Marguerite Elaine

Maggie // Three Months

Our girl is three months old. It has become so apparent to me how very different babies are, even from birth. It’s so surprising how you can see their personalities…

Marguerite Elaine

Our girl is three months old. It has become so apparent to me how very different babies are, even from birth. It’s so surprising how you can see their personalities peek through, and even more surprising how two siblings can be so different.

Maggie is so thoughtful. She’ll look at you or a toy or a book for a good long while, thinking her thoughts. If you sit down with her one on one she’ll have a conversation with you, and will literally talk back and forth with ooh’s and aah’s. Sometimes during a conversation, she’ll get fussy and just want to¬†be left alone to play on her playmat for a bit. I keep seeing these flashes of myself in her — she’s watchful, patient, maybe a bit introverted. But always sweet and genuine, and very confused by her brother’s tantrums. ūüėČ

She’s¬†thisclose to rolling over, and sleeps through the night sometimes. She’s close to a permanent sleep-through situation, but still suffers from reflux and has had a cold for the last few weeks so those things wake her up a bit. But when she wakes up she can almost always get herself back to sleep, or just needs a quick check-in to settle back down.

Every day I am more grateful for these two babies of mine. Marguerite Elaine has been such a sweet addition for us, and I always say she feels like she belongs to the three of us, Ryan, Henry, and me. xoxo

P.S. Henry’s months are right here. And Maggie’s are here.

Marguerite Elaine

Finding Your Voice as a Blogger

Blogging // Finding Your “Voice”

Throughout my blogging adventures over the years, I’ve had lots of people ask how I found my blogging “voice.” And to be one hundred percent honest, I’m not sure that…

Finding Your Voice as a Blogger

Throughout my blogging adventures over the years, I’ve had lots of people ask how I found my blogging “voice.” And to be one hundred percent honest, I’m not sure that I actually have the strongest, or most clear, voice in the blogging community. My content ranges all over the place, some days I talk about DIY and some days I’m getting deep into motherhood, at times I use the blog as a poetic outlet and at other times I just come here and tell a joke and leave. So in that sense, Lovely Indeed isn’t the most clear voice you could find on the web. But when I stand back and look at the blog as a whole, I hope that people see what I see — that it’s cohesive because it’s about the life that I’m creating with my family. It’s real, and it’s about the real things that inspire us.

That’s what I try to explain to folks when they ask for advice on finding their voice. I don’t necessarily think honing in on your voice means deciding to focus on a specific blogging niche, or even a style of writing (although if it does mean those things¬†for you then more power to ya). I think it has to do with an overarching feel for your blog. It has to do with the goals and missions you set for your blog. It has to do with what you want to accomplish, and what you want to share with the world. It has to do with¬†why you’re blogging in the first place. Last year, when I felt like Lovely Indeed’s voice was getting a little all-over-the-place, I decided it was time to write our Manifesto. (If you haven’t read it, it’s a nice little boost for your day.) It’s our compass, it’s everything we stand for, and everything we aspire to be. It’s our voice.

So what does this all even mean?! It’s fine to talk in flowery, vague terms, but what if you’re actually struggling with finding your voice? Or even struggling with something to focus writing about? I always say¬†start with what you love. If you start there, you can’t go wrong. Maybe the thing you love changes every day, and that’s cool. But if you’re writing from a passionate place, people¬†are gonna feel that. And that’s what makes people want to read blogs. To see other people being passionate, and to see that other people are like them, and to relate to someone that maybe you’ve never met but have so much in common with. So start with what you know and love. Write like you talk, if that helps. My writing style has pretty much developed into sounding exactly what it’s like to have a conversation with me. And I like it that way. Maybe that’s not for you, but do what feels true.

Are you a blogger? Or a writer of any kind? I’d love to hear your input on finding a voice, and if you have struggled with it — or how you have found the sweet spot that feels like you. xoxo

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are¬†amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So…

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are¬†amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So this one is for you Boss Ladies who need a reminder throughout the year of how you feel¬†right now — energized, powerful, excited, and clear-eyed. Go get it, girl.

