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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.

cranberry and stripes

December 10th | stitch fix, what I'm wearing

We are in full Christmas CRAZY over here. Which means we’re working hard, having fun and we’re a little bit sleep deprived. I overslept this morning and then tried to put something fun and slightly Christmas-y together to wear. I’m linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

I’ve been really into cranberry this season. It’s more subtle than red and adds some fun.

A scarf is perfect for chilly mornings {when I say chilly I mean 50*–it really hasn’t been very cold here}.

Hair pulled back because, I overslept. Add some red lipstick and hopefully I look decently pulled together!

These are my favorite earrings and the cuff is thrifted.

Outfit details: Coated jeans, Banana Republic, similar from at Target. Striped top, Stitch Fix. Scarf, Stitch Fix. Cranberry heels {ON SALE}, Target. Black bag, Target. Earrings, My shop. Cuff, Thrifted.

Have you heard of Stitch Fix? It’s super fun. Click here for more details.

holiday home tour

December 9th | christmas, decorating

We’ve got the house all decorated and we’re soaking up the Christmas season. I love sitting near the tree and enjoying the twinkle lights. I’ve got a cinnamon candle burning and Christmas music playing. Wanna step inside for a tour?

The front porch is super happy, especially after the sun goes down. I love the red poinsettias and twinkle lights.

A couple years ago I made the DIY doormat. You can see the directions here. So fun!

I set up our new nativity from the shop in our entryway. I want it to be the first thing we see–to remind us of why we celebrate Christmas. And it’s high enough so David can’t reach it.

Love these hand-painted signs by Barn Owl Primitives. And have you seen their new website? Friends, it’s so beautiful! And watch this video about Kristi’s story. So cool.

Adorable, right?

The handmade nativity is very dear to my heart and I have been so humbled to see it resonate with you! These are still available and you can have it in time for Christmas!

This painting is a thrifted find and the lamp was super ugly–but I stripped the shade and spray painted the base to make it new.

A happy silver bells wreath hangs near the windows and reflects light.

 Our white tree feels very vintage and the ornaments pop against the white background. It’s from Target online.

Every year, grandma gives the boys a new ornament. We love pulling them out every year and reminiscing about past years.

And every year we add a new ornament from our shop. Again, it’s not too late to order for Christmas!

This ornament was a souvenir from England. So many sweet memories and so much meaning.

I kept the mantle almost the same, I just added a few trees and a big ‘merry christmas’ sign from the shop last year.

This elf was a gift from my mom when I was in college. I still love him 20 years later!

These letter cards {from the shop last year} were layered with printed paper and brads and they make a big impact.

We keep our ampersand sign up all year, but the red feels extra Christmas-y and fun during the holidays. You can find it here, from Junk Art Gypsyz on Etsy.

It’s tradition we hang our stockings on the staircase. We did that when I was growing up.

Is your house decorated? What’s your favorite decor for the Christmas season.

hello california snowmen

December 8th | christmas, DIY, hello monday

It’s been warm here in California BUT lately we’ve had some rain and things have cooled off a bit. We need the rain so badly and we’re feeling thankful and cozy. Since it doesn’t snow where we are, we have to get creative with making snowmen. This year, the cousins painted snowman ornaments. I found these at Target and they were a HIT!

It’s a brand new week. 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 cousins gathered around the table. This is the stuff memories are made of!

Hello finding a craft project that works with three year olds and twelve year olds. Victory!

Hello taking this project very seriously.

Hello letting the paint dry and then hanging them from the tree.

Hello planning for other Christmas crafts. It’s our tradition to make gingerbread houses and cut snowflakes.

Hello wanting to eat healthy this month BUT being way too tempted by sweets at every turn. January is a new beginning, right?

Hello busy busy workshop! We are kinda crazy over here!

Hello quiet evenings at home. We’re working through all our favorite Christmas movies…Elf, Rise of the Guardians, Polar Express, and more!

Hello wanting more coffee because the mornings are gray and chilly.

Hello planning gifts for teachers, aides and babysitters. They are such a blessing in our lives!

Hello haircuts. Didn’t we just get haircuts? It’s already time again?!

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

bon fortune {so inspiring!}

December 4th | celebrate the every day

It’s fun to celebrate things–big and little! We love to have a themed birthday party or host a big family Thanksgiving. But it’s fun to celebrate the everyday, like special pancakes on Saturday morning or a good report card. Bon Fortune in Carpinteria {near Santa Barbara} was seriously inspiring me to think of new ways to celebrate! She has gorgeous decor and trinkets for every occasion. I couldn’t resist taking some pictures to share with you! Come take a look…

I think I need these reindeer for some cupcake toppers and how cute are these little trees for cake toppers or to make mason jar snow globes?

