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Helping the Minor Aches and Pains of Motherhood with TYLENOL® PM And a Simple No-Sew Lavender & Rice Heating Pad Tutorial

I have received information and materials from ©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #ForBetterTomorrows #BetterTomorrows #FallBack #CollectiveBias   With November fully upon us, I’ve begun to wrap my mind around the fact that I […]

Baked Bacon Mac N’ Cheese

Baked Bacon Mac N’ Cheese

    It’s fall! Well, our version of fall anyways!! That means an increase in rainy days, and nights! And while the temperatures don’t drop to a low that requires a multitude of layers, they drop just enough to warrant some good old fashioned and […]

<span class="entry-title-primary">Sunflowers, Sunshine and of Course, Some Pumpkins</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Our Afternoon at the Waimanalo Country Farms Hawaii Pumpkin Patch</span>

Sunflowers, Sunshine and of Course, Some Pumpkins Our Afternoon at the Waimanalo Country Farms Hawaii Pumpkin Patch

Hawaii Pumpkin Patch. It’s probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you consider Hawaii!

I’m not going to lie, I lived on Oahu for 7 years before I even considered visiting a pumpkin patch here!

However, being a basic girl at heart (East Coast born and bred.) Fall is truly my favorite season! And one of the things that makes it such, is all of the adorably fun fall activities that spring up as soon as those leaves start to change!

…Or in our case… As soon as those trade winds start coming back! And our sweltering 85 degree weather changes to a crisp 75 degrees. (I know, I know, we are spoiled brats!)

So naturally, learning that there was a pumpkin patch right in our backyard here in Hawaii, my excitement couldn’t be contained!

Right here in Hawaii, are all the fall activities that my little heart could desire!!

Pumpkins and hay rides. Photo ops galore. A petting zoo and even a “pumpkin’ chucker”!

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In addition to all the pumpkin fun, they also have a beautiful sunflower field! (I might have been even more interested in the sunflowers, if you can believe it!)

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Waimanalo Country Farms is truly an incredible farm set deep in the heart of Waimanalo. The sweeping mountain backdrop and opposite ocean views make it truly the most beautiful pumpkin patch I have ever experienced.

If you have little ones, or even if you don’t, I absolutely recommend checking it out for a fun weekend activity in October!

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Since it is Hawaii, mid-afternoon does get pretty warm, so I would suggest hats and sunscreen as well as water bottles. However one of the weekends we went (Yup we went more than once!) we got there late afternoon, it was a lot less crowded and it was much cooler since the sun was heading down for the day. The pumpkin selection was a little more picked through, but there were still plenty to choose from! I think it was a pretty fair trade off to be honest.

And last but not least don’t forget to grab yourself some our their fresh Country Lemonade before you go! Sooo good!! (I was please to discover they accept all major credit cards as well as cash!)

For more info on the farm and their scheduled hours please visit their website here.

 

Love is Patient

Love is Patient

1 Corinthians 13:4-8New International Version (NIV) 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of […]

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5 Simple Tips for Introducing Your Baby to Rice Cereal

5 Simple Tips for Introducing Your Baby to Rice Cereal

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GerberPureWater #CollectiveBias

Well, Moms, it happened again. I didn’t really think it was possible. But just like that I blinked my eyes and my teeny, tiny newborn baby is sitting up, looking at me with those big blue eyes, smiling and eating rice cereal!!

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For those of you that have been following along with our lives, you know that we just went through this process one short year ago with our son, Reef. Now, we got really lucky with our bouncing baby boy. That little man will eat basically anything and everything under the sun! He hesitated just a little bit when we transitioned him to rice cereal, but only a little bit.

Well, our little princess Miss Roxy, she is a whole different story. She has been significantly more difficult in this department! And because of this, and the knowledge I gained when transitioning Reef to rice cereal, I have compiled this list of 5 simple tips to help you mamas out there introduce your babies to rice cereal!

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  1. Identify if your baby is ready to start eating rice cereal.

One of the best ways to make your transition into rice cereal a smooth one is to begin when your baby is ready. There are few signs that will help you to note when it is time to begin. Sitting up on their own with the ability to hold their head up is a big one. And showing interest when you and your family eat your food is another. Of course, if you have any questions or doubts you can always discuss this with your pediatrician to be sure.

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  1. Keep it calm.

Try feeding your baby at a calm and quiet time in your home. It is best to try with as few distractions as possible and before he or she gets too hungry. I know that this may be a little easier said than done, especially if you have other children like I do. However, if your older child can handle his own food, you can include him in the process and let him sit near his sibling, kick up his foot (I was dying when he did that!!) and “participate” by eating his own snack!

  1. Stay flexible.  

Be open to trying different brands of cereal. As I mentioned, our Roxy girl has turned out to be a little bit on the picky side. She went through 3 different brands of cereal before we found one she would like (Gerber!) She was the same way with formula. What can I say the girl knows what she wants!

  1. Experiment with different textures.  

My husband and I use Gerber® Pure® Water gallon from Walmart when we mix our cereal. It is specially purified for babies and I am comfortable in knowing that it is a good choice for mixing with her cereal. Now texture was also a bit of a hurdle in our home. In the beginning, we were making the cereal too thick so we had to play around with the Gerber® Pure® Water to cereal ratio and we tried just about every range from thick to very runny until we found the one that worked best for us!

  1. Take your time.

Try a little every day and make sure to take cues from your baby. Remember, every baby is different. Just like our two little bundles of love, what works for one, might not work for another!

You can find Gerber® Pure® Water in the Juice, Soft Drinks, Bottled Water and Flavored Water section of your local Walmart. And you can find more info about Nestlé Gerber and Gerber® Pure® Water here.

Well, fellow parents, I hope that these tips will help your family as you move onto this new, exciting step in your little one’s life!

ALOHA

XOXO

MAL

 

 

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<span class="entry-title-primary">Today You Quit Your Job</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">A letter to my future self.</span>

Today You Quit Your Job A letter to my future self.

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  Once September hits, I get that itch. That fall-is-coming-even-though-it-never-gets-cold-and-I-still-need-to-celebrate-it itch. Honestly, one of the only downfalls to Hawaii is that the staples of fall don’t really exist here. There is no chill in the air. No apple orchards, pumpkin picking, bundling up by the […]

<span class="entry-title-primary">The Happy Houseguest</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">How to Make the Perfect Welcome Basket for your Houseguest</span>

The Happy Houseguest How to Make the Perfect Welcome Basket for your Houseguest

Houseguest. For most people they hear the word and the following tumbles through their mind simultaneously; burden, inconvenience, stress.

Well maybe I’m crazy, but not me!

And especially not, when the houseguest in question is my best friend in the whole entire world, who also just so happens to be my baby brother Eddie!!

And he arrives TODAY!!

So for those of you who are unfamiliar with my backstory, I was born in Connecticut and all of my immediate family is still there. And since I have been gone for about 13 years, anytime someone can make it all the way out to Hawaii, it is an incredible treat and quality time that I absolutely treasure.

So this is his third trip out to Hawaii, and probably his maybe tenth time visiting me all together. (He got to visit me when I lived in California many times since he was still in high school and the responsibilities hadn’t quite piled up just yet!)

Now the first two times he came to Hawaii the focus was VERY much so on myself and my husband.

Trip one was for our wedding:

 

And trip two (since he is such an incredible carpenter!!) was to help us renovate our beautiful home:

I mean… it wasn’t ALL work and no play…..

… but it was a lot of work… seriously a LOT!! (Thank You Eddie, we love you!!)

SO, I want this trip to really be about him getting to relax, have an actual vacation… and be a happy house guest!

And one of the ways I intend to do that is by making him the perfect “welcome basket” for his arrival.

Making one of these baskets (or bins, or boxes in my case) is really incredibly simple, but it is a thoughtful way to help your guest feel right at home.

Step One:

Find your vessel. Like I said this can be anything from a nice canvas bag, to a wooden crate.

I chose this cute wooden crate with the chalkboard panel because it is what I had on hand. (If you love it as much as I do, you can find a very similar set here.)

Step Two:

Pick out the items you want to fill it with!

I started with the general necessities/toiletries:

Since I like to have a few of everything in smaller sizes just in case we do have a guest, planned or unexpected, I actually had all of this stuff on hand! You can click on any of the items above and it will take you to an amazon link where you can buy them, usually in groups of 6-12 to keep on hand. Also, if you are pressed for time, you can just run out to the pharmacy and check their “travel size section” which works really great for short term houseguests.

Next, some location specific items:

Since we live in Hawaii, sunscreen and lip balm are two absolute musts! But you can adjust based on your location and the time of year.

Lastly, a few small refreshments!

These things are all interchangeable with what you currently have on hand in your kitchen. They really are just a few little items that they can nibble on, or get a quick drink in the middle if the night if they don’t feel like wandering the house in their PJs!

Step Three:

For anyone with the chalkboard box, this step is for you! A cute way to utilize that chalkboard panel is to write down the name of your internet network and password with a chalk marker. (Chalk markers are honestly my favorite thing and I paint everything I can with chalkboard paint and use them daily! You can find a pack here.)

Now if you aren’t using the crate with the chalk panel, another great idea is to purchase one of these adorable printables and put it in a cute frame to showcase your internet info.

Step Four:

Find the cutest little helper that you can, and fill the box with all of the goodies!

And TADA! You’ve made the perfect welcome basket for your houseguest!!

Here are a few other things I like to include in the guest room to be prepared and help our guests feel at home:

And that’s it!

Set your houseguest up with this welcome basket and spare room essentials and you will definitely have the happiest houseguest!

Now if you will excuse me, we have to go pick up Eddie from the airport!

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