Henry 9 Months

Henry // Nine Months

The kid is nine months old and things are starting to get real! One night shy of his nine month birthday, we had our very first brush with illness in…

Henry 9 Months

Henry 9 Months

The kid is nine months old and things are starting to get real! One night shy of his nine month birthday, we had our very first brush with illness in the form of some spectacular vomiting and Ryan and I were wayyyyy out of our depth. We called my sister ASAP (who happens to be a supermom) and she came over to calm our nerves. The two of us were in way worse shape than Henry was, though — he would just kind of barf and then go back to being his chipper self. We, on the other hand, were totally jangled and took his temperature about every five seconds for the next day.

But I digress! This kid is definitely becoming a person more and more every day. He’s silly and he’ll tease us or joke with us and make up his own little games (his specialty is “let me dump this thing over the side of the high chair and see how many times someone will pick it up for me”). He is all over the place wiggly and wants to go go go. He has a ready smile and loves to meet people while we’re out and about. He loves to watch and interact with other kids — his cousins are his favorite people to hang out with, I think. He’s starting to recognize and say some words! His first few, in order: dog, fan, truck. Nope, not mama or dada. Just dog fan truck. I’ll take it, I guess. Especially truck. Oh it’s just the most perfect little sound when he says it. Almost in a whisper: Tduuu…CK. With the biggest CK you can imagine.

Also, despite being a nine month old dude, this kid will. not. crawl. Like not on all fours anyway. He’s completely mobile, but his mode of transportation is more like an army crawl situation where he just drags his tummy across the floor. Seems like a lot of work to me but he’s into it. He will army crawl from here to kingdom come to get at a book or toy that he’s interested in. Or to get at anything with wheels that he can touch. He’s so into wheels right now it’s insane. He particularly loves to try to eat the wheels on his stroller, which is dirty and disgusting so we have to hide the stroller now.

But mostly, every day is different and every day is better and I love to see him learning and loving the world around him. I really think he does, and that makes me pretty happy. xoxo

8 Month Old Baby

Henry 9 Months

Henry 9 Months

Tulum Ruins

This Week + Our Travels

We’re back in the states after an unreal time in Tulum, spending a quick day in LA and then heading home. Guys, everything everyone says about Tulum is true —…

Tulum Ruins

We’re back in the states after an unreal time in Tulum, spending a quick day in LA and then heading home. Guys, everything everyone says about Tulum is true — there’s some weird magic there that makes it feel like another world. I can’t WAIT to share all of our adventures, especially tips and tricks for taking a little one along with you to Mexico. We had a ball and learned a ton and saw some of the most beautiful spots we’ve ever seen traveling.

But! You know me — I’m the most extreme combo of adventurer and homebody you could dream up, so I’m excited to get back to our little house and our routine. Sometimes the most beautiful thing about traveling is the way that it makes you appreciate your own backyard, huh?

What’s everybody been up to? I haven’t been online in what feels like ages and I’ve got some catching up to do. Tell me what you’re doing this weekend! xoxo

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Agate Stone Wall Hooks

I double dog dare you to resist making this DIY, guys. It’s just too dang pretty! When the light shines through these lovely little wall hooks just the right way, I can’t…

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

I double dog dare you to resist making this DIY, guys. It’s just too dang pretty! When the light shines through these lovely little wall hooks just the right way, I can’t stop staring. And now I have a pretty little place to hang some of my fancy lady accessories.

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

It just so happens that these pretty agate wall hooks are my featured kit this month over on Darby Smart, so you can get everything you need to put these together sent to your door in one little box! The agate slices that they have are primo, and it’s like opening a treasure chest to see which colors you’re gonna get. My nerdy, geode-loving, third grade self is in absolute heaven. Head over to Darby Smart to see the full project and get a kit to make it yourself! xoxo

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DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Paint-Dipped Flatware

Hey kittens! Coming atcha today with a quick DIY that’ll take ya no time at all. I made these paint-dipped utensils and we’ve been using them as our outdoor flatware…

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

Hey kittens! Coming atcha today with a quick DIY that’ll take ya no time at all. I made these paint-dipped utensils and we’ve been using them as our outdoor flatware all summer! Since the theme of the day is quick and easy, let’s get right down to it. You’ll have your own paint-dipped flatware in no time… flat. (Oh come on, I had to.)

