Wild and Free

Hear it in the thunder that booms from the tops of peaks, down into the valleys.

Feel it pass through your soul as you breath in the cool mountain air.

Smell it in the rain drops that fall on your face and the pine that wafts sweetly through the mist.

It’s calling out to you to rejoice and praise it. To be excited and comforted by it. To seek shelter in it and adventure lightly through it.

It’s the beauty of all that is wild and free and is as innately a part of you as you are of it.

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Somewhere between construction and housewife…

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Wow! Here I am, it’s Thursday and my body aches from playing construction lady and landscaper! It feels good to be in pain though, lots of muscles being used more rigorously than usual.

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On top of that, I’ve celebrated my cupkeiki’s second year of life, which is exciting, right! What parent isn’t proud to say, ” yay we made it another year”?! I’m a happy mama right now! I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned as a parent over the last year and there has been a lot. To break it down, and impart some parental wisdom however, here are a few key points: 1. Stop worrying and start living. You can’t worry about what could happen, you just have to let them (your keiki that is) go for it, whatever it is. You have to also not get caught up in the ideal parenting conundrum. I’ve learned that everyone does it differently, stop worrying about how you’re doing it and just do what’s best for your keiki! 2. It’s ok to hide in a bathroom, pantry or closet for a couple of minutes when things start getting a little too crazy. Sometimes parents need a little time out to get back in order. 3. Forget all the “enjoy this moment because it goes quickly” thinkers. Hey, you know what- sometimes this moment isn’t so great and I’m going to deal with it and move on, life isn’t about holding on to each and every moment, it’s about enjoying the good, learning from the bad and celebrating when you can!

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I baked up a super moist and dense chocolate zucchini cake for my cupkeiki’s birthday. I was nervous, there are veggies in it, but she gobbled it down and asked for more, so I’ll share the recipe in another post.

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I realized that I didn’t post veggie pics from Saturday as I was picking up veggies yesterday. There will only be a fruit pick up this Saturday, so here are my wonderful CSA Saturday pics!

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There’s lots going on and I’m feeling good and a little overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle on my end but it’s ok, there could be worse things happening and I’m fortunate that isn’t the case!

Happy Thursday!

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(Thanks to my brother-in-law for the goofy face and my friend Alfonso giving the shaka, who celebrated his birthday last Saturday, for the great pic!)

My cupkeiki is two!

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Two years ago today my world changed. I learned of a love, strength and devotion greater than anything I have ever known, in just a few seconds and not just to her but also my partner (her father). I remember the midwife saying, “reach down and pull your little girl out”, like it was yesterday. It was thrilling, emotional, and beyond amazing. The moment I laid eyes on her I knew that the world was better, that my world was better. I love being a mama to this little kolohe ( rascal) of mine.

Happy birthday to my cupkeiki!

DIY Pore Strips

Love the tingling and clean feeling pore strips leave you with, but hate the money spent buying them? I know I do! That’s why, when my niece suggested we try this DIY pore strip recipe I was 100% up for it (http://youtu.be/-bjOB4zS0uE)!

We doubled the recipe thinking that would be necessary for the two of us, it was more than enough and there is now at least another round leftover in the fridge waiting for us.

What you will need: 1 tsp unflavored gelatin and 1 tsp milk. That’s it!!

What you do: Mix the gelatin and milk in a microwave safe ramekin, it should look really dry and lumpy. Then place the ramekin in the microwave for 10 seconds. It should have a gooey texture to it. Using our fingers, we applied the mixture to our “T” Zones and left on until it was completely dry. It’s amazing how tight it quickly becomes! Once completely dry, peel off! What you’re left with is ultra smooth and tingly skin.

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My cupkeiki thought we looked like monsters when we started peeling off the mask. It feels strange when putting it on, really gooey and thick. Peeling it off was, just as painful as those strips you buy at the store! However, the feeling your skin is left with afterward is truly wonderful!! Give it try, and have fun with it!