Author Archives: Heidi

About Heidi

My name is Heidi and I live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. I have three young girls and a baby son, and a husband who makes me laugh. We love to turn up the music and dance in the livingroom, bend down and smell fresh grass, and play at the beach in the sunshine. I run a stand up paddle school, sharing good times with tourists on the island. I love teaching stand up paddling, and it proves a challenge to do a good job raising a family while running a business. Like my post? Please leave a comment.

Hawaiian Chili Water – YUM!

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#2 Reason Why Hawaii is so Cool: They’ve Got Chili Water When I was first introduced to it, I was hesitant. I thought it would be spicy. I mean, it’s called “Chili Water”, so wouldn’t you think the same? And … Continue reading

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DIY Climbing Wall

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I totally loved this idea at my friend’s house! They had built a wooden shed on the side of their house, and creatively crafted a climbing wall on the outside. Taking pieces of scrap wood, they cut them into any kind of shape, smoothed it out a bit and screwed them in. That’s it. Continue reading

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Most Intriguing History Book Series for Kids and Adults

Way back in April 2011, I posted about two history books, one of which I had heard about and not yet read. Okay, so now we are reading it, and I LOVE it!! I give it raving reviews and recommend … Continue reading

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Birthday Party – Island Style

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My daughter’s birthday party was so super fun, and I want to share what we did so that you might be inspired when planning your next child’s birthday. I first want to give credit to Family Fun magazine for giving … Continue reading

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Ring in Peace


Ring in peace — literally. I gifted myself early this year with these seemingly magical chimes. Called ZENERGY chimes, these chimes are so well crafted that the tone resonates with perfect clarity and seem to have the effect of cleansing … Continue reading

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How to Keep Christ in “Christmas”

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How many other moms are being asked 3 times a day, “How many days until Christmas?” We started a tradition a few years ago that helps us keep Christ the center of our Christmas holiday as well as help the … Continue reading

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A Better Way To Praise America

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This may be a bit of a “soap-stand” post, but as moms with children in school, I believe I may be speaking to a wide audience of readers that have the same concern and the same ability as I to … Continue reading

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Treat Your Kids to a Spooky Halloween Dinner

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Halloween is TOMORROW! (Sometimes just that reminder is enough to scare moms!) First of all, I want to add my cheer for Kerri’s great and charitable Trick or Treating idea. I’m definitely doing it this year. Here’s a healthy way … Continue reading

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Best-o Pesto

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I served this pesto for dinner shortly after my girls devoured some delicious cookies. Believe it or not, my girls all commented, “Wow, this pasta is better than cookies!!” As pesto is usually a combination of basil, olive oil, garlic, … Continue reading

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I Love this Shark Vacuum


For many years I’ve been a Dyson user. I found it frustrating to use, but having been sold by Dyson’s pitch of being “the best vacuum in the world”, I was hesitant to settle for anything less. Well, when I … Continue reading

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