Saturday, June 30, 2012

sara the superstar

Meet Sara.

 Yea, I know. She's gorgeous.
She also happens to be incredibly talented. AND (more importantly) she's my friend.
(We have a pretty incredible friendship love story, by the way. But that's for another time.)

Sara always said that she was going to move to LA and be an actress-- you know, like all of us said as kids.
The difference is, Sara never stopped saying it. And then one day, she did it.



"Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Sara Amini began acting at the age of 7 when she was cast as the lead elf in her elementary school Christmas play. At age ten, she decided she wanted a career in film and television after watching the movie Titanic. Since July 2010, Sara has been living in Los Angeles in pursuit of that career." (via IMBd)

Sure she was scared. And yep, people doubted her. But that didn't stop her, ever.
She currently lives in Los Angeles and has played roles in several short films, television shows, and recently booked her first national commercial. She is even dabbling in writing and producing.

Impressive, right?
My nickname for her has always been Superstar and I think it's pretty obvious why.
She inspires me in so many ways on both a professional and personal level.


This is also the reason that I'm nominating her to be interviewed as part of the Blank Canvas Tour.
Sara is following her dreams and I want her to inspire you like she continuously inspires me.

Check her out:

P.S. Sara just started her blog a few days ago... show her some love :)

Blank Canvas Card Tour Nomination

Do you know someone who is following their dreams? What about someone who needs some encouragement so that they can start?


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blog angel reveal


Back in May, I signed up to be a blog angel.
You can read a little more about it here.

It basically means that for the month of June, I was a secret "angel" to a fellow blogger. 

And that fellow blogger was...

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Jess @ Jess is More!

Kinda ironic given the name of my blog, huh?

Anyway, I have to admit, I kinda sucked at being an angel.
But I promise I tried!

Besides the fact that we both have a super awesome name, it was hard for me to find ways to relate to Jess.

Jess is awesome in the kitchen.
My kitchen hates me. (or maybe I just hate my kitchen.)

Jess is all about eating right, losing weight, and working out.
I am lazy and eat junk food.

Jess has been blogging about her wedding planning experiences.
I absolutely HATED planning our wedding.

I'm going to stop with the list now because Jess is sounding a lot cooler than me.

But there was one thing that Jess writes about that I can definitely relate to.
Lily!
Lily is her dog, who she loves. And obviously, I'm completely in love with my dog, Duke.
Jess has a series going on called "What Lily Ate Wednesday". It's pretty awesome (and sometimes scary).
You should check it out.

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Jess was awesome enough to let me guest post for her here.
And I even made one of her delicious recipes!
Ok, I didn't really make it- my husband did. You can read about that here.
Andddd we're swap buddies for July which I'm pretty excited about :)

Overall, this was a really great experience.
I'm so grateful that I was paired with someone that I didn't know much about. it gave me a chance to learn - a lot.

Thanks for that, Jess! I hope I didn't suck too bad!

P.S. Did I say "Jess" enough times in this post? It's an awesome kind of weirdness to call someone else that name :)

Linking up here!


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Friday, June 29, 2012

laughter + confessions to friends

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1. I confess that when I got the phone call about your accident, my world shattered for a moment. Thank God you were ok.

2. I confess that, on several occasions, I've had to bite my tongue and force myself not to scream at your parents. They don't appreciate you or respect you nearly as much as they should, and I'm sorry for that.

3. I confess that sometimes I worry about you.


4. I confess that sometimes you hurt my feelings.

5. I confess that one of my favorite things to do with you is eat a ton of food.

6. I confess that I miss you a lot more than I say out loud.


7. I confess that I consider you family.

8. I confess that even though I don't like to admit it, most of the time you're right.

9. I confess that sometimes, a lot of times, I get jealous of you with other friends. Not because I don't want you to have any friends, but because I'm not there and can't be there.


10. I confess that even though we go months without seeing each other, I like you more than some of the people I see everyday. 

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I confess that I'm truly grateful for your friendship.


Link up your confessions here!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

have faith.

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So today is a gloomy day that topped off a semi-crappy week.

I hate to complain about where we live. It's Hawaii. It's paradise. So many people would love to live here. 
I get it. 

