10 Things You May Not Know About Me

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10. I’m 5ft Short.

There are perks about being short, such as buying cheaper clothes in the kids section. Shoes in kid sizes are always cheaper than adult size shoes. When I trip over something, its not to far from the ground.

9. I can fully understand and somewhat speak Tagalog and Ilocano.

Yes, I am Filipino. My parents are from the Philippines and always spoke Ilocano in the home. My mom cooks the best Filipino food ever. I learned Tagalog from watching the Filipino Dramas on TV with my Mom. My parents casually talked Ilocano, but when they did’t want us to understand them, they spoke Tagalog. I soon started to understand because everyday after my mom came home from work, she turned on the Filipino channel. On the Filipino Channel, they always spoke Tagalog.

8. I wanted to be a Lawyer.

I always took criminal justice classes and political science classes in college. I have a degree in Public Administration with a Core in Justice. I worked in a law firm as a legal assistant for almost a year, and it was such a stressful environment. I realize the money is great, but being a lawyer literally kills your health with all the stress.

7. I like smashed Rice Krispie Treats.

Rice Krispie Treats are always better smashed. Try it out yourself. As a young kid, I would always try to make it paper thin, while it was still in its wrapper. I would even step on them, to get them really thin. Since its smashed, it becomes longer so you have more to enjoy.

6. I’m allergic to Shellfish.

When I was about 8 years old, my family and I ate crab every day for a week. All of a sudden I had an allergic reaction and I was covered with hives. I remember my Dad use to dive in the ocean to get lobster, and now I can enjoy lobster. I know I live in Hawai’i and I’m always surround with shellfish. I guess you can say I’m a cheap date.

5. I used to play the piano.

I started to play the piano when I was in the 3rd grade. When I got to high school, it was hard to juggle between piano lessons and sports. So I stuck with sports. I do want to learn how to play the piano again, so if you have tips for me I would greatly appreciate it.

4. I tore my ACL.

I tore my ACL in my left knee. It was my senior year in High School, and it was our qualifying game for States. I went up to hit the ball, and I landed the wrong way. At first I didn’t feel any pain and all I felt was a snap in my knee. I did try to play again the next night, but my knee was just not moving the right way. I didn’t get a ACL reconstruction until 2 years after because I wanted to play tennis during my senior year. I guess you can say I played tennis with a torn ACL.

3. I like watching Pimple Popping Videos.

It so interesting to watch Pimple Videos, like Dr. Pimple Popper. I guess I like dissecting into things. I can watch a whole 15 minutes video of pure pimple video without feeling bored at all. I guess its a feeling of getting rid of something bad that you don’t need. I don’t have lots of pimples, but I sometimes like picking my husband’s pimples.

2. I served a Full Time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Yes, I am Mormon. I served 18 months as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I served in Salt Lake Temple Square. I was able to meet people from all over the world such as Brazil, Taiwan, Canada, Germany, Chile, Philippines, and many place. It was all service and I never had so much love for people I just met. Being a Mormon means more than just a title, but its about a devotion of love and service to help people. Its being who you are and loving life because I do have a guidance to where I need to be and where I need to go.

1. I’m married!

My husband is 6ft and 6 inches tall. He is Caucasian. We are the most physically looking opposites. We have people do a double take when they see us holding hands in a mall. He has blonde hair and I have black hair. I’m tan and he is white. Although we look so different, we are sync with each other. We are both open with trying different foods from different cultures. We love the outdoors and sports. We met at a Church Study class, and I was really shy when I first met home. So my Uncle talked to him, and the rest was history.

This are 10 things you probably didn’t know about me! I may not be a celebrity, or have any super powers. I think I’m pretty unique in my own unique way.

What are some random facts about yourself? Do you like watching pimple popping videos? Have you seen a missionary before?

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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Where have I been?

Trade winds

I guess I should not even complain about the weather in Hawai’i. If you plan to come to Hawai’i, the best time is when the trade winds are here. Having air conditioning in your home/apartment is a luxury. No joke, it’s a luxury to have air conditioning. When I walk into a home with air conditioning, I’ll be your best friend during the summer. When we have the trade winds going, its Hawai’i season changing. Its the best time of the year! The nights are nice and cool, and cuddling with your spouse does not make you sweat.

