8 Month Old Baby

Henry // Eight Months

Oh man. This is the first month I’ve felt actual sadness at time passing so fast. Little dude is definitely not little any more and ouchie my heart. He’s big and…

8 Month Old Baby

Oh man. This is the first month I’ve felt actual sadness at time passing so fast. Little dude is definitely not little any more and ouchie my heart. He’s big and heavy and has thoughts and opinions and he’s no less adorable but way more grown up. Stop it, kid!

In other news, we’re fully immersed in the world of solids and he’s well versed in proteins and fruits and veggies. And that, friends, is a whole crazy world to navigate so I’ve got a separate post coming up detailing how we’ve handled it. Because there is next to no good information out there about introducing solids. But I digress. The great news is that all that food is resulting in a deliciously chunky baby and his tummy is truly something to behold.

Other new and strange physical talents include testing out the feeling of different toys by hitting himself on the head with them, crawling up my body while he’s in my arms (which is none too comfortable), and rocking on his hands and knees, during which I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s crawling. I’ll let him think so until he shocks himself by actually moving forward one day. He loves standing with help and bouncing with as much force as he can muster. He also basically won’t stay put in any one spot for more than a few seconds, so hanging out with him is becoming a really good workout. Aside from all the physical leaps, he’s also testing out so many new feelings — I can look at him and see his face and emotions change and it’s so fascinating. He really really wants to be around mom and dad all the time right now, which is fine. But then when he’s around us, he kind of wants to be somewhere else. I get the feeling he’s on the brink of a big developmental shift and doesn’t quite know how to process everything at the moment. I have a feeling in a week or two we’ll be dealing with a whole new Henry. But that’s what’s so rad about being a mom! (For reals, I really think that. So cheesy, right?)

So wish this tiny dude a happy 8 months and have a beautiful weekend, all! xoxo

8 Month Old Baby

8 Month Old Baby

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Pencil Sneakers for Back to School

I don’t care if I’m not in school any more — I love back-to-school season with a passion! Joe Fox said it best: “I would send you a bouquet of…

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

I don’t care if I’m not in school any more — I love back-to-school season with a passion! Joe Fox said it best: “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” And I’m sorry if I’ve quoted You’ve Got Mail before, but it just may be one of the most perfect movies ever. But I digress! Back to the business at hand, which obviously is painting cute little pencils on your sneakers for back-to-school! I was looking for some sneaks at Payless Shoe Source the other day and these caught my eye. They’re super comfy and the perfect transition from summer to fall! After I wore them once or twice I started thinking that the lines on them reminded me of binder paper and I totally knew what I had to do. I’m thinking of grabbing a pair of kids’ shoes from Payless and making my little niece a matching pair, because she’s starting kindergarten this year. Let’s all make ’em!

Materials

  • striped sneakers
  • craft paint in yellow, pink, and gold
  • small paintbrushes
  • black Sharpie

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

Step 1: Paint a diagonal thick yellow line on the toe of your sneaker. This will be your pencil.

Step 2: Paint a small gold triangle at the base of the line, which will become the point of your pencil.

Step 3: Paint a rounded pink square at the top of the pencil. Allow all the paint to dry thoroughly and go over any spots that may need more coverage.

Step 4: Begin tracing the outlines of your pencil with the Sharpie. Start very lightly so that you don’t overdo it; you can always add more black. Trace the outer edges of the pencil and create a few lighter lines in the center.

Step 5: Draw a small triangular tip where the lead of the pencil would be; also draw a few scribbles coming from the pencil.

Step 6: Trace the eraser by drawing a flattened oval at the top and two lines on either side, almost connecting with the lines on the sides of your pencil. Then draw a few arcs where the metal would be that connects the eraser to the pencil.

Step 7: Repeat the process on the other shoe, mirroring the image you created on the first.

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

That’s it! Tell me these aren’t the cutest things you’ve seen all day. I’ve been bopping around in them and they’re keeping my feet pretty happy (and also making me wish I was picking out more back-to-school shoes!). Hope you try them out! And if you’re outfitting yourself or your fam for back-to-school, hit up Payless for lots of other cute styles. I might have come home with a couple of extras, just in case… For more inspiration, check out Payless on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.  xoxo

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

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

Planning for Tulum

Travel // Planning for Tulum

Ahhhhh you guys! Our anniversary trip to Tulum is coming up and I haven’t been this excited about a trip in a good long while. True to fashion, I’ve been…

Planning for Tulum

Ahhhhh you guys! Our anniversary trip to Tulum is coming up and I haven’t been this excited about a trip in a good long while. True to fashion, I’ve been researching and planning and making lists of the spots that I want to see and things I want us to do while we’re there. I teamed up with the gang at Expedia.com to do a little research while prepping for our trip and I’ve been down the most beautiful rabbit hole of beaches and ruins and jungles. I mean, this place looks like a tropical wonderland and I just. can’t. wait.

