DIY Floral Bike Basket

Happy Weekend + Happy Birthday!

Big weekend, gang! Not only are we baptizing Maggie, but it’s also my birthday Sunday! No big birthday plans — we’re hosting family from out of town for the baptism, so…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Big weekend, gang! Not only are we baptizing Maggie, but it’s also my birthday Sunday! No big birthday plans — we’re hosting family from out of town for the baptism, so with all the hoopla we’ll probably celebrate it later on. And after this many birthdays, I’m good to just keep it low-key anyway. I’ll save the big celebrations for my 40th. 😉

What are YOU up to this weekend? xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of…

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs
How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of those projects that just never happened. Well, two years and two kids later the fabric on the chairs was looking way less than fresh so I decided it was finally time. It was so easy I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t done it sooner! So here’s how you can recover your kitchen chairs in less than an hour.

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill

Make Time: 15 Minutes per chair

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Step 1: Remove the seat from the chair using the drill. You can either remove their fabric covers or cover over the existing fabric.

Step 2: Lay your fabric out on a table, right side down. Place the seat on the fabric, also right side down.

Step 3: Cut around the seat, leaving a 2-3 inch extra allowance on all sides (more for a thicker cushion.

Step 4: Begin stapling your fabric. Pull taut and staple along two opposing sides. Then smooth, pull taut again and staple along the other two opposing sides. Finally, fold the corners down flat, smooth the excess fabric, and staple the corners.

Step 5: Reattach the seat to the chair frame.

Yeah! Love this little refresher in our kitchen. It’s also nice because the pattern hides spills by a certain toddler who shall remain nameless… The jury is still out on whether I LOVE love the fabric — I might switch it out again for something else one day. But right now the splash of orange and pink is pretty fun. Hope you try this one out! xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Drawn to You // 2

I lift my lamp. I’m not political. I’m just not, and I make no apologies for it. But I do still love my country and I love all people and I…

I lift my lamp.

I’m not political. I’m just not, and I make no apologies for it. But I do still love my country and I love all people and I love love. Things just seem out of control in our world right now and it feels right to combat it by adding beauty to the world. So when Isabela and I were talking about what we could draw for you this month, we hit on something that felt right. You can download this design to print in 11″x14″ format, or download for a computer desktop below.

Do you know this poem? It’s at the base of the Statue of Liberty. I remember reading it on one of my visits there when I lived in NYC.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

-Emma Lazarus

DOWNLOAD TO PRINT
DOWNLOAD FOR DESKTOP

I’m just loving working with Isabela on this series! We’d love to hear from you, too — if you ever need some inspiration hit us with a theme and we’ll get on it. Find more from Isa in her Etsy shop here and her Instagram here. xoxo

I Lift My Lamp

How to Make a Travel Map

DIY Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for…

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for a Valentine’s gift. It had a dot on every city we had been to together, with a string connecting the cities in the order in which we had traveled to them. It was a masterpiece. I found it the other day and I thought it would be super cool to recreate it larger, and with the additional places we’ve been together and now as a family with our kids. So here we are. This thing is a work of art! And we’ve got a free printable so you can make your own DIY travel map too.

Materials

  • printable map
  • small brads
  • embroidery thread
  • craft knife
  • optional: computer, printer, and white paper
  • scissors
  • double-stick tape

Make Time: 2 Hours (or less if you have only a few places on the map)

Step 1: Download our printable map and head to a print shop. The map is sized to 11″x17″ to give you lots of space to add your cities. Have them print a color copy for you.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to make a small incision dot on every city you’ve visited.

Step 3: Insert a brad through each dot and fold the metal prongs back behind the paper.

Step 4: Separate a single strand of embroidery thread from a package of floss. (Most embroidery threads have six strands wound together. You’ll need something pretty thin for this so a single strand works well.)

Step 5: Decide which brad to start with. Wind your thread around it a few times and tie it to itself. Trim the end.

Step 6: From there, crisscross the map from city to city, mapping out your travels. If you run out of thread and need more length, repeat Step 5 on your most recent brad and start a new thread.

