10 Cool Plants I Want in my Home

foggydress_plants Happy 2014 Ya’ll! I’m in Texas right now, can you tell…? We’ll be here for a few more days, visiting family and sight seeing and lounging around watching all the Harry Potter movies. Oh and eating tons of yummy food. One of the highlights of our trip so far, besides seeing my adorable little nephew, was visiting the Dallas World Aquarium. There were SO MANY PLANTS and I wanted them all in my home!foggydress_plants Here is my top 10 favorite plants that might potentially end up in my house some day. If I lived in a tropical rainforest. Or in a green house.
foggydress_plants1. This plant, with the super long roots. I was just walking along…when BAM! I ran into something! then I looked up and saw… foggydress_plants

foggydress_plants The roots were hanging everywhere and I loved it. See the other 9, and a sweet picture of a manatee, after the page break! Continue reading

weekend wardrobe

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foggydress_hiking While a lot of my friends across the country are enduring below freezing temperatures, I am soaking in the heat & sun of a California winter. 
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foggydress_hiking I lived in my hiking clothes this weekend, as we walked all over the hills of Diamond Bar. I wore pants but almost wished I didn’t because of the heat. My hiking boots are my best friends, guys. If you haven’t purchased a good pair (they’re pricey, but I got mine on sale) then you should ask Santa for some. I have these, but would really love these for cold weather hikes.

foggydress_hikingSo many soft, rolling hills! You could see LA in the distance (not in the picture above, that’s facing the other direction), it was that clear and that beautiful.foggydress_hikingfoggydress_hikingfoggydress_hiking^^ I can never get him to look at the camera… foggydress_hikingfoggydress_hikingfoggydress_hikinghugs, hanalei

hello weekend: how heavy is your purse?

foggydress_purse I forgot to include my trusty phone, not pictured above b/c it was charging at time of photo shoot

Finally it’s the weekend! AKG will be officially finished with his first week of finals in graduate school. Everyone give him a cyber-hug. This weekend we’ll be hot-potting, sleeping in (except Sunday–darn 9AM church!), and watching the Hobbit!! And hopefully mailing out Christmas greeting cards.

Monday morning I read an article on the Huffington Post, and I’ve been thinking about it all week long: Why Your Purse Is Giving You Back Pain….And 11 Ways To Fix It. After reading it, I realized many things; I carry way too much in my purse (see pic above–I usually have a book in my bag as well), and I have horrible posture while carrying it! The author had some great suggestions to remedy the shoulder/back/neck pain that comes from carrying heavy bags, like don’t text while carrying a purse“Sometimes it’s the double-duty of texting and looking down that causes the curve in your neck to get lost and get flat.” Another tip is to make sure your bag isn’t too long or too short“You want to be able to swing your hips and your shoulders freely without being bumped by the bag.” <– This one sounds like a no brainer, but it makes a huge difference. I noticed that when I carry a purse, usually the arm not carrying the purse will swing, but not both. So I tried consciously swinging both arms and it really made a difference for my back! Switching up which shoulder carries the bag is a tip I already knew about, but something  I don’t do often enough; it’s almost always over my right shoulder.

How heavy is your bag? What do you  carry, that you think you don’t need in there? I’ve stopped carrying my book, and I need to do more dump-out-the-contents-of-my-purse-to-see-whats-in-there type of inspection, so I can find surprises like that blush colored Stila nail polish^^ I’ve been looking everywhere for (of course it would be in my purse). Hope that article will help lighten your load, as it (literally) did for me. Have a great weekend!

hugs, hanalei

Fabric and more travels…

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I am just driving all over the place it seems. And everywhere I go, I take pictures and think of things I can say and write here…and life just speeds up until I finally decide to whip out my phone and write up a post before I forget it all.

I found these two shirts at a thrift store, and knew right away that they had amazing potential. I think I’ll make some HoBags out of them and do my first giveaway…?? What do you think?

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo hanalei

Hello weekend, let’s go exploring!

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A few weeks ago we went rock climbing above the bay, and it was one of the clearest days we’ve had all summer. This weekend we’ll be off in the endless climbing areas around Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. I’m literally writing this in the car, as we drive through Tahoe. I can’t wait to see some of my friends and family! My baby brother has been living with us, and I’ve loved it. It’ll be nice to see my second eldest brother in Utah, since he’s getting married soon!

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I’m reading Mindy’s book and it is just about as hilarious as her Tv show, The Mindy Project! If you aren’t a regular viewer of the show, you need to change that Asap. Just make sure you pee before watching it or you may have wet pants by the end of the show.

Let’s recap: I’ll be climbing, camping, reading, and chilling with the family. Life is good!

What are your pre-fourth-of-July weekend plans ?