How the Original Kalo Paani Play Mat Came to Life

How the Original Kalo Paani Play Mat Came to Life

Have you ever wondered how products come to life? I often talk about it on Instagram, how I make products my family loves and uses. When I found out I was pregnant with 'Imi (our 4th baby), I wanted a way to document his first year. This is the quick story of how our kalo paani play mat came to life.
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Why did I wait until my 4th baby to cloth diaper?

Why did I wait until my 4th baby to cloth diaper?

You ever say something and it bugs you down to your core? After 'Imi was born a customer asked me about cloth diapers fitting under our clothing and I wasn't sure of the answer. I simply responded that we didn't cloth diaper so I wasn't sure but we could ask some of our customers that did. A day passed and I was so bothered by the fact I hadn't tried. How does that saying go...don't knock something until you try it? 
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I splurged but it was worth every penny

I splurged but it was worth every penny

I had been eyeing out this Veer wagon for quite some time. I wanted to buy it with Mehana but I couldn't justify the purchase. I can confidently say this wagon has been worth every penny!
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Nobody told me about mastitis or clogged ducts

Nobody told me about mastitis or clogged ducts

I never read the baby books all the way through. I probably should have but I just never got around to it. I think I didn't want to accept or know what was coming at the end of the third trimester or after...nobody told me about mastitis or clogged milk ducts!

Mahalo to our community on IG for all of the suggestions - I did get a bunch of helpful tips and I wanted to share them with you in the event you suffer the same pain at some point in your breastfeeding or weaning journey. 

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My Breastfeeding Journey

My Breastfeeding Journey

I am so grateful I was able to breastfeed each of my keiki (and pump while I worked). I know it is not always the case but in honor of World Breast Feeding Week, I just wanted to briefly share my journey. Whether you are on this journey currently or are now done with this chapter of your life...or maybe had challenges or couldn't continue, or maybe didn't have the chance...know that you are amazing Mama.

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Baby wearing Lei Anuenue Romper

The Lei Collection Story Continued: Lei Omaomao & Lei Anuenue

This lei collection evolved into so much more than I could have imagined. From what I thought would be a one time design, it quickly developed into an entire creation.
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5 Things I wish I knew when I started my business

5 Things I wish I knew when I started my business

Seems like everyone these days has some sort of side hustle...I remember always having some sort of money making venture as a kid - from making friendship bracelets or flower bead rings & bracelets, to selling things from magazines to my family, to selling my science notes in college and starting my first screen printing hustle at UNLV (HI-drophilic!) 

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How the Lei Collection Started: Na Lei o Hawaiʻi

How the Lei Collection Started: Na Lei o Hawaiʻi

The concept of this lei was lei that were special to me and my 'ohana and quickly grew into more. Besides lei that I cherished, we also added some native lei.
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Itʻs Party Time at Keiki and the Pineapple

Itʻs Party Time at Keiki and the Pineapple

Many families in Hawaiʻi throw big 1st birthday parties. We were one of them. With COVID restricting the big gatherings, we had to change our plans...
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Paw Patrol and the Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch!

Paw Patrol and the Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch!

Every year we go to Waimanalo Country Farms and this year we were so excited when they announced the Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch! If you haven't already booked your spot, I totally recommend it! 
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Distance Learning Updates

Distance Learning Updates

We are just over a month into our distance learning and I find myself saying, wow, it has only been a month!? Shout out to all the Kumu there helping to make this distance learning meaningful. 
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Back to School...but from Home

Back to School...but from Home

The only thing that kept me sane was knowing that there was a lot of other parents asking themselves the same questions and trying to make the best decision for their keiki. I know my hours are somewhat flexible and I can work in the tiny moments of downtime, but my heart goes out to the families that don't have that luxury...To the teachers who also have young keiki that need their help.
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