• Printable Hand Drawn Valentine’s Day Wrapping Paper

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    Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday to get a little personal so today I’m sharing this personalized hand drawn wrapping paper project to wrap up something sweet for your sweetheart on the 14th. I made it with the SPROUT, which is a brand new computer and really cool design tool by HP.

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    Read more about it and the links to download the wrapping paper yourself…

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  • Look for Less

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    Don’t you hate when you finally decide to splurge and buy that expensive piece you’ve been wanting only to find it a week later on sale for half the price?! Did you know that most companies have a grace period where you can get a price adjustment? I did it the other week and ended up getting an extra $50 off a pair of boots I had already gotten on sale. AND I was already outside the grace period. It doesn’t hurt to try!

    The Look: J.Crew
    For Less: jacket | jeans | socks | top | boots

      
  • DIY Felt Party Hat Garland

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    I realized I never shared this DIY from Edie’s birthday party in November! So here’s the thing: my intention was to have a super simple get together for Edie’ first birthday since I tend to be a pretty practical kind of person and throwing parties aren’t usually my favorite things. Problem is, all these little party crafts were way too sweet and temping for a first birthday. I kind of started getting carried away:  buying ridiculous amounts of balloons, making giant Edie wall art (my favorite!), a photo garland from highlight of her first year, a paper doll Edie dress up game, and making these felt party hat garlands. Whoops!

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    But they were so easy. Here’s how we made them (and of course I had to throw in one more cute photo of Edie turning 1!)

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

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  • 10 Fab finds under $40

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    I keep waiting for these killer deals to go away but they seem to just getting better and better! Kate Spade Saturday Secret Sale up 75% off till tonight. Madewell extra 30% off sale. J.Crew extra 40-50% off sale. Happy Shopping!

    one: $49.99 + 30% off two: $19.99 + 30% off three: $24.99 + 30% off four: $36.00 five: $17.99 + 30% off six: $22.50 seven: $29.99 + 30% off (and these jeans from J.Crew too for $25!) eight: $40.50 nine: $39.99 + 40% off ten: $37.90

      
  • My sister, My sidekick: Triplets Kylie, Lisa, and Megan

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    I’ve always been facinated by the relationship of sisters, that’s why I started this series. But sisters who are also identical triplets?! Hello!! I’m so excited to feature Kylie, Lisa, and Megan of the Traveling Triplets. These sisters grew up in Caldwell, Idaho and have been traveling and having adventures since they were little. Now that they are all grown up and live in different places they stay connected through the bond they share, their common love for the outdoors and their travel blog. On their blog they share great tips for traveling, camping, road trips and more (like how to go to the bathroom in the woods. ha!). These girls have so much personality and the best sisterhood bond that I can’t wait to share with you today!
    Produced by Ashley Aikele. Photography by Kylie’s husband Spencer Turley.
    Keep reading for the rest of the interview…

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  • A Kid Friendly Cheese Plate

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    I think it’s odd that cheese plates are primarily an adult thing. There are so many flavors of cheeses, nuts, and fruits that kids love too and it’s a great way to make them feel included at the party while slowly introduce them to interesting and new flavors.

    Henry and I were listening to a kids podcast we love called Brains On the other day where they were talking about taste and we learned something really interesting. They said that the reason kids like different foods than adults is because kids actually have twice as many taste buds as adults, which explains why kids are more sensitive to certain flavors. Taste buds get worn down over time so as children get older and lose some of their taste buds they can tolerate more bitterness and spice. So interesting!

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    Keep reading to see more details on putting together this kid friendly cheese plate for the big game or a family gathering…

    This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more Game Changing Snacks, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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  • Winter Capsule

    By fashion editor Ashley

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    Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? I ran across it a few months ago, here and here. The basic idea is that you divide your wardrobe into different capsules for the four seasons of the year. Another huge catch is that you pair down your clothes for the season to a certain number (37 seems to be popular) including shoes, jackets, coats, tops, bottoms and dresses. Seems like an impossible task, am I right? Well I decided to try it. And it’s not! It’s actually very possible and liberating so far. It’s easier to put looks together and my closet has so much more space. I decided to share 10 items from my winter capsule. Spoil alert… there is a lot of black and neutrals! Would you ever try encapsulating your wardrobe? What would be your must have piece?

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    one / two / three / four (imagehere is the one I got) / five / six / seven / eight (similar) / nine (on SUPER sale!) / ten

      
  • Pineapple Almond Cheeseball

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    I’m sharing a fun recipe today for this fun pineapple almond cheeseball to serve a crowd at the big game or another gathering with friends. It’s super easy to make and fun to decorate as well with Blue Diamond Almonds (we used the tasty Smokehouse variety for this recipe).

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    Keep reading to see how we put it together…

    This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more Game Changing Snacks, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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  • Secrets of Stylish Say Yes Moms: Sarah

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    SHIRT (similar) | JACKET (thrifted) | NECKLACE (thrifted) | JEANS | BOOTS (similar)

    In the last of our mini series featuring Stylish Say Yes moms, we have our intern, Sarah! I’ve known Sarah for a while and have always been impressed with how put together she looks. Our kids go to the same school and for morning drop off while I’m often in pjs bottoms hiding my dirty hair under a baseball hat, Sarah always looks cool and put together. She has a sense of style that I really admire. It’s comfortable, confident, and casual but doesn’t scream soccer mom. It’s just-cool. I’ve been excited to pick her brain and find out her secrets….Sarah-16

    Photos by Bay Area Photographer Kirsten Wiemer

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  • 10 fab finds under $40

    By fashion editor Ashley

    10 FAB FINDS jan 3 2015

    Are you getting the January blues yet? I think it’s starting to hit me. Nothing a little shopping can’t fix… happy shopping!

    one: $29.99 two: $39.99 three: $38.99 four: $11.99 five: $38.99 six: $29.99 seven: $36.99 eight: $59.99 + 40% off! nine: $99.99 + 50% off! (it’s over $40 but I just couldn’t get over coat from J.Crew that was originally $288 and now its $50!)  ten: $34.11

      

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