Win It: Midwest Modern Girl.

My favorite etsy shops are always those that fellow bloggers have started up on their own. Take Danielle of Midwest Modern Girl for example – blogger by day, fun stationary creator by night! For this weeks giveaway she’s offered one of you lucky ducks twenty of any invitation design in her shop. That’ 2-0! I love how summery all of her designs feel which brings us to…

How to Enter:
1. describe to me your perfect beach day
2. leave a valid email address (or sadly be disqualified)
3. do it all before Monday, July 20 at 12pm CST

Best of luck!

  • Pakou

    July 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm Reply

    1. I would wake up to a glowing morning on the beach patio with some tea with honey. Enjoy a finger brunch meal with some close friends/family. Then walk off the patio to dip into the ocean and dry off, repeating that throughout the day with some breaks to walk and explore the beach. Another break to eat lunch and read novel. Probably end the day by watching the moon rise and sun set as I practice guitar chords. It would be lovely.


  • Courtney

    July 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm Reply

    1. a breeze and a book.
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  • leni

    July 13, 2009 at 10:34 pm Reply

    My perfect beach day includes: a sunny sky, a homemade picnic, a bottle of wine, a blanket, sunscreen and my boyfriend.


  • captain kk

    July 13, 2009 at 11:29 pm Reply

    1. start with breakfast of fresh fruit salad (lots of honey dew) outside under a big shady tree and after laying down and staring up at the sky for a while, i would make my way to the beach.. after a dip i would lie on the sand with a big hat over my face and half fall asleep / half eavesdrop on all the conversations around me!


  • Cupcakes and Cashmere

    July 13, 2009 at 11:49 pm Reply

    1. picnic of caprese salad, cold pasta, roast beef sandwiches and cold root beer. on the ipod: paul simon, van morrison, the beach boys and tom petty. s'mores for dessert and lots of cartwheels, sand castles and naps.

  • J. Christina Huh

    July 14, 2009 at 2:29 am Reply

    I just had one a few weeks ago… A relatively empty beach; a light, delicious lunch and lazing on the sand while talking to a good friend. 🙂

  • lrw

    July 14, 2009 at 2:38 am Reply

    My perfect beach day includes a large book, sunglasses, some pretty, frozen drinks, and of course, some sunscreen for my freckled skin!

  • blythe

    July 14, 2009 at 7:57 am Reply

    the perfect beach day is hot hot with a nice breeze from the sea (smells a bit salty), sand that is soft and warm but not hot, a big blanket, and someone to help me put sunscreen on my easily-burnt fair skin! :]
    and food helps– the only time I crave beer!

  • jewoodruff

    July 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm Reply

    We just got back from the best beach vacation.

    Northern California:
    Hiking in the redwoods to a waterfall that cascades onto a secluded beach. A combination of two of the most powerful and awe-inspiring creations on earth with the breadth and the height juxtaposed.

  • christy

    July 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm Reply

    walking barefoot in the sand
    playing with my daughter in the waves
    enjoying endless reading in the sun
    drinking umbrella drinks at dusk

  • Robyn

    July 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm Reply

    My perfect beach day is just that: the beach! Well, sunshine and watermelon would help too! 🙂

  • KH9107

    July 14, 2009 at 7:03 pm Reply

    Go on a less crowded weekday. Pack a cooler with ice water, fruit salad and sandwiches. Bring a blanket, a book, and sunscreen.

    Pick a quiet spot to lay back and get lost in a light hearted novel while listening to the waves crash on the sand.

    After lunch- walk along the water's edge and collect seaglass and shells.

    Write your name in the sand.

    Stay until the sun starts to set.


  • Meg

    July 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm Reply

    I went to College of Charleston in Charleston SC so I was lucky enough to have lots of amazing beach days. The best always started out piling into someone's car, with the windows down and music up loud enough that we couldn't hear how off-key we all sang. A trip to Sonic later, we'd find our favorite spot on Sullivan's Island where it was deserted enough to not worry about what we looked like in swimsuits. My sister always fussed because no one would get in the water with her and I always got sunburned an hour before everyone else, but as long as we got margaritas and chips&salsa from Santi's on the way home, everyone was happy 🙂

  • Allie

    July 14, 2009 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Warm, WARM weather is essential. I prefer California beaches, so I'd have to be there! Wardrobe: Vintage sunglasses, a bright-colored swimsuit, and a big sun hat. Sunscreen too, because I burn easily. Chilled white wine, a trashy romance novel, and boyfriend in hand. A good attitude, a relaxed demeanor, and a grateful heart… Equal the PERFECT BEACH DAY!

  • Lisa

    July 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm Reply

    My perfect day at the beach includes a nice breeze, a stack of good books, a big umbrella, and lots of fruity drinks 🙂

  • Lisa

    July 14, 2009 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Oops, forgot my email.

    lisawb (at) gmail (dot) com

  • tvmom

    July 15, 2009 at 3:52 am Reply

    Warm, sunny, a little breeze. Playing with my son in the sand and then swimming in the ocean.

  • Stefanie

    July 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm Reply


    I love your site!! It's a new discovery for me (thanks to Erin Vale's blog) and I am really enjoying it…

    My perfect day at the beach would actually be a day by myself. I am not married, so I'm sure that will change if I get someone special in my life, but for now… a day in the sun, on a comfortable lounge chair, with tanning oil and a Mountain Dew at my side 🙂 I could sit poolside or beachside for hours, with nothing but silence as my companion. I LOOOOOOOOVE the beach!!

