The Yellow Conference

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I’m so excited today, because I’m heading to a brand new conference and I can’t wait. The Yellow Conference is here in the LA area and it’s meant for women who want to “bring goodness to the world through everyday living.” You’ve got to read the rest of their mission statement — that alone is inspiring enough, so I can’t imagine what we’re in for at the actual conference.

I’ve been feeling lately that I’d love to inject a little more purpose into the blog somehow; I love what I do and I love sharing my life and adventures here, but it feels like there’s a key element that’s lacking. I’m heading to the conference with a goal in mind of trying to nail down what exactly that is and what it would look like to change things up around here a bit. It’ll be so refreshing to spend a couple of days thinking about the heart of what I do, rather than the nuts and bolts for a change.

If you happen to be at the conference, be sure and say hello! xoxo

Making a Baby Registry

Making a Baby Registry

I remember registering for our wedding, and it seemed like such a snap. Pick a store, go there, point the gun at what you want, boom. Done. But with baby stuff it’s a whole new ball game! First of all, who in the world knows what a baby needs? Thank goodness I have an older sister with two little ones — I’ve been able to rely on her for lots of advice (and a pretty killer stash of hand-me-downs). And secondly, when we started looking around at baby gear we realized there was no one store that met all of our needs or expectations. Enter BabyList.

We were so pumped to find BabyList — it’s a universal baby registry that you can use online or on your phone to register for anything and everything. Diaper cream from Target? Yes. A baby book from Anthropologie? Yes. Home-delivered meals or services from your favorite vendors? Yes yes yes. It’s so smart, because we are finding that every new parents’ needs are going to be a little different, and BabyList kind of solves that problem. Maybe you don’t need a ton of baby stuff but you could really use a lawn mowing service for a month. Register for it, dudes. Check out a little video we made of the registry in action.

Another thing that I love is that we can register for baby items that aren’t necessarily from big box stores, and so we really have control over the aesthetic of the things that we are putting on our registry. Maybe not all of the bouncy chairs in Babies R Us are exactly our style, ya know? So we’ve been having a ball searching out things we’ll love to have in our home. It’s been so easy to use — there’s a handy button you can add to your browser toolbar and when you’re searching online, a few clicks will add any item to your registry.

Making a Baby Registry

Mr. Lovely is all about the app (that cute little nerd of mine) and loves to check and edit the registry on his phone. He’s also been known to be in a store and register for something on the spot using the app (IKEA baby section, anyone?). And to top it all off, they’ve got lots of fun extras like registry insert cards, recommendations, and completion discounts at certain stores.

Truly can’t say enough about the BabyList team! I’m just so pumped on it, you guys. And they’ve been a dream to work with while we’ve been putting our registry together. Check out their blog for lots of inspiration and find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. xoxo

P.S. Major shout out to Kelly at Studio DIY for her gorgeous studio space! We had such a ball shooting our video there. I tried to fit the pink couch in my purse to take home but she caught me…

Making a Baby Registry

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Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Travel // Newport Beach & Balboa Island

Last week the mister and I headed out for a couple of days on an anniversary adventure! We decided during our first married year that instead of exchanging gifts on anniversaries, we’d take trips. So we’ve been alternating big trips and small trips each year, and because last year was our big Paris extravaganza this year we kept it close to home. We just hopped in the car and headed down the road about an hour to Newport Beach!

Even though it’s a quick drive, it feels like a different world. We stayed in a little airbnb on Balboa Island, a tiny little island with mostly really pretty houses, lots of boats, and one great street with shops and restaurants. There’s not a ton to do except for wander around and exclaim about how pretty everything is, which is just about how we filled our couple of days. But if you’re headed that way, I do have a few recommendations.
Click for lots of photos and our favorite Balboa spots!

Baby Stuff // 4

Baby Stuff

The other day I asked the husb to help me notice any time I groan or sigh while I’m moving around. For some reason, now that I’m getting larger, I have all of these sounds happening! Like a big groan whenever I get up off the couch, as if I just ran a marathon and someone is asking me to go run another one. It’s crazy! There’s no good reason for it. But that’s what’s happening. So this week’s project is to try to nip it and nip it good. (Have y’all ever been pregnant? Was there a point where moving around was easier if you could narrate your every move with grunts and sighs? I feel like a cavewoman.)

Anyway! How’s that for a radical start to your Monday? Hope you’re all thoroughly disgusted and can now go about your day feeling really good about yourselves because you can function like normal people.

