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Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Makeover Giveaway!

Normally for these Gift Guides I’ll spend a little time shopping around, but for this guide I decided to check with the experts. I interviewed some of Maui’s busiest (and most successful!) moms to see what THEY were eyeing for Mother’s Day.

mei li autumn beauty makeover contestWe’re also announcing a Mommy Makeover Giveaway!  MeiLi Autumn, of MeiLi Autumn Beauty, is giving away a Makeover session to one lucky Maui mommy!  The winner will be picked on Mother’s Day!

“Since becoming a mom 14 months ago, I’ve noticed my beauty regime has pretty much gone out the window,” MeiLi shared.  “Most days I’m lucky to have my teeth brushed let alone a full face of makeup, perfectly blow dried hair, and a (clean) matching ensemble. For Mother’s Day, I’d love to extend a gift to one lucky Maui mama to help her feel as beautiful as she really is. You give so much to your child, your spouse, your job and obligations. It is easy to neglect yourself and go weeks, months even without doing something 100% for you! This is your chance. I’m offering a full-on beauty makeover to help one special mama look and feel her very best. Whether it’s a date night with the hubby, family pictures, or just a fun night out with the girls, this makeover will put a little sparkle and glamour in her life.

“To enter, ‘Like’ the Facebook page “MeiLi Autumn Beauty” and leave a post saying one physical attribute you like about yourself. Me? I think I have been blessed with pretty good skin. I have my own Mom to thank for that. Looking forward to spending my 2nd ever Mother’s Day eating delicious food (that I didn’t have to cook), and spending quality time with my favorite people on earth.”

Featured Mommy – Taryn of Bitty Bambu

Queen Bee Seabury Hall Craft Fair 2014 Box Eleven bambu children's clothes maui hawaiiStarting off our Mother’s Day Gift Guide is Taryn Muschietti-Gillespie, owner and designer of the children’s clothing line, Bitty Bambu. Taryn enjoys beach days, hiking and biking in Polipoli with her two kids, Teya, age 6 and Kailen, age 9.  “Usually we go to the (2) Seabury Hall Craft Fair and I get to pick a local goodie as a Mother’s Day gift. This year I’m heading over to (3) BoxEleven‘s booth to treat myself to one of her pleat tanks or another unique creation. I love (1)Queen Bee Productions too, particularly their rose facial cleanser.” (Taryn’s family portrait, and of Teya below, by Kristy Copperfield Photography)

Maui Made Gift Suggestion: Don’t kid yourself, getting darling outfits for your kids is just as much fun for you – check out Taryn’s entire line on her Etsy page, we picked out this beauty, since the model is Taryn’s daughter Teya!  

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Featured Mommy – Malika of Surfer Girl Jewelry

Malika Dudley is a freelance meteorologist, journalist, reporter, TV host, writer, producer, field producer and stunt double. “I pretty much do anything that has to do with the media industry. I also make jewelry part-time and attend classes at Hui Noeau, when I’m not busy chasing around my 18-month-old son, Jackson. Jackson has a full schedule – gymnastics, swimming, playgroups- he’s busier than I am! (Set your DVRS – Malika will also be a contestant on an upcoming episode of “Hollywood Game Night” on NBC, with Jane Lynch- the show airs May 22nd!)

kainani sail boat maui “For Mother’s Day I want to go for a day sail adventure on Kainani Sails! We are ocean lovers and my son is a total water baby. I’d love to do something that we will all enjoy and more importantly create memories.”

surfer girl jewelry by malika dudley

Maui Made Gift Suggestion: The newest items in Malika’s Surfer Girl Jewelry’s collection are these 18kt gold-dipped sunrise shell necklaces. The double rope chain shines in the sun and the pendants are made with high quality, hearty sunrise shells electroplated in layers of metals – ending with the 18kt gold.           Coupon Code: Use MOTHERSDAY for 50% off of all Sunrise Shell Jewelry! Click here for the link to her Etsy Shop. (expires 5/11/14)

Featured Mommy – Melissa of Opihi Love Event Rentals

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melissa padilla by kristy copperfield maui family portraitMelissa Padilla, mother of two sweet little girls and one darling baby boy, is also the owner of Opihi Love Event Rentals, and the Wedding Coordinator for the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. “My ideal mother’s day would be to start the day at (1)Wailuku Coffee Company, getting a massage at (2)Green Ti– and finishing up at (3)Kojima’s sushi in Pukalani… Oh, and an apple pie from (4)Leoda‘s..I’d also take anything from HUE.”  (Melissa’s family portrait also by Kristy Copperfield Photography)

alii.kula.lavender.Maui Made Gift Suggestion: Any mom would love a trip to the Alii Kula Lavender Farm, enjoying a lavender scone and lemonade, or some luscious body products to take home! 

Featured Mommies – Kether and Tiare of Queen Bee Productions

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ether tiare queen bee maui Kether Quinlan and Tiare Rietow are busy-bee mommies, as the owners of Queen Bee Productions. Kether, (pictured on the left) who is also an esthetician, loves snorkeling with her 14 year old daughter Kiana, while 12 year old Jacob rides the waves. “They are my best friends and greatest joy. We plan to use our surfboards more this summer! For Mother’s Day I would like a necklace I’ve been eyeing by (1)Jasmine Honey Designs. It’s a silver or gold bar with my children’s names pounded into it. I’d also love a gift certificate to HUE…I hear they have new inventory!”

