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Hi friends.  I hope you are all doing well.  Today, I’m gonna get a little personal with all of you and share a little update on my weight loss journey.  It’s been years in the making, but I’m super excited to have all of you on this journey with me.  It’s like I’ve had a bunch of awesome cheerleaders all for me.  If you are interested in learning a little about it, definitely keep on reading about my weight loss.  This is just the beginning of this series and I plan to update all of you on this journey as I experience it.  Also, I just released a video on my YouTube Channel so if you want the breakdown in video form, click this link and check out the video.  So, let’s chit chat a little… shall we?

The photo on the left was taken in April 2018. The photo on the right was taken in December/January (2017-2018). It’s amazing at how a few months can make such a huge difference.

At the beginning of this year, I posted on Honeygirl’s World about how I needed to get going on a healthier me.  Since October 2017, I felt the need to really get my health issues together and start working on being a better version of my self, physically and mentally.  I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been an easy road.  I had worked my butt off the last few months trying to get in shape and lose weight, but it’s been difficult and I haven’t been the easiest person to live with because of it.

Let me break a few things down for you…  So, in November 2017, I decided I would cut out all the things that really were dragging me down (food wise).  I stopped drinking my Cherry Pepsi (I’m glad the world didn’t come to an end because of it) and I ultimately stopped eating white rice (most rice for that matter) and pasta.  Yup, I said it… pasta.  Let’s just say that it was not an easy choice for me, but I was amazed at how easy it was to give them up when I look at myself in the mirror and I’m excited about my progress.  There are days when I see white rice smothered in gravy or a giant slice of pizza topped with ooey gooey cheese and I just want to lose my marbles, but then I realize that I’ve come too far.

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This photo was taken June 5, 2018. This is a recent photo. While I’m covered with clothes, I’m proud to say that this jumpsuit is an XL whereas I have been using a 3x – 4x size now for the last few years.

Here’s the deal… there is no such thing as a fad diet or a 30-minute exercise once a week that will help.  It took me a long time, lots of money and many years of realizing that because I really struggled with my weight after having my sons.  I wasn’t always big (though I did always have thunder thighs… lol) and so I really wanted to get myself back on track.  I realized that after years of the struggle, I needed to really do this for my health, not just my looks.  This epiphany was probably the one good thought I had in my mind and it has been a constant reminder of how I’ve been able to keep going on this journey (or lifestyle change).

“I am down over 50 lbs in about 8-10 months and I’m so excited to be able to shop in stores that carry regular sized clothing, instead of only plus sized clothes.”

So what am I doing?  Well, I’m at the gym 3 to 5 times a week concentrating on not only cardio but also strength training.  You don’t need to spend excessive amounts of time at the gym if you don’t have it and if you don’t have a gym, use what you do have.  I signed up for the gym in March, but prior to that I was walking/running and jogging several times a week – averaging about a mile to three miles each time I went for a walk and tried to do that 3 times a week.  I also work with my kettle balls and my own walls to help with building my muscle and keeping the muscles I have.  There are a number of different exercises you can do while utilizing your own body weight as your option to strengthen your muscles.  I like doing push-ups against the wall if I can’t make it to the gym and if I do make it to the gym, then I love doing pull-ups and using the different muscle toning machines available.  Remember, that it’s all about using what you have, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a gym membership.  I like it because it’s my time to myself, but if you don’t have that – use what you go.  Run or walk the dog or your baby or even go on a hike with a friend or two (or three) if it helps get you mobile and outdoors.

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I’m a size XL – 2XL depending on the type of clothes and in jeans size I’m down to a size 14-16. At my highest weight, I wore a size 24 pants/shorts/jeans.

