Things I Learned by 28

With my 28th bday being right around the corner, I thought I’d share 28 things I learned by 28. Please feel free to share any of the things you’ve learned throughout your life!

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  1. Know how to be alone, because you will be alone at times and it is OK
  2. Your mom is your best friend
  3. & so are your sister and/or brother ❤
  4. You’ll always be your daddy’s little girl, no matter how old you are
  5. Don’t rush into dating or marriage, the right one will come
  6. Get an education, it comes in handy (beauty school, technical school, college, etc.)
  7. Work where you are happy, not where they pay the most
  8. Credit cards are only for emergencies (and some light shopping)
  9. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!
  10. Don’t get yourself into debt trying to impress people that don’t matter
  11. Alcohol should be consumed with limits, not until you pass out
  12. You don’t need alcohol to have fun at parties
  13. Travel as much as you can
  14. Be kind to everyone, why waste your energy being mean
  15. Not everyone is your friend
  16. It’s OK to get out of a toxic friendship/relationship,  regardless of the years in it
  17. You’re allowed to cut family off
  18. Always do your bed before you leave & wash the dishes before bed bc cleanliness
  19. Don’t go to bed with your makeup on…WASH YOUR FACE
  20. You don’t need makeup to look beautiful
  21. Be comfortable in your own skin
  22. Eat your veggies and drink your water (your body will thank you)
  23. Think twice about that tattoo you want…they’re forever (unless you do laser)
  24. Don’t go to bed mad
  25. Be HONEST…it takes more time/energy to lie
  26. It is OK to ask for help, you’re only human
  27. Don’t compare yourself to others, everyone is unique
  28. Don’t let others pressure you: drugs, alcohol, marriage, children, etc.

 

 

***BONUS: Always take time to be HAPPY!

& there you have it folks, all the wisdom you need from an almost 28 year old! (I’m sure I could’ve thought of more but…OLD person’s brain here lol)

Beach more. Worry less.

 

Week in Hawaii

Hi all! Last time we spoke I left you with the hikes I did while in Oahu. I now leave you with some of the places we got to go to and some food recommendations (or warnings) lol Hope you enjoy! & please share your Oahu faves in the comments 🙂

KCC Farmers Market

Our first day in Oahu we decided to go to the KCC Farmers Market after our early morning hike. Now if you have any spare time during your trip, I highly recommend stopping at a local farmers market. While at KCC FM we picked up some amazing jerky from @orchidislesnacks. Like honestly, the BEST jerky I have ever had. This farmers market is open every Saturday 7:30am-11am.

KCC Cactus Garden

Now if you know me, you know I love an opportunity for some good pictures. KCC Cactus Garden delivered! Located right next to the farmers market, it is such a beautiful and convenient place. Get yourself some yummy food and snap some pics.

 

Waikiki Aquarium

I attended the Waikiki Aquarium towards the end of the day on a weekend and was glad to do so because we had most of the place to ourselves. If you have kids or are looking for a place to wind down and enjoy the sea life (without getting wet) then this is the place to be. Their souvenir picture book was way too cute not to buy, so of course we purchased it! Also, they offer military discount.

Dole Plantation

The Dole Plantation had to have been one of my favorite places we visited. Why? Dole Whip, that’s why! Not only that but it was such a beautiful place to walk around and explore. We took the train ride tour and tried to complete the maze but failed after getting tired of walking lol Also, we all picked our own pearls from one of the many little pearl stands they have. They provide military discounts.

Waikiki Beach

If there is a beach you must visit it is Waikiki Beach. Now I don’t mean visit Waikiki and only Waikiki because, let’s face it, there area so many other more beautiful beaches (Lanikai) in Oahu. Yet, Waikiki is one of those places that is good to see while visiting because it has a lot of tourist things to do.

Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

Nu’uanuu Pali Lookout is another great place for pictures. The lookout offers views of vast greenery and endless ocean. Parking is free for military. Be warned, it gets really windy up there so hold on to your hats! Mine nearly flew off.

East Honolulu Beach Park

East Honolulu Park was such a relaxing place to go, with the best views of Koko Head. We went to catch the sunset before heading out to dinner. It is such a great place for a picnic! Not only that, but you can rent equipment there and there is also a basketball court. Located in a quiet residential area. 

