Monday, November 13, 2017

...in a nutshell.

I know. It's been a very long time since I've written a post, and I have been going back and forth whether or not I should start up again, and I've decided, why not? I see that the last time I posted was way back in February, and wow, does a "few" months make a huge difference with what can happen in life! I will try my best to hit the highlights (which I am more than sure I will forget some), and then go from there...but to start it all:



I am still an ocean child. *laughs* I don't know why, or even how, that would change in a few months. I rely more and more on the healing powers of the ocean. As life happens, I realize that in order for me to start each day with a clear mind I have to remember that I am only a tiny being in this huge, huge universe. Being near the ocean reminds me of that. There is something about the consistency of the waves hitting the shore that calms me and reminds me that no matter what, time will continue on. Whether I've had a "bad" or "good" day...time will continue on whether I want it to stop or not, it will continue on. I know that that is just a simple thought, but wow, does it help with my perspective in a lot of things.

Two quotes that I claim as my own are:

In a world where you can be anything,
be kind.

and

Anyone can find dirt in anyone. Be the one who finds the gold. (Prov. 11:27)

I already love and claim the quote:

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

So whenever I feel like I have been wronged or that life isn't fair, I always think:

Be kind. Find the gold. Dance in the rain.

I know that that seems like it has no relation to the ocean, but to me whenever I go to the ocean I always think and re-evaluate my day, was I kind today? Did I find the gold when I wanted to find the dirt? Did I dance? It's kind of my consistent devotion with God. I am constantly asking Him to help me be the better person and to concentrate on working on myself instead of finding fault. If that makes any sense.



One of the new things that I have taken up as a hobby is hand lettering. I have always admired the beautiful lettering art that I see and so I decided to try my hand at it. And I have to say that I love it! I bought two books that helped me get started and a few pens (at first) and I am hooked!

I am trying out watercolor painting to enhance some of the lettering that I have done. I love to acrylic paint, and watercolor painting is so much different, but I love it and it is a lot of fun! The exercises that I do to practice my lettering is so repetitive that it is also another way for me to calm my crazy mind. :) I do have to practice control though. I just want to buy all the pens and paper out there!! *laughs* I do have my favorites...but I can't help but buy all the pens I see! *laughs*

I have so many things that I have an addiction too!
  • stickers
  • pens
  • stationary
  • stickers
  • pretty paper
  • postcards
  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • watercolor paints
  • stickers
  • subscription boxes
  • stickers
Oh wait, did I mention stickers?! Yeah, I think I may have a problem there. Or is it a problem?! *laughs*


Postcards. I still do love collecting postcards. I love how I discovered my love of postcards again. I remember collecting them when I was younger...and wow, if only I found out about the Postcrossing program a long time ago; I am still addicted to that site and I love sending out postcards to the world and receiving postcards in return. I will always wish that I can travel to every where in the world, this is my way of traveling. It makes me smile to know that a piece of me is out there in other places in the world. 

Another site that I have enjoyed utilizing is Send Kids The World. If you have a heart and some time, please go and check out that site. You have the power to make a child's day.


Back in March, the world lost a beautiful "Pineapple Princess" due to a horrible car accident. Although she wasn't technically in my class yet, she was enrolled to start soon, and her brother comes to our school...so I would see her and my heart broke with the news of her death. Month's later, my eyes still tear up when I think her. Her parents are one of the strongest parents I know, and I tell them that no matter what, I still consider them part of my class ohana. Just recently the parents of our school got together and employed an amazing local artist to paint this beautiful mural in memory of her. Not only is this a beautiful mural, but this mural also leaves a smile on our faces for what it represents. 

In the few years that I have been a teacher, I have lost several keiki to the clutches of death; and it's never easy. Each and every time I cry. It's always sad when we loose someone; and it's always hard when it's a young child. For our beautiful Pineapple Princess, you will forever be remembered. 


I have a new batch of keiki from the last time I wrote. It's always hard for me to say goodbye to "my" keiki at the end of the year. But there is always that excitement of the new ones who will enter my door. It's always nerve-wrecking for me every new school year. Not only do I usually have the kids who probably have never been in a school setting, but I have parents who this is their first time as well with sending their most precious "jewels" to a place other than family. It is always my goal to not only help the child feel comfortable and safe in our school, in our classroom, with me...but also help the parents feel comfortable and safe in our school, in our classroom, with me. I am blessed with awesome parents and equally awesome keiki. 

