Here I go again.

Island living definitely has it’s perks and I’d love to share them. Whether you are an islander yourself, you dream of moving to the beach or you need a mental break and want to look at fun beach pictures – this blog is for you.

A little background on our island adventures. Scott and I have lived on 3 different islands and currently reside on the barrier island of Pompano Beach in South Florida. We are located 3.4 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The beach is a 3 minute walk from our home and we take full advantage of having the beach in our backyard, almost every day. Well, until COVID-19 reared it’s head.

Our first family picture in Pompano Beach with the Hillsboro Lighthouse in the background.

Our first adventure living on an island was on the West Coast of Florida on Treasure Island. The treasure was the relaxed lifestyle, daily dolphin sightings, loads of seashells and sand dollars and the most gorgeous sunsets. Beach-combing for treasures was a daily ritual. We literally lived in a beach shack, across the street from the beach, with our 2 dogs the Winter of 2011 and Spring of 2012. We had the best time and from that experience, we learned to live more simple. After moving back to Austin, we had a garage sale and purged more than half of our ‘stuff.’ Our closets were no longer filled with unnecessary clothes. The lesson of less is more, was definitely learned, while living on Treasure Island, Florida.

Scott and I posing for a fun sunset picture on Sunset Beach, on Treasure Island, Florida.

The third island we lived on is Marco Island. It is located in Southwest Florida. It’s the furthest inhabited island on the West Coast of Florida. It is by far one of the most pristine islands we’ve ever been to. It’s also the most friendliest island. People I had met only once, would reach in for a hug when I’d enter their store. The yards and houses are all kept up nicely. There aren’t any panhandlers, litter or bulk trash stacked along the side of the road. This island is run like an island with an HOA. We loved it so much, we purchased an empty lot and built a gorgeous home there. While the house was being built, we moved back to Pompano Beach where we found an awesome church, Downtown Harbor Church, plus we met a ton of new friends. The house took 3 years to complete and we now have it on the market to sell. Check it out:

Virtual Tour of this new 3/3 home on Marco Island:
https://youtu.be/WZV-j8Z8nWs

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I was raised in Missouri where I earned my BBA in Business Management from Evangel University. After a long and cold winter, I used an atlas to blindly pick out a new city. My finger landed on Austin, Texas, so I moved there 3 months later, with Brady, my Bichon Frise. After settling in Austin, I furthered my studies in photography at The University of Texas (Hook’em Horns!) while continuing my career in public accounting. Long story short – I met my true love, Scott, a year later at a charity event, in Austin. We got married on St. Croix and now here we are on Pompano Beach. Meeting new friends, making a difference for non-profits, and helping businesses grow are my passions. So, I started the Pompano Beach Housewives in the City chapter. We are a local group of women that network online and in person at girls’ night out events, while hosting charity drives for local non-profit organizations in our community. I am also working with my sister cities, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami to start the newest South Florida Housewives in the City chapter, The Palm Beaches. Come to one or all our events. You can find the events listed in each city at Housewiveinthecity.com. World travel is my obsession and documenting our adventures with photography makes me happy. I am also a real estate and portrait photographer. I basically make people and things look pretty. Besides traveling, I enjoy spending time with our two amazing dogs, Brady the Bichon and Buddy the Golden. They are both 15 years old and are obsessed with raw carrots and broccoli. I hope you enjoy this beach life, travel, photography, and lifestyle journey with me. And remember, wherever you go, bring your own sunshine.

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