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I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekend Visual Escape....Hawaiian Style...

For so many of us who have been blessed to visit the Hawaiian Islands, those are memories we carry with us each day of our lives. There is no place like it on earth. And for those very fortunate people who live there, I know they feel blessed. The second we got off the plane and walked outdoors, the fragrances of the Plumeria, and other exotic flowers just flow across you with the warm tropical breezes and you know you have arrived in paradise. Some say, "well you live in Florida, it's the same"...no way is it the same, none whatsoever. The Hawaiian people are some of the most warm wonderful and beauiful people I've ever had he pleasure of meeting. My daughter and I ran (literally) to the waters edge on Waikiki Beach and just looked at Diamond Head, not believing we were actaully there...I will never forget that moment. All while my Dad was checking all eleven of us in the hotel. My husband of course comes down and states how beautiful it was and couldn't wait to go fishing...oh how we women think differently! For all of us who have taken special trips in our lives, they mean so much to us that there aren't any words you could ever say that can express your own memories, they are special to you. That is how I feel about Hawaii, no words could ever describe every second of pure excitment of these beautiful Pacific Islands and all we did in those short ten days.  Five of them were spent right on Waikiki Beach, and five days in Lahaina on Maui, right on the water, oh yes, including the 15 hour drive we took on the Road to Hana...the whole road, we didn't turn back as we should have, we went the whole way, and saw things, I never knew were in Hawaii, beautiful and wonderful sights.

This time of the year just brings back so many of those memories, as this is when we started planning our trip.  As I've stated numerous times, I am obsessed with Hawaiian, Mid-century and Hollywood Regency design.  Today, I am posting some pictures that just remind me so much of our trip to Hawaii.  The clean lines, beautiful woods, gorgeous decor, tropical flowers - everywhere,  and the most perfect sunsets in the world.  Sit back and I hope these pictures take you for a few moments to Hawaii.

I have a fan just like this is my office at work but it is a palm tree...everyone loves it, and it really works well in the Florida heat.


  1. Love the pictures. I tell everyone else the same thing, there is just nowhere else on earth like Hawaii. You can be standing in the middle of the supermarket in Hawaii with your eyes closed, but you still know you are there....there is just a magical feeling that is hard to describe. I already miss it! My sister in law and her husband and our niece have lived on Oahu almost 6 years now. So lucky! I've visited Kauai and Oahu. Loved them both. So different. I want to go back now! :))

    Lovely post and memories.

  2. Nicolle, you are so right, it's unusual when a woman can't put something into words!! But when it comes to Hawaii, we just can't, maybe that's why they call it paradise!!! Your sister-in-law is so very lucky. We have talked about moving there for a few years, until my husband retires, but it's very hard to get a federal position there unless you live on that particular island...so we are planning a trip in the next couple of years - if not sooner!!! Thank you for the nice comment. And, enjoy those memories and pictures!!!


  3. Hi Joni, thank you so much for your comment today. It means A LOT to me!!! It really, really does.

    I am praying for your family who are going through so much right now. I know God is bigger than all of our problems, but sometimes it's hard to see that. Life is still hard and I pray for peace and health and that all the needs of your family are met.

    Blessings to you and your family during this Easter season!

  4. What gorgeous rooms, I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite, but I can tell you that I LOVE that pineapple fan!

    My great-nephew was born in Hawaii when his parents were stationed there for a couple of years. I call him my little kane.