Hey, hey, hey, today’s a HUGE DAY!!!
Yesterday, Erika and I kicked off SEASON 2 of The Bestie Breakdown podcast by recapping our Spring Break vacation to Hawaii last year and sharing TWO giveaways with you! You can take a listen to our recap and enter both of those giveaways on THIS POST HERE.
Today is MEGA BIG!
Today, not only are Erika and I going to start recapping our Spring Break vacation to Hawaii here in actual blog posts (we’re going to sprinkle them in this summer), but we’re kicking off our recaps with a HUGE giveaway!!
We’re so excited!
Beginning today, you can win a Mix and Match Travel Agency vacation!!!!
And this time, we’re giving you OPTIONS!
Woohoo! One lucky winner is going to get a Mix and Match Travel Agency vacation of their choice! They can either head to Mexico, Walt Disney World or take a seven night cruise!!
One winner, three options!
All winners must be US residents. Please note, it is up to the winner to provide the documentation they need in order to travel. This trip includes hotel/cruise accommodations, ground transportation, and for Walt Disney World, park tickets. The winner of this trip can travel anytime between January 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022. This trip is not sponsored by anyone other than Mix and Match Travel Agency and terms and conditions do apply and are subject to change depending on the travel industry. Rafflecopter will randomly select the winner and their name will be announced on Tuesday, June 8th. All entries do require you to like, follow along or comment on social media. Blog comments are not a valid way to enter. The value of each destination is approximately $4000 and all accommodations will reflect that price range. If the winner elects to fly to their vacation destination, air travel is not included in any option and must be obtained by the winner.
We are really excited to travel again and want to bless someone else with a vacation too in 2022!
I AM SO EXCITED!!!
I know things are still up in the air and some of you may elect to wait until much later to begin traveling, but for those of you who are interested in hitting the road in 2022, this contest is for you.
So…in light of our giveaway and the fact that it’s JUNE (how did that happen?!), we thought it was the perfect day to begin our recaps because even though it feels like many years ago, when I was looking back at these pics, we truly had the BEST time on our Hawaiian vacation and really think we’ll do this exact trip again!
So grab yourself some coffee (or a Pina Colada!) and settle in, today’s post includes the first part of our journey…our “land” vacation in beautiful Ko Olina, Hawaii!
Awwwwwww! We booked this vacation 13 months before we actually departed, so it felt GOOD to be at the airport and ready to take off!!
This girl is my bestie, my other half, my partner in crime and one of my FAVORITE people in the world to travel with! We were so excited! (We were also over spray tanned. Ha!)
Annnnnnnnd…many hours later, we were at our hotel in Hawaii.
(I make it look fast in a blog post, but trust me, it took a bit. 😉 ).
We landed in Honolulu around 4:30ish, got our bags and into the shuttle bus to take us to the BEAUTIFUL Ko Olina Beach Club located there in Oahu. I’m sure you’re asking “why there”? Well, the second part of our vacation was a seven night round trip Hawaiian islands cruise out of Honolulu, so we knew we wanted to stay there on that island. When looking at resorts, Erika and I were immediately drawn to Disney’s Aulani (especially after hearing about that resort from so many clients), BUT since more than half of our clients travel without kids (girls trips, couples only trips, and we have so many empty-nesters), we wanted to pick a place that would help us be better travel agents to a larger group…so when we saw that the Beach Club was right next door and within walking distance to Aulani, it seemed like a win-win! We could check out both properties during our three night stay and get the feel for both resorts.
Awwww! This cutie was excited to be in Hawaii! Remember this…
…her first trip to Hawaii 🙂 .
We got checked in and dropped our bags off in the room. I took pics before my family came in and…well…took it over. #momlife
This resort was great because there were so many different types of rooms for different parties/budgets/needs. Each family had a two bedroom suite with a little living area and kitchen included. It was perfect for us!
Each room had its own bathroom and plenty of room for the kids to spread out. The best part though?
THE VIEW!! Look at the view from our room!!
All of you out there that live by the ocean, you’re the smart ones.
