• Trend Crush: Fall Sneakers

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    For a long time sneakers were what you wore to clean the garage or do yard work… but wear them out in public, on purpose? Never! Thank goodness those days are long gone. Sneakers can be the perfect statement for fall and whats even better, they are practical! For once, beauty is not pain. I love all the great neutral sneaker options out there that don’t look like you just got home from the the gym. I have a pair of black and white Nike’s that I love to throw on with cropped pants, a loose tee, and a cardigan. Below are some of my favorite sneakers in classic brands. Which are your favorite?

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  • 5 Tips for Family Camping + Edie’s First Campout

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    In the final of our Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target challenge, we took Edie out for her first camping trip last month in the Sierras. Camping with kids is a topic I get emails about all the time. I’ve posted some tips before for backpacking with kids but thought I’d share a few ideas for making a car camping trip with the family more fun enjoyable for everyone (even for baby!).

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    This is the last in our Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target challenge featuring some easy on the go organic baby food perfect for camping trips like Plum Organics Stage 2 blend pouches, Ella’s Kitchen Organic Pureed Baby Food pouches, Plums Organics Little Yums Teething Wafers, Ella’s Kitchen Organic Raspberry and Vanilla Puffits.

    Keep reading for more photos from Edie’s first camping trip and 5 tips for camping with your family…

    Photography by Liz and Jared Stanley

    This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home. 

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  • Interview with a First Grader: Harper

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    Last week we interviewed Henry, and today we’re interviewing Henry’s friend and fellow toothless first grader, Harper! This is part of a partnership with Gap Kids and the GapKids class of 2014 contest going on. Harper’s mother, Sara, works with me here at Say Yes so we get to spend lots of time together and I always love when Harper and Henry get to hang out (even if it’s for a photo shoot). They crack me up! From Frozen sing alongs to Little House and the Prairie and rainbow loom bracelets, Harper is one part teenager and two parts adorable little kid.

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    Keep reading for our interview with Harper, featuring these favorite picks from Gap Kids: Star hi-top sneakers (don’t you love these!)/Drop waist zip dress/Denim jacket (borrowed from the boys)/Nylon backpack/Stud headband.

    Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers. Thanks to Harper and Henry for modeling their toothless grins!

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  • Secrets of Stylish Moms: Amber

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    Today’s for secrets of stylish moms we’re featuring Amber from Portland, Oregon. Amber is the mother to 2 1/2 yr old Eleanor, and blogs over at the blog “With Love“, a personal lifestyle blog covering design, fashion, beauty, food, and motherhood. We love Amber’s local’s guide to Portland series for tips on where to eat and shop in Portland, her style series for great tips and go-tos as a mom, and her new series, Heart & Craft, that features entrepreneurial mamas. Today we’re finding all about her secrets to being a mom with great style.
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    Welcome Amber! This jumpsuit looks like the perfect piece! Tell us more about it…

    I love a good jumpsuit. They’re stylish, comfortable, and easy. It’s a one-stop piece. All you have to do is add shoes and you’re good to go. The chambray jumpsuit I’m wearing is Ilana Kohn that I found on this rad site called, Garmentory. Warning: it’s addictive because it makes you feel like everything you buy was a score. If anything has changed with my style since becoming a mom, its definitely gotten more streamlined and comfortable. The priorities for me now are not only style but comfort, ease, something that moves, and with pockets. Always with pockets.

    What is one favorite piece in your wardrobe that is both practical for a mother and stylish?

    My chambray button-up shirts from Madewell. I have one in a dark wash for fall/winter and one in a light wash for spring/summer. They are like my second skin.

    Have you splurged on any item in your postpartum wardrobe?

    Having a daughter is dangerous. Everything is so cute. I enjoy splurging on her just as much as myself! But when I do splurge on myself it’s usually an Ace&Jig piece. Honestly, I probably splurge more since becoming a mom. I shop less and spend more. I just find myself wanting clothes that will last and standup to motherhood more than wanting to shop frequently.

    Keep reading for Amber’s postpartum fashion advice and favorite beauty products and regimens…

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    It’s the last weekend before school starts again.  I’ve actually taken the week off from work (mostly, with the exception of evenings) to spend some time with Henry and Edie before the school routine sets in next week and my assistant comes back. We’ve been exploring the city a lot, boogie boarding in the ocean up north, had sleepovers, made popsicles, stayed up late, and even visited the Jelly Belly Factory and Train Town. This weekend we’re headed to the circus, a birthday party and maybe some canoeing on the Russian River with friends if we can squeeze it in. Edie’s also started crawling so it’s time to baby proof the house! Twice we found a lego piece in her mouth this week. Yikes! Have a lovely one, here are some links to explore:

    Have you seen Jordan of Oh Happy Day‘s new company, Bright Lab Lights?  So pretty, don’t you think? (image above). I’m trying to figure out what strand would be best in the kids room!

    The sweetest playsuit for Edie

    Can’t wait to try this pluot summer salad

    Oh I’d live in these cool sweatpants!

    Huge crush on this gorgeous dress

    Ice cream surprise balls!

    Great DIY for adding leather pockets to your striped dress

    Really digging these enamel bowls

    I just got a shiny new laptop so now of course I’m eyeing this gorgeous laptop bag everyone needs

    Fun way to breathe new life into your canvas shoes

    Pretty way to wear flowers in your hair

    13 recipes for those fresh tomatoes from the farmers market

      
  • 20 back to school finds for $20 or less: girls!

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    The back to school clock is ticking! It’s sad to see summer go but sometimes it’s nice to get back into the swing of things with the schedule school provides. Here are a couple of sales to watch for back to school shopping! And in case you missed it, some tips on back to school shopping on a budget!

    J.Crew: Online only, 25% off summer to fall styles
    Gap: Sweaters starting at $18, Jeans and Khakis starting at $19, tops starting at $9, and all uniform pieces on sale!
    Old Navy: Kids jeans starting at $10, 15% off online purchases… 25% off if you have a pair of jeans in your cart.
    J.Crew Factory: 30% off new arrivals, online only
    H&M: Online and in store 20% off entire kids purchase of $50 or more.
    American Eagle Outfitters: All jeans under $30 + free shipping on everything!
    Kohl’s: Up to 50% off back to school weekend sale
    ASOS: Free standard shipping when you spend $25
    Target: 40% off jeans for the family + buy one get one 50% off shoes
    Forever 21: Back to school deals starting at $4
    Macy’s: Take an extra 20% off

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  • Rainbow Teething Popsicles

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    Edie’s first tooth is starting to emerge (as are her curly blonde locks!).  It’s exciting but her poor gums have been in pain lately. Which, for such a good natured baby like Edie means she takes occasional breaks from around the clock smiling to gnaw on something hard or cold within arms reach. When we go out to restaurants one of her favorite things to do is gnaw on ice cubes from my glass but I have to hold them in her mouth so she doesn’t swallow them whole. I discussed some natural teething remedies a bit last week but this week I thought I’d make her some cold + soothing teething ‘popsicles’ that would be easy for her to hold and impossible to swallow. These popsicles are really just frozen water in dixie cups: no sugar, just a drop of food coloring (which isn’t necessary and probably she could do with less food coloring in her life but pretty none the less).

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    When Henry was in preschool they had this sweet tradition of giving ice cubes to kids who were upset or hurt. They’d just crack one from the freezer ice tray and wrap it in a brown paper towel so their fingers wouldn’t freeze off. It was the perfect amount of attention and felt like a treat without actually being a treat at all. Also, the activity of gnawing on a cold ice cube gave them something to keep their mind off their skinned knee or the bucket that was unfairly yanked from their sandy little hands. Ever since, Henry has loved ice cubes. In fact, every time I give Edie one of these teething popsicles he insists on sucking on one as well.

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    Edie’s verdict on the teething pops and a genius popsicle making tip you need to know about…

    Photography by Liz Stanley

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  • Look for less: Girls back to school

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    School shopping can add up fast, especially if you have more than one kid your shopping for! Here are a few quick tips for saving money but keeping your kids on trend! 1. Get an idea of what’s in fashion by cruising through web sites that might be out of your price range, all while taking notes. Look for basic pieces that will be easy to mimic (ie. blue and white striped dress). 2. Shop sales, and shop online! Once I found a pair of shorts in a store on sale for $39.00, I had just seen the same shorts online for sale for $14.00 and free shipping! 3. Invest in quality pieces that will get worn and worn (good shoes! a nice coat, etc). 4. Don’t be afraid to be patient (good things come to those who wait). Good luck!

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  • Baby Bath Time

    bathtime5 I think I might love my kids’ bath time as much or more than they do. Before Edie could sit up on her own one of my favorite things to do was to get in bath with her. Holding that soft, chubby, nudie, slippery baby in the bath was one of the highlights of my day! Now that she can sit up on her own in the bath pretty well (though with very close attention), I usually stay out of the bath and enjoy it from the marginally-dry bathroom floor. bathtime13

    Often Henry would join us as well. I’d give him some instruction on how to he could help wash the baby, which inevitably ended up in soap beards and unauthorized splashing but I guess that’s pretty expected for a 6 year old playing with an 8 month old.

     

    Keep reading to hear more about our bath routine and the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target bath products we checked out for baby’s bath…   Featuring Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target products: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath, SheaMoisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head to Toe Wash & Shampoo, SheaMoisture Baby Bar Soap, Seventh Generation Baby Lotion …plus stroller links, and Munchkin Ten Squirtin’ Sea Buddies Bath Toys

    This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.

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  • 5 Tips for making the fluffiest pancakes

    By food contributor Brittany

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    One thing Liz and I have in common is our love for pancakes. They have a way of making any weekend seem special! Sometimes it can be difficult to get those perfect, melt in your mouth, fluffy pancakes and instead you end up with flat, chewy pancakes. Here are some helpful tips to make your favorite pancake recipe even better!
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