Love and Marriage · pregnancy and parenthood

Why finding out my baby’s gender is both meaningful and meaningless

There is something ironic in finding out the sex of our baby. On the one hand, it feels like a huge, emotional milestone in this 9-month journey. But in reality it holds such little importance in my quest to motherhood.  My decision to know our baby's sex before birth has nothing to do with needing to know whether I should prepare for a… Continue reading Why finding out my baby’s gender is both meaningful and meaningless

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Travels

My most “haole” moments and why I’m not ashamed

Hawaii is an incredibly diverse state both in terms of culture and climate, making it a dream destination around the globe – sometimes frustratingly so, as stereotypes of surface-level tourism often outshine the deeper beauty.  *Also published on HuffPost Hawaii.  This means that outsiders who move here, like myself, try so hard not to come off as "haole" as we strive to… Continue reading My most “haole” moments and why I’m not ashamed

Travels

Things you generally do on the Mainland but not so much in Hawaii

In transition back to the East Coast, I've been reflecting on some of the small but noticeable differences in Hawaii living vs. Mainland living. This light-hearted list is based entirely on my personal experience having moved from Ohio to Oahu. What would you add?  Trick-Or-Treat: For my first Halloween on Oahu, I stocked up on about 6 bags of candy.… Continue reading Things you generally do on the Mainland but not so much in Hawaii

pregnancy and parenthood

Why planning a natural childbirth is neither crazy nor “badass.”

When I got pregnant, it was the start of a rollercoaster of emotion and overflow of  advice, whether sought after or not. I absorbed and respected every bit of wisdom passed down to me, recognizing that every woman's experience is intended to help.  But every woman's experience is so different, and soon I realized I needed to… Continue reading Why planning a natural childbirth is neither crazy nor “badass.”

Food · Travels

The best of Hawaii dining: from breakfast to dessert

These are the places that have left an unforgettable impression on our taste buds, and in many cases, made my husband and I regulars at these must-try spots.  Best Breakfast: Crepes No Ka Oi This husband-and-wife owned spot in Kailua used to draw long lines out to the street for their famous Ultimate Breakfast Crepe, only available… Continue reading The best of Hawaii dining: from breakfast to dessert

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Why loving fall doesn’t make you “basic”

For those accustomed to spring, summer, fall and winter, there are distinct changes in the air that trickle down into our way of living. For fall, the crisp air and transition to winter means we trade swimsuits for scarves, flip flops for boots and iced lattes for hot. Yet, this once socially acceptable behavior is getting some backlash from… Continue reading Why loving fall doesn’t make you “basic”

Food

Hawaii Dining: The Food Company

Rave Yelp reviews and recommendations from friends lured us to try The Food Co. located in Kailua's Enchanted Lake Shopping Center. My husband has been trying to take me here for a long time, but I always declined because I had assumed it was more of a catering company. While it does offer catering, there is quite the  little restaurant… Continue reading Hawaii Dining: The Food Company

military life

9 questions military spouses are tired of answering

Below is an attempt to answer some of the most common, misguided questions that military spouses get.  *Also published on HuffPost Blog. How do you do it!? I could never be with someone who's gone all the time. We work on our relationship the same way you do -- one day at a time. The… Continue reading 9 questions military spouses are tired of answering

Travels

How other states have proven that I’m definitely from Ohio

Tennis shoes are sneakers (also influenced from my family roots in New York), and soda is pop. You don't go grocery shopping, you go "Krogering." How living outside of Ohio has only reminded me of my Midwestern roots ... I'm prepared for any kind of weather. In other states where there are no seasons, the biggest… Continue reading How other states have proven that I’m definitely from Ohio