I do have to say that it's a slow start this year. I still have not have all my enrolled keiki start. The requirement for my class is that they have to be two-years old. And there are some who are enrolled, however they are not yet two. Tomorrow the last two will join my class. Then we will be complete. Although there are more criers than I ever had, I am so proud of my keiki...they are so smart, caring, and fun to be with. 

Music, dancing, and art are a big thing in my class. And it makes my heart so happy when I hear my children singing and I love it when parents tell me that their child is always dancing and singing at home teaching their other siblings at home the different songs we sing. My class is always randomly bursting out in song and dance. I love it.


Four favorite things that happened this year:
  1. My parents are visiting from the mission field.
  2. My sister had her beautiful baby.
  3. My best friend is pregnant: she's having a baby boy!!
  4. My brother and his wife are also expecting: they're having a baby girl!!
I don't even know where to start with this! Four times where I was rendered speechless.

I will always miss my mommy and daddy when they are not with me. It makes me tear up when I think that they will be leaving to go back into the mission field. Although, I know that they are doing God's work...selfishly, I wish they would stay with us. But for now I will enjoy their presence here. 

At the end of my birth month, my sister had her baby girl a few weeks early. And once again I am reminded that you can fall in-love at first glance. Well, I fell in-love with RocketGirl the moment I learned of her. I love her so much!

My bestie is pregnant and it makes me sad that I can't be there. But I am super excited to meet this little one...and yes, I am in-love with him already as well!

And two days ago I felt "PeachNectarine" move for the first time in my sis-in-law's belly! Whether it was a head nudge, an elbow jab, or a kick...I don't know...but what I do know is that this Auntie has so much love for her unborn niece!!

My family is growing and I couldn't be more happier!


I have been hiking a lot more. Well, kind of. I have been getting out more. If that makes any sense. I am learning...well, trying to not say no to hikes. I'm not much of a hard hiker, but I am a nature lover and so I go on "easy" hikes...because the views are so worth it! There were times where I questioned the meaning of "easy"...but I figured that I just have to keep going and no matter what, don't stop! *laughs* On one of the earlier hikes that I did, I dropped my phone in the river down below. I was super bummed about that since that was the first time that I was hiking to a waterfall. And it was amazing! But that's okay, my friends got pictures and my other crazy friend decided that my phone was worth saving, so she scaled down and rescued my phone. It was dead upon arrival...but oh my days, the views and swimming under the waterfall was so worth it! :)


I still hate mornings, but I still wake up early. Not only for work days, but on the weekends to be at one with the earth. Seriously, it feels like that! I don't ever want to take for granted that I live in paradise...or so near to the ocean for that matter. And so on the weekend when I feel like I want to sleep in, I get my ass up to watch the sunrise over the water. My favorite quote for moments like this is:

"I love early mornings when it feels like the rest of the world is fast asleep and you're the only one whose awake and everything feels like it isn't really real and you kind of forget all your problems because for now its just you, the world, and the sunrise."

I don't know who said that, but I found that quote on Pinterest...and I fell in-love with it. But I consider mornings "my time" with God. After-all, it's just me, and God, and the beautiful sunrise He created for me. 



I am still crazy into planning. I am trying my hand in making/creating/designing planner stickers...and I have a lot of fun with it. I am trying to branch out with it, but also trying to master this art of creating stickers. (Remember when I said that I may have a problem with stickers?!) My eventual goal is to start another blog/store that lets people download planner stickers for free. I have always appreciated those who did that because that helped me a lot when I first started decorating my planner. And it would be nice to help others as well. But for now, I am just trying to figure out how to allow people to download something that I post up...and also get better in making these stickers. 

