The Great Indoors

Aloha from Maui!

The end of January 2015 is closing in on us, but the good news is that each day provides ample opportunity to start afresh. I’m all for new mercies, deeper awareness and diligent growth in my life. I think that’s why these lyrics from John Mayer’s “Great Indoors” have always struck me.

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So, what do you say? Wanna unlock the doors and “find what you are here for”?

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

Bidding Aloha to 2014!

We’re saying good-bye to 2014 in just a few short hours. This year has been filled with amazing high points, and downright low points as well. But today marks that moment in time where we can close the chapter and open a new one. Seasons matter…they give us that extra nudge to move beyond the past (good or bad) and reach for something more. Not more stuff, rather, the “more” of life.

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I’ve been praying through what I specifically want to see happen in my life in 2015. Do you know what you’d like to see happen?

If one of your goals is to squeeze in more beachy goodness into your life, you can find me posting pics from our island life on Instagram. I’d love to see you over there!

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Happy New Year from Maui!

Livin’ la vida aloha,

Jennifer

Maui “Pop-Up Shop”

I’m so excited to announce my first “Pop-Up Shop” for Island Gypsy Hawaii! If you love to buy handcrafted items, created on Maui, then be sure to Save the Date for Saturday, December 13, 2014, to shop local.

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I’ll be there with my beachy and boho styled gifts, upcycled pieces and refinished furniture. If you’re not on Maui but would love some pieces, I’ll be listing some items on Etsy after the Christmas Craft Fair. Grace Bible Church is located in Kahului, Hawaii, so it’s easy to stop by while running errands or before heading to the beach. See you there!

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

Sea Salt Dough Ornaments: made on maui

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Aloha!

Over Thanksgiving weekend the boys & I got our hands a bit messy to make ornaments for our Christmas tree. We had a blast!

I’ve receive a few requests for orders for my sea salt dough ornaments & just put my first batch of orders in the oven!

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“Sea Salt Dough Ornaments”

If you’d like to place an order, message me at ShopIslandGypsy@gmail.com. I can customize, too. Order 1-3 ornaments $5/each or a set of 4 for $16. Make awesome gifts or for your own tree!

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Note: for custom orders word must be 5 letters or less to fit inside heart or tree shape. Each heart ornament measures 4″ diameter & all are sealed for lasting over the years. If ordering outside of Maui, flatrate shipping added, and paypal for payment.

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

#OneDayHH

One of my favorite bloggers, “Hollywood Housewife,” hosts a one day social media event each year…It’s one day set aside to capture the simple, the mundane of your day and share it on Instagram. This year was my first time to participate, and I’m glad that I did!

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Are you on Instagram? Did you do the #OneDayHH Challenge, too? Find me at Island Gypsy Hawaii on Instagram.

Happy Aloha Friday!
Jennifer

Just Maui’d: Joshua & Rebecca

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 Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds a true friend in his wife.
-Franz Schubert

Aloha!

Early this autumn I met up with Joshua & Rebecca at Baldwin Beach on Northshore Maui. Yeah, it’s a pretty nice place to meet up. And these are pretty great people, too! We became fast friends over the summer, and our family just loves them. These two have entered a world of adventure together this year: married in June, moved to Maui, and recently discovered they’re expecting their first baby. Talk about a whirlwind! I was happy to capture this season in their lives.

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 Here’s to many more adventures for you, Joshua & Rebecca!

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Maui Made Lemonade – Refreshment in the 808!

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Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

If you follow Maui folks on Instagram, then you’ve surely seen the amazing Maui Made Lemonade images over this past year. And I have a little secret to share with you: I’m friends with the owners of this handmade drink spot! Yup, Jonathan and his rockin’ wife Laura started their business with a dream in their hearts and the community in mind. I recently caught up with them to find out more about this local Maui business.

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Jonathan & Laura Silva, Maui Made Lemonade

*So Jonathan, you have decided to make lemonade out of lemons, literally…what prompted you to create Maui Made Lemonade?

