10 month old baby

Henry // Ten Months

Gang, we have a crawler. For a while I thought this kid might go straight from scooting to walking. But suddenly he’s decided he’s okay on his hands and knees…

10 month old baby

Gang, we have a crawler. For a while I thought this kid might go straight from scooting to walking. But suddenly he’s decided he’s okay on his hands and knees instead of dragging his carcass all over my house. We’ve joked for a while that we should just attach a mop to his tummy and let him do his old army crawl thing across our kitchen floor to clean it because he’s pretty quick at dragging himself around on his stomach. But it looks like that’s not an option any more and I guess I’ll just have to mop like everyone else.

So he’s crawling, he’s pulling up and sitting down, he’s cruising along while holding onto furniture, and you can tell he really wants to let go and stand on his own. Soon enough, kid. We’ve added some words to our repertoire, too — latest faves are cat, Mimi (his grandma), Mama, and cup. Anything that he doesn’t know the word for gets called “truck,” for better or worse. He wakes up saying “truck,” no joke. And then we have to go around his room and touch everything that’s a truck or a picture of a truck.

Here’s a weird one, and let me know if any of you moms out there have experienced something similar: he hates being on the changing table. He cries and whines every single time we set him down there, unless he has something to hold in his hands. I don’t even know when it started! But I kind of dread changing a diaper unless he’s holding a tube of Desitin or something. Get it together, kid.

More charming ten-month-old behavior: he’s started waking up in the middle of the night. This kid has always been a champion nighttime sleeper and I’m so bummed that we seem to have hit a bit of a sleep regression. The thing is, when he wakes up, nothing’s wrong. He’s just bored or lonely or both. I’m thinking with all the physical and mental developments he’s experiencing, it’s just interrupting his sleep a little. The other night I went in to try to calm him and he wouldn’t chill out unless I laid down on the floor in front of his crib with my hand through the slats so he could touch it. He fell asleep with his little fingers wrapped around one of mine and it was adorable until I realized that I was stuck in there because he had a death grip. So I pried myself out after a while and snuck back to bed, trying to avoid all the squeaky boards on the floor so I wouldn’t wake him.

I’m trying so hard not to wish away any moments (even and especially the hard ones) because time is just passing too quickly. Have you ever read that poem Babies Don’t Keep? I hold that close to my heart these days. If you’re a parent and you need a little perspective, give it a quick read.

Happy 10 months, tiny! xoxo

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Family DIY Workshop in San Francisco with Land of Nod!

Major fun news, gang! We’ve got a workshop coming up! My good pal Amber from Damask Love and I have partnered with The Land of Nod to put together a…

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Major fun news, gang! We’ve got a workshop coming up! My good pal Amber from Damask Love and I have partnered with The Land of Nod to put together a DIY workshop for parents and kiddos! Amber and I both had sons within about a week of each other last year, and since becoming moms we’ve wanted to create opportunities for parents and kids to hang out and make things together. So this is our inaugural workshop and we’re so pumped!

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The event is called MiniMakers and will be in lovely San Francisco, our favorite city by the bay. And because fall and Halloween are approaching, we’ve whipped up a super-cool DIY that kids and parents can do together in preparation for the autumn holidays. We’ll be making gorgeous felt woodland animal masks — perfect for a Halloween costume, play time, or just to hang on your wall and admire! (Pssst — the masks will also come with little wall plaques in case you wanna hang ’em up like art.) Equally rad: the workshop will be held in the Social Print Studio headquarters, which we’ll be decking out with Land of Nod goodies to get you inspired for fall (and there may or may not be a Nod giveaway or two!).

I’m so excited to have you and your family come and create with us! For parents, it’ll be an awesome chance to spend some quality time with your kiddos. For kids, it’ll be a wonderland of creativity and play time. Each child will leave with their own DIY mask and every attendee (parents and kids alike) will scoop up a goodie bag filled with awesome pieces from brands that we love. There will be snacks, beverages, and a few more fun surprises!

A few more details! The project is best suited to children ages 4-8; if you’d like to bring a kiddo who’s outside of that age range, just shoot us an email to chat about it. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the workshop. Tickets are for purchase here; your ticket price includes a 3 hour workshop, all crafting materials, food and beverages, individual gift bags for adults and children, and entry into Land of Nod giveaways.

We would LOVE to see you there! Bring your MiniMakers and come get creative with us! xoxo

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
MiniMakers Felt Mask Workshop
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Lovely Indeed | Damask Love | The Land of Nod

Social Print Studios, San Francisco
Saturday October 24th
10am – 1pm

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Fox and deer masks inspired by Illistyle.

