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


Oahu Urban Gardens: A Rainy Day Adventure

It's been rainy here in Hawaii lately. Today, I had enough of being cooped up inside the house. So, I grabbed my Little Ladybug and we headed out to the Oahu Urban Garden. It's been a few years since we've been there. And, believe it or not, she didn't even remember that we had been there before!… Continue reading Oahu Urban Gardens: A Rainy Day Adventure


5 Things You Should Quit Right Now

5 things you should quit right now: 1. Judging: Judging yourself and others will get you nowhere! Just stop! Be proud of who you are and let others be proud of who they are without the fear of people judging them. I believe we would all benefit from this mindset! Let it start with you! 2.… Continue reading 5 Things You Should Quit Right Now


Finding Solace: Aiea Loop Trail (Oahu, Hawaii)

Today, I went hiking for the first time in way too long. If you know me, I love to hike and typically hike at least once a week. For a while there, I was doing at least 2 hikes a week even! Unfortunately, the holidays, the rain and deployment have all kept me out of… Continue reading Finding Solace: Aiea Loop Trail (Oahu, Hawaii)

Family/Motherhood/Military Life · Healthy Living

Running Made Me a Better Mom

Tonight...I ran! If you know me, I am not a all! In fact, I despise it! My husband is the runner in the family. Even when he's deployed on his submarine, he's always trying to fit in time for a treadmill run. It's pretty crazy how they cram a treadmill onto a submarine (just… Continue reading Running Made Me a Better Mom