It's the time of year again! The holiday season is here and I couldn't be more stoked, not only because it's Christmas (Christmas is about the only holiday I actually really, really love) but also, because I finally get so excited to share my holiday gift guides with you guys! These gift guides are the culmination of months of work and lots of late nights, putting together a list of items I know you'll love, well, because I love them! A huge thanks goes out to all of the brands involved because it wouldn't be possible without them! I can't wait to see what you choose as gifts (for friends, family and even yourself) from these lists! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays friends!

I've shared previously how much I love Briar Baby headwear, and if you've followed me over on Instagram for any amount of time, you'll know I used to religiously put my kids in bonnets. I mean, if they'd still let me put them in bonnets, I probably still would haha. I really love babies and toddlers in bonnets, and while I'm bummed that they're both much too grown up for that now (or at least they think so), I am pretty happy that they've released some hats for not only older kids, but adults as well! When bucket hats became all the rage a couple years ago, I was like "nope, big nope", but ya know, times are a-changing, and I finally ended up liking them. So over the summer, I started searching for that perfect bucket hat, I wasn't having much luck until I came across Briar Baby! Turns out, they'd started making more than just bonnets and baby sunhats, and had expanded their collection to include bucket hats for not only older kids, but *gasp* adults as well! Well, I've always had a soft spot for the fabrics they use and the colors they source, so of course I immediately fell in love with these. I'd always been slightly obsessed with their mustard floral "buttercup" fabric and slightly jealous that I didn't have anything in that fabric while Bella had both a bonnet (from Briar) and a hairbow (from another brand) in that fabric (you can bet I put her in them every chance I got). So when I saw they had a hat for adults in the same fabric I've loved all these years, my jaw dropped so far to the floor I had to reach down and pick it back up. Briar made all my bucket hat dreams come true with this adult Buttercup bucket hat (made with Liberty fabric). I also really love this adult "Picket" bucket hat (that's made from linen fabric) just screams summertime... and also makes me realize I have a thing for the color mustard. Briar products are made in the USA, created using natural fabrics for ultimate breathability as well as keeping the environment in mind (their fabrics are also water friendly which is a good thing considering how much we are in the ocean). Find all of their styles for mom, kids and baby HERE!

Do you ever find a brand that you just resonate with and you literally love every single thing about them? Their mission, their designs and branding, their products... like everything is just so good? Well, I found one of those good-good brands like that earlier this year. Maybe you've heard of them (if you're a woman who surfs you probably have), but maybe you haven't, either way, I'm pretty excited to introduce Wave Maiden! They offer surf goods that are good for the earth, as well as being pretty cool. They have a range of products including towels, tees, totes, stickers, mugs, but I'm especially stoked about their 100% organic surf wax and upcycled surf wax comb! I mean, I've seen lots of surf wax combs, and I'm sure you have too, but have you ever seen one like this? Not only does it look super rad, but I love that it's made from ingredients that normally would go to waste. Each Surf Wax Comb is created using excess bio epoxy from a custom eco surfboard factory's by product supply in Southern California. No two wax combs will be the same, each one is slightly unique with different placement of resin swirls and shred colors inside. I love that Wave Maiden and the shapers they teamed up with found such a creative and awesome use for this bio epoxy to give it a brand new life! I'm also pretty stoked to try out their wax come springtime and warmer waters. They sent over a bar of their Botanical Base Wax and their Warm/Tropical Wax, and not only do they smell great, but I'm loving how great they are for the environment too! They are crafted to be grippy and long lasting with clean ingredients that are safe for the ocean and for you (like organic, all natural, high performance wax). It's all small batch, hand poured in the USA, as well as non-toxic, biodegradable and doesn't contain any petrochemicals. Wave Maiden's motto is waste no waves, and leave nothing but footprints, and I think they've done a great job of creating eco-friendly goods for surfers and for the earth. Find all of their goods HERE!

