I’m leaving on a jet plane…

Hi guys!!! Guess where I’m visiting today? I’ll be taking a flight and visiting New York, Venice, Paris, Monte Carlo and even Egypt!!! I can’t wait to see the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Pyramids and the Grand Canal!!! Ok, ok, so I’m not going to those actual places but I am going to see models of these wonderful places in…. Las Vegas Baby!!!

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I’m sooo excited for this short little trip that I’m about to set out on. I was a little nervous because I couldn’t find anyone to join me- but one of my best friends just moved up there this past year and she actually was able to take vacation from her job and will be with me the entire time. I’m so grateful that her husband is okay with it being that they have 5 kids. He and Kahele are in the same boat being single fathers this weekend. Lol! We haven’t really made any set plans yet, but I do know that I want to visit the Neon Museum as well as the Titanic Exhibit at Luxor. We plan to see a show (don’t know which one yet), eat at some unique restaurants and hopefully win a l̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶ lot :). I would be so appreciative if you all can give me some suggestions of some cool hidden treasures that you may have come across while there that would be worth me trying out. I have my favorites like The Sugar Factory, Serendipity and Jean-Philippe! Can you tell I have a major sweet tooth? But I really do want to try some new things.  So yes, I’m open to all suggestions!

My Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

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Hi guys! So today I thought it would be fun to share a post about my favorite drug store beauty products. I don’t get really adventurous about drugstore beauty products just because I am a huge fan of companies like Urban Decay, Makeup Forever, MAC and a couple more of the higher end products. I think a lot of it is due to the fact that places like Sephora, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and MAC focus on letting the customer really get in there and have fun trying on all their products while drug stores don’t. It’s hard to walk into a drug store and actually apply the product to see how you like it. But there are a few products that I purchase routinely from the drugstore because I do use them a lot. As you’ll see from the picture I did not include a foundation- It’s because I have never found a foundation that matches my skin tone. I did however buy two shades in Revlon Colorstay foundation that worked well, but it was just stupid for me to do that when I have my Makeup Forever foundation that I love. Some things you just have to splurge on  So without further ado….

1.  Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo “On and On Bronze” Eyeshadow $7
2.  L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Dramatic Volume Building Mascara Carbon Black $9
3.  Revlon – Ultra HD Lip Lacquer, HD “Petalite” – $8
4.  Rimmel Kate Most Lasting Finish in “08”- $16
5.  NYX felt liner $10
6.  Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush “Rose Petal”- $8
7.  Real Techniques expert face brush $9
8.  Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser $11
9.  Ecotools Kabuki Retractable Brush-$8
10.  Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads- $6
11.  L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow “Amber Rush”- $8

Airplane Comfort Essentials

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I can’t stand being on a plane in an uncomfortable seat for a long duration, so it’s so important for me to carry on some things that will make me as comfortable as possible and also help the trip go by a little quicker. These are some of the things that help me out…

1.  An Ipad!  Seriously this is the best thing ever for a plane ride.  You can upload movies, books, music and games all on this device.

2.  Earbuds.  Beats are great because when you have them in they’re great at canceling outside noises.

3.  Hydroflask.  I love the hydrofask because things stay cold or hot for hours.  You can go to Starbucks and order your favorite drink and it’ll stay hot or cold during your plane ride.

4.  Sweater and socks.  I get really cold on a plane (especially my feet) so I need a really warm sweater and some fluffy socks.

5.  Neck Pillow and Eye Mask-  I really can’t fall asleep on a plane but I take these just in case I start to doze off.  They also provide comfort on those uncomfortable chairs.

6.  Iphone Charger or Portable Battery.  I always take both because I’m constantly using my IPad during the plane ride and my phone before the plane ride.  Just to be safe I have my portable battery ready as a backup.

7.  Lip Balm-  My lips always get chapped.

8.  Gum- You never know if you’ll sit by someone who wants to hold a conversation.  You may even need to offer them one.

9.  Snacks- I love these dehydrated sliced bananas that you can get at Wholefoods or Down to Earth.  I also love these little packets of Nutella.  Chocolate covered bananas… Yummy!

