SWEET [dreams] GIVEAWAY

I never knew how tired I actually was until I got my very first FULL 8+ hours of uninterrupted sleep! Successful night one with the WeeSleep program was a major eye opener for me. As we all know, having kids requires sleep – minimal amounts but ya still need it. If you want anyone in your household operating at some sort of functional level – everyone will need it – including baby. Trust me, I know this. But howwww, do you ask? Well – let’s chat! LIVE on Instagram – this Friday [September 28th] at say…. 10am PST / 1pm eastern? Join me + @weesleep founder Janey Reilly for a LIVE Mamma Say Q+A! Let’s dish on alllllll the WeeSleep goods – The whats and the whos. How they changed our life + and all about the upcoming consultant training! I want to talk about my experience with WeeSleep + why I’ve made the decision to enroll in the consultant training. Janey will be offering up some FREE tips + advice that trust me – you DO NOT want to miss! Be sure to attend with a question or two and feel free to RSVP ahead of time for the Instagram LIVE event here!

Now – let’s chat about this incredible GIVEAWAY! To enter the WeeSleep Dreams Swag Bag Giveaway – keep an eye on my Instagram this week as I’ll be posting all the info before Friday! One lucky winner will be announced after the LIVE event so mark your calendar so you don’t forget!  [We are still filling the bag with amazing swag including the Speedy Sleep WeeSleep package [$250+ value] – and items from @SlouchHeadwear, @KOL_KID  ,@Beautycounter , @Gunapod @OyacoProductsBIG Love Ball to name a few [scroll down for pics!] Also – if you’re interested in contributing – please shoot me an e-mail asap!]  Check back soon mamas + we’ll see ya Friday!

Janey Reilly, CEO + Well Rested Founder
Renee Maynard, Wife + Momtrepreneur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY ITEMS

Maynard Maui Getaway 2018 – Hyatt Maui

Maynard party of… 7?

Hey you guys! Happy [Maui] Monday! We are back to life + reality after a nice long week at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort + Spa. Talk about a much much needed adventure.

This past trip – we mixed things up a bit + traveled with FAMILY! My brother and my SIL were able to sneak away from work to meet us on the beautiful island for mai tai’s and memories. Talk about the perfect little combo. This was the first vacation I’ve taken with my brother in well over a decade and honestly, it couldn’t have gone any better. It was so nice to see him and his wife bond with their nephews in a vacation setting. Tossing the kids around in the pool, holding their little hands for beach walks, sea turtle searching…. makes my ❤ extra full. Not to mention – we had a little HELP! Bracy + I were able to sneak away for some SUP, snorkel + extra smooches:)

This Maynard + Ward Maui Getaway was a game changer for our family – we all grew a little closer, held each other a little tighter, and made some of the greatest + happiest memories we will never forget.

Thank you for reading + allowing me to share my family with you:)

All about that H20

If you’ve been following my journey, you know my Ben. You also know that my Ben is a teenager:) And if you have a teenager, you know this phase is a tough one. But being able to take him out and spend some QT on the water – seeing him smile the way he did – brought us so much closer. I worry about that… losing that tight bond + connection as they enter the inevitable emotionally driven moments of puberty. I do find that carving out special time for him on a regular basis strengthens our relationship to a level I can only hope is indestructable.

When we lived in Florida, we spent all our days on the water. This day on Maui, made us feel at home. When we weren’t loungin’ in the ‘Ohana [family] beachfront tent [which I highly recommend booking in advance] we were snorkeling along side the hone [turtle] + SUPin’ above the beautiful reefs. All of the snorkeling equipment was available right at the resort – keeping things super simple for us. And a special thanks to Chris with the Ka’anapali Surf Club who graciously shared his local insider tips on snorkeling hot spots giving us the most surreal underwater adventure imaginable.

Pool Time!

The pool at the Hyatt was pretty much home for the week. There was something to do for everyone. The swim up grotto pool bar, waterfalls, awesome slides! Best part? The kiddie pool was fantastic!