Step 7: When you get to your final city, tie off the thread in a similar manner.

Step 8: For locations outside the U.S., I approximated their location on a smaller scale, just off the map a bit. If you have locations outside the U.S., label them with a small printed city or country title. We used Century Gothic Bold font, size 7. Print and cut your city or country name and affix to the map with a tiny bit of double-sided tape.

We framed and hung ours so we can marvel at all the traveling we used to do! Granted, the first couple of years of our relationship we were on tour but MAN that’s a lot of cities. There are also a few missing that we’ve been to separately but never traveled to together. And now we have some places, like Tulum, that we’ve been with our little ones. I have a secret dream to have a mural wall of a world map and do the same thing in greater detail. Someday! xoxo

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

I Am the…

I started thinking the other day about the delegation of duties between myself and the hubs and how interesting it is which jobs fell to which person. Some of them…

I started thinking the other day about the delegation of duties between myself and the hubs and how interesting it is which jobs fell to which person. Some of them are very traditional (he mows the lawn, I do the laundry), and some of them seem totally random. It made me want to start listing out all the things that I am in our family, just to see it on paper. I even asked Ryan and he came up with some that I never would have thought of (apparently I’m the only one who puts gas in the car?!). So here’s my list. Leave me a list of a few of the things that you are! xoxo

thank-you card writer
laundry washer
vacation planner
barf cleaner
ukulele player
closet organizer
photographer
cupboard cleaner
party planner
bottle washer
breastfeeder
dish doer
suitcase packer
dust bunny wrangler
early riser
memory recorder
gas getter

Scenic vista

Road Trip, Party of Four

We’ve taken a few day trips since Maggie came along, but this was our first longer trip as a party of four! We headed back down for a few days…

Scenic vista

Cherry blossoms

We’ve taken a few day trips since Maggie came along, but this was our first longer trip as a party of four! We headed back down for a few days in our old LA hood and it felt so good to get out of town. Now that the little one is more and more a person every day, we’re getting our travel plans in order and we’re excited to be hitting the road more.

The kids did great (see here for all of our travel tips with kids!) and we were so happy to spend some time with our LA friends. I helped out at a dear friend’s baby shower and got to pat her little baby bump. We hit up Universal Studios for a few hours to see all of the Harry Potter stuff, but Henry was mostly excited to hug a Minion. He also got his very first barbershop haircut, which was the most adorable (we usually cut his hair at home). We ate at some of our favorite Studio City spots, and I was even able to sneak away for a mani with a friend and some shopping at Bonjour Fete, the cutest little new shop on Ventura.

I took my big camera but forgot a memory card, so these snaps are all old-school blog post style, straight out of my phone. Which maybe is a little bit refreshing? Because this is truly what our trip looked like. Playgrounds, baby snuggles, a little sunshine, and a lot of fun. xoxo

Paper poppy centerpieces

Culver Hotel

Hogwarts Castle

Boy hugging a minion

Baby snuggles

Toddler's first haircut

Playground

Boy eating a waffle

Bonjour Fete

Bonjour Fete

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hey Valentines! Just popping in to say that I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day! What are your plans? As it turns out, when you’re parents of a two…

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

Hey Valentines! Just popping in to say that I hope you have a beautiful Valentine’s Day! What are your plans? As it turns out, when you’re parents of a two year old and an infant, Valentine’s Day is pretty low key. So we’ll probably be cheersing champagne while we sit on the couch and watch an episode of Crazy Ex Girlfriend in our pajamas. (Do you watch that show? Ohhhhhh my gosh it’s hilarious. And uncomfortable.) Anyway, whatever you’re doing I hope it’s a blast, and that your Valentine presents you with something chocolate. Or something sparkly. Or both. xoxo

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to…

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to bring you some fresh DIY vibes, and I’m so excited to have her on board. Can you even stand her first project? These cacti are on point. (Get it?!)

