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Mal has 32 pieces of bacon. She eats 28. What does she have now? Happiness. Mal has happiness. If you are looking for a unique gift this Valentines day swipe to check out our latest @living808tv segment where we share the very first Valentines gift I ever gave my husband, a bouquet of bacon roses. 🥓 (You can also check out the link in our bio for an infographic tutorial.)
You know when you meet someone and you think, I’m gonna spend the rest of my life with this person... it’s not always about significant others. Happy birthday to the spice to my sugar @hi_cass_burns My hope for you on this, the day that you entered the world and made it a whole lot less shitty... is this: That you know how absolutely spectacular you are, as a friend, mother, partner, daughter, sister, aunt, employee... literally all the things. That you spend at least 1/2 the day with a cold drink in your hand. And that you get at least 1 hour of laylow pool laying, bloody mary drinking, staycation level relaxation. Cause today is about you and fack mama you deserve allllllllll the good things. #sugarandspice
Simultaneously keeping me sane and driving me crazy at the exact same fricken time. Magicians I tell ya 💙
“I feel dangerous. Like jagged broken glass. Like all my edges are razor sharp. Carelessly and aggressively handled... chances are I will cut, most likely drawing blood. If regarded delicately and with love I can probably be moved... held... possibly even fixed. Better yet, don’t haphazardly try to fit these shattered pieces together. Instead carefully throw me into the sea. Let it tumble me round, sweep me out and pull me down. And as these constant waves crash over me, I pray these sharp edges will begin to smooth. to change. Perhaps through it all none of us can be fixed, maybe the best we can hope for is to be changed. -Mal” Today I was looking at cake pictures, because cake makes me happy. I found my candy sea glass cake from a few years ago, started thinking about how amazing sea glass actually is and started writing about it... And here we are. I want to be like sea glass. 💙 📸cred @taylortonez
I apologize for how long this is. But to be honest most of the important things are pretty long... This morning I woke up to say goodbye to a dear friend from what feels like a million miles away. My son heard me and woke up as well and sat with me the entire service, wiping my tears on his shirt. He then asked if he could come to the beach with me to say goodbye. We were at the beach at sunrise to release a lei into the ocean in honor of @ernesto_cipolli I have tried to be very honest with him through this, explaining what I can and shielding where I should. What he knows is that someone great was taken and now he is with Jesus and mommy is very sad. This 4 year old little person and his capacity for love and compassion give me hope for this world. We should all be more like Reef. If you swipe to the left you will find something I wrote yesterday. It will never be enough but it is the best way I know how to share and try to get through all of this. To everyone in Connecticut, especially Eddie, Mom, Jimmy, Katie, Johnny, Val, Karen, Big Ern and Kathe, I love you with all my heart.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K.Rowling Look at this beautiful little light. Clinging to both of my little lights right now. Thank you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers everyone. Lots of cuddles and Harry Potter are in our future.
This is hard.
"Cause you never think that the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don't". There is nothing to say. You are so very loved. Rest in love @ernesto_cipolli 💔
I’m feeling pretty damn happy today. And I thought it was important to share that. Love you guys💙
“Just do the next right thing Take a step, step again It is all that I can to do The next right thing I won't look too far ahead It's too much for me to take But break it down to this next breath, this next step This next choice is one that I can make.” So much dang wisdom from @kristenanniebell and @disneyfrozen !!! Seriously, taking this advice and applying it to every day of the rest of my life! Since their birthdays are less than a month from each other I need to start thinking about Roxy‘s next cake too! This is her number 3 frozen cake that I made for her birthday last year. Any suggestions or guesses on what this year‘s will be? I got nothin so far. All I know, is that it’s going to be really hard for me to beat that water around Elsa that we made from poured sugar!!
