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August 31st | hello monday

On Friday, last week we did a shoot at the Dallidet Adobe with some of our best selling product. I can’t wait to share more, but here’s a peek behind the scenes! It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello old adobe home with lots of charm.

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Hello sweet yellow flowers.

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Hello beautiful tiles.

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Hello beautiful succulents. Love!

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Hello sweet dog!

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Hello gorgeous model {also our babysitter-isn’t she beautiful?}

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Hello family tree necklace. A favorite of mine.

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Hello big camera.

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Hello bright eyes.

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Hello open circle necklace

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Hello stacked passage rings. {I love the mixed metals}

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Hello inside the adobe. Apparently the Dallidet daughter did painting and taxidermy. What a gal!

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Hello lavendar. 

Hello laundry. I have at least four loads waiting. How did this happen?

Hello lots of meetings this week. When I started making jewelry, I had no idea how many meetings would be in my future. Most of them are fun, though–so that’s a good thing.

Hello tired. I haven’t been sleeping well the last few nights. I may need a nap.

Hello extra coffee to get me through until that nap.

Hello taking pictures. I’m inspired to try some new techniques.

Hello dry hair. Anyone out there have any good tips for dry hair?

Hello craving sister time.

Hello catching up with old friends–it’s good for my heart.

Hello Monday–it’s here, ready or not! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

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August 24th | get creative, hello monday

Hello friends! It’s a brand new week and today the boys start their new school year. David is in 8th grade and Matthias is in 6th. We are excited for what this year holds!

I’ve been struggling with sadness over the last weeks and just a couple days ago the clouds started to part. I woke up happy and hopeful. It’s been a while–and I savored the feeling.

With hope and happiness comes creativity. I put together some little collages of beautiful things I’ve found on walks or at thrift stores. Inspiration is a good thing.

Life is imperfect. Life is hard. Life is beautiful. Life is to be lived. So today, let’s try to live it well.

It’s Monday. How about some hellos?
***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello air plants {I’m giving these a try!}, hello vintage print, hello feather, hello stones, hello swing free earrings.

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Hello jersey cow postcard, hello lavendar bottle, hello little twigs, hello swept away necklace.

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Hello little book, hello pretty illustrations, hello you’re my wish necklace.

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Hello sunburst ring. So pretty. To me, this represents hope. Each day is new.

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Hello packing lunches.

Hello special breakfast {chocolate chip pancakes, of course!}

Hello new desks, new classes, new teachers, new things to learn, new friends to make.

Hello trying hard to get outside, to walk, to jog, to sit in the sun. It’s good for my soul.

Hello praying and reflecting and journaling.

Hello house to clean and dishes to wash and laundry to fold.

Hello jewelry to make and meetings to have and dreams to pursue.

Hello boys to snuggle and moments to savor.

Good things are happening. It’s a brand new week–with beauty to be found. Today is a blessing, let’s soak it up.

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

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August 17th | boutiques i love, hello monday

Hello friends! Last night I got back from a weekend with some of my sisters. It was a sweet time and so good for my soul. We visited Plenty Boutique in Santa Ynez. It’s one of my favorite boutiques! If you’re driving on the 101, I recommend stopping in–and then head over to Dos Carlitos for chips and guacamole or SY Kitchen. Yum! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello Steph and Jules! They’re the owners of Plenty Boutique. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Hello unpacking. Or I should say, hello trying to avoid unpacking.

Hello cousins in town.

Hello Lego camp. Yay!

Hello last week of summer before SCHOOL starts. Yikes!

Hello planning school lunches and gathering school supplies.

Hello more meetings this week. There’s lots going on in the workshop. We’re planning and dreaming.

Hello birthday week! Hooray. Guess how old I am?!

Hello heat wave. It’s been warm here!

Hello starry night skies. Did you see the meteor shower last week. We saw some amazing shooting stars that streaked across the sky. Amazing!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Are you ready?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

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August 10th | family, hello monday, san luis obispo

We had four nieces in town this weekend, along with three aunties and a grandma. It was a full house and so much fun! We ate yummy food, hit some garage sales, watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off {classic!} and hiked Point Buchon in Montana de Oro.

It’s a brand new week! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello gorgeous weather. I want to be outside all the time!

