DIY Emoji Coasters

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Aileen of At Home In Love. Here she is!

DIY Emoji Coasters

Hi guys! Aileen here from At Home in Love. I’m kind of obsessed with emoji, so it was only a matter of time until I brought some off my phone and into my house. I put this project together with Valentine’s Day in mind, but let’s be honest, these guys would make a fun gift any time of the year!

Materials

  • blank cork coasters (these are from IKEA)
  • acrylic paint
  • varnish
  • paintbrushes
  • paper
  • scissors

Start by making a template for your favorite emoji faces. I don’t have a printer, so I traced the coasters and sketched the faces by hand…but you could make this part way easier on yourself by simply printing the emoji faces. Make sure to size them to the size of your coasters.

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Next, paint the coasters yellow, including the edges. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, cut out your emoji templates. This is the part that takes the longest, but it’s worth taking the time to do it right. Plus, once you have the template made you could crank out a whole bunch of these coasters to give away!

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Once your templates are done and the yellow paint is dry, place each template over a coaster and paint in the details.

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DIY Emoji Coasters

Wait for all the paint to dry, then give your coasters a coat of varnish. This will give them a shiny, finished look, and protect the acrylic paint from coming up with water.

DIY Emoji Coasters

Once the varnish has dried, your coasters are ready to use! For Valentine’s Day, I think it would be fun to tie a set of these together with a card that reads, “I’ve got heart eyes for you.” Or maybe you could deliver breakfast in bed, and under the mug of coffee would be a coaster with the kissy face emoji! Cute, right? I might just do it…

DIY Emoji Coasters

Thanks Aileen! For more cute DIYs, fun adventures, and inspiration, head over to At Home In Love.

DIY Confetti Photobooth Backdrop

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Melanie of You Are My Fave. Here she is!

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Some of my favorite posts from Chelsea are her clever photobooth backdrops so I decided to give it a try with the all purpose party supply, confetti.

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Materials

  • tissue paper
  • 1/2 inch circle punch
  • white butcher paper or poster board
  • spray adhesive

Turn on an episode of Gilmore Girls and use the circle punch to create confetti from your tissue paper (the secret to cutting tissue paper is to punch several layers at once or it will get jammed and you’ll swear).

Once you’ve created a generous amount, lay out butcher paper or poster board and give it a good spray with the adhesive.

Quickly dump the confetti on top and gently pat down. Give the paper a good shake and collect the loose confetti.

Repeat the process until the paper is covered to your liking. Lay in the left over confetti and make a party angel.

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I might be finding pieces of confetti scattered throughout my house for weeks after this but I’d say it was worth it.

Thanks Mel! For more adorable DIYs and lots of party inspiration, head over to You Are My Fave.

How to Host a Perfect Galentine’s Day

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Jess of From Rain to Shine. Here she is!

Who doesn’t love a brunch with your best girlfriends right before Valentine’s Day? Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation coined the term “Galentine’s Day,” and we love the idea of a celebration of friendship and love with your gal pals on February 13th. This idea is so sweet, we thought we would show you how to DIY your own Galentine’s Day shindig!

How to Host a Galentine's Day

1. Invite your guests

2. Time to decorate! We have found some adorable additions to any Galentine’s Day party: confetti | balloons | party decor | flowers | sequin table cloth

3. Decide on your menu: appetizers and salads? or a full brunch? whatever you think you and your gal pals will enjoy!

4. Leslie Knope is exceptionally good at giving gifts. Decide what your budget is and find gifts that fit you and your friends. Here are some adorable gifts we found: cupcake in a jar | a framed photo of you and each friend | heart pin | champagne candy

5. Serve delicious cocktails. Mimosas? Sangria? Find the perfect cocktail to go with your food and party!

6. Enjoy making a new tradition with your friends.

Thanks Jess! For more festive ideas and inspiring design, head on over to From Rain to Shine.

Henry // Two Months

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Our baby guy hit the two month mark a few days ago! That’s bizarre — I’m pretty sure it was just the other day that we brought him home from the hospital and were walking him back and forth across the floor all night to get him to stop crying. Sometimes I look at him and wish for time to slow down already. And we just barely got this party started!

Anyway, here’s what two month old Hank is like. He loves to eat. He sometimes likes to sleep. Naps are iffy and nighttimes are pretty good (knock on all the wood). That little sheep is his sleepy companion — it makes white noise, which helps him snooze. He loves when you tap his nose with your finger and go “Boop boop boop!” But who doesn’t like that. He’s a major fan of staring at the colored balls over his mamaRoo swing. Like, he kind of trips on them. Sometimes I take them away because I’m afraid it’s hurting his brain he loves them so much. He’s all about having smiley staring contests with dad. And dance parties with mom. He’ll slime your shoulder if you don’t cover it with a cloth when you hold him. And his least favorite thing in the world is a wet diaper. The end.

