February 2, 2015

Music Mondays // Earned It by The Weeknd

This week's pick is Earned It by The Weeknd and yes this is on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. OK, now I'm well aware of all the negativity that this series has gotten, but I do not tolerate author bashing, so if you have something negative to say, please keep it off of my page. Besides having my lifestyle blog, I also review romance novels on another blog and I support so many different authors. Believe it or not, there's so much author bashing in the reading community. Bad writer or not, people put a lot of dedication into their work for their readers and as a book review blogger I do my best to keep things positive. End rant.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song and has been played at least everyday for nearly two weeks! This song is on the sensual side and if this played at the club or something, I'd totally be out the dance floor trying to move to this song. Abel has a unique taste when it comes to his music and I'm a fan of it!

What do you think of this week's music pick?!

Weekend Shenanigans + Weekly Goals

I'd say that I had a pretty eventful weekend, if you're ever wondering what I'm up to on daily basis, just follow my Instagram! I'm ALWAYS posting pics on there, I love going on all sorts of adventures and sharing it with everyone.
PC | Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra
On Friday, the mister and I went to The Legend of Zelda - Symphony of Goddesses concert, which featured the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra and Oahu Choral Society! It was so awesome and I loved every moment of it. I grew up around the game because all of my brothers played it, so I always enjoyed watching them. And I'm a big orchestra nerd at heart because I dedicated 9 years of my life to playing viola; I loved it and really want to get back into to playing.

We love going to the symphony concerts at Blaisdell and we already have our next one planned for next month; bring on some Vivaldi Four Seasons!
Saturday was a day for adventuring and we paddled to the Mokulua Islands off of Lanikai Beach in Kailua. It was the perfect day for it and the water wasn't too choppy. Around 9AM, we met up with some of the guys and wives from the boat to rent our kayaks and from there we walked them across the street to the public beach access. And we paddled away to our destination, soaked up some sun, got a workout in, and did some jumping off a little rock cliff! I have videos to prove it, so I'll have to put them together and share it. We didn't get back home until about 3PM and we were wiped out! After my shower, I fell asleep trying to find a movie on Netflix... and then I was up all night ... :/

And then Super Bowl Sunday came and yes, I was rooting for the Seahawks. I'm not a huge football fan, but I'll always support my hometown ... it was quite the disappointment, but we still love 'em! I didn't have a party because the mister was working, but I did have my good friend come over. I made BBQ Chicken Salad, tomato-pesto on crackers with mozzarella cheese and balasamic vinegar, and fruit salad. But we obliterated that with pizza and homemade brownies for dinner. Everything was delicious, the brownie recipe was a new one and I used coconut oil instead a crap ton of butter! There was a recipe that required two sticks of butter and over a cup of sugar ... NO NO NO! There's so many brownie recipes out there, I'll have to give more a try.

That was my pretty epic weekend and I can't wait to see what the next one brings! This week, I have no idea what kind of posts to bring to the blog, but hopefully it'll be more than it was last week.

Last Week

  • SEWING PROJECTS //  I've yet to start any projects ... to be honest, I don't even have a table to put my sewing machine on. I'll need to improvise somehow, in the mean time, check out my Pinterest board for projects that I want to take on!
  • READ 4 BOOKS // Reading books is definitely one goal that I'll always have done!
  • DO THIS AB WORKOUT // If you check out my post from last week, I shared the video of this crazy ab workout that these gymnasts did. So ... I attempted it and holy crap, you'll definitely feel the burn. I didn't quite get through it all, but I did my best. I'm going to incorporate it into my workouts throughout the week. The goal is to do it all completely without taking any breaks, who is with me?!

This Week

  • STAY ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY EATING // Yeah, I've been a tad off track with it the past couple of weeks. Nothing major, but I really want to be consistent with it.
  • SORT THROUGH CLOTHES FOR DONATION OR SALE // I've been noticing that I need to go through my clothes and start getting rid of some. My mom always told, if you buy need stuff, you need to get rid of something. New pair of shoes, get rid of a pair ... and so on. And I really try to stick to that, so that'll be a major goal for this week!
What goals do you hope to accomplish this week or did you do anything fun this weekend?!

January 28, 2015

Importance of Having Non-Military Friends

One of the best advice I can offer to military friends is to make friends outside of the military, it's just a must! With the military life things can get stressful and raise your anxiety to an ultimate high especially with those lovely last minute notices or the never-ending deployment work ups. It's always great to have your friends that know very little of the military world to kind of help you forget the madness of the living the military life.

As most of you know, volleyball is one of my passions and I played competitively for years. And I'm so happy that I found my little volleyball ohana on the island. They really are some of the greatest people that I've met and all of our time playing volleyball is something I'll cherish for the rest of my life. Not only do I get to play the game that I love; I get spend my time with some really great people who love the game just as much as I do. Plus our time together is bound to be a hilarious one and full of food! We always go out to eat after we play, food and conversation. What's not to love?!

Anyways, wherever you end up, join in on events outside of your community and meet new people. You're bound to create some unforgettable friendships like we sometimes make in our military life.

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