Now, when it comes to food… that’s a little more difficult.  I try to concentrate on the Keto diet since I did a liquid fast prior to getting my metabolism jump started.  The Keto Diet and 21 Day Fix have been two diets or lifestyle changes when it comes to food that I know I can actually keep working at.  They aren’t easy diets, but basically a way of changing your lifestyle to accommodate what works better for you.  I concentrate on healthy proteins and fats at each meal so that I can keep my muscle lean.  I also have cut out most sugars from my diet (of course many fruits and veggies have sugar so I try to be mindful of how much I eat) and carbs.  Making this change did not happen overnight, but it has definitely gotten easier as time progresses.  Sugar-free popsicles have been my best friend lately (because it’s been so hot here on Maui) and I am really loving protein ice creams like Halo Top.  However, everything is best in moderation, so if I am gonna eat a few sweets, I will definitely be putting in more work at the gym or I make sure I only have a little in moderation.  Remember my words – “Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”

“Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”

I couldn’t possibly sum up how to do all of this in just one blog post, so I am gonna wrap this up in a bit.  But, before I do, I wanted to share with all of you that this lifestyle change is not easy, but it’s doable and it can work.  It took me a long time of saying excuses and my shoulda-coulda-wouldas before I realized that I need to take action and keep at it before I’ll see results.  Don’t worry, I’ll be here to answer all of your questions and I’ll also be posting more frequently about this journey so that I can offer you some tips, ideas and even food choices.  My goal is to actually share this journey with all of you because the support from each of you means the world to me and it helps more than you realize.

Stay tuned for more updates as I discuss products I’m enjoying to help with my weight-loss and get healthy jourey and everything else.

Wishing you all the best,

Honey

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Whew… another week has begun and I feel like I didn’t quite finish up the tasks from last week to warrant starting a new one.  Let’s face it, who ever completes their daunting daily tasks deserves an award, because my list is ever growing and it seems like there is less and less time in a day to accomplish it all.  Nonetheless, I digress and try to move forward to the best of my ability.

“Significance is very different from success.  Significance means that you are adding value to others lives.  Once you taste significance, you won’t care about success anymore.” – John Maxwell

As I sit here at my desk working endlessly to get all of my ducks in a row for the next few days, I find myself wondering…  “Am I adding value to the lives of those that read this blog?”  Hmmm… don’t answer that… haha!  No, but kidding aside, I really wanted to take this site back to its roots and I find myself consistently asking the same question of myself each day.  Do I bring value to the table?  The quick answer would be, yes… right?  The long answer would be… I may not bring value to all but I certainly offer some form of value to a few, which in all honesty – is better than none at all.  Right?

So, what is it that you bring to the table that adds value to those around you?  Do you look at your worth by the amount of success you accomplish or do you look at your worth by how you help those around you?  In this day and age, let’s face it – not many people make the time to help others anymore.  When they do, it’s half assed and rushed causing you to really question their motivations as to why they lent that hand in the first place.  But should it really matter how much or how little someone has helped versus the fact that they have helped at all?  Let’s think about this for a second shall we?  If someone lends a helping hand for you (say, you have fallen and need some assistance standing up), do you feel grateful when they lean over and help you up and then ask you if you need anymore assistance or if you’re okay.  How about if they simply just helped you stand without a word and went on their merry way?  Which would you prefer?  Or are you like me and think that either way – the person took the time out of their day to help you regardless of small talk and that meant a lot to begin with?  I find that sometimes no words is not necessarily a bad thing.  In this time when so many are at fault with one another and there is so much bigotry and ignorance in the World, if a person took 30 seconds out of their day to help you in silence versus 5 minutes and took the time to have a conversation, we should be thankful that either person took the time regardless.  Those few seconds mean a lot to anyone who barely has enough time in the day to accomplish their own tasks at hand – don’t you think?

Lately I think my goal in life is to be significant.  It’s not about being successful (yes, we all strive for that in some way or another), but being significant means that I’m adding much more than just success to the table.  When you take the time to offer value and add value to those around you – you truly are significant.  Like John Maxwell said “Once you taste significance, you won’t care about success anymore.”  Well John, I agree – but I think that to be significant in the world, adding value to others’ lives around you is a success too.

Wishing you all a wonderful Monday.  May today and this week be filled with a plethora of inspiration to fill your bucket full.

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge water drinker… but as much as I love water, I’m not a fan of it warm or hot unless it’s in coffee or tea.  Years ago my husband and I started carrying our water bottles with us everywhere, but because your typical plastic bottle usually contains some form of BPA, they were not able to be left in the car while shopping and they would get really hot from the sun.  Who wants to drink hot water to rehydrate themselves?  Certainly not me!  Over the last year, my husband and I have invested in the Hydro Flask and it is now a household name.  It is the #1 staple in our house and since all of our boys play sports and my husband and I are avid walkers, we enjoy our bottles.  Today I share with you how I keep cool this summer and why I think this is such an essential item to have.

