Thank you for the blog birthday wishes! I'm still surprised that this little blog of mine has come this far and grown as much as it has since publishing my first post in the Summer of 2010. In two years, this blog has really challenged me artistically; I've come to know and love my DSLR more, I've spent more time in my art studio and I've pushed myself to write more often (and hopefully refined my writing skills in the process). It's been two years of tried-and-true, good ol' creative fun!
The bonus in all this is the friendship and unity in my readership. This giveaway is my way of thanking YOU; thank you for another year of support, encouragement and interest in our island lives out here in the Pacific!
Today is a good day to pass along some Maui Love. :) Let's get on with the goods, shall we?
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and all products in this giveaway package were purchased by me and with my own money!
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I'm a sucker for journaling; pen-to-paper is a dying art, but I love that a pretty journal and a pretty pen can encourage me to spend more time writing out the deepest parts of me.
So here's a journal and a pen in one of my favorite colors. Write!
You need a little more Aloha in your life. This is a deep green soap dish from Peahi Pottery, handcrafted right here on Maui (I *LOVE* supporting local artists); it has little rubber bumpers, so it won't scratch your counter tops. Need some soap for that? Fret not...that's coming, too. :)
This may no longer be the name of my blog, but Living Aloha is a way of life. So when I bought this magnet to put up on our refrigerator (which The Hubs noticed right away and it made him smile too!), I bought one for you...how could I resist? Put it up on your 'fridge and every time you see it, may you think of me! :)
Last year I gave away two pieces of Maui Dive Girl jewelry; I love her style and couldn't possibly leave her out, so this year I'm giving away one of her adjustable cord bracelets. It has a freshwater pearl and a shell-shaped charm. It's an arm party all by itself. Cute, huh?
GO GREEN. I was super excited when Maui began enforcing the ban against plastic bags; it is a disgrace what it has done for our island, the ocean and our landfill. While most of the merchants here on Maui are on board with this program, not everyone is...and I can only hope and pray that they will come around before it's too late.
Roxy made this limited edition, sweet canvas bag built strong enough for books, but perfect for a trip to the market, too. An added bonus? You'll be making an eco-friendly statement while you use it!
This wouldn't be a proper gift package without a candle, right? I love me some Bubble Shack candles! They come in beautiful monkeypod bowls that can be used after you've finished burning the candle. This is a soft and sweet fragrance that will remind you of paradise (but really, I picked this one because it is pink and girly)!
If you know me at all, you know that Starbucks is my happy place. And in all fairness, coffeehouses in general, bring me immense joy. But since those are few and far between out here, Starbucks is my friend. This year I'm giving away another cold-drink tumbler and coaster with a $10 Starbucks gift card. And let's be honest...Hawaii has the cutest gift cards, wouldn't you agree?
I shop at Forever21...and I'm pretty sure everyone else does, too (respectfully, if you don't, I'll bet my right arm you know someone who does!). This is a $25 gift card. Go have fun!
If you can't visit Maui anytime soon, at least have a calendar that will transport you there! This is a 2013 calendar of this beautiful place on earth.
Island Soap and Candle Works! Last year I gave away a similar duo, but this year I opted for another fragrance; it's sweet and fruity and smells good enough to eat (but don't). The cream is amazing, velvety smooth and moisturizing!
You have not properly enjoyed Hawaii if you have not enjoyed guava-anything. My favorite is guava jelly on toast. This particular brand is local (woot!) and definitely one of the best. Get a little jelly in your belly.
With Starbucks being my happy place, many of you already know that I am ridiculously addicted to their green tea. It is happiness in a cup, 'yo. If getting out to a Starbucks is difficult for you, then for the Love of Maui, brew some of this stuff at home. Pour it over ice and e-n-j-o-y. You're welcome.
The last of these goodies is my absolute favorite. Why? Because banana pancakes are flippin' romantic (think Jack Johnson). So save this for a rainy day and make banana pancakes with your love (fresh bananas not included). :)
For my own reasons, I'm not going to use Rafflecopter (relax, it'll be okay); there is only ONE mandatory entry, but you have multiple chances to win!
1) MANDATORY entry: Kindness inspires. In a comment below, tell me what act of kindness you've passed on to someone, or what was passed on to you!
2) (Optional): Follow my blog via GFC and leave a comment telling me that you did (or do!).
3) (Optional): Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment telling me that you did (or do!).
4) (Optional): "Like" me on Facebook and leave a comment telling me that you did (or do!).
5) (Optional): Tweet about this giveaway (link it to this post) and leave a comment telling me that you did.
6) (Optional): I like hugs. Have you hugged someone today? Leave a comment telling me who!
Giveaway closes at midnight (Hawaii Standard Time) on Wednesday, August 29th. One winner will be chosen via Random.org, and winner will be announced the following day.