Cozy Cheekz

By Emily.

As New Year, New Baby rolls on, here is one NEW product we got to try just for this series!  Up until now, I have never seen a similar product and I think it’s so genius! And for sure lives up to it’s cozy name!Cozy CheekzTo put it simply, Cozy Cheekz makes changing table pads that warm themselves. Simple, but totally innovative! All their materials are so luxe and soft, comes with a travel case so you can carry that amazingness with you as you travel or when they go to Grandma’s house. It comes with a cover sheet that you can wash easily with those Cozy CheekzIt secures to your changing table with the typical straps and then you can control the heat settings from their remote!Cozy CheekzThey also carry this awesome and incredibly soft Cozy Cradle that sits on top of the changing pad and is so ideal for new babies! It cradles them perfectly so they’re less likely to roll and there’s less of those newborn limb movements that startle and upset them during changings. At least my three boys did that, do your babies? This is also detachable and super compact so you can bring it with you everywhere!cc-image1_grandeYou can find Cozy Cheekz right here! Such a sweet and thoughtful addition to any nursery, that adds so much comfort to what is typically my babies least favorite time of the day!Cozy Cheekz

Disclosure: COZY CHEEKZ sent us this product for our honest review, and truly there is nothing not to like! xo – Emily

New Year New Baby: Nursery Art

If you ask me, the Animal Nursery Art trend can stick around forever! As you saw on instagram, that is what we chose for Dash and Sunnys room over the last couple of years. They have loved it, and so have I!

From the photo on Instagram, the Moose Art from Sunny and Dashs room can be found here. The Camel and Deer art can be found here. The Horse can be found here.

The art you hang in your new babies nursery is a big decision! Besides the little baby itself, it is the main focal point when you enter the room. It sets the feel of the room and represents the babies personality in a sense! Here are some pieces from around the web that I think are flawlessly done.

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Replacing art with an installation wreath, how stunning! I love this idea and hadn’t seen it before this. More details can be found here.

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This Geode by Amy Lighthall makes me drool. I bought it for Dash’s room when we split the boys into two rooms soon here. But I think it would be stunning over a crib or changing table.

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This nursery belongs to a friend of mine. Ive loved it since she first shared it. I adore the single color large water color piece. You can see more of this nursery and purchase the artwork here19232ef500ab0cc73bea32759ecf66fb

As I was saying, the animal artwork reins supreme! Details here.

Here are some other Animal Art Shops I love!

Wildbook, Vivid Atelier, Modern Nation Print Mix 

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I love this nursery reveal by Ave Styles. A clean midcentury style is always top on my list. This round wooden mirror is a gorgeous sub for artwork for us minimalists.

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Want even more minimal? No artwork at all, just a detailed mobile. By Decor Pad

Chair in Dash and Sunnys room here, rug here, lamp here!

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A look back at New Year, New Baby

It’s time to kick off our annual New Year, New Baby week! Each January we devote a whole week of content to new parents, new babies and navigating the highs and lows that come with it, and the stuff. SO much stuff. What we love, what our friends love, brand new  gadgets and tried and true favorites.Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.32.49 PM

But first, here’s what you might of missed in year’s passed:

NEW MOM ADVICE from Ashley of the Shine Project // The Girls With Glasses // Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook // Liz of Say Yes! // Anna of In Honor of Design // Danielle of Sometimes Sweet // Little Baby Garvin // The Brickyard Buffalo Girls // And a whole slew of blogger favorites sharing what They Didn’t Expect When They Were Expecting! Essays on Postpartum Depression.Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 9.59.09 PM

BIRTH STORIES! Jenna’s crazy birth story, Emily’s crazy birth story and Callum’s birth video:

Cal de Lune // Frame family from Collin Kartchner on Vimeo.

HITS from our ADOPTION series, like this birth mother’s story, this woman was adopted and her story will break your heart and re-mend it.

FEEDING — Gear for Breastfeeding, Tips from a Lactation Specialist, Our Viral post “Why I Chose to Bottlefeed”, Feeding yourself and the first 40 days postpartum, Best meals to bring to a new mom, and baby led weaning.Screen-Shot-2015-01-08-at-8.28.02-AM

NURSERY — Organizing it, The best shared bedrooms nurseries, nurseries that PACK a PUNCH!, Nurseries that are more sereneDIY hacks,  Tips from an Interior Decorator, Lolly’s Nursery, Raleigh’s Nursery, one of our favorite DIYs, still one of our favorite newer inventions,b604f94a85fb33c29f2177643ea370a0

We’ve got so much good stuff in the library, and we hope you’ll enjoy what we have for you this week! Starting with a new addition to our Why I Chose to Bottlefeed series, from our own Emily, below!