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You’ve seen it featured in my Thirsty Thursday videos time and time again.  The Hydro Flask has been my number one drinking companion since I first started using it a year ago.  It goes where you go, whether out and about or working out, it will keep your drink ice cold or piping hot for hours.  I am sharing with you the 40 oz bottle but they come in a variety of sizes.  The Hydro Flask is an award-winning global leader in high performance, insulated stainless steel flasks.  They were founded in 2009 in beautiful Bend, Oregon and the company’s mission is to save the world from lukewarm.

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Hydro Flask uses the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel and the Hydro Flask food and beverage flasks are stylish while still offering all the necessities like BPA-free, recyclable and backed by a lifetime warranty.  Hydro Flask believes strongly that great flasks and great causes go hand-in-hand.  Because of this, through its charitable arm 5% back, consumers can allocate a portion of the net profit of their purchase to a charity they choose.  (Learn more about Hydro Flask’s charitable giving here).

Hydro Flask offers a variety of different products that include:

  • Bottles (Ranging from 12 oz to 40 oz)
  • Beer Growlers (64 oz and 32 oz)
  • True Pint (16 oz beer pint)
  • Coffee (12 oz, 16 oz & 20 oz coffee flasks)
  • Food (12 oz and 18 oz food flasks)

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My family and I are huge supporters of the Hydro Flask brand.  Each person in my family owns a 40 oz. bottle.  While each one is an investment (depending on where you buy them they can retail for about $40 for a 40 oz. flask), they are well worth the cost.  During Sports, my sons need to hydrate and keep cool, especially in the warm weather that you get here in Hawaii.

Hydro Flask has Universal Benefits that are great for daily use as well as for anyone:

  • TempShieldTM Protected
  • Keeps hot up to 6 hours
  • Keeps cold up to 24 hours
  • 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel
  • BPA-Free and Phalate-Free
  • Durable, sweat-free powder coat finish
  • Lifetime Warranty

Hydro Flask is known for their Temperature, Taste and Transport.  (temperature) TempShield is used in 100% of Hydro Flask products, which is a unique double wall insulation that protects temperature for up to 24 hours cold and 6 hours hot.  (taste) The 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel won’t retain or transfer flavors, ensuring the pure taste of your beverage. (transport) Proprietary powder coat offers an easy-grip, sweat-free and extra-durable bottle that you can take anywhere.

Unlike other stainless steel bottles my family and I have had in the past, the Hydro Flask bottle is sturdy.  Other bottles have dented quite easily but these have retained its shape for quite a bit.  Of course, if it drops on a hard surface, it can get dinged, but overall it has lasted us quite some time.  I have had my original flask for over a year with minimal damage to it.

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I love that Hydro Flask offers a variety of different accessories for your flask.  A Wide Mouth Straw attachment is a favorite of ours and it allows us to carry our water with ice in it all day.  What is so awesome is that even on a hot day, with my bottle in the car, my flask is still ice cold and most of the time my ice is still wiggling around inside the flask.  The bottle never sweats which makes it perfect to store anywhere without worrying that it will ruin any of my electronics or furnishings and I love how convenient it is to take with us on the go.

When it comes to staying cool and hydrated this summer or anytime of the year, I know I can rely on my Hydro Flask to keep me cool.  It’s the best summer necessity to have and an essential in my book.  We are completely hooked – my husband takes his to work daily and the boys take theirs to school and practice.  It’s definitely something I think you should check out.

It’s an investment for a water bottle – but many times in the past I have left my flask in the sun while out at the beach or in the car and the ice is still there and my water is still very cold hours later.  There are not too many of those types of stainless steel bottles on the market today that can offer you that kind of awesomeness.  Who wants to drink warm water anyway, if not for coffee or tea? lol

You can purchase Hydro Flask products at: http://www.hydroflask.com/

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My husband and I have been married for over 15 years and together for almost 20.  I knew that when we started dating, there was a possibility that he would be in some form of Law Enforcement because – well, it’s a legacy honestly.  His Dad, brother, sister, uncles and Great Grandfather are well known in the industry of law enforcement, so I had expected that he would follow in their footsteps one day and that would be his calling.  A few years ago he made the commitment to become a Corrections Officer, or a CO which is a common term used in the field.  I knew what we were getting into as a family, but little did I know how it would affect us and our lifestyle moving forward.