Hey Everyone! I’m Kara from A Kailo Chic Life, and I will be popping in once a month to share a colorful new DIY project with you. Crafts, colors, and patterns are my jam, so I am so excited that Chelsea has asked me to come and spread the joy of DIY with you all this year! First up on the crafting list are these amazing DIY colorful cacti soaps. Soap making may seem intimidating, but I promise, if you can use a microwave, then you can make these soaps!

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Wouldn’t you just love a few of these colorful gems in your bathroom? Not only are they fun for you to use to clean your hands, but they make amazing gifts too. Just package up a few in a clear bag and top with a few pom poms or a bow for the perfect gift.

Materials

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Step 1: Begin by cutting your soap into 1″ chunks. Microwave 1-2 cups of soap (depending on the size of your pan and how thick you want your finished soap to be) in 15 second increments until just melted.

Step 2: Add your essential oils or scent and a few drops of your desired soap colorant. Mix well to combine and then pour into your mold.

Step 3: Spritz with the rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then let sit for 1 hour to harden.

Step 4: Once hard, use the cookie cutter to cut out your cacti soaps. If you use a metal pan instead of a silicone pan, you will need a small offset spatula to remove the soap from the pan before cutting it. Or you can place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan before pouring in your soap to ease the removal process.

Once all your soap is cut, you are ready to package it or give it away. Oh, and don’t throw out those scraps, they can be melted down again and reused for another soap project!

Thank you so much for reading along, and hopefully you now feel inspired try making your own DIY colorful cacti soaps! xoxo

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Rainy Horizon

Happy Friday + Rain Rain Rain

Oh hey, California! How ’bout that rain! I always find myself so torn because I know that my home state definitely needs water, and that all of this rain is…

Rainy Horizon

Oh hey, California! How ’bout that rain! I always find myself so torn because I know that my home state definitely needs water, and that all of this rain is actually starting to make a dent in the drought. But I’m definitely one of those people who gets all bummed with days and days of gloomy weather. I feel like it’s been raining for my whooolllle life. (So dramatic.) Like, maybe we could just stick one day of sunshine in there every once in a while? Anybody have a contact email for Mother Nature?

I kid, I kid, obviously. I’ll just get out my rain boots and ride it out. What’s the weather where you are? Do you find that weather affects your attitude? Whatever the weatherman is telling you today, hope you have a  beautiful weekend! xoxo

Baby and Mama

Our RSV Story

I’m sitting here in the studio, sun streaming in through the windows, listening to Henry crow gleefully at my mom while he eats a snack, and Maggie giggle and coo…

Baby and Mama

I’m sitting here in the studio, sun streaming in through the windows, listening to Henry crow gleefully at my mom while he eats a snack, and Maggie giggle and coo at Ryan. Today, I have hope for my kids’ health. A few weeks ago, I truly wasn’t sure. I actually debated writing this post because going back and rehashing the story of how sick they were last month is still pretty painful. But if it helps even one or two of you who have kids dealing with RSV, it’ll be worth it. It’s scary but not insurmountable.

During December and early January, Henry had four back-to-back ear infections. For some reason we just couldn’t get him well. The poor kid was always in pain (although pretty cheerful), and developed this cough that would shake his whole body. He put up with it, and we just kept going back and forth to the doctor. Each time, we’d get a different antibiotic and more advice. I hated pumping his little body full of medicine, but we didn’t know what else to do. Eventually the cough persisted enough that his doctors began to suspect asthma. So we started an inhaler. He started having coughing fits that he couldn’t control, and he would just cough for minutes on end. Finally one night in January, after a few days of a fever, he had a coughing fit and breathing problems that were enough for me to throw him in the car at 2 am and drive to the ER. They gave us a breathing treatment, steroids, a chest x-ray, and sent us home with a nebulizer. I was shaken but glad to have tools on hand to help the coughing attacks. The steroids had (and still have) me worried, but it was a 5-day course and then he’d be done.

So we started the nebulizer and inhaler therapy. During the days, things slowly, slowly improved. But during the nights he would still get coughing fits. So that’s when we started holding him upright at night so he could sleep. We’d take it in shifts, holding his hot little 32-pound body on ours so that he’d be on an incline and any congestion wouldn’t worsen his cough.

