It’s been a few years since I have had the twins, well – almost 7 years to be exact and while they are growing too quick for me to fathom, my pregnancy with all of my children are still dear and near to my heart. Each pregnancy I have had have been challenges and that doesn’t count the numerous miscarriages I have had over the years. So – when I look back at those memories, I’m always thankful for the little keepsakes I have from that time. Recently my family and I were introduced to the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, a company that offers adorable stuffed animals (bears, monkeys, giraffes, hippos and more) that come with a heart shaped recording device. I thought the idea was such a wonderful thing to have as a mother or for any loved one, that I wanted to share it with you.
So – what is the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear?
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a cute and adorable stuffed animal in available in a variety of types – bears, monkeys, giraffes and so much more. The stuffed animal comes with a heart shaped recording device that a mommy can take the device to their ultrasound appointment and use it to record the sound of their baby’s heartbeat in utero. The recorder is t hen inserted in the stuffed animal (through a Velcro and drawstring closure in the back) and you can simply press it at anytime to hear this precious sound.
There are more than 16 cute creatures to choose from – we got the Monkey, because – well, monkeys are adorable. Baby’s Heartbeat Bear was created by Purusha Rivera, an OBGYN Ultrasound Technician who wanted to make the experience more special. The bears are sold online, in hospital gift shops and at ultrasound studios across the country. Each My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit comes with your stuffed animal friend and a red “heart” recorder. You can order a second recorder to include a voice message from someone special if you would like. You can easily capture 20 seconds of your baby’s heartbeat or in our case, I recorded my voice telling the twins good night, saying I love you and reminding them to say their prayers. At the touch of your Baby’s Heartbeat Bears belly, your recording will play.
The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear makes an excellent shower gift and a great addition to the nursery decor. It’s safe for children 3 and older and will also become a source of fascination for growing kids who love to know what they were like as babies. The bear is so easy to use and the little red heart recorder is as simple as pretty the button to record. The stuffed animal is crafted from the softest, highest quality fleece-like material and polyfill. It’s soft and perfect for cuddling.
Since I’m not expecting a new baby any time soon – I thought this would be the perfect addition to the twins collection of stuffed friends. They loved him and absolutely cherish the fact that they can hear my voice any time they want. This is especially ideal on those nights when they are having a hard time sleeping or a bad dream… because just a press of Monk’s tummy and my voice will soothe them right back to sleep.
I wanted to share My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear with all of you, my beautiful readers because this wonderful stuffed friend can mean so much more to many people than just recording a baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound. As I mentioned before, I use it as a way to calm the twins at night so they can hear my voice, but as a mother who has also lost children through miscarriage, I know how much this keepsake could bring happiness and peace to someone who has suffered similar lost.
A mom named Kailee reached out to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear. Her baby was dying and she hoped to make a recording of her daughter’s heartbeat before she passed away. With a video of the baby’s heartbeat, the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear team was able to preserve the sound of Kailee’s daughter’s heart so she will have a memory to treasure forever.
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear and the creator – Purusha Rivera offer a Gifting Program for those that could use this wonderful gift. And, you never know what this could mean for another mom, dad or loved one. You can learn more about the Gifting Program here and watch some videos from those that benefited from this wonderful Gift. (P.S. They are tear jerkers, so grab your kleenex)
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a wonderful gift for anyone expecting a beautiful child to come into this World or anyone else. I highly suggest this gift to anyone that could benefit from it and our new monkey friend named “Monk” has bought many days of joy since he has joined our family. These lovely friends retail anywhere from $29 – $40.00 depending on the style and type you get and as I mentioned before, they are made well and are soft and ready to cuddle.
Do you know someone who could benefit from a new friend? Head on over to http://mybabysheartbeatbear.com/ and take a look at all of the wonderful stuffed animals they have available. If you are looking to pick up a gift for a soon to be mom or a loved one, I highly suggest checking them out. After my sons have had Monk the last month, I realize how much they love and appreciate him and I know that I will be ordering from My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear for years to come for loved ones to cherish.
