Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Mother’s Day is in two weeks and I have a fun new product launch that I know I would love to get! Jenna threw the most beautiful event with PMD Beauty a couple weeks ago for their launch of the new CLEAN PRO and I get to give one + a PMD Pro away today!! This combo is valued at $180 for the Rose Quartz Clean Pro and the PMD (Personal Microdermabrasion Device) is $180 as well! $360 for you to take home, share with a loved one, let’s do this!!I have talked a bunch over on this post about the PMD Pro and the Clean tools and specifically how they got me through a time we were very strapped financially. They pay for themselves within the first use (think of what we spend getting a professional facial!) I think they are the best investments for self-care and even better now because they’re 35% off! Use code “MOTHERVIP”!PMD PRO CLEANThe CLEAN PRO is brand new and I’ll shoot off some of the cool things it does.

-It has an Active Warmth technology behind a smooth Rose Quartz. The quartz runs cold on its own so it’s great for swelling and inflammation in the mornings. And then for nighttime you can fire it up and get your serums and oils at an optimum temperature! (How pretty is this picture below?!)PMD CLEAN PRO-Rose quartz has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory properties among other emotional benefits, is said to be the crystal of LOVE and also #pretty.  PMD PRO CLEAN

-The CLEAN has a very fine frequency of movement – 7,000 vibrations per minute! So as you move it across your face it can actually get in deeper to the skin as it separating down to the molecule. It breaks up dirt and oil and then the silicon covering is antibacterial! So you’re not trapping any of those particles to pass around later!

-I have found it SO amazing for my TMJ and clenching issues. I hold all my tension in my jaw so to give it a nightly massage in my muscles helps me reset each day!! On the flip side it helps tighten skin pores!

And here’s a few more pics of the event! It was GORGEOUS! Between Ashley Nackos florals, the beautiful Grand America setting, and we got spoiled with spa treatments after, too!

Obviously this was post-treatment, FEELING GOOD EMILY FRAME?!

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PMD PRO CLEANHead to Instagram to enter!! @emilyframe

FRYday

HEY-O! Are we all alive? I am in the thick of Spring Break with my kids and we, gulp, stayed home.

ANTICIPATING: We have Bijou Market next week (the handmade, vintage, curated show I run three times a year!) and every weekend after that we have a wedding at State House so we are wrapping up the last of our renovations — adding a kitchen, a bride’s room,  redoing all the bathrooms (and making one a big ol’ dressing room for the groom’s crew, more cosmetic changes, adding lights, sliding doors on the storage rooms, trying to decorate a bit and a few other things!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be done with this reno. Writing check after check really starts to hurt the soul but we are SO close!! So if you’re local and want to come see the space without having to set up an appointment come to Bijou!!

SHOPPING:

Did a quick little blitz online shopping trip to get some Spring faves I had been eyeing. I need jeans really bad, I’ve worn out several pairs this past year when I wasn’t shopping for new ones. Zara always fails me after awhile. They’re cute and comfortable but they RIP every time. H&M is just sturdier so I am hoping they pull through!

Here’s what we picked up – I’ll be sure to do a try-on on stories as!

And a few things from Zara. If their jeans aren’t form fitting or stretchy they last a lot longer, so hoping these will work for a wide leg option this Spring!

Jeans // My all time favorite TEE OF ALL TIME EVER. They add a few colors each Spring but get white and black for sure. Not see through, doesn’t cling or show sweat, washes wonderfully. // Pocket Tee “Shirt” Dress – Zara styling is hilarious and whack. I am hoping this works as a nice Summer dress, it sure seems long enough. Comes in several colors too! // Orange Mules – a little out of the norm for me but I needed an orange shoe option and a little feminine touch wouldn’t kill me, right? // These black ankle wrap thongs are SO pretty on the foot. Just an upgrade from you Summer flip flop. // I’ve been eying these boots since Winter and they’re $50 now! I can never find a brown boot I like — these would go with a girly dress or skirt, skinny jeans or a boyfriend fit. With an all black look to break it up.

