Hole in Living Room Floor

Married Life // Under Construction

How’s that for a glamorous photo? I decided it’s one of those “keep-it-real” days around here. This is an actual picture of an actual hole in our actual living room….

Hole in Living Room Floor

How’s that for a glamorous photo? I decided it’s one of those “keep-it-real” days around here. This is an actual picture of an actual hole in our actual living room.

Before we started this renovation on our house, my dad made an offhand comment to me one day about how we should be ready because construction has broken up more than a few marriages. I nodded seriously at him and giggled inside because sometimes my dad cracks me up with his sage advice. But truth be told, now that we’re in the midst of this whole shebang I can absolutely see how a marriage is tested by sledgehammers and cement mixers. It’s chaos. And sometimes the physical chaos starts feeling like mental chaos and you both just start to snap.

Right now, there’s a hole in the middle of our living room where our fireplace used to be. A giant, 6-foot-by-5-foot hole. Just hanging out. And in the three adjoining rooms, there’s a layer of dust on everything that meets the eye. So here we are, trying to go about our lives and work and entertain a toddler but not let him fall in the hole or lick the dust or anything else life threatening. And meanwhile, we’re deciding how best to plug the hole temporarily and what kind of cabinet exactly is going to go there eventually, and should it be a cabinet or closet? And what really is the difference? And will two extra feet in this room really matter? OH MAN. It gets intense.

And to top it all off, I’m pregnant now and for some reason we always end up doing these major life-changing things (like moving to a new town or a complete home remodel) while I’m with child. Because we just really like to live on the edge. All of this is to say that¬†yes renovations can absolutely challenge a relationship. We had a little taste of it when we moved into the house a couple of years back, but this is next level.

So how do you deal? We’re figuring that one out as we go along. I think mostly you just fight tooth and nail to remember that you’re on the same team. Because as soon as one person gets a little tone in their voice, the other one gets defensive, and then all of a sudden the new dining room is a war zone. So maybe we have differing opinions about whether we need obscured glass or clear glass in the new bathroom windows, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world. We’re trying to keep our heads from spinning with all of these teeny tiny decisions, and lean on each other instead of pitting ourselves against each other with differences of opinion. It’s really easy to dig your feet in and try to stand your ground, but really nobody wins at the end of that situation.

Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that some old closet doors are now covering the hole so we can’t fall in. At least we got that one figured out. ūüėČ xoxo

How to Announce a Second Baby

Announcing a Second Baby

So it turns out, having a second baby comes with all kinds of conundrums.¬†Where do you put it? How do both kids sleep at the same time? Do you really…

How to Announce a Second Baby

So it turns out, having a second baby comes with all kinds of conundrums.¬†Where do you put it? How do both kids sleep at the same time? Do you really need a second baby shower? Do you even announce it in the same way? I kind of mentioned it on Friday, but I feel like so many times a second pregnancy goes a little uncelebrated. And it makes me feel bad for the kid! Yes, babies are born every day, and maybe after the excitement of the first baby things die down a little bit, but I’m jumping for just as much joy this time around. So after debating whether or not to send a full-blown baby announcement, we both came to the conclusion that we really wanted to let our friends and family know in a personal way, and went for it.

Our go-to is always Minted for customizable stationery. We’ve got it down to a science, and these literally took me about 20 minutes to customize and order (including having them addressed and return-addressed¬†for me!). I looooove the Minted process because you can really take a card and make it into anything you like. We used this birth announcement and adjusted it to be a pregnancy announcement, no problem. It’s brilliant!

As for a photo, we didn’t want to go too cheesy — just fun photos of our little family with something extra as a nod to the new little nugget. So a balloon was our stand-in. Turns out, Henry was thrilled to have a photoshoot with a balloon. Who knew? Thing was hours of entertainment afterward, too. Ryan kept wanting to tuck his shirt in and put a bowtie on him and even though it’s so cute I can’t stand it, the bowtie photos ended up on the cutting room floor. So here are some bowtie photos for good measure.

