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Grab your Coppertone 45, put on those flip flops and meet me on the lido deck!

The giveaway you’ve been waiting for is here!

Two years ago, I held an “Aloha Mystery Giveaway” which involved me searching high and low for that perfect mystery gift during our Hawaiian vacation.

I had so much fun that yes…I’m doing it again!

Ladies and gents, I present to you the…

caribbean mystery giveaway

Next month, a floating hotel will take my hubby & me to six gorgeous Caribbean islands!

Throughout our cruise, I will be on the lookout for the perfect gift for one lucky reader.

Unlike Hawaii where I had an idea of what kinds of gifts I might find, the Caribbean is a completely different story.

I have no idea what I will find!  (But that’s all part of the fun!)

The giveaway begins TODAY so enter NOW to win!

How do I enter, you ask?

1.  Leave a comment telling me what your dream cruise is and why…AND YOU’RE IN!

2.  If you want to DOUBLE your chances, follow me on Twitter (and just notify me that you did.)

The giveaway will close at midnight (PST) on Tuesday, February 17th  

Good luck to you all!

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First off, a Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

Tonight we’re taking my Dad to go see the new Superman movie – “Man of Steel”.  It looks soooo good – I can’t wait!

Now on to the business at hand. 

aloha mystery giveaway

The other day I chose a winner for the Aloha Mystery Giveaway, but alas, our winner did not claim her prize…which means that I had to choose another name a few minutes ago.

I’m very excited to announce that Libby Sawyer from The Little Dabbler is our winner!

Libby, I loved your answer to the question, “What is your idea of paradise?”

I want to wake up in a white cottony bed with gauzy curtains drape all around and blowing in the breeze that makes it’s way in through wide open French doors that open out onto a veranda overlooking crystal blue ocean waters. I also want an incredibly sexy, half-naked man laying in that bed next to me. Wherever this is, I want to be there.

Cheers to that!

Okay Libby, I need you to email me your mailing address & prize you have chosen (click here for 2 prizes to choose from) at

Congratulations Libby! I hope you enjoy your little piece of aloha!  🙂

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Aloha everyone!

I’m back from my Hawaiian getaway, & let me just say…it was FAB-U-LOUS!

The last time I visited Maui was over 14 years ago…I was a mere 25 years old…wow.

Maui is still gorgeous as ever!  And we both got to experience the Big Island of Hawaii for the first time which was a complete treat for us…as well as our cameras!  (More on that in a later post…)

Now it’s time to get down to business…

aloha mystery giveaway

 A big thank you to those of you who entered the contest.

So you must be wondering what treasure(s) I found.

I have to admit, it was tough work!  There were so many fun goodies to choose from that I actually bought 2 items, and the winner will get to choose one!  (The other one will go to a family member or friend…or me!)

On day 3 of our Maui getaway, we traveled to the artsy town of Paia filled with quaint boutiques, delicious eateries and beautiful art galleries.  One of the shop owners suggested we check out the “cowboy” town of Makawao about 10 minutes south that had even more boutiques and rustic charm…so off we went.

We decided to check out the store “Designing Wahine Emporium” filled with local arts and crafts.

Designing Wahine Emporium

As my husband paid for some jasmine soap that I was salivating over earlier, I looked to my left and saw a basket of what appeared to be lava rocks in the shape of feet.  Intrigued, I inspected them closer…

and fell in love!

I’m all about clever and creative ideas, and this was both…and it’s super cute!


Wrapped in a turquoise ribbon are these adorable pumice stone footsies and sweet smelling tuberose soap.


Who wouldn’t want their feet to smell scrumptious while scrubbing away the stress of the day away using a little piece of aloha (literally!) 

Needless to say, we snatched up the footsies and continued on our journey.

I was pretty certain that this was the giveaway prize.

Then the very next day as we neared the finish of the famous Road to Hana on Maui’s east coast, we came upon a random row of shops, outdoor eateries and free ranging chickens, roosters and chicks.  (Yes, you read right.)

I decided to check out the shop “Nahiku Ti Gallery” and started browsing around.

Nahiku Ti Gallery

I don’t know about you, but I love shell jewelry…and this shop did not lack in that department!

Strewn across the back of a door were dozens of unique shell necklaces.  My heart beat faster, and my eyes widened at the sight of them.

The heavens opened…the birds sang…and I quickly snatched up a mother of pearl necklace (for me) and this lovely abalone shell necklace for the giveaway:

Abalone Necklace

I love the design and delicate finish of this necklace.  The way the light plays off of the shell is just gorgeous, and it’s a really striking piece.  It gets my seal of approval! 

OH…and bonus!  The shop keeper let me choose a cute decorative bag to keep the necklace in…and that, my friends, is included with the necklace…SCORE!

Decorative bag

So there they are – the 2 giveaway prizes.

But WAIT – there’s MORE!

While on the Big Island of Hawaii, we did a lot of sunset watching and beach strolling.  The thing I loved most was what was scattered all over the beach – CORAL!

The beaches were full of them!

It was like Christmas morning for me!

I spent so much time just looking at the various shapes, sizes and intricate cuts.  But my favorite had to be the ones in the shapes of hearts!

So along with the prize you choose, you will also be receiving a heart-shaped piece of coral.


