March 27, 2020

Amazon Essentials for Toddlers: Quarantine Edition

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quarantine toddler activities

Now that we're going on two weeks of this COVID quarantine, I thought I'd put together a post on some home activities I found on Amazon for my kids to do. I know how hard it is to keep young kids entertained and engaged all day, especially when you can't leave the house, so hopefully some of these activities will buy you mamas some quiet time (and sanity).

Bathtime Basketball Hoop:  bath time is now considered an activity we do to breakup the day, so I got this hoop to give them something to do while in the bath.

Flower Garden: I saw this toy on Katie Lamb's story and thought it would be something creative to keep the kids busy.

Brain Flakes: another activity recommended by Katie. My kids love to build things, so this should keep them busy for a while.

Cutting and Pasting Book: Adam LOVES to cut things out and he's already gone through this whole book. 

Finger Paint Pad: Because what kid doesn't like to paint?

Spill-Proof Paint Cups: Just because they like to paint doesn't mean it has to be messy!

Kindergarten Workbook: Adam can spend a solid hour (at least) working in his workbooks, so I ordered this one since he's already gone through one.

PocketPros: Because he can go through his workbooks pretty fast, I got him these pocket pros so he can re-use the sheets later on.

Sight Word Readers: He's been really loving these sight word books that are geared towards teaching them how to read. The set also comes with a mini workbook.

Sight Words Flashcards: A nice set to go along with the readers.

Balance Pods: I got these to create a mini obstacle course for them in the house.

Suction Squigs: Hannah loves working with these. They can be used in the bath or on glass. It's a good upper body exercise for them.

Arts and Crafts Set: If you're not in the mood to make your own arts and crafts set for each kid, this is an awesome option.



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March 10, 2020

Bedroom Refresh

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With Spring just around the corner, I've been thinking about ways to freshen and lighten-up my home. After we renovated our house, I focused all my decorating efforts on the living space of our home, followed by my kids' rooms. With those rooms almost completed, I'm now turning my focus to our master bedroom. I think I saved this room for last because I really want to get it right. As exhausted parents, our bedroom really is like our mini sanctuary, a space where we can recharge and relax, free of clutter (and our kids' toys).

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a love for neutrals when it comes to home decor. I love to keep my big-ticket items in a neutral palette for two main reasons: First, I find neutrals to be truly calming; they create a bright and serene aesthetic, which is so important when your bedroom is your retreat. Next, having a neutral palette allows you to freely accessorize depending on your mood or the seasons. I love to add in warmer grey tones during Fall and Winter, and then switching out those accessories (like pillows and blankets) for brighter tones during Spring and Summer. You'd be surprised at how those little changes make a big impact and can change the overall feel of the room.

So as we head into a new season, I thought it would be fun to create a mood board with some of the big-ticket bedroom items I'm currently loving. To start, I love this rug to ground the room. The gray tones provide warmth for the room but the beige also brightens things up. Next, I love the wood tones on this bed. And it has a major plus: storage! You can never have too much of that.

I then like to keep my duvet covers in white. One, it reminds me of being in a relaxing hotel room, and two, like I mentioned before, you can freely accessorize with throw pillows. What I especially like about this duvet cover, though, is that it has a lot of texture, which provides for some visual interest to what may be an otherwise plain, white cover. I also love a pretty bench at the foot of the bed, a place where you can toss your bag or place a tray with some flowers and a candle. And then depending on your wall space, this beautiful art set would add warmth and interest either above your bed or on a wall next to your bed.

For nightstands, these are perfect because they also double as storage. Plus, the raffia adds texture to the room, which is important when you're working with a neutral palette. These rustic lamps would then pair beautifully on top of the nightstands, adding warmth and height. And while we're on the topic of lighting, I have to say how important it is because it's the "jewelry" of the room. Investing a little in a statement chandelier really goes a long way. I love how this beaded chandelier makes a big statement, but is still neutral enough to not clash with other items in the room.

Finally, a bedroom isn't really complete without a full-length mirror. Not only does it open up your space and make your room look bigger, but you also need something to check-out your outfits before heading out the door. This framed beauty in antique grey is a statement piece by itself, and I love how it ties in with the chandelier and lamps.

I hope this mood board provides you with some inspiration for your own room as we head into Spring. Joss & Main has always been one of my go-to sites for affordable and well-made pieces. And if you need more inspiration, be sure to check-out their Style Guide for all things transitional style.


