Toddler

Adventures in Parenthood // I Have a Toddler

Oh, my heart. A few weeks ago Henry took his first steps. We had been working on it with him, helping him go from crawling to walking holding both hands…

Toddler

Oh, my heart. A few weeks ago Henry took his first steps. We had been working on it with him, helping him go from crawling to walking holding both hands to walking holding one hand and finally we were playing in the living room one night and Ryan said “Walk to Mommy!” And he just… did. And my heart twisted in a new way that I haven’t felt yet because my baby is now a toddler.

How do these days pass? Days and then weeks and then months and milestones and years? I have never wished one moment away, even the ones in the middle of the night where your legs give out because you fell asleep standing up trying to shush the kid to sleep. Not even the ones where you’re covered in puke for the third time that week. Or the ones where the kid doesn’t even want you because he’s into Dad that week. But despite not wishing those moments away, they fly just as quickly as the happy moments and they fall away and every day the baby marches farther away from being a baby and closer to being a kid/teenager/adult.

I remember the first few weeks of having Hanky home — I was a postpartum mess. I would look at him and feel these scary waves of love that I couldn’t control and didn’t know how to deal with and the only way they could make it out of me was to cry like an idiot. So there were some tears. And then after a few weeks I could feel the fog lifting and I felt more like myself. But it wasn’t like the love subsided; it was more like I learned how to manage it. Like learning how to surf. You’re never gonna turn the wave the way you want it so you just ride it out and enjoy. And now that he’s older, every time he hits a milestone or learns something new or looks at me and touches my face, I feel those same waves and just try to ride it out.

I imagined him taking his first steps a dozen times. But never once did I imagine how I would feel about it. Turns out, the overwhelming feeling was pride. Pride?! Never would have guessed. But here’s this tiny person, and I was the first one in the world to touch him, and he’s ours, and we watched him learn to breathe and eat and drink, and now he’s figured out how to put one foot in front of the other. And I was just so proud of him that he was brave enough to try and fall and try again.

And now? Now we have a kid who runs around and tears apart our cabinets and looks at us with total unbridled joy that he found the bag of tortilla chips. Mom!!! Look at these chiiiips!!! At least, that’s what I imagine he’s saying. So we clean it up and make another mess and learn another thing or two every day. And I have a toddler. xoxo

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Before Henry was born, I was pretty decent at taking care of myself. I mean, when you have all the time in the world to cook or go to the…

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Before Henry was born, I was pretty decent at taking care of myself. I mean, when you have all the time in the world to cook or go to the gym, it’s a piece of cake to think about and do the things that are good for you. And then came the age of the baby. Yeesh. I love being a parent but all of a sudden the day is completely full between working and momming and it’s so easy to get to 3 pm and realize that you have a headache because you haven’t had a single glass of water that day. (True story.) When literally every waking moment you have is packed, how do you take care of yourself? It’s a toughie.

I decided early on that I would make a few sacrifices to try to take care of my health as a mom. It’s so important to me for so many reasons — not the least of which is that I just feel like a better version of myself when I’m eating well, being active, staying hydrated, all that good stuff. So whether you’re a mom, or just crazy busy, or just trying to crush your New Year’s goals of taking better care of yourself, here are my five favorite ways to make some time for your health.

Get up Early

I know. I know. We’re not all morning people. But sometimes you just have to haul yourself out of bed to get a jump on the day. When Henry was about 2 months old I started getting up at 5:30 to go to the gym and it was the best gift I could have given myself (these days it’s more like 6, since I don’t have to pump first any more). I can get up, get to the gym for a serious sweat session, get back home, get showered and do my hair and makeup before anybody else in my house is even awake. (God bless my child who dutifully sleeps until 7:30 every morning!) That way, my body is awake and alert, I’ve gotten my workout in, I feel fresh and pumped and ready to take on the day.

