Thrifty

I love saving a buck or two as much as the next broad. Just kidding, my deal finding is more like a secret obsession. From buying a pack of gum to purchasing a house and everything between, I. Must. Find. A. Deal. I wouldn’t call my self a crazy coupon lady, but I can be a little more extreme than most. I just want the best price for the best quality. My insides rejoice with satisfaction every time I feel like I am getting more than my money’s worth.

Oh, the joy, when I stumble upon a jewel of an item in a thrift store. Its like finding treasure I never knew was there. Hitting the jackpot. A natural high.

My thrifty eye stems from my childhood. There are nine kids in my family. We didn’t have much, but my parents sure knew how to stretch a buck in every which way possible. In high school, when most kids would feel ashamed of their second hand clothes, I would proudly show off my preloved wardrobe. Until college, about 75% of my clothing was from thrift stores or garage sales. The other 25% I had bought on sale.

Today, I hit up Savers. They randomly have 50% off days, if you are a club card member.
After spending about an hour sifting through people and things, I acquired quite the pile. To my dismay, I wasn’t allowed to receive the 50% off with out my physical card on me. I let one of my besties borrow it, and she was on the other side of the island. Sigh.
I ended up putting some things back. Here are a handful of items I ended up purchasing for Seah, without the discount. They were still great deals.

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-Minnie Mouse costume for Halloween. This is definitely in used condition, but I didn’t mind for something that will only be worn once. I already have Minnie ears from our trip to Disneyland last year.
-Gold Guess dress for Christmas time on the Big Island. The picture makes it look ivory colored, but it has gold threads throughout the material.
-Houndstooth leggings. Adorable! I could not pass these up.
-BabyGap jean skirt. Looks like it was worn less than three times.
And my steal of the day….

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This darling Calypso St. Barth white and pink romper.
I did have a $5 off $25 purchase coupon that I received from my last donation. That helped soften the blow of missing out on the other items and not getting 1/2 off of everything.

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Waihou Springs Forrest Reserve

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Today we set off to Olinda with some friends. The top of Olinda Rd was our destination.

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The temperature drops a few degrees, so if you plan on going early morning or evening time, I would suggest bringing a long sleeve. We went during high sun hours and it was pretty comfortable.

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The journey is short, and the beginning of this hike is very easy. Once you get to the overlook, if you decide to hike down, you go through a series of switchbacks along the side of the ravine.

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The bottom is pretty neat. There are lava tubes and a dried up stream, surrounded by moss and ferns. Green everywhere.

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The hike down was a breeze, but the way back up was gnarly….especially carrying an extra 25 lbs of baby on my back! I definitely do NoT recommend taking a young child down to the bottom, unless you are a trained athlete, lol!

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My favorite part of this hike was that all of my senses were entertained. The scattered panoramic views of central Maui, that peeked through the trees, were stunning. The smell of newly expressed oxygen, with a hint of pine and eucalyptus were refreshing. And the sound of rustling leaves, as the wind passed through, were so delightful!

Kombucha cha

Kombu, huh?
I have only known about this fermented, fizzy drink since about a year and a half ago. Kombucha has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years and is said to have originated in Asia. It is known as a “cure all” detoxifying remedy.
On Maui, it has sort of become the trendy thing to drink. The average cost of a bottle of this magic potion is about $4.50, for 16ozs.
After purchasing one too many bottles of kombucha, I have decide to try my hand at some home brew. Thankfully one of my friends had an extra scoby(symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) laying around.
Here is a picture of a mother scoby, or mushroom, that had produced a baby. Doesn’t that look scrumptious? If you could only touch it through the screen….it felt like slimy rubber.

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This was a super easy process. The supplies I used are:
1 scoby with starter juice
1/2 cup organic sugar
3 bags of Maui Mango tea
6 cups of water
1/2 gallon glass jar
Paper towel

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Boil your water and let your tea bags steep for 5-10 minutes.
You can add your sugar and let the tea cool to room temperature.
Pour your starter scoby juice in the jar with the tea.
Add water if you need to fill the jar a tad more.
And, lastly, add your scoby to the top.
Cover with a paper towel, or a dish towel and secure with a rubber band or screw top.
Place in a dry area.

That’s it! Now you wait at least 7 days for your healing elixir to do its work. I have read that after the seven days are up, you can add fruit for a few extra days, and you will get extra fizziness.

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I’ll update you next week to let you know how it turned out.

Update: My Kombucha turned out great! The flavor from the mango tea was so ono. I added strawberries to a couple of the jars and let them sit out, covered, for a couple of extra days. This made the Kombucha a little more carbonated. Yum! Makes me want to dance.

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I’m on to my next brew….Matcha, Sencha, and Orange.

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Recently, I have been trying to get a little more creative with my (practically non-existent) physical fitness. It can be difficult when you always have at least one love child in tow and no babysitter. I have tried workout videos, but it’s pretty much impossible when you have a little one crawling on you mid plank. Yesterday I decided to check out Kapalua Coastal Trail. I’m so stoked I did.

Sweeping views of Moloka’i…

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The trail stretches from Kapalua Bay to Flemming Beach Park.

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Stunning views up north, all the way to Honolua Bay.

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Not too easy, and not too difficult, with a great mix of hills and flat areas.

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And the best part is that I could do it all with Seah in the Ergo!
FYI:The trail is unsuitable for strollers.

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Do you have any fun, active mama and baby work out ideas?

My name

Seanna. Say it with me, “See-Ah-Na”. Not Shawna or Sienna or Fionna (surprisingly, I get that one a lot when I introduce myself). I’m always letting people know its Sea, like the ocean. One of my collage besties said, that after first meeting me, she would remember the correct pronunciation of my name by thinking, “on a sea.” Here is the story….back in 1981, my mother was very fond of a perfume called Tatiana. She loved that name. Since I was to be born in Hawaii, my parents wanted my name to have something to do with the ocean. Their first choice was Oceana. Oceana was the name of a restaurant in Honolulu, so they decided to scratch that. Thank the Lord. They settled on Seanna. Yay! My closest friends and family just call me Sea. I truly love my name and couldn’t imagine myself being called anything else…the rose would not smell as sweet. Thanks Mom and Dad, you did good!

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