Nov 20

Feeling Stressed?

I absolutely love this week before Thanksgiving. Anytime we can eat good food and be with family and friends is the best, however the raw reality is that it can also be a very stress inducing time. There is so much going on … whether you are meeting deadlines before the holiday break, participating in school and work functions, preparing for visiting family and friends, adjusting to the weather change, or just plain feeling a knot of stress that you should have started your Holiday shopping weeks ago and now all the ads are out and the frenzy has begun.  Whatever it is for you I know that when I’m feeling this way I turn to yoga. 

My favorite online yoga teacher, Colleen Saidman Yee, has a wonderful series of blog posts on stress management, finding inner peace, and all over well-being advice through yoga. Check out her website HERE to see more.  One in particular is a stress reducing series she did for yogajournal.com (when you open the link just scroll down to see the photo slides with instructions – you will need 2 blocks). I am in love with this series and like all of her teachings this one hits right at home with easy inversions, back bends, side stretches, and chakra focused savasana. I highly recommend it.  

Wishing you peace, love, and light this Thanksgiving

Namaste

Peace-KPD

 

 

Nov 02

Saying Goodbye to my Best Buddy

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Shamus O’Malley – 5/19/2001 – 10/27/16

This last week has been a rough one for me. After 15 1/2 years with the best dog in the world, my family and I had to say goodbye to Shamus.  I loved this dog with all my heart and I wanted to honor him with a short post.

Thanks my friend for sharing your life with us.

xo

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Oct 11

Autumn Color Palettes

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Happy Fall everyone! The two color palettes above are from photos taken at my sister’s house where she has the most amazing contrast of autumn leaves dripping above these vibrant purple garden flowers. Oh the beauty of nature!  

I’m so happy it’s finally autumn! SoCal isn’t getting the cool Fall weather that we’d all love to have, but it is starting to turn a little and the edge of summer seems to be subsiding – a little. Let’s just hope we get rain soon. Needless to say my house is decorated for Trick or Treaters, pumpkins bought, and my favorite Halloween coffee mugs are out and ready to be used in the morning. I’m also excited to be headed to another yoga retreat, my last for 2016, and I just had to share with you the newest addition to my Halloween decor that my sister just gave me! I’m thinking this little yogi will be going straight to my desk after the holiday is over.   He’s WAY too awesome to pack away! yoga-skeleton

Namaste
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Sep 19

More New Ornaments at my Happy Shoppe on Etsy!

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I’m getting as many ornaments made before the rush of the Season and I’m super excited to add to my offerings these cuties!

Scaredy Cats (back by popular demand) 

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Calacas

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I Love Barre (or as I lovingly call them “Barre Babes”)

As always – these are all one of a kind and handmade by me and when they’re gone they’re gone. If you see one you like pick it up fast.

* Also, BIG NEWS! *

Because many of you have inquired about personalizing in-shoppe ornaments (ornaments listed in the shoppe and not created under the custom ornament option).  I have been in a quandary over how to do that since not all of my in-shoppe ornaments have space on the front or back for adding a name and date/year.  To solve this I have added two options this year that I hope will help any of you interested in personalizing an ornament you see in the shoppe.

1- Personalize your Packaging add – on for $5.00:

This option allows you to request a personal greeting (i.e. “Happy Birthday ___”, “Merry Christmas ___”, etc…),  Rename your ornament to a name of your choosing,  and/or Create a personalized “To” & “From” note.  This personalization will be on the insert card in the packaging and will make your gift even more special.  This option is good for ALL of my in-shoppe ornaments and is especially great for those that can not be personalized on the actual ornament.

2- Personalize your Ornament add – on for $8.00:

This option allows you to personalize those ornaments I’ve noted as having space either on the front or the back for painted on personalization of a Name and Date/Year. If an ornament is eligible for this add-on option you will see a note on the title as well as in the photo role. 

Keep checking into the Shoppe for more ornaments and grab them quick!  :0)

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Sep 01

New Ornaments at my Happy Shoppe on Etsy!

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Hula Girls & Yogis … Oh My!

I’m working as hard as I can to get some new ornaments ready for the Holiday Season at my Happy Shoppe on Etsy, and here are the first newbies of the year!

NEW Aloha Nui Loa Collection – Hula Girls

(fyi – last year all of my little hula ladies were bought in one day!)

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NEW Namaste Collection – Yoga Girls

 

As always, I’m not sure how many of these little ornaments I’ll be able to make this year so if you see one you like grab it quick!  They’re 100% unique and one of a kind and handmade by yours truly with lots of love and care. :0)

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Aug 27

Color Palette: Radishes

I love this picture!  It’s like these radishes are on stage waiting to perform a show, which is exactly the way I took it to be at the Farmer’s Market the other day. I’ve been pretty obsessed with radishes this summer. I never used to like them much but as a kid I remember my dad loving them and this summer I now know why. They are delicious! Oh my gosh: in salads, in marinades, grilled, raw, etc… I absolutely love them, and how can you beat this color palette?! Seriously – if you’re a pink lover this is your veg!  Need some recipe inspiration? Check out Real Simple’s 13 Tasty Radishes recipes.

As we watch summer slowly depart I highly recommend you grab a bunch of these beauties while they’re still plentiful next time you’re at the market. You won’t regret it.

All my Pink Rose & Purple Passionista Friends – this color palette is for you.

xo