Here’s more! xoxo

WEEK 26.

EATING salad. I swear it makes my hands less puffy.

DRINKING oh geez, this one’s boring. I’m taking it off next time. More water than I care to talk about. (What should I replace this with?)

READING ummmm the Harry Potter books while I’m at the gym? Haha, we took a little baby book break.

WANTING my abdominal muscles back.

SLEEPING soundly until 5 am every day, at which time my bladder is screaming at me.

WEARING stripes all the time! What is it about maternity clothes and stripes?!

FEELING a little freaked out at the prospect of actually raising a child.

LOVING that I’m still hitting the gym 5 or 6 times a week. It’s one of the things that makes me feel best.

This Week // 32

Newport Beach

Yeesh! The days are flying right now. We have just one more week before we move to the new place, and our lives are filled with boxes boxes boxes. We also just found out that some of the work we are having done on the new house will take an extra couple of weeks, so it looks like we’ll be living out of suitcases for a while. Le sigh. Just trying to keep my cool and know that it’ll all work out. But the truth is that I just want to get into the new house and set up our lives.

Other than that, this week was heavy on the work and heavy on the play! We shot a fun video, comin’ atcha very soon. And Mr. Lovely & I celebrated our third anniversary with a teeny quick trip to Newport Beach, where we ate lots of candy and kayaked with sea lions (for reals). Guys, life is crazy and beautiful and all of that! xoxo

This Week’s Faves

I’m so fascinated by this personality test — I’m INJF, which is absolutely right. What are you?
Pretty sure I’m going to order this for fall (so cozy and so affordable, and I think the bump would fit in there?).
Anybody have some favorite black clogs? Craving some like these.
Lots of thanks to y’all who shared your Pinterest home boards with me! Mine is now off the chain.

More Lovely

What I really want to say when people ask how I’m feeling.
Party in a jar!
What to do with all your summer photos!
Anybody belong to a community garden? I love the idea.
Thanks to Buzzfeed for featuring Lovely Indeed projects here and here!

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

If you ever need a way to find all of the missing bobby pins in your life, just move. We’re packing up our apartment and under every piece of furniture, in the back of every drawer, and in every pocket is a tiny pile of bobby pins that I thought were long gone. This problem has literally been plaguing me since high school. And the other day I remembered how I used to keep bobby pins in my backpack — in an old Tic Tac box! Seriously! It was brilliant and somewhere along the line I forgot all about it. Now Tic Tac has these crazy Jumbo Packs that I thought would make a perfect grownup bobby pin case, so I got my DIY on and you should too. My purse has never been so clean.

Materials

  • Tic Tac case (regular or jumbo!)
  • gold spray paint
  • gold craft paint or liquid gilding
  • wooden dowel
  • one zillion bobby pins (that you know are floating all around your life)

Make Time: 20 Minutes (plus drying time)

Step one: enjoy your delicious Tic Tacs. Oddly enough, the Wintergreen flavor is a total winner for settling my bubbly pregnant stomach in the evenings! Kind of awesome. (Mr. Lovely is forever a fan of the Orange flavor). Once your Tic Tac Pack is empty, remove the stickers or labels and separate the lid from the bottom half.

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

On the bottom of the pack, use the end of the dowel to dip in your gold paint and gently touch it to the plastic to make a polka dot pattern. (Because every good DIY involves gold polka dots.)

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the lid of the pack gold. I recommend letting the paint cure for about a day.

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

Once all pieces are dry, round up all of your bobby pins and store them in the bottom of the pack. When you need one, just open the tab where you would shake out a mint and shake out a bobby pin instead! Your purse and the bottom of your drawers will thank you. xoxo

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case

This post was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program — as usual, all opinions expressed are my own.

Year Three

Bride and Groom

Photo by Rusty Lens Photography

This little post could get dangerous, what with all the pregnancy hormones running around in m’bod. But I could never let an anniversary go by without a tiny tribute to my very favorite (plus, ya know, any excuse to re-share one of our wedding photos…).

This is the last anniversary that we’ll be just the two of us. And sometimes that scares me just a bit because I love being just the two of us. But the reality is that the adventures will be that much sweeter and life will be that much fuller with a tiny person that we made together. And so I kind of can’t wait for next year’s anniversary, when we’ll be the three of us.

So to my husband (at the risk of pushing this smushy post right over the edge), thank you for just being as you are. You are more than I could ever hope for or need. Happy anniversary. xoxo