Desire authentic souvenirs? The Maui Swap Meet it is!

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One day while cooling off at our pool while in Maui, I had the chance to chat it up with a few visitors, learning about their adventures and must sees. I love how people on vacation talk. They have TIME to talk. There’s a big difference. We got to chatting about (the lack of junk) shopping, […]

Architectural salvage inspiration from Makawao, Maui

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On Instagram, someone mentioned they were missing my Maui pictures. Ouch. Yes. I know the feeling all too well. In fact, I’ve kind of been avoiding the topic for a few reasons. One being, while editing these pictures, I had to swallow a few lumps in my throat. It’s like I broke up with this place, […]

Claiming back the DIY mojo through gardening

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Apparently when we were in Maui, we had drought conditions at home. VERY hot. And very dry.  So imagine being in surroundings that were always groomed to perfection for you. Most vacation spots are like that of course. That’s what you pay for. But when you visit the tropics, it’s a little more than a trimmed […]

Because it’s just better in Maui

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While cooling off at the pool one afternoon while in Maui, I noted one gal that was there every day. Her tan gave her away. I knew she was probably there for more than a quick vacation… so, curious, we struck up a conversation.  She confessed most of her tan was actually from home! She […]

A few Maui ramblings and a storm watch

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These days are feeling a little bittersweet. We are nearing the end of our 6 week Maui stint, and I’m not even sure how I feel about it.  90% of me is struggling to find meaning on why being here has provided a healing peace of sorts. And how I can bring some of this magic […]

A Maui coffee sign… made in Maui

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My love for the Hawaiian island runs deep. It use to be my go to playground back in the day before my son was in the picture. Remember back before marriage, a mortgage, kiddos? So when I created my National coffee stencil, my first draft was to use Maui in the description in order to […]

Visiting America’s largest banyan tree in Lahaina, Maui

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There’s something to be said for taking such a long vacation. Let’s face it… 6 weeks is a LONG time. A huge benefit is viewing an exciting location as ‘home’. You tend to start doing more normal shnormal things when you vacation vs travel every moment. Some days we stay at the condo, enjoying the […]

Plants and features a tropical nursery carries

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Well friends, we’re now well into our 2nd week in Maui. Wow… really?! We shouldn’t have blinked! The first week was all about finding our way and climatizing. And after the 2nd week, it feels like home sweet home. I have to admit, we haven’t done many ‘epic’ things, other than beaches, pool, local eateries […]

A mini Maui lanai makeover

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Aloha, and welcome to my mini Maui lanai makeover! And a BIG welcome to those visiting from The Procrastinator’s Summer Porch Tour 2015! Kathy from Petticoat Junktion is the brainchild of this marvelous event! A few procrastinating bloggers have banded together to showcase their own summer porches. Are you late in the game too? Good! […]

My Maui backyard

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I honestly believe in the saying, “Once a farmer’s daughter, always a farmer’s daughter.” Farm girls need the cool crunch of grass beneath their feet, and the umbrella of tall, protective tree branches, that reach high into the blue sky, at any given moment. Especially on a nice day. And this would describe my Maui back […]