FRYday : Emily

As much as I love Summer, I can’t help but force Fall a bit. I’m that girl sweating to death in boots and a sweater in August because I just can’t wait! Since I was a little girl buying new Fall clothing has brought me maybe an unhealthy amount of joy. In fact, I think it was the Persistence of Fall 1998 that eventually prompted my mom to insist that I start earning my own money for clothes (I blame Doc Martens.) So since I was 12, it not only became a time of fawning over chunky knits, but also hunt for the fashion I craved at prices I could afford. All of these things have brought me to today’s Fryday: 5 Ways I’ll be Wearing My Perfect Tee this Fall!  I spotted the Urban Soft T from Zara earlier this Spring and was able to buy one before they sold out. Luckily they’re back! And yes, I bought all 5 colors. That’s when you know it’s serious. There’s a few investments throughout, but mostly they’re totally affordable.

1 Tee 5 Ways | Fall 2014 Fashion

In TAN: With a plaid over coatdistressed jeans both $25 (I’ve been ripping them all the way to the side seams and taking an inch or two off the centers with this Pummice Wand (it makes the distressing look natural and not like an at-home job) for an extra dramatic look! Paired with my favorite tough-guy boots by Matisse $265 and a Tassel necklace $40.

One Tee Five Ways | Small Fry

In OATMEAL with a big collared wrap jacket $35, patterned pants $15 and classic sneakers $100. I love the Nike Mid Blazer because it’s actually flattering on a woman’s leg!

One Tee Five Ways | Small FryOr in DUSTY PINK:  I sort of love the look of a monochromatic outfit. Repeating the same color in different intensities creates a little drama and you can’t beat burgundy for Fall. With a little peek of this tee under this Jcrew sweater (25% off) makes it feel less stuffy. This jacket $31 is so great too, because you can cinch it like a parka or let it hang loose and open. Oh and hey tassel earrings $14, I obviously can’t get enough of you. With Sam Edelman’s gorgeous heels, kicking myself I didn’t scoop these up during the Nordstrom Sale, but they’d be perfect with Gap’s Always Skinny skimmer jean! These ones are half off $39!
One Tee Five Ways | Small FryIn WHITE: I love that full skirts $15 are making a comeback! So much more forgiving than their pencil counterpart. Also loving the gold heel detail of these t-straps. $175 It might be getting a little too cute for me though, so I’m topping mine with a faux leather jacket $42, and a beanie in a pop color $15! Neff makes every color under the sun!
One Tee Five Ways | Small Fry
In CHARCOAL: this is the color I’ve had all Summer and it’s perfectly faded but has held it’s shape so well! More distressed jeans $67, more tassels. It’s an unbeatable combo in my book! Sort of dying over these Via Spiga $165 YSL cage bootie knock-offs, but also, pass the flats.

One Tee Five Ways | Small Fry
Do you have any pieces you’re excited about for Fall? I don’t need a bouquet of pencils, Tom Hanks. Just buy me a cute coat. Happy Fall shopping, everyone!

xo

Emily 

valentina espadrilles

Have you all noticed the espadrilles trend this Summer? Sure, these shoes are usually a Summer staple, but this year especially they’re everywhere! When we heard from Tina, the owner of Valentina Shoes we were excited to see this on-trend item given even more appeal with the option to customize! Every little (and big) girls’ dream, right? Adding extra personality to this comfortable easy, slip-on was so fun! Here’s a few of Valentina’s options – all 25% off if you use “smallfry” at check-out!

The Classic Monogram on the Red & White stripe:
Valentina Espadrilles

The Bird, Stars, Circle Mongoram, Vine Monogram, Cupcake Motif and so many more. Find all the personalization options right here!

Valentina Espadrilles

We love how this classic adds so much personality to Summer staples like denim shorts. Even better we’ve seen this trend carry-on into Fall, so they’ll get even more wear!

Valentina EspadrillesThanks to Valentina for sponsoring Small Fry, and for such a generous discount for you readers! Enter “smallfry” for 25% off your order! Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

 

great.ly: another place to find small fry!

We’ve talked a little bit about Great.ly before, but wanted to show you a little more extensive tour of this great new place to shop! Great.ly is a fantastic website where the people (Taste Makers) you know and trust go to collect beautiful hand-crafted items by talented creators (Makers.) Since Etsy has become so large, this is a genius way to find truly unique items that you’ll be thankful you discovered! And guess what, we’re not even getting paid to love it…It’s just that good.
Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 8.25.39 PM Here is what our pretty little shop looks like! We’ve gathered items we love for mom, for kiddo, for home and the new addition for back to schoolScreen Shot 2014-08-12 at 8.27.36 PM

But even better are shops from some of our favorite people like Design Crush, Say Yes and Handmade Charlotte. Great.ly is basically the place to keep up with your favorite’s favorites!

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Our new back to school board is full of unique items to fill these coming school days with tons of fun. From an awesome pencil case, to number cookie cutters, to a dragon mug for your morning OJ, we love Great.ly as a way to celebrate unique & modern design for the whole fam. Check us out! 

Also if you’re a Maker, be sure to apply to be on Great.ly so we an add you to our boutique!

Back to Packing Lunches


By Emily.

