September 30, 2014

Book Making with BookSmart

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I've been making a lot of photobooks lately.  I admit that some programs make the process look complicated, but it's really not.

Here's a quick video from Blurb (less than 3 minutes) that quickly walks you through publishing your own book using their BookSmart tool—sort of a book making boot camp.

Right now you can save 20% on photobooks (code OCT20%) which is great news if you're thinking ahead to the holidays and making a gift to send. And there's a special offer for new customers - save 25% on photobooks (code OCT25%) - even better for those of you who are new to Blurb books. Just don't wait because these deals end October 31st.

September 25, 2014

The Wonder Years: Season 1 DVD Giveaway



From Joe Cocker’s timeless rendition of the Beatles classic, “With a Little Help from My Friends” to the hundreds of classic rock, pop and soul hits that followed over the six seasons of THE WONDER YEARS, music became an indelible part of the beloved series, which ran on ABC from 1988-1993. Recognizing the music’s significance to the program’s setting, mood, storylines and characters, the TV DVD archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life spent vast resources to ensure that the series was delivered in its most pristine and unedited state. 

Fans of THE WONDER YEARS will be thrilled with the extensive list of cleared music, which includes 285 modern day classics and instrumentals such as “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” by The Byrds, “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen, “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream, Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” The Trogg’s “Wild Thing,” “Good Vibrations” and “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” by The Beach Boys, “My Girl” by The Temptations and hundreds of others! Including the 116 clearances of the theme “With a Little Help from My Friends,” the total number of cleared songs is 401!

“As with China Beach, we made painstaking efforts to clear the music from the original broadcast of The Wonder Years,” says Jeffrey Peisch, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Programming & Marketing for StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. “There are a handful of songs we were unable to clear the rights to, but the DVDs contain over 96% of the original songs from the episodes.”

The cleared songs included in THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES are as follows:

SEASON 1

“Pilot”
– With a Little Help from My Friends—Joe Cocker
– Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)—The Byrds
– Both Sides Now—Joni Mitchell
– Crystal Blue Persuasion—Tommy James and the Shondells
– When a Man Loves a Woman—Percy Sledge

“Swingers”
– With a Little Help from My Friends—Joe Cocker
– For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound)—The Buffalo Springfield
– Young Girl—The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
– Tell It Like It Is—Aaron Neville

“My Father’s Office”
With a Little Help from My Friends—Joe Cocker
Blackbird—Instrumental

“Angel”
– With a Little Help from My Friends—Joe Cocker
– (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons—Nat King Cole
– Foxey Lady—Jimi Hendrix
– Blowin’ in the Wind—On-Screen Character Performance

“The Phone Call”
– With a Little Help from My Friends—Joe Cocker
– I’m a Believer—The Monkees

“Dance with Me”
– With a Little Help from My Friends—Joe Cocker
– The Letter—The Box Tops
– Magic Carpet Ride—Steppenwolf
– The Girl from Ipanema—Stan Getz with Astrud Gilberto
– Louie Louie—The Kingsmen
– Born to Be Wild—Steppenwolf
– There’s a Kind of Hush—Craggy Blue Project
– The Tears of a Clown—Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
– Cherish—The Association
– I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)—Otis Redding

About Season 1:

The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late ‘60s as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage). In Season 1, Kevin experiences the ups and downs of young love, his school’s well-intentioned, though comedic, attempts at classroom sex education, and the incredible social pressures behind an innocent junior high dance. The peace-love movement hits close to home when Kevin’s sister Karen (Olivia d’Abo) falls for a college-aged, VW bus-driving hippie (future star John Corbett), as does the dark reality of the Vietnam War when his cool neighbor Brian Cooper is killed in action. Kevin gets by with a little help from his friends Winnie (Danica McKellar) and the hyper-allergic Paul (Josh Saviano). Two hours of bonus material, including highlights from the 2014 cast reunion, make Season 1 even more wonderful.

The Wonder Years Complete Series can be ordered through http://www.timelife.com/wonderyears.

Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Wonder Years: Season 1 DVD!

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September 23, 2014

Heavenly Island Lifestyle at Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a special media dinner at Heavenly Island Lifestyle, located at the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel.


