Happy Birthday To My Love!

Hello beautifuls!!! Today’s post is dedicated to my ride or die, my best friend, the love of my life; My Husband! We have been celebrating his birthday all weekend long leading up to his birthday today.

He turned 25 and now he’s as old as me, until I turn 26 in a few months and feel like an old fart all over again. We started of the celebration with going to buy his big gift. I’ve never seen him so gunho about anything our entire marriage. This man is super hard to shop for, he deserves the world but, rather have a sticker type man. So, this year he wanted a kayak and I was so excited I finally had a great gift to get him. Friday night I sorta tricked him into coming to the store with me to get his gift. I’m a tiny person there was no way I would be able to carry and put a kayak on the car. He had no idea he was getting a kayak that day. Let’s just say he was like a little kid that saw a mountain of presents under the tree on Christmas morning. His excitement made me sooo happy.

After, dropping of the kayak, we had to go get him and Jason some life vest but, not any kind of vest, a fisherman vest. Haha. That’s right, my man now is a fisherman or he wants to be. What kind of wife would I be to kill a mans dreams. Hahaha.

Moving onto Saturday morning, I took him to get a pedicure, we use to get them all the time in the states and it has been a while for him. He now says he’s sliding in his boots. After, the pedi, we headed to this restaurant my nail lady recommended. It was a 50s diner and had pretty good American food. Headed to the restaurant and it was the cutest place I’ve been in Japan, restaurant wise. They Marilyn Monroe and Elvis everywhere, a jukebox, and all things 50s. Besides, the amazing 50s aesthetics, the food was delicious. I didn’t even take a picture of how good it was. But, I did take a picture of our yummy dessert. When we were done with our parfait, we headed out to the backyard where they had some tables, a swing, and a pond with koi fish. It was so beautiful and we are definitely going back.

On Sunday we took the kayak for a swim in the lakes of Japan. I stayed on short, due my fear of open waters but, that’s a story for a different time. Both my babies were ready for some kayak fun. They had in their life vests and were off. I thought my toddler would be overboard in a matter of seconds but surprisingly he actually stayed calm and enjoyed the ride. I may have lost my husband for the majority of the weekend but, it’s totally worth it. The happiness on his face was everything.

Monday was a work day so, we didn’t do much. We were pretty tired from our exciting weekend.

Tuesday was his birthday, so after work Jason gave him presents, he got daddy some under armor running shorts and a champion sweatshirt. We then went to dinner at chili’s and stuffed our faces and Jason stole his birthday dessert.

It was an amazing birthday filled with fun and some spoiling. Is there any other way to celebrate a birthday?

Happy Birthday My Love!

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Sakura Haul.

Hello Beautifuls! As, the cherry blossom begin to fall and the Sakura season comes to an end here in Japan, I’m kind of saddened by the thought that this will be my last Sakura season. As, our time here in Japan is almost coming to an end, I thought instead of being sad, why not share some cute pictures and all things Sakura.

My husband was sweet enough to hype me up and take some really cute cherry blossom pictures. I couldn’t stop laughing and telling him to stop. He really got into the photographer mode, it was freaking adorable. Take a look at these cute pictures my hubby took.

(My entire outfit, including heels are from Target.)

Besides the beautiful flowers that bloom, there are also seasonal Sakura drinks, one of my favorite ones I’ve had, has to be the prettiest and yummiest one yet! It’s from my favorite smoothie place near our house. It’s so aesthetically pleasing, I had a hard time drinking it.

Moving on to some goodies I bought at Daiso (Japanese dollar store on crack) haha, Starbucks, and MAC.

This place is seriously dangerous, it’s a good thing they don’t take cards or I’d be in serious trouble with the hubs. Just take a look at these cute things, you’ll see why it’s so hard to control myself and it’s all a dollar! They are the best at having cute stationary, so I couldn’t pass up some washi tape and stickers. The flower and dog are iron on patches for a dollar! Last thing is fake cherry blossoms, I used to make an arrangement.

If you ask my husband he’ll tell you have a mug/ tumbler hoarding problem, and he’s not wrong. So, knowing that and seeing this tumbler y’all can see it was a no brainer why I bought it. It’s pink, has cherry blossoms, and glitter. It can’t get any better than that.

Last two items I bought from MAC Cosmetics, it’s part of there Boom Boom Bloom collection. It is still available if you want to get some things from this beautiful collection. I had to have some self control so I just purchase two things. I really wanted the eye shadow pallet but, I have enough pallets so, it would’ve been wasteful. So, being the responsible makeup addict that I am, I just got a setting spray and a lipstick in the color Hi- Fructease Look how gorgeous the packaging is. Love!

Hope you enjoyed all things sakura and this little haul!

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Osaka Trip & Haul.

Hello Beautifuls! I am back from a very much needed girls trip! It was super fun but, very exhausting at the same time. We were nonstop walking and having a blast. I couldn’t think of anyone else to have shared this experience with than my Nugz. We are literally the same person!

On our first night in Osaka, we hit the town and walked the famous street of Dotonbori. This street is filled with food vendors and good shopping. What more could we ask for, right? It was a great experience, all the lights and people just gave me an amazing feeling. I just couldn’t believe I was out here on this once in a life time trip.

I bought some goodies and of course Japan is home of my favorite kitty, Hello Kitty! So, most of my goodies are Hello Kitty. Haha. I have no regrets!!! I bought this Osaka Hello Kitty shirt and coin purse at one of the many stores they had in Dotonbori. My 8 year old self was super happy. The mug and cute Japanese stickers I bought in a Starbucks mixed with a bookstore. Since, I have a fluffy Akita, I bought two Akita stickers and a camera sticker. I bought my squishy a booklet of Cars stickers with Japanese writing. Yes, I do have stickers everywhere now. The last thing I bought in Dotonbori was something I could not pass up and was surprised to even have found a Pandora here in Japan. Look how darn cute this Japanese doll is. I couldn’t pass this charm up. It’s the perfect addition to my bracelet and to remember the memories I have in Japan.

On our second day, we headed to the Kobe Herb Garden. We rode on a trolley to the top of the mountain, it was a beautiful view of the city and water. It was a bit cooler out so not all the flowers were blooming but, we found a cute little spot to get a few pictures.

The little souvenirs I got from the garden was a little tea/coffee spoon and two postcards that I will be framing and putting up in my glam room. I also bought my nugz & I matching bracelets.

The third day was the best day ever! Universal Studios Japan was so much fun and I still couldn’t believe I went there. It’s definitely a lot different than the Universal Studios in Orlando. The biggest difference is every ride is in Japanese so, we didn’t understand anything. But, it was so much fun. I visited the Wizard World and let me tell you I am not a fan of this world. Maybe, if I didn’t walk into being hangry, it could’ve been different. Since, I walked in hangry and not knowing the food would be so on theme, I was kinda annoyed when I had to $20 for food that I didn’t like and on top of overpaying for food I didn’t like they wanted to go and charge me twice! Long story short, I wasn’t happy but, once I got food in me I was a lot happier! The rest of the day was a blast!

I couldn’t go to Universal Studios Japan and not get some goodies. Once again, Hello Kitty is in the mix. I got me a shirt and a pencil. For one of my friends that’s pretty obsessed with the wizard world I got her a key holder. Lastly, I got my squishy the cute teddy bear from despicable me and now it’s his favorite thing and he calls it his baby. So cute!!!

By the day we were heading back home, we were about done. So, we just took it slow and went to the biggest Ferris wheel ever! It was a tad bit windy and it scared the crap out of us when we were so high up.

We then went to the train and got ready to head home. We grabbed some goodies from the station such as KRISPY KREME DONUTS! It’s in capital letters because it’s been a long while since I’ve had a good donut and I think it’s about the only Krispy Kreme in Japan.

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All Things Lux.

Hello Beautifuls and Happy Monday! May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short. Haha. I’m starting this amazing Monday with a little luxury haul and thought it would be cool to share some of my goodies with y’all. I don’t know about you but, Whether it be from the dollar store to luxury. I love me a good haul. So, let’s get on to the good stuff.

For the longest time, I’ve been playing it safe when it comes to makeup. What does that mean? It’s means all I would buy and feel comfortable in was nude or pinkish lipsticks. But, ever since Christmas time when I took the risk and tried a bold red lip, I’ve been hooked. So, it was inevitable that I would have to add a classic Chanel red lipstick to my collection. I’m obsessed with this, it’s moisturizing and bold. I love it! There’s a shade of red for every girl.

