• DIY Marbled Mugs

    lyfe tea

    I love handmade holiday gifts, especially ones that take under 5 minutes. These marbled mugs are such a cinch to make and would make a nice holiday thank you gift for a teacher, co-worker, or boss. I love how they turned out. Keep reading to see how to make them…

    This post is sponsored by Lyfe Tea. This holiday season Lyfe Tea has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to help provide meals to those in need by donating $1 from every purchase. 


  • 5 Minute Easy Updo for the Holidays

    By beauty contributors Molly and Joanna of Irrelephant


    This year we see simplicity take over for the holidays. That includes hair for all of our friends and family gatherings. We bring you this easy wrap around low pony tutorial that can see you through the whole day, from cooking turkey in the morning to enjoying your feast with family in the evening. This is one of those hairstyles that welcome a bit of messy and loose whispys, so let loose and enjoy the lived in look!
    Keep reading for instructions…


  • Weekend Roundup


    I can’t believe it’s less than a week before Thanksgiving! Are you traveling? Are you baking?  My mind is on pies. I always make a tart cherry but thinking about another one. Maybe a chocolate mousse, pumpkin cheesecake, or lemon chiffon? This weekend we’re having a little pie party with a couple friends. We’ll be testing out some sweet (and savory!) pies just in case we aren’t getting enough next Thursday. Hope you’re up to something fun as well, here are some links to explore:

    How much pie will you need? A cheat sheet

    Easy DIY felt pilgrim hats for Thanksgiving. This was one of my favorite projects from last year

    How gorgeous is this tree trunk candle centerpiece?

    40% your purchase at GAP right now! I’d pick these boots for Henry,  this chambray dress for Edie, this aviator jacket for Jared, and these velvet leggings for myself. Or these Christmas pjs for both the kids.

    And an extra 50% off final sale items at J.Crew: These red suede heels and lots of swim suits!

    DIY holiday decor for small spaces (image above)

    Look at these mushroom cookies!

    The child models of instagram (and their stage moms)

    Lovely Thanksgiving setting by the gals of Alice and Lois

    Beautiful knitting without needles book

    The prettiest teeter totter around

    Great gift guide for new parents

    Just bought this pretty 2016 calendar for the office

    I want to try this coconut fish curry recipe

    A colorful soup party!

    Love these striped knit stockings, and only $13 at Target

  • 20 Gifts under $50 for your Parents

    By Ashley Aikele

    parents GIFT GUIDE

    Up next on our gift guides… Parents! What do you like to get your parents for the Holidays? It seems like I rotate between a framed picture of my daughter or our family and some kitchen gadget (my parents collect them). This year I branched out and came up with 20 gift ideas.

    Need more ideas? Check out my in-laws gift guide from last year or all of our gifts guides here.

    Keep reading for the links… (more…)

  • Natural Greenery Headband


    With so much greenery from trees and garlands this time of year, I thought it would be fun to make a simple festive headband. We used Eucalyptus leaves from a garland we just bought, but you can use any greenery you have laying around (or foraged from outside!). I think it makes a really pretty touch for a holiday outfit.


    Here’s how to make one…


  • Crunchy Ice Cream Topping


    Last month I had the chance to travel up to Portland with Kettle Brand Potato Chips and get a tour of their amazing new headquarters and factory. We learned all about how the chips were made and how flavors are developed. It was fascinating! One night we had a beautiful dinner where a chef cleverly incorporated the kettle chips into different dishes. Everything was delicious. One thing that really stood out though was the dessert!  So we’re attempting to recreate a holiday version of it today…


  • Traditional Razzleberry Pie

    By Ashley Aikele


    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s the perfect mix of tradition and food. There’s grandma’s homemade rolls and cranberry fluff, my dads mashed potatoes, candied yams, homemade gravy and moist turkey and of course aunt Teena’s Razzleberry Pie. I love this pie because it’s a little bit tart and not as heavy and rich as some other pies. Today I’m sharing the secret family recipe!

    Keep reading for the recipe…


  • A Macrobiotic Salad


    My friends here in San Francisco, Karen and Suji, have a company called Reset which offers an alternative to the traditional juice cleanse. The juices are supplemented by one nutritious meal a day, and these meals are absolutely incredible. At first I thought it was just because I had been drinking juice all day, but then I had them when I wasn’t even on a cleanse and realized how much they really stood out on their own. They’re some of the best and most nutritious food I’ve ever eaten.


    With all the rich, indulgent food coming up this holiday season, I asked them to share a recipe for their amazing macrobiotic salad so we can all create our own mini reset amongst the holiday hustle. The dressing alone is absolutely incredible. I invited them over here a couple weeks ago to take some photographs and share their story + process.

    Here’s how to create it on your own…



  • DIY Napkin Rings

    By DIY contributor Alyson of Sugar and Bash

    DIY Napking Rings Styled 5

    I love a simple tabletop and with the holidays coming up I decided to make some napkin rings that actually match my napkins. There also seems to be a trend of combining metals, so with a simple white palette I added some copper and gold accents. Of course I took that gold right into this DIY!

    DIY Napkin Rings Styled 2

    Keep reading for instructions…

  • DIY Balsa Wood Ornaments

    balsa wood ornaments

    Balsa wood is a very thin, flexible wood you can cut and manipulate pretty easily.  I love the natural, rustic look of balsa wood and today we’re making ornaments with it! Keep reading for instructions on making them and some tips for working with balsa wood…


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