San Diego Vacation!

Phew! Two vacations in one summer is a bit much for me. Especially since I hardly ever vacation to begin with. BUT I just got back from San Diego California and I haven't posted in a while so I figured why not share some random photos! I've been to California a lot when I was little but I've never really done any of the touristy stuff. So this year me and my sisters DID ALL THE STUFF! (Well most of it!) It was quite fun! I love the beach and my sisters. This was a good way to close the summer. (Am I the only one ready for fall?!)
 California are much beaches are much different from Hawaii beaches. Seems like no two beaches are the same!
 We went to the Zoo! Seems kinda childish but was totally my favorite part of the whole trip! The place is massive, but lovely! It took the whole day and we didn't even see all of it!
 They had an exhibit of pollinators and of course BEES! My favorite! I loved this little house for solitary bess. So cute!
After the zoo we went to Hodads. This little burger place that everyone was recommending and my brother in law really wanted to go. It was cool! Just a quirky little place with massively huge burgers!
 We also went to the U.S.S Midway Museum. I'm not the biggest fan of boats or airplanes, but it was way neat.
I didn't even know there were that many kinds of helicopters. Turns out theres a ton! 
Flight deck was windy! You can always spot a Germaine by its teeth. haha
 You can walk though all the control rooms and cabins of the Midway. It was hella cool. Kinda cramped and smelt a bit weird, but cool none the less!
We also went to Old Town San Diego. I didn't take very many photos this day. We had gone to Sea Port Village earlier that day and I was pooped by the time we got there! 
Overall a very lovely weekend with some very beautiful people! Have you been to San Diego? Did I miss out on any cool touristy stuff? I think I've had enough vacation for now. Now to struggle though the vacation hang over. The weekend can't come soon enough!

National Honey Bee Day!

Photo by Amada Duy
I adore honey bees! Its been an obsession for a while, so I'm ecstatic to announce that today is National Honey Bee Day! (and beekeeping day!) So go out and plant some bee friendly flowers or just learn more about how wonderful these little guys are!

Here are some of my favorite honey bee songs!


ALSO! I totally need a bunch of THESE beeees! Eeep so cute! Oh happy honey bee day!

Hawaii Vacation!

Phew! Time is getting away from me to say the least. Here are some photos from my Hawaii vacation from back in July. Is it mid August already? This summer has been a stressful and wacky one to say the least. But I had a wonderful time and was quite lazy when it came to the photo taking. Here are some of my favorite ones that I wanted to share!
 
My cute annoying niece! We went to Hawaii for a family reunion and spent most of the weekend at Keokea Beach Park. A little rocky but really beautiful.
My sister making leis for the reunion. 
More lei making with my sister and Sybil! 
 
Making laulaus! Lots of work, but really yummy! 
Little bundles of amazing-ness! 
We were in town shopping and I saw this flyer. I thought it was super cute "text miss kitty" hehe
Afternoon at Spencers Beach Park. This is our go to beach when we're in Hawaii. Mostly cause the water is mellow, not rocky and not too terribly crowded. 
My grandmas grave! We made it a point to put in "fresh" fake flowers and clean it up a bit. It was such a beautiful day and surprisingly peaceful. 
Such a wonderful trip! I got to see so many beautiful people and remind myself how awesome it is to be part Hawaiian. Hopefully I can go back soon! This weekend we'er off to San Diego! Crazy summerness! Timing is kinda bad, but thats been the theme for this year it seems like. 

Little Lazy Blogger.

Phew! Life seemed to catch up with me real quick the past few weeks. I always feel a little bit blue when I'm not keeping up with my blog. Mostly because its something that makes me happy and not finding time for it is just a nightmare! BUT since I am an adult (unfortunately) things get in the way of happiness at times. Luckily never for long.

