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Winter Blues and Mermaid Hues

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Happy Monday loves!

My parents came to visit me this last week, so I made sure to take advantage of my momma’s hair skills while she was here, and got her to give me a mini makeover. My hair had faded out, and I was slipping deeper and deeper into a hair slump. She gave me a blue hue that I had been coveting for a while, with Matrix Watercolors.

My new look reflects my inner mermaid spirit and matches the ocean I’m surrounded by. What do you think?

xo dré

My Tribe

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A couple weeks ago I took my family hiking on the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail. I had done it just a few days before that, and I loved it so much that I just had to bring them to it.

When I did the hike, we were in anticipation of hurricane Madeline coming through. Luckily it passed by us, but we still experienced quite a bit of wind and overcast skies. When I got to the top of trail, I couldn’t see the view.

The day that we planned to go as a family, we were blessed with gorgeous weather. The best reward? The view + our shenanigans at the top! This was such a great family activity. I love hiking with my tribe!

We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.

xo dré

10 Active Dates

A couple months ago my husband and I decided to try something new. Every month, we would make sure to have at least 1 date, and we would take turns planning what we would do. So far it’s been really fun and I’ve enjoyed the creativity of our outings!

Our latest date was a 13 mile bike ride. We rode from our house clear down to the end of Waikiki and back. My husband planned this date, and he hit it out of the park! It was the perfect day!

If you like this idea that we are doing, here are 10 active date ideas that you can try with your significant other. Best of all, most of them are free!


  1. Go on a bike ride

This date made me feel like a kid again! You can even race each other if you’re competitive 🙂


2. Go on a hike

There is nothing like unplugging from everything around you and just getting out in some fresh air. Studies have shown that hiking reduces stress you and you’ll have fun adventuring together.

3. Explore your city

Have you ever played tourist in your own city? Walk around and see if there are any shops, restaurants or cafés you’ve never been to before.


4. Pick your own apples

If you live near any U-pick orchards, this is a must-do activity! There is nothing like fresh fruit right off the tree! You’ll have healthy food for your week, or you can be naughty and make an apple crisp or pie.

5. Go on an evening walk

Finished with dinner and getting ready to Netflix and chill? Put the remote down and go on a stroll around the neighborhood first. You can talk about your day, and burn a few extra calories before you veg out the rest of the night.


6. Go sledding

This is another one of those activities that brings out the kid in you. And its really quite surprising how worked out you feel after a few hours of trekking up and down a snowy hill.

7. Do a corn maze

This one will get your minds and your adrenaline going. Plus if you’re a scardy cat like me, you’ll be forced to hold each other the entire time for fear of your life.


8. Go ice skating/ rollerskating

Remember couples skate at the rink when you were younger? It’s still as fun 🙂


9. Go find and cut your own Christmas tree

This is one that I’d like to do at some point, but I’d have to live on the mainland to do it, since there’s a shortage of snowy mountains here. I just think it would be romantic, fun, and full of holiday cheer.


10. Hit the gym

There’s just something about working out together. You push each other to be better and you feel better and look better afterward!


I hope that a few of these ideas spark your interest! Do you have any other fun active date ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

xo dré

An Ode to Summer


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I love you summer!

xo dré


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Aloha Friday! Surfs up!

xo dré


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With Easter over, I’ve got summer on my mind. That’s all. Happy Monday!

xo dré


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Beach and Chill

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Hi loves! TGIF!! Oh. My. Goodness. So sorry that I’ve been MIA this week. Last week, I mentioned that I was going to be involved with teaching some Matrix classes  to a salon in Pearl Harbor. My days ended up being about 15 hours each, between mom duties in the morning, and then class the rest of the day. All in all, it was a wonderful experience. I even felt comfortable speaking!

This weekend is going to be operation Rest and Recover, aka Beach and  Chill. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be sleeping somewhere in the sand.

xo dré

Back to the Future

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Being that it’s also the eve of my anniversary and Thursday, I decided it would be appropriate to do a throwback of some of my favorite moments with my man over the past 10 years!

As I was going through some of these old photos, I realized how many places that we’ve got to explore. I cannot wait for many more years of traveling and adventure with this one! Here’s to our future baby! But first, let’s take it back real quick…

Yakima, Washington

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Sheep Lake, Washingtonimage

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Roseau, DominicaimageimageBense, DominicaimageRiviera Maya, Mexico


San Francisco, Californiaimage

Las Vegas, Nevadaimage

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Oahu, Hawaiiimageimage

xo dré

Make it Work

image imageimage image imageGood morning lovelies! Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow?! I’m so excited! Having two little ones in our house certainly makes the holiday all the more magical.

Since my princesses are out of school for break, we are trying to make the most of our time together, and squeeze in all the beach days we possibly can before we’re back to the daily grind. I was hoping to spend time at Kailua Beach because it’s one of our favorites, but the President and his family are here for the holidays, and I haven’t wanted to risk getting stuck in traffic because of road closures for their commuting. I could monitor it online, but that has just been effort that I haven’t felt like putting forth! Ha! Lucky for us, we have a beach that’s 2 miles from our house, and that’s precisely where you’ll find us.

I hope everyone has a fab Christmas Eve!

xo dré


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