Happy New Year!

Me and my ‘Ohana

Hi all! Hope you’re all having a great start to 2021. I think that most of us are using January as a clean slate, even if things look like they’re not going to change any time soon. Here in Hawaii, the COVID cases have remained in the hundreds, even getting up to 200 one day in the last couple of weeks. Everyone’s pretty iffy about weather or not to get the vaccine when it becomes available to the public. I have a couple of family members that had to get it in order to work, and so far they say that they haven’t experienced any side effects or any changes.

Have you made any resolutions for this year? My resolution is just to try and make the best out of any situation and keep calm. So many times this year I’ve gotten so frustrated over little things. Being home with Kahele and the kids for those months during the lockdown was something that we weren’t prepared for and there definitely were the highs and lows about that whole situation. When I had the opportunity to go back to work, I could not wait to get out of the house. I was beginning to get snappy about little things, and the feeling of being confined and unsure about our finances definitely didn’t help. But I got through it and realize that it’s not worth getting worked up over things that you have no control over.

I’ve been making a huge effort to recognize when I need a mental break and instead of pushing through to get everything done (cleaning, work, cooking, etc.) Ill lock my bedroom door and take a 15 minute power nap or jump in the shower to rejuvenate before taking on the task. This has helped tremendously with my anxiety. I would hear people say how important it is to take care of yourself and love yourself before you are fully able to love and take care of another, and I’d think to myself “I have no time for myself” and overexert myself to the point of absolute exhaustion. Since taking the “me time” I need, I’ve felt a huge difference in my attitude towards things and people. Fifteen minutes is all it takes, and if I find that I don’t have 15 minutes, I’ll listen to some good music or a podcast while cooking or cleaning. Anything that feels like a treat to myself helps.

Here’s a video I took with my IPhone on New Years Eve. This is overlooking Pearl Harbor. Our island went crazy with the fireworks this year!

Speaking of treats…. I bought myself a new laptop for Christmas. I made sure that it was small enough to take to work with me, so I’ll be able to blog a lot more. So, until next post, please take care of yourselves! Happy New Year!!!

My top 5 favorite entertainment of 2020/Covid

Let’s just admit that when we think about the past year, quarantine is a lot of what we remember. Most of our year has been spent with restrictions on socializing and many of us remember our last gathering being Christmas, New Years Eve and Super Bowl. After that, there were very few if any family parties for almost an entire year!

During our quarantine we relied on our devices to keep us sane and not completely cut off from the outside world. Most of my day was spent on my phone or in front of my TV while still in my pajamas. I have to admit that it was nice for a little bit… but then I was over it pretty quick. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things that I watched or read while stuck inside.

There are so many songs, movies, books and shows that will now, and probably forever, remind me of Quarantine. These are my top 5 favorites…

I’m looking forward to 2021… I don’t know what the next year has in store, but I pray for health and happiness for all of us!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s been a while guys. You would think with so many restrictions on going out, I’d have more time to actually blog. Not the case. I’m back to work full time so I’m as busy as ever. My kids, on the other hand, are distance learning, and have made it a routine to wake up 5 minutes before school begins because they stay up late the night before.

My daughter Tea’s school is only 3 hours a day, which pisses me off because I’m still paying a full tuition! And the cherry on top?…. she is on winter break which started on Wednesday and lasts for 6 WEEKS!!! Can you believe that? What the heck am I paying for?

My son, who’s a junior, has been absent 6 times! How are you absent when all you need to do is log in? You can literally still be in bed and log on. By the way, I wake him up before I leave to work and then his dad wakes him up before he leaves. I don’t get it!

My youngest daughter Aria is preschool distance learning for 20 minutes a day. Her teachers are great! I mean what can you really do with a preschooler when distance learning? They sings songs, talk to friends and have virtual homework where they upload videos and photos. It’s great for the situation being but, again I’m being charged full tuition!

Honestly, it’s been hard for me to get into the holiday spirit. With my oldest son living in Vegas with his little family, we won’t be able to travel to see each other for the holidays. It breaks by heart that I won’t spent Christmas with my grandkids. In Hawaii they’re still banning large group gatherings, and with the existing medical conditions of some of my family members, we probably won’t have our traditional Christmas Eve party. Such a sad thing for all the kids. Thanksgiving felt like just any ordinary day. We went to my in-laws and had dinner there. I didn’t see my side of the family and it just didn’t feel like Thanksgiving because it that.

My oldest son Maui and my grandkids

Another thing that was missing from Thanksgiving is the tradition of me and my mom leaving the house at around 6pm and hitting all the Black Friday sales. We stay out all night and into the morning just finding the best deals. This year, everything was closed on Thursday. But you better believe that at 5am yesterday morning we were out the door and at the mall. I found some great deals. The mall near my home was pretty empty, which was really nice for social distancing. I was able to get into the stores without waiting in a line. Later on we went to a bigger mall and saw the huge crowd and had to leave. There was no social distancing going on and all I thought was ‘if there’s gonna be a huge Covid spread it’s gonna be in that crowd’. I’ve been finding so many great gifts on Amazon though, so maybe online shopping is the way to go!

