An Afternoon by the Water #MyExoticEscape

I have lived in the Ocean State (Rhode Island) for the last 10 years with my family. I actually grew up here and went to college here, too – only leaving Rhode Island for 6 years while I lived in NYC. I moved back because – to me – it’s the most beautiful place in the world. You can reach the water in less than 15 minutes regardless of where you are in Rhode Island. I love the water… I love the beach… to me, the sound of waves crashing on the sand is the most relaxing and most peaceful sound in the world to me. Growing up in Rhode Island I spent my summers at the beach, it was just a regular family outing and I always appreciated the beauty and the accessibility that I had to it. I never, ever took it for granted as a child, teen, young adult, adult… ever.

Now as a mom of 5, with a jam-packed busy work schedule and a calendar filled to the brim with appointments, practices, play dates for my kids… I don’t have much time for me, never mind getting to my “happy place.” We’re here. We’re there. We’re everywhere. Believe me, I love being busy with my family, but there can be times when I just would love some down time with everyone. It’s not always easy to “fit” into our schedules, but it’s something that I think it important.

I need an escape!! 🙂

I recently partnered with Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water to embark on an easy Exotic Escape right around home. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with sparking water, so this was a dream come true for me! Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water is a line of unsweetened sparkling water packed with unique bold and all-natural exotic fruit flavors that offers carbonation levels similar to canned soda, but with Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water you’re not sacrificing flavor OR fizz. Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water is zero-calorie and made with no artificial colors or sweeteners, while still offering an effervescent burst of flavor. If you’re looking to swap out soda and other sugary beverages, or simply seeking refreshing and flavorful options to stay hydrated, this is worth a try! I LOVE it! The delicious sparkling water flavors offered are – Mango Peach Pineapple, Key Lime, Strawberry Dragonfruit, and Tangerine.

So… for my Exotic Escape, Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water sent me the flavor Key Lime to be inspired by for my adventure.

Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water

The Key Lime flavor inspired me to think BEACH, my favorite spot in Rhode Island and FAMILY, the people I love to be around the most. I just really wanted to spend some time with my family at one of our local beaches, which also has a gorgeous park attached to it. It was… the best thing ever.

Just looking out at the calm water and seeing the beautiful sun and boats and people walking along the beach, it immediately relaxed me. It’s just amazing how a simple place can change how I’m feeling. The thing is — I live so CLOSE, but I never come here! Life is just too busy, so I loved having the opportunity to slow down and truly enjoy this my exotic escape.

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Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water

Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water

And of course, I needed to actually head DOWN TO THE WATER!!

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After breathing in the gorgeous beach air and watching my kids run around on the beach, we all went to the grass field behind the beach for some play and relaxing time together!

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For me, there’s nothing better than this kind of exotic escape.

A comfy blanket.

A fun game.

A ball (or lime!) to play catch with.




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Thank you to Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water for this inspiration! And thank you for making healthy living easier and more accessible. As a
parent, it can be difficult to keep everyone in the home happy and healthy – some people want juice, some want soda. Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water is a great alternative as it is unsweetened but full of flavor. With all of the unique flavor options, Nestlé® Pure Life® Exotics™ sparkling water can meet everyone’s needs!


Are you ready for this!!??

You can WIN an Exotic Escape Kit themed to one of the Nestlé® Pure Life®
Exotics™ sparkling water flavors – Mango Peach Pineapple, Key Lime, Strawberry Dragonfruit and Tangerine – for YOURSELF!!! Have it INSPIRE you to embark on an EXOTIC ESCAPE, too!!

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Please note, Nestle Waters North America Inc. is not a sponsor or partner of the giveaway.

***Thank you to Nestle® Pure Life® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.***

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 8.13.15
    Dandi D said:

    I sure wish we lived closer to a beach so I could go there!

  2. 8.13.15
    vickie couturier said:

    take a good book and a lounge chair and go to the beach

  3. 8.14.15
    Ashley B. said:

    What an amazing prize pack! For my Exotic Escape I would head to the closest beach for some R&R 🙂

  4. 8.14.15
    Katherine said:

    Lay in a hammock and drink a tropical drink

  5. 8.14.15
    Jenna said:

    I would go to the lake and bring lots of snacks. Also plenty of activities to do.

  6. 8.14.15
    Christie L said:

    I would take it on a picnic at the park

  7. 8.15.15
    Heather Hayes Panjon said:

    I Would Take A Trip To The Beach

  8. 8.17.15
    Sarah hurley said:

    I would go to the beach, but a little further from home. 🙂

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