Water Water Water

I heard a trainer at my gym say to someone the other day that the body responds to water like nothing else. And it’s so true! Can’t you feel it when you are dehydrated? I feel slow, foggy, and just… ick. So I’ve trained myself to just always have a tumbler of water with me, period. It follows me all over the house while I work and I take it with me in the car. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I always drink more when it’s out of a cute cup (like this one! or you can make your own!).

Take Your Vitamins

Another thing that I always forget makes me feel good? Taking a really good multivitamin. Knowing that I’m supplying my body with the nutrients it needs gives me a little peace of mind, and it’s something that literally only takes a few seconds to accomplish every day. I’ve been taking the OLLY Super Food Women’s Multi, which has all the usual goodies in a multivitamin, plus a gang of antioxidants that most other multis don’t have. It’s got phytonutrients from some of the most nutritious foods on the planet, so if you’re short a couple of veggies for the day it gives you the extra nutrient boost you need. When I’m taking a good multi like this one, hands down I have better energy reserves to get me through the day. The OLLY Superfoods line is now available at all Target stores in the U.S., in addition to OLLY.com. (Psst — you can get 20% off your first subscription of any OLLY product right here with the code SUPER20, valid until March 30!)

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Snack Well

You never have to tell me to eat twice. I’m alllll about snack time. But obviously not all snacks are created equal. Instead of just pounding the nearest candy bar, take a few quick minutes to get something balanced. A little protein goes a long way at snack time; picks like greek yogurt, cheese & crackers, or apple & peanut butter make me feel balanced and fueled enough to stay focused. You do not want to hang out with me if I miss that snack, guys.

Set Healthy Reminders

This is a new one for me! I set a few reminders on my smartphone throughout the day to stop whatever I’m doing, get up, and do something active for one minute. Sometimes I’ll plank for a minute, or do a minute’s worth of squats or pushups, or whatever strikes my fancy. It gets the blood pumping and is the perfect way to break up a day without spending a ton of time. That, and my plank game is getting strong.

So! What other time savers do you have up your sleeve when it comes to looking out for your health? For some reason, it’s the easiest thing to let slide when we get busy (especially, I feel, for women), but perhaps the thing that we should make the most important. I really believe that when a body feels healthy so many other things fall into place. I’d love for you to share more tips in the comments, and I hope that a few pieces of my routine make their way into your days too! xoxo

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

This post is sponsored by OLLY. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

DIY Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

I’ve been dreaming and dreaming of these Valentines for so long, and this weekend it was finally time to do them! We teamed up with North Star Balloons to make…

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

I’ve been dreaming and dreaming of these Valentines for so long, and this weekend it was finally time to do them! We teamed up with North Star Balloons to make this little dream of mine come true and it was a complete blast to run around, bombing downtown with balloon love. We met so many fun people who were wondering what we were doing, and it was so fun to see people come up and take photos under the balloons we left! I’m still on cloud nine. If you want a super-fast, super-simple, but high impact way to tell your Valentine you love ’em, grab some balloons and get going!

This one is super simple. Just get your alphabet balloons, spell something sweet, blow them up and string them on some twine. Tie the twine somewhere your Valentine will find it, and hide around the corner! (Or not, because that’s creepy?) If you don’t have anything to tie to, you can tape the ends up with duct tape or something similar.

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Or do like we did and just spread some love around your town! (Be sure to go back later and take the balloons down, lest you get arrested for littering. Or graffiti. Or any of the other myriad crimes I was afraid we’d get arrested for.) We also may or may not have tied some in the bushes in my sister’s front yard for her family to discover, which led to some pretty adorable photos of my niece and nephew.

So be a rebel and give some guerrilla Valentines this year! And if you’re in my neck of the woods, did you happen to see them downtown this weekend? 😉 xoxo

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Product for this post was provided by North Star Balloons. Thanks for the love, North Star!

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine with X and O Cookies

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?! It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes. We teamed…

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?! It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes. We teamed up with Creativebug to learn a few sugar cookie techniques (since I know you guys are suuuuuper into cookies right now, evidence here) and couldn’t resist making these cool swirly cookies for Valentine’s Day. What I love about these is that once you prep the dough, you just slice them up, bake them, and the decorating is already done for you! They’re ready to eat as soon as they come out of the oven. And we all know how important instant gratification is when it comes to sugar. And the best part is that these little x and o cookies go perfectly with our printable Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine!

