Summer Style Staples

Summer Staples

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and…

Hey sun lovers! We’re smack in the middle of summer and I’m loving every second, so I thought I’d share a few of my staples that have been tried and true this season. You know how sometimes you just get into a groove with a few certain products and use them to death? These guys have been total workhorses this summer, and I’ve gotta give them all a big hearty recommendation. Give ’em a try! xoxo

Summer Style Staples

This watch was my Mother’s Day gift and I have a hard time taking it off.
A perfect sheer pink lip balm for summer.
This wrap-front romper is my go-to getup, especially since it’s nursing-friendly.
I’ve been rocking a backpack all summer, can you believe it? Target doesn’t carry mine any more but I’d grab this similar one in a heartbeat (or one with palm fronds on it…)!
The sandals are on super sale right now!

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

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Get Inspired // My Fave Instagram Feeds

It’s no secret that I’m in a serious relationship with Instagram. It’s like having a personally curated art gallery at your fingertips, all day long. Lately there are a few…

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It’s no secret that I’m in a serious relationship with Instagram. It’s like having a personally curated art gallery at your fingertips, all day long. Lately there are a few folks I’m following on the ‘Gram that I just can’t get enough of. Some people just get it, ya know? So I thought I’d share my recent favorite Instagrammers here, in the hopes that they inspire you and can add a little something to your feed that your eyeballs will love.

thiswildidea

@thiswildidea

Possibly the greatest collection of dog photos ever. Theron takes his pup Maddie on adventures that you definitely don’t wanna miss.

hol_fox

@hol_fox

Holly’s love for color and sugar come together to make an insanely beautiful feed full of the most exquisite sugar cookies you’ve ever seen.

leslieshewring

@leslieshewring

Leslie’s feed is so lovely — it’s a gorgeous example of a truly cohesive feed. She usually sticks to a simple, serene color palette that’s like a little vacation for your eyes.

candyminimal

@candyminimal

Candy Minimal is the brainchild of Matt Crump, another incredible Instagrammer! This feed is chock full of simple, bright images that’ll make your mouth water they’re so pretty.

happymundane

@happymundane

The Happy Mundane feed always inspires me with its simple, clean lines and angles. So many of Jonathan’s snaps are of simple subjects like walls or corners, but his take on them makes them look endlessly interesting!

linesacross

@linesacross

Rachel’s bright feed features a couple of hashtag series that I just love, like her dressed up pineapples!

almostmakesperfect

@almostmakesperfect

For me, Molly’s feed is a perfect mix of slices of life, DIY projects, and things that are just plain pretty. She’s got a knack for putting a new, fresh twist on trends that you never expect.

littledrill

@littledrill

Shelby’s styling is what makes her feed so fascinating to me! I can always tell which images are hers as I’m scrolling through my feed, and they always make me smile.

andrewkuttler

@andrewkuttler

I always have to look twice at Andrew’s photos because they’re so cool and often play tricks on my eyes! He’s super clever and the composition of his images is just brilliant.

corinanika

@corinanika

If you can’t take a trip to Greece, Corina’s feed is almost as good. Scroll through her images and I dare you not to want to jump on a plane ASAP.

So those are my faves! I’m always looking for more fun peeps to follow — leave a comment with your favorites and I’ll check ’em out! And don’t forget to follow along with the Lovely Indeed feed right here. xoxo

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

This was one of those projects that I actually made for Mr. Lovely (it was part of his Father’s Day gift!), so I had to embroider, photograph, and get this…

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams
This was one of those projects that I actually made for Mr. Lovely (it was part of his Father’s Day gift!), so I had to embroider, photograph, and get this post together all in secret. It was full-on undercover DIY. But the good news is that he loved ’em and now they’re proudly displayed around our house. These little embroidered Instagrams are the perfect gift, I tell ya! They’re also a perfect first embroidery project if you’re new to the game. The prints from Social Print Studio are the perfect weight for stitching and they look so cool when they’re all put together. Let’s get to it!

Materials

  • printed Instagrams (these squares from SPS are the way to go!)
  • embroidery needle
  • embroidery thread
  • thimble (optional)
  • pencil
  • scissors

Make Time: 15 Minutes per photo, depending on intricacy of your design

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

Step 1: In pencil, lightly sketch out a design on your Instagram. It’s fun to draw something that adds to the photo, like a sun in an outdoor photo or an extra flower in a garden.