SeneGence

I really enjoy being part of this team. I told myself I will stick with it for at least a year. It can be discouraging when no one is really interested in your games on Facebook. Just imagine successful people on YouTube, they all had to start somewhere. They probably started with 5 views and now they may have 50,000 views. Now, I started doing some Live videos on Faceook and trying on the products. Its totally a step out of my comfort zone. I don’t even like watching the replay of my videos. From being a independent distributor, I need to just have fun with it and not try so hard to sell the product. I never want to be the friend to just text you to ask you to buy a product because I’m pretty sure people who just avoid my calls or text messages if I did that to them.

Dupixent

I have been on Dupixent for about 2 months now! I can’t tell you enough how much this medicine has helped me in so many ways. I don’t feel so hesitant with eating dairy or even trying different types of lotions. Having eczema can get pretty expensive, I would try all these different lotions and even shampoos. Now, I just use one lotion and Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 and I’m perfectly fine. My scalp is not so itchy anymore. One thing I have notice though, is how quick I’m losing hair. I have thin hair, so now I have even fewer hair strands. I’ve been part of a Dupixent FB group and a lot of them are losing their hair from TSW (Topical Steroid Withdrawl). I didn’t use Topical Steroid much before Dupixent, except when I had a flare up.

Seriously, I lost a lot of strands of my hair. I still have eye brows, which a good thing. In all honesty, I feel like I’m losing my hair because my body is going through a big change. Eczema has been such a big part of my life. I had Eczema since I was 8. Now on Dupixent, I have smooth skin and this smooth skin is such a foreign feeling. Its the best foreign feeling ever!

Interviews

Okay, so has anyone been in an group interview? Well this past Monday was my first time ever having a group interview. I had 6 people from different departments who all had their own questions to ask me. I felt like people were throwing baseballs at me from all different directions, I felt like I caught some really well compared to others.

Do you have tips for group interviews?

I think I did pretty well, but I know there were a lot of people going for this position. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I’ll leave it up to the Lord to take care of the rest. Since graduating from College, I’m continuously trying to find which career path to take. I know I want to be around people, and helping those people around me. I’ve been through a lot of job interviews, and I feel like I’m still learning. Whether or not I get the job, I know there are most opportunities out there. But can you all pray for me?

What are some careers you are in, and you most definitely love?

I’ll try to be more consistent with my blogging.  One of the questions during my interview was “do you know how to use WordPress?” When they first asked that question, I really didn’t know until my brain had to do a google search.

So anyways, Happy Halloween everyone! I’ll try to post more pictures. This past weekend, I had an allergic reaction on my face. I tried a night time moisturizer and when I woke up, I looked like I had a sunburn on my face. It was horrible and it hurt so much. I’m glad its healing now, so I’ll try to take more pictures.

Love you all!

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Stepping Stones

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Dupixent Update!

What has everyone been up to? I have been so busy in the past two weeks with projects and small stepping stones. Let me tell you, my skin feels so much better! I’ve been on Dupixent for about a month and few days. It feels really nice to be able to wear shirts and not worry about my skin being in pain. One of the places I had it bad was on my scalp. My scalp now doesn’t have any scabs from my eczema. Behind my neck was just as bad, and now its totally clear. There are few spots that is still dry, and my arms still have an uneven skin tone. I’m sure over time it will just tan.

Looking back and my pictures from a month ago, it makes me cringe. I know it was something I had to go through and gave me so much will power for trials ahead. Stepping stones to move forward and not regret any experiences. People may have their concerns with using a new drug, but I actually feel like I have so much more energy and self confidence now. I do have some scars from having eczema and it reminds me of how far I came and to just being happy in my own skin.

LipSense

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Yea, you all probably heard about SeneGence. Well I’m part of this organization with a beauty line guaranteed to beautify any women. I love their long lasting lip color, and I can’t wait to use their other products.

