Stocking the Nursery

Stocking the Nursery

It’s happening! Moving boxes are unpacked and now comes the fun part, of deciding where everything goes and getting decorated. I wanted to tackle the nursery first because I’d love to have it settled long before baby makes his entrance. It’s coming along, and while we’re decorating the room we’re also stocking it with diapers, wipes, and all of those other parent-type products that you have to decide on for your little one! They’re things I never thought about before, but have been realizing are so important.

We knew right off the bat that we wanted to choose products that were gentle, easy on baby, and had as few additives or chemicals as possible. Enter The Honest Company. Honest has a whole gang of products for babies and parents alike, and they’re all made with a focus on eco-friendliness, sustainability, and the health and well being of our little kiddo. We like that.

Stocking the Nursery

Wait ’til you see the reveal of the dresser that Ryan refinished for the nursery! We couldn’t find exactly what we wanted, so we did a little DIY hacking. After we got it set up, I stocked it with diapers and wipes, and am starting to get all the blankies and clothes put away, too. The Honest diapers are so cute you almost wanna show ‘em off; each season there’s a new set of prints, everything from giraffes to skulls to geometric patterns. Ah-dorable.  I know a ton of moms who order the diaper and wipes bundle to be delivered every month and just swear by it. Can’t wait to try them out on the little dude.

Stocking the Nursery

Stocking the Nursery

Hand sanitizer goes in the diaper drawer and diaper bag, too — my sister did this and I remember thinking it was so smart when I was babysitting and changing my niece’s diapers all the time.

I left a little shelf in the bathroom for baby’s supplies and bath toys. It’s so funny that he gets his own shelves now! The Honest shampoo & body wash is tear-free and gentle enough for babies but good for the whole family. And I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already started using the body lotion. Sorry, kid. Mom needs soft skin too. Semi-related: how cute are baby bath robes?! I can’t stand it.

Stocking the Nursery

And, totally embarrassing: I was completely terrified to wash my first load of baby clothes! I don’t know why, I guess I thought they would disintegrate because they’re so tiny? But I used the Honest detergent on all of our new baby clothes, blankies, and bedding and they look amazing. Also, I am just dying to see my kid wear that moonstache shirt.

Stocking the Nursery

Stocking the Nursery

Whether you have a baby or not, you can sign up to receive some free trials of their goodies and test them out. Create an account here and test away. I’m learning that choosing products for the little guy feels like our first steps in parenting decisions. Big thanks to the Honest team for giving us a little peace of mind about giving baby a healthy start. And stay tuned for more peeks at the nursery! xoxo

This post is sponsored by The Honest Company. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Brick Fireplace: To Paint or Not to Paint?

White Painted Fireplace

Image from Maiedae.

Woaaahhhh buddy it’s so fun to be in a house where you can paint things and smash walls and rip out linoleum if you don’t like it! Apartment after apartment had really gotten me into the mindset of not being able to change things up a whole lot, but this is an entirely new ball of wax, gang. It’s so fun to daydream about the changes that we want to make on the house, and start to switch things up little by little. Our newest debate: painting the brick fireplace.

I love fireplaces. Looooooove fireplaces. I used to beg my dad to stock our house with firewood and I was always the one who set the fires up and kept them going. It’s just so cozy and so… good. So I’m pretty pumped to be back in a house with a fireplace. The thing is, with the other updates we are making on the house, the fireplace is looking a little -ahem- rustic. Not that I don’t love rustic. But you know. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes fireplace snap from our house a couple of weeks ago:

brick fireplace

So how do you feel about slapping a beautiful coat of paint on an original brick fireplace? Brilliant? Blasphemy? I know there are definitely two camps here, and I’d love to get your thoughts. Do you have a fireplace that you’ve painted and loved (or hated)? Some of the inspiration I’m finding around the web is just beautiful, and I think it would make a world of difference in our space. And then, what do you paint it? White? Black? A color? Help me here, peeps! xoxo

Black Painted Fireplace

Image from The Brick House.