Quite often over the past year I've found myself wishing I had a splash-proof bag, that I could sit on the beach and not have to glance at or worry over every few seconds on days when we go to the beach when the tide is rolling in. We've used a woven straw bag and also a large canvas tote bag for our beach days over the past year, but I've been ready for something new, and Aloha Collection was the perfect solution for us! I've had one of their smaller bags for years and absolutely adored it, it's been used to store my phone at the beach, as a little clutch style purse and currently, I'm using it as a makeup bag! I don't wear a ton of makeup, I usually keep it pretty simply with a BB cream, neutral eyeshadow, blush, a natural shade lipstick, an eyebrow pencil, a powder to finish everything off with, and if I'm feeling really extra, I'll throw on some mascara (which only tends to happen a few times a year if I'm being honest haha, so it all fits so nicely in my Aloha Collection bag). The biggest reason I started using my bag as a makeup bag is because every other bag I'd use would get stained and ruined after a few months with little spots of makeup that wouldn't come out even with washing, this bag still looks brand new even after a year of being used to store makeup! To say I've been impressed with these bags would be an understatement, so of course I'm pretty stoked to add a few new ones to my collection. Aloha Collection was kind enough to send the Tropics Day Tripper Bag my way, which I know will be perfect for all the things on beach days, as well as this pretty matching Tropics Mid Pouch (doesn't this print just scream summer?) and this adorable Seaside Mid Pouch (I absolutely love this color and print. I love that their fabric is as soft as it is functional, and I also love that for each purchase made, they give back 5% to Hawaiian based conservation organizations! Find all of their beautiful designs and bag styles HERE! Use ALOHATHEJOYFULTRIBE20 for 20% off your purchase!

Do you have anything that you just won't skimp on? For me, that's good undies! I started wearing all natural undies a few years ago and never looked back, they made such a difference in my health and were not only more breathable for my body, but were definitely made from softer fabric and were much more comfortable as well! My favorite brand of all time is, of course, Knickey! When I tell you their undies are comfortable... I'm just gonna tell you right now, you need them as soon as possible! Knickey is the only brand I wear at this point and for good reason. They are made with organic cotton! But why is that important? Well what if I told you, most cotton is treated using pesticides and toxins while being grown? I mean, I don't know about you, but I definitely don't want those touching the most delicate parts of my body, all day, every day. Organic cotton on the other hand (while being free of harmful chemicals) is typically grown in healthier, better soil, which in turn grows better quality cotton. Organic farming practices are generally more sustainable, and are also better for the environment, because organic cotton creates 46% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional cotton simply because they don't use harmful chemicals and toxins (and because they also use fewer mechanical farming practices). Knickey undies are created with 95% Certified Organic Cotton (with 5% elastane for stretch), feature a forgiving waistband that never digs in (seriously, I can't say it enough, they are just so comfortable), and minimal leg elastics for secure placement. I personally really love the High-Rise Brief (which I chose in colors Beach Bum, Peachy Keen and Mist). They have more than just undies though, they also offer bralettes (I'm excited to try this one), as well as maternity undies, socks and more! They have so many pretty colors and shades, with 8 core colors and 7 current limited shades (the limited edition color Pacific might just be my most favorite color of all time though, and they also have inclusive sizing for EVERY body with sizes ranging from XXS to XXXL! Find your next pair of undies HERE!

My favorite scent in the whole world is coconut, more specifically coconut surf wax scent. It's just a beautiful, light, tropical scent that makes me happy and makes me think of the best place on earth... the beach of course! I came across Current Candle Co. last summer on Instagram, and then once again last winter at one of our local surf shops, Good Vibes Surf Shop! I've purchased more than a few of their candles now and I can confidently say, Current Candle Co. makes THE BEST candles ever! They make all natural soy wax candles (I seriously need them to make surf wax scented wax melts next... hint, hint, haha), using natural soy wax combined with 100% phthalate free fragrance oil, and a natural cotton wick (free from lead and zinc) for a clean even burn (they really do burn super clean and nice compared to a lot of candles I've used in the past). My favorite scent is of course their Surf Wax candle, but every single scent of theirs that I've smelled so far is a winner! Maybe coconut or surf wax isn't your thing? They have quite a few other scents like Vanilla (such a good one for all seasons of the year), White Birch (perfect for winter and the holiday season), spiced honey (autumn perfection), Aperol, Caribbean Teakwood, Lavender and so many more! If you have a candle lover in your life (or maybe you're the candle lover haha), these candles from Current Candle Co. make the best gifts! Find all current candles HERE and grab one (or a few) to make your home smell like a surfer's paradise! Use JOYFULTRIBE10 for 10% off during checkout!

I've been absolutely drooling over James Michelle Co. jewelry for years (and when I say years, just know that I'm not exaggerating at all) and when I tell you I'm excited to finally own a couple pieces of hers, it's real excitement. Her pieces are so beautiful, delicate, exquisite and perfect... with a nod in style to sea dwellers, wave walkers, and those with saltwater in their veins, it's perfect for a salty soul like me. As most of your know, we moved to the beach a year ago, and finally after living my whole life feeling like I never quite fit in anywhere, I finally feel like I'm home. The sea is home for me, that feeling I feel when I'm sitting out on my surfboard and the community we've found here that has welcomed us with open arms, I finally feel a sense of belonging after so many years of searching for that. I've been looking for a piece of jewelry to wear since we moved down here that represented that feeling for me, and since surfing has captured my soul and the surf community is the one that we've grown to become a part of here, these pieces from James Michelle just felt right. This Yin Little Wave Necklace is one of the prettiest necklaces I've seen in a long time and I can't wait to start wearing it every single day. It's available in 14k gold fill, 10k gold plated or sterling silver, and paired with a box style chain, it's perfectly minimal and feminine. The Surfer Ring is another piece of her jewelry that I am so ridiculously happy about, it's a simple way to add a touch of shiny to any outfit but also keep it simple. I love that when I slip on my James Michelle jewelry, I can wear a little bit of the sea and the waves that I love so much, on me. Head HERE to find all of James Michelle Jewelry and start (or add to) your own collection!

I'm drawn to the ocean and surf culture like a magnet to metal, it's what makes me happy and it's the home decor style that just feels right for me. It's been so much fun decorating our home since we moved in (in January of) this year, and I've gone with a California style surf inspired vibe. Lots of neutrals, light colors, natural fibers, rattan furniture and of course surfy and sea decor, like a tide clock, used surfboard fins, found seashells and coral, dried florals like pampas grass and palm leaves, a wooden wave, a vintage carved wooden whale, surf art, and more. I still have a few pieces of art and decor I have on my wish list to buy for our home and also still searching for a few vintage (or handmade) art pieces, but one thing I'm really stoked to hang up in our home soon is this Aloha Flag (in tan) from Slightly Choppy (a piece I've had my eye on for several years). I plan to hang it on the wall near our Atlantic tide clock (where you'll be able to see it throughout most of our entire home) and I love that it will match everything so well since it is neutral in color (but is also comes in this beautiful blue colorway). I also love that it has a vintage feel to it, and especially love that each flag is handmade by the artist and designer, Scott (who is also a surfer and painter), in a salt boat shed in Newport Beach, CA! There is so much history in the location where these are crafted, an area that was known for nautical craftsmanship in days gone past, and Slightly Choppy aims to preserve that feeling and inspire a homage to the history while also drawing inspiration from favorite surf spots to create these beautiful flags. I love that these flags are more about authenticity and handmade imperfection (which we know is always the most perfect), making them slowly, one at a time and giving them that heirloom feel, rather than just creating as fast as possible in a factory and to make a quick sale. This flag reminds me to slow down a bit and enjoy the aloha feeling that comes with surf life. Head HERE to check out all of the hand crafted flags (and other goodies) that Slightly Choppy has available! Use JOYFULTRIBE10 for 10% off (valid from 11/28/2022 through12/02/22).

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Hey there! It's been a minute. We moved into our new home in January and life has been an absolute whirlwind to say the least! We are so much more busy here day to day than we were back in Pennsylvania, which is both nice and hectic. We spend a lot of time outdoors, at the beach, at the skatepark, the pool, and we are absolutely loving our new home and our new life here! I'm so incredibly grateful to be able to live here so close to the ocean (we're about a 12 minute drive to the nearest beach) and raise our kiddos here. And it's obviously been a hot second since I shared some favorites with you guys, I'm stoked to share some new favorites with you that we've been trying out recently and grown to love, here they are below, let me know if any of them are your favorites too!

