Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mom's Best Bet Monday

There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**$54.79 Amazon Gift Card - 2/29 - Rafflecopter  


Teeccino Dandelion Coffee

Yes, I do love a good cup of coffee.  You know, the kind that is rich and creamy but without the bite at the end.  I do drink organic coffee from time to time but honestly it's acidic, which is a problem for most people that don't consume a high alkaline diet.  This kind of diet would be eating mostly vegetables some fruits and preferably raw.  
So, what do I drink on a rainy Hawaiian day like today?  Teeccino of course! It contains no caffeine and actually is alkaline forming instead of acidic.  It's also rich and creamy.  I recommend their new Dandelion French Roast.  I prefer the dark roast but they do have mocha and vanilla flavors for those that favor a mellow and sweeter taste.  Using warmed coconut milk really brings out the creamy taste! I learned about the benefits of dandelion coffee from Elana's Pantry.

Is being gluten-free important to you? This is a barley-free coffee alternative that is absolutely gluten-free.

Teeccino Dandelion French Roast tastes just like Maya French Roast to satisfy the person who loves dark roasted, regular flavor. It brings the health benefits of roasted dandelion root including its inulin content, antioxidants, and stimulating effects on liver function to your cup. With more dandelion root per serving than any other brand puts in their tea bags, Teeccino Dandelion French Roast produces a cup where the deep, full body of coffee meets the health benefits of nature’s healing herbs.


  • Antioxidants from carob, dandelion roots, almonds, dates and figs
  • Naturally caffeine free – no processing or chemical residues
  • Non-acidic – helps restore alkaline balance
  • Natural energy boost – from nutrients, not stimulants
  • Contains heart-healthy potassium
  • 1g of soluble fiber per serving
  • Prebiotic - inulin from chicory root and dandelion root supports beneficial microflora that improve digestion, regularity and intestinal health
  • 100% Gluten free and barley free

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Handmade jewelry from around the world

I took this photo after opening the package.  It's a work of art but even more lovely on!

Want to be impressed or to impress a love one with an amazing and touching gift?  Novica is the place to shop.  
I have always had a passion for travelling and studying different cultures. I also love to buy gifts from different places that you cannot just buy at your local mall. A vase from India or a handmade bracelet from Sri Lanka is much more than a thing of beauty. It means more because there is a culture and a story behind the piece. It's not just a mass produced item that we are used to buying. This is why I am head over heels for shopping at Novica. They give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity.
Once you visit this website, I'm sure you too will fall in love with the merchandise, artist's stories, and unique gifts available. You will have access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values.

Two items that I chose from their vast jewelry department were these gorgeous pieces below.  The amethyst dangle gold plated earrings are really stunning.  They are delicate yet the spiral is bold and they go with everything!  I also think the price is great considering how well made they are and that they come in a handmade box with a card from the artisan.  

The necklace will make you gasp, "WOW!"  I am not exaggerating here.  It really is stunning.  I wore it to a Disney event that I attended and I got a lot of  comments on how beautiful and unique it was.  I think I got the last Amethyst necklace but the picture below shows the same design but using green quartz instead of amethyst.  For $89 it's also a bargain considering it has real gems, it's plated with 18k gold and looks so rich.  I also wore it on the morning news.  See here.


Gold plated amethyst dangle earrings, 'Chiang Mai Sun'       

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The luminous design of these earrings is by Thai designer Khun Boom. Fashionable and discreet, the earrings are crafted by hand with 24k gold plated sterling silver. Amethysts sparkle with 2 gemstone carats. 

.925 Sterling silver
Buy it now for $52.95

Gold plated necklace, 'Verdant Quartz'
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Gilberto Rebello elicits the beautiful contrast of Brazilian gems with delicate curls of brass bathed in 18k gold. Nestled amid its gleaming curves, bright green quartz is radiantly lovely. Green quartz is thought to assist with life's changes.
Buy it for: $89.95

Novica also sells everything from Silver cocktail ringsSilver Pendant Necklaces, Amber earrings,
 and much more.

Be sure to check out Novica's new home party division where you can earn money and support artisans worldwide at 
Novica Live

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hawaiian Dream Wedding at Disney's Aulani Resort

Wedding Bells photo shoot at Aulani


Eileen Bellew and Kevin Houston are the lucky couple that was chosen to have their dream wedding come true at Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa televised for all to see on Live with Kelly in a few days.
I have had the opportunity to speak with Korri McFan and the talented team of professionals at Aulani that make magic happen everyday for couples around the globe. Aulani Resort and Spa on Oahu is one of the top wedding destinations in the world and it's that Disney fairytale magic mixed with Hawaii's paradise setting that has won the hearts of many.

