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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hello chrissie’s home {texture + light}

decorating, hello monday By November 7, 2016 2 Comments

When we were down at UCLA a couple weeks ago for David’s check-up we got to see my sister’s new home. Chrissie has an eye for texture and light. The way she mixes pattern and color inspires me. I snapped a few pics around her beautiful space to share with you.

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?
hello-chrissies-home-08Hello plants and window light. Kind of a magical combination.

hello-chrissies-home-01 Hello mid century lamp she snagged at a garage sale for almost nothing. Love.

hello-chrissies-home-02 Hello walls filled with paintings and photos.

hello-chrissies-home-03 Hello flowers, fresh and persevered in paintings.

hello-chrissies-home-04 Hello vintage tapestry and corded lights hanging from found branches. Kind of genius.

hello-chrissies-home-05 Hello tray of sculptures.

hello-chrissies-home-06 Hello keeping a journal with me at all times lately. I have so many ideas to write down.

hello-chrissies-home-07Hello large table. A perfect gathering place for heart connection.

Hello having dinner with new friends this week.

Hello gazing at my newly cleaned out closet. It’s a thing of beauty.

Hello lots of meetings this week. Some weeks are meeting heavy–and this is one of those weeks.

Hello wanting to fill myself with rest and beauty and connection instead of material things. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately.

Hello sniffle going through our home. I think Beasley got it too. Can dogs get colds? He’s had a runny nose the last couple days.

Hello daylight savings. Or should I say good-bye daylight savings? We gained an hour and I’ll take it!

Hello to you. This week holds good things, I can feel it.

What are you saying hello to this week?

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Hello stepping into a new week

hello monday By October 31, 2016 2 Comments

img_1585Hello new week. Hello new month!

Hello trick or treating around the neighborhood. We’ll take some pics to share.

Hello cleaning and organizing and getting inspired. I love fresh spaces and a fresh perspective.

Hello writing and thinking and writing and making new space and writing some more.

Hello mornings that come too soon and coffee to ease that pain.

Hello watching X-Men Apocalypse. I’m a boy mom.

Hello finishing this book. Wow, she tells her story with so much detail I feel like I was there with her!

Hello no school on Friday. 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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hello summer to fall to summer

hello monday, what I'm wearing By October 24, 2016 2 Comments

We’ve been teased with some cool fall weather only for the sun to come out in full force again with a heat wave. This is common for us this time of year, but it always catches me by surprise. Layering is the trick. As the sun warms we shed layers–and pretend it’s summer for a little while longer.

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

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-02 Hello dress from one of my favorite shops Ruby Rose. If you love vintage and good design make sure you stop in next time you visit the central coast.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-03 Hello denim jacket. It’s a staple don’t you think?

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-04 And some really good booties.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-05 And of course the perfect accessory. This ring represents Hope and Love.

summer-dress-to-fall-dress-lisa-leonard-08Hello warm sun on my shoulders and rain in the forecast. Fall can’t make up its mind.

Hello lovely visit with Nana.

Hello lots of doctor visits for David. He and I are at UCLA to see 5 different specialists. We have no big concerns, just mainly check-ups.

Hello looking forward to watching this in depth look at an awesome broadway play.

Hello reading this book and getting inspired.

Hello cutting back on carbs this week. It’s two steps forward one step back for us! I wish I didn’t like sugar so much.

Hello Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holiday season is here!

Hello busy busy but making time for quiet.

Hello you. It’s a new week, a new beginning and a fresh start. What are you saying hello to the week?

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hello roll up piano, hello monday

hello monday By October 17, 2016 2 Comments

If you’ve spent any time around here, you know David LOVES keyboards. Nothing makes him happier. We’ve bought pretty much every kid keyboard from every major retailer–but every once in a while I spot something new. Last week on Amazon I spotted this ‘roll up’ keyboard. It’s flexible and light. It’s not meant for kids in particular but I knew David would love it. And he does! Also, it makes a really nice sound {not like a cheap kid keyboard}. We’ve all been playing with it–so fun!

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

hello-roll-up-piano-01 Hello making music all day long. I love the tunes he taps out.

hello-roll-up-piano-02 Hello thick hair! This kid has the thickest hair ever!

hello-roll-up-piano-03 Hello passion. Matthias is all about art. David is all about music. I love that they have hobbies they’re passionate about.

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Hello roll up keyboard. We’re so happy we found you!

Hello haircuts this week.

Hello rain! We had two rainy days–not a ton of rain but we’ll take it!

Hello watching these movies with Matthias.

Hello cleaning out cupboards–I love a clean, minimal space.

Hello getting back into our regular routine after being away for a few days. I’m always surprised how hard it is to re-enter regular life. It takes me a few days to get my bearings.

Hello amazing book. If you’re super hard on yourself this book just might change your life. It’s definitely been huge for me!

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 nook, hello monday

hello monday By October 10, 2016 2 Comments

Our home is a newer build–around 2000, and it has a few nooks built in. They add interest to our home sometimes I wonder what to put inside them! Last week I refreshed the nook near our dining room table with some thrifted baskets and sunburst mirrors that were on clearance at TJ Maxx. And I’m loving it!

