Sweet Isla Joy

Just popping by to share that our sweet Isla Joy arrived this past Saturday. It was a beautiful experience bringing her into this world. Praising God that I was able to deliver her naturally, with my husband by my side encouraging me each step of the way. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. She truly is a delight!

Jennifer Poppy

“Aloha Y’all” Fashion Tanks, Tees & Mugs

If you already read my most recent post, “Why We Moved from Maui,” then you are in on my little secret of creating something fun in the midst of this change…

I wanted to  do something to help make this transition easier from Hawaii back to Texas for our family, as we left behind my husband’s real estate business and are starting from scratch again. With our daughter’s birth happening any day now I knew that handmaking something to sell might not be in the cards for me, so instead I did something I’ve always wanted to do: design a  T-shirt.

Aloha Y’all


Kelly Green Tank

So in an effort to give it a shot I created this design inspired by our daughter, who will be a little bit of island and a little bit of southern belle. I didn’t forget about the guys, either! I also created unisex T-shirts and Hoodies for those not into tank tops.




Click to Shop: Black T-shirt



If you like this design, would you consider purchasing one of these Aloha Y’all pieces I created to help support our family? Or perhaps you know someone with a love for the islands, would you be willing to share a link to my shop with them? Shop the Look Here.

This design is available until October 26. We’ve met the minimum requirement for the order to be placed, but to meet my goal we need to sell at least 50 pieces. Any order is appreciated!

You can share your aloha spirit and southern charm wherever you are in the world…thank you for your love and support! I can’t wait to see these tops on you!!! So fun!

Hugs & Aloha,



Hot Pink Sticker


Why We Moved from Maui

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. -Gilda Radner


“We’re moving from Maui,” I reluctantly told one of my best friends. As our children ran around the park we both fought back tears so as to not worry the kids. “When?” I told her soon, by July at the latest, just over a month from me making the big announcement. We talked logistics and finished letting the children play. Telling our friends on the island that our family was moving away after four years of investing our love and lives there tore me apart. But it was time…


You see, just a couple of weeks prior to making this life-changing decision my husband and I were given some difficult news. No, not here in this photo…This photo was 110% happy as we were announcing our exciting news that we were expecting a baby girl, due in October. The news we were given was just a few days after this photo was taken. It had nothing to do with the health of our baby girl – she was doing great! Rather, it had to do with my prenatal care on Maui: The entire O/B department where I received medical care was shutting down. With my insurance the only other preferable option that I had was to fly to Oahu, a neighboring island, for all of my prenatal appointments and the delivery of our baby.

Stressful, much?

In fact, the doctor on Oahu told me that I’d need to move to the island a month prior to the baby’s due date. This would mean leaving my husband and two other children on Maui while I waited for our daughter to be born on another island. I tried making the most of it in my heart and my head, “I can do this. We can do this.” But it just did not click. Something was off. It wasn’t going to work.

We needed to move back to the mainland.

The last thing I wanted to do was sell and donate our belongings, pack and ship what we could and move across the Pacific Ocean in my second trimester of pregnancy. However, we did. We did it for our daughter’s delivery and peace of mind; that we wouldn’t be separated by the Pacific or far from good medical care. It broke our hearts to leave our Maui ‘ohana.


Our island friends threw us a hui hou party before we made our journey back to Texas. They loved us through this difficult decision…And now we wait…


Because our little girl will be here soon…Made on Maui; born in Texas, our Isla Joy. Moving from Hawaii to Texas for the birth of our daughter has meant taking another step of faith. My husband had to leave behind his Hawaii real estate business and begin working toward his Texas real estate license and subbing at a local school in the interim, all while trying to set-up our home for this season of life. I’ve wondered who might want to hire a 9-months pregnant woman, but I don’t think that’s on many employers’ “wish lists” for new employees. And with a newborn on the way, due October 12, in fact, there is only so much I can do to help make this transition easier for our family. But I felt there had to be something I could do…so I made a T-shirt.🙂 Yup, you read that right! I’ve always wanted to design T-shirts, so in an effort to give it a shot I made this design inspired by our daughter, who will be a little bit of island and a little bit of southern belle.


If you like this design, would you consider purchasing one of these Aloha Y’all tank tops I created to help support our family? Additional colors can be seen below…Not a fan of tanks? I also created a sticker, high-quality T-shirts and hoodies, coffee mugs, you know, since it’s fall and all. (You can shop the look by clicking here.)

Mahalo (thank you) for listening to my story…on why we moved from Maui. Gilda Radner was right – life is so much not knowing, having to change and taking each moment to make the best of it. We may not know what the future holds, but we know Who holds our future. In God we are putting our trust, in this season of awaiting the arrival of our baby girl and in the future as He continues to guide us each step of the way.

Aloha y’all,
Jennifer Poppy