Comfy Heels for Fall

So remember when Kim Kardashian was pregnant and running around wearing super high heels and everyone was all upset about it? I’m starting to understand where she was coming from. I mean, swollen and achy feet or not, sometimes you just want to step it up a notch. Not to mention the fact that I’ve always felt like I look a little slimmer with a heel on (and if there was ever a time I wanted to look slimmer, it’s now). So Kim, I get ya.

I spotted these suede heeled booties the other day at Payless ShoeSource and at first I was like “yeah right my giant pregnant feet will not even want to hear that noise.” But then I put them on and it was like walking on pillows and now I never want to take them off. I’m pretty sure they’ll be a staple in my fall wardrobe, with everything from jeans to dresses.

See, I have problem feet to begin with. Anybody else out there rocking some plantar fasciitis? I developed it while dancing on tour a few years ago, it went unchecked, and it got so bad that I actually have bone spurs on both of my heels. Yeowch. So I have to be pretty careful about the shoes that I wear. But! These booties are in the Comfort Plus by Preditions line at Payless, and honestly, I could walk for hours in them. I’m always so absurdly grateful when I find a pair of comfortable shoes that don’t look like my grandma’s orthopedics. It’s the little things, ya know.

I’m particularly loving them with some cuffed jeans right now! A layering top and a little jacket and boom you’re ready to walk out the door. Easy, comfy, perfect for fall. What’s your fall shoe go-to? For more of my favorite comfy fall looks, check out my latest Pinterest board! xoxo

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Holiday Preview // DIY Plywood Christmas Tree

I know — you’re super confused because it’s not even Halloween yet! Believe me, I’m not trying to fast forward through fall. I just thought I’d put up a little sneak peek of some Christmasy goodness that I worked on over the summer. Yeah, we get a jump on things around here sometimes. And truthfully, with a baby that’ll be about 4 weeks old at Christmas, I’ll be glad to have a head start!

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

I’ve spent so many Christmases in teeny tiny apartments, with hardly any room for a tree. Sometimes we shoved one in a corner, sometimes we just got a miniature tree and called it a day. But I wish I would have thought of this little space-saving holiday project years ago! We have a little more room in our home now, but I’m still planning on using this cool geometric tree in the kiddo’s room to decorate and spread some Christmas cheer!

Materials

  • ¼” thick plywood or MDF, cut to four feet by three feet (they’ll cut it for you at your local hardware store!)
  • ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape Multi Surfaces
  • Paint primer
  • Two shades of paint
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Yard stick
  • Paint roller
  • Paint roller tray
  • Drop cloth

Make Time: 2 Hours Plus Drying Time

Start by taping out your tree shape on the board. Measure how tall and wide you’d like it, and smooth on the ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape to outline the shape. Smooth the edges of the tape to ensure that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

Roll on a coat of primer, being careful to stay inside the lines! Allow the primer to dry until it’s no longer tacky to the touch.

Next, roll on a coat of your first paint color. Be sure the paint is even and covers all of the primer. Allow this coat to dry as well.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

Tape out your geometric design on the tree. For the stripes, we cut strips of the ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape in half longways so that they’d be thinner. Arrange the stripes on the tree, being careful to keep a consistent distance between each stripe.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

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Once the tape is all laid out, smooth down the edges of each stripe. Add your final coat of paint in the second color.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

While this coat is still wet, carefully remove your tape. This is my favorite part! It’s like taking a cake out of the oven — you finally get to see the results of your work. Peel away slowly, being careful not to pull away any paint with the tape. But I have to say — the EdgeLock feature makes for the cleanest, neatest edges of any painter’s tape I’ve ever used! It’s this stuff or nothin’, I tell ya.