It’s been almost 3 years since my husband was sworn in to be a Corrections Officer and since this is a Lifestyle site, I figured I would turn this particular post into a series, like my “Confessions of a Stay at Home Mom”.  After a few years, I’ve decided that this would be a great way for me to vent, share my ramblings and my support for this man I love.  So – stay tuned for more of these types of posts in the future. Now, let’s get into what it’s like to be a Corrections Officer’s Wife.

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What it is like to be a CO’s Spouse… the shortened version!

Let’s start with the statistics, shall we?  Corrections Officers have a 39 percent higher suicide rate than any other occupation, with a life expectancy of only 58 years.   Many don’t realize that that is 20 years less than the average American.  With mental illnesses like PTSD, anxiety and depression being a huge issue for CO’s in the industry and high divorce rates increasing consistently over the years.  As a couple, my husband and I knew the statistics, but we also know how strong our relationship is, though – I’ll be honest, this job has had its challenges on our strength over the years.

As if those statistics were the only thing we had to look forward to, there is the actual job itself.  Each day my husband walks through the gates of the facility he works in and each day I think about the dangers he faces behind the doors.  As I watch him leave the house, I’m consistently reminded of what lurks in the buildings he works in and I have to entrust his co-workers, his comrades to have his back when I struggle to give up that right to anyone already.  Disease, murderers, criminals – all of which he has to deal with on a daily basis, I have to entrust that he will have the right judgement calls to protect himself and believe that God will bring him home safely to me.

I understand that many in the field of law enforcement may have similar and high demands of what my husband has to deal with daily, but I also see that due to misconstrued issues, assumptions and past issues lend for Corrections Officers to have a bad reputation.  The fact of the matter is, most Corrections Officers do the job of a Police Officer day in and day out with little to no protection or weapon outside of their own bodies, their fists – to protect themselves.  They are the EMT (Emergency Medical Response / Paramedic) on scene, the Fireman to put out fires and the Police Officer with little to no recognition and much less resources than many of those uniformed enforcers have.  They are unrecognized in their job and what they do – day in and day out and many people scoff at what they are because they are ill informed of their daily job or duties.  My husband took an oath to serve a community and protect a population (inmates) and it can often be held against him or his fellow CO’s.  Or, held against me, because I am married to a CO.  The fact of the matter is – Police Officers spend a small portion of time with these criminals, inmates, those that are doing time… only to drop them off at the Correctional Facility where my husband spends his entire day with them until they are released, if they are released.  Again, during this time only protecting himself with his own fists, no weapon to protect himself other than his eyes and his own body.

“He’s a Police Officer, EMT, Fireman all in one!”

I’ve often been asked why my husband doesn’t make appearances as often as he used to on my channel and blog and frankly, it has a lot to do with the safety of our family.  It may seem like it is not a big deal or small sacrifices for great reward but the fact of the matter is – my husband is in a field most people know little about and those that think they know, are assuming or using strong allegation, rumor and no knowledge to judge appropriately.  As a family, a job like this really pulls at the heart strings and waiting as my husband comes home each night safely is one of the hardest things I could have ever experienced as a wife.

We are a strong family that is close and we always have each others back, but something like this can definitely test your strength, your beliefs and your love.  I’ve had sleepless nights, more so now after there have been issues in the modules where my husband has already been injured and I’m sure that this job will continue to weigh on my heart over the years.  I’ve had to explain to our children why their dad could not come home in time to watch a performance, because there are times when there is a lock-down or he is required to work overtime.  I’ve had to fight back tears when my husband comes home to tell me what he had to deal with at work.  I am the protector of my household and children while my husband is away – bearing arms to protect us from dangers and staying strong when I know I just want to fall apart.  But, as a proud wife of a Corrections Officer, I stand tall and thank God for his blessings and for protection over my husband as he continues in his career.  It’s not an easy task, but hey, such is life – right?

If you are a CO’s wife, know that you are not alone.  And while times can get tough and everything and anything will test your strength, there are women like us that are here for support.  Like I mentioned before, I hope to have more of these in the future, so keep an eye out for that.  Even if it’s just something to give you a little guidance or a few words to remind you that you’re not alone, I want to be able to share this with you.

