My Midsummer Giveaway

Here we are at midsummer already. I’ve visited other beaches; swam in cold, clear freshwater lakes; tromped in a stream at the bottom of a wooded ravine where I felt like Huck Finn; canoed for the first time ever (really!); went home to my great lake, the Great Lake Michigan. That’s where my beachlife/beachlove really began. I swam in 55 degree water. (Whoever said the springs of Ichetucknee are cold at 72 degrees?!)

Regardless of those incessant, chirpy television commercials (I hit mute) advertising ‘back-to-school’ already (I knew they’d begin before the 4th of July decorations were put away) and despite our school’s too-soon first day on August 13 …it is still just summertime and nothing’s going to spoil that mood here at Atlantic Beachlife. We’ve got lots of summer left to live, excellent daycation places nearby to explore and tell you about, not to mention the freedom from school and routines and aaahhh… (I can pick up the school supplies in between trips to the springs and the pier or from where ever we are wandering.)

Therefore, in honor of midsummer, I have the pleasure of announcing my first giveaway. Yee-hah! My friend Mickey of Nicholas Landon Jewelry ( creator of original and unique nautical-inspired jewelry, has offered to gift your choice of either her very cool Cape Cod Pearl and Leather bracelet:

or this unique pearl and leather personally monogrammed piece:

Aren’t they great?

A few months ago, after browsing her site several times, I finally bought one of her necklaces. Then I acquired another one (funny how that happens!). Any of her jewelry pieces are perfectly understated yet distinctive, and can be worn with a bathing suit or a dress. I was initially attracted to them because leather grows softer, and pearls, more luminous with time and they can be worn in the water: fresh, salt, chlorine, or the shower! I love diving into the surf here in Atlantic Beach and I wanted a small but lovely bit of jewelry to wear every day, no matter what I’m doing. It needed to withstand salt, sunscreen, and sand. My Nicholas Landon pieces really fit the bill.

I’m not the only one who recognized their cool, nautical vibe: earlier this summer her Cape Cod Pearl and Leather bracelet was chosen by Jessica Romm, style editor of Food and Wine Magazine as part of a summer-themed feature in the July edition! And, prior to that honor, the Montauk Yacht Club in New York hotel placed an order for several pieces to sell in their gift shop.

So, take it from all of us, a piece from the Nicholas Landon Jewelry collection is the perfect summer accessory for beach-lovers everywhere. And when summer’s gone, I know I’ll keep on wearin’ mine because when you’ve got leather and pearls, well, it’s just seasonless, really. And if your beat is really more street, I’d call her stuff urban-edgy, too. It defies genres. Win one, and buy a few more…they’d look so great in worn in multiples too! (I’ve just given myself an idea…)

The winner of the Atlantic Beachlife – Nicholas Landon Jewelry giveaway will be announced on Saturday, August 1, by a random drawing of a number from the total number of comments on this post from the random number generator at You know the drill. To increase your chance of winning, it’s all about the comments, baby. You can make a comment each day on this blog post: tell me what you’re doing to enjoy the rest of your summer, or note a favorite summer memory; or comment about Atlantic Beachlife in general (that’s one chance). You can jump over to Nicholas Landon Jewelry and read all about the Cape Cod Pearl and Leather bracelet and check out her other creations while you’re at it. Give her some comment love, and come on back here and tell me so (on this post, remember!) and you’ve got yourself another chance. So there’s two chances per day right there. (Okay, it’s a lot of commenting back and forth, but giveaways are fun and I like hearing others’ ideas for summer fun.) Want another chance? Write about the giveaway or link to it on your own blog, or write something about Atlantic Beachlife or Nicholas Landon Jewelry once a day (now you’ll have to get creative!), come on back and tell me about it (on this post) and you’ve got yourself another one chance. So, you’ll have three chances each day to rack up the numbers and increase the odds in your favor. Finally, and you can only do this once, join Atlantic Beachlife as a follower (but please, only do this if you really mean it…stay because you like it here, not for the freebie…I don’t like to think of myself as begging for ‘followers’!) and tell me so via comments and you’re in for another chance.

