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I LOVE Sunglasses!!!!!  Anyone that knows me, knows that you can find me in sunglasses the minute the sun rises until the sun sets.  I am a huge fan and lover of Maui Jims because I grew up with the brand (my dad had a pair that was over 40 years old before he passed) and the customer service is awesome.  But, when I’m looking for something else in a different range of brands and styles, I love checking out other brands available.  I was recently introduced to Ottica, a sunglasses, and glasses website that offers a variety of brands to suit all styles and fashion statements.  Let’s learn a little about the site and what it can offer us fashionistas, shall we?

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As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Coach so I was immediately smitten when I saw that Ottica offered Coach Sunglasses and prescription lenses.  Ottica is an online retailer that offers a 365 Day warranty and 100% Money Back Guarantee.  With brands like Versace, Coach, Ray-Ban, Carolina Lemke, Tory Burch, Burberry and Michael Korrs, there is bound to be a sunglasses or prescription lens that you will enjoy from a brand you love.  You can select from a variety of brands at different price points and the website is very easy to maneuver.

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Ottica offers men and women’s classes in different shapes, lens colors, etc. and you can choose if you want to have an Rx (prescription) put into your frames or a selection of different lenses they have on hand.  You can also opt for a polarized option if you would like those.

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What’s so awesome about Ottica is that they really embody a simplistic approach to things – Less is More.  They hand pick their frames and present a carefully curated selection.  While the variety is wide, each pair available is selected to keep their choice small, but varied.  They are constantly updating their collection and featuring new and exciting products from the world’s most beloved brands.  Each frame is checked for materials, finishing, and functionality to ensure that they will not only be durable and pliable when wearing them.  Every screw and bolt and the quality of the product is verified prior to listing on the site.  They literally take each aspect of your glasses seriously to ensure you are getting the quality product you deserve and paid for.

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Since my Maui Jims need to be repaired, I’ve been sporting my Coach sunglasses for Ottica for the last 2 months.  Let me just say that while I expected great quality since Coach is a brand I love, I’m enjoying the durability of these glasses.  The lenses are scratch resistant (now they will scratch if care is not taken) and they come with a little microfiber cloth and a gorgeous case.  I have been using this pair everywhere, even on our little staycation this past weekend and in the pool.  They are comfortable and fit perfectly for me.

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Ottica offers wonderful service and commitment.  I was able to experience the same buying process as any of their customers and loved that if I had a question, they could answer it quickly and without issue.  Even if you’re buying sunglasses or glasses online often, it can be an issue dealing with the right size and shape, so I love that Ottica offers that money back guarantee and free shipping and returns.  You can also select their extended coverage if that works better for you.  Ottica operates a 24/7 in-house customer service department (which is wonderful for people like me who don’t live in the usual East Coast time zone) and the staff is knowledgeable and so nice.  You also get a live chat option if it’s available at that time.

Overall, my experience with Ottica has been great and I know that it will be a site that I’ll turn to for future purchases as well.

You can check out Ottica yourself here and see if there is anything that you may like.

https://www.ottica.com/

Have you heard of Ottica before or tried anything from this site? Is this a site you’d be interested in checking out for yourself?


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I am totally looking forward to the summer months here on Maui.  Summer months here mean spending most of my days lounging on the sand and enjoying the beautiful beaches that Maui has to offer.  It also means that the sun is up longer during the day and that leaves more time for walks and working out later in the afternoon.  But, due to a condition I’ve been dealing with lately – I’ve gained some weight and I have been covering up my body a little more than usual.  Working out or hitting the beach for a plus sized gal can definitely be a challenge when you need to find clothes that fit.  And, many women are too modest to wear a tankini or show too much skin.  That’s where HydroChic comes in.  This awesome company offers versatility in their active wear while giving you the option of covering up a little or just being comfortable.  Being plus sized can be a challenge to find swim and active wear that fits and still looks good so today, I’m going to share this awesome brand with you to get you “Summer Ready”.

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HydroChic is an athleisure wear line that is versatile and comfortable while offering gorgeous prints and colors for any style preference.  HydroChic offers Mix-and-Match Swim and Active Wear that provides the wearer comfortable coverage with less skin, lots more style and UV Protection.  For someone like me who lives in the sun most days (especially in the summer) whether it is for play or exercise, this line is absolutely perfect.

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There are more than 100 slimming mix-n-match separates to choose from, regardless of your size – girls, missy, plus sized, you name – they have it.  And, if you’re like me and want a little more coverage, they got your “covered” literally.  HydroChic offers lightweight, chlorine-resistant and chlorine-proof stretch fabric that dries really quickly and provides you with UPF 50+ sun protection.  It’s durable, yet super flexible and allows you to use it at the beach or pool or to the gym, yoga or whatever your heart desires.  It’s designed so that it doesn’t constrict movement and is sporty and figure flattering.  With a variety of shorts, pants, leggings, long, short and sleeveless tops (with several bra options) and versatile swim dress, skirts and skorts – you are completely covered.

