hello {missing} bits of england

hello monday By January 25, 2016 2 Comments

Oh how I love England! All the colorful doors and flower boxes make my heart happy. Maybe because the skies are gray-er, people are more intentional to bring color into their daily lives?

And of course we miss our cousins most of all! We are making sweet memories on these trips.

We are slowly getting back into our routine. It’s been three weeks, but t’s crazy how international travel can really mess up your internal clock and rhythms. I still have a few things from our trip to organize and put away. What we really need is downtime, but there isn’t much of it. We came home and hit the ground running! All good stuff, but we are realizing we need to slow down a bit.

It’s Monday, a new beginning and a fresh start! How about some hellos?

hello bits of england -03Hello tiled step. So pretty.

hello bits of england -02Hello drip drop.

hello bits of england -01-3Hello confused daffodils. It was so warm while we were there that some thought spring had arrived.

hello bits of england -04-2 Hello side by side. Do you live in Lincoln Cottage or Lincoln Lodge?

hello bits of england -04 Hello porcelain, brick and painted door. And that door knocker–so cool.

hello bits of england -05 Hello bright doors, mossy steps and iron gate.

hello bits of england -07Hello window box and chippy paint. I love this photo above. It’s completely normal by English standards but it captures the daily beauty for me.

Hello two week intensive healthy eating plan. Hold me.

Hello catching up on emails. I must.

Hello planning and sketching new designs.

Hello haircut. Yay! I love a fresh cut.

Hello feeling very very very thankful for all the rain we’re getting.

Hello making time for a date night this week.

Hello to you! It’s Monday. I’m greeting this new week with an open heart.

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello fox hunt in winslow, england

hello monday, Leonards take England By January 11, 2016 No Comments

Hello friends! During our holiday, we went to a fox hunt in Winslow England. They don’t actually hunt foxes any more, but it was all very traditional and charming–complete with red coats, hounds and mince pies. It was something straight out of Downton Abbey. So fun!

I’ve been so jet lagged coming home. Fighting a cold along with not sleeping during the correct hours has me exhausted. I’ve been going to bed by 8pm and waking up way to early. Crazy!

It’s Monday and I have lots of pics to share from our day in Winslow. And of course, hellos for a brand new week! It’s Monday–let’s do this!
winslow england -07Hello beautiful horses and traditional red coats.

winslow england -04Hello cousins.

winslow england -13Hello bright red berries.

winslow england -06Hello hounds! They were adorable–but definitely working dogs.

winslow england -10Hello English cousins. I’m so thankful for these people.

winslow england -11Hello picture taking. Isn’t he cute?!

winslow england -12Hello Matthias. You have become such a great traveler!

winslow england -14Hello brothers. Hello heart-melting.

winslow england -09Hello beautiful trees and old estates. England just can’t help how charming it is!

winslow england -05Hello to my three favorite boys.

winslow england -16Hello smiles and exploring.

winslow england -17Hello making memories together.

winslow england -19Hello mince pies. I ate a lot of mince pies. Yum!

winslow england -23Hello stopping to take another pic. They’ll look back on these pics in a few years and thank me!

winslow england -26Hello old church where our cousins got married years ago!

winslow england -30Hello Phoebe getting a lift from daddy. Life is good!

Hello still unpacking from our trip.

Hello taking the tree down. It’s down. And the house feels more quiet.

Hello tail end of a cold. The sniffles seem to last forever.

Hello rain and rain and more rain. Love it.

Hello celebrating Matthias this week. He is turning 12 years old. My baby!!

Hello laundry. I swear it multiplies while we sleep. How can we still have a mountain when I did 10 loads last week?!

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Join me?

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello Salcey Forest, hello heading home

hello monday, Leonards take England By January 4, 2016 3 Comments

Hello friends! We are headed home from England today. It was a wonderful trip overall filled with family time, relaxation, beautiful sites and delicious food. We had a very scary night with David in Cambridge. We didn’t realize how serious it was until we got to the hospital–but he had pneumonia and on top of that had an ‘asthma-like’ episode. We received excellent care at Attenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge and he is much better now. I think I’m still trying to recover from how serious it was and alternative outcomes. Thankfully, he is on the mend!

It’s a brand new week and a brand new year. There is much to be grateful for. How about some hellos and pics from our walk through Salcey Forest?!
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Hello cousins. They had lots of time together. I love that they are making memories.

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Hello helping your little sister.

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Hello trees with stories to tell.

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Hello healing. I’m so so so grateful this kiddo is such a trooper and we got him to the hospital when we did!

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Hello hunting for the perfect stick.

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Hello mud. Lots of mud. Hello getting muddy and not minding it at all.

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Hello brothers. Matthias was very worried about David. I love how they love each other.

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Hello red head. Love it.

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Hello smiles. Hello chilly air. Hello breathing deeply.

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Hello to a new year and a new journey. I have high hopes for 2016.

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Hello muddy shoes. We had quite the mess to clean up after the walk.

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Hello meeting a pug along the path. Hello missing Louis and Beasley. We can’t wait to see them!

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Hello looking up and seeing a beautiful site.
Hello jetlag and unpacking and laundry.
Hello jumping back into real life. I’m not sure if I’m ready!
Hello emails to catch up on.
Hello snuggles with our sweet pups and being gentle with ourselves while get back into the daily routine.

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to on this brand new Monday?


hello yellow, hello monday

hello monday By December 14, 2015 2 Comments

There are vibrant yellow leaves every where these days, and I can’t get enough. These pics really don’t do them justice. It’s Monday-a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?

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Hello sunshine and rain. The weather has been chilly and wet lately–then the sunshine breaks through. Beautiful!

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Hello busy busy. Man, it’s just a crazy season. Everything feels busy. I’ve been having some anxiety–and trying to slow down and breathe deeply. Everything will get done and rushing never helps.

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Hello doggies. We are loving having Louis and Beasley in our family. They are such love bugs.

Hello wrapping gifts. I’m trying to get ahead so I’m not up until midnight.

Hello meetings. Lots of meetings and lots of good stuff happening.

Hello quick trip to NY this week. I want to see the tree in Rockefeller Center.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week. Let’d do this.

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello walking in morro bay

hello monday, Louis and Beasley, san luis obispo By December 7, 2015 2 Comments

We’ve always enjoyed walking in Morro Bay–but with the dogs, it’s even more fun! Saturday was gorgeous and clear with a beautiful view of the rock and lots of otters playing.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos for a brand new week?!
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Hello pug lover. Matthias is doing an amazing job taking care of Louis and Beasley. He feeds them, walks them and picks up their poop. I’m impressed. hello walking in morro bay-03
Hello outnumbered. Five boys and one girl. I’m seriously outnumbered here–and I don’t mind one bit!

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Hello beautiful day.

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Hello silliness. David had some tummy pain when we started, but then he cheered up and had a great time walking and dancing.

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Hello running! It’s so good to get out and move!

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Hello long shadows. Winter days are short–we try to soak up the sun while it’s out!

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Hello sunshine. So much love.

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Hello dog smiles. Beasley {with the dark forehead} has the best dog smile ever.

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Hello giving David kisses.

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Hello happy and tired pup!

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Hello long nap for the doggies after we got home. They snore and it’s hilarious.

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Hello eight feet and eight paws. Awesome.

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Hello finishing up Christmas shopping. I need to start wrapping!

Hello lots of work around the house this week. We’re having the carpets cleaned. Hooray!

Hello brushing the dogs everyday. And still having to link roll the couches and vacuum regularly.

Hello preparing for England. We’re spending Christmas there and it’s going to be COLD! I can’t wait to see our British family!

Hello Christmas party and Christmas cards and all things Christmas. So fun!

It’s a brand new week. What are you saying hello to this week?


hello pug love

hello monday, Louis and Beasley By November 30, 2015 6 Comments

Hello friends! Last week we got home from Boston, and the next morning went and picked up two pugs who are joining our family. We were connected with these two sweet dogs through the Central Coast Pug Rescue. Louis is 3 years old and Beasley is 5 years old. They couldn’t be sweeter! It’s been a fairly easy transition and we are loving having them around. It’s a big change for our family. We’ve been talking about this for a long time–and we finally made the leap!

How about some hellos for a brand new week?IMG_1569

Hello cuddles. These dogs want to cuddle all day, every day. And we’re not available, they cuddle each other. Adorable.


Hello lounging in the sun. It’s a good life! PS the tree is up. Hooray!


Hello daily walks. We are working them up to longer and longer walks. They love it!


Hello watching me get ready. They like to follow me around. Beasley has the black forehead, Louis has the light forehead. {Beasley black, Louis light}


Hello exhausted. After our walks, they crash big time. And they snore!


Hello bowties. Aren’t they fancy?


Hello David, warming up to new dogs. He is doing great. Lots of smiles {from the dogs and David!}

Hello busy busy in the shop. Christmas is in full swing! You can save 20% on everything in the shop today with code happyholidays.

Hello cleaning out the fridge and wiping it down. Feels so good!

Hello Christmas shopping–making lists and checking them twice.

Hello enjoying leftovers from Thanksgiving. I don’t want it to end!

Hello brand new week with beauty to be found.

