Family Photo Booth Strips

Happy Friday + Photo Strips

We did it again! Friday! These days it feels like a massive accomplishment to get to the weekend. We took these photos a couple weekends back in a photo booth…

Family Photo Booth Strips

We did it again! Friday! These days it feels like a massive accomplishment to get to the weekend. We took these photos a couple weekends back in a photo booth at the county fair and they’re maybe some of my favorite that I have. Henry was fascinated by the “tiny house” that took your picture, and we even got him to sit for his own strip. I love memories like these — kind of blurry and messy but totally perfect in their own way. We were hot and dusty and just so happy to be together. Even the baby bump made an appearance in a few frames. I fully admit that my photo strip collection is a little ridiculous, and I’m starting to forget where they each came from so I’m going back and writing on the backs of the ones I remember. I have some of them in a book that we DIY’d, but that thing is filled to the brim! Anyway, my fondness for photo booths (especially the old school, legit ones) isn’t dying any time soon so I’ve gotta start labeling those babies.

Anyway! What are you up to this weekend? I have this bizarrely lofty goal to sort through all of my digital images and start deleting the junk photos that are hiding there. Mind you, I have about 40,000 photos in my computer alone, let alone what’s on my phone, sooooooo….. I’ll just do my best. ūüėČ

Sending high fives for making it through another awesome week, my lovelies! xoxo

30 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Stuff // 15

We’re about 30 weeks in, with two and a half months left until Baby Girl gets here. And I think it’s safe to say that the “sweet spot” I was…

30 Weeks Pregnant

We’re about 30 weeks in, with two and a half months left until Baby Girl gets here. And I think it’s safe to say that the “sweet spot” I was in last time is loooong gone. It was beautiful while it lasted, gang! We’ve got aches, we’ve got pains, we’ve got a little waddle starting to develop that I’m fighting as fiercely as I can. ūüėČ But so far baby is still healthy and I’m still going to the gym so I’m counting those as major wins. Here’s some more. xoxo

WEEK 30

EATING literally just watermelon for dinner.

DRINKING like a camel. Do camels drink a lot? Maybe I just feel like a camel because I have a big hump in my middle.

READING¬†welllllll NOT any baby books. And I just sort of realized that maybe I should do a little refresher on newborn stuff like sleep training and breastfeeding. I feel pretty confident in most of the stuff that I remember with Henry, but I’m sure that there are details that we forgot in our newborn stupor.

WANTING my body back. I’m so grateful (SO SO BLESSED) to be able to carry this baby and that she’s on the way, but I definitely feel the toll that a second baby is taking on my body. It’s uncomfortable bordering on painful at times and I’m really feeling the strain of carrying around 20 extra pounds. My tailbone aches, my feet are so tender in the mornings I can’t walk well, and my ligaments are stretching in ways that they just didn’t last time. Ouch.

SLEEPING is annoying. Can we just leave it at that?

WEARING the same maternity clothes over and over because I refuse to buy any more. We can make it 10 more weeks in what we have, for crying out loud!

FEELING so excited for the fall, for a little maternity leave, and to just snuggle up and focus on family toward the end of the year.

LOVING¬†my husband and every single little thing he does to try to help our family through a really crazy season! Pregnancy, renovation, parenting a toddler — we are in the deep end right now and he is keeping us all afloat.

Summer Songs Playlist

Playlist // Summer Lovin’

Dudes. I have discovered Spotify. Whaaaaaaaat it’s blowing my mind! I love finding people and following their playlists! Why did nobody tell me how rad this is? I’ve been annoyed…

Summer Songs Playlist

Dudes. I have discovered Spotify. Whaaaaaaaat it’s blowing my mind! I love finding people and following their playlists! Why did nobody tell me how rad this is? I’ve been annoyed with iTunes and Apple’s music situation for a long time, and this is kind of a perfect solution. It’s easy and there’s a ton of music and you can discover so much new fun stuff. So! Who wants to know what I’m listening to this summer?

I have a pretty intense musical background so my taste is a little all over the place. We’re starting tame with this one (although we do have some old school stuff on there that I think you’ll love!) but maybe with future playlists I’ll put some wacky tunes in there for ya. ūüėČ This summer I’m into happy, sunshiny songs so that’s what this playlist is all about! We’ve got everything from Stevie Wonder to Lynrd Skynrd to Miley Cyrus, so get ready to turn up some tunes, roll down your windows, and jam out. xoxo

LISTEN TO OUR SUMMER LOVIN’ PLAYLIST

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

DIY Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!!! This project has been a dream of mine for a couple of years and we can finally share it with you! I had the idea to…

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!!! This project has been a dream of mine for a couple of years and we can finally share it with you! I had the idea to do Chutes and Ladders games based in various cities but I didn’t really know how to tackle it. Turns out all you need is a really amazing illustrator and graphic designer, which is where Hailey Nowak comes in. We teamed with her to make a Los Angeles-based Chutes and Ladders game for you to play on your next game night! I am so, so pumped today and I hope you absolutely love this one.

Materials

Make Time: About 5 Minutes (See Below!)

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

We’re taking a bit of a different approach to “making” this game because we found a totally rad site online that lets you print out your own board games! So I admit it, we cheated. But the quality of the printed game board is really fantastic for the price (about $12 before shipping), and I didn’t think that we could DIY it any better or cheaper. So here’s how you do it!

First, download our file. (Note: The colors will look a little weird on the download page but after you save the file they’ll be just right.) Then head over to Print Play Games and select an 18″x18″ Deluxe Board from the dropdown menu. Upload the Chutes and Ladders file on the same page and add it to your cart. We also bought a couple of little men to move around the board (they’re just a few cents each, and the site has a minimum of $12 for an order so that should bring you up to the right price). Then just check out and your game will arrive in a few days!¬†(FYI, Print Play Games isn’t a sponsor for the post, they just happen to be a perfect solution for our little project.) By the way, the dice from our DIY Yahtzee Game are perfect for rolling on this game too. Just use one to roll for your turn and move the correct number of spaces.

Now, a few things! I have big dreams of making a series of Chutes and Ladders games in different cities, so I have to know —¬†which other cities would you like to see?!¬†And within those cities, what are some of the things you’d have happen in the game? I’d love to do NYC and have a subway breakdown send you all the way back to start, because that happened to us way too many times.

Leave a comment and let us know! And if you download and make the game, be sure to share a photo on social with #TheLovelySquad! xoxo

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

Download and print your own Los Angeles Chutes and Ladders Game

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

DIY Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

Baby Girl is coming and even though we have lots of baby gear already, I just can’t help but make her a few special things of her own. Knowing that…

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle BlanketBaby Girl is coming and even though we have lots of baby gear already, I just can’t help but make her a few special things of her own. Knowing that last time we used our muslin swaddle blankets until they were practically threadbare, I decided to grab a few blank ones and make her some custom blankies to get wrapped up in. (Swaddling, by the way, was our savior last time around when it came to getting Hank calm and asleep.) I found some really fun fabric paints that act a little like watercolor on a muslin blanket, so I fiddled around until I came up with this painted pineapple pattern, which is suuuuper easy to make.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Washing Time)

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

Step 1: Decide how often you’d like your pineapple pattern to repeat. I was able to fit 5 pineapples across the blanket, and stagger the rows. These pineapples are about 5″ tall and 2.5″ wide.

Step 2: Place a piece of cardboard behind your blanket and spread it out. Start painting the oval bodies of your pineapples. To get the watercolor look, squeeze some yellow paint out on a palette, and dip your flat brush in water, soaking it. Mix the water into the paint; keep mixing until you have a pretty soupy consistency. Load your brush with paint and paint a messy oval onto the blanket. Sometimes I wouldn’t re-dip in paint to fill in the oval, but instead dip into water and keep painting. That creates a layered, watercolor look.

Step 3: Dip your brush in water and squeeze a bit of russet-colored paint onto your palette. Load the tip of the brush with a tiny bit of color and create criss-cross lines on the yellow oval. Use a very light touch to create fine lines. Tip: You might want to test this part out on a piece of paper first to get the feel of painting the lines.

Step 4: Squeeze out some green paint; add a bit of white to brighten if you desire. Dip your fan brush in water until saturated. Mix the green and white paints, load your brush, and create downward strokes starting about 2″ above the oval, drawing them down toward the oval. This will make the green crown of the pineapple.

