HOST VENUE: EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON ST. AUGUSTINE OCEANFRONT BEACH RESORT
Our event was graciously presented and hosted by the stunning Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Oceanfront Beach Resort. The property boasts 175 coastal-style suites with water or sunset views. It sits on 500 feet of beach access, nestled between Anastasia State Park and the St. Johns County Ocean Pier. Guests may enjoy the elegantly appointed rooms and lobby, zero-entry pool, terrace seating with chairs and fire pits, grassy lawns for games and recreation, as well as traditional beach activities like swimming, surfing, shelling and fishing.
Provided with every stay is complimentary, made-to-order breakfast and evening happy hour reception. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Oceanfront Beach Resort is home to Harvest & Reel, the resort’s signature, locally sourced seafood restaurant, Castaway Cantina, a Latin-inspired, poolside venue, and Rhum Bar, which serves specialty cocktails. There is ample space for meetings, weddings and events, all set against the incomparable Atlantic ocean backdrop. Make the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Oceanfront Beach Resort your choice for vacation, staycation or your next event.
EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER: DAYBREAK PHOTO CO
Put together a free spirit and an adventure junky, both with a passion for life, love, music and of course photography you get Daybreak Photo Co.; a wedding and lifestyle photography business with a photojournalistic style.
Dawn is as unique and quirky as she is passionate. She grew up in Columbus, GA and from there, like the wildflower she is, found herself going in many directions; from studying marine biology, becoming a truck driver, a counselor to a flight attendant.
In the fall of 2008 Dawn met Brad, an outdoor-enthusiast, extreme sports loving “country boy” who wound up being the love of her life. They tied the knot in 2010. They’ve been living, exploring and shooting together for the past 6 years. Based in the St. Augustine, Fl area, they cater to northeastern Fl, Atlanta, Ga, and destination weddings abroad.
We have a talented team of local writers and as a way to say thank you for their contributions, we hosted our inaugural “Favorite Things” party to celebrate our contributor team and all the hard work they put into writing content throughout the year for our readers.
St Augustine Moms loves to promote and endorse products and businesses that are local to St Augustine. We also love to share products and companies that cater specifically to moms. Each ‘Favorite Thing’ listed below reflects either a locally owned business or a company that makes products with moms in mind. We know that when we give our official “mom stamp of approval” more families listen and are likely to try a new place or product. We can’t wait to share our 2019 list of Favorite Things with you! We know you’ll love all of these companies and will definitely want to check them out with the holidays just around the corner.
A Frame Sauce
In 2009, Caleb Cooper decided to grow 2 datil pepper plants in his backyard in St. Augustine, Florida. Strictly using Organic soil inoculant, black sea kelp, and worm castings, he fell in love with the plant and the abundance of beautiful, shiny peppers it produced. He went to a friend and chef, to see if they could make datil sauce with all the peppers he had collected. They concocted the first batch of A Frame sauce.
They were tired of the same ol’ ketchup based datil pepper sauce that was in stores and restaurants and wanted to create something different. The combination of red, orange, and yellow bell peppers along with apple cider vinegar, organic datils, and a dab of genius produced something that had their friends and family asking for more every time they made it. They had created something truly unique in a town full of datil sauces. These products are now available online or in restaurants and retail stores throughout Florida.
ANCHORED GRACE DESIGNS
Anchored Grace Designs is a boho-style jewelry company owned by St. Augustine local, Dani Smith. Dani is passionate about making beautiful and affordable essential oil-diffusing jewelry, and she strings every bead, ties every knot, and seals every package herself, so you can be sure that each and every order is handmade with love for you! She began the company with a charitable mission in mind, so 5% of AGD’s profits are donated to a different charity each quarter. Check out our Instagram (@anchoredgracedesigns) to see who we’re currently partnered with!
Babo Botanicals delivers a new concept to the fast growing natural personal care category: A diverse hair and body collection customized to meet the needs of babies and kids of all ages, but effective enough for the whole family. Professional-level products with the most natural and pure ingredients available: safe for the most delicate skin, worry-free for the most discerning, eco-conscious parent. Powered with technologically advanced formulas and backed by years of experience and expertise.
