Aloha to The Ultimate Blog Party Folks! {vlog-style!} #ubp10

Aloha everyone that’s participating in the Ultimate blog party over at 5 minutes for mom!  And if you’re not (click the banner above to check out what it’s all about) no worries, pull up a chair, watch my video…”A Morning in the Life of The Ohana Mama”…and then leave a comment with your url so I can come and say aloha on your blog too!!

Some other posts to get to know me…

Our move to paradise

My breastfeeding story…the good and the bad (there’s something for everyone in this one!)

And why not a boob poem for ya…

15 things I love about living in Hawaii

Oh and the Desitin incident…I think I still smell Desitin

Places mentioned in this vlogg… Locals Blog

Momversation (see my sidebar!)

Kailani’s An Island Life for more Aloha Friday questions


Did you watch the video ALL the way through?  Did you see that I’m giving away an ukulele?!  YES! Yes, I am!

Just leave a comment answering my questions in the video (did you see the questions?  No?! Go watch… they are near the end)

Thanks for stopping by! Aloha!


  1. Fun and cute blog…will be back to read more….This is such a fun party and I have met some of the greatest bloggers… I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit…just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET! I am going to draw Friday night…..
    .-= Teresa´s last blog ..FULL OF RANDOM and ANOTHER WINNER =-.

  2. I LOVE Hawaii, I lived there for 3 years, LOVELOVE It! I loved your vlog =) I also LOVE shoyu poke, oh how I miss that. I also miss the rainbows and the people, and the ALOOOOHA!! SO nice to get connected with you =)
    .-= Rita´s last blog ..Gratituesday! =-.

  3. Loved the video! Nope, never been to Hawaii but will some day! And when I do, I’m sure I’ll be emailing you and asking all sorts of questions! Have a great time at the UBP!
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Do people really care where you are? =-.

  4. I loved your video SO much! You are definitely not boring, you’re hilarious and I love your energy. Hawaii looks beautiful and I love how nice everyone is to each other on the road. I don’t drive, although I live in a farm town in Pennsylvania and you have to drive to get anywhere, but my partner is super awesome and doesn’t mind taking me where I need to go and running errands. The reason why I don’t drive, as I’m sure you’re wondering, is because I have frequent panic attacks and have anxiety, which isn’t fun but it’s manageable on most days. Anyway–goodness, I have such a horrendously tendency to ramble! I really enjoyed your vlog and hope you have enjoyed the UBP so far. I know I have!

    You can find my party post here– AND I have an awesome giveaway going on so you should enter it. I’m giving away 10 (yes, 10!) copies of the awesome anthology, My Little Red Book, all about first periods. And who can’t relate to that, right!?
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Put a Little Spring in That Chicken =-.

  5. Been here before – nice to see you on the UBP hop!

  6. Aloha! Just dropping in from the UBP! Party On!
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party People & Places 2010! =-.

  7. Aloha Sarah,

    What a fun vlog. It’s true, San Diego waters are cold!! I come from Rhode Island and have been in “sunny” San Diego for ~10years, but I still can’t get used to the cold waters. I will admit, I love being able to go outside just about everyday of the year. I spend countless hours walking along the 101 by the beach and never tire of the scenery.

    We went to the Big Island last October and had an absolute blast! Loved the “rain forest zoo” (free), hanging in Kilaeau Kona during the out rigger races, and lounging by the pools. We have yet to make it to Maui, but definitely have big plans!

  8. Aloha Sarah, what a nice informative video that was. I’ve never been to Hawaii but my Mom & Step-Dad was there on their honeymoon & she bought some real pearls there that my youngest daughter wore for her wedding. I’d love to go there to see the waterfalls & lay out at the beach. I’ve never swam in the ocean & some day I’d like too. I have a friend that lives in Kailua-Kona. We went to school together & we keep in touch via e-mail. My husband is a lead guitarist in a band called “Nuff Said”. So, I would love to win the Ukulele and surprise him for his birthday the end of May. My url is I don’t twitter much. I’m still learning. Ooops gotta go just broke my tooth. Nice to meet you! I’ll be back to look around. Fantastic blog! Have a great weekend! Happy UBP Thanks for sharing.!
    .-= Xmasdolly´s last blog ..HAPPY FRIDAY FOLLOW & ALOHA FRIDAY! =-.

  9. Hi! Great “Party”! Hope your having fun at the UBP, I know I am! Here is my Party Post, come on over and make yourself at home!

