As a life principle, I believe in making mistakes. Failure provides a baseline for growth. Mistakes lend way for forgiveness and understanding; it can strengthen relationships and cement resolve. Or it can weed out the relationships, ideas or life paths that weren’t meant for you in the first place. I believe that life’s most perfect lessons are unearthed through our mistakes and failures. That belief also offers us tremendous grace.
Waimea Valley is where Hawaii comes alive. One of the last partially intact ahupuaa on Oahu, Waimea Valley Falls consists of 1,875 acres and has been a sacred place for more than 700 years of Native Hawaiian history. Waimea Valley, “The Valley of the Priests,” gained its title around 1090 when the ruler of Oahu awarded the land to the kähuna nui. Descendants of the high priests lived and cared for
We just got back from the most luxurious Hawaiian family vacation evaaaaa. Like way, way more fancy that any other family vacation we’ve ever taken. To be honest, it was Daddy D’s 40th birthday, my birthday and our wedding anniversary, so we had a lot to celebrate… but this kind of luxury family travel has got me thinking about our family’s legacy and future travel plans. We came home from
This story was written in collaboration with JCPenney. Thanks for supporting the brands that support our voices! They are #SoWorthIt! Back to school season has become a time of year to reflect on the growth and maturity of our babies; how much they’ve learned, the subjects and topics that interest them and how we, as parents, can help them feel confident and empowered. As my baby girl enters the first
We had such a great time exploring the outdoors this summer and one of those adventures took us to Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park. We took the drive to Sequoia National Park and the next morning, bright and early, we headed to our Family Tour of the cave. The hike down to the entrance of the cave is the only precaution one should be aware of. It’s way more
There’s a story behind the urgency to have my children receive a bilingual education, but it’s long, very emotional and, ultimately, not relevant to this post. I’ll share that story eventually, I promise. But for now, as I look over the photos of Alina’s Dual Immersion Spanish Kindergarten graduation only a few months ago, I realize that last year was perhaps the most amazing year of my motherhood to date.
In an effort to streamline and minimize our lifestyles, I’m back on the menu planning wagon with gusto. When my babies were little and Daddy D worked super long hours, I was diligent (and it saved my sanity!) to know what was for dinner each night. I was also able to plan for the exposure of food culture for my kids and used these 5 Cuban recipes as a foundation