The opportunity actually came to us from another business owner who wanted to start up Maui’s first Food Truck Court. He heard that my wife and I were experts at the art of crafting fresh drinks and he wanted us to open a drink truck. We resisted for a couple of months, but after some conversations, we decided to go for it. He heard about our passion for growing food, education, and equipping the youth of Hawaii to grow food for the next generation. And Maui Made Lemonade was born. With the birth of Maui Made Lemonade, we created a scholarship fund to go towards the education of local kids from Maui who are passionate about farming, organic farming, agriculture, sustainability, and marine biology. This scholarship fund is fueled from 10% of our business profits. This is what makes us want to go to work everyday. We can’t wait for the day of putting a local kid through college and then he or she comes back home and starts up a farm here on Maui.

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*What is your “day job” so to speak and how does it tie into your business?

My ‘day job’ is actually a Kindergarten-2nd Grade school counselor at King Kamehameha 3rd Elementary in Lahaina. Ultimately, my overall passion is helping the youth of Maui reach their dreams. So before I created the company, I wanted to have a clear ‘why’ before started. I believe the “why” is the most important step before one makes any decision because ultimately it’ll help guide one’s path and decisions. For example, when we have to stay up late prepping for the next day after already working well over 12 hours, the why or vision gives pain it’s purpose and it helps get us through the hard times. Also it’s a reminder that we’re not doing this for ourselves but for the next generation(s). It is not our business, but rather everyone’s. If we win, everybody wins.

*You guys use tons of fresh ingredients, why do you opt to do that instead of just mixes?

Are there any other options besides “Fresh?” We don’t think so! A saying I tell my team is “There’s no shortcut to awesome” and we don’t want to be average. So our standard is “Awesome” –  therefore we take “Fresh” seriously! :)

Thankfully, our tropical location has such great resources that provides for us our fresh local ingredients. As a family, we love to go hiking in the valley and the land just provides such great fruits. Also the health benefits of going fresh is beyond comparison to pre-made mixes. We want our guests to walk away feeling better than they were when they arrived. Also, since we live on this great resource of fruits and produce, why not keep the money here in Hawaii? We are currently sourcing at least 90% of our fruits and ingredients here from Maui, so we’re happily supporting our local farmers and community growers.

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*What seems to be the favorite drink combinations so far?

Well, we keep innovating different combinations, but the most popular ones currently are Watermelon-Ginger Lemonade, Oasis Lemonade (featuring local wild tangerines and guavas, and Maui pineapple), and Orange Creamsicle.

Finally, where can we find you on Maui?

Our drink truck is located in the Food Truck Oasis at 591 Haleakala Highway across the Costco gas station. We’re open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Thanks, Jonathan and wifey Laura, for sharing more about your vision for Maui Made Lemonade. We are blessed to have you serving our island, and we, too, look forward to the day you give your first college scholarship to a Maui student!

For part two of my interview with this great company, check out my blog post on Maui Family Magazine

Living La Vida Aloha,
Jennifer

Note: All images belong to Jonathan Silva of Maui Made Lemonade…Find them on Instagram, too!

Instagramming Maui: X, Y & Z

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

I’m wrapping up my series here today :) I do hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Maui through my eyes.

 

“X, Y and Z” are for…

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X, Y and Z are for the rest of some of my favorite Maui things!

With mucho aloha,

Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: W is for…

 

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“W” is for…

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W is for Windsurfing

I have some creative lego-making folks living in my house, that is for sure!

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: V is for…

 

Only a few more days left in my series! Whew!!! :) :) :)

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V is for Value Natural Beauty

Sometimes all it takes is a moment to stop and see the true beauty inside something…or someone.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: U is for…

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Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I hope your Friday is a great one!

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“U” is for…

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U is for Us

This silly family pic was captured on the Road to Hana this summer. We had an amazing team of people through Pray Hawaii join us (in separate vehicles) for some R&R after a week of serving with Feed My Sheep of Maui.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: T is for…

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“T” is for…

 

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T is for Time to Cuddle

This was a sweet moment that I shared with my youngest son. He asked me to hold him and sing rock-a-bye baby to him. Please never grow up, mmmkay?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: S is for…

 Aloha Amigos! We’re finally nearing the end of the alphabet, bless. A 30 day challenge has only taken me four-ish months. Haha!

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“S” is for…

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S is for Surf Art.

This fun surf mural is in Paia Town. Somehow the artist managed to combine two things that I love: coffee and surf art. Have you ever visited this Northshore Maui gem?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: R is for…

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R is for Rainbows.

