Friday, September 3, 2010

Pocket Purifier Review

I was so psyched to receive the Pocket Purifier UV light for review.  I typically keep it in my purse and use it on various things daily.  My son's binky gets dropped, shopping cart handles need to be cleaned, I've even been using it on their car seat buckles! 

I'm not very technologically savvy so this is perfect for me.  It's as easy to use as any traditional flashlight, slide it on!  It even has a flashlight function if you slide in a different direction which is convenient as well.  I would love to get another one to keep in my kitchen and one in my purse (I know I'll forget to stick it in my purse before leaving so I'll need two).

I also did a science experiment with the boys.  We chose two plums that looked and felt very similar.  We then used the Pocket Purifier on the plum on the right over a 7 day period. 

The results are clear, the Pocket Purifier eliminates germs and significantly prolongs the freshness of my produce.  I would highly recommend this to everyone, after all who doesn't want to be exposed to less germs and keep their produce fresh longer?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Luly Boo Park 'n' Play Mat Review

I won this awesome Park 'n' Play Mat with a matching travel bag to carry it in.  I love the fabric that's used, it's waterproof, super lightweight, and most importantly for me, machine washable!  I was pleasantly surprised when I received the package because the pictures I had seen on my computer hadn't done it justice.  Living in Hawaii we have a huge variety of different terrains all in close proximity.  We've used this in the grass at the park, sand on the beach, dirt at football games, and even for picnics in the house.  It's really easy to wipe clean which is such a huge plus with three small boys!  I have to admit, I'm not the best at packing things, and as is with most 'travel' and compact items it's a little tricky to get them back into their cases.  I have the peapod, which I love, and have had for four years, and still have trouble getting it back into the case.  That being said it's been a little difficult for me to get the mat back into the travel case as nicely as it arrived, maybe I just need more practice or my hands are too tiny.  At only $34.99 I would highly recommend this to my other mom friends as it's compact and mold able so very easy to keep in your trunk, simple to clean, and not to mention super cute! 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Boston Childrens Museum

Has to be one of my favorite museums both when I was a child and now, as a parent!  In fact it might be a little more fun now... 
We were lucky enough to go during the last month, August, that the museum will be offering free admission to military family members, the tickets are $12 for ages 1+.  I must say that I'm disappointed at the loss of support, places don't usually stop offering free/discounted admission for military dependants, it's usually a permanent addition to their admission. 
That aside we had a blast, particularly at the 'Big Dig' inspired construction zone.  Seriously, what little boy doesn't love construction equipment, and the opportunity to 'operate' it themselves! 

They also loved the being able to create bubbles using different materials.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Wally; The Green Monster

We were so excited to get to see Wally during our visit!  I think that we have every childrens Red Sox/Wally book out there, Jerry Remy is an author we frequently seek.  So to my boys without TV, Wally is like Spider Man and Buzz Lightyear are to other kids.  It's been about a year and a half since we last saw the famous Red Sox mascot.  Look at how much my kids have changed, and of course our new addition as well :) 
Of course it was awesome to not only have help with the boys, but to hangout with my super awesome sister!  Thank you Lauren!!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Emily Burdick Photography

Emily will be in Massachusetts from July 25-September 10 (the entire first week of August is already fully booked). She is filling up FAST so book her now! She is currently offering a FREE 8x8 professionally printed hardcover book of your edited pictures if you schedule by July 20 (perfect gift for grandparents)! No excuses not to have updated family pictures, children's pictures, senior portraits, etc. Schedule your date today and suggest to all of your local friends and family!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

"My really awesome dad"

When Kaleb saw this picture he said "wow, that's my really awesome dad".  I agree!  His dad is really awesome, and a great shot!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Survival Kits

We have been so blessed to get many donations for the 'survival kits' we're putting together for Kyle and his team.  Thank you so much for everyone's generosity and support!  Sergeant Hawes beautiful kids are seen here helping to get the packages ready to ship off!  Here's what we have so far!
Natural insect after bite relief from Teddy Started It
Natural insect repellant spray from D Medicine Woman
Organic Tea Tree Salve and lip balm from Planet Earth Oils
Magnetic Therapy bracelets from Beads N Style
Deodorant from Certain Dri
Chapstick from Soft Lips
Eye Drops from Rohto
Lotion from Anti Monkey Butt
Flashlights from Princeton Tec
Super cute handmade beanies from Mrs. Woo Woo and Karin SF

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I am shocked and appalled at the way I was treated by Delta yesterday!  Upon arriving at the airport in HNL it was discovered that when booking my tickets for myself, my two year old, and my three year old the agent charged my credit card for Kolby's ticket, but didn't book it.  I asked to speak with a supervisor because the agent said she couldn't do anything unless I wanted to pay for the ticket a second time.  When the supervisor came out she was very rude and told me that she could possibly get me on a flight six hours later. When I insisted that she at least attempt to get us on the flight my older son and I were booked on she said that she had a meeting and that if I wanted to talk about this I could wait until after. I asked how long it would be and she said “an hour”. She did not get anyone else to come help me and said that if I wanted it resolved I would have to wait. So myself, my six month old, my two year old, and my three year old stood at the checkin counter from 4:00pm until the supervisor returned at 5:36 (6 minutes after my flight departed without us). She ended up booking us for the 9:15pm flight with two layovers instead of my original one. She told me that I had to sign a waiver of liability on my stroller and all three of my carseats or she would not check them on (I’ve never had to do that before). She also stated that I had seats on the next flights however not seat assignments.

