Discovering Camano Island

Adventure is out there! & sometimes, if you are lucky, it is only a few minutes away ūüôā

This weekend I made it my mission to start exploring more of the beautiful place I live in, Camano Island, WA. The sun decided to come out and play, so what better day to go out and enjoy my city.

For those of you unfamiliar with Camano Island, it is a rural city that can be reached if you drive through Stanwood and over a small bridge. Camano Island houses Cama Beach State Park and Camano Island State Park. It is very quiet and surrounded by nature; the perfect place to go if you are seeking relaxation or a break from the crazy city life.

Camano Island State Park & Cama Beach State Park

One of my favorite places to go to in Camano Island is the state park and beach. My dogs love walking there and I enjoy the peace and quiet. There are cabins you can rent in both State Parks (Cama Beach & C.I. State Park) and a lovely little caf√©, Cama Beach Caf√©, which is open on weekends from 8-2. If you find yourself hungry and the caf√© is closed there is also Kara’s Kitchen which is about 5 minutes away from the parks. Try their burgers and lumpia, they are amazing! Make sure you order over the phone though, because the wait for food can be long.

Cranberry Lake

Across the street from Camano Island State Park is the trail for Cranberry Lake. This trail is about a little more than 2 miles roundtrip. It is a very easy walk in which you are surrounded by nature. The trail ends at a marsh which is eerily beautiful. I was particularly excited to have found this trail because it is a walk I can do alone on weekends, when my husband works and I am trying to get out of the house with the dogs.

Camano Animal Shelter Association (CASA)

If you’re looking for a new fur baby, look no further! CASA is a no kill shelter on Camano Island that has plenty of loving dogs and cats waiting for their furever home. However, if you’re not ready to adopt yet, or can’t for one reason or the other, you can come volunteer or make a donation.

Click here for more information on adopting, volunteering, or donating.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Roses are red, violets are blue, I need a Valentines gift but I don’t have a clue…

Oh yes, love is in the air (for some). In just a few days we will be surrounded with hugs, kisses, & Valentines wishes. Christmas and birthdays are already hard enough to choose a gift for! So what do you get the people that you love on this special day? 

I went ahead and put together a few things that I thought would make a fun gift based on peoples hobbies, likes, and needs. It ranges from baking to fitness and of course since my favorite color is pink I only added pink items in the “for her” section, BUT these items are also available in other colors. I also kept in mind after Christmas budgets so all items were kept under $50. After all, you don’t need to break the bank to show the one you love that you love them. Enjoy! ‚̧


  1. Everlast Pro Style Elite Gloves, Pink
  2. File Folders, 12ct, Pink/Gold РThreshhold 
  3. Kimberly Schlapman “Love and Daisies” 4-piece Patterned Silicone Kitchen Tool Set
  4. Metal Rose – 11 Piece Brush Set With Cosmetic Bag
  5. The Birthday Collection | Makeup Bag
  6. RDX Women Weight Lifting Gloves, Pink
  7. AmazonBasics 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Exercise Mat with Carrying Strap


  1. Plano¬ģ Tactical Ammo Box
  2. Armor All 6 Piece Holiday Gift Box
  3. Nike Brasilia Small Duffel
  4. UA F5 Men’s Football Glove
  5. Xbox Digital Gift Card (Email Delivery)
  6. Breast Cancer Research Foundation¬ģ logo tee


  1. Homemade Love Coupon Book
  2. Mani/Pedi
  3. Couples Massage
  4. A-Fit Bakeshop Desserts
  5. Picnic at the Beach (or other outdoor/indoor location)

Remember that no matter what you get or make for your loved one, what is important is that you do it with LOVE!

Battling My Worst Enemy: My Weight

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I think almost everyone has at one point in their life made a comment about how they want to loose or gain weight, or how they’d be happier if they were in better shape. I am amongst that group of people!

The first time I ever felt like I needed to be thinner was when I was 12! Yes you read that right, 12 years old. The thought had never crossed my mind until someone in my family made a comment about how I should be thinner and ever since then the comments kept coming. I was never an obese or overweight teen or kid so the comments were definitely out of place but I took them to heart.29B35BFD-C584-4CBB-9A4D-11D7C71F3834Quote by: Nayyirah Waheed

I battled with my weight for many years (I’d loose weight then gain it) and had roller coaster emotions about my body…one day I’d love it and one day I’d hate it. Finally, in 2015, i remember I had gotten food poisoning and lost 10 pounds from that terrible ordeal. I took it as a blessing though and made sure that I wouldn’t gain the weight back.

The day after I got better I told my mom I was ready to start my journey to a healthier body. Alongside my mother, I started meal prepping and counting my calories. We started off going for a fast-paced, hour long walk on a daily basis. After that we began going to the gym and focusing on cardio. The weight started coming off quickly but so did my curves! My best friend then mentioned that she had been going to a boot camp and the instructor was a personal trainer. That is where my journey with my personal trainer began!