Step 2: With a needle, punch holes along all of your drawn lines. Make a hole at either end of each line, and space them about 2-3 mm apart in between.

Step 3: Embroider through the holes using a backstitch. There’s a great diagram for a backstitch right here! Basically, you work right to left. Start your first stitch by coming up through the back and down through the front. Make another stitch by coming up through the hole to the left of your last stitch, then down through your first hole, which already has a thread through it.

Step 4: Keep embroidering until your design is finished! Knot your thread at the back of the photo and snip the ends.

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

Fair warning: this is addictive! You’re going to want to embroider little designs on every photo you’ve got. And I’m not going to stop you. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Gold Ribbon Gift Wrap (And a Giveaway!)

Have I told you my dirty secret? That I love beautiful gift wrap but actually really don’t like wrapping gifts? I know, it’s like DIY blogger blasphemy. So I’m always on…

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

Have I told you my dirty secret? That I love beautiful gift wrap but actually really don’t like wrapping gifts? I know, it’s like DIY blogger blasphemy. So I’m always on the hunt for gift wrap ideas that are super cool but take approximately two seconds. And I do believe I’ve found just the thing.

I’m sure you remember my obsession with label makers, yeah? So Epson’s new label printer has been working overtime at my house, labeling everything up, down, and sideways. And the coolest thing about it is that you can design the labels on your phone! What?! The LW-600P has an app that lets you design and print right from your smartphone — you can even use the touchscreen to draw your own design if you want. Oh man I went to town. It turns out the label maker is the answer to my gift wrap conundrum. I designed, printed, and wrapped these little gifties for a girlfriend in about 10 minutes, but they’re so fun and totally personalized! Each ribbon has a story or an inside joke printed in gold ink. You can customize these babies for all of your friends, or for any holiday. And it’s crazy easy! Read on for the how-to, and be sure to enter to win an Epson label printer of your own!

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

Step 1: Download the Epson iLabel app to your smartphone. Turn on bluetooth on your phone and connect it to the label printer. Insert the ribbon cartridge into the printer per the instructions.

Step 2: Design your ribbon! Choose an inside joke, an old story, some song lyrics — anything you like! Pick your favorite font and style, include some icons, or draw something by hand.

Step 3: Print it out! (That’s the fun part.)

Step 4: Wrap your gifts with some fun paper and finish them off with your customized ribbon.

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

Boom! I can personally guarantee your gift will a hit if for no other reason than that it’s wrapped in the coolest ribbon in town. So! Wanna win your own label maker? Enter via the Rafflecopter below and you could have one of these babies to make ribbons, iron-on labels, sticky labels, and more! One lucky entry will be chosen at random to win an Epson LW-600P label maker. Good luck! xoxo

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

DIY Personalized Printed Gold Gift Wrap Ribbon

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Yellow Summer

This Week + Soaking Up Summer

I tell you what, gang, I am loving summer this year. It’s so fun to have little dude with us for his first summer, and everything is so much sweeter…

Yellow Summer

I tell you what, gang, I am loving summer this year. It’s so fun to have little dude with us for his first summer, and everything is so much sweeter with him around. Swimming and BBQing and travel adventures abound, and we are just soaking it right up. I hope you are too!

Aside from summering pretty hard, we’ve been working pretty hard, and this week was total gangbusters! We shot three videos (that I hope you’re gonna love), which will be up on the blog in the next couple of weeks. Also, I have to say I tried a new social network that I may be slightly addicted to — do you know Periscope? It’s totally fun and we had a blast Periscoping while we filmed one of the videos. Find me over there: @lovelyindeed.

