Helping Baby Sleep at Daylight Saving Time

How to Help Baby Sleep at Daylight Saving Time

I love the whole “spring forward” part of Daylight Saving Time. The longer days are a sign that summer is on the way, and with kids around it’s so nice…

Helping Baby Sleep at Daylight Saving Time

I love the whole “spring forward” part of Daylight Saving Time. The longer days are a sign that summer is on the way, and with kids around it’s so nice to have that extra hour of light to be able to run around outside. I think the only downside is helping those kiddos figure out their sleep patterns when the clocks change. It can really mess with their inner clocks, and definitely takes a few days (or even a week!) to bounce back to a good schedule. Probably, out of all of my mom friends, I’m the biggest stickler about sleep. I feel like a nerd about it sometimes, but I swear it’s been a lifesaver for our family! I’m a firm believer that sleep is super important for little ones — it lays the foundation for everything from good physical development, cognitive development, sociability, and more. And since we’re so big on sleep in this household, we’ve nailed down a few tips to help ease the Daylight Saving transition for little ones.

In researching the best way to help Hank and Maggie sleep better at the time change, I kept coming across info from Kim West. Have you heard of her? They literally call her “The Sleep Lady.”  I can’t tell you how many middle-of-the-night Google sessions led me to her online — she’s so much of the reason we have been able to get our littles the restful sleep they need. So lots of what we try with our kids comes from her mega-smarts about babies & sleep. Read on for our tips!

Ease Into It. We did this with Henry on his first spring forward and it worked really well. A few days ahead, we started moving his bedtime toward the time change, by maybe 15 or 20 minutes a day. When the time change actually arrived, he was already on the new schedule. Worked like a charm.

Keep Them Dry.  Henry wasn’t terribly concerned about wet diapers at night, but we are finding that Maggie is definitely pickier. She’ll wake up if she’s too wet. Our favorite nighttime diapers are the Pampers Baby Dry — they just work really well for us. I think we tried just about everything else on the market, and these are the ones that keep Maggie sleeping the most soundly. Around the time change, we take extra care to make sure that other sleep disruptions (like wet diapers) are minimized. These can keep her dry overnight (with 12-hour overnight protection) and I really feel like they do pull wetness away from her skin and into the absorbent core.

Get Those Naps.  I think any mom will tell you that an overtired kid is one of the biggest obstacles to good sleep. Missed naps = too tired toward bedtime = a messy time change = total disaster for all involved. Am I right?! So especially around Daylight Saving, we are careful to get in quality naps on a regular schedule for both kids. That way they get to the new bedtime without being exhausted.

Wake Them Up.  There was one morning with Maggie last month where she was sleeping so sweetly I just didn’t have the heart to wake her up. I let her sleep in and it messed with her schedule for a full 48 hours! Learn from my mistakes, people, and wake those babies up at the time change. If they’re sleepy at their usual wake up time, Kim recommends a “dramatic wake-up.” Sounds… dramatic, right? All it means is to open the windows, let some sunlight in, get the sounds of the day going, that type of thing. Set the stage for daytime so that baby understands it’s time to wake up; it helps reset their internal clock, too.

So gang, here’s hoping you and your littles spring forward without too much chaos. And now for a quick little giveaway — repin something from our Baby Sleep Pinterest board for the chance to win one of 10 coupons for $5 off Pampers Baby Dry diapers! While you’re there, check out the infographic from Pampers all about DST. For more information about their complete range, visit the Pampers site here. Sweet dreams! xoxo

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

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

Every time Goodie2Spoons stops by with a recipe for us, I’m absolutely positive it’s my new favorite. Let me just preface this recipe by saying: this. bread. is. insane. It’s so perfect for…

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

Every time Goodie2Spoons stops by with a recipe for us, I’m absolutely positive it’s my new favorite. Let me just preface this recipe by saying: this. bread. is. insane. It’s so perfect for serving on St. Paddy’s day and beyond, and I’m thinking it will be a new go-to to serve with hearty dishes like soups, stews, and chilis. The girls whipped up a brown sugar honey butter that’s just divine to top the bread, and they recommended drizzling a little honey on top as well. Do yourself a favor and take that recommendation! This recipe comes together really quickly, so give it a try!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Rise Time: 90-120 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 Medium Loaves

Beer Bread
3 ¼ cup all purpose flour
1 ¾ cup beer (room temp)
½ cup sugar
¾ tsp salt
1 packet active dry yeast
2 tbsp butter (melted)

Brown Sugar – Honey Butter
1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 2 medium loaf pans and set aside.

