The Original Magic Bullet Deluxe has become my daily go to appliance since purchasing it 2 months ago. Making smoothies, salsa, grinding coffee beans and grating cheese is something I do almost daily. I love that I can make small portions and have less than a minute clean up time compared to my large Cuisinart blender and food processor that requires more clean up time and is bulkier to use. The motor on the Magic Bullet isn’t as powerful as the Cuisinart but it gets the job done in a quick amount of time if you are making a small portion. I’m giving this As Seen On TV product two thumbs up.
I picked up a couple of these island home decorations during the summer 2012 season here on Kauai and received one as a gift. All add a beachy feel to my home.
I’ve thrown away so many lanterns and flashlights due to damage caused by battery leakage. To solve the problem I take the batteries out once I’m done using it and store the batteries in separate zip lock bags based on size. Used batteries get labeled “used but good” and new batteries are label free. All bags get put in a recycled food container and stored in a cool area. Problem solved. If the lights go out, I light my candles first which are already out on display around my home and then get the flashlights and lanterns ready. This method has also made it easy to stay stocked up on batteries because it’s easy to see when I’m running low on a size. Currently I’m running low on AA and AAA.
Any time I hear the words ALL NATURAL or ORGANIC, I’m immediately interested. My kids sleep over at friends houses, go on weekend camping trips and attend a lot of other activities that bring them in close contact with other children and their belongings. I have always been very careful to wash all laundered items immediately when my kids get home and I have them wash from head to toe with lots of soap just incase they may have some kind of creepy crawly thing that is unseen to the naked eye on them from being away. After a friends recommendation for preventing hair lice from getting on my kids, I started using lavender and mint in my kids hair prior to any kind of prolonged activity with other children. Once my kids get home from being away, I have them wash with lavender and mint shampoo as well. I looked into my friends recommendation and found that it’s not a 100% preventative but it does help because hair lice like the smell of human skin and scalps. The strong smell of lavender and mint repels the lice. The product my friend recommended is the AVALON ORGANICS NOURISHING LAVENDER SHAMPOO. I do use it on my hair sometimes because I love the smell so much and I love that I’m using a product that is made with 70% organic content and 100% vegetarian ingredients. The shampoo gets the job done of washing your hair really well because of its thick lather but it dries your hair out a lot. To get the lavender and mint combination, I use a couple drops of my favorite mint oil with the amount of shampoo I need and mix it in a bowl before application. Before my kids head out the door for their activities I spritz their hair with a homemade combination of water, lavender oil and mint oil that I put into a small plastic spritzing bottle. The spritzer acts as a last minute walk out the door prevention if there isn’t enough time to shampoo my kids hair. I’ve written about the DOTERRA oils that I use here at this LINK.
A couple of months ago, I received two CANDLE LITE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS candles. One is in the scent lavender & cedarwood and the other scent is in vanilla & sandalwood. Both are made with oils in a soy wax blend. I’ve almost burned through most of the lavender & cedarwood. I’ve included a photo that captures how evenly these candles burn. I love that I received my favorite fragrances with the combination of the warm, woodsy, earth fragrance of wood that is very new to me. Burning these have made my home feel extra warm and cozy during my cold Hawaiian north wind nights and rainy days. These can be purchased at many places including Target, CVS, Walgreens and Amazon.
The MUD PIE TABLE TOP seaside inspired collection has been my favorite pieces for my home for a couple of years. The first piece I got was the Starfish Section Server and ever since receiving it as a gift, I’ve been collecting pieces here and there when I can to add touches of the ocean and beach to my kitchen and bathrooms. Some of the pieces that I have are sold seasonally or no longer available. Prices range from $8-$45.
One of the best purchases I have made for my kitchen is the BRITA VINTAGE WATER FILTER PITCHER. For years, my family and I drank filtered water out of plastic disposable water bottles, adding to the over flow of waste at our islands dump site. Eventually we switched to stainless steel reusable bottles but I was still having filtered water delivered to our home each month. I took it a step further several years ago, eliminating the need to purchase filtered water by getting the Brita Pitcher at my local Costco. Having filtered water all the time has never been so easy. Each FILTER lasts 2 1/2 to 3 months. The pitcher comes with an electronic indicator that keeps track of the life of the filter. I love this pitcher so much that I take it with me when ever me and my family will be away from home so that we can use it at our vacation spot. When purchasing replacement filters, I shop at my local Costco. You can find it at other locations including online but I’ve found that you get more bang for your buck when purchasing in bulk.
Every year, before or a little after Christmas, I purchase a new ornament that I wrap up and tuck away in my Christmas box to be opened the next holiday season. It’s become a tradition of giving myself and my ohana our first gift of the holiday season to add to our tree. Most of the ornaments on my tree are hand made by relatives or my keikies. Some, I’ve had custom made with names and dates. All remind me of special times and people in my life. This year, I’m going coastal and will be adding the SEA URCHIN ORNAMENT to our collection. My daughter went on a trip to California recently and brought me back several sea urchin shells. I love to showcase my shell collection from around the world in pretty sea glass bowls. During cleaning, I managed to crack all of the sea urchins over the course of several months because they are so delicate. Purchasing this ornament will remind me of my daughter and her thoughtfulness. For more information go to SEASIDE INSPIRED.