LISTENING: Found Liza Anne and am obsessed. She’s so raw, but still upbeat. You wouldn’t know the lyrics were dark AF+ funny too without really listening. Small Talks is my fave. But with songs called Anxiety Attack, Paranoia, Fine but Dying — there’s something for every nut job. Give it a whirl!Liza Anne | Fine But Dying

READING: I am still stuck on a book club book FROM THREE MONTHS AGO. Trying so hard to finish so I can move on– it’s good (highest ratings ever) it’s just LONG. The Way of Kings you’re ruining my life.

But we were sent The Heart of a Boy and it’s such a sweet read. So happy when my boys pick it up and flip through. It’s all about reinforcing the good and wonderful things about boys, showing all types with all kinds of interests, abilities, outward appearances, struggles, illness, etc. Very cool!

alt summit 2019

Alt Summit was such a good time. So eye opening for me personally + in business and I hadn’t seen so many of my favorite people in the industry for SO long, catching up was amazing!! Just wanted to put a few thoughts down and share my links in one place!

Alt Summit Looks

My packing strategy was zero this year — I have been working on styling other people for Alt for the last couple months and didn’t have the time to even really think about mine. I knew it was going to be hot so I just stuck to dresses. And put one order in to Uniqlo because they do classic pieces so well. I bought all my favorite sandals – some bold lips, earrings and sunglasses and prayed they’d all go together. Ha! Also wore this sweet necklace everyday and it has gone with everything ever since, love it!Alt Summit Looks

UNIQLO – I bought all these dresses in a medium and could’ve handled a small. I never say that ever so that’s how big I think they run. Especially in yellow and mauve. White was fine but oversized still!

Yellow dress $30- pockets so comfy and its a full wrap so you’ll need a slip. Comes in a few colors! // Jean Jacket is Kayti’s @thebeyoutybureau // Sandals are old Zara and they were hot stuff a couple Summers ago so its not as easy to find but they’re all over Poshmark and Ebay! Heres a cute current pair! // Lip is Amalfi by Stila // Bag is also old Zara but have always loved this one!! — ALSO! Doing a sleek and messy top-knot tutorial on stories so catch that today if you’re interested!Alt Summit LooksWhite dress $20 – perfect easy shift dress. Its my favorite silhouette and I’d wear it in every color. A few colors on this too! // Old Stella dupes – mine were from a different store and I can tell these are different but they’re also the only ones I could find so check them out if you love!! // Amalfi by Stila lip // Similar wood bag //Alt Summit LooksBrown/Mauve Dress – This dress is gorg on and has pockets as well. // Criss cross sandals from Madewell just so happened to be the exact color. // Star Sunnies also the same color, deal with it. 😉Alt Summit Looks

My friends always tease me that I have a false sense of sizing. I ALWAYS go too big. But usually its how I prefer it. This sweater dress is for sure too big, but oh well!! Its old Ann Taylor and I got it at a FLEA! A clothing swap we do a few times a year at the venue! (Follow @bijoumarket because that’s where we announce new dates!) // Sunnies are Celine Lola dupes and from here!

Alt Summit Looks

Swimmer is Kortni Jeane!! I love the swing top and the ribbed dusty rose material is so modern and fresh! Bottoms are here. You can also find a lot of KJ options on Amazon ! // Sunnies! Alt Summit LooksMani! Orange and black on a ballet pink – almond shape!Alt Summit Looks

I think that’s it!! For the record Angelview Thrift was garbage. We laughed so hard at how bad it was, I took a rec from a very chic, enthusiastic local but I think she was punking me.

FOOD:

We ate out a ton and here are my highlight meals!

Cheeky’s – breakfast was better than lunch IMO but the chilaquiles were super good!

Bonita’s – get the double decker taco with carne aside. HOLY smokes.

Norma’s – best meal of the trip and we tried a million things. Everything was delicious, banana pancakes especially and I don’t even typically go for that.

