• Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Chips (Pumpkin Shaped!)

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    Happy October! I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin shaped this month, especially if it’s itty bitty and yummy. Last month I shared some ideas for making easy back to school snacks and the veggie chips were one of my favorites. These sweet potato versions shaped like mini pumpkins are perfect for October school lunches or after school snacking.

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    Here’s how we made them…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sarah Iveson 

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  • After School Kid Crafts: DIY Spin Art

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    Another fun after school kid craft today, and it’s one of our very favorites: spin art in a salad spinner! It’s a great activity for all ages, Henry’s loved this since he was little. Something kind of special this time, we made a little video of the project instead of the traditional still photos. We have three other video projects to come in October, I’m excited to share them with you! Enjoy:

    Big thanks to Jenner Brown of Luminex films for shooting the video, Rebecca Ricks for the graphics, and to Henry’s friends Cassius and Cain for joining in on our after school crafting fun.

    This post is sponsored by Pediasure. Fueling after school projects with vitamins nutrients to create more fridgeworthy moments. 

      
  • Tuesday Tip: Midnight Snacks

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    What do you crave for a midnight snack? For this week’s Tuesday Tip (a new series I started last week) I asked the members of our Say Yes team what they grab to satisfy that late night hunger and here’s what they said…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Iveson

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  • Halloween Couples Costumes: Magician and Rabbit

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    It’s that time of year again for couples costume ideas for Halloween! This is the third year we’ve put this series together and I get so excited about it. We had an incredible team this year working on these costumes and we’ll be featuring all four this week. Also I’m excited to announce that we’re also expanding the series this year to include a family costumes series as well (mom, dad, + baby). So get excited for those four ideas next week (you are going to DIE).

    These costumes are not meant to be time consuming or labor intensive. They’re easy and last minute ideas to throw together because if you’re anything like me, I spend a lot of time thinking about costumes for my kids but very little on something for myself. So, here are some last minute ideas to get the creative juices flowing for costume ideas for yourself or with your partner. We also try to avoid anything too sexy or abstract. Just fun and classic couples, maybe a little nostalgic too!

    A little review: 
    Couples Costumes 2013: Lumberjacks, Punk Rockers, Dirty Dancing, Camp Counselors
    Couples Costumes 2012: Bandits, Mad Men, Mary Poppins + Bert, Bikers

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    First up, Magician and Rabbit.  An easy one to throw together last minute and be prepared to perform tricks for a crowd!

    This year’s team was such a dream. Fantastic photography, as always, by the talented Ashley Thalman (based out of Utah). Spot on styling by our new stylist Sarah Larsen and her assistant Stephanie Larsen. Produced by Ashley Aikele with creative direction by Liz Stanley. And of course thanks to my sister, Katrina, and her husband Quinn of QP Collections for modeling. 

    Keep reading for more photos and instructions for the DIY rabbit ears!

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  • DIY Family Adventure Map Projects

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    A couple weeks ago, on our backpacking trip to Yosemite, we experimented during the four-plus hour car ride there — we didn’t bring the iPad. I know, I know. Crazy, right? It could have been the riskiest decision of our parenting careers thus far. Instead, we brought games (like this travel bingo), a notepad and books to read. It went really well. Henry was surprisingly quiet, and we had a nice game of MASH going for a while which he got a kick out of. Then I got worried and thought maybe he was sick. I mean, we didn’t hear any complaining coming from the back seat. He was even looking out the window at one point. That made me realize how reliant we’ve become on screens. It’s like chapstick: the more you use it, the more you need it.

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    I’m happy to say that I’m partnering with Ford for a few posts to share with you some idea on how to make car rides more enjoyable without the devices (we all know it’s possible. We survived our childhoods, didn’t we?). Today I’m sharing two family map projects we’ve done that have made Henry really excited about travel and exploring. He’s always loved maps, and now that he’s reading I thought it would be even more interesting to give him the official job as trip navigator.

    The first project is this giant family adventure map where we can plot all the adventures we’ve had in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Sierras is where Tahoe, Yosemite, the giant trees of the Sequoias and countless other special places are. We really love doing outdoor activities together as a family and wanted to create a fun visual way to document our adventures together. I’ve been wanting to do this project for so long, and am happy with how it turned out.

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    Keep reading to see more about our family map project and a small map version to take with you in the car!

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

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

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    Up to anything fun this weekend? Jared is headed out of town on a business trip and tomorrow I’m speaking at the Lovemade workshop here in San Francisco which I’m excited about! I’ll be put on the spot about pregnancy, babies, nursing, and all that postpartum-ness. Hope to see a few of you there! Besides that, Henry has a big soccer game and I have a bunch of photography, parenting, and fiction books on my nightstand I’m hoping to have a chance to dig into. Have a great one, here are some links to explore:

    Now that it’s officially fall…the most amazing looking homemade caramel apples (recipe and photo above by food contributor Brittany)

    Always love this series of free desktop designs, but these might be my favorite

    So in love with this casual dress (and nursing friendly!)

    This DIY rose garland is so simple but beautiful

    This looks like a yummy weekday meal

    Lena Dunham’s advice videos are awesome and smart. I’m excited about her book coming out

    Speaking of, The Mindy Project is back! Also I’m laughing my head off over this show, Key and Peele

    Would you add a streak of color in your hair?

    Gorgeous scarves to support women in Ethiopia (you know that indigo one is calling to me!)

    How to dry your herbs

    This baby cardigan is perfect for fall

    This NYT article about bloggers getting burnt out has made me think a lot (Thanks, Sara!)

    Some fall fashion favorites by Victoria, and 3 favorite fall outfits by Joanna

    Made this chicken last night, it was delicious!

    How to make the crispiest oven fries 

    Also, 

    DIY these designer dip dye napkins

    9 festive ways to dress up your home for fall

    8 clever jewelry organizers for DIY newbies

    Inspiration ideas to decorate your home by color

    PS I updated my daily reads links on the right sidebar if you want to check out the blogs I’m loving right now!

      
  • Secrets of Stylish Moms: Erin

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    HAT (similar) | TANK (coming soon…she designed herself!) | NECKLACE | BRACELET (thrifted) | BAG (gift from Kenya) | PANTS | SHOES

    Today, I’m so happy to feature Erin Loechner! Erin has juggled an active Internet career with writing, speaking, styling and consulting since 2001. She is the author of two award-winning websites DesignForMiniKind and DesignForMankind as well as the executive editor for Clementine Daily. Phew…. that’s quite a list! But even more than that, Erin is one of the nicest people you could ever meet and a fabulous mother to her little darling, Bee!

    Erin, your style is so fun and relaxed… tell us more about it!

    As a mom, my uniform definitely skews toward function, rather than form. I’m not a mother that can chase her toddler around in heels, and I’ve never been one to say no to sliding down the playground slide so i don’t get my dress dirty. So for me, my mom uniform is rooted in two things: neutral basics that fit like a dream and mix-and-match separates that are easily laundered. I actually co-designed this tank specifically for moms; it’s part of a new collection of pajamas that you can dress up or down, from day to night. Today, I wore it to a food and music festival with coated wine denim and a hat, and when I got home, I promptly threw on matching pajama pants and dreamed the night away. Easy peasy is the name of the game for this mama!

    What would you consider your go-to ‘momiform’ to be?

    In the mornings, I sneak out to a yoga class, so you’ll find me in leggings and a tank more often than not. Otherwise, I like to throw on my husband’s old Levi’s and a gray linen blend tee (Madewell makes some incredible ones!) – it’s the perfect basic backdrop to dress down with sandals or loafers – or up with heels and a statement necklace for a date night! (What’s a date night?)

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  • 10 Fab Finds under $40

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    Loved the few pops of red I found out there this week! Nothing like buffalo check pattern to take us into fall. Happy shopping!

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  • Day in the Life: Bedtime Routine

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    Do you have a bedtime routine you do with your kids? With two kids now sharing a room, two different bedtimes, and one super light sleeper of a baby, the bedtime routine has gotten a little more complicated. Here’s how it all went down on this particular evening earlier this week…

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    Photography by Liz Stanley and Sara Albers.

    This post is sponsored by Chronicle books

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  • Homemade Hot Pockets

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    Freshmen year of college you’d often find my roommate Michelle and I down in the basement of our dorm at midnight buying hot pockets from the vending machine with our dining cards. Squatting on the floor in the basement complaining about this guy, laughing our heads off about that guy, and making plans on how we could possibly score this other guy who was most definitely, totally out of our league but omg I think he looked in my direction the other day. What I mean to say is: we were buried in our scholastic studies. I’m not sure the hot pockets helped us in our carefully laid out plans, but they certainly kept us good company in the process. I don’t think I’ve eaten them since but I’ve been trying to find easy lunch ideas for our family and thought it might be a yummy idea to try out an updated version of these old favorites.

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    Yum! Keep reading to see how we made them (with a total cheater method on the yummy herb dough!)…

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

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