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I am using the Black Tribal Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top (retail $72.00) that came with a Swim/Sports BRA with cups which make it easy for me to use with a little bit of push-up.

Details of the Tidal Tank Sporty Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top: Back zippered pocket is perfect to securely stash keys, ID, money  Chlorine resistant Fabric XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon Comes with a complimentary swim/sports bra Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-3X Quick drying UPF 50+ sun protection.

I am also using the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts (retail $58.00, not chlorine proof) which is available in sizes XS-XL in Missy and 0X-4x in Plus.

Details of the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts.  Mix and match them with any of our fitness tops.  Covered elastic waistband, Plus Size has wider supportive waistband.  Chlorine resistant.  Fabric: XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon.  Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-4X.  Quick drying.  UPF 50+ sun protection.  Shorts are 19” long in a size Medium, inseam is 9”.  The bottoms are designed to sit at the natural waist line.

Now, I’ve had my HydroChic set for just under a year and it’s been washed and worn many many times.  I throw mine in the dryer on the low setting to dry – though I definitely suggest line drying to help keep your HydroChic wear in optimal condition.  Even after almost a year – each piece looks brand new so I know it’s made with quality materials and craftsmanship.

I absolutely love how comfortable these all fit on my body, no weird bunching and funky cuts that make sitting or standing odd.  The top is perfect for me when running, walking or working out because it helps to keep me cool and it’s not overly form fitting so it is easy for me to move in – whether swimming, jogging or any type of sports, it’s just easy to use.

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HydroChic is available at select stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel, and online at www.hydrochic.com.  Available in sizes Missy and Plus–4X. Prices range from $29.50 to $95.00.

About HydroChic – HydroChic, LLC. was co-founded by Daniella Teutsch and Sara Wolf, and launched in May, 2008. The idea came to them one day at the Jersey Shore as they watched women of all ages slather themselves with sunscreen and pull sloppy men’s t-shirts over their traditional bathing suits to protect their skin from sun damage. They knew that more fashionable coverage options were missing in the swimwear market. Only then did they realize how many other women were searching for the very same swimwear solutions. HydroChic is based in New Rochelle, NY.

With summer right around the bend, now is the perfect time to choose out a summer hit and I know HydroChic will be one you’ll enjoy.  Back in my surfing days – I would have loved something like this because it would help to keep my “girls” in place without they bouncing around for everyone to see and I wouldn’t have to worry about my top or bottoms flying off after being tumbled in a wave.  Any woman or girl who surfs, knows this dilemma and HydroChic would have made a great addition to my swim and surf wear back in the day.  I’m glad I can utilize it now.  The outfit is perfect for days when I take my sons to the beach or pool – because I don’t have to worry about one of them tugging on my top and it falling off revealing the girls… ya know?

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HydroChic offers so many styles to choose from that I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy.  Shipping is very quick and I enjoyed it so much I purchased several for my  sisters since they like to be a little more covered up when hitting the sand too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rock a bikini or tankini but I love that I have an option if I’m just not feeling up to revealing some skin.

Check out all of their designs and full line of products available at: http://hydrochic.com/

So, are you a little more conservative when you hit the beach, pool or workout?  If so, do you think that HydroChic would work for your style and comfort?  Let me know in the comments below if you think they could be your next summer hit.

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Living on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean means that many times, we are last on the list to have any new stores or establishments open.  So, because of this – I was quite excited to see that a new store made it’s way to the islands.  BoxLunch (a pop culture gift store with a cause) will be opening its newest location today in Aiea, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, at the Pearlridge Shopping Center.

BoxLunch will celebrate their grand opening in-store on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd from 12pm to 4pm.  BoxLunch offers a variety of thoughtfully curated selections of the world’s most popular licensed shirts, accessories, collectibles, beauty, home goods and gifts for everyone and anyone including the most dedicated fan to the more casual pop culture enthusiast.

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What makes BoxLunch so awesome is the cause they work for.  To fulfill its civic mission of “Get Some.  Give Back”, BoxLunch will donate one meal to Feeding America for every $10 spent in-store or online.  BoxLunch is proud to support national hunger-relief efforts as well as local efforts through Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, including the Hawaii Foodbank, Inc. which will directly receive a percentage of the donations raised at the Pearlridge Center BoxLunch Store.  It is awesome that a store newly opened is giving back to its community – right here at home, in it’s own backyard.