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

DIY Test Tube Shot Glass Holders for Halloween

Are you having a grownup Halloween party? ‘Cuz if you are, you neeeeeed these! Come on, how super cool would you feel if you greeted your guests at the door…

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

Are you having a grownup Halloween party? ‘Cuz if you are, you neeeeeed these! Come on, how super cool would you feel if you greeted your guests at the door with a shot glass in the form of a test tube with some delicious, creepy spirits inside? Bonus points if use use dry ice because duh. Or just stack ’em up in their neat little test tube holders and pass them around on a tray as people mix and mingle. These are so fun!

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

If you want to make a set of your own, you’re in luck because they’re my kit of the month on Darby Smart! You can head over and one-stop-shop for all the materials you’ll need and whip these up for your spooky festivities. I love the glass vial test tubes in this kit, and it’s perfect because once Halloween is over you can repurpose them to be little vases or something else fun. They’re just too cool.

Head over to see the full tutorial (there’s a fun video) or to get your own kit! xoxo

GET YOUR TEST TUBE SHOT GLASS KIT HERE

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

DIY Test Tube Shot Glasses for Halloween

Botanical Mandala

This Week + Upcoming Events

I’m so pumped because next week I can finally share some big fun news with you! It’s still under wraps for now but here’s a hint: If you’re in the…

Botanical Mandala

I’m so pumped because next week I can finally share some big fun news with you! It’s still under wraps for now but here’s a hint: If you’re in the San Francisco area you should get ready to get your craft on with yours truly! Amber and I have been hard at work planning some really rad stuff for a family workshop event, and it’s going to be so good. Stay tuned next week for the big announcement and lots more info.

What else, you ask? Well, Lovely Indeed is finally getting with the times and we’re putting together our very own YouTube channel! Now all of the videos we’ve been making will live in one happy little place on the internet. We’ve got some awesome new video content coming for ya, too, so be a pal and subscribe to our channel right here!

In other news, it’s been very Halloweeny up in my studio lately! I’m knee deep in skulls and pumpkins and feathers (for some reason) and it’s so fun. Don’t you just love the fall?! This weekend I have a goal to just relax a bit after a pretty busy workweek, so I’m hoping to run around drinking fall drinks and pretending it’s not still 90 degrees in California. What will you be up to? Is it fall where you are? I’m dying for a weekend of apple picking or pumpkin carving but I think I have to make myself hold off just a bit until it feels less like summer. This happens every year! I mean, I love California, but come on. 

Get out there and nail Friday today, you guys! xoxo

Top Blogging Tips

Top Five // Blogging

We’re back with more of your faves! For all you bloggers out there (or just anybody fascinated by the blog world), today we’ve got your Top Five favorite Lovely Indeed…

Top Blogging Tips

We’re back with more of your faves! For all you bloggers out there (or just anybody fascinated by the blog world), today we’ve got your Top Five favorite Lovely Indeed posts about blogging! I kind of started the Blogging series on a whim but it’s turned out to be one of my favorite things to write about, and to read your comments and responses. I’ve learned a bunch from you all and hopefully you’ve found it to be a good resource as well. So without further ado, check out our top blogging posts! xoxo

Editorial Calendars and Planning
Font Resources
WordPress Tips and Tricks
How to Grow Your Blog
How Much Does it Cost to be a Blogger?

P.S. Didja catch last week Top Five posts from our Married Life series? They’re pretty hilarious.

9 Awesome Leather DIYs

Nine Awesome (And Doable) Leather DIY Projects

I think it’s safe to say that leather is in my top five raw materials when it comes to making really cool DIY projects. I have a stash that I…

I think it’s safe to say that leather is in my top five raw materials when it comes to making really cool DIY projects. I have a stash that I always come back to when I need inspiration or am looking to make something really beautiful. I love seeing how other makers like to use leather, and have been collecting great leather DIYs on my Pinterest boards for way too long. So I’m unleashing all of my favorite pins right here, so that you can reap the benefits and make something super cool with leather this week. (And don’t forget, you can always go faux!)

