hello pug love

hello monday, Louis and Beasley By November 30, 2015 1 Comment

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?


hello loft, hello you

hello monday, san luis obispo By October 19, 2015 2 Comments

Our new space on Chorro Street in downtown San Luis Obispo has a large open space downstairs and a loft upstairs. The floors downstairs are concrete and upstairs is hardwood. And the brick. I love this space. We are working on planning it out and getting the furniture we need. I can’t wait to share it all with you as it comes together. It’s going to take some time–I can’t wait to make it beautiful.

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Hello skylights in the loft that let in natural light. I love it.

Hello brick and the texture it adds to the space.

Hello finding a new rhythm for getting work done.
hello loft hello you4Hello wishing for cooler weather and wearing scarves out of protest {at least until 10am!}

Hello trying a new recipe this week–mediterranean chicken

Hello photo shoot this week. Christmas is coming! Yay and yikes!

Hello loving the fresh, clean, redecorated boys’ room. I have more pics to share this week!

Hello planning my next area of the house to purge, clean and freshen. There’s no stopping me.

Hello wearing this, watching this and being inspired by this.

Hello to you. It’s a brand new week, a new beginning and a fresh start. What will this week bring? Leave some hellos below!


hello sunshine

hello monday By October 12, 2015 6 Comments

It has been so warm around these parts! If you’re in California–you’re probably ready for a break from the heat. We’ve set out our pumpkins and we’ve pulled out some sweaters–but the weather still feels like summer! So we’re saying hello to the sunshine and finding lots of things to be grateful for. How about some hellos for a brand new week?
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Hello sunflowers. I have them around the house. They are so happy!

Hello leftovers. We had lots of family {25 people} in town over the weekend and we’ll be eating leftovers for the next few days.

Hello getting the house back in order after everyone has left.

Hello quiet house. It always feels so quiet after company leaves. Which is good and bad.

Hello organizing and purging. I am on a roll–feels so good!

Hello saying goodbye to our sitter. She is moving to San Francisco and we will miss her terribly!

Hello clean sheets on the bed.

Hello fresh cup of coffee.

Hello gratefulness–I want to focus on the beauty around me.

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or leave a link to your blog post there.



hello new rhythm, hello new addiction

hello monday, san luis obispo By October 5, 2015 2 Comments

We are in our new space on Chorro in downtown San Luis Obispo and unpacking boxes and getting things running. Moving is exhausting! Our new space is such a different rhythm–I love ir, and I’m still adjusting.. I’m parking in a new place, arranging my desk differently, and finding new inspiration. Once we get settle into the space, we’ll begin to put together our retail store. We imagine it will take a few months to get everything together. I can’t wait to make it happen–but it’s going to take time.

Directly across the street from our shop is a boba tea house, called Sweetie Cup.
It’s my new addiction. It’s Monday-how about some hellos for a new week?

sweetie cup boba san luis obispo-01Hello walking across the street to get a tea. It’s so nice to walk places!

sweetie cup boba san luis obispo-02Hello orchid. Love.

sweetie cup boba san luis obispo-03Hello succulents lined up in the window. Pretty.

sweetie cup boba san luis obispo-04Hello room to sit and read or chat. This place really fills up in the afternoon.

sweetie cup boba san luis obispo-05Hello Mango milk tea {unsweet} with boba. Yum!
Hello wanting to try other flavors, but this one is so good!

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Hello ordering boba online so I can try making it at home, too!
Hello walking more now that we’re downtown. There are great restaurants, shops and coffee.
Hello cleaning and cleaning. I want everything CLEAN {at home and at the shop}.
Hello purging. Friends, I am on a kick to simplify. I feel invigorated.
Hello trying to find the motivation to cook in the midst of transition.
Hello trying to come up with halloween costumes. It’s not that far away!
Hello decorating the porch with pumpkins.
Hello rewatching every episode of Scrubs, beginning with season one. I love that show.
Hello looking for reasons to be grateful {there are so many, don’t you think?!}

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments.

Follow Sweetie Cup on Instagram here!



hello birthday boy!

hello monday By September 28, 2015 3 Comments

It’s Steve’s birthday today! We celebrated with friends over the weekend and we’re having a little family celebration today.

Hello to a brand new week with blessings to be found and gratefulness to nurture.

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Hello Beatles fan. Steve has loved the Beatles since he was young. We’re going to see Ringo in concert this weekend!

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Hello berry cobbler for the birthday boy. I made a new recipe last week and we’re still enjoying the leftovers. {I dropped half of it on the ground–so sad. But that’s a story for another time.}

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Hello love and family. We’re thankful to call this guy husband, father, light-saber dueler and friend.

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Hello to the biggest heart. Steve cares deeply for the marginalized and the hurting.

Hello to filling our home with music. I love to hear him play guitar and sing.

Hello running our business with passion and insight.

Hello growing and changing together.

Hello to another year. Birthdays are a good thing!

What awe you saying hello to this week?



hello new beginnings

hello monday By September 21, 2015 No Comments

It feels like lots of change around here–good change! Change is crazy, right? But it means finding a new rhythm and that takes a bit of time.

It’s Monday, a new beginning and a fresh start. 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 eating healthy and whole. Most of my cart was filled yesterday with fresh vegetable, lean meats and yummy cheese.

Hello tired. I didn’t get enough sleep this weekend.

Hello moving our workshop. It’s a huge project and we’re still nailing down final details for our new space. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Hello trying some new recipes with David. All his food is blended and we’ve been stuck in a rut. It’s time to mix things up!

Hello heat wave. We’re longing for fall and rain and cooler weather over here!

Hello birthday week for Steve! Hooray! We’re planning some fun things to celebrate him.

Hello designing some pretty new things for next year.

Hello new art class for Matthias. I hope he loves it.

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week filled with new things, opportunities to be brave and 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.