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This Week + Happy Fourth!

Hey it’s Friday and tomorrow is Independence Day! Go light a sparkler and thank a veteran and think about the history of our country because it’s fascinating! Do you have plans?…

Sparkler Heart

Hey it’s Friday and tomorrow is Independence Day! Go light a sparkler and thank a veteran and think about the history of our country because it’s fascinating! Do you have plans? We’ve got some of our best pals staying with us for the weekend so we’ll be BBQing and swimming and basically trying not to melt.

That’s it, gang — nothing more today than a wish for a wonderful and safe Fourth. Happy celebrating! xoxo

 

Spiked Watermelon Rosemary Punch for July 4th

The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday…

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The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday that the whole nation can celebrate together, to take some time to appreciate our history and the things that have made us great. I also love that it’s in the dead of summer, because that means we get to celebrate with all of the things that summer brings — swimming pools, BBQs, and a little something cool and refreshing to sip. So we whipped up this little punch recipe for your July 4th celebrations, so that we can all say cheers for America together! It’s a perfect, simple recipe to bring people together for a laid back Independence Day party.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Servings)

  • 1 1/2 cups Smirnoff Watermelon
  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon
  • 5 lemons
  • 6-7 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • club soda

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To start, cube your watermelon and squeeze your lemons. Remove the leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs and chop coarsely. Add watermelon, lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds. Once blended, strain the mixture to remove all rosemary and watermelon pulp. (You can make this part the night before your party and chill it so it’s ready the next day!)

In a pitcher, mix 1 1/2 cups of Smirnoff Watermelon with 2 1/2 cups of your pureed watermelon mixture to create your punch.

Pour a half cup of your punch mixture over ice, top with club soda, and add a sprig of the extra rosemary for garnish.

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I love how the rosemary adds just a little extra oomph to the watermelony flavor! And since I’m such a watermelon fiend in the summertime, this punch is right up my alley. So! What will you be doing this 4th of July? Do you have any special traditions or celebrations? Hopefully there’s a firework or sparkler thrown in there somewhere. And while you’re planning your festivities, you’ve gotta try this crazy delicious recipe and make a #Punch4Everybody! Please, as always, remember to celebrate responsibly and have a safe & fabulous 4th! xoxo

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Modern July 4th Table

A Modern July 4th Table

This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best…

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

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This will be the very first July 4th that we’ll be in our own house, with our own actual backyard where we can celebrate! We’re having some of our best pals come in from out of town to visit and I wanted to put together something special for a fun outdoor meal. But rather than go the typical red-white-and-blue explosion that usually goes along with the 4th of July, I thought it would be cool to do a modern take on a patriotic tablescape. So I browsed around on AllModern and picked up a few things that are turning out to be some of my new favorite pieces for backyard entertaining!

We stuck with navy, white, and a few metallic touches for the whole shebang. I did a quick DIY treatment on some simple flatware (tutorial is on the way soon!), and used my favorite DIY gold leaf succulents (from a couple posts back) instead of florals. I also thought it would be cool to have a little bit of a geometric theme, so the square pedestal and square dish sets were perfect. I’m loving those little Pantone dish sets! They’re almost like bento boxes that you can mix and match.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

The white garden stools are around for extra seating or for overflow of dishes and glasses. Like a really cute little mini bar! And best of all — that big beautiful table. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been pining for a backyard dining table. You know the opening sequence from Parenthood? That’s what I’m talking about, y’all. Dinners in the backyard with candles and plates getting passed back and forth and bottles of wine and lots of ridiculous laughing. That’s my plan for this beaut of a table.

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

Modern July 4th Table

So what are you up to this Independence Day? Do you do a sit-down dinner, or do you roll more laid-back style? Check out our picks for your July 4th celebrations down below! xoxo

Vifah Dining Table / Pantone Dish Set / Cake Pedestal / Flatware / Table Runner / Napkins / Carafe / Copper Mugs / Gold Glasses / Garden Stools

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Father’s Day Recipe // Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us…

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker a few Christmases ago, waffles have been our weekend thing. Ya know, #wafflesindeed. He usually beats me to it and mixes us up a batch of waffles for us to share. I had the idea to do a waffles-in-bed type of thing for him for his first Father’s Day, until I realized we’ll be out of town! So I surprised him the other day with a new waffle recipe and it was a major hit. And these ain’t no ordinary waffles, guys — they’re packed with protein and nutrients and good-for-you stuff (but they’re so delicious Mr. Lovely didn’t even notice how healthy they are).

Ingredients

The secret to this little recipe is the Vanilla Protein from ALOHA. When I found this stuff I was so  excited — protein powders usually taste like chemicals to me but this stuff just tastes delicious. It’s all vegan and organic, and has so many nutrients it’ll make your head spin. It also made this batch of waffles totally filling and didn’t leave us with that shaky sugar high an hour later.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Mix the protein with your usual waffle mix in a large bowl. Add egg, oil, and your milk of choice. Stir gently until the mixture is smooth. In the meantime, heat up your waffle iron. Once heated, drop a large dollop of mix into each section of the waffle iron and cook as usual.