Let’s have some fun with this. It’s summertime, people! Let the game begin!


  1. Owlhaven says:

    I'm planning on spending plenty of time by the pool with the kids…and blocking out all thoughts of school starting again! Because it is STILL SUMMER!!

  2. Sink says:

    What fun! I'm enjoying a relaxing summer with my kids! Beach trip to come later in August. I'd love to have some cool jewelry to wear at the beach!

  3. Colleen says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    It was great to see you here in Michigan last week. Count me in on the drawing. Very distinctive jewelry that I like very much. Summer is flying by, but we still have a good month of summer left and almost a month for you if your kids go back mid August (boo), so, like you, I will enjoy it. Good luck with the give-a-way.

  4. Maria Walker says:

    Nice to have you back. It's been a long time between blogs. Welcome back. How's everyone in Michigan?

  5. Rubberbacon says:

    Cool! I love beach jewelry.

  6. Susie from Bienvenue says:

    Love it soo much!

  7. Marny in Maryland says:

    Hey Jeannie!

    I'm haivng my own Atlantic Beachlife experience this week here in Baldhead Island, North Carolina (complete with sea turtles). The bracelet is gorgeous!



  8. Sweet Vernal Zephyr says:

    I love to head down to the beach with a storm coming up to take pictures of the clouds and waves!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hello!!! I'm leaving a comment on your blog, which I love.



  10. SAHM with a law degree says:

    Sadly, I won't get to the beach this summer 🙁 But hopefully I will spend next summer there.

    I love the jewelry, Jeanne. Either one of the pieces on your blog would look great as an anklet. I haven't worked with leather [yet] but have some ideas for anklets. The pearl/leather combination is beautiful.


  11. Lola Vintage Clothing says:

    I love that you are originally from Michigan! I plan on spending the rest of my summer ORGANIZING and spending time in mid-Michigan with my lovely family! Let me show you where by bringing out my right hand! LOL! 😉

  12. CathyH says:

    Hello. What a lovely bracelet! I bought a 100yr old farm house at the end of last summer and the yard was a jungle. Been trying to landscape mostly but ready enjoy my labors for the rest of the summer.

  13. Anonymous says:

    beautiful work!

    This summer, I didn't do much-visited my boyfriend's parents in Boston, ate alot of seafood. Visited their friend's cottage, went kyaking , which I love, but am terrible at!

  14. Felicia says:

    Hey woman..I'm here and crazily cleaning for our group of friends..sad you aren't going to be here. 🙁 School starts in 2 1/2 weeks…..yay I am already a follower of yours. Good to see you posting.

  15. Martha says:

    Great Giveaway, Love It! I spent my summers at the Jersey shore, miss the boardwalk.

  16. Sink says:

    Jeannie, An award on my site for you…passing it on from Fhina.

  17. Jan says:

    seriously…I love the relatives get special treatment??

  18. Fearless Nester says:

    Hi there…I just found your blog through Mickey's blog today and have been having a look around. Enjoyed reading your recent posts…you've got me hooked already!

  19. Amber says:

    I am planning on working as much as possible to save up because I am starting college in the fall.
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  20. squareby says:

    For the rest of the summer I'm going home, where hopefully my mother will cook me lots and lots of yummy food. So I pretty much plan to catch up on some reading, finish up some embroidered pillows, and relax.

  21. sabrita says:

    I hope to get some of my home improvements completed during the summer. This is a wonderful giveaway!

  22. Susie from Bienvenue says:

    Awww, thank you for your sweet comment too. Have fun with that giveaway and enjoy your weekend coming up!

  23. amanda says:

    I spent some time last summer hiking the Appalachian Trail with my husband. Those were probably my best summer memories 🙂
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  24. Christine says:

    Lovely stuff! My favorite summer was the summer my family and I went to Sicily. It was so beautiful. And evne though I was only 8 I still remember it very fondly.

