Mom and toddler

Happy Friday + Chubby Baby Fingers

Just look at that beautiful little hot dog finger. Henry’s chubby little baby hands are just everything to me lately. That, and his tummy. And his big feet. And his…

Mom and toddler

Just look at that beautiful little hot dog finger. Henry’s chubby little baby hands are just everything to me lately. That, and his tummy. And his big feet. And his sharp little teeth. I’m just soaking this kid up, as I keep thinking that pretty soon we’ll have a new little one to split our time with. I know the heart expands and all that, of course. But this time with Baby Girl cooking in my tummy and Hank here being a little kid just feels so special. Every little thing he does is magnified and I’m trying to remember it all!

What’s on your mind these days? Whatcha doing this weekend? Talk to me, ya’ll — it’s FriYAY! xoxo

Let's Flamingle Party

Let’s Flamingle // Everything You Need for a Perfect Flamingo Party

Hey Lovelies! Big hand for our girl Erin, back again to show us everything we’ll need to throw a perfect flamingo summer party! This might be my favorite post of hers to…

Hey Lovelies! Big hand for our girl Erin, back again to show us everything we’ll need to throw a perfect flamingo summer party! This might be my favorite post of hers to date, so prepare yourself for some serious flamingle-ing. xoxo

Erin here with some inspo for throwing a perfectly pink flamingo party! I’ve loved this trend for a while now, and since it’s not flying the coop anytime soon, I thought summer would be a fabulous time to make my pink flamingo party dream a reality. So grab your flock and let’s ruffle some feathers with these fun party picks!

Let's Flamingle Party

 1. Sweet sips never looked so good on this tropical inspired cocktail cart.  Add a “Let’s Flamingle” banner for a flirty touch.

2. This friendly flamingo balloon will become your party BFF.

3. Invite your girlies for cocktails with these cute printable invites.

4. You’ll have a leg up making these yummy flamingo lawn cookies.

5. Flamingo swizzle sticks to stir it up pretty.

6. Capture every picture perfect moment in an instant with Fujifilm’s Instax mini camera.

7. Every girl under the sun will be tickled pink over these darling DIY flamingo shades.

8. Backyard barbecues will never be the same with this fun DIY flamingo ring toss yard game.

9. Beat the heat with these adorable flamingo ice cube trays!

So what do you think? Are you over this trend or are you like me and ready to host a girly flamingo party ASAP?!

How to Vacation with a Toddler

9 Things to do with Babies and Toddlers on Vacation

When we had Henry, we were bound and determined not to abandon our love of travel just because we had a little one in tow. He pretty much comes with…

How to Vacation with a Toddler

When we had Henry, we were bound and determined not to abandon our love of travel just because we had a little one in tow. He pretty much comes with us everywhere; work trips, road trips, plane trips. He’s done it all. And although on our first few outings we had a steep learning curve, we figured out a few tricks to get Henry into the swing of the way that we travel. Of course it’s not exactly the same as it was without a baby, but we’ve definitely found our groove with activities that we as grownups love and the little dude can totally get into as well.

Beaches and Pools Hit the water, guys! One parent can be on kid duty while the other one sips something out of a coconut under an umbrella, then switch off. Or you can all park it under a larger beach tent, give the kiddo some sand toys, and help him build the best sandcastle there ever was. Beaches and pools have been great for us — H would splash all day if we let him, so if your kids are the same take advantage.

Hiking This one’s particularly good if your child is little and light enough for you to wear while you are hiking around. Strap that kid on and go for a hike! We always like to infuse a little physical activity into our trips, and babies love the scenery and all the action of being toted around somewhere new and exciting.

Nap Shopping If you can get a good nap out of your kiddo while they’re in a stroller or a carrier, it’s a perfect time to go shopping in the grownup places that would probably bore him to death. (Or, in our case, the places where he’d tear all of the really expensive and breakable objects off of the shelf.) We usually start with a walk outside with the stroller fully reclined to get Henry to sleep, then once he’s out we can do our own thing and run around to whatever shops we want to pop into.

