LitJoy Crate

Fun guest post from the all new LitJoy Crate!  Catch a giveaway on our Instagram @smallfryblog and get 10% off your first box with “SMALLFRY10”! Welcome, ladies!!

Hello there! I’m Alix and this is Kelly and we run the new business: LitJoy CrateLitJoy1LitJoy Crate is a monthly book box subscription, delivered to your front porch! Each month, you receive a Crate with a new release book, and book-themed items to enhance that reading experience (this really just means we want to make reading really fun instead of just fun). Subscribers can select from our three crates: the Board Book Crate (ages 0-2), the Picture Book Crate (ages 3-6), and the Young Adult Crate (ages 14+). It’s like a book party on your porch—monthly!Lit Joy CrateOur drive in creating LitJoy was two-fold. First, we care deeply about literacy (which is why, for every crate we sell, we donate a book to local pro-literacy campaigns); and second, we care (probably too deeply) about literature. In our texts to each other 60% is work related and the other 40% is us fan-girling over some fictional character that we care about as if they were a living and breathing human (or faerie depending on the book). Lit Joy CrateBetween the two of us we have four children, ages four and under—so our business meetings can get a little crazy. Many tantrums are halted with the promise of marshmallows and the threat of “ no reading tonight unless you are good” . It was reading to our children that really solidified our decision to start LitJoy  Begin a mom can be really hard and sometimes reading with out kids is the brightest moment of our day! We wanted to share 3 quick ways to keep your kids (and your whole family, really) reading through those chaotic summer months: Lit Joy Crate1. During reading time, involve activities based around the books you are reading with your kids. This is basically what we try and do with LitJoy Crate. If your book is about going on a scavenger hunt, stage your own scavenger hunt. Or send the kids out on a scavenger hunt while you catch up on your reading.

2. Go to the library! And then go again. I’m always surprised by how much fun my kids have at the library. Plus it’s a free activity, which is great for summer when we are trying to do fun things every day.

3. Listed to audiobooks when traveling on summer vacations. Maybe pass on the Iggy Azalea and instead start an audiobook . These beautiful orchard shots photographed by our friend Sam are a straight-up miracle. If I could transport you through time and space to this photo shoot in this quaint orchard you would be dropping in on pandemonium and at least three tantrums from different children (I’m not naming names). Sam, the miracle worker, managed to capture a few moments that were beautiful and these moments are a lot like what our life feels like as a business owner and a mom. It’s chaos laced with tears and boogers, but those few moments where what wedo brings joy, that’s why we do it! Lit Joy Crate

Sign up for LitJoy Crate here!

cienta shoes

Just had to share the Spanish brand Cienta with you mamas looking for some simply sweet Summer kicks! You can find a list of where to buy them online (follow along on @cientashoes Instagram for new styles!) and at a brick and mortar here, but Zappos has a killer collection, too!

These are just the gray tone styles… Awesome, right? We love that there are so many options that kids can put on all by themselves, with easy straps, elastic, slip-on and more! Whatever gives them that extra boost of independence.cienta shoes

Silver Strap // Laceless (9 colors!) // Single Velcro Strap // Striped Laceless // High Top //

They come in a million bold colors, stripes, polka dots, metallic and more! Shop GIRLS and BOYS! Happy shopping!

 

kon mari method

We have heard A LOT about the Kon Mari method of decluttering the last year or so. Marie Kondo’s book has been a bestseller for many moons now and nearly everyone we’ve heard read the book has becomec enchanted by the process. At the very least it has made us want to get rid of everything and live like monks. Have you read it? We’d love to hear your experience! We spotted this cheat sheet from the people at Make Space (a storage solution in NYC, DC, Chicago and LA that picks up, stores, and then re-delivers your storage when you need it — no need to visit a unit. And somehow cheaper than self-storage? Unicorn, right?) So here’s the rundown for those of you who haven’t take the challenge yet:

Kon Mari Method

The very personal topic of “Does this spark joy?” is the phrase you’ve most likely heard. We’re thinking — how can you not employ that mantra to other areas of your life, like relationships, jobs, etc? Can’t wait to hear what you all thought and experienced!

Graphic by Make Space. Adding new cities often it looks like! Check the upcoming locations here.

Banana Chia Pancakes

We are back with the second recipe in our series with Similac Go & Grow! You can read our previous post here where we go over all the health benefits of these convenient little protein and vitamin filled packets and grab the recipe for the best Berry Yoghurt Quinoa! similacpancake (2 of 3)

Today we’re making Banana Chia Pancakes with Similac and you can grab some samples for yourself heresimilacpancake (2 of 2)

Pancakes are such a staple in all of our homes. They’re quick, simple and EVERY kid will eat them. What’s super cool about Go & Grow  is it doesn’t change the flavor or texture of foods so it can be added to any recipe you’re already making on those days your kids just aren’t eating great! similacpancake (3 of 2) similacpancake (3 of 3)-2

Why Banana and Chia? Banana is every kids favorite flavor and is an excellent source of BG, Potassium and Vitamin C and can help support their tiny immune systems! Chia Seeds are the most powerful little thing and is jam packed with Omega fatty acids and nutrients. These particular pancake we make are flourless and sugarless making it even cleaner for your kiddos….and you!similacpancake (3 of 3) similacpancake (4 of 3)

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

3 packets Similac Go & Grow

1 medium ripe banana

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup water

1 T butter

Directions:

In a bowl mix all ingredients together, beating banana till there are no lumps and batter is thin. In a skillet warm 1 T butter on medium heat, take 1/4 c batter and pour in to pan. Cook on each side 1 minute or until golden brown. The trick to these is watch them close and keep them small!

Enjoy!

Get your Similac Go & Grow FREE SAMPLE here!

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LA Jenna Style

I loved this weekend hitting LA with my besties. It was fun having them in town and bossing them around to go to all my favorite restaurants! LA is all about effortless style so I didn’t shop much for the trip but definitely added some fun purchases while there!

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These glasses are literally TO.DIE.FOR and my new favorites. I left my other favorites at home and so I stopped by Nordstrom while driving to meet up with the girls. I found these and was OBSESSED and they didn’t have a price tag. When I got to the register I was SHOCKED that they were under $100. They’re so sturdy, matte and the perfect mm. They’re way bigger than a Ray Ban which I really prefer. Seriously these were such a find.

I picked up this dress while at The Grove and of course it got discounted shortly there after! It’s truly the perfect dress for Summer or Fall – I love it. And you can’t tell in the pic but there’s the prettiest embroidery on the front. Dresses really are my Summer Jam. I wore these old favorites with it.

Another great dress I picked up is this one. The color is PERFECT and I love it.

It was windy so not too many pool pics but this suit and this one have been treating me right!

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LA Emily Style

Yay for LA! Edit: For those who’ve asked my sister toned my hair this pink shade! It’s not incredibly permanent, but I’ve loved it! Locals, she works at Salon K in Provo, ask for Bethany! She’s awesome.IMG_5101

Wearing:

Wanting to keep things as easy as possible I packed 1-layer dresses and flat sandals. Day one in this super buttery $28 dress (I am wearing a large here.) Then my new Summer favorites – these pom pom wrap sandals kill me. So much fun and they give a punch to even the most basic outfits. Then my next Summer staple are these round sunglasses – the Chloe Carlina – I found replicas online and ordered a bunch of extras I’ll be sure and let you know when I list them online!

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Day two: Dressed for the pool with these retro denim gym shorts, knee high gladiators, a gray tee and kimono. Loving that kimono layer on top of body con. I love showing my belly off but my back and butt are so lumpy (not in a cute way) it’s nice to keep those covered 😉

Day Three: One last easy dress – this Storq one is amazing and so thick and smoothing. I ordered a field jacket a couple sizes up for this pregnancy too which I’ve worn a million times.

Brought a whole stash of Neutrogena for that harsh California sunshine. I’ve always used their oil-free face sunscreen but am loving the Wet Skin formula for kids! Worrying about them being perfectly dry when they need a touch up is for the birds.

Reading: Gearing up for those long nursing sessions I picked up Grace (who wasn’t immediately smitten with her after the September Issue) and already cracked it open. She is so great. So funny and has led such an interesting life. If you’ve been in my house the bright orange book fits riiiight in.IMG_5093Eating: LA was FULL of awesome food. I was especially in love with Gracias Madre. Russ and I always say we if we had a chef we could be Vegan. I’ll take GM’s chef anyday. Everything was so good and I truly didn’t miss the proteins or even the cheese I never thought I’d say. The group ate at Joan’s on Third, Magnolia Bakery, Lemonade, Bottega Louie, Pie Hole, Eggslut and a few more I can’t remember now. ALL AMAZING!

Anticipating: Of course. After a super in-depth ultrasound and measurements my doctor is guessing this baby is already close to 7 pounds. I just hit 35 weeks today so I am a little bit unnerved! Trying to stay zen about it and keep him cooking at least a couple more weeks. Taking lots of baths late at night to calm those Braxton Hicks and avoding any sudden movements.Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 9.18.19 AM

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rachel zoe!

By Nicole.

This month with Zappos they are spotlighting Rachel Zoe! You can catch her brand lookbook and the most darling video with her and Rog (we can call you that right, Roger?) RIGHT HERE!

We love her and were stoked to get these darling sandals for Summer! They come in black and white and how can anyone choose between the two?! Rachel Zoe Zappos They go flawlessly with any classic combo and hold their own with more showy pieces too! Can’t wait to wear this outfit, too!Rachel Zoe ZapposThat hit of metallic takes these sandals to the next level, don’t you think?Rachel Zoe ZapposAs always Zappos has a million brand options to choose from and here’s what Emily and Jenna picked for Summertime!

