Month: July 2016

16 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 16 Year Old Self

16 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 16 Year Old Self

  This weekend my husband and I went to his 10 year high school reunion. This got me to thinking about myself in high school. All the hopes, all the fears. The choices, good and incredibly stupid alike. And it made me realize there are definitely […]

DESIGNER vs. AMAZON – Decor Look 4 Less – Bohemian Beach Bungalow

DESIGNER vs. AMAZON – Decor Look 4 Less – Bohemian Beach Bungalow

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a few things in this world. Good decor. A good deal. And a good old Amazon purchase. And if you have been following my thrifty decor challenge (week 1 and week 2) then you know I am […]

<span class="entry-title-primary">NIGHTTIME CONCERT at THE HONOLULU ZOO</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Family Activities on Oahu</span>

NIGHTTIME CONCERT at THE HONOLULU ZOO Family Activities on Oahu


Aloha and welcome to another great Oahu Family Activity!

For those of you just joining us, this is a little series we started to help share the best activities to do with your kids on Oahu. (And occasionally other parts of the country as well!)

In case you missed some of our other adventures, please check them out here:

  1. Farmers Market
  2. Buddhist Temple
  3. Polo

Because let’s face it! Whether you are on vacation, or just stuck at home, sometimes finding things to do with your kids can be tough… and NECESSARY!!

I’ve also found, many times you can find adult only activities, and there are often kid-friendly activities that are a bore for mom and dad.

But then, somewhere in a Magical-World-of-Harry Potter-esque middle ground, there are a group of activities that both you AND your little ones will love to do. And I’m here to help you find them!! So I will be continuously sharing fun activities to do with the whole family here in Hawaii! (And since we often travel to Michigan and Connecticut, we will have special features for both of those locations as well!)

This activity is another really fun, unique, and super cost effective activity that takes place during the summer months in Waikiki.

 

A CONCERT AT THE ZOO

Reef, Nathan, Myself, Brad, and Victoria went to a wonderful little concert held at the Honolulu Zoo after hours in the evening. Well, technically Nathan and I only made it for about 15 minutes of the concert since we didn’t leave our house until 5:00 pm and had to stop and get food… and gas… and try and find a parking spot… and use the restroom… and etc etc etc!! However! Even being there for only 15 minutes was an incredibly fun time! And once again Brad and Victoria introduced me to a brand new activity that is so prevalent on this island, but something that I decided not to pay any attention to.

Until now!

We really had a great time. Again, I’m not entirely sure on the numbers here, but I typed in “Summer concert at the Zoo” into Google and a bunch of sites came up!

If you can find one in your area I highly recommend you go and here’s why:

  1. Outdoors– Again! It’s a great way to get the kids OUTSIDE. In Honolulu specifically, there is a great big lawn area. The stage sits on it in the middle of the zoo. People start getting spots as early as four pm and the music starts around 5. And as far as I could tell you can wander around and look at the animals (at least the ones in the vicinity closest to the lawn area. Which is nice as well! If the kids get tired of the music you can go for a little stroll.
  2. It’s cheap! The tickets are only 3 dollars per person!! That is amazing!!
  3. There is a different band every week! This allows you to expose your kids to a great range of different music and hopefully cultures as well!
  4. And finally, it is LITERALLY fun for all ages! Teeny tiny babies like my bub, all the way up to “adults” like me can take something away from this. It is a nice way to get outside where they have little vendor booths selling anything from clothing to jewelry, and all the way to food! And, of course, the music is great!!

As a side note, be sure to bring a blanket and chairs and possibly pack some snacks if you don’t plan on purchasing food there.

I would also highly recommend arriving early no matter what state you are in, just in case parking is an issue, or getting a good spot is tough!

And now I will leave you with a slightly less obscene amount of pictures than normal… But as I said.. we were only there for 15 minutes!! 🙂

 

 

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Carrying Her Stilettos – The Reality of the Corporate Mom

Carrying Her Stilettos – The Reality of the Corporate Mom

I realized something today. I have become her. The woman who wears flip flops into the office. The one who carries her stilettos in her bag. The Corporate mom. I know that might not seem like anything too interesting to most people, but it really got […]

Beyond the Beachmate!

