Aloha from Hawaii + Friday Faves

Aloha friends! Happy Friday! Hope you’re up to some fun adventures and enjoying some relaxing this weekend. 🙂

Palms and sunset

My #1 fave of the week: we’re in Maui for our family-moon, and having an incredible time. 

Fam in hawaii

Beach  1 of 1

We have a list with all of your suggestions -you always have the best recommendations!- for things to do and eat while we’re here. Maui is absolutely breathtaking (we’re on the west side of the island), and we’ve been enjoying time in the pool and ocean, relaxing, exploring, and the fantastic dining. I think we can just stay here. (Ok, and I’m kind of dreading the flight back. It was super bumpy! Let’s just skip all of the turbulence and stay riiiiight here.)

W livi on bridge

Tom and livi  1 of 1

Shaved ice

I’ll be posting a full recap when we’re back, but in the meantime, here are some more faves from the week and around the web. As always, I love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please feel free to play along and shout it out in the comments section if you’d like!

Emojis all 30-somethings need. The Friday Night one is my fave

Thank you to DailyBurn for including me in this article about pregnancy fitness tips (and for the reminder to bust out my support belt again).

This Anthro dress. Currently loving flowy dresses that work with the bump, but that I can see myself wearing next summer, too.

Healthy Trader Joe’s copycat recipes.

Nothing to see here, just making homemade pregnancy tea.

Preg tea

(nettle, red clover, raspberry leaf, and mint. It tastes delightful, and I’ll make a large batch, chill, and sip with fresh mint during the day.)

I’ve been making large batches, refrigerating in a glass jar, and enjoying with fresh mint… and in this case, grain-free banana bread. 

Grainfree banana bread

This sweet dog playing mama to a… lobster.

Post-workout snacks that satisfy a sweet tooth.

Latest post for Women’s Running: do you run solo, or with a friend?

Summer Shape Up excitement! SSU2015

The fun begins THIS MONDAY, June 15 with 4 weeks of free fitness plans and meal ideas. Newsletter friends, don’t forget to check your email; you’ll receive the week 1 details later this morning so you can plan this weekend. Everything will be up on the blog bright and early on Monday. Can’t wait to get this party started!

Speaking of parties, thank you again for celebrating my blogiversary week with me. There’s still time to enter the giveaways that have been running this week, and I’ll have our last giveaway (a prize valued at $200 for two lucky readers) up this afternoon.

Happy Friday <3



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  1. Tiffanie Robinson on June 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    We just returned from Maui for my daughters graduation trip! We stayed in Wailea and it was stunning! We did make it to the west side for ziplining and the Old La’haina Luau. It was fabulous! If you drive to the south side near Wailea and Makena area visit Big Beach. It was gorgeous. It was my kids favorite beach that we visited!

    Enjoy your family time. Before you know your daughter will be graduating!

  2. Stephanie Collins on June 12, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I’m enjoying the New England weather this week!!!! Not Maui but Ill take it!!! CAN NOT wait til Monday! for the Shape Up!!

  3. Missy on June 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Happy Friday. Enjoy your vacation!

  4. Liz S. on June 12, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Keep having a fabulous time in Hawaii!

  5. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on June 12, 2015 at 7:43 am

    How wonderful — I hope you have an uh-mazing fam vaca in Maui!

  6. Cara on June 12, 2015 at 7:47 am

    We can’t wait to go back to Maui! We got married there (on the beach in Wailea) last October and fell in love with everything Maui! We stayed on Ka’anapali. Can’t wait to see where all you go and what you do! This will help with our next Adventure there:) Have so much fun!

  7. Britt@MyOwnBalance on June 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Oooo I love Maui! My husband and I got married there so it is one of our faves! We had catering from Cafe O’Lei. The food at the restaurant is fantastic if you get a chance to go. Also Sorrento’s on the Beach has amazing views. And the Spa at the Grand Wailea…omg.

  8. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Have SO MUCH FUN in Hawaii! Ahh I love it there! <3

  9. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on June 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Happy Friday! Have an amazing vacation!!

