Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bookworm Thoughts

Hello loves.

I can't thank y'all enough for reading, commenting, & praying for me regarding my last post. It has meant so much more than words can express. Y'all are the best, but you know that. I am working through things. A common thing that was said in the comments was such a great reminder to me.

Things will get better.

I know this. 

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

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There's no denying it. I love to read. I'm a bookworm. I've been reading a lot more lately. It's a nice escape from my thoughts and from my Husband and his video games. I sneak up stairs with my Kindle and glasses for hours at a time.

That said-I have thought about making a blogger book club, for whoever would like to join. But, I know there might be other blogger book clubs that maybe I don't know about. So thoughts, links, etc send them my way people!! 

ps- If you're on Goodreads, find me!

xoxo.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Life Lately

Aloha!

Have you been reading Jenni, of Story of My Life's Advice for Bloggers posts? If you haven't, it's pretty great. Jenni is one of my favorite bloggers. And well, I've always dreamed of having a popular, beautiful blog like hers. Today's advice hit home for me. Lately, or more like almost a year has gone by that I've had little interest in blogging. I don't like being 'real'. It's scary to put my feelings or what I am going through out here for everyone (more specifically- family, stalkers, ex boyfriends) to read. I tend to prefer to keep most things, the deep things to myself.

Anyway, it's time to talk. I need to talk, vent, spill my guts, etc. This is a very wordy post. Whether you choose to read it or not, it won't hurt my feelings. Trust me.
 
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Things have been tough. Emotionally tough. I really have started to think I need to see a counselor. My husband doesn't understand. I constantly feel overwhelmed. I'm lacking major sleep because I can't shut my brain off. One would think that moving to 'paradise' would be all rainbows and sunshine...that I should be happy?! Well you see, we are faced with life amongst all the rainbows and sunshine (actually its rainy season right now...boo). 

Army/Milspouse Life:
 1-Money. It's expensive to live here. Sure, the Army gives you a certain amount of money but, when the other spouse can't find a job to save her life and you've got student loans to be paid every month it gets tight. Having no job then makes one feel useless. You live paycheck to paycheck. You have to say no to doing fun things on your list. It gets sad or old sometimes. I loathe money issues. I feel bad for even saying that, like I'm selfish and ungrateful but it weighs on me, constantly. I use to think I was simple, that I could merely enjoy simple things. I guess I don't?
2- Friends. Having little to no friends here has certainly not made things easier. You know those days where you really need girl time/time away from your hubby because he is driving you nuts? Ya... I just go to the beach, which isn't so bad but girl time is always good for the soul. Sometimes I just end up calling my mom. Part of it I think is my fault. I knew marrying into Army that military spouse friends would come and go due to PCSing so I chose to not allow myself any super close friendships. I can't just take a road trip...I'm on an island. Sure I could fly home... If I wanted to spend $800-1000 on a flight all the way across the US. (FL is home). Again, it's not easy.

3- Our Marriage. It's taken a serious backbone. As I said a few blog posts ago, it's been tough. It's been better lately actually, but could use some working on. We would like to see a marriage counselor but of course his work schedule doesn't allow it. He doesn't always get a lunch break. He is in bed by 7 every night, up at 4:30am. So, The Army does marriage retreats, which is pretty cool and before we got married we had talked about taking advantage of them. We've tried twice to go and Hubby can't get out of what he is doing...they won't let him. There's an awesome spouse day next week. Something I've been wanting to do.... Do you think his unit will allow the men to participate with their wives on this day?? Nope. The Army is not all about making marriages strong. When your in the Army, it's #1. Not you, not your spouse, not your kids. I knew I'd be marrying the Army when I married my Hubby. I just didn't realize it would be this bad/hard.

4- Plans. You can't hope for or plan anything in the Army. My husband has missed his twin brothers wedding and now will be missing his best friends wedding. There's a looming deployment and everything has been changing lately. It keeps getting pushed back and even has been talk of none at all. I can't get excited about that because they could easily up and change their minds, for the billionth time. This pushes back our plans of what I'd do while he is deployed and for seeing family (block leave). Everything is up in the air and I don't like it one bit. 

*Military life is different for every branch, rank, unit, and base. These are my feelings and opinions.*

School: for those who don't know, I am taking advantage of being a military spouse and getting a cert/license for Medical Assistant and possibly Pharmacy Tech. For Free. Awesome. It's taken a backbone a lot lately. I've had zero motivation. Like right now, I should be doing my schoolwork. 

Gym: my drug, my stress reliever. I can't keep a regular schedule. I use the gym on base because its free. But I only go during certain times because of how crowded it can get. Sometimes I'm not able to go or I have no motivation. Lately, I've been going maybe 2-3 times a week. I wish I could have a regular schedule again. I'm getting rounded and I don't like it one bit.

God: oh man. I don't like saying this but He has been shoved very far on the list. I mean...look where he is on this blog post??!! Dead last. It makes me sad, it does. But all this stuff, above, takes over my mind, my days. I'm beginning to think I wouldn't feel this way if I put wholeheartedly my trust back in him. To take care of me and my husband and all our worries. I really need a bible study group. Or to really just get my act together. I'd give anything for a week away to reboot my mind/body/soul.

Are you a Military spouse? Was your first year married to the Military like this? 

*I don't post this for sympathy, that's not what I am looking for. I simply want to know that this is normal or that someone else has experienced these things and has come out the other side of the storm. That they've made it through these military life obstacles. 



Much love from Hawaii.

xoxo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hawaii Favorites

{courtesy of google}

Hubby and I went out on Friday night for our Valentines Dinner and we actually got dressed up! We made the trek downtown. I LOVE playing tourist. I did it St. Augustine all the time and thoroughly take advantage of it here while I can. Waikiki is fun. Full of interesting people and lots of places to see...minus all the ritzy-overpriced-highend stores. 

 {the silver man of waikiki}


I enjoyed our night so much I thought that I'd share on here my two very favorite places one must go to when visiting Waikiki/Honolulu, Hawaii.


 This restaurant is Hawaii. It's named after the legendary Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. Duke is known as the Father of International Surfing and was Hawaii's Official Ambassador of Aloha in 1960. You feel his presence and the spirit of Aloha all throughout this restaurant, as well as Waikiki. Whether you get a quick drink and bite to eat at the Barefoot Bar or actually dine in the restaurant... you will not leave unsatisfied!



I strongly suggest the MaiTai's, Mahi fish tacos, and this:

{Opa - Duke's Style}



ONTO THE AFTER PARTY!......




The Edge is a pool side bar at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. It is the perfect spot to watch the sunset and have a few drinks. You can also enjoy nightly entertainment. Hawaiian music, a hula dancer, and a fire dancer. My favorites. I've been here about 4 times. Love love love.

Here are pictures of my very first time to Hawaii and The Edge!





 Aloha xoxo

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Nail Files


 


I have a slight major obsession with leopard print.

So when I saw a leopard print nail on Pinterest, I hunted down how this person got their nails to look like this! Which led me to KONAD. Konad uses a stamping system for nail art. It's pretty freaking cool. But timely, especially if you don't use the right nail polish....or let said nail polish dry. But it is so cool!!

*I DO suggest using Konad's nails polish or use a very thick nail polish*

{Konad products are cheaper on Amazon}

Konad Double Side Stamp Set


Konad Stamping Nail Art Image Plate M57


First try:


As you can see, my black was too thin. I didn't like how it turned out so I decided to try something else.

 {added a lil bit of the zebra print here}




{Essie: Good as Gold & Cute as a Button}


LOVED HOW THIS LOOK TURNED OUT!!!!

If you have patience, which I think if you do your own nails you kind of have to, then I strongly suggest getting these to add a lil flair to your nails.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

xoxo.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Valentine






I choose you for life.