Why I Chose to Bottlefeed – Emily

By Emily.

I remember a few years ago, nervously asking on our social media outlets for women to share their stories for why they chose to bottlefeed. I am proud to say it’s becoming less taboo (at least in the circles I run in), but a few years ago it wasn’t always that way! I was BLOWN away at how many women came forward, all saying the same thing — every time I shake up a formula bottle in public, I feel judged. Some women were crushed by it, some angered, some unfazed, but they all felt less-than. At this point in my life I had my two boys, both exclusively breast-fed: Hayes until I got pregnant with Cal at 8 months, and Cal until 16 months. Besides it hurting like hell for the first few weeks, it came pretty naturally in both situations. So collecting these stories I admit, I felt removed, I just didn’t relate, although I empathized. Oh boy did I learn a humbling lesson with Raleigh! Before I launch into the long list of ways breastfeeding was a struggle and at times a downright fail, I want to cut to the moral of the story first. Read more

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Dash and Sunny Winter Essentials

By Nicole.

Being Utah born and raised, these boys know how to do snow, and they love it! Last year they started skiing and we have already dived back in this year! Here are our favorite pieces of winter wear for those ski days, and the everyday Utah winter snow days. I hope this helps any of you looking for amazing pieces to get you through Winter or your next Wintry getaway! Happy Fryday!untitled-3

Patagonia’s Nano Puffers are light weight for fall, but warm and perfect for layering in the winter. We often pair it with a black fleece pullover like the one listed below! // Hunter Chelsea these have been a fun change since each other year they have worn the classic wellington. These are less bulky and Dash really likes that. // The tall boot  is what they have worn all their lives. // Thermal Set this is of course a snow day must // Sorel Boot for the really snowy days // and the Sperry Boot for a more lightweight option  // this is the Snow Bib we use for skiing and playing in the snow // Brodeo Beanie is one of my favorites for me, and I love the way they fit the little boys, too.  // Patagonia Down Coat this one is SUPER warm. // The Synchilla Pullover for layering everyday for school //

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All I Want for Christmas

By Emily.

Last Christmas I was pretty pregnant and in tears complaining to Russ about our mattress.  It was expensive and THE WORST. We had it for probably 8 years and it looked like the tetons with its sinking sides and peak in the middle. I was ready to get a new bed that very day, but my conservative spender husband said he’d only be okay with such a purchase if we researched all options. So we did! For a year we read, tested, asked around, saved up, when finally we decided! I thought any of you out there on the same hunt might like a recap, so let’s go!

But, first, here’s me being super cool posing on my new bed:Intellibed ReviewThe mattress we were on last Christmas was a pillow-top and we knew how that ended up. 😉 So our research began with memory foam. It feels amazing at first, but here’s what I learned with reading up.

  • Foam breaks down quickly (as much as 25% in the first 2 years)
  • Foam compresses and creates painful pressure points and uneven wear
  • Some foams can contain toxic chemicals

Intellibed ReviewThat brought us to gel bed options, and at this point we had slept in an Intellibed at my mom’s Bed and Breakfast The Yardley Inn & Spa in Manti, UT (so cute, if you’re around you gotta stay there!) We loved the Intellibed I knocked their door down to get a review and discount set up for you guys and so gratefully they agreed! (Use smallfry10 for 10% off!)Intellibed ReviewSo here’s what I LOVE about the Intellibed, we went with the Posture Perfect King size:

They have a 30 year guarantee. Our last mattress lasted around 4 years and that was 3 longer than I wanted to keep sleeping on it. So I figure with the guarantee you’re paying pennies a day to sleep on the Intellibed. And then on top of that they do financing options too, which made the investment feel less daunting to me.

After a month of use (it arrived the end of November and yeah right I wasn’t going to wait until Christmas to sleep on it!) I am obsessed with it. It is incredibly comfortable. Since there’s no compressing of foams or pillow-tops you sort of perch on top of the bed,  and it has relieved all my normal pressure points. My posture is better than ever, and I had the worst posture to begin with, and my back just doesn’t hurt when I wake up like it used to. The first handful of days sleeping on the bed both Russ and I were weirded out, it’s a different sensation when you’re used to your tetons bed, it’s not like settling in and getting cozy, it’s an entirely different experience, but one that has improved both our sleep and our back / hip pain.

Temperature cooled — you know the other side of the pillow? That cool refreshing feeling? This bed stays cool all night which Russ LOVES and I never knew I needed it, too!