Trio – pretty standard fare but all the dishes I tried were solid!

Cantala at the Riviera – everything was so bomb!

I wrote this post on IG about my experience with Alt this time around and was glad it resonated with so many of you. We really don’t give ourselves enough credit, validation or space to ebb and flow. It can’t be go go go all the time. I know this because I did it for years and I HIT.THE.WALL. I’m glad I still have some excitement here and there to post but am definitely not churning out content like I used to and that’s okay! It may change or it may not, but I’ll be sure to keep it real along the way. I so appreciate all of you for being here and always being so supportive. XOXO

5 Reasons to Go Full Tile

For the last topic I wanted to cover about our tile in our home I wanted to cover the most frequently ask question. Or maybe remark? In general people are very shocked to hear that we have tile EVERYWHERE, and we couldn’t be happier with it!:

You can see all our choices on a special Small Fry page on Marazzi’s site here!

Besides two places: the loft – which we did carpet (for sound absorption mostly slash against my will) and the toy room. The toy room is just sealed concrete for indoor scooter riding. #boymom

  1. THE ALTERNATIVES. We were pretty adamant about tile and that simply came from life experience and living with a slew of other types of floor covering. Our wood floors got absolutely beat up. You can only claim you’re going for a “weathered look” for so long. And you all know how I feel about carpet. I hate how it gets matted down and shows high traffic areas. I hate how it shows stains, and if you have pets? Oof, forget about it. I only have one carpeted room in my house and I feel like I have spent hours, invested in carpet cleaners, solutions, and old fashioned nagging to it looking semi-decent.Hoover SmartWash
  2. FLOODING. Having a basement and a well on our property, lots of groundwater and a history of flooding in our area made tile the absolute smartest choice for our basement as well. When we dug out our basement at the beginning of our build it filled with water. Our town is not incorporated with any city, we’re under County jurisdiction. So we don’t have gutters, sewers and snow run off is on the property owner to deal with. We had 1 day above fifty degrees this February and we didn’t know, but one of our basement windows was filling with run-off. By the time we realized (bless you Hayes) we had at least an inch of water in our bunk room. The window well looked like an aquarium, filled with water nearly to the top. The water leaked through the window and drywall and then down to the floor. We will need to replace the baseboards and do some drywall repair but guess what? That’s it! Floor is like new.Why Tile? || Small Fry
  3. KIDS. I’m not saying my kids are any harder on floors than another kid, but it sure feels like it. They’re constantly dragging furniture around for forts, running in with muddy boots, wrestling, jumping, spilling, stomping, scootering (not allowed but I know they still try to sneak them in — nanny cam!) Not to mention potty training, flu season, and anytime I pour them a glass of juice, ever. I am not necessarily any better. Stilettos, dropping dishes, rearranging furniture myself, we’re just really hard on our belongings. I can’t count how many times I’ve said or thought “so glad we have tile.” It cleans up right as rain every single time.5 Reasons To Go Full Tile
  4. DECOR. We of course want our kids to feel comfortable playing on the floor, and lounging, so we’re very big on rugs. But we haven’t had much if any carpet for several years before this, and it never stops them (or me) from playing on the floor. From a decor standpoint I love that I can bring in a new texture, color palette, and style with a rug. If I want to update a room it doesn’t feel like such a big investment to grab a new rug or swap with another room. If they get spilled on, they can easily be replaced. I love the freedom of knowing it’s temporary. Most of our rugs were under $150 and when compared with the cost of carpet and replacing carpet, it’s much more affordable over time!
  5. CLEANLINESS. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to take a mop over my floors and have them look brand new each time. The walls and baseboards might be showing signs of life, but the floors look so amazing still. Everyone comments on how it the Chateau Reserve doesn’t even feel like tile. It has a handscraped feel under foot. Has no slip to it and has that variety of wood but the hardiness of tile. It looks and feels amazing, but even more importantly I love knowing my floors are REALLY clean. They aren’t holding some bacteria, allergens, dust or some molecule way down some place I can’t reach. And my kids can get them clean, too!Why Tile? || Small Fry

We have so many different styles (see them all here!) of tile in our home, from ceramic, natural stone, trendy, classic, and of course the wood look tile that we loved enough to put it in 70% of our home. We were able to create variety, warmth, texture and style and it was all done exclusively Marazzi.

