Doing the Hawaii Big Island the right way with kids! Part 2! Hilo, Puna, and back to Kona for departure

Our visit to the Hawaiian Big Island was more than I could fit into one post, so here is part 2! This post includes Keahou Bay, Hilo, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Puna. We saw manta rays, sea turtles, and more, it was fantastic!

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Doing the Hawaii Big Island the right way with kids! Part 1 – Kailua-Kona & Pukao

As fall approaches and I am already craving warmer weather, I revisit our most recent Hawaii trip to the Big Island! This is part one (of 2) featuring the Kona side of the island. I also included some tips on gear we brought with that made our trip with kids that much easier.

Enjoying the 4th of July in Bellevue, stay-cation style!

Holidays are always so fun spent with family, but when you have little kids it sure can be stressful! Especially when you add in long travel and wait times to the equation. So, this year for the 4th of July we decided to try a fun staycation in downtown Bellevue to enjoy the festivities and fireworks at close range. We booked a hotel room, walked to the park, swam and ate our hearts out! It was such a perfect 4th of July... if you live in the greater Seattle area be sure to give this a read and give yourself some staycation inspo!

My all-time favorite items for traveling with a baby!

Living across the country from my family and where I grew up naturally puts me in a position to do lots of traveling. Since having kids the amount of travel I do has significantly increased... my daughters are the only grandbabies on my side of the family so I can't keep them hostage here on the west coast! With my first child we didn't muster up the courage to make our first cross-country pilgrimage until she was 8 months old. With our second, it was at 2 months! Here are some of my favorite items that made the whole process that much easier. What I consider travel essentials if you are a parent traveling with a baby!

Traveling on Maternity Leave – Do or Don’t? How we did it and a few tips!

With my first kid, I did maternity leave all wrong. I went back to work way too soon, far before I was feeling physically or emotionally up to it, and I struggled a lot as a result. As soon as we got pregnant with baby #2 (many years later) I made myself and my family …

Our first trip to Oahu… my Top 5 Things I suggest you do when visiting this Hawaiian island!

Oahu is a magical place, and there is so much to take in and do while you are there... it is hard to even know where to start! To make things easy for you, here are my Top 5 suggestions to give a try on your next trip to the beautiful Hawaiian island. Did someone say poke?

What to do With Only Four Hours to Tourist in Seattle

Being an East Coast transplant in Seattle, I get visitors out here a lot. Whether it is my sister coming to visit for the weekend, or a friend from high school only passing through on a layover to Hawaii San Francisco, taking people touristing is a pretty normal part of my life. The good part doing …