• Oct 29

    Girls Gone Maui...Part 2!!!

    October 29, 2014 • 10:00 am

    Right where we left off...SO..Part 2...I mean we did do A LOT of lounging and relaxing but I have created a to do list JUST for you with the must stop's and shop's along the way!!! Enjoy....

    3. TO DO 

    ALI'I KULA LAVENDER FARM - If you love lavender as much as I do then this is a must do!!!

    LUAU - I have been to three now and I always find them SO interesting and authentic. Where else would you be able to watch something so impressive and be able to pig out on good eats!! This time I went to the Old Lahaina Luau and found it to be the best one yet!

    PAIA & MAKAWAO -  adorable little shopping town!

    KULA FARMS - who knew that Maui ALSO nails the pumpkin patch! 

    GRANDE WAILEA (Spa Grande)  - ALL of us girls have been to MANY spas in the last few years and this one takes the cake. I don’t love a super modern space when it comes to a spa so don’t expect new and modern… ut do expect old world euro, where you get scrubbed down by the most wonderful Finnish woman (who has been scrubbing boobies for 19 years now) prior to your treatment. If you want, you can come a whole hour early and enjoy these fabulous little mineral pools (that claim to kick anxiety, cellulite, exhaustion, fat, debt (kidding) pretty much anything you DON’T want) it truly is SUCH an experience. If you are as close as friends as we are…you can do a couples treatment … Karissa and I did the Coconut Bliss … just read the menu to get an idea of how that went over, lets say we were awarded the funnest ‘couple’ in a couples treatment room ever. Afterwards if you are hungry and ready to eat your arm from the big day at the spa, just walk over to their little ‘bistro’ for some fresh and tasty eats. (and not too expensive!) Check it out here!

    BIG BEACH OPTIONS -

    Kamaole I Beach

    Kamaole II

    Kamaole III 

    Kaanapali

    Big Beach 

    4. NIGHT LIFE 

    TROPICA - if you're staying at the Westin, this is a great place to relax in the evening and take in the sunset with a few cold one's in hand. And, it's right on the beach...what could be better!?

    MULLIGANS - who doesn't love a good Irish Bar with an even better Happy Hour!?

    DOG AND DUCK - this place is the friendliest Irish pub on the Island!!! And with me being the biggest fan of Irish pubs...this one is pretty up there on the list!!!

    5. SHOP 

    SHOP MAHINA- cute little boutique that offers free shipping world wide!!! I found so many cute, comfy and affordable outfits!!!

    PAIA & MAKAWAO -  adorable little shopping town!

    SWIMCOI did almost ALL of my shopping at SWIMCO in Vancouver before I left to make sure I had the cutest bikini's on the beach. I seriously fell in love with every single one and lived in them the ENTIRE trip!!! I have attached links for each suit so that YOU are able to purchase them the easiest way possible...right from here!!! And don't sweat...they are offering my readers...aka YOU free shipping anywhere in Canada until December 24th!!!!! Enter the code: JHMAUI when checking out and your buns will be covered! Here are some of my favs.....

    Black Maaji Bikini Black Polka Dot Bikini | Maaji Bustier Bikini | Seafolly Floral Bikini 

    If you love Swimco as much as I do...feel free to join in on their Social media fun and chatter on their FacebookBlogInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest and even shop directly from there!!! I promise they won't dissapoint!

    I hope you ALL enjoyed my trip as much as I did...and maybe even took some notes!! I can't wait to hear about your trips...especially your GIRLS TRIP TO MAUI!!!! We had SO much fun I could go back RIGHT NOW...I recommend it to all of you!!

     

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Oct 28

    Girls Gone Maui...Part 1!!!

    October 28, 2014 • 10:00 am

     
    Ok, SO I’ve been to Maui like…about a dozen times now. Everyone knows I love it. In fact, my family and I bought a little condo there about 3 years ago (which you can stay at too, info below) we love it so much. But…every time I’ve gone, I’ve gone with my family (which is fabulous but going to bed at 9pm ISN’T my cup of Mai Tai)…or with my babe Justin (which is a good thing, we have a blast and explore the island pretty hard)…I have NEVER gone with just my girls. Until now.  
     

    So… Maui is obviously a wonderful place for all ages and types - but, unlike the typical girls trips like Vegas or New York, its not always easy to navigate in order to have ‘non stop fun’ Maui can be slow after the sun sets, so here is my guide to a non stop fun filled week in Maui!  

    I think us girls nailed it. A mix of four girls who love to travel, explore, eat, drink, shop and of course tan … THIS is our recommendation for YOUR girls trip to Maui….

    First things first…I don’t care how many times you’ve been to Maui…download GYPSY GUIDE. I just tried it for the first time on this trip and we LOVED it!!! I’m a little dorky like that but she (a narrator) follows your road trip (even if you aren’t data roaming) and points out attractions, travel tips and Hawaiian history - I LOVED IT! Totally genius! We learned so much… even that they don’t pronounce the W in Hawaii…they pronounce it as a ‘V’ and the I is double…so when you ask me where I got my tan…Imma gonna tell you “HAVAI-EE”  so don’t laugh at me cause it’s legit. 

    OK now down to business: 

    1. STAY 

    MY CONDO - well of COUSE you can stay at my place!!! We’re buds right? :)))) Well my parents and I bought a condo a few years back and I’ve never really come out and said it, but we do rent it out.  It gets booked months, if not years in advance but its so worth it. My dad renovated it and my mom and I decorated it (of course) and it is just the cutest little slice of heaven in Maui. (Just make sure to turn the ac off during the day cause mama Harris doesn’t love the big electricity bills). Book here!!!

    FAIRMONT - my Maui ‘home away from home’  … As you all know I am obsessed with the Fairmont properties, so if you are a hotel snob but can’t afford the 10 days at the Fairmont, my suggestion is to have your cake and eat it too. I like to either start or end the trip with 2-3 days at the Fairmont for some pampering. The Cabanas at the swim up bar is a full day of Maui loving’. The Fairmont's breakfast buffet is OUT OF HAND (just pretend you are pregnant when you go to the pool after, NBD) and you can request your drink in a Pineapple at any point for no extra charge (actually at this point I never really inspected the bill but either way its totally worth it) I might want to point out at this time that the Fairmont and my condo are about 5 mins from each other and this side of the Island has THE BEST sunsets in Maui (and beaches in my opinion). Book here!!

    WESTIN KA’ANAPALI  - You might remember this hotel from when I was on the bachelorette. It’s a sweet property with amazing pools, flamingos in the lobby and the shops right next door (wahhhoooo!) I like to stay in Ka’anapali (right beside Lahaina) for at least ONE night during my stay, there is a ton to do down on the west end and the night life is pretty awesome, so stay on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday (we didn’t, we stayed on a Monday and I’m not sure I’d recommend that lol) I’d recommend you check in early, sit by the pool for a bit, get ready, go out for dinner at LONGHIS (see below) and then tear up Lahaina… go back to your room, sleep in and then sit by the ocean or pools all day until you feel better again (too many Mai Tais?). Book here!!

    2. DRIVE  

    I only rent jeeps when I go to Maui…I have recently discovered the cheapest and BEST rental agency…Discount Hawaii Car Rental. I was so late booking a car that EVERY jeep was already taken!!! I called these guys in a fury and I don't know how...but they somehow managed to scrounge the Island to get me the BEST Jeep Convertible at the BEST rate from Dollar Rent A Car!! I couldn't even believe it! They were so easy to deal with and did all the dirty work for me...I will be going back to them FOR SURE and you should too…trust me!!! Book here!!!

    3. EATS 

    MAUI TACOS - This is your “I’m fu&*ing hungry and don’t want to waste time or money” meal…we know what this is like when you are with a group of girls and that ‘one girl’ REALLY needs to be fed (HANGRY)… MAUI tacos (we get the Baja taco with a side of guac and a side of sour cream with the Pineapple salsa) the best thing about this…you get it to go, it takes 5 minutes, costs 5 dollars, you can eat it on the beach and it TRULY is the BEST fish taco’s in MAUI…. I actually wouldn’t recommend you eat ANY other FISH taco…umm except for LILANIS on the beach…

    5 PALMS for BREAKFAST - If you are in Kihe I think 5 palms has THE best breakfast in town. It’s a small menu, but affordable, it is RIGHT on the beach (I refuse to eat indoors when I am in Maui) and I think their Maui Style Omelet is the best omelet on earth.

