Watercolor Seashells

Disclaimer – this is definitely a kid friendly craft but if you want it to be relaxing or therapeutic, do it alone, with a glass of lemonade.

You will need :
– shells (we used various kinds of clam shells) If you don’t live on a beach, you can buy some here.
watercolor paints & a paint brush! I forgot to get a paintbrush and used an old crusty one we had in the cupboard. Don’t be like me! lol
– a white paint marker
I also bought a set of regular paint markers for the girls to use because watercolors are expensive and I figured they’d probably mix all the colors and make a mess of them. The markers are a little more kid-friendly, but I did let Paisley use the paints a bit under close supervision.

If your shells are fresh from the beach, make sure you clean them well and leave them out to dry before painting. I soaked ours in bleach water & scrubbed with a toothbrush to get all the weird stains off of them, but they never turned totally white and that’s okay. It didn’t affect the painting process. Once your shells are dry, you can start making artwork!

The best advice I can give is – don’t try to make them perfect. The first few I painted have a really perfect rainbow on them but they don’t look nearly as cool as the ones where I just let the watercolors follow the curves of the shells. The messier, the better!
If you purchase the watercolor set I linked above, you will see that a tiny bit of paint goes a long way with this set. Just wet your brush, dip it in the color you want and paint away. If you’re a control freak, this craft might make you a little crazy, but letting the paint run in the grooves of the seashells really makes a beautiful pattern. So that’s what I ended up doing in the end!

Once the paint is dry on your shell (it only takes about 30 minutes), you can use the white paint marker to change up the pattern a bit. Follow the grooves on the shell, make little spots, whatever you want. You could totally skip this step, but I love the uniqueness it gives each shell.

And voila! That’s it! So freaking simple and no huge mess to clean up! I’ve gotten my paints back out three different times in the past week because it’s just so calming to sit and create for a few minutes. The paints dry so quickly you can just close them up and throw them in the drawer as soon as your done and you really only need one brush.

Now go get yourself some paints and some shells and paint your heart out! But don’t forget the lemonade.

*This project was inspired by Rebekah Steen. If you don’t already follow her & want to see her watercolor seashells, find her at Goldfish Kiss!


Welcome to Seabrook!

As you probably know, I accepted a job offer in May that transplanted our family to Seabrook, Washington. After one month of living here, I’ve gotten a lot of repeat questions from y’all, so I figured now was a great time to answer some FAQ about our move and the town of Seabrook.

Q : What do you and your partner do for a living?

A : My blog is my full-time job, although it doesn’t pay like one (maybe someday.) When we moved here, I accepted a contract with Seabrook as their content creator. I write blog posts for their website, take photos around town and help coordinate social media posts for the town. My own blog/content are separate from the work I do for Seabrook. Marty is a journeyman electrician by trade but is not currently working as an electrician here.

Q : Did you buy a house there?

A : I wish! Maybe (hopefully) someday. But the short answer is, no. We currently rent a home (monthly, not nightly) from a wonderful home owner here in town. My boss found this home for us and had all the details worked out for us before we got here.

Q : Why did you move there?

A : This is a loaded question, to an extent. When we visited Seabrook in March, we talked about living here someday but had no idea it would ever be our reality. We decided to sell our house because of a tough situation we went through back in 2019. Our home was already on the market when the founder of Seabrook found my blog. We connected on LinkedIn (don’t ever underestimate the power of making virtual connections) and ultimately, he invited us to move here and offered me a contract with Seabrook just as our house was going under contract, so the timing was perfect and we took the leap!

Q : Is Seabrook open?

A : Yes. Seabrook is currently open. There are no hotels here (another common question) but there is a wide array of rental cottages that you can stay in. Currently, there is a 7-night minimum in place (I know this seems like a lot) in order to help protect the locals and the hospitality staff from COVID. In a town that exists primarily because of tourism, the germs come from far and wide. So extra precautions are in place for now! If you ever have questions about staying in Seabrook, please ask me! I don’t mind at all!

Q : I’m planning a trip to Seabrook in the future, what are some things we should do while we’re there?

