Favorite Kid’s Clothing Stores

I love to shop for clothes for the girls. I have to be really considerate about what I add to their wardrobes because we don’t have a closet in their room (just a couple of small, narrow drawers each) so I try to find classic pieces that will last through multiple kids and that work well together when mixed and matched. Usually I aim for favorite consignment stores, online 2nd’s shops (like Swap, Kidizen or eBay) or I wait for SUPER online deals, but I always keep these following favorite brands in mind! I thought that today would be the perfect time to share since it’s also Cyber Monday.

Favorite Kid's Clothing Stores + Cyber Monday Deals | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now for the awesome deals that are happening today:

1. Old Navygreat staples, regular discounts. 40% off with CYBER
2. Tea Collectionmy favorite leggings and always love the dress patterns. 30% off with MONDAY
3. Zaraadorable knits and classic designs. 50% off select styles and free shipping.
4. Little Hip Squeakscute leggings, headbands and basics. Up to 70% off select items.
5. GapI lean towards their more classic pieces. 40% off with CYBER
6. Mini Bodenmy go-to for adorable tights. 40% off with 3K3G
7. H&M: bold patterns, inexpensive cardigans. 25-40% off + free shipping with code 9Y6E

Plus, adorable handmade clothes by Pirapir (follow psflashsale on Instagram for her big discounts), Positively Oakes for their adorable sailor knot headbands, TOMS for shoes (25% off with CHEER) as well as See Kai Run (my favorite source is Zulily), Saltwater Sandals (I check Amazon and eBay) and Freshly Picked (20% off with CYBERMONDAY).

And for the mommas and the daddies: J.Crew (30-40% off all items + free shipping), Banana Republic (40% off with CYBER), Nordstrom (up to 40% off), Piperlime (30-40% off with CYBERSALE), Madewell (25% site wide) Theory (40% off site wide), MYHABIT (discounts across the board + extra 20% off with HOLIDAYS), Anthropologie (up to 20% off + free shipping with EXTRAJOLLY), Topshop (30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items), West Elm (up to 25% off + free shipping), Pottery Barn (up to 30% off + free shipping), Serena & Lily (25% off site wide with HAPPYMONDAY). If you’re a Cyber Monday gift buyer, happy shopping :).

Bread Crumb & Parmesan Crusted Pumpkin Wedges (Using Up All of that Amazing Fall Squash)

Crusted Bread Crumb + Parmesan Pumpkin Wedge Appetizer | Pepper DesignBlog.com

How was your Thanksgiving? We ended up having incredibly warm weather (for November!) here in San Diego and relocated outside to eat. Butcher block paper was a more natural fit for the giant wooden table and by the time our meal was done the table was covered in crayon drawings by everyone (amazing how coloring at the table can be so addictive and inviting). Here’s a shot of the family:

Thanksgiving! | PepperDesignBlog.com

Thanksgiving! | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv’s hand-drawn place setting :).

Since pumpkin season is officially over (and we are making room for Christmas by putting away fall decorations this weekend!), it’s time to use up those pretty pumpkins we have lying around the house. We have been gathering sugar pumpkins in our CSA box and using them as decorations, same for a lot of varieties of squash – butternut, acorn, kabocha, traditional pumpkin – that have been filling baskets and lining the tops of tables because they’re so pretty.

This recipe today is great because it calls for a few simple ingredients, is SO delicious and is perfect for keeping good fall veggies from going to waste. My favorite is when it’s used with butternut squash, but we’ve tried it with most of our leftover whole pumpkins/squashes and it’s an all around yummy appetizer or side dish.

Baked Bread Crumb + Parmesan Pumpkin Slice Appetizer | Pepper DesignBlog.com

Kevin first discovered this recipe in one of our favorite cookbooks, Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Over time we’ve modified and simplified it so that it has become a quick go-to for parties or meals. I’ve partnered with the Grains Food Foundation to share this quick & easy recipe because bread crumbs are one of the key ingredients and because grains are a big part of our natural daily diet.

Baked Bread Crumb + Parmesan Pumpkin Slice Appetizer | Pepper DesignBlog.com

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Our Family Christmas Cards

Family Christmas Cards | Pear Tree | PepperDesignBlog.com

Are you guys ready for Thanksgiving? I’m feeling ahead of the curve right now in the Thanksgiving department and (amazingly), our Christmas cards as well. We’ve partnered with Pear Tree for our family holiday cards this year and I’m so happy with how they’ve turned out. We used two photos from our house shoot with Katie Beverley and while you can’t see the giant 8 month pregnant belly, you do get snapshots of the cutest little girls grinning and laughing :).

Family Christmas Cards | Pear Tree | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here’s how I adjusted our pictures a bit in photoshop to get a slightly hazy/seventies look (ps if you don’t have photoshop, Pixlr is a pretty great free online editing tool to play with):

Christmas Card Editing | PepperDesignBlog.com

The above is the original from Katie with the ‘curves’ setting bumped up just a bit.

Below is with ‘Norma’ applied from the A Beautiful Mess photoshop mini collection (essentially an adjustment in exposure, curves, shadows, a tinge of red… I love this collection):

Christmas Card Editing | PepperDesignBlog.com

And finally a bumping in the ‘offset’ (you can find that under: adjustments/exposures/offset) for that slightly faded effect.

Christmas Card Editing | PepperDesignBlog.com

Pear Tree is offering 30% off site wide with code BFRIDAY14 as part of their Black Friday special (though it looks like you can order now through 11/30).

Family Christmas Cards | Pear Tree | PepperDesignBlog.com

As a special little addition for some of our immediate family, I cut up Liv artwork (both from school, home and new watercolors that she loves to make at our kitchen table while I cook) to use as envelope liners. I think it adds a sweet extra layer of personalization.

Family Christmas Cards | Pear Tree | PepperDesignBlog.com

Enjoy these next few days with family and friends!! Sending lots of love to your family from ours.

Family holiday cards from: 20092010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (most with their own roundup of editing tips!)

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