Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Field Goal!

The Super Birthday party continues!  This is another favor that I made for the party.  These are boxes of chocolates.  Continuing with the football theme, I wanted it to look like the football field.  

I wrapped the boxes with green paper to look like grass.

I cut strips of white paper to look like the yard lines on the field.  Since I couldn't do the entire field, I just went with the center and the 50 yard line.  I cut the #s out with the cricut cartridge Birthday Bash.  

I added little hash markings that I made with a hole punch.  This is where, your scraps really come handy.  I know it's not straight, but honestly this part is a lot of work.  I used a toothpick to help me glue the tiny pieces and tried to align them as straight as possible.

Lastly I tied some bakers twine around the box, and added a football(Wrap it up) and a jersey(Wrap it up).  These are just a little bit smaller than the ones that I made for the invitations.  This time I hand printed out MAHALO(Thank You) on the jersey.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Football Favoritism

This is one of the favors that I made for the Go! #85 party! Again, I used the football cutout from the cricut cartridge Wrap it up.  This cartridge is so awesome, because it has a box feature! It is so simple to assemble this box, and the best part is that you don't even need tape to put it together.  It's a one piece design, and everything folds right into place.  I know that the invitations were all shades of purple, but since the Super Bowl is in New Orleans there is sort of a Mardi Gras theme going on too.  That is why these favors are all different colors.  It's a colorful party!
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Monday, January 28, 2013

GO! #85

 Birthday Party/Super Bowl Party Invitations
This invitation is for an young lady turning 85, who's favorite color happens to be..umm you guessed it PURPLE!  The theme is football, since it's on Super Bowl Sunday.  I used my cricut for everything on this invitation.  I cut the rectangle shape of the card, accented it with my fav white pen to give it a little pop!  The 'jersey', is actually a baby onesie from the cartridge Wrap it up!  I just cut off the bottom part of the onesie to make it look like a shirt.  I added stripes to the sleeves to make it look more like a football jersey.  Since it's her 85th b-day, I made the # on the jersey 85.  The football is also from the Wrap it up cartridge.  I really made use out of this football.  More to come on that!  This invite is very simple, but I think gets the theme across well! 
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Put some Santana on


Looking forward to the Santana concert next month!

Put some Santana on and enjoy your day!
Happy Saturday!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Mastering this Cleanse!

The Master Cleanse is what I've been up to the past 12 days!  This is the third time that I did the master cleanse.  I did it last January for the first time, and was it a challenge!  This being my third time around, it wasn't so bad.  I basically did it this time, to stop the bad eating habits that I acquired during the holiday season!  Ask me what I got for Christmas, and my answer will be; that I got FAT for Christmas!  I am a junkaholic!  I wanted to get this in before Super Bowl!  I know it sounds a little off, that I'm cleansing before Super Bowl.  The thing is that I felt like I needed to get it going in January!  I have a plan!  Today is my last day on the Lemon juice part, you need about 3-4 days to get yourself to regular eating habits. Which will leave me a couple days before Super Bowl! I can eat and indulge a "little" for Super Bowl and for about a week.  Then comes Ash Wednesday, then Lent will begin.  I have another plan for lent, that I am still working out the kinks! ;) 

Just a little insight of what the Master Cleanse is, it is a cleanse that helps rid the body of toxins, also helps with weight loss, even sickness as well as other body ailments. 
 The minimum about of days to cleanse is 10, and the maximum is 40.  The average is 21. This is not only a health and diet cleanse, it is also a spiritual cleanse as well.  If you read the literature on this cleanse there are specific reasons for everything you practice throughout the cleansing experience.
You do not eat at all while on this cleanse.  You make a drink that is all natural that consists of fresh lemon juice, water, 100% maple syrup and cayenne pepper.  

In the mornings, I do a Salt water flush.  This is probably the worst part of the cleanse.  You mix 1 quart of room temperature pure water and 2 teaspoons of sea salt.  Drink the entire glass.  Next is a waiting game.  In about 1 hour or so you will feel the need to "flush"!  Believe me, you will know when you have to go!  For this part, you need to plan your morning accordingly.

Here's how you make the drink.

First and foremost, you need to squeeze your lemons or limes ahead of time.  It's important that you use freshly squeezed juice.  Nothing from the bottle.  I have an electric juicer, but couldn't find a part to it, so I decided to use the manual juicer for a little arm toning! To me the lime juice is too tart, I prefer the lemons! Limes remind me of horrible nights and mornings after drinking way too much tequila shots! :(

2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

Add in 8 ounces of  pure water

Add 2 Tablespoons of 100% maple syrup, it can be either Grade A or Grade B.  There is a great difference in price! Grade B is a little harder on your pocket, but supposed to be a little sweeter. To me there's not that much difference.

Don't forget to add in a dash or so of cayenne pepper.  If you like it hot, this is right up your alley!  

Bottoms up!

You need to drink between 6-12 glasses of this drink everyday.

In between you can only drink water and caffeine free tea (preferably peppermint tea)

If you want to, you can drink a detox tea at night before bed.

