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hiking bishop’s peak, san luis obispo

May 8th | adventures, san luis obispo

Last weekend we hiked Bishop’s Peak off Foothill in San Luis Obispo. It was harder than I thought! It’s do-able, we just took our time. Steve carried David in the backpack. At the end, we all had a huge feeling of accomplishment!

Going down was a little scarier than coming up. So good for us to stretch ourselves and try new things.

It’s Friday and we are heading home to the boys. I absolutely cannot wait to see them. What are you weekend plans?

left field, san luis obispo

February 3rd | decorating, san luis obispo, shops i love

This brand new shop here in San Luis Obispo, Left Field, combines some of my favorite things–succulents, baskets, colorful rugs, rough stones, rusty metal, textured shells and lots of light. The result is magical. Today I’ve got lots of photos to share. I hope they inspire you!

Left Field is on Monterey, right across the street from Ruby Rose and just down from Splash Cafe.

Want to read an interview with the owner? Click here.

Browsing a couple amazing shops and clam chowder, hmmm. Sounds like the makings of a perfect afternoon, don’t you think?!

Montana de Oro

November 20th | adventures, san luis obispo

Last week, Steve was in the DR and friends came to stay and keep me company. We went to Montana de Oro and played in the sand and caves a bit. It’s so beautiful there. So peaceful–and good for my soul. And oh my goodness,

pics of my boys from years ago at Montana de Oro. So much love.

As you can see I spent most of my time hunting for heart shaped rocks–and it paid off big time!

Where are you finding beauty today?

hello carpinteria

November 17th | hello monday, san luis obispo

I snuck away on Friday and got some much needed sister time with Chrissie. It involved lots of talking, good food and browsing through used books {I left with quite a pile!}. It’s a new week and a fresh start. How about some hellos?!

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello reading, reading and more reading. I am always on the hunt for a good book. I love trading with friends, browsing Barnes & Noble and of course a good used book store.

Hello leaving with a pile of books–about 12 for $20. Awesome.

Hello COLOR! Hello healthy. Hello tasty!

Hello pomegranates. They remind me of my grandma.

Hello Rincon Brewery–a new restaurant. Delicious!

Hello California sky and tree. Someone told me recently that palm trees aren’t beautiful. This didn’t make sense to me. To me, they are California beauty.

Hello F U N. Hello light up signs, decor with color and random items that bring beauty. Whimsy is one of my favorite Carpinteria shops!

Hello sister, hello heart friend.

Hello new shop on Linden in Carpinteria called Bon Fortune. You guys–so many pretty papers, decor and inspiration. More on this soon.

Hello art. Hello finding inspiration.

Hello croissants and scones. I’ll take a chocolate chip scone, please. Yum.

Hello, hello. How are you?  We are saying hello to parent teacher conference week. Dad is home! He was in the Dominican Republic last week. Hello family pictures this week. Hello preparing for Thanksgiving! Hello to you! I’d love to hear YOUR hellos!

Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there!

huckleberry market {love}

November 4th | inspiration, san luis obispo

Hey there! I have inspiration to share today! We’ve got a new floral + gift shop here in San Luis Obispo and it’s nothing short of lovely. It’s full of texture, light and color–so that means it’s full of my favorite things! Take a look…

They’ve taken over Ruby Rose’s old space and made it fantastically new.

Succulents make my heart sing!

It’s such a light-filled space.

Wouldn’t these library cards make adorable gift tags?

Paper, ribbon and scissors–what else do you need?

The shop is owned by Karen and Carla {that’s Karen above} and it’s beautiful. If you live near San Luis Obispo, or pass through, you must stop in! You can follow Huckleberry Market on Facebook and Instagram. They also do creative gatherings. So fun!

What’s inspiring you today?

local love, ruby rose

September 26th | inspiration, san luis obispo

Hi friends! How about some inspiration for your Friday? You know I love Ruby Rose. Well, the recently moved to a new location on Monterey Street. I knew it would be gorgeous but it seriously knocked my socks off! So much light, texture and beauty. If you are in the area or passing through you MUST stop and take it all in. Plus it’s right by Splash Cafe so you can stop in and get some yummy clam chowder for lunch. Sounds like a perfect day to me!

Can you see how they created the shape of the USA in the plaster wall? I LOVE this!

I heart Ruby Rose.

Tell me something that’s inspiring you today!

hope chest thrift store

June 6th | san luis obispo

It’s Friiiiday and it’s also our first official day of summer. I don’t know when summer actually starts, all I know if the boys are OUT OF SCHOOL. Let the crazy begin!

Yesterday {since it was my last day before our more hectic/harder to get things done schedule began} I made a quick trip to one of my favorite thrift stores. The Hospice Hope Chest is set up like a boutique, so it’s easy to shop and find cute things. Many pieces throughout our home are from this very thrift store. I tend to have good luck there!

How CUTE is this suitcase in the window?

I try to pick up little plates for wall collages when I find them. This one was $2. Score!

Oh this vintage collar is just too sweet. But it needed a little mending so I left it behind.

This wallet came home with me.

And this scout handbook came home with me, too!

I always look through the jewelry for inspiration. I love vintage jewelry!

How about I leave you with a happy clown? He wants to help you kick off your weekend right!

Summer is awesome because the sun is shining, we have slow mornings and we have a few fun trips planned. Summer is difficult because ALL I WANT TO DO IS RELAX but I have work to do! So sometimes I get stressed and grumpy.

Ready or not, it’s here! Hello summer!

hello general store, paso robles

June 2nd | food & goodies, hello monday, inspiration, san luis obispo

Oh The General Store in Paso! It’s adorable and filled with fun goodies. Paso is fabulous for wine, great food and adorable boutiques! It’s gets warm in the summer, but the evenings are glorious! It’s a place I go to for inspiration. A couple of weeks ago I got to chatting with one of the owners, Joely and we were fast friends. I love when that happens, don’t you?

It’s Monday and time for some hellos! ***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello baskets. Hello planning a picnic! Yay!

Hello soaps that smell so good, I almost don’t want to use them. Except I freak out about germs so I wash my hand A LOT.

Hello happy straws. I think I love you.

Oh never mind! Hello BEAUTIFUL bag! I think I love YOU!!

Hello beautiful store, filling my head with ideas and inspiration.

Hello Joely! You are the sweetest.

Hello flying home from Las Vegas today. I won’t miss the hot weather!

Hello last week of school for my boys. Summer is UPON US!

Hello flip flops and flowy skirts.

Hello backyard that’s spruced up and ready for warm evenings. I can’t wait to share pics with you.

Hello Father’s Day. Have you found something for dad yet?

Hello David who is feeling so much better. And I am feeling so thankful!

Hello finalizing product for Christmas. Crazy I know!

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week filled with beauty waiting to be found. Leave some hellos for us in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!

firefly gallery, paso robles

May 15th | blog friends, inspiration, san luis obispo

Ready for some inspiration? Firefly Gallery has been one of my very favorite shops in Paso Robles since I first discovered them years ago. It’s a mother/daughter team that owns it–and they have an eye for design. And they carry our boutique collection which makes my heart so happy!! I stopped by last week and snapped some pics of their gorgeous shop. Take a look…

Paso Robles has some fabulous restaurants, vineyards and tasting rooms and boutiques. It’s about 30 minutes from San Luis Obispo–and worth the trip!

Make sure to follow Firefly Gallery on Instagram!

If you had $100 to spend in a boutique, would you spend it on books, clothes or housewares?

walking bob jones trail

May 8th | family, san luis obispo

Last week we walked the Bob Jones trail in Avila Beach. I’ve posted about the trail before. The kids have grown so much since that last post! And this time we sprayed them down with ‘Off!’ to avoid ticks! You can read about our last adventure here.

The trail ends up in Avila Beach and we ate lunch near the water. The kids each found a walking stick. Such sweet memories.

The warm weather last weekend combined with cousins in town is making me long for summer! How about you?