Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Australian Gold Sunscreen!

I received this sunscreen about a week ago and I just had to share how much I love it. At first I wasn't sure how I would like it or if it had too much or a sunscreen scent to it but boy was I wrong!

When I popped open the cap I smelled a whiff of the tropics with just the right amount of coconut and maybe a little fruity?! I'm not exactly sure how to describe it but trust me it doesn't smell like your typical sunscreen. It's actually quite nice! I like to put this on after my moisturizer in the morning, it's light and the coverage is pretty good too. 

My favorite thing about this product would have to be the scent and how light it feels on my skin.

I can see myself wearing this quite often and purchasing more in the future.  I even think my boyfriend and niece would use it too! Great product and I highly recommend it! @AustralianGold @influenster #LivetheGoldLife #contest

* I received this product complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own *

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Orange Glad April box!

For as long as I can remember I have always had a sweet tooth! I discovered Orange Glad by scrolling through Instagram.  They had a special going on so I had to partake in this special to try a few goodies each month.  This box is $19.95/month and they also have a double treats box for $31.95/month.  These boxes are curated with different treats from around the country and Canada.  This is one of the boxes I really look forward to receiving because you never really know what you're going to get or what you're going to like.  This month's box I have really liked! 

Fairytale Brownies
This was the first treat I tried from the April box and I absolutely loved it! These brownies are made in Phoenix Arizona by lifelong friends.  When you bite into this brownie it's soft and moist. Once you start eating a few bites the flavor is so delicious that you can't save it for later.  At least, I couldn't.  It's rich and yummy! I'm actually considering getting some for my mom for Mother's day and just to have some in my apartment! It's that good! 

A Couple of Squares 
Next up was the chocolate chip biscuit from A Couple of Squares! Made in Ontario Canada by two lovely ladies that certainly know what they're doing.  These biscuits are buttery with the perfect amount of crisp without being too hard on your teeth.  I especially loved these and know they would pair well with a cup 'o joe or glass of milk.  Sadly, it's not available in the state I'm living in yet and I couldn't find how I can purchase them online, yet, so I'm hoping they offer to sell them on the Orange Glad site next month!  These are great!. 

Quin Candy
These chews hail from Portland Oregon and they are filled with deliciousness!  I haven't really tried a lot of chews in my life so far, I've had taffy from Colorado and if sourpatch kids count then I've had those.  But these chews, their really something special.  They're made in small batches so you know the attention to detail is on point.  I love the flavors they have 

Toffee Talk 
Almond and Chocolate Toffee.  This was great, I don't eat toffee to much but I liked this one.  No complaints here! 

Final Thoughts

It's a great box and with a coupon going on right now it's even better! Use code: mothersday40s  for 40% your box! Go ahead, treat yo-self!  I love that Orange Glad curates different sweets from all over which is good and bad depending on how much you love the sweets! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

It really works!

A few months ago my sister shared with me about these Greens on the go packs that are filled with good for you stuff and enough greens for you to keep you going throughout the day.  She told me about becoming a loyal member, 3 months on auto-shipment, then free shipping after that.  I considered this for awhile, then decided to go for it.  I had nothing to lose and I've been trying to incorporate more healthy goodness in my life anyways.  

It works has a bunch of stuff to help you reach your weight loss goals, products to get your antioxidants, and products for your personal skin care routine.   My first two months as a loyal customer I purchased the It Works Greens Chews! These small purple rectangular chews are so delicious, it's like a treat when I pop a couple in my mouth as I start my day.  Two Chews a day give you the equivalent of 20 cartons of blueberries!  Crazy right, but I love it!  The biggest benefit I've noticed since taking these is, I'm going through the Spring season changes without getting sick! This is big for me, since I would normally get sick since I'm not used to the seasonal changes up here in Nebraska.  

