Henry Seven Months

Henry // Seven Months

I’m feeling pretty smug now that I’m the mother of a seven-month-old. Yep, everyone is sleeping at night (for months now), the kid knows how to nap, he’s been on…

Henry Seven Months

I’m feeling pretty smug now that I’m the mother of a seven-month-old. Yep, everyone is sleeping at night (for months now), the kid knows how to nap, he’s been on an airplane, he eats solids, and he can recite Shakespeare. Haaaaa just making sure you were listening. There’s no Shakespeare happening yet. But! When I say “Where’s Daddy?” he looks over at Ryan with a big grin. And that’s just as good, right?!

This child of mine loves sweet potatoes and bananas and asparagus and peas and pretty much just eating in general. He’s chubbing up and it’s my favorite thing to grab his squishy baby thighs and just squeeze ’em. He loves dogs, too, and will let them just come right up and lick his toes and his face and he thinks it’s just swell. But most of all, the kid loves cups. I mean, give this baby a cup and he will be your best friend forever until you can’t stand it any more. Mostly to-go cups, like if we had a fountain soda from Chipotle on Monday, he’ll still be playing with the cup on Friday. He wants to be a big kid and drink from cups SO BAD! But mostly he can’t figure it out and just chews on the bottom. No joke, we took a cup with ice in it on the plane ride home from Colorado and he played with it for probably half of the flight.

So what else, you ask? He’s starting to copy sounds. He’s getting lots stronger at sitting up. He so wants to scoot but for the life of him can’t figure it out. He’s just as happy as ever and every day I wish I could stop time because surely being a mom doesn’t get any more fun than this, right? And then the next day comes and something even more fun happens. Why did nobody warn me about this?!

Happy seven months, tiny dude! xoxo

Henry 6 Months

Henry Seven Months

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This Week + How Life Goes

Lovelies, I’m in one of those moods where I’m in love with the world. The beautiful, crazy, messy, difficult world. We came back from our trip to Denver early this…

Pink Wall Pink Backpack

Lovelies, I’m in one of those moods where I’m in love with the world. The beautiful, crazy, messy, difficult world. We came back from our trip to Denver early this week and ever since, Henry has been a little off his schedule and a bit fussy. We came back to piles of work. We came back to a dogsitting gig for a dog with fleas. We came back to a messy house and an empty fridge.

But you know what? For some reason I find it all kind of wonderful. Because that’s just how life goes, right? Some days are perfect and some days you have a messy house and some days you win the lottery and some days you stub your toe one too many times. You can choose to wish the time away and wait for tomorrow or you can choose to just hang on to the moment and laugh about the empty fridge (and just order a pizza, for crying out loud). As usual, I’m not sure I’m expressing myself as eloquently as I should but the bottom line is this: Today, right now, my life feels perfectly imperfect and just exactly right.

Hoping you feel the same today, and that you have a weekend full of whatever it is that you love to do! xoxo

Curing the Midday Slump

Curing the Midday Slump

You guys, it finally  happened. I’ve reached the age where I really, really would love to incorporate an afternoon nap into my schedule. Unfortunately, a busy baby and a busy job…

Curing the Midday Slump

You guys, it finally  happened. I’ve reached the age where I really, really would love to incorporate an afternoon nap into my schedule. Unfortunately, a busy baby and a busy job and a busy life sort of trump my desire for a daily siesta, if you know what I mean. But seriously, for the past few months, I’ve been noticing that 3 pm hits and I find myself in the midst of a foggy, sleepy, uninspired midday slump.

When I first started noticing it I would try to just fight through it, ignoring the total energy dip and just attempting to power on. Dismal. Failure. That approach pretty much just resulted in me still getting nothing done and then being cranky on top of it. After that I tried caffeinating. But a diet soda just wasn’t cutting it.

Finally I realized that I actually needed to set aside a little time to recharge. Step away from the computer, set Henry up somewhere where he can play by himself for a bit, and just grab a quiet moment. I make sure I have a big glass of water to clear my brain and a snack to refuel until dinner. (I’ve also realized lately that I get a bad case of the hangries in the afternoon without a snack. Snacking = crucial, especially since Henry is still nursing.) My go-to snack these days is yogurt, and these Chobani Flip Greek Yogurts have been totally nailing it for me. I’ve been working dairy back into my diet and Henry seems good with it so far, so I’m crazy happy to be able to eat yogurt again! It’s a good little protein boost without a ton of sugar, and these flavors! Ah, they taste like summer. If I could insert a thumbs up emoji and a palm tree emoji right here I totally would. (For reals, though, try the Key Lime Crumble or the Almond Coco Loco.)

