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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
It’s Good Friday! I can’t believe that we are about to be celebrating Easter in a few short days and the boys will be heading back to school after having the last week off with me. It seems like the time is ticking away. I know, I know – I say that more often than not, but I can’t help but feel like I’m stuck in an egg timer that speeds up every time I need a moment to really smell the roses. I’m glad I had this time with the twins all week, though they have absolutely kept me on my toes and I feel like I ran the Boston Marathon. My eldest was off to Day Camp all week as a part of a program that he takes part in so the twins and I kept each other busy. Let’s just say there were a lot of books and reading, Legos and food involved, haha! I also took the twins to the doctor for their yearly physical this week and I was off to the doctor the other day to check on my insides. I’m kind of over doctors lately – well, I’ve always been… but the stress level has my brain completely consumed as of late – more on that later. Well, it’s TGIF which means we are just going to enjoy the moments we have the rest of the week… right?
So, here’s what’s going on currently in my life.
Drinking… Water! Yes, we all know I drink water daily, but after my recent doctor’s appointment that is what I’m kind of stuck with. Looks like my Gold Card from Starbucks will be taking a backseat in 2016. Stupid Blood pressure – errrr.
Eating… Well, I wish I were eating a slice of pizza, but since it’s currently breakfast I’m having my green smoothie. What does it consist of you ask? Well… kale, spinach, banana, coconut milk, blueberries and strawberries, almonds and a protein powder additive.
Feeling… Absolutely EXHAUSTED! It may be because of my blood pressure being sky high lately, but I am spent. With the boys home on Spring Break, I’m a bit behind on normal blog stuff, YouTube stuff and overall – but hey, I’m enjoying every minute of it.
Listening… Common Kings. It seems like I have been pulling up their channel on Pandora or Amazon Prime Music a lot lately. Nothing like some awesome local Hawaii roots to set the mood.
Reading… Well – thankfully I’ve been able to get caught up on some magazines from last month. I finished a few books in February so I haven’t picked up anything new. But, I plan to find something interesting and get started on reading something soon. We’ll see – maybe another Book Talk in the works in a month or so.
Watching… Criminal Minds, Little Women L.A., Bring It, and looking forward to Empire. Can you believe the last episode of Criminal Minds? I am still unsure I’ll like the demographic of the team since Derek Morgan will no longer be a part of it… we shall see if I’ll continue watching past this season. I’m looking forward to the new season of Empire though… man – it couldn’t come quick enough.
Loving…Peasant style tops. I have been eyeing them a lot lately and it’s been at least two years since I purchased one so I’m really looking into adding some new ones to my wardrobe. I just picked up this one here in black so you may see it featured here in the coming weeks. You know me, when it comes to clothes – I dance to the beat of my own drum.
Wanting…A beautiful spring season. I love Spring and it is my favorite time of year but with the weird Vog in the skies, it seems like our breathing and my asthma may not be happy. I wish for a beautiful spring filled with dew drops and daisies and beautiful weather with light showers to keep our grounds and greenery lush. I’m not asking for much, am I? lol
Contemplating… Change! The red of my hair has since faded and I’m kind of over it. I have been considering going lighter since the grey that graces my locks is really prominent. We shall see.
Working on… Life! I realized that over the last few years my blog went from being a lifestyle site to being about beauty and over the last year I have been making a change to make this place a lot more personable. Yes, it’s taking me some times… especially since I have established so many awesome beauty contacts, but I miss the old Honeygirl’s World and strive to get it back to that place once again in 2016.
Excited for… Did I mention Empire??? lol J/K. On the real though, I’m excited to have a four day weekend with my husband and sons, family time truly is the most important. I’m excited for some Pastele Stew this Easter Sunday – my husband makes it from scratch. And, I’m excited for where ever 2016 is taking me – so far… just three months in, it has been awesome.
On the blog this week and YouTube Channel I discussed many different things. I didn’t get a post up every day this week, but either way – you can check out this week’s wrap up below:
So that’s it for the week! Those of you that are currently on Spring Break, I hope you are having as much fun as I am. And, those that celebrate Good Friday and/or Easter, I’m sending you many blessings for a wonderful weekend. I’ll be spending time with my four favorite men in my life… pictured above are three of them. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!
“Live Every Moment, Laugh Every Day, Love Beyond Words!” – Unknown
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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.
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.
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.
“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! 😉
I have been getting a lot of questions lately regarding my take on Breastfeeding in public so I figured I would touch base on this subject in this weeks Thirsty Thursday episode. Also – a sweet friend of mine also asked about my cleaning and daily routine as a Stay at Home Mom or (SAHM) so I also share that with all of you and a little something about what I think a Woman’s Worth is.
Click on the video and watch all about it – this TT is a little long, but I think I have a lot to share. Hope you enjoy.
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I am a mom of three very active boys – two of which are twins. I love my life and being a mom is one of the most fulfilling things I have done. My heart is filled with so many happy memories and great wonderful moments of joy that makes being a mom so… well, wonderful! But, let’s face it, it’s a full time job – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – no holidays, no holiday pay and realistically, it really is a 365 day a year job. It can be exhausting and sometimes I feel like I’m not appreciated, the job in itself – while rewarding can take a major toll on any one person and this mom here does it day in and day out. It is so important for moms (anyone for that matter – but this is about moms… lol) to take some time out for ourselves, take care of us and honestly, many of us mommies don’t find the time or just feel guilty for wanting to have a little “me time”. But, we NEED to take the time out for ourselves, to rejuvenate and really just take care of YOU.
I always put my family first and while it’s important… it’s also essential to take the time for ME. Let me clarify a bit… I’m not just talking about treating yourself. That new handbag is definitely a good incentive, but really – I’m talking about really taking care of you, and your well being. After running around like a nut (if you have a busy household as I do – you’ll agree), life can sometimes suck us into a vortex of never ending chores and it takes a toll on your body and mind. Being a mom for anyone is hard work, even for seasoned pros but that doesn’t mean we should neglect the fact that our bodies need to be cared for. Come on now, cooking three meals a day, snacks, cleaning the house, walking and caring for the family pets, being there for the kids when they are sick or sore, being there for the hubby after a rough day at work or being a nurse and up all night tending the ill, it takes a lot out of us… and this is only the stuff I had room to mention.
#Becausemoments happen every day in our lives – no matter the profession and no matter who you are. Some days I wish I could just soak up some sun and lounge around on the sand or beach, but putting loved ones needs in front of our own can be a challenge. Taking the time to care for ourselves is important and essential to life’s balance and our overall well-being. I love my family and love being a mom, but if I don’t take the time to really take time for myself and remember complete body care, I would just be crazy. Don’t get me wrong – I love my husband and my kids, they are MY WHOLE WORLD… but I need some total body care for those “because moments”.
So what do I mean by Total Body Care and how can I get some?
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With the holidays here, because moments happen every single day… whether it’s running late to work (or school) or burning Thanksgiving Dinner (or in my case – planning a holiday luncheon spread for an army), life can be touch. Our bodies work hard for us and Massage Envy is here to help take care of you through every ache, pain and stress we experience.
These four people in my life are my everything, so taking care of them requires my body to be in tip top shape from head to toe. While being the mom and wife in the family can be hard work and really take a beating on my body – I know that Massage Envy is here to help take care of me through every ache, pain and stress. When you have those #becausemoments, stop in and take a look at all that Massage Envy has to offer to help your body and well-being.
Taking care of ourselves is important for our body, soul and mind no matter what your because moment is. We need to know when our body just needs a little pause from the daily grind for a tune up. What about you… what are your #becausemoments?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Summertime in Hawaii is a dream come true for many and for my family, we love it and enjoy our paradise home year round. As a family, we love to get outdoors and experience all that our beautiful islands offer us from the ocean and streams to hiking, climbing and all around fun. But with the high island heat, deep ocean water and so much to do around us, we must be prepared for anything and everything and planning for a safe summer ahead of time is a must. Having worked in the tourism industry for years, I have seen many injuries occur and today I want to share some simple tips that will make your summer time here in Hawaii or anywhere a blast and hopefully – accident free. Here are a few personal summer safety tips that I think every parent should know.
Summer Safety Tips:
Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water! While we are out and about having fun and enjoying our summer, often times we don’t realize that we haven’t been hydrating our bodies until it is too late. Make sure to have consume/drink the daily intake of water or increase the amount depending on your level of activity/fun. Drinking water not only helps to keep your body hydrated and healthy, but it will also keep you feeling cooler while you are out and about. Don’t forget about this important tip.