Creativebug has an awesome cookie making class using the Wilton Method, where they break down the recipe and how to customize it with different flavors and colors. (I totally learned a new coloring trick that saved my hands from being dyed red all week!) You can check out the class here, and even try Creativebug for free. They’ve got bunches of Valentine classes too, if you need some inspiration to get your Cupid on! To get going on your cookies, check out the video and make your dough. We’ll pick it up from there!

Materials

Step 1: Make dough according to Creativebug’s recipe. Split the dough up into as many different bunches as you would like different colors. Color the dough according to Creativebug’s instructions.

Step 2: Roll out each color of dough and chill for about an hour.

Step 3: Remove from the fridge and stack the sheets of dough on top of one another; stack as many sheets as you would like colors in your swirl. Use the rolling pin to roll the stacks out a bit to help the colors adhere together.

Step 4: Roll the dough into tubes, following Creativebug’s instructions. Chill the tubes, wrapped in parchment paper.

Step 5: Remove from the fridge and slice the cookies into 1/4″ slices. For the o’s, leave as-is. For the x’s, cut each cookie into an x shape by cutting away a small triangle of dough on all four sides of the slice.

Step 6: Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for approximately 8-10 minutes.

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Yay! Pull those bad boys out of the oven and enjoy. And if you want to give a little bag of them with our Tic-Tac-Toe printable, simply print, cut, and give about 6 x’s and o’s with each board. Write a little note on the bottom or the back of the board and tell your Valentine how much you love ’em. Be sure to head to Creativebug to see all the other fun ways you can get your cookie on! xoxo

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

This post is sponsored by Creativebug. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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First Friday List // Having Fun!

Iiiiiiiit’s list time! I don’t care what they say about me — lists make my brain happy. Especially lists that aren’t full of to-dos. Lists where you just get to…

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Iiiiiiiit’s list time! I don’t care what they say about me — lists make my brain happy. Especially lists that aren’t full of to-dos. Lists where you just get to think of your favorite things and write them down are the best, right?! This week’s list is about fun stuff. As in: What Do You Like to Do For Fun?

Oh man, I could go on and on! But somehow I think that we should pare it down because we would be here until next week if we just started listing willy nilly. So let’s talk your top five favorite things to do for fun. Okay let’s see. Here are mine.

Travel
Time with pals and family
Eating good food and drinking good drinks, preferably with fun people
Music – making it or listening to it
Taking photos

What are your top five?! Like, if you could choose anything to be doing right now instead of work or laundry or meetings, what fun stuff would you choose? Here’s hoping you get to do most of those things this weekend! xoxo

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

DIY Gold Iron On Foil Heart Shirt

I’ll let you in on a little secret: we filmed this video over a month ago and I’ve been dying to show you this project! I got this giant roll of…

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

I’ll let you in on a little secret: we filmed this video over a month ago and I’ve been dying to show you this project! I got this giant roll of gold screenprint foil a while back and it’s so fun to experiment with. You can put it on all kinds of stuff. This little stripey heart shirt is the perfect use for the gold iron on foil, and I decided to make a video to show you that this stuff is totally simple to work with. Take a peek at the video and you’ll see how fast you can make it!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

FYI, the foil and adhesive come in large quantities, so you could get together with a bunch of besties and make shirts galore! They’re just in time for Valentine’s Day, and perfect to wear all year too. Don’t forget to subscribe to Lovely Indeed’s YouTube channel for lots more video goodness! xoxo

P.S. Another gold foil project!

