Why I Chose to Bottlefeed – Emily

By Emily.

I remember a few years ago, nervously asking on our social media outlets for women to share their stories for why they chose to bottlefeed. I am proud to say it’s becoming less taboo (at least in the circles I run in), but a few years ago it wasn’t always that way! I was BLOWN away at how many women came forward, all saying the same thing — every time I shake up a formula bottle in public, I feel judged. Some women were crushed by it, some angered, some unfazed, but they all felt less-than. At this point in my life I had my two boys, both exclusively breast-fed: Hayes until I got pregnant with Cal at 8 months, and Cal until 16 months. Besides it hurting like hell for the first few weeks, it came pretty naturally in both situations. So collecting these stories I admit, I felt removed, I just didn’t relate, although I empathized. Oh boy did I learn a humbling lesson with Raleigh! Before I launch into the long list of ways breastfeeding was a struggle and at times a downright fail, I want to cut to the moral of the story first. Read more

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Dash and Sunny Winter Essentials

By Nicole.

Being Utah born and raised, these boys know how to do snow, and they love it! Last year they started skiing and we have already dived back in this year! Here are our favorite pieces of winter wear for those ski days, and the everyday Utah winter snow days. I hope this helps any of you looking for amazing pieces to get you through Winter or your next Wintry getaway! Happy Fryday!untitled-3

Patagonia’s Nano Puffers are light weight for fall, but warm and perfect for layering in the winter. We often pair it with a black fleece pullover like the one listed below! // Hunter Chelsea these have been a fun change since each other year they have worn the classic wellington. These are less bulky and Dash really likes that. // The tall boot  is what they have worn all their lives. // Thermal Set this is of course a snow day must // Sorel Boot for the really snowy days // and the Sperry Boot for a more lightweight option  // this is the Snow Bib we use for skiing and playing in the snow // Brodeo Beanie is one of my favorites for me, and I love the way they fit the little boys, too.  // Patagonia Down Coat this one is SUPER warm. // The Synchilla Pullover for layering everyday for school //

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All I Want for Christmas

By Emily.

Last Christmas I was pretty pregnant and in tears complaining to Russ about our mattress.  It was expensive and THE WORST. We had it for probably 8 years and it looked like the tetons with its sinking sides and peak in the middle. I was ready to get a new bed that very day, but my conservative spender husband said he’d only be okay with such a purchase if we researched all options. So we did! For a year we read, tested, asked around, saved up, when finally we decided! I thought any of you out there on the same hunt might like a recap, so let’s go!

But, first, here’s me being super cool posing on my new bed:Intellibed ReviewThe mattress we were on last Christmas was a pillow-top and we knew how that ended up. 😉 So our research began with memory foam. It feels amazing at first, but here’s what I learned with reading up.

  • Foam breaks down quickly (as much as 25% in the first 2 years)
  • Foam compresses and creates painful pressure points and uneven wear
  • Some foams can contain toxic chemicals

Intellibed ReviewThat brought us to gel bed options, and at this point we had slept in an Intellibed at my mom’s Bed and Breakfast The Yardley Inn & Spa in Manti, UT (so cute, if you’re around you gotta stay there!) We loved the Intellibed I knocked their door down to get a review and discount set up for you guys and so gratefully they agreed! (Use smallfry10 for 10% off!)Intellibed ReviewSo here’s what I LOVE about the Intellibed, we went with the Posture Perfect King size:

They have a 30 year guarantee. Our last mattress lasted around 4 years and that was 3 longer than I wanted to keep sleeping on it. So I figure with the guarantee you’re paying pennies a day to sleep on the Intellibed. And then on top of that they do financing options too, which made the investment feel less daunting to me.

After a month of use (it arrived the end of November and yeah right I wasn’t going to wait until Christmas to sleep on it!) I am obsessed with it. It is incredibly comfortable. Since there’s no compressing of foams or pillow-tops you sort of perch on top of the bed,  and it has relieved all my normal pressure points. My posture is better than ever, and I had the worst posture to begin with, and my back just doesn’t hurt when I wake up like it used to. The first handful of days sleeping on the bed both Russ and I were weirded out, it’s a different sensation when you’re used to your tetons bed, it’s not like settling in and getting cozy, it’s an entirely different experience, but one that has improved both our sleep and our back / hip pain.

