Tiger Lily+Janome+Anna Maria Horner

I am a little late getting this post out but figured better late than never!  I couldn't not share Channing's Halloween costume this year...since she's been excited about it since last year.  Once we watched the new Pan movie, she was animate about dressing up as Warrior Princess Tiger Lily.  I have to be honest, I was really afraid she would want to go with the costume with the big headdress, but she decided on her warrior costume instead.  I knew, right away, that Anna Maria Horner fabrics would be the perfect fit for her costume.  I am also excited to be partnering up with Janome sewing machines to test out the new AMH M100, which was developed in partnership with Anna Maria Horner herself.  It all seemed like perfect timing!  I have been a fan of hers for years and so, this has been such an honor to both work with her fabrics as well as this new sewing machine! 

We used a brighter color palette and lighter weight fabrics than the original Tiger Lily costume...seeing as how we are on an island, with a warmer climate even at Halloween.  This combination of fabrics was perfect.  The Enchanted Fabric, from the Fibs & Fables line, was my starting point and inspiration.  I used a skirt and shawl from Target's Cat & Jack collection as time is limited and I am trying my best to use my resources instead of taking everything on myself! 

I will be the first to tell you that although I am pretty crafty...I am far from being a seamstress.  I do well with simple designs but not intricate patterns. Which is why I also really enjoy this machine.  It was actually easy for me to figure out and use.  There are some beautiful stitching options available for a hand embroidered look.  (I am currently working on another project where I will post about some of those stitches).  This particular project required simple sewing methods, which this machine handled like a champ.  

First up, was her apron...which most importantly had to hold her hatchet! 

Secondly, the top, with a center fabric detail and strips of fabric to hold lots of beads and feathers.  

We were pretty happy with the final outcome!  Thank you to Janome and Anna Maria Horner for being part of this much loved project.  

Melekalikimaka with JORD

I am always challenged with the task of holiday gifts for my husband.  His birthday is in November and then Christmas comes soon after.  Since we moved to Hawaii and downsized a lot of our "stuff" ... we've tried harder to focus on fewer, yet more meaningful gifts during the holiday season. I was thrilled to learn about JORD Wood Watches, who make impeccable time pieces for both men and women.  They are truly works of art, made out of beautiful materials.  

I also love the fact that they are manufactured in the US (St. Louis to be exact).  This particular piece is the Dover Series, in Koa and Black.  Koa definitely holds a special place in our hearts as we now live on the island of Hawaii. Kona is native to Hawaii and considered to be our most beautiful native hardwoods.  

Every bit of their detailing is beautiful, from the wood work to the working mechanisms. I particularly like this style because you can see the inner workings of the watch, which I think is kind of mesmerizing.   

Channing and I are really excited to be wrapping this up under the tree for Luc but also to offer you a discount for your sweetie (or your own stocking  ;) I absolutely want the Koa and Rose gold watch for myself!)  JORD is offering a $25 coupon code through December 18.  CLICK HERE to be linked to the coupon offer. 

I am also hosting a $50 gift card giveaway on my Instagram account @ModernMaven, so hop on over there too!  I know people always wonder about sponsored posts but I am being absolutely honest when I say this is a gift you and/or whomever the lucky recipient is, will absolutely love.  They are beautiful! 

*This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

Back to School

Yay! We made it through our first (partial) day of Kindergarten.  Lots and lots of information and we're both a little pooped.  But a success nonetheless. Channing enjoyed meeting her teacher and classmates.  There are 16 kids in her class.  She was quite excited that her classroom had art easels, a play kitchen, a cubby with her name on it and a little fish tank.  

I have to say I am so thankful we've done preschool the past year because the process of going to school for her is easy peasy...she just loves it and has no anxiety of being left there with a new teacher and students.  Thank goodness.  I send lots of hugs to mamas with littles who have a hard time on that first day, as there were several in that situation today and I can only imagine how tough that is on your hearts.  

I am feeling like we're starting a bit early than other places. I always remember starting school at the end of August.  I hope you all have an amazing first day, first week and school year ahead!! 

And my favorite outtake...when asked if she thought she'd meet herself a boyfriend this year....


Officially the last day of July and almost officially the first day of school!!  Kindergarten to be exact. I am still having a bit of a time wrapping my brain around the fact that this girl of ours starts Kindergarten tomorrow.  She's so excited.  

A lot of people ask about the education system here.  I've only dealt with Preschool and now prepping for K so...I am definitely not the most experienced parent to ask.  But here's our situation...

We live in Waikoloa Village, which has its own elementary and middle school.  For the past year, we've been driving to Preschool in a town called Waimea, which is about a 25 minute drive away.  That means an hour commute in the morning and another hour in the afternoons.  I got quite used to it and actually love the scenic drive.  But, it is lengthy and costly between gas and fees for school.  As we were rounding out the end of our PreK days, we thought very seriously about the next step and how it would affect our family.  Many of C's fellow class mates will be attending private school (there are 3 options in Waimea) for elementary school.  They are all excellent with great reputations.  On the flip side, we've heard really good things about the elementary school here, in the Village, and decided to start out on this route. Yes, it's a public school on an island where public schools don't have the best ratings.  But, it is a short walk from our home and in the community we live in...which also means connecting with more families who live directly around us.  And again, we've heard great feedback.  It also allows us to save a good chunk of money by not paying for private or having to make the long drive.  We plan on saving that money into a travel account, which we always feel is a huge part of educating our whole family.  So, there you have it.  Public school it is.  And it starts TOMORROW!!