9 Awesome Leather DIYs

Simple Leather Tote Bag from How Did You Make This
No-Sew Rope Coil Basket from Alice & Lois
Suede Leather Tassels from Homey Oh My
Leather Sunglasses Case from Always Rooney
Leather Bow Hair Tie from Oh The Lovely Things
Leather Loop Keychain from Homey Oh My
Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad from Lovely Indeed
Monogrammed Leather Cufflinks from Almost Makes Perfect
Leather Maxi Bag from Chez Piu

So which would you make first? Have you done any of your own leather projects lately? Do tell! xoxo

Married Life

Top Five // Married Life

It’s time to play the greatest hits game! In honor of Lovely Indeed’s 5th birthday, I thought it would be a blast to go back and recap our Top Five…

Married Life

It’s time to play the greatest hits game! In honor of Lovely Indeed’s 5th birthday, I thought it would be a blast to go back and recap our Top Five posts in a few different categories. Up today, we’re sharing our top five Married Life posts. As it turns out, you guys loooove to talk about boys. Married, dating, single, it doesn’t matter. I just love hearing from you in the comment sections of these posts because you’re all so thoughtful (and totally hilarious). If you missed any of these, check them out and don’t forget to scroll through the comments for some extra juicy stuff. xoxo

Married Life // The Pet Peeves
Married Life // Honey I’m Home
Married Life // Kids
Married Life // Traveling Together
Married Life // Goals

Anthropologie Giveaway

Lovely Indeed’s Birthday! Win $250 to Anthropologie!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Guys, September marks the 5th year of this lovely adventure and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This here ol’ blog started out as a very hodgepodge…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Guys, September marks the 5th year of this lovely adventure and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This here ol’ blog started out as a very hodgepodge collection of my thoughts and projects and now it has developed into something I never could have imagined. At the risk of sounding cheesy, documenting our lives here on Lovely Indeed has been and continues to be such a great joy, and I truly love coming here to share with you and get to know you. I mean it! Blogging has made my world a brighter place, filled with more lovely people both on and offline. (Sniff!)

Okay I’m putting away my tissues now to get to the real celebration! Because we’re online BFFS, I absolutely KNOW for certain you are Anthropologie maniacs just like me. So to celebrate, we’re giving away a big beautiful $250 gift card to Anthro, just because you’re awesome! I want one of you lovelies to go on a shopping spree and have a ball doing it. And just in case you need a little inspiration, might I suggest a few of these beauties?

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Sunnies. Earrings. Zipper Pouch. Mule Mug. Body Oil. Kimono. Notebook. Candle. Baskets.

Check out the Rafflecopter below for to find out all the different ways to enter and for giveaway rules! (UPDATE! If you’re having trouble logging into the Rafflecopter, try using a different browser.) Thanks so much for being a Lovely Indeed reader and for following along as we make the world a little more lovely. Good luck, now let’s celebrate! xoxo

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Mom and Baby, Venice Beach

This Week + Humbling Moments of Parenthood

So technically, I’m supposed to be in New York right now. And yesterday, I was supposed to have gone to an event with Better Homes and Gardens. Instead, I’m home…

Mom and Baby, Venice Beach

So technically, I’m supposed to be in New York right now. And yesterday, I was supposed to have gone to an event with Better Homes and Gardens. Instead, I’m home in my own little house, taking care of a baby who isn’t exactly sick any more but isn’t exactly well, and who just really was not prepared to be without his mama for a few days. Ryan and I had planned to go together (he’s got some east coast work this week) and leave Hanky with family, and it just plain didn’t work out that way. Since he got sick a week or two ago, the little dude has just not quite been right or as social as usual, and it was clear earlier this week that both of us leaving him was not going to be an option.

So I cancelled with the event and I cancelled my plane ticket and instead of fancy conferences and brunches on Central Park and Broadway shows, the week has been full of diaper changes and long naps and practicing how to stand up. And ya know, it’s been so lovely.

There have been so many moments of parenthood thus far that I can look back and pinpoint when exactly I learned a new skill as a mom. And this week I learned two things. Firstly, I learned that parenting can be a humbling experience but that through humility we can become better. To give of yourself so completely for another person’s needs might not be glamorous but it is so fulfilling. And secondly, I learned that plain, normal, uneventful days can be some of the most wonderful.

I was scrolling through Anna’s Instagram feed the other day (which you should do, it’s beautiful!) and stumbled across this quote that just about knocked me over. It hit me right when I needed to hear it. And you definitely don’t have to be a parent for it to apply:

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are.
Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before we depart.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
MJ Iron

Especially, especially in the blog world, I think we get addicted to the parts of life that are flashy and beautiful to photograph and make great stories. But the meat of life, the real part of life, happens when you’re playing on the floor with your baby for the fourth hour that day because that’s what he loves to do. It happens when you’re eating breakfast. It happens in every moment. That was this week, and it was every bit as good what might have been on the other end of a plane ride.

