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
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!
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
We’ve got a spankin’ new recipe coming atcha tomorrow, but today I got all nostalgic and wanted to share a few of our greatest hits in the Valentine’s Day DIY category! Looking back, some of my favorite projects we’ve ever done were for Valentine’s Day, and it was so fun to revisit a few of these. Check ’em out, and make something for your Valentine! xoxo
Whatcha doing for your Valentine this year? I’m thinking it’s time to ditch the heart-shaped box of chocolates and do something a bit cooler. I had the idea to put together a photo scavenger hunt downtown to send my Valentine on a mad dash looking for his gift. That dude loves a challenge. It’s so fun and so simple to put together! Grab your Instax Mini 70 and head to your favorite part of town. The rest is quick and easy. Check out the video or read our instructions below! There’s also a chance to win your own FUJIFILM Instax Mini 70 camera and film, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom!
Start by hiding a gift somewhere. Use the Instax Mini 70 to take a photo of the location and make sure it’s recognizable to your valentine. Take that Instax Mini instant film to another location and tape it up. We added a balloon by every photo to help locate them. Once you tape up your photo and balloon, take another photo. Then go hang that photo somewhere else. Get the idea?
Keep going until you have about 3-5 locations. Then give your Valentine the photo of the first location to lead them all the way to the end and to their gift! The camera is so much fun to play around with, and makes these great photos that are colorful little keepsakes.
And NOW let’s talk about a giveaway!!! One of you lucky duckies can win your own FUJIFILM Instax Mini 70 and Instax Mini instant film! You’ll need to head over to our Instagram to enter, details are all over there. Can’t wait to give one of these away and spread the fun around! xoxo
We haven’t done a photo backdrop in forever! I was pumped to put together a quick and easy little Valentine photo backdrop for some family photos. (Please note the absence of good ol’ Hank in these “family photos” — he was particularly opinionated on this particular day and couldn’t be persuaded to come take pictures. Sigh.) Anyway! This is a perfect photo backdrop if you’re on a money and/or time budget. There are only two materials and it took me about 10 minutes to put together. Let’s do it!
6″ x 6″ cardstock squares (we got a pack of assorted shades of pink at Michaels)
Step 1: Start with a blank wall. Decide where the upper right and lower left corners of your backdrop will be. Place a glue dot on the back of two squares of cardstock and stick them to these corners to outline your backdrop.
Step 2: Start filling in the wall. You can work in an ombre pattern like we did, or mix colors all together. We just placed the colors in a pixelated formation, leaving an empty space at random.
Step 3: Once you’ve filled it in, step back to assess and check for any spots that may need adjusting.
Then just snap away! This one is fun because it looks great both up close and a little farther away. It would be perfect for a Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day party — you could snap photos of your guests or let them do their own thing with their smartphones. So cute! xoxo
Hey girl! You got some Galentines? I have gal pals near and far and I love celebrating them in little ways whenever I can, but Leslie Knope was totally speaking my language when she came up with Galentine’s Day. A whole day to celebrate your ladies? Yes, please. If you want to celebrate Galentine’s Day and get your gal pals a little something, here are a few ideas to get you going. And no, this post isn’t sponsored but every single one of these items is under $20 and just so happens to come from my favorite place: Target. I know you feel me.
Don’tcha just wanna traipse up and down the aisles at Target, tossing things in your basket to give to all your girls (aside from the fact that right about now a solo trip to Target sounds like a vacation)? Happy shopping, and Happy Galentine’s Day! xoxo
P.S. I just had to add that every single time I typed Galentine’s, my computer autocorrected to Valentine’s. I’m thinking autocorrect needs to join us in the 21st century. Get it together, technology!
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.
Signing off, friends. It’s cold and quiet and peaceful and I’m always so grateful for this time to slow down and just be with my family. It’s our first Christmas as a family of four and I’m fully convinced there’s no way I could be more blessed.
Thank you so, so much for a gorgeous year. You all are what makes it so lovely in here, and I can’t wait to see you at the start of 2017 for some new adventures and ideas. For now, though, I’m hoping you are able to take some time to be with the people that you love and just enjoy the spirit of the season. No matter what you celebrate, I hope that it’s beautiful. Be merry. xoxo
As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts ever, and I was so pumped to see that you all loved them as much as I did! They were a total ball to make and I remember having fits of laughter with Ryan as we were deciding which quotes to use from Elf. I mean, there are just too many to choose from, right?! I still can’t pick a favorite. But in case you need one more baking idea, you can get the recipe and how-to for these fun cookies here. Happy baking! xoxo
Been waiting to share this one with you! It’s a project that we put together for Swooned, and I just love how it turned out! Not to mention the fact that a cup of white hot chocolate is duh-licious. Like, seriously over the top good. The fun paint-splattered look on these white chocolate sticks is a cool alternative to your usual chocolate-on-a-stick-situation. And you can make ’em any colors you like!
Head over to Swooned to see the full tutorial and make these babies yourself. xoxo
Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally fantastic DIY gifts, with a little something for everyone on your list. So tonight, turn on White Christmas, pour yourself a glass of something sparkly, and start making. xoxo