hello summer to fall to summer

hello monday, what I'm wearing By October 24, 2016 No Comments

We’ve been teased with some cool fall weather only for the sun to come out in full force again with a heat wave. This is common for us this time of year, but it always catches me by surprise. Layering is the trick. As the sun warms we shed layers–and pretend it’s summer for a little while longer.

It’s Monday–a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-02 Hello dress from one of my favorite shops Ruby Rose. If you love vintage and good design make sure you stop in next time you visit the central coast.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-03 Hello denim jacket. It’s a staple don’t you think?

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-04 And some really good booties.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-05 And of course the perfect accessory. This ring represents Hope and Love.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-08Hello warm sun on my shoulders and rain in the forecast. Fall can’t make up its mind.

Hello lovely visit with Nana.

Hello lots of doctor visits for David. He and I are at UCLA to see 5 different specialists. We have no big concerns, just mainly check-ups.

Hello looking forward to watching this in depth look at an awesome broadway play.

Hello reading this book and getting inspired.

Hello cutting back on carbs this week. It’s two steps forward one step back for us! I wish I didn’t like sugar so much.

Hello Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holiday season is here!

Hello busy busy but making time for quiet.

Hello you. It’s a new week, a new beginning and a fresh start. What are you saying hello to the week?


hello roll up piano, hello monday

hello monday By October 17, 2016 2 Comments

If you’ve spent any time around here, you know David LOVES keyboards. Nothing makes him happier. We’ve bought pretty much every kid keyboard from every major retailer–but every once in a while I spot something new. Last week on Amazon I spotted this ‘roll up’ keyboard. It’s flexible and light. It’s not meant for kids in particular but I knew David would love it. And he does! Also, it makes a really nice sound {not like a cheap kid keyboard}. We’ve all been playing with it–so fun!

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

hello-roll-up-piano-01 Hello making music all day long. I love the tunes he taps out.

hello-roll-up-piano-02 Hello thick hair! This kid has the thickest hair ever!

hello-roll-up-piano-03 Hello passion. Matthias is all about art. David is all about music. I love that they have hobbies they’re passionate about.

Hello roll up keyboard. We’re so happy we found you!

Hello haircuts this week.

Hello rain! We had two rainy days–not a ton of rain but we’ll take it!

Hello watching these movies with Matthias.

Hello cleaning out cupboards–I love a clean, minimal space.

Hello getting back into our regular routine after being away for a few days. I’m always surprised how hard it is to re-enter regular life. It takes me a few days to get my bearings.

Hello amazing book. If you’re super hard on yourself this book just might change your life. It’s definitely been huge for me!

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


hello nook, hello monday

hello monday By October 10, 2016 2 Comments

Our home is a newer build–around 2000, and it has a few nooks built in. They add interest to our home sometimes I wonder what to put inside them! Last week I refreshed the nook near our dining room table with some thrifted baskets and sunburst mirrors that were on clearance at TJ Maxx. And I’m loving it!

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?
hello-nook-lisa-leonard-01  Hello mirrors reflecting light. Hello light giving hope to the soul.

hello-nook-lisa-leonard-02 Hello vintage ma and dreaming of new places to visit.

hello-nook-lisa-leonard-03 Hello cactus planted in the glass shade of an old light fixture. I can’t believe how much the cactus has grown in the last couple weeks.

Hello heat wave and tank tops in October. It always surprises me but it happens every fall.

Hello making time to think, dream and just be this week.

Hello feeling thankful for my husband and the way he loves me and our boys.

Hello seeing my boys grow and change overnight. The teenage years are pretty great.

Hello loving this new show. Do you have a favorite new fall show?

Hello beginning this book today. Have you read it?

Hello tears that heal and make space for love.

Hello stepping out bravely into the world and letting it be exactly what it is–messy, imperfect and amazing.

Hello Monday, I believe beauty awaits. What are you saying hello to this week?


hello DIY fiberglass planter

DIY, hello monday By October 3, 2016 2 Comments

Another planter? Yes. I can’t be stopped apparently!

Lately I’ve been finding lots of interesting “planters” at thrift stores, like this mid century DIY, this macrame hanging planter and this terrarium. It’s fun to see what interesting objects can be turned into a beautiful container.

This fiberglass planter is intended to be a plant holder {unlike some of the things I turn into planters}. I liked it because it was big and simple–and often large planters are expensive. I kept it plain for a while, but last week I decided to make it prettier with a little gold paint.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-01 Hello plain planter for $10. Not bad!

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-02 Hello using painter’s tape and about four coats of acrylic gold paint. {The paint was $2 at Michael’s}.

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-03 Hello ready for the big reveal!

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-04 Hello a little streaky but I didn’t mind. The tape kept the lines fairly clean. I’m pleased.

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-05Hello pups. Oh, you’re taking pictures? We are here to help!