Once your waffles are made, roughly chop up two sections of the ALOHA Superfood Chocolate. And how brilliant is it that by adding chocolate to these bad boys you’re actually adding more nutrients?! The Superfood Chocolate is made with fruits, veggies, fair-trade cacao, coconut sugar, and contains a whole slew of antioxidants. Also, I was pumped to find out that it melts like a dream. Put your chopped chocolate in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir to smooth it out and drizzle it on those waffles like a professional. Finish the plate with a little dusting of powdered sugar if you’re into that sort of thing.

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate DrizzleI asked Ryan if he’d lend me his hands to get a photo of the waffles, and after I took the photo he literally took the plate and ate them all before I even realized what was happening. Soooo — I guess they’re pretty good. And I couldn’t get too upset with the guy, I mean they’re Father’s Day waffles, after all!

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Vanilla Waffles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Have you tried any of our waffle recipes? What’s been your fave so far?! xoxo

This post is created in partnership with ALOHA. All concepts and opinions are my very one. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! xoxo

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Word Art for Mother’s Day

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love…

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love to make her laugh. So when I was thinking of something that might be fun to make her for Mother’s Day, I came up with these silly little papercut cards. You can make them say anything in the whole world, give them to mom as a card, and she can frame them or hang them as art for ever and ever. It’s like a grownup version of giving her something you made at school so she can put it on the fridge. Like that. But cooler.

Materials

  • cardstock in various colors
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • printer, or a cutting machine like the Cricut

Make Time: 1 Hour

Decide what you’d like your mom’s art to say. I went with a few different sayings; if you like mine you can download them here: 1/2/3/4. If you have a cutting machine like the Cricut (which I can’t recommend enough – it’s brilliant), upload the files into the Cricut design space and cut them out of colored cardstock. If you want to get familiar with a Cricut, you can check them out at your local Michaels store!

If you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear! You can cut these old school style, with scissors and a craft knife. It’ll just take you a while longer. If you’re cutting them old school, print the files on colored cardstock using your printer, and cut out the words with your cutting tools.

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On a contrasting color of cardstock, spread a thin layer of glue stick. Press the two sheets together.

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Cut away the excess until your art is the size you’d like (these are about 5″ x 7″).

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Give them to your mama and make her giggle! Unless you decide to have them say something really sweet. Then give them to your mama and make her cry. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! Be sure to check out the links below to see what the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up for Mother’s Day, along with some other springtime celebrations! xoxo

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art


DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty…

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty on a table, especially with these gorgeous poppies. And speaking of poppies, aren’t they such an incredible flower? I didn’t used to like them much but now I think they’re so beautiful and kind of sculptural but still ruffly. It’s the best of all the flower worlds. So let’s make some centerpieces!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Start by emptying out your egg shells. Carefully score a round hole in the top of the egg and cut it away with a sharp knife. Empty out the yolk and white (you can freeze them to save for later!). Wash out the inside of the egg with warm soapy water and let them dry thoroughly.

Once dry, paint the upper half of the egg a bright spring green. While the paint is still slightly wet, paint the lower half of the egg a slightly darker green. Blend the two colors together a bit at the border for an ombre effect.

Fill each egg about halfway with water and place them in your egg crate.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Cut the stems of your flowers to about 1-2 inches, depending on the size of your eggs. Insert flowers into the eggs. Arrange the flowers to your liking, being sure that each egg is full enough of flowers so that they remain upright and don’t fall out the side.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Set it out on your table for Easter and celebrate! xoxo

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Easter Brunch Idea // Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple…

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple of years ago we’ve been trying out recipes and eventually I realized I Instagram so many waffles I gave them their own hashtag. It’s been a million years since I did a waffle post on the blog so these spring beauties were the perfect time to bring it back! The perfect idea for an Easter brunch: edible flower waffles!

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

They’re crazy simple to put together — all you need is your favorite waffle recipe (which obviously should be this one) and some edible flower petals. All of these insanely gorgeous flowers came from Flower Muse and I had the absolute best time pretending to be a florist! We worked with Flower Muse on Meet/Make/Do last year — they’re an absolute dream. You can order flowers online and they ship right to your door direct from the farm. When these showed up they were so fresh and perfect.

So! Whip up your waffles. For these, I liked waffles that didn’t reach the edges of the waffle maker so they had unfinished edges. To get that look, just don’t fill your waffle maker with batter — leave a little space around the sides. Once your waffles are made, stack ’em up and sprinkle them with petals. Here’s a great resource about what kinds of flowers are edible. Always be sure to check whether they’re safe before you ingest any plants or flowers! We used tulip, rose, peony, carnation, and dandelion petals.

especially think you should serve ’em like this:

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

How pretty is this for an Easter brunch?! It’s like a meal and a centerpiece all in one. Boom. Two pretty birds. One pretty stone. You can drizzle them with syrup or honey, or even dust with a little powdered sugar, too. Hope these petals find their way to your table! xoxo

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Flowers for this post were graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

These are most definitely going to be the coolest eggs at the Easter egg hunt.

