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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

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

I have been getting a lot of questions lately regarding my take on Breastfeeding in public so I figured I would touch base on this subject in this weeks Thirsty Thursday episode.  Also – a sweet friend of mine also asked about my cleaning and daily routine as a Stay at Home Mom or (SAHM) so I also share that with all of you and a little something about what I think a Woman’s Worth is.

Click on the video and watch all about it – this TT is a little long, but I think I have a lot to share.  Hope you enjoy.

Have a wonderful Thursday and a fab weekend!
xo

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Who am I?

Well, it’s obvious that I am a blogger (just call me an editor – lol), Photographer, an art lover and self proclaimed gourmet food aficionado (otherwise known as major foodie) as well as a creative brain waiting to jump out and show the world what I can do.  But, most importantly – I am a Wife and Mother.

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“Cut not the wings of your dreams, for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul.” – Flavia

I have a husband named Kevin who has been and continues to be my rock, my strength and my biggest supporter.  If you know anything about me, then you know that for years, I struggled to discover myself and who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do.  Through it all, our love has stood the test of time and through our ups and downs – through sleepless nights and times when we had no money, we persevered and looked past it all.  We continue to love one another, commit our hearts to each other and look forward to a lifetime of memories.

A year or so ago I was approached by a colleague that asked me a question that I never thought I would ever have to answer.  But, in answering her question I realized that our world is not what we consistently hope it to be.  While I constantly live in my own fairy tale, many are just longing for love.  Today I share with you her question and my response.

Friend:  “How can you be so in love with someone, after all these years… and talk about him as if you have a new found relationship – like teenagers?  You guys act like you are newly in love.”

My answer: “How can you not? When you give your love to someone, during your wedding vows or other – don’t you commit to them with all your heart and soul? Shouldn’t love be fun and interesting? Shouldn’t you live each day for one another – be there for each other and more importantly, love like you don’t have tomorrow. It’s different when you fall in love with someone and marry them. They are your best friend, your soul mate. Your love for them can only grow more and more as time passes.”

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It’s corny – I know… but it’s true! This is who I am and what I feel inside.  There are times when I get so busy and wrapped up into being a wife and mother, that I often don’t pay attention to how strong my love is.  Sometimes, I find myself in extreme auto-pilot, living through each day as if I were a part of a robotic colony completing each task on automatic mode.  But, while those times can come more often than not, I know that I can always stop and be so thankful for where I am in life and how far it has taken me.

I also mentioned being a mother.  I have three beautiful boys and while they are all their own individual selves with their own personalities, they helped to mold me into the mother I am today.  Through many times of the utmost insanity, my boys have helped me to keep it all together.  I’m not gonna lie, being a mother is already a challenge and topping it off with three VERY active boys is icing on the cake.  My eldest (Kevin Ka’eo) is now 12 years old and is already going through that stage of being “too grown up” for his parents – yikes.  And, the twins (Luke & Isaiah) are now 6 years old with an agenda each all their own.  All of them keep me absolutely on my toes… between school functions, sports and just an overall lack of sleep – but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  These boys are my love bugs, they have captured my heart forever.

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You see, in life – we meet new people, gain new relationships and take on many challenges. I am who I am today because of those who have inspired me to be more than I could ever imagine. I would never change any of it – Never, ever!  I have a strength that many people cease to exude.  It’s not that they don’t have it, but merely because they don’t realize they do.

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The strength behind my soul is my family.  These four people in my life that not only provide the biggest support that I could ask for as a person, but the foundation of which my life succeeds.  I’m stronger because of them and for them and my soul, my heart is whole because of the love I have for them.  They say that love is what makes or breaks a person – it is what develops a person into who they become and what their future will hold.  If that’s the case, I think my future is bright and my soul is strong because I live a love that most people only dream of.

