Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Our #Hawaii Vacation: Part 3 Where We Ate

We spent ten amazing nights in Oahu, Hawaii over spring break. Read more about where we stayed here. Today I am going to share with ya'll some of the restaurants and food trucks we enjoyed. The condo we were staying at was located in Waikiki within walking distance of Ala Moana Center which is a huge outdoor mall with tons of great restaurants, a food court, Target, Barnes & Noble, Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and a Ross.

We walked from our condo at The Ilikai to Ala Moana Center several times for dinner. Our first night we dined at California Pizza Kitchen. This is located on the 4th floor of Ala Moana Center. We asked to be seated beside the window and we had a great view of the ocean y'all! My kids love pizza and we have dined at California Pizza Kitchen many times before. It was nice to hop off of a 9 hour flight and have some comfort food :) 

California Pizza Kitchen

Day 2 we spent at the beach and we had lunch from Gilligan's Beach Shack. The food truck is parked pretty much everyday in the same area near the Hilton Lagoon. Here is the website: http://gilliganswaikiki.com/ We enjoyed the food from the food truck. My husband had the taco plate and I had the teriyaki steak bites. I felt like it was a good amount of food for the price. The coleslaw is so delicious and I usually do not like coleslaw. The line does get a bit long but we arrived right when they opened at 11 am. My kids loved the shave ice.

Menu

                                                 Terryaki Steak Bites, fries and sweet coleslaw

Day 3 we ventured to Duke's Lane Market & Eatery for breakfast. It was about a 10 minute walk from our condo. This is a great spot to grab a quick breakfast, snack, lunch and even ice cream! https://www.dukeslanehawaii.com/ What is neat about Duke's Lane is that you can shop here and buy your groceries or you can dine here. They sell fine gourmet foods, spirits, craft beers and wine's. They have excellent coffee, POG juice and malasadas!

They are located at 2255 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu, HI They are open daily from 6 am until 11:30 pm There is also a great sit down restaurant located inside Duke's Lane Market & Eatery called Basalt. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer a great happy hour daily from 3 - 6 pm and you can score mai tai's for $6

Breakfast of champions! Malasada's and POG juice 

Look at all these amazing pastries and breakfast goodies to choose from!

Breakfast sandwiches and doughnuts 

                                                                     Delicious gelato

We rented a car for the last 5 days of our vacation. We ventured to the North Shore several days and we absolutely loved the Surf & Salsa food truck! I highly recommend this if you like mexican food. *They are closed on Sundays* Here is the website: https://www.surfnsalsa.com/ and their social media:
https://www.instagram.com/surfnsalsa/
They have a nice seating area with tables located behind the food truck.


They have parking available


Complimentary chips and salsa


The most delicious cheese quesadilla ever 

The burrito's are so delicious! 

My favorite lunch in the North Shore---Surf & Salsa

We made reservations for dinner at https://www.tanakaoftokyo.com/ to celebrate my husband's birthday. We really enjoyed the hibachi style restaurant. The food was excellent and we will definitely return. Tanaka of Tokyo has several locations in Oahu. We dined at the Ala Moana Center location which is the "west" location. Excellent service and super yummy food! 

Sadly I did not snap any photos of our meal but here is the chef cooking our dinner! I ordered the chicken teriyaki and my husband had the filet. They were both amazing.

Next up, my all time favorite lunch spot in Waikiki..... Duke's!! This is a must eat spot in Waikiki. Located on the sand at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. 2335 Kalakaua Avenue Validated self-parking is available at the Ohana East Hotel! The rate for validated self-parking is only $6 for 4 hours.

Hours: Breakfast buffet: 7:00 am - 10:30 am $18/person
Lunch from 11:00 am 
Lunch Buffet: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm $29/person
Dinner: 4:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Barefoot Bar: 11 am - Midnight



                        We asked to be seated outside and check out this gorgeous view from our table!!


My kids enjoyed the kids meal's

Delicious Duke's cheeseburger and fries

Chicken fingers and fries at Duke's 

Up next.... Leonard's Bakery! I'm sure you have heard of the world famous malasadas from Leaonard's Bakery! They have been featured on the Travel Channel and various other tv shows. Arrive early because the line can be long. We waited about 20 minutes but it is SO worth the wait!! 


