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Cape Cod vacation {recap}

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After visiting Washington, D.C. and Boston; relaxation was my number one priority when we reached Cape Cod.  To accomplish this, I booked us a private cottage that overlooked the Atlantic.  Our stay at Chatham Bars Inn was luxurious, relaxing, and provided the quintessential New England vibe I had wanted to experience.

My second priority while in the Cape was to enjoy fresh seafood.  I did just that.  Lobster became my go-to grub and I enjoyed ever single bite from my 2 pounders I’d order.  Here’s an insider’s tip: want to feel like a local and save $$$ like a local, order your lobster dinner at the local fish market where they will prep and cook the lobster for you.  Then take it home to enjoy in the comforts of your hotel.

Having never been to Cape Cod before, it turned out to be the exact trip I had hoped for.  We cycled through our routine of walking the beach, horsing around the croquet court (which conveniently was located in front of our cottage), window shopped Chatham’s quaint main street, snapped a few pictures in front of some iconic lighthouses, and even took a trip to the Cape Cod potato chip factory.

Granted I had hoped to test out my newly certified sailors license, but the lack of fair winds made it impossible to do.  Oh well.  Looks like I’ll just have to keep “sailing the Atlantic” on my bucket list for a little bit longer.  But I’m not complaining, all the more reason to plan a return trip to the Cape.  😉

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

Boston vacation {recap}

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Additionally, living by the California coast, I actually crave the cold.  Not the usual “cold” I experience (that being the morning fog that rolls in, but then is burnt off come 11am.)  No, I crave the “drop in weather and wearing fashionable layers of plaid, vests, and scarfs” kind of cold.  That being said, our trip to Massachusetts was the perfect East Coast state to visit this time of year.

I found our 3 day stay in the city to be perfect.  We stayed in Cambridge and visited Harvard.  I quickly gifted our son with enough toddler-sized Harvard gear to hopefully instill a love for the University.  So fingers crossed I have a future freshmen on my hands :).

Another day was spent enjoying the HOCR as we watched the rowers compete along the Charles River.  An absolutely relaxing day, we literally spent the day at the River watching the competition, eating amazing food truck grub, and indulging in some retail shopping thanks to Brook Brothers and the other preppy brands available.

On our last day in Boston, we were super touristy and checked out a “hop on and off” tour bus so that we could see all the major tourist spots.  I’d have to say it was a great way to see a town in a day.  We visited several spots, but my favorites included: Fenway Park and Boston Common.

Stay tuned for part 3 of my East Coast recap.  Our Cape Cod adventures might just be my favorite part :).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Washington D.C. vacation {recap}

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Before signing off, here’s my recommendations on the sites, grub, and place to stay that were without a doubt two-thumbs up experiences.

Sightseeing:

The White House:  just a FYI you’ll have to contact your Congressman 3-6 months in advance to go thru a background check and finally an approval.

-The National Mall to see such iconic sites including the Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing:  where dolla dolla bills are made, yo!

The National Archives:  3 pieces of paper worth seeing in your lifetime- the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

Grub:

Old Ebbitt Grill: recommended by a co-worker and backed up by 3,000 Yelp reviewers, this place is quintessentially Washington D.C.  It’s rich in history (situated kitty corner from the White House) and had a mouth-watering menu to match.

Ted’s Bulletin:  another recommendation that I’m so glad we listened to.  Best known for their homemade Pop Tarts…yes, I said Pop Tarts– which was amaze balls!  We went for lunch and even contemplated going again for dinner a few nights later because this place was so dang gooood.

Stay:

Rouge (A Kimpton Hotel):  where luxury and kid friendly mesh cohesively.  The hotel staff won my son’s heart when they welcomed us at check-in with a toy from the treasure chest.  Then knocked it out of the ballpark with our room.  Ever wanted to stay in a 2-room suite with a bunk bed?  Now’s your chance ;).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Moab

I mentioned in this post, our summer kick-off trip was to Moab, Utah.  The week began with wedding festivities;  followed by hiking trips thru Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse State Park.  Ending the trip with a cruise around the Colorado river, made this my favorite trip of the year.  A trip to be remembered for being surrounded by love, breathtaking views, and a big emphasis on hiking, hiking, and well…hiking.  My Keen’s put on some serious mileage per my Strava app.

With the plan of keeping my blog updated with the usual 2 -3 posts per week, I was suppose to share our Moab adventures shortly after.  That would have been about a month ago but…

Plan B, you win.

Instead, I fell into the trap of fully embracing (and let’s be honest) enjoying summer.  Whether we were in Colorado vacationing or staying in the comforts of our beach town, I’ve somehow got into my head I’m on vacation all summer.  I tell ya, the sun can do that to a girl ;).

But stay tuned for more recaps of my summer adventures.  I can’t keep a muzzle on myself any longer.  I’ve got plenty to share and you are just the person I want to spill the beans too ;).