I love how when I am designing my own stickers, I can just make the ones that I know that I will use and also I can choose the design that I want for that week. I am currently trying to try make up stickers for different layout options. I was never good a computers and trying to figure out the designing program is proving to be a lot more difficult than I thought, but that's okay...as long as I don't give up, I know that I will get it! And I'm loving how I have this hobby. I have always been a planner, journalist, writer...and so now I just combining it all together now. Kind of...I like to say that my planners are like my yearbook's in the making...*laughs*


Well, that is everything that I can think of in a nutshell. I can't say that I will post every day. I might, and then I know that there will be times where it might be a few days, weeks, months, that I'll post again, but I don't think that I will ever give up on posting blogs. It's another way for me to document my life. But for now I will go. (I'm actually sick at the moment. I have slept all day...and now I can't go to sleep...hence the reason why I am writing this!!*laughs*)

"The one who falls and gets up is much stronger than the one who has never fell."
-anonymous



Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Dollgirl, her elephant.

My DollGirl went on a trip and she didn't want me to be lonely, so she gave me one of her stuffed animals to stay with me. I am very picky with the stuffed animals that I keep with me...and I couldn't say no to her. I was going to miss her too, and so I decided to keep this cute elephant with me while she was gone.


She gave me specific instructions to make sure I cuddle with it when I go to sleep so that I won't be lonely.


Of course, when she comes back from her trip, I will return it to her and tell her that when I come over to her house, I will sleep with it when I take a nap with her! *laughs* I miss this little girl so much. I love her.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Prepping.


So as I a teacher, I like to give my Lil' Darlings a treat for certain holdiays, and of course, this Valentines day is no different! This year, I saw these CUTE and adorable robot valentines at Target and I couldn't help but get them for my kids! I also observed that my keikis have a thing for bubbles, so I couldn't help but buy them miniature bubbles. And I have to say that I love love love Sweethearts candy...and so I feel that because I love all these things I hope my keikis love it all as well!


And I just had to post this cute little guy! I had to drop my DollGirl off at home after school and when we opened the door, this little guy came running up to to us and this is him waiting for us as we were opening the door. I love it. I just love this cute face!

Before the pen: Feb. 13-Feb. 19.


This makes me happy! This is going to be a short week for me since I will have Monday off for President's Day. But I already know that this will e another eventful week! And I'm ready for it!!





Planner {love} Passion Planner
Planner Sticker Kit {love} Design Sticker Store
Stickers {love} PIpsticks& personal stash & my own

Sunday, February 12, 2017

After the pen: Feb. 06-Feb. 12.


Ice cream is most definitely cheaper than therapy! just sucks that I am [in what it seems like a never ending cycle of getting] sick, mix that in with the whole vog ladidahs and its just plain misery! These past two weeks have been very draining, bu I'm still holding my head up and smiling...and that's all that really matters, right?!?






Planner {love} Passion Planner
Planner Sticker Kit {love} BEaYOUtiful Planning
Stickers {love} StickiiClub & personal stash & my own

Out-going postcards.



This postcard is going a photography loving young lady named Lucie who lives in the Czech Republic. I decided to decorate her postcard with flowers, since she said that she enjoyed flowers and also cameras. I hope she likes it!



This beautiful ocean postcard will be traveling to Russia to a young lady named Victoria. She mentioned that she liked anime, and so I hope that she likes the decoration that I used for her postcard!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Rodan + Fields gifts.

So, I did bit the bullet and became a preferred member of Rodan + Fields. I am still thinking about being a consultant, but I am not so sure because I do want to try out the products first before I start selling it. And I am not too sure that I would be great at something that I am not super passionate about, but we will see about that. When I because a preferred customer I was entered to be in a giveaway and guess what?! I got picked! And I was able to get a lot of cool stuff because of it!


I got to choose one of the products in their Essential lines, and of course, I decided to go with the "chapstick" product. It was an added bonus to my purchase of the preferred membership! Isn't that cool. It was a welcomed promo that I was not excepting!


And I was also given this awesome product! The Lash Boost! I SO can't wait to try it and see if it works for me! I would love if it does work! :)


And I also got this trial size of the Redefine regime from the person that I have signed under as a thank you! How awesome is that!?


She also wrote me a sweet thank you note. I always appreciate a good presentation of a product bought!



I was also super shocked when I got these Burberry Sunglasses! If you know me than you know that I love to collect sunglasses and this would be an amazing addition to my collection!


