hello come and eat

older posts By September 4, 2017 5 Comments

Hello friends! Steve and I have been cooking a bit–nothing fancy–just yummy meals to try to bring our little family together. Yesterday morning we made bacon, eggs, sweet rolls and French press coffee. He makes a mean egg and perfect bacon. I set the table with chargers and runners and linen napkins and it makes it feel more official somehow. Bri McCoy’s book arrived at the perfect time and I can’t wait to read it. Today is the LAST day to preorder the book and get some extra goodies! Click here for more info.

How about some hellos for a new week? ❤️ 

Hello setting the table with pretty things–like a salt cellar, pepper grinder and salad tongs.

Hello using chargers and table runners and linen napkins. The texture makes my heart so happy. And a happy heart is a good thing. That gorgeous macrame runner is from this handmade shop.

Hello savoring the last couple bites of breakfast. Yum.

Hello trying to hydrate in the midst of this INSANE heat wave we’re having.

Hello thinking about Houston and praying for people who are beginning to put their lives back together.

Hello cleaning out closets and feeling embarrassed by the amount of stuff we accumulate.

Hello third week of high school. David is loving it. We are trying to encourage more independence for him. It’s hard for me–to be honest, I baby him too much. But I know it’s so important.

Hello second week of 8th grade. Matthias is loving it too. We are trying to encourage more responsibility for him. It’s hard for me–sometimes it’s easier to do it myself. But I know it’s so important.

Hello SALE in the shop–have you had your eye on something?

Hello feeling grateful for a day off.

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


want more sister time! {salvage life, long beach, ca}

older posts, shops i love By May 6, 2015 4 Comments

A couple weeks I met up with my twin sis, Chrissie for breakfast in Long Beach. I had David with me–so he got to hang out with the girls. And he had so much fun {almost as much fun as we did!}. We ate at Bake-n-Broil then walked over to Salvage Life–an adorable boutique, for some inspiration. This shop is amazing! I took lots of pics to share with you. Check it out.

Isn’t it charming? You can shop Salvage Life online here or follow her on Instagram here.

Just looking at these pics makes me want more sister time! I can’t get enough.
Happy Wednesday, friends!


friday love {instagram}

older posts By March 15, 2013 4 Comments

Hey friends! I’m sharing cell phone pics from the last couple weeks and linking up with Jeannett on Life Rearranged. If you’re on instagram, I’m lisaleonard.

This pretty shadow caught my eye.

I’m loving the colorful pieces from our hope{full} line.

Matthias’ drawing keep getting better and better. He just started art lessons and he’s so excited.

We were about to leave for church and he cuddled up and fell asleep!

At lunch, David laid his head on the table. I guess he was wiped out!

Favorite jeans, check! Favorite booties, check! Layered vest and yellow sweater, check!

Last week was gloomy and this week has been sunny. I don’t mind a little gloom, but I LOVE sunshine.

Colorful beads and pretty teacups. A perfect combination.

We had a jewelry making party for our friend Chloe. The cake is from The Madonna Inn and finished with our new alphabet toppers!

David loves his daddy. And vice versa.

Brothers. Melt my heart.

I had a way-too-short lunch with Ashley in Santa Barbara this week. It was good for my soul.

This weekend holds a birthday party, garage sale and hopefully some downtime. What are your plans for this weekend?


love to capture sweet moments {iPhone Videography 101}

older posts By February 28, 2013 7 Comments

You guys know I love capturing sweet moments through photos…most of the time with my iPhone, but lately, I’ve been taking TONS of videos. I want to show you some basic tips that have helped me capture candid moments. Here it goes:

1. How to hold your iPhone:

You want to make sure your phone is held horizontally. It seems basic, but it really makes a world of difference. By holding it horizontally, you will avoid the big black bars on each side of the video when you hold the phone vertically. These show up when you publish on YouTube {important to know when your video goes viral!} You will also get a much larger image, which means small details will be shown even better.

Holding iPhone vertically

Holding iPhone horizontally

2. How to get a clear picture:

When you tap the subject on the screen of your iPhone it will bring it into focus. A little square will appear and as soon as it is locked in, you will have a focused picture. Sometimes my phone will be a bit finicky, so I have to tap a couple times.

As you can see, the focus box will disappear once the subject (flower painting) is focused.

You can also tap and hold on what you want to focus. “AE/AF lock ” will pop up indicating the focus has been locked. This way, if you move your phone out of the area you were taking video of, it will automatically focus when you move it back into that area. This is also great for pictures!

3. How to add effects and filters to your video:

I’ve found some great iPhone apps, but my favorite is the 8mm app. There are a ton of fun effects you can do with this app. It’s only $2.99 and so worth it. I’ll share a few basic tips.

To get started you can either upload a video or record straight from the app. The knob in the right-hand corner flips through some awesome effects that can make your video look like it was shot with a real 8mm camera or with dads old video camera. There are 10 different filters to choose from.

In addition to normal audio recording, you can choose to shoot your video with muted or with the camera reel sound. I love this! It makes my video feel like the original silent films. So much fun to play around with!

I love recording family time and the seemingly insignificant moments in life. What do you like to take videos of?


hello monday {link up}

older posts By December 12, 2011 25 Comments

It’s a new week {and we are getting closer to christmas!}

hello watching our favorite holiday movie–elf, charlie brown christmas, love actually and little women

hello fireplace and clam chowder with these crunched up and sprinkled on top. yum.

hello carols and christmas music playing throughout the house and in the car {especially this album}

hello getting warm clothes for a trip to omaha to see cousins–we can’t wait!

hello complete lack of self-control when it comes to all the desserts and candy around me.

hello more christmas shopping to be done. are you done yet?

hello healthy. right now we are all cold and flu–for the first time in a month.

hello monday–it’s going to be a great week!

link up in the comments or just leave a note–and let us know what you’re saying hello to today!


friday love

older posts By June 10, 2011 14 Comments

time to recap the week with instagram! i’m linking up with jeannett at life rearranged. so fun!

1. i woke up in seattle last weekend. so good to get away!

2. our new play every day necklace

3. ice cold sodas for a BBQ

4. flying back from seattle i took a pic of morro rock through the plane propellor

5. out for a late breakfast with my sweetie

6. stacked up fiestaware plates

7. the stacks in morro bay {david was home sick, so we went for a drive}

8. fresh flowers, a gift from my friend katie

it’s friday–and we are ready for the weekend! what are your weekend plans?


sunday inspiration

older posts By May 22, 2011 11 Comments


1. these shoes look stylish and comfortable. and they’re on sale.

2. this engagement session is pure magic

3. love the aqua wall with the yellow buffet. happy!

4. wood letters on canvas then spray painted. genius.

5. i want to make desserts in a jar this summer.

what’s inspiring you today?