One thing I've always loved are zipper bags, because they're so useful; but one thing I also truly dislike are zipper bags, because they're so wasteful. Use them once and throw them away, if you're careful you might be lucky to get a few uses out of them if you carefully hand wash and dry them, but usually they end up getting a hole in them pretty quickly or the zipper or slide closure gets jammed or breaks. So as much as I love them, I stopped buying them regularly years ago, I think I only bought maybe 2 boxes in 6 years. One of my biggest issues with zipper bags (one of the main reasons I quite buying them) is because if I have them, I'll use them. I mean, they're so convenient, perfect for throwing snacks into for kiddos (crackers and cookies and apple slices and everything fit perfectly) and also great for temporarily storing small seashells and shark teeth when you're at the beach. So when we were staying with family at the end of last year while we were waiting for our new house to be ready, and I found myself reaching for them quite often, I knew something had to change. Especially since we live so close to the ocean and it's easier for plastic to find it's way into the sea here. So in came Stasher reusable silicone bags to the rescue! I first heard of them a few years ago when they were on Shark Tank and a few months ago purchased our first small Stasher snack bag at World Market and let me tell you, the Stasher love is real. Stasher was kind enough to send some our way not too long ago to add to our collection (because once you have one Stasher bag you'll realize how much you love them and need more) and we are so stoked about them! I love that they are made from platinum silicone which means they are heavy duty and can be used for years and years (instead of a day or less), they have about a million uses, and at the end of it's life (which will most likely be a looong time from now) you can actually send it back to Stasher to upcycle it so it stays out of the landfill and ocean (they'll even send you a prepaid shipping label)! What exactly is platinum silicone? It's a type of silicone made from sand (silica) & oxygen (it also contains no added fillers, polymers, or by-products). Stasher bags are completely non-toxic (they pass FDA and EU food grade standards), and can be safely subjected to heat without the worry of toxic chemicals. One small change can make a huge impact and Stasher definitely does. Find your own reusable Stasher bags HERE!

My favorite scent on earth is without a doubt coconut, it gives me all the summertime, beach, surf and island vibes... and one of my favorite brands that gives me that coconuty goodness is Ulu Lagoon! You can find their products at most local surf shops, as well as online on their website and amazon! Their signature Coconut Surf Wax scent is undoubtedly one of my favorites favorites, you can find one of their Scented Mini Waves Air Fresheners (which are ONLY $2.99) hanging in our car at all times and I may or may not have a couple stashed around the house (closets and bathrooms are one of the greatest places to put them). All of their products are made in the United States, and if you couldn't get enough of the coconut surf wax scent with their hanging mini waves, they also sell candles like this one and this super aesthetic one (um, yes please) and reed diffusers (this one lasts for up to one year)! If you're like me, and the hanging mini waves, candles and reed diffusers don't even cut it because you're so obsessed... then their Beach Please! Roll On Perfume is gonna be perfect for you (when I say I'm obsessed with this stuff). It's formulated using natural ingredients, so it's as friendly to your skin as it is to your (and everyone else) nose, the formula is phthalate free as well as prop 65 compliant. If your love of Ulu Lagoon spills over into other areas of your life, their keychains (I mean, how cute is this one), stickers and trucker hats might be right up your alley. Head HERE or stop by your local surf shop to grab some coconuty goodness and be transported to an island paradise!

I've shared about Open Spaces in the past (you can check that out here), and here I am doing it again... because when you find something good, it's hard to keep quiet about it, ya know? Their products are some of the best around for aesthetic organization, the colors are so pretty, but best of all, their quality is absolutely amazing! Since we moved into our new home earlier this month, I've found the need for A LOT more baskets and bins for organization and storage, and the ones from Open Spaces are perfect for all our needs. From books storage in the kids rooms to household cleaners storage to... well, pretty much everything you can think of, these Large Wire Baskets and these Medium Storage Bins work wonderfully. We got them both in powder blue last year and love that color, but I chose the cream color this time and love it even more! We actually decided to forgo buying a dresser for our bedroom in our new home (both the kids have dressers though) because we don't love having extra unneeded furniture taking up space, so since we have a big walk in closet attached to our bedroom/bathroom, we decided to just hang everything we could and then use baskets on the shelf for storage of things like socks, underclothes and pajamas! I'm honestly loving that we done that because it utilizes our space so well, space in our walk in closet doesn't go to waste, we aren't using space in our bedroom that could be better off for extra room AND we didn't have to spend several hundred dollars buying a dresser for our room. All around win-win. I also love them for putting an extra beach towel and sunscreen in for guests when we have friends or family visit us! Find all the best organization products HERE!

Did you know that The average American uses and throws away 110 pounds of single-use plastic every year? And did you know that only about 9% of that plastic waste is actually recycled? The stats blew my mind a little bit honestly. I've tried over the past few years to be more live more sustainably, but now that we live near the ocean, I'm trying to be even more conscious of how much plastic we use and bring in and out of our home. I can't tell you how much plastic and trash I pick up on the beach every single time we go, and I want to make sure my family doesn't contribute to that trash we find on the beach. Thankfully our community has a huge bin to put recyclables in and we also have a recycling facility down the road from us, but I also want to make sure we aren't using single use plastic needlessly. Which is why I was really stoked to find the brand Better Basics! Better Basics is a brand that makes going green so much easier, they believe that doing better and caring for the environment (and the world we are living in and leaving for the next generation) should be easier, so they created a line of products to help do just that. Cleaning and soap refills, reusable containers, and biodegradable products designs to help us eliminate plastic from our lives, or at least seriously lower our plastic usage, and every little bottle saved from a landfill or not purchased, adds up and creates an impact over time. Better Basics was so kind to send over their Simple Suds Starter Kit (I chose the Mandarin, Cedar, Basil scent). Each kit comes with one extra-large refill jug filled with enough soap to fill and refill your soap dispenser 4 times, a stainless steel reusable soap pump (I chose the white "cloud" color, but they also have other colors like natural and charcoal). The soap is great because it's so gentle and versatile, it can be used as hand soap, body wash, or even washing dishes! They also have this awesome "Better Grocery Kit", that has reusable (and super cute) grocery bags perfect for your next shopping trip (it's also made from 100% organic cotton and fair trade created). Find everything you need HERE to make your life a more plastic free!



Hey friends! Can you believe that Christmas is only 5 days away? Don't even get me started on the fact that an entire new year is only 12 days away! This year has flown by! Are you ready for the holidays? I made some chocolate chip cookies yesterday and will probably be baking sugar cookies tomorrow, I bought everything for our Christmas dinner (only thing I still have left to buy is raspberries for the cheesecake... because I already ate all the ones I bought haha), all of our Christmas shopping is done and I definitely need to finish up the wrapping. We went a little smaller this year gift wise, and honestly it felt a little bit refreshing. I kind of took it as a challenge to find nice gifts for the kids within the budget I had that were things I knew they'd really love. Like we bought each of them a book, some useful things (like an ocean cleanup bag for Bodhi, and a backpack for Bella) and a couple toys each for them. For Frank and I, I mostly (with the exception of a bag of Laird Superfood coffee for Frank) shopped small and local for ourselves (everything of mine came from surf shops, and are we really surprised? haha). The weather has been nice here and we've been going to the beach when we can, it's so strange (and wonderful) to be on the beach during December, definitely makes it not feel like Christmas is THIS week since we are used to snow this time of year, but hey, I'm not gonna complain about it at all! Anyways, I'm sharing some new favorites that we are currently loving below, hope you love them too (maybe you'll even find ideas for a last minute gift or two)! Merry Christmas!

I've been hearing about CBD forever and finally took the plunge this year and tried it. I am officially a CBD fan for life now. It's helped so much with my anxiety, for sleep, and even skin issues! One brand I've been trying and loving recently is KAMU CBD. KAMU Labs is a brand who creates plant based wellness products designed to help improve sleep, immunity, mood and overall daily life. They formulate and craft their product in small batches, partnering with farms based in Oregon and Minnesota to create their products, using only sustainable, responsible, organic and pesticide-free practices, to ensure the CBD in their products is clean, top quality and free of any impurities. KAMU sent over a few of their best selling products for me to try out: their KAMU Dream, KAMU Vitality, and KAMU Recover. They are all great products with different functions, I'm loving the Dream drops for sleep support (definitely notice a difference in my sleep quality when I use this), the Vitality drops are great for supporting your immune system (which is more important now than ever, especially as we are going into the colder seasons of the year), and this Recover topical balm is a literal dream product. Recover balm is so great for any and all aches and pains, formulated to gently ease tension, soothe sore muscles, relieve discomfort and aid in recovery, all while supporting the body's natural ability to fight soreness and discomfort, and simultaneously providing instant relief through a cooling sensation. Find out more about their products HERE!

I've mentioned recently how much Bodhi loves comfortable clothes, I recently got some new sets from Goumi for him and they've become some of his favorites for when the weather is chilly. Their loungewear is perfect for lazy days, adventuring, wearing out and about for errands, and yep, even sleeping! I have a thing for matching sets and I love the little front pocket (Bodhi loves putting little toys in the pocket) as well as the details of the thumb holes and peekaboo heels! They are so soft and the colors are absolute perfection, you know I'm all about neutrals and earth tones, the Sea Glass set is probably my favorite, that color is just so good, and I also really love the Sun Stripe color, a little brighter than I typically choose but I thought it was such a fun look and it's super cute on him. Goumi loungewear is created with a bamboo and organic cotton fabric mix which is what gives their clothing that extra soft feel and I am here for it. Goumi also carries knitwear, and you already know I'm obsessed. I picked this Storm Gray Knit Hoodie for Bodhi as well and I am just a little bit obsessed, it's so soft and perfect for autumn with plenty of room to grow into next year as well! I don't just love this brand for all of their amazing products though, another huge reason we love hem is because they give back! Since the beginning of their brand, Goumi has donated 10% of their profits to some of the world's most vulnerable, by helping rescued human trafficking victims stay rescued and giving preemie mitts to families in need in the NICU! how amazing is that? Find their adorable lounge sets and knitwear on their website HERE and make sure to use my code JOYFULTRIBE at checkout for 15% off your order!

If you are an ocean soul and anything like us, then The Happy Sea is gonna become one of your absolute favorite shops reaaaal quick. You know I love a good small shop, and The Happy Sea is one of my new top favorites; they have so many cute items, each one of which has hand designed graphics fit for any mermaid (or merman) and are designs you'll want to wear again and again... or just stick on your vehicle so they're always on display... or both. Owyn, the owner and creative behind The Happy Sea, is a graphic designer with a background in marine biology and a lifelong love of the ocean, and her love of the sea definitely shows through her beautiful art work. Christmas is coming up fast (not sure how it's already November, but here we are and Christmas is already less than 2 months away) and if you need a good gift for the ocean lover in your life, The Happy Sea is the perfect place to find it. They have items for everyone! A few of my favorites are this Retro Surfboard Tee (my husband loves this one), the Protect What You Love Beach Tank (literally so comfortable and I am loving it), this To The Tropics Notepad (perfect for gift lists, grocery lists or to-do lists), and of course all of the stickers!! This 3.5" Protect What You Love Turtle Sticker and this 4" Tropics Surfboards Sticker are two of my total favorites (planning on adding them to our car soon). Stickers make perfect stocking stuffers and I'll probably end up grabbing a couple more for Bella and Bodhi's stocking from one of our local surf shops that carries The Happy Sea (like this Jellyfish Sticker and this Whale Shark). The Happy Sea is a brand created by the sea, for the sea, and with each purchase they give back to the ocean through ocean conservation nonprofits such as the Orca Conservancy, Ocean Alliance, and Sea to Shore. You literally cannot find a more rad shop to shop for all your gifting (and home decor, clothing, and more) wants and needs, shop all of  The Happy Sea designs HERE!

Have you ever needed a gift for someone and didn't know what to give them? I mean, we've all been there. That someone who has everything, or doesn't have a lot of room for "stuff" and "extra "things" in their home, maybe that person is a minimalist who like useful or consumable gifts, but maybe that same person who likes consumable or gifts also isn't a huge fan of your typically cured meats and cheeses gift baskets. Give that person the gift of hydration this Christmas with Nuun! Nuun is a company with a mission to keeping you as hydrated as humanly possible. Pop a Nuun tablet into your water and you get a delicious and fizzy drink that's loaded with electrolytes, vitamins and sometimes caffeine (in their energy tablets) to keep you healthy, hydrated and full of energy for all the things life throws your way on a daily basis. Nuun is no sugar added, clean ingredient, and the perfect way to ensure your body is getting all of he hydration it needs (with electrolytes, but also I think most of us can agree that flavored water is pretty enjoyable to drink). A few of my Nuun favorites: this Watermelon Nuun Sport, this Orange Citrus Nuun Immunity, and this Berry Blast Nuun Energy! Find all of their products HERE!