• Ways to Give this Holiday Season


    We have so much to be thankful for this season. I usually focus on home and family on this site and try to be a creative and inspiring outlet, even in the midst of crisis. But, it’s hard to ignore the international humanitarian issues going that’s feeling closer and closer to home for all of us, I know.  So we wanted to share some ways we, you, I can help so we don’t feel so helpless and hopeless. It only seems fitting for a holiday season we’re in full of thankfulness, gifting, faith, and love to focus on others. My team did a little research and found seven different organizations that we’d recommend if you feel like you’re able to donate a little something this holiday season…


  • Feeling Extra Thankful Today

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    Happy Thanksgiving! I have three pies sitting on the counter (tart cherry, milky way chocolate, and cheesecake), my grandma’s homemade rolls rising by the oven, and feeling very thankful this morning for many, many things. One is some wonderful news I have to share: we’re expecting a 3rd child this coming April! Henry and Edie will have a new little sister and we couldn’t be more thrilled! This came as a bit of a surprise after still emotionally recovering from 4 years of secondary infertility trying to get pregnant with Edie. Seven failed fertility treatments, 2 miscarriages, and lots of heartache was the most difficult thing I’ve had to face as a woman (a few posts I wrote about the topic here if you’d like to read more). And, I know so many women that endure much, much more than that trying to grow their families. So, when we thought about (maybe?) leaving it up to odds to have a 3rd, I just couldn’t set my heart on it one way or another. But we are feeling very, very lucky. And at almost 20 weeks it’s starting to really set in: THREE! This is going to be a wonderful challenge we’re excited to tackle. My heart goes out to anyone who has dealt with infertility. I know how painful it can be and I hope and pray you can find some way to grow your family (and keep your sanity in the process!). We certainly feel lucky to be adding a 3rd child to ours.

    xoxo, Liz

    My friend, the very talented Betty Liu took this image of me a few weeks ago in New Hampshire. My belly is about twice that size now!

  • Messy Kid Project: Holiday Cookie Cutter Stamping


    We’ve got another fun and messy kid project for you today. This one is holiday focused of course, and puts to use that bag of cookie cutters that you’d otherwise use only once a year for holiday cookie baking.  It’s also a really great busy activity to do on the floor in the kitchen while you’re working on some holiday baking or gift wrapping. Here’s how it went with Edie…


  • Look for Less

    By Ashley Aikele

    nov 25 2015-01

    Can you believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow? I’m sure you all have your menu planned at this point, but what are you wearing? I love the idea of wearing winter whites with a sweater and loafers… clean and classic! Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Look: J.Crew
    For Less: sweater / scarf / shirt / pants / loafers

  • DIY Balsa Wood Advent Calendar

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    December 1st is just one week away, so today we’re sharing a really easy DIY advent calendar you can make from strips of balsa wood, chalkboard paint, and some mini silver ornaments. Children can add one ornament to the tree each day of December leading up to Christmas.

    balsa wood advent calendar

    Keep reading to see how to make it…

  • $250 Munchkin Giveaway

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    Hey friends, I have a great giveaway for you today just in time for your holiday shopping. Especially if there are any babies on your list! Munchkin makes some of my favorite baby products from bath toys to feeding to diaper pails and clothing. Our house is full of their stuff! And today they’re offering a $250 gift card for one lucky reader!

    I’ve featured them a few times talking about Edie’s first words book , thoughts on soothing babies, favorite baby gear inventions, and Edie’s 20 month update. Above is a roundup of some favorites I would pick for the giveaway (see links below). Details after the jump. Good luck!


  • DIY Marbled Mugs

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    I love handmade holiday gifts, especially ones that take under 5 minutes. These marbled mugs are such a cinch to make and would make a nice holiday thank you gift for a teacher, co-worker, or boss. I love how they turned out. Keep reading to see how to make them…

    This post is sponsored by Lyfe Tea. This holiday season Lyfe Tea has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to help provide meals to those in need by donating $1 from every purchase. 


  • 5 Minute Easy Updo for the Holidays

    By beauty contributors Molly and Joanna of Irrelephant


    This year we see simplicity take over for the holidays. That includes hair for all of our friends and family gatherings. We bring you this easy wrap around low pony tutorial that can see you through the whole day, from cooking turkey in the morning to enjoying your feast with family in the evening. This is one of those hairstyles that welcome a bit of messy and loose whispys, so let loose and enjoy the lived in look!
    Keep reading for instructions…


  • Weekend Roundup


    I can’t believe it’s less than a week before Thanksgiving! Are you traveling? Are you baking?  My mind is on pies. I always make a tart cherry but thinking about another one. Maybe a chocolate mousse, pumpkin cheesecake, or lemon chiffon? This weekend we’re having a little pie party with a couple friends. We’ll be testing out some sweet (and savory!) pies just in case we aren’t getting enough next Thursday. Hope you’re up to something fun as well, here are some links to explore:

    How much pie will you need? A cheat sheet

    Easy DIY felt pilgrim hats for Thanksgiving. This was one of my favorite projects from last year

    How gorgeous is this tree trunk candle centerpiece?

    40% your purchase at GAP right now! I’d pick these boots for Henry,  this chambray dress for Edie, this aviator jacket for Jared, and these velvet leggings for myself. Or these Christmas pjs for both the kids.

    And an extra 50% off final sale items at J.Crew: These red suede heels and lots of swim suits!

    DIY holiday decor for small spaces (image above)

    Look at these mushroom cookies!

    The child models of instagram (and their stage moms)

    Lovely Thanksgiving setting by the gals of Alice and Lois

    Beautiful knitting without needles book

    The prettiest teeter totter around

    Great gift guide for new parents

    Just bought this pretty 2016 calendar for the office

    I want to try this coconut fish curry recipe

    A colorful soup party!

    Love these striped knit stockings, and only $13 at Target

  • 20 Gifts under $50 for your Parents

    By Ashley Aikele

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    Up next on our gift guides… Parents! What do you like to get your parents for the Holidays? It seems like I rotate between a framed picture of my daughter or our family and some kitchen gadget (my parents collect them). This year I branched out and came up with 20 gift ideas.

    Need more ideas? Check out my in-laws gift guide from last year or all of our gifts guides here.

    Keep reading for the links… (more…)

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