Temperature cooled — you know the other side of the pillow? That cool refreshing feeling? This bed stays cool all night which Russ LOVES and I never knew I needed it, too!

Another huge selling point for us was that its non-toxic and emits no off gassing. Intellibed has done both their own research and pulled from others and has found that the toxins released from typical mattresses’ off-gassing is attributed to both Autism and SIDS. All three of my boys would end up rolling on their tummies and it freaked me out with the link to SIDS. Eliminating off-gassing gives me so much more relief knowing I can’t always control when they roll not heir tummies but I can control the chemicals and toxins that they might be inhaling while they sleep! I have heard they’re selling crib mattresses THIS YEAR and I can’t wait to grab one. Intellibed ReviewThese are just a few of the reasons, you can read all their features and benefits right here! As always ask me any questions you might have, I know an investment like this can be overwhelming, but I am truly so happy with ours and our decision to go with Intellibed would’ve happened regardless of their willingness to partner up! If you’re looking to buy for you or your kids use Smallfry10 for 10% off! xo- Emily


SF Weekly Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!!

We are SO excited to start a new feature here where we do a weekly deal! We want to keep you informed of the best of the best of sale deals online so we will be combing through deals through the week and debut it weekly here on “The SF Weekly Wednesday.” So now you don’t have to do the work, you can trust that we’re posting the BEST we could find! Sometimes it will be fashion, home appliances, housewares…whatever we love that is bringing you the best value.

First up is the Anthropologie Tag Sale. This thing is unreal and new items got listed last night so it’s really exciting and there is still availability. We combed through hundreds of items to find you our favorite picks, all of which are 40% off or more! All you have to do is click the images to be taken to the item OR use the list on the bottom. Also don’t forget to hover the side of the images to see ALL our picks!

Happy Shopping!

Gloverall Greer Bomber
Anthropologie Metallic Dot Sweatshirt
Lena Bernard Premia Pearl Collar Necklace
Miss Albright Dennis Mule Shooties
HD in Paris Cecily Lace Dress
Carolina K Nepeta Top
Lilka Embroidered Gauze Jumpsuit
Sleeping On Snow Rosay Sweater & Slipdress Set
Penelope Chilvers Velvet Chelsea Boots
Vanessa Virginia Phinney Top
The Cashmere Collection by Anthropologie Sheffield Cashmere Turtleneck
Tracy Reese Eudicot Silk Maxi Dress
Weston Deka Top
Farylrobin Tessa Velvet Heels
Zero To Sky Fringed Lace Tunic
Lenora Dotted Vera Pumps
Hei Hei Chevron Faux-Fur Vest
Sleeping On Snow Faroe Off-The-Shoulder Sweater
Ne Quittez Pas Cultivar Embroidered Denim Blouse
Harlyn Oro Sequined Joggers
Pilcro Serif Mid-Rise Cords
Delfi Atlantica Pleated Slip Dress
Deletta Amanna Lace Top
Angel Of The North Chauvet Cardigan
Ghost Civray Printed Wide-Legs
Pilcro Serif Mid-Rise Printed Cords
Hei Hei West End Bomber
Paul & Joe Sister Foxford Plaid Midi Skirt
Ghost Mantua Trench
Caroline Kaufman Ruana Scarf
Elevenses Cropped Boucle Wide-Legs
Eva Franco Lauria Coat
Ghost Montreal Jumpsuit
Tryb Textured Tassel Coat
Anthropologie Apres Beanie
Anthropologie Artisan De Luxe Ultra High-Rise Boyfriend Jeans
Ne Quittez Pas Embroidered Denim Mini Dress
Seen Worn Kept Barrott Velvet Off-The-Shoulder Dress
Sleeping On Snow Neves Off-The-Shoulder Pullover
Plenty By Tracy Reese Dorchester Cape
Sunday In Brooklyn Sequin-Striped Pencil Skirt
Lucy Paris Poisat Sequined Halter Dress
Knitted & Knotted Wool Dropwaist Dress
Cloth & Stone Emrie Embroidered Buttondown
Pilcro Script High-Rise Cords

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