Wishing you all a wonderful day! Thanks for letting me pour out my heart and soul for all of you! xo

“A book is only as strong as its cover that holds and binds its pages.”  – Honey

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Woohoo for Halloween.  While it is not our favorite Holiday, Halloween certainly ranks top in my family’s list of days in the year.  With Halloween approaching just a few short days away, my family has been on a binge watching our favorite Halloween movies and shows to get in the spirit of the holiday.  Today we wanted to share with you some of our favorites both Family and Kid Friendly.  It’s been years since I have watched anything really gory so most of what you will see listed here can be watched by all ages, a few are more for adults and some kid choices too.  Happy Halloween to all and have a fun and safe night!

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The movies listed through out are in no particular order.  We love them all!

  • Halloween Town – All the Movies (1998)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Addams Family / Addams Family Values
  • People Under the Stairs  (there are some bad words in this show – my eldest can watch it, but not the twins)
  • Beetlejuice
  • Lady in White
  • ParaNorman (2012)
  • Harry Potter Series (my family can literally have a marathon of Harry Potter movies year round)
  • It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • The Witches (1990)
  • Monster’s University
  • Practical Magic
  • Casper (1995)
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks Halloween Specials (especially Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman)
  • Little Monsters
  • Teen Witch

Now keep in mind that some of these are totally kid friendly and some movies you may need to determine if your children can watch them.  Overall these are jut a few we enjoy and pull out during Halloween to have a fun family movie watching adventure.  If we continued our list… well, we would be here another 365 days.

Regardless of whether or not you are celebrating Halloween or just staying home with a cup of cocoa – from my family to yours, we wish you a wonderful day!  We hope you enjoy our list of movies as much as we do!

Happy Movie Watching and Happy Halloween!


Summertime in Hawaii is a dream come true for many and for my family, we love it and enjoy our paradise home year round.  As a family, we love to get outdoors and experience all that our beautiful islands offer us from the ocean and streams to hiking, climbing and all around fun.  But with the high island heat, deep ocean water and so much to do around us, we must be prepared for anything and everything and planning for a safe summer ahead of time is a must.  Having worked in the tourism industry for years, I have seen many injuries occur and today I want to share some simple tips that will make your summer time here in Hawaii or anywhere a blast and hopefully – accident free.  Here are a few personal summer safety tips that I think every parent should know.

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Summer Safety Tips:

Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water!  While we are out and about having fun and enjoying our summer, often times we don’t realize that we haven’t been hydrating our bodies until it is too late.  Make sure to have consume/drink the daily intake of water or increase the amount depending on your level of activity/fun.  Drinking water not only helps to keep your body hydrated and healthy, but it will also keep you feeling cooler while you are out and about.  Don’t forget about this important tip.

SPF/Sunblock are Essential – Use it!  Let’s face it, many of us forget to apply sunblock before it’s too late so the key is to be prepared and have it ready and handy before you plan your summer adventures.  SPF or even coverups like hats, etc. can be essential in not only protecting your skin from sunburn, aging, etc – but also cancer.  Make sure to have an SPF you are comfortable using and apply 20 minutes before you get out in the sun.  Reapply every two hours as needed or if you are in the water.  Sunblock is so important to our family that I always carry a small travel size in my purse year round and my sons always wear a hat year round if we are gonna be exposed to the sun and elements.

Update that First Aid Kit!  Since I have very active boys, we have a First Aid kit in each vehicle, a small kit in my purse and a large one in the house to be prepared at a moment’s notice.  Cuts, scrapes, thorns – all things ouch can occur at any time and it’s always best to be prepared.  My son has played basketball for years and each year one of his teammates get hurt on the court, needless to say – Mommy is always to the rescue.

Water Safety is a MUST!  Obviously, we live in Hawaii and are surrounded by water so it is important that we teach our children water safety.  My husband and I are both CPR Certified and have years of water training both in the pool and ocean so it is imperative that you teach your children the dangers of water and how to protect themselves.  While working in the hotel industry, I have seen many tourists drown due to lack of knowledge of the ocean current, waves and tides so it is important that no matter where you go – that you familiarize yourself with the ocean conditions and know that the ocean is unpredictable.  Check signs, posted flag warnings and speak with a life guard on duty when available and make sure to supervise your children at all times.  When swimming in a pool, make sure you are supervising your children and have nice clean fun.  One important thing to also remember… if your child has been taking in water while swimming or gulping water while playing – monitor your child several hours after water play as that can result in Secondary Drowning – this goes for adults too.

