December 15, 2014

December Wishes Overview + Weekly Wishes

Last week I nixed the weekly wishes and did 'December Wishes' instead. For the remainder of the year, which is only a couple more weeks, I'll do a little overview every week.

It has completely blown my mind that the weeks just go by so quickly, it's becoming quite the blur to be honest. This week wasn't too eventful for me, I still have a few more gifts to get for the holidays and hopefully send them off by the end of the week. Among other things that we need to send, our holiday cards are included! We're definitely slacking on that one, but it will get done.

This week is a little busy, I have last-minute gifts to find, 3 to be exact and then my sissy (she's not my biological sister) and I have a little "holiday check list" that we want to work on before she heads back home to Maui.

The mister took second half holiday stand down and we'll be hopping over to the Big Island for 6 days. I've been there one too many times to count because my family from both sides (my parents) are there, and my oldest brother! It'll be a great adventure because it's the hubby's first time and he'll meet some of my relatives. We still have a couple of weeks before we jetset, but we're pretty excited!

OK, lets get to overview and update all of you on my 'December Wishes'.

December Wishes Overview

  • MAIL OUT THE HOLIDAY CARDS ASAP // Yeah that didn't happen, but it will this week!
  • FINISH MY HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING // Just a few more to go and then I'm all done, I'm so glad that I started shopping little by little in October.
  • SET BLOG GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR // Believe it or not, they're all in my head, but my dad always told me it's not real until you write it down, so that's what I need to do.
  • INCORPORATE YOGA MORE INTO MY LIFE // I'll be starting it this week, I'm in serious need of physical activity. I sit way too much!
  • WORKOUT // Today is the day to start it all, I don't exactly have a master plan for my workout, so we'll see how it goes.
  • LEARN HAWAIIAN // I'm still on the hunt to find a place that offers, there isn't a Spring schedule out yet, I think that's why I've been having such a hard time finding them.
  • TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN TATTOO // Still need to do more research for that.
  • FIND MORE HIKES TO DO // We have started to the hiking list, if anyone is interested in seeing that, I can definitely add it to the blog. I've been debating putting a post together with hikes we've down on some of the different islands that we've traveled to. We have a bunch planned in Big Island.
  • IPHONE 6+ or GALAXY S5 // I just want to say thank you for all the feedback on which phone I should get, but I think I've settled on the Galaxy S5. Now I've been such an Apple fan, but they're not too innovative, anymore. So, it's time to give the Galaxy S5 a go and I can't wait to see what it offers.

Weekly Wishes

Until next time!

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December 11, 2014

5 Ways to Save at Target!

I LOVE Target and I know I'm not the only one! I can't say that it's a healthy obsession, but I go to Target at least once a week and yes, I rarely leave empty handed.

Now why do I love Target so much? There really are so many reasons to love them, I save every time I shop there and they just have cute stuff. From their clothes to their home decor and even the random stuff in their $1-$3 dollar section at the front of the store. I love it all!

Well if you don't shop at Target, you can learn how to save some moolah if you ever decide to go.

1. Weekly Ad

Take a look at their weekly ad, they always share their deals for the week, so don't forget to buy that Sunday newspaper. But they also have it posted at the front of the store. You can even get them emailed to you!

2. Coupons

Now I'm not a huge "couponer" and I don't have a binder full of them; I'm definitely not passing judgement on anyone! But you can find their coupons through their website and there's always over $100 worth of savings, available.

3. Cartwheel App

I love Cartwheel and use it every trip to my beloved store. It's super easy to use and you can download it to your smartphone for free. Lucky for you, it's available for IOS, Android, and Windows. If you're like my husband and don't own a smartphone, you can go to cartwheel online, add your coupons and then print out the barcode. All you have to do is give it to your cashier to scan and instant savings! Pretty much, it's another source of coupons and they're usually between 5%-30% off and sometimes more.

