Baby Feet

Happy Friday + Milestones

We got sweet Marguerite these floral overalls and I think they’re kind of adorable! They’ll probably only fit her for another week so I had to get photo documentation.  Y’all,…

Baby Feet

We got sweet Marguerite these floral overalls and I think they’re kind of adorable! They’ll probably only fit her for another week so I had to get photo documentation. 

Y’all, we got milestones up to our ears over here! This week, Henry moved from his crib to a big kid bed. Maggie moved from her mini-crib to Henry’s big crib. She also rolled over during a nap so now she’s sleeping unswaddled. And all of this equals me in a puddle over how my babies are growing up way too fast.

Henry is doing great in his new bed but we’re taking bets as to when he’ll figure out that he can get out by himself. So far so good. He mostly just likes to climb up onto the bed and roll around and make his weird little-boy tribal yells. I should video it for posterity, it’s kind of hilarious. We got him this bed from IKEA that flips over into a lofted bed when he’s a little older. There are so many great hacks online (search IKEA Kura bed on Pinterest and you will lose your mind), and we’re deciding how we’d like to customize it a little. Right now we just stained it to match the rest of his room, but I’m dreaming up something fun for it.

Anyway! After 3 ear infections, 2 rounds of infant bronchiolitis, and many trips to the doctor in the past 6 weeks I’m happy to say that I think we’re all getting healthy. Looking forward to a weekend without any Kleenex or antibiotics.

And how are you, gang? Tell me something good. Have a good weekend, and enjoy this snap of Henry “helping” put together his bed. xoxo

Son helping dad put bed together

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron On Weekend Shirts (5 Minute DIY)

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do…

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do we really have to do that every second of every day? Not me, gang. Sometimes I just want a day of nothing. Well, nothing and bottomless mimosas. And secondly, I’ve started seeing these fun shirts with sayings on them being sold all over the place at an insane price point. I mean, a t-shirt with flocked iron-on letters for $40? Nope. Because you can DIY that business for a few bucks! And I’m here to show ya how.

Materials

  • Iron-on letters
  • Blank t-shirts (there are a bunch of great options on Amazon if you search “plain women’s t-shirts”)
  • Iron

Make Time: 5 Minutes

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

I hardly have to include instructions but I will! It’s so simple I’m sure you can figure this one out on your own.

Step 1: Peel off the flocked letters from the page of letters. Place the letters on your shirt where you’d like them.

Step 2: With a hot iron, press down firmly on all the letters for about 15 seconds each. Turn the shirt inside out and repeat.

That’s IT. And you just saved yourself a bunch of bucks by DIYing it! I’m calling these my weekend shirts but I’d wear ’em any day of the week to proclaim my love for taking it easy. Let’s all slow our hustle and just enjoy life a bit, huh? What would you have yours say? xoxo

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Just Get Up and Go To Work

How Do You Define Success?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea lately, the idea of success and how I measure it. It’s an elusive idea in my head; each time I think I…

Just Get Up and Go To Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea lately, the idea of success and how I measure it. It’s an elusive idea in my head; each time I think I iron out my own idea of success the definition changes and so I change my path to get to where I want to be.

How do you define success for yourself? Does it relate to money, stability, title? Or is it more related to happiness and well being? Maybe a combination of it all?

On some days, the kind of success that I want involves Lovely Indeed and my business goals. The word “hustle” bounces around in my head and I feel energized to work work work in pursuit of that kind of success. Bigger numbers, increased readership, more active social media accounts, hire employees, more exciting brand partnerships, fancier photo shoots, and all that jazz. But you don’t just jump ahead to all of those things. Right? They take slogging and churning and months (years!) of putting in the hours to lay the groundwork. Just good, old fashioned, put-your-head-down work. So is the work in itself the success? There are about a zillion quotes on the internet about how success is simply not quitting after you fail. Do you agree?

On other days, success in our house looks like this: Henry ate breakfast, Maggie didn’t throw up anywhere, and we spent time together as a family. That simple. That is success. And that kind of success, for me, is just as fulfilling (in a different way). Success as a wife and mother is always at the front of my mind, because when I got married and started a family I promised to always have it be my priority. I LOVE MY JOB. And I’m more grateful than I can ever say for what I do. But my family is everything.

And on those magical days when everything clicks with my family and I get to do the work that I love, I kind of feel like superwoman. That kind of success is the most sweet.

So I suppose, for me, success is balance. It’s the whole package. It’s being surrounded and bolstered by the people that I love most, who encourage me to do the work that moves me. It’s getting to do a little bit of everything.

Take a second. Think on it. And tell me how you define a successful day in your life. xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have…

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have tissue boxes in approximately every corner of the house (allergies, ya know), and so I finally have had to wage war against the boxes by making my own cute covers. Obviously, we turned to gold leaf to get the job done.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Step 1: Paint the top and upper half of all four sides of your box with gold leaf sizing. A coat just thick enough so that it doesn’t puddle should be plenty.

