Hello Harry Potter World

adventures, hello monday, matthias By January 23, 2017 No Comments

Matthias turned thirteen, THIRTEEN last week. Hello thirteen! To celebrate we went to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, Hollywood. We had so much fun! I was impressed with the whole experience. The buildings are straight out of the movies and the interactive wands are so cool!

It’s Monday and time to jump into a brand new week. Ready or not, here we go! How about some hellos?

Hello Harry Potter and Hogsmead. We’re huge fans. Are you?

Hello wands–so many to choose from.

Hello climbing and laughing and celebrating.

Hello super amazing train conductor who taught Matthias the Ravenclaw handshake. The staff at the park was incredible.

Hello wand ceremony. Matthias got picked by a very special wand. The wand said Matthias was creative, smart, brave and friendly to all. The wand is so right!

Hello feeling like I need at least one more day to be ready for Monday.

Hello grocery shopping.

Hello watercoloring and writing. I’m in full on creative mode over here.

Hello rain and rain and lots more rain. I haven’t seen this much rain since I was in college. My car got stuck at a flash flood in an intersection. It was nuts!

Hello being a mom to two TEENAGE boys. How can it be?

Hello bulletproof coffee. It’s strange but we love it! Have you tried it?

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to today?

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hello thirteen!

hello monday, matthias By January 16, 2017 3 Comments

Impossible but TRUE! Matthias turned thirteen years old yesterday. I am so proud of him. Matthias is insightful, kind, artistic, hard working, passionate, articulate and full of opinions. He keeps us on our toes! He adds balance and silliness to our family. Matthias we love you so very, very much! Happy birthday bud.

Here’s pics from Matthias’ 9th Ninjago birthday.
When Matthias turned eight we had an art party.
And way back when Matthias turned three and we had a Thomas the Train party.

Matthias is saying hello to thirteen. How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello celebrating at Harry Potter World, Universal Studios. Pics to share soon.

Hello feeling surprised how grown up Matthias is at thirteen! I love it.

Hello one week into Whole30 but bending the rules slightly for a few bites of cupcake.

Hello trying new recipes and eating lots of delicious food.

Hello DISHES. Oh my gosh, so many dishes. I guess that’s what happens when we cook more.

Hello missing diary. I love creamy coffee and cereal with milk. Comfort foods.

Hello feeling sad lately. I’m not sure exactly why–it’s hard to pinpoint. I’m trying to find a balance between feeling my feelings and not completely unraveling. I think it might be partly Whole30 detox and partly just stuff of life.

Hello walking and resting and downtime. These things are good for my soul.

Hello lots and lots of rain and sunshine in between. We are so grateful for the rain.

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello breakfast all day

hello monday By January 9, 2017 2 Comments

Breakfast all day sounds great to me. Coffee+eggs+bacon=YUM! Plus I love eating out. My sister has an adorable cafe in her neighborhood. A perfect morning consists of rolling out of bed, putting on some shoes and walking a few steps to sit down for breakfast.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

Hello breakfast. The perfect way to start a good day.


Hello rain and rain and more rain. We have a ‘pineapple express’ moving through California which means rain and more rain.

Hello sneaking the pups out for walks between rain showers.

Hello whole30. Our family is going to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Hello feeling thankful coffee is whole30 approved. Except no cream. We’re planning to try bulletproof coffee. Have you tried it?

Hello back to school. The boys were off for two and half weeks. It was awesome but now it’s back to the routine!

Hello new year, fresh start, and a new chance to dream big. What does 2017 hold for us?

Hello Harry Potter Marathon. We’re rematching all the movies and they are so awesome!

Hello new sheets on our bed. I can’t say enough about these amazing sheets. Affordable and sooo soft. I’m in love!

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

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hello california christmas

christmas, hello monday By December 26, 2016 5 Comments

We had a fun relaxing Christmas day with family. Last year we were in England–the Christmases were so different, each amazing in its own way. Our California Christmas was surprisingly chilly this year–it only got up to about 56*–which for our part of California is cold!

I’ve got lots of pics to share. How about some hellos for a brand new week?
Hello tiny tree. We stayed in an Airbnb and I brought a little tree with us.

Hello berries and blurry boys walking to the car.

Hello love.

Hello pug butts.

Hello pretty table and llama wrapping paper for a tablecloth.

Hello cuddles with grandma.

Hello aunties.

Hello kisses and being silly.

Hello spiderman. We were all so happy he made an appearance!

Hello bright eyes and smiles.

Hello playing a game. Prizes were wrapped under various layers of saran wrap. One person tries to unwrap as fast as they can while the person next to them is trying to roll doubles with two dice. It was so fun!

Hello smooches from auntie

Hello cutie pug.

Hello helping daddy play guitar.

Hello Lucy the dog who’s almost a human.

Hello finally getting the cold I’ve avoided for weeks. It caught up with me.

Hello not sleeping well and feeling extra thankful for good coffee.

Hello wrapping paper and boxes to clean up.

Hello absolutely loving this children’s book.

Hello wondering how long we can leave our Christmas tree up. I love the twinkle lights.

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 david, hello family

hello monday By December 19, 2016 6 Comments


When David was born we talked about having him be part of our family–instead of having our family revolve around him. While we’ve worked to try and make this happen, it’s an imperfect journey. We want Matthias to feel seen and heard, but often he has to wait while we care for David. He waits in doctor offices. He helps David when he’d rather be reading or playing. Each member of our family is important, but logistically, David requires more care and attention than Matthias. So we flex and bend and accommodate. It’s challenging and beautiful. This is family, right? It stretches and grows our hearts. It makes us better.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

Hello Christmas week! It’s here–ready or not!

