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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Loving Lovebirds!

I was finally able to take a picture of the lovebirds together!

We have a few more Halloween functions to attend so the girls are definitely getting some use out of their costumes! (Thank goodness!)

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Preview

Just a few more days until Halloween! Fun, fun and more fun!

Here's what I've been up to......

Halloween Lanterns with Christmas Lights Inside

My kids are going as Lovebirds this year. I don't have a picture of them together yet but will take one this weekend:

More to come!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

And the Winner of the Halloween Bunting is......

Number 12! "Smother Mother!"

Congratulations! Smother Mother, please check your email! I will send you a message on how to claim your prize! (Basically, what is your address?)

Thanks to everyone for their interest!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Hapa in a Magazine!

Months ago I received an email asking if I would like to have "Happy Hapa" featured in a local magazine. 

Whaaaat? MY Happy Hapa? Seriously? 

Apparently the magazine was looking to showcase handmade baby/children items made by Hawaii artists. The email was intriguing but I didn't think it was real. I mean, with all the shops in Hawaii, why mine? (I know! I know! Why NOT mine?) 

After doing a little bit of research I came to the realization that everything was legit! How could I say "no"? I absolutely, undeniably HAD to SEIZE the opportunity!

The first step was to answer some interview questions. Not surprising I spent way too much time over-thinking every single one of them. Next I had to decide which pictures to submit (again...overly obsessed). At this point only my family and a few friends knew anything about what was going on. I was afraid if I made it public I would jinx myself and the whole thing wouldn't happen. 

Then I crossed my fingers and waited.

And waited.

And waited. 

That is until my girlfriend, Maureen called to tell me she spotted the new issue and that Happy Hapa and Momo were in it! Here's the magazine:

And here's the "mention" with a picture of Momo (upper right) wearing the "Rock Skirt" that I made!

NO WAY!!! (YES WAY!!!)

I didn't even notice that another Happy Hapa creation was in the back of the magazine until Maureen messaged me (Thanks Maureen!!!)

I honestly didn't know which picture(s) was going to be selected for the article so you can imagine my delight when I saw Momo in the magazine. What was her reaction to seeing for the first time?

"That is weird."

But maybe to a 4-year old "weird" means "cool?" Because she seems okay here:

I am super stoked about the whole thing! It's amazing how seeing one picture and two little words ("Happy Hapa")in a magazine can brighten up your day! :)

Thanks so much to Sascha from "Where Oahu" magazine for the opportunity! :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Bunting Giveaway!

It's almost HALLOWEEN!!! So to get into the spirit of things (and to revamp my blog) I thought I'd host a giveaway!  

This giveaway has to be a quickie, since Halloween is only 19 (EEK!) days away! 

Here is what the winner will get:

A reversible Halloween bunting (banner, pennant) made with fabrics from Riley Blake's Halloween line. It is double sided so you can hang it across the room and both sides will show! Reuse it year after year!

Here are the fabrics:

I am going to make it easy to enter (with additional chances to win for those that want more chances!) 

Here's how to enter:

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment!(Please make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!)

That's it! That's all you have to do! But if you want more chances to win here are some options. Each will get you another entry!

*Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect or Networked blogs. Be sure to comment to tell me that you do!

*"Like" me on Facebook (Happy Hapa). If you already do, THANK YOU! Leave a comment telling me so!

Giveaway will run for one week starting today - winner will be chosen via Random.org at midnight, Hawaii time on Wednesday, October 19th and announced here on my blog as well as sent an email notification. Winner has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address - if not a new winner will be chosen.

Open to U.S. and Canada residents. 

Can't wait and want one now? I have one listed in my Etsy shop!

Happy early Halloween!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Still Hot Here!

While our friends on the mainland are talking about cooler weather we had temperatures in the nineties this week! Wherever you are, Happy Hump Day! Enjoy the rest of your week!

For more Wordless Wednesday visit 5 Minutes for Mom.

*Thanks to my friend Dani for this awesome shot of Momo! Dani, did you start blogging yet?!? :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

King's Hawaiian Bread - Digital Rewards Program!

King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread....if you've ever had it you know you want some. If you've never had it....you are missing out!

King's Hawaiian Bread brings me back to my childhood days growing up in Japan (of all places!) I remember my father would always bring home a loaf or two of Sweet Bread after traveling to Hawaii for work. We always looked forward to that big, round aluminum pan full of sweetness! So much to the point that we wouldn't bother with utensils - we would eat it straight out of the pan, tearing pieces off with our fingers!

Now that we live in Hawaii we are lucky to be able to find King's Hawaiian products just about anywhere we shop for groceries. The "Savory Butter Rolls" are a staple in our house. They are the perfect size for kid's sandwiches or to take to potlucks! If you've been following my blog you may remember this post I did about King's Hawaiian Bread:

Mini Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

Click on the link to find the recipe!

Well, our good friends over at King's Hawaiian are making things a little bit more fun by starting a "Rewards Program" - the first of it's kind in their 60-year history! Earn points and prizes, enjoy free downloads (coloring pages, recipe books, etc.) and enter for a chance to win FREE BREAD FOR A YEAR! (52 coupons valid for $4.99 of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread.)*

Interested? Want to sign up? Check out their Rewards Website for more information and contest rules! 

Thanks, King's Hawaiian!

*Apologies to the residents of Hawaii as we are excluded from winning the grand prize of free bread for a year. But don't let that stop you from playing or keep you from enjoying King's Hawaiian bread. After all, we can get it just about anywhere! :)