I am totally looking forward to the summer months here on Maui. Summer months here mean spending most of my days lounging on the sand and enjoying the beautiful beaches that Maui has to offer. It also means that the sun is up longer during the day and that leaves more time for walks and working out later in the afternoon. But, due to a condition I’ve been dealing with lately – I’ve gained some weight and I have been covering up my body a little more than usual. Working out or hitting the beach for a plus sized gal can definitely be a challenge when you need to find clothes that fit. And, many women are too modest to wear a tankini or show too much skin. That’s where HydroChic comes in. This awesome company offers versatility in their active wear while giving you the option of covering up a little or just being comfortable. Being plus sized can be a challenge to find swim and active wear that fits and still looks good so today, I’m going to share this awesome brand with you to get you “Summer Ready”.
HydroChic is an athleisure wear line that is versatile and comfortable while offering gorgeous prints and colors for any style preference. HydroChic offers Mix-and-Match Swim and Active Wear that provides the wearer comfortable coverage with less skin, lots more style and UV Protection. For someone like me who lives in the sun most days (especially in the summer) whether it is for play or exercise, this line is absolutely perfect.
There are more than 100 slimming mix-n-match separates to choose from, regardless of your size – girls, missy, plus sized, you name – they have it. And, if you’re like me and want a little more coverage, they got your “covered” literally. HydroChic offers lightweight, chlorine-resistant and chlorine-proof stretch fabric that dries really quickly and provides you with UPF 50+ sun protection. It’s durable, yet super flexible and allows you to use it at the beach or pool or to the gym, yoga or whatever your heart desires. It’s designed so that it doesn’t constrict movement and is sporty and figure flattering. With a variety of shorts, pants, leggings, long, short and sleeveless tops (with several bra options) and versatile swim dress, skirts and skorts – you are completely covered.
I am using the Black Tribal Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top (retail $72.00) that came with a Swim/Sports BRA with cups which make it easy for me to use with a little bit of push-up.
Details of the Tidal Tank Sporty Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top: Back zippered pocket is perfect to securely stash keys, ID, money Chlorine resistant Fabric XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon Comes with a complimentary swim/sports bra Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-3X Quick drying UPF 50+ sun protection.
I am also using the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts (retail $58.00, not chlorine proof) which is available in sizes XS-XL in Missy and 0X-4x in Plus.
Details of the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts. Mix and match them with any of our fitness tops. Covered elastic waistband, Plus Size has wider supportive waistband. Chlorine resistant. Fabric: XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon. Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-4X. Quick drying. UPF 50+ sun protection. Shorts are 19” long in a size Medium, inseam is 9”. The bottoms are designed to sit at the natural waist line.
Now, I’ve had my HydroChic set for just under a year and it’s been washed and worn many many times. I throw mine in the dryer on the low setting to dry – though I definitely suggest line drying to help keep your HydroChic wear in optimal condition. Even after almost a year – each piece looks brand new so I know it’s made with quality materials and craftsmanship.
I absolutely love how comfortable these all fit on my body, no weird bunching and funky cuts that make sitting or standing odd. The top is perfect for me when running, walking or working out because it helps to keep me cool and it’s not overly form fitting so it is easy for me to move in – whether swimming, jogging or any type of sports, it’s just easy to use.
HydroChic is available at select stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel, and online at www.hydrochic.com. Available in sizes Missy and Plus–4X. Prices range from $29.50 to $95.00.
About HydroChic – HydroChic, LLC. was co-founded by Daniella Teutsch and Sara Wolf, and launched in May, 2008. The idea came to them one day at the Jersey Shore as they watched women of all ages slather themselves with sunscreen and pull sloppy men’s t-shirts over their traditional bathing suits to protect their skin from sun damage. They knew that more fashionable coverage options were missing in the swimwear market. Only then did they realize how many other women were searching for the very same swimwear solutions. HydroChic is based in New Rochelle, NY.
With summer right around the bend, now is the perfect time to choose out a summer hit and I know HydroChic will be one you’ll enjoy. Back in my surfing days – I would have loved something like this because it would help to keep my “girls” in place without they bouncing around for everyone to see and I wouldn’t have to worry about my top or bottoms flying off after being tumbled in a wave. Any woman or girl who surfs, knows this dilemma and HydroChic would have made a great addition to my swim and surf wear back in the day. I’m glad I can utilize it now. The outfit is perfect for days when I take my sons to the beach or pool – because I don’t have to worry about one of them tugging on my top and it falling off revealing the girls… ya know?