SPF/Sunblock are Essential – Use it! Let’s face it, many of us forget to apply sunblock before it’s too late so the key is to be prepared and have it ready and handy before you plan your summer adventures. SPF or even coverups like hats, etc. can be essential in not only protecting your skin from sunburn, aging, etc – but also cancer. Make sure to have an SPF you are comfortable using and apply 20 minutes before you get out in the sun. Reapply every two hours as needed or if you are in the water. Sunblock is so important to our family that I always carry a small travel size in my purse year round and my sons always wear a hat year round if we are gonna be exposed to the sun and elements.
Update that First Aid Kit! Since I have very active boys, we have a First Aid kit in each vehicle, a small kit in my purse and a large one in the house to be prepared at a moment’s notice. Cuts, scrapes, thorns – all things ouch can occur at any time and it’s always best to be prepared. My son has played basketball for years and each year one of his teammates get hurt on the court, needless to say – Mommy is always to the rescue.
Water Safety is a MUST! Obviously, we live in Hawaii and are surrounded by water so it is important that we teach our children water safety. My husband and I are both CPR Certified and have years of water training both in the pool and ocean so it is imperative that you teach your children the dangers of water and how to protect themselves. While working in the hotel industry, I have seen many tourists drown due to lack of knowledge of the ocean current, waves and tides so it is important that no matter where you go – that you familiarize yourself with the ocean conditions and know that the ocean is unpredictable. Check signs, posted flag warnings and speak with a life guard on duty when available and make sure to supervise your children at all times. When swimming in a pool, make sure you are supervising your children and have nice clean fun. One important thing to also remember… if your child has been taking in water while swimming or gulping water while playing – monitor your child several hours after water play as that can result in Secondary Drowning – this goes for adults too.
Know Limitations! Teach your kids to listen to their bodies. This may not seem like a big deal, but it can turn into a disaster if not taken into consideration. Teach your children that if at any point they feel pain or discomfort while playing, they should notify their coach and get out of the game or tell a parent or adult while playing. While sitting on the sidelines is one of the most difficult situations a player can face, pushing through injuries increases their severity and keeps you out of action longer. This goes for regular outdoor play, swimming, etc – not just during a game or game play.
Be prepared with accidental & supplemental insurance coverageand Plan for unexpected expenses! Let’s face it, accidents happen and while children are still learning and growing, things can always happen at a moments notice without warning. If you keep busy during the summer months, whether a vacation trip or just lounging at the beach or pool, it is always best to be one step ahead of it all and get that extra insurance to help with expenses. Between sports (which occur often during the summer for my boys) or outdoor play and activities, it’s best to be prepared. Accidents happen. When unexpected injuries happen, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance like Aflac’s accident policy to help cover out-of-pocket expenses.
Should the need arise where you need that extra insurance benefit you’ll have it ready. Submitting health insurance claims isn’t something people necessarily look forward to doing – with claim denials and waiting up to a month for payment, it can be a long and difficult process. And while 30 days may not seem like a long time, for families struggling to pay medical expenses, it can feel like a lifetime. Therefore, Aflac recently introduced One Day PaySM – an initiative that allows Aflac to process, approve and pay eligible claims in just a day. By being prepared, you’ll have a back up plan should you need it.
I’m a little behind in posting this but it has been a crazy week and I haven’t been feeling well. However, since it is Friday (Happy Aloha Friday), I figured I could share a little Foodie love and Fashion. This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and my husband and sons surprised me with an awesome Brunch at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. This location is one of my favorites because the grounds are gorgeous and the Spa and Terme are one of my favorites to go a few times a year for a little “me” time. This was the first time we attended their brunch and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to experience it.
The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa is located on the South Side of Maui in Wailea. It is a gorgeous resort with grounds that are not only breathe-taking, but a playground for all ages. It is also located on one of the most beautiful beaches Maui has to offer.
My family and I have been to the resort on many occasions whether as a stay-cation, attend weddings at their chapel, dine or play in the pools or spa but we have never been to their brunch. This brunch occurs every Sunday, but this year they tried something different and had a Sangria bar especially for Mother’s Day. Their buffet includes everything from Prime Rib and Crab legs to a plethora of seafoods, local dairy cheeses, waffles and pancakes and so much more. I apologize for not having any photos of the food as I was too caught up in making my plate I completely forgot.
I was able to capture the dessert bar which was just as delicious and included everything from macarons to cake pops and everything in between. Scrumptious treats for a great day.
Stop on by the site to see what their entire menu includes – I’m sure you’ll be drooling just reading it. Their menu can be found here. After Brunch, my family and I took a stroll through the grounds to walk off a full tummy. It was such a beautiful day.
The Grand Wailea is known for their many pools and this is one of them. You can’t swim in this pool of course, but it’s a gorgeous landscape feature that is quite popular for photos. We just couldn’t resist.
Love my guys! My husband, sons and I do everything together – even anniversaries are celebrated together. We are just a close family overall. It was such a nice treat to have a Mother’s Day brunch with the ones I love.
The boys are all dressed casually wearing denim shorts from Old Navy and their favorite graphic t-shirts or plain t’s. My husband is sporting a pair of Khaki Cargo Shorts from Dickies and a shirt from Maui Tropix.
For my outfit – I went with something I knew would be comfortable and still cool since it was pretty warm that day.
Loose Fit Peplum style top – Old Navy
Black Pencil Skirt – Forever 21
Platform Flip flop sandals – Steve Madden
Watch – Invicta
Necklace, Earrings – Amethyst and Sterling Silver Jewelry that was my Mother’s Day Gift from my Husband and Sons
Pandora Style Bracelet – Muwae Jewelry
Purse/Handbag – Miche Prima Bag with Farrah Shell
My makeup for the day was quite simple. It included some mascara (Benefit Roller Lash) and a quick wash of shimmer over the lid, I used the Colour Pop eye shadow in XO (from the Shaaanxo Collection). On my lips I used just lip balm since I knew I would be stuffing my face with food… lol.
It was an absolutely wonderful day. And not only was my tummy happy – but I enjoyed every single part of it. We left the resort and headed home to relax and enjoy our time together.
Ha Ha! We were photo-bombed! My eldest son is such a goofy guy. Of course we stopped for a quick pic while waiting for Valet to bring our car around.
Each mother received an orchid flower (or as we call them in Hawai’i – pua) to put in our hair.
For dinner that evening my husband prepared for me his Pork Loin, smothered in mushrooms and homemade mushroom gravy with a side of garlic asparagus. It is one of my favorites and I had been craving it for a few weeks so he picked up the supplies to make it for me. MMM MMM YUM!
It was such a wonderful day and I wish that every Mother out there had a day that they not only enjoyed but also cherished. I am a proud mom and so thankful for my children. My pregnancies were all difficult and my children are definitely God’s gifts to us.
Hold on… let me pose for a quick Powder Room selfie – haha!
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We are just a few short days away from Mother’s Day and I can’t help buy reflect on my first Mother’s Day 11 years ago. It seems like the time has flown all too quickly and the minutes of the day just drift away like they are non-existent. Looking back on what I’ve learned and what I’ve accomplished gives me a sense of pride. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, but I never knew how rewarding it would be for me and how much I loved this job with all my heart.
My boys are growing so quickly and I have learned after becoming a mother that sometimes a little acknowledgement, peace of mind and inspiration go a really long way. I wanted to take the time to write a letter to all moms – new, soon to be and those with years of experience. This is my Mother’s Day Gift to you and I hope you enjoy!
1. As much as we wish it would, time stands still for no one and father time ticks and tocks the days and nights away. While our days may be filled with challenges, they may also be filled with laughter and delight. Take the time each day to stop and think about the things you are grateful for. I keep a gratitude journal specifically for this reason. It allows me to reflect back on other days and remember the memories that we often times soon forget. Remember that each day is filled with some form of happiness… there is always sunlight at the end of a storm.
2. It’s okay to want a little “me” time. I’m still trying to grasp the concept myself, but at least now I have accepted that wanting some time to myself does not mean that I don’t love my children. It just means that I need a break sometimes. Even if this means you are gonna vegetate in front of the computer, online window shop and have a glass of Vino… so long as it gives you a moment to yourself – hey, that’s great.
3. Don’t feel bad about wanting to capture every moment on camera. Your children will thank you later, trust me. My three sons grew up in front of a camera and I snapped away at every moment and tried to capture as many memories as possible. Even with a camera attached at the hip, I found that some of their earlier years were missed because I was caught up doing other things. It’s okay to stop and tell someone you need to take a photo, it’s okay to capture the moment for your memories. Snap away and always have a camera on hand. You don’t want to look back at the past and realize you missed something because you were too busy with something else.
