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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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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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A New Spin on an Old Favorite!

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I’m sure you’ve seen it all over social media… and many of my friends and readers have stopped in to send their birthday wishes (for that I thank you), but I really wanted to round up the Twins birthday anyhow, since it seems that I’ve been slacking in the personal department on my blog lately.  On Monday, (September 8th) Luke and Isaiah turned into 5  year olds.  I’m not gonna lie, I cried and bawled my eyes out as I do each and every year my children have a birthday (all of my children, including Kevin who will be 11 in January) lol.  Let’s face it, I’m an emotional wreck when milestones are reached, but proud to look back at all of the accomplishments.

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So – the twins packed up some goodie bags for their classmates and my hubby and I made our way to their classroom to celebrate their birthdays.  Their teacher took our photo where the boys were adorned in their birthday crown and a few leis (ya know it’s a Hawaii Tradition, right? lol).  They spent the rest of the day with their friends and after school let out – we went to an early birthday dinner… the twins chose Genki Sushi (since they love Sushi) and then ended the evening with some games at Fun Factory.  I have to admit – I am always amazed at how much they have grown, literally right before our eyes.  It seems like just yesterday that I gave birth to them.

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On September 8, 2009 I gave birth to two wonderful little guys… but the road through pregnancy and the day I gave birth was quite a journey.  Twins run in my family (both my mom and my dad have twins in their families) and in my husband’s (both his mom and his dad have twins in their families), so while we knew it was a possibility – we didn’t really think it would ever happen to us.  My pregnancy was difficult – I lost 63 lbs through out the time I carried the twins in my womb… I weighed less at the time I gave birth than I did when I found out I was pregnant (this happened when I was pregnant with my eldest as well), and because of this – I was sick through most of the 7 1/2 months I carried the twins.  My iron levels were so low, but the doctors had to give me a vitamin supplement that would not make me so sick – because I lost so much weight, increasing my iron would make me much more sick.  Because the twins shared a placenta, I was monitored closely and was considered a “high risk” pregnancy because I was carrying multiples, but also high risk because of Preeclampsia and not to mention I wasn’t gaining any weight but losing a lot of it.  On the day I gave birth to my beautiful baby boys, I actually went in for a Pre-Op appointment (since my cesarean was scheduled a few days later), but was rushed to emergency surgery because my doctor had feared that I would have a stroke or heart attack in the middle of the night (before giving birth) and would not live through the evening if I didn’t have my children within a few hours.  To say I was afraid and scared would be an understatement… but my thought was that I needed to make sure my twins would be okay.

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It’s funny to look back at that day, knowing I had so many emotions built up inside and not knowing the road ahead would also be a challenge.  After the birth of the twins (which was a miracle in its own), I dealt with severe Postpartum depression.  I didn’t think it was that bad, but I couldn’t shake the sadness in my mind and because of this, my doctor requested that my husband resign as a Police Recruit to stay home and take care of me until I had gotten though the rough patch in it all.  Mind you… it’s now five years later and I still deal with postpartum depression (off and on over the years) so my emotional craziness is a whirl wind and roller coaster all wrapped up in one.  But, they say that if you walk by faith, not by sight… that God will guide you through, and here we are today.

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Since one birthday in a year is never enough… on Tuesday, while out running errands as a family, we decided to have some dinner at Ruby’s Diner (more on our experience in a later post) and the twins were once again honored for their special day.  We will also be hosting a small family gathering at our house on Sunday and I’ll be sure to post updates here when the busy day is done.

So, I bet you didn’t think you would be getting such an earful worth of information by reading this post… lol but honestly, while we celebrate birthdays each and every year, I’m so thankful to also be celebrating life.  To say I’m thankful each and every day for these little guys and their big brother Kevin would be an understatement because thankful doesn’t even cover the feelings I experience inside.  Love… that would be the best possible word to describe it.  I had no idea that when I got pregnant with Luke & Isaiah, that all of this would have happened in my life… but I wouldn’t change any of it for anything else in the whole World so long as we have our babies.

