2015 New Year Crap: Hobbies

It’s a New Year and I’m not unique in that, just like everyone else, I’m pondering my future and what kind of changes I’d like to make. Right now I envision multiple posts on the subject, but I haven’t hashed that out fully in my mind. So don’t hold me to that.

But to start off, a friend shared this on Facebook and I liked it:

Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, one to be creativeHobby That Makes You Money

My hobby that makes me money is web development. It was my hobby when I first started building web pages back in 1994, then I turned it into my career in 2001. However, doing freelance web development does NOT make me happy. I can’t do a full-time job and take on all kinds of freelance work, while still maintaining time to take care of my daughter and my own sanity. I feel guilty for turning people down, whenever someone asks me to do something I spend days laboring over the idea. I’ve got such a request in my inbox right now, a project that would be a fun site to build but the actual time to devote to it might burn me out. I gotta weigh these things more. In the actual career, I’ve felt burnt out and I don’t want to feel that way anymore. I don’t foresee any career changes for several years… my telecommuting gig just works well for being a mother. Her school is close to home so I can run over to get her or drop something off as needed fairly quickly and my longevity with the job allows me some flexibility to take days off easily if I need to due to child illness. But I’m sick of feeling out of control in my job. This year, I’m taking back my control. Of my voice, my creativity and my team. Without turning into a control freak!

Hobby to Keep you in Shape

Running… straight up. I love to run, I love learning about new running technologies and innovations and science. I love running news and articles and books. Running keeps me in shape physically. But when I start to let it get in my head and tell me that I’m not fast enough or that I’m not built like a runner (these are both bogus claims, BTW) it gets to a place that takes me out of “mental shape” – if that’s a thing. I’m not going to beat myself up over paces this year, I just want to run for the enjoyment. Sure, I may try to do a little more speedwork this year, but I think I will do it more on rate of perceived effort, or lactate threshold (my BSX Insight should help with this when I get it) or even heart rate.

Hobby to be Creative

I like writing… that’s why I can’t quit blogging. Sure, I’ve enjoyed not having to write the past couple weeks over the holidays. But I feel the need to write out my thoughts. When I was a kid I thought I wanted to be an author. Who knows? Maybe someday I’ll write a book… but a blog-to-book thing for me seems like it would be highly improbable and slightly boring. But I’ve been writing a blog since 2001… It’s basically a part of who I am now. However, I’ve had so many pitches coming to me and I feel so many deadlines from people that it feels like a chore, not an enjoyable and creative outlet. So I need to be more selective. I will still review products that are sent to me or that I purchase myself. But I am not going to let someone who sent me a $7 product badger me repeatedly to get something posted about their product. I mean, to test and then write about something takes more than an hour. Even if the testing might come during the course of a run I’d do anyway, I take my mind to a place to evaluate the product. And then I end up “working” for people for essentially nothing. I’m worth more than that. And all of you who take the time to visit my site are worth more than a half-assed review on so many products that I can’t keep them straight!

Do you have three hobbies that fit those categories? What are they? I think I could stand to have more hobbies too, just for my mental health!


adidas Bra and miCoach HR Monitor

A couple of months back I was sent an adidas heart rate monitor and a miCoach bra from Numetrex. The bra eliminates the need to have a separate heart rate monitor strap wrapped around your chest along with the bra. It sounded great to me.


The heart rate device hooks into the bra in a little pocket that is on the inside of the bra. It snaps in easily and tucks out of the way. The bra is comfortable and it was supportive for me (small chest, larger chest ladies may need something different). The monitor also came with a strap so you can wear it the more typical way… with a separate strap, unless you wanted to do laundry all the time or wanted to wear the same bra day-in-day-out. (ew…)

It pairs with the miCoach app to track your heart rate.  The app can be used to track GPS for a workout, but I do like that it has the capability to turn off the GPS and just track heart rate monitor. (Or if you don’t have the HR monitor, just track GPS if you’re intersted in that!)


Here’s the thing I didn’t like about it… to get the HR monitor to pair you have to rub water on the sensors (this is typical with most chest straps) but I didn’t like rubbing water inside the bra, that seemed weird. Also, once I did that it paired effortlessly with the app but I never did get it to pair with my Garmin, via the bra or the strap. I’m not technically inept… but I am impatient when it is 5AM and cold/dark outside and I want to get running.

And honestly, I don’t want to use one more app. I’ll test them out, I love testing and experimenting with new apps, but unless something really blows me away I’m highly doubtful it will become my go-to tracking option for runs.