Hold on, have Faith! You are not alone! – Honey

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo

Honey

I bet you didn’t know, just by looking at me, that I walk or run a mile to two miles five days a week!  Or that I exercise, workout or I spend lots of time on the elliptical at least 3x a week.  Running or walking is my way of clearing my mind and keeping me motivated, active and allows me to really bring out my creative side and working out, well – it keeps me healthy and helps with my asthma.  A few weeks ago I was in a grocery market when a lady snickered at the fact that I had picked up a pint of ice cream… basically saying… “Are you sure you need to be buying that?”  I let it go, but I then realized that there is such a common misconception that if  you are plus sized, or larger than most that you are obese or overweight.  The fact of the matter is, yes – I could stand to lose about 100 pounds to make myself healthier for my children, my husband and me – but that doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily unhealthy as so many will assume that I am.  Prior to having children, I was a size 8, petite in body with a large bust and behind and after having children certain medical ailments have assisted with my weight gain.  I’m not an over eater, but because of my physique – I often get pegged as “the fat girl”.  I realized a few years ago that while I’m on my journey to get healthy and stay healthy (regardless of my size), many will not see it as such.  So – now I am categorized as a plus sized lady and hey, at this moment in time… it’s who I am and I’m okay with it.  The important thing is that I continue to live a healthy life to the best of my ability – regardless of what the social standards may outline.  Yes, I do have extra baggage on me, but – I do live a reasonably healthy lifestyle.  Today – after giving this topic some thought, I figured it would be a great way to not only share my story but also a few tips that can help you make small changes to your life for a healthy lifestyle.  5 easy, healthy lifestyle changes anyone can make and anyone can do.  Feeling a little frumpy or just feel like you need a boost of endorphins or happy thoughts or need a little pick me up?  These tips are simple, easy and you can do them too.

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Drink more water

This particular tip may seem like a no-brainer, but the fact of the matter is… most people do not consume or drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day.  I love water and I love that I can add a little bit of lemon to my water and I am hydrated for longer periods.  I’m really good at drinking the recommended amount but if I don’t I make sure I have a trusty timer go off every so often so I do not forget.  Having a bottle with you at all times helps A LOT.  I fill up my Hydroflask with ice and water and take it with me whenever I’m on the go so I always have water available that is cold and refreshing whenever I need it.  Just adding the 8 glasses of water to your daily intake each day will make a huge difference in a healthier lifestyle.

Get up and move, walk your way to healthy

It may seem like it’s no big deal, but walking increases not only your oxygen but also helps in you regulating your breathing.  But, I get it – life can get busy and sometimes you can’t find the time… as a busy mother, I know this all too well.  There are still so many ways to get your walking in.  Park further away from the store, at the back of the parking lot (be careful to watch your surroundings if you are by yourself) and get a little extra walking time in that way.  I hate battling for parking stalls – especially when I’m at places like Costco or Walmart, so I’ll just park far and walk – exercise and a little extra steps are worth it.  You can also park your car at the end of the drive way instead of right near the house.  Since my mailbox is at the bottom of the drive way and we have another house in front of us, I like to walk back and forth to the mailbox a few times if I know I can’t devote any time to walking that day.  And, sometimes walking by yourself is boring… so head to your local big box store like Target, Walmart, etc. and just walk around the store window shopping (if you can avoid the need to make a purchase) and get some walking done there.  Last week while walking around target I clocked over 1200 steps just browsing the store and it didn’t feel like exercise to me.

Got a sweet tooth?  Don’t let it get the best of you

Let’s face it – we all have it… that dreaded sweet tooth that makes us crave those favorite goodies that satisfy our souls.  For me, it can be ice cream, gummy bears or the occasional chocolate.  Thankfully – I am not the type of person that feels the “need” to have them, but I do have my moments.  Instead of letting these things get the best of me, I just don’t keep them around me but I also don’t deprive myself if I have a craving.  The key is moderation and control.  Since I know I like ice cream – I will either replace my ice cream with a frozen smoothie with frozen fruit or make a sorbet and if that really doesn’t work, I will eat some ice cream, but make sure to choose the smallest bowl in the house to serve me in.  Sometimes all we need is the taste on our tongue to satisfy that craving and a little of it will go a long way.  Also – stock your house with fruits, when you want that snack – have a small bowl of fruit and you will be amazed at how fast it will curb that craving.

