This past January when we were visiting my sister Celeste in Salt Lake City during Alt Summit, Henry saw that both of his little cousins had ‘baby books’. They were sweet picture books my sister had printed about their birth and the first few months of life. Henry was obsessed with them! He looked at them over and over again and I was determined to make him one when we came home. I kind of felt bad we hadn’t done something like this before, we took all these photos and they’ve just been sitting on our computer for no one to enjoy!
When Pinhole Press, one of our sponsors, offered to print one for us I took them up on it! After looking at the different options, I went with their panoramic storybook which makes it easy to incorporate words and images into a story.
I really liked the idea of the book telling a story. It was hard to get into the mindset of story writing, but once I did it was really fun to write it as I thought Henry would enjoy it. I wrote it all in the third person, talking about a little baby named Henry and his adventures and experiences with his parents the first year of his life.
I tried to include little jokes and other silly notes he’d think was funny like what things baby Henry would cry about, what a mess he made with his first rice meal, and how his first friend was a stuffed sock. I also tried to include pictures of trips we went on and his favorite toys. Things I wanted him to remember about his first year.
Keep reading for more snippets from Henry’s baby book…
I’m an American, so I love me some homemade mac and cheese. It’s not something we have all the time but it’s a super quick, delicious comfort food the whole family will eat.
And yes, 10 minutes! That’s the same time it takes to make the boxed version, except you’re making a delicious, creamy homemade version.
I’ve tried a few different methods and I’ve found that this one works the best and results in the creamiest, yummiest, no chance of curdling bowl of mac and cheese. There are a couple tricks you’ll want to know.
Here’s the recipe for my favorite 10 minute homemade mac and cheese…
Tomorrow Jared and Henry are headed up skiing in Tahoe for the day while I get some stuff done around the house. It is so cute to watch Henry zip around on skis (he’s gotten so good!) but I have a lot to do around here so I’m going to stay home. It’ll probably be their last time to ski this season so fingers crossed the weather holds out!
Last week Jared was on a 5 day/ 40 mile backcountry ski trip in the Sierras with my dad and two other friends. The pictures above Jared took from their trip, the first one is my dad in the shot hiking up a sharp tricky part of the Minarets. The second is the morning of day 3. Crazy awesome, right? I love Jared’s adventurous spirit.
Have a great weekend, here are some links to explore:
Alt for Everyone was announced this week- an online version of Alt Summit in May! Look for me, I’m one of the teachers!
Peanut butter pie cookies (no grains!)
Oh my goodness. A brand new to me etsy shop for handmade kids clothes I’m dying over!
Washi bandaids. Cute idea!
Cute idea for a doorstop!
After watching her interview on The Daily Show, I really want to read this book
Wowzers. This dress!
Can’t stop thinking about the simplicity of this shelf/mirror combo
12 beautiful spring skirts under $25
One of my new years resolutions this year was to get myself more organized as a blogger, particularly my finances. I wanted to give you an update on where I was at with all that- but also, I wanted to see if you had any other life saving ideas for being an organized blogger yourself. I’m a little nervous thinking that maybe I’m the last one to know about these things but hopefully there is something here that might benefit you and your blog/business (and if not please share any other organizational tricks you have!)
Just an FYI I’m not paid to write about any of these services, I just have loved my experience using them and would highly recommend them to other bloggers/small business owners.
A about a year ago I started to grow my blog (more about my job blogging as a career here) into a team of paid contributors, you can read all about them on my about page. And I started feeling a little out of control with my finances. There were so many people getting paid and money coming in from different places- it all made my head spin and I couldn’t tell you in one given month what I was making or spending. It was nuts! I did a little research and decided for 2013 I was going to change all that. The biggest change I made was using freshbooks. I seriously can’t believe I functioned without it. I’ve only used it for 4 months so there are still lots of things I might not use/know but here are a few things I love about it so far (ps there is about a $20 fee/month but totally worth it in my opinion):
1. It organizes all of my income coming in and out each month into pretty charts and graphs
2. It makes a really easy way to send and keep track of invoices (even when you’re getting paid monthly via snail mail check). So much easier than making a time-sucking/soul-sucking pdf with your logo and more professional than paypal.
3. I can track expenses for paying my team really easily and organize them so I can fill out tax forms in a cinch when the time comes.
4. If you work hourly it’s super easy to track hours and then just click a button at the end of each month to create an invoice for unbilled hours and send it. boom. So much easier than counting hours and making a pdf.
5. I can also add expenses, track receipts and time track hours from a freshbooks app on my phone.
5 . During business hours I can just call a number and ask a nice person working for freshbooks a silly question about how to do something (life changing! I hate having a system I don’t know how to use well). This might be one of my favorite things! I’d definitely be frustrated without this. There are all kinds of video tutorials as well but I’ve found it’s so much easier just to pick up the phone and ask a quick question.
