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A Day at the Beach

A Day at the Beach with Beautycounter Sunscreen

 

We arrived on Oahu on Friday and have spent the past two days at the pool and beach. Lawson is adjusting pretty well to the 3-hour time difference. We’re usually the first ones up in the morning and have been getting out to explore while everyone else sleeps in a bit longer.

 

Lawson still has that soft skin typical of all babies. Keeping his skin protected from sun damage while using as natural of products as possible is really important to us. When my friend Kia reached out to tell me about Beautycounter products, the timing was perfect. I was searching for sunscreen for our trip and summer excursions to the pool and splash pad. I quickly placed an order for the Protect All Over Sunscreen, Stick Sunscreen and Lip Balm. We’ve used them the past couple of days and I’m happy to report we’re free of sunburn! The stick sunscreen is so easy to use on Lawson, especially his face. I might be most excited about the lip balm. I’ve had sun damage to my lips in the past and found it hard to find a lip balm with SPF.

 

There’s nothing like watching your child have new experiences. His tentative walks on the sand and the way he reaches up for your hand is priceless.

 

A Day at the Beach with Beautycounter Sunscreen

Beautycounter Baby Balm and Sunscreen

 

I could take photos of these two all day. Watching them play together on the beach put the biggest smile on my face. It’s the cutest!

 

If you’re interested in trying Beautycounter sunscreen or any other products, Kia will be happy to help you out!

3 Days in Portland

Last month we spent three days in Portland, Oregon. After starting out a bit rocky by missing our flight (or as Jim likes to say “processes at the airport prevented us from boarding our flight on time”), we made it there and absolutely loved exploring the city! We didn’t even scratch the surface of things to see and places to eat, but made a good dent. If you’re headed to Portland, there are some of our favorites.

 

3 Days in Portland

 

STAY

We stayed at The Nines, which is located in downtown Portland near Pioneer Square. The hotel was different than many others we’ve stayed at. It has a cool artistic vibe. The Warriors happened to be staying there while in town playing the Trail Blazers. If it’s good enough for Stephen Curry, it’s good enough for us. :) Lawson loved crawling down the long hallways. I was tired after walking, I can’t imagine how much energy he used up!

 

3 Days in Portland

 

EAT

I had a full list of places to try while in Portland and Blue Star Donuts was at the top of that list. It didn’t disappoint. We shared 6 of the best donuts I’ve ever had in my life. I think of them often. We went to Deschutes Brewery for dinner our first night. It was perfect for us – loud for Lawson, good food and beer flights for us (well, the beer flight was just for Jim). There are so many other spots I want to try on our next visit…Tasty & Adler, Pok Pok, Salt & Straw.

 

3 Days in Portland

SEE

After lounging around our room on Sunday morning, which happened to be Mother’s Day, we hopped in the car and headed to the coast. It’s an hour and a half drive west of Portland. For us desert dwellers, taking in all the greenery on the drive was beautiful and a sleeping baby in the backseat was a bonus. When we got to Cannon Beach, Lawson was still sleeping so we headed south to Manzanita and Rockaway Beach. The weather was exactly how I imagine the Oregon coast – overcast and a little foggy. Cannon Beach is definitely the largest of the beach towns.

Portland Coast

3 Days in Portland

3 Days in Portland

 

The following day, we headed to Multnomah Falls. When we were in Switzerland 3 years ago, we literally saw hundreds of waterfalls. Multnomah Falls is the closest we’ve seen to those in Switzerland since. At over 600 feet, it’s a gorgeous sight. It’s a popular destination and easily accessible, so be prepared for crowds.

 

3 Days in Portland

3 Days in Portland

 

SHOP

Shopping with a 1 year-old can be a challenge, but we managed to hit a few spots. Shinola, Imogene & Willie, Snow Peak, Powell’s Books and Canoe are all spots we don’t have in the Phoenix area. We bought Lawson two books at Powell’s and a bronze star for our mantel at Canoe. I love getting something that will remind us of the trip. I think about the fun we had together in Portland each time I read the books to Lawson or look at the star on our mantel.

 

After 3 hours awake overnight and an early morning flight, Lawson finally fell asleep on the plane with 30 minutes until we landed back in Phoenix. A tired baby is a sign of a great trip, right?!

 

3 Days in Portland

Home Sweet Home

Moon on the Chesapeake Bay

 

I took an unexpected blog break last week while on vacation with Jim’s family. I had the best of intentions to take advantage of babysitters and actually get ahead on some posts, but clearly that didn’t happen! I’m blaming it on a slow wifi connection and getting Lawson adjusted on his first trip.

 

We rented a house on the Cheasapeake Bay in Maryland. I had never been to Maryland and can now cross it off my list of states I’ve visited. In case you’re curious, I’ve now been to 36 of the 50 states (I downloaded an app to keep track of them). Lawson met more of his family and got to spend lots of time with them. He’s a lucky boy to be so well loved. It doesn’t hurt he’s such a cute and happy little guy!

 

While it was nice to escape the heat in Arizona, it’s always good to be back home. I picked right up with real life and have a week full of errands to get back on track before Lawson and I brave our first flight with just the two of us!

 

Anyway, here are some photos from the week. As you can see, it was a Lawson love fest!

 

LJC

LJC

LJC

LJC

LJC

Moon on the Chesapeake Bay

Maui

Sunset and a Baby Bump at the Grand Wailea

We spent the first 5 days of our trip at the Sheraton Maui, which is located in Lahaina. We had an amazing view from our room. It was so nice to wake up and see the water each morning. We settled into a routine of lounging for a bit, working out, breakfast and then heading to the beach or pool for a few hours. It was seriously the most relaxing time. Other than a day trip to Lanai (read more here), that was the extent of our adventures. Well, except for Jim’s swim out to and jump off of the black rock one afternoon. Luckily he snuck it in while I wasn’t with him or I would have been worried!

 

After our stay at the Sheraton Maui, we ventured to the Grand Wailea for 3 nights. I thought the Sheraton Maui was sprawling, but the Grand Wailea was massive and majestic and decked out for the holidays. The first night we headed to dinner at Monkeypod. It was so good that we returned again on our last night! I highly recommend it. Have the strawberry pie for dessert.

 

It was an incredible trip that we won’t soon forget. We even talked about making it an annual vacation!

 

Our family tradition is to exchange gifts on Christmas Eve Eve. I won’t be there tonight to celebrate with my parents and brother. Merry Christmas Mom, Dad and Zack!! I miss you guys!!

 

A Hawaiian Sunset

Sunset at the Grand Wailea

Holidays at the Grand Wailea Holidays at the Grand Wailea

The Chapel at Grand Wailea

Hawaiian Coastline

Rainbows in Hawaii