After a couple months of receiving these chews I'm happy I tried something new and I now have something great I believe in and want to share with you.   I already have the Defining gel in my cart for next month, it does wonders for my eczema! If  you're interested in any other products they might have check out my sister's blog to read about some of her favorite products and her It Works! site for more product information.  I highly recommend these products for any goal that you have or if you're just looking to get some healthy into your routine!  

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Bespoke Post February 2015!

This was the first month I've tried this subscription box and I am so glad I did.  I first found out about this subscription from the amazing blog from Sarah.  I first found her incredible collection from her Instagram.  I checked out Bespoke Post's website and loved the incredible quality and thought that goes into each of the boxes that offer.  I signed up recently because my boyfriend's and my anniversary was coming up and I wanted to gift him something functional and durable.  For February, I chose the Sweat box.  This box is also still available if you're interested and it comes in 3 colors.  

This bag is made by Blue Claw Co.  in the good 'ol US of A!  The quality is top notch and it can be used to travel, go to the gym, going to Comic conventions, whatever.  It has two side straps and a cross body strap to make carrying this duffel easy peasy.  
Retail: $145

The other great item that came in this box was the Lululemon small towel.  It says it's a small towel but it's pretty big.  This is great to wipe my boyfriend's sweat after a good run or whatever he needs it for.  I've never tried any of Lululemons products so this should be promising!  
Retail: $18. 

Final Thoughts: 
This monthly subscription is $45/month  and you can skip any month if you're not feeling the products or you just need to skip the month.  You can also choose a different box if you don't like the one they've chosen for you.  They have a great list of boxes this month and will probably choose the Polished or Worn next time around.  Even better, my boyfriend loved his gift! I gave him a few other things as well but he instantly knew he'd use these products and could tell they were very well made.  I'm very happy with this subscription and look forward to receiving more boxes in the future for the man in my life, this can even go for brothers, Brothers in law, dads, uncles, grandpas.    If you have no idea what to gift the men in your life check out Bespoke post! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's on my Bucket List so I wanted to Try the World Venice!

A part of me has always had this travel bug just ready and waiting to explore and embrace cultures different from my own and foods that look and taste delicious but are incredibly different from food back home in the states and of course back home in Hawai'i.

I've been fortunate to travel a bit in the states with family, like New Orleans, Colorado--Estes Park, Denver--, Chicago, Las Vegas, Utah, Grand Canyon, Washington State and D.C., Virginia, San Francisco, and briefly in a few areas that I'm not sure count.  {Walt Disney World Marathon at WDW?}  I've also been been fortunate to visit the Phillipines, where my boyfriend and his family are from, and spend a few days in Bangkok, Thailand.  I have yet to visit the other side of the continental United States, up north in Canada, or Europe, but I'm hoping in a few years after I complete my degree we can do so.  

So... when I found this company I was excited to try out the surprises that they would send right to my door!  Even better there was a chance to win a trip to Venice, a place that has been on my list of places to visit since high school and a place I named my late bunny.  I have no idea how I found out about this company but I think it is a great concept and can really bring the 'World'  to people's homes.   As you can see the box is a gorgeous almost Tiffany blue color, we'll call it Audrey Hepburn green, because I adore her and this is a little more green than blue.  It too can be a great gifting box if you have no idea what to use it for yourself.  

As you can see, there's a bunch of goodies packed into this fairly small box.  And packed it was, I was worried that something might have opened in transit based on a few other's experiences I've read about on this company's facebook page, but everything was secure and happy!  They've included some great information about the products which is helpful since some of the items, the coffee and chocolate covered cherries, are in Italian.  a good sign...if you know what I mean! ;)  There's even a little informational book with Italian recipes, some great info from their Expert, David Rosengarten, who helped create this Venice Box, and some historical info about the Carnival of Venice and stories behind the Carnival Masks.  I'll be keeping this book for a long time and will take it with me whenever it is that I visit Venice.  