Little boy in a bowtie holding a balloon

We also used our tried-and-true method of taking our own photos with the process we outlined for you here. Sometimes it’s just easier for us to run out and do a photoshoot on a whim, rather than hire a photographer and go through all of that hooplah. So if you need to snap some family photos, check out our tutorial on how you can do it on your own. We picked and edited our favorite snap and popped it onto our announcement card. Piece of cake.

So excited to be sharing these little projects with you for Baby #2! Anybody out there have more than one little one? Did you announce it in the same way as your first? I’d love to know your thoughts on announcing a second kiddo! xoxo

How to Announce a Second Baby

How to Announce a Second Baby

This post is sponsored by Minted. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Baby Announcement

A Little Announcement!

Ohhhhh SNAP we’re having another baby! You guys! It’s happening! I’ve been dying to share the news and now that we’re knocking on the second trimester’s door I’m so excited…

Baby Announcement

Ohhhhh SNAP we’re having another baby! You guys! It’s happening! I’ve been dying to share the news and now that we’re knocking on the second trimester’s door I’m so excited to tell all you lovelies!¬†We are so, so excited and grateful to be on the baby train again, and to add another little Foy to the party. And in honor of all of the nosy questions you get when you’re pregnant, a little FAQ for you.

Was it planned? (Would you believe bunches of people actually¬†ask this question?! Sheesh!) Yeah, we wanted another baby and we wanted the two kids to be pretty close in age. They’ll be 22 months apart, so it will be an adventure for sure.

Due date? September 30th. I went into labor with Henry on his due date, so I’m hoping this one can be equally as punctual. ūüėČ

Boy or girl? Don’t know yet but we will be finding out. Mostly I just want another blessedly healthy tiny human. Although if I’m being perfectly honest, the idea of two little boy rugrats rolling around in the mud together sounds kind of amazing. At this point I wouldn’t even know what to do with a girl!

Does Henry know? He gets it, I think. When we ask him where the baby is, he points to my tummy. We’ve been showing him photos of when I was pregnant with him, explaining that mommies get big when they’re pregnant and that another little baby is growing in there right now. And telling him stuff about how much babies cry, and how he can be a good big brother. He’s still so little himself, but I know that he understands so much of what goes on around him. So we’re doing our best to prepare him.

How am I feeling? Uhhhhh, don’t ask. I have never been a fan of being pregnant – I just don’t like the feeling of not being in control of my body. Pregnancy is like temporarily renting out your insides to an alien with a penchant for rowdy parties. The first trimester last time was vaguely unpleasant; this time it’s been tough. I was really struggling with nausea (as in, unable to work/care for Henry/care for myself), so my doctor prescribed some anti-nausea meds. They have been a¬†wonder and don’t make me feel perfect but certainly make it so that I can function. Suffice it to say I’m really pumped to be moving into the 2nd trimester, which is usually a sweet spot for feeling pretty good.

So friends, that’s what’s going on! We’ll be doing baby updates here and there; I’m really trying to make a conscious effort to celebrate this second baby as much as the first. So many times a second baby is like, “I’m pregnant! Anyway, what was the score of the game last night?” So we’re trying to give this little one its fair shake. ūüėČ Mostly, we are really just feeling incredibly blessed that this is happening again for us. I don’t know how we got so lucky but I sure am grateful. Stay tuned for more from babytown!¬†xoxo

 

baby sitting in grass

Friday List // TV Show Theme Songs

First of all, a gratuitous baby picture. Henry in his natural habitat: dirty shirt, grass-stained knees, happily pulling dandelions out of our lawn and subsequently trying to eat them. It’s…

baby sitting in grass

First of all, a gratuitous baby picture. Henry in his natural habitat: dirty shirt, grass-stained knees, happily pulling dandelions out of our lawn and subsequently trying to eat them. It’s the simple things, guys. (Outfit from Old Navy and moccs from Freshly Picked!) I can’t get enough of those chubby little boy knuckles.

