Keeping a Piece of Hawaii

Posted in Hawaii
on July 28, 2016

 

When we first moved to Hawaii, I knew there were a few things I wanted to buy to keep memories of our time in the islands in our minds. It took nearly the entire time but I was able to buy all the keepsakes I wanted. This is not to say that these items are the only souvenirs I bought because I did buy more. So many more. If you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself in Hawaii, these are the keepsakes I totally recommend getting.

 

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Hawaiian Quilts

A quilt from the swap meet. I had been wanting one ever since I saw the amazing quilt booths at the swap meet. I chose to get one with the alphabet on it so I can use it to decorate the nursery here but they have all kinds. And they already have hanging loops on the back so all you need to do is hang up a bar. They also have quilted purses, placemats, potholders, and more. I have a few of those already but I really wanted a big one to display.

 

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Koa Wood

Get a koa wood wall decoration. These are everywhere. Even the PX has them but I got this monkey in Waikiki. It is Piglet’s and he had it in his room. Blueberry also has one, hers in an angel praying and I love them. I think they look so pretty and you will not find a more authentic keepsake than something made from koa wood. You can even get a surfing Santa if you want!

 

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Ukuleles

Finally, I wanted a ukulele to hang on the wall. I have no idea where that idea came into my head but once I thought about it, I couldn’t stop. I got this from the swap meet too. They had all kinds and colors of custom ukuleles and I really liked that. Each one had it’s own personality. I also wanted to get something from every island we went to and I did a pretty good job of that. The “Hale Sweet Hale” sign is from Lanai and the turtle instrument is from Maui. I got a vintage map from the Big Island and some pineapple swag from Molokai and Kauai. I cannot wait to decorate my office in our new house with Aloha.

 

What keepsakes from your duty stations were must-gets for you?

 

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Five Great Uses for WaterWipes

Posted in Review
on July 27, 2016

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

 

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Babies are messy. Kids are messy. Adults are messy but at least as adults we can take care of ourselves and keep clean on our own. As the mother of soon to be 4 children, over the past 5.5 years I have developed what one would call an intimate relationship with baby wipes. But baby wipes aren’t all created equal and I have gone through my share of hits and misses. Baby wipes need to be effective, efficient, and not loaded with chemicals. WaterWipes at Target are by far the best solution to my chemical free baby wipe problem. With only 2 ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract, these are a win for us.

 

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. These are baby wipes, they’re for baby bums. Not so my friend. Check out my five favorite ways to use WaterWipes.

 

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When your baby or toddler is learning to self-feed, messes are a given. Mac is constantly missing his mouth, purposely throwing food on the floor, shaking his head as we try to feed him baby purees. It’s a mess. A quick wipe down with a WaterWipe and he will be ready for playtime after a meal, no sticky hands and face here!

 

2. Cleaning the Pacifier

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All kids love gravity. It’s pretty much their favorite lesson. Throw item, laugh at parent as they pick it up, throw item again. All these tiny scientists are amazing and while I’m not a germaphobe mom, there are places I don’t want inside my kid’s mouth so when the pacifier gets tossed to the ground, it gets a quick wash with a WaterWipe.

 

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3. Quick Hand Washes

My older kids are potty trained. They are great at using public potties but using the sinks and hand blowdryers freaks them out. I guess it’s too loud? Or they’re too short and can’t reach the sink very well and I really don’t want to pick them up to lean on the wet, dirty counter so giving each kid a WaterWipe to wash their hands means clean hands without a fight.

 

4. Grocery Carts

Yes, a lot of stores have wipes to wipe the cart down but then the handle is sticky from the cleaning chemicals and if your toddler is anything like mine, they will want to chew on pieces of the cart. I like to use a WaterWipe to clean off the cart pieces because I don’t have to worry about my son licking something he shouldn’t and my hands don’t get coated in cleaning supplies as I’m trying to grocery shop.

