Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekend Update: Memorial Day Edition

Our Memorial Day Weekend was spent together enjoying the beautiful island of Oahu, our dogs, our friends and each other. I'll let the photos do the talking!

A beach day on the North Shore

Floatilla with some friends in Waikiki - what I can only describe as a frat party at sea.
We had lots of sober fun at Floatilla, but found out later that many people who attended left their floats, trash and empty beer bottles all over the beach. It's really disappointing to hear this, because it was such a fun event, but things like this make me not even want to participate anymore.
Fish tacos and margaritas after a long day in the sun
The hysterical reality of family photos and self timer!
Taking Judy paddle boarding 

And we capped off our weekend by streaming the Memorial Day Floating Lantern Launch. We've attended it in years past, but were eager to relax on our couch after a jam packed weekend. 

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and took some time to appreciate all the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every single day.

Linking up here & here!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Five On Friday


This week has whizzed by and dragged on all at once. Does anyone else feel that way? My days would rush by and then at night I would lay awake in bed thinking of all the shit I had to do. Hopefully I'm not the only one who is plagued by this!

Anyway, it's been awhile since I participated in Five On Friday and it's one of my favorite link-ups so here we go!

1. There's still time to ask me anything you want. I'll be answering all the questions in a special blog post next week. It's 100% anonymous so don't be shy!

2. A good friend of ours wrote me this week to say that their family dog passed away. Now, don't get me wrong, the fact that it was a black Lab definitely tugged at my heartstrings, but the reality is that the idea of any pet dying makes me want to bawl like a baby. A dog, a cat, a guinea pig, a rat -- whatever. It's your pet and part of your family. I wish they could live forever, don't you? Sending love to pets everywhere today (and every day). I know I hugged Judy & Bill a little tighter this week.

3. The words STOP WANTING need to be imprinted on my palm, on my steering wheel and next to my keyboard. The amount of window shopping I'm doing is reaching epic levels and it needs to stop.  Window shopping for clothes, houses, vacations,'s BAD. On the topic of clothing, I have things in my closet I don't ever touch and some of it still has tags. I went through it all this past week and donated two huge garbage bags of stuff. When I dropped it off the woman said "these things are new!"....and I felt ashamed. Sometimes I get too caught up in wanting more. I need to slow down and savor what I have.

4. Has anyone else watching this video of Robin Wright discussing fair pay? I love it! I think I've watched it about 6 dozen times, mostly because she's such a badass. Not only do I love House of Cards and Claire Underwood's strong female character, but I appreciate someone in Hollywood taking a stand for such an important issue. 

5. I am more than a little excited for some of my friends here in the blog world:
Sarah announced her pregnancy in one of the cutest ways imaginable...with Floyd!
Chelsea and her husband just bought their very first house!
Sarah is on a mission to kick her insecurities (and some weight) to the curb by the time she turns 30!
Kelsey took on a road trip from Alaska to Georgia with 4 kids and a dog and is cataloging the entire thing on Instagram!

How was your week? Tell me everything!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Keep COOLA This Summer

Like I've talked about before, I don't take my beauty product selection lightly.  In fact, I often spend a good amount of time looking at product ingredients and details before I put anything on my skin, especially my face.

When I discovered the organic sun care line, COOLA, I was definitely intrigued. Sunscreen is a MUST in my life -- there are no six ways around that. What's also a must in my life is makeup, so when the two are combined, oh baby...I get excited. 

A little bit about the products from COOLA themselves:

"We incorporate a Farm to Face® sourcing philosophy, using the freshest and most natural ingredients whenever possible. Look for our organic formulas that contain over 70% certified organic ingredients and are easily identified by our organic seals. Additionally, we formulate with Plant Protection®, which allows us to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protection while using fewer traditional actives. Better for your skin, better for the environment. 

Today, COOLA continues to pave the way in the suncare industry. Because we produce in limited quantity batches in sunny and cool San Diego, we’re able to reformulate often, taking advantage of new developments in sun science."

I pulled this right from their site, because honestly I could not have said any of it better myself. I love that they produce in small batches and are able to modify based on advancements in skincare, as well as using a farm-to-face philosophy.  Also - MADE IN THE U.S.A. #enoughsaid 

I went with the Daydream Makeup Primer, Rosilliance BB Cream and Mineral Liplux. Aside from the punchy pink packaging, I love that all 3 products are SPF 30. I'll admit, I still apply a sunscreen base to my face prior to application and I think I always will. It's almost second nature to me, because 1. wrinkles are gross and 2. skin cancer is scary. 

Now, let's get right to it!

Mineral Liplux - If you've ever tried Fresh Sugar's Tinted Lip Balm, that is exactly what I would liken the Mineral Liplux to. It's not overloaded with color, but it's a beautiful tinted balm that nourishes and conditions. If bold color is what you're looking for, go somewhere else, but I really like this for a casual outing or to replace my boring chapstick. 

Daydream Makeup Primer - Who here uses Smashbox Photo Finish?  I've been a Photo Finish loyalist ever since I realized there was a way to make sure my makeup wasn't melting off my face. I felt kind of guilty cheating on Smashbox with Daydream, but I'm so glad I did. I did a Hawaiian heat test on them (see also: outdoor activities for 5 or more hours with a full face of makeup) and my makeup stayed in tact! I'll admit, I was a little worried that Daydream wouldn't keep my face on given the natural ingredients, but it's a formula front-runner!

Rosilliance BB Cream - I love a good BB or CC cream for summer months. Read that as: all the time here in Hawaii. I was pumped to get my COOLA Rosilliance BB Cream, because I had heard such good things. For me, the coverage wasn't good enough. I don't think it's because the formula isn't good, I just think that I'm very particular when it comes to how I want my makeup to look. I would definitely recommend this BB cream for younger women who are just starting to wear makeup or for those that truly want sheer to no coverage.

Now...the fun part! I'm giving one lucky reader a chance to win some COOLA of their own! I'm giving away one Mineral Liplux in the Skinny Dip color.

All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what you're most looking forward to this summer. Receive a bonus entry by tweeting:

I'm getting summer ready with @ByKaitHanson & @Coola_Suncare!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

*Not sponsored, just a brand I think is great! But COOLA, if you're reading, I'm dying to try your sunscreen ;)

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