monday rad deals…packing for spring break. fiji edition

okay my dear friend Rachel told me i needed to move it on my spring break packing post… so rachel, this one is for you;)

our family trip to FIJI is just around the corner!! yay! wait? how did we end up going to FIJI after this post i wrote almost a year ago?? Well let me tell you. Hulls are still brave. so brave in fact that we are going to fly across the world with our three beebs to one of the best surf spots in the world and staying at the Tavarua Surf Resort. Hus goes on surf trips a few times a year. this is the first time the whole family is joining him. Can you believe i have never actually ridden on a surf board with all these crazy kids that hop on anytime?? this is my trip. i am going to do it. the water will be warm and clear and Hulls are brave. so that means i am brave, right? right.

so lets get to packing. what does one bring on a trip across the world to surf? lots of bathing suits, here are my two favorite one pieces. truly so flattering.

want to see my top one piece picks? check them out here. here are the other items i am packing and they are all under $100…

packing for beach vacation

i almost don’t want to give this source away because it has become one of my favorite gifts for expecting and nursing moms and worn as a cotton kimono or mumu for myself but I have to. Its my job. This company, silks and more, make the best robes/kimonos. For my friends that are new mamas they have robes that darling for the hospital with a button option for ease in nursing, for the bride to be you can order matching robes in bulk to get ready with all your bridesmaids and for me i just float around the house in them. The robes/kimonos/mumus come in all lengths. i have the floor length and the knee length and love them both. AND did i mention they are under $40 bucks!? you are welcome. just wait until you see the fabric options. one last thing, they say shipping takes a couple of weeks but i have received all orders within seven days, so you still have time before spring break.

click item detail for link: silks and more cotton robe/kimono/mumu / haviannas /  black cut out one piece /the perfect floaty white dress. so perfect i got it in black too. $48volcom lace cover up/ sam edelman sandals / orange topshop bathing suit/ not pictured but you have seen me in them a million times before black hat / panama hat/

Carry on luggage… Okay, so our plan is each person will have their own backpack for carry on luggage. this backpack is going to include their ipods (freshly loaded with new games and movies), headphones, a small set of markers, clipboard and a snuggly, like a small pillow or stuffed animal. I never check in my camera equipment or laptop so i have been looking into backpacks that will house both so I have free hands to help the kids with all their loading and security checks and what not. I also feel it is important to NOT draw anymore attention to ourselves or our belongings then my blonde hair blue eyed babies are going to do. inconspicuous is what i am going for. i think these three backpacks tackle each concern appropriately and although the first one is lovely the other two are beautiful and at great prices.

packing for a surf trip to fiji camera backpacks. great for traveling to rural countries

i can hardly contain my excitement. this is our first trip traveling internationally with the kids and i am determined to dot every i and cross every t that could arise to make our trip as seamless as possible. that is as seamless as a trip with three kids and three surfboards in tow can be.

the boys packing could not get any easier… board shorts, tanks and sandals. myes wants to ride the half pipe so he is bringing one pair of jeans. he always skates ramps in jeans to avoid the ramp burn from when he eats it.

packing boys for fiji vacation

no. 1 rip curl stripe tank $25 /no. 2 reversible o’neill tank $23/ no. 3 crew cuts tropical shorts $48 (take an additional 30% off right now!!) / no.4 boys tropical swim shorts $19.90 /no. 5 green zara tank $7 / no. 6 nico nico tank $52 / no. 7 munster tropical boys shorts $62 / no. 8 neon pink volcom shorts / no. 9 gray stripe quiksilver $49.50 / no. 10 chambray volcom shorts $49.50 (and i mean how handsome are these? perfect for a resort. they can just throw on a shirt and look suitable for dinner).

now i have a couple of varying prices in the boys packing list, but i will be honest. NOBODY does swimwear like the surf companies. its true. i have gotten gap, old navy, j crew (and you now how i love these companies) and this year we are trying some zara but i will tell you, for me it is worth it to splurge on the bathing suits. my kids literally live in the salty sea or chlorinated pools and the elements wreak havoc on fabrics. we have found that quiksilver, volcom, rvca, o’neill and rip curl hold up the best. colors stay strong and the boys’ booties don’t bust through the seat of the shorts when doing cannonballs. so the shorts are expensive but in the end i always wish i had gone with the surf brands. okay, stepping down from my soap box/confessional now.

packing little girl for beach vacation

tiger one piece $41 / cheetah one piece $14.95fringe dress $58 / tie dye fringe dress $36 / orange color block bathing suit $60 / halter polka dot suit $24.95  take 35% off today rashguard $38 / rashguard and boy shorts $29 plus take $35 % off today (reviews say it runs really small order a size up)

Sooo… where are you guys headed this spring break?