My goal for this six week long challenge with Made to Matter, Handpicked by TargetTM was to get a handle on our on-the-go lunches. The challenge was perfectly timed now that the new school year is on my heels and I can’t stress it enough—attaining this goal was ALL about prep. I stocked my pantry with good, clean snacks that I can grab in a rush, stash in my purse or even leave in a box in the trunk to help me get a head start! Then, once a week I started taking a little chunk of time to chop veggies and put fruit into small containers in the fridge. Then I can literally just grab and go. Here are a week’s worth of lunches if you’d like to see!

Monday: Hayes’s preschool ends right in the middle of lunchtime, and we’re usually running errands afterwards while we’re already out in the car. His school provides small snacks, but after three hours there he’s always ready for something more substantial!

Turkey Cheese and Spinach Roll-ups | Made to Matter

For today’s lunch, I simply rolled up slices of Simply Balanced Oven Roasted Turkey with Annie’s Organic Honey MustardHorizon Organic Cheddar Cheese Slices and a leaf of spinach. Then I skewered them with these darling flag toothpicks. I bagged up some pre-cut veggies, a chocolate milk and even more spinach packed in the Plum Organics Strawberry breakfast bars for a sweet treat!

Turkey, Cheddar, Spinach and Honey Mustard Roll-ups!
This lunch is packed with protein, vitamins from the spinach and veggies and has whole grains and healthy fats in the milk. Totally balanced, yet totally delicious and exciting for small hands to eat. [ Pants / Watch ]

Turkey Roll-ups | Made to Matter

Tuesday: We’re at home for lunch and then quickly off to gymnastics or soccer so a warm meal is totally doable, but I’m looking for some carbs to give the boys lots of energy. This lunch is made up of whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, Mozarella Cheese Sticks, more of those pre-cut veggies, a juice box and Annie’s Bunny Grahams (My trick for getting them to eat whole wheat over white? I’ve never had anything but whole wheat bread and pastas in my cupboards so they don’t know the difference! Tricky mama.)

Whole Wheat Pasta & Mozarella Bites | Made to Matter

Wednesday: 

Surprise – another lunch on the go! Whenever I made sandwiches I let the boys use a cookie cutter shape on it, it seems to seal the sandwich down so nothing drips or falls out of it, which is a huge bonus if they’re chowing down the car. They won’t eat the crust anyway so it’s a win-win! This one is more turkey and cheese (their favorite!), and a sliced apple and a little helping of peanut butter to dip the apple slices in. They washed this one down with a Plum Organics Super Smoothie and a water bottle.

5 Healthy Lunches | Made to Matter

Thursday:

After talking with Phil, I was so excited to try Evol Foods out! For the most part I had sworn off frozen foods, going so far as to put my microwave in storage to avoid using it. We learned from chatting with him that it’s all about using proper processes and quality ingredients – that’s makes some frozen food a great option. Reading these Made to Matter, Handpicked by TargetTM items’ ingredient lists (they’re all pronounceable and recognizable), eased my fears about eating frozen foods. So we gave their most popular dish Evol Truffle Mac & Cheese Bowl a shot with a side of the Organic Mixed Vegetables For extra freshness I included a bowl of berries, then a Kashi Oatmeal Cookie and my boys’ new favorite “sosa” as Cal calls it – but it’s cranberry cherry drink with far less sugar than soda.

Evol Mac & Cheese + Veggies | Made to MatterFriday:

At this point in the week, I’m dragging and ready for the weekend, so this lunch is as easy as it gets! My kids love to assemble these little sandwich stacks themselves, so I just take a circle cookie cutter and punch out turkey and cheese slices and then pack them with Simply Balanced Brown Rice Crackers. For some extra sweet goodness, I toss in some berries and pre-prepped veggies, that favorite cranberry cherry drink and we’re good to go!

Oraganic Lunchables | Made to Matter

What are your go-to lunches for back to school? To makes it easy, you can pin all 5 lunches below for an easy reference!  Follow us on Pinterest to see more healthy ideas!

Week of Lunches | Made to Matter at Target

This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.

 

frozen yogurt dots 2.0

This Fall marks two years since we posted Frozen Yogurt Dots! That post went absolutely viral and is still one of our most popular posts all this time later. We made one grave mistake though, and that was to use artificial food coloring! We were reminded again and again (got a comment last week even) of the ill-effects of using artificial colors in cooking. We thought it was about time that we re-made this recipe with the suggestions we were offered by so many of you! So here we go, one more time! All-natural frozen yogurt dots!
All Natural Frozen Yogurt Dots

We used India Tree‘s All Natural Food Coloring and were really surpassed at how vibrant both the yellow and red (pink) colors got the dots! The blue was very pastel and takes several drops, but it was still pretty! Both yellow and pink only took a few drops each.
All Natural Frozen Yogurt Dots

Once you have each bowl mixed together fill up a ziploc bag and cut the slightest angled tip off  one of the bottom corners. Then using a sheet pan with freezer paper or a Sil-Pat

(shown) squeeze out the dots! They freeze really fast which is nice for excited kids!

All Natural Frozen Yogurt Dots

Since these are vegetable colorants we were worried it would change the taste of the dots – cabbage, turmeric and beets aren’t always a welcome flavor for kids when eating sweets – but the adults could hardly notice it at all! The kids didn’t even bat an eye and ate the whole batch in one sitting.

All Natural Frozen Yogurt DotsThese are such a great option for little ones to get a little extra protein and probiotics! The frozen dots were great for this little teething baby Arden, too!

All Natural Frozen Yogurt DotsThank you to all of you who encouraged us to try this one again! We definitely don’t have all the answers but love sharing these easy ideas with you each day!

All Natural Frozen Yogurt Dots

 

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