We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

I mentioned We Don’t Eat Our Classmates last week and am excited to share it again today in partnership with Disney Book Group! Honestly I think this book is going to be a children’s classic. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins is the story of Penelope Rex who is starting her first day of school, she is filled with questions and unsure how the day will go, but as soon as she realizes that her fellow students are children – her favorite treat – things get interesting! I laughed out loud several times, it’s so clever and darling and the message of empathy is just hidden enough that you can discuss and sort of mine it with your kids and you’ll get that payoff feeling of “getting it”, but not too obscure that they miss it. We Don't Eat Our ClassmatesWe made Carnivore and Herbivore Skewers and read this book as a family and some of these carnivorous outtakes are cracking me up!

When you don’t have your two front teeth for chomping:We Don't Eat Our ClassmatesGet it, Raleigh!We Don't Eat Our ClassmatesI can’t count how many times I’ve put food on a stick for my kids to eat it. Something about it makes it more doable for them, ha! It’s so easy for a quick dinner, too! We Don't Eat Our ClassmatesJust chop up, season, skewer and put on the grill! We Don't Eat Our ClassmatesYou can buy the book here, I totally recommend it!!We Don't Eat Our ClassmatesYou can win a copy on my Instagram today! 

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rise apparel

I know there are quite a few boutique options for you to shop out there and sometimes it can be overwhelming, right? I decided to partner up with Rise Apparel for some pieces each month so you can see how I’m styling things that are actually available for purchase right now! I’ll always have a discount code for you guys “SMALLFRY20” to shop as well and I am hoping it will motivate me to show my OOTD (outfits of the day) which I stopped doing this Summer but you guys always ask about because you’re the nicest humans.

Okay enough of that here’s some pieces I am loving!

I’ve been wearing this American Made Graphic Tee a few times a week lately. Just the right amount of edge with the faded black, but it still goes with everything. Under a jumper or overalls, with some boyfriend fit jeans and sandals. // This Blurred Lines sweater for Fall! Love it with the denim skirt, or destroyed jeans and booties. // Worn this Balloon Sleeve Top a million times as well. It’s soft and thin so not too hot if the weather changes. Fitted through the bodice so you can layer it with a sleeveless / spaghetti top dress for some drama. // I’ve been needing a Black Denim Jacket  and this fit looks perfect! // Pleased with how many nursing friendly dresses Ive seen on their site! This Yellow Stripe Dress  would carry all year round. Add a jean jacket and booties, or with tights and clogs. // I love having interesting tops to grab in a hurry and this Fringe Top fits the bill. Work appropriate, or date night ready with some leather-look leggings and heels. // This cozy jacket is something I find myself grabbing anytime it gets chilly. So cozy! // This Chambray Skirt is a staple //  Tuxedo Stripe Jeans are my favorite way to spice up a typical outfit. Just adds a little bit of interest without derailing any combinations. // I have been on the hunt for a denim skirt that is long enough without being unflattering for YEARS. Something about the pockets, button fly and distressing make Button Down Denim Skirt  one so spot on!  My Pearl Jeans sold out and people ask me about them every time I wear them, here’s a great option!

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Have you ever heard the saying “Write from your scars, not your wounds”? The last few weeks was all so fresh with the move I just found myself with nothing to say. Not that I have any wounds from this experience, but you get the idea. So, I have just taken my sweet time! To experience it all just for me, just with the fam, and let all the feelings move through me. You better believe I still RAN outside to get a pic of this sunset though.Frame Home Tour I am starting to feel things become more settled (school helped SO much!), which is high time because man am I behind on work!!  But not working means I unpacked the house in a week instead of months, which is time well spent, for sure. I wanted to tackle a few questions I’ve been getting about the move!

#1 – Why am I not doing a home tour?? I never considered myself a perfectionist. I have high standards, but it’s not gonna kill me to have things not be perfect in any sense. But! This house is just not done enough for me to show it all yet. We still have quite a list of things we’re finishing up in the next few weeks. Like a few shelving systems for the loft, our closet, the toy room, and the guest room. And waiting on other people, too. Still waiting on hardware (knobs, rods, pulls ALL the things), kitchen backsplash quartz, then we have a couple more wall tile projects (the boot wash, the kid’s laundry room and the fireplace) to do and once all that is done we’re fixing drywall holes and doing some paint touch-ups and a few other things. I am showing peeks here and there on insta stories, but it’s hard for me to post to the feed when I know even next week it will look more “done.” Am I crazy? As things wrap up you better believe I’ll be touring until you beg for mercy!Frame Home Tour

