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Wailana Coffee House

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Address: 1860 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 955-1764

Since we ate a late lunch, we walked across the street to the Wailana Coffee House for a somewhat late dinner after chilling at the lagoon.

I ordered the guava-filled french toast and it was yummy. It was also interesting that there was coconut syrup available. You don’t see that often.

Joyce ordered the Hawaiian Breakfast: corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, and roasted banana.

Melody ordered the blueberry pancakes and Emily ordered the banana pancakes.  It’s not mentioned on the menu, but you can order a short stack of 2 pancakes instead of the 3 on the menu.

On the table are three different jams: Strawberry, Orange Marmalade, and Guava.  When your food comes out three syrups are brought out: regular maple, boysenberry, and coconut.

Service was good as we got water refills frequently and were attended to often.

There’s an IHOP next door.  However, you get a better deal (prices) at Wailana Coffee House, and IHOP doesn’t have coconut syrup or guava jam.  Supposedly, the eggs benedict (we didn’t try) are really good at Wailana too.  Wailana also has Macadamia Nut and Coconut pancakes.

– Norm

Children’s Menu [y]
Changing Station [n/a]
Highchairs/Boosters [y]
Stroller Access [IHOP-like]

Other reviews of Wailana Coffee House:
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urbanspoon
tripadvisor
Foursquare

Written by Joyce and Norm

March 26, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Pronto Pickle Grab & Go and Lanikai Juice

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Address for both on Hilton Hawaiian Village grounds: 2005 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815
Pronto Pickle Phone: (808) 949-4321
Lanikai Juice Phone: (808) 955-5500
Pronto Pickle Website: http://www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/dining/pronto-pickle
Lanikai Juice Website: http://www.lanikaijuice.com/

After getting off the airplane and taking a taxi to the Hilton Hawaiian Village for our overnight layover, we settled into our room and grabbed a late lunch at the Pronto Pickle Grab & Go and Lanikai Juice downstairs on the hotel grounds.

Pronto Pickle Grab & Go is a takeout/cafe type of place with a large variety of freshly-made or pre-packaged sandwiches, hot food, salads, etc. Of course, Emily decides to order the three cheese pizza. I also ordered the pineapple & golden raisin coleslaw and the teriyaki chicken/pork yakisoba.  There was also a baked ham sandwich we didn’t get to take a picture of.

For some reason, there was a bit a of ginger in the coleslaw, which the girls didn’t like, so I ended up eating all of it.  The baked ham sandwich was a bit plain with the exception of the provided mustard seed condiment.  There was a good amount of meat in the teriyaki chicken/pork yakisoba.  The three cheese pizza tasted like any other cheese pizza.

Emily wanted to grab a smoothie as a drink, so we made our way over to Lanikai Juice.  I ordered a Guava Lava for Joyce and myself to share and a Strawberry Shaka for each of the kids.  We all love smoothies, so you can imagine how it went down!

– Norm

Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [n]
Highchairs/Boosters [n]
Stroller Access [stroll on in]

Other reviews of Pronto Pickle Grab & Go and Lanikai Juice:
Pronto Pickle Yelp
Lanikai Juice Yelp
Pronto Pickle TripAdvisor
Lanikai Juice TripAdvisor
Pronto Pickle Yahoo! Local

Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season

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easterstoriesenEaster Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season
Written by multiple authors
Published by Plough Publishing House
February 2, 2015
383 pg
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Bunnies and egg hunts and Peeps. Never forget about the Peeps. 😜 Baskets and dye and tulips. These are the things we think of when someone mentions Easter. Those are all good and fun things, but what is even better is remember the real meaning of the celebration. The stories in this treasury help us remember what happened during the Holy Week up to the time of Jesus’ resurrection. And because it is a really, really thick book, there are lots and lots of tales to read through. How fun would it be to choose one or two to enjoy with your family before Easter brunch together each year? There are stories from storytellers like C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Ruth Sawyer, and many more!

I’m still making my way through the book, but my favorite so far is one of the first ones in the book. It is called How Donkeys Got the Spirit of Contradiction. Who doesn’t love a good story about a donkey? :p You’ll have to get your own copy to figure out why I enjoyed the story. Read the giveaway details below to find out how you can win this thoughtful book.

Find out more HERE!

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Easter Stories. Giveaway ends Sunday, March 29th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on Easter. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Joyce

Other reviews of Easter Stories:
amazon.com
goodreads
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

March 23, 2015 at 11:29 PM

23 Blast (DVD)

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Giveaway info at the end of post.
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23blast23 Blast
Released January 13, 2015!!
Capitol Christian
98 minutes
Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property)
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ABOUT 23 BLAST
This film is inspired by the true story of Travis Freeman. Travis (played by Mark Hapka) plays high school football  in a small town in Kentucky. He is loved by his local community, not just for his skills on the field, but for being an all-around great guy. In 1997, Travis contracts an infection and overnight he becomes blind. He thought his dreams of playing the game was over, but he overcomes many challenges with the help of his parents, physical therapist, coach, and best friend. He was able to get back on the field and help his team get to the state finals.

You all know I love a feel-good movie, and this is definitely one of those. While the events in the film did not happen exactly the way they did in real life, Travis Freeman did in fact have an unshakeable faith after he became blind. Stories like this is always welcomed over what is typically shown on the big screen targeting young people today. You can read about where Travis is today, and his thoughts about the movie HERE. (There is a 30-second ad before you can get to the article.)

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of 23 Blast DVD. Giveaway ends Friday, February 6th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below with anything related to sports/football or someone who has inspired you despite challenges in their life.
For extra entries,
Tweet: 23 Blast Review & #Giveaway (DVD) #football http://ctt.ec/r1eS9+about the DVD or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Joyce

Other reviews of 23 Blast:
Amazon.com
Christianbook.com
familychristian.com
imdb.com

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

January 29, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Philz Coffee Truck

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Address: Various Locations (1300 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110 for Customer Service or Facebook or Twitter)
Phone: (415) 834-5933
Website: http://www.philzcoffee.com/

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Starting the first week of 2015, the new Philz Coffee Truck started setting up shop a block from my workplace!  Days and hours are: Monday through Friday, 6am to 3pm.  Lines started forming, so I decided to go during non-meal hours to try and catch a short line.  The truck is based off of the successful local San Francisco coffee chain: Philz Coffee.  They do gourmet coffee – one cup at a time.  They grind the beans for your cup at the time of order and you can customize the cream/milk and sugar content.

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Before going, I perused the online menu on Urbanspoon or Menuism and decided to get Philtered Soul since I love all things sweet.  I chose “sweet” for the amount of sugar and wanted 2% milk for the cream.  However, the barista said they had a nonfat milk mixed with real whipping cream, so I decided to get that instead.  The coffee lived up to its hype and was AMAZING!

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Philtered Soul is: a medium dark roast coffee at its sweetest. the philtered soul has a burst of chocolate with an overwhelmingly satisfying aftertaste sure to please your souls deepest desires. a favorite of all coffee drinkers who posses a sweet tooth. note: this blend may contain traces of hazelnut.

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***Update 3/13/2015***: I tried the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee and it was smooth and creamy as advertised.  No wonder why everyone loves it.  Love the fresh mint leaves as well!

***Update 1/23/2015***: I tried the Hot Chocolate and it was sweet and you could taste the richness of the fresh cocoa beans.  Philz also whipped cream fresh and added it to the drink.

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Towards the front of the truck, they have a small slide-up window for pastries to compliment your beverage, if you so desire.

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Having the Philz Coffee Truck only a block away from work could be a really good thing…or really bad thing.

– Norm

Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [n]
Highchairs/Boosters [n]
Stroller Access [sidewalk]

Other reviews of the Philz Coffee Truck:
yelp

Written by Joyce and Norm

January 12, 2015 at 11:36 PM

Me So Hungry

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Address: Various (follow via Facebook or Twitter)
Phone: (415) 366-3886 or (415) 580-2869
Website: http://mesohungrytruck.com/

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The Me So Hungry food truck has been stopping by 1 block from my workplace recently, so I decided to finally try them out.  I ordered the Slider Sampler to taste the variety of their menu.  I should try their sweet potato fries, french fries, or onion rings too next time.

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Slider Sampler (love the soft bun on each of the sliders):

Cali Slider (left on picture) – Angus Beef, Smoked Apple-Wood Bacon, Balsamic Sauteed Onions, Gorgonzola Cheese.  The slider had a strong (maybe overpowering) Gorgonzola taste.  Love the balsamic sauteed onions and fresh greens.

Flyin’ Hawaiian Slider (center on picture) – Chicken Breast, Crispy Maui Onions, Chipotle Aioli.  There was a generous amount of shredded chicken and Sweet Chili Sauce.  The slider was a bit messy from the overabundance of sauce that overshadowed the crispy Maui onions.

Spicy PBJ Slider (right on picture) – Peanut Butter, Jelly, Sriracha, Smoked Apple-Wood Bacon Crumble, Sharp Cheddar.  Unbeatable combo of PB&J and bacon.  There was a hint of heat from the Sriracha.

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– Norm

Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [n]
Highchairs/Boosters [n]
Stroller Access [sidewalk]

Other reviews of Me So Hungry:
yelp
Roaming Hunger
FourSquare

Written by Joyce and Norm

December 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Small Talk

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1-9239fd6071Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most
Written by Amy Julia Becker
Published by Zondervan
October 28, 2014
240 pages
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After becoming a mom, did you feel a little lost? People all of a sudden have all this advice to give you about what to feed your baby, what not to feed your baby, what kinds of diapers to use, how to get them to sleep, and on and on, like you didn’t just get that business degree not so long ago. Do all these opinions matter in the grand scheme of things? What really matters? There is no book that teaches you these life skills of being a parent. I mean, sure there are parenting books that have techniques and methods, but if you have ever known more than one person, you know that all people are different and unique, kids included. How will someone else, who is not you, know how to parent your child, who is not their child? How will they know best how to love our children? Our children are always learning and growing, and so in the same way, we are also learning and growing. They come to us with their problems and questions. To be honest, it is sometimes annoying, especially when I don’t have the answer, am I right? :p But when we slow down enough to really hear them and listen to them, we discover more about ourselves and the world around us than they are discovering about themselves and the world around them.

For a long time, I thought my children were a distraction from the work God was doing in my life and in the world around me. I am starting to realize they are the work God is doing in my life. They are the invitation to give, to receive, to be humbled, to grow. They are the vehicles of grace. – p.13

When was the last time you had a conversation with your kids? What did you talk about? From beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles, and everything in-between, Amy Julia shares these conversations she has with her kids, and how that deepened her relationships with them. They helped her to understand more deeply what she believes and what God is doing in her own life. She invites us to have these same conversations with our own kids. What are some big questions your little kids are asking? Whether the questions and answers are simple or complex, we are always learning and growing, so why not learn and grow together with our kids.

ABOUT AMY JULIA BECKER
71Q75i-bbWL._UX250_Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Small Talk. Giveaway ends Sunday, December 7th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing what you talk to your kids about. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Joyce

Other reviews of Small Talk:
amazon.com
goodreads
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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