Why The Best Place To Grow Up Is Near A Beach

Why The Best Place To Grow Up Is Near A Beach

If you have grown up near the ocean, you know what I mean

There is nothing more soothing than the sound of the waves and shells crashing along the shore,

Or the feeling of the Florida sun beating down on my skin.

The beach will forever have a chamber of my heart and has been a special part of my life ever since I was a little girl. From the crazy beach curls I like to call my hair to finding the perfect seashells to make jewelry, it is ...

A place where memories and laughs are shared with important people in my life

A place where my family, friends, and I come together and share moments that are captured through memory and pictures

A place with an affiliation of only good times and vibes.

There is beauty everywhere you turn

This picture above was is when I watched my first sunrise and is one of my favorite pictures. We climbed to a spot that can only be reached in low tides. I will never forget the sound and the mist that sprayed when the waves crashed endlessly into the wall when we least expected it. A moment of glory with good company captured by a lens.

Growth of appreciation for the little things

Now, don't even get me started on sea shell searching. I could spend hours on end looking for the perfect shell to use as a necklace with its self-made holes. When my brother and I were little, running through the sand and throwing ourselves into waves brought us so much self-entertainment and joy. The only downside I would have to admit is finding shells and sand in our hair after countless showers.

I bring a piece with me each time I leave.

Not a moment is wasted when you're at the beach even if you're laying (most of the time napping) on a towel.

It's a place to clear your head and a time to take a step back from reality to reflect. I find most alignment and rhythm when I'm down by the sea.

The car rides to and from

We all have those go-to car ride playlist to fill each mood and nothing beats a car ride with the perfect tunes and your passengers as the hype mans.

Any songs that I would listen to on the way to the beach such as Bon Jovi, Aero Smith, Queen, Steve Miller Band, and many more classic favorites I affiliate them to good times in my life.

There is nothing better than driving along the coast with the windows down as the sea mist fills your lungs and as music flood your ears.

A place where memories and laughs are shared

Even the memories of the muddy sand fights I would have with my brother I still cherish. Siblings sometimes are there just so we can pick on each other, but we always laugh it off and continue to try to catch the next wave or the fish that was way too swift for us.

Food for thought: There are fish that actually eat the dead skin off your feet and you can't even feel them doing it! (I know sounds creepy right, but it's really a thing)

I don’t remember exactly what I see or events that take place every time I go to the beach, but it’s the feeling of rejuvenation that it leaves me lingering with each time.

"Nothing truly beautiful ever asks for attention, it just naturally exists, as it is, in confidence and boldness." -Bianca Sparacino

I think of this quote when I think of the of the beach, the sunrise, and the sunset. Whether someone may witness these wonders or not, it happens every day and we have to keep that as a reminder to also take care of this Earth.

As I currently reside in sunny South Florida, I think about the day where I may not be near a beach anymore due to moving around and living in new areas.

Little life lessons will be with me forever that I have learned by being emersed with the ocean and to always remember to float on with the unresting tides of life.

Everybody should find their own safe haven if they don't have one already.

Notice the things you are grateful for and soak them up while you have them.

Cover Image Credit: Alyssa Corneille

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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11 reasons Horses are just giant four-legged children

"What is in your mouth?"


I have spent the past month and a half working with both children and horses at the Rock Springs 4-H Center. In my time doing this as a "wrangler" I have learned that my job title is listed as just "wrangler" for a reason. I am not just a designated horse wrangler, but also a kid wrangler.

As the summer went forward I started comparing the horses to the children with their behaviors and actions. Here is my list of why horses are just children.

1. They need supervision, sometimes constantly


Like many children, especially the young ones, horses need supervision. You have to make sure they are taken care of and will not hurt themselves.

2. They can't tell you how they hurt themselves


You can put a horse in a padded room and somehow they still hurt themselves. You can ask a child how they hurt themselves and you usually get the "I don't know" answer. Same thing.

3. They can't feed themselves


Horses' food is kept in a feed room in a barrel, bag, etc. and a toddler's food is kept in the kitchen cabinet or fridge. As you can tell they are similar places that a small child cannot get to without assistance. See the similarity?

4. They get REALLY dirty


It is uncanny how filthy these little critters, I'm counting the kids in the word critter too, can get in such a short amount of time. And what is worse about their filth, they're proud of it too!!

5. They can't groom or bathe themselves


After filth comes bath time. You can't expect a baby to clean themselves after they make a mess, you can't expect that out of a horse either. A horse was just drink out of the water hose and never even glance at the soap bottle.

6. They hate bath time


Very common!!! They don't want to take a bath, there is fighting and screaming on both parts and someone is occasionally scared of getting water in their eyes, in case you're wondering, I'm talking about the horse.

7. They get cranky


Nothing is worse than a cranky toddler or a horse, it is not a party for anyone. What is worse, is when they throw fits and tantrums!

8. They need naps, or some type of break


Please for the love of everything holy, give your horse or child a break from the play time or ride time, they get tired and that leads us back to reason #7, they get cranky.

9. They are always putting things in their mouths


You always find them chewing or biting on something and they usually put it in their mouths too like it is appropriate for them to eat a wooden board.

10. Everything they touch, turns into a mess


This reason can be argued, some toddlers and horses are just clean, they pick up their toys or they poop in the corner of the stall and don't step it. HOWEVER, the majority that falls under this category outnumber that small amount by a large percentage.

11. They're really funny


From the crazy things they do to the weird things they say, horses and kids both keep us laughing, and it's a good thing too, because we put up with a lot of their crap (literally).

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