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Aloha Shoyu Chicken

One of the things I miss the most about living in Hawai’i is the FOOD. Here in the main land (what we call the continental US) there’s nothing that can possibly compare. I mean there are the “island” restaurants that try their best to make the foods from back home, but nothing beats home cooked meals from the family, or being able to walk to the nearest 711 for spam musubi, or the bomb ass asian sweet egg omelette and chow fun from Toshi’s┬áDelicatessen. Oh and every Tuesday was Shoyu Chicken Special day at a small hole in the wall restaurant called Richie’s that was right next door to our house. Man… can you hear my stomach rumbling?

Between me and my sister we have tried our best to recreate many of the meals we had in Hawai’i with what is available here (yay for asian markets), and we’ve been doing pretty good. In this column I’ll be sharing our recipes as well as other’s I’ve come across thanks to the awesomeness of the internet. First off…

Shoyou Chicken

5 lbs Chicken Thighs
6 C Water
2 C Aloha Shoyu
1 C Brown Sugar
1 Whole Garlic – minced
5 Tblsp Cornstarch
Green Onions – chopped

Add everything but the cornstarch and green onions to a large pot. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer. Let cook for an hour.

Remove chicken from pot and set aside in a serving bowl. Bring sauce back to a boil. Skim fat from top. Mix cornstarch with about 5 Tblsp of water in a separate bowl. Add cornstarch to sauce and mix well.

Remove from heat, and add chicken back to pot. Pour sauce over chicken to coat. Add chopped green onions and serve with white rice.

So ono! Enjoy ­čÖé


Mermaid Status

I am a mermaid.

Ok not really, but I would totally be one if it were at all possible. I’d hunt down Ursula the sea witch and trade whatever she wanted if I could have a tail whenever my legs got wet.┬áSince I have no clue where Ursula is hiding, I’ll go for the next best thing: Mermaid Hair Shampoo and Conditioner.

All the reviews I’ve read on these products says it smells exactly like what you would think a mermaid would smell like – a light floral beachy scent made up of orange blossoms, the ocean breeze, and just a hint of coconut. Sulfate free and made of only natural ingredients this shampoo and conditioner set will give you hair just like Ariel’s from the Little Mermaid, shiny and full of volume. Seriously though, even if it didn’t smell all that great and didn’t do anything different from my regular shampoo and conditioner, I’d still buy it just to have it sitting on my bathroom counter. Seeing those cute little bottles would make me smile every time.


The MERMAID line also has a perfume in their signature orange blossom scent, body oil and candles. If you’re a mermaid too and would like to try the collection click here to head to the MERMAID website. The collection is also available at Urban Outfitters retail stores and online at

Now excuse me while I go pretend to be a mermaid. Aaa a aaa…

MERMAID Perfume – $50
MERMAID Perfume Oil – $50
MERMAID Shampoo & Conditioner – $60
MERMAID Body Oil – $70
MERMAID Candle 7oz – $50
MERMAID Candle 3oz – $25

Burn Calories the Island Way

I know working out is supposed to be WORK, but I’d much rather be having fun. That’s why I’m so excited there’s Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Studio.

Tahitian is the cultural dance style of the Society Islands, an island archipelago found in the South Pacific. This tropical paradise is home to the famous islands of Tahiti Nui, Moorea and Bora Bora.


At Ora Nui dance studio you burn calories while shaking your hips to rhythmic island beats. Dancing your way across the floor, you’re having too much fun to realize you’re working out. Ori Tahiti, the native way of saying Tahitian dance, is a cardio heavy dance style that works the core, legs and arms. It’ll whittle away your waist, tone up that middle, and burn away fat.

Learn a little about the Society Islands, sway your way to a healthier you and have fun while doing it.┬áBasic Ori Tahiti classes are held every Thursday night from 7 – 8:30 and Saturday afternoons from 12 – 1:30. Come join the fun!

Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Studio
3312 E 4th Plain Blvd. Ste 105
Vancouver, WA 98661
P: 360-991-8548

Click here for more info on Ora Nui, classes, tuition rates and more.

Easy Rambling

This whole week has been grey and I’m more than ready for the sun that’s coming back out to play this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 80’s in town, so me and the family are escaping to higher elevations and cooler waters. We’re headed north and taking refuge next to Mount Saint Helen’s June Lake.


The June Lake Trail is an easy 1.3 mile hike that takes you through a young forest, over a little bridge and to a shallow subalpine lake on the southern slope of Mt. Saint Helens. The lake isn’t very big but the scenery is worth the hike. On the farthest shore is June Lake’s waterfall and on it’s southern shore is a small sandy beach for the kids to play.

With┬áso many other famous trails on Mt. Saint Helens, this little trek is often overlooked. If you’re lucky, the day you choose to go hiking only a handful of others will too. You’ll get to enjoy the beauty of the lake without much disturbance.

junelakewaterfallTo get to the trailhead: From Interstate 5 take exit 21 on to Route 503 East toward Cougar. After 35 miles, turn left on Forest Service Road 83 and drive six miles to the trailhead on the left.

Trailhead address: National Forest Road 83, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cougar, WA 98616
Trailhead coordinates: 46.137203, -122.156568

Happy Adventuring!