Another huge selling point for us was that its non-toxic and emits no off gassing. Intellibed has done both their own research and pulled from others and has found that the toxins released from typical mattresses’ off-gassing is attributed to both Autism and SIDS. All three of my boys would end up rolling on their tummies and it freaked me out with the link to SIDS. Eliminating off-gassing gives me so much more relief knowing I can’t always control when they roll not heir tummies but I can control the chemicals and toxins that they might be inhaling while they sleep! I have heard they’re selling crib mattresses THIS YEAR and I can’t wait to grab one. Intellibed ReviewThese are just a few of the reasons, you can read all their features and benefits right here! As always ask me any questions you might have, I know an investment like this can be overwhelming, but I am truly so happy with ours and our decision to go with Intellibed would’ve happened regardless of their willingness to partner up! If you’re looking to buy for you or your kids use Smallfry10 for 10% off! xo- Emily

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SF Weekly Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!!

We are SO excited to start a new feature here where we do a weekly deal! We want to keep you informed of the best of the best of sale deals online so we will be combing through deals through the week and debut it weekly here on “The SF Weekly Wednesday.” So now you don’t have to do the work, you can trust that we’re posting the BEST we could find! Sometimes it will be fashion, home appliances, housewares…whatever we love that is bringing you the best value.

First up is the Anthropologie Tag Sale. This thing is unreal and new items got listed last night so it’s really exciting and there is still availability. We combed through hundreds of items to find you our favorite picks, all of which are 40% off or more! All you have to do is click the images to be taken to the item OR use the list on the bottom. Also don’t forget to hover the side of the images to see ALL our picks!

Happy Shopping!

Gloverall Greer Bomber
Anthropologie Metallic Dot Sweatshirt
Lena Bernard Premia Pearl Collar Necklace
Miss Albright Dennis Mule Shooties
HD in Paris Cecily Lace Dress
Carolina K Nepeta Top
Lilka Embroidered Gauze Jumpsuit
Sleeping On Snow Rosay Sweater & Slipdress Set
Penelope Chilvers Velvet Chelsea Boots
Vanessa Virginia Phinney Top
The Cashmere Collection by Anthropologie Sheffield Cashmere Turtleneck
Tracy Reese Eudicot Silk Maxi Dress
Weston Deka Top
Farylrobin Tessa Velvet Heels
Zero To Sky Fringed Lace Tunic
Lenora Dotted Vera Pumps
Hei Hei Chevron Faux-Fur Vest
Sleeping On Snow Faroe Off-The-Shoulder Sweater
Ne Quittez Pas Cultivar Embroidered Denim Blouse
Harlyn Oro Sequined Joggers
Pilcro Serif Mid-Rise Cords
Delfi Atlantica Pleated Slip Dress
Deletta Amanna Lace Top
Angel Of The North Chauvet Cardigan
Ghost Civray Printed Wide-Legs
Pilcro Serif Mid-Rise Printed Cords
Hei Hei West End Bomber
Paul & Joe Sister Foxford Plaid Midi Skirt
Ghost Mantua Trench
Caroline Kaufman Ruana Scarf
Elevenses Cropped Boucle Wide-Legs
Eva Franco Lauria Coat
Ghost Montreal Jumpsuit
Tryb Textured Tassel Coat
Anthropologie Apres Beanie
Anthropologie Artisan De Luxe Ultra High-Rise Boyfriend Jeans
Ne Quittez Pas Embroidered Denim Mini Dress
Seen Worn Kept Barrott Velvet Off-The-Shoulder Dress
Sleeping On Snow Neves Off-The-Shoulder Pullover
Plenty By Tracy Reese Dorchester Cape
Sunday In Brooklyn Sequin-Striped Pencil Skirt
Lucy Paris Poisat Sequined Halter Dress
Knitted & Knotted Wool Dropwaist Dress
Cloth & Stone Emrie Embroidered Buttondown
Pilcro Script High-Rise Cords

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New Balance // J Crew

By Nicole:

Happy New Year. We all started working out again on Jan 1, right? You caught me, I didnt. But I DID start buying new gear to hopefully motivate me to get in better shape in this new year.

I am really impressed with this J Crew // New Balance collaboration. I live for things like this. Two brands that I already love coming together and making magic!

I spotted this collaboration shopping at the South Coast Plaza on New Years Eve and stopped dead in my tracks. I LOVE IT and wanted to share it with everyone!