Instagram vs. Reality. Today I really started to feel like myself again and starting working on some fun Valentines stuff! Which actually leads me to an exciting announcement!!!! In 2021 we will have a recurring segment on @living808tv which airs on @khonnews here locally in Hawaii! Our segment will run on the 3rd Monday of every month starting this coming Monday!! And if that’s not exciting enough, here’s a little video to show you: A. How annoying I am. B. How I take a selfie from a video. Thank you so much to everyone who has been there to support us! Every like, share, comment, literally any interaction helps us get our content and ideas out there and hopefully helps spread a little bit of joy to others! Love you all xoxo
Well, it’s just about 4 am so here’s Reefs number 4 birthday cake from last year... For anyone wondering, my two small humans (who take up WAY too much bed space) woke me up to climb into my bed and now I can’t sleep... so naturally I started to think about the fact that Reef will be FIVE in less that two months... uhhh what? So obviously this got me to thinking about what kind of number cake he might want this year... because let’s be honest 97% of the time I’m thinking about cake... Anyways... what do you guys think? Any guesses what he might pick? Or any suggestions I can send his way? Also sleep remedies?🤔
When they tell you 2021 is going to be better but a week in you realize it’s just 2020 but on f*king fire. Sorry guys, my mental health is teetering at the moment and honestly I didn’t have the words even before everything that has happened the last few days and the truth is I still don’t... but damn man, we need to do better. You can probably find me drinking in the jungle until further notice. One small plus? This photo by @taylortonez edited in @thebirdspapaya new app @pinkpapayaapp 👌🏼 Lei Po’o by @kehaulani.professions
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.” Stephen Chbosky “Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but a Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.” John Green “I still get very high and very low in life. Daily. But I’ve finally accepted the fact that sensitive is just how I was made, that I don’t have to hide it and I don’t have to fix it. I’m not broken.” Glennon Doyle Melton January 4th 2021 My highs are so high. And my lows are so very low. The more time marches on in this life of mine, the more I am beginning to not only accept this, but to understand it. To recognize that there’s almost a pattern in the swing. The highs are almost manic. Constant contact and movement, high joy and high energy. For example, the holidays. They are such a joy such a peek in my mood, my energy, my accomplishments. I pour so much of myself into them and genuinely enjoy all of it… But it is no wonder that as they end, I am so depleted that I plummet. I tumble from the top of the peak and crash land into the valley… And then roll into a trench and then crawl under a rock in that trench and that is where I stay. During these times everything seems impossible. Ordinary day-to-day tasks take all of my energy and everything beyond that feels completely out of reach. This is probably so hard for other people to understand because it is so difficult for even ME to understand. But I am at least aware of it and learning to navigate at the best I can. And at this time, I know that I do not have the capacity to be anything for anyone other than my family. I don’t answer phone calls, I miss texts. (Finished in comments.)
Just a gentle reminder that I miss you more than life itself @tmsreiger 💙
I don’t much care what 2021 brings, as long as it brings them with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a safe and wonderful night with your loved ones 💙 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 cred: @suarezcreativehouse 🌺 cred: @kehaulani.professions
“But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes. People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore.” Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five Here’s to heading to a 2020 New Years Eve Party and getting stuck in whatever this twilight zone, time warp, dumpster fire of a year was... and making it to the other side. Im dirty, exhausted and confused as hell with zero expectations for this upcoming year... but I do know that going forward I am definitely not looking back. Happy New Year everyone, who knows what the future holds but at the very least we can say we made it through 2020 and that right there is something!! Love you all!! Photos: @taylortonez and @alexis_mitchell Lei po’o: @kehaulani.professions Edits: 🙋🏼♀️
Who’s here for a 2020 smash cake?!? Cause I certainly was!!! In fact, I was ready to smash the hell out of this thing with a champagne bottle!! But in true 2020 fashion... it started to rain on our parade and I did not get to take out my year long aggression on this pretty little confection... So instead, tomorrow evening I will sit around a table, eat this black cherry chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and ring in the New Year in the sweetest way I know how... with people who I love most in this world and a little bit of cake. Maybe it really is a 2020 cake... didn’t exactly give me what I wanted... but will probably give me what I need. Happy New Years Eve Eve everyone! Lots of love!!
