camping themed birthday party

Kai’s First Birthday Party

And just like that, Kai turned one. First birthday parties in Hawaii are a big deal, so naturally we threw a huge party for our friends and family. Somewhere along the lines we decided on a camping-themed party, and went all-out[…] Continue reading


What I love about motherhood.

I’m still getting used to the fact that I have a one-year-old. It feels like just yesterday that Kai came into our lives. It’s no secret that he was a bit of a surprise. But what’s been the greatest surprise of[…] Continue reading

heavenly living room concepts

Decorating with Havenly

It took me, like, 7 years to decide on paint colors for our last apartment. Needless to say, I can be a little indecisive when it comes to home decorating. Problem is, I like so many design types. Girly, rocker,[…] Continue reading

3-6 months baby essentials

Baby Essentials: 3-6 months

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![…] 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

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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


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

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

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