Okay, who watched Fuller House?! I admit to having watched about four episodes — I mean, come on! Full House was the stuff of my youth so I totally have to revisit DJ and Steph and the gang. And was it amazing? Ummm no. But did it fill the heart of my inner 1980’s child? Totally. It’s kind of bizarre, like a complete flashback. The writing is the same, the house is the same, the people are the same. Part of me thought they’d update the style of humor but nope — they went classic Full House and are sticking to their guns.

And while I was singing along to Everywhere You Look during the opening credits, it got me thinking about my favorite tv show theme songs of all time! There are some good ones, aren’t there? And it seems to me the best ones come from the late 80’s and early 90’s. I¬†know you have faves! I tried to list my top five theme songs and came up with this list (although I’m positive I’m forgetting some good ones!):

Thank You For Being a Friend
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Duck Tales
Movin’ On Up
Gummi Bears

Aaaahhhh! They’re so good! I played the Duck Tales one in the studio and Ryan and I had to stop for an impromptu dance party. And I think the Golden Girls song might be my favorite theme song of all time. Okay your turn — best theme songs ever, any era. Go! xoxo

Judgy Parents

Adventures in Parenthood // Passing Judgement

When we were new parents, people would ask us all the time what we were learning or what our major takeaways were. I always had a couple. First, I had…

Judgy Parents

When we were new parents, people would ask us all the time what we were learning or what our major takeaways were. I always had a couple. First, I had no idea you could love something so much. And second, it was my personal mission to never judge another parent for their choices in parenting, because this shiz is hard.

Henry is a vocal dude. He’s happy. He’s a little boisterous. Lately when we’re out at restaurants he gets excited and lets out these little yelps. Obviously we are trying to teach him that yelling at the table or in a restaurant is not cool. (And truthfully, it’s¬†not even that loud.) But what do you do in the immediate? There’s no stopping a baby who’s so happy he has to crow. So every time it happens, you teach. Sometimes we look around and see other parents (most often grandparents) smiling like they know the drill and kindly excusing our loud kid. Other times I catch the eye of somebody who¬†clearly doesn’t think we’re disciplining well, or who thinks that perhaps this fine establishment of In ‘N Out isn’t the proper venue for a loud baby. And every time I see those looks, I just cringe. Partly because I’m a people pleaser and hate making other people upset. And partly because I think the children and families in our communities would be so much better off if people would just stop¬†judging.

Then there’s what I like to call “milestone judgement.” This sounds something like, “Oh, wow… He’s not walking yet? Isn’t he 11 months old? Oh, don’t worry — I’m sure he’ll get it…” Or, “How funny!¬†MY baby was saying full sentences at one year!” Or, “So you’re going to switch him to cow’s milk, right?” See where we’re going with this? And I always wonder about those milestone judgers out there: Does it make them feel better? When the passive aggressive judgement is flying, is it because they’re trying to feel more confident about their¬†own parenting choices or their child’s milestones?¬†Because I’m not entirely positive what other reason there might be to get all judgy on a fellow parent. When you get down to it, this gig is hard enough without having the pressure of judgement from other parents, when really all anybody wants is to do the best thing for their babies.

I confess: I’ve been guilty of it too. Perhaps not vocally, but I’ve definitely passed judgement in my head before even realizing what I was doing. But I do try to fight it with everything I’ve got. Because there’s no way to know the full story.¬†Maybe that mom at the park who’s on her phone has been home with the kid all week and just needs two seconds to decompress. Or maybe that dad is spanking his child because it’s the only discipline that gets any traction. It’s impossible to know every nuance of a family dynamic. And what’s more, when you’re in the trenches of parenthood, sometimes you just have to do your best to survive.

Tell the truth – have you caught yourself judging? Or if you’re a parent, have there been certain times when you’ve felt judged? xoxo

Mom and Baby on the Beach

OMG 35

35. I’m 35 today! What?! 35 is one of those ages that I never imagined myself being. I would hear “35” when I was little and think “Woaaahhhh that person…

Mom and Baby on the Beach

35. I’m 35 today! What?! 35 is one of those ages that I never imagined myself being. I would hear “35” when I was little and think “Woaaahhhh that person is a¬†grownup.¬†They probably know how to do everything.” And now here I am and I can fully attest to the fact that 35 year olds know¬†some stuff, but definitely not everything.¬†The good thing, though, is that this birthday doesn’t feel scary or old. I feel like I’m in it to win it, man! 35 now sounds confident and fun and adventurous. I feel so grateful for where I am and for my family and all I can hope for is at least another 35 years to enjoy it all.

We already did our big birthday trip, so we’re keeping it low key today with a little happy hour at home for friends and a family dinner this weekend. Ryan asked what I wanted for dinner and seriously, out of everything in the world, I said¬†pizza. Obviously.

Hoping you all have a reason to celebrate today, too! xoxo

Toddler

Adventures in Parenthood // I Have a Toddler

Oh, my heart. A few weeks ago Henry took his first steps. We had been working on it with him, helping him go from crawling to walking holding both hands…

Toddler

Oh, my heart. A few weeks ago Henry took his first steps. We had been working on it with him, helping him go from crawling to walking holding both hands to walking holding one hand and finally we were playing in the living room one night and Ryan said “Walk to Mommy!” And he just… did. And my heart twisted in a new way that I haven’t felt yet because my baby is now a toddler.

How do these days pass? Days and then weeks and then months and milestones and years? I have never wished one moment away, even the ones in the middle of the night where your legs give out because you fell asleep standing up trying to shush the kid to sleep. Not even the ones where you’re covered in puke for the third time that week. Or the ones where the kid doesn’t even¬†want you because he’s into Dad that week. But despite not wishing those moments away, they fly just as quickly as the happy moments and they fall away and every day the baby marches farther away from being a baby and closer to being a kid/teenager/adult.

I remember the first few weeks of having Hanky home — I was a postpartum mess. I would look at him and feel these scary waves of love that I couldn’t control and didn’t know how to deal with and the only way they could make it out of me was to cry like an idiot. So there were some tears. And then after a few weeks I could feel the fog lifting and I felt more like myself. But it wasn’t like the love subsided; it was more like I learned how to manage it.¬†Like learning how to surf. You’re never gonna turn the wave the way you want it so you just ride it out and enjoy. And now that he’s older, every time he hits a milestone or learns something new or looks at me and touches my face, I feel those same waves¬†and just try to ride it out.

I imagined him taking his first steps a dozen times. But never once did I imagine how I would feel about it.¬†Turns out, the overwhelming feeling was pride. Pride?! Never would have guessed. But here’s this tiny person, and I was the first one in the world to touch him, and he’s ours, and we watched him learn to breathe and eat and drink, and now he’s figured out how to put one foot in front of the other. And I was just so¬†proud¬†of him that he was brave enough to try and fall and try again.

And now? Now we have a kid who runs around and tears apart our cabinets and looks at us with total unbridled joy that he found the bag of tortilla chips.¬†Mom!!! Look at these chiiiips!!! At least, that’s what I imagine he’s saying. So we clean it up and make another mess and learn another thing or two every day. And I have a toddler. xoxo

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Before Henry was born, I was pretty decent at taking care of myself. I mean, when you have all the time in the world to cook or go to the…

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Before Henry was born, I was pretty decent at taking care of myself. I mean, when you have all the time in the world to cook or go to the gym, it’s a piece of cake to think about and do the things that are good for you. And then came the age of the baby. Yeesh. I love being a parent¬†but all of a sudden the day is completely full between working and momming and it’s so easy to get to 3 pm and realize that you have a headache because you haven’t had a single glass of water that day. (True story.) When¬†literally every waking moment you have is packed, how do you take care of yourself? It’s a toughie.

I decided early on that I would make a few sacrifices to try to take care of my health as a mom. It’s so important to me for so many reasons — not the least of which is that I just feel like a better version of myself when I’m eating well, being active, staying hydrated, all that good stuff. So whether you’re a mom, or just crazy busy, or just trying to crush your New Year’s goals of taking better care of yourself, here are my five favorite ways to make some time for your health.

