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Even if I do share a lot of things online about myself – I’m sure there are a variety of things that you had no idea about.  Let’s face it, while I love to share with all of you, my entire life is not completely an open book.  Every so many years I do a post similar to this one and I’ve always enjoyed it.  This time around I figured, why not have a little fun and share with you 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me.  Some of these things may have been mentioned before while others, probably not… but today – I’m sharing with you a few fun tidbits about who I am.  Hope you enjoy it.

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1.   I am not a fan of mayonnaise.  I say “not a fan” but before I had my children – I hated it somewhat.  You could probably put it in a sandwich and so long as it was light, I would eat it… but there was a time when I couldn’t look at it, smell it or even touch it.  I can stand it now and put it in sandwiches or even make potato salad with it, but before I had children – the look of it made my stomach upset and often times the smell made me want to hurl.  I could smell it a mile away and it made me absolutely nauseated.  This is not a recent dislike… my entire life I remember not liking it and my mom said I didn’t like mayonnaise since I was about 3 years old.

2.  I can’t wink or whistle to save my life.  Well – I might be able to fake a whistle somewhat – but anyone who can, would probably laugh at me.  Winking?  Nope – it looks more like closing my eyes completely.  My Chinese blood kicks in and I fail miserably at it.  Thank goodness my husband is a great winker… because I suck at it. lol

3.  Growing up I had a stuttering problem.  Hah, I bet you wouldn’t have known from watching my YouTube videos or maybe you had no clue – but it’s true.  With the help of my teachers and my parents I was able to learn to get past my insecurities and anxiety that caused it.  Sometimes when I’m really nervous (usually when I’m afraid) or my anxiety kicks in, you can hear it in my voice.  Thankfully, I’ve been able to get passed it some what and it’s a rare occasion when it slips, but it does happen from time to time.

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4.  I’ve had the awesome opportunity to meet the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.  I felt it was something I wanted to share today since we are literally 24 hours from the Inauguration of our 45th President.  Mr. & Mrs. Obama are not only loving individuals, but they are great with children.  I had a conversation with their secret service the same day and they told me that the Obamas love kids and children are always welcomed.  Since the twins were toddlers when we visited the White House, I was worried that they would not be welcomed.  But my eldest & the twins were greeted with open arms and my sons loved the company of the Obamas.  We will surely treasure that moment for the rest of our lives.

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Do you recognize that curly head of hair in the right of this photo? I’m holding Luke after talking with the President.
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There’s that curly head of hair again, this time after meeting and talking with First Lady Michelle Obama.

5.  I was almost kidnapped at the age of 4.  I was playing in our yard which was fenced and locked in when a taxi driver pulled up next to the fence and persuaded me to follow him for some candy.  Now mind you, this was back in 1984 when it was fairly safe to play in your own yard.  My dad and mom had walked into the house to grab something and as my dad was coming out of the house, the man was putting me into the back seat of his taxi.  My dad approached him, got me out of the car and well… let’s just say the guy was injured somewhat after that.  Unfortunately no charges were brought against him because he didn’t actually “drive away” and told the police that he was just trying to protect me… yeah, right!  Needless to say, it made my parents outlook on life as well as mine a bit different that day and that’s why I’m quite protective of my children.

6.  My senior year in high school I was selected to represent Hawaii in the Miss Teen USA Pageant.  Sadly, after going through all of the paperwork and getting things together, I had to decline my overall participation due to financial circumstances.  I was a bit bummed, but realized that no matter how much fundraising I did, I wouldn’t make the deadline to attend.  Because no one else was selected to take my place, the Hawaiian islands were not represented that year in the pageant.  I wish that they had offered more opportunities for scholarship or sponsorship back then, but I’m just thankful that I had the experience.

