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You look in the mirror, and what do you see? An adult staring back at you, someone with his or her own family, bills to pay, and memories of a distant childhood. It is hard to believe, looking at the few patches of gray hair and the wrinkles around the eyes that, in fact, that person is a child. A grown-up one, for sure, yet still someone’s child. The truth is, for your mom , you are and will always be her child. You may not call her or visit her as often as you’d like (what a crazy world we live in), but her thoughts are always with you every single day. If you listen closely enough, you can still hear her heartbeats just like you used to when she hugged you, squeezing you gently to her chest.

The amazing news is that you now have an excellent opportunity to let her know that you think of her and that she still has a special place in your heart. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and since May 9th is coming quickly, we want to assist you with a great present for your mom. We live in a busy, fast-paced world, and we hope you will find the perfect gift for your mom in the list we put together.

Mother's Day e-postcards

  • Flowers – Surprise her with a cheery flower bouquet and bring the outside world inside to her. Since you may not be able to deliver them in person, here are a few places you can order online:
  • Picture book – Show your mom your endless gratitude by creating a gift she will return to often. Scan old photos to create a personal history book of your mom’s life well-lived. Fill it with family members, grandchildren, her favorite places, or those little moments that left their mark. Below are resources for memory books.
    • Chatbooks (chatbooks.com) – According to this company’s website, it is “the ridiculously easy way to share, print, and enjoy your family memories.” In fact, just for a chuckle, check out Chatbook’s funny promo videos on YouTube:
    • Shutterfly (shutterfly.com) – This company offers basic photo books at an affordable price point, with some sacrifice to quality. However, Shutterfly offers a service in which one of the company’s designers curates your photos and designs the book for you. (You still have the opportunity to add finishing touches before it gets printed.)
    • Printique Photo Books (printique.com ) – This site is super easy to use. You can use one of the many pre-designed layouts or create the entire photo book from scratch. You also can choose between portrait, landscape, and square orientations. There’s a five-day turnaround for most photo books.
  • Present –Here are a few ideas for presents to make her feel appreciated:
    • Spa/beauty certificate
    • Smart sleep assistant
    • Bath and beauty products
    • Home décor items
    • Clothing or gift certificates from her favorite store
  • Food gift – Have a food-loving mom in your life? She will love trying new treats.
    • Bean Box Cold Brew (beanbox.com/cold-brew) – for the mom who can’t start her day without her morning coffee
    • Tea Drops (myteadrop.com) – a fun new way to have a hot cup of tea without the hassle of tea bags
    • Lick Honest Ice Creams Fundae Kit (goldbelly.com) – for the mom who loves ice cream
    • The Caviar Company Mother’s Day Virtual Tasting (thecaviarco.com) – includes three different caviars, a mother of pearl spoon and palette, a cocktail, and Vermont Creamery creme fraiche. And the class is interactive, so mom will be able to ask questions throughout the tasting.
    • Duplin Winery (duplinwinery.com) – for moms who love wine and new experiences

Duplin Winery

If you are looking for a great way to spend Easter, then head to the beach! The fun and excitement are non-stop and family-friendly. If proximity permits, a day trip or weekend getaway give you time for exploring. And there’s also the likelihood that you’ll make new friends with people who share your interests.

Here are five fun ideas to celebrate Easter at the beach:

1. Hang out at the beach or pool

Bury in sand

This sounds pretty simplistic, but there’s so much to do around the water—swim, surf, play games inside or outside the water. Playing sports along the ocean always is a big hit, build sand sculptures, fly a kite, bury your friends in the sand…be creative.

2. Hunt for Easter eggs

Easter Egg Hunt at the Beach

Go for the challenge of the hunt: Hide eggs in the sand, dunes, and beach walkways. The Easter Bunny visits the beach, too.  It’s always a good idea to make sure each child finds at least one egg, though.

3. Spend time with your family

Spending time with family at the beach

A beach trip is about family and friends. Carve out quality time to relax on the deck or balcony and be together. Or go for an evening or morning walk looking for seashells. Start your morning together watching the sun come up. There are plenty of ways to share the beauty and peacefulness of the beach environment—these are the moments that create memories.