Mogi Coffee
 I cheated a bit on this, I read a wonderful review that was featured on their facebook page and she wrote a lot about this coffee.  I wasn't sure I would have it in my box because they've recently become fairly popular and may have run out of it, but luckily I had it and it's the first thing I tried from this box.  The can is fairly small but the coffee packs a punch! When I opened the tin cover the aroma of the coffee was deep and full bodied.  I grew up around Kona coffee in my house and my best friend lives on a Kona Coffee farm so I feel a wee bit exposed to coffee. There's a distinct difference in smell and taste between this Italian coffee and coffee back home.  Distinct in a good way!! I've never tried coffee from another country before so this is my first step in doing so.  Normally I put cream and two sugars in my coffee, I know bad, but with this coffee I had it with coconut milk and it was divine! No sugar needed!! It's hard for me to drink black, so just coconut milk and the coffee, mmm. It's worth trying! 

Domori Cherry Chocolate Treats
I ripped open this bag and have been munching on this as I have been writing.  Have you ever tried those dilettante chocolate covered fruits you can find on the shelf at Trader Joe's?  Great right?  Well, these are fantastic! The cherry flavor is rich and juicy while the chocolate is dense with a bit of cocoa coating around it.  I probably wouldn't eat this on the regular but it definitely feels like a treat! It's made of Criollo cocoa, which I've never had before, but it is delish!  

Apicoltura Luca Finocchio, thousand flowers honey
There's something about honey that makes it so versatile and yummy! My favorite way to use honey is on fruits in the morning for breakfast, in yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies.  I've even used honey as a cough and cold syrup with my Frankincense and On Guard DoTerra oils.  This honey is made on a farm in Tornarreccio, also known as the honey capital of Europe and its made to taste like the flowers that inspire it.  This company, according to the info card, prides itself on their knowledgeable and sustainable care for the bees that make this honey. I look forward to trying this in my tea or with my fruits!  

White Truffle Oil
This is the Mystery Treat!! It looks like every Try the World box comes with some sort of mystery treat and mine just happened to be...White Truffle Oil, I mean what more can I say? Maybe...YUMM!! 

La Bandita Di Danielea Mariotti, pear and grappa jam
This jam comes from a small farm in a province called Siena, it's a family owned farm.  The flavor of this jam/jelly sounds interesting as it is made with a brandy that is indigenous to the region of Italy.  I'm sure this would taste lovely on some crackers and cheese maybe a little bit of prosciutto as well.  This is a keeper for sure.   

Perugina, chocolate tab
I am a chocolate lover to the bone, so trying chocolate from a different country gives me an excitement only similar chocolate lovers experience.  It's as though a little happy dance goes on inside my heart when I am in the vicinity some a new chocolate! This chocolate is old school, it's from a confectionery that was founded in 1907, by Luisa Spagnoli and Giovanni Buitoni in Central Italy.  It's limoncello and dark chocolate, so this will probably be a bunch of citrusy divine goodness in my mouth.  I may share this with my mom and only ask for a bite of it.  We shall see! 

Marinella, spaghettata mix
I'm a little nervous to try this spaghettata mix as it is a spicy mix of flavors you just put in olive oil, let it soak for 10 mins then toss in cooked spaghetti.  This sounds like something locals would easily prepare for friends and family.  I may try this for my boyfriend since he has a spicy tooth, just not sure how this will taste.  But, that's what subscription boxes are all about right? Trying new products! 

There's a lot of products in this box and the concept of this company is fabulous!  I appreciate these carefully curated items that seem to be what locals enjoy in Venice.  I have no idea of the value of these items and if it was less, equal to, or more than what I paid, which was $39.  I will say I am happy with the products I was given in this box.  I love coffee, the chocolates are great, and I know I will use the truffle oil, jam, and honey.  I may gift the honey but either way I will use these products.  

Try the World: $39 every 2 months.  They do have 6 months, $105 ($35/box) and Yearly $198 ($33/box).  Each of them auto renews and you will have to email them to suspend or cancel subscription.  

*Descriptions of the items were used from the Info card provided by Try the World.  Opinions and photos are mine.  

