By holiday guest contributors Molly and Joanna of Irrelephant
We are headed to Point Reyes this weekend! Work has been so busy for us both that we haven’t taken a family weekend trip for a while so I’m so excited that it looks like it’s finally going to happen. I’m hoping to hike that gorgeous coast, sample some local cheese, and kayak on Tomales Bay. Maybe go crabbing! Hope you’re up to something fun too. Here are some links to explore:
For Edie’s birthday I made a some sprinkles cakes (above). They were delicious! I’ll definitely make them again. Here’s the recipe from Food52.
This seems like the perfect crossbody satchel bag. Consider it on my wishlist!
Great advent calendar ideas (Dec 1sts comes so quickly)
Digging this hair cut (makes me consider bangs again)
This slouchy knit dress looks amazingly comfy
Pretty DIY ombre ornaments
Amazing polygon ornaments from Land of Nod
Love this checkered dress
For all you Anne of Green Gables fans out there
A fun festive skirt for the holidays
11 Clever Ideas for a Thanksgiving table you can actually pull off
By fashion editor Ashley
On Wednesday I did a post featuring three outfit options to wear Thanksgiving day. For today’s fab finds under $40 I picked some of the pieces from Wednesday’s post and found similar options for under $40! Happy Shopping!
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I’ve been working on something fun that I’m excited to share with you today. I collaborated with Cauliflower Kids to design a little holiday line of three girls pieces in sizes 12 months to 4/5T exclusive to Great.ly. I had mentioned before how hard it is to find little girl dresses that weren’t crazy patterns or overly girly. This promoted me to explore a kind of collaboration where I could have say into the design and particularly the fabric of the pieces. Luckily Kasey of Cauliflower was totally down to work together and so one day we met up and brainstormed some simple but classic ideas for the holidays.
We came up with three special holiday pieces: two dresses (one would be more of a tunic for older girls) and one wool cape. Both dresses easily transition to other seasons and the red wool cape is a fun, imaginative classic. This is a very small batch and each item is really special with hand embroidered details. Edie wore the chambray dress on her first birthday.
See all three pieces for sale here on Great.ly; which, as you probably already know is a wonderful one-stop-shop site connecting artisan makers and influencers. Keep reading for more specifics on the pieces and some more fun images from our shoot…
Photography by Liz Stanley. Thanks to our sweet models Brooklyn and June.
I wanted to share this little activity we did at Edie’s party last weekend that all the kids all got a kick out of! I printed out a black and white image of Edie in a diaper and left the outfit designing to them. It was a good thing I printed out 80 sheets cause they were almost all used up by the end of the party. Kids stayed at this table for long stretches and came up with the most creative ideas. We taped them up when when they finished- it was so fun to see their creations!
In case you missed it, here’s the giant pin a party hat on Edie game as well from the party.
M photos after the jump…
Photography by Liz Stanley
by fashion editor Ashley
In all your Thanksgiving menu planning don’t forget to plan what you’ll be wearing on the big day! At the top of my list is something that gives me a little room for the “food baby” I will probably develop! Here are three great options for looking great and having space to eat all the mashed potatoes you want!
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I always love the idea of kids dressing up as pilgrims for Thanksgiving, being a huge creature of tradition. I’m pretty sure we did something like this when I was younger but of course there weren’t hundred of iPhone photos back then to prove anything. I was surprised how EASY these felt pilgrim hats were! Each one took about 3 minutes to make. No sewing. Just two cuts, three folds, hot glue and you’re done! Back to making those pumpkin pies and early holiday shopping (ooooor working on your own wishlist).
Keep reading to see how we made these…
Photography by Liz Stanley. Thanks for our little pilgrim models, June and Brooklyn!
This weekend we had a little party for Edie’s first birthday! There are a few details that I want to share with you in the next few days. I’ve already shared a bit on instagram, but thought for Tuesday Tip today I would tell you about this super easy party game that was such a hit and cost under $10 to put together. Just like pin the tail on the donkey, but with the objective to pin that party hat on her gigantic head. Seeing a blown up Edie 2x her size was my favorite part. I blew up the image of her as an engineering print at my local FedEx/Kinkos. It cost me $9. I just emailed them the file and picked it up the next day. Then I cut out the party hats from neon poster board. So easy! Also, here’s another project I’ve done for their shared bedroom with a giant blown up engineering print.
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by food contributor Brittany
I love baking for Thanksgiving but it’s always tricky to find something to keep the kids occupied while I’m knee-deep in pie dough and cornbread stuffing. Then of course, there’s the drive to Thanksgiving. I’ve been partnering with Ford to share family car games that don’t involve devices and it’s been a really fun challenge. Henry still loves the maps we made in the first post and looks at them all the time. We’ve played the mystery ride game a couple times as well, he especially loved the word search. I’m excited to add this family memory game to the collection of games for the car as well. This is a great project for Thanksgiving because these rocks are something fun for the kids to make while you’re busy in Thanksgiving food prep, and they also serve at placecards for the big dinner itself, and a fun car game for the drive home.
Here’s how to make them and the family memory game to play with them…
This content was created in partnership with Ford to help make creativity a part of every drive this holiday season.
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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 >>>