• DIYBenches

    DIY Built In Benches

    Take a look at these DIY Built In Benches with instructions. | The Salt Water Wife…

  • One Year Olds + Family Photos

    We thought a first birthday was a great time to get some new family photos done! As always, all of the flawless photo credit goes to Jana from Magnolia Photography!…

  • NICU Graduates – one year later

    In some ways, it doesn’t surprise me at all that it’s been a year. I can recall toys we played with when they were just one month old. I can picture the outfits –…

  • brush dry bar | wrightsville beach

    OH WEDDINGS. Nothing like a little love soiree to talk me into dressing up. Hair, make-up, shoes. Dress. A DRESS. But there’s just a little something about a 100F day, top notch humidity, and…

  • twins at the park

    I love doing new things with the twins! We spend a lot of time at home. And even though we do try to get out a few times a week, it’s usually the same…

  • Twins on the Farm

    Every summer Marshall’s company has a party on their farm. They host children from China and Germany for a summer camp and end it all with a big family day celebration on the farm.…

  • e l e v e n m o n t h s 

    My sweet babes are 11 MONTHS OLD!!! How is this possible? Next month we will be celebrating their first birthday!  Bentley bear has two teeth, and is starting to stand up holding onto furniture…

  • Will You Finish Your Degree?

    I watched a video recently about education. Specifically about why organized education started, and where education is going. Coincidentally, I caught an image on Facebook around the same time listing “Things I didn’t learn…

  • Finding Faith In Humanity

    Some of you might know that a few years back, I left a job in law enforcement. Let me be clear here, I loved my job. I had many responsibilities and tasks to do…

  • Wedding Planning Tips + Tricks

    Hi, my name is Annalee and I am a control freak. I’m planning a wedding, and I am a control freak. Blanket apologies in advance to everyone in the wedding party. I’ve got everything…

  • Too Young For Joy

    Yesterday on TODAY’s KLG + Hoda, Jada Smith offered some blunt advice to her daughter and TODAY viewers – don’t marry young. And of course it caught my eye and I started to wonder, well, how…

  • teething honey bae bees!

    The only thing crazier than a teething baby, is TWO teething babies! Am I right? Bentley has his two bottom teeth, but I’m convinced more are coming… he is constantly chewing on his little…

  • twin mom guide to prime

    Most moms are all about Target… and while I am too, unashamedly, a qualified leader of Target Addicts anonymous, I am also a huge fan of Amazon! And being a twin mom? Well you…

  • Summer Fun with Evenflo!

    I'm super excited to be partnering with Evenflo this summer! They definitely know how to help a family have fun!…

  • f o u r t h o f j u l y

    We love living at the beach. And 9 months of the year, we love living in a tourist town! Because for the off-season 9 months of the year, it’s a rather pleasant place to…

  • swimming and strolling

    I’ll tell you what. The great debate of summer 2017, so far, has been strollers! Here’s where we are… We’ve had the Contours Options Elite from the start. And I LOVE IT. Like 98%.…

  • Finn + Emma 

    Everyone loves these elephant rompers the twins wore this spring! Finn + Emma offers clothing and toys that embody style and sustainability. Baby apparel is made from 100% organic cotton and toys crafted with…

  • Milestone after milestone…

    Most days I still can’t believe we have twins. I usually think there’s no way we already have these babies! And to think they are nine months old today, just blows my mind! I…

  • and it was good

    God made summer, and He knew it was good. We are glad summer is here! But summer at the beach means tourist season. And tourist season means pool season for us! The babes have…

  • I Hate The New Mom Meal Train.

    I know I’m going to get a lot of crap for this. I must be ungrateful. I’m such a jerk. Everyone’s just trying to do something nice. But surely, there m u s t be…

  • One fish two fish

    Pink fish blue fish!  We got the twins in the pool for the first time last night and it was more adorable than I thought possible!  Bentley liked his float, but Elizabeth wasn’t so…

  • the nantucket tee

    After some great feedback on our mom tees, we’ve heard that many of you would love shirts of your favorite islands! We’re starting out with one of our favorite northern islands, NANTUCKET! The Nantucket…

  • How I Make My Own

    I can finally see the light at the end of the expensive formula feeding tunnel… The babies have not cut down on their formula yet, but as they eat a little more solid food…

  • freezer meals + the easy way

    I’ve heard for years about how friends do freezer meals, and I always fought it. It seemed so complicated to buy ingredients for so many meals, and prepare them all in just a few…

  • why didn’t I have this sooner?

