HEAVENLY Island Lifestyle: A Secluded Slice of Heaven in Hawaii ~ `Ohana Time on O’ahu


  Heavenly. I don’t use that word often. In this case it’s appropriate. Why is it appropriate? Because at the end of our first day in Oahu we were there. HEAVENLY Island Lifestyle in Waikiki is a natural health food café. They serve locally sourced and organic dishes. Now the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “natural” or “organic” is probably boring food that a cow would chew … [Read more...]

Finding Our Rhythm at KoAloha Ukulele ~ `Ohana Time on O’ahu


Oohhhhh, the post where we visit a Ukulele factory! Koa is a super strong hardwood native to Hawaii. Aloha is the welcoming spirit of Hawaii. Put them together and you get a Ukulele. That’s right Ukulele’s. On today’s look back at our `Ohana Time in Hawaii trip, we visit the KoAloha Ukulele factory. As we drove up it was an inconspicuous place tucked back out of the way. We weren’t sure if we … [Read more...]

20 Things To Remember On Your Family Camping Trip

Things To Remember On Your Family Camping Trip

I love going camping with the family.  We haven’t been yet this year, but I’m excited because my youngest daughter is finally old enough to take out there without any problems.  Camping is fun for everyone – adults and kids of all ages.  However, camping with the family takes planning.  The last think you want to do is not plan your camping trip, especially if kids are coming … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

Tips for Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It's summer, and that means preparing for your summer road trip. Whether you are hitting the road with the family, friends or flying solo, there are several things you’ll want to check on your car regardless of how far you’re driving. Here are a few tips to ensure your vehicle is prepared for … [Read more...]

Highway Inn: `Ohana Time on O’ahu


Lunch. Ahh, lunch. We were starving. We had been in Hawaii for less than 24 hours and were finally about to actually eat some Hawaiian food. We had spent the morning touring the historic Iolani Palace, but we were hungry. And when the hubby’s hungry, he gets cranky. The daughter just gets annoying. But this was my vacation too darnit and was not about to let those two cranky pants ruin it, so it … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Royalty at Iolani Palace: `Ohana Time on O’ahu

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Buckingham Palace. The Louvre. The Kremlin. The Forbidden City. All Grand Palaces around the world. There’s no such thing in the good ole USA though right? We were a democracy from day one and don’t have any of that fancy stuff right? Wrong. Did you know there is a royal palace in the United States? I had no idea. Did you know there used to be a Royal Family in the United States? I had a vague … [Read more...]

`Ohana Time on O’ahu ~ Hawaii

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`Ohana. As the mommy of a five year old, I have watched Lilo and Stitch more times than I can count; more times than I care to admit. Because of that, I know one thing … `Ohana means family. Honestly, that is about all that I really knew about Hawaii. Beautiful. Warm. Sunny. Dreamy. Paradise. These were all things that popped into my head at various times when I thought about going there. But I … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Join IHG® Rewards Share Forever Program

5 Reasons To Join IHG® Rewards Share Forever Program

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IHG Rewards Club for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Most of you know, we enjoy traveling and love being rewarded for traveling with programs like the IHG® Rewards Share Forever Program.  Whether it’s jumping in the car for a road trip, driving 1,800 miles round trip for a few Flemish Giant Rabbits or via airplane for a … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean Vacation- Part 1


Royal Caribbean Vacation- Part 1 After our wonderful 1 and 1/2 days at Universal Studios we got up early and got ready to start our Royal Caribbean 7 day Caribbean cruise. As you may have read when you book the Universal Studios and Royal Caribbean Combo vacation, all transfers are included. So we were lucky enough to have a big bus to take us to Port Canaveral where we would get on the Freedom … [Read more...]

Universal Studios and Islands Of Adventure – A Day In The Parks


I am back with day two of our combo vacation brought to us by Orlando Resorts and Royal Caribbean. It was sunny and slightly warm when we left for Universal Studios. After a quick meeting with our guides and our handy bottles of water we set out for a true VIP adventure. Before I get started I want to tell you something you may not know about water in the park. Universal and Islands of Adventure … [Read more...]

