hello painted built in {hello monday!}

decorating, hello monday By May 23, 2016 6 Comments

We’ve been working on refreshing the family room–beginning with painting this built in shelving unit. It brightens the room and unifies the space. You can see before pics here {from three years ago}. Wow, looking at those pics, I can’t believe how much it’s changed. The before is cozy but the after feels fresh and open.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?
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Hello lots of meetings this week. This week is basically devoted to meetings {with some relaxing and fun mixed in!}

Hello craving coffee. It’s nothing new but lately I just can’t get enough!

Hello feeling thankful for our amazing sitter who helps with the boys. She’s an angel!

Hello looking for a new Netflix series to watch, Any suggestions?

Hello planning summer dinners outside. I’m working on sprucing up our patio. Pics soon!

Hello getting all the ingredients for homemade chocolate chip cookies. Dangerous.

Hello fighting off sniffles–both of the boys have a cold. Bummer.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to waiting to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello windy and cold

hello monday, san luis obispo By May 16, 2016 3 Comments

Phew! We went to Morro Bay to walk and let the pups get some exercise and it was freezing! The wind was blowing like crazy. After a few steps near the shore, I went back to the car to try and find extra clothing for the boys. We put another layer on each of them and managed to stay for a half hour or so. Then we got back into the cozy car. It was fun but way too cold!

How about some hellos for a Monday?

hello windy and cold-01 Hello pups running! They loved the sand.

hello windy and cold-02 Hello backpack for David. I found a puffy vest for him and got much warmer after that.

hello windy and cold-03 Hello cute husband. Love him.

hello windy and cold-04 Hello wearing bowties to the beach. Louis and Beasley were worried they might be overdressed.

hello windy and cold-05 Hello family pic. I set the timer. It’s a little blurry but oh well!

hello windy and cold-09 Hello feet off the ground. Matthias is flying in this pic. So cool!
Hello counting down to summer. We only have 3 1/2 weeks of school left.
Hello not cooking. I can’t seem to get into a rhythm with making meals lately.
Hello sleeping great. David has been sleeping well in his new bedroom. I’m grateful!
Hello introducing The Matrix to Matthias. I love that movie!
Hello shopping for a desk for Matthias’ bedroom.
Hello cleaning house and cleaning out extra stuff.
Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello feeling very loved.

hello monday By May 9, 2016 1 Comment

I had such a restful, fun weekend. I feel spoiled and loved by my boys! It’s a brand new week–how about some hellos?

IMG_1594 Hello pet pig on a leash. So cute, kind of random and very fun!

IMG_1611 Hello kisses and hugs and lots of cuddles this weekend. Pretty much perfect.

IMG_1618Hello colorful basket I found at an adorable antique store.

Hello lots of meetings this week. Some creative, some administrative.

Hello trying to tidy the house. We are mid project splitting the boys into two rooms and everything is a disaster!

Hello Captain America Civil War. We’re kind of obsessed over here.

Hello laundry and dishes. Always.

Hello coffee. I may need an extra cup today!

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found. It’s Monday, what are you saying hello to this week?

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hello half marathon

hello monday By May 2, 2016 2 Comments

Steve ran his first half marathon yesterday–and he rocked it! We met him at the finish line with big smiles and proud hearts. He finished the race in 1 hour 42 min. Awesome! It’s Monday–how about some hellos for a new week?

Hello family! We’ve been traveling a lot lately–mostly tag teaming. it’s so good to be together.

IMG_1523Hello sweaty kiss. He earned it!

Hello happy. David loved Steve’s medal that is also a cowbell. So fun.

Hello running buddy. We’re thankful for dear friends.

Hello getting back into my routine this week after traveling last week.

Hello clean laundry waiting to be folded.

Hello boys who need haircuts, dogs who need baths, mama who needs a nap.

Hello sniffly David. He’s got energy but he has been needing his inhalers a couple times a day.

