6/29/16

What To Do In Hawaii - KCC Farmer's Market #travel

I do believe Saturday mornings were made for farmer's markets. I heard great things about the KCC Farmer's Market, so I was excited to see what they had in store for us. It's located in the parking lot at Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Rd, in Honolulu.
There were SO many vendors at the Farmer's Market! There were nuts, candies, jams, jellies, honey, fruits, vegetables, candles, soaps, and so much more. It's the biggest farmer's market I've ever seen. I also noticed they are open on Tuesday evenings too.
It was late in the morning when we arrived, so we didn't get to spend as much time there as we wanted to, so we plan to visit again on another day. There were lots of unique fruits and vegetables that I'd never seen before!
The flower stands overflowed with gorgeous tropical flowers. Some of the flower stalks were taller than I am! There were delicious food samples to taste, and even local musicians to hear. Be sure to leave a tip for the musicians.
Check out these carrots -- they are as colorful as tropical flowers! We purchased avocados and tomatoes, as well as some delicious smokey salsa. TIP: take a backpack to carry your purchases so you can shop hands-free!
There are also lots of vendors cooking foods from all over the world. If you arrive early, you can have breakfast, shop until lunch, then eat lunch there too. Grab a delicious cup of Hawaii-grown coffee too!
Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes while you shop at the base of Diamondhead. It's a lot of fun and the prices are great too! We rode over from Wakiki on TheBus, and it took less than 30 minutes to get there.
Get more information about the KCC Farmer's Market HERE!

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6/28/16

Jewelry and Home Decor That Changes Lives

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Songa Designs International is an ecofriendly lifestyle and accessories brand with products crafted by women in Rwanda in East Africa. These necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belts, and other specialty accessories, are made using fair trade principles, and provide women the opportunity to earn their own income.
I received the Joya Pewter Pendant Necklace and I simply love it! Its curved lines and deep turquoise remind me of the rolling ocean around the Hawaiian islands. Songa Designs International has just announced the launch of a debut home decor collection of hand-crafted baskets that will be available worldwide beginning in July 2016.
You'll be able to dress up yourself and your home with these stylish, high-quality items from Songa Designs International, while helping women in Rwanda. "After the genocide, life was difficult," explains Jacqueline, Songa Design's banana leaf specialty artisan. "We were living in a small home that we rented, and were always asked to pay more and more money. I could not find a job and if my husband got sick we were afraid. But now that I have a job with Songa, I am the breadwinner. We are no longer renting and I can afford school for my children and health insurance for my family."
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6/27/16

What To Do In Hawaii - Iolani Palace #travel

Being in Hawaii doesn't just mean you get sandy beaches, warm sunshine, and ocean waves. It's also the opportunity to indulge in the rich heritage of Hawaii's royalty. Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. Hawaii has a fascinating, and sometimes sobering, history and learning about it made me appreciate these beautiful islands even more.
Iolani Palace is located in downtown Honolulu, at 364 South King Street. It surrounded by a large yard, filled with stately palm trees. Within the old military barracks (below), we found a gift shop where we purchased tickets for the audio tour of the palace. The audio tour was an invaluable tool for our visit. It allowed us to listen to the history behind each room in the palace, as well as allowed us to browse at our own pace. There were also people throughout the palace that were happy to answer questions or provide more information.
The Coronation Pavilion:
The Grand Hall Staircase:
The Throne Room:
The Queen's Bedroom:
A royal bathroom:
The King's Library:
The Music Room:
The King's Bedroom:
The entrance to the Queen's room of imprisonment:
There is so much to learn about Hawaii's history! I am purposely not sharing all of the rooms, nor the stories of the rooms, because you need to come and experience it yourself. I was amazed at how humbled I felt after leaving the palace. It is an incredible place, filled with exquisitely beautiful furniture, dishes, jewelry, weapons, decor, and so much more.
Iolani Palace is a "MUST DO" on your trip to Hawaii! When you're done exploring Iolani Palace, stop across the street for a photo of the iconic King Kamehameha statue.

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6/26/16

Bakery On Main - New Kid-Friendly Snacks for Summer

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Summer is such a busy season for everyone! Kids need constant fuel, whether they're at the beach, the zoo, the park, or the local swimming pool. With all that energy going out, it's important that kids (and parents) consume a variety of healthy foods.
Bakery On Main has created some amazing kid-friendly snacks that are delicious and nutritious. Bunches Of Crunches is a great out-of-the-bag snack. In flavors like Coconut Cacao and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Bunches Of Crunches is packed with superfoods.
This sweet and crunchy snack brings together Chia seeds, Cacao, and ancient grains such as Amaranth and Millet. Each serving offers 10g of whole grains to refuel your kids after a busy day in the sun. I love this crunchy sweet snack!
Bakery On Main also offers a variety of 4-4-8 Granola Bars. The convenience of individually wrapped granola bars means you can toss a few into your kids' backpacks or beach bags. Tuck a few into your handbag so you can have tasty goodness yourself during the day!
These kid-friendly bars come in great flavors like Oat and Honey, Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Each one provides 4g of protein, 4g of fiber, and 8g of sugar.
4-4-8 Bars are certified gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and made in the USA with a clean ingredient list. They are also low in sodium, trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. These snacks are free of dairy, casein, and refined sugar.
Bakery On Main makes incredibly delicious granola bars. My favorite one is the Double Chocolate, but the Peanut Butter and Chocolate is a very close second. These granola bars taste fresh out of the oven!
The 4-4-8 Granola Bars are just the right amount of chewy and softness without falling apart when you eat one. I really don't like granola bars that are so hard that they fall apart when you take a bite, and Bakery On Main has figured out the exact right combination of ingredients to avoid that.
Provide your kids the best kinds fuel this summer with Bakery On Main. Find out more information about these kid-friendly snacks at www.bakeryonmain.com. They've got lots of other great products that are good for you and your kids too, so check out their entire line of products!

