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Pineapple Face Mask


Since we came back from Hawaii, pineapple has been my new addiction.

I can’t seem to get enough of it.

I’ve got gobs of fresh pineapple in my fridge so I decided to play around with it and make up a face mask.

Pineapple has a wonderfully skin friendly enzyme in it called Bromelain. It helps shed dead skin cells, brighten skin and has a gentle astringent like quality. Mixed with the moisturizing qualities of honey and the antioxidant power of green tea this mask made my skin feel fantastic.

{Bonus – the green tea and honey are acne fighters too!}

Try it out for a little tropical pampering.

You’ll need:

3-4 slices of fresh pineapple

1 tablespoon organic honey

1 tablespoon green tea

Directions:

Boil water and make a cup of strongly steeped green tea. (I like to steep mine for at least 10 minutes)

Put the pineapple and honey in the blender and mix until smooth. Add the green tea and mix to a paste.

Spread the paste over your clean face and neck. Lie back and relax for 15 minutes.

Rinse with warm water and soft wash cloth. End with a splash of cool water and finish with moisturizer.

Now, go make yourself a Mai Tai or Pina Colada!

xo,

Ivy

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Oh Maui…how I love thee.

On April 26th, we set off on a long overdue honeymoon to Maui.

It would be a six-day, five night trip that would leave us wanting more pineapple, sea air and warm breezes. In short, it was unforgettable, romantic and blissful.

I, as usual, had my handy-dandy camera linked to my wrist at all times and took far too many pictures. I won’t try to share them all with you in one post…but rather draw it out into a long series of Hawaiian tales…(bear with me)

Chapter One: Arrive in Paradise

After a quick, smooth and easy  five-hour direct flight from Portland on Hawaiian airlines, I couldn’t believe we were already approached Maui.  The gorgeous colors from the plane were dazzling…sapphire blue, emerald green and turquoise. I couldn’t wait to land!

I surprised Chris with a lei arrival. Nice touch eh? They smelled amazing.

After retrieving our luggage, we headed over to Alamo, where we picked up our very cute ride – a white soft top Jeep! It was a fun car to have on the island, although I must say, I’ve had shopping carts with a smoother ride! It was bit bumpy to say the least! Next time we are getting the convertible Mustang for sure.

I promised myself I would have a tropical drink an hour after landing and voila…I did. (It was more like two hours after landing but who’s counting?) These Mai Tai’s were amazing. We sat there, at our resort, sipping these babies and counting our lucky stars that we were actually in Maui. It took a while to sink in.

Our first meal in Maui was mahi mahi fish tacos…so DELICIOUS! I ate so much mahi mahi it was just plain ridiculous. Between that and the ahi tuna I’m surprised I didn’t grow some gills. So fresh! I got all my Omega 3′s for sure!

After getting our fill, we retired to our beautiful condo for a little rest before dinner.

As usual, we got our condo through VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner). We absolutely loved the place we stayed. The owner, Chris was so helpful and welcoming, plus we got all the luxuries of the Honua Kai resort without all the $$$. The resort is in a great location with easy proximity to Lahaina, with all the night life and shopping plus access to some beautiful beaches. For our first trip it was perfect. We didn’t bring Grace on this vacation but after seeing how family friendly Maui is we will be definitely taking her along on the next trip.

We concluded our first night at the Lahaina Grill. It was seriously the best seafood I’ve had in a very long time. I had seared ahi tuna, of course, and it was sublime. The service, ambiance, food and wine were all first class. It was a spendy meal but so worth it. It’s a special place that should not be missed!

A Maui sunset set the sky ablaze. A beautiful sight to end a beautiful day. Couldn’t wait to wake up and greet the ocean the next morning.

Stay tuned for Chapter 2…

xo,

Ivy

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