Making the Walls Happy

Jessica Cardelucci

I love to rearrange our house around all the time. One day these pillows are over there, then the chairs move, then the art gets all switched around. Kind of keeps me from getting bored. I recently received this totally lovely print from Cardelucci and it was just begging me to move the stuff on the walls to make some room for it. So I did the ol’ wall art shuffle and gave it the perfect spot above the bar cart.

Jessica Cardelucci

I’m just so taken by the colors in this print — I’m hoping that in the new house we can find a way to work it into the little guy’s nursery! The photographer, Jessica Cardelucci, has this way of capturing California scenes that reminds me of how much I love my home state. The light in her photos is insane. She also prints her images directly onto bamboo panels, which gives them this extra texture that looks so great under the photographs. (Her focus on sustainability and her love of the natural beauty she photographs make for a really amazing combination.) I got caught flipping through all of the images on her site and had to bookmark a few of my faves. I just love how they capture the actual feeling of being there inside the photo.

Jessica Cardelucci

Balboa Fun Zone. Honolulu Dreams. Feathered. Goldenrod.

So that baby got popped up over the bar cart, which obviously gave me a reason to get to shuffle the goodies on the cart around a bit too. (It’s one of my favorite games when I’m procrastinating doing work.) I grabbed some enormous gladiolus from Trader Joe’s, with which I immediately accidentally smacked Mr. Lovely in the face because they were so huge, and then I decided that they looked pretty awesome with the new artwork. But I digress. (Baby bump alert in that second photo down there.)

Jessica Cardelucci

Jessica Cardelucci

You have to see the rest! Check out Jessica’s online shop – I’d love to know which images are your favorites (this one happens to be her fave because it’s the beach where her husband proposed!). There are so many really fantastic shots, but I think the Crystal Cove piece is hands down my fave. Those colors just get to me! Can’t wait to find the perfect spot for it in our new digs and make our walls super happy. Thanks Jessica! xoxo

Jessica Cardelucci

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Married Life // Big Changes

Married Life Changes

Mr. Lovely and I tend to kind of go big or go home. Throughout the course of our dating and marriage, we’ve chosen some crazy paths — working in China together for a few months, going on U.S. tours together, moving from NYC to LA, and marriage and now babies and all of that. And now with the baby on the way and moving into a new home, we have another set of big changes coming our way.

I realized the other day that we kind of have this series of emotions that we go through when we make a big decision or change. Usually, it starts before the decision is even made, and we both find ourselves kind of squirmy and uncomfortable. And it takes us a while to realize that maybe we’ve outgrown our current situation or we are looking for a new direction. So once we realize it and make the decision, we are antsy to get going.

Then usually with the whole antsy thing comes a phase of being unsettled for a bit. Like with this current move, for a good few weeks we didn’t know when our new home would be ready or when we would actually be moving. This part makes Mr. Lovely crazy. He likes to know exactly what is going on, and when, and where, and how, and what. And I totally get that. But it’s really uncomfortable for him. So once the details get finalized, he’s full speed ahead in planning and organizing mode. No joke, you should see that kid pack up a house. It’s like a well-oiled machine. Or like he’s playing life-sized Tetris with our belongings.

So now that we’ve been through a few of these whole life-altering-change-type-of-things together, I feel like we have a handle on adjusting and being prepared for new directions together. And I’m grateful to be getting a little more comfortable with being unsure of what a new decision will bring, or having some elements be out of our control for a while. I’m finding that it’s all about stepping back and getting some perspective. Because in the end, things usually just work out. Cheesy but true: we’ve always said that everything will be cool as long as we’re together. I’m feeling bonkers lucky to have a guy like that on my team these days.

So what about you?! How do you and your partner deal with big changes? Is it easy or tough for you? And what types of changes have you been through together? Do tell! xoxo

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

I never met a photobooth I didn’t like. I’m pretty sure you guys know this about me (see Exhibit A and B.) I just love hopping into a booth and snapping some photos — and photostrips are usually among the only souvenirs I’ll bring back from a trip or adventure. Mr. Lovely, luckily, is a fan as well. And over the years we’ve amassed quite the collection of photostrips. The problem is that now they’re floating everywhere and I’m losing track of them. So I decided to get a little organized and put together a makeshift scrapbook, with just a note or two about when and where each photostrip came from.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (minimum; the fancier you get, the longer it’ll take)

Now let’s not get it twisted — I’m no scrapbooker. I’m not good at it and I don’t have the patience for it. But what I do have the patience for is to stick some paper scraps on a page and tape a photostrip on top of them. So that’s essentially what’s happening here. This little tutorial is more like encouragement for you non-scrapbookers to get your photostrips into one spot. On a related note, check out the mess that our photos were in before this little project:

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

Yikes.

Basically, it goes like this: choose a scrap of paper for a background and use double-stick tape to affix it to the page. Use washi tape to affix a photostrip on the top of it. Embellish with a couple of stamps or stickers, and then write the date and place where you took the photos.

