Where's Waldo Family DIY Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween & Long Weekend

Happy Halloweenies! I decided that by the power vested in me as owner of my own blog, I’m taking Halloween off. Yayyyyy for self-declared three day weekends! So it’ll be…

Where's Waldo Family DIY Halloween Costume

Happy Halloweenies! I decided that by the power vested in me as owner of my own blog, I’m taking Halloween off. Yayyyyy for self-declared three day weekends! So it’ll be quiet around here on Halloween day but rest assured I’ll be sharing our family costume all over our social channels, so stay tuned there. Remember last year when we were all Where’s Waldo? I¬†loooooved those costumes. And Henry was so little! This year we have an even tinier nugget and wait until you see what she’s dressing up as. ūüėČ

So! Have a fab weekend and and even fabber Halloween, and be safe out there you ghosties! xoxo

Pink Halloween

Halloween Loves Pink

In case you haven’t noticed, I just haven’t been feeling the whole orange and black Halloween vibe this year! And now that we’re only a few days away, I decided…

In case you haven’t noticed, I just haven’t been feeling the whole orange and black Halloween vibe this year! And now that we’re only a few days away, I decided to present to you a few more pieces of evidence that Halloween totally loves color. Specifically: pink. Get inspired to tackle a few last minute Halloween projects this weekend before the big day, and think pink, y’all! xoxo

Pink Halloween

The pinkest, prettiest flamingo costume in town.

Technicolor balloon-dipped mini pumpkins.

The costume might not exactly be pink, but it’s the sweetest (get it?!) dog costume ever.

Drink something fuchsia out of test tube shot glasses at your Halloween party! (Bonus points for dry ice.)

Mini eyeball donuts would probably look pretty good on your refreshment table, too.

Bat bows! Brilliant!

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Obviously I love to DIY.¬†But I have to admit, I was totally scared stiff when it came to installing wallpaper for the first time. It’s so daunting! Ryan and I…

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

Obviously I love to DIY.¬†But I have to admit, I was totally scared stiff when it came to installing wallpaper for the first time. It’s so daunting! Ryan and I really wanted to use wallpaper in a couple of choice spots in the house. And while the idea of the finished product got me totally pumped, I was really wondering whether we’d be able to pull it off ourselves. We had found a couple of papers that we¬†really loved from Murals Wallpaper (remember the flamingos in the nursery?!) and we got the itch to try tackling it ourselves so we just went for it. Luckily this particular wallpaper came with its own set of thorough instructions and didn’t seem nearly as scary as a lot of the stuff I was reading online.¬†And when we saw the tropical leaves on this wallpaper print I couldn’t get them out of my head. It had to happen! So we dove in.

Murals Wallpaper actually prints your wallpaper to the right dimensions for your wall, so right off the bat you eliminate a whole bunch of guesswork or overbuying what you’ll need. That was a big head start. We mostly followed their instructions for the general installation, but we did learn a couple of tricks along the way that helped us expedite our process, so I thought I’d share! And just so you know — get a friend. This is definitely a two-person job!

Start by trimming the white edges at the printed trim lines. It helps if you have a nice wide open space, so clear out the floor or a large table in the room where you’ll be working. Then flip your first wallpaper panel over and dampen the back side with a wet sponge. You’ll want to hang it after about 10 minutes of being damp.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

While the wallpaper is sitting and soaking the water, start applying your wallpaper adhesive to the walls. (Here’s where the process differs from lots of other wallpapers we researched — the adhesive goes right on the wall.) Roll or brush on a coat of adhesive in the area where your panel will go up. When the adhesive is on, apply your first panel to the wall. Be careful that you hang your first one (especially) straight — use a level or a plumb line to ensure that you’ve got it nice and even. Smooth the wallpaper on the adhesive. The Murals Wallpaper pieces come with some extra pattern printed on all sides for overlap, so once the first piece is hung use a razor blade to cut into the corners and cut away the excess. You can use a straight edge like a yardstick or a ruler to press the paper into a corner while you cut. Also cut away any paper that is covering light switches, etc.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Once the first panel is up and trimmed, use a squeegee or a similar flat-edged tool to smooth out any air bubbles. Smooth them toward the outside edges of the wallpaper. If any excess glue seeps out, wipe it away quickly with a damp cloth. Start the process again with your next panel. When you’re hanging your next panel on the wall, you’ll have to make sure that the patterns match up as you hang. There will be some overlap in the pattern; this is okay. Get this next panel hung and adhered. If you’re hanging around a window or a closet, it’s easiest to hang the full panel and then trim the general window area with scissors, being careful not to leave a couple of extra inches around the window frame to work with. Once the paper is adhered, use the same razor technique as you did in the corners to trim around the window.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Then you’ll need to go back and trim your overlapped spots. Use a straight edge and cut the two overlapped papers, being careful not to cut too far to one side or the other — you want to cut in the middle of where they’re overlapped. Remove the excess paper from both sides. Then use a seam rolling tool (we used a brayer) to roll over the seam and ensure that it’s nice and flat. Repeat the process with every new panel of paper until your wall is covered!

