Travel // San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Now that we live near San Francisco we’ve been spending days here and there exploring the city, and it’s just. so. beautiful. We took a little belated birthday trip to the city and had the most perfect day! If you find yourself in San Francisco and are looking for an easy one day itinerary, we’ve got you covered.

Start at brunch, because duh. We tried Sweet Maple, which is known for it’s Millionaire’s Bacon. (Bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red, and black pepper. Boom. You’ve also gotta try the Dixie Bacon while you’re at it. Might as well really go for that heart attack.) Expect a wait but the line goes quickly. We didn’t booze but they have bottomless mimosas if you’re into that sort of thing, which you definitely should be. Side note for you mamas — they were so accommodating of Henry and we even were able to keep him in his stroller next to our table. Win.

Travel in San Francisco

After brunch, head to Hayes Valley to shop around and walk off the bacon. If you’re there, our top shop picks to hit are Lavish, Public Bikes, Miette Confiserie, and Fiddlesticks. Lavish is a paper lover’s dream, and Public Bikes is worth a peek even if you’re not into cycling. At Miette you’ll find lots of fun imported candies and delicious little cakes & cookies. And Fiddlesticks is a kid’s shop with one of the coolest selections of toys I’ve come across.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

After you shop around, lounge in the sun by the park and people watch. Or grab a little coffee at one of the food trucks.

Travel in San Francisco

Next, hop in your car and drive up the hill so you can drive back down Lombard Street, the curviest street in the world. My dad used to drive us down all the time but Mr. Lovely had never been. So we made his inaugural journey. Keep driving and head up to Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. Circle the little lot until you can find a parking spot, then hop out and take in the crazy views. On a clear day you can see the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate, and the downtown skyline. You also might find a couple of dudes wearing matching sunnies.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

We ended the day in Union Square kind of wandering around and doing nothing too special, but I will say that if you’re looking for a photobooth you can find one in the Westfield Mall. Ya know, just in case.

And a couple of random mom thoughts for day trips with little dude: Hank totally loves the Beco Gemini carrier, and so do we. It’s comfy to wear and he’ll totally nap in it, so we were able to keep to his sleeping schedule. Also, dressing in layers were key for the little one because SF can be toasty in the sun but freezing in the shade.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

I’m thinking that as time goes on I’ll have lots more one-day itineraries in the city, so keep your eyes peeled! xoxo

DIY Printable Spring Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

I kind of love the idea of an old school calling card. People don’t do that any more! But how rad is it to be able to leave a classy little card when you stop by someone’s house? I had been wanting to put some modern calling cards together and had this idea of hand-drawing some patterns for them. I’ve also been wanting to put my new Sprout to work, so it was the perfect chance to mess around with some pattern making!

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Have you heard of the Sprout from HP? This thing is, I have to admit, pretty cool. It’s a new take on a computer, with a big fat extra boost of creative possibilities. The touchpad allows you to draw, sketch, scan, take photos (even 3D photos!) and put all of your ideas together so that they can come to life. I have another couple of projects coming up that use the scanner and camera, but this time I really wanted to use the super-easy painting options on the touchpad. So I made you these fun patterns! Read on for the full tutorial to make yourself some fresh spring calling cards.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Start by downloading the three files from the materials list and printing out a copy of each, on white cardstock.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Decide which pattern you’d like as a backing to your calling cards (or you can mix and match!). Use the glue stick to stick the cards to the backing pattern.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

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Cut out the cards using scissors or a paper cutter.

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Leave cards wherever you go! They’re perfect for dropping little notes here and there.

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We’re bringing back the art of the calling card, guys! How classy are we? And as a side note, the pattern sheet downloads can be used for a whole boatload of other projects — let me know if you find another use for them, I’d love to see it. Can’t wait to share the next project I’m cooking up with the Sprout! xoxo

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 Photos by Scot Woodman

This post is sponsored by HP. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

#thelovelysquad

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Ohhhhh buddies, we got fun things a-brewin’ over here! We’re putting together a few new things for Lovely Indeed and I’m so excited to share them soon. But! I actually need your help for one of my favorite new sections of the site: #thelovelysquad! Who’s in The Lovely Squad? You guys, duh!

Have you ever done a DIY project that you found on Lovely Indeed? If you have, I want to share it! #thelovelysquad will be a place on the blog where we can showcase your projects and share what you’re making, inspired by Lovely Indeed. So here’s what I’m hoping you’ll do: If you do a Lovely Indeed project, share it on social media and hashtag it #thelovelysquad! Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are all fair game — just share a photo and use the hashtag so that I see it pop up in the feed. If you’ve already shared one on Instagram, go back and leave the hashtag in the comments so I can find it.

