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Family Traditions Contest Winner – 2017

Traditions usually revolve around unforgettable experiences and cherished moments. Although these experiences may seem small, they carry great significance with them for a lifetime. These fond memories often lay the foundation for creating new family traditions. The Smetana-Rama Family is no exception, learn more about our 2017 Family Traditions Contest winner below. For the last 22 […]

Family Traditions: Summer Lovin’

This year would be special. Every summer in July, my mom’s side of the family would vacation at the beach, but who knew a whole new summer tradition was about to begin?  It all started in the summer of ’08 when I was just twelve years old.  My aunt, uncle, two cousins, and parents were […]

The Coast I Love Most

I am a rising senior at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, pursuing a degree in English. This summer, I am incredibly appreciative that I have the opportunity to work two internships. I am an Education Intern at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores and a blogger for Emerald Isle Realty. I am so […]

2016 Family Traditions Contest

Lifelong traditions usually revolve around memorable experiences and fun activities. Although these experiences may seem small at the moment, they carry great significance with them. These fond memories often lay the foundation for creating new family traditions. A powerful memory can crash down on us just like a curling wave. Perhaps it was when mom […]

Family Traditions: Friends Become Our Chosen Family

It all started with 5 friends – Steve K., Pablo, Steve Z., Gary, and Dave…..five boys who became friends in Jr. High in Queens, NY. They stayed friends through high school, then some went to college and others didn’t, but they continued to grow together. As each found their wife, they broadened the size of […]

Child of Emerald Isle

It was the summer of ’72, the last summer of my childhood, when I fell in love with Emerald Isle.  That fall I would start my senior year in high school and meet my husband of 34 years.  Through June, July and August I lived quietly and simply with my Aunt Mildred and Uncle Clarence […]