Friday, December 15, 2017

Thanksgiving on Oahu - A Mini Travel Guide with Local Secrets

We had the best time vacationing with our entire family this Thanksgiving (minus our two cute brothers who are currently serving LDS missions in Argentina).  Sidney's husband plays football for BYU, and they had a game against the University of Hawaii, so we used that as the perfect excuse to spend Thanksgiving on the beach this year :)

A family friend of ours who lives there hooked us up with some awesome places to stay, where to go, things to do, and places to eat.  So we wanted to share the goods with all of you so you can have the lo down from a local if you ever visit Oahu!

We stayed the first two nights in Waikiki at this super cute Marriott that was recently renovated, called the Laylow Waikiki.  The rooms were all decorated so cute and modern, and every wall and corner throughout the hotel was totally picture worthy.



The location was perfect.  It was right at the heart of the busy waikiki city.  It's right next to a giant mall, seconds away from the beach, and right in the middle of so many yummy restaurants. Seriously the cutest little place. We'll be dreaming of it while we're freezing our booties off in Utah this winter!

We went on a fun family hike one morning while on this side of the island called the Makapu Ľu Point Lighthouse Trail.  This is a great hike if you have kids, or are just feeling kind of lazy and don't want a super hard, all day hike but still want some beautiful views! It was totally paved so we pushed Cal in the stroller (he slept the entire hike), and MJ walked a lot of it! The 360 degree views at the top were unreal!





We also hung at Waikiki beach one afternoon which was super fun, even thought it's one of the busier beaches. We rented a couple of surfboards chairs/umbrellas. This is a great beach if you're a beginner surfer or want to try it for the first time, because there are long baby waves there that are easy to get up on and won't destroy you if you fall!




On Thanksgiving we ate at a delish buffet serving traditional Thanksgiving food. It was pretty amazing besides the fact that MJ had the meltdown of all meltdowns! Haha. He was VERY tired and still getting used to the time change.



The Friday after Thanksgiving we moved to the other side of the island and stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Resort which was AH-MAZING. So beautiful and in a quite little bay, great for relaxing and paddle boarding. They offer free classes every morning for their guests like yoga, beach bootcamp, morning meditation etc., which was great because some hotels charge extra for classes!









This side of the island was so much more relaxing and just so pretty compared to the busy Waikiki city. The resort has the prettiest pools and secluded lagoon beach area. There's also a really pretty walking path that connects the Marriott, Disney Aulani Resort, and Four Seasons. We walked to the Four Seasons two of the mornings we were there for the best breakfast buffet you've ever had. We highly recommend going there for breakfast, but not staying there unless you have plenty of extra cash to burn!



We also had the BEST acai bowls on this side of the island at Haleiwa Bowls.  Cutest little place and SO good. 




Our friend from back home in San Diego who now lives on Oahu, and was our personal tour guide all week, took us to the best surfing beach since all Sid wanted to was catch some waves. The pic below was at Makaha Beach.  This is a great beach to go to if you want some bigger waves for surfing or boogie boarding. Just be careful!!






Our favorite day by far was spending our last morning at I Don't Knows Beach. That's really what it's called haha. A local secret! It was the prettiest beach, and this is where we got to swim with wild dolphins! Seriously the most incredible experience! We swam out probably close to 200 yards past the waves where we were literally feet away from close to 100 wild dolphins. Something we will never forget! Wild dolphins are known to hang out here, and Nate (our friend from home) said he's never been there and not seen them!





We hope this post helps give you some fun ideas for the next time you're on Oahu! We love spending time with family and couldn't have asked for a better Thanksgiving.  We are so blessed and have so much to be grateful for! Aloha!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dr. Brown's Baby Skin Care

Just posting a quick PSA to #sharethegoodness that Dr. Brown's has a skin care line that happens to be AMAZING, in case you didn't know :) I just learned about it and have loved using their products on Cal!


I especially love their foaming baby wash. The ingredients are all-natural and made with essential oils. The rosemary and chamomile scents are also super relaxing and perfect for bath time right before bed. 