I hope you’ve had some beautiful moments this week in your normal days. xoxo

How To Travel With a Baby

Tips for Traveling with a Baby

Before Henry was born, Ryan and I talked a lot about how we wanted to try to continue to travel after the baby came along. Travel is such a huge…

How To Travel With a Baby

Before Henry was born, Ryan and I talked a lot about how we wanted to try to continue to travel after the baby came along. Travel is such a huge part of our lives; not only do we love heading out on adventures for ourselves, but we also want to introduce Henry to the world around him and show him all of the wonderful things that travel can do for a person. So from the beginning we’ve made an effort to take him along with us — we’ve tackled everything from day trips to a few nights away to international travel. And what we’re finding is that traveling with a baby is only as hard as you make it. If you go into it with a positive attitude, a lot of preparation, and a focus on keeping the little dude healthy and well, it’s really no biggie. Here are a few of our secret tips that we’ve developed while traveling with the Hankster.

Pack Double-Duty Items When we started traveling with Henry, we went from needing two small carry-ons to two large suitcases, a carseat, and a stroller. We pack his travel crib in one of the suitcases, and that takes up a good amount of space. So when I’m packing for us, I always try to take things that both he and I can use. I don’t like foregoing my own toiletries or beauty products, so finding things that work in my routine that I can also use on Henry is crucial. I love Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel in particular — I use it as a shave gel in the shower, and a moisturizer afterward. Then I can use it as a moisturizer on Henry, too. Doubling up like that will save you a ton of suitcase space and weight.

How To Travel With a Baby

Have a Plan for the Airplane We brought Henry’s sleep sack on the plane with us; he always wears one during naps and we hoped it would cue him to fall asleep. This time, we also tried to get him to sleep on the floor of the plane. I know it sounds crazy, but it worked! We laid down a clean blanket, sang him a bedtime song, put him in the sleep sack, and he laid down and slept between Ryan’s feet for almost 2 hours of our 4 hour flight. Beautiful. When he was awake, we had brought a few small toys. We introduced a new one every 20-30 minutes, to keep him occupied. Although really he was more interested in our empty cups and pretzel baggies. He also was a huge fan of the in-flight magazine. Use what ya got, that’s what I always say.

Take the Right Essentials Especially if you’re traveling internationally, you want to be sure you have your arsenal of essentials with you in case of any hiccups. We have travel sizes of all of our toiletries all set to go in toiletry bags. Henry has travel sizes too, and his list includes: medicines, vitamins, saline solution, a snot sucker, nail clippers, diaper cream, sunblock, and Johnson’s Baby Powder. We discovered on our last trip that the baby powder is brilliant at getting beach sand off of little baby bottoms, and a lifesaver in humid weather. Then I use it in my hair as a dry shampoo, instead of packing an extra product. (I’m telling ya, double-duty items are the way to go!)

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Keep the Nap Schedule We’re big fans of the nap around here. When Henry sticks to his naps, he does better and we do better. So when we travel, we’re always sure to have a quiet, calm place for Henry to nap. Sometimes that means we go for a long quiet walk while he sleeps in the stroller; sometimes it means we schedule our days so that we’re always back in our hotel or Airbnb for nap time. Either way, it’s worth keeping him happy and healthy and well-rested. Maybe when he’s a little older he can skip a nap here or there, but for a nine month old, this works best for us.

Have Realistic Expectations Before we started traveling with Henry, we’d hit the streets in the morning and run around all day until after dark, fitting in everything we wanted to do along the way. With a baby, it’s just not realistic. Our little clan does best when we schedule some downtime for Henry — not naps, just time to be relaxing in the hotel or Airbnb and playing with toys or reading books. We find that he does better on our outings and adventures if he has a little bit of just “normal” time in his day here and there. Going into a trip with a baby, I’d suggest having a few key places you want to see or things you want to do, make sure you hit those, and anything else you accomplish will be a bonus. Slow and steady, that’s the key for running around with a little one!

