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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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Disclaimer:  Everything mentioned or featured was purchased with my own money.  Affiliate links may be posted through out.

While I can honestly say I wish we had some snow here… one things for certain, I do love that Hawaii Winter weather allows me to dress comfortably.  I can’t complain, I am truly lucky to be able to live in Paradise and while I do get tired of the slow-mo pace that I have grown up with all my life… I do know that I would miss Paradise if I decided to give it all up.  Let’s be honest… it’s beautiful here and I can’t complain about that.

Living in Paradise - Plus Sized OOTD

I am a maxi dress and skirt addict.  I was told once by a friend that Maxi skirts make plus sized girls look bigger than they really are.  Well, if that’s the case… I don’t care because this is the ensemble that allows me to still look dressy, feel casual and run after my 4 year old twins.  If I’m not in a pair of jeans, leggings or sweats… you can find me sporting a maxi skirt and a comfy top.  I look at it this way… to me, “Fashion means Comfortable, Just like beauty – if I’m not comfortable in my own skin, why wear it?”

Living in Paradise - Plus Sized OOTD Plus Sized Outfit of the DayTop:  Jeans Warehouse Hawaii

Maxi Skirt:  Jeans Warehouse Hawaii

Black Wedged Sandals:  Steve Madden

Gold Bow Bracelet & Bow Ring:  Forever 21

Women’s Divers Watch:  Invicta

Gold Wire Wrapped Crystal Quartz Necklace:  Shoplately (Evelina Pas)

Wedding Rings:  Kay Jewelers

Black Tahitian Pearl Ring:  Gift from Hubby

Aviator Sunglasses:  Ray Ban

Satchel / handbag:  Guess

Check out the Video here.

Plus Sized Outfit of the Day

Living in Paradise - Plus Sized OOTD
Living in paradise - Plus sized OOTD
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