Purple Sky

Happy Friday + A Rough Week

In the spirit of transparency, I’m gonna tell ya it’s been a rough week. Some weeks aren’t all gold leaf and photos of palms trees and throwing confetti. Some weeks…

Purple Sky

In the spirit of transparency, I’m gonna tell ya it’s been a rough week. Some weeks aren’t all gold leaf and photos of palms trees and throwing confetti. Some weeks are trips to the ER, sitting up all night with a sleeping kid on your chest, and completely losing your voice. That was this week.

I don’t need to bum out your Friday with all of the details but let’s just say we’ve had two sick babes over here for a while now! It’s been like boot camp for my mama heart, taking one step at a time to get stronger and deal with scary situations. I’m praying praying praying that they’re on the mend and I’d be grateful if you would too. And while we’re at it, can I pray on anything for you?

Shout out to my champ of a husband for tag teaming this crappy week! Parenting is scary enough, so I’m grateful daily that I have such a gem of a partner.

Here’s to a happy Friday and a healthy weekend! Have a good one! xoxo

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

My Guilty Pleasures

I hereby present to you, without fear of judgement (because I know some of these are on your list too) and with zero reservation, my current guilty pleasures. Watching Real…

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

I hereby present to you, without fear of judgement (because I know some of these are on your list too) and with zero reservation, my current guilty pleasures.

Watching Real Housewives. Mostly Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But I’ll take Orange County in a pinch. I used to be wayyyy into Atlanta but it got to be too intense for me. That being said, I once had a phone conversation with Nene Leakes and it is still one of my weirdest and most fascinating moments. Ask me the story sometime and I’ll tell you.

Wearing fake glasses. I don’t remember when I started doing it, but I think it dates way back to high school, if I remember correctly. I’ve always thought glasses were so cute and secretly wanted to wear them but I have great eyesight (which I know is a blessing). So I wear fake glasses, mostly as a distraction on days when I don’t do my makeup.

Candy. Ohhhhhhh my gosh, I have a candy problem. Truly, if there’s candy in front of me I won’t stop eating it until it’s gone. I have too many favorites, but among them are Lemonheads, Trader Joe’s gummy bears, and Red Vines (but only if they’re a little bit stale).

Sitting directly in front of a fire. Or near/on anything that produces heat. In the winter I get so cold inside my body and have a hard time warming up. So I’ll sit next to the fire until my skin turns red. I used to sleep on top of a heating pad until I realized that it was spectacularly unsafe and moved on to an electric blanket. And I actually just realized that this dates way back to my childhood! My Grandma had heater vents in the floor of her house and whenever the heater would turn on I would curl up right on top of a vent like a cat. Woah.

Falling asleep with the television on. I know, everyone says this is a terrible way to go to sleep (something about not letting your brain shut down?) but sometimes the noise is just comforting.

Going places by myself. This one isn’t so much a guilty pleasure as a luxury these days. Between married life and parenthood, you’re pretty much always with somebody. But I think back to the old days when I used to go to the movies by myself or out to a meal by myself, both of which I loved to do, and I just wish I could do it again. The other day I went to Target by myself without any kids and I felt like skipping up and down the aisles. My, how things have changed!

Now don’t leave me hanging here, I know you have guilty pleasures too! What are yours? Do we have any of the same? xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Print

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool,…

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool, so this is what we came up with. We had all of the supplies, so it didn’t cost a cent! If you’ve got your gold leaf materials and some old frames laying around, you can do it too.

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes per Frame

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Step 1: Use a paintbrush to splatter or drip gold leaf adhesive on a piece of cardstock.

Step 2: Allow the adhesive to dry for a minute or so, until the adhesive is tacky but not wet. If you have lots of adhesive pooling, gently dab it with a tissue to soak up a little excess. Be careful not to smudge the glue. Place gold leaf over all of the adhesive and smooth it down with a soft, dry paintbrush to be sure it adheres.

Step 3: Use a stiff paintbrush to buff off the excess gold leaf.

Step 4: Place the finished product in a frame and hang it up!

