Saturday, May 31, 2014

Family Day.

Yesterday I knocked out like nobody's business! And let me tell you why. So, on Thursday night I decided to pull an all-nighter to prep my classroom for the summer...and just do a lot of school stuff. So I didn't go to sleep until 4am. I knew that I can survive the day on 3 hours of sleep. I've done it before...and I thought that since the next day was Friday, I'll have all weekend to relax. But guess what?! I get a phone call FORTY-FIVE minutes later. It was my friend Jess who is sick. And has decided to call in-sick. Which is fine because she has been really sick the whole week. She stuck it out like the amazing person that she is. And I actually didn't mind taking over her shift. Oh yeah, that is why she called. The only problem, she is an opener. She goes to work at 5:30am...which means, I had to go to work on 45 minutes of sleep when I thought that I would at least have 3 hours. I thought that I would have been able to make it...but then several people called in sick...and guess what?! I was asked to close. So I worked a VERY VERY long day. So like I said, I knocked out.

And while I was knocked out, my sister kept calling and texting me (among other people!) I may be knocked out...but I am also a very light sleeper...and if someone calls and I see it's someone that is family I will always pick up the phone. So, it being my sister, I was picking up the phone. But it was nothing really life-threatning...just plans on what she wanted to do today. I was barely functioning when she was calling me...but I got the gist of the fact that she wanted to have a family day at Ka'ena Point. It was confusing...but you know what?! It was super fun! Look at this view!


We decided to plant ourselves at this beautiful North Shore place...and just look how perfect it looks. That is au natural...no filter...just the pure beauty of Hawai'i. I love it. And you know what else I love....


....coral?! One reason why I love this place is because of all the wonderful coral here! And a lot of fun tide-pooling! The water was so clear and it was a fun, family day. We all did our own individual things, but we also did things together. And it was fun. And I was able to get a lot of coral, shells, and sea glass for my collection. 

After that, I went to my sister's house to spend more time with her and her fambam. While we were there, we decide to walk around and go get dessert at our favorite frozen yogurt, Menchie's. Before we went there, my sister wanted to go to Executive Chief to look for more bread pans...but guess what I got?!


...I got more tea for me! I so need a new storage for all the tea that I have! But my all-time favorite tea is Irish Breakfast. So I got me some Irish Breakfast...and then I got some Matcha Tea...I love me some matcha tea. And then we walked to the other side of the street and got me some...


...new running shoes and socks! I have decided that starting tomorrow, I will try to exercise EVERYDAY...and run whenever I can. I got these shoes on sale and they are the same brand that I got my other pair of running shoes. And those socks are just so happy. So some motivation for me. :)


And then guess what?! We finally went to our favorite frozen yogurt place. It's a place where "we make you smile."


Even my DollGirl had some to, and boy did she love it a lot. Her face was priceless. But you know what was even better?


When we gave her the choice to finish her little sample of frozen yogurt or have strawberries, she chose the strawberries...it was cute. 


Yep, it was good day today and it was a fun day. But as for now, I need to go to sleep early because I plan to wake up to go running. Day one of running...here we go!

"You don't have to live forever. You just have to live."-Tuck Everlasting

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chumpa Chups.

It is going to be a long night. I plan to stay up all night to prep things I had forgotten to do, well, what all us teachers have forgotten to do. Prep for summer. Since we are an all year-round school, we don't ever have a break. Which I super disagree with, but I won't be here forever...but things have been so crazy lately that we all have forgotten. With the switching of directors, switching of my classrooms, trying to get ready for the new classroom, writing up progress reports...we all forgot plenty of things. But hopefully tonight I'll be able to get what I need done.

My little darling, Olivia gave me these before going home. She reminds me of why I have sleepless nights. For the keiki.


"If you obey all the rules, you will miss out of all the fun."-anonymous

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Birchbox May 2014: Freewheeling.

So, yay! My BirchBox came in the mail today! Yay! I actually didn't think that it would come so quickly, because they had sent me an email earlier in the month that it was sent out late...and I have noticed that when it does leave the Birchbox headquarters, I have gotten my boxes late...so I was thinking that I was going to get my box late, super late, this time around...but look at that...it come before the end of the month, and it was a wonderful surprise.