    Howdy friends! I’d like to say my absence from blogging is because I have so much crazy awesome things going on, but I can’t. It’s actually because sometimes we’re really boring. Right now is…

  • a lovely ladies soirée 

    On Saturday morning, Marshall left for Germany. So his leading ladies escorted him to the airport while Bentley stayed behind for some quality Grammy time!  We started off with a trip to Target! Dog…

  • grocery shopping with twins

    I could never make a complete list of all of the questions I get when I go out in public with the twins. I have a lot of smarty pants answers, but my husband reminds…

  • Tonight the twins tried peas…

    So tonight we were slightly inspired and got really brave and fed the babies PEAS. Fed is maybe not the right word. That would imply they swallowed the peas, which I’m confident did. not.…

  • Come down to the river

    Today Grammy and Pop Pop took us on a day date for tacos and the river walk! We even topped off the day with ice cream at Kilwins… which I’m sure the twins will…

  • Twins on Tuesday!

    Tuesday mornings are on our list of favorites! We head over to a twin friends house and play play play! The girls are 12 days older than Bentley and Elizabeth, so it’s pretty much…

  • Let’s take 4 babies to the park

    82F and sunny in February? Well let’s go out to play! We started our day at the park with a few of our twin best friends, and ended the day… Surprise… At target! We…

  • Sorry my house is a mess

    I’m sorry my house is such a mess… we’ve been busy playing.  A sweet friend recently reminded me that the dishes will be there tomorrow. The laundry will be there in the morning. And…

  • tag team target

    As the twins get older, it’s getting harder to get out for errands, but also more entertaining for them when we get there. So most times, when we go to Target, we go with…

  • The Moana Collection

    pretty cheers and mom tees

    Before kids, we had a rough patch with our dogs that had me in serious fear of bringing any other living being into this house, let alone a human one! I mentioned that I…

  • deeper

    my one word: deeper

    If you don’t know about My One Word – I definitely suggest that you learn more! Rather than tackling a long list of New Year’s resolutions, our pastor encourages us to focus on one…

  • FiveMonths

    wednesday wonders

    Well, if today doesn’t feel quite like a Monday morning. #survivalmode The twins have decided to reject sleep today so in between screams, I’m doing all my best thinking. ONE I’m not sure how…

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    2016 Family Photos

    I’m a punctual person. If I’m supposed to be somewhere by 10am, I aim for 930. I spent a few years in a job where If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on…

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    hit me with your brick shot

    Oh the brick wall front porch. Our perfect little photo op location. As I call them, brick shots. I give to you, our most recent i-phone-to-shoot images! Enjoy! Have I forgotten about the blog?…

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    thanksmas season is upon us

    fa la la la la, la la, la laaaaaa This Sunday was one of the most well-spent Sundays we’ve had recently! It started off with the babies making a 6 hour stretch overnight #praisehands…

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    magnolia wedding workshop

    Marshall + I have come to find that there’s nothing quite as sweet as a perfect picture. In 30 years, we want our children to look back on their parents at their age. To see…

  • 1merrybright

    merry christmas, happy holidays

    bah-dum-psh. with those song references. Wow! The past month or so has been a blur. In between the daily survival mode, we’ve had visitors, started going back to church, and switched up our baby routine.…

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    smooth as a baby’s

    Baby bath time in this house has quickly turned into baby shower time. The twins were off to a great start when we came home from the NICU but each bath since has become…

  • shots shots shots errebody

    Guys, I’m killing it with the song title references here lately. However, not those kind of shots! Disappointed? I know. Unfortunately, the shots of which I speak are of the needle variety. The tear-jerker…

  • twins-15

    newborn photoshoot: organized chaos

    Seriously, this went WAY better than I had anticipated. Our engagement/wedding/family/christmas/life photographers have done it again! I have nothing to say except for muchas gracias, Jana for capturing our precious babies so well! They…

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    b-b-b-babies and the beach

    Is it terrible? My constant blog title references to songs? Did you catch this one? Maybe I’m crazy. Possibly because he wanted to, but also possibly just to make his crazy wife shut up,…

  • Family Christmas Picture

    seemingly sunday

    Sitting here with a snuggly little 8 week old (what?) all snuggled up on me, my mind is racing with things of less importance, but still a seemingly large place in the rapidfire that…

  • coastalfoyer2

    if you’re gonna be my foyer

    you gotta have shiplap walls I kid, I kid. But seriously, I’m allllll about that shiplap. Call me Jo, but the I was raised in an Amish town shines through in all it’s glory when…

  • Surviving The NICU + Preterm Delivery

    not the start we’d imagined

    I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to share this with you guys, mostly because I didn’t want it to seem as if I was complaining. I think that writing and sharing this…