Upon arriving in LA, they didn't have me or my 3 year old on the flight at all, it took 30 minutes standing at that gate with my three small children for them to figure it out and get us all seats.

Then in Minneapolis I had to wait for 15 minutes to get my stroller, when I received it the lock on it was completely broken and I am now unable to close it.  I told the agent that I was concerned about missing my next flight since it was across the airport, she said she would call and let them know I was on my way. With my munchkins in tow we ran like crazy people from one end of the airport to the other.  When I arrived at the gate I was informed that because I was late my seats had been given to other passengers that were on standby. Only after much argument did she agree that my ticket was priority and that I should be given the seats, at which time she called the other passenger over and told them I had taken their seat. The passenger was then upset and hostile towards me. I was very disappointed with the manner in which it was handled; I was surprised that the agent blamed me when explaining things to the other passenger.

After approximately 23 hours of travel with three little children I finally arrived in Hartford. When I got there my carseats and luggage were no where to be found. Without my carseats I was unable to leave the airport since all three of my children are legally required to ride in them. I was lucky to deal with a very nice agent named that seemed to do all she could to help me, however explained that I would receive no compensation for the items I needed immediately and would be forced to replace (diapers, hygiene items, etc.). However she explained that the luggage hadn’t been scanned and didn’t know where it was or when it could be returned to me. Thankfully when I was walking out a man came walking up with my belongings, stating they had been at another carosel other than the one everyone else on my flight received their luggage on.

I came home to find that they charged my credit card twice for my only bag! 

Really delta?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Free Bishop Museum In Honolulu

Take advantage, it's usually pretty expensive to go to this museum and it's fun for all ages!  Swing over and check out bishop museum

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Free Day; Regal movie, Borders book, and Outback food!

Have a super fun day in town with your little ones!  These companies are located all across the country so check their location near you!  Regal theaters has a free summer movie program with show times on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.  Then just down the street from the movies for me is Borders!  They are hosting the Double Dog Dare reading program, read ten, and Borders will give your child a free book!  After all that fun I bet you're hungry!  Head over to Outback and get a free Aussie-Tizer, yum!  Looking forward to a fun free day with my boys!

Monday, June 7, 2010

My little hippies :)

The boys entered a coloring contest with Outshine and they won these super cute hemp pieces.  Already showing such artistic ability!  'Like' them on facebook and check out their other super cute pieces.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

One of 'those days'

So have you ever wondered what people meant when they said that it had just been one of those days?  Well  read on for a nice little description that will clarify this haunting question.  I must say today was one of 'those days'.  Just seemed like one thing after another.  Kolby got gum in his hair and we ended up having to cut it out, so he has a nice balled spot (just like his daddy 'boston girls').  Decided to spoil myself by taking a nice bath, looked forward to it all day long, bought two books in preparation.  I filled up the tub, went to put Konnor in bed, then got the other two back in bed.  Went to light the candle and they had filled it with toothpaste.  So I then pulled back the shower curtain and there were my books, soaking wet.  I sure do enjoy my boys but sometimes they really can be little trouble makers :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


After a long flight, and skipping over an entire day their Guam layover began!  It's 20 hours later there than it is here in Hawaii so the time difference was a weird adjustment.  They stayed there for two days and took full advantage of their short stay at the beautiful Marriott Resort & Spa.  Lounging by the pool, snorkeling in the pristine waters, and eating at the five star restaurant occupied the majority of their time.  Glad they had such a fun opportunity before reaching their final destination.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saying goodbye for a little while...

So I did great holding it together, until they announced that we had five minutes, then the tears started to stream.  My goodness I miss him already!  The battalion commander came out and gave a really nice speech, he talked about how this mission was ground breaking and how proud he was of this great group of 13.  This group of soldiers will spend the next six months working side by side with the special operations command.  The brigade commander presented Kyle with a challenge coin and expressed his appreciation for his exceptional leadership and skill.  The Chaplin came out and brought snacks for the soldiers and their loved ones which was a nice show of support.
What a great group of men and women my husband will be serving with over the next several months!  Kyle Jo, know that we love you and are always thinking of you!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


I just remembered today that I have a blog, and lately I've been reminded at how much fun they can be!  So I'm recommitting myself to regularly update it!

As for us, Kyle is preparing for his fourth deployment.  We love our country, our military, and our army but no matter how much we love them deployments don't get any easier.  Konnor is only six months old so I think that he'll cope better than Kaleb and Kolby.  We've been trying to prepare the kids as best we can by talking to them and giving them lots of reminders of their hero.  We were blessed to get a donation from Army Community Service and Hugs To Go, they're these super cute stuffed soldiers with a picture frame face.  So today that was our project, choosing, printing, laminating (I KNOW my boys will be taking the pictures out to play with), and placing their favorite picture of daddy.

Lucky for us we have a very supportive family, they all chipped in to fly us home to Boston for the summer to be with them.  We're really looking forward to being able to spend a couple months with the love and support of family.