4. Each parent has their own set of advice for new or soon to be mommies. It can be difficult to hear sometimes and I know that I struggled with this (still do), for a long time. If it’s something you can use in your life as a momma, then incorporate it into your own. If you can’t use, do not worry – just move on and thank the person who gave it to you. Parents sometimes forget that each child is their own individual and what might work for one child, certainly will not work for another. Do not feel obligated to make someone’s advice work for you – even if they say it will and you know it won’t.
5. This one might only pertain to moms of twinnies… but needless to say, it had to be said. Please please do not tell a mom of twins (new or otherwise), that you know exactly what they are going through because your children are just 10 months or a year or so apart. IT IS NOT THE SAME. I won’t tell you how many verbal arguments I have gotten into with parents over this. Having two children exactly the same age (twins) is not the same as having a child just a year older. By the time you have your second child (or the child born a year after), your first child is already starting to feed themselves, talking, walking, etc. It is not the same experience as two infants or children the same age. Many can argue the fact, but as a mother of twins, it was absolutely difficult for me to deal with and it was the cause of MANY arguments with other people. Does that mean that you are less than I because I am a mother of twins – OF COURSE NOT, but they are not a comparison or similarity by any means.
6. It’s okay to splurge on yourself once in a while. I’m pretty lucky in that I have a husband that consistently reminds me that it’s time to buy myself something nice, otherwise, it goes on the back burner and I completely forget. Choose out something from your wishlist and if you can swing it, get it. Ask your hubby for a Sephora Gift Card (hint hint) and pick up that new perfume or lipstick you’ve been eyeing. The choices are endless and I want moms to know that it’s okay to want to spoil yourself once in a while. It’s too often that we forget about ourselves and are always thinking about others, so it’s okay to have a little treat now and then.
7. A child’s smile can warm your heart. But, don’t let that fool you… that doesn’t mean you have to give-in and give them anything and everything they want. Sometimes structure is key and I know it has been very essential in raising my children. There are many out there that will say you are being too harsh… but don’t let them affect how your raise your child. They are your children after all – not your aunts, sisters, mothers, brother from another mother… they are your children and you set the rules.
8. Your are a strong woman! It takes more than just physical strength to handle the job of a mom. You are not only strong physically and mentally, you are courageous, creative and a complete genius. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise!
9. Before having your first child, no one ever tells you that it is a 365 day a year job, no days off, no weekends – no holidays… no pay. lol We don’t get a lunch break, no vacation time off and there is no worker’s comp either. It has made me appreciate my mom more after having children. While I knew that my mom was a very hard worker and she kept our family afloat, I truly had no idea what it was like until I stepped into this role. My mom also made it all work with less than half of what my family has financially. My siblings and I are all healthy and grown up and I am proud to have learned so much from my own mom.
10. This is an important one! After having children, sometimes we lose that sense of sexy. I know after having my boys, I gained twice my weight and I was not feeling very pretty. Gaining weight after childbirth is not the only thing that makes us not feel beautiful. Emotions are running wild, we’re tired, we don’t want to put makeup on and pajamas are our best friend. All these things add up to feeling frumpy and blue and that doesn’t even include the women who suffer from postpartum as I did. When someone pays you a compliment, believe them. For a long time my husband would tell me how beautiful I was and I thought to myself… “what’s wrong with this man? Who in the world is he looking at?” I still think that way sometimes. But when your husband tells you are your beautiful – believe him. This is not an easy concept for many and sometimes we just don’t feel beautiful. But beauty is much more than looks and a woman who can survive on two hours of sleep and no food in their belly and still be able to cook a whole meal for the house, pay the bills and make sure each child is happy and healthy – well… she has a beauty within that most only dream of having.
So, at the end of the day – we are here on this Earth because of our Mothers… well, our Dads too. Most of us are who we are because of these women and those who are mothers, well – we are strong, stealth ninjas with a heart of gold. At the end of the day, our lives are no longer our own and times can be tough, but there is one thing I know about being a mom… it is the BEST, MOST REWARDING JOB IN THE WORLD and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
To all the mommies out there, new, soon to be and those that are experienced just know that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!