A : I wrote an itinerary for the Seabrook website that talks about a few of our favorite places in/around town. You can find that blog post here, but if you want more suggestions or are looking for something specific, also ask me! I’d love to help you make the most of your trip to Seabrook.

Q : How are the kids?

A : Honestly – Better than ever. They have about 5 toys total in the entire house (compared to an entire toy room that was busting at the seams before) and they get along so much better. They are truly thriving here. They’ve both become more outgoing, they both spend WAY more time outside (scooters have been a staple the past three weeks) and they both have a “normal” sleep schedule now, which has been such a positive change. My mama heart is so happy seeing them happy.

I know this short post barely touches on our new lives here and I can’t wait to share more as we continue to settle in, but I wanted to at least answer a few questions while I had time to sit down and write! Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck around while we’ve navigated so many changes in our lives. I see you and I appreciate each and every one of you. I can’t wait to share more soon!

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Field of Dreams, exploring Seabrook.

I have absolutely no clue where to even begin with this one, so just let me say this; the entire Field of Dreams / Seabrook, WA experience is absolutely magical. Also let me preface this post with this – I have traveled a substantial amount. I have stayed in a lot of hotels, rentals, cabins, etc. but I have NEVER stayed anywhere like Field of Dreams. Nothing compares to our experience in Seabrook. I can’t speak for every cottage in town, but I can tell you exactly what I think of Field of Dreams. I am in actual disbelief about how perfect our experience was. I’m going to start from the beginning and share it all – no promises that I won’t get sidetracked though!


Let’s assume you and your family are staying at Field of Dreams – When you arrive in Seabrook, you’ll need to check in at the Cottage Rentals office, located on Front Street, right next to the market. You’ll be greeted like a local, you’ll get a special code that you’ll use for access to your cottage for the duration of your stay & (if you’re traveling with a doggo) they’ll give you a little bag with info about staying in Seabrook with a pup, a few small dog treats & a special tag for their collar in case they get lost. Use the town map and follow Meriweather St. into the Farm District. Pass the community garden, the playground & the basketball courts. Field of Dreams is on the left, just beyond horseshoe park. You’ll arrive at the back of the house. The front of the cottage faces Orchard Walk Park, a small area with a  water feature that separates the cottage from the very nearby woods where you’ll find the Narnia trail. You’ll know you’ve found the right house when you see the red door.

Seabrook loves a good pop of color!

Field of Dreams sleeps 10ish people. The cottage has 3 king bedrooms, each with it’s own au suite bathroom and individual decor style. There is also a kids’ room with dual bunk beds and a separate play nook with plenty of toys. There’s a half bath off the laundry room, a gorgeous farm style dining area and living room, complete with a HUGE sectional & a full size kitchen so you can eat in instead of going out! There’s also a private hot tub at the back of the house & a gas fire pit on the front porch. Hello s’more roasting! * One room in the house has heated floors, but I’ll leave it up to you to to find out which room it is!


We cooked dinner in the cottage twice and it was SO easy. We ordered Home Chef meals and had them delivered on the day of our arrival (you could also just bring them from home in an ice chest). The meal kits come with 99% of what you need and the rest is available in the house. We were able to just toss it all in the fridge and cook it when we were ready. I’ll share more about our experience with Home Chef in a separate post, but if you’re looking to try out their meal delivery, you can use code BGROWW100 for $100 off your first order right here! Field of Dreams has every dish, utensil, tool, etc. you could possibly need plus all the essential spices, just in case! One night my sister and I cooked together & the next, my mom helped with dinner. We could easily work together in the kitchen without any issue, we saved a ton of money by eating in AND we had so much fun cooking together and then enjoying dinner as a family, in the privacy of our cottage!

Field of Dreams is a dog-friendly cottage, so bring your pups! We brought our dachshund, Bear, along for the adventure and I am SO glad we did! We took him on a beach trip one other time but even though our hotel was pet-friendly, they didn’t necessarily LIKE pets & it almost seemed like they purposely made it difficult to bring your pet with. So glad we took a chance and brought our little guy with us to Seabrook. He had just as much fun as the rest of us! I seriously appreciate that Field of Dreams loves the  puppers just as much as us! Just make sure to leash your pup & clean up after them, though! You don’t want to be THOSE people!

