Apr 30, 2008

Giveway: Spring Wreath

I'm having a giveaway for this Spring Wreath. If you want more information, please go to my Keiki Gifts Blog for more details.

Contest begins today and ends on May 8. Good luck!

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Apr 29, 2008

Kid's Korner - Only In Hawaii!!

Enjoy an "only in Hawaii" shopping experience at Kid's Korner. Here you will find an array of exceptional products including developmental toys for keiki, fun accessories like knick-knacks and backpacks, home furnishing and practical gifts for mom. All products have been kid tested by Kid's Korner's VP of Inspiration and mommy approved.

Kid's Korner has an online site for your year-round shopping convenience and if you'd like to see some of the great products for yourself, Kid's Korner will be appearing at the following locations:

Apr 30 & May 1, 2008, Wed & Thursday
Hawaii's "Bigger & Better" Gift & Craft Fairs
TOPA (AMFAC) 20th Floor
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

May 10, 2008, Saturday
Moanalua High School
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Apr 25, 2008

Feeling Good at Punahele Scents

Punahele Scents, a locally founded ecommerce shop, has a large variety of products that are widely available on the mainland but are unique here in Hawaii. Some of these products include single serving size packets of Hazelnut Milkshake Mix, Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper Bella Bar for shaving, shampooing and cleansing the body and a personal favorite, a multitude of Bath and Body Scents that will surely lift your spirit.

Right now on sale at Punahele Scent's Scented Tub store is the Black Raspberry Vanilla Oatmeal Soap & 4oz Whipped Body Creme for just $15.75. Shipping is included. The Black Raspberry Vanilla is a luscious blend of deep, ripe berries warmed with a touch of sweet, creamy vanilla. Sounds absolutely delicious and would make great gifts for Mother's Day.

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Apr 23, 2008

Doing the Right Thing...

Driving along the 2 lane Moanalua Road. Traffic is crawling. Up ahead, cars are switching lanes. A woman is in the Ewa Bound left lane next to her stalled car. She is on her cell phone. She wipes tears from her eyes and shrugs apologetically to someone in a car creeping next to her. Cars are passing alongside her and soon I too am passing her. Should I stop and help? What can I do? Where will I park my car so I too won't block traffic? What about my kids in the car? Feeling extremely guilty I pass her by. Gratefully in my rear view mirror I see two big guys jump out of a van. Their parked van now blocks the only open lane of road and traffic behind them is at a stand still. I bet no one would dare yell at those big guys! I cannot see what else is going on but I am sure that the woman and her car has been pushed to a much safer place...thanks to the nice guys that came to her rescue. I feel horrible for not helping out this poor woman...but I couldn't leave my kids in the car on a busy street...but I couldn't do much else except maybe comfort her while creating more traffic problems...I can't help but think, "Did I do the right thing?" What would you have done?

Other thoughts:

I just paid $35.00 for half a tank of gas! Must think about downsizing my vehicle or riding TheBus! Convenience or cash?

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Apr 22, 2008

Giveaway: I Love My Life by Kristie Tamsevicius

Wouldn't it be nice to say, "I Love My Life!" because you are truly satisfied with what you are doing and what you have accomplished? Kristie Tamsevicius, author of "I Love My Life!", is a popular speaker, consultant, writer, web designer, entrepreneur, work-at-home mom and the founder of WebMomz.com, an online portal for work at home parents. In her book, "I Love My Life!", Kristie shares her strategies on how to start a successful home business and coaches you through each step. She also provides you with a huge list of resources so you can do your own research and network with other home business owners.

Whether you already own your own home business or want to start one, "I Love My Life!" is a great read.

If you want to own this book, we are giving it away for free! Just post a comment on why you would like this book and a winner will be picked at random. Entry deadline: April 30, 2008.

USA addresses only.

Apr 21, 2008

What is Dried Seedless Ume?