Parks and Playgrounds This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s an awesome way to get to know a new place through the eyes of a local! Some cities have some insanely cool parks, I might add, with plenty to do for grownups and kids alike. Once you’ve got a toddler on your hands, hunt down parks with super fun play structures or interesting features that might be different from what he’s used to at home.

Early Bird Special It’s actually kind of serendipitous that parents of little kids usually eat dinner at a ridiculously early hour, because if there’s a restaurant you want to try you can usually beat the crowds. Perfect. Instead of dinner at 7 or 8 when all of the adult crews will be out and about, grab dinner at a cool spot at 5:30 or so. It’s usually completely empty so you worry a little less if your kid squawks one too many times. Same goes for brunch; just make it breakfast. You’ll be there with the geriatric crew who loves babies anyway. 😉

Picnics If you’ve got a particularly rambunctious toddler, picnics. are. awesome. Stop at a great market (or even better, a local farmer’s market) and grab a bunch of easy, fresh foods — we love to do fruits, veggies, cheeses, breads, hummus, and more. We always keep a super-thin, compact picnic blanket (I actually think it was a sarong that we got in Tahiti!) with us when we travel to be able to toss it down on the grass anywhere and have an impromptu meal. After you eat, the little one can run around and blow off some steam.

Toy Stores Ryan and I didn’t realize it before we had a kid, but toy stores are awesome! We would stop in to toy stores here and there while I was pregnant the first time and after a while we got a little hooked. Now in every town we look for fun toy shops to stop into, especially if they’re mom-and-pop shops or have stuff you don’t see everywhere. Henry loves looking around, and it’s a fun way to spend some time. If your toddler is a little older, just explain to them beforehand that maybe they don’t get a toy from every store that you stop in.

Bakeries and Sweet Shops Don’t judge us, but sometimes if we want to just stop and take a break during a trip, we’ll hit a cute coffee shop, bakery, or sweet shop and just let Henry pick something out. No, we’re not constantly bribing him with sugar (and it’s definitely not something we do frequently at home), but a little treat on vacation is okay with us. It buys us a little time to enjoy a new spot, and obviously the kid is into it if he’s eating cake!

Wander When all else fails, explore! Put the kid in a stroller or carrier and just take off on foot to explore a new place. Babies & toddlers love to take in the sights, and it’s even better for them if you’re chatting to each other and to them about what you’re seeing. This way mom and dad get to take in the sights, too.

I think all in all, it’s kind of key not to sacrifice your own enjoyment of a trip to do only “kid stuff” in an effort to entertain the little ones. Truly, I don’t think they need that. What’s key is to find things that everybody loves and go from there. Here’s hoping your travel with little ones is easy and awesome! And if you are planning a family one day, trust me — bookmark this one for later. 😉 Any other tips you moms out there would add to the list? xoxo

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Invitations and Party Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly…

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly great at it, but it’s just so stinking fun to mix colors around and watch them swirl together! I started painting this colorful, stripey pattern and decided that it was destined for a printable. So! If you’re hosting a party soon, you can download this pretty watercolor pattern and print it out to use on menus, invitations, and more!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our printable watercolor background. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Menu Cards (product #80505). (You will be able to print three of the same item on one menu sheet.)

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and complete the menu or invitation with your desired info! Use the toolbar on the left to add and edit any text you like.

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank menu card sheet. Separate the three strips and you’re ready to go!

You could use this pattern for so much — summer BBQs, grad parties, baby showers, and just about any other shindig you can imagine. And with the design software, you can use it vertically like we did or flip it and make it horizontal, too. So what’s your next party?! xoxo

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

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

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Baby Gender Reveal // How to Make Color Fight Powder

I’ve been wanting to try this project foreeeevvvver! And when method came to me and said, “Hey, we want you to make the messiest DIY you can think of and…

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

I’ve been wanting to try this project foreeeevvvver! And when method came to me and said, “Hey, we want you to make the messiest DIY you can think of and not worry about the cleanup,” I was like oh it is ON. Combine that with the fact that we were looking for a fun way to announce the gender of Baby #2 and we had the perfect storm, gang. SO! This post is jam-packed with not only a super rad tutorial on how to make color fight powder, but we’re finally telling whether we’re having a boy or a girl! Be sure to get all the way to the bottom of the post to find out. 🙂 That, and I’m sure you want to see a bunch of gratuitous photos of Ryan and I deep in the throes of a color fight.