Also, since I got this right around the time of Ragnar, I got to thinking about putting on a HR monitor during a race like that. With a strap, you can loop it around your waist, hook it up and pull it into place, a little bit discreetly. With this you would have to pull up your shirt and fold up the bra. Now, true… people are changing all over the place on a relay race, but that’s something to think about!


5 Ways to Illuminate Yourself on a Dark Run

I do much of my running in the dark. When you have to run, shower, get a toddler ready for school and be ready for work by 7AM, that’s the way it goes. But I really don’t want to be hidden from cars driving around. I know that a lot of drivers may not see runners on the side of the road, especially in the dark and at 5 in the morning when they may be bleary-eyed already. I’m just doing my part to help them out, as well as helping my own peace of mind. Here are some ways to improve your running visibility:

Knuckle Lights

I have a set of KnuckleLights that I purchased through Amazon. It can be a nuisance to hold something in your hands and if you have a handheld water bottle, then it’s one more thing to hold… however, these are really bright and I really like the way you can aim them at something to get a good luck in different directions. I ran past a dark, vacant lot the other morning and got a weird vibe. It was nice to be able to sweep my light across the lot to get a look at the whole area… and then hustle my butt past the area because it’s always smart to trust your intuition.


Halo Belt

I backed this project on Kickstarter and I’m really glad that I did. The belt charges via USB, one charge lasts 2-3 weeks (depending on how long you’re running in the dark) it has different settings (solid light or blinking light) and it provides a nice chunk of light to make you visible. I like wearing it on my waist, with the light on my side, so it wraps around to my front and back.



There are a wide variety of headlamps available in a wide range of prices. I bought mine for about $20 at REI in 2008 for a midnight race. I find a headlamp is very annoying without a hat/visor on, but it is a convenient way to get light that doesn’t require the use of your hands. I wore it for my long leg in the middle of the night during my most recent Ragnar so I could carry my handheld water bottle as well.


Reflective Vest

This is a necessity if you are doing a relay race, not just for your own running legs but everyone must wear a vest during the specified “night” hours. I wore the Road Noise vest, the only product I’m mentioning here that I didn’t purchase myself but it’s a great product and it’s really pretty comfortable. You can tighten it up so you don’t have a lot of extra material flapping or twisting around you. Plus it has removable speakers in the shoulders so you can listen to tunes without obstructing your ears with headphones.

Attached Supplemental Lights

There are lots of clip-on blinking lights on the market. Most of these are not meant to help you see things better, but are designed to help make you more visible. One that looks cool but I don’t have, is the Armpocket Flash. I do use an Armpocket for all of my runs to carry my phone, so this one kind of makes sense because it wouldn’t be an additional thing that I’m not used to carrying already. PS – I really recommend Armpockets because they’re comfy, they can hold a lot of crap and you don’t have to wear something on your waist!


Bonus: Light-up Elsa dress

My two-year-old daughter ran a 5K in her Elsa Halloween dress. This one has motion-activated lights AND music! However, I don’t think they make it in my size…

What are your favorite ways to make sure you’re seen when running/walking in the dark?

5 Ways to Illuminate your Dark Run

Be Your Own Health Advocate

I was asked if I would like to contribute a health tip to an infographic being created. Basically the concept is about how you need to be an advocate for your own health. Sadly, it seems like doctors don’t have time to treat patients as individuals a lot of the time now, we’re just a number in and out of the office. So we need to watch out for ourselves, but we also need to be prepared to help our doctors help us. So the tip that I provided was about organizing your health data.

I know I can do better at this, but one of the things that my mom did after all of her cancer treatments was to create a Google Doc that outlined her diagnoses and treatments and shared it with key family members. This is helpful because when doctors have asked me about my family’s cancer history, I have a brief, yet informative document that I can either print out for my doctor or I can at least rattle off some key facts for them.

I know we’re probably still trying to figure out our Christmas shopping and things like that right now (ugh… it’s causing me an inordinate amount of stress this year) and New Year resolutions may not be on the forefront, but this could be a good one for everyone. Quiz your parents, grandparents, whomever may be applicable in your life and find out their health history. Make your own health history for your children and commit to keeping it updated for the future.

Drive Your Health in 2015

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GU Brew Reformulated


Earlier this fall, GU reformulated their GU Brew to put the focus first and foremost on the athletes hydration and electrolytes. This means it has fewer calories and carbohydrates and an even lighter taste profile than the previously light taste. Now the flavor is “ultralight”!

