Monday, July 25, 2011

Things brought back from Honolulu

Things brought back from Honolulu, this time.
Noah received Diary Of a Wimpy Kid Roderick Rules, dvd for his birthday and 2 DS cards, the new Phinneas and Ferb card and the Sonic collection card (many Sonic games in one card). Noboru got the Resident Evil 4 Wii game for himself to enjoy late at night after the boys go to sleep. We got the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii game, Noboru and the boys play this almost every day for a little bit, they love this. And we got the Wii, Just Dance, and the Zumba. I wanted these 2 to help mix up my daily workouts. And they are so fun! However turns out the family also loves the Just Dance on the Wii.
Backpacks.
Reinforced and comfort designed.
The Phinneas and Ferb backpack, well made and also cheap/quite the bargain! $10 US.
Phinneas and Ferb. So hugely popular right now! Noah's backpack.
Branden got this Ben 10 backpack. Ben 10's also a pretty popular cartoon right now, even here in Japan.
Noah has been wanting a wallet for some time. Branden has a Spongebob one. Until now....Noah has been using one of my cheap discarded change purses. He was very happy to get this as one of his birthday presents.
With Noah starting the ichinensei next year, we also got Noah this backpack to use for next year when he has ensoku or something. : ) Video games are pretty popular for a lot of kids in Japan. Well the world over, I guess. : ) And everyone knows who Mario is. And the cute design of this, people will see the overall colors and pattern and know...right away that it's a Mario backpack. Noah's going to fit in really well at elementary school next year, I just know it! ; ) This shop at Ala Moana has all sorts of cool character backpacks, we got the Ben 10 backpack, wallet and Mario backpack from the shop at Ala Moana (backpacks were around $25-ish depending on the one you want). The Phinneas and Ferb we got at Walmart $10 (but selection was limited to 2 styles for boys and 2 different ones for girls). Walmart is within walking distance of Ala Moana mall and hotel.
Cinnamon toothpaste. And kids shampoo for Branden and Noah. These smell so good.
A Costco amount of tampons. @_@
Mrs. Butterworth's and caramel machiatto creamer for coffee.
A big bottle of salsa for like $5 from Costco. 2 generic/store brand cans of enchilada sauce. 2 cans of chili beans. Target brand chili beans, it was cheaper and I don't mind store brand one single bit! : ) And the Kraft bbq sauce on sale at Target for $1 or $1.15 a bottle. So considering the exchange rate about 100 yen a bottle. They had pricier brands for up to $4-5 bucks a bottle, but this is perfectly fine for us. : )
Fajita seasoning packets and buffalo wing packets. Buffalo wing marinade, never tried the sauce from the bottle, we'll see how it goes. Parmesan cheese, 1 packet of chicken flavored rice soup. Never tried this brand curious to try. ; ) And Miracle Whip. I'm frugal for most everything but not the Miracle Whip. My favorite sandwich spread. : )
Rice a Roni, such a rice a roni girl, I am. : ) And pasta side dish helpers, but can also be turned into a main dish if you add chicken and broccoli or something.
Stir in ideas for sure. : )
Yummy strawberry cake mix, whipped cream frosting, can't find whipped cream frosting in Guam, so always stock up on it, in the mainland or Hawaii is fine too, they carry it too, or order from FBC when in a jam. : ) Like if I've run out type thing. Plus the 2 cans I got in California in March, so we have 6 whip cream frostings hiding in the pantry now and with expiration dates that last 2 years so not too bad. Peanut butter toppings for sundaes and chopped up nuts for sundaes too. Yep Summer's here and that means, sundaes, shave ice/kakigori, garigari and more. : ) Oh yeah also picked up sundae sprinkles and I'll also use them for cupcakes.
Reverse Oreos and also, I saw on Target online that they had a limited edition Dairy Queen blizzard flavor of Oreo only sold at Target, we happened to be there at the right time and picked up a bag.
From Costco, we got a big size of Nesquik for chocolate milk for the boys. A big bottle of cinnamon, I like to bake apple pie, apple crumble as you know in Fall and Winter and it was only $2-$2.50 for that big size, so I had to get that. We'll use it, so it won't go to waste. And my favorite Italian dressing. I like this because it's not too overly sour or over vinegary like some Italian dressings can be. This one is full of flavor without over doing the sourness/tartness whatever..you know what I mean. : ) I hope. : )
Leftover birthday plates and napkins from Noah's birthday. They come with, 20 plates and napkins and since it's just us 4, we can actually use for 5 birthdays. Also picked up, cupcake cups and writing pens for cakes, etc.
I liked these cupcake cups and the cupcake toppers.
Candy for family movie night. Cheap, $1 a box at Target.
Ice cream maker! There are so many home appliances I want/wish/dream to bring back with me. But I usually only bring 1 each time. And many times I don't due to space in suitcase issues. : ) I researched icecream makers at Target like crazy. Read all the reviews. I was going to pick the wood old fashion looking kind. Looks like something Aunt Bee and Opie Taylor would churn ice-cream with. However it had the worst reviews. : ( Nearly everyone said the motor died first time they used it. Forget that. No way was I going to devote 1/4 or 1/2 of a suitcase to something that would break. Nope, not gonna happen. So, I picked one with great reviews plus the $30-33 price range I loved too. So, I chose this one. : )
It seems easy to make, and the reviews seemed to echo that as well.
I also liked the shape of them...they look like huge cupcakes! LOL, they do! And they come with 2 bowls so you can make 2 different flavors. And it didn't even take up barely any room in the suitcase. : )
After the 4th, it seems all Summer stuff goes on sale. I'm definitely happy about that. A flip flop towel. I really liked this a lot.
Noboru saw this and he loved it so much, he said. You have to get this. There were only 2 left, he threw 1 in our cart for me. I said...I just picked the flip flop one though. And keep in mind this guy dislikes shopping with a passion...he said...that's okay I'll get you both. @_@ Ummm okay then. And so, that's how I ended up with 2 towels. : )
Heading to the beach or going to the pool towels.
Noboru's 2 tees he picked from Target.
Calendar from Walmart...75 cents or 79 cents, and with living here I sometimes have a tough time keeping up with American holidays so this helps. : ) Undies for me. And Tums for the hub and myself (antacids)
Noboru wants me to put this on my tiny red car. I sorta am on the fence about it. I like having a car with no markings of any kind so it's indistinguishable from any other car like that. So, I haven't made up my mind if I'll use it yet. : )
From Target...
Jersey sheets. Basically tee-shirt soft and feel type sheets.
A new comforter for our bed as well as the sheets up above. I liked these nautical stripes, very preppy and current.
Different shades of blue. But the same basic stripe thing going on.
We've been using this since we returned to Japan from Hawaii. I ran to the laundry mat the day after we returned to give them a quick wash up before putting them on the bed.
And it was a sheet set...set meaning it included the pillow cases as well as the fitted sheet and top sheet.
For the guy who truly hates to shop, he finally got a new pair of Crocs, yay. : ) And the boys for new Jibbitz for their Crocs. 1 Mario each and the other, they'll have to rock paper scissor each other for it and we'll see who gets that. Just until we can get another one. : )
A big bag for me. I liked it because it could be laundered and washed easily. And I liked the Summery feel of it too.
Perry the Platypus tee for Noah (from Phinneas and Ferb) and Ben 10 for Branden.
Sale items from Old Navy. Hats for Branden.
Such a savings.
The 2 hats for Branden. Wow they were such a cheap price and are so cute on. 2 pair for $5 flip flops.
Noboru finally admitted defeat a few months ago and said he was going to finally replace his swim wear and tees and add 2 pair of shorts.
Again, it was just all the sales that seemed to also be happening at the time.
Consider the price paid when considering the exchange rate.
He wasn't just looking for sale stuff, like the whole store was on sale. Made us happy though. : )
See the 75% off sign outside the store?
I like preppy style, just always have. I'm pretty conservative that way. Gap, Old Navy Banana Republic, J Crew type shops totally right up my alley. I found these madras skirts and at 75% off as you can see the sign, this was $5 US or $5.50 in the end each skirt!!! So cheap, Noboru told me...get both colors.
So, I did. 2 very cute madras skirts (very cheap price though yay) and 1 pair of shorts, but these are the newer balloon type style. A lot of ladies are wearing that style here in Japan. And they were on sale, so why not. Noboru told me to go for it.
See the pleat at the top and balloon sort of round shape, are really flattering on some body shapes.
And a madras dress.
And a nude strapless bra to wear with the strapless dress. : )
A conservative pair of green cargo shorts they hit mid thigh so they're not too long and not too short either. And a black dress.
It's a conservative dress, black and has some flowers on one side of the bottom of the dress. Not all over and I like that it's kept really simple. I will wear with black flip flops and a summer weight 3/4 sleeve cardigan.
While shopping at the Disney Store at Ala Moana. They had a good size Phinneas and Ferb section and selection. These were sort of pricy. Like $30-35 for a sweatshirt. And even at Gap, I'm willing to buy at the outlet instead if I can get a savings. But the kids really were excited seeing this. And usually I'll go home and think about it. But there was only 1 each in each of their sizes. And given the amount of tourists, it definitely could have been gone. So, I said sure. This was the one splurge thing they got. But I'm still happy they got it for this coming Winter. And they're both a bit baggy and long in the arms now but they'll grow into them. regarding Phinneas and Ferb, in general. This is a really popular cartoon right now. Anyway, in March when I was in Guam and we were getting the boys a pair of Phinneas and Ferb low tops, the lady working there and helping us and checking/ringing us at the counter later said..... by the way for what it's worth, she was not a little kid obviously : ) she was a grown up, a brunette college aged girl and she said...."I love Phinneas and Ferb so much, if they had a pair in my size I'd buy them!" I thought at the time...wow I know my little kids like Phinneas and Ferb, but I didn't know it was popular among the uni kids too. : ) So anyway fast forward to now. I'm at the check out at the Disney Store in Honolulu, at the Ala Moana shopping center holding 2 Phinneas and Ferb sweatshirts. Just waiting in line. And then it's my turn. The also uni aged, (blonde) sales lady tells me and the boys...OMG!!! I LOVE Phinneas and Ferb. And then she...and I am not kidding you. Started singing me/us a mix of all the Phinneas and Ferb songs. "My name is Doof and you do what I say ohh ohhh"....and another song and another song, like 5 songs. I mean she had all the songs like memorized. She sang like a paragraph of each song. I didn't quite know what to do at that point. @_@ She truly seemed like a fan of Phinneas and Ferb. I quickly thought to myself...now I can take this 1 of 2 ways. #1, she's as crazy as speedo up the buttcheeks guy at the beach the other day. or I can take it as #2...she's just a nice very young bubbly personality type girl who honestly really does love Phinneas and Ferb. I chose #2, And so, I smiled and I told her...you know I had no idea how popular it was. At this point, we had backed up the other people waiting behind us during her P& F remix. But she happily told me...yes it's really hugely popular right now. She honestly made my night she was so nice. She waved us good bye and we left the store. Branden commented outside...he said, she was REALLY nice!!! Noah had to chime in and say...yeah and she knows all the P&F songs!!! Apparently a totally 5 out of 5 stars in his opinion! So, we all loved the check out lady at the Disney Store. She rocked. : )
Phinneas and Ferb sweatshirts. Hanging in closets and waiting for Winter. : )
Bath and Body Works. These are antibacterial hand soaps. From left to right, Kitchen lemon (cuts odors when you're cooking and/or handling raw meats during prep of dinner), Vanilla Berry sorbet (for the upstairs sink area, Sugar lemon fizz (unsure if we'll use this upstairs or downstairs, probably the kitchen), and last but not least, Summer Escape (for the upstairs sink)
Coconut pineapple body wash and coconut passion fruit body wash and the coconut pineapple smelled actually *that* good, I also got the lotion.
From the Dole Plantation we got omiyage for Branden and Noah's sensei's, coaches, Kumon teacher etc. And my dad. : ) Plus the grandma next door. : )
And 2 Dole lights. For Branden and Noah.
Teen Mom ruined their lives? : ( Holy godness, I watch that show. And I was curious what it had to say in there. Also, does anyone know about the Jaycee Dugard story? I'm sure many of you do. See the magazine on the left? This is a very well known case in the US. And let me give you an idea of what her story is. When she was a little girl, she was waiting at the bus stop to catch the school bus one morning. A man and a woman abducted her. Later to find out they used a stun gun on her. What happened to her is honestly a parents worst nightmare and I won't say but I bet you can imagine. She was held captive for 18 long years and when she finally was returned she had, had 2 children with her abductor. Truly a horrific story. Her interview is on Youtube, I watched it on there after reading this magazine.
The boogie board we brought back. Branden has one at home already that he just loves to bits, so this one has become Noah's. : )
The area rug for the living room from Target. It fit in a duffle bag and was counted as one of our check in luggage.

And Branden's DS broke a month ago, Noboru replaced it at Target while there. The DS lite is the last model that can play both American and Japanese cards (think region free dvd and you kwim). The newer ones like the DS i, LL/XL (depending where you buy it the names different) and the new 3DS....only play what country you bought them in. If we bought them an American newer model, they'd never be able to download with their friends...not ever. And that would sorta suck. And if we bought them a Japanese model, they'd never be able to get American cards ever....so that would be sad for them too. So, for now...they'll still be using the older yes, but DS lite version because that way they can play both regions. And still download with their friends and stuff here in Japan. Also there is a lot of news about the new 3ds saying about kids eyes turning bad. Because of the 3d feature. Even when Noboru looked at it at Target, he said his eyes hurt after watching the 3d screen for about 5 minutes. So he vetoed that for the time being.