I know its about building a team, but honestly I feel like these sisters on the team has been so supportive. There are girls who are less than a year in the business and they reached their 1 Million mark. It would nice to shoot for 1 Million mark, but I’m going to enjoy the business and not get so obsessed with sales.

Before starting SeneGence, I just felt like I needed to do more. I graduated with my Bachelor Degree last year, and right now my husband is going to school. I thought about going to grad school, but I knew it would be tough with our schedules and going to work full time. I also have a student loan that I just want to go away. I don’t want to accumulate anymore money on my loan.

My cousin started to sell LipSense and I thought about how she was enjoying herself and all the colors are so beautiful. I took the leap of faith to sign up and start learning about all these products. It feels such a great feeling to learn about products in order to share what I learn about these products. I haven’t seen a big commission check, but I’m enjoying the ride. In one training from one of the up line sisters, she said “Faith it till you make it”. I totally believe in having faith in all things you do, otherwise you wont get far. If you are thinking about trying any SeneGene products you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @livealohabeauty.

Carnival

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Our Church has a carnival with just basic games. Let me just tell you, I won the grand prize of Chocolate kisses! There was basically a bunch of kisses in a mason jar, and we had to guess how many kisses were in the jar. I was actually one of the last people to guess a number.  I guessed 137, and I got it exactly on the dot.

I also lost horribly and the whip cream game. But my husband did pretty good. You ask me why am I writing about our carnival experience. Well although it wasn’t planned out so great, I changed my attitude to enjoy my time. I was grateful to have talk with friends and to just laugh and let loose. I didn’t care about embarrassing myself because it was all for laughs. Life is to be enjoyed while trying.

I hope you all have a great week. I was thinking about all my readers. Is there anything thing I could improve on?

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Sunday Dinner

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Tonight we ate dinner at the Bishop’s home. Bishop is called to lead the congregation in a certain district or area. His home has a beautiful view. When you walk into their home, all you see is the ocean. They had a lanai (porch) and it was large enough to fit about 20 people and the sound of waves crashing was priceless.

Dinner was amazing. We had fluffy Brazilian rice and beans, cucumber and tomato salad, and steaks. I can not forget about the steaks and the grilled pineapple. Even if I was so full, I could not pass up the grilled pineapple. They had put some brown sugar glaze on the pineapples while they were on the grill. It was just yummy. The view and the vibe of sitting outside on the lanai makes all the difference. The family hosting and making dinner are from Brazil, so they know how to cook delicious food.

What is your favorite Brazilian food?

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Service Project

My brother in law is trying to get his Eagle Scout project done before he turns 18. Eagle Scout project has to be done before a scout turns 18. So 6 days before his 18th birthday, he organized a service project. His service project was to clean up a green house over at Keehi Memorial Lagoon.

So this past Saturday, we went to Keehi Memorial Lagoon. Since living in Laie, we have to think twice about planning our time in town because of the drive. I know driving an hour to a place and another hour back home isn’t a lot for other people. For people living in Hawai’i, driving an hour is a long time. In all honesty, I sometimes enjoy having the luxury of living the country to go into the city.

Keehi Memorial Lagoon is actually a really pretty place, and I’ve never been to this place before. This place has different venues for parties and the landscape is well kept. While the men were putting up the lumber, I took a walk to look around and took some pictures. The landscape is beautiful and it was a nice day in general. The trade winds picked up, so it’s not as humid during the day.

Are you an Eagle Scout?

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North Shore Tacos

I know I have written a review on this restaurant but it was on our way back home to Laie. North Shore Tacos is located in Hauula. While my husband was driving back home, he asked where should we have dinner. This question totally helped me wake up from on drive back home. Long car rides are just soothing, and I tend to fall asleep even if the car rides is 20 minutes or more.

So this time I decided to try the Nachos. I got the shredded chicken nachos. It was not my favorite. I guess I felt like there was not a lot of chicken on the nachos. I’m use to cheese being more creamy and not so much of a solid on chips. It just seemed like a clump of cheese on chips.

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Dupixent update

My stomach and back area has improved so much from when I stated. Its been about 9 days since my first dosage. I did have some red flare ups on my hands. I think its because I stopped using topical steroids. I usually used topical steroids on my hands, because they can get bad. My face does feel a little better, but I do have some dry or flaky areas on my face and arms. I feel like my skin has a strong barrier. So before if I would scratch, I would easily be able to open up my skin but now its not so sensitive.

