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Hey gang! Hope you all had a gorgeous week and that you’ve got some killer plans for the weekend. (We’re seeing Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the Hollywood Bowl…

Pink Pineapple

Hey gang! Hope you all had a gorgeous week and that you’ve got some killer plans for the weekend. (We’re seeing Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the Hollywood Bowl and I am puuuuumped!) I’ll leave you with a little insider scoop — we’re going to be having an exclusive giveaway in Lovely Indeed’s June newsletter, so if you want in, sign up for our mailing list below! If you’ve already signed up, you’re all set — just keep an eye on your inbox.

As always, we promise not to flood your email with a bunch of nonsense! Just the best stuff coming to the best inboxes in all the land. And I promise you’re gonna love this giveaway. Hope you all have a long and gorgeous weekend! xoxo


Donut Waffles

Donut Waffles

Just a quick stop by today with a Public Service Announcement: We recently tried Steph’s recipe for Donut Waffles and we both approximately died because it’s so delicious. I’ll let…

Donut Waffles

Just a quick stop by today with a Public Service Announcement: We recently tried Steph’s recipe for Donut Waffles and we both approximately died because it’s so delicious. I’ll let you head over to I am a Food Blog for the full lowdown, but I had to post just a couple of photos of our masterpieces here because, ya know, #wafflesindeed.

We had a great debate over whether to put the donut in the center of the waffle maker, or on the side. So we did one of each. Betcha can’t guess whose is whose. And a word to the wise: these taste like funnel cakes and you will want to eat them until you cease to exist. So beware. Go get the recipe! xoxo

Donut Waffles

Donut Waffles

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game

When I was looking around for materials to put together a DIY backgammon game, I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to use. We toyed with the idea of…

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game Art

When I was looking around for materials to put together a DIY backgammon game, I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to use. We toyed with the idea of building it out of wood, or chipboard, or doing another leather roll-up game. But then my eyes fell on a bunch of blank canvases in my office and my brain was like ding! What if we make a game that doubles as art for your walls?! So we did. DIY backgammon game… art.

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Paint your entire canvas in a bold, fun color. Set aside and allow it to dry.
2. While your canvas is drying, cut your backgammon points out of vinyl. The triangles for the points should have a base that’s one inch across and should be four inches tall. You’ll need 12 gold and 12 white.
3. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your dice and doubling cube. Allow the top and sides to dry thoroughly before flipping them over to paint the bottom.
4. Once the canvas is dry, add a border of washi tape around all four edges, placing the tape flush with the edges of the canvas. Starting at one corner, add your points to the board. With the canvas placed vertically, place your first point in the lower left corner. Align the base with the edge of the washi tape. Place six points, alternating colors. Repeat the process, starting at each corner, so there is a space between the points in the center of the board. Be sure you’re alternating colors correctly!
5. To make the game pieces, follow the same instructions from our DIY checkers tutorial, cutting all measurements in half. This includes the amount you pour into each well of the ice cube tray — be sure to only use a half teaspoon to create each piece. Allow to dry and paint them in the same manner as the checkers. You’ll need 30 game pieces total.

DIY Backgammon Tutorial Steps

DIY Backgammon Game Art

The end! I confess: I had no idea how to play backgammon when I decided to make the game, but I’m learning now and it’s awesome. And our game board sits on a shelf in our office because it looks so cool to boot. Bam! Game art! Double win. What color would you paint your board? xoxo

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game Art

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P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

DIY Gold Summer Totes

Hey hey summer lovers! You headed to the beach? Pack up all your stuff in one of these perfect little DIY golden tote bags and go spend some time in…

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

Hey hey summer lovers! You headed to the beach? Pack up all your stuff in one of these perfect little DIY golden tote bags and go spend some time in the sand. No joke, these things have been going with me everywhere.

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

And the best news of all? They’re my DIY kit of the month over on Darby Smart! Head over and pick up a kit, and everything you need to make these little guys will be at your door in no time. It’s the very best way to DIY, in my humble opinion. And look at it this way: I’m saving you gas money so you don’t have to run to the craft store. I know, I’m a saint.