Remembering my roots and February Glossybox!

It's been quite some time since I've updated this blog and as 2015 moves forward I feel excited to start this blog up again and share my life with the world.  Last year was a whirlwind of preparing myself to apply for Graduate school, so you can only imagine the stress of work, life, and a quiet determination to stay focused,  in order to keep my 5 year journey worth every step I took. Crazy year I tell you, but so far, it's all good! 

To help keep myself sane there were a few subscription boxes that I was gifted and tried during the second half of 2014 which I'm bringing into 2015.  I had tried Glossybox for several months and some of the products were wonderful and some were just okay.  I just renewed Glossybox this month because I actually wanted the limited edition LOVE box, but alas, that did not happen but I still get a great box I can use to gift someone their birthday gift. 
This month's box looks great so far.  The packaging is always stellar from Glossybox and they really make you feel excited when you open it.  The box itself is very sturdy and I will tell you from experience, all those boxes I got last year I used as my gift boxes for family and they all loved it!  So be good to the world and reuse these gorgeous and well made boxes.  Glossybox is $21/month and has monthly, 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions.  Be sure to use EBates to get some cash back and check for coupons, or deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, or other similar sites for discounts! 

First up is the Ritual Cosmetics Foaming Shower Gel Sensation in Yogi Flow
 Say that 5 times fast, now go!  That is a mouthful.  This cleanser smells delicious.  The info card encourages you to "Channel your inner goddess," and I believe that you can certainly do this with this cleanser.  The shower is one of my favorite places to relax and decompress after a long day.  Of course baths are just a relaxing, but to me, there's something so calming feeling water from the shower against your body.  This cleanser would be luscious and keep me smelling lovely after a nice shower.  Looking forward to trying this one! 
Value: $15

Julep Color Treat in Heartleigh
I was eager to check out the nail polish from Julep that was included in this box.  I rarely ever give myself manicures but when I do, it's gonna be with some cute nail polish like this one.  It has itty bitty hearts in it, white sparkles and metallic specks.  This is perfect for Valentine's day or any day you wanna get some extra sparkle but aren't into statement jewelry.  A lovely little tid bit about this nail polish is that it is formulated to help your nail beds breathe, it's Vegan (I would hope so!!) and gluten-free. (Not that I'm all for gluten but it's interesting that the info card added that in there.  
Value: $14

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Wind: 
Here's a better picture of the color.  It's a nice nude pink that almost has a bit of coral in it to make it interesting.  Nude colors usually look washed out on me since I now live in Nebraska and avoid tanning beds like the plague, but I can see myself wearing this when I visit my home in Hawai'i where, despite wearing a high SPF of 47 and reapply, I still get a little golden.  It's feels nice on my lips, none of that sticky business that you sometimes find with glosses.  This is a winner in my book for sure! 
Value: $20 

Teadora Nourishing Beauty Bar in Rainforest at Dawn
I've always wondered if luxury soaps were really worth the price tag they carry.  I currently use Dove soap and have no complaints, but this bar soap looks promising.  According to the info card this soap contains Amazonian superfruites, coffee butter and powerful botanicals and promises to hydrate and firm skin.  It smells refreshing and citrusy.  It's about the size of a bar of soap you'd find at hotels like Caesar's palace or along those lines of hotels.  It would be great to keep in a guest bathroom or to take when traveling.  I will probably gift this to my mom, who loves fancy soaps like these.  Her very own box of goodies, I think she'll like that! Mother's day is just around the corner peeps! 
Value: $5