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When it comes to celebrating Father’s Day – I can be a bit lax and tend to pick up things I know that my husband, dad and father in law would enjoy. It’s not necessarily about planning – because those three men in my life are simple bodies who just want to spend Father’s Day with their children and grand children. But this year, I thought it would be fun to showcase different ways to show Fathers love on this day that happens once a year to celebrate dads. Today I share with you 5 ways to show dad some Father’s Day love and a small gift guide in case you are still on the hunt for that perfect gift.
Say it with love!
Sometimes gestures like helping around the house are worth more than its weight in gold. Mowing the lawn, cutting the grass or washing dad’s car can be very important tasks that your father does that we tend to take for granted. You may not think that this is gift worthy, but taking the initiative to do something for your father could mean more to him than anything materialistic.
Treat the “Dad on the Go” with a special gift!
My husband, Dad and Father in Law all work in different locations spread across the island and because of this, each of them spend a lot of time in the car driving to and from their destination. Sometimes we don’t think about how much time they spend in their vehicles and how it really is a secondary home for them. There are a few things I like to make or buy for those fathers in my life to help make their drive a little less hectic.
- Make a CD or mix of digital songs with their favorite tunes to help make the time in the car enjoyable. My dad and father in law are big oldies fans and a mix of songs from the era of the 60s – 70s will make for great listening pleasure. My husband is very eclectic when it comes to music, so any hip hop or mix from the 80s and 90s works well.
- A travel mug or insulated coffee cup. My husband, dad and father in law are coffee and tea drinkers and because of this, if they can – they will take their coffee with them. A good travel mug that will allow them to keep their drinks warm while on the go is perfect for anyone. A good stainless steel mug will travel well but will also take a beating if it gets dropped or falls.
- Convertible Car Seat and Booster with accessories – Remember how I said that dads can live in their cars just as much as their homes. Well, it’s not necessarily traditional gifts, but getting accessories to protect the children and the car can be great assets for any dad that spends a lot of time in their cars. My husband, dad and father in law can transport my children easily with an extra car seat for them to use at a moments notice and brands like Diono offer so many accessories for dad to keep his car in tip top shape while also running errands. The Diono Radian RXT convertible car seat ($359.99) is designed for your child’s security and is made with premium materials and safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam and a five point harness system. It’s also convertible so it grows with your child allowing you to change from car seat to booster and accommodating children up to 120 lbs. Instead of taking the seats out of my car to put into theirs, they will have a seat that they can use for one of my children at any given time. Diono also offers the Stuff ‘n Scuff which is a washable and waterproof fabric that helps to keep mud and dirt off the back of your vehicle’s seat. It has a large cargo pocket and provides full seat protection. This is a lifesaver for us, because my children kick the back of the seat as they are getting in and out of the car. Don’t forget the Pop Up Trash Bin – a collapsible storage bin that pops open for extra storage or for trash. These companions are perfect for the car and for the Dad in your life that has littles that he transports in his vehicle.
- Sunglasses – any cool dad that is on the road needs a great pair of sunglasses to help keep the glare from disturbing his driving and help to protect his eyes. We are a family that swears by Maui Jim and absolutely loves Polarized glasses to help with driving visibility. While you can purchase Maui Jim sunglasses online, they can carry a hefty price tag so I’d also like to suggest Westwood Everett Verawood Polarized Sunglasses. They retail for $80 and are truly well made. They are light weight and comfortable and protect the eyes for daily use or while driving. They also come in classic looks that will fit most head shapes.
Let that special dad know how much you value his time.
It may seem corny, but the fact of the matter is – time stops for no one. As many who know me know, a watch or clock is such an important part of who I am as a person and I got that from my mom and my dad. I will buy a watch each year for my husband and love picking up special designs that are cool and classic for my dad. Watches mean more than just telling time and a special watch for that special guy can be a great gift.
- The Invicta Pro Diver Watch ($675 USD) is a great choice for any father. I’m an Invicta collector so naturally I would gravitate to an Invicta watch for my loved ones. This gorgeous watch is made of Stainless Steel with Swiss watch components. It’s Water Resistant to 200 meters and offers beautiful detailing that any man would absolutely love and enjoy. If you have a father in your life that is a watch collector or just loves a great time piece, this will surely be one that he will enjoy.
Cook Dad a special meal or dessert because food is always the best way to the heart.
