FRYday

Another week in the books! Can you believe Halloween (and November!) are all next week? We can’t either, but here’s what is on our minds…

NICOLE:frynicWearing: I’m back with the sunnies. I know, we are heading into Autumn but my fetish never seems to fall (see what I did there?) These two tones are perfect for me because I always have hard time picking between tortoise and black. I love them both so much. So, voila!

Decorating: You got to click over and check this throw out cause in the photo it looks simply striped. It’s not! Get on it. I’m obsessed!
Reading: In a constant collection mode of these Kinfolks. To be honest I never read them, just flip. They are just so pretty on my shelf. So should I categorize them as decoration? Wink.
Anticipating: My next piece of art! I can’t stop with the water color lately. My walls are literally covered in my own art (and some other peoples, but mostly mine.) It’s been such a calming pass-time, when I find time I need to pass. Here is my favorite starter set of watercolors. I’ve added lots to my collection, but it was the perfect base set.

JENNA:fryj

Wearing: The Madewell Sale is killing me right now!! So many good things. Everything is 40% off sale, use the code EXTRA40!! Crazy. This sweater in Golden Compass is incredible, the color is gorgeous in person. I am going a little crazy over buffalo check, ’tis the season!’ Also, this vest caught my eye and I can’t wait to sport it once the weather cools down in California. I bought this shirt for $74 and now it’s less than $35, I also bought it in the blue. I love that it’s short sleeve, but Fall appropriate for us warmer climate folks! Kicking myself. Obsessing over this cause it’s buffalo check AAAAAAAND a shirt dress! These sandals are so gorgeous in person and really comfortable, I also hardly ever see shoes I love from Madewell go on sale.

Listening: I have been super in to Podcasts lately. My very favorite series right now is one called MAGIC LESSONS by Elizabeth Gilbert. (It’s already a best seller in book form!) It’s all about creativity and feeling stuck in our lives that way and I just love it. Episode 12 is a particular favorite of mine because my girl Brene Brown is featured. If you’ve never watched her Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability”, start there. Truly life-changing and one I listen to on a weekly basis. I love Podcasts because they’re free, educational and inspiring and I can multi-task while I listen!
Anticipating: I’m writing this earlier in the week so by the time this has posted I will have gotten to the other side of this, but Andrew is leaving town for 3 days and I’m just paralyzed with fear about it. What! How can I be saying that? I once spent SEVEN WEEKS straight single parenting on my own. But it’s been a year since he’s traveled and now we have 3 kids and he is just such a strength and a help in our family. Going at it alone truly frightens me. I know it will be fine and I know we will get through it but man I’m just anxious anticipating it.
Decorating: Target is just so on point right now I’m obsessed with everything. Also a lot of the Nate Berkus line released in the Fall is on sale now.
Watching: Did I already say that season 2 Portlandia is on Netflix? If not there you go, if so, I’ll say it again!
Feeling: Busy. Reallllll busy! Trying to do less work with more focus (remember this post?) and find good ways to manage my time. Is there an app for that?
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 EMILY:fryday

Wearing: Couldn’t help myself when I saw these obsidian (navy) Nikes! Maybe the closest a sneaker has ever been to chic? Pairing it with this super-steal camel coat, mid-rise medium wash (BDG denim lasts forever and fits great!) I’ve seen this combo work on just about everyone I admire for their fashion sense.

Reading: I’m having the worst luck getting into my last several books, looking for something to hook me back in and I think from reviews I’ve read – The Girl on the Train is it. A page turning thriller a la Gone Girl? Sign me up! Any other recs to share?

Listening: I have so many questions after listening to the Limetown podcast. WTF, man?! Also, Youth Lagoon’s new CD is super good. I consider it high praise if I can picture it as a movie soundtrack, and every track would fit!

Decorating: I got this marquis lightbox by Typo for the boys’ room and its been so fun for Hayes to practice his words. Doubles as a night light, score!

Watching: We saw The Martian a couple weekends ago and I LOVED it. It was so entertaining and smart. I wish I had read the book first, but at the rate I’m going lately it wasn’t gonna happen.

Feeling: Ready to party! My husband and I rang in our 10 year anniversary this week and I’ll fill you in on all the fun next time, but we’re not taking this accomplishment lightly. The other night when the kids were just impossible to put down for the night I walked in swearing under my breath and Russ said “All because two people fell in love.” His humor has been a staple in my happiness since for nearly half my life. Grateful for him!!

fall bootie, two ways!

We are sharing two transitional Fall outfits today with Clark’s shoes and boots line at Zappos! You can see other ways we love to use Zappos here, but today is all about the bootie! Clarks Boots Two Ways
Nicole:
If you need to feel instantly chic, I always opt for black on black. You’ve heard it all before, its slimming, polished, I love to add a full turtle or mock neck when the temperatures drop. All these have become cliche because it’s true!
Clarks Boots Two Ways
This Pita Sedona (Chelsea style) boot is such a classic, and I love that it can be dressed up or down and works perfectly. I couldn’t decide between the black and tan, probably just going to do both, let’s get real. Team Clark’s!
Clarks Boots Two Ways
EMILY:
Gosh I love Fall! I about died when I spotted these beautiful Taupe leather Marquette boots.  They have an elastic back piece that makes them super easy to get on and off without effecting the look of the leather. They’re classified as taupe but they have enough gray undertones that they go with just about anything.Clarks Boots Two WaysAlso, one sweater style I’ve been picking up left and right is the sleeveless knit. I love that when it’s topped with a jacket anyone would guess it was a regular sweater, so it feels totally Fall appropriate, but you don’t have the bulk of the arms! Perfect for layering! And then when you move from outside in, you can easily shed some layers and be comfortable no matter how toasty you’re keeping your thermostat. Also, gotta have these destroyed black jeans and more leather.
Clarks Boots Two Ways
 Thanks to Zappos for partnering on this post! We love you Zappos!

aden + anais Giveaway!

We’ve been life long fans of aden + anais and they’ve really been the front running innovators in newborn blankets and swaddles. If you’ve ever owned anything aden you know– it’s buttery soft fabric and gorgeous prints are one of a kind! When we saw the new midnight prints we took it upon ourselves to believe the collection must have been inspired by Small Fry, right?! 😉 All that black and white, it’s gorgeous! Since we love it like crazy, we’re giving some away. Enter in the Rafflecopter below! adenDream Blanket // Burpy Bib // Muslin Swaddle 3 pack
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Target Baby Sale — Best of the year!!

It’s that time of year!!! Target is having their best of the best baby deals! MOST baby gear qualifies for a $25 gift card when you spend $150….so it’s like a gift from Target to you!! We’ve combed through all the deals to find our favorites and the best.targetbaby

  1. Ergobaby 360 Carrier // This deal on the newly released 360 carrier is AWESOME. The carrier does just as it says and the baby can face out or in depending on their/your preference. With this purchase you qualify for $45 in Target gift cards…killer deal! The Ergo pictured below is the original but also eligible or the gift card!IMG_1927
  2. Graco 4Ever All-In-One Car Seat // The only car seat you’ll need! We are obsessed with this car seat and know so many people who love it too! It works for babies weighing 4-40 lbs!! No more buying thousands of car seats…just this one. During the sale you can take 15% off and enjoy  $25 Target gift card back! Plus the black and white stripes help it’s cause 😉IMG_0570
  3. Graco Affix Youth Booster Seat // This is a killer deal on the seat I bought for Quinn and he has used for the last 3 years! It’s $20 off and should you combine it with any other baby items, get that $25 Target Gift Card as well!
  4. Up & Up Diapers // The diaper deals are all awesome but when you buy Up & Up Brand (which we love) you can get both the $25 Gift Card when you spend $150 and additionally $20 Gift Card back when purchase 3 qualifying diapering items. So if you have a couple kids in diapers or just want to stock up, now is the time!
  5. Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock n’ Play Sleeper // Stop everything you’re doing and buy this for yourself or someone you love. I (Jenna) have NEVER seen this on sale and I would know because I lived for this thing when Lolly was a newborn. I could not have done a colic baby (and my third child) without it. It has an auto rocking motion, sounds and vibrations. It’s so cozy and babies LOVE it, I also love that it’s light and easy to move around the house. Spend all you want on a fancy bassinet but this is all you need. It’s $12 off and in combination with other baby gear qualifies you for the $25 gift card! There is another version that doesn’t rock on it’s own as well.Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 5.31.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 5.34.03 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 5.36.53 PM
  6. Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer // This thing is the newborn gift of all time. It’s the thing you didn’t know you needed till you get it. Free shipping and $25 Gift Card back when you spend $150!
  7. Munchkin First Latch Bottle // If you have a nursing fan who hates the bottle…try these because THEY ARE THE BEST! Also eligible for the $25 Gift Card back.
  8. Summer Infant Video Monitor // This is a CRAZY awesome deal. $45 back in Target Gift Cards with the purchase of this monitor! It has great reviews from our research.

Hope you enjoyed our best of the best Target Baby Deals and enjoy them all for your self here! Let us know what you find!!

 

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a very bitsy halloween

Trying to keep Halloween healthy is as easy as herding cats, but we can always try right? We wanted to share Bitsy Brainfood’s latest seasonal treat (we shared them with you originally here!) Super cute shapes, seasonal flavors, and festive single serving packaging make it easy to bring it to your next school party, costume parade, or spooky get-together or even offer at your door to trick-or-treaters! Bitsy HalloweenHealthier HalloweenAnother element to creating a healthier Halloween is after the fun of the trick-or-treat is up, giving our kids the opportunity to “sell” their candy back to us, to trade it for a fun toy or experience (that rock climbing wall is only a bag of candy away, kid!) We also have a friend who does a milkshake night where they toss in all their candy and make milkshakes and sundaes.Healthier Halloween

We found these yummy fall treats at Target and you can find a store near you on Bitsy’s site! Bitsy’s Brainfood also has an awesome charitable donations system where they donate to organizations and locations that serve elementary school aged children only, and they focus on schools that are lacking in healthy options for lunch. If you know of a school that could benefit from their awesome charity you can apply here!

Healthier HalloweenFind all Bitsy’s Brainfood options here! Do you have any tricks for making the Halloween candy-fest end quick and painlessly?