I hope you all are doing good. Truly from the bottom of my heart I pray everyone find happiness and peace this holiday. There are some who have been hit financially this year and for some, have developed things like anxiety and depression. So many are dealing with changes that they weren’t prepared for and it’s so sad.

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN MOVIES

October is my favorite month out of the year! Not only is my birthday on the 15th, it also is when the wet cozy weather starts to take effect with the temperature drop, it’s begins to feel like the holidays, and of course…HALLOWEEN!

This is the month when my mood shifts to a happier me and I just feel lighter. I’m interested to see how the holidays turn out this year. Here in Hawaii, we still cannot gather in groups of 5 or more and it’s hard to plan parties and events. So we’ll have to see what the rules for Halloween will be. Either way I will try and make it a fun one, especially for my 4 year old.

To me, the best part of the holidays are the cozy movie nights. Every October I make it a point to watch my favorite Halloween movies. I thought it would be fun to create a post of my top 31 Halloween movies for every day of the month. These are movies from when I was a child to some very recent additions. If I had to narrow it down to only 5 I feel like it I would choose…

Hocus Pocus, The Worst Witch, Clue, Monster House and……. The Adams Family. But I still couldn’t get through the month without watching the others above, I love them all!

I hope that you all are doing and good as possible, especially in these though times. I’m sending you all a virtual hug! I hope that you enjoy this post and even more importantly, your October cozy movie nights. Xoxo

My summer fragrance…

Hi guys! Hope everyone is doing well. Here in Hawaii, we’ve had a huge spike in COVID cases and honestly it’s become quite scary. I’ve been back at work for a couple of months and it’s really weird how different things are now. Face masks and social distancing is something very hard to get used to, especially growing up on an island where a kiss and a hug is a normal way of how we greet everyone. I hate what’s become of the world today and it’s sad to think that this may be the new norm.

Anyway on to some fun stuff…. I did a “blind buy” for my summer fragrance. I am a fragrance junkie and it’s been so hard to go to Macy’s and ask the sales associate to spray like 10 fragrances because they no longer keep their testers out for the customers to sample. So, I went on YouTube and watched tons of reviews. This one fragrance kept coming up but I couldn’t not find a sample on eBay to purchase nor could I find it at Macy’s or any other department store here. So I made the decision to buy the full bottle without even knowing what it spelled like.

This is Alien Eau Sublime by Thierry Mugler. This does smell a lot like the original Alien but a brighter version, if that makes any sense. When I smell the original, I think of a dark bar or a romantic dinner in a dimly lit restaurant. This one is a brighter version, I imagine a brunch in bright lit restaurant. Maybe the photos below can paint a better picture of the different moods of each.

It still has the sexy jasmine scent that you get from the original Alien but with a brighter feel that I’m guessing comes from the Tiare flower found within the notes. I think it’s perfect for me to wear the entire year, living in Hawaii with the sunshine and beaches, but definitely a great summer scent for those who like to change their scent with the seasons. I’m so glad that I took the risk and bought this without knowing what I was gonna get. When someone says “you smell good, what are you wearing?” You know you’ve made a good purchase. Have any of you tried this? What did you think?

Please everyone be safe out there. I wish you all health and happiness. Until next post…

Rodan & Fields… the products I love

Hi guys! I know it’s been a while. I’ve gone back to work and life has been busy. So, I’ve been selling Rodan and Fields for over a couple of months now. In that time I’ve been trying out all of the products. In my previous R&F posts, I said that I would give my honest opinion on the products. In this post I want to keep it positive and talk about the products I love.

Lashboost Cost: $155 Supply: 2-3 months

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This bad boy does what it says… it boosts your lashes by giving the appearance of fuller, longer and darker lashes. I’ve made this a part of my night routine. Normally I wear mascara every day and in the past I used to notice that I would always loose a couple of lashes while removing my makeup. This doesn’t happen anymore. This proves the stronger and fuller lash. I haven’t noticed too much length difference. Maybe I’ll give it another month to give an update. This is a good investment.

Redefine Regimen Cost: $208 Supply: 2months

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The redefine regimen is my night regimen. My face feels so clean after using this product. The cleansing mask is perfect for those like me who wear makeup. It’s a scrub that give a deep clean at the end of the day. I follow with the toner and then the PM cream. On the weekends I use the AM cream because I usually don’t wear make up on the weekend so the SPF gives the protection that I usually get with my SPF foundation.

Recharge Regimen Cost: $134 Supply: 2 mos.

