FRYday: Nicole

Happy Fryday everyone! It’s the last day of September and this perfectly rainy day has got me feeling all sorts of cozy! Here’s what’s been happening:fry

Sweatshirts cause it’s Cougar season! I wear them every game day! Grey and my favorite White of course. Love this shop on Amazon they have tons of NCAA teams but all their designs feel very Ivy League, find your team!

Updated chandelier for my dining area! I love how this one is more haphazard and less structured. Such a good deal too, considering the size.

Runner for the hallway cause the concrete gets so cold in the winter, I like everything to be covered. And it’s only $46, come on now.

That Popcorn mix is my life. Different cheeses and caramel?? Also available at Costco!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Meals for that newborn haze!

If you’re like us than you’re having friends having babies all the time! It’s such a joy!! And the best thing we know how to show them love – is to bring their family a meal. It’s so wonderful when you’re in a newborn haze not to have to worry about dinner. Here are some of our favorites to bring from around the web.

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1- Alfredo Baked Ziti 2- Garlic Baked Shrimp 3- Red Thai Curry 4- Butternut Squash and Zucchini Pasta 5- Chicken Taco Casserole 6- Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells 7- New Mom Meal 8- Freezer Meals

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Jedi Training Birthday Party

By Nicole.

Dash was turned 7 this year! I cannot believe it. The sweet boy is such a brave and strong soul. He has been the man of the house and everyday I cannot believe what a solid rockstar he is. He deserved something extra special this year for his birthday.

Dash is a Star Wars fan, as most 7 year old boys are. We decided together that his party would have a Star Wars theme. But what he didn’t know, that as each guest arrived I planned to dress them as Jedi, present them a light saber, and that a few short minutes later they would all be in Jedi Training.Jedi Training PartyJedi Training PartyTwo adult Jedi arrived and taught them some key moves, before Darth Vader himself arrived. Dash hadn’t the slightest idea that Darth would be making an appearance. Along with a Storm Trooper Sidekick. We had Star Wars music playing the background and adults were getting super into it.Jedi Training PartyThe party was such a magical night, I wanted to recreate it for photos in the studio. Thanks for the support of our favorite party store Zurchers, we were able to bring all the magic to life!Jedi Training Party

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To recreate this at home you can find all the adult costumes at Zurchers and we made Jedi vests out of felt yardage and twine!

boob talk

Hello bosom friends! My name is Courtney Killpack, I’m a bra fitting expert and creator of BraFittingsByCourt.com, where I’m passionate about helping women find more confidence and beauty by fixing their stubborn bra problems. Something you might not know about Jenna, we used to work together in the same lingerie department at Nordstrom years ago!

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I’m going to talk about when you should go get fitted and shop for your nursing bra AND after you’ve weaned your baby. Some of the most commonly asked questions I get asked from women is should they wait after they have their baby, lose weight, or when they stop nursing to go bra shopping? I have some simple tips on how to navigate these many bosom altering moments.

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My rule of thumb: It’s never a bad time to be fitted

A lot of women think it’s not worth to buy a new bra until they lose all of their weight, after their pregnancy, or when they’ve weaned their baby. I’m here to say, why suffer?!? Why be uncomfortable and miserable by wearing bras that don’t fit? There’s this mentality a lot of women have that in order to treat yo self, you have to achieve your ultimate goal. That’s crap.

When you notice your bra isn’t fitting right: the straps are falling off your shoulders, cups are too small or too big, you’re hanging out or coming out of your bra, underwires digging into your breasts, band rides up the back, and you’re constantly adjusting it. This means your bra isn’t fitting, and it’s time to get a new one!

You don’t have to go out a buy an entire new bra wardrobe and spend a small fortune. Buy 1-2 bras at a time. This way, you buy what you need. Buying small quantities of bras as you transition into your new size is a smart bra buying strategy.

Also, it’s good to know your correct size so if you do change size in the future, you’ll have more confidence on how to navigate the sizing system.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

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Most women go up 1-3 cup sizes in the 10 months they’re pregnant. This means you’ll need to go be fitted and buy a new bra each time you go up a size. Sorry ladies, the days of you wearing the same size you’re entire pregnancy is out! As soon as you feel like your bra is getting too small in the cups or in the band, go get fitted for a new one!

