This Week

Geez! Days and weeks are flying by right now. It’s insane! I feel like there are a million things to do and they’re all wonderful — I get to hang out…

coconut waffles

Geez! Days and weeks are flying by right now. It’s insane! I feel like there are a million things to do and they’re all wonderful — I get to hang out with the babe and my husband, keep settling into the new house, tackle lots of fun work opportunities here on the blog, see my family and play with my niece and nephew, take adventures, and on and on and on. It’s funny, life is kind of small and simple right now but it feels bigger and fuller than it has in a long time. I love that.

This weekend will be part work, part relaxing, and lots of waffles. Obviously. In other news, check me out around town!

Do you use a physical planner or an app? I had big dreams of getting a paper planner this year but all the ones I wanted were sold out. Crazy!

How I stay organized at work… at home.

Remember these cement heart Valentines? Pinterest featured them in their newsletter! Thanks Pinterest!

And a couple of favorites this week:

If you’re in LA next weekend, you gotta do this!

Gimme this dress!

Still can’t get over these color dipped hangers.

Ditto this DIY guess who game. Brilliant!

Have a gorgeous weekend! xoxo

Betsy and Iya

Out & About // betsy & iya

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Rachel of The Crafted Life. Here she is!

Hi all, Rachel from The Crafted Life here! If you’re ever in Portland, brace yourself and your wallet because you’re going to want to spend all of you money at betsy & iya! Located in the NW part of the city, this brick mortar shop is part retail and part studio… and everything dreams are made of.

Betsy and Iya

(Photo: betsy & iya)

Because they make all of their jewelry onsite, you can even take a tour of their studio when shopping. That’s right! You might get a chance to meet the person who crafted the pieces you’ll be looking at/buying. And let me tell you, their staff, and boss lady Betsy, are nothing if not delightful.

Betsy and Iya

(Photo: betsy & iya)

Aside from their own line, they also carry a variety of work from other independent artists, ranging from body care, to accessories, clothing and more. Like I said, you’ll want everything.

Betsy and Iya

Betsy and Iya
(Photo: betsy & iya)

Betsy and Iya

(Photo: Rachelle Hacmac)

What’s really exciting is the launch of their new collection, You + Me, pt. 1 (part 2 is coming this spring!). I was lucky enough to see these pieces first hand, and rest assured that they are even more beautiful in person. The necklace above might just be one of my favorites. The center actually becomes a ring that can be worn with or without the necklace. How cool is that?!

Even if you aren’t coming to Portland soon, you can still find their collection in other shops around the country and online. Be sure to follow them on Instagram too for more behind the scenes!

Thanks Rachel! For more inspiration, crafty DIYs, and pretty images, head over to The Crafted Life.

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Sarah of Sarah Hearts. Here she is!

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Valentine’s Day is almost here and that means it’s time to show that special someone just how much you adore them. If you’ve already nailed down just the right gift for your significant other, here’s the perfect way to add the finishing touch—because it’s all about the pretty details, am I right? Download these free printable gift wrap sheets to make your sweetheart swoon. And don’t worry if you don’t have a valentine this year. These gift wrap sheets are perfect for wrapping all those gal-intine’s day goodies too!

DOWNLOAD THE 8.5” X 11” GIFT WRAP
DOWNLOAD THE 11” X 17” GIFT WRAP

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Thanks Sarah! For more downloads, DIYs, and crafty ideas, be sure to head over to Sarah Hearts.

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

Valentine Postcards + Wallpaper Download

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. Here she is!

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

Hey err’body! I’m happy to play the Lovely Indeed maternity game while Chelsea gets to snuggle up to the newest Mr. Foy! I just wish I could snuggle up with them! I love the babies.

Speaking of love! We’re entering the season of all things love-y and it’s only appropriate that you dress up every techie part of your life! “How?” you ask?

Why, with this easy peasy and pretty-in-pink downloadable wallpaper! It’s perfect for your laptop. It’s perfect for your phone. And it even makes a fun little print that you can turn into postcards and send to your loved ones near and far!

Simply download the wallpaper and print! In your print settings, change the layout so that you print 4 copies to a page. Once printed, cut, trim, and draw those postcard-y lines on the back.

Sign and seal with a kiss!

DOWNLOAD XOXO WALLPAPER

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

Illustration & Photography: Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel

Thanks Lexy! For more adorable projects, sweets, and a good amount of charming sass, be sure to check out The Proper Pinwheel. And keep you eyes peeled for the unveiling of Proper, Lexy’s new site!

Printable Calligraphy Valentines

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Jessica of Coco & Mingo. Here she is!

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Hello Lovely Indeed readers! Jessica here over from Coco & Mingo, and I’m so excited to be taking over for Chelsea today while she’s on her maternity leave and lovin’ up on her new baby! I know we all love and miss her, and she’ll be back soon enough! In the meantime, since Valentine’s day is around the corner (is it really?? I feel like it was just New Years…), I thought I’d share a printable Valentine’s Day card for you to give out to…whoever! Significant other, friends, family, classmates, colleagues…whoever you love, remember on this holiday (and everyday) that love is the only thing which sets us free. So go and do, speak, sing, dance, and breathe that thing called love.

Download your Valentines right here! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Printable-Valentines-card_photo2

Thanks Jessica! For more lovely DIYs, lettering, and pretty inspiration, head over to Coco & Mingo!

Married Life // New Baby

  Woah guys. I have so much to say on this subject it might as well be its own column. Ryan and I have been through a good number of…

 

Newborn Photo Shoot

Woah guys. I have so much to say on this subject it might as well be its own column. Ryan and I have been through a good number of changes and adventures — jobs traveling the country & overseas, cross-country moves, new homes, and more. But nothing, nothing has been more intense than the experience of bringing home a baby and learning how the little one would fit into our world.

When I say intense, I don’t necessarily mean it in a negative way. In fact, mostly the intensity has been in the love that we have discovered you can have for a baby — for such tiny little things they sure know how to wrap you around their itty bitty fingers. For the first couple of weeks we would just stare at Henry, then back at each other, then back at him, marveling that all of a sudden there was another person in our midst, and that we totally made him. If that ain’t miraculous, I don’t know what is. Even more miraculous was the fact that we kept the baby alive and well in spite of having no earthly idea what we were doing.

Now that the fog has cleared a little bit and we’re getting used to life as a family of three, the reality of things is settling in and we are realizing that we need to develop some systems. Since we both work from home, we’re trying to figure out a schedule of who’s on baby duty and who is working, and when we switch. It’s something that I think will take some trial and error before we figure out what is going to work for us. But in the meantime I’m so grateful that this season in our lives has us both capable of being home with Henry to see him grow up. Which, by the way, seems to be happening insanely quickly. Just a few weeks ago he was a total potato, and now he’s laughing and smiling and reaching for things.

Mostly, it has been the greatest joy to navigate this bizarre new world of parenting with Ryan. My tired mom brain can’t come up with words that are beautiful enough to explain what it’s like to care for a baby with the person you love most. But I will tell you this — sometimes the three of us slow dance together to old Rosemary Clooney records, and in those moments there is nowhere else I’d rather be. xoxo

Photo by Scot Woodman Photography

Out & About // Max & Moritz

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Kelly of Studio DIY. Here she is!

Hey folks! Kelly here from Studio DIY and I’m gonna take you on a tour of one of my favorite little shops in Los Angeles while Chelsea and Ryan are off snuggling little Henry (!). Max & Moritz calls itself “a not so general store” and I couldn’t think of a better description. You can find everything from gilded trivets to handcrafted wooden cutting boards to colorful and quirky ceramics and one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories. Basically, if you need a not-so-average gift, it’s your one stop shop. Any store that has mini pink saucepans and marble wall clocks is a place to frequent, in my book. Let’s dive in!

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store1

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store2

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store3

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store4

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store5

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store6

If you’re a fan of MUD Australia, they’ve got a STELLAR collection. I’m eyeing those pink pieces so hard. Their selection of REISS pieces is another favorite, along with table (or two!) you see when you walk in which is choc full of gold…. everything!

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store7

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store8

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store9

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store10

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store11

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store12

Max and Moritz - A Not So General Store13

They have an online shop too (BONUS!) but if you want to check it out in person, Max & Moritz is located at 7209 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046. They also happen to own FOODLAB which is a block away and DELISH! Shopping with a slammin’ sandwich and Bon Nuage cake waiting for you afterward? Sign me up!

Photos by Jeff Mindell

Thanks Kell! For more LA adventures, fab DIYs, and general good times, head over to Studio DIY.

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Laicie of A Thousand Threads. Here she is!

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

Hi there Lovely Indeed readers! I’m Laicie, and I’m so excited to be filling in for Chelsea while she’s away with her new little guy.

Since Valentines Day is coming up, I thought I’d share an easy rose-themed diy that can be used now, or any time of the year. This rose petal honey would make a perfect gift, addition to your Valentines meal, or an awesome use for your leftover Valentine roses. But even if you’re not celebrating the day, it’s great to have a little infused honey in the kitchen for a special occasion. And you can try the recipe below with other herbs as well!

Just mix about 2 tablespoons of the herb with 1 cup of honey and follow the instructions below, and you’ll have the perfect finishing touch for your next big meal!

Materials

  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals (Easy to order online if you don’t want to dry them yourself!)
  • 1 cup local honey
  • 10 oz jar with a nice tight lid
  • Stirring stick

Combine rose petals and honey in your jar. Stir together, seal tightly, and allow to set in a cool dry place for 1-2 weeks. Keep it for yourself or share the love and give it to someone sweet! Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

Thanks Laicie! For more beautiful recipes, projects, and beautiful adventures, head over to A Thousand Threads.

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY XOXO Throw Blanket

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. Here she is!

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

Since we’re celebrating Little Foy as the newest addition to the DIY dream team that is Lovely Indeed, I, Ashley, figured it would be fitting to make sure he’s welcomed and warmed with this DIY xoxo blanket… that or anyone who needs a quick nap will be prepared in style, too.

Materials

  • All purpose, non-toxic craft paints in colors of your choice
  • A paint brush for each color
  • Painter’s tape
  • Muslin blanket

Instructions

First, be sure to wash and dry the blanket before painting so that if any shrinking occurs, it doesn’t effect the design. Next, lay the blanket flat and tape down the edges with painter’s tape. If the blanket is wrinkled, you may want to iron it for better results.

DIY xoxo throw blanket

Once it’s taped down, alternate each color to make x’s and o’s sporadically throughout the blanket. Be sure to not use too much paint on the brush so that the fabric doesn’t become stiff when it dries. By using a light coat of paint, the fabric will still have some movement, and will become softer after it’s washed again while still keeping it’s color.

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

This little blankie would make a perfect gift for a new baby, or for any grownup who just likes to snuggle. (Which, let’s be real, is most everybody). xoxo

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

Thanks Ashley! For more beautiful DIYs and lots of sugary goodness, head over to Sugar & Cloth!

Newborn Photo Shoot

Henry’s Newborn Photos

I’m so, so glad we decided to have some photos taken of Henry when he was super fresh. We debated, because, ya know, I have a camera and I could…

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo ShootI’m so, so glad we decided to have some photos taken of Henry when he was super fresh. We debated, because, ya know, I have a camera and I could probably do it and blah blah. But sometimes when you’re the one who’s always taking the pictures you just want to sit back and relax and let someone else be behind the lens for a while. That, and I knew I wanted some photos of us as a family.

So we asked our new friend Scot Woodman if he would be willing to come take photos of us at home, just kind of hanging out. We didn’t want anything super styled or any big production. Just a normal day. And Scot knocked it out of the park. These photos feel just like us, and they feel just like those first days when we brought Henry home and would just hang out all day, staring at him and each other.

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

I have to tell you, I was kind of stressed out about the newborn photo shoot thing. What if he cried the whole time? What if he pooped everywhere? But Hankie was a champ (did I tell you we call him Hank sometimes?) and just fussed for a little bit at the end. We’re laughing in that photo below because he had started to cry and we were trying to just hide his face in my chest. Poor kid.

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

It’s kind of bonkers, because these were taken when he was three weeks old — he’s about seven weeks now and he looks enormous in my eyes. He’s still so new but it’s all relative, I suppose. I love that we’ll always have these snaps from when he was such a freshie. Hope you like the little peek at our little dude! xoxo

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Newborn Photo Shoot

Photos by Scot Woodman Photography

The Best Stew Recipe In the World

The Best Stew in the Whole World

Let me just start this post by saying: if you don’t eat meat, I apologize profusely. Not only for the fact that this is a meaty post, but for the…

The Best Stew Recipe In the World

The Best Stew Recipe In the World

Let me just start this post by saying: if you don’t eat meat, I apologize profusely. Not only for the fact that this is a meaty post, but for the fact that you mouth will be missing out on this bonkers delicious stew. For the rest of you, prepare yourselves for the best stew in the whole world.

Mr. Lovely and I started making this recipe after we got married because we got a crock pot for our wedding and it seemed like the right thing to do when you have a crock pot. Ya know. Make stew. And once we had it we couldn’t quit it. This recipe comes out every fall and stays in heavy rotation until the weather gets warmer again. We adapted it from this recipe, but the tweaks we’ve made over the years make it faster, easier, and more delicious (in the opinion of my humble taste buds). Now don’t get scared about the list of ingredients when you see it. Probably most of them are already in your cabinets; there’s quite the gang of seasonings in this bad boy.

Ingredients for Creole Seasoning

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Ingredients for Stew

  • olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef stock, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 pound small (golf ball size) potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup coarsely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • a few sprigs fresh parsley

Make Time: 10 Minutes Prep, 8 Hours Cook Time

Mix up your creole seasoning. (Note! We made the seasoning the first time we ever cooked the stew and still haven’t run out. You’ll just need to do this once in a blue moon. If you don’t want a ton of leftover seasoning, cut the measurements down.)

Sautee all meat in a pan with a splash of olive oil and a tsp of salt, a tsp of creole seasoning, and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Don’t cook your meat all the way through; just brown it for a few minutes on each side.

Into the crock pot, put butter, mushrooms, flour, beef stock, tomato paste, herbs, spices, and browned meat. Cover and cook on high for one hour. Add potatoes and carrots, stir, cover, and cook for another six hours. Add diced onions, stir, cover, and cook for another hour. During the final few minutes, stir in the peas. Either chop and stir in the parsley, or add on top of each bowl as a garnish.

Take it to the next level with some rustic bread that you love. We always get a loaf of kalamata olive bread and go to town. It’s the perfect winter meal, guys! Hope you try it out. And if you have another favorite stew recipe, leave a link in the comments! xoxo

The Best Stew Recipe In the World

The Best Stew Recipe In the World