• About


    Hi there! I’m Liz. I’m the founder and owner of Say Yes, an award winning lifestyle blog for women that celebrates family life with practical tips for home and personal style. I work with a team of amazing staff to come up with the best quality content to share each day with a readership of over 500,000 a month. Work on Say Yes has been featured by The Huffington Post, Real Simple Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Parents Magazine, HGTV, and Martha Stewart to name a few. Say Yes has also partnered with many lifestyle household brands like Target, Gap, Crate and Barrel, Adobe, Ergo, Ford, and West Elm. For questions or inquiries, please email me at liz(at)sayyes.com. Welcome to my site! (Image above by Tara Rudolph)


    Say Yes in the Press
    The Huffington Post, Real Simple Magazine, HGTV Blogger of the Month, TLC 5 Can’t Miss Mom Style Bloggers, Levi’s Ad, Elle DecorParents Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle



    I work with a group of talented staff  in different areas of expertise and awesomeness:

    Ashley is a good mixture of her Idaho roots and the California Bay Area life she currently lives. She loves to spend her time designing, scouring garage sales, and dreaming up a good party. She enjoys photography, travel, food, and fashion and mashes it all together over on her blog, The Daily Bucket. Ashley works as blog manager and fashion editor.

    Brittany is based out of Los Angeles.  She is a food and portrait photographer, a freelance illustrator, and an art instructor for the Riverside Art Museum.  Art is her life (as you can see here) and when she finds the time, she enjoys traveling and fun adventures with her husband which she documents on her blog.  With a passion for all things that inspire, she finds a unique beauty in food.  She loves to share new ideas mixed with fresh ingredients that always inspires your taste buds. Brittany works as a food contributor.

    Sara has called San Francisco home for the past sixteen years. She spent over fifteen years at Gap, Inc and now runs an Etsy shop with her twin sister, Melissa. Always finding creativity in the every day, she and her sister share their love of crafting, sewing, cooking and photography on their blog alice & lois. Sara loves nothing more than spending time with her sweet daughter and husband. Sara work as a project assistant.



    Sarah has been living in San Francisco long enough to remember affordable rent(!!). She lives with her husband and two not so little ones in a beautiful victorian that they are slowly but surely fixing up. An esthetician by trade, she has taken the last few years off to stay home with the kiddos. She loves music, her garden and cooking for friends and family. Sarah works as a project assistant intern.





    Molly and Joanna are based out of Birmingham, Alabama. They are the duo behind the lifestyle blog, Irrelephant. They are both licensed cosmetologists that specialize in wedding, editorial and everyday beautiful hair. Molly is happily married with her best friend and has a quirky Australian Shepherd. She is a stylist at a local salon where she specializes in cut and color. She also enjoys mixing creative outlets and learning new hobbies. Joanna is also happily married to her partner in crime. They have recently extended their family with a new baby boy. While being a new mom she is also juggling her freelance work in photography and woodworking. Molly and Joanna work as hair and beauty writers





    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are a few frequently asked questions about my blog, my life and my work:

    I’m coming to San Francisco soon, do you have any recommendations of places to go and things to eat?

    Yes! I have a separate page on this topic right here. Short answer: there is so much awesomeness here.

    How do you make an income from blogging?
    I mostly make my income from collaborations with brands on campaigns, sponsored posts (you can see examples of my sponsored posts here), publisher program consulting, and brand ambassador work. I also sell small ads and banners ads on my site with small shops and through Federated Media.

    I’d love to blog as a career as well, how should I get started?
    It’s taken me a long time to blog professionally and full time, but I love it and feel so lucky that my hobby has turned into a career. I’d recommend you start by investing in your blog as you would any other business, creating excellent content, make meaningful connections with other bloggers, and distributing/engaging/utilizing social media appropriately.

    What kind of camera do you use?
    I have a Canon 6D and use primarily a 50 mm 1.4 lens. If you’re started out, I’d recommend getting a cheaper body, like a Canon Rebel, and investing in a lens like the 50mm 1.4 which is gorgeous for portraits.

    Can I feature your tutorial or images on my site?
    Of course, just please link back to the instructions (don’t post the full instructions on your site), and only use one or two photos from the tutorial pretty please!

    Do you have recommendations for camping with kids?
    Yup, I have a post about that right here! Short story: It’s not as bad as you think!

  • Weekend Roundup


    How was your Halloween? I had grand plans of making chili, cornbread, and pumpkin cookies but in the end frozen pizza made an appearance. Having a cold while being super pregnant is not a fun combination. I did manage to make it out trick or treating with the cousins on a cute little street in the mission district. It was perfect, my only complaint was there were definitely not enough twix bars or milk duds in Henry’s stash when we got home. Henry loved his ‘zombie vampire’ costume although and he’s already talking about Christmas coming up in a couple months. I love this time of year! Hope you’re up to something fun this weekend, here are some links to explore:

    A pumpkin s’more donut muffin. WHAT.

    I love everything about this wedding day

    Cute DIY mountain stamped wrapping paper

    Extra 40% off sale styles at Madewell. Just ordered this silk pleated shirtdress for after baby

    What are you doing with all that Halloween candy?

    Great news. QP Collections, my favorite place for handmade ties, is having a sale, $56 on all their 2013 ties (yeah for holiday shopping done early)

    Apple cider float!

    Love this pretty DIY mini cone party decor

    Comfy and chic looking zipper leggings

    This seems like a fun creative activity to do with kids

    Also, just a note: my due date is less than a week away. I have a full month and a half of fantastic content planned with posts of mine, writers, and guest bloggers so I won’t be deserting you but I am taking a step back and letting my blog manager and assistant run things for a bit so I can spend time with our new baby when she comes. I’ll try to still respond to emails and questions but things might be slow going for a bit, I hope you understand! Of course I’ll update you with exciting news and new baby updates here and there, thanks everyone! xoxo, Liz

  • Weekend Roundup

    familyphotos1Back in August at my sister Katrina’s wedding, Ashley Thalman, whom I’ve absolutely loved working with on the fashion shoots for a long while now here, snapped a few quick photos of our family of 3.5 before the wedding reception began. Henry was a trooper. These were taken after the official wedding party photos so he was pretty exhausted from all the snapping, smiling, holding still business. Also, aren’t the boys ties/bowties cute? They’re hand printed by my sister’s new husband Quinn who owns the artisan shop I really do love, QP Collections. If you click here you can see more of the beautiful bride, our family/extended family at the reception and one amazing capture of me getting doooown on the dance floor with my sister.

    (Dress above from Asos Maternity, shoes from Seychelles at Zappos in melon)

    Have a great one, here are some links to explore:

    Tried a new banana cream pie recipe last week and now it’s my favorite

    I’m into camo are you? (these jeans!)

    DIY pumpkin pom poms for cute fall decor

    Deliciously creepy spider cakes

    A perfect fall sweater (and only $26)

    Making your own fancy paper

    Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake hilariousness #thanksmichelle

    Holy cow, Happily Grey is rocking those animal print jeans from Kate Spade

    Great tips for a stress-free 5 minute photo shoot with your baby

  • Weekend Roundup

    ohd_cp8_postWe leave this morning for Hawaii! Henry is really excited. Mostly about the idea of snorkeling, I hope it’s as fun as he’s imagining (always tricky to manage 5 yr old expectations!). I’m really looking forward to gorgeous beaches, warm weather, and exploring Kauai (some great recommendations from my instagram post, thank you!). Who knows when we’ll be able to take a relaxing trip like this again, newborns change everything! Speaking of, thanks for all the advice yesterday on baby products, I’m feeling a lot more prepared now. Have a wonderful weekend, here are some links:

    Paul Ferney is offering another round of The Commission Project for the holidays (image above).  My siblings and I commissioned a painting of our childhood home in NY earlier this year that my parents  just sold, and it turned out so beautiful

    Perfect distressed boyfriend jeans on my wishlist

    Have you seen Meta of One More Mushroom’s Henrik bed? Beautiful design- definitely on my must-have list when I need two twins beds!

    Beautiful fall coat and only $61!

