Tulum Travel Guide

What’s Your Vote for Vacay?

I posted about this on Instagram a while back and we still need your help because we’re so dang indecisive! It’s our year for a big anniversary trip and we’re having…

Tulum Travel Guide

I posted about this on Instagram a while back and we still need your help because we’re so dang indecisive! It’s our year for a big anniversary trip and we’re having a heck of a time figuring out where to go. We need your help!

So here’s the deal. We’ll be bringing the kids with us, which means we’ll have an almost-three-year-old and an 11-month-old. We’ll be traveling probably during August-ish. Right now we have a few different ideas: an Alaska cruise // a resort somewhere easy in Mexico like Cabo // New Orleans // a low-key Hawaiian island (Kauai?). Now that I said it out loud, I’m wondering if New Orleans would be miserable in August. Or miserable with kids. Anyone have any experience there?

OR! If you have another great idea for a place that would be fun with kids but also fun for parents, we’re all ears. I’m just so pumped to be mobile again now that the kids are bigger, and we want to adventure any chance we can. So hit us with your recommendations! xoxo

Chic Palm Leaf

Our darling girl Erin is unfortunately leaving the Lovely Indeed team soon, and we’re heartbroken to see her go! But we convinced her to share a few more of her…

Our darling girl Erin is unfortunately leaving the Lovely Indeed team soon, and we’re heartbroken to see her go! But we convinced her to share a few more of her faves from around the web, and her Chic Palm Leaf picks are totally doing it for me. Click around to get your botanical fix. Thanks Erin!

Hey loves! Hands-down, the palm leaf trend is one of my absolute favorites. There’s something so fresh and welcoming about greenery, and the palm print adds a bold statement in the most classic way. It honestly looks picture perfect on anything and everything — from party decor to summery swimsuits — so I couldn’t resist sharing a few palm-approved picks which will get you ready for the warmer weather that’s on the way!

 

  1. Palm frond balloons are a must make for any summer party.
  2. Wear this swimsuit and be prepared to make a splash.
  3. This pack is the perfect companion — especially on those sunny day.
  4. Adorable DIY folders to keep things looking freshly organized.
  5. Tell time in tropical style with this pretty watch.
  6. Give your nightstand a little makeover and turn your bedroom into an oasis.
  7. Shake your palm palms for this DIY custom notebook.
  8. scarf is always my go-to for adding a pop of print without going overboard.

There you have it. Anyone else ready to start planning a tropical vacation to somewhere exotic? Bali, Thailand, Barbados… A girl can dream… xoxo

 

Living room

The Finished Remodel

I can’t believe I neglected to ever share the end of our remodel! Seeing as how we were remodeling the entire time I was pregnant with Maggie and we finished just…

Living room

I can’t believe I neglected to ever share the end of our remodel! Seeing as how we were remodeling the entire time I was pregnant with Maggie and we finished just a couple of weeks before she was born, I feel like I get a pass. But nonetheless, I wanted to share some photos of the finished product. We still have one more phase to go, in which we’ll add a bathroom to the master bedroom, but that’s probably down the line a bit. For now, the main portion of the house is all new and we couldn’t be happier. So read on for some before and after photos (because you know I love a good before and after!).

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Candied Chocolate Orange Peels

I Tried It // Candied Chocolate Orange Peels

We’re experimenting with a new idea today, gang! I’ve been feeling lately like I’ve wanted to have some creative endeavors that were just for me, as opposed to putting them together…

Candied Chocolate Orange Peels

We’re experimenting with a new idea today, gang! I’ve been feeling lately like I’ve wanted to have some creative endeavors that were just for me, as opposed to putting them together for the purpose of a blog tutorial. I’ve also been feeling like sometimes we creative bloggers keep putting ideas out into the world and have no clue as to whether people actually try them. It’s one of the greatest thrills for me when a reader contacts me and says that they’ve tried a DIY or recipe that we share here. So I’m spreading that love. I’m starting a new mini-series where I’ll be trying out one of my fellow bloggers ideas and sharing here. Up first? Candied Chocolate Orange Peels from our pal Leah at Freutcake!