Love how these look all hung up together. I feel like this technique would be SUPER cool on a large-scale canvas, hanging over a mantle or something. Would you try it?  xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

How to Help Baby Sleep Through the Night by Three Months

Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Let me start this post by just saying that we are by no means sleep wizards over here. One of the heaviest challenges of parenthood, in my opinion, is sleep…

How to Help Baby Sleep Through the Night by Three Months

Let me start this post by just saying that we are by no means sleep wizards over here. One of the heaviest challenges of parenthood, in my opinion, is sleep and all of the drama that comes along with it. And we are not without those challenges, to be sure! But somehow, we figured out more or less what worked for our kids and got baby sleeping through the night by three months old. We’ve had so many questions about how we did it (and I spent many wee hours googling about baby sleep patterns in the kids’ early weeks), so I thought I’d break it down in a detailed way.

So probably this isn’t for you, 20-or-30-something-gal-with-no-kids-in-sight. But trust me when I say that if kids are anywhere in your future, you’re gonna want to bookmark this. Because there is no more desperate time than 3 in the morning when the kid won’t sleep and all you want are a few consecutive hours of z’s for yourself. Now let’s get down to business. Click to read the breakdown of how we got our kids to sleep through the night!

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

DIY Photo Album with Instax Film

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and…

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and print them out and put them in a baby book for the kid to enjoy for years to come. And then you have a baby and thanks to your smartphone maybe you realize to snap some photos, but they pretty much just sit there in your camera roll collecting dust, never to be seen again. I can’t tell you how many adorable photos I have of my babes that have never seen the light of day. I don’t even really remember I have them. BUT! I just fixed the Fail. I discovered that Fujifilm has a printer that will print instax film using any photo you’ve got in your phone. So like any mother obsessed with her adorable kids, I decided to finally get a book together of Henry’s monthly photos from his first couple of years.

Materials

  • smartphone with photos
  • Instax SHARE Printer SP-2
  • FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film
  • spiral bound book or album
  • patterned paper
  • washi tape
  • double stick tape
  • scissors

The printer is super easy to use (I didn’t even need Ryan to show me how to set it up, ha!) and I had Henry’s prints in my hands in about 10 minutes. You just download the app that connects with the printer, jump on the printer’s wifi, and select the photos you want to print. You can even edit them, make them into collages, or add little templates for holidays. So because I had all of these photos on my phone, I was able to just choose and print one from each month. They print on FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film, which is so fun!

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Once you’ve got your photos all printed, find a blank spiral bound notebook. Grab some washi tape and fun paper to decorate your book. We added a background paper to each page with double stick tape and taped the images onto the background with patterned washi tape. If you like, label each month.

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

I love that I finally have a really simple way to get our daily snapshots off of my camera and into my life! We’ve already got these plastered all over our fridge, too. Even though we take posed monthly photos of both of the kids, this is a chance to print some of the photos that we take while we’re just doing our normal day-to-day stuff. I will always love holding a photo in my hands better than looking at it on my phone, especially the little moments we catch that aren’t part of some photo shoot. And by the way, you could make a book like this for anyone! It would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart or your bestie, a fun birthday gift, or a great idea for a teacher gift from the whole class.

I showed Henry his album and he wants to flip through it every day and have me tell him where we took each photo. That kid loves a story. He also wants us to make one for Maggie (hello, melt my heart), so I’ve been letting him pick photos and press the Print button which totally floats his boat. I’m thinking we’re gonna need to get some more film. 😉 xoxo

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

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

Baby Feet

Happy Friday + Milestones

We got sweet Marguerite these floral overalls and I think they’re kind of adorable! They’ll probably only fit her for another week so I had to get photo documentation.  Y’all,…

Baby Feet

We got sweet Marguerite these floral overalls and I think they’re kind of adorable! They’ll probably only fit her for another week so I had to get photo documentation. 

Y’all, we got milestones up to our ears over here! This week, Henry moved from his crib to a big kid bed. Maggie moved from her mini-crib to Henry’s big crib. She also rolled over during a nap so now she’s sleeping unswaddled. And all of this equals me in a puddle over how my babies are growing up way too fast.

Henry is doing great in his new bed but we’re taking bets as to when he’ll figure out that he can get out by himself. So far so good. He mostly just likes to climb up onto the bed and roll around and make his weird little-boy tribal yells. I should video it for posterity, it’s kind of hilarious. We got him this bed from IKEA that flips over into a lofted bed when he’s a little older. There are so many great hacks online (search IKEA Kura bed on Pinterest and you will lose your mind), and we’re deciding how we’d like to customize it a little. Right now we just stained it to match the rest of his room, but I’m dreaming up something fun for it.

