Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Hawaii Vacation - Part 1

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



Hello friends.  We recently took a family vacation to Hawaii and I'd love to share with you some photos I took of the trip.

We took a long plane ride of 10 hours to get to Honolulu, Hawaii.  Even though the plane ride was long, it didn't seem so bad as I slept and read a lot.  We arrived at the airport in the early afternoon  and were each given a lei and then brought to our hotel to be checked in.  Lucky for us Hawaii is 6 hours behind us.

We stayed for 4 days at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the Rainbow Tower.



This is the view we had from our hotel room that overlooked the pool and beach.


This was our dinner the first evening that we arrived among many more delicious meals.  A tropical drink, a fish burger and fries, vegetarian pasta, calamari, assorted poke (a fish salad), and for me a veggie burger and fries.



Assorted surf and paddle boards available to rent.



The beach during the day and the same beach at sunset.


The next day for breakfast my husband had a healthy smoothie drink (on the left), I had oatmeal (located on the top right) and my teen had an acai fruit smoothie bowl. Yum!



We arranged for a tour to see Pearl Harbor the next day.  We took a bus, with other people, that gave us a tour of Honolulu, Hawaii State Capital Building, Iolani Palace, Washington Place, and Punchbowl National Cemetery.  At the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, we saw a movie of the attack, and took a short boat ride to see the USS Arizona Memorial.

I would recommend to everyone to see this tour and a must see while there in Hawaii vacationing.

**  There are also no handbags, or backpacks allowed on the site due to security reasons.



Below is a pool on top of one of the hotels on the complex that we were able to enjoy.  On the other side of the pool was a small jacuzzi that I able to relax in and meet a nice Australian couple who were on vacation there too.


Many people paddle boarding in the small lagoon.



The white sandy beach was so beautiful and the water so warm and inviting to swim in.  I really loved how the water had so many pretty shades of blue and we saw many tiny fish swimming by in the water.



We were also able to see the crew filming the TV show Hawaii Five-O on the beach right by the lagoon!  

I am finally over my jet lag and feeling back to normal, which took us about a week to get over!  

I hope you enjoyed seeing my first part of our Hawaii vacation.  Stay tuned for more to come on our trip.



Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie




Cooking and Crafting with J & J #62 and #61 Features

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


The gang's all here again! :) 

 Lets all welcome Julie back with her amazing Features she's chosen! :)


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:


Simply Stacie - S'mores Ice Pops


Best of Long Island and Central Florida - Easy Crunchy Chicken 


Sadie Seasongoods - One Stop Snack Station




Julie' Picks:


Kitty's Kozy Kitchen - Watermelon Tea Party with My Grands


KBB Crafts - Pom Pom Flip Flops & Necklace


Cozy Nest - Women of Distinctiveness

Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts!

 Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Grilled Kale Recipe

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Hello friends!  I wanted to get this post in before summer ends and share this easy grilling recipe with you.

Here in my family we love grilling all kinds of food, and vegetables are one of them.




Do you like grilling vegetables?  Our favorite is grilled kale.  It's so easy to make and tastes great along side any meat or fish dish.  I love when the kale gets all nice and crunchy from grilling it.  :)

I'd love to share with you this healthy and easy way to make grilled kale.




GRILLED KALE


INGREDIENTS:

1 large sheet of heavy duty tin foil
5 cups of kale  - cleaned and chopped
olive oil - About 4 or 5 Tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste


DIRECTIONS:

Take tin foil sheet and spray with cooking spray.  Then fold up the sides of the tin foil to form a tray.  Mix together kale, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a bowl.  Place kale on tin foil sheet.  Grill kale on medium setting for 15 to 20 minutes.  

**  NOTE:  This cooks down a bit.  Also keep an eye on the kale so that it does not burn.

Done.


To see more of my recipes, please visit HERE.



Thanks for everyone for stopping by and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  

Jess and I will see you all back here for our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up!



Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie



  


Cooking and Crafting with J & J #61 & #60 Features

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


Holy cow...don't blink but Summer is JUST about over!! 

 Isn't that crazy?! We're so not ready for everything Pumpkin season! :)

Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board At:




Co-Hosts

Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:


Courtney's Cookbook - Root Beer Float Cookies


Gluesticks Blog - Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream for Dogs


My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies - Vacation Keepsake Mason Jars


Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

 Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up

Gone But Back Again

Friday, August 12, 2016


Hello friends.  I've been gone for a while but .....


I'm Back!!


I went on vacation with my family to Hawaii!!





