A few weeks back I shared with you some awesome info on the Hotel Transylvania 3 movie. On September 25th, the movie became available on Digital HD and arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 9th.
Interested in some awesome bonus material like DracuStraws activity page, a recipe for Drac’s Spooky Smoothie and a few other adorable bonus features and clips? Well, keep reading and see what it’s all about.
Learn more about the release on the previous post here on Honeygirl’s World. Read here.
Bonus Clip – Want to be Mavis or Drac for Halloween? Follow this Makeup Tutorial for the perfect Halloween Costume look.
Giveaway – Win a Hotel Transylvania 3 DVD and Pillowcase (ends on October 10th)
I have some exciting news for my readers and followers. Just in time for the release, I have a giveaway for one lucky winner. The winner will receive 1 DVD and 1 Pillowcase for Trick-or-Treating. It’s the perfect way to celebrate this upcoming spooktacular event. Here’s how you can enter. Head on over to my Instagram Post for the Giveaway to get all the details.
I hope you are all as excited as my family and I am to watch Hotel Transylvania 3. It’s going to be absolutely Spook-tacular!
Disclaimer: The giveaway prize is provided by PR. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. This is not a sponsored post.
My family and I just love new adventures and I’m so excited to share our most recent one with all of you. This past weekend, my husband, sons, and sisters joined me on a Zipline Tour with Skyline Eco-Adventures Haleakala Course. As a part of their Kama’aina special, we were able to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity. Unfortunately, my husband did not take part in the zip lining due to an ankle injury, but he enjoyed watching as we had a lot of fun that day.
There are two locations for the Skyline Eco-Adventures Zipline on Maui, in Ka’anapali and on the slopes of Haleakala. We decided to do the Haleakala Zipline and can’t wait to try out the Ka’anapali one in the future. Skyline is famous for being Hawaii’s #1 Zipline Company and being the 1st Zipline Company in the United States. It was founded in 2002 on my beautiful island of Maui by father and son Buck and Danny Boren. Skyline’s first location, the Haleakala Skyline Tour (which is where we went this past weekend) is located on the Historic Haleakala Ranch in beautiful Upcountry Maui.
The Zipline is located just a few miles before Haleakala National Park entrance and is easy to find with signs along Crater Road to help guide you. Parking is easily available as well. I read that Skyline Haleakala was recently recognized by Fodor’s Travel as one of the world’s most amazing zipline courses and I’ll be honest, it is definitely a must-have for anyone to try.
Skyline Eco-Adventures Haleakala Zipline Course
The Haleakala Zipline includes a fun and a bit scary “Indiana Jones” style swinging bridge and 5 awesome ziplines. My sister Harmony is afraid of heights, but she conquered them all and enjoyed the fact that they started off with a small and short line (like a bunny slope when you go skiing). Each line gets longer and faster until you work up to the long Pendulum line at the end of the course. The course tour will take approximately 1.5 hours to get through with a small hike taking you to each zipline adventure. I think in total we hiked about 1/2 a mile on a trail that took us through eucalyptus trees. Overall the trail was easy to maneuver and a great addition to the tour.
Thank you Jesse & P.J. for being AWESOME GUIDES!
From the beginning at check-in till the time we left the property after our tour, we felt like we were family. Our guides Jesse and P.J. were very fun and kind and made a worried mom feel at ease. It’s not easy dealing with two 9 year olds, who happen to be twins – but the boys left talking about how funny and cool their guides were and how much fun they had. I was assured of their safety and was able to have a great time as well. I love that the tour offered beautiful scenery and an educational experience for everyone.
The zipline course at Haleakala has you soaring over 90-foot drops and canyons with the fragrant scent of eucalyptus trees surrounding you. The pendulum line (the last zip line) reaches speeds of over 45 mph. While going to each zipline, your tour guide will teach you about the various flora, fauna, culture and even birds that you can find on your Eco-Tour.
Safe fun for the whole family
The boys had such a fun experience that they haven’t stopped talking about our adventure since that day (it’s been 5 days since we went). I love that my family members felt safe and enjoyed themselves. Skyline has sophisticated engineers that take good care in building and crafting their equipment and lines. Each guide is trained above and beyond the industry standard of 40 hours and they each go through an 80-hour training process as well as a period of “assistant guiding”. Skyline performs daily check-ups to inspects all ziplines, platforms, trails, and equipment to ensure safety and fun on each course. And, each year an accredited ACCT inspector conducts a comprehensive review of each Skyline course, piece of equipment and all current practices.
Experience a part of Maui you had no idea existed.
Being Hawaii locals, we get the opportunity to try out awesome activities. This one was definitely one of the most memorable. My family and I have been loving the footage we caught and looking back at all the photos. (sorry this post is photo heavy) As I mentioned before, we look forward to trying the Ka’anapali Course. We have to wait a little while since the twins are not quite heavy enough for that course just yet. Everyone in our party was first-time zipliners with exception to my sister Katt and me, but everyone equally enjoyed their time. It’s a perfect way to see a part of Maui most people have no idea existed.
Conservation and Contribution
Skyline Eco-Adventures also works with our local community to preserve and conserve our natural resources in the islands. From their first day in 2002, conservation has been an important part of their mission. Skyline is the first zipline operator in the world to join 1% For The Planet. (1% For The Plant is a group of businesses committed to giving at least 1% of all sales back to environmental preservations.) Skyline also supports various conservation groups throughout the islands. But, they also contribute in many other ways.
Skyline gives back to the Hawaii Communities!
Skyline has planted over 5,000 native trees. They use solar panels on their corporate office to reduce the energy costs. This helps to offset over 2,550 tonnes of CO2 emissions. They recycle thousands of pounds of refuse from guests each year. And, their staff receive paid service days to support environmental causes. Skyline has donated over $1.4 million to non-profit groups. Last year, my son received a sponsorship for his Pop Warner Football Team from Skyline as well. In 2017 they donated more than 20,000 pounds of food to the Maui Food Bank and Kauai Independent Food Bank. Every September they offer their “We Love Kama’aina” Promotion. For this promotion, they collect non-perishable food items for the local food banks. They give back to their local community and offer great service. But they also contribute in more ways than most can imagine.
There is so much more that Skyline does for our community – from Make A Wish to community service. Read all about it here.
Contact Skyline Eco Adventures
If you’re interested in booking Skyline Eco Adventures for your a Zipline tour – check out their website. You can get all the details and pricing there.
Check out our little video vlog (embedded above) and see how much fun we had. Our family definitely and highly suggests Skyline Eco-Adventures Zipline for your next family fun event. Thank you Skyline for making this experience not only a memorable one, but one we can’t stop talking Eco-Adventures. Mahalo from the Kaho’ohanohano ‘Ohana.
Christmas is usually my favorite time of year, but I’ll be honest with all of you… this year has been a difficult one to wrap my mind around. After losing my Dad in June unexpectedly, I didn’t think that I would be struggling as much as I am with the Holiday Season. But, now that we are smack dab in the middle of holiday shopping, I feel the pressure. I usually get my holiday shopping and my gift guides up earlier in the season (in November), but found myself struggling to write. But, Christmas is about time with family and I figured this would be the perfect time for me to share this list of holiday gift ideas with all of you. I hope this holiday season keeps you and your family warm, cozy and safe. And, now… gifts!
I love to journal and I find myself using a journal more now than ever before. It helps me to collect my thoughts and write about memories I want to cherish. This gorgeous leather journal from Soothi is the perfect addition to any workspace. Soothi’s goal is to inspire and offer a sense of individuality and they offer products to transform writing desks and elevate standards. Their master craftsmanship shows in their journals, notebooks, and stationery. Each journal is customized with vision shaping phrases that can change the outlook of any moment or an entire project.
Made of genuine leather and embossed with a quote. This journal offers a string tie closure, stitched in paper and an old-world feel. Paper is tree-free and environmentally friendly.