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

How to Make a Gold Foil Iron Transfer Shirt for Valentine's Day

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Printable Tags for Valentine’s Day

Sometimes a free printable just hits the spot, right? I’ve been in a pinch more than a few times for a card or tag and just hit up some of…

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Sometimes a free printable just hits the spot, right? I’ve been in a pinch more than a few times for a card or tag and just hit up some of my pals on the internet for a quick printable for the occasion. So if you find yourself in need of some tags for your Valentine’s Day gifts, I’ve got your back!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Step 1: Download the files right here. Note: These are special files meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like they didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose the tags you’d like and print on the Avery Printable Tags with Strings.

Step 4: Fold the printed sheet at the perforations to pop the tags out, and wrap your gifts!

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Cute, huh? I sat down to design these and started liking the design so much I could have gone on making a slew of different versions. But I figured four was enough for even you Valentine’s Day superfans, so four it is. And I’ve also decided that pink and yellow is officially my new favorite Valentine color combo.

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Also! This is the first of a year full of awesome printables in a collab with Avery! So if there are any deep and yearning desires for a certain kind of printable that’s missing from your life, holla at your girl. xoxo

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

Free Printable Valentine's Day Gift Tags

This post is sponsored by Avery. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Waffles for Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now…

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

 

Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now have an extra mini-Valentine who will probably throw his peas at you while you’re trying to have a civilized dinner. It’s probably a good thing that Ryan and I have never been huge Valentine fanatics because our dreams would be dashed. But even so, you’ve gotta at least try to do a little something special to celebrate, so this year we did an early Valentine’s date at home, since we’ll be traveling on the actual day. I got all inspired when Wayfair came to us and asked what our ideal Valentine’s Day at home would be, because obviously it includes waffles. Waffles, and something to distract Henry while we try to eat them in peace and sip some bubbly, which is why we snagged a teepee for him. Bribing a kid with heart waffles and a teepee apparently works like a charm.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

The heart waffles are as simple as it gets!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your favorite waffles!

Step 2: Slice a bunch of fruit in thin slices. Bonus points if you use lots of different colors!

Step 3: Use various sizes of heart cookie cutters to cut out the waffles and fruit.

Step 4: Stack them up, hold together with a skewer, and enjoy!

We had a blast hanging out and getting our waffle on, and Henry thought it was hysterical that he could eat in his little tent instead of at the table. We’re walking on the wild side over here, people.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

A couple other Wayfair faves that made our V-Day so fun? That yellow couch!!! OMG. That baby is going in the new studio and I’m sure you’ll be seeing it around these parts all the dang time. It’s perfect with the little gold side table, too. See below for all of our Wayfair picks!

Mid-Century Sofa
Fur Throw Pillow
Canvas Teepee
Moroccan Shag Rug
Round End Table
Ice Bucket
Black and Gold Shaker
Black Flatware Set
Pink Dishes
Striped Blanket
Mrs. Throw Pillow

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Or a favorite thing to do? If you have kids, do you celebrate with them? I cannot WAIT until Henry’s old enough that he and I can secretly DIY a Valentine for Ryan together. Oh man that’s gonna be fun. I’m just picturing me trying to force him to use glitter on everything and him wanted to draw a tractor with hearts on it. In any case, hope these little heart waffles make their way to your Valentine’s table! Big thanks to Wayfair for helping us celebrate in style. xoxo

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

This post is presented in partnership with Wayfair. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs…

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Whenever I look at this sign I hear this in my head and so I’ve been singing getitgetitgetitgetitgetitgetitgirl over and over for the last two weeks. And honestly, there are worse songs to have stuck in your head so I don’t mind too terribly much. But whatever. I love this project! Michaels came out with these pegboard letters recently and I was stoked because I saw them and immediately this project popped into my head. And it turned out exactly how I wanted it, which definitely isn’t always the case. It’s super simple and comes together pretty quickly — one of those instant gratification-type projects that we love so much around here.

Materials

  • pegboard letters from Michaels (I looked online and it seems like for now they’re in-store only)
  • 1/2″ thick plywood long enough for your desired word
  • #8 1 1/4″ screws (enough so that you have about 4 for each letter; some letters will take fewer)
  • 1/2″ nylon spacers
  • #8 flat washers
  • drill
  • pencil
  • white pegboard hooks
  • tools for hanging (screws, nails, etc)
  • optional: white paint and small paintbrush

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Step 1: Pick out your letters and know what you’d like to spell. Lay it out and measure the length of all the letters together; add a couple of inches on either side. This is how long you’ll need your wood to be. You can usually talk someone into cutting it for you at the hardware store!

