May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Sometimes I can never put the right words together especially when it comes to Memorial Day. I know when this time rolls around, I truly hope that everyone takes the time to remember all those that we have lost. The ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Whatever you decide to do today, take a moment to honor and remember them.

Tonight, I'll be sending off a floating lantern to honor those brave men and women.

There was this video that I came across that I wanted to share with all of you, it nearly moved me to tears. Please take a moment to watch this video, it left me speechless and even now I have no words to express.

" There once was an 11 year old boy standing alone on Omaha Beach. In his left hand he held the most beautiful flag in the world. In his heart he held the flame alight for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. In his soul he held the future of the American ideal."

May 24, 2015

Current Obsessions

  1. surreal sunglasses | this is my absolute favorite brand for sunglasses. I use to buy cheapy ones from Target and Forever 21, but I realized I buy more replacements ones because they never lasted that long. I currently own 4 different pairs, they're super affordable and they have free shipping. And that's always a win, when you live on an island.
  2. la croix sparkling water | this is a recent obsession and everyone should hop on board. My brother actually got me into these tasty drinks. Not only are there so many different flavors to choose from, they're quite the healthy choice. It's just water and natural flavoring, I love that there's no sugar added. I'd choose this over soda, any day.
  3. sally hansen miracle gel polish | all time favorite nail polish! I've heard many reviews where they weren't happy with it, but I've never had any chipping problems. They're suppose to last for two weeks, shiny and all. And that has been the case for me, every time. I'd say I use my hands quite a bit and it stays on just fine. The price can be kind of steep, so there are times when I'll be the cheaper nail polish and use the gel top coat. 
  4. waiola chocolate coconut water | now I never use to like coconut water, but I grew to love it. And I can chug a liter of regular coconut water in no time, but chocolate coconut water is my ultimate favorite. Waiola is my preferred brand; I've tried a few brands, but they always top it.
  5. vaseline lip therapy : rosy lips | I've tried so many brands of lip balm and this has been the best one so far. Recently, I took a trip to the Big Island and my lips were ridiculously dry, and cracking. It was really surprising, since I've never had that reaction before, but I blamed the vog. I pretty much blame everything on the vog, especially my allergies. It's small, very cheap and goes anywhere I go. 
I had so much fun writing up this post, hoping it'll remain a constant. It all depends on if my obsessions change throughout the week or not, might just have to be a monthly thing. Have you tried any of these amazing things?!

I'll have a Memorial Day posted tomorrow; I'm never great with expressing my feelings sometimes, but I have a video that absolutely stuck with me. And I hope it does the same for all of you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

* This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.*

May 22, 2015

10 Things I Do ...

when he's out at sea.

  1. shop. There's maybe like a few days, when he's away that I just shop away. It's definitely not the best thing to do, but there's nothing like retail therapy!
  2. leave the house a mess. Now the mess doesn't last that long because I can't function in a messy home, but usually the days surrounding when he leaves; total mess.
  3. read all day. Yep, I will silence my phone, lay on the couch and just read all day. I can easily finish a couple books a day. I'm such a book worm.
  4. go on adventures. Whether it be hiking or snorkeling, I'm bound to be hitting the hiking trails in the ridges or at the beach, swimming with some fish or a pod of dolphins.
  5. try new hobbies. It's definitely the best time to do so. At the moment, I'm tackling sewing and that's something I need to perfect. And I'm throwing calligraphy in the mix.
  6. sleep in the middle of the bed. Actually I tend to sleep diagonally (if that makes sense) when he's gone. I have no idea how it happens, it just does.
  7. leave the island. I either travel between Washington State and Big Island, just to spend time with my family. Being alone isn't all that bad, but I rather be around my family most of the time. And these aren't short trips either, they're sometimes a month long.
  8. do something to my hair. And usually it's dying it and getting a plain haircut. For a while, I had all my hair dyed a red-purple color, which faded into a very lovely shade of brown. I got that natural ombre going on since I haven't dyed it in over a year and a half. For my next hair experiment, I want to do a red balayage. Pinterest it, to be honest, I really don't know the difference between an ombre and a balayage, but they're pretty.
  9. watch Youtube videos. I can pretty much do that all day. My favorites are proposal and pregnancy announcement videos. Those definitely get the tears flowing! And any Jimmy Fallon video to get me giggling!
  10. bake. I love baking and trying new recipes. My new thing with recipes is eliminating massive amounts of sugar and butter, there's quite a few alternatives, and it always turns out delicious. I'll be making French Macarons today, wish me luck.
There you have it, everyone! Some of the things I do to keep me from the fact that the mister is away. What are some of the things that you guys do?

Have a great Memorial Weekend, everyone!
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