Blog Stuff

To my fellow bloggers who may be wondering why I unfollowed them on Bloglovin’, I just want to say I have signed up for your email feed and/or have you on either Twitter or Instagram and am wiping my Bloglovin’ account to see if that is what is causing the issues I’ve been having with viewing WordPress posts and not being able to leave comments on your awesome blogs.

(Yes, I have contacted them to have the issue resolved but they have not seemed to be able to figure it out)

I’m still a fan and follower, just not through that site.

Blog on!

To my followers on Bloglovin’ :  You are invited to follow me on WordPress or via email, I do value all of you so much.

Liebster Award Thingy


Yamanashi Kei nominated me for this award though I’m certainly not a new blogger haha, she has a lovely blog about being an American who travels to Japan and has newly married her Japanese husband.  Check her out!

Her Questions for Me:

  1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why?

The first thing that comes to mind is Nagano, Japan.  We spent Christmas there and it was magical.  The snow, the ryokan, the private rooftop onsen, the monkeys, the food, the evening entertainment.  It was amazing.  I blogged about it here.

2.  What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Depends what you consider strange I suppose.  Strange, unusual – never something I’d ever think of eating – maybe the Stingray fin and it was delicious.  Strange, gross…maybe raw Octopus  – it’s slimy and difficult to chew.

3.  What is your favorite book and why?

Probably Mists of Avalon – it’s a story of King Arthur but told from the Lady of Lake’s perspective, kinda.

I also have a love for Diana The Huntress … definitely a teen book which is when I read it but I fell in love with the story and that she had my name. lol  Corny I know.

4.  Have you ever studied or lived abroad? Where?

Living in Japan currently.

5.  If you were to live abroad in a completely different country, where would you pick and why?

If I had a choice of anywhere maybe the UK.  I’ve just always wanted to go there, see the history, fashion and I can mostly understand them.

6.  If you were an animal, what would you be?

A hawk.  Flying free and able to hunt my own food.  Sounds good to me.

7.  If you could learn a new language, what language would you pick?

Italian, I guess… and I still might.

8.  What is the theme song to your life?

No idea, my life changes a lot… so maybe Changes by David Bowie ?   🙂

9.  What is your fondest childhood memory?

Playing with my brother Vince.  He was a fun guy.

10.  Do you have a must-see movie recommendation?

Depends what genre you want to go with.  RomCom maybe The Holiday.  Comedy maybe Arthur (Dudley Moore original).

11.  Do you prefer a quiet night at home or do you go out and party the night away?

Depends on the night.  I love a good party but sitting home reading a book is a nice night for me as well.


I’m supposed to nominate others for this but they are asking for only new bloggers or those with a small following (which I fall under I guess), but I don’t really follow any active bloggers who would do these award things.  So, I’ll just leave it here.

These aren’t really awards, more just introducing bloggers to other bloggers.

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award Thingy

I was nominated by skinjolee for the below “award”:

sotwbaI don’t normally do these but in an effort to support her and her new blog where she is documenting the progress of treating her hormonal acne, I’ll be happy to answer her questions below.

Questions She is asking:

1. What are your top 3 makeup essentials that you can’t live without

It’s going to sound boring but my Cherry ChapStick is a must have.  If they ever discontinue the original ChapStick I’ll be in trouble.  Most other lip balms cause my lips to get irritated and sore.  Other than that, if I have my eyelashes curled and made lovely with mascara I am a happy camper.  My all time favorite mascara is Lancome’s Definicils (pictured in trial size because I’m out of the full size and I’m trying a Japanese mascara that I picked up in town, Heroine but not a big fan).

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2. What made you start your blog

We found out we were being sent overseas to Japan, my blog was created to document preparing for and living abroad and to share my experiences with my family and friends.

3. Lipstick or lip gloss

Lipstick – Currently I’m a matte fan but not long ago I was a gloss fan so it fluctuates.

4. Coolest experience

This is a hard one.  Living in Japan has given me a lot of great experiences but I’ll have to go with my wedding.  We got married in Las Vegas, on his motorcycle at the drive through window of Little White Wedding Chapel.

me and dupre'

me n dupre

Please excuse the helmet hair, haha!

5. Favorite healthy food (for weight loss)

Hmm…maybe cucumber.  It’s great in a salad, in water, on your face. haha

Almonds as well…can I have two?  Oh and Salmon!  Ok that’s three, I’ll stop now.

6. Favorite drug store brand

Rimmel maybe?  Not sure I have a favorite to be honest.

7. Dream vacation

A month in England, Scotland and Ireland.

8. Beauty tip to live by (best beauty tip)

I don’t know that I’m qualified to give beauty advice but maybe to make up your own mind, be unique.  There are so many suggestions and people saying use this, buy that, this is a must have but the truth is every face and skin is different.   Sometimes it’s trial and error till you find something that works but just because something is marketed a lot and bloggers are paid to give it a review doesn’t mean its right for you.

9. Favorite style icon

I don’t think I have one.  I like some things some do but not often everything.  This might be something I am still working on.  I do follow Kate Hudson on Instagram though and love her style.

10. Favorite way to relieve stress

Reading a good book I suppose.  I can get really into a good story and everything else melts away.

Now I think I’m supposed to nominate some people too:

Samara – cuz you are cray cray in a good way

Eda – cuz you live in Japan and I’d love to see what you say

Brey – cuz you’re cute and in the beauty blogging stuff

Ned – you’re cute too but you should definitely be on this list.

Shirley – cuz I want you back blogging. 🙂 

Same questions as above.

“Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognizes the unique voices of women bloggers around the world.”

3 Years And Half A World Away

Apparently, it was three years ago today that I started this blog.  Three years!?  Really, it doesn’t seem that long.

The blog was born to document and share with family and friends our moving to Japan which I think I have achieved fairly well.  With the digital age, we don’t really have a bunch of photos to flip through when we visit everyone to show what we’ve been up to and really who wants to lug all those around?  The blog was a great way to share our adventures and it has brought me out of my hate for being photographed a bit, so double win!

I hope those who follow for real have enjoyed my digital diary so far.  Come 2016 the blog will transition into Moving to and enjoying Hawaii!

Kampaii and Aloooooha!