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt, sugar and dry yeast. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Add the beer and stir until combined into a sticky dough. (Note: It is important that the beer is at room temp so that the yeast will rise, so if you’re just pulling that beer bottle out of the fridge, give it some time to come to room temp 😉

Split the dough into halves and put one half into each loaf pan. Cover the loaf pans with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise for 1 ½ to 2 hours. (The dough should almost double in size.) Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 25 minutes.

When the bread has finished baking, remove the loaf pans from the oven and set on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Drizzle 1 tbsp of melted butter over the top of each loaf. Flip the bread out of the pan and set on a cooling rack to finish cooling.

While the bread cools, make the brown sugar honey butter by combining the ingredients into a small bowl and mixing with a fork until all ingredients are well-incorporated.

NOTE: You can use any beer you like for this recipe. We chose an oatmeal stout made by a local brewery, and it was delish!

Are you gonna try this one? Just imagine serving it up on St. Patrick’s day with some corned beef and cabbage — so good. And by the way, if you haven’t checked out the Goodie2Spoons website recently, pop on over and take a peek. They’ve got the prettiest gallery of all their recipes. Follow along on Instagram too for lots of foodie inspiration! xoxo

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

The Best Beer Bread Recipe

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

DIY Printable Bunny Box

Here comes Easter! This is one of my favorite seasons. Everything is fresh, trees are blooming, and these days I get to play Easter bunny for my kids — which…

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Here comes Easter! This is one of my favorite seasons. Everything is fresh, trees are blooming, and these days I get to play Easter bunny for my kids — which is maybe the most fun of all. I’m finding that holidays are even better when you get to see them through your kids’ eyes. We are trying this year to steer clear of piles of candy and sugar around Easter, so I teamed with the gang at Wonderful Halos to come up with a simple, fun way to celebrate the holiday with healthy snacks. Halos are one of our go-tos around these parts – I toss them in my bag all the time to have on hand when Henry (or Ryan and I!) need a snack break. These printable bunny boxes just so happen to be the perfect size to house a Halo mandarin!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes per box

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Step 1: Download and print our printable bunny box template onto your cardstock.

Step 2: Cut along all solid lines. Crease the box inward along the dotted lines.

Step 3: Place a Halo in the center of the box. Fold the vertical flaps inward and then the horizontal flaps over the top, forming the box. Slide the two interlocking pieces together to create the bunny shape.

Step 4: Use a small piece of double-stick tape on the back of each ear piece to affix it to either ear. Mix and match ear colors for a fun contrast.

I love these little guys! I think we might wrap up a whole bunch of Halos and give them to Henry’s little pals at school. They’re the perfect project for a crafternoon with the kiddos – let them help choose colors and cut out the shapes, and you can construct the boxes together. Pop those little mandarins inside and it’s an adorably healthy Easter gift. Happy making! xoxo

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

This post is sponsored by Wonderful Halos. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Maggie // Five Months

Sweet Marguerite is a 5-month-old nugget! She’s coming alive, and I’m feeling more and more like we have two kids instead of a kid and an infant. I know she’s…

Sweet Marguerite is a 5-month-old nugget! She’s coming alive, and I’m feeling more and more like we have two kids instead of a kid and an infant. I know she’s still a tiny little thing, but milestones are piling up and she’s definitely out of that fresh baby stage. It’s so exciting. 🙂

These days, she’s pretty much back to sleeping through the night (knock on wood). Being sick for so long threw her for a loop but I feel like she’s catching up so quickly to anything that she lost that month. Her weight is back on track (there was one week where she grew out of literally all of her clothes!), and her height is at the top of the charts. She’s rolling like a champ and is starting solid foods, too. This little one loves listening to people make music, watching her brother be crazy, and any toy that squeaks, with Sophie the Giraffe being a particular fave.