Spring Stock Up

This post has been sponsored by Healthy Essentials. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’ve got a pretty cool deal to share with you all today!! I know I say this prematurely every year, but it really feels like spring is on our heels. And with that, a new season to prep for. I always find myself stocking up with warm weather favorites, refreshing our wardrobes, deep cleaning, rotating the heavy quilts for lighter options and gearing up for being outside!

Johnson & Johnson is doing a special promotion that rewards you for stocking up as you normally would!

Get a $10 REWARD with your next $30 purchase (excluding tax) of participating Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies products. Keep your receipt and upload it online to qualify for a reward.

CLICK to redeem now!

(Offer valid 3/10/19 – 4/10/19. Reward must be chosen by 4/30/19. – Click above for full details)

Here’s a few of our family faves and I’ll list even more at the end of this post!

Band Aids and Neosporin. With three very active boys, we go through these like mad! I restock all our first aid kits for, and even an

easy adventuring pack for hikes, park trips or road trips. We put sunblock and sunnies in our packs, as well as insect repellent, antibacterial wipes, snacks, binoculars and our adventure journal where we can tape in cool things we find, take pictures, and print them on the go for memory keeping! And of course, plenty of Band Aids and Neosporin. We love the Band Aid Skin Flex because it moves with my busy guys!

Listerine Ultra Clean & Ready Tabs

are a new product I picked up that I am obsessing over! I have really busy work days and typically am not able to go home in between appointments. So when I pack for the day, I’ve gotta have it ALL! I’ve tried every mint on the planet (no gum for this TMJ girl), and so many of them left my mouth with that weird candy aftertaste in my mouth and fresh breath for just a minute or two. These Listerine Ready Tabs are the closest thing I’ve found that feels like you actually just brushed your teeth! They’re amazing. I don’t leave home without them when I have meetings, walk-throughs at the building, or am meeting Russ for a date. They’re clutch!

My bag essentials:

Johnson & Johnson recently reformulated their Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Wash and Shampoo so its even better, more safe, and gentler than before! I was so happy to hear that because its such a nostalgic product, and I’m happy to have it on my shelf again! This shampoo and body wash, their lotions, and other products all apply to the buy $30 get a $10 reward redemption offer!

Here is a list of all the applicable products you can stock up with!

Aveeno (excluding hair products)

Lubriderm

Neutrogena

Clean and Clear

Rogaine

Adult and Children’s Tylenol, Motrin and Zyrtec

Johnson’s

Desitin

Band Aid

Neosporin

Listerine

Don’t forget—visit www.activaterewards.com/family either on your mobile device or your desktop computer, enter your information, and submit the image of your full receipt by 04/10/2019. (Products must be purchased in-store. Online receipts will not be accepted.)

under $100 shopbop sale

This post last year was super popular with you guys so I’m bringing it back! Shopbop does a buy more save more and it’s a great time to get discounts on staple items that rarely see a discount, but also stack the discount on their sale section, too! Here’s my favorites all under $100

But first, I found this outfit all discounted and wanted to share!

My coat is $60 off! // Madewell Turtleneck ($32) is part of the Shopbop sale! // Perfect Madewell beanie is as well $28 (mine is old Zara but this $26 one has a great pom pom!) These boots are super popular lately and found them for $60 (60% off!) The In The Loop Woven boot that everyone has from Free People is 30% off here with a full size run here, too!

Some of the woven options I found on sale are tucked in this round up below so you can click right on them!

Kick Flare is such a fun silhouette if you’re bored of skinny jeans. Here’s a few options depending on where you’d want them to hit slash how tall you are. These are $18 // These are $25 // Super Flare for $30 // And a very slight flare for $60 //

AND NOW FOR THE UNDER $100 ROUND UP!

