• How to Make a Boho Beach Tent

    boho beach tent

    When we were vacationing in Kauai last fall I remember seeing this sweet family on the beach playing with their toddler all morning. Around noon when the child was tired they collected four sticks and made an easy little beach tent with a sheet instead of lugging a big beach umbrella. The baby napped in the shade while they continued to enjoy the noon sun. It was so sweet and I loved the simplicity of it. I made a mental note that I wanted to give it a try myself too. It’s a fun activity for the family too,: foraging for sticks, digging sand, pouring water, tying. A job for everyone!


    Here’s how we did it…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Maddie Bachelder


  • 4 Easy, Delicious, and Healthy After School Snacks


    While many of you are just starting to think about back to school, we are already in the thick of it! Henry started first grade two weeks ago and so we are back into a pretty regular routine here (with the occasional swim + ice cream cone afternoon). During the summer there’s lots of snacking all day but when school starts up we eat at more regular times and often his after school snack is just as substantial as any other meal (he must be going through a growth spurt!). I’m often at a loss of what to feed him since I’m usually working right until he gets picked up. Today I’ve teamed up with Blue Diamond Almonds to share four easy, healthy, and delicious ideas for after school snacks featuring one of my very favorite snacks, Whole Natural Almonds. I seriously keep a bag in the car and eat them all the time!


    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Maddie Bachelder


  • Look for Less

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    Have you noticed stores pushing all their shorts and flip flops to the sale rack and pulling out fall clothes already? Yikes! I don’t know if I’m ready yet! An easy way to start transitioning your wardrobe for fall is to trade your sandals for flats and throw a sweater over your shorts and tee. I love the leather detail in this sweater…. is dresses it up just perfectly! Since tops with leather details can be expensive, here is a simple way to add your own!

    The Look: J.Crew

    For Less: Shirt | Sweater | Shorts | Shoes | Sunglasses

  • How to Make Pupusas

    how to make pupusas We have such a wonderful nanny in the mornings to watch Edie while Henry’s at school and I’m working.  She is from El Salvador and makes the most amazing pupusas! Have you ever had a pupusa? It’s basically a stuffed corn tortilla topped with fresh salsa (she makes her own!) and a tangy veggie slaw. They’re amazing and gluten free. Here’s how she makes them…

    Photography by Liz Stanley


  • The Great Diaper Swap


    As I mentioned before, I’m working on a few challenges with Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target™  to challenge myself to try natural, organic products for taking care of baby. Today we’re focusing on diapering. The challenge has been to use Seventh Generation organic diapers and wipes for two weeks.

    Until this point I’ve always used a non-natural diaper. We started using them when Henry was a newborn and the smell has just become nostalgic for me. When I was setting up Edie’s nursery and I opened up the first pack of diapers, the smell instantly brought me back to Henry’s sweet newborn stage. Amazing how powerful those scent connections can be!



    I’ve been reading up a little on the effects chemicals and toxins have on babies, whose immune systems aren’t as developed and who have less ability than adults do of eliminating those toxins. So for two weeks, I packed away our old reliable diapers and exchanged them for the Seventh Generation brand. I was a little skeptical, here’s how it went…

    Photography by Liz Stanley with the first image by Jordan Wise

    Featuring Made to Matter baby products sold at Target: Seventh Generation Free and Clear Diapers, Seventh Generation Free and Clear Wipes, Burt’s Bee’s diaper ointment, diaper cream, and baby powder.

    This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.


  • Easy Summer Side Dishes: Roasted Cumin-Lime Carrots

    By food contributor Brittany

    cumin lime carrots

    I love going to the local farmer’s market here in LA and especially love how fresh all of the fruits and vegetables are.  I was inspired by the cute baby bunches of carrots with their leafy tops still intact, I knew I had to find a way to highlight them for my next summer BBQ. These roasted cumin-lime carrots require few ingredients but bring a big punch of flavor… and I must say they look especially cute with their trimmed stems, don’t they?

    roasted carrots

    keep reading for the recipe… (more…)

  • DIY Woven Necklace

    by guest contributor Lindsey of Hello Hydrangea

    DIY woven necklace

    Weaving is my favorite way to unwind at the end of the day. The monotonous back-and-forth motion provides room for me to think and relax, while still expressing my creativity. Sometimes I run into a design block need a rest from one of my large tapestries… but I don’t want to stop weaving. I found the perfect project. It is done in under an hour, and can be worn around my neck to show off my favorite past time. Plus, it is the perfect way to learn about the skill on a miniature scale!
    make your own woven necklace

    Instructions after the jump…


  • Fab finds under $40

    by fashion editor Ashley

    july fab finds

    There are a lot of great sales going on right now as we transition from summer into fall clothing (already?!). Don’t forget Nordstrom’s Annual Sale and J.Crew and Madewell are having an extra 40% off sale items! Woot! Happy Shopping!

    1. Metallic cap $31.99 + 40% off!
    2. Kate Spade initial necklace $37.90 (from the Nordstrom sale!)
    3. Linen boatneck tee $35.00 +40% off!
    4. Expandable sip tote $35.90
    5. Pink striped tank $19.99
    6. Linen colorblock tee $29.99 + 40% off!
    7. Striped linen tee $15.99
    8. Post backpack $39.90 (from the Nordstrom sale!)
    9. Poplin dress with belt $35.99
    10. Long wraparound cardigan $15.99

  • Trend Crush: Maxi Dresses

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    I’ve been crushing on dresses all summer long and the maxi is no exception! Did you see Liz’s awesome maxi dress from her shoot with A&E? It looked even better in real life! I love how she paired it with a blazer to dress it up for her interview. The blazer kept the look classy while the bright flowy print made it looked relaxed and fun… very Liz! Here are a round up of a few of my favorite fun maxi dresses from around the web.


  • Baby Food Challenge


    At Edie’s 4 month old appointment, her doctor said we could try feeding her solids and it kind of caught me off guard — already? Wait, how does this work again? What foods? Sometimes I kind of forget how all this goes, but am too embarrassed to ask as she’s our second and I should know all this by now, right?

    Moving from breast milk to food is a big jump. You go from knowing exactly what your baby is eating to not really being sure all the time. It’s a little scary. I mean, now I eat hot dogs from NY carts without batting an eye… but babies! They’re so new and precious. There are hot dogs and boxed macaroni and cheese in her future for sure at some point. But for now, let’s stick to the good stuff for her first tastes.


    Edie has been interested in food seemingly since birth. Everything we sat at the table eating she’d watch with such intent. I was convinced that she would love food when it was offered. Well… 3 months later and it’s still very touch and go. Sometimes she’s into it (like lemons, who knew??) and other times she clamps her mouth shut in silent protest (‘if it ain’t breast milk, don’t bother’).


    Way back when I found out I was pregnant with Edie a friend told me that the biggest improvement in baby care since I was pregnant 6 years before were the invention of these baby food pouches. And I believe it! They are so easy to travel with, not messy at all, and for slightly older kids, they can even feed themselves (Edie likes to try that too already). So I was excited to finally try some Plum Organics pouches with Edie.


    But. I really wanted to try making my own baby food. I always kind of felt bad I never did it with Henry (like, never!). I’m not sure why. I guess I was intimidated by the process, or maybe I didn’t have a good blender (love this nutribullet our friends gave to us last year). The idea of making our own baby food seems so simple, it’s just pureed…anything! With my list in hand, Edie and I headed to our local Target to get some supplies. Here’s how it went…

    Photography by Liz Stanley

    This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.



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