• 20 Street Style Trends to Try this Spring

    By Ashley Aikele

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    Is it safe to say we are in the full swing of spring? I hope so! Here are 20 of my favorite street style trends to try this spring!

    Look above (1): The retro look is in! This outfit has a 70’s vibe, and I love it. It’s casual, stylish and comfortable.

    Keep reading for all 20 looks…

    PS! Shopbop is having their friends and family sale! 25% off full price and sale items! Ends tomorrow!

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  • How did you feed your baby? 6 Women and Their Real-Life Experiences

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    A big thing I’m preparing for mentally with baby #3 coming is breastfeeding. I told a couple friends yesterday that I need to take advantage of going somewhere alone for more than 2 hours while I can! Once baby comes, if I’m able to breastfeed her the way I have with my other two, than that little one and I will be attached at the hip for a long while. Which is sweet and wonderful, but a big adjustment to your life as an independent adult. With each of my other two children I had very different experiences breastfeeding them, and it was hugely emotional for me as well. I feel like a lot of women don’t talk openly about their experiences, good and bad, and I’m not really sure why when it’s a huge part of those infant days. I’ve found that talking about it with other women helps relive some of the mother’s guilt and handle struggles that come up in a more healthy way. So, today I thought it would be interesting to really dive into it all and get lots of women’s stories and perspectives on the topic of feeding their babies.

    But first, my own experience feeding Henry and Edie as infants…

    Thanks to Gerber feeding system, BabyNesfor sponsoring this post and celebrating women with all kinds of baby feeding experiences. Get a $50 off your BabyNes machine by using code SMARTNUTRITION  at checkout on babynes.com. Valid through 6/30. They also offer 90 days money back guarantee so you can try out the feeding system risk free. 

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  • A Hike in the Hills

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    We’ve mostly unpacked from our recent move, which feels really good seeing as baby is on her way very soon! So this past week, during spring break, we explored Oakland a bit and found a beautiful hike high in the hills that we’ll for sure be coming back to soon called Serpentine. Keep reading to see our adventure one sunny spring morning…

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    Happy weekend! We’ve been shooting some video footage all morning for an ad campaign coming up and I’m excited to share it with you soon! Above is a behind the scenes shot Ashley took. Besides this fun shoot, I’ve got Alameda flea market (finally- it rained out last month!) and some major baby prep on my agenda this weekend. We just found out a couple days ago that they’ll need to induce me 2 weeks early…a week from Monday! More on that all coming up in a post later this week. But first, here are some links to explore. Have a great one!

    The dress I’m wearing above is a great find from Amazon. It’s super comfy and only $37. Jared thinks it’s super hot too.

    The details in this bridal shower are beautiful (and amazing DIY flowers)

    Some great healthy breakfast ideas (seems I’m always in a breakfast rut!)

    A personal style interview with Jenna Lyons, and her favorite shopping spots in SOHO

    One home’s result of taking a month off social media

    Aren’t these little kimono sleepers cute?

    Pretty copper flatware I’m swooning over

    Roasted carrots never looked so good

    Interesting article about baby technology being sold on fear over practicality

    For your non-traditional nursery inspiration (that vintage crib!)

    Do you follow these style rules?

    Love this chunky camel cardigan (only $26!)

    The best bakeries in SF (according to instagram)

    Love this Kate Spade shower curtain (and the styling!)

    10 mug cakes I need to try (YUM!)

    The softest baby blanket

    Amazing collection of vintage Moroccan textiles I’m dying over

    And finally, a great list of podcasts you should listen to  (bookmarking for those long hours nursing!)

  • 10 Fab Finds Under $40

    By Ashley Aikele

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    Happy April! These deals are no joke! Happy shopping!

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  • 12 Lace up Shoes for Spring

    By Ashley Aikele

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    I’ve been seeing lace up shoes everywhere lately. They seem to be the perfect transition shoe for spring! Here are 12 of my favorites from around the web… (more…)

  • Goat Cheese and Basil Dip

    By guest food contributor Abbey of The Butter Half
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    Got a party to throw and looking for an amazing appetizer? This goat cheese and basil dip is delicious and elegant, and you can bet on guests coming back for seconds. Best of all? It takes only 5 minutes to make.
    Keep reading for the recipe…

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  • DIY Succulent Pots

    By DIY contributor Alyson of  Bash Studio
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    I recently visited a little shop with so many succulents…and I kind of went crazy buying them. I see so many cute concrete pots online that people made, but I’m still a little unsure how I feel about working with concrete. Instead, I discovered plaster! It’s surprisingly easy to use and you can create a “faux” concrete look in less than 30 minutes.
    Keep reading for the instructions…

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    Happy weekend! It’s the beginning of our spring break and my sister is here with her two kids visiting for the week. We made a big list of all the exploring we want to do tonight. Things on our priority list are Point Reyes, Tilden Park, Cabot Space and Science Center, Fentons, and the Jelly Belly Factory (of course). But first, we’re having Easter and a hunt on Sunday here. Have a great spring weekend, here are some links to explore:

    Mabo has the sweetest children’s spring collection right now, photographed by our good friends Seth and Kendra Smoot. (image above)

    Love this Ikea hack for the nursery!

    Good tips for styling grocery store flowers

    We just got a bbq, so I’m eyeing these tips for the best grilled chicken

    Dating advice, from kids

    40% off your purchase from Gap right now

    I’ve heard such great things about these leather play mats

    A qiuck series documentary about the all-American Levi’s 501 jean

    The prettiest Easter brunch details

    Not sure how I feel about this Instagram change

    Stovetop mac and cheese for one

    These DIY sunny side up Easter eggs are a really cute idea

    Smart way to refresh those old folding chairs

    Love all the spring sandals from Madewell

    Love all the natural wooden furniture from the shop, Kalon Studios (the day bed! The crib!)

    Love this DIY giant cascarones egg pinata idea!

    The first thing you should do in the morning when you’re just waking up

  • STATE FARM® Twitter Party

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    This post was sponsored by State Farm. For more information on the best financial services for your family, please visit or call a State Farm agent

    Hey guys! Something fun is going on next week. I’m participating in the #BabySteps Twitter Party with State Farm hosted by @MomSpark, and we’d love you to join! We’ll be getting chatty about saving (or not?) for your kid’s college, how you prepare for college, ways to teach your kids about money and savings (I’d love to hear your ideas!), what it was like talking with a State Farm agent, and any baby girl name suggestions are welcome as well! Bring your questions to me and the other bloggers who have been participating in the campaign and we can discuss it all in real time, like we were sitting down face to face for coffee on a rainy afternoon. I love real time chatting over emails and comments so I hope you can join in on the conversation.

    Here are the details and how you can win an Amazon Gift card by participating…

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