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Sacramento City Guide

We live just a short drive from California’s capitol, and I’ve been wanting to put together a Sacramento city guide for a while now! Sometimes Sac gets overlooked when you…

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We live just a short drive from California’s capitol, and I’ve been wanting to put together a Sacramento city guide for a while now! Sometimes Sac gets overlooked when you think of a travel destination in California, but I’m here to tell ya the city is getting cooler by the minute. So many great independent shops and restaurants are popping up all over, and there’s a ton to do. Read on for our favorite spots to eat, drink, shop, and more — and as always, if you’ve got a little one traveling with you look for baby tips in italics.

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Read on for the full Sacramento City Guide!

A Weekend Trip

A Weekend Trip & $500 Hotel Giveaway!

A couple of weekends ago we packed ourselves up and headed out of town for a quick little weekend adventure! We snuck away and took Henry to Sacramento, which is…

A Weekend Trip

A couple of weekends ago we packed ourselves up and headed out of town for a quick little weekend adventure! We snuck away and took Henry to Sacramento, which is actually where we tied the knot. We’ve been wanting forever to go back to the places where we hung out while we were planning our wedding, and it was so cool to do that now with little dude in tow.

A Weekend Trip

We cozied up at the Comfort Inn® Hotel, which was totally perfect — an awesome home base to come back to in between adventures. They’ve been hard at work, updating and creating change that makes a stay there even better. Big white fluffy beds to snooze on (or jump around on; see the little video we made for evidence), Wi-Fi and charging stations aplenty for working during Henry’s naps (crucial, because we always work on the road!), and an even better breakfast (you know I love a wafflemaker)! They even provided a crib for Henry, which was awesome. We’re so used to traveling with a crib for him that it seemed like such a luxury to have one on site. It was a perfect spot to rest up and recharge for all three of us.

The hotel was right by the American River Bike Trail so we brought our bikes and took Henry for a spin. Did you know that there’s a whole field of sheep on the trail? They all had little lambs and we stopped to hang out. We ran around downtown a little the next day, hitting a few great restaurants and spending a good chunk of time in the Capitol. It was so quiet and empty inside and I loved every second. I could sit in the senate chamber room forever. And they were putting the lights on the big Christmas tree outside, which melted my heart.

A Weekend Trip

A Weekend Trip

On our last night we took Henry to Old Sac, which is where we had our wedding reception! It’s so funny to go back to a place and see it through a different lens, now as a wife and mom. Before, I probably was mostly concerned about fitting as many things into a day as possible. Now I’m thankful for things like quiet hotel rooms and an easy, healthy breakfast that I can feed my son. Perspective, huh?! Traveling with Henry along for the ride as a party of three is definitely different than the old footloose, fancy-free days of traveling just as a pair. But every trip we take with him is better than the last, and I’m so grateful to be able to have him along. As parents though, I think our number one travel tip is to stay somewhere that suits little one. And on this trip, Comfort® helped us head out every day totally ready to tackle some killer adventures.

A Weekend Trip

We had such a gorgeous couple of days that we want to give you the same! We’ve partnered with Comfort Inn & Suites, by Choice Hotels to give one lucky winner a $500 credit to stay at your favorite Choice Hotel! Pick a destination and see for yourself just how awesome they’ve become with their new upgraded experience. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell us about a trip you’ve taken (near or far!) that changed your perspective on things. Be sure to also leave an email address where we can reach you in case you win! Giveaway will close on Friday November 27th at 8 am PST. Happy travels! xoxo

A Weekend Trip

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Choice Hotels. The opinions and text are all mine.

How To Travel With a Baby

Tips for Traveling with a Baby

Before Henry was born, Ryan and I talked a lot about how we wanted to try to continue to travel after the baby came along. Travel is such a huge…

How To Travel With a Baby

Before Henry was born, Ryan and I talked a lot about how we wanted to try to continue to travel after the baby came along. Travel is such a huge part of our lives; not only do we love heading out on adventures for ourselves, but we also want to introduce Henry to the world around him and show him all of the wonderful things that travel can do for a person. So from the beginning we’ve made an effort to take him along with us — we’ve tackled everything from day trips to a few nights away to international travel. And what we’re finding is that traveling with a baby is only as hard as you make it. If you go into it with a positive attitude, a lot of preparation, and a focus on keeping the little dude healthy and well, it’s really no biggie. Here are a few of our secret tips that we’ve developed while traveling with the Hankster.

Pack Double-Duty Items When we started traveling with Henry, we went from needing two small carry-ons to two large suitcases, a carseat, and a stroller. We pack his travel crib in one of the suitcases, and that takes up a good amount of space. So when I’m packing for us, I always try to take things that both he and I can use. I don’t like foregoing my own toiletries or beauty products, so finding things that work in my routine that I can also use on Henry is crucial. I love Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel in particular — I use it as a shave gel in the shower, and a moisturizer afterward. Then I can use it as a moisturizer on Henry, too. Doubling up like that will save you a ton of suitcase space and weight.