First off, you can find Leah’s recipe right here. I actually made these around the holidays when I needed something sweet to share at one of our parties. And these were a total hit! (As evidenced in the photo below, we had a hard time keeping Hank away from them.) I confess, I had to hold myself back from chomping down the whole batch. This recipe is a total testament to Leah’s kitchen goddess status — it’s delicious, easy, and totally fun. And it’s a perfect idea for using up the end of all your winter citrus. The fruit trees in our neighborhood have been absolutely loaded this year and we’re still working our way through lots of it. I bet you could try this recipe with other citrus, too — candied grapefruit, anyone?

So! Hope this little series inspires you to get the ideas out of the computer and into your hands! Big thanks to Leah for the inspiration. Now, what should we try next? xoxo

Make Freutcake’s Chocolate Dipped Candied Orange Peels

Candied Chocolate Orange Peels

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Happy Friday + Spontaneous Parties

Hey Friday lovers! It’s been a sunny, happy week around here. We’ve been blessed lately with some wonderful friendships and we are just having the best time getting closer with…

Salty dog cocktail recipe

Hey Friday lovers! It’s been a sunny, happy week around here. We’ve been blessed lately with some wonderful friendships and we are just having the best time getting closer with our friends and their families. One night this week we were in the middle of making pizzas for dinner and one of our friends texted to see if we wanted to come over for an impromptu pool party. So we packed up the pizzas and baked them at our pals’ house while the kids splashed in the pool. It was such a lovely, easy evening — we ate outside in some perfect spring weather with wine and pizza and lots of laughs. Sometimes the spontaneous get-togethers are the best ones, ya know?

Hoping you have a gorgeous weekend with a little spontaneity! xoxo

P.S. A perfect springy cocktail for your weekend!

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to…

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to do a faux stained glass treatment on our sliding barn door in the studio forever, and was totally chicken to go for it. But I just dove in and tried it and good news! It’s way easier than I thought it would be. It’s such a cool way to update glass, mirrors, windows — anything that wants a little color. And it’s temporary, so you apartment dwellers can get in on the action too. It’s a pretty, colorful DIY that’ll make you feel like a total professional.

Materials

  • glass window, door, or mirror
  • colored window film (we got ours here, ordered by the foot)
  • squeegee
  • spray bottle
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
  • hard straight edge tool, like a scraper or similar
  • razor blade
  • paper towels

Make Time: 15 Minutes per color panel

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Note: We deviate slightly from the instructions on the site where we purchased the color window film. Trial and error led us to this method; be sure to review their instructions as well!

Step 1: Mix up your spray solution. Add one tablespoon of baby shampoo to a spray bottle and fill with water. Clean all of your glass surfaces completely.

Step 2: Carefully peel off the clear liner from your window film. Spray the side of the colored film from which you just removed the liner.

Step 3: Place the wet side of the film onto your glass. Slide into place as best you can; it’s easiest to line up at a corner if you have one.

Step 4: Spray the film again so that the squeegee will slide across the surface. Squeegee the film to start adhering it to the glass and working any bubbles out.

Step 5: Use your straight edge tool to press the film into the corners of your glass or window. Once you’ve got it pressed into the corners, take your razor and slide it along the straight edge of the tool. Work the tool and the razor all the way along the edge of your glass until all of the excess film is cut away. Note: Be careful not to let the film slide around as you are squeegeeing and cutting.

Step 6: Spray the film again and squeegee again. Use the straight edge tool if needed, to work any bubbles out. Take your paper towel and press outward along all edges to be sure that they are adhered, and to soak up excess spray solution.

I am so pumped on this colorful update! It’s still a bit surprising every time I look over at the studio door, but I love the blast of color. And I’m also still so pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. I’ll keep you updated on how the window film wears after some time – so far so good! xoxo

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

The Best Gold Desk Supplies

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more gold. I’m sure one day gold will be out and silver will be back in, but I’m still fully and…

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more gold. I’m sure one day gold will be out and silver will be back in, but I’m still fully and completely riding the gold train. And every single time I go to target I get suckered into buying some cute new gold tchotchke, usually for my desk. So in an effort to stop buying all the gold desk supplies, I’m sharing them here instead. Check out the things that I definitely did not buy this week.

Or if you’re looking for a golden desk DIY, you could probably make this gold polka dot mousepad or this little marbled golden pencil cup from our archives! Stay golden, y’all. xoxo

Gold desk supplies

LampFile folderStaplerTape dispenserBusiness card holderMail sorterScissorsTacks and clips.