Just pick your color, download, and print. Then trim the edges and hang it up anywhere you need some inspiration. Let’s smash 2017, y’all. xoxo

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Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

2017

Twenty Seventeen

Hello, new year. Hello, fresh starts. Hello, dreams and aspirations and the promise of unwritten days. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I do this…

2017

Hello, new year.

Hello, fresh starts. Hello, dreams and aspirations and the promise of unwritten days.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I do this every year. I bypass the resolutions and make a list for my heart, a list of how I’d like my year to look. It’s a reflection of the things that I’d like to work on and strive for, and of the things that I already love about my life. It’s something that I look forward to at the end of every year, sitting down to take stock and really think through what I’d like the coming year to be like. So this is what I’m working for in 2017.

If it inspires you, you can download it below for your desktop or just pin our image and come back to it when you need to steady your course.

We love you. Happy 2017. xoxo

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The Middle of the Night

I’m toying with the idea of going back to the old-school-style blog post every now and again, from waaaaay back in¬†the day when I was on Blogger, just sharing thoughts…

I’m toying with the idea of going back to the old-school-style blog post every now and again, from waaaaay back in¬†the day when I was on Blogger, just sharing thoughts as I had them. No photos, nothing fancy, just dispatches from my life or my brain whenever they come along. This one came in the middle of the¬†night a couple of weeks back, and I wanted the thoughts to be recorded somewhere before they escaped. If you like the idea or just the post, shoot me a comment and let me know. xoxo

Sometimes it seems like a good idea to write in the middle of the night. When nobody else is awake, not. even the little newborn girl who’s nursing in my arms. When it’s quiet and my mind is both blurry and entirely clear, when I can hear myself think without the sounds of doorbells or toy car crashes or washing machines.

Sometimes in the middle of the night the words come easier. They fly out of me while my thumbs tap tap tap them out on my phone with the brightness turned all the way down so I don’t wake her. In the day I search for them endlessly, with feelings caught inside that are begging to be let out but are shy about being found during the light of day. During the night can finally say what I mean to say, which right now is this: Babies don’t keep.

I can feel it already, these sweet days slipping away. Every day my toddler strings more words together. Now he walks into dark rooms by himself. Now he wants to put on his own shoes. Now he pulls his own chair up to the kitchen counter to help me wash dishes, and slides them over to me one by one. Tomorrow he will be in college.

My newborn is barely a newborn any more, and looks at me with wide eyes and bright smiles like she already knows the world. How do you grow three inches in 10 weeks, little one? And I appreciate you sleeping at night but just sometimes, if you needed me to hold you a little extra, I wouldn’t be mad about it.

Stop, time.

In the night, when it’s quiet and the only motion in the house is me in the rocking chair with Maggie in my arms, every middle-of-the-night moment is worth it. Worth the bags under my eyes, the bone-tired days, the running to catch up with life. And even though my eyes almost won’t stay open I will them to do just that, to stay awake long enough to snatch another moment holding my girl or hearing my boy laugh in his sleep in the next room. These moments. These moments make us. They fill a heart enough to keep it going, swirl around our house and make it home, duck in and out of our days and make us family. xoxo

Pink Christmas Tree

Be Merry

Signing off, friends. It’s cold and quiet and peaceful and I’m always so grateful for this time to slow down and just be with my family. It’s our first Christmas…

Pink Christmas Tree

Signing off, friends. It’s cold and quiet and peaceful and I’m always so grateful for this time to slow down and just be with my family. It’s our first Christmas as a family of four and I’m fully convinced there’s no way I could be more blessed.

Thank you so, so much for a gorgeous¬†year. You all are what makes it so lovely in here, and I can’t wait to see you at the start of 2017 for some new adventures and ideas. For now, though, I’m hoping you are able to take some time to be with the people that you love and just enjoy the spirit of the season. No matter what you celebrate, I hope that it’s beautiful. Be merry. xoxo

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles

Guess who’s back!¬†¬†The¬†Goodie2Spoons¬†girls have been dreaming and scheming this gorgeous little recipe for months now and we’re all so excited to finally share it! These sparkly champagne truffles are the…

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Guess who’s back!¬†¬†The¬†Goodie2Spoons¬†girls have been dreaming and scheming this gorgeous little recipe for months now and we’re all so excited to finally share it! These sparkly champagne truffles are the exact perfect thing to try if you’re in a festive spirit with Christmas and New Year’s Eve on the way. And yes, the glitter is edible. ūüėČ

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze Time: 1 hour (or up to overnight)
Yield: 12 truffles

  • 1¬Ĺ cups white chocolate chips
  • ¬ľ cup champagne
  • ¬ľ cup heavy cream
  • Sugar and/or sprinkles for decorating (we used lots of Disco Dust!)