How To Travel With a Baby

Have a Plan for the Airplane We brought Henry’s sleep sack on the plane with us; he always wears one during naps and we hoped it would cue him to fall asleep. This time, we also tried to get him to sleep on the floor of the plane. I know it sounds crazy, but it worked! We laid down a clean blanket, sang him a bedtime song, put him in the sleep sack, and he laid down and slept between Ryan’s feet for almost 2 hours of our 4 hour flight. Beautiful. When he was awake, we had brought a few small toys. We introduced a new one every 20-30 minutes, to keep him occupied. Although really he was more interested in our empty cups and pretzel baggies. He also was a huge fan of the in-flight magazine. Use what ya got, that’s what I always say.

Take the Right Essentials Especially if you’re traveling internationally, you want to be sure you have your arsenal of essentials with you in case of any hiccups. We have travel sizes of all of our toiletries all set to go in toiletry bags. Henry has travel sizes too, and his list includes: medicines, vitamins, saline solution, a snot sucker, nail clippers, diaper cream, sunblock, and Johnson’s Baby Powder. We discovered on our last trip that the baby powder is brilliant at getting beach sand off of little baby bottoms, and a lifesaver in humid weather. Then I use it in my hair as a dry shampoo, instead of packing an extra product. (I’m telling ya, double-duty items are the way to go!)

How To Travel With a Baby

Keep the Nap Schedule We’re big fans of the nap around here. When Henry sticks to his naps, he does better and we do better. So when we travel, we’re always sure to have a quiet, calm place for Henry to nap. Sometimes that means we go for a long quiet walk while he sleeps in the stroller; sometimes it means we schedule our days so that we’re always back in our hotel or Airbnb for nap time. Either way, it’s worth keeping him happy and healthy and well-rested. Maybe when he’s a little older he can skip a nap here or there, but for a nine month old, this works best for us.

Have Realistic Expectations Before we started traveling with Henry, we’d hit the streets in the morning and run around all day until after dark, fitting in everything we wanted to do along the way. With a baby, it’s just not realistic. Our little clan does best when we schedule some downtime for Henry — not naps, just time to be relaxing in the hotel or Airbnb and playing with toys or reading books. We find that he does better on our outings and adventures if he has a little bit of just “normal” time in his day here and there. Going into a trip with a baby, I’d suggest having a few key places you want to see or things you want to do, make sure you hit those, and anything else you accomplish will be a bonus. Slow and steady, that’s the key for running around with a little one!

When we were in Mexico, there was a moment where we were all sitting on the beach, having biked there from our apartment. Henry was totally entertained just looking at the waves and birds, and I was suddenly so grateful that he was there with us. For however much fun Ryan and I have traveling together, exploring a new place with all three of us is infinitely better. If you’re thinking of traveling with little ones, hope these tips help you get on the road! And if you have more bright ideas that have helped you in the past, leave ’em in the comments so we can all add them to our arsenals. Happy travels! xoxo

How To Travel With a Baby

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

Tulum Travel Guide

Travel // Tulum Guide

Good news, gang! Lovely Indeed is expanding our travel section with some juicy, beautiful city guides! We love to explore the world and go on adventures, and it’s high time…

Tulum City Guide

Tulum Travel Guide

Tulum Travel Guide

Good news, gang! Lovely Indeed is expanding our travel section with some juicy, beautiful city guides! We love to explore the world and go on adventures, and it’s high time we share all of our knowledge with you in a more thorough way. For every new city we hit, we’ll be writing up a thorough guide with our recs for food, sights, lodging, and more. Not to mention, we’ll include tips and tricks for bringing a little one along (look for baby tips in italics!). And we’re kicking it off right here and now with a guide to everyone’s current Mexico fave: Tulum!

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Read on for our Tulum Guide and whole mess of pretty photos of our trip!

Tulum Ruins

This Week + Our Travels

We’re back in the states after an unreal time in Tulum, spending a quick day in LA and then heading home. Guys, everything everyone says about Tulum is true —…

Tulum Ruins

We’re back in the states after an unreal time in Tulum, spending a quick day in LA and then heading home. Guys, everything everyone says about Tulum is true — there’s some weird magic there that makes it feel like another world. I can’t WAIT to share all of our adventures, especially tips and tricks for taking a little one along with you to Mexico. We had a ball and learned a ton and saw some of the most beautiful spots we’ve ever seen traveling.

But! You know me — I’m the most extreme combo of adventurer and homebody you could dream up, so I’m excited to get back to our little house and our routine. Sometimes the most beautiful thing about traveling is the way that it makes you appreciate your own backyard, huh?

