I’ve been doing a lot of checking in with myself, especially since this post. It was so wonderful to hear you all chiming in, and heartening to know that so many of us often feel the same way. So we’ve been going back to our Lovely Indeed basics a bit lately, to be sure that our compass is straight and we’re spending time on the things that matter to us. And when I do that, I always go back to our manifesto. I’m not sure if you’ve ever read it but you should give it a read — it’s everything we strive to be here, and reflects the way we like to live. One of my favorite parts: Loveliness isn’t difficult or expensive. It’s not exclusive or elusive. It’s everywhere, and there’s plenty to go around. Check it the rest of it; hope it inspires your day! xoxo
Mr. Lovely is waaaaay into vinyl and as a result I’ve gotten sucked into hunting for records and searching for the perfect turntable. A couple of years back he got a Crosley portable turntable for Christmas to keep in the studio, and we spin records in there while we work when we get sick of our playlists. But I got bored with it one day and decided that it would look way better with a little pop of pattern and color on the inside, so we experimented and I’m loving the way it turned out!
Make Time: 45 Minutes
Step 1: Measure the dimensions of the inside of the record player lid. You’ll need measurements for the large back side, and all four small rectangular adjacent sides.
Step 2: Measure out and mark these dimensions on your white vinyl. Cut out the pieces and adhere them to the corresponding areas of the inside of the lid. The white vinyl will help make the patterned paper appear more smooth, and also make it so that you can easily remove the paper should you ever wish.
Step 3: Measure out and mark the dimensions of the large back side of the lid on your patterned paper. Tip: If you’re marking with pencil, make the marks on the back side of the paper to avoid smudging.
Step 4: Cut out this piece and line the back side with double stick tape. Place this down over the white vinyl and smooth it down on all edges.
Yay! The zebras are pretty happy in there listening to their music all day. And I love that with this project nothing is permanent — the record player is protected from damage and you can always switch out the paper or take it off completely if you want to. So if pops of color and zebras ever go out of style (are you KIDDING ME?! 😉 ) you’ll be good to go. xoxo
Craft assistance by Shari Stamps
I was so happy when I saw that lots of you from our survey are still into our Blogging column! I know lots of you lovelies perhaps aren’t bloggers, but so much of what we do can apply to lots of different disciplines and careers, or even lifestyles. Today, for example, I’d love to talk about finding balance — especially in a creative field or a field where you work from home, are your own boss, or anything similar. Quite a few readers responded to our survey wanting to talk more about this exact thing, and boy do I know we could all use it.
The thing is, I’m not sure it’s a topic that I consider myself an expert at, or one for which there are specific answers or formulas. But I do know that for a few years now I’ve been able to balance running a business, keeping a household, and now raising a baby who’s more or less normal. 😉 It’s so easy to just work every day away when you’re trying to build a business, and it’s scary to ever let up — there’s a fear that as soon as you stop working something or someone is going to pass you by. You can see right here that I don’t always feel like I have it under control, but there are a few ground rules that Ryan and I have laid out that truly help us feel happier, calmer, and more balanced when we stick to them.
My waffle iron strikes again! I don’t know what the heck it is about cooking random things in the waffle maker — for some reason it adds a little extra flavor boost that is just. so. good. We’ve started making waffle pizzas for a quick lunch or dinner when we’re running short on time or just want something simple and fun. Each person can choose their own toppings so everybody gets what they want, and they’re so fast to make. Check out the video and see! xoxo
- 1 package Pillsbury Pizza Dough (or your favorite pizza dough)
- pizza sauce or tapenade — we used this olive tapenade!
- shredded cheese (about 1/3 cup per pizza)
- your favorite toppings
Make Time: 8 Minutes Per Pizza
Step 1: Roll out your dough and flatten it evenly. Cut into sixths (or pieces that are about 5″ square). Roll the edges of the squares inward to help contain the pizza toppings.
Step 2: Heat your waffle iron. Place one rolled dough square on the iron with the dough rolled upward. Spread a thin layer of sauce or tapenade. Top with a light sprinkle of cheese, a few toppings, and a bit more cheese. Be careful not to overload with too many toppings or the pizza will be too thick to cook.
Step 3: Place another dough square on top with the dough rolled downward. Pinch edges together as best you can.
Step 4: Close waffle iron and let the pizza cook about halfway through a regular cook cycle (about 2-3 minutes, depending on your iron). Open the iron, rotate the pizza 180°, and close the iron to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Once cooked through, remove from the iron and enjoy!
Hey gang! Just a fun little stop-by today to see who’s on Snapchat! At first I didn’t really get it, because it seems so haphazard and quick and crazy. But now that’s why I kind of like it! It’s a nice little spot to share one-off updates or silly photos and videos that you don’t really need to put a lot of thought into. I think that’s my favorite — there are almost no filters, no technique, no nothing! It’s kind of freeing! I love editing and sharing Instagram photos but Instagram has become a lot less “Insta.” I think it’s more like sharing art now. But Snapchat?! Snapchat is just a big ol’ mess and that’s the fun of it.
So! If you Snap, you can follow me right here (username is lovely-indeed!). It’s easiest to click the link from your smartphone. I’d love to follow along with your snaps too, so I’ll get ya back! And what will you find me snapping about, you ask? Oh, ya know. Updates on our renovation, travel adventures, and Henry wearing doggy ears and making funny faces. The usual. Oh snap! xoxo
Confession. When I started looking for inspiration for Baby Girl’s nursery, I got tripped up at first. I kept picking little dude stuff! I definitely don’t know how to do “little girl” yet. I’d love for her room to feel like a girl’s room, but not veer into the whole “pink bows and hearts threw up everywhere in here” direction. A little pink, a little adventurous, a lot fun. So obviously we should put flamingo wallpaper up, right?
We saw that flamingo wallpaper and kind of wanted to go for it, so I think it’ll be the focal point in the room. Everything else will stick to a minty and neutral palette so nobody gets overwhelmed by all of those birds. 😉
I didn’t want to pigeonhole either of my kiddos with really gender-heavy or super themey nurseries, so we tried to do the same thing here that we did with Hank’s. We’re finding pieces that we think Baby Girl will be able to grow with and keep using as she gets older, and including some fun artwork that’s all about adventure and good times. I’m so excited to get cracking on this room in real life now that the renovation is moving along! Stay tuned for updates on how the inspiration comes to life. xoxo
All Aboard! California
All Aboard! Paris
Brave and Courageous Print
Crosley Record Player
Fun Slide Print
You Are My Greatest Adventure Print
Gold Faceted Lamp
P.S. Henry’s inspiration board and finished room!
Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though I’m abstaining these days, it’s not stopping us from hosting a shindig here and there so I decided to test out a recipe for the Fourth of July — booze-spiked Jello stars! It’s like the Jello jigglers of our youth but with a grownup twist. They’re quick and simple to make if you’ve got the right molds and you can make a whole bunch of them at a time. And if your party is more kid-friendly, leave out the alcohol and they work just as well! xoxo
- silicone star mold
- Jello packages in red and blue (6 oz packages)
- cooking spray
- alcohol (vodka or clear rum work well)
- measuring cups
Make Time: 15 Minutes Prep; 2-3 Hours Chilling Time
Step 1: Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of your choice of alcohol (if you want to make them non-alcoholic just boil 1 cup of plain water). Once boiling, remove from heat and add in a 6 oz package of Jello.
Step 2: Stir for 2-3 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved.
Step 3: Spray the interior of the molds lightly with cooking spray.
Step 4: Transfer liquid to a measuring cup or similar vessel with a pour spout and carefully fill your star molds with the liquid. One 6 oz package of Jello made approximately 22-24 stars for us; it helps a ton to have multiple molds if you want to make big batches.
Step 5: Place molds in the refrigerator, checking for firmness after 2-3 hours. Once chilled, remove and set out for guests to enjoy! These will keep overnight as well if you’d like to make them ahead of time.
25 weeks and we are fiiiiinally in a sweet spot! I’m not sick, I’m not huge yet, my energy is up a little bit, and we’re getting things ready for Baby #2. Let’s get into it! xoxo
EATING so much breakfast and barely any dinner. I get to the end of the day and food is just so not interesting.
DRINKING buckets of ice water but only if the ice is crushed. Don’t bother me with that cubed stuff. Ugh.
READING Dan Brown novels at the gym. Because I’m classy and cultured like that. 😉
WANTING to soak up every moment we have with Henry while he’s still our only little nugget.
SLEEPING pretty well! We’ll revisit this one in a few weeks — that’s when it got tough last time around. I do wake up every time I have to roll over because rolling over now requires a very specific sequence of movements to get the tummy from one side to the other.
WEARING my hair up because who cares about doing hair when you’re pregnant?!
FEELING SO GRATEFUL that the nausea is gone. Truly, it was starting to mess with my head. After so many months of being sick you just forget what it’s like to feel… not sick. Just normal. I’m so thankful for every normal-feeling moment when I don’t feel anything at all.
LOVING looking back at old pictures of Henry and getting excited to do the tiny baby thing again.
We’re on the move again! We decided to just kind of go for it this summer and do lots of trips here and there, since Baby Girl will be here soon and then it’ll be a good few months of staying home and getting into the swing of things. So we’re back in our old LA stomping grounds to see friends and celebrate Father’s Day.
And speaking of Father’s Day, if you’ll pardon me for just a moment I’d love to give a little shout-out to my baby daddy. I’m pretty sure every dad is the best dad in the world, I really can’t imagine a better dad for our family. Watching Ryan be a father to Henry and seeing him be so excited about the little girl on the way is better than I ever could have thought it would be. Somehow that dude always knows how to make things better, find an adventure, fix the problem, make us laugh, and guide our family down the right path. I feel so lucky to be doing this whole parenthood thing with that guy.
So happy Father’s Day to all of the men in your life, dads or not — there are lots of different ways to be a father! xoxo
I love gearing up for the 4th of July! I love all the cheesy stuff — the fireworks, the apple pies, the parades — and the historical stuff behind it all — the dawn’s early light and all that jazz. I’ve been collecting a few of my favorite ideas from friends around the web who know how to celebrate in major style! Try a couple or try them all and you’ve got a 4th of July that’s bound to be extra festive. xoxo
A firecracker garland that you can make in a snap!
Bomb pop granita shots. Do we even need to go on?
A tie-dye mani that you can do yourself!
Sign me up for two of these Pop Rocks ice cream sandwiches.
Get refreshed with some spiked watermelon rosemary punch!
Loving the old-school festive vibe from these red, white, and blue streamers.
Hand out sparklers to your guests in style.
Deck your phone out too!
It’s Wednesday, and that calls for a celebration! How about waffle cake? After Mr. Lovely asked for a good ol’ fashioned Funfetti cake for his last birthday, I got to thinking that it might be delicious in waffle form. And lucky for us all, I was riiiiiight! This Funfetti waffle cake is like a breakfast and a birthday party got married and had the most delicious baby you could imagine. And I secretly love it because it’s like an instant-gratification baking project — you don’t have to wait for cakes to bake and rise and worry whether they’ll stack right. You can’t mess it up!
Watch our video and go get your Funfetti on! xoxo
Make Time: 20 Minutes
Step 1: In a bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs. Beat until smooth.
Step 2: Heat your waffle iron and spritz with cooking spray. Spoon in the cake mixture until the waffle iron is about 2/3 covered. Close the lid and let the waffle cook. Once cooked, remove carefully with a spatula and fork.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2, making about 6-7 waffles.
Step 4: On a cake stand, place your first waffle. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top. Stack another waffle and frost. Continue stacking and frosting until your final waffle is on top; leave this one unfrosted.
Step 5: When you’re ready to serve, cover the top of the cake with whipped cream and sprinkles. Cut into slices and enjoy!