How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

Use Instagram Photos to Wallpaper Your Cabinets

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how…

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how to decorate using your own Instagram photos. All in all there are about 10 different projects, but this one was definitely my fave. You can check out all of them right here, but I thought I’d share a few extra photos and details of the cabinets that we wallpapered with our Instagram photos!

We asked for some help from our favorite Instagram printers, Social Print Studio, to print up a couple of their posters.  You can select the images you want to include in the poster, so you can customize it a little bit; I chose lots of photos that had pink and blue tones so it would feel cohesive. It’s also way easier to just get a poster with all your images printed in one place than to wallpaper your cabinets with single photos.

So once you have your posters, measure the inside of your cabinets, trim the posters to the right size, remove the shelves, and just tack up your posters with glue strips or something similar. That way you can reposition it if it’s crooked, or it’s easily removable if you change your mind.

And that’s it! Then you have a colorful interior to your cabinets waiting for you every time you reach for the hairspray. Fun, huh? xoxo

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

It's Okay to Not Do It All

No, You Can’t Do It All

I’ve been feeling underneath it all lately. Can you tell? I feel like I can’t catch up or keep up, and every day there’s something (usually a big something) that…

It's Okay to Not Do It All

I’ve been feeling underneath it all lately. Can you tell? I feel like I can’t catch up or keep up, and every day there’s something (usually a big something) that just has to be left behind. Part of me thinks it’s a passing phase because Baby #2 is just cleaning me out in terms of energy, motivation, and general well-being. But another part of me thinks that maybe this is just the status quo. That if you’re a mom and a wife and a business owner or have a job, you’re just always going to feel… behind.  This one’s a doozy of a post, guys! Click through to hear some deep thoughts.

Pregnant holding peonies

Happy Friday + Life Life Life

I hereby present to you our first photo from the new studio! Yes, it’s just a white wall. But it’s our white wall. With texture and our favorite white paint and…

Pregnant holding peonies

I hereby present to you our first photo from the new studio! Yes, it’s just a white wall. But it’s our white wall. With texture and our favorite white paint and electrical outlets in it and everything. The work isn’t quite done in the studio yet — we still need to install flooring before we can move our equipment in — but we’re so close we can TASTE it. So we snuck in the other day to take some test shots and I’m just so excited to start working in there. The light is gorgeous and it’s so spacious and lovely.

In other news, I’m starting to get that really charming egg-shaped body that I get when I’m pregnant, also evident in that little photo up there.  Baby is kicking me around all day, which is pretty fun, and I’ve moved on from being annoyed about the nausea to being annoyed that I’m starting to get that pregnant lady waddle in my step. But enough whining! The kid looks healthy and we’re all happy (albeit a bit stressed), so we have zero to complain about.

Okay seriously, enough about me. Ugh! I want to hear about you! Tell me one great thing that happened this week so we can celebrate you! And then go have a rad weekend. xoxo

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

Have you ever used rose water? I don’t usually mess with fragrances that are super strong or floral, but this DIY version that we whipped up is so light and…

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

Have you ever used rose water? I don’t usually mess with fragrances that are super strong or floral, but this DIY version that we whipped up is so light and lovely! You can use it for everything from a light perfume to a face toner and more, and it’s pretty darn simple to make.

We put together this pretty project for the lovelies over at Swooned Magazine, so if you want to find out the how-to, head right over and check it out! There’s even a free printable for the label, so we’ve got ya covered from start to finish. Oh and by the way — it makes your kitchen smell like roses for days. Try it out! xoxo

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

Favorite shoes for a toddler

My Favorite Shoes for a Toddler

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — having a toddler is a game changer. And I obviously can’t speak to what toddler girls are like, but my little…

Favorite shoes for a toddler

Favorite shoes for a toddler

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — having a toddler is a game changer. And I obviously can’t speak to what toddler girls are like, but my little dude is into anything and everything that’s dirty. Sidewalk chalk, mud, bugs, snails, dirt, leaves, bushes, paint — you name it, Henry wants in on the action. For a while after he learned to walk I couldn’t figure out why I was so tired all of a sudden and then I realized DUH it’s because Ryan and I now spend about 50% of our time chasing after him, making sure that he’s not doing something that that will a) get him killed or b) ruin his clothes beyond repair.

Aside from that, we apparently made a kid who is half-giant. We keep running into other little boys who are almost a year older than Henry and either the same height or shorter. I seriously can’t keep this kid in clothes, let alone shoes. A couple of months ago we went through 3 shoe sizes in 4 weeks. What?! Maybe I need to feed him less…

Anyway, we have been looking and looking for shoes for the little dude that would meet all of my mom criteria and I think, thanks to Zappos, we finally found my faves. You guys, baby Crocs are everything. First of all this turquoise pair looks stinking adorable on little chubby baby feet. And they’ve been pretty indestructible for us so far; we can take them to the beach or the park or the backyard for some sidewalk chalk action and they totally withstand the toddler test. (The fact that you can just rinse them off if they’re dirty is pretty major.) They’re just so easy to get on and off for a summertime shoe, too. We may or may not have also gotten this pair for the little guy – I love the detail on the toe!