A couple weeks before you have that little bundle of joy, I recommend you go get yourself a transitional nursing bra. These are bras that are low in support, come in S, M, L, XL, and are perfect as you transition from the hospital to home, and when your milk comes in. One of my favorite is the Cake Maternity Rock Candy Nursing Bra. 1-2 weeks after the baby comes, and once your milk has settled, go get fitted for a more supported nursing bra, preferably an underwire.

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Cake Maternity Rock Candy Nursing Bra

Some women stay the same size on their entire breastfeed and pump journey, some don’t. If you start to lose weight and notice your cups and band is getting too big, it’s time to go get fitted for a new one. Having a supportive and quality nursing bra that fits while you’re lactating so much better and easier, I promise!

Once you decide to wean your baby, I’d wait to get fitted until you notice your nursing bras don’t fit anymore. This can take up to two weeks to notice a change in your cup size.

Gaining & Losing Weight

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It’s life. At some point in our lives we gain weight. I know it sucks to have to buy bigger sized bras, but why wear things that don’t fit and don’t make you feel good? You’re so worth it to invest in your chest and wear things that make you feel like a million bucks and flatter your beautiful self. As soon as you notice your bra isn’t fitting or is uncomfortable, go get fitted. Buy 1-2 bras in your new size, wear those out and by the time you start to lose weight, it will be time to buy another 1-2 bras in your new smaller size! Bras should only last about 6-12 months.

When you lose weight, some women lose it all in the chest, some lose it all in their butt. Whatever you were blessed with, the same principle applies. If you notice you bra doesn’t fit, go get fitted, buy 1-2 bras in your new size.

Where to be fitted?

Here are my favorite places to be professionally fitted:

Me!

I offer in-person and group bra consultations for those who live in Northern Utah and online bra consultations for those who live far away or don’t have options around them. I love taking my clients bra shopping, educating them on how bras should and shouldn’t fit, making it fun and educational, and helping you feel more confident and beautiful. Go here to learn more and book an appointment with me, it will change your life!

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I used to work for Nordstrom for over four years and really like their fitting program. They have a wide range of sizes and have an amazing return policy!

Boutiques

Bra boutiques that are independently owned are notorious for being great at fittings. Before you go, call ahead and ask if they are experts in fitting and if they have a wide range of sizes A-K cup sizes and 28-46 band sizes.

To learn more about how bras should and shouldn’t fit, go download my FREE bra fitting guides, where I walk you through the process of how to find your size and breast shape.

Also, to shop the nursing and everyday bras I recommend my clients go here!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram at @brafittingsbycourt for daily bra and bosom tips!

If you ever have bra questions you can email me at brafittingsbycourt@gmail.com Thanks Small Fry gals for letting me guest post!

Learning Songs

By Nicole.

This summer as we road tripped to and from the beach, to grandmas and other locations near and far, we realized we were spending an awful lot of time in the car. We always listen to music, it’s uplifting and happy music, but still, its sort of just killing time, right? About halfway through the summer I started to explore other options. I knew the kids still wanted MUSIC. They love to sing, but I wanted them to learn while at it. Thus inspired our learning playlist.

I hope these songs, and this Podcast ( my kids are silent and completed tuned in while listening, every time! ) will help you feel better about all the time spent behind the wheel! It sure has us! (If you’re on your phone you can access it here through Spotify as well, just not on your computer. Here is the computer version.)

Any songs to add? Comment below!

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Browsing Amazon’s curation of Athleisure (a trend we love for ourselves but hate for our kids. When will the basketball shorts-to-school trend ENDDD?!) They always have the best round-ups, but we couldn’t help but spot one recurring favorite in the mix: PUMA!

We see you Puma. Bein’ awesome. Here’s the work out pants that caught our eye and are super affordable between $40-$60! When you’re used to the lulu price tag, these are a breath of fresh air!pumapants

1,4&6. Mesh Inlay in White, Navy and Black // 2.&9. Mesh Inlay in White and Black // 3.&11 Cotton Yoga //  5. Stripe // 7. Burgundy Grid //  8. Hynpotic Silver and Black // 11. Two Tone Gray // 12. City Scape

OLLY Smoothies!

