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The boys and I have been enjoying our summer months together since my husband is usually working on the weekdays.  Come on now, we live on Maui, which has been rated the number 1 Vacation Destination by Conde Nast many years in a row, so we do have a plethora of sites to see and lots of fun to be had.  While we live on the mountain, we experience really hot days so I decided to pack the boys up into the car and take a drive up to Kula to cool down – since the air is much cooler there.  Our journey led us to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, a place we have visited many times before – but it’s been years since I bought the twins here, so I decided it would be a perfect place to venture.

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The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located on the slopes of Haleakala and overlooks some of the most beautiful views on the South side of the island.  It is a 25-30 minute drive away from the Kahului Airport (the main airport into Maui) and a popular spot for visitors to stop at and have lunch after watching the sunrise at Haleakala or hiking the crater.  At one time, it used to be free to enter the Lavender farm, so I was surprised to see a guard house at the entry (it was not there my last visit a few years ago) and entry for adults is $2.00.  It’s well worth the cost however.  You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic or hike the grounds for a great adventure.  The air is so cool up there, it was a perfect place for the boys and I to getaway to beat the heat.

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There is a little shop that sells tasty delectables featuring the fresh picked lavender, but the boys and I decided that we would just take in the sites and cool down and head home to eat lunch instead.  We walked around the gardens and admired the fragrant lavender as we took in the sites.

It was a short little adventure, but a beautiful day out so I took this opportunity to take some shots of the boys and my eldest son Kevin helped take a few photos of my casual outfit I wore.

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The best part about our little drive and excursion today was that I was able to spend it with the boys.  They go back to school in about 2 1/2 weeks and this summer break flew by too quickly.  The twins are off to 1st Grade and Kevin is off to 7th Grade.  With Football season starting for all three boys August 1st – I know that times like these will be few in between, so I’m glad we made great use out of our Summer break.

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Kimono Cover up – Forever 21 Plus

Ribbed Tank – Old Navy

Linen Shorts with pockets in black – Torrid.com

Flip flops – Guess Jeweled Slip ons

Watch – Invicta Angel

Sunglasses – Maui Jim Maui (style no longer available)

Nail Polish – Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection in Kozy

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My embedded video above also showcases our dinner for that evening… I made my homemade poor man’s rissotto (recipe coming soon) and we watched a beautiful sunset from our porch to end a wonderful day.  If you’re not following me on Snapchat – my code is in my side bar, come and follow me on my daily journey.  What about you, are you enjoying the summer months?  I’m thankful to live in Hawaii and blessed to have a lifestyle where every day is an adventure and a vacation.

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Since my DSLR hasn’t been working, it’s been really nice to find reasons to take my phone out to practice shooting with it… all the images that you see in this post were taken with my Samsung Note 4.

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July 1st is Canada Day and I thought it would be perfect to celebrate by sharing a few delicious finds that are made in Canada.  I have met and established wonderful relationships over the years with friends around the World and one of those places happen to be Canada.  In that time frame, I have had the opportunity to receive wonderful gifts from these friends, many of which includes delicious treats from the Country itself… including Maple.  Today I wanted to share with you some treats that I love and hopefully you can celebrate Canada Day along with me while treating yourself to these awesome finds that you can get from CanadaTheStore.com.

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As I mentioned previously, these products are from CanadaTheStore.com.  Canada The Store is a site that proudly showcases a collection of products that are either designed in Canada, Made in Canada or are products of Canada. They offer Apparel to Watercrafts and a variety of products from simple to sophisticated.  Canadian companies create a variety of quality products that are in demand worldwide.  Canada The Store is well respected across the world, offering people from around the globe an opportunity to purchase a multitude of fine Canadian made products.  Canada The Store is located in Toronto, Canada and has been doing it’s thing for the last four decades, focusing on providing services without compromise.  The true “Made in Canada” success story.

Their Tag line – “Buy Canadian.  Expect Quality.”

So let’s chit chat about two products I was able to try out from Canada The Store.  The first product is Jakeman’s Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.  The product retails for $11.95 CAD with 250 mL / 8.5 fl.oz. worth of product.  It is a bottle of the 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup produced by Jakeman’s and voted Canada’s best tasting Maple Syrup in the National Post.  Now, we love pancakes in our house hold and I love maple candy, so I knew I would easily fall in love with this product.  It’s delicious and rich in color with a distinct maple flavor.  If you have ever tried fresh maple syrup before, this is what it would remind me of… it has a warm, rich flavor that really stands out among other syrups.  This product is great served over breakfast foods (like pancakes or with some sausage and bacon) or used as a glaze on meats or dessert.  I especially love the thickness of this syrup and it would be perfect to glaze a ham with.  I’ve tried many types of maple syrups before and this would have to be my favorite – it’s delicious!

