• Lavender Blueberry Smoothie

    By guest food contributor Abbey of The Butter Half

    lavender blueberry smoothie

    This smoothie is what I like to call aromatherapy for the taste buds and stomach. It’s flavors are fresh and fruity, and it leaves you feeling full afterwards too when you need an extra boost to get you through the day.

    lavender blueberry smoothie

    Keep reading for the recipe…


  • DIY Batik Catchall Bowls

    By DIY contributor Alyson of  Bash Studio

    catchall bowls

    I don’t know about you, but it seems like I have a million little things all over my dresser and nightstand, especially earrings. To keep these trinkets somewhat organized and not lost on the floor, I decided DIY catchalls were in order. Instead of just painting the clay, I used a technique called batik. catchall bowls

    Here’s how to make them…


  • A Half Up Hair Trick

    Photos and directions by beauty contributors Molly and Joanna of Irrelephant


    This hairstyle is simple, chic, and not too fussy. Which is perfect because I never have much more than a minute to do my hair in the morning (with a new baby, I’m lucky for even that).  Best of all, our beauty contributors are sharing a brilliant hack for making this gorgeous clip so you can take this simple ‘do up a notch for a night out…


    Keep reading for their directions…


  • Weekend Roundup


    Our sweet Dot is 4 weeks old on Sunday (Mothers Day!). The last few weeks have been such a blur with both chaotic and sweet moments every day (like the one above- how huge is Edie?!?). Three kids is full.on.parenting for sure! Any advice, fellow mamas? I’ll be starting to get back into work toward the end of next week and excited to share lots more about live with this Dottie May. In the meantime, here are some links to explore. And don’t forget to give a mom a hug!

    The coziest baby blankets from Coyuchi (got one from our swag bag at the Mother Mag event today and I’m sold!)

    Do you blame yourself for your difficult baby?

    We just bought a king size bed! Choose this one and love it so far.

    My friend made a salad with this yummy dressing

    I’d never lose my keys with this gorgeous brass key ring

    Great pair of black skinny jeans (only $39!)

    A totally normal thing: Nail polish that tastes like fried chicken. Wait, WHAT?

    Could you get through parenthood with no regrets? Loved this post

    The sweetest new collection from Soor Ploom. That dress in the perfect shade of pale pink!

    Obsessed with the ceramics from this shop

    The best nursing tank

    Great tip for bringing wilted flowers back to life

    All these amazing pool floats are getting me excited about summer

    This peachy pear smoothie looks delicious!

    A pretty kimono to wear around the house, or to the pool

    23 fun questions to ask a child about their mom

  • A Sunroom Oasis Makeover


    We have a sunroom that connects between our kitchen and the master bedroom. It overlooks a lot of beautiful trees in the backyard and gets pretty light during the day. I wanted to create a little oasis in there, a place to relax and read, maybe even nurse the new baby when she arrives (in a month!). It’s pretty high up and surrounded by trees so it feels like you’re in a treehouse which is really cool. There are huge windows that we can open up on a warm day too. The biggest part of this sunroom makeover project was filling it to the brim with plants of course. I’ve been especially drawn to tropical ones lately. Plants add so much life to a room and make it really feel lived in and natural. So today, I’m working with Miracle-Gro on putting the sunroom together to give our new houseplants the very best care from the start.


    Keep reading to see before pictures and some details on how it all came together…

    This post is brought to you by Miracle-Gro.


  • Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls

    By food contributor Abbey of The Butter Half

    fresh spring rolls

    These fresh spring rolls are the perfect appetizer or lunch for a warm spring day. They take only 10 minutes to make and will leave you feeling light and satisfied.

    Keep reading for the recipe… (more…)

  • DIY Gift Box with Printable Mother’s Day Tag

    By DIY contributor Alyson of  Bash Studio

    Gift Box DIY 4

    If you’re anything like me, sometimes you drop the ball on holidays not because you don’t care, but because your memory isn’t stellar. Well, there is a solution! Gift boxes are a great option to gift something handmade and in a simple yet thoughtful way last minute. I never know what to get my mom so throwing some of her favorite things into one box works on so many levels. I try to include a little bit of everything – candy, beauty products, something random and fun she’ll like. This gift box is something that requires zero cutting, minus the chipboard, and can be made in minutes.
    Keep reading for instructions…


  • Easy Blanket Fort

    birch lane kids

    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.

    birch lane kids

    Here are a few photos of how we put our fort together…


  • 10 Handmade mothers day gift ideas

    handmade mothers day gift ideas

    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)free funny printable mothers day cards

    For your cool, hip, baby making mom. Free printable for clever cards she’ll love.

    Keep reading for more…


  • Look for Less

    By Ashley Aikele

    look for less

    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.

    The Look: Madewell
    For Less: sweater / top / shoes / shorts / bag


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