Beyond the Beachmate!

I am a fan of many things in this life. One, is definitely the word mate (seriously, I love Crocodile Dundee for this very reason.) But aside from that, one of the absolute highest on the list of things I love, is the beach. Next […]

FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THAT WON’T MAKE EITHER OF YOU WANT TO B**** AND MOAN LIKE CAILLOU: Summer Edition – Volume 4: Polo

FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THAT WON’T MAKE EITHER OF YOU WANT TO B**** AND MOAN LIKE CAILLOU: Summer Edition – Volume 4: Polo

Welcome to Week 4 of our Summer Activities List!!!

In case you missed our first three adventures, please check them out here:

  1. Aquarium
  2. Farmers Market
  3. Buddhist Temple

And for those of you just joining us… Summer is upon us! And as a former nanny and new mommy I know what an exciting, special and sometimes terrifying time this can be.

How in the world are you going to occupy your little ones for an entire summer??

And better yet, how are you going to do it without wanting to throw yourself on the ground and let out a cry that would rival only the most evil of children, Caillou. (I’m sorry but I know I’m not alone here, that kid is kind of the devil.)

Let’s face it, there are adult-summer-activities, and there are children’s-summer-activities.

But then, somewhere in a Magical-World-of-Harry Potter-esque middle ground, there are a group of activities that both you AND your little ones will love to do. And I’m here to help you find them!! So I will post 1 activity per week in this little segment, to run through-out the summer.

And just like that we are a month into our journey and onto our fourth weekly activity!

This week is something that is incredibly fun and incredibly unique!!! The only concern that I can foresee would finding a participating organization in your area. But that is something we will have to delve into a little further on!

 

A POLO MATCH

Last weekend Brad, Victoria, Reef and myself took the moderately long journey out to the North Shore. (It takes about an hour to get there but for some reason when you live on an island that seems like days away!)

In Hawaii we have the Hawaii Polo Club. They hold Polo Matches there every Sunday from April through September.

Established in 1963, the world-renowned Hawaii Polo Club, located in Mokuleia on the pristine North Shore, has provided a unique and exceptional venue for the game of kings to share the passion and lifestyle of the sport of polo, both on and off the field.

The club attracts both national and international spectators with a wide range of demographics to watch elite professional polo players competing for the prestigious tournaments that are exclusive to the Hawaii Polo Club.

Gates open at 11am. Come early to grab the best tailgating spots. For a refined afternoon, clubhouse seating is available for purchase both online and at the gate. Games start at 2pm, the band starts around 5pm and the entertainment goes on until sundown!

Brad and Victoria again introduced me to a brand new activity that is so prevalent on this island, but something that I decided not to pay any attention to.

Until now!

And again, as usual, they invited me to come and partake in their summer sunday activity with the little man!!  I’m not going to lie but we are incredibly lucky to find  people willing to share these experiences with us.

 

We had SO MUCH FUN. Again, I’m not entirely sure on the numbers here, but I have to assume that is we have polo here in Hawaii, it’s pretty likely that it is in many places across the country. Give a gander here to see if you can find a match in your area.

If you CAN I highly recommend you go and here’s why:

  1. Outdoors– It’s a great way to get the kids OUTSIDE. What you generally do is show up pick a spot on the side of the field and set up camp. Most people put up some kind of coverage (an easy up for example, you can get one here for relatively cheap and they really are an amazing and quick option to get some shade on the little ones). They bring beach chairs (this chair is literally my favorite thing ever, it’s small and lightweight, but weirdly comfortable!), and bbq’s (this grill has been a life saver for us because it is so small it fits in the back of the car and we have it on hand when we need it!. Coolers and drinks. (My husband bought this cooler offline a few weeks ago for our camping trip and I thought he was NUTS, but it turned out we really did use it and I had to pull my foot out of my mouth on that one.) Basically, they really make a day of it!! And prior to the match the kids can just run around and have fun! Now if you have kids that are a little more… free spirited… than others 😉 and might not listen as well as you pray that they would, you might want to consider the safety issue. Our field does not have a fence, so if a little one should run out onto it during the match there is a chance they could get injured. These animals are huge and powerful! And that’s my little disclaimer. 🙂
  2. Its cheap!  Since you can bring all of the above mentioned things yourself, it really cuts down on the cost for these events. When you don’t have to pay 37 dollars for a beer the price tag really isn’t very much!
  3. They are educational. Might as well sneak that in there too! Sometimes in today’s world I think many of our kids are growing up disconnected from animals in general. While they are playing this sport, I still feel it is very nice for kids to see these horses up close and personal. They take rides around the edge of the field between matches so the kids can get a real great look at them. It also teaches them about sportsmanship. Not to mention I felt incredibly pleased to note that the horses were switched out every 7 minutes!!! To ensure that they were not overworked.
  4. And finally it is LITERALLY fun for all ages! Teeny tiny babies like my bub, all the way up to “adults” like me can take something away from this. It is a nice way to get outside, it is a fun sport to watch and at the end of the  day they even have a concert. It really is pretty incredible!

