Be Your Own Kind of Lovely

This Week + A Few Little Things

Woaaahhhh babes. This week was a wild ride. My niece brought home a nasty stomach bug from preschool. She gave it to her parents, who in turn gave it to…

Be Your Own Kind of Lovely

Woaaahhhh babes. This week was a wild ride. My niece brought home a nasty stomach bug from preschool. She gave it to her parents, who in turn gave it to Ryan, who in turn gave it to me, and we were down for the count hardcore at the beginning of the week. I still don’t actually know what happened on Tuesday. It’s like a black hole of sickness in my brain. But! We’re on the mend, and even if we’re not 100% I am so glad that the worst is past. There aren’t too many things worse than the stomach flu in my book. Except for maybe having the stomach flu and still having to take care of a baby. Yowza!

But there was fun stuff too! We shared some fun little DIY painted soda bottles over on Freutcake, so check it out. We added a couple of new awesome summery prints to the print shop, too! And in case you missed it over on Instagram, we got the most beautiful bespoke paper cut illustration of Lovely Indeed’s manifesto! We worked together with Laura M Designs on the design and she totally nailed it. It’s hanging in the office and is the perfect inspiration when I need it.

Here’s hoping you have a most gorgeous holiday weekend, full of fun and celebration and just a whole bunch of loveliness. xoxo

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This Week + Ten Things

I loved the little pick-me-up last week of listing all the good things that happened, so let’s do it again! Here are ten awesome things that went down this week….

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I loved the little pick-me-up last week of listing all the good things that happened, so let’s do it again! Here are ten awesome things that went down this week.

1. We booked our anniversary trip and we’re going to Tulum, y’all!
2. I got a whole bunch of big fat YESES in response to emails I sent.
3. On Tuesday, little dude napped like a champion. (Never mind what happened on Wednesday, but oh Tuesday was a beautiful thing.)
4. I had my very first Mother’s Day and Ryan’s card made me cry. Like, actual tears.
5. We got to hang out with Amber and Markus and I’m pretty sure he and Henry were vibing.
6. Lindsay illustrated me! The most fun surprise I can think of.
7. Everybody in the 6 am spin class officially knows my name and greets me when I come in the door. It’s like Norm on Cheers, but early and sweaty.
8. My ban.do agenda came in the mail and OMG it’s awesome.
9. Henry sat up by himself for almost 20 minutes straight! A vast improvement from last week’s cute little 15 seconds.
10. I actually finished most of the stuff on this week’s to-do list, so we may have a weekend ahead of us that actually looks like a weekend.

Your turn! I wanna know something rad that happened for you this week. Tell tell tell! xoxo

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This Week + Ten Things

Remember our old Ten Things posts? I kinda miss them! So I thought I’d do a little combo pack and wrap up with ten awesome things that happened this week….

Avocados in Half

Remember our old Ten Things posts? I kinda miss them! So I thought I’d do a little combo pack and wrap up with ten awesome things that happened this week. And away we go!

1. We had a little Cinco de Mayo fiesta at our place and finally invited all of our neighbors over! We’ve been in our house since September and this is the first time we’ve even met some of them.
2. Because of the party, we had to clean the house. And do all the laundry. So the house is already clean and we can skip it this weekend. Boom.
3. We partnered with BabyLit for an awesome giveaway! Truly, I love working with the brands that we know, love, and use every day.
4. Ryan landed a huuuuuge web design client, so we celebrated.
5. I made it to the 6 am spin class at the gym three times. Somebody high five me, hard.
6. Guacamole. Bowls and bowls of guacamole! Did I mention I love guacamole?
7. Henry started sitting up by himself! (For about 15 seconds at a time and then he flops over, but it still counts, right?!)
8. I lined up a couple of crazy good collaborations here on the blog. You guys are gonna love them.
9. Somebody told me I’m their “DIY spirit animal.” Thinking of putting it on my new business cards.
10. We made plans with Amber for a little weekend lunch date with our tiny people. I can’t wait to squeeze Markus until he pops.

Okay your turn! Tell me something awesome that happened this week! And then let’s all go out and nail it this weekend. See ya, gang. xoxo

Lilly Pulizter for Target

This Week + Yay Instagram!

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…

Lilly Pulizter for Target

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.

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Happy Easter

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…

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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

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This Week + Flowers Galore

I was up to my elbows in flowers for most of this week and I loved every second of it.

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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.

Gold Paintbrush Pink Nails

This Week

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…

Gold Paintbrush Pink Nails

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.
Mini bouquets!

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This Week

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…

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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

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This Week

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…

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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?!

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This Week

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…

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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.

VOTE HERE

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?

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This Week

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…

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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