freshly picked [giveaway!]

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, you know how we love to spoil you all and we’ve put together such a fun week of giveaways to do just that! Each day we have a different prize pack that we think you are going to love and today we have our favorite leather shop, Freshly Picked! We know that it is technically a brand for little ones but we have LOVED the items we’ve picked up for ourselves there. So whether you choose to spend your $300 credit on you or your little ones, we won’t tell. ;)

Here’s what we love and why!

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The Carry-All purse is amazing. Such high quality with many details that we can’t live without, perfect pocket placement, easy to access and keep orderly and that leather wears so beautifully! These come in so many awesome color combos and solids but we can’t help but love Blush and Black!

Their Summer Tropics line is so much fun with the botanicals and banana prints. This backpack is so darling and so well made for the inexpensive price point.

Freshly Picked’s t-shirts are so crazy soft we love wearing them when we want to be extra comfy. This print looks great on your guy, your kids and of course, you.

The Catch-All pouch is the perfect size for make-up and personal effects and each one coordinates with the Carry-All which always makes us feel so polished and put together.

And of course the reason we are forever loyal to the Freshly Picked brand – the moccasins!  So many ways to spend that $300, how will you ever choose! Enter below!freshly picked moccasins,

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so young inc.

We have so many wonderful readers from up in Canada (hi guys!!) so we are always keeping our eyes peeled for brands to share with you that hail from the country that puts out some of the nicest people we know! Toronto based So Young Inc. teamed up with us for today’s post and we were so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the items we reviewed! Check them out:

NCC_8464The packs are a beautiful eco-linen, but when you get your hands on them they’re actually coated! This means they wipe clean and can take a real beating, they look brand new after lots of use already! We never thought we’d see the day where we’d let our kids take a linen backpack on an adventure outside, so we are thinking the So Young Inc. team is a bunch of geniuses!soyoungHere are some of our favorite designs which come on all three of their packs, the lunch pack, the lunch cooler, and the school sized back pack. We love that you can mix and match or get the whole line for each kid so they know which is theirs. With Summer approaching we don’t put our backpacks away for one second, we love to pack them with snacks and binoculars and sunscreen and take them on our day trips!

soyoung2We thought it would be fun this time instead of just mentioning adventuring, to actually share some of our favorite quick day-trip adventures from around where (most) of Small Fry is stationed in central Utah! We get so many questions from locals so if this is you, keep reading to hear about some of our favorites!

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FAVORITE UTAH COUNTY ADVENTURES – SMALL KIDDO APPROVED (most under an hour!)

HIKES:

SilverLake – a beautiful lake-side walk with a wood boardwalk trail in Salt Lake City. Great for strollers!

The Grotto – A 15-30 minute hike/walk into a waterfall! Perfect for kids and super pretty.

Cascade Springs - a Provo Canyon boardwalk through babbling Spring water!

Donut Falls - another SLC (Big Cottonwood) water fall hike! Gorgeous and the kids love that the waterfall is circular like a donut.

Bridal Veil Falls – easy drive up and park access or you can take the short paved trail. Provo Canyon. Another great stroller hike.

Escalante Trail – Spanish Fork walking hike with amazing views!

Battle Creek Falls – Another waterfall trail in Pleasant Grove, a moderately steep hike in parts but totally doable by even our two year olds last Summer!

MUSEUMS:

Museum of Natural Curiosity, Monte L. Bean Museum (free!), Gateway Discovery Museum, The Leonardo, Museum of Natural History, The Dinosaur Museum all have amazing programs all year round with lots to do an experience! All in Utah or Salt Lake Counties.

ACTIVE PLAY:

Jump On It, Kangaroo Zoo, Lowe’s Extreme Air, Momentum Indoor Climbing (haven’t been but the video tour looks amazing!), Hang Time.

Locals, what would you add to our list for places to head when you want to learn and experience more about this beautiful place we live!

spring sunnies

By Nicole.

We’re back with Zappos today and I am happy to share my favorite Spring sunnies! Adding on-trend accessories is such an easy way to update my wardrobe. I tend to stick to pretty, classic pieces in my wardrobe, but when it comes to accessories I love to take more risks. Here’s what I’m loving from Zappos’ collection and you can check out Emily and Jenna’s picks here!