4. Surf

Cherry Grove Pier good for surfing

Be adventurous: Head out to the waves and try surfing. It is a great way to release stress and get exercise. Plus, it will be something you never forget. Lessons can be found throughout the beach, and other watersports are available like jet skis, banana boat rides and parasailing.

5. Celebrate through sunrise services

Sunrise Easter Service

Sunday church services are a staple of the Easter festivities for many. Sunrise services often can be found right on the beach. Check the Internet or ask a local for suggestions.

Make this Easter a North Myrtle Beach celebration. Feel the warmth of the sun, feel the sweet ocean breeze, and be captivated by the bright fire colors of breath-taking beach sunsets. Now is the time to fill your Easter (basket) with life-long memories.

Thomas Beach Vacations offers a variety of oceanfront homes, oceanfront condos, golf rentals, homes with private pools, or pet-friendly vacation rental properties for the perfect North Myrtle Beach Easter vacation. Start Your Search Today!

Vacation Rental Week March 18-22, 2021

Thomas Beach Vacations is thrilled to participate in the first annual Vacation Rental Week — the vacation and holiday rental industry’s first of its kind! We’d like to use this opportunity to highlight the value and key benefits of professionally-managed vacation rentals for both guests and property owners alike, and to encourage you to book a stay with us or choose our amazing team as your professional manager to rent your beach vacation property.

As a guest, vacation rentals are a great alternative to hotels in every aspect, offering you much more for your money, with additional space, privacy, convenience, and amenities included. Along with this added value, your options are constantly increasing as our company experiences rapid growth each year, meaning there are more available properties, more variety, and more beaches on the Grand Strand to choose from.

Our vacation rentals also present you with a unique opportunity to create a more personalized, memorable vacation experience when compared with traditional hotels. You’ll have the practical comfort of an actual residence, the ability to explore the neighborhood, and the opportunity to discover aspects of North Myrtle Beach you might not encounter when staying at a hotel. If you’re vacationing with a group of family or friends, our vacation rentals are an excellent option, typically offering multiple bedrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and easy access to local entertainment.

For property owners, renting your second property through a professional manager can be an easy and reliable revenue source, transforming it into an asset that offers a significant return on your investment. You’ll also be able to use the property when you choose, spending your own vacations here with family or friends, while renting it to guests the rest of the year.

A professional vacation rental manager from our team will handle all the logistics, securing responsible guests, and maximizing your return through an expert understanding of the industry and in-depth knowledge of the North Myrtle Beach community. We’ll also advertise the property, handle inquiries, collect deposits and balances, generate agreements, and follow-up post-rental, so you can sit back and simply enjoy the experience.

Finding a vacation rental to book is fast and easy. Just visit our website at www.NorthMyrtleBeachVacations.com and use the search tool or select from the multitude of options directly available on the home page. Feel free to choose from a variety of oceanfront homes, oceanfront condos, golf rentals, homes with private pools, or pet-friendly vacation rental properties for the perfect North Myrtle Beach vacation.

If you are a property owner, visit our owner services page at www.NorthMyrtleBeachVacations.com/myrtle-beach-property-management/ to access a team you can trust and receive unparalleled service. Our Owner Services team is streamlined to provide you with strategic, personal attention. If you’re ready to get down to the core values of rental property management, contact our Owner Services Department today and talk with one of our specialists. You’ll immediately know you’re home.

2020 Theme: Climate Action

This year, we celebrate a milestone on April 22 as we celebrate half a century recognizing Earth Day. But what does that mean? The day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. (See below for the history of the day.)

What can you do to contribute to Earth Day?

If you want to do your part this year for Earth Day, here are some ideas:

  • Bike more, drive less
  • Conserve water
  • Use non-toxic chemicals at home and the office
  • Recycle plastic, paper, and cardboard
  • Shop wisely—buy less plastic and take reusable shopping bags
  • Plant a tree
  • Volunteer for community cleanups
  • Use long-lasting light bulbs Bottom of Form

 

Tune into Earth Day Live on April 22:

https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-live/

 

Origins of Earth Day

Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging awareness of the state of our planet.

According to About Us, The History of Earth Day, Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962 set the stage for change, raising awareness between pollution and health.

The Idea for the First Earth Day

The founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson (a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin), witnessed the results of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. At that same time, he was impressed by students protesting against the war. He thought if he could combine that same anti-war energy behind an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the political agenda.

