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Babymoon Memories + 4 Maui Must Do’s

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A “babymoon” is still a new concept. I know this, because even as I type this post, auto-correct refuses to recognize babymoon as a real word! For anyone reading that still might be stumped, a babymoon is a relaxing vacation a couple takes before the arrival of their baby – a trip celebrating two becoming three!

With our love of travel and all things tropical, the decision was easy. A babymoon to Maui was exactly what we needed!

Babymoon Memories + Four Maui Must Do's

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I had imagined that the trip would primarily be about us – Mike and I enjoying one last trip without the addition of our future kiddos. But we actually spent quite a bit of time talking about our girl.

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We talked about how excited we are to meet her.

We dreamt about what she will look like and the kind of woman she will become.

We prayed that she’d grow to love the Lord and that we would become wise and loving parents.

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While some couples may mourn over the fact that having children drastically cramps their travel style, we found ourselves transfixed watching families interact on the beach. We can’t wait to travel with our children and see it as a major travel upgrade.

I can’t wait to see the world through our precious Everly’s eyes!

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The Maui Must Do’S

We completely fell in love with Maui! There’s a HIGH probability that we’ll be back some day with the kiddos. If you’re planning a trip there soon, these are “must do’s” you won’t want to miss!

Dedicate a Day to the Road to Hana

We originally debated whether or not visit Hana. The legendary road is full of twists and turns and the drive will take an entire day if you do it right. I’m so glad that we decided to make the journey! It was entirely worth it!

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To get the most out of your trip, I suggest renting a convertible on the island. We were able to fully take in the sights and still enjoy the tropical breezes.

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Download the Shaka Guide app! It’s programmed to recognize your location and will tell you when it’s time to pull over and visit a waterfall or beach.

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Gorge Yourself on Fine Foods

Just do it. You’re on vacation! At 7 months pregnant, my definition of “fine food” included big breakfasts and all things sweet. Maui didn’t disappoint. From delicious lemonades, to Hawaiian shaved ice, and breakfast platters as big as your face – Maui had us covered!

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The Gazebo’s legendary white chocolate macadamia nut pancakes!

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Favorite Eateries: FLEETWOOD’S | WOW WOW HAWAIIAN LEMONADES | MAMA’S FISH HOUSE | SLAPPY CAKES

Stop at Every Local Fruit Stand

You must take advantage of the local fruit stands! Where else can you crack open a freshly picked pineapple! At almost every stand you’ll have your pick of fresh fruit, shaved ice, and tropical smoothies.

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Our favorite stand to visit was easily the Halfway to Hana (I bet you can guess where to find it)! You haven’t tasted BANANA BREAD until you’ve had a loaf of theirs!

Find Makenna Cove

There is no shortage of gorgeous beaches on Maui. You can basically pull over anywhere and be mesmerized by the horizon. Still, our favorite beach was a tiny, little-known beach called Makenna Cove.

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The views were spectacular and several sea turtles fearlessly fed among the rocks for the entire day! It was pretty magical.

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Does anyone else have any sweet babymoon memories? I’d love to hear where you went!

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Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

New Orleans is an amazing city rich in history and diverse activities. It truly warrants more than a weekend’s visit to fully appreciate it. However, if a weekend’s all you got – it’s important to make it count! This travel guide will help you to make the most of your time and keep your appetite for unique cuisine happily satisfied!

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

Brunch

Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory, New Orleans has got you covered!

Stanley

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

You’ll find this gem at the heart of New Orleans within the French Quarter. If you’re staying anywhere near the Quarter, Stanley is within walking distance right off the historic Jackson Square park. You’ll brush elbows with artists, street performers, tourists, and locals in this alive and bustling part of the city.

Growing up, I had two loves: ice cream and sugary breakfasts. You can then imagine my elation when I read the menu and learned that both of the sweet options came with ice cream as a topping! I sampled both the pancakes and the bananas foster french toast – they were incredible!

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

Bananas Foster French Toast

New Orleans is known for it’s seafood, and Stanley delivered on all of our seafood expectations!

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

Eggs Stella – and yes – that is a whole crab on that plate!

The District

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

I can’t think of this place without salivating. If you’re not already a doughnut fan, The District will quickly win you over the the dough-side (you see what I did there)! They have shelves full of “fancy” and “extra fancy” gourmet doughnuts.

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

Another love of mine is chocolate and peanut butter. If I were stranded on a deserted island, I’d have a jar of each and live quite happily. I gobbled up that Peanut Butter Cup beauty in record time!

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

Still not a doughnut fan? The fried chicken slider or Monte Cristo croquenut is to die for!

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

Monte Cristo

Dinner

There are so many great places to dine for dinner, but if you must choose one and are willing to pay for a great experience, then you need to head over to Kingfish!

Kingfish

We entered Kingfish as a party of 7. We wanted to make the most of our dining experience so everyone ordered something different. Every single thing, from the appetizers to the specialty drinks, were great! What took home the cake, though, was the barbacoa platter!

Depending on your “hangry” level, you may want to share this meal with 3 to 7 of your closest friends. The large platter includes cornbread, coleslaw, fire-roasted green tomatoes, homemade chips, and a pigs head. Yes – I said pig’s head! Maybe you’re like me, and you had no idea that barbacoa meat came from cow and pig cheek! Once we got over our shock, we all cut off a piece and agreed that it was the best barbacoa we had ever tasted!

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

Other very noteworthy menu items include the artichoke and collard green gratin, seared gulf fish, molasses cured duck breast and black drum tacos!

Nightcap

If you’re looking for good jazz and a low key alternative to the madness that is Bourbon Street, then make your way to Frenchman Street. The entire street is lined with concert venues and jazz clubs. We wandered into D.B.A., following the rhythmic tunes that were birthed in the heart of New Orleans.

During peak times, this club is standing room only, but well worth cuddling up next to a stranger with a choice beverage.

Midnight Snack

New Orleans ranks up there with New York as “a city that never sleeps”. So if you’re up that late, why not get a snack? Good thing the historic Cafe Du Monde is open 24/7! What began as a coffee stand in 1862 has now become one of the most famous landmarks in the city! Situated right off of Jackson Square, donning classic green and white striped awnings, you can’t miss it!

You will order beignets – since that’s all that they serve – and you will love them!

Eat Your Way Through New Orleans in a Weekend

I hope that some of these foodie tips have inspired you to take a journey down south – even if it’s just for a weekend. Bon appétit, adventurers!

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