Curing the Midday Slump

Curing the Midday Slump

The rest of my recharge routine? Just 5 or 10 minutes of whatevertheheckiwant. Some days I flip through a few pages of a book or magazine, some days I sit and stare out the window. And let’s be real, sometimes I get on Instagram haaaaaay. But it’s amazing that all it takes is just a few minutes and I’m back in the game for the rest of the day. Such a good reminder that we are not machines! We have to take care of ourselves in order to be the best version of ourselves, you guys.

So! How do you recharge? Do you find that you have a slump in the middle of the day? I’d love to know your tricks for getting back into the swing of things. xoxo

Curing the Midday Slump

This post was sponsored by Chobani through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Chobani Flip Greek Yogurt, all opinions are my own.

Pet Peeves in Marriage

Married Life // Pet Peeves Deux

Let’s be clear. I love my husband. I mean, loooooove. Crazy about the guy. And he’s, like, the best. As we speak, he’s outside mowing our lawn after having worked a…

Pet Peeves in Marriage

Let’s be clear. I love my husband. I mean, loooooove. Crazy about the guy. And he’s, like, the best. As we speak, he’s outside mowing our lawn after having worked a full day and watched Henry for a few hours so I could get some work done too. He’s a champ.

How-to-the-ever, you know that even in the most magnificent of relationships there are these leeeeeetle tiny things that just get under your skin. I’ve talked about it before right here, which was pretty cathartic and even more hilarious to read your responses. Lately Mr. Lovely and I have been a bit on edge, just with figuring out work schedules and baby schedules and life schedules, and when you’re on edge the little things that get under your skin can seem huge. So we decided to laugh about it instead of going crazy over it, and share it with you here. I present, in no particular order, the things my husband does that drive me promptly up the wall.

He holds his breath after he sneezes for, like, 20 seconds. It’s weird.
He pulls his t-shirts off inside out before he puts them in the laundry so I have to turn every single t-shirt right side out when I fold.
He walks just slightly faster than I do so I’m always a half step behind him.
Dirty dishes on the counter. Does it take that much longer to just put it in the dishwasher?!
He eats ice cream so. loudly. But just ice cream. Still haven’t figured out why.

And because it just wouldn’t be right to not let him have his say, here’s what I do that makes him crazy.

I pick at my nail polish. It totally grosses him out.
My hair is still shedding post-baby, and somehow it always ends up wrapped around Henry’s fingers or in his mouth. (To be fair, that one drives me crazy too. How do you stop it?!)
When he asks what I want for dinner the answer is always, “I dunno, what are the options?”
After I get out of the shower, I leave the showerhead pointed in such a way that it sprays his feet when he turns the shower on the next time.

I have to know if we’re normal! Leave a comment and tell me the weird things your spouse or partner does that just make ya nuts. xoxo

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The New Lovely

Photo by Mary Costa Stop the presses. Stop everything. It’s heeeeere! Welcome to the new Lovely Indeed. If you’re reading this here post on Bloglovin’ or Feedly or another reader,…

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Photo by Mary Costa

Stop the presses. Stop everything. It’s heeeeere! Welcome to the new Lovely Indeed. If you’re reading this here post on Bloglovin’ or Feedly or another reader, for crying out loud get yourself over to the blog and witness the new hotness.

We’ve had this redesign in the works for months now, and I’m so pumped to see it launch. For so long I’ve had this vision of the blog that’s more than just a blog — I wanted it to feel like a place to come and hang out, where there’s lots to do and see and participate in, and this feels so much more like that! Let me give ya a tour of the new joint and you can explore.

One of my favorite new ways to use the blog is in grid view. It kinda feels a bit Pinterest-y, and it gives you little bite sizes of each post so you can scroll through and see a whole bunch of posts at once. They’re all clickable and you can click through to read something that looks interesting. If that’s not your jam, you can click “Scroll” up at the top of the blog feed and see everything in good old fashioned scroll view.

We have a page for #thelovelysquad, where we’re featuring all of your reader projects! Be sure to tag your Lovely Indeed projects with #thelovelysquad on social media, and we’ll share here & link back to you!

There’s a new shop page, where you can find and shop Lovely Indeed faves (and a few fun surprises coming soon!). You know I love being able to share my favorite online finds, so now you can see them all in one spot.