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7.  I am a believer in Happily Ever After and Forever and I’m a hopeless romantic.  In a time when divorce seems to be normal chit chat in a conversation, here I am trying to show everyone that true love and ever after are more than just fairy tale talk.  This coming September, my husband and I will be together as a couple for 20 years and this April we’ll be married for 16 years.  I started dating him when I was a Senior in high school.  We’ve been through thick and thin and just about everything under the sun, including near death on many occasions, but I wouldn’t want to experience anything without him.  Many people think I’m weird, but I find that true love is not weird and it does exist!  No need for diamonds, pearls or material things… I am happy and thankful with a rose or flower picked from a garden or thoughtful cards and gestures.  I just love being in love <3

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8.  I absolutely love photography.  Prior to working on my blog more on a full-time schedule, I did wedding, nature and portrait photography for about 8 years.  I enjoyed the job, but like being a makeup artist, being on your feet all day is probably one of the most difficult stresses you can put on the back.  I do miss it, but since I no longer have my equipment, I don’t take on new clients.  All of my blog posts and videos are shot with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and I certainly couldn’t show up to a wedding just carrying my phone – lol.

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My favorite image that I’ve captured of my boys. They are not so little anymore.
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This image was obviously enhanced, but it was taken using one of my favorite lenses for portraits – the 24-70mm. This lens creates some of the best bokehs.

9.  I have five different nationalities, but besides guessing that I’m Hawaiian, no one really guesses it right.  I am Hawaiian, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese and German.  While traveling across the United States I’ve been asked if I am a mix of African American and Puerto Rican or African American and Korean.  I’m neither, but think it’s really cool that because of my features I’m often mistaken for something else.  I grew up in a melting pot of nationalities so I think a mix of races is always a cool thing.

10.  Speaking of nationalities, many people think that because I’m Hawaiian, then Hawaiian food like kalua pig, poi and fish are my favorite foods.  Well – don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fish and seafood, but believe it or not… my favorite food is Italian.  I LOVE pasta and absolutely can’t get enough of it.  It’s probably one of my downfalls to losing my weight because I’m all about that pasta life.  Pizza is probably one of my all-time favorite foods and I don’t think my love for Italian food will ever change.  It’s been my favorite since I was a little girl and I believe it always will be.

So there you have it, 10 things you probably didn’t know about me, or maybe you did… but I elaborated on them a little more.  I tend to be an open book most of the time, but I always love sharing new and exciting things or old things about myself.  I love posts like these because I find that I not only learn more about a person, but you get a feel for who it is you are reading about.  I hope you enjoyed this little share and I look forward to sharing more of me with all of you.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

xo

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The boys and I have reviewed toys here in the past and today is no exception.  With the holidays just a few short weeks away, I wanted to make sure to share a fun toy concept with all of our readers.  Today – we introduce you to Max and Landry, the Buddy Balls.

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Buddy Balls was created by a little guy named Max.  One day, he came home with a school project and had to create the “best toy ever”.  He decided to combine two of his favorite toys – his love for sports and his beloved plush sleep buddy.  With a little help from his parents, Buddy Balls were born.  MaxLand Toys was inspired by Max’s creation with a goal of producing a high-quality plush toy that would become a childhood favorite.  And, in our household – it certainly has.

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The original collection of Buddy Balls includes four stuffed friends – Max, Landry, Sam and Eva and MaxLand Toys has since added four more additional buddies in the Sports Collection.  With a few twists and flips and a push and pull – Max and Landry transform into a bright colored plush ball.

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The twins absolutely love their new furry friends.  Each of the buddies are so plush and soft and they use their friends’ zipper area as storage for their favorite toys – cars, legos, etc.  The bears come in four different colors and the pattern on their paws show what color the ball is.

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“Zip it, Flip it, Love it!”

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The twins have found a new cuddly buddy and love sleeping with Max and Landry because their fur is so soft and smooth.  Each bear we received is very plush and would make the perfect gift for any child or child at heart.  And, did I mention that Buddy Balls offers accessories for their buddies? Sports uniforms & jerseys are available for purchase to give your buddies clothes and extra love and care.