Step 5: Continue making pineapples until your blanket is full!

Step 6: If you like, let a few watery drips of color drop across your blanket at random. I spattered a few drops here and there and liked the effect of the random dots of color.

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

We wanted to be sure the color would hold so we did a test wash and it came out beautifully! I recommend washing in cold water and tumbling dry on low for the first wash, then you can follow the directions on your blanket for all subsequent washes. The paint comes out super soft; you can actually barely feel it on the blanket. These little blankies are so cute, and if you’re not expecting you can always make it as a sweet custom gift for a baby shower. Orrrrr just make one for yourself because they’re so soft I can barely stand it. ūüėČ xoxo

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

How to Make a Painted Pineapple Baby Swaddle Blanket

Baby Girl Names

We Need Baby Girl Names!

This is not a drill, guys. We are stuck for a little girl’s name! We have a few frontrunners but none of them feels¬†right yet. Ryan asked the other day…

Baby Girl Names

This is not a drill, guys. We are stuck for a little girl’s name! We have a few frontrunners but none of them feels¬†right yet. Ryan asked the other day if I had asked you guys for help and I realized I hadn’t! So.¬†Here we are. Please help!

Okay, a few guidelines. Preferably nothing that starts with an H (because of Henry).¬†We’d love a name that’s easy to pronounce and spell, but isn’t the same name that every other little girl has right now (so we’re probably steering clear of the Sophias, Ellas, Emmas, Avas, and the like). I love classic names that can also feel new again. We’re open to something a little off the beaten path, but nothing too crazy. And it’s gotta fit with Foy for a last name.

Help, team! We need ideas!

Oh, and have a beautiful weekend. ūüôā xoxo

California

I Heart California

Just wanted to take a sec today to proclaim my love for Cali. I may have strayed for a few years to the east coast, but I’m a west coast…

California

Just wanted to take a sec today to proclaim my love for Cali. I may have strayed for a few years to the east coast, but I’m a west coast girl through and through. It always blows my mind how many different types of beauty you can find in one state (granted, a huge state, but still). We’ve been all over California this summer, from the mountains to the Bay to the south and the north, and I just wanted to drop some pretty photos here for you in case you love this place as much as I do. xoxo

California

California

California

California

California

California

Cactus Flowers

Monterey Bay

 

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party (And a Bonus Playlist!)

I recently read this article in praise of “scruffy entertaining” — the idea of hosting simply, offering whatever it is that you have, welcoming guests with a come-as-you-are type of…

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

I recently read this article in praise of “scruffy entertaining” — the idea of hosting simply, offering whatever it is that you have, welcoming guests with a come-as-you-are type of mentality, and just not putting so much pressure on being a host. I¬†loved¬†it! It spoke¬†to what I love most about being together with friends and family, which is just… being together. Visiting. Nobody visits any more! So the other day we decided to have an impromptu backyard hangout with family, to let the kids run around and to catch up with the grownups. We threw it all together in about 10 minutes and you know what? It was a total ball. It was simple, easy, and no stress. All we needed was some good music, a few snacks, and a place to gather.

So in the spirit of encouraging easy entertaining, we’re sharing just a few tips so that you can have your own impromptu backyard party and not stress about it even one little bit.

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Make it Comfy¬†You don’t need tables and chairs and tablecloths for a shindig. Toss out some blankets that you don’t mind getting a little grassy and top them with a few comfy pillows. Done.

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Snack on What You Have¬†Usually I feel like the most stressful part of planning a party is the food. Is there enough? Who eats what? Do we need forks? This time around, we went with what we had.¬†We had a watermelon in the fridge and some popcorn in the pantry. And as it turned out the kids were¬†thrilled. (Henry may or may not have eaten an entire bowl of popcorn on his own.) Next time you’re hosting something last minute, just use what you have. Don’t bother with a whirlwind trip to the store — in fact, you can even have guests help you rummage through your cupboards and help you put something together to eat.

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Turn on the Tunes¬†For me, music is what makes any party. I have the best memories of summer parties with my family in the backyard and music playing out of somebody’s pickup truck. These days we have fun bluetooth speakers like this SoundLink Mini from Bose so nobody has to leave their truck running. ūüėČ This little powerhouse speaker is¬†perfect¬†for taking along with you to the backyard or on a trip. It’s small but mighty and connects to your smartphone so you can wirelessly stream your playlists. (We’ve taken it with us on a couple of day trips this summer and it’s great in a beach bag, too!)