2014 Clark County Fair

This summer has been turning out to be one hot and amazing season. I’ve been trying to spend most of it tanning next to a body of water and have succeeded thus far. I hope you have been enjoying the outdoors as much as I have. Unless, of course,┬áyou’re not into the whole “getting in touch with nature” thing – then I hope you’ve been at the cinema because this summer has seen some pretty good movies drop in the box office. I just hope, whatever you’ve been doing, you’ve been having fun.

clarkcountyribbonJuly is wrapping up quick and next month promises to be much hotter. First thing me and my family are going to – The Clark County Fair. From rodeos, to concerts, to demo derbys and monster trucks, rides, games and food for days, there’s no reason you shouldn’t head out to Clark County Event Center and Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington. Starting Augusts 1st there will 10 full days of crazy. If you don’t like kids, crowds, smell of deep fried yumminess, or carnival rides, please stay away from this fair. If you are still in touch with the kid inside you, or have kids, then please come on down! There’s a whole lot of fun to be had!

Click here for more information on the fair, entertainment, prices and hours. 

Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Polka Dotted Season

This weekend was sunny, and warm, and a real tease! It had me thinking it was summer already. I even pulled out my swim suit. Almost put it on too until I looked down and realized… I’m so not ready to be wearing this! Thank you for the wake up call crazy Northwest weather!

Yes bikini season is fast approaching.┬áMost of us have been looking at that squat and ab challenge on Pinterest, or have been thinking of starting that new detox diet everyone’s been Facebooking about. There always seems to be a whole process to looking fabulous next to our chosen body of water, and most of it is painful.

Well here’s something not so painful. Swimsuit shopping! Here’s the newest trends this swimsuit season. Find your favorite looks and cross one thing off your swimsuit ready list without having to torture yourself before hand. Browse and enjoy!

Get Cheeky

Fringe Please

Crochet Away

Ruffle Me Up

A Good Sport

Let’s Go Retro

Crop Topped

Sexy Mono

The Single Life

In our Relationships column we talk about more than just finding Mr or Mrs Right. We also talk about dating, break ups, and everything in between, afterwards, and before. One of those “before” moments is helping you find the relationship that matters the most. Your relationship with YOU. Being ok with yourself, and being ok with being single.

I recently came across an article from Rachael Curtis on Good Feed I want to share with you. I found it, like most everything else I come across online, on my Pinterest Feed. It’s called

“5 Things Everyone Should Do While Single.”

Since I’m already happily married, I wanted to see if I had spent my single years wisely and done the things on this list. Clicked over, read through, and… unfortunately, I hadn’t. I was bummed.

I don’t want any other single guy or gal out there to make the same mistake I have. Enjoy your single life. Don’t spend it┬ájust searching for your “Mr. Darcy” (Pride and Prejudice reference if you didn’t get it).┬áSo click on over and read Rachael’s article for yourself. Even if like me, you just want to see what you missed out on.

Click here to read “5 Things Everyone Should Do While Single.”

Spring Break Polynesian Style

What better way to kick off Spring Break than with a Polynesian dinner show?!

Add a little color and heat to this grey weather with a whole lot of hip shaking and deep rhythmic beats. This Sunday, at Main Event Sports Grill located in East Vancouver, Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe will be putting on a sneak peek performance of their summer show “Hina & The Eel: Tahiti’s Beauty & The Beast.”

Images from last year’s summer showcase

This small group is the only authentic Tahitian dance group in Vancouver so don’t miss out on enjoying a little bit of Tahiti right here in the Northwest. Come for the show, stay for the food, and get a chance at winning some sweet Ora Nui Tahitian swag. The group is fundraising for their show in June so bring a friend, or a whole group of friends, and help out these ladies and little ladies keep doing what they love.

Let’s kick off Spring Break Polynesian style this Sunday at Main Event!

Spring Break in Tahiti
Sunday, March 23, 2014,┬á5 – 8p
Main Event Sports Grill – East
3200 SE 164th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98683

Oh Ipsy…

You got me…

logo-ipsy002I’ve heard of Ipsy before but $10 a month… yeah being a college student at the time when I heard about it meant I was BROKE and couldn’t afford it. Now I’m a hard working business woman who runs my own busines and guess what… I’m still broke. Ha! That’s what owning your own business means folks – all your hard earned money goes right back into the business. Why didn’t anyone tell me that part?

Anyways, I scrounged up enough cash to FINALLY be able to afford a year’s subscription so that I can do monthly product review videos just for you folks! Yay! ­čśÇ

Ipsy March 2013Every month I get a beautiful Glam Bag from Ipsy with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products selected especially for me by YouTube makeup guru, Michelle Phan and her team of stylists. ┬áMembers can expect products from big name cosmetic lines like Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Urban Decay to name a few, and even nail polish from O.P.I, Zoya and more! I can’t wait to get my first bag next month!

If you want to find out more about Ipsy click here and check them out. I’m telling you, if you’re a gal who loves makeup, or want to expand your makeup routine but don’t know where to start, then you should try Ipsy. Only $10/month and you can always cancel any time. It sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Head on over, check them out, and if you want to test out new beauty products every month with me, sign on up. Come on, lets get glam together ­čśë




I’m a huge fan of YouTube makeup guru┬áDesi Perkins. She does her make up the way I WISH I could do mine. Unfortunately, I’m a mom, I only have enough time to swipe on some foundation, line the eyes and get some lip balm on before the kids are ransacking the bathroom and throwing toilet paper everywhere.

Anyway, here’s Desi’s newest look using Urban Decay’s new Electric palette. Head on over to her YouTube channel for more makeup inspiration or ideas on what makeup products to try for yourself. Enjoy!