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Buddy Balls are Award Winning and have been honored with a Parent’s Choice Foundation Award.  Buddy Balls also helps to support Child Life Services Hospitals and chronically ill children.  Do you have someone in your life that would love a Buddy Ball?  This would make a great gift for anyone.

You can learn more about Max, Landry and MaxLand Toys as well as purchase your own Buddy Ball as a gift or for yourself here: http://www.buddyballs.com/

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As a family, our lives tend to be a bit hectic and busy.  I just consider us busy because we are out in the world, making memories and enjoying life.  This year all three boys started school the same week they started Football practice for Pop Warner.  Let’s just say it has been a busy month so far and keeping the littles on task for school while still getting them to and from practice and games can be a challenge but overall rewarding and we make it work to the best to our ability.  With a schedule that starts from 6am and ends at 8:30pm for the boys, they have a long day and their little bodies keep truckin from rise to bed.  To keep t hem on top of their game and play, I try to incorporate great tasting snacks like CLIF Kid Zbar® that have important nutrients for active kids.

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It seems like I have a household full of guys that literally eat like crazy, but with three growing boys that’s exactly what is going on.  To keep them on their toes, I give them CLIF Kid Zbars, which are nutritious snacks that are made from organic ingredients, all of which are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives.  My sons absolutely love how the CLIF Kid Zbars tastes and they have asked me to purchase them many times.

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CLIF Kid Zbars are the perfect portion size for kids. I especially love that they come in flavors that they love and they fit perfectly in their lunch box or backpack to take with them to school.  All three boys snack on their CLIF Kid Zbars during break for that mid day snack so that they are not starving when they come home from school.  I enjoy that they are made with organic ingredients, are Non-GMO (something we try to steer clear of in our household) and have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or synthetic preservatives.

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CLIF Kid has been an essential part of our back to school routine and the boys have been loving the taste and flavors of the snacks they have tried.  But, what I love is that they don’t need to be used for just school.  CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play!  With balance and active play laying the foundation for skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society, we are keeping our kids active and still providing them fun.  This is one of the reasons why my sons are engaged with Play time, no matter what it is.  Our play time is football and the boys enjoy CLIF Kid Zbars as a part of their snack after practice.

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When my sons are on the filed, they not only get a little active time, but they have a lot of fun and CLIF Kid helps to encourage that.  Let’s face it, play is disappearing at home, in school and in communities now a days, especially since technology, television and video games have a little part in that.  I remember as a kid, I played outside all the time and it’s sad to see that 70% of moms like me played outside while only 31% of our kids play outside today.  I encourage outside play whole heartily and enjoy that my sons love to play and keep active.

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Whether it’s back to school or on the field, foraging through the woods or riding a bike – no matter the play time your family enjoys, get out and enjoy it all.  Remember, like I said before… make memories while having some fun.

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What about you?  Do you remember being out exploring and playing till the lights came on?  What are your favorite memories of your play time?  Encourage play time with your kids if you don’t already, have some fun and create memories.

Check out the CLIF Kid Video.

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The boys and I have been enjoying our summer months together since my husband is usually working on the weekdays.  Come on now, we live on Maui, which has been rated the number 1 Vacation Destination by Conde Nast many years in a row, so we do have a plethora of sites to see and lots of fun to be had.  While we live on the mountain, we experience really hot days so I decided to pack the boys up into the car and take a drive up to Kula to cool down – since the air is much cooler there.  Our journey led us to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, a place we have visited many times before – but it’s been years since I bought the twins here, so I decided it would be a perfect place to venture.

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The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located on the slopes of Haleakala and overlooks some of the most beautiful views on the South side of the island.  It is a 25-30 minute drive away from the Kahului Airport (the main airport into Maui) and a popular spot for visitors to stop at and have lunch after watching the sunrise at Haleakala or hiking the crater.  At one time, it used to be free to enter the Lavender farm, so I was surprised to see a guard house at the entry (it was not there my last visit a few years ago) and entry for adults is $2.00.  It’s well worth the cost however.  You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic or hike the grounds for a great adventure.  The air is so cool up there, it was a perfect place for the boys and I to getaway to beat the heat.

