Back to School Fashion Week: Backpacks

sfbacktoschoolSelecting a backpack is no small task since it’s the one accessory your kid will carry all year! We’ve rounded up the best of the best and most importantly durable backpacks that will last you the whole year! We’ve even found some character backpacks that won’t make you totally cringe :) backHerschel Polka Dot Backpack // Metallic Pocket Backpack // Coated Linen Backpack

Plaid & Denim Backpack // Star Wars Silhouette Backpack // Darth Vader Backpack

Kane Water Resistant Backpack // Survey Kid Scouting Backpack // Mixed Media 


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Back To School Fashion Week: H & M


We can’t believe that Summer is coming to a close (not yet don’t think about it) soon and we’re thinking about Back to School! There’s plenty of fashion blogs out there so we’re doing Fashion Week Small Fry style with some of our favorite brands & round ups to help make your Back to School shopping easier! First up H & M!hm1

While you may love H & M for yourself, you DEFINITELY should be obsessing over it for your kiddos! H & M has perfected creating fashion forward pieces at very reasonable prices. All these outfits are under $25 and a lot of their T-Shirts are under $5!

Slim Jeans //  Snake Thm2

White Sneakers // Snake T // Pantshm3

We can’t believe how big our boys are getting! Quinn is going in to the first grade and Dash and Hayes in to Kindergarten! Time flies when you’re having fun right?!hm4


The little boys LOVE H & M accessories like these super hero hats!

Denim Shirt & Jacket // Superhero Hat


Since we don’t have school aged girls–we’ve rounded up some of our favorite other picks from H & M for the whole family! hmcollage

Fine Knit Striped Hooded Sweater // Slim Jeans // Denim Shorts //  3 Pack Boxer Shorts Stripe T- Shirt // Sneakers // Pink Slim Jeans //  Knit Skirt // Treggings // Glitter High Tops Patterend Jumpsuit //Tiered Dress // Patterend Shorts

Can’t wait to have you along this week as we celebrate freshly sharpened pencils, squeaky clean shoes and new friends! What do you need help shopping for this Fall?


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Rounded up THE BEST Nordstrom Sale ONLINE EXCLUSIVES! Enjoy and Happy Saturday!nsaleonlineSkinny Mini Sweatpants– LOVE these. So soft, comfy & in our world they’re not pjs but pants.

Nixon- dead over this nixon watch…that navy is PERFECT. Nixon makes a really well made watch and while it’s expensive, getting $100 off is a smoking deal. Always feel better buying pricey things from Nordstrom since they protect your purchases so well!

Volcom Swimsuit– they just are making one pieces better… the cut and color of this and a suit that’s under $65 always wins!

Michael Kors Jacket– if buying a bomber jacket every year is a crime, lock us up. Can’t get enough of this Navy for Fall.

Nine West Sandal- particularly the bronzed metallic leather style. NO one would guess you’re a mom in these.

T Stripe Tank– stripes, pocket, tunic length…’s a dream tank.

Oversized Pocket Tee– this is so good too…..for every phase of life it’s a good staple.

Woven Heart Oversized Cardigan– we will obviously be needing this in all three colors. GORGEOUS! Under $50 too.

Blue Swimsuit- DYING OVER THIS. It’s on backorder till August so get it before that pushes out any further. This is SO flattering and gorgeous.

Sam Edelman Faux Jacket– Speechless.

Check out more of our picks in the Carousel below!


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Happy FRYday all! We are heading into a huge holiday weekend for us Mormons – Pioneer Day! – which is the last hurrah and then it feels like everything sort of cyclones into back to school. We’re always grateful for our Pioneer heritage its a constant reminder that we can accomplish anything with a little faith and perseverance. Here’s what’s on our mind (Nicole isn’t feeling so hot, so we’ll catch her next week!)


fryjWEARING: Fashion is still a bit challenging currently with a few extra baby lbs and nursing so I’ve been obsessed with these tops (all on sale!) one // two // three. Also I’m always trying to find the perfect v neck and I’m obsessing over this one. See it in action in my latest essential oil YouTube video here.