Happy two months, tiny guy! xoxo

P.S. Henry at one month!

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Printable Valentine Cards

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Corina of Cocorrina. Here she is!

Printable Floral Valentine Card

Hi everyone! This is Corina from Cocorrina filling in for Chelsea, while she’s on a maternity leave with her first little one! And I’m here today to just spread a little bit of that love on the air. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share with you a tiny printable that you can send not only to your boyfriend, but anyone you love.

There’s nothing better to receive a love note from a dear one on Valentine’s Day right? You can print it here, and spread the love!

Printable Floral Valentine Card

Thanks Corina! For more gorgeous design, inspiration, and beautiful downloads, be sure to head over to Cocorrina!

Little Brownie Tarts

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Melissa of Lulu the Baker. Here she is!

Little Brownie Tarts

I’m so excited to be here on Lovely Indeed today helping Chelsea out while she spends time with her sweet new baby! When Chelsea first asked me to write a guest post, I thought it would be a cinch to come up with a fun, tasty Valentine’s Day treat. But I was completely stumped until my mom suggested these darling, chocolate-filled pastries from an old cookbook from the 60’s. When I first looked at the recipe, I thought they’d be so hard to make, but I was wrong. These little brownie tarts couldn’t be easier, or more impressive!

You start by making the chocolate filling, which is essentially a simple brownie batter. Then you make the pastry dough. Now, pastry dough can be notoriously fussy and hard to work with, but this dough is downright easygoing. None of the ingredients have to be chilled or handled with care, and the resulting dough is nice and stretchy, and bakes up light and flaky. I may start using it for all of my pies! After getting the filling and dough ready, you cut the dough into little squares with a pizza cutter, put a tiny blob of filling in the center of each square, and fold in the corners. That’s it! No egg wash or sealing or pinching seams–really simple. Finish each tart off with a candy heart in the center, and they’re ready for the oven. A treat that is delicious, adorable, and easy to make? I think I’m in love!

Little Brownie Tarts

Recipe, adapted from the 1963 Betty Crocker Cooky Book

for the filling:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa

Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a medium bowl; set aside.

for the pastry dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
red candy hearts, red hots, or jumbo heart confetti sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter, and mix in with a fork. Add water and vanilla, and continue mixing until you get a nice, smooth dough. I’m not going to lie–I mixed this with my hands, which is usually a big NO when you’re talking about pie dough. But it worked really well in this case. I basically kneaded it until all of the ingredients came together in a smooth ball. Roll dough out on a well-floured work surface to a thickness of about 1/16th of an inch. This is about as thin as you can get it. My counter top is butcher block, so it is great for rolling out baked goods. As long as it is nicely floured, nothing sticks. If you usually have to be pretty careful when you roll things out, here’s a little tip: Wrap a large cutting board or piece of plywood with a flour sack towel. Make sure the towel is pulled tight and secured, and you can flour that and roll things out on it. Cut the dough into 2 1/2″ squares using a pizza cutter and a ruler. You can combine any jagged edges or scraps and re-roll them. Place a small blob of brownie filling in the center of each square. Pull the corners of each square to the center, and press a candy heart into the middle. Place tarts heart-side up on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before eating. Makes about 30 little tarts.

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Thanks Melissa! For more delicious bites and sweet projects be sure to head over to Lulu the Baker!

This Week

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Geez! Days and weeks are flying by right now. It’s insane! I feel like there are a million things to do and they’re all wonderful — I get to hang out with the babe and my husband, keep settling into the new house, tackle lots of fun work opportunities here on the blog, see my family and play with my niece and nephew, take adventures, and on and on and on. It’s funny, life is kind of small and simple right now but it feels bigger and fuller than it has in a long time. I love that.

This weekend will be part work, part relaxing, and lots of waffles. Obviously. In other news, check me out around town!

Do you use a physical planner or an app? I had big dreams of getting a paper planner this year but all the ones I wanted were sold out. Crazy!

How I stay organized at work… at home.

Remember these cement heart Valentines? Pinterest featured them in their newsletter! Thanks Pinterest!

And a couple of favorites this week:

If you’re in LA next weekend, you gotta do this!

Gimme this dress!

Still can’t get over these color dipped hangers.

Ditto this DIY guess who game. Brilliant!

Have a gorgeous weekend! xoxo