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There is a little shop that sells tasty delectables featuring the fresh picked lavender, but the boys and I decided that we would just take in the sites and cool down and head home to eat lunch instead.  We walked around the gardens and admired the fragrant lavender as we took in the sites.

It was a short little adventure, but a beautiful day out so I took this opportunity to take some shots of the boys and my eldest son Kevin helped take a few photos of my casual outfit I wore.

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The best part about our little drive and excursion today was that I was able to spend it with the boys.  They go back to school in about 2 1/2 weeks and this summer break flew by too quickly.  The twins are off to 1st Grade and Kevin is off to 7th Grade.  With Football season starting for all three boys August 1st – I know that times like these will be few in between, so I’m glad we made great use out of our Summer break.

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Kimono Cover up – Forever 21 Plus

Ribbed Tank – Old Navy

Linen Shorts with pockets in black – Torrid.com

Flip flops – Guess Jeweled Slip ons

Watch – Invicta Angel

Sunglasses – Maui Jim Maui (style no longer available)

Nail Polish – Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection in Kozy

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My embedded video above also showcases our dinner for that evening… I made my homemade poor man’s rissotto (recipe coming soon) and we watched a beautiful sunset from our porch to end a wonderful day.  If you’re not following me on Snapchat – my code is in my side bar, come and follow me on my daily journey.  What about you, are you enjoying the summer months?  I’m thankful to live in Hawaii and blessed to have a lifestyle where every day is an adventure and a vacation.

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Since my DSLR hasn’t been working, it’s been really nice to find reasons to take my phone out to practice shooting with it… all the images that you see in this post were taken with my Samsung Note 4.

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The last few weeks have had me talking about relationship advice on my Thirsty Thursday episode I do each week but I have been saving some motherhood topics for today.  As many know who follow my blog or YouTube channel, I am a Stay at Home / Work from Home mom and honestly, I’m proud of it.  I wish each mother could experience staying at home with their children and spending the time with them watching their child or children grow.  But, being a stay at home mom comes with a certain personna, or stigma I shall say, that can sometimes hit a few nerves.  Today we are going to do a “Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom” segment – something I used to do a lot on my channel and blog in the past and we are going to touch base on the following subjects.  These questions were emailed to me for advice and topic consideration…

” Do you think Sta at Home Moms are lazy?  What do you think about what is said about Stay at Home Moms, calling them lazy or that they have an easy life and don’t do anything.”

” Do you feel you push your kids too hard to be successful?  Do you think some parents can push their kids too hard to be great?”

Be sure to watch the video embedded above or click here to watch the episode directly on YouTube. Remember that this is just a chill and relaxed conversation and I’m simply stating my opinion as a person and not bashing on anyone else’s opinion on the subject.

Thanks so much for joining me on this episode of Thirsty Thursday.  Don’t forget – if you are interested in submitting questions or topics for future episodes, you can email them to thehoneygirlk@gmail.com.  As a reminder, I am not a professional at all and do not get paid for my advice.  All opinions are my own – my honest thoughts on the subject and I am in no way judging anyone for the choices they make or their own opinions, these are just mine.

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I’m a huge lover of soft and cuddly things and teddy bears or stuffed animals are no exception.  As a child, I still remember my stuffed dog I called “Dukie Dog” and I had him until I was 18 (it was a gift to me on my first Christmas) and my very big (bigger than me) stuffed teddy bear I got from my husband on our first Christmas we had together, almost 20 years ago.  There is something comforting about a stuffed animal or teddy bear and you can’t help but smile when you hold one in your arms.  Having children, I instilled in them that having a stuffed animal buddy is a great way to grow up – my eldest son still has his Wicket and Horse we got on a trip to Disney World when he was just 6 months old… I have patched them both on many occasions, stuffed them with fluff and even added more hair to the bald spots – lol.  The twins have their own set of stuffed friends as well and they have take them and their blankies cross country and to even visit President Obama in the White House.  My sons love their cuddly friends.

