• Look for less: Girls back to school

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    School shopping can add up fast, especially if you have more than one kid your shopping for! Here are a few quick tips for saving money but keeping your kids on trend! 1. Get an idea of what’s in fashion by cruising through web sites that might be out of your price range, all while taking notes. Look for basic pieces that will be easy to mimic (ie. blue and white striped dress). 2. Shop sales, and shop online! Once I found a pair of shorts in a store on sale for $39.00, I had just seen the same shorts online for sale for $14.00 and free shipping! 3. Invest in quality pieces that will get worn and worn (good shoes! a nice coat, etc). 4. Don’t be afraid to be patient (good things come to those who wait). Good luck!

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  • Baby Bath Time

    bathtime5 I think I might love my kids’ bath time as much or more than they do. Before Edie could sit up on her own one of my favorite things to do was to get in bath with her. Holding that soft, chubby, nudie, slippery baby in the bath was one of the highlights of my day! Now that she can sit up on her own in the bath pretty well (though with very close attention), I usually stay out of the bath and enjoy it from the marginally-dry bathroom floor. bathtime13

    Often Henry would join us as well. I’d give him some instruction on how to he could help wash the baby, which inevitably ended up in soap beards and unauthorized splashing but I guess that’s pretty expected for a 6 year old playing with an 8 month old.


    Keep reading to hear more about our bath routine and the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target bath products we checked out for baby’s bath…   Featuring Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target products: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Bubble Bath, SheaMoisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head to Toe Wash & Shampoo, SheaMoisture Baby Bar Soap, Seventh Generation Baby Lotion …plus stroller links, and Munchkin Ten Squirtin’ Sea Buddies Bath Toys

    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.

    Photography by Liz Stanley (more…)

  • 5 Tips for making the fluffiest pancakes

    By food contributor Brittany

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    One thing Liz and I have in common is our love for pancakes. They have a way of making any weekend seem special! Sometimes it can be difficult to get those perfect, melt in your mouth, fluffy pancakes and instead you end up with flat, chewy pancakes. Here are some helpful tips to make your favorite pancake recipe even better!
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    keep reading for the tips…


  • 20 back to school finds for $20 or less: boys!

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    A quick round up of 20 finds under $20 to keep your kid looking hip for back to school! Stay tuned, next Friday I will feature the girls finds! Happy Shopping!

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  • DIY Bedside Pom Pom Rug

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    I’m putting the finishing touches on the joint kids room now and am excited to show it to you soon! It’s been a real challenge to bring together elements for both a 6 yr old boy and 9 month old girl. A fun one though. I’m sharing one project for the room today: a DIY pom pom rug. I wanted to make something soft to stand on and soothe Edie in her crib when she got up in the middle of the night and thought a DIY pom pom rug would be the perfect addition. Also, it adds a touch of feminine when the room is feeling much more masculine right now.

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    For the color combination, I really wanted something pretty neutral with a few pops of pink and yellow. I love how it turned out.

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    Amazing what you can do with yarn and scissors and a little time. Keep reading to see the step by step instructions on how we made it…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Crafting and assisted by Maddie Bachelder


  • 10 Road Trip Activities for Kids

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    Any family road trips planned the next few weeks? We are headed to Santa Cruz on Thursday (but shhhhh it’s a surprise so don’t tell Henry!) and next weekend we’re going camping in the Sierras. I thought I’d collect a few ideas on entertaining kids for those long boring hours on the road. Devices are great (seriously what did we do without them growing up?) but too much of that can make anyone car sick and there’s gotta be a better idea than cramming a whole month worth of screen time into a one day period. So, how do you make those hours fly by? We’ve collected some fun and creative ideas to make road trips more enjoyable, including one of my favorites above that my sister Becca made last summer: a printable travel bingo game.

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    Keep reading for the links!


  • Back to school trend crush: zipper vests for boys

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    Is it really back to school time?! Summers always felt SO short as a kid, but I swear they are twice as fast as an adult. Back to school means back to school shopping (one of my favorite past times!). This year my trend crush for boys clothing is the zipper/puffy vest. Did you see Henry’s cute puffy vest he sported the other day? These vests are the perfect transition into cooler weather. They keep you warm without all the bulk. They also look super cool and make your 7 year old look 17 (cue sad face). Below are 10 hip vests from around the web!

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  • Teething Challenge


    Learning to grab is such an exciting milestone. It happens around 3 or 4 months. Before that, newborn hands fly and whack with no control. I remember with Henry I happened to capture on video the moment he starting learning to work his hands. He was sitting in his car seat and started staring at them, slowly moving them right in front of his eyes like he had just figured it all out, “wow, I can control these things?!?”. It starts kind of slowly-you think they just accidentally hit that toy, pretty sure it was a coincidence- and then it becomes much more deliberate over time. Now Edie can lunge, grab, and shove an item in her mouth in the split second when you turn around to answer your phone.teething6

    Now everything goes immediately into her mouth. It’s not only how they interact withand explore the world (by trying to eat it all) but I think the onset of teething is timed perfectly to when they can start grabbing and chewing and learning to soothe their sore teething gums on their own. Edie doesn’t have teeth yet but she is gnawing on toys like crazy as her gums prepare for teeth to pop up. I’m so excited to see those two little teeth pop up, it’s so cute! We’ve loved using teething toys and have tried to incorporate more natural, organic teething products and remedies into our routine as part of the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target challenge.teething5

    From teething gel to teething wafers and teething toys to chew on, here are some favorites from Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target we’re trying out on those poor baby gums…

    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.


  • Interview with a First Grader: Henry

    It’s back to school season and in the spirit of all those newly sharpened pencils and crisp clean jackets we’ll be interviewing Henry today about school, friends, wishes, fears, and San Francisco in collaboration with GapKids and this cool GapKids class of 2014 contest going on to. This age is just the sweetest. Henry still gives me huge hugs when I drop him off at school, and can’t sleep at night waiting for the tooth fairy to pay a visit,  but is starting to understand the small nuances of how the world works around him and his interaction with it. Oh, and not to mention the adorableness of their missing front teeth! Between Harper and Henry they only have one front tooth currently intact, and even that one is hanging on by a thread!



    Keep reading for Henry’s in-depth interview (my favorite is what he would change if he were principal of his school and his favorite place to run around outside in underwear) and more pictures of his back to school outfit featuring clothing from Gap Kids: Graphic tee/Red puffy vest (a must have in San Francisco!)/Scout patch lunch box/Shadow western denim shirt(my favorite!)/Midtop deck sneakers/1969 Straight jeans (great fit and wash).

    And stay tuned…next week we’ll interview his friend and fellow first grader, Harper.

    Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers. Thanks to our sweet toothless models, Henry and Harper.


  • Weekend Roundup


    It’s August already, how crazy is that?!?! The summer’s flying by. Henry’s out for two weeks before school starts again mid-August so besides a small science camp at the synagogue down the street we’re planning a couple camping trips and a mystery ride (just a family tradition of a surprise trip) to Santa Cruz next week. Excited for him to soak up a little more summer before school starts up again. Hope you’re soaking up the last bits of summer as well. Here are some links to explore:

    The coolest headphones you never knew you needed

    Very cool waxed paper crayon art

    Saw this illustrated world map book in a bookstore last week and can’t stop thinking of it. Great gift idea!

    Do you knot your tees? (image above). Always love this summer trend

    Crushing on the new Nena and Co. dresses and kimonos

    If you didn’t get enough of the summer camp inspired week, look at this

    How to dress any green salad

    Don’t you love outdoor movie nights in summer? If you’re in the Bay Area, here’s where to go

    Peaches and cream no bake cheesecake

    Loving these kids high top sneakers

    Starting to get into back to school shopping? Here are some early deals I’ve seen: 35% off at Gap Kids, 25% off at Old Navy (with lots of discounted items too), cute girls dresses on sale at Zara Kids, tons on sale at H&M kids too (remember: you can shop online here now!)

    Pretty painted strawberry rocks

    A new interiors blog I love

    Making a DIY hammock (if only I had such a beautiful spot to build it!)

    I have a new niece arriving any second! Here’s a fun baby gift: cute handmade stacking circus animals


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