I really think a great practical gift for men works wonders. I’m always on the hunt for something that my husband would like and a well-made wallet to stand the test of time is definitely a great choice. Mr. Lentz just had to make my selection choice this year because their craftsmanship and quality is absolutely wonderful. The offer a variety of leather goods and to help you care for your product(s) they also include a free tin of their own handmade leather conditioner.
The Mens Leather Wallet is built for the man on the go that wants to be minimalistic, while still needing the function of a wallet. The leather is full-grain so it will last through heavy use for years to come. No stitching to break on these so you will enjoy it for years to come. It holds 8 cards and a medium stack of cash. I had my husband’s wallet engraved with “K & H Forever” because it is one of our favorite sayings and wrapped it up for the perfect gift.
Retail: $70 (now currently on sale for $63) – mrlentz.com
I think that a great shave kit or a stylish tie also make great gifts for the men in your life. Clarence Henningham offers a variety of ties in different styles and designs. The perfect way to pair professional and lifestyle while still offering the man in your life to show off his own personality. Their mission is to provide quality professional business garments for the bold and brave person in each of us.
First, let me start by saying… ties are not easy to photograph. lol But, I digress. Clarence Henningham offers a variety of ties and bowties for the perfect gifts.
When it comes to gifts for my favorite men… I always include some kind of shave set. My husband has his favorites and Van Der Hagen in one of those brands that he will gravitate to. Van Der Hagen and Beard Guyz Beard Products are brands that are tried and true and offer a variety of different products for the guy in your life. If you’re looking for quality products and sets that are easy to find, you’ll absolutely love any of these. They make great stocking stuffers and are perfect gifts because they are easy to buy from your local retailers.
I have several brother-in-laws, a father-in-law and a husband and brother to shop for. These gifts are not only affordable on my pocket book but they come from brands our husbands and men most likely have tried and enjoy.
Van Der Hagen sets retail: $13.99 – $29.99
Available at: Vanderhagen.com, Walgreens, Amazon, Target and Rite Aid
Beard Guys Beard Care Products retail: $9.99 – $14.99
Available at: Beardguyz.com, Amazon, Walgreens and CVS
Essential Oils and body products that offer zen are definitely important for me. Speaking of which… “Santa, I need a new diffuser, I broke mine last week.” I love trying new products from different brands or new to me brands and I just had to share with you Oh Organics. Certified Organic Ingredients go into their handmade soaps to cleanse, moisturize and exfoliate the skin naturally. Their Essential Oils contain nothing but pure, therapeutic grade, certified organic essential oils. Each product is handmade and ship for free. With each sale, Oh Organics also contributes $1.00 to American Forests which plants one tree.
Gift products include:
Combination Pack – 2 soaps (4.5oz), 1 essential oil (15mL), boxed and ready to wrap $19.99 ($28.95 if bought separately)
5 Pack of their best selling essential oils (15 mL) for $37.00 ($55.55 if bought separately)
Oh Organics offers quality products that you will enjoy using. Purchase: ohorganics.net
Compendium products make wonderful gifts for anyone in the family. I have a few that I wanted to share with you that I think would make anyone you gift them to, smile.
Thoughtfulls ($6.95) Holiday Cheer Thoughtfulls are little pop-open cards that have little messages inside. These were the first products that Compendium made and they have been one of the most popular products since. Each box includes 30 cards, each with a different inspiration quotation. They are packaged perfectly to stick directly into a stocking as a stuffer and make the perfect gift for anyone that needs a little inspiration and motivation in their lives.
The Christmas Memories Guestbook is the perfect addition to any holiday party and a great way to thank any hostess or host. We attend a plethora of holiday parties each year and I thought the Christmas Memories book would be awesome because it allows you to savor the season and relive the tradition for years to come. This beautiful book is a place to gather all of the seasons for you and record the guests, family, and celebration in a book that will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.
Retail: $24.95 Hardcover with slipcase, 9″ H x 9″ W, 80 pages total
My Mom In Her Own Words Book
Each family has their own little treasure of memories and experiences. There are a number of things that define who Mom is and that reflect the love she shares. This keepsake book invites mom to speak from her heart, in her own words. It’s a priceless keepsake for generations to come.
My Mom can be a gift for them to fill out or a meaningful way to “interview” and create family dialogue around each story. Moms also fill them out on their own and give them as a gift to younger generations. Things like this remind me that the legacy I leave behind can be documented for my children to remember and read for years to come.
Retail: $10.95 (Hardcover, 5.75″ H x 5.75″ W, 80 pages)
BeBibs Fashion Adult Bibs are a great gift that is practical but something no one will ever think about. An adult bib that is fashionable but that provides a safeguard for your clothes against perils of the morning routine such as makeup, coffee and even toothpaste. These bibs are so easy to wear with any outfit and they are there to help protect against any mishaps that may occur any time of the day. This stylish product was featured on The TODAY Show and is an absolute hit.
The BeBibs come in different prints and I am absolutely loving it, so I just had to share with all of you. I like to get dressed in the morning and put all my clothes on for the day, before makeup – because makeup is always “in case I have time”. I simply place BeBid over my clothes and it catches any fallout, spills or anything else. Such a great gift for any lady in your life. Perfect for Brides or the Business Woman. Each Big comes with a silver plated necklace with pearls. They are lightweight and easy to use.
Retail: $29.94 – $50.00 (all BeBibs must have a necklace to hold in place so make sure to purchase as a set.)
Pieces of Me is a young brand that is reimagining personalized jewelry. I wanted to share this with all of you because I’m a huge fan of personalized jewelry myself and love getting it as gifts, but this is different. The cuffs or necklaces from Pieces of Me are reminders of how appreciated and valued they are for their unique personalities and personality traits.
Pieces of Me offers unique gifts that are a meaningful way to express your appreciation for what you love about someone. They offer a variety of over 30 different traits to choose from so there is something for everyone. Each product is made in the USA and cuff bracelets retail for $29.99
Pictured: Stamped Cuff Bracelet – Passionate (You see a spark when passionate people talk about what excites them. They love what gets them up in the morning and what keeps them up at night.) n All cuff purchases include a cuff, trait description card, and a drawstring storage bag. Each piece is hand-made and has its own unique character. No two pieces are alike – a great representation of a person’s individuality. Handcrafted in the United States and 14K Gold Plated.
Cold cozy weather is perfect for socks and boy are we experiencing sock weather here in Hawaii. It’s been consistently in the mid to high 50s and 60s lately and a great pair of socks makes great gifts. Bombas Socks has easily become one of my all-time favorites and I love them. These socks are comfortable (seriously, some of the best socks I’ve used in a long time) and innovative. They are so comfy, I struggle to take them off, so I’m glad I have one for each day of the week.
But, that’s not the only reason why I support this brand. Because socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters, for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a pair to someone in need. Bombas has donated more than 5 Million pairs of socks and this little act of human kindness is what drew me to Bombas, to begin with.
There are socks for all – Mens, Womens, Children. This concept started as a big idea, a small tattoo and millions of pairs donated. I’m a fan and a Bombas lifer! Of course, I am named Honey, so bees, honey… I call it a win.
For this little gift guide, I wanted to include at least one fun educational toy for the kiddos. I introduce all of you to GIANTmicrobes. GIANTmicrobes are a collection of critters that are inspired by the invisible microscopic world. These little guys might seem terrifying to some, but they are a great way to educate kids with a little cuteness.
Now – GIANTmicrobes comes in terrifying collections as well as E. Coli or the Brain-eating Amoeba Plagues so they would make an interesting gag-gift for any adult. But, My sons absolutely loved how soft these creatures were and enjoyed hours of researching these microscopic things so that they could get more information on the critter as well. I think these would make great gifts for Teachers and kids who like learning about science. Choose from over 150 different microbes and cells. Available in 4 sizes.
