Oh... TODDY!

Friday, May 30, 2014

I'm not one of those people who live off of caffeine.  I don't need an IV hook-up.  I can do bad all by myself.  NO!  But, I'm not one of those, "don't talk to me until I've had my cup of joe," type of people.  I just enjoy the taste.  I love the perfect balance and harmony of milk or cream with just enough sweetness.
Living in Hawaii - it's HOT!  I break a sweat putting on my make up sometimes, especially when the trade winds aren't cooperating with me!  So enter ICED COFFEE - but hello, hi??!  Who wants a watered down cup of joe?  Let alone bitter.  BLEH.  It might work for some to brew a hot pot of coffee and then ice it down and drink it.  Some might even have the time to put it in the fridge and wait for it to cool down on its own.  And, by the way, I love my KEURIG, however - those iced coffee k-cups --- it just doesn't work.  The quality isn't there, and your ice melts as soon as the drip is finished.  MAJOR LAME SAUCE.


I love the whole idea of it.  There are a ton of instructions and everyone has their own method.  Currently, I'm trying to find my perfect brew - but while I'm at it, I figured I'd share some of the methods I've read and am using as guidance to cold brewing my favorite cup of coffee!

The Pioneer Woman
A Beautiful Mess
Smitten Kitchen
Door Sixteen
New York Times

If you are an iced coffee drinker, there is literally no comparison between hot brewed or cold brewed iced coffee.  COLD BREW TAKES ALL FOR THE MAJOR GRAND SLAM, HOME RUN, TOUCHDOWN and whatever else you got there!  Serious business.  For one, it's less acidic which is beneficial for multiple reasons.  But also - the taste is incomparable.  It is smooth and rich without the bitterness of a hot brewed coffee.  You know when coffee has been sitting a while and the quality drops, not with cold brew.  Seriously so yum!  Currently I'm finishing my first cup mixed with almond milk and homemade dulce de leche... FOR THE WIN!!

Happy Friday yall!  Now go start your cold-brew process so you can enjoy some for your Saturday Morning :)

xoxo, Aukele
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Oh Maya Angelou

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thank you for always being inspiring! You are truly missed.

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My Insta-Life

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dude, really??  An update post?  I know guys - so lame.  Life has just been whizzing by, and sometimes it is hard to keep up.  I've been working like a tortoise on my new project, but I'm still lapping everyone else sitting on the couch re-watching Orange Is The New Black in preparation of Season 2 NEXT WEEK!!! Right? RIGHT! 

One of my FAVE breakfasts to make on a leisurely morning would be toast with smashed avocado (topped with a sprinkling of Himalayan pink sea salt, black pepper and lime juice) and an egg (sliced and boiled or fried hard).  YUM!  I'm also trying to up my health game with the 'ol doxbull, Kaimana and more health eats - apple banana and pre-portioned peanut butter, anyone?  R let me use his 10 and 15 pound dumbbells so I don't have to drive out to the gym to get a work out in - thanks hun!

A lil sea salt is good for the soul! Including dogs too!!  Kaimana thoroughly enjoyed his day with his mama.  Went to the beach, got a good deep cleaning and trimming session.  One happy lil dude, especially with his homeboy, Noah!  PS: Last week was crazy with potlucks galore.  Like literally 4 days last week at work.  Oh and hello short hair!  Yep, cut off a bunch of dead weight and I'm loving the new 'do.
This past weekend was relaxing.  Saturday I took care of business at home and had a night in with R and some Korean food at my place.  Then on Sunday, R and I hung out at the beach for a bit, before we got rained out.  Hopefully we'll have good weather this weekend and we can try again.  Yesterday I was able to get in some good 'ol Starbucks time and work on my newest project!  Slow progress is better than no progress right?

So that's been my life lately!  This week I'd love to make more headway on the new project.  Need to install Genesis and get a new theme set up.  Then add in all the plug-ins and hopefully figure out Disqus on Wordpress.  Oh yay me! Hahaha!!!  Hope you all have an amazing week!!

What have you all been up to recently?

xoxo, Aukele
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Can I Give you a Lei?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I don't really know where I'm going to go with all of this.  The path is there, but the "how" definitely needs some developing.  A few weeks ago I hosted my first Thirty-One gifts home party with my cousin's girlfriend, Leimakamae (Lei for short).  As I  prepared for the party I tried to come up with something unique to tell my story.  The idea was to tell my story using an acronym.  The acronym would spell out my hostess' name, "Lei," which would lead into the next segment of me celebrating her, and thanking her.

The basis of the story was that I had a low in life, and through love and support from family and friends I am where I am at today, and so now it is my turn to reach out and inspire other women, build relationships and encourage others.  One of my goals (as most of you know) is to build a steady side income, and so why not couple reaching financial goals with spiritual and relationship goals as well!
Though I completely botched it at the party, and was to shame to share the acronym I came up with - I still wanted to share it with you all.  A couple of days later May day rolled around (May day is Lei day in Hawaii) - and just hearing other people talking about what a lei symbolizes - well, it really just drove home for me.

The first month after my break-up, I was at the lowest point in my life.  Lower than when my Dad passed away.  That low.  The only reason why I would even eat was because I knew what the repercussions would be later on if I just completely starved myself.  Even at that, one of my dearest co-workers had to make sure I went to lunch with her and my mom had to plan my dinners or else I wouldn't have eaten barely anything.  I pretty much cut myself off from all types of entertainment.  My house was silent.  The car rides into work and back home were silent.  I would go to sleep before 10pm and wake up at 4am because I couldn't sleep anymore.  Kaimana knew something was wrong with his mama and he poured the love on to me.  My heart was completely ripped out of me.

Throughout that whole process I received many lei from family and friends that loved me.  They surrounded me, hugged on me, loved on me, embraced me and inspired me.  Watch the video below.  You can cut to about 1:18 in the video if you're short on time, but in explains the lei that I received. 
For me, LEI stands for Love, Embrace and Inspire.  My family and friends had to LOVE me back to life.  Constant conversations that were repeated many times.  Sometimes they were just sounding boards.  Other times they repeatedly needed to share tough love with me to help me to climb out of the hole I was in.  They embraced me when I felt so lonely and unloved.   They inspired me to be the person they knew I was and had the potential to be.

Once I was finally out of that hole, I needed to EMBRACE where I was at in life.  ALL AREAS.  I had to take a good look at my life and be honest, genuine and real with myself and where I was at, where I wanted to go and how I would get there.  Most of those points I've shared in my 2014 Goals series.  After realizing where I was, I also needed to actively make changes for the better - truly embracing where I was in my life; and LOVING me just the way I was.

In turn - now I have the opportunity to INSPIRE.  Inspire other women to feel empowered to be the best they can be.  Inspire women to conquer their fears and reach for the stars.  Inspire women to fall down seven times and stand up eight.  And so that is where I'm at today.  Not too long ago I was "tore up from the floor up", and was so incredibly blessed to receive many lei from friends and family that cared about me.  Now it is my turn to lei other women with the same unconditional love and inspiration I was given.
**In the Hawaiian language, plurals are not used.  Therefore I chose not to attach the s to lei where you most likely felt there should have been an "s" at the end!

xoxo, Aukele
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

So after putting my business out there yesterday - I thought today we'd do a little something different.  One hundred percent inspired by this post from Pump & Iron.

Guess what though... I am making head way! #productive!  I purchased two domain names that I seriously procrastinated on.  One of the domains will be a re-brand for this blog, and the other will be a new blog dedicated to my recipes and all things FOOD! Woot woot.  So excited that the first (easy) step is done.  Moving on.  While I still try to get my act together, here are ten things you can do to keep yourself busy in anticipation of all that is planned! :)


I am absolutely in love with this company, it's values, mission and products.  It is seriously the perfect time to get a new beach bag and/or thermal in preparation for summer.

Left to right, top to bottom: Euro Straw Tote $55 (comes in one other color); Picnic Thermal Tote $35 (available in 14 different prints); Fresh Market Thermal $50 (available in 7 prints); Inside Out Bag $40 (available in five prints).  

And guess what!  If you spend $31, you could get the Picnic Thermal or the Fresh Market thermal at HALF PRICE.  Plus, two of the prints for the Inside Out Bag is on sale RIGHT NOW for $20.  So you should definitely scoop those deals up today, and contact me if you want more information and I can help you get squared away.



While I was in Maui over the weekend I had the best strawberries I've tasted all year.  Needless to say, strawberry season is just about ready to be in full swing, and you better get those hands of yours on a pint soon!!! They were so juicy and sweet.  Completely perfect on their own, though I  wouldn't mind dipping them in some sour cream and brown sugar.


It ain't no secret that I love me a game of dominoes.  I am super competitive and love winning - though I do get my fair share of some good 'ol humble pie.  It is such an easy game to learn and pick up and its really about the luck of the draw and counting the dominoes.  Another fun name for the game is called bones!  I love to play this game with my family or R and it's always a fun time full of hearty smack talkin!!  And hey - check out my pin that shows you how to create your own!


Lately I've been on a DIY kick.  I am just loving creating things for my bedroom to really make it my own and I have been sharing my experiences and outcomes along the way.  Now before you get too excited.  Don't expect to be seeing me put together a table with me cutting out wood pieces to size, sanding it down, putting a finish on it and whatever.  This isn't Shabby 2 Chic here.  Nonetheless - novice DIY'er!?  Hey - so am I, you'll feel right at home here:
   + DIY Coasters



Last Saturday I enjoyed a perfect day in Maui.  It's funny.  When you live in a place like Hawaii, such as I do, you take advantage of what's around you and rarely make it to the beach.  In Maui we spent the entire day lounging at the beach and pool with traditional Hawaiian music playing in the background.  It was such a relaxing and calming day!  While not all of us are able to get to the ocean, we can still light a candle that is reminscent of the ocean, or possibly go to a lake or river and listen to the water move.


Riding on the heels of that last "to do".  Please do plan a staycation.  Just hanging out in another city for the day and over night can do wonders for your soul!  Experiencing new things right in your hometown, or actually doing things your town is known for instead of taking it for granted and not ever going to the beach the last five months of your life. DO IT NOW!


You all know that I love a good recipe.  And I would love love love to know what you think of mine, after all - I will be starting a new food blog soon!!  Go make something yum!
   + Curried Rice
   + Fried Rice
   + Kamaboko Dip





I saw this book at one of the local Icing stores and was definitely intrigued by it and all the extra products associated with the brand, but I wasn't quite sure I wanted to purchase it.  Since walking out of the store I could stop thinking about it, and so I thought maybe I'd get it through the Kindle store or iBooks, but it isn't available digitally yet.  So I went to Amazon and purchased it, and it should be here any day now thanks to that lovely PRIME shipping.  This book is all about speaking your truth and creating your own magic.  I'm excited to get it as it fits perfectly with the direction I want my blog to go in.  Hurry up Amazon!



If you've been following me at all, you know that I've been working at decluttering my life - specifically my bedroom.  Every week I'm throwing things out or giving them away.  Purging all the junk feels like a cleanse.  I feel refreshed after, I can breathe a little easier.  I am more relaxed in my room and can enjoy just a little bit of serenity.  There is a lot more work to be done, but I've made a ton of progress and it is probably one of my biggest successes this year!

And there you have it!  Ten things to do while I attempt to get my act together :)

xoxo, Aukele
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This is my third attempt at a post today.  I do I have two great ideas on topics that I do want to share from - but if I were being real, I just don't feel comfortable talking about it.

Why?  Because I'm stuck.  Stuck in a rut.  The thing is that I know the way out.  I know the path.  Why I haven't taken it?  There's a whole mess of excuses - but the honest truth is that I just haven't made the time.  Even though I say that this is what I want and in order for this blog to grow this is what I need to do - I haven't done it.

I want my blog, this site, to be a center for women to gather and share coffee and their life experiences.  A place for women to gain inspiration and encouragement from.  A place to meet an equal that has gone through what they are going through and to rely on that person for strength to endure hard times.

But how can I be that center if I, myself, can't even carve out the time to set it all up properly.  I don't associate myself with the 91DASH brand any longer, and so it is hard to share what's on my heart because the connect isn't there.

So I'm just airing out my dirty laundry today, and calling it like it is.  I'm lazy.  I'm a procrastinator.  And I seriously need to get my act together on this one - because until I do, I'm just going to be stuck like glue.

There are so many things that I want to do, but giving myself the time to do it - and do it properly is a whole other story.  I can do all the talking I want, but I can't grow if I don't WALK THE TALK, you know what I'm saying.  So here's to walking the talk this week.  Let's hope I get it together!

xoxo, Aukele
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Happy Monday!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Since its ten minutes till ten in the morning, and I'm writing this post in the comfort of my bed and pajamas - I guess I'm allowed to say that its a Happy Monday!  I am definitely one smart cookie, since I took today off knowing I'd have a busy weekend.

Saturday I jetted off to Maui to spend the day with my best friend and her family that were visiting the island from Washington state.  We were at the beach and the pool all day, and I came back home a lobster.  I'll share more pictures with you all later this week. PROMISE!

Yesterday, my body recouped from the sun while we celebrated Mother's Day.  I gave the 'ol Kaimana (my doxbull) a bath and he got to hang out with us in the garage all day.  My family just did a small dinner.  We had laulau, kalua pig, lomi salmon, poi, rice and steak.  We topped it off with brownies that I made (from scratch).  They were seriously the best thing ever.  I'll post it one day when I make it again since we didn't take any pictures of it - but they were so simple and too amazing, for sure.

Aaaannnndddddd!!!!!  R finally met my family!  That was pretty exciting.  We've been dating since January - so roughly four months before he met them.  He was nervous, but everything worked out perfectly.  

All in all it was a great weekend, and today I'm just taking it slow!  I hope you all have a FABULOUS  Monday!

xoxo, Aukele

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Aloha Friday! :-)  My favorite time of the week.  Well - one of them.  Saturdays and Sundays are favorites too - for different reasons.

At any rate - April was such a fun month blogging for me.  I started doing some simple DIYs and had a ton of fun doing them.  I also shared some scrumptious recipes I hope you all have enjoyed.  So today I just wanted to share some of my favorite posts with you from April :)

Sprinkles just put a smile on my face!! I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies with sprinkles and it was love at first bite!  YUM :)

Then I introduced my first DIY project that was just way too simple and fun to create! DIY COASTERS.  I do need to buy some in bulk so I can have a coaster painting party with my girlfriends one afternoon while eating some cheese, grapes, pears, salami and crackers.

And by the way - I am a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts.  I had two parties in April and love love loved it so much!!  We had a blast, and just an all around good time with women.  I know some times its a hassle to doing something out of the ordinary, but the rewards of meeting and connecting with new women in a different environment are priceless.  I encourage you to start engaging more in different ways with your peers, as I'm sure you'll find it beneficial as well.  Back to Thirty-One... I wrote all about it here.  PS: If you want to do an online party... LET ME KNOW!!  The hostess rewards and exclusives are so fun and May's items are too darling not to have a party.

Then I thought I'd try my hand AGAIN at another DIY and it came out pretty decently.  Though I had a hard time getting an opaque finish without the terracotta showing though.  I still need to go and check what type of paint I bought at the recommended type for painting terracotta, but it was fun and all my family complimented my little planter.

Lastly, I did a fun post on Honesty, in recognition of National Honesty Day.  

What posts did you enjoy most from April?

PS: Have a fantabulous weekend!! I have a three-day weekend (took Monday off), and am going to Maui for the day tomorrow to see my best breezie who is visiting from Seattle.

xoxo, Aukele
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A Gold DIY Collection

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

As I was brainstorming my editorial calendar for the month - of course Mother's Day pops into my head.  Being on the DIY train lately, I thought it'd be great to compile a collection of DIYs for all of you dashing readers to be inspired to create something lovely and unique for the moms in your life.  Then I realized that this week's #creativecollective post was about a photo hunt - where we create a collection of photos with a theme.  Melyssa prompted us with shapes, colors, etc.  My collection of photos have a couple themes running through them.  First, they are all DIYs, secondly - they all use the color of gold, which - by the way - I have been absolutely smitten by lately and lastly - they are all wonderful items to give to the moms in your life this SUNDAY!! Enjoy - and let me know if you make any of them in the comments below!!

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Goals for May

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco yall!!  I hope you enjoy it.  I'll be indulging in some avocado and lime today for a snack - but that is about it in that department.
Now - before we get into anything further, I just wanted to share a lil piece I did on Saturday night.  I'm totally having a blast playing with typography and what not.  What do you think?

Anyway - today will be pretty boring.  Just wanted to share some goals that I have in hopes that some of you will keep me accountable through the month to stay focused and get them done!  Without further ado..

May Goals:
  • Re-brand 91 Dash. I've been talking about it forever, and I really need to just settle on a name so that we can take care of this, STAT.
  • Create a new blog dedicated to food. It's no surprise that I love sharing recipes with you all - and I'm definitely a foodie at heart.  I really feel that this is one area that I could actually do a niche blog with great content not only for the readers - but content that I enjoy creating as well.  The goal for this site - long term, is to generate income through different channels (ebooks, affiliations, etc).  Of course, one big thing from halting progress is the whole name issue!
  • Finish de-cluttering my room. I'm almost done guys.  I can see the finish line.  Once it is done, then I'll be able to be in full-on remodel mode, although I've somewhat already started.  I do need to clear out some space in an outside closet to store some things.  However, I've gotten rid of a ton (in the trash, at Goodwill, etc.), and I feel so good about the sanctuary I'm creating.
  •  Lose 8 pounds.  Yep, I just put a number up on that bad baby.  Honestly, I'm scared of failing if I say 10.  I feel like 8 is definitely doable (HELLO SMART GOALS).  I'm so over this plateau, and I know what I need to do - and I'm ready to get'r done!

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RECIPE: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Saturday, May 3, 2014

As a child I despised oatmeal raisin cookies.  Whoever put anything other than chocolate chips in their cookies were just crazy, weird people. FOR REAL!  I was definitely a picky eater as a kid.  I would eat tuna salad on crackers, but never on bread (till my early twenties, mind you).  I hated when my veggies touched the entree, or the entree touched the starch.  RIDICULOUSNESS going on up in there.
Finally - I got over all of that nonsense, but I never really got into the oatmeal raisin cookies.  I'd rather waste calories on chocolate than oatmeal and raisins disguised as yumminess in a cookie.

But then - there was this one time at bandcamp, my dad had one of his many hospital stays at Kaiser and the only baked goodie they had were (big shocker) oatmeal raisin cookies.  And it was finally LOVE.  Now I'm still quite picky about oatmeal raisin cookies.  I have high standards! Haha.  And so whenever you want anything done right in life, oatmeal raisin cookies included - you might as well DO IT YOURSELF!

So here you go!  From one picky oatmeal raisin cookie eater to you :)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (adapted from this recipe):
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins
Cream together wet ingredients (butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth).  In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.  Stir in oatmeal and raisins and whatever else goodness you want to throw in (nuts or chocolate chunks anyone?).
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and scoop the dough onto the sheet leaving 2 inches between each cookie.  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once they are done in the oven, let them set up on the hot baking sheet for (roughly) five minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

NOTE: You can make the dough ahead of time and chill it.  Chilling the dough may help you to get a thicker cookie.  You could also pre-scoop them onto a parchment lined baking sheet and then chill it.  If you do this I would transfer the pre-scooped cookies (with parchment paper) onto a room temperature baking sheet as it may affect baking time if the pan is cold.

ENJOY :) :)

xoxo, Aukele

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Happy Lei Day!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Performing at the annual Royal Hawaiian Hotel May Day Program (circa 2002 or 03).
 May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii!
Garlands of flowers everywhere
All of the colors of the rainbow
Maidens with blossoms in their hair.

Flowers that mean we should be happy.
Throwing aside a load of care, Oh,
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
May Day is happy days out there

I don't know why we thought we were so cool mean mugging!
Just wanted to spread the Aloha on this beautiful May Day!! Share the Aloha and put a smile on someone's face!  Enjoy some of my favorite local artists, songs and some of the highlights from this year's Merrie Monarch Hula Competition.  PS: The girl singing in the first video below is the same girl in the top picture, bottom row, far right.

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