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Know Limitations!  Teach your kids to listen to their bodies.  This may not seem like a big deal, but it can turn into a disaster if not taken into consideration.  Teach your children that if at any point they feel pain or discomfort while playing, they should notify their coach and get out of the game or tell a parent or adult while playing. While sitting on the sidelines is one of the most difficult situations a player can face, pushing through injuries increases their severity and keeps you out of action longer.  This goes for regular outdoor play, swimming, etc – not just during a game or game play.

Be prepared with accidental & supplemental insurance coverage and Plan for unexpected expenses!  Let’s face it, accidents happen and while children are still learning and growing, things can always happen at a moments notice without warning.  If you keep busy during the summer months, whether a vacation trip or just lounging at the beach or pool, it is always best to be one step ahead of it all and get that extra insurance to help with expenses.  Between sports (which occur often during the summer for my boys) or outdoor play and activities, it’s best to be prepared.  Accidents happen. When unexpected injuries happen, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance like Aflac’s accident policy to help cover out-of-pocket expenses.

Should the need arise where you need that extra insurance benefit you’ll have it ready.  Submitting health insurance claims isn’t something people necessarily look forward to doing – with claim denials and waiting up to a month for payment, it can be a long and difficult process. And while 30 days may not seem like a long time, for families struggling to pay medical expenses, it can feel like a lifetime.  Therefore, Aflac recently introduced One Day PaySM – an initiative that allows Aflac to process, approve and pay eligible claims in just a day.  By being prepared, you’ll have a back up plan should you need it.

Visit Aflac’s Accident Insurance page for more information on their accident policies here.

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Last but not least, the most important tip for Summer is to Enjoy life and have lots of fun. Children grow up too quickly so make sure you cherish every moment and make lots of memories!

Happy Summer!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

It’s been almost 6 years since I have given birth to my twins and the day is still quite fresh in my mind.  All of my pregnancies were difficult and this particular one was no exception – but more so because it was VERY high risk and I was carrying two instead of one.  About four months into my pregnancy a family friend gave me a bunch of books about twins (since she had just delivered her own about 6 months prior) and mixed in the bunch was the book What to Expect® When You’re Expecting.  During the remainder of my pregnancy, I read through all of the books, but carried this particular book with me and read it consistently.  To say it was a lifesaver, is an understatement.

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While I’m not expecting any children in the immediate future, I keep these books on hand because they contain a wealth of information for both myself and my husband and they are a great reference for friends, family and ourselves to turn to when we have questions.  There is a reason why they are the #1 Bestselling Pregnancy Book – it’s one of those books that you just can’t donate or pass on because it’s that valuable.  Have you ever read a book that referenced anything, especially pregnancy and felt like you were reading something written in Greek?  Well, that is why Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel’s What to Expect® When You’re Expecting, What To Expect® the First Year, and Eating Well When You’re Expecting have in common?  They are easy to read and literally lay everything out in easy terms that make it simplified for you to understand.  It’s a timeless book series that I love, will reference during each of my pregnancies in the future and suggest to any mother or father expecting their own child.

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I really enjoy that this series of books offers you not only a wealth of information, but it is something that you can pass down for generations, sharing with your own children.  The books offer everything from the beginning through the first weeks after pregnancy and well into your child’s second year (What to Expect® the Second Year) making it a hub of information.  The books were my guide in Postpartum where I struggled and continue to struggle today and have been such help in combating an issue that many women experience.  After having my twins, I experienced major depression and my hands were so busy with my sons, I didn’t realize what was happening to me.  A quick glance at the book and I was able to determine that it was time to visit my doctor and I’m glad I did because I was diagnosed with severe postpartum depression.  Without a little push from the book, I may have allowed such a big deal to take over and I may have not realized what was happening.  I still deal with my depression today as a result of postpartum, but thankful it was caught in time before anything drastic occurred.

