I love having a few handmade ornaments hanging on the tree. These DIY acorn ornaments are a really fun activity to do with kids and a beautiful result. You can paint them any color you’d like to match your holiday decorating aesthetic. I went with rainbow because you really can’t go wrong with rainbow in my book.
It would be really cute to attach one to a special gift too, don’t you think? Keep reading to see how to make them!
Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Isabelle Ambler.
This maternity leave guest post is by Rebecca Ricks
Picking out gifts for a friend who loves reading books can be difficult. Not only is it stressful picking out a book that your friend would deem good literature, but you also could end up making the mistake of buying a book that your friend already owns. Yikes! As a self-identified bibliophile, I’ve put together a list of gifts your literary friend might like, none of which are actually books.
Keep reading for these bookworm gift details… (more…)
Hello! Happy Thanksgiving! Oh how I love this holiday. My sisters are in town with their kids/husbands/boyfriends etc, and so are my parents. They’ve rented a cute Victorian home just a couple miles or so away and we’ll be having Thanksgiving over there this afternoon. I’m working on a fancy cheese plate, a chocolate pie, and my aunt’s famous cheesecake. This holiday is especially wonderful with a new member of our family. Edie Jean has been such a good baby so far (knock on wood!). She sleeps long stretches at night and when she cries there always seems to be a legitimate reason. This is the complete opposite of how Henry was as an infant! My mother still insists Henry was the worst baby she had ever known. HA! Also, the recovery has been so much better this time having had a vbac. I’m feeling very grateful today for so many things. Holidays were always a difficult marker of time through the years we dealt with secondary infertility so this time around the holidays are finally feeling happy and magical to me once again. I hope you’ve having a wonderful Thanksgiving as well, friends.
PS more pictures of Edie and our Thanksgiving adventures on Instagram
This maternity leave guest post is by Sharon of NYC Taught Me.
When I first moved to Manhattan, Liz took me to the American Museum of Natural History for the first time. As we walked through the halls, I remember telling her, “So there’s a lot of taxidermy and dioramas. Sort of boring, no?” She laughed and briefly started pointing out the details, the composition, and the history of the dioramas. The dioramas suddenly started to look like art. Some of them, I learned, have been around since the 1930’s! That’s all I had to hear. From then on, I saw the museum with new eyes.
picture found here
I’ve been going consistently for three years now, and while some of the museum’s halls are changing and being updated with the latest technology, it’s the dioramas I keep coming back to see. They have become a source of comfort for me. I like that I can depend on seeing my favorites each time I go. The Squid and the Whaleand the Water Holeare incredible and should not be missed.
Keep reading to see where to get yummy hot chocolate nearby… (more…)
By fashion editor Ashley
Can you believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow?!! Usually all the talk when it comes to Thanksgiving is about the food, but today I wanted to talk about what you are wearing! Do you usually dress up for Thanksgiving dinner or is it more of a casual affair? Most years for us it’s more on the casual side, no sweats or tee shirts but no dresses and ties either. Wouldn’t it be fun to spice things up and throw on a dress for Thanksgiving dinner? How do you usually dress for Thanksgiving dinner?
Also! A few great sales going on now before Black Friday:
40% off $125 or more at Old Navy
Up to 60% off , and 20% off total purchase at Gap
Lots of sales and 30% off winter gear at Asos
25% off your order at J.Crew
Any other deals you’ve seen around?
By fashion editor Ashley
There are those people in your life that seem to have everything they want and need (ahem…. grandparents, in laws, parents etc). This makes Christmas shopping difficult because what do you get someone who already has everything? Well you get them something sentimental of course. Something that has more meaning than a new serving dish or wool sweater. So here is a round up of sentimental gifts for those “hard to shop for” people in your life.
Keep reading for gift details… (more…)
By food contributor Brittany
This maternity leave guest post is by Caitlin of Sacramento Street.
Caitlin here from Sacramento Street – can you believe the holidays are right around the corner? I’m already feeling a bit behind! As we begin buying holiday gifts I always think of the usual ideas - stockings, the kids, what my girlfriends or hubby would love, but sometimes all of us don’t think about what we might want for our homes . . . it even happens to me. After the holidays, it’s all about redecorating and giving your home a little spruce from all the festivities – so why not add a few items to your holiday wish list to make it easier? I’ve pulled a few of my favorites from my go-to shops – some local, some small business and others are just my tried and true staples for the holidays. I hope a few of these items end up under your tree.
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We’re continuing our theme of finding the ‘best of’ in San Francisco. Last month we researched to find the best sandwich, the month before was the best chocolate ice cream, and today we’re showing the very scientific results from our search for the best chocolate chip cookie! Of course what to wear while on the hunt, featuring Old Navy’s cardigans.
Also, QP Collections handmade leather wallet (isn’t it gorgeous?), Sole Society Cambria flats, thrifted black and white skirt, Madewell red and black flannel shirt, thrifted Goldsign jeans we distressed here
Keep reading to hear more about the 7 finalists and more pictures of the outfits…
Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Isabelle Ambler. Modeling by Lauren Bennett
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker, plus a few newlywed years in charming Hoboken, I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband and son. This blog is a collection of simple ideas for making your home and life more crafty and stylish. MORE >>>