travel · Uncategorized

Las Vegas Vacation | 2016

I’ve spent a lot of time in my early twenties traveling to Atlantic City. It was only an hour away from where I lived! I loved the lights, the change of scenery and of course I loved the casinos and hotels.

Naturally, I wanted check out the hype of Las Vegas as I got older, so I did.

My vacation to Las Vegas was back in 2011 when I was just about to graduate culinary school. I went with my boyfriend at the time and long story short, it was awful. Surprisingly, the exhausting Vegas life wasn’t the reason. There was something very off about my long-term relationship and it started to become clear on that trip.

But that’s a story for another time…

I eventually went back to Las Vegas and had the time of my life for 2 reasons:

  • I went back with my wonderful husband
  • My family (mom, sister, niece, aunts) met us there which was a family first

We only had 72 hours this time, but we made the most of it.

Below are 3 video recaps of our Las Vegas Vacation: 

The next recap of footage I have is where things get a little fuzzy. We discovered Fat Tuesday which is basically a wonderland of adult smoothies. They go down really easy. That plus 2 sisters who are over 21 and a night out to ourselves made for a night we will all never forget, especially the ferris wheel type ride at the Linq casino.

The next morning was obviously a little rough but it was SO worth it to power through. The family met up for more exploring and took a trip to the wax museum on the strip. By the time night came, we took an uber to the downtown las vegas strip where we explored “Old Las Vegas” and my aunts treated us to a ride on the zipline above all the casinos.

And just like that, the 72 hours of our Las Vegas Vacation ended. There is still so much to see and explore and even though I have only been there twice, I have learned that 72 hour chunks are the perfect amount of time for a Las Vegas Vacation.

Luckily for us, Las Vegas is going to be a quick stop on our PCS Road Trip to our next duty station in Charleston SC so the fun will continue!

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lifestyle · Uncategorized

Declutter My Closet | The KonMari Method

For most of my life, I was a pack rat. 

That statement is even hard for ME to believe at this point.  Ever since moving to Hawaii with nothing and shuffling myself around different living situations, I have had to declutter in a major way. I found that there were a lot of positives to living with less and the more I got rid of, the more I valued what I actually had and actually used.

Fast forward to starting to get ready for our PCS to Charleston SC from Hawaii. I wanted to make sure my husband and I purged as much as possible before starting over in a new place. I decided I would start with my stuff and I also decided I would start with The KonMari method when it came to my closet full of clothes both which I loved and which I knew a lot of wasn’t right for me anymore.

In short, the KonMari method is a way to declutter that forces you to pick up the item in question, feel its energy and ask yourself a few important questions about whether it still has a place of value in your life. It also forces you to realize what you truly deserve which is a closet of clothes that fit you well and make you feel good.

In this video, I declutter my closet using the KonMari method and make some easy decisions as well as some tough emotional ones.

Have you used the KonMari method to declutter parts of your life?

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food · Uncategorized

Americans Try Japanese Snacks

One of the awesome things about having a Youtube channel about our lives is being able to connect with people around the country and even around the world. In this instance, one of our Youtube friends stationed in Japan offered to send us a box of Japanese snacks in exchange for a box of snacks from Hawaii for both of us to try on each of our channels.

Whenever Mike and I do snack challenges like this, our true personalities shine through and we once again realize how ridiculous we are.

Watch these Americans Try Japanese Snacks below:

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military life · Uncategorized

NAVY REENLISTMENT CEREMONY

It’s no secret that we do not enjoy the downsides of navy submarine life or navy and military life in general. So it make come as a shock that right before Mike’s sea duty time was up, he reenlisted for another 4 years.

The video below shows the day of his Navy Reenlistment Ceremony on the USS UTAH on Ford Island Hawaii.

In short, Mike’s goal was to spend as little time on an active submarine as possible. This meant that when his contract was up, his choice was to spend ANOTHER year in Hawaii on the submarine or reenlist for shore duty in Charleston SC for 4 years which is still navy life but with a much easier job.

Can you guess what we decided?

Other popular Military Wife Life Videos:

THE TROUBLE WITH OUR MILITARY MARRIAGE | Military Wife Rant

MIKE IS REENLISTING?! | Navy Reenlistment Ceremony

PRE-DEPLOYMENT BLUES | An emotional breakdown

DEPLOYMENT GOALS | Make the Best of It

EMOTIONAL DEPLOYMENT GOODBYE

MILITARY BALL | Get Ready With Me

TOP 5 REASONS TO BE STATIONED IN HAWAII

military life · Uncategorized

Trouble with our Military Marriage | Military Wife Rant

There are a lot of emotions you go through as a military wife. There are tearful goodbyes, lonely times and sweet reunions over and over that keep you going. One of the things about being a military wife that is not talked about much is how much you truly give up for your partner to have the job they have.

I am willing to admit the trouble with our marriage that stems from the fact that I have been held back in my life in a lot of ways. I have had a career and opportunities that I had to turn down or become less a part of because my husbands job is more important than my professional life. Unfortunately, at times it is more important than a lot of things that should be sacred in a marriage.

In a depressed, low and weak moment, I express my feelings on this subject and found so many other women in the comments that feel the same. It was incredibly refreshing to know that none of us are alone and that finding a balance in it all is key.

Enjoy my Military Wife Rant

Other popular Military Wife Life Videos:

MIKE IS REENLISTING?! | Navy Reenlistment Ceremony

PRE-DEPLOYMENT BLUES | An emotional breakdown

DEPLOYMENT GOALS | Make the Best of It

EMOTIONAL DEPLOYMENT GOODBYE

MILITARY BALL | Get Ready With Me

military life · Uncategorized

Stationed In Hawaii | Military Life

My adventure in Hawaii started the day after New Years in 2012. I made the most random decision to move out to the island with no job, no money and barely knowing one person. With a lot of growth and hard work, Hawaii became my comfort zone.

Hawaii is also where my husband Mike was stationed at the same time. We met out here in the Spring of 2012, lost touch and then fell in love about a year later. While my time on the island felt expired, because he was stationed in hawaii, we had to stick it out and make the best of it.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of negatives to living in paradise, but here are 5 reasons why its a good idea to be stationed in Hawaii.

Other popular Military Wife Life Videos:

THE TROUBLE WITH OUR MILITARY MARRIAGE | Military Wife Rant

MIKE IS REENLISTING?! | Navy Reenlistment Ceremony

PRE-DEPLOYMENT BLUES | An emotional breakdown

DEPLOYMENT GOALS | Make the Best of It

EMOTIONAL DEPLOYMENT GOODBYE

MILITARY BALL | Get Ready With Me

 

military life · Uncategorized

Military Wife | Deployment Survival Tips

Being a military wife has its advantages, but it also has MAJOR disadvantages.  Dealing with loneliness, deployment, moving and personally as a submariner wife dealing with long bouts of time with zero communication except scattered emails. Going into my marriage as an independent woman, I figured I would be a little bit better than most at with these things but no matter how you slice it or who you are, these things just suck.

After experiencing plenty of long underways and deployment as a military wife, I have learned a few things through the years to make it a little more bearable. Enjoy my deployment survival tips!

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Other popular Military Wife Life Videos:

THE TROUBLE WITH OUR MILITARY MARRIAGE | Military Wife Rant

MIKE IS REENLISTING?! | Navy Reenlistment Ceremony

PRE-DEPLOYMENT BLUES | An emotional breakdown

DEPLOYMENT GOALS | Make the Best of It

EMOTIONAL DEPLOYMENT GOODBYE

MILITARY BALL | Get Ready With Me

Feel free to comment your best tip for dealing with deployment or any kind of separation from a loved one.