5 Farm Tours Across Hawaii’s Big Island + Bonus Activities!

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The goal: to enter back into society with a bang; a clear line of demarcation where sweatpants ended and jeans began. After getting our second vaccine shots, it felt important to do something crazy to mark the end of the COVID-19 era instead of quietly easing back into society as if 2020 never happened. We…

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Kayaking Through Jellyfish at the Elkhorn Slough

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The Monday of Labor Day weekend seemed like a great time to rent kayaks with my favorite people and glide through the salty waters of the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing, California. This protected nature preserve opens up to the Pacific Ocean, meaning all sorts of fascinating wildlife can easily swim their way into the…

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Pineapple – Decorative Gold Easel

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I found this adorable children’s book about the different regions of California at a shop in Santa Barbara, and display it on a gold pineapple easel. Our sunny state is so large, this book explores our chilly ocean and snowy mountains, dry deserts and lush farmlands, and of course, the famous cities we all know…

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Exploring the Danish Village of Solvang

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Whenever we road trip to Santa Barbara for a long weekend, it’s customary for us to stop at Solvang along the way – “A little slice of Denmark in Southern California”. This historic Danish village tucked into the Santa Ynez Valley hills 45 minutes north of our destination provides more than just a much-needed pit…

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Pineapple – Fancy Earrings

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As you can imagine, my pineapple jewelry collection is extensive, but some pieces are more practical than others. I can’t walk around bejeweled with heavy necklaces and bracelets on most days, but simple, classy pineapple earrings like these are always easy to throw on and match anything I wear.

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Dazzling Flavors in the “American Rivera”

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Pit stop! The first leg of our road trip to sunny Santa Barbara began with saucy ribs and blue cheese tri tip salad from Salinas City Barbeque. Hands down, the most gorgeous combination of meat and seasonal veggies that we’ve ever seen. Pro tip: Never start a long journey on an empty stomach. Ok, back…

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Pineapple – Colorful Gift Bags

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Ok, I’ll admit, I bought all these pineapple gift bags because they’re so darn cute, and have no intention of ever giving them away. Besides, who would ever enjoy them more than I do?

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Sunflowers and Smiles at California Spring Trials

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If you’ve never been to a flowers trade show before, I highly encourage it. Beyond the obvious loveliness of the plants on display, I’m always impressed by the incredible coordination it takes to grow countless varieties of different flowers that all bloom perfectly at the same time, even as their growth cycles drastically vary through…

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Hawaiian Vibes at Hula’s Island Grill

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I was hangry; you know the feeling. After mysteriously waiting half an hour to receive our appetizer from a popular ocean-view restaurant, though we were one of only three tables expecting service during the quiet between-meals hour of 3pm, Brandon and I decided to cut our losses and find another place to eat. Clearly this…

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Pineapple – Jewelry Box

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When I finally became tired of shoving my jewelry into plastic baggies while packing for travel near and far, I pulled out this lovely mini jewelry box my mother gave me one year for Christmas. It made organizing my fragile earrings and necklaces simple, a welcome relief because preparing for time away from home is…

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Peacocks and Pit Stops at Casa De Fruta

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Anyone roadtripping from the south valley along Pacheco Pass toward I-5 has stopped at Casa de Fruta, the farm stand-turned oasis hidden among the rolling California hills. Home to waving palm trees and colorful blue peacocks, Casa de Fruta was founded back in the early 1900s by a family of orchard farmers who evolved the…

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