Moiology

2.25.2015

Mamahood


These were taken about 3 weeks later I gave birth. 
When I look at these pictures, I just see a brand new mama going through the biggest change and adjustment of her life. I'm not going to lie, for a while it was a little rough. It wasn't so much the big adjustment, but the recovery... Oh, I was completely naive to think that the hardest part was over after giving birth! 
People don't often talk about your postpartum recovery, so I was completely caught off guard when I went through it. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt buried, defeated, and hopeless. But it's amazing how time can heal you physically and mentally.

At almost 4 months after delivering my baby girl, I'm finally getting the hang of things.
I'm not a pro by any means, but I feel like I got this new routine down. 
We have a schedule that works for us really well, and I'm relieved to say that we are thriving as a family now. Brining a child in this world was no walk in the park, but this raising a baby thing is the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life. But I feel so lucky and privileged to be able to do it. 

You guys, I just absolutely love being a mama. It's hard, but it's the best thing I've done in my life.

I'm so thrilled to be able to start sharing more of this new part of my life... 
I want to talk more about my favorite baby & mama products, parenting mishaps, post pregnancy body... Gosh, I could go on forever! I feel like I'm rediscovering myself and a whole new world ever since having Coco. It's kind of exciting.  
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2.19.2015

2015 One piece swimsuit picks



I don't know if it's because I'm still wishing and dreaming that we were in Maui or maybe it's the beautiful spring-like weather here in Utah, but swimwear has been on my mind. 
One piece swimwear to be exact... 

I've been so pleased seeing designers starting to create really cute and cheeky one pieces that are still on the conservative side and modest. Well, as modest as swimsuits can be. 
I purchased couple suits before we left for Maui, but I'm still on the hunt for couple more for our next upcoming trip. 
( My body has definitely changed after my pregnancy, so I need to repurchase swimwear that suits my new body. )

Anyway, there's an overwhelming amount of one pieces now, so I thought I'd narrow down a variety of affordable pieces that I love! 

I've also listed coupon codes and special sales with each retailer in the caption box. 
Snatch your favorite suit before it's gone! I made the mistake of not getting this one suit that I loooved, but I was a little hesitant because of the price and sure enough, it's already sold out. 

story.of.my.life.

Don't make the same mistake as me! 




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2.18.2015

Family Trip to Maui

^^ Our favorite stand! It's located conveniently, right by Costco. Make the stop here at the beginning of your trip and buy the biggest jar for under $10. Refills are only $4.50 after that. ^^

^^ Like most babies, she wasn't a fan of the strong sun, so I bought her these little sunglasses that resembles my Karen Walkers. Surprisingly, she seemed to not mind them! ^^ 
^^ She is such a sass frass. ^^

^^ People on this island is the sweetest and the happiest. ^^

^^ Someone told us that the little town of Paia was a hippy town, Lehi and I sure felt like we could easily fit in. Does that make us hippies!? Maybe our music taste is "hippie" -ish. ^^

^^ The Banyan tree in Lahaina was so incredible. ^^

^^ I've had quite a bit of Shave ice in my days, but this is by far the best I've ever had. Clearly, I couldn't wait for the photo, I had already ate most of it. ^^

^^ Sharkpit. I HAD to go here once I found out that it was the highest rated food truck in the US. It sure didn't disappoint. ^^
^^ Welcome dinner hosted by Lehi's work. ^^

^^ So proud of Lehi's hard work! ^^

^^ The beautiful road to Hana. ^^ 

^^Black sand beach was the best reward for reaching Hana. Well, that and the banana macadamia bread. ^^ 

^^ Poor baby girl doesn't seemed to know how to breathe in windy situations. ^^ 

^^ Melts my heart! ^^

^^ Still unsure about being lifted high. ^^


Where do I even begin!? 
We had the privilege of going to Maui the past week for Lehi's work. 
His work hosts a huge getaway for employees who reached a certain quota annually. 
Every year the destination changes... This year was Maui. 
I don't like to get mushy on public forums, but I just have to for a quick second... 
Can I just say how incredibly proud I am of what Lehi accomplished!? 
He is one of the hardest workers I know. 
He goes the extra mile behind people's back and he really is such a great example for those around him. I'm so happy his work was recognized and celebrated at President's Club. I feel so incredibly lucky that Coco and I got to ride on his coat tail and experience Maui.

 Now, it was our first time traveling with Coco, so naturally I was sooo anxious. 
I did all the research I can about traveling with an infant, consulted our pediatrician, and veteran mamas. At the end, I do feel like it went super well. 
There are definitely things that I would do next time to be better prepared to travel with her. 
I've only been on 4 flights with her, but I'm feeling pretty comfortable for our next adventure. 
As long as Lehi is there to tag team with me, I feel really confident. But I will tell you... 
I saw a mother traveling with a baby and a toddler all by herself. Honestly, thinking about trying to get through TSA with Coco was making me nervous. 
This brave mama was a trooper. I wish and hope I can be like her one day... 

Going back to Maui... You guys, we've been to Oahu couple of times, but Maui was by far my favorite. 
Everything about it was just magical. As you may or may not know, Lehi and I love to eat and discover new restaurants, I always make a list of places to go before traveling. I'm slightly type A when it comes to organizing and lists. So, I made a spreadsheet of all the places I wanted to go eat. 
We really tried to go to as many as we could, but I just had waaaay too many food trucks on the list. I can appreciate fine dining, but food trucks are where it's at, you guys. 
I mean, hello Off the Grid in SF! Have you been? Ah. That's for another day. 

Here is a short list of our favorite places in Maui: 

Costco


Let's talk about how amazing Costco in Maui is for a quick second. I'm a sucker for Ahi Poke, but I've never been satisfied with the cost and the amount they serve at restaurants, but somehow I found out that Costco in Maui has an Ahi Poke section! It's fresh and it's only $16/lb. You think it doesn't get any better than this, but oh... it does. They have tons of goodies that will make the perfect souvenirs. I got carried away with all the chocolate macadamia nuts and other delicious goodies that I had to purchase an extra suitcase there. Good thing it was on sale though! 

Another highlight of the trip among many was our trip to Hana. 
I honestly was under estimating, the more I spoke to locals about itvI started to get a nervous. I get car sick fairly easily and we had Coco with us, but I knew it was one of those things we HAD to during our visit. Right before we got on the road, we decided to make a pitstop at a drug store and load up on snacks and dramamine. The road was loooong, but thankfully Coco did SO well. Probably better than her mama and papa. But we all somehow survived and made it to beautiful Hana. Despite the insanely nauseating windy roads, the view the whole ride was just absolutely breathtaking! I'm so happy we did it. It definitely was worth it all and I highly recommend it if you ever visit Maui. 

I most likely should have made this post into two parts, but I just really wanted to condense it all in one post, so I can make a separate video about it. 

Hopefully I can have that up next week. Crossing fingers. 

Have a great day! 

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2.16.2015

Sweet Valentine



I hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine weekend! 
Ever since having Coco I've been really into holidays even though some of my mama friends have told me not to even waste my time on doing extra things for your newborn since they won't remember it. And that's probably true... 
But if I document it enough, we can look back together and it'll all be a great memory, right? 
So this year for Valentine's day, Lehi made reservations at a local restaurant that we've been dying to try out called, Pago. But last minute, we decided to stay in and keep our night simple with take-out and a movie at home since Coco wasn't feel so well. 
We had an uneventful but relaxing night here in our home.
Oh, and we took some pictures to document Coco's first Valentine's, but it was almost her nap time, so she was not enthused about the shoot whatsoever and you can totally see that in the photos. 
What did you guys do? 
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