Emily loves to try out new trends and the lace-up gladiator sandals are everywhere this Summer! Try it all the way up to the knee or just a few wraps around the ankle, either way you have a fun option for all those Summer dresses and cut-offs!ZapposThese ones are Matisse and on the more affordable end of the spectrum which is great when you just want to try out a new trend but not necessarily invest. We also love these ones too — Aldo Marianne (tassel alert!) and Seychelles Enterprise.ZapposThis dress was a super cool find, it’s made of the perfect Summer material, almost like an under armour type. With the perfect amount of spandex so it holds its shape and is still breathable. The pockets are always the perfect touch, too! // Also rocking the Ray-Ban Aviator in Red/Orange. These are always such a great accessory especially in the Summer!ZapposSince its not quite warm enough for swimwear we won’t make Jenna model hers just yet although she looks incredible. So for now, here’s her picks for swimwear!Zappos Swim

White Criss Cross top // Cropped Rash Guard // Short Sleeve Rash Guard // Tie Dye Caftan // Sweetest Scalloped One Piece // Kate Spade (super sale!) coral bow top! // White Triangle One Piece // White High Neck with Mesh Stripes // More: Front Zip One piece

nordstrom half yearly!

Just doing our duty and reporting our favorites from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! They have seriously dug deep this year, SO many items are 40% off!!

DRESSES + 40% off our favorite KAREN WALKERS! + PRETTY HEELS

OUR FAVORITE CLOTHING

GORGEOUS FINDS FOR THE HOME

BOOTS + BOOTIES (get those winter staples at a deep discount!)

SANDALS + OPEN TOES

FOR KIDDOS

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Amazon Rugs Win

By Nicole.

I’m constantly wanting to update rooms in my home, but buying a new couch and fine art isn’t always in the budget. In result I’ve developed a fetish for buying area rugs, and with just one purchase (and delivered in just two days for freeee) I’ve got myself what seems like a whole new room! Here are some of my favorite finds on amazing Amazon. And these prices are unbeatable!rugs-amazon

This blue beauty is in my living room as we speak! // PINK with tassels for a baby girls nursery? Yes please. // Tradtional Tribal // These two green and pink (last) I’m saving for my next home, but the pop of color on a wood floor with white walls? HEART EYES! // Blue and White// Modern Tribal flare with the green rug that comes in loads of colors!

Enjoy!

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overnight oats

By Emily. This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own. 

I am now to the stage of pregnancy where sleep is futile. So I usually wake up like a zombie and am scrambling to get myself together on top of trying to get the kids ready for school. Hayes actually had to have a heart to heart with me about wearing pants and shoes to the bus drop off. Ha! I turned to overnight oats because I wake up starving and rarely have time to get a satisfying morning meal for myself!Overnight Oats Overnight Oats are hugely popular online, but for those of you who haven’t tried it (some of us included!) here’s a quick summary.

Convenient, filling, breakfast, made ahead, up to three days in advance. If you have crazy mornings like us, a breakfast you can prep at night is everything! We love Quaker Old Fashioned Oats for this and all you need to do is grab a jar with a lid (keeping it air-tight helps with that whole make-ahead business.)Overnight OatsFill it the jar with 1/2 cup of oats. Then 1/2 cup of milk or yogurt (nut milk, soy milk, cow milk, raw milk, goat milk – whatever dairy/dairy alternative you like!) Your yogurt choice can be plain, vanilla or flavored depending on what your fruit toppings will be! You can also add in chia seeds, flax seeds, or whatever yummy crunch you like with nuts and more!Overnight OatsNow for your toppings! You can go so many directions with this your head will spin. For me, I know I’ve mentioned this pregnancy that my sweet tooth craving is next level. I love anything with chocolate, peanut butter and banana so that is the jar I made for this post! Just call me Elvis. If you want to lighten the calories, ditch the chocolate chips and just add chocolate almond milk! It give it just enough chocolatey flavor with a little less guilt! Also you can swap peanut butter for the powdered peanut butter which (80 calories versus about 30.)Overnight Oats

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana Overnight Oats 

 

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats

1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla or chocolate)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp peanut butter

½ banana (sliced)

Chocolate chips (for garnish)

Instructions

Stir together the oats, almond milk, and chia seeds in a jar (with lid). Layer on peanut butter and banana, secure jar lid and let soak overnight. In the morning, remove the lid and garnish with chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Need some more ideas?Overnight Oats

Want it to be warm and spicy? Try a pumpkin spice blend in your yogurt, maple syrup and pecans.

Want something to wake you up? How about a lemon yogurt, blueberries and lemon zest combo?

Need to feel like you’re on vacation? Add mangoes, pineapple chunks, dust with coconut shavings.

*Disclosure! We are working with The Quaker Oats Company all year long to bring recipes and ideas using our favorite Quaker products! With 140 years of bringing us kitchen staples, we’re excited to work with such a long-standing favorite.