new arrivals + 20% off

H&M has their new Summer arrivals and flash sale 20% off today! It’s select items but you can also use an exclusive 20% off $100 with the code: 7593. Picking through my favorites and you can read up why below!

 

WOMENS:
SWIM: They released their scalloped swim line which is pretty much the same as Kate Spade and lots of Marysia pieces (that will run you $350, ouch!) I love the halter one piece and the high waisted bottoms with either top! These sell out fast, so don’t delay if you like them! I have these lyocell shorts from years back that I LOVE for the pool, they’re back and even better than mine! This overall jumper is darling and would be so cute over a suit, too!
SHOES: I have these gingham slides and love them so much for Summer.
DRESS-UP: I live in skirts and dresses in the Summer and this flounce skirt looks easy but not boring. Lots of prints, too! Wear it with a graphic tee, tucked into a blouse, jean jacket over the top, even a baggy sweater on a colder night. These maxis are so great for pool to dinner and H&M always has loads of pretty kaftans for loose airy options for the heat. This blue one is gorgeous.
KIDS:
GIRLS:
I get lots of questions when it warms up on wear to find long shorts for girls. I always say stock up on H&M’s two pack of jean jeggings and cut them off whatever length you prefer! You have 100% control over the length and they’re $10 each (or $8 if you use the code!)
This cheetah dress is $5 and comes in probably 10 colors but you know how I love tomato red. Perfect play dress!
Pieces I wish I had a girl for: these daisy shortsthese ruffled leggings + these overalls + these floral tux pants. This yellow gingham suit for baby girl. BABE STATUS!
BOYS: They have these darling printed shorts that you can cuff for a shorter look or leave long. In lots of colors and patterns too! Black and white flag swim shorts for a festive weekend. Got a soccer fan in the house? These Soccer jerseys are $7 each and mimc their favorite teams. We got Hayes a Messi and Ronaldo look alike jersey, he’s stoked and I am stoked I paid $15 for both. They also have Soccer socks (or baseball no one gots to know!) for $5 each too. Soccer season is coming up, may as well get a deal, yeah?
I die over Raleigh in retro fit shorts and they have a bunch right now! Love this yellow.
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ways to waffle for mother’s day

Today on Instagram I am giving away some really amazing kitchenware from Bella! A waffle iron and this beautiful pan both from their Copper Titanium Line! Honestly when I am dreading cooking, having something new to cook with, whether its a gadget (this post has my favorite cooking bloggers gadget faves!), a new recipe, or gear like this, it really does help and this copper line is so beautiful!  

Be sure to enter there @smallfryblog but here are a few recipes I am eyeing to make in my waffle iron! These are also incredibly easy for your kids to do on Mother’s Day to make sure you get that breakfast in bed. 😉

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Cinnamon Roll Waffle

Image via Tablespoon.

Literally with the canned cinnamon rolls from Pillsbury. You can also whip up a syrup to go over the top

4 ounces of cream cheese softened

1/2 c. powdered sugar

2 T. maple syrup

1.4 c. milk

1/2 t. of maple extract if you want a stronger flavor!

Donut Waffles Image via Southern Revivals:

Krispy Kremes into the waffle iron, syrup on top. EXTRA!

Or if you like a more savory breakfast – you can do this in the waffle maker too! One Good Thing By Jillee has a quesadilla breakfast burrito – waffle style! 

Or a hash brown as a side:Add ham and cheese for a meal in one serving!Ham and Cheese Hash Waffle

While we’re on the topic of waffle iron food, I don’t know that I would want this for mother’s day breakfast but this is genius and less intense than frying your own – Corn Dog Waffles?!

Corn Dog Waffle Sticks

Wanting something healthier for your Mother’s Day breakfast? Try this Acai Bowl Bar we did a couple years ago!