HydroChic offers so many styles to choose from that I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy. Shipping is very quick and I enjoyed it so much I purchased several for my sisters since they like to be a little more covered up when hitting the sand too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rock a bikini or tankini but I love that I have an option if I’m just not feeling up to revealing some skin.
Check out all of their designs and full line of products available at: http://hydrochic.com/
So, are you a little more conservative when you hit the beach, pool or workout? If so, do you think that HydroChic would work for your style and comfort? Let me know in the comments below if you think they could be your next summer hit.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Living on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean means that many times, we are last on the list to have any new stores or establishments open. So, because of this – I was quite excited to see that a new store made it’s way to the islands. BoxLunch (a pop culture gift store with a cause) will be opening its newest location today in Aiea, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, at the Pearlridge Shopping Center.
BoxLunch will celebrate their grand opening in-store on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd from 12pm to 4pm. BoxLunch offers a variety of thoughtfully curated selections of the world’s most popular licensed shirts, accessories, collectibles, beauty, home goods and gifts for everyone and anyone including the most dedicated fan to the more casual pop culture enthusiast.
What makes BoxLunch so awesome is the cause they work for. To fulfill its civic mission of “Get Some. Give Back”, BoxLunch will donate one meal to Feeding America for every $10 spent in-store or online. BoxLunch is proud to support national hunger-relief efforts as well as local efforts through Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, including the Hawaii Foodbank, Inc. which will directly receive a percentage of the donations raised at the Pearlridge Center BoxLunch Store. It is awesome that a store newly opened is giving back to its community – right here at home, in it’s own backyard.
“We are thrilled to open a BoxLunch in the Aiea community. Our mission is simple, sell the best product and use our business to inspire and implement solutions to help fight the hunger crisis on both a local and national level.” – Robert Thomsen, Vice President, General Manager of Merchandising and Marketing of BoxLunch.
BoxLunch retail storefronts across the country provide a way for the general public to be exposed to hunger relief and offer a means for their customers to easily give back through their purchases. The support has translated into more than two million meals donated to provide hope to families facing hunger in the United States.
I’m excited to stop in and check out the store the next time I’m on island. Sadly, I’m not located on Oahu, I’m on Maui – so I’ll need to wait till my next visit before checking it out. If you are on Oahu, I highly suggest stopping by Pearlridge Shopping Center and visiting the BoxLunch store. Whether you are a beauty lover or someone who loves anything fun, I’m sure you’ll find a plethora of products here for the pop culture obsesses to anyone who just loves to shop.
98-1005 Moanalua Road
Aiea, HI 96701
For more information or to learn about BoxLunch visit: http://www.BoxLunch.com
No, this is not what you are thinking… I’m not going to show you a demo on how I get wrinkles out of my clothes… ha ha ha! But, I did want to share with you a product that my family and I have been loving lately and it has been such a huge helper for me each day. You see, laundry for a household of 5 people can be a daunting task and I’m thankful that my eldest son Kevin Ka’eo has that chore to do. But, clothes get wrinkled… especially when your sons like to toss them in a basket for later use. With my husband needing freshly pressed clothes and the fact that I am constantly ironing my tops, the Downy Wrinkle Release Plus has been a huge help for me and my family.
Do you ever experience those days where your child wakes you up in the morning, telling you that they forgot to inform you the day before that their band uniform needs to be ironed because they have a concert at school that day? Well, my child has – on more than one occasion. And, that is just a small tidbit of what goes on in our household when it comes to wrinkled clothes. While clothes are clean, most the time they are a wrinkled mess… due to running late in the morning and tossing clothes everywhere through out the day. There truly is no time to pull the iron and the ironing board out of the closet in time to make the morning tardy bell for school. That’s where Downy Wrinkle Release Plus comes to our rescue. This awesome product (which is available in travel size, I might add) has been our lifesaver since first discovering it a month or so ago. I don’t know how I got ahead without it… oh wait, I do – I rushed to iron clothes the traditional way… ha ha ha!