FRYday

Happy Fryday everyone!

READING:

I’ll do a review post here soon, but Hillbilly Elegy HOLY COW SO GOOD. Rough language but I loved the message and it was very well researched and gives actionable solutions. Also read Maisie Dobbs (bored) and still working on The Way of Kings for a book club. Not sure why they hate me so much, but its 1500 pages. I really do like the story so I hope to get through it before the end of the month. Only 36 hours on audible to go! Oof.

SHOPPING: I did a try-on session on Instagram and thought Id put the links here since they disappeared.

Sage Green Dress // Floral Shift // Striped Dress // Sunnies

DECORATING:

That third bowl is bugging me so bad but a sneak peek of a pic from our Marazzi shoot! (They took this!)

So many questions about these silverware sets!

-They’ve been washed loads of times and the gold hasn’t faded! The powder coated white handles do chip when dropped (on tile) so be super careful and you should be fine!

-The dessert spoon is like a teaspoon. Very pointless in my world so I just ordered the forks and spoons and knives separately on Amazon, sold out but keep your eye out! You can also do that directly through Ali Express too (surprise to no one you know I’m obsessed.) I messaged the seller and asked for a custom listing for knives and they send it to me and wham bam thank you m’am. Two options!

-These stoneware plates and bowls have been out of stock since I bought them in August. They’re back!! These are so wonderful. Very heavy duty, they haven’t shown much scratching despite my kids eating like wolves with them. I love the farmhouse vibes, very Scandinavian!

TYPING: This is random but I had a lot of people ask! The ♡ emoji is my most used one and I thought it was time to move it to a text replacement. That is the setting on your keyboard (iphone) where if you type a certain phrase it will replace it with a bigger phrase so you don’t have to type certain things over and over. For example: if I do “@ @” (no space) it will auto-populate to my email address. “# #” my phone number etc. I have one for my address, for the directions to my home, my other email addresses, business addresses, and then I finally added one to add this cute little heart ♡. Here’s how (copy and paste my heart if you want it!):

ANTICIPATING:

So much going on this weekend. Lots of renovations wrapping up today for events at the venue, I’ve got a ton of work to get done for the blog– the home tour is ready and goes up Monday though!! Teaching ALL the kids at church on Sunday. Doing some styling for a friend. Russ’ birthday dinner! Some civic duties for a new bill regarding background checks for gun purchases, and the Oscars, which are my Super Bowl. Trying to breathe my way through the stress of it all and try and enjoy! Hoping the same for all of you, too!

President’s Day Sales

Here’s what Im spotting for President’s Day deals! I linked the best deal or my favorite piece for each sale as well! Scroll all the way down for a shoppable collage of images!! Happy President’s Day and also Russ’ b-day!

Anthropologie – extra 40% off sale! $150 off these outdoor chairs I’ve been eyeing.

Article – 100+ items discounted!

CB2 – Lots of new discounts, this pretty side table is their steepest at 50% off!

Cotton On – 30-50% off everything!

Free People – additional 25% off sale

H&M 30% off everything including sale!

Jcrew – 40% off. Swim anyone? Love this suit!

Gap hasn’t done this deal in ages 40% off EVERYTHING + 10% extra. Use both codes. It’s just been “up to” deals for months, stoked to see this! This striped wrap midi dress is an easy staple! Also perfect range of Spring colors on these sweatshirts. I wear a sweatshirt 3x a week so stocking up on these!

GoJane 50% off sitewide!

Madewell – Extra 30% off sale

Old Navy – 50% off storewide! This classic Anorak is a Springtime must!

Target – BOGO Swim // Spend $40 get $10 for clothing // Up to 25% off Home – eyeing these chairs and this geometric front bedside table!

Urban Outfitters – Flash Markdowns 50% off! 50% off Vans, this snakeskin boot too! // 30% off BDG Jeans which I love.