#2 How are the boys doing with the move? You guys are so sweet to ask!! I went with the public school option after the biggest inner wrestle of my life. But two things tipped the scales. First, I found out the bus only does our small town so it’s about 20 ish minutes to school instead of 40 or longer like I was anticipating. PHEW! Second, most of the kids that live in our town go to this public school. Since we’re already pretty isolated out here I felt like giving them the most access to the kids that are close by was the best choice. As I type this the boys are currently playing with two other boys from our town that they met because of the bus. That’s a win for sure. It is also the school where most of the kids at our church go as well. I went to a private school 2nd-6th grade and have a lot of memories of feeling left out at church or neighborhood birthday parties because I didn’t know them like they knew each other, or their friends from school.  I am not convinced it’s the better school choice, but I think it’s the best overall choice for us considering all the factors. Frame Home Tour#3 How are the boys doing in the basement? SHOCKINGLY, so good! I was prepared for the worst, but I am so happy to say that they’re sleeping better and falling asleep with zero drama and haven’t been to our room in the night once. Cal is a night owl and Hayes is an early bird and it caused a lot of issues. So now Cal can take some time with his light on and Hayes is out cold in seconds. Cal sleeps in while Hayes is up and at ’em early. So relieved! Raleigh is a little harder if he wakes us up in the night and it’s the farthest occupied room from our bed. Ha. Can’t win ’em all! For those of you debating it in your home — if sharing is effecting their sleep I’d say do it. If you’re worried about them being in the basement or far away from you, try it out and see! So glad we did!Frame Home Tour

#4 How do I like it? Truly loving it. If the house burned to the ground and we had to move I would feel like living here for three weeks was worth it. It has been so rewarding for me, for our family, truly a beautiful almost sacred experience. Maybe one day I’ll figure out how to say what it means to me! The women nearby have been so amazing and attentive. I found a High Fitness class across the street from my kids’ school (!!) So twice a week I can drive them to school and hit the class with Raleigh in tow. He gets to be around little kids and I get my favorite work out! It ended up being an old work friend of mine that teaches the class — so funny and I can’t deny how well it worked out. I am seeing these tiny miracles all over the place which makes me feel like we’re in the right place at the right time.Frame Home TourIf I feel lonely (which has happened for sure) I plan some errands and go down to Provo and even our old city a couple times a week and Russ is down everyday for work so that makes it great when I run out of something, but don’t want to leave! I can see how doing longer drives everyday would wear on me so I try to space them out! Also, so far I’m cooking 100% more than before and stoked about how much money we’re saving!

Definitely feeling so blessed to finally be here, in this house, and reunited with Russ. We hardly saw him for the last year and everything just feels right and like hard work is paying off.

Watch the kids use the house the way I had hoped they would is so rewarding for me! Reading in the loft, swiveling the chairs to watch TV (hahah!) running around in the Rowdy Room, daydreaming out a window or even watching them unload the dishwasher. It’s all real, tangible evidence of so much thought, effort and of course Russ’ work.

You all made this process infinitely more fun and carried both of us when it felt like we might lose it. I read him your amazing comments when he was down and I’ll never forget the kindness we’ve been shown. Thank you so much!!

If you have any questions or things you want to see specifically let me know! I’ll just keep showing things as they’re ready and once we get things photographed I’ll have a full tour soon!!

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Carpet- We got it at Carpets America and it is Tuftex by Shaw. Apparently it is exclusive to certain stores but it’s blue with a soft light blue/grey plaid through it! // Chandelier 

Kitchen – Faucet // Stools // Black Chairs // Pendant Light

Boys’ Bathroom – Shower Head // Hooded Towels // Rug (Ikea!)

Master Bath – Tub // Chandelier // Faucet //

Living Room – Credenza (Besta via Ikea) // Coffee Table // Chairs // Fireplace shelves made by Russ

silver crossus jet [giveaway!]

Silver Crossus is teaming up to share their new travel stroller Jet! Silver Crossus Jet Giveaway13 Pounds, Folds up in one swift movement into a carry-on size. YES. You can store it in a overhead bin!  Silver Crossus Jet Giveaway It lays down flat, has a 50 SPF+ sunshade, comes in 4 perfect colors. It has an adapter to allow for an infant seat and rides like butter. Valued at $354 and I get to give one away today! Go to my Instagram @emilyframe to enter but check it out here!Silver Crossus Jet Giveaway

mine + ours: books #12

Here are my picks for August! I’m ready for more book reccs, too if you have any! Catch the whole series here!