It’s funny — I look back at Henry’s month photos and I remember how exuberant he was, just smiling and screeching and laughing like crazy. And now I see Maggie, and it’s clear how different she is. It’s not that she’s not smiley, because she is. She’s a happy little thing. But she’s definitely sweeter and more relaxed than Hank was — observing until something truly tickles her and then laughing with a knowing little chuckle. I’m so excited to see how these personalities are shaped as they get older. That being said, the two sometimes look so similar. There was one shot we got of Maggie that I felt like I had almost seen before, and then I realized it was a photo of Hank when he was five months:

Sweet little nuggets of mine. Here are a few more snaps for comparison! You can also go see all of Maggie’s Months and Henry’s Months. xoxo

San Francisco

Happy Friday & A Busy Spring

Hey dolls, it’s Friday! Who’s got fun stuff in store for the weekend? Our schedule is starting to ramp up a little bit for the spring and I’m pretty excited…

San Francisco

Hey dolls, it’s Friday! Who’s got fun stuff in store for the weekend?

Our schedule is starting to ramp up a little bit for the spring and I’m pretty excited about everything on the horizon. I’m doing a show at the Gallo Center for the Arts, and rehearsals are under way. We’re also rolling around a few ideas to bring some of our creative community members together, so we’ve got meetings and events coming up surrounding that. If things come together the way I’m hoping, we’ll have some insanely cool stuff to share while we keep you updated on everything we’re doing. Aside from all that, a bunch of Hank’s little buddies are turning two soon, so we’ve got baby parties and playdates galore. Life is full hand joyous and I’m so grateful.

Whatever you’re up to, have a beautiful, restful weekend! xoxo

P.S. Have you seen our pal Jeff Mindell‘s effects pack for A Color Story? I edited that photo up there with it. Test it out, it’s so much fun!

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

A Baby Shower Onesie Decorating Station (That Doesn’t Suck)

One of my best girlfriends is having a baby! We celebrated her recently with a baby shower and I was put in charge of a onesie decorating station. I was…

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

One of my best girlfriends is having a baby! We celebrated her recently with a baby shower and I was put in charge of a onesie decorating station. I was kind of stumped at first, because I didn’t want my sweet friend to end up with a pile of onesies with smeared puff-paint all over them. We can do better than that, right?! Right. So I thought and thought and came up with a few ideas so that guests could make quick, easy decorated baby clothes that would look cute enough to actually put on the kid. At first I wasn’t going to post about it but I actually put a good amount of work into it, so hopefully this helps a whole generation of baby shower planners to dodge the puff-paint bullet. Read on to see what we put together!

Use more than just onesies. We had the idea to branch out and include other pieces so that our girl didn’t end up with an overabundance of any one style. We used onesies, t-shirts, leggings, shorts, and headbands. The clothing pieces were in a variety of sizes as well, so that baby could grow into some of them and use them for a while to come.

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

Repurpose. A good number of the onesies we used came from another mama’s stash whose kids are now grown. We salvaged the ones that were in good shape and I gave them a dye job. We used a few different colors to mix it up. I used some good old fashioned RIT dye in bright colors, leaving the onesies in the dye bath for various amounts of time to create different saturations of color.

How to decorate. I planned a few different mediums and methods for guests to use while they were decorating the onesies. Spoiler alert: there was no puff paint involved.

