Author: Susan

Kid-Friendly Museums

Louisiana Children’s Museum- New Orleans, LA The Louisiana Children’s Museum is located in the heart of Warehouse District of New Orleans and has been educating and entertaining families for more than 30 years. With fourteen interactive exhibits sprawling two floors of the building, kids of all ages will have tons of hands-on fun. In the Safety Zone, kids can dial 911, speak to a dispatcher, and even hop into an emergency vehicle to help someone in need. Young creatives can sculpt, paint, draw, and even try out screen-printing in the Art Trek center, while the tiniest tots can climb...

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New Places to Grub Looking for something new and different to eat tonight?

Mi Casita Mexican Grill Have you noticed that bright yellow building in Seagrove Beach? Step inside and order Mexican classics like enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. Everything is cooked fresh and is full of flavor. They have a great kids menu. Even better? Grab the food to go and eat a taco on the beach. Tip: Sign up for the VIP program. Get 20% off by texting CASITA to 57711. Freshii This cute little restaurant in 30Avenue makes it easy for everyone to eat healthy. Kids love the food bowls that are filled with yumminess like rice noodles, broccoli, crispy...

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The dynamic duo of Huck & Lilly pssst … they’re not really named Huck & Lilly

The toe tapping tunes from Huck & Lilly seem to be everywhere this summer. If you haven’t heard “I Sat on a Porcupine” your life really isn’t complete. It’s a song that might seem silly at first (who sits on a porcupine?), and then you find yourself dancing with abandon like Snoopy in a Charlie Brown cartoon. Winning over parents with their music is a goal of the Ken Johnson and Andi Zack-Johnson – the talented songwriters and musicians who created Huck & Lilly. The band performs weekly in Seaside and has ongoing shows at The Hub 30A. Prior...

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The family that vacations together, upcycles together

  Have you ever gone on vacation and bought a souvenir to remember the experience? Maybe a T-shirt that the kids outgrew within a few months or a Christmas ornament that you only get to see once a year? Here’s an idea: make art together. For the past three years Moore Family Folk Art assembles a work area in front of The Blue Giraffe art gallery and invites kids and families to make their own art using recycled materials. Called “upcycled folk art,” the Moore’s encourage kids to peruse a vast collection of tiles, vintage bottle caps, buttons, scrabble pieces, slices of soda cans (and other materials) and think about how they can use those colors and shapes to create guitars, turtles or, maybe even a bouquet of flowers. The experience may make you look at the things you discard a little differently. Alan works in construction when he’s not busy crafting works of art. It’s a true family business, with his two daughters, Emma and Isabella, often creating and selling works of their own. “The boys help more with sorting items by color and getting the supplies together. The girls though … wherever I sell, they are also selling.” The busy family of seven has had a presence on 30A for the last 5-6 years. The family recently had to move to Denver, Co. but Alan said he...

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Necessity, and a ingenuity create a wildly successful business

You’ve probably heard of Wendy Mignot. Her pearl and leather jewelry has graced the cover of Vanity Fair (and is currently featured in Redbook), been worn on the necks of stars like Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper, Zac Brown, and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and her vagabond lifestyle prior to settling along 30A has been written about in countless publications. But what you might not know is that at the heart of this wildly successful business is a mom who was determined to figure out a way to stay home with her kids. She began her business shortly after her daughter Violeta was born. Always a creative soul, she was inspired, in part, by her time spent living in the Caribbean with her husband, Jean-Noel. “I made jewelry as a hobby, but when I became pregnant it became serious,” she said. Since the sea has always called to her, she began working with pearls. She chose fine Tahitian and South Sea pearls and cut and conditioned the leather herself. As demand for her bracelets and necklaces grew, she soon found her home workshop (housed in the laundry room) spilling over onto her kitchen counter and table. As her daughter grew, and with the birth of her second child, Zak, her business continued to soar. The small pearl case that had always housed all of Wendy’s beautiful creations inside...

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Butterbean Organics Crafted with Love

Butterbean Organics sunscreen, which earned a #1 ranking with the Environmental Working Group (the best score possible) was created and is managed by local mom Summer Brown. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she’s also mother to five (and expecting her sixth), and homeschools four out of those five children (the oldest attends Seacoast High School). I feel like we should all pause from reading and give her a nice, slow clap of approval. I was impressed enough at the creation of an all-natural line of sunscreen and bug sprays … throw in five kids and homeschooling and now it feels like bragging (I kid, I kid). Summer created her line of sunscreen out of necessity. She wasn’t satisfied with the natural sunscreen products available to her, so she decided to get creative in her kitchen. Her homemade concoction worked great and she started sharing it with other moms who were looking for a safer alternative to commercial sunscreens.  Her friends began encouraging her to package and sell the sunscreen at farmers markets near Athens, Ga. She did and the response was so great that she created a website for Butterbean Organics. That’s when her business took off. “I used to make everything myself,” she said. “It would be time to cook dinner and my kitchen counters would be covered with sunscreen ingredients.” With orders coming in quicker than...

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Sweet Sonny James

Marla Carter has launched an adorable new clothing line for baby girls. Sweet, innocent, fun and made with “a whole lotta love” the new Sonny James line (named after her youngest daughter) features classic bubbles, bloomers, tops and accessories in a range of happy colors. Any mother of two girls is going to be buying, and looking, at a lot of clothes. When you’re a professional photographer though, this becomes a part of your job. “I’m always recommending outfits for photoshoots,” Marla, co-owner of Marla & Shane Photography, explained. “I always tell parents to look for clothes they don’t have to fuss with.” She started looking for well-made outfits that were breathable, machine washable and had a timeless design. She realized she had an opportunity on her hands. The busy mother of three began to daydream about starting her own clothing line. If she could create a bubble, what would it look like? Why weren’t there bloomers that fit properly and came in a better range of colors? The thoughts wouldn’t get out of her head. “I love to think up ideas for businesses,” she admitted. “Usually I get busy and the idea dies, but this one really stuck with me. So I started researching.” She contacted friends in the business, read everything she could and found a broker in New York to help her navigate the ins and...

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Meal Prep Service Hits 30A

  An organized and full refrigerator, ready to face a week of hungry and impatient people is a bit of an ongoing dream of mine. Meal planning and Sunday food prep is something that sounds completely do-able, until Sunday afternoon turns into Sunday evening and all of a sudden I’m scrambling to pack healthy lunches for my kids to eat at school. Guess what? It doesn’t matter if you’re recovering from surgery, sleep deprived from a new baby or (like me) just too tired to even think about cooking a healthy meal — Nourish Meal Planning is here to...

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Modern Warfare: How an Ancient Game is Taking Over 30A

Players get to the field just in time for the violet haze of twilight to blanket the sky. The lights at Helen McCall Park sleepily blink to life and for the next sixty minutes, it’s war, or more accurately, the little brother of war. This is lacrosse. Sixty minutes, ten players per team, one objective: to win. When I first heard of 30A Lacrosse from a local middle school student, who wagered it was the most challenging sport to play, I wasn’t aware South Walton had a lacrosse club. To the untrained eye, lacrosse, with its helmets, sticks, and...

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Hangry Child’s Guide to 30-A

If your child is wild, and their tummy is grumbly, here are a few places to go spend your money.  It happens. Kids get hungry, and no one enjoys the stress of being the only family in a stuffy crowd of kidless, caramelized-kumquat connoisseurs (yes, it’s a thing). I’ve been there. It’s uncomfortable. So where then? HERE: Stinky’s Fish Camp Not only will your child love the name, and all the possibilities that come along with it… the food accommodates both children and adults, the scene is laid-back, and if you’re lucky, live music for frolicking with your barefoot babe. TIP: Freak your kid out with the Buffalo Frog Legs, it’s worth it… Chiringo You can enjoy Gulf views and a fresh cocktail while your little one scarfs down a generous hamburger and fries. The seafood is always fresh, never frozen, if fried shrimp is more their style. TIP: The fresh-squeezed strawberry lemonade is perfect after a day in the sun. Pizza By The Sea The name says it all. With three 30-A locations, one in Seagrove Beach, one in Gulf Place, and a new location in Seacrest, Pizza By The Sea serves up slices to salty children of all sorts. TIP: My daughter LOVES the Hammy Sammy.   Cowgirl Kitchen Cowboys welcome as well. Enjoy a Tex-Mex twist on your Southern favorites. Snap a shot in front of...

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Food for Thought Comes Full Circle

It’s easy to forget that there’s need in Walton County. We’re bombarded by real estate ads selling homes that are listed for millions of dollars along 30A and we’re surrounded by beautiful developments. But there is need. A lot of it. And sometimes it comes from unexpected places, like a family with a medical emergency, or a parent who suddenly loses a job. Other times it’s a problem of not being able to find a job that pays a high enough wage, or an ex-spouse who doesn’t pay child support. The beautiful thing about the Food for Thought program...

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