Baby Essentials: 3-6 months

3-6 months baby essentials

I know it’s totally cliche, but I can’t believe how quickly Kai is growing up. He’s now 11 months (yup, E L E V E N), and it’s somewhat mind-blowing to think that we’ll have a walking, talking one-year old shortly. Eek!

When Kai was still a newborn, I rounded up a list of all our most-used newborn baby essentials. Since then I’ve shared the list with many of my new-momma friends. But now that we’re pretty far past that stage and in a totally different place as parents (feeling more confident and having more fun too, might I add), I thought it’d be helpful to share some of the other essential baby items we couldn’t have lived without. The 3-6 (ish) month necessities are listed below. I know, I know… I’m constantly playing catch up. Story of my life now, guys. Continue reading


Margarita Recipe Roundup

margarita day roundup

In case you missed the memo, I LOVE MARGARITAS.

You, too? Good. Because it’s almost #NationalMargaritaDay, which means margarita calories don’t count. Last year I wasn’t able to partake so this year I’m not wasting any time. I’ve rounded up some of the most cheers-worthy margs below. Check out the list and let me know how you’ll be celebrating! 

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Hawaiian Vanilla Company

Hawaiian Vanilla Company

Hawaii offers a plethora of activity tours, from zip-lining to shark diving (and everything in between). If you look slightly off the beaten-tourist-path, you’ll find one that’s even more exciting: the Hawaiian Vanilla Company, located up in the secluded town of Paauilo of[…] Continue reading

kailua beach family photoshoot

Holiday photoshoot at the beach

Although my full-time job and momma duties have kept me away from blogging as much as I’d like, we did manage to squeeze some time in for a family holiday photoshoot a few weeks back. Believe it or not, this[…] Continue reading

gdiapers aloha

Diaper talk

It was a HOT summer and early fall, so naturally Kai has been hanging out in his diapers quite a bit. And inevitably, I’ve posted some pictures of him in this state, which has prompted a lot of questions about our diapering choices. So for[…] Continue reading

mango pico de gallo

Mango Pico de Gallo

I used to look forward to the summers in Oregon for one thing: berry picking! Okay technically I loved a bunch of things about summer in the Northwest, but freshly picked strawberries, blueberries, raspberries? Sooooo good. We don’t have “u[…] Continue reading

spicy tofu poke bowl

Spicy Tofu Poke Bowls

There are several food trends that hit Hawaii long before they made it to the mainland. Like Bubble Tea. Acai Bowls. And most recently, Poke Bowls. Poke – which is essentially a raw fish salad – has been a long-time[…] Continue reading

soba salad recipe

Easy Soba Salad

It’s fun to get wild in the kitchen with new ingredients and daring flavor combinations. But sometimes I find that the oldest recipes are the best ones. This easy Soba Salad recipe is one of my favorite go-to dishes that[…] Continue reading


thoughts on returning to work

The truth about being a blogger is that sometimes it’s hard to be so vulnerable. Yes, I write about cooking, eating, and drinking. But I also share personal anecdotes and happenings from my life. And the latest big event in my life happened[…] Continue reading

north shore shrimp shack

10 places to visit on Oahu’s north shore

Kai was born a few days past his due date. Waiting was torture, but we tried to keep ourselves busy. Sam planned some fun activities including a road trip – which turned out to be a perfect adventure for such a[…] Continue reading