Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Week in Hawaii

My husband and I got the chance to go to Maui, Hawaii for our first year anniversary and we couldn't be more excited! Most vacations we go on, we plan, plan plan... and this one we decided to just relax and not be rushed. With that being said we did plan a few things, including some "must see" places and those excursions that were booked for us. Here are some ideas for your next trip to Hawaii!

Hawaii Day #1

We had an early flight out of Portland with a short layover in Seattle and then off to Kapalua Airport in Maui, Hawaii. After hours of travel, we finally arrived in Maui and were off to start our adventure. 

We grabbed our rental car and set off for our hotel. We stayed at the wonderful Kaanapali Resort and even got upgraded to a Junior Suite with a Kitchen. 

We went exploring around the hotel and chilled by the pool just in time for Happy Hour with $4.50 Mai Tais!

That night, we enjoyed the beautiful sunset while lounging by the pool and relaxing drinking our Mai Tais.

Hawaii Day #2

We woke up ready for the day, thinking it was at least 10am and realizing it was actually 5am. The 3 hour difference from Oregon affected us more than we thought. Neither of us could go back to sleep so we got up and got ready to go out to breakfast.

We kept hearing about this place, Slappy Cakes, where you could make your own pancakes right at your table. It was delicious and we definitely enjoyed making our own pancake designs...

...including Mickey Mouse!

We quickly realized if we wanted to stick to our budget, we couldn't eat out for breakfast everyday and buy every drink. So we went to the local grocery store to stock up and then headed back to the Resort to, once again, relax at the pool but not without enjoying the scenery along the way.

That night we decided to head out on the town and do a Tipsy Wine Paint night. We have been wanting to do one forever and figured what better a place to do our first one, than Maui. 

We had a blast painting palm trees on the beach at Sunset and it was cool to see all the different styles. This was my painting that turned out alright but then again I am perfectionist when it comes to painting.

This is what my husband decided to paint since he wanted to be different and it turned out awesome!

Hawaii Day #3

Today was adventure day with the Road to Hana. There is so much to do on the Road to Hana that it deserves it's own post (link here) but some of the picture highlights can be found below:

Twin Falls

Gorgeous hangout complete with black sand

View from Hana

Wailua Falls - an 80 foot waterfall

After the Road to Hana we met up with some friends and had sushi. We were told we can't come all the way to Hawaii and not have some fresh sushi. I am not a fan of raw fish or even fish to begin with but I found one that I actually liked!

Hawaii Day #4

After waking up, still early, we made a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, pigs in a blanket with Portuguese Sausage and, of course, Mimosas we headed to the pool to relax. We enjoyed the sun and the heat, which coming out of the winter in Oregon was great!

Our gorgeous view by the pool! 

That night we went out with the whole gang to a local brewery for some beers and dinner. After dinner we were sitting around the table enjoying our drinks when we decided to play a game, none other than ring of fire. We quickly realized that is not the best game to play in a restaurant without racking a huge tab. So we paid and went back to the resort to finish our game with our own alcohol and just chill in the hot tub. 

Hawaii Day #5

We got up early to head to our Snorkeling trip. Once checked in, we boarded the boat and enjoyed the yummy breakfast buffet complete with some island juice. We headed out to the first snorkel spot which was located at Molokini Crater. We saw tons of fish, 2 eels, a reef shark and this long pointy looking fish. On the way to the next stop we enjoyed a lunch BBQ buffet, complete with burgers and salad. The next stop was home of the Turtles. We were told not to touch the Seaturtles or come within 10 feet. We saw a few hiding under rocks and eventually when they came up to surface. 

After getting back on the boat, the bar was officially open and Mai Tais were passed around. They also passed around delicious homemade Macademia Nut Cookies.

Once getting back to the dock we headed back to the resort but not before stopping at Jamba Juice, my fav!

Once back at the resort, we headed to the pool to do some relaxing and create a game of beer pong. Beer ping was a little hard since all the resort had were round tables but we created our own version in the pool on rocks and a fountain. 

We called it Volcano Pong!

Hawaii Day #6

After days in the sun, we decided to explore and just drive around to see what there was. We passed gorgeous beaches and mountains. 

We even passed a whole mall which was completely open to the air, very different from what you think a mall would be like.

That night we went to a Luau. When we walked in we were handed a drink and got "Lei'ed". We had awesome seats right in the front with a cushion on the ground to sit on.  We took a walk around to enjoy the view.

We even saw the pig being lifted out of the sand pit oven.

Awesome tiki wood carving

We headed back to our seats for dinner and the show to begin.

Dinner Buffet

My delicious plate full of food

Then the show began...

The girls...

...and the guys!

Hawaii Day #7

We got up at 2am and headed to Haleakalā Crater to watch the beautiful sunrise. 

The very top of the Crater is 10,000 feet and you can definitely tell when your ears constantly pop as you drive up the windy mountain. The long drive and early hours is worth the view!

Sadly, our trip had to come to our end as we made our way to the airport and said goodbye to the fun times in Hawaii.

What have you done in Hawaii?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Quick and Easy Easter Decorations

I love Easter and this time of year because it means Spring has arrived. Spring is all about growth, sunshine, and beauty. Easter is also a special holiday because Jesus died on the cross and rose 3 days later. This is something that has always been important in my life. I was trying to think of something to create but have run out of time so I kept with the flower and Easter Bunny theme although maybe next year!

Learn how to make Easter Bunny Door Hanger here

Learn how to make Easter Shelf Decor here

Learn how to make Easter Egg Centerpiece here

Do you have any fun Easter decorations?

