Oahu Travel Series: Perfect Day Waikiki (Part 2)

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After an amazing, what one could aptly call “perfect” day in Waikiki, I headed upstairs to my Garden Jr. Suite at the iconic Royal Hawaiian. My friend Stacy sweetly babysat my little travel buddy while I enjoyed the event that evening, so she showed me all of the goodies that were brought to the room while I was away, then we said our goodbyes.

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Goodies, you say? Yes, goodies: freshly baked banana bread, delicious tropical fruit, expertly decorated sugar cookies (with social media designs – so cute), chocolate coins, a lavender pillow and a gorgeous recipe book from various resorts in the Luxury Travel Collection were all waiting for me. What a delight!

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After a good night’s rest, Gabriel and I got up before sunrise and shuffled down to Waikiki Beach. We wanted to catch those quiet moments before everyone made their way to the sea, and while we lost some sleep-time, I’m grateful for the peaceful moments we soaked in by waking up early.

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After watching the sunrise at Waikiki, we simply enjoyed our room until check-out. I adore the architecture of the Royal Hawaiian, and the history of this grand resort. I’m grateful for my time there, and hope to visit again in the future!

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Have you had the opportunity to visit the Royal Hawaiian or Waikiki? I’d love to hear your story, too! I’ll be sharing more of the island, including Northshore and the Windward side soon…until next time, keep livin’ la vida aloha!

xoxo,
Jennifer

Made on Maui: The Happy Hawaiian Chair & Table Set

Happy Aloha Friday!

I’ll be getting back to my “Oahu Travel” series soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share my latest upcycled furniture. If you’re furniture shopping on Maui, why not look into refinished pieces? You’ll save our landfill from overflow and have one-of-a-kind pieces in your home or office. I call this chair & table set, “The Happy Hawaiian.”

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I just adore the bright green and punchy pink of this set, don’t you? They’ll work great indoors or on a covered lanai.

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For payment and pick-up on Maui only ($275 for set). Please message me via my contact form, if you’re interested. Oh, and speaking of upcycling & shopping…I re-opened my Etsy Shop recently. So, if you’re not on Maui, there’s a way for you to get some beachy-boho goodness made on Maui to your home as well!

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

Maui Women – Live Out Loud

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Over the last several months there has been a shift on this island, a subtle shift, but a powerful one nonetheless. What is this shift? Why, it’s the women of Maui coming together, engaging in real, authentic conversation, sharing dreams, hurts and encouragements…It’s women from different backgrounds, with ages ranging from 20s to 80s, sharing laughter, tears and some more laughter (LOL).

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Maui Women Live Out Loud is not your “ordinary” women’s group – it’s EXTRAordinary because of the women who show up and share their lives, and our God who is faithful to show up as well! It is life-changing for sure.

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Facebook Event Invite

Who: Women on Maui
What: Come as you are: we’ll hang out, enjoy music by Jamie Gallo and have a special time of caring, sharing and praying together.
When: Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 4pm-7pmish
Where: Liza Pierce’s home in Kihei, Hawaii. (Psst…Liza has a saltwater pool, eeee!!! So excited!) Note: Please contact me for Liza’s address & directions to her house.
Other: Wear comfy clothes, bring a light jacket or blanket, as it gets chilly at night, bottle of water, and a chair or towel to sit on. Optional: bring your favorite pupu to share (store bought or homemade, nobody cares, we just like to eat). Oh, and don’t forget: an open heart!

While we’d love to do so, we are unable to offer childcare at this time. Please, women only. If you are able to make it even just a couple of hours, it will be worth it. :)

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February is considered the “Love Month” and we want to celebrate! We will be talking about the many different facets of love that God expresses to us, His daughters! We will cover topics such as extravagant love, anticipatory love, sacrificial love, unfailing love, and enduring love.

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Sandy Conway of Pono Radio and Jennifer Poppy of Island Gypsy Hawaii & Pray Hawaii (pictured, above on far left) are the co-founders of Maui Women Live Out Loud. Our mission is to empower women to live out loud by sharing, caring, and praying for each other.

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To help women on this island to realize they were made for a God-Sized Dream. “Live out loud” also means reaching out to other women in this community by doing random acts of kindness and inviting them to a meeting. And most of all, to create a ripple effect that would inspire other women from all over the world to have their own Live Out Loud community!

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If you want something different from the norm, join us! This is a women’s group like Maui has never seen before! The only requirement is that you be real, that’s the deal!

Come, bring a friend and choose to “Live Out Loud”!

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Save the date: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 from 4pm-7pm Maui Women Live Out Loud will meet at Keawakapu Beach in Kihei. We’ll have a special hula performance that night as well!