Hello slowly working on getting the boys into their own rooms. It’s such a big project!

Hello Captain America Civil War. Matthias can’t wait to see it!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

 

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hello sand dollar beach

hello monday, san luis obispo By April 25, 2016 3 Comments

I took a walk at Morro Strand also called Sand Dollar Beach. I probably could have collected 1,000 sand dollars–I’m not exaggerating! The weather was rainy and I was the only one on the beach. The tide was low and there were sand dollars everywhere. So magical.

It’s a new week. How about some hellos?hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-01 Hello sand dollar nestled in the sand, waiting for the next wave to come along.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-02 Hello sandpiper strolling along.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-03 Hello low tide and rocks to climb.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-04 Hello shiny and vibrant shells on a gray, cloudy day.

hello sand dollar beach lisa leonard-05Hello Morro Rock in the distance and treasures waiting to be found.

Hello travel this week. It’s hard to be away from the boys.

Hotel living. It’s nice having someone else make the bed.

Hello walking and hiking. I’ve been doing both of these almost every day lately. It feels so good.

Hello busy busy in the shop filling Mother’s Day orders. {Thank you, I’m grateful!}

Hello reading this book. Life-changing. Have you read it?

Hello new pair of flare jeans. I don’t even know who I am anymore!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello kitchen redo

hello monday By April 18, 2016 3 Comments

For the last few weeks we’ve been under construction–painting cabinets, getting new countertops and some appliances. We’re still waiting on our oven and a hood–but it’s coming together and I’m thrilled with how fresh and bright it looks. We’ve been wanting to freshen the cabinets since we moved into this house 7 years ago–and it’s finally happening. Hooray!
You can see a peek of our old cabinets in this post.

How about some hellos for a brand new Monday?

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-03 Hello bright and sunny. I can’t get over how much light is reflected off the cabinets now that they’re lighter. I think light is good for the soul.

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-04 Hello massive sink. I’m actually enjoying doing dishes these days. I love Mrs. Meyer’s–especially the lavender scent. So good.

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-05 Hello fruit–real and porcelain. We’re trying to snack on fruit, nuts and string cheese when possible.

hello kitchen redo lisa leonard-06 Hello unkillable plant. I love snake plant–they hardly need any water and don’t need a lot of light either.
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Hello fun chairs we found at a local wholesale furniture place we love. They are so comfortable.

Hello making pancakes on our new stove. So much easier than the hot plate we’ve been using the last month or so.

Hello journaling, reading and taking time to nurture my soul.

Hello longer days. The sun is staying up longer and we’ve been getting some evening walks in. I love it!

Hello splitting the boys into two rooms. They’ve shared all their lives. I’m busy organizing and planning. I think it’s going to be great for them–and maybe a little bit of a transition too. pics of the boys room before the split here.

Hello slowing down. I’m trying to rush less and breathe deeper. It feels important.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

 

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hello wildflowers

hello monday By April 11, 2016 1 Comment

Hello friends. I’m taking some time to rest and reflect for a few days. It’s been good to look at my soul, look at what I need and nurture my heart. I took a long walk the other day and snapped pics of the wildflowers and cacti. How about some hellos for a new week?

wildflowers lisa leonard-01Hello new growth sprouting from what looked dry and dead.

wildflowers lisa leonard-02 Hello thorny thistle bursting with color.

wildflowers lisa leonard-04Hello heart-shaped crack in the dirt. Can you see it?

wildflowers lisa leonard-05 Hello yellow flower standing tall and brave.

wildflowers lisa leonard-07Hello journaling and putting thoughts down on paper.

Hello alone time–my soul needs this.

Hello long walks and deep breaths.

Hello reading this book and this book. So good.

Hello finding beauty in the journey. It’s imperfect but it’s worth it.

Hello to you! It’s Monday–and brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello coffee, hello spring

hello monday By March 21, 2016 3 Comments

Every morning as I open my eyes, I start to think about coffee. How much I love it, how comforting it is. It’s one of my favorite rituals. We’re getting new kitchen counters {hooray!} and our kitchen is ripped apart right now. Making coffee in the living room is slightly inconvenient but totally worth it!

It’s the very first Monday of Spring! How about some hellos?

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Hello favorite mug with heavy cream {no sugar} and freshly brewed coffee. A little taste of heaven!

Hello sunshiny week and grass that’s green from all the rain we’ve been getting. It feels like Spring.

Hello sore foot. David tripped over one of the dogs yesterday and he’s been limping. I think he twisted his ankle a bit. Poor guy! He’s still walking well–so I’m very thankful.

Hello reading this book and absolutely loving it. So inspiring!

Hello stealing a little time with my brother and sister in law while they pass through town. So good!

Hello ordering in or microwaving meals since our kitchen is unusable.

Hello dog hair everywhere. I vacuum and dust and clean the couches but it’s still there. It’s kind of driving me crazy and I’m trying to let it be.

Hello last day of a BIG sale in the shop! Take 25% off everything with code spring25. Click here to shop.

Hello to you! What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello greenhouse {achievement house}

hello monday, san luis obispo By March 14, 2016 4 Comments

One of my favorite thrift stores in town is Achievement House on Cuesta College campus. They also have an amazing greenhouse with rows and rows of succulents. The store and nursery are run by adults with disabilities. Awesome, right?

It’s Monday–the start of a brand new week. How about some hellos?

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Hello sunlight and rain. Everything is green and lush right now. And our lake is full after being empty for a year!

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Hello moving around furniture and clearing out the kitchen. We’re getting new countertops and I am so giddy I can hardly stand it! Goodbye tile, hello quartz!!

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Hello writing. I’ve been trying to spend some time every day writing. It’s good and scary and therapeutic. It’s stretching but I’m enjoying it.

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Hello Bourne Identity. Matthias and I are working our way through the series. So good!

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Hello clean clothes waiting to be put away. They’ve been sitting there for a week now. I don’t know why I have such a hard time with this chore!

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Hello heart a flutter. When I walked into the greenhouse {below} I had to catch my breath. So many beautiful succulents. How does one choose?

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Hello sleepless nights. David’s been having a hard time lately. He wakes up in the middle of the night and he’s energetic. Matthias has been moving into the spare room so he can sleep. I’m beginning to wonder if the boys will need their own rooms soon.

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Hello meetings this week. Lots of good planning and dreaming happening this week!

Hello making meals without a kitchen. Time to get creative!

Hello time change. I love the longer light in the evenings.

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello happy wire basket

hello monday By March 7, 2016 2 Comments

I was strolling through Home Goods last week and found this rose gold wire basket in the clearance section. I hung it on the wall next to my thrifted baskets and it’s making me so happy!

Sometimes it’s the little things, right?

It’s Monday–how about some hellos?

hello wire basket lisa leonard Hello hungry. David’s had a BIG appetite lately. Maybe he’s headed for a growth spurt? He can’t seem to get enough food.

Hello rain. Hooray! We’re getting lots of rain this week and we are so grateful.

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Hello to do list that seems to get longer instead of shorter. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

Hello watching the Divergent and Insurgent movies with Matthias. We can’t wait for the new one to come out.

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Hello sweet pups that have been snuggling with Matthias in bed. I go in to check on him and they’re all so cozy and crashed out. It’s a very sweet thing.

Hello feeling addicted to plants. They add beauty and life to our home and I love it.

Hello trying new recipes through Blue Apron. It’s been fun and we’ve loved almost all the meals.

Hello working on a few projects around the house this week. I’m hoping to spruce up our front porch.

Hello carving out some alone time for me this week. My soul needs it.

Hello caught up on laundry. Tomorrow I’ll be behind a day–but today let’s celebrate.

Hello Monday. It’s a new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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