Waffle pizza

How to Make Waffle Pizza

My waffle iron strikes again! I don’t know what the heck it is about cooking random things in the waffle maker — for some reason it adds a little extra…

Waffle pizza

Waffle pizza

My waffle iron strikes again! I don’t know what the heck it is about cooking random things in the waffle maker — for some reason it adds a little extra flavor boost that is just. so. good. We’ve started making waffle pizzas for a quick lunch or dinner when we’re running short on time or just want something simple and fun. Each person can choose their own toppings so everybody gets what they want, and they’re so fast to make. Check out the video and see! xoxo

Waffle pizza

Waffle pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 package Pillsbury Pizza Dough (or your favorite pizza dough)
  • pizza sauce or tapenade — we used this olive tapenade!
  • shredded cheese (about 1/3 cup per pizza)
  • your favorite toppings

Make Time: 8 Minutes Per Pizza

Step 1: Roll out your dough and flatten it evenly. Cut into sixths (or pieces that are about 5″ square). Roll the edges of the squares inward to help contain the pizza toppings.

Step 2: Heat your waffle iron. Place one rolled dough square on the iron with the dough rolled upward. Spread a thin layer of sauce or tapenade. Top with a light sprinkle of cheese, a few toppings, and a bit more cheese. Be careful not to overload with too many toppings or the pizza will be too thick to cook.

Step 3: Place another dough square on top with the dough rolled downward. Pinch edges together as best you can.

Step 4: Close waffle iron and let the pizza cook about halfway through a regular cook cycle (about 2-3 minutes, depending on your iron). Open the iron, rotate the pizza 180°, and close the iron to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Once cooked through, remove from the iron and enjoy!

Oh snap!

Do You Snap?

Hey gang! Just a fun little stop-by today to see who’s on Snapchat! At first I didn’t really get it, because it seems so haphazard and quick and crazy. But…

Oh snap!

Hey gang! Just a fun little stop-by today to see who’s on Snapchat! At first I didn’t really get it, because it seems so haphazard and quick and crazy. But now that’s why I kind of like it! It’s a nice little spot to share one-off updates or silly photos and videos that you don’t really need to put a lot of thought into. I think that’s my favorite — there are almost no filters, no technique, no nothing! It’s kind of freeing! I love editing and sharing Instagram photos but Instagram has become a lot less “Insta.” I think it’s more like sharing art now. But Snapchat?! Snapchat is just a big ol’ mess and that’s the fun of it.

So! If you Snap, you can follow me right here (username is lovely-indeed!). It’s easiest to click the link from your smartphone. I’d love to follow along with your snaps too, so I’ll get ya back! And what will you find me snapping about, you ask? Oh, ya know. Updates on our renovation, travel adventures, and Henry wearing doggy ears and making funny faces. The usual. Oh snap! xoxo

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

Confession. When I started looking for inspiration for Baby Girl’s nursery, I got tripped up at first. I kept picking little dude stuff! I definitely don’t know how to do…

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

Confession. When I started looking for inspiration for Baby Girl’s nursery, I got tripped up at first. I kept picking little dude stuff! I definitely don’t know how to do “little girl” yet. I’d love for her room to feel like a girl’s room, but not veer into the whole “pink bows and hearts threw up everywhere in here” direction. A little pink, a little adventurous, a lot fun. So obviously we should put flamingo wallpaper up, right?

We saw that flamingo wallpaper and kind of wanted to go for it, so I think it’ll be the focal point in the room. Everything else will stick to a minty and neutral palette so nobody gets overwhelmed by all of those birds. 😉

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

I didn’t want to pigeonhole either of my kiddos with really gender-heavy or super themey nurseries, so we tried to do the same thing here that we did with Hank’s. We’re finding pieces that we think Baby Girl will be able to grow with and keep using as she gets older, and including some fun artwork that’s all about adventure and good times. I’m so excited to get cracking on this room in real life now that the renovation is moving along! Stay tuned for updates on how the inspiration comes to life. xoxo

Flamingo Wallpaper
Pendant Light
Campaign Dresser
Gold XO
All Aboard! California
All Aboard! Paris
Pineapple Print
Brave and Courageous Print
Mint Bookcase
White Crib
Crosley Record Player
Fun Slide Print
You Are My Greatest Adventure Print
Wicker Hamper
Ombre Pillow
Gold Faceted Lamp
Loop Rug

P.S. Henry’s inspiration board and finished room!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Fourth of July Spiked Jello Stars

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though…

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Maybe it’s just my pregnant prohibition phase, but all I can think of are the fun cocktails that I want to try after this little nugget is born! Even though I’m abstaining these days, it’s not stopping us from hosting a shindig here and there so I decided to test out a recipe for the Fourth of July — booze-spiked Jello stars! It’s like the Jello jigglers of our youth but with a grownup twist. They’re quick and simple to make if you’ve got the right molds and you can make a whole bunch of them at a time. And if your party is more kid-friendly, leave out the alcohol and they work just as well! xoxo

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Materials

  • silicone star mold
  • Jello packages in red and blue (6 oz packages)
  • cooking spray
  • water
  • alcohol (vodka or clear rum work well)
  • measuring cups
  • pot

Make Time: 15 Minutes Prep; 2-3 Hours Chilling Time

Step 1: Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of your choice of alcohol (if you want to make them non-alcoholic just boil 1 cup of plain water). Once boiling, remove from heat and add in a 6 oz package of Jello.

Step 2: Stir for 2-3 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved.

Step 3: Spray the interior of the molds lightly with cooking spray.

Step 4: Transfer liquid to a measuring cup or similar vessel with a pour spout and carefully fill your star molds with the liquid. One 6 oz package of Jello made approximately 22-24 stars for us; it helps a ton to have multiple molds if you want to make big batches.

Step 5: Place molds in the refrigerator, checking for firmness after 2-3 hours. Once chilled, remove and set out for guests to enjoy! These will keep overnight as well if you’d like to make them ahead of time.

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

24 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Stuff // 13

25 weeks and we are fiiiiinally in a sweet spot! I’m not sick, I’m not huge yet, my energy is up a little bit, and we’re getting things ready for…

24 Weeks Pregnant

25 weeks and we are fiiiiinally in a sweet spot! I’m not sick, I’m not huge yet, my energy is up a little bit, and we’re getting things ready for Baby #2. Let’s get into it! xoxo

WEEK 25

EATING so much breakfast and barely any dinner. I get to the end of the day and food is just so not interesting.

DRINKING buckets of ice water but only if the ice is crushed. Don’t bother me with that cubed stuff. Ugh.

READING Dan Brown novels at the gym. Because I’m classy and cultured like that. 😉

WANTING to soak up every moment we have with Henry while he’s still our only little nugget.

SLEEPING pretty well! We’ll revisit this one in a few weeks — that’s when it got tough last time around. I do wake up every time I have to roll over because rolling over now requires a very specific sequence of movements to get the tummy from one side to the other.

WEARING my hair up because who cares about doing hair when you’re pregnant?!

FEELING SO GRATEFUL that the nausea is gone. Truly, it was starting to mess with my head. After so many months of being sick you just forget what it’s like to feel… not sick. Just normal. I’m so thankful for every normal-feeling moment when I don’t feel anything at all.

LOVING looking back at old pictures of Henry and getting excited to do the tiny baby thing again.

Dad and son

Happy Friday + Happy Father’s Day

We’re on the move again! We decided to just kind of go for it this summer and do lots of trips here and there, since Baby Girl will be here…

Dad and son

We’re on the move again! We decided to just kind of go for it this summer and do lots of trips here and there, since Baby Girl will be here soon and then it’ll be a good few months of staying home and getting into the swing of things. So we’re back in our old LA stomping grounds to see friends and celebrate Father’s Day.

And speaking of Father’s Day, if you’ll pardon me for just a moment I’d love to give a little shout-out to my baby daddy. I’m pretty sure every dad is the best dad in the world, I really can’t imagine a better dad for our family. Watching Ryan be a father to Henry and seeing him be so excited about the little girl on the way is better than I ever could have thought it would be. Somehow that dude always knows how to make things better, find an adventure, fix the problem, make us laugh, and guide our family down the right path. I feel so lucky to be doing this whole parenthood thing with that guy.

So happy Father’s Day to all of the men in your life, dads or not — there are lots of different ways to be a father! xoxo

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8 Ways to Make your 4th of July Extra Festive

I love gearing up for the 4th of July! I love all the cheesy stuff — the fireworks, the apple pies, the parades — and the historical stuff behind it…

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I love gearing up for the 4th of July! I love all the cheesy stuff — the fireworks, the apple pies, the parades — and the historical stuff behind it all — the dawn’s early light and all that jazz. I’ve been collecting a few of my favorite ideas from friends around the web who know how to celebrate in major style! Try a couple or try them all and you’ve got a 4th of July that’s bound to be extra festive. xoxo

8 Ways to Make 4th of July Extra Festive

A firecracker garland that you can make in a snap!

Bomb pop granita shots. Do we even need to go on?

A tie-dye mani that you can do yourself!

Sign me up for two of these Pop Rocks ice cream sandwiches.

Get refreshed with some spiked watermelon rosemary punch!

Loving the old-school festive vibe from these red, white, and blue streamers.

Hand out sparklers to your guests in style.

Deck your phone out too!

