Stains 101

Our next stop with our amazing Maytag (remember the one that holds 22 towels?) washer and dryer is STAIN REMOVAL! Having a working knowledge of the best ways to get stains out of clothes makes us feel like superheroes. Like, we’re really doing this mom/adult thing, and we’re rocking at it. It helps to have the right tools on hand and here’s what we suggest for our STAINS 101!Stains101First, make sure your washer and dryer are doing the best work for your stain. This washer has our favorite options for stains, a deep-fill setting and a PowerWash® agitator. The deep-fill is for the really tough stuff that needs extra room to work it out. The PowerWash® agitator is concentrated and efficient movement to get those stains to lift. Both options came in especially handy after we went sledding one day and didn’t realize until the first run it was a thin layer of slush on top of a thick layer of mud. 😉Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 10.31.32 AM

Here’s a pic of that swoon-worthy Maytag feature of hidden detergent compartments. WE CANT GET OVER IT! Stains 101And now, for the stain talk. Here’s what we know … Baby Poop? Put it in the sun until it dries out. Seriously. Then wash it like normal. Chocolate? (Always fun trying to tell the difference between the two, good luck!) Scrape it off, flip the garment inside out and treat the back of the stain with soda water! Then wash like normal. Stains 101Chocolate,eggs, oil and butter: Scrape off, flip the stain and soak in cold soda water and then spray with a spot treatment!

And here’s a handful of our most common stains at home for your pin or print pleasure!Stains 101

Okay guys, let us have it? What are your favorite stain removal tricks? We know you’ve got lots up your sleeves!

Thanks to Maytag for sponsoring this post! Catch their awesome washer and dryer duo here and here!

 

FRYday: Emily

FIRST things first, you all know I bought an Intellibed several months ago and I am still loving it so much. You can read my post here. They’re doing 30% off (that is THE best deal you will ever get, that was what I was offered!) until February 28. So if you’re thinking about it doing, NOW is the time. The 10% off “SMALLFRY10” code is still active but you cannot combine! So, hurry up on that 30%!!

NEXT, Raleigh is officially weaned. He did it himself and I have had to mourn the loss of breastfeeding little by little basically his whole life (it was such a struggle that post is here.) so I feel okay, but of course wish it could be different! TMI – but my first period post-nursing has been a DOOZY. Just emotionally. Break-outs, mood swings, tired, annoyed, like a regular period on steroids. Halp. When does it go back to normal?!
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Wearing: I have had no time to think about clothes, but I picked up a few Spring items from H&M — thinking these Uneven Destroyed Hem Jeans will be a huge Spring trend // White Derby Shoes (I typically HATE white shoes of any kind so this is big for me) // Gray Tee $9!
Decorating: Recap for the last few weeks… we sold our house, moved into a temporary rental and took a few too many trips to Ikea and Target making the space just right for us. I shared them all my Off Duty page if you want to see, and did a little tour on my Insta Stories and probably 50 people said they went a bought the Self Watering Pot. It’s incredible and only $30.
Using: I am a long time liquid eyeliner user, but I was gifted this eyeliner felt-tip and I feel like it’s so easy to use. So for you friends who’ve said my Stila favorite is too tricky, try this one! Lastly, I am SUCH a gym cliche right now with my silicon wedding band and these blue tooth earbuds! Both amazing purchases, but the earbuds are especially life changing for the gym. I haven’t used the Beats ones, but for a third of the price I am thrilled with these Skull Candys.
Reading: Century of Struggle. Okay, listen. I am very moderate politically. I don’t fully side one way or the other and this makes it hard for me to draw a line in the sand. BUT! As a woman in 2017 it makes me want to rip my hair out when I see other women saying “I don’t need to march/protest/care because I never felt A,B,C or D reason why other women march/protest/care.” That is the most wonderfully amazing news. BUT! There is a reason we feel so secure in our life as a woman and that is because of the tireless efforts of women that have come before us. I wish every women took the time to understand Women’s Suffrage. It is so much more than reproductive rights. I tear up just thinking about what those women endured for us. The mere fact that women still feel the need to protest should really be all the rest of us need to know. Even if we don’t feel the same.
Listening: Russ and I are listening to “No-Drama Discipline” on audiobook each day and then discussing it at night with this workbook. Only a few chapters in, but it has totally changed the way I think about parenting. I am working so hard to try and implement it all. 7 years in to parenting my methods are pretty knee-jerk & proving hard to break, but I think we’ll get there! Essentially, they want to teach you not only parent more effectively in the moment, but also build the way their brain works in the long run too.
Hard to explain, but if I had to sum up my favorite element it would be one simple wording change. So instead of saying “They’re just doing this naughty thing to try and get my (my husbands, their siblings etc) attention.” Switch “Attention-Seeking” to “Connection-Seeking.” It feels counter-intuitive to me to give them what they want for their negative behavior. But in the long run, giving them moments of connection (seriously it only takes a few seconds and they’re off doing something else) has eliminated infinitely more bad behavior. I’ll report back once I finish the book!
Anticipating: My baby sister is getting married next weekend! As Maid-of-Honor I am so happy to give them a toast and I am panicking! Like, I write for a living, and used to be alright at it, and I am choking so far. Pray for me. Or send me a really great toast I can plaigarize. 😉
love you all. Happy weekend!
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Mid Century Modern-ize Hack

I have had this navy blue ottoman put away in storage for years now. I love the color, but grew out of the style of it years ago. Today for our HACK we are going to turn it around, and make it into something I would LOVE to have in my home. Here we go!

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Start with the piece of furniture you are ready to update. Be sure the legs will twist off and measure the width of the screws that are sicking out of the leg so you know which size of replacement legs to order. Here are the ones I chose:

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Simply unscrew the legs on most newish pieces, couches or ottomans, and screw in the new legs.

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Can you believe that for less that $30 and in under 10 minutes I transformed this baby into something so pretty? No power tools or men needed!

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And there you have it for the Small Fry Hack of the week.

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Toy Talk: Crazy Forts!

Our boys have been BEGGING us to film toy reviews with them and today we’ve got our first one! They are so excited to share how they love and use Crazy Forts. This box comes with 70 pieces and joints so you can create your own Crazy Fort over and over again! It comes with a lightweight sheet too so once it’s done you can drape your sheet right over and have a real-deal fort! Find the toy here!

Toy Talk - Crazy Forts

Without further ado — TOY TALK with Small Fries Dash & Ozzy!

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