FRYday

As usual our end of week tradition is here! This month one of our favorite coupon sites, Groupon is featuring us on their homepage! We were so flattered to hear this and to celebrate we wanted to incorporate a couple of our favorite Groupon deals into our ritual post. Things we’re using and loving and best of all, saving money on!

JENNA:FRYday

WEARING: I’ve been heavily addicted to Anthropologie dresses. Yes they’re more expensive than a regular dress but they’re SUCH good quality that stand the test of time! These ones are also (of course) nursing friendly. I wore them to a weekend away with Orbit (more on that later) and got so many compliments! Blush Peasant Dress //  Shirt Dress // Also have you seen Lularoe? They make some of my favorite basics and fun bold patterned dresses. Love their company and what they represent….also I’m obsessed with the Irma top.

READING: My friend Bri recommended this book and now I’m obsessed with the work of  parenting expert Janet Lansbury. I’m listening to her Podcasts, following on Facebook and reading all her books….can you be a super fan of a parenting book author…because I am! I love her philosophy and have already reaped so many benefits from using her techniques.
LISTENING: To my aching neck from all the desk work lately and getting myself a massage. There’s close to a million super inexpensive options here.
ANTICIPATING: SOOOO MUCH! I have so many exciting projects in the works and upcoming traveling I feel like I need 12 of me, but I’m really excited for all I have in store!
DECORATING: How many rugs can one person purchase? Currently looking for space for this one.
WATCHING: I feel like all my shows are coming to a close and I’m PANICKING. Help me…what should I be folding laundry to?
FEELING: Late to the party. Snapchat guys? I’m obsessed. I’m SO ANNOYING ON IT, but also I don’t care and can’t help myself! Join me @jennaskitchen.

EMILY:

FRyday

WEARING: Snapchatted (@emilykframe) my outfit with these shoes yesterday and it was snapback central, glad you like ’em! They’re such a great deal at $45, but still awesome quality. I would’ve happily paid double. Love them with jeans or a dress and am really excited to put them with thick tights this Fall! They have three colors and I need them all!
READING: I’m sure you all already are reading, but I love Cup of Jo’s Motherhood Around the World series. The last one about Cuba and daily life as a parent in a communist country was so fascinating!
DOING: I’ve hinted at my latest work-out obsession and now several months in feel ready to share the good news (I was selfish before and I’m sorry.) It is for all levels, you can push yourself as hard as you want, and I have never sweat (actual drips) so much or had more fun in a work out! It’s called Crosskick and it’s a combination of Interval training and kick boxing. Yowza! There are two local gyms that have Groupons for a 5 class package for $36 and it includes gloves. If you’re looking for something to jumpstart your exercise regimen you will love this!
LISTENING: My boys latest request is 2 Heads by Coleman Hell. It’s a catchy little ditty, yeah I said it.
WATCHING: Project Runway! I have been dedicated since season 1, and this season is chock full of nutcases, it’s a good time! Also I’d like to know what foundation Zac Posen is using because he is positively porcelain.
FEELING: I was feeling so defeated that every school morning was going to be a stress ball of chaos and nothing but yelling at my kids to hurry or we’re going to be late. We finally had a peaceful morning yesterday and today and I’m sure they’re grateful, too. Any tips for continued calm mornings?

NICOLE:FRYday

WEARING: I fell for this foundation a couple years ago when my friend introduced me. “It’s like putting silk on your face” she said. And what better way to start your day? It’s so light with the perfect amount of coverage. I have freckles, and don’t want to hide them completely, but still want to even out my skin tones. This is the perfect fit for me, and I think you’d love it too. // Loving the wave of throwback sneakers making there way back into fashion these last few years. I started with a love for my white converse, and then wanted something fresh. So I ripped of my 5 year old Dash’s look and bough some Adidas. The Sambas are my jam today, but next week I’ve got more Adidas love coming your way.
READING: We are big collectors of any books illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, and currently are anticipating the release of his newest Imaginary Fred! Pre order available now! We can’t wait!

FEELING: Did you know that Groupon lists deals from around the web each day? So nice to go to one place and get informed. That’s how I found this Asos dress, more than half off! Heart eye emojis for them saving me so much time!

Thanks again Groupon, we love you! And we love YOU, hope you have a great weekend and as always all our love for your support and reading Small Fry.

case for the waist

By Emily.

I was getting dressed one day this Summer and realized how many tops I had accumulated that were just a little too cropped after laundering. Where I would have to tug and pull and not life my arms for any reason or my stomach was out. That alone was reason enough to find a everyday high-waisted denim. Something I could wear with any shoe and basically take over my standard skinny pair and work well with all these shrunken tops! highwaistH&M Dark // Black // Flare // Madewell // CofH Grey Distressed // Topshop

I have and love high waisted flares, but they have to be worn with big platforms, so not an everyday option for sure. Here’s what I’ve tried and loved! These start at $9.99 and go up to $200+ for beautiful designer quality. Three of my very favorite came from H&M if you’re looking for a place to start! And of course had to askmy jean-ius (womp womp) buddies over at Lunchpails & Lipstick who know designer denim back and forward — these are the pairs they suggest, too!