Yesterday we went to Baldwin's Sweet Shop, Aiea to satisfy a Shave Ice craving. If you have never been to Baldwin's, it is located in the Waimalu Shopping Center right off of Kamehameha Hwy in the strip mall next to Zippy's, Leonard's Jr. malasada and a bunch of other favorite local shops. Baldwin's sells dried fruit & seeds, candies, cookies...and all sorts of other sweets. Three doors down used to be the Baldwin's Shave Ice shop but I'm happy to say that the sweet shop now includes the Shave Ice shop so visitors can get shave ice and seeds at the same time.

(See review on Yelp)

Hard to ignore, colorful, handwritten signs at the shop advertised "Dried Seedless Ume". Curiousity got the better of me and I tasted a sample....MMMmmm!!! Very soft, not too salty, not sweet, not sour, not like the ume you eat with rice. Sorta like soft seedless cherry seeds but more mild. So I purchased a 4 oz. bag at a whopping $4.07 with tax. What an indulgence!

Knowing that I could pop a few in my mouth without thinking (and so could my daughter), I decided to analyze what I was eating. Here are the ingredients: Plum, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sorbitol, Citric Acid, Aspartame, Salt. Phenylketornurics: contains Phenylalanine. And here is a simplyfied version of what I have learned about these ingredients.

Plum: The Japanese plum or ume is more like an apricot and is more sour than a western plum or apricot.

Sugar: Crystalline sweetener or preservative.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: A combination of fructose (sugar found in fruit/honey) and sucrose (cane sugar) treated with an enzyme that results in a sweeter product.

Sorbitol: A sugar alcohol that occurs especially in stone fruits and is obtained by chemical reaction. It is used as a humectant (keeps food moist) , a softener, a sweetener and laxative. Ingesting too much sorbitol may lead to abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea.

Citric Acid: A natural preservative used to add a sour taste to food and soft drinks. Excessive consumption may destroy tooth enamel.

Aspartame: Artificial sweetener used in many diet foods and soft drinks and marketed under names such as NutraSweet and Equal. Although controversial, some say Aspartame is related to such health risks as brain tumors and lymphoma.

Salt: Used as a preservative and also the most popular food seasoning. It is produced in many forms such as sea salt, table salt (refined) or iodized salt. Over consumption can lead to high blood pressure and many other health risks.

Phenylketonurics- Contains Phenylalanine : Okay this was a hard one for me because I can't pronounce or spell it correctly without being very very careful but I have learned something interesting and valuable. Here is a simplistic explanation: Phenylalanine is an essential acid found in protein such as eggs, milk and meat. Phenylketonurics is listed as a warning to those with a metabolic disorder called Phenylketonuria, or PKU. Those with PKU will not adequately metabolize the phenylalanine in his/her body thus leading to major health problems. In it's synthesized form, phenylalanine is found in aspartame and some are convinced that aspartame is the cause of many neurological problems. Please read more about this topic at Sweet Poison.

So where does this leave me with my delicious 4 oz. package of Dried Seedless Ume when basically a lot of the things added to the dried ume is bad stuff? Oh well, out of sight, out of mind. Kids can't see it and so can't I but I can think about it....MMMmmm!....and tell you how that salty, sour smell will make your mouth water.

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Apr 20, 2008

Starting to blog...

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OK, I am ashamed to say that I am completely new to blogging and thought that contributing to this for Hawai`i WAHM's would be easy...now I'm learning that I have a lot to learn!!

First of I wanna thank Jayne for doing such a great job with this site and helping out all the WAHM's in Hawai`i=)

A little about myself, I'm a mother of two beautiful babies and the sales rep in Hawai`i for the Moby Wrap baby carrier. Lately I've been getting into other groups such as Baby Hui and am leading my very first group, starting a local chapter of the BirthNetwork National organization that helps to bring awareness to communities about mother/child friendly maternity and post partum services.