“We are thrilled to open a BoxLunch in the Aiea community.  Our mission is simple, sell the best product and use our business to inspire and implement solutions to help fight the hunger crisis on both a local and national level.” – Robert Thomsen, Vice President, General Manager of Merchandising and Marketing of BoxLunch.

BoxLunch retail storefronts across the country provide a way for the general public to be exposed to hunger relief and offer a means for their customers to easily give back through their purchases.  The support has translated into more than two million meals donated to provide hope to families facing hunger in the United States.

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I’m excited to stop in and check out the store the next time I’m on island.  Sadly, I’m not located on Oahu, I’m on Maui – so I’ll need to wait till my next visit before checking it out.  If you are  on Oahu, I highly suggest stopping by Pearlridge Shopping Center and visiting the BoxLunch store.  Whether you are a beauty lover or someone who loves anything fun, I’m sure you’ll find a plethora of products here for the pop culture obsesses to anyone who just loves to shop.

Location Address:

Pearlridge Center

98-1005 Moanalua Road

Aiea, HI 96701

For more information or to learn about BoxLunch visit: http://www.BoxLunch.com

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Fall is my favorite time of year.  Cooler weather means that we can dress warmer here in Hawaii and embrace the colder months.  The thing about Hawaii  though is that while it cools down, it can still be warm and humid.  I wanted to provide you with a kind of universal Fall lookbook and style diary that offered you some warm weather cozy while still having something for a hot Hawaii day.   Today I’m doing this post and video in collaboration with a fellow beauty and lifestyle blogger from Hawaii – Kathryn (Kath) from The Fabzilla.  Make sure you head on over and show this gorgeous beauty some mad love too.

*click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Look 1 –

  • Black Convertible Top – Target
  • Jeans – YMI Plus Size WannaBettaButt Jegging
  • Handbag – Coach
  • Footwear – Flip Flops (I’ll be rocking this pretty often – I banged up my ankle quite a bit a few days ago.)
  • Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with lip balm
  • Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold

Look 2 – 

  • Duster Sweater – Target
  • Black Jeggings – Forever 21 Plus
  • Black Camisole – Walmart
  • Calf High Boots with Buckle – Justfab.com
  • Minimal makeup – mascara and brows with ColourPop Konichiwa lippy stix
  • Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviator Classic Gold

Look 3 – 

I hope you enjoyed this little style diary.  Remember – as I always say, style really is personal preference.  For me, I love to be comfortable and if the season allows – I love cozy.  You can catch me in flip flops most time of the year unless it’s cold and then a pair of boots will always suffice.  Since I injured my ankle badly – I’m unable to use a lot of my traditional footwear that I would pair with my outfits like flats or ballet slippers because my ankle is swollen and they won’t fit over my brace.  But, nonetheless, I dress in what makes me comfortable.  To me, just like makeup – style is a form of self expression.

I hope you are all enjoying your cooler weather.  Don’t forget to head on over to check out Kath’s sweet looks – you’ll love her, classy style and a beauty.

Kath’s Blog:  http://www.thefabzilla.com/2016/11/style-and-makeup-diary-hawaii-fall_12.html

Kath’s YouTube:  https://youtu.be/51BcTtRBwmY

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When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty picky.  I’ve discussed this time and time again and have mentioned it before, but because I have sensitive skin – finding the perfect jewelry piece can be a challenge.  I am also someone that tends to gravitate towards dainty pieces that offer a statement without looking gaudy or too overdone.  Let’s face it, we all know that I’m a casual girl and prefer a pair of jeans and boots to slacks and heels.  But, that’s what makes our world so unique and fun… it’s that we all have our own individual style and flare.  For me, I love something that is personal, offers a special touch and if it’s gold… hey, we got a winner.  Today I’m going to introduce you to gorgeous personalized jewelry from Six Sisters Beadworks.  I love a sweet piece of jewelry and this one, well it absolutely screams Honey… literally. lol

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Six Sisters Beadworks is the business owned by Michelle who launched her jewelry business with the goal of introducing to others a gorgeous line of timeless keepsake gifts that are meant to be cherished for a lifetime.  Michelle was inspired by her six small daughters to pursue a professional jewelry design business in an effort to create meaningful pieces that are artfully fashioned to feel and look both unique and spectacular.  With classic heirloom pieces that are personalized with names, initials, dates and birthstones – they are crafted from the finest materials of .925 Sterling Silver, 14K gold filled, genuine Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and natural gemstones.  Michelle Bisesto’s jewelry designs are beautiful and what I love about them the most, is that they are timeless.