 

mine + ours: books #8

April was a GOOD reading month for me. I had lots of travel time and the book picks were all excellent so I cruised through! Here’s what I’ve got for you:

MINE:

Audible: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This is a story about the walls we put up and the courage and vulnerability it takes to break them back down. It’s so funny and then also knocks you off your feet with some sadness, too. I say listen to this because the book is set in Glasgow, Scotland and the accents make it even more hilarious. I absolutely adored it. Also, on Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick list if you’re a fan of her picks! *Trigger warning: she has memory recollections of an abusive past so not super blatant, but still there.Small Fry Book Recs

Read: The Great Alone. I actually listened to this one as well, but it was so breathtaking I wished I had a hardcopy to mark up, re-read my favorite lines and take it in a little bit more. This is the story of a young girl and her parents who escape her father’s PTSD from the Korean War by running off to homestead in Alaska, albeit woefully unprepared. Ultimately a story of the unshakable love of a mother. I absolutely wept through the last section. Tears streaming. *Trigger warning: there is fair amount of implied domestic abuse and some actual scenes in this.

Small Fry Book Recs

OURS:

Wee Society sent me a copy of this book  Go! My Adventure Journal and it is the most darling thing. SO perfect for a special Summer vacation! Each page is interactive and at the end will be a whole journal of your family vacation. Pages to keep track of special activities, memories, musings and observations about things that you would normally forget. So impressed and happy with this one!


Here’s some of the pages!

See my other book picks in this series here!

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stress + time management

My stress levels have been absolutely next level the last handful of months. And just when I think it can’t get worse, it seems to compound! When I think about it, I picture a person running from a tidal wave in a movie or something. I just know I gotta keep moving or I’m toast! Of course this is all assuming you can’t do anything to fix your situation, if you can — do that. For me I know it will be stressful until our house is done and Russ starts working again. It just is what it is! I wanted to share what is keeping me sane lately and won’t beg, but seriously, HELP! Would love to know what works for you guys!!stress management

TIME MANAGEMENT:

I write everything last thing down. Things that reside only in my brain go there to die. It just causes problems so I have learned that writing it down is my insurance.  I have a week at a glance pad (Thimblepress makes my favorite!) and a month at a glance. I have alarms set for every school pick-up time including early-outs. If I have phone calls or any other events bound by a time, I set them all each morning while I lie in bed. If things come up after that point and I am home I tell Alexa to remind me to do things whenever else. When the pasta is done cooking, when to switch the laundry.

I work out at 6 am. Because I know I can and nothing gets in the way.

I clean my house on a zone schedule. I talked about this several years ago here. The zones change often but I have found it works for me! I know I have more motivation and energy on Mondays so those are a bigger cleaning day – the whole kitchen and main floors. Saturdays are the boys’ rooms and bathrooms because that is what their weekly chores are so I help them and focus on those things. In the middle days I have a day I rotate things like cleaning the fridge, vacuuming the stairs, etc. Laundry is my nemesis and my very last priority so often times Russ does it. It’s not ideal and I actually hate his method, but you will never hear me complain (at least to him! Ha!) He washes basically every item we own over the span of the weekend and then folds it all at once. I couldn’t be more grateful for this on the weeks I need it.

I work during nap time and at night. I keep up my eye on important things throughout the day, but try not to really settle into anything major until the kids are asleep or occupied. Luckily my older boys are really independent and Raleigh entertains himself pretty well. But I still feel guilty and this is the element I have to really have to give myself grace for. I won’t always feel so spread thin. Their mom won’t always be so crazed.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