Oh by the way, some gratuitous mom photos because this was such a happy day:

Son and mother

Come on. That little fist clutching a tiny car is something that I will always, always remember about this little nugget. Okay, nostalgic mom moment over.

We found these styles on Zappos (while we were looking, Mr. Lovely got all jealous and ordered himself a pair of these so they could twin. Ugh I can’t stand the cuteness.)! It’s perfect because they ship free and you can return super easily if your size is off. Major piece of cake. I’ve been known to do a little shopping for myself before on Zappos but I never thought of shopping for kids there. Let’s just talk for one second about how much I appreciate not having to take a toddler to a shoe store… 😉

Favorite shoes for a toddler

So if you’re tearing through toddler shoes like we are, give these guys a go. I have to say, I saw a baby girl at the park with some pink ones on the other day and my pregnant heart skipped a beat. There’s nothing more adorable than teeny tiny shoes, am I right?! xoxo

Favorite shoes for a toddler

This post is sponsored by Zappos & Crocs. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

DIY Iron-on Picnic Blanket

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This…

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This year we wanted a blanket that’s a little bigger since Henry likes to roam around, so we’re going for DIY picnic blanket round two! This one is crazy easy — you just need the right materials. I had a heck of a time deciding what phrase to put on it — my first thought was “Your Blanket or Mine?” but I kind of wanted something shorter and simpler. I happened to be listening to the Grease soundtrack a couple of days before and I was like DUH it should say Summer Lovin’! We’ve got a printable if you like the same phrase, but you can also make yours say anything you like.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Step 1: Download our printable Summer Lovin’ words (they’re in four separate files because of their large size), or create your own image to cut with your cutting machine. Upload the images to your machine’s software and cut the design from the gold vinyl according to the directions on the vinyl packaging. Be sure to mirror the images if you’re using our words or creating your own text-based design.

Step 2: Remove the excess vinyl from the clear protective covering. Place the words down on the blanket (with the clear protective covering on the top of the vinyl) where you’d like them to be permanently. (Use the lines to help center and align the words.)

Step 3: Press down on each letter with a hot iron firmly on each letter for about 10-15 seconds. Do a few letters at a time and pull off the clear protective covering while the letters are still somewhat hot.

Step 4: Continue the process from Step 3 until all letters are ironed down.

Now pack up your picnic basket and go outside! We gave this thing a spin in the backyard the other day and I actually love the weight of the Turkish towel for a picnic blanket — it’s super light, easy to transport, soft, comfy, and it dries really quickly if it happens to get wet or spilled on. I’m thinking it would make a great beach blanket, too! I’ll do some research and let you know. 😉 xoxo

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to Travel to Europe on a Shoestring

How to Stay in Europe on a Shoestring

Even though it was a few years back, I get asked all the time still how we managed to stay in Paris for about three weeks and spend almost nothing on…

How to Travel to Europe on a Shoestring

Even though it was a few years back, I get asked all the time still how we managed to stay in Paris for about three weeks and spend almost nothing on lodging. And because I’m not actually sure I ever divulged my secrets, I’m gonna break it down for you here, especially because I’m sure it’s a trick we’ll use again after our kids are a teeny bit older. It was a new way to travel for us, but not entirely outside our comfort zone since we usually use sites like Airbnb or Homeaway to book our travel. But before we talk details of how to stay in Europe on a shoestring, here’s the big picture: we stayed in a lovely apartment in a beautiful part of Paris for almost 3 weeks and paid about $150 total.  Wanna know how?

Flash charms

Happy Friday + An Old School Giveaway!

Hey Friday lovers! Seriously, is there anyone in here who doesn’t love Friday? Like maybe you have a wacky work schedule and Friday is really your Monday? Or maybe you’re…

Flash charms

Hey Friday lovers! Seriously, is there anyone in here who doesn’t love Friday? Like maybe you have a wacky work schedule and Friday is really your Monday? Or maybe you’re a student and you just looooove school so Fridays bum you out? (HAHAHAHA I actually just made myself laugh.) Whatever! I love Fridays so let’s high five.

I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that we’re having a newsletter-exclusive giveaway next week! So if you’re not signed up to receive our newsletter, you can enter your email down below and get the goods. We hereby promise not to bombard your inbox with junk — we usually send something every few weeks and it’s always got exclusive content for just our newsletter crew! So what’s the giveaway, you ask? A few hints: It’s just for funsies, it’s pretty old-school (I used to collect these babies as a little kid), and OH there are a bunch of pictures of them right here. I couldn’t resist! Get your name on the newsletter list to see more. And Happy Friday! xoxo

Heck yeah, I want that newsletter!


