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!

FRYday

“Bring FRYday back!” was one of the more requested posts for this here blog and it makes my heart so happy that so many of you love it, too! Happy weekend to you all, here’s what’s been on my mind:

WATCHING: I am laughably late to the game, but I started Downton Abbey. Ha! Obsessed with the Dowager and I wouldn’t have made it this far without her, when you watch them all in a row it’s so depressing! It’s been such a calming thing to do to help me fall asleep at night when I normally get swallowed up in anxiousness.

I’m also on my annual January task of catching up for award season. Bohemian Rhapsody (loved it, bawled), Mary Queen of Scots (two powerhouse performances, people HATE how it isn’t historically accurate but I think it’s fun!) On the Basis Of Sex (about Ruth Bader Ginsberg) slow moving, but powerful and important to see really how far we’ve come in her lifetime. I always say I was born in the wrong era but I know now I for sure wasn’t. The inequality of the past is not for me, even if the fashion or music are. 😉  Greenbook, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Favorite, what should we see next?

READING: I took several months off reading to finish a religious text for my church. I had 6 audible credits which is unheard of for me. I cracked back in with my book club’s pick Maisie Dobbs. Truthfully bored and more than halfway through, but maybe Downton is the blame? It’s like a slower less action packed version of it with a supernatural twist with 1000+ 4 star reviews!!

LISTENING: Cold podcast. OOF!!! Steve Powell’s songs haunt my nightmares. // Music wise, on a big Cage the Elephant kick and putting any good music you hear from my Insta stories on THIS spotify playlist. Got any new bands for me?

WEARING: These blue light blocking glasses. // These super rad sneakers – Nike’s color pairings are so good with this style!! My two most ahead of the trend friends rock these and I shamelessly copied. // This hands down most perfect gloss ever created. // Russ and I have been sharing (I got him it for Christmas but he immediately was onto my scam!) this perfume Le Labo Noir 29 and I have never had more people stop me in my tracks to say I smelled amazing. Smells even better on him! // I increased my shopping budget from $0 to $50 which is VERY exciting. Pro Tip: Don’t buy a venue immediately after finishing a house when your husband hasn’t taken a paycheck in two years. Kapeesh?

ANTICIPATING: My sister is spoiling me for my birthday by inviting my fam to Newport Beach for a vacation next week. We leave on my birthday and I go straight to our dentist (Dr Winterton at South Coast!!) but I am praying for good weather while we’re there, mama needs some warm sunshine! Any new restaurants or fun to be had there?

ALT SUMMIT + ALISON’S BRAND SCHOOL!! Alison invited me to be a coach at her last workshop and honestly was so fulfilled by the whole thing. Helping people have breakthroughs personally in and in business and passing on whatever knowledge I’ve gleaned along the way. I loved it. I was thrilled to hear they wanted me back to coach at their workshop at Alt Oasis in March! It’s a 5 day Alt Summit in Palm Springs including amazing meals, parties, and swag not to mention access to amazing brands to strike partnerships with, and infinite education to be had. Then right in the middle of Alt, Alison is doing her workshop! I think the tools she gives are what is lacking about Alt so it’s such a great partnership! And the ticket for BOTH is $915 or $1200-$2400 for just a ticket to Alt by itself. NO BRAINER. Mention my name and maybe I’ll get you in my group!! I would love it so much.

Also working on something different to treat my anxiety, as well as my son’s. I feel like I’ve been on the phone with different doctor’s offices all week! It’s been so disappointing to realize that no matter what or who or where it’s about a 6 week wait. Breaks my heart for people out there who finally get the courage to look for help and then just have to wait for help or hope of relief for that much longer. Definitely an unfortunate aspect of our health care system here!

How’s that for a FRYday re-entry! Brain DUMP alert. Happy weekend friends!!

parenting anxiousness

Deseret News is currently running a series on anxiety and I think it is SO important. They asked if I would contribute to the series and you can find my essay here. I felt impressed to write how I wish I would’ve been parented when I was a teen with anxiety. So in that essay you’ll find tips and encouragement if you have a loved one dealing with this disorder — I think it applies to any age, they still all certainly apply to me! It breaks my heart to hear statistics of just how rampant this disorder has become in the last several years – especially in adolescents. I think any conversations we can have about it will help those suffering find their best plan of action and remedy!

by Erin Hanson.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE!

tried and true gifts for boys

I have done my fair share of gift guides in the past and I finally compiled my family’s musts. Toys that all 3 of my boys have found entertainment in, things that have stood the test of time and been worth the money several times over. You can find BOY MOM MUSTS along with my other Must Lists on Amazon as well if you want to add to cart more easily.

But if you want my reasoning for each item, read below!