We’re taking the little dude with us so I’ve been looking at things to do that are family and baby friendly, and I’m so pumped to explore a new place as a family. It’s so funny how traveling with a baby changes your perspective — whereas before we might have rented a place on the beach and just used bikes to get around everywhere, now we’re staying in a condo and have a rental car. It’s a different kind of adventure but an awesome one nonetheless. And because we have a car we can maybe toodle around a little more than we would have otherwise!

I’m dying to see some ruins. (These photos in particular have me super pumped to so exploring.) If you’ve been to the Maya Riviera, did you go check out any of the ruins? Did you climb them? I’d love to know your experience! Aside from the ruins, I think it could be so fun to take Henry to see some monkeys at the zoo (who are we kidding, I want to see the monkeys at the zoo), and dip our toes into a freshwater cenote. There’s also the little Tulum town area that seems like it could be full of fun places to eat and hang out like a local. And I’ve been thinking about how cool it could be to drive up the coast just a bit and explore Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, or even Akumal for a spot that might be a little less touristy. But let’s be real, I’m pretty sure there will be more than a few days when all we do is post up at the beach and build sandcastles. And that sounds pretty darn good.

So if you’ve been to that part of the world and had any favorites, please share! I’m talking restaurants, shops, secret beach spots, day excursions — we want it all. And in the meantime I’ll just keep looking at photos and daydreaming until we can hop on a plane and get the adventure started. xoxo

Planning for Tulum

This post is in partnership with Expedia.com. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Ukulele 101

Ukulele 101 // Part 2

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start…

Ukulele 101

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start combining your uke skills and strumming with the best of ’em.

Eeeeeek, I just want to reach into the video and tune up that little ukulele partway through!  Maybe we should expand the series and do a whole lesson on tuning? But you get the point. So whaddaya think — is it the chords or the strumming that’s more difficult for you? Strumming always came easy to me and I really had to work on the chords with my left hand. Maybe it’s different for you!

Hope you’re following along! If you are, be sure to share your progress on social media with #thelovelysquad and we can talk uke all day. It’s totally addictive, right? And to learn more, don’t forget to check out my favorite links below. See ya next time! xoxo

Ukulele 101 // Part 1
Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of…

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of beautiful sparkly gemstones, trying different arrangements and swiping them away and trying again. This is definitely a project where the process is as fun as the product!

So! Wanna make some of these bad boys for your kicks? I’ve been popping them on this shoe and that shoe and trotting all over town with ’em. And these beauties just happen to be my kit of the month over on Darby Smart, so you can order it straight to your door and have sparkly shoes ASAP!

Head over to Darby Smart to see more photos, get the tutorial, and order your own kit of supplies to make yourself some gemstone shoe clips. (Psst — you can make three sets of clips from one kit, so you can make ’em with your pals! Hellooooo, crafternoon!) xoxo

GET YOUR KIT HERE!

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

Like Mother Like Son

This Week + Like Mother Like Son

So I guess yellow shoes run in the family? I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day and realized that Henry and I were twinning hard in these…

Like Mother Like Son

So I guess yellow shoes run in the family? I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day and realized that Henry and I were twinning hard in these two photos so I had to share. Like mother, like son.

So this weekend I’m actually up in California wine country, spending some time with the Michaels team and the other Michaels Makers at a craft summit! We’re up to our ears in awesome supplies, workshops, and fun people, getting to make beautiful things in a beautiful setting. It doesn’t get much better than this. I’ll share more when we return but stay tuned on Instagram for a few peeks. Also, if you’re on Periscope, follow @lovelyindeed for some fun surprises!

What are you up to this weekend? Hope it’s a great one! xoxo

Conversations with My Future Self

Would you say that you think about the future a lot? I’ve always been a planner. When Ryan and I got married we put our heads together at drew ourselves…

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Would you say that you think about the future a lot? I’ve always been a planner. When Ryan and I got married we put our heads together at drew ourselves out a five year plan, and we revisit it every year to remind ourselves what’s there, check in with what we’re accomplishing, or see what maybe isn’t so important to us any more. It’s morphed over the years, but it’s also helped us stay focused on a few key things that we’d like to build for our lives. Recently the gang at Clinique asked a few bloggers to #FaceForward and set some goals or give advice to their future selves, and I got so pumped at the prospect of examining what lies ahead. I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but in my heart of hearts I truly believe that living with goals and intentions makes life so much richer. So what the heck would I say to my future self?

Dear Me,

When you woke up this morning, did ya smile? I hope so, because these are the good old days. In fact, every day of your life so far has been a good old day. If there’s one thing you must know by now, it’s that there’s no point in waiting around for something better to happen, because you miss all of the beautiful things that are happening right this moment.

#FaceForward

How old is Henry? Five? Ten? Does he still have all limbs intact and does he eat his green beans? Yes? Then you’ve done a good job. Being a mom is hard — maybe the hardest thing you’ve ever done — but you’re doing it, every day. And just that is worth a high five. If I had to wager a guess, you’re still probably pretty hard on yourself about what kind of mom you are. But here are the answers: yes, you spend enough time with your son; yes, he’s developed into a great little kid; yes, you’re doing everything you can to make sure that he has a life full of possibility. Now relax and enjoy him. That’s your job today. Does Henry have siblings? Yes? No? Guess what — either way is fine. There’s nothing wrong with having an only child and there’s nothing wrong with having four babies, or anything in between.

