Friday, February 28, 2014

Too Long

How long has it been? Too long.

Life has been a whirlwind for the past several months. I got back from vacation and our road trip to my life taking a complete 180. So many things have changed and happened since I last blogged with our Monday Mingling (so sorry Logan for my lack of attendance).

Let's see..

I still need to share my experience road tripping across the western part of the US, starting a new job, being a part of my good friend's wedding, and a ghost writer opportunity I scored. Whew! Bear in mind, my computer is still broken and am only having this window of space to blog thanks to Mike and his nice, shiny Mac.

I have folders of photos of recipes and events I need to share with everyone! I can't wait to get some time to sit down and get some things finished up. I just received my brand new Erin Condren planner for this year, so it's time to get organized.

Back in September, Mike and I flew home to Arkansas to visit friends and family. While we were on the mainland, we decided to take a road trip across the country. We started in Arkansas, went through Missouri and Kansas, all the way to see our friends in Denver. I was super excited to see the city, and the state of Colorado.

Of course, if you are following me on Instagram, you've already seen these.
At the top of a museum looking at the Rockies and the skyline of Denver.

Tasting the variety of beers at Great Divide Brewery.


Mike took this next picture. I may have a twin...

Under a bypass with several faces like this one painted. 

After spending a couple days in Denver, which I did not fall in love with, we headed through the rest of Colorado, across Utah, hit a tiny corner of Arizona, and ended up in Vegas.

 
Getting into Utah.

On the way to the Arches in Utah.


Scored a room at the Hard Rock Hotel for our one night in Vegas. I got the chance to see my oldest brother and nephew, a friend of mine from Arkansas that I have not seen in years, learned the game of Roulette, and had a blast!

Our whole vacation was a ton of fun. We went in the fall instead of summer. I had the chance to see my younger sister perform during half time at her high school football game, attend my high school pageant, Miss BHS, and see friends and family of course. 

My baby sister is all grown up!

When we got back from our vacation, I was expecting to get back to my normal routine. The bomb dropped on us at work that Cha Cha Cha was closing. It was like family at this place, I was deeply saddened about the news. Our last day open was the Saturday before Halloween, and we decided to go out with a bang, in good Mexican tradition..

Out of the 7 girls working our last night, I painted 5 faces including mine. We had so much fun! 

The only close up I managed to get of my face that night. 

April and I holding it down behind the bar.

It was such a fun last night. We had so many people come out to celebrate 18 years of business. I am still so sad to see it go, but I'm thankful for the friendships and contacts I made while working there.

Halloween was next and finally the boys and I coordinated. We were just a couple of regular high schoolers..

Look familiar?

I finally scored a job at a place called Tiki's Bar and Grill. It is in a prime location right in Waikiki. Probably one of the best spots to watch the sunset while listening to live music and sipping on a yummy Mai Tai. It took about a month and three interviews to finally land the position, but I've been there a couple months now and am back in action cash flow wise.


It is also the place we spent New Years Eve watching the fireworks and toasting to 2014 with champagne.


It was a fun Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. I got to spend them with friends and the moments were definitely ones I will always remember. At the beginning of January we finally moved into a house. I'm talking a real, with a yard, a living room, a washer and dryer, HOUSE! To say I'm stoked would be an understatement. I don't have any pictures yet because it's a fixer uper and in the middle of a makeover.

At the end of January, I had the honor of being a part of a good friend's wedding. My friend Sarah is one of the few people I have kept in contact with from high school and I was absolutely thrilled she asked me to be a part of her special day. It was the most gorgeous wedding I had ever seen and had a blast the whole weekend.

**Disclaimer: All photos were taken by Blake Studdard of Atria Creative Photography. View the entire wedding album here.**

After getting our hair and makeup done, before getting into our gowns. The beautiful bride and me. 

One of the bridesmaids, and youngest sister to the bride and me during the reception.

Bride and Groom leaving the reception through a sparkler runway. 

It was such a beautiful ceremony and I had the most fun I've had in a while. I didn't want the weekend to end! All of the girls in the wedding party were super sweet and we had such a good time.

While visiting home, I was so excited to experience my first winter in over 3 years. I loved being layered up in scarves, boots, and coats. It even snowed on Super Bowl Sunday!


I had so much fun visiting home this last month, I honestly didn't want to come back to Hawaii! I am glad to be back in my island home though and finally settling into a nice routine again.

Well, those are the events from the past several months in a nutshell. I'm so glad I finally got to share a little glimpse of them. Stay tuned however, I will be writing a couple fun posts about things happening with Tiki's.

Until next time..