Signing up for personal training classes with Alyssa (owner of A-fit Training) was the best decision I ever made. She pushed me harder and harder everyday and taught me what my body was capable of doing. Alyssa is also the owner of A-fit Bakeshop which offers healthy goodies. These healthy desserts were a life saver for me because lord knows I have a sweet tooth! Long story short, with the help of my mother and Alyssa, I lost 30 pounds and got my body where I wanted it to be.

Photo Credit: Alyssa Lemus, A-fit Bakeshop

Sadly though, I have now gained all of the weight I lost. It didn’t happen all at once, but it happened. Now I can’t blame anyone but myself for this, yet there were circumstances which didn’t help. I was living in Guam confined to my home almost 24/7 which made me highly depressed and unfortunately I used baking and cooking as a coping mechanism which meant someone had to eat that food…now that I am in Washington I work at a place where I am sitting all day and I also have a long commute which means more sitting.

At the start of this new year I told myself that I was going to better my health by bettering my weight. & that is exactly what I am going to do! I already started eating healthy and drinking a lot of water. I use the My Fitness Pal application to track the calories I eat and Plant Nanny to keep track of my water intake (with a cute twist). At work I have started walking around as much as I can and do not sit or stop moving when I am home. I will be signing up to the gym this week as well and will make sure I get myself there at least 4-5 times a week. Now all this sounds like a great plan and all, but the most important factor for myself to succeed is well ME! I don’t have my mom or Alyssa to help keep me accountable anymore so I have to rely on myself. Like they say, “in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

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I’d love to hear of apps, products, or just tips that anyone has to make their health goals happen!

2018 Goals

Every year most of us sit and think of what our New Year Resolution/s will be. This year, I want to drop that title and just build a list of goals I have for 2018. I didn’t have to sit and think long and hard about what goals I had, they all just naturally came to mind. When it comes to goal setting I like to categorize my goals and make sure I give myself I time frame for that goal to be completed. So before I keep rambling on, here are my 2018 goals! (Notice my goals are addressed to myself because that is who these goals are aimed for, myself.)


  1. Health Improvement: By the end of 2018 I will be 20-30 lbs. lighter and more physically toned. I will do this so that I can improve my health. This goal will help give me more energy, less knee pain, and a higher self-esteem.
  2. Better my eating habits: Every month I will cut out an unhealthy food and add a healthy food in its place. I will cook at home more often and will grocery shop with my health, not my cravings, in mind. This in turn will help me live longer, have a better immune system, and help my husband eat less junk.
  3. Pamper myself: I will make sure that each month I schedule one or more appointments for things that make me happy and help me relax. This can be anything from mani/pedi, hair apt, massage, spa day, or even just coffee/dinner dates with new friends.
  4. GO HOME: I will make sure to fly home at least twice this year. While I was in Guam I did not have the opportunity to fly home because it was a long and overpriced flight. Now that I am in WA I am closer to home and flights are very affordable. Plus I have not seen my family, friends, or Vinny (family dog) in over a year.


  1. Remodel master bedroom: By July you will have replaced the carpet in your bedroom with wooden floors. The room will be painted with decorations up on the walls. You will decorate to your liking and buy black out curtains for all windows (my neighbors leave their lights on all night).
  2. Remodel master bath: By July you will have replaced the tub, vanity/sink, and floors in your bathroom. The bathroom walls will be painted and you will add floating shelves to open up the room more.
  3. New Fence: By the end of Spring your backyard fence will be replaced. This will allow for your three fur babes to run around this summer without escaping into the neighbors yard.
  4. New washer/dryer: By April you will have a new washer and dryer. This will not only make laundry be faster, but it will also make your laundry room look nicer.
  5. Furnish guest bedroom/office: By February you will have the bed in the guest bedroom set up. You will have bought a mattress and bedding for the bed. The walls will be painted and decorations will be up.


  1. Pay off debt: By July my credit card will be paid off. I will only use my credit card for emergencies (& no shopping isn’t an emergency…sad face).
  2. Build up my savings account: By the end of the year I will have enough money saved to support myself for more than five months. I will aim to save half my monthly pay if possible.
  3. Save for two trips: I will save money for a trip in the Spring and a trip in the Fall. Some ideas of destinations are…Iceland, Hawaii, New Orleans, or Costa Rica.

I made these goals while keeping in mind that some goals cannot be achieved in the time frame I gave myself and it is okay.

Now I want to hear from you. What are some of your 2018 goals?

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My Year in Review

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So here we are, just a few days away from 2018! This year seriously feels like it flew. I know most people will say that about every year but, honestly, it feels like a blur.

