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Tropical Scrapbook Page and an OttLite Giveaway

July 24, 2018

Create the most perfect tropical scrapbook page to remind you of that awesome beach vacation. Use your OttLite to its fullest advantage by getting all the details just right. Create the perfect tropical scrapbook page using the Palm Beach scrapbook collection. Add photos from your favorite tropical vacation. #CricutIdeas #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutScoringWheelThis is a sponsored post brought to you by OttLite. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Every few years we travel to Tonga to visit my husbands family. While I love seeing them, it is nice to be able to come home from a long vacation. I want my children to be familiar with how my husband was raised and for them to know their other side of the family. I love being able to make scrapbook pages and save them in an album for them. This easy tropical scrapbook page was really easy to create and I’ll walk you through it.

Supplies

Create the perfect tropical scrapbook page using the Palm Beach scrapbook collection. Add photos from your favorite tropical vacation. #CricutIdeas #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutScoringWheelThis My Minds Eye Palm Beach collection is perfect for our tropical vacation photos and perfect for this tropical scrapbook page. I used pictures of my son shredding a fresh coconut and a picture of both my boys with their uncle and cousins roasting a pig. You know, normal tonga stuff 😉 Create the perfect tropical scrapbook page using the Palm Beach scrapbook collection. Add photos from your favorite tropical vacation. #CricutIdeas #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutScoringWheelI used my Cricut Maker with the new Scoring Wheel to create this 3D backdrop. It’s from the cartridge, Anna’s Scoring Wheel Tricks. I used my Xyron Mega Runner to adhere it to the background page. I absolutely used my LED Bluetooth® Speaker Lamp with USB OttLite to make sure that the positioning was straight. Create the perfect tropical scrapbook page using the Palm Beach scrapbook collection. Add photos from your favorite tropical vacation. #CricutIdeas #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutScoringWheelI used some 3D dots to make a riser from the background so that my larger chipboard sticker would adhere properly. Create the perfect tropical scrapbook page using the Palm Beach scrapbook collection. Add photos from your favorite tropical vacation. #CricutIdeas #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutScoringWheelI used more chipboard stickers to add some dimension to the outer edge of the tropical scrapbook page. The aloha was the perfect touch to their pictures to help bring out some of their Polynesian heritage. Create the perfect tropical scrapbook page using the Palm Beach scrapbook collection. Add photos from your favorite tropical vacation. #CricutIdeas #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutScoringWheel

My OttLite was perfect for this project because the bright LED lights helped me with the placement of the essentials and my eyes do not see well in the dark areas of my home. Most people don’t scrapbook under their stairs in their utility closet. I also love the fact that my hole under the stairs has a speaker of its own. My phone speaker easily gets drowned out by the sound of the sewing machine and I can charge my electronics at the same time as the USB charger.

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Create the perfect tropical scrapbook page using the Palm Beach scrapbook collection. Add photos from your favorite tropical vacation. #CricutIdeas #Cricut #CricutMade #CricutScoringWheel

Travel

How to have a Staycation in Park City, Utah

July 26, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RITZFilledBackToSchool #CollectiveBias

Have you ever traveled to a close destination? Create a staycation with your family. I’m going to show you how my family and I had a staycation in Park City, UT.Want an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to do

A few weeks ago we went on a staycation in Park City, Utah and it was one we’ll always remember. I’m giving you some tips on what to do up in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains and what to bring when you’re still close to home.

Park City is about a 30 minute drive from my house but I always feel like I’m in a different state when I go here. Park City is the perfect staycation for anyone living near Salt Lake City.

When we travel to Park City, one of the things I have to prepare the most for is snacks. Four kids always equals hungry kids so I have to find a way to do it without breaking the bank. Park City has some delicious food but it can also get expensive if you don’t plan ahead.Want an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to do

Where to Stay

  • Staying somewhere you feel comfortable is just as important as choosing the location you’re going to visit. We stayed at the Marriott Vacation Club right near the Alpine Slide. They had a lot of activities for the kids to keep them busy when we just wanted a rest. They have an on-site movie theater and scheduled activities throughout the day.
  • Airbnb is also a great resource. You’re bound to stay in a more traditional mountain home when you choose this option but you’re going to have to bring your own entertainment.
  • Mountain Resorts are also great because they are close to ski-lifts and have beautiful scenery. If you’re staying there for the skiing, I would definitely recommend staying in a ski resort.

Want an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to doWant an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to do

What to do

  • Visit Olympic Park. It has great options for older kids and adults do a whole bunch of thrill seeking activities. The zip lines are great because you just sit in a chair, the obstacles are challenging but also a lot of fun to be able to push yourself.
  • Bobsled at the Olympic Park. This is an additional $25 to a day pass but well worth it. It lasts about a minute but you’ve never felt such force in your life.
  • Park City Mountain is also a lot of fun. This was just at the base of our hotel room and we were able to get day passes, go sleep for a bit and come back at night. The alpine coaster had a really long wait but it was well worth it. The alpine slide is always a classic as well. This park is best for kids 7 and younger. It gives them the opportunity to experience some of the same things at the Olympic Park but without the scare.
  • Visit Main Street. Our hotel was about a mile walk to Main Street and I thought my kids had never walked a mile in their life! They have scavenger hunts you can explore, there are many restaurants that are on either end of the casual to fancy spectrum. It’s just a lot of fun to be a part of history.

