Slow Strolls by the Sea

When I became a mama, one thing I really struggled getting used to was the sudden slower pace of life. Before I gave birth, I was working full-time and often filled my calendar on my days off. Not to mention I was in the thick of busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays right before giving birth last January. It took awhile for me to get used to and appreciate the slow down of time once baby came; something I definitely was not used to and doesn’t come naturally for me. That being said, one thing that really helped with the adjustment was taking beach walks with Jeremiah near our house. 

The beach access.

I like to walk the beach in the late afternoon when the sun isn’t blazing and the breeze is nice and cool. I carry Jeremiah in his carrier when I walk, making sure to put sunscreen and a hat on him if it’s still sunny or socks if it’s cold. When he was smaller he definitely fell asleep every time we’d go, but now that he is bigger he usually is awake the whole time. It’s so fun to see him exploring the scenery and enjoying the walk as much as I am. He often sticks his arm out of the carrier to feel the wind and likes to point at the people and dogs we pass. If he falls asleep, I like to use the time we’re walking to reflect and pray. 

He likes to walk with his arm out like this.

Learning to live slower this past year has definitely taught me to appreciate the beauty in the little things I may have taken for granted before. I’ve also realized that not being super busy is not a bad thing, who says we have to always have something going on anyway? 

The path.

I decided to take my phone along for one of our walks this week and took snapshots to share some of the beauty in our everyday with you. And I want to encourage any new mamas out there who may be struggling with the pace-change also, it isn’t forever and it does get better. 🙂 

A glimpse of Hawaiian autumn.
Me, Jeremiah and the sea.
I always leave my slippers in the same spot.
The barnacles were still alive. It was so cool to see them moving.
Beach goodies I picked up for a project.
Sunset colors before heading home.

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C is for Cookies

Autumn is one of our favorite times of the year because it signifies the start of the holiday season! In Hawaii it doesn’t get super cold out, but we still like to don a light sweater at the slightest sign of a cool breeze (humor us!).

To kick-off the fall festivities we decided to have a pumpkin cookie decorating day with the kids. Cookie decorating is a great tradition to start with little ones because it makes for great memories and is fairly easy to organize. 

In our case, to make things as easy as possible for us moms and for the kiddos, I baked the cookies a day ahead at my house. When we all got together all we had to do was make the icing, show the kids what to do, and voila! 

Although we definitely need to work on our cookie decorating skills, it was super fun and tasty. We will definitely be doing cookie days more often. Mason and Paige kept “accidentally” breaking the cookies so they could eat them, making for lots of laughs. I wore Jeremiah in my Tula the whole time so he wouldn’t miss out on the action. Baby carriers are seriously a life saver for this mama! Altogether our decorating day only took two hours at most, and I made it home in time for Jeremiah’s nap time. 

If you have more time on your hands I would suggest maybe theming the decorating with a movie that goes along with the cookies. In this case with pumpkins, maybe a Halloween themed movie or even Thanksgiving if it’s November. I included the recipe for the cookies below so you can have a decorating day for yourself. There are many different icing options available out there depending on your preference.

 Happy decorating!

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It’s Launch Day!

October is here, and that means launch time!

Over here at CTM we are so excited and nervous about this new journey. We decided to dedicate our first post solely to allowing you folks to get to know us! Since it’s fun to read those “About Me” questionnaires, we thought we’d search for one and do it here! Without further ado… about us:

Our names are Rikki (29, left) and Rachelle (30, right) and we come from a family of five siblings, to which we are the eldest. We are both married mamas and live on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Fun Fact: We’re Irish Twins (a pair of siblings born less than 12 months apart)

Ethnicity: We get asked this a lot. We are half Filipino and the other half is a big mix (we don’t even know them all) but they include English, Irish, German, French, American Indian, etc.

Spouses Name? 

Rikki: Rob

Rachelle: Logan

Kid(s) Names & Ages? 

Rikki: Jeremiah, 9 months

Rachelle: Mason, 6 and Paige, 3

How long have you been married? 

Rikki: 7.5 years

Rachelle: 7 years

How tall are you? 

Rikki: 5′ 3.75″

Rachelle: 5’4” 

How would you describe your fashion style? 

Rikki: Comfortable & simple. Let’s just say if I like something, I get it in black and gray if possible.

Rachelle: Pretty laid back & comfortable, but I like to try different “looks” and styles depending on where I’m going and/or the season. 

How would you describe your home decor style? 

Rikki: Ideally it would be something along the lines of “coastal farmhouse”. 

Rachelle:  I love the uncluttered, cozy, rustic / modern farmhouse feel. I’m into statement pieces with minimal knick-knack types of things.

What was your favorite subject in school? 

Rikki: History in high school and art in college.

Rachelle: Art, Dance & Theater

How would you describe your personality? 

Rikki: My mom said as a kid I was shy and determined. I don’t think I’m super shy but I’m still determined, and I like to laugh!

Rachelle: Chill. I can be a little shy and reserved at first, but once I get to know you or get comfortable with you, the talkative, silly and dorky side of me comes out. I really am such a dork sometimes (just ask my siblings). 

What is your favorite dessert? 

Rikki: Tiramisu and ice cream are some of my many faves! 

Rachelle: Mochi Ice Cream and Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. 

Favorite colors? 

Rikki: Green & Gray

Rachelle: Purple, White and Gray

Favorite holiday?

Rikki: Christmas Christmas Christmas

Rachelle: Same as Rikki! CHRISTMAS!

Favorite perfume? 

Rikki: Burberry Brit Sheer (the pink bottle)

Rachelle: Curious by Britney Spears. I’ve tried so many other ones, but keep coming back to this. It‘s been my favorite since high school. 

Favorite thing about motherhood?

Rikki: Seeing Jeremiah learn and discover new things.

Rachelle: Hmm…the love they pour out on me. 

What was your favorite TV show when you were a child? 

Rikki: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Rugrats

Rachelle: Rugrats, Dinosaurs and Full House

Do you sleep with a nightlight?

Rikki: Yes! A himalayan salt lamp on the dimmest setting so I can see the baby at night.

Rachelle: Yes, a Himalayan salt lamp too!

Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Rikki: Not usually unless they’re super intense.

Rachelle: Nope, once in a while I do but not usually.

What is one food that you used to hate but now you love? 

Rikki: I hated spinach and mushrooms as a kid, love them now.

Rachelle: Tomatoes, I would always pick them out of my food when I was younger but now I love them! 

We hope you enjoyed getting to know us and we look forward to getting to know you all! We are still figuring out where we’d like to take this blog, so if you have any post requests, questions or suggestions please let us know! That being said, let’s have some fun!