For those that aren't familiar with Moby Wraps, they are an amazing baby carrier that can be used from preemie/newborn to 35 lbs. I've used them from when my dd was 7 days and now she's 18 months! They are wonderful for nursing discreetly without added blankets or covers and your child can be held in several different positions.

Aside from the versatility, there are many colors and styles to choose from as well as an Organic Cotton Moby in Coconut, with more colors to come later in the year.

Please check out: www.hawaii.mobywrap.com for locations or to contact me direct

Mahalo for reading my very first blog!

Apr 17, 2008

An Earth Day Article: Coveting that Thneed?

Watch entire The Lorax video on Google Video

Coveting the Thneed that you saw on sale for $9.99? It's the only one on the rack and in the perfect shade of pink. It was made in the factory built by Once-lers and it came from the very last Truffula Tree of them all!

Beware if you buy it! It may change your life! It comes with the last of the Truffula Seeds. Everyone needs Truffula Trees so you must plant it and treat it with care. Give it clean water and lots of fresh air. Allow it to grow into a forest then protect it from axes...protect so the Lorax and his friends can come back.

The children's book called The Lorax was written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. The Lorax is the authoritarian character who speaks up to save the Truffula Trees from the greedy Once-ler who cares only about making money. The Lorax has become a metaphor for environmentalists who want to make us aware of the hazards of over industrialization in our society. The Lorax is also a great way to teach our children about Earth Day (April 22) and the importance of environmental conservation.

As Dr. Seuss said:

UNLESS someone like you

cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better.

It's not.

Dr. Seuss sites to visit:

Earth Day Links:

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Apr 15, 2008

Money Saving Blog

Although Hawaii is a beautiful place to live and work, we all face challenges when it comes to stretching our dollars to cover daily expenses and to pay for the things that we need and want. A Hawaii mother of 5 children (and a WAHM) has created a useful blog where she shares with us her money saving finds that includes links to printable coupons, rebates and great deals. Visit Hawaii Money Saving Mama before you go out to shop and keep some change in your pocket for your next shopping trip.

Apr 14, 2008

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Apr 11, 2008

New Local Flavored Game Released!

No Say Dat!” is all about growing up local. How much do you remember about local people and places? How well can you describe them without saying certain words? Pictures and details at http://www.localkinegames.com/. Or visit Local Kine Games on Etsy and receive free shipping on any complete “No Say Dat!” game until May 1st. Until further notice, people writing reviews of the game on the forum will also receive $5 off their next purchase!

Local Kine Games was developed by a stay-at-home-mother who wanted to create a sense of place within the things she bought, played with, and used.

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Apr 8, 2008

Aloha Accessory Sale at Yarn Confections

Yarn Confections, a member of our Hawaii WAHMs group, is having a clearance sale at Etsy to make space for more wonderful goodies. Right now all necklaces and chokers are $10. All bracelets $8 and sets are $15.

Yarn Confections makes "Aloha Accessories" for mommies and keiki. All accessories are washable, wearable and flexible. Great for playtime, dress-up, dinner out or tea time. Also perfect for goody bags and party favors. Special orders are welcome.

Please visit Yarn Confections today!

Apr 7, 2008

Coupons, Deals, Giveaways and Specials!

Here is a list of ongoing deals that you might find interesting.

Prizey is an online giveaway blog that is currently offering the following prize giveaways.

Visit Prizey's blog for a full list of giveaways.


Here's a deal announced by our Hawaii WAHM member.

Ebates is a shopping site that gives you up to 25% Cash Back every time you shop online. You can shop at over 900 stores including Barnes & Noble.com, Gap, Target, Buy.com and Expedia.
Plus you get additional savings with exclusive coupons, free shipping offers, and limited-time sales!

Sign up with Ebates today and we'll each get a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase!

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Get a FREE online copy of "free things for kids" by visiting Free Things For Kids.