Anyway! After 3 ear infections, 2 rounds of infant bronchiolitis, and many trips to the doctor in the past 6 weeks I’m happy to say that I think we’re all getting healthy. Looking forward to a weekend without any Kleenex or antibiotics.

And how are you, gang? Tell me something good. Have a good weekend, and enjoy this snap of Henry “helping” put together his bed. xoxo

Son helping dad put bed together

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron On Weekend Shirts (5 Minute DIY)

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do…

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do we really have to do that every second of every day? Not me, gang. Sometimes I just want a day of nothing. Well, nothing and bottomless mimosas. And secondly, I’ve started seeing these fun shirts with sayings on them being sold all over the place at an insane price point. I mean, a t-shirt with flocked iron-on letters for $40? Nope. Because you can DIY that business for a few bucks! And I’m here to show ya how.

Materials

  • Iron-on letters
  • Blank t-shirts (there are a bunch of great options on Amazon if you search “plain women’s t-shirts”)
  • Iron

Make Time: 5 Minutes

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

I hardly have to include instructions but I will! It’s so simple I’m sure you can figure this one out on your own.

Step 1: Peel off the flocked letters from the page of letters. Place the letters on your shirt where you’d like them.

Step 2: With a hot iron, press down firmly on all the letters for about 15 seconds each. Turn the shirt inside out and repeat.

That’s IT. And you just saved yourself a bunch of bucks by DIYing it! I’m calling these my weekend shirts but I’d wear ’em any day of the week to proclaim my love for taking it easy. Let’s all slow our hustle and just enjoy life a bit, huh? What would you have yours say? xoxo

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Just Get Up and Go To Work

How Do You Define Success?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea lately, the idea of success and how I measure it. It’s an elusive idea in my head; each time I think I…

Just Get Up and Go To Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea lately, the idea of success and how I measure it. It’s an elusive idea in my head; each time I think I iron out my own idea of success the definition changes and so I change my path to get to where I want to be.

How do you define success for yourself? Does it relate to money, stability, title? Or is it more related to happiness and well being? Maybe a combination of it all?

On some days, the kind of success that I want involves Lovely Indeed and my business goals. The word “hustle” bounces around in my head and I feel energized to work work work in pursuit of that kind of success. Bigger numbers, increased readership, more active social media accounts, hire employees, more exciting brand partnerships, fancier photo shoots, and all that jazz. But you don’t just jump ahead to all of those things. Right? They take slogging and churning and months (years!) of putting in the hours to lay the groundwork. Just good, old fashioned, put-your-head-down work. So is the work in itself the success? There are about a zillion quotes on the internet about how success is simply not quitting after you fail. Do you agree?

On other days, success in our house looks like this: Henry ate breakfast, Maggie didn’t throw up anywhere, and we spent time together as a family. That simple. That is success. And that kind of success, for me, is just as fulfilling (in a different way). Success as a wife and mother is always at the front of my mind, because when I got married and started a family I promised to always have it be my priority. I LOVE MY JOB. And I’m more grateful than I can ever say for what I do. But my family is everything.

And on those magical days when everything clicks with my family and I get to do the work that I love, I kind of feel like superwoman. That kind of success is the most sweet.

So I suppose, for me, success is balance. It’s the whole package. It’s being surrounded and bolstered by the people that I love most, who encourage me to do the work that moves me. It’s getting to do a little bit of everything.

Take a second. Think on it. And tell me how you define a successful day in your life. xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have…

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have tissue boxes in approximately every corner of the house (allergies, ya know), and so I finally have had to wage war against the boxes by making my own cute covers. Obviously, we turned to gold leaf to get the job done.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Step 1: Paint the top and upper half of all four sides of your box with gold leaf sizing. A coat just thick enough so that it doesn’t puddle should be plenty.

Step 2: Once the adhesive is tacky, lay down pieces of gold leaf on all of the areas you painted. Smooth the gold leaf down so that it adheres thoroughly.

Step 3: (I recommend doing this step outside!) Buff away all the excess gold with your clean, dry brush until the gold finish is smooth.

Step 4: Measure the 4 sides of your tissue box and cut a piece of vinyl long enough to cover all four sides.

Step 5: Cut it to the height you’d like around your box (or cut it on an angle for each side like we did). Carefully wrap one layer of vinyl around the lower portion of the box, smoothing as you go.

Step 6: Optional: If you can see through your vinyl, you might consider adding an additional layer to make the coverage more opaque.

