Friday, July 19, 2019

Top 5 Macadamia Nut Lattes on Maui

We are really just going backwards in time on this blog! I still have a few more posts to share from our babymoon in February (here's where we stayed, all about the Road to Hana, and the road trip up Haleakala).  When we went to Oahu two years ago, I fell in love with everything macadamia nut, especially lattes.  The coffee is so good on Hawaii, and this time around, I made sure to save all of my caffeine consumption for these amazing lattes.  We went to a bunch of different coffee shops while we were on Maui, and these were my five favorites:

1. Sip Me, Kahului - When we got off the plane (and were severly jet lagged), our first stop was to Sip Me, right near the airport.  It was my absolute favorite of the trip (so much that we went back on the day we left), and it was Mike's favorite coffee, too.  This location used to be an old bank, so you can still order through the drive thru teller window or sit in the vault in the back!
2. Maui Coffee Roasters, Kahului - This was one of the more low-key spots we visited, but they had the best whole bean coffee.  We brought a bunch back for ourselves and friends.  It was also my favorite cold brew (aaaand we went to this one twice, too).
3. Akamai Coffee Co, Kihei - This shop is the Instagrammer's dream.  They have the cutest set up, and that white swing is just begging to be photographed.  Akamai has a few locations (that seems to be a theme on Maui!), but this one was my favorite - mostly for the decor.  Everyone was so friendly. too.
4. Island Vintage Coffee, Lahaina - This one was a repeat from Oahu.  Across the street from our hotel in Ko Olina there was an Island Vintage, so when I saw this one, I knew we had to stop.  It wasn't my absolute favorite latte, but the acai bowls and breakfast sandwiches make it worth the trip.  It's also in the cutest shopping area (complete with the island's Lilly Pulitzer store across the way). 
4. Kai Cafe, Kapalua - Kai is located in the Ritz-Carlton at Kapalua, where we stayed for the first five days.  It was super easy to grab a couple drinks and go, but my favorite item was the brown butter old fashioned donut.  It was amazing!  If you're road tripped around Kapalua and looking for a fuel up, this is the place to go. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Charleston Maternity Photos

Now that I'm back from my blogging hiatus (here's my last post with all of our baby photos, if you missed it!), I figured I would go back and share all of the things that I skipped out on, not blogging regularly for the last few months of my pregnancy.  What better way to start than with our maternity photos!  Ashleigh from Following Seas Photography (who took our newborn photos and did a 3 year anniversary shoot with us a couple years ago), spent an afternoon around Charleston with us about a month and a half before Calvin was born.  Looking back on it, I have no idea how that belly kept growing for 6 more weeks after this - I look huge
One of the best pieces of advice I got from one of my friends in regard to photos while pregnant was to wear short or long sleeves.  I planned on wearing a sleeveless dress, and I'm so glad I didn't because I felt a little self-conscious of that specific weight gain - haha!  I absolutely loved this dress and felt so confident in it - totally necessary with thirty pounds of weight gain!  Here's a link to the dress I wore (they also have it in lilac here).  Old Navy was my go-to for maternity dresses when I was pregnant, and I got this one and this one, too.  One thing I will tell you is not to be afraid to order more than one size at a time.  Their dresses all fit differently (some have tags that say "fitted" on them, but that's not noted on the website, so you don't know until you get them).  Even though they don't carry the maternity line at their stores (except for a few items in the clearance section that are returns), you can return it there.  I hate the post office and returning online orders!  As for Mike, he wore a button down that he got when we went to the Masters the week prior

Monday, July 8, 2019

Welcome, Calvin Michael

Hello, friends!  It's been a hot minute, huh?  Well, if you've been following along on Instagram, you know why I've been so MIA - Calvin Michael arrived 6 weeks ago on May 22nd at 2:21am, weighing 8 lbs 6oz and measuring 22 inches long.  I was induced beginning on May 19th, and it took two and a half days for our little guy to decide he was ready to make his appearance. 
Mike, Calvin, and I have had the best 6 weeks at home, and we are loving our new normal.  I thought I would share a few of our newborn photos (knowing full well that I need to go back and share a bunch of posts, even including our maternity photos - haha).  I hope to get back into blogging over the next month or so, but it will probably be at a much slower pace.  If you want to see more photos of our Cal Pal and keep up with what we've been doing, I would definitely suggest following on Instagram - click here
Photos taken by Ashleigh at Following Seas Photography and name swaddle from Sugar House Swaddles.

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