Hello stuff of summer!

hello monday By June 19, 2017 2 Comments

Summer is officially here–I mean, I don’t think the calendar is calling it summer yet, but the boys are out of school so it’s official! It’s like the weather got the memo and suddenly got much warmer. We’re moving slow in the mornings and staying up past our bedtimes. We’re outdoors more and making time for ice cream. It’s summer–hooray! How about some hellos?

Hello AMAZING popsicle painting my sister Chrissie created. Isn’t it incredible? I love it. I screams SUMMER!

Hello eating breakfast outside. It feels so fancy and fun–even though it’s just three feet from where we usually eat breakfast.

Hello long days. It’s not getting dark until 9pm–I love it.

Hello celebrating Father’s Day. I’m feeling thankful for my dad and my husband who is an amazing dad.

Hello reading and reading. I have three or four books going right now. This one is SOOOO GOOOOD!

Hello making french toast casserole. It was delicious–and everyone got hot french toast at the same time. Yum.

Hello watering the plants more often.

Hello making time to write and sketch and think and write some more.

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 summer {sort of}

hello monday By June 12, 2017 3 Comments

David is DONE with school–hooray! He’s no longer an 8th grader {Boo! We absolutely adore the teacher he’s had for the last three years}. Matthias has a couple more days and then we are officially in summer mode.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello ready for slow mornings–it’s my favorite part of summer. Until around 11am when I get frustrated we’re still in pj’s and I feel like a slacker.

Hello walking and hiking and being outdoors. Feels so good!

Hello windy. Ugh–I don’t like the wind. Steve loves it–I think he’s crazy.

Hello date night this week. I can’t wait.

Hello loving this TED talk from Anne Lamott. It’s worth the 15 minutes.

Hello feeling incredibly relieved that our sweet pug, Louis, found his way back to us. The wind blew our side gate open and he went for a stroll. An incredibly kind stranger posted his pic on Facebook and one of our friends saw it. We are so thankful he is home safe and sound!!

Hello Wonder Woman. It’s sooooo good! We all loved it!

Hello Lord of the Rings marathon. The boys idea–not mine. I’m trying to be a good sport.

I haven’t been sure about the off-the-shoulder style, but this jumpsuit has such rave reviews. Fingers crossed!

Hello celebrating David’s 8th grade graduation with friends and having such a fun evening!

Hello reading and loving this book.

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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well hello there

hello monday By June 5, 2017 2 Comments

Hello friends!

We are all WELL and not sick and feeling very thankful! David has his last day of middle school this week {hello high schooler!} and Matthias finishes school next week.

Hello summer! It’s right around the corner.

How about some more hellos for a new week?


Hello fun door mat that welcomes us home every day.

Hello celebrating David’s promotion to high school with cupcakes and tacos. Yay!

Hello clean house that will probably be messy again in a few hours.

Hello pups who need baths. They’re shedding their winter coats.

Hello feeling grumpy and not knowing why? I think I need some alone time.

Hello sprucing up the spare room for guests {I say sprucing, but really I need to clean out all the junk that ends up in that room because I don’t want to deal with it!}

Hello reading this book and loving it! So honest and funny and insightful.

Hello wanting to try a new recipe for skirt steak tacos. We had the most DELICIOUS tacos ever at this fun spot.

Hello toting this bag around. LOVE!

Hello finding a few fun gifts for Father’s Day.

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 corner refresh

hello monday By May 29, 2017 7 Comments

We had a painted corner shelf in this spot since we moved into this house eight years ago. I found the piece at a garage sale before we were married {almost 18 years ago!}. I felt like I wanted to lighten and brighten this corner. So I sold the corner shelf at a garage sale and added some plants and paintings. And I love it!

How about some hellos for a new week?!

Hello bright space. I’m trying to find ways to update small spaces and refresh our home. It feels so good to give a little corner new life.

Hello Memorial Day. We are grateful for those who have served our country. We honor those who have lost their lives in service.

Hello pneumonia. David had a cold that turned worse and he’s having a hard time kicking it. We’ve got lots of good meds and we’re making time to rest and cuddle. Sometimes his immune system has a hard time fighting off bugs that barely bother the rest of our family.