The only real downside to staying at Field of Dreams? Eventually, you’ll have to go home. Paisley & Hallie both shed a few genuine tears before bed on our last night at the cottage. They weren’t ready to leave “our new house” and I don’t blame them one bit. This trip was a dream come true. We could not have asked for a better place to stay. We made so many incredible memories, spent time together as a family without the distractions of “real life” and were able to enjoy every second of each day. This trip was something that’s usually hard to come by with kids; easy and so, SO relaxing. Field of Dreams, you have a little piece of our hearts forever. No doubt about it.

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You can also find more videos and photos of Field of Dreams in my Instagram story highlight titled “Seabrook!”


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Want to know more about the town of Seabrook?

Seabrook is a beautifully curated, little beach town along the Washington coast, home to the Field of Dreams cottage. You can walk anywhere in town in less 10 minutes. There aren’t a ton of overwhelming souvenir shops or questionable diners. There are, however, a couple great restaurants, a coffee shop, a candy store, a toy store, a book store, one tasteful Seabrook merchandise store, a small grocery market with all the essentials, a four-legged friend store, a Chip & Jo-esque interior decor store, a spa, a bike rental spot & a small clothing boutique. Essentially – there is one of everything. But just one. And they are all beautiful! It’s quality over quantity in Seabrook. The streets are clean, the cars on the road are few and pedestrians rule the streets. There are free, kid-friendly adventures on every corner. Several trails for hiking, a special trail for gnome hunting, 10+ parks scattered around town, a basketball court, a zip-line, a dog park, horseshoe pits, bocce ball courts, countless fire pits stocked with freshly chopped wood, an indoor pool, a gym, tennis courts and of course, the beach! The town is divided into 8 districts, each named fittingly. Field of Dreams is nestled in the Farm District, across from the Equestrian center. The distance from Field of Dreams to the town center is about a 5 minute walk. Seabrook is like something out of a movie. The people are so friendly, everything is clean and beautiful. The entire town is esthetically pleasing. Hundreds of cottage style homes in the most gorgeous colors with the sweetest little crushed seashell sidewalks. The kind of place you can walk around at night and never look over your shoulder once.

I could keep you here all day chatting about all the little things to do around Seabrook, but I figure it’s easiest to just share a few photos from *some* of our adventures and caption them accordingly :

The gnome trail – Find the old stump on Compass Street and just beyond it, you’ll find the start of the gnome trail. Tiny fairies and gnomes tucked away in their homes, just waiting for you to find them. Our kids had SO much fun hunting gnomes. Constant gasps and shouting “LOOK!” to each other as they found each little gnome house.

Visit the horses – The Seabrook Equestrian center is right across from Field of Dreams and the horses are beautiful! Definitely the biggest, friendliest horses we’ve ever met!

Head into town, grab yourself a Chilly Goat (thanks for the suggestion, Liz) at Red Velvet Bakery & then go around the corner to Tides by Seabrook, say hi to Rowen and buy every single hat in her store, because they’re amazing! She has much more than hats, but I’m sure you’ve noticed my obsession. I’ve never seen such beautiful town merchandise!

We also had dinner at Koko’s, a mexican-esque restaurant in town, found some quirky candy at The Sweet Life, snagged some cute things for the girls from Brooklets Toys  & browsed SeaWorthy Home for a bit. All definitely worth visiting!

Being bored, grumpy or stressed in Seabrook is not an option. Relaxing, having a good time & just going with the flow are the norm here. Both girls really loved Brooklets Toys, right across the street from Tides. Paisley really loved all the little hidden trails we walked & wanted to spend hours on the zip line. Hallie’s favorites were probably the gnome trail and the giant Saint Bernard we met in town. My favs? Shopping in the town center and relaxing at the cottage. Something for everyone!

And no – we did not forget to visit the beach! We found starfish and sand dollars and cruised up and down the beach several times. I love watching the girls get excited over every little shell.

Last but certainly not least, I want to extend a very special thanks to The Anderson’s for allowing us to share their sweet, little, hidden-gem beach house with all of you. Until next time, Seabrook! XO



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