4. Bring Your Own Bag

I'm not sure if this is true for every Target, but it is for mine. If you bring in your own reusable bag, you receive $0.05 cents off your purchase. Actually a lot of our local grocery stores in Hawai'i (Oahu is slowly work up to it, but the other islands are on top of things) give you get credit back for bringing in reusable bags. We have a plastic-ban in Hawai'i except for Oahu, they're just taking their sweet time, plus everyone should be using reusable bags because it's safer for the environment!

5. REDcard

OK, now I will never recommend people to sign up for credit cards and get into more debt than they should be. I use to work retail and one of our main goals was to get customers to sign up for the credit card, I hated it. People don't need to be in debt. Well, Target has a REDcard credit card AND a debit card. I haven't signed up for the card, but if you do, you save 5% off your purchase every time you shop. You get extra perks like free shipping from, which would be useful for me since we live in Hawai'i ... shipping costs just suck! If you don't need an extra credit card, like myself, you can sign up for the debit card, it works like a check.

Now that you've learned some ways to save, happy shopping!

December 9, 2014

December Wishes

Well lets start with the fact that I did zero blogging last week. I was sick all last week and painfully slow, I'm getting over it. I had a chest cold and hoped so hard that it wouldn't develop into something more and I think we're in the clear. I still have a cough and a runny nose, but hopefully by the end of the week it'll all go away!

I missed yesterday's weekly wishes, but I'm not even going to bother with that for the week since nothing got done last week. So, I've decided to put together a little December Wishes, even now I don't entirely know what that will look like. It's more of jotting things down as I'm writing it, don't mind me ;)

I can't believe how quickly this month is going; we had our boat party this past weekend and it was an enjoyable time. I was completely wiped out by the end of the night and I'm assuming it was from being sick. It was held at Dave and Buster's, which is the equivalent to Chuck E. Cheese, but adults can play the games and enjoy alcoholic beverages. The mister had duty the following day, so we didn't get to play the games, which was one of things that I was really looking forward to. But that only means that we'll have return!

OK, lets dive into December!

December Wishes

  • MAIL OUT THE HOLIDAY CARDS ASAP // Being sick really put behind on a lot of things that I wanted to get done, so my goal is to have them out by the end of this week.
  • FINISH MY HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING // I'm waiting for a few etsy orders to arrive in the mail and then I have to go out and do a bit more shopping.
  • SET BLOG GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR // With the new year on our door step, I really want to put more into my blog and try to be consistent as possible. I already have a planner set to help me keep track of all of my scheduling/inspiration needs and am so eager to use it. I run two blogs, so it can be quite the handful. Call me crazy!
  • INCORPORATE YOGA MORE INTO MY LIFE // I actually really enjoy doing yoga, but I don't go anywhere to do it. I just find videos on youtube and follow along. I'll be shooting for three times a week.
  • WORKOUT // I need to be more active and that's all there is to it.
  • LEARN HAWAIIAN // Obviously it can't be done in a few weeks, but I've been on the hunt to find classes for the new year. I know the university offers non-credit courses, but I'm hoping to find one near where I live. I have about a year left on the island and this MUST happen before we leave.
  • TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN TATTOO // Before our time is up here, I want to get a traditional Hawaiian tattoo and done the traditional way. It's been tough trying to find someone that does it, I just don't have connections or know many that know of others who do them. But the biggest task is figuring out what I want it to represent. I just need to sit down and really think about it.
  • FIND MORE HIKES TO DO // The mister wanted me to put a hiking list together, we're trying to knock things off before we're out of here and there's quite a few that I want to take him on. I've already done them, but he'd definitely enjoy them as well.
  • IPHONE 6+ or GALAXY S5 // I have an upgrade in January and this has been quite the dilemma because I can't make up my mind on which phone I want next. I have a Windows Lumia 920 and loved it. So, please help a sister out with my decision!
I think I'll leave things at that for now! I hope everyone is doing well and I'm sorry I haven't really been present in the blogging community. I love to hear from all of you, it seriously makes my day whenever I get a comment. I just love chatting :)

What are your goals that you want to knock out this month?

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