           3 happy kids eating in our rental car on our way to the North Shore for a day of fun in the sun!

Malasada's are Portuguese donuts without a hole. They are so yummy!! 

Located at 933 Kapahula Avenue Open Sun-Thur 5:30 am - 10 pm & Fri & Sat 5:30 am - 11 pm

Up next....our favorite beaches in Oahu and our sea turtle sightings!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Disney + Coming to Hulu

Hulu recently announced that they will be offering Disney + as an add on for their subscribers!! I am SO happy about this announcement. Disney+ will include Disney and Pixar films, Marvel and Star Wars movies too! There will unlimited downloads! This means you can download your favorite Disney movies and tv shows to watch later. Perfect for road trips!!

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When will it launch?

November 12, 2019

How much will it cost?

Disney + will cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (best deal)

What devices will Disney + be available on?

Roku, laptops, computers, Ipads, Kindles, PS4, etc.

Will there be ads?

Disney+ will be ad free!! Woohoo!!

To learn more about Disney + visit this website
To learn more about cutting the cable cord be sure to read my blog post.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

All About Our Day At Luray Caverns, VA

Luray Caverns is located less than 3 hours from Richmond, VA. Luray Caverns are considered a US Landmark. Did you know that the caverns were discovered in the 1800's? 

My children enjoyed exploring the caverns

Luray Caverns is the largest caverns in the Eastern United States


The caverns are a constant 54 degrees

Pricing:
  • Adults: $28
  • Children: $15
  • Under 6: FREE
  • Seniors: $25
  • Group Discounts:
  • 540•743•6551
If you are visiting Luray Caverns be sure to check out the complimentary car museum and old timey toy museum too! These were quite interesting.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Where We Stayed In Oahu + Sup Yoga #Hawaii #Wanderlust

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If you've been following along recently you probably read all about our 9 hour flight to Hawaii and all about our amazing day at Kualoa Ranch. Today I am going to share some more details and some of the fun activities that we did on our Hawaiian Vacation.

We stayed at the http://www.ilikaihotel.com/ in a 1 bedroom oceanview condo. We absolutely loved the Illikai. The condo was perfect for our family of 5. The Illikai Hotel has 1 and 2 bedroom condo's with kitchens. This is perfect for families who want to be able to cook some of their meals to save money.
Here is the outside view of the Illikai

The condo had 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa


This was a wonderful condo within walking distance of the infamous Waikiki Beach, Duke's Lagoon and Ala Moana Center Mall. We will stay here again next time we visit Oahu.

                               Look at the gorgeous sunsets we saw nightly from the balcony
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I miss waking up to this amazing view every morning


The Illikai is located next door to the famous Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Hilton's Duke's Lagoon. My kids really enjoyed playing in the lagoon. There are small fish in the lagoon. The Hilton rents kayaks, stand up paddle boards and pedal boats. They are pretty pricey to rent.

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Here's my little's in front of the Lagoon with gorgeous Diamond Head in the background.

We arrived in Oahu on a Wednesday afternoon and rode a cab to our condo. After checking in we walked to Ala Moana Center which is a gorgeous outdoor mall. It is actually one of the largest outdoor malls in the US. We had dinner at Ala Moana Center then we purchased a few groceries at Foodland Farms. On our 2nd day we enjoyed the beautiful beach and lagoon. We were pretty jet lagged and moving slow.

On our 3rd day my 12 year old daughter and I had reservations for a stand up paddle board yoga class https://www.yogafloats.com/ We had SO much fun and I would highly recommend this! The yoga class is offered every day at Ala Moana Beach which is just a 5 minute walk from the Illikai.




SUP Yoga was so much fun. The cost is $50 per adult and $40 per child for an hour long class. The yoga teacher will actually snap photos while you are doing the yoga and you will be able to download them for free online. I had never done stand up paddleboarding before but it was fairly easy to get the hang of. The class if for those that are beginners and experienced.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

How To Cut The Cable Cord

After years of of having a Verizon cable and Internet package and paying over $150 per month I finally took the steps to cut the cable cord!! I debated about it for months and after doing some research I cut the cable cord! I am going to share with ya'll how to do this and how you can still watch your favorite shows.

