The Best Day of My Life Happened in 2012: The Birth of Henry Koa

It’s New Year’s Eve, and the baby’s asleep. Time to reflect.

Full disclosure: I know. It’s been 4 months since I’ve written on this blog. I lecture people on keeping their blogging consistent and frequent, and then I totally ignore my own advice.

Last time I checked in, it was the end of August and I had done a belly painting with Rachel Deboer (who has since gone on to create a business out of painting pregnant bellies). Now it’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m home, in pajamas, writing a blog post. (Yes, I had the baby, and he’s sleeping right now!) Continue reading


Belly Painting: My Womb is my Baby’s Entire Universe

A few weeks ago, at a friend’s birthday party, Rachel DeBoer (a dear old Maui friend who happens to be one of the top body painters in the world) approached me and proclaimed” I have to paint your belly!”

Soon after, the day was scheduled and I was brainstorming ideas of what to transform my belly into.  Continue reading

My “Children’s Book” Baby Shower & Blessingway

When I was first approached by a friend who offered to host my baby shower, I remember thinking “Oh, right…that’s something I should probably do.” Its funny because at that stage of my pregnancy, I was still in a majorly relaxed mode about everything. The friend suggested we do the shower two months before my due date, which I thought was a great idea. I had plenty of time. Baby wasn’t going to come for a while.

Over time, I started to daydream. What kind of baby shower would i have? Who would be there? Would it be small or big? Ladies only, or co-ed? Outside or inside? Would it be more of a traditional thing, or more of an intimate, spiritual thing? Would there be a theme? Continue reading