by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

Loving the 92024 Life


When Colleen Humphrey and her sons, Pierce and Boden, moved to Encinitas six years ago, they immediately fell in love with everything about the community. “The weather is perfect, and Encinitas is beautiful! Everything we need is only minutes away. We are close to the beach, amazing parks, a great library, and fabulous food,” related Colleen. She and her boys moved from Austin, TX in 2008, and lived in Fallbrook for two years before finally settling in 92024.


In addition to the natural beauty and convenience of Encinitas, Colleen is thrilled to live close to relatives. “My aunt and uncle live in Rancho Santa Fe and helped us find our house when we realized we wanted to move to the Encinitas area. My parents moved to Oceanside a few years ago, so now we are close enough to spend time with them as well,” said Colleen.

family_humphrey8In 2012, Colleen started her own business, Wild Violetta Bath & Body ( She creates the products, designs the packaging, and manages all aspects of the business and websites. “I started to sell wholesale in 2014 as an authorized Etsy Wholesaler,” said Colleen. “In 2015, Wild Violetta was honored as a Martha Stewart American Made Style finalist.” As a single mother, Colleen is committed to balancing the pressures of running her own company with being there for her boys. By turning her garage into a studio, she is able to work from home and has flexible hours that allow her to work around her sons’ schedules.


According to Colleen, both Pierce and Boden are natural athletes. Pierce loves baseball, skating, biking, and golf – he’s been playing since he was three years old. Boden has been biking, skateboarding, and swimming since he could walk. While Pierce is most at home in the snow, Boden is happiest when he’s in the water. Their favorite family vacation spots – Maui and Alaska – perfectly illustrate their different preferences.

Parent: Colleen Humphrey
Children: Pierce (10) and Boden (8)
Community: Village Park, Encinitas
Parent’s Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Parent’s Occupation: Owner and maker of Wild Violetta Bath & Body; small business social media consultant
Pet: Rescue dog – Violet
Favorite Spots in 92024: Moonlight Beach, Encinitas Skate Park, LUX Art Institute, San Diego Botanic Garden

family_humphrey4family_humphrey3As a family, Colleen, Pierce, and Boden enjoy going to the beach year-round, going to the dog park with their dog Violet, swimming, tennis, and golf. However, their absolute favorite family activity is cooking. “All three of us cook. We love hosting friends and family for dinner and game nights,” said Colleen.