A child of Mother Earth

How we spend our days is,
 of course, how we spend our lives.” 
— Annie Dillard


My sweetest Harlow Michele, 
You are the epitome of a child of mother earth. Your loving soul is so curious and untainted. You talk to the birds, you count the clouds. Snails become your best friend, and you'd rather have grass beneath your tiny chubby feet than a pair of shoes. Naked is what you prefer, over the clothes, but if you could choose what to wear it's always a dress so that you can "twirl twirl twirl". When the sunshine finally shows itself each morning after the marine layer has passed, sometimes I have to remind myself that it is the sun that is lighting up the room instead of the smile that appears on your face. Sunshine evokes pure bliss on your darling heart. Dirt is your favorite toy, next to water that is. You are very concerned if the garden hasn't been watered and when we ask you what you want to do today, you always exclaim "go to the garden". I'm sure you know the San Diego Botanical Garden better than the people who actually work there.. it truly is your favorite playground. The beach or "ocean" as you like to call it, is where you are at most peace. You save spiders, ants, bees, and any other bug or animal you can get your tiny loving hands on. Even the ones I don't necessarily want you touching.. There is no animal that frightens  you, you'll walk up to anything and say hello.. even the most giant of horses at the stables. My sweetest Harlow, you melt my gypsy heart. 

 

 



 


 




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A Moment With Jaxsea Swimwear Desiger Jax!

I recently stumbled upon an absolutely beautiful line of kimonos, and after following their social media for a few days and really feeling the aloha spirit through posts here and there, I was eager to have a moment with the designer! I am so stoked to be able to share with you this interview with Jax, creator of Jaxsea Kimonos and soon to be swimwear. Ladies and Gentlemen, sit back, relax and imagine yourself on the magical isle of Maui!

<< Designer Jax, living it up Hawaiian style >>

Elise: I'm absolutely stoked to be chatting with you here on SaltWaterDiary, I am swooning your collection and I can't wait to pick your mermaiden mind!

Jax: I’m so happy and really flattered you love my collection. I had no Idea other people were really paying attention!

Elise: Are you kidding? Your line is dreamy!! First things first, and no cheating! We want to know what this beach girl keeps on her at all times, so, Miss Jax, turn your bag upside down and tell us what comes tumbling out! Of those things, what are 3 things you cannot live without?

<< Jax in the Sea Reflection Kimono >>

Jax: Ooo this is fun, I happen to have my fringe purse right next to me...haha this is kind of funny and nothing too exciting...I’m really simple. I recently got a new purse so I don't have too much ..sugar packets for coffee (sugar in the Raw), some puka shells I found from my beach walk the other day and keys to my car.. must have keys! Oh and I found part of a sunrise shell--- I'm pretty stoked about that!

Elise: Congrats on your new fringe purse! I love new bags. and I like simple, I am the same way! Funny you should mention a sunrise shell, I am actually drawing one right now!! Just posted a pic on IG ;) Tell us where you grew up and how did you find yourself in Hawai'i?

<< Designer Jax, after a day on the ocean with the Andaz Hotel in Wailea's Crew >>

Jax: Awww I'm trying to attract a sunrise shell in my life.. I was told they find you.. so I refuse to buy one because I believe one will find me.. and it did! Only part of one but I’ll take it! I grew up in a small town called Yucaipa. Moved to OC for school and after I graduated I was working corporate for an Australian surf brand when they offered me a position to move to Hawaii for work. I have always dreamed of living in Hawaii-- and I had nothing else tying me down.  I didn't want to live my life wondering "what if?".

Elise: I totally believe in that about the sunrise shells! It makes me sad how much they are being "hunted" now days.. I wish they would let them wash ashore so they can be found the way the ancient Hawaiian’s found and treasured them. I don't feel they are as sacred and special if they had to kill the little creature living inside. So you took a wonderful leap of faith and landed on beautiful beaches surrounded by inspiration! Have you always been into clothing design? How did the idea of a kimono line and Jaxsea swimwear come about?

<< The popular Sea Reflection Kimono >>

 Jax: Yes, I took the leap of faith and I believe that you just have to trust in the universe that everything will work out and be ok. It has been the best thing that I have EVER done! Honestly, it started with swimwear.. I have always had a passion for swimwear. My mom taught me the basics of sewing and one day in college, I realized that I wanted to start my own swimwear brand. So I had been collecting inspiration pieces- cutting magazines, creating a dream board and I knew I wanted to do beach cover ups as well. For an avid surfer/beach girl it is essential to grab a simple beach cover up and go. Something that is easy and simple.. nothing too complicated. I’m all about simplicity, “less is more”. Kimonos are perfect for Hawaii and this location.

