Posted in Christmas, Gifts, Uncategorized

When someone you didn’t expect gives you a Christmas gift…

The neighbors or coworkers give you a little gift this Christmas. You weren’t expecting it. You didn’t even think to get them anything. What do you do?

This is my dilemma every year, I swear. People give little somethings and I have nothing in return. You see, it’s not that I’m not in the spirit. It’s that I don’t think that far ajead a lot of times to consider getting or making things for others until it’s way too late to try. 

It’s not in your budget. It’s not expected. I’m at a loss at what to do now. 

What do you do when someone gives you something when you weren’t expecting anything? Do you rush to the store to get them something in return? Do you just humbly say thank you and accept it? Do you refuse it?

Posted in Christmas, shopping

3 places to get those Christmas gifts!

Halloween snuck up on us. Thanksgiving came and went quickly. Now we’re heading towards Christmas, are you ready with those gifts??

You’ve come to the perfect place. I have THREE options for you: 1) support someone who sells through direct sales or network marketing, 2) order products online by December 12, and 3) craft fairs!!

Support someone

Okay, you may think I’m crazy, but direct sales and network marketing are taking the consumer market into a whole new level of shopping! We’ve gone from mom & pop shops to corporate conglomerates and back down to direct sales where products are delivered to your own home! In our world of convenience, this is PERFECT!! 

Now how does direct sales and network marketing really work? No, it’s not pyramids. Pyramids are illegal in the US, seriously, we aren’t dumb. Direct sales and network marketing, also known as MLM, benefit your relative, friend, neighbor, it’s their livelihood. It’s a business they run themselves to earn money for their family. It’s the opposite of buying from a retailer where the profit goes to someone you don’t know and will likely never meet. Give someone you know some slack, try out whatever they’re selling!

You could also give yourself the gift of your own direct sales or network marketing business! I personally have two that you’re welcome to check out: and

Order online

Now, the second place to get those gifts is online! There are many online stores, even the handy Amazon! I just ordered a bunch of items on Amazon and they are scheduled to deliver the 22nd. So you may want to make sure you order by the 12th to get those needed items before Christmas! 

Gifts can range depending on who you’re buying for. It could be something for a family as one gift or for each child. Either way,amynpeople prefer to give something different or unusual, yet something they will appreciate, right?

I have my own direct sales products that I’ll shamelessly plug here. Currently for the US and Canada only, our products use a multi-med therapy designed by world renown & Stanford trained dermatologists with the #1 anti-aging and #1 acne brand in the US premium market. Comment below if you find yourself or someone you love who may be interested in your skin being smoother, clearer, glowing, and/or younger-looking.

Craft fairs

Here in Hawaii, we always have craft fairs as well, that’s another option to buying something unique! There are so many talented people who create such amazing things!! These fairs give you a chance to buy products from your own community! 

Whatever you decide to purchase for your family and friends, you’re on a deadline! Christmas is 15 days from my writing this post. Get on the ball!!

Posted in Christmas, Freebies

Christmas at the Kroc Center

Last Thursday evening I found an email from Honolulu Family that had a listing of Christmas activities around the island. It caught my attention especially since if like to take advantage of these activities for my 5 year old. I stopped to read the information about the free Christmas event at the Kroc Center in Kapolei, Hawaii because my son and I visited there last year.


We went to this event last year and had a blast! I shared the information with several friends and a couple decided to check it out with their kids. One of my sons friends was going to go with his mother, but she was already booked and asked if I could take her son. The two boys had so much fun!

At the event visitors can play in snow, take pictures with Santa, make their own gingerbread house or cookie, play a variety of games, build a race at or bracelet, stack Legos, balloon twisting, face painting, and so much more! It’s best to go early to be able to benefit from all the activities, but we arrived an hour or so late.

It took a while to find parking, but we were able to get a good spot near the entrance. After signing their waiver and attaching bands to our wrists, we noticed the super long lines for gingerbread houses. The boys did not want to wait, so we moved to the gingerbread cookie line. This line wasn’t even moving and the boys decided they wanted to go somewhere else. So we went to another building and got to build their own wooden race car, decorate it with markets and race it down the track.

They also decided they wanted to play with Legos and was told the kids could take whatever creation they built or take pieces they could fit into a plastic cup. While one child was busy grabbing Lego pieces to build at home, the other was actually building. There was an announcement that they were out of gingerbread houses and cookies and that the last showing of the Living Nativity was in 20 minutes. The boys collected the Legos they wanted then we headed for the Living Nativity.

Both boys are pretty young, so they really do not know much about the wise men or the little drummer boy, but they sat through the show quietly. Every now and then I whispered, “Who’s that?” or “The angel looked like she was going to fall off the roof!” I think it helped them to be more aware of all the people who were in the show, not just where the spot lights were.

The event ended shortly after the Living Nativity, so we left and decided to stop for a snack on the way home. The boys both played with their Legos and insisted on eating everything in sight. I’m sure they were both hungry. They did not want to go home, but both were yawning so I know they were tired.

On the way to dropping off my son’s friend, the boys said they want to build a gingerbread house. We are now planning a gingerbread house building play date. My son also wants to make his own gingerbread man, which they will decorate in his kindergarten class, but he wants to make his own from scratch. I guess that’s the plan for some Christmas presents, families of gingerbread people and pets! Sounds fun, but it also sounds like a ton of work!




Posted in budget, Christmas

It’s the thought that counts

It’s officially the holiday season; a season for giving and a season for spending. I’ve unofficially decided that the giving which requires monetary giving or spending is limited to my practically nonexistent budget. In other words, gift giving is limited to very low priced items.

I’ve been given great deals for a couple items for some while others I’m still searching for something perfect. My goal was to be done before Thanksgiving; unfortunately, that didn’t happen. So, I’m still searching!

I’m very thankful for awesome small business friends who offer fabulous deals on their products.

Are you breaking the bank for Christmas presents this year? Just remember, it’s the thought that counts, not the dollar value provided at retailers.