Featured in the photo: Blood Cells, Amoeba, The Common Cold, Waterbear and Brain Cell.
Retail: $5 – $30 www.giantmicrobes.com
I’m sure you are probably seeing the next toy in Walmart Stores as you do your Holiday shopping this year. The Nano Metalfigs are some of the coolest tools I have seen in a long time and offer top licenses from DC Comics, Harry Potter, Marvel, Disney/Pixar, WWE and Street Fighter. These awesome figures are 1.65″ scale and 100% die-cast. They weigh about 25-30g and has that distinctive die-cast feel. They are sold in packs – 5 packs and 10 packs that offer exclusive figures. These not only make great collectors, they remind me of my childhood with some of my favorite characters from comics and of course – Harry Potter.
Each brand offers more than 20 figures to collect and every 8 weeks a new product is released. Diorama sets are a way to display these Nano Metalfigs and it would make a great gift for any child or collector.
Retail: Starting at about $1.00 per figure walmart.com
I realize that my Holiday Gift Guide is quite eclectic, but I love to feature products that my family and I enjoy and that make us happy or inspire us. This gift guide includes a variety of products that are tried and true and that we have given as gifts before or have purchased or used ourselves. Each year Honeygirl’s World tries to feature products that are not necessarily on anyone’s radar, but nonetheless, they would make great gifts. I’d love to try and get more gift ideas up this year so keep an eye out on my social media as well as here to see if I have added any additional selections.
My family and I would love to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season. Thank you for making Honeygirl’s World so successful over the years. This coming January 2018, this site will be 10 Years old and the site would not be where it is without all of you. May you and your families have a safe, fun and blessed holiday.
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration or feature. Some products were purchased with my own money. Affiliate links are through out. This is not a paid post.
Yay – I’m so excited that it’s finally summer break for the boys. While the twins will be going to Summer school in a few weeks, we still plan to take full advantage of the days we have with each other and summer for us means fun and adventures. Since the boys and I are going to be adventuring around our island like tourists this summer, I figured that I would share with all of you some of the pictures of our journey. While some of them will be fun and exciting, we also plan to revisit some of the places I played in my childhood. So many changes happen as the future evolves and this is my way of sharing all of it with my boys.
A few days ago I found myself pumping gas into my car and an overwhelming feeling of a need to visit sanctuary overcame me. As a child my parents took me to different places on the island to cool off during the summer or hot months or to just relax and as a teenager, I visited these places with friends. I wanted to take a drive to calm my mind. Out of the blue, I found myself driving to little towns that I haven’t been to in over 10 years and what I saw hurt my heart.
My first stop was to Waihee Valley and a location the locals here know as Swinging Bridges. It’s at the top of a narrow road at the base of the mountain range and somewhere I spent many summers, walking across these swinging bridges on a hike to get to the waterfall at the top of the trail. The last time we entered, we were charged a fee (about 10 years ago), even if we were Kama’ainas (local residents). So, I expected that I would need to pay a small fee to enter the grounds again. This time, I was greeted at the top of the road before the entry to Swinging Bridges with a large gate that blocked my entry.
In shock, I sat there for a few minutes to collect my thoughts. How is this even possible? I turned my car around and just as I started my descent back down the road, I passed a local man tending to his garden. His house is located just to the side of where this photo (above) was taken. If you’ve been to Hawaii or live here, then you probably know that even is Aunty or Uncle, so I greeted him by saying… “Good morning Uncle, how are you today?” He responded by approaching my car and we talked story a bit. He explained that the gate was put up about 5 years ago and the property which is owned by the plantation and a private land owner decided to remove access to the public. We talked about how the families that lived in the valley were either moving away or they were offered a lot of money to sell their homes. Long time residents that go back generations that live on the road are also blocked access to something they grew up with. We talked for about 30 minutes and the uncle ended the conversation by saying that I was welcomed to come back any time to wala’au (or talk story).
As a kid, we often went up to those areas to pick fern so that we could make haku leis (floral head wreaths) for hula, weddings and other events. The local people no longer have access to that area any longer without asking for permission. Like I mentioned before, we also swam in the ponds and waterfalls as kids to cool off from the hot Maui heat. About 10 years ago I took my eldest son to these places and he loved it, but now it is no longer accessible.
I absolutely think that those who own the property have the right to block access to the public, however, much of the land in these parts are technically not “owned” by anyone. Hawaii is known for parts of the islands that are blocked from access when they technically are not owned by the person who does so. It’s a common argument throughout the islands. I was so sad to see this gate here because I figured that if it was still easily accessible, this would be one of the places I would bring my sons to go hiking and journeying through the Valley and ending at a gorgeous waterfall. I’m sad to see that the access is blocked, but I know there truly is not much I can do about it to fix the situation. I can only hope that they open it for hiking some days and I can take my sons to visit my childhood stomping grounds.
This was just the beginning of my journey on that day. Over the next week or so I’ll be sharing more of my adventure and over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing photos and our journey as we enjoy our summer break. Stay tuned for more.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and all images are my own. Affiliate links may be posted throughout and all opinions are my own.
Before I get all personal with you guys, as I often do, I wanted to explain to all of you what #PRINCEofPEACE was all about. Beginning March 31st and through out the duration of Holy Week, you can learn all about the 8 Core Principles of PEACE by visiting the #PRINCEofPEACE website.
As a parent, I know that the reason for Easter can get lost in transition. With the need for eggs to color and dye, fun spring activities and baskets filled with treats, Easter can take on the role of any other holiday. While it is absolutely fun and the kids love it, I always grew up knowing that the commercial side of Easter was just that – fun, flowers and sweets. But, my parents instilled in us as kids that the most important part of Easter is our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the number one reason we celebrate this day each year and because of this – while I do share in the fun of color and spring with my sons, we make sure that Jesus Christ is always in our hearts.
This year I’ve had the awesome opportunity once again to work with Mormon.org and spread the word about the campaign #PRINCEofPEACE to celebrate this Easter. The video “Prince of Peace” will be available on the site to watch and is just over 2 minutes long. It illustrates the role of Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace” and invites others to do the same. The video will be available in 33 languages, and the website is in 29 languages for many to enjoy.
Learn the principals of peace from the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Share ways to find peace through our Savior and invite all to come unto Christ and spread the word.
As a child, I was brought up knowing that Jesus Christ is our Savior, our Almighty. I was instilled with Faith and Prayer to get me through my deepest and darkest hours and times. My mom and grandmother made sure that we knew how to say our prayers and that we took the time to say them each and every night. This, I have taught to my sons and continue to do so with them to share God’s Word with them, teach them forgiveness, compassion and gratitude. While this post may be different from the norm that you see here, I felt it was important to share this with all of you today. Sometimes we get so busy with day to day life, that we forget the importance of faith in our lives.
“History is full of conquerors, but only one of them defeated sin and death forever. Where many have tried, only Christ won lasting peace for His followers. This Easter, find that peace in your life.” – Mormon.org
While Easter is so much more than what the stores and commercials aim it to be, I think that the Principles of Peace will help you to focus on Easter and the reasons we celebrate it. This is a great opportunity for all to stop and reflect upon our own lives.
I hope you will join us in sharing the Principles of Peace and don’t forget to watch the video when it’s live.
** All images and graphics were provided to me by mormon.org. As many know, I am a believer of many faiths as they instill the word of Christ in our minds and hearts. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. This post was sponsored by Mormon.org.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. To think that he would 110 years old today, well – that is just amazing. I’m sure he would be absolutely proud to see that his works and rhymes are still so relevant today was it was back then. By the time Dr. Seuss died in 1991, he had produced more than 60 children’s books – many of which I have read as a child and continue to read to my children till this day.
Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book – “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, was published in 1937 and thereafter his popular best sellers like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham became household names.
