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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Honey

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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?

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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.

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Isaiah & Luke – Spring Break 2016

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:

A Day at the Park – Spring Break 2016

New L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection – Review

#CURLYHAIRDONTCARE – Nume 5 Year Anniversary | 25mm Classic Wand

Milani EasyBrow Tinted Fiber Gel vs Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow (Video)

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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

xo

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The boys started their Spring Break a few days ago and we have been trying to make use of all the activities we can get in while we have some time together.  The weather has been so weird the last week, storming one day, drizzles the next and then warm but breezy… so we’ve been trying to get in some outdoor time while the weather is reasonably nice.

On Saturday we went to the park to play on the playground and throw the balls around some.  The boys love any form of sports so it is always nice to get out and toss the baseball or basketball around and just enjoy the warm sun.  The great thing about our boys is that they are so content with just having family time together – that it doesn’t matter where we go or what we do so long as we are doing it as a family.  Since the boys tend to spend more time with me then their dad with his work schedule, they look forward to weekends at the moment since their daddy has that time off currently.

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Isaiah absolutely loved tossing the ball around with is daddy and brothers.  Each of the boys have their own gloves so we like to play catch when time permits to help build their eye and hand coordination – but also because it’s really fun.

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With basketball season for my eldest Kevin starting in a week, it’s always nice to get out and have some park time.  Once basketball starts – just like football, most of our family time is consumed by practice and games.  Because of this we try to take advantage of our time together before sports’ season starts because sometimes the hustle and bustle of everyday life and activity can take over and leave us without much time to ourselves together as a family.

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“Mommy, take my picture!”  Luke is such a ham.  All my boys are but Luke will always ask me if I can take his picture or if he can be on camera.  I love it and love that he has such an outgoing personality.

It was nice to get out to the park and playground for a few hours on Saturday and I’m glad we were able to utilize the nice weather.  It was a bit chilly and breezy, but the sun was still shining enough for us to get in some good play time.  I especially love that the park is so large that we can literally throw our blanket on the ground or pull out our fold up chairs and just have a nice relaxing day.  I have one more week with the boys on Spring Break (they were given 3 extra days this year) so I’m looking forward to making the best out of it as I can.  My big boy is going off to a Spring Break program at the school which starts tomorrow so he’ll be in school from 8am – 3pm each day for the next 5 days.  It will be mostly the twins and I while the hubby is at work.  Either way, we are going to make the best of it.

Ooh – first day of Spring was yesterday too… one of my favorite seasons! 😉

xo

Honey

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In our household, Valentine’s Day is every day so it’s not a holiday or date we necessarily put a huge emphasis on each year.  To my husband and I, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and we embrace love and commitment each and every day.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional flowers, box of chocolates or jewelry but for us, Valentine’s Day is really about spending time with one another.  You see – with our busy schedules and odd shifts, parenthood and just our overall daily lives, spending time with one another is what makes for a great Valentine’s Day.

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“Any time not spent on love is wasted.” – Torquato Tasso

My husband Kevin and I have been together for almost 19 years and in that time we have definitely celebrated this holiday in different ways.  Dinner by candle light, roses and floras galore and beautiful gems and jewels to stop traffic but one tradition we have definitely kept strong over the years is a new watch for one another.  Whether I’m buying a new one for him or he a new one for me, each year whether for the holidays, birthday or Valentine’s Day at least one of us gets a new watch for our collection.  Watches are so significant to each of us.  To us, a watch is more than just an accessory we wear on our wrists, it symbolizes time and our time together is so precious and important to us.

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“I would rather have 30 minutes of something wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” – Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias)

This year I treated Kevin to a beautiful JORD Watch – a 94A Series in green sandalwood and maple.  This perfect wood watch makes a statement that is bold but not so much that it would make a person feel uncomfortable when wearing it.   It is the kind of watch for those who are making the most of every moment, every single minute and every day.  For a couple like us who collects watches of all kinds, this particular time piece is classic and stunning.