I love to cook – so cooking a special meal and dropping it off to my parents’ house always shows love and my dad is always grateful. My dad loves seafood so any type of dish with his favorite foods would make a great gift. My father in law, well – he enjoys my cooking, so I know that if I cook something, he’ll surely love it… and my husband – he’s easy to please too. Cooking a meal or dessert is so much fun for everyone to get involved in. The boys love to help me in the kitchen so getting children to take part in preparing this special dish will be a breeze. When food is made with love and from the heart, it’s a great treat.
Give Dad a little time to relax and unwind.
Did I mention that time is precious? Sometimes we forget that all we need is a few minutes to ourselves to really gather our thoughts and just unwind and relax. My husband and dad like to have a little gentlemen’s drink now and then to unwind and just sit and talk story about their day and where they are in life at the moment. A bottle of their favorite spirit, cocktail or liqueur is a great gift for any dad and even your father in law. My FIL loves to unwind with a Cigar, so a good cigar and a bottle of Liqueur would make a great gift this Father’s Day.
- Crystal Head Vodka retails for about $40 – $60 for the .750 mL depending on where you buy it and you can find it at most liquor retail stores and establishments. It’s a great gift for any dad and comes in beautiful packaging. The Vodka is made with pure Newfoundland water and filtered through 500-million year-old crystals, also known as Herkimer diamonds. The bottle is made of beautiful Bruni Glass in Italy and it’s just a showstopper for any collector or liqueur connoisseur.
- Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey is charcoal mellowed before going into the barrel giving it the smooth taste you know, but with an extra blessing again of charcoal after reaching maturity to give it the ultimate smoothness drinking. It’s full-bodied with fruit and spices with a silky, warm & pleasant finish. The Gentlemen Jack is a whiskey made for the gentleman order. The .750mL size retails for about $40 and goes great with a cigar.
- If you are not looking to buy alcohol, you can always buy a really cool flask, engrave it and give that as a gift too – they make awesome gifts for dads.
Please make sure that if you are buying alcohol or cigars for your loved ones that anyone who receives it drinks responsibly. This is just a suggestion.
I know I didn’t include any skin care or beauty type items this time around as I have in the past and I left out traditional dad gifts like grilling products, but if you’re interested in those you can click here for some ideas on manly skin care stuff and here to read about great grilling accessories.
At the end of the day, celebrating dad doesn’t require spending money but it’s always great to find a gift that Dad will love. Like I mentioned previously, my husband, father and father in law just love that they can spend time with family on Father’s Day and those are some of the most cherished times for them. A phone call or a card that is handmade make great little treats for anyone and they will be well received on Father’s Day.
To all the fathers out there, today and always… Happy Father’s Day. Thank you for being great inspirations and for loving us all.
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May is Military Awareness Month and as a child who grew up hearing stories of War from my daddy and family members, the Military and our Troops hold a special place in my heart. I am proud to say that I have family members, like my daddy, who have fought for my freedom and so thankful to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us. There is so much we can do to make others aware of the Military and what they have done and continue to do for our Country and I’m so happy and thankful that there are so many companies out there that give back to our troops. Today I want to share with you and highlight a company that has been giving back to our troops for over a decade and I hope that you can support them in their mission as well.
With more than 2.2 million men and women serving in the U.S. military, approximately 400,000 are stationed abroad in one of the 150 countries U.S. military bases are maintained. Community Coffee Company has helped American’s across the country send more than 4.2 million cups of coffee to active-duty personnel worldwide for over a decade through their Military Match program. When customers purchase 4 bats or boxes of Community® coffee online, the company doubles each order, donates a Signature Military Mug and sends them to any APO/FPO address provided.
“The Military Match program gives us an opportunity to boost the morale of those who give the most to our country – the men and women of the U.S. military. While they’re serving, away from their family and friends, we can now offer them a taste of home every day.”
– Matt Saurage, 4th Generation Owner
When I hear about companies that similar acts, it warms my heart. When my dad was stationed in Vietnam, years before I was born, I’m sure he would have loved a little piece of home to give him comfort and hope. Honestly, nothing says love and home like a warm cup of joe and Community Coffee Company offers such a great program for a great cause.
So how does the program work?