 

5. Wiping Down Restaurant Tables

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Just like the grocery cart, my son tends to get his mouth close to restaurant tables. Since he is still learning to self-feed (may possibly throw a plate or 2), we use a WaterWipe to wipe down where his food will go before giving him his meal. We do this before his meal and after for clean up. Wipe the baby down, wipe the table down with 1 fell swoop. I’m sure the waiters appreciate the quick clean up too.

 

 

So, now you know how amazing WaterWipes are and I’m sure you’re dying to try some. Check out the giveaway below for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 giftcards to Target so you can get your own WaterWipes! The contest runs from now until August 18th.

 

 

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I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).

 

 

What are some of your favorite ways to use baby wipes?

 

 

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How to Start School Like a Champion – 3 Tips for Making the First Day of School Easy

Posted in cbias, kids
on July 26, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg Company, J.M. Smucker Company, and The HERSHEY’S Company. All opinions are mine alone. #StartSchoolLikeAChampion #CollectiveBias

 

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Last summer, I talked about Kellogg’s Scholastic Book and I am so excited because Walmart is doing it again! This summer, there are more products to choose from and that means more books for you and your community! From June 29, 2016-September 30, 2016 you can earn 1 free book for every qualifying item you buy. You can claim up to 90 books which means your library is going to grow so much this back-to-school season! Read below for 3 tips on how to make your kid’s first day of school an easy one.

 

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Making Meal Time Easier

This year, both my older kids will be in school. Piglet is starting Kindergarten and Blueberry will be in pre-school. While we are picking up all our school supplies, I was able to pick up many of the qualifying products that will help us get ready for school and help us earn books. Since Kellogg’s and Smucker’s are qualifying products, breakfast and lunch will be covered  and I won’t hesitate to sneak in a HERSHEY’S Miniature for dessert, they’re the perfect size for a little treat at school. And since I don’t drink coffee, the Diet Coke will give me the kick of caffeine I’ll need on these early mornings.

 

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Keep the Classroom Stocked

I like to encourage my kids to pay it forward in everything we do and one of the ways we do that is to help prepare their classrooms for a successful school year. Let’s face it, the school supplies we buy in August won’t last all year and teachers are a selfless bunch who will replace the items rather than writing a letter home asking for a refill. To help keep our classrooms well-stocked, I like to buy 2 of everything. On school supply drop off day, my son has brought his bag of goodies and I bring along a bag with the same items for the classroom to share. It may not seem like much to you to buy an extra crayon box but the teachers and other kids will appreciate it.

 

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Build Your School’s Library – for free

Another way to pay it forward is to send your Scholastic books straight to your school. When you go to redeem your books, you can click “donate now” and the books will get sent straight to your kiddos school. We did this last year and will do it again this year. Since you can earn up to 90 books, you can pick some books for your home library and pick some books for the school library too. If your kids are anything like mine, library day is a favorite one and having a large selection of books is key to keeping that day fun.

 

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How to Get Your Books

So, how do you get your books? After you get your products from Walmart, keep your receipt handy and get ready to order your books. You will need to take a picture of your receipt. I did it with my phone and then emailed it to myself, then I opened the email, I saved the image to my computer.

 

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Once your receipt image is saved, login to your Kellogg’s account and click the link to Scholastic Book offer and upload your reciept image. You’ll then be taken to a thank you page. It says you will be credited within 24 hours but it took mine about 3 hours. You’ll get a confirmation email letting you know that your rewards are ready. Once the rewards are ready, go back to the Scholastic Book offer page and you’ll see how many credits you have. This receipt had 4 book credits on it so I was able to order 4 books and have them sent directly to my son’s school so everyone can enjoy them.

 

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I really like the Donate Your Book button because it allows grandparents and extended family to send books to your child’s school so everyone can participate. It’s also great because your child’s school library will continue to grow and all Grandma has to do is enjoy some chocolate as her afternoon snack.

 

Check out all the books and products here and help the kids in your life start school like a champion!

 

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