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While each couple or person celebrates Valentine’s Day the way they choose, we opt to make sure that no matter the reason, we make sure that we spend time with one another, soaking in each and every moment and absolutely cherishing what we have.  As a couple we have learned that life’s moments can sneak up on you and in a heartbeat anything can change.  Make use of the time you have and spend it with the one(s) you love.  Make Valentine’s Day every day and make every moment you live something wonderful.

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Each person celebrates love differently and whether it be to buy something special for someone you care about or to spend every waking moment with the one you love, the decision is up to you.  With busy schedules, three active boys and a life of activity – my husband and I have found that two minutes with one another is a cherished commodity and one we take advantage of as much as possible.  Time with one another is our favorite gift and the reason why we buy each other watches for presents.

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I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for Valentine’s Day!  If you’ve had your eye on one of these stylish wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code.  Your gift code will be good through the end of March 2016! Entering is easy; click the link below.  You will be asked to enter your email and your favorite JORD watch (there are so many to choose from).  Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!

Click here to get your e-gift card ($25 value) http://bit.ly/1K2H9yC.  Remember that there is a limited quantity available so head on over to the site soon to take advantage of this offer.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter the reason you are celebrating… whether it be for love or just because.  Make every moment, every single time – breathtaking! xo

Find out what is the strength behind my soul here and join me as I talk about my love and relationship with my husband here.

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I know, I know… we are literally 24 hours away from saying good-bye to 2015 and I’m finally getting around to posting our family photos for the holiday and winter.  I honestly don’t know what happened the last two weeks, it’s like life took a turn into the twilight zone and I’m still trying to recoop from the crazy.  I look forward to family photos but I regretfully have to admit that we have slacked in this department a lot and this is the first family photo since 2013 – yikes.  With a crazy on going presence in social media, sometimes I forget how important it is to have at least one really good photo for the year to document the growth of not only our children, but our life.

This year’s family photos were a challenge because our schedules are all over the place.  I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to gather the five members of my family (myself included) in the allotted time to get it done.  Normally, I will set up my camera and tripod and use my remote to shoot our photo, but this year – the remote died and I had to use the timer on the DSLR to get it accomplished… let’s just say – it was an interesting morning. lol  Running back and forth between the camera and the group – my husband and I were not only exhausted, we had several images to capture before we got some good ones.  Having children in the photo is no easy task as well as some were blinking, making faces or had their eyes closed – story of my life, lol.

2015 Family Photo

For this year’s photo, we decided it would be casual and relaxed, much like our life has been the last year.  Since we are so busy with home and school and work, we really look forward to days where we can dress casually and just enjoy life.  Since we live right off of the Golf Course in Pukalani, we decided that that would make a fabulous backdrop for our family photos.  Running back and forth working with the timer on the camera was definitely a challenge but overall, I think they came out pretty nice and I’m glad that we were able to document this year with a few images.

Our 2015 Holiday and Winter Family Photos

The twins are using basic black t-shirts from Old Navy and Khaki cargo shorts with their shoes.  My eldest is using a pair of jeans, a heather gray shirt from Old Navy and his shoes and my husband is using a Dickies button down shirt, Dickies khaki shorts and flip flops.  For me, I decided to go with a pair of skinny jeans (YMI) and a black laced top from Forever 21.  My scarf is one of my favorite Pashminas that I have had for at least 3 years now and I’m wearing a pair of black suede boots.  My gosh, my hair sure does stand out, doesn’t it?

Our 2015 Holiday and Winter Family Photos

I absolutely love taking our photos each year, but I think for next year, I may enlist the help of a fellow blogger or friend/family member to help take the images so that we are not putting in so much work lol. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and from our family to yours, we wish you a prosperous and blessed New Year.

Aloha,

Signature Honey

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Today in Microfashion… A few weeks ago, Luke & Isaiah’s school celebrated Spirit Week and included Book Character Day for the students.  Each child was to work with their families to create a costume (or inspired outfit) from the child’s favorite book.  Choosing a favorite book in our household is near to impossible since everyone in our home loves to read – but the twins settled on characters from their favorite Dr. Seuss books – Cat In The Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.  Creating the costumes were very fun and luckily I had most of the supplies on hand.  I promised the twins that I would share how I created their costumes with all of you – so today I bring to you a little Easy DIY Dr. Seuss Books Costumes.

