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hello happy birthday

hello monday By January 15, 2018 No Comments

Today Matthias is saying ‘hello’ to fourteen! I can’t believe my baby is fourteen–feels like a lot of years and a short amount of time. I’ve heard a rumor next year he’ll turn fifteen. Next year is high school! So exciting and crazy and to be honest, my mama heart gets pulled between missing my babies and delighting in watching my boys grow. Life is a funny, beautiful thing. How about some hellos?

Hello feeling victorious because we finally got our Christmas tree down. It’s not even February yet!

Hello father and son who are so much alike–passionate, creative, hard-working, deep feelers.

Hello three guys who fill up my heart.

Hello new year full of big things ahead.

Hello Matthias, happy birthday!!!

Hello celebrating with dinner and a movie with friends, a few gifts and cupcakes.

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


hello counting down!

hello monday By December 12, 2017 3 Comments

I cannot believe it’s mid-December. The days are flying by and Christmas is right around the corner! We are busy busy around here and I find myself feeling a bit panicky at moments. But it will all come together. I know for sure getting stressed never helps. It always makes it worse! deep breath, it’s all good.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello taking pics with this incredible photographer {and friend!}. Heather you are so talented.

Hello fires in Los Angeles and Ventura. We are a couple hours north of the fires–out of harms way but close enough to experience the smoke and know our neighbors are in crisis. Lots of thoughts and prayers for California.

Hello cleaning out drawers and closets.

Hello watching less TV and spending more time reading.

Hello Christmas tree with twinkly lights but no ornaments {yet!}.

Hello last minute Christmas gifts. These handmade items ship FAST.

Hello feeling like a homebody lately–I never want to leave the house.

Hello celebrating David who has been healthy for 8 weeks straight!!

Hello planning Matthias’ birthday which always seems to get lost in the Christmas shuffle.

Hello making lists and rushing–then feeling exhausted.

Hello walking and writing and thinking and nurturing my soul.

Hello napping and resting and being instead of doing.

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



Hello December

hello monday By December 4, 2017 4 Comments

December is here! Hello! With the business, we are preparing for this season all year long. In fact, we are already preparing for NEXT Christmas. Crazy, right?! So now that December is finally here it feels a bit surreal. I want to slow down and soak it all up.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello smiles. David loves it when his dad sings to him. Big smiles.

Hello open doors. The weather has been lovely, so we’ve been opening our French doors and enjoying breakfast with lots of fresh air. Just one small problem–flies. inevitably a few find their way into the house and drive us nuts later in the day.

Hello white tree. The boys are trying to talk me into taking down the white tree and replacing it with a real tree. I really love our white tree though!

Hello lights around the kitchen window. This has got to be the easiest decor in the world–but it makes me so happy.

Hello brothers. It melts my heart to see them together. I see Matthias being more in tune with David lately.

Hello week of worry. I’ve have felt so out of sorts this week–overwhelmed and exhausted. I feel like I can’t pull it together.

Hello preparing for family to visit this Christmas. We can’t wait!

Hello reading this book and loving it.

Hello Christmas shopping. I think I’m about 2/3 done. How about you?

Hello family pics this week. Preparing for a photo shoot is always a bit stressful. The best thing is to relax about it, right?

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


Hello Thankful

hello monday By November 26, 2017 5 Comments

Hello friends! We had a very wonderful Thanksgiving this year. Lots of delicious food, time with family and time to rest. That’s a perfect formula for a good holiday, I think!

How about some hellos and thankfulness for a new week?

Hello thankful for a new aqua door. It’s bright and happy!

Hello thankful for my two boys are our two pups and lots and lots of love and snuggles.

Hello thankful Rosie the pup is mending well after a pit bull attack. She’s getting stronger and braver every day.

Hello thankful for lots of delicious food. We went out for a big breakfast at the Madonna Inn, then snacked for lunch {above} and a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hello thankful for a table where we can linger and talk and laugh.

Hello thankful for silliness and pictures that capture a little of the crazy.