Hello catching up on housework and laundry.

Hello wearing these earrings every day lately. Love!

Hello looking forward to a birthday weekend with my sisters. I can’t wait!

Hello slow mornings and pancakes. With lots of coffee of course.

Hello finishing up our fall line. I’m so excited to share it with you in a couple weeks.

Hello hiking and running. We’ve been getting out every chance we get.

Hello Thai chicken salad for dinner one night this week. I’m trying a variation of this recipe {cutting out some sugar, and putting it on top of lettuce instead of inside a tortilla}.

Hello big business decisions to make this week. I kinda want to curl up with a blanket and hide. Exciting and scary stuff.

Hello to you! It’s gonna be a good week. Let’s do this!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

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August 3rd | family, hello monday

Hello friends! We just got back from celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in Lake Arrowhead. It was busy and crazy and fun. Now we’re welcoming cousins and preparing for zoo camp this week! I’ve got pics to share of our trip and some hellos for a brand new week.

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello cousins and aunties and uncles and grandma and grandpa. All of us together!

Hello party prep and celebrating 50 years.

Hello splashing in the lake and waterslides.

Hello pine trees and starry skies.

Hello editing pics and smiling at memories made.

Hello stand-up paddle boarding for the first time. Once I got over being terrified of falling, I love it!

Hello big breakfasts and lots of coffee.

Hello making up spare beds for cousins.

Hello packing lunches and loading up on sunscreen for zoo camp.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty and busyness waiting. Are you ready?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

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July 20th | blog friends, hello monday

Hello friends! I am fresh back from the {in}courage retreat. I got home last night and I haven’t even unpacked yet! It was a sweet time to connect with old friends and get to know some of the ladies better. I had time to rest, have some great conversations, eat yummy food and even get a massage. Heaven! If you’re not familiar with {in}courage, it’s an online community with daily blog posts to encourage your soul. I’m part of the group of writers–and I’m honored to be in this group! It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello confetti fun!

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Hello loving the ‘friendship on purpose’ collection from {in}courage. Such sweet prints and more.

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Hello sweet friends.

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Hello familiar faces. Do you see faces you recognize?

Hello Nester’s barn. Such an inspiring space. Wow!

Hello time to talk and share my heart and heart others’ hearts. So good.

Hello hotel living for a few days. I love it when someone else makes the beds and coffee!

Hello warm North Carolina nights {and days!}

Hello thunderstorms like a monsoon!

Hello exercising while I was away. I don’t even know who I am anymore! It’s like I crave exercise.

Hello coming home to a clean house. What?!

Hello missing my boys and feeling so incredibly thankful to be home with them.

Hello brand new, beautiful week. Ready or not, here we go!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

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July 13th | family, hello monday, san luis obispo

We’ve had humpback whales off Avila Beach for weeks. We took a couple evening to walk along the ocean and look for them–and we say lots of backs and tales and spouts, but no jumping. So many of our friends had seen them jumping up out of the water to feed. We went back for lunch at Avila Beach and spent some time watching for them in the early afternoon and we finally saw a few pop their heads out of the water. It was amazing! So fun to whale watch from the shore.

It’s Monday and we’re greeting a new week. We’ve been busy with summer fun and work craziness. I’m not sure we’re ready to jump into another week but ready or not, here we go!

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello palm trees, ocean breezes and blue skies. It’s so beautiful where we live. We try to take time to enjoy it as much as we can!

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Hello pelicans above us and diving into the ocean to feed. So cool!

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Hello to feeling afraid. Matthias was worried about the stability of the pier. There were so many people out there whale watching. A couple days later, they closed the pier to make sure it was structurally sound. So maybe his fears were well founded!

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Hello to hugs and cuddles from a dear friend. Love is a beautiful thing.

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Hello cameras with long lenses. People have been getting some amazing photos! Check the shots this local photographer got. Awesome!

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Hello old friends. These guys went to high school together. So thankful they’re still friends!

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Hello watching and waiting and resting.

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Hello growing up together. These boys are getting so big!!

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Hello big smile, summer hair and evening light.

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Hello to one of my favorite smiles in the whole world.

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Hello resting on daddy’s shoulder. Life is good.