Get up Early

I know.¬†I know. We’re not all morning people. But sometimes you just have to haul yourself out of bed to get a jump on the day. When Henry was about 2 months old I started getting up at 5:30 to go to the gym and it was the best gift I could have given myself (these days it’s more like 6, since I don’t have to pump first any more). I can get up, get to the gym for a serious sweat session, get back home, get showered and do my hair and makeup¬†before anybody else in my house is even awake. (God bless my child who dutifully sleeps until 7:30 every morning!) That way, my body is awake and alert, I’ve gotten my workout in, I feel fresh and pumped and ready to take on the day.

Water Water Water

I heard a trainer at my gym say to someone the other day that the body responds to water like nothing else. And it’s so true! Can’t you feel it when you are dehydrated? I feel slow, foggy, and just… ick. So I’ve trained myself to just always have a tumbler of water with me, period. It follows me all over the house while I work and I take it with me in the car. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I always drink more when it’s out of a cute cup (like this one! or you can make your own!).

Take Your Vitamins

Another thing that I always forget makes me feel good? Taking a really good multivitamin. Knowing that I’m supplying my body with the nutrients it needs gives me a little peace of mind, and it’s something that literally only takes a few seconds to accomplish every day.¬†I’ve been taking¬†the OLLY Super Food Women’s Multi, which has all the usual goodies in a multivitamin,¬†plus¬†a gang of antioxidants that most other multis don’t have. It’s got phytonutrients from some of the most nutritious foods on the planet, so if you’re short a couple of veggies for the day it gives you the extra nutrient boost you need. When I’m taking a good multi like this one,¬†hands down I have better energy reserves to get me through the day. The OLLY Superfoods line is now available at all Target stores in the U.S., in addition to OLLY.com.¬†(Psst — you can get 20% off your first subscription of any OLLY product right here with the code SUPER20, valid until March 30!)

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Snack Well

You never have to tell me to eat twice. I’m alllll about snack time. But obviously not all snacks are created equal. Instead of just pounding the nearest candy bar, take a few quick minutes to get something balanced. A little protein goes a long way at snack time; picks like greek yogurt, cheese & crackers, or apple & peanut butter make me feel balanced and fueled enough to stay focused. You do¬†not want to hang out with me if I miss that snack, guys.

Set Healthy Reminders

This is a new one for me! I set a few reminders on my smartphone throughout the day to stop whatever I’m doing, get up, and do something active for one minute. Sometimes I’ll plank for a minute, or do a minute’s worth of squats or pushups, or whatever strikes my fancy. It gets the blood pumping and is the perfect way to break up a day without spending a ton of time. That, and my plank game is getting¬†strong.

So! What other time savers do you have up your sleeve when it comes to looking out for your health? For some reason, it’s the easiest thing to let slide when we get busy (especially, I feel, for women), but perhaps the thing that we should make the most important. I really believe that when a body feels healthy so many other things fall into place. I’d love for you to share more tips in the comments, and I hope that a few pieces of my routine make their way into your days too! xoxo

Five Ways to Make Time for Your Health

This post is sponsored by OLLY. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Fighting in Marriage

Married Life // Fighting

I just asked Ryan what the next Married Life post should be about and without even a split-second hesitation, he said, “FIGHTING.” We may or may not have had a…

Fighting in Marriage

I just asked Ryan what the next Married Life post should be about and without even a split-second hesitation, he said, “FIGHTING.” We may or may not have had a doozy yesterday. We were shooting some video content for the blog and we had differing creative ideas and all of a sudden we found ourselves in the midst of a flared-nostril, crossed-arm staring contest and we had both dug in our heels so hard I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen next. I have what you might call a bit of a stubborn streak. And a temper to beat the band. I just don’t usually show it to anybody but Ryan. Lucky fellow.

