• Weekend Roundup


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


  • 10 Kids Brands You Need to Know

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    Last year around back to school time I did a post about some new-to-me kid clothing brands I was loving and I thought it might be fun to do a follow up on that post, especially with all the baby girl clothes I’ve been shopping for lately. There are lots of places I shop that you probably love too like Zara kids, Baby Gap, Crewcuts, Mini Boden, Freshly Picked, etc. But there are also tons of others that I’ve discovered recently and have been wanting to share with you! Here are 10 favorites you may not have heard of, and definitely need to know about…

    PS 10 favorite baby girl dresses and back to school clothes under $20 for boys and girls


  • Fall Favorites: Oxfords

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    A few weeks ago a reader commented saying she would love to see a round up of oxford shoes. I was thrilled to oblige and thought it fit in with our previous fall shoe round ups perfectly (boots and sneakers). Below are some of my favorite budget oxfords from around the web. Most are under $75, all are under $100! When shopping for nice shoes at a low price I love to scour Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx etc for name brand shoes at discount prices. You’ll be amazed at what you can find!

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    Brown: one / two / three
    Cut-out: one / two / three
    Black: one / two / three
    Colored: one / two / three

    Is there a certain type of clothing you’d love to see a round up of? Just let me know!

  • Tuesday Tip: Favorite Beauty Product

    favorite hair products

    For today’s tuesday tip, we’re asking my Say Yes team about their very favorite, can’t-live-without beauty product. These guys are some of the most stylish, fashionable ladies I know so I was super excited to hear what they had to say (and I’ve already bought a couple of their recommendations)…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Modeling by Sarah Iveson


  • Mystery Rides: The Pumpkin Patch

    Growing up my parents had this fun tradition of mystery rides. Essentially they were a surprise trip to somewhere special but they wouldn’t tell us where and it drove us completely nuts, in a good way of course. The anticipation was so much fun. We’d spend the whole day of and the entire car ride guessing and drilling our parents to try and figure it out (my mom was always the first to cave). When we got older we wised up and started asking very detailed but understandably practical questions they had to answer to figure it out beforehand,  “Yeah ok but what kind of shoes do we need, like can I wear these sandals or do I need more sturdy hiking boots so how much walking and what kind of terrain are we talking about? And is the drive long enough that I should bring my Biology textbook to study for the AP test? And should we eat before or is there food there, do we need to pack a lunch or sunscreen or our own wallets and how much money do I bring and what about a backpack to carry stuff in? Where did you say we were going again?”. It started to get pretty easy to crack them at that point. It’s one of my favorite family traditions growing up and we’ve continued it in our family too.


    Today I’m partnering with Ford to share another creative way to make car trips more enjoyable without devices. A couple weeks ago we shared two family map projects and today I’m sharing how we bumped our family’s mystery ride tradition up a notch with this clue pack for our trip to the pumpkin patch.


    Keep reading to see more about this project…

    This content was created in partnership with Ford to help make creativity a part of every drive.

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


  • DIY Eyeball Ping Pong Ball Lights

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    Ever since I made the ping pong ball LED lights a few months back I’ve been planning on making a spooky eyeball version for Halloween. It’s made with LED lights so it’s safe (they don’t get hot) and it makes things super creepy, day or night.

    eyeball lights DIY

    Keep reading to see how to make a fun strand for Halloween in 3 easy steps…

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


  • 10 fab finds under $40

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    What’s black and white and blush all over? This weeks fab finds under $40! ALSO! J.Crew has a bunch of swimwear on sale and there are one piece swimsuits for $5 and $10! I may or may not have ordered 5 suits. There are a lot of other great things on sale as well. All sale items are an extra 30% off, some an extra 50% off! Happy weekend. Happy shopping!

    keep reading for the links…


  • DIY Candy Corn Favor Bags


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    I’m in the mountains of Utah now and fall is killing it here. It’s satisfying that New England fall craving just a bit. I’m just obsessed with this season! So I have another fun seasonal craft today, these candy corn muslin bags. Just in time for that Halloween party or to hand out goodies in to trick or treaters that come to your door. So simple to make and I love the festive colors. I won’t even judge you a teeny tiny bit if you fill them up with candy corns for yourself just as a reward for making it through the week. This tutorial is in a fun video format today, hope you enjoy it:

    Video by Jenner Brown. Graphics by Rebecca Ricks. Craft and photo above by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers. You can subscribe to my videos on the Say Yes Youtube Channel


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