Materials

  • plain set of flatware (cheap is good! think dollar store stuff.)
  • latex paint
  • waterproof polyurethane sealant
  • sandpaper
  • twine
  • binder clips
  • cardboard or other material to catch paint drips

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

Step 1: Lightly sand the handles of the flatware to rough them up so the paint will adhere.

Step 2: Dip the handle of your flatware into the paint.

Step 3: Rig up a string of twine so it’s suspended. Clip a binder clip over the twine and onto the utensil so that it hangs to drip dry. Be sure to place your cardboard underneath to catch all the paint drips.

Step 4: Repeat with all flatware and allow it to hang dry. We let ours hang for a good few days to really cure and harden.

Step 5: If desired, dip into the poly sealant to add an extra layer of protection. I recommend this if you’re planning on getting a lot of use out of your pieces!

Step 6: Allow the poly to dry and cure for another few days. Then remove the flatware, hand wash, and eat up!

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

See? So simple! It’s literally dip, repeat, dip, repeat. I love ’em! And I’m kind of wondering if, when you get tired of the color, you could just dip right over it with a new color. Maybe we’ll try it in the fall?! Happy making! xoxo

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

More office supply DIY fun for our grownup version of back-to-school! I love using clipboards to display a rotating selection of art on my walls at home. But sometimes those…

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

More office supply DIY fun for our grownup version of back-to-school! I love using clipboards to display a rotating selection of art on my walls at home. But sometimes those ol’ clipboards are just kinda… dull. There, I said it. No offense, clipboards. So the paints came out and my old friend gold leaf made an appearance and BOOM my clipboards are fancier than I am. I love the color this little project adds to a wall, and with a piece of art on one of these babies the gold leaf peeks out from underneath juuuuust the right amount.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

Step 1: Tape off a diagonal line with washi tape. Paint the bottom portion of the clipboard. Remove the washi.

Step 2: Learned this one the hard way: allow that paint to dry and cure completely, or your gold leaf will stick to tacky paint and make a mess!

Step 3: Paint short brushstrokes of gold leaf adhesive over the painted area. Make sure the adhesive is just a thin layer, and don’t allow it to pool.

Step 4: Once the adhesive has dried for a minute or two and is tacky to the touch, place a sheet of gold leaf face down over the brush strokes.

Step 5: Pull away the sheet and the gold leaf should stick to the areas with adhesive. Repeat the process until all the brushstrokes are covered.

Step 6: Use the duster brush to buff away all the excess gold leaf.

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

Load up your new clipboard with art and hang ’em on your walls! Or, if you’re extra fancy, just use these clipboards at work in your office and impress all of your colleagues. Think you’ll give these guys a try? What colors would you use? I had a heck of a time narrowing it down but I think they’d look awesome in a whole rainbow of colors! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

High School Beauty Regimen

My High School Beauty Routine, Revisited

There was this phenomenon when I was in high school where allllll the cool girls wore Carmex. Was this a thing where you lived?! I feel like the cool girls…

High School Beauty Regimen

High School Beauty Regimen

There was this phenomenon when I was in high school where allllll the cool girls wore Carmex. Was this a thing where you lived?! I feel like the cool girls all had a meeting in the locker room one day where they handed out those little yellow and red tubs of lip balm to each other and swore to only wear Carmex on their lips forever and always. I didn’t get it. Then one day I borrowed some from the resident cool girl in my math class (ughhhhh, math class) and I suddenly understood. That. Stuff. Was. Awesome. It was so smooth and shiny and tasted like minty vanilla and the next time my mom and I went to the drugstore I totally got some. I was in the Carmex club.

Fast forward to me now as a grownup (kind of…) and my beloved Carmex has made a comeback in my purse! Except now they’re stylish lip balms in slim little tubes, which I love because let’s be real, nobody has time to take a lid off a jar and get their fingers all messy when they’re putting on lip gloss. (That probably sounded sarcastic but I’m kind of serious. What do you do with the lip gloss that stays on your finger?! This is one of those weird things that I think about way too often.) Now you can just twist it up, swipe it on, and get transported back to your high school days in a haze of vanilla.

