Waimea Plantation Cottages–Kauai

Waima Plantation Cottages, Kauai, Waimea, best family hotel

We just got back from a whirlwind trip of Hawaii.  We were there to help Aaron, my husband, get his clients off on a paddleboard trip around the Na Pali Coast.  I, was tasked as the cook for the trip and prepared all the meals and froze them so they could eat luxurious delicious meals in the  middle of the woods.  Normally he hires a

Holiday Road Trip with Kids?

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  Ahhh!  8 more days until Christmas and let me tell you….I have very few presents for our kids. We have decided to be a bit more calm about gifts this year..instead of piles of presents under the tree…there will be just a few special ones.  We have talked to the kids about Santa and the fact that he can only give one present to

Best Sarasota Brunch: The Table Creekside

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I was very excited for our brunch date at The Table Creekside.  Not only had I been reading and re-reading their online menus and was super excited to try their food, I was really looking forward to alone time to chat, decompress and drink.  The plan was for Aaron to coach his surf and SUP team and then he would quickly change and meet me.

Happy Birthday Dad!

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Today is my dad’s birthday!  I always had the hardest time remembering if his birthday was Sept 30th or the 31st until I learned that there is no September 31st.  I think I learned that a few months ago. In honor of my dad, I thought I would write a little blog post about him.  I’m not fortunate enough to be with him on his

9 Reasons to Visit Jekyll Island Club during the Holidays

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Did you know there are only 20 18 Fridays left until Christmas? I just heard this fact last week and can’t really believe it. But, I’m excited…because I LOVE the holidays! I started to think a little bit about the trip we went on spontaneously last winter to Jekyll Island Club in Jekyll Island, Georgia. If you have never been to coastal Georgia, you are in

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

  My husband’s business takes him on stand up paddleboard adventure trips around the world and sometimes the stars align and I am lucky enough to go along.   This summer I got to go with his group to paddle the north shore of Kauai, camping and exploring each and everyday.   As you can imagine, it was great.  Sparkly blue water, perfect weather, amazing scenery and

This Week in My Life…

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I have decided in an effort to blog more that I would do a weekly post of things that are going on in my brain, my world, my whatever.  It might not be very interesting to you dear readers, but I do like to go back and read through my old blog posts.  I’m hoping it will be a good way to document what I

Best Things About the Whole 30 Program

kauai, na pali coast, snorkeling

A few months ago, I was getting ready for a trip to Hawaii and the Azores, and I was feeling bad. I didn’t want to be the biggest girl on the paddleboard trip on Kauai and I didn’t want to show up in the Azores looking slovenly. This was going to be my first beach trip without kids and my first trip to Europe. I

Gourmet Homemade Cheese-Itz

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We don’t do much to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries around here.  Every year, I make a vow to change that because I really do think it is a good habit to celebrate special days–it is just not one that we have gotten into.  This year for our 12th anniversary, I made Aaron homemade cheese crackers.  Yep, that’s it.  I may have purchased him his favorite

Roasted Cauliflower and Bacon

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About a week ago I heard about the Whole 30 program–basically a super strict version of the Paleo lifestyle to really break you of sugar cravings and food associated mood swings.  I decided to do it. June 1st was my first day of my self proclaimed, ” 30 days of boring” yet I am learning that this does not have to be boring.  Not at