  • Twin Baby Halloween Costume | The Salt Water Wife | DIY HALLOWEEN

    pumpkin babies

    I’ll just start out with this. I hate halloween. Hate it. Don’t know why… I don’t really have a good reason. I just think it’s an awful waste of a holiday. Maybe now that we…

  • The Baby Blogs | Mom Blog | Mom Blogs | Start Your Own Mom Blog | At Home Business | Start An Etsy Shop

    more blogging + babies

    Before I was surprised with our twins at 34 weeks, I was spending a lot of my time reading mom blogs. Birth stories, DIY projects – it all kept me occupied during the last…

  • Twins | Breast Feeding | Breast Pumping | Tips and Tricks | Formula Feeding

    breastfeeding twins

    *Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. This is my personal experience.* Among the millions of things I was worried about while expecting twins, breastfeeding topped the charts. I’d heard friends with only one baby talk…

  • A Birth Story | The Salt Water Wife | Natural Vaginal Twin Delivery | C Section | Cesarean Section

    a babies novel: part 3 // the end

    a babies novel: part 1. a babies novel: part 2. Ohhh the grand finale! This will be long winded. And I ain’t sorry about it. You’ve been warned. Part 2 left off on Thursday…

  • Marley Lilly Fall Accessories | Monogram Sherpa Fleece Pullover

    all the fall things

    did anyone sing that? No? I’m the only one stuck with 1999 blink-182 stuck in my head? y’all are no fun. fun-suckers. ok… anyway FALL has arrived! Normally I’d be dragging out the last…

  • Success At Home With Twins | Stay At Home Mom | Newborn Schedule | Baby Schedule | Tips and Tricks | At Home With Bab | The Salt Water Wife | Twin Tips And Tricks | Twin Pregnancy | Twin Schedule

    life with twins: a successful day

    We’re about to celebrate four whole weeks with our twins! We’ve only been home with both for about two weeks, due to our time in the NICU – but two weeks has taught us quite…

  • Contours Options Elite | Snap n Go | Twin Stroller | Double Stroller | Copper Pearl | Car Seat Covers | The Salt Water Wife

    blogworthy: our first day out on the town

    I’m not sure how I mustered the guts to do it, but by golly WE TOOK THE TWINS IN PUBLIC. #gasp OK – catch your breath. Monday was Marshall’s last day off, so while…

  • Twin Birth Story Part Two | Labor And Delivery | Vaginal Natural Twin Delivery | The Salt Water Wife

    a babies novel: part 2.

    a babies novel: part 1. I know I said I’d be back soon with part 2, but we’ve since learned that time is now irrelevant. So… whenever that was, whatever today is… here we are…

  • Twin Birth Story | Labor And Delivery | Vaginal Natural Twin Delivery | C-Section | The Salt Water Wife

    a babies novel: part 1.

    I give to you… the birth novel. Part 1. (overly detailed and possibly not interesting to you at all. but hey, this blog is more for my own memories. so, in case this meets…

  • Twin Labor And Delivery | Twin Birth Story | The Salt Water Wife

    and then we were home

    where do I even start? Y’all, we had TWINS! They are here. They are home. We are in LOVE. It’s been such a whirlwind of a three weeks… + I have quite a lot to…

  • Community + Comraderie | Small Groups | Bible Studies | Church Groups | Mom Groups | MOPS | Mothers Of PreSchoolers

    community + camaraderie

    Sometimes in life, like you know when you’re expecting twins, there’s this general sense of OH MY GOD WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO MY WORLD and sometimes that’s a lot to handle. Just…

  • Baby Friendly Cleaning Products | Dreft | Method | Cruelty Free | Safe Cleaning | Home Cleaning Ideas | Home Organization | Tips And Tricks

    clean house + baby friendly

    One of the most time consuming parts about preparing for babies has been washing and putting away everything in the nursery. Thankfully, my mom was here to help finish up the clothes. By the time…

  • Blogging After Baby | Business With Baby | Mom Blog | Start A Mom Blog | SAHM | Work From Home | Start An Etsy Shop | Start a Mom Blog | Working After Baby

    blogging + business + bab(ies)

    For the next 3-5 weeks, we’re waiting. Patiently, excited, and nervously… waiting. One way I’m staying occupied is by blogging! I’ve loved how this blog as allowed me to connect with other wives, moms,…

  • Thoughts On Thursday | Five On Friday | The Salt Water Wife | Blog Post Ideas

    thursday blog parties

    Happy Thursday friends! Today I’m excited to guest host for a great link up with you all that I’ve been sharing in for a while now! There are a TON of great bloggers sharing some…