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
Today is what we know in the Nation and Worldwide as Dr. Seuss Day – to not only celebrate this great writer but his birthday. I figured it would be a great time to share a quote or two of his that are some of my favorites.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
A DIY on the costume the twins’ are wearing can be found here.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
I think subscription boxes are so fun and exciting. Over the years I have definitely tried my fair share of them and I certainly have had my favorites so I’m always excited to share new ones with friends and family. The SugarBash box is a new subscription service to me and I was very much amazed with the quality of products I received in the box, as well as the shipment overall.
So – what is the Sugarbash Box? The SugarBash box is a subscription service box that is valued at $200 or more for a bi-monthly subscription of $35.00. Sugarbash offers a variety of products from tech and beauty to fitness and fashion as well as home items in each box. What I love most is that the products are full-sized and each brand offers special discounts for their members.
Each box contains at least 6 products with themes for each box. You get a great value for the box considering what you pay for it and I love that Celebrity Boxes are also included in the membership. The box I got this time around was curated by the Steve Harvey Family. Guest curators Steve and Marjorie Harvey selection products that would really make great for the holiday season. Let’s talk about each product individually, shall we?
In this bi-monthly box I got two jewelry pieces which I was absolutely ecstatic to see. The first is from T&J Designs and is a gorgeous pair of Pave Pearl Ear Jacket Earrings. These earrings retail for $34.00 and are gorgeous studs that are wonderful for the holiday events and parties. These three-quarter inch length earrings make a wonderful gift and are perfect for everyday wear. They are lightweight but still have a great weight to them when worn and I love how comfortable they feel on. I’m absolutely loving them because they are definitely my style.
The Mahana Crystal Gemstone Bracelet $40 is absolutely divine. The Mahana Intention pieces are made with crystal gemstones that are sourced from all over the world. This piece is probably my favorite out of all that I received in the box because I am a huge crystal collector. This bracelet will definitely make a great addition to my collection offering healing stones for the wearer to give them strength and stability in times of change as well as to provide guidance and clarity during difficult times. I’m been using this bracelet every day since getting it in my box.
Who doesn’t love a great nail polish? I also got the Adesse Organic Infused gel Effect Nail Lacquer (retail: $18.00) and it’s a gorgeous color. Irina is a gorgeous dove-gray that is long wearing, chip-resistant and offers that plump nails look of a gel manicure without the need to dry your nails under a LED or UV Lamp. The polish is vegan, cruelty-free and includes a blend of organic Bamboo Extract, Shea and Argan Oil and is free from the 12 most toxic and harmful ingredients. This is a fabulous nail lacquer and I’m loving it.
I love a great Granola and this one from Happy Granola “Monkey Business” is a great treat. It’s filled with delicious banana chips and yummy chocolate chips along with banana-infused granola and makes the best and perfect snack. If you have chocolate cravings, you’ll absolutely love eating this to satisfy your sweet tooth. This granola retails for $12.99 and your body and taste buds will love it. You’ll never hear anyone saying: “I’ve had enough of this Monkey Business.” Eat good, feel good, be happy!
Since I love great skin care, I was very excited to find this next product in my box. The Purity of Elements Radiance Face Serum (retail $75.00) is a serum that goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly and I love that. It leaves my skin looking dewy and supple – young and fresh and is infused with a proprietary blend called Copper 5 Complex. This antioxidant-rich cocktail restores skin’s balance, infuses hydration, address key signs of agin gskin and earns Five Star Reviews for diminishing wrinkles and improving skin’s elasticity while brightening and revealing more radiant complexion. It feels wonderful on and I absolutely love how bright and youthful my face looks and feels after using it.
From Purity of Elements I also got the Natural Sisal Dry Body Brush ($5.99). This brush is designed with firm and dense fibers derived from the agave sisalana cactus plant. This 9-inch-long Natural Sisal Dry Body Brush sloughs away dead skin, boosts circulation and increases lymphatic drainage for optimal detoxification. I love using this brush on my legs because I suffer from Edema from time to time and it really helps to help circulation in my legs as well as clean away the dead skin.
The Herban Salted Butter Body Scrub from Herban Collection ($32.00) was an exciting find in my box. This natural, vegan and 100% handmade Salted Butter moisture locking body scrub offers body exfoliation with all-day shea butter moisture. This texture of this product is so unique but it leaves my skin feeling wonderful after using. I love melting some of it in my tub and having a warm bath because it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and soft.
The last treat in the box was the “That’s What She Said” Game ($24.99). I was quite excited to check this out because I’m all about a fun game, especially during the holidays and New Year’s Eve Celebrations where we play board games with family and friends. This is a twisted game of innuendos, a fun party-in-a-box that is perfect for your next game night or get-together. Lots of laughs and a whole lot of fun.
I am quite impressed with the SugarBash box that I received. I think this is definitely a fun subscription service to check out and SugarBash is not just a Subscription Box but will also be an App that you can use to Rave about your favorite products.
Check out my video (embedded below) where I un-box the Sugarbash Box for all of you and my reaction to each product included.
If you are someone you know loves trying out new products or enjoys subscription services like these – I definitely suggest checking it out. For $35.00 bi-monthly, you get a lot of products that are definitely worth checking out.
You can learn more about SugarBash at: http://www.sugarbash.com/
Sign up by December 14th to beat the holiday shipping cut off date or try something new for the New Year.
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I’m quite impressed with myself – to be honest, that I was able to release most of my Holiday Gift Guides by the first week of December. Let’s all stand and give me a round of applause, shall we? lol – All kidding aside, I’m pretty happy with myself this year because I laid out a schedule and I kept with it. Today, I’m sharing with you a gift guide that I’m absolutely excited about, because it’s one of my favorites to do each year. When it comes to Stocking Stuffers, I find that they can be the easiest gift to buy for anyone on your holiday gift giving list. Why? Well, because anything that you can fit in a Christmas stocking goes… and for me – that means I get to pick up all the little nifty products that I would love to get or receive as a gift and it can always be something fun, practical or unpractical and definitely interesting. I have a wide list of products that fit into this list so this is going to be a long post – so without further adieu, let’s get started.
Hickies Lacing System is by far one of my favorite gifts to give for the holiday. Each pack is small enough to fit into a stocking (of most sizes) and anyone who wears shoes with traditional laces will love these. I own about 8 pairs myself, using them to change up my shoes from time to time and to fit my personality for the day. Sneaker designs change but one thing that remains the same, are laces. You’ll never have to tie a shoelace again and once you go Hickies, you’ll never go back to traditional laces.
Hickies come in a huge array of colors and sizes for adults and children and are so easy to put on and take off. Hickies is running a Winter Holiday Sale right now – purchase Hickies 1.0 for $13.99 (reg $14.99), Hickies 2.0 for $14.99 (reg $17.99) and Hickies Kids for $9.99 (reg $11.99)
Purchase Hickies at: https://www.hickies.com/
I couldn’t mention a cool pair of laces without mentioning something along the lines of fitness and the MilestonePod is definitely a great stocking stuffer. This little device is perfect for any runner or walker and whether you’re training for your first 5K or just getting into shape or staying active, this is the perfect gear for you. This wearable pod not only tracks your running metrics, but it also tells you when it’s time to replace your shoes and it helps to prevent many common injuries a new running should definitely have in their toolkit.
The Pod is easy to use. Simply clip the Pod onto your shoe once and leave it there. The Pod collects data as soon as it senses movement. The Pod is always ready to go and it knows when you start and stop. There is no need to run with your phone to keep track of the data and you can sync your Pod to the MilestonePod App to view detailed performance data and gait metrics. The Pod works everywhere, even indoors and no charging is needed.