The new flavors are:

  • Lemon Lime
  • Orange
  • Lemon Tea (caffeinated, 20mg)
  • Blueberry Pomegranate (double sodium)
  • Watermelon
  • Tastefully Nude

The new formulation has 70 calories and 19 grams of carbohydrates per serving, with 250mg of sodium and 30mg of potassium (except Blueberry Pomegranate, 2x sodium – 500mg sodium!)  The carbohydrate source combines complex carbohydrates (in the form of maltodextrin, a glucose polymer) with simple carbs (as fructose) in a 50-50 balance, to make it easily digested while still providing lasting energy. The idea is that it can be used for shorter workouts, or in combination with gels or Chomps for longer duration.

I have been drinking it PRIOR to runs without any digestive distress. It mixes up easily in a water bottle, dissolving almost instantly so there is no wait time, clumping or built-up fizzy pressure. It comes in canisters, as well as single-serve packets which could easily be shoved in a belt/pack for midrun mixing.

I am impressed with the flavors as well, none of them have been particularly horrible and I was surprised at the fact that Watermelon ended up being my favorite. I usually hate watermelon-flavored things… other than actual watermelon! :-) I didn’t have any “Tastefully Nude” to try, but that’s a fun name!

GU is also being pretty innovative with their gel flavors of late… ever craved a Root Beer Float midrun? Well… neither had I, truthfully, but it’s pretty tasty! I found the Caramel Macchiato loathesome, but I don’t like many coffee-flavored things.

Lastly they have Roctane electrolyte capsules, for runners who want to get extra electrolytes in without the flavored drink.

GU is doing some great things and it’s fascinating to hear their process. Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, an elite runner AND the Director of Research for GU Energy Labs did an interesting podcast for Another Mother Runner on nutrition, which you can listen to online.

Uncommon Gift Ideas

How are you in the holiday gift giving arena? I must be honest… I’m TERRIBLE at it. The holidays always seem to sneak up on me, even though Santa Claus paraphernalia starts to show up in the stores around Labor Day. I think, “I’m going to give everyone very thoughtful gifts next year. Perhaps something handmade!” Then I realize that I have no flex time to make gifts, I haven’t taken note of anything in particular that would apply to every individual I have on my list and before you know…

You get a gift card, you get a gift card, you get a gift card!

I spotted an article on Facebook about the 7 Habits of Thoughtful Gift Givers and clicked through, knowing full well that I was going to meet very few, if any, of the criteria.

The first “habit” is: They Plan Ahead

I’m already failing!

In fact, the only one that I could actually claim was that I enjoy giving more than I enjoy receiving. Funny how that happens over the years, as a kid you really want ALL THE THINGS and as an adult, well… I’ve usually bought the things I need and I struggle with thinking of what I want. Don’t me wrong, there are always things I want… but they’re not so much “things” but more ways life could improve.

Have you ever visited the website Uncommon Goods? They have a ton of really unique and interesting gifts, many of them curated into collections that will help you shop for those in your life. I think it’s interesting that half of what is sold on their site is made by hand, most of the products they carry are created in the USA and about one-third of the collection incorporates recycle and/or upcycled materials.

Take men, for example. Why are they so hard to shop for? I don’t think I’ve ever truly delighted my husband with a gift, with the exception of buying him a letter opener one year. Seriously, I’m pretty sure a letter opener was the best gift I’ve ever given him.

So to break it down to find gifts for men, you can browse into their collection and find a bunch of stuff that guys like… apparently it is a lot of booze related items! The soup and sandwich tray in the collection made me hungry though… soup and a grilled cheese sandwich is a great winter combo:

Soup and Sandwich tray from Uncommon Goods

But it’s versatile too:

Uncommon Goods cake and ice cream tray

Women, we’re easier to shop for, right? (Right guys… or do you find us just as confounding?) So UncommonGoods has some recommendations for the fairer sex too. [For fun: origins of the phrase fairer sex] Apparently we like our booze-related gifts too, but not nearly as much as the men. We also like cheese. But I did really think this Tipping Teacup was clever. I like a cup of tea during the winter months. This is great because you could hold it or keep it on the desk while it steeps, then tip the cup away from the tea leaves or bag when steeping time is done.

Uncommon Goods Tipping Teacup

Stockings are great to fill with candy and toothbrushes… but if you’re looking for something a little more fun, there are options. I find it’s nice to get something other than just candy and toiletries in the stocking!

