Yoga and a Top Knot

Vivi and I took a trip to the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe.  She’s at a really fun age right now where she likes to mimic most things that I do, and loves to “help me” around the house.  I have to admit that I have a really fun time teaching her yoga postures and dance steps.  Dress up is also big thing these days.  She is very opinionated about what she wears, which usually involves a princess dress, a Minion hat, Hello Kitty ears (hairband), and purple crocs.  I made her yoga outfit for the shoot.  The pants are made out of some castoffs from Salvation Army (I cut up an Indian printed dress to sew them),  and then I just got creative wrapping some gauze fabric around her for the top.  Mama also used that “smoothie brush” (ballerinas will know what I’m talking about) to slick that hair into her first top knot.  Little girls are just so fun.

I have really been enjoying diving into my yoga practice again, gearing up for teaching at the new CorePower opening up in Kailua in October.  I am really excited to start teaching yoga again.  Yoga has always been a cradle of comfort for me throughout my life, and I have made some lifelong friendships through teaching it.

Thank you Tien Austin Photography!!

Hope you enjoy the post!!

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Koko Crater Botanical Garden

This morning Vivi and I ventured out to Koko Crater Botanical Garden.  You could smell the Plumeria as soon as you opened your car door…  On the way, I was telling Vivi we were going to “Koko Head”, which is where we were going (Koko Head Park), but I think in her toddler brain, she thought Koko Head was a person or animal or something.  So we pretended to search for “Koko Head” the monkey.

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Vivi’s dress is from Savers, purchased for $2.99.  My skirt is vintage, which I found on Etsy!!  I got my purse many years ago at a garage sale in Lubbock, TX for 25 cents!!!  Photography by Tien Austin.

Hope you enjoyed the post!!  Have a beautiful evening!!

Why not??


A few years back, Chris and I were visiting the Pelion Peninsula in Greece. We were in Tsagarada, in the off season, so we pretty much had a local restaurant all to ourselves. The restaurant was called Aleka’s House, and Aleka decided to sit a while and chat with us. Down the road from Aleka’s, there was a B&B owned by some English folks called The Lost Unicorn. And yes, the place was as magical as the name commands. As Chris and I were sitting there talking to Aleka, we mentioned how beautiful The Lost Unicorn was, and what a dream it would be to come back to Greece and buy a property or have a Lost Unicorn of our own one day. Chris and I are BIG dreamers, which is why we work, lol. Anyway, as we are having this convo with this woman that could be a double in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, her very nonchalant response was “Why not??”

Even though there are no Lost Unicorns in our near future, I really took Aleka’s advice to heart. As a known resister, saying yes has never been a really easy thing for me. I’m also a perfectionist. What if I fail?? What if I don’t exceed expectations?? What if people judge me?? What I’ve come to realize is that the times in my life when my approach has been ”Why not??”, “Sure!”, “OK!”, and when I finally made up my mind to embrace my authentic self, the universe met me back and truly magical things have happened.

This is one of the main reasons I decided get back into health and wellness coaching when the opportunity presented itself. I decided to take Beachbody as the the avenue because they have an amazing community and offer quality products that really do work. I wish I knew about Beachbody and the challenge groups that are offered when I was trying to lose the pregnancy weight. It’s amazing what magic can happen when you have a support system, daily motivation, and are surrounded by people that are on a similar journey.

I understand what it is like to not feel good about where you are at emotionally, mentally, and physically, and question how you even got there in the first place. If you haven’t read about the 60 lbs I gained when I was pregnant with V, you can read it here…

The flip side of that is that I was able to lose the weight, get out of my rut, and I want to help others do the same. If you want to tone up, lose weight, or ultimately just feel better and healthier, I’m here. If you are interested in learning more about specific exercise programs and eating plans please let me know. I’m going to have a clean eating challenge group in August!!  If you are interested in participating please message me.  I will provide more information very soon!!  Enjoy your weekend!! Much love!!!

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Muy Fresca Sangria

Celebrating three weeks off with some flamenco dancing and a super easy sangria recipe!!!  Hope you enjoy!!

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This is the best sangria!!  I combined a recipe my sister gave me along with one I found on Pinterest.  One bottle cheap cabernet, one bottle blood orange Italian soda, 1/4 cup orange vodka, and frozen berries.  I was never a huge fan of sangria, I always thought it tasted like watered down red wine, but this one is so yummy and refreshing!!  You can also add fresh oranges, pineapple, and berries….Let me know if you try it!!

Have an awesome day!!!  Much love!!  And a Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mama!!!


Whenever we first moved to Hawaii, we had to stay in Waikiki until our household goods arrived and we could move into our house.  While we were staying there, I asked a local shop girl what her favorite beach was on the island.  She told me Papa’iloa on the North Shore.  It has now become one of our favorites.  Lots of sea turtles were out that day.DSC_0170 DSC_0173 DSC_0184 DSC_0202 DSC_0203 DSC_0204 DSC_0205 DSC_0213 DSC_0230 DSC_0263 DSC_0267 DSC_0341 DSC_0349 DSC_0402


Have a great day!!

Pit Stop

Chris and I have taken the past couple of days of the holiday weekend to really maximize on some family time. We decided to take a scenic drive and see where the day led us.   We chose to drive down the windward side of Oahu on the Kamehameha Highway towards the North Shore.  My sister and I first discovered this swing when she came to visit back in February!  It was nice to stop again and to show Chris.  It made me miss my sister.  We got a new camera recently, so Chris was being a good sport about playing photographer for the day.

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A Magical Morning


laurie_dragonsnapThere are days now I feel more like a dancer then I ever did when I had a professional career. There is a huge world that is dance that I was blinded from when I was in the tutu bubble. When I was no longer bound to the tradition, and was ready, I was able to remember the freeing abandon and possibility that drew me to dance in the first place.

I wanted to share some of the other images Tien and I captured that morning.  I just want to say a huge thank you to Tien  She has the ability to capture the magic in a moment.  Also a huge thank you to my ladies at Free People, for the experience of a lifetime in Nicaragua, and for seeing something in me that I didn’t.

I still can’t believe I was featured on a Free People blog post:

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All clothing Free People.  Practice tutu borrowed from Ballet Hawaii.  Hope you all have a beautiful day!!!

Free People Sur la Sol


“Surreal” is the only word I can use to describe my Free People Sur la Sol experience. Surrounded by fellow winners that could only be described as one of the most beautiful and artistic crews that has ever existed, I kept asking myself “how am I here??”

I don’t have too many pictures, as I had a new camera I had no idea how to use, and there was also a photographer following the group around 24/7 so I decided to just unplug and really try to embrace the experience. Supposedly everything is going to be going up on the Free People blog/website/catalog in August, and I’ll make sure to post when that happens, and post more pics as I receive them.

I was the second to oldest participant, and the only “Mom” there. Insecurities can come out when thrown into an experience surrounded by bohemian glamazons!! And I’m not going to lie, I missed Vivi A LOT. Like crying because I wished she could see the monkeys in the trees a lot, lol.

I left the trip feeling really inspired. I was surrounded by strong, creative, beautiful women. I spent the days next to a rustic beautiful ocean, using my hands in the DIYs, and stepping out of my comfort zone by trying new things such as riding horses and surfing. I also made some lifelong friends.

I just want to thank Free People for the experience of a lifetime, my mother-in-law and husband for taking over Vivi duty for me to travel to Nicaragua, and Tien Austin for snapping that pic!!!!

One of the participants, the sweet, beautiful and talented, Alice Gherasim, made this video that I feel really captures the experience.  She also took the pic at the top of this post.  Hope you enjoy!!!