The MilestonePod retails for $24.95 and can be purchased at: http://www.milestonepod.com/the-product/the-milestone-pod/
Handcrafted jewelry pieces make GREAT stocking stuffers. Pura Vida Jewelry offers gorgeous handmade pieces and each bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans in Costa Rica. The commitment to their craft is conveyed through the quality of their gorgeous work. Pura Vida Charity Collection was created to give back to different causes all over the world. Pura Vida is partnered with over 190 charities and have donated more than $935,358 to date. Pura Vida also donates 1% of their annual net revenue to environmental organizations worldwide. The goal of Pura Vida is to continue to expand the charity line and support as many causes as possible. These gorgeous bracelets (pictured above) have been favorites of mine to use on a daily basis because they are dressy, yet casual and work well with anything that I’m wearing.
Pura Vida Bracelets retail for $5.00 each or you can select a Style Pack that retails for $65+. You can purchase your bracelet(s) from Pura Vida at: http://www.puravidabracelets.com/
When it comes to gift giving – I do my best to offer functional gifts to friends and family. A gift that you can expect from me or a stocking stuffer for all to see would be a reusable tote. Here in Hawaii, plastic bags are banned and unable to be given out at grocery markets so a great tote makes a perfect gift for anyone. Urban Market Bags to the rescue. With Urban Market bags you get 3 or 6 bags per drawstring pack which means you basically have your needs covered with bags should you need them.
Urban Market Bags come in contemporary colors that look great (I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of that bright blue bag you get at one of those big box stores) and they are made of high quality, durable and machine washable fabric. What I love about them is that they fold up small to fit in a handbag or cupholder of your car as well as a Christmas Stocking and they are just perfect for everyday.Urban Market bags are great to take to the soccer or in my case football field, gym or grocery store and I love that you have three or more bags to take with you and have bags that are stylish.
3 Pack Set retails for $28.00 and 6 Pack Set retails for $40.00 – Urban Market Bags can be purchased at: http://www.urbanmarketbags.com/shop
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Probably one of my favorite stocking stuffers to give out this year comes from Topperfino. If you follow me on Instagram (if not, hello -what are you waiting for? lol) you would have seen me post about Topperfino a few weeks back. Coffee is such a huge part of our everyday lifestyles – well, in my case, it’s now cocoa and tea since I can’t drink coffee as much as I would like. Topperfino is a great coffee innovation, a chocolate topper that not only gorgeous but delectable.
Topperfino is the perfect mix for coffee to create an unparalleled coffee art, but it’s a chocolate topper that can be enjoyed with any frothy hot chocolate or foamy drink. These toppers make fabulous presents.
Get the Limited Edition Holidays Mix – 10 count box for $19.99 or select the design that you think would make a great gift for just $13.99 a 10 count box. Purchase your Topperfino for yourself or a gift at: http://topperfino.com/
I have mentioned LATHER in a previous Gift Guide for Skin Care and Body Care and couldn’t possibly resist sharing them again. LATHER has made great stocking stuffers and ornaments packaged appropriately for the holiday season. The Soap & Candle sets ($18.00 each) make great stocking stuffers as well as the Sugar Plum Kisses Set ($15.00 each) and Vanilla Bath Fizz Combos ($18.00 each). Each set would make a great addition to anyone’s gift collection and are packaged and ready to go for holiday gift giving. Simply add a little bow or hang on a tree and you’re ready to go.
FAB Nails by Beauty Junkees is the perfect little size for travel and on the go, but most definitely makes a great gift for anyone’s holiday stocking. It’s small and fits perfectly inside and it makes a wonderful gift. FAB (File and Buff) Nail File is a 2-in-1 Set that includes the best glass nail file and a case. The file is perfect for natural fingernails and a great nail care alternative to nail polish
This nail file is a great solution for men and women and if you can’t wear nail polish – you’ll enjoy this one. You can keep your nails looking FAB with a high gloss finish that lasts up to four weeks. FAB Nails crystal glass file lasts up to a year, depending on how you care for it and your use. It’s gentle on the nails like a chamois and can be used as a buffer in a back and forth direction, sealing the keratin layers together and preventing peeling and chipping. Unlike harsh Emery boardst hat can cause the keratin layers to shed, leaving your nails thin and sometimes peeling – FAB Nails is a great solution for a smooth, ridge free glossy finish.
This awesome nail file retails for $14.97 and can be purchased here.
I’ve been a long time fan of The Body Shop and I’m absolutely loving their new releases for the year. Any makeup lover would absolutely adore these Down to Earth Eye Palettes that have been recently released. These Limited Edition Eyeshadow Quads are a winter must have and are a part of The Body Shop’s Cruelty-free makeup collection. With 100% vegetarian formulation, which contains no carmine, petrolatum, gluten or mineral oil – these gifts will make a great find for anyone that wants to do good, feel good and look good this holiday season and always.
Available in 5 different shade selections (quads) and retailing for $24.00, these shadows are buttery, feel luxe and are winners this holiday for any makeup lover. You can purchase these at your local The Body Shop store or at: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com
Speaking of beauty lovers, lippies make great holiday stocking stuffers. Having to narrow down my favorites is nearly impossible, so I figured what better product to choose than a lippy that will protect the lips during the colder months. FarmHouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms have been a staple for my lips this Fall and Winter and I thought these would make great stocking stuffers. Available in Coconut Beach and Whoopie! Cream, these lip balms are so sleek and ready to rock out any pout.
Made with jojoba oil and shea butters, these lip balms promote healing and hydration with a long-wear formula that lasts and lasts with one application. They have a light fragrance and taste, but overall I love that they leave my lips hydrated all day long. These lip balms are perfect for travel and on the go and will be a great gift for anyone that needs a little lip therapy.
The FarmHouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms retail for $15.00 and can be purchased at: http://farmhousefreshgoods.com
The perfect little nail kit for the nail lover’s Christmas Stocking would be great nail wraps or decals. I was recently introduced to Glossique Nail Deco which makes it easy for anyone to have a gorgeous manicure at anytime. Say goodbye to dry-time, chipping and harsh chemicals and have a wonderful manicure for those holiday parties. I picked up a few of these to put in each of my nieces stockings this year because they are so fun and easy to use. Glossique offers a variety of different designs and they literally can be put on in minutes at anytime.
Glossique Nail Deco Decals retail for: $15.00 and can be purchased at: https://www.glossique.com/shop
Personalized gifts make great stocking stuffers too. Whether they are handcrafted using your own creativity or you utilize a service and put your own spin on things, I love a great personalized gift in my stocking. This cute square compact mirror you see here is a great gift. Retailing for $15.95 you can create your own by adding your own text and image. I used a photo of a sunflower that I took in my garden and added fun text that I love. The options are endless and you can personalize it with a family photo or anything you see fit.
Personalize your own gift at: http://www.zazzle.com
I certainly didn’t forget about the kiddos in our lives. Stocking Stuffers are so fun to shop for when it comes to kids because they are so happy to get fun little things that they can play with. My sons are no exception and I love that we can easily put small and fun gifts into their stocking and they will cherish it all. Lego Mixels are one of my favorite things to stash into a stocking each year. Mixels are created by Lego and are similar to basic lego in that you can build different characters utilizing a set of legos to create from. My sons love them and have quite a collection of these little guys so it’s always fun to add to their sets.
Lego Mixels can be purchased at different locations like Walmart, Target and other stores and I love that they range in price from $4.99 and up so there is a Mixels set for anyone.
The National Geographic Bug Dig Kits are something my sons love and that I love giving out as gifts. Each set allows you to dig up 3 real bugs and kids love to uncover these perfectly preserved insect specimens (spiny spider, fortune beetle and scorpion). Of course – there are a bunch of different bug kits online and National Geographic and Dr. Cool’s kits are our favorites. These make great stocking stuffers or gifts and offer an educational adventure for each child that gets one. Children will learn all about their speciments as well as many other fascinating anthropods and it becomes a cool interactive lesson with a hands-on science kit. The bugs can be kept and inspected in all angles as the bugs are preserved in transparent acrylic for easy examination.