Each of the pieces that are offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are created and handmade with great attention to detail and a serious interest in fine craftsmanship.  The designs are innovative and exciting offering pieces for babies, little girls, teens and women and they make beautiful custom made gifts.  Recently Michelle has added custom pieces for boys and men as well for a classic and modern style.

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I received the Hand Stamped Gold Cuff Bracelet – $102.00.  When it comes to jewelry I look for attention to detail and I’m absolutely in love with this bracelet.  It is a smooth 14K Gold Filled cuff that is hand formed and personalized.  This piece is simplistic, but classy and can be worn anytime with anything.  I am plus sized and found that this cuff fit perfectly and I was able to bend it open to place it onto my wrist with ease.  You can personalize your cuff with special names, initials, date or phrase and I chose to go simple with just my name – HONEY.

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This cuff bracelet can be worn on its own or as part of your arm candy with other bracelets.  I love how easy it is to use and pair with your favorite styles and fashions.  It’s well made and has stood up to my daily use without any tarnishing or discoloration.

Jewelry Care for any pieces ordered from Six Sisters Beadworks includes:
-Keep jewelry dry.

-Remove before sleeping.
-Remove before changing clothes.
-Please do NOT use silver polish on alphabet beads.
-Sterling Silver does tarnish slowly over time due to exposure to air. Simply wipe with a polishing cloth to restore its original shine.
-Store your Sterling Silver jewelry in its original gift box or inside an airtight plastic bag to slow the tarnishing process. 
-Please click HERE to purchase our Sterling Silver Polishing Cloth.
-Storing your jewelry in an airtight box or bag will delay the tarnishing process. 

With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to be sure to share this bracelet and company with all of you.  I’m an online shopper and absolutely LOVE purchasing gifts for loved ones that add a little personal touch to their lives.  This bracelet as well as the others offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are unique, beautiful and would make a great gift.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you seen this in an upcoming gift guide because I do love it that much.

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I love a business that offers quality and detail in each of their products and you will surely find something you love or a gift for someone you love at Six Sisters Beadworks.

Have you heard of Six Sisters Beadworks before?  If so, have you purchased anything from them?  If not, is there anything you have your sights on?

You can check out what Six Sisters Beadworks offers and their collection for sale here:  http://sixsistersbeadworks.com/

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You know, I’ve said this time and time again… but who I am today and what I have become was in part molded for me by those before me.  My parents, my grandparents, family and friends who have inspired who I am as a person today.  I recently was introduced to a beautiful Angel Locket by Yourself Expression and I wanted to share with you this beautiful piece that has completely won over my heart.

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These beautiful Angel Lockets are the perfect way to express love or remembrance (or both).  These lockets are unlike the traditional lockets you are accustomed to.  They are bold, but dainty and offer gorgeous geometric shapes to compliment who you are as a person or your personal style.  Each locket features filigree-like detailing and crystal accents.  What makes these lockets different than your traditional ones is that instead of holding a picture inside of your loved one, each locket houses a sphere with a chime inside.  Each necklace can be personalized to fit your taste by choosing the color of the sphere, making your choice something that is symbolic to you or simply your favorite shade or hue.

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The chime inside is subtle, light and not distracting at all.  It serves as a reminder that someone you love is thinking of you and always with you in spirit.  Each locket is meant to keep love and protection around you or the person you gift it to.

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Teen Entrepreneur Shelby Golguski and her brother Gordon created Yourself Expression to share things they love with others – young and old.  Their Angel Lockets merge customized accessories and an on-trend look perfectly.  There are various different lockets in different shapes, designs and finishes that make these so pretty and unique to your personal style.

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I have the Yourself Expression Spiral Design Angel Locket in Gold with a Silver Chimer.  My chain is made of stainless steel and my locket is silver plated with a copper base.  My chimer is a clay-painted ball that makes a soft chime when you move.  Each Angel Locket can be easily cleaned and wiped dry and you should take care in not wetting it or wearing in water.  The chain is 32″ and the locket 1″ in size.

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I have had this locket now for about a month and have absolutely fell in love.  It reminds me of my childhood and if you know anything about me, you know that each jewelry piece I use consistently has some type of significant meaning to me.  The piece is lightweight and I absolutely love the soft chime I hear when the necklace moves about it.  After using this consistently over the last month, I also love the fact that it hasn’t tarnished on me or turned my skin green as well.  Most jewelry pieces will do that to me after the first use if they are not real.  It’s sturdy and really well made.  Each locket is $20 and I look forward to picking up one or two more to add to my collection because I am absolutely in love with my locket.

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They say that when a loved one passes, you will carry a piece of them in your heart always.  What makes this locket so wonderful is that the little chimes that come from it are little reminders that I’m never alone.  As a lover of mythical creatures like fairies and unicorns, I am reminded that there is always a little bit of pixie dust somewhere to help brighten my day and that I always have angels over my shoulder.