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It’s amazing that with a plethora of information on the internet, I still found that a book would be my number one reference – till this day.  The What to Expect® When You’re Expecting series is based around the main book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting which has been the Bestseller Pregnancy book for over 600 weeks.  It’s a definite necessity in my book and America’s Bestselling Parenting Series for a reason.  As a mother who experienced some of the most difficult pregnancies, I am thankful that I have the books to fall back on for information.  There is a wealth of information and covers everything you can think of.  No question is odd, weird or embarrassing and sitting down with this book is like chatting with your best friend.

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What to Expect® When You’re Expecting is the long-running book on the New York Times Bestseller list and recommended by moms (myself included) and doctors alike.  In fact, my OBGYN hands this book to her patients that are expecting and makes it a point to keep them well informed with a great read.  This book is definitely “mommy survival guide” status for me!

Have you read this series of books from Workman Publishing?  If not, is this something you’ll be adding to your must-have list when you are expecting?

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I’m a little behind in posting this but it has been a crazy week and I haven’t been feeling well.  However, since it is Friday (Happy Aloha Friday), I figured I could share a little Foodie love and Fashion.  This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and my husband and sons surprised me with an awesome Brunch at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.  This location is one of my favorites because the grounds are gorgeous and the Spa and Terme are one of my favorites to go a few times a year for a little “me” time.  This was the first time we attended their brunch and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to experience it.

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The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa is located on the South Side of Maui in Wailea.  It is a gorgeous resort with grounds that are not only breathe-taking, but a playground for all ages.  It is also located on one of the most beautiful beaches Maui has to offer.

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My family and I have been to the resort on many occasions whether as a stay-cation, attend weddings at their chapel, dine or play in the pools or spa but we have never been to their brunch.  This brunch occurs every Sunday, but this year they tried something different and had a Sangria bar especially for Mother’s Day.  Their buffet includes everything from Prime Rib and Crab legs to a plethora of seafoods, local dairy cheeses, waffles and pancakes and so much more.  I apologize for not having any photos of the food as I was too caught up in making my plate I completely forgot.

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I was able to capture the dessert bar which was just as delicious and included everything from macarons to cake pops and everything in between.  Scrumptious treats for a great day.

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Stop on by the site to see what their entire menu includes – I’m sure you’ll be drooling just reading it.  Their menu can be found here.  After Brunch, my family and I took a stroll through the grounds to walk off a full tummy.  It was such a beautiful day.

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The Grand Wailea is known for their many pools and this is one of them.  You can’t swim in this pool of course, but it’s a gorgeous landscape feature that is quite popular for photos.  We just couldn’t resist.

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Love my guys!  My husband, sons and I do everything together – even anniversaries are celebrated together.  We are just a close family overall.  It was such a nice treat to have a Mother’s Day brunch with the ones I love.

The boys are all dressed casually wearing denim shorts from Old Navy and their favorite graphic t-shirts or plain t’s.  My husband is sporting a pair of Khaki Cargo Shorts from Dickies and a shirt from Maui Tropix.

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For my outfit – I went with something I knew would be comfortable and still cool since it was pretty warm that day.

  • Loose Fit Peplum style top – Old Navy
  • Black Pencil Skirt – Forever 21
  • Platform Flip flop sandals – Steve Madden
  • Watch – Invicta
  • Necklace, Earrings – Amethyst and Sterling Silver Jewelry that was my Mother’s Day Gift from my Husband and Sons
  • Pandora Style Bracelet – Muwae Jewelry
  • Purse/Handbag – Miche Prima Bag with Farrah Shell

Grand Wailea Resort and Spa
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My makeup for the day was quite simple.  It included some mascara (Benefit Roller Lash) and a quick wash of shimmer over the lid, I used the Colour Pop eye shadow in XO (from the Shaaanxo Collection).  On my lips I used just lip balm since I knew I would be stuffing my face with food… lol.

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It was an absolutely wonderful day.  And not only was my tummy happy – but I enjoyed every single part of it.  We left the resort and headed  home to relax and enjoy our time together.

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Ha Ha! We were photo-bombed!  My eldest son is such a goofy guy.  Of course we stopped for a quick pic while waiting for Valet to bring our car around.

