Traveling with Baby

By Emily in partnership with Ergo.

We’ve got Spring Break on the brain and fly miles to burn and so today is all about traveling with baby! Traveling with BabyI’ve already started using both the new Sophie La Giraffe 360 Carrier and their chic new Anywhere I Go Backpack (available exclusively at Babies R Us until March) but I keep thinking about a solo flight I took with Raleigh and how much easier my life would’ve have been with both. Here’s what I’ll be taking next time around! Traveling with Baby

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First thing, if you’re on baby duty wear slip-on shoes. Something you can do absolutely hands-free. Thank Heavens for the mule trend! Mine are from here.Traveling with Baby

Binky Clips – Do you know you’ll drop your baby’s pacifier on average 30 times more in a crowded airport or flight than you will in your everyday life. Just kidding, but I swear it always feels that way. Blinky Clips are a must.

Books, Toys, Passports, wallets. The Ergo Backpack has so many options but I love the open pocket (behind the logo) for the items I need to pull out most often while in lines.

We have kiddo sized neck pillows for the big boys on road trips, but on a flight, its so great for baby too! It keeps them more secure through naps and turbulence and I swear Raleigh slept like a rock thanks to this pillow. If you have an extra seat for them it makes for the easiest transfer from arms to laying down.

Puffs, crackers, Mum Mums, yogurt dots. Pouches, bottles, sippies. WHATEVER it needs to be, have plenty. Keeping their mouths busy is great for changes in altitude and ear pressure. If they’re not old enough for gum, make sure snacks are a plenty. Fruit Leather is an absolute MESS but it will buy you 30+ minutes of peace.Traveling with Baby

I love Peppermint essential oil for flights for me and the kids. So great if they get air sick. Mustela makes this No Rinse Cleansing Wash and I love it when I can’t get them to a bath but they need a freshening up. After a sweaty flight, get them smelling sweet again!

Extra clothing, diapers, bibs. June and January makes these thick burp clothsTraveling With Baby for a myriad of uses. I love this silicon bib, so easy to clean off in a hurry. Raleigh is on bottles so extra formula in bags or tupperware and then I always bring a refillable water bottle
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my Nalgene because I can unscrew and screw the lid onto my back pack strap so its ea
sy to locate. Fill it up after TSA and then you’re ready for whatever bottles you’ll need. I love this backpack because it has two insulated pockets on either side. Whatever you need kept warm, there is plenty of space! Also, I typically bring extra ziplock or grocery bags in case of spills, wet clothing etc, but these pockets are big enough to hold any of that! Waterproof, too so you won’t get the rest of your belongings wet.

Another nice hack is the changing pad thicker than others I’ve tried, so I lay it down on my extra seat for naps. Keeps them off the germy areas, and gives a little extra padding. Traveling with Baby

There are a million things more you could bring and have a super comfortable flight. I’ve found the best tip is to keep your cool. Even the most prepared mama in the world still might end up with a screaming baby. But, a deep breath and a calm energy can’t hurt. My kids always feed off my energy too, so if I start to panic it seems like everyone joins in!

Thanks to Ergo for sending these products for this post! You can find the Anywhere I Go Backpack and Sophie La Giraffe 360 Baby Carrier on their links!

At Home Workout Gear

K guys we are all busy people and sometimes (always) getting to the gym can feel impossible. So we are ar eroding up the only workout gear you’ll need to get your sweat on at home! how toYoga Mat – Love this mat, It’s inexpensive, well made, pretty and it has a stickiness to it that helps with your yoga practice.

Workout Bands – These are INCREDIBLE. There are so many exercise band movements that will KILL your muscle, and all while you’re watching The Bachelor.

Weighted Medicine Ball – This Ball will be your bestie. Weighted lunges, wall balls and slam balls will help you in your HIIT workouts, increasing your heart rate and getting you in to the fat burn zone.

Dumbbells – Self explanatory but you don’t need fancy gym equipment! You can build really great muscle at home with dumbbells.