The Chief’s Luau

Going to The Chief’s Luau was my number one favorite thing we did. We got the best option available which provides you with front row seats, first dibs on food, a cool lei, and 3 drinks. Everyone was so welcoming and The Chief had us laughing through the show. The dancers were amazing and there were plenty of activities for you to do before the show.

 

 

FOOD SUGGESTIONS

  • Doraki Sushi: Try the tempura ice cream!
  • Tikis Bar and Grill: They have the best tropical drinks in unique and affordable souvenir cups, with a view of Waikiki Beach.
  • Alexandro’s Mex Food: It is a hole in the wall restaurant with good “Mexican” food.
  • Matsumoto Shaved Ice: Hawaiian Combination with condensed milk was amaze!
  • Broken Rice: Okay, talk about great customer service!! They get an A+ in my book. Oh and let me add…CLEAN restaurant and amazing Vietnamese food.
  • Ono Poke: This place have a long line, but it moves fast! Favorite flavor was the Hawaii style ahi 🙂 parking is limited so I suggest taking an Uber/Lyft or going before lunch time.
  • Giovanni’s Shrimp: I would say to go for the hype and to try the other food trucks around it. I got the lemon butter flavor and it was okay. Not worth the money you pay and time you wait. & to top it off HORRIBLE customer service!! We asked the guy handing us our ordered if he could wrap it to go because there was nowhere to sit and he literally huffed and rolled his eyes so far back he probably saw his brain..
  • Leonard’s Bakery: You cannot go to Oahu and not pick up some malasadas. My husband bought a dozen and a half lol he did however wake up at 5am to beat the morning rush. PARKING IS VERY LIMITED.
  • Harry’s Café: A little hole in the wall café that is cash only. Amazing customer service and huge portions for a very affordable price.

Hiking Oahu

Hike Collage

As you probably know, I just recently went to Oahu, Hawaii for a week long vacation. It was my first time going to Hawaii, so I was beyond excited. Let me just say, Hawaii was beautiful; it met my expectations and more! I had an itinerary full of hikes set for our trip, but quickly ditched it and did things day by day as we pleased. Below I will be sharing the two hikes we did and my tips for each.

Diamond Head Trail

The first thing we did in Oahu (other than grabbing Wendy’s at midnight lol) was to complete the Diamond Head trail. This hike was not difficult, but it got steeper and steeper as you went. The path was very uneven and consisted of rocks, stairs (lots and lots of them), and a tunnel. There were many stops along the way that had lookout points which made for great pictures. Reaching the very top rewarded you with a panoramic view of Honolulu.

Tips: Wear workout clothes and closed toed shoes that are appropriate for hiking (saw a lot of flip flops and flats). Take water because you’ll be thirsty after all the stairs you climb. If you can park across the street, do so! Parking next to the trail costs $5 and they don’t refund you if you don’t find parking. Lastly, be prepared to be VERY close to people because some of the trail gets narrow and there are people coming and going.

Lanikai Pillbox Trail

The second hike we completed while in Oahu was the “pillbox” trail (not the pink pillbox). The hike was short and steep…VERY STEEP! The path was not difficult to trek, but definitely tougher than Diamond Head trail. As we made our way up we found ourselves trying to avoid stepping on loose rocks and making sure to use the ropes in steeper areas. There were a few areas where you could stop, take a breather, and snap some pictures. Both pillboxes were easy to climb on top of, but were crowded with people taking endless pictures. I chose not to climb on top of the first one due to all the people on there and my fear of heights. Once we reached the second pillbox I convinced myself to climb on up. The view was AMAZING!! Snapped a few pics and quickly climbed back down to head back to our car. The trail continued a little more but we chose to end it there since we had reached both pillboxes. Hiking back down was as hard as climbing up. At one point I slipped on loose rocks, landed in between two tree roots, and ended up with ankle/knee pain and a few bruises/scrapes. Nonetheless, I completed the hike…pain and all.