2017 was a year of many changes for me. I started off the year as a newlywed, less than one month in. Not only that but I also rang in 2017 by lonesome self…and Meeko! My husband had to work and believe people when they say, “how you start the year is how it’ll go for you.”

Ever since the year started I spent a lot of time alone, adjusting to my new life in Guam. Marriage was definitely difficult! ***To everyone who makes it seem like such a breeze on social media and in public, props to you, you’re either VERY HAPPY or deserve an Oscar!*** The first half of my year was spent mostly in my home. Literally…IN MY HOME! I’m surprised I didn’t go crazy. I had quit my job of more than five years to move to Guam and also sold my recently paid off car. So needless to say, I was an unemployed and carless housewife! Why didn’t I go outside or walk places you may ask? Let’s just say there is nothing walking distance around, weather isn’t the best for walking, and there are plenty of stray dogs. During my self-inflicted house arrest, I watched a lot of Netflix, and decided I needed another dog to keep me company. That is where Olive came in to our lives. At just one or two weeks old we bought Olive off a man who was desperate to get rid of her. I hand raised this little puppy until she opened her eyes, ears, and was able to walk and eat on her own. Another thing I accomplished in Guam was learning how to cook! & with the cooking came the eating. Unfortunately, due to my very inactive life in Guam, I gained 30 lbs…yes 30! I had worked so hard to get myself in shape and reach my fitness goals for it all to just go down the drain in a few months.

Fast forward into July and we were up and moving across country to Washington. We bought our first home together and I bought a new car (Yay, Freedom!). Once we settled into our home we started volunteering at a local animal shelter, and if anyone knows me they’d know that was a bad idea! Three days into volunteering, we came home with Jack. About a month or two after arriving I was fortunate enough to have found a job in a field related to my Bachelors Degree. I chopped off my hair, I lifted my lashes, and I got ACRYLICS for the first time in years. Lastly, I decided to start blogging! I love to write and I love social media so this definitely felt right for me.

There have been so many new things that have happened this year that it amazes me how so much can happen in what seems to be such little time! Regardless of it all I feel so blessed and grateful to have good health, a loving family, new and old friends, and a job I love. I am definitely ready for 2018 and everything it has to offer!

                       Photo Credit: Janet Quiroga

Stay tuned for my New Year resolutions on my next post! ūüôā

Military Wife Life: Moving

One of the most important things to realize before getting married with a military man/woman is that you will be moving…A LOT! I knew ever since I started dating Matthew (my husband) that moving around would be a possibility if we ever got married. Once he proposed, I had a few months to accept my fate and say my goodbyes. It was such a rollercoaster process because one day I felt like I was ready to leave everyone and the next I felt like I wanted to break down in tears.

Then the day finally came; the day I was going to leave everything I ever knew behind. I was leaving my family, dog, friends, neighbors, coworkers…the city I grew up in. I boarded that plane and headed to my new home, Guam.

The first few days in Guam were great! I felt like I was on a long-term vacation. Then, after a month, I started missing EVERYTHING. I didn’t have a job, a car, or anyone to talk to other than my husband. I was used to being an independent woman who was always surrounded by her people. In Guam though, I felt like a prisoner in my own home and I was always so lonely. I tried making friends with some military spouses through a Facebook group but that didn’t work out as planned. There was a huge age difference, and in reality a huge personality gap!

Things weren’t all bad though. Towards the end of my time in Guam I made friends with some great people: some military, some local. Yet, I knew the time would come again when I would have to move and leave those friends I made behind.

So the day came and went again where I packed up and left the new life I was building behind. Our new duty station was closer to home, yet still not close enough. I had to start all over again. This time around though it feels a little different. I quickly got a job, a car, and have met some great people (yes through FB military wives groups and some through work)!

Of course I still miss my family and friends, whom I haven’t seen in over a year now, but I am learning to love and accept my new life. At this point my husband and I are ready to settle down for good here, but as we all know it is never a sure thing in the military. Who knows where we will be in two years?!

***I’d love to hear others moving experiences in the comments***

Saranghae 5 Step Routine Review

I’ve never really been a person to have a skin care routine. I would always wash my face in the morning, add face cream when I remembered, and let’s be honest…wouldn’t even remove my makeup before bed sometimes!! *cringes* But then aging happened -_-

So as I started getting older (once I turned 25) I began making sure I took more and more care of my skin. For example, actually removing my makeup before bed. I also started making the time to do face masks…which are my absolute favorite!

This year I turned 27 and realized I had to step up my skin care game; in¬† particular when it came to my face. So I did a little research, on my dear ol’ friend Instagram, and came across the Saranghae 5 step routine. I quickly decided that these Korean products were the skin routine I’d try!


What are the 5 steps you may ask?