Sincerely, Kymberly
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Hello, April

Oh hi, it’s me :).  Remember me?  Your friend; the blogger.  You know, the one with a J. Crew obsession, whose a proud mama, and lover of enjoying the outdoors.  Yes, nice to see you again (cue: a big hug…squeeze!)

I intentionally took a month of from blogging to sit back and enjoy life.  I had looked at my calendar and knew that March was going to be a busy month for me.  So rather than fighting to stay up in the wee hours of the morning to stick to my scheduled postings or go the other route and post maybe one or two posts (yes, that’s how packed March was for me) I decided to let my blogging hobby take a backseat.

So what have I been up to?

(1)  Making new friends.  Bonus points because these cool chicks happen to be mom’s with tots Harrison’s age! Yay, a win-win!  beach playdate // Hendry's Beach

The 3 Amigos

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(2)  Enjoying Santa Barbara.  I tell you, 8 months ago when the hubby said we were moving from the beautiful OC to Santa Barbara; I kicked and screamed.  I’m an Orange County girl through and through.  But SB is equally beautiful and I can’t get over all the preserved coastal access.  (Preserved land is one thing Orange County lacks).Carpinteria // hikesanta barbara piergoleta pier

(3)  Celebrated our wedding anniversary with a week long trip to Colorado where we enjoyed ice skating, skiing, made s’mores, and went on a sleigh ride.  Although we are happily smiling in the pictures, we were down right freezing!  I sorta forgot that snow=cold.Keystone Colorado // ice skatingsleigh ride // keystone colorado

(4)  Attempting (I say that in the present tense since I’m working on this) to do a spring cleaning.  I’m in the midst of transitioning my closet.  My days of stilettos and full glam makeup are a distant past.  So I need to make room in my closet for my now tomboy chic apparel (aka: skinny jeans, a v-neck and a baseball cap).  Thank goodness the sporty look is “in” since most days I’m a walking Lululemon ad.

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It’s good to be back.

Won’t you come by my internet-neck of the woods again?  I’ll be up and running with recaps of my adventures and my thoughts on trivial things like: fashion and interior design soon enough ;).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Aloha Maui!

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I’ve been meaning to write this post about our recent trip to Maui.  I must still be on island time…

The hubby and I recently celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary in Maui.  The focus of our itinerary was to relax.  That meant eating lots of local Hawaiian food, enjoying happy hour, and lying around being beach bums.  We were able to do just that, even with Harrison along with us :).

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Happy Hour at Hula Grill

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Our 1 bedroom suite at Honua Kai

From the moment we landed at Kahului Airport (OGG), we got exactly what we needed- a vacation!  We began our trip staying at Honua Kai Resort and Spa.  The amenities are modern and everything my family needed to make our stay comfortable was available in our suite or on the resort grounds.    As for our 1 bedroom suite, it was perfect!  We enjoyed the ocean views from the comforts of our large lanai.  For most of the day, we kept the balcony walls fully open to truly enjoy the indoor-outdoor living experience.  When we weren’t at Baby Beach or enjoying Maui’s Aquarium, we were enjoying the resort’s baby lagoon.  In fact, this trip was Harrison’s first swim experience!  He loved the water- he kept splashing around his hands and babbling away with excitement!

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Maui’s Baby Beach

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Maui Ocean Center

Due to some mishaps in reservation, we weren’t able to stay the full week at Honua Kai.  We finished off our Maui vacation staying at the adjacent resort, Ka’anapali Beach Club (KBC).  Our experience at KBC was just as wonderful as our prior resort.  We were upgraded to their 2 bedroom ocean view resort which was huge!

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Our 2 bedroom suite at Ka’anapali Beach Club

Both resorts are wonderful and family friendly.  I would gladly stay at either one again.  Honua Kai is a five star resort that is fully updated and modern.  For that luxury, it comes with a steeper price point.  KBC’s resort is probably a 4 star (however, they are currently under renovation) and is a more affordable option.  Both resorts offer several dining options, recreational activities, are located on Ka’anapali Beach, and include modern fully furnished suites.  However, KBC’s customer service outweighed Honua Kai’s.  The staff was very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable.  I especially am a fan of their “yes” philosophy, where they strive to say “yes” to their guest’s requests and if they are unable to do so, find a reasonable substitute to their request.

This was the first trip to Maui and after our experience, it is one I’d like to take my family on yearly.  It’s a 5 hour flight from Los Angeles (LAX) and even though we live in a beach community, the Maui vibe is different from the OC beaches.  Additionally, Maui seemed to be the perfect family friendly vacation spot.  It seemed like everywhere I turned I saw a couple on their babymoon or a family pushing a stroller around ;).

Sincerely, Kymberly

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Aloha Maui!