Don't get me wrong- it is wonderful. And it is beautiful. 
If I could just build a bridge from here to Texas, then I think I'd stay forever. Or maybe I can just become a millionaire and buy a private jet? Or if one of you has one, maybe you could let me borrow it sometime?

Anyway my point is that although it's amazing in so many ways, one thing that has been very hard for us is being away from family. (Well that and being away from Texas food but that's a different subject.)
It's especially hard during rough times. Like today. And this month in general. It breaks my heart that I can't be there with my family. It makes me feel helpless. Even if I couldn't actually help the situation, it still feels good to be there, physically, with someone that you care about.

I'm a worrier. I'm one of those people that obsesses about a situation until I'm sick about it. I lose sleep over it. I stop eating because of it. 
But what's the point? Worrying doesn't make anything better.

I'm basically talking to myself here because even though I'm writing this, I'm worrying as I type.

This sure has been a lesson in faith. 

I don't want to go into details about what's going on but I would really appreciate prayers for my family.

Here's to a weekend that's better than this week was!

bag it up! [current crush]

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I'm in love with bright bags! Use them to spice up any outfit and add a pop of color. 
I love them all year but they're especially great for summer!

My other crush? TKC Designs for giving me a fab new blog :)

What's your current crush?

Current Crush Thursdays

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

do you think i'm pretty?

Ok, don't answer that. But really, what do you think of my blog's makeover? A lot better than before, right?

As you know, I'm very indecisive, so it was a bit difficult (ok really difficult) to make any designing decisions!
Thank God for Tiffany @ TKC Designs
She was soooo easy to work with!

So, go ahead. Take a look around. You'll notice I have advertising options open (including swaps!), a new button, and tons of fun stuff to keep you busy for a while.

Let me know what you think!

And check out TKC Designs for more fabulous blog designs! 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

texans in hawaii!

it's upside down because we're in distress..
Even if you don't know me very well, there's a good chance that you know I'm Texan. 
Why? Because us Texans are proud of where we're from. 
And why are we so proud? Because Texas is the greatest country on earth, obviously.

Erica explained it best when she said, "Some may say the place we live in is paradise, but I'm sure if you asked any one of us we'd disagree. Don't get me wrong, we think Hawaii is pretty awesome. But you can never take the Texas out of a girl."
My thoughts exactly!

So with all of my Texas pride inside, imagine my excitement when I found fellow Texans here in Hawaii!
One of the best things that I've experienced through blogging is the community of bloggers and getting to meet some of those lovely ladies in person was awesome. The fact that they are from Texas was just the cherry on top.

I brought along my girlfriend too. She's not from Texas, but she is awesome so it evened out.

We decided to meet up at a beach in Kaneohe and take a boat out to the sandbar. Yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds. Here's a few pictures from our little adventure!





So glad E had her underwater camera!
but i'm even more glad that she had this!! 
the water is so clear it's crazy!

TEXANS in Hawaii! From Left to Right: ME!, Eun Hae, Erica @ Mi TodoE @ Adventure of EBri @ Tiny Texan

I love Hawaii. I really do. But Texas is home. And it always will be.

P.S. If you have a Texas story, link- up here!
And if you're a Texan in Hawaii, join us here!

do you like me?

Ok guys.. I did it.. I caved! 
After lots of thinking, I started a Facebook page for this little blog of mine!
Every list of "blog tips" that I've ever read says to join every social media outlet possible. So I'm giving it a try and we'll see how it goes.



Do me a favor, will you? If you like me, go and like my Facebook page too pretty please!
That way I won't look like such a loser :)

Oh, and you'll also get a sneak peak of my new blog design that's almost finished!

Monday, June 25, 2012

same place, new memories

So I know I've mentioned it about 989874892375 times already, but Jared and I just celebrated our 2 year anniversary (whoop!) this past Friday (June 22nd). 

We spent it doing two of my favorite things: lounging at the beach and eating. And we may have slipped in a few cocktails. 
It's usually such a problem trying to decide which beach to go to. There are just so many to choose from and I'm the most indecisive person on earth! But this time was different. We knew exactly where we were going.
Bellows Beach.

Exactly 2 years ago, Jared took me to this beach. We packed a cooler and had a little picnic. Well kinda.. I sat on the cooler (it was one of those cheap foam ones) like an idiot and it broke. 