Stop drinking soda or try to eliminate it the best you can

I never drank soda growing up and once I was really introduced to the taste of it in my early 20s, it was hard to ignore.  I’m a Pepsi girl and my husband and I both enjoy Pepsi soda as well (who do you think introduced it to me? haha).  It was a hard one to battle and while we don’t stock soda in our house, we still treat ourselves from time to time.  I NEED soda with Pizza.  I know, I know – no one needs soda… but it’s something I look forward to when I have a piece of pie to eat.  So if we really find the need, my husband and I will share a can of it together.  That way – we get the flavor, the satisfaction and we are not stuck with a huge case of it in our house and feel the need to drink it all.  We can go a whole year without it and then one day, we find the need to taste the yummy, sugary carbonated flavor we enjoy and we’ll treat ourselves.  If you can quit cold turkey – do it… if not, just try eliminating it to the best of your ability until you don’t find the need for it any longer.

Get up – stand up, stand up for your life!

As someone who works from home, I can find myself on the computer for hours at a time trying to work on campaigns, type out posts, answering emails… etc.  Like with any job, the time can get away with you when you have a deadline or are busy working.  But, you should always remember that it’s important to get up once in a while, stand and stretch – walk away from your desk.  This will not only allow you to take a breather, maybe have a second to gather your thoughts, but also stretch those muscles and move.  Standing up is so important to help in the blood flow of your body and it also helps to give you a little boost of energy that you may be needing after sitting a while.

While this is just a starter list, there are so many more things you can do to make a healthy lifestyle change.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable to do and it shouldn’t make you feel like you are dreading it each day.  Living a healthy lifestyle could mean that you are getting an extra 10 minutes of walking in, each day or you cut out your favorite junk food.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and things take time.  These steps and tips are there to help you be more confident in your choices.  If I can do them, well – you certainly can too.  Remember, a little at a time and you’ll see a change.  Also – if you are in the same boat as I am, know that no one can make you feel terrible – but yourself.  Have faith, think positive and know that I’m cheering you on.  A healthy lifestyle isn’t about killing yourself at the gym or starving yourself… it’s about being healthy so you can live life.  Good luck!

Like posts like these?  It’s been a while since I have done these types but I promise there will be a lot more coming soon.  😉

xo

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Let’s face it, raising a child at any age can be a challenge – but the first few years of a child’s life are a learning curve.  As my children grow each and every day, I’m reminded of how different they are – all three of them have their own personalities.  My eldest, well – as a baby and a toddler, he was very easy going and after he was a month old, he pretty much slept through the night allowing me to get rest and still go to work full time while caring for him.  The twins… well, that’s a whole different story.  They were up at all hours of the day and night and at different times.  They nursed differently – though they did everything together and still do – they have consistently kept me on my toes, well – they still do that too.  But, one things for sure… as a parent, while all advice may not be specifically geared to be a “fix all” for each child, they are great stepping stones for you to develop a pattern and a solution to fit your needs.  Today I share with you a really cool and interesting read called The Natural Baby Sleep Solution by Polly Moore, Ph. D.  This book has been a great addition to my library and I’m going to share a few of my thoughts with you on it today.

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If you are a mother… then you know that we have all been there… a time when we are feeling a heavy dysfunction and disarray that plagues our daily thoughts.  The lack of sleep due to a crying or fussy baby or the stress of feeling like we have failed.  Mothers (fathers too) often experience these times within the first year of their child’s life or right around the age when your baby starts teething.  It’s natural but no matter how many times I tell you that we’ve all been there, it doesn’t make the situation any better.  The Natural Baby Sleep Solution literally is the answer to many parents’ prayers.  This book is written by a scientist whose mind is naturally geared towards scientific research and connection, but also by a mother who an relate to how we as mothers are feeling.  Polly Moore understands the ins and outs of being a parent and this book is a great approach at working a little bit of experience, science and research and love into an equation that parents have struggled with for years.

