Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Crafts

Well, I'm a little late on posting this, but hey....Better Late than Never, right?

Me and the kiddos had a craft day at my sisters...Thanksgiving style. It was so fun, and the kids had a blast too :)

The kiddos made turkey's, and wrote on the tail feathers what they were thankful for.... and Miss Ali decided to be a little funny with hers....
She's a funny one I tell ya :)
I remember making these when I was a kid. :)
And my sister Ari and I had a little craft time of our own :) We made these fall garlands that we saw on A Beautiful Mess posted Here.

Now it's my turn....We are going to have Christmas Craft Day at my house :) I've been collecting ideas for both the kiddos and my sister and I.

Any suggestions?

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stepping out of my comfort zone...

We all have them.
That nice cozy spot that's comfortable and familiar, and not scary at all.
You think about stepping out, but it's different, and you don't know what others are gonna think or say.
That's how I am with what I wear. Basically...I play it safe. Nothing too bright, or "out of the box".
Until the other day.
I stepped out.
At least for ME, this was stepping out ;)

Yup....I wore YELLOW tights!!!
ME...Yellow tights??!! with a cute Retro-Style black and white dress.
I was SOOOO self conscious the whole day.
I could feel the people looking at me. At work, I went to an office meeting and EVERYONE made a big deal about my tights! (in a nice way...but still, WAY too much attention)
I started turning red....I wanted to just leave and take them off.
But I stuck with it, and wore them to whole day.
I walked around with my head up, and just owned it!
It felt good to step out of my comfort zone.
Maybe I'll do it again soon ;)

What are you reluctant to do?

Much Aloha,
Monika *:)

Tights: Target, Shoes: Target, Dress: Ruby Rox

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sunday Fun

Forgive the booty shot....but Miss K was having so much fun in the fort this Sunday!! :) We built it early, and it stayed up until we went to bed. The girls ate snacks, read books, and watched some TV.
Ali made a sign....She was having just as much fun in our little hide-a-way as Miss K was :)
I think this may become a ritual now :)

Do you make forts too?? ;)
Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Monsters are coming!!!!

So this is what I've been up to lately....sewing Lil' Monsters!! :) Aren't they just the cutest??!!
These cuties are going to a super cool, hip boutique in Albuquerque, NM called Stilo Lifestyle Accessories.

I'm super excited for these little guys to find new homes. And if you live in the Albuquerque area, be sure to stop by Stilo and go check out all their great stuff!

Hope you had a fabulous Wednesday!!

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thrifty finds....that ends badly

Hi-Di-Ho everyone!!
I'm back!!
It's been a CRAZY couple weeks....but finally things are starting to settle down a little.
I hadn't been thrifting in a while, so I was REALLY excited when I saw these awesome finds!!
Federal Glass green dots bowl - $2.99
Vintage kitchen towel, and vintage fabric - .98 each
Buffalo China platter with blue edge - $1.99
Pyrex Verde Cinderella Bowl Set - about $20.00 total
I nearly squealed when I saw the whole set of Pyrex.....I own A LOT of Pyrex. But strangely enough, I don't have a complete set of anything. So this was the first :) I was taking these pictures, trying to get the right angle, I must have bumped the table.....

I heard them slide

I saw them start to fall

I heard them crash

I may had yelled...NOOOOO!!!!!!!
There may have been tears.......
The two smaller bowls, Down, broken, smashed......

So, I'm back to not having any complete sets :(

I'm just kinda a klutz sometimes...

Oh well....don't cry over broken Pyrex. (easier said then done...)

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


How you been??

Long Time No Talk!

NO....I haven't fallen off the earth or anything. Just A LOT has been going on.

Life....It really likes to throw you curve balls once in a while...

I promise...I will be back soon with something at least semi-interesting ;)

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Don't Laugh!!

Ok...I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I'll be honest, I've been VERY hesitant (maybe even a little scared).
"What?" You're asking.
An outfit post.
My style mostly consists of jeans, tank tops, and slippers. I mean, I dress up if I'm going out and stuff, for the most part, yeah...jeans, top & slippers. That's me ;)
But for work I do dress up. Suits, dresses, stuff like that.
Today was nice, pretty warm actually, and I didn't want to wear a suit, or a work dress that was lined (it gets to hot and sticky). So I opted for a dress that was a little flowy, and best of all comfy!

