Weekend Highlights

I’ve got a great Motivational Monday post set up for you guys today, but first I wanted to do a quick recap of this past weekend.  It was such a great, low-key, energy-shifting weekend for us as we took time to reconnect and add to the house a bit. Smile Let’s get straight into it:


We had lunch with Momma at Local Mocha Cafe, right down the street from our house in Pukalani.  I had heard good things about their sushi but was still blown away by the quality and price.  🙂  We will definitely be going back soon!  After lunch, Mom gave us these gorgeous flowers.  She got them from a box on the side of the road on her way back from a hike in the Haleakala crater this weekend – so proud of her!

The find of the weekend = this set of adjustable Bowflex SelectTech dumbells!


These rock!  You can adjust them  to get dumbells ranging from 5 to 52.5 lbs!  And it takes up much less room than an entire weight set.  The best part?  They retail for almost $400 and I got them at a garage sale – in perfect condition – for $50!  Woot! I’m seriously considering letting go of my gym membership now.

The highlight of my weekend = being a judge for the local 4H Club’s Teach-In Day!

Ben and I were asked by a friend if we would be open to judging.  Ben’s initial response was, “sure, but I don’t have much expertise” because he thought we’d be judging farm animals or something.  Turns out Teach-In Day is simply an opportunity for young girls in 4H to create a recipe and practice their public speaking and preparation skills by teaching a bunch of people how to create the recipe themselves.

Needless to say, the girls all did phenomenally and were awarded with ribbons (while we were awarded with ‘ono food!).


[It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it Winking smile]

The project of the weekend = the new study area!

The reason Ben and I were checking out garage sales in the first place was because we recently put together our new desk.  Our cottage has one bedroom and is truly perfect for just the two of us [I really mean it when I say that we live simply], but one of the things that was really bothering us was not having a space designated for studying (we’re both in grad school).  When we went looking for desks, we couldn’t find anything that would fit into our tiny space without cramping the entire house, until we came across our perfect desk…


“Wait, that’s not a desk”, you say?

Check this out:


Everything fits inside (including the printer, which rolls out!) and then folds together perfectly when we need the space.  Seriously, we are in love!


Sweet, right?  Smile Once the desk was in, we figured it was the perfect time to get a big enough bookcase and move some things around.


The vibe in the house feels really good right now, which sparked some creativity in the kitchen – recipes to come soon!  Smile

Also, stay tuned for the Motivational Monday post!

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10 thoughts on “Weekend Highlights

  1. Stacy says:

    That is an AMAZING desk! Some smart person who lived in a small place definitely put their thinking cap on!!! So cool!!! I’m glad you guys had such a great weekend! 🙂

  2. janet says:

    The beautiful, loving energy of your place comes through on this picture, and I love the desk too! See how powerful you are?

    • greenplatedinners says:

      Hehe, thanks! We love our wedding photo too, we just can’t figure out where we want to hang it, so it’s been sitting on a chair for a year and a half =/

      I love the flowers too! We’re lucky to have such gorgeous flowers all year round here =)

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