I am loving them with a tucked in blouse and blazer, such a perfect Fall combo and one I am excited to sport when the weather cools off!high waisted for FallJessica Alba // Who What Wear 2 & 3 //

Whether you’re tucking your top in and going for the full effect, or just letting the extra inches of length settle under your cropped blouse, the eye is drawn upward and it creates the illusion that you have legs for days. If you’re like me and have a sort of resting food baby, look for denim with “shaping” in the title for extra structure and hold! don’t know anyone that wouldn’t be down with that! Do you all have any high waisted favorites? Excited to keep on the hunt for the perfect pair.

Mint + Lime Ranch Slaw


We were invited to participate in the Hidden Valley® Challenge aimed at creating a unique and new recipe with these classic American flavors, and all our kids LOVE their classic Original Ranch® flavor, so we knew it would be a piece of cake. We decided to take a twist on our favorite taco condiment, Cilantro-Lime Ranch Dressing & turn it in to a slaw that would make even our kiddos drool over cabbage. Our local store was out of Cilantro so we improvised with Mint and it blew our minds!hv

Here is what you need: 1 Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dips Mix, 1 Purple & Green Cabbage, 1 ear of freshly cut corn, 3 T fresh mint, 1 cup mayo, 1/2 c milk and 1 lime! hiddenvalley1In a bowl thoroughly stir mayo, milk, juice of one lime and Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dips Mix, Finely chop mint, corn, chopped cabbage and mix together! hiddenvalley2That’s it! Top it on to your favorite meat for Tacos, Pork Sliders or even Hamburgers! Since we are always looking for new ways to get our kids eating healthy and around the dinner table, this was an easy next step, they love and are familiar with the flavors and that is half the battle!hiddenvalley3Now that we’re obsessed with easy recipes using Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dips Mix will you share yours with us? Leave a recipe in the comments or even better post on social media with hash tag #HiddenValleyIt so we can see what you’ve got cooking up.

Download and print the recipe below!

This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley®—Hidden Valley It! Also, Check the site for more recipe ideas.

fall-ify your house

I know you’ve already heard this from me, but Fall is in the air! Say goodbye to summer, and hello to September 1st! While we’re at it let’s cozy up your living space for the cooler weather that is approaching! It’s simple, with a few swap outs, your space will feel Fall ready. It doesn’t take much! Fall-ify Your House
We teamed up with Maids.Com to show you how I do it each year, ready?
First. Spring cleaning is NOT just for spring. I like to deep clean and de-clutter before all new seasons. Especially fall. We seem to acquire a lot of junk through the summer months, in an attempt to keep everyone entertained, and it feels so good to box it up, put it away, or drop it by the local donation center.  Start with these 10 easy tips to declutter your home from The Maids, then try moving onto cleaning duties. Start with a clean fresh slate of a home! When I deep clean I love to take one room at a time. Or one project at a time. Since we’re all glued to our phones, add calendar reminders monthly for projects like cleaning out your fridge, scrubbing baseboards or dusting blinds. Don’t  want to do it yourself, I totally support you. A home cleaning service is a great option to get a leg up on your deep cleaning! I know I’ve used plenty!
Next, Change the entire look of your living room by adding or replacing the throw pillows on your couch. Here are some I currently love that scream fall! ONE / TWO / THREE /
Third. I love having throw blankets folded through my home, so its always easy to cozy down on the crisp fall days. It adds warmth to the space and is such an easy and inexpensive addition. These are what I’m eyeing: ONE / TWO /
If you are willing to spend a little more on this Fall-ify, another option is an area rug. Adding or changing an area rug is also a simple way to make a big change in the look of a space.
ONE, TWO & THREE, FOUR & FIVE, too. (10% off right!)
I have raved about this lamp in a recent post. Im in love with it and have them all over my home. I used an Edison bulb for a warmer light and it has totally changed the ambiance of the room.
We did it, we Fall-ified your home! Here are some other ideas if you are interested in doing to the same to your wardrobe! Fall Hats and transition Sandals!

 

forever white

By Nicole.

Sheets, comforters, towels, underwear. At our house, it’s all white. On top of which, 75 percent of my wardrobe is white! It’s a bad, bad habit. One of the things readers ask most about is how do I maintain them all! Keeping all of these bright whites – bright white – became even more of a challenge when my family began to grow, and babies started to help me get things messy. I found that throwing out my whites wasn’t going to work for me. I love them too much! So instead, I started to explore laundry detergents.White WhitesUsing certain detergents- over time- turned my whites yellow! What’s worse? Other detergents started to wear down the fabrics of my favorite pieces. Fabrics became thin and holes started to appear. My towels and sheets started to obtain a strong chemical smell that I couldn’t seem to wash away. With how often all of my whites needed to be washed, this wasn’t going to work!White WhitesI tried OxiClean™ Laundry detergent after being referred to it by my mother. She’s another fellow whites lover, maybe where I got it from? I wanted to give it a try on it’s own, and eliminate all other whitening/bleaching agents. Not only did it wipe away the stains, but it also began to eliminate the yellowing! Anyone ever tried to wash white sneakers? The yellowing is almost unavoidable! OxiClean™, you are my Converses’ new best friend! I love that I don’t need any additives, and one wash is plenty for most stains!White WhitesPeople will try to tell you that once you become a parent, you should say goodbye to white clothing, but I don’t agree! You just need the right cleaning routine. There is a reason why OxiClean™ now has a premier detergent, and that is because it works!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by OxiClean™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about OxiClean™ Laundry, all opinions are my own, as OxiClean™ is my number one choice for laundry detergent!

Note: Please follow manufacturer directions for your garments. For best results, pretreat stains with laundry detergent, wait 5-10 minutes and then wash.