From top left, clockwise: Local Avocado Guacamole; Hamakua Mushroom Marinade; Bagna Cauda; Big Island Ginger Ahi Poke; Kona Kanpachi Coconut Ceviche; Green Cobb Salad; Shinsato Pork Big Island Ginger Saute; Kauai Makaweli Ranch Ribeye Steak; Heavenly's Organic Veggie & Beans Loco Moco; Kahuku Shrimp Ravioli Nalo Herb Cream Sauce; House Made Kona Coffee Tiramisu; Hawaiian Ginger Creme Brulee; Pina Colada - Maui Gold Pineapple & Coconut Sorbet

Executive Chef Keigo Yoshimoto; Manager Makoto "Mild" Hasegawa
The emphasis on using fresh, local, and organic ingredients whenever possible was evident in each dish.  Hawaii-produced meats, vegetables, and cheeses were plentiful throughout the 13-course meal.

The guacamole, made from local avocados and served with Molokai sweet potato chips, was very delicious.  I love mushrooms, so I really enjoyed the mushroom marinade, and the house made miso bagna cauda was actually served cold versus hot, but it was still a nice, flavorful dip for the veggies.

The ahi poke, served with a local kale salad, and the ceviche, served with hearts of palm, were two of the most popular dishes of the night.

The Green Cobb Salad was delightful - full of avocado, kale, tomato, quinoa, and more.

The pork saute was one of my favorite dishes.  The pork, combined with mushrooms and onions, were sauteed in a very tasty ginger sauce.

The ribeye steak, served with a Naked Cow truffle sauce, was accompanied by a variety of locally-farmed veggies.

The loco moco was another fave of mine - served with a ginger soy glaze instead of heavy gravy, it was a nice twist on the standard loco moco.

The ravioli was also delicious - I especially enjoyed the herb cream sauce.

All of the desserts were sweet and light, with my favorite being the creme brulee - the hint of ginger was very pleasant.

Each dish truly reflected Heavenly's focus on using local and organic foods whenever possible.

The decor of the restaurant is casual and inviting, and the staff was friendly and helpful.

Heavenly Island Lifestyle is a great spot for those who wish to support local businesses while enjoying meals that are fresh and healthy.

Heavenly Island Lifestyle
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki 1F
342 Seaside Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-923-1100

September 18, 2014

Little Passports Fall Fundraising

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Planning a fundraiser at your child's school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

Here's how it works: your community shops at Little Passports and we donate 15% back to your school. They even have a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from October 21 - 28 and the deadline to sign-up is October 10th so check it out today!

Heavenly Island Lifestyle


Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Heavenly Island Lifestyle, a new cafe in the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, will celebrate its grand opening on September 22.

Heavenly is an innovative new restaurant concept from the Aloha Table Group, where locals and visitors alike can sip, snack, and socialize. Heavenly will feature a health-conscious menu that reflects the richness of Hawaii using local and organic ingredients sourced from nearby farms in Waianae, Waimanalo and Kahuku. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Heavenly will offer a diverse menu with an array of healthy dishes, including acai bowls, soy cinnamon vanilla fresh toast, farm-fresh omelets, quinoa mac-n-cheese, whole-wheat quesadillas, acai risotto, and pork and chicken dishes. Heavenly will also offer a unique variety of fresh juices, smoothies and organic wines. With a surfer-chic style and relaxed vibe, Heavenly will be an open and airy oasis, embracing the spirit of the island. From its natural wood d├ęcor with injections of vibrant color to its delectable dishes, Heavenly will complement its new home at Shoreline Hotel Waikiki.

For more information, visit http://www.heavenly-waikiki.com/.


Heavenly Island Lifestyle
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki 1F
342 Seaside Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-923-1100

September 16, 2014

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Prize Pack Giveaway #RickyRicotta

Disclosure: Complimentary books were received for review purposes.


My oldest son has recently been introduced to the Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Series by David Pilkey & illustrated by Dan Santat.

ABOUT THE SERIES
From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship adventure with brand-new full-color illustrations and mini-comics throughout!

Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the neighborhood bullies. He lives in Squeakyville with his mother and father, and being an only mouse, he is often lonely. That is until SOMETHING BIG HAPPENS! A giant flying robot enters Ricky’s life and an unlikely friendship is born! Together, Ricky and his Robot must save the planet from a galaxy bursting with bad guys!

ABOUT BOOK ONE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT
Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That's what friends are for!