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June 20, 2019

A Lemon Themed Second Birthday Party

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Today I'm sharing some photos and details from Hannah's 2nd birthday party! I went super soft and feminine for her first birthday party, so this year I wanted to do something different. When I was at Party City a few months ago picking things up for Adam's fiesta party, I saw these lemon plates and thought that it would be a super cute theme for Hannah's party. I honestly wasn't planning on throwing her a party this year. Instead, I wanted our Maui trip to be her birthday celebration. But then my husband basically went and guilted me into throwing her a party, so here we are LOL. As exhausting as it was to get this party together right after we came back from our trip, I have to admit it was so worth it. I didn't think she'd really get it this year (which is why I wanted to pass on a big celebration), but she totally did; it was so stinkin' cute! She was SO happy when everyone sang happy birthday to her and even knew how to blow out the candles on cue. So I'll give this win to my hubby.



Invitation: DIY using this clipart

Favors: DIY with Lemonheads and these mason jars

Plates and napkinsParty City (also Amazon)

Lemon ballons: DIY using this tutorial and these balloons

Lemon strawsAmazon

Drink dispensers and standsPottery Barn

Cake topper: Etsy

Lemon romperAmazon

Lemon dressLulu's



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June 18, 2019

Wailea With Toddlers

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If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that we were in Maui a couple weeks ago. The last time we were in Maui was on our honeymoon, and we basically said we wouldn't be back until we had kids; and that's exactly what we did LOL. On our honeymoon, we stayed in Ka'anapali at The Westin, so this time we stayed in the Wailea side at The Fairmont Kea Lani. We truly enjoyed our stay at the Fairmont. The property grounds are gorgeous and picturesque and the staff was helpful and friendly (and BONUS, housekeeping basically tidied up every time we left the room lol). The resort is also super family-friendly: they had koi fish feeding, a mermaid university, an awesome slide at the pool and our kids ate free at the breakfast buffet. There's also a beautiful walkway to the beach where they'll set up your umbrella and chairs. If you stay here, I HIGHLY recommend walking along the beach path from the hotel. It passes by the Grand Wailea (where we went for our luau), the Four Seasons Maui, and Wailea Beach. The Fairmont also offers some free fitness classes, so I took advantage of that one morning and did the barre class; so fun! While traveling with kids does get challenging, overall we had an awesome time and I'm looking forward to our next vacation!


What We Did
  • Mini version of the Road to Hana: because we have two young kids, we decided to only do two stops (we did the entire Road to Hana on our honeymoon, which is a story for another time LOL). The first was Hookipa Beach Park at MM9 to see the green sea turtles and then Twin Falls at MM2. Unfortunately for us, they had closed the trail to the waterfalls because it was too dangerous due to the rain. You can explore Pa'ia Town on your way back if you're not doing the whole road to Hana. 
  • The Honua'ula Luau at The Grand Wailea: we actually booked our tickets through Costco Travel.  We originally wanted to do the Old Lahaina Luau but it was sold out, so we did this one instead. It actually worked out since we were able to walk to the luau from our hotel along the beach path. The luau food was good and I was impressed with how prepared they were with an allergy menu. They actually send it to you in advance once you book so you can see which foods contain what allergens.
  • Maui Ocean Center: we took the kids to the Maui Ocean Center which they enjoyed. Would I go as an adult without kids? Absolutely not.
  • Iao Valley State Monument:  sure, Iao Valley is pretty, but we personally weren't all that impressed. In hindsight, I would've skipped this and taken the kids to baby beach instead.
  • Makena Beach: this beach was absolutely beautiful and where I went photo crazy, basically doing a mini photoshoot for my family LOL. However, people say the waves here can get unruly; one minute it's all calm and peaceful and a second later it gets crazy. So be vigilant if you go, especially with kids.
Where We Ate
  • Leoda's Kitchen and Pie ShopLeoda's is so good! I had the ahi tuna sandwich, passion fruit beer and we tried the banana and apple pies.
  • Olowalu Juice Stand: next to Leoda's is Olowalu Juice Stand. We got a pineapple smoothie which was good. BUT, my husband also bought some mangoes from the stand which were no good. So I'd pass on this.
  • Twin Falls Stand: right outside the entrance to Twin Falls is a fruit stand. The fresh cane juice was SO good, but I wasn't a fan of the coconut water.
  • Cinnamon Roll Place: their cinnamon rolls were good, but overhyped in my humble opinion. Cinnabon is probably better.
  • Coconut's Fish Cafe: some seriously good mahi-mahi fish tacos. Go there!
  • Monkeypod: we came here one night for a late dinner because it was basically the only place open at that hour. Good happy hour!
  • Ko Restaurant: this was in our hotel so we decided to order room service from them one night because the kids went to bed early. I had the catch of the day which was good.
  • Mama's Fish House: and of course, the infamous Mama's Fish House. If you're going to come here, you need to book a reservation in advance because they do book-up. I managed to snag a 5:15 slot the day before we had to fly home. I asked to be seated at a table facing the ocean which was awesome since we got to watch the sunset. I had the Pau Hana to drink (SO good), the Haleakala Ranch Beef appetizer and the Mama's Stuffed Fish for my entree. For dessert we ordered the Polynesian Black Pearl.



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