  • Thoughts On Thursday | Five On Friday | The Salt Water Wife | Blog Post Ideas

    thoughts on thursday

    I got bored with seeing five on friday posts so I thought I’d switch it up a little bit for your – not quite end of the week  – reading pleasure. take it or leave it……

  • Twin Nursery Reveal | Gender Neutral Nursery | Coastal Interiors | Beach House Decor | Boy Nursery & Girl Nursery | IKEA HEMNES COLLECTION | Nursery Organization

    30 weeks & a twin nursery reveal

    First off – holy moly. 30 WEEKS. We’re getting close to some serious baby babies watch around here and we’re equal parts excited … and not ready! Bags are packed. Nursery is finished ready…

  • $75 Pink Blush Gift Card Giveaway #giveaway #win | The Salt Water Wife

    our hospital bag + a Pink Blush Giveaway!

    So my doctor told me to be packed for the hospital at 30 weeks… I had a small heart attack… what do we pack?! I have to tell you – the jackpot of information is found…

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions | 29 Weeks With Twins | Bumpdate | The Salt Water Wife

    29 weeks + ohmygoshcontractions

    Well this has been a festive week! Today we hit 29 weeks, and we’re down to about 8 weeks to go! I woke up Tuesday morning feeling like I needed a serious walk. Except…

  • I Caught My Dog With A Bone | Adopt Don't Shop | Dog Rescue | ASPCA | Dog Stories | Stray Pup

    I caught my dog with a bone today.

    I never thought I’d see it, but I caught my dog with a bone today. We adopted Tally a few years ago. We had one amazing pup, who we thought deserved a buddy. Tally was…

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    3rd trimester, good coffee + a grateful heart

    HELLO 3rd TRIMESTER! Babies are each the size of a coconut, and weigh 2lb 10oz + 2 lb 12oz! Almost 6lbs of baby in there! That blows my mind. We’re big, getting bigger, and…

  • DIY Nautical Nursery Finials | Nursery Decor | The Salt Water Wife

    nautical nursery decor: finials

    We’ve made so much progress on the nursery in the past week! A blessing – because I’m really starting to slow down. Moving much is getting to be exhausting, so I’m glad that all…

  • Twin Name Reveal | Baby Name Announcement | Pregnancy Announcement | Gender Reveal | Twin Announcement | Baby Name Ideas | The Salt Water Wife

    27 weeks and things that smell

    happy friday! not that it matters much anymore. I finished work last week; so each day for me seems to be another what can I accomplish today challenge, rather than a day to get through.…

  • Seaside Saturday | Blog Link Up Party | Inlinkz and Linky Party | The Salt Water Wife

    Seaside Saturdays (Link Party 1)

    Something I can’t get enough of is blog posts of others who love their life by the sea! I mean, who doesn’t? So I decided to throw a little link party – to see if…

  • Coastal Nursery Paint | Coastal Nursery Decor | Beach House Interior | Nursery Design | Nautical Nursery | The Salt Water Wife | Nursery Paint

    26 weeks + nursery paint!

    How far along: 26 WEEKS! Baby Size:2 lbs and 14 inches each! About the size of a Bowling Pin!  Weight gain: Yep. Yes. Unfortunately. And boy do I feel it! Maternity clothes: Would you believe you can outgrow…

  • Twin Name Reveal | Baby Name Announcement | Pregnancy Announcement | Gender Reveal | Twin Announcement | Baby Name Ideas | The Salt Water Wife

    their names

    We’ve known their names for quite some time now. But, we wanted to share with our family and closest friends before we put anything really, truly, out there. And we’ve been seriously excited to share their…

  • Etsy Newborn Accessories | Baby Gifts | Newborn Gift Ideas | Baby Shower Shopping | The Salt Water Wife

    the best of etsy: newborn accessories

    With two sweet babies on the way, you could say I’ve been slightly oooohing and ahhhhing over all the cute baby accessories on Etsy! I’m amazed every day when I find new handmade items…

  • Budgeting For Twins | Budget For Baby | Saving Money At Home | The Salt Water Wife

    budgeting for twins!

    It’s no secret that babies cost money! Have twins? We’re planning on twice the diapers. So when we decided that I’ll be leaving my job at the end of this month, we realized we needed to…

  • Reasons To Buy a 1000 Square Foot Home | Tiny House Living | Small House Living | Guide To Downsizing | The Salt Water Wife

    small house living

    This morning I saw this article from Forbes: 8 Reasons To Buy a 1000 Sq. Ft. Home – and immediately I thought Well, we’re not far off!  You see, our home is about 1400 square feet.…

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    24 weeks and baby upgrades!

