• 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

    maxi dresses-01


    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.


  • Secrets of Stylish Moms: Abi


    Secrets of Stylish Moms is a new(ish) series here on Say Yes, that is all about stylish moms and their tips and tricks for looking and feeling good… all while chasing the kids around. Up next we have Abi of Vanilla and Lace. Abi resides in Portland and blogs about simple DIY’s (my favorite), easy recipes, and her 7 month old baby, Beck, who has the sweetest blue eyes. She also runs a photography business as well as sells the cutest clothes for kids (and adults!). Speaking of style and tips, Abi did a post a few months back you should check out….all about her mom uniform!

    keep reading for more details and pictures of Abi’s look… (more…)

  • Weekend Roundup


    Hi guys! Hope you enjoyed all the summer camp themed posts this week. It was fun to stir up all that nostalgia down memory lane. Finishing up a crazy week here at home. On Monday we had a full camera crew here all day doing some filming for a little feature for A&E (and while Henry was home sick with strep, poor guy). Eek! I can’t wait to share more details with you about it. It was fun to get shots of my team working and our family life. Above my intern Maddie captured a little touch up while Henry and I were making seed necklaces (a few more behind the scenes shots on instagram). We’re all recovering from strep and teething and colds so it’ll be a low key weekend here at home I’m guessing. After 5 years I’ve finally learned to drive our scooter so I might take a few spins around town to some favorite shops and eateries. Here are some links to explore:

    The big  Nordstrom Anniversary sale started yesterday. Yippee! Some favorites: these wedge sandals, white high top chucks (a wardrobe staple), these perfect high rise skinny jeans I’ve been eying for a while. And back to school for Henry: this sweatshirt, these high top shoes.

    My new work week (such a great thing for our family so far)

    Love this watch

    How to hold your purse like Taylor Swift

    DIY canvas tent (so lovely)

    Such beautiful old shots about the timeless moments of motherhood

    Why you should turn down the temperature in your bedroom (crazy!)

    Grilled sweet potato...nachos!

    Glow in the dark night bowling (remember the glow in the dark balloons we made?)

    Loving the new dresses from Anthropologie (especially the maxis, like this one). Here’s the one I wore as part of the filming.

    Wow, raspberry swirl rolls

    Need a swim suit? 40% off swim at J.Crew (my favorite place to buy swim suits) and extra 50% off sale items at J.Crew Factory

    A teeny 35 square foot nursery!

    Great tip for cleaning your shoes 

    Perfect black booties for fall (save up your pennies)

    Great post on avoiding the comparison game

  • Making a Modern Treehouse

    treehouse and motorcylces

    My brother in law, Quinn Petersen, is the brilliant owner and founder of QP Collections, They’re a company that makes artisan ties, wallets and now a beautiful new line of bags I’m dying over (see below!). Well, besides owning a successful business, having exceptional taste in both design and women (being married to my sister Katrina and all),  he also does amazing renovations and design projects in their home. Every time we visit there’s something beautiful and functional they’ve created on a small budget.

    This is his most recent project, a treehouse in their yard made of recycled windows and wood. Isn’t it incredible? When I first saw the images my jaw just dropped and then dropped again when I found out it cost them only about $800 to build. I immediately asked my talented photographer friend who lives near them, Ashley Thalman, to head on over and take some photos so I could share a full tour with you here on Say Yes.

    diy treehouse

    build your own treehouse

    treehouse out of vintage windows

    When I was in Utah we had a chance to see it ourselves! I just love the design inside and out. There are special little details everywhere, like the window in the shape of the state of Utah where they live. Keep reading to get all the specifics on how this came about, his inspiration, a bit about the process, and wait until you see what creature lives inside…

    Photography by Ashley Thalman for Say Yes



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