Hello starting to wrap gifts.

Hello looking forward to time with family.

Hello undecorated tree. We haven’t had time! It up, it has lights but that’s all so far.

Hello messy house–it’s hard to keep up. Oh well!

Hello sniffles. David has another cold. I’m over it!

Hello spontaneous nerf wars. And subsequently finding nerf darts in the funniest places.

Hello trying to find balance and finding it impossible.

Hello embracing real, messy, beautiful life.

It’s Monday! What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello very loved elf

christmas, hello monday By December 12, 2016 5 Comments

My mom bought this handmade elf for me for my first apartment after college. He been very loved. Last Christmas David carried him around quite a bit and at some point he lost an arm–and we never found it. But that hasn’t changed our love for him.

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

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Hello watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I can’t get enough!

Hello absolutely precious children’s book. David and I keep reading this one. It’s a beautiful gift for kids.

Hello rain and more rain. We love it!

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Hello feeling unmotivated in the kitchen. What’s your favorite dish to make this time of year?

Hello busy busy in the shop. Customer service is working overtime getting back to every inquiry. I apologize for the wait.

Hello sniffles. We all have them and they seem to hang on!

Hello getting ready to wrap presents. I found pug wrapping paper at World Market!

Hello loving the Christmas lights all over town.

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 christmas time

christmas, hello monday By December 5, 2016 10 Comments

These pups are eager to please. I can’t believe how still they sit for photos! We have our house decorated {mostly} for Christmas. I love twinkly lights. So fun! It’s Monday–how about some hellos for a new week?

hello-christmas-time-lisa-leonard-01 Hello Louis and Beasley. We love you!

hello-christmas-time-lisa-leonard-02 Hello getting the house ready for the holidays but finding it impossible to keep clean! Oh well.

hello-christmas-time-lisa-leonard-03Hello head tilt. Such a heart melter.

Hello moving through our Christmas movie list. Two of our favorites are Polar Express and Elf. How about you?

Hello making a gingerbread house this week. It’s a tradition.

Hello busy busy in the shop. We have a sale going AND you can still get it in time for Christmas!

Hello reading this book. It’s by the ladies who started Juicy Couture.

Hello loving this sweater. Isn’t it adorable? I love love the zippered back.

Hello teenage boys. I can’t believe how much my boys are eating. It’s insane! They’re both having a growth spurt.

Hello thinking about starting the show This Is Us. Do you watch it?

Hello meetings this week. Lots of planning to do!

Hello wrapping up my Christmas shopping. I think I’m almost done!

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 heart, hello monday

hello monday By November 28, 2016 3 Comments

I’ve been trying to listen to my heart lately. One thing my heart has been wanting is to watercolor. I don’t really know how but I’m doing it anyway. It’s fun and creative and it feels good. For the watercolor below, I used brush to wet the paper, then watercolored on wet paper. I was mesmerized watching the paint bleed and blur.

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Hello trying something new and not having to have it all figured out.

Hello big sale today–it’s cyber monday! More details in the shop.

Hello rainy weather–it was perfect for a lazy holiday weekend.

Hello catching a nap and not feeling guilty.

Hello feeling so EXCITED to watch Gilmore Girls and so sad when it ended. Love that show–and the new episodes were so good.

Hello dinner with friends. It’s good for the soul.

Hello laundry mountain that I don’t have energy to climb.

Hello Christmas party this week. Hooray for celebrating.

Hello new book I bought but haven’t started yet. I’ve heard good things.

Hello to you! What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello family store

hello monday By November 21, 2016 5 Comments

My sisters and I stumbled across an adorable boutique called Family Store in Long Beach, California. They have kids stuff and housewares–vintage and new–and they have an online shop too!

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

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Hello vintage animals masks. Adorable.

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Hello handmade pots. Love love!

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Hello wishing I knew how to throw pottery. Someday I’ll master it.

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Hello plants and window light–a winning combination.

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Hello handmade, it’s good for the heart!

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Hello inspiration. I love a charming boutique, don’t you?
Hello week off school. Yay for slow mornings!
Hello family visiting.
Hello Thanksgiving. I’m in charge of the turkey this year.
Hello rainy day and feeling grateful.
Hello reading this book and loving it.
Hello loving these jeans–so comfortable and cute with ankle booties.
Hello wanting to see Fantastic Beasts. Have you seen it?
Hello craving sweet potatoes {with lots of cinnamon, butter and brown sugar!}
Hello Christmas shopping. I love this time of year.
Hello brand new beautiful week. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello new york in the fall!

adventures, hello monday By November 14, 2016 1 Comment

Steve and I had a meeting in New York–and a few hours free time to explore. We had so much fun. The weather was cool and crisp. A nice change from our indian summer in California. It’s a brand new week, how about some hellos?

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Hello home and happy to be here! To be honest, it’s always hard for me to jump back into the normal routine–the day to day stuff plus David’s care can be exhausting. But I love my home and my boys.

Hello americano, my favorite coffee drink lately. Kaffe 1668 in New York. So good.

Hello feeling a complete lack of desire to cook. I need inspiration!

Hello wishing school started at 9am every day. Or maybe 10am.

Hello Thanksgiving–it’s next week. What?! That means Christmas is around the corner.

Hello working through this journal and loving it.

Hello reading happy about this new book. She cracks me up!

Hello maybe just maybe getting rain this week?

Hello typing one-handed because David wants to cuddle.

Hello getting ready for a list from grandma, aunties and cousins–yay!

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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