Is there really anything better in this world than a fresh, clean baby wrapped in a towel?

We are huge Dr. Brown's fans. Read our post on their bottles and Cal's feeding journey here.


Thank you Dr. Brown's Baby for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Girlfriends Giftguide

Another gift guide coming at ya! This ones for any lady in your life. The every(day) girl, the fashionista, the sporty/athletic girl, and the working (boss babe) girl. 

When I'm shopping for a girlfriend, whether it's one of my sisters, my mom, a friend, etc., I always look for things I wish I could buy for myself! Haha.  When you bring home a gift, and have a hard time wrapping it up because you just want to keep it for yourself, you know you've bought something great in my opinion.  Giving someone a gift you're excited about, then having them open it and love it is seriously the best feeling!



Scroll thought the widgets below to see some of our favorite lady gift ideas!

THE EVERY GIRL
These are gift ideas for the girl who likes to keep it simple. Basic tees, plain colors that go with everything, cute sweaters for layering, a yummy candle, a comfortable wrap dress. 


THE FASHIONISTA
These are gifts for the girl who's always in with the latest trends, and who loves branching out a little with what she wears. Bell sleeves, over-the-knee boots, and those fisherman hats that some of us just can't pull off.  Leave it to your fashionista bestie to rock all the latest styles and be perfectly confident wearing them. We're including velvet bodysuits in this category because yes, the bodysuit is more of an "every girl" buy, but add some velvet and the fashionistas in your life with LOVE these.



THE SPORTY GIRL
Sporty girls are the easiest to buy for.  Anything Nike, Lululemon, a cute pair of sneakers, or a sport bra this girl will love. Can you ever have too many sports bras? Or for lounge wear, Ivy Park sweatpants and sweatshirts are the best!



THE WORKING GIRL
There's nothing like a sleek business dress and some cutie office supplies to get this girl excited to head in to work! A new laptop case, a pretty new top, or a fun hat are also all things the working girls in your life will love.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Good Things Utah Gift Guide

Hello All! Below is the gift guide featured on Good Things Utah on Thanksgiving! 
WOMEN:


A little bit of a splurge, but the perfect gift for someone special! Everyone can use a fresh new pair of cozy Ugg boots! There are so many cute styles now, but the classic is still our favorite!



Lush bath bombs are always popular which you can pick up at almost any mall now, or on Amazon! There are also some other great bath bomb gift sets on Amazon that are also made with essential oils just like Lush! Perfect paired with a bubble bar too!




Such a cute gift for anyone! We especially love the monogramed mugs from Anthropologie!




Our absolute favorite legging ever! So flattering, comfy, and they even have the perfect sized POCKETS for your cards, phone and key!



Such a cute gift combination! we love pom beanies especially and Capri Blue scented Candles!



Ok this selfie ring is AMAZING! Get the perfect lighting anywhere, anytime and look great in your selfie! Awesome gift paired with another cool phone accessory like a pop socket or cute portable charger!



MEN:


These shirts are the best because not only are they super stylish AND comfortable, but they're also business casual (wear to work) friendly and golf friendly! They ARE a bit of a splurge, but they are very good quality and will last years!


2. Norelco and Ray's gift card

Another great gift combination! The Norelco shaver is (in my husband's words) "the most multi functional shaver on the market." Learn more about it here and watch reviews here! A gift card for a classic shave at Ray's Barber Shop is a great addition to this gift! They offer a a full mens facial with soothing products, steamed towels, and a classic barber shop shave!



3. Joggers

Because joggers just look so much better than other sweats! Three of our favorites below :)


4. Bluetooth Speaker

The best bluetooth speaker on the market for the price! Durable, WATERPROOF, and a great design!


5. Stance Socks

A fun little gift for anyone! If you thought socks were a boring gift, just click on the link above to check out all the awesome designs this brand has to offer! Wear them on the daily or add a little pop of excitement to a suit!