Want an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to do Want an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to doWant an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to do

What to pack

  • I like to stay in resorts that have a washer and dryer in the unit so I’m not filling my suitcase with unnecessary clothing. I like to pack about 3 outfits each and just keep them on rotation. It makes me feel better that I’m not going to have 5 loads of laundry to do when I get home.
  • Snacks and lots of them. I like to give my kids a variety of different proteins and carbs to help fuel them throughout the day. My favorite are these RITZ Filled Sandwich Crackers that I picked up at my local Kroger banner store, Smiths Food. They’re available in Peanut Butter and Cheese flavors. I also like to pack things that are prepackaged into manageable serving sizes. This makes it easier to take on-the-go and saves a lot of time.
  • Sunscreen!!!! I burnt up like a lobster and I can’t stress this enough. Park City has a different ability to make the sun 10x worse than anything I’ve ever experienced.Want an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to do

Want an easy getaway? Here's how to plan a staycation in Park City, Utah and all the adventurous things to doTell me, where is your favorite place to take a Staycation?

About My Life - Travel

Our North Shore Hawaiian Vacation

May 6, 2015

Polynesian Cultural CenterIf you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a few weeks ago me getting my tan on in the Hawaiian sun. We went as a work incentive trip with one of the vendors that my mom and husband use for their local franchise, Budget Blinds.

Laie coastWe first set off to Oahu and that’s where these photos are from. We were much more adventurous in the two days we were in Oahu than the four days in Kona. I was looking for a getaway and Efi wanted to go all over the place. Mixing destinations was a perfect alternative for us.

Efi on the North Shore of HawaiiThe first day we went exploring the entire North Shore to see where we wanted to go the following day. We already knew that most of it would be spent at the Polynesian Cultural Center but we wanted something outdoorsy too. It was hilarious because we were driving along and there was this weird music that we couldn’t figure out the source. We then realized it was our own personal guide from Mr. GPS. It started talking about the Dole Pineapple Plantation and I was telling my husband how there is always a lot of people here but I really can’t figure out why. We stayed for 20 minutes and got out of there but it was PACKED! I mainly wanted a Dole Whip and then to see how the pineapple actually grew. They have a ton of land though and we got some fun photos!

Hawaii Dole Plantation

Dole PlantationWe then headed down the street to Haleiwa. Totally beautiful and has an old town vibe. I wish we had stayed there longer because theses are the parts of places I love to see. We did stop by the beach and hang for a while. No kids=a lot of free time that we just don’t know what to do with anymore.

Oahu North ShoreIt was around 7pm that we decided to head on over to Efi’s uncles house. He was very generous to allow us to stay there and that’s really what I love about Polynesians, they don’t care when you show up or who, they’ll give you somewhere to stay. The next morning we headed over to Waimea Falls. I was expecting this giant waterfall considering the hype of this place but the walk up to the falls was very easy for a non-hiker like myself. It was fun to see all the plants that reminded us of my MIL home back in Tonga. We saw some remakes of ancient Hawaiian villages and I also swore I saw spots that were filmed in Lost, like that weird guy who got their parachute stuck in the tree. I know I saw THAT tree! lol.

Wamea Falls Tour

Waimea Falls

Waimea Falls Hawaiian Village

Waimea Beach

On the way back, we stopped by Kahuku and had some bomb scampi shrimp and mac salad, find a similar recipe here. I wish we had eaten more like that over there but we were in such tourist stricken places, it was hard to get off the beaten path. We went to the Polynesian Cultural Center next where we ran into some neighbors from Tonga who work there now. By far Tonga and Samoa were the funnest islands. Tonga had the most crowd participation and just teased to their hearts content. It’s kind of the best. The Samoan village guy…hilarious. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. I really wish my sister was there because we have similar laughs and she would have laughed even harder. Here he is making coconut milk and he held this pose for about 15 seconds so everyone could get a picture of him. He just made jokes the whole time and they were hilarious.

Samoan Village Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center Entrance

PCC StatueThe feet, everyone has them but no one has them worse than Polynesians, lol. I took this picture to make comparisons to my husbands feet just to give him a hard time. I’d say my husbands toes are about 1/2 the length of this guys! I also ask if he wore tissue boxes for shoes as a child. All the kids have them, they’ve even passed on to my kids and they’re just the worst!

The last day before our flight to Kona, we headed to the Laie temple which is a few blocks from the PCC and to BYU Hawaii. It was actually graduation day when we were leaving so it was fun to see some of the different leis everyone was getting. We were also able to run into more family that we hadn’t been able to find those few days before so it all worked out. Before the airport destination, we made a quick pit stop to Waikiki Beach. I don’t know how Efi felt about it but I just loved the low key vibe that Laie gave me and the hussle and bussle of Waikiki kind of gave me anxiety. Plus, we found out our flight was leaving an hour before I had thought. That can contribute to anxiety too!

Laie Hawaii Temple

BYU Hawaii

Waikiki Beach

On one last note, I hope that if you make the dive to Hawaii, you’ll enjoy it as much as this Fekitoa family did!

Fekitoa