  1. It’s not forever. I tell myself this all the time. Don’t set fire to your life, your obligations,  your relationships during high-stress times. Just know it will get better and take…
  2. J.O.B. Just one bite. If I think about next week or next month I want to shrivel. I look at my block of time – say from now until Kindergarten pick up. I look at my list and pick a job that fits in that block of time and do that. One bite at a time.
  3. That list has things that need to happen over the span of the week (like planning my lesson for church) that I can plug in and things that need to happen that day (like a deadline for work.) Once I have that day’s items accounted for in my day’s schedule than I know where I can fit other weekly things in.
  4. Be okay that things WILL GET DONE. It might not be right now, but it will be soon. I walk passed sticky cabinets and know that come Monday those babies will be shining. And it’s okay that it’s not today.
  5. Exercise: I am in such better spirits on days I work out, it’s so important to me and I’m sure my family can feel the difference. It’s not all kinds of exercise, it’s very specific kinds, so I only do those. Being sore and stiff because of something that doesn’t give me other benefits seems like a misuse of time. At least right now!
  6. Vitamins: I take a combination dissolvable B Vitamin (for energy), Vitamin D, the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency are what got me started on it: tiredness, aches, pains, a general sense of not feeling well, muscle pain or stress fractures. It’s also the vitamin you get from sun exposure. Fish Oil (for brain and memory function) and Biotin (for hair and nails.)
  7. I’ve mentioned before I use CBD oil at night before I go to bed, helps me sleep so much better, but it does leave me tired in the morning. So I save that for really rough days and then take a Cortisol Blocker every day. Cortisol causes so many problems for me including belly fat so managing that is vital. Copaiba oil is actually really great, too. I have been surprised by how much I love it. I got it from Jenna @dailyessentialco.
  8. Breathing techniques — I’ve found that I shrug my shoulders and hold my breath when I am stressed. So I get tension headaches and am probably killing brain cells, too. Cool! I try really hard to focus on breathing in for 3 out for 4 seconds, or 6 + 7 if you can handle that. Instantly calms.
  9. Sleep. Someone is gonna hate me for this but I drink caffeine sparingly, like once a month or less. Caffeine exacerbates the symptoms of stress for me. It just makes it worse. If my body is dragging I give it what it wants: a break. I put a show on for my kids when the baby is napping and I go lay down. If I know I can’t make that happen I’ll drink half a can of something like Bai Bubbles. And still be up until 1 am. I make sleep a priority and go to bed at 9 pm if that’s what it takes. #lightweight
  10. Have something to look forward to. I know it’s unwise to live in the future, and I try not to do that. I really want to enjoy life with my family and my work no matter what. I’ve just found that having something I am really looking forward to each week helps me keep pushing forward. It could be lunch with friends, a movie date with Russ, a Sunday nap, or tickets to Hamilton (tonight!) When things feel really overwhelming I can have a focal point in the future that helps me.

Can’t wait to hear all your tips!! I know this comment section is super annoying to fill out, so I am collecting ideas on today’s Instagram post if that’s easier!! xoxo

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jcrew clearance

Just a heads up on this crazy Jcrew sale! 30 additional percent on sale going on now! Some of these pieces are less than $20. All great deals, here’s my favorites:

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sephora sale

Today is the last day to cash in on 10-15% off on ALL your Sephora favorites. As is customary this year I am laser focused on the deals on top of today’s deal. So check these out and I’ll tell you why it’s smart!

***Perfume Sampler – $65 and you get to test out a bundle of favorites. Travel size that will last you a good while. BUT! Then you get a certificate to cash in for your very favorite perfume. For $65. It’s valued at over $100.
1.Urban Decay setting spray + primer. This is my favorite setting spray!! All of it for $19.

2. You probably have heard people RAVE about Tatcha products. Their water cream is usually $100+ but it’s worth even that. So why not try it + other products for $60?

3. This Becca Highlighter probably says its sold out above but its a glitch. ALL colors were adding to my cart. Becca highlighter is my favorite. Its so smooth and has great pigment pay off. So many colors to choose from, too! $17 right now so 50% off and then your 10-15% too!

4. This might be the best deal of all but it does require an investment. Spend $300 but get  $460 worth of goods. Dry Bar’s famous curl wand, blow dryer, brush, clips, and three different styling products. This stuff is cult status!  Go in with a friend, buy the set, keep the ones you need, gift the rest and do it all at essentially 50% off.

5. Fenty Trio — highlighter, blush, contour, but also lip, eye, whatever. Does it all and everyone Ive tried is incredible. Rihanna for the freaking win. Worth $75 but on sale for $54 + the discount.

6. Anastasia Palette – This palette has so many rich amazing colors you will be able to create any bold or neutral look you want. On sale from $42 to $31 + discount.
7. Another Fenty duo for anyone who doesn’t like investing until they KNOW they love a product. (Me. I am that girl.) For anyone who can’t get to a Sephora to save your life and who hates returning opened product. Me. All me. I can watch reccs all day but it means virtually nothing until I try it myself. This is $23 and you’ll get access to two of the hottest products around!
8. Ole Henricksen gets a lot of play on the accounts I follow so I am basically just waiting for an excuse to try it myself. This set is for aging, yes please. Valued at $110 but packaged for $70.
9. It Cosmetics Under Eye, BB and CC cream is highly highly recommended in my crowd This is $20 off already and you get a bunch of packets and samples to try in addition to the CC cream.
So, there you have it! Scam that sale, babe. You deserve it and they won’t know what hit ’em. Any other must have deals I missed?

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summer home finds

H&M Home:

Target Outdoor Sale:

Target Sale:

Urban Sale:

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weekend deals

Weekend Sales a little early since I have Bijou Market this weekend! Hope to see you locals there!!

ASOS Sale KILLS it. I sorted through 10,000 items, here’s my favorites. Don’t miss the Adidas items they’re cheaper than ever. I’ve had my eye on this sweatshirt forever and it’s the cheapest I’ve seen!

NASTY GAL is 40% off! Here’s what’s good:

LOFT TOPS!

NIKE has a ton of items! Definitely head to their site to see since sneakers are super personal choice, but here’s a few pieces I love!

I had to look twice at some of the sales at Jcrew. Seriously 30% off on TOP of this?! Practically free.

Old Navy has 30% off additional at the register. Also these sandals are back in stock! Raleigh has them and I get asked incessantly about them every time he wears them!

A few work out tops from F21 – I wore one to the gym today and people went nuts over it. Great quality for the price!

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hair how-to: half up twisted braid

Sponsored by Nickelodeon.

I’ve got another stellar hair how-to for you guys today! Here’s a peek but first, let’s intro the real reason for today’s how-to! Sunny Day is a new show on Nick Jr. all about three best friends who run a beauty salon in Friendly Falls. This show would’ve been my dream as a kid — I loved doing fun hair styles, painting my nails, and my crazy outfits were the talk of my mom’s friends! Most importantly I love how the show drips with kindness. These characters aren’t sassy or bratty in the slightest which is my usual qualm with TV aimed for girls. Tune in weekdays on Nickelodeon to catch Sunny Day.Half Up Hair How ToAt the end they show you how to recreate the styles in the storyline which I thought was so cute. Even as an adult I sometimes feel like wanting to be creative with clothes, make-up or hair is seen as superficial, but I couldn’t disagree more. It is an art form, a creative expression, self-care and a talent all rolled into one and encouraging kids to pursue the things that make them feel happy and fulfilled (whether its this, sports, science, animals, etc) is so important!And to see a show not only teach about that but also how to be a good friend and a little entrepreneur is so great! So without further ado. Sunny Day + Small Fry present today’s how to:

HALF-UP TWISTED BRAID HOW-TO:

Half Up Braid How To

  1. Curl hair / Or keep straight! You can see both up top!
  2. Take front section and twist it in the back on both sides, do this three times with another front section each time.
  3.  Pin the twists up on top of the head and take a new section midway down, braiding to the bottom.
  4. Release the top twists and fish tail braid the ends.
  5. Pull out ends of both braids to make them fatter.
  6. Wrap a piece around the twists to cover the elastic.

My boys watched the whole episode totally entranced! Sunny Day airs on Nick Jr. and nickjr.com/sunny-day is chock full of hair tutorials, games and activities and full episodes, too! Have a Sunny Day!

Photos by Shanoah Lauren

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ShopBop Sale!

ShopBop has their annual sale going on this weekend where everything, full price and sale is 20-25% off! My favorite way to shop this sale is to look at things already marked down and gettng screaming deals! I added my favorites below, don’t miss the $28 Quay Racers, the $70 Sorels, and not on sale but maybe my favorite one piece of the season!

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