And speaking of playlists! I made a special playlist for our little shindig that I’d love for you to use as well. It’s all about the oldies but goodies: the 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll that I remember listening to with my parents and sister (and they were already oldies when we were listening to them in the 80’s!) I love playing oldies for kids and family gatherings — the music is just so uplifting and fun and simple. There’s something about seeing my niece bopping her head along to an old doo-wop song that’s so sweet. And it always just sort of blows my mind that now I play the same music for my son that my mom and dad used to play for us. This playlist sounds pretty great on the SoundLink Mini, too! Perfect for a summer afternoon spent outside in the sunshine.

LISTEN TO OUR PLAYLIST HERE

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Bring Some Games I tossed out the DIY domino set that we made a couple of years back and the kids were crazy for it! My niece is just at the right age for learning to match dominos, my nephew liked arranging them in lines, and Henry just wanted to get in on the action. Ryan took some time to teach them the basics and they were totally into it. Having a simple game on hand that you can play while you chat is such a lovely way to pass the afternoon.

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

Snap a Photo I do love the planned family photos that are all set up with everyone dressed nicely, but my favorites are the ones from moments like these. Kids with watermelon juice dripping down their chins, grownups laughing at each other, bunches of hands reaching in the popcorn bowl. Be sure to snap a couple of candid photos to remember the day.

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

I’d love to know — is this up your alley, or¬†are you able to¬†handle party planning in your sleep? And what are some of your favorite memories of being together¬†with friends and family? For me, simple moments¬†like these are always my favorite. It feels so good to take the pressure off and just focus on spending time together, no matter where you are. Hooray for simple gatherings! xoxo

Simple Tips for an Impromptu Backyard Party

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

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

DIY Yahtzee Game

Yaaaaaaay it’s BACK! I think our DIY game night projects are my favorite ones of the year. We’ve been dreaming and scheming more DIY games to share with you this…

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

Yaaaaaaay it’s BACK! I think our DIY game night projects are my favorite ones of the year. We’ve been dreaming and scheming more DIY games to share with you this summer and I can barely restrain myself from telling you about all of the fun stuff that’s coming up! But let’s just start with this old chestnut — DIY Yahtzee! I cannot tell you how many summers I spent with my Grandma, laying on the floor playing rounds and rounds of it. We had this special banshee yell that we would do when one of us rolled a Yahtzee that I still do to this day any time I get five of a kind. Ohhhhh man, I love this game. Let’s make our own DIY Yahtzee game!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Paint Drying Time)

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

Step 1: Download and print our Yahtzee Score Card template (how ’bout those pretty colors, huh?!). Trim around the edges; each player gets one score card.

Step 2: Paint your dice in the shades that you wish. I love different colors for each one! Allow paint to dry fully.

Step 3: Using the wrong end of a small paintbrush, add the dots to your dice. Dip the end of the brush lightly in paint and carefully make dots by setting the end of the brush directly down on the wood block. Be careful not to come at it at an angle; place the tip directly down to get nice round dots.¬†There’s good info right here about which numbers go on which sides of each die. Paint all of your dots and let them dry thoroughly.

Step 4: You can always roll the dice with your hands, but if you’d like to make a cup for rolling follow steps 4-6. Cut your bentwood box down so that it’s about 3-4 inches high, according to your preference. Trace an even line around where you’d like the top of the cup and you should be able to cut the thin wood with scissors.

Step 5: Use a piece of sandpaper to sand down the top edge of the cup, removing any sharp areas.

Step 6: Cut a piece of leather to the correct size to cover the outside of your cup. Spray the wrong side of the leather with spray adhesive and place the leather carefully around the cup, smoothing as you go. Trim any excess along the top edge.

Now let’s play! I confess: I forced Ryan into a Yahtzee tournament one night after Henry went to bed and got waaaayyyy too competitive about it. I guess my Grandma trained me a little too well. ūüėČ Stay tuned for more fun DIY games, coming at you for the next 5 weeks! xoxo

P.S. See all of our past DIY games right here.

