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 to be the end of maternity leave; something that gave me serious anxiety. So rather than face the music, I turned to my good friend Mr. Denial. Continue reading


10 places to visit on Oahu’s north shore

things to do 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 pregnant lady (sitting! air condition!). Plus, car rides are the perfect time to talk and catch up. And with all the stress of baby prep, we needed some time to focus on the two of us. Thank goodness we did, because there hasn’t been any “Sam and Marisa” time since!

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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

kai's birth story

Kai’s birth story

Before Kai was born, I was 110% sure that I would NOT share his birth story on the blog. It felt incredibly personal, and I figured that not all of you lovely readers would actually be interested in all of[…] Continue reading

passion fruit strawberry margaritas

Passion Fruit Strawberry Margaritas

You know how I feel about margaritas. OBSESSED. But in a strange twist of events, I didn’t miss margaritas while I was pregnant. Like, at all. When it came to alcohol, all I wanted was a cold beer. And this craving[…] Continue reading

newborn baby essentials

20 Newborn Essentials

After a major health scare and emergency surgery, I’m soooo happy to report that Kai turns four-weeks old today – and is doing GREAT. Sam and I, on the other hand, are still recovering from such an emotional rollercoaster! Speaking of which,[…] Continue reading

dog birthday

Gifts for Dog Lovers

In addition to celebrating the birth of Kai, April is also Lola’s birthday month. In the past I’ve gone all out (I’m talking homemade dog treats and all) – but this year we’ve had our hands full. Literally. Knowing that[…] Continue reading

Introducing Kai

Meet Kai

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you likely already know the good news. Exactly one week ago today, we welcomed our beautiful and spirited son into the world: Kai Matthew Guerrero. Although I’ve had every intention to post[…] Continue reading

vegan kale tacos

Vegan Kale Tacos

In the midst of a meat-crazed pregnancy, I did something a little crazy. I made vegan tacos. On naan bread, of all things. It all started at my 9 month check-up, when the doctor declared that our baby was looking large. In[…] Continue reading

kauai babymoon

Things To Do on Kauai: Babymoon Edition

We started planning a “babymoon” weekend (aka an excuse for a romantic getaway before baby arrives) a few months back . Despite the fact that most pregnancy resources suggest traveling in the second trimester, week 34 was literally our only[…] Continue reading