    Let me tell you something. If your mattress was questionably old, and you were considering replacing it… getting pregnant is a sure way to find out for sure! Suddenly our mattress was just not cutting…

  • 21 Weeks | Pregnancy Update | The Salt Water Wife

    21 weeks and I killed a massive spider

    Y’all. The spider killing ninja warrior skills came out of me this week. After a quick dip in the neighborhood pool, I happened to look under the rocking chair as I was grabbing my keys to…

  • The Best of Etsy: Coffee Mugs | The Salt Water Wife

    the best of the etsy mugs

    If you know me at all, you know that I’m a bit of a coffee fanatic – and that’s a soft way to put it. Pre-pregnancy, I was easily drinking 5-6 cups of coffee…

  • 19 weeks!

    19 Weeks along with TWINS and feeling good! So far... I can't believe we're half way - maybe even more. Nursery colors are coming along this week!…

  • The Salt Water Wife | Hand-made stuffed animals | Nautical Baby Shower | Twin Baby Shower

    gender reveal & 17 weeks!

    We can't even believe it! 17 weeks may not seem very far, but if we aren't half way, we're close! And this week, we finally shared that we are welcoming one little boy, and…

  • painted by the shore

    This post is sponsored by Painted By The Shore. If there’s one thing island residents love, it’s reusable grocery bags! Reusable anything, for that matter – but check out these totes! Between the bags…

  • celebrating life

    This week is a special one! There’s birthdays to celebrate, anniversaries to remember, people to love and tough days to get through. This is my Rita. She passed away when I was 19, after a…

  • five on friday!

    Well, yes, it’s Thursday. But I’m taking a preemptive strike on tomorrow’s to-do list. So here it is – five on Friday! I was looking through pictures, and found this gem! When I had…

  • Yes – it’s TWINS!

    This has become my favorite question! wait… why are there two onesies? are there TWO babies!? Yes – it’s TWINS! We are so excited to finally share the big news! Being pregnant is a…

  • bon bini aruba

    BON BINI! Our honeymoon in Aruba in October 2014 created a small whole in my heart, that I now believe will only ever be filled when we go back. I say when, not if,…

  • a nautical touch

    If you walk through my house on any given day, I can tell you what you’ll see. Multiple loads of (at least, clean) laundry on the couch. Muddy paw prints on the floor. Shoes…

  • adulting & sundays

    how long has it been since I posted? forever. Sorry bout it. truth is, nothing all that interesting has happened the past few weeks! today we got up and did the usual, breakfast, church,…

  • last minute kid valentine’s

    I remember Valentine’s Day at school – we all had our own little ‘mailbox’ and everyone would bring in their favorite superman or barbie valentine’s day cards. You were super cool if you attached…

  • island living – kitchen tour

    Last week we shared the exterior of this beautiful home with you, and this week we’re so excited to show off my favorite part of a house – the kitchen! Don’t get me wrong,…

  • island living – home feature

    When you live in a town full of beach houses, you are blessed with unlimited amounts of design inspiration! I won’t lie, I spend a lot of time driving the islands looking at houses.…

  • coastal succulents

    Most days, you’ll find me at The Post Cafe – working next to an open window, overlooking the edge of the ocean. It’s peaceful. Beautiful. The stuff my dreams are made of. And recently,…

  • lessons from a college tour guide

    Today in the coffee shop, I met a girl and her parents who were on their way to tour another college. She was certain that this was the one she’d go to – all…

  • 5 things to be happy about

    stumbling across some blogs today, I found a post called “5 things to be happy about today” – because some days, you really just need a reminder that there are things to be happy…

  • our coastal wedding

    We had talked about spending the whole day apart – I didn’t want to. But Marsh said “It’s tradition!” – I lost that one. I was constantly thinking… “I could sneak out…. they’d never…

  • diy: bridal bouquet

    I get a TON of questions about everything from our wedding. Apparrently, quite a few people want the name of our *Wedding Planner*. Hint: it was me. I won’t say it was easy. And…

  • send your kid to camp

    Nearly half of camps report having community service or good deed programs incorporated into their programs. The top projects conducted at camps were community clean-ups, food drives, recycling programs, and volunteering with senior citizens and…

  • what saturdays are for

    brunch. beach. hair appointments. manicures. massage. bbq’n. rest. date night.   nope. our my saturday was full of laundry. and cooking & cleaning. I mean, I am pretty proud of myself – breakfast, lunch…

  • how to tie bean boots

    We. LOVE. Bean. Boots! They’re perfect. Flawless. Useful. AMAZING. These are technically a Christmas gift, that happened to be on backorder until MARCH. So Merry Christmas to me! New boots! Did you know there…