I said DON'T LAUGH!! :)
This is my first time doing an outfit post....cut me a little slack! Come on...I'm still a rookie ;)
But I do love this dress...and I love the eyelet detail on the cap sleeves and the bottom hem.

Ok...that's it....I did it, my First Outfit Post ever!
(I'm still a little scared)
If you are laughing....please don't laugh out loud :)
Dress: H&M (old)
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: R2
Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Oodles of Noodles

So the little Miss is sick, bronchitis actually. Yep, bronchitis. That sounds pretty bad, right?? Well not as bad as yesterday.....I took the little one to Urgent Care yesterday, and that doctor told me she had PNEUMONIA!!
Pneumonia??? REALLY?
Today I took her to her own Primary Doc, and he said no, it's not pneumonia, its just bronchitis.
Two doctors, two different diagnosis's...
What up wit that??
I guess today we are going with Bronchitis....
She is doing better today though, so that's good :)
When I asked her what she wanted for dinner, she said Soup with noodles. I didn't have any Chicken Noodle soup, but I did have one of my Favorite Comfort Foods ever!
Nothing makes you feel better then a hot bowl of S & S Saimin....and of course I had to jazz it up with a little green onion and fried Spam......
Yeah....I said Fried Spam. You gotta problem with that???? It ain't Hawaiian if it don't got Spam! :)
(oh, and that's "Aloha Shoyu" in the Kikkoman Soy Sauce bottle...Shhhh, don't tell)
Miss K loved it, and she got extra excited because she got to use her kiddie Chop Sticks :) They're super cute with little characters at the top, and small loops for her little fingers to fit through.

Gonna go rest up now, I think I'm coming down with a bug too :(  hopefully Miss K and I can kick these icky's quick, and enjoy some of the weekend.

Hope you have a icky-less weekend! :)

Much Aloha,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You Gotta See This!!

A Beautiful Mess was probably the first blog I got addicted to. Elsie is creative, inspiring, and SO darn Cute!! Her style is impeccable, and her new Fall line is AMAZING!!!
She just posted her Red Velvet Fall Lookbook, and I just had to share!!

Love, Love, Love!! The styling, the colors, the music and of course the clothes!!!

Go and check out Red Velvet....There are a few dresses left, get one before they're gone!! :)

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bits + Pieces

While over at Bleubird Vintage I saw a post of a few little "bits and pieces" of her week. So I thought I'd share a few of my own :)

1. Miss K staring me down
2. Pretty Hibiscus
3. Ali on her first day of 7th Grade!!!!! (we have a picture like this for every year since kindergarten)
4. Me and the Mr. at Miss K's b-day party
5. Ali and I at an Angeles Game!! FUN!
6. Miss K trying to splash me from her little pool.

Hope you had a fun weekend...

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Who's 3????????

Miss K...That's Who!!! :) if you read yesterday's post, you saw that I made a shout out to my Mr. for his b-day. Yes, if you were wondering, their birthday's are one day apart!! :)

Let's put it this way......There's been a lot of cupcake eating happening in our house lately! ;)

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!

Today is my Mr.'s Birthday!!!! :)  
Hope you have an Awesome day babe!!
I'm off to make him his fav dinner...Lasagna!! :)  (shhhhhhh!!'s a surprise!!) ;)

Much Aloha,
Monika ;)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Making Progress

It's been pretty crazy around here. We're in the midst of preparing for Missy Miss' Birthday Party.... Nothing gets you super motivated to get things done quite like a party at your house, right? :)

Oh... procrastination is a horrible curse!

So, needless to say, we are BUSY! But, it's the good kind of busy. The kind of busy that when you look at what you've accomplished, you feel proud and satisfied.

