A Month of Gratitude: Unexpected Moments of Gratitutde

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”  — A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh

Around this time of year, we realize we should be extra grateful or extra thankful.  We know that Thanksgiving is just one day, but we should should gratitude 365 days of the year.  We also tend to list what we are thankful for, sometimes without really thinking it through. I am guilty of this and throughout the day I have my mantras that I say to myself to keep my in the right frame of mind: “I am thankful for my health, I am thankful for my family, I am thankful to be a mother, I am thankful for my husband, I am thankful for my job. Be nice, be courageous, be kind.” However, throughout the day I am also presented with unexpected moments of gratitude. Moments where I think “Wow, I need be thankful.” Continue reading

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Picking Pumpkins — Waimanalo Pumpkin Patch

It’s not fall until you’ve picked a pumpkin for Halloween. Am I right? It’s pretty new thing here in Hawaii. There aren’t very many self pick farms here in Hawaii, unlike our mainland counterparts, pumpkin patches have only been around for maaayybeee the last 10 or so years? I could totally be wrong, but I know that I surely didn’t go pumpkin picking when I was little. The closest I got to carving a pumpkin, was getting those really, REALLY, tiny pumpkins from the market, and drawing a face on them with a sharpie.

Pumpkin Picking -- Waimanalo Farms Pumpkin Patch --Inspirealoha.net

Since the advent of Pinterest, pumpkin patches have been on my mind. When my son was born, I obsessed…I mean, I carefully calculated the opportunity to take one of those super cute pumpkin patch pictures that are splattered ALL OVER Pinterest. Wait, what I mean to say is that I really wanted to have a great time picking a pumpkin from a farm, instead of Sams Club. Who am I kidding, I just wanted a good picture. We took my son when he was about to turn 1, it was a horrible experience. The farm was dusty, little man was fussy, it was hot and humid, crowded, it was just not an enjoyable experience. So, last year we skipped it and went to Disneyland instead. #happymom Continue reading

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux

The Beaten Path: New York City Part Deux -- A first time experience in New York City

I can’t say it enough, New York City is amazing.  Last week I had the opportunity to visit the city for the second time ever, and guess what?  I got to go back for a THIRD time!  The first time I went there I didn’t get to see or do much because I was so overwhelmed and didn’t know what to do.  The second time I had a little time to do some research and planning and by this last time I pretty much had a set idea of what I was going to do and how I was going to accomplish it.  Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) there was still tons of stuff to do.  This time around I explored the city solo. Continue reading

Island Eats: Via Gelato

Ice cream is probably my dessert weakness. I’ve never really cared for pies, cakes, cookies, or cupcakes, but ice cream…I can never turn it down!  When I was pregnant, I swear I used it as an excuse to eat a bowl every night after dinner, for that I paid two fold.  I got gestational diabetes, and my son is addicted too! (well, sugar in general).  I promise, I was a good mom and I tried to keep anything sweet out of those tiny little hands and mouth, but the sweet tooth is strong in my family.  My mom, aunty, and sister are ALWAYS eating something that can and will rot your teeth, it was no wonder that one of his first experiences with cake was with my crazy family!

Island Life: Via Gelato, Kaimuki, Hawaii Continue reading

World Smile Day

Aloha Friday: World Smile Day

Today is World Smile Day friends! Let me preface this by saying that it’s kind of ironic that I am writing about this because I’ve had people tell me I need to smile more, on more than one occasion.  I will also say that it is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves when people tell me I need to smile!!! I smile ALL THE TIME, just because I happen to have BRF (B*&%$ resting face) does not mean that I am not happy. Moving on.

With that let me welcome you to Aloha Friday! Every friday I will post something inspirational, or service/volunteer oriented in the hopes that you will lead a life of love and compassion for yourself and those around you. Continue reading

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries with Fry Sauce

Fries are my best friend. Shoestring, crinkle, tater tots, fat, skinny, fresh or frozen, homemade or fast food, crispy, soggy, baked or deep fried. I love ALL KINDS OF FRIES. I have my favorites of course but, generally speaking I’m not fry racist. Unless they are old, old and cold fries are never good. While training for Miss Hawaii, I CRAVED french fries and pizza. Side note: training for a pageant is no joke, it’s hard work, I don’t intend to do it ever again, mostly because I love eating way, too, much.

So what better recipe to start with than my all time favorite food! FRIES! Continue reading

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Fall Overload

It’s officially fall friends and that means a few things. The holiday’s are around the corner, pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks (along with an awesomely tasting cousin called the Toasted Graham Latte, yum!), and it’s time to break out those cute fall ensembles that have been staring at you from your closet all summer. Continue reading