Here are some of my favorite looks for women:

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White Jacket // Color Block Crop Top // Navy + Red Color Block Crop Top

Black Leggings // Striped Leggings // Color Block Leggings

Navy Sneakers  // Red Sneakers // 620 Sneakers 

ALSO, check the sneakers for Crewcuts, also by New Balance for J Crew.

 

 

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DIY Internet Safety

By Emily.

Did you guys know that the average age of a boy (or girl’s) first exposure to inappropriate images or video online is now EIGHT!? Nearly always accidental, we’ve experienced this sad event even in the own walls of Small Fry. So have friends, and family, and each time it’s the same — awful. It springs up all kinds of tears and questions that are of course so important to talk about, but my goal with today’s post is to help that conversation be on OUR terms and timeline.kidsafeinternet

So, here’s FIVE easy ways you can filter out those inappropriate images and videos, you don’t need to be computer wiz or anything!

  1. You can filter any computer or device that uses your internet right at the router all at one time! There are lots of programs, free and for a fee, and I have tried a few! This is not sponsored, but Disney Circle still stands as my favorite. It is easiest to use and has had no glitches in the last year I’ve had it! It has limited WEBSITES pretty perfectly. They sent them to us to try awhile ago and I am so glad to have it. It is so user friendly, if you can download an app onto your phone you can install the Circle. (I’ve also tried Open DNS, K9 and a few others, Circle beats them all, its that tiny little white square, super sleek and minimal!)71sral1njol-_sl1300_
  2. PHONES now have parental settings built right in! For instance on the iPhone you can create restrictions that only you can change with your own password (different than the one you use to unlock the phone.) I wrote out all the steps right here! If you have Android here are those steps! Both super easy and they filter websites, age limits on apps and more!
  3. Just because you have a filter on your computers and phones there are still a few holes. You still need to set filters within sites that you use everyday, your search engine of choice especially. So if you use GOOGLE, here is how you’ll do it. This will make sure if your kids are searching for something that adult content won’t show up as an option in either the website list or image search.
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4. YOUTUBE. YouTube is all our kids’ favorite, but I am sure you’ve all come across something you wish you hadn’t on YouTube.

(Kinder egg toy reviews? JK) So I always suggest downloading the YouTube Kids app in place of the standard one, which filters for you. But, if you use YouTube on your computer you still need to change the settings! So, here’s picture steps for filtering YouTube on your computer and phone!

5. Streaming Services. If you use Netflix or something similar you can create profiles for your kids so adult content doesn’t even show up in their searches. Just log in on your account on a computer and create a profile for them! Then when you give them the remote you can be sure they’re on their profile to begin with.screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-8-01-50-am

I could go on all day, but here are 5 quick ones that will give you some peace of mind! I am no expert and I am sure there are loads of great ideas that I haven’t even thought of, so if you have things that have worked for your family, let us know in the comments!

Favorite Finds 2016: Nicole

2016 was a solid year for this consumer. From trinkets to home decor to fashion, I found some staples that will last me forever. Here I’ve linked to my top 15. Maybe they will become the MVPs for your 2017.

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Woolrich Slippers were a game changer this winter.

This $5 cell for magnetic Car Mount is my year round, all day, every day life saver!

As for beauty, these under eye patchs offer a relief on a tired eye at night, but also hydrate so deeply. If you are like me, those under eye wrinkles are coming in hot.

Of my entire sunglass collection, these Ray Bans make their way into my wardrobe just about daily. I will always love a good classic pair of tortoise ray bans.

You have heard me rave about the Soma Pitcher here on Small Fry over and over again, so naturally it made my 2016 starting line up.

This J Crew turtle neck is the winner in my hunt for the perfect lightweight turtleneck. If you know me you know I bought every last color.

The Patagonia Nano puffer is a daily go-to starting in the fall and lasting all winter long here in Utah. If you don’t have one yet, it needs to be your next investment.

I love a hoop and I love all things tortoise, so these tortoise hoops have become an everyday staple for me. I like to finish a look off with earrings just about every day, and these are low key and subtle and perfect.

I live in this robe. Period.

Madewell Transport Tote. You can call it my mom bag.

A sucker for a good pajama set , this girl.  A lot of them come from Target to be honest. But here and there ill spoil myself with something slightly more lux.

OKAY copper mugs! Im not a drinker, so these aren’t used for beer in my house, but they are a key to a cold drink all summer long. AND SO SO PRETTY!

Im also a collector of throws. I like my house to be cozy all year round. This throw blanket  is my very favorite purchase in the realm of cozy this year.

I think `an electric toothbrush should be a staple in everyones life. This is the one I’ve been using this year.

HEART EYES FOREVER for this cutout bootie. Buy both colors. Just do it.

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