Jumprope – Just the word gives me nausea but this little f friend is an excellent way to get your heart rate up in between strength movements. Intervals of jumping will be MUCH harder than that jaunt on the elliptical you were considering.

Align Pant – Let’s get to the good stuff – our absolute favorite pant to work out in. The Align. You’ll gasp at the price but just leap and we will catch you. Once you get them on you’ll realize they’re so much more than a pant, they’re your new best friend.

Sweatshirt – We love to have something to hide the sweat and general hot messiness after you workout and need to run get the kids from school. Nike is never out, but Adidas is definitely in RN.

Shoes – We have no idea if these shoes are any good but man are they pretty…..and on sale!

Water Tumbler – You’ll want to stay hydrated right?! Do it with the best insulated tumbler ever ever. Comes with a spill proof lid and stainless steel straws to help keep your drink even colder! Use code DRINK for 20% off!

Some AT HOME APPS we recommend:

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Stains 101

Our next stop with our amazing Maytag (remember the one that holds 22 towels?) washer and dryer is STAIN REMOVAL! Having a working knowledge of the best ways to get stains out of clothes makes us feel like superheroes. Like, we’re really doing this mom/adult thing, and we’re rocking at it. It helps to have the right tools on hand and here’s what we suggest for our STAINS 101!Stains101First, make sure your washer and dryer are doing the best work for your stain. This washer has our favorite options for stains, a deep-fill setting and a PowerWash® agitator. The deep-fill is for the really tough stuff that needs extra room to work it out. The PowerWash® agitator is concentrated and efficient movement to get those stains to lift. Both options came in especially handy after we went sledding one day and didn’t realize until the first run it was a thin layer of slush on top of a thick layer of mud. 😉Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 10.31.32 AM

Here’s a pic of that swoon-worthy Maytag feature of hidden detergent compartments. WE CANT GET OVER IT! Stains 101And now, for the stain talk. Here’s what we know … Baby Poop? Put it in the sun until it dries out. Seriously. Then wash it like normal. Chocolate? (Always fun trying to tell the difference between the two, good luck!) Scrape it off, flip the garment inside out and treat the back of the stain with soda water! Then wash like normal. Stains 101Chocolate,eggs, oil and butter: Scrape off, flip the stain and soak in cold soda water and then spray with a spot treatment!

And here’s a handful of our most common stains at home for your pin or print pleasure!Stains 101

Okay guys, let us have it? What are your favorite stain removal tricks? We know you’ve got lots up your sleeves!

Thanks to Maytag for sponsoring this post! Catch their awesome washer and dryer duo here and here!

 

FRYday: Emily

FIRST things first, you all know I bought an Intellibed several months ago and I am still loving it so much. You can read my post here. They’re doing 30% off (that is THE best deal you will ever get, that was what I was offered!) until March 31st. So if you’re thinking about it doing, NOW is the time. The 10% off “SMALLFRY10” code is still active as well, which I haven’t tried to combine, but that would be awesome. SO if any of you try it let me know if it works!!

NEXT, Raleigh is officially weaned. He did it himself and I have had to mourn the loss of breastfeeding little by little basically his whole life (it was such a struggle that post is here.) so I feel okay, but of course wish it could be different! TMI – but my first period post-nursing has been a DOOZY. Just emotionally. Break-outs, mood swings, tired, annoyed, like a regular period on steroids. Halp. When does it go back to normal?!
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Wearing: I have had no time to think about clothes, but I picked up a few Spring items from H&M — thinking these Uneven Destroyed Hem Jeans will be a huge Spring trend // White Derby Shoes (I typically HATE white shoes of any kind so this is big for me) // Gray Tee $9!
Decorating: Recap for the last few weeks… we sold our house, moved into a temporary rental and took a few too many trips to Ikea and Target making the space just right for us. I shared them all my Off Duty page if you want to see, and did a little tour on my Insta Stories and probably 50 people said they went a bought the Self Watering Pot. It’s incredible and only $30.
Using: I am a long time liquid eyeliner user, but I was gifted this eyeliner felt-tip and I feel like it’s so easy to use. So for you friends who’ve said my Stila favorite is too tricky, try this one! Lastly, I am SUCH a gym cliche right now with my silicon wedding band and these blue tooth earbuds! Both amazing purchases, but the earbuds are especially life changing for the gym. I haven’t used the Beats ones, but for a third of the price I am thrilled with these Skull Candys.
Reading: Century of Struggle. Okay, listen. I am very moderate politically. I don’t fully side one way or the other and this makes it hard for me to draw a line in the sand. BUT! As a woman in 2017 it makes me want to rip my hair out when I see other women saying “I don’t need to march/protest/care because I never felt A,B,C or D reason why other women march/protest/care.” That is the most wonderfully amazing news. BUT! There is a reason we feel so secure in our life as a woman and that is because of the tireless efforts of women that have come before us. I wish every women took the time to understand Women’s Suffrage. It is so much more than reproductive rights. I tear up just thinking about what those women endured for us. The mere fact that women still feel the need to protest should really be all the rest of us need to know. Even if we don’t feel the same.
Listening: Russ and I are listening to “No-Drama Discipline” on audiobook each day and then discussing it at night with this workbook. Only a few chapters in, but it has totally changed the way I think about parenting. I am working so hard to try and implement it all. 7 years in to parenting my methods are pretty knee-jerk & proving hard to break, but I think we’ll get there! Essentially, they want to teach you not only parent more effectively in the moment, but also build the way their brain works in the long run too.
Hard to explain, but if I had to sum up my favorite element it would be one simple wording change. So instead of saying “They’re just doing this naughty thing to try and get my (my husbands, their siblings etc) attention.” Switch “Attention-Seeking” to “Connection-Seeking.” It feels counter-intuitive to me to give them what they want for their negative behavior. But in the long run, giving them moments of connection (seriously it only takes a few seconds and they’re off doing something else) has eliminated infinitely more bad behavior. I’ll report back once I finish the book!
Anticipating: My baby sister is getting married next weekend! As Maid-of-Honor I am so happy to give them a toast and I am panicking! Like, I write for a living, and used to be alright at it, and I am choking so far. Pray for me. Or send me a really great toast I can plaigarize. 😉
love you all. Happy weekend!
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Mid Century Modern-ize Hack

I have had this navy blue ottoman put away in storage for years now. I love the color, but grew out of the style of it years ago. Today for our HACK we are going to turn it around, and make it into something I would LOVE to have in my home. Here we go!

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Start with the piece of furniture you are ready to update. Be sure the legs will twist off and measure the width of the screws that are sicking out of the leg so you know which size of replacement legs to order. Here are the ones I chose:

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Simply unscrew the legs on most newish pieces, couches or ottomans, and screw in the new legs.

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Can you believe that for less that $30 and in under 10 minutes I transformed this baby into something so pretty? No power tools or men needed!

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And there you have it for the Small Fry Hack of the week.

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Toy Talk: Crazy Forts!

Our boys have been BEGGING us to film toy reviews with them and today we’ve got our first one! They are so excited to share how they love and use Crazy Forts. This box comes with 70 pieces and joints so you can create your own Crazy Fort over and over again! It comes with a lightweight sheet too so once it’s done you can drape your sheet right over and have a real-deal fort! Find the toy here!

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Without further ado — TOY TALK with Small Fries Dash & Ozzy!

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FryDAY: Jenna

By Jenna:

Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 9.21.23 AMIf you follow me on my personal Instagram you know I’ve been having a journey with Perioral Dermatitis. It is aggressivel and I’ve had it for 2.5 months now and it’s finally clearing up. I have a ways to go still and there is some scarring so I’ll be working on that next. For so long I thought it was simply a hormonal breakout but it’s a lot more than that and actually requires a lot of vigilance to get rid of!

If you know me well you might know I’m super in to skin care and holistically supporting it. In fact I recently taught a webinar all about detoxing your skin care to help avoid chemicals!! This time with dermatitis my skin was relentless though and wouldn’t budge.

What IS IT? Pimples around the mouth in adult women are often diagnosed as acne, but many times it’s actually perioral dermatitis. Perioral dermatitis is an acne-like eruption that presents as red bumps on the chin and mouth. Like dermatitis, the skin can be red, scaly and itchy; like acne, it can have pimples. Perioral dermatitis usually starts as pimples around the mouth; in more severe cases, the bumps appear around the nose and eyes as well. It has a characteristic circular pattern, surrounding the mouth while sparing a thin border of skin around the lips. Unlike acne, there are no clogged pores (comedones) in perioral dermatitis.

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Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Get a diagnosis. This skin issue can look like zits and so you think they’ll go away and they often won’t without an antibiotic (although I’ll be sharing my natural products I’ve used thus far.) Just knowing I had it made me feel better, like I wasn’t shooting in the dark at treating what it was.
  2. STOP SCRUBBING. My initial feelings were ‘okay if I scrub with my normal sea salt I love or my favorite clay mask or anything it will get better.’ Honestly the MORE you do to your Perioral Dermatitis the worse it gets. It’s CRAZY. It gets red and inflamed so easily and is an angry little buddy. And do not even THINK about putting a steroid on it, that will make it so bad you’ll cry. Put it down, don’t do it.
  3. Stop using everything you currently own. Really. Even my essential oils I stopped once I knew I had it. It’s just a different kind of thing and you really do have to treat Dermatitis differently than you would any other acne break out.
  4. Avoid SLS and fluoride in your toothpaste. Sounds insane but this is A HUGE cause of Dermatitis. Most toothpastes contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate which is a chemical used in toothpaste to create the foaming action. SLS can cause or irritate existing allergies, canker sores and bad breath, which is why an SLS Free alternative is worth considering. Here is the one I found that I like.
  5. Go makeup free. Heavy foundations make dermatitis worse so plan on taking a break for a while. You need to disinfect and wash your brushes and any sponges that you use.
  6. Here has been my routine. For weeks I JUST used Apple Cider Vinegar as what I washed my face with. I dilute a cotton ball with water and put a few drops of ACV on it and just clean my face off. I did that for a few weeks with no other treatment and it helped. Hold it firmly to the spot for 1 minute too, it will sting but it showed improvement for me.
  7. I eventually started using this Black Clay Facial Soap and I think it’s been most instrumental in my skin repair. It’s made specifically for Dermatitis but if you have any kind of skin issue I highly recommend it. The results have been absolutely mind blowing. I’ll continue using this because I love it that much!
  8. I’ve been using this product made with coconut oil, aloe vera and manuka honey to heal and repair my skin. It’s well loved in the Dermatitis community (yep there is one) and for good reason. I’ve really found it nourishing to my skin which has aided in repair. You may think drying it out is the best thing but actually keeping it moisturized helps with healing. I’ve also been using this cream, I think it’s helping and a lot of people have recommended it but I’m not able to say totally if it’s what has worked.
  9. At this point if you’ve done this a few weeks and still haven’t seen results it’s time to get serious. You can either go the route of antibiotics (you’ll need to be on a low dose of them for 1-2 months in order to get rid of it.) And in that case you should always take a probiotic, supplements and bone broth along side with it to promote good gut flora while you’re breaking it down with the antibiotic. I take a probiotic and supplement from doTERRA and you can always sign up for our newsletter list to get more oily info. I get my bone broth at Thrive Market.

Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 10.06.57 AMOr you can attempt to use Structured Silver as an antibiotic in the body. It is hugely powerful and I am no expert on how it works but my friend Jennie teaches about it constantly. And you can find her here.

Wow this is seriously a lot of information and more than I ever would want to know about Dermatitis so if this doesn’t pertain to you, I’m sorry! I’ve had hundreds of woman reach out to me saying they’ve had it or have it currently! If you have your own suggestions to chime in, please DO in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

xo

J

 

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Pin The Kiss

Valentines Day celebrating is in full swing here at Small Fry! Today after school the kids came home to their own giant faces on the wall, and a bunch of kissy lips waiting. It was so easy and such a giggle fest for them all!

