Thursday, September 27, 2012

There she is...

There have been zero crafty projects at our house the last few weeks, but the creativity was not lacking.  We've been busy helping Bubba's aunty "Titah"  (as Bubba calls her) run for Miss Polynesia Pacific 2013 here in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

It was a great opportunity for my sister, Sina, to push her creativity and designs out to the local market and something completely OUT-OF-THE-BOX for her to do, so, as one never to back down from a challenge, she entered and competed this past Sunday.

Sina is a creator.  She doesn't take to things easily bought off store shelves to describe her personality and represent her talents.  So, naturally, she designed, conceptualized, and made several of her pageant entries herself.  Tell me who does that in pageants these days???

Sadly, she did not win, but she did put on one heck-of-a show for her supporters and the judges. 

Here are some pictures (I did NOT take these, they were taken by family and other pageant attendees and posted to my sister's Facebook page):

My FAVORITE pic so far of her from that night.  Fierce is the only word that comes to mind. :)

A collage of pictures of Sina's talent: A contemporary Samoan dance based on the Teine Sa, or Spirit Women of Samoa

My sister in the evening gown she designed and created, with a multi-tier detachable skirt from a local contact in the pageant circuit.
Our parents. :)  Aren't they cute?

Sina in her submission for the Natural Couture category.  Top to bottom, the dress is made of tapa, laufala (strips of dried pandanus leaves), and shells.  I'll have to find a better picture where you can see the details of this amazing garmet she made.
So, while she didn't win the crown, I think she received something better.  The pageant gave her a new avenue to reach the local market with her exceptional talents.  She has creative designs and applies a high standard of quality to everything she makes.  She's a genius in her own right, and I couldn't be more thankful to be her big sister.  :) 
Look out for more pics of these beautiful garments in coming posts. 
Until next time,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WBS' first giveaway!

{In case anyone was asking this question since I've been a little M.I.A. lately. :)}

The answer is: YES.  Bubba has been sleeping.  I, on the other hand, have not been.  There's just been SO much going on in the last month that I've barely been able to check email let alone draft a blog post. 

I know--Bad Blogger.  Shame on me.

If you're still following WBS--thank you!  If you're new to WBS, welcome aboard.  This is just a simple blog for me to share things I get done while my Bubba sleeps.  It's random at times, but I hope you find something you like here and keep coming back. :)

So...on to what's currently happening during Bubba's Sleepy Time:
(No, that's not a typo...Big Bubba, and Little Bubba really know how to make a mess! lol). 

Today's particular cleaning involved floors, which I've been dying to get to for the longest time.  Meet my team:

I've been a Melaleuca customer for over 2 1/2 years now, and I've gotta say...I'm never switching back to the chemical stuff in the stores.  Melaleuca is a company whose products are 100% natural and safe for everyday use around the home, around small children & pets.  Their products don't even have child safety caps...they're THAT safe!  Anyway, I became a customer before Bubba was born, and when he was old enough to start getting into mischief, I was SUUUUUUUUPER thankful (yes, there are 8 U's...that's how grateful I was) to have the peace of mind my Melaleuca products gave me that if Bubba found his way into the cleaners...he wouldn't be harmed by any of the ingredients in them.  **Don't worry--this isn't a segway into a membership drive or anything, just sharing why some of these products make my life easier.:D**

Anyway, I spray Melamagic on my floors, and then, with a wet {old and raggedy} shirt under my feet, I, err...scoot up and down making sure to get into the nooks and crannies.  Anyone else mop like this?  It's totally a Polynesian thing.  I've only ever seen it done in Poly-households, mine included. heehee.  You get a good work out in, I'm not poking anyone or anything in the eye with a mop handle, and I don't have a bucket to worry about spilling.  I started doing it because when we had just moved here, the floors needed a good clean, and I hadn't bought an actual mop yet.  With all the old t-shirts we go through, this totally works for me. :)

While we're on the Melaleuca subject, I think I'll use this opportunity to share another one of my FFFFAVORITE products: Tough & Tender.  This is replaces your other all-purpose cleaners like 409. 

And why does it make my life easier? 
1.  I buy it in its concentrated form (on the right), and can get 6 spraybottles worth when I mix it myself at home. 
2.  I spray some of it on my veggies and fruits for Bubba and it gets rid of the wax, pesticides, all the gunk that gets put on them from farm to store to my sink.  TRUST...there's a noticeable, fresh difference after spraying T&T and rinsing with water.  No need for those veggie wash things from the store.  How expensive are those things?
3.  After cooking something greasy/oily/gunky, spraying T&T on the pan cuts through the grease really quickly.  For my Samoan & Tongan followers--you know how greasy your frying pan gets after cooking up some pisupo/kapapulu (corned beef)?  Yea...T&T makes clean up a DREAM!
4.  I also use it to clean up my counters, cabinets, sink, you name it.  One spray, a zillion uses. 
5.  AAAAAAND, it comes in WIPE form! 
These replace your Clorox wipes.  Here's a tip...take a gander at the back of your Clorox Wipes container and find these words: HARMFUL TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS.  Go ahead...I'll wait. ;)
Find it?  Yea, I had the same reaction.  But prior to learning about the hazards, I bought Clorox wipes all the time!  T&T Wipes make life easier because I know I don't have to worry about Bubba getting a hold of wipes, eating the wipes (these days EVERYTHING seems to look appetizing to him. ICK!), getting the container open and spilling it on himself, etc. 
I also spend a good time on Pinterest looking for tips and tricks.  I've made a cleaner or two myself using recipes I've found on Pinterest and Melaleuca products.  Like this one

So, now that you know how IN LOVE I am with T&T, I think it's a good time to have a giveaway of my favorite product!  
One lucky Winner will get (1) Tough & Tender Concentrate, (1) Tough & Tender spraybottle, and (1) package of Tough & Tender wipes!!
Here's how you can enter--you can do one or all of the following! The more entries, the better! ;)
1) post a comment telling me about your favorite cleaning tip. 
2) become a follower of this blog, and leave me a comment saying you've done so.
3) facebook, tweet, or email your friends about this post with a link back to my blog, leave me a comment that you've done so. 
4) subscribe to my rss feed and leave me a comment saying you've done so.
5) leave me a comment on how some Tough & Tender cleaner can make your clean-up routine a little easier ;)
Alrighty then!  Giveaway ends Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 9pm HST.  I'll announce the winner then too!  Good luck guys!