 

MINE:

Read: Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion  is the memoir of Gregory Boyle, a Catholic Priest who devoted his ministry to gangs of Los Angeles. He is behind Homeboy Industries which is a whole slew of companies that employ and rehabilitate inmates, gang members, and given them jobs and a way out of their former gang lives. I loved every second of this book. It’s funny, tragic, and I marked the heck out of it. Boyle has this sweet way of tying his experiences to his thoughts of the true nature of God. A God who loves us just the way we are. 4 Stars! (Language is what you’d expect from LA gang members. Ha!)

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Listen: Song of Achilles – I was so obsessed with Circe and the the beautiful writing by the author Madeline Miller I had to have more! Song of Achilles tells the tale of Achilles and the true love of his life, his companion and boyhood friend, Patrocles. This one is so beautiful as well, definitely a more masculine energy to it with the male characters and everything centered around the Trojan War. A few short love scenes between Achilles and Patrocles and a couple of more graphic war scenes.

Song of Achilles

OURS:

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates – this was sent to me for a post next week and it is laugh out loud hilarious. I LOVE it and the message of compassion and empathy is so clever. Obsessed. It’s a new title but I think it will become a classic for sure. So good!We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Wee Hee Hee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes and Pictures – Weelicious churns out the most darling books around and their new joke book is no exception. Pretty modern (and funny!) graphics on every page and darling jokes you haven’t heard a million times. Such a fun one I’ll leave out on my table!

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the other side movers review

This post is in no way sponsored, I just wanted to publish a review for people who might be looking for this information as I would’ve loved something like this when I was preparing to move. (Their site has a TON of FAQs so this is more just my personal tips!)The Other Side MoversIf you aren’t following on Instagram you might not have heard, but we moved! I knew that I wasn’t going to be asking Russ for help with packing or moving boxes as he was and still is pulling long days at the house. So much of my balancing act this year has been deciding where my time is best spent. And with a busy toddler following me around undoing everything I do, trying to pack my house solo sounded awful! I had heard about The Other Side Movers from a friend and it honestly sounded too good to be true. I didn’t want to say anything about it until after I used their service and I am so impressed I had to share!

The Other Side Movers is an extension of a rehabilitation program for addicts and convicts.   When and only when they are absolutely ready, they apply for the program and are vetted by other addicts and convicts in the program. IF they’re deemed “ready” they get accepted. Their family or friends can’t bring them in or force them to go, it’s truly a personal choice and a matter of readiness. It’s a year long, FREE program to help get these men and women’s lives back on track. They don’t see family or friends, and they spend part of their day doing typical rehab type work, therapy, group sessions etc, and then the rest doing manual labor like packing and moving boxes.

I felt like it was too good to be true because they bid out packing my whole house for $1500. 3 Levels, 3 bedrooms, a garage. That included my piano, furniture, everything. They provide boxes, wardrobes, tape, a moving truck, wrapping materials, they pack the truck, drive to your new location and unpack it in whatever room you choose. I had my piano bid out at $450 by itself so this was truly a steal. The Other Side Movers

When they came to my house they all had such great energy. Jogging up and down the stairs, working so quickly and with great attitudes. They spoke to each other with respect and care and asked which bathrooms they could use, I offered to put on music for them and they’d skip the song if it wasn’t appropriate for kids. They had my whole house packed in 4 hours. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as packing styles. They have a very regimented system, each box was packed professionally and with care. They were done with my move in 7 total hours and I can’t express what a load off my shoulders it was to have them take care of this for me. I never felt unsafe and they were all such a joy to be around.

The lead mover had me put away any medications and guns in my locked car (I put my jewelry, gift cards, other expensive items in my car, too) before they started and after he showed me on small dent in the wall from moving a large piece of furniture. They are clear and up front about everything and they do a Do Not Exceed meaning if they don’t finish in the time they bid out, they won’t charge you any more than promised. They do a walk through at the end where you can check every nook and cranny and closet to make sure they didn’t forget anything.

The Other Side MoversI have addicts in my life that have done rehab programs and my number one criticism was that they seemingly did a lot of sitting around. I always wished for something like this — where they’re exhausting themselves, working hard and getting endorphins galore, challenging their minds, and also establishing work experience for when they finish the program. Watching them work brought tears to my eyes a couple times. There is something about being around people who are so open and honest about their challenges, fighting for their lives and change, and buoying each other up in the process. Their program takes no government funding, it’s all donations or people who need to move their lives.

List of TIPS if you’re not wanting to read the whole dang review. Ha!

  1. Pre-Organize. De junk everything before they arrive. Its obvious but you’re not going to get the chance to hover over every box they pack so I took a full week going through room by room to do that beforehand.
  2. I never felt unsafe, but I still wanted to be smart. I put medications, jewelry, gift cards, wallets, expensive gear, guns, in my locked car.
  3. I gave them access to my Alexa for music and had cold sodas for them (they bring water, but they were stoked about the soda!) and they seemed really grateful!! They said they usually pack in silence which sounds awful to me. Ha! I made a map of the new place so they knew if I said “That goes to Hayes’ room” they could find the right spot.
  4. Make sure each room you’re moving into is ready for boxes. Maybe you wanted to vacuum before they brought everything into your bedroom or something? Do it before they arrive! They will unpack the truck and put the boxes exactly where you tell them and should took take full advantage! So: no wet paint, or drying grout or blocked by tools or furniture or whatever. This might be applicable only to people like us who were literally building the house while we moved into it, but I’ll put it out there anyway!
  5. Since they pack, it’s obvious, but still weird for me that I didn’t know where anything was. Which boxes had what in them, etc. They’ll write on the sides of the boxes so you’ll have a little bit of info, but not super extensive. I wish I would’ve been more organized about keeping things out, or together that I would need in the first few days. Maybe pack a bag for everyone like you’re going on a week trip? Clothing, diapers, bottles, shampoo and conditioner, medications, toilet paper, toothbrushes, baby monitor, pillows and blankets, towels, chargers, paper plates, cups, utensils etc.
  6. If you have a room that the items are being split to different rooms in your new place, I would group those things together. For instance: in my pantry I had items that were going to my new garage, my new storage room, my new office, and my new pantry. So I moved everything for the garage to one shelf, new storage room to another shelf and put post-its on the shelf letting them know. So they packed them and marked them and put the packed boxes in the new rooms they were going in versus ALL pantry for pantry. I did this with my boys’ shared bedroom, too.
  7. If you’re NOT moving appliances have coolers ready for them to pack your food in. They won’t move the food otherwise since they can’t keep it cold. If you are moving the appliances, like our deep freezer for instance, they just wrapped it in moving wrap and packed it as is which was AWESOME!
  8. I used post-its to mark things we weren’t taking. Like “trash” etc. so they left several items in the house that we chucked later, but still needed until moving day.

You can find more info here, but I can’t recommend them enough! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll add to this post!

best boy wardrobe tips!

All my best tips for creating a wardrobe both you and your boy will love! Filled with all my opinions — take it for what it’s worth!

My #1 tip is to fill their closet only with pieces you both like. So when they start flexing their decision-making muscles you won’t cringe. I don’t take my kids shopping, ever. It’s not fun for anyone! At least yet. So I shop online and I pull my favorite items, items I know they’ll like that I like, too, on separate tabs and I show the boys all the tabs at once and let them pick from those items. That is the end of my control. They dress themselves everyday and I have learned over time to love seeing what they come up with!

Start with: fun tees. I avoid Nike type slogan tees “This is my house” ;), character shirts, and trendy saying tees. I think a wardrobe goes farther without them. I’m also a big believer in dressing how you want to feel, and how you want to be perceived! My boys are so much more than those labeling tees and I feel they’re just distracting. (I grew up wearing uniforms so I think lots of my opinions stemmed from that experience!) I also stock up on solid color tees in their favorite colors and good neutral basics! Like this two pack!

Add on: I can’t count how many times I’ve heard dressing boys isn’t as fun as girls. It can be! Layering always helps! Top it with a button-down, stick a long-sleeve tee underneath. Just takes a little extra thought but it pays off in the final result!

Tropical Tee $8 and comes in 12 options! // Chambray button-down // Splatter Tee $15 // Tiger Tee $7 //  Striped Long Sleeve // Colorblock Shorts 40% off // Khaki + Denim long pants (50% off!) // Bento Box that fits a sandwich (why do so many not??) Patches (lots on the site!) // $18 Galoshes //  $10 Navy Slip Ons // Striped Socks $5 for 3! // Neff Watch // Beanie in every color // Neon Windbreaker 40% off // New Balance Sneakers // Raglan Zip Up Jacket $18 // Skate Hoodie // Windbreaker in perfect colors! //

Pants + Shorts have to be moveable and breathable. I’ve already expressed my love for the Sweatpant Stretch. I also love the Built-In Flex line at Old Navy. Both lines move with them, but wear really well and hold their shape all day! I also love looking for interesting bottoms like these color block shorts.

Slip-ons: My kids get up so freaking early yet we’re always running out the door. The last push to get to the car is always stressful and shoes just happen to be the last thing. So they cause a lot of issues around here. I like to have slip-on options galore right by the door. Also make sure you have a waterproof option like these gollies for rainy days or snowy days. And of course you’re gonna need the world’s fastest sneaker selected from a carefully curated list of options by mom. 😉

Accessorize: Yeah sure girls have SO many more options, but if you pay attention you’ll start to see lots of fun items for boys, too! Fun socks (I’ll link a bunch below!), watches, hats, little things they carry with them like water bottles and fun lunchboxes. I love this super simple backpack that they could make their own with these $1 patches!

Jackets: I send them with a jacket everyday. Brisk mornings, weird weather, something soft to bunch up under their head on the bus. Windbreakers, light sweatshirt-like jackets, hoodies, can all add to the look!

A BUNCH OF DEALS BELOW!!

SOCKS!

Boys Socks

White Stripe //  Logo Tube Socks // NYC Tube Socks // Rainbow stripe //

abercrombie kids!

This post is brought to you by Abercrombie Kids. All opinions are my own.

Abercrombie Kids sent my boys the greatest back-to-school care package and I wanted to share what my kids picked and a few of my other favorite items from their Fall Arrivals! abercrombie kidsOne thing to note about Abercrombie Kids, the clothing quality is truly next level. Russ has commented on clothing maybe three times in his life said how soft, yet durable the t-shirts felt!  As I’ve been shopping for my kids for Back to School, Abercrombie Kids is sort of in a class of its own as far as quality, feel and fit. So, so impressed.abercrombie kidsCaught him fixing his hair in the mirror. Stop growing up!! Wearing this checkerboard tee, with this classic button up underneath and the Straight Leg jean.abercrombie kidsI asked to smile how they would for school pictures — back to the drawing board! 😉abercrombie kidsSee what I mean about the fit? SO stinking cute. This pant is from their line of “Sweatpant Stretch” jeans. They look just like regular pants, but feel like soft, stretchy sweats. They are crazy amazing and I wanted to show them after being worn for several hours — in water no less. I think they still look amazing, they haven’t lost their shape at all! They’re so comfortable and I will be buying these solely for the boys as they complain about jeans daily. abercrombie kidsAs we keep rolling through our week of Back to School fashions, I 100% recommend Abercrombie Kids. Try it out and tell me I’m wrong. A+ all around! Luckily, Abercrombie Kids is having an awesome sale: get 40% off select jeans, hoodies and more until August 15th!
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LINKS:

Hayes: Checker Tee ($9 and so many rad prints!!) //  Button Up // Straight Leg Jean

Cal: Logo Tee ($12 and comes in several colors!) // Sweat Pant Stretch Jeans // Backpack

girl’s back to school fashion

BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING DEALS FOR GIRLS!

Where to look: Abercrombie Kids 40% off denim! // Cotton On – Deals on Jeans + Tees // Forever 21 – always low priced // Gap — 40% off right now // H&M – Back to School Deals galore // Old Navy — Most BTS items are under $10. $8 jeans for instance // Pepper Kids  — small trendy shop priced just right! // Target – Deals + 1 Year Guarantee on Cat & Jack //  Zara – best bang for your on-trend buck in my opinion.

Fall Looks For Girls

Beatles Tee $13 // Leather Jacket $25 // Ribbed Pants – $20 // Sneakers – $10!

Fall Looks For Girls

When things get colder I love this long reversible jacket ($60!) with a plaid blouse, interesting jeans $15, perfect casual sneaker/booties and a beret to cap it all off. Literally.

Fall Looks For Girls

My all-time favorite Fall look is plaid shorts or a mini with thick black tights and classic Chelsea booties. Top it with a sweatshirt to keep things feeling casual.

Fall Looks For Girls

The fit on these pants is glorious and this tee comes in every color and pattern that matters. Mix the patterns for an undone look with these windowpane gum sole sneakers. Girls get all the accessory fun I love these little scarves for a headband, around the neck, a belt. Whatever!

More cute pieces below!