Friday, April 27, 2012


Any Hawaii Five-0 fans? I started watching before we even moved here... I love the show! So when I found out that Taylor Wiley (Kamekona) was going to be at our base's Earth Day Expo, I figured "why not meander down there and see how long the line is?"

It wasn't long at all, I waited maybe 15min. Sadly, his "handlers" (not sure what to call them) wouldn't let me just get a photo, I had to buy something from his merchandise rack for him to autograph- so I grabbed a cheap little "Shrimpin' Hawaii" backpack. I could honestly care less about the autograph, maybe I'll sell it on eBay?! Haha. As far as Taylor goes- he is a really laid back/chill guy. So, there's my "I met someone on TV" moment... haha.

Monday, April 23, 2012

"There You Go Again"

A local military spouse has written and filmed the following music video:

If you like it, I suggest purchasing the song from iTunes or Amazon as a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Fisher House Foundation.

To read the artists words check out her blog, Olivia Blue Music, she was even talked about in the news!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Break Over? Maybe.

I stopped blogging because it just would have been downhill and depressing for you all. I needed to step back a bit from the military community... blogging was a big part. Sometimes reading about others situations, feelings, etc. just pissed me off, made me want to jump on a plane to help out, or confused the heck out of me. I already live on base, I already deal with ladies in the unit who complain that they didn't hear from their husband twice in one day when I'm here sitting on my hands just praying for an e-mail once a week to let me know he's safe. This deployment is crazy with the different team sites and communication available to certain groups and complete lack of to others. I wish we were all on the same level... that way things wouldn't be so annoying. It's not that I NEED to hear from him, I just don't NEED to hear about the people who talk to their husbands for 3hrs+ a day! Cuh-razy! So I stepped away from unit functions- and that's hard, I like being there for the ladies and we have some really awesome ones that aren't drama filled just enjoy talking about their husbands, I don't think they realize a lot of us don't get the communication they do. We also lost our FRO 1.5mo into the deployment so the next-to-no-information went to absolutely-no-information-whatsoever. A new one was recently hired and we should be having an informal breakfast within the next 2wks to meet her.

Since I left you all (minus the giveaway/call out for donations), in no particular order:
  • We hit the 4mo+ mark into this deployment
  • I started my God Strong book study for ladies with deployed husbands
  • I chopped 9.5in of hair off and donated to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths
  • Moku is 3mo old and getting huge!
  • Took photos at two Army homecomings (way cool!) +I love daddy photos
  • I am in the process of making my photography/marketing hobby into a registered business
  • I've been enjoying the NHL play-offs, hockey every night! (Lets Go Yotes!)
  • Hanging out at the beach
  • Made $80 at a joint yard sale
  • BBQs
  • "Family" dinner nights (aka- potluck)
  • Hosted Easter Brunch for 14 people including an egg hunt for the kiddos
  • Volunteered for Compassion Weekend at my church
  • Went to a hands-on art festival
  • Collected clothing for the Women's Rehab Center
  • Crafting - felt hair accessories & glass mosaics
  • ...and more...
 I think sometimes stepping away is a good thing. I don't think we realize how much TIME things like blogging, facebook, pinterest, etc. take out of our lives... I don't want to look back and remember sitting on my butt behind a computer, I want to look back and remember LIVING. I'm not sure how regular my posts will be from here on out... but if interesting things happen, I'll share with you all. I am also thinking about doing a "Local Hits Package Swap" if I get enough interest... basically, wherever you are currently stationed you would make a package with location specific items. Since I'm in Hawaii whoever I was partnered with could probably expect- macadamia nuts, local bath and body products, dried pineapple, Hawaiian music, etc. Would you be interested in this? If so, please leave a comment saying so!

I hope you are all doing well, 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

$5 Fundraising

Hey everyone... I'm not sure if you know Amanda from Combat Boots & Diamond Rings, but she's pretty much a superwoman! Army wife, mother of four- that's right- four boys! And right now she is humble enough to ask for our help...

If you don't know her family's story I strongly encourage you to visit her blog. Help keep Jeremy's Service Dog by his side... even $5.00 can help!

If you can't help financially... help by spreading the word.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Troop Paws Winner!

I am happy to announce that Sue from Hello. Also, I love you. is the winner of the Troop Paws Giveaway!

 Please contact me within the next 48hrs so I can give you Marlene's information in order to collect your prize!

Everyone else... don't forget that you can still purchase your own pup at a SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE!