• Holiday Hair Updo

    By Molly and Joanna of Irrelephant

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    It’s the busiest time of the year with endless parties and events to attend. Paying to have your hair done isn’t always an option and adds up so why not do your own ‘do. It’s easier than you think. Here’s how in a few simple steps… (more…)

  • 20 Last minute Amazon Prime Gifts

    By Assistant Editor Ashley

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    It’s the last minute dash to the finish line! Have you finished all your shopping? If not, here are some last minute Amazon Prime gifts for all procrastinators out there (myself included). Happy shopping and Happy holidays! (more…)

  • A Stocking Stuffer Idea

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    Here’s how Christmas morning worked at our house growing up: anytime after 6am we were allowed into the living room to view the tree surrounded by white tissue paper packages and our filled stockings.  The stockings were placed on the ground next to the fireplace and surrounded by the loot: fancy fruit (like pineapples, mango, kiwi), a sugared cereal, little toys, and a new holiday DVD. This holiday DVD was Santa’s moment of genius that offered my parents an extra hour and a half of sleep before present opening at 8am. I’m thinking we need to keep this tradition alive! Santa had a great plan to ensure a happy and restful Christmas morning for everyone. Along with that tradition, today I have a great idea for your stocking! Leave a family iPhone or iPad with Toca TV, a new video streaming app for kids, downloaded and ready to watch in their stockings Christmas morning.

    Keep reading for more about it and a discount code… (more…)

  • Experience Gifts

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    I love giving experience gifts to reduce clutter in the home. Things like a museum membership, gift card to a favorite restaurant, theatre tickets, etc. A new experience that you know they’ll enjoy. It feels special, thoughtful, and doesn’t take up space in a closet. Today we’re partnering with Uber Gift Cards to explore a new spot for us: the Chabot Space and Science Center up in the Oakland hills. Edie, Dot and I headed there on a rainy day last week…

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  • Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

    Recipe by food writer Abbey
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    The holiday season is one of gift-giving and sharing joy with neighbors and loved ones. My favorite way to get in the spirit is making homemade treats for friends and family. These vegan chocolate peppermint truffles are a simple and beautiful dessert that everyone loves. Not only do they contain clean ingredients, but they are a delicious and festive sweet that tastes like an indulgent treat.
  • Gift Favorites from Bitte

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    When I’m looking for a gift for kids, one of my very favorite places to shop is Bitte. It’s an impeccable curated online boutique of kids clothing and toys.  Focused on sustainable practices and modern designs, they carry the best from some of my very favorite brands like Hansel from Basel, Odette Williams, Hazel Village, Fourth and Pierce, EllieFunDay, Chronicle Books, Holztiger, Aden and Anais, and so many more. Here are a few favorites I’m eyeing this year (with lots of my picks on sale now!)…

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    Hey friends! Today’s Henry’s last day of school before the holiday break and I just came back from his sweet class party where they did a book exchange and ate donuts and latkes. Also, I just finished up my last shoot of the year today (feels SO good!) and also did an instagram live where we shared some gifts we’re giving the kids. It was fun! I think I like the live video format so stay tuned for more of that. It’s crazy to think vacation is already here! I have a few posts I’m getting ready for next week and then we’re taking a long winter’s nap until after the New Year. We’re headed to a couple holiday parties this weekend and then up to Tahoe for a few days to ski, have snowball fights, and make Christmas cookies. Hope you’re up to something fun, here are links to explore:

    Thinking about making this puff brioche next week up in Tahoe. Yum!

    This Paris apartment tour is lovely (the glassed in kitchen-really everything about the kitchen!)

    The cutest Christmas tree hats!

    These star cookies look amazing

    Found the cutest kids pjs on amazon for only $13.99

    Cute coloring gift tags to download

    Cutest onesie and on sale

    A zero waste holiday gift guide

    This DIY egg carton holiday wreath is so gorgeous (image above)

    Still love this Mod Wooden Ornaments post of ours from last year

    I’ve really been enjoying this book, You’ll Grow Out of It. Easy, entertaining read.

    A gingerbread cake for Christmas day?

    50 of the best images from 2016 by National Geographic

    Been wearing these boots a ton this week in the rain. Other great options: here and here

    Pretty painted gift boxes to DIY

    I got this great linen dress from UO a couple weeks ago and have already worn it 10 times. I love it

    And if you’re feeling low-key this weekend, the ten best tv episodes of 2016 to watch

    Lastly, seems a bummer to end on this note but there’s too much going on in the world to not acknowledge: a review of what’s going on in Aleppo and how to help (we’ve donated to the IRC)

  • 10 stuffers every kid’s stocking should have

    By Assistant Editor Ashley

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    One of my favorite parts about the holidays are stockings. Growing up I loved finding my treasure filled sock on Christmas morning full of endless goodies and toys. Now that I’m on the other side, I think I love it even more! I’ve crafted a recipe to create the perfect stocking…

    Still shopping?… check out our gift guides.

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  • My Holiday Gift Picks from JCPenney

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    This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a holiday event at JCPenney in San Jose. I combed the store beforehand to find my favorite gift ideas and then presented my picks to a nice crowd. It was so much fun and brought back so many great memories shopping at JCPenney growing up. I’m still impressed with how insane their deals are (often better than other stores), and the wide selection of items available. You really can find something for everyone on your list from clothing to kitchenware and toys. Here’s what I’d pick to gift…

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  • Baking with Toddlers: Candy Cane Cookies

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    We have a fun holiday-themed baking with toddler post today making candy cane cookies! This time, we invited my friend Gaby and her sweet daughter, Eleanor along. Jenner Brown came out to film our baking morning (thanks, Jenner!) and I love how it turned out. Still cleaning flour off all my linens. Always. Thank you messy toddlers for making everything so fun. Here’s the video below, enjoy!

    We partnered with fairlife milk for this post. Not only does fairlife milk have more protein, half the sugar, and is highly filtered, but it’s also deeeeelicious! I’ve been buying it ever since for it taste alone to go with holiday cookies and making homemade hot cocoa. I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back to regular milk.

    Keep reading for the recipe for our candy cane cookies…

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