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

How to Make a DIY Yahtzee Game

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch + GIVEAWAY!

When we were living and working in China a few years ago, I fell deeply in love with this certain candy from Japan that I had never seen in the…

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

When we were living and working in China a few years ago, I fell deeply in love with this certain candy from Japan that I had never seen in the states. Being a total candy junkie (no pun intended), I was having a ball trying out lots of different crazy things we found and when I tried these I was like¬†where have you been all my life?!¬†We came back to the states and slowly but surely I started seeing them pop up here and there, and now you can find them all over the place! This magical candy I’m talking about? HI-CHEW.

I kid you not, these are my favorite. Soft, chewy, fruity, the perfect amount of sweet. So when HI-CHEW contacted me to see if we might want to team up for a summery project it was pretty much like Beyonce herself had sent me an email. I actually ran into the other room to tell Ryan. ANYWAY! Enough babbling. Let’s talk summer. We’ve been road tripping so hard this summer and on every trip we take, I’m always wishing I had a little pouch in the car of my essentials — I’m always carrying stuff for everyone else so my own things get scattered and tossed around. But no more! We put together this juicy little no-sew foldover pouch so I can take it on all of our summer adventures (and obviously stash some candy inside, too).¬†(Pssst — be sure to scroll all the way down for a juicy giveaway!)

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

Step 1: Cut out your felt pieces. We freehanded ours but here are the general measurements: one dark orange oval (11.5″ x 9″), one light orange half oval (5.5″ x 9″), one white half oval (5″ x 8.5″), and five light orange wedge pieces that fit inside your white half oval like orange slices.

Step 2: Spread a line of E6000 around the arched edge of the half oval, leaving no glue along the flat edge. Place this piece over the lower half of the large oval, aligning the arched edges. Press down the glued area to make sure it adheres.

Step 3: Fold the top of the large oval down like a flap. Spread glue along the entire back of the white piece, and glue this down onto the front of the folded over flap.

Step 4: Glue down each of your wedge pieces onto the white piece.

Step 5: Place a velcro dot on the inside bottom of the pouch; place the corresponding piece on the inside top of the pouch and make sure that the two align.

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

That’s it! Let all the glue dry, fill it up, and take it on your adventures! And speaking of adventures, how’s your summer going? We’ve been having a blast seeing lots of California (since I’m so far along we can’t really fly any more) on road trips and having a whole bunch of #flavorfulmoments. We still have a few adventures left, though — this fruity little pouch will be coming with us to Santa Cruz, to our family’s cabin, and possibly to the state fair before it closes! And luckily, I’ve got enough HI-CHEW now that I can take it along and share with Ryan and not have to hoard it like I usually do. Sigh. I love summer. ūüôā

Now —¬†who wants to win a fruity little prize pack full of HI-CHEW goodies?!¬†We’re having a simple, fun giveaway so you can test out all of my favorite HI-CHEW flavors and they’ll show up right on your doorstep. The prize pack will include t-shirts, a pop socket for your phone, a tote, and more candy than you can shake a stick at.¬†All you have to do to enter is comment below and share a #flavorfulmoment from your summer!¬†It can be something you’re planning on doing or something you’ve already done. Giveaway will be open until 12am PST on July 17th and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. Leave us a comment so we can send you something sweet! xoxo

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

DIY No-Sew Fruity Foldover Pouch

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

Tropical Leaves

Happy Friday + The Wallpaper Gods

Friends, we’re embarking upon a terrifying journey this weekend — we’re going to attempt to wallpaper a room ourselves. GAH! It’s time to get Baby Girl’s room done and we’ve…

Tropical Leaves

Friends, we’re embarking upon a terrifying journey this weekend — we’re going to attempt to wallpaper a room ourselves. GAH! It’s time to get Baby Girl’s room done and we’ve been avoiding it for a while because we’re scared! Neither one of us has ever even held a roll of wallpaper, let alone tried to install it. So toss up a prayer for us to the wallpaper gods and try to envision us being total pros and having the whole process just go swimmingly. That’s how The Secret works, right? ūüėČ

In other news, YAY WEEKEND! What are your plans for the next couple of days? Tell me it’s more fun and way less stressful than rolling around in wallpaper glue! xoxo