Using the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is so simple. You just spray the clothing (sheets and other items work too), tug and smooth the garment and hang to dry. It literally is ready in seconds and perfect in a pinch. I like to spray the clothing item in the wrinkled areas and toss it in our dryer for a quick, no fuss wrinkle release. Hanging to dry doesn’t take long however and most the time it’s ready within a matter of minutes – usually I have the boys put on their shoes and socks or make their snack for school and then put their shirt on. The Down Wrinkle Releaser is safe on virtually all fabrics, though they do advise that fabrics that may water-spot (silk and rayon) that you should test in a hidden area first.
My family and I are always on the go so having something that can assist at a moments notice helps to cut down my busy schedule. But, while Downy Wrinkle Release takes care of the wrinkles, it is also an odor eliminator, fabric refresher and static remover. I love that I have so many ways to utilize this product. I spray Downy onto my car seats and on the floor to help eliminate the odors from shoes and stuff and it has made a big difference. You can also use Downy Wrinkle Releaser as a fabric refresher and static remover or use it to aid in ironing (like spray starch). I love that I have so many options for this product that I literally keep one in every room. It’s perfect to spray our beds with if we are going to be out all day – because it really freshens the whole room and house.
Okay – now that I have shared with you my little secret helper, how’s about you head on over to your local store or check them out online and pick one up for you. Reasonably priced, great fragrance and it takes out wrinkles… well now, sounds like a keeper to me. Check out your local store to see if they have Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus in stock or visit: http://downywrinklereleaserplus.com for more details.
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Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler weather means that we can dress warmer here in Hawaii and embrace the colder months. The thing about Hawaii though is that while it cools down, it can still be warm and humid. I wanted to provide you with a kind of universal Fall lookbook and style diary that offered you some warm weather cozy while still having something for a hot Hawaii day. Today I’m doing this post and video in collaboration with a fellow beauty and lifestyle blogger from Hawaii – Kathryn (Kath) from The Fabzilla. Make sure you head on over and show this gorgeous beauty some mad love too.
Look 1 –
- Black Convertible Top – Target
- Jeans – YMI Plus Size WannaBettaButt Jegging
- Handbag – Coach
- Footwear – Flip Flops (I’ll be rocking this pretty often – I banged up my ankle quite a bit a few days ago.)
- Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with lip balm
- Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold
Look 2 –
- Duster Sweater – Target
- Black Jeggings – Forever 21 Plus
- Black Camisole – Walmart
- Calf High Boots with Buckle – Justfab.com
- Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with ColourPop Konichiwa lippy stix
- Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold
Look 3 –
- Cupcake and Sweets Dress – Cowcow on Amazon
- Flip Flops with lace detailing – Walmart
- Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with ColourPop Tiny Chum Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
- Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold
I hope you enjoyed this little style diary. Remember – as I always say, style really is personal preference. For me, I love to be comfortable and if the season allows – I love cozy. You can catch me in flip flops most time of the year unless it’s cold and then a pair of boots will always suffice. Since I injured my ankle badly – I’m unable to use a lot of my traditional footwear that I would pair with my outfits like flats or ballet slippers because my ankle is swollen and they won’t fit over my brace. But, nonetheless, I dress in what makes me comfortable. To me, just like makeup – style is a form of self expression.
I hope you are all enjoying your cooler weather. Don’t forget to head on over to check out Kath’s sweet looks – you’ll love her, classy style and a beauty.
Kath’s Blog: http://www.thefabzilla.com/2016/11/style-and-makeup-diary-hawaii-fall_12.html
Kath’s YouTube: https://youtu.be/51BcTtRBwmY
Disclaimer: Some of the products in this post were sent for review consideration or feature while others were purchased by me with my own money. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Fall is here! Hawaii doesn’t get much change in weather – well, it’s colder, but not by much… but it’s still my favorite season… woohoo! With Fall and colder weather come a change in clothing and accessories and today I’m going to be sharing with you an unconventional one. Who says a water bottle can’t be the newest fall accessory trend? I think it’s a great idea. So, today I’m going to share with you some Fall goods that I think would be a great accessory and make fun and festive holiday gifts too. While we are all changing out our closets and prepping for the newest beauty and fashion trends, I want you to complete your outfit with the latest and greatest accessory from Contigo.
Purses, shoes and jewelry are all fabulous things any time of year – but especially during Fall when dressing up is fun for colder weather. But, Contigo has added a new addition to their line of hydration products and I want to share it with you because I think it’s important to stay hydrated during colder months. The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle is a glass bottle that is plastic free and adorned with a flower petal silicone sleeve in bright, vibrant colors.