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I think this will be a timeless piece for years to come and a great gift for yourself or a loved one.  Angel Lockets are a unique gift and the perfect little treasure for anyone to have.  It’s affordable, well-made and stylish.  I love the concept and enjoy the product and I’m proud to share it with all you today.

What about you, do you think Angel Lockets is something that you would enjoy or a loved one would like as a gift?  Have you heard or seen anything like this before?

You can check out all the designs available for the Angel Locket and purchase your own at: https://www.thegrommet.com/yourself-expression

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As the season starts to change and the weather gets a tad bit chillier, the kiddos make their way back to school for the 2016-2017 year.  I remember as a kid, going back to school was my favorite time of year because it meant that I would have the opportunity to impress a new set of teachers and meet new friends.  My boys returned back to school at the beginning of August and while it has been a busy month so far, we are so excited and they have been absolutely loving school.  Today I share with you a few of their favorite finds for Back to School from affordable selections that we love and a few Celebrity faves.  Since back to school can be a fun time for kids or some may feel a bit uneasy, it’s the perfect time to pick up some new goods that will surely put a smile on your littles’ faces.

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Going back to school after a fun summer break isn’t always easy for littles.  But, finding cool Back to School gear and supplies always make for a great start.  This year I wanted the boys to be able to develop their own sense of style (see the twins with their mohawks and sunglasses in the photo above? lol), but I also wanted them to select basics that would make their year fun and functional.

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A quality made backpack is always an important part of back to school.  My eldest Kevin has a full schedule of classes and a heavy workload and homework sometimes.  It’s important that he has a backpack that can take him to and from school while still offering him the option to use for extra curricular activities and sports.  His choice of gear for this year was the Mountainsmith Approach 25 backpack (retail: $89.95).

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This multi-pocket backpack is perfect for on the go for work and office, school or sports, or for a hike to climb the highest summit.  It features a dual-anel loader system which is idea for travel and trail), a front panel stretch-mesh pocket with daisy chain attachment loops, Anvil Airway ridged EVA back panel padding which make it comfortable on the back no matter what you carry in it, tool / trekking pole carry, side compression straps, dual side-panel mesh pockets, an internal hydration sleeve to hold 3 liters and an eleastic sternum strap and bit valve catch with a safety whistle.

This backpack is sturdy and unisex.  He has it in burgundy with brick red trim and it looks stunning and manly.  It’s comfortable on and Kevin can stuff this backpack with his school supplies and homework without worrying about it falling apart.  It’s a great backpack to have for anyone of any age and is not only for school but anything.  I plan to pick one up for myself as well since it will be great for my forest treks.

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Luke opted for a fun and stylish backpack from Chooze.  Chooze is a brand selected and loved by celebrities alike.  Matthew McConaughey’s little girl is a huge fan of the versatile and affordable clothing and accessories Chooze offers.  Luke wanted the reversible ChoozePack in Quest (retail $43.95).

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These ingenious packs feature a reversible design that has two functional sides to give your kiddos the power to choose which print to display.  It offers padded convertible straps (which Luke says are BOMB because they are so comfortable) and you can flip each strap from side-to-side to provide a different look.

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Of course, no back to school list and gear would be complete without a way to carry your lunch and snack to and from school.  Kevin opted for something he could use for school and sports and went with the Mountainsmith Takeout insulated lunch pack (retailing $17.95).  It is the perfect sized carry-all for school, office and tailgating and has a look that any teen would enjoy.

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To help carry his favorite mom’s delicious soups to school for lunch, he also selected the Hydro Flask Food Flasks.  He has them in the 12 oz. (retails for $29.99) and the 18 oz. (retails for $34.99).  These flasks are perfect to carry his favorite soups or a hot cocoa on those chilly mornings.  They fit perfectly into any lunchbox and are the perfect way to give kids a balanced healthy meal.  They offer improved temperature control technology and can keep hot food items made in the morning steamy until lunchtime.  He also enjoys holding his milk in these and pours a small box of cereal inside for breakfast on the go.

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Luke & Isaiah decided that getting a traditional lunchbox was the way they wanted to go this year.  Each of them selected a Personalized Lunchbox from I See Me! (retailing for $29.99 each, currently on sale for $17.99.  Isaiah chose the Kick, Score, Run Lunchbox and Luke chose the Outerspace Lunchbox.  I See Me! is a brand and leader in personalized storyboks and gifts for kids, offering over 30 customizable book titles.  They also offer lunch boxes, stickers, growth charts, puzzles and so much more.  This fun company is a favorite of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Brooke Shields.