This month's BirchBox came to me YELLOW! Such a happy color! I love how the boxes come in bright colors...they make me smile and I hope put a smile on someone else's face when they such a happy color. :)


With this box, I noticed something else that I missed from other boxes...I LOVE the patters that are in the box! It still came in the typical box in a box type of thing, but when I opened it, I saw the beautiful design that my box came with. Loved it. :)


So, I suspect that because the box came yellow, so they matched it with the tissue paper...love it. As you  can see, this months theme is Freewheeling. It's Spring and everything is "bursting into action. With this much freshness and optimism in the air, is it any wonder we can't seem to sit still?"


I love how they send a card every time saying what they sent you and what it is and suggestions on how you can use it. And I love how in this box they added a bonus for me! :)


Wow! This box is full looking! It looks more like facial care than make up this time around...but that is okay since I like to use facial care in my routine. I do have to say though that I don't really stray from what I normally do, but not because I don't want to, but because I like to know what I'm putting on my face because I put it on my face...and I do trust Birchbox...and I like how they explain what things are....So lets see what I got!


Well, this is one of the three cardstocks that I got in my box (the information card being one of them!)...but then I don't think that I can join in on this competition since I don't own any Supergoop items...but it did have statistics of sunscreen in the back...so I guess I can use that information.



This is the Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Volumizing Shampoo. It's full-size is $38. I like trying new hair care things...and I will for sure be trying this out!


This is derma e's Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid. It's full-size is $29.50. I think it would be interesting to try this one...but I'm not sure about the whole "acid" part! I don't know about putting acid on my face! We shall see.


This is my bonus in my box! It is a sample of the Number 4 High Performance Hair Volumizing Condition. The full-size is $36. Although, I am excited to use this...I have a lot of hair. My hair is thick, long, and takes a lot of conditioner...but I still don't mind trying this one.


This here are Jasmine Seven's Fresh Feet Wipes. For a 3 pack of 10 wipes it is $9.95. I do have this thing about clean feet...but I don't know if I would carry around this...because I already carry around something like this. But I can use this of course.


Now to open the small blue box in my box...the first thing that I pulled out was Jouer's Luminizing Moisture Tine in Deep Bronze. I'm not sure if it's in my color...but I'll be willing to try this.


And the other thing that was in my little blue box was Caudalie's Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil. The full-size is $65. Wow...that should be good to try! 


And last but not least, I got this coupon for Kate Spade Saturday for $25 off when you spend $75. I don't really go to Kate Spade, but I do know that Amanda goes there, so I know that I will be giving this to her for her enjoyment. :) I do like what their definition of what "Saturday is..." cute, ya?!

Well, I have to say that despite the fact that I didn't get any make-up in this box, I did like the samples that they gave me to try for facial care. I liked this box. :)

"True friends are the people who say nice things about you...behind your back."-anonymous

Mail Surprises.

Today was a pretty eventful day. Today was our preschool graduation for the older keikis in my school...and I am proud of each one of them! I am also very proud of my keikis who had to sing three songs for the graduation. They sang "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "I'm a Little Tea Pot," and "A is for Aloha." Three songs that had a lot of motions to them...and you know what?! They did an amazing job! Not only did they do an amazing job in their songs, but also the program was about 45 minutes long...and guess what?! For the most part they were able to sit still...well I'm using the word "still" VERY vaguely...but they did a good job not going crazy and "rascal" on me! So yes, I am very proud of our 25 graduates...but I am also proud of my 12 lil keikis. :)

As I was going home, I get a text from my friend Ed asking if I wanted to come to the studio to help him and Evelyn re-organize the studio...that is one of my biggest pet peeves, when the studio gets to be in a real big, chaotic mess! That is NOT acceptable to me...so I know that Ed is very good at keeping things organized...same with Evelyn, but every so often we will get together and do a massive clean out/organization day...and so I guess Eve and Ed wanted to do so today. So, I did....

 ...it was a long day. But when I got home, look what I got in the mail!


I got my months Birchbox (which I will be writing a review on it right after I finish this post), and a envelope from my cousin who is working in Malaysia! I have a feeling I know what it is!


When I was younger, I use to have a fascination with stamps from different countries...not as much anymore...but I still like looking and admiring the different stamps. I guess, that comes from being a penpal writer from all around the world.


As I was opening the envelope, I saw that she had put my nickname on the back. I miss my cousin. When I was in the Philippines, she was not only my cousin, but also like my sister. She took care of me, and she was there when I needed someone to be there when my on family was far away. I know that she has always been my family, but one thing about being born and raised in California, I didn't get the opportunity to get to know my family that was in the Philippines, but when I went to school there, my cousin and I took to each other and she reminds me so much of my very own sister. "Che" is the nickname that I allow people to call me if I call them my friend or family. I do have plenty of nicknames...but this one lets me know who really knows me or not. And so when I saw my nickname that she put there, it made me smile.


