Monday, April 20, 2015

Our Evening At The Ball!

Usually I do a full weekend round-up, but this is one of those times I'm skipping that altogether to make room for something better entirely--our military ball last week!

I always love the opportunity to get dressed up, cash in on a chance to spend the night at a hotel, drink, dance and have fun with our military friends. In Hawaii they call it our "ohana" and honestly--it really is.

We had such a great time and I must say, I had the best looking date in the place ;)

 Halfway through the night I got an even bigger surprise when I was awarded the Essayons Award. 
This award pays homage to all the great spouses across the Engineer Regiment. The AEA established the Essayons Award to honor spouses who have voluntarily made significant contributions to the morale, welfare, and spirit of engineer units and organizations. In order to maintain the value and prestige of the award, we have established criteria that must be met in order for a nomination to be approved: (1) The nominee should be the spouse of an engineer Soldier or engineer DOD civilian. (2) The nominees spouse should be a member of AEA. (3) The nominee should be a spouse who has voluntarily provided significant contributions and support to the Engineer Corps, engineer units, engineer families, and/or multiple communities. (4) Most importantly, the spouse must possess qualities that set the individual apart from other Engineer Corps spouses or their peers. Spouses of military and civilian personnel from the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard are eligible.

I hope everyone else had a fantastic weekend! :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

The DIY Detox & "Those Crazy Wrap Things"

So every now and again, I stumble upon something so insane I think to myself "that might actually work". As lucky would have it for all of you, earlier this week was one of those times.

I was addictively pinning casually browsing Pinterest when I came across a pin for those "It Works!" wraps. I kind of laughed to myself and kept browsing. Here's the thing--I've never tried one. Maybe they work, maybe they don't. I'm just not interested in spending money for a chance on something that could potentially fall flat. I'm on a budget, people!

HOWEVER! Then I stumbled across a pin for a natural DIY detoxifying wrap. Hmm, that could be interesting, so I clicked.


All I needed was coconut oil, saran wrap and a good night's rest. Hmm, I thought. I had both of those things on hand already so it wasn't going to cost me any money. And sleep? I could do this!

And so I did...

I'm going to preface all of this by saying that I absolutely do not think this wrap is a means of sustainable weight loss--I stand behind a balanced diet and exercise for that. I'm also not a nutritionist, fitness expert or health professional.

What I DO think that this wrap aids with is helping your body sweat out extra water weight you may be carrying day-to-day--and that's it. I'll try anything once and my addiction to the Pinterest tutorials I was seeing could not be contained!

Step 1: Obtain coconut oil and saran wrap. We had the industrial size from when we moved, which proved valuable, because it was the exact size of my torso!

Step 2: Take Before photos. One from the front angle and one from the side.

Step 3: Oil up your stomach and sides with coconut oil. I used about 3 tablespoons.

Step 4: Wrap! Wrap! Wrap! Make it tight, but not tight enough that you have trouble catching your breath.

 Step 5: Put on an old t-shirt and sweats (to avoid oil getting on your sheets) and go to bed.

*I put a pair of scissors on my nightstand just in case I woke up in the middle of the night too sweaty to sleep and needed to cut the wrap off!

Step 6: Wake up, cut off your wrap, wipe off the oil and take after photos.

As you can tell by the photos, I definitely look less bloated. Would I do this again? Maybe if I was a model and had an early morning bikini photoshoot. Sleeping was uncomfortable and I was REALLY sweaty. Like, disgustingly sweaty (sorry! Just keeping it real!). I'm definitely happy I tried it, because I would have always wondered about it and it didn't cost me any money.

Have you ever tried a wrap? What did you think?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A North Shore Sunset

 Okay, okay I prrooomiseeeee this is the last photo soaked post for awhile.

What's better than sharing a sunset? Sharing a sunset with your best friend--and some sea turtles--on Hawaii's (fabled) North Shore. We grabbed some chairs, our favorite books (I just finished Big Little Lies) and headed toward the shoreline. It started to get crowded as the sun sank lower into the horizon, but we had a great view from Haleiwa Beach Park :)

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