Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monthly Mantra: July

We're halfway through the year!  Crazy, huh?  Summer is in full swing and during this time we all tend to be a little more relaxed about things.  This is usually the time when I get lazy and lose sight of my goals and then once autumn starts creeping up I start having an anxiety attack about how much I slacked off.

This month's mantra is to keep the progress going and help to keep focused on those goals, no matter how daunting they may be.

What's one "impossible" goal you have?  How do you plan to accomplish it?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Tips: The 5-Step Blog Refresh

1.  Get rid of everything you don't need.  Random buttons from blogs that don't exist anymore, that "Bucket List" page that you even forgot you had, the old profile picture and "about me" blub and anything that hasn't been updated in over 6 months.

2.  Get a new design.  If you've got the cash, there are lots of designs available that you can customize to your heart and wallet's content.  However, if you'd rather save up for a pair of Valentino's, that's fine too!  There are tons of free designs, programs, etc. out there so you can create your own design all by yourself!  I know one blogger who actually drew and scanned her blog background pattern and it looked AMAZING!

3.  Fill in the blanks.  So now that you've deleted everything you didn't need or haven't updated, it's time to start fresh.  Write a brand new "about me" blurb, go through your selfies and update your profile picture, get buttons from your current favorite blogs, etc.  This is also the time when you could add new pages or elements to your blog (Instagram widget, favorite blogs page, etc.).

4.  Keep it consistent.  Once you're happy with the new look and feel of your blog's design and layout, take that design and make it consistent with your social media accounts, email newsletters, signature, etc.  It makes everything look a lot more professional when it all just flows together.  Plus, why would you not want to show off your new design?

5.  Plan ahead.  Now that you've got your happy internet place all spruced up, it's time to start planning for monthly updates, scheduling future posts, setting aside time for special projects (vlogs, photoshoots, product reviews, etc.) and scheduling updates to promote your posts on your social media accounts.

It may seem like a lot to do, but once you get the ball rolling and you get to that sweet spot where inspiration and motivation hits, it'll be a breeze.  Your blog is your internet home, keep it clean and fresh and it will continue to be a happy place.  And don't we all just want our own happy place?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Makeup Mondays: My Summer Essentials

Whoop whoop!  Summer is in full swing and that means longer days, hotter temperatures and lots of reasons to glam up and have some fun.  Here are my favorite summer beauty items that I cannot live without!

1.  I'm still sort of new to waxing but have been wanting to do it (correctly) for a long time.  I've done sugaring before, but it's really messy and not worth the effort in my opinion.  I've also tried the Sally Hansen wax kit but holy crap that shit got stuck EVERYWHERE.  And, unlike sugaring, it was not washable!  So, when I saw the Nad's strips I figured I'd give waxing another try.  It comes in a small box and contains 20 long strips with the strips stuck together in pairs.  Basically, you peel the two sides apart, then you can use one strip on one leg and the other strip on the other leg...or whatever body part you decide to do.  It's simple, easy to use, not messy and there's no prep to it so you can keep it in your purse and take it along with you just in case you find yourself in a hairy situation.  I know, that was lame.

2.  This is the only dark spot corrector I have found so far that actually works for me.  I've tried dozens of other brands and products that claim to do the same thing but haven't worked.  Since I started this one, I've noticed my complexion becoming more even, my dark spots and acne scars are clearing up, and my face just seems more youthful and bright.

3.  Summer on Guam is wayyyyy too hot and humid for full-faced makeup.  The minute I step out of the office/car/anywhere with air conditioning, I feel like I'm melting into a puddle on the pavement.  My Younique powder foundation is always on hand during these summer months.  Great coverage, helps to fight shine from sweat and oil, yet not heavy or cakey looking.

4.  Dandruff and itchy scalp are a huge problem for me during the summer months.  The heat makes me sweat and makes my hair go crazy and cause major flake-age and itchy-ness.  This shampoo is great for that and also has an intense cool feeling to it when I massage it into my scalp.  It's kinda like how your mouth feels right after you brush your teeth - but for your head.

5.  You had to know that I would throw my Younique Fiber Lashes in here!  These babies are a permanent fixture in my beauty bag.  Sweat proof, water resistant and the perfect beauty item for every season.  During summer I tend to go more natural with my make up, and this always helps to give me that little "oomph" I need to take my look from just plain natural to natural beauty.

6.  And lastly, since my summer is usually full of spontaneity, I carry the Younique cream eyeshadow with me just in case I need a little extra glam to my look.  The cream shadow is light-weight, crease resistant and goes on like buttah.  Brightens up my eyes instantly and gives me just the right amount of shimmer for those long summer days and fun summer nights.

