30a- Where to go…..What to do…

How’s the Beach?

Live Beach Cam

Sunsets and Storms on Seagrove Beach

sunset and storm on seagrove beach

sunset and storm on seagrove beach

Awesome video of the storm and unexpected sunset on Seagrove Beach.  Beauty is all around us!  

Happy Thanksgiving from the beach!

Seagrove Beach sunrise on Thanksgiving

Seagrove Beach sunrise on Thanksgiving

We are so thankful for all of our many blessings.  Hoping your Thanksgiving is also a time you can spend with your family and friends.  Enjoy the day, eat lots of turkey, and reflect!   Continue Reading…

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

caramel icing

Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing

One of our favorites from my mom’s recipe book!  You can’t go wrong with this sheet cake.  

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Caramel Frosting

caramel icing

caramel icing on a chocolate, Texas sheet cake

You and your family will love this caramel frosting recipe.  Top a chocolate or yellow cake with this sweet, creamy frosting! 

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Donna’s Lemon Icebox Pie

lemon icebox pie

lemon icebox pie

You will LOVE this recipe from one of my dear friends, Donna.  She and I went to high school together and still see each other when I’m in Knoxville for a visit!  This will certainly become one of your best dishes.  



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Mexican Chicken Soup

chicken tortilla soup

Your family will LOVE my recreation of a traditional Mexican restaurant Chicken Tortilla Soup.  YUM!!   Continue Reading…

Spring Break 2014 // guest post by Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort // PCB

Spring Break 2014- Panama City Beach FL

Please welcome our friends from the Sandpiper Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, FL.

Spring Break is around the corner and we are helping them spread the word about PCB for spring break. Of course, we want families to visit us on the Beaches of South Walton too, but PCB/spring break is perfect if you are looking for more excitement and action.  Continue Reading…

Vacation rental homes near Peace of Mind & Sea You in Paradise

seagrove sunrise

Families and friends are joining each other for vacations! They are discovering that Seagrove beach is SO much fun, more and more people are coming to the beach together.

Here is a map showing the other vacation rental properties within walking distance to Peace of Mind and Sea You in Paradise.

Grab your friends and family! Come join us for a perfect vacation this year!

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Spring is in the air!

Just in time for spring break...new chairs at Peace of Mind


Aren’t you ready for spring break!  It’s only February, but I can smell the beach air and feel the warm sunshine now.  Here’s what’s new at Peace of Mind and Sea You in Paradise this spring:  Continue Reading…

Lets have fresh fish for dinner tonight!

The Best Bet- contact info

Love to fish?  Love an adventure?  Do more than four of you want to fish? OR….Don’t care to fish, but want to be with your family for the day?  Then The Best Bet is the private charter fishing  boat for you.  Captain Leveral Raffield owns this boat docked at Treasure Island Marina in Panama City Beach, Florida.  Most charter boats take only 4 people out at a time.  The Raffield boats can take 8-10 people (even 20 if you want to take turns fishing) on their very clean and comfy boats.

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No- the title of this blog is not asking you “what’s up?”….. SUP is another name for Stand Up Paddle boarding.  It looks like a surf board, weighs about 40 lbs, and you stand up either on nice, calm water (me) OR try your skills on choppy water or waves (my son).  Either way you try it….you will love this new sport.  Watch for it on your inland lakes very soon!








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Summer loves the beach!

Summer dog after a LONG swim in the gulf


The sunsets were especially pretty this past spring break on Seagrove Beach.  My dog summer is lucky that she is “officially” allowed on the beach after 5pm and before 8am because of her dog tag.  She keeps her nose to the water and wags her short tail non stop the entire time we are on the beach.  I feel guilty going down there at sunset without her.

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Dolphin every morning and afternoon!

This is a banner year for travelers to the beautiful beaches of South Walton.  Even the dolphin are showing up in huge numbers!  On our last trip to visit our home in Seagrove, we saw dolphin every day in the gulf.  They came through around 9-10am each morning and around 5-6pm each afternoon.  Sometimes we saw one or two, but there were times when large pods came by.

There is something so special about seeing wild dolphins just steps away from us in the gulf.  It makes you stop, take a deep breath, and thank God for our wonderful world and His amazing creatures!

dolphin...NOT a shark!


Dolphin tour & 50th wedding anniversary!

Thanks for allowing our home to be a part of your 50th wedding anniversary!  We hope it was all you dreamed of for this occasion!

Sounds like you had a great time!  We have not been out on a dolphin tour from PCB, but what a GREAT idea!  We plan to give Osprey Charters a call on our next visit to Peace of Mind or Sea You in Paradise.

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Coming back to Peace of Mind!

We love repeat guests!  The Perez family stayed at Peace of Mind a couple of years ago for a Seagrove Beach wedding.  They are coming back in the fall of 2012 for another memorable trip.  Thank you so much for coming back to our home.  It makes us so happy to know that others enjoy Peace of Mind as much as we do! Continue Reading…

Kappa Delta’s in Seagrove!

Spring break week for a group of Kappa Delta’s in early March.  From the look of their photos- I think they had a great time!  Thanks girls for taking good care of my house!







Can you have a bonfire on the beach in Seagrove?

YES, you can, but you must have a permit. You can get your permit from the SWFD at this LINK  have fun and be SAFE!



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Swimming adventure with the manatees of Crystal River Florida

Have you been to Crystal River? If not- put it on your bucket list NOW! This was one of the most awe-inspiring things we’ve done.

These creatures are so gentle and sweet. The tours are very well run. If you love nature and animals, you will have a BLAST!

Here’s a link to the tour we used. Broderick was the perfect captain. He both entertained  and educated us on this beautiful part of Florida. Check it out here: Manatee Fun

Golf cart rentals now available on 30a

The many towns of 30a are all unique.  Rosemary beach, Seagrove beach, Seaside, Grayton beach, etc. all have something special to offer.

How fun  to rent a golf cart and ride around 30a. Do you want to rent one? Here’s a link for golf carts in Seagrove: Butterfly bikes, kayaks, & golf cart rentals in Seagrove Beach

What’s kayak surfing? Sounds like fun!

Sea You in Paradise was a great place for a Wisconsin family  vacation in Feb 2011.

We are going to have to try “kayak surfing”!  What an adventure- especially in February!  You know the gulf water was cold!  brrrrrrrrr

Sunny Days Rentals must be a good place to rent all your beach gear, bikes, helmets, etc!  Here’s the link to their web site and phone number

Click here for the link to Sunny Days Bike Rentals

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