Y’all, we moved from our tiny cottage at the end of this summer. And the Lord opened the door for us to live here. Not outside. But this is our side yard. No words.

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: Q is for…

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Happy Monday, y’all!

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Q is for Quote.

Quotes make my “Speech Communications major” heart happy. And one about dreams? Yeah, I love it even more. I’m always working on seeing dreams come to reality. They’re planted inside each one of us for a reason. Are you taking steps toward yours?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Instagramming Maui: P is for…

Aloha! My Hawaii-loving friends!

 

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P is for Peace.

Because sometimes all you need is a cozy spot on the couch and a cup of tea. What moment brings you peace?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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Things Maui Mamas Say When Preparing for a Hurricane

Aloha y’all!

In case you’ve been hiding inside a clamshell, let me fill you in on the news: two huge storms (hurricanes Iselle and Julio) are heading toward the Hawaiian Islands. We’ve been preparing over the last week and we continue to wait and pray, hoping the storms divert away from us. While we wait (and while I still have internet) I thought I’d share a few things I’ve heard over the last few days.

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Hurricane Watch 2014: The view in front of our house.

Things Maui Mamas Say When Preparing for a Hurricane:

1. Wanna go to the beach?

2. Did you get water?

3. Costco is cra-zyyy!!!

4. Wanna go to the beach?

5. Don’t forget the popcorn: watching storms is the best!

6. The kids are out of school for four days – let’s go to the beach!

7. Wanna Zumba?

8. Hold on, I need to Instagram this.

9. Stay safe!

10. The calm before the storm.

And I’ll admit it, I’m guilty of several of these.

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Gabe preparing for the storm, feather headband and all!

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My collection of green bananas, hanging them to ripen. Because you do that before a storm, right?

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Because a storm is coming & I needed to go.

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Now’s a good time to do Zumba with my workout partner, right?

 

In the midst of waiting, I also made this rather useless video on the storm, as it’s hours before anything may occur. Although, you may enjoy it, if you’re curious to see how big my hair gets under humid conditions. There’s also a nice red hibiscus bush behind me, which is lovely to see. If you prefer a more detailed weather report, you should probably check the news. You are welcome. :)

I did manage to write an informative blog post on my other site Pray Hawaii, where you’ll find safety information as well as ways to pray for the islands in light of the storms.

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All kidding aside, stay safe, even in the calm before the storm. See you on the other side! And if you can’t wait until then, well, find me on Instagram. :) And for another Maui Mama (who’s actually a meteorologist) check out Malika Dudley’s website, “Life’s Swell”.

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

 

Instagramming Maui: O is for…

Happy Father’s Day from Maui!

 

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding to on a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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O is for Ohana.

Maui on Father’s Day…May yours be full of love, laughter, and waves! “Ohana” of course means family in Hawaiian and is the perfect tie-in for Father’s Day. :)

My hubby, Greg Poppy, and our two boys love body boarding together. The photo above was taken on Kauai back in November 2012, but it’s the perfect capture of their time on the waves. Greg heading out deep, Bryan doing something crazy and Gabriel hanging near the shore (although he braves the waters a lot more these days).

Greg and I became “instant parents” when Bryan came into our lives. With one phone call we went from being newlyweds of nearly three years to parents of a two-year-old. So, Greg’s first Father’s Day was eight years ago, and our lives were turned upside down, but for the better! We had Gabriel a couple of years later, and the rest is history. I’m a gal surrounded by guys, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Greg’s journey of fatherhood has been just that, a journey, and he’s always growing, always loving, always wanting to provide physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally his very best for his boys. That in itself is a gift, that desire to go above and beyond as a daddy. I’m one grateful Maui mama.

How will you celebrate Father’s Day this year?

With mucho aloha,
Jennifer

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Instagramming Maui: N is for…

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Aloha!

For those of you new to Island Gypsy Hawaii, I started a blog series back in April, “Instagramming Maui: A to Z of My Island Life.” You can find a post that includes links to the entire series here, which I’ll be adding toon a regular basis. And here’s a link to my instagram site in case you’d like to stop by there.

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“N” is for…

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N is for Northshore.

Also known as “My summer plans.”

Happy Aloha from Maui’s Northshore!

Jennifer

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