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Monday, November 25, 2013

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Love Your Life

Boy, it's been a crazy past few months. It still surprises me how quickly life can change. Next week, it'll be December!

Life for me as of late has been kind of rough. I was right on point before my trip home to Arkansas and I haven't been able to bounce back. The week I got home, I received the terrible news of my restaurant/bar closing down.

What a huge reality check.. go on vacation, spend lots of money on a roadtrip and what not, come back home, BAM you won't have a job in a month.

Well my friends, I have a third interview today at an establishment where a management position was mentioned. I am constantly thinking positive thoughts about this interview, I'm going in with my whole heart full of goodness. Wish me luck!

Mike's birthday is tomorrow and we're going camping on North Shore like we do every year. He's turning the big 27! Anddddd I still have not gotten him anything :P Today will be a busy day.

I know this post is very random, just wanted to write down some things and put them out there. These past few months have been a massive downer for me, but hopefully this next week will be the turning of a new leaf. We should be getting a house, hopefully I'll have a job again, and it'll be time to get into Christmas cheer! Oh, how I love the holidays.

Speaking of the holidays, any bloggers out there with giveaways coming up? I'd love to participate in a few if I can. Please email me if you have any info on that.

Since this post was completely useless, I'll leave it with this...


How do you stay positive in hard times?

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Motivation Monday (on Tuesday)...

Yea, I'm a slacker. No, really I just don't have access to my blog like I used to. :(

So along with the blogging, I have been a huge slacker on my lifestyle as well. Then I hurt my back during a fitness class and was out of commish for a little over a week.

Ok done with the excuses.

It's Tuesday, but I'm posting a Motivation Monday. Whatevs, it's my blog and I can do what I want to right? It's still pretty early in the week for me, so it counts. I have been out of my routine for way too long and it's time to get back to it.

Yesterday I went to my first Sculpt class in almost 2 weeks. Boy am I sore, love it. I am attending a hot yoga class tonight and will be doing another sculpt class tomorrow morning. CorePower is doing this, I guess motivational, activity of 20 classes in 30 days. The deadline is December 10 and I am wayyyy behind. I'm thinking of doubling up some days, doing sculpt and then regular yoga.


I am also in the market for a new mat. Anyone have suggestions on a good brand or type?

My running game has gone down quite a bit, but I plan on getting back into this week. Hopefully tomorrow night and Thursday night (Mike's bday is Friday!) will get me feeling the love again. I'm ready.


It's getting so close to the holidays but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your lifestyle! I'm constantly looking for healthy recipes of the same yummy festive treats and meals. Subscribing to Tone It Up is an awesome way to find those kinds of recipes!


makes 6 servings


1 cup Quinoa, uncooked

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 cup organic Pumpkin Purée

1 Banana, mashed

2 Tbs of Stevia (3 packets) or 3 Tbs of coconut sugar

1/4 cup 100% pure Maple Syrup

1 Tbs of Coconut Oi

1 Tbs Cinnamon

1 tsp Pumpkin Spice

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp sea salt



Set crock pot or slow cooker on low. Mash the banana in a separate bowl and add in the coconut oil until smooth. Add all ingredients to the warm crock pot and mix together until well incorporated. Allow to cook for at least 4 hours, but can be set overnight. Serve with your choice of berries, nuts, raisins, Greek yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup. Keeps for up to 3 days in a sealed container in the fridge. Enjoy!

Of course these are Karena and Katrina's ingredients, you can use any kind of variation you'd like! Unfortunately, I do not have a slow cooker so I am unable to try out this recipe (I'm dying inside), but let me know if you try it and how it comes out!

How are you staying healthy this holiday season?

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

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Amanda  @ Rhyme and Ribbons
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Mingling

Aloha all!

How's everyone's November starting out? Boy have I had a lot going on these past few weeks. Unfortunately, my computer problem is getting the best of me, and I haven't had any access or time to get on to post anything in such a long time. Please forgive me! Sadly I won't be able to post as often as I'd like, but I will still try to maintain a few posts every week.

How was everyone's Halloween? Mine was pretty fun. The boys and I dressed up as the crew from the 90s cartoon Doug.. what do you think?

Taken from my Instagram

I have some fun recipes and more on being a Julep Maven coming your way. For those of you who were wondering, I'm still looking for a new job. Haven't really hit the pavement yet but that will be happening this week so wish me luck!

Thanks so much for sticking by me during my absence these last few months. I am contemplating whether or not to just buy a new computer and call it an early Christmas present for myself, :P we'll see. Maybe if I land a job I will.. for now.. let's get to mingling with the beautiful Logan!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

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How should One Haole Girl celebrate turning 1 this November?

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