Today is gonna be a great day… I just feel it!

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Do you ever have those days where you just wake up feeling great and knowing that the day ahead is going to be a good one? That’s the kind of day that today is. It’s not a special day where I’m looking forward to something fun that is planned, I just feel good! Every morning I wake up it is my routine to first say “Thank you God for giving me this day” then I “try” to be positive even though all I really want to do is go back to sleep. But this morning… I woke up with a happy feeling, thanked God and woke my kids up with kisses. I got their breakfast ready (without huffing and puffing), and listened to some awesome music while driving to work. The sunrise was beautiful! The icing on the cake is that I work with some pretty fun girls and we’re always laughing throughout the day. I hope you all have as wonderful of a day as my morning’s been going. Oh and…. It’s HUMP DAY!!!

BTW- this morning I discovered that when in traffic, this song right here is a great song to listen to.

“This years love” by David Gray

I made a Las Vegas Quiz!

Hi Everyone! So… I’m trying something different. I love love love to do trivia and I thought that it would be fun to create a quiz of my own. Because I love Las Vegas, what better quiz to create than one about Las Vegas Casinos. It’s fairly easy so I hope you all enjoy it. Please let me know if I should put up more quizzes in the future.

http://quizrevolution.com/QR2/go/203180

Crock Pot Laulau

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On Friday Kahele brought home a lot of Luau leaves from their lo’i, so last night we tried something for the first time… Crock Pot Laulau.  It came out great.

Here’s what you’ll need:

4 pound boneless pork butt roast (cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks)

** we also put about a pound of pork belly in there because we like the fat and also added butterfish, but these are definitely optional.
2-2 1/2 pounds fresh luau leaves cleaned, washed and stems removed*
3 tablespoons Alae Salt**
3 tablespoons shoyu
1 cup water

Instructions:

Clean your leaves.  I filled up the sink to help with the cleaning.  You’ll also want to cut the stems off.

Cut your pork into about 1 1/2 inch cubes and season with salt and shoyu.

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Layer a good amount of leaves on the bottom of pot (I used about 15 good size leaves.

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Add your meat to the pot.  And cover with as many leaves as you can (they shrink down a lot so just stuff as much as you can).  Add some water (about a cup is good) and cook on high for 8 hours.

Note:  If adding butterfish you can add this at the last hour of cooking.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAUI!

IMG_0491I am the mother of a 16 year old.  OMG!!! I had Maui when I was young and had I not been blessed with having him I don’t know where I’d be today. I always say that he was the foundation for my adult life. I never knew love until I the day that I gave birth to him. It amazes me how fast the time has gone by- it seems like just yesterday he was a little boy. I am so proud of my young man- he is an incredible athlete, he strives to do good in school and he’s that personality that just draws people to want to be around him.  He brings laughter wherever he goes and is one of the funniest people that I know. I pray that he never changes because he is perfect just the way he is. I’m so excited to see what the future holds for him- I know that he will achieve so much greatness.

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Liebster Award

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Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday, I hope you all had an enjoyable long weekend. I was so excited to open my site and see that I was nominated for The Liebster Award by the lovely Tor. Click here to visit her site! She gives great makeup tips!

There are 5 rules to the award and they are:

1. Link to the person who nominated you
2. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Notify all nominees via their social-media/blogs.

Here are Tor’s questions for me…

1. What is your biggest achievement and why? My biggest achievement is being a mom. It’s the biggest most important job that I have and I do it everyday, so yes raising my kids is definitely the biggest achievement.
2. What made you start a blog? I started my blog back in 2011. I think the main reason why I started a blog was because I love reading other blogs. It gave me a way to connect to like-minded people. I used to have blogger before moving to WordPress about a year ago.
3. If you had to eat the same meal everyday for the rest of your life, what would it be? Probably some sort of chicken salad. That way I get my veggies and meat everyday.
4. What makes you happy? MOVIE NIGHTS!!!! I love when the family is all together comfy in the living room watching a good movie.
5. What is your favourite song of all time? Satisfy My Soul by Bob Marley
6. If you had a magic lamp with a genie that could grant you any 3 wishes what would they be? (you can’t wish for more wishes! ;-) Health, Wealth and Happiness
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Owning my own home!
8. What are your 3 main goals in life at the moment? Raise my kids to be successful adults, travel to Europe & win the mega bucks in Las Vegas.
9. What annoys you the most? People who are always late!
10. Who is your role model? Probably my dad. He’s worked so hard all his life to provide for me and my sister. 
11. Do you have any pets? Yes I have a black cocker spaniel poodle mix named Raider!

I am nominating the following:

Jinny @ SocialiteBling

Bekah @ Beesstuffwhat

Lauren @ Glueittogether

VivaJapanesque

Ashley, Fernanda & Victoria @ ThePartyGirl

Bonnie In Wonderland

Francesca @ thegirlwhohadwanderlust

Kindadukish

Wait…Am I grown up yet?

Cass @ casssbeauty

Josie @ seat31D

Here are my 11 questions…

1.  What was the last song that was stuck in your head?

2.  Who are you cheering for on Super Bowl?

3. Name a guilty pleasure of yours.

4. What is your favorite movie of all time?

5.  What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?

6.  Coffee or Tea?

7.  Preferred pizza topping?

8.  Last place you vacationed?

9.  Favorite place in the world?

10.  Weirdest name you’ve ever come across?

11.  What is the one thing you look for in a blog before you follow?