  • Stefanie

    July 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm Reply

    Kelly, I forgot to give you my email…

  • Katie R

    July 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Great walk, good company, good book, pop-culture magazines, warm and sunny, not too crowded, nap, effective sunscreen, seafood dinner, walk at sunset, lightning out over the water. I love summer! Beach in 2 weeks!!!! cannot wait!

  • YooperGal

    July 15, 2009 at 7:06 pm Reply

    My perfect beach day has already started to become a reality. It began with me moving back to the Midwest… Back to Upper Michigan this summer.

    Now that I'm here… it would be like this: loading my 2 dogs and hubby into the car… picking up Togos Subs, then picking up my 4 year old niece… Heading to Lake Superior to play, make sand castles, sort through rocks and find agates, and jump in the water when we're feeling brave! (Lake Superior is frickin cold!)

    Oh wait… that all happened yesterday!

    Lately, I love my life. 🙂

  • YooperGal

    July 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm Reply

    hahaha… I forgot my email address!

  • Cat

    July 15, 2009 at 7:21 pm Reply

    My perfect beach day firstly would start off it the woods, camping . . . so breakfast of hot apple cider, with toast cooked on the grill, fruit, and probably some blueberry pancakes. Then my fiance and I would head to the riverside beach – much more calming and relaxing than the ocean beach. Love the sound of water slipping over rocks and logs. Then relaxing with a good book, my sunglasses and a glass of wine. I could stay there all day.

    ccjt24 at gmail dot com

  • Cait

    July 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm Reply

    My favorite beach day would be a day in Hatteras Island, North Carolina.

    The sun would be shining and the water would be warm – I'd be relaxing with my friends and family with no set schedule, simply enjoying eachother's company and the beauty of the ocean.

    I'd have a nice variety of magazines to browse through while not relaxing in the ocean, and a simple, yet beautiful kite to fly around.

    My e-mail is:

  • babalisme

    July 16, 2009 at 3:38 am Reply

    morning : breakfast by the sea, on the sand, in a white rustic furniture, pancakes are best, served with cold milk and cereal, a lime juice would be nice..

    mid-morning : build a sand castle, bake a tan, read a book, walk the dog, frisbee tossing, well, no water activity included yet.

    noon : splashing around, playing with all things salt water. 🙂

    Lunch : seafood is the best, a pineapple fried rice is a nice addition. this time I prefer to eat under the shade..

    Afternoon : another splashing around follow by a more quiet time, another sandcastle maybe, picking up sea shells as souvenirs…and of course packing up your things ready to go home.

    Dinner : anything fast and edible on our way home.

    The end.

  • Alexis

    July 16, 2009 at 7:27 am Reply

    a warm day with a slight breeze, laying out in the middle of my big beach blanket with a cooler full of iced tea and a bag full of books.

    then spend the whole time reading and catching rays for a nice tan.

  • ansley b.

    July 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm Reply

    i recently had one!!
    it started with an early morning breakfast of a frittata, grits and fruit. after a little digestion, i turned on exercise t.v. and did my favorite yoga practice. ahhh. then, it's suiting up (sunscreen first!) and heading out to the beach, propping the umbrella up and thumbing through a good magazine. can't get much better!

  • Jenn

    July 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm Reply

    A perfect beach day for me would be spending the entire day under an umbrella with a book and a stack of magazines. After the sun goes down I would have a cook out in a bonfire. Hot dogs and smores!

  • Jenn

    July 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm Reply

    2 times in a row I forgot my email…

  • everyday inspirations

    July 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm Reply

    day at beach = nice tall smoothie and fruit to snack on all day, bag filled with magazines I need to catch up on and enjoying all of nature's sounds – all enjoyed while relaxing on a sling chair…with an occasional nap

    thanks for the opp to win!

    catherine s.

  • Shefy.

    July 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm Reply

    My perfect beach day would begin by waking up to see the sunrise on the beach with my honey. The morning would progress with a lovely book, building some sand castles, eating lunch at a beachside restaurant, and having a rum runner (yes, I know it would be only noon by then!). The rest of the afternoon would be spent reading, having more frozen drinks, and napping with my honey! If I am really feeling daring, I would head to the waves and attempt boogy boarding! The remainder of the day would be spent relaxing. *sigh* Only if I could do this now!

  • Natalie Jane

    July 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm Reply

    I actually had my perfect beach day a few years back. Totally secluded with just me, my husband and drinks. And a baby exactly 9 months later….

  • stefanielynn04

    July 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm Reply

    My perfect beach day is hanging out in the ocean with my husband, then sipping on summery drinks under a huge beach umbrella! Pretty simple and laidback. 🙂

    stefaniehunn (at) gmail (dot) com

  • sarah

    July 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm Reply

    The perfect beach day – packing a knapsack filled with fruit and riding my bike to the farthest reaches of society. Beach days for me are solitary events, so I'd bring a tattered favorite book, a big hat, and an ipod playlist filled with paul simon and iron and wine – the perfect summer relaxing music.

  • mylajean

    July 20, 2009 at 4:23 am Reply

    a cooler full of beer, a pile of trashy gossip magazines, over-sized sunglasses, plenty of snacks, a handful of friends and plenty of SUNSCREEN…followed by a big bonfire, guitars, drums, singing and general good times last into the night

  • mylajean

    July 20, 2009 at 4:24 am Reply

    oh right, my email…

  • Megan

    July 20, 2009 at 5:30 am Reply

    Guitar tunes. Margarita. Bright beach towel. Lots of sunscreen. Cute boy. Guacamole and chips. And no one else around.

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