It’s Monday *sad face*

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!  I know I did.  So far Monday had been so typical.  For one, I just finished a post and the dang thing got erased, so screw it I am not writing it again.  But I will share with you all yet another one of my pet peeves that I unfortunately had to experience this morning.  I absolutely hate when people are in a public bathroom and feel they are entitled to make it there home and spread all of their crap on the sink area knowing that people are going to have to use the sink after they exit the stall.  That’s what happened to me… I exit my stall and am greeted with a lady at one sink and her makeup, toothbrush and toothpaste spread out over the entire 2 sink counter area.  Instead of being considerate and moving all of her stuff when she sees me walking toward the sink, she just leaves it there.  I had to actually ask her to move her stuff and when I did she moved it without even an “excuse me” or “I’m sorry”.  I swear I just don’t get certain people sometimes.  Anyway… Thank you for reading my little vent session there… now moving on to more positive things…

Like I said, my weekend was great!  Maui did awesome at his baseball game.  He was catcher for the entire game, had a double, a triple and an RBI!  I was so proud.  Kuha’o spend the entire weekend playing with his cousins.  Me and my baby girl went and got pedis together and Kahele got to Vegg out after a long work week.  The whole fam had a great weekend! Now I’m just trying to get through today hahaa.

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I feel myself turning into a loner

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Now don’t get me wrong I love being around my friends and family and going to parties, but recently I’ve found that I really like doing things alone. I used to be the person who would never go into a restaurant and order a table for one, or even go to the mall and walk around alone for hours. But I’ve been doing these things more often and I really enjoy it. I remember seeing people in restaurants alone when I was younger and thinking “I wish they had someone to enjoy their meal with” feeling bad that they may be lonely. I know now that they were more than likely enjoying themselves.

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I’ve even gone to the movie theater by myself. It’s great! When I go with my family we end up spending around $80, for the 5 of us, on tickets and goodies from the concession. I literally spent $8 on my MATINEE ticket. I had my candy and my hydro flask in my bag. The best part about it is that I’m able to sit and enjoy the movie without answering questions, taking my daughter to the restroom, telling or running out of soda that we’re sharing and having to go and fill it up in the middle of the movie. It was a pretty fun experience.

Another exciting venture… I will be taking a trip to Vegas alone! EEEK! Well, I’ll be flying alone, which I’ve only done once but that was a 30 min plane ride to Maui. I have friends in Vegas that I’ll be hanging out with, but basically I’m going on this trip alone with no set plans. I had a free voucher that I had to use by March 1st and nobody was able to join me. After a lot of deliberation I finally decided to book the darn flight.  Cheers!!!!

My friend is blinded by….. love?

So the story goes…

One of my best friends has just gone through a bitter divorce, because her husband was seeing someone on the side and basically told her that he wanted a divorce to be with this other woman. She is a mother of beautiful twins and has been on this crazy roller coaster for over a year now. My friends and I have seen her depressed, crying, trying to be a single mother and over the past year we’ve also seen her become a stronger person because of what she’s been through. I was very proud of her for getting through it. Thing is… Karma came back and bit him in the ass because the girl left him for another guy. Well, he came running back to my friend (of course using Valentines Day to woo her) and she was so quick to accept him back.

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It’s so hard to see someone come such a long way, yet become so weak when it comes to the person that caused her so much pain. I personally don’t think she should give him the time of day, but it’s not my life and I can’t pretend to know what I would do in that situation. The hardest thing is that I have this feeling that nothing good will come out of them getting back together. In fact, I see her getting hurt all over again. What do you do as a friend then? Do you share your concerns and risk pushing her away? Or do you let her live and learn…again? And what if it does happen again- am I to be the shoulder to cry on?  I never want my friends to feel like they’ll be judged when they come to me, I’d hate for them to feel that way.  For now I’ll just keep my opinions to myself and hope for the best when it comes to her happiness… and sanity!

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Wines that I’m loving at the moment

I love wine! I’m not very educated in wine but it is my preferred alcoholic beverage- so I’ll go to the store and be a little adventurous by grabbing something I haven’t tried before. That’s what I did last weekend with these two- I don’t usually drink wine with food but I was eating pizza and I must say that this Perfectly Pink went well….perfectly with it. Then the next night I popped open the Summer Red- now this is a great one, especially because its so crisp and perfect for Hawaii’s humid weather. I think that this is going to become my new go-to wine. I’d love to hear of your favorites- I lean more towards cheaper wines, I try not to exceed $15 for a bottle. But if you really think that I’ll enjoy one a little more expensive I’ll probably give it a go.
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