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Call your cable provider and find out if you are in any type of a contract. In my case I was month to month meaning I was able to walk away at any time. I did keep Verizon Internet. I called Verizon and let them know I would be discontinuing my package and that I would just be needing Internet. They locked me in for a 2 year contract for Internet for just $44/month. This is such a good rate!!

Step 1: Call your provider and cut the cable! Keep Internet because you will need this to stream tv

Step 2: Purchase a https://www.roku.com/ This is what you will need to stream TV. You can order a Roku for each TV in your home or you can move it around. Ex. We keep our Roku on our family room TV but occasionally if the kids are having a sleepover we will move it upstairs to their TV in the playroom. A Roku is available for purchase at Target & Walmart for $25.

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Step 3: Purchase a package from https://www.sling.com/ I chose the BLUE package which cost $25/month *Currently as of today June 6 Sling is running a great promo if you sign up for Sling and pay for 2 months service you will receive a free Roku!

Step 4: Hook up your Roku to your TV of choice and start streaming TV. It is SO easy!

Why I chose Sling TV

I chose Sling TV because there are no contracts, you can quit at any time. You pay only $25 per month for the package and it includes all of my favorite TV networks. I selected the BLUE package because it includes Bravo TV (gotta have my Housewives!!), TLC, E and HGTV to name a few. You can even download the Sling app and watch on your computer, cell phone or tablet. Sadly the BLUE package does not include my kids favorite, Disney Channel. But to solve the problem I simply added the Disney Now app to the Roku and we are able to watch Disney shows, movies, etc for FREE! I also downloaded the Nick JR app and the PBS Kids app, all of which are FREE! 

I do need to add that I am a fan of MTV's The Challenge and unfortunately Sling does not include MTV. However, during the 3 months of the year that the show is airing I do subscribe to https://try.philo.com/ which cost just $20 per month. Philo will allow you to try it out for a free 7 day trial so I recommend doing this. The Philo package includes over 58 channels including MTV, Hallmark Channel (perfect for the Hallmark Holiday movies!), OWN, UpTV, DIY, A&E, HGTV, TLC, etc. to name a few.

There are many other ways to stream TV and if you want LIVE TV you can also subscribe to LIVE TV with Hulu, however it is going to cost more.  https://www.hulu.com

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

All About Our Vacation In #Hawaii: Our Jungle Jeep Tour At @KualoahHi

A few weeks ago I shared with everyone the details of our 9 hour flight to Hawaii. Today I am going to share with ya'll one of the fun activities that we did in Oahu. The most fun and adventurous tour we did in Oahu was visiting Kualoa Ranch! I highly recommend if you are on Oahu that you make time to visit. They offer a variety of tours including a 2 hour kayak tour around Chinaman's hat, 1 and 2 hour horseback tours, ATV tours, Farm to Table Tour, etc. We hope to visit again when we return to Hawaii. I'd love to try the ATV tour next time.



We are big fans of Jurassic Park and my kids were super excited to learn that it was filmed in Oahu. We booked the Jungle Jeep Tour at Kualoa Ranch which is where many movies and tv shows have been filmed. We enjoyed the Jungle Jeep Tour, it was probably one of the highlights of the kids vacation.



All About The Tour:
90 minutes Rainforest Tour
Tour movie sites including Jumanji and Kong Skull Island, Jurassic Valley 
Beautiful scenic views 
$47.95/adult $36.95/child

Look at the incredible view from the jeep of the famous Chinaman's Hat




Check out those dinosaur claw marks!!


My kids absolutely loved seeing the many movie sets, especially Jurassic World! Be sure to save time to check out the huge gift shop. My son purchased a Jurassic World tee shirt and my daughter purchased a beautiful hand carved stone turtle. 

Kuaoloa Ranch has an on site restaurant called Aunty Pat's Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and snacks until 6 pm. The buffet looked good and it is open daily from 10 am until 2 pm. 


I highly recommend a visit to Kualoa Ranch if you are visiting Oahu. Plan to spend at least 45 minutes in the gift shop :) It is great!




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