My kids are at Disneyland without me :(

My sister took my kids to California! Maui, Kuha’o and Tea are all at Disneyland as I write this post. They are sending me pictures and I’m getting so jealous of how much fun they’re having without me:( Before my brother-in-law passed he told my sister that when he goes he wants her to take his daughters along with all his nieces and nephews to Disneyland and have fun. For over two years their family struggled while dealing with his cancer and his wish was for my sister and his daughters to get off the island and have a fun trip to their favorite family destination.

I debated on whether it would be worth it to go, but after juggling with the thought I realized that traveling with a 3 month old just wouldn’t be fun for anyone. I wouldn’t be able to ride any rides and I’d just be holding everyone up with all the baggage that would have to be lugged around (stroller, car seat, etc.). In the end I decided not to go. It was so weird to not have to get breakfast ready for the kids and to actually sleep in for an extra half hour. As much as I want Monday to come around (that’s when they come back) I want them to have the time of their lives.
Here are some pictures that they sent to me

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On the hunt for a new body wash

Since Sephora no longer carries my Soap & Glory body wash, I’ve been on a hunt for a new one.  In the last month I’ve purchase the following four…

Philosophy Fresh Cream Review

Philosophy Fresh Cream

This was too sweet smelling for me. I was showering and actually getting a headache.  I gave it to my daughter and she loves it.

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri

I really love this body wash.  I love the was it suds up nicely and has a really yummy scent.  But the scent doesn’t last, so as much as I love it I wouldn’t purchase it again because I like the scent to linger a little longer.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Wash

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Wash

Another one that I like in terms of foaming up real nice.  But this is another one that is a little too sweet smelling for me.  My kids say it smells like bubble gum and they really like it so… I gave this one to them too :)

Victoria's Secret Acai Scrub

VS Acai Smoothing Scrub Wash

I just bought this yesterday and used it for the first time last night.  I like the foaming action as well as the scent.  I have to say that I like this one the best of all the others.  The thing I like best about this product is that it left my skin feeling so soft and smooth.

Happy Birthday Tea

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My daughter turned 8 yesterday!  She literally is the best daughter!  She has always been the most sweetest, caring, loving little girl.  She doesn’t have a mean bone in her.  I can’t believe how fast time flies.  I remember the day she was born.  We were on a trip to Disneyland and I woke up in the hotel room (on the day we were supposed to get on the plane to come back home) and discovered my water bag broke.  My family ended up taking Kuha’o and Maui home while Kahele and I had to stay back.  I ended up giving birth in California.  Boy it was such an adventure, for sure a great story for her.

She has turned into such a beautiful young lady.  Such an old soul.  She has been my biggest help with our new baby.  Every morning she wakes up, hurries to get ready so that she can take care of her little sister.  There are no words to express how special and loved this beautiful princess is.

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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!