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

That’s it! Add to it as you take more photos and you won’t lose track of those beautiful little strips of photos. By the way, don’t you just love the classic strips? The new fancy photobooths are cool, but I still favor those old, black and white grainy strips that take forever to print and come out kind of wet so you have to wave them around to dry. Those are just the best. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

DIY Photobooth Strip Scrapbook

Beachy Bikey

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

The husb and I spent a couple days recently in Manhattan Beach with my sister and her family. They rented this pretty boss beach house for their family vacay and we obviously went and crashed it. One day while the kiddos were napping Mr. Lovely and I snuck out with our bikes to ride the bike path.

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Okay first of all, that path is amazing! It goes for miles and miles and passes really cool stuff like the 90120 beach house, which you will only appreciate if you are old like me. And it’s smooth and beautiful and it has mile markers so you know how far you’ve gone. It’s awesome. If you’re in Manhattan beach, you should at least rent some bikes for a while and take a cruise.

And speaking of bikes, I keep meaning to share more about the best bike in all the land, A.K.A. The Bike that My Husband and Parents Got Me For My Birthday (months ago). It’s probably the best bike I’ve ever ridden — it’s The Crosby from Pure City Cycles, and oh my gosh is it a dream. I have all of these bike DIY ideas stored up to make for it, to share with all y’all who are bike fans too. So stay tuned there. But for now we just took it on a field trip to the beach and it was the best. Enjoy some more gratuitous photos and have a gorgeous day! xoxo

Manhattan Beach Bike Path
Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

Manhattan Beach Bike Path

This Week // 29

Pregnant tummy with feet

This week I can still see my toes, but just barely!

This week was full of meetings, work, brainstorming, adventures, and moving & baby prep (which is, in itself, a full-time job.)

This week all I really wanted to do was lay on the couch. Sometimes I did.

This week I was totally inspired by a few serendipitous articles about what it’s really like to be a creative blogger, and how this type of work can bleed over into your personal life. Click through if you’re curious!

Can Full-Time Bloggers Live Off of Rainbows & Hugs?

The Changing Business of a Blog

A State of the Blog Address

Hope you have a gorgeous weekend! xoxo

Road Trips, Pregnancy Weight, and More

elsewhere

In case you’re interested, here’s a bit more of my writing around the interwebs! Click through to read each full article. Hope you guys are having a perfect, summery week. xoxo

Mr. Lovely and I are road trip experts. Here are his essentials, and here are mine.

Do you love my pregnancy overshares? Get your fill here: week 16 weight gain, week 17 wondering if baby is in there, and week 18 babymoon thoughts.

Totally still diggin’ on this little printable for a lemonade stand!

Do you have a fire pit? Would love to try to make one for our new place.

Did you know that July is literally National Hot Dog Month? Bonkers.

How to Find the Good Stuff at a Yard Sale

How to find the good stuff at a yard sale

I love going to yard sales. Like, looooooove it. (I also love hosting yard sales, but that’s a conversation for a different day.) I don’t know why really, but it’s one of my favorite things to do with Mr. Lovely on a weekend morning. Maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt? Or the fact that you never know what you’re going to find? Or maybe it’s a bit of a social thing — I really enjoy meeting the people who are selling and hearing the stories about what they’ve got for sale. Whatever it is, we’ve found our fair share of yard sale gems over the years, so I thought I’d share some tips along with a few of my favorite finds.

Mapping Mr. Lovely is in charge of this part — he found this app called Yard Sale Treasure Map. It allows you to pull up an area and maps out the sales nearby. Lots of times we’ll also go on Craigslist and see who’s got their yard sale publicized, then merge all of the info. (I love finding a yard sale ad on Craigslist that’s really well-written, because you know the sale is going to be organized! I’m totally insane.)

Go Early (But Not too Early) Guys, all the good stuff gets snapped up first, and that’s a fact. If you see a sale online with something you want and it starts at 8, wait outside in your car until 7:59 and then go get it. Just beware, some sellers really don’t like early birds, so play it by ear.

Phone Research We always take our smartphones with us so that we can search product prices online. If someone is selling something that we love but the price seems a bit steep, we’ll search for a retail price and use it as a bargaining chip. It’s also just good to have a point of reference about whether it would be smarter to buy a brand-new version of whatever you’re looking at.

Cash No bigger yard sale bummer than finding something totally awesome and being out of cash! Some sellers will hold items for you, but not if there’s another paying customer right behind ya. Stock your wallets with some cashola.

Bargaining Oooooh, this is my fave. I love the art of haggling. Lots of the time, sellers really are just looking to get rid of stuff, especially on the second day of a sale. So put on your big girl panties and try to talk them down a few bucks if the price of an item is too steep. My favorite tactics are bundling (finding a few items you like and getting a low group price) and the ol’ walk-away: ask for the price of an item, and just nod when the seller responds. Then wander away from it and wait for him to lower the price. Works like a charm. Of course there’s always the tried-and-true direct approach: “Would you take $5 instead?” That’s if you’re brave.

Make Sure it Works Sounds like a no-brainer, but especially if you’re buying cameras or electronics, ask to give the item a test run. Be picky.

Look for Potential Most of all, try to look at objects and see them in a different setting! Sometimes it’s tough to spot potential if a piece is dirty or tossed among a pile of junk. But there are treasures in there if you have the creativity to find ‘em.

And now, for some of my favorite yard sale finds! We’ve got a story behind each piece and can literally remember where and when we bought them. I love shopping like that. If you have a great find, I’d love to hear the story! xoxo

How to find the good stuff at a yard sale