Find out how to make these beauties or order your very own kit right here! xoxo

GET A GOLD SUMMER TOTE KIT

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

Be Your Own Kind of Lovely

This Week + A Few Little Things

Woaaahhhh babes. This week was a wild ride. My niece brought home a nasty stomach bug from preschool. She gave it to her parents, who in turn gave it to…

Be Your Own Kind of Lovely

Woaaahhhh babes. This week was a wild ride. My niece brought home a nasty stomach bug from preschool. She gave it to her parents, who in turn gave it to Ryan, who in turn gave it to me, and we were down for the count hardcore at the beginning of the week. I still don’t actually know what happened on Tuesday. It’s like a black hole of sickness in my brain. But! We’re on the mend, and even if we’re not 100% I am so glad that the worst is past. There aren’t too many things worse than the stomach flu in my book. Except for maybe having the stomach flu and still having to take care of a baby. Yowza!

But there was fun stuff too! We shared some fun little DIY painted soda bottles over on Freutcake, so check it out. We added a couple of new awesome summery prints to the print shop, too! And in case you missed it over on Instagram, we got the most beautiful bespoke paper cut illustration of Lovely Indeed’s manifesto! We worked together with Laura M Designs on the design and she totally nailed it. It’s hanging in the office and is the perfect inspiration when I need it.

Here’s hoping you have a most gorgeous holiday weekend, full of fun and celebration and just a whole bunch of loveliness. xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Summer Travel // Packing for an Overnight

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips…

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips we have planned for the summer. We’ve got everything from overnighters to our big anniversary trip (and lots in between!), so I’m already thinking about packing. First up, a couple of overnight trips! Overnights can be tricky, right? Seems like it should be easier than packing for a long vacay, but you really have to pare down and just take the essentials. Here are mine.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

On a quick overnighter, my go-to is a romper, especially in the summer. It takes up no room in your bag, it’s super comfy, and you can fudge it for a day or night ensemble. (And for me, they’re easy nursing access. Bonus!) Dress it up with a couple of accessories like a snazzy watch or some hoopie hoop earrings and BAM you’re done.

On your feet? Sandals, duh! And may I recommend my new favorite pair? These bad boys from Payless are on repeat in my wardrobe right now. They’ll be coming with me on all of our travels for sure. Perfect for a car or plane ride because they’re so comfy, great for walking around all day, and sleek enough to take them out on the town at night. (Not to mention they’re on sale. Sale!) I may or may not be wearing them as I type this. Okay, I definitely am.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

A few other necessities: some cooler than cool sunnies (I’m digging a bit of an oversized situation these days), and a small clutch for going out. Put it all in a simple tote and you’re good to go! And for all of you cactus lovers, there’s a DIY tutorial coming up soon to make that little cactus tote. I’ve got ya covered.

What are your summer travel essentials? And where will you be heading this summer?! Share your travel plans so we can all daydream that we’re already on vacay. xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

P.S. For more summery sandal goodness, check out Payless on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Air Travel With a Baby

Give Me Your Tips for Air Travel with a Baby

You lovelies were so helpful when I took to Instagram last time to ask for tips on road tripping with a babe! I thought it would be best to just…

Air Travel With a Baby

You lovelies were so helpful when I took to Instagram last time to ask for tips on road tripping with a babe! I thought it would be best to just stick with what works and ask for your help again. In about a month we’ll be taking little dude on his first flight, and I’d love to know your tips for flying with your tiny people!

