A New (Old) Home

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Well y’all, we were getting itchy for a new place to live with baby coming and all, and we found one! In our own backyard. Well, kind of. It actually is our own backyard. Let me explain.

I’ve actually owned a home in Central California during the time that we’ve lived in NYC and LA, and had renters living there and taking care of the place. It was a home that we thought we’d return to “someday,” when the time felt right. So when we needed a bigger space for baby and were looking around LA for homes, we slowly came to realize that it was kind of silly to look for a new place when this beautiful home on a tree-lined street (that’s the neighborhood, in the photo above) was there waiting for us. And suddenly the time felt right, so here we go!

Our only qualm was leaving LA and our friends here, but the extra exciting thing is that we’ll be super close to family so baby will have cousins and grandparents and aunties and uncles to grow up with. I’m so, so excited to work on the house and share a zillion new projects and updates. And I’m beyond excited to make a home and a life there with Mr. Lovely and the Little Lovely on the way.

So! That’s our news! I’ll be sharing updates, photos, and more, coming soon. Here’s to a new adventure! xoxo

Baby Stuff // 2

Pregnancy Week 20

Hey! IT’S A BOY! Yeah, dudes. We’re having a little fellow and we are pretty stoked. I can’t say that it came as a surprise — we had been calling Baby Lovely a “he” all along, because we just sort of had a feeling. But it’s so awesome to officially know and to be able to start planning things (read: buying adorable baby boy clothes). Here’s your TMI violation for the day!  xoxo

WEEK 20.

EATING all the time. Not necessarily more, just all the time. I kind of like to take a meal and spread it out over a few hours. Weird.

DRINKING oh, ya know, mojitos and champagne. In my dreams. In real life, I’ve started making this concoction of seltzer water with a splash of Pellegrino Limonata. It’s amazing.

READING through the stack of baby books that my sister gave us two seconds after we told her I was pregnant. I confess: I don’t care now. It kind of feels like homework. But I know for sure that when baby is here, I’ll be glad we took the time to learn things.

WANTING to get my hands on baby’s new room and whip it into shape!

SLEEPING …sort of. I wouldn’t say I’m sleeping poorly, but there’s usually an hour or so each night where I’m wide awake trying to get comfy.

WEARING maxi dresses. My number one preggo attire recommendation so far. Invest in a maxi dress for every day of the week.

FEELING pretty good! The lava lamp isn’t quite as intense any more, which is like a gift from heaven. Feeling energized and ready to rumble.

LOVING that I finally know what baby kicks feel like! I couldn’t distinguish them for the longest time, but I’m an old pro now. Little guy likes to move around lots in the morning and at night.

Desktop Designers // Ciera Holzenthal

Free Desktop Wallpaper

Stay hungry, stay foolish.
-Steve Jobs

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This quote always gets me revved up. When I need a little kick in the pants I think of those words and it gives me a boost to do the thing that I am afraid to do. I love having this wallpaper on my computer desktop.

And today’s designer nailed it! Ciera Holzenthal has such a cool, natural style, and I love how it fits with this particular quote. Ciera is a busy bee — she’s the owner, graphic designer, and blogger behing Ciera Design Studio. She also founded The Made in Mind Social and recently launched an ebook called The Meetup Guide, all about how to plan and host local events in your area. I love her focus on getting creative people together! Here’s more about Ciera.

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Check out more from Ciera on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. And download your freebie desktop wallapaper below! To check out all of our past desktop freebies, head over here. Have a great weekend! xoxo

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Blogging // The Process of Writing a Post

Blogging: How to Write a Post

If you’re a blogger, you know that the process of writing one little post can be kind of daunting (especially if the post involves making something physical, like a recipe or a DIY project). Blogs are, after all, essentially like miniature daily online magazines, and to turn out quality content for your blog is something that we all strive for. I’m asked often (by bloggers and non-bloggers) what the post writing process looks like for me, so I thought I’d tackle it today. Let’s get down to it.

Read on for the down n’ dirty of my blogging process!

Travel Oahu // Where to Eat

Where to Eat on Oahu

I love traveling somewhere and eating like the locals do. We tried as best we could on Oahu to stay away from the tourist traps and hit some off-the-beaten-path spots for killer eats that you can’t get anywhere else. (Although we fully admit to having Starbucks breakfast sandwiches on multiple occasions.) If you’re traveling to Oahu, you’ve gotta check out some of these spots – we boiled the list down to our faves. Read on for recommendations and photos! xoxo

Marukame Udon. We stopped here on our first night in town for some freshly made udon noodles, and it was insanely delicious. The line looks long but moves really quickly, and it’s pretty affordable for a Waikiki meal. Get the kamaage udon or the niku udon and a few pieces of tempura. Yum.

Where to Eat on Oahu

Where to Eat on Oahu

Agostino’s Pizza. A perfect choice if you’re not afraid of adventuresome eating. Agostino makes his Sicilian-style pizza in a woodfire oven out of the side of a van in a parking lot. The place was packed but everyone was in a great mood because the pizza was so good. Our faves were the Veggie and the Agostino.

Where to Eat on Oahu

12th Ave Grill. A great spot for something slightly more upscale but not too fancy-schmancy. We totally skipped the entrees and split a bunch of sides and small plates, which I’d highly recommend. Don’t miss the scalloped potatoes!

Eat the Street. If you happen to be in town during this outdoor food truck festival, hit it up! It’s every last Friday of the month. There’s every kind of street food you can imagine, with music and entertainment. Best chicken pot pie I’ve ever had.

Where to Eat on Oahu

Leonard’s Bakery. When I heard that this place’s specialty was Portuguese donuts, I put it at the top of my list. Go and get a few malasadas and congratulate yourself for knowing what’s up. We loved the classic and the li hing.

Where to Eat on Oahu

Cinnamon’s . If you’re up for a morning drive to the east side of the island, head to Cinnamons! We heard they were famous for their red velvet pancakes, but we were bigger fans of the Portuguese sweet bread French toast. Seriously.

Food Trucks. If you find yourself on the North Shore, head to Haleiwa and stop at the food truck spot with Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. We split a plate of the shrimp scampi and never wanted it to end. If you eat there, be sure to save some room for the Snow truck. Snow is like Hawaiian shave ice but mixed with frozen yogurt. (Kind of a new obsession of ours.) Try the li hing mui flavor!

Where to Eat on Oahu

Where to Eat on Oahu

Where to Eat on Oahu

Fruit Stands. Keep an eye out for fresh fruit stands on the side of the road! Grab some fresh pineapple or a coconut. I was simultaneously fascinated and terrified watching the little old lady break open my coconut with a machete.

Where to Eat on Oahu

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

I love doing a project with natural wood supplies. It’s so fun to start — it’s like a perfect blank canvas and there are so many directions you can go to dress it up (or just leave it plain). These natural wood beads were calling my name and so I decided to whip them into a little simple summer necklace. Here we go!

Materials

  • natural wood beads in different shapes
  • craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • embroidery thread
  • scissors
  • masking tape

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Gather your supplies. If you’re looking for some cool nature-inspired or natural materials, head to Michael’s starting on August 8th. They’re unveiling a new line called Raw Bar, with materials like natural cork, wood, burlap, metal and canvas (we got a sneak peek and it’s pretty cool!).

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

Once you have your beads chosen, go crazy with the paint. I liked the idea of a diagonal line across the wooden spools to make them feel a little more modern. Some beads got left completely natural, which is cool for some contrast.

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

String the beads onto a 36″ length of embroidery thread.

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

Tie the ends of your embroidery thread into an adjustable knot (we have a tutorial on that right here!).

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

Adjust the knot to your liking and slip it over your head! I kind of love this — it’s like a throwback to my old childhood beaded jewelry but with some grownup touches. Hope you try one! If you’re into the raw materials, check out the rest of the Michael’s Makers projects, below. xoxo

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace


Cool Baby

Sooooo when did baby stuff get so cool? I think of baby gear and I think of bright plastic and things that buzz and bonk and flash, but Pinterest has me going down a rabbit hole of kid stuff that I would gladly put in my grown up room. I swear, the babies on Pinterest are way cooler than I will ever be. But seriously, look at these pretties. xoxo

cool baby

I’ve been pinning stuff from Lay Baby Lay since before I was even thinking of having a baby — her nursery designs might as well just be for any room in the house, they’re so awesome. And her new print just got me right in the gut. The words are from Psalm 27:14. How cool would that print be in a nursery (or anywhere!)?

And not to turn from the sublime to the ridiculous, but a rocking pig? Come on. The best.

This little kid is cooler than I’ll ever be.

I know everyone dies for Freshly Picked’s leather moccasins, but seriously, wouldn’t you wear grown up ones?

Think I could fit in this teepee?

These DIY ice cream printed tees are the cutest.