Looking for a gift for a runner? They carry the RunBell! Ultrarunner Podcast posted a review of the Runbell a little while back and it answered several of the questions I had… like, “When would you feel the most appropriate using this?” and “Do you feel a little goofy using it?”


With every purchase made, UncommonGoods will donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. Over the past 12 years, they’ve donated over $300,000 to charities around the world!

And if you’re too indecisive… well, you can even dole at a gift card to UncommonGoods!

What would you want from the UncommonGoods site? What was the best/worst gift you’ve ever received?

This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods, but all thoughts/opinions/picks are my own.

Essential Oils Everywhere

Essential oils are everywhere these days, I find them kind of interesting I bought my first essential oils years back when I first bought a steam cleaner for my hard floors. I had heard that if you put a couple of drops in the water reservoir, it helps your house smell nice. And I’ve known about the relaxation-lavender link for a long time. But I didn’t know about all the supposed “powers” they held until lately.

Image via MorgueFile

Image via MorgueFile

I think all of the “magical” blends that are available from the two giants: doTERRA and Young Living are interesting sounding. But I don’t like their MLM approach for business. I would rather buy my essential oils straight from the shelf. (Or, the electronic shelf… I’d rather just order online!) So while I gotta give those companies props for their massive marketing success, I seek out the convenience of being able to shop on my own over needing a consultant or whatever they call their people.

Are they truly worthwhile or is it just snake oil. Well… there’s not a lot of research done on it. For a multitude of reasons (according to information I found on the University of Minnesota website) there isn’t much to refer to in terms of hard science. There is more interest in studying them right now, I think because of the “boom” they are experiencing. And then there are the “certified” claims. My understanding is that there is no real “certification” process and the companies that are using that language are claiming a certification they invented. (If that’s the case, I am a Certified Running and Tech Geek… because I just invented that as a certification. If you are interested in obtaining your certification, send me $500 for my e-course and then pay me $200 to take the test!)

That said… I did learn about “Thieves” oil blend from a friend who is in with Young Living and how the blend is supposed to help with immunity. So I read about it online and found that there was a study done on the blend and it showed effectiveness at killing airborne bacteria when it was diffused into the air. So I Googled around and found a “recipe” for making my own. I like the way it smells and while I don’t own a diffuser (yet… I think I will get one) I have used the ghetto method of putting some drops in a mug of water and placing it on a candle warmer to try to disperse the oil into the air. I have also tried rubbing it on my daughter’s feet when she’s come down with a cold. I don’t know if it’s truly shortened the duration, but I feel like it’s worth a shot.

So then there is the whole issue of diluting the oils for topical application. At first I thought it was just “put it in an oil and apply to skin” but then I started hearing it had to be certain types of oils. This whole arena can be so complicated. (Did you know they make pocket guides to essential oils that are several hundreds of pages long? That is not a quick pocket reference for me. And who keeps books in their pocket anyway!)

I was offered a chance to try a moisturizer called Capri Clear and part of the pitch was that it is good for eczema… and my little girl has had some issues with little patches of eczema on her back and forehead. So I figured I would give it a try. It’s an interesting product in that it’s only one ingredient… magical coconut oil. (Now, let’s not get started on that product, because if I believe all the claims that are rampant… well, just read “The Miraculous Benefits of Coconut Oil” to get an idea.) But I can still get behind coconut oil being a good moisturizer. And I liked the application for this, as opposed to digging into a tub of coconut oil that you never know if it’s going to be liquid, solid or some chunky in-between consistency, this stuff is always liquid and it sprays on. It’s 100% fractionated coconut oil, which means that fractions of the oil are taken out… thus it’s 100% of a fraction. :-)

Capri Clear moisturizer

Really quickly on Capri Clear for a moment and then I’ll get back to where this post started. This moisturizer sports a seal of approval from the National Eczema Association and it really is gentle on the skin. It doesn’t feel really greasy, it absorbs quickly and is colorless/odorless. Basically, it would be fantastic for my kid if I could get her to hold still for lotion application. She is constantly in motion and doesn’t like to settle down for lotioning/toothbrushing/hair care/eating/etc.

I’ve also been using it as a dilution for essential oils. So for those of you who get all uppity about requiring fractionated coconut oil for essential oil use… here’s a resource that is readily available in drugstores or online.