Now tell me, what are some of your summer beauty faves?  Got a special product that you only use during summer?  Any summer beauty issues you have?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pardon the progress...

If you've been noticing some changes around here, don't be alarmed!  I'm finally getting around to updating and redesigning so please be patient while things get changed around and around and around again...

Please also let me know if links are broken or images aren't loading properly so I can try and fix them as soon as possible!

But, what do you think so far of the new vibe?  I'm trying to show more of my life and style through the design.  I love nature and am an island girl through and through but I do also have a more sophisticated side and enjoy the finer things in life.  I call it "coconut glam".  Are you getting that vibe yet?

I still have more to do so thank you for being patient!  As always, feedback and comments are most welcome!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Don't be such a tulle ft. eShakti [Review]

A while back, I was contacted by eShakti to do a review on one of their custom-fit products.  Being that I had heard only good things about eShakti in the past, I excitedly agreed.  Alright, who am I kidding - I agreed because, well, free stuff!

So anyway, I browsed their available selection and came across a LOT of great things.  It was extremely hard to narrow my choices down to just one item, but after days of deliberating (seriously) I finally decided on this white tulle skirt.

I've seen all the cute tulle skirt outfits on Pinterest and have always been wanting one but could never seem to find them locally so when I saw that eShakti had one that I could customize, it was a no-brainer.  The customizing part was awesome and so easy to do.  You just type in your measurements and your height and then select the length that you want it to be.  I'm loving the midi-skirt style right now!  Oh, and you can even choose whether to have pockets or not.  Genius.

So what do you think of the skirt?  Have you ever ordered from eShakti?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Things my #babydaddy doesn't do.

My #babydaddy doesn't put his own clothes away, but he does wash and dry all of ours.

My #babydaddy doesn't always go with us to church on Sunday, but he does let me sleep in on Saturdays.

My #babydaddy doesn't watch chick flicks, but he does love watching Disney movies with us.

My #babydaddy doesn't set the rules and boundaries for our kids, but he does make sure that they respect and follow the ones I've set.

My #babydaddy doesn't go to the gym or lift, but he does carry and swing the kids around when they ask him to.

My #babydaddy doesn't agree with my outfits all the time, but he does give me the shirt off his back if I get cold.

My #babydaddy doesn't know anything about manscaping, but he does know how to braid our daughters' hair.

My #babydaddy doesn't like to eat at fancy restaurants, but he does enjoy cooking for us (and we enjoy eating it).

My #babydaddy doesn't make it to every game, PTA meeting or performance that the kids have, but he does provide support by practicing with them at home and encouraging them to do their best.

My #babydaddy doesn't give us everything we want, but he does whatever it takes to give us everything that we need.

This post is a belated Father's Day tribute to my #babydaddy and the love of my life, Joey.  It would have gone up on Sunday, but I was too busy having fun and making sure Joey was having an epic Father's Day.  I'm pretty sure we accomplished our goal because he's still talking about all the fun he had.  See for yourself:

Inspired by Lisa's tribute.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Favorites - Because I'm On a Roll

Well look who showed up again this week!  It's me!  And you, obviously.

Anyway, I've been having a pretty productive week (real life and blog life) so I figured I might as well keep this going with a Friday Favorites post!  I've never linked up with Amanda before but she's absolutely GORGEOUS and I always love reading everyone's faves (especially the funnies) so it's about time I join in on all the fun!

Favorite Song

Okay, so I don't really have a particularly favorite song right now but I have been blasting Tupac, Bone Thugs, and Jhene Aiko radio on Pandora for the past couple weeks.  I'm gangsta like that.

Favorite Food

Tried out this new spot here on Guam called Poki Fry that sells poke bowls and gourmet fries.  An odd pairing but I love it.  The poke (raw fish) is AMAZEBALLS.  It's fresh and so soft and soooooo delicious.  They just opened a couple months ago and I'm already looking forward when they expand their menu.  Clockwise from top:  Spicy Tuna Bowl, O.G. Bowl and Canadian Fries (heyyyy Kathy!)

Favorite Splurge

I haven't really splurged much this week but I the girls and I did treat ourselves to some goodies at Forever21 last week because it's been forever and 21 days since we've had a girls day.  However, I did just get Joey's father's day gift and I'm excited about it!  I'll give you a hint, it's this:

And he's going alone because I'm too chicken shit to do it.  I like my feet on solid ground, thank you very much.

Favorite Workout

I haven't been consistent with working out lately but Christina really motivated me to try again and now I'm excited to start back up and actually looking forward to doing my favorite HIIT workout by BodyRock.

Favorite Funnies

I seriously cannot help but laugh at this video every. single.  time.  My kid is so rad.

And that's it for this week.  What are your favorites from this past week?  Ever been skydiving?