Tiare loves going out to breakfast with her 19 year old son, Kai. “He recently graduated from Seabury Hall and will attend UH Manoa in the fall, so before he leaves I’d love a beach day with him. We enjoy breakfasts at Market Fresh Bistro, Makawao or (2)Cafe des Amis in Paia.  I’d love some new beachwear, like this new suit by (3)indie attire, I can just see myself wearing it, sipping coconut juice under a large brim hat. I can’t wait for lots of water time this summer!body wash maui

Maui Made Gift Suggestion: Any Queen Bee products would be cherished, but you can’t go wrong with Body Washes or Lip Balms!  COUPON CODE: Use code 4MYMOM for 15% off everything, plus creams are all on sale!  (expires 5/12/14)

Featured Mommies – Jessica and Wendy of HUE

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Yes, this is the bed from HUE, presumably this is not the bed she’s referring to…

HueMaui-Jessica-McLellan-Wendy-TakemotoJessica McLellan (standing) and Wendy Takemoto are co-owners (and interior designers!) at HUE, the furniture and design store in Kahului.  Jessica’s dream Mother’s Day involves a day of relaxation “at the spa or in my own (1)bed, I’d happily take either! My son Trenton, 13, is going to be a freshman at Seabury next year! He’s active in sports, and plays the piano. I’m really enjoying my time with him these last couple of years. He’s becoming an amazing young man and I really adore him.  My daughter Dillon is the spitfire of the family at 4 years old. She loves playing with dirt and princesses equally. She keeps us laughing with her witty sense of humor.”

Wendy’s wish for Mother’s Day is for her husband to remember about the holiday!  “He’s from South Africa, so its very possible for it to go right over his head.  But, if he does remember, I want him to take me to a restaurant where he actually had to call ahead and make a reservation, like (2)Mama’s Fish House. From my son, I would like a Mother’s Day edition of the Montessori of Maui (3)macaroni necklace.” When she’s not busy at HUE, Wendy likes to spend time with her family at the beach or camping. Four year old Luke is a budding artist as well. “I  LOVE watching him draw pictures.  He draws and narrates stories of shooter-fire-wheels-with-fuzzybees-and-sharks!hue frames mothers day gift suggestion

Maui Made Gift Suggestion:  HUE has lots of great new frames in stock… you can never go wrong with a great family photo in a cute frame!   DISCOUNT OFFER: Mention this blog post for 15% off of your purchase from now through May 10th. 

Featured Mommy – Sara of Wrappily

sara smith wrappily Sara Smith is the founder of Wrappily, a new eco-friendly line of wrapping paper, the managing editor of Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine, and mom to Esta and Odin. “My daughter Esta, 5, and I have started snorkeling together, which thrills me beyond belief. And since my son Odin, 3, and I are often the first ones up, we often collaborate on a Lego project or coloring a masterpiece. I cherish those moments. For Mother’s Day, though, if I am being completely honest, I’d love to sit uninterrupted on a quiet beach, perhaps thumb through a magazine or just take the time to listen to my thoughts. Going surfing with the family would be a close second, ideally in a cute new bikini from Letarte or (1)Otaheite (in photo, an Acacia design- carried at Otaheite). If there was a pair of Jasmine Honey earrings to match, well that’d be swell. Squeezing in time for a raw pie from (2)Maui Kombucha or a tamarind/ calamansi shave ice from (3)Ululani’s would top off the day perfectly.

wrappily lucky we live hawaii collectionMaui Made Suggestion: Wrappily is just released the new Lucky We Live Hawaii paper collection—cute stuff!  They are also offering a “Wrap it up for Mom” promo, with a free gift topper with purchase of wrapping paper at participating Maui retailers, including Hue, Holiday & Co. in Makawao and Pearl in Paia, while supplies last. 


Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there – I hope you all get EXACTLY what you wish for this year, and a HUGE MAHALO to everyone who let me interview them for this piece!  



Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe Pop Up Shop This Weekend!

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Still on the hunt for the perfect permanent location, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe is teaming up with locally owned shops for one-day pop-up events this Spring and Summer.

Their first event is this Saturday, April 19 at Maui Thing in Wailuku. The event will take place from 10am – 1pm, with nature-themed story times at 10:30 and 11:30.  Children’s books, toys, snacks, Maui Thing apparel, and natural Easter baskets will be available for purchase.  The Easter baskets are $15 for the large kit or $12 for the small, and include a reusable natural wood farm basket (yellow or pink trim), 1 bag Wrappily paper eco-grass (recyclable and compostable), and a Wrappily embellishment (paper flower or pinwheel). Quantities are limited so contact MCB+C to reserve your basket. 