Yes! I win. Tissue boxes that don’t annoy me every time I see them. And my stuffy husband can blow his nose to his heart’s content. All is well with the world! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Self-Care for New Moms

Adventures in Parenthood // Self-Care for New Moms

I’m going to be honest. I’ve started writing this post three different times, gotten halfway through, and chucked every version so far. I can’t find the words for this one,…

Self-Care for New Moms

I’m going to be honest. I’ve started writing this post three different times, gotten halfway through, and chucked every version so far. I can’t find the words for this one, guys. So I decided to just pretend I’m talking to you instead, and tell you why this one is so hard for me to figure out.

I’m having a tough time getting it right because what I want to say is that being a mom is hard. But not just hard. Like, harder than anything you’ll ever do, hard. (And that it’s also the best thing that you could imagine. But describing that dichotomy without cliche is nearly impossible.) Not only hard mentally, but physically — nobody warns a new mom about the toll giving birth takes on your body. Then that beautiful baby shows up and you are the go-to gal around the clock, especially if you’re breastfeeding. So it’s no wonder we see mothers of newborns roaming around in sweatpants, with wild hair and exhausted stares. You can spot a newborn mom a mile away. I know. I am one, for the second time.

But what if we, as moms, could convince ourselves that the kids are okay for just long enough to practice a little self-care? What would happen? I tried it the other day and guess what — the world didn’t stop spinning. My family was fine. And when I came back to them, I felt like a better version of myself, which meant I was a better mom for my babies.

Self-Care for New Moms

Self-Care for New Moms

Maggie is a tricky eater. We’ve been nursing since she was born but I can’t quite figure her out. Some days she eats nonstop, some days she won’t eat a thing, and some days she eats and then just throws it all back up on me. My natural reaction? Worry. I worry about my milk production, I worry she’s getting the food she needs, I worry if it’s something that I’m doing wrong. And all that worry just compounds itself to make nursing a stressful, exhausting experience (as if it wasn’t a tall order already). So recently I decided to just… relax about it. I made myself a cup of Mother’s Milk tea, gave the kids to Ryan, and just sat down for a minute. I hadn’t had a cup of tea by myself in years, and even just that small, simple, 5-minute ritual was enough to settle my brain and my heart. I chose the Mother’s Milk tea because it’s full of herbs that promote healthy lactation and support breastmilk production – another bit of self-care that brought me peace of mind. I finished my tea, and then next time I fed Maggie we were both so much more relaxed. All I could think while I was feeding her was how I’m so much better for my family when I take time to care for myself.

So I’ve been doing that more than I did with Henry, and it’s amazing how I feel more like myself this time around. Less stressed. More engaged. Able to enjoy my babies more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not running off to the spa every day (although doesn’t that sound amazing?!). But I am taking time to get to the gym, or to do a little yoga, or to take a hot shower, or to make healthy choices. It’s all too easy as a mom to put those things aside and spend every waking moment on your kids. But the reality is that when we are caring for ourselves, we are the best mothers we can be. And if that means sitting down for a cup of tea now and then, so be it. xoxo

Self-Care for New Moms

Self-Care for New Moms

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

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Breakfast Club

Happy Friday + Making a Difference

Happy Friday gang! I shared on Snapchat this week (find me there @lovely-indeed) that I went to meet some new friends at a local gathering called the Breakfast Club. It’s…

Breakfast Club

Happy Friday gang! I shared on Snapchat this week (find me there @lovely-indeed) that I went to meet some new friends at a local gathering called the Breakfast Club. It’s a group of young people who are active in our community and who have a likeminded interest in making it a better place. There’s no real agenda to the monthly gatherings; it’s more just about sharing space and connecting with other people. Of course there’s lots of talk about how we can help our community, but there’s also just chit chat over eggs and bacon.

A couple of my goals for the year are to give more of my time and talents, and to work on improving the things that I don’t like. I figure those things go hand in hand for me when it comes to giving back to my community. I love my hometown (I moved back here after living in NYC and LA, for heaven’s sake!), but I have big dreams to make it a place that more people love. And it was so invigorating and refreshing to sit with people at the Breakfast Club who have the same vision and passion.

So I have a couple of questions for you if you have a moment. What do you love about the place where you live? What would you change about it? Do you give to your community in any way? How?

Thanks, friends. I always appreciate your input and conversation! Happy Friday! xoxo