ABOUT BOOK TWO: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS MUTANT MOSQUITOES FROM MERCURY
Mr. Mosquito hates Mercury. The days are so hot, they melt his flip-flops, and the nights are so cold, his toothpaste freezes solid! He's decided to take over Earth instead. Ricky and his Robot must stop his army of massive Mutant Mosquitoes!

ABOUT BOOK THREE: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS VOODOO VULTURES FROM VENUS
Victor Von Vulture hates Venus. His toasted cheese sandwiches are always way too gooey, and ice cream melts in a second! So he and his army of Voodoo Vultures try to cast a spell on the Earth. It's up to Ricky and his Robot to stop them!

ABOUT BOOK FOUR: RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS THE MECHA-MONKEYS FROM MARS

Little Ricky Ricotta has a problem: the bullies at school pick on him all the time. Until one day, he saves the life of a mighty robot. Together, Ricky and his Robot face the bullies, and save Squeakyville from a giant evil lizard monster. That's what friends are for!


My son really enjoys the series. He loves the colorful illustrations and the interesting stories. 

He finds the different villians from each planet very intriguing, and the mini comics inside the books make the story even more engaging.

My son especially loves the Flip-O-Rama pages in which the pages seem to come to life just by flipping them. He is so eager to read the rest of the series and see what the rest of the planets have in store for Mighty Robot.

For even more fun, check out the Make Your Own Robot Game and these Ricky Ricotta Printables


Win: One lucky winner will receive a Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Prize Pack which includes:
-          3-D Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs Mutant Mosquitos from Mercury
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs the Voodoo Vultures from Venus
-          Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs The Mecha-Monkeys from Mars.




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September 12, 2014

101 4x6 Free Prints from Shutterfly (New Customers)

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If you've been snapping lots of photos this year, you're in luck. If not, feel free to go trigger happy, then use promo code 101MEMORIES to redeem for 101 4x6 free prints. Choose from 500 border treatments, include dates or names with free back printing, and ensure crystal-clear quality with our VividPics technology. This is perfect for that favorite family photo you've wanted to send all of your friends, colleagues, or relatives.

Offer expires 09/30/2014 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 101 free 4x6 prints through shutterfly.com, Shutterfly iPhone, iPad or Android apps. Valid only for new Shutterfly customers (those who have never purchased from Shutterfly)Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on other sizes, prepaid plans, other products, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up or purchases made through Shutterfly Pro Galleries. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.

September 10, 2014

WW: #LuckyWeLiveHawaii


September 9, 2014

Go Math! Academy Review #HMHAcademy

Disclosure: I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post


My three boys love going on the computer to play educational games, so it was only natural that they'd enjoy GO MATH! ACADEMY.

About Go Math! Academy:
Go Math! Academy™ is an online, at-home learning program based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s enormously successful GO Math!™ textbook curriculum, used by over 7 million kids worldwide. Go Math! Academy offers thousands of math practice problems, hundreds or help videos, and plenty of games and rewards to make learning fun!

Grades K- 6 are available now.

Key features of Go Math! Academy:

· Lively, engaging online experience lets children select a theme to launch their own personal math journey.
· Independent learning empowers children to complete the grade-level curriculum in order to select the skill they want to practice.
· Skill-boosting approach offers step-by-step math problems to support practice.
· Entertaining help videos feature expert instructors (and lovable puppets to engage younger kids) who make math concepts clear and fun!


SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS
Go Math! Academy is available in your choice of three payment plans (access for up to 5 children):
· Monthly: $9.99/month
· 6-months: $49.99 ($8.33/month) – a 17% savings
· 1-year: $79.99 ($6.67/month) – a 33% savings



All of my kids (Pre-K, 1st grade, and 3rd grade) have been using Go Math! Academy.  I set up a profile for each of my sons and selected the appropriate grade for each.

Once set up, my son can select from either a Rocket to Space or Sub Under the Sea journey.

He then selects a skill, and is asked several questions. 





If he wants to check an answer, the "check answer" button can be clicked.  If the answer is incorrect, a short explanation why the choice is wrong will be given.

There were a few questions that my kids would have a lot of difficulty answering, and at times a Show Me video is accessible which gives a lot of great hints to assist in answering the question.



If my child still has trouble, he can select the "Help me" button, which will select the correct answer for the child.

If 80% or more is reached on a journey, the next journey can be taken in the same topic, or my son could choose a new topic.  If 80% is not achieved, he has the option of practicing the skill again or selecting a new skill.


As each skill is completed, Power Progress awards are given until he becomes a Math Master.

In addition to earning awards, kids can unlock fun math-related games (my kids' favorite part of Go Math!). 

In order to choose a new topic, kids simply have to click on the Kids Dashboard to select a new one. For Grade 1, the topics included subjects such as Addition, Subtraction, Geometry, Length and Time, Graphs and Charts.

Kids can go back to any skill at any time to review, but I do wish there were more questions in each skill set in order for my kids to get more practice, but overall I think the variety of topics and skills is very good.

Although some of the topics are ones that my kids have not learned in their grade level yet, I thought it was great that my kids were given exposure to new concepts, giving them a bit of a head start until they learn the concepts in their class.

My youngest son is not in Kindergarten yet, but he was still able to answer several questions via touch screen (he has difficulty using a mouse). It was a great introductory to the use of online programs for him.




Every week a Progress Report is emailed to let you know how well your child is doing in terms of skills completed and awards earned.  Getting this information is great, but perhaps in the future how much time is spent on each topic or skill could be noted, that way it could possibly indicate which areas my kids need more assistance in.

I love that Go Math! Academy uses a fun format (a submarine and rocket ship), and that rewards and unlockable games make the program even more enjoyable for my kids.

What I especially love about Go Math! Academy are the Show Me videos.

My kids use other online programs assigned by their school, and whenever they get to a problem they have trouble with, I try my best to try and explain what the problem is and how to get to a solution (if I truly understand the problem), but sometimes what I say just doesn't get through to my kids.  The Show Me videos are a very engaging and informative way of giving my kids the help they need to answer the questions.

Go Math! Academy is a great tool for kids to learn new math skills as well as practice ones they already know.

For more information on Go Math! Academy, click here.

September 8, 2014

Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave Activity Sheet and DVD Giveaway



Join the pups on a journey filled with surprises just in time for Halloween as everyone’s favorite wolf pack is back in Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) October 7 exclusively at Walmart from Lionsgate Home Entertainment The film will be available on Digital HD and Video on Demand September 23. After three wildly successful Alpha And Omega releases, with over 1.5 million DVDs sold to date, the Alpha pack sets out on a ghoulish adventure in this exciting fourth chapter.

The Alphas and Omegas share a thrilling adventure filled with surprises, humor and heartwarming moments after Runt - Kate and Humphrey's Omega wolf cub - sneaks off to explore the haunted Saw Tooth Cave. When Runt finds a wolf who's been driven from her pack for being different, he musters all his courage to help her - and learns the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need.

A pawsome adventure that will leave you howling for more, the Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave DVD contains all-new special features including the “Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain” and “What Happens Next?” games, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES (subject to change)
·       Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain Game
·       What Happens Next? Game



Click here for a fun Alpha and Omega activity sheet!

Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave on DVD!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Congratulations to Jackie!

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September 5, 2014

For a Lash Transformation, See Kristin Wood

Want to look your best and get your eyes to pop, but don't have the time to mess with makeup?  Kristin Wood's eyelash extensions are designed for today’s on-the-go modern woman.  Her semi-permanent Couture, Designer and Ready-to-Wear Collections dramatically enhance the length and volume of the natural lash, using Kristin’s proprietary Multi-faceted Lash technique. You can expect to receive a customized look in one session.  Need more reasons?  Here's 5 more.

I am no stranger to eyelash extensions having them done for the first time in 2006 when they were still fairly new to the scene.  I wasn't well educated on the maintenance of the extensions and while they were pretty, they didn't last a week.  I decided to give it another go about two years ago when I decided that I needed a make over.  I had tried Latisse, the prescription required treatment for lash growth, and while I noticed a difference it wasn't big enough for anyone else to notice.  I decided to give eyelash extensions another shot.

I had mixed results.  The first application looked great.  When I went back to get them re-done, they fell out within a weekend.  When I went back for my third set, it seemed like my eyelashes could not support the weight of the extension and I had a sleepy kind of look going.  I chalked it up to the fault of my sparse and weak lashes and I decided to only wear eyelash extensions for special occasions or vacations.  