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets-10

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Our girl Kara is back today with a simple and rad DIY that has me all “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Prepare to love these little DIY fluffy pompom…

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Our girl Kara is back today with a simple and rad DIY that has me all “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Prepare to love these little DIY fluffy pompom magnets.

I don’t know about you, but I, Kara, have been obsessed with pom poms of late. Since I have suddenly found myself on a quest to add pom poms to every room of my house, I figured I might as well share these new DIY fluffy pom pom magnets with you too. That way you can start obsessing over pom poms like me! This DIY is seriously easy and gives my office the perfect poppy punch of color that keeps me smiling during the work day.

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

You can’t tell me your desk (or refrigerator) wouldn’t be loads better with these colorful little fluffs! I couldn’t decide between solid colors and multi color poms, so I of course made some of each and I am so glad I did!

Materials

  • Yarn in several colors
  • Mini pom pom maker (you can find these at the craft store or online)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Strong magnet rounds

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Step 1: Begin by opening the pom pom maker and wrapping your yarn around both sides.  You can use just one solid color or choose several for each pom and just alternate the colors used when wrapping.

Step 2: Use your scissors to cut the yarn down the middle on each side.

Step 3: Cut a piece of 5″ long yarn and tie a double knot around the center of the pom pom maker and open up the pom pom maker to get your pom pom out.

Step 4: Trim up your pom pom to form a nice and neat little ball and repeat to make a whole batch of pom poms.

Step 5: Use your hot glue gun to glue the pom poms to the magnets.

Now go forth and hang up your child’s art work or your bills with a smile on your face, because that my friends is the power of using these DIY fluffy pom pom magnets! xoxo

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

DIY Easter Bunny Gingerbread House

When Easter candy is as pretty as this, it’s just begging to be made into decorations. We had so much fun making gingerbread houses over the holidays that we decided we needed…

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

When Easter candy is as pretty as this, it’s just begging to be made into decorations. We had so much fun making gingerbread houses over the holidays that we decided we needed to make an Easter bunny house for Easter, decorated with all of our favorite chocolates! I confess, I find it deliciously therapeutic to decorate these things. And the delicious part is half the fun, because obviously you have to taste test your materials. Am I right?

It was like a pastel wonderland putting this together, with spring-colored M&M’s flying every which way. I’m not complaining, y’all. We stopped at Target to stock up and realized they have Vanilla Cupcake M&M’s for Easter, which are not only perfect for decorating an Easter bunny’s house but also crazy tasty.  We also stocked up on Mars Minis and Dove Chocolate Eggs for extra details and because they’re just so delicious. And bonus — if you use Target’s Cartwheel app while you’re snagging your candy you can save X% on the whole lot!

Materials

  • spring chocolate — we used M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies (Pastel Colored), Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Eggs, Minis Mix Chocolates for Spring, and M&M’S Vanilla Cupcake
  • gingerbread house kit
  • colored cardstock
  • double-stick tape
  • scissors
  • tray or platter
  • optional: gold stickers

Make Time: 2 Hours

Easter candy

Easter candy

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

Step 1: Put together your gingerbread house walls and roof from  your kit. Build your house on your platter or tray.

Step 2: While your house sets, slice a few Mini Snickers bars to create “bricks” for a walkway. Set these aside.

Step 3: Use card stock to create a door and a treetop. Cut out the shapes with scissors. If desired, cut small pieces of your gold stickers to create a doorknob and a mail slot.

Step 4: Start laying the Snickers bricks to form a walkway from the area where the door will be, leading toward the edge of your tray. The Snickers will stick by themselves. Line the walkway with Dove Chocolate Eggs; place a small dab of the frosting from your gingerbread house kit on the bottom of each Egg to keep it in place.

Step 5: Decorate the roof of your house. We chose a rainbow pattern, but be creative! Place a small dot of frosting on each M&M and stick it to the roof until your design is finished.

Step 6: Add the tree and door to your house. On the back of each, cover a 1″ square area with double-stick tape. Then place a dot of frosting on the tape. The tape will keep the frosting from making a greasy spot on your paper. Press the door onto the house and the treetop onto a mini Twix bar. Place a dot of frosting on the bottom of the Twix bar to get it to stand up like a tree.

Step 7: Add any other details that you like! Stack a few M&M’s to make a small topiary, spread some green ones around the sides of the house like grass, or add windows and other decorations to the walls.