By utilizing the N.A.P.S. Plan in the book – Polly Moore explains that this simple plan will help in encouraging longer sleep periods.  It’s basically a mother’s natural instinct in science form.  The plan is relatively simple:  When your baby wakes up – keep a clock for 80 minutes and then start winding your baby down for a nap when it hits that time point.  By the 90 minute mark, get your child to bed.  Even if the naps are short, back to sleep at 90 minutes to establish not only a routine but a cycle.

When my twins were younger, they NEVER took a nap.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I wanted to keep them up – but because they just wouldn’t fall asleep.  Later in the day when they were beyond exhausted, they either fell asleep unable to keep their eyes open or they were so wired from the lack of a nap, they stayed up all night.  The Natural Baby Sleep Solution allows you to use a few tips in guiding your child into sleeping so that they know what it feels like to be tired and want a nap – therefore giving your child the skills needed to stay asleep longer at night.  The concept is genius and one I wish I had known about prior to having my children.  Should I have any more kids in the future, I’m glad that I was able to read this book and hope to incorporate the teachings in this book for later.

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By reading this book, I think it’s a great asset in teaching a parent to watch for the signs of when a child is ready to rest.  It’s not a sleep training type of book but instead gives you the tools to be able to better see the cues from your child to help with that type of situation.  It also helps in you guiding your child to be able to sleep easily – “goodnight” and close the door, etc.  Like with anything else you read that are “baby help” books, you must have an open mind and know that what might work for you and your child may not work for others and vice versa.  Again, each person is an individual – as are their children and books like these should be used as a guide and a tool – not a strong arm.

I enjoyed reading through The Natural Baby Sleep Solution by Polly Moore, Ph.D. and I am glad I was able to experience this book and the N.A.P.S. Plan.  I look forward to  including this book for other mothers at baby showers or baby gifts as I think it would make for a great read for anyone with a new born or little one.  I look forward to trying out some of this technique should I have any more children or nieces/nephews in the future.

Have you read or heard of this book before?  If so – what are your thoughts, if not – is this something you could utilize or incorporate into your mommy guide library?

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Have you ever had those days when you wake up and feel like an epiphany has completely taken over your body?  The feeling overwhelms you and leaves you stunned and in awe.  I swear, it seems like over the last month I have been going through this very thing several times a week.  It delights me that I can go to bed in the evening and wake up the next morning with my head filled with thoughts that I simply can’t wait to get onto paper.  This has been my routine lately and my mind is telling me to pay attention to the signs as they are what my heart is telling me my soul wants.  In 2015, everything I did and everything I strived for had to do with self discovery, finding out who I am and what I want out of life.  It was about growth, not only for myself but my family and about strength because we had to really rely on one another to ensure success or simply to just get by.  This year, I want to take everything I learned from 2015 and incorporate it into my personal “Planner” so to say, that will enable success and ultimately, help me to achieve my life goals.  Let’s face it, living life is an accomplishment already and last year was a challenge all its own.

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So, what’s in store and what’s new for Honey?  Well, first of all I really feel like over the years I lost my identity and who I truly am and last year after really accomplishing so much more than I thought I ever could personally, I realized that the little changes I made to my routine and myself created a monster.  Not the scary, freaky and ugly kind, but the kind that really wasn’t satisfied with everything or anything.  I should be tapping myself on the back, applauding my accomplishments and realizing that not only am a I strong, confident and beautiful woman but that I attained and superseded a plethora of goals I had and I didn’t even realize it.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou

This year 2016 my mind has been made up.  My goal is to engage in my thoughts and bring them all to life.  Like an artist takes to his canvas or a writer to paper, my plan is to really embrace who I am as a person and use that as my strengths, not my weaknesses.  One of the things I plan to do is start with making changes to my blog – I know, I know, yet again.  I realized a lot about myself last year and that is that I lost my sense of personal identity on my site.  I found that I was producing content that lost my personal sense of style.  I love doing product reviews and I really truly enjoy trying new products and new things – but I lost the embodiment of what Honeygirl’s World really is… My World, My Life – the things I love.  My site turned into a plethora of beauty (which isn’t a bad thing), but while my reviews showcased my personality, I felt that I still lost a lot of who I really am.  This year I plan to incorporate more of me into the site and retro back to what it used to be when I first starting blogging.  My site will not only be for reviewing my favorite products, but sharing bits and pieces of who I am and what I love.  I kind of feel like all of that got lost over the years and I plan to bring it all back.  I started Honeygirl’s World as a way to document my life and that is where I plan to take it once again.

