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DIY Baby Room

imageSince I can remember I have always been excited about being able to deck out the baby’s room than actually having a baby! (is that bad?) I guess I did to many babysitting to put me off wanting my own… but my fate was determined and I was to have my own!!

Upon our arrival at our newly carpeted and painted house the baby room is where I eagerly started on her room but then had to put it on hold… Unfortunately living room and kitchen had to take precedence. Slowly I had been working on little projects for the baby room. Everything was always on a budget so it took a little longer than I wanted it but yippee we are halfway there… Here is the progression of this DIY journey
Project 1. I love you alphabet. I saw it on Pinterest and fell in love with it so initially I looked for a free printable online but I couldn’t find one that i liked so I jumped on to word and whipped up this little baby. printed it off and popped it into this frame I had lying around. easypeasy Cost $0

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Project 2.seeing these little pompom things are popping up everywhere and I had lots of tissue paper from the baby shower gifts. I saved them all to make these pompom ball things. here’s the tutorial I followed. Cost $0

Project 3. Re-Upholstered Rocking chair! We got a steal with this rocking chair $10 from a yard sale and then I bought fabric to cover it for about $5. I quickly took off the old covers and traced around it on the new fabric. Looking back now I would have bought a different fabric fluff gets stuck to this one rooky mistake! Cost $15

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Project 4. Painting Baby’s crib. Blessed to get a hand me down from Conners sister so all I did was sand it, paint it and varnished it. all up cost for supplies $20.

 

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Project 5. Blessing dress in frame. (above) Found these frames on the side of the street they were initially mirrors but we popped them out gave them a coat of paint at the same time we painted the crib and voila! just hung her dress behind it. Cost $0

Project 6. Fabric Toy Box. I had a few extra boxes from the move lying around and I bought a couple of pieces of fabric I thought I was going to use for cushions but ended up making these instead. Simply cut enough fabric to cover around it and used spray glue which made it super easy peasy. Cost $2image

So this is the end result…. Stay tune for the other half of the room….

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Dream Fearlessly

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Taking that leap of faith or risk into uncertainty can be a little bit on the uncomfortable side. Many of us are hesitant to live life outside the “norm” and eventually just stick with the average because of fear… fear of the unknown.  Fear of the what ifs… Here is my simple advice to you Just Do It!!!!!!!!
Chase that Dream whatever it is no matter how impossible it may seem!!!

Let me guess you are automatically thinking of 101 reasons why you  CANT! STOP thinking of how much money are you going to lose… how much of your time you are going to invest in this… what are your family and friends going to think? What if it goes wrong?… STOP! before you have even started you are  planting all the many seeds of doubt and turning them into reality.

Instead ask yourself… If this worked out how will my life look 10 years from now…? Once I become successful how happy would my family and friends be…? Will I kick myself in 10years for not giving it a go…?

If I have learned anything in my short life time it’s this… things that come easy have little to no rewards. That which challenges, and  pushes us of the edge bring rewards both internally and external which outweigh any sacrifices made. No great thing has ever come easy.

But if you want just average and enjoy the comfort of security than by all means continue to live as the rest… But for those who don’t want to just watch life pass by! Those who wish to determine their own possibilities and their own Destiny join us on this journey…

Greater calculated Risk = greater rewards!!!

Share with us a dream that you have been wanting to pursue but have been making to many excuses one of mine is making this blog but I’m doing it now YAY!!!!!

 


Cleftlip Surgery Miracles

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Just last weekend we finally had baby’s surgery for her cleft lip. You can probably imagine being a first time parent how scary this was for us. She was scheduled to go in on friday morning for a 2 and a 1/2hour surgery. She had to stop eating from 6am and her surgery was at 11am. For us this was the scariest part because as soon as she wakes up she would scream nonstop at the top of her lungs for food (her record is an hour). We were wondering how on earth was she going to make it for that long. So that morning we were all pretty nervous walking on eggshells so she didn’t wake up cranky, then we gave her a bath (which automatically soothed her down) changed her and she was surprisingly calm without any food. We tried giving her some pedialyte drink but she doesn’t take bottles very well so she just spat it all out…still pretty calm my husband gave her a blessing before we drove down to Salt Lake. Bubba doesn’t like being in the car-seat and being in the car and so we were again nervous for the hour long car ride how she would take it.. surprisingly after a little fussing and spitting out the binky a few times she eventually fell asleep the entire car ride. Through out that morning Aroha was the calmest we had ever seen her. Seeing things always seem to be running late she didn’t go into surgery until around 12 she had a little bit of fussing here and there but nothing compared to her normal screaming.

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Few hours just before surgery in her wonderwoman onesie.