    Kate Spade Saturday collection keeps killing it. The weekender bag

    Good changes for school lunches

    Wow, Emma’s DIY wedding dress!

    Love the pics of Freshly Picked’s new headquarters (makes me happy seeing friends having such great success!)

    Butterscotch pudding pops. Yum

    Yeah for Olive Us! (hip hip hooray!)

    Love these gray jeans for fall (skinny motorcycle is hot!)

    A cute DIY pop up desk!

    7 signs you’re a professional blogger

  • Weekend Roundup

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    Yesterday my baby sister Katrina got married! It’s been a crazy week of water parks, cousins, bbqs, shopping, and of course thick shakes (Utah has the best shakes), ending in a beautiful wedding of Katrina and Quinn. Below is the dress I wore for the reception, a great maternity find from Asos Maternity right here. Here’s another dress I wore (from H&M- my favorite dress right now I think!). More photos on my instagram.

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    We’re still here for a couple more days and then travel back to San Francisco on Monday morning. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    I’m catching up on my babble posts, here are a few of my links to explore:

    10 beautiful desks for your home office

    The best DIY baby blankets (love the heart one)

    10 last minute summer activities with kids (I’m so sad to see summer go soon!)

    13 cool throw pillows from UO and 10 pretty DIY pillows

    Ever thought of blowing bubbles like this?

    11 fun embroidery projects

  • Weekend Roundup


    Henry and I have been staying up in Bolinas Bay for the last couple days as part of a girls trip with some of my dearest friends from when we lived in Manhattan. Two years ago we had a similar getaway with these same ladies at Stinson beach which I posted about here. After this little getaway we’ll be packing our bags and heading to Utah for my sister’s wedding next week. I’m excited for one last taste of summer there and planning on hitting up local thrift stores to do some baby girl shopping (is it sad that I’ve been looking forward to doing that for months? Utah thrift stores are the best for kid clothes!). Hope you’re up to something fun, here are some links to check out:

    Transform a pillow sham into a cute DIY top

    Cute chambray dress I want (and only $39.99)

    Everything about this baby shower is adorable especially the popsicle macarons!

    Roasted strawberry and toasted coconut homemade popsicles. YUM

    Freezer stencil DIY birthday shirts

    Super cool wool hat, Indy Jones style (my good friend Kendra wears hers nonstop)

    Kate isn’t shy about her post-baby bump. So refreshing

    This summer salad sounds amazing

    I really really want to try this DIY shift dress (would be great maternity)

    PS This image above is from last weekend. We went on a quick camping trip in the High Sierras and rented a little motorboat for an afternoon. It was a perfect summer weekend. More images of our trip on instagram.

  • Weekend Roundup


    Hooray it’s Friday! This week has been a nice breather after our North Carolina trip and then ALT SF last week. It’s been good to get back into the swing of things. In another week we’ll leave to Utah for my sister, Katrina’s, wedding. Her and her fiance are the handsome blonde couple you might recognize from a bunch of photo shoots they’re done for Say Yes like couples costume ideas and 5 classic wardrobe pieces. I like to think they fell in love pretending to gaze into each other’s eyes for the shoots, but I think there was a spark already there between them. This weekend we’re headed out camping- maybe Point Reyes? Hope you’re up to something fun! Here are a few links to explore:

    How to make your own colorful wallpaper (image above)

    The cutest cat napkins

    Perfect summer sandals

    10 Top Patterns for East Coast Summer

    40% off sale items at Madewell (this is dangerous)

    Beautiful time lapse video of San Francisco fog (via Design Mom)

    My cousin had the most beautiful wedding (I’m dying over her dress)

    These kid mouse pants! The whole shop I love

    Gorgeous floral print maxi

    Modern, geometric DIY planters I want to try

    Sweet cloud hangers

    Only the best DIY lemonade stand

    Snack cars for kid lunches


    Only the coolest bag ever

    DIY spoons bugs (so cute!)

    9 items to celebrate the royal baby!

  • Summer Uniform: Patterned Dress

    By fashion contributor Ashley

    For the summer we will be doing a new series called Summer Uniform! It will highlight one piece that should be inducted into your closet for the summer and give tips on different ways to wear it.