A few days into that, Maggie woke up with a little cough and watery eyes. And I just knew she had whatever Henry had. But with a three month old, it seemed so much scarier. After just a couple of days, she was feverish, struggling to pull in air, coughing so hard she couldn’t catch her breath, her eyes would stream tears – it was just so sad and scary. We took both kids in again and both turned up with a positive RSV test. RSV is a respiratory virus. It causes an infection in the respiratory tract and basically presents itself like a mega-cold, and in Maggie’s case, can also cause bronchiolitis. But with infants, it can be life threatening and you need to be extremely watchful. She had a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia – holding my infant down on an x-ray machine is something that I’d like to never have to repeat. She was clear of pneumonia, but any time we would lay her on her back it was clear that she immediately couldn’t breathe. So that started another week of us up all night, holding her in shifts. This was sprinkled with Henry still needing us in the middle of the night, so for about two weeks we were each running on just a couple of hours of sleep nightly. Looking back, the stress was probably compounded by the lack of sleep.

We eventually worked out a system with Maggie. Because she’s so little and RSV is a virus, there was really no medication we could give her. She did get a little baby inhaler to help the wheezing. Other than that, we would hold her upright in a super-steamy bathroom about 5 or 6 times a day, and bounce and pat her back to loosen up the junk in her chest. Sometimes this was the only thing that would get her coughing under control. More than a few times I nursed her in the bathroom just to get her calmed down.

In the midst of all of this, there were days where I truly couldn’t get my head on straight to see an end to all of the illness. I was convinced that I was going to lose one of the kids, or that they’d be sick forever. The virus that grabbed them was just so intense and so scary, and I couldn’t see my way around it. Then one evening, we were all together and I realized I hadn’t heard either of them cough for a few minutes. A few minutes stretched into 10. And just like that, things turned around.

It has not, by any means, been a quick recovery. We are still dealing with the after-effects even now. Maggie went from sleeping through the night all by herself to waking and needing to eat or wanting a pacifier. Major regression. So we are working on that. She’s also still dealing with residual congestion which will probably be clearing for a while. Henry is being treated for asthma that’s triggered by viruses, so we’re nailing down breathing treatments and therapy for him. I’m so proud of how he’s adjusted to all of the inhaler and nebulizer use – he’s been a brave little dude. He’ll be getting tubes in his ears this month to help with the ear infections as well. I myself am feeling a little shellshocked. Some days it almost feels scary to hope that they’re healthy and will continue to be healthy. But Ryan and I found out that positivity is crucial, and especially that the little ones need us to be upbeat about it all.

After a final tally, we visited the doctor fourteen times between the two kids during December and January. All of this is to say: be vigilant during this season, especially if you’re around little ones. Wash your hands, wash their hands, wipe everything down, and if you’ve got a sick kid, keep ’em home. I wouldn’t wish what we went through on anybody, and I know in my heart that we probably had an easy time of it compared to some families. Thanks so much to everyone for your kind thoughts and well wishes! Here’s to only getting healthier this year. xoxo

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Valentine Pompom Drink Stirrers // 5 Minute DIY

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole…

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole lot of time. So if you’ve got cocktails on the menu, these little stir sticks will take you precisely 5 minutes to put together. Pop them in your glasses before you start passing around the drinks, and they’ll up your festive quotient big time. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Step 1: Use the scissors to trim your bamboo skewers to your desired length.

Step 2: Use the glue gun to attach various pompoms to the top end of each skewer. Vary the arrangement and number of pompoms on different skewers for a fun effect.

Step 3: Trim all glue strings and be sure your skewers are free of any splinters. Pop them in your drinks and serve!

I love how they kind of look like bubbles! They look particularly fun in a fizzy pink drink, I’m just sayin’. And if your guests are smart and remember which stir stick is theirs, these can even double as drink markers! Pompoms are clearly the answer to everything, guys. Cheers! xoxo

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers