Shop Zoey Grace Summer Collection has arrived and will be released online very soon, just in time for the first official day of Summer this June.
I am honored to be a Brand Ambassador for Zoey Grace, a small online boutique that aims to empower women to be bold, brave, and beautiful in their walk with Christ. I wouldn’t represent anything less than what I thought was fashionable, yet tasteful.
In this collection, you’ll be sure to see lots of blush tones (Which is one of my favorite colors to wear!). Not to mention, the infamous lace honey punch romper, which is a staple piece for a date night or mommy’s night out!
Stay tuned and don’t forget to follow Shop Zoey Grace on Instagram for updates and promos. @shopzoeygrace
Here’s a sneak peek of the summer collection. Photography taken by the talented @sheenamariephotography
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As I sit here writing thank-you cards for Zion’s 3rd Birthday party last month, I realized that I didn’t get to share it here on the blog. When I throw parties, the first thing that comes to mind is how do I make it enjoyable for all of our guests? I’ve learned that parties can either be a burden or a blessing, I choose for it to be a blessing and use it as a chance to serve others. It’s always my top priority to make everyone feel as comfortable and relaxed as they can be. Especially for the moms that have to watch their little ones by themselves.
I truly enjoy planning all the details and prepping for a party. Pinterest has forever changed the game for party planners, but, it can also sometimes make me feel overwhelmed and seem as if I’m not doing enough. When preparing for Zion’s Party, I tried to keep it as simple as I could and try and not to sweat the small stuff. Some of my friends joked that my party was not simple (lol), but, I guess in relation to the perfect Pinterest world, it was as simple as I would have liked.
We decided to go with a Drive-in movie theme. Zion’s birthday is so close to Christmas, so I went with a woodsy + lumberjack plaid feel. Being how the theme was a drive-in, Hoku made each individual child a car out of cardboard boxes. When the kids arrived, they decorated and personalized their cars with stickers, markers, and created their name on a license plate. I feared that none of the kids would actually sit in their cars and that it wouldn’t have been used. But, to my surprise, the kids loved it and they all sat in it during the movie. For food, we ordered pizza from Costco and had lots of snacks and desserts in our concession stand. The party wouldn’t have been a success without Honolulu party rentals. They provided a tent, chairs, projector +screen, and popcorn machine. They gave us an amazing deal and they were very professional. Honolulu party rentals have an awesome variety of bouncy houses and other things we didn’t have at our party, but you should really consider them for your next event if you live on the island of Oahu.
With only Hoku and I setting up the party, plus trying to keep the house clean and orderly with the two kiddos, it made it a little stressful. Then you have the feelings of: “I’m never doing this again!”, kept ringing in my head (lol). After all our family and friends came and seeing the enjoyment and even hearing the feedback on how much fun they had, it really made it all worthwhile. It reminded me of why we even threw the party in the first place, To celebrate our precious Zion. It was also to serve and show our appreciation to those who have played such a big role in helping us steward and raise him up these last 3 years.
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During my family’s stay, we stayed at the Paradise Pier. It’s the cheapest of the three resorts on the Disneyland property. For us, traveling with two young children alone, with no extra family help, was worth it! When you stay at any of the three Disney resorts, you get an extra magic hour everyday. Extra magic hour is exclusive to resort guests only. You can enter either at Disneyland or California adventure park an hour earlier than the general public. This was a great perk but we never got up in time to use it, lol! What I really loved about staying on the resort, was the exclusive park entry through the Grand Californian Resort and spa. We never had to wait in security lines to enter either of the parks which was a plus. If you read in my previous post, my husband and Mateo caught a stomach bug and had to go back to the hotel room to rest. Staying on the resort made it super easy to go back and take naps in the day which is a must with young kids. Our next trip, we will save a little extra in order to stay at The Grand Californian Resort and spa. It’s so beautiful, especially if you go during the holidays.
Here are some tips that I experienced that really helped with my personal experience at Disneyland, and what I learned during the duration of our stay.
1. Have structure on what you want to do/see but be flexible enough for things to change or not go your way. (Cause It will)
2. Download the Disneyland app for ride wait times and to plan fast-passes
3. A stroller is a MUST even if you have a five year old. There’s so much walking and Disneyland is designed for strollers with plenty of stroller parking in front of rides.