When we were in Mexico, there was a moment where we were all sitting on the beach, having biked there from our apartment. Henry was totally entertained just looking at the waves and birds, and I was suddenly so grateful that he was there with us. For however much fun Ryan and I have traveling together, exploring a new place with all three of us is infinitely better. If you’re thinking of traveling with little ones, hope these tips help you get on the road! And if you have more bright ideas that have helped you in the past, leave ’em in the comments so we can all add them to our arsenals. Happy travels! xoxo

How To Travel With a Baby

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

How to Create a Gallery Wall

How To Create a Gallery Wall

I’m a big fan of the gallery wall, and always have been. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a teenage version of a gallery wall in my bedroom at…

How to Create a Gallery Wall

I’m a big fan of the gallery wall, and always have been. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a teenage version of a gallery wall in my bedroom at my parents’ house; it just wasn’t called a gallery wall back then. I’m thinking it was called my “poster collection.” These days I still love the idea because I always have so much art I want to display and can’t bear to eliminate any. So this way I don’t have to! Problem solved. All the art all the time, that’s my motto. For the longest time we’ve had a mishmash gallery wall of bits and pieces that we have collected here and there. In the new house it was kind of feeling haphazard so we wanted to do a refresh. After lots of curating and changing our minds and measuring and hanging, we finally got it! And I thought I’d share tips in case you want to tackle the same.

First, pick your art. I went down the beautiful rabbit hole that is Minted‘s art selection and went on a total frenzy. Ryan and I really wanted to choose pieces that we felt represented us and the things we love — there are pieces depicting all of the places we’ve lived and the things we love to do. So right off the bat, it helps if you have some parameters. Maybe you want to stay in a certain color palette, or have works by certain artists. Whatever it is, set some parameters for the art you choose or you’ll drive yourself crazy with all of the incredible art you find.

While you’re choosing art, keep framing in mind. Part of what I didn’t love about our old gallery wall was our old busted frames. Minted has the option to frame pieces in an array of perfectly simple, clean frames, which I love. I also like to keep a few pieces unframed, and hang them in other fun ways with clipboards or binder clips. I love a slight variation in frame selection or hanging techniques on a gallery wall for a little visual interest.

When we were choosing art, I wanted to be sure that it would all fit on the wall so we did a little Photoshop magic. It was a huge help! If you’re putting together a gallery wall and the images are online, screenshot all of your art and open it in Photoshop. Create a document the dimensions of your wall, scaling it so that one foot of wall is equal to one inch in your document. Resize your screenshots so that they’re the right size and scale. Then you can drag them around into different configurations and make sure all your art looks good together. Getting an idea of how all the pieces would work when they were next to each other was totally invaluable. This was about halfway through our process of eliminating pieces and rearranging:

How to Create a Gallery Wall

When you finally have all your art chosen and in your hot little hands, it’s smart to lay it out on the floor first to make sure your plans work. Too many times in my life I’ve started nailing things into the wall willy nilly and just ended up with a wall full of holes. Lay your pieces out on the floor and make sure the arrangement you envisioned will work in real life. Once I got all of the physical pieces I ended up rearranging my plans just a bit.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

After you’ve got your layout, hang ’em up! And as my dad always says: Measure twice, cut once. It’s so worth it to get out a yardstick or ruler and measure your nail holes to make sure everything lines up nicely. Then you don’t have to go punching a bunch of unnecessary holes in your walls. This, friends, is the point where Mr. Lovely and I test the strength of our marital bonds every time. I want him to measure. He wants to hammer nails. There is a great showdown of stubbornness on either side. And somehow it all gets hung up in the end.

How to Create a Gallery Wall

There! You’ve got a gallery wall! I’m so pumped on our choices from Minted — they feel fresh and clean and they brighten up the room just like I’d hoped (see the before and after?!).

How to Create a Gallery Wall

I think my favorites might be the prints of photos that I took my very self. The ferris wheel and the Parisian building are from our time in Europe. Minted also has an option to print your own images in a whole bunch of different sizes and I’m so glad we tried it out. I love that the reminder of those travels hangs on our wall now! The rest of the art we used all turned out to work so nicely together! Our picks:

Spotlight Fan Palm // Fragment 2 // Gold NYC Map // Rainbow // Roof Party // Float // Magnifique // The Big Picture // Blue Cactus // Mineral 02 // Midcentury Moments

How to Create a Gallery Wall

How about you — have you ever tried a gallery wall in your home? It’s a project that’s sometimes tricky to put together but so cool in the end. I’d love to know what kind of art you’d hang in your own gallery wall! Photography? Lettering? Paintings? Family photos? Hope our tips help you figure it all out! xoxo

How to Create a Gallery Wall

How to Create a Gallery Wall

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