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This is my morning regimen. The cleanser is a light gel foaming cleanser with gentle scrub, perfect for the morning. The moisturizer is a light water based cream that gives a light feeling. The recharge sunscreen is a MUST!!!! This product reminds me of Benefits Porefessional Primer. This gives a blurring effect and acts as the perfect base for foundation application. I love love love this product. You can buy the Sunscreen on its own for $48.

My Favorite Product from R&F

REDEFINE AMP MD SYSTEM Cost: $227

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This product is awesome!!!! I have never felt my face feel as smooth and soft as after I use this product. I use it twice a week. my suggestion would be to buy a cheaper Derma-roller and order the serum alone for $102. You can find a Derma roller by Sonia Kashuk for $10 at Target… I own one and it works perfectly.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Please if you are interested in purchasing any R&F products, or know of anyone, please purchase from my site www.tairagaison.myrandf.com

My Grams was laid to rest

Winona Joyce Moanikeala Wedemeyer Gaison
Sept 8, 1936- May 18, 2020

If you follow my blog you know that while my daughter was in the hospital, my grandma passed away. There have been so many emotions that I really wasn’t even going to post about it. But this is a sort of diary for me, and a lot of what I post is so that I have these memories to look back on.

My grandma was an amazing, strong woman who lived her life for her family. My cousins and I are so tight that we’ve never spent more than a month without a gathering. We all talk to each other all the time and make sure that we let each other know that we are always here for one another. That’s the family that she raised. Family first… period!

She left a really big family behind. In her life she was able to be a part of the lives for her 5 of her children, 13 grand children, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Interestingly I am the oldest of the grands, my son is the oldest of the greats and my granddaughter is the oldest of the great-greats.

Back row: my dad, my dads gf, Maui (my oldest son), Kūha’o (my youngest son), Kahele,
Front: my oldest daughter tea, Tatum ( granddaughter), Kayla (my DIL), Me, Aria (my youngest in front of me)

My grandma lost her oldest son around 25 years ago and her husband (my grandfather) a little over 12 years ago. She lived a long life full of experiences and able to watch her family grow. But, the first thing that came to mind after the shock that she was gone was, now she’s with my uncle and papa… and it warms my heart to think that.

This is the wreath from the grand children, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The 3 hearts represent us.

We were so blessed to be able to celebrate her life as a family with a full service during this pandemic. There are some who I’ve heard were not able to give their loved ones a proper service a month or so ago. The family on the mainland were able to fly in to Hawaii and do their 14 day mandatory quarantine in able to join the service. There still was social distancing, which we weren’t too worried about because everyone was really careful and followed the rules during quarantine.

Uncle led kaapana played his Slack-key during the viewing and long after for the family to enjoy.

The turn out was actually more than I thought it would be. This is how my family is… even our second, third and fourth cousins are all close and showed up. It was truly a day full of blessings. The weather was beautiful, the flower arrangements were beautiful, just the overall mood was bittersweet and BEAUTIFUL. The love that surrounded my family that day was present and we all knew it was grams and papa showering the love onto us.

After the burial we all headed to her home, a place where she’s lived all my life and where my family has built a lifetime of memories. We drank, shared stories, drank, laughed, cried, drank, sang and just had the best time together. Yesterday was another story… woke up with a headache, slept, ate, slept… I really paid for that good time I had!

Clockwise starting from front: cousins: Alohi, Kapu, Tiana, Kahiki, my sister Tasha and me far right.
Me with my cousin’s Constance and Alohi
These four are all the same age and the same grade so we refer to them as “the four”
The kids started falling asleep so we waited for our designated drivers and had to eventually end the most perfect day.

I’m going to link her favorite song here. It’s such a perfect song for her and her life so we played it during the service. Enjoy!

Grams favorite song

Beach Day with the fam!

Hawaii is starting to open up! Yesterday we packed up the cars for the beach and spent the entire day there. However, when we were there we got alerts saying that after weeks of zero new covid cases we now have 8. This is soooo depressing. Will it ever end? What’s the plan?

I also got a text saying that we’ll be returning to work on the 15th but with these new cases, who knows what the governor will do now. I’m soooo craving normality and by the looks of it… things will probably never be what we considered normal.

My nieces and daughter (middle) had the best time
FYI uncrustables are the best beach snack

I dread going into places where face masks are required (which is pretty much everywhere here), and to even try to imagine that face masks are going to be a part of everyday is hard to accept. In Hawaii our greeting to anyone we run in to or meet is a kiss and hug. Now in public we find ourselves doing this weird elbow tap. I hate it! That’s not what I want my kids to grow up doing and it’s not something I want lost in our culture.

The older kids really missed this!

So, even though I don’t like going to the beach, I enjoyed myself. It’s something that brought all of us together that felt really normal to us. No face masks, laying on the beach, swimming in the ocean… it was a great day!

My grandson is the cutest