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

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 allergens, and live natural and chemical-free seems almost impossible. But I’m here to tell you that it IS possible with a little planning – AND you’ll save money in the […]

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

Valentine's Day saved with a cookie.

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 […]

Hawaii Trip Week 5: My Kids Hate Homework on Vacation


We’ve now been in Kauai for three weeks (after being in Oahu for two weeks), and settling into our routine. We wake up, eat breakfast, go to the beach, have lunch at home, go to another beach, eat dinner, and then go to bed. We’ve been trying to do homework in the morning before the […]

Hawaii Trip Week 4: Loving Kauai


We’re just ending our second week in Kauai, and we are loving it. The north shore of Kauai is one of the quaintest areas I’ve ever visited. Hanalei reminds me Haleiwa on Oahu but much less developed and touristy. I read that there are about a 900,000 residents on Oahu, but only about 65,000 on […]

Visiting a Dairy Farm

My son found a new friend

Today, my kids went to Kauai Kunana Dairy Farm. I had read so many great reviews, and wanted to check it out for myself. I’ve always thought that my 4-year-old son should live on a farm because he’s as wild as the farm animals, so it was the perfect environment for him. I can’t say […]

Wordless Wednesday: Say Hello to My Little Hen


In Kauai, chickens are everywhere. I had no idea. I keep following them to see if I’ll find a stash of eggs somewhere. Come on, I want to try really fresh eggs.

10 Fun Things to Do in Kauai with Kids

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Kauai is an amazing place to visit – especially with kids. There are so many things to do and much of it is free and outdoors. Fun Things to Do in Kauai with Kids Beaches & Activities Surfing at Hanalei Beach Hanalei is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s so picturesque with […]

Hawaii Trip Week 3: Moving to Kauai

My honorary pilot to Kauai

This week we arrived in Kauai. It was a welcome respite compared with the hustle and bustle of Oahu. The day we arrived though was close to a disaster. The plane ride was easy – just 30 minutes from Honolulu to Lihue. But getting the rental car took nearly an hour and a half because […]

Hawaii Trip Week 2: Settling in on Oahu

Enjoying the jacuzzi

We just completed our second week in Hawaii. Here’s a recap of our week in paradise. The Good We moved from our tiny Waikiki condo to a spacious 2-bedroom near Hawaii Kai, which is just about 10 minutes from Waikiki in a more suburban area. The move was definitely the height of our week. Our […]

Wordless Wednesday: Exploring the Cemetary

exploring cemetery

Ever since my 7-year-old son watched the Thriller video by Michael Jackson he’s been fascinated with cemeteries. So today I took him to Valley of Temples in Hawaii. He loved exploring the Byodo-In temple (a replica of the real deal in Japan) and walking through the Japanese cemetery.

The Downsides of Family Travel

My newborn has been the easiest traveler so far.

We’re well into our second week in our two month adventure in Hawaii. It’s been a dream to have my sons and husband all to myself. And to be in Hawaii – the place where I grew up. I love having this opportunity BUT it’s not without a few hiccups. Primarily, I’m with my family. […]

A Week of Firsts in Hawaii

Our crab and lobster aquarium.

After a few stressful days at the beginning of our Hawaii trip, I’m happy to report that thing are going much better. We absolutely love our new rental. We were lucky to secure a vacation rental just steps away from the beach but with it’s own jacuzzi and a shared pool. If you’ve got kids, […]

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