High School Beauty Regimen

And best of all, the tubes are cute! They’re inspired by Pantone colors, would ya believe it?! It’s like my childhood and my adult life are colliding. Each new season there are different designs, inspired by Pantone’s color forecast and runway trends. It’s like my favorite high school beauty product graduated and got a new wardrobe and now she’s all grown up. And I’m not gonna lie, I started keeping a tube at my desk during work a couple of weeks ago and I can’t stop swiping it on. I’ve yet to find a lip balm that makes your lips feel so smooth (and it’s got SPF 15 for a little sun protection!).

So what was your go-to beauty product in high school?! Come on, I know you had one. Clear mascara? Fruity body spray? Mood changing nail polish? Please, please tell me yours so we can all laugh at how weird high school is. And then do yourself a favor and grab a pretty tube of this stuff so we can all be in the club. Buy Carmex Moisture Plus for a sweet $2.49 at Walgreens, Walmart, or Dollar General, and head over here for more lip and skin care tips! xoxo

High School Beauty Regimen

High School Beauty Regimen

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Wedding First Dance

Anniversary

Four years, three cities, two coasts, one baby, and about twenty gazillion perfect memories. I feel infinitely older than I did four years ago today when I married this guy,…

Wedding First Dance

Four years, three cities, two coasts, one baby, and about twenty gazillion perfect memories. I feel infinitely older than I did four years ago today when I married this guy, but also infinitely better for being his wife. I have no idea how we got so lucky, honey.

We’re off on our annual anniversary trip — in Tulum, finally! And this year we get to spend it with little dude. Follow along over on Instagram for lots of #lovelyindeedtravels photos, and come back next week because I’ve got a whole mess of good stuff lined up while we’re away! xoxo

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

College ain’t getting any cheaper any time soon, kids, and so little Henry needed a piggy bank! I had been wanting to put together a bank for him ever since…

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

College ain’t getting any cheaper any time soon, kids, and so little Henry needed a piggy bank! I had been wanting to put together a bank for him ever since he came along and his Papa gave him his very first dollar (my dad loves giving his grandkids spare change; it’s hilarious). So now that dollar has a place to go — a very cool DIY leather piggy bank! It even has a way to empty out the change without ripping the whole thing apart. And this little piggy is kind of adorable, to boot. Wanna make one?

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

Step 1: Print out the piggy bank template and cut out. Cut the ear away from the body.

Step 2: On the back side of the thick leather, trace two pigs. You’ll trace the first, then flip the paper and trace the second so that you have two opposing pigs.

Step 3: Cut out the pigs. You’ll want to go very slowly and take breaks for this process so that your fingers don’t go numb! Trace the pen lines with the craft knife, going over and over a section of the line until you cut through the leather entirely. Continue until you’ve cut all the way around both pigs.

Step 4: Cut two ears from the thin leather.

Step 5: Your thin leather into long 2″ strips. Place a thin line of glue along the back of the long edges on both sides. Starting at the bottom of the snout on your first pig, glue the thin leather up the snout and around the head and back. You’ll need to go slowly, smoothing the thin leather down and wiping away any excess glue that seeps out.

Step 6: This strip should reach all the way around the rump of the pig. Leave about 2 inches at the end unglued; this is where you’ll take money out of the bank. Repeat step five with the other pig, so that the two pieces are both glued to the thin strip. Once this is complete you can lay the pig on its back to make it easier to work.

Step 7: Punch a small hole in the center of the end of another thin 2″ strip and insert the button stud. Punch a larger hole in the flap of the first strip, on the pig’s rump. You may need to widen this hole with a small slit; use the craft knife for this. Insert the button stud into the hole. Now with this new strip, begin glueing down using the same process. You’ll glue it down the back and around the back leg, all the way across the pig’s tummy. When you get to the leg, spray the thin strip carefully with a bit of water. Once it’s slightly damp, mold the leather around the back leg. Glue down to the edges of the thick pieces.

Step 8: Glue one more 2″ strip from the front leg to the bottom of the snout, completing the pig. You’ll need to mold this strip around the front leg with some water, as in Step 7.

Step 9: Slightly dampen the base of the ears, put a tiny dot of glue in the middle of the bottom of each, and pinch each ear together to get a folded shape. Once this glue is dry, put another small dot of glue at the base of each ear and glue them on the head. Hold in place until they cure.

Step 10: Cut a strip of thin leather that’s about 1’4″ x 3″. Wet thoroughly and wrap it around your craft knife or pen. Allow it to dry in a curly shape, and glue it on the pig’s rump!

