I have to say, this week’s 5 Fandom Friday was a little tough for me. Sure there are a ton of songs that I really like. Songs that I can’t help but sing along or dance to. Songs that make me think of old friends or heartbreaks. Songs that remind me of places I’ve been. But songs that have changed my life? Not so easy.

Spiderwebs by No Doubt
When I first heard this song in high school* I couldn’t help but be instantly pulled in by the catchy melody. It was so refreshing and different from anything else I was listening to at the time. I’m still a fan.

Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy
There are a million versions of this song. The original by Judy Garland is amazing and the version by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole is quite haunting, but when I heard this version in one of my music classes at UH, I was completely floored. It hit me right in my core and to this day, it’s my favorite version of the classic song.

God Only Knows by Joss Stone
Although this Beach Boys song is easily in my top three songs of all time, it’s the cover by Joss that really strikes a chord in my heart.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness
When most people mention songs from their wedding, they usually talk about their first dance song. Well, this is the song my husband and I used for exiting our ceremony. And we didn’t just walk down the aisle. We danced and flashed rock and roll hand signs.

Brave by Sara Bareilles
This song has become an anthem for so many. It is one that I find myself listening to when I need an extra ounce of courage. Plus I have a total girl crush on Sara Bareilles.

Photo by Allie + David of Death to the Stock Photo

Thanks again to Megan of The Nerdy Girlie and Kristin of Super Space Chick for creating 5 Fandom Friday!

*That’s right. High school. For those who weren’t even born when this song came out, you can GET OFF MY LAWN.
Just kidding.
I think.

1. After nearly 10 years of not being used, my sewing machine still works.

2. Finally watching Once Upon a Time.

3. Making fresh pasta and sauce on Sunday night and living off the leftovers for a couple days.

4. My daughters being completely enthralled by Disney’s Fantasia.

5. Taking a few moments to be present. To listen. To fully engage.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement, check out the website here.

Photo by Marcus Hoapili

Only Light

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January 19, 2015 // Quotable

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Loving Your Enemies, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two Words

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January 16, 2015 // Blog, Not-so-random Thoughts

Bonjour mes amis!

Instead of making resolutions, I’d like to live 2015 by two words. Two words that will help guide me through all that life throws my way, whether good or bad. Those words are create and joy.

I want to create new recipes and blog columns.

I want to create using my own two hands.

I want to create a sense of wonderment.

I want to feel joy.

I want to celebrate the joy others radiate.

I want to bring joy to those around me.

I want this year to be full of discovery.

Finding what lights a fire in me.

And if I can make a few people smile along the way, then all the better.

Much love, bacon, and sprinkles,
♥ Arbine

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

1. The weather in Hawaii being cool enough for me to wear tights and boots.

2. Marvel’s Agent Carter. Total girl crush on Hayley Atwell.

3. Discovering a 50% off Target Cartwheel item that I can actually use.

4. Making my 4-month-old nephew laugh.

5. Looking up places to eat for future trips.

To learn about the Grace in Small Things movement check out the website here.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

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