• Persimmon Smoothie Bowl

    This post was sponsored by Meta through their partnership with ShopStyle. While I was compensated by ShopStyle Collective to write a post about Meta’s product, all opinions are my own.

    smoothie bowl

    After the holidays full of chocolates, sweets and an insane amount of leftover stuffing, I can’t help but feel like it’s time for a serious detox when the new year comes around. Also, I feel like my appetite is out of control (do you?). The best thing I can do is rid the house of sweets, but the second best thing I can do is making a healthy (and beautiful) smoothie bowl each morning filled with fruit, fiber, and protein that will fill me until lunch. Here’s how we made our persimmon smoothie bowl that’s both filling and delicious…


  • Germany Trip


    Last week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Germany as a partnership with Lufthansa Airlines. It was all very serendipitous. My two younger sisters had been planning a trip to Berlin for months and I was able to join them there after visiting Munich area.  Germany was incredibly beautiful and fascinating. It also felt like an important time in history to visit that country given it’s 20th century history. Keep reading for a ton of photos and lots of thoughts about the trip…


  • Pantone Color of the Year

    By Assistant Editor Ashley

    color of the year

    Have you seen Pantone’s color of the year for 2017? I have to admit at first I was shocked and a little disappointed when I first saw what color they picked… (more…)

  • What to wear to ALT: Palm Springs

    By Assistant Editor Ashley

    alt in palm springs

    ALT Summit, a conference for bloggers and influencers, is just around the corner. Are you going? If so, what are you wearing? I’ve curated a few ideas below. Also, don’t forget to say hi to Liz and go hear her speak!


  • How to style your bangs while growing them out

    By Molly and Joanna of Irrelephant
    growing your bangs out
    Most women have had bangs before, and the worst part about having bangs is trying to grow them out. They get to that tricky in-your-eyes-all-the-time phase that makes you want to reach for the scissors. Before you snip them, try this simple stylish tutorial.


  • Window Drawing


    Window drawing! This is such a simple idea to entertain snowed-in (or otherwise bored) kids. We made two designs over the break: a tree on one window and polka-dot snow on the other. It felt so winter-y and peaceful. I’ve seen window drawings before mostly on store windows and was curious about how it was done. We did a little research and experimenting. Here’s what we found out, and 3 tips for doing it yourself…


  • Weekend Roundup


    As you read this I’m flying eastward on my way to Germany! I’ll be in Munich for 2 days and then flying up to Berlin for another 4 days to meet up with my younger sisters there. It’s a partnership I’m doing with Lufthansa Airlines who is promoting their new routes to Germany from San Jose Airport. I’ll be giving you a full report in a couple weeks, but I’m crazy excited about this trip for a few reasons: it’s been a great start to the year to have something fun to look forward to, I get to meet up with my sisters, and it feels like a total adventure to be traveling alone (well, me and my breast pump).  Sidenote: solo on an airplane for 12 hours without kids, but with snacks and movies all to myself? Spa day! Don’t worry, we have some great posts this coming week while I’m gone including winter window drawings and a fun hair tutorial. Be sure to follow along on my Germany adventure on Instagram and Instagram stories.

    See you next week, here are some links to explore:

    10 realistic New Years resolutions you might be able to actually keep

    Topshop is having a big sale! Eying this gold pleated skirt. The shoe sale selection is great. Loving these hightops and these silver mules

    Loved seeing how this holiday surprise played out. So incredible.

    The pantone color of the year was a surprise to me

    Simple kid long johns are always cute

    A great 2017 calendar you can print out

    Tree inspiration for next Christmas

    Best frozen treats from Trader Joes (according to bon appetit!)

    Good advice about making friends as an adult (it’s hard!)

    If you’re in the market, a good rundown of the best baby carriers

    This rainbow maker is a cute idea

    These are mouth watering!

    Such great DIY pantry labels

    For the love of culottes (the pair she’s wearing is so cute)

    10 best books of 2016 

    Lastly, have you seen Moana? So good, and we can’t stop listening to the soundtrack every afternoon while making dinner

    (image above of Cologne, Germany)

  • DIY Balsa Wood Happy Birthday Banner

    happy birthday balsa wood banner

    We have three birthdays between early November and early December in our family. It’s a bit chaotic combined with holidays. This year, I made a couple changes. First off, we’re now the proud owner of a legit refillable helium tank. I’m so sick of buying and transporting balloons. I considered buying a disposable tank but couldn’t stomach the carbon footprint for just one party. Second, after hanging our mediocre felt birthday banner for the second birthday, I decided to make my own in time for the third birthday. I still love felt banners, but I wanted it to be more updated with balsa wood. I really like how it turned out. Here’s how to make it…


  • What to wear in Germany in the Winter

    By Assistant Editor Ashley

    what to wear in the cold


    Did you hear, Liz is going to Germany at the end of the week! We were discussing what she should pack, and decided to put together a little roundup of what to wear in Germany. This also works great for other cold weather cities: Chicago, Boston, New York, Stockholm I’m talking to you. (more…)

  • Sewn Paper Packages

    sewn paper packages

    This is our last post for almost two weeks, as we’re taking a break until after the New Year. But we saved a great one for last! What’s better than brown paper packages tied up with strings? Sewn paper packages! I especially love using sewn packages for a small gift that you still want to feel super special and thoughtful. Maybe for a teacher, a neighbor, sibling to sibling, or a secret santa exchange. They’re really simple to make and would look amazing under the tree.

    sewn paper packages

    Here’s how to do it…


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