Honolulu Cookie Company: The perfect gift for your ‘Ohana! (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Honolulu Cookie Company - what a cute container!

 

When living in Hawaii, I experienced not only the amazing scenery and culture, but also some amazing new foods and treats.  Now back on the mainland, sometimes a taste is all it takes to bring me back to Hawaii.  It may have been nearly 8 years ago that I left the beautiful islands, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday.  Honolulu Cookie Company is a great way to bring back those memories.  With their signature pineapple shape and natural Hawaiian fruit flavors, these shortbread cookies are a wonderful gift idea for your ‘Ohana! 

Honolulu Cookie Company began in 1998, in…you guessed it…Honolulu, Hawaii!  Eventually they expanded to Las Vegas, Guam, and the island of Maui.  Gift baskets, care packages, and individual products can also be purchased on their website.  Cookies are baked fresh each day, treated with individual attention as they are created, and wrapped by hand in their signature packaging. 

At Honolulu Cookie, you will find classic Hawaiian flavors such as Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Lilikoi (Passion Fruit), Guava, Coconut, Mango, and of course Pineapple.  These flavors come by themselves with hand placed cookie centers, some combined flavors, or even chocolate dipped (Guittard white, milk, or decadent dark chocolate).  You will also find seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and white chocolate dipped pumpkin, as well as holiday flavors that are released in early November each year. 

 

Honolulu Cookie Company has plenty of flavors to offer!

 

My package from Honolulu Cookie Company included quite the variety of flavors!  I received the Ultimate Collection Pineapple Shape Box.  Inside the cute pineapple container, I found 21 individually wrapped cookies and a list of the 16 flavors included.  If you aren’t sure what flavor to get, this box is absolutely perfect, giving you a little taste of each.  Here is a list of the flavors I got to try:

Flavors:16 Flavors

  • Butter Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Chocolate Chip Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Chocolate Dipped Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Coconut (1 piece)
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut (1 piece)
  • Dark Chocolate Kona Coffee (1 piece)
  • Dark Triple Chocolate Macadamia (1 piece)
  • Guava (1 piece)
  • Kona Coffee (2 pieces)
  • Lilikoi (passion fruit) (1 piece)
  • Mango Macadamia (1 piece)
  • Pineapple Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • White Chocolate Coconut (1 piece)
  • White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia (1 piece)
  • White Chocolate Kona Coffee (1 piece)
  • White Triple Chocolate Macadamia (1 piece)

I honestly couldn’t tell you which was my favorite…they were all so good!  The chocolate was a great touch to some of the flavors, and the fruit and coffee bean pieces were also a fun addition.  My picky children even kept stealing bites of the cookies as I tried them. 

Whether you are searching for gift for a birthday, graduation, wedding, or other occasion, you will find something from Honolulu Cookie Co. that is sure to be perfect.  From gift trays with thank you ribbons, to favor boxes and mini tins, Honolulu Cookie Company has a fantastic variety to choose from.  I also recommend keeping an eye on their special offers to see what specials they may have. 

 

Elderly Care: Deciding whether staying home is best

 

Moving your elderly or disabled loved one into a care facility is a decision that you’re likely to eventually come across. It is an incredibly difficult and heartbreaking decision and can affect the whole family. But while it is sometimes necessary to place your loved one in assisted living, there are ways to keep them at home for as long as possible. In this post, you will find information on how to decrease the burden of being a caretaker, how to keep your family member safe in their home, and when you should consider placing them in assisted living.  

 

Keeping Your Senior Family Member at Home

As people age, they often develop health conditions that make it nearly impossible to safely live on their own. Memory can start to fade, their ability to navigate their home safely might decline, or they might have a condition that poses an immediate threat to them if help isn’t immediately available. How can you help them?

First, the most common solution is to provide help yourself. Depending on the severity of their condition, you can stop by their home on a regular basis and provide help with things that they can no longer do. Tasks such as cooking, taking medications as directed, maintaining good hygiene, and caring for any pets they might have can be difficult for a senior. By dedicating a portion of your time to doing these tasks for them, you can greatly affect their ability to remain at home. Occasionally, their health is much worse and it might be necessary for them to have constant supervision. This can have a dramatic effect on your own life. Try to get help from other family members to spread out the duties. The longer you can handle being a caretaker, the longer they’ll be able to stay at home.