Book Character Dress Up Day - Easy DIY Dr. Seuss Cat In The Hat and Sam I Am Costumes

Using what the twins had in their closets – we chose out clothes like a black and yellow (neon yellow) shirt to use with their outfits.  Since it was a chilly day we opted for a pair of denim jeans which worked and offered a casual flare while still giving the twins their own identity.  I picked up a few items at the store – like red, white, yellow and green felt, but most of the supplies I needed to create their costumes, I already had on hand.

Isaiah chose to be the Cat in the Hat.  While his costume was simplistic, it required a little more work than Luke’s with the hat having so many steps to create it.  Here’s what I did.

Book Character Dress Up Day - Easy DIY Dr. Seuss Cat In The Hat and Sam I Am Costumes

Starting with the hat, I first used foam core board and cut out a round base to use as the brim of the hat.  Then taking the red and white felt (I had them in 8″x 10″ pieces from Walmart), I cut them down to size – 2 inches in width and glued each strip together to create parts of the top hat.  I used my hot glue gun to do this as it was faster for me then sewing since I sew by hand (no machine).  I adjoined the pieces together to form the hat using white thread and stitched it by hand and then glued it to the brim that I created and covered with white felt.

I used the same red felt to draw a bow and glued it to a white strip of felt and then sewed a button on it so it could attach to his neck and could be easily taken off or put on.  He wore a black shirt and his jeans and his outfit was complete.

Supplies needed:

  • 1 square foot of foam core board
  • red felt – I used approximately 3 and 1/2 – 8″x 10″ sheets
  • white felt – I used approximately 3 – 8″x 10″ sheets
  • scissors
  • glue gun with glue sticks (or sewing machine / thread and needle)
  • thread and needle
  • black permanent marker (to trace the outline of the bow)
  • red button

The video where I show the details and explain each item can be found here.

Book Character Dress Up Day - Easy DIY Dr. Seuss Cat In The Hat and Sam I Am Costumes

Luke chose to be Sam I Am from Green Eggs & Ham.  His costume was fairly easy to put together though it took me a little while to figure out how to create the ham on his plate.  Starting with his sign – I took a piece of foam core board and cut it out so that it looked cartoon-ish, writing the words “Sam I am” similar to that from the book.  I then hot glued a wooden dowel to the back of the sign so that he could hold it in his hands.

Making the red hat for Sam was a little trickier.  I had to take 3 pieces of red felt (the 8×10 I mentioned) and pieced them together with hot glue so it would have a similar shape to what Sam wears in the book.  It kind of looks like an elf’s hat, with a triangle shape so that when we turned it inside out, it would have a slight curve at the top.  The Green Eggs and Ham was simple… by cutting a round shape out of the foam core board, I covered the board with yellow felt and created the shapes for the eggs and the ham, which I stuffed with scrap felt from the pieces I had cut.  Everything used to create Luke’s costume was sewed together with a hot glue gun.  I also glued an elastic band on the back of the plate so Luke could slip the plate on his wrists and not have to carry it around with him.

Supplies needed:

  • 2 square feet of foam core board
  • red felt – I used approximately 3 and 1/2 – 8″x 10″ sheets
  • white felt – I used approximately 1 – 8″x 10″ sheet
  • scissors
  • glue gun with glue sticks (or sewing machine / thread and needle)
  • black permanent marker (to write on the sign)
  • elastic band

Check out my video where I walk you through the steps here and show you the detail of each item I created.  I apologize that I did not film tutorials or take photos as I was doing this project since they were kind of impromptu.

Book Character Dress Up Day - Easy DIY Dr. Seuss Cat In The Hat and Sam I Am Costumes

The boys absolutely loved their costumes and were so proud to tell their friends and teachers at school that I created them and they got to help.  I spent very little money – less than $15 to create the whole thing and if I had to add in the cost of their shirts, it would be less than $25 for both.  What we enjoyed about these costumes were that they were easy to put on easy to take off.  If the boys decided that they no longer wanted to wear them, they could remove the props and put them away.  These costumes are very easy – they just take a little creativity and time to pull it all together.  I think they would make a fun choice for Book Character Day for any school or even Halloween.