I have to say that spending $19.99 to become a preferred costumer for Rodan + Fields, I sure got a good deal! :) I am super eager to try out the Lash Boost, which I have heard so many good things about!

Blueberry Muffins.


I will never stop saying that I was really being looked out after when I found the gem of the place that I am living in now. I have to admit that there are times where I have been tempted to move because my place is SUPER tiny, but when it comes down to it, I don't think that I could have found a more better place that where I am now. Not only am I super close to the ocean (less than a 2 minute SLOW STROLL to the beach), but I have an awesome landlady! I have lived here for almost 2 years now and the relationship that I have with my landlady has gone strong. She is like a "mothering" figure and I love how I feel safe and this place really feels like home.

Yesterday when I got home from work my landlady came out to greet me with her adorable dog and told me that if I wasn't doing anything tomorrow (which is today right now), to text her and she will bring me over some blueberry muffins that she was planning to make fresh in the morning. And look! I did text her and WOW, at the moment, nothing beats extremely fresh, super warm and moist blueberry muffins. I am not moving! :)


Friday, February 10, 2017

Washi Surprise!


I was super was surprised when I saw this package waiting for me in my mail basket; I wasn't excepting anything. I couldn't figure out what it could possibly be...and so when I opened the package and saw...


...glitter washi tape! Wow! I do remember ordering this, but it took so long to get to me and I had completely forgotten about it until today! I love glitter and I love washi tape, so I was very stoked when I saw these beautiful things! I know that they will be used a lot! :)

Love from the world!!


This beautiful postcard of this amazing castle was from Germany where it traveled 19 days to get to me. I love this postcard! I feel like this is one of my top favorite postcards. I love castles and I love Disney...and since this the castle is the one that inspired the Disney World castle. How awesome is that?! I love that! And I love how Christian picked this particular postcard for me! He said that he lived not too far from this beautiful castle and I think that that is amazing. The view is something to be envious about, too! :) I love it. I super love it!




How's about this amazing postcard! I love it! This postcard came to me from Germany from a wonderful lady who has sent me some amazing postcards in the past. I love how she picked out this postcard for me! I also love the quote that she added to my postcard, "Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has over thought!" Albert Einstein.  I love it and I so agree with it! Life is definitely a beach!  Mermaids make me smile, and I wish that I could be one...but I"m happy being me. :)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Going out into the world.



This postcard will be on it's way to Latvia to a young lady named Anna. She wrote that she loves to travel, nature...and she is a coffee lover! She also wrote that she she loves the sky, sunsets/rises, and weather and so I decided to send her this postcard with coffee stickers on it! I hope she likes it! :)



This postcard is traveling to Germany to Maryna. I love how she said that her "biggest wish is peace in Ukraine." I love that. Not only for Ukraine, I wish that there was peace everywhere. Everywhere needs more peace...and she likes for it start in Ukraine. A beautiful wish. :) She didn't mine what postcard she received, so I decided to send her this gorgeous one with fun stickers! :)



This cute and fun postcard will be sent to Finland to a young little girl. She said that she loved animals and figure skating. She also said that she liked beautiful stamps so I used one of my favorite stamps and cute stickers. I really hope that she likes this postcard and how I decorated it for her.



This postcard is making it's way to the mainland, to Iowa exactly. She said that she has no "preferences for what type of postcards" she receive, so I decided to send her this one. I hope she likes it! Stickers and all!

Pipsticks: February 2017.

 It's always a happy moment whenever I get any kind of happy mail! And today was another "happy moment"...moment. :) Another awesome envelope filled with stickers! And it's always an a mystery what kind of stickers I get...even though at times we get a sneak peak through IG, I always am excited to see what kind of stickers I am going to get! :)

Pipsticks is "a company founded on the idea that little things can make a big difference....[they] are IN LOVE with stickers and understand their power to make you smile." They "connect and collaborate with thousands of amazing sticker lovers all over the world...[their] stickers are selected by designers and sourced from around the world." They do an amazing job at making sure that you will get a HUGE variety of stickers each month. You will also get an pre-stamped postcard to decorate and send out and other "paper goodies" in your awesome envelope packet. And it's sent like a regular letter with a cute stamp on it!