- Step 1 – You buy 4. Buy your favorite Military Match Set of four 12 oz., 16 oz., or Single-Serve 18 ct. coffees.
- Step 2 – Get 4 Free. Community Coffee Company will match your purchase with an additional four items and send all eight items to the APO/FPO or military base address you provide.
- Step 3 – A Free Mug! Community Coffee Company also includes their Signature Military Mug with your shipment.
While I have to limit the amount of coffee I drink because of my heart and blood pressure, I am a coffee addict and consider myself someone love absolutely loves a great blend. Community Coffee graciously sent me three different grounds to try: Breakfast Blend, Cafe Special and Golden Caramel. The Golden Caramel has been such a delight to my morning coffee routine and the others definitely make a great addition. Each coffee tastes delicious (I have my eyes on the Creme Brulee next) and I am so glad I was introduced to a brand with strong family roots.
About Community Coffee Company…
This family business goes back four generations. The family is passionate about making great-tasting coffee. In 1919 – Great Grandfather “Cap” Sarage discovered the secret to making their special coffee. He named it “Community Coffee” out of the appreciation for his community of friends and the customers he served. With the help of his family, Cap Sarage opened a country store to sell coffee and other groceries to his neighbors. Four generations later, and the family is still selecting, roasting and perfecting great-tasting blends for coffee lovers everywhere. From sourcing their beans at coffee farms around the globe, to taste the finished product at their own kitchen table – Community Coffee Company is creating great flavors and grounds for us to drink and enjoy.
It’s companies like Community Coffee Company that help make a soldier or troops time away from home feel a little less lonely. I’m thankful for Community Coffee Company, their efforts and support but also the fact that they really offer delicious coffee blends for everyone. To purchase your own coffee grounds or K-Cups, head on over to: http://www.communitycoffee.com/ Learn more about their Military Match Program and find out how you can take part in this great cause here.
*Pictured above, is my daddy.
Because May is Military Awareness Month, I wanted to take the time to thank all of our troops near and far and those who have fought, served and sacrificed their lives for our country. You and your service will forever hold a special place in my heart and I’m grateful and thankful for all.
Thank you Community Coffee Company for sending these delicious coffee delectables for me to try. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature these products in my post. Affiliate links are posted through out.
They say that finding the love of your life is a rare thing – heck, I still have friends that are searching for theirs… but thankfully I have mine. Today my husband and I celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. It seems like the time has gone by oh so quickly and I’m still amazed at how much we have grown not only as a couple but as individuals. We have our own little family now and while things can be a challenge for us, we tackle them together as one.
On April 6, 2001, Kevin and I were married at Kepaniwai Park, Iao Valley in a beautiful ceremony. Times have certainly changed since then, weddings are different – even wedding attire. I remember the day like it was yesterday and the cool Maui breeze that graced my face as I walked up the aisle to greet my husband to be married. It truly was a wonderful day. Now – 15 years later and we have three boys and a dog and a lifetime of happiness and triumph to look forward to.
Dear Kevin – my darling husband,
As we celebrate 15 years married today (soon to be 19 years together), I’m reminded of the vows we took so many years ago. Our lives were simpler then, but while it’s much more interesting now – it’s comforting to know that the last 15 years I have grown as a woman, a wife and mother with you by my side. We have never had a dull moment and sometimes we don’t get to rest as much as we would like, but the challenges we’ve had are a great reminder of how far we have come and a celebration of our journey together.
As I write this letter, I can’t help but think where my life would be if we had made a different choice 19 years ago. Our situations would be different, our lives on various paths. It’s hard to fathom and I realize that while I may ponder the thought, my life without you would never be the same… and it was God’s choice that our paths would cross and meet once again bringing us to this point in time. Everything happens for a reason, and God’s reason was that we were to be together.
Through all of our trials and challenges, I am always reminded of our love. You are my strength, my equal and my biggest supporter. I am who I am today and who I strive to be because of you. No matter what our future holds, I’m proud to have you by my side as I walk into the unknown and face whatever it is that comes my way – head on.
I love you for an eternity, for always and forever!