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Did I ever mention how much I enjoy Quinoa?  Well, I couldn’t resist putting some of these yummy snacks in the boys lunch boxes.  I Heart Keenwah snacks are perfect for any kiddo on the go or to pack with their lunch.  These Grab n Go (1.5 oz) snacks are great afterschool or lunch treats that taste great and are fun and nutritious.  I Heart Keenwah quinoa Clusters and Puffs are a healthy alternative to chips, crackers or sweets.  They are made of organic, Non-GMO ingredients.  They are a protein-rich superfood snack and gluten-free with the perfect crunch to fill and fuel your little ones bodies.  I love them myself and the boys think they taste great.  We find them at our local Safeway and Wholefoods at a reasonable cost.

Setton Farms International Premium Quality Snacks are also a great buy.  Our favorite are the Creme Brulee Blend that has cashews and toffee peanuts.  The Creme Brulee Blend incorporates all the creamy sweetness and crunch of the traditional Creme Brulee without the spoon.  It combines freshly roasted cashews and toffee peanuts with creamy butterscotch and white chips for an irresistible treat.  They are available in 5 oz resealable bags and available in major grocery store chains across the country – Price Chopper, Market Basket, King Kullen and more.  Setton Farms sent us a variety of treats to try but the Creme Brulee Blend is our favorite.  I hope we can find more of these in our local stores, so far I’ve only found them at http://www.puritan.com/ and I’ll need to be purchasing more soon.

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When it comes to back to school, the boys are simple shoppers which makes my job easiest.  I remember as a child wanting to have all the pretty notebooks and pens for back to school supplies.  This year, when I did the boys school supply shopping, I also took advantage of some discounts for myself too.  Whether it’s Crayons or Pens, Notebooks and Planners or a tablet, the options are endless and come in a variety of price points.  Some of our favorites included:

  • Crayola Crayons 24 Pack – these are perfect on the go or to keep in the desk or at home.  When shopping during the sales you can get these for about $0.25 each.
  • Calendar or Planners – some of my favorites are the Blue Sky Planners from Target.  Of course, you can’t go wrong with an Erin Condren Life Planner, Happy Planner or your traditional binder planners like Kikki K, Filofax or Dokibook.
  • Pens – anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge pen collector.  Some of my current favorites include the Paper Mate Ink Joy Gel 0.7mm Pens, Pilot Frixon Pens and Pilot G2.
  • Pencils – Oh, how I love me some pencils.  Currently my favorites at the moment are any type of Mechanical Pencil with 0.5mm lead, BIC Pencil 0.7mm (the metallic ones have won me over), Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (have you seen the beautiful metallic ones?)  The Ticonderoga pencils are perfect for sketching as well as writing and erase cleanly.
  • Notebooks – Spiral, composition tablet… you name them and they are available in all kinds of paper style and cover design.
  • Folder / Filler Paper – ah, hand me a ream of college ruled please!  The twins use Wide Ruled, Kevin uses College Ruled.  I love that they are available from a variety of brands and price points.
  • Amazon Fire Tablet – for less than $50, you can get your hands on a Tablet that acts as a Reader or Internet hub.  The Amazon Fire Tablet is affordable but gives your student (or you) the option to get online, use amazing apps or just play games.  It’s definitely a great tool to have for the student or the mentor.

Now – you don’t need to pick up these particular items.  Honestly, I just wanted to include some of my favorite school supplies (or mommy supplies) because I was feeling a bit left out. lol

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Last but certainly not least in our Back to School finds are some great threads.  Each child is an individual and I really love seeing them shop and select their own clothing, accessories and shoes – even their own hair cuts.  All three of my boys are simple guys but they do enjoy fun pops of color to their outfits and clothing selections.  Whether it be plaid shorts with a solid color shirt or fun hats and accessories, the boys take pride in finding something to wear that is not only comfortable and functional – but reveals their style.  Isaiah is absolutely enjoying his Rocket in Listen modern sneaker boot style shoes from Chooze ($54.95) and he wanted to show them to our readers today.

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This modern sneaker boot style shoe comes with a side elastic gore added for comfort.  It has a signature dual design with easy access side zipper entry making the shoe easy to take off and put on.  It has padded throat for extra comfort and soft canvas uppers.  The flexible support offers comfort while the removable, padded, anti-stink insoles make these the perfect footwear for an active little guy.  They wipe clean easily with a damp cloth or can be washed in cold water and air dried.  Chooze offers a variety of footwear designs for both girls and boys and they are stylish and fun to allow your child to make a statement all their own.