I couldn't help but think about my own wedding as I was listening to everyone speak about Disney weddings and about the Live with Kelly event.  I also thought about how wonderful it would be to wear that dress again and have a vow renewal right here at beautiful Aulani.  So, for all the moms out there, picture this: renewing your vows in Hawaii with your family and children (being entertained by none other than Mickey Mouse).  A family vacation and romantic getaway all in one!  I'm already planning!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mom's Best Bet Monday

There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**Lots 2 Save Giveaway $75 Amazon Gift Card 2/29  


Live with Kelly at Disney's Aulani in Hawaii


Kelly Ripa is such a naturally funny and entertaining individual.  She looked beautiful while filming all week here at Disney's gorgeous Aulani, Hawaii.  You can watch it starting on Monday.


I was invited to the taping and thought that Daniel dae kim made a great co-host!  There will be prizes given away all week culminated by a romantic and memorable wedding at Aulani.
Here's some pictures from today...
Jon Cryer
Derek Hough
Daniel dae kim  and Kelly Ripa

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mom's Best Bet Monday

There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.


Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**Kids Action Adventure Yoga DVD  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Baby Shower Gift Ideas


Aloha Hawaii KHON 2 Morning News viewers! Mahalo for watching this morning and stopping by for more information about these baby shower products that were featured. Click the link to watch (coming soon).


Sidekick Child Carrier Diaper Bag 

Sidekick is the first and only full-size diaper bag with a built in child carrier.  Adjustable strap allows you to carry baby at either hip.  Includes spacious compartments and pockets for all of baby's and mom's things, such as cell phone and baby bottle pockets, bottle/snack pouch, changing pad sleeve (w/ included changing pad), and more.  Baby-friendly fabric easily wipes clean.  All in a very stylish, hip design.  Multiple colors to choose from.  The Sidekick is designed for infants and toddlers up to 35 pounds and between 6 months and 3 years of age.  Sidekick retails for $129 and can be purchased online at gogobabyz.com and at retail stores nationwide. 

Nubie LegrufflesLegRuffles

Legruffles are a ruffle-themed legwarmer and arm warmer knitted with a beautiful cotton blend yarn giving a soft, flowing feel. Comes in a wide selection of solids and stripes with various trims, including a cute Cha-Cha with ball fringe and stylish Vintage Lace. Sizes include "Nubies" for newborns to 6 months, "Regular" for older babies and young children and "Longes" for tweens and adults. $12.50 - $17.50, Huggalugsusa.com




Peekaru Hoodie 

Like your favorite hoodie, made for two. The Peekaru Hoodie is cozy soft and fits over you and your baby, keeping you close and warm even as the temperature drops. The Peekaru Hoodie fits over any soft baby carrier, including Baby Bjorn and Ergo, as well as a variety of mei tais, ring slings, and wraps.  The Peekaru Hoodie is comfortable for temperatures from 45 – 65 F, and is perfect for everyday outings like a trip to the zoo or an evening sunset walk. When the temperature drops further, bundle up with your own coat over the hoodie and you’ll both stay toasty warm.  The Peekaru Hoodie can be worn on your front or your back;  just flip the hood into a chic cowl neck if you decide to wear your baby on your back. $64.95, Togetherbe.com

Zach & Chloe Baby Footwear  

Zach & Chloe Baby Footwear lets little ones take their first steps in style, coming in styles like "City High Tops", "Mary Janes", "Ballerinas" and "Oxfords". Zach & Chloe Baby Footwear is as healthy for baby as it is stylish, made of certified organic cotton and low-impact dyes. Each pair of Zach & Chloe Baby Footwear has anti-slide soles to stabilize babies' little feet and elastic ankle bands to keep them on. Retail for $4.99 per 2-pair box, zachandchloe.com and at Walgreens stores throughout North America.
Emily Diaper Skin Soother

Emily Diaper Skin Soother 

Emily Diaper Skin Soother is the most natural diaper rash cream on the market as well as the most effective. Made of just 6 ingredients: organic sunflower oil, natural beeswax and 4 natural wildcrafted herbs - frankincense, red peony root, dictamnus root and phellodendron bark. No fragrance, no chemicals, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients of any kind. It is designed to soothe and heal any type of diaper rash or irritation, whether caused by heat, fungus, moisture, bacteria or allergen.  Retails for $14.00 per 1.8 oz jar. Available online at emilyskinsoothers.com or at retailers throughout North America.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Leapster Explorer: A Great Travel Toy for Kids

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Experience - Green -  LeapFrog - Toys"R"Us

Questions that readers always email me are what toys are educational and which
ones are good to take on long trips like plane rides.

Well, the  LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Experience is a teaching tool that encourages children to discover something new every day.  


My daughter had a dance performance a few weeks ago and had to wait backstage for over an hour until it was her time to perform.  I was thankful for the Leapster because not only did it entertain her and her fellow dancers, but they were actually learning while waiting.  There was a younger child who loved tracing her letters on the leapster and each child took a turn.  As a parent, I felt much better about having the Leapster instead of an expensive computer, that I could feel comfortable about letting her and her friends play and not worry about it breaking.   Since that time I have used it countless times where we had to wait, even in the grocery story. 


The Leapster offers endless ways to play and learn from games, e-Books, videos and online play to customizable learning skills and more.
  • A library of more than 40 games and activities includes cartridge games, downloadable learning apps and more.
  • Children can learn school subjects like reading, math, science and geography and develop creativity and life skills like music, health and problem solving.
  • Expand the fun and learning in Leap World, a safe online world of learning games and activities. Children can play unique games that connect their online and on-the-go play and learning.
  • Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path to see what their child is playing and learning and explore ways to expand their child's learning journey.
Requires an internet connection and USB port to connect to Leap World and Learning Path.


Developmental learning

Leapster Explorer helps your child learn essential knowledge and skills, including creating with technology, world geography, basic science concepts, real-world math and reading fluency.


Is there a down side to purchasing this?  The price is affordable and it comes with some great learning tools but most likely your child will want to buy more apps.  This is the case with most tech toys though.  My way around this is to have the child choose a new app (which range in price-some starting at about $7.99) when there is an event such as Valentine's Day, Birthday, a vacation, etc.
You can purchase for around $44 or read more here.
*All opinions are my own.  Product provided for review purposes

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mom's Best Bet Monday

There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**iPad2 (ARV $499) - 2/11 - Rafflecopter  


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Just Jen Winner

Congratulations to Mrs. Chappell! She won the Just Jen custom T-Shirt!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine's Day Organic Love Crunch!



Want to know my pick for the best granola out there?  Well, it would have to be one that is USDA organic and that has a bit of chocolate sweetness inside. 



Nature's Path has created LOVE CRUNCH to satisfy all of your taste buds! My favorite is their with dark chocolate chunks and organic strawberries.  It's decadent, slightly sweet, and satisfying.  Best of all, my daughter thinks it's dessert.  So, I have added it as a topping and also brought it on the go for a sweet treat.  It also tastes very good in our almond milk.


My second pick is their Aloha Blend.  If you like pineapple then this is for you.  The creamy white chocolate paired with the pineapple is a lovely combination. The carrot cake is a more of a traditional yummy cinnamon flavor.  I think this makes the best cereal.  The apple crumble is similar to the carrot cake but it has some tasty green apples inside and pecans.
I will be buying more of the Dark Chocolate & Red Berries to have on hand, especially because it's a perfect Valentine morning treat!









Dark Chocolate & Red Berries
Chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries. Few things conjure up such a feeling of delicious romance. Made with real organic Italian chocolate, organic freeze dried berries and organic flax seeds. It’s the ultimate feel good way to put some love in your day.
Aloha Blend
It’s a tropical vacation in your bowl! Toasted coconut, juicy pineapple, white chocolate chunks and the crunch of wholesome organic granola. Imagine a crunchy pina colada for breakfast! Little umbrellas anyone?
Carrot Cake
This Sunday afternoon classic is now a granola flavour! Think spiced carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. We use real organic pecans, carrot, pineapple, raisins, cinnamon and top it off with tasty little organic yogurt chips for that deliciously “frosted flavour”.
Apple Crumble
It’s a warm hug of a dessert. It’s a delicious new granola flavour! It’s both. We combine our wholesome organic granola with tart organic green apple pieces, roasted organic pecans and cinnamon. Enjoy a little dessert for breakfast!
"And for every bag you buy, we’ll donate the equivalent in cash and organic food to the food bank, up to $1 million a year! That’s what the Bite4Bite model’s all about."
*product provided for review purposes 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine's Day Garland Craft

We needed a splash of pink for Valentine's Day in our house, 
since February 14th is coming up soon.  My daughter and I completed this fun craft.  
We took sheets of old scrapbook paper I had stored away and made some heart shapes.  Then, my daughter bedazzled them with glitter glue, stickers and wrote our names on them.  Next, I punched holes and tied the hearts together with ribbon.
Viola! Fancy Nancy would be so proud! 
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