Another new piece that I love is the Lovely Manifesto. I’ve been thinking long and hard about what Lovely Indeed is and what I want it to be, so we wrote a mission statement of sorts and it’ll live here on the blog, to serve as inspiration. It’s hand-lettered by the incredible Lindsey from Lindsey Crafter, who has a couple of regular illustrated series coming up here on the blog as well! Be sure to pop over and read our mission.

And finally, my web dudes spent many long and hard hours making the site fully responsive, so it looks great not just on a computer but on a tablet and a phone too. Ohhhhh, it’s so pretty.

Those are just a few of my favorite new features — be sure to spend some time clicking around and see how the new site really works! It’s so fun and so fancy and I just want to hop inside it and camp out. Hope you do too. Big claps for the dudes at Roundhouse Designs for leveling us up so hard! xoxo

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Married Life // Birthdays

Now that we’re old married people, I almost can’t even remember how we used to celebrate each other’s birthdays when we started dating. Oh wait! Yes I do. We were living…

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Now that we’re old married people, I almost can’t even remember how we used to celebrate each other’s birthdays when we started dating. Oh wait! Yes I do. We were living in NYC and every birthday was a shindig out at a bar or restaurant, where whoever’s birthday it wasn’t did all the planning and inviting and paying for drinks. I remember one year my birthday there was this huge snowstorm in the city and I was so stressed and sad because I thought no one would venture out in that weather. Mr. Lovely did lots of calling and texting and put together one of my favorite parties ever. Now that I look back, that sounds exhausting. Ha!

It’s not that I don’t like to hang out with bunches of people any more. And having a big party can definitely be fun. But now that we’re in it for the long haul and we’ll (hopefully) be celebrating a whole mess of birthdays together, my preference in the way that we celebrate has totally changed. What did we do for this last birthday for instance? My two guys took me to lunch at Chipotle (that guac tho) and to Trader Joe’s to get my favorite gummy bears on earth. We had family taco night, and then spent a day in San Francisco a few days later. Nothing fancy, just little adventures with the people that I love most.

We hardly even do gifts any more, which is actually kind of a relief. Mr. Lovely surprised me with a couple of vinyl albums that I had been wanting and we called it a very successful day. (He didn’t wrap them — I came out into the living room in the morning and they were leaning against the tv. Ha.) So. This is my question for you guys. Have we lost the romance and excitement? Or is it kind of expected that after a while you don’t need a whole fanfare for birthdays? I mean, I guess where we’ve settled is a celebration in a smaller way — a way where a taco bar with your family is really all you need in the world.

So leave a comment: How do you celebrate birthdays with your boo?! (Ha. I said boo.) xoxo

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Ask Me Anything

Hey Monday lovers! More fun news with regards to some upcoming changes around these parts — I’m finally putting together an FAQ section! I get lots of questions about blog…

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Hey Monday lovers! More fun news with regards to some upcoming changes around these parts — I’m finally putting together an FAQ section! I get lots of questions about blog stuff, travel stuff, photo stuff, and just normal people stuff, so I figured it was high time to get it all answered. So if you have any burning questions about anything (seriously, anything), leave a comment or shoot me an email at [email protected] and I’ll do my best to include an answer in the new FAQ section. If it’s of a more personal or individual nature, I’ll try to get back to you with a response.

Now go kick this week in the teeth! xoxo

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We’re in the Finals!

Hey gang! In case you haven’t heard yet, we have some fun news: Lovely Indeed is a top ten finalist for Better Homes and Gardens’ favorite DIY blog! How fun…

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Hey gang! In case you haven’t heard yet, we have some fun news: Lovely Indeed is a top ten finalist for Better Homes and Gardens’ favorite DIY blog! How fun is that? We’re in a group with some insanely heavy hitters and lots of my very favorite bloggers. I’m so pumped just to be in such incredible, creative company. If you like clicking buttons and voting for things, you should head over and vote away. And double kisses if you happen to vote for us, just saying! FYI, you can vote an unlimited number of times (just in case you’re bored on your lunch break…). xoxo

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Lovely Up Your Inbox

Happy Tuesday, Lovelies! I’ve got some fun news for ya. I’ve been hinting at a few fun changes to come here on the ol’ blog, and we’re starting to roll…

Be Lovely

Happy Tuesday, Lovelies! I’ve got some fun news for ya. I’ve been hinting at a few fun changes to come here on the ol’ blog, and we’re starting to roll some of them out! First up, a Lovely Indeed newsletter!

I know what you’re thinking — more junk in my inbox. But hold up. We’ve got rules for this here newsletter. First, it won’t come more than about once a month. Second, it won’t be full of a whole bunch of boring stuff you don’t care about. Third, it will always have something fancy and exclusive just for the folks who subscribe! We’re talking new downloads, secret DIYs, and giveaways!

Our first newsletter will be going out in just a few days so if you’re feeling adventurous, enter your email below to be included (if you’ve already signed up for the newsletter elsewhere, no need to do it again). This first installment will include a freebie download of a pretty spring wallpaper for your desktop and phone, designed by none other than the adorable and talented Lindsey Crafter! You don’t wanna miss it. So sign on up if you want a little lovely for your inbox! xoxo

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Married Life // Looking Good

Before we start, can we just acknowledge that we looked like absolute children on our wedding day? Geez when did I get so old?! Something tells me this one might…

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Before we start, can we just acknowledge that we looked like absolute children on our wedding day? Geez when did I get so old?!

Something tells me this one might get some strong opinions in the comments, and I’m all for that. But it’s been on my mind lately so I want to know your thoughts. Here’s the deal. I’m pretty sure Mr. Lovely would love me regardless of the way that I look. Fat, thin, bald, cross-eyed — whatever. And vice versa. I would love him if all of his teeth fell out and he singed his eyebrows off in a terrible grilling accident. For sure.

But! Here I am, post baby, scrapping to get my body back the way that I like it. And one hundred percent truthfully, I am working out and watching what I eat because I want to. I feel better when I’m healthy and keeping it right. But also, it’s a fact that I want my husband to think I’m looking good. I guess my question for you guys is this: Do you think we owe it to our spouses to try to keep looking as fly as we did on our wedding day?

My answer is a wholehearted yes. And that’s where I think I might rile some people up. Of course we should all love each other regardless of our outer appearance. Of course. But also, I feel like when I’m working on my health and fitness it’s also a gift I’m giving Mr. Lovely. The gift of self care, and the fact that it makes me feel better. The fact that when I do my makeup or hair or actually put on clothes, I feel like a better, stronger, more on-top-of-it version of myself. And what’s wrong with feeling that way, and giving that as a gift to the person you married?

Do you know that song, Wives and Lovers? It’s so antiquated and kind of crazy. The first lyrics are, “Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your makeup. Soon he will open the door. Don’t think because there’s a ring on your finger you needn’t try any more.” What?! Crazy, right? I remember being in high school and listening to that song and being pissed. Because, ya know, feminism and all that. But now I kiiiiind of get what Burt Bacharach was saying (in a really misguided way). It’s so easy to get married and have a baby and forget to wash your hair one day and suddenly you don’t wear anything but sweatpants and you find yourself looking in the mirror like “Who is this?!” And not that I’m afraid that if I wear sweatpants Mr. Lovely is going to go running to the arms of another woman, but doesn’t he deserve a cute outfit and some lip gloss every once in a while?

Maybe I’m not expressing myself very clearly here. It feels kind of jumbled. And here’s hoping I haven’t alienated all of you lovely feminists out there. But hopefully some of you are picking up what I’m putting down. And of course I’d love to hear your opinion! If you’re in a long term relationship, do you find it important to maintain your looks for your honey? xoxo

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Henry // Two Months

Our baby guy hit the two month mark a few days ago! That’s bizarre — I’m pretty sure it was just the other day that we brought him home from…

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Our baby guy hit the two month mark a few days ago! That’s bizarre — I’m pretty sure it was just the other day that we brought him home from the hospital and were walking him back and forth across the floor all night to get him to stop crying. Sometimes I look at him and wish for time to slow down already. And we just barely got this party started!

Anyway, here’s what two month old Hank is like. He loves to eat. He sometimes likes to sleep. Naps are iffy and nighttimes are pretty good (knock on all the wood). That little sheep is his sleepy companion — it makes white noise, which helps him snooze. He loves when you tap his nose with your finger and go “Boop boop boop!” But who doesn’t like that. He’s a major fan of staring at the colored balls over his mamaRoo swing. Like, he kind of trips on them. Sometimes I take them away because I’m afraid it’s hurting his brain he loves them so much. He’s all about having smiley staring contests with dad. And dance parties with mom. He’ll slime your shoulder if you don’t cover it with a cloth when you hold him. And his least favorite thing in the world is a wet diaper. The end.

Happy two months, tiny guy! xoxo

P.S. Henry at one month!

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