Living In Hawaii | Balancing Val - Part 2

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2014 Healthy Lifestyle Holiday Gift Guide

I’m definitely late to the Christmas bandwagon. Unfortunately it’s hard to feel the holiday season in Hawaii since the weather is the same year round and families are usually far away.  Nonetheless, I wanted to contribute a few holiday gift ideas for those living a healthy lifestyle!




#1  NOW foods Ultrasonic Air Diffuser {$37.99}

For quite a few years, I have always had some sort of essential oils on hand because I love the various uses they have.  My staples include: lavendar, peppermint, eucalyptus and the versatile tea tree oil. Back when I took my whirlwind romance trip to San Diego, I saw this Diffuser at Whole Foods that had a soft purple glow and created a nice mist and light sent in the air.  Essentially, it could be used like a candle with the benefits of aromatherapy.


#2 Lululemon Studio Pants {$108-$128}

Yes, I know that it is CRAZY to spend that much on a pair of pants, but it is definitely worth it! My lulu addiction started with a headband and now I am spending my monthly personal budget on at least one piece a month.  Say what you want about the negative hype about the brand’s CEO, these pieces are such great quality and fit very well! I purchased a pair of studio pants for my husbands birthday when he had time to relax while underway and he loved them.  For a solid month I was eyeing up my own pair and finally bit the bullet and purchased some and they are the most comfortable + stylish lounging/workout pants I own and I know they will last a while.

BONUS: I found mine on the clearance rack for $74

#3 Hydroflask {$15-40)

The hydroflask craze is HUGE in Hawaii and everyone is jumping on board.  I’ve been through my share of water bottles, but I love that this one stays cold for at least 12-16 hours with ice.  They remind me to constantly drink water and can be filled up with cute stickers or engraving to personalize. I also like that there are various sizes for hot + cold drinks as well as different types of tops in many colors.

#4 Weekly Calendar {$10}

This gift is more of a stocking stuffer though it wouldn’t fit in a stocking.  I purchased this calendar before my Lifestyle Jump Start cleanse to track my week.  It has 4 different layers where you can separate your life into categories.  I made one row all about work, one all about cleansing and health where I scheduled my workouts and 24 hour fasts and one about general life and errands.  Since it is large and customizable by the week, you can literally turn it into whatever works for you.  It mounts on any space using velcro that doesn’t leave glue on the walls, is big enough to see daily and I get a big satisfaction from tearing off a weeks worth of progress every Sunday.

#5 Dry Brush {$6-10}

I am definitely a fan of dry brushing as I previously have posted about. This small gift is a simple way to help add a positive habit into someones life that will leave them feeling refreshed and have them with glowing smoother skin in as little as 2 weeks!  Dry brushes can be found at health food stores, but I always find them at drug stores as well.

#6 Juicer {$50-300}

You all know what a fan I am of juicing and how it has changed my life. Juicers are a perfect gift to give someone that has been thinking about it, but has trouble pulling the trigger on purchasing one. There are many types of juicers you can buy that have different methods of juicing fruits and vegetables but I have always started off with a cheaper masticating juicer to get started.  A decent juicer will run you about $100, but be sure to check craigslist and garage sales as I always see (and have bought) juicers from others for $50 and under!

Since we live so far from family, it never made sense to ship gifts back and fourth for Christmas for as long as I’ve lived here.  This year we have given ourselves and my family the best gift ever which is to come home for New Years and my big 3-0!! And since plane tickets and other costs are pretty high, Mike and I have decided to set a limit of $150 on each other for this year and try and get the most out of it.  I haven’t started shopping yet, but I will be keeping tabs on what I purchase so I can turn it into a post!

Happy Holidays! 



book writing + grass growing


So . . . I feel like I have definitely overwhelmed myself with the long list of things to accomplish on my Fall Underway Bucket List.  I think I have an attention problem when it comes to these things. I start working down one road and then all of the sudden I find myself in an internet rabbit hole of comparing myself to others, having identity crisis and feeling like I am so far behind.

The good thing about this is that I would MUCH rather feel overwhelmed and inspired instead of lazy and lackluster. I am working on things, but I think I need to organize my free time better.

This giant, weekly, color-coded calendar should help!


Even though I don’t feel like I am doing things “right”, at least I am doing them. For instance, I was able to write 3900 words of my Lifestyle Jumpstart Program!


I haven’t quite settled on a name, but this would be year number 3 and it keeps getting better and better!  So much so that I have decided to type up all the details and checklists down so that one day soon, I can turn it into an ebook and share this information with others.  Right now, its a mad rush to get the bare bones down so I can send it out to the 5 or 6 of us that will be participating with me this year starting November 1st. I’ll be documenting it again this year with hopefully even more detail.

In a nutshell, the Lifestyle Jumpstart is a 3 week program designed to give your body and mind a jumpstart into a healthy lifestyle.  If you have ever wanted to learn how bridge the gap between yourself RIGHT NOW and the start of a healthy lifestyle, this is what you need to do.  The program cuts out all foods and habits that your body finds difficult and it also incorporates practices to help you refresh your body and mind using simple health tools.

Check out last years journey on my WEIGHT LOSS page.

Because it’s only 2 short weeks away, I have started growing 2 trays of wheat grass to use for almost daily shots and wheat grass enemas.


 . . you read that right . . .

The wheels are also turning about documenting how to grow wheat grass for another possible ebook, too!

On a personal note, the husband and I had a really nice dinner the other night.  This was a welcome surprise since we’ve really been striking out on the meals out and getting poor food and/or service. Of course, sometimes the best things come together when you don’t plan them.  Food and service were great, it just happened to be sunset and I even found parking close to the restaurant which for me is unheard of.


I’m really going to miss having him around the next couple months, but I know we both will be busy working on our futures and will come out stronger on the other side.

In the meantime, back to work!