• DIY,  Halloween,  Holiday,  Kids

    How to Make Halloween Crackers

    Have you ever tried Christmas crackers? They’re a totally fun tradition — I actually made crackers for my whole family a few years back. We did them old school style and stuffed them with paper crowns, jokes, and tiny treats. Then I had some cracker snaps left over and made Valentine crackers the next year. And guess what I just found in my supplies when I was cleaning things out? More cracker snaps! So we resurrected the project one more time for a little post on how to make Halloween crackers. What Is a Christmas Cracker (Or Halloween Cracker)? If you literally have no idea what I’m talking about, crackers…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Halloween Costumes,  Holiday

    How to Make a Family In-N-Out Burger Halloween Costume

    In keeping with my tradition of sharing our Halloween costumes the year AFTER we wear them, I hereby present to you, my favorite family Halloween costume ever: In-N-Out Burger! (And in case you were curious, our other family costumes were Where’s Waldo, Peter Pan, and Star Wars.) Last year we were having lunch at our very favorite burger joint and tossing ideas around about what to be, when I casually tossed out the idea of us being In-N-Out. We all sort of laughed about it and then realized super fast that it would be insanely adorable. And it was! We had an absolute ball, and people loved seeing us trotting…

  • DIY,  Halloween,  Holiday

    DIY Paint Pen Pattern No-Carve Pumpkins

    Little white pumpkins have become my favorite canvas around this time of year, in case you haven’t noticed. I go to the store and buy a bag of ’em and sit and stare at them until I decide what my plan is. This year, I just kept thinking of these patterns and how much fun I had making them, so I decided to give the pumpkins the same treatment. Good decision, me. And hey, you can do this to any size or color pumpkin you want! The best part? You don’t have to do that thing where you hollow out the pumpkin guts and get your hands all sticky. You’re…

  • DIY,  Gold

    The Best Gold Craft Supplies and How to Use Them

    As the self-proclaimed queen of all gold craft projects, I thought it was high time to put all of my smarts to good use and make a “Turning Things Gold Guide!” My craft cabinets are packed full of so many ways to turn things gold it would make your head spin. So read on for our favorite gold craft supplies, how to use them, and where to get them. xoxo Liquid Gilding Good For: Plastic, rock, cement, metal, etc.Not Good For: Wood, fabric, etc.Our Favorite Brand: Martha Stewart Liquid GildingUser Tip: Don’t touch while drying — you’ll leave a textured fingerprint that’s impossible to cover. DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup…

  • Back to School,  DIY,  Office

    How to Make Back to School Supplies with Painted Patterns

    I. Love. Back-to-school! I probably say it every year, but I just can’t help think of the quote from You’ve Got Mail – “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” I totally get it! I always refresh my office supplies during back-to-school time, even though I’m way (waaaayyy) past my back to school years. This year I found some plain supplies and wanted to dress them up with one of Martha Stewart’s super cute stencil sets. Bring on the painted patterns! I love this little project because you can truly customize it about a zillion different ways. My girl Martha…

  • Disneyland,  DIY,  Kids,  Printables,  Style,  Style + Beauty

    Cute Shirt Ideas for Your Next Disneyland Trip

    I’ve never been the kind of mom who dresses her kids to match. But I AM the kind of mom who makes a new t-shirt every time we visit Disneyland! (I feel like those two kinds of moms are totally kindred spirits anyway.) We’ll be visiting the parks in September before our annual passes expire (all the sad tears), so I wanted to make the kids a couple of new shirts for the trip. So fire up your Cricut and grab the free downloads below, because here are two cute shirt ideas for your next Disneyland trip! Cute Shirt Ideas for Your Next Disneyland Trip Up first, Henry’s snack shirt!…

  • DIY,  Kids

    Our Favorite Art Supplies for Kids

    I have to be honest and say that I’m so pumped that our kiddos are super into art supplies. Pretty much every day Henry wants to “do art,” which can mean anything from stickers to crayons to beads and more. It’s fascinating to see their little creative brains get all fired up. I’m kind of picky when it comes to their art supplies — I want to make sure that they get used lots, that they are sturdy, and that they actually work well. (There’s no bigger bummer than stickers that don’t stick or crayons that don’t write well.) So here are our favorite art supplies for kids ages 2-5!…

  • DIY

    Revisiting Old Projects + How They Lasted (Or Didn’t)

    It finally happened. The other day, the kids broke something that I made. They were playing with the famous pineapple ukulele, and the fret board came unglued from the body. I was bummed for a bit but then I started thinking about how long ago we actually made that, and it turned out it was four years strong! So I thought it would be cool to dig in to some of our most popular DIYs and assess how long they’ve lasted (or whether they lasted at all). I always have prided myself that one hallmark of Lovely Indeed projects is that they’re actually functional. We don’t often make things just to make…

  • DIY,  Food,  Fourth of July,  Holiday,  Sweets

    How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

    Last year at a family gathering, my mother-in-law made ice cream cone cupcakes and my kiddos were absolutely enchanted. After we returned home, we decided to make another batch to share on the Fourth of July. I gathered every red, white, and blue sprinkle I had at my disposal and we went to town! These are so cute, so fun to make, and awesome for sharing — but there’s definitely a secret to making them. So read on for the skinny on how to make ice cream cone cupcakes! How to Make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes Ingredients cake cones your favorite cake mix or recipe frosting sprinkles in your favorite color…