For me, I feel really thirsty after drinking the salt water, and the lemon makes my throat a little scratchy.  I love a tall glass of iced water!
If anyone is interested in reading the literature on The Master Cleanse, I can email it to you.  It's very long, but very interesting.

It's said that people will cleanse 3 times a year to maintain.  Since it's getting easier and easier, I will probably do it again this year.  It's really not as bad as it sounds.

A toast to good health!

 Other than crafting for a Birthday/ Super Bowl party, this is what I've been up to!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do What You Love!

I am a firm believer in this! It is a life goal for me to do what I love and love what I do!
I've been a little busy, and still can't find that damn camera!:( In efforts to not neglect this blog, here I am posting inspirational quotes!
Hope everyone's having a great week!

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Friday, January 4, 2013


This week's pinspirations are all about the New Year! Things from my boards that I would like to either try or do regularly! 

First and foremost, I would really like to take this blog to the next level!  I made a promise to myself not to neglect this blog and to keep striving to make it a great thing!  I've learned so much from blogging and other bloggers, and feel so lucky to have come this far. Onward and upward!

Another thing that I would like to do more, is to create more meaningful things.  Also things that are environmentally friendly.  I've always believed in repurposing and sustainability, so why not try to practice it more in crafting?! 

Working on my fitness! Ugh! This one gets me every year!! But, yet again it's on my list! It's been a slow start this year, with the weather being so funky.  I will lose weight and maintain it! I will! I will! I will! No matter, if it's a walk around the block, a hike, a visit to the gym, a dip in the ocean, situps in bed, taking a class, whatever it is, I will practice some sort of exercise everyday!

I would LOVE to travel more! This is a big one that I've been lacking the last so many years.  I've decided that I need to just get on a plane and go!  Even if it's just island hoping!  A change of scenery is always good for the soul!  

I really want to change up my wardrobe!  I dream of wearing romantic dresses and stylish clothes all day, everyday! I'm a fashionista at heart!!

I've been trying to cook more often, so this one has been in the works for a lil bit.  I do want to be a master chef in the kitchen! haha! I can dream, can't I?! I do have a  secret passion for cooking and baking, so it is something exciting for me to try to tackle!

I want to always have great hair! I know that this sounds a little vain, but I don't have the nicest of hair, or the easiest hair to work with.  I envy people with effortless, shiny, beautiful hair!  This, like the fitness one, will probably always be on my list.

In 2013, I will do more good deeds!  I try to practice at least 1 good deed a day, but the world could always use more!  Being from Hawaii, The Aloha State we are instilled with practicing kindness in our everyday lives.  It's a way of life here, and I think that if everyone can do more good deeds, it will be contagious and soon enough it will spread throughout the world! 

Here we go with the vanity again! Haha!  I want to always looked polished!  I have really blah, pale skin and people tend to confuse that with being tired or being sick.  I really believe that when people say that you look tired, means that you look like shit?! I don't want to look like shit!  Can you blame me?! So I've been making great efforts to freshen up my skin and try new things to look a little less shitty!  This like fitness and hair, will also be on my list for a lifetime!

These are just a small look into things that I will strive for this year!  Believe me, I have a lot more! What are some of your goals that you are striving for this year?

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013


New year's is always filled with a lot of different traditions.  May it be for religious, personal, spiritual, or cultural, we follow certain traditions to prepare ourselves for yet another year.  Amongst the numerous traditions that we do before every new year, here are a few that I would like to share.

Mochi making is one of them that we do to prepare for the new year.  If you noticed, I said making, not pounding!  We cheat! We have a machine that kneads and beats our rice into mochi. We make the mochi a couple days prior to New Year's eve.  We make about 20 sets and give them to the different relatives for them to take home and put up in their houses.

This is what it looks like when it first comes out of the machine.  Unfortunately, I didn't take pics before or during the kneading process! :( 

This is what it looks like after you mold it into little mounds!  A set is 2 pieces stacked on top of each other.  The bottom is a little larger than the top piece.  Then it is topped off with either a tangerine or an orange.

This mochi is just for decoration.  It is not for consumption.  It is put up before the New Year as an offering to our ancestors as a sign of appreciation and thanking them for protecting the family.

Usually you put the tangerine on top of the smaller mochi, but since the tangerine is big we put it on the side.
Another tradition is to put up a Kadomatsu, which is an arrangement of pine branches and bamboo tied together with a straw rope decoration.  
We put up the pine & bamboo branches, this is a little different than the real tradition.  You put this up on both sides of your gate or entrance to your house.  The pine tree symbolizes longevity.

We also make sushi on New Years eve.  We make about 30 rolls and eat some that night, then save the rest for New Years day and give it away to people that come over.  

Here are a few other traditions we practice!


We pop firecrackers to chase away the evil!


We toast and BANZAI, to welcome the NEW YEAR!

HAPPY 2013!
May the year bring only good things our way!

These are just a few of the traditions that I do every year.  What do you do to prepare for the new year?!  Do you have family traditions?