It was kismet that I was offered a complimentary lash of luxury treatment from Kristin's Ready-to-Wear collection.  I practically jumped for joy since I could time the extensions for my birthday and show them off at all my birthday celebrations.

I had heard many great things about Kristin from my friends and all her Yelp reviews are exceptional.  Kristin has over 18 years of experience in the cosmetology industry and is a renowned eyelash and beauty artist with an extensive following.  Through education, research, apprenticeships and occupations at some of Oahu's top luxury spas and salons, Kristin garnered exclusive training, which led her to become Hawaii's first Certified Eyelash Extension Trainer.  
Kristin's studio in Kilohana Square has many comfortable and chic treatment rooms.
Kristin started off the consultation with a discussion of the lash extension application process and maintenance.  We talked about my exercise regiment and while it doesn't include strenuous activity, she has many clients with active lifestyles and they can resume activities after 48 hours after the extensions are applied.  It's important not to get the extensions wet the first 24 hours in order for the adhesive to set so plan accordingly.  Kristin is introducing a new technique that will cure the adhesive faster, but is still researching through case studies and has received great feedback from her clients.   

We discussed what kind of look I wanted to achieve.  With the Ready-to-Wear collection ($150), about 80-100 semi-permanent faux mink extensions would be applied per eye and  we could go classic or cat eye.  She discussed the different types of curls of eyelash extensions and the varying lengths.  Having a small eye, I wanted to add length to the middle of my eye, hoping to open my eyes a bit.  I admit, I may have used the words "younger" and "cute" to describe the look I wanted.  We decided on a D curl with the longest length being 12 mm.  Kristin can use up to 5-6 different lengths on one eye.  For a more natural look to enhance the eye, she will use 2-3 varying lengths so the possibilities are endless.         

The difference between the J, B, C, and D curls are in their curvature.  
The session for the Ready-to-Wear collection takes about 1.5 hours and was so relaxing that I immediately fell asleep.  Everyone is so busy these days that taking some quality R&R time is really hard to do.  Consider eyelash extensions at Kristin Wood's lash studio as multi-tasking!  What's also really nice is that instead of using tape on your eyes during the treatment, she uses an under eye treatment so your eyes are refreshed as well.

Kristin also offers 2 other collections in addition to the Ready-to-Wear collection.  The Designer collection ($250) takes 2 hours and was inspired by Kristin's diverse and gorgeous clientele, using 160+ luxurious faux mink extensions per eye to achieve a truly customized designer look.  The Designer Re-Lash is $100 and takes about an hour and will maintain the customized Designer look using an estimated 50+ faux mink extensions per eye.  

For her clients looking to experience the ultimate lash of luxury, Kristin offers her exclusive Couture Collection which features her proprietary Multi-faceted Lash Application technique.  The Couture Set ($350) will take 3+ hours as 250+ luxurious faux mink extensions will be applied per eye.  The Couture Set promises to dramatically enhance the length and thickness of the natural lash.  The cost of the Couture Re-lash is $150 and clients will need to allot up to 1.5 hours as 75+ faux mink extensions are added per eye.  

When I saw my before and after pictures, I was stunned!  I knew my lashes were pretty puny, but I didn't realize how much in comparison.  What shocked me was that even though the extensions quadrupled my natural length and volume, they didn't look ridiculous.  They looked gorgeous.  Please excuse the filters on the photos below.  Decided to spare you lovely readers a close up of my pores. 
  
I was shocked to see the difference extensions can make.
A photo with the lash maven herself, Kristin Wood.  She is awesome, talented and very personable.  
Here's a couple of selfies I took before and after my Ready-to-Wear lash extension session. 
I have lashes!  The lash extensions really soften my look.

Not only do I love my new look, but I have received a lot of positive feedback from my very honest friends and family.  They are also amazed how natural the lash extensions look and I have had at least three friends comment that they like these extensions much better than my previous ones.  Did I mention they were honest?  They felt that the Kristin Wood lashes looked more natural and that the color of the lash looked darker which made for a bigger impact.  It was great feedback for me because it was the look I wanted to achieve.  I love that I can skip eye makeup all together and still look put together.  These extensions have saved me a lot of time.
   
It's been a week and my extensions still look beautiful.