These fun sets retail for about $10 – $20 and can be purchased here.
Like most of my gift guides this 2016 – this one is particularly lengthy, but I wanted to ensure to provide all of you, my readers with a variety of different things to help inspire your holiday gift shopping. Christmas is 13 days away and if you’re still out shopping, I definitely suggest checking out some of these finds. A few things I didn’t include in my gift guide but definitely suggest are:
Pens or Pencils (I love getting new fun gel pens for the holiday – they are great gifts for a planner lover or student)
Candy Canes (I absolutely love seeing all of the different candy canes now available in stores, grab a box of canes and put a few in a stocking. Because, everyone loves a great sweet treat)
Body lotion (I didn’t include this one in the list, but I love getting some new body lotion for holidays – anything sweet smelling is right for me)
homemade goods (I make a pie or chex mix, homemade fudge or something delectable to give to my postman, delivery guys and friends and family. Sometimes making things from the heart are the best goods anyone will receive)
** Holiday Gift Giving Tip: Keep in mind shipping times and delivery schedule when ordering online and find out from the company prior to purchasing if it will be shipped and delivered in time for holiday gift giving.
If you’re looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping, be sure to check out the following links for my guides and inspiration: (this list will be updated periodically as new guides become available)
The Holidays is probably my favorite time of year and when it comes to Christmas gifts, I love shopping for family and friends. Any of these gifts would make a great selection for anyone this holiday season – even you, if you’re planning to treat yourself. What about you, are there any gifts on this list that you hope to find in your stocking this year, comment below and share!
Disclosure: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for editorial consideration, while others were purchased by Honeygirlsworld.com. This post may contain affiliate or referral links. For more details and outline of my product review disclosures and policies, affiliate links, etc. please visit my Disclosures page.
I absolutely love the Holiday Season and to me, the Christmas season means much more than just presents, snow and jingle bells. I love that Christmas allows us to share in giving but also in celebrating our Savior and his love. I don’t often talk about Religion here on Honeygirl’s World, and I’m a wholehearted believer that no matter your religion, believing is seeing!
There are several things you can do to offer service this Christmas Season. Like I said before, regardless of your religion belief, you have the ability to serve others. Each year my family and I work together to help serve those in need – no matter what time of year, but especially during the holiday season. I would like to share 10 ways that you can lift others burdens – ways that you and your family can part-take in.
Remember that you never know the struggle a person is dealing with when you come in contact with them. A kind smile, compliment or generosity are great ways of rising someone’s spirits while making them feel great about them self.
Donate food like canned goods to your local food bank. My sons and I always take a list of canned goods and suggestions with us while shopping and pick up a few extras to deliver to the food bank.
Adopt a family this holiday season. Each year my family and I select a name from the “Angel Tree” and purchase gifts on the family’s holiday wishlist.
Donate your gently used items like household goods, clothing, blankets and more to your community homeless shelter. Winter is the coldest time of year and sometimes a warm blanket, jacket and socks can make a huge difference in someones life.
Make a meal for a family member or friend who may be ill, down on their luck or overworked. Or – donate the meal to the soup or homeless kitchen for holiday service.
Help a neighbor who is elderly by collecting their recyclables, trash, etc. so that they do not have to get into the cold and take care of it.
Write letters or send holiday cards to service members, sending them holiday cheer as they serve our country and are aware from their families and friends.
Sing and carol around your local neighborhood to bring holiday cheer.
Help a friend in need. Assist a friend who may need help, a ride, a meal or anything and make sure you follow through and see it to the end. Sometimes all your friend may need is kind wishes and a prayer, but knowing that someone is rooting for them means everything.
Head on over to mormon.org for a list of ways that you can make a difference and don’t forget to #LightTheWorld
I can’t stress this enough, no matter what religion we believe in – together, we can all work together and help to light the world with Christ’s love and a commitment to serve. In 25 days and 25 ways we can offer those around us action and service inspired by Christ and Light The World around us.
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With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered. The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from. At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone. Are you a Target shopper? If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.
Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection. These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.
Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador. The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here). This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum. It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist. Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.
Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each). I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now. These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair. Key Ingredients include: Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair. Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation. I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.
Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood. The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products. The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome. Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.
Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink. Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors. Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured. Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics. 10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind. They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.
Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school. These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family. They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.
Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.
Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods. Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances. It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice. But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.
Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target. Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains. Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin. It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.
The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love. The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands. It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most. It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family. Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more. With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs. It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.
The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house. It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera. Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients. Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals. I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this. Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue. Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse. Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent. I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.
Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60) I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one. Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth. These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler. But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it. I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.
Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free). It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do. Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.
Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us. Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables. Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard. The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors: Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham. They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery. My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.
Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle. The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack. The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs. These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new. The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free. Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria. What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies. I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.
As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands. At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone. It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands. This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.
It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.
Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website: http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.
Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.
Disclaimer: The products discussed in this post were sent for review and feature consideration and as gifts. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
As the season starts to change and the weather gets a tad bit chillier, the kiddos make their way back to school for the 2016-2017 year. I remember as a kid, going back to school was my favorite time of year because it meant that I would have the opportunity to impress a new set of teachers and meet new friends. My boys returned back to school at the beginning of August and while it has been a busy month so far, we are so excited and they have been absolutely loving school. Today I share with you a few of their favorite finds for Back to School from affordable selections that we love and a few Celebrity faves. Since back to school can be a fun time for kids or some may feel a bit uneasy, it’s the perfect time to pick up some new goods that will surely put a smile on your littles’ faces.
Going back to school after a fun summer break isn’t always easy for littles. But, finding cool Back to School gear and supplies always make for a great start. This year I wanted the boys to be able to develop their own sense of style (see the twins with their mohawks and sunglasses in the photo above? lol), but I also wanted them to select basics that would make their year fun and functional.
A quality made backpack is always an important part of back to school. My eldest Kevin has a full schedule of classes and a heavy workload and homework sometimes. It’s important that he has a backpack that can take him to and from school while still offering him the option to use for extra curricular activities and sports. His choice of gear for this year was the Mountainsmith Approach 25 backpack (retail: $89.95).
This multi-pocket backpack is perfect for on the go for work and office, school or sports, or for a hike to climb the highest summit. It features a dual-anel loader system which is idea for travel and trail), a front panel stretch-mesh pocket with daisy chain attachment loops, Anvil Airway ridged EVA back panel padding which make it comfortable on the back no matter what you carry in it, tool / trekking pole carry, side compression straps, dual side-panel mesh pockets, an internal hydration sleeve to hold 3 liters and an eleastic sternum strap and bit valve catch with a safety whistle.
This backpack is sturdy and unisex. He has it in burgundy with brick red trim and it looks stunning and manly. It’s comfortable on and Kevin can stuff this backpack with his school supplies and homework without worrying about it falling apart. It’s a great backpack to have for anyone of any age and is not only for school but anything. I plan to pick one up for myself as well since it will be great for my forest treks.
Luke opted for a fun and stylish backpack from Chooze. Chooze is a brand selected and loved by celebrities alike. Matthew McConaughey’s little girl is a huge fan of the versatile and affordable clothing and accessories Chooze offers. Luke wanted the reversible ChoozePack in Quest(retail $43.95).
These ingenious packs feature a reversible design that has two functional sides to give your kiddos the power to choose which print to display. It offers padded convertible straps (which Luke says are BOMB because they are so comfortable) and you can flip each strap from side-to-side to provide a different look.
Of course, no back to school list and gear would be complete without a way to carry your lunch and snack to and from school. Kevin opted for something he could use for school and sports and went with the Mountainsmith Takeout insulated lunch pack (retailing $17.95). It is the perfect sized carry-all for school, office and tailgating and has a look that any teen would enjoy.
To help carry his favorite mom’s delicious soups to school for lunch, he also selected the Hydro Flask Food Flasks. He has them in the 12 oz. (retails for $29.99) and the 18 oz. (retails for $34.99). These flasks are perfect to carry his favorite soups or a hot cocoa on those chilly mornings. They fit perfectly into any lunchbox and are the perfect way to give kids a balanced healthy meal. They offer improved temperature control technology and can keep hot food items made in the morning steamy until lunchtime. He also enjoys holding his milk in these and pours a small box of cereal inside for breakfast on the go.
Luke & Isaiah decided that getting a traditional lunchbox was the way they wanted to go this year. Each of them selected a Personalized Lunchbox from I See Me! (retailing for $29.99 each, currently on sale for $17.99. Isaiah chose the Kick, Score, Run Lunchbox and Luke chose the Outerspace Lunchbox. I See Me! is a brand and leader in personalized storyboks and gifts for kids, offering over 30 customizable book titles. They also offer lunch boxes, stickers, growth charts, puzzles and so much more. This fun company is a favorite of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Brooke Shields.
Did I ever mention how much I enjoy Quinoa? Well, I couldn’t resist putting some of these yummy snacks in the boys lunch boxes. I Heart Keenwah snacks are perfect for any kiddo on the go or to pack with their lunch. These Grab n Go (1.5 oz) snacks are great afterschool or lunch treats that taste great and are fun and nutritious. I Heart Keenwah quinoa Clusters and Puffs are a healthy alternative to chips, crackers or sweets. They are made of organic, Non-GMO ingredients. They are a protein-rich superfood snack and gluten-free with the perfect crunch to fill and fuel your little ones bodies. I love them myself and the boys think they taste great. We find them at our local Safeway and Wholefoods at a reasonable cost.
Setton Farms International Premium Quality Snacks are also a great buy. Our favorite are the Creme Brulee Blend that has cashews and toffee peanuts. The Creme Brulee Blend incorporates all the creamy sweetness and crunch of the traditional Creme Brulee without the spoon. It combines freshly roasted cashews and toffee peanuts with creamy butterscotch and white chips for an irresistible treat. They are available in 5 oz resealable bags and available in major grocery store chains across the country – Price Chopper, Market Basket, King Kullen and more. Setton Farms sent us a variety of treats to try but the Creme Brulee Blend is our favorite. I hope we can find more of these in our local stores, so far I’ve only found them at http://www.puritan.com/ and I’ll need to be purchasing more soon.
When it comes to back to school, the boys are simple shoppers which makes my job easiest. I remember as a child wanting to have all the pretty notebooks and pens for back to school supplies. This year, when I did the boys school supply shopping, I also took advantage of some discounts for myself too. Whether it’s Crayons or Pens, Notebooks and Planners or a tablet, the options are endless and come in a variety of price points. Some of our favorites included:
Crayola Crayons 24 Pack – these are perfect on the go or to keep in the desk or at home. When shopping during the sales you can get these for about $0.25 each.
Calendar or Planners – some of my favorites are the Blue Sky Planners from Target. Of course, you can’t go wrong with an Erin Condren Life Planner, Happy Planner or your traditional binder planners like Kikki K, Filofax or Dokibook.
Pencils – Oh, how I love me some pencils. Currently my favorites at the moment are any type of Mechanical Pencil with 0.5mm lead, BIC Pencil 0.7mm (the metallic ones have won me over), Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (have you seen the beautiful metallic ones?) The Ticonderoga pencils are perfect for sketching as well as writing and erase cleanly.
Notebooks – Spiral, composition tablet… you name them and they are available in all kinds of paper style and cover design.
Folder / Filler Paper – ah, hand me a ream of college ruled please! The twins use Wide Ruled, Kevin uses College Ruled. I love that they are available from a variety of brands and price points.
Amazon Fire Tablet – for less than $50, you can get your hands on a Tablet that acts as a Reader or Internet hub. The Amazon Fire Tablet is affordable but gives your student (or you) the option to get online, use amazing apps or just play games. It’s definitely a great tool to have for the student or the mentor.
Now – you don’t need to pick up these particular items. Honestly, I just wanted to include some of my favorite school supplies (or mommy supplies) because I was feeling a bit left out. lol
Last but certainly not least in our Back to School finds are some great threads. Each child is an individual and I really love seeing them shop and select their own clothing, accessories and shoes – even their own hair cuts. All three of my boys are simple guys but they do enjoy fun pops of color to their outfits and clothing selections. Whether it be plaid shorts with a solid color shirt or fun hats and accessories, the boys take pride in finding something to wear that is not only comfortable and functional – but reveals their style. Isaiah is absolutely enjoying his Rocket in Listen modern sneaker boot style shoes from Chooze ($54.95) and he wanted to show them to our readers today.
This modern sneaker boot style shoe comes with a side elastic gore added for comfort. It has a signature dual design with easy access side zipper entry making the shoe easy to take off and put on. It has padded throat for extra comfort and soft canvas uppers. The flexible support offers comfort while the removable, padded, anti-stink insoles make these the perfect footwear for an active little guy. They wipe clean easily with a damp cloth or can be washed in cold water and air dried. Chooze offers a variety of footwear designs for both girls and boys and they are stylish and fun to allow your child to make a statement all their own.
Luke likes a shoe that can allow him to run and play with a little swagger and Kevin, well – if he’s not in his Nike Basketball shoes most of the time, you can find him in a pair of flip flops (rubbah slippahs as we call them here in Hawaii) and a cool pair of shades to finish off his look. The boys were quite ecstatic to return back to school because the new school year meant that they were all beginning their football season for Pop Warner but most importantly, they got to go back to school and learn… I mean, hang out with their friends, just kidding lol. The boys love school and love learning new things so shopping for new gear for back to school is always a huge highlight.
No matter what you decide to get for your child (or yourself) this Back to School season, make it fun and colorful and let it represent your own individual style. Have your kiddos gone back to school yet? If so, do they sport a relaxed and casual style or do they really like to dress up and have some fun? Wishing all the students a wonderful 2016-2017 school year filled with lots of fun, friendships and learning. From our house to yours… Aloha!
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“This post was sponsored by the PLAY-DOH brand from HASBRO as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”
When I look back on my childhood, I’m always reminded of all the fun memories I had with my parents and my siblings. Favorite toys and events always fill my thoughts and I’m always genuinely excited to share these fun things with my children now that I’m a parent myself. In the age of technology and electronics, no matter how cool a gadget can be, there are just certain toys and play things from my childhood that are still timeless. A toy that has really stood the test of time and something I still love as an adult is PLAY-DOH brand. The smell is one you never forget if you have smelled & played with PLAY-DOH brand before. My family and I were so happy and excited to celebrate PLAY-DOH brand’s 60th birthday with the release of their new PLAY-DOH Town collection that we’re sharing with you today.
While opening up the boxes and packaging with my sons, I immediately was taken back to my childhood. The feel and texture of PLAY-DOH compound and the scent wafting through our living room brought back so many awesome memories and I am so happy to be able to share these with my sons. Exciting, customizable figures and Playsets let my chldren create their own PLAY-DOH Towns and tell their Towns’ unique stories. With fun play sets, the boys enjoyed playing pretend as firemen at the Firehouse, grooming the pets at the Pet Store and creating their own PLAY-DOH ice cream cones.
My boys have always loved toys and products that they can use to express themselves, build and create together. I love that PLAY-DOH Town Playsets make great tools for sensory. The twins are at an age where sensory tools and toys help with their speech to build creativity and encourage expression without always needing the use of words. This helps their speech greatly in that they do not get overwhelmed too easily and can have fun building and having play time. PLAY-DOH compound is fun to play with, helps with fine motor skills and perfect for the twins who sometimes need to calm down and relax – offering them calm play-time.
Fun for the whole family – no matter what age you are!
