ocean walk in cambria

adventures, family By August 25, 2016 3 Comments

For my birthday I got to choose our weekend activity. So I asked for lunch and a walk in Cambria. We ate at Moonstone Bar and Grill {excellent burgers!} and then took our time walking. It was simple and beautiful and I loved it!

ocean walk in cambria-01 ocean walk in cambria-02 I’m biased but I think my boys are the cutest.

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ocean walk in cambria-08 Purple wildflowers and blue ocean.

ocean walk in cambria-09 Matthias took a turn pushing David in the jogger. He ran a bit and took some sharp turns. David loved it!

ocean walk in cambria-10Steve got me these adorable yellow shoes for my birthday.

It was a really good day. I felt loved and celebrated and thankful. I look forward to seeing what my 42nd year holds!

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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?

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adored ring

celebrate the every day By August 18, 2016 37 Comments

I’m turning forty-two years old. It’s feels different than I expected. I’ve changed so much this last year–and I’m ready to welcome this next year with open arms.

I’m learning to listen to my heart even though sometimes she speaks in a quiet whisper.
I’m practicing speaking my mind–even when I make waves.
I’m beginning to understand the importance of self-care (and that I can do it without guilt!)
In big, amazing ways I’m seeing with a fresh perspective that my three boys whom I adore, also adore me. And I’m beginning to believe in a new, deeper way that I am worthy of love and adoration.

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At forty-two I’m learning how to simply be me in new and powerful ways. It feels humbling and empowering.

Today, on my birthday, I’m slipping on the adored ring as a reminder that I am loved. The X and the O represent the beautiful, imperfect, enduring love that surrounds me. And that is definitely something to celebrate. Thank you for being an important part of my journey–I’m thankful for this community!

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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?

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borrowing from grandma and boyfriends

what I'm wearing By August 10, 2016 2 Comments

We’ve been having some glorious cooler weather. It’s been overcast until late morning and when the suns comes out it warms to about 75*. It feels more like fall or winter than summer! It’s nice to layer on a cardigan in the morning and evening.

I found this cardigan at our local Goodwill bins.It’s basically a first stop for donations–and if you’re willing to dig through boxes and bins before items go to local stores, you can find some amazing deals! I imagine my grandma had a sweater like this back in her younger days. The boyfriend jeans are from Banana Republic {not actually from a boyfriend ha!}. Worn-in, broken-in jeans are the best.

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Outfit details: Vintage sweater, thrifted {similar here and here}. Boyfriend jeans, Banana Republic. Tank, Old Navy {similar here.} Lace-up sandals, Amazon. Bag, Local consignment boutique. Rings, cuff, My shop.

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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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DIY short sleeve denim jacket

what I'm wearing By August 4, 2016 4 Comments

I saw this short sleeve denim jacket on Madewell and fell in love! Super cute, right? I kept thinking about it and how perfect it would be for summer evenings and fall. When I came across this denim jacket at Old Navy on sale, I thought it would be perfect for simply cutting off the long sleeves and making it into a short sleeved denim jacket. So easy!

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Outfit details: Denim jacket, Old Navy. Also this one is super cute and on sale! Black jumper, Old Navy. Sandals Seychelles. Bag, Local consignment shop. Personalized Gemstone Cuff, My shop. Earrings, new design I’m working on!

What do you think of the short sleeve denim jacket? Would you wear one?

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hello addictions

hello monday By August 1, 2016 4 Comments

I mean addictions in the daily-rhythm-things-I-crave category. I can quit anytime. I swear.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos for a new week?

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Hello coffee. of course.

Hello walking. the more I do it, the more I crave it! It’s time where I think and move and breathe.

Hello sparkling water. I cut out soda {mostly} and replaced it with sparking water. So yum.

Hello thrifting. The thrill of they  hunt. So many times I find nothing–but when I discover treasure it’s motivating.

Hello audible. This summer I’ve been listening to book after book while I walk and drive. Mostly autobiographies.

Hello goat cheese. I don’t know why but I love it. So yum. Give me more!

Hello Madam Secretary. We just started with Season one, episode one and we’re hooked.

Hello favorite jeans. I always have one pair that I wear over and over and over. Right now it’s a pair of vintage levis I found at a thrift store.

Hello cuddles with my boys. I’m hooked.

Hello to YOU! Hello August–how can that be?! What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello market baskets and missing france

what I'm wearing By July 26, 2016 3 Comments

We are fresh back from France and missing the lavender fields and amazing architecture. The more we travel, the smaller the world feels–and I love that!

This super easy, comfortable dress was on clearance for $10 at Target. It’s the type of thing I could wear everyday–with thee sandals for lunch with a friend or flip flops for dinner near the beach. Market baskets are very affordable in France–I think this one was $17. Smaller baskets are around $12. They are so adorable–and useful!

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Outfit details: Black dress, Target {similar}. Sandals, Miz Mooz {on sale!} Market basket, French market in France. Cuff, sunburst ring, My shop.

Is there somewhere in the world you would love to see? I’d love to visit Greece. I think that’s next on my wish list!

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hello industrial cart {side table}

decorating, hello monday By July 25, 2016 2 Comments

Last week while thrifting with a friend, I stumbled on this awesome aqua industrial cart {right side of couch}. We already had one in our family room {left side of couch} and I loved the height and size. So I grabbed it, brought it home, scrubbed it quite a bit and placed it next to the couch. I love it. It adds a bit of color to break up the brown. Someone instagram suggested bringing in a rug with some aqua to add more color and I think that’s a great idea. Now I’ll start hunting for the perfect rug!

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?
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Hello family room. This space is constantly going from tidy to disaster and then back to tidy again. I guess that’s the cycle of a home that’s actually lived in!

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Hello warm summer days. We’re having a bit of a heat wave–how about you?

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Hello sending Matthias off to summer camp for a WEEK. My heart can hardly stand it.

Hello pups already missing Matthias. Who will cuddle them all week while he’s away? We’re all going to have to chip in!

Hello walking and walking. I crave it. I love it.

Hello listening to this book on Audible. It’s equal parts tragedy and humor. I love a good autobiography. I love to hear other’s stories. It fascinates and inspires me.

Hello being falling for mexican tiles. How amazing is this fireplace?

Hello celebrating 17 years of marriage this week. Insane!

Hello looking forward to some down time this week.

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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