Flash charms
Flash charms


How to Stock a Home Bar

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain,…

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain, and over the years Mr. Lovely has become quite the mixologist. At this point, we’ve stocked ourselves pretty well to be ready for any necessary celebrations (even non-alcoholic ones like I’m having these days!). But it doesn’t take years or even a ton of money to stock a home bar — you can stock yourself up with a few simple bottles, mixers, and tools. Read on for our simple home bar checklist!

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

DIY Surprise Sidewalk Messages

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown…

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown with fun notes in vinyl! I was trying to think of a new way to leave these fun little messages, and vinyl turned out to be perfect — you can lay it down fast, it’s durable if people walk on it, and it’s a no-mess clean up when the time comes to remove the messages. They’re also pretty simple to make, especially if you have a cutting machine. It was a spur-of-the-moment project so I don’t have many process photos, but we’ve got a detailed tutorial for you below. So put together a surprise sidewalk message for somebody fun (or for your whole town, like we did!).

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour per Sign

Step 1: Decide on what you’d like your sign to say. In your cutting machine’s design program, spell out your words in as large a font as your vinyl will hold.

Step 2: Use the cutting machine to cut the words out of the vinyl. For now, leave the backing on the vinyl.

Step 3: Weed out the excess vinyl from the vinyl sheets, leaving only the vinyl words on the backing.

Step 4: Take a length of clear tape slightly longer than the length of your words. To remove a bit of tackiness from the tape, run it over a carpet or your clothing a couple of times. Then place it over the lower half of your first word, adhering it to the top of the vinyl. Repeat with another length of tape over the top half of the words. This tape will serve to keep the words intact as you remove them from the backing and place them on the ground, rather than having to position each letter individually. (Note: you can also use vinyl transfer film for this step, but it’s a craft supply that’s a bit obscure. Tape works just as well!)

Step 5: When you’re ready to place your vinyl down (I recommend doing this on site), peel the vinyl letters off of the backing while keeping the tape intact on the front. Then place the words down where you’d like them and press firmly to get them to adhere.

Step 6: Gently and carefully peel away the clear tape from the front of the letters. Smooth the letters down once more and you’re good to go!

I love seeing these around as we wander downtown! It’s so fun to see people snapping photos of them as they discover the messages. What would you write, and who would you write it to?! I think a birthday or anniversary message could be super fun — you could even put it on a window or in a mirror, instead of on the ground. Now I’m off to think of our next sneaky project! xoxo

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

Pregnant woman with hand on stomach

Baby Stuff // 13

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but we are officially halfway through this pregnancy, dudes! Time is fuh-lying, despite how much this little nugget is giving me a…

Pregnant woman with hand on stomach

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but we are officially halfway through this pregnancy, dudes! Time is fuh-lying, despite how much this little nugget is giving me a run for my money. And speaking of which, who’s up for a little overshare of a pregnancy update? Remember when I used to do Baby Stuff updates with Henry? We left off with him at #12 so I just decided to pick it up at #13, even though this is baby number two. I’m in a chatty mood today so let’s go.

WEEK 20.

EATING allllll of the carbs. And the fruit. But definitely not meat. Uggggh.

DRINKING La Croix like my life depends upon it. And obviously plain water too. But seriously why didn’t I think of La Croix with my last pregnancy?! It’s saving me from mind-numbing boredom when it comes to my beverage selection. Although I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’ve craved a beer every. single. day. of this pregnancy. Corona Light, please.

READING absolutely nothing about babies! Suck it, baby books! This ain’t my first rodeo.

WANTING just for one day to feel perfectly well. This adorable child has been giving me persistent nausea since day one. Like, all day. With Henry it went away at about 14 weeks and here we are at week 20, still woozy. It’s admittedly waaaaaay better (I was on anti-nausea meds for a while and have been able to stop them completely), but there are still times of day when I just need to lay down for a sec.

SLEEPING is starting to get challenging. I forgot this about last time but for some reason when I go to bed my nose plugs. So there’s a lot of mouth breathing going on. Super sexy, right?

WEARING dresses and only dresses and more dresses please. Maternity pants are a JOKE.

FEELING like I have NO EARTHLY IDEA how we’re going to manage two kids and two jobs. Ryan keeps saying, “I know it’ll work.” And every time he says that about something he’s right. But he’s a little more laid back than I am. I like to have a plan and there is no way to know what to even plan for right now!

LOVING the kicks. Ah, the kicks make it all worth it. This little nugget is like Henry; he liked to kick me around in the morning before I got out of bed. I had forgotten until the other day I was waking up and feeling these little flicks in my tummy. It was like the kiddo was saying good morning.