• 20 Best Toys to Give a Two Year Old

    By Ashley Aikele


    Since Liz and I have daughters only 6 weeks apart it’s fun to talk about what stages they are at, how much they both love to say “no”, and what toys they’re into. We put our heads together, along with a couple of friends, and came up with a list of the 20 best toys for a 2 year old! Any must haves that we missed?

    If you’re looking for gifts for a one year old check out our guide from last year.


    Keep reading for the links… (more…)

  • Cyber Monday Deals you don’t want to Miss

    By Ashley Aikele


    I’ve never been one to fight the crowds on black Friday but cyber Monday is an idea I can get behind! Here are some of the top cyber Monday sales you don’t want to miss out on!

    Keep reading for the links…

  • Weekend Roundup

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    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! First off, thank you for al the lovely comments about baby #3 we announced on instagram and on a post here a couple back. We’re really excited and it feels so real having officially announced it!! Eeeek! I’m starting to do some serious maternity shopping, especially coming up on 20 weeks with all the deals going right now (see below!). Also, this weekend is my birthday! I’m having a nice dinner with some girlfriends Saturday night and then we’re getting our Christmas tree on Sunday and getting it all decked out. Have a great holiday weekend, Here are some links to explore:

    **I’m hosting a $500 giveaway to Brika on instagram! You can literally cross everyone off on your list if you won. Brika has a beautifully curated selection from makers across the country. Be sure to enter here

    Some black friday sales:

    I’ve been really into Free People shoes lately, and they have a great black friday sale as well
    Zara is 30% off. I’m obsessed with all their kid stuff like this wool jacket for Edie
    Aren’t these the perfect pj set? (+ 30% off everything at Boden)
    20% off everything as Asos. My favorite place to buy maternity clothes for sure!
    Everything at Gap is 50% off! I ordered these jeans and am eying this puffer jacket and this dress
    25% off at Madewell. Eyeing this shift dress for holiday parties and this comfy turtleneck sweater in every awesome color (turtlenecks are so in right now!)
    J.Crew: 30% off everything . I’d pick these snowboots (so cute!), this denim shirt and lots of great stuff on sale with an extra 40% off

    If you’re also getting a Christmas tree this coming week, here are tips for keeping it looking pretty longer
    Great idea for a DIY neighbor gift!
    A great DIY advent calendar roundup (I love the first one)
    How gorgeous is this updo?
    These DIY candles are so pretty! Would be lovely as ornaments as well
    Some great IKEA decorating ideas
    Woah, great Thanksgiving leftovers idea
    If you’re in the market, I love these natural linen Christmas stockings
    I remember obsessing about these trees last year, and I still love them!
    Here’s another great DIY advent idea

    (image above via Daniella Witte)

  • 20 Gifts under $50 for your little Sister

    By Ashley Aikele


    Your little sister is always the hip, “cool” one so you’ve got to find a present this year to match! Here are 20 things under $50 to fit the bill!

    Keep reading for the links…

    And in case you missed it…. our man gift guide and gift guide for parents. (more…)

  • Ways to Give this Holiday Season


    We have so much to be thankful for this season. I usually focus on home and family on this site and try to be a creative and inspiring outlet, even in the midst of crisis. But, it’s hard to ignore the international humanitarian issues going that’s feeling closer and closer to home for all of us, I know.  So we wanted to share some ways we, you, I can help so we don’t feel so helpless and hopeless. It only seems fitting for a holiday season we’re in full of thankfulness, gifting, faith, and love to focus on others. My team did a little research and found seven different organizations that we’d recommend if you feel like you’re able to donate a little something this holiday season…


  • Feeling Extra Thankful Today

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    Happy Thanksgiving! I have three pies sitting on the counter (tart cherry, milky way chocolate, and cheesecake), my grandma’s homemade rolls rising by the oven, and feeling very thankful this morning for many, many things. One is some wonderful news I have to share: we’re expecting a 3rd child this coming April! Henry and Edie will have a new little sister and we couldn’t be more thrilled! This came as a bit of a surprise after still emotionally recovering from 4 years of secondary infertility trying to get pregnant with Edie. Seven failed fertility treatments, 2 miscarriages, and lots of heartache was the most difficult thing I’ve had to face as a woman (a few posts I wrote about the topic here if you’d like to read more). And, I know so many women that endure much, much more than that trying to grow their families. So, when we thought about (maybe?) leaving it up to odds to have a 3rd, I just couldn’t set my heart on it one way or another. But we are feeling very, very lucky. And at almost 20 weeks it’s starting to really set in: THREE! This is going to be a wonderful challenge we’re excited to tackle. My heart goes out to anyone who has dealt with infertility. I know how painful it can be and I hope and pray you can find some way to grow your family (and keep your sanity in the process!). We certainly feel lucky to be adding a 3rd child to ours.

    xoxo, Liz

    My friend, the very talented Betty Liu took this image of me a few weeks ago in New Hampshire. My belly is about twice that size now!

  • Messy Kid Project: Holiday Cookie Cutter Stamping


    We’ve got another fun and messy kid project for you today. This one is holiday focused of course, and puts to use that bag of cookie cutters that you’d otherwise use only once a year for holiday cookie baking.  It’s also a really great busy activity to do on the floor in the kitchen while you’re working on some holiday baking or gift wrapping. Here’s how it went with Edie…


  • Look for Less

    By Ashley Aikele

    nov 25 2015-01

    Can you believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow? I’m sure you all have your menu planned at this point, but what are you wearing? I love the idea of wearing winter whites with a sweater and loafers… clean and classic! Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Look: J.Crew
    For Less: sweater / scarf / shirt / pants / loafers

  • DIY Balsa Wood Advent Calendar

    balsa wood advent calendar

    December 1st is just one week away, so today we’re sharing a really easy DIY advent calendar you can make from strips of balsa wood, chalkboard paint, and some mini silver ornaments. Children can add one ornament to the tree each day of December leading up to Christmas.

    balsa wood advent calendar

    Keep reading to see how to make it…

  • $250 Munchkin Giveaway

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    Hey friends, I have a great giveaway for you today just in time for your holiday shopping. Especially if there are any babies on your list! Munchkin makes some of my favorite baby products from bath toys to feeding to diaper pails and clothing. Our house is full of their stuff! And today they’re offering a $250 gift card for one lucky reader!

    I’ve featured them a few times talking about Edie’s first words book , thoughts on soothing babies, favorite baby gear inventions, and Edie’s 20 month update. Above is a roundup of some favorites I would pick for the giveaway (see links below). Details after the jump. Good luck!


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