Posted by: brambleberryhouse | June 23, 2010

Not so obvious things for the beach

Guest Post by Kathleen from Sugar & Spice It’s about North Carolina but her hints are great for any beach – even Seabrook, Washington. Kathleen is passionate about beagles, her husband and ‘delightful finds.’ Check out her blog to learn more about her, see adorable photos of her beagles and revel in her fantastic family experiences.

The Atlantic Ocean in the Outer Banks of North Carolina welcomed us.

We had an amazing rental home from Joe Banks, only three doors down from our dearly beloved friends. The kids enjoyed three stories, kitchen and laundry room on each floor, heated pool, and for the grand finale – ocean view/access. Can you say vacation hallelujah? So after beachin’ it for 10 days, lets talk about what you really need to know but no one talks about for a relaxed day at the beach.

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Food Tenderizer. Yep. This is an easy first aid remedy in case of a jelly-fish sting. Just sprinkle onto the skin that has been stung (be sure you have first removed, with a stick or shell – not your hands – any particles of jellyfish or tentacles). This is a quick way to alleviate the sting. It works very well with bees stings as well. Of course, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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Baby Powder. This works so well at getting stubborn sand off of little and not so little bodies. After swimming at the beach then sorta drying in the sand, sprinkle baby powder onto those sandy parts, don’t be prissy about it – apply mucho, then brush off vigorously. Viola! Now the little’s are ready for a snack and smell like Luv’s Baby Soft. (Thanks Ms. Marisa for the tip in the Newport Beach, California a few years back!)

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Anti-Bacterial Wipes. Nuf said

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Tissues/Napkins/Paper Towels. These often over looked beach bag items can come in very handy. Sometimes, those emerging from their ocean swim don’t realize their noses are dripping more than water.

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Zip Lock Bags. A beach must, the camera is always here.

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Mesh bags. To sort and store small items especially shells and toys so they don’t become lost within the cavern of your bag coated in wetness. Oye.

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Trash Bag. Clean up after yourself and leave the place as nice as you found it. Mother Nature will smile upon you. Promise. Keep it clean.

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We cannot wait to return in the years ahead with more family friends in tow. As for today, the little kiddos simply want to walk outside and be back at their destination from last week. I have had lots of “splain’ to do” with the wee ones. Very difficult since Momma wants to be back there too.

Thank you North Carolina.

— Guest Post by Kathleen from Sugar & Spice

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