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Recently I was introduced to a brand new company that makes gift giving sweet.  They offer these fun and adorable teddy bears in a unique gifting way.  Teddy Canz offer cute, very plush and soft teddy bears that come in really cool designed cans.  Each bear comes with a theme and today I’m going to be sharing our new friend with all of you.

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There are at least 10 different designs available to choose from Teddy Canz.  The boys received “Bear and the City” who they have named Teddy.  He is a sweet little friend dressed denim shorts and a cool looking hoodie that go perfectly with the theme of his can which is the city streets.  This is the perfect little guy for the boys and they have been absolutely loving him since he arrived.

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Don’t worry about your teddy bear being stuffed or hurt while inside of his can.  They fit well inside and fluff up nicely once they come out.  Our can was bent a little in shipping, but Teddy was well cared for and nice and safe on the inside.  He wasn’t mashed at all while in his container.  The Bear and the City that we received is really really well made.  If I had to commend the company on the quality of the bear, I definitely think it’s stellar.  His stitching was well in tact when we took him out of the can and he is absolutely soft and perfect for cuddling.  The twins noticed immediately how soft he was and they couldn’t wait to snuggle up with him.

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The twins have absolutely loved Teddy Canz since he arrived and have been taking turns sleeping with him and carrying him around each day.  The can can be used to store your new friend if you would like, but the boys chose to keep it on their shelf to hold some of their toys.  Honestly, he’s so cute, I don’t know who would want to store him away – unless they were using him to collect.

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Teddy Canz would make an awesome gift for anyone, child or adult alike.  The company offers custom designs should you be interested in doing something fun for your company or for an event and if you decide to choose the styles available, there are at least 10 to choose from.  Teddy Canz retails for $24.99 each and shipping is also reasonably priced (about $6.50 for USPS Priority Shipping).

Designs available from Teddy Canz include:

  • Birthday
  • Story Time
  • Comfy Spa
  • Princess
  • Police
  • Fire
  • It’s a Boy
  • It’s a Girl
  • Get Well Soon
  • Love
  • Story Time
  • Dog Gone It
  • Hazard

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To get your own Teddy Canz or to check out the selection and get more information, visit Teddy Canz at TeddyCanz.com.  You can also follow the brand on Instagram and check out all the children and adults that have found new friends from Teddy Canz.

So – whether a parent or a child or someone who just absolutely loves adorable things… Teddy Canz offers you a variety of new friends to take home.  Do you like this fun idea of Teddy Canz?  Are there any styles you think you may want to pick up for yourself or as a gift?  Comment below and let me know.

I want to thank Teddy Canz for making two twinnies happy with their new buddy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo

Honey

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Well, I wasn’t going to do all of these Gift Guides and not have one for children.  My boys would be pretty disappointed in me if I had forgotten about them. lol  There are so many gifts you can buy for your kids and while there are some really easy ones to find, sometimes shopping for your favorite little person can be a challenge.  My gift guide is mainly focused around boys – since, let’s face it, I have boys – but I also included some fun gifts that would make great additions to any little ones list.  Without further adieu, here’s my list of cool presents for kids.

Holiday Gift Guide - Cool Presents For Kids

The first thing on the boys lists of presents is almost always… Legos.  While we certainly all enjoy legos in our household, my feet don’t quite like them – for obvious reasons.  But now a days, you can find lego designs on everything from shirts and pajamas to video games and movies.  It’s a tried and true brand and one that my family  loves and enjoys.  Lego provides my sons (even my husband and I) a way for a creative outlet without the mess of paint or scissors and while the little pieces are a bit too much for the young ones, they make great gifts for kids to help build their fine motor skills, thinking and problem solving.