6. Ugg Slippers and Men's Candle

A great gift together or separate! Women shouldn't be the only ones who get to enjoy the pure cozy happiness of Uggs :) A nice pair of Ugg slippers is a great gift for guys! Same with candles! A deliciously manly scent like the one below is great for an office or man cave!



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cozy Up Gift Guide

Guys we are ON IT this year already coming out with our first gift guide before Thanksgiving! We've gotten great feedback doing gift guides in the past, so we wanted to start early for you guys this year so you can find the perfect gift for everyone this holiday season and not feel rushed last minute!

This first gift guide is a great one because it can literally be used for ANYONE! This year we're trying to stay ahead of the game and get people knocked out early so we can just enjoy the holidays come Christmas, and with this gift guide you can definitely get even your pickiest people done ahead of time. So come on early birds! Lets get shopping!


We titled this the 'Cozy Up' gift guide because that's exactly what it is...gifts to keep anyone nice and cozy this winter! EVERYONE has those days where you just want to stay in and comfy, so there is something on here for everyone!

For Women:

1. Ivy Park

Not only is this brand awesome because it's the Queen Bey's herself, but it the cutest and most comfy lounge wear ever! As you can see in the photos at the top of this post, we're wearing the joggers and sweatshirt (two of our favorites!) Shop them below :) Just be aware their stuff runs a little large! Paige is wearing an xs in the joggers!


2. Uggs

Because who can't use some cozy new Ugg boots?


3. Anthro Candle

Can we all agree Anthropologie has the prettiest and best smelling candles ever?? Below are two of our favorites. Especially the gold and marble! Their candles are so pretty that we ALWAYS clean them out once the candle is done and use them for decor and/or little containers!


4. Cozy Robe

Ok the fur robe is a little pricey, but it's SO cozy and is the cutest gift with the matching slippers we'll list below! The other two are just as cute and a little less expensive :)


5. Slippers 

Ok we're only including these two slippers from Pottery Barn because they are the cutest and comfiest AND so reasonably priced! They match with the Pottery Barn robe above and come in these slip on or bootie versions!


6. Bath Bomb

A Lush bath bomb is always a winner for a gift, but you can find bath bombs on Amazon for less money that are just as good, less expensive, and with better presentation in our opinion!


7. Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter

A great gift to go with any of these items, or by itself! We've talked about this stuff before, and it's so good! Makes your skin feel like silk :)


8. Cute PJs

Because hanging around the house in a cute pair of matching pajamas just feels more glamorous than sweats!


9. Anthro Mug

Guys, these aren't your average mugs. They are the cutest ever! Below are two of our favorites. What cuter gift for a friend or neighbor than a monogramed mug and some hot coco or a Starbucks gift card?!


For Men:

1. Jogger Sweats

Every guy needs some of these! They look great and are so comfy!


2. Kiehl's Facial Moisturizer for Men

Men don't like to admit it, but they like a little skin pampering too! This moisturizer soothes skin after shaving, and leaves skin feeling energized and refreshed!


3. Basketball Shorts

It seems like there is nothing more comfy for guys to wear around the house, and they can never have too many!


4. Stance Socks

Because stance socks are just more fun than other socks! A few of our favorites below :)


5. Men's Candle

Perfect for the office or the man cave, this candle will leave any room smelling deliciously manly! Seriously the best!


6. Hoodie

You just can't go wrong with a new comfy hoodie. A few of our favorites below!



Men's feet need love too! They aren't really into wearing Uggs like us women are, but they really should experience the Ugg coziness in all it's glory at least around the house right?!



Obviously these are meant for working out, but the dri fit shirts are so comfy that our husbands are always wearing them around the house! Another one you can't have enough of :)



Ok obviously this is meant for beer, but it just looks so awesome and manly that even non drinkers will want to use it! Use it for smoothies, floats, or any hot drink too!


Ok one last cozy gift that is great for anyone is a Pedi Pocket blanket! You may have seen us post about them on Instagram a while back, but they're super soft blankets with genius foot pocket at the end to keep feet warm! You can find them at pedipocketblanket.com!