Hello Hi Apparel makes the clothes kids and adults love to wear, and it’s as simple as that! Absolute comfort, and absolutely cool. Created by Sam Means of one of our favorite bands of our youth, The Format, and his wife Anita, they’ve been creating apparel for bands and artists for the last ten years and finally decided to launch a kid’s line. We couldn’t be more thrilled!
Occasionally during Utah winters, we’ll get some blissfully near-balmy forty plus degree days. Days where you can actually feel the warmth of the sun on your cheeks and being outside is enjoyable for longer than a few minutes. On those days, we love to take advantage and enjoy these beautiful scenes where we live.
We came equipped with a Clemmie Sue teepee to block some of that occasional icy wind that tends to whip up in the mountains. A picnic of grilled cheese and hot cocoa warmed our bellies, we are still coming up with awesome ways to use those Pebeo porcelain markers and added a little something extra to a tray full of mugs.
Photography by contributor Jylare Smith, who will be in Southern California from January 21-28, book away S.C.-ers, she’s incredible!
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Sucre wooden spoons. We just die over these for any special function or party. Available in just about any color scheme and pattern you can think of!
Awesome retro style pixie knit hats by SweetKM. Sweet as can be!
Nicole’s nine month old is quite possibly the chunkiest baby we know. Nothing compliments those curves like a pair of form fitting leggings! Nicole has perfected making these leggings for Sunny in about 5 minutes for just the cost of one body-con skirt from Forever 21!
All you need is an old stretchy pencil skirt, a pair of scissors and a sewing machine and you’re good to go! Keep reading for the project step-by-step.
Our friend Joy, of Oh Joy! is a force to be reckoned with. She is smart and driven, caring and warm; she is the kind of woman you’d want to call for business advice, and then go to the mall. Joy literally wrote the book on blogging: Blog, Inc. Her sweet daughter Ruby is such a wonderful addition to Joy’s world, and as impressive and incredible as Joy is, Ruby steals the spotlight every time!
We spent the afternoon with Joy and Ruby and couldn’t help but try and seep in all the wisdom and experience possible from Joy. Taking simultaneous mental notes about her impeccably organized clothing drawers and how she juggles business and family. Here’s what Joy had to say on the latter:
“The idea of balance as a working mom is a myth. Really, it’s a juggle, and we all do the best we can to juggle what’s most important to us in our lives. I love my job, and feel so lucky to do something I enjoy every day. But after Ruby came into our lives, family took an immediate first place priority in my life, and work became second. I said no a lot more to opportunities that came my way that I would have taken in a second pre-baby. I always think to myself… “If I’m going to be away from my daughter for work, it’s got to be a project, an experience, a trip, or a job that makes the time away from her worth it.” Reminding myself of this has really helped me to focus on quality over quantity when it comes to my business and feel less guilty when I can’t attend every event, party, meeting, or conference that’s going on.
I could go on about the “juggle” forever, as I think it’s a constant struggle for all working moms out there, so here’s a little more about it from me if you want to hear more.”
Editor’s note: her post on juggling is a must-read for any woman, mother or not! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us into your home, Joy!
If you follow us on Instagram (@smallfryblog) then you already knew (and were inundated with pictures) from our recent trip to Los Angeles. We spent a few days out there with some of our very favorite bloggers, creative minds, and our genius videographer and friend, Jenner Brown of Lumineux. you’ve already seen one of the films from this trip: Brooke & London. We wanted to be sure and properly thank these women and their families for letting us into their homes to film, and we are so grateful to Brickyard Buffalo for putting together these awesome gift bags of our favorite local goods from Brickyard vendors.
Now before you go running for the hills, let us first preface this post with a disclaimer! Each one of the three of us Small Fry editors use essential oils often and love them! We all feel that they not only strengthen our family’s immune systems, but prevent illness, and if the off chance we do get sick oils speed up the process to get healthy again. While oils are gaining popularity, they are still definitely foreign to a lot of people! Bri of Collected Blog designed this awesome infographic for those of you who haven’t heard much about them:
We are so happy to welcome Sarah, the The Oil RN! She’s been a nurse for twelve years and is passionate about and describes what essential oils are perfectly:
“Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquids extracted from plants (all parts of plants: flowers, seeds, stems, leaves, bark, roots, trees, etc.) through a process called distillation. History has shown their medicinal use in ancient times through Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese manuscripts and the words of the Holy Bible. They were also used as a source of trade, considered more valuable than gold.
Essential oils are the “life blood” or immune system of a plant. This concentrated liquid is complex (containing up to 800 compounds in each oil) and loaded with oxygen. Essential oils have therapeutic and healing effects on our bodies because of this concentration of oxygen, which enhances our cells’ ability to metabolize toxins, supporting the health of all of our body systems.In other words…
essential oils allow the cells in our body (OUR immune system) to better do their job!” (There’s even more information at the very bottom of this post if you are interested!)
So to encapsulate our Wellness Week we couldn’t think of a better giveaway! The Oil RN is giving away The DoTerra Family Physician Kit – which is basically a starter kit of 10 of the most popular oils (read this awesome PDF about what each oil does for you!) this retails for $166, and on top of that Sarah is also giving away a Do Terra membership so you can get additional oils at wholesale cost.
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Leave a comment. Sarah wants to answer your health related questions! So ask Sarah something on your mind and she’d love to help.
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Good luck! This giveaway is open to US winners only, you have until Friday January 18th at 11:59 pm to enter! We will contact the winner by email and you’ll have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
Keep reading for more details on the uses of essential oils…
Being active seems to come so naturally with warm temperatures, doesn’t it? This winter we’ve brainstormed ideas for a little indoor exertion! We’ve quickly found as mothers of boys that all you need are four walls, a few balls, and a little room to be destructive. If you have a garage, church gym, or in our special case a Crossfit Hyperion, you have a day of fun ahead!
We focused on using household items for our obstacle course, to ensure an easy time replicating it at home. You’re going to want to try this with your little ones, it was an absolute blast!
Tunnels, hopping through hula hoops, running patterns through plastic cups (or just kicking them over seemed to be the most popular option.) Shooting (laundry) baskets and running at top speeds were all huge hits for even the tiniest Small Fries. Thanks Hyperion for having us!
One of our goals for Wellness Week was to come up with an easy treat for on the go than can also provide an increase in, you guessed it, wellness! Our underlying hope was to make it sugar free, but after a few failed attempts using healthy sweeteners we finally gave in that good old cane sugar might be the healthiest option for successful sucker making, or they aren’t so much suckers as they are puddles of jelly.
We will be talking all about essential oils here soon, but for this honey pop we used lemon, which contains natural cleaning properties that promote detox and boost the immune system. Perfect for Winter! You could also use wild orange for colds or calming, peppermint for nausea, ginger for upset tummies. The possibilities are endless!
For today’s Wellness Week post we wanted to first readily admit that we have so much to learn in this area! Part of the reason we chose this series was because we wanted to be more knowledgable and have more healthfullricks up our sleeves when illness, boredom, and hunger strikes! We have found so many great resources to share! Here are a few links from our favorite online resources regarding wellness as a family.
For a total lifestyle overhaul as well as quick education on a vast variety of topics (who has time for it all?), head to the Root of Health.
And, finally do you remember our own post about Tiny Yoga? It’s still one of our favorites, and definitely something easy and fun to try!
These cold months are so tricky with kids, taking them out into the world means they’re picking up all kinds of germs, keeping them in is a surefire way to cabin fever and too much TV (we’re as guilty as anyone!) Whether your home or abroad, here’s some of our favorite activewear for kiddos, so you’re ready to run, skip, hop and jump no matter what’s on the agenda!
For BOYS //
Featuring: Gap, Neff, Mini and Maximus, Life Factory, Nike and American Apparel
and GIRLS //
Featuring: Old Navy, Time Co., Skull Candy, Nike, Polarn O Pyret, Life Factory, and Target.
If you have any favorite online resources for family health, we’d love to check it out, leave a link below in the comments!
Welcome to wellness week! With a fresh new year ahead of us, we wanted to focus on creating healthy habits and best practices for ourselves and our kids! A huge thank you to Jylare Smith Photography for these beautiful images, she shoots in Utah, Idaho and California and is a real artist!
Emily’s two-year old, Hayes, is a pretty picky eater. If you have one of these at your house, you know how frustrating it can been to get them to try new foods, let alone feeding them a well-balanced diet. A little over a year ago, she started juicing fruits and vegetables and to her shock, Hayes loved it!
The secret combination for their success was to let Hayes drop the produce in, use the presser, and give him a fun straw to drink it with all the while making a huge deal about how awesome it is that he made this juice, and please can mama try some!? The thing that makes juicing so great is that it really is delicious, so it’s not hard to convert your little ones. On top of that, knowing our kids are getting a full cup of fresh fruit and vegetable juice means we don’t have to fight so hard during meal times.
Their favorite combination is apples, pears, carrots, beets and some sort of leafy green like spinach or kale. It’s mild and sweet and the color is totally enticing to kids! Since Hayes has free reign to throw it all in, it’s always a different “recipe” and it’s pretty foolproof. They keep it interesting each day and throw in whatever is around! Another great feature of juicing is that you waste less produce. It rarely goes bad because before that point you can throw it all into the juicer! (Update: Emily uses the Breville Juice Fountain Elite and loves it. There are also $100 (or less) options made by Breville and Omega that have great reviews!
We were talking about resolutions the other day, and how inspired we feel to set them, how motivated we feel to start them, and then how demoralizing it can feel when we lose steam a few days in. For the small or large resolutions that really stick, don’t you feel so proud? For Nicole it’s praying with her family everyday, Jenna committed to eating clean and working out (forty pounds gone in the last year!), for Emily it was kicking caffeine (five years and counting!) each while personal and varying, truly improved all our lives. We’re excited to join Prescribe Nutrition’s course this upcoming Monday and hope you will join us, too!
We thought it might be helpful for those of you who are feeling motivation to improve your health, or getting to the bottom of a behavior, allergies, mood swings, or other health issues in yourself or your family members, to know about this course! This crazy smart and caring team of women behind Prescribe Nutrtition- Megan, Katie and Anna – nutritionists, yoga, spin, ballet barre class instructors, and mothers, who have started the “New Year, New Rules” 15 day course that lives by the adage of teaching you how to fish versus handing you a plate of salmon.
With their in-depth knowledge into digestion and how it can be the root to a whole slew of health and behavioral problems and their solutions of making simple improvements to your diet, you can get back that natural energy that as mothers we all so desperately need. These women know that getting to the root of our health will make all the difference versus trying to treat problems that arise from less than healthy choices. A great example of this is how a migraine isn’t a deficiency of migraine medicine but a possible food sensitivity, magnesium deficiency, toxic overload and then some. Prescribe Nutrition is all about solving health problems at the very root.
In this 15 day course you will have 24/7 access to their team, and they will provide you with a lifestyle overhaul. Here’s what it’s not: a fast, a cleanse, low-carb, low-fat, low-taste, torture or even boring diet. What it is: is fifteen days to a better understanding of ourselves, easy changes to help us kick those nasty habits that hang on our resolution lists January after January. Here is a sample post of the types of meals you will be eating during your course and hopefully forevermore! All certifiably tasty, and healthful! This is something you can do on your own or as a family, and Anna talks all about detoxing as a family here.
This course is is such a steal at $149, and starts January 7th, 2012. You’ll learn in two weeks what takes some years, as well as having two nutritionists at your beck and call (what a dream!). If you’re ready to change your life, here’s how you can win your own spot with Prescribe Nutrition’s “New Year New Rules” course or if you don’t want to risk it use the code “nynr20″ for 20% off the course here.
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It’s funny how some content for Small Fry gets planned days, weeks, even months in advance, and then sometimes we’re scrambling to recreate a post after the magic already happened. This is one of those posts!
Jenna had her niece over for a sleep-over and decided to make it a little extra special. Using stuff around the house, like a family sized camping tent in their living room, twinkle lights (headed for storage with the rest of the Christmas decor) for a starry sky, adult-supervised s’mores over the stove, and tin foil dinners to make it all feel authentic. Although the uncontrollable giggling emitted from the thin tent walls was more than enough magic for the evening!
So after, the sun had already risen, Quinn and cousin Arleigh had already (surprisingly!) slept the night through, we had to come in a snap a few pictures for memory’s sake.
A fun addtion to the events, that also goes along with our camping theme, is this darling woodland game by Educational Insights called Sneaky Snacky Squirrel. It is a perfect pre-school aged game that teaches coordination, strategy, handwriting and motor skills. We highly recommend for your three-on-uppers!
We’re loving their blog, all about starting an organic toy business and how they strive as a business and family to lead a more sustainable life. It’s definitely something inspiring to think about with this new year and goal setting!
When we opened Nico Nico‘s care package we were all speechless, it is simply put the most beautiful clothing we have ever laid eyes on. Supremely soft, classic and sweet, and if we and our kids could live in Nico we would do it!
The most gorgeous combination wool poncho which is thick yet soft, and absolutely darling. She’s also wearing their pull over sweatshirt and extra soft leggings.
The most darling member’s only style jacket, but in that unbeatable soft organic cotton. Wearing the same leggings as Avery above, which shows how perfectly versatile their line can be!
Thin graphic tees and those drop crotch sweats just kill us!
On Lola: Their line of skirts is so cute, right? Lola is wearing one of the unisex tees with the suspender buffalo plaid skirt. The skirt has stretch in the back so, Lola has two other older sisters that it fit amazingly well too.
Made in LA, sold in stores across the world and a few online as well (see their “Where to buy” list here) if you can get your hands on some Nico Nico we know you’ll love it!