This is what our backyard looked like 2 weeks ago.......
Pretty scary, right?? :(
Now... two weeks later we are ready to sod!!! :)
All this work done in 90+ degree weather.... WHAT WERE WE THINKING??!!?? and YES... We did all the work ourselves!!! (with help from my F.I.L and B.I.L...thanks guys!!)

As I was taking one of our many breaks from the heat I snapped a few little pics.
and Missy Miss got a new Bubble shooter from her Grammy & Papa :)
 She literally filled the whole backyard with bubbles!! :)
The sooner we are done with this backyard, the happier I will be!! :)

On to this week....getting the sod in, getting Ali ready for back to school, getting ready for the birthday party for Missy Miss.....goodness.....can anything else be happening??!!

After Labor Day we are done with house projects for a while....then it's time for the Palm Springs Countdown!! ;)  (I'll get to that in a later post) :D

Hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer!!

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Birthday...

Mom & Aunty Sue!!!
Half sisters born on the same day years apart. Pretty cool, right? :) (my mom's the older of the two) :)

We're all going out to dinner tonight to celebrate. I can't wait!! :)

Hope you are having a Very Happy Sunday!! :)

Much Aloha,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Little Gifts :)

Tomorrow we are having a little baby shower at work for a co-worker. She is the cutest preggers lady you'll ever see :) She's having a little baby boy and the theme for his room is OWL's!! :)
So of course, I had to sew her a little sumthin sumthin ;)

I love being able to put love into something that I make for someone else :) I hope she likes them!!! :)

Do you prefer handmade gifts over store bought??

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011


She came in yesterday, and we are soooo happy that she's back!!!!

Much Aloha,
Monika :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Playing Dress Up

Isn't funny how every girl goes through the "Playing Dress Up" phase? Miss Kourt has just recently discovered this long loved pass time. So luckily I had this tutu that I had bought a while back stashed under my bed. Well... needless to say, She LOVES it!! Now all she wants to do is play dress up. I guess it's time to buy more tutu's, princess dresses & fairy wings :)
She's such a HAM!! Half the pictures that I took came out blurry because she was wiggling around and dancing :)
So as I was looking through these pictures of Miss Kourt, I started thinking about Ali (who comes home tomorrow!! Yippee!!!!). She loved playing dress up too....
Ali when she was 4 (she's gonna kill me for posting this....but she is so darn cute!!!!)

I swear...I have the two cutest girls in the world!!! :)

Do your kiddos love playing dress up?

Much Aloha,
Monika ;)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Brownies Anyone??

I am admittedly a bit of a chocoholic. Dark, milk...any kind of chocolate, and I'm there :) So you can understand my sadness when we found out that Miss Kourt is allergic to Dairy & Peanuts!! :*(  Not only is it scary that she may have a reaction if she has these foods (we carry an Epi-pen for her peanut allergy), but we really had to alter everything that we ate. Now, chocolate is not always made with milk, obviously Milk Chocolate is, but Dark Chocolate isn't. HOWEVER....whenever I look at 99% of dark chocolate bars they are "made in a facility that also processes peanuts and milk". Well, that does not help me. I  cant even buy products that are processed in a facility that also processes peanuts, that's how bad her allergy is. :(
You can imagine my Delight whenever I find "treats" that are completely "Free" from all the things that Miss Kourt cant have! :)
Enter... Traders Joe's NEW Gluten Free Brownie Mix!!!!

I saw this at the store and I picked it up right away and I saw the label
It's totally safe for Miss Kourt!!! YAY! I was so excited I told the cashier "Thank you so much for this!" :)
So of course I made them tonight! and I added a little sumthin sumthin to the mix. What did I add, you ask? Chocolate chips (dairy free) and some marshmallows (cause that's how I roll). ;)
 And I think SHE liked it!!!! And that's what matters most!!!

The batter is really thick, and they took a little longer to cook then what was on the package.... but that could just be my oven. Overall...these brownies were YUMMY!! :) A must try for anyone who loves chocolate (allergies or not) :)

Now we can all have a little treat now and then, and know that its safe for Miss Kourt.
THANK YOU Trader Joe's!!!!

Much Aloha,
Monika :)