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner 
This I will use.  I have pretty long, thick, wavy hair so girls like me condition more than shampooing.  Am I right girls?  I've never heard of this brand but if what they say is true then I will consider this as part of my regimen.  It has a nice fruity scent and promises to cleanse while keeping your natural oils, moisture, and color.  This is a replacement of shampoo and conditioner, it must be a new 'trend' or direction in hair care so I'm eager to try this out.  
Value: $36
Total: $90 
If you're wondering what subscription box to get that will be worth your hard earned money, Glossybox is a winner in that respect.  I paid $21 for this month and got $90 worth of products that I probably would never given a second glance to in a store or online.  That's their point, they want to bring luxury brands and brands we may not know about into our homes for us to try.  If you're wondering what beauty subscription to try and want to make sure sure it's worth it, check out Glossybox!  I'm not sure if I will renew again, but I'm very happy with this month.  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Everyone's Talking About It

If you're a Bachelor or Bachelorette fan I'm sure you know all that has been going on in the last couple of weeks with the lovely ladies and with Juan Pablo.  Before I get into my thoughts about that I want to make it clear that I loved this season from the start.  I thought the women on this show were fun, had great personalities, and I'm pretty sure I said once or twice to my boyfriend that I would/would love to be one of their friends in real life.
Via ABC The Bachelor

My favorite ladies:

    • Sharleen: I loved her from the beginning because of her ethnic mix, cultural diversity, and style.  As a woman born & raised in Hawai'i when you see someone who exemplifies that diversity it gives you a bit of warm and fuzzyness inside.  Being ethnically mixed myself I knew she was of Chinese and another ethnicity which apparently is a mixture of European and Aboriginal descent I found, which is so different from seasons past so far.  In the beginning I thought she would be great for Juan Pablo because they each bring different cultures to the table. Canadian woman who lives in Germany to a Venezuelan who lives in the U.S. But the lack of a 'cerebral' connection was clear and I get that sometimes you want to have those intellectual and articulate conversations where you're on the same page with that guy. I give all my respect to her for giving such honest and real 'confessions' throughout the Bachelor.  She seemed the most intuitive of her feelings and did what was best for her, which in reality is just what someone would do in real life.  If you just aren't feeling that connection, you let go and do what's best for you to find that person that encompasses what you are seeking in a partner, husband or wife. I especially loved her quote: "I want him to see a panda in a room full of brown bears," and she clearly was.  
      via ABC The Bachelor
    • Renee:  Such a beautiful woman who was obviously loved by every girl in the house.  It was never a surprise that the girls, when they needed someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on, Renee was there comforting them.  You could tell from the start how big of a heart she has for her son and others.  During the hometown dates it was such a sweet moment to see her hug her son after such a long time.  It was easy to tell what kind of a mom she is to Ben and what a great catch she would be for any man.  I truly wish her the best because she deserves someone just as amazing as she is.  
      via ABC The Bachelor
    • Andi:  I loved Andi from the start as well.  I thought she exuded strength, dignity, and a fun loving personality throughout the season.  For a woman to have the career that she does I thought it was wonderful and refreshing to see someone on the show that was beautiful and conservative at the same time.  In a society where scantily clad women are the norm, it was nice to see someone rock dresses and swimsuits that still allowed for a little mystery.  I certainly understand her stance about how her overnight went as well.  It's easy to be unsure of what you want in a relationship when you're in your twenties, but I think she has a clear idea and I know she will find someone who is all in with her as she is in with him.  I also love that they aired the confrontation because it shows how communication can be misinterpreted easily between men and women.  Communication is such an important aspect in a relationship, I've learned that the most beneficial thing you can do is to communicate what you're saying in a way that is understandable towards the other person.  If it means saying it 2,3,4, or 5 different ways for them to understand, do it.  
      via ABC The Bachelor
    • Clare:  Clare has such a kind and open heart it almost makes me worry for her because I don't want her to get hurt.  Throughout the season it almost felt as though she might have been infatuated with Juan Pablo, but it's pretty clear that they have a connection so we'll see what happens next week.  I loved seeing her family and could totally relate to her relationships with her sisters and her mom.  Her mom was so cute and I got this sense of her strength and why her husband fell in love with her.  Whomever Clare marries, that man will be very lucky.
      via ABC The Bachelor
    • Nikki :  I think I started liking Nikki as a person when she went on her one on one date with Juan Pablo, rappelling in a cave.  It's certainly not an easy thing to do and it showed her willingness to try new things and trust in Juan Pablo.  I loved seeing her friendships with the other girls on the show too it shows that even though she and Clare didn't get along she still made great friends during the season.  I think it's pretty important and of course great to have girl friends and seeing those friendships grow from the show is such an amazing thing to see.  I also just adored her hometown date with Juan Pablo and meeting her family.  Seeing her in her own element was great, I think it allowed him to get a bigger picture of how she came to be.  Her parents were so wonderful, when her dad talked to Juan Pablo I started tearing, that's a great set of parents she has, she is blessed!
      via ABC The Bachelor
All the girls on this season were just wonderful.  I loved Kelly and her cute doggie Molly, Chelsie was also a favorite of mine, I loved her positive personality and how full of life she is. I also loved Cassandra and despite how young she is she has such an elegance and sophistication about her.