Here is what you need:

11 x 17 prints of close up kiddo faces // Lips printable below // Blindfolds

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Pin The Lips PRINTABLE here.

Rubys Ruffle Blouse can be found here. 

 

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Easy Budgeting Tips

By Jenna, brought to you by Progressive.

By now you’ve all heard our exciting news I hope! We will be moving back to Utah and building a home there!  Ever since we started saving for our house I’ve been trying to find new ways to budget. I’ve done the whole Dave Ramsey thing (you know, the no nonsense budgeting guru) that I love but just can’t see going as far as the cash envelope system. Maybe one day, but for now I’m sharing super easy and tangible tips you can apply to everyday decisions that aren’t overwhelming, or at least they weren’t for me!

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1. Make a list of your last 25 credit card transactions. Not kidding this is life changing. It revealed so much about myself! Scary stuff. I was able to see where I frequent — and I chose to avoid those places for a month. I know, sounds crazy, but I did it and it saved a TON. (Want to know my top 3? NO shame in my game. Target, Chick Fil-A, the gas station.) YIKES!

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2.  I stopped going to bulk warehouse grocery stores. Sad day, but I had read once that it should be the first to go. Excessive food buying (I blame the samples) and unnecessary purchases were killing me there (yes, I for sure need 30,000 AA batteries). I’ve saved $300/month not going. Yep, I was buying $300/month in unnecessary items.  I just buy diapers and wipes in bulk with Prime now.

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3. Re-sell your goods! Open an Instagram shop, hold a yard sale, or there’s several buy sell and trade groups on Facebook.  I recently started using the app ‘Poshmark’ which makes it incredibly easy, even down to printing a shipping label for you. I started organizing our closets, which felt super satisfying and sold some gently used name brand clothing on it. We donated the stuff without resale value and ‘dejunking’ felt awesome. I told myself I could only buy clothing for our family with the money I earned from selling the things we didn’t need anymore. I made $700 my first month, so cool!

4. Budgeting Apps! We use “Mint.” The top rated apps of 2016 (by the Huffington Post) were also Wally, Level Money, GoodBudget and Unsplurge! Mint specifically helps track your purchases, automatically categorizes and files them away. So you can set a budget and it will go on red alert when you go over budget in any given category. So typically mine will start yelling at me “stop buying clothes!” It really is helpful. I think the best part of budgeting is not to restrict, but to make you aware of how much you’re actually spending! Once you know the real numbers you can make more intentional efforts to be better.

5. Make your savings automatic. What that means is your saving should be just like any other payment –not optional. So, just like our car payment, we have a certain amount of money withdrawn from our checking every month and put it into a separate savings that can’t be transferred online. That way the money feels like it’s gone forever and not touchable until we close on our home. I think it can feel very overwhelming when we decide we want to “budget” and I think some of us like to go harder than others with it. But I’ve found that it’s really small changes that make the habits last for our family! What are some small tips that you have for saving money? How have you saved for big life changes? I really would love to hear your suggestions in the comments because we need all the help we can get!

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DIY Valentine Bath Bombs

By Jenna.

I’ve been wanting to make my own bath bombs forever and I did it! I’m passing them around the neighborhood for Valentine’s and I’m planning to be the favorite 🙂

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What you’ll need:

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Place dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk them thoroughly, do the same with your wet ingredients!bathbombs3

You can buy natural food coloring but I simply used a T of the juice of cooked beets I had on hand and it worked perfectly to make such a pretty pink! I love using Rose, Geranium, Lavender and Passion essential oils but really you can use just about anything!bathbombs4

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Act quickly and place them in the bath molds. I didn’t have any on hand so I used a bundt cake pan I had. It worked alright but I’m sure that a mold would be a TON easier! Let dry 4 or 5 hours in the mold and boom it’s done!bathbombs6

I love it because it seriously does fizz in the bath and is made of all natural ingredients. Often the bath bombs you buy in stores are totally deceiving and have lots of chemicals in them anyway. This is incredibly easy, cheap and a fun DIY project with the kiddos!!

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