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank DIY Leather Piggy Bank

Phewph! Think you’ll attempt this one? It’s not difficult but there’s a lot of detail work. It’s one of those projects that when you’re done you feel like a super rockstar, partly because it’s an involved process and partly because it looks so stinking cute! Okay, gang, off to feed the pig some pennies. xoxo

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

Pig by Joao Santos from the Noun Project

How to Host on Airbnb

Travel // The Inside Scoop on Being an Airbnb Host

When we were living in LA and traveling frequently, we decided to list our apartment on Airbnb just for funsies to see what would happen. We figured it was such…

How to Host on Airbnb

When we were living in LA and traveling frequently, we decided to list our apartment on Airbnb just for funsies to see what would happen. We figured it was such a waste to have an empty apartment so often, and we used Airbnb to rent places all the time. So we might as well go all in and list our place for other people to rent. Turns out, it was one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. When we first had the idea we were a little freaked to let people come stay in our house, but after getting it all set up and having guests I would never go back. My first time out I would have loved some guidance from a seasoned host, so I thought it could be cool to share our experiences putting it all together. Read on for all my inside scoop.

Married Life // Making Friends

Married Life // Making Friends

It’s so easy to make friends when you’re little. Right? I mean, you just go up to the closest foursquare court on the playground and ask to play next. Then…

Married Life // Making Friends

It’s so easy to make friends when you’re little. Right? I mean, you just go up to the closest foursquare court on the playground and ask to play next. Then you grow up a little more and in college you’re tossed in with everybody else in your major and you have a built-in social group. But what about after school is over and you get married and you’re in the real world? How do you find friends?

Mr. Lovely and I are pals. I mean, best buddies. And it’s so amazing to be married to your best friend and get to be friends and be in love. Really, it’s insanely wonderful. We come as a pair and love to spend time together. But also, I think it’s healthy for the two people in a relationship to have outside activities and especially outside friends. I think we all need a network of support that should extend beyond our significant others, yeah?

Our situation is a little weird, in that we’ve tackled two major moves during our marriage, from NYC to LA and now to Central California. And each time, we left behind a group of friends that we were incredibly sad to part with. So now we’ve got plenty of friends, but they just happen to be scattered all over the United States. And in our new town, we’re finding that as a married couple with a little dude it’s not as easy to find pals as it was when we were young and footloose and fancy free. Also, I think that the older you get, the fewer people there are in your age demographic who are open to new friendships. Lots of people our age who live in town are kind of set for friends, they have a routine, and there’s just not a lot of room for adding more to the mix. Which I totally understand. So where the heck do you make friends?!

We’ve literally started hitting on people to be our friends while we’re out in the world. No joke, we spotted a couple in our favorite taqueria with a baby who looked similar in age to Henry, and we walked right up and asked if they ever wanted to hang out. Now they’re some of our good buddies. But putting yourself out there like that can be intimidating and tiring, and it’s easy to just fall back into the insular routine of hanging out with your spouse or partner because it’s the path of least resistance.

Nevertheless, we’re always striving to meet new people; not just to have things to do, but because people are awesome. Every time I meet someone new I am grateful to have another person and point of view to broaden my world a little bit. So I’d love to know your take on this one! Have you experienced the same thing? Where do you meet new friends as a grownup? xoxo

Sparkler and Palms

This Week + Call For Vendors

Big fat fun news, you guys! I’m co-hosting a workshop with Amber from Damask Love and Land of Nod! It’s going down in San Francisco this fall and we’re looking…

Sparkler and Palms

Big fat fun news, you guys! I’m co-hosting a workshop with Amber from Damask Love and Land of Nod! It’s going down in San Francisco this fall and we’re looking for some awesome vendors to help fill some gift bags and feed our guests. If you’ve got a shop that you think would be a good fit, either leave a comment below with your URL or shoot me an email at [email protected]! There are still lots of details under wraps but trust me — this event is gonna be super cool.

And if you’re looking for something fun to read, check out a few of my recent favorites around internetland, down below. Have a great weekend! xoxo

The cutest toy camera. As soon as Henry can DIY something, this is gonna be it.
And speaking of vacation photos
My new favorite artist! And she may or may not be doing something special for Lovely Indeed very soon.
This Chubby Checker photo is amazing. Whoever that woman is, God bless ‘er.
The chain on these tassels is off the… chain.
Because puppies love emojis, too.
Pizza grilled cheese?!