Hello nebulizer breathing treatments and setting my alarm to wake up in the middle of the night to check on him. It makes me nervous when his breathing is so labored.

Hello watching HGTV and eating a bowl of cereal in the middle of the night because I can’t fall back asleep.

Hello messy house and just letting it be.

Hello having my purse stolen–with my wallet and everything–even my journal! Hello feeling thankful I can easily get a new wallet. I chose this one. {And it’s on SALE too!} Now I need a new driver’s license, atm card and everything else that usually fills it up!

Hello thankful for a day off school and work.

Hello SALE in the shop!

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 pipsticks!

hello monday, san luis obispo By May 22, 2017 1 Comment

An ADORABLE boutique shop just opened in our little town of San Luis Obispo called Pipsticks. It’s full of stickers and cards and colorful pens and paper and did I mention stickers?! It’s a bright, happy spot–sure to inspire! I took pics to share with you.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?

Hello Pipsticks!
Hello fruit pouches to hold pencils {or make-up!} I think the watermelon is my fave.

Hello scissors that want to snip the perfect stickers. All the stickers!

Hello pens in cups. One of each please.

Hello rainbow of happiness. Seriously I want it all.

Hello perfect wrapping paper.

Hello succulent stickers. I need these!

Hello washi tape! Did you know it’s the best invention of century?

Hello Pipsticks. So glad we have a shop like this in San Luis Obispo. Come see all the color and cuteness at 1239 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.
And if you’re not local, no worries–check out Pipsticks.com.

Hello watching this new series on Netflix. Cute and inspiring.

Hello ideas. My brain won’t stop–which is super fun and sometimes overwhelming.

Hello trying to kick the cold moving through our family.

Hello carrying this little beauty with me wherever I go.

Hello sunshine and making time to walk and hike and be outside.

Hello meetings by phone, meetings by email, meetings in person and follow-ups by text. We have a lot of meetings lately!

Hello eyeing these cute clogs!

Hello last couple weeks of the school year. Summer is coming!!

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

PS Pipsticks is having a GRAND OPENING celebration Saturday, June 3, 11am-2pm. Come join the fun at 1239 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

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hello mother’s day

hello monday By May 15, 2017 1 Comment

Steve and I were joking yesterday that Mother’s Day isn’t for relaxing–it’s a day to remind moms they never get to relax! I woke up grumpy and didn’t feel like celebrating but the boys got me out of the house and we had a great time at brunch in Cambria.

Sending love to all you amazing mamas, aunties, grandmas and cherished friends. Now that Mother’s Day is over–take some time to relax and rest.

How about some hellos for a brand new week?

Hello feeling like every picture we get of the four of us WITH David smiling is kind of like winning the lottery.

Hello feeding this cutie pie. He’s got a cold and not feeling great.

Hello laughing with my love. He so cute.

Hello climbing trees.

Hello David refusing to look up at the camera–so we put the camera down low!

Hello sniffles around here. David’s got them the worst.

Hello wind. Of my gosh it’s been so windy. Not my favorite.

Hello starting cleaning eating this week. I’m trying to get into the mindset. And trying to let go of my love for peanut m&m’s.

Hello reading this book. Love love love it! She’s so funny. Are you a fan?

Hello wearing these sneakers almost every day. I’m not much of a sneakers gal but I love these!

Hello cuddling and reading lots of books with David.

Hello seeing King Arthur. Have you seen it?

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 Special Olympics!

hello monday By May 8, 2017 5 Comments

David competed in the Special Olympics Friday. He did the assisted walk {with a buddy} and the softball throw. He really enjoyed himself and loved all the people cheering him on! Such a great day. How about some pics and hellos for a brand new week?

Hello brothers. It was so fun having Matthias there. Can you tell David loves his brother?

Hello reconnecting with old friends. So good.

Hello t-shirts. Wake up and be awesome!

Hello sitting together before the event.

Hello getting ready with a pep talk!

Hello mama whispering in his ear. I love him so much.

Hello walking as fast as you can. Go David!

Hello my three sweet boys. I am so blessed.

Hello cutie pie. He proudly wore his medals all afternoon.

Hello reading this book. It’s so good. You know I love biographies. She’s hilarious.

Hello lower back pain. I think I pulled a muscle picking up David. He’s getting so busy.

Hello four and a half weeks of school left. What??

