October 28, 2014

DIY Baby Shower Gift


This weekend I attended my cousin's baby shower and I really wanted to put together something that had a bunch of things for the mom, dad, and baby. So I went to pinterest, of course, to get some inspiration for a gift and based my gift off of Mommy Testers' Baby Gift in a Jar.

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I'm really kicking myself in the butt for not doing a much better job of taking pictures of the whole process. I was just so focused on putting everything together, so the only pictures I have are the ones from my phone ... forever will kick myself in the butt, but maybe I'll do this gift again!

What's Inside?

I got the glass jar with lid from Target for about $16. I had a conversation with one of the auntys' at the baby shower and she said you can get them cheaper at Wal-Mart. Anyone know the answer to that? For me, the drive to Target is much shorter, but I definitely want to buy some of these jars for myself!

For the Baby

  • Burt's Bees Shampoo + Wash
  • Burt's Bees Calming Lotion
  • Burt's Bees Face Wipes
  • 30 Huggies Newborn Diapers
  • 3 Carter's Burp Cloths
  • Wubba Nub Infant Pacifier
  • 'Genius' Onesie

For the Mom

  • 2 Essie Nail Polish
  • Nail Filer
  • Bath Salts

For the Dad

  • 6 pack of Bud Light (not seen)
I rolled up the diapers and tied them up with twine, and packed them down at the bottom of the jar. I managed to fit most of the diapers except 3 on the bottom. The diapers served as a base and then just stacked everything on top of it. I cut out grass from construction paper to make it more presentable, placed the 'genius' onesie in the front and called it a day!

I was super proud of my gift and was happy with my decision to get gifts for everyone! I didn't have a firm decision on the gift until I was talking it out with my mom, while I was at the store. I always need reassurance about things, so she's usually my go-to person! And I'd like to say that I acquired the skill of fitting so many things into this jar, everything except the beer is jam packed in here. Trust me, I tried.

I did do some price checking at Target, but of course the Navy Exchange won out; few dollars cheaper off each item + no tax. Save when you can, people!

You can definitely do something similar for any occasion; this might be my go-to gift!

Have you done something similar? And what would you include in your jar?

October 27, 2014

Weekly Wishes #12 + Giveaway


Since the mister was underway for a little bit and an earlier than expected arrival, the rest of my week was donezo. Anything that I had planned was quickly thrown out the window because I just wanted to spend time with him, you know how it goes. And the result of that is the house being a total mess, I probably should clean it up today, but we'll see how that goes.

I have a very busy week and so many things to tackle by the end of Saturday! Wish me luck!

Last Week's Wishes

  1. WORK ON WEDDING PHOTOBOOK // Nope, but I sure am running out of time!
  2. BAKE & DECORATE COOKIES // No longer a goal for the week, I've tasked this on to someone else ... such a fail.
  3. START WRITING DEPLOYMENT LETTERS // At least I did start this, but I've been doing it journal/diary style, so he can read whenever he chooses.
  4. PUT MY COUSIN'S BABY SHOWER GIFT TOGETHER // It was a success! I think I'll be sharing it on the blog tomorrow!

This Week's Wishes

  1. WEDDING PHOTOBOOK // This is an absolute must since I believe this is the last week to use my voucher!
  2. HALLOWEEN COSTUME // We're actually doing something this Halloween and it's a first for me in several year. Just so you know and gasp in disbelief, Halloween is my least favorite holiday. I don't hate it, but more like didn't care for it. We're attending this Hallowine event with some friends and now I'm scrambling for a costume! I have a few ideas in mind, but I've been obsessing over Alexys Fleming's make-up tutorials! I've been tempted to give one of her looks a try.
  3. BRIDAL SHOWER PREP // I'm co-hosting a bridal shower this weekend and I have a long list of things to tackle this week. And you'll bet I'll be making a post about it :)

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October 24, 2014

Hawai'i Hikes // Laie Falls & Summit


SO, I was suppose to post a hike every Friday, but as you can tell that wasn't happening at all. I'm quite happy that I have a hike to share with everyone!

I've actually done Laie Falls three times and the summit once, so you'll have quite the mix-up of pictures. I think I've gone during every season except the winter months. OK, lets cover some facts:

  • It's considered to be an intermediate trail, I'm not really sure how to rate trails, but my levels are dying or not dying. We definitely weren't dying on this trail, but we hit about a mile of on and off muddiness on the way to the summit, which hindered our time by a lot.
  • Hiking time was 7 hours and was 14 miles (estimate). We thought it was just a 10 mile hike, but we were quite wrong. As we told people, they were like that's only 4 extra miles ... my rule of thumb is no comments unless you've done it. 
  • If you read reviews on Yelp, it mentions that you need a permit, I've gone all three times without a permit. And I've always come across a few of the locals and they don't mind, just be respectful, of course. The trail is said to be closed on Sunday.
We saw a lot of info for Laie Falls, which is fine because we did take a little pit stop there and mulled over if we wanted to continue on to the summit. After the falls, we were kind of hiking blind because we had no idea where the summit actually was, all we had were the pink flags that marked the trail. We made it to the falls in about an hour-ish (I could be really wrong about that) or so, I can't remember. Had a little snack and water by the waterfall and the true journey began.

The reason why it took us a long time was because you have to go in and out of the ridgeline and gradually make your way up towards the summit. Just imagine snaking through a trail, it was literally that kind of motion, but much more stretched out. We had no idea where the summit was until we were about 5-10 minutes away. Everything just looked the same, you'll notice the various ridges, but they were nearly the same height! After a couple of hours, I made a decision to say 20 more minutes and we're heading back down, but thankfully that's when we got to our destination. The in and out of the trail, plus the mud was what really cost us time. And going back down took just as long. I definitely don't regret doing this trail to the summit, but I have no desire to do it again. There are plenty of other hikes on Oahu that are much more rewarding.

The wind was so strong at the top that it nearly knocked us over as we stood. Well it managed to knock me on my ass; I took a little video from the top!

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I think this was the longest hike I've done, so it was quite the accomplishment. I'm itching to go hiking again, but it has been such a rain fest over here since Hurricane Ana came through. I already have my next hike planned, but who knows when I'll get the chance to do it. If you have any questions about this hike or looking for a suggestion, feel free to comment below!

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This is to the left of the road that leads to the Laie Trailhead.
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One of my biggest pet peeves on hikes, everyone's need to mark up the signs! Look at the different from the top picture to this one ...
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