After we dropped off the bags (and many hours after we had woken up that morning), we headed down to explore, grab a bite and then call it a night.
Everything about this resort made me happy. I promise you, the Shull family WILL BE BACK! I could have spent the entire week right there!
We look like a bunch of ducks walking to dinner 😉 .
Clearly, these two are the ones who stood still long enough for pics.
Awwww! Love this! We ate dinner right there on the patio at one of the hotel restaurants, watched the sun go down and then went to sleep. #jetlagisreal
The next morning, we were up early and excited for the day ahead! But first…
…I sat out on the patio with a coffee and my book and had the BEST quiet moment by myself.
Take. Me. Back.
These two cuties came out to join me 🙂 .
(That’s my Amazon coverup that I love so much!!)
After that, I got dressed…
…and everyone met downstairs so that we could walk next door to Aulani for their Disney Character Breakfast!!
Love these peeps.
We walked through the beautiful resort to their restaurant and look who greeted us! MICKEY!!
Eeeeeeks! How can it not be a great day when you see Mickey first thing?!
We were seated at our table and all the fun began! Along with our delicious breakfast buffet…
…all of Mickey’s friends came to say hi!
Look at that smile 🙂 !
I could have that meal every single day!
We let them know when we sat down that we had a family member who couldn’t consume gluten or gluten contaminated food, and of course, Disney knocked it out of the ballpark with their service. They even showed us where they kept the gluten-free waffle iron (Mickey shaped, of course!) and pots and pans. Kensington was able to enjoy everything all gluten-free!
It was such a fun morning! Walking back to our resort, Erika and I were even able to go inside one of their hotel rooms for a quick visit and that was really helpful for us too! Service, food and accommodations at Aulani were all Disney quality!
Disney has a cove and then right next door, the Beach Club has a cove too. I loved walking behind them and watching them chat. Such sweet friends.
We found lounge chairs right there in our cove and were ready to park it for the day!
Ohhhhhh…Andrew and I used to always say we’re not “beach people”. We were wrong. We were so, so wrong.
I have approximately 4500 pics of us on the beach that day, but I will spare you. Between the pool and the beach, the kids had the BEST day! We enjoyed a quick lunch there poolside and were back out right after. We only went in later that evening because we needed to get cleaned up and dressed for dinner…
…loved this Amazon dress last year, still love it this year!
We had reservations that night in Ko Olina at a restaurant called Monkey Pod (highly recommended by our clients). The resort made it so nice because they had a free shuttle bus to take you to Aulani (if you didn’t want to walk) or into town…
…everyone dressed and ready to go to dinner!
Hmmmmm…has approximately 4500 pics of the beach but only one very blurry pic of the restaurant. #picturefail
We had a great table, a great dinner and a great evening to end our very big day.
The next morning…
…my coffee and reading time on the patio included a double rainbow!
We got dressed in our swim stuff again (cover up HERE) and headed back to the beach…
…they weren’t excited about it at all 😉 .
We watched these two cuties compete in the slide race…
…so much fun!
We had lunch poolside again! Look at all of those happy faces!!
It was the perfect day of sand and sea.
Once again, we got cleaned up…
…but this time, they all matched!! Awwwwww! On Amazon, you can find anything. 😉
This time, we took the hotel’s shuttle next door to Aulani for their luau!
Look at these cuties 😉 .
I love this guy so much!!
We knew we wanted to enjoy one luau on this trip, so we thought why not a Disney one?! It was as amazing as you would expect! The food, the drinks, the entertainment, of course, there were some characters…but there was much more…
…they had lei making, “tattoos”, great music, fire displays…it was epic!
I love these kiddos so much!!
My luau buffet was delish!
The show was entertaining, educational (they explained so much about the history of Hawaii) and of course…
…Mickey and friends showed up too.
So, that’s PART ONE! You can also listen to us recap the entire trip on our podcast too! Later this month, we’ll share some more, but in the meantime, you need to complete that Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Good luck to all of you!!!
How excited are you?!
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Happy June, friends! Best of luck to YOU!! xo