Do you still know how lucky you are to have Ryan? He probably still leaves crumbs all over the counter, right? Let that one go. In fact, let all the little stuff go if you haven’t already. Today, look at the big stuff. Watch him toss Henry into the air and watch him mow the lawn and watch him hard at work to help provide for your family. Remember years and years ago when you were first married and everything seemed like it was at your fingertips? It was, and it still is. The world doesn’t change after years of marriage, but your perception of it does. Try to think back to what it was like to be young and crazy and capture that feeling every once in a while.

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And what about you? Are you still working? Maybe, maybe not — either way is great. But what’s important is that you’re doing something that you love, that inspires you, that you feel excited to wake up to every day. Don’t forget in all the mom stuff and wife stuff and life stuff that you need something that is yours. Go to the gym. Hang out with friends. Spend five minutes alone. The world and the people around you will be better for it.

You’re doing good things, girlfriend. Keep on keeping on.

xo
Me

I would truly love to know — if you could give some advice or set a goal for your future self, what would it be? Leave a comment if you like; I think it’s so wonderful to support each other’s goals and share thoughts. You can also share on social with #FaceForward and join the movement with other strong, smart, adventurous women like you! xoxo

#FaceForward

Photos by Scot Woodman

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

Ukulele Lesson

Ukulele 101 // Part 1

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in…

Ukulele Lesson

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in the form of ukulele lessons!!! I know, I’m kvelling with excitement over here too. Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Or maybe you have a burning passion for the ukulele but don’t even know how to hold one? Well this here’s your lucky day. Today we’re kicking off a short series of mini uke lessons so you can strum away to your heart’s content.

Take a peek at the video to learn your first uke chords, or as a review if you already play. You should note, in the video I’m playing a soprano ukulele in C (the most common), so be sure that’s the type you have if you’re studying up using the Ukulele 101 series. Now let’s play!

If you’re hungry for more, we’ve got a few of our favorite ukulele links for ya! Stay tuned next week for more Ukulele 101. xoxo

Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all…

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all summery worlds — a little tropical, a little tangy, and a whole bunch refreshing. It took me about 20 minutes to make with just our little hand held citrus squeezer, and we were sipping this stuff in no time.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed pineapple juice (about 1 large pineapple)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Step 1: Cut all lemons in half and cut the pineapple into large chunks (removing the skin).

Step 2: Juice all lemons with the citrus squeezer. Do the same with the pineapple! I found it to be way faster than blending and straining. Just put a couple of chunks into the squeezer and squeeze as if it was a lemon. You can fold the remaining pulp in half and squeeze again to get excess juice out.

Step 3: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to mix sugar. Chill in refrigerator; serve over ice.

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

That’s it! I like my lemonade pretty tangy, so this is perfect for me! If you like it on the sweeter side, try adding an extra 1/4 cup of sugar. Or you can pour 2/3 of a glass over ice and fill with club soda to make it a sparkling pineapple lemonade, which is extra delish to the mish. I have to tell ya, folks, you’re missing out if you don’t try this one! Happy squeezing! xoxo

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Summer Style Staples

Summer Staples

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and…

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and true this season. You know how sometimes you just get into a groove with a few certain products and use them to death? These guys have been total workhorses this summer, and I’ve gotta give them all a big hearty recommendation. Give ’em a try! xoxo

Summer Style Staples

This watch was my Mother’s Day gift and I have a hard time taking it off.
A perfect sheer pink lip balm for summer.
This wrap-front romper is my go-to getup, especially since it’s nursing-friendly.
I’ve been rocking a backpack all summer, can you believe it? Target doesn’t carry mine any more but I’d grab this similar one in a heartbeat (or one with palm fronds on it…)!
The sandals are on super sale right now!

County Fair

What is it About a County Fair?

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that…

County Fair

County Fair

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that cost an arm and a leg, and sweltering heat so bad you feel like you’re melting. But I’m a total sucker for it all! Every last bit of it. The cotton candy, the ferris wheel, those cool misters that you walk through when it’s just too hot, and the photo booths. Oh, those beautiful vintage photo booths!

County Fair

County Fair

I hadn’t been to our county fair for probably a solid 15 years, and I was so pumped to go last weekend with Ryan and Henry I was about to burst. It turns out we forgot to pack dinner for the little dude (and oddly enough nobody was selling pureed green beans or baby cereal…), so we had to pack up early. But we were having such a blast we plan to go back this weekend with baby cereal blazing and spend a little more time running around in the dusty midway and checking out the prize winning pie/quilt/heifer.

Do you go to your county fair? You have to! Tell me your fair faves. I remember when I was a little kid bopping around, it was the Gravitron — hands down. Do you know that one? You get inside and the thing spins around so fast that centrifugal force pins you to the walls and you can’t lift your head or your hands. I think if you put me in that thing these days I would probably liquify. Blech. But oh man back in the day you couldn’t get me off of that thing.

Guys, go to the fair! xoxo

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair