DIY Clay Halloween Rings

This Week // Happy Halloween!

Hey ya spooks! What are you guys doing for Halloween tonight? I remember the days when I would be getting all set to head out to this or that Halloween…

DIY Clay Halloween Rings

Hey ya spooks! What are you guys doing for Halloween tonight? I remember the days when I would be getting all set to head out to this or that Halloween party, probably in a homemade costume that coordinated with Mr. Lovely. This year, I’m pumped to be in our house with a giant bowl full of candy that I’ll be eating in its entirety passing out to adorable little kids. And let’s be real, I’ll most definitely be watching Hocus Pocus. Because duh. Okay, just to make me laugh, leave your favorite Hocus Pocus quote in the comments! And if you don’t know one, you better go educate yourself immediately. Happy Halloween! xoxo

P.S. BoooOOOOOoooook!

This Week’s Faves

DIY leather file folders. I want a drawer full of ’em.
The pops of black in this room update are nailing it for me!
Anything with a heart elbow patch is good by me.
Brittni’s here to tell you everything you ever needed to know about gourds.
This #crafttherainbow series is so gorgeous!

More Lovely

Talking ’bout pain meds.
Apparently black and white is my thing right now.

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

Morning Routine // Fall Smoothie Recipe

Last year, I had gotten into this really awesome habit of making myself a green smoothie every morning. I loved it. It got me a few servings of fruits and…

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

Last year, I had gotten into this really awesome habit of making myself a green smoothie every morning. I loved it. It got me a few servings of fruits and veggies right away, but more importantly it made me start my day with a kind of intention that isn’t involved in pouring a bowl of cereal. There was something nice about getting to know the ingredients so well I didn’t need to measure any more, and about pouring it into my favorite glass, and taking some time to put thought into what the day would be like while I sipped. Thennnnnn, I got pregnant. And suddenly those smoothies were disgusting. And all I could really stomach in the morning was bread or cereal. And I went down a cereal shame spiral.

Fast forward almost nine months, and we’re still in the cereal shame spiral. It’s kind of the worst — Mr. Lovely and I both get up, pour a bowl of cereal, and sit down at our computers to start work and simultaneously eat while we’re still blurry-eyed. I’d like to get back to that place where I started my days with a little intention, and took time to make something worthwhile. Since we gain an extra hour this weekend with the time change (yay!) it feels like there’s a little bit of wiggle room in the day, and I love that. I know it’ll probably be especially difficult once baby arrives and our schedules get turned upside-down, but if I had an extra hour every day I’d spend it in the morning, arranging my day, making an awesome breakfast, and just quietly gathering my thoughts.

So in that spirit, I’ve been making this fall smoothie that I’m totally loving. There’s a little bit of everything — fruits and veggies and their nutritional bonuses, chia seeds for fiber & a little protein kick, and ZICO coconut water with bunches of electrolytes (and as much potassium as banana. Did you even know that?!). Give it a try.

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ZICO natural coconut water
  • 1/2 apple, diced into large cubes
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree (from a can is just fine!)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 pinch stevia
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • handful of ice

Toss all of your ingredients into a blender and blend away. That simple. If you like, chill the pumpkin puree and apple ahead of time to make it extra frosty. Pour and enjoy! I’m loving this recipe particularly because most of the measurements are just to your liking. Not a lot of measuring spoons needed here. In fact, I’m mostly eyeballing it these days.

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

The mornings have been quite a bit nicer since I’ve been taking a little extra time to get out of the cereal rut. I sit down, look over my little notebooks full of to-dos or ideas, and plan my day. I don’t know if I’ll always have a moment to spend doing that but right now it sure is a lovely thing. And I’d love to know — what would you do with an extra hour in the day? Sky’s the limit! Share in the comments or give me a tweet with the hashtag #ZICOhour and share how you’d spend that extra hour. Happy fall! xoxo

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Fall Smoothie Recipe

This post is sponsored by ZICO Coconut Water. All opinions, concepts, and delicious smoothie recipes are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Baby Stuff Week 35

Baby Stuff // 10

I’m large. That’s all there is to it. I keep accidentally smashing baby into tables and chairs and people and other various objects, because I am just not used to…

Baby Stuff Week 35

I’m large. That’s all there is to it. I keep accidentally smashing baby into tables and chairs and people and other various objects, because I am just not used to him sticking out so far. I have a feeling that in the final few weeks I’ll be going from large to massive, so cross your fingers for me. But the upswing is that people are starting to be really nice to me. As in, “Don’t bend over, I’ll get that!” Or, “Here, let me do it, you sit down.” My dirty secret is that I still haven’t met a task that I can’t do, but I let people help anyway. Because, sure I can reach the floor still but I ain’t saying it’s comfortable. Here’s more. xoxo

WEEK 35.

EATING less again? It’s weird — my stomach wants lots of food but can only really handle a little bit at a time.

DRINKING carbonated water with lots of lime and pretending it’s a gin gimlet…

READING all the pamphlets that we’ve been getting at our prenatal classes. Sometimes I feel like I’m studying for a test. When I start feeling that way, I put down all the pamphlets and books and junk and take a couple of days off to remind myself that it’s also okay to just trust your instincts.

WANTING halfway for baby to come reallllly early, and halfway for him to come reallllly late. Depending on how confident I feel that day.

SLEEPING through the night without having to pee. I. Am. Superwoman.

WEARING the same clothes over and over and all I want in life is to be able to use my full closet again.

FEELING effing pain in my hands, guys! Pregnancy carpal tunnel has set in like woah and in the mornings I literally can’t straighten my fingers out. They stay all gnarled and bent for about an hour, or until I go to the gym and get the blood flowing. Yeowch.

LOVING the kind words that I get from strangers. Truly, I must be having the opposite experience of every other pregnant woman I talk to; I’ve only gotten kind, supportive, genuinely sweet comments from people while I’ve been out and about. And no stranger — not one — has tried to touch my stomach.

P.S. See more Baby Stuff right here!

No-Carve String Message Pumpkins

Last-Minute Halloween Ideas

I honestly can’t believe that Halloween is in a few days. This fall has been a (wonderful) whirlwind and the weeks are flying! But not to worry, you’re not the…

I honestly can’t believe that Halloween is in a few days. This fall has been a (wonderful) whirlwind and the weeks are flying! But not to worry, you’re not the only one who lost track of time. I’ll definitely be falling back on a few old tried and true Halloween DIY favorites. Don’t forget to check out all of the Costumes from Your Closet if you’re in need of a getup for trick-or-treating! And otherwise, read on for quick no-carve pumpkins, fall recipes, and more last-minute Halloween ideas. Go get it. xoxo

No-Carve Nailhead Trim Pumpkins

These no-carve nailhead trim pumpkins are so fun and so fast. Get your front porch decked out in no time.

Halloween in a Box

Put together a little Halloween celebration in a box for someone cute.

Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts

These donuts. THESE DONUTS! I make them every year. Baked pumpkin mini donuts. That’s all you need to know.

No-Carve String Message Pumpkins

Make your pumpkins say stuff. No-carve string art pumpkins!

No-Carve Gold Geometric Pumpkins

These might be my very favorite. Just a little white pumpkin and a gold pen.

Gold Leaf Halloween PostcardsGold leaf Halloween postcards! If you’re too late to send ’em, drop ’em in your neighbors’ mailboxes.

Hunting for a Baby Friendly Coffee Table

I know, I know. The kid isn’t even born yet and I’m looking for baby friendly furniture. But with a 4 year old niece and a 1 year old nephew…

I know, I know. The kid isn’t even born yet and I’m looking for baby friendly furniture. But with a 4 year old niece and a 1 year old nephew who live around the corner and come to visit often, I feel like we might as well get a jump on it. My sister and her babies were over to visit the other day and it took 4 adults to keep my adorable nephew from killing himself on our sharp-cornered coffee table. So obviously I took it as an opportunity to do a little shopping research.

Right now I’m thinking anything padded and without sharp edges is an improvement. But ideally, it would also be padded and upholstered in a fabric that is easy to clean, in a shape that a kid can’t tip over, and in a dream world you could stuff toys inside it to hide them when you need to clean the house in a hurry. Am I asking too much here?

I hopped online and found a few options — not all of them are perfect, but it’s a start! I always get so excited when I find kid-friendly stuff that doesn’t make me feel like I have to abandon my whole aesthetic, ya know?

From top of post: Furry stool. Woven bench. Blue stool. Black & white pouf. Faux leather bench. Orange ottoman. Woven coffee table. Upholstered bench.

What do you think? Any faves? I know that round woven table is probably not the smartest of the bunch, but I threw it in there for good measure. By the way, I found all of these on Target.com, which is a whole new world of being obsessed with Target. You know how we all love it, right? Well shopping on their website is like if you walked into your local Target and multiplied it by 100. There are so many really fantastic pieces online that you can’t get in stores — but you can order them and they just show up at your doorstep like fairies dropped them off. Target fairies. There’s always free shipping on $50 or more, and you can return ship for free (or return it in-store, which is totally my jam). In fact, I think about half of my picks here are only available at Target.com.

But I digress! I’d love to know which ones you love and which ones you think would just be impractical with a little one. For the smaller pieces, I might even be envisioning two of them sitting side by side. Like two adorable little round orange ottomans in front of the couch. I know, I’m just getting crazy now. Tell me your thoughts! And for more Target goodness, visit them at Facebook and Twitter. xoxo

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

Baby in a Panda Head

This Week // 35

Sooooo that’s my niece up there. Wearing her little Halloween leggings and dress… and a giant panda head. Because those are the types of things that happen around here. We…

Baby in a Panda Head

Sooooo that’s my niece up there. Wearing her little Halloween leggings and dress… and a giant panda head. Because those are the types of things that happen around here. We have a friend who happened to have access to a giant panda costume for the last year or so, and Mr. Lovely asked her about a million times when he could have it. So last week she showed up at our doorstep with it. And now, guys, we own a panda costume, like every God-fearing American couple should. I’m thinking of renting it out. Anybody need a panda costume for a couple of days? I’ll let you have it on the cheap.

Other than little kids running around in giant animal heads, it’s business as usual here this week! And by business, I mean work, house projects, prenatal classes & appointments, family dinners, and all that jazz. I still feel overwhelmed by the amount of things we need to accomplish in the next few weeks, but we’re starting to organize our priorities and that makes me feel loads better. What’s up with you this week?! xoxo

This Week’s Faves

These DIY clay Halloween rings are so fun!
Our house is all decked out with this creepy crawly sidewalk that Mr. Lovely made.
I bake at least three batches of these every. single. year.
A sheep blankie. Dare I start a knitting project now?

More Lovely

The last password you’ll ever need.
We need to do a little better on the second tip from this list.
How we back up everything — digital photos, files, the whole enchilada.

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

Costumes From Your Closet // Folk Singer

At first I was going to call this costume “Lady of the Canyon,” after Joni Mitchell’s album. Ya know, all the cool hippie girls who hung out in Laurel Canyon…

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

At first I was going to call this costume “Lady of the Canyon,” after Joni Mitchell’s album. Ya know, all the cool hippie girls who hung out in Laurel Canyon in the 1960’s, being barefoot and writing music and making macrame plant hangers. But I figured that would be a little obscure. So this one’s a straight-up folk singer (or hippie if you don’t have a guitar!). It’s somewhere between Joni and Janis, and I have to say that I think it’s even better if you have a baby belly. There’s something pretty folksy about a pregnant tummy, amiright?

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

Anyway! If you want to be a folk singer this halloween, you just need a couple of basics from your closet: a long, flowy dress and something flowy or fringey to layer on top of it. Then, accessorize with every ring, bracelet, and necklace you’ve got. Top it off with a hippie headband and some round sunglasses. And if you play the guitar, by all means carry one around! Everybody loves a Halloween costume that comes with a performance… don’t they?

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

DIY Folk Singer Halloween Costume

We’ve had such a blast putting together the Costumes from Your Closet series — and we didn’t spend a penny on any of the four looks! Be sure to go back and check out the other costumes if you are still looking for ideas. Have fun, gang! xoxo

Fall Coats

Three Fab Fall Coats

I think the title says it all, gang. I’ve been zooming around online looking for coats that would go great with a baby bump and after the bump is (hopefully!)…

I think the title says it all, gang. I’ve been zooming around online looking for coats that would go great with a baby bump and after the bump is (hopefully!) gone, and there are so many delicious choices out there! In case you’re looking too, I rounded up three that I would just love to see make their way into my closet.

Fall Coats

Whaddaya think? Any favorites? That heart trench is adorable and the military jacket is so cool, but I think I’m gunning for the black and white beauty in the center. It just looks so cozy — part cardigan, part coat, all awesome. Have you come across any great fall jackets this year? Do share! xoxo

Things You Learn About Yourself While Baking German Chocolate Cake from Scratch

So Ryan asked for a German chocolate cake for his birthday. I had never made one before, but I figured I could find a recipe easy enough to follow and…

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So Ryan asked for a German chocolate cake for his birthday. I had never made one before, but I figured I could find a recipe easy enough to follow and it would be no biggie. And truth be told, it wasn’t that terrible. But it was mayyyyybe just a little more than I bargained for. It turned out fine and all (a little on the dry side, but who’s counting), but there were moments when I felt like I was waging a war against my Kitchen Aid. Picture me, barefoot, pregnant, in a kitchen lightly dusted with flour, buttermilk on my shirt, cursing under my breath when the melted chocolate started to congeal. That’s real, guys.

