7 Natural Travel Essentials – Save Money, Cut Down on Waste and Avoid Allergens

7 Natural Travel Essentials (Plus Ways to Save Money, Cut Down on Waste and Avoid Allergens) - Don't Mess with Mama.com

Want to learn more about essential oils? Sign up for my FREE 14-day essential oils e-course. Learn why and how to use essential oils + natural remedies and DIY recipes. Traveling as a family of 5 is a huge challenge. Traveling as a family of 5 while trying to eat organic, avoid gluten and other […]

14 Cheap, Free and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Oahu with Kids (Plus Things to Avoid)

14 Cheap and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Oahu with Kids - Don't Mess with Mama.com

We just wrapped up our first week on Oahu a few weeks ago, and boy did we have an amazing time. I love visiting my hometown and showing my kids all my favorite eateries, old hangouts and activities. We spent a lot of time visiting family and friends, as well as embarking on new adventures. […]

Forget the Stroller When Traveling, Bring This Instead

Forget the Stroller When Traveling, Bring This Instead - Don't Mess with Mama.com

I love my stroller. It handles like a dream around corners and carries a ton in the bottom basket. Yet, I didn’t bring it on my trip to Hawaii. Why? It’s big and bulky. It’s a huge jogging stroller that’s manageable in and out of the car at home, but a pain to travel with. […]

8 Things I Learned While Traveling with My Kids

8 Things I Learned While Traveling with Kids - Don't Mess with Mama.com

We made it! We’re in Hawaii again this year and feeling so lucky. My husband and I will both be working on the road for the next 5 weeks, but we get to do it in Hawaii so were thrilled. So far the trip has been a blast. In fact, I can’t believe what a […]

Plan a Trip to Hawaii – Choose the Island Best for Your Family

Traveling to Hawaii soon? Can’t decide which island to visit? Check out this infographic from Go Visit Hawaii. Get fun facts and travel advice about each island. My personal favorites are Oahu and Kauai. Honestly, I could live in Princeville or Hanalei in Kauai forever. I just love that side of the island. Read about […]

Hawaii Trip Week 8: The End of Our Two-Month Trip


Our last week in Hawaii was bittersweet. We hung out one last time with my sister and her kids and our Hawaii friends. We ate shave ice from Matsumoto’s one last time. And we feasted on sushi and Apple Napples (turnovers) from Zippy’s on our last night. On our last full day in Oahu, we […]

Wordless Wednesday: Last Day in Hawaii

Bye Hawaii. We'll miss you!

I’m so sad to post this. It’s our last day in Hawaii and we’re leaving to go back home to San Diego. I know it’s going to be a hard transition for all of us. I start work after a 6 month maternity leave. My kids go back to school after being in Hawaii for […]

Hawaii Trip Week 7: Back to Oahu with a Few Bumps on the Road

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It was really hard to board the plane back to Oahu. We all really loved Kauai – to the point where my husband is looking into real estate. I can’t imagine living there unless I could work at home from a company in the mainland. Anyone want to hire a contractor? All kidding aside, I […]

Hawaii Trip Week 6: Last Week in Hanalei


After traveling around to the south side of the island last week, we decided we preferred the north shore side of the island. So we bounced from Hanalei beach to surf to Annini beach to snorkel every day. The boys just loved it. And if you’re kids want to learn to surf I suggest helping […]

My Kids Love the Double Rainbow Video


One of my kids’ favorite YouTube videos is Yosemitebear’s Double Rainbow. They chuckle every time they see it. They’ve seen the Spongebob parody to the Double Rainbow song. They first watched it when we saw a double rainbow in Kauai. My husband then showed them the video, and they laughed so hard. Here they are […]

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