I’m so pumped to share all of your reader projects here in one spot! One of my very favorite things is to see you all inspired by the blog and take a Lovely Indeed project and make it your own. So join #thelovelysquad and share what you’ve been working on! xoxo

This Week

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This week was full of highs and lows and joy and stress. Sometimes working at home with a little one can be so hard, I tell ya. But then sometimes I have to slap myself and remember how lucky I am to be able to be at home all day, with my husband and baby, and have the opportunity to be working and simultaneously folding my laundry. For reals, it’s kind of a dream. A really difficult dream, but a total dream.

I’m hoping to actually take a little time this weekend to relax! These days I think I push myself a little too hard at staying ahead of the game and working in advance. So I’m planning on forcing myself to take a break and find an adventure (even if the adventure is on my couch snuggling with my two dudes). The day we spent in San Francisco last weekend (recap coming soon!) was so wonderful and I felt like taking that time off recharged my batteries in a bunch of ways. So we’re gonna try to make that happen a little more often.

Here’s hoping you’re recharging this weekend too! What are your plans? xoxo

Henry // Three Months

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Okay, this is fun. I feel like now that little dude has hit the three month mark, he’s turning into a little person. And it’s so fun! Seriously, he has opinions and preferences and things that are guaranteed to make him laugh and things that are guaranteed to royally tick him off. It’s so incredible to watch and see how every day something is a little different or he has a new skill. Blows my mind.

Three month old Henry loves to sit in his little bouncy chair with the activity attachment thingy. There’s a little plastic frog on the attachment — it’s tiny and totally inconsequential, but Henry and this frog have long, deep conversations about life. Apparently the frog is hilarious because Henry will just stare at it for a moment and then laugh and smile like the frog is doing some amazing standup routine. Henry and frog. A coupla pals.

Three month old Henry also loves to be sitting, standing, and held upright. (Actually since the day we brought him home from the hospital, he didn’t like being cradled like a baby.) He wakes up with a smile (most days) and is really really trying to roll over and scoot around. Oh, he wants it so bad. Just can’t quite figure it out yet.

Three month old Henry smiles lots and really loves weird noises that you make with your mouth. And getting kissed. His pointer and middle fingers on his left hand are almost always in his mouth. He sleeps through the night but naps are sometimes spotty. We’re working on it. He loves his older cousins and lets them smack him around without any complaints. They’re adorable together.

Three month old Henry is totally going bald, after having been born with a full head of hair. But the baldest part of his head is the very top, which results in him looking like a very tiny old man. Or Winston Churchill if his double chins are particularly pronounced that day. He’s also developing some magnificent chubby cheeks, much to his mother’s delight. Those are kissin’ cheeks if I’ve ever seen ‘em.

And that, friends, is what’s going on for little dude. He’s growing so fast I can only imagine what next month’s update will include. He’ll probably be reading the dictionary and getting his drivers license. Sheesh. xoxo

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DIY Girly Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

Guys, spring is definitely on the way here in California and I’m so excited about it. Trees are blooming, the sun is coming out to play, and I have the itch to freshen up a few corners of the house with fun spring touches! The other day I grabbed a few new plants and wanted to find something a little bit funky to put them in, so I whipped up these girly planters. I’m pumped to be partnering with Glade to put together this little DIY, perfect for adding some punch to your spring decor!

I was totally inspired by the Poppy Groove fragrance — the color and the scent both feel bright and vibrant and downright playful. These little girlies are the perfect partners to cozy up to Glade’s candles and wax melt warmers. The whole gang is dressing up my work table in the office and it feels so fun and springy. Here’s how to make your own!

Materials

  • gold adhesive vinyl
  • scissors and craft knife (or cutting machine)
  • small bowls or planters (I used these)
  • small plants or succulents
  • potting soil

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Girly Face Planters

Start by cutting out your girlies’ face shapes. I went with a variety of mouths and eyes. If you like the ones I used, you can download the file right here! (The file contains two different sizes in case your bowls are a little larger than mine.) Cut out the shapes from gold vinyl and stick them on your bowls.

DIY Girly Face Planters

Next, repot your plants into the bowls. Remove the plants from their containers and gently massage the roots so that they fit into your bowls. Nestle a plant down into a bowl and pack around the edges of the bowl with extra potting soil. Once your plants are cozy inside the bowls, give them a sprinkle of water to welcome them to their new home.

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

Dust off the outside of the bowls with a clean towel and set your playful little girlies out to welcome the spring!

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

This post is presented in partnership with Glade. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Face design by Refika Kortun, Mister Pixel, Ruben Verhasselt, Matt Brooks, Halfazebra Studio, and Sandor Szabo.

We’re in the Finals!

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Hey gang! In case you haven’t heard yet, we have some fun news: Lovely Indeed is a top ten finalist for Better Homes and Gardens’ favorite DIY blog! How fun is that? We’re in a group with some insanely heavy hitters and lots of my very favorite bloggers. I’m so pumped just to be in such incredible, creative company. If you like clicking buttons and voting for things, you should head over and vote away. And double kisses if you happen to vote for us, just saying! FYI, you can vote an unlimited number of times (just in case you’re bored on your lunch break…). xoxo

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