Special touches that make a beach vacation more fun.

Fun at the Beach

This week we are at the beach with Matt’s amazing family. This post will be chock full of pictures with  some ideas to add a little more fun to the ubiquitous family beach vacation.

Take fun pictures!

Take fun pictures!

Of course, the beach is perfect for great family photos (you know the ones – the whole family in khaki and white, smiling perfectly at the camera), but it is also a great opportunity for some quirky pictures that you probably don’t take at other times.

The beach is perfect for forced perspective photographs.

The beach is perfect for forced perspective photographs.

Forced perspective photos are super fun. With one object placed closer to the camera, you can easily trap your children underneath a sand bucket so that you can read your book in peace (or at least you can pretend).

Write your name in the sand to use in a frame once you get back home.

Write your name in the sand to use in a frame once you get back home.

The sand is also a great canvas to write in. Use a stick to write your family name, the year your child will graduate, or your home state – these pictures can then become the backbone of photograph collections. A photo book or a frame in your house is perfect with this personalized touch.

Personalize everything!

Personalize everything!

Everything at the beach is more fun with your name on it. From sand buckets to t-shirts, simple things are made special with a little personalization.

Personalized cups helps cut down on confusion.

Personalized cups helps cut down on confusion.

While at the beach, each member of our extended family has a personalized cup. This saves us from using sleeve after sleeve of disposable cups. (It also helps identify the person who left half a cup of milk sitting out on the kitchen counter.) The cups also become fun tokens that you can take back home with you after your vacation is over.

Use a glass jar to display your sand and shells from the beach.

Use a glass jar to display your sand and shells from the beach.

There is something about using sand or the shells you collect on the shore once you get home. Those tangible things can transport you right back to your beach vacation.

These glass jars are a great way to collect and display a little bit of the beach. These were easy to create, and a few months ago I wrote a step-by-step DIY that you can read to create one for yourself or your family.

This week I hope to read a book cover to cover, prevent my family from getting sunburned, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing just outside my window. What’s your favorite thing to do at the beach?

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Robin took her first flight before she could walk. Because of her airline-employed father’s benefits package, travel was a way of life for her from an early age. A graduate of The University of Texas with a B.A. in English, she is a certified teacher who uses her degree everyday as she homeschools their two children. Her hobby is planning their next trip, which she is always doing.

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