My boys have well over 20000 pieces I’m sure because we try to buy at least one Lego set a holiday or birthday for each child. But, if Legos are not the right gift for your little one – Lego also offers a free subscription to the Lego magazine and Mega Blocks make a great alternative for toddlers.  Each of my sons had Mega Blocks as a part of their building and growing and when they were old enough – I transitioned them to Legos.

Another favorite in our house are videos games.  My children only get a few video games a year because they don’t play them often, but each year we definitely get our hands on fun family games like Just Dance 2016.  It allows us to not only have some fun as a family, but get in some great cardio too.  A new game I’ve had my sights on this year is Back To The Future The Game.  I’m a huge Back to the Future fan as are the kids (the whole family), so it would make a fun family game for all of us.  There are other games we enjoy to play and Wits and Wagers is such a fun one for the whole family, though my eldest enjoys it because it has so many great trivia questions.  Besides, WE LOVE board games.

Books, Books and more books. We have a huge library in our tiny house filled with fun books for the boys and for the adults. Any type of book from Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss to Ramona and Beezus make great additions to any library.  I-Spy books are also a fun one to read together and I love buying books from my childhood for the boys like The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, To Kill a Mockingbird or Maniac Magee which are three of my childhood favorites.

Dr. Cool Kits are some of my absolute favorites and the boys love them too. These awesome kits have digs that are a learning experience and are truly fun for the whole family.  Some of our favorites are the Real Bug Dig Kit and the Ultimate Geode Science Kit.  All of the kits available from Dr. Cool are very interactive, a great learning experience and would make fantastic gifts.

Another Gift idea that tends to be overlooked are crayons and coloring books – craft projects in general.  These dandy little gifts make great things for travel or keeping your little people active and occupied.  I carry a small box of crayons in my purse most of the time so that the boys can always color one of the many coloring books we have spread out at home or in the car or they can color in a book or planner I have in my bag.  Never underestimate the power of a bunch of colored wax utensils for this reason.  Coloring books are fun for teenagers too.  My eldest colors in my “adult coloring books” and he enjoys them.  Coloring is great for hand and eye coordination but also makes for a wonderful gift for anyone of all ages.

Buying gifts for children can be a challenge sometimes – especially if you don’t know much about a child and you’re shopping without any idea as to what they would like.  I find that pulling for staple gifts such as some of these I have listed, I have a pretty sure bet that they will enjoy their present.  Everything I buy for children tends to have some form of learning in it – even if they have no idea that it does and it makes gift giving fun knowing I’m buying something that the child or children will benefit from.   If you’re shopping for a girl – please don’t rule out some of these gifts as many of these can be universal for all children and when it comes to Legos, well – the brand makes sets that are geared towards girls as well.

Happy Shopping for those little ones in your life, I hope you have lots of fun and this list helped to bring you a little peace of mind.

Signature Honey

 

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Christmas is my favorite time of year and quite frankly, my favorite Holiday.  As a child I saved up my money all year round so I could buy the perfect gift for my family members and I still find myself excited for gift giving till this day.  One of my favorite things to shop for are stocking stuffers.  These tiny little gifts are fun and interesting and they don’t need to be large or come in big over-sized packaging.  While jewelry definitely is a nice stocking stuffer to get, there are a lot of options available on the market for the whole family.  Today I’m going to share with you some of my picks for the perfect little stocking stuffer treats.  These are some suggestions of products I have been enjoying lately or ones that I wouldn’t mind receiving myself.  Let’s get started.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

Beauty Junkees 8 piece Pro Series Brush Set $39.97 – I just had to include this brush set in this guide.  My husband has bought me brushes each year for the last few years as Holiday gifts and I always love them.  This brush set includes all the eye brushes you need to complete a stunning holiday makeup look.  From blending to packing on color and smoking out a look – the beauty lover in your life will be thrilled to receive this very well made brush set.  What’s so great is that it also comes with a gorgeous black zipper brush pouch that you can use for travel.

