• Life,  This Week

    Happy Friday + The Weekly Roundup

    Happy Friday, friends! What’s everyone doing this weekend? We’ve been living that local life super hard lately and LOVING it. You know I love my hometown, and fall is such an amazing time here. We just had our annual mural festival, all of the pumpkin patches are gearing up, and it’s about to be market season for all of our local makers. I just can’t get enough! I’m also super pumped to be prepping for a couple of local speaking events and collaborations on the blog. One of them is at the Business Womens’ Symposium, where I’ll be giving a talk and then participating in a panel for audience Q+A.…

  • Career,  Inspiration,  Inspired,  Life

    How to stay positive

    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…

  • Events,  Life,  Modesto,  Places To Try,  Travel

    Local Love // Another Awesome Opening in Modesto

    I live in the city where I was born. And if you’ve been reading Lovely Indeed for a while, you know that I left Modesto for a few years, came back (on purpose), and am doing everything I can to spread local love in this town my family calls home. So when a local business comes to me to collaborate, I am always over the moon. Seeing other people invest in our community in a way that makes it better for others is truly one of my favorite things. Which is why I am SO PUMPED to help spread the word about the newest incredible local venture, the Save Mart…

  • Career,  Life,  The Productivity Tool Kit,  This Week

    Happy Friday + Some Big Feels

    Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday post but I’m having some big feels today and my fingers made their way to the keyboard. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you probably know that we’re launching our new online course, The Productivity Tool Kit, next week! And this weekend feels like the home stretch on my end, because we’re putting the finishing touches on the whole shebang before we push GO on Tuesday. I know we’ve been talking about it a ton, and I just want to say thank you for all of the excitement and support, and let you know that this course is…

  • 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…

  • Career,  Life,  Productivity,  The Productivity Tool Kit

    The Productivity Tool Kit

    FRIENDS! Tell me if any of these sound familiar. “Feeling overwhelmed makes me less productive. If there’s too much on my plate I don’t even know where to start and my head just kind of explodes.” “I’m a perfectionist, and if I don’t think I’m ready to do something perfectly, I just don’t do it at all. But then I feel bad for not doing it.” “I’m a stay at home mom and I don’t even know some days WHAT I should try to get done. Do I have to be productive?” “My biggest issue is prioritizing things. There’s just not enough time to have a clean house, eat well,…

  • Life,  Parenting

    How to Be a Happier Mom

    I don’t think that I’ve ever been a specifically unhappy mother. But there are definitely times when I’ve been Stressed Out Mom. I’ve also been Frustrated Mom, Perfectionist Mom, and, mostly, Worried Mom. And when I’m all of those versions of myself, I logically know that going down those various emotional rabbit holes won’t do any good for myself or for my family. But, if you’re a parent, I’m sure you know it’s hard to climb out of one. I’ve been doing lots of thinking lately on learning how to be a happier mom. Less worried. Less concerned. Maybe less (dare I say it) uptight? Ryan and I have been…

  • Career,  Life

    Taking Risks // How Do You Know When to Leap?

    Once upon a time, I was a high school teacher. I had dutifully graduated from high school, gone straight to college, gotten my degree and teaching credential on a fast track, and gone straight back to the high school from which I had graduated to be the choir teacher. I (and everyone else) kind of thought that this was my path, I was going to be here forever. Then, after a few years, I realized it was just something that I wasn’t going to be able to sustain. There were about a zillion reasons that I could list out for you, but that’s not the point of this post. The…

  • Life

    A Little Life Update

    Remember the olden days of blogging when you would just get sit down and blab for paragraphs and paragraphs about just… whatever? It was truly more like a journal, and these days that same feel just isn’t around. But one thing I miss about it was just sharing life updates, as a sort of timeline that I could then go back to and have documented the things that our life was made up of in each season. Also? I miss sharing that type of post with you, and having you share back about your lives. So. Here’s a life update! Ryan just absolutely crushed a monthlong bootcamp (remember when I did mine?!),…

  • Essay,  Kids,  Life,  Parenting

    I Will Be Happy Because I’m With You

    Every night, we put Maggie to bed. And almost every night, she pops out one single time, to tell me she needs me. “Mommy, I need you to give me water.” Or, “Mommy, I need you to cover me up.” It’s usually just the one time, and it’s usually not for any good reason other than that she wants a little extra love. So okay. The other night she called for me and I went in. “Lay with me for a liddle bit,” she said in her tiny kid voice. So I did. “Let’s have a slumber party.” So we closed our eyes and pretended to sleep. All of a…