    To start things off, what is summer without a summer dress! This summer it’s all about having a patterned dress. The great thing is you can choose a dress with a silhouette that suits you, just get something fun and colorful.
    For this post I chose to use this amazing floral dress by Zara. It’s a little bit more structured than the traditional summer dress but still has endless styling possibilities.
    An instant way to dress a piece down is to add some denim to the mix and this jacket does just that. Roll up the sleeves to keep things cool along with a cap to keep the sun out of your eyes. For a little extra interest throw in a patterned tote. Cool, yet casual (and comfortable).
    Look One:

    1. Denim Jacket 2. Tote 3. Cap 4. Sneakers
    Two more looks…


  • Weekend Roundup


    Any fun plans this Memorial Day weekend? We were going to head out camping with some friends tomorrow, but their kids are sick so we’re looking for a plan b. Maybe Stinson beach! Either way, I’m looking forward to yummy BBQ and some R &R. Tonight though we’re going to see my little sister Katrina (she models sometimes for Say Yes) rock out with her punk band, Baby Ghosts while they’re here in town on tour. Planning on bringing Henry too. I think he’ll love it.

    Thank you all for your thoughtful comments from the second post about our struggle with secondary infertility. Stay tuned for one more post this coming week if you’re interested to hear more about the emotional side of it all. It’s been wonderful to share and connect, thank you for all being so kind and open to sharing your own stories. Have a wonderful long weekend, here are some links:

    How NOT to dress like a tourist in San Francisco (Piggybacking on Becca’s NYC post from last week. This was fun to write!)

    An insane 10 minute video capturing the forming and intensifying of the Oklahoma tornado earlier this week- I hope everyone is okay in that area!

    I need to pick up a few of these netted shopping bags

    The invitations to this fiesta party are amazing!

    Pretty hand lettering on a basic package

    This stripe pop up shade would be amazing for summer parties, as would this hammock

    An adorable little girls striped romper

    Really cute shrinky dink Fathers Day DIY gift idea

    Love these DIY confetti launchers on Julep for a party

    Beautiful stripey Moroccan beach towels


    11 fantastic summer maternity dresses

    9 summer wardrobe necessities

    Some ideas for perfect summer family vacation spots

    11 of the very best baby shower gift ideas

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  • An Epic Playdate


    (Image by David Crowther for Hyundai)

    This past weekend we drove down to Santa Barbara for Hyundai’s Epic Playdate event. It was a fun play ‘day’ for a bunch of families from my ad network and a few others that won trips to go. I was in charge of one of the days events, group sand art, and there were other bloggers that were organizing events too throughout the day. Oh Happy Day made giant bubbles, Oh Joy made an ice cream bar, Dooce taught a kid photography class, Mighty Girl organized a giant paint fight, etc.




    (Image by David Crowther for Hyundai)

    I was really impressed with how well thought out everything was. There was tons of food (I accidentally ate two lunches because the ‘pre lunch snack’ was so substantial I thought it was lunch!), lots for the kids to do and plenty of fun activities everyone could be involved in either doing or just watching. There was even an epic nap tent which had beds and cribs and books for ones that needed some quiet time. Henry and I both needed a little time in there in the afternoon to re-fuel for the evening. The idea of ‘family friendly’ doesn’t always work for kids and parents both but they managed to truly find a happy medium where everyone was having a great time.


    After the day event, the families and others that helped organize it moved over to the beach where we played on the beach, ate dinner, sang songs around the fire, and then stayed over night in the coolest tents ever (the top image of the post). epic11I was pinching myself the whole time- it felt like I had been invited to a beautiful wedding of a celebrity. Everything was perfect. I feel really lucky to have been a part of it and asked to participate. It was a day we’ll always remember and I was blown away by all the hard work and thought that went into planning each detail of it.


    (Image by David Crowther for Hyundai)

    Keep reading for lots more details from the events of the day/evening! Plus the most amazing glamping tents ever…

    (All images in this post are my own unless noted)

    This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai.Hyundai_logo_125x125(1)



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