• Career,  The Productivity Tool Kit

    What to Expect from The Productivity Tool Kit

    Happy Friday! We’re just a little over two weeks away from launching our new course The Productivity Tool Kit, and I have butterflies in my stomach! I have taken my fair share of online courses. Courses on parenting, courses on marketing, courses on blogging, and so much more. And after having those experiences, there were a few things I knew down deep in my heart that I wanted as I was creating The Productivity Tool Kit. First, it’s imperative to me that it brings about a transformation in your life. I want you to take this course and then see it facilitate a positive change in your everyday. Secondly, it’s…

  • California,  Carmel,  City Guides,  Places To Try,  Travel

    What to Do in Carmel-By-The-Sea

    The last couple of times I was in Carmel, we were toting along two adorable toddlers, so we really just scratched the surface. But a few weeks ago I got the chance for a weekend getaway in Carmel-By-The-Sea on a girls’ trip with my sister, and I had forgotten how fun it is for a grownups-only trip! We had such a lovely time, and Carmel is truly one of the most special places in California. (We included it on our list here!) Where to Stay in Carmel, California We were lucky to connect with Hofsas House in Carmel, who hosted us for the weekend. Hofsas House started as a small…

  • 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…

  • Blogging,  Career,  Productivity,  The Productivity Tool Kit

    How I Stay Motivated + Inspired to Blog

    Welcome to the new Pick My Brain series! I truly love being a resource for people, and feel grateful for the opportunity to share the things that I’ve learned and that I love. I wish I could sit down for a cup of tea with every person that asks to pick my brain, but there just aren’t enough hours in the week! So every so often, I’ll ask for your “pick my brain” questions over on Instagram and answer them here. It’s a great way for me to serve you as a resource, and hopefully help more people at the same time! Here’s one of our recent questions: How do…

  • Eats,  Food,  Sweets

    Pumpkin Donut Holes Two Ways

    It’s a red letter day, gang! Today is the day that I finally get to introduce you to our new food contributors, Goodie2Spoons! The girls behind Goodie2Spoons are Katie and Allie. We met through mom stuff (Katie’s little girl is one of Hank’s BFFs) and I quickly discovered that these two gals might be the best cooks I know in real life. Every once in a while they’ll be trying out a new recipe and a magical plate of something delicious will show up on our doorstep for us to “taste test.” So it hit me like a ton of bricks one day that DUH we should collaborate so they can…

  • Career,  Life,  Marriage,  Parenting,  Productivity,  The Productivity Tool Kit

    How to Use a Family Schedule to Be More Present

    Wanna know a secret? This is actually a teaser, a sneak peek if you will, at the type of content that’s inside our course, The Productivity Tool Kit! Now, I can’t give the whole thing away and ruin all of the surprises, so this is actually some extra content that we created for you right here on the blog. But! I did want to try to help with a common problem that so many other mothers talk to me about frequently. And I wanted to give you a little something extra just to thank you for being rad. We’ve been talking lots about being productive and what that means, and…

  • Food,  Sweets

    Salty Candy Bar Blondies

    One of my favorite things is being able to share the causes that are near to my heart with you here on the blog. So when OXO and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer asked if I might like to share a recipe here on Lovely Indeed, I jumped at the chance to help. If you’re not familiar with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, they are a company raising funds for research to develop new, improved, and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. The team sent over a cookie recipe for us to try, and for every time their message is shared (in places like this blog post or in their hashtag on…

  • Places To Try,  Travel,  Traveling With Kids

    Our Favorite Places to Visit in California

    Welcome to the new Pick My Brain series! I truly love being a resource for people, and feel grateful for the opportunity to share the things that I’ve learned and that I love. I wish I could sit down for a cup of tea with every person that asks to pick my brain, but there just aren’t enough hours in the week! So every so often, I’ll ask for your “pick my brain” questions over on Instagram and answer them here. It’s a great way for me to serve you as a resource, and hopefully help more people at the same time! Here’s one of our recent questions: Where are…

  • 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…

  • Eats,  Food

    The Best Stew in the Whole World

    Let me just start this post by saying: if you don’t eat meat, I apologize profusely. Not only for the fact that this is a meaty post, but for the fact that you mouth will be missing out on this bonkers delicious stew. For the rest of you, prepare yourselves for the best stew in the whole world. Mr. Lovely and I started making this recipe after we got married because we got a crock pot for our wedding and it seemed like the right thing to do when you have a crock pot. Ya know. Make stew. And once we had it we couldn’t quit it. This recipe comes…