Tissue Paper Two

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You guys, I can hardly believe that my littlest love child is already two years old and my number one son is starting kindergarten!!  Lately, I have been working on savoring every sweet moment.  This has been altogether challenging and rewarding.

We just celebrated my baby girl’s birthday.  It was a mellow beach day with close family and friends. I wasn’t going to do any decorations, but at the last minute, I recalled a cute thing I had seen online about a year ago.  I remember thinking it looked simple, so I thought I would give it a go.

Here is how i did it:

I cut out my number with reclaimed ;) cardboard.  As you can see, I just eyeballed the shape with my Sharpie before I cut it out.  It’s 2′ tall.

Then, I hand tore a colorful assortment of pre-loved wrapping tissue paper in to little squares about 3″ each.

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I glopped some glue on the extra cardboard gathered the center and dipped each tissue into the glue…20140811-160548-57948351.jpg

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In the end there were still tiny areas where you could see the princess box in the background.  As a quick fix I pressed my hands down on to the tissue poofs and it covered anything I didn’t want to see.

This was such a fun, easy project to do in a pinch.  Anyone can do it with items  you already have around the house.  It would be really fun to do big letters and spell something out for a party.

 

And this is what happens when you leave your newly finished, fancy arts and crafts in the reach of a two year old.

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Lucky for me, Elmer’s dries clear!

Krashing Ka’anapali

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This is me and my little sister, Samara.

I was kidless for a few hours, so we decided to play tourist and have a tubular Tuesday at Black Rock, Pu’u Keka’a.

Two wahines, a tube, and a snorkel set made for hours of Pacific Ocean drenched amusement.

I thought it would be fun to share my beach bag essentials.  I like to stick to the KISS method on this one.  Some days I will beach it with me and a pareau and nothing else, but I knew we would be here for a bit, so I packed up.

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My essentials list

Pareau- also known as lava lava, sarong, beach wrap.  I love this multi functional accessory.   When not at the beach, it can be used as a  dress, scarf, blanket, purse, etc.  Like I mentioned above, if I didn’t have anything else, this would be my number one must.

Beach Towel- I must emphasize the beach towel.  Beach towels are considerably larger than regular bath towels, and it makes a huge difference to me.  I like to have the larger real estate.  My pareau can also double as a beach towel if I’m packing light.

Sunscreen- I like to stick to the natural products as much as I can.

Right now I’m using  Kiss My Face Sun Spray Oil spf 30.  I always keep a “floating” sunscreen.  This one changes depending my skin’s needs.  I love that it has a spray function.  It definitely comes in handy for all those hard to reach areas.  It also smells yummy.

The second skin product is my Monoi de Tahiti Oil.  This one is very nostalgic for me.  Its a body oil by Yves Rocher.  My mom always used this when I was younger.  I have loved this product for at least two decades. I use it sparingly, and it lasts.  The smell is divine and it keeps your skin hydrated and silky smooth.

Lastly, My homemade sunscreen.  I love, love, love this.  Its great for all ages, but especially the littles.  Its water proof and made with all natural and organic ingredients.  Me and one of my besties started making it when my daughter was under 6 months old.  There was nothing else  I would have put on her.  We started selling our sunscreen, and are in desperate need of making a fresh batch.  I have been trying to prolong the life of this bottle because it is my last.

Hat- This is my go-to hat.  I love marketing for our company.  This is an easy way to do just that while protecting my noggin from the sun’s shiny rays. Plus, I think the colors are radical.

GoPro- I love this little gem of a memory capturer.  I was super stoked to have it on this day, because I just received the bobber extension.  An attached hair band wasn’t cutting it anymore.

And that is it.  Plain and simple.  The less I have, the less I have to carry, worry about, and/or clean the sand off of.

Again, this is my kidless bag.  If I had the kiddos My beach supplies would at least double….maybe in another blog post.

Here is a handful of the photos we took.

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P.S.  I know you are reading this Mom.  See how much fun we are having together on Maui?!? :)

 

Foraging on a Friday

I remember watching a tv show where a chef of a well accomplished restaurant would forage for the menu items each day.  “How cool is that?” I thought.  The whole menu would change depending on what the chef could find on his daily walk/hike.

It made me think of one of my childhood fantasies.  I always though of how awesome it would be to be stranded on a deserted island and have to survive off of whatever I could.  This dream was long before Survivor, but maybe watching Swiss Family Robinson or Blue Lagoon one too many times had an influence on me.  Maybe it awakened something from my native Hawaiian roots.  Or, maybe its deeper than that.  It could just be because I live and move on this great planet called earth.

Living off the land is a basic activity for all living creatures since the beginning of time.  We have lost touch with the distance and time it takes/should take for our food to reach our plates, but that is a-whole-nother blog post.

Foraging, FYI, is basically searching for wild food sources, an animal instinct of sorts.

Yesterday, me and one of my besties set out to do just that.

Our mission: Watercress and Pohole Fern Salad

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And yes, we really do hang out in our bikinis and let our children run around naked pretty much every time we are together.

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Beautiful mama.

It was a little adventure carrying naked babies through the river while dodging fiberglass grass and spiderwebs, but i think it was worth it.

And here is our final product…

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The only thing we added that wasn’t wild and free was the tofu and our dressing.  If you are curious, I can’t tell you the exact measurements, but we made our yummy dressing with sesame oil, mayo, vinegar, shoyu and sugar.  At the last minute we added papaya, from outside, of course.

Soo ono.