Following the Chanel love is this Megan Hess Fashion Book. Megan Hess has the most beautiful books on fashion. They are definitely something to add to either your library, coffee table, it’s just a beautiful addition to anything. I will for sure be buying more of these books. But for now I just have the Coco Chanel.

Moving on to a very heart breaking little haul. This was a bittersweet purchase, I just can’t believe such an iconic store is no longer around. I remember watching Sex and The City and seeing those iconic brown and white stripes or for more relatable reference, hearing the name on Gossip Girl. Okay, enough of the sadness on to the glorious stripes.

Ugh! Even the shipping boxes had the stripes. I was very happy that I was able to get a few things from Bendels before it closed. Of course, I had to get something that had the famous brown and white stripes, and since I’m obsessed with phones case and small wallets, I couldn’t help myself to get these two things from good ol Henri Bendels.

And finally, the last thing is of course another wallet and phone case. Haha. I know it’s addiction. So here’s my new Kate spade wallet with matching phone case. This is the coolest thing ever. The phone can attach to the wallet and not fall out. And being a mom, I sometimes don’t want to carry my handbag around so this is perfect for a quick trip to the grocery store or daiso. Haha.

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Let The Loosing The Scissors & Tape Begin.

Hello beautifuls! Can y’all believe we are 11 days away from Christmas! I’m filled with excitement to see my sweet squishy open is presents this year. I didn’t go all out this year on the gifts like I did last year, the hubby and I agreed on going on a small vacation instead. So, our Christmas present is going to visit our close friends in Okinawa, Japan (it’s the Hawaii of Japan, haha). We are soo excited to see beautiful beaches and see our amazing friends in the spring. Even though, we didn’t go all out on gifts doesn’t mean theres nothing under our tiny tree. My parents obviously went all out this year and I can’t wait for him to open up his gifts. This year I didn’t just want to get him meaningless toys that I will be stepping on in the middle of the night. The hubby and I opened our Christmas gift a little early and have been using them ever since. So, my only focus was my squishy.

If y’all have a toddler and don’t know what to get them here are somethings I think are fun and easy way for them to learn and have fun.

1. Vtech activities table.

This turns into an easel for painting and has storage for more activities pads. Target is having a promotion on toys so, it’s the perfect time to grab this and some activities pages.

2. Activity pages.

The table includes some pages already, but they have more pages like animals, numbers, and so much more. These are also included in the promotion target is having on toys.

3. T-ball Bat and glove.

Jason will be 3 next June so, we will be putting him in t-ball. I couldn’t be more excited and my brothers are over the moon. Baseball is about the only sport that stuck. Since, we are planning on putting him in baseball, I though it was never too soon to get him a little bat and a glove. Hopefully he finds it enjoyable and would be interested in the playing with other kids and I would like to teach him the bat is to hit the ball not other kids. Haha.

4. Clothes!

You can never go wrong with clothes. My child is growing like there’s no tomorrow. So, he sure needs some jeans that don’t look like capris. Old Navy is one of my favorite places to shop for his clothes. They always have great sales and the clothes are really cute. My other favorite place is the MCX, the store on base.

5. Socks & Shoes.

Like, I said my child is growing like crazy so, socks and shoes are a great gift. I don’t know about y’all but, in my house it’s like his socks disappear into the air. Plus, it’s like a Christmas tradition to get socks. For his shoes I always buy his shoes a little bit bigger that way he can wear them for a little longer and let me tell you he wears the crap out of his shoes.

This year for Christmas we kind of wanted to pull a Christmas with the Kranks type of Christmas since, we were going away on a vacation. But, I love Christmas way too much to do that so it’s a small Christmas for us this year. Literally, it’s a small one for us. One Jason’s present is bigger than our tree hahaha! You can read all about that in my last post.

So, to all the moms and dads that are wrapping all those presents, good luck and I hope you can keep track of your scissors and tape. Happy wrapping!

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Favorite Fall Outfits.

Hello beautifuls! Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. We had a not so traditional Thanksgivings here in Japan. We were feeling a little down this year, it’s not easy being away from family around the holidays and I think this year it really hit us hard. We only have a year and a half left and it can’t come fast enough. So, for our Thanksgiving we went to Hiroshima and did a little shopping and ate out at a restaurant we’ve gone once before. It wasn’t the traditional thing to do, either way we had a good time and all that mattered was that we were together.

Now, that thanksgiving is over, we are fast approaching my favorite holiday of all, Christmas! In my home Christmas arrived the day after Halloween, meaning my decorations have been up since the first of November. There are still some thing I’m waiting for to come in and once they come in I’ll be doing a post on decorating for Christmas. Since, fall is over, well for me any. Haha. I wanted to show y’all some of my favorite fall outfits.

At the beginning of this year one of my goals was to step up my wardrobe and somewhat step out of my comfort zone. So, far I’ve been happy with my wardrobe, I can only hope that it will get better! Let’s get onto the outfits, shall we.

The first outfit is a purple tunic from forever21 with my Lily Pulitzer cardigan paired with basic black leggings and burgundy booties. Simple, yet cute.

Next outfit is one of my more comfortable outfits and a matching one with my squishy face. It was cute and comfy for our trip to the zoo. My rust color jacket is from target and wore some burgundy pants from the MCX and of course, what is comfort without uggs?

The following outfit is probably one of my favorite ones, ever! I have been seeing the animal print trend going around and I was scared on trying it but, I took the jump and went for it. No regrets! I absolutely love this look. All the pieces besides the top are from target, including my heels.

My last look was my thanksgiving outfit. Besides the previous look this one is also one of favs. Again, my coat is from target, the sweater is from a Japanese store called GU, the skirt is from forever21 and my booties from the MCX.

That’s all for my favorite fall looks. See y’all soon on my next blog!

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What I Got For My 25th Birthday.

Hey there beautifuls! As, y’all read from the title, I turned 25 on the 14th of this month. I thank God everyday for blessing me for another year. Each year I learn and grow as a person, whether it be as a wife, a mom, or an overall person. I’m extremely blessed to have been surrounded with my beautiful little family and great friends. They really made this birthday a great one, if it wasn’t for them I probably would’ve been in a ball crying and searching for the best eye cream there is. I know I’m just being dramatic but, in 5 years I’ll be 30, like whattt!?!? I know I’m going to blink and those years will fly on by. By then, I’ll get it together and just think about being “Thirty, Flirty, & Thriving.” Unlike the movie I won’t go back to being 13 years old with just a little bit of pixie dust. But, I sure don’t want to go back to being 13, UGH! Those are some cringeworthy years. Am I right? Anyway, let’s get to what I got for my birthday.

This year I was extremely spoiled by my husband, my parents, my friends, and myself. My amazing husband was not able to be here for my birthday, it was the first time he missed my birthday, but you know that’s the life of the military wife. He went all out like he always does and bought me a Louis Vuitton wallet to match my speedy. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’m so grateful for having a husband this amazing. Now, onto what I spoiled myself with. I felt like this year was a treat yourself year and that’s exactly what I did. I was able to spoil myself and I bought two things. A Louis Vuitton phone case and something that was on my dream board for sometime, what is it you may ask? Well, they are gold Chanel earrings! I’m so excited that I was able to buy these for myself. I mean look how gorgeous they are!

The next things I’ll show y’all, my parents and friends got me. My parents were sweet enough to send me a bunch of fall decor and a Longchamp, the decor isn’t pictured, because I was too excited and put them up. My bosses gave me a Fitbit, which I was so excited about, I have an Apple Watch but I just forget to charge it everyday and I don’t have to charge the Fitbit for a couple days. Yay! My nugget bestie kept me from having a meltdown about not having my hubby with me for my birthday, she really kept me together. She took me to get a cardio workout by shopping and gave me the cutest gift. She took me back to my Claire’s days and gave me a BFF koala necklace and some yummy macaroons from our favorite bakery. Finally, my amazing, Disney loving, my Serena to my Blair friend, sent me this cute backpack that is very popular in Japan, oh yes, she now lives in Japan too, but in a different part of Japan. I’m truly blessed to have amazing and loving parents and friends.

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