• Christmas,  DIY,  Holiday

    How to Make a Christmas Village Advent Calendar

    A couple of years back, this little Christmas village DIY from my friend Kelly took the internet by storm. The kids and I made our own version of the Christmas village for our home, and each year we add one or two houses to it. This year, I’m putting a twist on the village and turning it into an Advent Calendar! The Advent Calendar village will eventually be part of a local project that I’m working on (stay tuned for the big unveiling, coming soon!), but you could use it just on its own like this. You can check out the Studio DIY tutorial for painting and decorating the village…

  • Christmas,  DIY,  Email,  Holiday

    New email Series: 5 Projects to Make Your Holidays Extra Festive

    Friends, let me introduce you to something super fun that I’ve been working on behind the scenes! It’s our new email series, filled with ideas to make the next few weeks your best holiday season yet. I call it Festive Fast: 5 Projects to Make Your Holidays Extra Festive. Why a holiday email series? I’m a firm believer that the holidays should be a special season. But I’m also a firm believer that it shouldn’t take a ton of time, money, or know-how to make the holidays feel special! So I created this series to walk you through a handful of DIY ideas that are easy, fast, and won’t break…

  • Home

    Smart Lighting Tricks and Tips for Families

    I’ve said it before, but the secret to our kids’ great sleep routine all started with a lamp. A lamp that we could turn on and off with our phones. We used the lamp as a reminder for kids that it was time to stay in bed — if it was on, it was still time to rest. When it turned off, they knew they could get up. We loved that little trick so much that we decided to incorporate smart lighting into our whole house so that we could really take advantage of the automated aspect. Enter: Legrand. I was introduced to Legrand’s radiant Collection, which has dimmers, switches,…

  • Home Inspiration,  Houseplants,  Interiors

    Twelve Low Light Indoor Plants You Probably Can’t Kill

    Don’t get me wrong, friends. I love a fiddle leaf fig as much as the next hipster, but come on already! What about all of the other cute little plants who are just longing for their day on Instagram?! (Kidding. Sort of.) But for reals, we’ve been experimenting with indoor plants now for about seven years, when we got our first houseplant — can you believe that I have plants older than my children? That first houseplant actually has children of its own now, living in their own little pots. We’ve tried all kinds of different plants with varying degrees of success, so for those of you who want to…

  • Halloween,  Holiday

    Happy Halloween! | Lovely Indeed

    Happy Halloween, friends! Today is one of those days that, before I had kids, I didn’t realize was totally exhausting. Haha! I mean, exhausting in a good way, because it’s so dang cute to see them all excited about the holiday and running around in their costumes. But also exhausting in the way that we have two school parades, two school parties, dance class Halloween, karate Halloween, and then our own trick-or-treating. Usually at the end of Halloween night, Ryan and I fall onto the couch and look at each other like we just got hit by a bomb. A really cute, sugar-crazed bomb. So anyway! If you want to…

  • Career,  Productivity

    Productivity Tips that You Can Use TODAY

    The Productivity Tool Kit is currently closed but that doesn’t mean the productivity party has to end! Like any good hostess, I have party favors. Except these party favors are like the gift that keeps on giving, because if you use them, they’ll max out your productivity on a daily basis. These 13 productivity tips that you can use today are not anything that we shared in The Productivity Tool Kit — it’s brand-new bonus info, and it’s just for you. Read on to get super productive! 13 Productivity Tips You Can Use TODAY Try the Pomodoro Technique. Decide on a task and set a timer for 25 minutes. During…

  • Fashion,  Style

    Fall Accessories on Our Wishlist

    Is it possible to have a favorite season because of the fashion? I just love fall style. I love the boots, I love the coats, I love the scarves, I love it all! And believe it or not, I even love the toned down colors and the neutrals that are a little less “kapow” and a little more cozy. This fall, I’m feeling a shift in my style toward lots of jewel tones, textured fabrics, and using pattern instead of color to add a little pop. How does that sound? I went down an internet window shopping rabbit hole looking for a few fall things that I needed, and thought…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Holiday,  Pumpkins

    How to Make Sharpie Patterned Pumpkins

    I didn’t realize it but over the years, it has become one of our specialties to create fun, simple, fast tutorials for no-carve Halloween pumpkins! I started looking in our pumpkin archives and realized we have quite a little library. Maybe I can credit it to the fact that I truly dislike removing pumpkin guts, so I tend to err on the side of NOT carving anything. Haha! This year, I had an itch to draw some little Halloween icons, so we went super classic and just got out the trusty Sharpie pens. I think a fresh black Sharpie looks so cool on a little white pumpkin. One trick I…

  • Career,  Life

    Thank You! | Lovely Indeed

    Friends! We’ve wrapped up enrollment for The Productivity Tool Kit and I just want to take a sec to say: thank you. When I started Lovely Indeed nine years ago, I wasn’t exactly sure where it would lead or what the journey would look like. But over the years, it has become a community of such incredible, supportive, kind people — and that’s all because of you. I’m so grateful to have this space to share ideas and to spread our version of lovely around the world (literally). And when we dream up something new, like The Productivity Tool Kit, I’m doubly grateful for your excitement and encouragement. I know…

  • Career,  Productivity,  The Productivity Tool Kit

    Last Day to Enroll in The Productivity Tool Kit

    GO TO THE PRODUCTIVITY TOOL KIT Today’s the day, gang — the last day to grab your spot in The Productivity Tool Kit. But hold that thought about today. Instead, let’s talk about you, a few weeks after you enroll, and what those days would look like. They look like you, waking up with a clear head and clear heart about what you’d like to accomplish that day. They look like the people around you, understanding and honoring the space and time that you need to accomplish your goals. They look like a whole slew of specific, actionable tools at your disposal and in your arsenal of productivity-boosting moves. And…