List of things as of late: 
1-Had to find a new home, but didn't. So homeless I guess would be the correct term? But not for long!! I suppose this could count as a major adult fail.  
2- This does mean my crafty supplies are sitting in boxes. Which is super depressing. 
3- Had an amazing Hawaii vacation. Got to see so many beautiful relatives that I miss so much! (I'll have to post photos soon-ish!)
4- Going to go to San Diego in a week or so! So more beach time! Yay. 
5- It doesn't matter how much sun I get my legs are still ghostly white. Hopefully one more beach trip will do the trick! If not I've learned to just own up to what you're given. Even if that is pale skin!
6- This summer is going by way to fast and I seriously feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!
7- THIS song has been tugging at my heart strings lately. Also you can find the ukulele chords HERE
8- When I get my craft stuff out of storage THIS is on the list of projects to try out!
9- Since getting back from Hawaii I found THIS Hawaiian donut food truck that is AH-mazing! If you're in the area check it out! Taste just like da kine you can get on the Big Island!
10- I've been realizing the past week how truly amazing my family and friends are. Cause man there is no way I could survive with out them!

Cheers to good people and the lovely things in life.

Facts About Being a Lady: Party In My Pants!

I was reading a blog post a while ago about the company Party In My Pants. I can't seem to find the post now which bums me out. Basically its a company that makes these really pretty cloth pads. Now when I was first looking at the site I kept thinking-- oh yikes. I'm sure I've talked about cloth pads with my sisters before and we all kinda cringed a little bit. After reading the site though it seemed not so bad. So I got the free sample to test it out! That went very well so I took the plunge and tossed some money in and changed the way I was doing thing. Since doing so I've wanted to share my enlightenment with everyone so I figured I'd do a review post!

Here it goes!
Things that I liked:
- Lots of options! They have different sizes, patterns, shapes and materials. I've tried about one of everything and I love them all. Although I like the flannel material the best!
- Better for the environment! When you start thinking about how many pads you can use just in one year. Its crazy! I know its just a small change for a big problem, but you have to start somewhere right?
-Super comfy! I was afraid that with out the sticky-ness that disposable pads have that things would be moving and not so nice. BUT its not bad at all. There is a little bit of adjusting to be done but after a little bit you get use to it. The extra extender snaps help a ton! I highly recommend getting them!
- You always have them! No more running to the store. Also if you're starting to run out you can just wash them and you're good to go. Theres a bit of comfort just knowing that you don't have to worry about not having any supplies when you need them
-How easy it is to fold them up! I was real worried about what to do with the used ones. But once they are used they are easy to fold up and hides all the icky stuff until you can get a chance to wash them. Have a little wet bag really helps! Its really it all about getting a system that works for you!

Things I didn't like:
- Initial cost. Even though you save a lot of money in the long run, dropping all the money at the start kinda sucks.
-Change more often. I've found that with cloth pads I have to change more frequently then with the disposable ones. Which makes sense cause whatever those infinity Always pads are made of are a science miracle. They hold so much liquid!!

Phew so there you have it! What kinda products do you like to use? I'm always curious to hear what other women are using and how it works for them. I know there are a few other companies out there like this one. I'm looking forward to trying out some other ones. I think its safe to say that I'll be using cloth pads for a long time!

Desk Findings: Scraps + Pens

Cleaning off my desk today and found some neat things I wanted to share! 
1- Le Pens! I kinda adore these pens for journaling. Super fine point and come in lots of colors! 
2- Scrappies from my art journal. Still using up bits from my Messy Box. Also a really cool old photo I got from a pen pal! 
3- Little bits from my pen pal! I love the proud pen pal sticker. I have the prefect spot for it on my planner. You can find her blog HERE

Yay for clean spaces! 

Song and Doodle #51

Beautiful lovely Paula Fuga is on my mind a lot these days! She's such an inspiration and I hope one day I can play the ukulele as good! She just has feel good tunes. She's got a killer voice and can write a lovely song. Her tunes always feel like summer to me! You can find the ukulele chords to this song HERE! Seems like a fairly easy song to learn and an easy one to sing along with. Give it ago and tell me what you think!

"And all these loving memories
I promise to keep with me"

Ukulele Adventures: Elliot Smith

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Its been a while since I learned a new song on the ukulele. When I saw Ukulele Hunt posted an Elliot Smith song I knew I wanted to learn it! I've been needing the challenge and this one is perfect. I love that he has little samples you can listen too to get the strumming right. Also that little riff is amazing! I normally have issues reading tabs, so I should really start to practice more.