<< Aloha Kimono >>

 Elise: We have a lot in common!! I am a total vision board kinda gal! I bet your swimwear will be just as savvy as your kimonos and I am excited to see! After swooning a bit on your website and drooling on my keyboard while I checked out your line, I noticed that your collection sells out fast! My favorite is the Aloha Kimono! Which ones do you find to be the most popular and are you in the works with any new prints?

Jax: Thank you and yes, it is amazing to see all of the positive feedback I have been receiving. I had no idea, and I’m am so grateful! All of the positive compliments are what motivate me to continue to do more! My most popular one is “Sea Reflection”.. the teal one! I am currently working on my summer collection also! So excited to share with everyone in the near future!

<< Shotgun Sunset Kimono >>

Elise: They are ALL so dreamy! Can you share with us how you decided on "Jaxsea" as your brand name? Also, what vibe do you want these women to feel when they are shopping your line?

Jax: Yes absolutely . Its my nick name Jax combined with my endless love for the ocean, sea. So thats how Jaxsea came about. I simply want people to feel an essence of the aloha spirit. If they can't visit Hawaii, then I can bring Hawaii to them through my kimonos. Anything with a touch of aloha gives people that "ahhhh" feeling. That’s what I want them to feel :) My tag line "Your Escape" ties in with that feeling of Happiness ...

Elise: Ahhh clever girl you are with the name creation!! Happiness is what we all want and also all that we want to feel in life right? Where all can we buy happiness.. err I mean shop Jaxsea?

<< Shoreline Kimono >>

 Jax: Well, I’m fairly new, just launched my website on Valentines Day and I just got picked up by Sophie Grace Jewelry in Paia! Pretty soon the spa at the Andaz Hotel in Wailea will also carry Jaxsea (so excited!).

Elise: Wow those are awesome spots to be in, congrats!!! We know you are a mermaid at heart, so what are your favorite past time hobbies, and what is your “go to” beach there on Maui?

Jax: My favorite past time hobbies are: painting, photography, and kick boxing (watch out!). Favorite beach on Maui.. that’s a hard one. They are all so beautiful and unique in there own little ways. But if I had to choose, my go to beach would be Big Beach. I love the thick turquoise water and the long stretch of sand. I can't get enough of this island!

Elise: WE LOOOOOOOOOVE big beach!! (and little beach hehe). It has been so fun chatting with you! Big mahalo for sharing your time with me!!

Jax: Same with you! Thank you for everything!

Well, there you have it! the essence of aloha! You know you want to shop, so go ahead, click on the links below! Don't forget to tell her you saw Jaxsea on SaltWaterDiary!



Instagram: jaxseakimono

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We Are All One

I believe this is a truly inspirational, transformative, and pure video that we should all watch and consider. You have 10 minutes? It's worth it.

In Lak'ech..We are all ONE..We all from ONE Mother …earth and soil..Bless Pacha Mama


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Power of Pa'a

Paintings and Prints for Pa'a! 
For every purchase made using the 
'POWEROFPAA" 
discount code, 50% of the proceeds 
will be donated to the Lee Family, and here's why.

A few years back, when I lived on Kauai.. I was sitting on Polihale Beach (one of the most spiritual/magical places on earth) and a beautiful bronzed goddess with piercing blue eyes and golden locks that shone in the sun walked up to me with the biggest smile and warmly welcomed me to my new home on Kaua'i. Her belly full of life as she was carrying her first child, I thought to myself, "I want to be just like that when I am pregnant one day".  Her name was Nicole Lee, and I would soon witness in full force one of the strongest, most loving and faith driven women to walk this planet face a challenge that is hard to even imagine. 

I watched as she and her hubby raised their first child in the sun and sand, who was absolutely adorable and happy, and then before I knew it, she was carrying her second child, beautifully, just like the first. 

 

Photography by Blenda Montoro who was also featured here on SaltWaterDiary (here)


When her second child Pa'a arrived here on mother earth he brought with him a gift. A gift that is so great, it touches the heart of ANY person who hears his story.

Pa'a is strength, courage, light, happiness, he is the epitome of a warrior.  Once you hear his story, you too, will be forever changed. If you are anything like me, you will start living with a little more gratitude, and a lot more "I can do anything's".. because if Pa'a can live such a vibrant life with all of his struggles and he isn't even 3 years old yet, then anybody can.The following text is from www.powerofpaa.com, a website hosted by the loving parents of baby Pa'a.