Don’t forget to check back in for beauty questions answered and what else we have on our packing list:)


beauty closet… sneak peek make up organization

hello! happy thursday to you. today i am giving a couple of sneak peeks ( straight from my iphone) into some exciting projects i have coming up. well, exciting for you Type A organization freak types. i have been working on the perfect way to have my make-up station work for me. it has to be easy, simple and expedite the getting ready process.

here are a couple of picks of what i have been up to.

organzing a make up station how to oragnize make up vanity

organizing make up in a pharmacy cabinet

close up face makeup organization

what i wore wednesday… everyday dresses, my uniform

if you will excuse my pasty legs for a moment you will notice my new uniform. if we are talking about “uniforms” and i am in my closet, fretting and feeling not so good in anything, i always go back to my basics.   a white tee/collared shirt and jeans, black blazer, great shoes and a statement jewelry piece always make me feel zen like.  lately my uniform has shifted to super easy, throw on and go everyday dresses (check out these posts here and here and here). i was coveting this one from free people for some time before i bought it. the day i  took these pictures i threw on booties but with all the lovely weather here i have been wearing dresses with these sandals.  the dress was a little too large until i washed it. it washed up real nice and shrunk up probably a size. now i am happy as a clam.

humble hilo, free people dress, free people bag, ray ban glasses, old navy boots mama style, everyday dresses from free people everyday dresses for the everyday mama

 click on item description to link to the product.  on me: hat/ dress/ boots/ sunnies/ bag

on ello: old navy shirt/ shorts: old gap jeans cut / shoes

ruby tuesdays… i love you because you are sunshine.

this morning as i packed the kid’s lunch i grabbed these little lunchbox cards i have to write a note to her,even though she can’t read she cherishes these notes, and the card already said “i love you because…” i thought about how to describe the vast reasons of why i love this girl. i could write pages and go on for hours about how dear she is to my heart and literally a part of my very soul. and then i realized in the simplest way i love her because she is sunshine. pure and simple. happy. bright.  she illuminates our lives.

i love you because you are sunshine quote for my daughter Tutu Monde Special Occassion dresses for little girls beautiful details on tutu monde little girls dress Tutu Monde cool special occasion dresses for little girls

dylan and i recently finished the famous book “5 love languages” and have been looking for the “love languages” in our children. some of the kids have a mix of love languages but miss ruby is pure and simple. if you spend time with her she feels loved. she really is not picky about what we do as long as we are together, although crafting and jumping on the trampoline are her favorite.special occassion dresses for little girls Quote about Beauty beautiful image


dress c/o tutu monde boots: old from gap

beautiful type: pinterest

we love this dress by tutu monde because it feels like missy to us. beautiful and sweet with a little bit of a toughness to it tied in with the black. all of their pieces are gorgeous and photograph so beautifully. think super special photo shoot or occasion. you can find them several places but now even crew cuts carries these beauties. you MUST check out their shrugs. to. die. for. and perfect for covering cold little shoulders for an evening event.

monday rad deals… spring break beach gear

i cannot believe we leave for FIJI in just 17 days!! you know we take our beach’n very seriously. things need to be cute, easy and convenient… here are some things that fit the bill for me. WHERE are you going this spring break??

great beach and spring break wear for under $50 for women and girls

CLICK on product name and/or description to be directed to the product: 1.gray fringe maxi  2. leopard bikini    3. i love having harem pants to slide on and off at the beach, especially when it might be a little chilly. plus they roll up real small, perfect for a beach bag. 4.  leopard runner shorts $22: i am just dying for them okay? okay. 5. scout stripe bag: with four pockets on the outside and one to stash your keys you won’t have to worry about losing them in the sand anymore and there is plenty of room for lip balm, sunscreen, baby powder and your cell phone in the outside pockets.

6. barefoot gypsy trucker hat $21: ruby absolutely loves this hat c/o arrow and aspen and it describes her to a T 7.  pattern bottom one piece $15  8. rhinestone flip flops $9.95   9. red palm one piece $19 . 10. Have A Coke cooler:  the only thing that could make this cuter is if it said “diet coke”. (not pictured here but completely worth a click:cheetah suit $14.95 compare to this one at jcrew for $41 (which ruby has and its darling but i wish i would have seen h&m’s first)

1. blue tank $9  /2. tropical boy swim shorts $19.90 3.quiksilver flip flop $17  4. target buckets available in store only… they have great colors this year don’t you think? 5. boys stripe swim shorts  $17.90 6.  boys ray ban style sunglasses $9

great deals on boys beach gear, swim shorts, shovels, sandals and glasses