7 days in Kauai, Hawaii

IMG_20180117_103934.jpgI just got back from Kauai, Hawaii. So here is a list of great things to do and see when you go. Plus I have included an itinerary!

Beaches on each side of the island:

  • North – Tunnels Beach aka Makua Beach (amazing beach for snorkeling), Ke’e beach and caves
  • South – Shipwreck Beach, Poipu Beach Park and the Salt Ponds beach
  • East – Lydgate park beach (very family friendly),  Kalapaki Beach
  • West – Kekaha Beach, Polihale State Park (best one in Kauai)

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Life as a Substitute Teacher

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Where I live full-time teaching jobs are hard to come by. I graduated last year with my masters degree in education, and low and behold there were and still are no secondary history/government teaching jobs available within an hour in any direction  from my house. So I have tuned to substitute teaching making very little per hour with no benefits all to gain experience and keep my face fresh in the admins’ mind so when a job does open here (in a few years) I will be able to apply and hopefully get it. I was super excited and eager to get started and have been subbing for about a year now. The routine is pretty much the same unless I get lucky enough to get a class of students I already know. Luckily I am not in the journey alone either, I have several friend who also sub as they couldn’t find full-time positions here either. I know what you’re thinking… why don’t you just move, great questions. Well for one, have you ever been to Western Montana?! it’s unbelievable beautiful and Missoula, Montana has a sense of community unlike I have ever seen; simply put, I love it here, I am just minutes away from about 20 or more beautiful hikes and want to raise a family here. Secondly, my husband has a solid job here so we can’t just pick up and leave. so here is a break down of the sub life for ya!

Yeah… I actually live in a place where people globally travel to see.

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5 Easy Christmas Gifts for Anyone.

Christmas time!!

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Tis the season to be gifting and it can be exhausting going around, shopping at forty different stores in one day and only going home with three things after all of that. Crazy right?! So here is a list of great gift ideas that are easy and can be given to anyone in your life, from your mom and your bestie to your spouse or in-laws. Continue reading “5 Easy Christmas Gifts for Anyone.”


The best slow cooker beef roast ever!

If you’re anything like me, you are a busy person! Juggling life can be challenging enough, and now you’re telling me I need to cook a good, nutrition, hearty, hot meal after a long day at work when all I want to do it veg out on the couch and watch whatever comedy catches my eye on Netflix?! Well, I decided crockpot/slow cooker meals were going to be my thing come winter. So here I am, it’s dark when I wake up and go to the gym and it’s dark when I get home from work, so crockpot season has begun! Below you will find a recipe for slow cooker Beef Roast that I have pieced together from other recipes I have tried in the past (mostly from all recipes thats my go to), and I have found that this mix creates perfection as far as roasts go. Enjoy! =) Continue reading “The best slow cooker beef roast ever!”


A morning routine that won’t fail you.

Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 10.21.44 AMI don’t know about you, but I am a morning person. I haven’t always been one, but establishing a good routine helped me become one and I haven’t looked back since! We are habit forming creatures so why not set yourself up for the most success you can have by sticking to a routine? According to an article from Northwestern Medicine people who set a routine are less likely to be stressed, you are more likely to sleep better (and thus feel more refreshed when you walk up), and you’ll be more healthy over all. So, here is the perfect morning routine to get you on track for an amazing day! Continue reading “A morning routine that won’t fail you.”


The Ultimate Oahu, Hawaii Vacation

Going to (Oahu) Honolulu, Hawaii?! Well here are the best things to do while you’re there and where to stay!

As far as hotels go, we stayed in Waikiki the whole time and just took day trips from there. We stayed at two places, first we stayed at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach, it was okay, but not very clean and the location wasn’t that great. Then we stayed at Vive Hotel Waikiki, which I would highly recommend. They offered free breakfast, beach towels, chairs, and boogie boards. It was very clean, the staff was great and the rooms were modern and wonderful. While it’s not right on the beach, it’s only two blocks away and way more affordable than beach front hotels. Getting around we used the public busses except for one day when we went to the Northside of the island.

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Rent a car (way better than the bus as long as you leave after 9am so you miss rush hour) and drive up to the Northside of the island to catch a wave, take surf lessons, or just leave it to the pros and watch others surf in the incredibly large, breath-taking waves.

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8 of the best podcasts you should be listening to!

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 5.17.40 PMWho doesn’t like zoning out and listening to a great Podcast? I for one, listen to a ton of them. I listen to podcasts a lot of the time on my daily commute, while walking my dog, on my days off while I clean the house up and do laundry and while I grocery shop. So here’s a list of the best podcasts that I believe you should start listening to. Continue reading “8 of the best podcasts you should be listening to!”


How to make positive changes to better yourself and your quality of life in 3 steps.

A photo to remember to love yourself as much as you love a warm drink on a cool day.

I mostly post about my vacations and fun stuff, but I also wanted to talk about serious topics when I created my blog. So here is one I think is serious, but also helpful for those of you, that are much like myself, who are constantly battling with trying to seek true happiness and not be a debby-downer so that you are able to maintain a good lifestyle and keep the friends you have.

Lets face it, no one likes being around that person who is constantly complaining and whining about how bad their day, life, or last five minutes have been. It is exhausting being that person and it is even worst having to listen to it day after day. So don’t be that person. Here are some steps anyone can talk to better themselves (I am in no way a medical professional btw). Continue reading “How to make positive changes to better yourself and your quality of life in 3 steps.”