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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 cafĂ©s 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

Pali Puka

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Saturday afternoon, my husband and I had a date and it was my turn to plan what we did. I’d been wanting to hike to Pali Puka, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Hiking to the puka itself was pretty quick. It’s pretty low difficulty in my opinion also. The only hang up would be if you have a fear of heights because you do walk along a ledge for a bit.

After we reached the puka and took in the view, we decided to follow the trail further and climb to the peak above it. That was a bit more challenging but so worth it!

I hope you enjoy these photos from our adventure!

xo dré

An Ode to Summer


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I love you summer!

xo dré


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Just a Piece


It’s my birthday! This whole week has been a pre-funk leading up to the great event. I’ve been taken shopping, gone to multiple luncheons, and got my Hawaii state driver’s license which I aced by the way…ah thank you! Today’s agenda will consist of the beach and chocolate lava cake, because, what else is there?!

Today I want share what makes me tick. Of course there so is much more than these photos portray, but if I could give a brief glimpse of what makes me squeal inside, this is it.

Have a great weekend and think of me if you eat cake!

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

Where Feet May Fail

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I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. I like to live my life on the fly, but I also like knowing what’s going to happen. This probably doesn’t make sense to you, because it doesn’t make sense to me either. None the less, I’ve been feeling weighed down with the weight of uncertainty, and it’s a weight that I don’t need to carry.

I’m reminded of lyrics to a beautiful song by Hillsong.  I want to share them with you, so that anyone else that needs to be encouraged, can be.

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

xo dré


image image image image image image image image image image imageHappy Monday loves! I can’t wait for this week to go by because my parents are coming to visit me next weekend, and they will be here for a whole week! I already have a fun-filled week planned for them, so it’s a countdown until they get here!

This last weekend was absolutely beautiful here on the island, so I made sure to take full advantage. My husband worked overtime, but that didn’t stop my girls and I from getting out of the house and heading to Kailua. I can’t seem to get enough of this beach. I know I should be venturing to other ones so I can make a better judgement if it’s really my favorite, and I do plan on it eventually, but this one just keeps luring me back!

I was feeling sporty, so I wore my Lululemon boogie bottoms and stole my husband’s hat for the day. I mean, he wasn’t there to wear it, so someone had to do it, right?  My girls and I even ended up playing catch with the football they brought to the beach. I guess I was dressed perfectly for the occasion!

xo dré


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| bikini top: (similar) | bottoms: Lululemon (similar) | trucker hat: Clark Little Photography | sunglasses: (similar) |

I Said Yes…AGAIN

Last week, I shared with you that my 10 year anniversary was on New Year’s Day. The event has now come and gone, but I would love to share a bit of what happened that evening with you!

I’ll start by jumping straight to the evening…you know…the surprise part. After I finished getting ready, we were off to a mystery restaurant. Upon arriving, it was unveiled that we were dining at Azure in Waikiki. Our reservations for two, led us out to a beautiful patio right on the beach.

When we had finished our meal, Ben asked our waiter to take a photo of us over by the palm trees. After a successful snapshot, he asked our server to take just one more. He then proceeded to tell me the most beautiful thing I could hear, and got on his knee to ask me for 50 more years together! Naturally, I said yesssss! I about died when I saw that he got me a black diamond, which I’ve made comments about, but never thought he was listening to me!

The photos aren’t the best since it was so dark out, but I’m so glad that the moment was captured. It was truly one of the best moments of my life!

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To style my hair, I used Matrix Style Link Smooth Setter and blew it dry smooth. I then sprayed Matrix Style Link Heat Buffer through my hair before curling my hair with a 3/4″ iron, keeping all the curls going in the same direction. When I finished curling it, I brushed my hair for about 20 minutes (no joke!) and smoothed Matrix Oil Wonders Amazonian Murumuru Controlling Oil through my mid-lengths and ends. The Style Link Heat Buffer has a light hold factor to it, which I found to be the real deal, because my hair held the same style from Friday until Monday!

I’m so happy with how my whole look came together! What do you think?

xo dré


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Ben wore Burberry boots and I wore Abercrombie and Fitch

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

Leavenworth, Washingtonimage

Roseau, DominicaimageimageBense, DominicaimageRiviera Maya, Mexico


San Francisco, Californiaimage

Las Vegas, Nevadaimage

Puerto Ricoimage image

Oahu, Hawaiiimageimage

xo dré