4. Bring an extra plastic bag to leave behind valuables in stroller that you won’t miss if it were to get stolen. That way you don’t have to carry it with you while you stand in line. For us that plastic bag came in handy when Hoku and Mateo caught that stomach bug. I have video footage of Hoku vomiting in it, on the dumbo ride! He deserved father of the year award. It’s a funny story now that we look back on it.
5. Always pack extra clothes even for the adults. I thought that was too extreme, but I needed those extra clothes almost everyday we were there. Trust me!
6. Pack a large blanket for the parades. This was the best tip we could have received. We were able to save a big spot and not have to worry about sitting on the gross ground.
7. Plan on saving your spot for the parades at least an hour in advance. It’s nearly impossible to think you can watch the parade right before it starts. Swarms of people come out of nowhere, but if you have a blanket no one is going to step on it. While we waited an hour before the parades or fireworks, we used that downtime to snack, give our legs a rest, and post on IG lol.
8. Disneyland food is the worst! It’s so expensive too. They have amazing snacks and sweet treats but you’ll feel sick if you’re surviving off of that all day long. My suggestion is before you enter the park, stop at Earl of Sandwich in downtown Disney. Pack sandwiches and save it for later, to get something hearty in.
9. Let it go. Expect unforeseen things to happen, but dust it off and grow tough skin. It’s the happiest place on earth! Don’t let petty things ruin your family vacation. Even if half the family gets the stomach bug for a day like ours did LoL!
Paint the Night Parade is a Must See!
Home sweet home, but my heart still yearns to be in Disneyland! We had so much fun on our special vacation celebrating Mateo’s big ONE! Hoku and I decided to break the mold, so, instead of a big birthday party, we knew investing in a family trip would be the best for our family. We had several people give their opinions on why Disneyland would not be a good idea because our boys are so young and won’t remember. For those of you who are wondering if it is a good choice and worth it…The answer is a million times YES! I knew they wouldn’t remember it, but the happiness and joy it brought in the moment, will last in Hoku’s and my heart forever! There are over a dozen rides that toddlers and infants can ride. Not to mention all the characters, parades, and the hands-on-activities that are suitable for all ages.
We took so many beautiful pictures and all those moments were real enjoyable, but our trip wasn’t perfect and how we envisioned it. Life happens and speed bumps even appear on vacation. The day of Mateo’s first birthday both Hoku and Mateo caught a stomach bug. Hoku was able to shake it off within a few hours, but the poor birthday boy was vomiting over a span of 24 hours. The next day, we couldn’t handle seeing him in such discomfort so we ended up taking him to the Orange County ER to get him some anti-nausea medication. The sickness and ER visit took up a good part of the day and I felt so bummed. “God why is this happening right now?” “Why on our vacation when we are spending so much money and have been looking forward to this for the past couple of months”. After saying this in my head, I heard him gently say to just be thankful. Thankful that my baby is going to be fine, Thankful that we even get to be together as a family to take a vacation. I just let the frustration go, and quickly changed the way I was thinking. That night Mateo felt so much better and we enjoyed the most magical night at Disney. We still got to do everything I wanted to do, even though we lost a whole day. All the unforeseen things make for good laughs and memories. Like having video of hoku throwing up on the dumbo ride. It’s the funniest thing now that we look back on it
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Mateo and Mickey mouse share the same birthday!
Who ever came up with the idea of a cake smash photo opt is a genius! As Mateo is only one week out from turning ONE, we are so eager to jump in on all the big milestone festivities. I love photos because they are timeless. They can take you back to moments and bring back emotions that really made those memories memorable. I knew I wanted to do a cake smash photo shoot and do it right. I totally failed with, our first born, Zion. I thought I could pull it off at his First birthday party, while he was sick and in front of all our guests. At that time, it really freaked him out, so when we tried another day, cake was his new nightmare! This time around as a more experienced mama, I went in a little more prepared. I had a vision in mind. I looked on Pinterest which clarified my vision. Then, I used what I had at home for props. The photos came out amazing, and it was the most stress free and enjoyable shoot I had ever done. Mateo would of ate that whole cake if he could. I don’t know why, but, watching babies eat their first cake is literally the cutest thing ever!