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

Stand back and admire your super-cool, space-saving Christmas tree! I’m going to string some twinkle lights around ours and have a few gifts there to keep it cozy. It’s such a fun, unexpected, modern twist on a classic! And the best part — when you’re done celebrating, you can tuck it away in the back of your closet for next year. For more ScotchBlue projects, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. xoxo

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

DIY Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

Enter the Home of ScotchBlue Painters Tape Contest at www.scotchblue.com/homecontest October 1,2014 through November 15, 2014 and you could win $5,000 to put towards a home makeover! The first 500 to submit an eligible entry will receive one (1) roll of the new ScotchBlue Painters Tape with Advanced Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector!
Enter the Home of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Contest

Check out this project as a featured project example in the contest! Contest open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C. (excluding AZ, MD, NJ, ND, TN andVT), who are 18+ (19+ in AL & NE and 21+ in MS) at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter from October 15, 2014 at 12:00:01 a.m. CT through 11:59:59 p.m. CTon November 15, 2014. All contest communications, entry/judging criteria and details subject to the full Official Rules. To enter and for Official Rules, visit www.scotchblue.com/homecontest. Sponsor: 3M Construction and HomeImprovement Markets Division, St. Paul, MN.
I used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector #2093EL and am happy with my results. ScotchBlue™ Painter’s TapeAdvanced Multi-Surface is ideal for baseboards, trim, metal and glass.
You can get even better results painting on freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old), by usingScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock(TM) Paint LineProtector #2080EL (orange core). This tape is designed to provide super sharp paint lines onsmooth, delicate surfaces like walls, cabinets, wood floors and freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old).

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products to be used in the project were selected by me. 

Baby Stuff // 6

**Hey! Have you entered the Blog Birthday Giveaway yet? If you haven’t, bop on over here and enter to win $500 worth of fabby prizes from some truly creative people. Yeah!**

Baby Stuff

Holy crap, 10 more weeks sounds like zero time and what are we going to do with a kid?! Every once in a while it hits me like that. The rest of the time I mostly feel like we’ll just figure it out like everyone else does. But yikes. Ten weeks is no time, you guys.

One thing I’ve been marveling at lately — nobody, not one single person, has come up to me in public and tried to touch my stomach. I’ve heard so many horror stories of pregnant women being mauled by strangers wanting to rub their bellies, I fully prepared myself for having to deal with it. But nobody! Should I be offended? Just kidding, I should probably be entirely relieved. I mean, people that I’m close to will reach out for a pat but 9 times out of 10 they ask first, which I think is pretty cool of them. But so far I must have a Strangers Don’t Touch Me sign on my forehead or something. I’m good with that.

Other than that, we just keep getting bigger and less comfortable. I’ve still got my wedding rings on but at the end of the day they’re a leeeeetle snug. Ditto on my shoes. And I can still bend over and touch the floor, even if it is out of sheer will. Here’s more! xoxo

WEEK 30.

EATING Cinnamon Life Cereal for breakfast every morning and it is so. delicious.

DRINKING ice water all day long because we have a fridge with an ice makerrrrr!

READING more BabyWise. I got all freaked out the other day that I don’t know how to care for our as-of-yet nonexistant child so I scared myself back into reading it again.

WANTING my mobility back. That kid in my stomach is straight up in the way.

SLEEPING hahahahaha. Right.

WEARING heels because in my mind they make me look less like an egg. (Have we discussed my theory that I look like an egg when I’m pregnant?)

FEELING baby hiccups, pretty frequently. It’s kind of adorable and and also so totally weird that there is something alive inside you that has the hiccups.

LOVING when the baby reacts to Ryan’s voice.

P.S. See more Baby Stuff right here!

Maternity Style (With a Little Bonus)

I’ve been on the lookout for preggo clothes that a) will take me from summer to fall and b) won’t break the bank. The other day I was wandering around in Target and came across this little chambray cutie in the maternity section. Being the bargain hunter that I am, I pulled out my phone and opened Target’s Cartwheel app to scan the tag and see if it was on sale. And lo and behold all of the maternity stuff I wanted was an extra 20% off with the app. I win. I love winning.

