• Fourth of July DIY’s

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    Happy July! Fourth of July is one of Liz’s favorite times of the year, and I’d have to agree! There are so many fun possible projects and crafts to do and so many great ways to celebrate the day. Here is a round up of fourth of July crafts from Liz’s archives!

    1. Mini star pies
    2. Ombre spoons
    3. Fourth of July parade goodie bags
    4. Magic shell jeweled popsicles
    5. Fourth of July decorated bikes
    6. Stars and stripes napkins
    7. Paper sparklers
    8. Festive ice cream sandwich popsicles
    9. Striped tote
    10. Star stamped bandana

  • Fourth of July Ice Cream Sandwiches

    By food contributor Brittany

    fourth of july sandwiches

    I’m happy to be kicking off the week with this 4th of July treat today! These ice cream sandwiches are super simple to make and add just enough red, white & blue festivity to your party. And I’m sure any child would love to help make these too!

    4th of jul ice cream sandwiches


    keep reading for instructions and more pictures… (more…)

  • Secrets of Stylish Moms: Angela


    Excited to feature another stylish mom today as part of our Secrets of Stylish Moms series! Angela is a freelance designer and stylist with the Instagram feed to prove it! She’s worked on many neat projects, including designing her own line of family reunion tees! (I mean, how are awesome are these shirts?) She has great style and taste that extends from her work into her awesomely curated wardrobe. She currently balances her freelance work with being a mother to her adorable two year old, Margo.

    DRESS (asos) | NECKLACE | BAG | BRACELET STACK (Thrifted, Bauble Bar, Madewell) | SHOES

    Thanks for participating Angela! Tell us more about this stylish outfit, and that killer dress!
    While plenty of my days are spent in jeans and tees, in summer I find myself gravitating towards skirts or a comfortable dress like this one. My style is generally very simple and I love that dresses are a one-item ensemble — anything that reduces the number of wardrobe decisions I have to make is a bonus for me. Pairing a dress with oxfords gives the look a more casual vibe, and makes the outfit even more comfortable. Dressing as a mom is all about finding a good balance between practicality and style. I’m still working on that… but I’ve found that if I make a little extra effort each day to add interest to my outfit with texture, simple accessories, etc. I feel more put together.
    What is one favorite piece in your wardrobe that is both practical for a mother and stylish?
    I love a good midi dress. The length is my favorite because it allows me to be comfortable chasing my little one at the park or through the aisles of Target.
    What would you consider your go-to ‘momiform’ to be? 

    My trusty black denim pants, a patterned blouse or button-up top, and a colorful pair of sandals or flats.

    What is something you do for yourself everyday?

    I’ve been making an effort to set aside time for some daily meditation. Whether it’s part of a longer yoga routine or just five minutes when I can squeeze it in, that time spent clearing my mind and calming down makes a noticeable difference in my focus, overall outlook and relationships.

    Keep reading for more about Angela and her style…


  • fab finds under $40: Tops edition!

    by fashion editor Ashley

    10 fab finds tops

    If you are in the mood to shop, then this weekend is the time to do it! J.Crew has 30% extra off sale items and 50% extra off final sale items. Madewell has 30% extra off sale items plus free shipping on most sale items, J.Crew Factory has 40-60% off everything, and Zara is also having a huge sale! I looked through all the sales quickly and found so many cute tops! I might have to pick up a few myself. Happy shopping!

    1. Slub v-neck tee $19.99 (plus 30% off, plus free shipping! Other colors available)
    2. Light blue chambray $25.99 (I recently purchased this top and I LOVE it!)
    3. Short-sleeve shirt in screendoor plaid $29.99 (plus 30% off, plus free shipping!)
    4. Mesh sleeve sweater $29.99 (plus 50% off!)
    5. Short-sleeve shirt in crinkledot $39.99 (plus 30% off, plus free shipping!)
    6. Linen timeoff tee $29.50 (plus 30% off, plus free shipping!)
    7. Shirt with pleated back $25.99
    8. Lace sleeve top $49.99 (plus 50% off!)
    9. Chambray popover $39.99 (plus 50% off!)
    10. Colorblock scoopneck tee $18.99 (plus 40% off)