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Weeeeeeee did it! I can’t believe we did it but we did it. And we’re still married. And truly, it wasn’t that scary. Okay, the first panel was scary but once you develop a system and start working with the materials a little bit you definitely get the hang of it. Have you ever wallpapered?¬†Would¬† you ever wallpaper? Big thanks to Murals Wallpaper for helping us get over our DIY fears! xoxo

Product for this post graciously provided by Murals Wallpaper.

10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

I’m always so blown away by the creativity of some of our bloggy friends during the Halloween season! There are some pretty incredible DIY Halloween costume ideas floating around out…

I’m always so blown away by the creativity of some of our bloggy friends during the Halloween season! There are some pretty incredible DIY Halloween costume ideas floating around out there, and lots of them don’t require a ton of cash or a PhD in crafting. I thought I’d round up some of my favorite easy DIY Halloween costumes to get you in the mood for October! xoxo

10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Kelly has a knack for thinking up the most simple and genius costumes. Her “Apple of my Eye” costume is one of my faves!

I may be biased, but my husband is particularly adorable as a Mousketeer, am I right? (All this one takes is a set of ears and a good attitude!)

Can’t stop staring at this adorable pineapple cape (and it’s no-sew, for all y’all who are scared of sewing machines).

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck? Probably as much as this guy.

The kids’ costumes are little more difficult, but Mr. and Mrs. Outer Space made their costumes with some thrifted clothes and silver spray paint! So rad.

The sweetest little pig in a blanket you ever did see.

You know I love a couples costume, and these bank robbers are at the top of my list for easy and awesome!

The crumpled paper idea for this snail’s shell is absolutely brilliant.

I’m thinking this fried egg would make a hilarious costume for an expectant mom, too!

Birds of a feather! Perfect for a mom and baby or a whole family.

Baby girl clothes

Our Fave Pieces for Baby Girl

So excited to have our girl Erin back, sharing a few of her favorite picks for baby girl! We’ve (obviously) been in a baby wonderland around these parts, and Erin…

So excited to have our girl Erin back, sharing a few of her favorite picks for baby girl! We’ve (obviously) been in a baby wonderland around these parts, and Erin scoured the internet for the sweetest pieces in town, in case you’re shopping for a little cutie (or having one yourself!). xoxo

Hey loves! Today’s post is all about celebrating¬†baby Maggie’s arrival into this world. She is absolute perfection and I¬†couldn’t be happier for the Foy family. I love¬†buying gifts from registries because it’s a no-fail way to buy¬†the perfect gift, but I also like to find something unique to give once the baby’s arrived. I have two adorable nieces, so I absolutely love shopping for the little ladies in my life and now with baby Maggie, I just couldn’t resist¬†sharing the cuteness that exists for baby girls! These¬†sweet little finds are a mix of autumn, pretty prints, cute¬†creatures¬†and adorable¬†stripes, plus everything is super soft and functional which I know ever new mom ‚ÄĒand baby‚ÄĒ ¬†will love!

Baby girl clothes

 

  1. This woodland creature jacket is extra cozy and the hood is perfect for keeping little ears toasty warm.
  2. I can’t decide which gauzy headband I love more: the¬†bold¬†bow or mini-turban!
  3. Is this not the sweetest swan dress that ever lived?!
  4. This fall floral dress is super sweet and girly with flutter sleeves.
  5. These  bloomer-inspired moss-stitch shorts are oh-so-soft and 100 percent cute.
  6. Love this darling frill stripe romper with pom pom and ruffle details.
  7. Obsessed with this adorable hedgehog sweater! P.S. They even have matching bloomers!
  8. Any little one will take center stage wearing this star dress.

There are so many options for baby girl and I am having a hard time deciding on a favorite! I’d love for you to chime in, so I can give the perfect gift to little Maggie. xo!

Mom watching baby nap

Updates from Babytown

We are deep in it, folks! I thought I’d send a little dispatch from Babytown in real time, to let you know how we’re adjusting as a party of four….

Mom watching baby nap

We are deep in it, folks! I thought I’d send a little dispatch from Babytown in real time, to let you know how we’re adjusting as a party of four. It’s wild and wonderful and totally scary and totally amazing. Here’s what’s been going on.

SLEEP¬†This is everyone’s first question! Are we sleeping? Well, we have a newborn so we’re not exactly luxuriating in our beds for hours on end. But yes, this baby does let us sleep! She wakes to eat about every 3-4 hours at night, so I get a few 2-3 hour chunks of sleep and Ryan gets a little more. When I can’t keep my eyes open after I feed her, I hand her off to Ryan to get her back to bed. The beauty of this babe is that she really only wakes at night when she’s hungry, and she’s pretty easy to get back down. I have memories of walking and shushing with henry for¬†hours on end his first few weeks. We still need to nail down a morning routine with getting her and Henry both up and fed and clothed at the beginning of the day (not to mention getting mom and dad showered!), but we’ll get there.

EATING¬†I’ve been blessed with two babes who have taken to nursing really well. She eats like a champ from her very first latch a few minutes after she was born. In the meantime,¬†I want to eat everything in sight; I forgot how starving I get when I’m breastfeeding.

HENRY¬†Another thing we get asked all the time is how Henry is handling the new baby. And I’m so happy to say (and knocking on all the wood) that he’s been an absolute dream. I was kind of worried because he’s approaching those terrible twos and is prone to tantrums and big feelings these days. But when it comes to Maggie, he’s gentle, sweet, curious, generous. It’s incredible to watch him fall in love with her a little bit more every day, and it makes me so glad that they are siblings. There’s something really special there. (Side note: It ain’t all sweet. We did have one major meltdown where Henry was convinced that he should be sitting in Maggie’s carseat.)

TWO BABES¬†And finally, how the heck is it to suddenly juggle two kids? It’s hard, yo. It’s even hard right now and Mags is still sleeping most of the time. So it’s only gonna get harder. Right now we are both taking some time off of work and so we always have two sets of grownup hands to deal with the kiddos. But during the few times that I’ve been alone with both of them, my brain kind of spins with the possibilities of everything that could go awry when a toddler and a newborn both have big needs and demands. There was one time I was alone, Maggie was crying because she needed to be put down for a nap, Henry was crying because he wanted to be picked up and read books, and there was no explaining to him that if he could wait for about 60 seconds I would be able read with him. I love that our kids are relatively close in age (22 months exactly), but with a toddler that age there’s very little reasoning or logic. So you have to find ways to help him understand about waiting, patience, and all that. BUT. There are little moments where I can see how it will all fit together one day soon, and I totally¬†love rolling with our squad of four. It feels¬†complete, and so good.

SWEET MARGUERITE¬†As a tiny person, Maggie is awesome. She’s pretty mellow and only cries when she needs something. When she gets it, she’s chill again. She’s very alert and has these bright eyes that look at you and you feel like she knows things. She’s got a totally expressive face and sometimes looks at me like grownups do. When she sneezes or hiccups she sounds like a dog’s squeaky toy. She likes listening to me sing (which is more than I can say for her brother, ahem), is a tummy time champ, and has weirdly long feet. At two and a half weeks she’s grown an inch in length and put on about a pound and a half. That’s hard work, yo!

So that’s all from Babytown for now! Stay tuned for more updates on this wild, normal, awesome life. xoxo

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

How Do You Edit Your Photos?

Are you a shutterbug? I know a¬†lot of photographers, and they’re everything from iPhone camera enthusiasts to straight up wizards behind a DSLR. I think with all of the incredible…

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

Are you a shutterbug? I know a¬†lot of photographers, and they’re everything from iPhone camera enthusiasts to straight up wizards behind a DSLR. I think with all of the incredible camera technology these days we all like¬†to dabble in photography a bit — it’s incredible to me that photography has become so accessible and simple, and with all of the editing tools available you can really make your images something spectacular, even if you’re not a trained photographer. All it takes is creativity. But! It always leaves me wondering how people like to edit their photos.

If you take lots of photos, whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional, I’d love to know your editing process! Mine is pretty varied. For DSLR images that we take for the blog, I edit a bit in Lightroom and a bit further in Photoshop. But I’m thinking that I need to streamline that process. For phone photos or just fun photos, I really love to edit on my phone; my favorite apps are Snapseed, A Color Story, and the good ol’ editing tools in Instagram. (I didn’t used to use them much but they’ve majorly improved over the last couple of years.)

