Fryday Finds

First things first, I have a few of you on the hunt for a good Intellibed deal since I reviewed mine last year. I heard they are doing a mattress closeout sale in stores!! Call first to check availability but 30% off is amazing!! Our 10% off deal is still live too, “smallfry10” if you can’t find the mattress you need at 30%!

Second, Modern Map Art sent this print of Sundance Ski Resort (where I have been skiing since I was 8) and I LOVE it!! They do every city and country under the sun, too!

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 9.04.12 AM Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 9.05.13 AMThird and most desperately — I have super narrow feet and working out especially in classes with lots of movement my feet kill after. They strain so hard to stay put in my shoes and it’s a waste of energy! I bought these Adidas NMD XR1s and I LOVE them, the knit keeps my foot in place perfectly. It also has the best traction of any shoe I own and is freaking gorgeous. Comes in this pretty green too!BB2376_01_standard

Any other narrow foot girls out there? I need to find another pair to wear – maybe a more subtle plain black? I am stoked about the print of these but they’re for not exactly versatile since most of my pants are a wild pattern. Any brand, any style, but I just need them to be narrow and maybe that tight knitting?

Lastly, Madewell is really owning me right now with their accessories. Shoes + earrings forever.madewell

Striped Espadrilles // Ankle Tie Black Sandals // Ankle Tie Camel Sandals // Earrings: ONE TWO THREE

Have an awesome HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!

 

 

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods asked if they could sponsor a round-up of my favorite home goods from their site! That site makes me so happy. So much good, unique design and I love reading about the different inventors and artisans. Here’s my picks!:Uncommon Goods

  1. This fruit bowl is so pretty. I love that it has height for the counter too or shelf too. It can be hard to find things with different scales and heights for the kitchen, LOVE this!
  2. More than the function I love how industrial and cool this Toothpaste Wringer is. Makes leaving the toothpaste out feel a little more purposeful and stylized.
  3. This magnetic phone mount is so great for either the car or wherever you set your phone down most often.
  4. When I had corporate desk job before Hayes was born I had the world’s ugliest Dell computer on this hideous plastic riser. It was depressing. Where was this riser when I needed it? I love that if provides shelf space below, too!
  5. I need two of these pillows for each of my boys’ beds. Maybe my most uttered phrase after 8:30 pm. Losing out only to “GO TO BED!”
  6. Another great design to leave out on the counter or at your desk. I don’t think it would be as cute with pens though, the colorful pencils make it! Here: Percy the Pencil Porcupine.
  7. Dead over this bulletin board. Such a good design!!
  8. Baskets aren’t hard to find anymore luckily but this color and price are for sure unique.
  9. I bought this Notepaper Roller the second I saw it. I am the biggest list-maker. Ill write something I already did pre-list just so I can cross it off. I have lists everywhere and I love that this is a perpetual roll that you can tear off no matter how short or long the list is.
  10. I don’t have a cat nor intend to get one but this cat teepee is $35 and amazing. Cat lovers take note!
  11. Another beautiful piece to display flowers, herbs, or even pens and pencils. The possibilities are limitless! Here: Caterpillar Vase.
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holland + mckie

Holland + McKie sent these amazing suits for my boys (all of them!) and it was in these suits where I heard my highest (outward appearance) compliment.”Oh they look like they’re from another era!” Holland +McKieAs much as I love a good trend, the fashion I admire most is timeless. Where you could be put in any era and fit, nothing screaming any certain place or time. Holland + McKie nails this for men’s and boy’s swim wear.Holland + McKie They make suits for men and matching suits for boys which I cannot help myself, they look so crazy cute!hollandandmckie2It’s not everyday you see a natural smile out of Callum, he’s the king of the Chandler Bing smile when the camera comes out.Holland + McKie Holland +McKie Holland + McKie

See all their timeless prints for kids here, and men here!

And to complete the timeless look here’s some perfect Summer accessories!summer

Daddy + Son matching straw hats! MEN / BOY // BIRKS for MEN / BOY // Jack Purcell Sneakers

Aviators // Clubmasters // Havanas

 

 

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mine + ours: books

By Emily.

Kicking off a recurring book series today! I’ve been sharing my book recs on my Fryday posts for years so if you need a whole bunch you can read them all here. But today is all about books for you to enjoy as well as your little ones. With pros and cons and any reading suggestions I might have along the way. I should also note how I rate my books so we’re on the same page.

EMILY FRAME RATING SYSTEM:

1-star book: I hated both the story, the writing, and everything in between. 2-star:  I either hated the story or the writing, maybe one or the other was okay or bearable, but not both. 3-star: I enjoyed both the story and writing. 4-star: I loved both. 5-star: The book changed my life, the way I view the world, the way I live breathe and think.

I do not give out 5-stars lightly! I think I probably have less than 10 that fit that criteria. So it might sound like I am being harsh to some books, but that 5-star rating is a totally personal thing and nothing against a truly great book. I would recommend 4-stars all day long and 3-stars to people I think it fits best.

Read to roll?Small Fry Book Reviews

MINE:

BOOK: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi- 5 Stars. SUCH a beautiful book. Man that guy can write. I loved how he weaved literature + neurology together. Such an unlikely match that totally makes sense after reading this book. I bawled through several parts and was glad to be able to mark the passages that touched me the most. This book is super clean minus one part where Paul is working with a patient with a brain injury who can’t stop swearing. 😉 What gave it the 5-star? He made so many incredibly insightful points about life, death, and also having children. I don’t want to blow it so I’ll let you find the nuggets.

AUDIO: Eleanor + Park – I am such a sucker for Young Adult literature with a musical spin. If you’re gonna reference music and bands and authors and poets I am all ears. Warning: there is a ton of language in this, adult themes about abuse, bullying galore, which I never enjoy reading but the story redeemed itself for me in other ways. I am not super sentimental or even a romantic really, so I cringed a lot at their young love story. Even still she gets it right. She illustrates just how it feels to be in love for the very first time and just how different that looks for a boy and a girl respectively. This book got an Audie award and its super enterataining with multiple narrators, character voices (Park’s mom was a fave!) that allows you to really get swept away!

OURS:

BOOK: This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe – 5 Stars. If you are looking for a way to open your child’s horizons without totally bursting their naive safe bubble and outlook on the world– this is for you. It’s tame, but still realistically shows one day in the lives of 7 different kids (aged 4-11) from around the world. Where the sleep, what they eat for breakfast lunch and dinner, what school likes and more. Beautiful illustrations too! My kids were mesmerized.

AUDIO: Wonder is coming out in theaters soon and it reminded me that I had always wanted to read it to my boys! When we played it in the car or while they played in the kitchen (Alexa is practically family at this point) the boys were SILENT. The story captured them and they tuned in no matter what they were doing beforehand, I loved it! It’s a little advanced for them in some parts and I found that they really only held interest in the August and Jack Will sections so we skipped passed some (Via, Justin chapters specifically) but they never seemed like they were confused in the story. The multiple narrators helped the boys keep things straight too which was nice. It’s such an important book for any age to read. Catch it on audio here.

Can’t wait to hear your recs and if you like these titles, too!