Each woman brought something unique to the table this season and it's easy to see why Juan Pablo would cry after letting some of these ladies go.  The season still has another week or two to go and next week is the Women Tell All which I'm anxious to see.  I began following some these ladies on twitter & Instagram and just love how close they've become and how much fun they have.  It's definitely great to see all these women still maintaining their friendships after the show concludes.

Lastly, I wanted to thank the Bachelor ladies for going on the show and letting America get to know each of you a little throughout the show and allowed us to get a glimpse of  who you are.  To put a hold on your life and take a chance at love says a lot about all of you and I wish you all the best and know that whomever you find as your partner in life, will be one lucky man!  *cheers*


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Wow 2014!

Welcome to 2014!
It is now January 8th and my oh my has it been a whirlwind of fun, changes, and happenings. 

Here are a few memorable events that I loved about 2013!
  • Celebrated 2 years with my love
  • Visited my home in Honolulu to celebrate my bestie's wedding to her love
  • Spent some quality time with my family and besties at home
  • completed my pre-requisites for an Occupational Therapy Master's program
  • Started working at a great company (PayPal) where I've learned so much about myself, people, and made some wonderful friends
  • Flew to Alexandria & D.C. to celebrate another beautiful wedding for Joel's brother to the beautiful Meghan!
  • Got to see the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, WWII memorial and the White House! 
  • Found an awesome brick walled apartment complete with bay window and the all the space I would need!
  • Celebrated my fourth Christmas in Nebraska with my Mom, Joel and his family, and had some family fly in from Honolulu to celebrate the holidays too! 
  • Learned to commute on a bicycle which I have grown to enjoy!
  • Joel and I were lucky on Black friday with a great TV & Blue Ray
  • Had a wonderful New Year's with those I love deeply!
  • Welcomed my cute nephew into the world!
  • Looking forward to seeing families grow in 2014! ;)
  • As hard as it can be...learned to keep putting one step in front of the other when life seems to push you a step back.     
  • Learned to stop being a procrastinator, something I hope to carry over to 2014!
  • Been blessed with an amazing support system from my boyfriend, family, and friends.
2013 has been filled with blessings I am incredibly grateful for, I look forward to what's to come in 2014 and to claim the blessings I have been working towards for years now :) 
Here are a few things I hope to achieve in 2014, inspired by Lauren Conrad!
  1. A bad habit I'm going to break: spending frivilously.
  2. A destination I'd like to visit: Zion
  3. I'm going to work harder at: SAVING SAVING SAVING!
  4. A project Id like to finish: Decorating my bedroom.
  5. A class i'd like to take: OT 101 ;)
  6. I'd like to spend more time doing: Ballet Beautiful
  7. A food I want to eat more of: Veggies & Fruits
  8. I want to wear more: pink & flowers
  9. My ultimate goal this year: Achieve chapter 1 of my OT program :) 
As a reminder to myself this year I plan to print these out and place them in a beautiful frame next to my bed.
2014 I am ready for you!


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