Now it’s time for the second item of business – who won?!

Today I had my partner-in-crime, the hubby, do the honors of choosing a winner.

Can we have a drum roll please?

And the winner of the Aloha Mystery Giveaway is…


(Round of applause echoing through cyberspace!)

Congratulations to Christine, whose idea of paradise is “a week of no work”.   I hope this little piece of paradise brings you bliss!  🙂

Christine, please email the prize you would like and also your mailing address to

If I don’t hear from you by midnight on Friday, June 14th, another winner will be announced on Saturday, June 15th.

Thanks again to all who entered.

Many happy alohas to you all!  

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aloha mystery giveaway

What is the Aloha Mystery Giveaway, you ask?   Well check THIS out!

As of a few minutes ago, there were 10 entries.  For those who entered, that makes your odds of winning the “mystery gift” REALLY GOOD!

If you LINKED this post to your blog or MENTIONED the contest on your blog, please let me know so I can enter your name in the drawing.

For those of you who are thinking of entering but haven’t – why not give it a try?

The more the merrier!

My hubby and I are leaving on our Hawaiian getaway first thing Friday morning (CAN’T WAIT!), so as of today, that gives you 11 days to enter the contest.

What is the prize?  Well that is the mystery now, isn’t it?

I’m going to search all over Maui and Hawaii for that island treasure, and as promised, it will not disappoint!  (well…at least I hope it doesn’t!)  lol!

With that said, I need to finish packing and give my abs one last killer workout.  Yep, this is what happens when your husband insists you bring a bikini when you are so NOT bikini ready!  Thanks honey (in sarcastic tone.) All I can say is thank God for green smoothies, Michael @, Laura @ and Jessica @…all of who, in 2 weeks, helped me to somewhat flatten (emphasis on somewhat) my midsection through their motivational and hard core workouts.

So until I return my dear readers…

Aloha…and GOOD LUCK!!

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You know what’s better than a giveaway?


aloha mystery giveaway

This giveaway is such a mystery…even I don’t know what I’m giving away yet!

At the end of the month, my hubby & I are taking to the skies and flying across the Pacific to Maui and Hawaii.

Throughout our vacation, I will be on the lookout for the perfect prize for one lucky reader!

Jewelry?  Perhaps…

Hawaiian souvenir?  Maybe…

Grass skirt?  Not if it finds its way in my closet first!  Lol!


Yeh, me too!

But I promise you…it’ll be worth it!

Even though we’re leaving for Hawaii at the end of the month, I’ve decided to start this giveaway TODAY so you all have one month to enter!

How do I enter?

Well I’m glad you asked!

1.  Leave a comment telling me what your idea of paradise is…AND YOU’RE IN!

2.  If you want to DOUBLE your chances, then just link this post to your blog and spread the love!

The giveaway will close at midnight (PST) on Monday, June 10th  

Good luck to you all!


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It’s Here!

It’s here!  It’s here!

Autumn Is Here Gliter image

I sprung out of bed for my morning hike into the hills, eager to get a taste of the first hours of Fall…and to my surprise, for about an hour, it felt like Fall!  The air was crisp, there were pretty cloud formations hiding the sun as it tried to make its’ appearance, and I actually saw some red leaves (like 3 or 4…)  but STILL!  Not bad for California!

Okay, so I have some good news and some bad news…

Let’s start with the bad news:
There’s only one day left to enter my Makeover My Blog Header Design Giveaway.

And the good news:
If you’re the only person who enters, it looks like you have a 100% chance of winning!  LOL!

The contest ends at midnight, so you have all day to decide if you want to score a new header design.  Or maybe you know of someone who needs a fresh look for Autumn.  You are welcome to enter on their behalf.  🙂

Well I hate to chat & run, but my carpet is begging to be vacuumed, so everyone have a WONDERFUL first day of Autumn!

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So something exciting is happening in almost 2 weeks…the beginning of my favorite season, AUTUMN!!  And you know what that means…crisp weather, colorful leaves, cute scarves and a new blog header! 

Designing the banner was so much fun, and I just couldn’t wait til September 22nd to put it up!

I hope it inspires you to jump in a pile of crunchy leaves…

or in Charlotte’s case…sit in a pile of leaves…

or toss them in the air…

Heck…just cover yourself in them!!

What?  You’ve never covered yourself in leaves?!

I told you I love autumn!

Living in California doesn’t allow me to experience each season to the fullest, so it was a real treat when I got to visit my sister in Idaho two years ago during Halloween.  Can you tell I thoroughly enjoyed it?

Speaking of things I love, I’m kicking off my favorite season by having my very first Passport to Bliss giveaway!

Drum roll please………….

Main Entry:
• Comment on this post telling me what you love most about autumn.

Bonus Entries:
• Like me on Facebook
• Follow my blog
• Reblog this post
• Tweet tweet!!  You can copy & paste this:  @passporttobliss is giving away a free blog header design! Enter now through September 22nd.

**Please leave a comment for each additional bonus entry

I’m really excited to work with the winner and create a blog header that really captures their personality and style!

Until then, enjoy the last 2 weeks of summer.  For me, my California summer will probably last well into October, but I’ll get to jump in that pile of crunchy leaves at the end of September when I go visit my sister in Washington!

Have a great week everyone!

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