I attribute it all the fasting and prayers that had been done by our family and friends. I know that because of the faith and love of those around us that morning turned out way more bearable than we had imagined. Even now, baby is recovering so well. She went straight to breastfeeding and eating like her normal self. She’s still chatting away as if nothing had ever changed.

I am so grateful that there is a higher being that we can rely on and give all of our worries and cares to. He knows how to succor us in time of need. Have a awesome day.

The White’s xo

 

 

 

 

 


5k to Marathon Goal!

imageToday marks  3months of our sweetest baby Aroha! and today I have signed up and committed to doing the Ogden 5k run (I know i’m sticking to the safe side) in a months time. It’s a stepping stone to get back down to my pre weight before baby. I am a believer  in taking 9months to gain the weight so take 9months to go back down so I’m not in no crazy rush. (Picture on the left was when my husband and I ran from our hotel to diamond head on our honeymoon then we slept for the rest of the day)

I’ve also decided i’m going to do a my first half marathon August this year, giving me 4months to do some hardcore preparation. I haven’t done any serious running for nearly 2years! So I’m starting from scratch! My ultimate goal is to run a marathon but I won’t commit to a date for that until I accomplish these two runs. I wish I could say my husband was joining me on this but running isn’t his thing!… yet… For now I will keep you posted on reaching this 5k to Marathon Goal…

 

Here is my SMART goal outline!

S – Specific Run 5k run in the Ogden race in 4Weeks time

M – Measure on Google Maps

A – Attainable if I stick to my game plan

R – Realistic in my head

T – Time bound to 4weeks

May 16th here I come!!!!!!


Easter Traditions

imageIt’s been super weird, this year I haven’t really felt much Easter spirit going on!!! (I know its terrible!) While still trying to settle into our new house, my husband still jam packed with assignments tests and homework it feels like it’s sneaking by without me even knowing. I guess growing up in NZ we get Good Friday and Easter Monday off of work so it’s  generally a 5day weekend but we aren’t  that privileged here in the states. Reflecting back to Easters as a child when we would use to go with our grandma to church both on the Friday and Sunday services. Then when we got older we started going on small vacations up to the bay of islands…LOTS of fun memories with the cousins and extended family.

So taking matters into my own hands I want to make this week just as significant  to Christmas, I would say its just as important or even more important!  Brainstorming ways for my family to reflect and ponder on the real meaning of Easter I have come up with a few things that I would like to do with my family now and in the upcoming Easters…

1. Read or watch the Easter story on Friday night

2. Read the final week of the savior

3. Instead of Easter bunny decorations leave out your nativity decor until Easter time.

4. Sunday morning early sunrise

5. Instead of candy and chocolates giving a toy book or clothing

What are some of you family Easter traditions? What activities do you do as family to bring out the true meaning of Easter?

Bonus Tradition – Doing something different each year to keep it fun and interesting for everybody!


10tips to Win the heart of a Poly Boy


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Whether you are attracted to the sun kissed tan skin, tattoos or crazy fun personalities here are a few tips on attracting a good Polynesian Boy. (I also have quite a few friends looking for poly boys so I’ve written this out to help a sister out!!!) Here are a few tips and tricks…

  • Feed Him – every island boy likes to eat and knows how to eat, even if it don’t taste good they will still eat!
  • Feed yourself – island boys like a girl who knows how to eat who doesn’t just take a few bites and say I’m full… One he will get mad you wasted his money so then probably clean your plate off for you. So order more than just a salad.
  • Love his Mum – most important women in their life you get on her good side you are set!
  • Bring food to his family – food speaks to the heart of the whole family, they know you care if you bring the whole family food plus you are preparing yourself for the future family events that require your contributions!
  • Stand in the kitchen – at family events be in the kitchen pretend to help cook even if you don’t know what you are doing!
  • Sit with his sisters – sisters will make your life a misery or bliss get on their good side too they come second inline to their mum and will do anything for them so be prepared!
  • Know how to mock and take mocks – our whole world revolves around mocking, you just need to learn to toughen up and take it or be crushed by all the uncles and brothers
  • Dress like a Nun – no islander families want to see you rock up in your mini skirt to a family function dress appropriately so you don’t get all their evil eyes because you have stunning legs!
  • Go to church with him – Going to church shows you are a good girl all island boys like a good girl in the long run and deep down even if they do play up big time!
  • No Public Affection – Don’t be posting kissing photos on Facebook especially if you are friends with family, no one wants to see all that stuff, with our conservative island cultures you stay on the safe side and keep it between you two.  Gossip always spreads like wildfire!

You have probably noticed majority of these tips are surrounded by food… its true you can never go wrong with this one! Share, comment or like!!!!

Photocredit: I Leelo Photography


We don’t want Jobs!