  • A Dream Living Room

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    I’ve been working on re-decorating our living room for a few months now (see a peek of how it’s coming along right here). It’s a sloooow process. It took weeks to find and then get the couch we wanted (settling on the Velvet Crosby Sofa from West Elm), and even longer to get the details done as the kids shared room has started taken over in priority. Another reason why I’ve been slow to finish it is because as a renter I can’t paint the walls but that’s the finishing touch I really would love.  A deep cobalt blue is speaking to me- specifically Valspar Kate’s Ring. Daring, no? Would you paint a living room such a deep blue? I’m kind of obsessed with this color! Also, did you see my post last week about the studio of my dreams?

    As a partnership with Valspar and The Paint Studio at Ace Hardware I put together some ideas on how I’d love our living room to turn out with the Valspar Kate’s Ring shade as inspiration…



  • Welcome Summer Party: Giant Water Balloon Slingshot

    water balloons

    As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, we had a big welcome to summer party with Henry’s cousins a few weeks ago to celebrate the end of the school year. It was so much fun, and a tradition I’d love to continue every year. Nothing is better than fun, active games in the sun with cousins. That’s what every summer should be filled to the brim with, don’t you think? Gabby, Jordan and I each planned different backyard activities to host for the kids. Last week I shared the fruit kabob sundaes, and today I’m sharing our giant water balloon slingshot and toss!
    water balloons

    Keep reading to hear all about it!

    Thanks to Quaker Chewy for sponsoring our Welcome to Summer Party and fueling backyard fun! Quaker Chewy gives kids the energy they need to play. That’s why Quaker and NERF are teaming up to fuel backyard fun, helping families get active together, right in their own backyard.

    Photography by Liz Stanley


  • Trend Crush: Midi Skirt

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    In my book, skirts and summer go hand in hand. They are the perfect way to keep cool in those scorching temperatures! My favorite skirt right now is the midi skirt! It falls anywhere from mid-calf to below the knee, the perfect length for chasing kids and juggling babies. I love this look for a picnic or a fun girls night out!

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    click through for the links… (more…)

  • DIY 4th of July Parade Candy Pouches

    by guest craft contributor Caitlin of The Merrythought

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    What’s better on the Fourth of July than watching a parade with your little ones?! The firetrucks, the floats, the marching band, and, of course, the candy! This year, you won’t have to stuff your pockets full of candy that’s sure to melt and leave a gooey mess. Make a mini pouch for each of your kiddos and their friends so that can stash their loot and carry it around with them.

    diy candy pouch

    keep reading for instructions… (more…)

  • DIY Star Stamped Bandana

    DIY star stamped bandana

    The closer July 4th gets, the more I’m drawn to stars, stripes, blue and white (oh how pervasive Martha’s seasonal influence can be!). This DIY star bandana is a fun way to dress a little festive for the fourth but also stylish. I’d love to make a skirt version too for Edie to wear! We’ve talked about making handmade stamps before, but I thought we’d try a different method that actually ended up working out even better and requires no special trip to the craft store.

    DIY star stamped bandana

    DIY star stamped bandana

    Keep reading to see how we made it…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Stamping, hemming, and modeling by Sara Albers.  Assisted and superior bubble blowing by Jordan Wise

    PS Indigo dyed blanket tutorial right here from last month’s picnic week


  • Happy Summer!


    Hi, just checking in! We are just finishing up a relaxing week on Fire Island. So charming and simple (i.e. perfect for kids). It’s been such a dream, I’m sad to leave with scenes like this one above. Such an amazing way to start the summer (which officially starts today, let’s all have popsicles!). I’ll be sharing many more details about our Fire Island trip soon. We’ll be flying to Salt Lake tomorrow, which will be a long day of traveling with the kids and then we’ll be there for a week or so before heading home. Excited for part 2 of our summer vacation in Utah. Hope you’re up to something fun! To see more of our Fire Island trip like the image above check out my instagram here (and Joanna’s and Kendra’s too). Have a great one!

    xoxo, Liz


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