denim and lace

what I'm wearing By February 24, 2016 4 Comments

I found this kimono last summer at Plenty Boutique {one of my favorite shops!} but I never wore it. I think the lilac color threw me off–it’s not a color I usually wore. But it was too pretty to give away. We’re in the middle of a heat wave, so I decided to pair it my favorite jeans and boots and go for it. Sometimes it’s better not to overthink it, right?

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Outfit details: Kimono, Plenty Boutique. Tank, Target. High rise jeans, Target. Booties, Frye. Leather bag, thrifted. Cuff and bangle, my shop.

Today I’m in meetings and trying to check a few things off my to do list. I’m running on not enough sleep {I couldn’t turn off my brain!}. I’ve got an extra cup of coffee to get me through the morning. Ready, set, go!

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this little hand

david, finding love By February 23, 2016 22 Comments

This little hand was the first tangible sign that things were not as we expected.

This little hand, with only two little fingers, made my heart hurt and worry about the days ahead.

This little hand represented a syndrome and questions and the end of dreams I’d been dreaming for my tiny baby.

This little hand softly touches mine and reminds me true beauty comes from within.

This little hand is teaching me perfection isn’t the goal, love is the goal.

This little hand is connected to this little body. A body that runs and explores and cuddles close to mine.

This little body that has fought hard to overcome illness and disorder.

This little body holds the heart of my child. A heart that loves deeply. A heart that laughs with joy. A heart that doesn’t worry about tomorrow but finds beauty in this moment. A heart so big and powerful that it has helped heal my own. A heart that has taught me how to love better and more purely.

I wouldn’t change this little hand because it’s part of the story that has brought us to today.

And today holds amazing, wonderful things.

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hello color, texture and light

hello monday, inspiration By February 22, 2016 3 Comments

Three things that whisper beauty to my soul are color, texture and light. And when they’re combined just right, it can be magical. Some things are just so lovely it makes my heart skip a beat. Does that happen to you? And it can be the most simple of things.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

hello sunlight-01 Hello heartshake studios. You inspire me.

Hello cleaning and simplifying and then cleaning some more. The cleaning is never ever done.

Hello sunlight pouring in the windows. It’s good for my heart.

Hello sipping coffee and craving more.

hello sunlight-02 Hello thrifted baskets. I love the thrill of finding an unexpected treasure.

Hello trying Blue Apron. We just received our first two meals and I think I like it. It was a little stressful trying a new recipe {David was hanging on me while I cooked} but the directions were super simple and easy to follow. And the meals have been delicious!

Hello going to bed early. I have been so tired at night lately!

hello sunlight-01-2Hello pretty pots and rugs. Love the color and texture.

Hello keeping in touch with friends by text. I have friends I text throughout the day with random bits of information and silly photos. It’s such a great way to stay connected.

Hello snoring dogs. They wake up, go potty, eat breakfast and within 5 minutes, they are snoring again. It’s awesome.

Hello haircuts, meetings and finding time for quiet.

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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a brother’s heart

family, matthias By February 17, 2016 57 Comments

When the boys were very little, maybe three and four years old, we tucked them into a side by side double stroller and set off with sippy cups and a diaper bag. As we walked along, Matthias saw someone staring at David, and he protectively put his arm around his brother. Steve and I exchanged a knowing glance. It was a small action with big meaning. Matthias was beginning to understand that his big brother needed looking after.

Months later, Matthias asked me, “Why do they stare?”, His green eyes full of innocence and righteous indignation. “They’ve never seen a child with only two fingers before. It’s unusual and they’re curious.” I tried to explain. My words sounded calm and rational, but inside their stares tore at my heart too. “He’s just David.” was Matthias’ perfect, childlike answer. “He’s my brother. He’s fine just the way he is.” In his unwavering acceptance of David, Matthias was beginning to grasp that his brother was different.
F3C41F14-26C7-4435-BA25-72AAC7B4E3A7Sometimes I wish Matthias didn’t know so much about how hard life can be. Having a brother with a disability means simple outings sometimes turn into complicated situations. He’s heard my voice shaking as we debate taking David to the emergency room. He’s had to be flexible too many times when plans get changed because his brother is sick or in the hospital.  And no one is as better at packing a bag with art supplies, books and snacks to wait out a long doctor visit.

And each time everything grinds to a halt to care for David, my heart hurts a little for Matthias. He assures me he’s fine. And I know Steve and I are intentional to make special time for him, too. But it’s hard. It’s imperfect. The stress that comes along with having a disabled brother affects Matthias, and it isn’t fair.a brother's heart lisa leonard1Thankfully he also sees the beautiful and amazing parts of this journey. Those long waits at the doctor’s office have given him time to nurture a passion for drawing and creativity. He has insights beyond his twelve years that will serve him well in life. He has compassion for others and cares for those who are hurting. Matthias adds stability to our family. We are better because of him. His life hasn’t been easy. Having a brother with a disability has shaped him and given him a bigger heart. As mothers, we want every good thing for our children.a brother's heart lisa leonardWhen I see my child struggle, it breaks my heart. But as I see those struggles produce a kinder heart that loves more deeply, I’m flooded with gratefulness. This journey has it’s twists and turns but I’m finding, step by step it’s taking our little family to beautiful places. We are stronger together.

Have you walked through a hard time with your child?

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hello valentine

hello monday By February 15, 2016 4 Comments

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and we spent the day relaxing and being together–all three of us. We walked around Santa Barbara all day and in the evening we got cozy at home with some BBQ and The Martian on DVD. David has been having some pretty uncomfortable tummy pain and he is back and forth between smiles and tears. It’s heartbreaking.

How about some hellos for a new week?

hello valentine -01 Hello being stupid together–love means doing all kinds of things together–the exciting, boring, silly and stupid.

hello valentine -02 Hello green eyes magnified. I love those eyes.

hello valentine -03 Hello feeling very thankful for these three sweethearts.

hello valentine -04 Hello silliness and dancing to some mountain music.

hello valentine -05 Hello surprise valentine from Steve! So much better than chocolate {although I love chocolate–don’t get me wrong!!}

Hello day of school and work. Woohoo!

Hello grocery shopping and gathering some low carb smoothie ingredients. If you have any great smoothie recipes, let me know!

Hello sniffles. They’re going through our home again. I am so over it!!

Hello date night this week. Yay!

Hello creating new earrings. I’ve been wanting to make some for a while.

Hello getting some photos printed. I want them to exist outside of my computer, you know?

Hello getting my phone fixed. I broke my screen, got a loaner phone–and dropped that one too and broke it. Ugh! The MacSuperstore rocks.

Hello big sale in the shop today! Take 20% off with code ‘hopeful’. 

Hello to you! This week holds beauty waiting to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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what fills my heart?

finding beauty, thoughts By February 11, 2016 2 Comments

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“Actually, my heart is empty”, I thought. I slipped this cuff on my wrist last week and thought, “I shouldn’t wear this. I’m too busy, too tired, too overwhelmed.” I felt sad and blah. Some days are like that. Some weeks are like that. It’s real life–but it’s not the way I want to live my life.

Since then, I’ve been reflecting on what fills my heart.

Going for a walk and noticing the bright blue sky gives me perspective.

Cuddling on the couch with my boys nurtures my soul.

Holding hands as we walk down the street makes me smile.

Cleaning out closets and donating old clothes helps me breathe deeply.

A heartfelt chat with a dear friend brings clarity to my mind.

Praying with a humble heart quiets my fears.

Counting my blessings reminds me how truly grateful I am.

Instead of filling my days with things that drag me down, I want to focus on the most important things.

In a crazy contradiction, emptying my life of extra stuff fills me up.

Touch, time, kind words, rest, space to breathe & think, letting go–these are the things that fill my heart.

Looking at that list, it’s clear –I have everything I need for a full heart.

Today I’ll slip this cuff on as a reminder of what matters most.

What fills your heart?

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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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hello little bits of home

an everyday moment, hello monday By February 8, 2016 3 Comments

Lately we’ve been sprucing room by room. First, I purged and gave away lots of stuff. Then I’ve been slowly adding to each space some plants, throws and vintage finds. Home is feeling fresh and welcoming right now–and that’s something to be thankful for!

It’s Monday–how about some hellos for a new week?little bits of home1little bits of home-01little bits of home2little bits of home-09 little bits of home3

Hello no school. We are staying home today and having a slow morning.

Hello cuddling with Louis and Beasley. Matthias and these dogs are a match made in heaven. Seriously.

Hello laundry to do and hoping I can muster up some motivation.

Hello energetic David. Lately he’s been spunky and trying new things–some good, some not so good. His rhythms are changing as they do every once in a while. He’s asserting his independence. He’s growing up–and I’m trying to let him.

Hello clean eating. We just finished a two week cleanse {phew! it was awesome and challenging!} and now we want to keep eating whole, fresh, delicious foods and stay away from refined sugar {my downfall!}

Hello sunshine and heatwave. It’s 80* here this week!

Hello craving goat cheese. I know some people hate it, but I love it. Lately I can’t get enough.

Hello reading this autobiography. What are you reading right now?

Hello listening to this podcast. What are your favorite podcasts?

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 leather wall hanging

DIY By February 5, 2016 2 Comments

Ready for a fun DIY that’s a little boho and a super cute? I love the texture this adds to a room.
Check it out.
wallhanging_DIYJust a few stitches, a little fringe and presto–you’re done. This leather was sold in a pack at our local craft shop–but I’ve seen beautiful and affordable leather pieces at Michael’s, too. The parachute cord melts together with a little heat–making closing your loop.

Have fun!

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