Kauai Life: Week In Review


This week we put up our Christmas tree. It looks beautiful but its leaning forward at a dangerous angle and every morning I come downstairs I’m actually relieved to see it still standing. The solution is to get a bigger tree stand, but that’s not as fun as waiting to see when the inevitable will happen. I’ll keep you posted (because I know you’re dying to hear about it).


This is Janey and her friend Kalia at her favorite place to get an after-school snack meal, Genki Sushi. This girl is only eleven but she eats like a 16-year-old boy. After this meal at Genki Sushi she ate two more dinners and dessert before she went to bed. Growing girl, I guess.


Because everyone needs a Top Secret UV Pen. This is mine.


I grabbed this shot from the restaurant window on Saturday night. I’m kind of obsessed with the Kauai sky, as you can tell.

I’ve managed to do a little Christmas shopping online so far, but I saw somewhere (probably Face Book) that there are, like, sixteen shopping days left until Christmas. Not cool. I need more time, please.

Hope you have a great week and it’s not too cold and snowy where you are!



SOAP & GLORY A Great Kisser


I picked up this pot of Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Moisture Balm at Sephora a couple months ago and haven’t stopped licking my lips since.

The Juicy Peach flavor smells and tastes like, well, a juicy peach, and I can’t get enough of it.  I do have to disagree with Soap & Glory calling this a balm because it’s definitely more glossy than balm-y.  I generally don’t like a sticky lip product but in this case I don’t mind, the smell and taste is THAT DELICIOUS.

Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Moisture Balm is available online at Sephora for $10.

PS- Bailey just bought this in the Vanilla Bean flavor and she said it’s definitely not as good as Juicy Peach. 

On the Agenda: 2014


I hate to be the bearer of bad (good?) news, but I’m sure you saw this coming. I mean, if you stepped anywhere near a retail outlet last weekend you know for certain that the holiday season is upon us…a clear marker that the end of 2013 is near.

What better way to get organized and gear up for new endeavors than with a brand new agenda? After all, nothing says new beginnings and endless possibilities like a fresh, blank calendar.

Being a paper/notebook/calendar junkie, it has been impossible to stay loyal to any one brand through the years. Aside from that single stretch devoted to Franklin Covey from 1996-2003, I’ve flitted around and courted many many agendas. I’ve even been known to break up with my calendar halfway through the year because I come across a brighter, prettier, more blank version. I’m super fickle like that.

And because of my fickle tendencies, I have yet to decide on an agenda for 2014, but I’m finally down to a handful that survived the first cut:

1. Smythson Soho Diary with Slide: The bright pink version of the style shown above was my 2011 agenda and I was desperately in love with it. The pages are oh so delicate and the entire book just feels fancy. If weren’t for the price, this would be my number one pick year after year. But, yeah. The price.

2. May Designs Customized Agenda: I just recently came across this website that feels similar to ErinCondren.com (a favorite for personalized stationery, stickers, notebooks, etc…) but less overwhelming. It’s so fun to select your pattern, typography and background colors and these agendas are incredibly affordable, especially when they’re on sale (as I found out this weekend when I placed my order and everything I purchased was 50% off).

3. Kate Spade 2014 Agenda: I haven’t seen this agenda in person but I like that it has an interior pocket and elastic band closure. I’m also drawn to the celebrations and notes features, and let’s not deny the cuteness that is the spattering of roses across the cover.

4. Green Paisley Monthly Planner: Sadly the little island where I live doesn’t have a Barnes and Noble, my most favorite book store where I’ve been known to spend days on end perusing the stationery section. This adorable paisley agenda is available in-store only so you can’t get it online, but it would make the perfect gift for a co-worker.

5. Whitney English Day Designer: I’m pretty sure my final decision for 2014 is going to come down to the Smythson Soho Diary and the Whitney English Day Designer (not shown here). I love that the Day Designer has eight different worksheets designed to help you narrow down your purpose and passions into key areas to apply to a daily executable plan. Also, at $55 it’s considerably less expensive than the Smythson and not a huge price to pay for help in executing my purpose and passion!

I’ll be ready for 2014 before I know it.

Kauai Life: Week In Review

This week we celebrated Thanksgiving, my least favorite holiday.


I mostly dislike this holiday because it reminds me of my dad, who has been gone for nearly six years already. His birthday is usually within days of Thanksgiving (this year it happens to be today) and every year since he died I find myself in a funk on this day. Also, I don’t really like turkey all that much.

I’m sure my dad would be bummed to see me moping around on his birthday. But since it’s raining and gloomy in Kauai today, it’s the perfect excuse for me to just pull the covers over my head and miss him.


We did make some rhubarb pies at my mom’s on Wednesday night, and that was fun. The pie was too tart for the girls, but I actually liked it.


I also captured this beautiful sunset from my bedroom window one night this week, I can’t remember which one:


The highlight of my week was watching one of my favorite babies for a few hours yesterday. (Wait. Who am I kidding? Every baby is my favorite baby.) Poor Janey had been out Black Friday shopping with Bree until 3am and then woke up at 5:30 am with me when the baby came over. Now that is a dedicated babysitter.



I saw this on Twitter and took a screen shot. I’m sharing it here in case you ever think that I don’t care. Because I totally do.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones.


Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque


As I get older I’m fearful of causing an uproar on my sensitive face and instead choose to play it safe where my skincare is concerned. This means using the gentlest products with the least reactive ingredients and sticking to my tried and true regimen.

That is, unless someone I know and trust convinces me otherwise. In this case, it was Bree that insisted my life was not worth living until I tried the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.

Bree has flawless, amazing 21-year-old skin so I wasn’t sure I needed to believe her when she described how this mask made her skin feel after the first time she tried it. “Mom, I’m not even kidding. This is the best product I’ve put on my face EVER,” she told me the day after her first application.

Having sensitive skin that reacts in strange and unusual ways to pretty much anything I put on it makes me very leery of masks. Especially clay masks that tend to dry out my skin and leave it feeling tight and irritated. For the sake of keeping my face happy, I may have responded, “that’s nice, honey” and went about my routine without giving it a second thought.

As the weeks went on and Bree continued to sing the praises of this Kiehl’s mask, I could no longer ignore her raving recommendation without trying it for myself. I mean, she was saying things like ”It tightens every pore and makes my skin feel so soft and smooth” and “I can’t believe we didn’t know about this sooner.”

So, in the name of beauty and all that it represents in our lives, we set forth and took one for the MakeupBag team:


Just kidding.

Bree, Janey and I slathered that mask on and waited ten minutes to see what would happen (while taking selfies to occupy ourselves, naturally.)

Janey's face! Haha!

Janey’s face! Haha!

I was immediately surprised that my skin didn’t sting as I had expected it to. And even as the mask started to dry, I didn’t feel like my skin was cracking or turning to brittle.


After ten minutes we followed the instructions to remove the mask (with a warm, wet washcloth) and my skin was left feeling smooth and supple and not the least bit dry and tight. I can’t quite testify that my pores have minimized but my face definitely feels and looks good.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque claims to purify with mineral-rich Amazonian White Clay and is best suited for normal to oily skin types. It is available online at Kiehls.com for $23