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.
Ready to Enter?
Leave a comment. Sarah wants to answer your health related questions! So ask Sarah something on your mind and she’d love to help.
Tweet, Instagram, Facebook, or blog linking to this giveaway and mention @smallfryblog so we can see it!
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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!