Hawaii Travel Diary

Pretty much paradise | Honolulu, HAWAII

In October I had the pleasure of taking Jack on his fourth trip to Hawaii! He has no idea how lucky he is considering the first time I went I was in my twenties. His dad too. I had to be there for work (rough, I know) but because it's a 5-6 hour flight from LA and we love it there so much, I added a few days on for rest, relaxation, and fun. Not sure how much actual R&R you can get done traveling with a toddler, but I certainly did my best. And Jack is a wonderful travel buddy. JC was in Europe so he couldn't come along on either of our Hawaii trips this year. My mom actually ended up coming a night early, which you can see all of this unfold in the video on my YouTube channel and at the end of this post.

Jack did amazing on his 47th flight. Upon arrival in Honolulu, we checked into the Royal Hawaiian. It was our first time staying there, as we usually like to stay at The Sheraton next door. Both are Starwood properties, so it worked out fine and we actually got an upgrade to a suite thanks to our Platinum status. 

We enjoyed a little bit of time and then walked over to the Moana Surfrider where we were treated to a lovely keiki afternoon tea on the Veranda. You can't tell in the photo, but I had a view of the ocean.

Jack definitely takes after me and doesn't really have a sweet tooth. He preferred the "salty sandwiches" and enjoyed taking tiny bites out of the little cookies. The selection was great, and the service was wonderful as usual. The last time we were all here together we ended up having an incredible dinner and there was live music on the Veranda.

We then headed to the beach where Jack played with a water bottle and a plastic cup. Amazing what kids enjoy! Because of the time difference, we were pretty tired, so it was a room service night and it was perfect. A little indulgent but because we have traveled so much, we allow ourselves this treat as Jack would much rather have dinner in his jammies. And if you haven't been to Honolulu before, many of the restaurants are really quite crowded. We enjoyed our evening in. 

I woke up early the next day and worked on a big project in my robe in bed. When Jack woke up, we headed down to Surf Lanai for a breakfast buffet. He loves his lox! We had an awesome view and great breakfast. Then we hung out in a little cabana by the pool at the Sheraton.

At 11am they have a koi feeding, it's something Jack always looks forward to. We had lunch by the pool, and it was so windy, our fish and chips blew over when we were only halfway done with them. We met up with our friends from Australia and the kids enjoyed some ice cream. Easy going evening, where we had dinner at the lounge.

On Friday, we got picked up at the hotel and headed to lunch at Ward Warehouse. This ramen from was delicious! And then we did some shopping at Eden in Love and Red Pineapple.

Saturday was full of fun at the workshops hosted by Sakura Lala. Seriously everyone seems so happy in Hawaii. I LOVE the good vibes and wonderful ladies every time. Of course someone has to show me the what she made with the iPad ProApple Pencil and the Procreate app and I was obsessed. I HAD to get one!!

Sunday we had a relaxing day and went to Giovanni's Shrimp Truck on the North Shore. Their garlic shrimp is THE BEST. 

Peace out Hawaii, mahalo for another wonderful trip! You can see more fun details in the video:


Gifts for Crafty Friends

Finding gifts for crafty friends is one of my favorite things to do. Not to mention, it's pretty easy, because I simply choose things that I either want or have, that I love. There are a ton of great things out there for creatives of all price points, and sometimes we are the only ones who would appreciate someone gifting us a Lawn Fawn Shammy (because even if you already have one, you can use another)! 

I rounded up some of my favorite picks for gifts from Simon Says Stamp. The reason I included my Cheers stamp set is because we sold out of the ones on our website and now it's only available at Simon Says Stamp. Plus it's super fun and versatile. As is "Big Hugs" - the sentiment works for everything from saying "I'm sorry" to "Miss you". Plus I love the fact that you get more bang for your buck since you can use what gets cut and the cut out part. Just be sure to save the little parts of the B and the H. I also wanted to test the fun foam and it turns out amazingly well, and becomes a Thicker (though you still need to add glue). I will save it to use in my December Daily album. Using a sheet from my Oh Happy Life 6x6 pad, I made a card for my sister-in-law. We sadly won't see them for the holidays, but it's for a very good reason. She is due with their first baby on December 30! They aren't finding out the sex of the baby, so I went with a somewhat gender neutral palette.

The most expensive thing I chose was the Copic Multiliner set, but I promise your bestie will love it. Plus they are refillable and can have the tips replaced, so really, it will be the gift that keeps on giving. 

Hope you liked this little gift guide and peek at what I did with the supplies. Let me know in the comments - what's on your list or what you plan on getting your crafty friends?

Behind the Scenes | Cents of Style collaboration

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Thanks so much for all the love and support for yesterday's launch of my Oh What Fun! collaboration with Cents of Style. I shot some video of traveling to Utah for less than 24 hours and it just went up on YouTube or you can also watch it below. Did you also see that there's a big giveaway happening here?

Oh What Fun!

Oh What Fun

So excited to share my collaboration with Cents of Style! I've curated a holiday gift collection called Oh What Fun, where everything is under $35! Talk about wall goals - they finished painting this just two days before I was there for the photoshoot in October. Working on a behind the scenes video too that should be up tomorrow. 💛  Today only, free earrings will be included with every order. Let me know what your favorite piece is in the comments!

Oh What Fun!
Oh What Fun!

Also we are doing an awesome contest with 3 amazing prizes, including an Instax Share SP-2! For all the details and to enter the giveaway, click here.

Hand-Scripted Invitations

Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine

JC's sister, Jenny (who I guess I should call my sister-in-law now, yay!) was in town visiting us from DC back in March 2015. We were talking about her upcoming wedding in June 2015 and she was showing me some stuff on Pinterest that she was considering for the direction of her invitations. She was having trouble pinpointing exactly what she wanted. Although she loved the calligraphy work of some of the invites, she couldn't find the exact design or look that she envisioned. Over lunch one day, I got out my watercolors and started just drawing their names. I also had a floral Studio Calico stamp that I stamped and colored in with watercolors. 

Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine
Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine
Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine

She ended up loving the way it turned out, asked Rick what he thought, and then asked me to script the invites for her! It was such an honor. I wrote out all of the words she requested, scanned them into the computer, and then the rest of the design was laid out to her liking. 

Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine

She had a local printer in DC print them onto this gorgeous cream cardstock that had a beautiful sheen to it. 

Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine
Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine
Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine
Hand-Scripted Wedding Invitations | Amy Tangerine

They looked like they were individually hand painted and it was such an honor to be a part of the process. They celebrated their anniversary this summer, and I sent them their card using the idea from this video. So grateful to have been a part of their big day!