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Monday, June 19, 2017

This week it was Isla's first birthday! I can't believe our baby has become a toddler.  It is truly bittersweet.  I hope everyone is having an awesome week and here are a few links from around the web that I think you'll enjoy.

These skin care products are inexpensive and have ALL the good stuff

Yay or nay on this shoe trend

I'm loving this home decor DIY

We made one of these balloon arches for Isla's bday, here is the tutorial

I would love to rock this dress all summer long

Fascinating post on why you should not volunteer at an orphanage

Kauai Babymoon - The Top 12 Things To Do In Kauai When You're (26 weeks) Pregnant.

Monday, June 12, 2017

When we booked our babymoon for Kauai, I was thrilled. Babymoon! Hawaii! But then it dawned on me, what if there is nothing for us to do in Kauai when I'm 6 months pregnant.  So, as I traded in my Mai Tai for a virgin Pina Colada, I planned for a fun vacation - and it didn't disappoint. Follow our itinerary to see what to do in Kauia when you're pregnant.

Do what we do best when pregnant, eat!

{Jon's tuna tar tar}

If you want a fancy dinner this place is modern and delicious.  It's a little pricey but was one of our favorite dinners of the trip.  Jon ordered their 50 dollar burger (of course he did). It was made with wagyu beef and topped with foie gras, lobster, truffles and gold flake aioli.

{view from Country Kitchen}

This was an awesome breakfast spot in the little town nearby.  The portions are huge and it's so delicious that it's hard to stop eating.  Casual atmosphere and good prices.

We loved this place so much that we actually went there twice.  I know what you're thinking: Italian in Hawaii? But it is quaint and cozy, it has the friendliest staff, and showboats the best lasagna I've ever had, EVER. It's owned by a couple who moved here from Seattle.  You can taste the passion they have in their food.  Really lovely.

4. Pat's Taqueria Truck 
Eat like a local.  This food truck is parked on the beach and not many tourists are around.  It's fun for a cheap lunch on the go.

5. JoJo's Shaved Ice
Maybe it was because I was pregnant but this shaved ice was sooo good, I think we went almost every day.  Make sure to ask for a scoop of mac nut ice cream and snow cap (sweetened condensed milk) to make it extra delicious.

There are beautiful sightseeing in Kaui, so if you're not too tired, try these!

{Waimea Canyon}

6. Hike
Waimea Canyon - Grand canyon of Kauai.  I was so tired while pregnant but still wanted to get out and move around.  So if you're looking for a really EASY hike (more of a walk with amazing views) you can walk on the Pihea trail, which is in between the 8 and 9 mile marker.  After that you can continue to the top, Pu'u O Kila overlook/view point where you can find the most gorgeous views and perfect spot for photos.  There is a little fruit/snack stand where you can grab a snack as well if you're tired from all that "hiking."

7. Wailua Falls
For a fun day activity you can take a drive to see Wailua falls which is an impressive double-tiered waterfall.  You can just park right on the side of the road for a stunning view point (no hiking required!)

8. Shopping in town
A couple of the days we would head into the town of Waimea. There is a short and cute street sprinkled with modern boutiques and souvenir shops.  Plus you have an excuse to get a JoJo's shaved ice.

9. Helicopter tour
We didn't end up doing this because it was expensive, but it was on our itinerary.  We both regretted it.  We will definitely add it to our next Kauai trip but I wanted to mention it since it is an exciting and adventurous activity that is safe during pregnancy.

Because Kauai.  Nuf said!

10. Pool
I really enjoyed our hotel.  We booked a room on the first floor that outlooked the pool.  It was amazing to just walk out and right into the water.  Since the weather can be/was a bit stormy in the morning we would do an activity and lunch and then by 2-3pm the sun would come out and it was pool and beach time!  Learn from us: on the first day we made the mistake of b-lining it to the pool first thing and it rained on us.


11. Princeville
 If you're not staying on the North side of the island it's worth the drive to see the amazing landscape.  They have beautiful beaches with an amazing cliffside backdrop.  We stopped at the St. Regis hotel and went for a walk on their beach. 

Queens Bath
I really wanted to go to Queens bath (it looks GORGEOUS). There are mixed reviews about going while pregnant.  After further research we decided it was too risky. I will have to wait till next time to feature that gem on instagram!

{My absolute favorite baby book}
12. Poipu Beach
This was our favorite go-to beach which is right in front of Ko'a Kea hotel.  The water is crystal-clear and the sand is soft. Check and check.

We really had an amazing time on our babymoon.  If you go there too, I hope you have a fantastic and memorable trip and, as Maui says, you're welcome! 
(what?  Am I the only fan of Moana?)

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