If you follow me on Instagram, then you have already seen me post this photo there.  I just love those palm trees and this is my new wallpaper on my phone.

We returned from our trip early yesterday morning and I'm now suffering from jet lag.  Hawaii is 6 hours behind us.  I will be back to feeling normal by next week.

I had a great time away on vacation visiting Honolulu and Maui.  The weather is beautiful around 80 to 85 degrees everyday with no humidity and soft breezes.  Everyday we had small rain showers that lasted for a few minutes.  The beaches are spectacular, and the water is warm, and I loved how it had such pretty shades of blue.  

I love traveling and visiting different parts of the world and I'm so happy that I was able to visit Hawaii since it was on my bucket list.  This was my first time visiting there and I hope to visit it again someday.  

I missed you all and I will be back to blogging and hosting on Monday with Jess our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up.


Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie



Cooking & Crafting with J & J Features #59 & Announcement

Monday, August 1, 2016

Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up


We're taking a week off to rest and relax before the end of the Summer craziness happens! 


 Check out some features to hold you off until next week when JESS will come back with Link Up #60 at Plucky's Second Thought !!

I will be taking Next Monday off too, so please visit Jess!


Please Visit Our Pinterest Features Board at:


Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features



Jess' Picks:



Courtney's Cookbook - Cheesy Zucchini Muffins



Intelligent Domestications - DIY Solar Floor Lamp 



Country Chic Cottage - Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob




Julie's Picks:



Intelligent Domestications - Grilled Tomato Avocado Sauce Sandwich



Over the Apple Tree - Seat Belt Pillow



Rosemary & Thyme - Summer Days



OUR LINK UP WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK AT JESS'S BLOG PLUCKY'S SECOND THOUGHT!  YOU CAN VISIT HER BLOG HERE!!

Benefits of Blogging

Tuesday, July 26, 2016



Hello everyone.  One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is meeting new friends and forming friendships with them.  It's what keeps me going and makes blogging fun for me.  :)

Through blogging I met a new friend Rhonda who blogs at Ramblings of a Southern Girl.  Rhonda recently did a fun post on how to style a shelf (shelfie) as she put it and she also had a fun giveaway.  She featured this cow cup and I was chosen as the winner and she also included caramel candies.  It was such a shock and pleasant surprise to me and so sweet and thoughtful of Rhonda.  Please stop by and visit Rhonda's blog where she shares about recipes, interior decorating, and much more.



When I showed the cute cow cup to my husband and teen, they both said that it was so adorable, and I totally agree!  I have the cow cup sitting on my kitchen counter and I'm using it to hold our sugar packets.

Look how darn cute the cow cup is!

Thanks again Rhonda for selecting me as the winner of your giveaway and for our new blogging friendship!


On my blog I enjoy sharing with you the recipes that I make and cook for my family and friends.  

What I really love and get excited about is when I get feed back from you and some of you make the recipes I make and share such as the Grilled Fish with Asparagus in Foil Packets.  

Below you can see a photo of fish that Kitty sent me, from Kitty who blogs at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen.  She made the fish for dinner and sent me the photo of it.  

If you haven't met Kitty yet, please visit her blog where she shares her crafts, and recipes that she enjoys baking for her family and friends.

Thanks Kitty for making the grilled fish.  I'm so happy I inspired you to cook it and I hope you enjoyed it as much as my family did! 


I also have another blog friend who enjoys cooking vegan dishes for her family.  Heather who blogs at Our Life in a Click uses an ingredient called Nutritional Yeast Flakes in many of her recipes.  Please take a minute to stop by Heather's blog where she shares posts about her recipes, travel, and family.

I have a teen who is very interested in vegan and vegetarian recipes.  I was so inspired to buy this ingredient from Heather's recommendation.  Thanks Heather we use it now to sprinkle it in our soup and on our pasta.

Below is a photo of the nutritional yeast flakes that I bought in our health department of our grocery store.

If you have never heard of nutritional yeast flakes before it has a nutty and cheese like flavor to it.  You can read more about it HERE.



There is another thing that I enjoy about blogging, but it can be very time consuming at times is joining link parties.  There you share your projects and then if you are lucky you will be featured. 

Last week I had a few blog buddies Miz Helen's Country CottageDomesblissity, and Rooted in Thyme feature the Grilled Fish with Asparagus in Foil Packets I made for our family.

Thanks blogging friends you are the best and lets keep inspiring each other!!




Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!

Thanks everyone and enjoy!

Julie