(As a side note, if you do not have a tent of some kind I definitely recommend a hat and sunscreen because it is definitely a long day)


Now I will leave you with an obscene amount of pictures from our INCREDIBLE afternoon at the Hawaii Polo Club on the North Shore. (And just in case you are wondering where I got that incredible bag, it is a Beachmate and I will be telling you all about it on Monday, AND about your chance to win one!!)

 

And don’t forget to sign up for your free download of our Polo Match Essentials List!

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Remembering to Love My Husband

Remembering to Love My Husband

The unwashed clothes were strewn about the floor. The dishes filled the sink and the trashcan overflowed. The baby was screaming and the work deadlines were piling up. Then he looked at her and made a seemingly innocent remark about ordering pizza. She glared at […]

FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THAT WON’T MAKE EITHER OF YOU WANT TO B**** AND MOAN LIKE CAILLOU: Summer Edition – Volume 3

FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THAT WON’T MAKE EITHER OF YOU WANT TO B**** AND MOAN LIKE CAILLOU: Summer Edition – Volume 3

Welcome to Week 3 of our Summer Activities List!!! In case you missed our first two adventures, please check them out here: Aquarium Farmers Market And for those of you just joining us… Summer is upon us! And as a former nanny and new mommy […]

Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Pears 

Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Pears 

pork tenderloinThe Way to A Mans Everyones Heart is Their Stomach
(Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Pears)


There are very few things in life that feel better than receiving positive reinforcement and appreciation. (I found out last night that my love language is literally “Words of Affirmation”. BTW, if you haven’t read the book The Five Love Languages, I highly recommend it, it is an amazing read for couples who just don’t seem to be speaking the same language from time to time!)


And one of the greatest ways, in my opinion, to obtain that warm, fuzzy, I-helped-someone-and-they-appreciated-it feeling, is by cooking a meal for your family.

And I’m not talking about just any meal. But one that makes people say, “well I would never have guessed!!”  and, “I am SO stuffed!!”

I LOVE cooking dinner for friends and family. Mainly, because there are no shortage of sayings referring to “the way to a persons’ heart being their stomach” and not mention providing actual sustenance to the people you love is really one of the greatest signs of affection.

I am also fairly proud of my ability to cook because it is something that I absolutely could NOT do until college.

You see one day, at about 20 years old, I finally got tired of eating ramen noodles and tortillas with cream cheese rolled up in them (seriously) and decided to give this cooking business a go.

And now I am going to share my dark, dirty, secret… I started cooking by executing the recipes off of the backs of the Campbells Soup Cans… and they were actually good!! So for anyone who is slightly apprehensive about cooking, I’m telling you, start there. You won’t be disappointed.]


Anyways, while cooking is definitely something I enjoy, it is not something that I do very often because:

  1. I’m moderately busy from time to time, and sort of tired (mind you I’m writing this from an airplane, on my way home from a neighboring island where I worked for the day and have to fly back to tomorrow)…
  2. Unfortunately, my husband has the dietary habits of a 13-year-old boy… so when I cook I end up being the only one eating and it’s a waste of time and food in my opinion.

BUT, sometimes we have guests who I know will eat, and when we do, I really try my best to make a meal that everyone will enjoy. And the meal I made last night generally does the trick!!