  10. I already enjoy reading your blog but I wanted to stop by and say Happy UBP!
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 – Welcome to A Simple Kinda Life! =-.

  11. I enjoyed your Vlog a lot. Learned a lot about you and Hawaii. Thanks for sharing. Found you at the UBP.
    .-= Chaya´s last blog ..Honey Nut Crusted Chicken =-.

  12. Love your blog!

    We will be visiting Oahu this summer for a month long family vacation.

    Ahhhhhh the beach!!!
    .-= Mrs Little´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 and Giveaway! =-.

  13. Hi Sarah,
    Nice video. I’ve never been to Hawaii but hope to get there in about two years, if all goes according to plan, (which it usually never does.) You look like you’re a busy momma who is juggling alot- good for you! If I may ask, what is the business you’re trying to start? I know there are many moms out there trying to start businesses, we need to all support each other whenever and however we can. You can check out my new site, ( it’s very much a work in progress, I have four kids and not enough hours in the day,) at if you’d like.
    Well thanks for the Hawaii tips, I hope to be able to use them someday. :)

    • @Kimi Clark, HI Kimi! When you make it out here, you’ve got to let me know! I love meeting up with people I’ve met through my blog.

      My business in progress is Tag a Towel, magnetic i.d. tags for your towel so you can reuse your towel and know whose is whose. You can sign up for updates on my site, that’s currently under construction.

      That’s why I am a HUGE lover of mompreneurs – they inspire me and get me motivated :) I’m part of Heather Allards Mogul Moms group and with that help things are coming along…hopefully I will be launching this year (it’s been 2 years in the making!)

      So great to meet you – off to check out your site! Sarah

      • @Sarah, Great idea! I signed up for your updates, wow, it’s really taken two years to get things going? I’m also looking at starting a business, I have a few different ideas but am unsure which direction I want to take right now so I just continue to research what the best option would be for me.

        I follow Heather as well but wasn’t able to become part of the group at this time, hopefully in the future. I kind of feel like I don’t want to jump in with both feet yet until I’m sure about what I’m going to start, I’m kind of just testing the waters. I love to hear about other moms business ventures also, it’s helpful to see how others got started and some of what they went through. I am encouraged when I hear about other moms having success with their businesses, it just makes me want it even more. ;)

        Very nice meeting you, take care and keep pressing on- you’ll get there! Kimi

  14. Stopping by through the UBP and love your life! You definitely have a way of making a person feel like they know you. I love plumerias and grow them here in SW Florida. Lovely family too.
    .-= Patty Coleman´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party 2010 hosted by 5 Minutes For Mom =-.

    • @Patty Coleman, I love my life too! hahaha! But even in paradise you get blow out diapers, crabby kids and at times a mommy freak out (or two) ;)

      Great to meet you Patty!

  15. Hey there California girl! I live in Nor Cal but hubby is from San Diego (which school did you go to?) and we visit there often. Your kids are so cute. I love when your son shrugged and didn’t know what to say about his mom. You got off easy on that one cuz I am sure he could have come up with something good.
    We love Hawaii. Check out this post of our family “adventure” to Hawaii complete with a picture of my son in a toga (cuz mom did not bring a change of clothes and his diaper leaked) and my daughter’s poop covered onsie (cuz she had a major blowout in the bjorn, in the airport).
    The things Hawaiian dreams are made of.

    I want that ukulele.

    • @Wendy Hagen,
      OMG, I am laughing out loud…you rock for the toga, Mama!!

      I went to the University of San Diego and then lived in Encinitas for close to 7 years before moving to Maui.

      When I was shooting the video and asked my son, for a split second in my head I thought “uh oh, what is he going to say?!” Yes I got off lucky indeed! We all know that kids know ALL the secrets ;)

      Awesome to meet you Wendy!

  16. I am so jealous of you! I ADORE Hawaii! I have been there several times and it is my favorite place. You are SO lucky to live there!

    LOVED LOVED LOVED your video! How fun was that! GREAT work girl! :)
    .-= Janice (5 Minutes for Mom)´s last blog ..Chris Mann — LIVE at the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 =-.

    • @Janice (5 Minutes for Mom), I LOVE that you LOVE Hawaii! So do I, obviously :) I have to pinch myself daily to make sure this is all real.