First, these floral frames from Dolce and Gabbana:Spring SunniesSo perfect for Spring, right? I love to pair these with a Springy top and finish it off with a fresh scent. These sunnies and linen criss-cross top went with me on a cruise a few weeks ago.Spring Sunnies  Here’s one more way to wear those perfect soft chambray blues this Spring. Totally loving this trend!Spring SunniesThe next pair I am loving this season is the Elizabeth & James two tone “Crawford” is so gorgeous in person and has gotten me a million compliments already. I love that the colors go with any outfit, and that the white is a soft almost translucent grey so it looks luxe. Spring SunniesAnd lastly, this Stella McCartney pair is so timeless. I know I can wear these until I’m seventy and they will always be chic. I love them paired with a fresh, crisp button down.Spring SunniesAs we said in our last post, we’ve found that investing in sunglasses when you have the right company backing them is everything. Knowing that we have Zappos to turn to with any issues is everything! They are all about providing that “WOW” through their service and it shows. We so appreciate it and frankly, don’t shop online unless customer service is  a company’s priority and shipping is fast and free, both of which Zappos pioneered.Spring Sunnies Maybe investing in a whole designer wardrobe isn’t happening right this second, but we love making these more affordable additions from the fashion houses we love and admire. Check out their crazy amazing selection of Spring sunnies here, good luck trying to pick!

Thanks to Zappos for sponsoring this post, one of our favorite, favorite companies with which we are always proud to partner!

ruby’s studio

When we take an inventory of the things that worry us about our little guys it seems to be the social and emotional well-being that takes up the most brain space. When we send them out the door to school it’s a constant flow of hopes and worries: Are they being polite, are they being friendly, do they know how to ask for help if someone is being mean to them, do they feel comfortable and safe? The list goes on and on. When we heard about Ruby’s Studio presented by The Mother Co. - a 10 part series that covers a huge range of the topics right up our worrying mama alley we knew we had to share! Check out the trailer:

Ruby’s Studio recently released their newest episode The Siblings Show! And suddenly we were reminded of the best thing we ever gave our kids, their siblings! Luckily, they each have a sibling or two to help them fine-tune these types of interactions. A safe place to learn and grow, to make mistakes and try again.  The Siblings Show episode specifically focuses on learning new tools to resolve conflict, boost harmony, and celebrate family, all while enjoying a day of creative play with their cutest show host, Ruby, and all her darling buddies. Our boys went crazy over this episode, we all loved all the creativity and singing, but in a stylish and calming way (is there anything worse than an obnoxious TV show?)  Also, hearing that validation that sometimes being a sibling is hard and that’s okay, seemed to really stay with them.RUBY-A-881x499

The Mother Co. who brings this show to us has awesome additional products like books, music downloads and the series, too! This show feels so nostalgic for us, we remember as kids having similar TV shows that we loved to watch and this feels like an instant classic! We knew with so many of our readers raising preschoolers just like we are we had to share! See all the available episodes on Amazon!

Ruby’s Studio: Series Trailer from The Mother Company on Vimeo.

Earth Day!

With Earth Day coming up we’ve been researching brands + companies that give back to this very special planet. Sweden’s #1 clothing brand for kids and babies Polarn O. Pyret offers a ton of eco-friendly clothing for little ones, but even better for Earth Day, they are helping moms recycle clothing through their continued partnership with ThredUp, the largest online consignment store.

Here’s how it works: Anyone who wants to recycle their kids’ clothing can contact PO.P at thredup@polarnopyretusa.com to receive free ThredUp bags in the mail.  Stuff the bags full of gently used clothes (up to 10 pounds prepaid) and send them in.  ThredUp sells the gently used clothing online and gives a percentage back to the customer to spend on new clothes at Polarn O. Pyret, either in store or online.  It’s a win-win: clean out your kids’ closets and get money to spend on new clothes for the season, like these great spring basics.polarncollage polarncollage2To order your back click here. It’s seriously so easy. Now get Spring Cleaning!

 

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