How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

DIY “Sail Away” Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in…

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in one spot or jumping on a cruise ship to a far-off isle (which, by the way, I realllllly wish I was doing right about now!). And just for funsies, let’s play a game — if you could sail away to anywhere right this second, where would you go? Ohhhh, the possibilities! Think on that and in the meantime, let’s make these bad boys!

Materials

  • toiletry pouch or small purse
  • gold vinyl iron-on material
  • scissors, craft knife, or cutting machine
  • iron
  • ironing sheet

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

Step 1: Cut your letters out of the iron-on vinyl. If you have a cutting machine, fire it up and let it do its thing! If not, print words on your printer, trace onto the vinyl, and cut out by hand.

Step 2: Begin placing the letters on the pouch. I recommend starting from the center of the phrase and working your way outward so that the words stay centered on the bag.

Step 3: Finish placing all the letters.

Step 4: Consult the instructions on your iron-on material. Ours worked best by using an ironing sheet, placing it over the vinyl, and smoothing the letters down with a hot iron.

Fill up your bag and hit the road! Okay, let’s finish the game — where would you set sail for today?! I’m gonna go with a little trip to Europe and a stop in Greece. I’ve never been and I’m just dying to see those colors in real life. Now you — where does your dream trip take you?! xoxo

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

DIY Shrinkable Plastic Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house…

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house making those little beauties. And now that I’m older and I’m having different kinds of adventures, I think it’s only appropriate to incorporate my old crafting skills into a new project! You can make these summery little luggage tags in any shape you like, color them in, fill out your info, and hit the road! I’ve been having a ball creating these travel-inspired DIYs with Carnival Cruise Lines; now all I need is to hop on a cruise to somewhere tropical so I can use these rad little tags.

Materials

  • shrinkable plastic paper
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • baking tray
  • oven
  • hole punch

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Step 1: Decide on the shape of your luggage tag and draw an outline on the rough side of your shrinkable paper. Think fun, summery shapes or travel-inspired shapes: ships, palm trees, and more! Start coloring in your outline, completely covering the paper with color.

Step 2: With a black colored pencil, write your luggage tag info on the shape. Keep in mind that shrinkable paper shrinks to less than half the size of your original image, so write large enough so that it will be legible after shrinking.

Step 3: Cut out your shape.

Step 4: Bake in the oven according to the directions on your shrink paper’s packaging. These were baked at 325 for about two minutes.

Step 5: Remove from the oven. Let cool and punch a hole in the top of each tag. String the tags with a strong cord and knot them around your luggage.

Bon voyage, you’re ready to go! I think a tag in the shape of a ship would be stinkin’ adorable if you were headed on a cruise. Or even a life preserver! The possibilities are seriously endless, and I could make these things all day. What shape would yours be? xoxo

P.S. A gold passport cover!

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

DIY Acrylic Travel Phone Stand

I have to tell you, this DIY was like the perfect storm. I’ve had all of this awesome acrylic hanging around, dreaming up projects to use it on. Aside from…

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

I have to tell you, this DIY was like the perfect storm. I’ve had all of this awesome acrylic hanging around, dreaming up projects to use it on. Aside from that, we have some travel coming up and we’ve started letting Henry play little games on our phone sometimes when he hits a wall while we travel (Peek-a-Boo Barn is our current savior). And then, the folks at Dremel contacted us to team up on a travel-inspired DIY, and everything fell into place! Do you know the exact best tool I’ve found to cut through acrylic? You guessed it. A Dremel tool. We prototyped one of these little DIY travel phone stands and it was so easy to make with the Dremel I was jumping for joy. So now when we’re traveling, we’ve got a place to set our phones if Henry needs a distraction or if we want to watch a movie. And the stand folds up flat and tiny, so it’s pretty easy to tote along.  What did I tell you?! The perfect storm.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

Step 1: Download and print our phone stand template. Cut out along the border.

Step 2: Leave the protective covering on your acrylic sheet. Place the cut-out template on a corner of the sheet, aligning it with the edges. Trace the template. Flip the template over and repeat on the opposite corner of the sheet. You should have two mirrored pieces traced.

Step 3: Put on your protective goggles and gloves. Clamp the acrylic sheet to a work table so that one traced portion is free.

Step 4: Attach the cut-off wheel attachment made for plastic. Holding the tool away from the acrylic, turn on the tool. Holding the blade at a 90-degree angle to the plastic, begin to carefully cut along the traced lines. Cut along the long lines first, leaving the more detailed areas for last.

Step 5: We recommend cutting out the long lines first, and not cutting the actual notch where the phone will rest. Cut both pieces free from the larger acrylic sheet in this way.

Step 6: Once both pieces are free, stack them on one another and re-clamp. Use the cutting tool to even any uneven edges. Then use the cutting tool to shave away a large notch in the area where the phone will rest. (We tried a few different attachments for this, but got the best results with the single attachment. Feel free to experiment with others!) Turn off the tool and remove your protective gear.

Step 7: Once all edges are smooth, peel away the protective covering from the acrylic.

Step 8: Place a dollop of glue on either side of two small hinges.

Step 9: Carefully glue the hinges to both pieces of acrylic, being sure they’re even. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

To use your stand, just open it to about a 45-degree angle and place your phone in the little notch! It’ll work with your phone both horizontally or vertically, so you can use it however you need. And if you like to tote your tablet with you, just enlarge the template to a size that will work for however large your tablet is! Use it on your next trip, or even just to set up your tech on your desk at home. Happy making! xoxo

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

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

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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

P.S. For more, find Choice Hotels on YouTube.

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.

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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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