 Which brings me to WORRYING: I’ve been educating on essential oils for years and it’s suddenly become such a fad. In one way I’m SO HAPPY to see so many people using natural solutions in others I worry that people think I’m just trying to get on with a trend or make big bucks. My Small Fry sisters can attest to my witch doctor ways… it’s been a part of me a long time! I am always hopeful that people can see I’m genuine!
I think i made clear what i’m DECORATING with here (shhh don’t tell my husband!) hope you shopped this killer sale! I’ve been dying over Target’s killer selection of mid-century modern designed pieces. In particular I’m swooning over this deskdining table and ceiling lamp. Use code REFRESH for 10% off all home furniture right now!
LISTENING: to my kids. I know I know it’s not the typical thing we talk about here but i’ve been really making an effort this week to get down on my kids level and listen! It sounds so simple but something I’m really working on!
WATCHING: We’ve been on a major tv and electronic hiatus all summer because we’re just playing not stop and I love it. In fact we’ve been considering getting rid of TV all together! Have any of you done it?! Tell me I have it in me!

fryemWEARING: Right on schedule my eyes are directed toward Fall clothing. Things won’t cool down for a couple months here, but loved these two (dress, top) as good transition pieces from the crazy good Jcrew sale!

READING: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiam. What started out as a short story ended up as a novel because he loved the story so much he couldn’t’ part with it! I’ll give you my review in a few weeks!

LISTENING: Careful You by TV on the Radio. My boys request this one every car ride lately.

DECORATING: Our Master bedroom sort of gets the sloppy seconds as far as decorative attention goes. Trying to resolve that with a few simple updates like these Loom Pillows and Jenna’s (on sale!) felt woven basket recc to hold said pillows when they get tossed on the floor at night by my husband who hates all unnecessary pillows. Compromise, ha!

WATCHING: Due to absolutely nothing being on + spending hours on my laptop for an exciting secret project which I will reveal later, I gave Grace and Frankie a whirl on Netflix. It reminds me of that comforting Nora Ephron type flick, including the drool worthy set designs. (Sol and Robert’s house!!)

WORRYING: My 3rd pregnancy/miscarriage’s due date came and went this week. You know when you have those milestones in your mind “I’ll for sure be pregnant by my due date!” I had a friend with the exact same due date and found myself just sobbing at the sight of her new baby. Life can be sweetly cruel, can’t it? I have my fertility tip catching arms wide open, hit me!

ANTIPCATING: Callum turns four on Sunday! I cannot believe my own ears. My baby is 4?!    He is my walking contradiction, he is so many things and he is definitely not a few other things. I always say he is a mystery to me and for some reason that makes him easier for me to parent. Like I don’t recognize the motives for anything he does and weirdly that’s an absolute delight. He catches me off guard, surprises, terrifies, and I can’t help but watch him grow with a twinkle in my eye.

See you next week!


We couldn’t head into Back to School season on the blog without sharing this year’s Summertime obsession, the Bella Cotton Candy Maker!
Bella Cotton Candy Maker This little beauty has come with us to the pool, BBQs and of course a sidewalk entrepreneurial venture. Cotton Candy machines we’ve seen in the past have been quite the undertaking to transport, this one is so light and compact it can go wherever the celebration takes you!  Bella Cotton Candy MakerAlso, its actually easy to use. The boys made their own, sugar wasn’t flying everywhere so clean up wasn’t too bad either! Anytime they can get in on the action we are thrilled and so are they!Bella Cotton Candy Maker How cute is Dash’s Cotton Candy sale set up? Bella nails the retro vibe making each of their appliances so cute and totally party ready. This ice cream maker for instance. Bella Cotton Candy Maker
Check out their whole darling line-up here!Bella Cotton Candy Maker

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