Step 2: Lay your letters out on the wood. Plan where you’ll have your screws and trace the inside of those holes onto the wood.

Step 3: On each tracing, drill a little pilot hole.

Step 4: Stack two washers and then a spacer onto a screw. Insert the screw through the hole you planned to use in your first letter. Repeat with all of the screws you plan to use on the letter. Find the corresponding places on the wood and slot the screws into the pilot holes. Use the drill to tighten each screw.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with the remaining letters on your wood.

Optional: If you want a cleaner look, paint the heads of your screws white.

Step 6: Hang it on the wall in your preferred method! You can screw all four corners in, or hang it like a picture with wire across the back.

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

Insert your pegboard hooks and hang up your prettiest tools! I decided that I needed a place for all of my scissors to live so they’ll finally all be in one place. So now when I need a tool fast, I can just go Get It. Get it? Good. xoxo
How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

How to Make DIY Pegboard Words

P.S. See what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to this month with the new Make Market line!

Yellow Pillow Toss

This Week + Last Day to Apply!

Just casually laying around and throwing a pillow. Like you do. But hey we have more important things to talk about! Like the fact that today is the last day…

Yellow Pillow Toss

Just casually laying around and throwing a pillow. Like you do.

But hey we have more important things to talk about! Like the fact that today is the last day to apply for our open positions at Lovely Indeed!!! Wanna come work with us? See all of the details and find out about the application process right here. We’re accepting applications through end of day today and then we’ll start reviewing. So what are you waiting for?!

In other news, my Pinterest boards are off the chain lately because there’s so much beautiful stuff to look at in blogland! To save you the time, here are a few majorly clickable items to fill your weekend. Have a good one! xoxo

Textile moths!
We watched The Big Short this week and woah it’s enough to make your head spin.
Meanwhile, I thought I was growing my hair back out but #7 here may have me reconsidering…
Nail art that I can get behind.
I’ve got Ann Shen’s wallpaper on my desktop this week and it’s pumping me up!

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Conversation Heart Popcorn

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar…

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar and Bash! We have slightly different techniques but we both clearly know what’s up. 

Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s Day — it’s conversation heart season! Maybe, just mayyyyybe my favorite seasonal candy. And you guys KNOW I’m a candy connoisseur. So clearly I’m the authority on these things. If you love those weird little hearts as much as I do, I’m thinking you should probably test out this super quick little popcorn recipe, just to be safe. I’m only looking out for your best interests.

Ingredients

Make Time: 10 Minutes

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your popcorn. We just use plain kernels and an air popper like this one. So simple!

Step 2: Spread your popcorn in a single layer on some wax paper.

Step 3: Melt your chocolate. Start with one cup of unmelted wafers and microwave according to the instructions. Once they’re about half melted add two drops of pink food coloring (the neon set in our ingredients list is awesome!). Melt fully and stir to mix the color.

Step 4: Drizzle the melted chocolate over your popcorn, and while it’s still melted, sprinkle conversation hearts over the top. You may want to individually nestle some hearts into the spots with lots of chocolate so that they stick well.

Step 5: Allow the chocolate to cool and harden, and eat up! You can bag it and give it to pals, or just make a big bowl for a Galentine’s Day movie marathon.

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

So easy and SO GOOD. For bonus points you can sprinkle a little sea salt and get that extra good sweet-salty combo going on. I accidentally maybe ate a whole bowl of this stuff while watching an episode of Jane the Virgin. Which, by the way, is my new favorite show. Are you watching it? Watch it ASAP so we can talk about whether you’re #teammichael or #teamrafael! xoxo

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

P.S. Need more Valentine’s Day ideas? I’ve got you covered.