A Very Maui Christmas

Need a little Maui this holiday? Can’t make it to Maui? Grab one, or two or three, of these Maui gift picks and have a little mele kalikimaka wherever you are this holiday season.

Maui Christmas Presents

1. Tara B Trucker Hats, Made in Lahaina, 2. CraeVita 14K Gold Leather Wrap Bracelet, Made in Lahaina, 3. NinaKuna Gold Cowrie Shell Bracelet, Made in Wailuku, 4. TikiTales Hawaiian stocking, Made in Paia and on Lanai

The Ohana Mama’s Summer Survival

Maui Mom Blogger Keurig single coffee brew systems review

As summer approached, so did a rather large box on my doorstep. In it was what would soon be called my Summer Survival Kit.

This box didn’t house ready-to-eat meals, or bottled water or canned goods. It didn’t include a wind-up radio or even a bottle of Xanax. Instead, in this box was something very, very special, something that I think every Mom and Dad needs as summer break approaches…. a Keurig single brew coffee machine.

Thanks to the awesome folks at Staples, I was able to review a Keurig just in time for summer. Let me tell you, this baby has been working over time. In the morning I use it to crack open my eyes after late summer nights. And in the afternoon I use it to get through dinner and well, those late summer nights.

What’s great is that you can easily make iced coffee and even other treats in it such as lemonade. Yup, this baby has been running overtime, that is for sure.

Before Staples came to me with this review opportunity, I was a bit hesitant to get a Keurig. I’m a fan of the good ol French Press and I’m not really a fan of using all of those throw away coffee pods that Kuerigs use. In fact, that was the number one reason my husband and I hadn’t yet given into the Kuerig craze. We both drink 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning and we thought it was just too wasteful to go through so many plastic coffee pods.

Enter the reusable coffee pod. Once we went through the samples that Staples had sent us – Donut Shoppe coffee for us, hot cocoa for the kids – I was able to find reusable coffee pods at our local drug store. Now we’re able to use the incredibly awesome, ready-any-time, Keurig without the guilt. We simply buy our own coffee grounds, fill the reusable pods and get our coffee freak on whenever we please without having to brew an entire pot.

Here is a huge MAHALO to Keurig and Staples for helping me get through summer and for having alternatives to those pods. You are a life saver!

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Maui eats: Koa’s Seaside Grill in Lahaina

Koa's Seaside Grill Lahaina

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Koa’s Seaside Grill on Front Street in Lahaina. The whole family sat down to try out a sunset dinner, overlooking (and literally hanging over) the Pacific Ocean.

Koa’s was created by the same owners of the world-famous Gazebos restaurant. If you’ve been to West Maui, no doubt you’ve tried Gazebos breakfast. Good news for us, it’s the same breakfast that will be served at Koa’s. Score!

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As the sun set over the ocean my family and I enjoyed some pupus, artichoke dip and steamers. Both were delicious and didn’t last long. The kids kept themselves busy with Wikisticks (I love a restaurant that offers something fun for the kiddos!).

Koa's Seaside Grill Lahaina

For dinner I had the scallops on a bed of mashed potatoes and served with asparagus and a super yummy sauce. My husband had a sort of seafood stew that was delish. The kid’s fare is the typical keiki menu of chicken nuggets, hamburger or spaghetti – which is good when your kids want to stay on the less adventurous side.

What cannot be beat is the absolute gorgeous view from Koa’s. You can sit downstairs or on the rooftop, both are spectacular and literally hang over the edge of the ocean with Lanai and Molokai staring right at you.

You are Invited! Koa’s Grand Opening Party June 1st

happy hour Koa's Seaside Grill, Lahaina

Come and check out Koa’s for happy hour on Saturday June 1st, 2013 from 3-5:30 p.m. 10 percent of the proceeds from the entire day will be given to local school, Maui Prep!

For more information, check out Koa’s on Facebook. Make this your new spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

I received this dinner gratis from Koa’s so that I could check it out and share with The Ohana Mama readers! Mahalo to the entire Koa’s team for a lovely evening!

More fun gardening projects from The Home Depot #DigIn

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Now that mama’s gotten her gardening groove on and has been bitten by the gardening bug, I went on a mission to find new projects that the kids and I could do during the summer…yes school is almost out…be afraid, be very afraid! :)

The cool thing is that The Home Depot has a ton of projects for us to take on and now that I’ve conquered the container garden, I feel like I can move on to bigger things. Below are my top picks for yard projects this summer. You can find more ideas on Home Depot’s Apron Blog.

(As I was putting this list together, my kids were sitting over my shoulder saying “ooh, let’s do that!” so, if it got their ok then it made the list)

Creating a pathway of pavers or stepping-stones

We have an area in our side yard that needs a major overhaul. It’s where we put our recycled cans and containers and it’s just dirt, dirt, dirt. This project may need good ol daddy-o to help too, but that’s ok, it can be a family affair. You can can read more about creating a pathway here. I’ve embedded the how-to video below for you as well!

Building a raised gardening bed for veggies

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I would absolutely love to start a veggie garden with the kids and with sun year round, I think we could get a pretty great one going to enjoy throughout the months. The kids have them at their schools and I think we need to have one at home. I have just the spot picked out and can’t wait to take this on! Check out Mama Kat’s Losing It’s raised garden bed project- she created one for her own #DigIn campaign and it turned out pretty awesome! (plus she is hilarious!)

How To Plant a Mailbox Garden

Mailbox Garden

We need this! The area around our mailbox is dreary, full of weeds and just overall not nice. My kids LOVE to check the mail (seriously they fight over it daily!) so I think they’ll also love to get in on this project to beautify “their” space. Our mailbox is located right on the street and one of the first things people see, so I think it’s time we make it pretty! Best of all, my husband will LOVE that I am the one doing the project, not him (so he can continue picking weeds)

So, what’s on YOUR list for your garden and yard this summer? Share in the comments below and find more great projects and advice at The Home Depot Garden Center!

photos courtesy of The Home Depot

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.