A Day in My Life at the Beach | What I Do, Where I Go, What I Wear

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell

This post is sponsored by Walmart. I only highlight and share products that I use and truly love. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Empty Nest Blessed!

Y’all know we get to our beach condo on Sanibel Island as often as possible! We love it here so much! I thought it would be fun to take you through a typical day in my life at the beach and show you some of the products I use throughout my day!

Walmart is my go-to spot for all the things I need at the beach! I love that they’re a one-stop-shop for me, with everything from sunscreen, beach/pool floats, and mesh shell bags to summer dresses, straw hats, and sandals. (Not to mention all of the groceries and drinks we need!) Walmart keeps prices low every day so that our best days at the beach are always within reach, and I love that! In addition, this time of year they put hundreds of products on Rollback, helping us save even more.

As usual, click any pink text link or image for more information, to check alternate colors, etc. Everything fits TTS unless indicated.

A Day in My Life at the Beach: Morning

There’s something about the fresh new morning at the beach and the new day’s dawning that I just adore!

Beach Walk

Bob and I usually head out on a sunrise beach walk! Bob calls it a “power walk,” 😂 but it usually ends up being more of a stroll because there’s so much to see! We always take along a mesh shell bag for our finds!

Coffee On the Lanai

Lydia Slipper

After our beach walk, we love having coffee on the screened lanai in our slippers! We start the day that way as often as we can.

A Day in My Life at the Beach: Beach Time

Beach time is always a big priority no matter what else is going on that day! Walmart has the cutest swimsuits, pareos & coverups, sunglasses, straw hats, and beach bags. I even found a new, hydrating sunscreen that I absolutely adore!

Time and Tru Popcorn Texture Swim Top ($12 and comes in regular & plus sizes) | Time and Tru Ruffle High Waist Swim Bottoms ($12 and comes in regular & plus sizes) | Time & Tru Pareo (under $15 and in 6 colors/patterns) | Woven Straw Hat ($10 and see all 6 color options HERE.) | Tortoise Horn Rim Sunglasses (under $10) | Time & Tru Straw Embroidered Beach Tote (on sale for under $15 and in 4 patterns) | Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler with Straw (11 colors)

Walmart’s selection of fun pool and beach floats is incredible! (I’m dying for THIS motorized pool float for our pool in Dallas!) THIS Aqua Glow Lazy Lounge Float even has color-changing LED lights!

Whether I’m stand-up paddleboarding, or just floating in the water, I just love to be in the ocean!

Chill-Out Lounge Pool Float (under $7 and also in lime green) | Time and Tru Popcorn Texture Swim Top ($12 and comes in regular & plus sizes) | Time and Tru Ruffle High Waist Swim Bottoms ($12 and comes in regular & plus sizes) | Woven Straw Hat ($10 and see all 6 color options HERE.) | Tortoise Horn Rim Sunglasses (under $10) | Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler with Straw (11 colors)

A Day in My Life at the Beach: Lunch

Short Sleeve Tiered Knit Dress with Pockets (Under $15 + See all 8 color options HERE.) | Embroidered Bee Happy Slide Sandals (cushy footbed & great quality!) | Woven Straw Hat (See all 6 color options HERE.) | 4 Pairs Lightweight Rattan Earrings (Under $14.) | Straw Embroidered Beach Tote Bag (See all 4 style options HERE.)

A patio lunch is how we roll when we’re at the beach, and we dine al fresco as often as we can! Sometimes we eat on the lanai in our condo, but sometimes we go out. The day we shot this, Bob and our son had been out fishing with a fishing guide around Captiva Island, and I met them afterward for lunch at the cutest spot called Key Lime Bistro.

I think the key to outdoor dining is to dress cool, and this under $15 short sleeve tiered knit dress with pockets was the perfect way to go! It comes in so many colors (you’ve seen me wear it in green in THIS Reel on Instagram). The length is perfect because it’s not too short and not too long.

woman wearing HIGH COMMISSIONADD TO FAVORITES C. Wonder Women's Conversational Slide Sandals that say bee happy from walmart

Embroidered Bee Happy Slide Sandals (cushy footbed & great quality!)

How cute are these (very expensive-looking) embroidered Bee Happy sandals! They were a find, and I love the message! My cute woven straw hat goes with me everywhere when I’m at the beach. Thankfully, it’s packable and crushable! It comes in 4 color options.

Walmart Dresses for Summer

woman over 50 standing on restaurant patio wearing Pique Knit Dress with High Low Hem and demi wedge heels carrying Dana Flap Top Handle Crossbody bag

Y’all know I’m a dress lover! Dresses are cooler than shorts, a lot easier to move in, and you can wear them with a variety of footwear. They’re my favorite thing to wear in the summer, whether I’m at the beach or not!

Walmart has the cutest dresses for summer! You’ve seen me in several of them! One of my favorite things about shopping for clothes at Walmart is that they have over 100+ models with diverse body types to help you find your perfect fit. The feature is available on some of their most popular brands. Isn’t that awesome?

If you love summer dresses as much as I do, I want to let you know about several of Walmart’s lines to check out for the cutest dresses at amazing prices!

  • Time and Tru – Well-priced, casual dresses. I always look at Time and Tru first, not just for dresses, but for handbags, sandals, and jewelry as well!
  • Free Assembly – Made using organic cotton, low-impact water practices, and in LEED Certified factories.
  • The Scoop –  This size-inclusive and affordable boutique line features a curated collection of trend-inspired styles. I just ordered THIS halter top midi dress to wear on our cruise next month!
  • Sofia Vergara – Colorful and beautiful, this size-inclusive line looks way more expensive than it is!
  • BCBG Paris – A designer-inspired brand that you will love!
  • Terra and Sky – Walmart’s stylish Plus line.

A Day in My Life at the Beach: Date Night

Pique Knit Dress with High Low Hem (See all 4 color combos HERE.) | Demi Wedge Sandals (Also in Black.) | Dana Flap Top Handle Crossbody Handbag (See all 4 gorgeous color/pattern options HERE.) | 4 Pairs Lightweight Rattan Earrings (Under $14.) | Tortoise Shell Round Horned Rim Sunglasses

I’ll be honest! Bob and I go out to eat almost every night when we’re at the beach! Even if we’re both spending the day working remotely, it gives us something special to look forward to. This evening we dined on the patio at The Clam Shack, a New England Style Bistro. They have the best lobster bisque and Bob loves their lobster rolls!

Thanks for coming along with me on my day at the beach! Walmart is my one-stop-shop for warm weather must-haves! I shop there at least once a week (but usually twice 🤭!). They have unbeatable value on all of my summer must-haves for backyard time, pool time, and beach time!

Suzy Mighell

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  1. I love the posts about your beach getaways! We have a lake condo we are able to go to most weekends. Your posts about Sanibel Island inspire me to make the most of our weekends away. Sometimes I think “how would I describe this in a blog?” Sounds silly, but allows me to focus on all the positives! 🙂

    1. Suzanne,

      Aw, that is so kind of you! How wonderful to have a lake condo where you can go frequently. We only wish our beach condo was closer to Dallas! Hahaha!

      Thank you for your kind words! I’m SURE your life is blog-worthy!


  2. Suzy,
    Thank you for this post. I loved everything! You always uplift and inspire me with your posts. Thank you for another great one! Have fun at the beach.


    1. Wendy,

      You are too sweet! Thank you so much for your encouragement! I AM having fun at the beach – headed down right now to sit under the umbrella with my sweet daughter-in-law and watch the men fish!

      I hope you’re getting away somewhere special this summer, Wendy!


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