As a mother with skin sensitivities, I’m constantly on the hunt for products that will help to make my “mommy duties” a little less hectic and keep my family healthy. With three boys running around and keeping active, I’m always on my toes to be one step ahead of them at all times. Since cleaning products are a part of my every day routine in keeping the house and family in order, I’m always on the hunt for products that provide natural ingredients and a limited amount of harsh chemicals we see in most products sold in the stores today. Since I have many sensitivities to products, I’m constantly looking for products that will not affect my Eczema or cause any skin issues for my children as well. Recently I’ve been introduced to method laundry detergent and I’m fortunate to have found a product I know will work for my family. Since doing laundry and keeping clothes clean are essential in any family, I wanted to share a few tips on how my family and I keep on top of these mounds of threads.
To keep our work load at a minimum for our family of five, we tend to do laundry at least 2 times a week and on average 3 or 4. This helps to cut down the size of the load but also makes it easier so that we are not washing 5 loads of laundry in one day. I think it is a bit more convenient for our family to drop a load in every couple of days and it keeps us on top of the laundry and piles of clothes that we often accumulate.
When using a detergent, find one that is effective and that works. There are so many brands on the market today and it’s essential to find one that will provide you with clean clothes each and every time and still keep your colors bright and your whites – white! The new 4x concentrated method laundry detergent has naturally derived cleaning power that is tough on dirt and stains. It works great in cold water – which helps you use less energy for every load and it is great for pre-treating stains.
Use products that will work double-duty… make sure they are not only effective for removing stains, but also keeping your children’s clothes (and yours) fresh and smelling clean until it’s used. With a fragrance-forward expansion of their laundry portfolio, memory laundry detergent includes a wide range of scents that are different then the same old, common laundry ones. There is a scent for everyone from fruity (ginger mango), floral (spring garden), herbaceous-woody (beach sage and fresh clover) and for those who are sensitive to fragrance – free + clear which has no fragrance at all. Use your favorite scents year round or change it up with the season. This offers your household and your clothes a fresh smell all the time. This is especially helpful for use on linens as it will offer a soft fragrance throughout the entire home.
Most importantly a laundry detergent that offers a great design for use may seem like it is not important, but it will help in saving money and time. Have you ever experienced pouring your laundry detergent in the included measuring cup only to spill it everywhere because the packaging was too bulky or just difficult to hold? With an easy-to-use grip on the bottle instead of a handle, memory laundry detergent is not only easy to work with but also includes 100% post-consumer materials and is fully recyclable. The bottle is also transparent, which means you will ensure to get down to the last drop. No more are the days of wasting product since you can’t see what is left in a traditional detergent bottle.
method Laundry Detergent is biodegradable and has a hypoallergenic formula which gives this sensitive skinned momma peace of mind that it will not cause adverse reactions for my families skin and health. The bottles are fun and will be perfect to incorporate into any laundry room decor and again, method is available in fun scents that the family will enjoy.
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Stretch Marks? Come on now… after giving birth to three children – 2 of which are twins, to say I have a few zebra stripes on my belly would be an understatement. Having worked in the plastic surgery field a few years I do know a thing or two about taking care of my skin, but that doesn’t mean that stretch marks are not going to find their way creeping onto areas consistently. Besides my tummy since I’m quite blessed in the upper half of my body as well, you can find a few stretch marks there as well. I use a number of different creams as well as oils and always interested in checking out new brands and products that may help my scars and stretch marks a little. The last month I’ve been testing out the InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream and using it in combination with other products I already have in my body cream arsenal. Here are my thoughts on this product.
First of all – let’s start with the size of the bottle. For just $35.00 you get 5 oz of product which will last you a long time. Even if used according to the directions – which is to apply twice a day, you still have enough product for a thirty day supply or more depending on the amount of product that you dispense and the area size that you are applying it to.
The cream is a different texture than I would have expected. It’s cream-like but still feels almost like a mousse and when applied to the skin, it smooths out and applies like a lotion. The amount you see in the photo above is all I use to cover my entire stomach region. The product does have a light lotion type scent though I couldn’t pinpoint the exact scent.
I really enjoy the pump that the container has. I dispense the correct amount of product each time. I’ll be honest in saying that InstaNatural is really good at their dispensing of product on their packaging for various different serums, creams, etc. so I didn’t expect anything otherwise from them.
