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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s been a few years since I have had the twins, well – almost 7 years to be exact and while they are growing too quick for me to fathom, my pregnancy with all of my children are still dear and near to my heart.  Each pregnancy I have had have been challenges and that doesn’t count the numerous miscarriages I have had over the years.  So – when I look back at those memories, I’m always thankful for the little keepsakes I have from that time.  Recently my family and I were introduced to the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, a company that offers adorable stuffed animals (bears, monkeys, giraffes, hippos and more) that come with a heart shaped recording device.  I thought the idea was such a wonderful thing to have as a mother or for any loved one, that I wanted to share it with you.

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So – what is the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear?

The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a cute and adorable stuffed animal in available in a variety of types – bears, monkeys, giraffes and so much more.  The stuffed animal comes with a heart shaped recording device that a mommy can take the device to their ultrasound appointment and use it to record the sound of their baby’s heartbeat in utero.  The recorder is t hen inserted in the stuffed animal (through a Velcro and drawstring closure in the back) and you can simply press it at anytime to hear this precious sound.

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There are more than 16 cute creatures to choose from – we got the Monkey, because – well, monkeys are adorable.  Baby’s Heartbeat Bear was created by Purusha Rivera, an OBGYN Ultrasound Technician who wanted to make the experience more special.  The bears are sold online, in hospital gift shops and at ultrasound studios across the country.  Each My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit comes with your stuffed animal friend and a red “heart” recorder.  You can order a second recorder to include a voice message from someone special if you would like.  You can easily capture 20 seconds of your baby’s heartbeat or in our case, I recorded my voice telling the twins good night, saying I love you and reminding them to say their prayers.  At the touch of your Baby’s Heartbeat Bears belly, your recording will play.

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The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear makes an excellent shower gift and a great addition to the nursery decor.  It’s safe for children 3 and older and will also become a source of fascination for growing kids who love to know what they were like as babies.  The bear is so easy to use and the little red heart recorder is as simple as pretty the button to record.  The stuffed animal is crafted from the softest, highest quality fleece-like material and polyfill.  It’s soft and perfect for cuddling.

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Since I’m not expecting a new baby any time soon – I thought this would be the perfect addition to the twins collection of stuffed friends.  They loved him and absolutely cherish the fact that they can hear my voice any time they want.  This is especially ideal on those nights when they are having a hard time sleeping or a bad dream… because just a press of Monk’s tummy and my voice will soothe them right back to sleep.

I wanted to share My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear with all of you, my beautiful readers because this wonderful stuffed friend can mean so much more to many people than just recording a baby’s heartbeat during an ultrasound.  As I mentioned before, I use it as a way to calm the twins at night so they can hear my voice, but as a mother who has also lost children through miscarriage, I know how much this keepsake could bring happiness and peace to someone who has suffered similar lost.

A mom named Kailee reached out to My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear. Her baby was dying and she hoped to make a recording of her daughter’s heartbeat before she passed away. With a video of the baby’s heartbeat, the My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear team was able to preserve the sound of Kailee’s daughter’s heart so she will have a memory to treasure forever.

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear and the creator – Purusha Rivera offer a Gifting Program for those that could use this wonderful gift. And, you never know what this could mean for another mom, dad or loved one.  You can learn more about the Gifting Program here and watch some videos from those that benefited from this wonderful Gift.  (P.S.  They are tear jerkers, so grab your kleenex)

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is a wonderful gift for anyone expecting a beautiful child to come into this World or anyone else.  I highly suggest this gift to anyone that could benefit from it and our new monkey friend named “Monk” has bought many days of joy since he has joined our family.  These lovely friends retail anywhere from $29 – $40.00 depending on the style and type you get and as I mentioned before, they are made well and are soft and ready to cuddle.

Do you know someone who could benefit from a new friend?  Head on over to http://mybabysheartbeatbear.com/ and take a look at all of the wonderful stuffed animals they have available.  If you are looking to pick up a gift for a soon to be mom or a loved one, I highly suggest checking them out.  After my sons have had Monk the last month, I realize how much they love and appreciate him and I know that I will be ordering from My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear for years to come for loved ones to cherish.

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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?

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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.

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Isaiah & Luke – Spring Break 2016

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:

A Day at the Park – Spring Break 2016

New L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Collection – Review

#CURLYHAIRDONTCARE – Nume 5 Year Anniversary | 25mm Classic Wand

Milani EasyBrow Tinted Fiber Gel vs Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow (Video)

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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

xo

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Who am I?

Well, it’s obvious that I am a blogger (just call me an editor – lol), Photographer, an art lover and self proclaimed gourmet food aficionado (otherwise known as major foodie) as well as a creative brain waiting to jump out and show the world what I can do.  But, most importantly – I am a Wife and Mother.