West Elm – 20% off everything + steeper discounts on things like rugs and lighting! This rug is 50% off and so on-trend.

 

no candy valentines

It’s back! One of my favorite posts to work on all year! Each year since the beginning of Small Fry we’ve made printable Valentine’s and here are 5 more to add to the archives!

I got these toys either at Dollar Tree or Walmart and my main purpose with the style of the printable is that you don’t need colored ink, you can easily swap out whatever color paper you choose, and the dimensions are flexible so if you find a toy or treat that you like more you can typically make it work with the way these will print off!

  1. DIBS! Was this just a thing at my high school? If you’re with your group of friends and you saw a cute guy or girl you could say “Dibs!” to get a first shot at love before your vulture friends started in as well. You might strike out either way, but the head start was always appreciated! These little candies are actually markers from Walmart! // SIMILAR ONLINE: EtsyDibs! Valentine || No Candy Valentines Printables
  2. AWFULLY FOND OF YOU! Saw these darling rubber duckies and couldn’t stray too far from the classic Sesame Street song! Ducks via Walmart. ONLINE SIMILAR: Yellow Set // Tons of Options here via Oriental Trading!RUBBER DUCKIE valentine || No Candy Valentines Printables
  3. TKO – You voted here’s what won! These are Dollar Tree “Finger Fighters” and I didn’t want to unpackaged them because it helps illustrate what they actually do, so I opted for a tag. You could staple, tape, or glue dot these right on! Hayes chose this toy to give out to his school friends! // Buy them by the case here or individually in store!Total Knock Out Valentine || No Candy Valentine Printables
  4. OUT OF THIS WORLD! This one was Cal’s pick! Dollar Tree has the by the buckets full! Buy online in packs here!Alien Valentine || No Candy Valentine Printables
  5. COLOR MY WORLD! These colored pencils come in 5 packs at Walmart and each heart pulls off to reveal a new color!  BUY SIMILAR ONLINE: Heart Shaped // Crayon Balls Style // Standard Stacker // ErasersColorable Valentine || No Candy Valentines Printables

DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLES BELOW! If you use these I’d love to see! We have our #smallfryDIY hash tag that I live for!

easy family game night

This post is a paid sponsorship by Goldfish® Crackers, but all opinions are my own.

It is so easy for me to slide into the after-school routine rut, to push through ’til bedtime and forget that there can be easy fun to be had!  Check out these Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® Special Edition Disney Mickey Mouse Cheddar crackers!  Perfect to use for a family game night. We came up with a handful of minute or less games where all you need are some household items and, of course, your Goldfish crackers!Easy Family Game Night

Not only do these crackers add fun to our family game night, but they are delicious too! Baked with 100% real cheese, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and with color sourced from plants, these are a yummy snack you can feel good about serving your kids.

What I like about the timed games is that you can easily tailor the skill level for each kid. The game doesn’t have to change but, depending on their age, they have to complete it faster! We thought of a few games using Goldfish crackers and your everyday drinking straw.Easy Family Game Night

EASY GAME IDEAS

-Using a straw, suck up all the crackers in the bowl and transfer them to a new one!

-Goldfishing! Using a straw, blow your Goldfish cracker across the finish line faster than your opponent or under the time limit set for each age group.

Easy Family Game Night

-Hockey! Split your team by colors: yellow Goldfish and red Mickey crackers. Set up your field with equal numbers of crackers, either by randomly scattering or using strategy. The rule is simple: you can only pass through two opponents to get to the goal. Use a finger or straw to kick the ball through the pairings of opponents until you get to the goal!

Easy Family Game Night

-Stack-a-Mickey. Partner up and stack as many Mickey crackers as you can in the time limit. Just try not to laugh or wiggle!

Easy Family Game Night

We’re obsessed with these cute crackers and the reminder that mixing it up and having some family fun doesn’t have to take a ton of effort or planning! Got any other game ideas with easy household items? I’d love to add to our list!