When I first went to see Kristin, I didn't have the intention of scheduling any re-lash services which is recommended every 2-3 weeks to maintain your customized look.  But now that I am on my second week and lash maintenance has been a breeze, I've decided to schedule re-lash sessions as I have a couple of big events coming up.  For the Ready-to-Wear re-lash, the session is about 45 minutes (still long enough for a nap) and the cost is about $65.  Think of eyelash extensions as the new mani/pedi but with a bigger impact on your busy life.  One thing that did take some time getting used to was not rubbing my eyes.  But being a Mom of a germy preschooler, it's actually been a blessing in disguise as I'm now much more cautious about touching my face.    

Kristin has had much success with her signature eyelash services and with increasing demand for her talent, she will be expanding to new locations in Hawaii as well as Las Vegas!  She plans to continue to develop new products and techniques as she finds her work rewarding.  Kristin loves that her services can add value to someone's life and make them feel good and create more confidence.  I definitely will vouch for that!  My experience has been great and it's one of those that you must try for yourself.  If you do decide on this amazing transformation, I highly recommend you seeing the best lash artists in the business at Kristin Wood. 

Kristin Wood
Kilohana Square #260
1016 Kapahulu Avenue
(808)738-7386         

September 4, 2014

Culturelle Kids Review

Disclosure: I received complimentary samples for review purposes.


I personally believe that probiotics are very beneficial to one's health, which is why our entire family takes Culturelle.  

My kids are given Culturelle Kids Probiotic Packets and Chewables daily.

About Culturelle Kids:
The ingredient in Culturelle Kids probiotics is clinically proven to help reduce occasional tummy troubles like gas, bloating, and diarrhea by helping to restore the balance of good and not-so-good bacteria in their digestive systems.* Taken regularly, it actually helps your child’s digestive tract to work better and supports a healthy immune system.*

Happy Tummies, Healthy Kids, Relaxed Parents. Support your kids’ natural defenses and keep their digestive system happy with Culturelle probiotics.*

My younger two kids are given the probiotic powder every morning, mixed in with their orange juice or milk.
I need to stir the powder in really well with the drink otherwise it will stay clumped on the bottom of the cup, but once it's stirred in well, my kids have no idea the probiotic is in there!  It's flavorless, so my kids only taste juice or milk.

If I forget to give them their probiotics in the morning, I simply mix the powder in with yogurt for their afternoon snack.

My oldest son takes the chewable daily.  He enjoys the berry flavor.


Both the packets and the chewables are easy to tote in a purse and to take on trips to ensure my kids get their daily probiotics.  

To find out more about Culturelle for Kids, click here.

To find a store locator near you, click here.


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

September 3, 2014

WW: Haleiwa Beach Park


August 28, 2014

Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Review

Disclosure: I received complimentary samples for review purposes.
I go through a lot of different types of sunscreens, but it wasn't until I received samples of Ocean Potion did I try a sunscreen that not only has ingredients to protect my skin, but also has ingredients to renew my skin.

I was fortunate to receive samples of Ocean Potion's Protect & Renew Face SPF35 and Protect & Renew Body SPF45.

About Protect & Renew Face: Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Face SPF 35 reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with patented collagen-boosting peptides and vitamin E that protects against free radicals generated by ultraviolet light. MSRP $8.99.

About Protect & Renew Body: For hands and body, Protect & Renew Body SPF45 brightens and evens skin tone with vitamin B3 and hydrating Pentavitin that lasts more than 72 hours. Both offer broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and are supple and natural to the touch, which is unusual for high SPF products. MSRP $8.99. Learn more at oceanpotion.com.

Since I'm not getting any younger, and skin care is really important to me these days, I love that the Protect & Renew sunscreen products contain ingredients that are good for my skin.  An anti-aging and sunscreen product in one?  Love it!

I also love that the products are fragrance-free, non-greasy, and easy to apply.

Both products are small enough to carry in your purse to make sure you never go without sunscreen, and the Protect & Renew Face is even small enough for you to carry on when traveling.

The products are water-resistant, although the Protect & Renew Body product is water-resistant for only 40 minutes, whereas the Protect & Renew Face is 80 minutes.  

Ocean Potion also offers other products, including sunscreen for babies, cooling lotions, and aloe vera gel.

Just because summer is almost over doesn't mean you no longer have to wear sunscreen.

Visit OceanPotion for more information on their product line.

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