Hello preparing to meet up with the incourage writers on the east coast this weekend. I can’t wait!

Hello BBQing and loving the long days.

Hello emails and laundry and dishes. Always.

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there!

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July 6th | adventures, hello monday

Hello friends! We returned from a weekend in Santa Barbara where we spent time as a family and celebrated David’s birthday. One of the highlights of our weekend was a hike to Knapp’s Castle. It’s an old estate that burned down 70 years ago. I first heard about these ruins in Santa Barbara Magazine–they did a beautiful photoshoot there–and I was so inspired! {Click here to see the shoot} And, I’ve wanted to see it ever since! So we made the drive {about 15 miles from Santa Barbara} and it was so beautiful! The hike is super easy–not even really a hike. For more info on finding the unmarked trail that leads to the castle, click here. I took lots of pics for you. How about some hellos for a brand new week?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello driving uphill. Even before the hike started the views were insanely beautiful.

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Hello open to the public. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the owner will continue to allow people on the land. But for now, it’s accessible. {And you don’t have to climb through the gate, Matthias did that just for fun!}

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Hello archways. I wonder what these looked like 70 years ago?

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Hello amazing views! We could see lakes and mountains for miles.

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Hello high up. Hello touching the sky!

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Hello amplitheater or staircase? Not sure what this was or how it fit into the house?!

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Hello hot sun and no shade. We made sure to drink plenty of water. It was a lot warmer up there than in Santa Barbara.

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Hello family trip. Overall the weekend was exhausting and imperfect. We couldn’t seem to find our rhthym. But we had some sweet moments and some good conversations.

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Hello steps leading to the edge of the mountain.

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Hello holding hands and a cuddle. Love these moments.

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Hello to a pic with the two of us! Yay! Matthias is pretty good with the camera.

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Hello getting back in the swing of things–including grocery shopping, laundry and getting the house back in order.

Hello haircuts for the boys. Feels like we just got haircuts last week?!

Hello new jeans and shoes. These boys are outgrowing everything!

Hello keeping busy on these summer days. Matthias wants to stay home all day and draw or play video games and David wants to be outside playing. It’s balance keeping them both happy.

Hello tickets to Peter Pan for Friday night. I love that play and I can’t wait to share it with the boys.

Hello working out and working hard and playing too!

Hello brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Join me?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

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June 29th | adventures, hello monday, san luis obispo

Hello Monday! We are in the thick of summer fun and business craziness. The two seem to go hand in hand–and we’re doing our best to roll with it. Last week the boys and I met up with my twin sis and her twin daughters to kick off summer with some swimming, good food and hotel silliness. We had so much fun! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!

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Hello sunscreen! Sometimes putting on sunscreen feels like a part time job!

Hello swimming and sunshine. David loved the pool–it was nice and warm. And of course the other kids swam for hours.

Hello email and meetings between trips to the beach and the ice cream shop. Sometimes it flows and sometimes I feel pulled and frustrated.

Hello camping. Which means hello dirt and sand and roasting marshmallows.

Hello time with friends. That’s the best part of summer, I think!

Hello s’mores and cinnamon rolls and eating waaay too much sugar.

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

Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

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June 22nd | adventures, hello monday

Hello friends! We had a weekend packed with fun and productivity. We saw Inside Out {which we loved!}, ate at our favorite restaurant, celebrated Father’s Day and hiked Yucca Creek Ridge. It was a very warm day and the hike is steep with little shade. But we pushed out at had a great time. How about some hellos for a brand new week?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello yucca plants. They are actually quite sharp and we all got a few scratches during the hike.

Hello sun on my shoulders. I loaded up on screen and still managed to get a little sunburn.

Hello happy David on the hike, happy David during the movie and miserable David during dinner. Thankfully we had a server who was super speedy and we were in and out of the restaurant in 30 minutes.

Hello Matthias getting so good at hiking! I love being outdoors with him.

Hello hearing a rattlesnake on the trail and picking up the pace to get away. We never saw it, but it sure sounded like a rattle!

Hello working on sprucing up the master bedroom this week. Fun!

Hello exciting things to share with you this week. Stay tuned!

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty waiting to be found. Will you join me?

Leave some hellos in the comments section or link your own hello monday post there.