  10. Char @ Nutritiously Fit on June 12, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Love, love, love that you’re in Hawaii. It’s something the hubby and I keep talking about (I’ve never been, but he went to a golf tourney there back in college). I hope you post about how it was to go with Liv so we can get some ideas 🙂

  11. Alyson Drost on June 12, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Maui is paradise! We just returned from a family trip there a few weeks ago. I found a little hidden gem in the Foodland shopping center in Lahaina called Maui Sugar Shop Bakery! It is a darling little bakery that is entirely gluten free and all organic!! Their passion fruit muffins and the savory cheese muffin were amazing! I visited multiple times during our week stay 😉

  12. Cindy on June 12, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Have a wonderful time in Maui!

  13. Elizabeth Beil on June 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Just from those photos it looks GORGEOUS! Have a great rest of your trip!

  14. Nicole on June 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I got engaged in Maui a few months ago- looks like not far from where you are because I recognize that shot of Lahaina. Enjoy! It is absolutely beautiful there. We loved Leilani’s in Whaler’s Village- live music during Aloha Hour.

  15. Katie @ Operation Happier on June 12, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Oh my gosh, that looks amazing! I LOVE Hawaii (who doesn’t?).

    I’m a pretty new reader — congratulations on your pregnancy! How far along are you? I hope you’ve been feeling and doing well. I’m 32 weeks today with my first — it’s getting real! I’m feeling excited, nervous, and everything in between 🙂

  16. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 12, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I’ve only been to Honolulu and it was gorgeous! My favorite beach place by far. I’ve dreamed of going to Maui. Enjoy your family fun!

  17. Emily B on June 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Looks beautiful! Hope your family is having an amazing time. Related to your sweet doggie protecting his lobster friend, have you seen the one of this sweetheart trying to cover all the fish with water? Adorable.

  18. Danica @ It's Progression on June 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

    ahh Hawaii has always been #1 on my travel bucket list! I hope you do a post with your recommendations of where to visit after your trip. Enjoy every moment of it!!

  19. Gina on June 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

    It looks like an amazing place!! Enjoy!! xo – Gina (from Mass)

  20. Heather@hungryforbalance on June 12, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Gorgeous pictures so far!! You guys always take the most awesome family adventures! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  21. Alex @ True Femme on June 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I hope you have the most amazing time ever in Maui! It’s my absolute favorite place! <3

  22. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on June 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Enjoy every single second, looks gorg! xo

  23. Katie on June 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    You’re trip looks wonderful! Enjoy!

  24. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on June 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Agh Hawaii! My brother’s college is there so that state holds a very special place in my heart. <3 I hope you are having a fantastic time! Enjoy these last few months as a family of three.

  25. erin m. on June 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I love Hawaii! It’s so beautiful! I went to Oahu 5 years ago…incredible! Have a great time!!

  26. Sarah on June 12, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    We got married in Maui, @ The Grand Wailea (the adorable little chapel on the beach, with wooden pews, surrounded by koy ponds), 16 years ago… time flies!

  27. Leah on June 12, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Enjoy the rest of your time on Maui! We went to wailea last year for our first kid free vacation. It was fabulous! Love all the fresh fish. Hope your flight back is smoother. I hate turbulence and not a fan of flying myself.

  28. Dani Beckmann on June 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    You must must MUST go to Star Noodle… Its off the beaten path and up on the hillside but totally worth the wander.
    They have incredible food!

  29. Jessica on June 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Choice Health Bar in Lahaina has the best acai bowls!!

  30. Andrea on June 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Awww…Maui…so gorgeous. I love that view, looks very familiar from our visit in April. Have a great time!

  31. Erika S. on June 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Loved your running article! People always ask me to run with them and I decline fearing I’m “too slow”. I should give it a whirl!

  32. Erja on June 14, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Looks like a lot of FUN in HI! Congrats on your awesome blog, keep it up! Love your anniversary giveaways, especially the NB foam sneakers, but I was unable to view the comments or leave one for some reason on my phone.

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