[heading]by JENNIFER FRAKES| photos by Soul of Photography[/heading]

According to Karen Kripalani, a love of yoga, world travel and photography brought her and her husband Michel together. “I was living in Los Angeles pursuing photography and acting. Michel had just bought a home in Encinitas, where we still live. We met online through a website called DharmaMatch.com, which is focused toward people who love meditation and yoga. Once we met, we knew right away we were going to get married and were engaged three months later. To this day, Michel and I still love yoga and personal growth activities,” related Karen. She and Michel are members of Seaside Center for Spiritual Living and both feel that Encinitas is the perfect place for their family. In fact, Michel fell in love with the community during his college days at UCSD, where he received his degree in visual arts.

“We couldn’t be happier with the success of Oceanhouse Media which combines our love of spirituality and children. We’re grateful to create apps that uplift, educate and inspire,”

-Karen Kripalani

In addition to their love of personal growth and meditation, Karen and Michel share an entrepreneurial spirit. They are the co-founders of Oceanhouse Media, an app publishing company that brings well-known self-improvement and children’s books to the app market. “We’re bringing all 44 classic Dr. Seuss titles to the app market, and we’ve developed digital book apps for The Berenstain Bears and Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter. We’ve also developed more than 120 apps from authors such as

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Deepak Chopra and Louise L. Hay. We couldn’t be happier with the success of Oceanhouse Media which combines our love of spirituality and children. We’re grateful to create apps that uplift, educate and inspire,” revealed Karen. She and Michel are also committed to giving back to the community. They have donated iPads filled with their children’s apps to local schools and hospitals and are involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Karen and Michel are also board members of the Entrepreneur’s Association, a global network of business owners.

Family is extremely important to Karen and Michel and they love spending time with their two daughters, ages three and four. “Our days are mostly filled with gatherings with friends and with our children and their activities. We participate in a wide variety of activities at the Encinitas Community Center and our daughters take dance classes at Stage Door Dance and go to a local Spanish-immersion preschool,” said Karen. The family takes full advantage of everything Encinitas has to offer – going to local parks, Moonlight Beach and frequenting local eateries such as Swami’s Café and Native Foods Café.

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Parents: Michel (45); Karen (42)

Community: New town Encinitas since 2005

Parents’ Hometown: Michel – Laguna Hills, CA; Karen – West Hartford, CT

Parents’ Occupation: Michel – President of Oceanhouse Media, Inc.; Karen – Co-Founder & Head of Talent at Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Children: Two daughters, ages four and three

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