Living Proof

We were so excited when Living Proof asked us to come in to a salon where their products are carried to put them in the test. Jenna was the lucky girl chosen and of course brought a long her best girl Lolly and a camera to document her experience.livingproof1

We hadn’t heard much about the products before but now we’re hooked. Jenna is more of a naturalist, but she learned from the educated Stylist, Rachel, that when you use GOOD products your hair style lasts longer and is healthier. Two things we busy moms are always looking for! What’s super cool (and mind-blowing) about Living Proof is they’ve literally created a molecule that is incorporated in their products that promotes healthier and fuller volume hair. Pretty insane and you can read more about the science here.livingproof2 Rachel first started out by washing Jenna’s hair with Living Proof’s Restore Shampoo and Conditioner. Going blonde can damage hair so it was the perfect solution to that problem! She also suggested using the Living Proof Hair Mask as a treatment to restore your hair once a week! Next up is this Blowout Styling & Finishing spray which incredibly protects your hair against up to 450 degree heat should your hair style ever require being on fire. 😉livingproof3And because Jenna typically does her hair in waves she wanted to try her blow-out straight so Rachel used Living Proof’s Straight product which acts as another heat protectant and shines up the hair for a perfect straight look.livingproof4Rachel finished up the hair with the Control Hairspray which has a great hold but doesn’t feel sticky or crunchy!livingproof4

We hear you – “How hard is it to have great hair at the salon?” Not hard. So check back next week to see how Jenna is using the products at home to achieve killer results on her own!

Thank you to our sponsor Living Proof for introducing us to your beautiful products and inviting us to participate in the #yourbesthair initiative!

happiest little baker

We couldn’t be more obsessed with today’s feature – Happiest Little Baker is flawless as far as we’re concerned! We had to share this idea as soon as we were introduced because we knew it will make such great holiday gift! For those of you who like giving experiences over things, this is for you!

All you do is sign up for their monthly baking kit and wait for the fun to arrive! They send these darling packages filled with pre-measured ingredients and instructions so all you have to do is pre-heat the oven and get your aprons on!

Happiest Little Baker We love how they’re pre-measured in easy containers, so our kids can actually handle this from start to finish and we don’t even need to worry if too much salt ended up in the bowl.Happiest Little BakerThis month’s kit is so cute – reindeer peanut butter cookies! With chocolate covered pretzel antlers and festive noses. Our boys are super project driven and of course loved every second of this, and even more so that they, and we, could let them confidently be the boss, or head chef. 😉Happiest Little Baker Happiest Little Baker is at the top of our gift giving lists this year, such a fun present that keeps on giving and our kids look forward to all month long!Happiest Little Baker

Sign up right here! Follow along for special deals and news via Twitter, Facebook and @happiestlittlebaker on Instagram.

mini fiesta

This post is brought to you by Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream. Squeeze more out of the holidays with a #DollopOfDaisy.

We couldn’t be more passionate about today’s meal! First, Mexican food. We just love it the very most. Second, miniature size. Shrinking food down is a sure fire way to get our kids pumped about it. And third, is it weird to absolutely love sour cream, because we do. We LOVE you Daisy. And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, they whipped out this super convenient squeezable tube!

First up, Nacho Bites! These are great as an hors d’oeuvre because they’re bite size and single serve. People can make their own, or you can pre-assemble and put on a platter! We simply piled up black refried beans (we like these combined into a paste so they don’t roll off! Mini FiestaThen your favorite seasoned meat – we did a sweet pork for these (all recipes below!) Pico De Gallo, shredded cheese and fresh avocado! Put them under the broiler to get nice and toasty and then top with Daisy Sour Cream! The spout on this tube has the perfect split insert so you can really control how much comes out and even design the shape.Mini Fiesta  Trying to keep the Sour Cream clean and free from other ingredients is no easy task, and we love that this comes out fresh every time!Then what kiddo doesn’t like a quesadilla? To make it special for our Mini fiesta we took a circle cutter to make the quesadillas mini – this set is so fun! Mini FiestaEveryone gets their own mini and can add whatever toppings they love from the Nacho Bites stations. And now as promised, recipes!Mini Fiesta

 

Both recipes feed 6!

Crock Pot Sweet Pork

3 pounds pork shoulder or rump
2 cans of cola soda
1 teaspoon garlic salt
4 oz. (1 can) diced green chilies
10 oz. (1 can) red enchilada sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar

S&P

Grease your crock pot and then place your pork and one can of cola. Season generously with kosher (1/8 tsp.)  and garlic salt and cracked black pepper. Cook on high for 6 hours or until shreddable with a fork. Pull pork out and shred, then put back in the crock pot. Blend or Food Process green chiles, enchilada sauce and 2nd cola can and pour mixture over shredded meat. Cook for 2 more hours on low.

Pico De Gallo (chop combine and refrigerate for 30 min!)

1 large tomato

1 medium onion finely chopped

1/2 a fresh jalapeño de-seeded and diced.

Tablespoon of freshly chopped cilantro (no stems)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp of salt

1/8 tsp of pepper

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holiday card holder DIY

By Emily.

I finally got around to making a Holiday Greeting card holder (since cute ones don’t exist for purchase) and it actually ended up being pretty painless, so I wanted to share! Every year I usually end up washi-taping the cards up on the wall somehow, but so many of the cards we get are great on front AND back so I wanted them to be easy access all season long without damaging them! That is where this DIY came to be. Each shelf has grooves so the cards settle right on top but are easy to take on and off.Christmas Card Holder DIYAll you need is a trip to a hardware store for pine hobby board ($5), wood glue ($7) and some colonial wall trim ($9). This trim (shown right) has deep grooves so the cards rest without sliding. We got three pieces of three feet long trim and one plank of hobby board (3 feet tall as well!) Then just cut the trim down so each shelf gets longer and longer creating that festive pine tree look. Glued them in place and let it dry completely. We did 9 inches between each shelf which fits all our cards so far!cardholderYou can easily nail it to the wall or rest it against the wall if you want something less permanent. Mine is resting on the floor unaffixed and has passed the bulldozer aka Cal Frame test, which is vigorous.Christmas Card Holder DIYSince it’s unfinished it’s a super quick paint job if you want it to match decor or have a pop of color.  This one took less than an hour and about $20!

Find some more of our favorite Holiday themed DIYs archived right here:

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Snowman Dress-up // Christmas Chain countdown printable // Felt Ball ornament ideas // Cheer basket ideas // Fa La La printable // Glam Blocks // Holiday Beignet Recipe // Christmas Tree Cones for your Gingerbread land // Dear Santa letter printable

And our Christmas Cards from 2012 / 2013 / 2014 

santa hat kisses garland

The Christmas waiting game is torture for our kids so we’ve been trying to come up with things for them to do each day to help them help us get ready for the Holidays. This is a super easy project they can do, and fast too! We made a few extra to take to friends, too. Here’s what you’ll need:Hersey Santa HatsHERSHEY’S KISSES Santa Hat Chocolates (exclusively at Target, so head there! Or buy now!)

-Mini Marshmallows

-Red string or twine

Edible glue Hersey Santa HatsNow all you need to do is let your kids dab a dot of glue onto the bottom of the HERSHEY’S KISSES Santa Hat Chocolates, and a dab of glue onto the mini marshmallow, sandwich the string between the two and let it dry!  A perfectly sweet treat to share, and a memory made.How cute is that “HO! HO! HO!” plume?Santa Hat KissesIf you need more DIY ideas for these darling Santa Hats check for #SantaHatKisses around the web!

This post brought to you by The Hershey Company. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Small Fry .

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