Author: Susan

Help the Sea turtle

You dig it? Fill it in! It’s fun to dig holes at the beach, isn’t it? Just be sure to fill that hole back in before you leave. Why? It’s turtle nesting season! Momma sea turtles are coming ashore to lay their eggs. They weigh between 250-350 pounds and it’s hard to pull that weight across sand. You know what makes it even harder? Falling into a hole. That’s what happened to this sea turtle momma. She fell right in and got stuck. She almost died. Thankfully South Walton Turtle Watch volunteers rescued her in time and she was...

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Tips on Building the Best Castle

1. Select the spot for your castle. Clear away any debris and flatten out a base for the castle to built upon. 2. Make sure you have a few tools on hand. You’ll need a bucket and shovel. Spatulas and short sticks are great for creating smooth walls and ledges. 3. Either dig out and stack sand for the base of the castle or create turrets and walls using the bucket. 4. Fill your bucket halfway with water and then add dry sand. It will mix more easily this way. 5. Quickly flip the bucket and place in the...

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Beach Safety

The beach is one of the most fun places to be on 30A, but you still need to be careful. Always surf and swim with a buddy, Always make sure a grown-up knows you are going back into the water, Pay attention to your walkover number/letter/name, Knock down sandcastles and forts when it’s time to leave, Pick up all of your stuff, Don’t swim on red flag days, Fill in the holes you dug. (For the grown-ups) Pay attention to your walkover number/letter/name, Pick up all of your stuff, Don’t swim on red flag days, Choose someone to watch (or be with) the kids when they’re swimming, Choose bright rash guards for the kids, Don’t let your kids dig deep holes that their whole body (or head) can fit in. Recent beach tragedies remind us that sand collapses in the blink of an eye. Hang a bright towel, fly a kite or carry something with you that identifies your beach chair/umbrella/tent as yours. When the beach is crowded, it is easy to lose track of where everyone...

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Jasper John’s Inspired Flags

It’s the month to celebrate the land of the free! Be on the lookout for red, white and blue collage materials to create your own American Flag! Here are a few variations of a Jasper John-inspired flag collage. To learn more about American Artist Jasper Johns, visit jasper-johns.org Materials: Canvas board or white card stock Painter’s tape Glue Scissors Red, white and blue materials Additional ideas: glitter, tissue paper, paint, star confetti, construction paper or painted newspaper. Step One: Glue a blue rectangle on the top left corner of the canvas and tape off the stripes with painter’s tape. Step Two: Paint the exposed space between the painters tape red. Let dry. Step Three: Pull off the painter’s tape to reveal white stripes. Step Four: Add stars and you are...

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New Softball Coach Announced to Oversee Program

By Sarah Murphy Robertson The South Walton Hawks Softball program has announced Coach Tracy Wilmes will be overseeing the travel program for the Girls 10U and 12U teams. Coach Wilmes, who served as assistant coach for the team, accepted the position just in time for “Fall Ball.” The South Walton softball team utilizes what is called a “fast pitch” approach. Fast pitch softball is similar to baseball with one major exception; it uses a completely different pitching motion. Fast Pitch softball pitchers use a windmill windup as compared to a baseball pitcher that uses a more traditional overhand delivery....

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Our Top Mommy & Me Resort Wear Tips

Annie Stutts and daughter Parker in Seaside. Exploring a new walkover at Bud & Alley’s restaurant. Exploring Seaside’s Perspicasity in comfort and style. Cayce Collins, daughter Clara and son Murphy. Cool enough for outdoor play! Some fun at the Seaside amphitheater. Kristy Green, daughter Karter and son Walker. Awwww! We love sibling love. Walker loved his OKO Kids shirt. Amy Giles with Wardrobe Made Simple   Amy Giles, owner of Wardrobe Made Simple, is a busy mom of two adorable girls. She knows the struggle of looking good while running errands and tending to kids. We reached out to her...

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No Time for Sniffles

Studies show frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the cold and flu during the winter months. There are other ways to keep your body healthy too. All products available at For the Health of It or Publix. Black Elderberry Syrup It’s delicious and has been used for ages to keep kids happy and healthy. Methylcobalamin B12 A form of B12 that is easier to absorb, this chewable vitamin is delicious and helps boost your immune system. Probiotics As scientists continue to study our microbiome, they are discovering probiotics are vital to our overall health. This liquid...

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4 Best Beach Wagons for your Gear

Going to the beach is a blast … but getting there? Not so much. We took a look at beach wagons and chose our favorites. Trust us, after a day spent jumping the waves and building sandcastles, you’ll be thankful for the extra help. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com.  Schwinn 4×4 Quad Steer Woody Wagon Vehicle, Teal How cute would the kids look in this? This adorable wagon comes in the traditional red that you grew up and this fresh, modern teal blue. It even has the “woody” paneling on the side to lend a retro feel. This...

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New (Free) Health Clinic Opens

Have you heard? There’s a new, NO COST health clinic in Point Washington! It’s a ministry of Point Washington United Methodist Church (PWUMC), a 501c3, and is located in the Stephens Center behind the sanctuary at PWUMC. While the clinic does accept tax-deductible donations, there is no charge for treatment and insurance is not required. Dr. Patsy Vargo and Hillary Glenn, DNP, ARNP, the visionaries behind the clinic, are the physicians on duty and the clinic is also served by several volunteer nurses. In addition to the full volunteer medical staff, the clinic has several assisting in translation for non-English...

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