There are four different packages that you can choose from. There are two packages for kids and two for adults. For kids, there is the "Kid's Club Classic" for $14.95/month which will get you 15+ sheets of stickers, 1 postcard, and 4 sheets of craft paper. And the "Kid's Club Petite" for $9.95/month and that comes with 7+ sheets of stickers and 2 sheets of craft paper. For the adults, the "Pro Club Classic" for $14.95 will get you 15+ sheets of stickers, 1 postcard, and 1 quote card and the "Pro Club Petite" for $9.95 will get your 7+ sheets of stickers and 1 mini quote card. Shipping is free within the US, but there is an additional $3/month for international subscribers.


I can never mistake this envelope for anything else other than my beloved Pipsticks subscription. I love how each envelope each month has a different pattern...and it's all so cute! :)


And each envelope is always in a protective plastic sheath thing so that it won't get messed up in transit, at least that's what I'm thinking. :)


So, here is everything I got in my envelope...first glance, and I'm super excited to see it all! :)


I do love reading the newlestter and just seeing how much time and effort they put into it makes it more better! :) There is always a lot of good things to read in it.


I'm excited about this! I do have plenty of penpals, but I do love Postcrossing and so I do want to see what this other site is about! :)


My ticket number is obviously not the wining number...but my goodness it's SO off, and it can't possible be even from the same batch of tickets! Makes me wonder...oh well, maybe one day it'll be my turn to win something...


So this is what the next winner will next month. Suzie Sunshine, cute. :)


On the back of the newsletter, it's always a different pattern...just like the envelope. If I didn't like the newsletter so much I would have used the back pattern for some of my art journaling. One day I might, but for now I would like to keep them. :)


I am still on a hunt for a photo frame. It's measurements are 8.5x5.5...and it's a lot harder to find something that I am satisfied with than I though! But I do love these quote cards! I love them all and I feel like i should be using them more! I don't like putting them to no use...so I need to find a frame to use...


On the back of the quotes cards is always these cute patterns. All these cute patterns! I love them!



I love these! I just need to find the time to actually design these and send them out. I always know who I'm going to send them to, just need to find the time to actually design these pre-stamped postcards!


Here's my ticket for the next raffle. Let's see how it fares!


I have already looked through all my stickers and this is the only sticker sheet that disappointed me. I actually do love this sticker sheet, but it's missing several stickers...and some are folded and bent, and that to me is a disappointing. This isn't the first time that this has happened, and I'm sure that it's not the last, but I was hoping that it wouldn't happen so frequently. I did write them and I have yet to hear from them. But from what I have learned, they have excellent customer service, and I have no doubt they will get back to me. I told them that I didn't want a replacement,  I was just letting them know so that they can maybe improve quality control. But yes, like I was saying...I still like the theme of this sticker sheet! :) Cosmics...how cool!


Look how cute these tiny stickers are! They are perfect for my planners and my postcards! I they are super cute! :)


These sumo wrestlers are just the cutest! I love them! I can think of a number crafts/projects I can use these!


These are beautiful! I love them and I have to say that these are my favorite stickers from these pack! :) I love love love them!


I like cats, I do, but I am not crazy about cats...and I feel like I am always getting cat stickers. I do have to say, though, a lot of the postcrossers that I've come across like cats, and so I can always use them on my postcards, but I won't be sad if I had less stickers of cats.



I love these kine stickers! I can always use them in my planners! I love how they are all glittery and tiny enough to use.




These are cute! I love these...I've always had a thing with feathers...


I love these stickers! They are so me! I know that these are something I will use with only special things. :)




Yes, yes, and yes! I love all these animal stickers! I can always use these for a lot of things...I love them so much!


I am so starting to love sticker flakes a lot! I love how I get all these sticker flakes because I find that I am always using them! :)


Look at all the stuff I got, and despite getting a sticker sheet that was missing stickers, I still really loved this pack! I love all the stickers and paper goodies that I got! I love and appreciate it all!

 If you are a sticker lover like me, I recommend you subscribe to this subscription. You do get a lot of stickers and random ones that you can add to your collection. So, what are you waiting for!? Go to Pipsticks now and join me in this awesome sticker/paper goodies fun! :)