Four months ago we moved from an apartment in San Francisco to a home in the Oakland hills. We joke that we missed the city for about 30 minutes total driving across the bay bridge. It’s been such a good move for us. Our neighbors couldn’t be more welcoming, it’s even more walkable with a little village just 3 blocks away, and Henry has made friends and adjusted to his new school easily. Of course, it’s also nice to be in a home that feels comfortable too. Today I’m excited to share with you some pictures in partnership with Wayfair who sells so many home furnishings I love from lighting and throw pillows, to rugs and couches. You can see our first inspiration post with Wayfair here. Today we’ll be sharing tours of the living room, dining room, and family room. Come take a peek if you’d like to see inside…
Recipe by food writer Abbey
It’s officially summer! Up to anything fun this weekend? My parents are in town helping with the kids while our nanny is taking leave. Jared and I hadn’t been on one date since we moved so we have a few evening dates planned while my parents are in town. Last night we went to a concert in the city and tonight we have a reservation at a nice restaurant in Berkeley. After next week we’ll be heading to Utah for a few days and looking forward to boat rides, cousins, and some real summer heat. Have a great one, here are some links to explore:
A perfect summer uniform from First Rite (image above)
Must try these soy sauce eggs
Are you pregnant or do you have PMS?
I’ve been wearing these John Lennon sunglasses nonstop
Love these Emily Green necklaces available from Sunday in Color
Short operas you can watch on your phone
I didn’t know this smart avocado trick
We have this missing socks matching game from Chronicle Books and it’s so cute!
I almost wish I were still pregnant so I could buy a pair of these new HATCH maternity jeans
I found a gorgeous new children’s line I was unfamiliar with: Yoli and Otis
A new podcast about social media I’ve started listening to
This cauliflower bowl looks amazing
5 ways we can help refugee mothers
Just ordered this book for summer reading
I have a new baby niece!
It seems like everywhere I turn I see stylish friends in high waisted cropped pants. They’re modern yet retro and admittedly make me cringe a bit when I try them on (especially since I just had a baby). They’re just so cool though and I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of them. By far, the IT pair on the blog is the Jesse Kamm sailor pant. So much so, that many just call this trend kamm pants. They’re super comfy and I like that you could pair them with a crop top (another trend I’m loving right now) and still not show too much skin.
What do you think of the kamm pant trend? My friend Lena (above with her son on instagram) says “When I wear them they feel both cool and unflattering!”. Ha! Where to buy them and how to wear them after the jump…
I love indigo mudcloth textiles. I wrap Dot in one, I drape my dining table with another, and yet another sits on our couch as a throw blanket. Each is unique and beautiful. They’re super soft, and have such a gorgeous texture and history (more about them here). I found a few pieces for cheap at our local Alameda flea market and thought it would be fun to use one to transform into an American flag for the 4th of July. We wanted to make something patriotic but more like tie dye, and much more subtle than a traditional American flag. Something you could keep up year round.
Keep reading to see how we made it…
Last week we talked about how we’ve been preparing Edie for her first movie in a theatre, Finding Dory. She loved Finding Nemo so I thought Finding Dory would be the perfect movie to take her to for her first time. We’ve been talking about it for a while and used Fandango Family to help prepare. We also made a fun Dory bag that she could eat snacks out of at the theatre (our DIY on Fandango Family here!).
Earlier this week we saw the movie! Here’s how it went…
It’s a cruel twist of timing that summer barbecues align with swimsuit season. Thankfully, I’ve found some healthy barbecue recipes (entrees, sides, and desserts) that won’t sacrifice flavor or your waistline, so make some of these recipes for your next summer get-together and dig in!
By DIY contributor Alyson of Bash Studio
Since the 4th of July is coming up real fast, I thought I would share a festive little treat bag DIY. I love having these on hand for parties so guests can take home goodies or any leftovers I don’t want to store. It’s really a win win situation! I originally tried to find sequin trim, but had absolutely no luck. With enough glue and a little overkill of sequins, you can create your own shiny little popsicles to pass out at your next barbecue!
Happy weekend! Henry has been gone all week in Southern Utah for a cousins camp my sister in law Sara graciously hosts every year. It’s his first year since it’s only for ages 8 and up and he’s been looking forward to it for MONTHS. Nonstop swimming, adventures in the desert, movies, and diving into The Drawer of Wonders (unlimited candy stash). Excited for him to come home and get a full report.
Up to anything fun this weekend? We are invited to a family event at the Palace hotel so I’m looking forward to a little staycation there overnight. Follow along on snapchat (I’m lizsayyes) for some family activities we’ll be doing like an afternoon tea party, sushi making class, and cannonballs in their amazing looking pool. We’re also prepping for my parents coming into town! They’re staying for ten days to help out while our nanny is spending time with her new baby girl. Have a great one, here are some links to explore:
Great idea for a midnight sweet craving (never thought of that combo before!)
The first new cereal General Mills has released in 15 years! Will you try it?
Facts about Dad printable for Fathers Day. These sheets are always hilarious to read back!
Everyone in San Francisco is wearing these Jesse Kamm high waisted cropped pants
Really cute little modern sailboat DIY from Alice and Lois
A budget friendly linen romper
100 picture books to read with your kids this summer
A favorite new clothing line I’m obsessed with called First Rite
Fourth of July DIY straw necklaces from the Say Yes archives (image above)
My new favorite summer bag
Things you never noticed about the book Goodnight Moon (made me laugh!)
Woah. The ultimate Father’s Day cake looks amazing!
Why you’ll marry the wrong person, and why it’s okay
5 important gun control petitions to consider signing
And lastly, 21 celebrities that are rocking at being dads (Happy Father’s Day!)
We’re starting a new series today called Baking with Toddlers. Edie and I both love spending time in the kitchen. It’s a something fun and messy we can do together with a delicious result. In this series we’ll be sharing some fun foods you can make with your toddler that are a cinch to prepare and everyone will love to eat. Today we’re working on a raspberry lemonade pie! This is one of my favorite summertime pies because it’s sweet, refreshing, and only semi-homemade with just five ingredients (one being a cute toddler).
Here’s how Edie and I made it…
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>
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