So what did you do this week? Leave a comment and let me know your favorite thing that happened so we can virtually high five! xoxo

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

Get ready gang, because this project may or may not cross over from the realm of “DIY” into the realm of “home improvement!” I love putting together larger projects now…

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

Get ready gang, because this project may or may not cross over from the realm of “DIY” into the realm of “home improvement!” I love putting together larger projects now that we have a home where we can really make things our own. I think my biggest problem is that I just want to do it all at once! But if there’s one thing I’m learning as a homeowner, it’s that you have to knock things out one at a time or you’ll make yourself crazy. AllModern has been so incredible at helping us get our backyard in summer shape this season, and this was the final project we wanted to tackle. So we chose a little corner of our backyard where I thought it could be nice to put a little patio area, and went to town. Now we sit back there in the evenings after Henry goes to sleep and just hang out, enjoying our handiwork. If you’re thinking of putting together a patio, I promise it’s not difficult! It just takes a little sweat and a lot of lifting of bricks and rock…

Materials

  • yard tools: shovel, hoe, rake, etc.
  • brick pavers
  • river rock
  • a selection of plants that are appropriate for your weather zone
  • decorative items like chairs or a fire pit

Make Time: 10 Hours

DIY Backyard Patio

Step 1: Hoe and rake your ground until it’s flat and level across the area where you’d like your patio. The ground under the pavers will need to be somewhat soft, so if you’ve got compacted dirt be sure to spend the time shoveling or hoeing to break it up. You’ll be glad you did later!

Step 2: Start placing your pavers. We used a level to be sure the pieces we were laying continued to stay level. Be sure that your first few pavers are square and keep placing pavers in rows until your patio is the desired size.

Step 3: Plant some vegetation around the edges of the pavers. We chose mandevilla and bougainvillea near the fence, along with a few tropicana plants and some grasses. We also included some potted succulents to break things up.

Step 4: To soften the edges of the patio, place river rock along the sides; we chose to curve the borders of the river rock to mimic the rounded lines in the rest of our backyard. Fill in the rocks around the pots and plants, being sure to leave space for things to grow or adjust.

Step 5: Add your final touches and some great lounging furniture! We used AllModern’s colorful adirondack chairs and table for a turquoise punch. The log hoop and fire pit are the perfect size for a small patio, too.

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

I am SO PUMPED to have this little corner of the yard completed! It’s so fun to have a large project and see things coming together as you chip away at it. Next up in the backyard will be a new fence, but I definitely don’t have the DIY chops for that — call in the professionals! For now, though, you can find us roasting marshmallows and drinking wine back here all summer. Who’s coming over?! xoxo

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

DIY Backyard Patio

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

Blogging // Reader Engagement

Blogging // Engagement

Hey gang! Coming at you today to pick your big beautiful brains about a few things. I’ve been thinking lots lately about blogging and engagement with blog readers and what…

Blogging // Reader Engagement

Hey gang! Coming at you today to pick your big beautiful brains about a few things. I’ve been thinking lots lately about blogging and engagement with blog readers and what that looks like. I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter, whether you’re a blog reader or a blogger yourself.

Even in the few short years that I’ve been in the blogging game, I’ve seen engagement style change over and over again. It seems to go through cycles — sometimes there’s lots of action on the blog, with great comments and people really wanting to have conversations there. Sometimes that dies out and the engagement is on social media. These days Instagram is an awesome place for engaging with readers and other bloggers. Twitter and Facebook have both always been spotty for me; it comes and goes.

So my question for you is this: how do you like to engage, whether you’re a reader or a blogger? Do you prefer to comment on blogs? Or maybe you would rather just communicate via social media. And if it is on social media, do you show your support with ‘likes’ and ‘follows,’ or do you actually like to start conversations?

And speaking of social media, what’s your fave? I know for me there are some that I love and find totally energizing and exciting, and some that I just. can’t. stand. What about you? Do you have favorites or certain platforms that just make you crazy?

There are so many questions! I’d love to know your thoughts on any or all of it, so let’s talk it out. Part of me wants to know so that I can make things better for you lovelies with regards to how we communicate, and part of me is just interested because I find this stuff fascinating. We live in the future, you guys. Leave a comment and let’s hash it out! xoxo

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

Raise your hand if you love a picnic! You know I do. I’ve been having backyard picnics for years, and I’ve actually been dreaming of this little project for quite a while….

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

DIY Mini Picnic Tables

Raise your hand if you love a picnic! You know I do. I’ve been having backyard picnics for years, and I’ve actually been dreaming of this little project for quite a while. Mr. Lovely has been into the woodworking scene lately so since he was game to help me figure it out I thought it was finally time to tackle it! And for reals, these little DIY mini picnic tables have taken our backyard picnic game to the next level.

I chose a couple more of my favorite shades from Behr — they’ve just got the best color selection! And I was a little worried about painting over a wood stain, but the Behr paint covered it beautifully. Wanna make some picnic tables? Let’s do it.

