July 14, 2015

Summer Reading List by La La Lovely

It’s been too long since I’ve shared what I’ve been reading.  It’s not that I haven’t been reading.  I have been reading a lot.  My habbit of reading in multiples (at least three at at time) would be a really hard one for me to break.  I feel it would be likened to limiting yourself to

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Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Are you in full swing planning for the fourth?  I tend to take the path of tradition and always make the same thing, with a wish to try new things.  I tend to over complicate.  Can you relate?  That only leaves me leaning on my old stand bys.  So, I figured simple is the secret to branching out.  So I’m sharing four treats to try for the fourth of July.

The other week, I happened to see these donut ice cream sandwiches floating around instagram.  I instantly put them on my summer list, which I should confess is just a noted freeze frame in the brain.  Anyhow, I figured the 4th of July might be the perfect time to try these breakfast desert creations! I once saw, my most favorite, Nigella, scoop out two generous portions of coffee gelato and squidge them between two brioche buns and proceed to eat it like a burger.  A little odd, but mostly intriguing.  And, she says it’s done this way in Italy, so there’s that.  Thank you Paper Stich Blog for this crazy good looking idea.  I’m sure I’ll have more thanks, after I give it a try.

Keep reading for 3 more treats you’ll want to try for the 4th of July . . .


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Traveling with Kids | La La Lovely

Do you have any epic trips planned this summer?  Or, even just, a road trip to the grandparents?  As of now, we’ve got nothing planned, but to stay put.  Perhaps, that is why this post is so fun.  I’ll travel along, viturally, with you.

First, watch this video that my friend Corbyn made on Traveling With Kids and shared on his YouTube channel.  I loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you.

He shared what is a must in their car (I took note of all of the gadgety plug in type things that we are always needing, but I never which kind) and, most importantly, why traveling with kids, although rough at times, is worth every “are we there yet.”  It’s good to get kids out of their everyday environment.  I loved his pointers, but even more so the humor and heart behind it.

Isn’t it fun?

So, while I don’t have any trips planned, we are pretty seasoned road trippers as we trek to back and forth to Atlanta to visit family.  We did the 12 hour drive two times this past spring – almost back to back.  So, by now, I’m pretty certain about what to pack.

Here are our must haves:

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June 26, 2015

Planter | La La Lovely Blog

Summer Sunset | La La Lovely Blog


my fave planter /  it’s not really a planter, rather a container, but I love it this way.

a stunning summer sunset / when the sky shifts in seconds and you want to capture it forever

a perfect little profile / I’m kind of freaking at four.  My prayers lately include, “please don’t let those chubby chubby cheeks thin out and if he could just keep saying things like “yes my are” and “no my don’t” for another year or so, that would be good with me.”

I took some pics of my bedroom this week and was messing about with my camera and just felt like I need to snap more pictures.  More moments, really.  Whether they be still life or life moving so fast I’d be a fool not try to capture some of it (like those chubby cheeks and eyes all intense on watching Woody the Woodpecker).  I’m not awesome with my camera and so I kind of avoid it.  But, nothing is perfect, right?  Even pictures  plastered on blogs.  I’m hoping to get back to my Fave Friday posts, even if they are simple, just to keep me snapping some.

So, Happy Friday, lovelies!  How has your week been?  

We are stall falling into summer routines, which translate to routines of relaxing.  The weather here has been so very rainy.  I try not to complain, and if I’m honest, I’m not one that minds rain.  It’s just I’d love for the kids to be able to swim and soak up more sun.  Maybe next week will shine bright?

I have some fun posts planned for next week.  Think traveling with kids and summer reads.  I haven’t posted on books for awhile, but I’ve been reading a plenty so I figure it’s time.  And, I want to hear what all of you are reading this summer.

Hope your weekend is sunny in every sense of the word.



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bedroom rug |  la la lovely blog

Have you ever walked on a cloud?  Me neither, but I think about it every time I fly.

This is my bedroom with my tidy nightstand, which really isn’t always tidy.   But’s let’s talk about my rug and …. what lies beneath.  First I should tell you that the rug is beyond decor for me, it’s warmth in the winter and a bit of a sacred spot (I’ll tell you why in a bit).

And under it? …. Nothing, except for a lot of dirt (click through for my pictorial confession).  That is until I recently tried a rug pad.

rug | la la lovely blog

I’m curious . . . . do you use rug pads?

Honestly, I never really gave rug pads much thought other than assuming they were only for keeping your rug from slipping around.

But, they are not.  They are for walking on clouds (cushioning if you want to get technical), protection (prevents scratches and dye transfers to your floor – When I moved my rug around to add the rug pad, I found some dark coloring on my white painted floors that isn’t washing up.), longevity (keeps your rug fibers from crushing over time),  and cleanliness (so you don’t collect this much dirt under yours . . . .

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