This product is for young to mature lips that want to shine. Innovative sheer lip tint SPF 15. Non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide; Smoothes, softens and conditions lips; Enriched with Babo’s Nutri-Soothe™ Complex, rich in anti-oxidants & vitamins. Moisturizes with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Avocado and Jojoba Oil.
Earth Mama believes in the natural process of birth, and the healing power of nature. Our mission is to provide safe, herbal alternatives for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and babies of all ages, and to help educate people about traditional plant medicine and safe personal care. We manufacture effective natural and organic products, combining generations of women’s wisdom and traditional plant medicine with the safety and assurances of contemporary evidence based research. If it doesn’t measure up to Mama’s standards, it doesn’t leave the building. That’s Mama’s Promise®.
Earth Mama introduces: Calming Lavender, Bright Citrus, GingerAid, & Natural Non-Scents Deodorant!
• Formulated especially for sensitive skin, pregnancy and breastfeeding
• NO toxic chemicals like propylene glycol, artificial fragrance, parabens or aluminum
• Dermatologist tested and clinically tested for irritation
PINK LEMON DESIGN STUDIOS
Pink Lemon Design Studios is a St Augustine, FL based business that specializes in personalized hand stamped jewelry and housewares. One of my most popular bracelets, these make the perfect gifts for bridesmaids, sorority sisters and for ever other special person in your life!
The hand stamped piece is approximately 1 3/4″ long and 1/4″ tall. All edges and corners are rounded over and smooth. The natural leather bracelet is completely adjustable and will fit up to a 7.5″ wrist. Multiple colors of leather are available as well. This piece is made with pure aluminum. Aluminum pieces, while lighter in weight, are as brilliant as sterling silver and offer a far less chance of an allergic reaction compared to sterling or other metals. The stamped piece will not tarnish, rust, discolor, etc., nor will it leave marks on your skin.
Each letter individually hand stamped by me. The process of hand stamping involves using a hammer and steel stamps to impress letters, numbers and symbols onto metal. While I try to be consistent, there may be variations in spacing, alignment and depth of letters. Simply, this adds the charm to the art hand stamping.
As we work harder to be less wasteful and eliminate single use plastics, the need for personal, reusable straws has come into focus. Ridley Straws is a local company who has stepped to the challenge, creating beautiful, eco-friendly, dishwasher-safe, reusable glass straws. Glass artist Michelle Riordan hand cuts and polishes every glass straw sold. Straws come in a variety of lengths and colors, are super easy to clean (place them in the silverware rack of the dishwasher after a quick rinse!) and will help reduce plastic waste to help keep our oceans clean.
From soap slices to body butters to bath bombs, Soaphisticated is your place for artisanal, all-natural, cruelty-free skincare, made entirely in the USA (please note that 99% of the items are vegan, as well!). Soaphisticated’s priority is to offer products free of harmful chemicals, dyes and preservatives to its customers, and owner Michael prides himself on the work he and his wife put into every item displayed on their shelves. The soaps, body butters and lotions are heavenly for even the most sensitive skin types. Additionally, Soaphisticated donates a portion of its proceeds to organizations such as 4Ocean, which helps upcycle and recycle ocean trash, and Leaping Bunny, a standard in cruelty-free products. Please drop by the Soaphisticated shop, and enjoy not only the amazing offerings, but some great conversation with the owners and staff.
SWEET BITES BAKE SHOP
Cake pops brings a little something special to every party and event, and Sweet Bites Bakeshop is the perfect place to get yours. Mom baker Lindsey has perfected the art of the perfect pop and these sweet bites elevate any party to the next level. Lindsey will customize any flavor or theme and her portfolio includes pops in such a creative variety of themes. Whether you are looking for corporate gifts, party favors, teacher appreciation treats, or lunchbox desserts, Sweet Bites Bakeshop is your go-to for thoughtful, edible goodies!