This post is in collaboration with Ergobaby
When Henry was born we were living in Salt Lake City and my friends all had older children who wanted to be at parks and zoos and playgroups all day. Because I wanted to get out of the house and hang out, I would spend a lot of time doing those things with them- even though Henry was far too young to enjoy it, and even though he spent most of the time snoozing anyway. I regret it in some ways. At that newborn stage they’re so portable and easy to travel around with, and perfectly happy to be cuddled up against you out shopping, eating out or even at a movie. I wish I had spent more time doing things I wanted to do with Henry while I still could, as opposed to jumping into kid activities so quickly.
This time around I’m determined to take advantage of Edie’s newborn portable-ness while I still can (there will be years of playground, kid friendly restaurants, and Dora the Explorer in our future that’s for sure!). I’m partnering with Ergo Baby to talk about our adventures in baby wearing around San Francisco and thought today that it might be fun to share 5 of my favorite cafes in the city where I can tote Edie around in an Ergo wrap. She sleeps so incredibly soundly in a wrap, way better than in her cradle or in a car seat and this one feels so snug and safe.
Keep reading to hear about my 5 favorite San Francisco cafes and more about baby wearing…
Photography and graphics by Loren Croiser for Say Yes
By food contributor Brittany
Kale is one of the best known super foods. In this recipe the kale maintains all of its nutrients because there’s no cooking involved it simply requires massaging! This technique breaks down the kale and softens it making it not so harsh to eat raw. Swap this healthy tasty salad out for that boring one tonight!
Keep reading for the recipe…
Edie Jean was born at the beginning of November before the holidays, which meant a lot of outings and gatherings and I found myself dealing with a closet of clothes that weren’t fitting. It will still be at least a few months before I fit into some of my old clothes so part of me doesn’t want to invest in new pieces, but I still want to look and feel my best especially during a time of a lot of emotion and adjustment. I made a list of essentials items I needed and collected as many as I could without breaking the bank.
Here’s my list of 12 essential items for your wardrobe, for every budget…
Hi guys! Hope you’ve had a good week. Things have been busy busy around here, all exciting stuff but I’m starting to revisit some work/home balance issues with a new baby (it’s so hard and it’s a perpetual struggle!). I’m excited to take a little break this weekend and head to Lake Tahoe. Jared and Henry will ski and Edie and I will bundle up and venture out around the cute town and then meet up for some sledding with the boys in the afternoon, catch up on movies at night. Excited for a cozy weekend trip. Up to anything fun? Here are some links to explore!
Love these peaceful photos of Lake Tahoe (image above)
Gabby’s post about depression was incredible and a must read
Every gown worn by every best actress oscar winner through the years
Goodbye selfie, hello sleeveface
Lovely matchbox favor printables on Julep
A new favorite DIY with paint swatches
Adding these sandals to my summer wish list
Gorgeous handmade necklaces on Etsy
Pretty drop waist dress
7 clever St Patricks day crafts for kids
4 easy ways to give your bathroom a facelift
With March here, we’re drawn to neutrals, graphics, comfy tops and springy shoes. Here are some deals spotted under $40 this week! See more deals on the Fab Finds Under $40 pinterest page
1. Satin Striped Tee $35.00/2. Strappy Mint Sandal $37.64/3. Amour Tee $24.99/4. Panama Hat $19.95/5. Braided Flats $34.99/6. Short Sleeve Sweatshirt $24.99/7. Straight and Narrow Jean $34.50/8. Jersey Dress $24.95/9. Reversable Shopper Bag $19.99/10. Bicycle Sweatshirt $19.99
In collaboration with fashion editor, Ashley
Right now Edie sleeps with us in our bedroom. Sometimes she actually sleeps with us in bed in a LulyBoo (love that portable thing) and other times she sleeps in this cradle above in the corner by the door to the sunroom where the rest of her nursery is (see the full nursery tour here). Because this is a small space I wanted to make it special and thought some colorful cafe lights might do the trick!
Did you know you can make these cafe lights from a strand of LED lights and ping pong balls? It will cost you about $16 with plenty of extra ping pongs to spare for another strand. The LED part is crucial- don’t use regular twinkle lights. LED lights don’t get hot and so it’s safe to add the plastic balls.
I really love how they turned out. My hope was that filtering the colored lights through the white ping pong balls would create a pretty pastel color and it totally did, which I was pleased with.
In the daytime the cafe lights look pastel but at night they get more vivid- almost primary colors. Edie is mesmerized by them! Because they’re LED you can make them dance and sparkle and flicker all you want. It’s kind of enough to give you a seizure so I like to keep them on either constant or slow fade. Edie prefers slow fade too. Last night these lights were what relaxed her enough to finally fall asleep after a good long crying spell.
See how to make them after the jump…
By fashion editor Ashley
I love winter fashion and all it’s layers but it seems like all the fun and playful clothes stay in the back of my closet till spring. This spring look is a great mixture of masculine and feminine. Nothing shouts spring like a circle, and pairing it with a camo tee and a vest makes it that much more playful. This look is easy to recreate on any budget!
The Look: Madewell
Check out other Looks for Less here.
This post is sponsored by P&G. Save on NEW Gain Flings and Tide Pods at Target
A couple weeks ago I talked about my ongoing struggle with doing laundry. It never ends! Just when you’re about to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, another load starts piling up on the floor and you want to pull your hair out. I guess that’s the trouble with house work in general, all that work for a short-lived reward. Today I’m sharing a fun printable to make your dreaded laundry chore a little more enjoyable: these lights and darks iron-on designs my sister Becca made for you guys to download. I think a pair of these bags with the printable ‘how to do laundry’ chart from two weeks ago be a thoughtful housewarming gift, or to a family member headed to college.
Keep reading for the Lights and Darks printable design and hear about our review of Tide Pods!
PS Have you entered to win a $300 Target GiftCard yet? It’s not too late!
This black and white geometric notebook is such a simple project. From start to finish it took us about 15 minutes which included a string cheese snack break. Also, if you stare long enough at it in the center cross you’ll see a killer shark jumping out of the water catching a fish in the air under a full moon. Okay, not really. I could never do those stupid magic eye books. They drove me nuts.
Okay, sorry. Sometimes I don’t know what to say about a project. Maybe just this: here’s something cute I made, keep on reading for instructions to make one yourself. That’s all. Oh, and happy If Pets Had Thumbs Day (totally legit holiday, check it out).
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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 >>>