What a week, y’all! I had a pretty magical week around the old inbox, starting with the totally amazing news that Instagram popped me onto the Suggested Users list for a bit! I just about fell over, because I love Instagram so much and am so pumped to join the other Instagrammers I know and love who have been featured in the past. It’s truly one of my favorite hobbies, sharing photos there, and I’m so grateful for that community. So hop over to my feed to see what’s new!
In other news, did you try to get any of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target goodies? This is one case where it pays to live in a smaller town — Ryan and I breezed into one of our local Targets and snapped up a few things without anybody trying to mow us down to get there first. But some of what I saw on the #lillyfortarget Instagram feed was insane! And did you see people reselling their stuff right away? Like, at insane markups? Gotta love capitalism.
And finally, we’re baptizing little Henry this weekend! It’ll just be a simple ceremony and a family dinner afterwards, but I’m so looking forward to celebrating . What are you up to this weekend? Get clicky with some of these links if you’re looking for a little action! xoxo
Ryan and I are taking Kelly and Jeff’s Can’t Crop This Class and learning a ton!
Can’t wait to take little dude swimming this summer… maybe in THIS?!
And meanwhile, I’ll float around on this.
Because flowers in your s’mores would be a GREAT idea.
Happy Easter, gang! Are you celebrating this weekend? We’re doing a family brunch at my sister’s place, and I’m so excited to see my niece and nephew run around like little monsters while they hunt for eggs. I’ll probably snag a couple for Hanky’s basket, just for posterity. If you still need to decorate eggs or just have a hankering for a little Easter DIY action, check out our Easter archives and make something rad! I definitely recommend these — they sorta took the internet by storm this year.
Have a beautiful weekend and a beautiful holiday! xoxo
For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born.
–Alice Freeman Palmer
I was up to my elbows in flowers for most of this week and I loved every second of it. I think in an alternate universe somewhere I could have been a flower shop girl. Like a florist version of Kathleen Kelly. Not that I’m particularly great at floral stuff, but it just makes me insanely happy to be surrounded by all that pretty. But I digress.
I hope you loved our little edible flower petal waffles post because we have lots more flowers on the way to celebrate spring! Mr. Lovely and I were practically running all over town all week, leaving a wake of flower petals behind us. So stay tuned for all that jazz.
In other funny news, I did a quick Instagram poll to see whether you liked this or this better and it became The Great Pineapple Debate of 2015! Did you weigh in?
This weekend we’re dogsitting, so expect some possible puppy photobombs over on Instagram, if you’re into that. It’s been freakishly summerish around these parts so I’m looking forward to summer-type things! I’m even firing up my blender to get back into my green smoothie routine. I stopped those back when I was pregnant with Hanko because they made me absolutely ill. But now they sound crazy refreshing so we’re getting back on that bandwagon.
Today we’re actually taking off a little early to play some hooky and get out of dodge on a mini day trip. We hit a couple of rough little bumps this week (nothing serious — just life-knocking-you-around type of stuff) and I think it’ll do my heart some good to have a little adventure with my two dudes. We’re heading out with no plans and no schedule and it’s gonna be perfect.
What are you up to this weekend?! Do tell. And if you’re bored, here’s some stuff to keep you occupied. xoxo
Five times when you definitely shouldn’t procrastinate.
Pop the champagne!
New summer sunnies?
This office makeover is so. good.
The inside of my brain is a joke these days. I need to work on my memory.
Spring is all up in our neighborhood and it feels sooooo good. My bones are thawing. We even got a little rain in the middle of the week — so needed in California — and then it went right back to being beautiful weather. The best of both worlds, I tell ya. We’ve been getting out and taking more and more walks with the little dude, and it feels so good to have the sun on our shoulders after so many months of cold.
In the meantime, we’re working feverishly on some incredible updates for Lovely Indeed and I just can’t wait to share them! I think you’re going to love it. I’m having so much fun seeing your #thelovelysquad submissions — don’t forget, if you’ve done a Lovely Indeed project share it on social media with #thelovelysquad to have it featured here on the blog! It’s going to be a big ol’ DIYstravaganza. New word, guys. Roll with it.
Also, in case you missed it, we’re having a fun little impromptu giveaway over on Instagram! Go check it out if you didn’t already — the giveaway item is so cute it’s painful.
And for more giggles, some links to get clicky with! Have a beautiful weekend, kittens! xoxo
I’m over here talking about procrastination.
You can still get your vote on for your fave bloggers right here.
This week was full of highs and lows and joy and stress. Sometimes working at home with a little one can be so hard, I tell ya. But then sometimes I have to slap myself and remember how lucky I am to be able to be at home all day, with my husband and baby, and have the opportunity to be working and simultaneously folding my laundry. For reals, it’s kind of a dream. A really difficult dream, but a total dream.
I’m hoping to actually take a little time this weekend to relax! These days I think I push myself a little too hard at staying ahead of the game and working in advance. So I’m planning on forcing myself to take a break and find an adventure (even if the adventure is on my couch snuggling with my two dudes). The day we spent in San Francisco last weekend (recap coming soon!) was so wonderful and I felt like taking that time off recharged my batteries in a bunch of ways. So we’re gonna try to make that happen a little more often.
Here’s hoping you’re recharging this weekend too! What are your plans? xoxo
It was a bowl-of-glitter-on-your-desk type of week, y’all! I’m not really sure what exactly that means, but any time there’s a bowl of gold glitter around it makes you feel a little festive, you know? And also a little terrified that it’s going to tip over and make a disco mess all over the place at any moment. But mostly festive.
I had a birthday this week, and I have to give you all big smooches for the wishes, emails, texts, comments, and love! The internet sure does make you feel special on your birthday, huh? Thanks a million, guys. We celebrated with Chipotle and Trader Joe’s gummy bears (which are the best gummy bears in the whole world). This weekend we’ll be gallivanting around San Francisco for some extended birthday action, so follow along on Instagram to see what shenanigans we get into.
In the meantime, some links for you while you’re laying around in your pajamas this weekend! xoxo
P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite bloggers (aw shucks if it’s me) RIGHT HERE!
We had a little scare with our home security system this week (it ended up being okay!), which made me really glad we have one.
Wish I could be in Houston to play with Brit and Ash at their workshop!
That Jeff Mindell sure knows how to take a photo.
I probably need to get this for my niece.
Not to be obnoxious, but have you voted?!
We got some fun news this week — Lovely Indeed is a top ten finalist for Better Homes and Gardens’ DIY blogger award! The other finalists are very fancy, awesome bloggers (and I’m proud to call lots of them my good pals!). If you’re in a voting mood, head right over here and vote it out for your favorite. You’ll need to skip ahead to the DIY section.
Otherwise, this week was filled with lots of work, photoshoots, time with friends + fam, delicious fajitas from our favorite taqueria, and one million baby kisses. Those photos up yonder are from a silly little impromptu photoshoot I forced (yeah right) Mr. Lovely and Henry into. They secretly loved it. Red Stamp sent us those love balloons so we all tossed on something pink (Hank didn’t seem to have any pink in his wardrobe so he got the ban.do heart) and snapped away. I loved that day.
So! What are you up to this weekend? If you need a little extra entertainment, I’ve got you covered. xoxo
Watching Lauren’s calligraphy videos is totally mesmerizing.
I’ll take these sunnies, please.
My phone battery was constantly dying so I did a little research.
Yes, all pancakes need flowers.
And speaking of breakfast food, did you see Lovely Indeed’s new hashtag?
Oh my dears! I’m officially back, after so many lovely and incredible guest posters have been holding down the fort for the last few weeks. Didn’t you seriously love having them and seeing everybody’s talents on display? I’m so grateful to each of them, and I’m also so happy to be back full time!
