Oahu Part II Oahu Part II

Here are the last of my Hawaii photos! You guys have no idea how hard it is for me to sit down and edit all of these photos and then decide between the thousands which ones I’m actually going to share! You’ll probably see some very very similar photos. That’s because I didn’t want to choose between them all so I didn’t! HA! These were taken on the last few days of us being in Oahu. We went to the North Shore and Pearl Harbor! It was pretty awesome and we seriously wished we had more time to enjoy. Maybe next time….without the kids. {But don’t tell them!}

O’ahu, Hawaii O’ahu, Hawaii

I can’t believe it’s taken me THIS long to edit all these photos from our Hawaiian vacation! I published the first half of our trip to Maui here a few weeks ago, but for whatever reason couldn’t get around to editing the rest of my 1200 photos!

So, these pictures are from the first few days on O’ahu. We were lucky enough to stay at The Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko’Olina. Our suite was so so gorgeous and we felt completely at home there. Our children especially slept really well {except for Eddie who was a little all over the place with his sleep schedule} and loved every part of the hotel…so much so that they were complaining when we had day trips planned to other parts of the island! Ha!

I have nothing but good things to say about The Four Seasons and we really do try to stay at that hotel whenever we’re traveling. Like to Las Vegas. Or Seattle. After showing my kids these photos, they are ready to go back again!

As usual, if you want all the details of this post, scroll to my list at the bottom.

Best Food in Maui! Best Food in Maui!

There was so much good food we found in Maui! I was expecting to enjoy the beautiful state and the relaxation that comes from a vacation, but not all the good food!! Gordon and I were pleasantly surprised at how truly delicious everything was. From the pineapple and coconut to the amazing pancakes with coconut syrup, everything was so so tasty! There were so many of you that gave us long lists of recommendations but we could only make it to a few spots and these were it! I cross referenced your lists with yelp and created a master list that we worked from. Scroll through to see all the yummy photos, and as usual, all the restaurant links and info is at the bottom of this post πŸ™‚ Happy Monday!

Maui Maui

Hi Friends!

I’m finally FINALLY getting around to posting some of my photos from our trip to Hawaii! We had such a great time, especially in Maui. Since I literally took 1000+ photos, I’ve been having a hard time narrowing them down! But here are a few that I took for the first 5 days we were on this family trip.

A little background: We left Portland on a Saturday afternoon and arrived in Maui at our hotel around 6, which is 9pm our time. After a few google searches, we decided to stay at the Sheraton Maui. After I initially posted our first Hawaiian Instagram photos, I didn’t realize how many of you have stayed at this Sheraton and gave this property glowing reviews! Like, I got emails and comments galore! So, we were thrilled to be staying in such a beautiful place, and it really was so beautiful! My kids were in heaven, as you will see.

These photos are mostly of what we did in Maui {swim, swim and swim some more}. I’ll be doing another post with a lot more food with our eating guide πŸ™‚

The Redwoods! {and Double Peanut Granola Bites} The Redwoods! {and Double Peanut Granola Bites}

This post is sponsored by Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter.

This past weekend, my little family and I had the opportunity to travel down to California to visit the Redwood National Park. Sometimes we get the hankering to get the heck outta town and hit the road. Since we live in Oregon and have been to every National Park in this beautiful state, we decided to head even further south to the Redwoods. We have always wanted to take our children here and we finally had the opportunity to make it happen.

YOU GUYS. You hear about the Redwoods and you see pictures but holy cow, these trees are HUGE. Like, the park rangers totally weren’t kidding.

We arrived late Friday night, so we rested up and got a nice early start Saturday morning, thanks to my children’s internal clocks waking them up and therefore all of us up at 6am. Ew. So we grabbed a little breakfast and headed over to the visitor’s center to pick up all the maps they had {hello no cell service}. We set out with a very loose plan and hoped for the best. The best adventures and memories are made when there are no strict plans! As we found hikes and different trails to explore, the trees kept getting bigger and cooler! Take a look at these pictures I snapped.

And, as expected, the trees are bigger and more beautiful in person.

More Paris!! More Paris!!

You guys, with this pregnancy brain I have, I completely forgot I have a zillion more photos to share with you from when I was in Paris this past Fall! It took me a while to get through my 1000+ photos I took {yes, I literally took over one thousand pictures!} but I powered through and made it happen. Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

Portland Guide: Food Carts Portland Guide: Food Carts

I’m so excited to be sharing with you all another installment of my Portland Guides today! This time I took my whole family out on the town to get some of our favorite food cart foods! There will probably end up being 1 or 2 more of these videos because Portland is KNOWN for food carts and there are close to 1000 of them in our small little city.

For this video, I picked out some of our go-to spots because we know and love them well πŸ™‚ As I’ll explain in my descriptions of each food cart, but fyi, each one is found as a part of a grouping or ‘pod’. If you google said pods, you’ll find them {and directions!} no problem.

Favorite Foods I Ate in Paris Favorite Foods I Ate in Paris

When I went to Paris back in October with Amanda, Sommer and Stephanie, there were so many parts I loved about the city! I’ve been wanting to post all of my photos weeks ago, but was hesitant to do so, in light of what happened to that beloved city. So, this is me celebrating everything wonderful about Paris. I think its about time I shared these photos and everything I loved while visiting.

This first post is all about the amazing food I ate there! {Typical for me…I think of my stomach first πŸ™‚ } I’ll also be talking about my favorite stops and where I stayed, so keep your eyes peeled for those posts.

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Rockaway Beach Weekend Rockaway Beach Weekend
Portland Guide: The Pearl District Portland Guide: The Pearl District
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A Day in the Pearl A Day in the Pearl
Meet me in St. Louis! Meet me in St. Louis!
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Trip to Cascadian Farm {Northern Washington} Trip to Cascadian Farm {Northern Washington}
Flatbread Pizza {Boise, ID} Flatbread Pizza {Boise, ID}
The Morgans {Miami, FL} The Morgans {Miami, FL}
Newport, OR Newport, OR
New Orleans! New Orleans!