Tips: Again, make sure you wear shoes that are closed toe and appropriate to hike in. I saw many people in flip flops who kept slipping and tripping. WATER, WATER, WATER! Parking is hard to find because the beginning of the hike is in a private street that allows no parking. We parked about a block away (the earlier you go the easier it is to find parking). Lastly, wear sunblock and be very careful where you step (lesson learned). & if you find that you have some time to spare, hit up Lanikai Beach which is down the street.

Leave a comment below if you’ve done these two hikes and your thoughts on them. Also, what other hikes have you done in Oahu?

Aloha, Beaches!

aloha

In about three weeks Matthew, my mom, and I will be taking a family trip to Oahu, Hawaii. Not only will this be my first time in Hawaii, but it will also be the first time I see my mom in a year and a half! Yay me!

Being the over-thinker that I am I have been planning this trip for months now >.< lol

Therefore, I will be sharing some of my trip essentials with you guys. Enjoy!

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1. Rainbow Sandals

I am obsessed with how comfortable Rainbow sandals are (after you break them in of course) && must have a new pair as soon as my old ones are done. For this family trip, I got a pair of Rainbows for myself and I got Matthew his very first pair EVERRRR…& he loves them! 🙂

2. Little America – Mid Volume Backpack

My Herschel Supply Co. backpack has to be my favorite to travel with! I don’t do the whole purse thing, instead I opt for a more practical and roomy option, a backpack! This backpack passes as your personal item on planes (score!), is sturdy, fashion forward (comes in 7 colors)…and did I already mention how much room it has?!

3. Fifteen Belt Bag

So fanny packs are a new thing for me. When I worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of GG we had to wear a fanny pack to hold first aid items and I HATED it! Few years pass, I get over my fanny pack hate, and realize how practical these are. I don’t know about you but I love to go hiking when I go on vacations. There’s just so much nature to explore! With hiking comes walking, climbing, etc. Therefore sometimes a backpack just isn’t the best choice. Cue, the fanny pack!! This awesome Herschel Supply Co. (notice a brand obsession lol) fanny pack is big enough to hold a phone, snacks (vital), and a few other items. Plus it comes in 6 different colors!

4. Erika Classic 54mm Sunglasses

Ray-Ban sunglasses…need I say more? These are a classic! I love Ray-Ban and this pair in particular is my favorite. The color scheme and lightweight frame, simple yet chic design that you can wear to the beach or with your Sunday best! Add to that the reasonable pricing and you have a winner 🙂

5. Janelle Green Multi Print Flatform Espadrilles

Espadrilles are such a beach staple! These palm tree print are so fun, cute, and comfortable. They basically go with everything: dress, shorts, pants, you name it! ($29)

6. Vince Camuto Paper Fedora

I love a good fedora anytime of the year but beach vacations mean straw fedoras and this Vince Camuto one is just right. My favorite thing about this fedora is that it is not too high so it wont make your head look longer than it is. Plus it is only $19.99!!

7. Pink Haley Alisha Pompom Straw Tote

How fun is this pompom tote?! Perfect for a beach day and ON SALE!

8. ASOS Mix and Match Crinkle Crop Bikini

If you don’t know already, my favorite color is pink! So when I saw this bikini I was thrilled! Hot pink is a color that goes with all skin tones. Add to it that the bottom is high waist and you got yourself a WINNER! Plus this material is so fun and unique.

9. ASOS TALL Plunge Ruched Front Swimsuit

Being 5’7, or taller, means you know the struggle to find a one-piece (or romper for that matter) that fits right. ASOS is great because they carry tall options in a lot of their items. This one piece is such a pretty yellow and covers up what some may consider “problem areas.” The material is very thick, so it keeps everything together and covered up!

10. Akasa Crochet Maxi Beach Caftan

Having a cover up is always a good idea. Specially if you’re going to try and grab a bite before or after sunbathing. This particular cover up is long enough to be appropriate for a sit down restaurant and flowy/thin enough to allow you to dry up fast.

PS. Stay tuned for more Hawaii trip blog posts and follow along on Instagram @jays_fields ! If you have any Oahu faves please comment or message me 🙂

Discovering Camano Island

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

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 café, Cama Beach Café, which is open on weekends from 8-2. If you find yourself hungry and the café 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.

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.)

PERSONAL

  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.

HOME

  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.

FINANCIAL

  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?

Photo Credit: Pinterest.