Ohio report and a new week to begin!

Hello friends! This weekend I snuck away for dinner with my sisters in Ojai {about 30 miles inland from Santa Barbara} and we stayed the night. Then I woke up early and made it back in time for church and a chili cook off. It was a full weekend–and lots of fun.

I’ve got pictures to share from Ojai. It’s a sweet little town full of art, some cute shops and some small hotels. My favorite shop was Fig–full of succulents and handmade items. So much inspiration! The time with my sisters was good for my soul. We talked laughed and ate good food. Pretty much perfect, right?

How about some hellos for a new week?

Hello sunshine through the trees. The days have been surprisingly warm and the nights have been surprisingly cold.

Hello hallway. I love this hopscotch painted on the wood. Adorable idea.

Hello succulents. Love.

Hello little white lights–magical!

Hello dream catchers. The way the light was shining through the glass beads was breathtaking!

Hello leaves. I’m soaking up fall.

Hello steps lines with spanish tiles. So pretty!

Hello evening sunlight.

Hello sister time. Hello thankful.

Hello laundry to do. I’m putting it off.

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Hello chilly nights with extra blankets on the bed.

Hello snuggling in the morning and not wanting to get up.

Hello hot cider in the evening.

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new, beautiful week. Let’s jump in!

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


  1. Hi Lisa! This is my first time visiting your website/blog and just wanted to say “What a small world…”

    Today I Googled “weddings on a small budget” and came across your article from last year on Huffington Post. I liked what you wrote and visited your website. Then I see this post about Ojai and how you were with your sisters at Azu. Well, I was at Azu this past weekend too, at a table behind you… getting proposed to! I remember looking at your table and thinking, “Wow, all those ladies have fabulous curly hair; they must be related!” 😀

    1. Um, that is CRAZY!!!! Congratulations. And yes, it is such a small world. {And what a fun restaurant to have a your proposal spot!!}

  2. Hello to the first snowflakes of the season! (We live in NW Montana). Hello to the other half of our belongings arriving to our new home after we sold our house in Atlanta!

  3. The husband & I were hoping for an Ojai getaway next month, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. 🙁

    Love Ojai, very laid-back and they have an awesome bookstore that I’m dying to visit. Oh well…maybe we’ll get there next year!

  4. Ahh I’m glad you liked our little valley up in the mountains. It has lots of layers of fun. Love Fig too. Always fun to explore new places. If you ever head his way again and need a list I’d be happy to set you up.

  5. Sister time, Ojai Valley Inn, discovering new shops, great food and conversation…what more can you ask for? I think it’s great that you and Steve give each other time away to spend with your other loved ones!

  6. I definitely need to make it out to the west coast one of these days. It seems that these cute little eclectic, artsy shops are everywhere! So fun to get time with your sisters…all four of you have the most fabulous hair. 🙂

    Hello to a day at the farm, a big marketplace week and managing stress, saying happy 99th to a special lady and favorite soups and breads: http://happylittlelovelies.com/2013/10/28/hello-monday-the-market-week-sassy-bread-and-soup-version/

  7. Love this – makes me want to visit Ojai! So good for you to have some sister time. I’m saying hello to leaving for work in a few minutes with a big cup of hot strong coffee………and our beautiful fall in southern California.

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