I have hired movers (expensive) to deal with the majority of the stuff, it still has me a nervous wreck that something will go wrong.  But I have no control over it so I try to focus on other things in the meantime.  Like...what is gonna be SO awesome about this new place!  So I'm going to list out all the awesome things I'm looking forward to.

1.  The OCEAN view, of course.
2.  The 1 minute walk to the beach/ocean. 
3.  The huge deck I can chill out on doing stuff like reading a book or catching some rays!

4.  The neighborhood is so chillax.  Day and night from what I've been able to tell so far.  At night, you see some people walking around or jogging.  Such my atmosphere!  And it is SO quiet at night. 
5.  I'm a half mile from Main Beach which has events all the time with parks and a restaurant. 
6.  I'm probably a mile from Fort Clinch, which to get to it, there is a long tree covered road you go down.  PERFECT for running.
7.  To piggyback off that last part, the beach is perfect for running plus running down the main road (A1A) is perfect as well.  It honestly is a runner's paradise.  Heck, it is a biker's paradise as well.  I don't have a bike yet but maybe someday.
8.  Tasty's (THE best burger joint) is short drive (bike ride) away.  Heck, if you are really ambitious, you could probably run there as well. 
9.  Ok, let's get back to the apartment.  The kitchen has an ocean view window!  I bet that ocean breeze will be amazing.

10.  Let's talk the kitchen now!  Right now, I have NO dishwasher.  I have basically had a dishwasher since I started living on my own (18 years ago) and then last year I got my current place which didn't have a dishwasher but I loved the place so much I didn't care.  Well, let's just say it has been BRUTAL.  LOL  So you know I'm SO excited about this place having a dishwasher!  It isn't the newest dishwasher by any means but hey - it is better than none at all!

11.  Also, you can see I have a nice fridge.  I've also been without an ice maker for the last year or so!  TORTURE!  First of all, making ice is a pain in the rear.  So yeah you can go buy bags of ice but they take up half the freezer and then the ice melts to each other so you are stabbing the crap out of it to get it to a useable size.  PAIN.  So I'm excited to have an ice maker! 
12.  I'm excited to be off of well water!!!  I don't care if it costs extra.  I've had well water in my current place.  I had to get filters for the kitchen and the master bathroom sinks.  Because the water STINKS bad.  And so every month, I have to replace the filters plus I have a water pitcher as well so I have to replace that.  That is $30 for 3 a month.  Plus whenever you wash clothes or take a shower, it stinks.
13.  I'm SO excited to have a bigger fridge!  The freezer just seems so tiny in my current fridge and I've had a fridge like the one in this new place before and could store a whole lot more than my current fridge.  So less grocery trips, yay!
14.  I can make bone soup again!  What is bone soup?  Visit THIS blog post for my recipe.  So I usually make it myself using my crock pots.  I tried it at my current place with the well water.  Didn't go so well.  The water for some reason evaporates significantly so there wasn't any broth hardly left!  I'm blaming the water but we'll see if that is the case when I move to this new place.  But I'm excited to make it again.  And I'll have more freezer room to freeze it.  AND I'll have a dishwasher to put the crockpot in to clean it - which was SUCH a pain to hand wash. 
15.  I can sleep with the windows open again!  My current place is on the ground floor so it is not safe to open the windows at night but this place is high up so I can leave 'em open!  Yay!  Plus we're in the prime season for the perfect sleeping temps! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Moving to The Beach

Just wanted to share that I'll be moving to the beach in less than 2 weeks!  I moved to Florida last year from Nebraska (was there for 2 years - originally from Dayton, Ohio).  I currently live north of Jacksonville in a 'small town' and I live on a dirt (sand) road in a double wide trailer.  My lease was up in September so I just sort of flirted with the idea of moving to a place near the beach.  I really wasn't in mood to move again plus I like my landlord a lot so I really wasn't too serious about moving. 

Well, almost immediately after I started to casually look - I saw myself checking out this duplex (the top level) one block back from the beach.  There is one house in front of it but that house is only one level so your view isn't blocked too much and then next to it on the right (looking towards the ocean) is no houses so from the deck of this duplex is an OCEAN VIEW!   Like, dream come true right? 

There is also a beach access like just a short walk away.  The deck is huge!  It is a 3 bedroom house.  The closets are tiny and the house appears to be older BUT the kitchen and the floors were redone so it seems like a normal place.  It has a dishwasher AND an ice maker in the fridge which I currently haven't had in over a year!  I will be in heaven! 

I'm beyond excited and all my friends/family are as well!  The moving process has kind of dampened that excitement for me a bit but I try to look at the end result.  By moving process I mean...getting everything transferred over/set up and movers hired and not to mention all the money just flowing OUT.  Nothing is cheap about this move and sometimes I question whether moving 10-15 minutes away from where I'm currently at is really worth it.  And I know deep down it is...just gotta get through this stressful part. 

So here are some pics of the view!  More to come AFTER I move!  You might get sick of all the ocean pics that will be coming. hahaha! 

The first pic I took.  The second pic I found online taken probably during the 'winter' time but it really shows how close the ocean is to the place.  And beside the yellow house is the street to the beach access (which you can see in the distance).

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