I absolutely love watching my sons engage with one another, while sharing pieces and parts to create their own little town and village. My eldest son loved watching his brothers have fun so he just had to get involved and join in the creative process. Together, my three sons had a blast, using their imagination to enjoy their summer and have some fun with one another. I also loved creating with them and I couldn’t help but smile and think happy thoughts.
In celebration of its 60th birthday, the PLAY-DOH brand is taking fans on a new colorful, creatable and makeable adventure. With fun figures, characters and town-themed Playsets and vehicles, the PLAY-DOH Town segment inspires creativity and storytelling for all ages.
The pieces for each Playset were easy to put together and the instructions were easy to follow. The boys were able to get right to playing without waiting for me to assemble everything. The sets each came with wonderful and bright PLAY-DOH in fun colors that allowed the boys to use their imagination and creativity to make all kinds of fun play things. They especially enjoyed making a soft-serve ice cream with the ice cream truck and popsicles with the provided attachments for each set.
The PLAY-DOH Town segment inspires creativity and imagination! The 60th birthday celebrations will culminate on World PLAY-DOH Day on September 16, which happens to be the perfect day to pick up a playset or can of compound to have some fun with. Squish it, mold it and explore all the fun sculpting possibilities and have a blast with your kids or unleash your inner child.
Fun for the whole family and a childhood staple since its introduction in 1956, the PLAY-DOH brand continues to captivate the imaginations of children and artists of all ages. As it heads into year 60 and beyond, I know that this fun compound of colorful goodness will be a favorite in our family for generations because its a name we love and enjoy just as much as we enjoy playing with it.
So what about you? Do you and your children enjoy PLAY-DOH brand too? If you don’t have children, do you remember PLAY-DOH compound from your childhood?
The boys and I have been enjoying our summer months together since my husband is usually working on the weekdays. Come on now, we live on Maui, which has been rated the number 1 Vacation Destination by Conde Nast many years in a row, so we do have a plethora of sites to see and lots of fun to be had. While we live on the mountain, we experience really hot days so I decided to pack the boys up into the car and take a drive up to Kula to cool down – since the air is much cooler there. Our journey led us to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, a place we have visited many times before – but it’s been years since I bought the twins here, so I decided it would be a perfect place to venture.
The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located on the slopes of Haleakala and overlooks some of the most beautiful views on the South side of the island. It is a 25-30 minute drive away from the Kahului Airport (the main airport into Maui) and a popular spot for visitors to stop at and have lunch after watching the sunrise at Haleakala or hiking the crater. At one time, it used to be free to enter the Lavender farm, so I was surprised to see a guard house at the entry (it was not there my last visit a few years ago) and entry for adults is $2.00. It’s well worth the cost however. You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic or hike the grounds for a great adventure. The air is so cool up there, it was a perfect place for the boys and I to getaway to beat the heat.
There is a little shop that sells tasty delectables featuring the fresh picked lavender, but the boys and I decided that we would just take in the sites and cool down and head home to eat lunch instead. We walked around the gardens and admired the fragrant lavender as we took in the sites.
It was a short little adventure, but a beautiful day out so I took this opportunity to take some shots of the boys and my eldest son Kevin helped take a few photos of my casual outfit I wore.
The best part about our little drive and excursion today was that I was able to spend it with the boys. They go back to school in about 2 1/2 weeks and this summer break flew by too quickly. The twins are off to 1st Grade and Kevin is off to 7th Grade. With Football season starting for all three boys August 1st – I know that times like these will be few in between, so I’m glad we made great use out of our Summer break.
Kimono Cover up – Forever 21 Plus
Ribbed Tank – Old Navy
Linen Shorts with pockets in black – Torrid.com
Flip flops – Guess Jeweled Slip ons
Watch – Invicta Angel
Sunglasses – Maui Jim Maui (style no longer available)
Nail Polish – Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection in Kozy
My embedded video above also showcases our dinner for that evening… I made my homemade poor man’s rissotto (recipe coming soon) and we watched a beautiful sunset from our porch to end a wonderful day. If you’re not following me on Snapchat – my code is in my side bar, come and follow me on my daily journey. What about you, are you enjoying the summer months? I’m thankful to live in Hawaii and blessed to have a lifestyle where every day is an adventure and a vacation.
Since my DSLR hasn’t been working, it’s been really nice to find reasons to take my phone out to practice shooting with it… all the images that you see in this post were taken with my Samsung Note 4.
Disclaimer: Everything mentioned or featured was purchased with my own money. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
Since all three boys will be heading back to school in a month after a fun Summer break, we have been preparing diligently for the upcoming school year. There is so much going on, with sports and fundraisers to volunteering and buying school supplies that we are busy prepping and planning away. One of the things we love to do as a family to help our children’s schools is collect Box Tops for Education. These little “coupons” are easy to collect and come on different products from brands like Hefty and Reynolds and when your child turns them into school – the school can redeem them for a little money. It’s a fun way for us as a family to work together and have a little fun while doing so.
My boys look forward to shopping and checking out our goods to see if there are any Box Tops on them. Each child takes out their pair of scissors and collects the Box Tops to take to school. It’s a fun little task and we enjoy the reward that it gives the school and our community. Today I want to share with you 5 reasons we collect Box Tops for my kids’ schools and how you can do so for yours too.
Collecting Box Tops allows my children to have a sense of pride in their school and their work. They can help the school by clipping these “coupons” and we are helping the school by buying products we already need and use and enjoy.
My children learn that giving and helping others (their fellow students and school) is a great and awesome thing.
It teaches my children about being organized, helpful and helps to improve their counting skills.
The money that is raised from the Box Tops collected gives my children and their fellow classmates a better school experience by helping to provide for the school. Two years ago – my sons’ school was able to raise enough money to buy new laptops thanks to the Box Tops collected from the families whose children attend the school.
Collecting Box Tops also gives our community and family a sense of pride and accomplishment and they help and get involved by giving their Box Tops to my children to take to school.
So what the heck are Box Tops for Education anyway?
Box Tops for Education is a program where you and your family (include your children) can collect Box Tops from designated Reynolds and Hefty products and trade in for $0.10 each. This may sound like a little amount, but let me just tell you – the Box Tops add up and they add up quickly. One year my family and I turned in well over 500 Box Tops for Education and we also collaborated with our neighbors and family members who saved their Box Tops and gave them to the boys to collect as a part of the program. It’s a fun way to keep my kiddos busy year round because they enjoy shopping and looking for products that include them. Like I mentioned, there are so many Reynolds Consumer Products and Brands that participate in Box Tops – you’ll be amazed at how many you already have in your pantry.
Since all of my sons part-take in different extra curricular activities like band, STEM and sports – those and many more activities can benefit from Box Tops for Education and help to provide funds for equipment, technology and so much more. Honestly, your trash (the Box Tops) can easily be clipped and saved to help contribute to your child’s school and you are donating directly to benefit the programs and school as well.
Collecting Box Tops for Education is a huge family affair and one that is kind of considered a tradition. While I collect them with my children (going on 10+ years), I have collected Box Tops with my parents for myself as a child and also with my siblings. As I stated before, my sons’ schools have collected enough Box Tops in the last couple of years to help get new computers for the children to use. Since my twins go to the same school as my eldest had gone for Elementary, they also utilize those computers that we helped collect Box Tops for. It’s a huge sense of pride for myself and my children and a tradition we have been doing since I was their age. I love seeing programs like these progress over the years and I’m proud that it continues now for my children.
You can get ready for school in the Hefty and Reynolds Box Tops for Education “School Supplied” sweepstakes and daily instant win game. They’re giving away thousands of product prizes PLUS 10,000 eBoxTops to 5 lucky schools!
So what about you? Do you and your family collect Box Tops for Education? If you do – that’s awesome, we hope your school benefits tremendously and if you don’t, definitely check out the program and see if it’s something you and yours can utilize.
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