      Thank you ladies for hosting the UBP! This is so fun!

      xoxo, Sarah

  17. Yup that pic of my hubby is in Maui (we got married there in ’05… where we decided what we’d name our daughter Makena if we were ever lucky enough to have little ones!) and we’ve only been back once since then. I miss it something terrible! There’s definitely something special about the islands!! I miss Leilani’s and I know you know of a lot of better local places but Chris loves the hula pie (we live in Cali so we hit up Duke’s when he’s desperate!) Anyways, love your site! The pictures are great!!

    • @Launa, I work for the same company as Lei’s! It’s YUM! Got the job to get a discount ;) Plus it’s a great company!

  18. Ah! Maui!! Gosh we need to visit soon!! Anyways, just stopping by from UBP and love your blog! Beautiful! Happy Saturday!

  19. Just made yummy guacamole, forgot to add that to my list of faves in this video… #ubp10 –… (via @SarahBHawaii)

  20. Sarah, thank you so much for the kind words. Yes, I know from Canada to Florida?! Well, I met my husband when he played hockey in my hometown. One thing led to another and here I am :)
    I might make it over to the vlog world one day haha…

    Twitter: hockey_wife

  21. Hi!

    Visiting you from the Blog Party!

    Hawaii is definitely on my wish list for travels some day. I enjoyed your video and look forward to coming back and reading more!
    .-= Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years´s last blog ..It’s A Party In The Blogosphere! – UBP 2010! =-.

  22. here for the party. enjoyed your site. will be back.

  23. Stopping by from UBP… and staying! ;) We lived in Hawaii when my husband was stationed there. I miss it so much. Watching your video makes me miss it more. Aloha Friday… no work til Monday… my husband was just telling me this today when I was trying to get his help! LOL Your babies are adorable!!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Ultimate Blog Party =-.

    • @Jennifer, LOL! Your hubby is a smart cookie ;) I meet a lot of people who used to live in HI when they were stationed on Oahu through my blog…glad we met up! Off to check out your site too!

      Aloha, Sarah

  24. I enjoyed your vlog! I am a newbie to the blog world….. any advice is greatly appreciated and welcomed! Thanks for having me!
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..UBP Party Post =-.

  25. Hi, Sarah. I come from Ultimate Blog Party 2010.

    Nice to meet you. I hope you have time to visit mine as well, in HERE. Have a nice weekend.

  26. Enjoyed the chance to take Cam to school with you and Leah. Movie stars in the making. Hoping Leah gets to have one of those pretty pink floral ukulele’s….so she can play along while she hulas. And so can Cam with his own ukulele.

    • @Tutu4r, That is Leah’s :) I’ll buy a new one for the winner. We’re getting quite the ukulele collection!

  27. I’d love to visit Hawaii! I’d love to see the scenery and visit you! Nice singing :)
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..No More Camp Blogaway for me :( =-.

  28. Hi Sarah! My name is Monique. Your blog is so fun! Found you at the UBP. I haven’t gotten the courage to vlog yet :S I like how you say whatever comes to mind!! It’s fantastic… Well, just wanted to say “hi” and happy blog-hopping!
    Cheers ❀

    Twitter: hockey_wife

    • @Monique, Vlogging is fun but hard to do with screaming kids (like mine are at the moment) ;) So writing is easier at times for us moms!

      So nice to meet you – of to check out your site now!

      Aloha, Sarah

  29. Ahhh, I can smell the plumeria now! I just read your two posts about Hawaii (15 thngs and your move). I love Hawaii, and so does my hubby and toddler son (we introduced him last year). Our 3 month old daughter has yet to meet the beautiful land of surf. It’s just a matter of time. We get the “itch” every couple of years. Never been to Maui, though. I soooooo want to live there! Stop by my parties (yea, I have 2 blogs – I’m a nerd like that) when you have a chance. Mahalo!

  30. Oops, forgot to tell you my twitter name…
    .-= Amys blah, blah, blogging´s last blog ..The Party Post! =-.

  31. Hi Sarah, I’m Amy and my URL is above. I have never been to Hawaii, although I would like to visit sometime. Someday…someday. If I was there though I’d probably like to visit a volcano and besides that, just sit on a beach all day watching the waves pass by. Ahhhh…that sounds nice. Really nice!
    .-= Amys blah, blah, blogging´s last blog ..The Party Post! =-.

    • @Amys blah, blah, blogging, I went to the volcano on The Big Island and saw the lava – it was cool! Here on Maui, going for sunrise to the volcano is AWESOME! So nice to meet you Amy!


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