Step 2: Once the adhesive is tacky, lay down pieces of gold leaf on all of the areas you painted. Smooth the gold leaf down so that it adheres thoroughly.

Step 3: (I recommend doing this step outside!) Buff away all the excess gold with your clean, dry brush until the gold finish is smooth.

Step 4: Measure the 4 sides of your tissue box and cut a piece of vinyl long enough to cover all four sides.

Step 5: Cut it to the height you’d like around your box (or cut it on an angle for each side like we did). Carefully wrap one layer of vinyl around the lower portion of the box, smoothing as you go.

Step 6: Optional: If you can see through your vinyl, you might consider adding an additional layer to make the coverage more opaque.

Yes! I win. Tissue boxes that don’t annoy me every time I see them. And my stuffy husband can blow his nose to his heart’s content. All is well with the world! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Self-Care for New Moms

Adventures in Parenthood // Self-Care for New Moms

I’m going to be honest. I’ve started writing this post three different times, gotten halfway through, and chucked every version so far. I can’t find the words for this one,…

Self-Care for New Moms

I’m going to be honest. I’ve started writing this post three different times, gotten halfway through, and chucked every version so far. I can’t find the words for this one, guys. So I decided to just pretend I’m talking to you instead, and tell you why this one is so hard for me to figure out.

I’m having a tough time getting it right because what I want to say is that being a mom is hard. But not just hard. Like, harder than anything you’ll ever do, hard. (And that it’s also the best thing that you could imagine. But describing that dichotomy without cliche is nearly impossible.) Not only hard mentally, but physically — nobody warns a new mom about the toll giving birth takes on your body. Then that beautiful baby shows up and you are the go-to gal around the clock, especially if you’re breastfeeding. So it’s no wonder we see mothers of newborns roaming around in sweatpants, with wild hair and exhausted stares. You can spot a newborn mom a mile away. I know. I am one, for the second time.

But what if we, as moms, could convince ourselves that the kids are okay for just long enough to practice a little self-care? What would happen? I tried it the other day and guess what — the world didn’t stop spinning. My family was fine. And when I came back to them, I felt like a better version of myself, which meant I was a better mom for my babies.

Self-Care for New Moms

Self-Care for New Moms

Maggie is a tricky eater. We’ve been nursing since she was born but I can’t quite figure her out. Some days she eats nonstop, some days she won’t eat a thing, and some days she eats and then just throws it all back up on me. My natural reaction? Worry. I worry about my milk production, I worry she’s getting the food she needs, I worry if it’s something that I’m doing wrong. And all that worry just compounds itself to make nursing a stressful, exhausting experience (as if it wasn’t a tall order already). So recently I decided to just… relax about it. I made myself a cup of Mother’s Milk tea, gave the kids to Ryan, and just sat down for a minute. I hadn’t had a cup of tea by myself in years, and even just that small, simple, 5-minute ritual was enough to settle my brain and my heart. I chose the Mother’s Milk tea because it’s full of herbs that promote healthy lactation and support breastmilk production – another bit of self-care that brought me peace of mind. I finished my tea, and then next time I fed Maggie we were both so much more relaxed. All I could think while I was feeding her was how I’m so much better for my family when I take time to care for myself.

So I’ve been doing that more than I did with Henry, and it’s amazing how I feel more like myself this time around. Less stressed. More engaged. Able to enjoy my babies more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not running off to the spa every day (although doesn’t that sound amazing?!). But I am taking time to get to the gym, or to do a little yoga, or to take a hot shower, or to make healthy choices. It’s all too easy as a mom to put those things aside and spend every waking moment on your kids. But the reality is that when we are caring for ourselves, we are the best mothers we can be. And if that means sitting down for a cup of tea now and then, so be it. xoxo

Self-Care for New Moms

Self-Care for New Moms

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Breakfast Club

Happy Friday + Making a Difference

Happy Friday gang! I shared on Snapchat this week (find me there @lovely-indeed) that I went to meet some new friends at a local gathering called the Breakfast Club. It’s…

Breakfast Club

Happy Friday gang! I shared on Snapchat this week (find me there @lovely-indeed) that I went to meet some new friends at a local gathering called the Breakfast Club. It’s a group of young people who are active in our community and who have a likeminded interest in making it a better place. There’s no real agenda to the monthly gatherings; it’s more just about sharing space and connecting with other people. Of course there’s lots of talk about how we can help our community, but there’s also just chit chat over eggs and bacon.

A couple of my goals for the year are to give more of my time and talents, and to work on improving the things that I don’t like. I figure those things go hand in hand for me when it comes to giving back to my community. I love my hometown (I moved back here after living in NYC and LA, for heaven’s sake!), but I have big dreams to make it a place that more people love. And it was so invigorating and refreshing to sit with people at the Breakfast Club who have the same vision and passion.

So I have a couple of questions for you if you have a moment. What do you love about the place where you live? What would you change about it? Do you give to your community in any way? How?