He’ll be close to 7 months for his first flight, which is crazy because I know some of you mamas have been flying with your babies since they were just weeks old. So all of you baby travelin’ veterans, get up in those comments and let me know what works, what doesn’t work, and how to keep little dude happy in the air. Thanks in advance, lovelies! xoxo

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DIY Connect Four Game

Ahhhh, Connect Four. The stuff of my youth. Many an hour was spent on our old plastic Connect Four game, with my sister outsmarting me almost every dang time. I…

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DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

Ahhhh, Connect Four. The stuff of my youth. Many an hour was spent on our old plastic Connect Four game, with my sister outsmarting me almost every dang time. I had to make a new version so I could play her again and try to even the score! Ryan and I have been playing at night after Henry goes to bed so I can brush up my skillz and challenge her to a Connect Four duel! Wanna make one and relive your youth, too?

Materials

  • 1/8″ plywood
  • 1/4″ square dowel
  • 1/2″ drill bit with drill
  • miter saw
  • sander
  • spray paint in two colors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • air dry clay
  • small circular cookie cutters – we used the smallest size of these
  • water glass or rolling pin
  • craft paint in two colors
  • paintbrush
  • E6000

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

To make the board:

1. Cut two pieces of plywood, each 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Cut 7 lengths of the dowel, each 5 1/2″. Cut one length of dowel to 6 1/4″. Cut two triangles from the plywood, each with a base of 2 1/4″ and a height of 1 1/4″.
2. On the two pieces of plywood, use the pencil and ruler to draw a grid for your holes. There should be 6 across and 7 high, evenly spaced so that horizontally there is 1/2″ between each hole and vertically there is 1/4″ between each hole.
3. Get your drill out and go to town! Drill your holes in each piece of plywood. Once the holes are drilled, sand the plywood to get rid of any splinters.
4. Glue the long dowel to the bottom of one of the boards so that it’s flush with the bottom. On the same board, glue the short pieces of plywood vertically across the board (one flush on either side, and the others separating the vertical columns of holes).
5. In a well-ventilated area, give all of your wood pieces a few light coats of white spray paint on both sides. Let dry thoroughly between coats.
6. Mask off a diagonal half of the outside of each board. Cover the unmasked portion with a coat of gold spray paint.
7. Allow to dry thoroughly. Glue the two boards together, sandwiching the dowels between them. Glue the two triangles on the bottom of the boards to serve as legs. Allow all glue to dry and cure.

To make the game pieces:

1. Roll out a piece of air dry clay to 1/8″ thick.
2. Use the cookie cutter to cut at least 42 small circles (cut a few more in case of mistakes!).
3. Pull away the excess clay and allow the pieces to dry.
4. Paint 21 pieces one color and 21 pieces another color. I chose to leave the edges unpainted. Paint one side first, allow to dry, then flip and paint the other side. Allow all pieces to dry thoroughly.

DIY Connect Four Game

There! Aren’t you proud of yourself? I’m seriously loving making these DIY games. I know that some of them take a little longer or are more difficult than our usual DIYs around these parts, but I know that they’re projects that I’ll have around forever. I love that they’re becoming regulars at our family game nights and that our niece and nephew love to play them, and that Henry will play them one day too. We’re literally making memories here, people! Happy playing! xoxo

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four GameP.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

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The Future of Blogging

Blogging // The Future

Hey Monday lovers! Hope you had an absolutely swell weekend. I’m coming atcha this fine morning with a few thoughts and a question for you: What do you think is…

The Future of Blogging

Hey Monday lovers! Hope you had an absolutely swell weekend. I’m coming atcha this fine morning with a few thoughts and a question for you: What do you think is the future of blogging?

Usually when I write posts in this here Blogging series, I share my processes or thoughts about my blogging experience. But I’ve been thinking lots lately about my job, and how it might look in the future. What do you think blogging will look like in the years to come? Do you think it will stand the test of time? Do you think that it’ll be a relative flash in the pan and eventually make way for some new type of technology or media that doesn’t yet exist? Something in between?