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer

Oahu Travel Series: Perfect Day Waikiki (Part 1)

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Living on a Hawaiian island provides sweet simplicities, like fresh pineapples year-round and rainbows displayed for miles. Sometimes living on a Hawaiian island also means you get to enjoy a touch of luxury as well. To kick-off my travel series on Oahu, I will share a glimpse of the luxurious life. It’s what I call the “Pinch me – is this real?” part of my journey on the islands.
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Last fall I received an invitation to join other bloggers, photographers, social media gurus, surfers, etc., at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, for a “Perfect Day Waikiki.” When I first read the title of the event I thought to myself, “Perfect Day? That’s a tall order, for sure!” Curious, and quite honestly, beyond excited, I rsvp’d “yes” for said Perfect Day, and hopped a plane to Oahu.
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Chosen to become a member of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ elite coterie of Luxury Collection properties, The Royal Hawaiian is one of the few luxury Waikiki resorts internationally recognized as among the world’s finest, with its magnificent Spanish-Moorish architecture, spectacular setting and celebrated history. -The Royal Hawaiian

People often say that each Hawaiian island is different, and if you have had the pleasure of traveling to more than one, you know it is true. Each island holds a magnificent beauty and “feel” of its own, but all are connected by aloha. Before this trip, my only experience on Oahu was in downtown Honolulu and the airport. Thrilled to explore this busy little island in the middle of the Pacific, I couldn’t wait to enjoy the luxuries that many people from all over the world come to experience while staying at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki.
IMG_1686 While I would have absolutely LOVED my hubby’s company on this excursion, this Oahu trip included my smallest travel buddy, my son Gabriel. He and I were greeted beautifully from the moment we stepped foot onto the resort. We were treated like true V.I.P.’s with valet parking and fresh leis upon arrival. The concierge even included a sweet collection of traditional Hawaiian coloring pages for Gabriel to take along with him.

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Families that wear pink wristbands together, stay together. Kidding, but still, it’s just that spectacular!!!

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While Gabriel splished and splashed his way across the pool, I soaked in the sun and the breathtaking view of the iconic “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” I could have stayed at the pool for a good week, but a Royal Papa’aina feast awaited me.

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So, this was the “big event” – the Perfect Day Waikiki event! I walked into the King Kamehameha suite, still in a dreamlike state from the grandeur of the resort’s architecture and the staff’s hospitality, knowing that this night would truly be perfect. From driftwood and fresh florals, to candles and capiz shell chandeliers, the One Kings Lane designers outdid themselves decorating for the event. Beauty surrounded us, from the lanai where we dined al fresco, to the sunset on Waikiki Beach, the setting could not have been better!

IMG_1681 I was the only Maui girl there and loved meeting other Oahu bloggers and photographers, as well as ladies from the Luxury Collection and One Kings Lane.

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This historic resort, well-known for its pink, well, everything, inspired my pink dress for the evening. When in Rome…Oh and see the gal standing to the left of me in the picture above? Yeah, that’s the Salty Blonde on Instagram and she gets to wear gorgeous clothing from beachy-chic clothing companies as part of her social media life. Ahh, a girl can dream, right?

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The 8-course meal prepared by Chef Shaymus Alwin proved beyond expectations. First of all…eight courses! Secondly, the flavor combinations were imagined by a genius, the chef himself. Thirdly, the staff of Azure were professional, helpful and on top of it! Plus, look at how pretty my food was…almost too pretty to eat, but don’t worry, I did.

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Be sure to return for more of my Oahu Travel Series: Perfect Day Waikiki (Part 2). Until next time… Livin’ la vida aloha, Jennifer

Oahu Travel…

This Maui girl island-hopped last fall and will be sharing a new series with you soon: Oahu Travel.

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While on Oahu I traveled all over, true gypsy-style, exploring the Northshore, Windward side and Waikiki! From my luxury resort time at the Royal Hawaiian, to beach time in Kailua, I will cover it all. Be on the lookout for it and in the meantime, keep livin’ la vida aloha!

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Oahu Travel: Perfect Day Waikiki (part 2)

-Jennifer

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 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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Be sure to sign up to receive new posts via email &  discover the beauty of uncovering your dreams, find amazing must-visit Maui places & get upcycling inspiration from me, your Island Gypsy Hawaii. I call it “Aloha for your inbox.”

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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Be sure to sign up to receive new posts via email &  discover the beauty of uncovering your dreams, find amazing must-visit Maui places & get upcycling inspiration from me, your Island Gypsy Hawaii. I call it “Aloha for your inbox.”