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Luke likes a shoe that can allow him to run and play with a little swagger and Kevin, well – if he’s not in his Nike Basketball shoes most of the time, you can find him in a pair of flip flops (rubbah slippahs as we call them here in Hawaii) and a cool pair of shades to finish off his look.  The boys were quite ecstatic to return back to school because the new school year meant that they were all beginning their football season for Pop Warner but most importantly, they got to go back to school and learn… I mean, hang out with their friends, just kidding lol.  The boys love school and love learning new things so shopping for new gear for back to school is always a huge highlight.

No matter what you decide to get for your child (or yourself) this Back to School season, make it fun and colorful and let it represent your own individual style.  Have your kiddos gone back to school yet?  If so, do they sport a relaxed and casual style or do they really like to dress up and have some fun?  Wishing all the students a wonderful 2016-2017 school year filled with lots of fun, friendships and learning.  From our house to yours… Aloha!

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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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If you’ve been on my blog for a while, then it’s pretty obvious that you have read or seen that I have a love for shoes and handbags… actually, it could most be categorized as an addition – ssshhh… don’t tell the husband (lol – he already knows).  As much as I love product to keep me in touch with fashion, I’m also a mom who’s realistic and knows that having a lot of shoes takes up much needed space.  Last year I introduced you to ALTERRE 21-in-1 Shoes, a brand that literally takes a bunch of shoes and wraps them into one pair to keep on you.  If you’re one of those ladies that need comfy footwear that is versatile, then these are for you.  Today, I want to share with you a few details of ALTERRE and their Kickstarter campaign.  Starting May 16th and running thrugh June 15th, ALTERRE is running on Kickstarter to help raise $15,000 or more to help fund new styles for next season.  As someone who absolutely loves their footwear – I have a pair of my own, I just had to share.

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ALTERRE shoes are designed in New York City but produced with fair labor in Brazil.  In collaboration with shoe experts with more than 30 years experience both here in the US and there in Brazil, ALTERRE brings to you a shoe that is expertly crafted and made beautifully.  ALTERRE also believes in producing shoes with fair labor so they visit the factory themselves to ensure that everyone there was happy and healthy while working.

ALTERRE is inspired by women and each shoe is named after women that the founders and designers admire.  With the $15,000 or more that ALTERRE hopes to raise, they want to use this money to create two brand new looks and a high platform heel for next season.  They plan to include sparkly sequined and metallic options as well – for those divas that are ready to shine.  They have prototypes underway and I am excited to see some of the sneak peak photos they have coming soon.

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Like I mentioned previously, I have my own pair of ALTERRE shoes that I absolutely love.  I literally take my one pair and completely change it up so I can go from a day to evenly look in a matter of seconds.  It’s convenient and expertly crafted footwear to provide comfort and quality.  I can’t wait to pick up my next pair and I’m looking forward to checking out their new styles once they are released.

Head on over to Alterre Shoes Kickstarter Campaign and check out what they have going for them, the information behind the brand and designers and how you can  help them make their goal.  If you’re a woman that loves shoes as much as I do – I think you’ll be fascinated to see how much this company has grown in the little time since they have been open – but also, how great of a product they have to offer.

You can check out their Kickstarter Campaign at this link: http://kck.st/1VYuBwI

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I am all about having a great pair of footwear for working out and today I wanted to share with all of you this pair of comfortable shoes that I’ve been loving lately.  Let me introduce you to FITKICKS, an active lifestyle footwear that is lightweight and versatile for anyone on the go or looking for something to be comfortable with.  They are the “Anywhere” shoe!

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Let me start by saying that these are not traditional “workout” or “anywhere” type of shoes and when I first seen them I was both intrigued but also wondered how well they work.  Since I have issues with my ankles, I’m always looking for something lightweight that I can use on the elliptical when working out or something at the gym that will not add any extra bulk or weight to my feet.  At first glance, they remind me of reef shoes, which is something you see a lot here in Hawaii.  But, once I got the pair in my hands and tried them on – I was instantly appeased and excited to give them a go.

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The Fitkicks range in cost from about $19.99 – $24.00 and come in a variety of different colors and designs.  I received the light grey with lavender trim which suits me since you know I love my purples.  The pair I have retails for $19.99 and comes in four colors in this specific design.  You can find them in a range of sizes from Small – Extra Large, I have the Large and normally use a size 8 1/2 shoe.  They fit comfortably and easily slip on without any problems.

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Fitkicks claim is that you can slip into these comfort kicks and use them for a variety of things… traveling, yoga, cruising, exercise, walking, at the beach, dancing, as high heel relief, running every day errands, water sports and just overall hanging out.  These awesome little shoes take up very little room and are easy to fold and take with you – making them ideal for keeping in a gym bag, traveling with or in my case, keeping in my bag in the car for those days I want to go for a walk or run.  They are made of durable flex form soles and are extra breathable which make them comfortable on hot days – I didn’t get sweaty at all, even after a long workout.  They have great ergonomic comfort and are so easy to slip on and off.