Apr 4, 2008

How To - Friendship Chips

I make these "Friendship Chips" for my children who like to pass them on to friends. It can be hung from a cord and used as a necklace or attached to a keyring. If you have enough people making these chips, your child can collect and trade them with others. It's pretty simple. Lately I've been having trouble finding the chipboards locally but I've gotten some online at craft stores. Have fun!


Round 1.25" Chipboard (ie Bazzill)
Paper Scraps or Decorative Paper
Eyelet Punch
Optional: Glaze/Varnish Embellishments (gems, stickers, ribbons, etc.)

Instructions: Use 2 chips to make 1 Friendship Chip.

1. Place a little glue on one side of the chip and completely cover with paper then glue down the edges in back. (The back of your chip will not be seen).

2. Use stickers to decorate your chip (optional).

3. Make a hole at top of each chip with an eyelet punch. (Use the first punched chip as a template for the second chip so the hole will be in the same place.)I use a 3/16" punch.

4. Glue the back side of chips together, matching holes.

5. Cover side seams of chip with a small strip of paper. 6. Optional: Glaze. When dry decorate further with gems, ribbons, glitter pens, etc.

Apr 3, 2008

Celebrate Bonza Bottler Day

I just learned that tomorrow is Bonza Bottler Day. In Australia, Bonza means "great" and Bottler is said when something is excellent. This great/something excellent occasion is celebrated when the date and the month has the same number (i.e. April 4 or 4/4). Elaine Fremont from Australia created this weird holiday back in 1985 when she realized that a particular month did not have any special day to celebrate. According to the official Bonza Bottler website, the proper way to celebrate Bonza Bottler Day is with a party. The Bonza Bottler website accepts photos of your celebration and even will allow you to submit a name for their mascot, the partying groundhog. For more information, stop by the Bonza Bottler website. And share with us how YOU celebrate Bonza Bottler Day.

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Apr 2, 2008

Nature Hotel

My Hawaii, or aptly named “Nature Hotel” by my daughter, is an archipelago paradise located in the central Pacific Ocean. It has eight main “wings”: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Hawaii and waterway corridors full of nautical wonders.

Being Kamaaina, or locally born and raised, often the beauty around me is taken for granted and I become indifferent to the sights that surround me. Not too long ago I was given the opportunity to “play tourist” at the Nature Hotel and I was able to appreciate the splendor of the islands once again. In fact, I felt “so lucky to live Hawaii” that it inspired me to write this piece.

A whale watching boat ride with “Safari Boat Excursions, Maui Whale Watch” off the Lahaina Harbor on Maui made for an awe-inspiring adventure. We embarked on a boat that permitted up to 18 passengers thus giving everyone an opportunity to view the magnificent humpback whales. We zoomed along the bumpy blue waves and the skillfulness of the captain made it possible for us to get in close proximity to a mama whale, her calf and their male primary escort. The whales were gigantic and incredible; the boat ride was exhilarating!

Kaanapali Beach, also on Maui, had friendly waves for the kids and the best sand for constructing sculptures. Even if you have never made a sand castle in your life, an architectural design with Kaanapali Beach’s fine, moldable sand is promising. It is a fabulous way to spend a relaxing day.

Just recently, I went on a hike with friends to the lighthouse at Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve, the western most tip of land on Oahu. Kaena Point, according to my friend, is a sacred spot where ancient Hawaiians souls would jump off the perilous cliffs to meet their ancestors in the spirit world. This legend is dramatic and so is the landscape. The craggy, wild coastlines with waves thundering in the coves below were breathtaking and stunning. The hike brought us face to face with a charming albatross chick so chubby, downy and undaunted by our presence. We were also fortunate to observe an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal and her pup sunbathing on the rocky shore.

Like all places, even Nature Hotel has its risks; therefore, if you ever plan a hike or sightseeing activity be sure to make inquiries and prepare carefully.


as originally published on KeikiGifts.Qassia.Com

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