Just like it thought, it's her wedding invite! She calls me from time to time and she was telling me that she was going to send me a wedding invite. It love the way that she did it! She was so crafty about it...and it's super cute! I'm just kind of bummed that the clothes pin broke...but I still think that it was cute and a good idea.


Unfortunately, I doubt that I will be able to go to her wedding, which is in the Philippines. But I do wish them a long and happy life together. I know that no matter what, I can always count on my cousin. My Ate Theya.

"If it were easy, everyone would be doing it."-anonymous

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday

Such a relaxing weekend I had this weekend. It didn't go as planned, but it went even better then what I thought. It rained all weekend...but guess what?! I saw my best friend. It's been a long time since I was able to see her. I'm sad because I didn't get to talk to her as long as I wanted to. And there were things that I wanted to talk to her about. I know that I can just call her on the phone, but then it's not the same. I miss her. She leaves on Friday, so hopefully I can see her again before she leaves.

I miss home....er...California. I live here now. My home now is Hawai'i. And I have no regrets. But every so often it's good to hear from my childhood home...it's part of what made me...and California will always be a part of me. But being here in Hawai'i is now my present. My now.



I am glad that Ginger -bear is here now. I miss having a dog in my life. A pet really...I wish that I can get a dog...but now is not a good time. But it's good to have Ginger-bear back. I do have to say that I miss Jack Jack a lot...but Ginger-bear is good. 

I love my family. I love have I have my sister and brother here. I love how Neal and Amanda are in my life and are my family. I love the people that I've met here. But I am glad that I have my Ginger-bear with me. 

"Don't make a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life."-anonymous

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Surprise.

I was sooo tired yesterday, I told my sister that I wasn't going to come over until today. I was super knocked out yesterday! But today, I did come to my sisters house. I am typing this on her laptop before I go to sleep. I was tired. But Kuya Neal got me to go to the Mango Grove to go walking and I'm so happy that despite my "lack on enthusiasm" on wanting to go on a mini-walk...it was fun! We took Ginger-bear and Ciccio and Tracy and Kaleo, my sister and DollGirl came along...and whenever we have the dogs and DollGirl along, energy that I thought I didn't have comes out. So we ran, played chased, hide-and-seek...and hunted for MANGOS! I SO can NOT wait until it's in the heart of mango season...I can't wait until I can have peach mango smoothies again...those are SOO yummy!


And then DollGirl decided that she wanted to go hunt FLOWERS...and these are plentiful around...so beautiful and smells so yummy!


After a long tiring fun moment..it was DollGirl's nap time...but here she is showing me that she wanted to go to the beach instead by showing me all her new beach attire. Poor BabyGirl, she needs her nap though! Plus, it's raining like no ones busniess...so no beach time for now. But next week we should be going to the beach. If not sooner. :)


It was a good day....and let me just say, a surprise DID come from an unexpected source. Something that I can not share just yet...but a wonderful surprise indeed. :) 

"Don't walk as if you rule the world. Walk as if you don't care who rules the world."-anonymous

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lets Have Fun!

I really needed to redo my nails. I was looking at my nails earlier today and I was thinking that I needed to redo my nails pronto! I have been feeling homesick lately and whenever I feel homesick I think about the ocean. The ocean is my calming place, so I was thinking I wanted to do some kind of ocean theme again on my nails. But then, no...I remember having a conversation during the day with my friend Ashely on how her keikis were telling her that they wanted her to paint her nails rainbow, but then she wanted to paint her nails in the theme of this graduation that she was going to. So, she asked me if I could paint my nails in a rainbow theme.

So I choose the colors that I was going to use. Rainbow colors, of course.


When I got all the colors together, I realized that I used a lot of my Avon nail polish....and then I decided that I was just going to do a old favorite design. It's a fun and happy design...and very fast and easy. I can do this design even though I am half asleep.

So before I go to sleep for the night, here are my fun nails for the week....or so. :)


Here is my left hand....


And my right hand....


Do you like?! I love them...and I hope that my keikis (and Ms. Ashley's keikis) like it! :) 

"Always pray to have eyes that see the best, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never looses faith."