Nelson, along with the help of Pete McCloskey (a Republican Congressman) and Denis Hayes (from Harvard), set the wheels in motion across the nation through the media and education.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated across the nation in rallies. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

 

Earth Day Goes Global

In 1990. Denis Hayes was approached by a group of environmental leaders to take the campaign across the globe. The result was 200 million people in 141 countries focusing on our planet.

For more information and source, go to: About Us, The History of Earth Day: https://www.earthday.org/history/

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Have you found yourself a little too close for comfort with your significant other during this self-isolation period? It might be easy to tell the children to go outside or give you quiet time, but it’s more challenging with your partner.

Like every healthy relationship, start with clear, consistent communication. If you haven’t already done so, sit down and establish parameters for cohabitating in a 24-hours-a-day environment. What are the expectations and needs? Discuss these upfront and honestly to avoid future conflicts.

Create a sense of structure or schedule together. Do you have a similar sleep schedule? Establish guidelines for meals, breaks, and entertainment. Going completely AWOL from your routine can result in sleep deprivation, depression, mood swings, and stress.

Block out alone time. No matter how much you love someone, you need time apart. Establish periods for you to do what relaxes you—go for a walk, read, meditate, or bake. Respect your partner’s space when it’s his/her turn.

Find creative ways to spend date night once a week. Take turns planning the evening. Dress up for a candlelight dinner, or have popcorn for a movie marathon. Surprise one another!
All of these suggestions come down to communicating with your partner. It’s not easy, but it does alleviate stress and confrontation if you talk and work together.

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Supplies

  • Construction paper or thin cardboard
  • Black marker
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Crayons

Directions

On a sturdy piece of paper (construction or even thin cardboard, like a cereal box cut flat), draw or trace a simple line drawing, such as flowers, boats on the ocean, or a landscape. Go over the lines with a thick black marker. Then, use Elmer’s glue to trace over the lines again. Allow to dry. When dry, use crayons to color the whole page, blending different colors as you go. This creates a nice, textured colored piece that is different than crayons alone.

Children's Art Project

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Give, and it shall be given unto you. One excellent way to feel better and take the focus off of negative circumstances is to direct your attention to others. Even with self-isolation and social distancing, there are selfless acts that can mean much to others.

Neighbors who live alone or are elderly may experience more anxiety or loneliness right now. Surprise a neighbor with a plate of cookies or flowers on the front doorstep.

Show your children the rewards of reaching out. Have them create cards and drawings and slip them in the neighbor’s mailbox or put them on the front porch.

Did you make extra soup this week? Create a care basket for the neighbor with a soup bowl, crackers, candy, and a card.

If you have to run for groceries or necessities, call a neighbor and see if you can pick anything up for him or her. Even if they don’t ask for anything, surprise them.

Any extra effort, such as watering the neighbor’s flowers, getting the mail, or a phone call, can brighten the day. Challenging times call for communication and connections. Your spirits will be lifted, too.

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We are in challenging times. But we have been gifted with Easter week—focus on the beauty it brings. Spring is a time of growth, rebirth, and RENEWAL. In Christianity, the Easter holiday represents the highest form of rebirth.

UNITY

Easter reminds us of being TOGETHER—family, friends, church congregations, co-workers. We celebrate the holiday through CONNECTIONS and RELATIONSHIPS. We are fortunate technology allows us to continue COMMUNICATING throughout the pandemic. Whether a virtual family call, viewing a religious service at home or finding an online egg hunt, we can still JOIN HEARTS. UNITY will get us through the challenges.

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We are in challenging times. But we have been gifted with Easter week—focus on the beauty it brings. Spring is a time of growth, rebirth, and RENEWAL. In Christianity, the Easter holiday represents the highest form of rebirth.

MIRACLES

MIRACLES come in all shapes and sizes. The Easter season is an extraordinary time. The environment around us takes on an abundance of freshness.  Small MIRACLES surround us. There’s the bluebird that survived the brutal winter, now nesting with babies. The Daffodils blooming bright yellow after the lawnmower ran over them last spring. And the job offer when things seemed desperate. Dormancy becomes new again—our daily reminder of MIRACLES.

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