By Jenna.
Being a busy Mom it can be tough to get my nutrition in. I remember hearing people say “I forgot to eat” and thinking how is that EVEN possible. Then I became a Mom! It IS possible.
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We’ve partnered with OLLY before and my family is die hard over their vitamins, but now they’ve come out with Smoothies and I’m in LOVE!
kellyfondots_ollysmallfry-5-of-10-2These incredible line of smoothies are not meant to be meal replacements but rather a quick on the go snack or even a yummy dessert. They’re packed with protein and even better, TASTY!
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One scoop and you’re on your way and seriously guys they’re delish! kellyfondots_ollysmallfry-10-of-10
And one cheesy pic for the road! I’ve seen them at Target but you can also buy them here.
Feeling lucky? Enter the incredible OLLY sweepstakes here.

Rugs + Updates + Simplicity

By Nicole.

A few weeks ago I mentioned we were preparing for a move. Well good news. We are staying put! We decided we love the roots we have planted here, and it isn’t time to leave. SO, now that we are going to be here a while, we are going to do some updating. I will try and keep you posted as we make changes around the house. As this first change is a small one, it makes a profound difference to our main living area.ncc_8486

I added this new rug from Rug Expedition We have gone from minimal, to loud, and now back to minimal for our living room. I like how this feels. Its hand braided and adds a simplistic look. Our life moto right now is keep things simple, haha, really though. Saying no to the unnecessary and yes to all things peaceful and good. Hello, pretty new rug, We are glad to have you!

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Rug Safari CorporationThanks Rug Expedition for this pretty add!

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FRYday: Santa Barbara

Santa BarbaraBy Emily.

Hello! I writing this from Santa Barbara as a guest of our fam at  Zappos! We were one of their top performers this year and so we attended #CJU16 with them! Pretty cool! At the time I was the only one that could make during their dates and even though having an infant typically would get me a pass, I knew it was important, so here I am! Raleigh has been so good but man am I worn out! It’s not easy traveling solo with a baby. It’s also funny how certain cities and airlines people are just more baby friendly than others. United is the place to be if you travel with an infant. Also an UppaBaby System. Saved my life.

Santa BarbaraSome of you have asked how it works when we have trips for Small Fry – well, since lots of times brands or events don’t need or want to fly all three of us somewhere we started taking turns! Then we also decided if it’s for work or for play those would be separated. So as far as sponsored trips: Nicole did San Fran and I went to Mexico last year, Jenna recently went to Dominican Republic with hers and so Nicole is next up! Where she will go nobody knows. 😉

So that’s where I am at currently and here’s what’s been on my mind the last few weeks.

Wearing: You’ve seen my last month or so of outfits over on Off Duty, so you know I have really been enjoying my Old Navy haul, ha! It was sort of a temporary wardrobe while my body bounces back and I love not having the pressure of trying on jeans I know aren’t gonna fit. As always shoes are on my mind and I’ve been eyeing these, I can’t think of a more perfect shoe for Fall, Loeffler kills it! This pair is super similar and $200 less and thinking I could swap out the strap for cording and the ankle wrap option!Loeffler Rrandall Clara

Reading: I do a lot of scrolling during the couple of late night feedings Raleigh is still insisting on – Instagram gets so old so fast. There’s just a lot of the same thing over and over at times, right? So anytime I can follow an account that switches it up I am excited. Loving @JooleeLauren seriously super witty stuff beautifully illustrated and just dripping with sardonism. I LOVE it! And @everyoutfitonSATC, so funny to have the show analyzed and debunked through its fashion. If you love them.too, let me know cause I feel like we should be friends.

Watching: We recently watched The Night Of which was intense and really entertaining. Have you seen it? Basically revisits the night of a murder and the falsely accused suspect. While I’ve been in Santa Barbara I started devouring Chef’s Table on Netflix and it’s so beautifully done!

Feeling: Sort of panicked that Fall is upon us because that means Winter is bascially here. I’ve so enjoyed having my second Summer baby, it makes for the dreamiest first few months. Raleigh loves spending time outside he seems so content and I’ll be sad not to have that option without more effort (layers.) I love these options for warm one pieces: