Lisa Leonard Designs

new dress, new boots, new year

January 7th | what I'm wearing

Hi there! It’s our first week getting back into the routine. We’ve taken down the Christmas decor. We’re on day three of cutting out sugar. I’m trying to purge the house and simplify. Feels good! Today I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

This dress was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law. She took me to Anthropolgie and I picked out a couple things. She’s awesome like that!

I’ve been looking for gray boots and these fit the bill.

And I’ve got my trusty denim jacket and bag. I’m not sure the boots and bag go together but oh well!

This dress is so comfortable! I could wear it every day!

This ring and cuff have been on me every day lately. So simple and beautiful.

I think gray is easier to wear than black–it’s just a little more mellow. And the natural heel is so pretty!

My cuff says ‘protect. nurture. love’. A sweet sentiment, not only as a mama to my boys, but also a reminder to protect, nurture and love myself.

Outfit details: Dress, Anthropologie. Boots, Rebels via Zappos. Bag, H&M. Denim jacket, Gap. Ring, My shop. Thin sterling cuff, My shop.

Do you have a favorite dress that you love to wear?

new beginnings {are a beautiful thing!}

January 6th | inspiration

New beginnings are so important! It’s January–a new year and a fresh start.

I’ve been reflecting on the various times of the year that feel like a fresh start. Every Monday feels like a new beginning. I love that! The school year is a huge new beginning! And every year on my birthday I think about who I am, what I want and how I can grow. And of course, the new year is a new beginning.

Here are some thoughts/goals/resolutions I am thinking over.

Blog more. I want to write more. I want to pour out my heart more. This space feeds my soul and I love connecting with you. I want to spend more time here this year.

Ask for help. I need to let others help me more–especially with David. I’ve hit some lows lately. I get tired, exhausted and discouraged because I’m doing too much and I’m not allowing others to help. And at times, I struggle with bitterness, even though I haven’t voiced my needs. This year I want to let go of some control and let others help more. It’s good for me and it’s good for David.

Allow downtime. I want to spend my downtime reading books and magazines more, and be on Facebook and Pinterest less. I want to shut down screens and enjoy quiet time in books and stories. I know this will lower my stress level!

Create with Matthias. I want to draw, paint, sculpt and take pictures with my younger son. I want to nurture his creativity and connect with him. I’ve got some fun ideas and I can’t wait to share the results with you!

Listen to David. He has so many thoughts, ideas and preferences. Every day he grows in his ability to tell me what he wants–not with words, but with gestures, pointing and leading me to things. The crucial part is, I have to slow down, pay attention and LISTEN. It’s hard for me! I get busy doing things that seem important when taking time to listen is so much more important. I believe listening gives a person dignity. I believe David’s opinion matters. I want to listen more.

Simplify. Especially the house. I want to get rid of things we don’t use or need. I want clear counters and less clutter. I’m pretty sure my soul will breath easier.

Be active. I just started working out at a local gym a few months ago and I love it! It was a very vulnerable thing for me to join a gym but I feel stronger already. I want to continue these workouts and perhaps increase frequency. I also want to walk and ride bikes/scooters with my boys more.

Pray. I want to use the ACTS model {Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication} to pray every day. Some days it may be a few minutes, sometimes more. I believe in the power of pray. And I need to spend more time praying.

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Do you have any goals for the new year? I’d love to hear!

hello cambria, hello 2015

January 5th | adventures, hello monday

Well, friends, here we are in the year 2015. So futuristic sounding.

Last week we had my twin sister, her husband and my nieces in town. It was such a good time. The cousins played plenty of video games, played at the park, we ate out, had epic boggle competitions and just enjoyed each other.

We spent Friday in Cambria. It’s about 45 minutes up the coast from San Luis Obispo and it’s gorgeous. The mountains meet the sea and it’s breathtaking. We ate lunch at Moonstone Bar and Grill and then walked the path alone the ocean. After a little park play, we headed home for pizza and a movie.

It’s a brand new week and it’s a brand new year. 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 color. I love coral and yellow together.

Hello cousins. It’s awesome to play, lounge, fight, create and be silly.

Hello sweet moment with daddy.

Hello walking in the sunshine. Good for the soul.

Hello houses on cliff. I’m not sure I’d like to live that close to the ocean–but wow, their views must be gorgeous.

Hello seeing, capturing, creating.

Hello blur. Love the hazy memory created by this pic.

Hello loves. My twin sis and her husband have twin daughters. {My older brother has twin daughters too.}

Hello sweetheart. We are taking time to talk and dream and listen. We want to love each other better in 2015. We want to grow.

Hello swings and slides.

Hello epic synchronized swing jumping. Awesome.

Hello twin. We are identical–which means we were once the same egg that split into two. I literally feel like she is part of me. She understands my heart like no one else.

Hello back in the car and on our way home. Pizza and lounging with blankets and popcorn while watching a movie made for the perfect end to the day!

Hello back to school today. Kids are moderately excited. I am THRILLED. I kinda love our regular routine. Breaks are super fun and then I love to get back into the schedule.

Hello thinking about goals and dreams for 2015. I have some share tomorrow.

Hello groceries, emails and laundry. Always more to do.

Hello cleaning the house, tucking the Christmas decor away for another year and breathing in the simplicity.

Hello listening to David tapping out sweet tunes on the keyboard.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week and a fresh start. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there.

you’re not pretty enough

December 31st | what I'm wearing

Oh, friends.
It’s been a bit of rough week emotionally. Nothing huge going wrong but I feel discouraged. I’m tired, irritated and I feel like a failure.

I went to take pictures of my outfit on Sunday and heard the voice in my head telling me, “You’re not pretty enough.”. It also tells me, “You’re not a good mom. You’re disorganized. You always screw up.” It’s exhausting. and it’s all lies.

It’s easy to want to combat those lies for each other with messages like, “You’re so pretty!” or “You’re a great mom!”. But the those don’t really get to the heart of the matter either. The bottom line is–those things don’t determine my value. It doesn’t matter how pretty I am or how much I weigh. Even if I’m grumpy and mean and short-tempered with my kids. These things don’t determine my value. It’s my heart, uniquely created to be mine, that makes me ME and makes me lovable.

And it’s your heart that makes you YOU.

Let’s love each other and give each other grace today. Even when I’m smiling on the outside, I might be hurting on the inside. I hope I’m not the only one who feels that way sometimes.

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration. And hoping together we can find even deeper inspiration and hope today.

Outfit details: Jeans, Big Star via Zappos. Olive green tee, Target. Sweater jacket, Anthropologie. Nude heels, Target. Bag, H&M. Cuff, My shop. Earrings, My shop.

Happy New Year’s Eve, friends! I am sending you love today. Tomorrow begins a brand new year. A chance to love each other {an ourselves} in a more whole way. And that is a beautiful thing!

hello family time in santa barbara

December 29th | family, hello monday

Hello friends! We are saying good-bye to family and welcoming more family. After our Christmas rush last week, the four of us got away to Santa Barbara for a couple nights to be together and decompress. We stayed in a hotel near the beach, ate good food, saw The Hobbit and had lots of downtime. We also had some grumpiness because it’s hard to go from crazy stress to total relaxation. It’s a process, right?

I’ve got some pics to share with you and some hellos for a new week.

***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 last week of 2014. Crazy!

Hello taking down Christmas decorations. The house always feels empty without them.

Hello tidying up and organizing. That always makes me feel great!

Hello taking some blurry pics. Tara Whitney takes this kind of shot sometimes and I think they are so magical and fun.

Hello trying to get back to low carb/paleo eating. Less sugar.

Hello thinking about goals for 2015. I love a new beginning.

Hello feeling broken and tired and thankful and super imperfect.

Hello new week with beauty to be found.

Hello to YOU!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

shopping my closet

December 24th | what I'm wearing

I was feeling like I wanted to wear something different–so I started digging deeper into my closet and found this dress. It was tucked behind something else and had been forgotten for a while. I’ve had it a couple years–in fact, I wore it a few years ago {styled completely differently} in this post. And my hair was so RED! Anyway, it’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

This dress is surprisingly versatile. The color works well with lots of other colors.

And the fit is flattering, too. I should wear it more often.

The denim jacket and dress have been in my closet for years. The scarf and shoes are new this season. And the clutch was a Christmas gift from a dear friend {thanks Sarah!}

The turquoise cuff is a thrift find.

This clutch is just big enough for a cell phone, lipstick, drivers license and cash.

I love a low heel for the workshop or church, so comfortable and feminine.

And the thin sterling cuff is such a pretty basic. It’s from my shop.