  • Fabric Markers. We provided fabric markers and stencils so guests could either freehand designs or use stencils to make them a little more tidy.
  • Iron-On Letters. We got a bunch of iron-on letters and had an iron on hand. These are super easy to use (just like we did in this post!) and make for fun designs. Just peel off the letters and iron them on.
  • Iron-On Vinyl. Because I have a Cricut machine, I could easily prep some designs in the iron-on vinyl material and have them ready for guests. Guests just cut out the piece of the design that they wanted and ironed it right onto the clothing. It was fun to see what they would mix and match! If you have a Cricut too, you can just upload some quick designs and cut them out of a 12″ x 12″ piece of vinyl. A few designs go a long way.
  • Fabric Fusion Sheets. I got a few sheets of Fabric Fusion Sheets and prepped them ahead of time. To do this, peel off one side of the backing on a sheet of Fabric Fusion and stick the sheet to the wrong side of a rectangle of fabric. Give your guests scissors to cut shapes out of the prepped fabric. Once a shape is cut, peel off the other side of the backing and adhere it to your onesie. That simple! Running it through the dryer will set the adhesive.

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

Leave Instructions. I prepped a sheet of instructions to leave on the onesie decorating table so that guests could make sense of everything. If you’d like to download it, its right here.

Bring Supplies. I stocked the table with a few extra supplies: scissors, pens/pencils, scrap paper, a couple of irons, and a small ironing board.

I was so happy to see the results of all this planning! Baby ended up with a whole pile of clothes that are definitely cute enough to wear for a good long time. Everybody had a good time figuring out how to decorate their pieces, and it was all pretty quick and easy. And I’m still feeling pretty smug for having avoided even a single tube of puff paint. 😉 xoxo

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

How do you read blogs

Blogging // How Do You Read Blogs?

Hey dolls! So usually in this Blogging series I write on topics that people have lots of questions about, or that I feel like I might have some small amount of authority…

How do you read blogs

Hey dolls! So usually in this Blogging series I write on topics that people have lots of questions about, or that I feel like I might have some small amount of authority on. But this time I have a question for you! It’s about how you read blogs.

I’ve been noticing lately (as have lots of my colleagues!) that our readers are using our blogs in different ways than they used to. People used to come to the blog, spend time reading the content, stick around and post a comment, and even come back for conversation in the comment section. But I feel like since the dawn of intense social media use, readers are consuming blogs in different ways. Maybe they’ll pop by and just scan a post, or just look at the photos, or even just read the title and decide if they want to invest. On the flip side, lots of people are spending time on social media, and there’s lots of conversation there in the comment section, and even more activity with “likes” and so on.

So! How do you like to interact with your favorite bloggers? Are you still reading full blog posts? Or do you check out the first image and then bounce? Do you like to use a blog’s comment section? Or do you find social media easier for interaction?

I’d love to hear any and all of your thoughts! I feel like it’s my job to keep up with a changing world and I’d love to concentrate efforts where our readers need it the most. So. Let’s chat. xoxo

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put…

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put some of what we were working with onto something physical, instead of it just living in the computer. I had a big blank table runner and a dining room that needed a splash of color, so I think you can see where this is heading. I love this project because it packs a lot of color and is kind of so simple you can’t go wrong. So pick your favorite colors and let’s get to it!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner tutorial

Step 1: Lay out some cardboard or newspaper to act as a backdrop and catch any stray brushes of paint. Place the table runner on top.

Step 2: Choose your colors. We chose three colors for the large painted pieces (yellow, aqua, dark pink) and two for the accents (light pink, navy).

Step 3: Use your main colors to paint some abstract splotches on the length of the runner. Use one main color to paint the largest splotches. Use a secondary color to paint a few smaller ones, and a tertiary color to sprinkle in here and there.

Step 4: Once dry, use your two accent colors to paint some strips of smaller, abstract dots. We layered the light pink over the dark pink, and put the navy in at random.

Step 5: Let dry and place it on your table.

I also love that this is a sneaky little preview of what the new blog design has in store! You’ll probably notice some familiar themes once we relaunch, which should be soon. And in the meantime, my dining room table is a lot more cheerful with all of this color splashed around on it! xoxo

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

I love you, go away

I Love You, Go Away

I initially jotted down the title and concept for this post back in December. I was tired, and still in newborn land, and Henry was super clingy, and Ryan and…

I love you, go away

I initially jotted down the title and concept for this post back in December. I was tired, and still in newborn land, and Henry was super clingy, and Ryan and I hosted about a million parties that month, and I just wanted five minutes to myself. Cut to now — Maggie’s getting bigger, Henry’s in a daddy phase, both kids are finally not sick, and Ryan and I have barely looked each other in the eyes for the last month. So suffice it to say my current sentiment is less “I love you, go away” and more “please come give me all the snuggles.” But it definitely isn’t always this way.

Sometimes as a wife and mom I feel like there’s a constant stream (perhaps barrage would be a more appropriate term?) of stimuli. And a never-ending list of requests that only moms for some reason can fulfill. Mommy tell me that butterfly story – honey where are my shoes – did you already nurse the baby – how to you get barf out of clothing – may I please have another pancake – I can’t find my fire truck – mommy I wanna sit on your lap. And I love looooooove these three creatures I live with but DANGIT some days I want to tell them to figure it all out and let me brush my teeth in peace. I love you, go away.

I don’t know where the peanut butter is, maybe check the cabinet where we have kept it for the last 5 years. I love you, go away.

No I cannot build you another tower because you knocked over the previous 14 towers that I made for you. I love you, go away.

Yes I know you are cold but I’ve had a toddler and an infant hanging off of me all day and I need some personal space so this half of the couch is mine please. I love you, go away.

Okay, so that last one made me laugh. But truly! There are days when I feel that way. And I hope I’m not hanging myself out to dry by saying this, and that there are some of you out there who feel the same. It isn’t even exclusive to moms — there were times when it was just Ryan and I that I just needed a recharge by myself. Maybe it’s that whole introverted-extrovert thing (INFJ, anyone?), or maybe it’s just a human thing. Sometimes we need to take time by ourselves and that’s totally natural. It’s like I was saying here, I feel I’m at my best for my family when I take a few minutes to myself.

All of this being said, one of my goals as a mom is to not wish any moments away. I know all too well that these babes will be off to college in the blink of an eye and I’ll be aching for the days when Henry would want me to build that 15th tower. And as a wife, I’ve been trying to dig a little deeper lately and find kindness and love where on the surface it may feel like there’s only impatience. But I’m also taking it easy on myself and trying not to feel guilty when I have a moment that I’d love to lock myself in a room and just read a book for a while.

Make me feel normal, guys. Do you ever get to this point? Are there things that your partner or kids do that make you want to lock yourself in your own room just to get a second alone? xoxo

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Happy Weekend + Happy Birthday!

Big weekend, gang! Not only are we baptizing Maggie, but it’s also my birthday Sunday! No big birthday plans — we’re hosting family from out of town for the baptism, so…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Big weekend, gang! Not only are we baptizing Maggie, but it’s also my birthday Sunday! No big birthday plans — we’re hosting family from out of town for the baptism, so with all the hoopla we’ll probably celebrate it later on. And after this many birthdays, I’m good to just keep it low-key anyway. I’ll save the big celebrations for my 40th. 😉

What are YOU up to this weekend? xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of…

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs
How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of those projects that just never happened. Well, two years and two kids later the fabric on the chairs was looking way less than fresh so I decided it was finally time. It was so easy I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t done it sooner! So here’s how you can recover your kitchen chairs in less than an hour.

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill

Make Time: 15 Minutes per chair

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Step 1: Remove the seat from the chair using the drill. You can either remove their fabric covers or cover over the existing fabric.

Step 2: Lay your fabric out on a table, right side down. Place the seat on the fabric, also right side down.

Step 3: Cut around the seat, leaving a 2-3 inch extra allowance on all sides (more for a thicker cushion.

Step 4: Begin stapling your fabric. Pull taut and staple along two opposing sides. Then smooth, pull taut again and staple along the other two opposing sides. Finally, fold the corners down flat, smooth the excess fabric, and staple the corners.

Step 5: Reattach the seat to the chair frame.

Yeah! Love this little refresher in our kitchen. It’s also nice because the pattern hides spills by a certain toddler who shall remain nameless… The jury is still out on whether I LOVE love the fabric — I might switch it out again for something else one day. But right now the splash of orange and pink is pretty fun. Hope you try this one out! xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs