Outer Banks Adventures Continued!

Hi friends! The fun continues here in the Outer Banks! I just got in a great run this morning – it was humid but cloudy so not crazy hot.


morning run duck outer banks

4 miles at a nice clip with 2 (untimed) stops for mini boot camps. Felt good to move!


Yesterday’s fitness adventure was some seriously intense water volleyball tournaments. ;) We set up this inflatable net at the pool at our house – so fun!


I also hit up a yoga class earlier this week at my old fave from last summer – Duck Village Yoga!


A few of the ladies and I walked over there on Tuesday morning for their 8:30 a.m. rock ‘n’ flow class. Such a cute, cozy studio!

duck village yoga studio

On the food front, we’ve been eating well! On Tuesday night, Matt’s dad made everyone a big feast – starting with homemade gazpacho with a toppings bar!



Our main course was this beautiful seafood paella.


Making it was quite the involved process – I was so impressed!





It was as delicious as it looked! For dessert that night, we had homemade cinnamon ice cream (amazing) on top of Duck Donuts! Delish.


Post-dinner concert courtesy of Matt and his brother Drew. :)


Sadly, Matt had to head back to DC yesterday because his final presentation for grad school is on Friday/Saturday, but I’m sticking around until Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Last night, we left the babies/toddlers at home with the grandparents and all the adult “kids” went out for a night on the town at Aqua! Here I am with my sister-in-law Jess and our future sister-in-law Morgana, who recently got engaged to Matt’s brother Drew – yay!


Prosecco, obviously.


We shared some appetizers to start (their fries are amazing), and I had a big salad with strawberries, feta, and seared tuna for dinner. Hit the spot!


We were treated to a gorgeous post-dinner sunset.



Time to get back to relaxing! Have a great day, friends – and check in tomorrow for a new recipe. :)


  1. 1

    Looks like such a beautiful place!!! That shot of dinner overlooking the lake is incredible! Tuna?? Yum!

  2. 2

    Paella!!!!!!!!!! So cool that you guys made it from scratch. I need to get on that. Any chance we can get a post with a step-by-step recipe?

  3. 6

    What an absolutely awesome vacation! The eats look amazing and that yoga studio is so cute! Enjoy the rest of your time with loved ones!

  4. 7

    Love the Outer Banks- staying in a big house with family all week long is so much fun! The seafood paella looks amazing- Matts dad is quite the chef!! Enjoy the rest of vacay :)

  5. 8

    I’ am really impressed about rhe gazpacho and paella! I ‘ am Spanish so usually when I read something about gazpacho and paella in a blog is far from reality, but yours looked pretty close! You even used a paella pan!!

    • 9

      He ordered the paella pan especially for this and did a lot of research, too – he will be so happy to hear his version was authentic! :)

  6. 10

    How do you like your Garmin? I use the Fitbit Charge HR and its fANNEtastic!

  7. 12

    Wishing Matt good luck on his presentation!! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!! :)

  8. 14

    wow, matt’s dad is quite the cook! his meals always look extra lovely :)
    do you know approximately how he makes his gazpacho?!

  9. 17

    Such a fun time With yummy food!

  10. 18

    That paella looks like quite the production! I’d love to try that one day.

  11. 19

    Sounds like a fun trip! The food also looked tasty and healthy!

  12. 20

    Wonderful! My family is from Ocracoke and Hatteras and I grew up in Morehrad City!

  13. 21
    Roadrunner says

    Looks like an awesome beach week!

  14. 22

    Yay! Congratulations on the happy news, and nice paella! ;)


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