I FINALLY got him on the healthy eating bandwagon for 2018. My other half gained all the pregnancy weight and more with the 2 boys, and we both decided it was time to drop it!! It's so much funner to cook and recipe hunt when you have someone to do it with. Ha'a is actually an excellent cook and I am so blessed, he will throw it down in the kitchen more often than I will. Ha'a loves cooking soups and stews. He's a comfort food kinda guy. We've been filling our fridge with loads of fresh fruits and veggies, sometimes without an actual plan of what to do with them.
He threw this together one night and it's become a family favorite! Healthy and delicious, we eat it without an extra starch like rice (which is a super staple here in Hawaii!) Throw it together if you dare.
No matter how early I wake up or how ahead of the game I think I am, we always find ourselves rushing to school. Anybody relate? Oh how the mornings fly, thank God for travel size deodorant (loove my Coconut Vanilla by Native). But my face! I might be willing to rock yoga pants to the mall once in a blue moon, but as far as my face, I feel the most confident when I've got a little touch up here and there because I know I look awake and ready for anything. There are just some things that help us walk a little taller, like new undies, and a little concealer. Am I right or am I right? Keep reading if you want a make up routine that takes 5 minutes and is full of good for you ingredients and none of the junk.
This is a picture of my family the day we prepared to die.
It was 8 in the morning and I was ecstatic because we would actually show up on time to an event. With 2 boys under 4. And my hair wasn’t in a messy Mom bun. That’s a huge victory by most moms’ standards. I hear my phone alert and am irritated by the blaring sound & what I expected to be yet another “Flash Flood Warning” that had never resulted in anything before. Even reading “ballistic missile yada yada” felt like slow motion until I read “THIS IS NOT A DRILL”.
I rushed around the house aimlessly knowing I should be doing something but not knowing what on earth I could do to protect my family from an incoming missile. First thing I always do when I don’t know what to do-call my dad.
The Gym. The classes. The box. Sometimes you just can't make it to a scheduled session, or just pretty much anywhere outside your Welcome Mat. Truth is I love the gym, but i just can't seem to get there as often as I'd like. And there are at least 4 pairs of pre-baby jeans that I refuse to throw away because I just love um. I don't know about y'all, but losing baby weight after baby #2 has been waaaaaayyy harder than losing it after #1. (It was also way easier to gain the second pregnancy, yay for post 35 metabolism) And let's be honest, mom life can't always follow mom's agenda so here are some of my favorite workouts to do from home or just sans structure. With toddlers in tow, convenience and time are of the essence!
There are pieces of our story that are unique to us alone. These are the experiences that salt our lives and set us apart from the crowd. I'd like to share with you 10 experiences that have helped shape me in a special way. There are likely a very few who would know all of these things about me. Can you relate to any?
1. My first real job was as an Educational Tour Guide at a ranch on Oahu, where duties included feeding monkeys, cleaning horseshoes, and milking a cow.
2. I have never considered myself athletic but I have played soccer and paddled canoe during my youth. (I did try water polo for a bit but that was rough!!) I've enjoyed group exercise classes at the gym and hand a go at Crossfit as well. I just don't think I'm a group sport person.
3. I only applied to one college because it was the only one I wanted to attend. And that is where I ended up receiving my Bachelor of Arts at Azusa Pacific University in 2003.
4. My only C grades in high school and college were in English classes. And here I am blogging haha!!
5. I have lived in Mexico City with a family who spoke no English for 2 months, on a trip with Latin America Missions.
6. I've only owned one pet myself, a black and white long hair kitty named Tipsy who I adopted from an Animal Shelter during my college years in Azusa, California. She traveled with me to Hawaii and Chicago, where she passed 11 years later.
7. I sufferd a bout with Acute Pancreatitis as a 16 year old and it changed my life. Literally.
8. I've been on an African Safari during another mission trip to Botswana, so I've actually been yards away from wild lions, a herd of elephants, and a running wart hogs.
9. I have walked a runway in a Fashion Show.
10. I have also been on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with my home church (and snuck out to the discoteca one night to go dancing!)
Comment or write me if any you've shared any similar experiences!!
My dad is the most hard working man I know. He's a rock solid picture of the American Dream. Building his business from scratch, all on his own - he's the story of warehouse to penthouse, metaphorically speaking. I say that to lead into my next point. I'm spoiled. Not because my father is a man of superior wealth, but because he's a man of superior giving. It gives my dad so much joy and satisfaction to do something well, and that includes taking care of his family.
With that, I've had the great fortune of being wonderfully taken care of all my life. Don't get me wrong, I am indebted to my dad for the awesome experiences he's provided, but I have one complaint. I could never truly call something my own; never feel the pride of pulling myself up from my own bootstraps.
Becoming a mother was the catalyst for truly wanting that dream to be my own. I want that blood, sweat, and tears chapter; I want to look at something I've built and accomplished through hard work, dedication, commitment, and heart. I would never EVER have thought that would come in the awkwardly packaged gift of a home based direct sales company.
I am so grateful I gave Beautycounter a chance. I finally look at my paycheck with a smile and know that I earned every single dollar of it. I create income using my own set of talents & skills in ways that I choose, not ways someone else expects me to. I'm able to send my son to a school of our choice, and I am for once, able to taste the satisfaction of fulfillment, purpose, and taking care of my own.
So I guess I'm a lot like my dad. I have a deep desire for building something amazing, I love to look at a job well done, and I could never get enough of providing for my family. Thank you dad, for everything.
I had always considered myself relatively healthy. I didn't eat fast food daily, I exercised, and I took vitamins...once in a while. At 35 years old I was (naively) shocked to learn that the things I put on my body and my kids' bodies could affect our health. A few appalling facts had me hunting. Around the same time, Beautycounter came across my path, and thankfully became the gateway to my education (turned passion) about a cleaner lifestyle. I flirted with the idea of switching to safer for a while. My ultimate turning point was when I was bathing my babies. I looked at the label of their bath wash and saw ingredients on Beautycounter's Never List. When I considered that, even the products I had trusted on their delicate skin -and hence systems- contained ingredients not fully safe for them was when I confirmed that we would make a change. That was in April 2017 and we haven't looked back! Joining a movement for safer has opened my eyes to the world of toxins we expose ourselves to and lit a fire in me to learn how I can give my family a safer household.
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.