Visit Gina’s online shop here and follow her on instagram here.

Are you planning a celebration right now? Are you hosting a Christmas gathering?

disneyland’s club 33

December 2nd | food & goodies

Last week we had dinner at Club 33 inside Disneyland. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s pretty exclusive. You have to be a member {or know a member} to get reservations. A friend helped us out and we were so excited! It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We had a blast!

Our annual passes expire in 6 days and we won’t be renewing this year, so I am thrilled we were able to squeeze it in before our passes expired!

Disneyland is magical, especially at Christmas time! It was strangely relaxing to be at Disneyland with no kiddos. This was an adults-only evening {although kids are welcome at Club 33}. So I was relaxed and we took our time. Yay!

We went with my brother and my sister-in-law. We talked, laughed, tried all kinds of delicious food and enjoyed the evening.

When we arrived, we rang a doorbell. They confirmed our reservation and then took us into a pretty courtyard to wait for our table.

Everything was branded with Club 33. So pretty–and much fancier than our usual Chipotle or Burgers!

We had 5 courses and finished with french press coffee. My favorite.

After dinner we went out onto the balcony that overlooks New Orleans square {right by the Pirates of the Caribbean exit}. I loved getting to see Disney from a different perspective.

All the twinkle lights and fireworks were so fun. I could have stayed all night!

Here’s a glimpse at Club 33, from the balcony looking in.

Pretty chandeliers, mosaic tiles, even the bathroom was gorgeous!

I think we’ll remember this evening for a long time.

We climbed into bed that night with full tummies and full hearts. What a fun experience!

Have you heard of Club 33? Have you been?

friends, this is big!!!

December 1st | coupons, jewelry

We only do a sale like this a couple times a year. Everything is 30% off when you enter code cyberlove at checkout!

It’s a good day to check some names off your Christmas shopping list! Click here to shop and don’t forget to enter code cyberlove at checkout!

bolsa chica wetlands

December 1st | celebrate the every day, family, hello monday

Hello friends! We are home from a fun, family-filled Thanksgiving and jumping into a new week with both feet! Are you ready? 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 Southern California and Bolsa Chica. Such a pretty day, such a mellow walk.

Hello soaking up family and eating lots of delicious food!

Hello cuddles from Grandma. What could be better?

Hello running and playing with cousins.

Hello no sisters, but lots of girl cousins. Kind of awesome.

Hello sunlight through the brush. Beautiful.

Hello rules. That’s okay, we’re planning to fish or jump.

Hello three year old with a good stick. Happiness!

Hello awesome moves.

Hello pretending and being completely un-self-concious.

Hello holding hands and long shadows. Two things that fill my heart.

Hello talking about important things and figuring life out. {We don’t have it figured out yet–not even close!}

Hello taking pictures and capturing a moment.

Hello twin sister who knows my heart so well.

Hello being big even when you’re the littlest.

Hello coming home to laundry, email, grocery shopping and lots of real life stuff.

Hello new keyboard for David that he is playing non-stop. Love!

Hello school and homework and learning.

Hello CYBER MONDAY! We are having a FABULOUS sale in the shop. Take 30% off shop wide with code ‘cyberlove’. Shop here!

Hello December! It’s here!

Hello Christmas season! Lights are up and Christmas music is playing. So HAPPY!

Hello to YOU! Are you ready for a new week?

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

it’s black friday! {whoa!!}

November 28th | events

Big things are happening in the shop! Don’t miss this!

I hope your day-after-thanksgiving is full of rest, some great shopping and family time.

what i wore {thanksgiving edition}

November 26th | what I'm wearing

Hello friends! We are with family for Thanksgiving and it’s wonderful to soak up my nieces and nephews! I’m linking up with Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

This dress has become a real go-to. It’s super slowly and comfortable, with a boho feel. Love it.

This faux green leather jacket was a thrift store find and I wear it a lot. Love when that happens!

So many new bracelets in the shop! Have you seen this one? Oh my! I love it for layering!!

These are my every day boots. Seriously every. day. I’m starting to get to the point where I’m worried they’re gonna wear out.

And of course a big ‘ol bag to hold all my important stuff.

Here are the details: Dress, local boutique {similar}. Boots, Frye via zappos. Faux leather jacket, thrifted {similar}. Leather bag, H&M, {similar}. Bracelets, My shop.

What are YOU doing for Thanksgiving?