  25. Wehaf says:

    My favorite summer memories are all jumbled together; I went to the same summer camp for years, and loved it. I love everything about that place!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  26. Anna says:

    I love your enthusiasm for summer Jeannie. I get that excited about winter. ha ha ha. It is a lso nice that you could find pleasant times admist the sadness while in MI. I love lake MI, just doen't ask me to swim in it.

  27. Christy Lee says:

    I'm just trying to enjoy what's left before I start school again on August 17th. I want to make the most of it!

  28. JohnsonFamily says:

    We are spending as much time outside before it starts to get too cold to enjoy it!

  29. Kriti says:

    I'm going to read a book a day, get eight hours of sleep, and enjoy the time with my family and friends until school starts!

  30. CathyH says:

    Hi Jeanne! I follow your blog now and love your photography!

  31. amanda says:

    This is a really great blog. I think I'm partial because I'm from the coast of NC 🙂 New follower.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  32. amanda says:

    I commented on the artists blog, under the giveaway post referencing your website.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  33. sabrita says:

    I like having casual get- togethers for a few friends on the back deck. Music, margaritas, fresh fruits and firing up the barbeque are the key ingredients to a very enjoyable time for all.
    Thank you!

  34. Michele Renee says:

    It has been a great traveling summer. First we went out West to CO and then South Dakota. Then the hubs and boys went to Daytona Beach. Then later we all went to Palm Beach Gardens. I flew home and they went down to the Keys. Sadly school starts in 2 weeks.

  35. Jan says:

    just started raining up here in Michigan…where did summer go???

  36. Rosie says:

    We have just returned from a fabulous road trip. Over 3,000 miles logged. We are tired but glad to be home!

  37. amanda says:

    I think I'd like to spend some time this summer planting some more vegetables in my garden, and just playing around outside in general.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  38. Alyson & Ford says:

    Love this giveaway! We are spending as much time as we can at the community pool this summer!

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy for Ten Months!

  39. Alyson & Ford says:

    I left a comment on the jewelry blog too! Thanks!

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy for Ten Months!

  40. Lola Vintage Clothing says:

    Hello again! Sounds like you've been blessed! I'm originally from the middle of the mitten near Mt. Pleasant, but I've since moved to Ann Arbor, and I love, I mean LOVE it here. Except, I still have a very hard time with Michigan winters. In early April, when it was still cold here, I went to Miami. I'd never been there but went to visit my bff who had moved there months before. I literally CRIED because I was so happy to be in that warm weather. And it was PERFECT weather. I mean my idea of perfect (like 85 degrees and sunny every day!)
    Well, I'm glad I found your blog, fellow Michigan gal, and hope you're having a blast in beautiful sunny Florida! 🙂

  41. Glimmer says:

    I joined your blog in order to live vicariously. The water keeps me sane. I haven't gotten to the ocean yet. Although I live a hop skip from the Potomac River and get to drive by it fairly often.

    I commented on the jewelry site.

    Pearls are my birthstone. I love them.

  42. Alyson & Ford says:

    I posted on my Facebook (acmaine) and have one going out on my blog too.

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy for Ten Months!

  43. Amy says:

    My favorite summer memory is vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC as a child — what a beautiful and peaceful place.

    acm211 [at] gmail [dot] com

  44. Joan says:

    Water goes with summer – whether it's cold like in Michigan or Caribbean bathwater. We are spending as much beach time as possible, and when at home my girls play "spa" and loll around in the bathtub for an hour or two. Darn old school is going to mess it all up for us. But I am gtlad we're not starting until the 21st!

  45. Rubberbacon says:

    Leaving a 2nd comment to say COOL GIVEAWAY!!!

