A lot has changed as a parent the second time around with baby #2. In the last 6 years with a huge rise in concern over the effect of pesticides and toxins on young infants there are many more natural products available. Honestly though, I was raised to look at price tags and not ingredients (I think it’s a generational thing, were you raised the same?). Now though, being a parent in the age of Internet information at our fingertips, coupled with living in San Francisco and surrounded by so many healthier-food movements has forced me to re-evaluate my decisions I make as a parent and mother. Price tags still play a role in how I make household decisions, but I have noticed a shift lately in how I think about the products and food I buy for my family, and especially a sweet new baby.
I’m working with Target on a series of challenges around the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target™ collection: a grouping of all the better for you products at Target in one place. I’ll be focusing on incorporating some of these products in my daily routine caring for this cute baby over the next few weeks. When I first heard about the program, I was surprised there wasn’t a collection of these like-minded brands together at Target. It’s a really inspiring group of companies you and I already love like method, Plum Organics, Burts Bees and so on. Target has brilliantly grouped them all together, located at one place on the site.
So, how cool is this: A few weeks ago I had the chance to chat with Neil Grimmer, President of Plum Organics. They pioneered the baby food pouch that now has become a staple in so many diaper bags of moms I know. When I was pregnant and first asked some mom friends about what the biggest innovation has been since having Henry 6 years ago, they mentioned this brand, Plum Organics. I’ve been excited to try it out, and super stoked to be able to interview Neil…
Photography by Liz Stanley
This was our week when we were prematurely thrown back into normal life. Henry started first grade which seems nuts but it’s nice to get our routine back. I started working full time again, with the nanny back and my summer intern starting as well. Lots of meetings and planning and two drybar appointments (you know there’s exciting stuff in the works with two blowouts needed back to back). I can’t stop going back through our Fire Island photos though (image above, more of my image here) and hoping to still keep up with pools, fort building, popsicles and and carnivals in the afternoons.
Also, next week we’re having a full week of projects and posts around the theme of Summer Camp! Similar to the picnic themed week we had a couple months back. Hope you’re up to something fun, here are some links to explore:
Perfect summer shirtdress
Frozen coconut limemade recipe I have to try
Cute pair of boyfriend jeans (under $30)
Great house warming gift idea
The most gorgeous weekend bags. With compartments!
Might try making this watermelon salad for a get together this weekend
Speaking of…tips for picking the best watermelon
Gabby had a nice find for great deals on cute kids pjs
This Fancy Parody video by Girls with Glasses is hilarious
What New Yorkers did in the summer before air conditioning
by fashion editor Ashley
Summer whites with prints and pastels is what this weeks round up is all about. Happy shopping!
1. Cobblewalk Pullover $39.99 + 40% off!
2. Printed top $29.99
3. Palm tree tee $19.99
4. A line skirt $39.99
5. 5 pocket jeans $19.99
6. Crossbody saddlebag $34.90
7. T-strap sandal $39.00
8. Indigo skirt $49.90 + 40% off!
9. Oui Mon Cheri sweatshirt $29.99
10. Market popover $29.90 +40% off
A couple months ago I found myself in the most gorgeous field of dandelions on a bike ride with Henry in Golden Gate Park. I started picking them with this romantic and nostalgic idea of creating a flower crown and then realized I actually had no idea how to make one. Seems like it should have been simple but I found myself frustrated and eyes strained in the sun googling ‘how to make a flower crown’ with limited service on my phone instead of weaving and twisting barefoot with wild abandon in that gorgeous field.
So here’s to being prepared next time you find yourself in a super grammable field of wildflowers one lazy summer afternoon: How to Make a Flower Crown, Two Totally Hippy Dippy Free Lovin Barefoot Ways.
Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted and modeling by Maddie Bachelder (my awesome summer intern is back this year!)
by fashion editor Ashley
Since having a baby, I have found my self really wanting to wear white. I love how fresh and crisp it is, and it looks beautiful on everyone. The only problem with wearing white when you have a baby is…. it doesn’t stay white! Especially when you are terrible at laundry like I am. But since these jeans are on sale for only $12.90!!! It might be worth getting a couple pairs (or 3 or 4) so I can sport white all summer and not have to worry about the baby food spills.
The look: Madewell
by guest contributor and my assistant Sara of Alice and Lois
Summer is all about going on adventures to new places, visiting family and friends and creating wonderful memories. What better way to capture those memories than with a handmade travel journal. This is so easy to make and you more than likely have all the supplies at home! We made quite a few in no time (so that means that I will keep wonderful record of all of our summer adventures, right?!)! We used a basic three-hole pamphlet book binding technique, super simple to do!
Keep reading for the full tutorial… (more…)
By food contributor Brittany
Asparagus is one of our favorite veggies in my home right now, we eat them at least once a week and really can’t get enough of them. This recipe adds a big punch of flavor but keeps the prep time quick and easy. This side is perfect for your next summer BBQ or even as a tasty healthy snack!
keep reading for the recipe… (more…)
Happy 4th of July! Hope you’re up to something fun and festive. We are headed out of the chilly city to a water park in the burbs and then a BBQ with the cousins (complete with a flag cake of course!). This is one of my very favorite holidays, it’s just so quintessential summer. Hope you’re soaking it all in. We sure are because Henry starts 1st grade on MONDAY. I know, crazy. He’s in a year round school and only has the month of June off and then 2 more weeks off in August. He’s lost a front tooth just in time! I’m crazy about his new smile. Have a great one, here are some links to explore:
DIY American flag garland (I promise, this is a good one)
I wanna jump on the the birkenstocks train
Adding these to our summer camping wish list
My new favorite pair of destroyed skinnies (perfect length, don’t stretch out, holes don’t get bigger!)
I’ve been wearing this lace top nonstop to the pool/beach
Waffle ice cream sandwiches (brilliant)
Cobbler for breakfast (minus the guilt)
This dress is just stunning in person
by fashion editor Ashley
Happy Fourth of July! In case you have a spare minute this weekend here are some of my favorite red, white and blue deals from around the web. Happy shopping!
1. Adore patch baseball cap $29.99 + 40% off
2. Sweatshirt tunic $49.99 + 40% off
3. Textured dot sweater $34.50
4. Lace striped skirt $39.99 + 50% off!
5. Baggu backpack in poppy $38.00
6. Pleated stripe short $22.50
7. Striped dress $39.99
8. sunburst skirt $39.99 + 40% off!
9. Straight and narrow jean in white $39.50
10. Mellow mantra sandal $34.99
For more fab finds under $40 check out our pinterest board!
I’m partnering with popchips today to share a recipe for your 4th of July gathering tomorrow. This dish started off as one of my very favorite salads a few years back. Everyone I’ve introduced it to continues to make it, it’s that good. Then last year at a family gathering we starting to dip chips into it and it immediately turned into my favorite summer dip! A perfect compliment to a big bag of popchips.
Keep reading for the recipe for this delicious dish…
Photography by Liz Stanley. Thank you to popchips for sponsoring this 4th of July recipe. Check out their great flavored chips for your summer bbq in sour cream & onion, bbq, sea salt, sea salt & vinegar, cheddar, and sour cream.
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>