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Each mother received an orchid flower (or as we call them in Hawai’i – pua) to put in our hair.

For dinner that evening my husband prepared for me his Pork Loin, smothered in mushrooms and homemade mushroom gravy with a side of garlic asparagus.  It is one of my favorites and I had been craving it for a few weeks so he picked up the supplies to make it for me.  MMM MMM YUM!

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It was such a wonderful day and I wish that every Mother out there had a day that they not only enjoyed but also cherished.  I am a proud mom and so thankful for my children.  My pregnancies were all difficult and my children are definitely God’s gifts to us.

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Hold on… let me pose for a quick Powder Room selfie – haha!

xo

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We are just a few short days away from Mother’s Day and I can’t help buy reflect on my first Mother’s Day 11 years ago.  It seems like the time has flown all too quickly and the minutes of the day just drift away like they are non-existent.  Looking back on what I’ve learned and what I’ve accomplished gives me a sense of pride.  I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I never knew how rewarding it would be for me and how much I loved this job with all my heart.

My boys are growing so quickly and I have learned after becoming a mother that sometimes a little acknowledgement, peace of mind and inspiration go a really long way.  I wanted to take the time to write a letter to all moms – new, soon to be and those with years of experience.  This is my Mother’s Day Gift to you and I hope you enjoy!

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Luke, Kevin and Isaiah – 2011

Dear Moms…

1. As much as we wish it would, time stands still for no one and father time ticks and tocks the days and nights away.  While our days may be filled with challenges, they may also be filled with laughter and delight.  Take the time each day to stop and think about the things you are grateful for.  I keep a gratitude journal specifically for this reason.  It allows me to reflect back on other days and remember the memories that we often times soon forget.  Remember that each day is filled with some form of happiness… there is always sunlight at the end of a storm.

2.  It’s okay to want a little “me” time.  I’m still trying to grasp the concept myself, but at least now I have accepted that wanting some time to myself does not mean that I don’t love my children.  It just means that I need a break sometimes.  Even if this means you are gonna vegetate in front of the computer, online window shop and have a glass of Vino… so long as it gives you a moment to yourself – hey, that’s great.

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Kevin 2008

3.  Don’t feel bad about wanting to capture every moment on camera.  Your children will thank you later, trust me.  My three sons grew up in front of a camera and I snapped away at every moment and tried to capture as many memories as possible.  Even with a camera attached at the hip, I found that some of their earlier years were missed because I was caught up doing other things.  It’s okay to stop and tell someone you need to take a photo, it’s okay to capture the moment for your memories.  Snap away and always have a camera on hand.  You don’t want to look back at the past and realize you missed something because you were too busy with something else.

4.  Each parent has their own set of advice for new or soon to be mommies.  It can be difficult to hear sometimes and I know that I struggled with this (still do), for a long time.  If it’s something you can use in your life as a momma, then incorporate it into your own.  If you can’t use, do not worry – just move on and thank the person who gave it to you.  Parents sometimes forget that each child is their own individual and what might work for one child, certainly will not work for another.   Do not feel obligated to make someone’s advice work for you – even if they say it will and you know it won’t.

Luke
Luke 2010

5.  This one might only pertain to moms of twinnies… but needless to say, it had to be said.  Please please do not tell a mom of twins (new or otherwise), that you know exactly what they are going through because your children are just 10 months or a year or so apart.  IT IS NOT THE SAME.  I won’t tell you how many verbal arguments I have gotten into with parents over this.  Having two children exactly the same age (twins) is not the same as having a child just a year older.  By the time you have your second child (or the child born a year after), your first child is already starting to feed themselves, talking, walking, etc.  It is not the same experience as two infants or children the same age.  Many can argue the fact, but as a mother of twins, it was absolutely difficult for me to deal with and it was the cause of MANY arguments with other people.  Does that mean that you are less than I because I am a mother of twins – OF COURSE NOT, but they are not a comparison or similarity by any means.

