Hippie Island Tiki Dude Swag Gifts


If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Chrismukkah/Festivus gift for that person in your life who is a bit hippie or all about that salt life, look no further! Our mascot, “H.I.M. Tiki Dude” aka Him, is now gracing a variety of swaggy products for you to purchase. It might just be the holiday miracle you were counting on.

Hippie Island Tiki Dude Beach Towel
My personal favorite is the Him beach towel. The beach and Him make perfect sense as a pair. You can purchase the towel and more on our good ol’ Society6 page — Right here. 

Happy Holidays my hippie dudes and dudettes!

Hippie Island Tiki Dude Travel Mug
Hippie Island Tiki Dude iPhone Case

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Pattern Design : Free Tibet Party


Making patterns is a fun side project. We call this one “Free Tibet Party.” Its inspired by the brightly painted Om Mani Padme Hum inscriptions on the rocks outside of the Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala, India. You can get this pattern printed on a variety of products on our Society 6 page (https://society6.com/hippieisland or search Free Tibet Party on Society6.com).

I happen to love the leggings!

Saying or seeing “Om Mani Pande Hum” invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Though it’s hard to translate, I was taught that it loosely means “Love and compassion for all sentient beings.” I have often meditated with this or chanted it in my head when I know I need to love my fellow man a little more. What a great sentiment to wear on your body while practicing yoga!

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A Custom Charleston Christmas Card


This past May, my parents moved from Long Island, NY to Charleston, SC. While I’m sad to lose my childhood home, I’m excited for their new adventure. To make sure their friends have their new address, we put together this adorable Charleston greeting / new address card. 

First, I drew a classic Charleston home. When that was perfected, I scanned my drawing into my computer where I digitally colored it and created the card layout and typography. The original front of the card design is below.

When my mom decided she’d like all of the address information on the front of the card so she would have room for personalization on the back, we updated the design slightly and added a cute line – “We have a new door to hang our wreath on” and their address. I love this cute and festive finished product! 

Contact us directly at Info@hippieislandmedia.com or go to our Etsy store to order your own custom new address cards. 

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How To Have A Stress-Free Family Photo Shoot

Family Photo at a Firehouse

We recently hired our clients, Cola & Soley Media, to take our family portrait – our first one as a family of three. It was a great experience flipping roles as client and customer with these talented photographers. I am thrilled with how the photos came out!

Wilton Family Photo 2016

My husband isn’t exactly fond of being photographed, so I knew that I needed to make our photo session as stress-free as possible. Here is how I managed to do that —

  1. Don’t drive yourself (or your family) crazy with coordinated outfits. I’ve been in extended family portraits where everyone had to wear solid white. It led to last-minute crazed stain removals, eye rolling over the one person who couldn’t follow the all white rule and just HAD to have some color thrown into their outfit (okay, okay, that was me!), and other drama. And then not everyone’s skin tone looks good in pure white and it can cause the photos to feel overexposed or washed out. So for my family, I made a simple guideline – a color theme and jeans. The jeans were whatever was comfortable, and everyone has a pair already anyways. And then I thought the shirts should have red or blue in them. That was it. I chose a red onesie for the baby, with a backup of a grey onesie. See, I didn’t even follow the red rule with the backup shirt. Because it isn’t a big deal! Grey looks good on him and would flow with any color.
  2. Consider the time and location before you schedule the shoot. Our photographers knew the end of the day would hold the best lighting. So, we worked backwards from sunset to figure out what time to start. We worked together to choose two shooting locations. They wanted beauty, and I wanted convenience. Driving around the city with a screaming baby and road raging driving would not a happy day make. So, we chose two locations that were close to him. I also knew that I could nurse the baby in between the two locations, and told the photographers ahead of time that we would need a break for feeding.
  3. Don’t Nit-Pick. Nobody wants to be fussed over and told what to do non-stop for four hours. So don’t stress over minute details like where someone’s pinky is positioned or if a drop of baby drool landed on your shoulder. Most of the details you’re freaking out over won’t even be in any of the photo viewers’ radars. Plus, your photographers will take enough snaps that they will edit out disaster pics and present you with the best shots, and then you’ll have plenty to choose from as your favorites from that batch.
  4. Remember that you are capturing a moment in your life. This ties in with the last tip. Maybe your baby is a 4 month old that decided to fuss the day of your photo. Don’t push him! Take a break, or let him sleep during some photos. Maybe you have a teenager with an attitude. Let her roll her eyes in some photos. Maybe your husband can’t get comfortable in front of the camera. Try to make him laugh instead of putting on a forced smile. You’ll look back on these photos year from now and have a great time remembering where you all were at that point in your lives. That’s more important than having some perfectly posed *ahem* not true to life * image to share with your Facebook followers.

