Easy DIY: Vision Board

Today is Vision Board Day! Have you ever made a vision board? A vision board or dream board is a collection or collage of images and words to help you envision your goals and dreams. It is used as a tool of motivation and can be created very easily. It’s a great time to create a vision board as it is the beginning of a new year. New year, new you! You don’t need any fancy supplies. We like to use old magazines, stickers, some scissors, glue and a board, piece of cardstock or even a notebook.

First, think about your goals. Our goals this year is to declutter our home and to start a daily yoga practice. With that goal in mind, go through magazines that relate to your goal. It could be a word, phrase that catches your eye or an image. Start cutting them out and paste them onto your board, notebook, or cardstock.

We found a lot of great images that reflect the feeling we’re trying to bring to our home – a nice simple, decluttered space. We found some great words to go with our goals as well. The collage doesn’t have to be perfect. Have fun with it. It’s very therapeutic and freeing!

We even managed to find messages in our stickers that fit with the 2021 vibes we were going for.

We finished the vision board by writing out the year. It will be nice to reflect on our goals at the end of the year.

Here’s our finished vision board. Make sure you place it where you can see it everyday, whether it be on your wall near your desk, in the kitchen, or in a notebook / planner that you look at daily. We hope you have fun making your own vision boards!

Happy Hot Cocoa Bar

It hit the 70s in Hawaii last week which means it’s time for chilly nights and hot cocoa. We decided to create a hot chocolate bar! It came out so cute. We used a bunch of crates, little trees, a mason jar and a few hot chocolate essentials. We used the little crates to create height and interest and to hold our hot chocolate packets.

Our perfect hot chocolate includes some whipped cream, marshmallows and a candy cane to stir. Here are some ideas for hot chocolate toppings:

  • whipped cream
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles
  • chocolate sauce
  • coconut shavings
  • crushed candy canes
  • caramel sauce
  • cinammon
  • full candy cane (as a stirrer!)

To make a an even creamier hot chocolate, heat up some milk instead of using water. It makes a more decadent hot cup of cocoa. How do you like your hot cocoa? Let us know in the comments below.

Plastic In Hawaii

Hawaii is known for it’s beautiful atmosphere with crystal blue oceans and empowering green mountains that I am fortunate to call my home. But what is in our oceans? This past weekend on Earth Day, we got to take part in a huge annual beach clean up to celebrate earth. It was an awesome experience to be a part of, but it was heartbreaking to see the amount of plastic there was along the beach.

The Friday before Earth Day, our high school hosted Earth Fest, which was entirely ran by students. We had set up several different booths to bring awareness to environmental issues all across the world. We had a special booth just for Hawaii, where my friends and I shared the issues of plastic waste and had students sign petitions to end single-use plastic. The picture shown above is our micro plastic board, where we glued several pieces of micro plastics that we’ve collected from previous beach clean ups to create art.

Students jammed out listening to their classmates perform local songs with their band, learn about why and how we can take care of our earth, and enjoyed some locally grown papaya ube frozen yogurt! (So good)

Wheeling a tire across the beach…how did that even get there?

This is only a portion of the trash collected, on only a portion of the beach. We collected all of this within 20 feet around us. It is not difficult to be plastic free, you can start by purchasing a reusable water bottle instead of plastic bottles! Refuse straws when you go to restaurants! Bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store! Anything helps.

We found part of a fence and a large fishing net rolling in the sand. There are a lot of times where there are sea creatures caught in these nets, still alive, just trapped. We’ve rescued several deep water crabs, starfish, and coral. These nets are like tumbleweeds and will pick up anything that is in its way.

Its crazy how much trash you can pick up within a couple hours and a dozen people. This is unfortunately not even close to how much there actually was on the beach. It is important that people are aware of what we do in our everyday lives affect our earth, our home. If not, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Would you want to have a piece of a plastic bucket for dinner? BE THE CHANGE.