Once they find their forever home, Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe plans to provide a unique experience that will delight the senses of children and their loved ones through books + art + food. They will carry a handpicked selection of new books including children’s literary classics and contemporary stories for babies to tweens. They aim to spark wonder and deep appreciation for the beauty of books, story and language.  Knowing young children are attracted to books via their lush illustrations, they plan to have an interactive Art Space, for their guests’ open canvas to express creativity in a fun and tactile way.

For their cafe, they will serve creative menu items that are catered to little mouths and hands but sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy as well. The cafe will feature food that is wholesome, nutritious and delicious, and they are committed to using ingredients that are local and organic when possible, with NO hormones, antibiotics, synthetic pesticides or refined sugars. Drink offerings will be local juices, organic milks, fine teas and local coffee.

maui children's bookstore logoCheck out Maui Children’s Bookstore + Cafe’s website, and follow them on Facebook.

Wrap Happily (and Green) with Wrappily

We’ve all experienced it – 10am on Christmas morning, after the flurry of unwrapping presents winds down, there – off to the corner of the living room – a big pile of lovely gift wrap, all destined for the trash.  What a waste.  If only there was an alternative, you think. Well, thanks to a Maui-based newly-titled business owner, there is.

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Wrappily’s designs are perfect for every day gift giving.

Sara Smith founded Wrappily in 2013, a gift wrap company that makes eco-friendly wrapping paper on recycled (and recyclable) newsprint with soy-based inks.  Sara was kind enough to take time out to answer some of MauiMade’s questions:

Maui Made: Where did you come up with this idea? 

Sara Smith: I originally had the idea five years ago. It probably came to me in the shower, where most of my bright ideas strike. It’s inception was situational: I’d just left a demanding job of over 8 years, and I had no plan. My creative space was wide open. Simultaneously, it was a time when many in my peer group, myself included, were getting married and having babies. I was inundated with these heavy gifting events, showers, weddings, baby luaus. The cumulative wrapping paper waste really burdened me! But, life got in the way. I had two kids and the idea was shelved. I assumed by the time I could get to it, someone would have done it. Last year the idea and the space to do it appeared in a really obvious, clear way. I couldn’t NOT act on it at this point.

Each sheet is double sided, for even more decoration options!

Each sheet is double sided, for even more decoration options!

MM: Where is the paper being printed? 

SS: To start, I’m printing and distributing here in the Hawaiian islands. It’s been great using Hawaii as my beta market. The expansion plan is to duplicate this model in new markets as our economies of scale improve.

At it’s core, Wrappily is all about creating a shorter, more localized supply chain. The concept of using newspaper presses to produce gift wrap comes down to the practicality that these presses are available just about everywhere. And of course, newsprint is so easily recycled everywhere, too.

Stop to think about the resources consumed by conventional gift wrap printed in China then shipped around the globe. Multiply that times just about everything we use on a daily basis and it is ghastly! These goods are sold so cheap, but at such a great expense to the environment.

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MM: What’s the most surprising thing about starting your new business? 

SS: One of my early mentors warned, ‘prepare for a lot of painful personal growth.’ In reflecting on the last year, he couldn’t have been more right. The path of entrepreneurship is just a series of battling your own beasts, whether it’s insecurities, time management or inefficiency issues, or self-imposed limitations. All momentum is yours to make, but the rewards are yours, too. I actually see this escalating as the stakes get higher. I won’t lie—some days I think, Just kidding, I want to go back!

Luckily, the second most surprising thing I’ve discovered is just how much help is out there. I’m continually amazed at how generous people are with their time and talent when they sense you are authentic and committed.

MM: What’s the best part about running a business on Maui? 

SS: Hands down, it’s the relationships and support network our community provides. People here really want you to succeed. In Hawaii, when you need to reach out to new resources, no one is six degrees of separation—more like one or two and you are sitting in their lap!

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Sara and her elves show off the double-sided wrapping paper by Wrappily.

MM: What’s next for Wrappily? 

SS: A lot of growth. We’ve been concentrated on Maui, so early in the year we’ll be expanding to other islands. By mid-year we plan to cross the pond and break into our first mainland market. We’ll be expanding our product line with new pattern collections and exploring the versatility of the paper in crafts, etc. The brand, too, is expanding. We are experimenting with eco-crafts/ DIY-themed pop-up events on Maui and have received a great response.

Maui Made Note: You can sign up for the upcoming Wrappily Pop-Up Crafing Events (space limited) at this link:

Upcoming Events: 

Ladies Love Valentines: Sparkling Wine + Chocolate + Crafting with the Ladies!  February 8, 2014, 5-7pm at Pearl Butik in Paia, $25, 21 and over only

Our Kind of Garden Party: Start your own Garden! March 16, 2014 11am-1pm, Maui Tropical Plantation, $25. 

Environmentally Friendly Wrapping Paper

Beautiful and Environmentally-Friendly Wrapping Paper – Win-Win!

MM: Where can people buy Wrappily on Maui? 

SS: Wrappily is available in Kahului at Hue Maui, in Paia at Mana Foods, and in Makawao at Holiday & Co.

Follow Wrappily on Facebook 

Want to see more? Click here to view the video Sara made for Wrappily’s successful Indiegogo campaign. 

Love the pictures?  Styling and photography of most images by the talented ladies at Hue, the interior design and home furnishings store.  

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