It’s one out of about 5 easy peasy, go-to recipes that I have in my back pocket and is also a personal favorite of my brother. (I know it kind of sounds like it but I swear I’m not a bad cook, just out of practice 😉 )

This recipe is one I found years ago in some magazine that I have long forgotten, but it is SO easy to make that it is impossible not to get the meal right every single time.

Here is a simple step by step guide, along with pictures of me and my Sous Chef (who just so happens to be THE cutest chef this side of the equator!) to help you make this fail safe, fancy schmancy dinner!  (I hope you like all of my technical terms)


PORK, PEARS, POTATOES, PROSCIUTTO


Serving Size: 3-4 people (take into account light/heavy eaters)

Total Prep & Cook Time: About 1 1/2 Hours


What You Will Need:

(2) Medium Yams (Or Sweet Potatoes)

(4) Medium Pears (I like to use Red Pears, but in this case they didn’t have any so really, any old pears will do)

About 8 pieces of Prosciutto

About 1 ½ LB Pork Tenderloin (I like to get the ones that are already seasoned, in this case I used the Garlic & Herb, I also suggest around ½ pound of meat per person, another easy solution if you cannot find the pre-seasoned tenderloin is to pop it in a bag for about an hour or more with one of McCormick’s Pre-Made Marinades. All of the ones I have tried are awesome but for this the Garlic, Herb and Wine is perfect)

Honey

Seasonings (I am a big fan of use-what-ya-got so this changes slightly from time to time… but last night I used Garlic Salt, Italian Seasoning, and White Pepper)

Oil (Olive, Canola, Vegetable, Pick your poison)


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into wedges. Put in a bowl (this pyrex measuring bowl is our favorite) and drizzle with enough oil to coat all the pieces, then add a couple of shakes of each of the spices you have chosen to use ( I don’t see the point in measuring spices as it ends up being generally inaccurate so, just use your judgement 😉 ) Toss to coat.

    Isn’t he THE CUTEST. And btw the Boppy Newborn Lounger that he is on has been one of the greatest new baby items that we purchased. Hands down. He has slept hours in it, hung out in it, played in it. Seriously, if you don’t have one. Get one <3 
  3. Cut the pears into wedges (I don’t peel them) Also put in a bowl and drizzle with oil and spices and toss to coat.
  4. Spread out pears and potatoes onto a rimmed baking sheet (This 3 pack is great because it comes in 3 varying size, the price is great and they are nonstick) and put into the oven for 20 minutes (check on them about 10 minutes through to see if you need to spread them around at all)
  5. While the potatoes and pears are cooking wrap your pork tenderloin in the pieces of prosciutto. I generally just put the prosciutto on top of the tenderloin but feel free to wrap the entire thing if that’s your pleasure!
  6. Hang out with your best friend/Sous Chef/Baby Boy and take selfies for 20 minutes.
  7. When the 20 minutes are up, take the potatoes and pears out of the oven and push them to the side of the pan creating a space for the tenderloin. Place it in that space and push the vegetables in around it. Then drizzle the top of the prosciutto wrapped loin with honey and pop back into the oven. Let it cook for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove, double check with your meat thermometer that is has reached 170 degrees internally (the temp for cooked pork) and let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
  9. If you would like to be fancy like I TRY to be, transfer to a serving dish (these covered oval dishes are my favorite), head over to your pretty flower laden table ( I couldn’t find the exact vases I bought but these hand-painted mason jars are pretty similar, super cute, and I’m always up for helping out an artist 😉 ) and serve to your ADORING fans!

(Unneccessary Disclaimer: When removing the food from the over, use oven mitts because that mother is hot!! Seriously, I burn myself at least once every time I cook…)

And that’s it! My surefire go to crowd pleasing recipe! (Again not MINE but the one I use… I wish I could remember the dang magazine!!)

And I swear if your guest doesn’t like it, then he’s probably my husband and you can just go ahead and send him home!!

XOXO

MAL

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Thrifty Decor Challenge: Condo Edition Volume 2

Thrifty Decor Challenge: Condo Edition Volume 2

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Blessings Disguised as the Parents of My Husbands Ex

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