Lu’au Baby!

Listen. You can’t go to Maui + NOT hit a Lu’au – it’s probably one of my favorite things to do on the island and THIS Luau was something special. Drums of the Pacific   offered an unforgettable evening filled with conch shell blowing, the beating of the drums, the echoes of the Hawaiian chant, the delicious food, the drinks – literally it was such an incredible experience for the whole family.  This lu’au took you on a journey throughout the islands of Polynesia through song + dance, wrapping up the night with an INSANE fire-knife dance finale!

Wildlife

My kids LOVED the animals you’ll see throughout the resort. Parrots, penguins, fish – the list goes on! We were lucky enough to meet up with Pono who gave us a “behind the scenes” wildlife tour where we were able to feed + bond with the animals! If you find a little free time during your stay at Hyatt Maui – I highly recommend booking this experience! And be sure to give Maddie the parrot a big kiss from all of us:)

That Sunset Though…

Maui is one of those places – actually it’s the only place I’ve ever experienced this immense desire to move. It’s a place I can actually envision us living. It’s a place that feels so much like home to me. For weeks after each trip, Bracy + I discuss ways to make it happen. Maybe one day?:)

Thanks for following along! Maui has been an annual tradition for our family that I hope we continue for the rest of our lives, with hopes that the boys will carry on for generations.

Whats your family vacay tradition? Comment below + share a story of your own!

PS: If I all of a sudden go “missing”, chances are you’ll find me right. back. here:)

*partnered with Hyatt Maui for this post, however, all opinions are my own.

When Luxury + Family Collide [Maui]


Maynard Maui Getaway 2017. Aloha! And Happy Monday!

So here we are you guys, a year later, plus another [baby], + the best Maynard Maui Getaway in the books. Not gonna lie… this most recent trip to the incredible [brand spankin’ new, btw] Westin Nanea Ocean Villas , Ka’anapali will be one we’ll never top. Never. Period. It’s a fact and I’ve accepted it.

Now let me tell you a little bit about this property + why we loved it so much. The little bits of info you’d never know unless you’ve experienced it for yourself first hand. This new beachfront Westin is no Westin at all. In fact, it sits alone, at the very top of a category beyond 5 stars. Singles, couples, families, honeymooners – this property offers enjoyment for everyone! Truth:: I get goosebumps as I write about this super unique place, one I hope to be able to bring my kids back to year after year.

What’s in a name?

Nanea (na-neh-ah) is a Hawaiian word that means to be in a state of relaxation, leisure, + tranquility. This resort is like no other in ways that can only be experienced during a stay. The details, the auras, the authentic Hawaiian vibe really have a way at putting you into the most peaceful place you’ve only dreamed of. One you’d like to stay in forever. Something I really appreciated was that the [local] staff would share stories and unique details on the ground-on-up construction time-lapse. Their heart’s lie deep within this property. You really do get a sense of care + respect when speaking to just about  a n y o n e  working on site. Something you have to remember, is these employees watched this property go up from dirt, as most worked at the neighboring [sister] property, The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.   [pro tip: stay at one resort + use the other! Something that’s also unique to this property is that you’re able to property hop sharing the pools and ammenities!]

The Decor

One of the things my husband + I absolutley loved about the Westin Nanea was the attention to detail + purpose by incorporating the history of the island and of the Hawaiian people in the construction + creation of this new property. One of the ways in which they delivered that experience was with the Hina’i, a traditional Hawaiin fishing basket. The Hina’i represents a basket of stories, which is the hope + expectation of the resort and it’s design. From the lobby to the light fixtures, locally created artwork in the villas to structural murals on the building, all being focal points throughout the property that give the guests inspiration to create and share a story of their own. Any Moana fans out there? Check out the floor in the picture below. What do you see?

The Food

The Westin Nanea makes dining quite simple. When you’re not shopping on property in the convenient Kauhale Market + cooking in your villa or BBQing near the pools, feel free to start your mornings off at Mauka Makai [meaning toward the mountain, toward the ocean] The relaxed + upscale menu is inspired by ancient Hawaiians, who drew their physical and spiritual sustenance from the land and sea around them. Pro Tip:: definitely try the mango Bellini paired with your coffee + the corned beef hash. It’s served with the most amazing chorizo gravy that will make your mouth want more. So yum. If you’re feeling uber hungry, try the buffet:: a never ending option loaded with the freshest fruits, tender smoked salmon, delightful pastries, and more. 

Lunch daily was poolside for us.  Waitstaff circled around the pools carrying yummy frozen drinks + snacks from Inu [the Hawaiian word for drink]. The smells were undeniably tempting. Dine poolside, in a private cabana, or in the wide-open restaurant with stunning views of Kā‘anapali Beach, the resort, and the swimming pools. Pro Tip:: Definitely order the Edamame + the Tuna Poke Bowl. Ahh-mazing. *Be sure to ask for Jake. He was the kindest, most knowledgable waiter I have ever met. Jake taught us so much about the menu: the story behind it, how the food was caught + prepared, and the rhyme/reason behind it all. Jake was a very memorable part of our trip and not because he introduced me to the Macadamia Nut Chi Chi [my go-to poolside cocktail made with Ocean Organic Vodka, macadamia nut liqueur, pineapple chunks, coconut cream, + pineapple juice] We sure do hope to see him again some day!

Dinners at The Westin Nanea felt so elegant yet kid-friendly; a combination that very rarely sits together. This is definitely an important quality to our family as my husband and I love to “fine dine” with kids in tow. The menu was created by Executive Chef Ikaika Manaku with fresh, local ingredients sourced from mountain to sea. Our Faves:: Start off with the Kula baby mesclun greens. It’s topped with fennel, Waimea cukes, local cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, Kā‘anapali beets, and a lavender dressing. Next, try the Yukon Gold Gnocchi. It’s served with charred Hawaiian orange butter, toasted macadamia nuts, + a garden herb essence. Seriously incredible.  Main course options are all perfection, but be sure to save room for dessert! My husband + I had 1 fight in Maui and it was over the last bite of the Baked Maui; House-made pound cake, meringue, Lappert’s Hawai‘i coconut ice cream, + macerated Kula strawberries. Oh my yumm.

Spa Helani
Let’s talk about the most relaxing, rejuvenating experience of my life.  I ended up living the dream with an 80 minute massage. And get this:: I am honored to say I was the VERY FIRST to try the NEW Nanea Ritual.  This ritual was introduced in honor of the Nanea’s recent opening, soothing guests into a dreamy euphoric state of relaxation, or Nanea in Hawaiian. The ritual begins with a symbolic cleanse; using a ti leaf to cast away any negative energy lingering in the room. Next, you will choose your oil blend for the ritual. I chose the gardenia blend as it’s one of my favorite scents. Smooth, self-heating porcelain lava shells are then used to massage the chosen oils in a rhythmic pattern on the skin. You guys:: this was [seriously] without a doubt the most relaxing massage I have ever experienced.

The Bed.
It’s Heavenly®. Need I say more?

The Pool

The pool at The Westin Nanea was the one place we were consistantly at every single day. From sun up to sun down, the boys were splish n’ and a splash’n at the baby beach, cruisin’ down the water slide, and playing in the kiddo pool or splash park. We spent one full day in a private poolside cabana where my hubby and I enjoyed yummy drinks + treats while the babies napped and Ben watched surfing on the flat screen TV! I highly recommend booking a cabana, especially if you have littles!

You guys:: whether you’re traveling with the kiddos and looking for a cultural experience like no other, in love on your honeymoon, or simply flying solo, this is one place you need to hit. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas on Maui will forever be a special place for my family. You can for sure count on us going back.

A big Mahalo for letting me share our Maynard Maui Getaway Part II with you!  Feel free to scroll down to check out the rest of our pics:)

xo

Renée

 

*partnered with Westin Nanea for this post, however, all opinions are my own.