I promise you my deepest love, my fullest devotion, my tenderest care, through the pressures of the present and the uncertainties of the future. I promise to be faithful to you. I promise to love you, to commit to you, and support you. I pledge to respect your unique talents and abilities, to lend you strength for all your dreams. You have shown me what love feels like and for that I thank you. You are everything I need and at this moment I know all of my prayers have been answered and that all of my dreams have come true. I praise God for you, for all of your love and constant friendship. I know that our love is heaven sent and I promise to be here forever and always. From this day forward, you shall not walk alone. My heart will be your shelter and my arms will be your home. As I have given you my hand to hold. I give you my life to keep.

Forever & ever.




Wednesday, February 13, 2013

First Love

 
MY FIRST LOVE...

You may know him. He's been on this blog a few hundred times.

We met via Craigslist. It was love at first sight. 



You greeted me with puppy breath and lots of kisses.

We bonded. You forever changed my life and heart.



"Who rescued who?"

Then I took your man-hood and you still loved me.



You make me laugh constantly. 

And make me want to vomit when you pass gas.


You are the cutest boy in the entire world.

I love you Jax baby!



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Skillet Cookie



These days... House Hold Goods excite me. 
But I seriously have never been THIS excited about a pan! 

Last week I went to my first Pampered Chef party. Mainly because I needed some girl time and was offered lots of food. The party, my friends, did NOT disappoint! I was thus put into a food coma and forced to buy things... And I now want everything in the Pampered Chef catalog.

The highlight of the party was the Skillet Cookie, made in the 8" Ceramic Saute Pan.

This pan is AMAZING! Doesn't need cooking spray. It's the PERFECT pan for making eggs, which I do every morning and hate the clean up. This makes my life 10x easier and awesomer, if awesomer was a word. Trust me. When I made the skillet cookie, I didn't use a lick of cooking spray!

video


IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE, YOU NEED ONE! {get it here}

SKILLET COOKIE

Ingredients:
1 package of pre-made cookie dough
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Syrup

Pampered Chef Tools Used:
8" Ceramic Saute Pan

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place cookie dough in the pan. No cooking spray or greasing. Pre-cut is best. Roll of cookie dough works just as well. Fill out the pan, one layer.
3. Bake 25-30 minutes.
3. Flip Saute Pan onto plate.
4. Top with ice cream.
5. Top ice cream with chocolate sauce.
6. Grab spoons or forks and enjoy!

Husband approved.

Next, I might try making the Skillet Cake! Nom nom nom.

To be continued...


Note: I was not compensated for this. It's my own personal review. It's too amazing of an item to not share.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SCENTSY SALE!



Just wanted to share with y'all that practically EVERYTHING from the Fall/Winter catalog is 10% off this month only! Perfect time to get that warmer you've been wanting and/or stock up on your favorite fragrances! 

Have a Sensational Day! 


Friday, February 1, 2013

The Nail Files




--- SUPER BOWL EDITION ---


I am rootin for the under dog and because I think it'd just be awesome to see Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens win! Either way, it should be an awesome game! Who are you hoping wins?

{white} Essie- Marshmellow
 {purple/blue sparkle} Essie- Stroke of Brilliance
Studs- Born Pretty (use code HDL91 for 10% off)


Have a safe & fun weekend!

DIPPIN


Ew, not that kind of dipping.... nor the kind where clothes come off.

I AM TALKING ABOUT CHIP DIP!

My favorite part about football? The dips, drinks, food.

If you want to out do what everyone else is bringing to your Superbowl Sunday party.... or if you need a super quick, super easy thing to bring along. Look no further, I have THE PERFECT DIP.


 {this is where a picture of the dip should be, if i had one. i always forget. it gets inhaled by the time i remember. sorry y'all. blogger/recipe fail. but trust me on this, k?!}


 1 can white corn (drained)
1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, diced*
4 green onions, diced*
1 packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix 
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 ripe avocados, diced

Combine all ingredients except for the avocado. Add the avocado prior to serving. Serve with Tostitos Scoop chips.

*I am not much of an onion fan so I sub this with a heaping teaspoon of onion powder.

You better believe i'll be making it this weekend.

Enjoy!!