I love this! We added it to our Easter centerpiece on our dining room table and it’s so fun to have around. And it looks even better with a few little bowls of chocolate around it so you can grab a sweet snack as you pass by. 😉 Happy decorating, all! xoxo

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

This post is sponsored by Target & Mars. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Flower Messages

Happy Friday + Yay Spring

I feeeeeeeel it! Spring is coming! We are in the middle of a string of days in the 70’s and it just feels so good, like it’s waking up my…

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

I feeeeeeeel it! Spring is coming! We are in the middle of a string of days in the 70’s and it just feels so good, like it’s waking up my cold bones. It always seems like my mood and wellbeing are intertwined with the weather, and after such a cold, rainy winter this sunshine is giving me LIFE! Let’s run and jump and play! Speaking of which, what are your weekend plans? We’ve got a little playdate scheduled with some old friends, and a teeny bit of work that we’ll get to share with you soon. Whatever you’re up to, hope it’s lovely. xoxo

Images from our flower messages post!

Helping Baby Sleep at Daylight Saving Time

How to Help Baby Sleep at Daylight Saving Time

I love the whole “spring forward” part of Daylight Saving Time. The longer days are a sign that summer is on the way, and with kids around it’s so nice…

Helping Baby Sleep at Daylight Saving Time

I love the whole “spring forward” part of Daylight Saving Time. The longer days are a sign that summer is on the way, and with kids around it’s so nice to have that extra hour of light to be able to run around outside. I think the only downside is helping those kiddos figure out their sleep patterns when the clocks change. It can really mess with their inner clocks, and definitely takes a few days (or even a week!) to bounce back to a good schedule. Probably, out of all of my mom friends, I’m the biggest stickler about sleep. I feel like a nerd about it sometimes, but I swear it’s been a lifesaver for our family! I’m a firm believer that sleep is super important for little ones — it lays the foundation for everything from good physical development, cognitive development, sociability, and more. And since we’re so big on sleep in this household, we’ve nailed down a few tips to help ease the Daylight Saving transition for little ones.

In researching the best way to help Hank and Maggie sleep better at the time change, I kept coming across info from Kim West. Have you heard of her? They literally call her “The Sleep Lady.”  I can’t tell you how many middle-of-the-night Google sessions led me to her online — she’s so much of the reason we have been able to get our littles the restful sleep they need. So lots of what we try with our kids comes from her mega-smarts about babies & sleep. Read on for our tips!

Ease Into It. We did this with Henry on his first spring forward and it worked really well. A few days ahead, we started moving his bedtime toward the time change, by maybe 15 or 20 minutes a day. When the time change actually arrived, he was already on the new schedule. Worked like a charm.

Keep Them Dry.  Henry wasn’t terribly concerned about wet diapers at night, but we are finding that Maggie is definitely pickier. She’ll wake up if she’s too wet. Our favorite nighttime diapers are the Pampers Baby Dry — they just work really well for us. I think we tried just about everything else on the market, and these are the ones that keep Maggie sleeping the most soundly. Around the time change, we take extra care to make sure that other sleep disruptions (like wet diapers) are minimized. These can keep her dry overnight (with 12-hour overnight protection) and I really feel like they do pull wetness away from her skin and into the absorbent core.

Get Those Naps.  I think any mom will tell you that an overtired kid is one of the biggest obstacles to good sleep. Missed naps = too tired toward bedtime = a messy time change = total disaster for all involved. Am I right?! So especially around Daylight Saving, we are careful to get in quality naps on a regular schedule for both kids. That way they get to the new bedtime without being exhausted.

Wake Them Up.  There was one morning with Maggie last month where she was sleeping so sweetly I just didn’t have the heart to wake her up. I let her sleep in and it messed with her schedule for a full 48 hours! Learn from my mistakes, people, and wake those babies up at the time change. If they’re sleepy at their usual wake up time, Kim recommends a “dramatic wake-up.” Sounds… dramatic, right? All it means is to open the windows, let some sunlight in, get the sounds of the day going, that type of thing. Set the stage for daytime so that baby understands it’s time to wake up; it helps reset their internal clock, too.

So gang, here’s hoping you and your littles spring forward without too much chaos. And now for a quick little giveaway — repin something from our Baby Sleep Pinterest board for the chance to win one of 10 coupons for $5 off Pampers Baby Dry diapers! While you’re there, check out the infographic from Pampers all about DST. For more information about their complete range, visit the Pampers site here. Sweet dreams! xoxo

This post is sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!