Topsail Beach, NC

The beach is my happy place. I’ve always been in awe of the power and beauty of the ocean. I could sit on the beach for hours and hours just watching, listening and of course napping. Napping is inevitable. The ocean calms me. No matter how much chaos and craziness is in my life I feel calm beside the ocean. It’s as if takes all of my stress and washes it away with the tide. I need more beach time in my life. Plain and simple.

This past weekend we tagged along with the hubs on one of his work trips to Jacksonville. We stayed in nearby Topsail beach so we could maximize our beach time. Quite frankly I don’t know why we haven’t thought to tag along before now. Oh yes work. I’m sure it was because we were TOO busy between work and activity commitments. I’m striving to work smarter and not harder so we can enjoy more trips like this one.

In case you were wondering, I captured all of these photos with my Iphone. What you didn’t see is me almost getting knocked over knee deep in the ocean trying to get said shots. True story. Topsail beach is clearly beautiful. It goes on for miles (or so it seems) and is a shell collectors dream. The public access was fantastic. Free parking and even showers to rinse the sand off before returning to the car. Okay well we all know ALL the sand isn’t coming off but it was nice to be able to rinse off. There were hardly any crowds. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves. August is the perfect time to hit the beaches.

The boys are definitely drawn to the water too. They loved jumping over the waves, throwing sand at each other making sand castles and soaking up the sun. I think next time we’ll have to invest in some boogie boards. They were quite smitten with the other kids boards. Who knows maybe I’ll even try it too. Or not. Who am I kidding? That would be such fodder for You Tube. I think I’ll leave that to the bambini.

Besides they’re way more photogenic. I mean I have the beach hair down pat but the beach body needs some work ; )


They’re already asking when we’re going back. If it was up to me it would be next weekend. But reality calls.


Now who wants to detail my car? It’s full of what else, sand.





  1. 1

    I love seeing all those photos in one place after I’ve seen them on instagram. Just beautiful. And yes, the kids are super photogenic!!

  2. 2

    Paula, fantastic! Love the photos! Fun!

    • 2.1

      Thank you Sandy! I had to stop myself from posting all 100 I took ; )

  3. 3

    I love these pictures!! So sweet and the beach looks so pretty in North Carolina!

  4. 4

    Such gorgeous photos! Whatever did we do before the iPhone and all of our photo apps?

  5. 5

    Oh the beach is my happy place too Paula! I would love to start exploring more beaches up the coast…we have the FL beaches covered 😉
    Your photos are beautiful, I love the clouds in the sky with the sea grass (not sure the real name, lol) … awesome, love them all!! So glad you shared this little piece of paradise!

  6. 6

    What beautiful photos! We need to go to the beach again too before school starts back.

    • 6.1

      I know I can’t believe it starts for us in less than 3 weeks! So much to do between now and then!

  7. 7

    Beautiful photos, Paula. I feel the same way about the beach. Although just the mention of sun and my skin turns a shade of beet red, still the sounds and sights of the water take all the stress away. Wish I was there right now.

    • 7.1

      I slathered all of us in sun screen! I think we were the palest people on the beach ; )

  8. 8

    I love that you are working smarter so you can enjoy these kind of trips. Beautiful pictures!

  9. 9

    You totally deserve to escape and enjoy time with your family! You are one more hard worker! Love these photos!

  10. 10

    Gorgeous photos Paula – love seeing your kids!

  11. 11

    Love your photos! Bummed we couldn’t catch up with each other but I have a feeling you’ll be back real soon {wink} xoxo

  12. 12

    Love your photos. We go to Topsail every year.


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