So I’m sure you’re dying to know what happened next. I made a joke to try to diffuse the situation, which made him madder, which made me re-mad, so I stormed out and went and flung myself on our bed and scrolled through Instagram until my blood stopped boiling. (No joke.) After that I came back in and said I was sorry for the mean things I said, and he said nothing back, which made me mad¬†AGAIN, and then he backpedaled and apologized too and¬†the rest of the day was a kind of bumpy dance where we both were mad but didn’t¬†want¬†to be mad so we just kind of made it through the day. By evening we were making fun of ourselves for being idiots because neither of us could really pinpoint how the fight actually started.

Sometimes I feel like a jerk because if Ryan and I never wanted to fight, we wouldn’t have to. Fundamentally, we have¬†nothing wrong (which I know is a major blessing). We’re on the same page about kids, money, work, family, religion, all that major stuff. When we fight, it’s about completely dumb stuff. Like whether the camera should be at this angle or that angle. Or who has to pick the lunch place this time. If that’s not first world problems I don’t know¬†what is. But despite all that, I maintain that occasional fighting can be healthy for a relationship. Because usually it’s not about the thing that’s actually happening, it’s about what’s underneath, right? If I had to guess, our fight over “creative differences” actually had to do more with me thinking he might not like my ideas or that maybe I’m a total hack and have no good creative ideas to begin with. Or with him thinking that he always just tries to help and I don’t let him help. Or the fact that we both really love to be right, to a fault.¬†Or something similarly deep and uncomfortable to talk about because they’re more serious issues. So really, if you can be honest with yourself and search for what’s way down deep underneath the anger, a fight can be an opportunity to be better as a person and as a couple. (That is, if you can stop the steam from coming out of your ears for long enough to see what’s really going on. Which is not my strong point.)

Do you fight with your partner? What are your hot-button issues? I’m not talking pet-peeve type of stuff, I’m talking about what really gets you into a war zone. How do you get out of a fight once you’re in it? xoxo

P.S. More talk about our marriage!

Hiring

Lovely Indeed is Hiring!

LOVELY INDEED IS HIRING! It happened, you guys. I’ve hit a very beautiful¬†wall and Lovely Indeed needs a few more peeps on the team. We have some really, really cool…

Hiring

LOVELY INDEED IS HIRING! It happened, you guys. I’ve hit a very beautiful¬†wall and Lovely Indeed needs a few more peeps on the team. We have some really, really cool things in the works for this year and I’m looking for a gang of lovelies who want to help make it all happen. We’re looking for both LOCAL AND REMOTE¬†applicants, with all kinds of different skills. So if it sounds like fun to spend¬†your days painting things gold, taste testing waffles, and generally making the world a more lovely place, read on!

Creative Production + Development Assistant

Must love candy and crafting and dancing to Beyonc√©. Our new Creative Production + Editorial Assistant will be in the studio with us, crafting, styling shoots, prepping materials, testing recipes, researching trends, concepting projects, supply shopping, and more. Basically, if you’re looking to spend your days elbow-deep in gold spray paint and hot glue, this job’s for you.

DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • hands-on crafting, prepping materials, testing of DIYs and recipes
  • assistance with setup, and styling¬†of photo/video shoots
  • creative brainstorming and conceptualizing¬†fresh, fun¬†content
  • errands and studio maintenance

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • adept at crafting and using crafting tools (BONUS if you have a special skill in any creative/artistic medium — painting, drawing, baking, cooking, makeup, hair, underwater basket weaving — just about anything!)
  • highly creative
  • resourceful, decisive, strong multitasker, organized, punctual, attentive¬†to detail, exemplary work ethic
  • familiarity with the Lovely Indeed aesthetic and voice
  • Pluses (but not required): working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Mac computers, Canon cameras. Previous on-set photoshoot experience.

