A Thankful Heart

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Wow what a year!  To think about where I was in life this time last year and where I am now - it is just crazy.  I have so many things to be thankful for this year and I just feel very blessed.  I left 2013 completely broken and hurt and I'm finishing off 2014 very blessed and excited for what is to come in the new year.  I really want to spill the details - but I'll hold my breath for now.

I am thankful for family.  They have been so amazing to me.  They are the best support system a girl could ask for.  My mom is a solid rock, she has my back like none other.  I have the best cousins in the world who really are like extended siblings.  Even though most of us are islands apart, the bond we share is so special and I'm thankful for each and every one of them.

I am thankful for Inspire Church.  Pastor Mike and his team have shared the love of God in such a real way that really helped me to get back on the right track.  Christina and the rest of the girls that I've connected with took me into their little church family and though I haven't seen them in months - they are always there as a listening ear.  Pastor Mike brought in amazing speakers, especially the sermon from Pastor Archer.  It has resonated with me all year.

I am thankful for friends.   Ally, Janel, Chelsi, Geneva and Missy - true friends are hard to come by, a lesson I had to learn over and over again as a teenager and young adult.  But the five of you - I know will always be my friends for life.  Thank you for putting up with my crazy shenanigans, my podagee mouth and everything else that makes me - well you know, me!

I am thankful for Kaimana.  He is the best dog in the world.  He drives me crazy.  Is still a little wild and crazy playful.  But he knows his momma.  He can sense how I feel and he knows exactly how to make me smile and laugh.  I'm so proud that he adjusted well to being an outside dog from an inside one when I moved from Ewa Beach to Aiea.  It was sad, but he is a happy pup!! And I definitely sneak him in inside and put him in a kennel to sleep with me some nights when I'm not waking up before the sun rises!

I am thankful for my job.  So blessed to work for an amazing company with some of the best benefits.  Hello 8.5% 403b match!  And that's just one of the many benefits.  Last year I sat for a national test to be a CDM, CFPP and this year I got my "official" card and now I am the President Elect of the ANFP Hawaii Chapter, which is exciting to be making my way in the professional field I'm in.

I am thankful for him.   There is so much to say.  Thinking back over the past year since January, so much has happened.  Being loved through all the flaws you point out in yourself to all the true flaws you have in life that you're working on every day - that is something special that I will always be grateful for.  I feel so blessed to have such a sweet man in my life. 


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LOVE

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's been a crazy day.  And through it all this is true!




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Currently Loving // 007

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


It's been a minute!  A super hot minute since I've done a "Currently Loving" post!  Thanks to Crystal turning her Currently Loving posts into a link-up, I'm forcibly back. Haha - but here is just a little collection of things I'm loving!!  And once you're done checking out what I'm loving, you should create your own list and link up with Crystal!

One thing I can't stand is buying products when you can't test them out *cough* drugstore products.  So I love love love finding blog posts like these from A Beautiful Mess that I can get some insights from and see if I think something would work for me!  At least it isn't a huge risk in losing money, but still!

This site is full of laughs, and is fun to catch up on during a quick work break.  There are notes for every type of situation.  I thought it was funny that I found some notes that related to my professional life.  It was nice to get a little chuckle amidst the madness at work on a Friday afternoon.

Scandal
A few weeks ago I was on a Scandal binge on Netflix and I don't know what the heck I was doing waiting so long to jump on the bandwagon. Hello, here I am!  The binge watching of three seasons was a little overwhelming.  Sadly, to the point where at times I forgot that Obama was actually our president.  Sad times I tell you!  Anyway - if you're oblivious to this series.  GET ON IT NOW!  AND CRYSTAL ----- this is considered favorite interwebs stuffs... because you can't access Netflix without the internet ;)!

Chips and Salsa
Lately I've been on a MAJOR chips and salsa trip.  Like my mouth salivates at work and I can't wait to get home to get crack-a-lackin on some chips!  We have this Mexican restaurant called El Mariachi and OH-EM-GEE .... their salsa!!! BOOOMMBBBB!! And now I want some.  Mmmm... That's a good idea since they are right down the road from me.  Salsa, chips and their guacamole.  Ok enough already!

Come on and link up with me and Crystal!
xoxo, Aukele
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Happy Monday!

Monday, November 17, 2014


Half of November has up and left already.  Isn't that crazy!  So - hello Monday!  Good morning.  How was everyone's weekend?  I hope it was full of memories and relaxation.  

This weekend was really nice, of course besides the fact that I was up before the sun on both Saturday and Sunday, but you know what they say... "the early bird get the worm.." or something like that.  

I got to spend time with all my favorite people - including, dare I say it, my girlfriends!!  Life is busy, and we each have our own little lives - which gets in the way of hanging out the way we used to when we were all single (and working in town, hello happy hour and Indigo); so it was definitely a treat to be able to have some girl time on Saturday complete with Bloody Marys!  I've known these girls since we were in elementary school, so its nice to just be relaxed and ourselves and not so worked up about everything being so perfect for a get together.  The best part of our lil brunch rendevous was Missy forgetting to get chips when sister knew she was making her famous salsa.  Actually... she forget jalepenos too.  We picked a couple up for her, but then the chips slipped her mind.  So we had tortillas.  And just made do and fried those suckers!! 

Bloody Mary's, salsa and "chips", steak, lifetime friends, good conversation and Scandal on Netflix could not have been a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  We swear we're gonna do it again soon, but knowing us - we'll see each other for Geneva's birthday in January!  So it'll be group texts for now, which are always entertaining!

Of course Sunday Funday was the same as every Sunday, which I enjoy.  And today - I'm off!  Hello three-day weekend, aren't you all jealous of me now! :)  So while you all read this, I'm probably still sleeping in, or maybe I'm taking the day head on!  At any rate, I hope your weekend went swell and you have an amazing week this week!!!

xoxo, Aukele
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Help Me Choose a Holiday Card!

Friday, November 14, 2014

As each day passes I get more and more excited that Christmastime is near!  Like literally, I’m about to start the Christmas Pandora station in 3…2…1.

Anyway, as I prepare to get those lovely DIY Christmas gifts underway, I should also get my holiday cards squared off too!  And it seems like every year that passes, it gets harder to decide on a card design, let alone a card company to go through.  Each of them have amazing designs that can fit anyone’s style.  Choices, choices – right?  So not only do you have to pick a card company to stick to so you don’t spend days looking at cards; and not only do you have to pick out a design out of the thousands that are available; you also have to pick out a layout now!  Do we want a traditional card, or just a flat piece?  Picture or no picture?  Cut out or not?  Foil?  I mean the choices are literally endless.

Last week I got caught up on Minted and knew I had to use them to do my holiday cards this year! It’s just that I still can’t decide on what I want.  So I was hoping my lovely readers could help me narrow it down a bit.  I know I want a flat card opposed to a folded one.  I just can't decide, water color or foil?  Ornament card?  Bah Hum Bug!  HELP HELP HELP!!!

Christmas Photo Cards

 Let's Be Jolly  |  Merry & Bright  |  Oh What Fun  |  Love & Joy

Christmas Photo Foil Cards

Christmas Love  |  Merry Christmas  |  Cheers  |  Happy Holidays

Christmas Photo Ornaments 

 Sending Cheer  |  Red Wreath  |  Be Merry  |  Joy

Here are some other options that I also liked!  You see my indecisiveness?!
Christmas Cheer  |  All Aglow  |  Be Merry  |  Aglow  |  Chalk & Holly  |  Bold Sparkle 

Before you go, check out the entire Minted's Christmas Cards collection, and let me know what your favorites are!

xoxo, Aukele
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5 DIY CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


I do this to myself every year come November.  I decide this will be the year I will make all my Christmas gifts with a few exceptions.  But really - this year it's on!!!  A few things are coming up in early 2015 where I'll be dropping some BENJAMINS!!!  So I'm pinching pennies wherever I can and saving most of my Christmas bonus as well!

While I still have no clue what I'm going to do - these are a few of my favorites that are definitely in the running!!

Clockwise, here are the links!  Gold Stamped Ring Dish  |  Marbled Clay Ring Dish  |  Flavored Butters  |  DIY Sign  |  Homemade Vanilla Extract

 

Did you start your Christmas gift lists?  Have you started shopping?  Are you making some of your gifts?  Let me know in the comments below!


xoxo, Aukele
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FINALLY!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

After waiting over a month my new baby finally made its way home to me last night!!  Typical procrastinator in me didn't back up my phone so you know what was up today!  I still have to download a bunch of music which I'm okay with.  I just wanted to make sure that my text messages and photos transferred over.


And you can't have new phone without taking a few *cough* eight selfies.  You know... To make sure everything is working properly and functioning, right?


Now back to playing around with my new toy! Have a great rest of the weekend!! See yall on Monday :)

xoxo, Aukele
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Pumpkin Soup

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FACT:  I share recipes more frequently as a contributor for Hello Nature than I do on my own food blog, Whippin Kitchen.  Lame sauce, right?  Anyway - I guess that whole deal about having a deadline and getting paid for work makes you... well.. get ish done!


The sad thing is that I have a post all ready to go, and if I'd just get my lazy butt to upload some pictures and add some text, we'd be good to go.  Meanwhile, go check out the recipe on Hello Nature. Send some love.  And make this perfect fall soup before the holidays up and past you and you're springing forward an hour.

xoxo, Aukele
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Click Me

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

You know - because sometimes we're just too busy living life to actually write something worth saying on here.  So we load up a collection of links we love and would like to share and then bomb you with it when we have nothing else better to do!

Happy Tuesday ;)!  Enjoy.

++ The guide I'm trying to follow for an optimal breakfast.
++ Doggy treats for my Kaimana.
++ Make sharing your content easier with this tutorial on twitter cards.
++ YUM! Easy cheesy breakfast casserole!  Count me in.  Maybe I should try it this weekend??
++ Since we're on the topic of breakfast... seriously?  Just click the link!
++ Some advice via Lena Dunham.
++ Men can be quite insightful at times!  Take notes ladies.
++ A thought provoking collection of poems.
++ Love this tutorial on photographing floating food.  Some skills I definitely need to work on.
++ How many of these are you guilty of?  Me?  14!  Yikes.
++ Cause we all need a sure fire way to getting that perfectly cooked bacon.
++ Just YUM!


xoxo, Aukele
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Oh Hello November!

Monday, November 3, 2014


Happy Monday!

Say what? Look who showed up to her blog on a bright and early Monday morning.  Wow lau lau!  Shocker right?
...my early Saturday morning view...
This time last year I was a bit of a basket case with my heart shredded to pieces and left on the floor.  It is amazing what difference a year can make.  The changes that happen.  The people that leave your life.  More important, the people that walk right into your life and straight to your heart.  Even though 2014 isn't over yet - this has been such an amazing year and I'm looking forward to ending it the way I started it.

So now to the point of this post which is - holy cannoli what in the heck happened to October?!  That just whizzed by - but I am definitely stoked because the holidays are here and being that I wasn't quite in the holiday spirit last year, you can count on me making up for lost time!!
...target shopping...
This weekend was nothing short of amazing.  The mailman did well this weekend leaving two packages at the front door!  Now if that darned iPhone would just show up!  My carrier finally emailed me and it looks like I'll be finding out my ship date today (because lo and behold it was postponed for the third time).  I paid a visit to Target, and hey, guess what?!  Target has Christmas shenanigans out already, but duh!  I controlled myself and just bought a mug - and maybe some holiday inspired coffee creamer to go with it.  Also, I got in some time in the kitchen without having to actually rush dinner which was nice.  Just a simple chicken dish with a delish gravy topped with french fried onions.  Maybe it'll make its way to Whippin Kitchen one day.  Which by the way - I am so overdue on recipe posting there, need to post up my Pork Guisantes recipe ASAP.  This weekend I played around with Photoshop.  I could get lost in tutorials all day learning new tricks!  And lastly, I spent some good old fashioned quality time with those closest to my heart..
...a good quote to start the week with...
So thats it!  HI NOVEMBER, glad you're here.

This week I'd like to...
1) Post a recipe on Whippin Kitchen'
2) Work on an actual blog header for Whippin' Kitchen
3) Make an effort to get a good night's rest.

What did you do this weekend?  What are your goals for the week?



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