6.  It’s okay to splurge on yourself once in a while.  I’m pretty lucky in that I have a husband that consistently reminds me that it’s time to buy myself something nice, otherwise, it goes on the back burner and I completely forget.  Choose out something from your wishlist and if you can swing it, get it.  Ask your hubby for a Sephora Gift Card (hint hint) and pick up that new perfume or lipstick you’ve been eyeing.  The choices are endless and I want moms to know that it’s okay to want to spoil yourself once in a while.  It’s too often that we forget about ourselves and are always thinking about others, so it’s okay to have a little treat now and then.

Isaiah
Isaiah – 2010

7.  A child’s smile can warm your heart.  But, don’t let that fool you… that doesn’t mean you have to give-in and give them anything and everything they want.   Sometimes structure is key and I know it has been very essential in raising my children.  There are many out there that will say you are being too harsh… but don’t let them affect how your raise your child.  They are your children after all – not your aunts, sisters, mothers, brother from another mother… they are your children and you set the rules.

8.  Your are a strong woman!  It takes more than just physical strength to handle the job of a mom.  You are not only strong physically and mentally, you are courageous, creative and a complete genius.  Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise!

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9.  Before having your first child, no one ever tells you that it is a 365 day a year job, no days off, no weekends – no holidays… no pay. lol We don’t get a lunch break, no vacation time off and there is no worker’s comp either.  It has made me appreciate my mom more after having children.  While I knew that my mom was a very hard worker and she kept our family afloat, I truly had no idea what it was like until I stepped into this role.  My mom also made it all work with less than half of what my family has financially.  My siblings and I are all healthy and grown up and I am proud to have learned so much from my own mom.

10.  This is an important one!  After having children, sometimes we lose that sense of sexy.  I know after having my boys, I gained twice my weight and I was not feeling very pretty.  Gaining weight after childbirth is not the only thing that makes us not feel beautiful.  Emotions are running wild, we’re tired, we don’t want to put makeup on and pajamas are our best friend.  All these things add up to feeling frumpy and blue and that doesn’t even include the women who suffer from postpartum as I did.  When someone pays you a compliment, believe them.  For a long time my husband would tell me how beautiful I was and I thought to myself… “what’s wrong with this man?  Who in the world is he looking at?”  I still think that way sometimes.  But when your husband tells you are your beautiful – believe him.  This is not an easy concept for many and sometimes we just don’t feel beautiful.  But beauty is much more than looks and a woman who can survive on two hours of sleep and no food in their belly and still be able to cook a whole meal for the house, pay the bills and make sure each child is happy and healthy – well… she has a beauty within that most only dream of having.

My boys

So, at the end of the day – we are here on this Earth because of our Mothers… well, our Dads too.  Most of us are who we are because of these women and those who are mothers, well – we are strong, stealth ninjas with a heart of gold.  At the end of the day, our lives are no longer our own and times can be tough, but there is one thing I know about being a mom… it is the BEST, MOST REWARDING JOB IN THE WORLD and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

To all the mommies out there, new, soon to be and those that are experienced just know that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!  Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!

xo

Signature Honey

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I’m not normally a late shopper when it comes to the Holiday months and try to get all my Christmas shopping done in a timely manner to beat the crowds and the mail man.  But, I know that life happens sometimes and it can be a difficult thing to get your shopping done in time to make the Christmas rush.  While we are less than a week away from Santa stopping by our houses, I wanted to share with you a few quick buys for those on your shopping list.  While presents to open under the tree or gift cards and money are great, let’s not forget the people in our lives that love to read.  What’s so awesome is that the Kindle books offers so many gift giving ideas… simply at the click of a button.  The receiver can easily download their selection and enjoy their read on the go or at the comforts of their own homes.  Here are a few books that I have added to my reading list for myself and my husband as well as my boys.

Clean Food Diet

What better way to start the new year with some clean eating.  This book includes 50+ natural recipes for healthy living.  Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not turning Vegan on you… I love my animal friends but giving up my carnivore ways are just impossible, but at least I can incorporate some of these healthy recipes into my diet. The Clean Food Diet by Jonathan Vine offers a variety of recipes for your heart’s desire.

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Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg is the perfect adventure and educational book for your child(ren) between the ages of 2 and 6.  This book is about a little boy with red hair and freckles who loves to climb trees.  He goes on a little adventure and takes your children along with him.  Filled with photos and stories, this is the perfect book for your preschooler and includes rhyming text as well.