For those of you who are new to our family, here’s a little blurb of Pa’a in a nutshell:
On August 18, our 2nd son was born with a severe heart defect.  14 hours after his birth, the first signs were detected of something not being right. His oxygen saturations were dangerously low, he was “blue” in color. We needed to go to O’ahu, because something was seriously wrong.  We prayed that it would be something small, something fixable, something we could take care of easily and move on. But it wasn’t small. That first night, after many tests, Xrays, and Ultrasounds at Kapi’olani, we were told he had Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, along with many other serious organ and cardiovascular abnormalities.
We were told Pa’a would be medevac’d immediately to San Diego, where he would undergo major open-heart surgery.  We were told that some children with this condition make it… and some don’t
We spent a total of 6 months in and out of the hospital in San Diego and Pa’a has had nine surgeries so far- 2 of them being open-heart surgery.  I had to resign from my teaching job to care for Pa’a full time, and Kalawai’a had to leave work for an extended amount of time to be there for Pa’a in San Diego.  If it weren’t for our amazing community, I dont know how we would have made it!  The whole community of Kaua’i came together in a way words cannot even express.  Friends, family, strangers alike- all connected for ONE common factor, connected for Pa’a.
We were blessed with support and have been home on Kaua’i for two years with our miracle child, who has healed and blossomed in the magic of our island home, Kaua’i.
We knew the time was coming for Pa’a’s next phase of corrective open-heart surgery.  They estimated he would need to go back to San Diego at 3 years old. But the time has come a little sooner than that. We are now scheduled to leave Kaua’i at the end of  this April, 2014 and check back in to the Ronald McDonald house for the duration of Pa’a’s next battle atRady Childrens Hospital. He will be enduring a highly invasive open-heart surgery called the “Fontan Procedure”.  We are told we could be there anywhere from 1 to 3 months for recovery.

                  

And now I will overload you with photos of this amazing family! 


Older brother Kili ALWAYS (and I mean always) 
has a loving hand on his baby brother.

 





Happy baby Pa'a just after open heart surgery! 


Paintings and Prints for Pa'a! 
For every purchase made using the 
'POWEROFPAA" 
discount code, 50% of the proceeds 
will be donated to the Lee Family, and here's why.

We Love you Pa'akamana'o!

WHAT: 5K FUN RUN (OR WALK, STROLL, BIKE, SKIP!) TOTALLY FREE!!

WHEN: APRIL 13 2104

WHERE: OFF STUDIO, KUKUI’ULA SHOPPING CENTER, POIPU

CHECK-IN:   6:30am – 7:15am

RUN : 7:30 AM

Please visit the website for more information on the 
run and Lua'u for Pa'a happening this Sunday!



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My Art on Kate and Linny!

I am so stoked be be working with www.KateandLinny.com this week by offering my limited edition prints on their awesome site! Owners Kate and Linny (lindsay) are absolutely adorable mommas working hard just like me, you can read more about them below, and head over to their website to check out all the super awesome deals they are offering! They also have a super fun Instagram feed at KateandLinny, and don't forget to 'like' them on Facebook.

Kate and Linny is now an official sponsor of SaltWaterDiary, so you can cruise over to their page to check deals after every visit to our blog! See their sponsor button to the right, tadaa!!

Here is a screen shot of my deal on their page. :)



Kate and Linny offers limited-time sales on products perfect for your home and life. The items featured on the site are either made by, developed by or sold by moms, with a few exceptions thrown into the mix of products that are just too good for moms to miss out on! Founded by friends Katherine and Lindsay, who have more than 20 years of mothering experience combined, the site not only showcases products for moms by moms, it also highlights mompreneurs by featuring a rotating Mompreneur of the Week and touches on all things motherhood on Kate and Linny’s Blog.
Our logo is a take on the “Tabono”, the Ancient African symbol that represents strength, confidence and perseverance… all essential qualities of being a mom as well as a mompreneur!

"As moms and business owners, we are dedicated to donating money, time and effort to help address the health and social issues affecting children, mothers and families. We love the environmental movement of 1% for the Planet… so we’ve created our own movement that we like to call “1% for Children and Mothers” – and we hope that you, along with other companies, will join us in our movement!

This year, we will be donating to Every Mother Counts, an organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth and improving the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. We will also be donating to our local branch of School on Wheels, a non-profit that enhances educational opportunities for thousands of homeless children every year."
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New Art!

Recently, I had the urge to doodle something late one night, and I got a little carried away! I'm loving these new pieces that are coming out of no where for me! They make me feel so good, and they feel so fresh! The pineapple has already sold, but since there is so much interest in all of them, I have decided to make Limited Edition Prints on archival giclee paper. They will be available very shortly, and don't you worry, I'm just getting started with this style and am abundantly inspired, so you will be seeing a lot more of these little beauties in the days to come!

Here's also a tiny peek of a sunrise shell that I am currently working on as well. ;) yes, color, you are hard for me to leave in the studio cabinet..

Hope you enjoy them, please leave a comment and let me know what you think! ALOHA!!







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