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6/24/16

What To Do In Hawaii - Waikiki Aquarium #travel

While you're finished exploring the Honolulu Zoo, just down the road a bit you can visit the Waikiki Aquarium. Located at the south end of Waikiki Beach, the aquarium will give you some cool respite from the warm Hawaii sunshine. They are open from 9:00am-4:30pm daily.
Walking through the aquarium gave me an incredible sense of serenity. I watched the anemones and sea urchins wave their many tiny "arms" in the water like they were directing some great symphony. The colorful fishes darted back and forth inside the tanks as though they were in an animated conversation about finding Nemo.
I was captivated by the jellyfish and the rhythmic way they moved through the salty water. I could have stood there and watched them for days. The seahorses galloped through their little aquariums like they were on a racetrack, then wrapped their tiny tails around a plant to float and rest. I also saw corals, sea stars, shrimp, sharks, eels, starfish, and so much more!
Just outside, we saw the monk seals swim quickly and gracefully throughout their large tanks, then they clumsily dragged their heavy rubbery bodies up onto the rocks to greet the aquarium staff for their lunch. I didn't see any green sea turtles on the day we were there, but their brochure says they do have some of them. Maybe I'll be able see them the next time I go, or maybe even on the Hawaii beaches when they come up to sun on the sand!
The Waikiki Aquarium is amazing. There is plenty of written information about the creatures of the ocean near the aquarium tanks, and also the opportunity to use their audio tour equipment. It's a great way to get the family out of the sun for a few hours and learn about some of the most unusual creatures surrounding this beautiful island!

If you have plans to swim in the ocean around Hawaii, be sure to check their Box Jellyfish Calendar, because you'll need to stay out of the waters a few days each month!

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Summer Sweet Treat - Bauli Mini Chocolate Croissants

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If you're looking for a summer sweet treat that is also guilt-free, then you need to try Bauli Mini Chocolate Croissants. At just 50 calories each, you can indulge yourself with these delicious little snacks! Made with naturally leavened dough and no artificial colors, they are light and delectable.
Bigger than bite-sized, each Bauli Italian Mini Croissant is about 4 bites. The snack bags come 6 to a package, so it's easy to share with a friend. They are perfect an afternoon snack, or even an after-dinner dessert. Add a glass of milk and a slice of fruit and you have a whole breakfast meal!
Bauli Mini Chocolate Croissants have a creamy, dreamy filling of chocolate right in the middle. They also come in a Vanilla Custard flavor. These oven-baked sweet treats came out of the bag tasting freshly-made (without the baking mess in my kitchen). I highly recommend them!
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6/23/16

What To Do In Hawaii - Honolulu Zoo #travel

On the south end of the beautiful Waikiki Beach, we discovered the Honolulu Zoo. It's the best zoo for 2300 miles in any direction! Open daily from 9:00am-4:30pm, this wonderful zoo is home to over 200 species of animals.
There are so many gorgeous birds at the Honolulu Zoo and I learned that the zoo was originally a bird park, started from the personal collection of King David Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. A huge flock of pink flamingos greeted us near the entrance.
Honolulu Zoo features a Keiki Zoo (keiki means child in Hawaiian) that features interactive exhibits like nowhere else. They've combined playscapes with animal exhibits so children can climb up, around, and through right where the animals live, as well as places to touch some of the animals.
The hippo sculpture is a great place for a photo opp! There are alligators, tortoises, orangutans, chimpanzees, penguins, tigers, and lions. We saw an aardvark, a komodo dragon, and a gharial, which looks like an alligator with a long, pencil-shaped nose.
I even found Timon and Pumba! There was a meerkat exhibit and a warthog exhibit, but I couldn't catch either one of them standing still long enough for a good picture. The Honolulu Zoo is a fabulous place to spend the day.
There is also a beautiful Nene Sanctuary in the zoo and I learned that the Nene (below) is the Hawaiian state bird. It is a goose and is found exclusively in Hawaii. The species almost became extinct in the 1940s, but conservationists are working to protect them and increase their population.
The Honolulu Zoo also features lots of open grassy areas and playground areas, so it's a great place for a group outing. There are several places to eat and a gift shop, whose profits help support wildlife conservation.
The Honolulu Zoo features tropical forest animals, tropical giants, primates of the world, and an African Savanna section. There is so much to explore and learn! I was very impressed at how hard they work to keep everything so clean.
The Honolulu Zoo is located at 151 Kapahulu Avenue and you can check out their website at www.honoluluzoo.org. They will even host your birthday parties, special events, and company parties.
On Wednesday nights through August 10th, stop by the The Wildest Show In Town, featuring live local entertainment, including music, ukulele giveaways, snacks, crafts for kids, and much more, for just a $3 entry fee!
www.honoluluzoo.org

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