DIY Flower Lei

We were in Hawaii for Valentine’s Day this year and decided to make some leis at home rather than going out to buy something pre-arranged. I made a trip to Wal-Mart and purchased a couple of lei needles and thread – all you need to make your very own lei! I think you could easily use a long needle found at any craft store, since it might be difficult to find a lei needle on the mainland. ¬†We collected some plumeria flowers from a tree growing in the yard for our lei’s, but you can use whatever is available at your local farmer’s market.
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The Big Island

It had been about a year and a half since our last trip to Hawaii – Tim and I used to go about three times a year before we started a family, and it’s a bit more costly these days. But we finally made it back for a ten day babymoon with our kids! My parents own a a beautiful home in Kailua-Kona, with breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline, and we were happy to take advantage of staying there during our trip. We spent every day at the beach; the kids loved splashing around in the warm water and spotting whales off of the coast. My parents’ back-yard pool provided entertainment in the afternoons while Tim and I cooked meals from produce and fish purchased at the local farmer’s market. Tim also surprised us with a stay at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, which is the resort where we were married! We had a beautiful ocean-front room with a large lanai, making it difficult to leave the room, and the kids loved all of the daily activities offered at the resort. I am so happy that we were able to take this trip with the kids before baby “Sparkle” arrives. It was a wonderful way to spend time with them without the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I did my best to document our trip each day, and luckily instagram made it rather easy to share photos!

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