Get 25% off your order with code: HONEYGW1 at check out and purchase this brush set and so much more here.  One redemption per customer.  Expires January 15, 2016.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

Zaya Oils for Hair and Body Zaya Hair Oil Blend $49.00 includes some of my favorite hair oils like Organic Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil, Organic Patchouli Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil.  This beautiful feeling hair oil smells wonderful and has been an essential part of my hair care routine lately – helping to keep my frizzies at bay and nourishing my very curly hair during the cold winter months.  With 50 mL/1.7 fl.oz., you get a generous amount of product and a little goes a long way.  You only need use this two to three times per week as a treatment for the hair.  If you  have a long hair or curly hair loved one – this would make a fabulous treat for them.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

The Zaya Body Oil Blend $46.00  feels like invisible lingerie – smoothing out the trouble areas and accentuating your natural assets.  This oil is composed of a blend that helps to keep the skin hydrated and balanced, giving your body a boost of nutritive energy.  Helping to promote a firm and smooth appearance of your skin and a bright scent – this would make a great gift for anyone.  Blend of oils include:  Sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil, pink grapefruit essential oil, castor oil and organic rosemary essential oil.

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Lucie + Pompette Lip Batter 3 in 1 Balm, Gloss & Treatment $16.50 (0.16 fl.oz.) is not only adorable but makes the absolute perfect stocking stuffer for any beauty lover.  Available in 5 different colors that are universal for most – the Lucie + Pompette Lip Batters are the longest wearing plumping lip gloss.  With a revolutionary formula that plumps, fill and hydrates your lips instantly, you get a gloss like product that acts like a treatment and plumps the lips without irritation.  The  unique smoothing cushion envelops the lips for a more voluptuous appearance.  The packaging is absolutely adorable and would make a great gift for any age of beauty lover.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

The Lucie Bag $18.50 is a cosmetic clutch also from Lucie + Pompette and is absolutely adorable.  3.5″ x 7.5″ this cute little bag is perfect for travel or to carry all of your favorite beauty essentials.  French-inspired, the Lucie bag features a glossy white exterior printed with the signature illustrations from Lucie+Pompette and a lined interior.  Details include a chic Eiffel Tower Charm.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter – Tupelo Honey $12.90 (1.56 oz. / 48g) is the perfect size for a stocking stuffer.  These little tubs of greatness smell wonderful and come in a gorgeous box that is ready for holiday gifting – simply add a little bow to the top.  When it comes to honey – well, it’s obvious that I’m all over it in a heartbeat and this product has easily become one of my favorite body butters.

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A royal treatment in a jar, this super rich formula combines royal jelly and other hive treasures as well as skin quenching butters and essential oils.  It’s also available in the large 6.7 oz jar if you want to give that special person the larger jar.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Holiday Serenity Travel Trio Fragrances $49.00.  This beautiful set of fragrances include a unique trio of signature scents.  Gorgeous and ready to be gifted this holiday season – the trio includes the fresh and crisp green French Clary Sage, zesty Japanese Agarwood and warm and cozy Tuscan Fig in 15mL eau de parfum sizes.  If you have a fragrance lover in your life, they will love this set.

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It’s packaged and ready for gifting in a white gift box and ribbon and each fragrance can be worn separately or layered to create a signature fragrance all your own.  The Tuscan Fig is my favorite, but I enjoy them all.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

Hope In The Box Coffee Mug If you don’t have a beauty lover in your life – don’t worry, I got you covered.  Coffee addict anyone?  This mug is perfect for the person who loves church or prayer and the coffee or tea (even cocoa) lover in your life.  For the father or mother (or grandparents) who start their day with a cup of joe, this is the perfect gift to give them to have them start their day with HOPE.  “Hang On Pray Everyday” is a company founded by a husband and wife team who persevered through difficult times through prayer.  The company is dedicated to creating gifts that act as simple but beautiful reminders of love and inspiration.  Besides mugs they offer keychains, blankets & other unique items to give to a loved one.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