It’s Good Friday! I can’t believe that we are about to be celebrating Easter in a few short days and the boys will be heading back to school after having the last week off with me. It seems like the time is ticking away. I know, I know – I say that more often than not, but I can’t help but feel like I’m stuck in an egg timer that speeds up every time I need a moment to really smell the roses. I’m glad I had this time with the twins all week, though they have absolutely kept me on my toes and I feel like I ran the Boston Marathon. My eldest was off to Day Camp all week as a part of a program that he takes part in so the twins and I kept each other busy. Let’s just say there were a lot of books and reading, Legos and food involved, haha! I also took the twins to the doctor for their yearly physical this week and I was off to the doctor the other day to check on my insides. I’m kind of over doctors lately – well, I’ve always been… but the stress level has my brain completely consumed as of late – more on that later. Well, it’s TGIF which means we are just going to enjoy the moments we have the rest of the week… right?
So, here’s what’s going on currently in my life.
Drinking… Water! Yes, we all know I drink water daily, but after my recent doctor’s appointment that is what I’m kind of stuck with. Looks like my Gold Card from Starbucks will be taking a backseat in 2016. Stupid Blood pressure – errrr.
Eating… Well, I wish I were eating a slice of pizza, but since it’s currently breakfast I’m having my green smoothie. What does it consist of you ask? Well… kale, spinach, banana, coconut milk, blueberries and strawberries, almonds and a protein powder additive.
Feeling… Absolutely EXHAUSTED! It may be because of my blood pressure being sky high lately, but I am spent. With the boys home on Spring Break, I’m a bit behind on normal blog stuff, YouTube stuff and overall – but hey, I’m enjoying every minute of it.
Listening… Common Kings. It seems like I have been pulling up their channel on Pandora or Amazon Prime Music a lot lately. Nothing like some awesome local Hawaii roots to set the mood.
Reading… Well – thankfully I’ve been able to get caught up on some magazines from last month. I finished a few books in February so I haven’t picked up anything new. But, I plan to find something interesting and get started on reading something soon. We’ll see – maybe another Book Talk in the works in a month or so.
Watching… Criminal Minds, Little Women L.A., Bring It, and looking forward to Empire. Can you believe the last episode of Criminal Minds? I am still unsure I’ll like the demographic of the team since Derek Morgan will no longer be a part of it… we shall see if I’ll continue watching past this season. I’m looking forward to the new season of Empire though… man – it couldn’t come quick enough.
Loving… Peasant style tops. I have been eyeing them a lot lately and it’s been at least two years since I purchased one so I’m really looking into adding some new ones to my wardrobe. I just picked up this one here in black so you may see it featured here in the coming weeks. You know me, when it comes to clothes – I dance to the beat of my own drum.
Wanting… A beautiful spring season. I love Spring and it is my favorite time of year but with the weird Vog in the skies, it seems like our breathing and my asthma may not be happy. I wish for a beautiful spring filled with dew drops and daisies and beautiful weather with light showers to keep our grounds and greenery lush. I’m not asking for much, am I? lol
Contemplating… Change! The red of my hair has since faded and I’m kind of over it. I have been considering going lighter since the grey that graces my locks is really prominent. We shall see.
Working on… Life! I realized that over the last few years my blog went from being a lifestyle site to being about beauty and over the last year I have been making a change to make this place a lot more personable. Yes, it’s taking me some times… especially since I have established so many awesome beauty contacts, but I miss the old Honeygirl’s World and strive to get it back to that place once again in 2016.
Excited for… Did I mention Empire??? lol J/K. On the real though, I’m excited to have a four day weekend with my husband and sons, family time truly is the most important. I’m excited for some Pastele Stew this Easter Sunday – my husband makes it from scratch. And, I’m excited for where ever 2016 is taking me – so far… just three months in, it has been awesome.
On the blog this week and YouTube Channel I discussed many different things. I didn’t get a post up every day this week, but either way – you can check out this week’s wrap up below:
So that’s it for the week! Those of you that are currently on Spring Break, I hope you are having as much fun as I am. And, those that celebrate Good Friday and/or Easter, I’m sending you many blessings for a wonderful weekend. I’ll be spending time with my four favorite men in my life… pictured above are three of them. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!
“Live Every Moment, Laugh Every Day, Love Beyond Words!” – Unknown
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