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Have you heard of Ally Nathaniel?  Ally is a children’s author who has published 10 books via Amazon (ebooks).  Her books include a wide range of subjects for Toddlers and Preschoolers as well as elementary school children.  Some of her books talk about Self-esteem and self empowerment as well which makes it great reading for your littles.  The selection she has is great and I highly recommend checking out what she has available.

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If you have been a reader of my blog for a while now, you know that my husband experiences severe back pain after an injury.  To try to help with the pain so that he doesn’t have to have surgery on his spine, we are always looking for alternative solutions and the Low Back Pain Program by Sherwin Nicholson offers some techniques that can be used to help relieve pain.  In this book you can learn how to self treat chronic lower back pain easily and safely.  This guide is designed to carefully teach you the correct methods to move, train and strengthen your body to properly relieve your back pain.  While I suggest that you first discuss with your physician before any treatment, I definitely think giving this a look see will be beneficial – especially at its price point.

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The Paleo Kid is one of my absolute favorite ebooks, offering 26 easy recipes that I can incorporate into my families diet and making the transition easy peezy for the children. This book includes Gluten Free recipes which make it great for those that are on a Gluten Free diet and the recipes are easy to make.  Kid Tested Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack meals that are not only great for your kids but the entire family.

The list on my kindle is ever growing but I wanted to share a few books that I have recently added to my reading list and a few that I have loved this past year.  While this list is small, I wanted to offer ebooks that I know would be great for families alike.  I will be sure to share more of these in the coming months but for now, if you are looking for some ideas for last minute Christmas / Holiday gifts, give these a try and see if they are something you’ll enjoy.  Happy Holidays!

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Some of the books discussed in this review were provided to me for free download for review and consideration via Tomoson.  While some of them may be free, my opinions are 100% honest and my own.


A few weeks ago my sons and I went out to a dinner date with a family member visiting from afar.  As we sat at the table, my Aunt asked… “Hmm… do your children not have those iApple things?”  I giggled, but explained to her that while they each have their own tablets they are limited on time of use, where they use them and how often.  As much as we love technology in our household, family time and hands on things are much more important and I’m glad my husband and I are able to instill that in our children.  After dinner, I thought back to some memories from years ago.  As a child my parents always made science things so interesting and I remember going on little adventures at the local park with my dad with a magnifying glass and clear dishes to hold our specimens in after finding them.  As we got older and my parents could afford it, my siblings and I would get really cool kits that allowed us to dig up dinosaur-like bones, bugs and mineral rocks and we enjoyed those as well.

Real Bug Dig Kit

Because of these memories it always excites me to be able to offer these similar things to my children.  My sons and I spend a lot of time together and because of this, much of what we do is explore and learn about History, Science and all the wonders our beautiful Earth has to offer.  But, with the rainy season upon us – our explorations have been dwindled quite a bit.  That’s why I am so excited that there are cool Kits like the one I’m about to talk to you about.  Discover With Dr. Cool Real Insect Excavation Kit has been a fun choice for rainy days and I am excited to place another order for other kits also available.

Real Bug Dig Kit

The Discover With Dr. Cool’s Kit retails for about $12 on their website and comes with everything you need to dig up some really cool bugs.  Included in the kit is your Digging Block (which is disguised as a bright green beetle), Excavation Tools, and Adventure Guide, an Activity Booklet and 3 Real Specimens.  Please note that some of the items in the kit are considered choking hazards and not recommended for children under 3.

Real Bug Dig Kit

The kit is completely hands-on and my three boys each took turns scraping away at the beetle till they revealed what was encased inside.  Just like archaeologists, they took their time to clean away the dust and debris till they found what they were on the search for.  I was a bit worried that with their little excavation they may mutilate the specimens while looking but each one is secure in a glass shell.

Real Bug Dig Kit

The boys took about an hour to get through the entire beetle to reveal their finds.  Though I know they thoroughly enjoyed it and they took their time because this was truly an adventure to discover.  My ten year old (Kevin) loved taking part in this with his little bros (Luke & Isaiah) who are just five years old and together they made this an afternoon of fun and discovery.