Retailing for $14.99 this reusable glass water bottle offers style with your hydration. The BPA-free Purity Glass Water Bottle has a stylish silicone sleeve which really makes this glass bottle so chic and perfect for on the go. It comes with an attached silicone lid to make this convenient along with a carry loop to ensure that Purity will be ready for you and on your side for on the go. I love the wide mouth which also makes it easy to add ice to keep your water cold when you’re ready to hydrate.
The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle by Contigo features:
- Made completely of glass, steel and food grade silicone; no plastic parts
- Contoured wide-mouth design
- Attached silicone tethered lid
- Comfortable, stylish non-slip silicone sleeve to help with durability
- 100% BPA-free
- Top-rack dishwasher safe
- 20 oz. capacity
- SRP $14.99
- Available in: Very Berry, Scuba, and Grapevine
If you are someone who loves to drink tea or coffee (that’s me), then the Contigo AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug may be one for you too. Available in Stainless, Polar White and Matte Black – the AUTOSEAL knows when to close. It is the ultimate commuter companion and so sleek and chic that it will go with any outfit. It’s basically the Holy Grail of travel mugs and I love it. It’s Spill Proof, easy to clean and stays hot for hours on end. It was thoughtfully engineered with a CleanGuard lid to keep out dirt and germs and is perfect for transit and for a ride.
The AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug retails for $24.99.
So, are you on the lookout for a fun Holiday Gift Idea or just want to add to your list of fashion and stylish accessories this Fall? If so – I highly suggest checking out these finds from Contigo. My plan is to pick up a purple one to have on hand of the Purity Bottles because I just love how simple but stylish they are.
You can check out all the info and more on Contigo and their complete line of products here: http://www.gocontigo.com/ And, if you have a coffee or tea drinker or water lover on your holiday gift list, I definitely suggest you get them one of these – it will be a great gift.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty picky. I’ve discussed this time and time again and have mentioned it before, but because I have sensitive skin – finding the perfect jewelry piece can be a challenge. I am also someone that tends to gravitate towards dainty pieces that offer a statement without looking gaudy or too overdone. Let’s face it, we all know that I’m a casual girl and prefer a pair of jeans and boots to slacks and heels. But, that’s what makes our world so unique and fun… it’s that we all have our own individual style and flare. For me, I love something that is personal, offers a special touch and if it’s gold… hey, we got a winner. Today I’m going to introduce you to gorgeous personalized jewelry from Six Sisters Beadworks. I love a sweet piece of jewelry and this one, well it absolutely screams Honey… literally. lol
Six Sisters Beadworks is the business owned by Michelle who launched her jewelry business with the goal of introducing to others a gorgeous line of timeless keepsake gifts that are meant to be cherished for a lifetime. Michelle was inspired by her six small daughters to pursue a professional jewelry design business in an effort to create meaningful pieces that are artfully fashioned to feel and look both unique and spectacular. With classic heirloom pieces that are personalized with names, initials, dates and birthstones – they are crafted from the finest materials of .925 Sterling Silver, 14K gold filled, genuine Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and natural gemstones. Michelle Bisesto’s jewelry designs are beautiful and what I love about them the most, is that they are timeless.
Each of the pieces that are offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are created and handmade with great attention to detail and a serious interest in fine craftsmanship. The designs are innovative and exciting offering pieces for babies, little girls, teens and women and they make beautiful custom made gifts. Recently Michelle has added custom pieces for boys and men as well for a classic and modern style.
I received the Hand Stamped Gold Cuff Bracelet – $102.00. When it comes to jewelry I look for attention to detail and I’m absolutely in love with this bracelet. It is a smooth 14K Gold Filled cuff that is hand formed and personalized. This piece is simplistic, but classy and can be worn anytime with anything. I am plus sized and found that this cuff fit perfectly and I was able to bend it open to place it onto my wrist with ease. You can personalize your cuff with special names, initials, date or phrase and I chose to go simple with just my name – HONEY.
This cuff bracelet can be worn on its own or as part of your arm candy with other bracelets. I love how easy it is to use and pair with your favorite styles and fashions. It’s well made and has stood up to my daily use without any tarnishing or discoloration.
Jewelry Care for any pieces ordered from Six Sisters Beadworks includes:
-Keep jewelry dry.
-Remove before sleeping.
-Remove before changing clothes.
-Please do NOT use silver polish on alphabet beads.