Hello NEW BAGS! Have you seen them? This one is our best seller so far–LOVE it!

Hello Guardians of the Galaxy. We just saw the sequel and it was so funny.

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 no time for downtime

hello monday By April 24, 2017 9 Comments

Lately it has been crazy around here–the kind of crazy where I the to-do list is long and I’m still leaving things undone–or forgetting them all together! When I feel overwhelmed I remind myself lots of things ARE getting done. It doesn’t have to be perfect. So many GOOD things are happening.

In the midst of the crazy we are finding little moments for making pancakes, taking a walk or time to read books with David. There’s no time for downtime but these things–the ones that seem unimportant–are really the most important, don’t you think?

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello sunshine! Oh my gosh we’ve had some gorgeous weather lately. I love it!

Hello rushing from one thing to next and trying to slow down, breathe and be in the moment.

Hello books and more books. David is constantly bringing me his favorite books so I’ll read to him. It’s adorable. And I’m trying to say YES as much as possible.

Hello stopping in a beautiful moment and trying to take it all in. I am so thankful for our little family. Life is good.

Hello BIG SALE in the shop. YAY! Mother’s Day is coming–find the perfect keepsake here.

Hello reading this book. It’s definitely edgy with a lot of language–so be warned. I am an autobiography JUNKIE. I love to hear people’s stories.

Hello falling behind on texts and emails. Yikes!

Hello letting it be imperfect. And sometimes letting it be downright hard. It’s real and it’s okay.

Hello writing and dreaming and planning and designing and falling into bed tired at night.

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 basket wall

hello monday By April 17, 2017 6 Comments

Steve and I worked last weekend on hanging his guitars on our living room wall. They look so great! But that meant I had to find a new spot for my baskets. I decided to try hanging them around this arched mirror in our entryway and I LOVE the way it came together. So much light and texture.

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

Hello big impact. I love how the basket wall anchors the entryway. It makes this space a lot more fun.

Hello celebrating Easter. It was a good day.

Hello watching this movie with Matthias. It is so fun! {Warning, there is some crude humor.} I haven’t seen the second one. Is it any good?

Hello so much to do. It’s a little crazy around here.

Hello spring break! Yay! We’re working hard but making time for fun.

Hello later bedtime because there’s no school in the morning.

Hello making chocolate chip cookies and cuddling on the couch.

Hello reading books and more books to David. He can’t get enough and it’s so fun {and a little tiring!}

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 backyard living

celebrate the every day, hello monday By April 10, 2017 4 Comments

We’ve been wanting to make our backyard more livable and more comfortable. For some reason, in past summers we don’t spend a lot of time out there–but it’s a beautiful space and we’re determined to change that! I’ve been looking at our backyard as an extension of our home and trying to add furniture we’ll be drawn to. I want to make it a place where we naturally spend time.

It’s coming together and I’m ready for warmer weather. We’ve had so many chilly and rainy days–but soon I hope we’ll be heading outside to sip coffee in the sunshine and eating dinner outside as the sun sets.

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

Hello finding a sturdy and beautiful table within our budget {I waited until it went on sale.} I searched high and low and really feel in love with this one! {I’m linking sources if you’d like to know where I found various pieces.}

Hello adding softer touches like a faux fur throw and mixing in some patterns with pillows.

Hello baskets and succulents.

Hello pups who are happy to sit still for a photo.

Hello comfortable outdoor sofa. We’re hoping to find a fire pit to add to this space.

Hello making music and relaxing outdoors.

Hello plants who seem happy to be getting lots of rain.

Hello chairs that are so comfortable I never want to get up.

Hello hanging plants and macrame.

Hello white string lights that add ambiance in the evenings. I put them on a timer so they come on and turn off automatically.

Hello loving the longer days and light that stretches late in the evening.

Hello keeping the couch covered in rainy weather and trying to make sure all the dog poop is picked up!

Hello sitting outside and sketching and designing and feeling like my head might explode from too many ideas.

Hello feeling grateful for time to sit outside and read with Matthias on homeschool days.

Hello feeling a pull to slow down, breathe more deeply and soak up the moment.

Hello finding beauty in the here and now. There hard stuff but there is also so much good.
Best of all there is grace for this moment.

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

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