BabyMoon. In case you are not familiar with this term, it’s a vacation a couple goes on when they are expecting a baby. This is of course if time, finances, and doctor allows, but ideally it’s nice to have a little vacay before the baby’s arrival, because chances are there probably won’t be any vacations in the immediate future, nor will they be quite the same. I have to say, this wasn’t the same either walking around with a round pregnant belly in my bikini, but I was just as fun and enjoyable. What made it even better was getting to feel her kick! The morning we were leaving for Maui, she decided to start kicking. So laying on the beach and by the pool had a whole new feeling. It’s the best thing I’ve ever experienced, just knowing she’s there having a good ‘ol time.
Maui was amazing. We stayed in Ka’anapali right near Whalers Village so plenty of walking around with plenty of shops and restaurants. Our goal for the trip was to RELAX. We have been all business lately it seems as we are remodeling our house (no, not a room, many rooms, and many many walls came down, it has been a PROJECT and still haven’t lived there since we bought it last summer!). Needless to say this trip felt necessary even if we didn’t have a little bundle of joy on the way! Other than walking and my husband going to surf a couple times, we stuck to the “do nothing” plan. Nothing is FUN (never thought I’d say that!). Pretty much the complete opposite of our last “moon”, of the “honey” variety, trekking over 14 cities in 3 countries in Europe.
The dates worked out nicely though I didn’t plan them for that reason, but we spent both the anniversary of our engagement and Valentine’s Day there. I was completely surprised when we were sitting at dinner and my husband pulled out this beautiful necklace he knew I thought was pretty while window shopping in Lahaina:
So thoughtful of him! We were sitting at our one “fancy” dinner during our trip at Lahaina Grill which I highly recommend. And don’t think I didn’t get dessert…
That is their flourless (so gluten free!) chocolate cake with Lappert’s macadamia nut ice cream. And all is right in life when there’s a side of whip cream and strawberries! My husband (Jon) and I shared it, but I could have easily accomplished the task myself (and baby of course, she was up for the challenge).
There was a lot of laying by the pool with my growing belly and hips in a bikini (TMI?!)…
An amazing hole-in-the-wall juice bar with healthy wraps, salads, smoothies, and kombucha “on tap”! It seemed like a popular thing on the island to have.
We went to Choice Health Bar twice during our week stay, once for lunch and once for dinner. We should have gone for breakfast too since their smoothies, and acai bowls are supposed to be amazing, but we had a free buffet at our hotel that we couldn’t pass up! This place is a must-go for all you health nuts:
There was another hole-in-the-wall spot we found during a trip to the other side of the island in Haiku called Maui Kombucha. We went to an animal sanctuary there which I probably wouldn’t have known existed if it wasn’t for Twitter. I had posted something with a Maui hashtag, and the woman asked if we were going to come visit her sanctuary. We thought why not?! We heart animals. It was our last day which was also Valentine’s Day, so we gave them some love.
And here’s our drinks off the kombucha tap (at Maui Kombucha), hubby ended up getting a ginger one that was incredible, and for food he ordered the “pizza” and I ordered a “bagel sandwich” full of creamy cashew cheese (all food is raw):
After that we decided to check out Wailea and all the beautiful resorts there, and ended up finding a long gorgeous path along with the perfect grass area to rest our feet and watch the surfers.
On Valentine’s Day, we eat dessert, Hawaii style aka Hula Pie! Words cannot describe this concoction, and seriously I can’t because now I want another one…
Here’s the rest of the pics I made into a collage because you’re probably spent on our trip by now! 🙂
Have you been to Hawaii? What’s your favorite island?