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Kai’s First Birthday Party

camping themed 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 making decorations (most of which we never got photos of during the party, whoops!). We served chili and cornbread, smore’s mix, and of course, cake! 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 all is just how much we love him. Continue reading


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


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 was actually the first formal photoshoot we’ve ever had with Kai. The day was windy and not as sunny as we had hoped for, but Christie Pham Photography still managed to capture some gems (no surprise to us, given how much we loved our wedding pictures). We’ll treasure these forever!

From our home to yours, happy holidays and warm wishes.

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Diaper talk

gdiapers aloha

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 those of you who’ve asked, here’s the scoop. 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 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


Kai’s birth story

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 the, um, intimate details.

But then Kai was born, and we battled some health problems right off the bat. At first we weren’t too concerned, but at just over 2 weeks old, he was rushed into emergency surgery for a twisted intestines. The surgery went perfectly and Kai is recovering tremendously well – but it changed my perspective on the whole thing. Our little peanut seemed like even more of a miracle after surviving the ordeal. And I knew I had to share the story (even if only for my own documentation). So… here it is. 

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20 Newborn Essentials

newborn baby 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, we are so appreciative of all of the support we got – both in real life and on social media. Your support and love means the world and helped us get through a very tough time. So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Being a mommy for four weeks does not make me a baby expert. But I do feel like I’ve learned quite a bit after our short time with this little dude. Before he was born, I found lots of mixed messages online about what you need vs. don’t need in the first few months of baby’s life. The diapers and wipes, car seat, and adorable little outfits are obvious. But let’s be clear: you’ll need a lot more stuff to help you survive the newborn stage! While it’s all very fresh in my mind, I’ve put together a roundup of our most loved items these past few weeks. Every baby is different, but here’s a look at what’s worked for us: Continue reading


Meet Kai

Introducing 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 this announcement on the blog earlier, I guess I didn’t realize how… all consuming… these last few days would be. Those of you who have children can go ahead and laugh at me right now. It’s fine. I totally get it now. Newborns are a difficult bunch, but coupled with mom’s hormones, sleep deprivation and major physical healing after labor make it even more of a challenge. It’s a good thing they are so darn cute and snuggly! I have about a million photos on my iPhone of Kai already (I maaay be a little biased, but I think he’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen). I promise I’ll share some pics soon, but for now, I’ve gotta cash in on a nap while baby is sleeping. In the meantime, click on over here to read Kai’s birth story.

PS: Major props to my mom friends who suggested sleeping while baby sleeps. Makes a HUGE difference. Do you have any other parenting tips? Let’s hear them!



Gender Reveal! It’s a …

Hawaii Gender Reveal

Confession time. We’ve known the gender of our little one for over a month now. I know – I’ve been holding out on you! As much as I couldn’t wait to share the good news, I was consumed with a few other things. Like, Sam finally moving to Hawaii. Christmas and the craziness that the holiday brings. And starting the process of planning for this little peanut. Turns out we kicked it off a little late, and now we’re playing catch up. 

Anywho, despite the fact that I was 110% sure this little nugget was a girl, the doctor confirmed that she is definitely a he. So we’re welcoming a little dude this Spring! Oh boy. Here comes trouble!

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