  46. amanda says:

    Another one of my favorite summer memories is spending time in wisconsin with my family. I live in NC now, but all of my extended family lives up north.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  47. amanda says:

    I commented on the artist's "Only in Texas…I think" (cactus) post
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  48. ranksubjugation says:

    Planning to take a couple days for a girls-only vaycay in Palm Springs. Hopefully it'll actually get off the ground…

  49. M3 says:

    Wow, beautiful jewelry! Thanks for sharing links to it.

    Let's see, summer in our house means WATER, and plenty of it. Whether in squirt guns, the pool, fountains in a park, the beach, anything goes.

  50. crystal says:

    My hubby is in three bands and this summer he will be playing out a lot!! I love wearing any new jewelry to all of his concerts;)

  51. Bev says:


    I love your blog. We are in NC right now and one of my favorite things is to take Josh and now Angel to the local lake to swim, play putt putt, ride rides, get ice cream, all just like i used to do when I was a kid. This place looks like it is in a time warp. It has not changed in years!
    Hope to see you soon

  52. sabrita says:

    I want to spend time working on craft projects and learn some new things like watercolor painting.

  53. amanda says:

    Another summer memory I have… I used to always look forward to summer and then when it happened, I missed being in school and eagerly anticipated its return. Oh to have a free summer again!
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  54. Dita says:

    I am enjoying summer mornings with my children by changing my work schedule to start later than usual. Nothing like summer mornings in the yard with a cup of coffee watching them run around!

  55. queenmari says:

    i am planning to take my 19 year old niece on her first ever trip to new york city where we will stay for 10 days, with my son in brooklyn. and do all the city stuff all day. she is so excited to go. i promised her i wouldn't make her go with me to musicals evrery night, but we'll see.

    then in october my husband and i are still deciding on a disney crusie or a week at dsneyworld. either way he gets his disney fix and i just want a beach at some point to veg on.


  56. Ladytink_534 says:

    I love having family cookouts during the summer!


  57. Alyson & Ford says:

    We are enjoying summer by eating fresh grown tomatoes!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy for Ten Months!

  58. Lily says:

    i love the twin pearls anklet on leather

  59. amanda says:

    I hope to read a few more books this summer!
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  60. Alyson & Ford says:

    Can't wait to see who wins! I am reading some fluff books but so easy reading, that's the way to enjoy summer too.

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy for Ten Months!

  61. amanda says:

    I moved into my house about a year ago, but the decor is still pitiful. I hope to spend some time this summer sprucing it up.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  62. jessica lewis says:

    My favorite summer memories are all from spending time at Oak Island, NC beach! Thanks for this lovely opportunity!

  63. Kim says:

    Oh, my! What cool jewelry.

    Jeannie. You MUST go to Salt Springs, stop at Angel's Diner in Palatka on the way, DQ on the way back. You MUST. And write about it. Let us know when you're going. We'll meet you there.


  64. Alyson & Ford says:

    Another day, another entry!

    Alyzabeth’s Mommy for Ten Months!

  65. Callie Ivy says:

    We have the tradition of summer pool party every year. But when we moved from our house to some apartments, we realised we wouldn't be able to have the pool to ourselves and our guests. Luckly we found out it's rentable, so on lives the tradition.


  66. Callie Ivy says:

    I "gave her some comment love" Heheh.


  67. Cottage In The Sun says:

    I will be leaving for Virginia soon – my first Atlantic Ocean beach! Love, love the bracelets!

  68. Pam says:

    Hi Jeannie,
    I've been following your blog and just love it!!!! We've had a busy summer already….doing a lot of quick overnight stays at the beach and in St. Augustine. Took Delaney to Wild Adventures in Valdosta and have been to see my Mom a couple of times. Heading back next week for a few days of R&R on the river. It's great because Nana and Granddaddy take care/play with the girls and I sit by the pool and read magazines. I so would have gone with you to Itchitucnee next week but that's the day we leave for Mom's. Hope to see you soon.
    Pam E.

  69. Tammie says:

    just caught this and hope I am not too late for the giveaway.
    I am not a follower
    and will post link on my blog.

    Thanks and enjoy the rest of summer

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