Seaesta Surf Boardshorts for Groms

If you follow me on Instagram or saw this post, you might've heard me talk about Seaesta Surf. If not, allow me to introduce you to your favorite new grom beach-wear! I partnered with my cousin who has worked in boardshort design & manufacturing for major surf brands for almost 15 years to create this line of boardshorts for kids. We had the hardest time finding boardshorts for our own little groms that were stylish and actually fit well so we knew needed to do something about it!

We have two different cuts - our Geordan style is a more traditional boardshort fit and our Sri Palms styles are a retro short fit with a vintage-style wash. Both have a bit of a throwback vibe and we're super stoked on how they turned out.

If you want to pick up a pair for your own kiddo, use code SONGBIRD for 15% through July 31st! Come #SURFEATNAP with us!











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A Family Friendly Road Trip to White Sands, New Mexico

A few months ago we went on a road trip from San Diego to Taos, New Mexico with a few stops in between. One of our favorite parts of our Southwest Tour was the day we spent at White Sands National Monument. The park is filled with rolling hills of gypsum salt as far as the eye can see, which happens to make an insane backdrop for photos. Luckily, we had our pal Taryn Kent with us to snap a few family pics for us while we were there! If you're thinking about going to White Sands for a family or friend vacation, I've listed some tips below!



  • It's a pretty far trek even from the closest airport so plan ahead with snacks and games to entertain the kiddos on the long drive.
  • We stopped at Whole Foods on our way out of town and filled two coolers with lots of snacks and drinks as well as plenty of food for a picnic
  • There are covered picnic tables to keep you cool while you eat so definitely go the picnic route for one meal!
  • Aim to get to the park either first thing in the morning or later afternoon. The temperatures can be crazy high there. We were there in April and it was already getting pretty toasty so imagine the summer temps! 
  • Also regarding temperatures: make sure to check the weather before you go! A friend of mine flew all the way out there only to be turned away once they got there because of a crazy wind storm. They also do missile testing out there and will sometimes close off the park for this. You can get all of this info before you leave at NPS.gov
  • If you get to the park in the late afternoon, you can have your picnic and then head out as soon as the park starts to close. We did a potty break on the way out and got the kiddos in their jammies for the drive to our Albuquerque Airbnb. It was a LONG drive after a long day but it made sense for the route we were taking. I'd recommend staying somewhere a little closer like Alamogordo or Las Cruces.
  • Try to stay for the moon rise! We caught it on a full moon and it was hands-down one of the most gorgeous scenes I've ever witnessed.
  • You can rent sleds and wax to sled down the dunes! Once you're done, you can sell them back to the gift shop and get a little bit of money back. You can also buy used sleds and wax for a little cheaper. Depending on the season and where you live, you may be able to get a sled at a sporting goods store for cheaper and bring it with you. Dusty ended up taking the trucks & wheels off his skateboard and skating down the hills! He and Gram also did some tandem sledding and had a blast.
Have you been to White Sands? What did you think?! Any tips to add?

You can read more about our trip, including more recommendations over at the Minnetonka blog.


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Gram's boardshorts are Seaesta Surf & sandals are our fave Saltwater Sandals
My dress is Jen's Pirate Booty, moccs & hat are Minnetonka and jewels are Gunn & Swain

All photos by Taryn Kent




















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Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

We're big fans of avocado over here - could pretty much eat it everyday (and usually do!). I decided to spice things up the other night and whip up some delish avocado salsa and it turned out so amazing, I thought I'd share. To be honest, if you're feeling lazy, you could easily cut up the avocado and mix into into pre-made salsa but ya know, homemade is always the best because you know what's actually in there. Easy peasy directions are down below!


INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 Tomatillos
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper (+more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Cup of Cilantro
  • 1 Large Avocado
  • 1 Lime
HOW TO:


  • Roast tomatillos and pepper on grill or stovetop
  • Put tomatillos, peppers (sans seeds if you want more mild), garlic & cilantro in blender or food processor 
  • Dice avocado into large chunks and stir into salsa
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice over your chips + enjoy!


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Summer Beach Essentials with Pop Sugar Must Have Box

My favorite season is in full swing! What better way to kick things off than with a round-up of all kinds of fun goodies you'll want to bring with you on your next visit to the beach or pool! The Pop Sugar Must Have box was full of the perfect beach essentials this month so I thought it would make a super fun little round up.



1) GAMES - If you're going to be at the pool or beach with friends all day, you'll want some entertainment besides a book or gossip mag. These Wild & Wolf "Who Am I" cards are a fun, easy game to keep you and your pals entertained.

2) SCENTS - We all know it can get pretty sticky & stinky in the heat. These Pacifica deodorant wipes are a LIFESAVER for long beach days! 

3) BEVERAGES - Ok, so no glass by the pool and no alcohol on some beaches but if you're a rule breaker or at a spot where you can indulge, I love this CHEERS bottle opener. It's festive and fun and would look super cute on your beach blanket flatlay.

4) COVER-UP - When you need to take a potty break or walk back to your car after a day in the waves, the easiest way to cover up your wet suit is with a lightweight sarong. This neutral diamond print sarong from Hat Attack is super easy to mix & match with a ton of different styles of suits. 

5) SNACKS - You're going to get hungry and maybe you don't want to put down an entire breakfast burrito when you're going to be in a bikini all day so pack a few light snacks. I loved the Sriracha flavored Pressels in this box!

I obviously am never without my trusty mexican beach blanket too! What are your beach or pool essentials this summer? 

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try but all opinions are my own.

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Minnetonka Southwest Adventure

While on our Southwest Tour with The Wayfarer Collective, we did some work for Minnetonka Moccasins. It was so fun to document our journey in their comfy shoes! Read about our journey from San Diego to Taos & a few of our favorite stops along the way on the blog post I did on the Minnetonka site

Full Minnetonka Lookbook
Photos: Taryn Kent
Model: Rachael Lunghi
Styling: Moi
Creative: The Wayfarer Collective










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