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

I loooooove Easter egg season! It’s so fun to come up with something new each year. This year I made myself chuckle with a few of these little guys. They’re pretty funny for an Easter egg hunt, or just for leaving in a bowl as decoration. Bonus points if you get this one:

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

Let’s make ’em!

Materials

  • contact paper or adhesive vinyl
  • scissors and craft knife
  • optional (but it makes it a whole heckuva lot easier): Cricut cutting machine
  • eggs
  • craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • tweezers

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been doing lots of cutting projects lately and while you totally could do them by hand, they are so much better and so much easier if you use a Cricut machine. No joke, cutting all of these words took about 3 minutes with the Cricut. By hand I’m sure it would have taken hours. But I digress.

Cut out your letters in phrases that you love. If you like mine, you can download the file right here! Upload it to the Cricut design space and cut, or print it onto your vinyl and cut out the letters by hand. Set your letters aside.

Hard boil your eggs and dye or paint them. I chose to paint these because I wanted really opaque, saturated colors. Just cover them with a coat or two of paint and let them dry thoroughly.

Stick your letters onto your eggs! It can help to use tweezers for placement if your letters are extra tiny. Press the letters into the eggs to be sure that they adhere thoroughly.

Hide these dudes all over the yard and make your family hunt for them! Or just take pictures and Instagram the pants off ’em. Either way, you’re pretty much gonna win at Easter. I said a hip, hop… xoxo

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

St. Patrick's Day Style

Don’t Get Pinched

Do you remember St. Patrick’s Day when you were in elementary school? At my school it was absolutely imperative that you wear some form of green — not only to avoid getting…

Do you remember St. Patrick’s Day when you were in elementary school? At my school it was absolutely imperative that you wear some form of green — not only to avoid getting pinched, but just to show some holiday spirit in general. We were apparently a very spirited bunch. I remember a group of us being on green patrol during recess, just hunting for people who didn’t get into it. I’m not sure what we would have done if we found somebody without green but it probably would have involved glittered green construction in the shape of a shamrock taped to somebody’s shirt. We were nothing if not resourceful.

These days, the cheesy holiday spirit has totally stuck and I still wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. But I’m into a variation on the theme — mint green is my go-to right now, and I plan on sporting it in fun little pops instead of plastering it all over my being (which was my tendency in elementary school). If I could go on a little St. Patty’s shopping spree, these would be my picks this year.

St. Patrick's Day Style

 

Sweater. Necklace. Skirt. Phone Case. Bag. Flats.

Oh it’s all so good. But especially that bag (which happens to be 40% off at Kate Spade Saturday… Just saying.) So! What’s your deal? Are you wearing green today? Happy St. Patrick’s Day! xoxo

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Golden Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite…

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite DIY blog, and if you love the lovely you should go tell ’em so. Vote right here. I thank you from the bottom of my gold leafed toes.

And now! I hereby present to you the easiest, fanciest food DIY project you could possibly imagine. What’s better than gold stuff? Edible gold stuff. And since St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, you can make yourself and your friends a fancy little pot of gold macarons for nibbling while you celebrate!

Materials

  • macarons
  • edible gold paint
  • paintbrush (be sure it’s one you only use for food, not one you’ve used for paint)

Make Time: 5 Minutes

I have another secret for you, too. Do you maybe live in a place where there just ain’t a macaron shop on every corner? Dudes, go to the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle! They have frozen macarons there by the desserts, and they’re totally tasty, not to mention pretty. Problem solved.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

So. Get yourself some macarons from your favorite macaron spot, and get yourself some of that edible gold. Then just brush it right on! The end. After some experimenting, I decided that I liked it in a kind of painterly swash just across one side. Very professional, you know.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons DIY Edible Gold Macarons

That’s it! Set them out at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or just eat them all on the couch while you watch Dance Moms. No? Just Me?… xoxo

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

birthday

Birthday

It’s my birthday, hey! I’m celebrating today away from my office and gallivanting with my two guys, so we’re keeping today’s post short and sweet. I’m pumped on this year….

birthday

It’s my birthday, hey! I’m celebrating today away from my office and gallivanting with my two guys, so we’re keeping today’s post short and sweet. I’m pumped on this year. Life right about now looks quite a bit different than it did last year — baby, house, all that jazz. It’s very grown up. But the good news is that my heart and my brain still feel like a solid 27 so I’m ignoring the difference between that and 34. I’m 34. Geez. Don’t you remember being little and hearing someone saying that they were 34 and thinking that they were so old? And like you would probably never, ever be 34. Well as it turns out, 34 is pretty cool to be.

Hope you’re celebrating something fun today too! xoxo