There are some essential oils that smell nice, some that smell terrible and while I do like some scents and have flirted with the field, there is a part of me that isn’t sure I like smelling like… well, a hippy! Maybe that’s a little harsh… but my book club friends and I have joked that if you ever want to keep your husband at bay just apply some essential oils and he’ll stay on his side of the bed. But apparently there are some oils for libido, so if you don’t research properly you may be inviting advances with your scent. Check out your pocket reference guide to make sure you’re applying what is going to net you the desired outcome!

With a hefty dose of cynicism and sarcasm, I close this post with a simple inquiry and I’m honest and heartfelt when I ask:

Do you use essential oils and have you found any that you feel is a true game-changer for your health? 

Friday Fête

Running has taken a back seat to life these past couple days… we’ve been doing some house renovations and part of it involved packing up all our clothes in random bags/boxes and shoving them in corners of the house where they would be out of the way while we got new carpet installed. I’ve been trapped in my office all day while construction crews took over my house, so I’m kind of lacking on fuel. I didn’t realize they would make it impossible for me to access my refrigerator, my car, etc. I was feeling a little guilty that I wasn’t running on my normal “consistent” schedule. But I have to cut myself some slack… I’ve moved belongings around the house, I have a ton of cleanup to do, I need to move things back into place… and I need to find my running clothes! So it’s really okay, just one of the ways life ebbs and flows.

Plus, even though my house has been a nightmare the past week, look at the exciting stuff in place:

New tile floor

New tile!

new carpet

New Carpet

Last thing to be done is new countertops. Things had to get really ugly around here before they started to get beautiful!

Speaking of beauty… (Ha! Segue!)

I received a Stocking Stuffer Sampler from Skin Authority and it got me hooked on their Hand Foot Body Restoration cream. It has glycolic acid in it to help get rid of nasty rough patches on feet, personal pet peeve. Plus the awesome cleanser and sunscreen moisturizer. I stocked up on that in their recent BOGO sale for Black Friday-Cyber Monday.


I had a meeting the other day and the person told me that I look so young to be in the position I am. I think I have to credit my improved skin appearance to the Skin Authority products and things I’ve learned from the skin coach service they provide. Because it sure isn’t my relaxed, stress-free life helping me stay youthful! :-)

I’ve been having fun with the service Le Tote. (Referral link, if you sign up using that I earn credit on my account, just FYI! And thank you if you do so!) You pay a fee and each month get a box of some clothes/accessories. The nice thing is that you are basically “renting” the clothes so you can wear them and see if they actually work with your lifestyle. If something is great, you can buy it at a discount. If it’s no good, return it. You can also get unlimited “totes” each month, so if you get a box with nothing you like, return it all immediately and get a new one in a few days. I like this approach because I’ve made some impulse purchases with Stitch Fix and then come to realize that those items really didn’t work for me when going through the paces of daily life. I got a sweater dress that I wore for an on-site visit for work and I got compliments all day, but I still returned it because I knew I wouldn’t wear it sitting around my house while working. So it was fun to have something for that day! I kind of wish I had taken photos of everything I’ve received.

Necklace from my @letote – yay or nay? I usually wear simple little things.

A photo posted by @jillwillrun on

I still look at my daughter as not having enough hair to do much with, I am really appreciative that her teachers have put ponytails in her hair so I could be taught that we can do something with it. The other day she came home with a bow in her hair. One of her teachers made bows for all the girls in the class (I assume the boys got something too!) and she loved how it looked! And as un-girly as I am when it comes to those things, I have to admit it is super cute.


A New Nut “Milk” in my Fridge – Silk Cashewmilk

I haven’t had regular cow’s milk* in about… (hang on, I’m getting older, let me do the math…) 23 years. At least. To go along with that… I’m a cereal-eater, that’s been my go-to breakfast since I was small. So when you eliminate dairy, you need something to put on your cereal. (Trust me, water or juice isn’t going to cut it. Just yuck…)

* I do eat yogurt… the live active cultures and all make it easier to consume.

So in the early days of milk removal, it was hard to find a substitute that would work. These days I’m very lucky, and Silk is one of my go-to brands for cereal-topping. Almond milk, coconut milk, almond-coconut milk… all in regular rotation at my house. Then I received the news that they had just released a new variety… Silk Cashewmilk!

Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk

There are two varieties available: Original and Unsweetened. I usually go with Unsweetened options, so that’s what I picked up. (Side note… I had to make a special trip to Walmart to buy this. It was the only store near me on the Silk store locator that carried Cashewmilk. I don’t like shopping at Walmart… it’s always so crowded and it makes my blood pressure skyrocket. So apparently I was dedicated to trying this! LOL! But I will be happy when I see it in my regular grocery stores too.)

Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk nutrition panel

There’s not a lot of cooking going on at my house right now. I was in a bit of cooking funk, and then our kitchen remodel got underway. So I don’t have countertops… or a sink… it makes for a strange environment for cooking, probably not all that hygienic. But I do have paper bowls and spoons and the use of my refrigerator, so I can have a bowl of cereal!

I wish I could serve cereal for every meal. How do I make that a balanced approach? Because it literally takes no time and I don’t have to worry about living with a picky spouse or a toddler who might or might not be eating at that moment. There’s a cereal for everyone!

Did you know that if you microwave shredded wheat sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with nut milk and drizzle it with honey or maple syrup and add frozen (or fresh/defrosted) berries it makes a wonderful hot breakfast? I’ve been doing this for years and thought I was particularly brilliant in coming up with this… yet my most recent box of shredded wheat actually suggests to do this! I will just claim I elevated it with cinnamon and berries.

Shredded Wheat Cashewmilk Hot Cereal

But I have successfully used Almondmilk in place of regular milk in a wide variety of recipes, so I assume Cashewmilk would work the same. I do know that Almondmilk does not work in instant pudding, it never thickens. I wonder if Cashewmilk is the same, hmmm…. Of course, I kind of want to try this recipe for Creamy Cashew Pudding and use Cashewmilk instead of the almond milk it recommends. That’s a much more wholesome recipe than a boxed pudding!

Signing up for the Silk e-newsletter will let you know when they release new products and also give you an instant coupon code. They also encourage a dialog on the Silk Facebook page about what people think about products.

Do you drink nut “milks” and would you try Silk Cashewmilk? Why or why not?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Honolulu Cookie Company – A Tower of Cookies

Looking for a gift for a cookie lover in your life? The Honolulu Cookie Company has cool gift sets of their shortbread cookies in great holiday presentations. They sent me their Mele Snowman to sample.


“The 2014 Holiday Collection offers cookies in 24 irresistible flavors, several dipped in white, milk or dark chocolate. They are gift-packaged in a wide range of selections and sizes, priced from $4.95 up:

  • Mele Pineapple Ornament ($4.95)– add a delicious tropical flavor to Christmas trees and holiday settings with 3 signature cookies, perfect for a stocking stuffer or holiday party favor.
  • Mele Swirl Box ($6.95)– a sampling of 6 cookies featuring all 4 Peppermint holiday flavors is sure to bring a smile.
  • Mele Mini Bites ($8.95)–  these Peppermint Mini Bite cookies make great quick snacks that cookie lovers can enjoy throughout the season—8 ounces of pure indulgence.
  • Medium Mele Quilt Gift Box ($17.95)– contains 16 cookies, featuring all 4 of the new peppermint holiday flavors.
  • Large Mele Quilt Gift Box ($25.95)– contains 24 premium shortbread cookies, pairing all 6 new holiday flavors with 2 classic favorites, Butter Macadamia and Chocolate Dipped Macadamia.
  • Mele Gift Tin ($26.95)—beautiful keepsake tin contains 33 chocolate dipped shortbread cookies, including traditional and holiday flavors.
  • Mele Snowman ($39.95)—a fun and capacious tower contains all 24 flavors, plus Peppermint Mini Bites!
  • Mele Round Holiday Collection ($44.95)–holds two levels within one box. Tier One presents a selection of 22 Peppermint and Ginger Spice holiday flavors; Tier Two presents an assortment of 22 signature flavors.  A bountiful gift, it’s sure to be a hit at the office holiday party!

To ensure delivery by Christmas, orders being shipped to the continental U.S. must be placed by phone or online by December 17th.”

My personal assessment… the peppermint flavors are all the bomb-diggity. The coffee ones were a big fat MEH for me, but if you are a coffee fanatic, you may feel different. And almost any flavor that had a chocolate-dipped counterpart… the chocolate-dipped version was better! My husband was unimpressed… but he doesn’t care for shortbread cookies at all. So that was kind of a given, right? A tip on this snowman set: the “hat” and “head” are full of the peppermint goodness.

Visit Honolulu Cookie Company on Facebook (www.facebook.com/honolulucookie) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/honolulucookie):  @honolulucookie.

For more details, visit www.honolulucookie.com or call toll free at (866) 333-5800.

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.