One day you’re young and fun... and the next you’re excited about a new muffin pan. (Which you bought and wrapped for yourself for Christmas. Because let’s just be honest here... it’s only the prettiest darn muffin tin you have ever seen in the most gorgeous color, with perfect sized cups, extended handled sides and a coating that makes the baked on overages slide off like a stain free gosh damn dream!!!!) So ya, I think I use to be a hoot 😅
“You told me once, a lifetime ago, ‘Take the slivered moon from the sky and though the edges may be sharp, you won’t be able to wipe the stardust from your fingertips. I promise it will be worth it, to hold the moon.’ “
“Any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again. “ Homer, The Iliad
Happy Day after Christmas everyone!!!!! Hope everyone is handling those holiday hangovers well!! Just wanted to share our latest segment on @living808tv which aired on @khonnews on Christmas Eve! We shared some fun holiday ideas as well as announced our Christmas Giveaway with @kehaulani.professions and @suarezcreativehouse !! One lucky winner will win a @kehaulani.professions gift certificate for an Ohana Lei Set! The set can include up to 3 Haku leis and 2 kane leis! Our lucky winner will also be able to wear their gorgeous floral creations for the second part of this prize! @suarezcreativehouse will be giving away One Complimentary Photo Session of the winners choice - either a Standard Portrait Session, or their signature Ohana Keepsake Session! Today is the last day to enter if you haven’t done so yet!! Just head over to the latest photo of my family in our feed for the super simple instructions on entering!! Good luck you gorgeous creatures!!
Listen, I’m gonna be honest with you. The most depressing part of Christmas being over... ... having to change out the decorations on ‘the kids” kitchen 😬😳 Ok fine it’s mine. But seriously!! The Christmas decor is on point!!! Swipe to the end to see the kitchen before we gave it a reno a few months back... also, what do we decorate it for next?? Valentines 🤔
Goodnight everyone! Love the Botts babies and their cousin Luna girl.
Merry Christmas! Swipe to see a time-lapse of our Christmas cake! 🤗 Hope everyone had a sweet day!!
Merry Christmas Eve everyone!! Guess what?! If you saw our last segment on @living808tv this morning then you know that I have teamed up with @kehaulani.professions and @suarezcreativehouse , two INCREDIBLE women owned businesses, to give away one amazing holiday gift!! One lucky winner will win a @kehaulani.professions gift certificate for an Ohana Lei Set! The set can include up to 3 Haku leis and 2 kane leis! Our lucky winner will also be able to wear their gorgeous floral creations for the second part of this prize! @suarezcreativehouse will be giving away One Complimentary Photo Session of the winners choice - either a Standard Portrait Session, or their signature Ohana Keepsake Session! To learn more about each of these inspirational women and their businesses please swipe! And the best part? Entering is easy as pie! 🌲To enter🌲: 1. Like this post. 2. Make sure you are following our three accounts @malhbotts @kehaulani.professions @suarezcreativehouse Tag a friend in the comments below! Each friend tagged as a SEPARATE comment will be counted as an additional entry! Ends 12/26 at 11:59pm HST. Winner will be announced on this page. Contest open to US residents. Prizes pack is only available locally and can be redeemed on Oahu within 6 months of being claimed by the winner. This page is not affiliated with IG. 18+ to enter.