What’s everybody been up to? I haven’t been online in what feels like ages and I’ve got some catching up to do. Tell me what you’re doing this weekend! xoxo

How to Host on Airbnb

Travel // The Inside Scoop on Being an Airbnb Host

When we were living in LA and traveling frequently, we decided to list our apartment on Airbnb just for funsies to see what would happen. We figured it was such…

How to Host on Airbnb

When we were living in LA and traveling frequently, we decided to list our apartment on Airbnb just for funsies to see what would happen. We figured it was such a waste to have an empty apartment so often, and we used Airbnb to rent places all the time. So we might as well go all in and list our place for other people to rent. Turns out, it was one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. When we first had the idea we were a little freaked to let people come stay in our house, but after getting it all set up and having guests I would never go back. My first time out I would have loved some guidance from a seasoned host, so I thought it could be cool to share our experiences putting it all together. Read on for all my inside scoop.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel // Michaels Makers Summit (And Free Classes for You!)

Do you guys remember our monthly Michaels Makers challenge from last year? (A couple of my faves are here and here!) Well Michaels invited me back to be a Maker…

Travel in California Wine Country

Do you guys remember our monthly Michaels Makers challenge from last year? (A couple of my faves are here and here!) Well Michaels invited me back to be a Maker for a second year, and they majorly stepped up their game this year by kicking everything off with a Makers Summit in California wine country. It was exactly what my tired brain needed. We spent a couple of days in the sunshine, getting back to the root of the thing that I love to do: make.

We kicked off with a fire-cooked dinner in a gorgeous setting at Farmstead in Longmeadow Ranch. If you ever find yourself nearby, you have to stop for a sip of bubbles and a meal. Everything is totally farm-to-table, family style, and absolutely gorgeous. We totally didn’t have any fun at all:

Travel in California Wine Country

Obviously just kidding about the no fun thing. There was much laughing and cheersing and Instagramming of all the beautiful florals.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

The next day we spent in this gorgeous house up in the hills, rotating through a few workshops, each teaching a different skill. Watercolors and weaving were my very faves — I’ve done some watercolor before but I always forget how rad and weirdly meditative it is. I could watch those colors mix together all day long. I just decided to practice some brushstrokes and ended up with this palm frondy beauty.

Travel in California Wine Country

And weaving! Why did no one tell me that weaving is totally simple?! I keep seeing all of these insanely gorgeous, hipster-licious wall hangings everywhere and they look way too intimidating to attempt. But as it turns out it’s pretty simple. I’m working on a weaving for Henry’s room using the skills we learned, so I’m thinking I’ll have a little DIY coming up soon. Or (and here’s the best news ever for you guys), you can take a free class online any time before September 22nd with Michael’s education partner, Creativebug! I’m seriously kind of wiggling my toes to tell you this because I’m so excited. They decided to offer all you lovely readers all four classes that we took at the summit (Watercolor, Weaving, Image Transfer, and Paper Flower Making) so that you can learn the skills from the exact same teachers we had. Find all the free classes right here.

Aside from making things and learning new techniques to my heart’s content, it was so incredible to hang out with 50 other creatives who love to make as much as I do. I am always so appreciative for a chance to hang out with other bloggers in person, as it can be a bit of an isolated profession. It’s so refreshing to watch others in their creative process and, honestly, just to sit around and shoot the breeze about blogging, being a business owner, building a brand, all that jazz. So big high fives to Michaels for bringing all those peeps together in such a beautiful setting, with a beautiful purpose.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

If you want to see the rest of the Makers, check ’em out here! Stay tuned in the coming months for lots of crafty goodness. xoxo

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Planning for Tulum

Travel // Planning for Tulum

Ahhhhh you guys! Our anniversary trip to Tulum is coming up and I haven’t been this excited about a trip in a good long while. True to fashion, I’ve been…

Planning for Tulum

Ahhhhh you guys! Our anniversary trip to Tulum is coming up and I haven’t been this excited about a trip in a good long while. True to fashion, I’ve been researching and planning and making lists of the spots that I want to see and things I want us to do while we’re there. I teamed up with the gang at Expedia.com to do a little research while prepping for our trip and I’ve been down the most beautiful rabbit hole of beaches and ruins and jungles. I mean, this place looks like a tropical wonderland and I just. can’t. wait.

We’re taking the little dude with us so I’ve been looking at things to do that are family and baby friendly, and I’m so pumped to explore a new place as a family. It’s so funny how traveling with a baby changes your perspective — whereas before we might have rented a place on the beach and just used bikes to get around everywhere, now we’re staying in a condo and have a rental car. It’s a different kind of adventure but an awesome one nonetheless. And because we have a car we can maybe toodle around a little more than we would have otherwise!

I’m dying to see some ruins. (These photos in particular have me super pumped to so exploring.) If you’ve been to the Maya Riviera, did you go check out any of the ruins? Did you climb them? I’d love to know your experience! Aside from the ruins, I think it could be so fun to take Henry to see some monkeys at the zoo (who are we kidding, I want to see the monkeys at the zoo), and dip our toes into a freshwater cenote. There’s also the little Tulum town area that seems like it could be full of fun places to eat and hang out like a local. And I’ve been thinking about how cool it could be to drive up the coast just a bit and explore Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, or even Akumal for a spot that might be a little less touristy. But let’s be real, I’m pretty sure there will be more than a few days when all we do is post up at the beach and build sandcastles. And that sounds pretty darn good.

So if you’ve been to that part of the world and had any favorites, please share! I’m talking restaurants, shops, secret beach spots, day excursions — we want it all. And in the meantime I’ll just keep looking at photos and daydreaming until we can hop on a plane and get the adventure started. xoxo

Planning for Tulum

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County Fair

What is it About a County Fair?

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that…

County Fair

County Fair

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that cost an arm and a leg, and sweltering heat so bad you feel like you’re melting. But I’m a total sucker for it all! Every last bit of it. The cotton candy, the ferris wheel, those cool misters that you walk through when it’s just too hot, and the photo booths. Oh, those beautiful vintage photo booths!

County Fair

County Fair

I hadn’t been to our county fair for probably a solid 15 years, and I was so pumped to go last weekend with Ryan and Henry I was about to burst. It turns out we forgot to pack dinner for the little dude (and oddly enough nobody was selling pureed green beans or baby cereal…), so we had to pack up early. But we were having such a blast we plan to go back this weekend with baby cereal blazing and spend a little more time running around in the dusty midway and checking out the prize winning pie/quilt/heifer.

Do you go to your county fair? You have to! Tell me your fair faves. I remember when I was a little kid bopping around, it was the Gravitron — hands down. Do you know that one? You get inside and the thing spins around so fast that centrifugal force pins you to the walls and you can’t lift your head or your hands. I think if you put me in that thing these days I would probably liquify. Blech. But oh man back in the day you couldn’t get me off of that thing.

Guys, go to the fair! xoxo

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of…

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of documenting our travels within an inch of their lives when we are out on adventures so I can remember every single thing. So I made myself some new journals to fill up this summer. (And a little zebra print never hurt anybody, am I right?)

Hope you make some! xoxo

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LA Travel // Where to Eat

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up…

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up being a good-food-fest, with one meal after another that was totally bangin’. So if you find yourself hungry in Los Angeles any time soon, I thought I’d share our favorite spots so you can get in on the culinary action.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Dinette is just a little walk-up window on the street in Echo Park, but it’s got a short menu full of winners. I can never turn down avocado toast and it didn’t disappoint. Turns out the avocado toast also pairs perfectly with a waffle. You guys know I’m a waffle fiend and this one was the best I’ve had in recent memory.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LAMILL is the perfect spot if you like to sit with a great cup of coffee or tea. Located in Silverlake, the land of the painfully cool hipster, it’s full of big leather chairs and banquettes and has a beautiful coffee bar. The breakfast menu is pretty great too (I told you I can’t say no to avocado toast — this one is a little fancier than Dinette’s but they’re equally delicious); Mr. Lovely was totally into the Silverlake Breakfast.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Joan’s on Third (Studio City) is a perfect spot for lunch. This second location of Joan’s is a carbon copy of the first, but slightly larger and way less frantic — there’s more patio seating, too. The space is beautiful and airy and black + white perfection. I love to get a trio of salads from the deli (this winning combo was couscous, kale salad, and tarragon chicken).

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Lemonade is one of my very favorite spots in LA. And they’re everywhere, so you don’t have to schlep to one part of town to eat there! It’s cafeteria-style California comfort food, and it’s all crazy fresh and flavorful. I usually like to just get a bunch of market side dishes and call it a meal. Mr. Lovely swears by the truffle mac and cheese + the strawberry lemonade mini cupcakes. And if they have watermelon rosemary lemonade when you’re there, you’d be a fool not to get it.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre was one of the new spots we tried and it was so incredible I forgot to take any photos except this foot selfie of the tile in the bathroom. It’s actually vegan and organic Mexican food, but don’t let that scare you if you’re a carnivore — it was so filling and hearty and stinking delicious I want to go back ASAP. Our menu recs: the flautas, the bowls, and the margaritas!

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Sockerbit is an old fave but I had to go back to stock up on my very favorite sour cola chewy candy. This place is just the most beautiful candy store you could hope for, with all kinds of crazy Swedish candies. Get a bag and try one of everything. You think I’m kidding but I’m totally not.

Are any of your favorites on our list? I’d love to know if you’ve ever ended up at one of these spots! Happy eating, Angelenos! xoxo