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Kauai (My favorite FREE things to Do)

26 Mar

Let me just start by saying Kauai is the BEST island if you want “post card” Hawaii. No freeways, no skyscrapers on the beach. Just lush green everywhere you look, laid back vibes, beautiful beaches and waterfalls.

It hasn’t even been 2 weeks since my wife and I have been back from Kauai and we miss it so much already. This trip was our 5th to the beautiful garden island, so I feel like it’s the appropriate time to share my budget friendly ‘Must Do’ list with the world. Below I will list- in no particular order my absolute favorite Must Dos when you’re visiting Kauai. And by budget friendly, I mean FREE!!!k3

Ke’e Beach– (North shore)Literally the last stop at the end of the road. Full of chickens, this beach is lagoon like and is enclosed with a beautiful reef that keeps the water very calm (perfect for snorkeling). I like to bring snacks and water and chill at this beach for hours!

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KalaLau Trail– (North Shore) This 11 mile (each way) trail along the Na Pali coast is one of the most breathtaking and dangerous hikes in the world. It takes expert hikers an entire day to complete but most people usually hike it in 2 days and camp overnight to rest. Even if you aren’t an avid hiker, you can still safely hike up about a mile or two and see some of the most amazing views for FREE!  To hike and camp the full 22 mile round trip, a permit is required. *pictured below is the view from KalaLau Trail looking down on Ke’e beach.img_3106

Queen’s Bath– Princeville (North Shore) Queen’s bath is pretty much a natural swimming pool enclosed by rocks-inside of the ocean. It is a must see and a must swim spot(when the tide is CALM) People literally die here because they underestimate the power of the ocean. If you use common sense, you’ll be fine. If the ocean looks rough, just observe this beauty from afar.

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Hanalei– (North shore)this super cute Hawaiian town is my favorite in all of kauai. It’s laid back with plenty of shops and restaurants. The beaches are gorgeous and the view looking out from Hanalei Pier is worth writing home about. Do not skip this town, or their adorable fruitstand!

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Kapaa– (East Shore)This town is located more centrally on the island and has great beaches, a long bike path along the coast, and endless restaurants and shops including bike and snorkel rentals.  Our favorite mexican restaurant Verde’ is located in Kapaa. One of my favorite hikes ( Ho’Opi Falls) is here as well. The hike follows along a gorgeous river that leads to multiple waterfalls, and there is also a fun rope swing too! *kids can definitely do this hike.  ho'opi

Kapaa is where I suggest you stay for your first Kauai trip because it is so centrally located that you can see all of the island if you plan it out right. My advice is to schedule your activities according to location so you save precious time driving. You can hit up the entire north shore in a day (or more if you want some relaxing beach time) The same goes for the East and South shores.  For example: The same day that you hike Ho’opi Falls in the morning is the same day you should do lunch and shopping in Kapaa.

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Poipu/Old Koloa town- (South Shore) These are two seperate towns that are about 7 minutes apart. If you visit one, you should visit the other. Poipu is the biggest “touristy” area on the island. Lots of restaurants and shops. Koloa town is an adorable tiny town with cute shops, restaurants and food trucks. We had some of the best pizza of our lives there (twice)!! Their pizza by the slice is no joke! Something not to miss in the koloa area is Spouting Horn park! When you’re at spouting Horn park, be sure to shop for small trinkets from the vendors here, they have the BEST PRICES on the island!

Makauwahi Cave-(South Shore)This super cool cave is at the end of a short hike and you enter by crawling through a small entry hole. The Cave is the largest limestone cave in Hawaii! There is a tortoise sanctuary about 3 minutes from the entrance of the cave, which is amazing! The cave and the tortoise sanctuary are both FREE but a donation is suggested. ($5 is good) See directions to the cave HERE and be warned that the dirt road there is VERY BUMPY. We had a 4×4 and still parked the car just below the nearby horse stables and walked to the cave. This excursion was so great because it started with petting horses, then a nice hike along the coast, followed by a really cool cave, and then tortoises! I highly recommend this adventure! Also the cave is  located near all the shops and restaurants in the Poipu/Koloa area so you can visit those areas too! All in the same day!

Sleeping Giant hike- (East Shore)This hike was about 3 hours round trip. We hiked all the way up to sleeping giant’s head. There were a couple of steep parts, but we made it, and the view of Kauai from the top was amazing!

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Wailua Falls-(East shore) This is a must see and you don’t even have to hike to it(unless you want to illegally climb over a fence, ignore the signs, and hike down a STEEP cliff hoping that you reach the bottom without dying or getting arrested)! You can just park and walk 20 feet to see the famous twin falls. They are massive and beautiful! There are much longer trails leading down that are guided and will lead to the base of the falls and are much safer than the WILD WAY DOWN!

DAREDEVILS…. keep reading.  For those of you interested in hiking down the fast way, it is doable in sneakers and if you are an experienced hiker. If you aren’t sure footed, do not try hiking down. It’s a short (20 min) but very steep hike. There are some points where you are hanging onto a rope installed by locals to scale down the cliff. I would never suggest hiking it on a rainy day. With that being said, once you get down, it is so worth it!!!

My wife Pictured below. We hiked down in 2016. We did NOT hike down on our most recent trip because it was raining.

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Hopefully my list helped you if you’re looking to vacation in Kauai:) Comment below if you have any questions.

Also-There are tons of great things to do in Kauai that do cost money like helicopter rides along the Na Pali coast, dinner on a sailboat, zip lines, kayaking, ATV rides, and Luaus (Smith’s luau is my favorite). Enjoy planning your trip!

Thanks for reading,

Journey

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Teeth whitening at home! (Giveaway)

17 Nov

My smile has always been something I have been proud of. As a kid, I was taken to the dentist regularly and am grateful for being raised with my teeth being a priority. As an adult I continue to visit the dentist regularly and have used at home whitening strips. Whitening strips were the only form of at home teeth whitening that I had ever used until Smile Brilliant reached out to me. I was so eager to try smile Brilliant! The main reason was the custom trays, unlike strips that only whiten the front few teeth, custom trays allow the whitening gel to contact all of your teeth. My only concern was my sensitivity that I’ve experienced before and that was quickly resolved with the Smile Brilliant desensitizing gel that I applied after I whitened. I felt NO sensitivity when I used it- I was pleasantly surprised.

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Smile Brilliant has clear instructions and was very user-friendly. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for dentist office results in the comfort of your own home, and for a fraction of the price. I used Smile brilliant every night before bed which made it incredibly easy to squeeze into my busy lifestyle. As far as price goes, In office Dental whitening can cost upwards of $4oo compared to the Smile Brilliant system that is under $150.FullSizeRender (2)

 

 

If you have any questions, comment below and I can help answer them as best I can. Also, check out this helpful article that answers some frequently asked questions about Smile Brilliant.

 

Smile brilliant is giving one of you guys a FREE Smile Brilliant whitening kit. Click on the link below to enter (only takes 1-2 minutes)   Good Luck!                                                                                                          ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

Before & After: They were pretty white before, but definitely are a few shades whiter now.

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Faux Leather Moto Jacket For Everyone!

4 Nov

I wear moto jackets year round, but especially during Fall when the weather is cool enough for a jacket but not freezing enough for a longer coat. I found a cute faux leather jacket at Target for $40 and had to share it with you all! It comes in a variety of sizes ranging from Small up to XXL so This is literally a moto jacket for everyone! It comes in black & burgundy and at this price, you can buy both! I wear mine over dresses or with jeans- it’s the perfect edgy-chic Fall jacket to dress up or down.

Shop Moto Jacket HERE.

 

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Fall Favorite: Deep Red Nails

2 Oct

When I think of Fall beauty favorites, I always think of deep colors and jewel tones.  I love a good rich nail color and there is no better time to rock it than during Fall and Winter. Below I’ve linked my favorite Fall shade of red, called Raven Red. It’s very red while being deep enough that it has burgundy hues to it in certain lighting. Also- it’s under $5!

 

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Dusty Pink Knit Sweaters (Under $18)

28 Sep

Fall is now upon us and there is no better time than to rock your knit sweaters.  If you’re not stocked up, I’m here to suggest adding a dusty pink hue to your collection. Both of the sweaters linked below are under $18. They are such a cute and cozy addition to your Fall wardrobe.

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Pink sweater with cutout front $17.90

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The Best Fitting Jeans (Under $65)

12 Sep

Hey guys, I’m back with another amazing find- ripped black skinny jeans that fit amazing! Black skinny jeans are a Fall staple and can be dressed up or down! I found these particular jeans at Nordstrom and when I tried them on I was beyond impressed with the fit. They’re super stretchy and hug every curve without squeezing too tight. They have just a few rips, not huge holes, I also love how the hem is unfinished for an edgy look.  I’m picky with my ripped jeans. Priced at $64, these jeans are a steal!!!! I highly suggest them if you’ve been looking for a new pair of black jeans.

Shop jeans HERE.

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Look for Less! Cute & Comfy Panties!

20 Aug

Every woman loves a pair of cute and comfortable panties and it’s an added bonus when they don’t break the bank. I have always loved all lace thongs because let’s face it-some thongs can be uncomfortable when they should feel like they’re barely there. The material plays a big part in it, soft lace accomplishes the comfort goal, that’s for sure. I found the perfect lace thong many years ago at Nordstrom. The brand is called Hanky Panky- they come in a variety of colors and fit like a glove. The only drawback is that they’re $18-$25 EACH! Even if you can afford that price, they can still add up quickly when you’re stocking up. And for a lot of women on a budget, they can’t afford that price at all. That is where my look for less comes into play- I discovered the cutest, comfortable and AFFORDABLE lace thong panties at Target.  They come in 9 different colors and fit the same as Hanky Panky, but the price is unbelievable! Even At full price they are only $5 each, but you can catch them on sale a few times a year for $20 for 5 pairs or even $24 for 7 pairs. They are currently $20 for 5, which is $4 a pair. I highly suggest you stock up now! At this price, you really can buy every color!

Another bonus for the Target panties is that they come in sizes XS-XL.

Shop Target Xhilaration all over lace panties HERE.

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