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?
hello-nook-lisa-leonard-01  Hello mirrors reflecting light. Hello light giving hope to the soul.

hello-nook-lisa-leonard-02 Hello vintage ma and dreaming of new places to visit.

hello-nook-lisa-leonard-03 Hello cactus planted in the glass shade of an old light fixture. I can’t believe how much the cactus has grown in the last couple weeks.

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Hello heat wave and tank tops in October. It always surprises me but it happens every fall.

Hello making time to think, dream and just be this week.

Hello feeling thankful for my husband and the way he loves me and our boys.

Hello seeing my boys grow and change overnight. The teenage years are pretty great.

Hello loving this new show. Do you have a favorite new fall show?

Hello beginning this book today. Have you read it?

Hello tears that heal and make space for love.

Hello stepping out bravely into the world and letting it be exactly what it is–messy, imperfect and amazing.

Hello Monday, I believe beauty awaits. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello DIY fiberglass planter

DIY, hello monday By October 3, 2016 2 Comments

Another planter? Yes. I can’t be stopped apparently!

Lately I’ve been finding lots of interesting “planters” at thrift stores, like this mid century DIY, this macrame hanging planter and this terrarium. It’s fun to see what interesting objects can be turned into a beautiful container.

This fiberglass planter is intended to be a plant holder {unlike some of the things I turn into planters}. I liked it because it was big and simple–and often large planters are expensive. I kept it plain for a while, but last week I decided to make it prettier with a little gold paint.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-01 Hello plain planter for $10. Not bad!

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-02 Hello using painter’s tape and about four coats of acrylic gold paint. {The paint was $2 at Michael’s}.

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-03 Hello ready for the big reveal!

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-04 Hello a little streaky but I didn’t mind. The tape kept the lines fairly clean. I’m pleased.

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-05Hello pups. Oh, you’re taking pictures? We are here to help!

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Hello pretty planter making our family room a little happier.

Hello split leaf philodendron. One of my very favorite plants! I only water it about once a week.

Hello future planning. Do you think about 3-5 year goals?

Hello washing all the sheets and towels. I love fresh!

Hello dreaming of fall. Did you hear it’s October now? I’m waiting for cooler weather to follow. I’m ready for cardigans and boots.

Hello adding cinnamon to my coffee.

Hello finding time to visit the pumpkin patch.

Hello reading this book. Stop what you’re doing and order it {or download it}. It’s so good.

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new month, a brand new week, a brand new day. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello louis and beasley

hello monday By September 18, 2016 5 Comments

Oh my goodness, these pups and their personalities. I can hardly stand it–they are so cute. I’m thankful for the love and companionship they bring to our lives. They fill a space we didn’t know we had!

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

hello-louis-and-beasley-03Hello Louis and Beasley. I’m glad we have you and you have each other. I love to see you cuddle together. You’re the best of friends!

hello-louis-and-beasley-01 Hello Louie. You are very serious and you look a little worried. You don’t really want to play and you hardly bark at all. You’re an excellent cuddler and you make our lives better!

hello-louis-and-beasley-02 Hello Beasley. You are probably the sweetest dog that ever lived. You’ve really stolen our hearts. I love your crazy old man expressions and your gentle way. Also, you love to talk–especially when it’s time to eat.

Hello flat caps from the dollar section at Target. Priceless!

Hello messy house. I feel like I’ve given up a bit. I need some motivation.

Hello oh-my-gosh-amazing book. Drop everything and read it asap. It’s a world changer.

Hello cute jacket. I’ve got my eye on this pretty piece.

Hello alone time. I’m planning in some time alone to reflect and think this week. So hard to do but so necessary.

Hello Stranger Things. I love and hate this show. It’s super fascinating and well done but scary. I don’t like scary at all.

Hello writing and writing and writing some more. I’ve been writing a lot lately and it feels vulnerable and empowering.

Hello visiting my brother and his amazing family. They recently moved from Texas to California and we can’t wait to see their new home!

Hello to you! It’s a new week, a fresh start and a chance to begin again. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello DIY mid century planter

DIY, hello monday By September 12, 2016 4 Comments

Hello friends!

I have been eyeing the gorgeous mid century planters at West Elm for a few weeks. Aren’t they amazing? Friday when I was at the thrift store I saw this yellow pot and thought the shaped looked a lot like the planter I’ve had my eye on. I felt inspired to I started looking around for some kind of a stand–and came across the black tea light holder. The bowl and the tea light holder were each $1.70–so I decided to give it a shot! scroll down for details.

It’s Monday–a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?
diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-05Hello inspiration. I love it when things jump out at me and make my heart happy.

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-03Hello finding treasures at a thrift shop. It’s kind of the best feeling!

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-04Hello oil based sharpies that are much easier to use than paint!

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-02Hello using command strips to hold the pot and the tea light holder together.

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Hello bright happy pot in our entry way. I still love the West Elm version, but while I save my pennies this one is fun!

Hello snake plant. It’s one of my favorites and so easy to care for.

Hello Toto! We saw them in concert last night with friends and it was amazing!

Hello tired. Can we have one more weekend day?

Hello hiking with a friend today–time to soak up the sun and share our hearts.

Hello listening to this podcast and loving it!

Hello thinking and writing. My head is spinning lately with ideas.

Hello busy week. Ready or not, here we go!

Where are you saying hello to this week?

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