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Home again! (Kauai)

Hi friends!  We are back.  Had such a great trip to Kauai.  I took too many pics and will have to share more at some point, but after today’s travel and recovery (unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, school prep, etc.) I don’t have the energy to go through them all right now. :)  Here are just a few quick snap shots I got with my phone.  Above was our home for the week!  We have stayed here before and love it.  I’m hoping to do a post at some point on fun things to do in Kauai and Maui and in those posts I’ll share more details about where we always stay.

Beautiful resort.  me-and-ad
Lots of quality time with my kids.  book-of-tidying
And my sister.  (My sister and her family met us there.)  And yes.  I finished The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up on the beach in Kauai.  My husband laughed at me (especially since I was highlighting everything I read).  And my sister laughed at me.  She thought her book (The Girl on the Train) was much better beach reading material.  She thought wrong.  YOU GUYS!  I couldn’t put this book down.  It was so good!  I know I’m such a nerd, but I seriously loved it.  If I could follow that up with 10 heart emoji’s I would.  Can’t wait to tell you all about it and start implementing her strategies into my home.  Watch out!  We’re about to lose half of our belongings.  My kids and husband are afraid.

And they should be.  :)
Speaking of my husband, we were lucky enough to sneak away for some alone time on our trip.  Not a great picture, but I always love alone time with this guy.  And when our alone time involves milk shakes?  Even better.
On our last trip to Kauai two years ago we did a lot of sightseeing and hikes.  We went on a few adventures this year, but because we had the 5 year old boys with us this time we also hung out a lot at the resort.
And at the beach.  Our daily schedule was pool, beach, eat, repeat.  No complaints here.  :)
The kids had lots of fun cousin time.
And Kauai (as always) could not have been more beautiful.
The last two weeks have been such a treat spending uninterrupted time with my family.  I’ve loved every minute of it!  But a few days ago I started getting really homesick.  I was so excited to pull up to my house today.  I’m truly the happiest when I’m home.  I’m such a nester at heart.  I love wandering through my house organizing this and re-arranging that.  Cleaning a little here and decorating a little there.  It’s what makes me tick.  :)  Happy to be home!

And happy to be blogging again!  I’m excited for my next post.  Stay tuned.  :)

xoxo, Erin
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26 thoughts on “Home again! (Kauai)

  1. Wow. Living on the east coast of SC. Kauai was a dream vacation 12 years ago. We left Our girls ar home and had a wonderful time. Your pictures are bringing back great memories.😀

  2. Awwwww….what a beautiful place to stay while you were on vacation. I can see why you love it so. What a beautiful family, too. And that last photo…has got to be the best, because home is such a lovely place to be. :) Thank you for sharing Erin. And…welcome home! We missed you! :)

  3. Loved this post. I wish I had some of your ideas of what you do on Kauai . My girls and I leave on Thursday -one week Maui -one week Kauai . We’ve been many times, so maybe I could give you some tips .:) Aloha Now I have to look up that sunscreen your Dr. neighbor recommended.

  4. I just finished that book on vacation too! Loved it and look forward to giving it a try but I need to catch up from our ski trip. Can’t wait to hear how you liked the book, what parts and where you will begin the purge! Love your blog :)

    1. Thanks so much Jenny! Love that we both read it on our vacations.. ha! Some of the thanking your socks, etc. was a little much, but for the most part I just loved everything she had to say! I’ll post about it soon and you’ll have to add your two cents! :) xo

  5. Fairly new reader here — just had to comment on this post since I am a huge fan of Kauai, and will be headed there again (for the 18th time) in August. I have also been loving that book and putting it into practice as we complete a temporary move while our new home is being built. I felt I should express appreciation for all the ideas and inspiration I have taken from your posts about your new home. Ours is also a craftsman style home, although not coastal. I really enjoy your blog — just wanted to say thanks.

    1. What a sweet thing to say Mil! Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoy my blog and decided to say hi. :) Sounds like I need YOU to write my post on fun things to do in Kauai! Such a beautiful island. Have a great trip and congrats on your new home! Happy for you! xo

  6. I am getting that book this week! I started watching YouTube tutorials last night and already did a few closets!!!

  7. Erin,
    Loved reading about your vacation. I love your words about your love of home~~it shows in your home how much you love it because you make it so cozy and special.

    Blessings to you,

  8. Hi There!

    What resort did you stay at? It looks beautiful. I am in the process of planning a family vacation to Hawaii and I am undecided where we should stay!


    1. Hi Shannon! We have a timeshare in Maui with Westin so we always stay at the Westin Villas. This one was in Princeville. So fun you are taking a trip there soon! Nothing like the Hawaiian islands. :) xo

  9. HAHAHAHA! I completely get it because that book is fabulous. I’m an evangelist – I think I have about 16 posts on my blog now. It’s crazy.

    Welcome home! I feel the same, I love being away but I also LOVE returning home :)

    1. YEA! We are the Spark Joy/Tidy queens! ;) I need to catch up on your blog Marcia! Can’t wait to put her tips into action. xo

  10. Sorry for the late post but just reading through your 2016 year in review and saw this! Where do you stay in Maui and Kaui? Looking for recs! Thanks in advance! :-)

    1. Hi Sarah! We have a time share with Westin so we always stay at the Westin villas. They are SO nice! Perfect if you have a family and want a kitchen in your room. :) I hope that helps! xo

  11. Is there only one Westin in Maui? Where do you stay in Kaui? Yes I have a family and would love somewhere with a kitchen! Possibly interested in time share as well. Would love more details! Thanks! :-)

  12. Did you end up doing the follow up post on details about Hawaii? Where you like to stay, things to do etc. Tried looking for it but it’s an old post. The place you stayed at looks amazing!

    1. Hi Chantel! Oh my word.. I’m so sorry to say that I never got around to writing that post! I so need to. We always stay at the Westin (Princeville Villas)!

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