Shoeps Elastic Laces $10.00 – This is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who wears laced shoes.  I have a set and just ordered a set for each person in my house to give as stocking stuffers.  These handy dandy rubber laces have made such a difference in how easy it is to put on my shoes.  You never have to tie your shoes again with these flexible shoelace bands.  These bands conform to both your shoe and the motion of your feet making them so comfy to use.  They are great for casual wear and perfect for kids.  I use them to the gym or for running and make a great gift to anyone that has difficulty tying their shoes or taking them on and off.  Each package contains 14 bands and you can use these to match your favorite outfit, support your favorite sports team or school or a seasonal event.  I got mine in pink to match my Under Armour shoes.  They come in many different colors as well as a set of rainbow ones.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

I love how easy my Shoeps were to put on and how they make putting on my tennis or running shoes a breeze.  I totally suggest these for anyone and they would make a great gift for the little munchkins in your life.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

Lace Locks Shoe Accessories $9.99+ Since we are talking about shoe accessories, I also want to suggest Lace Locks.  My gosh these are so fun – you can’t help but want to collect them all.  These awesome shoe accessories attach to your laces to add a little flare to your already cool shoes.  These make the perfect stocking stuffer for the little person in your life because they are a fun fashion trend that will be show stopping.  I have them here in Marvel characters but there are a ton of designs for both boys and girls.  They can also be used for adults too.

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Lace Locks come in a number of different colors and designs including Marvel, Peanuts and so much more.  They even have jeweled and blinged ones for those that love a little sparkle.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

LATHER Soap Candle Stocking Stuffer $16 – Well, let me just say if you are a fan of sweet things you or the person you are buying this for will absolutely love this set.  The Lemon Vanilla Aromatherapy Candle and Vanilla Bean Shea Soap from LATHER makes for one awesome gift.  An aromatherapy set with  naturally scented delights to use for the home and bath.  The soap is moisturizing with olive oil and paired with a 100% soy wax candle infused with essential oils.  It smells wonderful and feels so good against the skin (the soap).  This would make a great gift for anyone and I have picked up a few as stocking stuffers for family and friends.

– lemon vanilla candle 4 oz
– vanilla bean & shea soap 4 oz

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Dokibook Small Zip Planner $31.50 As many know – I’m a planner addict and have quite a selection of various planner types in all different sizes.  My recent planner haul included the Dokibook in the size small from Dokibook.com.  If you have a planner lover in your life or want to get a gift for someone who likes to stay organized – check out this site.  The Love Doki books are well made  and this particular one is the perfect size for me to organize everything that goes into my wallet.  If it is not what you are looking for – you can find a variety of different planners at places like Target and Walmart and craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s also carry The Happy Planner which is a great customizable planner for the planner and organizer in your life.

Holiday Gift Guide - Fun Stocking Stuffers

CREATE Book by Jamie Dorobek $11.83 Creating Really Awesome Free Things Book is a wonderful Stocking Stuffer or a great gift year round but especially for the holidays.  This awesome book includes 100 really fun and super easy projects you can do with kids utilizing most of the items you already have in your home.  I love to give books as gifts and this one is fun for the whole family.  You can purchase this via Amazon and get free shipping if you have Prime.  The boys and I have loved doing art projects from this book and I totally recommend it as a gift for any mom, dad or teacher.

There are so many other things I can mention in this list but it would be a lifetime long.  I selected the products in this list specifically because they are items that I or my family have been loving and items that I have purchased this year for loved one.  These items are not only reasonably priced make great gifts and perfect sized for the stocking.  I hope you are all enjoying your holiday shopping.  If I should come across more stocking stuffer ideas, I’ll be sure to post a revised and updated one.  Happy Holidays!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supplies needed:

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

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

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

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

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

Supplies needed:

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

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

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

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

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

Happy DIY and Fun!

Signature Honey

 

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

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

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

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

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

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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.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

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

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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.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

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

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

Signature Honey

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