No one could have ever predicted that magazines and newspapers would suffer because of this magical, futuristic technology we call the internet. I’m sure when the concept of the blog was created it was never meant to take the place of print journalism. But that’s what’s happening, little by little. So is there something out there that will take the place of blogging? These days, I feel  like part of my job is to keep my eye on the horizon to find out that very thing. And to bring it to you, ASAP, when I find out what it is. That’s part of the reason that we did our big fancy redesign — I wanted the blog to feel more like a destination, an experience. Because I’m feeling like that might be the future for Lovely Indeed.

I’d love to know your thoughts! The face and world of blogging has already changed dramatically and it’s still such a relatively new medium, in the grand scheme of things. What do you think is next? Is there a next? Or will blogs be around for a while? Let me know what you think and let’s have a convo! xoxo

Cactus

This Week + Ten Things

I loved the little pick-me-up last week of listing all the good things that happened, so let’s do it again! Here are ten awesome things that went down this week….

Cactus

I loved the little pick-me-up last week of listing all the good things that happened, so let’s do it again! Here are ten awesome things that went down this week.

1. We booked our anniversary trip and we’re going to Tulum, y’all!
2. I got a whole bunch of big fat YESES in response to emails I sent.
3. On Tuesday, little dude napped like a champion. (Never mind what happened on Wednesday, but oh Tuesday was a beautiful thing.)
4. I had my very first Mother’s Day and Ryan’s card made me cry. Like, actual tears.
5. We got to hang out with Amber and Markus and I’m pretty sure he and Henry were vibing.
6. Lindsay illustrated me! The most fun surprise I can think of.
7. Everybody in the 6 am spin class officially knows my name and greets me when I come in the door. It’s like Norm on Cheers, but early and sweaty.
8. My ban.do agenda came in the mail and OMG it’s awesome.
9. Henry sat up by himself for almost 20 minutes straight! A vast improvement from last week’s cute little 15 seconds.
10. I actually finished most of the stuff on this week’s to-do list, so we may have a weekend ahead of us that actually looks like a weekend.

Your turn! I wanna know something rad that happened for you this week. Tell tell tell! xoxo

Pet Peeves in Marriage

Married Life // Pet Peeves Deux

Let’s be clear. I love my husband. I mean, loooooove. Crazy about the guy. And he’s, like, the best. As we speak, he’s outside mowing our lawn after having worked a…

Pet Peeves in Marriage

Let’s be clear. I love my husband. I mean, loooooove. Crazy about the guy. And he’s, like, the best. As we speak, he’s outside mowing our lawn after having worked a full day and watched Henry for a few hours so I could get some work done too. He’s a champ.

How-to-the-ever, you know that even in the most magnificent of relationships there are these leeeeeetle tiny things that just get under your skin. I’ve talked about it before right here, which was pretty cathartic and even more hilarious to read your responses. Lately Mr. Lovely and I have been a bit on edge, just with figuring out work schedules and baby schedules and life schedules, and when you’re on edge the little things that get under your skin can seem huge. So we decided to laugh about it instead of going crazy over it, and share it with you here. I present, in no particular order, the things my husband does that drive me promptly up the wall.

He holds his breath after he sneezes for, like, 20 seconds. It’s weird.
He pulls his t-shirts off inside out before he puts them in the laundry so I have to turn every single t-shirt right side out when I fold.
He walks just slightly faster than I do so I’m always a half step behind him.
Dirty dishes on the counter. Does it take that much longer to just put it in the dishwasher?!
He eats ice cream so. loudly. But just ice cream. Still haven’t figured out why.

And because it just wouldn’t be right to not let him have his say, here’s what I do that makes him crazy.

I pick at my nail polish. It totally grosses him out.
My hair is still shedding post-baby, and somehow it always ends up wrapped around Henry’s fingers or in his mouth. (To be fair, that one drives me crazy too. How do you stop it?!)
When he asks what I want for dinner the answer is always, “I dunno, what are the options?”
After I get out of the shower, I leave the showerhead pointed in such a way that it sprays his feet when he turns the shower on the next time.

I have to know if we’re normal! Leave a comment and tell me the weird things your spouse or partner does that just make ya nuts. xoxo