I can’t believe my three weeks in Hawaii is coming to an end soon. It feels like I just got here. I’ve enjoyed spending time with friends and family out here on the Big Island, and it’s always hard to leave.
I am looking forward to seeing my dogs and putting up the Christmas lights when I get home. I’ve seen all of the holiday spirit all over social media, but it’s nearly impossible to feel festive when palm trees and sunshine surround you on the Island. I’m hoping those festive warm, and fuzzy feelings hit me when I land.
I have three weeks’ worth of blog posts to share with you + some from months ago. I hope you’re ready for all the new blogs in December. Today’s recap is from the week I landed in Hawaii. I spent most of my time catching up on work, playing tennis and relaxing. Once the friends and family arrived, we were in full exploration-mode.
A couple of days before I left for Hawaii, we had another builders meeting. We went over all of our design features and talked about the timeline of the house. I’m excited to get back home because things are going to look a lot different. Once the ground has been broken, they move pretty fast. It’s crazy to think that we are going to be living in our new home in the Spring! I cannot wait for this new chapter.
Leo and Grumples had their shave downs last month, and they look so funny. I usually keep up with their haircuts by giving them trims in between, but we like to send them to the groomer to do all the extra cleaning treatments. They hate it, but they are a lot easier to keep clean when their hair is short.
Something I’ve been missing since coming to Hawaii? My afternoon matcha lattes! I’m excited to get back to these. I add my matcha powder, marine collagen, and almond milk to the frother for the perfect consistency.
Two other things I’ve missed? My air fryer and Tessamae’s Habenero ranch! I’ll be diving straight into that when I get home.
This was such a delicious and simple meal. I had air-fried potatoes with everything but the bagel seasoning (also really miss!!), air-fried salmon, and steamed broccoli with garlic.
Since I was leaving for a few weeks, I refused to buy groceries that would go to waste. I spent the week before Hawaii throwing together the most random meals. Eventually, I ran out of options and had to resort to Chipotle, but I wasn’t mad about it. I always get the same salad bowl with brown rice, black beans, guacamole, chicken, lettuce, pico, salsa, and the dressing. It’s soooo good.
Instead of my go-to morning egg scramble, I ended up having a delicious combo! I made the Pumpkin Spice paleo pancakes with a fried egg on top. I’m not kidding; it tasted just like cinnamon french toast! It was amazing. I will be having this as soon as I get home!
A very long travel day!
Last year, I made the mistake of booking a 22 hour travel day just to save a few hundred bucks. It was not worth it! I decided to spend extra and book a 12-hour travel day to Hawaii this time, and it was WAY better.
I left Charlotte at 5 am, headed to Denver, and then straight to the Big Island. I didn’t want to bother with airport food or rushing to make my connection, so I ended up packing grapes, bananas, Rxbars, and a turkey sandwich. I used Applegate turkey, Udi’s gluten-free bread, mustard, and lettuce! I’m glad I packed food because the plane ride from Denver to Hawaii was seven and a half hours without meals being served on the plane (but also I hate airplane food.)
When I landed in Hawaii, it was 2:30 pm which was 7:30 pm Charlotte time. I was exhausted but ready to stay up as long as I could to get on Hawaii time. My good friends and I headed to Jackie Rey’s for Happy hour! I ordered the Mahi fish tacos, and they were delicious! There’s nothing like fresh fish tacos from Hawaii and not a bad way to kick off the trip.
I couldn’t make it past 8 pm, so after the sunset and I cleaned off from my travel day, I was out!
I tried my best to sleep in as long as I could, but that 4 am hour was my body’s sweet spot. I was up nearly every morning for the first week at 4 am. I didn’t mind it because it gave me some time to relax with my coffee and catch up on work before the sun came up.
I ended up heading to the grocery store on the first day so that I could get my food for the week. I didn’t want to dine out too much because I knew that’s what I’d be doing once my friends and family arrived.
I decided to stick to my go-to meals. I had my morning eggs with kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers. Since I didn’t have my Tessamae dressing, I had supremely spicy hummus mixed in.
I did end up finishing the blog post from Becca’s wedding, so make sure to check that out and look at all the photos!
I was most excited about my walks with Kona! I missed him so much 😊 His family headed off to Vietnam, so I was lucky enough to spend the Hawaii days with him. It’s crazy to think that he’s almost five! I remember when he was just a little puppy living in D.C.
After our morning walks, I packed my water and tennis gear for a morning of tennis! It was so fun to get back with my tennis group here in Hawaii. I played with them for several weeks last year. Tonight and tomorrow will be my last time playing with them.
I tried to stick to healthier dinners the first week. I roasted a ton of Brussel sprouts and ate them with sweet potatoes and ground turkey. I really liked this combo and will probably whip up some more when I get home. Not going to lie, I “feel” like I’ve put on 100000 pounds since my brother got here. There’s a cafe we kept going to that had gluten-free and dairy-free desserts, and we just kept snacking on them. I need to get back on track! 😂 And don’t get me wrong, I have zero regrets. I may go there today and grab lunch again.
The next few days were filled with the same routine. I woke up early and worked on the computer, walked Kona a mile, and then headed to tennis! After tennis, I worked more, went on a long walk, walked Kona another mile before dinner, and then made a meal before dozing off at 7 pm.
We need to sit here and chat about this granola recipe real quick.
My brother said I need to delete the recipe of my blog and start selling it. He said it’s “crack.” When he was here, I made him a big batch, and then had to make him three more batches for him to take back to L.A. He said he’s obsessed with it. I’ll most likely end up sending him granola in the mail every month 😆 I ate the granola with my plain dairy-free Kite Hill yogurt mixed with cinnamon, honey, vanilla, and mango! Here’s the granola recipe if you’d like to try it. Now worries, I did not delete it!
On Saturday morning, I headed to Kona Haven for a cup of coffee and walked around the downtown for a bit. I picked up a bag of coffee for the house, and I love being able to support the local business here instead of buying popular brand coffee from the grocery store.
After tennis and a good lunch on Sunday, I picked up my friend, Emily, from the airport! She also works from home, so it was awesome she was able to come to spend some time with me in Hawaii.
Before making my way to the airport, I stopped at Kona Mountain Coffee for some pick-me-ups! They had excellent iced coffee.
And of course, you can’t let your friend land in Hawaii without being laid.
The first stop was Don’s Mai Tai bar to watch the sunset. It’s a must on the Big Island!
I can’t wait to fill you all in on everything else that happened on the Big Island! 😊
Questions for you!
- Are you in full-on Christmas mode?
- I have so many blogs on my Big Island travels from the past years. Should I create a separate travel guide blog for everything on the Big Island?
- WHO’S READY FOR VLOGMAS?!