Keep on reading for a couple other organizational tools I’ve found…
Excited to introduce to you a new sponsor on Say Yes to Hoboken. Tea Party Ribbons is great resource for all kinds of ribbons including grosgrain ribbons, satin, sheer, decorative, etc. They also produce custom ribbons which is a fun option and I love all the metallics as well. In addition to offering a huge variety of ribbons from some of the best manufacturers they’ve also started to design their own grosgrain prints. I use ribbons all the time not only in wrapping gifts but crafts as well, seems like I can never have enough! Check out the Tea Party Ribbons site and show them a little love!
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For this week’s Sites and Bites I’ve partnered with Blue Diamond Almonds, and in the spirit of their Get Out and Grow campaign I decided to try a completely brand new food to me! There is so much amazing food in San Francisco, and surprisingly a lot I still had not tried. I had heard a lot about pho, which is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup, and did some research to find that one of the highest rates pho spots, Kevin’s Noodle House, was right in my neighborhood (not entirely shocking, my neighborhood does have its fair share of asian food).
It was a really yucky rainy day and a perfect time for something warm and soothing for lunch. Eva, my Sites and Bites photographer who came with me, had tried pho before which was a little more comforting to have someone else help me order from a kind of intimidating menu. There were two whole pages full of pho options. It was a little overwhelming to choose but she suggested I try just a plain beef or chicken. I went with the chicken.
There were all sorts of fresh fixings to put on top when our pho arrived like sprouts, basil and lime. I piled it on and dove in…verdict: completely delicious and not too foreign to me. Like a really fancy version of chicken noodle soup! I want to go back and try the beef and the eggs rolls we ordered for an appetizer were delicious as well.
Keep reading to see the site we visited after the warm bowl of pho…
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Spring marks the start of the Blue Diamond Almonds growing season. Get Out and Grow and experience something good this spring! Head over to the Blue Diamond Almonds Facebook Page and tell them how you would use $1,000 to enjoy the good life this spring for a chance to win.
By fashion contributor Ashley
My husband is a huge baseball fan and since this week is the opening week of baseball I thought it would be fitting to do a post on one of my favorite trend crushes for spring….baseball caps! Ever since I saw J.Crew’s spring line topped off with floral, leopard, and bright caps I just couldn’t get the idea out of my mind. I have since seen some chic leather caps, feminine lace caps as well as a denim cap at Target! What do you think of this trend, is it for baseball games only or everyday wear too?
Remember last month where we had one whole morning where Henry and I did a bunch of crazy/messy/loud things we don’t usually get to do? We had so much fun last time we had another morning like that on Friday. This time I wanted to get into messy art projects since I’ve noticed that he’s gotten timid about getting his hands +body dirty. I wanted him to enjoy the mess (because, really, those are the best kinds of projects!)
First up was a large scale finger painting project! Clorox has a funny list of ick-tionary terms to define all those messy, icky moments in parenting (car-posting might be my favorite: when a piece of food left in the car starts to compost. ha!).
I created my own ick-tionary term, marssy, for these messy art projects we did. The only instructions I gave him for this marssy was that he couldn’t use brushes and he had to cover the entire poster board with paint (don’t worry guys, washable paint!). I rolled out a huge sheet of brown kraft paper and he dropped paint onto paper plates for his artist palette.
At first he only used one itty bitty finger like the house trained city boy he is, and when I told him to try putting his whole hand in, he looked at me a little skeptically, but then went for it!
I also straight up suggested he could wipe the paint on his old jeans if he needed (what??), I think he first thought it was a joke- then when I insisted he was completely delighted! He even ended up finger painting on himself in the end (I still had to give him permission though).
Cleaning up was fun too- he wiped off the spots on the floor that were splattered with paint (there were surprisingly only a couple) and we wiped off his body a bit with a wet towel. We threw the pants in the washer and rolled up the kraft paper once dried to use again for scrap paper.
Why don’t we do more marssy projects like this? It was so much fun both for him and for me to watch!
Keep reading to see our messy art project, marssy #2…
This post is brought to you by The Clorox Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about Clorox’s Ick-tionary program. To share Ick-tionary terms and real life messes, visit www.icktionary.com. All opinions and stories are my own.
By food contributor Sarah
We are having some friends over on Sunday for an Easter feast and a kiddie egg hunt in Golden Gate Park. Henry has been practicing hiding and finding eggs all week so he can be certain to fill his basket to the brim. Ham and scalloped potatoes are on the menu for sure, plus I might try this orange poppyseed cake. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, here are some links to explore:
Aren’t these fruity Easter eggs from The Alison Show so pretty? (image above)
Homemade grapefruit donuts (yum!)
Mini bunny pillows for Easter
Cute + simple sharpie eggs
The prettiest Easter egg pinatas around
This summer dress looks beautiful and so comfy!
Also by me,
Spring Scarves: East Coast (by my sister Becca)
10 last minute egg decorating ideas
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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 >>>