• Weekend Roundup

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    We’ve had a busy last couple of weekends (Sierra camping, Stinson Beach, Sonoma resort) so I’m excited to get some stuff done around the house and prepare for three weeks of traveling. Hopefully we’ll still have time to do some strawberry picking down by Santa Cruz and a polka dot birthday party at the cousins on Sunday. I also need to get furniture moved around to prepare for Edie’s move into Henry’s room this week, and take inventory of my post-baby bathing suit situation (ugg, not fun) as I prepare for a beach trip to Fire Island to start off our vacation. Hope you’re up to something fun, here are some links to explore:

    This post of Gabby’s is so incredible. I’m so proud of everyone who shared stories via #yesallwomen

    Five pie s’mores ideas

    Little Titans, stylish tights for boys

    Popsicle cakes for a summer party

    30 books to read this summer  from Everyday Reading

    A sushi cone!

    A DIY carpet bench

    5 secrets of french style

    This new social media app, Pippit, developed by Taza and Joy is very cool

    Donut macarons!

    The dirty dozen: 12 foods you should definitely eat organic

    Gorgeous citrus cupcakes

    A great Fathers Day Deal: 15% off ties at QP Collections (the best looking handmade ties) with the code: Happyfathers

    Adorable kids line at Mainio Clothing (image above)

    This summer dress

    Some more summer salad ideas

    Should you ever wash your jeans?

      
  • Fab Finds under $40

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    Stripes, prints, and polka dots! Get your pattern fix with this weeks 10 fab finds under $40. Happy Shopping!

    1. Polka dot skimmer pant $32.99
    2. Woven t-shirt blouse $15.00
    3. Seersucker baseball cap $24.99
    4. Ceramic jewelry tray $12.99
    5. Stripe-sleeve tee $24.99
    6. Beach tee $39.50
    7. Printed dress $25.99
    8. Mini crossbody handbag $14.99
    9. Deck shorts $19.99
    10. Denim striped shoes $19.80

      
  • Fun Ideas for Summertime Kids Crafts

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    Oh, what do you do in the summertime…with kids? Earlier this week I had one of those hard working mom moments where I dropped Henry of at a camp that he didn’t really want to be at. He ended up having a good time when I picked him up, but of course I felt guilty and horrible about it all day. I had deadlines though and lots of work to do as we prepare to leave for three weeks (we’re headed to Fire Island on Long Island for a week and then Utah!).

    The next day I gave him the option of going or staying and he said he wanted  ‘a day off’ from camp. Even though I had lots of work to do, we made it work. He was pretty entertained for a while by the BluTrack (one of our favorite toys) but then I started racking my brain for other kid craft ideas and started going through the archives of Say Yes. We ended up doing some watercoloring and seed necklaces. I collected 10 other favorite summertime kid craft ideas for you (see them after the jump).

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    In the afternoon we invited his friend Harper to come over and explore some Kiwi Crate crafts with us in the community garden next door. Kiwi Crate is a really cool kid craft box. You can buy individual boxes or order a subscription. There are so many cute summer themes from amusement parks to camping and beach. I’ve been super impressed with the quality and creativity of the ideas. Everything is included, like scissors and glue and lots of pre-made elements. They’re super simple and well thought-out. I mean, this little farm below?!? How cute is this!

    And here’s a great deal for you: get 25% off your first crate with the code SAYYES25.

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    Keep reading to see a roundup of some of my favorite summertime kid craft ideas from the Say Yes archives and around the web, and a few more pictures of these cute kids and their Kiwi Crate crafting session in the garden…

    Thanks to Kiwi Crate for sponsoring this post. Use the Code SAYYES25 to get 25% off your first crate (excludes sibling add-ons).

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Collage graphics by Ashley Aikele. Assisted by Sara Albers, Harper and Henry (always such a great sport for photos)

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  • Summer Salads + A Challenge

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    I’m always on the the hunt for new, delicious salad recipes this time of year to add to our repertoire and serve as a main course. I always feel better when I’ve had a leafy salad for lunch or dinner instead of heavy meat and potatoes. Especially when it’s warm. Plus, it’s an excuse to pick up some delicious fresh bread to go with it. Do you have a favorite summer salad? Next week I’m planning on doing a personal challenge of eating a new and different salad every night for dinner. Would you like to join in on the challenge?  I’ll report back for sure! A few of my current favorites are below. I’d love to hear yours as well to consider for our menu next week.

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  • Cheerios Printable Placemats

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    What does a typical morning look like for your family during the school year? When I come home from my workout group at 8 am, Henry is just getting dressed and ready for breakfast. We’re often in a rush as Jared and I help pack his lunch, get Edie up, fed, and dressed as well. Sometimes if we’re on the ball we all get a few special minutes together to eat before running out the door to school. It’s such a great way to start the day.  printable cheerios placemats

    There have been all sorts of studies that show the benefits of eating together as a family for breakfast: better school performance, healthier body weight, and general improved family relationships. It just starts the day off on such a great note.

    I’m partnering with Cheerios and their Family Breakfast Project to help challenge more families to slow down their mornings and focus on just a few minutes together as a family around the breakfast table for 7 consecutive days.

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    Today I’m sharing a way to make those family breakfasts together more fun with this cute printable Cheerios activity placemat. There’s a underwater scene, a cityscape, and a jungle scene. Cheerios are strategically placed on small circles in the design, like on fish bubbles, fruit on the tree, or wheels on the train, to complete the image. A fun way to get breakfast started in the morning!

