A Hawaiian Babymoon

You can always tell how crazy our lives have been by the lengthy breaks between blogs. 😉 June has been slightly insane, and we’ve got another few weeks of life being pretty busy, but I wanted to catch up while I have the chance!

I imagine everyone who visits Hawaii thinks at one time, What if I lived here?? We pondered that frequently on our little babymoon. We spent six days on the island of Kauai soaking up every ounce of sunshine. And can I brag really quick at how adult we are because our pale little bodies did not get one single sunburn!

I took roughly 2,000 photos, so we’re going to narrow that down to 70-ish and knock it all out in one post because I’m lazy. 😝

 

I love a good waterfall.

A must do if you go to Kauai is Waimea Canyon.

This is my favorite spot on Kauai. It feels so magical!

That tiny speck in the distance above the middle left of the mountain is a helicopter.

When we booked our babymoon, I was afraid I would be too big to fit in a swimsuit. I’m still waiting on that bump to look more pregnant than “she must have just had a large meal.”

A Hawaii onesie for baby!

If you’re looking for a good hotel in Kauai that won’t break the bank, check out the Courtyard by Marriott. The staff is great, rooms are nice, and it’s affordable. And it’s surrounded by palm trees and ocean and good food.

We are very passionate about hotel breakfasts.

One of our nights was spent on a catamaran with Captain Andy’s for a sunset tour of the Na Pali Coast. It was soooo awesome, even though I got pretty queasy on the ride back. Haha.

THESE VIEWS.

Rainbows everywhere.

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Balcony view. 👌🏼

I wear this dress a lot because it shows off the bump the best. 😉

Another must do and one of our favorite places is Hanalei Bay. The weather was PERFECT.

He. Is. So. Cute.

He loves boogie boarding so much. 😊

My other favorite spot in Kauai is Kountry Kitchen, home of pancakes bigger than your face.

Look how happy he is hahaha.

The first time I felt baby move was right after this pancake. 😂

One of our favorite activities was our tubing tour with Backcountry Adventures that took us through some old irrigation tunnels in Lihue. I wish I had video or pictures from the ride, but YouTube it if you’re bored. ;)

Apparently only 20% of the people who live on Kauai get to see this view because it’s a private road owned by the company.

The whitest people. 😂

Our last day and a half was spent soaking up every second at the coolest hotel we’ve ever stayed at – the Kauai Marriott Resort. This is the dreamy road that leads to the parking lot.

Escalator to the lobby? Ok.

VIEW FROM OUR ROOM. Yes. Absolutely worth every penny.

Before we checked in, we ate a place on the hotel site called Duke’s.

Andrew said the burger was amazing, but he was most in love with this “hula pie” that we got for free since we were “celebrating.” Lol.

The hotel comes with its own mini mountain and beach. Haha.

Good view, good book.

We spent our last night having a fancy dinner at a place that I didn’t dare try to pronounce. Hukilau Lanai.

My favorite thing in the world might be patio hotel breakfasts with this looker.

Last day faces.

But we spent all of it at the pool and beach. 🙌🏼

Alright, Annie. We have to wait to go on another adventure until you join us, so hurry up, kid. 😉

Happy weekend, friends! ❤️

-Cait

Yearbook Review and Tips

I looooove yearbooks!! I look forward to the day my book comes in every year. It is my favorite tradition and memory keepsake. ❤️ I’ve used Photobook America for every one since 2011, and they’ve always turned out great.

A few yearbook-making tips before we dive into this beauty…

1. Go month by month.

The last two years, I’ve built my yearbooks little by little, month by month. I don’t even have kids yet, and I still ended up with 142 pages for 2016…I can’t imagine trying to put all of those pages together in December. Start your book in January, keep your photos in monthly folders, and build it as you go through the year. It makes it LOADS easier.

2. Take pictures of the everyday stuff.

If you’re struggling with finding photos you want to include, don’t be afraid to put in the everyday things. As brilliant as our brains are, they can only remember so much. When I go back through my yearbooks, I repeatedly say, “Oh, I forgot about that!” It’s nice to remember the little things. Yes, food. Yes, evening walks. Yes, my dog making weird faces. Those are small but precious memories.

3. Wait for the sales.

Photobook America is great about promotions. I’ve always gone over the allotted 40-pages (and this year it was 100 pages over lol), so I have to be careful about ordering because every extra page costs money. If I had purchased my book at regular price, it would’ve cost me $246. 😳 But because I had it finished and ready, I waited until there was a sale email to pounce. We paid $86 for the whole thing. (And that included shipping from Malaysia.) HOORAY!

2016 was a tough one – one of the hardest we’ve had, but it’s hard not to be grateful looking back at it in photos. God is faithful.

