Do They Approve?

Sometimes I catch myself in the middle of doing something, and wanting to take a picture. I tell myself it's to capture the moment. An image of a moment frozen forever in time so to speak. In all reality, I have to ask that why I'm taking this picture? Or, is it to post… Continue reading Do They Approve?

Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Setting Free the “Better Mom” Inside Me: and Discovering She Has Been There All Along…

There are different seasons we go through in life. Seasons where we are so busy and stressed it feels as if our car is a merely a taxi cab with a locker storage unit in the back donning football cleats, crayons, shoes, hula skirts, library books and random granola bar wrappers (because face it-those are… Continue reading Setting Free the “Better Mom” Inside Me: and Discovering She Has Been There All Along…

Family/Motherhood/Military Life · Uncategorized

Progressive Family Dinner

Are you looking for a fun alternative to your family dinner time? I know we tend to get into our routine which can get boring after a while. Well, here is a fun idea we did recently: Progressive Family Dinner!The idea behind this, is that we got to enjoy our favorite foods but at different… Continue reading Progressive Family Dinner

Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Blessings of a Modern Housewife

Do you ever just sit back and appreciate how good we have it? I’m sitting here working on a project for my kids' class Christmas party coming up 🎄🎅. At the same time, my coffee maker is cleaning itself ☕️. I have a load of laundry washing itself and another drying itself. The floors are… Continue reading Blessings of a Modern Housewife

Faith · Family/Motherhood/Military Life

I Am a Failure…or Am I?

I struggle with this desire to be perfect. I hold these expectations for myself that are far from obtainable. These expectations put on my shoulders by the worlds' standards oftentimes leave me feeling like a failure. A failure to look a certain way. A failure at being a certain type of mother. A failure at… Continue reading I Am a Failure…or Am I?


Halloween Themed Snacks

Happy Halloween! In celebration of Halloween, I wanted to share with you a fun snack idea I made for my sons' football team last season. It isn't really a "recipe" per say. But, it's a fun food idea so I think it fits for today! I like to try to have a healthy treat to… Continue reading Halloween Themed Snacks


Instant Pot Apple Sauce (Using Essential Oils)

Instant Pot Apple Sauce (Using Essential Oils) If you know me, you know I LOVE my Instant Pot! I also LOVE essential oils. So, when I found this way to combine the two, I was in heaven! Using Essential Oils internally may be something new for you. But, let me tell you, once you get… Continue reading Instant Pot Apple Sauce (Using Essential Oils)

Faith · Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Being a Brave Mom in the Midst of Crisis

Living in Hawaii has been such a blessing! The constant sunny days, the beautiful beaches, the turquoise water, the smells of plumeria and coconuts filling the air...what could be better, right? It might sound like a dream-and some days, it really is. However, even paradise has its downsides. Volcanos erupting, a ballistic missile warning, hurricanes, tropical storms,… Continue reading Being a Brave Mom in the Midst of Crisis


How Great Thou Art

It doesn’t matter how many times I hear this song or even who sings it...for years, God has used this as the song to speak to my heart the most. It doesn't matter what mood I'm in-happy, angry, sad, depressed, excited... It has me sobbing every single time. It puts things into perspective for me.… Continue reading How Great Thou Art


Lemon Blueberry Summer Treat

Lemon Blueberry Summer Treat Ingredients: Lemon Yogurt Graham Crackers Blueberries Instructions: Spoon some lemon yogurt into the bottom of a glass or bowl (doesn't need to be fancy. But, it can be made to look fancy if you use some cute glasses). Crumble up some graham crackers and add a little on top of the… Continue reading Lemon Blueberry Summer Treat

Pinterest Projects · Uncategorized

The Ultimate Little Mermaid Birthday Party

We just returned from a trip to Disney World. While we were there, we met my---I mean my daughters---favorite Disney Princess-Ariel! She was INCREDIBLE! My Little Ladybug told Ariel that she had been at her birthday once when she turned 3. Ariel picked right up on that and told her how she "knew she looked… Continue reading The Ultimate Little Mermaid Birthday Party


When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Today was one of those days that I knew going into it, was going to be a "make or break" kind of day!We had a lot riding on today: We were expecting to hear if my husband was chosento advance to Master Chief. We have been house hunting and put an offer in on a… Continue reading When Things Don’t Go Your Way


Night to Shine: How I Grew Through Serving the Special Needs Community

Recently my church joined 537 other churches around the world to host Night to Shine. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, 537 churches from around the world came together to host Night to… Continue reading Night to Shine: How I Grew Through Serving the Special Needs Community

Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Deployment: A Submariner Wife’s Perspective of the toughest words a military spouse can hear. So many emotions come up when I hear that word: loneliness, stress, loss, fear, sadness, exhaustion... I pride myself on typically being an uplifting and positive person. However, this can be a struggle at times when I'm faced with the extremely difficult task of staying… Continue reading Deployment: A Submariner Wife’s Perspective

Faith · Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Monster Mom Attacks: Rekindling the Relationship with My Son During a Stressful Deployment

If you know me and follow my blog regularly, you know I am typically a very happy and positive person. My posts 9/10 times are about finding happiness and spreading that joy to others. Well, unfortunately, I have hit that place of deployment where I am starting to feel like I'm losing my zest. I'm… Continue reading Monster Mom Attacks: Rekindling the Relationship with My Son During a Stressful Deployment

Hiking · photo challenge

The Many Paths We Take (A Hawaiian Hikers Journey/Photo Challenge)

Cee's Which Way Photo Challenge Daily Word Prompt: uncompromising "This Which Way challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on." There are many paths we take in our journey through life. Oftentimes, the best path to take may not be clear to… Continue reading The Many Paths We Take (A Hawaiian Hikers Journey/Photo Challenge)

Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Something I’ve Done Right: Realizing I’m a Damn Good Mom!

I tend to focus on how tired I feel or I let myself feel guilty for not doing all of the fun activities on my Pinterest Boards. But, when it comes down to it, they don't need the "extras." They just need a present me.

Hiking · photo challenge

Out of This World Weird

Hiking/Photo Challenge Photo Challenge: Out of this world There is nothing more "out of this world" than finding an abandoned outhouse in the middle of a bamboo forest in Hawaii...with an astronaut on it! Today, I co-lead a hike to Lululmahu Falls here on Oahu, HI. It was literally DOWNPOURING once we arrived at the trailhead. However,… Continue reading Out of This World Weird


Following in the Footsteps of Billy Graham

I woke up this morning to the news that Billy Graham passed away. For some reason, I haven't been able to get it off of my mind ever since. No, I've never met him. No, I've never really followed him or studied him. And, yet, I can feel the loss. It's almost embarrassing to admit… Continue reading Following in the Footsteps of Billy Graham

Healthy Living

Smile: Make Life Beautiful Again

What's the first thing you notice about a person when you see them? Is it the color of their eyes? Maybe it's their outfit or the way they style their hair? For me, it's the smile. Sometimes, it's the lack thereof. I think a person's face (particularly their smile) can say so much about the person… Continue reading Smile: Make Life Beautiful Again