And here’s the not-so-perfect images that are completely perfect to me. They make me smile and I know we will have so much fun looking at them for years and years to come.

Tired Baby Yawning Photo
“Mom, I’m tired!”
My arms were exhausted and I had to thank my husband for being so sweet all day!
My arms were exhausted and I had to thank my husband for being so sweet all day!
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Hippie Island Travels…to Charleston, South Carolina


I had an opportunity to travel to Charleston, South Carolina this month to do some work and catch a little R&R. Since it is one of my favorite cities, I jumped at the chance and brought my family along. 

On this particular trip, we spent a lot of time on the beautiful neighborhood development of I’On. Located in Mt. Pleasant, this community is about halfway between downtown Charleston and Sullivan’s Island. The location is ideal, and the whole area is idyllic. Every house has a wrap-around porch, streets are lined with trees, and kids ride their bikes freely through the streets without a care in the world. 

But what I really thought was great about I’On were the chances to enjoy nature. There are trails through woods and a long walking trail around the surrounding marshland, and there is even a butterfly garden. 

During my down time, I visited relatives in town who let me try out their kayak with foot pedals. There must be a proper name for this – anyone know it? Whatever it’s called, I liked it a lot. At first I thought it was too easy, not having to row and all…until my legs started burning from all the pedaling. It makes for an excellent leg workout.

I can’t wait to find more partners and opportunities in the Charleston area so Hippie Island can come work and play here again!

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Taking a Break in the Country


Every year, my family has a reunion at my grandparents’ house. It was a true joy to bring my baby to the family gathering this year so he could meet his cousins and other relatives. Although the drive to the rural town of Colquitt was arduous with a 3 month old, the family time and break from the day-to-day was worth it.


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Hippie Island Travels…to Orange Beach, Alabama

Because I had a baby in July, I haven’t been able to get to the beach this summer. Usually I spend at least a few long weekends at a nearby beach over the summer, so by the end of August I was feeling a bit stir crazy and craving a dip in the ocean. The idea of traveling with a newborn is daunting, but my husband and I decided that we would do our best and try our hand at traveling with a baby.

Well, it turns out that with some patience and a laid back attitude, infant travel is a breeze! 

We had a 3 hour car ride to get to our destination of Orange Beach, Alabama. We decided we would stop whenever the little man signaled he needed to eat or get out of the car seat. On our first stop, we found a grocery store at the exit so we could buy a healthy lunch and snacks to eat in the car while I breastfed. On the next fussy interlude, we went to an outlet mall and bought some super cute baby outfits at a Carter’s store. It was so much fun to peruse the baby styles! 

At our hotel, we had thought ahead and got a balcony room overlooking the beach. This turned out to be the best decision. With a newborn’s delicate skin, you can’t go out in the sun and crazy heat. But our covered balcony let me still have the beach experience with the view, sound of the ocean waves, and cool breeze flowing in. And our baby never slept so well as he did in the breezy salt air. It’s the most fresh air he has gotten his whole life! 

With my Boba wrap, I was able to take walks on the beach early in the day and in the evening. The pool area at our hotel, the Tides Hotel by Best Western Premier, also had a nice shady covered area with chairs, a couch, and a bar. So I sipped a virgin banana daiquiri with my toes in the water and my baby on my chest as my husband swam (and we took turns). Yay for baby wearing!

Even though I was on a mini vacation, I still had to rep Hippie Island. The hotel liked our Instagram photo so they reposted it to their feed.

Beach Love Happiness. Yep, I get that.


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Fini Boutique


Fini is an amazing one-stop shop in New Orleans…you can find a cute outfit, get a spray tan, get waxed, and have your makeup done all in one place. Hence the name – one stop and you’re “Fini”! 

But what the boutique was missing was an updated website that could be viewed on any device and looked as cool and modern as the clothes they sell. The shop owners were also missing out on ecommerce sales. So, Hippie Island Media redesigned the site and added an online store. We also had a super fun time photographing the clothes for their initial launch! 

If you’re in New Orleans, be sure to check out their Lakeview location to get pampered and styled. If you’re not nearby, you can still shop their clothes and accessories at www.finiboutique.com

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My friends and I have a miniature obsession with the word “gal”. We love to refer to each other as gals, galpals, and similar variations on the word. If someone is your best friend, they are “a real gal.” If your boyfriend or any man gets along well with your friends, he’s a gal too.

Our gal group is growing older and we all lead busy lives. Some of us have moved far away from home and don’t get to spend much time with the others. So I decided to start a project that we could all work on that would give us insight into each other’s lives and let us share things we’re into with one another. Thus, gal-town.com was born. It is still a work in progress, but it is a fun place for us to tell our tales and share our thoughts and current fascinations. The site also has a really cool forum that I hope people will start to use in time to set up their own community of gals to chat with.

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