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After making their way to through the exterior of the beetle, they slowly started to find the glass encased bugs through out the body of the beetle.  What I enjoyed about this kit is there were no sharp edges to any of the digging tools.  It was as simple as laying down some newspaper and clean up was just as easy as throwing it all away.

Real Bug Dig Kit

The boys didn’t have to dig too deep as most of the bug specimens were found through out the top part of the beetle.  I do suggest that if you have asthma or if you have sensitivity to dust to use a mask as it seemed like this was a clay like brick and there was quite a bit of dust.  We made sure to open our windows so the boys air and breathing was not compromised.

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What I think is probably the coolest part is the end result.  Each bug is encased in a cool glass marble and they are REAL Genuine bugs.  The kit includes a guide with information on each bug included in the kit and it was so cool to see the different colors these bugs had on their bodies.  The activity booklets also include challenge puzzles and games that the boys enjoyed taking part in.

https://www.discoverwithdrcool.com/science-kits/real-insect-excavation-kit-dig-out-3-real-bugsAt such an affordable price tag – this Discover Dr. Cool Real Bug Dig Kit includes all the makings for hours of fun and education for any little person (or even adult, since I truly enjoyed myself as well) and offers such great hands on experience for children.  The box does state that the products itself are non-toxic, but I do suggest like I said before to take caution with the dust from excavation.

Real Bug Dig Kit

The boys and I are excited to try out other kits available all for about the same price range.  With technology taking our World by storm, sometimes we forget all about the wonders that our Earth offers.  While the internet opens up our eyes to things we can’t see or touch immediately, I’m so glad that there are still great things like this to keep our children wondering about science and more.

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Have you heard of Discover Dr. Cool before?  What are some interesting things you may remember about exploring from your childhood?  Do you have children and is this something you think they’ll be interested in.  Thanks for reading 😉

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Stretch Marks? Come on now… after giving birth to three children – 2 of which are twins, to say I have a few zebra stripes on my belly would be an understatement.  Having worked in the plastic surgery field a few years I do know a thing or two about taking care of my skin, but that doesn’t mean that stretch marks are not going to find their way creeping onto areas consistently.  Besides my tummy since I’m quite blessed in the upper half of my body as well, you can find a few stretch marks there as well.  I use a number of different creams as well as oils and always interested in checking out new brands and products that may help my scars and stretch marks a little.  The last month I’ve been testing out the InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream and using it in combination with other products I already have in my body cream arsenal.  Here are my thoughts on this product.

InstaNatural Stretch Mark Cream

First of all – let’s start with the size of the bottle.  For just $35.00 you get 5 oz of product which will last you a long time.  Even if used according to the directions – which is to apply twice a day, you still have enough product for a thirty day supply or more depending on the amount of product that you dispense and the area size that you are applying it to.

InstaNatural Stretch Mark & Scar Cream

The cream is a different texture than I would have expected.  It’s cream-like but still feels almost like a mousse and when applied to the skin, it smooths out and applies like a lotion.  The amount you see in the photo above is all I use to cover my entire stomach region.  The product does have a light lotion type scent though I couldn’t pinpoint the exact scent.

I really enjoy the pump that the container has.  I dispense the correct amount of product each time.  I’ll be honest in saying that InstaNatural is really good at their dispensing of product on their packaging for various different serums, creams, etc. so I didn’t expect anything otherwise from them.

I apologize for not sharing any photos of before and after – but I was not quite comfortable doing so.  I can tell you that while I didn’t notice drastic results I did definitely notice lightening of some of my stretch marks on my belly – they are not as dark as before.  I think this is a plus considering these stretch marks are from many years ago.  With the price point, ease of use and the fact that my skin did not have any allergic reactions, I definitely think this is a product I know I will continue to use.  I’ll be sure to stop by and provide an update after I’ve been using it for a while and maybe then I will be more confident in sharing my photos, because I did take them :)

What are your favorite scar or stretch mark creams to use on your body – if you use them?

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