Materials

  • 1 1/2″ poplar hobby wood pieces
  • wood glue
  • saw
  • drill
  • four small hinges
  • wood stain
  • Behr paint in Solar Energy and Prairie Rose
  • paintbrushes
  • painter’s tape

DIY Mini Picnic Table Tutorial

Step 1: Cut 16 pieces of the hobby wood, each 12″ long. Cut 2 pieces, each 18″ long. Cut four 1 1/2″ squares. Lay out 10 pieces, evenly distributed along the sides of the 18″ pieces.

Step 2: Place a dot of wood glue on either end of each of the 10 pieces. Carefully set the 18″ pieces down along either side. Place something heavy over the top of the pieces while the wood glue is drying.

Step 3: Glue three of the 12″ pieces in a U shape to form one leg; repeat for the other leg.

Step 4: Glue the square pieces to each end of the U shape on both pieces.

Step 5: Stain all wood pieces and allow to dry and cure.

Step 6: Attach the legs to the bottom of the tables with hinges. Position the hinges so that the legs can bow out slightly; this will make it less likely for the tables to collapse on themselves if they get bumped while they’re open.

Step 7: Place a length of painter’s tape at a diagonal along the top of the table.

Step 8: Paint the unmasked portion of the top of the table with the Behr paint, being careful not to allow drips to fall down into the cracks.

Step 9: Allow all paint to dry and place a thin coat of sealer over the whole project if desired.

Set ’em up for your next picnic and have a ball! I’ve been loving these mini tables — the perfect spot to keep your food away from any pests, and keep your wine from tipping over (obviously). Cheers! xoxo

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Paint for this project graciously provided by Behr.

Mom and Baby Pink Wall

Adventures in Parenthood // Getting Sick

Everybody right this second please knock on a million pieces of wood for me, because I’m about to say something dicey. Up to now, Henry hasn’t really ever been sick….

Mom and Baby Pink Wall

Everybody right this second please knock on a million pieces of wood for me, because I’m about to say something dicey. Up to now, Henry hasn’t really ever been sick. Knockonwood. He had some tummy troubles with dairy but that was more an intolerance than an illness, and those days are long gone anyway. So we haven’t ever really dealt with a baby who had a fever or a cold or any of that.

What we have dealt with is trying to be a parent to said baby when we ourselves were sick. And not just any old sick, but knocking on death’s door, head over the toilet, literally can’t move a muscle sick. And that, my friends, straight up sucks.

You know how when you’re sick, all you want is your mom? At least that’s all I want. I want a cold rag on my forehead and saltines and my mom to tell me everything is going to be okay. But when you are the mom and you get knocked out, you kind of don’t have any choice but to just keep going. Cold rag and saltines be damned. I mean, it’s not like the kid is gonna say, “Oh I’m sorry you’re sick Mommy and Daddy! Don’t worry about me, I’ll just change my own diapers and feed and play with myself today.” We were pretty lucky this time — Ryan’s worst day was Monday and mine was Tuesday, so we sort of were able to tag team. But even so, I almost don’t even have any recollection of what actually happened on those two days. I mean, we all made it out alive (including Henry) so something must have gone right, but it’s like a black spot in my memory. Oh! And don’t even get me started about breastfeeding with the stomach flu. You haven’t lived until you’ve been trapped underneath a feeding baby and suddenly have the need to toss your cookies.

Anyway! Chalk this one up to good ol’ Chelsea keeping it real just in case any of you are thinking of becoming parents and you want some real talk. Add it to the “Things They Never Tell You” list and file it away for a rainy day! Oh, and you’ll be happy to know, we’re all much better now and Ryan and I both lost three pounds. So there, flu. xoxo

Sparkler Heart

This Week + Happy Fourth!

Hey it’s Friday and tomorrow is Independence Day! Go light a sparkler and thank a veteran and think about the history of our country because it’s fascinating! Do you have plans?…

Sparkler Heart

Hey it’s Friday and tomorrow is Independence Day! Go light a sparkler and thank a veteran and think about the history of our country because it’s fascinating! Do you have plans? We’ve got some of our best pals staying with us for the weekend so we’ll be BBQing and swimming and basically trying not to melt.

That’s it, gang — nothing more today than a wish for a wonderful and safe Fourth. Happy celebrating! xoxo