One of the most important factors that affect keeping your elderly family member at home is their ability to move around safely. This is of even greater importance when you can’t be there at all times. Things such as a stair chair lift can help keep them safe. Having an emergency service ready at the press of a button can also greatly impact their ability to stay at home. Seniors often have to worry about falling and not being able to get back up on their own, or even being injured.  While a chair lift will decrease the likelihood of injuries occurring on the stairs, seniors still need an emergency button located on their person.

If your loved one still prepares their own food, you can replace older forms of cooking technology with safer versions. Gas stoves are a bigger danger than electric. A simple lapse in memory can turn something as simple as cooking a burger into a life-threatening affair. Installing an electric stove or another cooking implement, that isn’t as dangerous, can greatly affect their safety for the better. Some newer stoves even have an automatic off for the stove or oven after a certain length of time.

Finances can also affect their ability to stay at home. It’s important to save money. When you attempt to care for your elderly family member, you essentially take on responsibility of their finances. They might have their own money to supplement your efforts, but the cost of maintaining their home and their needs can be astronomical. Use coupons to save money on purchases for the home. Seek government aid if possible to alleviate some of the financial burdens. There are a lot of different resources for caretakers to take advantage of.

 

Knowing When it’s Time to Stop

This is the hard part. Sometimes it becomes too difficult to continue the amount of care needed. You can’t be expected to sacrifice your own health and happiness to keep your loved one in your home. There are a few different signs that it’s simply time to stop being a caretaker.

First, you have to be honest about how much you can handle. You probably have your own family to take care of by time your elders have reached the age that they need help. If your responsibilities as a caretaker are damaging your health or your relationship with your family, it’s time to consider assisted living.

With certain conditions, you might notice violence or tendencies to self-harm. When these behaviors start to show, it’s time to get help. As much as you love your family member, these behaviors are not only dangerous for your loved one, but they’re also a serious threat to you. Assisted living centers have staff that are trained to deal with such behaviors in a way that’s best for your loved one.

It’s a difficult choice and most people often feel guilty; however, a proper assisted living center can greatly help you and your loved one. You can help out by ensuring that the center is a good one. Forbes has recently put out a list of questions for you to ask about a center before moving your family member in.  Consider taking a look if you are facing this situation in the near future.

 

Cut the Cord and Save Money With Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player

Our family spends a lot of time together, when we can.  Of course, things get in the way sometimes – errands, jobs, house repairs, and everything else that life demands of us before we get to the fun parts.  So when we sit down and want to watch something together, or put something specific in the background to match the mood of our activity, we realized that cable and satellite TV just weren’t for us.  DVR helped, but we really preferred the ability to avoid wasting time with commercials, and pick exactly what we want to watch instead of hoping it happened to be on tonight (so much has changed since we were young, right?!).  We really just couldn’t justify the cost of the television service when it didn’t fit our needs, budget, or lifestyle.

Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player

 

So we did it.  We cut the cord.  We use streaming services.  Even paying a subscription for multiple services has cut our bill drastically.  Our TV is a Smart TV, but to be honest, it’s pretty slow.  Bringing up menus or apps is almost worse than sitting through commercials, so we needed another option.  That’s when we added a little sibling to our Google Home, in the form of a Google Chromecast.  The Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player has made streaming easy, since we can go straight from our phones or our Google Home devices to the TV.  It doesn’t have a confusing software system to set up or navigate, you just pick what you want, and it plays.  We definitely recommend heading to BestBuy to see if it might be the perfect fit for your family, or some lucky friends, this Christmas!

 

Product Specs: 
Features
All together now
Watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your TV from all your family’s devices.¹
 
Stream from your phone to TV
Plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV and to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.
 
Works with the streaming apps you know and love
Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. Find more at g.co/chromecast/¹
 
Start streaming with just your voice
Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.²
 
“Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV.” ¹
 
Upgrade your TV for less
Expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It’s so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house.
 
High-speed wireless connectivity
Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).
 
Compatible with your existing HDTV
Easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity.
 
¹ Subscriptions are required to view some content.
 
² Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.
 
Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.
 
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

A Simple Guide To Re-Decorating Your Bedroom

 

Simple guide to re-decorating your bedroom

 

Thinking about revamping your bedroom?  The first thing you need to decide is what to do with your existing furniture.  Will you donate it, or mix and match it to fit your new color scheme?  Then you need to consider other things.  What color will you choose to paint the walls?  Do you need a rug?  Will there be enough room for a nightstand or dresser?  There are so many questions, but decorating your bedroom can be fun and exciting, especially with the right guide.

Consulting with interior designers might be a good start, but there are dozens of online sources to consider first.  There is no need for spreadsheets with floor plans or project management software to track your progress.  A simple to-do list will do the trick.  Here are a few tips to get you started! 

 

Create A Basic Plan

This plan does not have to be a fully thought out process.  Just create a short list of ideas to get you started.  For example, think about the type of furniture that you love and the different materials that excite you.  To get some ideas, visit Pinterest.  They have loads of ideas and pictures to get those creative juices flowing! 

 

A few checkpoints to follow for finishing touches include:

Wall Paint

A fresh coat of paint can create an environment that is warm and subtle.  By choosing the right colors, you can create a peaceful place to rest your head at night.  However, study what each color represents and how it affects the body.

 

Pillows

Pillows are a necessity.  The more the better! However, you want to make sure that the bed is comfortable and you can actually sleep in it.  Any where from one to six pillows can be enough, just try not to over-do it!  

 

A Place To Sit Down

It doesn’t have to be a large chair that fills up too much space, but a small ottoman chair or bench will add a nice touch.  Think about having a place to put on your shoes or sit down while talking to a friend on the phone.  

 

Color, Color, Color

If you decide to have a whitewashed setting, think about including a pop of color. Something bold and playful.  This can be one of the most fun things about redecorating your bedroom.  Continue reading below for more color tips, or check out Pinterest for ideas on how to add in pops of color.  

 

Purchase A High-Quality Mattress

On average, you can spend eight hours a day in this one spot.  Choose a mattress store that has a large selection of good mattresses to give you the support you need.  If you are hesitant about spending much on a mattress, keep in mind that a good mattress can last up to 15 years and make a difference in not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

 

A Nightstand That Compliments Your Style

Do you enjoy having a place to put your favorite magazine or book, or need somewhere to put your wireless charging stand to quickly access your phone? A nightstand can be the finishing touch you need.  It solves so many problems yet can be a great compliment to the rest of your room.  

 

Color Color Color

 

Choosing Colors for a Relaxed Atmosphere

How colors can change the mood

Colors have the potential to change your mood and behavior instantly.  For example, the color red has a bold and intense feel to it, while blue can give you a calm and relaxed feel.  

While decorating your bedroom, think about the principles of color psychology and include it into your designs.  

 

How Colors Effect The Way We Sleep

Sleep specialists recommend using colors that are toned down.  Shades that give off a softer feel will enhance your quality of sleep.  Still don’t know what colors to choose?  Below is a list of colors that can get you started:

 

Purple

The color purple can inspire creativity.  However, it comes with a downside.  The color can induce nightmares and generally reduce you to 5 hours of restful sleep.

 

Dark Gray Blue

This color is soothing and retains a calm collective vibe.  It can be a boring color, however.  Adding that pop of color we discussed earlier will do the trick.

 

Soft Green

Soft green can enhance the feeling of contentment and serenity.  The color is similar to a light pistachio hue and offers an elegant, yet grounded design.

 

 

To conclude….

Your bedroom doesn’t have to be just a place to lay your head and get dressed.  By creating an atmosphere that is quiet and relaxing, it can give you a place to unwind at the end of the day.  Think of it as a peaceful safe haven that you have created to get you through some of the bad days.  Choose your designs carefully and your colors with certainty.  It may take a little longer, but you will definitely be happier with the end result.  

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