Hello Me, Hello You

hello monday By August 14, 2017 2 Comments

Hello friends!

Every Monday is a new beginning and a fresh start. This week as I sat down to write out some ‘hellos’ to greet the new week, a poem came out! So how about a hello poem for a new week?

Plum Goods, Santa Barbara {love this shop!}

Hello me
Hello you
Hello today

Hello something new

Hello fresh start
Hello beginning
Hello starting over
Hello coffee brimming

Hello deep breath
Hello feeling good
Hello hopeful
Hello sisterhood

Hello encouraging
Hello believing
Hello friendship
Hello love receiving

Hello together
Hello love giving
Hello side by side
Hello fully living

Hello happy
Hello sad
Hello angry
Hello glad

Hello victories
Hello mistakes
Hello forgiveness
Hello give and takes

Hello being me
Hello being you
Hello imperfect
Hello honest and true

Hello to what is
Hello what will be
Hello seeing clearly
Hello being free

Hello taking risks
Hello getting started
Hello fully present
Hello open hearted

Hello new day
Hello high or low
Hello stepping out
Hello here we go

Hello me
Hello you
Hello today
Hello something new

What are you saying hello to this week?
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hello trying something new!

hello monday By August 7, 2017 7 Comments

Hello friends! We are back from England and trying to get back in our rhythm–I always forget how long jet lag hangs on. We are getting there slowly but surely.

I am taking an online ‘abstract floral painting” class and it’s fun–and also stretching and frustrating and inspiring. Below is my first painting. I don’t hate it–so I figure that’s a good start!

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

Hello trying to get my suitcase all the way unpacked so I can put it away.

Hello trying some new recipes and having fun setting the table. I feel inspired.

Hello registering David for HIGH SCHOOL Oh my gosh. David will be at a new school and I’m a little nervous. And also a little excited.

Hello getting ready to homeschool Matthias in the fall. He’s looking forward to it and so are we.

Hello breezy cool weather after a week of tropical heat. So unusual for the central coast of California.

Hello making a list of all the doctors David needs to see. I’ll be honest, it’s overwhelming.

Hello fresh plums and peaches from the grocery store that are sooooo yummy. I love this season!

Hello watching this series–so good!

Hello reading this book–full of good reminders.

Hello looking forward to time with my sisters this week. Hooray!

What are you saying hello to this week?

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Hello Traveling

hello monday, Leonards take England By July 24, 2017 2 Comments


Hello eye opening

Hello sun shining

Hello arms stretching

Hello coffee brewing


Hello together being

Hello day planning

Hello directions mapping

Hello London exploring

Hello legs tiring


Hello jet lagging

Hello beauty seeing

Hello picture taking

Hello museum viewing

Hello crowds navigating

Hello scones and jam eating


Hello mind opening

Hello heart believing

Today is beautiful.

What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello home

hello monday By July 3, 2017 3 Comments

Steve and I had a three day trip to New York last week. The weather was great, we had productive meetings and we had fun too! But, of course, there is no place like home!

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?

Hello perfect weather–which makes it so much easier to explore!  Hello World Trade Center and Occulus

Hello Dear Evan Hansen. Oh my GOSH it’s so good! I cried, I laughed, I left inspired. I can’t get the songs out of my head. So good!

Hello lots of coffee to fight the jet lag. Hello more coffee just because it’s so yum!

Hello eating way too much good food!

Hello New York! Sometimes I think NY likes to show off.

Hello getting lots of sad/hard news last week. My heart has been heavy for friends who are struggling. Sometimes life is so hard.

Hello welcoming lots of family this week. Yay!

Hello celebrating the 4th of July and David’s 15th birthday.

Hello reading this book–I love her perspective.

Hello watering all our plants every couple days–they get so thirsty!

Hello looking for a new Netflix series to watch. Any suggestions?

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

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hello growing up

hello monday By June 26, 2017 2 Comments

Hello friends! We had a lovely weekend with the perfect mix of time outdoors, time with friends and time relaxing. Yesterday we had lunch with our little friend Bella {and her amazing parents}. I adore this pic of her and Matthias! It seems like yesterday Matthias was that little. I love watching him grow up and love on little ones–the way people loved on him.

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

Hello Matthias and Bella. So much love!

Hello slow days of summer and staying in our PJs until noon.

Hello July right around the corner.

Hello getting ready for David’s 15 birthday! {15??!}

Hello watching this show. It’s sweet and funny. Have you seen it?

Hello reading Dr. Seuss with David. He loves it!

Hello listening to this audio book. She inspires me.

Hello working on some new pieces of jewelry to share with you. So fun–my favorite thing!

Hello loving this new shampoo and conditioner–not cheap but so hydrating for my curls!

Hello drooling over the amazing baskets in this shop. Gorgeous, right?

Hello eating endless amounts of m&m’s and then wishing I didn’t. But they’re so yum!

Hello listening to all the albums from high school and college. They bring back so many memories–Madonna, George Michael, Police, Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Hello saying I’m sorry a lot lately. I get grumpy with the boys and then have to apologize. Summer brings more time together and sometimes more grumpiness.

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 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 3 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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