A Morning At Ka’a’awa Beach

BeFunky_IMG_1537.jpgLast week my oldest son and my daughter were on Spring Break, and this week I have my younger son on break along with a couple of his cousins. So, we the parents, decided to get together and meet at our childhood beach spot this morning.  Since I had to come into work at 1pm and the boys had baseball practice later on, we figured that it was best to go early this morning.

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It was so nice to go back to this spot- my mom and dad along with all of my aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents would spent at least twice a month at this location.  I remember getting there before sunrise and playing in the water, BBQ-ing, taking naps and running around with all of my cousins until way after the sunset. My cousins and I have so many great memories at this location.  I love that we are so close and that we all want our own kids to be just as close to their cousins as well.

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The morning was beautiful.  There was a little drizzle, but when you’re with the people you love, laughing and seeing your kids with smiles on their faces, there is very little that can ruin the moment.  It was just too bad that Maui and Tea are back at school this week, it would’ve been nice to have all the kids there. Well I guess it just means that we’ll just have to get together again really soon. Maybe even set up a hibachi *wink wink*

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Viniq- The Jewel Cocktail

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Such a pretty drink!  I saw it while browsing wines and couldn’t get over how gorgeous it was and had to buy it.  While searching for some good recipes I came across The Jewel on their website.

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Now I don’t know if in my head I was imagining all this shimmer entering my body and feeling like it wasn’t healthy for me, but after a few sips it made me start to feel a little sick.  The first couple of sips were good but then it just started getting too sweet for my liking.  I still have about half a bottle left so I think I’ll try another recipe.  This for me would not be a cocktail that I would order for the taste, but definitely a great one for a party as its signature drink (especially a bachelorette party).

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The Weekend Can’t Come Fast Enough!!!

It’s finally Friday. This week dragged by way too slow. My kids and Kahele were all on spring break and I had to work, basically every day this week started off with me waking up and getting ready for work while the kids were still in bed. I went from grump mode in the morning, to bitchy mode right before leaving to work to full on Beast Mode driving to work. It’s been a loooong week for me. And remember a couple of posts back where I mentioned that my “boss” pretty much drives me to the point of insanity? Yeah well he totally jacked up my schedule next week leaving us (Kahele and I) to rely on grandparents to act as chauffeurs for our kids to and from school and baseball practices (which just kills me because it really is our responsibility). I just don’t know how people without family to call on do it! We are truly blessed. On a positive note… I’m considering actually taking the leap and leaving my job to pursue bigger things. It’s something that I’m struggling with because I do love my job and my co-workers, which is the main reason I stay, but the work environment has become tainted with negativity and it’s just not healthy anymore.

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Some plans for the weekend…

This morning I started off my day with a yummy smoothie from Lanikai Juice. I got the Coco Champ. So yummy! Then my beautiful co-worker brought me breakfast from Mitsu-Ken (after trying to be healthy lol, but I’m not complaining). So far my morning has been great, so maybe today’s work day won’t be as bad as I anticipated.

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Tomorrow, Maui has a baseball game at the exact same time that Kuha’o has baseball practice and Kahele’s track meet. My family is pretty much split up all over the island. Tomorrow’s gonna be a little hectic. The good thing is that by 6pm we’ll all be home. Maybe we’ll have a movie night with a bunch of goodies to snack on.

Sunday we have absolutely no plans. Yippee!!! I love lazy Sundays. I’ll probably do a Walmart trip or maybe get a pedicure with Téa? Both sound great. And for sure we’ll have our Sunday BBQ with the fam bam!

Fun Times With The Family

I love getting together with family and just going out to lunch or even shopping.  A few of us got together and had lunch at Brick Oven.  Life can get so busy that making time just to hang out with family can be a little tough, so when I finally get the opportunity I make sure that I take it all in and laugh, smile and enjoy every moment.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day- Scooby Snack Cocktail

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!!!! Here’s a little fun fact… I’m Irish!!! My mother’s a 1/4 Irish making me 1/8. Pretty cool since I don’t look it at all. I was recently introduced to this yummy cocktail by my friend Sarah. It’s called a Scooby Snack. It’s super easy to make and it tastes die-licious! What a better day to drink this Green drink-  cheers!

Ingredients & Directions:

Mix together
1 part Malibu coconut rum
1 part Midori liqueur
Splash of Pineapple juice
Splash of Half and Half
&
Top with whipped cream

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My 10 favorite blogs to follow

I love reading my blog feed!  I follow some really fun and amazing blogs.  I’ve only switched over to WordPress in the last year and already have a few favorites here as well.  Life.Love.Lindsey,  Confetti & Curves, The Girl in Glasses, & Hafeleswife, have become some of my recent faves!  Here are 10 blogs that I follow religiously.  Everyday they have something new and creative to share, they open up their lives with their families and travels and it’s just pure entertainment to me.  Thank you so much to these beautiful bloggers for providing me with inspiration and a few moments of great reading everyday…

donedeardrea  Oh Dear Drea –  I love Drea and her beautiful daughter.  She has a unique style about her that makes you want to read and read on…

 

donelovetaza  Love Taza- Taza shares bits and pieces of her life in New York with her husband and 3 beautiful little ones.

donetwothirdsTwo Thirds Hazel- Erin is hilarious!  She is so witty that I just know that we’d be friends if we ever met in real life.

donetotheseaTo The Sea-  Erica just reminds me of a local girl from Hawaii.  She shares about her life as a Nomad along with her husband, daughter Evita and little baby Damian.  I love reading about her travels.

donepatbPatricia Baret in France-  This American beauty shares about her life in France.  I’m super excited for her because she is about to give birth to a little girl after struggling with the loss of past pregnancies.

donenorthernNorthern Belle Diaries-  Lisette has one of the most beautiful blogs out there.  She and her husband just bought a new home and I’m so excited to see how she puts her signature on it.

donemycakiesMy Cakies-  Rubyellen is a stay at home mom who home-schools her 4 cute daughters.  There names are True, Brave, Soul and Glow… with names like those you know that this blog is anything but boring.

donelondonerThe Londoner-  Rosie’s blog is full of fun, great food and travel.  I swear if I didn’t have children I would love to live the life she does.  So much adventure.

donewelltraveledThe Well-Traveled Wife.  Emi and her husband are adventurous travelers.  She takes some amazing photos.  Oh, and they moved to San Fransisco where they both work at Google!  Everyone will get something out of reading her blog… it’s that much fun!

donebeautifulmessA Beautiful Mess-  Sisters Elsie and Emma have taken their crafting skills to a whole other level.  I’ve been following them for years now and have seen their blog evolve into an amazing site.  I love their style, their tattoos and their staff!  By far my favorite blog!!!!

I love finding new and fun blogs to follow, so please feel free to recommend some to me.