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Shelf Decor

 With Easter being so early this year, I had to think quick with what I would do to decorate. I kept my decor shelf easy with flowers, mason jars, and styrofoam eggs.

What you need:
- Mason jars
- Round vase
- Flowers
- Styrofoam eggs on a stick (Found at dollar store)
- Plastic grass 
- White rose garland
- Pink lights

What to do:
1. Lay out garland on shelf and intertwine with lights
2. Add plastic grass to the bottom of the mason jars and round vase
3. Add flowers to 2 of the mason jars and to the round vase
4. Stick styrofoam eggs on a stick  in 2 of the mason jars
5. Arrange mason jars like the shelf above.
6. Enjoy your work! 

What decorations do you have for Easter?

Easter Bunny Door Hanger

Isn't Easter supposed to be in April? Anyway, I have a great wreath for Springtime but decided to spruce it up a little for Easter by adding some eggs and an Easter Bunny!

What you need:
- Floral spring time wreath
- Styrofoam eggs on a stick (Found at dollar store)
- Easter bunny head sign

What to do:
1. Add styrofoam eggs on a stick throughout the floral Spring wreath.
2. Adhere Easter Bunny head to the wreath
3. Hang and enjoy the view.

1. Add styrofoam eggs on a stick throughout the floral Spring wreath.

2. Adhere Easter Bunny head to the wreath

What's on your door this Easter?

Easter Egg Centerpiece

I can't believe how early Easter is this year. I had to figure out some quick decorations to put up with St. Patrick's Day having just ended and Easter already here. I always like to have some centerpiece and decided to go all out with flowers, eggs and bunnies.

What you need:
-Spring flowers
- Circular, cylinder shaped vase
-Bunnies (Found mine at the dollar store)
-Plastic eggs
-Plastic fake grass
- Styrofoam eggs on a stick (Found at dollar store)

What to do:
1. Add a small layer of the plastic grass to the bottom of the vase and then add eggs. (The grass will help the flowers from moving around.
2. Next arrange flowers in vase and eggs
3. Place vase on center of the tray. 
4. Add grass around the vase, covering the bottom of the tray.
5. Add styrofoam eggs, hiding stick part under the grass.
6. Finally, add the bunnies.
7. Admire!

Monday, March 7, 2016

3 Easy St. Patrick's Day Decorations

I can't believe we are already in March! Where did the beginning of the year ago? One of my husband's favorite holidays is St. Patricks Day because 1. his birthday is the day before and 2. it is all about drinking beer. I decided to do a little decorating just like I do with every other holiday so why should this one be any different. I kept it simple with 3 easy DIY decorations that you can do too.

Learn how to make Welcome Luck Front Door Hanger here

Learn how to make Lucky Floral Shelf Decor here

Learn how to make Pot 'o Gold Centerpiece here

What have you created for St. Patrick's Day to decorate your house?

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pot 'o Gold Centerpiece

Have you ever wanted to find the Pot o' Gold at the end of the rainbow? Look no further because I found the gold and decided to use it as my centerpiece on my table. I also decided to add some pretty flowers and candles to spruce it up even more.

What you need:
- Fake flowers of your choice
- Coins
- Mini bucket
- Green and gold paint
- Candles
- Glass vases
- Mirror

What to do:
1. Paint mini bucket green
2. Once paint is dry, write "Pot 'o Gold" with gold paint
3. Add flowers to the mini bucket and surround with coins (Trick: I added some newspaper underneath the coins so I didn't need to completely fill up the bucket with coins)
4. Add candles to glass vases and surround with coins
5. Arrange mini bucket and vases on mirror
6. Save a handful of coins to scatter around vases and mini bucket

What does your table look like?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lucky Floral Wall Art

In previous posts, I had mentioned my husband created a shelf for me to put decorations up and of course, St. Patrick's Day is no different. I decided to continue with my St. Patrick's Day theme - Luck of the Irish. 

What you need:

- Cardboard letters that spell out "Lucky"
- Green and gold paint
-Spring/Rose Garland
- Sparkly shamrocks (These are the pieces I removed from the dollar store piece I used for the front door hanger)
- Tape/glue (Used to attach the shamrocks to shelf)

What to do:

1. Paint cardboard letters
2. Add garland to shelf 
3. Place letters in front of garland and tape/glue the shamrocks in-between each letter on shelf.
4. Enjoy your hard work!

1. Paint cardboard letters

2. Add garland to shelf 

3. Place letters in front of garland and tape/glue the shamrocks in-between each letter on shelf.

4. Enjoy your hard work!

What would you decorate on your special shelf?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Welcome Luck Front Door Hanger

Having a wreath for every holiday is so overrated. I wanted something different but still went with the theme of St. Patrick's Day. Everyone always says it is all about the Luck of the Irish or sparkly green. So I went for it and created something that went with just that.

What you need:
-Wooden letters
- Green paint
- Gold glitter
- Green bow
- Welcome cardboard top hat (I used a hanging decoration I got from the dollar store and removed the rest of the pieces)
- Ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- Door hanger

What to do:
1. Paint letters and once dry, add glitter
2. Hot glue ribbon to back of letters
3. Attach bow to door hanger above letters
4. Hang on door and admire!

1. Paint letters and once dry, add glitter

2. Hot glue ribbon to back of letters

3. Attach bow to door hanger above letters

4. Hang on door and admire!

What's on your door this St. Patrick's Day?