What do you think? Are you and Elliot Smith fan? This song totally seems like something you could just make your own. I love songs like that! You can find the chords and post HERE!

Any other ukulele songs you think I should try out?

Facts About Being a Lady: Natural Beauty Products!

Lately I've been trying my best to change to all natural beauty products. It seems so weird that its taken me this long to realize the icky stuff that is in most beauty products. Also that there are other alternatives out there! It makes sense that to feel good you need to put good stuff on your body. It seems like we live in such a chemically world when we really don't have too. I'm also finding that buying all natural can help support independent companies. Indie companies care about there clients and want them to feel good and make good products! So here a few products and companies that I've tried or want to try!

ONE: Battys Bath! This one was recommended by a pen pal of mine. They some some unique products and a lot of information about skin and what makes healthy skin. I really feel like this lady knows what she's talking about. I started out with THIS kit for black heads. I get lots of funkiness around my nose and needed something that would get rid of it and prevent break outs from over exfoliating. This is prefect! I love the clean feel the soap has and the moisturizer is effective but not greasy. I also got THIS hydrating gel. It felt a little weird at first but after a week I felt a difference in the way my skin felt. I didn't get that weird tightness I usually got after washing my face. It seems a little pricy but definitely worth it! They have a ton of great products, so check them out!


TWO: Good 4 You! I bought the Sandalwood Blush Powder and I LOVE it!  I use it on top of my foundation. It matches my skin perfectly and gives my skin this amazing natural color and feel. Its light and fluffy, smells amazing and a little bit of it goes a long way. You definitely get your monies worth! I also got some Blemish Balm. I enjoy this product a lot. Its good for the little blemishes but probably wouldn't be too effective on a really big one. It is really good for prevention, especially if you have any dry patches on your face. When I use tea tree oil on some of my blemishes the surrounding skin gets dried out, this is perfect to get rid of that! Check out her shop! She's got a ton of make up, hair stuffs and some really unique products!


THREE: Queen Bee Trading Co! This is a newer one that I've tried. I bought some hair care products for my Hawaii vacation. She has some in cute little 2oz. bottles. Which is prefect for traveling. You can get her products in a MILLION different scents! I ended up with Coconut detangler, Awapuhi hair serum and Good Karma sea salt spray. They all smell amazing! The scent is surprisingly strong! I'm excited to use these! I'll have to let you know how it turns out!

FOUR: Naturally Roberta! This is a new one that I stumbled upon. I was looking for a pressed compact powder. I just can't seem to get the powder stuff to get on my face efficiently enough. So I like pressed powder a lot more! I wanted to find one that was chemical free and that I could refill the compact to cut down on waste. This one fits all the requirements! I am a little nervous about what color to choose, so I've orders some samples. I'm really excited to try it out!
FIVE: DIY Sunscreen! I bought some sun screen the other day and I was just blown away by how many options there are! They all have this weird chemically smell to them. Don't get me wrong the sun screen smell reminds me of childhood summers and I adore it! BUT there has to be a better option, right? I really wanna try this one out! I love coconut and I love that I can add any scent I want to it. Do you have any sunscreen secrets that you want to share?

Phew! So many products so little time! I want to try them all. I wish I had more money! 

As of Late + Links!

Image by Theo Blazy
1- I cut my thumb nail too short this morning and its been bugging me ever since! 
2- So THIS bunny is both adorable and creepy! 
3- Spending all day in an air conditioned building makes me forget its summer, then the weekend comes and I'm DYING! 
4- The hunt for a new place to live continues. You know some kitchens still have carpet in them? WHY is that still a thing! 
5- I'm not usually one for rock music, but I'm LOVING these cute badass girls! 
6- THIS post on Rad and Hungry was really neat! 
7- Vacations always stress me out a little bit. Being a homebody makes leaving home tough sometimes! 
8- Floating record player? Looks stunning but makes me kinda nervous I'm not gonna lie.
9- The rewatch ability of the Office is amazing! I don't think i'll ever get old of it. 
10- I hate wearing a swim suit but love the beach so I guess I'll just have to deal.