Merry Christmas Eve Eve you beautiful creatures!!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I gotta tell you, I have no idea how Christmas is two days away, it is MIND BLOWING. And I would be lying if I said I was ready!! But here it is!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ SO, obviously I wanna share some cute stuff with ya! And these edible pinecones are one of the easiest and most adorable desserts I’ve ever made!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fun to make, fun to eat! They also make great gifts!! AND tomorrow morning on @living808tv on @khonnews at 9:00am HST I will show you how!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So tune in tomorrow if you can! I’ll still be wrapping gifts I’m sure 🥴
#sponsored What’s a Christmas dream come true? Being set loose in International Market Place for an afternoon of nonstop shopping!! And last week @thealohablonde and I got to do just that!! I was able to check literally every person off my list with just one trip!! Swipe to see some incredible highlights from our afternoon as well as a look at all the stuff I was able to get! And I do have to say that there were things for EVERY budget there!! Ok everyone, real talk... who still has last minute shopping to do?! Cause if so, you need to get your butts down to @intlmktplace as soon as humanly possible!! Good luck my friends and Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve!! 😘 #marketplacestories
You can either donate some of your kids toys or you can have a good day... you can’t do both. Exceptttt maybe you can!! All right, before y’all get up on your soap boxes and start judging 😘… I know that at least 75% of you use Santa at least 50% of the year to do your dirty work when it comes to behavior… so all I’m sayin is... Let’s just extend his duties a teensy tiny bit 😬 All jokes aside, this idea is a fun way to help your kids understand the concept of donating toys they may not use/need or have grown out of and get them involved. I have always tried to have the kids be involved in picking their toys to donate so they don’t disappear in the middle of the night! But, I’d be lying if I said the kids were thrilled with the process lol! However, since we have so many second hand toys ourselves, I really want to impart the importance of sharing and recycling the things we love so that another little one can love them as well! So many toys get thrown away before their time, and not only does that just add to our landfills, but it deprives another child of the opportunity to have something to bring them joy! The basic concept of this entire idea is to have them fill their stockings on Christmas Eve with toys that they would like to pass on to another child. They leave them for Santa with this note and some cookies and in the morning Santa will have taken them and replaced them with their Christmas stocking stuffers! They can put bigger items next to the stockings if they don’t fit! It’s just a really nice way to introduce the concept of donating and it definitely helps that Santa approves of the actions!! I chat a little bit about this idea on our next segment on @living808tv which will be airing on Christmas Eve on @khonnews at 9:00am HST! So tune in to hear a bit more about this activity as well as a few more fun holiday ideas!
All I want for Christmas is a Caprese Wreath! (Ok that and my Hogwarts letter. Owl post REALLY dropped the ball on that sht.) This is SUCH an easy appetizer!! INGREDIENTS: Sliced Large Tomato Cherry Tomatoes Costco Pre-Sliced Mozzarella Cheese Log Balsamic Glaze Fresh Basil Fresh Rosemary Springs Fresh Thyme INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Alternate laying the tomatoes and mozzarella on a large plate or platter in a circle. 2. Next decorate with basils, rosemary, thyme and cherry tomatoes. 3. Then drizzle on some basamic glaze. 4. Lastly pour some of the glaze in a small ramekin and place in the center of the wreath. 5. Eat up beauties!! Would you guys eat this for an app on Christmas? What are some of your favorite holiday appetizers! Let me know in the comments below!!
On Mondays I like to look at old baby pictures of my children and sob silently... Just kidding. I sob loudly. Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve!
Nobody: Absolutely Nobody: Me: 🎶“Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Who am I to diss a Brie? I cheddar the world and a Feta cheese. Everybody's looking for Stilton.” Please still be my friends... But also... Yesterday I made this Christmas charcuterie board! AND I made a time lapse video of me putting it together that you can see if you just give a swipe! This is kind of a big deal for me because I haven’t done a lot of videos like this and would love to hear if you guys like this kind of thing in the comments below. Love, Mal the Cheese Monger
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ― Kurt Vonnegut ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am in complete awe of these jaw droppingly beautiful images captured by @suarezcreativehouse ... and my beautiful lei po’o from @kehaulani.professions ... Honestly this isn’t a photo. This is an irreplaceable gift. I cannot thank you both enough 🙌🏼💙
8:00 am: Today I will parent with patience and calm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 8:05 am: Fck. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - @tarot.lori
Instagram vs Reality 🥴 But also!! Today we filmed our interview for our THIRD segment on @living808tv and I cannot express how much I have been loving this incredible opportunity!! The segment will air on Christmas Eve and at that time we will be announcing an amazing giveaway with my dear friend, the maker of this, the most beautiful lei po’o ever @kehaulani.professions AND a newfound love of ours @suarezcreativehouse !! We will be announcing more on the show so be sure to tune in!! Ok but seriously, can you believe this flower crown guys?!?!?
I went to bed at 8pm last night only to wake abruptly at 1 am dreaming of and craving cake... I don’t have any cake... so a bowl of cookie dough will have to do 😐 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: the giant tubs of cookie dough from Costco changed their formula so the dough is safe to eat raw now... (we are just going to collectively pretend that the threat stopped me even once in the past...💁🏼♀️)... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’re welcome. Or sorry 🤷🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (🎂: Guava cake with Lilikoi Buttercream and Lilikoi Butter filling.)