Those who are looking into starting Dupixent. I would say to at least try and see the difference yourself. Each person has a different but so the experience will be different. For my situation, I did try everything in order to have smooth skin. So this is my last resort and its definitely working. I still feel eating well determines how your skin reacts. I’m not so strict on not eating dairy or meat since being on Dupixent, but I think the reason why there a flare up on my hand, is probably because I’ve been eating dairy.

I’ve been feeling a little more confident on wearing short sleeve shirts. I would always wear shirts that had a 3/4 sleeves or more. I use to have red blotches or dry skin on my arms, but now my skin is becoming more smooth. I’m hoping my skin tone on my arms even out in the future.

Are you on Dupixent? How is you skin been on Dupixent? Or do you have a friend who has eczema?

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Dupixent

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How was your week?

Remember when I mentioned or talked about my GPC or my eye infection? This week I had to visit my eye doctor again on Wednesday. I live in Laie and I needed to drive to Honolulu. I think this is one of the cons about living in Laie is driving an hour into town for certain appointments. My eye appointment went actually well and its at a #2. I mean to say #2 because when you have GPC under your eye lids, the optometrist scale it from 1-4 which 4 is the worst. A month and a half ago my GPC was at a #4++, it was off the charts but now its at a #2.  I can wear contact lenses once a week for less than 8 hours. It’s just a step up because I do miss wearing contact lenses. Honestly, I still did not use my contact lenses because I wanted my eyes to heal before I start using my contact lenses again.

I mentioned to my husband about the hardships of wearing glasses all the time. I shouldn’t complain because I’m glad I have a great pair of glasses. Some commons hardships is when you are in an air-conditioned building and you walk outside in the humid your glasses fog up. Or when you are baking something in the oven and you open the oven door, then boom you glasses fog up again. I know sometimes when it’s just humid outside and you are talking to someone, sometimes my glasses would fog up and I would get embarrassed.

Good thing about my trip into town, I was able to go with my Sweden friend who needed to buy some loose-fitting clothes. Well we of course stopped by a thrift shop because it’s so inexpensive and they have lots of clothes. We shopped at Savers, and I have no problem with telling people I shop at a thrift shop because shopping in Hawai’i can be really expensive. At times, I rather buy clothes from Amazon or from an online shop because they have great deals. There are even lava lavas you could buy from a thrift shop. If you want to buy Hawaiian print clothing, I would recommend going to the Saturday market. Its cheaper at the Market and you get buy other Hawaii goods and even food. If you end up going to the Market, it’s located at the Aloha Stadium here on Oahu.

Neogen Dermatology: Green Tea Real Fresh Foam

This is an amazing cleanser, and it smells really nice. The instructions mentioned you can use one or two pumps, but honestly all you need is one pump and it goes a long way. This cleanser really felt moisturizing and did not dry up my skin at all.  It’s for people who have oil, sensitive, and dry skin. I have both dry and sensitive skin, and I had no bad reactions using this product, so I highly recommend this product.

I first went on Memebox and compared the prices for this product. Memebox website has skin care products and make up products, and they compare prices from different websites.

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Dupixent

Have you heard of Dupixent? So I have eczema, and I had eczema ever since I was 8 years old until now. When I was 8 years old till middle school it was really bad. I remember my Mom wishing she could take it away from me. I did not want to wear clothing that would reveal my eczema skin. It was mainly behind my knees and on my arms and hands but it was so bad. While in High School, playing high school sports really helped my eczema not flare up. I think it was from exercising and it helped my immune system become strong. Going to College it started to get bad because I wasn’t exercising as much as I did in High School. I would get it again behind my legs and arms, so of course I started to use steroid creams and they would thin my skin out and leave white blotches on my skin. Living in Hawai’i, it’s warm and humid, and sweat agitated my eczema. So exercising outside is hard because if I had an open sore, it would make it really itchy.

