• 10 Fab Finds Under $40

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    In honor of Halloween, an all black round up! Happy Halloween and happy shopping!

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  • Dry Cleaning Printable Laundry Bag

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    A few months ago I partnered with Tide Pods to make a set of Darks and Lights labeled laundry bags. I love how they turned out so I was excited to make another for dry cleaning. The darks and lights bags are great for carrying clothes to the washer and back but the dry cleaning one is even more practical in my mind since that’s the trip that often means juggling arms full of clothes in addition to your purse, keys and in my case, a baby on my hip. For tough stains at home the little Tide Pods do a great job, but for more delicate dry clean only fabrics, a designated dry cleaning bag can make those trips so much easier.

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    After the jump you can download this free printable to make your own dry cleaning bag!

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers and Sarah Iveson

    This post is sponsored by Tide.

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  • Look for Less

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    High school varsity meets wooded lumberjack is this week’s look for less. This is one of my favorite looks for the fall season. It’s the perfect outfit for all the fall runaround…pumpkin patches, apple picking, taking the kids trick or treating, you name it! The great thing about this look is, it’s so easy to recreate on a budget!

    The Look: Madewell
    For Less: bomber jacket, jeans, flannel top, high tops

      
  • After School Kid Crafts: Boo Bags with TOCA BOO

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    Today’s after school kid craft project is a easy sewing project making BOO satchel bags to hold tricks and treats on Halloween. Henry’s been asking about doing another sewing project for a while, he loves them (or maybe just all the one on one time with mom?) so I thought this would be the perfect little project for him and his friend Viv to do last week after school.

    We made these bags in collaboration with the TOCA BOO app for Halloween. I was excited when they reached out because we are huge fans of Toca Boca apps. They are some of Henry’s and my very favorites and in my opinion are leaps above most other kid play apps in terms of design and imaginative, gender neutral play.

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    This new app, TOCA BOO was just released in time for Halloween and Henry’s been spending all of this allocated screen time on it this last week. It’s so sweet! You play Bonnie, a little girl ghost who runs around a big dark house to hide and then jump out and scare her family. It’s really easy to play!

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    Keep reading to hear more about TOCA BOO app and how to make this BOO bag project with your kids for Halloween…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sarah Iveson

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  • Tuesday Tip: Serial Podcast

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    Have you been listening to Serial? It’s a brand new documentary podcast from the producers of This American Life and it’s brilliant! It takes one true story and goes into deep detail about it through dozens of episodes with a new one released every Thursday. We’re in episode 5 of this fascinating murder case from 15 years ago and I’m at the edge of my seat trying to figure it out. It makes running errands much more enjoyable with something interesting to listen to in the car. Have you been listening to Serial? What podcasts do you enjoy? There was also a great article and interview with the producer of Serial, Sarah Koenig, here in Rolling Stone.

    PS Aren’t those wooden radios above gorgeous? (image above)

      
  • Batman and Robin Costumes

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    It was fun to make sibling costumes this year! In classic second child fashion, Edie agreed to being Batman’s sidekick, although I would have much preferred for her to be a squishy, chubby pumpkin her first Halloween. It’s practical criminal that her head isn’t stuffed in some giant banana costume or something. Isn’t that what first Halloweens are for?  This crime fighting duo turned out cute though, I thought. Although Henry’s already decided that this year’s costume is NOT scary enough so we might have to add some fake blood come Halloween night. Maybe a Batman vampire zombie, he suggested.  He also told me after seeing his friend in an incredible hulk costume that he REALLY needed those fake muscles for his Batman costume, “Mom, this is the age you do fake muscles because in a couple years I’ll already have them”. Aye aye aye.

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    We were trying to remember what all of Henry’s costumes were and (hooray for the blog!)– they’re all documented here: age 0: super hank, age 1: Mad Men Family, age 3: owl, age 4: bat, age 5: ghost, age 6: vampire zombie.

    More details and photos of my lam-o last minute attempt as cat woman after the jump…

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  • Jack-o-lantern chocolate cookies

    by food contributor Brittany

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    Halloween week is here and these jack-o-lantern cookies will definitely bring some personality to your next Halloween party! I had so much fun coming up with faces to frost, there are endless possibilities!
     
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  • Weekend Roundup

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    We’ve got our first Halloween party tomorrow so it’s down to the wire to finish Henry and Edie’s costumes. I’m also hoping to visit a farm and pumpkin patch in Petaluma and bake copious amounts of pumpkin-based goods because hey, we only have one week left in October! The costumes have to come first though and my thumb and I are already on shaky terms from all the felt cutting and hot glueing going on. What costume prep do you have going on? If you’re looking for last minute ideas, here are all ours! Here are some links to explore, have a great one.

    This week I made this fall harvest salad again from last year’s post. It’s tasty and stays nice in the fridge if you add the nuts in afterwards (my image above)

    Huge crush on this fall coat (this checkered coat is gorgeous too)

    Pumpkin gnocchi with walnut paste. YUM!

    We make this giant spooky spider web with string every year

    Perfect striped onesies for baby

    How comfy does this blanket look?

    I want to knit one of these this winter

    A great indoor activity to build a playhouse frame

    The most gorgeous paper mache masks

    Now that it’s sweater weather, you may want to read these brilliant tips for taking care of yours

    This natural lavender baby wash from Tubby Todd smells amazing, I’ve been using it for myself too!

    How cute are Jordan’s ghost on a stick craft??

    Babybel cheese monsters. Cute idea for Halloween lunch.

    Also, 

    8 clever ways to use a pegboard in your home (love the second dark one!)

    Cool washi tape decorating ideas

      
  • 10 Fab finds under $40

    by fashion editor Ashley

    10 fab finds oct

    Layers on layers on layers. Bring it on fall! Happy shopping!

    1. Yellow jersey skirt $34.11
    2. Geometric sweater $34.99
    3. Dip-dye pouch $29.95
    4. Loafer $35.90
    5. Indigo tee $39.99
    6. Houndstooth sweater $19.99
    7. Long cardigan sweater $39.99
    8. Rust sweater $34.99
    9. Black bootie $34.11
    10. Black high waisted cord $35.99

      
  • Say Yes Team Lunch

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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    Over the past few years this site has grown and I’ve been able to hire on several people, some seasonal and some permanent to help produce content and keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. They are such an fun, inspiring, and talented group. Also they crack me up! We don’t take ourselves too seriously and are always joking around. We’ve all become good friends which makes work every day so much fun.  I’ve realized though I’ve never given a formal introduction, ahh!! We have something much more in-depth planned, but I thought I’d give a very short intro here when we went out for a team lunch earlier this week c/o of Groupon to a new spot I’d never been, Sliderbar in the castro district.

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    I use Groupon personally all the time to find deals around San Francisco. We love eating out but it can get expensive so using Groupon is a great way to eat out on a budget and discover a new favorite spot too. I’d never been to Sliderbar before. It’s at a great location right at the heart of the Castro on Market Street. Such a fun place to sit outside and people watch on a sunny day (which is very often in that neighborhood!). I love places with generous outdoor seating too, don’t you? Keep reading to hear more about our yummy meal, a fun Groupon deal going on, and little intro into the Say Yes team…sliders6

    Photography by Liz Stanley

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