Two Exciting Vacations In One- Universal Orlando Resort and Royal Caribbean Team Up For A Vacation of a Lifetime


Vacation rolls around and everyone has an opinion of what you should do this year. The kids want thrill rides, you want to relax. It can be an all out war or complete melt down sometimes. So what are you supposed to do? You want pool time, good food, and not have to clean. The kids want rides, characters, and shiny gadgets. Well, Universal Orlando Resort and Royal Caribbean have heard the cries … [Read more...]

Things You Might Not Know About The Orlando Florida Area

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My husband and I were talking about how awesome it would be to win a trip to Orlando Florida this summer, lol.  Florida is one of our favorite family vacation spot because there is so much to do and see.  Every time we visit I we learn something we didn't know about the Orlando Florida are … [Read more...]

8 Tips To Travel Light This Summer With Baggallini


The summer season is getting closer each day and that means a number of things. Travel is at the top of most people's list. Trips to the park, the beach, camping and travel adventures all over. Traveling is a huge part of summer time and it is always good to be ahead of the game and prepared. I received a tote from Baggallini that is both beautiful and functional. It has a beautiful design, a … [Read more...]

Go RVing to Yellowstone National Park | Vote for a chance at $500 gift card

Go RVing to Yellowstone National Park

I'm super excited to share this post with you.  Be sure to go to the very end of this post and Vote for Jenns Blah Blah Blog you'll have a chance at winning $500 from GoRVing.  Yepie, it's awesome right!  It's so hard to think about one place I want to go RVing more than any other place. Truth be told I am not a picky person, as long as I am with my family, and everyone is safe we … [Read more...]

Belize Travel Diaries – Discovering the Beauty of the Unspoiled Tropical Paradise

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Until a year before, I had only heard of all that Belize was about. White sandy beaches, lush green trees, clear blue waters, breathtaking marine life, warmhearted people and relaxed lifestyle. Now, that is history. Because only last year in summer I packed my bag and headed to Belize with some friends. I must say, that was probably one of the best decisions ever. First, because this country is … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Renting a Car for the First Time

7 Tips for Renting a Car for the First Time

Planning a trip? There’s so much to think about and do before getting out of town. After all of your research about the best hotels in San Diego, you may have forgotten about renting a car, too. If you’ve never rented a car before, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. Read on for everything you need to know as a first-time renter. 7 Tips for Renting a Car for the First Time 1. To avoid … [Read more...]

16 Things To Do In Gulf County, Florida + Giveaway 10 Winners Weekly

16 Things To Do In Gulf County Florida Fl

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you ever visited or experienced some of the things to do in Gulf County, Florida?  If not, you're missing out on so much Florida has to offer.  Don't think Florida is all about the Magic Kingdom and Micky Mouse either.  Away from the hustle-and-bustle, vacationers have … [Read more...]

Miles and Miles of Memories: Family Road Trip Fun

Miles and Miles of Memories Family Road Trip Fun

American comedian Milton Berle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation,” and with family road trips, you get the best of both worlds- laughter and vacation.  We focus so much money and time on giving our family “the best vacation ever,” but really, all our family wants is to experience an adventure together.  They don’t necessarily remember all of the vacation plans, but they always … [Read more...]

Travel in Style with ATM


When it comes to traveling, are you in a bind for an extra piece of luggage for your child? Never again will you have to worry with ATM Packs, as they have a great selection of superior products from which to choose.  Travel in Style with ATM  Traveling is an enjoyable experience, whether it is for business or pleasure. However, despite your mode of transportation, you need to plan … [Read more...]

17 Awesome Things To Do In Puerto Rico

17 Awesome Things To Do In Puerto Rico

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you been considering a vacation in Puerto Rico?  If so, there are tons of awesome things to do in Puerto Rico, and I cannot recommend going enough.  If I could go back, I would, without a doubt, be there tomorrow.  It’s a place where you can head out … [Read more...]