Do you guys know about Cartwheel? Ohhhh, it’s truly one of my favorite store apps. I feel like I need to spread the word about it. Just download and you can search items to see if your favorites have an extra little sale boost going on, with anywhere from 5%-30% off. And the Cartwheel price is on top of any sales that are already happening. Because I know that most of you darlings out there are like me and depend on Target like it’s air or water, I know you’ll always find something to save on. From yogurt to shampoo to shoes, you can always find something that you need and chances are lots of the stuff in your cart will be on the app as well.

For all of you fancy organized shoppers out there, check out your Cartwheel app before you head into the store and see if the items you need are there. If they are, just add them to your list and the savings will automatically tally for ya. I personally like to live on the edge and use the app to scan the barcodes of items I’m looking at to see if they’re on sale. If they are, add them as well. Then when you check out, you just have the cashier scan the code on your phone and BLAMO you save all the money at once. I saved about $16 on this here little outfit (plus a couple other pieces) and I was a happy camper. It’s so fun (kind of like a video game where the point is to save money) and so easy — my mom, who hates technology was like, “Soooo…. teach me how to do that.”

So long story short, I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing me in this chambray shirt and legging combination pretty much until winter. Because basically all I want these days is to be comfortable and not look like I’m wearing a muumuu. Mission accomplished? We hope so.

For more Target goodness, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and online. Thanks, Target! xoxo

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Target. The opinions and text are all mine.

A Blog Birthday Giveaway!

Blog Birthday Giveaway

UPDATE 9/30/14: A winner has been chosen and notified and the giveaway is now closed! So many thanks to all who entered and the shops who donated their time and talent. Keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways during the holiday season!

Hey hey it’s our birthday! Sort of. It’s our blog birthday. Welllll, it’s our blog birth month. Lovely Indeed has officially been lovely-ing for four years, and I can hardly believe it. Time flies when you are buried in glitter and gold leaf all the time, right? Truly, though, I can’t believe it’s been four years, and I find myself grateful every day for the opportunity to come here and hang out with you all. And even more grateful that you come here and hang out with me.

So to celebrate, I rounded up a gang of some of the coolest creative brands around and each of them is providing something gorgeous for this righteous celebration of a giveaway! It’s a total package that’s worth $500, filled to the brim with fun pieces for you and your home. Read on to see what one of you lucky lovelies will win.

Blog Birthday Giveaway

Blog Birthday Giveaway

This geometric felt pillow from White Nest is so, so gorgeous — and even better in person.

Idieh Design‘s personalizable notebooks are perfect for planning and keeping your notes straight!

I can personally attest that this knotted headband from Wuthering Iris ups the cute factor of any outfit (and they make tiny sizes for little ones!).

When I saw this tote from August Ink, I knew one of you had to have it. Treat yo’ self!

Blog Birthday Giveaway

Centime has the most killer selection of personalizable jewelry, and they’re offering a $100 gift card so you can select whatever you like!

Blog Birthday Giveaway

I know you are all always on your hustle, and so does the gang at Between The Lines.

Blog Birthday GiveawayLove the bold stripe on these networking business cards from Jillianastasia! The winner will get a set personalized with their info.

Blog Birthday Giveaway

Start your day with some inspiration on your coffee cup! Between The Lines wants you to make it happen.

Loving Lindsey Crafter‘s color theory pompom bracelets  — the mix of colors and textures is so fun.

These gold moon phase cocktail glasses from Sarah Jane Design would look so perfect on your bar cart!

Vintage Marquee Lights‘ 12″ ampersand light is totally killer! Light it up and put it somewhere special.

So gang, that’s the booty that’s up for grabs! Each of these creatives has been so generous and so cool to work with — be sure to take some time to check out their sites and see what else they do. And in the meantime, I know you’re wondering how you can win this crazy prize package! Check out the Rafflecopter below for a whole bunch of ways to enter, and do ‘em all if you like! The more you enter, the better your chances of winning. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only; giveaway will be open for one week and we’ll notify the winner personally.

Thank you again to you all for a fab four years! Happy entering! xoxo

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