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Purple+Green Wedding.

The very first wedding that I worked for Passion Roots, was a purple and green wedding theme...today brought back memories of that first wedding and showed me and how far I've come since that first time.

As always, I love working for Passion Roots. It's such a wonderful environment overall. My co-workers are amazing...working with flowers is something that makes me smile...and just how can you have a bad time when you work with gorgeous orchids!

Today, I learned a new skill...and I have to say that the results were brilliant.


The center pieces were lush and full. The accent part of this piece are the green cymbidiums...and I learned a different way to wire the orchids...which I thought was pretty cool, time-consuming, but cool none-the-less!


I have made plenty of different kinds of bouquets...and I absolutely love how each bouquet is unique. These bouquets are gorgeous and unique as well. These green anthuriums were binded together with ti leaves and twine. I thought it was beautifully done!


Congratulations to the new bride and groom!

"Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make yours shine any brighter."-anonymous

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chocolate Mint Shake.

It was extremely hot today. Oh, my days! It was really hot today! If this is "Spring" what is Summer going to be like?! It. Was. Hot. No breeze, no nothing!

As I was going home, I get this phone call from Amanda. She was going to Baskin' Robbins to find something to cool her down and she wanting to know if there was something that I wanted to cool me down.


...uhm, yes. There was something I wanted. I wanted a Chocolate Mint milkshake...so a Chocolate Mint milkshake is what I got. :) Thanks Amanda...you're the best!

"Love is giving someone the power to break your heart...but trusting them not to."-anonymous

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Band-aids.

I needed a band-aid this morning...I accidentally cut myself while going to grab an eyeshadow brush...because I didn't grab my eyeshadow brush....I grabbed my exacto razor...which inconveniently didn't have a cover on it. (Which, I found the cap after the incident, it had fallen of, off all things!) Well, like I said, I needed a band-aid...


...one Christmas, my sister gave me these Disney princess band-aids...and so I used one. My keikis loved it. :)

"If you can dream it, you can do it."-Walt Disney

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mermaid Kisses.

I have been behind in my home decorating. I know that I told myself that I would update my decorating monthly...but it has been hard to find the time to do so. But today I had this overwhelming desire to do something about it! As you know, I have this fascination with Mermaids...so I found this quote, "Mermaid kisses & Starfish wishes." Well, I can't really say that it's a quote per say, but it's something that caught my eye.

After I did my chalk board creation thingy, I like to do a mock up of the display that I do...

 
...but, I felt that it was lacking something...I really didn't like how something was missing. So I thought and thought and so I came up with it was missing a cute little...


...SEAHORSE! Don't you think that that little guy made the piece?! I think it does and I love it! :)


Well, here is the final verdict! I love it! I used several pieces of my coral collection, and blue Christmas balls, a faux pearl chain, and I drew some bubbles on smaller pieces of chalk board canvas to complete my display...and so now when I walk into the front door...this is what greets me. Makes me smile. :)

"Give, but don't allow yourself to be used. Love, but don't allow your heart to be used. Trust, but don't be naive. Listen to other, but don't lose your own voice."-anonymous

Friday, May 9, 2014

Keiki Drawing.

Last day of Teacher Appreciation week...and look what I got! I got drawings and colorings from my keiki...and yes, they are going to go up on my wall as reminders of why I do what I do for whenever I feel like wanting to "give up." Because yes, I do love what I do, I do love my keiki...but we all have "bad days"'...and today was one of them...but it's knowing that I had an impact in my keiki's lives that I love doing what I love doing.










And here are the cookies that we got from the Main Office. Cute, ya?!

But I have to say that I am super glad that it's the weekend. I need it.

"We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer."-anonymous

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fun Snacks.

Day four of our Teacher Appreciation week brought me snacks! I did leave a bunch of them at school for me to eat slowly through out the weeks...but I did bring these home.

I have to admit that I am eating my gummy worms right now. *laughs* I will appreciate you FOREVER if you bring me gummies! *laughs* I love gummy candy!

Everyday (well, nearly everyday) my friends and I made fruit smoothies for our lunch break...and today when I opened the frozen strawberries that we had...I was in awe with the ice crystals that I saw surrounding the strawberries! :) So, I took a picture of it. I didn't want to disturb the prettiness of it all...but I did. I love how we make smoothies everyday (nearly)...they are yummy and I am super glad that I have friends that encourage me to stay healthy! 

"Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate."-anonymous