I apologize for not sharing any photos of before and after – but I was not quite comfortable doing so. I can tell you that while I didn’t notice drastic results I did definitely notice lightening of some of my stretch marks on my belly – they are not as dark as before. I think this is a plus considering these stretch marks are from many years ago. With the price point, ease of use and the fact that my skin did not have any allergic reactions, I definitely think this is a product I know I will continue to use. I’ll be sure to stop by and provide an update after I’ve been using it for a while and maybe then I will be more confident in sharing my photos, because I did take them
What are your favorite scar or stretch mark creams to use on your body – if you use them?
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
It’s no secret that the Holiday season is surely my favorite time of year. As a child, even if we grew up with little money, my parents always made this time of year special and I’m thankful that I got my creative sense and fun swagger from them. Lots happened this week, busy busy busy! So, here is a quick weekly wrap up.
This year, Halloween came and went faster than I could ever imagine and before I realized it, Halloween crept up on us and we were all getting dressed to trick-or-treat. My husband and I took the boys to the Pumpkin Patch earlier in the week which was fun, they had a blast (vlog coming soon) and while we were a bit late to get up there, we still found us some fun pumpkins to carve and draw on. Since this has been a yearly tradition for us to go, everyone was excited and we were so thrilled to see the boys have a blast.
I’m also happy to say that we are hitting cooler weather, woohoo. While we don’t really have snow here with exception to the summit of our dormant volcano, it’s still nice to know that I might be able to rock out some warmer threads this season. We are all looking forward to cuddle weather. We also had Parent Teacher Conference for all three boys this week too… I’m proud to say that all three of them are excelling wonderfully. To say we are proud parents would be an understatement.
While my husband had to work on Halloween night, my sister and I took the boys out to Trick-or-Treat in a neighborhood we were quite familiar with, we go there each year. Expecting to hit the mother load of candy this year, we were a bit bummed that half of the houses were not giving out candy. I think we may need to find a new location. It was a bummer, but nonetheless, we got some goodies anyway and it was about having fun – not the candy.
This year the boys picked out their costumes to wear instead of Mommy painting their faces. Kevin (Ka’eo) was a ghoul… the one from the Scream movies. The cool thing was that his mask dripped blood and everyone really got a kick out of it. Luke was Captain America, Isaiah Superman and I decided I wanted to really embrace my tomboy-ishness and painted a skull mask on with some face paint and makeup. I did the top half of my face (my eyes) using makeup to give it a sultry sexy tomboy appeal. lol Details for my makeup are posted below. My sister Harmony did a mask out of makeup – I loved it, reminds me of like a Dark Angel look.
We were quite happy to see a few commercials the last week and wanted to take advantage of the deal. It was FREE Spooky Face Pancake night at IHOP, so the boys, my sissy Harmony and I enjoyed breakfast for dinner. Yay us!
Overall this past week was quite a blast. It went by much too quick for my liking, but what is most important to me is spending this time with my family. Sometimes during the holidays we forget to stop and think about what is most important… we are either too busy shopping, cooking or working to blink and it is too often that we forget to soak in all the awesome memories. I can admit – I’m surely guilty of that. So make sure to stop and make a memory of what you’re experiencing… the work, the food, everything in between will still be there when you are done making memories. xo
As promised, here is my makeup from Halloween. Everything was super simple to create and this was a great choice for me since I needed to be done and ready to go to catch all the good candy. lol For my eye makeup I am using a combination of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna and Amrezy Palettes. Both have been favorites of mine all month and I really loved that it gave me a great fall smoky look. I know I promised to have a review up for Tamanna, so I hope to do that soon. I am using Ardell 120 Whispies, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Paula Dorf 2+1 For Brows, Tarte Smoldereyes Pencil in Fig and Mally Evercolor Liner in Midnight and L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara.
For my skull part of my face, I am using White Halloween Cream Makeup, Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Black, Mia Mariu black eyeliner, a blending brush, a pencil brush and an angled eyeliner brush.
I opted for a pair of jeans, flip flops and a black t-shirt since I wanted to be comfortable, a little warm since it has been chilly out and I wanted to have mobility. My shirt is a custom shirt and I’ll be posting about that soon. I hope you all had a fabulous week and a fun Halloween. While I know some people do not celebrate the holiday – I totally understand that, I hope you had a wonderful day nonetheless. My feet hurt, I’m a bit tired but at the end of the day, I surely had a great one.
Did you have fun this Halloween? What were your highlights from this week? Wishing you all a fabulous weekend. ~xo