Happy Birthday Twinnies!  May your lives be filled with an endless amount of love and joy and may God bless you always.

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They say that becoming a mommy is one of the most rewarding things a woman can experience in her lifetime.  Before having children, I’ll admit that I did not think that was possible and after having them, I now know that there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my kids.  They drive me crazy sometimes and I don’t even know what sleep is anymore – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  While I learned a ton of things after having my children and continue to learn new things each day, there are 10 things that I have learned after becoming a mom that stick out to me the most.  This is supposed to be a bit comical – but at the same time, a realization that our lives are no longer our own and our hearts will always belong to someone else.

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

– Elizabeth Stone 

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  1. It is not always a good thing when your children are quiet.
  2. You develop ninja skills overnight when you must keep your child from climbing, falling, running or putting things in their mouth.
  3. Food is no longer your own and to them, your food always looks better than what they have on their own plate… even if it is the same food you have on yours.
  4. LEGOS, WOODEN BLOCKS, ARMY MEN AND HOT WHEELS while cool to play with are the most painful things your feet will step on.
  5. Unless your children are in bed asleep or out of the house, you will no longer have privacy when you are using the bathroom
  6. Your new favorite Soap Opera or Chick Flick is anything on Disney Channel – you even sing along to the songs and can quote scenes. “The Doc is in and she’ll fix you up – if you’re a toy then you’re in luck”
  7. Your arms become race tracks for hot wheels, bikes and other types of vehicles.
  8. You no longer know what a full night’s sleep is.
  9. You are now an alien – You have eyes behind your back, six extra limbs, you are a lie detector and you’re psychic.
  10. They say you cannot live without your major organs… but yet, the most important thing I learned after becoming a mom… “Your heart really does go walking around outside your body!

So I wish all of you mommies out there (and those soon to be) that you make your own memories out of the things you learned after becoming a mom.  Know that when times are tough and your children can be a handful, that there are other mothers out there that have lived through and are living through some of what you are experiencing.  Becoming a mom is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my lifetime and I wouldn’t change any of it for anything in the whole World.  While challenges are constant, LOVE IS FOREVER!

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Happy Wednesday Loves…  Hope you are all having an awesome day.  This is just a personal update to let you all know what has been going on lately since I haven’t been updating the blog the last few days.  This week has been crazy so far, even if it’s on Wednesday.  I can’t believe how fast the week went by, even with the Veteran’s Day Holiday… I still feel like I haven’t had the time to accomplish my laundry list of “Honey Do’s”.  This past weekend was a blast though.  My hubby took the kids and I to the Carnival.  I’m gonna work on editing that video (a brief clip of one of the acts) and uploading to my YouTube Channel soon.

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Isaiah, Luke & My Hubby watching the Circus Show

Hmmm…. Speaking of YouTube… some of you may have noticed that I have been “following” you on Google plus with a new account or subscribing to you from a different channel.  It’s because I started a new one up.  You can subscribe and check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/honeykahoohanohano.  It is a breathe of fresh air to be able to have a YouTube channel that actually is named with a URL I want to use, but at the same time, I am starting all over again – so no subscribers, no views, no nothing.  It’s a challenge, but it is definitely time for me to start making the transition.  So – please please if you have been a subscriber of mine in the past, I would really appreciate you following my new journey.

Okay – so that is basically what I have been up to.  It seems that “updating” and getting things in order have been the norm around here the last couple of weeks, especially after my transition to my self hosted blog from using Weebly for so long.  But the changes have to happen and I’m just going to embrace them the best I can.  I do sometimes feel like I have that “blond moment” and sometimes it may even be all over my face. lol

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I’ll be back to posting more so you will be seeing much more of me.  More fashion posts are coming as well – so stay tuned and I have some new reviews in the pipeline too.  Wishing you all a wonderful week.

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