Be sure to check out the video above where I explain each step and show you all the little details of each prop.  If you decide to create your own costumes using inspiration from ours, please be sure to comment and let us know.  What about you?  What would you select for Book Character Day as your dress up costume?

Happy DIY and Fun!

Signature Honey

 

Each year in the Fall, my family and I have journeyed up to the local Pumpkin Patch at the Kula Country Farms to choose out the perfect pumpkin for carving.  This year was no exception and the family enjoyed their time there as we always do so we wanted to share with you the fun and excitement.  The Kula Country Farms located on the slopes of beautiful Haleakala on the island of Maui turns it’s grounds into a fun Pumpkin Patch and Fall Extravaganza with corn mazes, garden games and fun for the entire family.  For the last 4 years my family and I have ventured on over to the patch to spend a few hours enjoying the animals, buying fresh Maui grown produce and of course – picking our own pumpkins.  Today I share with you one of our Family Adventures.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

Let’s face it – living on Maui has its perks and benefits because frankly, we are living in Paradise.  But, it can often mean that we are left without the resources that other towns can offer.  So when the Kula Country Farms started the annual pumpkin patch a few years back, my family and I have taken part in it each year.  There have been many changes and improvements to the patch this year, including a new parking lots that allows for easier parking for families so that they are not limited to parking on a very busy street.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

The pumpkin selections are far and wide in between, giving you the choice to choose a really large pumpkin or something small for coloring and painting.  Prices of the pumpkins range from $5 – $20 depending on the size and my family tends to pick up a pumpkin for each of us to carve or decorate as we see fit.  The location is HUGE – offering a wide variety of activities for your family from picking your own pumpkin to taking part in the corn maze and everything in between.  The boys look forward to swinging on the tire swings (while you can see this up year round) and taking part in any fun age appropriate activities for kids.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

The boys absolutely love seeing the chickens that roam the grounds freely and the ponies / miniature horses that they can pet and feed.  There is also a huge bunny that has been there for years for the children to befriend.  This year we decided that we would take the time to not only choose our perfect pumpkin, but also spend some time checking out the vendors that were stationed up at the farm.  There was a kettle corn vendor that made the kettle corn fresh while we were there (you could smell the chocolate through out the farm) and different food vendors that sold plate lunches and snacks through out.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

The farm was pretty busy on the Saturday we chose to visit.  Cars were parked up and down the street and since I now have a small car, we were able to find a parking spot along the road side.  There were children everywhere, examining all of the fun activities and my boys absolutely enjoyed their time there.  If you are planning to visit the farm in time for Halloween pumpkin carving, I suggest going early in the month of October.  With the weather here in Hawaii being pretty warm, some of the pumpkins were already starting to rot (such a bummer) and last minute pumpkin pickers are scrambling for the perfect find.  We visited at the beginning of October and found that there was a huge selection of pumpkins to choose from, with many different sizes and types.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

My husband picked me up the perfect pumpkin for carving and Kevin Ka’eo chose his pumpkin for his first year of carving on his own.  The twins each chose little pumpkins that they decided they would later paint.  We all hiked the pumpkins up the hill to pay for them and finish off our family adventure for the day.  The pumpkin fields can be dirty and dusty and sometimes icky but seriously, the look on these boys faces each year as they find the choice pumpkin for the holiday are priceless.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

Some of the flowers were in bloom at the farm as well, which was an incredible site.  If you know anything about me… then you know that sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers and I look forward to seeing them.  They scream Fall to me which is one of my favorite seasons.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

Since my husband has a pretty crazy work schedule sometimes and we are constantly busy, we are always looking for opportunities for family time.  With the holidays right around the bend, our daily lives can keep us on our toes so having a fun day like we did definitely helps us to make memories that will last a lifetime.  Our annual visit to the Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch is the beginning of our Holiday Family moments and reminds me that family – no matter how big or small, is something to cherish.

What are some of your Fall family traditions? Do you visit a pumpkin patch with your family to pick the perfect pumpkin?  Happy Fall!

Signature Honey

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