DIY, Hawaii, Kids, travel, Uncategorized

Maui 2018

Here’s a quick overview of our most recent trip to Maui.

This time we decided to head straight to Hana for a few days before ending the trip on Ka’anapali Beach. In the past, most of our flights have landed in Hawaii right around dinner time. This makes for a stressful evening trying to navigate, grab groceries, and also eat while everyone is tired and grumpy. This year we took a somewhat earlier flight which had us landing around 3 pm. Also, to avoid making the drive to Hana in the evening, we had booked a room at the Maui Seaside Hotel. After grabbing our bags and our car, we stopped for a quick lunch/dinner at the Queen Kaahumanu Center, a nearby mall with a food court. There’s nothing amazing here but there is enough so that everyone can choose. Personally, I like Maui Tacos– pretty good for fast food and gives a nice island spin on tacos.


We headed to our hotel which was just perfect for a recovery night. There was a nice pool and even a small beach area. The kids swam while I ran to get groceries, enough to last us for 3 days in Hana. Whole Foods was very close by and had everything we needed. If you think of it, pack a few reuseable bags for shopping- they have paper bags but they just don’t hold up well for travel.

Next up, Hana!

Crafts, DIY, Gifts

Easy Valentine’s Table Runner (no sew!)

I love decorating for Christmas but oh the other holidays…sometimes I just can’t! But then I get onto Pinterest and see all the cute, pretty Valentine’s decorations and it’s hard to resist. I decided a simple table runner would do the trick, put together with some pretty faux tulips in a white pitcher that’s always on the table anyway. You will love this project- you may already have everything you need like I did!

First, I cut out a strip of burlap from a larger piece that I already had. It’s approx. 10″x30″ but use whatever size you need for your table. I gathered some craft paint, glue gun, lace trim (rick rack would be cute too!) and some heart-shaped cookie cutters. I placed a cookie cutter in the corner of the burlap and carefully dabbed the paint into the shape. Lift it carefully, and then repeat your pattern. It might be a good idea to draw an outline before painting to lay out the pattern you would like. Once it was all dry, I hot-glued the trim around the edges and then it was ready for my table!