Hello thankful for a successful first pie. Yum!

Hello thankful for a little down time to rest. Naps are the best.

Hello thankful for a season of health. David is back to the doctor today for a checkup. He’s been happy and healthy the five weeks {after four bouts of pneumonia in five months!}

Hello thankful to be loved just as I am, right now. And even more, I’m learning to feel that love and acceptance deep in my soul.

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


hello boys bathroom redo

hello monday By November 12, 2017 11 Comments

Hello friends!

We are in our busy season–it’s here! I look at my calendar and can’t believe Christmas is six weeks away. Crazy!! We have been updating our bathroom and the boys’ bathroom is finally done. I love the way it came together.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello BLUE vanity. We painted the old vanity and added hardware. Blue felt risky to me–but it’s the boys’ bath and I wanted it to feel masculine. I love the way it came together.

Hello vintage rug that ties in the wood shelf and the darker vanity. It’s a little funky but I like the mix of patterns.

Hello cement tile floor. This was top of my wish list and the tiles took forever to come in. I’m so glad we waited though.

Hello attending a conference this week. I hope I come away stretched and inspired.

Hello reading this book–I’m just starting it. I’ve heard such good things. Have you read it?

Hello headaches. I’ve been fighting them lately and it’s awful. I think it’s stress. Do you get headaches?

Hello busy busy in the workshop. We have such an incredible team–I am grateful for them!

Hello new leather bags designed by my sweetie Stephen David Leonard. They are AMAZING!

Hello menu planning for Thanksgiving. I want to keep it simple but yummy.

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


hello to you

hello monday By October 30, 2017 7 Comments

Hello friends. We are thankful to be waking up to a new week. Last week was full–with good and hard stuff. Aren’t new beginnings a beautiful thing? How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello pups. My MIL last one of her precious dogs to a pit bull attack last week. Her other pup was badly injured. It is so heartbreaking. I’m still reeling from it. Our pets truly become part of our families, don’t you think?

Hello visiting the dentist this week. I am overdue.

Hello HUGE announcement. Steve has been working on this project for a while and it’s finally out in the real world. The response has been amazing–which doesn’t surprise me because his designs are incredible. Hop over and check it out.

Hello chilly weather and pulling out sweaters FINALLY!

Hello Halloween. We don’t have plans–maybe we’ll just pass out candy and watch a movie at home. Are you dressing up?

Hello trying new supplements for David to try to boost his immune health. I feel hopeful.

Hello new tile around the fireplace. it’s not quite done yet but you can see a bit of it in the pic above.

Hello thinking about praying for friends who are healing from surgeries and struggling with illness. Sometimes life is heavy.

Hello to you. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found.

What are you saying hello to this week?


Brave Love

finding love, the meaning behind By October 23, 2017 4 Comments

Becoming a family isn’t what I thought it would be. I started out optimistic and naive–determined to be the perfect wife and mom. When difficulty came our way I tried to stay positive. I told myself we would figure it out–but we’d solve one problem and another would pop up. I’m not perfect and I never will be–no matter how hard I try. Our family is made of real people–each with our own likes and dislikes, our own quirks and preferences. We tried having it all together but it was too much work. Way too much work. So we decided to be real instead. It is scary and hard and SO MUCH BETTER than trying to be perfect.

Love requires bravery–there is no love without risk and vulnerability.

We’re crazy, but our crazy compliments each other.
We argue, we scream, we get angry, but we also fight to stay together.
We are stable, not because the path is easy, but because we hold onto each other tightly.
When walls build up, we break them down.
We make mistakes, we own our mistakes, we forgive each other.
We each bring strengths and weaknesses–we wouldn’t be us without them.
Each of us is part of the whole.
We are better together.
You are you, I am me.
You make me braver, I make you braver.
Love makes us brave.
Together is where we want to be.
We are a family and that won’t change–no matter what.
We love bravely and with honesty. This is the meaning behind the Brave Love ring.

hello making space in the craziness

hello monday By October 22, 2017 7 Comments

Hello friends! It has been so busy around these parts–sometimes it’s our schedule that’s crazy, sometimes it’s just decisions and deadlines and mental stuff. It’s good, good stuff–so much to be thankful for–but being honest, I’ve had moment or two of hyperventilating and tears. Sometimes life is a lot, you know?

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello Beasley. We all need someone who’s got our back. This moment cracked me up.

Hello visiting UCLA and trying to find answers for David. He’s had pneumonia 4x in the last five months. They had him pose in the office with the pumpkin bear. This moment, and the look on his face, also had me cracking up.

Hello date night with my sweetheart. It was much needed and we had SO MUCH FUN.

Hello coffee and more coffee. I’ve become such a coffee snob–I want it really rich and with really good cream.

Hello making cauliflower tortillas {a low carb option}. We had some at a Mexican restaurant and they were so good!

Hello reading this book and feeling so inspired. I love it.

Hello dinner with friends and letting it fill up my soul.

Hello visiting a naturopath with David this week. I want to look for options other than steroids and antibiotics. I’m open if you have ideas. Please share!

Hello painting built-in bookshelves and watching the room brighten up dramatically.

Hello moving office buildings. I love the new space but moving is not my favorite.

Hello big announcement coming soon.

Hello Christmas season–it is upon us! Have you started shopping yet?

Hello to you. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Deep breath–all is well.

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello looking for beauty

hello monday By October 8, 2017 7 Comments

Phew! What a week! We are a little in the thick of it over here. Nothing awful, just the crazy stuff of life and feeling like I need some downtime. David has pneumonia again. Poor guy–and we need to some tests, like a swallow study, to see what’s going on.

When I need to soak up some beauty I pop by one of my favorite boutiques, Ruby Rose. It’s a vintage shop filled with treasures and the styling is spot on. Love it. It inspires me.

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello cacti sprouting new growth. Love it!

Hello giant green vase. It’s been calling my name for a while now. Isn’t it beautiful? So much texture.

Hello dress that wants to make a home with me. I’m sure we’d get along great.

Hello pneumonia for David–which means breathing treatments, antibiotics, watching his breathing closely and lots of cuddles.

Hello making shredded chicken in the crock pot. We’ve been putting it in tacos lately. I throw in fresh chicken thighs, a packet of taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. So yum and so easy.

Hello reading more CS Lewis. I’ve just started this book.

Hello meetings and shooting a video this week.

Hello warm days and soaking up the sun on my shoulders. Hello chilly nights and putting an extra blanket on the bed.

Hello days getting shorter. Can you feel it?

Hello watching Spiderman homecoming with Matthias this week. I had to promise.

Hello dogs who keep peeing in the house. I just bought a black light so I can find all the spots and get them clean. I haven’t used the light yet. I’m scared of what I’ll find. Yikes!!

Hello tarantula on our front porch. Terrifying! I’m really really hoping it was a random, one time thing.

Hello new IG shop my friend Faith just started. So many vintage treasures!

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


blue boho dress and boots

what I'm wearing By October 4, 2017 1 Comment

I found this Ulla Johnson dress in Santa Barbara, on sale and then marked down again. She is one of my favorite designers but her stuff is crazy expensive. It feels so Little House on the Prairie to me–and reminds me of dresses I used to wear as a little girl. My mom used to shop the Gunny Sax outlet to find us awesome dresses. The sleeves on this dress are actually puffy–but I rolled them up to tone down the ‘prairie’ look just a little.

It’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I love a good dress–even if it’s just an ordinary day.

This is my fave wallet from the new collection. It doubles as a clutch too.

And the North Star necklace is a favorite too! The 24″ chain length was perfect with this neckline.

On one side each charm is an initial, the opposite side is the braille initial–set with a stone to represent your ‘North Star’.

Do you ever wear dresses on an average day? Or do you save them for special occasions?

Ulla Johnson dress–Barney’s. Similar dress here. Frye Booties–Amazon. Wallet–My shop. Thin sterling cuff–My shop. North Star necklace–My shop.