I had all of these brilliant plans of making the cake and taking beautiful photos and sharing the recipe with you here, but none of those things happened. So instead I have some mediocre iPhone photos of a cake that I had to cut the edges off of because they were crispy. And a list of things that I learned about myself while baking my first German chocolate cake. Enjoy.

1. You are not invincible. Melted chocolate can and will get hot enough to burn your skin so badly it blisters if you touch it.

2. You are not an oven whisperer. If you’re baking in a new-to-you oven, maybe a German chocolate cake from scratch isn’t the recipe you should use to try out for the first time. Perhaps just some ready-to-bake cookies.

3. You welcome a challenge. Or perhaps you are just foolhardy. But either way, seeing a recipe with things on it like “cake flour” and “sweet German baking chocolate” do not scare you away.

4. You like to cut corners. When washing one less bowl becomes more important than separating ingredients appropriately, maybe it’s time to get out of the baking game.

5. You really, really love your husband. Because this is the cake he asked for, and by God, this is the cake he’s going to get. xoxo

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Travel // San Francisco

If you happened to see on Instagram last week, Mr. Lovely and I made a quick trip to San Francisco with a few of our pals! Ryan and two of…

San Francisco Travel

If you happened to see on Instagram last week, Mr. Lovely and I made a quick trip to San Francisco with a few of our pals! Ryan and two of his best man friends all turned 30 within a week of each other, so we celebrated by gathering in the city and running around finding fun things to do. It was a quick trip but so fun, and if you find yourself in SF any time soon you can hit up some of these good spots!

Hang out on the piers and hop a ferry to Alcatraz. I had never been before, even growing up just an hour or so from San Francisco! It was a pretty incredible tour, and the buildings are so beautiful in a really broken-down, creepy way. Take the cheesy audio tour — there’s so much interesting info that you’d never get otherwise. Take the ferry back and hit up Fisherman’s Wharf for some clam chowder to warm up after being on that windy, cold island.

San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel

Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop on the Sausalito side at the Vista Point and obviously take the obligatory photos. Then head into Sausalito and wander around near the yacht club — there are enough little shops and restaurants to fill up an afternoon.

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Head into the Haight and wander around. If you can manage it, have brunch at Pork Store Cafe (a tiny, delicious, hole in the wall). Mr. Lovely was particularly fond of Recycled Records, a vinyl shop just down the street. And swing by Haight and Masonic to snap a photo in front of this insane painted wall.

San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel

If you’re looking for a place to stay with a group of people, we used this airbnb and it was really killer. In a great location, walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants, and plenty comfy for our group of 6. And hey, if you have a favorite spot in SF, let me know in the comments! Now that we’re so much closer to the city we’ll be there plenty. xoxo

34 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Stuff // 8

Guys guys guys. Things are getting close to the end over here, and it seems pretty surreal. The fact that there’s going to be a little teeny baby in our…

34 Weeks Pregnant

Guys guys guys. Things are getting close to the end over here, and it seems pretty surreal. The fact that there’s going to be a little teeny baby in our house in a handful of weeks is kind of overwhelming and exciting and if I’m being real, scary. Everyone keeps asking me if I’m ready, and how in the world can you be?! No, I’m not ready. I still feel like a newbie at this whole pregnancy thing in general. But ready or not, he’s coming soon and we will just do what I’m pretty sure every one else does, which is make it up as you go along. Right? I have enough healthy fear of the important things, so I keep envisioning the fun and wonderful parts to keep myself excited — the tiny baby toes and all that jazz. And in the meantime, here’s how things are going. Have a great weekend! xoxo

WEEK 34.

EATING frequently. Because all food is good food right now.

DRINKING hot tea because OMG the temperature dipped below 80 degrees and I’m pretending it’s really fall!

READING about sleep schedules, feeding schedules, and how to not ruin your child. (Even though I think there are a million ways to do things right.)

WANTING to bounce right back to my pre-pregnancy body and bracing myself for the inevitable fact that that will probably not be happening.

SLEEPING awkwardly. There’s this charming new thing that’s happening where my hands fall asleep while I doze, which is the opposite of comfortable.

WEARING my Minnetonka moccs because they’re flexible and my feet are a little large these days.

FEELING shocked that I’m 34 weeks pregnant. Time just flies. Trying to treasure it, even in the uncomfortable moments.

LOVING washing and folding baby clothes, arranging diapers, and generally making little guy a space.

P.S. See more Baby Stuff right here!