Thanks, friends. I always appreciate your input and conversation! Happy Friday! xoxo

Marguerite Elaine

Maggie // Three Months

Our girl is three months old. It has become so apparent to me how very different babies are, even from birth. It’s so surprising how you can see their personalities…

Marguerite Elaine

Our girl is three months old. It has become so apparent to me how very different babies are, even from birth. It’s so surprising how you can see their personalities peek through, and even more surprising how two siblings can be so different.

Maggie is so thoughtful. She’ll look at you or a toy or a book for a good long while, thinking her thoughts. If you sit down with her one on one she’ll have a conversation with you, and will literally talk back and forth with ooh’s and aah’s. Sometimes during a conversation, she’ll get fussy and just want to be left alone to play on her playmat for a bit. I keep seeing these flashes of myself in her — she’s watchful, patient, maybe a bit introverted. But always sweet and genuine, and very confused by her brother’s tantrums. 😉

She’s thisclose to rolling over, and sleeps through the night sometimes. She’s close to a permanent sleep-through situation, but still suffers from reflux and has had a cold for the last few weeks so those things wake her up a bit. But when she wakes up she can almost always get herself back to sleep, or just needs a quick check-in to settle back down.

Every day I am more grateful for these two babies of mine. Marguerite Elaine has been such a sweet addition for us, and I always say she feels like she belongs to the three of us, Ryan, Henry, and me. xoxo

P.S. Henry’s months are right here. And Maggie’s are here.

Marguerite Elaine

Finding Your Voice as a Blogger

Blogging // Finding Your “Voice”

Throughout my blogging adventures over the years, I’ve had lots of people ask how I found my blogging “voice.” And to be one hundred percent honest, I’m not sure that…

Finding Your Voice as a Blogger

Throughout my blogging adventures over the years, I’ve had lots of people ask how I found my blogging “voice.” And to be one hundred percent honest, I’m not sure that I actually have the strongest, or most clear, voice in the blogging community. My content ranges all over the place, some days I talk about DIY and some days I’m getting deep into motherhood, at times I use the blog as a poetic outlet and at other times I just come here and tell a joke and leave. So in that sense, Lovely Indeed isn’t the most clear voice you could find on the web. But when I stand back and look at the blog as a whole, I hope that people see what I see — that it’s cohesive because it’s about the life that I’m creating with my family. It’s real, and it’s about the real things that inspire us.

That’s what I try to explain to folks when they ask for advice on finding their voice. I don’t necessarily think honing in on your voice means deciding to focus on a specific blogging niche, or even a style of writing (although if it does mean those things for you then more power to ya). I think it has to do with an overarching feel for your blog. It has to do with the goals and missions you set for your blog. It has to do with what you want to accomplish, and what you want to share with the world. It has to do with why you’re blogging in the first place. Last year, when I felt like Lovely Indeed’s voice was getting a little all-over-the-place, I decided it was time to write our Manifesto. (If you haven’t read it, it’s a nice little boost for your day.) It’s our compass, it’s everything we stand for, and everything we aspire to be. It’s our voice.

So what does this all even mean?! It’s fine to talk in flowery, vague terms, but what if you’re actually struggling with finding your voice? Or even struggling with something to focus writing about? I always say start with what you love. If you start there, you can’t go wrong. Maybe the thing you love changes every day, and that’s cool. But if you’re writing from a passionate place, people are gonna feel that. And that’s what makes people want to read blogs. To see other people being passionate, and to see that other people are like them, and to relate to someone that maybe you’ve never met but have so much in common with. So start with what you know and love. Write like you talk, if that helps. My writing style has pretty much developed into sounding exactly what it’s like to have a conversation with me. And I like it that way. Maybe that’s not for you, but do what feels true.

Are you a blogger? Or a writer of any kind? I’d love to hear your input on finding a voice, and if you have struggled with it — or how you have found the sweet spot that feels like you. xoxo

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So…

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So this one is for you Boss Ladies who need a reminder throughout the year of how you feel right now — energized, powerful, excited, and clear-eyed. Go get it, girl.

Just pick your color, download, and print. Then trim the edges and hang it up anywhere you need some inspiration. Let’s smash 2017, y’all. xoxo

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Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

2017

Twenty Seventeen

Hello, new year. Hello, fresh starts. Hello, dreams and aspirations and the promise of unwritten days. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I do this…

2017

Hello, new year.

Hello, fresh starts. Hello, dreams and aspirations and the promise of unwritten days.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I do this every year. I bypass the resolutions and make a list for my heart, a list of how I’d like my year to look. It’s a reflection of the things that I’d like to work on and strive for, and of the things that I already love about my life. It’s something that I look forward to at the end of every year, sitting down to take stock and really think through what I’d like the coming year to be like. So this is what I’m working for in 2017.

If it inspires you, you can download it below for your desktop or just pin our image and come back to it when you need to steady your course.

We love you. Happy 2017. xoxo

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