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    Keep reading to get the three different place mat designs and instructions on putting them together…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Illustrations by Becca Ricks. Thanks to Henry’s friend Harper for joining us for a fun breakfast!
    This post is in partnership with Cheerios Family Breakfast Project. Check out fun ways to connect more with 7 days of family breakfasts right here.

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  • Look for less: denim and white

    by fashion editor Ashley

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    Denim and white are one of summer’s hottest new duos, in my book. They look clean and crisp when paired together and make getting dressed a cinch! Most of these pieces you probably already have in your wardrobe… and if not, here is Liz’s tutorial on making your own distressed jeans!

    The look: Madewell

    For less:  jacket | blouse | jeans | shoes

      
  • Making First Year Baby Photobooks

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    Do you make baby photobooks for your kids?  Rather than wait until they were teenagers or older, I wanted to make photobooks of their first year while they were still young and could enjoy them casually here at home. Last year I was visiting my sister Celeste and her two cute kids were completely captivated by these baby photobooks she had made them. I’ve been meaning to make some ever since. Nothing makes Henry smile more than talking about the silly things he did as a baby: how he used to hate taking baths, the funny way he would sit in his high chair with one leg up, or how he nonchalantly sat on his cake at his first birthday party (he’s insisting Edie do the same). kolophotobook8

    We’ve made a storybook before about his birth which was really sweet, but I’ve really wanted to put together an heirloom quality book for him and Edie with as many photos as I wanted from his first year, and have the flexibility to add more in at a later date.

    As I mentioned before, I’m partnering with Kolo on a few projects to create heirloom quality photo products for our family and making baby photobooks was top on my list. Kolo is the premier photo album and photo book for professional photographers and designers. The quality of the their products are unmatched from any other kind of photobook I’ve seen. The pages lay flat and the linen covers are so lovely to handle (and in such amazing colors). The better the quality, the more likely it’ll be displayed front and center in your home and the more times it’ll be opened and shared with family and friends. It’s a really wonderful product that I highly recommend and I truly think it is worth the investment.

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    Keep reading to hear more about the baby photobooks we made…

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers. Thanks to Kolo for sponsoring this post. Opinions and images are my own.

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  • Secrets of Stylish Moms: Bridgette

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    Today’s Secrets of Stylish Moms features Bridgette of B.JOY! Bridgette is a new mom to 7 month old baby Shepard (couldn’t you just eat him up?). Bridgette spends most of her time taking care of her little guy but on the side she does cool things like photoshoots for proof eyewear, designing and selling the cutest city artwork, and even painting! Here are the details on Bridgette’s lovely look… (more…)

      
  • Weekend Roundup

     

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    I know it’s still May but today was Henry’s last day of school so it’s officially summer vacation! His kindergarten graduation was so sweet earlier this week. If I think about it too much I’m going to get a little emotional so let’s move on. To celebrate school being out we picked him up straight from school and headed up north to hot Sonoma for the weekend to stay at a fun little retro hotel with a giant warm pool and poolside service. Some friends are coming up to meet us tomorrow. I can’t wait to sit by the pool, order a pina colada, and watch Henry practice his cannonballs over and over. He has camp starting next week. Summer is here! Hope you’re up to something fun as well, have a great one. Here are some links to explore:

    Such a great maternity style series

    The prettiest balloons at a flamingo bridal shower

    I’ve been eying this dress from Madewell, and now it’s on sale!

    Pretty illustrated guide on watering plants

    Oh my goodness, this whole Joie collection (feeds my current obsession)

    8 of the loveliest bike accessories

    Such pretty illustrations on these cards

    5 best short hair cuts for summer from Vogue

    DIY stamped napkins (so pretty!)

    Everyone has an awkward stage, thank goodness

    Watermelon slice cookies

    In case you aren’t picnic-ed out: the perfect picnic basket

    Comfy v-neck sweater dress (only $28)

    (Above: another shot of the fabric we indigo dyed from the DIY post earlier this week)

      
  • A Barre Class

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    Since having a baby, I’ve really been trying to get back into a good exercise routine following months of sitting on the couch and waddling around the house. Climbing has been fun, but since it requires a belay partner, it’s hard to schedule. I’ve been doing a boot camp in Golden Gate Park too, but I’ve always wanted to try a class of some kind. Remember that line from Legally Blonde (bear with me here): “Exercise gives endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands.” HA! But seriously, I do find that adding exercise into my daily routine makes me so much happier and more equipped at dealing with stress. And especially with the change and challenges of a new baby, I need that boost more than ever.

    I danced ballet when I was younger. I wasn’t particularly good – my older sister was the real star – but I loved the movements, expression and music. There was just something so incredibly fulfilling about it. When I was a sophomore in high school, I had to make the tough choice between continuing with ballet and playing lacrosse. I went with lacrosse and ended up playing through high school and into college. I even coached a high school team in college and after grad school. I don’t regret moving on, but I do miss ballet and that artistic expression sometimes.

    Recently, I heard about these new barre classes, and I’ve been curious to try them out. I thought they’d be a great combination of my experience with ballet and athletics, and a fun way to mix new experiences into my post-delivery exercise routine.

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    I had no idea really what to expect, but headed in with my DIY workout bag

    Photography by Sara Albers. Also, big thanks to Pure Barre in San Francisco for letting me take a class and giving me a little private session beforehand to learn some of the moves.

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