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So what can you expect from me?  Well, as if I wasn’t a blatantly honest soul – you can expect that much and more.  I really want to hold myself accountable for all the things that I let slack over the years.  My goal is to keep on top of YouTube, posting three or more videos a week – we’ll see how that turns out and just keep that portion of my life much more organized.  I want to really keep on top of my blog – posting 5x or more a week, preferably more and work at keeping the content fresh and exciting but also weave in so much more of myself that you’ll feel like we are bff’s and know me on a personal level.  I want to also check off things from my bucket list and in order to do that I must be more diligent and really make this “Stay at Home, Work From Home Mom” thing work.  I want to make even more time for family… my family – my husband and children are my everything and so this year I plan to really be “Super Mom & Wife”.

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love…” – Jim Carrey

In a week, I’ll be turning 36 years old and I’ve reached that point in my life where I don’t think I’m even old… the 30’s are the new 20’s anyway.  I’ve embraced my looks, my beauty and what I look like on the outside so now I just need to embrace my beauty on the inside and continue to feed my soul.  Will you be on this journey with me?  I hope you’ll stick around and see!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2016 and a year filled with endless blessings and happiness!

xo

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

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

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

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

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The boys absolutely love seeing the chickens that roam the grounds freely and the ponies / miniature horses that they can pet and feed.  There is also a huge bunny that has been there for years for the children to befriend.  This year we decided that we would take the time to not only choose our perfect pumpkin, but also spend some time checking out the vendors that were stationed up at the farm.  There was a kettle corn vendor that made the kettle corn fresh while we were there (you could smell the chocolate through out the farm) and different food vendors that sold plate lunches and snacks through out.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - Kahoohanohano Family Adventures

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

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My husband picked me up the perfect pumpkin for carving and Kevin Ka’eo chose his pumpkin for his first year of carving on his own.  The twins each chose little pumpkins that they decided they would later paint.  We all hiked the pumpkins up the hill to pay for them and finish off our family adventure for the day.  The pumpkin fields can be dirty and dusty and sometimes icky but seriously, the look on these boys faces each year as they find the choice pumpkin for the holiday are priceless.

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Some of the flowers were in bloom at the farm as well, which was an incredible site.  If you know anything about me… then you know that sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers and I look forward to seeing them.  They scream Fall to me which is one of my favorite seasons.

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

Annual Trip To The Pumpkin Patch - K Family Adventures

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

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

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As most of you know who follow my personal life – my eldest plays Popwarner Football and has been keeping us busy running around to practice and games for the last couple of months.   Any parent who has a child that plays sports knows that you need to not only buy lots of different gear and protection for your children, but also need to ensure that your child is well hydrated.  We bought my son one of those large one gallon Coleman water jugs to keep with him during practice and games to help keep him hydrated, but we noticed that the regular size ice cubes we were putting in there, was melting quickly.  Thank goodness for the Jumbo Size.  We have been using Jumbo Silicone Ice Cube Molds as his ice cubes to help keep his ice cold, especially since it has been so hot lately.  My son loves it.  The four ice cubs is just about as much as 8-10 regular sized ice cubes and since they have their large size, they do not melt as quickly as the smaller ones.

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We fill each ice cube mold to the top with distilled or filtered water and freeze over night.  By the next day – we have giant cubes that are perfect for our water jugs.  The cubes don’t fit in my 40 oz. Hydroflask, but the fact that they can be used in a wide mouth or large opening container works well for us.  The silicone mold makes it easy to remove and easy to fill.

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Because of the large size – the ice stays colder longer and keeps your drinks colder too without you worrying of diluting them.  These are the largest ice cube molds on Amazon – with this brand you get 2.25 inches per cube.  They are made of durable BPA-free and FDA approved silicone so you don’t have to worry about unwanted smells or harmful toxins.  They can be washed in your dishwasher and they are perfect for coffee, tea or frozen juice cubes too.  We have used them to make ice cubes with juice for the summer and the boys loved it.  You get a lifetime warranty and you are protected by a no-hassle free replacement guarantee.

I definitely suggest these.  We have been getting a ton of use out of this ice tray.  You can purchase yours here: http://amzn.to/1VSXxBq

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