Mommy Moment Monday…Snacks that are pretty (and) nutritious!


I saw this picture of an awesome snack for kids on pinterest and had to share:

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I just thought it was so creative and cute.  In my dinosaur-obsessed household it would be a sure hit.  What are some of the favorite, pretty, and nutritious snacks in your house?  What’s the top request from your kiddos?  I’m always looking for ideas to get me through these summer days!  Have an awesome week!

 

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TriCare/ Therapy Thursday…what to do with unstructured time?


So as I’ve shared on oh-so-many posts, my kiddos have a ton of weekly appointments on top of their school day. Most nights we aren’t “off the clock” until well after 5:00 or even 6:00 pm.

However, summer is soon to be upon us, which will mean a lot less structured time. I saw this and thought it was a super cute way to involve kids in coming up with positive ways to keep themselves entertained and active. I always say, ” I’m not a cruise ship activities director!” :). Here’s to having a happy, positive and fun summer in between all of our appointments 🙂

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Mommy Moment Monday…SNOW DAY, AGAIN?!?!?!?!


ImageSo last night we saw that we had some winter weather coming our way.  But, we figured, hey, it’s March.  It’s almost Springtime.  Plus, we’ve already had more than 6 days off of school so far this year because of weather.  My kids even had to go on President’s Day to make up some of the time they’ve lost.  My husband and I were watching House of Cards with the fire blazing last night sure there was no way we’d have a weather day today, too.  But then we got the call from the school cancelling classes Monday.  Then my husband realized he had the day off too, that they were only requiring mission-essential personnel to report to post.  Instead of me being stuck inside all day with two hyper kids, we were all going to be getting a bonus weekend day.  And I’m seizing it.  The weather will be changing soon, and I’m pretty sure when I’m stressed out needing a break in May there isn’t going to be a “snow day.”  Have a great week!

Geocaching – Lists of Family Friendly Hawaii Caches and More


We have been participating in Geocaching now for about a month. We just found our 10th one! Why am I excited? Because often I can have the commitment issues. I love discovering new games, products, tips, and more. But after a few uses or a couple of rounds of a game; I get bored. It’s like when you listen to that great new song 50 times in a row and you hit that brick wall that if you hear it one more time; you’ll barf. So I have learned to try out new things before I commit financially or dedicate my time to doing it. But after about a month of geocaching I can say it is something I think as a family we are going to stick with for a while.

There are several reasons geocaching works for our family. You may have started and found it doesn’t work for yours. We did have a weekend where we thought this wasn’t for us. Hubs had a horrible attitude about it, we were 0/7 on finding them and someone threatened Hubs on a search! Needless to say we left that cache quick. We decided to try again the following weekend and had much better success and attitudes.

I thought long and hard about why we failed the previous weekend. Was it us? The caches? Difficulty? Weather? And what I discovered was the caches we were focusing on weren’t meant for families. We discovered some needed to be done at night, some were meant for adults and other’s for adventurers seekers. Well, we can’t go out at night with the kids. Crabby sleepy kids = no one has fun. Hiking along a one foot wide mountain ridge = loss of kids. I realized we needed a different approach.

I started researching the caches in-depth more. Here is the new search criteria I used:

  • Caches that are quick “park and grabs” (PnG)
  • Caches that are at parks
  • Caches along family friendly hiking trails
  • Places we could use the kids as cover (don’t be ashamed; they are the best tool!)
  • Caches located in a defined search area (since we live on a island; we are using the entire island. However, for you mainland folk I suggest setting a radius. ie. 30 miles.)

I then compiled lists:

  • The Date Night Special – Caches meant to be completed without kids.
  • North Shore Adventures – Caches located around Schofield Barracks and the North Shore.
  • Childs Play – Caches easily obtainable with kids in tow.
  • Rumble In The Night – Caches need to be completed at night.

I will be compiling and updated the lists as I come across them. I realized in the descriptions of the caches the difficulty and terrain rates are listed, but it still does not give a good overview of what is suitable for kids or families. This is not meant as a spoiler and I will not reveal the locations or give hints to the caches (however…I do always upload a photo of the contents of the cache to my instagram). The lists are merely a guideline to help other families navigate Hawaii geocaching. If you have a cache to add to a list please contact me and let us know.

Our Newest Adventure- Geocaching


I had a adrenaline rush yesterday when our family started geocache hunting. I only heard about this real world treasure hunt last week. However, it has been going on since 2000 (read more about the history of geocaching here). Contrary to the title, I don’t think it is too late to pick up this hobby. I think this is one hobby that doesn’t have a expiration date.

I was skeptical at first to join on board because was I was thinking “how many could possibly be in Hawaii?” I hate getting into a project or hobby only to realize we are limited by our location. Most crafts are hard to impossible to do due to the lack of craft stores on island. I stumble upon all these awesome projects on Pinterest but the supplies are often lost on our lowly Ben Franklin crafts store. Seriously, one is basically in a bowling alley basement. It’s sad and costly to keep shipping supplies from the mainland (TIP: If moving here, stock up on whatever craft supplies you use daily. I literally fill a suitcase when up when we visit the mainland during the holidays).

So I created our account at www.geocaching.com. and typed in our zip code to see if there was anything around us. Surprisingly there was. And there was a lot.

Next I downloaded the app. I was a bit worried at first and googled cheaper options. But most everyone agreed that the $10 for the official app was the best (I must be cheap because I tried to talk myself out of it and Hubs encouraged me to buy it). But if $10 gets us weekends of fun with our kids out of the house and away from the tv, Xbox, Wii and other brain draining electronics then so be it.

The app downloaded and we were off. And amazingly we found 4 by simply doing what errands needed to be done. It was great and the kids started getting into it. At first Hubs was grumpy and just wanted to drop me off to go find one. Guess he was embarrassed to look like the creeper I was in the parking lot. But I’ve reached that age (prematurely) where I don’t care to much what people think about me as long as I feel I’m doing my best. Normally, I’ve only seen this with family members who’s age is over 70 and like to tell me I’m fat (I’m not close to it). But hey, they are family right? Gotta love em’! But seriously, I love that lady.

After a small “come to Jesus” meeting with Hubs; he changed his tune and was helping me creep on the first cache we happened to run across. And found it!

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The kids weren’t too involved in the first hunt. We wanted to see what it was about and what it entailed. We didn’t want to introduce our kids to something that wasn’t worth it and have them get all excited. But after we found the first one we decided to see how the rest of the day went.

After resting we decided to head back out and finish up our errands. I decided to pull up the app and there were two AT Costco! So again they happened to fit into our plans and there was no extra traveling on our part. Seriously, I couldn’t get easier. That’s when I got hooked. Knowing finding caches could fit in with what we were already doing was awesome! And then realizing we could take a Saturday and plan an entire day out hunting them as a family I felt simple happy.

I strive hard to find things our family can do together. I have hobbies I enjoy, but I can’t do them with family. I like to read, play with photography and write. But none of those can include family participation.

I encourage you call to hop on over to the official geocaching website and see what it’s about. There are over 2 million cashes hidden worldwide.

Later on today I am planning on putting together our family geocache kit and making some trinkets with the kids to leave behind as our “we were hear” mark.