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“Cut not the wings of your dreams, for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul.” – Flavia

I have a husband named Kevin who has been and continues to be my rock, my strength and my biggest supporter.  If you know anything about me, then you know that for years, I struggled to discover myself and who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do.  Through it all, our love has stood the test of time and through our ups and downs – through sleepless nights and times when we had no money, we persevered and looked past it all.  We continue to love one another, commit our hearts to each other and look forward to a lifetime of memories.

A year or so ago I was approached by a colleague that asked me a question that I never thought I would ever have to answer.  But, in answering her question I realized that our world is not what we consistently hope it to be.  While I constantly live in my own fairy tale, many are just longing for love.  Today I share with you her question and my response.

Friend:  “How can you be so in love with someone, after all these years… and talk about him as if you have a new found relationship – like teenagers?  You guys act like you are newly in love.”

My answer: “How can you not? When you give your love to someone, during your wedding vows or other – don’t you commit to them with all your heart and soul? Shouldn’t love be fun and interesting? Shouldn’t you live each day for one another – be there for each other and more importantly, love like you don’t have tomorrow. It’s different when you fall in love with someone and marry them. They are your best friend, your soul mate. Your love for them can only grow more and more as time passes.”

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It’s corny – I know… but it’s true! This is who I am and what I feel inside.  There are times when I get so busy and wrapped up into being a wife and mother, that I often don’t pay attention to how strong my love is.  Sometimes, I find myself in extreme auto-pilot, living through each day as if I were a part of a robotic colony completing each task on automatic mode.  But, while those times can come more often than not, I know that I can always stop and be so thankful for where I am in life and how far it has taken me.

I also mentioned being a mother.  I have three beautiful boys and while they are all their own individual selves with their own personalities, they helped to mold me into the mother I am today.  Through many times of the utmost insanity, my boys have helped me to keep it all together.  I’m not gonna lie, being a mother is already a challenge and topping it off with three VERY active boys is icing on the cake.  My eldest (Kevin Ka’eo) is now 12 years old and is already going through that stage of being “too grown up” for his parents – yikes.  And, the twins (Luke & Isaiah) are now 6 years old with an agenda each all their own.  All of them keep me absolutely on my toes… between school functions, sports and just an overall lack of sleep – but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  These boys are my love bugs, they have captured my heart forever.

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You see, in life – we meet new people, gain new relationships and take on many challenges. I am who I am today because of those who have inspired me to be more than I could ever imagine. I would never change any of it – Never, ever!  I have a strength that many people cease to exude.  It’s not that they don’t have it, but merely because they don’t realize they do.

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The strength behind my soul is my family.  These four people in my life that not only provide the biggest support that I could ask for as a person, but the foundation of which my life succeeds.  I’m stronger because of them and for them and my soul, my heart is whole because of the love I have for them.  They say that love is what makes or breaks a person – it is what develops a person into who they become and what their future will hold.  If that’s the case, I think my future is bright and my soul is strong because I live a love that most people only dream of.

Wishing you all a wonderful day! Thanks for letting me pour out my heart and soul for all of you! xo

“A book is only as strong as its cover that holds and binds its pages.”  – Honey

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Woohoo for Halloween.  While it is not our favorite Holiday, Halloween certainly ranks top in my family’s list of days in the year.  With Halloween approaching just a few short days away, my family has been on a binge watching our favorite Halloween movies and shows to get in the spirit of the holiday.  Today we wanted to share with you some of our favorites both Family and Kid Friendly.  It’s been years since I have watched anything really gory so most of what you will see listed here can be watched by all ages, a few are more for adults and some kid choices too.  Happy Halloween to all and have a fun and safe night!

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The movies listed through out are in no particular order.  We love them all!

  • Halloween Town – All the Movies (1998)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Addams Family / Addams Family Values
  • People Under the Stairs  (there are some bad words in this show – my eldest can watch it, but not the twins)
  • Beetlejuice
  • Lady in White
  • ParaNorman (2012)
  • Harry Potter Series (my family can literally have a marathon of Harry Potter movies year round)
  • It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • The Witches (1990)
  • Monster’s University
  • Practical Magic
  • Casper (1995)
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks Halloween Specials (especially Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman)
  • Little Monsters
  • Teen Witch

Now keep in mind that some of these are totally kid friendly and some movies you may need to determine if your children can watch them.  Overall these are jut a few we enjoy and pull out during Halloween to have a fun family movie watching adventure.  If we continued our list… well, we would be here another 365 days.

Regardless of whether or not you are celebrating Halloween or just staying home with a cup of cocoa – from my family to yours, we wish you a wonderful day!  We hope you enjoy our list of movies as much as we do!

Happy Movie Watching and Happy Halloween!