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

It’s Wednesday, and that calls for a celebration! How about waffle cake? After Mr. Lovely asked for a good ol’ fashioned Funfetti cake for his last birthday, I got to…

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

It’s Wednesday, and that calls for a celebration! How about waffle cake? After Mr. Lovely asked for a good ol’ fashioned Funfetti cake for his last birthday, I got to thinking that it might be delicious in waffle form. And lucky for us all, I was riiiiiight! This Funfetti waffle cake is like a breakfast and a birthday party got married and had the most delicious baby you could imagine. And I secretly love it because it’s like an instant-gratification baking project — you don’t have to wait for cakes to bake and rise and worry whether they’ll stack right. You can’t mess it up!

Watch our video and go get your Funfetti on! xoxo

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Ingredients

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: In a bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, and eggs. Beat until smooth.

Step 2: Heat your waffle iron and spritz with cooking spray. Spoon in the cake mixture until the waffle iron is about 2/3 covered. Close the lid and let the waffle cook. Once cooked, remove carefully with a spatula and fork.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2, making about 6-7 waffles.

Step 4: On a cake stand, place your first waffle. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top. Stack another waffle and frost. Continue stacking and frosting until your final waffle is on top; leave this one unfrosted.

Step 5: When you’re ready to serve, cover the top of the cake with whipped cream and sprinkles. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Funfetti Waffle Cake

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Salty Dog Summer Cocktail Recipe

One of the best summers of my life was spent in Sarasota. That town knows how to have a good time, I tell ya. I was there doing a show,…

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Salty dog cocktail recipe

One of the best summers of my life was spent in Sarasota. That town knows how to have a good time, I tell ya. I was there doing a show, and Ryan was with me, and because we were only performing the show at night we had all day free to explore, adventure, and hang out on some of the best beaches in the whole world (in my humble opinion). You know what I mean if you’ve ever been to Siesta Key! Hidden beaches, soft white sand, turquoise water, and a town with a beach mentality that just makes you never want to leave. We would go with friends down to the beach for the day and end up at The Old Salty Dog, sitting on the porch with burgers and coconut shrimp and drinking Salty Dogs. It’s a cocktail that is now forever entwined with happy summers for me, and I wanted to share it!

Ingredients

  • fresh grapefruit juice
  • vodka or gin
  • salt
  • ice

Start by juicing your grapefruit. Fill a small plate with your salt. Dip the rim of an empty glass into the grapefruit juice, shake off any excess, and then dip directly into the salt to create a salt rim.

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Fill the glass 2/3 full of ice. Pour in an ounce of vodka or gin — either works, just use your fave! Fill the glass with grapefruit juice.

That’s it! It’s so pretty and so refreshing and just perfect for a summer shindig. And a little bit of trivia: a Salty Dog is just a Greyhound cocktail with salt on the rim. Get it?! Fun fact. Use it at your next cocktail party to impress everybody. Cheers! xoxo

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Salty dog cocktail recipe Salty dog cocktail recipe

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

DIY Photo Timeline for a Baby’s Nursery

Henry’s getting so old so fast, and now with the new little nugget on the way I’m all nostalgic for when Hank was a teeny tiny guy. We don’t have…

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Henry’s getting so old so fast, and now with the new little nugget on the way I’m all nostalgic for when Hank was a teeny tiny guy. We don’t have a ton of photos (or maybe any?!) of him in his room, so I thought it would be cool to make a little timeline for him using photos from our Instagram feeds and private pictures. He’s getting to the age where he likes to point out people in photos and he’s fascinated when he sees himself in a picture, and realizes it’s him. I think it kind of blows his mind – haha! Command™ has these new photo bars where you can hang the bar once and then switch out the photos as you like. So as Hank gets older he can pick the photos that he wants in there and change them any old time (as soon as he can reach the bar!).

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Step 1: Attach the wire photo hangers to the bar according to the directions on the packaging.

Step 2: Clean the area of the wall where you’d like to hang the bar with rubbing alcohol and let dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Pull apart the hanging strips and press them together until they click.

Step 4: Remove one side of the liners and place the sticky side down on the back of the bar, one set on either end.

Step 5: Remove remaining liners and firmly press the bar onto the wall for about 30 seconds. To ensure the hanging strips are stuck well, remove the bar by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling up from the wall (not straight off). Press each strip on the wall firmly for 30 seconds. Wait 1 hour to reattach the bar; do so by lining up the bar with the strips on the wall and pressing until you hear each strip click.

Step 6: Fill the wires with your favorite photos!

This little timeline of photos has me all nostalgic for that little tiny baby! It’s unreal how quickly time flies when you have a little person growing to illustrate it right in front of you. I included a photo of me pregnant with Hank to help him understand what’s happening to my tummy now, and show him that when he was in there I was big too! He loves to wake up from his nap and go over to the wall now and point at each picture and have us tell him about it. Such a fun addition to his little man cave! xoxo

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

Photo Timeline for a Kid's Room

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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