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Maui

When we started planning our honeymoon, we both knew we wanted to go to Hawaii and we quickly decided on Maui. I know many people choose to visit a few islands while they’re there, but we decided to stay on Maui during our entire trip and I am so happy we did! There are so many things to do on Maui that we never got bored or wished we were headed anywhere else.

We stayed at the Grand Wailea. My goodness, this place is beautiful and I would 100% recommend staying there! We loved our excursions, but sometimes I was dying to get back to our hotel for the beach and pool!

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I saw a few people with this pineapple float when we got there and it was a must have! I think I spent most of our trip floating in this pineapple and loved every second of it. 🙂

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We had a few excursions planned (all are linked at the end of this post) and we were so happy with all of them. I heard conflicting opinions on whether or not we should schedule excursions prior to getting there. I’m a planner, so I had all of our excursions and a few dinner reservations planned well in advance and I’m glad I did. Things really seemed to fill up quickly!

My favorite excursion was the Old Lahaina Luau. The food was amazing and they had a really great show! I wasn’t a huge fan of the pig roast, but I guess it’s all part of the experience ha!

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My husband’s favorite thing was the snorkel cruise to Molokini Crater! They took us to two snorkeling spots and both were great! They also give you a ton of great food and were so nice and helpful throughout the day.

Another thing we liked was Clear Kayaks. The bottom of your kayak is clear and they send you into “turtle town,” where you can see a ton of them! We booked the 2 hour time slot, but ended up stopping way earlier. I started to feel a little sick, since I was looking down so much while on the water, but I would definitely recommend doing it, just for less time. Just a little side note- there is no actual location for this. They give you an address, but it’s actually just a truck on the side of the road with a ton of kayaks. Just sharing that because it took us a few minutes to find!

One of my favorite things we did was our Flytographer shoot. I had entered a contest to win a free photo shoot at any of their destinations and I won! (Thank you Flytographer!) I would absolutely recommend doing it because the pictures are beautiful and are such a wonderful memory for us. 🙂

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We heard so much about the Road to Hana that we figured we had to do it! While researching it, I came across a bamboo forest that is a bit beyond the Road to Hana, but we really wanted to see it, so we drove farther to get there.

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We did make a few stops on the Road to Hana, but there are so many that you can’t do them all in one day. I’m sure there are a ton of great ones that we missed. I’ll take it as a reason to go back. 🙂

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I also had heard so much about mount Haleakala that I really wanted to go! We chose to go for sunset rather than sunrise. I’m sure that sunrise is amazing, but being from PA, we were already way off our time zone and couldn’t imagine getting up at 2am to get there in time haha! It’s a long and windy drive, but definitely worth it.

The sunset was incredible and I would say this is a must do, whether you go for sunrise or sunset. They now require reservations for sunrise, so make sure you check that out before going! It’s really an incredible experience. It’s very cold up there, though, so definitely bring something warm!

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You have to pay to get into both the bamboo forest and Haleakala, but the pass is valid for 7 days. So if you decide to do both, make sure you save the ticket you get (whether it’s for the forest or for sunrise/sunset) and you’ll be able to use it for when you do the other. 🙂

Here are some things I would definitely recommend on Maui:

Restaurants: 

Monkeypod Kitchen

Mama’s Fish House

Bistro Molokini

Flatbread Pizza Co

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Excursions:

Trilogy Snorkel Cruise

Clear Kayaks

Flytographer

Haleakala

Road to Hana

Old Lahaina Luau (my favorite!)

We loved everything about Maui and are always wishing we could go back! If you are planning a trip there, I hope you love it as much as we did!

Thanks so much for reading!

XO, 

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San Diego Travel Guide

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San Diego is an amazing place. We spent so much time researching things to do and trying to narrow it down because the options are overwhelming! On our first day, we decided to go to Balboa Park. It is incredibly big, but is pretty easy to navigate. We went to the Spanish Art Village, which has this fun rainbow path through the whole thing.

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We also went to the Rose Garden and the Desert Garden. They were both incredibly beautiful and I’d highly recommend going. The park is separated into a lot of different gardens. You would need at least a day to go through all of them, so we chose three and I’m so happy we did. We loved them all and got to walk by some of the other gardens on the way. The three that we went to are free, but you do have to pay for some of them, like the Japanese Garden.

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We decided to spend a day in La Jolla and I’m so happy we did because there is so much to do there. We started out by doing the Ho Chi Minh trail. It’s beautiful, but it’s definitely not easy. I had seen it labeled as “moderate” on a hiking website, but I would definitely say it’s hard. Of course, there were surfers walking by with their surfboards. But, walking on a steep sand path in sneakers is no easy task! You definitely get some awesome views though. 🙂

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After the trail, we headed to the beach. There are so many to choose from in La Jolla and there are seals and sea lions everywhere! You can get really close to them, although you don’t want to get too close, of course. It was crowded, but really beautiful. There are also a ton of shops and restaurants in La Jolla, so it’s easy to spend a whole day there.

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We went to Sunset Cliffs one night and, if you’re ever in San Diego, you have to do this! It’s kind of out of the way, but it’s absolutely beautiful and you get amazing views of the beach & sunset, of course. 🙂

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We also spent a day in Coronado, which was beautiful! We took the ferry there and spent the day walking through shops and visiting Hotel del Coronado. The beach is beautiful and there are some cute restaurants there too.

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On our last morning, we went to Communal Coffee. It was a must while we were there! I couldn’t leave without seeing the “coffee & flowers” wall that I’m always eyeing on Instagram. This place is amazing. It’s beautiful inside, they have great coffee & food and that pretty wall definitely lives up to the pictures. 🙂

 

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Here are some of the restaurants and things to do that I’d recommend:

Restaurants:

  • Duke’s La Jolla
  • Stone Brewing Co.
  • Draft
  • Rustic Root
  • Coronado Brewing Co.
  • Donut Bar (a must-it’s amazing!)

(Duke’s and Stone are my two favorites!)

Things to Do:

  • U.S.S. Midway
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Padres game
  • Seaport Village
  • The Cave Store
  • Sunset Cliffs

You can see everything I packed for our San Diego trip in this post: San Diego: What I’m Packing

Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

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Pink Blush Floral Dress

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I was so excited to get this dress just in time for our trip to San Diego! I have been loving shift dresses lately because they are just so easy to throw on and go. The print on this dress is so pretty, I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it. The neckline makes it different from all of the others I have and it’s so easy to dress up or down.

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I love it so much that I actually ended up wearing it twice in the few days we were there. It was perfect on its’s own during the day for our trip to Communal Coffee (that place is amazing!) and it was so easy to throw a denim jacket over when it got cooler at dinner.

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You can find this exact Pink Blush dress here. Hope you love it as much as I do! Pink Blush has so many cute dresses, but they also have a ton of other items, as well.  Plus, you can get 10% off your first order. I can’t recommend it enough! I can’t wait to share more of our San Diego trip with you later this week!

Thanks so much for reading! And thank you to Pink Blush for this beautiful dress!

XO,

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San Diego: What I’m Packing

I am so excited to visit San Diego! It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit, but, being in PA, it’s not a quick trip. But, it’s finally happening and I can’t wait! I always have a hard time narrowing down my favorites for a trip, but, after a good amount of time staring in my closet, I’ve finally decided and am sharing what I’ll be taking with me on the trip. 🙂

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I got these Nikes in pink and I have worn them every day since! They are so comfortable and will definitely be perfect for a few hikes around San Diego.

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I got this hanging travel organizer as a gift and it has been a lifesaver. You can fit so much in it and it’s so convenient to just hang up in the bathroom or closet at your hotel. And it comes in a ton of pretty colors & prints.

 

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I’ve linked a few bags similar to my “Escape” bag below!Forestbound Bagswander2_1024x1024

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I hope this guide helps you, whether you’re packing for San Diego or for another city. 🙂 I’d love to hear any tips or recommendations you have for our trip!

Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

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