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)
I work with a group of talented staff in different areas of expertise and awesomeness:
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!
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
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
Back 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.
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
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
Great tips for a stress-free 5 minute photo shoot with your baby
We 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
Beautiful fall coat and only $61!
Good changes for school lunches
Love the pics of Freshly Picked’s new headquarters (makes me happy seeing friends having such great success!)
Yeah for Olive Us! (hip hip hooray!)
Love these gray jeans for fall (skinny motorcycle is hot!)
A cute DIY pop up desk!
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.
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!)
Ever thought of blowing bubbles like this?
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!
Freezer stencil DIY birthday shirts
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.
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
40% off sale items at Madewell (this is dangerous)
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!
By fashion contributor Ashley
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:
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
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
Some ideas for perfect summer family vacation spots
11 of the very best baby shower gift ideas
(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). I 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.
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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 >>>
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