I like the leather covers the best – this color was called “elephant.” We rotate between this, navy, and aqua. (I’ll never give up on nautical.⚓️)

We always come up with a name for the year. This was the phrase we probably said the most last year. 😂

I’m not posting all of the pages, but here are most of my faves. 🙂

Take me back to Florida. 😭

I want to jump inside this page and eat all the foods in that snack stadium.

Last year was so crazy that we kinda forgot we went on a cruise. I’d have no memory at all if it weren’t for pictures!

Until the Lord blesses us with babies, Henry dominates the yearbooks. 😉

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I’ve been trying to come up with something different to do for my birthday this year, but I’m currently just dreaming of all the same foods. Would another trip to Lambert’s be so crazy?

The face swap of Dad and me in the bottom left corner is the creepiest / most hilarious thing that happened last year.

One of my favorite months!

So. Much. Food.

I’ve had dreams about that sundae from Serendipity.

I so miss adventuring with these cuties!

I think my husband looks the most attractive when he’s next to chips and queso.

My people. 💕

That tourist picture of Henry is gold.

We pick a verse every year and end the yearbooks with them. It’s so fun to see how the Lord uses them throughout the years!

Happy weekend, lovelies! :)

-Cait

Making Money with Swagbucks

There are a million sites out there promising you free gift cards or easy money – if you’ll just sign over all your free time, give them a credit card and an ounce of blood, or agree to receive junk mail every day for the rest of your life. I was pretty excited to find a legitimate site that isn’t crazy annoying or difficult to use. And they let you update your email preferences so you don’t get much pestering. ;) I’m a big fan of Swagbucks! Here are the fastest ways I add up my points.

-Watch Sponsored Videos

This is the number one way I earn points. It’s super easy to use and adds up without much trouble. Click on “Watch” and you’ll see a tab called “nCrave.” They usually have a few different videos you can run to earn points, or sometimes they’ll have an activity called “All You Can Eat SB.” Both are easy to run without paying attention. We have two laptops and a desktop computer, so I’ll run Swagbucks on one of the laptops while I’m working at my desktop or when we’re watching a movie. Andrew also has an account, so sometimes I’ll run the videos on BOTH laptops. Some of the activities keep running even while you do other things on the screen, so all you have to do is mute your volume and rack up the points. You can even move the windows down and open another window to work on something else. Easy.

Clicking on nCrave will give you some easy activities to earn points. Just make sure you choose one with the little blue play & circle icon in the bottom left corner – that means you can click on “auto-discover” so the ad videos play by themselves. Sponsored videos are another easy way to earn points, but sometimes they require more clicking. The “All the SB You Can Eat” activity requires no clicking (or paying attention) though.

-Search bar

Yes, Google is the best search engine there is, but if you make your default search bar Swagbucks, they randomly give you points. (I usually do a couple searches a day anyway, and if I need more relevant info, Google.com is always there after I search and collect my Swagbucks.)

-Surveys

This is a good way to earn points when you are really bored and have nothing to do. (So no, I don’t get the chance to do these often haha.) You can choose a survey based on the time it takes and the points it’ll give you. Sometimes you don’t qualify for certain surveys, but they’ll give you a consolation point if so. You can find surveys under the “Answer” tab on the left.

-Swag Codes and Polls

Swagbucks randomly does “Swag Codes” throughout the day for anywhere from 2 to 5 points, and all you have to do is type in the code they give you in the Swag Code box. They’ll announce them on Facebook or run a banner at the top of your page letting you know how and when to cash in codes. Another easy point is the Daily Poll. That’s usually the first thing I do when I open Swagbucks because it’s an easy point every day that takes two seconds.

Here’s today’s poll. I voted for The Flinstones, and now that song has been stuck in my head all morning. 🙄

-Shopping online

If you’re a big online shopper, you’ll get rewarded just by hitting “Activate Shop & Earn” before you make your purchases at certain online stores. I did this a lot with Christmas presents. It adds up fast if you’re a big online shopper!

-Refer your friends

When your friend joins Swagbucks, you get 10% of their points for life. Sneaky wife tip: sign up your spouse even if they won’t use it. I signed up Andrew even though I really am doing all the Swagbuck work on his laptop, and I get all the referral points. ;)

It takes a little time, but the effort is pretty minimal once you get in the groove of it. 2500 “SB” is good for a $25 gift card, and they have dozens of options. And if they don’t have a gift card you want, here’s another trick – buy the Visa gift card and purchase a gift card you want with that gift card. ;) We did that when we went to Disney World and ended up paying for half our trip that way.

There are several other ways to earn points, but those are the ones I’ve found to be fastest for the least amount of effort. Any other Swagbuck users have more tips?? I’d love to hear!

Click here to give it a try. Happy Thursday!

-Cait