Boo and I love going to the beach. Year round, actually. And heres the thing - as much as I love it, I get antsy sometimes. Boo naps. Like, that’s his favorite thing to do. He hits the sand and he’s out. I need to be doing something, though. I’ve tried bringing a book. But for some reason, I just can’t read on the beach. I get distracted, and still, antsy. I know, I’m weird. Isn’t that like the number one beach activity?!
So I saw this DIY a while back for a portable checkers board made on a placemat, and I thought - why not make it on a bigger scale and put it on a blanket? That way, it’s double duty! Triple duty, actually. Its a game board, its something to sit on, and it’s something to cover up with. And while we’re at it, let’s make it double sided, too.
I decided to go with a checkers board on one side, and a mancala board on the other. I’m not very good a checkers, by the way. But mancala? Mancala is my jam.
The best part about it? You don’t have to carry around all the little game pieces. Just pick up shells or rocks or anything around you and use those as your game pieces.
And it doesn’t just have to be for the beach! It would make a perfect picnic blanket. Or just for taking to the park, or your own backyard, and enjoying some fun out in the sun.
So, read on after the jump to see how I made it!
Without trying to sound like a broken record, I really do love the beach during fall. Almost even more so than during the summer. This trip, Boo and I explored a completely different section of our usual beach. A spot we’ve never been to. It’s nearly impossible to get to during the summer, because there are, like, 10 parking spots total. You have to get there practically at sunrise to get a spot :/. But this time of year? no problem.
I absolutely loved this section. It had a much more secluded feel. And in addition to a nice stretch of open beach, it had this fantastic rocky area that we spent almost all of our time exploring. Boo loved all of the little snails clinging to the rocks, and I was fascinated with the amount of different patterns in the sand I found.
Another perfect beach day.
p.s - Thank you all for your condolences about my grandpa. It’s been a really strange week, for sure. But you all are too sweet :).
tee: Urban Outfitters
jeans: Urban Outfitters
hat: Urban Outfitters
As much as loooove summer beach days in the summer, Fall beach days might be even better. I mean - little to no people, picnic lunches and cider and coffee, blanket snuggles. Everything about it is so fantastic.
Another favorite fall activity can be checked off the list :).
scarf: c/o The Seam Designs
Please excuse the mess that is my hair. It’s kinda hard to keep your hair looking cute on a windy beach. Even in a braid. But who cares, right? I’m on the beach. Hands, down, favorite part of summer.
swim top: Abercrombie (ugh. hate the company, looooove the top)
swim bottoms: American Apparel
coconut purse: gift
Second beach day in a week span. But I’m not complaining :). This time around was a lot more cloudy, but it was rather quite nice. It was still nice and warm, but without the overwhelming, burning hot sun.
I’m definitely looking forward to as many beach days we can possibly fit in these summer weekends. Who knows, maybe we’ll even squeeze one in this weekend, too :). It gives me a chance to wear all my swimwear that I went a little crazy with this year. I couldn’t help it - I am completely obsessed with the longline bikini trend going on right now! They are peeeerfect for covering up my sunken chest (and no, mine is not quite as bad as that wiki photo. But it does make me self conscious. So if I can cover it up without resorting to a tankini or one-piece, I’m a happy girl!).
bikini top: Topshop
bikini bottom: American Apparel
skirt: American Apparel
shoes: Swedish Hasbeens via Modcloth
Boo and I spend a lot of time lounging at the beach during the summer. But this weekend, we wondered what it would be like to wander in the sand, all bundled up, in the colder months. So we put on all of layers and headed out to Plum Beach to find out.
Turns out, it’s pretty fun. There are barely any people, and there are little treasures everywhere. We grabbed some coffee, and spent some time combing through all of the shells and driftwood scattered along the shore. And then I made Boo, who is usually behind the camera, step in front of it with me for some fun photos. He loves it….. I swear.
sweater: thrifted H&M
shirt: American Apparel
hat: Urban Outfitters (DIY pom)
bow necklace: shopHollyDolly
boots: Old Navy