June 2010- before I sat on the cooler
June 2010- cloudy but still beautiful!
Then it started pouring rain on us. It could have ended up being a "ruined" day but it ended up being one of my favorite dates. We could not stop laughing at the situation!

Luckily, when we went back this weekend, we didn't catch any rain. It was so relaxing and I'm so grateful that we got to spend the day together. Sometimes (always) life gets crazy and it's nice to just shut the world out for a little bit and pay attention to what's around you. I have to remind myself to do that sometimes.

June 2012- blue skies!
I love the trees at this beach!
I'm going to hold on to these images to get me through the week! Feel free to do the same ;)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

how long has it been?! [our love story]


"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
Mignon McLaughlin


Exactly 2 years ago, Jared and I said "I do.". It was actually kind of crazy and could have ended up really bad. See, what lots of people don't know is that although Jared and I have been friends since 2006, we actually didn't meet in person until 2010. We spent a total of 2 weeks together, in person, before we decided, this was it.


We had built this strong connection over the years prior to marriage. I can honestly say that I fell in love with him before we even met. 


Now I know what you're thinking...You're crazy! You barely knew him before you married him!
And a lot of our friends (and I'm sure our family) thought the same thing.
But the thing is, I did know him. I knew him better than I knew anyone I had ever dated before.
We talked for hours and hours everyday. We told each other everything. We grew this amazing friendship built on trust and communication. So when we did finally meet in person, it was a done deal.
We just knew.

Yes, we had some people judging us. Yes, looking back, it does seem kind of crazy/ scary/ risky.
But today, 2 years later, I'm so grateful.
Because making that crazy/ scary/ risky move was the best decision I've ever made. And I'm happier than ever because of it!



Check out this post by Ashley @ The Shine Project about her 2 year anniversary with her husband. It makes me smile!

Happy Friday y'all!

Friday, June 22, 2012

rants, confessions, and wine

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1. I confess that I tend to wine a lot. And yes, I mean wine and not whine. 

2. I confess that I have not put any time or money into advertising this little blog yet. Why? Because I'm waiting for the new design to be finished so that it looks absolutely fabulous for all of you.

3. I confess that if you follow me on Twitter and immediately unfollow me once you gain ME as a follower, I will unfollow you right back. And I think you're rude.
Also, while we're on this subject, if you don't reply to @ mentions on Twitter, I also think you're rude. You are not a celebrity. You do not get 798748923740 Twitter messages per day. If you expect/want followers, interact with them!

4. I confess that I (plus friends) egged that girl's house that one time junior year. Not one of my proudest days. And not that this is an excuse for my immaturity- but she was really mean.

5. I confess that my husband and I were engaged for less that 48 hours before we decided to just say "I do.". That was exactly 2 years ago! Happy Anniversary Jared!

We did it! And it was kinda crazy! Just the way we like it!

love/hate relationships


LOVE: Living in Hawaii.
HATE: Not living in Texas.



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LOVE: Comments from readers!

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LOVE: Watching football! Even if it's teams that I'm not a fan of- I love watching.
HATE: When guys think that I'm not a real football fan and/or don't know anything about the sport because I'm a girl!



LOVE: Tequila.
HATE: Tequila.



LOVE: The beach, the pool, being in the water.
HATE: That I never feel content and confident in a bikini. 

LOVE: Food. All of it.
HATE: Cooking. And that I suck at it.

LOVE: Blogging.
HATE: That my blog is such a mess right now! I can't wait until the new design is finished!

LOVE: Coffee.
HATE: Coffee breath.

LOVE: The smell of cigarette smoke. (and I don't smoke..weird, I know.)
HATE: The smell of cigarette breath and the smell of cigarettes on clothes or in homes.

LOVE: Tex-Mex.
HATE: That we can't find any good Mexican food in Hawaii! :(

What do you love and hate?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

are you a blog snob?

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I saw this post from A Momma's Desires and Pacifiers going around and I finally read it!

It might just be the best post ever.

If you haven't read it, do it.

As a new blogger, I can totally relate.

So when my blog becomes super popular and I'm this amazing famous writer, can you guys please always remind me of this?

Thanks. :)

dress up your tech!



I have to admit- technology hates me. And I hate technology.
I do love dressing up my gadgets though. 
Which one is your favorite? 


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