Easy Peasy Coconut Hand Treatment

 

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This is a simple hand treatment that will leave your hands feeling so soft.  I also like to use this on my legs before I shave.

All you need is some coconut oil, some hand soap ( I love coconut lime from bath and body works, plus it goes nice with the coconut theme) & some coconut palm sugar.

When doing this I basically just apply an amount that feels good.  I start off with the coconut oil (about a teaspoon is good).  I just rub it all over my hands, massaging it in between my fingers and around my cuticles.  Then I add about a teaspoon of sugar and a couple of pumps of soap and exfoliate for maybe a minute or so.  Last you just rinse with warm water and dry.  You’ll love this!

I Love Novelty Shops

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Novelty shops are my favorite. I love browsing around and discovering unique items to buy- especially as gifts. Windward Mall has a semi-new novelty shop. Over the weekend I took my daughter and niece to the mall and of course they were so excited to go into World of Aaahs because of their super long wall of various taffy flavors. Let me just have my photos do the explaining of just how cool this shop is.

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Here’s a panoramic of the taffy wall.  I mean there are sooo many flavors.  They have regular flavors like cotton candy & strawberry but they also have some unique flavors like chili & chicken~n~waffles.

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These candy canes and lollipops take me back to my childhood.

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They have hundreds of different flavored drinks.  Some are too weird but tempting.

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I also love these tin signs.  Retro!

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They have some funky flavored toothpastes.

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I found myself cracking up with so many things in there.

Aria is 3 months old

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My little Aria is 3 months old today. I can’t believe how fast the time flies, it feel like it was just yesterday I was wondering what she was going to look like when I finally gave birth. I’ve been back to work for a couple of weeks now and I miss her so so so much all day. It was so nice to spend the holiday’s home with her. She was with me 24/7 for 9 weeks and I’ve been suffering from separation anxiety being back at work and so far away from her. It’s getting better though; knowing she’s in good hands makes it a lot easier.

She’s finally smiling when we talk to her and even gives us a little giggle here and there, which is too precious. She’s also been enjoying lying on the bed with her sister propped up watching cartoons. I’m really trying to just enjoy every moment with her because I’m pretty sure she’s going to be my last. I soak up everything because when they get older I always tell myself ‘I wish I could go back to when they were younger and have the experience again’. She really has me and her siblings wrapped around her little finger. They fight over who gets to hold her next or feed her. She is soooo loved.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

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Synopsis:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

My Thoughts:

WhooooWeeee, this book was intense.  I found myself literally holding my breath at times.  People have been comparing it to Gone Girl, which is the reason I actually wanted to read it.  I have to say I understand where people are coming from, it had the same psychological thriller feel as Gone Girl, but I liked this book so much more.  I love books that keep you guessing from beginning to end and this book did that for me.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers- I think you’ll be satisfied.  There’s also a movie being made starring Emily Blunt and  Justin Theroux.  I cannot wait to see it!

Simple & Gorgeous DIY Photo Lantern Centerpieces

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I took on the task of making the centerpieces for my brother-in-laws “life” party over the weekend.  I really wanted to do something simple that incorporated the beach. I also wanted to keep it cheap.  I think I did a pretty good job.

Step 1

Take Vellum paper and print whatever picture you’re going to use.  Make sure to measure the container that you’re using.  I printed my pictures a 4″x 4″ size.  I was able to print 4 pictures on one paper @ $1 a paper.

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Step 2

Decorate the rim of the cylinder.  This is optional but makes a big difference.  I used ti leaf to go with the theme of the party.

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Step 3

Put the picture in the container.  I do this before filling the container.  I printed my picture in black and white, but I think color would be beautiful too.

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Step 4

Fill your container and add a tea light.  I filled mine with sand, but if it were for a girl I think some plastic beads would be pretty.

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Aloha Marcus

If you follow my blog, you may remember a few posts about my brother-in-law and his fight with cancer.  Sadly we lost Marcus just 2 days before Christmas.  I’m getting so choked up just writing this.  We all prayed that he’d be cancer free one day and live a long life with his 2 daughters, but now my nieces will have an angel by their side guiding them.

Over the weekend we had a “life” party for Marcus.  We celebrated in “Marcus” style by spreading his ashes at the beach and then having a luau afterwards.  The day was beautiful.  People were enjoying themselves and everywhere I walked I’d hear people sharing their stories and best memories about Marcus.

He was someone who lived with a smile ALWAYS on his face even through his pain.  He treated everyone with respect and wanted to help those in need even when he was too sick to even walk.  The nicest person that I’ve been blessed to have in my life.

Thank you Marc!

(below the pictures there’s a little slideshow)

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Happy Birthday Maui-Boy

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I am a mother of a 17 year old! That is so crazy to say. Seventeen years ago today I gave birth to my oldest, Maui. There is just something special about your first experience giving birth. I had no idea what to expect, I was young and scared. But as soon as he came out I had an overwhelming sense of love that I’d never felt before. This life that I had been carrying was finally in my arms.

Maui has no idea what a blessing he is. My life could have been way different (not for the better) if I didn’t have him. Having him forced me to make some really good decisions about the direction I wanted my life to go. I literally started to live my life for him. He is the first grandson as well as the first great-grandson on both sides of my family, so he was and still is very doted upon by everyone in the family.

It’s been amazing to see all of his accomplishments throughout the years. He is so dedicated when it comes to his sports and I just know deep down that he will go far. I pray that he continues to be the respectful, caring and driven young man that he is today.