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All my life growing up my parents taught me to concentrate on school so I can get a good education then I can get a good job… then my life will be all sorted…
So I went to school got a degree then got a job and realized this stinks…WHY?
– I wanted to pick my hours of work and to be flexible
– I wanted to be creative and work at my own pace and do projects that I wanted to work on.
– I don’t want to be a slave to a job and to a certain income that someone tells me I am worth
– I want to take a holiday or be sick without having to explain myself to anybody
– I don’t want to retire when I am 60 I actually want to enjoy my life as I work and have the option to retire early
– I want options and freedom!!

I knew that a job wouldn’t give me any of this so I decided I have to find a way to make money on my terms.  So I had to do some serious research through this research I came across this book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and this cash flow quadrant.  E stands for Employee, S is Self Employed, B is Big Business and I is Investments.

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This book and chart was an eye opening experience little did I know the advice of my parents to get a job would mean that I would be poor my entire life. My parents stayed in the E & S side of the quadrant meaning the day that they don’t go to work they won’t get paid.  But we are sick of being on this side we  want to move to the B & I quadrant so that I even if we quit  our job we could still get paid with passive income. Sounds crazy but it’s real it’s what the wealthy survive on that’s how they are able to go on several holidays, spend time on their yachts or at the golf course or in africa doing humanitarian work and get paid.  Their money is doing the work for them! Once your passive income = total expenses you have reached Financial Freedom!!!  Although we still both have our jobs we are working on eventually working at this model so that we both can give up our day time jobs. This is the formula to attaining financial freedom and not being stuck with a job my entire life.  Now the interesting fun part how do we get to accumulating enough passive income? … Any suggestions?


We all need a Peptalk!

To start off the new year, just wanted to share this little peptalk!  New Years resolutions don’t have to be at new years but when you decide to make a change for the better!

This year I resolve to

– Have healthier eating habits

-Be patient and kind to my husband

– Be consistent with blogging

– Make passive income streams

What are you resolving to do better to make your life amazing and awesome?


HER money story

11751303_10153069068833590_1771038102_nGrowing up, mum and dad both worked full time in the evenings dad would go to school. They worked their butts off like crazy which meant the only time we were all together was Sunday. I know they made so many sacrifices so they could give us the opportunities they never had. We played tennis, netball, rugby and cricket. We had piano, guitar, violin, cello lessons. (Obviously not all at the same time) But the downside to this was we didn’t get the TIME with our parents and family that we wanted and needed as children and teenages.

My Parent’s were one of the few in their family that knew how to somewhat keep money in their hands so because of this my family was the income source of my extended family whenever they were in need. (Being Poly this is the normal) It even came to a time when my 16 year old meager part time income funded relatives cost for petrol, diaper and food needs. No way am I saying not to help out!!!  But the saying goes give a man a fish he will live for a day teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.

I also saw firsthand many kids in my neighbourhood being raised by older siblings, by grandparents, aunts and uncles, because their parents were working to make ends meet. Who was there to help them with their homework, who was there to make them dinner, who was there to make sure that got to bed on time? This obviously snowballed into the kids education which then affects too many things in society I won’t even touch on right now!

Money was always a struggle all around me! I knew I didn’t want to be working crazy all day 9-5pm, 5 days a week and then whatever is leftover use that for the family. Therefore I decided that money would not be a barrier to me and my family. We have set a goal to attain financial freedom so that we can live comfortably. (not luxuriously, not that living luxuriously is bad.)   Financial Freedom will enable me to be available to have time to be with, bless and help those all around me. I want to be around to raise my kids to be independent hard working, service oriented citizens. I want to be with my family to build lasting memories. I want to serve in my church with my family in any way possible without limitations. This will only happen if I aim to achieve financial freedom!… To me..

financial freedom = more time & lots more options

Financial freedom is different for everyone. But one way or another we are going to get there somehow sometime! There are many many ways people have achieved this lofty goal it is not a mere dream! Watch this space for ideas and ways we are working towards our financial freedom goal!

What is your money story? Why do you want to achieve financial freedom? Comment and share below!!!


DIY Nightstand

So one of my many favorite things to do is to go to Yard Sales find some good deals on old things and flip them to become new. One summers saturday we drove by a yardsale and this wooden thing caught my attention. I saw the price tag of $5 on it! Already a Steal! but then I asked if I could get it for $3 and she agreed! WOOP WOOP!

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All happy with my bargain I took it home and left it in the garage for a few months. I finally decided to work on it in December as we were painting our crib. After sanding and 2 coats of paint then I spray painted the handles we were done. voila this is the end result. I love this shabby chic look. Let us know what you think of it?

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Unfortunately we didn’t end up keeping it because we didn’t have enough room for it in the baby’s room. We ended up selling it for $30 which helped us pay for our internet modem that we needed.

Stay tune for more fun projects that we are working on! If you have projects you are working on share with us we would love to hear from yah!



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