-Sterling Silver does tarnish slowly over time due to exposure to air. Simply wipe with a polishing cloth to restore its original shine.
-Store your Sterling Silver jewelry in its original gift box or inside an airtight plastic bag to slow the tarnishing process.
-Please click HERE to purchase our Sterling Silver Polishing Cloth.
-Storing your jewelry in an airtight box or bag will delay the tarnishing process.
With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to be sure to share this bracelet and company with all of you. I’m an online shopper and absolutely LOVE purchasing gifts for loved ones that add a little personal touch to their lives. This bracelet as well as the others offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are unique, beautiful and would make a great gift. I wouldn’t be surprised if you seen this in an upcoming gift guide because I do love it that much.
I love a business that offers quality and detail in each of their products and you will surely find something you love or a gift for someone you love at Six Sisters Beadworks.
Have you heard of Six Sisters Beadworks before? If so, have you purchased anything from them? If not, is there anything you have your sights on?
You can check out what Six Sisters Beadworks offers and their collection for sale here: http://sixsistersbeadworks.com/
Disclaimer: Products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see on this site. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
You know, I’ve said this time and time again… but who I am today and what I have become was in part molded for me by those before me. My parents, my grandparents, family and friends who have inspired who I am as a person today. I recently was introduced to a beautiful Angel Locket by Yourself Expression and I wanted to share with you this beautiful piece that has completely won over my heart.
These beautiful Angel Lockets are the perfect way to express love or remembrance (or both). These lockets are unlike the traditional lockets you are accustomed to. They are bold, but dainty and offer gorgeous geometric shapes to compliment who you are as a person or your personal style. Each locket features filigree-like detailing and crystal accents. What makes these lockets different than your traditional ones is that instead of holding a picture inside of your loved one, each locket houses a sphere with a chime inside. Each necklace can be personalized to fit your taste by choosing the color of the sphere, making your choice something that is symbolic to you or simply your favorite shade or hue.
The chime inside is subtle, light and not distracting at all. It serves as a reminder that someone you love is thinking of you and always with you in spirit. Each locket is meant to keep love and protection around you or the person you gift it to.
Teen Entrepreneur Shelby Golguski and her brother Gordon created Yourself Expression to share things they love with others – young and old. Their Angel Lockets merge customized accessories and an on-trend look perfectly. There are various different lockets in different shapes, designs and finishes that make these so pretty and unique to your personal style.
I have the Yourself Expression Spiral Design Angel Locket in Gold with a Silver Chimer. My chain is made of stainless steel and my locket is silver plated with a copper base. My chimer is a clay-painted ball that makes a soft chime when you move. Each Angel Locket can be easily cleaned and wiped dry and you should take care in not wetting it or wearing in water. The chain is 32″ and the locket 1″ in size.
I have had this locket now for about a month and have absolutely fell in love. It reminds me of my childhood and if you know anything about me, you know that each jewelry piece I use consistently has some type of significant meaning to me. The piece is lightweight and I absolutely love the soft chime I hear when the necklace moves about it. After using this consistently over the last month, I also love the fact that it hasn’t tarnished on me or turned my skin green as well. Most jewelry pieces will do that to me after the first use if they are not real. It’s sturdy and really well made. Each locket is $20 and I look forward to picking up one or two more to add to my collection because I am absolutely in love with my locket.
They say that when a loved one passes, you will carry a piece of them in your heart always. What makes this locket so wonderful is that the little chimes that come from it are little reminders that I’m never alone. As a lover of mythical creatures like fairies and unicorns, I am reminded that there is always a little bit of pixie dust somewhere to help brighten my day and that I always have angels over my shoulder.
I think this will be a timeless piece for years to come and a great gift for yourself or a loved one. Angel Lockets are a unique gift and the perfect little treasure for anyone to have. It’s affordable, well-made and stylish. I love the concept and enjoy the product and I’m proud to share it with all you today.
What about you, do you think Angel Lockets is something that you would enjoy or a loved one would like as a gift? Have you heard or seen anything like this before?
You can check out all the designs available for the Angel Locket and purchase your own at: https://www.thegrommet.com/yourself-expression
Disclaimer: The products featured and discussed in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & 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.
- Pens – anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge pen collector. Some of my current favorites include the Paper Mate Ink Joy Gel 0.7mm Pens, Pilot Frixon Pens and Pilot G2.
- 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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