If you have apps or editing programs, or even specific processes that you use, leave a comment so we can all compare and contrast! I’m thinking of sharing a post on my specific editing processes on phone vs. computer and I’d love to know if you have any specific questions there, too. Happy snapping! xoxo

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Patterned Pumpkins

Hey dolls! Since I’m deep in baby land, I thought I might take this opportunity to revisit some of our favorite old Lovely Indeed projects! We’ll be sharing one of…

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

Hey dolls! Since I’m deep in baby land, I thought I might take this opportunity to revisit some of our favorite old Lovely Indeed projects! We’ll be sharing one of our favorites each month for the rest of the year, just in case you missed ’em the first time around. Up today, one of my favorite pumpkin projects ever! You can find the full tutorial for these cool DIY patterned pumpkins here, and get yourself all ready for Halloween in a jiffy. xoxo

MAKE OUR DIY PAINT PEN PATTERNED PUMPKINS

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

Postpartum Wardrobe

What to Wear After You Have a Baby

I thought for a second about titling this post “I Can Wear Normal Clothes Again,” but then I realized I’d have to qualify it with a “(Sort Of)”. Because as…

I thought for a second about titling this post “I Can Wear Normal Clothes Again,” but then I realized I’d have to qualify it with a “(Sort Of)”. Because as I learned last time around, even though I was able to wear my old clothes soon after having Henry, they suuuuure fit differently. Not to mention that if you’re breastfeeding, it adds a whole other dimension of necessity that you never thought of before. So I’ve been collecting postpartum pieces that worked well for me last time and are working well now, and I’m here to help you if you’re totally lost!

Postpartum Wardrobe

For starters, don’t worry if you’re not right back in your old pants a few days after you have the kiddo. That’s kind of unheard of, because your body doesn’t just bounce right back. You might look pregnant still for a bit, or you might just be bloated or a different shape entirely. With Henry, my butt just totally… disappeared. Like, I usually have a pretty round situation going on back there and it went completely flat a few days after I had him. But I still had a little bit of a tummy. So I was a completely different shape and even though my old pants were the right size they looked all stretched out and crazy. Cue new pants.

Also, if you’re breastfeeding you’re going to want to wear easy on, easy off tops. I ended up¬†living in my chambray button up shirt last time because I kind of wanted to look put together but didn’t want something that I’d have to do major battle with every time Hank needed to eat. So for me, it’s button ups or soft shirts that are easy to yank over or under the girls when baby is hungry. Tight tops were just not gonna cut it, so I tended to wear blousy shirts with some room in them until my tummy bounced back after a couple months.

So! During a late night feeding session I was dreaming of a few new pieces to add to my postpartum wardrobe and thought I’d share. And why are there shoes in my picks, you ask? Mostly because I’m so pumped that my feet aren’t swollen any more and I can wear normal shoes again. ūüėČ xoxo

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Purple Sky

Happy Friday + Yay Fall

I feeeeeeeel it! Fall is coming! Yeah, we’re always a little late to the fall game in California (I wasn’t joking when I said last week on Instagram that we…

Purple Sky

I feeeeeeeel it! Fall is coming! Yeah, we’re always a little late to the fall game in California (I wasn’t joking when I said last week on Instagram that we were at the pumpkin patch in 91 degree heat), but when it gets here it’s spectacular. The evenings are getting shorter and we’ve had some insanely beautiful sunsets. I snapped this beauty the other day and I was just so thankful for that peaceful, lovely evening.

Other than being pumped for fall, we’re pretty much in baby land over here! I’ll share an update on how Miss Maggie and Mr. Hank are doing next week so stay tuned. Spoiler: they’re adorable. ūüėČ Have a great weekend! xoxo

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

So I dipped a toe into the Hocus Pocus pool with this DIY, but we decided to go hog wild today! If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan I just have…

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

So I dipped a toe into the Hocus Pocus pool with this DIY, but we decided to go hog wild today! If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan I just have a feeling you’re gonna be into this one. I’m alllll about the no-carve pumpkin ideas, and this one is so simple it’ll take you all of about 15 minutes. Not to mention that your neighbors and friends will probably high five you endlessly for your extensive knowledge of Hocus Pocus quotes. I dare you to tell me you don’t go around quoting the movie for the rest of the day after this project!

Materials

  • pumpkins
  • alphabet stickers in various fonts and sizes (we got ours at Michaels)

Make Time: 2-5 Minutes Per Pumpkin

I’m not even gonna list steps for this one because mama didn’t raise no fools. I’m sure you can figure it out; basically, pick a quote and stick it on. Just consider these photos inspiration. ¬†It does help when you’re picking pumpkins to get ones that have a nice smooth front side so that the stickers won’t get all folded and wonky. The only other word of advice I’ll offer is for each line of lettering, figure out where center is and keep all the lines centered in the same area on the pumpkin.

I realllllly wanted to do “Thank you Max, for that marvelous introduction!” But I couldn’t fit it on our pumpkins. There are just too many good quotes from this movie! Which ones would you include on your pumpkins? If you make ’em, be sure to tag #thelovelysquad on Instagram so that we can get spooky together! xoxo

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins