Fit Fryday

Keeping with our Active Week theme we wanted to tailor today’s FRYday toward questions we get most often about our personal health and wellness. A peek into the day to day and what works for us and doesn’t! Ready?

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Emily: If I am running (ha barely walking lately) I love this Adidas Fly Knit. Otherwise I’m a Nike monogamist. I love all the Air Max Thea’s and if I’m just going for a sporty look but the shoes are coming off for Yoga or Barre I will forever love the Nike Blazer Mids. Just got these and love them!

Jenna: 1- Nike Flyknit Roshe // Andrew bought these for me recently and I am obsessed. Obviously they’re freaking amazing but more than good looking they are SO light and awesome to work out in. // 2- Nike Free 5.0 // I love this shoe. I have it in the white/black and they’re so comfortable. // 3 – New Balance // I love a show that transitions from active to fashion and I feel like NB does that so beautifully.

Nicole: I am a Nike Free 5.0 collector. They’re so lightweight and easy. Love all three of these! Black // Red // and Print.

Best Work-Out Apparel? athletic
Jenna: My favorite workout gear is of course from lululemon. Obsessed with the High Times.
Nicole: Shorts for Running, Sweats for staying warm, the perfect jacket to feel polished in afterward.
Emily: Oh man I miss my high waisted leggings. That held everything in nice and tight? The best. For now, I am doing my best with the under the belly maternity collection at Target. I love over sized tank tops that hang nice and loose for up top.
Must-Have Work Out Accessories?
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 Jenna: I feel like I’m always preaching about the Hydro Flask…cause I am. It’s the water bottle I can’t live without. I love having smaller dumb bells at home, exercise ball, matt and my most important fitness gear of choice lately, jump rope!
 Emily: Do I look tough in my white skeleton boxing gloves? Haha. Also can’t live without a nice yoga mat. I can’t bring myself to use the gym’s. Also My Fitness Pal was an app that totally changed my way of going about fitness. Eating is such a huge factor in my success and although I don’t really limit myself (I’d rather die than diet) knowledge is power! I find it easier to make smarter choices when I have it keeping track. I can make a smarter entree choice at a restaurant or see that I need to up my protein. Lastly, good music. Music that pumps me up and keeps me energized is everything. I could never run in silence. Anything from Sia to Rage Against the Machine.
Nicole: Perfect little headbands that go with everything and a foam roller to stretch out sore muscles and break up cellulite.
 What types of exercise have you tried in the past and what has stuck around as a favorite?
Emily: I swear I’ve tried it all. Pretty much any type of class offered at the gym. I fell in love and studied yoga when I was in college. Swimming, running, biking, kick boxing and lately being pregnant I am loving Karve (Ballet barre + Pilates). I get the best work-outs in a class setting with good music though!
Nicole: I LOVE when I get the opportunity to do Yoga, unfortunately I never get around to doing it on my own. I love to run, and most of all, spend time sweating in the sauna.
Jenna: OMG me too. Seriously I love working out and being active! I’ve done diligently in my life Spin, Kickboxing, Crossfit, Pilates, Yoga, Running etc.. .Right now I’m doing the Sweat App (Kayla Itsines) and having a lot of success. For me right now it’s not a phase in my life where I have the time to drive to the gym and stay there an hour and a half. This work out is 30 min and I’m done – that’s all I can do for now and so I do it!
What is one food indulgence you have no self control with?
Emily: Mexican food, I am a bottomless pit in that arena. And baked goods. I keep baking myself batches of those no-bake cookies and I actually consumed 8 in one day. HELP!
Nicole: Doritos and more Doritos. I love chips. It’s horrible.
Jenna: Chips and Guacamole kill me. Like I could eat it for every meal.
What is one popular indulgence that doesn’t entice you at all?
Jenna:  I can’t get behind cupcakes. They just don’t thrill me!
Emily: I don’t know if anyone else considers it an indulgence but I don’t drink soda, energy drinks or anything with caffeine in it. It makes my heart race and my eyes buggy and I feel jittery. I’m super sensitive to it and so I just avoid it at all costs. Instead of caffeine I just crash in the afternoon and have to nap. Usually just 20 minutes is all I can get, but it’s funny how I used to be embarrassed to admit it. Like running yourself ragged is a badge of honor or something. Naps for President!
Nicole: Ice Cream!
What would a typical day of meals look like for you?
Jenna: BREAKFAST is Avocado and Eggs on toast SNACKS: Muesli, fruit and yoghurt LUNCH Quinoa, Cucumber and Tomato salad SNACK 2: Lunch meat, hard boiled egg, veggies and almonds DINNER: Salmon, Brown rice, Veggies and fruit!

Nicole:  A typical day of meals typically includes green smoothie in the morning, and usually a piece of Dave’s Famous Bread toasted with Tilamook butter.

Lunch, I try and eat at home as much as I can, but find myself eating out a lot. At home I make a lot of quinoa salads! Dinner is the hardest because at the end of the day I’m lazy. So we eat whatever is laying around. We try to have chicken and veggies (my kids hate fish and it kills me.)
Emily: This ALL depends on how stocked my fridge is but if I have the goods I like then BREAKFAST is typically a banana and peanut butter or if I have more time Costco has whole grain waffles that are so good with that Kodiak berry syrup. My kids love egg in a frame, so I’ll make myself one too if they are requesting it. For LUNCH I love a good sandwich or wrap. I toast it up add turkey, cucumber, pickles, tomatoes, avocado, cheddar and a drizzle of honey mustard. DINNER we got out to eat a few times a week, or I make Mexican food (tacos and fajitas never get old) or we have “graze” nights where everyone eats what sounds good out the fridge. Once the kids go to bed I always treat myself to something sweet. I want nothing to do with it unless they’re actually asleep so I’ll wait until 10 pm if I have to to fully enjoy it. A baked good or ice cream, or Vanilla yogurt with whatever fruit we have around and the zest of a lime. Heaven!
What is one thing you’re proud of and one thing you want to master about your health?
Jenna: I am proud of my ability to stick with a program. I am sometimes in a phase where I eat all.the.things and that’s okay too!! We can only do so much and sometimes it’s not a phase in our life where we are kicking ass and taking names. But when I do decide to go for it – I go for it and that makes me feel proud!
Nicole I am proud of my Vitamin intake. I’m super consistant. I want to master my water consumption. Some days I am REALLY great. And other days I drink none at all, and way too much Diet Coke.
Emily: This pregnancy all bets are off. Things I am usually proud of are nowhere to be found. Drinking water is hard for me, all I want to eat are carbs and working out is getting trickier and trickier. I loved reading this Nutrition Log on Cupcakes and Cashmere – so many things rang true for me. Like when her nutritionist kept saying “Where are the veggies?” and to stop saving sweets for only a reward or consolation and just owning it. “I wanted a donut, so I ate one.”  I am up 17 pounds so far this pregnancy which is still in the normal range but just barely, so I am trying to find the balance of giving myself some slack and wanting to show self-control because I know I will be glad I did after the baby is born!
Phew! If you made it this far, bravo! We hope this answers some of those FAQs and if we forgot anything comment below! Happy FRYday!

3 ways to jump start good eating!

and not hate yourself.

Ya, we all know how this goes. You read a blog post about a girl who “chases her kids and eats yoghurt” and that’s how she weighs 105 lbs and you sink lower in your seat while gnawing furiously on a celery stick. We are built different and it’s a beautiful thing, but always take fitness/nutrition advice with a grain of salt (LOTS of salt if you’re eating clean 😉 ) and listen to your body and mind and figure out what works best for YOU!

That being said, here are 3 really SIMPLE things you can do to get starting living a healthier life!

1- Apple Cider Vinegar.

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You’re groaning I know. But listen. THIS STUFF IS ELIXIR. Stop ignoring it and start taking a shot of it. 1-2 T a day and you’ll notice a difference in your skin, your immune system, your appetite, everything! Need more reasons? Here are 25. I buy Bragg’s. The other day I also found ACV in pills too if you can’ hack the taste! I recommend combining it with Cod Liver Oil (lemon flavored) to help it go down as well 😉 Add a drop of grapefruit essential oil and you’ve got my morning shot!

2- H20

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The benefits are limitless when it comes to intaking TONS of water. You should be drinking 1/3of your weigh in ounces a day and the best way I know how to do it is with my hydro flask. This thing is seriously magic. It keeps my water ICE cold, like it could sit in my 200 degree car and still the ice would not be melted it’s incredible. I also really recommend getting the straw lid because it’s a known fact that water is better out of a straw.

3- Stop the Sugar

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This is simple but definitely the most challenging of the bunch. Need motivation as to why Sugar is so detrimental to the body? Check out this article. The gist is there are NO nutrient in Sugar and it literally does nothing but hurt your body. I’m all about the balanced life so if you’re eating the best doughnut on a trip to NYC, eat it! You won’t get that opportunity back But on a daily basis do your best to avoid artificial sugar and I promise you’ll have more energy, clearer skin and feel better!

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tiny yoga!

We’ve been running a sort of unofficial Active Week this week and when we think of some of our favorite ideas for getting active with kids, we can’t help but think about Tiny Yoga! We ran this post years first ago, but our kids still talk about the sun and we’ve carried on doing yoga with them by video ever since! Yoga With Kids

Yoga With Kids(The boys are wearing the new line from Mini X Style throughout – SO cute right?!)

So today we had to revisit! Now that they’re bigger and more coordinated it was even bigger of a hit! Here’s how you’ll do it:Yoga With KidsStart out the kiddos with paper plates and yellow, orange, red, paint. They get to create their own “sun” which will help you guide them through the poses.Yoga With Kids

Once dry, you can lead them through the poses by telling them where their sun is going to shine. Through arm and shoulder stretches – Raise the sun to the top of the sky! Yoga With Kids

Yoga With KidsA little downward dog:Yoga With KidsOnce they’re all stretched out they can put the sun to bed for some trickier poses!

Warrior! One and Two:Yoga With KidsAnd Warrior Three:Yoga With Kids And a full lotus for some deep breathing to top it off!Yoga With Kids Our kids couldn’t have been more into it, definitely a fun one to try at home!

SHOP THE POST:

Cactcus Sweatshirt and Leggings

Sprinkle Pants, Sprinkles Snapback, and White Shirt

And our favorite mats!

Manduka is the top rated for several years in a row! The Pro is great if you like a thicker mat, the ProLite for a thinner version. The best budget-friendly mats have been haied from Gaiam! We love Lululemon’s too!

Summertime New Finds

Living in Utah, we spent the winter dreaming about getting our kids outside to play! We accumulated a few dreamy new toys we have been so excited to put to use, and we would be selfish not to share! Summer, we are ready for you!

Summer-Newbies

Bunch O Balloons are literally blowing or minds! We found these this spring and are DYING for summer to hit so we can really get into them! The attachment hooks to the hose and it fills dozens of balloons with water at once!

Inflatable Unicorn, just cause, how amazing is this!?

Dash and Sunny have been using Swim Fins already in their heated pool. It help float them on their tummies and are really improving their swim skills, on top of feeling like real life sharks!

Geyser Blast Sprinkler is thrilling! Who needs the splash one, we have one in our yard!

Garden Set, because what kid doesnt want to be like dad?

iBert Front Child Seat isn’t new to us, but has been a staple ever sine our first little small fry was old enough to hop in! It is by far our favorite bike seat we have found, and the kids LOVE riding in the front of the bike.

Nutcase Kid Helmet has SO MANY designs, our kids love them. None of us own this exact print, but we are dying over it!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint..PAINT! How genius is this?

Micro Scooter‘s are also not new to us, but they have been the MVP of our life since Small Fry #1 could walk.

Jungle Jumparoo, I meannnn, just check out their site and videos. It speaks for itself. HEART EYES!!!

 

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FRYday

We’re all coming off our kids Spring Breaks this past month and feeling the itch for Summer big time! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and last couple days of your own breaks!
JENNA:
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Wearing: Overalls! Yep I finally took the plunge and i LOVE THEM. They’re so so so easy, comfy and a killer quick outfit. I was also surprised to find my husband doesn’t hate them.

// Been collecting hoodies…cause you know how much I need them here in SoCal. // I am such a fan of self tanner at home and have found the perfect one I”m obsessed with and have been using for over a year now. The key to it though is really applying it with this mitt.
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Decorating: I’ve been holding off on more decorating as I have been in serious dejunking mode. I swear my life and house and car are always filled to the brim with CRAP and I am so over it! Any tips to cutting back and getting rid of junk? I read this book and while it’s awesome it’s a little TOO extreme for my consumerism 😉
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Eating: I am ashamed to say I’ll buy ANYTHING STAR WARS. My kids love it and I can’t help myself! I guess I should refer to this sentence when discussing my desires to cut back..ugh! But you guys I had to have this waffle iron.
Feeling: Andrew’s little brother is getting married in Austin in a couple weeks and we are SO EXCITED!! Any tips on traveling there? Would love to hear your foodie favorites!
NICOLE:
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Wearing: Summer on the mind! A friend recently showed us these! The kids are obsessed! AND they are helping them learn to swim! Keeps them afloat but also in good form for swimming. // Loving this Kingdom and State suit, and this one from Albion Fit. Brought these Sandals back, such a summer staple.
 Eating: I made my own version of Cubbys Quinoa Salad – the best – I could and literally eat it everyday.
Listening: Justin Bieber all day everyday.
Reading (nothing as usual, just buying coffee table books) Prettiest!
EMILY:
Wearing: I bought three colors of this dress last Summer and they are so cute on a regular bod, but proving their worth big time for this 28 week belly. Just send me all your links to easy tent dresses, please and thank you.
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Reading: Still thinking about this talk I watched last week. So encouraging and poignant! Read or watch it here.
Listening: Eagles of Death Metal (the band that was playing during the terrorist attacks in Paris) encouraged other musicians to cover the song “Love you all the time” and the line-up is super impressive. Hearing that song over and over in so many amazing ways was super touching. All proceeds benefit terrorist attack victims! See all the versions here.
Decorating: I suppose its’ time to buckle down on the nursery! I feel like I’m starting over with Cal and this baby being 5 years apart. Gee, I wish I had a blog about babies I could read up on what are the hot, new products. 😉 But, really, first on my list is a video monitor, our old one is just audio – #dinousaur. This one won Babycenter’s Best of 2016 award, but it only has three stars on Amazon, interesting! Anyone have a favorite they want to recommend?Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 7.12.58 AM
Feeling: Currently heading to the airport  with my boys after our Spring Break in Arizona. Russ told me months ago he wouldn’t be able to take anymore work off the next couple months, and 10 days off possibly cooped inside with Utah’s Spring weather being such a rollercoaster sounded awful to me. So! I took a risk and flew us down to my brother’s house. It has been so nice to just be outside – at the park, the pool, in the yard. They’ve taken such good are of us and for sure a good call, but we are all missing Russ! Hayes has teared up every night for him, poor guy!
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TARGET HOME SALE!

Target KILLS IT in every department but the Home Department is seriously top notch right now! We love how it give us an affordable way to have a stellar house. Right now tons of items are on sale and on top of it you get $25 off of $125 by using the code ROOM at checkout. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to check out!

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Round Coffee Table // Hexagon End Table // Mid – Century Inspired Lounge Collection // Modern Stacking Chair // Brass Task Lamp // Molded Chair // Tufted Chair // Modern Coffee Table // Honeycomb Barrel // Heart Ottoman // Tripod Floor Lamp

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Kids Activity Learning Books

We had some interesting stats send to us that had us thinking more reading with our kids before age six (we’ll include the stats below!) This has made our kids new found love of workbooks even better! They love feeling like they are getting smarter and being creative, while we sit back with pleased smiles on our faces. All of these books encourage creativity while perfecting skills they need. AND, each are affordable. Perfect additions for Spring and Summer breaks for road trips or just down-time!Kids-Learning-Books

1. The Wipe Clean series are the kids very favorite right now. They come with a dry erase marker, and when you finish each page you can wipe it clean and start over again. It has been such a great addition to Dash’s learning how to perfect his letters and Sunny beginning to learn his numbers. 2. Things That Go 3. Letters Wipe Clean 4. Paint By Sticker 5. Paint By Sticker Kids – These came in our Alt Summit swag bags and Hayes works on a page almost every night. Its so calming to do as an adult so of course it’s a great option and way to work on those fine motor skills while decompressing from the day. 6. Doodle Book for Boys encourages them using their imagination to complete pictures. 7.The Girls Doodle Books. 8. My Book of Numbers 9. My First Book of Cutting

Back to those stats! 95% of our behavioral patterns established by age 6, wow! And o top of that changing those set behaviors in adulthood occur with 9 to 1 odds. This one stat especially had us thinking about how to lessen the weight of negative conditioning, whether it be from us or at school, or friends. It made us think even more about how we can add those important lessons into their everyday reading and conversation. Thanks to the authors at Inspirational Nursery Rhymes for giving us the heads up about these! Such great topics to instill those important traits, before that important age of 6! If you need a few more ideas to add to your bookshelves here are their offerings:

 

 

 

 

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway!

You guys! We are so stoked to be announcing a SUPER exciting and limited release happening over at one of our favorite bag brands, Petunia Pickle Bottom.petunia1The Downtown Tote with fabric from Malhia Kent, a high-end design house in Paris known for its exquisite fabric work and design for Coco Chanel, among many others! These high end releases will be coming from Petunia 2-3 times in a year and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

petunia2We LOVE how Petunia is constantly evolving, changing and moving with the modern Mom. Not only have they created the Downtown Tote that can transition from day to night, diapers to lipstick, this limited high fashion release is something for every girlfriend to swoon over!petunia3So here’s the deal guys – THEY ONLY MADE TEN PIECES. Yes you heard us – ten bags. That’s it. They sold out in one day. WAH!petunia4Never fear.

You know us girls at Small Fry always have your back and want to give you the chance to win one of your very own!! Ack! Enter below and GOOD LUCK!

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babyganics dryer balls

Such a great new product coming from our friends at Babyganics we had to share! They recently launched their own wool dryer balls – have you all ever tried them? Here’s the scoop:Babyganics Dryer BallsThese are Babyganics’ 100% natural wool dryer balls. They are designed in partnership with Made to Matter and sold exclusively at Target which you all know how much we love and adore. Essentially these dryer balls eliminate the need for conventional fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Babyganics Dryer BallsThey are fragrance and chemical-free and non-allergenic. And from what we’ve read about traditional dryer sheets the chemicals used can cause some serious damage to sensitive nervous systems, especially tiny babies! Babyganics Dryer BallsMade to Matter issued a challenge to their partnering brands to create a product that solves one or more of the following 5 challenges:

1. Closed loop
2. Clean Label
3. Reduced Packaging
4. Down with Sugar
5. Dietary & Allergy Restrictions

These dryer balls actually fixed three out of the five (closed loop, clean label, and reduced packaging! And probably would’ve done all 5 if the last two weren’t for food! Super cool.Babyganics Dryer BallsBut also, these dryer balls reduce drying time up to 25% and last for up to 1000 loads of laundry! So cool, right? When used with their ultra safe line of detergents and stain removers you’ve got yourself a baby-safe, earth-friendly alternative to your regular laundry routine!Babyganics Dryer Balls Babyganics is so committed to safe products for families and we love them for it! The wool comes from a collection of sustainable farms in the East Coast, the sheep are all individually named, treated humanely, never offered hormones or additives, and then sheared by expert-shearers. The wool is then cleaned with Babyganics plant-based detergent, and balled by local artisans by hand!  its 100% biodegradable and compostable so reduces waste as well as improves the local economy.

Find them here!

 

 

SLC Bieber Concert Tickets

Such a fun giveaway for you Utah locals today! Our friends at Arvo Watches have been giving away a handful of tickets to the sold-out Justin Bieber concert happening tomorrow and we are giving two away today on Small Fry!

Jenna saw him in LA and Nicole will be seeing him in Salt Lake, and even Emily can’t help but enjoy that “Sorry” diddy. So we are stoked to be able to give someone an opportunity to enjoy him live right here in Salt Lake City!bieber

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