DETAILS:

  • paid position, hourly based upon experience
  • approximately 10 hours weekly, with a minimum 6 month commitment and opportunity for growth
  • must be local to the California Central Valley or willing to commute

TO APPLY:

Send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Creative Production + Development¬†Assistant.” Tell us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to work with Lovely Indeed! Please include:

  • Links to your social media accounts
  • Links to any blog/portfolio/shop that you may have
  • Information about your personal experiences with¬†making. Tell us about your specialties or favorite materials to work with.
  • Two fresh ideas for DIY projects that you think would fit well with the Lovely Indeed aesthetic. Please ensure that you haven’t seen the projects elsewhere.
  • Your resume

Operations + Editorial Assistant

If you love lists as much as I do, you might be the perfect fit here.¬†This one’s all about the technical side of things. Our Operations + Editorial assistant should be a social media whiz and love pop culture just as much as an Excel spreadsheet. If you’re a tech nerd with a trendy streak, we’re looking for you.

DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • assisting with Lovely Indeed’s social media presence on various outlets
  • managing¬†the Lovely Indeed newsletter
  • formatting¬†or drafting blog posts
  • curating¬†roundups,¬†updating galleries and the Lovely Indeed shop

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • working knowledge of social media platforms (mainly Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram)
  • working knowledge of WordPress
  • must have a computer (Mac preferred), be proficient, and have access to computer/internet throughout the day
  • trend and pop-culture savvy
  • resourceful, decisive, strong multitasker, organized, punctual, attentive¬†to detail, exemplary work ethic
  • familiarity with the Lovely Indeed aesthetic and voice
  • Pluses (but not required): SEO knowledge

DETAILS:

  • paid position, hourly based upon experience
  • approximately 10 hours weekly, with a minimum 6 month commitment
  • accepting both local and remote applicants

TO APPLY:

Send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Operations + Editorial Assistant.” Tell us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to work with Lovely Indeed! Please include:

  • Links to your social media accounts
  • Links to any blog/portfolio/shop that you may have
  • Links to three blog posts not found on Lovely Indeed that you think fit well with our aesthetic. Create a fun caption for each link¬†in 140 characters or less (emojis are okay!).
  • Links to three items that you’d include in the Lovely Indeed shop.
  • Your resume

Graphic Designer

We’re on the hunt for a graphic designer who can help on a freelance basis for various projects, printables, and post layouts! If you’re a graphic designer with an aesthetic that you think would complement the Lovely Indeed style, we’d love to see your portfolio. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject “Graphic Designer” and tell us about yourself! Please also include links to your portfolio, shop, social accounts, or any work that you’d like to show off.

What Else Ya Got?

Just because that’s all we’re listing doesn’t mean that’s all we need! Do you have a skill or specialty that you’d like to contribute to the team? Maybe you’re an amazing photographer and you’d like to shoot some projects with us. Or perhaps you own a bakery and want to start a special blog column about baking. Or maybe you just really like dancing to Beyonce and want to come hang out once a week?! Send an email to [email protected] with the subject “I Wanna Be on the Team,” tell us how you’d like to contribute, and include links to your blog/portfolio/social accounts/shop.

All applications are due Friday, January 29th at 11:59 pm PST. We will begin reviewing applications Monday, February 1st and will update here as positions are filled. Thank you!

2016

Twenty Sixteen // Desktop Wallpaper

Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? This has become a tradition around here, and…

2016

Hey lovelies — here we are. Back at the start with another chance to do it right. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

This has become a tradition around here, and one of my favorites. I don’t do resolutions, but at the end of every year I sit down and think through what I need to focus on in the future. I boil it all down and it becomes this: a barometer of how I’m living, whether I’m on the right path, and where I’d like to be in a year’s time. Pretty much none of it is tangible or quantifiable. It’s more about what’s inside. And for me, I’ve always found that when what’s inside feels good, what’s outside tends to fall into place.

You should go back and read through my old ones (links are below). It’s pretty interesting to see what’s stuck around, what’s totally new, and what’s cycled back in from a previous year. Do any of these ring true for you? What would be on your list? In case this gets ya right in your ever-lovin’ heart, you can download it to add to your desktop as a little hug from me to you. Let’s make this year a beauty. xoxo

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See past years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015