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These photos are from tonight’s sunset and I am all sappy and emotional looking at them because it was a beautiful night with my family! We are just steps from a beach here in Hawaii so we promised that we wouldn’t miss a sunset. So far we have only missed a few and those were while the kiddos were sick this last week. Some days the kids are extra lovey and playful and this was one of those nights. I love my little best friends!

A lot of people have asked how Hawaii life is vs. New York life! Obviously we are still new to Hawaii so hard to say yet but they are extremely different for sure. Both places I find so inspiring for different reasons. In New York I was always so inspired by seeing what go getters people are. Everyone is chasing their dreams there and I think its amazing. I also loved passing SO many people on the street and thinking about how each of those people has just as complex of a life as I have… they have their relationships, thoughts buzzing through their head, their jobs, maybe they are running late or on vacation.. and I don’t even know them and they don’t know me. I don’t know if that makes sense, I am horrible at explaining things, but it made the world feel so big and always put things in perspective and I really liked that. Here I have loved seeing what simple lives people live here and how happy they are. I think my personality is more drawn to island life rather than city life — I have more of a carefree spirit and I feel so extremely happy here. I felt extremely happy in New York as well but this is just a different happy. Everyone has a spot where their soul just feels content and I think Hawaii is my spot.

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  1. Amber this is beautiful! I totally understand what you’re trying to say about a different kind of happy in Hawai’i .. I moved from El Paso, TX to Hawai’i a year and a half ago, and I can tell you that my perspective about life have changed a LOT! It is something that I can’t really explain, it goes way beyond the beautiful views… it is just the way the people live and enjoy the simple things in life.

    Enjoy every second of it! We are blessed to live in this beautiful place! xoxo

  2. Love your blog and watching reading about your new adventures. We recently moved from Chicago to San Francisco- although not as far as your move I understand the magnitude of a cross country move. We are going to Oahu next month for a family vacation. Any must see/must do things in Oahu? Our twins are almost 3 so any family friendly activities are perfect. Thanks!

  3. These photos are amazing. So so sweet. Hope you’re loving Hawaii 🙂

    xo, Charlotte

  4. Hawaii is where my soul feels content, too. I think wherever I came from in a past life it was super similar to Hawaii. Love your photos. And I’m so glad you guys are catching Hawaii sunsets. There are no other sunsets like them on earth.

  5. I love these photos! The love that’s so apparent in your family can’t help but bring a smile to your face <3


  6. GORGEOUS sunset! There’s nothing in the world quite like a Hawaiin sunset! I think the folks there are a different type of dreamer than the people in New York. Completely agree that both places are beautiful and wonderful in their own right.

    xo, Sofia

  7. Again, another amazing blog post!!! Seriously I look forward to opening your posts because they are so uplifting and fun to read. I grew up on Maui so I can totally relate to loving Hawaii life for sure! Love seeing all your island pics with your family. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Hi Amber! You’re not horrible at explaining things at all! In fact, you perfectly described the word “Sonder” – it’s definition according to “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” is:
    noun; the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

    The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrow even made a YouTube video for it:

    Sending lots of love from Rhode Island! Love following the adventures of your gorgeous family! xoxo

    1. Such a beautiful idea. I didn’t know there was a word for it! I often think about this as well, especially living in nyc these days. I love to imagine what other people’s lives might be like and see how our paths intersect for just one small moment

  9. Beautiful pictures! There is nothing better than getting loves from your babies! Question how far apart are your kiddos? I ask because my second is due in February and my first with be 20 months at that time. Your kiddos seem to have such a great bond.

  10. thanks for the shoutout amber! all your posts have been amazing in the suits, and I get so excited when i see them!! Love these pictures so much, makes me miss hawaii!


  11. I really love these photos! You are so lucky with a talented guy like David! You guys seem so genuinely happy on these photo’s and it’s SO pretty there. Makes me so excited for summer! xoxo Jessica

  12. It looks like you guys are having the best time. Could I ask what lens David used for these shots as they are absolutely stunning 🙂

    1. He was using the Canon 5d Mark IV with the Canon 24-70 2.4 lens! That is what we are using 90% of the time!

      1. Thanks so much 🙂 also could I ask what editing software he uses please X

  13. It’s so great to see you thriving in both kinds of environments! I’m not sure if I could do fast paced city life or slow paced island life, I like it somewhere more in the middle, haha! Love following you on your journey and can’t wait to see what adventures you will have!

  14. So inspired by your beautiful little family! I hope to have one similar one day. These pictures show a happiness beyond what words can describe 🙂

  15. Amber, what a beautiful post. Your little ones are so incredibly blessed to have you as a Mom. Continue to cherish those moments, it goes so, so fast.

  16. These pictures are so gorgeous, I absolutely adore sunsets, and you guys are so lucky t have the beach right there! I totally agree about New York, I’ve been on a holiday, and there’s always so much happening and I love it!
    xxxxx Isobel

  17. New favorite post/stream of photo’s! HOW CUTE. I’m like getting emotional over here hahahaha. But really, looking at these made my heart so so so happy. Nothing but pure JOY on all of you faces. One thing I love most about watching your snap chat stories is seeing you interact with your kids (especially Atticus considering he’s a little older) you’re seriously such a fun, cute. and awesome mama!! Your kids are lucky to have you. And they know they’re lucky to have you!! You can tell how much they just love and adore you. Makes me smile everytime. ALSO the low loose messy bun is so cute – I love it!

  18. This makes me so happy, it’s so beautiful and genuine 🙂 I can only hope I experience this with my own family one day!

  19. Beautiful photos of you and your kiddos. Love how you described the differences between NYC and Hawaii 🙂

  20. That’s so special you watch practically every sunset. I’m sure your kiddos enjoy them

  21. I enjoy all your posts and pics! 🙂 I was wondering since your family does quite a bit of traveling if your babies get vaccinations? Also, any tips on traveling with babies? Do you avoid traveling during flu season? Thank you 🙂

    1. Aw thanks! Yeah the kids are vaccinated! I have a post on traveling with kids if you search “50 tips for traveling with kids” on my blog it will come up! Those are from when we just had Atticus. It has changed a bit with two! We travel with disinfecting wipes and always map out where the nearest pediatrician and Urgent Care are wherever we go. As far as just getting from A to B, we try to make everything really fun for them – get them excited about helping push the suitcases, getting weighed at the check in counter (agents always let them weigh themselves), then racing to the gate, playing hide n seek at the gate, watching planes, etc etc. We also love to get them a new little toy for each hour of the flight (could be a stamp and a post it pad, a slinky, a light up marker, anything little!) xoxoxo

      1. Thanks for the tips! I’ll check out your post about traveling with babies yay ? xo!

  22. I totally get the same feeling when I’m in NYC! I can’t explain it. NYC is like it’s own bubble. It feels like anything is possible when you’re there. I don’t know what it is!! So glad to hear you are so happy in Hawaii! Island life seems like such a more simple, carefree life. I love the idea of getting up and moving to an island. Such cute pictures! xo

  23. Hawaii is such a special place. When I visited, the island life was so simple and laid back – it was all about spending time with others and enjoying the beauty of nature around you. I would love to live there!

    Carrie |

  24. This is so true! I completely relate to what you’re saying. I lived on Maui for 8mo. and I really admired the simplicity of life and how material things seemed to fade away in light of relationships. Always being outside in the sunshine does something wonderful to your soul. It comes through in your photos. You all always look happy. I love seeing all the Hawaii adventures especially though!

  25. While living in London I felt exactly like you did in New York. I would always watch people on tubes and buses and think that these people are all special to someone and all have their own stories and memories and it always put things into perspective for me too. I would be grumpy in rush hour but then would remember that everyone is going through the same thing as me, if not worse. They are someone’s brother, son, husband, sister, granddaughter, best friend, mother. It made me appreciate and realise how special life is. I miss that about city life, I now live at the seaside in England. Thank you for bringing all my city memories back to me.

  26. “I am horrible at explaining things” I have understood all you have said and I am so happy that you also be in Hawaii. I am spanish and now me I don’t if I am explaining well, But I follow you in all medias and so proud about the photos you are reaching, hope one day you come to SPAIN and can come to Zaragoza, that beautiful city and me waits to you ?

  27. Can you do an updated tanning routine, and how you maintain it while frequenting the beach?

    1. I am actually still using the same Kate Somerville tanning towelettes!!! But I have heard that there are good drugstore tanning towelettes so I did buy a couple brands and am going to try them out and see what is best! I’ll do a review on here!

  28. I totally know what you mean about the people walking around – and everyone is in their heads – ALWAYS.

    So so true lady. Need to go to hawaii ASAP – so glad to see you having so much fun!

  29. Beautiful! Would you share your secrets to getting such great photos of you guys at sunset?! If you haven’t already! Great post! I’m drawn to island life too…currently in Vegas and aching to get my family out! Haha

    1. I totally need to because while editing these photos I learned some new good tricks for editing sunset photos! In the originals we were almost all just silhouettes and it’s hard to lighten just the subject but I figured out a couple good tricks! Maybe I’ll show on Snapchat soon. But I use Lightroom and use the selective tool! Xo

      1. Oh I’ll get to practicing with the selective tool on Lightroon now! Because your photos are beautiful! Thank you lady, enjoy your family and island life!

        1. We both agreed Hawaii is our happy place. We came here multiple times together before and as I have mentioned on the blog before it was always the trip we talked about most. xo

  30. I’m so confused! I thought you were moving to Arizona! I guess I might have missed something. I would also love to know what camera and lens you used. You or David should give us some photo tips’ I also think you just have amazing pictures!

  31. If you don’t mind me asking, what camera did you use? The photos look amazing!

  32. Those sunsets look absolutely stunning! Glad to hear you guys are enjoying it. And I totally understand what you mean when you said you think about all those people walking around you in NYC who also probably have very complex lives. ? I do the same thing lol


  33. What camera and lens did you use for these pics. They are seriously perfect.

  34. You’re pictures are getting better all the time! I see a post and I think, wow their photos can’t get better than this, and then they do. Great job!!! I love getting little glimpses of your adventures and life.

  35. I love these photos! Were they all taken on the same camera? If so, which camera? <3

  36. I LOVE hearing about your Hawaiian adventures. I’m definitely more into an island lifestyle, so I am enjoying living vicariously through you and your little fam bam. It sounds like you’re having the time of your lives! Wishing you continued happiness xx

  37. Gorgeous pictures! Your family is the cutest! I definitely think that certain places can inspire and motivate you in different ways. Glad you discovered the place that makes you feel at home!

    XO, Emily
    Epicurean Emily

  38. I totally get what you mean about the people in NY! I feel the same way about being in LA. While it’s not as big as a city as New York, I still love the hustle everyone has everyday, and how artsy everyone is. <3

  39. I can totally relate to your feeling of looking at people and realizing how they all have full, complex lives that you know nothing about! This video describes it nicely (though it’s a little melancholy) : You’re not alone 🙂 P.S. I’m on Oahu as well. Hope you do a meetup soon!

    1. Wow I love that video!!! That described it perfectly and exactly what I felt all the time walking to the gym or grocery store!! I kinda loved the feeling though! Thanks for sharing that 🙂 And so fun that you are on Oahu too!!! Will definitely do a meet up soon!