Tips for a DIY cake smash or baby shoot
1. Have a vision
2. Practice or Display your setup the night before so you’re not disappointed the day of shoot.
3. Choose a location or backdrop.
4. Best time to shoot outdoors is 1-2 hours before sunset.
5. Make sure your baby had a good nap and is feeling well before shoot.
6. Have an assistant to help. (Husbands are great lol)
7. Enjoy and have FUN no matter how your kid is performing. Sometimes the crying and candid moments make the best memories + photos.
(Photography assistant AKA dad)
-Mateo’s Burlap birthday crown was bought on Etsy from the La La Lola Shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaLaLolaShop?ref=search_shop_redirect
-Black jogger pants from Zara kids
-Black flag banner from target’s dollar spot
-Vintage letter board from Letter Folk
(Which I’m totally obsessed with)
Christmas is right around the corner, and although shopping can be stressful, I love finding thoughtful and unique gifts for my family and friends. Keiki Kine designs is a cute online shop that specializes in children’s apparel. You can find funny local catch phrases that are popular here on the islands. My boys had the privilege to model their cute t-shirts and tank tops. Grab some shirts today for your nieces, nephews, or any kids on your Christmas list. It will surely bring smiles and laughter to their faces. Also, I like that you can’t just walk into a mall and buy them because it’s only sold exclusively online and at select craft fairs. Your Keiki’s will stand out in these original and one-of-a-kind tees!
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Photography by G. Kia Photography https://www.instagram.com/gkiaphoto/
I can’t believe Halloween is here!!! That means it’s practically New years already. Wow! How time flies. Hoku and I love to dress up every year, and now that we have kids, it’s even more fun to dress up as a family. Last year we were a Super Squad. I knew this year would be more challenging to find a costume that both my boys would keep on. They don’t like to wear hats or anything on their faces. Originally, I planned on being Sandy and Danny Zuko from the movie Grease. I was going to have Zion and Mateo dress up as the thunderbirds with their chucks and leather jackets. As Halloween approached, the idea of Grease didn’t excite me as much, so I came up with the idea of making our own DIY costumes out of cardboard, and be the crew from the Disney movie, CARS! Zion absolutely loves Lightning McQueen and I thought Mateo would be a perfect Tow Mater with his two front teeth. We leave for Disneyland in a month, and I feel like this will give us a head start on celebrating that special Disney magic.
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My love for the holidays is undeniable! Growing up, my Mom was always so festive. Now that I have my own kids, I love sharing that holiday cheerfulness with them. In October 2013, I was 27 weeks pregnant with, my firstborn, Zion. I’ve always thought it would be fun to paint my pregnant belly and what better way than to do it around pumpkin season. My husband and I took our first trip to the Waimanalo Country Farms Pumpkin Patch. We photographed my painted pumpkin belly and didn’t think much of it. Fast forward to a year later, we found a cute pumpkin costume for our 10 month old son. I instantly thought of the picture I took the year before with him in my belly. I told my husband how cool would that be to recreate the photo we took the year before while I was pregnant. So we did! Continue reading “Pick of the Patch”…
My baby is 10 months old! Which means he turns ONE in two months, and I’m not okay with that! They really weren’t joking when they say that your second child grows up even faster than your first. Oh how I love my sweet Mateo! He’s a little ball of pure joy! I’ve never known anyone so bubbly and happy all of the time. Over the past couple of months, it feels like all my days have blended together into one long day. I wish I could just press a pause button so I can soak in the all the precious moments a little longer. Being that he is my second born, it’s a lot harder to give him all of my attention like my first-born got. My only regret is that sometimes I chose to tackle the house chores, or clean the tornado my boys left in the living room instead of spending that extra quality time with my baby. I only have two months left before he turns ONE and I am constantly reminding myself to slow down and to appreciate all of him. Continue reading “My Sweet Mateo”…
One of our parenting mottos that we love to live by is: Kids spell love: T-I-M-E!
For us, we try our best to do an activity for at least 30 minutes/day. This is where we give them our undivided attention and focus on them alone. Children don’t understand the concept of daddy or mommy having to go to work to pay the bills and to provide food on the table and a roof over their heads. They don’t care how much money you make, but, they will remember the time spent with them. For us, we don’t ever want our kids to think that we are always preoccupied with more important things than spending quality time with them. We want to instill that family is so important and to keep that closeness with each other. My Continue reading “Kids spell love with T-I-M-E”…