Materials

  • cornstarch
  • water
  • food coloring gel
  • oven
  • baking sheets
  • mixing bowls
  • food processor

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time, Overnight)

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Step 1: Measure out your ingredients. Per color, we used 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water. Mix these together thoroughly; I found it easiest to just squish it all with my hands until it was blended.

Step 2: Mix in your food color. Add a bit at a time until you have the desired color — we wanted ours super saturated so we used food coloring gel, rather than drops.

Step 3: Keep mixing different bowls of color until you have all of the shades that you want. Set the bowls of color somewhere to dry where they won’t be disturbed. Leave them to dry until the surface is cracking (ours took a couple of days).

Step 4: Use a fork to break up the dry mixture into large chunks. Place these chunks in a food processor and grind them to as fine a powder as you can.

Step 5: Spread each different color out on a baking sheet. Pre-heat your oven to about 300, turn it off, and place the baking sheets inside for about 15 minutes. This helps remove any remaining water from the powder.

Step 6: Remove the sheets from the oven. If your powder is fine enough to through, great! You’re done. If not, I recommend running the powder through the food processor again to get it as fine as possible. The finer the powder, the more poof you’ll have during your color fight!

So after all of that, obviously our hands were a little dirty. And by a little dirty, I mean filthy and stained and an absolute mess. method’s non-toxic (and heavenly-smelling) hand soap to the rescue! We even used it after the color fight so we could drive home without staining our car. Clean as a whistle. (Side note — we actually used method detergent on our clothes as well, and all of the color powder came out!) Ryan was pretty pumped that my colorful shenanigans didn’t ruin any of our stuff. 😉

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

“But Chelsea,” I hear you saying, “didn’t you say something about a gender reveal?” Yes, yes I did. And so I’m pretty excited to finally tell you that we’re having a…

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

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How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

IT’S A LITTLE GIRL!!! Oh my gosh a baby girl. I still don’t know what to think. Another crazy, wonderful adventure! But more about that later. Right now, we have a color fight to attend to.

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

And seriously, if you try this one out be sure to have lots of cleaning supplies handy (particularly hand soap) because it’s bound to get a little messy. And as soon as you start touching things with the powder on your hands it’s everywhere! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But it makes for a realllllly fun time, in case you can’t tell from the photos of Ryan and I throwing the stuff directly in each other’s faces. What a guy. xoxo

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Color fight photos by Scot Woodman

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

Monterey Bay

Happy Friday + Staying on the Move

Happy Friday, gang! Don’t you love a short work week? I’m thinking we should start a movement to make every weekend a three-day weekend. Just saying. Last weekend we headed…

Monterey Bay

Happy Friday, gang! Don’t you love a short work week? I’m thinking we should start a movement to make every weekend a three-day weekend. Just saying.

Last weekend we headed to Monterey for a quick getaway, and this weekend we’re spending a few days at my family’s cabin with friends, which I’m super pumped about! I realized that I hadn’t been out of town at all since February, and it was making me totally uncomfortable and itchy to get the heck out of here! I’m a gal who seriously needs to stay on the move, and it had been way too long since we had an adventure. So we’ve got trips lined up for the next few weekends and I’m seriously pumped.

How about you? Are you a homebody or do you like to roam? I love to go places, and then I looooove to come back home. Best of all possible worlds. 🙂 What adventures do you have planned this weekend? xoxo

Survey Results

Reader Survey Results!

Hey-oh!!! We’re so grateful to all of you lovelies for taking our most recent survey. It’s truly so helpful to hear from you individually and know what’s on your mind,…

Survey Results

Hey-oh!!! We’re so grateful to all of you lovelies for taking our most recent survey. It’s truly so helpful to hear from you individually and know what’s on your mind, both good and bad, about Lovely Indeed. We have some new goals and projects with the blog and your feedback will be one of our strongest driving forces behind it all. So thank you! And this time around, I wanted to actually share some of the results, feedback, and questions that you had — just for funsies. So let’s start with the most shocking results of all…

Click to see all of our survey results!

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

A 5 Minute DIY for Your Next Party

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking…

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking for. But I did find these cute wooden spoons in the dollar bins, along with some good ol’ fashioned craft paint. I think you see where I’m going with this, yes? These took me 5 minutes to paint, about 20 minutes to dry, and they’re ready for a summer party!

Materials

  • wooden utensils
  • craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • washi tape

Make Time: 5 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Step 1: Place a piece of washi tape at the base of the handle of each utensil.

Step 2: Paint your desired color of craft paint on the handle. Let dry; repeat if you’d like more coverage.

Step 3: Remove washi tape and party!

I have to tell you, I’m becoming a bigger fan of quickie DIYs every day! I love making, but mama’s got a time budget, if you know what I mean. Hope you try this super fast project for your next celebration! And if you need a little more summer party inspiration, you can see what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to right here. xoxo

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

Use Instagram Photos to Wallpaper Your Cabinets

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how…

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how to decorate using your own Instagram photos. All in all there are about 10 different projects, but this one was definitely my fave. You can check out all of them right here, but I thought I’d share a few extra photos and details of the cabinets that we wallpapered with our Instagram photos!

We asked for some help from our favorite Instagram printers, Social Print Studio, to print up a couple of their posters.  You can select the images you want to include in the poster, so you can customize it a little bit; I chose lots of photos that had pink and blue tones so it would feel cohesive. It’s also way easier to just get a poster with all your images printed in one place than to wallpaper your cabinets with single photos.

So once you have your posters, measure the inside of your cabinets, trim the posters to the right size, remove the shelves, and just tack up your posters with glue strips or something similar. That way you can reposition it if it’s crooked, or it’s easily removable if you change your mind.

And that’s it! Then you have a colorful interior to your cabinets waiting for you every time you reach for the hairspray. Fun, huh? xoxo

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

It's Okay to Not Do It All

No, You Can’t Do It All

I’ve been feeling underneath it all lately. Can you tell? I feel like I can’t catch up or keep up, and every day there’s something (usually a big something) that…

It's Okay to Not Do It All

I’ve been feeling underneath it all lately. Can you tell? I feel like I can’t catch up or keep up, and every day there’s something (usually a big something) that just has to be left behind. Part of me thinks it’s a passing phase because Baby #2 is just cleaning me out in terms of energy, motivation, and general well-being. But another part of me thinks that maybe this is just the status quo. That if you’re a mom and a wife and a business owner or have a job, you’re just always going to feel… behind.  This one’s a doozy of a post, guys! Click through to hear some deep thoughts.

Pregnant holding peonies

Happy Friday + Life Life Life

I hereby present to you our first photo from the new studio! Yes, it’s just a white wall. But it’s our white wall. With texture and our favorite white paint and…

Pregnant holding peonies

I hereby present to you our first photo from the new studio! Yes, it’s just a white wall. But it’s our white wall. With texture and our favorite white paint and electrical outlets in it and everything. The work isn’t quite done in the studio yet — we still need to install flooring before we can move our equipment in — but we’re so close we can TASTE it. So we snuck in the other day to take some test shots and I’m just so excited to start working in there. The light is gorgeous and it’s so spacious and lovely.

In other news, I’m starting to get that really charming egg-shaped body that I get when I’m pregnant, also evident in that little photo up there.  Baby is kicking me around all day, which is pretty fun, and I’ve moved on from being annoyed about the nausea to being annoyed that I’m starting to get that pregnant lady waddle in my step. But enough whining! The kid looks healthy and we’re all happy (albeit a bit stressed), so we have zero to complain about.

Okay seriously, enough about me. Ugh! I want to hear about you! Tell me one great thing that happened this week so we can celebrate you! And then go have a rad weekend. xoxo