Outfit details: Dress, Anthropologie. Denim jacket, Old Navy. Scarf, Stitch fix. Heels, Target. Turquoise cuff, thrifted. Sterling cuff, My shop. Clutch, gift from a friend {Anthropologie}

Happy Christmas Eve, sweet friends. I hope you are doing something cozy and fun.

hello los angeles

December 22nd | hello monday

Oh friends! We had a whirlwind couple of days in Los Angeles last week. We had an appointment, so we decided to see the Space Shuttle, Endeavor at the California Science Center. There was also an exhibit from Pompeii and I wanted to see it so bad! Later that night, the Steve and Matthias met up with grandpa and got to see Mythbusters live show at the Nokia Theater. It was a full, very fun day!

How about some hellos for a new week?

***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 adventure! We love seeing and doing new things.

Hello massive! The Space Shuttle, Endeavor did 21 trips to space.

Hello ham! Matthias pretends to hold up the shuttle. Awesome.

Hello stuffed toys and souvenirs. We didn’t leave with any. Hooray!

Hello learning. Did you know a space shuttle approaches landing 50x faster than a commercial airplane. I don’t think I’m cut out to be an astronaut. I’d be screaming and completely freaking out!

Hello sweet daddy.

Hello capturing the moment.

Hello Pompeii. We saw artifacts from 79 AD. Crazy.

Hello exploring, seeing, taking it all in.

Hello imagining an entire town being devastated in a matter of minutes. Completely gone. It was intense for Matthias. He felt sad and anxious for the people of Pompeii. I think it’s incredibly sad, as well. But also amazing that we can understand so much about their lives because of how things were preserved.

Hello profiles.

Hello being moved by a the casts of people trapped by the ash. Although it was long ago, they weren’t so different from us, were they?

Hello souvenir shop silliness. Again, we didn’t leave with anything. Yay!

Hello getting ready for Mythbusters! We are big fans.

Hello starstruck. Matthias couldn’t believe he got to see Jamie and Adam in real life.

Hello Christmas tree and ice skating. {we didn’t skate}.

Hello yummy pizza and soda.

Hello time with grandpa. Love

Hello December 22. What? Three days until Christmas. I’ve got wrapping to do!

Hello welcoming family. So fun.

Hello lazy mornings. My most favorite thing.

Hello cleaning the house only to have it messy again. This is my life.

Hello no school. Awesome.

Hello brand new, beautiful week just waiting to be LIVED.

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there.

 

errands and christmas fun

December 19th | an everyday moment, family

There’s so much to do this season! There’s the stuff I need to do {emails, wrap gifts, prep for Christmas parties, send cards} and the stuff I want to do {grab a cozy blanket and read or nap!!}. So during the crazy, we’re running errands and making time for fun. It’s a stressful time of year. So we’re remembering to breathe and enjoy the small moments. To let things be imperfect. Here are some pics from the last week.


There were some very sweet moments–and I’m so glad I captured them! How do you find calm in the midst of the crazy?

rainy day gear

December 17th | what I'm wearing

It’s sooo rainy here! And friends, it’s been so dry for the last year. We are thankful to see the ground soaked and the hills green! I’m pulling out my rain gear and loving the gray days. I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

This cutie wanted in on the pic. Fine with me! Love him.

Outfit details: Jeans, AG {similar}, black tee, Target. Scarf, Target. Olive green jacket, Stitch Fix. Booties, Sam Edelman.

hello impromptu guitar lesson

December 15th | an everyday moment, family, hello monday

Over Thanksgiving we had some sweet family time. One afternoon, Steve was playing his guitar and the smallest cousins took an interest. Before long, he had them strumming and playing. They were so excited. And these pics were too sweet not to share.

It’s Monday, 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 Lexi–isn’t she adorable? She so kind and insightful. And she’s getting so big!

Hello getting the fingers just right and holding tightly.

Hello black and white photo and such a sweet profile. Love that girl!

Hello Brandon. He’s the littlest and he won’t be left behind.

Hello strumming away and feeling really good about himself.

Hello sweet moments with Uncle Steve. I think they’ll love these pics in a few years.

Hello home stretch. The workshop has been very busy. Our deadline for Christmas delivery is December 17th. You still have time to get a personalized piece of jewelry or an ornament!

Hello planning our Christmas menu and some fun activities while Nana is in town.

Hello sending out Christmas cards. I’m determined to get them out to family and a few friends. I haven’t sent them the last few years.

Hello lots of rain. Hooray. We are so happy!

Hello cozy blankets and cinnamon candles.

Hello seeing a live Mythbusters show this week. Matthias and Steve can’t wait! {I’ll be home with David}.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week. I believe there is beauty to be found. Will you join me? What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link you own hello monday post there.