    LEILANIS on the BEACH - We will get to this part because one night we stayed in Lahaina, which I recommend if you are staying in Kihei…Kihei can be a little sleepy at times so staying in Lahaina one night is recommended. Anyway, Lilianis on the beach the ‘day after’ your big night out is FAB, close walk from the Westin, 2nd best Fish Tacos on the island and THE BEST coconut shrimp ever! …oh yes, and it is of course on the beach!!

    Longhis - BEST Italian & local seafood!  great ambiance 

    Mamas Fish house  - Mamas Fish House, some say is a bit pricey but when you fly your vanilla in from Tahiti once a week and get your fish from your local fisherman DAILY…well, let’s just say that’s not a budget operation. Mamas fish house is the BEST vibe, best food and most incredible drinks on the Island. In my opinion. Go right before sunset for a few photo ops and ask for TIM as your server…he will make your heart so happy!!!!

    Old Lahaina Luau  - My third Luau and I would say this is the most authentic and impressive! Book it in advance here

    Freds - great for a quick inexpensive lunch or dinner, GREAT fish tacos!

    Make sure to check back tomorrow for more FUN Maui tips, to do's, outfits, etc. You won't wanna miss a second of it...I PROMISE!!! 

    See you ALL tomorrow!!

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Oct 24

    Freaky Food Friday: Spooky Halloween Recipes

    October 24, 2014 • 10:00 am

     
    Happy FREAKY FOOD FRIDAY everyone!!! I can't believe it's already the WEEK before Halloween!!!! How exciting...one of my favorite times of year!!! HUGE thanks to my always so inspirational bella Tori for mastering the Halloween menu this year...JUST for you!! She has created the SPOOKIEST and YUMMIEST treats for you to share... just in time for Halloween!!! You can thank her later...;)
     
     
     
    Parmesan Snake Breadsticks
     
    Ingredients:
    1/2 recipe of Granny's Buns (on blog) OR 1 package store-bought bread dough
    10 wooden chopsticks
    3/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
    20 whole black peppercorns
     
    Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Divide the bread dough into 1/4 cup portions (doesn't have to be precise).  
    3. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a long round snake-like shape using your fingers on the surface. Keep one end slightly larger, and taper the other end to a thinner point (the large end will be the head, the tapered end will be the tail).
    4. Wind each 'snake' around an individual chopstick and place on the baking sheet so that the head is on the topside of the stick when placed on the sheet. Repeat with all snakes.
    5. Place 2 peppercorns on the head of each snake to make the eyes, and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on the snakes evenly (and generously).
    6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Swampy Bones
     
    Ingredients:
    1/2 recipe Granny's Buns or 1 package store-bought bread dough
    2 tsp. olive oil
    1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 block light or regular cream cheese
    1/2 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
    1/4 cup light or regular mayonnaise 
    juice of 1/2 lemon
    1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
    1 can of artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
    1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
    salt and pepper to taste
     
    Swamp Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350F
    2. In a small saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat: add onion and garlic and cook just until transparent, about 3 minutes (do not brown the garlic). Remove from heat and cool slightly.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine the onion/garlic mixture, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Using an electric mixer, blend until smooth. Stir in the spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese and salt and pepper until combined.
    4. Place the mixture in an oven-proof casserole dish and bake, uncovered, until it is hot and bubbles around the sides, about 20-30 minutes. Serve warm as a dip with the bones (can also serve with tortilla chips).
     
    Bones Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Divide the dough into small 2" balls (approximately a golf ball size).  
    3. Using your hands on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a log approximately the thickness of a finger and about 4" long.  
    4. Tie a knot around each end of the dough to form the end of the bone.  Use your index finger as a 'post' to wrap the dough around, then tuck the end of the dough through the hole created when you pull your finger out.   
    5. Place on baking sheet and let the 'bones'  sit to proof (slightly rise) for 15 minutes.
    Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Mini Mummy Apple Pies
     
    Ingredients:
    Pie Crust 2 large pies (You can use store bought, or if you are feeling ambitious I swear by the Joy of Cooking Pie Crust) 
    5-6 apples, cored, peeled and cut into small pieces (approximately 1/4" x 1")
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
    pinch of salt
    2 Tbsp. flour
    1/4 cup. diced chilled butter
    Plastic or candy eyes
     
    Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350F
    2. Combine the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt and flour in a medium bowl: stir until the apples are coated.  Let sit for 15 minutes to allow the apples to soften.
    3. Divide the apple mixture evenly among miniature pie dishes of your choice.  The number of dishes will depend on their size, but you should get around 6-8 small pies out of the recipe depending on your dish size.  
    4. Distribute the diced butter evenly among the pies.
    5. Roll out the pie crust on a floured surface to 1/4" thickness. Using a sharp knife, cut the crust into strips (you may cut some of them in half as well depending on the size). In a random pattern, lay the strips of dough across each other to form a 'mummy pattern' over the apples, leaving room for the eyes. If you are using candy eyes, you can place the eyes on at this point and overlap the dough so it appears that the eyes are partially covered.  
    6. Trim the crust that is hanging over the edges, place on a cookie sheet, and bake the pies until the inside is bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Once cooled, if you are using the plastic eyes, place where you would like to see the eyes, inserting slightly in or under the crust to give the impression that they are partially covered.
     
     
     
     
    WHAT DO YOU THINK??? Are you as obsessed with Tori as I am?!? Make sure to check out her blog Fraiche Nutrition for more healthy recipe ideas...trust me...you won't be dissapointed!!!!! 
     
     
    xo
    Jilly

     

     

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  • Oct 23

    JH For Priv Rhonda Hat Giveaway!!!

    October 23, 2014 • 9:00 am

    I love this hat SO much and I REALLY don't want anyone to miss it...SO I've decided to give it to one of YOU to see for yourselves how AMAZING it truly is!!! It can fit anyones head....it's ADJUSTABLE!!!!! And it can spice up any outfit or hide ANY bad hair day...sounds pretty good to me!!! This hat is seriously going to be my ULTIMATE fall accessory this year...oh wait..it already is!!!! 

    Trust me...you'll want to get your paws on one of these before they're gone!!!!!! It's the perfect accessory for ANYONE'S wardrobe!

     

     
     

    ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

     

     

    xo

    Jilly

     

     

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  • Oct 22

    Rowena's Inn on the River getaway!!!

    October 22, 2014 • 10:00 am

    ahhhhhh...There's something about close to home vacations that always seems to amaze me. I don't know if it's the short travel time, the stress free life style, or the relaxing feeling you get almost anywhere in BC. Rowena's Inn on the River is DEFINITELY at the top of my list for quick and easy getaway's. No matter what the case...I always leave feeling relaxed and rejuvinated...exactly what the doctor ALWAYS orders!!!! As most of you may know Justin and I spent our 2 year anniversary here and we loved it so much..we had to come back...AND I can't wait to go back again!!! If you've never been you MUST add it to the bucket list!!!

    I love it here SOOOO much that I want one of my lovely followers to have the same experience.....SOOOO I am giving away...TWO nights in a historical room or luxury cottage at Rowena's Inn on the River!!!! They are always SO accomodating and include a welcoming plate upon arrival, country breakfast for two each morning, and dinner for two at River's Edge...AMAZING right!?!?

    BONUS.. if you visit in November there is an Eagle Festival with bald eagle viewings right at Rowena's private gazebo....COOL!!!! AND if you visit in December you can watch the eagles along the banks of the River while dining in their NEW candelight fireside experience!!!! Whoever the lucky winner is will have a tough time deciding when to go...or maybe even choose both!!!! Trust me...this place is worth checking out with or without winning the getaway!

    While you're in the area you might as well check out the Harrison Hot Springs...my massage was unforgettable and I DEFINITELY recommend it as the cherry on top of a perfect getaway!!!

     

    ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

     

    Getaway expires once the Eagle's leave...December 30th, 2014!!!

    GOOD LUCK everyone and ENJOY!!!

     

    xo

    Jilly

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  • Oct 21

    JH for PRIV Shay Sweater Giveaway!!!

    October 21, 2014 • 9:00 am

    SOOOOO….as most of you know, my Jillian Harris for Privilege clothing line launched YESTERDAY...if you haven't already, it's definitely worth checking out!!! I am sooooo excited for all of the pieces to trickle into your closets that I wanted to GIVE one of you one of my FAVORITE pieces from the collection...THE SHAY SWEATER!!! Isn't it cute!?!?

     

     

    To WIN...simply complete the steps below!! The more steps you complete...the more entries you receive!!! EASY PEASY...right!? Contest closes Friday, October 24th at 5PM PST! GOOD LUCK MY LOVES!!!

     

    ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

     

    Join in on the buzz and excitement on Instagram and Twitter with #JHforPriv

    xo

    Jilly

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