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Since I love Maple candy, I couldn’t wait to open up this jar of Canadian True Maple Tea.  When the box arrived at my house, I could smell the tea from the outside of it – it smells absolutely wonderful.  The Canadian True Maple Tea comes in a 3 Pack for $26.95 CAD.  I’m a tea drinker daily so I was very excited to try this tea out.  Each container (you get three of them) comes with 25 Tea Bags so I shared one with my dad since he is my tea drinking aficionado.

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Canada True’s unique flavorful Maple Tea is idea for serving to guest or to give as a special gift.  It is Pure Premium Ceylon Tea with a Nature Identical Canadian Maple Syrup Flavor.  The Teas are packed in Sri Lanka and this tea offers a bold tea flavor with a beautiful and fragrant sweet scent.  Immediately upon opening the box I could smell a sweet vanilla or maple syrup scent coming from the box and it was coming from the tea.  This is a wonderful tea to have with your breakfast or for tea time with biscuits.  It’s hearty in flavor but taste wonderful and I love the sweet perfume that comes from my cup.  I add a little bit of coconut milk or creamer and that is all I need to drink this tea.  I love and my dad absolutely loved the flavor of it as well.

Frequently referred to as Canada’s Birthday, Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act 1867.  This act united three Colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.  It was originally called Dominion Day but the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.  Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

If you are looking to celebrate, I highly suggest checking out some of the treats and goods that Canada The Store offers and check out all the wonderful items created, made by and made of Canada.

Happy Canada Day!

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I have always been known to have the travel bug!  From the young age of 7, my little sister and I hopped on the plane by ourselves each vacation break to visit our grandmother on another island and till this day, traveling has been something I loved to do.  I have been to all the major Hawaiian Islands and have traveled across the United States from the West to the East Coast, visiting landmarks and attractions I had only dreamed of as a child.  Now that I’m married and have a family of my own, I believe that any journey a person takes in life are moments to cherish and that is why family fun during the summer is so important to me.

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Now that my children are much older, traveling abroad or getting on a plane is not as feasible as it once was.  Paying for five seats on a plane instead of three (now the the twins are pass the two year old mark) is a hefty cost, so we haven’t traveled off island as a family in a few years and stay-cations have been musts for family fun.  Since we live in Hawaii, paradise is our backyard and the beach our playground, so while we won’t be boarding a plane this summer, I’m sure we’ll find a cute hotel or camp grounds that we can stay and make the best of a great island and destination.  Have you seen the price of airfare lately?  Flying from Hawaii to anywhere (even an island over) is a huge cost and the more children you have, the more you pay so together as a family we plan our special stay-cations that include fun family activities.

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Our last “out of state” trip we took was to Washington D.C. a few years ago.  It was probably a favorite because my husband made sure to take us to places I had only dreamed of seeing when I was a child.  We were there for a special Medal of Honor Ceremony where we got to meet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, but besides that very cool highlight – the trip in general opened my eyes to a very different world from what I was used to living with the island life here on Maui.  While that was 3 years ago, that trip alone cost my husband and I $10,000 to take our family of 5.  It was one I will never forget and neither will our pocket books.

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See my big head there on the right of President Obama
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Oh look, there is my head making an appearance again – right next to First Lady Michelle Obama. teehee!

While my family and I have a long list of places we would like to visit, our wallets definitely do not want to take a huge hit all at once again.  However, Discover can definitely help us for our next adventure.  Discover it Miles® can help with the cost of airfare (which is our biggest expense when traveling for our family of 5).  With no annual fee and a $0 fraud liability guarantee, Discover offers you protection so you are never responsible for unauthorized purchases on your card.  Also, you earn 1.5x the miles for every dollar spent on purchases and those miles never expire.  As an introductory offer, Discover it Miles card members will now receive double the amount of miles they’ve earned at the end of their first year – with no spending cap.  Before you know it, you have earned the mileage you need to put towards your future travel plans.  There are a lot of benefits for using the Discover it Miles Card, so be sure to head on over to the Discover site and check it out for yourself.

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Reward cards like Discover’s are really great for paying small bills or groceries with and then earning the mileage for your next travel plans.  You can easily earn your miles by spending the small amounts on your card, like Gas for example – and then pay it off each month.  It’s an easy way to build your rewards and prep for your next vacation.  While my family and I will be enjoying another fun stay-cation this year, I am excited to earn some mileage for our next one we have planned and we can use our Discover it Miles card for our on-island resort stays and have a little fun while still building up the rewards we need for next year.  Family Fun – here we come!

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