My week in photos…

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! The weather here is beautiful, some drizzles and cool temperature make it a lazy Sunday indoors watching movies. If the rain holds up I plan to take a little walk with my daughter around the neighborhood. I spend most of the weekend home, it stops me from spending money and it’s practically the only time I have to do my house cleaning. But I do like to take short walks just to get some fresh air and a little bit of exercise.

Me and my girlfriends started a text thread where we share “a photo a day” with each other. So, now I’m always trying to capture a pretty photo to compete with the others *heehee*. Here are some of the photos that I took last week.

Our classroom store

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know that I work in SPED department at a local high school. A lot of our students work for reinforcements. So, we created a classroom store!

I’m loving the way it turned out. Most of the items were donated and some were purchased by staff. During the week the kids are able to earn tickets for good behavior, completed assignments, etc. On Fridays they’re able to take the tickets earned and purchase what they want. So far, it’s been working great as a way to get the students to focus on doing their work and earning their tickets.

Some old photos of my grams and papa

I love old photos! Even if they’re of people I don’t know in a magazine, there’s something about knowing that a moment so long ago is a captured memory that lives on. I was going through some old photos and came across a few of my grandma and grandpa (my moms parents) while they were together. They divorced when my mom was young and sadly my grandma never got remarried. I don’t even remember her having a boyfriend in my lifetime. She now has dementia and sometimes can’t even remember my mom. I’ve been so nervous to visit her because I couldn’t bear it if she didn’t recognize me. Looking through these photos got me a little choked up. Just seeing how young they both were and how blessed they’ve both been with so much time here on earth.

I constantly find myself saying how fast the years are going by, and to think, they were around my age when I was born. I now have grandchildren of my own so it’s really hitting me that I’ve got to cherish these days.

I’m gonna start making more of these types of post. Not only do I love looking at these photos, I think it’s an easy way to preserve them just in case something happens to the originals. I’ll be sharing more soon. Til then, take care of yourselves during this upcoming crazy week. It should be interesting.

Yoga for my anxiety

A beauty sunset from my in-laws house

We are in some crazy times right now guys! With all the news about the presidency and riots and people just feeling like it’s the end of days, I’ve had to stop reading and watching the news. I had my annual doctor checkup last week and my doctor asked about how I was doing with my anxiety and I was honest with her. The unsettling feeling inside has definitely been triggering my anxiety. I’m determined to start this new year off nice and have it continue to be the BEST YEAR EVER! She suggested that I try yoga. My first thought was ‘yeah, I’m not flexible at all’. She said there are a bunch of 20 minute yoga videos for beginners on YouTube. I found one that was perfect for me. I’ve done it twice now and I gotta say, I feel really good afterward.

https://youtu.be/_2PB4J5h7bI

Im so terrible about sticking to things, especially when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. But for now I’ve decided to take baby steps… I’m only going to drink alcohol on Fridays and Saturdays (I’ve already failed but will keep trying, after quarantine it’s become a part of my nightly routine unfortunately), I will try to meditate at least 3 times a week, keep it positive and yoga as much as I can.

I’ve also been using my essential oil diffuser so create a calm atmosphere in my home and bedroom. I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of blends. I’ll share some in upcoming posts. Here is the blend that I love to do yoga and meditate with.

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.

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…