Boy Mom Gift Guide

  1. Some of my favorite memories as a mom is seeing the joy on my boys’ faces when they have a little bit of freedom. The wind is in their hair and they’re going wherever their heart desires (within the cul-de-sac of course.) I try to have something age appropriate on hand for each of them that gives them that feeling of freedom and autonomy. Plasma Cars have gotten hours and hours a day of use from all 3 of them! Their neighbor buddies all got them too and would ride and race around all day long.
  2. Cash Register. Playing store is more than that in my opinion. It’s my kids learning to compromise, negotiate, learning value and math, too!
  3. Easel. I am a huge proponent of creative play and artistic expression. I have a whole loft devoted to it and although it makes messes, its the kinds of messes I want!
  4. We have pretty much every kind of “building” material for kids. Magna Tiles are trickier to work with, but I love that they can think in 3D.
  5. I have every type of Lego Brick on here because it’s good for all ages and sometimes my kids are sick of the tiny standard Lego and just want something easier and larger scale. The kits are fun, once. I always get the free play boxes because they go farther. LEGO // DUPLO // MEGA BLOKS.
  6. This electric dirtbike has the same reasoning as #1 but on steroids. It brings my kids so much joy and inspires us to go out in nature where they can ride free! For the record they don’t go very fast and my kids have yet to wreck! Small town win, for sure. Grab a helmet while you’re at it.
  7. Micro Mini Scooter has gotten more hours than even the Plasma Car. All three of my kids ride for hours. Other brands work just fine (like Globber for instance), but Micro seems to be the smoothest and easiest to balance!
  8. Guardian Bike ($20 off with “smallfry”) is the only bike I’ll buy for my kids. They have patented brake technology that keeps them from flipping over the handles. It never lets their front brake go first and it keeps the pressure even through front and back. So they stop faster and more balanced than a regular bike! Watch the video of them braking compared to a standard bike. Super eye opening!
  9. Car Tracks forever, this is Hayes’ #1 most used toy.  The specific tracks are fun to set up once and if you leave it put together even better, but I have yet to see my kids rebuild a set after it gets taken down. The Track Builder kits give them everything they need to creatively build set after set after set. Worth every penny!
  10. This is a new find for my kids but I love that it has the beginnings of programming. Like a mini rolling robot that they control! Sphero Bolt
  11. Paint By Sticker for Kids is a must for any quiet time bag. It’s just complicated enough that it takes all their focus, but not in a frustrating way.
  12. I always have art supplies, paper, glue, string, popsicle sticks, paint, beads, and whatever else I can think of on hand for a day inside. You can give them a prompt – “make me a monster puppet” or “draw a birthday card for the party today.” I put their art on display too so they know its value in our home.
  13. Megabloks (my toddler loves these and everyone else plays with them too!)
  14. Lego Duplo (less frustrating then legos for my boys!)
  15. Not pictured but bath toys are a must for boys. It’s hard enough getting them to actually bathe so make it fun! This set is great and gets the building element involved.

 

books for tween girls!

I asked on Instagram for your Tween girl’s favorite books to read and promised I’d share the results! SO many good ones I’ve never heard of and ALL have amazing reviews online! Check it out!

One I missed after this post was made were the “I Survived” books (boys LOVE them but there are a few about girls specifically too, not that it matters necessarily.) Also the mystery books by Blue Balliet! All steeped in art history and exciting stories to boot! I love that kids get to learn more about art while reading. Two of my favorite things! The Calder Game, The Wright 3 and Chasing Vermeer were all suggested!

Books for Tween Girls

Fish in a Tree: If you like Wonder by RJ Palacio check this one out! // Rules: I reviewed this one earlier this year and since then it’s won several awards! The story of a 12 year old girl navigating life with her Autistic brother. // “Sisters” or “Smile” Graphic Novels by Raina Telgmeier. This author has several titles with great reviews but these two specifically were suggested! // Paint By Stickers: These books are so so much fun. So great for a quiet time bag, road trips, or budding artists who want something cool to hang on their wall. // Penderwicks Series: This series comes as a box set, or individually! “No more engaging sisters since Little Women!” high praise!! // Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: Another book I’ve reviewed with 100+ stories about awesome women in history! So well done! // Wolf Hollow: Lost count of how many awards this book has won!! We read it in my adult book club but this story about injustice and bullying will sweep you (I mean her!) away. 😉 // Walk Two Moons: I read this as a kid and love that its still so well-loved! Two stories woven together and a good challenge for a budding reader! //  Rollergirl Graphic Novel – another graphic novel that came highly recommended! // Roald Dahl Collection: This one is a selfish add, because Roald Dahl was one of my childhood favorites that sparked a love of reading in me that propelled the direction of my life forever! There’s no one like Roald Dahl! // Chronicles of Narnia Series: another series that stands the test of time! Deals heavily in symbolism which makes for good conversations! // In college I took a class on Adolescent Lit and these were two of the titles that I felt were actually age appropriate but also challenge and improve reading ability!: Watsons go to Birmingham! // Missing May //

By far the most recommended was basically anything by Kate DiCamillo butThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane specifically had 3000 4+ reviews! Flora and Ulysses was another multiple suggestion by the same author! She wrote Because of Winn-Dixie as well and I didn’t realize she had made such a dent! So many titles and all very highly reviewed!

kate dicamillo

ALL SMALL FRY BOOK REVIEWS here!