Goats Who Surf

 

 

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Today, we took  a quick trip to lower Kula to visit Maui’s Surfing Goat Dairy.  I can’t believe it took me this long to go there.  I love their cheese!  The Surfing Goat cheese is widely used in many of the restaurants and hotels on Maui.

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The surfboard laden goat farm is a great place to take the kids to hang out with other kids. Heehee.  Get it?  Kids?

Surfing Goat Farm offers tours and other fun activities.  They also have a kitchen that can whip up a tasty treat made with goat milk products.  I hear they have a mean lilikoi cheesecake.  They even have a children’s play area.

Click here to check out their website.   The recipe section is especially exciting.  Yum.

I highly encourage you to give them a visit.

 

And I’ll leave you with this cheesy joke…

What do you call a goat with a beard?

Goatee.

A Whale of a Date

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I had been waiting for the right time to take my son on his first whale watch boat trip.  He just turned 5 last week.  It was time.

These days, at any given moment on Maui, you can glance at the ocean and see a spout or splash.  Whale season is in full effect.  They are everywhere and the population keeps growing.  Some like to refer to it as Whale Soup.  I refer to it as Pali Traffic.  Heehee.

I still get excited every time I see a whale.

We spotted our first whale seconds after we left the harbor.

I was eager to see the gentle giants of the sea, but I was equally stoked on the more than impressive views of Maui from the ocean.  The Pali looks like what I would imagine the coast of Ireland to resemble.

It was very wet and windy, but non-the-less, it was a great date day with my little man.

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If you want to know more about Maui’s mammoth mammals, click here to get educated.

Beauty Full

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I’m 32 and i just started wearing make up.

Well, kind of.

I have always worn makeup on special occasions or if I was going out.

Growing up on Maui definitely had something to do with it.  The girls here were a little more low key in the cosmetics department.  I’m sure the natural tan and the possibility of jumping in the ocean at any given time put a damper on having/wanting  to wear make up.  When I moved to the mainland for college, I couldn’t believe how much makeup everyone wore. Some girls wouldn’t be caught dead with out it.

It wasn’t till last year that I started to enjoy makeup on a weekly basis.  I still don’t wear it everyday, but two to three times a week is a lot for me.  Its amazing how an extra bit of contour and color can enhance your natural features, and make you feel a little more attractive.

Makeup can make me feel pretty, like a new outfit or jewelry can, but it does not make me feel beautiful.

Some of the things that really make me feel beautiful are….

Seeing myself in my children

My children are 1 1/2 and 5.  They are sponges.  Unfortunately, they soak up the good and the bad.  But when I see them do or say something good that I would have said or done, it makes my heart smile.

Helping a friend in need

I don’t help people because I feel like it will make me feel like a better person or put me on some sort of pedestal.  I do it because I love them…and this goes for friends and strangers.   What a pleasant thing that blessing others is a blessing.

A returned smile

A smile has always been my favorite feature in others.  Such a tiny area of the body that can say so much without saying anything at all.

Second hand good gossip

Don’t be confused.  I first heard this term when I was in college.  It’s when someone tells you something positive that another person has told them about you when you were not present.  This one works both ways!

A kiss from my husband

There is something so intimate about a kiss on the lips.  It doesn’t even have to be openmouthed.  A kiss says there are no walls up. Its a reverence for the other person, showing your affection and love.

Knowing that I am child of God

This one is the most fulfilling. Knowing that I was created and thought of by the one who holds the universe in the palm of His hand blows me away.

What makes you feel beautiful?

PS. The makeup pictured above are my current faves:

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in Bisque
Garnier BB Cream in Medium/Deep (I mix it with the tinted moisturizer for my shade)
Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Warm
Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus
Benefit Boi-ing in Medium
Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart
Hard Candy Glow All The Way in Dollface
Benefit They’re Real in Black

Whitewashed

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My decorating style is ever changing. One thing that have always liked is the use of natural elements and textures. Lately I have really been liking the look of white decor with color splashes here and there. It’s so clean looking, and I sure like that! Too bad Maui’s dirt sticks to everything.

When we first moved into our house about 6 years ago, I had the idea to buy a picnic table at Home Depot, and use it as our dinning room table.

A) It was cheap. A little over $100.

B) It could snugly fit at least 8 people around it.

When I originally purchased the table, I had always planned on painting it. I thought it would be fun to do a lacquered red, bright and shiny.  Boy, am I thankful for not going that route!

Luckily, one bright Saturday morning, while my husband was at work, one of my besties offered to come over and watch the kiddos for me.  She also lent a hand in pre-sanding(my least favorite part).  My palm sander is M.I.A.  :(

You can see the before and after photos below.  Sorry for the bad lighting.

Here is how i did it.

I(we) sanded the whole thing down.  The old juice and oil stains left it with a little more character.  Heehee.  I also left some of the original stamping to give it more of an original feel.

After sanding, I used a semi-gloss white paint.  I knew I would need a bit of gloss for the high traffic this puppy would be getting.  Easy on, easy off.

I made a mixture of equal parts paint and water, an then I went to town.

I worked my way over the table in smaller sections an wiped off the paint as I went.  I just used an old cloth diaper for the wiping part.

When I first began the wiping process, I waited a bit longer that I should have.  I wouldn’t wait more that 2-3 minutes if you want a true whitewash and not an antiqued paint look.  But again, its all about the character of each individual piece, and the sections that I waited around 5 minutes to wipe off still look fab.

Lastly, I sprayed on a semi-gloss protective coat to finish it off. I let the white paint dry for a couple of hours before applying the finish.

Here are the products I used.

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I love our new table! It makes a great background for blog posts.

I even had some left over mixture to white wash a couple of my planters outside.

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