Hello pretty planter making our family room a little happier.

Hello split leaf philodendron. One of my very favorite plants! I only water it about once a week.

Hello future planning. Do you think about 3-5 year goals?

Hello washing all the sheets and towels. I love fresh!

Hello dreaming of fall. Did you hear it’s October now? I’m waiting for cooler weather to follow. I’m ready for cardigans and boots.

Hello adding cinnamon to my coffee.

Hello finding time to visit the pumpkin patch.

Hello reading this book. Stop what you’re doing and order it {or download it}. It’s so good.

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new month, a brand new week, a brand new day. What are you saying hello to this week?


hello louis and beasley

hello monday By September 18, 2016 5 Comments

Oh my goodness, these pups and their personalities. I can hardly stand it–they are so cute. I’m thankful for the love and companionship they bring to our lives. They fill a space we didn’t know we had!

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?

hello-louis-and-beasley-03Hello Louis and Beasley. I’m glad we have you and you have each other. I love to see you cuddle together. You’re the best of friends!

hello-louis-and-beasley-01 Hello Louie. You are very serious and you look a little worried. You don’t really want to play and you hardly bark at all. You’re an excellent cuddler and you make our lives better!

hello-louis-and-beasley-02 Hello Beasley. You are probably the sweetest dog that ever lived. You’ve really stolen our hearts. I love your crazy old man expressions and your gentle way. Also, you love to talk–especially when it’s time to eat.

Hello flat caps from the dollar section at Target. Priceless!

Hello messy house. I feel like I’ve given up a bit. I need some motivation.

Hello oh-my-gosh-amazing book. Drop everything and read it asap. It’s a world changer.

Hello cute jacket. I’ve got my eye on this pretty piece.

Hello alone time. I’m planning in some time alone to reflect and think this week. So hard to do but so necessary.

Hello Stranger Things. I love and hate this show. It’s super fascinating and well done but scary. I don’t like scary at all.

Hello writing and writing and writing some more. I’ve been writing a lot lately and it feels vulnerable and empowering.

Hello visiting my brother and his amazing family. They recently moved from Texas to California and we can’t wait to see their new home!

Hello to you! It’s a new week, a fresh start and a chance to begin again. What are you saying hello to this week?


hello DIY mid century planter

DIY, hello monday By September 12, 2016 4 Comments

Hello friends!

I have been eyeing the gorgeous mid century planters at West Elm for a few weeks. Aren’t they amazing? Friday when I was at the thrift store I saw this yellow pot and thought the shaped looked a lot like the planter I’ve had my eye on. I felt inspired to I started looking around for some kind of a stand–and came across the black tea light holder. The bowl and the tea light holder were each $1.70–so I decided to give it a shot! scroll down for details.

It’s Monday–a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?
diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-05Hello inspiration. I love it when things jump out at me and make my heart happy.

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-03Hello finding treasures at a thrift shop. It’s kind of the best feeling!

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-04Hello oil based sharpies that are much easier to use than paint!

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-02Hello using command strips to hold the pot and the tea light holder together.

Hello bright happy pot in our entry way. I still love the West Elm version, but while I save my pennies this one is fun!

Hello snake plant. It’s one of my favorites and so easy to care for.

Hello Toto! We saw them in concert last night with friends and it was amazing!

Hello tired. Can we have one more weekend day?

Hello hiking with a friend today–time to soak up the sun and share our hearts.

Hello listening to this podcast and loving it!

Hello thinking and writing. My head is spinning lately with ideas.

Hello busy week. Ready or not, here we go!

Where are you saying hello to this week?


hello entryway refresh

decorating, DIY, hello monday By September 5, 2016 1 Comment

Hello friends! It’s wonderful to begin the week with a holiday. We are taking it slow and enjoying the long weekend.

I’ve been working on refreshing the house a bit–moving things around, cleaning out the clutter and adding a few plants. It feels so good! Our entryway seems to collect things–the jogging stroller, boxes, backpacks and all kinds of things. But right now it’s clean and open. I hope we can keep it that way–but who am I kidding?! It will continue to cycle through messy and clean. It’s a never-ending process.

How about some hellos for a Monday?

hello entryway refresh-01

Hello painted legs. I originally painted them aqua but I didn’t like it at all. This looks much better.

hello entryway refresh-03

Hello air plants and natural light.

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Hello sweet pups who are such good models. And I’m pretty sure Beasley is smiling. They crack me up!

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Hello holiday. It’s so nice to have an extra day.

Hello favorite new kid’s book. David and I have been reading this one together a lot lately.

Hello writing. I’ve been spending some time writing over the last few weeks. It’s so hard but also therapeutic.

Hello new-to-me Jane Austen story. This movie was so good.

Hello adjusting to middle school, not just Matthias but me as well. Its’s a big transition.

Hello cleaning out my car. And vacuuming!

Hello wanting to try this recipe. I think I’ll use my new instant pot though. Fingers crossed its a good one.

Hello inspired by this amazing woman. I’ve been searching her on Pinterest and she doesn’t disappoint!

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


hello good things

hello monday By August 29, 2016 3 Comments

Lately I’m trying to fill my life {and my soul} with good things. It’s a way of seeing myself and loving myself. Many times as women we care for other people and put ourselves last. It’s often necessary. But it’s also necessary to care for myself. I’m trying to grow in this area.

Sometimes filling my life with good things is simply noticing all the good things around me and being thankful. It’s Monday and a brand new week. How about some hellos?

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Hello bright pink car standing out in the middle of a very gray day in Paris. Love it!

Hello new podcast. Do you love podcasts like I do? I listen to them while I clean the house, fold laundry or take a walk. Smartest Person in the Room with Laura Tremaine is brand new and so good!

Hello second week of school. We made it through the first week. The boys have great teachers and we’re getting used to early mornings again. I love having only one drop off and one pick since they’re at the same school again!

Hello french press. Since I’m talking about good things I have to include coffee. We pulled out our french press over the weekend and wow! it makes such good coffee.

Hello Christmas planning. I don’t know if Christmas is on your radar yet but having a retail business we plan for Christmas all year long. It’s getting close!

Hello new bed for the pups. They have loved sleeping in bed with Matthias but he’s not getting good sleep lately. So we got them a new cozy bed and we’ll try it out this week. I hope the like it.

Hello trying out my new Instant Pot and loving it. Have you heard of it? It’s a pressure cooker and more. Cooks food fast and keeps meat tender. I’ll share more soon!

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


hello trash to treasure

hello monday By August 22, 2016 6 Comments

I worked on a couple projects this weekend. Things that have been on my inspiration list for a while–and I finally got to them! I got this ugly lamp at our local goodwill for $4. And it lived in the flowerbed in our front yard for a couple weeks. {Please tell me I’m not the only one with random projects waiting to be carried out!} I got it out of the car, but it never made it into the house–until this weekend. Woohoo! Well, the pretty part is in the house, the rest is recycling.

It’s Monday, a new week and our first day of school–a big day around here! How about some hellos?DIY repurposed macrame planterHello talking something that is almost literally trash and turning it into something beautiful. I love that!
Easy steps…
1. take apart lamp
2. wash glass portion, toss the rest.
3. place some rocks or terra cotta pieces in the bottom
4. add a succulent and some soil

DIY repurposed macrame planter lisa leonard 2 Hello learning how to macrame. It’s suuuuper easy. I used some twine I had on hand and followed this tutorial.

DIY repurposed macrame planter lisa leonard 3Hello impressed pups. They just LOVE the new macrame planter over their bed!

Hello first day of school! Matthias is in 7th grade and David is in 8th. Hooray!

Hello feeling very loved on my birthday a few days ago. {thank you!}

Hello meetings and more meetings. Now that summer’s over I have some work to do!

Hello sniffles. David has a little cold and I think I’m getting it.

Hello looking for fun movies to watch with Matthias. What are some good movies for kids ages 12-14?

Hello walking the dogs and taking walks alone. So good.

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


hello beautiful, hello colorful

hello monday By August 15, 2016 1 Comment

Hello friends. I have pics from Cassis, France to share today. We visited friends in Aix de Provence and made the short drive to the seaside one evening. I was captivated by the color and beauty. The south of France felt to me the way I imagine Italy to be. Breathtaking.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos for a new week?hello cassis france-01 Hello castle on a cliff with the carousel below. So charming!

hello cassis france-02 Hello boats lined up.

hello cassis france lisa-01Hello Lindsey looking very much in her element in Cassis. She helped us with boys. So grateful!

hello cassis france-03 Hello trying to get a family pic and settling for this one!

hello cassis france-05 Hello time with friends. I cherish these memories.

hello cassis france-06 Hello exploring another part of the world with my favorite partner-in-crime.

hello cassis france-07 Hello Matthias. Hello green eyes. I love those eyes.

hello cassis france-08 Hello baskets. I wish my suitcase was a lot bigger!

hello cassis france-09 Hello taking a walk with David because his tummy was hurting and stumbling on this charming little street.

hello cassis france-12 Hello pretty shutters and colorful tiles. Love!

hello cassis france-13 Hello soaking up kisses and cuddles with my sweetheart.

hello cassis france-15Hello gelato before we hit the road! Cassis you were good to us!

Hello making time for organizing this week.

Hello carrying my sketchbook because inspiration has been finding me lately. I’ve been writing down ideas and doodles.

Hello last week of summer before school begins!

Hello to my middle schoolers. Both boys will be in middle school this year. So exciting!

Hello walking every day. I’m trying to make space for movement and downtime.

Hello planning to try a couple new recipes.

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