By DIY contributor Alyson of Bash Studio
A couple weeks ago Henry’s cousins came out to visit for spring break. Every night they had a sleepover down in our family room watching movies, having pillow fights, and eating snacks. Kid heaven! When his cousins left Henry said, “Life is boring without Gigi and Augie”. And I had to agree, regular life is not nearly as fun without those two cuties. One day we built a fort with only string and a few blankets and pillows in partnership with Birch Lane and their new kids line of bedding, rugs, furniture, and other accessories for kids 3-8. The line is an updated take on traditional kid styles, includes more than 600 new items (!) with great price points.
Here are a few photos of how we put our fort together…
Mother’s Day is just a week and a half away and if anyone appreciates homemade gifts it’s moms! I thought I’d share a few favorite DIY gift ideas from the Say Yes archives. Which is your favorite?
This DIY fruit and veggie printed tea towel is stamped with fingerling potatoes and colorful craft paint (above)
For your cool, hip, baby making mom. Free printable for clever cards she’ll love.
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By Ashley Aikele
Sometimes neutrals can feel a little boring but I love that this look feels warm and fresh with its different patterns and textures woven in. If it’s not warm enough for shorts yet swap them out for some distressed jeans or some cropped brown trousers.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been working with State Farm on a few posts about saving and planning for your kids’ college. It’s been a really eye opening experience for me for a number of reasons. Here are five things I’ve learned along the way…
A couple weeks ago I had a cough that seemed to last forever. I had an irritated throat long before and after it had run its course on other family members. Part of it may have been that I was pregnant and probably not eating as well as I should. It’s just so hard to get down all those good veggies and vitamins in sometimes. That’s why I’m a huge fan of smoothies! And this recipe I found is killer. It’s packed full of immune boosting ingredients including fresh carrot juice and ginger. The result is a beautiful orange color with a delicious combination of healthy flavors.
I’m excited to share with you this fun sleepover party video we made. Check it out below! I talk about the adjustment this move has been and some fun shots of how we prep before and after the sleepover. Plus a whole bunch of pillow fights fueled by copious amounts of popcorn + sugar.
We did some sanitizing cleanup before and after with Lysol Max Cover for Soft Surfaces. Before, since our blankets and pillows have been stuck in boxes for a few weeks, and after because although a sleepover brings a lot of fun to the house, it can also bring a lot of bacteria! Its wide nozzle helps in quickly covering your big soft surfaces, killing 99.9% of bacteria (when used as directed) and leaving behind a nice fresh scent.
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Henry’s favorite after school snack is what we call a smorgasbord. It’s easy to put together, fun to eat, and great for picky kids because there’s a little bit of everything. Also, I always have this song in my head when I’m preparing it.
She’s here!! Wanted to pop in quick to let you know the exciting news. Dot or Dottie May arrived Sunday morning, 2 weeks early after a quick 2.5 hours of labor (woowee!) and another successful vbac. I was scheduled to be induced the next day for a liver issue called cholestasis, so it was a happy early arrival. We’ve all been on cloud 9, especially her adoring older siblings.
For the next few weeks I’ll be on maternity leave snuggling this little Baby Dot but we have some great content scheduled and some fantastic guest posts as well. Keep reading for a few more photos, I’ll continue posting on instagram as well if you want to see more day to day life with a newborn. Hip hip hooray!
It’s been fun doing some decorating in our new house and I’m excited to share some of the inspiration ideas and a roundup of pieces we’re eyeing for our new home today in partnership with Wayfair. I’ve been itching to redecorate for years now so it’s been really satisfying to freshen up some of the furniture and get some new decor for our new space. Here are a few ideas for our new living room, dining room, and family room. Plus stay tuned for some final images in a month or so!
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>
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