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello growing grounds

hello monday, san luis obispo By November 16, 2015 No Comments

You want in on a great secret? Growing Grounds in downtown San Luis Obispo is full of inspiring plants and succulents. Love! I’ve got pics to share and some hellos for a brand new week. hello growing grounds-01

Hello plants. Just plants in general. I’m really into plants right now. I need to learn how to keep them alive–succulents I do well with. hello growing grounds-02 Hello pumpkins and Thanksgiving meal planning. I loooove sweet potatoes. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?hello growing grounds-03 Hello pretty little succulents. I want to take you all home with me. hello growing grounds-04Hello boot weather. Finally. Hooray!!
hello growing grounds-06 Hello air plants. Have you tried them? I have one in my kitchen and after three months it’s still thriving. Yay!hello growing grounds-07 Hello doing good. Gorwing Grounds supports people with mental illness. This is so important. Love this.hello growing grounds-08

Hello busy busy busy in the shop. Like, crazy busy.
Hello minimum days for the boys all week. Short days for them {and for me!}
Hello teacher conferences.
Hello Boston! We are planning a short trip. I can’t wait.
Hello clean house. I wish it would stay this way–but I give it a half hour.
Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found.

What are you saying hello to this week?


hello hiking hellman trail

hello monday By November 9, 2015 No Comments

Last weekend, on Halloween morning, we hiked Hellman Trail in Whitter, CA. It was–about 85*, but we did it! The sun and landscape were so beautiful. And we had our nieces, Torie and Lexie with us–which made it even better!

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

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Hello filtered sunlight through the leaves.

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Hello walking to the trailhead from my sister’s home. Just around the corner!hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-03 Hello blue skies and dry landscape. California needs rain. hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-04 Hello to some people hiking and working hard, and some people relaxing and resting. hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-05 Hello Southern Californa palm trees.hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-06 Hello uphill. It was a good workout.
hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-09 Hello winding road to get to the top.hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-10 Hello cousins. Nothing better!hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-11 Hello Matthias snapping some pics. Sometimes once he gets the camera, he won’t give it back.hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-12 Hello happy shadows. hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-13 Hello Los Angeles in the distance–can you see it way back there?hello hiking hellman trail, los angeles-14Hello victory! We were tired but we did it!

Hello meetings and phone calls and emails.

Hello new bedding that supposed to arrive this week. Yay!

Hello leftovers for dinner and going to be early. It gets dark so early, I’m ready for bed by 8pm!

Hello watching old episodes of Scrubs. I love that show.

Hello planning our Thanksgiving menu.

Hello Christmas shopping. Have you started yet?

Hello brand new, beautiful week. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments!


hello monday, hello new week!

hello monday By November 2, 2015 5 Comments

Hello friends! Today we are at UCLA for doctor visits for David. Just routine. We are heading home this afternoon. It’s a lot of driving, but it’s nice to get some time as a family. How about some hellos for a new week?


Hello fun weekend with cousins. My sister’s home is so lovely, isn’t it? So much light and texture.


Hello succulents around the bathroom tub {also in my sister’s home}. This is such a great idea–I think I’ll steal it.

Hello hike with the cousins. It was hot but we made it to the top of the hill. So fun!

Hello family themed costumes. Steve was Obi Wan, I was a storm trooper, David was Finn {he’s a character in the new movie} and Matthias was Kylo Ren {also in the movie}. We had so much fun. And everyone was supportive as we trick or treated. Getting a family pic was definitely challenging–but we did it.

Hello visiting the pulmonologist and dentist today at UCLA.

Hello walking around Westwood to waste time between appointments.

Hello sunshine and LA traffic.

Hello missing a day of school and work and jumping into the week a little behind.

Hello cleaning out the garage. I’m on a roll and it’s my next project. Yay!

Hello no school on Friday. What?!?!

Hello home from 6th grade camp. I missed Matthias last week–so glad he’s back. He had a fabulous time!

Hello couch shopping. Kind of fun and a little stressful.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week? Leave a comments with your hellos. Happy Monday, friends!


hello stretching and growing

hello monday By October 26, 2015 1 Comment

It’s a big week around here as Matthias heads to 6th grade camp. It’s his first time away from home that isn’t staying with family. He’s excited and nervous. I think he’s going to have a fabulous time and I can’t wait to hear all about it. It’s amazing watching him stretch and grow. And every time he stretches and grows, I have to stretch and grow too. And lately, this mama heart has been doing a lot of stretching and growing.

It’s Monday–a new week with so much to be thankful for. How about some hellos?

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Hello packing for camp. I hope Matthias has the right clothes–warm enough, cool enough, etc.

Hello missing him already. I love to see him growing up and doing new things. But I’ll miss him this week.

Hello continuing to clean and purge and simplify our home. Oh my goodness, it feels so good. There’s no stopping me!!

Hello looking for new sheets for our master bedroom. I want really comfy sheets. Any suggestions?

Hello finalizing Halloween costumes. We’re going with a family theme this year. More on that soon.

Hello prepping for doctor visits at UCLA next week. David has a few check-ups that {hopefully} will be routine.

Hello buzzing and photographing and planning in the shop. I have some FUN things to share next week!!

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