Growing Grounds

san luis obispo, shops i love, what I'm wearing By September 2, 2016 1 Comment

It’s been a strange week of highs and lows. Nothing big, just trying to get back into the school routine and feeling exhausted. I’ve had lots of meetings this week. Matthias has started to have homework {yuck!}. Seems like by 8pm we’re all ready for bed. In between the busyness there have been many moments of laughter and downtime for cuddling. I don’t want to overlook those sweet moments. I have much to be grateful for!

Just down the street from our office is one of the best plant shops in town. It’s just off the main street, so it’s easy to miss it. Growing Grounds has beautiful plants, reasonably priced and it benefits Transitions Mental Health Association. So important.

With rushed mornings now that the boys are back in school, I’m basically wearing the same thing everyday–whatever is closest and easiest. I’m obsessed with this camisole from WhoWhatWear at Target. It’s perfect for layering. And then jeans and easy boots or sandals. The polka dot scarf was a last minute addition and pulls the outfit together. I am so glad handkerchief scarves are making a comeback. I used to wear them all the time in college. I think they’re so sweet.

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Outfit details: Jean, vintage Levis, thrifted. Camisole, Target. sleeveless vest, {similar} Anthropologie. Bag, TJ Maxx. Scarf, Target. Boots, Frye. Jewelry, My shop {love these earrings!}

The weekend is beginning! I’ve got a few fun projects to work on and lots of downtime to relax. What do you have planned?

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hello sister time

hello monday, san luis obispo By August 8, 2016 2 Comments

This last weekend I got away with my sisters for some down time. It was wonderful! I’m thankful Steve encourages me to get away–I always feel guilty, although little by little I’m getting better at taking time for me. We mamas need time to laugh and play and talk and rest, right?!

It’s Monday. How about some hellos for a new week?
sister birthday 2016-01Hello long shadows and happy hearts.

sister birthday 2016-05 Hello piling into a tiny cottage at Flying Flags Resort in Buellton. So fun and cozy!

sister birthday 2016-02Hello matching blue eyes. We’re definitely twins!

sister birthday 2016 2-08 Hello birthstone rings–my gift to each sister.

sister birthday 2016 2-07 Hello perfect succulent.

sisterbday 2016Hello gorgeous sisters and bright paper flowers. It was fiesta days in Santa Barbara.

sister birthday 2016 2-05Hello amazing painter on the street in Santa Barbara. I really wish I’d asked for his name!

sister birthday 2016 2-06Hello cheese and meat tray courtesy of my sister Ellen. Delicious!

sister birthday 2016-12Hello wishing it could last forever. Now I’m back home with my boys and getting back into my routine. And that’s really pretty great too!

Hello week full of meetings and to-dos.

Hello taking care of a few things before the boys go back to school–like haircuts and immunizations.

Hello soaking up slow mornings before we get back into the school routine.

Hello trying to comprehend that both of my boys are in middle school this year. Our elementary school days are behind us!

Hello thinking of coffee as I drift off to sleep and waking up with the thought of my first cup. So good.

Hello marveling at how Matthias’ drawing skills are growing!

Hello soaking up David’s smile.

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 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 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 mcway falls, big sur

adventures, san luis obispo By April 4, 2016 4 Comments

We braved the windy roads to explore Big Sur. It’s about 2 hours north of us–and we’ve never ventured that far up
Highway 1. Wow! The views were gorgeous. We did a short hike to McWay Falls. The drive home was long and were tired and grumpy. But we did it!

It’s Monday–how about some hellos?mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-02Hello waterfall. This was the first time the boys had seen one in real life!
mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-01Hello boys. They love their dad!

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-03 Hello holding pinkies with Matthias. He’s such a tender heart. I love my stacking rings that keep him close even we’re not holding pinkies.

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-04Hello beautiful painting. Wait, that’s real life?! Impossible!

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-07 Hello unassuming, yellow flowers.

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-08 Hello sticker art. Creativity amidst the natural beauty?

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-09 Hello walking well. David’s foot is feeling much better–so thankful!

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-10 Hello eyes with yellow and green. Love his eyes.

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-11 Hello superheros on their way to make the world better. Or maybe heading to the restrooms near the ranger station.

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-12 Hello helpful sign that leads to somewhere breath-taking.

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-13 Hello sweetie in the backpack. He is seriously getting to big for the backpack. I don’t know how we’ll hike when he outgrows it!

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-14Hello sunshine on my face. I tried to soak up as much as I could and let it fill my soul.

mcway falls big sur lisa leonard-06Hello water so clear and green it’s unreal.

Hello backyard changes. We took down the boys’ play structure since they don’t use it anymore. Feels kind of sad to see it go but nice to have more space. The end of an era and the beginning of something new.

Hello pups who seem extra clingy/cuddly lately. I think it might be because the kitchen is torn apart while we get new countertops?

Hello Zootopia. We loved it! Absolutely adorable.

Hello back to our routine. It was so nice to have some downtime over spring break. But it’s back to school today!

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

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hello spring break

family, san luis obispo By March 28, 2016 3 Comments

We celebrated Easter yesterday–a beautiful mellow day celebrated with a church service, friends, delicious food and some down time. The boys are out of school this week and Auntie Ellen comes to town! Hooray for slow mornings and time for play.

It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?
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Hello sunshine. We have had glorious weather the last few days! It feels like summer.

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Hello trying to figure out which setting on my camera is off. I had a lot of trouble getting the exposure right. Hmmm.

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Hello drawing. Matthias always brings his drawing supplies. He also really into the Percy Jackson series right now. I love seeing him draw and read.

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Hello Louis and Beasley hanging out under the table while we eat lunch. Look at those sweet faces.

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Hello smiles at lunch. David has had a big appetite the last few days. Maybe a growth spurt is coming?

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Hello wishing I hadn’t worn a sweater to the beach–it was way warmer than I expected.

Hello family. These are my guys and I love them.

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Hello bum ankle. David is still having trouble with his left foot/ankle. He’ll walk some but not as much as normal. And his gate is all off.

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Hello puppy love. Nothing better.

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Hello crashed out. David has been taking a few cat naps every day. Bigger appetite plus cat naps sounds like a growth spurt is coming!

Hello haircuts this week. Don’t you feel like keeping up with haircuts, dentist appointments, teacher conferences, etc is a full time job? It’s crazy!

Hello eating pizza and take out. We’ll have new countertops soon but until then the kitchen is out of commission.

Hello new designs to share with you tomorrow! I can’t wait to show you.

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. 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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my neighborhood, san luis obispo

san luis obispo, shops i love, what I'm wearing By February 10, 2016 3 Comments

We moved our shop onto Chorro Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. I’m standing our front in these pics. We are sandwiched between Eureka! Burger and Black Sheep Bar & Grill with an awesome Boba tea room called Sweetie Cup right across the street. It’s basically amazing. And there are so many adorable boutiques and delicious restaurants steps away. We are working on a plan to open the retail shop–it’s a big project in the midst of busy days. I’ll keep you updated as we progress!

on my street san luis obispo-02 I found this button up dress at Target and we both knew {the dress and I} that we would go home together. It’s a flowy versatile piece and I love it! Plus the price is unbelievable.

on my street san luis obispo-04 The slip dress is a thrift store find from years ago. I think I splurged and paid $10 for it. It’s definitely worth the investment.

on my street san luis obispo-05 And this sweet necklace holds so much meaning for me. I have a heart for each one of us in our little family of four. I am grateful.

on my street san luis obispo-06 These sandals are so comfortable. I got a second pair when they went on sale last year and tucked them away. They’re a warm weather favorite.

on my street san luis obispo-07 Have you seen these stackable ‘sweet love’ rings? Aren’t they sweet? Two for me and Steve and two for my boys.

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Outfit Details: Slip dress, Thrifted. Denim dress {worn open}, Who What Wear, Target. Bag, Nena&Co. Sandals, Miz Mooz. Your Heart in Mine necklace, My shop. Sweet Love rings, My shop.

Please excuse the sandals in February. We’re having a heat wave here in California. Today was 86*–insane. We’re soaking it up while praying for more rain!

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If you’re passing through–make sure to stop {Ocean Drifter}

san luis obispo, shops i love By January 18, 2016 4 Comments

Hello friends! It’s Monday and the kiddos are out of school today. We spent the weekend with family in Cambria {it’s a charming town about 40 minutes north of San Luis Obispo}. Chrissie and I stumbled upon an inspiring boutique called Ocean Drifter. There are so many beautiful handmade treasures. If you’re passing through–make sure to stop and check it out!
ocean drifter cambria-05Hello colorful baskets and handmade lotions. And that shelving is amazing!

ocean drifter cambria-03 Hello hearts and pretty things for the walls.

ocean drifter cambria-02 Hello wall in progress. Isn’t this incredible??

ocean drifter cambria-07Hello bits of glass and necklaces.

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Hello driftwood with beautiful designs. Love!

ocean drifter cambria-13 Hello more baskets. How many baskets is too many??

ocean drifter cambria-12 Hello bravery. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

ocean drifter cambria-11 Hello mexican blankets. These are perfect for a picnic or the beach

ocean drifter cambria-10 Hello driftwood hearts. Oh my!

ocean drifter cambria-09 Hello succulents. Can you see that bloom emerging?

ocean drifter cambria-08 Hello Ocean Drifter. Love this shop!

ocean drifter cambria-01Hello 614 Main Street, Cambria. Such a sweet spot for a sweet shop.

Hello downtime to think and breathe and be with family. So good.

Hello ready to be home. We have traveled so much lately and we’re all ready for some ‘normal’.

Hello laundry. Oh goodness, so much laundry. Hold me.

Hello meetings this week.

Hello new couch being delivered. I am so so so excited!!

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Join me!

What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello walking in morro bay

hello monday, Louis and Beasley, san luis obispo By December 7, 2015 2 Comments

We’ve always enjoyed walking in Morro Bay–but with the dogs, it’s even more fun! Saturday was gorgeous and clear with a beautiful view of the rock and lots of otters playing.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos for a brand new week?!
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Hello pug lover. Matthias is doing an amazing job taking care of Louis and Beasley. He feeds them, walks them and picks up their poop. I’m impressed. hello walking in morro bay-03
Hello outnumbered. Five boys and one girl. I’m seriously outnumbered here–and I don’t mind one bit!

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Hello beautiful day.

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Hello silliness. David had some tummy pain when we started, but then he cheered up and had a great time walking and dancing.

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Hello running! It’s so good to get out and move!

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Hello long shadows. Winter days are short–we try to soak up the sun while it’s out!

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Hello sunshine. So much love.

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Hello dog smiles. Beasley {with the dark forehead} has the best dog smile ever.

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Hello giving David kisses.

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Hello happy and tired pup!

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Hello long nap for the doggies after we got home. They snore and it’s hilarious.

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Hello eight feet and eight paws. Awesome.

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Hello finishing up Christmas shopping. I need to start wrapping!

Hello lots of work around the house this week. We’re having the carpets cleaned. Hooray!

Hello brushing the dogs everyday. And still having to link roll the couches and vacuum regularly.

Hello preparing for England. We’re spending Christmas there and it’s going to be COLD! I can’t wait to see our British family!

Hello Christmas party and Christmas cards and all things Christmas. So fun!

It’s a brand new week. What are you saying hello to this week?

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