1. Saranghae Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser with Truffle Extract & Gold

2. Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence + Serum

3. Saranghae Firm and Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream

4. Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream

5. Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask

When I first did the routine, I automatically fell in love with the face wash! I mean it has REAL GOLD in it!! The serum made my skin feel so fresh and the regeneration cream made it feel so soft. I’m currently waiting another week or two to report my findings on the renewal eye cream, but so far so good.


What are my favorite things about this routine?

One, the smell! I know that is a weird thing to say but the products smell so good. Two, it is so quick to go through! I know a lot of us avoid a skin care routine due to time, but this takes me less than five minutes to complete. Lastly, my skin in the morning. I no longer wake up with greasy skin. Who doesn’t want that?!


So do I recommend this 5 step routine? ABSOLUTELY! Let yourself feel like a unicorn every time you wash your face with gold. Below is more information in case you’d like to find out more about this awesome skin care product.

Ps. This is puppy approved; just ask Olive!


About Saranghae:

“Saranghae is an award winning Korean 5 step routine that heals, regenerates and protect your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients and highly effective products has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States.”

For more information please visit:

Holiday Gift Guide

The Holidays are right around the corner which can only mean that we are all looking for gifts for our loved ones. *sigh* No matter how long or short your gift list is, holiday shopping is always so stressful. I always find myself pre-stressing anytime I look at my list!

So why is it so hard to shop for others? Well for starters, a lot of people just won’t tell you what they want; not even a hint! *rolls eyes* Then there is the person who already has everything they can possibly want, so what do you get them? Lastly, buying gifts means spending money on other people, so a budget comes into play.

That is why I decided to become your gift giving fairy and put together a list of gift items for the men and women on your list. *insert dancing emoji* I focused my list on stuff that helps you do the following: relax, be comfortable, practice self-care, and most importantly…smell good! Now I want to hear from you guys, what are some things you’re getting the people on your list?

Happy shopping everyone!!


armani setgucci menchanel setklei mask kiehls





Steve Madden slippers men slipper






pink pajamasflannel joggers


foot massagerpoker set

Military Wife Life: Holidays


I clearly remember when my sister joined the Navy. Part of me was proud of her for being so brave, but the other part was devastated because I felt like I was loosing my best friend. Birthdays and holidays apart were hard on my parents, my brother, and myself. Add to that the fact that we couldn’t bare the thought of her spending those days alone in her barracks.



Last year I got married, moved to Guam, and also spent my first Christmas away from my friends and family. It was such a depressing time for me. I knew I should be happy because it was my first Christmas by my husband’s side, but I just couldn’t catch the holiday cheer. One of my favorite parts about Christmas is decorating with my loved ones, which I wasn’t able to partake in. We didn’t have anything other than a small, bare tree and our stockings as decorations. When it came to opening gifts, I was grateful for what I received, but all I wanted was to be with my family.

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This year I will be spending Thanksgiving by myself because my husband works. It will also be  the second year that I spend Christmas away from my family, third away from my sister.  Although I know I will obviously miss my friends and family, I have made up my mind that I will not let sadness take over! I already started buying Christmas decorations, so my house will look cheerful, and am planning a dinner menu for Thanksgiving with my dogs. My holidays will be full of FaceTime calls and Netflix binges and I will make sure to make the most out of them.

I know that as military spouses we spend a lot of time away from our friends and family, hey even from our S.O. That is why we need to make sure we take care of ourselves and try avoiding the dark pit of depression. Some ideas of stuff you can do: attend community events, have a dinner party with other wives who will also be alone, volunteer your time at a local shelter. Whatever you do make sure that it is something you will enjoy! If you have any other ideas or comments I’d love to hear them ūüôā

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Nordstrom Fall Sale 

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It’s our favorite time of year again! With the holidays fast approaching many of us are starting our Holiday shopping (or if you’re like me, just simply shopping for yourselves). One of the many sales going on is the Nordstrom annual Fall sale where you can find items at up to 40% off. The sale runs through November 12th, so you better RUN (or simply pop open your web browser like muah).

I went ahead and scrolled through the women’s sale items and put together my top choices because, lets face it, who wants to scroll through so many pages? Below you will find different items such as shoes, purses, and clothing. Each item was picked to be versatile in how you wear it and what season you can wear it too. I stuck to suede for shoe texture because it is my favorite for all seasons. Also, I only added boots to my top picks because, as I like to see it, wear them while you can! (after all it is boot season). The blush Tory Burch bag can be worn year round and is the perfect size for date nights or work. The coat is perfect for Fall, Winter, and early Spring; the cape can be worn throughout the colder seasons.  Bottoms wise I tend to stick to darker colors during the Fall and Winter but black can be worn year round. The black jeans and leggings were also ultimately chosen because they are a basic element in a wardrobe.

Now I shall hush up and let you go do some shopping, enjoy!