Thursday, September 3, 2015

HY'S Hawaii: A Datenight Recap

For our anniversary, Dane made reservations for us at a dinner location that he was adamant about keeping top secret! I am aggressive passionate when it comes to guessing surprises, so all week I kept throwing out restaurant names. At one point, he had me convinced we were going to one place that he loves that I'm not really a fan of.

When we finally pulled up to HY'S on Sunday night, I was shocked. In reality, this option was never on my radar! A staple in Waikiki for more than 35 years, the first thing I noticed was how intricately designed the restaurant was. Hand-cardved wood, a live cooking station and waiters donning tuxes - I couldn't wait to check out the menu! 

We started by splitting an arugula and prosciutto salad that was so good. It was only seasoning with fresh olive oil and cracked pepper, yet was packed with flavor.

When at a steakhouse, you order steak, no? So I ordered the filet and Dane ordered the ribeye. Both were freaking amazing! I love when steak is cooked so well it practically melts in your mouth. Both entrees were served with garlic mashed potatoes and pan-friend vegetables. 

And because we are both a sucker for dessert, we got two! I ordered the coconut créme brûlée and Dane had the homemade mango sorbet. Créme brûlée is my absolute favorite dessert and the added coconut flavor only made it better. If I could eat this stuff morning, noon and night, I would.
 Dane's sorbet was also delicious. I had a couple bites, but didn't hold a candle to my brûlée. 
And because it was our anniversary, the chef brought out this adorable little cheesecake with fresh strawberry preserves. When you are brought a third dessert, you do not just leave it there! We dove right in and it was so tasty :)
HY'S was the perfect anniversary treat and if you're looking for a nice place to go for a special occasion, I would highly recommend it!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DIY Coffee Scrub

I'm going to be totally honest--my skin has a bad habit of getting gross FAST. When I first started seeing coffee scrubs pop up, it seemed me. When I finally took the plunge, I had no idea why I'd waited to long. Not only did I slough off a lot of dead skin, I was left with soft, glowing skin that made me want to keep using this product over and over again.

The kicker: One application costs around $8 and I'm not made of funds.

I decided to take matters into my own hands. I grabbed my favorite coffee, some coconut oil and got to work!

You Will Need:
*I recommend using them new as opposed to used to keep the delicious smell in-tact!
2 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Combine both ingredients.
2. Apply generously to body prior to showering. 
3. Shower off!

It's THAT simple! :)
The mixture is a bit messy, so I highly recommend scrubbing in your bathroom prior to showering. I promise you, it's very simple and your skin will thank you!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Squat Challenge

Happy September, everyone!

I thought a fun way to kick off this month (and stay true to continuing my own fitness challenges!) would be to challenge all my fitness-inspired readers to a squat-off this month.  If you follow along with me using this calendar, you will have done nearly 3,500 (3,425 to be exact!) squats and 250 in a single day -- WHOA!

I know it seems incredibly daunting. I've been on the front end of one of these challenges before (push-ups) and I thought there was no way I would be able to do it. The key is to stay consistent and make sure to get it in every single say. *shameless TWSS joke here*

In any case, break up each day's set into smaller, "bite-sized" pieces. My typical day includes 100 squats. I do my first 25 while I'm brushing my teeth -- I'm still half asleep so they seem to go by pretty quickly! I do my next 25 mid-morning or around lunch time, usually just to stretch from sitting at my desk so long! The next 25 are while I'm cooking dinner and my final 25 are while brushing my teeth again before bed. BOOM! 100 squats. Just like that.

I'll be checking in at the end of the month to let you know how I did -- who's with me?

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