This was one of those weeks, guys. Last weekend we took a little road trip with the babe down to LA and it was wonderful. Then we came back to reality and loads and loads of work and I got a little overwhelmed, I won’t lie. That, coupled with a few little medical issues Henry is having (nothing major, but I’ll fill ya in soon!) has me feeling like I bit off more than I can chew these days. I just keep telling myself to do one thing at a time and that it’s all gonna be okay. But yikes I’m literally writing this as Henry is waking up early from yet another nap and I’m pretty sure my head is going to explode.
It’s a good thing he’s so cute.
Anyway, enough of my sob story! I’m truly so happy to be juggling this work thing with this baby thing and I know that I’ll find a groove. I won’t find it this week. But it’s out there, waiting for me to figure it out. I just know it. Right?!? Somebody agree with me. Oh, and have a beautiful weekend! xoxo
Geez! Days and weeks are flying by right now. It’s insane! I feel like there are a million things to do and they’re all wonderful — I get to hang out with the babe and my husband, keep settling into the new house, tackle lots of fun work opportunities here on the blog, see my family and play with my niece and nephew, take adventures, and on and on and on. It’s funny, life is kind of small and simple right now but it feels bigger and fuller than it has in a long time. I love that.
This weekend will be part work, part relaxing, and lots of waffles. Obviously. In other news, check me out around town!
Do you use a physical planner or an app? I had big dreams of getting a paper planner this year but all the ones I wanted were sold out. Crazy!
How I stay organized at work… at home.
Remember these cement heart Valentines? Pinterest featured them in their newsletter! Thanks Pinterest!
And a couple of favorites this week:
If you’re in LA next weekend, you gotta do this!
Gimme this dress!
Still can’t get over these color dipped hangers.
Ditto this DIY guess who game. Brilliant!
Have a gorgeous weekend! xoxo
Hey ya spooks! What are you guys doing for Halloween tonight? I remember the days when I would be getting all set to head out to this or that Halloween party, probably in a homemade costume that coordinated with Mr. Lovely. This year, I’m pumped to be in our house with a giant bowl full of candy that I’ll be
eating in its entirety passing out to adorable little kids. And let’s be real, I’ll most definitely be watching Hocus Pocus. Because duh. Okay, just to make me laugh, leave your favorite Hocus Pocus quote in the comments! And if you don’t know one, you better go educate yourself immediately. Happy Halloween! xoxo
This Week’s Faves
DIY leather file folders. I want a drawer full of ’em.
The pops of black in this room update are nailing it for me!
Anything with a heart elbow patch is good by me.
Brittni’s here to tell you everything you ever needed to know about gourds.
This #crafttherainbow series is so gorgeous!
Talking ’bout pain meds.
Apparently black and white is my thing right now.
Sooooo that’s my niece up there. Wearing her little Halloween leggings and dress… and a giant panda head. Because those are the types of things that happen around here. We have a friend who happened to have access to a giant panda costume for the last year or so, and Mr. Lovely asked her about a million times when he could have it. So last week she showed up at our doorstep with it. And now, guys, we own a panda costume, like every God-fearing American couple should. I’m thinking of renting it out. Anybody need a panda costume for a couple of days? I’ll let you have it on the cheap.
Other than little kids running around in giant animal heads, it’s business as usual here this week! And by business, I mean work, house projects, prenatal classes & appointments, family dinners, and all that jazz. I still feel overwhelmed by the amount of things we need to accomplish in the next few weeks, but we’re starting to organize our priorities and that makes me feel loads better. What’s up with you this week?! xoxo
This Week’s Faves
These DIY clay Halloween rings are so fun!
Our house is all decked out with this creepy crawly sidewalk that Mr. Lovely made.
I bake at least three batches of these every. single. year.
A sheep blankie. Dare I start a knitting project now?
The last password you’ll ever need.
We need to do a little better on the second tip from this list.
How we back up everything — digital photos, files, the whole enchilada.