Let me say, I read so many reviews about Dupixent right after my Allergist told me about this drug. Although its new, I didn’t have anything to lose because I tried everything to heal my eczema.

Dupixent was just FDA approved in February. According to National Eczema Association, “Dupixent works by blocking a type of protein called an interleukin, or IL, from binding to their cell receptors. Interleukins contribute to a functioning immune system by helping to fight off viruses or bacteria in our bodies. When the immune system goes haywire, it can trigger certain ILs to mistakenly attack the body, resulting in chronic inflammatory conditions such as atopic dermatitis.

Dupixent works on two interleukins thought to contribute to atopic diseases: IL-4 and IL-13. By blocking IL-4 and IL-13 from binding to the receptors, Dupixent curbs the immune system over-reaction that results in atopic dermatitis. A calmed immune system leads to fewer and/or less severe symptoms of AD.

People who suffer from eczema have found relief in this drug. Of course each person has a different body and the drug reacts differently for each person.

Injections

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This past Friday was my first dosage for Dupixent, and since it was my first time I need to inject myself with two syringes. I’m not afraid of shots but giving myself a shot was something I could not do, so my husband had to give me my two shots. I felt like I was one of those people on YouTube, who almost fainted when a nurse was going to give them a shot but in comparison with giving myself my shot. Just the thought of giving myself my own shot made me scared and husband took the initiative and asked to do give the shot for me.

I’m 3 day from taking my first dosage. I don’t see major signs of improvement. Most of my eczema is seen on my arms, with dry blotches and bumps. I do have eczema on my tummy and back and legs. My skin still feels and looks the same, but I know everyone has different results with Dupixent. I decided to not use my steroid cream but just my steroid free ointment on my dry areas. I also stopped taking Zyrtec before bed because I don’t like feeling so groggy in the morning.

I wasn’t able to take a clear picture of the syringes and the box but I’ll be getting my next shot in 2 weeks. So Dupixent is a prescription used every two weeks and they call it maintenance shots after your first shots. I’ll try to remember to take a better photo of the syringes.

So do you know someone who has Eczema?

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Happy Birthday!

This week was my Husband’s birthday. Since my Husband lived in Germany for 2 years and understands and speaks German, we made German food. Well as German as we can get in Hawai’i. We tried to find tried sausage, so we just got Salami. My husband made rotkohl – some king of dish that is like sauerkraut. He also made broetchen, which is bread rolls. Most of the ingredients to make broetchen are in your kitchen. It sorta reminds me of French bread but bread rolls size. I also made German Chocolate cupcakes, which I know is not German at all. We had left over cupcakes and so we shared them with our neighbors.  All in all, it was a great birthday feast. If you want the recipes for broetchen and rotkohl, I’ll be more than happy to share them with you.

Island Buffet

My mom came to visit, along with my sister and younger brother. My mom wanted to celebrate my husband’s birthday, since she was not here on the actually day of my Husband’s birthday. Since we live in Laie, we went to the Island Buffet at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I had a friend who works at the Buffet and he was able to give us a really good discount. I think we paid about $15 per person to eat at the buffet. Honestly, it’s a reasonable price compared to any other buffet on the island. The buffet included roast beef, white rice, brown rice, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, kalua pork, grilled fish, coconut milk with banana, fried chicken and I’m pretty sure there is more on the food line. There was also bread rolls, there was a taro bread roll and a poppy-seed bread roll. I love the taro bread roll, and if you wait too long its the first thing to go out. For desserts, there was bread pudding, which was sorta a tri flavored bread pudding which included taro. Other desserts were pineapple bars, haupia (coconut jelly), and chocolate cake. There was a salad bar, but I honestly did not know there was one because it was sorta in a distance from the food line. The salad bar has different types and fruits and salad. All in all, I think we got our money worth for the buffet.

There is also another buffet at the PCC and its call Prime dinning. I think the big differences between Prime Dining and Island buffet is prime ribs, crab legs, and an ice cream bar, and they bring your drinks to you. I do not know the price for the Prime Dinning buffet, so I do need research on the prices. Hopefully I’ll have a reason to go to Prime Dinning and I’ll have a price and a review.