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Since FITKICKS offers such a unique design and ergonomic fit, you get full movement potential with your shoes.  The Durable FlexForm sole naturally contours your feet for free range of motion making it the perfect active wear shoe.  Since our lives keep us on the go I love that these make it so convenient to keep your “workout gear” with you – no bulky shoes to lug around.  They are the perfect fold-and-go portable shoe.  And, with technology that is specifically engineered to provide a natural contour, the FITKICKS are comfortable.

The FITKICKS also has a protective toe guard that prevents dragging and excessive wear points which make it perfect for anyone to use.  And, these awesome things are washable and dry-able, hello genius!

Women Shoe Size:  Small (5 – 6 1/2), Medium (7-8), Large (8 1/2 – 9 1/2), X Large (10-11)

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After having these for a few weeks, I’m absolutely loving them.  As I mentioned before, they are very comfortable and lightweight which makes it ideal for me when working out and are my go-to shoes for when I am on the elliptical.  FITKICKS offers so many other designs and footwear that I have a list of a few that my eyes are set on like the Energy Sidekicks Foldable Flats, FITKICKS in Black/Grey, and a pair for each of my sons (since they have FITKICKS Kids and a pair for my husband (yay for Men’s sizes too).  I’m not only impressed with how well these fit, how comfy they are, but also the fact that they are reasonably priced and offer you so much versatility for use.  As a mother of three very active boys, these shoes allow me to keep on my toes while chasing after them and I can use them at a variety of locations.  I love that they offer light support and are really cool.

If you are someone who works out and is looking for some new footwear, I highly suggest checking these babies out.  You can find them at: http://www.fitkicks.us/.  Check them out and see if you can find a pair (or two) for you or someone you love.  I have my eyes on a few more and one specifically to wear around the house, so I’ll be heading over to the site soon too.

Have you tried anything like this before or have you heard of FITKICKS?  If so – what are your thoughts?  If not, comment below and tell me, would you rock them out?

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Are you still on the hunt for that special Gal-entine’s Day gift or special surprise for your loved one this Valentine’s Day?  There are so many options available when shopping, but why not make a statement with what you choose to gift this year or anytime?  Today I wanted to share with you a gorgeous piece from CAROLEE – just in time for Valentine’s Day or a special gift of “just because”.  If you are anything like my husband and I, celebrating love is a daily occasion and doesn’t need a special holiday so you can elect to get some from CAROLEE anytime of the year.

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While all the pieces CAROLEE offers are stunning and gorgeous, I decided on the Candy Colors Dramatic Necklace ($130.00) that comes ready for gifting in a gorgeous gift box.  This beautiful statement piece is the perfect gift for anyone who loves color and jewels.  It comes with multi-color acrylic stone in a gold-tone setting and has a lobster claw closure.  It has an 18-20 inch adjustable chain and great weight to it offering a chic and sophisticated look.

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This classic design is one that will go with just about anything.  Use this necklace with a pair of jeans and a cute top or dress it up for a night on the town.  I love that it is filled with gorgeous colors that will be perfect for any occasion and you can use this as your statement piece to your entire outfit.  Since the necklace features several different colors it would be a great Spring or Summer necklace (not just for Valentine’s Day).

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If you have your eyes set on this necklace, like with any other jewelry make sure to wipe the necklace down prior to storage and if at all possible store in an air tight bag to keep the dust away.  This will help to prolong your necklace so you can get lots of use out of it.  This gorgeous piece makes such a great gift for someone you love or a nice piece to add to your own collection.  I’m not only impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship but also with the overall appearance and look.  It’s beautiful and would make a fantastic gift.

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CAROLEE offers a variety of jewelry pieces to choose from, made from the finest materials that meet the highest standards in workmanship.  They ship worldwide and offer a worldwide lifetime guarantee which is spectacular.  While I don’t live in the Continental U.S., I’m happy to say that CAROLEE offers free Standard Shipping on any purchase within the Continental U.S. (awesome) and the products available are drool worthy.  Take your time to go through the site and see what else they have to offer.  There are a few pieces I have my sights set on and a plethora of gorgeous jewels in their Sale section to choose from as well.

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Be sure to stop by the site and see what CAROLEE has to offer.  You can shop the online store here: https://www.carolee.com/.

Have you heard of CAROLEE before?  Are you a fan of getting jewelry as a gift for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year?  Comment below and let me know.

 

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

Time With The Ones You Love Is Always Well Spent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

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

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Disclaimer:  The product(s) mentioned/featured in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.