Add chocolate chips and heavy cream to a double boiler, and stir until just melted.¬†While the chocolate and heavy cream are melting, warm champagne in a small pot on the stove until it just starts to simmer, then remove from heat.¬†When the chocolate has melted, add the champagne and stir until completely combined.¬†Transfer to a bowl and place in the freezer for at least an hour ‚Äď we prefer to let the mixture freeze overnight.

Once the chocolate is firm, use a small cookie scoop to get about 1 oz portions. Using your hands, form the chocolate into small truffle balls. Immediately roll the truffles into decorative sugar, or drizzle with chocolate! We put these in small paper cups to set, and prefer to store them in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat.

Note: If the chocolate gets too soft while making the truffles, you can put it back in the freezer. The colder the chocolate, the easier it is to work with.

Voila! Think you’ll try these? I just couldn’t get enough of the twinkles while we were photographing these little babies! And the best part? They taste¬†divine.¬†Go check out¬†Goodie2Spoons¬†and follow along¬†on Instagram¬†to see what else they’re making for the holidays! xoxo

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Champagne Truffles with Edible Sparkles Recipe

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

DIY Elf Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts¬†ever, and…

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts¬†ever, and I was so pumped to see that you all loved them as much as I did! They were a total ball to make and I remember¬†having fits of laughter with Ryan as we were deciding which quotes to use from Elf. I mean, there are just too many to choose from, right?! I still can’t pick a favorite. But in case you need one more baking idea, you can get the recipe and how-to for these fun cookies here. Happy baking! xoxo

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Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Sugared Cranberries

Happy Friday + Just for Fun

This Christmas I’ve been getting lots of joy from doing projects just for fun, and not actually to share on the blog. I know, it seems a little backwards because…

Sugared Cranberries

This Christmas I’ve been getting lots of joy from doing projects just for fun, and not actually to share on the blog. I know, it seems a little backwards because that’s what I’m here to do right!? But sometimes it’s just really fulfilling to make or bake or decorate something for the pure joy of it and not have to stop in the middle to document every moment.

There were these lovely sugared cranberries (inspired by this recipe), which Henry and I have been happily chomping on all week. And there was one evening after the kids were in bed where I popped a bottle of sparkling ros√© and got tipsy while decorating my very own gingerbread house. For the record, you can actually see where I started my second glass of bubbles, because the rows of candy shingles on the roof get all crooked. Ha! I’ll share it on Instagram soon. Anyway, here’s wishing you a beautiful weekend filled of things you want to to just for the joy of it. Merry merry! xoxo

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

DIY Color-Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Been waiting to share this one with you! It’s a project that we put together for Swooned, and I just love how it turned out! Not to mention the fact…

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a StickBeen waiting to share this one with you! It’s a project that we put together for Swooned, and I just love how it turned out! Not to mention the fact that a cup of white hot chocolate is¬†duh-licious.¬†Like, seriously over the top good. The fun paint-splattered look on these white chocolate sticks is a cool alternative to your usual chocolate-on-a-stick-situation. And you can make ’em any colors you like!

Head over to Swooned to see the full tutorial and make these babies yourself. xoxo

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Color Splattered White Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

8 Simple DIY Gifts

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally…

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally fantastic DIY gifts, with a little something for everyone on your list. So tonight, turn on White Christmas, pour yourself a glass of something sparkly, and start making. xoxo

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

For your Mom // Bead and Stone Necklaces
For the Teacher // Lemon Printed Tote Bag
For a Kiddo // Smiley Toy Crates
For the Cook // No-Sew Apron
For a New Mama // Beaded Pacifier Clip
For the Apartment Dweller // Concrete Mini-Planters
For your BFF // Rhinestone Flats
For your Dude // Copper Candelabra