Skin Care

These past two weeks I have been researching Korean Skin Care products. Skin care products in generally are expensive and way out of my price range. Each week, I will try to review a skin care product that won’t break the bank. I decided to first go with Korean Skin Care products because lately there has been a lot of reviews on Korean Skin Care products. I wanted to take a shot at trying these products out. Before I receive these products, I tried to do a little research on where to find these products.

Soko Glam

Soko glam website offers skin care kits that include the 10 step and a 5 step. The 10 step is about $199 and the basic 5 step is about $115. These prices do not included tax and shipping or any discounts. Although they had great reviews, I just could not spend $200 on skin care products. You can buy the products separately without getting the whole 10 step Skin Care routine. There was great reviews on the 10 step and 5 step skin routine. They also have different skin routine based on your skin type.

Peach and Lily

Peach and Lily offer a 10 step skin care regimen, but its price as well. They have many great products with great reviews. I didn’t but anything from the website but when I do, I’ll have a review.

Memebox

After researching the 10 step Korean skin care routine, I decided to shop for products to have my own skin care routine. Memebox use to be a subscription skin care and make up box but they closed their warehouse. What they do now is have skin care and make up products and show where you can find them and what the price from each website. This is where I went to find and research which products would meet my needs for a reasonable price.

Amazon

This is where I went to order all my skin care products. I was able to all get free shipping since I have Amazon prime. Products which did not have free shipping, I just researched for another product similar to what I wanted. They will all arrive this coming week, and I honestly can’t wait to try these products out and have a review.

I do wear make up at time but I wanted to find skin care products for a reasonable price because make up won’t look too good if your natural skin needs attention. I have eczema and some times my dried skin makes my makeup look flaky. Also, since I just got married and my husband is a college student, I know I need to be frugal.

What are some way you are frugal with beauty products?

I am not sponsored by the Polynesian Cultural center, Soko Glam, Peach and Lily, and Amazon to write this review. 

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Modesty

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This week I couldn’t go to work on a Wednesday because my left eye was swollen from my allergies. My eyes gets really agitated in the middle of the night and prevents me from going back to bed right away. I have a couple restless nights because of my eye allergies. Having GPC under my eye lids can be uncomfortable at night, so I end up just staying awake until my eyes feel better. I know it’ll heal but when there are nights when it just hurts, my faith is tested. Last night I slept pretty well and no pain in my eyes. So there is progress!

I live in Laie on the on-campus married housing at BYU Hawai’i. It’s just so interesting how people  still wear clothing against Church Standards. I totally understand its hot in Hawai’i and its summer time, but I feel like modesty on campus should be a common sense thing. I guess people think otherwise.

Hawai’i is filled with so many beautiful people, and I feel women don’t need to show off so much skin in order to feel beautiful. Also, there are clothing that help you feel cool without showing so much of your booty or your boobies. One of the things I want to start doing on this blog, is share some Modesty with Hawai’i. I say Modesty with Hawai’i because we can share the Aloha while wearing modest clothing. I also want to try and find clothing sites or stores that won’t break the bank. I feel like a lot of modest clothing comes with a price, but I wouldn’t it be great to not have to spend so much money to cover up a little?

Enough with modest and style. I attend an activity tonight about the importance of Charity. I’ve notice the people who volunteer to help, are the people who don’t complain about their lives or about others. It was sweet because this one women, who lives two doors down in our apartment complex mentioned how I’m always sharing my cooking with others. I always said a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. 😉 Charity may not always mean giving money, donations, but simply lending a hand or lending a ear. There are people who just wants someone to talk with.

Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday, and I wanted to get him so many things. He didn’t want me to buy him much, since we are trying to save up our money for out trip to Germany next year. He is just to sweet because decided he wanted to cook for his birthday. Guess what we will be having? German Food!!! Well its not totally German, because we can’t find all the German food in the U.S. So we got Salami, bratwurst, ingredients to make rotkohl, and lastly my husband will be making broetchen rolls. He just learned how to make them today, and it sorta had the texture of French Bread.

I’ll update you all on how our dinner tomorrow night. What is you favorite thing to eat for your birthday?